Show 258, January 27, 2018: Barbara Fairchild, Food Journalist, Author & Chairperson, C-CAP L.A. Council

Barbara FairchildBarbara Fairchild, a distinguished member of the The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of American Food & Beverage and the former, long-time Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine, has a new volunteer assignment to add to her full schedule. Barbara is Chairperson the C-CAP L.A.’s Council. We’ll meet her and chat about C-CAP’s upcoming Full Circle Winter Dinner Benefit on Friday evening, February 9th in the private dining rooms at Chef Neal Fraser’s Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles.

Chef Neal Fraser of Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles is the Host Chef for the upcoming C-CAP Los Angeles Full Circle Winter Dinner Benefit on February 9th. Chef Neal has assembled an impressive group of celebrity chefs to join him for the stellar evening.

It’s 6:30 p.m. for the Cocktail Reception featuring a specialty libation created by mixologist Devon Espinosa of Sunset & Vinyl and also a C-CAP alum. The grand, five-course premium wine & craft beer-paired Dinner (and the Live Auction) is set for 7:30 p.m. The MC is Billy Harris.

The A-List chef brigade stars Host Chef Neal Fraser, Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Ray Garcia & Ivan Marquez (Broken Spanish), David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post), Jason Neroni (Rose Cafe), Amar Santana (Vaca & Broadway by Amar Santana), Michael Voltaggio (ink.well) and Sherry Yard (iPic Entertainment).

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Show 142, October 17, 2015: Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Jason McClain and C-CAP’s Lisa Fontanesi Continues…

Mitzie CutlerJoin in C-CAP’s dinner benefit celebration of the founding of the Mitzie Cutler Scholarship fund to provide high school students in the L.A. area with the opportunity to attend culinary college and/or postsecondary school.

The toast to Mitzie’s 20 plus years of service to C-CAP features hors d’oeuvres and dinner from the Jonathan Club’s own distinguished Executive Chef Jason McClain and star C-CAP L.A. Alumni, along with premium wine, beer and spirits.

The C-CAP alum culinary team includes Chef Raymond Alvarez of Toca Madera and Chef Dustin Trani of Doma in Beverly Hills. Celebrity mixologist Devon Espinosa of The Church Key in West Hollywood will be serving his signature creation for the evening, “THE MITZIE.”

Extra special thanks to Chef McClain and the management of The Jonathan Club for their continued generosity to C-CAP. There are a lot of worthy causes out there. The SoCal Restaurant Show salutes you for going the extra-mile, year-round to support the important programs of C-CAP L.A. and their mission for encouraging careers in the culinary arts.

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Show 51, December 7, 2013: Devon Espinosa, Bar Director at The Church Key

Devon EspinosaDevon Espinosa (a C-CAP graduate) is one of the rising young stars among the master bartenders in the West. He created the cocktail program at ink. and Pour Vous and he’s the bar chef for the new The Church Key on the Sunset Strip. Some of his cocktails are canned for freshness.

Devon is also one of the organizers of a high-profile benefit at The Church Key on Sunday, December 8 from 5 to 9:00 p.m. for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. An impressive line-up of chefs and bartenders are coming together to raise the vitally needed funds. Look for celebrity chefs Eric Greenspan, Kris Morningstar, Ray Garcia and Steve Samson among many others.

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December 7: Carla Hall, Barbara Fairchild, Cookies for a Koz, Devon Espinosa, Donald Wressell, Brad A. Johnson, Dean Thomas

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Segment One: Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time Editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, educator, food journalist, and cookbook author Part One
Segment Three: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time Editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, educator, food journalist, and cookbook author Part Two
Segment Four: Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew” and Zov Karamardian of Zov’s Bistro in Tustin
Segment Five: Devon Espinosa, Bar Director at The Church Key
Segment Six: Pastry Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Co.
Segment Seven: Brad A. Johnson, restaurant critic for The Orange County Register
Segment Eight: Chef Dean Thomas of Europa Village Winery and The Inn at Europa Village in Temecula

Lechon Porchetta by Susan ParkYou can aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and enjoy some great Filipino food. There is a huge Filipino community right here in Los Angeles County.

In addition to the high profile benefit for typhoon relief at The Church Key on the Sunset Strip on Sunday (which we’ll be talking about later in the show) there is a more populist fundraiser at Bamboo Bistro in Panorama City on Sunday, Dec. 15th from 4 to 8:00 p.m.

Pinoy food will be there in abundance expertly prepared by L.A. chefs including Chef Mayet Cristobal, the Executive Chef of the Getty Museum. She will be serving Beef Short Rib Adobo. The minimum donation is a modest $20 per adult and there will be live music.

Barbara FairchildThe long-time former editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, Barbara Fairchild, is back with us reporting from New York. Barbara is also an educator, best-selling cookbook author, food and travel journalist and much-in-demand speaker.

Barbara has recently had a couple of culinary excursions to the San Francisco Bay Area and will report on dining spots she enjoyed that merit your attention. She will also speak about an unusual evening she was part of honoring San Francisco’s STARS, a long-departed celebrity chef driven restaurant that, in it’s day, was the Spago of San Francisco. The proprietor/executive chef Jeremiah Tower (now a resident of Mexico) was in attendance.

Roberta Koz WilsonIt’s Holiday Time and our thoughts turn to incredible, fresh-baked, small batch, high-quality cookies as special gifts. That can only mean a chat with Roberta Wilson (jazz saxophonist great Dave Koz’s sister) the force behind Cookies for a Koz. Ten per cent of the proceeds are donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Dave Koz is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for them.

Roberta’s and Dave’s late mother, Audrey, perfected the recipe for a great chocolate chip cookie and that’s the legacy of the company. The much-appreciated cookies were a door-opener all over town for the youthful Dave as his career was just beginning.

Carla HallFood fans know Chef Carla Hall as the “Hootie Hoo” lady and fan favorite from multiple seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” She is now the co-host of ABC’s daytime lifetime series, “The Chew.” Last week “The Chew” celebrated their 500th episode and the show continues to gain in popularity. Carla also is the author of Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You, newly available in paperback.

Carla is being honored by Zov Karamardian of Zov’s Bistro in Tustin at her Culinary Concert to benefit the James Beard Foundation on Sunday, February 9th. It’s a great holiday gift for that special foodie in your life.

That Sunday Carla and Zov will conduct a highly entertaining cooking class for the guests followed by a lavish lunch. Carla will be available to sign copies of her book and interact with the guests. It all starts at Noon.

For more info and to make reservations please call 714.838.8855 ext. 21

Devon EspinosaDevon Espinosa (a C-CAP graduate) is one of the rising young stars among the master bartenders in the West. He created the cocktail program at ink. and Pour Vous and he’s the bar chef for the new The Church Key on the Sunset Strip. Some of his cocktails are canned for freshness.

Devon is also one of the organizers of a high-profile benefit at The Church Key on Sunday, December 8 from 5 to 9:00 p.m. for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. An impressive line-up of chefs and bartenders are coming together to raise the vitally needed funds. Look for celebrity chefs Eric Greenspan, Kris Morningstar, Ray Garcia and Steve Samson among many others.

Donald WressellThere really is no finer pastry chef in America than the pleasantly low-key Donald Wressell. He was the opening executive pastry chef at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This is the luxury property where the majority of the out-of-town Academy Award nominees stay. Every year Chef Donald would create incredible individual chocolate show-pieces celebrating each of the “Best Picture” nominees. These elaborate pieces where then featured, via photography, in the Oscar coverage beamed across the globe.

Donald has competed in the most prestigious international pastry competitions and, most recently, has coached, too. He’s judged pastry chefs for competition shows on Food Network.

He’s currently the pastry chef for the proudly American chocolate company, Guittard Chocolate Co. Guittard is based in Burlingame but Chef Donald has a test kitchen and research facility here in Los Angeles. He also teaches classes for professional pastry chefs and candy makers.

In January he’ll create the sure to be dazzling Birthday Cake for The City of Beverly Hills’ 100th Anniversary. He created another cake spectacular for Beverly Hills’ Diamond Jubilee 25 years ago while he was at The Four Seasons.

Blossom Restaurant at the Aria in Las VegasA few weeks ago Brad A. Johnson, the James Beard Award-winning restaurant critic for the Orange County Register, was with us to talk about his first 4-Star review. It’s Blossom restaurant at Aria Resort in Las Vegas.

Brad is back with us to explain his criteria for a 4-Star restaurant review and also talk about the new crop of ultra-luxe Chinese restaurants on The Strip. It’s some of the most elegant Chinese fine-dining outside of China and designed for highly discriminating (and wealthy) Chinese guests!

Dean ThomasChef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef de Cuisine for the Europa Village Winery in Temecula and also serves as the Innkeeper for the Inn at Europa Village (along with his wife, Nicole.) His multi-course breakfasts, reserved exclusively for guests at The Inn, are unrivaled in the Valley. Many of the ingredients actually come from the vineyard property and change with the season. Chef Dean has extensive credentials as an executive chef for luxury hotel properties.

Chef Dean is the unofficial executive concierge for Wine Country Temecula. When it comes to directing guests to the wineries and restaurants best suited to the visitors’ wishes Dean’s advice is the gold standard.

Chef Dean shares with us the specifics on an independent restaurant in Temecula as well as a winery restaurant that are both on his highly recommended list. He also talks about a Slow Food event he is hosting on December 12th featuring local artisan food products and cooking demonstrations.

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Segment One: Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time Editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, educator, food journalist, and cookbook author Part One
Segment Three: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time Editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, educator, food journalist, and cookbook author Part Two
Segment Four: Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew” and Zov Karamardian of Zov’s Bistro in Tustin
Segment Five: Devon Espinosa, Bar Director at The Church Key
Segment Six: Pastry Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Co.
Segment Seven: Brad A. Johnson, restaurant critic for The Orange County Register
Segment Eight: Chef Dean Thomas of Europa Village Winery and The Inn at Europa Village in Temecula

Show 6: November 17, 2012: Marcel Vigneron of “Top Chef” & “Next Iron Chef: Redemption” & Mixologist Devon Espinosa of Hollywood’s Pour Vous

Marcel (a CIA graduate) was the executive sous chef at Jose Andres’ acclaimed Bazaar on Restaurant Row in Los Angeles when he was cast on “Top Chef.” He was the cheftestant that you loved to hate.

Marcel remains in Los Angeles and runs the very busy catering enterprise, Modern Global Tasting.

His colleague, Mixologist Devon Espinoza, is also a CIA graduate. Devon is a C-CAP alum. Prior to Pour Vous Devon debuted the cocktail program for Chef Michael Voltaggio’s ink.

Marcel and Devon teamed up for “Getting Out Just Desserts” to create an incredible a la minute fresh coconut ice cream using liquid nitrogen as the freezing mechanism. What a show-stopper and perfect for Hollywood!

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November 17: Getting Our Just Desserts

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Segment One: Claude Brown– President of the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles
Segment Two: Susan Robbins, President of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
Segment Three: Chef Caroline Mi Li Artiss of “Chef Race : U.K. vs. U.S.”

Segment Four: Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard
Segment Five: Marcel Vigneron of “Top Chef” & “Next Iron Chef :Redemption” & Mixologist Devon Espinosa of Hollywood’s Pour Vous
Segment Six: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes West and Cakemix. Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”

It’s our sweetest show of the year as we broadcast live from the incredible “Getting Out Just Desserts” Benefit at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles’ Santa Monica campus.

The Art Institute of California has generously opened up their campus to host this dazzling array of celebrity pastry chefs. Jet will chat with Claude Brown, the President of this campus about their culinary arts program.

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is the beneficiary of this event. This dessert tasting raises badly needed funds for their scholarship fund benefiting underserved Los Angeles area senior high school students who have demonstrated the talent and motivation necessary for a culinary career. C-CAP’s New York-based President, Susan Robbins, will explain the history of C-CAP and their important mission.

Caroline Mi Li ArtissHave you been following the new BBC America original series, “Chef Race : U.K. vs. U.S.”? The level of competition and intrigue is intense. The series stated right here in Santa Monica. London’s Caroline Mi Li Artiss, a chef competitor on the series, will be with us to talk about “Chef Race” and her new affection for the USA! Caroline is a big celebrity on You Tube in the UK.

Sherry YardTalk about star power. Next up is Sherry Yard and Donald Wressell. Sherry is Wolfgang Puck’s executive pastry chef and she does the incredible desserts for the Oscars every year. She is also the author of two best-selling cookbooks on desserts and pastries. Donald Wressel is one of the foremost chocolatiers in the U.S. He’s executive chef for Guittard Chocolate based in Northern California and teaches pastry chefs in the fine art of chocolate dessert making.

Marcel VigneronHe was the cheftestant you just loved to hate on “Top Chef: Las Vegas” but it turns out Marcel Vigneron is not really a heavy. He joins us to talk about “Next Iron Chef: Redemption” and update us on what he’s doing in Los Angeles with Modern Global Tasting, his catering company. Marcel is joined by his colleague, Devon Espinosa, who is a master mixologist at Pour Vous in Hollywood and was previously with Chef Michael Voltaggio at ink.

Duff GoldmanFood Network’s “Ace of Cakes,” Duff Goldman, brings down the curtain on the show. Duff will talk about his Charm City Cakes West operation here as well as his cake decorating classes.

Eat Sweet and Do Good !

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Segment One: Claude Brown– President of the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles
Segment Two: Susan Robbins, President of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
Segment Three: Chef Caroline Mi Li Artiss of “Chef Race : U.K. vs. U.S.”

Segment Four: Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard
Segment Five: Marcel Vigneron of “Top Chef” & “Next Iron Chef :Redemption” & Mixologist Devon Espinosa of Hollywood’s Pour Vous
Segment Six: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes West and Cakemix. Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”