Show 580, June 1, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma, and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the always vibrant New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela. 


“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024.  The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner, is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive specialty pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.” Also discussing Pinkglow Pineapples, Heavenly Villiago Marzano Tomatoes, Pink Elephant Mangos, Tree Ripen Mangos (best and peak of the season currently), Harry’s Berries Strawberries and Finger Limes.

 “Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems. 

Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a spirited controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

(Rescheduled from May 25th.)

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

Show 580, June 1, 2024: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

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 full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Also known as the “Y” Cut. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction. (Rescheduled from May 25th.)

June 1: Team USA, CaliTea, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Team USA 2025 on the Road to Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Four: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with CaliTea
Segments Five and Six: Seasonal Produce Report with Authority Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce
Segment Seven: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma, and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the always vibrant New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner, is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive specialty pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.”

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems.

Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a spirited controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

(Rescheduled from May 25th.)

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

Chef Stefani De Palma

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition.

“For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the dining mecca of New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela.

Over a period of 5 hours and 30 minutes, each team will create two presentations:

  • Theme on a Platter using Wild Boar and for the side dish, Alligator Sausage and Grits
  • Theme on a Plate using regional seafood ingredients: white shrimp, jumbo lump crab meat, and Murder Point Oysters

“Team USA has won first place at the Americas Selection Events in 2018 and 2022. In 2018, Team USA Head Chef Matthew Kirkley and Commis Mimi Chen, won first place at the Americas Event in Mexico City and in 2022, Team USA Head Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel won gold at the event in Santiago, Chile.”

The Honorary President for the Competition is New Orleans-based Chef Emeril Lagasse.

Let’s cheer on Team USA 2025 in New Orleans as Head Chef Stefani De Palma and her Commis, Bradley Waddle join us.

Sopheap Diggs of CaliTea

The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. “The 2024 event and future events are now owned / organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. The 2023 inaugural event was organized by non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, who transitioned the event to UCC earlier this month for the token amount of $1, and will remain involved in 2024 to insure a smooth transition.”

Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.”

“We are excited to take the reins of Cambodian Restaurant Week beginning this year, and owning this successful brand!” stated Susana Sngiem, Executive Director at UCC. “This will again give our local Cambodian community the opportunity to share our culture and cuisine with all food lovers in Long Beach and encourage them to try something they may not have experienced before.”

“Long Beach is home to the largest community of Cambodians outside of the country itself, many refugees settling in Long Beach after escaping the Khmer Rouge regime genocide of the late 1970s. The city’s own “Cambodia Town” is a bustling collection of eateries, shops and retailers.”

CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner,is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.”

“Feast your eyes on the newly arrived Pink Elephant Mango, a tropical showstopper from Vietnam with naturally light pink skin. This mango is gigantic (weighing up to 2 pounds!), with smooth, buttery orange flesh surrounding a remarkably thin seed, leaving you with more delicious mango to enjoy.”

“Air-freighted from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, the Pink Elephant Mango offers an extra sweet taste with almost no acidity. It’s best enjoyed fresh on fruit platters where you can admire its pink skin. In Vietnam, mango is sometimes served with salt, sugar and chile powder, sweet fish sauce (nước chấm), or served over sticky rice for dessert.”

Robert Schueller is our always knowledgeable authority with a basket of Harry’s Berries at the ready.

Davis Meyer of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems.”

“Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

“During Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy prix-fixe menus featuring tantalizing appetizers, mouthwatering entrees, and decadent desserts, with lunch menus priced at $15, $25, or $35, and dinner menus priced at $29, $39, $49 or $59. Some venues also offer exclusive specials only available during Restaurant Week. Visit DineGPS.com to view the full list of participating restaurants, where you can also search by price or location and make reservations.”

“Following Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, food enthusiasts can continue to savor the flavors of summer with the launch of the Summer Eats Pass. This free mobile pass offers more opportunities to indulge in culinary delights and win weekly prizes. The Summer Eats Pass will be available from June 10 to September 2, 2024.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

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 full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction. (Rescheduled from May 25th.)

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Team USA 2025 on the Road to Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Four: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with CaliTea
Segments Five and Six: Seasonal Produce Report with Authority Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce
Segment Seven: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Show 579, May 25, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Memorial Day Weekend good wishes to all.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.
Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024.  The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and house-recipe sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.” McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez join us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers Wines.

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.” NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guide to share all things NORMS.

Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be even bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.” Producer Steve Clayton of Soundskilz and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

Chef Andrew Gruel’s usual “Ask the Chef” segment on the controversial “Duff Cut” for a sandwich is rescheduled for next Saturday, June 1st. He was in the air on a delayed flight at his usual time. Instead we used the opportunity to present a tribute to Cuban-refugee Raul Porto, Sr. who co-founded Porto’s Bakery and Café with his late wife Rosa in 1976 in Los Angeles. Mr. Porto passed away earlier in the week at 92. The legacy of Porto’s is now safely in the hands of the 2nd generation of the founding and hard-working Porto’s Family.

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

Show 579, May 25, 2024: Remembering Raul Porto, Sr., Co-Founder of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

Raul Porto Sr of Porto's Bakery

Chef Andrew Gruel’s usual “Ask the Chef” segment on the controversial “Duff Cut” for a sandwich on Social Media is rescheduled for next Saturday, June 1st. He was in the air on delayed flight at his usual time. 


Instead we used the opportunity to present a tribute to Cuban-refugee Raul Porto, Sr. who co-founded Porto’s Bakery and Café with his late wife Rosa in 1976 in Los Angeles. Mr. Porto passed away earlier in the week at 92.

In the early 70’s once the Porto’s fled Cuba and eventually arrived in Los Angeles Rosa was initially baking cakes for her friends in her home kitchen. Raul took a job at the historic Van de Kamp Bakery on Fletcher Dr. in the packing department. Quite the immigrant success story and the Porto’s remain humble, generous and community oriented as their success only continues to grow.

The 2nd generation of the Porto’s Family (Raul Jr., Betty and Margarita) are carrying on the Family legacy with a renewed commitment to quality and value.

The newest Porto’s will open in Downtown Disney in 2025. It’s their 2nd location in Orange County.

May 25: Midway Gourmet at the LA County Fair, Shlap Muan, McPrice Myers Wines, NORMS 75th Anniversary, Upland Lemon Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with Shlap Muan and Proprietor Hawk Tea
Segment Four and Five: McPrice Myers Wines, Paso Robles, with Founder McPrice “Mac” Myers
Segment Six: NORMS 75th Anniversary with Corporate Executive Chef David Cox
Segment Seven: Upland Lemon Festival with Producer Steve Clayton
Segment Eight: Remembering Raul Porto, Sr., Co-Founder of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

Happy Memorial Weekend.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit.Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.” McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez join us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers wines.

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.” NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guide to share all things NORMS.

“Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be even bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.” Producer Steve Clayton of Soundskilz and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

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

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

On& Chef Dominic’s menus are a Dill Pickle Split with Pineapple Whip, a Candied Pickle and Candied Watermelon Slice, Peaches and Cream Funnel Cake and Nashville Chicken Tots. Yum…!

Hawk Tea of Shlap Muan

The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week  returns June 2 to 9, 2024.  “The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. The 2023 inaugural event was organized by non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, who transitioned the event to UCC earlier this month for the token amount of $1, and will remain involved in 2024 to insure a smooth transition.”

Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.”

“We are excited to take the reins of Cambodian Restaurant Week beginning this year, and owning this successful brand!” stated Susana Sngiem, Executive Director at UCC. “This will again give our local Cambodian community the opportunity to share our culture and cuisine with all food lovers in Long Beach and encourage them to try something they may not have experienced before.”

“Long Beach is home to the largest community of Cambodians outside of the country itself, many refugees settling in Long Beach after escaping the Khmer Rouge regime genocide of the late 1970s. The city’s own “Cambodia Town” is a bustling collection of eateries, shops and retailers.”

Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and accompanying signature sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice Mac Myers of McPrice Myers Winery

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.”

“Over the last two decades, McPrice (Mac) Myers has been crafting wines of depth and balance that showcase the multiple terroirs and climates of the Central Coast – from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. Mac produced his first vintage in 2002 with half a ton of grapes in a small cooperative in Paso Robles. From that humble beginning, Mac has developed a growing portfolio of wines with broad appeal. In 2014, Mac moved the winery to the current site nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Adelaida District. Over the years, McPrice Myers wines have garnered increasing attention from wine lovers and critics alike.”

“On a cold December day, a wine enthusiast walked into the rustic McPrice Myers tasting room to try Mac’s wines for the first time. Venus Lai signed up for the wine club and was immediately wowed by the depth and sophistication of the wines. Little did anyone know that this would be the beginning of a journey that two years later would lead to a partnership to purchase the property – 84 acres of Adelaida District land that they named Belle Terre (a play on Beautiful Earth – one of Mac’s flagship wines), which was home to the winery, 20 acres of vineyards, and a house sitting atop the hill.”

Adrian Perez of McPrice Myers Winery

“The property had good bones – rich terroir, excellent climate, and a top-notch production site, but there was so much more potential to be realized. Mac and Venus shared a vision to transform the property into an experience that would live up to the quality and breadth of the wines. In 2018, the Hilltop House was transformed into a luxurious, modern vacation home.”

“They plan to showcase both the wines and the property by increasing the vineyard acreage, creating a new hospitality & tasting facility (opening in 2024), and elevating the experience for wine club members. In 2020, McPrice Myers began releasing wines from The Estate Vineyard, opening a new chapter in its diverse offerings. Above all else, McPrice Myers will remain true to their roots in delivering the wines and experiences their loyal customers have come to expect!”

McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez joins us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers wines.

David Cox of NORMS Restaurants

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.”

“NORMS helped usher in a new era of casual family dining in Southern California. The friendly service and welcoming environment, along with the fresh, quality meals at affordable prices, attracted a following that has remained incredibly loyal. Today, NORMS fans span across generations, and as it continues to grow in both presence and popularity, NORMS remains the place “Where Life Happens.””

NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guest to share all things NORMS.

Steve Clayton of SoundSkillz

Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.”

“We are excited to expand the 2024 Upland Lemon Festival. Expect more stages with headline musical acts and bigger and better carnival attractions. Another year of family-friendly fun at this beloved community tradition.” – Steve Clayton of Soundskilz, the production agency who organizes the annual festival on behalf of the City of Upland.

“The festival boasts live musical entertainment across 5 stage areas featuring various popular cover-band acts and national headliners such as Eve-6 and Tyler Rich. The long-standing vocal competition Lemon Idol, will take place throughout the weekend, during which contestants of all ages perform for attendees and a panel of judges, competing for cash prizes and Lemon Festival glory. Also not to be missed is the newly expanded (due to popular demand) Country-zone, highlighting country bands, themed-vendors, line dancing and more.”

“Attendees can partake in carnival rides and games throughout the weekend (with more attractions and a full-size roller coaster onsite this year), visit any of seven (7) full bars for 21+ refreshments and sip fresh-squeezed lemonade and sample lemon-themed food offerings in the sunshine. Guests can also visit over 150 booths featuring specialty craft vendors, retail goods and local nonprofit organizations, and enjoy 50+ food vendors offering all sorts of satisfying fare including (but certainly not limited to) lemon-centric sweets.”

Producer Steve Clayton and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out the details of all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

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 full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with Shlap Muan and Proprietor Hawk Tea
Segment Four and Five: McPrice Myers Wines, Paso Robles, with Founder McPrice “Mac” Myers
Segment Six: NORMS 75th Anniversary with Corporate Executive Chef David Cox
Segment Seven: Upland Lemon Festival with Producer Steve Clayton
Segment Eight: Remembering Raul Porto, Sr., Co-Founder of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe