Show 469, April 9, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Jay’s Bar, an American gastropub, is the vision of the late Jason Easton and his wife, Mayuko who now lovingly carries on his welcoming neighborhood legacy. Jay’s Bar is located at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake (4321 Sunset Boulevard). “The bar is a local favorite where savvy locals (including even Oscar-nominated celebrities) come to hang out and socialize while enjoying the craft beers, signature cocktails, and delicious food.”

Jacob “Jake” Deleon is the young founder of Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen based in New Jersey. He has an award-winning line of glass jarred Filipino condiments including savory and sweet varieties that are free of artificial colors and flavors. “He created Fila Manila to celebrate the joy of the Filipino family, culture, and the delicious cuisine and share it with a wider audience of discriminating food lovers.” Jacob Deleon is our guest providing a genuine taste of the Philippines.

Timbre Winery is a Santa Barbara County winery crafting balanced wines of distinction. TIMBRE (pronounced TAM·ber or TIM·ber) is the “color” of music. It is what makes two voices sound different, even when singing the same song. It is why two winemakers, working with the same vineyards, make unique wine. As a terroir-driven winery, Timbre makes wines expressive of the places and times from which they came. As winemakers, they channel those sites through their experience, adding their own mark- their Timbre- to the resulting wines.” Founder and Winemaker Josh Klapper (a former restaurant Sommelier) is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Timbre Winery.

“The Village of Arroyo Grande’s Mason Bar and Kitchen is a country-chic restaurant with a full bar, 20 beers on tap, 17 wines by the glass, extensive bottle wine list and premium spirits, paired with creative food in a relaxed setting. It’s an inviting restaurant offering farm-fresh local cuisine in a family-friendly environment. For guests seeking a more festive experience, you’ll find their adjacent award-winning bar is the perfect spot to gather with friends and sample an inspired selection of wine, beer, and unique hand-crafted cocktails.” General Manager Daniel Perez joins us with all the details of what’s on the menu at Mason Bar and Kitchen.

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. Easter Sunday is April 17th. Chef Andrew has some helpful tips to add to your festive Easter table. Should it be ham or lamb? If it’s lamb Chef Andrew suggests Colorado lamb.

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

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Show 469, April 9, 2022: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish 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 of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Easter Sunday is April 17th. Chef Andrew has some helpful tips to add to your festive Easter table. Should it be ham or lamb? If it’s lamb Chef Andrew suggests Colorado lamb which is raised as a meat source versus used primarily for producing wool.

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April 9: Jay’s Bar, Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen, Timbre Winery, Mason Bar and Kitchen

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Mayuko Easton, Proprietress, Jay’s Bar, Silver Lake and Master Barman Constantine Williams Part One
Segment Three: Mayuko Easton, Proprietress, Jay’s Bar, Silver Lake and Master Barman Constantine Williams Part Two
Segment Four: Jacob Deleon, Founder, Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen, New Jersey Part One
Segment Five: Jacob Deleon, Founder, Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen, New Jersey Part Two
Segment Six: Winemaker Joshua Klapper, Founder, Timbre Winery, Arroyo Grande, CA
Segment Seven: Daniel Perez, General Manager, Mason Bar and Kitchen, Arroyo Grande, CA
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

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

Jay’s Bar, an American gastropub, is the vision of the late Jason Easton and his wife, Mayuko who lovingly carries on his welcoming neighborhood legacy. Jay’s Bar is located at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake (4321 Sunset Boulevard). The bar is a local favorite where savvy locals (including Oscar-nominated celebrities) come to hang out and socialize while enjoying the craft beers, signature cocktails, and delicious food. Mayuko Easton joins us.

Jacob “Jake” Deleon is the young founder of Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen based in New Jersey. He has an award-winning line of glass jarred Filipino condiments including savory and sweet varieties that are free of artificial colors and flavors. “He created Fila Manila to celebrate the joy of the Filipino family, culture, and the delicious cuisine and share it with a wider audience of discriminating food lovers.” Jacob Deleon is our guest providing a genuine taste of the Philippines.

Timbre Winery is a Santa Barbara County winery crafting balanced wines of distinction. TIMBRE (pronounced TAM·ber or TIM·ber) is the “color” of music. It is what makes two voices sound different, even when singing the same song. It is why two winemakers, working with the same vineyards, make unique wine. As a terroir-driven winery, Timbremakes wines expressive of the places and times from which they came. As winemakers, they channel those sites through their experience, adding their own mark- their Timbre- to the resulting wines.” Founder and Winemaker Josh Klapper is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Timbre Winery.

The Village of Arroyo Grande’s Mason Bar and Kitchen is a country-chic restaurant with a full bar, 20 beers on tap, 17 wines by the glass, extensive bottle wine list and premium spirits, paired with creative food in a relaxed setting. It’s an inviting restaurant offering farm-fresh local cuisine in a family-friendly environment. General Manager Daniel Perez joins us with all the details of what’s on the menu for Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch at Mason Bar and Kitchen.

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. Easter Sunday is April 17th. Chef Andrew has some helpful tips to add to your festive Easter table.

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

Mayuko Easton of Jay's Bar

Jay’s Bar, an American gastropub, is the vision of the late Jason Easton and his wife, Mayuko, who now lovingly carries on his welcoming neighborhood legacy. Jason tragically passed away in February of last year just a week after taking over the establishment. He was only 44.

Jay’s Bar is located at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake (4321 Sunset Boulevard). The bar is a local favorite where savvy locals (including Oscar-nominated celebrities) come to hang out and socialize while enjoying the craft beers, signature cocktails, wine by-the-glass and bottle and delicious food.

Jay’s offers whiskey, craft beers on tap and comfort grub with twists. The food menu is a twist of American and Japanese American cuisine. From local favorites such as Jay’s Burger to their new menu items, including Tontkotsu ramen and Takjoyaki, Jay’s has something tasty for guests to enjoy with a cold, refreshing drink. Specialty cocktails, including The Classic Easton, are the inspired creations of master barman, Constantine Williams, a fraternity brother of Jason’s.

Mayuko Easton joins us.

Filipino Kitchen

Jacob “Jake” Deleon is the young founder of Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen based in New Jersey. He has an award-winning line of glass jarred Filipino condiments including savory and sweet varieties that are free of artificial colors and flavors.

“Jake is a first generation FilAm, or Filipino American, who was born in the Philippines and raised in New Jersey with countless memories of joyful family gatherings. At the center of each gathering was a table overflowing with homecooked Filipino dishes. Jakes remembers the delicious flavors of this food together with the laughter of his family bringing comfort and joy to his heart.”

“He created Fila Manila to celebrate the joy of the Filipino family, culture, and the delicious cuisine and share it with a wider audience of discriminating food lovers. Jake named the brand after the joyful and quirky spirit of the FilAm community combined with Manila, the heart of the Philippine Islands.”

His flagship product is Filipino Adobo Sauce and Marinade, used in the Philippines signature dish and Jake’s favorite food. It was a NEXTY Award Winner at Natural Products Expo West for Best Condiment the year it was introduced. “This Filipino staple is tangy, savory, and salty all at once, and Fila Manila’s take on this iconic sauce is both a great entry point to the cuisine and an attractive new option for aficionados with its clean, minimal ingredient list and use of tamari over wheat-based soy sauce. These modest updates to typical conventional versions cut no corners with authenticity; the sauce gets some of its zip from coconut vinegar.”

Fila Manila’s newest creation is Ube Purple Yam & Coconut Jam. It was awarded the NEXTY for Best New Pantry Food at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. “It’s crafted in small batches. Thick and sweet, this creamy coconut and purple yam-based spread is tasty and satisfying – and more than a little crave-worthy.”

Jacob Deleon is our guest providing a taste of the Philippines.

Joshua Klapper of Timbre Winery

Timbre Winery is a Santa Barbara County winery crafting balanced wines of distinction.”

“TIMBRE (pronounced TAM·ber or TIM·ber) is the “color” of music. It is what makes two voices sound different, even when singing the same song. It is why two winemakers, working with the same vineyards, make unique wine. As a terroir-driven winery, Timbre makes wines expressive of the places and times from which they came. As winemakers, they channel those sites through their experience, adding their own mark- their Timbre- to the resulting wines.”

“Founded by Joshua Klapper, Timbre Winery is the culmination of years of hard work, and dedication to his craft. It is winemaking expressed through the universal language of musical sound.”

“Timbre Winery is committed to sustainable practices in its vineyard and product sourcing, as well as its production.”

Timbre has a new winery facility in San Luis Obispo and April marks the 5-Year Anniversary of Timbre’s Arroyo Grande Tasting Room.

Josh Klapper is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Timbre Winery.

Daniel Lopez of Mason Bar and Kitchen in Arroyo Grande

“The Village of Arroyo Grande’s Mason Bar and Kitchen is a country-chic restaurant with a full bar, 20 beers on tap, 17 wines by the glass, extensive bottle wine list and premium spirits, paired with creative food in a relaxed setting. It’s an inviting restaurant offering farm-fresh local cuisine in a family-friendly environment.”

“For guests seeking a more festive experience, you’ll find their adjacent award-winning bar is the perfect spot to gather with friends and sample an inspired selection of wine, beer, and unique hand-crafted cocktails.” Mason Bar and Kitchen serves Lunch and Dinner 7-days with Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Mason sources their food from local, organic farms with a large selection of local artisan products from fresh produce to the highest quality proteins. They are firm in their commitment to always offer the freshest, non-GMO, antibiotic-free, responsibly harvested, and sustainable local organic produce, products, and proteins available.” Dinner menu highlights include Lobster Dogs with cold water lobster tail meat, carnival batter and creole remoulade, and a 14 oz. bone-in Kurobuta Pork Chop. The selection of steaks ranges from an 8 oz. Flat Iron to a 14 oz. Boneless Ribeye.

General Manager Daniel Perez joins us with all the details of what’s on the menu at Mason Bar and Kitchen.

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.

Easter Sunday is April 17th. Chef Andrew has some helpful tips to add to your festive Easter table.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Mayuko Easton, Proprietress, Jay’s Bar, Silver Lake and Master Barman Constantine Williams Part One
Segment Three: Mayuko Easton, Proprietress, Jay’s Bar, Silver Lake and Master Barman Constantine Williams Part Two
Segment Four: Jacob Deleon, Founder, Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen, New Jersey Part One
Segment Five: Jacob Deleon, Founder, Fila Manila Filipino American Kitchen, New Jersey Part Two
Segment Six: Winemaker Joshua Klapper, Founder, Timbre Winery, Arroyo Grande, CA
Segment Seven: Daniel Perez, General Manager, Mason Bar and Kitchen, Arroyo Grande, CA
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

Show 368, April 11, 2020: Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant Show at Melissas World Variety ProduceOur 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 updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Take-out/delivery when you can surely helps…Of course, the safety of restaurant employees and guests comes first.

It’s Easter so Chef Andrew adds his thoughts on quick tips for Easter Dinner preparation at home.

We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Slapfish is now hosting Doctors, Nurses, Medical Personnel, Police, Firefighters & EMT’s to a complimentary meal to-go. Need to be in uniform or have appropriate ID to qualify. The participating Slapfish locations are Huntington Beach, Brea, Irvine and Laguna Beach.

Kids eat free at Slapfish, too, when their parents order Takeout.

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Show 313, March 2, 2019: West Coast Prime Meats “Meatheads” – Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson with Easter Cooking Tips

Jay HendersonOur resident Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats (the protein experts) are back with answers to your “meaty” inquiries.

The very knowledgeable Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson provide insight into your Easter dinner cooking questions submitted to us in advance via our Twitter (@SoCalRestaurant.)

Keep those questions coming…

We’ll initially offer inspired ideas for cooking the Easter lamb and ham. The Meatheads also give us insight into “Colorado Lamb” and “Australia/New Zealand Lamb.” What’s the flavor profile of each ?

From the West Coast Prime Meats cookbook, West Coast Prime Meats Cooks, The Meatheads share the recipe for Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb and the technique, “How to Debone a Leg of Lamb.”

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Show 312, February 23, 2019: Kim Jensen, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, Solvang

Kim JensenLocated in Solvang, California, the Danish capital of America, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolate Factory was first opened in 1961. The traditional chocolate recipes were first brought to Solvang by Ingeborg Larsen, a chocolate dipper in one of Denmark’s largest chocolate factories. Ingeborg’s is now safely in the hands of caretakers Kim and Carol Jensen (only the 3rd owners) who have preserved the tradition of Danish artisan chocolate making with some contemporary touches.

“A perfect accent for fine wines, champagnes, and coffees, Ingeborg’s chocolates are made with absolutely the finest, fresh ingredients and no preservatives or additives. As the seasons change, the boxes and wrappings may vary, but never their commitment to quality.”

“No matter what the season, or the occasion, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or any day, Ingeborg’s specialty Danish chocolates are sure to delight the palate of the most discriminating chocolate lover. Their light and dark chocolate Cornucopias make stunning centerpiece displays, elegant for any time of year, and are filled with their handmade luscious soft centered Truffles and now our new award-winning “Sea Salt and Butterscotch Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates.””

“Ingeborg’s also features a wide variety of unique molded chocolate items as well as our Orange and Peppermint chocolate sticks. All items are individually boxed and beautifully wrapped. Please note that we now also feature an expanded array of sugar-free chocolates, sweets, and assorted candies.”

Kim joins us in sweet conversation.

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Show 219, April 15, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel

Easter and Passover good wishes to all of our listeners.

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s over-stuffed Holiday Weekend show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing…

What’s Easter & Passover without some special Holiday sweets? Pastry Chef extraordinaire, Heather Roseborough, is the co-proprietress of the aptly named Crave Dessert Company in Marina del Rey. A selection of incredibly rich brownies are among her specialties. We’ll meet her and hear about her collection of properly decadent treats.

Eat well…be well” is the motto of the unusual, 3-meal-a-day Moxie Café located well off the beaten path is a light industrial area of Santa Maria. Creator Jay Hardy, the founder of Hardy Diagnostics, has realized his dream of having healthy food that was also delicious. Moxie’s Catering & Events Manager, Caleb Granski, joins us to explain all.

Veggie Fries (really tasty) are frozen French fries made from a blend of all-natural, farm grown vegetables, legumes, and potatoes, chopped and blended together with herbs, spices, and just a pinch of sea salt. Veggie Fries are vegan, non-GMO certified and free of the top 8 allergens including gluten, soy, dairy, and wheat. We’ll pull Founder & CEO Dave Peters out of the veggie patch for a chat.

Foodbeast is launching, Meat Street, what they ambitiously bill as the ultimate meat festival of Southern California. All of the meat-centric grub you can imagine is coming to the Main Place Mall on April 22, 2017. Presented by Foodbeast and The Makers of The SPAM Brand, this one-day meat fest will feature a wide variety of delicious and crazy exclusive culinary creations, as well as drinks and other fun activities. Producer Bobby Navarro of 100eats joins us with participating Chef Cody Storts of Salt and Ash with the meaty specifics.

What’s the Easter Holiday without access to a real chef’s fun tips and practical advice for that sumptuous Holiday Table? Don’t stress…Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue.

Ca’ Del Grevino is located in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. The vineyard is located just 10 miles from the Pacific Coast and benefits greatly from cool, maritime influences. The vineyard is planted methodically and meticulously, with special attention paid to varietals best suited to the estate’s terroir. Taking into account the soils, the meso- and micro-climates, the coastal influences and the orientation of the sun upon the hillsides, you can find here Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache, Dolcetto, Riesling and Syrah. Jon Karlo Macias, Café & Tasting Room Mannager, walks us through the lush vineyard estate.

The 4th Annual “The Big Cheese” Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition appropriately conducted on National Grilled Cheese Day (April 12th) is now history. We’ll report on the winners and their melty and gooey creations.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

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Show 219, April 15, 2017: Easter Cooking Tips with Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew and William GruelWhat’s the family-focused Easter Holiday without access to a real chef’s helpful tips and genuinely useful advice for that sumptuous Holiday Table? Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue.

Think tips for easy to peel, no-fail hard boiled eggs, spiral ham, and tender lamb shank. Hints for the best creations from the leftovers, too.

Enjoy.

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April 15: Crave Desserts, Moxie Cafe, Veggie Fries, Meat Street, Ca’ Del Grevino, Big Cheese ‘Wrap’

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Pastry Chef Heather Roseborough, Crave Dessert Company, Marina del Rey / Culver City
Segment Three: Caleb Granski, Catering & Events Manager, Moxie Café, Santa Maria, CA
Segment Four: Dave Peters, Founder & CEO, Veggie Fries (Farmwise)
Segment Five: FOODBEAST’s Meat Street Festival
Segment Six: Easter Cooking Tips with Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Seven: Jon Karlo Macias, Café & Tasting Room Manager, Ca’ Del Grevino Estate, Santa Maria, CA
Segment Eight: 4th Annual The Big Cheese Festival & Competition: “People’s Choice” Winner

Easter and Passover good wishes to all of our listeners.

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s over-stuffed Holiday Weekend show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing…

What’s Easter & Passover without some special Holiday sweets? Pastry Chef extraordinaire, Heather Roseborough, is the co-proprietress of the aptly named Crave Dessert Company in Marina del Rey. A selection of incredibly rich brownies are among her specialties. We’ll meet her and hear about her collection of properly decadent treats.

Eat well…be well” is the motto of the unusual, 3-meal-a-day Moxie Café located well off the beaten path is a light industrial area of Santa Maria. Creator Jay Hardy, the founder of Hardy Diagnostics, has realized his dream of having healthy food that was also delicious. Moxie’s Catering & Events Manager, Caleb Granski, joins us to explain all.

Veggie Fries (really tasty) are frozen French fries made from a blend of all-natural, farm grown vegetables, legumes, and potatoes, chopped and blended together with herbs, spices, and just a pinch of sea salt. Veggie Fries are vegan, Non-GMO certified and free of the top 8 allergens including gluten, soy, dairy, and wheat. We’ll pull Founder & CEO Dave Peters out of the veggie patch for a chat.

Foodbeast is launching what they bill as the ultimate meat festival of Southern California. All of the meat-centric grub you can imagine is coming to the Main Place Mall on April 22, 2017. Presented by Foodbeast and The Makers of The SPAM Brand, this one-day meat fest will feature a wide variety of delicious and crazy exclusive culinary creations, as well as drinks and other fun activities. Producer Bobby Navarro of 100eats joins us with participating Chef Cody Storts of Salt and Ash with the meaty specifics.

What’s the Easter Holiday without access to a real chef’s fun tips and practical advice for that sumptuous Holiday Table? Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue.

Ca’ Del Grevino is located in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. The vineyard is located just 10 miles from the Pacific Coast and benefits greatly from cool, maritime influences. The vineyard is planted methodically and meticulously, with special attention paid to varietals best suited to the estate’s terroir. Taking into account the soils, the meso- and micro-climates, the coastal influences and the orientation of the sun upon the hillsides, you can find here Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache, Dolcetto, Riesling and Syrah. Jon Karlo Macias, Café & Tasting Room Mannager, walks us through the lush vineyard estate.

The 4th Annual “The Big Cheese” Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition appropriately conducted on National Grilled Cheese Day (April 12th) is now history. We’ll report on the winners and their melty and gooey creations.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Heather RoseboroughWhat’s Easter & Passover without some special Holiday sweets? Pastry Chef extraordinaire, Heather Roseborough, is the co-proprietress of the aptly named Crave Dessert Company in Marina del Rey. A selection of incredibly rich brownies are among her specialties.

Chef Heather was the pastry chef at the original Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City. She also worked in the pastry department at Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft, Century City

“We offer a wide range of desserts with unique flavors, customizable for a variety of private events and catering.”

“We specialize in small batch baking and offer a variety of house-made delicious desserts. We also love to tailor desserts for whatever your needs are. Stop by and see us, or call / e-mail to inquire about our custom desserts. We offer a large selection of gluten free desserts, too, which taste amazing!”

We’ll meet Pastry Chef Heather and hear about her collection of properly decadent treats.

Moxie CafeEat well…be well” is the motto of the unusual, 3-meal-a-day Moxie Café located well off the beaten path is a light industrial area of Santa Maria. Creator Jay Hardy, the founder of Hardy Diagnostics, has realized his dream of having healthy food that was also delicious.

“Since you care about your health, at the Moxie Cafe you can depend on us to offer a selection of tasty, fresh, and healthy choices. We pledge to never tempt you with excessive fat or sugar laden meals. In fact, you will not find a fryer or a soda fountain at the Moxie! We believe that healthy food should taste good. Come in and let us prove it to you!”

“Our goal was to create a selection of fresh, wholesome foods you could eat day-after-day, feel satisfied afterward (not bloated and sluggish), and not gain weight. We wanted to source our food locally and go organic whenever possible. We wanted to completely ban trans-fats, fried foods, and MSG from the premises. We wanted to create a place where our guests would not be tempted to eat things that are not good for them and their children.” Jay Hardy, Founder, Moxie Cafe

Moxie’s Catering & Events Manager, Caleb Granski, joins us to explain all.

Dave Peters of Veggie Fries“Our story is probably your story; a family searching for healthy and delicious food for our three daughters. We achieved the best of both worlds in some of America’s most iconic foods. Our whole family loves French fries and tater tots, so we made them healthier; blending in our favorite vegetables to make a tasty nutritious treat. We experimented with over 300 recipes to create perfect fries and tots –extra crispy on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside using a delicious blend of vegetables, legumes, and potatoes. We hope your family loves them as much as we do.”

Veggie Fries are really tasty frozen French fries made from a blend of all-natural, farm grown vegetables, legumes, and potatoes, chopped and blended together with herbs, spices, and just a pinch of sea salt. Veggie Fries are vegan, Non-GMO certified and free of the top 8 allergens including gluten, soy, dairy, and wheat.

Each batch of Veggie Fries provides a crispy texture on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside. Every variety has at least 27% of non-potato vegetables and legumes, containing 9 vegetable servings and a substantial amount of vegetable nutrition in every14 oz. bag.

We’ll pull Founder & CEO Dave Peters out of the veggie patch for a chat.

Cody StortsFoodbeast is launching what they bill as the ultimate meat festival of Southern California. All of the meat-centric grub you can imagine is coming to the Main Place Mall on April 22, 2017. Meat Street, Presented by Foodbeast and The Makers of The SPAM Brand, this one-day meat fest will feature a wide variety of delicious and crazy exclusive culinary creations, as well as drinks and other fun activities.

“MEAT STREET will showcase the best meat dishes that Southern California has to offer. Grilled, fried, on a stick… however you like your carne you can bet it’ll be there. You can expect exclusive items from eateries such as Slater’s 50/50, Bruxie, Mess Hall Canteen, Elbows Mac n Cheese, and more. With a large number of participating vendors bringing the best of their offerings, and incorporating the Foodbeast elements we all know and love (we’re talking epic eats you won’t find anywhere else), guests are guaranteed to leave full and maybe even considering vegetarianism.”

There is a Marketplace for General Admission guests and two sessions of VIP.

Producer Bobby Navarro of 100eats joins us along with participating Chef Cody Storts of Salt and Ash with the meaty specifics.

Andrew and William GruelWhat’s the family-focused Easter Holiday without access to a real chef’s helpful tips and genuinely useful advice for that sumptuous Holiday Table? Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue.

Ca’ Del Grevino is located in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. The vineyard is located just 10 miles from the Pacific Coast and benefits greatly from cool, maritime influences. The vineyard is planted methodically and meticulously, with special attention paid to varietals best suited to the estate’s terroir. Taking into account the soils, the meso- and micro-climates, the coastal influences and the orientation of the sun upon the hillsides, you can find here Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache, Dolcetto, Riesling and Syrah.

“Our vineyard produces some of the finest wines in California. The region’s cool climate, geology and topography provide the opportunity to create uncompromised, premium wines. Ca’ Del Grevino, meaning “House of Grewal Family Wines”, produces fine wines steeped in Italian tradition with a distinctive California style.”

Jon Karlo MaciasCa’ Del Grevino is the signature wine brand of our estate representing regality, tradition and opulence. Nestled in California’s prestigious Central Coast is the lovely Santa Maria Valley. The unique micro-climate of the valley produces cool mornings and long warm afternoons. Together with us the best quality fruit produced and attention to detail produces our award -winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, White Riesling and Syrah wines.”

Ca’ Del Grevino wines are available to their Wine Club members and at their distinctive area Tasting Rooms. Each Tasting Room has a bit of a different character. The Orcutt Tasting Room is also a Café. The Los Olivos Tasting Room skillfully pairs their wines with cheese, charcuterie or chocolate plates. The Tasting Room in Santa Barbara is in the vibrant “Funk Zone” at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective. An attraction there is Helena’s Bakery with a menu of custom-baked sweet and savory goods.

Jon Karlo Macias, Café & Tasting Room Manager, walks us through the lush vineyard estate.

The Big Cheese Grilled Cheese CompetitionThe “SoCal Restaurant Show” was honored to be part of the Judges’ Panel for the 4th Annual “The Big Cheese” Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition on National Grilled Cheese Day at Orange’s Provisions Market.

We’ll chat with the winner of the People’s Choice recognition and recap the winning sandwich from the Judges’ Panel.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Pastry Chef Heather Roseborough, Crave Dessert Company, Marina del Rey / Culver City
Segment Three: Caleb Granski, Catering & Events Manager, Moxie Café, Santa Maria, CA
Segment Four: Dave Peters, Founder & CEO, Veggie Fries (Farmwise)
Segment Five: FOODBEAST’s Meat Street Festival
Segment Six: Easter Cooking Tips with Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Seven: Jon Karlo Macias, Café & Tasting Room Manager, Ca’ Del Grevino Estate, Santa Maria, CA
Segment Eight: 4th Annual The Big Cheese Festival & Competition: “People’s Choice” Winner

Show 215, March 18, 2017: “The Meatheads” (Terry and Jay) From West Coast Prime Meats

Premium Lamb from West Coast Prime MeatsPassover and Easter are on the immediate horizon. For serious home cooks that means a family table of ham and/or lamb for Easter, and lamb for Passover. Our resident meats experts (The heralded Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry & Jay) have some practical advice and cooking tips for us.

What’s all the fuss about lamb from Colorado and New Zealand? We’ll find out. The Meatheads give us the 411 on American lamb, Colorado lamb, and lamb from New Zealand from two different points-of-view. Do note there are grades of lamb.

Lamb Crown Roast is a great variation for Easter or Passover and don’t forget the Country Ham option for the Easter table. Grilled marinated Leg of Lamb is a good option, too.

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