Show 440, August 28, 2021: Andrew Sutton, Culinary Director of Signature Restaurants, The Disneyland Resort Part One

Andrew Sutton of Disney's Grand Californian Resort and Spa

Twenty years ago Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel brought elevated California cuisine along with an extensive and carefully selected wine list presented in an elegant setting to the Disneyland Resort. Napa Rose quickly became a standard in fine-dining without being pretentious or stuffy. They have maintained their envied reputation for dining excellence for twenty years which is an impressive accomplishment.

The founding executive chef, Andrew Sutton, was recruited from an exclusive Napa Valley wine resort. He was initially spotted by Jose Barragan (then Food & Beverage Director and now General Manager of Carthay Circle.) Chef Andrew Sutton still oversees Napa Rose but currently as Culinary Director of Signature Restaurants for the Disneyland Resort he also supervises Carthay Circle at Disney’s California Adventure and Club 33 at Disneyland.

“Known for its deep, award-winning wine list, exemplary service and sumptuous dining, Napa Rose features both the prix fixe Vintner Menu and a la carte selections, where Guests can savor wine country cuisine featuring dishes that honor California’s rich culinary bounty, artisan farmers and world-famous winemakers.” A special attraction is the exclusive 12-seat Chef’s Counter (Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights) where guests interact with the culinary team while being served a custom, wine-paired meal.

“Coming from the prestigious Auberge Du Soleil in Napa Valley before opening Napa Rose, Chef Andrew Sutton continues telling the story of the wine country through his food. Twenty years later he still continues to garner praise with fresh, innovative cuisine. Chef Sutton and his team can even create a special tasting menu tailored to a Guest’s preferences.”

Chef Andrew Sutton joins us with corkscrew in hand.

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Show 440, August 28, 2021: Andrew Sutton, Culinary Director of Signature Restaurants, The Disneyland Resort Part Two

Andrew Sutton of Disney's Grand Californian Resort and Spa

Twenty years ago Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel brought elevated California cuisine along with an extensive and carefully selected wine list presented in an elegant setting to the Disneyland Resort. Napa Rose quickly became a standard in fine-dining without being pretentious or stuffy. They have maintained their envied reputation for dining excellence for twenty years which is an impressive accomplishment.

The founding executive chef, Andrew Sutton, was recruited from an exclusive Napa Valley wine resort. He was initially spotted by Jose Barragan (then Food & Beverage Director and now General Manager of Carthay Circle.) Chef Andrew Sutton still oversees Napa Rose but currently as Culinary Director of Signature Restaurants for the Disneyland Resort he also supervises Carthay Circle at Disney’s California Adventure and Club 33 at Disneyland.

“Known for its deep, award-winning wine list, exemplary service and sumptuous dining, Napa Rose features both the prix fixe Vintner Menu and a la carte selections, where Guests can savor wine country cuisine featuring dishes that honor California’s rich culinary bounty, artisan farmers and world-famous winemakers.” A special attraction is the exclusive, 12-seat Chef’s Counter (Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights) where guests interact with the culinary team while being served a custom, wine-paired meal.

“Coming from the prestigious Auberge Du Soleil in Napa Valley before opening Napa Rose, Chef Andrew Sutton continues telling the story of the wine country through his food. Twenty years later he still continues to garner praise with fresh, innovative cuisine. Chef Sutton and his team can even create a special tasting menu tailored to a Guest’s preferences.”

Chef Andrew Sutton continues with us decanter in hand.

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Show 439, August 21, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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. Anne Marie joins us talking about dining, and using the ordering Apps, at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Sometimes it’s a bit cumbersome when you’re really hungry. As an alternative Anne Marie suggests some tasty options (outside of The Disneyland Resort) that are within walking distance as well as some worthy other dining possibilities a short drive away. We’ll also hear about Chef’s Counters in restaurants as a new attraction for dining theater. We’ll get a tantalizing preview of Anne Marie’s next Voice of OC column which publishes on Thursday, August 26th. She explores the rapidly rising costs across the board restaurants are now experiencing which has necessitated menu price increases.

Spicy Sugar, a neighborhood favorite Thai dining destination located in the Alamitos Beach area of Long Beach, is open Tuesday through Sunday for in-person dining with lunch offered from 11a.m. to 3p.m. and dinner served 4 to 11p.m.  Guests can also order take-out and delivery.” “Located in an unassuming storefront on Broadway Avenue, Chef/Owner Sugar Sungkamee and her staff offer an array of authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients from family recipes that her father, the legendary Chef Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee (Jitlada,) brought with him when he immigrated to the United States.” Chef/Owner Sugar Sungkamee is our guest with a bowl of Pineapple Fried Rice at the ready.

“After falling in love with the Santa Ynez Valley, Ron and Nancy Piazza looked for a place to retreat from the city and call home for almost 30 years. They longed to have a ranch to share their love of the land with their family and friends. When they found what is now called Bella Vista Vineyard in Ballard Canyon they immediately knew it was home. Living among the vines and with sweeping views of Ballard Canyon, Ron and Nancy decided to begin Piazza Family Wines in 2018.” “As winemaker at Piazza Family Wines, Gretchen Voelcker is responsible for the entire process, from the vineyard to the barrel to the bottle.  With a focus on organic fruit and ingredients, she spends more time in the vineyard than most winemakers.  Her vision is to produce minimal interference wines from her favorite grapes, showcasing the fruit purely and precisely.”

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 continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain… The Delta variant of the virus is on guests’ minds. How is that concern now impacting the restaurant business? Is the labor shortage in both the front and back of the house mitigating at all? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

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Show 439, August 21, 2021: 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. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her weekly “On the Line” column.

Anne Marie joins us to talk about dining, and using the ordering Apps, at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Sometimes it’s a bit cumbersome when you’re really hungry. As an alternative Anne Marie suggests some tasty options (outside of The Disneyland Resort) that are within walking distance as well as some worthy other dining possibilities a short drive away. We’ll also hear about Chef’s Counters in restaurants as a new attraction for dining theater.

We’ll get a preview of Anne Marie’s next column which publishes on Thursday, August 26th. She explores the rapidly rising costs across the board restaurants are now experiencing which has necessitated menu price increases.

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Show 439, August 21, 2021: 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. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her weekly “On the Line” column.

Anne Marie joins us to talk about dining, and using the ordering Apps, at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Sometimes it’s a bit cumbersome when you’re really hungry. As an alternative Anne Marie suggests some tasty options (outside of The Disneyland Resort) that are within walking distance as well as some worthy other dining possibilities a short drive away. We’ll also hear about Chef’s Counters in restaurants as a new attraction for dining theater.

We’ll get a preview of Anne Marie’s next column which publishes on Thursday, August 26th. She explores the rapidly rising costs across the board restaurants are now experiencing which has necessitated menu price increases.

Anne Marie will be back on the radio show in October.

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August 21: Anne Marie Panoringan, Spicy Sugar, Gretchen Voelcker

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: Sugar Sungkamee, Chef / Owner, Spicy Sugar, Alamitos Beach, Long Beach Part One
Segment Five: Sugar Sungkamee, Chef / Owner, Spicy Sugar, Alamitos Beach, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Gretchen Voelcker, Winemaker, Piazza Family Wines and Winemaker / Owner Luna Hart Wines Part One
Segment Seven: Gretchen Voelcker, Winemaker, Piazza Family Wines and Winemaker / Owner Luna Hart Wines Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group 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. Anne Marie joins us talking about dining, and using the ordering Apps, at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Sometimes it’s a bit cumbersome when you’re really hungry. As an alternative Anne Marie suggests some tasty options (outside of The Disneyland Resort) that are within walking distance as well as some worthy other dining possibilities a short drive away. We’ll also hear about Chef’s Counters in restaurants as a new attraction for dining theater. We’ll get a tantalizing preview of Anne Marie’s next Voice of OC column which publishes on Thursday, August 26th. She explores the rapidly rising costs across the board restaurants are now experiencing.

“Spicy Sugar, a neighborhood favorite Thai dining destination located in the Alamitos Beach area of Long Beach, is open Tuesday through Sunday for in-person dining with lunch offered from 11a.m. to 3p.m. and dinner served 4 to 11p.m. Guests can also order take-out and delivery.” “Located in an unassuming storefront on Broadway Avenue, Chef/Owner Sugar Sungkamee and her staff offer an array of authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients from family recipes that her father, the legendary Chef Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee (Jitlada,) brought with him when he immigrated to the United States.” Chef / Owner Sugar Sungkamee is our guest with a bowl of Pineapple Fried Rice at the ready.

“After falling in love with the Santa Ynez Valley, Ron and Nancy Piazza looked for a place to retreat from the city and call home for almost 30 years. They longed to have a ranch to share their love of the land with their family and friends. When they found what is now called Bella Vista Vineyard in Ballard Canyon they immediately knew it was home. Living among the vines and with sweeping views of Ballard Canyon, Ron and Nancy decided to begin Piazza Family Wines in 2018.” “As winemaker at Piazza Family Wines, Gretchen Voelcker is responsible for the entire process, from the vineyard to the barrel to the bottle. With a focus on organic fruit and ingredients, she spends more time in the vineyard than most winemakers. Her vision is to produce minimal interference wines from her favorite grapes, showcasing the fruit purely and precisely.

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 continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain… The Delta variant of the virus is on guests’ minds. How is that concern now impacting the restaurant business? Is the labor shortage in both the front and back of the house mitigating at all? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness 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. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her weekly “On the Line” column.

Anne Marie joins us to talk about dining, and using the ordering Apps, at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Sometimes it’s a bit cumbersome when you’re really hungry. As an alternative Anne Marie suggests some tasty options (outside of The Disneyland Resort) that are within walking distance as well as some worthy other dining possibilities a short drive away. We’ll also hear about Chef’s Counters in restaurants as a new attraction for dining theater.

We’ll get a preview of Anne Marie’s next column which publishes on Thursday, August 26th. She explores the rapidly rising costs across the board restaurants are now experiencing.

Sugar Sungkamee of Spicy Sugar

Spicy Sugar, a neighborhood favorite Thai dining destination located in the Alamitos Beach area of Long Beach, is open Tuesday through Sunday for in-person dining with lunch offered from 11a.m. to 3p.m. and dinner served 4 to 11p.m. Guests can also order take-out and delivery.”

“Located in an unassuming storefront on Broadway Avenue, Chef-owner Sugar Sungkamee and her staff offer an array of authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients from family recipes that her father, the legendary Chef Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee (Jitlada,) brought with him when he immigrated to the United States.”

“Like many chefs, my culinary education is not a formal one,” said Sugar. “The skills and techniques I learned in the kitchen are what my dad patiently taught me. From helping me learn to read recipes and measure ingredients to showing me what to look for when selecting fresh seafood and produce – I owe my love and knowledge of food and cooking to him.”

“Among Spicy Sugar’s signature dishes are Tom Kha Soup, galangal coconut soup punctuated with mushrooms and tomatoes; Pineapple Fried Rice prepared with chunks of pineapple, cashews and raisins; and Yellow Curry, featuring roasted curry with coconut cream. Most dishes from the menu can be made vegetarian or vegan. Spicy Sugar also recently started serving Thai Singha Beer and sake.”

Chef / Owner Sugar Sungkamee joins us with a bowl of Pineapple Fried Rice at the ready.

Gretchen Voelcker of Piazza Family Wines

“After falling in love with the Santa Ynez Valley, Ron and Nancy Piazza looked for a place to retreat from the city and call home for almost 30 years. They longed to have a ranch to share their love of the land with their family and friends.”

“When they found what is now called Bella Vista Vineyard in Ballard Canyon they immediately knew it was home. Living among the vines and with sweeping views of Ballard Canyon, Ron and Nancy decided to begin Piazza Family Wines in 2018. With the production facility just a short walk down a well-trodden dirt path they hand crafted the first vintage from their estate.”

Winemaker, Gretchen Voelcker, knows the importance of the vines and spends the entirety of the year working with esteemed Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solerzano to grow grapes that allow for natural wines to be made using minimal intervention.

“The Piazza’s officially launched the brand in November of 2020 with a range of six wines from their Bella Vista estate vineyard in Ballard Canyon and their sister vineyard Mount Carmel in Sta. Rita Hills. They are focused on honest organic farming, natural winemaking and highlighting the land through their wines.”

“The Bella Vista Vineyard is producing Grenache, Syrah, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Sangiovese; while the sister vineyard, Mt. Carmel, is producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These wines are stunning and elegant yet racy with true varietal definition.”

“As winemaker at Piazza Family Wines, Gretchen is responsible for the entire process, from the vineyard to the barrel to the bottle. With a focus on organic fruit and ingredients, she spends more time in the vineyard than most winemakers. Her vision is to produce minimal interference wines from her favorite grapes, showcasing the fruit purely and precisely. Inspired by gifted winemakers and driven by her own independent spirit, Gretchen pays strict attention to every detail and focuses on the craft of making wine the natural way.”

“Gretchen also has her own label, Luna Hart Wines, with grapes sourced from her favorite, hand-picked vineyards. It’s a boutique wine company specializing in small batch, handcrafted wines also in the Santa Ynez Valley. Gretchen crafts select wines in which she explores the techniques and nuances that continue to stoke her passion for wine.”

Winemaker Gretchen Voelcker pulls the cork on Piazza Family Wines for us.

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

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 continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery with the new concerns about the Delta variant. Genuine concerns remain…

The Delta variant of the virus is on guests’ minds. How is that new concern now impacting the restaurant business? Is the labor shortage in both the front and back of the house mitigating at all ? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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: Sugar Sungkamee, Chef / Owner, Spicy Sugar, Alamitos Beach, Long Beach Part One
Segment Five: Sugar Sungkamee, Chef / Owner, Spicy Sugar, Alamitos Beach, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Gretchen Voelcker, Winemaker, Piazza Family Wines and Winemaker / Owner Luna Hart Wines Part One
Segment Seven: Gretchen Voelcker, Winemaker, Piazza Family Wines and Winemaker / Owner Luna Hart Wines Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 313, March 2, 2019: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group, is again hosting a sumptuous table at the 6th Annual OC Chef’s Table (as a total donation) benefiting the Illumination Foundation. Its theme is “Take a Seat to End Homelessnes.” It takes place at The Disneyland Hotel.

Impressively the high-end Benefit is already sold out and tickets are now on sale for 2020. Chef Andrew will detail why he’s a multi-year, enthusiastic supporter of the good work of the Illumination Foundation.

“Today in Orange County alone, there are more than 32,000 children that are homeless or unstably housed in cars and motels. An excess of 55,000 homeless individuals reside in Southern California alone.”

“The non-profit organization, Illumination Foundation, was founded in 2007 with the sole mission to break the cycle of homelessness. From its start, Illumination Foundation has focused on providing permanent housing solutions, along with emergency housing for families in dire need, recuperative care centers for homeless individuals recovering from hospital care, and a cadre of mental and physical health services, career counseling and placement, children’s resource centers for tutoring and healthy socialization and more.”

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June 29: Kedric Francis, Tony Abou-Ganim, Thornton Winery

Podcasts

Segment One: On the Road with Chef Jet and Producer Andy
Segment Two: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part One
Segment Three: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part One
Segment Four: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part Two
Segment Five: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part Two
Segment Six: David Vergari, Winemaker at Thornton Winery in Temecula

Time to talk dining…

Providence RestaurantChef Jet celebrated Father’s Day at Providence in Los Angeles. This is celebrity chef Michael Cimarusti’s (ex-Water Grill) much-praised, fine-dining seafood restaurant. In addition to the expected great seafood non-stuffy, attentive service is part of the experience. There is also a very deep wine list and an outstanding bar. Jet talks about his meal there and why this is such a popular special occasion establishment.

We’ll also answer some e-mail inquiries.

Kedric Francis of Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register MagazineMr. Suave himself, Kedric Francis, is back with us. He’s the Executive Editor of Coast Magazine and co-founding editor of the revamped OC Register Magazine.

Kedric is in-studio talking about local travel opportunities for Summer. He’s got some inspired ideas for traveling on the rails and previews the new attractions at The Disneyland Resort. It’s all child-friendly, too.

The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-GanimWe’re delighted to welcome The Modern Mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, to the show. He’s a master barman and part magician. Tony is based in Las Vegas. He created the entire bar program (nothing short of spectacular) for the opening of Steve Wynn’s  original Bellagio, the trend-setting casino resort of it’s time.

Tony will share his inspirations for Summer cocktails and the importance of quality ice. It really makes the difference in a properly-prepared cocktail!

The Modern Mixologist also previews his new line of custom-designed bar tools.

Man about Orange County, Kedric Francis encores for another segment. This time he’s  chatting about the just-released June Restaurant Issue of Coast.

One feature profiles up and coming areas where there are pockets of distinctive dining places. Downtown Santa Ana is one of these spotlighted dining neighborhoods.

The most interesting piece, we think, is on the best restaurants in Orange County located in the worst spots. What a fun idea…

A truly underappreciated local wine country destination is the Temecula Valley. It’s 90 minutes, or less, from most areas of Orange County. It’s probably best known as the location of the Pechanga Casino Resort (largest Indian casino & hotel property in the West) but there is lots more out there.

Thornton Winery in TemeculaWhen you cross Butterfield Stage Road going East on Rancho California Road you hit the picturesque, and delightfully rural,  wine country. The first winery property you pass is the eye-catching Thornton Winery celebrating their 25th anniversary of proud family ownership in 2013. They are especially known for their premium California sparkling wines but also produce a  distinctive line of still wines under the stewardship of winemaker David Vergari.

Since the beginning Thornton has staged a highly regarded summer Champagne Jazz Series at the winery showcasing renowned contemporary jazz artists. Dave Koz performed two concerts there last weekend. It’s a superb environment to enjoy a concert in. You can also sip wine and enjoy a three-course seated dinner in the concert area.

Podcasts

Segment One: On the Road with Chef Jet and Producer Andy
Segment Two: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part One
Segment Three: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part One
Segment Four: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part Two
Segment Five: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part Two
Segment Six: David Vergari, Winemaker at Thornton Winery in Temecula