Show 568, March 9, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers. Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.” Steve Dolinsky puts down his pizza peel and joins us.

Celebrity Chef (and cookbook author) Jet Tila needs no long introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who ultimately reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Catch that on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT. Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp. Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat with us about a selection of his current doings.

“In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, “Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.” Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansy Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.” The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards. Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.” An upcoming Regarding Her evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.” Christy Vega joins us with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in TustinOur own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts and what you might soon be seeing at fast food restaurants.

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

Show 568, March 9, 2024: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.”

An upcoming Regarding Her fundraising evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.

Christy Vega joins us with all the tasty details with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

March 9: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles, Jet Tila, Shelley Lindgren, Allegretto Wines, Casa Vega

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers. Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.” Steve Dolinsky puts down his pizza peel and joins us.

Celebrity Chef (and cookbook author) Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Catch that on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT. Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp. Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat with us about a selection of his current doings.

“In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.” Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansey Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

“Hotelier Douglas Ayes (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.” The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards. Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.” An upcoming Regarding Her evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm seatings.” Christy Vega joins us with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts.

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

Steve Dolinsky and Andreew Gruel

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados.”

“Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers.”

“Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.”

Steve puts down his ceremonial pizza peel and joins us.

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Interestingly enough no male chef has ever been the conquering chef for “Tournament of Champions.” Catch that on Food Network on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT.

Next up for Chef Jet on Food Network kicking off on Sunday, April 14th is “24 in 24: Last Chef Standing” hosted by Michael Symon and Esther Choi. Chef Jet is an expert judge on two episodes.

Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin and across the United States. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp.

Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat about a an enticing selection of his current doings.

Shelley Lindgren of A16 Restaurants

In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, “Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.”

“The Festa della Donna is an Italian tradition observed yearly on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day. It serves as a tribute to the remarkable contributions of women in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. Central to the celebration is the custom of presenting women with yellow mimosa flowers, revered as emblems of resilience, beauty, and elegance. Festivities encompass various activities, including gatherings to honor women’s accomplishments and advocate for their continued pursuit of equality and recognition. The Mimosa flower has symbolized the Festa della Donna in Italy since the 1940s, symbolizing affection and appreciation when gifted to women.”

“Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansy Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Local bookseller Now Serving will be on hand with copies of Shelley’s book, and A.O.C. will offer a selection of the featured wines for retail purchase.

Reservations may be made on OpenTable Experience

Suzanne’s menu of specials is inspired by Shelly Lindgren and Nate Appleman’s A16 Cookbook.

Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

Rory Longley of Allegretto Wines

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.”

“In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.”

Liz Strubbe of Allegretto Wines

“Allegretto Wines utilizes sustainable practices in both vineyards by emphasizing biodynamic farming practices that provide optimal times for sowing, transporting, cultivation and harvesting using biodynamic preparations.”

“The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort and al fresco tastings are offered on the patio. Tableside Wine tastings are offered daily and reservations are encouraged.”

The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards.

Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.”

“An upcoming Regarding Her fundraising evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.

Christy Vega joins us with all the tasty details with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Oops… Chef Andrew shares his always informed thoughts.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 477, June 4, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Farmer and chef Nathan Peitso of Los Angeles-originated restaurant brand, Farmhouse (formerly located at the Beverly Center,) is now owner/executive chef at Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse. The Santa Barbara County wine country steakhouse, which initially opened in March 2021 under previous ownership, is located in the heart of the Danish-settled village (adjacent to the Landsby Inn) along California’s Central Coast.

Peitso’s plans for the restaurant include a rebrand and name change in the coming months to “Crawford’s Steakhouse,” in honor of his family name, and a variety of menu and service additions and expansions. Sear will also see an elevated Santa Barbara seafood presence on its dinner menu and an increase in vegetable-based dishes, in addition to multiple steak cuts and other proteins. As a second-generation, Californian farmer – and now, a Santa Ynez Valley resident – Peitso intends to keep menu pricing accessible, relying on his close network of fellow farmers, fisherman, and ranchers.” Chef / Proprietor Nathan Peitso is our guest.

Casa Vega is an iconic Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles for over 65 years. Casa Vega is located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest continuously family-owned restaurants in all of greater Los Angeles. Casa Vega’s roots go back to famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which operated on Olvera Street throughout the 1930s. Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm and festive atmosphere.

Founder Ray passed away in January of 2021. Today the Vega Family keeps the family legacy alive with Christina (Christy) Vega at the helm. Christina worked side-by-side with her father for over 15 years. Nothing made Ray prouder than knowing his family legacy would continue.” Christy Vega is our guest with a signature Casa Vega Margarita in hand.

Amy Dixon’s The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is an artisan bakery (serving Breakfast and Lunch) feeding the body and soul through the time-honored craft of baking. They hold quality ingredients to heart and incorporate them into the way we live. The Baker’s Table is dedicated to combining organic, local and fair-trade ingredients to honor the earth and the hands that cultivate it. Thoughtfully choosing fair-trade, local and organic ingredients when possible, Amy Dixon tends to each recipe with the passion of an artist, persistence of a chemist, and patience of a mother.” Baker Amy Dixon joins us with rolling pin in hand.

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 National Cheese Day. Chef Andrew explains that seafood and cheese can be friends. We’re all looking to save some money on our food purchases. Chef Andrew shares his wisdom on lesser known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious.

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

Show 477, June 4, 2022: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part One

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

Casa Vega is an iconic Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles for over 65 years. Casa Vega is located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest continuously family-owned restaurants in all of greater Los Angeles. Casa Vega’s roots go back to famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which operated on Olvera Street throughout the 1930s. Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm and festive atmosphere.

Founder Ray passed away in January 2021.”

“Today the Vega Family keeps the family legacy alive with Christina (Christy) Vega at the helm. Christina worked side-by-side with her father for over 15 years. Nothing made Ray prouder than knowing his family legacy would continue.”

This year The James Beard Foundation bestowed to Casa Vega, The America’s Classics Award. Each year since 1998 the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee has recognized our nation’s beloved regional restaurants as America’s Classics. Distinguished by their timeless appeal, they serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities. Casa Vega now joins the exclusive collection of L.A. area America’s Classics including Guelaguetza, Langer’s Delicatessen and Philippe the Original. Christy will be in Chicago on the evening of Monday, June 13th to accept the America’s Classics honors for Casa Vega at the 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony.

Show 477, June 4, 2022: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part Two

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

Casa Vega is an iconic Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles for over 65 years. Casa Vega is located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest continuously family-owned restaurants in all of greater Los Angeles. Casa Vega’s roots go back to famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which operated on Olvera Street throughout the 1930s. Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm and festive atmosphere. Founder Ray passed away in January 2021.”

“Today the Vega Family keeps the family legacy alive with Christina (Christy) Vega at the helm. Christina worked side-by-side with her father for over 15 years. Nothing made Ray prouder than knowing his family legacy would continue.”

This year The James Beard Foundation bestowed to Casa Vega, The America’s Classics Award. Each year since 1998 the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee has recognized our nation’s beloved regional restaurants as America’s Classics. Distinguished by their timeless appeal, they serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities. Casa Vega now joins the exclusive collection of L.A. area America’s Classics including Guelaguetza, Langer’s Delicatessen and Philippe the Original. Christy will be in Chicago on the evening of Monday, June 13th to accept the America’s Classics honors for Casa Vega at the 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony

Christy Vega continues as our guest with Table-Side Guacamole at the ready.

June 4: Sear Steakhouse, “America’s Classic” Casa Vega, The Baker’s Table

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietor & Executive Chef Nathan Peitso, Sear Steakhouse, Solvang, CA Part One
Segment Three: Proprietor & Executive Chef Nathan Peitso, Sear Steakhouse, Solvang, CA Part Two
Segment Four: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Six: Baker Amy Dixon, Proprietress. The Baker’s Table, Santa Ynez, CA Part One
Segment Seven: Baker Amy Dixon, Proprietress. The Baker’s Table, Santa Ynez, CA Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

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

“Farmer and chef Nathan Peitso of Los Angeles-originated restaurant brand, Farmhouse (formerly located at The Beverly Center,) is now owner/executive chef at Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse. The Santa Barbara County wine country steakhouse, which initially opened in March 2021 under previous ownership, is located in the heart of the Danish-settled village (adjacent to the Landsby Inn) along California’s Central Coast.

Peitso’s plans for the restaurant include a rebrand and name change in the coming months to “Crawford’s Steakhouse,” in honor of his family name, and a variety of menu and service additions and expansions. Sear will also see an elevated Santa Barbara seafood presence on its dinner menu and an increase in vegetable-based dishes, in addition to multiple steak cuts and other proteins. As a second-generation, Californian farmer – and now, a Santa Ynez Valley resident – Peitso intends to keep menu pricing accessible, relying on his close network of fellow farmers, fisherman, and ranchers.” Chef/Proprietor Nathan Peitso is our guest.

“Casa Vega is a Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles for over 65 years. Casa Vega is located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest continuously family-owned restaurants in all of greater Los Angeles. Casa Vega’s roots go back to famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which operated on Olvera Street throughout the 1930s. Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm and festive atmosphere.

Founder Ray passed away in January of 2021. Today the Vega Family keeps the family legacy alive with Christina (Christy) Vega at the helm. Christina worked side-by-side with her father for over 15 years. Nothing made Ray prouder than knowing his family legacy would continue.” Christy Vega is our guest with a signature Casa Vega Margarita in hand.

Amy Dixon’s The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is an artisan bakery feeding the body and soul through the time-honored craft of baking. They hold quality ingredients to heart and incorporate them into the way we live. The Baker’s Table is dedicated to combining organic, local and fair-trade ingredients to honor the earth and the hands that cultivate it.

Thoughtfully choosing fair-trade, local and organic ingredients when possible, Amy Dixon tends to each recipe with the passion of an artist, persistence of a chemist, and patience of a mother.” Baker Amy Dixon joins us with rolling pin in hand.

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. We’re all looking to save some money on our food purchases. Chef Andrew shares his wisdom on lesser known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. He also provides tips on buying fresh fish and seafood.

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

Nathan Peitso of Sear Steakhouse

“Farmer and chef Nathan Peitso of Los Angeles-originated restaurant brand, Farmhouse (formerly located at the Beverly Center,) is now owner/executive chef at Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse. The Santa Barbara County wine country steakhouse, which initially opened in March 2021 under previous ownership, is located in the heart of the Danish-settled village (adjacent to the Landsby Inn) along California’s Central Coast.”

“Peitso’s plans for the restaurant include a rebrand and name change in the coming months to “Crawford’s Steakhouse,” in honor of his family name, and a variety of menu and service additions and expansions. Sear’s local farm relationships will continue to play a major role in the kitchen, as Peitso sources from Santa Ynez Valley farms in addition to his family’s Southern California-based Kenter Canyon Farms. Roan Mills, to which Peitso also has family ties, will supply all bread products bound for the steakhouse, which will also see an elevated Santa Barbara seafood presence on its dinner menu and an increase in vegetable-based dishes, in addition to multiple steak cuts and other proteins.”

“As a second-generation, Californian farmer – and now, a Santa Ynez Valley resident – Peitso intends to keep menu pricing accessible, relying on his close network of fellow farmers, fisherman, and ranchers.” Serving Dinner nightly except on Monday.

Chef / Proprietor Nathan Peitso is our guest.

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

Casa Vega is an iconic Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles for over 65 years. Casa Vega is located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest continuously family-owned restaurants in all of greater Los Angeles. Casa Vega’s roots go back to famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which operated on Olvera Street throughout the 1930s. Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm and festive atmosphere.

Founder Ray passed away in January 2021.”

“Today the Vega Family keeps the family legacy alive with Christina (Christy) Vega at the helm. Christina worked side-by-side with her father for over 15 years. Nothing made Ray prouder than knowing his family legacy would continue.”

This year The James Beard Foundation bestowed to Casa Vega, The America’s Classics Award. Each year since 1998 the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee has recognized our nation’s beloved regional restaurants as America’s Classics. Distinguished by their timeless appeal, they serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities. Casa Vega now joins the exclusive collection of L.A. area America’s Classics including Guelaguetza, Langer’s Delicatessen and Philippe the Original.

Christy Vega is our guest with a Casa Vega Margarita in hand.

Amy Dixon of The Baker's Table

Amy Dixon’s The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is an artisan bakery feeding the body and soul through the time-honored craft of baking. They hold quality ingredients to heart and incorporate them into the way we live. The Baker’s Table is dedicated to combining organic, local and fair-trade ingredients to honor the earth and the hands that cultivate it.”

“Thoughtfully choosing fair-trade, local and organic ingredients when possible, Amy Dixon tends to each recipe with the passion of an artist, persistence of a chemist, and patience of a mother. At home in the Santa Ynez Valley since 1998, Amy keeps answering her driving call to pursue excellence through baking. Through kneading bread or crafting desserts for local restaurants, she continues to find joy in a flaky, buttery apple galette or in the delightful textures of a French macaron.”

“If you’re searching for a full, hand-crafted breakfast or a steaming cup of coffee and a luscious pastry, The Baker’s Table can satisfy your craving. Delectable offerings include everything from savory quiches to scones jam-packed with berries galore. If it’s lunch you prefer, their menu features salads with pristine ingredients fresh from the farm, as well as delicious sandwiches on their famous variety of hearth-baked breads.”

“Bread is the backbone of The Baker’s Table. They use artisan flour, all baked on a radiant, stone hearth. The Baker’s Table lovingly creates each and every loaf by hand, and carefully tend to them from mixing to slicing. You will see, smell and taste the stellar quality of their mouth-watering breads.”

Baker Amy Dixon joins us with rolling pin in hand.

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.

With inflation on the rise all around us we’re looking to save some money on our food purchases. Chef Andrew shares his wisdom on lesser known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. He also provides tips on buying fresh fish and seafood.

Show 417, March 20, 2021: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part One

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks under the watchful eye of 2nd generation restaurateur Christy Vega has reopened again for full-service dining. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2021 there will be a year of festivities honoring the late founder, Rafael “Ray” Vega, who passed away earlier in the year. Also new is a changing series of $5.00 Margarita Mondays served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Monday.

“The Foo Fighters taco has returned to Casa Vega through the end of April. Originally launched in December 2020 as the second installment of the restaurant’s charity band tacos (following the initial launch with Fall Out Boy in October), the special collaboration was cut short when the restaurant temporarily closed that month in response to new COVID restrictions. Now that Casa Vega has reopened for dine-in and take-out, the taco has returned as a special combo plate (Foo Fighters Especial) created by Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl—inspired by his passion for smoking meat—as well as a cocktail.” The libation is the Los Lucadores Foo with a shot of La Gritona resposado, fresh lime juice and Modelo Especial.

“The profits from each taco are donated to No Us Without You, a charity providing food security for undocumented back of house staff and their families created by Va’La Hospitality in the early weeks of the pandemic. As Casa Vega celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, expect more taco collabs and programming to be announced soon.”

Christy Vega is our guest with a Los Lucadores Foo in hand.

Show 417, March 20, 2021: Restaurateur Christy Vega, Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks Part Two

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks under the watchful eye of 2nd generation restaurateur Christy Vega has reopened again for full-service dining. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2021 there will be a year of festivities honoring the late founder, Ray Vega, who passed away earlier in the year. Also new is a changing series of $5.00 Margarita Mondays served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Monday.

“The Foo Fighters taco has returned to Casa Vega through the end of April. Originally launched in December 2020 as the second installment of the restaurant’s charity band tacos (following the initial launch with Fall Out Boy in October), the special collaboration was cut short when the restaurant temporarily closed that month in response to new COVID restrictions. Now that Casa Vega has reopened for dine-in and take-out, the taco has returned as a special combo plate (Foo Fighters Especial) created by Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl—inspired by his passion for smoking meat—as well as a cocktail.” The libation is the Los Lucadores Foo with a shot of La Gritona resposado, fresh lime juice and Modelo Especial.

“The profits from each taco are donated to No Us Without You, a charity providing food security for undocumented back of house staff and their families created by Va’La Hospitality in the early weeks of the pandemic. As Casa Vega celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, expect more taco collabs and programming to be announced soon.”

Christy Vega continues the conversation now with “The Tarantino” Margarita in hand. (It’s a festive salute to the Oscar-winning, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”)

Show 373, May 16, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

It’s a time of great concern for all of us and our “SoCal Restaurant Show” mission, until the Covid-19 crisis is fully abated, is to provide reliable and genuinely useful information on how the restaurant business is coping with the rapidly evolving events. With an emphasis on the health, safety and well-being of our listeners we’ll be detailing what the ever-changing range of services restaurants can now provide to their guests. Creativity and adaptability are at the forefront. We’re doing our level best to keep it upbeat…

Chefs and restaurateurs are honestly the most generous people we know. In times of need they are always the very first in generously giving back and meaningfully supporting their communities. Truly remarkable…Right now restaurants urgently need our support to stay afloat. Kindly keep this in mind and please do what you possibly can (as you can afford) to support a community-focused, local restaurant….

As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without the enthusiastic encouragement of the foodie community.

Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution. Serving her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment. There are also Zov’s restaurants in Newport Coast, Irvine and Anaheim. The Tustin and Newport Coast locations are now serving Family Meals and Takeout Menu items curbside. 2nd generation Karamardian Family member, Armen, joins us with the details and looks to the future.

The enduring Casa Vega is a landmark Mexican restaurant that has been operating in the San Fernando Valley for almost 64 years. It’s located on the familiar Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks and is one of the longest running, continuously family-owned restaurants in greater Los Angeles. Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956 after being inspired by the success of his parents’ earlier restaurant, Café Caliente, which was on Olvera St. and operated throughout the 1930’s. Casa Vega has recently reopened for take-out via advance order online or by telephone.

Proprietress Christy Vega (a 3rd generation restaurateur) pours the Classic Margaritas for us.

Led by chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as national board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP,) celebrating its 30th Anniversary, transforms the lives of underserved high school students and young people locally by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP prepares these talented young adults for college, and for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. This year Los Angeles awarded $430,131 in scholarships to 34 deserving high school students. Joining us are Food TV’s Chef Monti Carlo (a “Friend of C-CAP”,) college scholarship recipient Emerson Majano, a member of the Senior Class at Santee Education Complex and college scholarship recipient Morena Hernandez, a Senior at Los Angeles High School.

Newport Beach’s highly praised, Fable & Spirit, has reopened in the Via Lido Plaza for takeout service. The public, once again, is able to partake in Chef Executive Chef David Shofner’s imaginative, globally inspired dishes. In addition, Sommelier Ali Coyle presents a curated list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle offers a selection of signature cocktails to go. Sommelier & Coyle Family member, Ali, gently pulls the cork for us.

After honing his skills at some of the most influential restaurants in Southern California –including The Eveleigh, Father’s Office, and Umami Restaurant Group—Chef & Proprietor Ted Hopson now brings his diverse experience and curious palate to The Bellwether in Studio City, incorporating Italian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern flavors for a culinary spread that proudly crashes borders and challenges convention. His Partner at The Bellwether is Beverage Director Ann-Marie Verdi. At The Bellwether (in normal times,) Verdi creates a beverage program that pleases all palates through both contemporary and classic selections. Chef Ted is our guest to discuss how The Bellwether is coping with the ban on dine-in.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative <strong>“Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Take-out/delivery when you can surely helps…Of course, the safety of restaurant employees and guests comes first. 3rd party delivery services seem convenient but they are costly to both consumers and restaurants. A lot more here to explain and better understand. We’ll again “Ask the Chef.”

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!