Show 546, October 7, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Andy Harris about the 360 Experience on the Discovery Princess

We’re celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the debut of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” on AM830 KLAA. Please join us.

Executive Producer Andy Harris is just off the Discovery Princess (Princess’ newest (and final) Royal Class Ship) from their special Pacific Coast Wine & Food Experience (six-day voyage) with ports of call in Victoria, BC and San Francisco. The sailing was from Vancouver to the World Cruise Terminal in San Pedro. This was also the Annual Conference for the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA.) 

The show highlights this themed Princess cruise experience with the prominent, behind-the-scenes people responsible for creating memorable experiences for the cruise guests.

Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards

We’ll also speak with Winemaker Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards, Napa, and the new Caymus-Suisun Winery in Suisun Valley / Fairfield. Chuck and the Culinary Team at Princess have added the very special 5-course, wine-paired Caymus Vineyards Winemaker Dinner as an amenity on Princess ships sailing in North America.

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 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. As nutty as it sounds both Houses of the California legislature have passed a bill prohibiting the sale of the popular plastic gift cards usable at a specific business. This would include the demise of your favorite restaurant’s branded gift cards. Chef Andrew shares his opinionated thoughts.

Podcasts

Segment Two: Chef Rudi Sodamin, Head of Culinary Arts for Princess Cruises
Segment Three: Winemaker Chuck Wagner, Caymus Vineyards, Napa & Caymus -Suisun Winery, Suisun Valley / Fairfield
Segment Four: Peter Priestley, Food and Beverage Director, Discovery Princess
Segment Five: Callum Moughan, Roving Bar Manager, Princess Cruises
Segment Six: Terri Cybuliak, Hotel General Manager, Discovery Princess
Segment Seven: Travel Journalist Stacey Wittig, Board Member and Secretary, International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. “UNSTOPPABLE Stacey” Travel Blog
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 546, October 7, 2023: Chef Rudi Sodamin, Head of Culinary Arts for Princess Cruises

Rudi Sodamin of Princess Cruises

Chef Rudi is probably the most decorated chef cooking on the ocean. He started cooking at age 14 in Austria. Next year he’ll be celebrating a 50-year career in the culinary arts and Chef Rudi is just getting started.

He was unusually aboard Discovery Princess for the benefit of the IFWTWA (International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association) Conference and was a featured speaker. He also conducted a widely attended cooking demonstration in the Princess Theater for all the ship’s guests showcasing a souffle that will be part of the menu of The Catch by Rudi seafood specialty restaurant coming soon to Discovery Princess. The Catch is already available on Enchanted Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess. It’s Princess’ first seafood specialty restaurant.

“Each day Chef Rudi lives by the philosophy, that “All can be done.” Chef Rudi’s unbridled passion for innovating global tastes and his exuberant influence in bringing international cuisines to an increasingly wide audience has been extensively celebrated.” He is also the author of 15 cookbooks.

We’ll meet him.

Show 546, October 7, 2023: Peter Priestley, Food and Beverage Director, Discovery Princess

Peter Priestley of Princess Cruises

Peter oversees all the food and beverage on Discovery Princess including the Main Dining Rooms (Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan), World Fresh Market & Bistro, Gigi’s Pizzeria and the specialty restaurants including Crown Grill, Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria and the soon-to-be The Catch by Rudi.

He’s also responsible for the newly introduced 360 Experience exclusively available on Discovery Princess and Enchanted Princess.

360: An Extraordinary Experience is a journey through sights, sounds, textures, and scents of the Mediterranean.” Guests visit Greece, Italy and France as if they were actually there. “An immersive, destination-inspired seven-course indulgence pared with drinks, adventures and surprises along the way. Exclusively on Discovery Princess® and Enchanted Princess®.” Previously available exclusively to Suite Guests and VIP’s, 360 Experience is now available (by reservation) to all cruise guests. It’s typically scheduled for 2 performances nightly for 20 lucky guests.

Peter Priestley joins us.

Show 546, October 7, 2023: Callum Moughan, Roving Bar Manager, Princess Cruises

Callum Moughan of Princess Cruises

Part of the cruising experience is enjoying carefully crafted specialty libations along the way. Callum Moughan is a roving Bar Manager. He moves from ship to ship ensuring the bar service and hospitality at all outlets meets Princess’ high standards. Continuous training to maintain those high standards is also part of Callum’s responsibilities.

Good Spirits® At Sea is the spot aboard Discovery Princess where every drink is an experience and tells a story, connecting you to those around you and regional flavors around the world. Based on Good Spirits, the popular TV series that traveled to far-away destinations in search of local ingredients for original cocktails, the lively bar is the perfect place to explore new drinks. Princess’ onboard mixologist immerses you in the culture of your chosen destination as he crafts your cocktail.”

“Princess’ expert Mixologist, Rob Floyd, has refreshed the cocktail menus across the entire Princess fleet using his unique blend of knowledge, technique and flair for storytelling. Exclusive cocktails from the master himself join guest favorites with locally inspired flavors to create moments remembered long beyond the last day of the voyage.”

Callum Moughan joins us with cocktail shaker in hand.

Show 546, October 7, 2023: Terri Cybuliak, Hotel General Manager, Discovery Princess

Terri Cybuliak of Princess Cruiises

The original “Love Boat” television series made the Ship’s Captain the star of the ship. The unsung hero of cruise ship operations is the Hotel General Manager. The accomplished Hotel General Manager aboard Discovery Princess is Terri Cybuliak and she is our guest.

Last year Princess Cruises celebrated and honored the Discovery Princess Madrina – Hotel General Manager Terri Cybuliak – currently serving onboard Discovery Princess, leading a team of 1,200 crew members within the hotel department. “Her main role is to ensure exceptional guest experience from entertainment to food and beverage, housekeeping and guest services.” She is highly visible to the 3,660 cruise guests aboard Discovery Princess and welcomes one-on-one interaction with the passengers.

“Terri first joined Princess in 1998 as a Junior Assistant Purser on the original Crown Princess. As Hotel General Manager, Terri helped launch Majestic Princess in China and was heavily engaged in the planning of that ship. With Sky Princess, Terri became the first female Hotel General Manager at Princess to launch a newbuild from a shipyard.”

“I am honored to be the Madrina of Discovery Princess. This is a culmination of not only my achievements but also those who have supported me and influenced the leader I’ve become,” said Terri Cybuliak, Discovery Princess madrina. “Princess has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world and I am forever grateful for these experiences.”

Show 546, October 7, 2023: Travel Journalist Stacey Wittig, Board Member and Secretary, International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. “UNSTOPPABLE Stacey” Travel Blog

Stacey Wittig of IFWTWA

Stacey Wittig, aka UNSTOPPABLE Stacey, is a seasoned travel journalist. She refers to herself as “UNSTOPPABLE Stacey” because Stacey don’t let age, gender or family stop her from traveling. Stacey observes, “My hubby prefers not to travel, so I typically go solo.” She resides in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Stacey was part of IFWTWA’s Conference at Sea aboard Discovery Princess for the Pacific Coast Wine and Food Experience. She shares her observations on Discovery Princess, visiting Victoria and going whale watching in a very tiny boat and also being a participant in 360: An Extraordinary Experience aboard ship.

Read her blog for highlights of Stacey’s post-cruise visit in West Hollywood, CA.

Stacey Wittig is our well-traveled guest

Show 511, February 4, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and Travel Costa Mesa. Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to talk about her recent visit aboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship, The Discovery Princess. She was part of a select travel media group aboard previewing their newest very special VIP amenity, the fully-immersive “360: An Extraordinary Experience.” It engages all of a guest’s senses with tastes, sights, sounds, touches and fragrances of a visit to the Mediterranean showcasing the spectacular hilltops of Santorini, Almalfi Coast, Barcelona and Provence. Anne Marie also shares her most recent column suggesting where informed locals like to dine told through the eyes of master baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company in Orange. His newest recommendable discovery is Orange’s Palm Market & Deli.

L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants: Celebrating the Legendary Locations Where Angelenos Have Dined for Generations  follows in the footsteps of chef, baker and food historian George Geary’s now classic and critically acclaimed book, L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants.

“L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants is an illustrated history of over 50 famous Los Angeles restaurants from throughout the 20th century that were not featured in Geary’s first book. The focus in L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants is on restaurants where Angelenos—rather than celebrities—have been dining for generations.” Food Historian and Chef George Geary joins us with a Philippe’s lamb dip sandwich in hand.

Cheferbly, an innovative new private dining reservation platform for private chefs and caterers, has launched in Southern California. Founded last November by Orange County native Kevin Kim, the web-based platform is designed to democratize and demystify private dining while simultaneously propelling accomplished private chefs and caterers into the spotlight. Cheferbly’s mission is to provide a space that empowers consumers to explore and discover unique pop-ups and private dining possibilities, much like they would search for restaurant reservations on platforms like OpenTable or Tock. Cheferbly is a simplified booking solution that makes private dining accessible to everyone, from curious foodies to celebrating families to corporate decision-makers.” Cheferbly’s founder, Kevin Kim, joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behindtherecently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. How do you feel about full-service restaurants not accepting cash? How about a mandatory Service Charge added to your check. Is that considered a tip? Is it appropriate to tip at a fast- food restaurant or your neighborhood donut shop? Should the gratuity be based on the pre-tax total or the amount after sales tax has been added. Confused…? We’ll ask the chef.

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

Show 511, February 4, 2023: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and Travel Costa Mesa

Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to talk about her recent visit aboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the Discovery Princess. She was part of a select travel media group aboard previewing their newest very special VIP amenity, the fully-immersive “360: An Extraordinary Experience.” It engages all of a guest’s senses with tastes, sights, sounds, touches and fragrances of a visit to the Mediterranean showcasing the spectacular hilltops of Santorini, Almalfi Coast, Barcelona and Provence.

Anne Marie will also share her most recent column suggesting where informed locals like to dine told through the eyes of master baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company in Orange. His newest discovery is Orange’s Palm Market & Deli. A favorite sandwich there is the Cubini, served hot. “It’s pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles with stone ground mustard and served on potato telera bread.”

Show 511, February 4, 2023: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and Travel Costa Mesa

Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to talk about her recent visit aboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the Discovery Princess. She was part of a select travel media group aboard previewing their newest very special VIP amenity, the fully-immersive “360: An Extraordinary Experience.” It engages all of a guest’s senses with tastes, sights, sounds, touches and fragrances of a visit to the Mediterranean showcasing the spectacular hilltops of Santorini, Almalfi Coast, Barcelona and Provence.

Anne Marie will also share her most recent column suggesting where informed locals like to dine told through the eyes of master baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company in Orange. His newest discovery is Orange’s Palm Market & Deli. A favorite sandwich there is the Cubini, served hot. “It’s pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles with stone ground mustard and served on potato telera bread.” Dean also frequents Brodard Vietnamese Cuisine in Fountain Valley and Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar in South Coast Plaza, among other favorites.

February 4: Anne Marie Panoringan, George Geary, Cheferbly

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Chef George Geary, Food Historian. His latest title is L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants Part One
Segment Five: Chef George Geary, Food Historian. His latest title is L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants Part Two
Segment Six: Cheferbly Private Dining Platform with Founder Kevin Kim Part One
Segment Seven: Cheferbly Private Dining Platform with Founder Kevin Kim Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

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

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and Travel Costa Mesa. Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to talk about her recent visit aboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship, The Discovery Princess. She was part of a select travel media group aboard previewing their newest very special VIP amenity, the fully-immersive “360: An Extraordinary Experience.” It engages all of a guest’s senses with tastes, sights, sounds, touches and fragrances of a visit to the Mediterranean showcasing the spectacular hilltops of Santorini, Almalfi Coast, Barcelona and Provence. Anne Marie also shares her most recent column suggesting where informed locals like to dine told through the eyes of master baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company in Orange. His newest recommendable discovery is Orange’s Palm Market & Deli.

“L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants: Celebrating the Legendary Locations Where Angelenos Have Dined for Generations follows in the footsteps of chef, baker and food historian George Geary’s now classic and critically acclaimed book, L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants.”

“L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants is an illustrated history of over 50 famous Los Angeles restaurants from throughout the 20th century that were not featured in Geary’s first book. The focus in L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants is on restaurants where Angelenos—rather than celebrities—have been dining for generations.” Chef George Geary joins us with a Philippe’s lamb dip sandwich in hand.

Cheferbly, an innovative new private dining reservation platform for private chefs and caterers, has launched in Southern California. Founded last November by Orange County native Kevin Kim, the web-based platform is designed to democratize and demystify private dining while simultaneously propelling accomplished private chefs and caterers into the spotlight. Cheferbly’s mission is to provide a space that empowers consumers to explore and discover unique pop-ups and private dining possibilities, much like they would search for restaurant reservations on platforms like OpenTable or Tock. Cheferbly is a simplified booking solution that makes private dining accessible to everyone, from curious foodies to celebrating families to corporate decision-makers.” Cheferbly’s founder, Kevin Kim, joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. How do you feel about full-service restaurants not accepting cash? How about a mandatory Service Charge added to your check. Is that considered a tip? Is it appropriate to tip at a fast-food restaurant or your neighborhood donut shop? Should the gratuity be based on the pre-tax total or the amount after sales tax has been added. Confused…? We’ll ask the chef.

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

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and Travel Costa Mesa

Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to talk about her recent visit aboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the Discovery Princess. She was part of a select travel media group aboard previewing their newest very special VIP amenity, the fully-immersive “360: An Extraordinary Experience.” It engages all of a guest’s senses with tastes, sights, sounds, touches and fragrances of a visit to the Mediterranean showcasing the spectacular hilltops of Santorini, Almalfi Coast, Barcelona and Provence.

Anne Marie will also share her most recent column suggesting where informed locals like to dine told through the eyes of master baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company in Orange. His newest discovery is Orange’s Palm Market & Deli. A favorite sandwich there is the Cubini, served hot. “It’s pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles with stone ground mustard and served on potato telera bread.”

Cookbook Author George Geary

L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants: Celebrating the Legendary Locations Where Angelenos Have Dined for Generations follows in the footsteps of chef, baker and food historian George Geary’s now classic and critically acclaimed book, L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants.

“L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants is an illustrated history of over 50 famous Los Angeles restaurants from throughout the 20th century that were not featured in Geary’s first book. The focus in L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants is on restaurants where Angelenos—rather than celebrities—have been dining for generations.”

“Along with recipes made famous by each restaurant, L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants contains profiles of such legendary eateries as Cole’s, Philippe the Original, Pacific Dining Car, The Original Pantry Café, The Victor Hugo, Canter’s Delicatessen, Sportsmen’s Lodge, Mocambo, Nate ’n Al’s, The Smoke House, Tail o’ the Pup, The Apple Pan, Valentino, and dozens of other beloved establishments in this beautiful tribute to Los Angeles and its historic restaurants. Truly a love letter to Los Angeles and its world famous cuisine, L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants is sure to bring back treasured memories and knowing smiles from anyone who has dined at these fabled establishments.”

Chef George Geary joins us with a Philippe’s lamb dip sandwich in hand.

Kevin Kim of Cheferbly

Cheferbly, an innovative new private dining reservation platform for private chefs and caterers, has launched in Southern California. Founded last November by Orange County native Kevin Kim, the web-based platform is designed to democratize and demystify private dining while simultaneously propelling private chefs and caterers into the spotlight.”

“Cheferbly’s mission is to provide a space that empowers consumers to explore and discover unique pop-ups and private dining possibilities, much like they would search for restaurant reservations on platforms like OpenTable or Tock. Cheferbly is a simplified booking solution that makes private dining accessible to everyone, from curious foodies to celebrating families to corporate decision-makers.”

“Exclusive to private dining experiences, the first-of-its-kind platform simplifies the booking process for both chef and consumer. Cheferbly’s robust reservation and guest management system is an attractive solution for private chefs and caterers by handling everything from event promotion to credit card processing. Similarly, the platform’s streamlined booking process provides clarity to consumers through a comprehensive and visual directory of local private chefs and caterers and their bookable private dining and pop-up experiences, complete with courses, pricing, and booking details.”

“The process for booking catered dinners was so complicated, time-consuming, and seemingly antiquated, given restaurant reservations can be made with the click of a button,” adds Kim. “I wanted to simplify the relationship between private chefs and consumers by creating a solution that would make their service accessible to everyone. Cheferbly was created to bridge that gap.”

“Kim has assembled an all-star roster of local culinary talent for the platform’s debut in Southern California last November. Users can peruse various multi-course private dining offerings, from opulent omakase experiences to in-depth explorations of global, regional, and seasonal cuisines.”

Cheferbly’s founder, Kevin Kim, joins us.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

How do you feel about full-service restaurants not accepting cash? How about a mandatory Service Charge added to your check? Is that considered a tip? Is it appropriate to tip at a fast-food restaurant or your neighborhood donut shop? Should the gratuity be based on the pre-tax total or the amount after sales tax has been added? Confused…? We’ll ask the chef.

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats. He’ll also launch a casual Mexican concept there, Lolo’s Tacos, specializing in clean and simple tacos, burritos and standout specialty sauces.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Chef George Geary, Food Historian. His latest title is L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants Part One
Segment Five: Chef George Geary, Food Historian. His latest title is L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants Part Two
Segment Six: Cheferbly Private Dining Platform with Founder Kevin Kim Part One
Segment Seven: Cheferbly Private Dining Platform with Founder Kevin Kim Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”