Show 456, December 18, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The Happiest of Happy Holidays to our loyal listening audience.

You’re appreciated! Thanks for making us your source for reliable food news. We’re giving the Team a break to be with Family and Friends during the Holidays. We’ll be back on Saturday morning, January 8th at 10:00 a.m. with a new year of tantalizing and informative food information.

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.” Chef John and Ed take a break from the busy soft opening to join us. 

Trademark Brewing is the ambitious result of one couple with many passions – food, science, beer and brewing. Founded by a husband and wife team, Sterling and Ilana Steffen, who brought Trademark Brewing to Long Beach, California.”“Trademark Brewing is the first production craft brewery in Long Beach, and one of the only sustainability-focused breweries in California. Their special equipment and processes allow Trademark to use less than half the water of other breweries their size, and 30% less energy. At Trademark Brewing, great beer isn’t enough. Their mantra is “we make it better.”” Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee are our guests to tap the keg on Trademark Brewing.

Since 2014 Sammy’s Original in Lake Forest has been the welcoming place to go in South Orange County for upscale sports bar food, craft cocktails, tap beers, live entertainment and premiere Mini Satellite Horse Wagering. The handsome and spacious interior features 120 Hi-Def Television screens. Nightly entertainment is on the menu, too. There is plenty of easy on-site parking and patio seating. Partner and General Manager Scott Terheggen joins us.

Between the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some helpful Holiday cooking tips. They also answer some Listeners’ meaty questions about proteins.

What’s the difference between a Filet and Ribeye Steak?

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s Holiday cooking time and Chef Andrew is here to help. He offers a few more genuinely useful Holiday Cooking Tips to make life a bit easier in your active kitchen.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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December 18: Tableau Kitchen and Bar, Trademark Brewing, Sammy’s Original, The Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats

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Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part One
Segment Five: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part Two
Segment Six: Sammy’s Original, Lake Forest, with General Manager / Partner Scott Terheggen
Segment Seven: “The Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats – Terry Hanks & Jay Henderson
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

The Happiest of Happy Holidays from the “SoCal Restaurant Show.”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.” Chef John and Ed take a break from the busy soft opening to join us.

“Trademark Brewing is the ambitious result of one couple with many passions – food, science, beer and brewing. Founded by a husband and wife team, Sterling and Ilana Steffen, who brought Trademark Brewing to Long Beach, California.”“Trademark Brewing is the first production craft brewery in Long Beach, and one of the only sustainability-focused breweries in California. Their special equipment and processes allow Trademark to use less than half the water of other breweries their size, and 30% less energy. At Trademark Brewing, great beer isn’t enough. Their mantra is “we make it better.”” Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee are our guests to tap the keg on Trademark Brewing.

Since 2014 Sammy’s Original in Lake Forest has been the welcoming place to go in South Orange County for upscale sports bar food, craft cocktails, tap beers, live entertainment and premiere Mini Satellite Horse Wagering. The handsome and spacious interior features 120 Hi-Def Television screens. There is plenty of on-site parking. Partner and General Manager Scott Terheggen joins us.

Between the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some helpful Holiday cooking tips. They also answer some Listeners’ meaty questions about proteins.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s Holiday cooking time and Chef Andrew is here to help. He offers a few more genuinely useful Holiday Cooking Tips to make life a bit easier in your active kitchen.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

John Park of Toast Kitchen and Bakery

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.”

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer something for every palate, from sweet to savory, salads to sandwiches, scallops to steak. A full bar with craft cocktails, draft beers and a curated wine list and Chef Park’s famous pastries complement the exciting menu selections. At Tableau Kitchen and Bar, every meal makes a difference, with a percentage of proceeds donated to local charities.”

Chef John and Ed take a break from their busy soft opening to join us.

Ilana Steffen of Trademark Brewing

Trademark Brewing is the ambitious result of one couple with many passions – food, science, beer and brewing. Founded by a husband and wife team, Sterling and Ilana Steffen, who brought Trademark Brewing to Long Beach, California.”

“Trademark Brewing is the first production craft brewery in Long Beach, and one of the only sustainability-focused breweries in California. Their special equipment and processes allow Trademark to use less than half the water of other breweries their size, and 30% less energy. At Trademark Brewing, great beer isn’t enough. Their mantra is “we make it better.””

Guests can enjoy Trademark Brewing craft beers and cold brew coffee on draft in their Long Beach Taproom & Beer Garden. At any given time there is a choice of over 20 craft beers on tap. Represented styles include Hoppy, Light, Fruited + Sour, Dark, Belgian and even Beer Slushies. They also fill growlers. The Taproom is both dog and kid friendly.

Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee join us to tap the keg on Trademark Brewing.

“Since 2014 Sammy’s Original in Lake Forest has been the welcoming place to go in South Orange County for upscale sports bar food, craft cocktails, tap beers, live entertainment and premiere Mini Satellite Horse Wagering.” The handsome, well-appointed and spacious interior features 120 Hi-Def Television screens. There is plenty of on-site parking.

Breakfast is served until 12 Noon daily. Think Breakfast Enchiladas with scrambled eggs and Jack and Cheddar cheese…Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m. with both beverage and snack specials.

All the pizzas (12”) are created using house-prepared dough and sauce. New pizza additions include Ham & Pineapple and White with chicken breast, red onion and green onion.

The pastas are prepared in-house. The Lasagna with Nana’s meat sauce and Mozzarella and Ricotta is from one of the proprietor’s mother’s family recipes. All the soups are prepared from-scratch.

There are beverages aplenty. Typically there are 12 rotating beers on tap in addition to a wide variety of bottled beers including domestic, imported and craft selections. A signature cocktail is the Mango Peach Passion with Absolut Mango Vodka, passion fruit puree, DeKuyper Peachtree and pineapple juice.

Partner and General Manager Scott Terheggen is our guest.

Jay Henderson one of the Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats

Between the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some helpful Holiday cooking tips. They also answer some Listeners’ meaty questions about proteins.

“West Coast Prime Meats is a team collaboration of award-winning restaurant operators and professional steak cutters with decades of experience, so they understand the hospitality operator’s need for the best quality products, consistently prepared, and reliably delivered.”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

It’s the height of Holiday cooking time and Chef Andrew is here to help. He offers a few more genuinely useful Holiday Cooking Tips to make life a bit easier in your active kitchen.

The happiest of Happy Holidays from the “SoCal Restaurant Show.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part One
Segment Five: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part Two
Segment Six: Sammy’s Original, Lake Forest, with General Manager / Partner Scott Terheggen
Segment Seven: “The Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats – Terry Hanks & Jay Henderson
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 404, December 19, 2020: Pastry Chef Zac Young of PieCaken by Chef Zac Young

Pastry Chef Zac Young“New York City. November 2015. Pastry Chef Zac Young (Final Four of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Desserts,” inaugural season) is brainstorming Thanksgiving specials for his restaurant in midtown. The Executive Chef of the restaurant was super stoked about the Turducken special he was serving like it’s all he could talk about. Zac knew he had the last course, and the last word, he set out to make the Turducken of dessert. PieCaken. If for no other reason, to compete with and possibly make fun of the kitchen’s savory side.”

“Zac posted an in-progress shot on his Instagram, and the comments ranged from a lot of “OMG” to “my daughter just tried to lick this picture.” To “can I buy one?”. “Buy one? Buy a whole one?,” Zac thought “that’s silly, it’s just going to be served by the slice, as a Thanksgiving special.” Then his phone started ringing with friends calling in favors to get one, including Kelly Ripa breaking the news on her show the next morning. “Fine. Let’s sell it.””

The new Christmas PieCaken and the original OG PieCaken are available for nationwide shipping via Goldbelly. In 2021 look for a changing array of festive PieCakens available to coincide with major Holidays. Think Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day for starters.

“The spectacular Christmas PieCaken features four of the best-selling holiday products all in one – pecan pie, eggnog cheesecake and red velvet cake. It’s topped with sweet and tart cherry pie filling, all layered together with amaretto buttercream.”

Chef Zac joins us with whisk in hand.

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Show 400, November 21, 2020: Chef Founder Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen Part One

Bill Bracken of Brackens Kitchen“For the second straight year, Chef Founder Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen is hosting its signature holiday event benefiting the less fortunate and food insecure in Southern California. This year’s edition, “DECK THE HALLS,” will be its first virtual party featuring special guests, community partners, and Bracken’s own chefs cooking up a surprise along with pumpkin carvings as you’ve never seen before. Christmas tree decorating, silent auction items, opportunity drawings, and a gourmet meal delivered to attendees’ doors are also in store for those who join Bracken’s Kitchen virtually in Garden Grove on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 6 p.m.”

“Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the kitchen, virtually, where they’ve already prepared and made over 1.3 million meals for those suffering from food insecurity in Southern California. This year’s event is even more meaningful and important due to the pandemic that has caused unexpected job loss, and even more people to suffer from food insecurity. Everyone will have the opportunity to help Bracken’s Kitchen meet this unprecedented demand for food caused by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a fun and festive way.”

“With all the negative things happening all around us we are excited to welcome you “our friends” into our kitchen virtually for an evening of food, fun, and caring for those in need,” says Bill Bracken.

“All are invited to “Deck The Halls” and help Bracken’s Kitchen maintain its dramatically increased meal production at a time when so many people need help. Participants can help to keep recently laid off restaurant workers employed and production at more than 30,000 meals a week. 100% of the proceeds from the event will support the work and programs of Bracken’s Kitchen.”

Tickets are now available online

We’re in the busy Holiday kitchen at Bracken’s Kitchen with Chef Bill Bracken.

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Show 400, November 21, 2020: Chef Founder Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen Part Two

Bill Bracken of Brackens Kitchen“For the second straight year, Chef Founder Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen is hosting its signature holiday event benefiting the less fortunate and food insecure in Southern California. This year’s edition, “DECK THE HALLS,” will be its first virtual party featuring special guests, community partners, and Bracken’s own chefs cooking up a surprise along with pumpkin carvings as you’ve never seen before. Christmas tree decorating, silent auction items, opportunity drawings, and a gourmet meal delivered to attendees’ doors are also in store for those who join Bracken’s Kitchen virtually in Garden Grove on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 6 p.m.”

“All are invited to “Deck The Halls” and help Bracken’s Kitchen maintain its dramatically increased meal production at a time when so many people need help. Participants can help to keep recently laid off restaurant workers employed and production at more than 30,000 meals a week. 100% of the proceeds from the event will support the work and programs of Bracken’s Kitchen.”

Bracken’s Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Orange County California. Founded in 2013 our mission is simple: Through food recovery, culinary training, and our community feeding program we are committed to recovering, re-purposing, and restoring both food and lives. At the core of our mission is a deep commitment to our nonprofit charity partners, business and professional supporters, volunteers, donors, and employees. Our relationship with each and every one of these groups is as important to us as those we feed.”

Tickets are now available online

We’re back in the busy Holiday kitchen at Bracken’s Kitchen for a second helping with Chef Bill Bracken.

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Show 312, February 23, 2019: Kim Jensen, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, Solvang

Kim JensenLocated in Solvang, California, the Danish capital of America, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolate Factory was first opened in 1961. The traditional chocolate recipes were first brought to Solvang by Ingeborg Larsen, a chocolate dipper in one of Denmark’s largest chocolate factories. Ingeborg’s is now safely in the hands of caretakers Kim and Carol Jensen (only the 3rd owners) who have preserved the tradition of Danish artisan chocolate making with some contemporary touches.

“A perfect accent for fine wines, champagnes, and coffees, Ingeborg’s chocolates are made with absolutely the finest, fresh ingredients and no preservatives or additives. As the seasons change, the boxes and wrappings may vary, but never their commitment to quality.”

“No matter what the season, or the occasion, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or any day, Ingeborg’s specialty Danish chocolates are sure to delight the palate of the most discriminating chocolate lover. Their light and dark chocolate Cornucopias make stunning centerpiece displays, elegant for any time of year, and are filled with their handmade luscious soft centered Truffles and now our new award-winning “Sea Salt and Butterscotch Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates.””

“Ingeborg’s also features a wide variety of unique molded chocolate items as well as our Orange and Peppermint chocolate sticks. All items are individually boxed and beautifully wrapped. Please note that we now also feature an expanded array of sugar-free chocolates, sweets, and assorted candies.”

Kim joins us in sweet conversation.

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Show 296, November 3, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Chef’s Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining, Part 2

Andrew and William GruelThe Holidays are fast approaching and it’s the continuation of our Ask the Chef” segment with our own resident cooking authority, Chef Andrew Gruel. Chef Andrew resume providing a bevy of his always reliable best tips for stress-free Holiday entertaining.

Chef Andrew covers tips for defrosting a frozen turkey. How do you work seafood onto the Holiday table? Being creative with the sides…What’s for dessert?

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Show 53, December 21, 2013: Aaron Fry, Honeymoon Dining in Maui

It’s Christmas / New Year’s Holiday vacation time and that means a lot of relaxing getaways to Maui. We have a mouth-watering Lahaina dining report from an informed, recent visitor.

Aaron Fry just returned from his glorious honeymoon in Maui. Aaron is a master bartender as well as a senior Board Operator right here at AM 830 KLAA. We’re turning the microphone around on him this morning.

One of the standouts in all his dining in Lahaina is the use of a lot of local ingredients in the dishes where possible. This is a welcome return to the old ways in The Islands when Hawaiians were totally self-sufficient in feeding themselves.

Fleetwoods on Front StreetAaron and his new bride enjoyed a couple of visits to Fleetwood’s on Front Street in the heart of Old Lahaina. The second level of the 10,000 square foot establishment affords an incredible ocean view and there is quality live music nightly. The principal is Mick Fleetwood, the well-know rock drummer. When he’s not touring he spends most of his time on Maui.

Although it’s a casual setting they are equally serious about their food. The chef advisor is Scott Leibfried (who you’ll remember as one of the two sous chefs for Gordon Ramsay on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”) Chef Scott continues with the project.

Aaron recommends the Lemon Shrimp with a cream cheese polenta cake, wild arugula and cherry tomato salad, lemon-thyme vinaigrette and roasted tomato sauce. Look for “Today’s Local Fish” and the 10 oz. Grilled Filet with Big Island Hamakua Mushrooms as standout dishes.

Maui Brewing Company CoCoNut PorTeRAaron is a craft beer aficionado so also on his Maui menu was a stop at the celebrated brewpub of the Maui Brewing Co. This is the most successful craft brewery in The Islands and quite a story. Their only “problem” is that they can’t keep up with demand on The Mainland. They can their most popular styles and they are available in California. One of their signature brews is their award-winning CoCoNut PorTeR. The brewpub features some seasonal styles only available on Maui.

The food is seriously good, too, and a big attraction for locals. They even make their own salad dressings. You can’t go wrong with their pizzas or the Kalua Pork Sliders.

A local Island favorite is The Plate Lunch which Aaron sampled at all levels of dining establishments during his visit. It’s a lot of filling food designed for the hungry working guy. The best of the lot was the Pub Plate at Maui Brewing. It’s Kalua pork, white rice, mac salad, and CoCoNut PorTeR BBQ sauce.

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Show 9, December 15, 2012: Jet Tila, William Lewis and Chef Elizabeth Whitt Part One

To get the party going Jet asked each of the panelists to share their holiday food traditions of Christmas and Hanukkah.

Chef Elizabeth then offered some suggestions for holiday hors d’oeuvres including Brie and Truffle Oil Tartines with Chives. All of Elizabeth’s hors d’oeuvre recipes are available on her Web site.

William then suggested festive wine pairings for the hors d’oeuvres.

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