Show 459, January 22, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Long Black Restaurant Week will be an eight-day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.” A participating food truck is Chef Vida Virgillito’s Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck. It’s the first certified rolling grill in Long Beach that features a menu of all spicy foods. You choose your preferred level of spice ranging from “Tame” to “Insane.” All the hot sauces and special seasonings are Chef Vida’s own creations. They are vegan and vegetarian options on the Gone Loco menu. Chef Vida takes a break from the rolling grill and joins us with spatula in hand.

“Women restaurateurs from across Los Angeles have created a new charitable organization called RE:Her. Its debut 2021 initiative, a food festival called 10 Days RE:Her, featured 10 days of unique collaborations, thematic menus, and one-on-one conversations between female industry leaders. Over 100 restaurants and collaborators were involved. 10 Days RE:Her 2022 will launch on March 4th.

Restaurateur Sylvie Gabriele (a 2nd generation Restaurateur) of Manhattan Beach’s Love & Salt is one of the organizers of the upcoming Festival as well as serves on the active RE:Her board. Sylvie takes a break from her restaurant to preview the upcoming “10 Days RE:Her 2022” events and report on all the ongoing philanthropic activities of Regarding:Her.

Larner Vineyard & Winery established in Ballard Canyon in 1999 is truly a family affair run by two generations of the Larner Family. It’s a California Certified Organically farmed estate. “Tradition and passion guide the meticulous farming of 34 acres of Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier as well as the Italian variety, Malvasia Bianca. Limited annual productions of handcrafted quality wines define this boutique winery.” The Tasting Room is in historic Los Olivos adjacent to the Los Olivos General Store. Winemaker & Vineyard Manager Michael Larner is our guest to gently pull the cork on all that is Larner Vineyard & Winery.

“Travel fans can journey across the USA on epic trails and fascinating road trips featuring history, heritage, food and culture with the new, 9th season of Travels with Darley,” launching on PBS stations January 2022. Six new episodes bring the series to a total of 51 half hours.”  “There are so many great places to discover right in our own backyards! With the pandemic, I wanted to highlight destinations within the USA, like our national parks and forests, that are perfect for social distancing, as well as trails and road trip routes that share important history and heritage,” said Darley Newman, the series host and creator. “I’m particularly excited about our Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail episodes in the lead up to Black History Month. I was able to interview activists and artists who lived through the Civil Rights movement, many of whom have never had their stories filmed, making the content truly special.” Roving travel authority Darley Newman joins us.

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 start of yet another challenging year for chefs and restaurants. We’ll get an informed update on the current state of affairs for chefs and restaurants. Is more Federal aid (a replenishment of the Restaurant Relief Fund) for small, independent restaurants even a possibility?

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

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Show 459, January 22, 2022: Darley Newman, Travel Journalist, PBS’ “Travels with Darley” Part One

Darley Newman of Travels with Darley

“Travel fans can journey across the USA on epic trails and fascinating road trips featuring history, heritage, food and culture with the new, 9th season of Travels with Darley,” launching on PBS stations January 2022. Six new episodes bring the series to a total of 51 half hours.”

“There are so many great places to discover right in our own backyards! With the pandemic, I wanted to highlight destinations within the USA, like our national parks and forests, that are perfect for social distancing, as well as trails and road trip routes that share important history and heritage,” said Darley Newman, the series host and creator. “I’m particularly excited about our Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail episodes in the lead up to Black History Month. I was able to interview activists and artists who lived through the Civil Rights movement, many of whom have never had their stories filmed, making the content truly special.”

“Travels with Darley’s” new season takes viewers along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and includes never-before-seen interviews with women who were child activists during the movement, including Rosa Parks protégé Doris Crenshaw. Along South Carolina’s new Liberty Trail, Newman visits Revolutionary War sites, many of which are lesser known, to bring the breadth of American history to life. Along New York’s new 750-mile Empire State Trail, Newman enlists locals to explore craft breweries, cycling and culture.”

“Wisconsin’s Northwoods and the vast Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest set the stage for mountain biking, fishing and hikes along the North Country Trail. In Grand County, Colorado, Newman saddles up on horses and mountain bikes at sustainable dude ranches, national forests and parks. Newman joins local experts and guides in each location to help travelers discover insider-tips and hidden gems.”

Wandering Travel Authority Darley Newman is our guest.

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Show 459, January 22, 2022: Darley Newman, Travel Journalist, PBS’ “Travels with Darley” Part Two

Darley Newman of Travels with Darley

“Travel fans can journey across the USA on epic trails and fascinating road trips featuring history, heritage, food and culture with the new, 9th season of Travels with Darley,” launching on PBS stations January 2022. Six new episodes bring the series to a total of 51 half hours.”

“There are so many great places to discover right in our own backyards! With the pandemic, I wanted to highlight destinations within the USA, like our national parks and forests, that are perfect for social distancing, as well as trails and road trip routes that share important history and heritage,” said Darley Newman, the series host and creator. “I’m particularly excited about our Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail episodes in the lead up to Black History Month. I was able to interview activists and artists who lived through the Civil Rights movement, many of whom have never had their stories filmed, making the content truly special.”

“Travels with Darley’s” new season takes viewers along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and includes never-before-seen interviews with women who were child activists during the movement, including Rosa Parks protégé Doris Crenshaw. Along South Carolina’s new Liberty Trail, Newman visits Revolutionary War sites, many of which are lesser known, to bring the breadth of American history to life. Along New York’s new 750-mile Empire State Trail, Newman enlists locals to explore craft breweries, cycling and culture.”

“Wisconsin’s Northwoods and the vast Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest set the stage for mountain biking, fishing and hikes along the North Country Trail. In Grand County, Colorado, Newman saddles up on horses and mountain bikes at sustainable dude ranches, national forests and parks. Newman joins local experts and guides in each location to help travelers discover insider-tips and hidden gems.”

Travel authority Darley Newman continues with us compass in hand.

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January 22: Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck, Love & Salt at RE:Her, Larner Vineyard & Winery, Travels with Darley

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Vida Virgillito of the Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck, Long Beach
Segment Three: Restaurateur Sylvie Gabriele, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach, 10 Days of RE:Her 2022
Segment Four: Michael Larner, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Larner Vineyard & Winery, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley Part One
Segment Five: Michael Larner, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Larner Vineyard & Winery, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Darley Newman, Travel Journalist, PBS’ “Travels with Darley” Part One
Segment Seven: Darley Newman, Travel Journalist, PBS’ “Travels with Darley” Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

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

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Long Black Restaurant Week will be an eight-day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.” A participating food truck is Chef Vida Virgillito’s Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck. It’s the first certified rolling grill in Long Beach that features a menu of all spicy foods. You choose your preferred level of spice ranging from “Tame” to “Insane.” All the hot sauces and special seasonings are Chef Vida’s own creations. They are vegan and vegetarian options on the Gone Loco menu. Chef Vida takes a break from the rolling grill and joins us with spatula in hand.

“Women restaurateurs from across Los Angeles have created a new charitable organization called RE:Her. Its debut 2021 initiative, a food festival called 10 Days RE:Her, featured 10 days of unique collaborations, thematic menus, and one-on-one conversations between female industry leaders. Over 100 restaurants and collaborators were involved. 10 Days RE:Her 2022 will launch in the coming months.

Restaurateur Sylvie Gabriele (a 2nd generation Restaurateur) of Manhattan Beach’s Love & Salt is one of the organizers of the upcoming Festival as well as serves on the active RE:Her board. Sylvie takes a break from her restaurant to preview the upcoming “10 Days RE:Her 2022” events and report on all the ongoing philanthropic activities of Regarding:Her.

Larner Vineyard & Winery established in Ballard Canyon in 1999 is truly a family affair run by two generations of the Larner Family. It’s a California Certified Organically farmed estate. Tradition and passion guide the meticulous farming of 34 acres of Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier as well as the Italian variety, Malvasia Bianca. Limited annual productions of handcrafted quality wines define this boutique winery. The Tasting Room is in historic Los Olivos adjacent to the Los Olivos General Store. Winemaker & Vineyard Manager Michael Larner is our guest to gently pull the cork on all that is Larner Vineyard & Winery.

“Travel fans can journey across the USA on epic trails and fascinating road trips featuring history, heritage, food and culture with the new, 9th season of “Travels with Darley,” launching on PBS stations January 2022. Six new episodes bring the series to a total of 51 half hours.” “There are so many great places to discover right in our own backyards! With the pandemic, I wanted to highlight destinations within the USA, like our national parks and forests, that are perfect for social distancing, as well as trails and road trip routes that share important history and heritage,” said Darley Newman, the series host and creator. “I’m particularly excited about our Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail episodes in the lead up to Black History Month. I was able to interview activists and artists who lived through the Civil Rights movement, many of whom have never had their stories filmed, making the content truly special.” Roving travel authority Darley Newman joins us.

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 start of yet another challenging year for chefs and restaurants. We’ll get an informed update on the current state of affairs for chefs and restaurants.

Is more Federal aid for small, independent restaurants even a possibility?

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

Vida Virgillito of the Gone Lock Spicy Food Truck

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on Atlantic, Long Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.”

A participating food truck is Chef Vida Virgillito’s Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck. It’s the first certified rolling grill in Long Beach that features a menu of all spicy foods. You choose your preferred level of spice ranging from “Tame” to “Insane.” All the hot sauces and special seasonings are Chef Vida’s creations. They are vegan and vegetarian options on the Gone Loco menu.

Popular menu items include My Chick Bangin’ Sandwich with a spicy chicken breast (grilled or fried,) spicy house aioli, spicy pickles, lettuce and tomato; and Mom’s Grilled PB&PJ Sammie with pepper jelly and peanut butter on grilled artisan bread. The onion rings have a special seasoning that elevates the taste and flavor.

Chef Vida takes a break from the rolling grill and joins us with spatula in hand.

Sylvie Gabriele of Love and Salt

“Women restaurateurs from across Los Angeles have created a new charitable organization called RE:Her. Its debut 2021 initiative, a food festival called 10 Days RE:Her, featured 10 days of unique collaborations, thematic menus, and one-on-one conversations between female industry leaders. 10 Days RE:Her kicked off on January 21, 2021 the anniversary of the groundbreaking Women’s March of 2017, and ran through Saturday, January 30. Over 100 restaurants and collaborators were involved. 10 Days RE:Her 2022 will launch in the coming months.

Restaurateur Sylvie Gabriele (a 2nd generation Restaurateur) of Manhattan Beach’s Love & Salt is one of the organizers of the upcoming Festival as well as serves on the active RE:Her board. Sylvie takes a break from her restaurant to preview the upcoming “10 Days RE:Her 2022” events and report on all the ongoing philanthropic activities of Regarding:Her.

Micheal Larner of Larner Vineyard and Winery

Larner Vineyard & Winery established in Ballard Canyon in 1999 is truly a family affair operated by two generations of the Larner Family. It’s a California Certified Organically farmed estate. Tradition and passion guide the meticulous farming of 34 acres of Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier as well as the Italian variety, Malvasia Bianca. Limited annual productions of handcrafted quality wines define this boutique winery.

The Larner Vineyard & Winery Tasting Room is located in historic downtown Los Olivos and is open daily. Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Michael Larner’s wife, Christina, is the Retail Manager and also runs the adjacent Los Olivos General Store.

“Driven to find a family property they could all share in winemaking, founders Christine and Stevan Larner came to the Santa Ynez Valley. When they first set eyes on the property in Ballard Canyon in 1995, they knew this was their route to a family legacy. Christine still lives on the property but Stevan passed away in 2005. Stevan Larner was an Oscar-nominated, Emmy winning cinematographer who spent much of his early career in Europe where he first learned to love wine.”

“When the couple found the ranch property in Ballard Canyon, they set about clearing the land to plant vineyards in a place that had never before been cultivated. It was amazing to see the land toiled by machines, and analyze the soil and weather. Son Michael Larner took care of all the soil and geology matters, and the land told the family what to plant: Rhône varietals. And the rest is history.”

“Winemaker & Vineyard Manager Michael Larner earned his Master’s Degree in Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His formal training in wine continued with cellar apprenticeships at Marchesi Antinori’s Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Bolgheri, Tuscany) and E. Guigal’s Château d’Ampuis (Rhône Valley, France). He previously worked with Santa Ynez-based wineries Babcock Winery and Rusack Vineyards. He has been making wine since 1999.”

“Michael is co-founder of the Ballard Canyon AVA and recently served as president of this newly-founded AVA (American Viticulture Area). Ballard Canyon is one of our nation’s smallest AVAs and is focused on the production of quality Syrah.”

“Michael’s sister, Monica Larner, is a wine writer based in Rome. Following ten years as Italian Editor with Wine Enthusiast, she now reviews Italian wine for Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Monica takes a smaller role at the winery, but continues to contribute her knowledge in the final wines: from blends to aging time.”

Michael Larner is our guest to gently pull the cork on all that is Larner Vineyard & Winery.

Darley Newman of Travels with Darley

“Travel fans can journey across the USA on epic trails and fascinating road trips featuring history, heritage, food and culture with the new, 9th season of Travels with Darley,” launching on PBS stations January 2022. Six new episodes bring the series to a total of 51 half hours.”

“There are so many great places to discover right in our own backyards! With the pandemic, I wanted to highlight destinations within the USA, like our national parks and forests, that are perfect for social distancing, as well as trails and road trip routes that share important history and heritage,” said Darley Newman, the series host and creator. “I’m particularly excited about our Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail episodes in the lead up to Black History Month. I was able to interview activists and artists who lived through the Civil Rights movement, many of whom have never had their stories filmed, making the content truly special.”

“Travels with Darley’s” new season takes viewers along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and includes never-before-seen interviews with women who were child activists during the movement, including Rosa Parks protégé Doris Crenshaw. Along South Carolina’s new Liberty Trail, Newman visits Revolutionary War sites, many of which are lesser known, to bring the breadth of American history to life. Along New York’s new 750-mile Empire State Trail, Newman enlists locals to explore craft breweries, cycling and culture.”

“Wisconsin’s Northwoods and the vast Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest set the stage for mountain biking, fishing and hikes along the North Country Trail. In Grand County, Colorado, Newman saddles up on horses and mountain bikes at sustainable dude ranches, national forests and parks. Newman joins local experts and guides in each location to help travelers discover insider-tips and hidden gems.”

Wandering Travel Authority Darley Newman is our guest.

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 start of yet another challenging year for chefs and restaurants.

Dealing with uncertainty is a daily obstacle. We’ll get an informed update on the current state of affairs for chefs and restaurants. Managing multiple concerns is the order of the day. Is more desperately needed Federal Aid for small, independent restaurants even a possibility?

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Vida Virgillito of the Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck, Long Beach
Segment Three: Restaurateur Sylvie Gabriele, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach, 10 Days of RE:Her 2022
Segment Four: Michael Larner, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Larner Vineyard & Winery, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley Part One
Segment Five: Michael Larner, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Larner Vineyard & Winery, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Darley Newman, Travel Journalist, PBS’ “Travels with Darley” Part One
Segment Seven: Darley Newman, Travel Journalist, PBS’ “Travels with Darley” Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

Show 383, July 25, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Restaurateur Steve Livigni (Scopa Italian Roots & DAMA) is the Food & Beverage Partner for the newly opened June Hotel in Westchester. This is the more casual sister brand of Proper Hotel group. “The first restaurant to launch there is the breezy, Baja-inspired Caravan Swim Club, a 2-story outdoor poolside gathering place for everything from cabana drinks to fire pit gatherings, creative meetings to laid-back lounging. The menus take you on a culinary road trip from Santa Barbara to Northern Baja, Mexico. Enjoy seasonal snacks like charcuterie, ceviche and a raw bar paired with biodynamic wines, craft beer, and small-batch tequila.” Steve Livigni joins us with all the details.

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. Wine Director Josh Wibbenmeyer’s wine list is well rounded with great finds from both established and emerging wine regions throughout the world. Redbird is open for dine-in with three desirable outdoor seating options including the original Redbird Courtyard. Easy to make reservations on Tock. Currently Redbird is also offering contactless curbside pickup with an a la carte menu, Redbird at Home. Chef Neal Fraser is our guest.

Barbecue afficionados have been eagerly anticipating the pending arrival of Daniel and Brenda Castillo’s Heritage Barbecue in San Juan Capistrano. They have developed a fanatical following for their Central Texas-style barbecue (that’s cooked low and slow) served in Orange County at popular pop-ups at area craft breweries. Daniel has trained extensively with prominent Texas pitmasters at their respective establishments. The soon-to-open restaurant with the capacity to serve several hundred guests per day (seven days a week) will be all outdoors.

We pull Chef Daniel away from the custom twin offset smokers for a chat.

“The award-winning Old Vine Kitchen & Bar in THE CAMP in Costa Mesa has returned to the Orange County culinary scene by reopening on-premise dining with an emphasis on staff and guest safety and an expansion of its intimate dining experience. In addition to Old Vine’s popular backyard patio, guests can now spend evenings enjoying two newly-acquired outdoor dining spaces: The Roof and The Stairway Patio.” Chef / Proprietor Mark McDonald joins us with all the specifics.

We’ve previously introduced listeners to Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley.” “JOURNY, the free AVOD travel channel from Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is now presenting the first season (13 episodes) of the Daytime Emmy-Nominated show “Travels with Darley.”  The series follows six-time Emmy Award-nominated host and producer Darley Newman as she travels with local people in beautiful and awe-inspiring locations (including California) to experience history, culture, food, music, art and adventure.” Darley Newman joins us from somewhere on the road to chronicle her new adventures. 

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. Chef Andrew is regularly 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. Dine-in is slowly, with multiple hiccups, starting to come back but with a lot of new rules that restrict guest counts. Alternately Take-Out / Delivery when you can surely helps… Please keep in mind common courtesy and politeness when dining. Your server is wearing a mask and face shield for your protection. It’s hard to hear them talk so be patient. It’s never easy being a server but it’s even tougher right now. Great time to be considerate. Tip generously… We’ll, of course “Ask the Chef,” for added insight.

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

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July 25: Caravan Swim Club, Neal Fraser, Heritage Barbecue, Old Vine Kitchen & Bar, Darley Newman

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Steve Livigni, Food & Beverage Partner, June Hotel & Caravan Swim Club
Segment Three: Executive Chef & Partner Neal Fraser, Redbird & Vibiana, Los Angeles
Segment Four: Chef / Proprietor Daniel Castillo of Heritage Barbecue, San Juan Capistrano Part One
Segment Five: Chef / Proprietor Daniel Castillo of Heritage Barbecue, San Juan Capistrano Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef & Partner, Mark McDonald, Old Vine Kitchen & Bar, Costa Mesa
Segment Seven: Travel Journalist Darley Newman – “Travels with Darley”
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Restaurateur Steve Livigni (Scopa Italian Roots & DAMA) is the Food & Beverage Partner for the newly opened June Hotel in Westchester. This is the more casual sister brand of Proper Hotel group. The first restaurant to launch there is the breezy, Baja-inspired Caravan Swim Club, a 2-story outdoor poolside gathering place for everything from cabana drinks to fire pit gatherings, creative meetings to laid-back lounging. The menus take you on a culinary road trip from Santa Barbara to Northern Baja, Mexico. Enjoy seasonal snacks like charcuterie, ceviche and a raw bar paired with biodynamic wines, craft beer, and small-batch tequila. Steve Livigni joins us with all the details.

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. Wine Director Josh Wibbenmeyer’s wine list is well rounded with great finds from both established and emerging wine regions throughout the world. Redbird is open for dine-in with three desirable outdoor seating options including the Redbird Courtyard. Easy to make reservations on Tock. Currently Redbird is offering contactless curbside pickup with an a la carte menu, Redbird at Home. Chef Neal Fraser is our guest.

Barbecue afficionados have been eagerly anticipating the pending arrival of Daniel and Brenda Castillo’s Heritage Barbecue in San Juan Capistrano. They have developed a fanatical following for their Central Texas-style barbecue (that’s cooked low and slow) served in Orange County at popular pop-ups at area craft breweries. Daniel has trained extensively with prominent Texas pitmasters at their respective establishments. The soon-to-open restaurant with the capacity to serve several hundred guests per day (seven days a week) will be all outdoors.

We pull Chef Daniel away from the twin smokers for a chat.

“The award-winning Old Vine Kitchen & Bar in THE CAMP in Costa Mesa has returned to the Orange County culinary scene by reopening on-premise dining with an emphasis on staff and guest safety and an expansion of its intimate dining experience. In addition to Old Vine’s popular backyard patio, guests can now spend evenings enjoying two newly-acquired outdoor dining spaces: The Roof and The Stairway Patio.” Chef / Proprietor Mark McDonald joins us with all the specifics.

We’ve previously introduced listeners to Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley.” “JOURNY, the free AVOD travel channel from Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is now presenting the first season (13 episodes) of the Daytime Emmy-Nominated show “Travels with Darley.”  The series follows six-time Emmy Award-nominated host and producer Darley Newman as she travels with local people in beautiful and awe-inspiring locations (including California) to experience history, culture, food, music, art and adventure.” Darley Newman joins us from somewhere on the road to chronicle her new adventures.

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. Chef Andrew is regularly 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. Dine-in is slowly, with multiple hiccups, starting to come back but with a lot of new rules that restrict guest counts. Alternately Take-Out / Delivery when you can surely helps… Please keep in mind common courtesy and politeness when dining. Your server is wearing a mask and face shield for your protection. It’s hard to hear them talk so be patient. It’s never easy being a server but it’s even tougher right now. Great time to be considerate. Tip generously… We’ll, of course “Ask the Chef,” for added insight.

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

Steve Livigni of Scenic Route and the Caravan Swim ClubRestaurateur Steve Livigni (Scopa Italian Roots & DAMA) is the Food & Beverage Partner for the newly opened June Hotel in Westchester. This is the inaugural, more casual sister brand of Proper Hotel group.

The first restaurant to launch there is the breezy Baja-inspired Caravan Swim Club, a 2-story outdoor poolside gathering place for everything from cabana drinks to fire pit gatherings, creative meetings to laid-back lounging. The menus take you on a culinary road trip from Santa Barbara to Northern Baja, Mexico. Enjoy seasonal snacks like charcuterie, ceviche and a raw bar paired with biodynamic wines, craft beer, and small-batch tequilas.

Scenic Route is the future, all-day Lobby restaurant. Opening date in the next few months.

Steve Livigni is our guest with all the details.

Neal Fraser of RedbirdChef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. Wine Director Josh Wibbenmeyer’s wine list is well rounded with great finds from both established and emerging wine regions throughout the world.

Redbird is open for dine-in with three desirable outdoor seating options including the Redbird Courtyard. Easy to make reservations on Tock.

Currently Redbird is also offering contactless curbside pickup with an a la carte menu, Redbird at Home.

Redbird also has been actively raising funds in creative ways to benefit their Black Student Scholarship fund at C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) via sales of their signature The Squeaky Door cocktail (with Artingstall’s Gin) and the Go Go Gyoza dumpling sales effort.

Executive Chef Neal Fraser is our guest.

Daniel Castillo of Heritage BarbecueBarbecue afficionados have been eagerly anticipating the pending arrival of Daniel and Brenda Castillo’s Heritage Barbecue in San Juan Capistrano. They have developed a fanatical following for their Central Texas-Style craft barbecue (that’s cooked low and slow) served in Orange County at popular pop-ups at area craft breweries. Daniel has trained extensively with prominent Texas pitmasters at their respective establishments. The soon-to-open restaurant with the capacity to serve several hundred guests per day (seven days a week) will be all outdoors.

Heritage is well-known for their brisket, tri-tip, chicken, ribs and sausages. There is even a proprietary barbecue cheesecake. All the proteins are cooked using California White Oak in twin, 1,000 gallon offset smokers crafted by Harper Barbecue in Costa Mesa.

Kingsford, the very familiar charcoal briquet firm, has recently launched a cash award program to recognize (and encourage) barbecue chefs nationwide. Chef Daniel was awarded $10,000 in May by Kingsford with no strings attached.

We pull Chef Daniel away from the twin smokers for a chat.

Mark McDonald of Old Vine Kitchen and Bar“The award-winning Old Vine Kitchen & Bar in Costa Mesa at THE CAMP has returned to the Orange County culinary scene by reopening on-premise dining with an emphasis on staff and guest safety and an expansion of its intimate dining experience. In addition to Old Vine’s popular backyard patio, guests can now spend evenings enjoying two newly-acquired outdoor dining spaces: The Roof and The Stairway Patio.”

“We’re excited to extend our signature Old Vine experience to two new beautiful outdoor spaces, The Roof and The Stairway Patio, which give our restaurant the space needed for social distancing and ensuring our guests’ safety,” said Old Vine Kitchen & Bar’s proprietor and Chef Mark McDonald. “We are proud to welcome our customers back, knowing that our restaurant has fully implemented all city, county, and state safety protocols, and trained our excellent staff accordingly. Guest and staff well-being is always our first priority.”

“Returning diners will be delighted to find brand new bar and dinner menus from Chef McDonald, who has helmed Old Vine’s kitchen for more than 13 years. From revamped old favorites, such as Old Vine’s Caprese of Burrata, to soon-to-be classics, such as a new, four course cocktail pairing tasting menu, guests are sure to savor his fresh takes on Old Vine’s signature regional cuisine, always crafted with top quality food products and now a totally scratch kitchen.”

“Our whole team took advantage of this quieter time, and we all found new inspiration, whether in the kitchen, with the wine list, or behind the bar,” co-owner Kate Perry said. “The result is updated bar and dinner menus, a range of new vegan and vegetarian options, and as always, a commitment to serving and building our Old Vine family.”

Chef Mark McDonald joins us.

Darley Newman of Travels with DarleyWe’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s Travels with Darley.”JOURNY, the free AVOD travel channel from Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is now presenting the first season (13 episodes) of the Daytime Emmy-Nominated show “Travels with Darley.”  The series follows six-time Emmy Award-nominated host and producer Darley Newman as she travels with local people in beautiful and awe-inspiring locations to experience history, culture, food, music, art and adventure.”

“As JOURNY is known to focus on immersive experiences and unique storytelling, each episode introduces viewers to diverse cultures and traditions and what makes each location truly unique. Darley’s on-camera local counterparts are the true stars of each episode, as they lead Darley through their world. Viewers learn about places and cultures that are less publicized by traditional media, as well as new things about places they thought they knew, bridging global cultures and inspiring viewers to look at the world in a new way.”

“JOURNY’s focus on cultural travel make it the perfect home for our immersive and experiential series,” said Newman. “We film in a style that allows viewers to feel like they are along with me on this global journey. I really got out of my comfort zone for extreme adventures and to share stories that showcase the diversity of our planet.”

“Shot in stunning 4K in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and USA, Darley takes viewers swimming with sharks in Dubai, bungee jumping off the world’s highest commercial tower in Macao, skiing in Tahoe with Olympian Jonny Moseley and free diving with a community of women whose centuries old practices in South Korea are recognized by UNESCO. Authentic cuisine is also a focus with Darley learning about sustainable oyster farming in California’s Morro Bay, trying retro street foods in Seoul and Emirati cuisine in Dubai.”

Darley Newman joins us from the road to chronicle her new adventures.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style PizzaOur 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. Chef Andrew is regularly 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. Dine-in is slowly, with multiple hiccups, starting to come back but with a lot of new rules that restrict guest counts. Alternately Take-Out / Delivery when you can surely helps…

Please keep in mind common courtesy and politeness when dining out. Your server is wearing a mask and face shield for your protection. Nothing funny about it. It’s hard to hear them talk so be extra patient. It’s never easy being a server but it’s even tougher right now. Great time to be considerate. Remember to tip generously… We’ll, of course, “Ask the Chef.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Steve Livigni, Food & Beverage Partner, June Hotel & Caravan Swim Club
Segment Three: Executive Chef & Partner Neal Fraser, Redbird & Vibiana, Los Angeles
Segment Four: Chef / Proprietor Daniel Castillo of Heritage Barbecue, San Juan Capistrano Part One
Segment Five: Chef / Proprietor Daniel Castillo of Heritage Barbecue, San Juan Capistrano Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef & Partner, Mark McDonald, Old Vine Kitchen & Bar, Costa Mesa
Segment Seven: Travel Journalist Darley Newman – “Travels with Darley”
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 362, February 29, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

“Inspired by the mixture of fun and learning about food and drink for which Julia Child, a longtime resident and fan of Santa Barbara, advocated so passionately, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, welcomes visitors and the local community from March 13th to 16th to celebrate the bounty of what is grown in and around this beautiful region. “Join us to celebrate, learn and invoke Julia’s spirit, while shining a light on Santa Barbara’s culinary, hospitality, tourism and artisan communities.” SBCE Advisory Committee member Sherry Villaneuva of Acme Hospitality joins us with a preview of the upcoming Weekend festivities in Santa Barbara.”

Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max likes to characterize James Republic in downtown Long Beach as “a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.” James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and a distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach. We reel in Chef Dean James Max for a preview of his upcoming, quarterly Dinner Bell Series evening on Sunday, March 15th.

The full-service, specialized, neighborhood butcher shop with genuine personal service and also providing inventive recipe suggestions and cooking tips is happily making a strong comeback. Leading the charge is Huntington Beats & Sausages at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax in Los Angeles. Joining us with all the savory details is Head Butcher Jon Escobedo who has been artfully cutting meat for 35 years.

We’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.” “Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

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

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Show 362, February 29, 2020: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part One

Darley Newman of Travels with DarleyWe’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.”

“Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

“Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

“In Pasadena, L.A.’s film and TV history come to life with Pasadena Walking Tours guide Chris Fennessy and at the Gamble House, known by many for its role as Doc Brown’s house in “Back to the Future.” As Jennifer Trotoux explains, the Gamble House is also a well-preserved work of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Darley explores the local food and drinks scene, ranging from LA rosé to Mexican tortas, with Lisa Scalia of Melting Pot Food Tours. No trip to Pasadena would be complete without a visit to the Rose Bowl Stadium, where Jens Weiden introduces Darley to this National Historic Landmark with a fascinating past.”

The always on-the-go Darley Newman is our well-traveled guest.

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Show 362, February 29, 2020: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part Two

Darley Newman of Travels with DarleyWe’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.”

“Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

“In Costa Mesa, Darley meets with a variety of visionaries and local entrepreneurs to understand this city of arts and culture in the heart of Southern California. She takes a skateboard lesson with Joey Lopez of Shreducate Academy, meets the legendary co-owner of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Wing Lam, and tastes craft beer at Gunwhale Ales with Justin Miller. At The Camp, she continues an eco-friendly theme with entrepreneur Shaheen Sadeghi, before experiencing Costa Mesa culinary delights with Chef Amar Santana, who competed into the Finals (and finished a close 2nd) on Season 13 of Bravo TV‘s Top Chef series, at Vaca Restaurant and Patrick Nguyen at The Straw.”

Continuing our chat with the well-traveled Darley Newman.

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February 29: Acme Hospitality, James Republic, Huntington Meats & Sausages, Darley Newman

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Sherry Villaneuva, Acme Hospitality – Preview of Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
Segment Three: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part One
Segment Four: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Five: Huntington Meats & Sausages at The Original Farmers Market
Segment Six: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part One
Segment Seven: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part Two

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Inspired by the mixture of fun and learning about food and drink for which Julia Child, a longtime resident and fan of Santa Barbara, advocated so passionately, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, welcomes visitors and the local community from March 13th to 16th to celebrate the bounty of what is grown in and around this beautiful region. “Join us to celebrate, learn and invoke Julia’s spirit, while shining a light on Santa Barbara’s culinary, hospitality, tourism and artisan communities.” SBCE Advisory Committee member Sherry Villaneuva of Acme Hospitality joins us with a preview of the upcoming Weekend festivities in Santa Barbara.

Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max likes to characterize James Republic in downtown Long Beach as “a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.” James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and a distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach. We reel in Chef Dean James Max for a preview of his upcoming, quarterly Dinner Bell Series evening on March 15th.

The full-service, specialized, neighborhood butcher shop with genuine personal service and also providing great recipe suggestions and cooking tips is happily making a strong comeback. Leading the charge is Huntington Meats & Sausages at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax in Los Angeles. Joining us with all the savory details is Head Butcher Jon Escobedo who has been artfully cutting meat for 35 years.

We’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.” “Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

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

Sherry Villanueva of Acme HospitalityInspired by the mixture of fun and learning about food and drink for which Julia Child, a longtime resident and fan of Santa Barbara, advocated so passionately, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts welcomes visitors and the local community from March 13th to 16th to celebrate the bounty of what is grown in and around this beautiful region. “Join us to celebrate, learn and invoke Julia’s spirit, while shining a light on Santa Barbara’s culinary, hospitality, tourism and artisan communities.”

“The busy Weekend of activities includes Julia Child-themed events created by local hotels, restaurants and other establishments plus cooking classes, panels, and Q & As with local and nationally recognized chefs, ranchers, fishermen, farmers and winemakers. Also events for children and their families about the science and innovation of food. Finally behind-the-scenes tours of wineries, ranches, gardens, fishing and other culinary attractions and much more!”

SBCE Advisory Committee member Sherry Villaneuva of Acme Hospitality joins us with a preview of the upcoming Weekend festivities in Santa Barbara.

Dean James Max of James RepublicChef Restaurateur Dean James Max likes to characterize James Republic in downtown Long Beach as “a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.”

“James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and a distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach.”

“Our style is what we like to call “modern California coastal” dining, highlighting the season’s vibrant, locally sourced bounty from both land and sea. Our kitchen is a chef-driven, farm-to-table workshop where we create ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest products of time and place.”

“Our menus are a labor of love – a love of the finest foods. We proudly serve a large array of local artisan products.  Organic is important to us, but more importantly we believe in all- natural products without the use of steroids, growth hormones, and animals raised responsibly.  As well as our preference for products and practices that are sustainable, we try to embrace the idea of localism to strengthen our community.  Most of our items are priced under $20 which is incredible considering the high quality of products we serve.  Our passion for the seasons and what it brings to us in food keeps us always searching for great new combinations.  Come join us for a journey in cuisine.”

We reel in Chef Dean James Max for a preview of his upcoming quarterly Dinner Bell Series evening on March 15th. It’s a very special Sunday evening family style supper with ingredients hand-selected by Chef Dean & his team from the Long Beach Farmers Market that morning.

John Escobedo of Huntington MeatsThe full-service, specialized, neighborhood butcher shop with genuine personal service and also providing great recipe suggestions and cooking tips is happily making a strong comeback. Leading the charge is Huntington Beats & Sausages at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax in Los Angeles.

Huntington Meats also specializes in exotic meats. These are all farm raised and USDA inspected and humanely raised. You’ll find alligator, wild boar, ostrich, venison, antelope, elk, duck and even camel.

Joining us with all the savory details is Head Butcher Jon Escobedo who has been artfully cutting meat for 35 years.

Darley Newman of Travels with DarleyWe’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.”

“Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

“In Pasadena, L.A.’s film and TV history come to life with Pasadena Walking Tours guide Chris Fennessy and at the Gamble House, known by many for its role as Doc Brown’s house in “Back to the Future.” As Jennifer Trotoux explains, the Gamble House is also a well-preserved work of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Darley explores the local food and drinks scene, ranging from LA rosé to Mexican tortas, with Lisa Scalia of Melting Pot Food Tours. No trip to Pasadena would be complete without a visit to the Rose Bowl Stadium, where Jens Weiden introduces Darley to this National Historic Landmark with a fascinating past.”

“Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

“In Costa Mesa, Darley meets with a variety of visionaries and local entrepreneurs to understand this city of arts and culture in the heart of Southern California. She takes a skateboard lesson with Joey Lopez of Shreducate Academy, meets the legendary co-owner of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Wing Lam, and tastes craft beer at Gunwhale Ales with Justin Miller. At The Camp, she continues an eco-friendly theme with entrepreneur Shaheen Sadeghi, before experiencing Costa Mesa culinary delights with Chef Amar Santana, who competed into the Finals (and finished a close 2nd) on Season 13 of Bravo TV‘s Top Chef series, at Vaca Restaurant and Patrick Nguyen at The Straw.”

The always on-the-go Darley Newman is our well-traveled guest.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Sherry Villaneuva, Acme Hospitality – Preview of Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
Segment Three: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part One
Segment Four: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Five: Huntington Meats & Sausages at The Original Farmers Market
Segment Six: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part One
Segment Seven: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part Two