Show 330, June 29, 2019: Mani Niall – “Baker to the Stars” Part One

Baker to the Stars Mani Niall“Baker to the Stars” Mani Niall is fondly remembered for the groundbreaking Mani’s Bakery in Los Angeles launched in 1989. For the last 6 years he’s been the proprietor of Sweet Bar Bakery in Oakland which he sold last year.

Mani is also the creator of the intriguing fauxnut (an acclaimed, alternative donut that is not fried, low in fat and absolutely delicious.) It was developed for the actor Danny DeVito for the Oscar-nominated feature motion picture, Other People’s Money. (Mr. DeVito excludes refined sugar & junk food from his diet.)

Mani was back in Los Angeles in May working with the baking and pastry staff at Akasha in Culver City tweaking the menu and developing new creations. Mani’s award-winning fauxnuts are regularly available locally at the Café at Akasha in Culver City.

“We take the time and effort to bake first and foremost for great taste, and also for a variety of health concerns – focusing as much on ingredient standards as on taste.” – Mani Niall

We’ll find out what’s on the rise with Chef Mani.


Show 173, May 28, 2016: Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Stan and Ina Berman and Rich LabriolaFor over 52 years Stan Berman has baked some of the world’s best donuts at Stan’s Corner Donut Shop in Westwood located across from UCLA. Now it had grown to the Midwest with the addition of 6 busy Stan’s Donuts & Coffee cafes in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Two new stores, including a high-profile unit on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile on N. Michigan Ave., debuted on Saturday, May 21st.

Second generation Chicago restaurateur and baker Rich Labriola is the proud architect of the expansion. We’ll meet him and talk crullers and premium coffee.


Show 173, May 28, 2016: Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Chicago Proprietor Rich Labriola (Chief Doughboy) continues…

Stans Donuts and Coffee in ChicagoRich Labriola, president of the Labriola Baking Company, partnered with Stan Berman, founder of Stan’s Donuts, to bring the more than 52-year-old donut shop to the Midwest. Labriola, a well-known Chicago baking company, supplies high-end bread products including the company’s famed pretzel bread to grocers and restaurants.

After seeing Stan on a Food TV travel show and admiring his passion for his donut business, Rich decided to reach out to Stan. The result of the new friendship was a partnership to bring the classic California-style donuts to Chicago with a Labriola twist.

Started in 1963, Stan’s Donuts has been a mainstay of Westwood Village in Los Angeles, California. The original location has happily served everyone from Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen, and Ali McGraw to hungry UCLA students looking to fuel all-night study benders.

“Are you up for trying a deep-dish pizza donut? Just kidding, we won’t serve that anytime soon. But, our peanut butter pockets will knock your wool socks off, Chicago!”


Show 5: November 3, 2012: Pastry Chef Mariah Swan of bld

Wednesday night is fresh donut night at Neal Fraser’s bld on Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles near the Original Farmers Market. Pastry Chef Mariah Swan creates a changing selection of five donuts each week. All are fried to order.

She’s also famous for a decadent line of specialty milk shakes with a punch. All the ice creams in the shakes are house-prepared.

Mariah and bld will be one of the 35 outstanding restaurants and bakeries participating in the

“Getting Our Just Desserts” Benefit at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles’ Santa Monica campus on Saturday afternoon, November 17th to benefit Careers through Culinary Arts Program.

Eat Sweet and Do Good !

Eat Sweet and Do Good !