Show 361, February 22, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a salivating preview of Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Tom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Most recently it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.) We’ll meet him.

El Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of pizzas (by-the-slice, too) created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and creative salads and sandwiches. Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot. Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary with a slice and pint (maybe some wings, too?).

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where we respond to significant listeners’ inquiries. Cashless restaurants are around but don’t seem to be gaining momentum and support locally. Is it hospitable to refuse cash? We’re also reeling-in what extra ingredients go into making the ultimate Tuna Melt. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Lenné Estate grows distinctive Pinot Noir vines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Owner Steve Lutz began his wine career in Napa Valley, working cellars and managing tasting rooms for the Mondavis and Bill Harlan in the 1980s. He and his English wife Karen moved to Oregon in 1998, and began scouting vineyard sites after Karen inherited some money from her father Lenny, for whom the winery is named. Steve knew instantly when he had found the right site—poor soils and south-facing hillsides at 420-575 feet elevation are ideal for world-class Oregon Pinot Noir—and he planted his first vines in 2001. Six long years later, the vineyard finally achieved a normal fruit set, and Steve opened a tasting room on site.” Owner/Winemaker Steve Lutz pulls the cork on Lenne’ Estate for us.

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

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Show 361, February 22, 2020: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part One

Rob Croxall of El Segundo Brewing CompanyEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of appealing pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. In addition to whole pizza options there is a daily changing selection of 5 varieties by-the-slice. There is even a 12” pizza option that has a gluten-free cauliflower crust.

A house specialty is chicken wings with a flair. The wings are fried and tossed with a choice of buffalo sauce, pesto, CA Rancher Hog Wild BBQ Sauce or Santa Maria Dry Rub. The wings are served with the expected (housemade) blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot.

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary.

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Show 361, February 22, 2020: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part Two

Matt Ranney of El Segundo Brewing Conpany and the Slice and PintEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of appealing pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. In addition to whole pizza options there is a daily changing selection of 5 varieties by-the-slice. There is even a 12” pizza option that has a gluten-free cauliflower crust.

“The Slice & Pint is locally focused and environmentally responsible. We partner with vendors who share the same values. We support local, independent farmers for our produce whenever possible. If we can make it in house, we’re going to…simple as that.”

The Slice & Pint is proud to partner with these local providers:

Coleman NaturalNiman Ranch • Petaluma Farms • Grande CheeseEzzo Pepperoni King Arthur FlourStanislaus TomatoesCreekstone FarmsBeyond MeatMama Lil’s Pickled PeppersCalifornia RancherMcConnell’s Ice Cream

Let’s not forget the styles of El Segundo Brewing Co’s award-wining craft beers available. On any given day there are a dozen selections available on tap including Broken Skull IPA. Also a full menu of rotating guest craft beers on rap.

“Hop forward beers make up an overwhelming portion of what we do at El Segundo Brewing Co. Mostly because that’s what we want to drink. Our beers showcase the best of what the industrious and creative growers around the world have accomplished in the past few decades. Hop varieties like Citra, Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe to name a few. Amazing aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and just dankness explode out of the glass when these beers are young.”

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney continue with us…

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February 22: Tom Bergin’s, El Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint, Lenné Estate

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part One
Segment Three: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part Two
Segment Four: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part One
Segment Five: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part One
Segment Eight: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part Two

Now a salivating preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Tom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Most recently it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.) We’ll meet him.

El Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of pizzas (by-the-slice, too) created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot. Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary with a slice and pint.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where we respond to significant listeners’ inquiries. Cashless restaurants are around but don’t seem to be gaining momentum and support locally. Is it hospitable to refuse cash? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Lenné Estate grows distinctive Pinot Noir vines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Owner Steve Lutz began his wine career in Napa Valley, working cellars and managing tasting rooms for the Mondavis and Bill Harlan in the 1980s. He and his English wife Karen moved to Oregon in 1998, and began scouting vineyard sites after Karen inherited some money from her father Lenny, for whom the winery is named. Steve knew instantly when he had found the right site—poor soils and south-facing hillsides at 420-575 feet elevation are ideal for world-class Oregon Pinot Noir—and he planted his first vines in 2001. Six long years later, the vineyard finally achieved a normal fruit set, and Steve opened a tasting room on site.” Owner/Winemaker Steve Lutz pulls the cork on Lenne’ Estate for us.

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

Erik Punzalan of Tom BerginsTom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It even has its own parking lot – a true, but convenient, rarity in Los Angeles these days.

It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Last year it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.) We’ll meet him.

Tom Bergin’s is also known for the shamrocks (inscribed with names) covering most walls and the ceiling. The shamrocks, over the years, were awarded to loyal customers. Of course, many celebrities from Hollywood and professional sports are among the recipients of a coveted shamrock.

For now it’s Dinner nightly and opening @ 11:00 a.m. on Sunday for Brunch and then serving continuously until 1:00 a.m. To streamline service guests order at the oval bar and a server efficiently brings your meal to you.

The food is elevated Irish pub food that is both tasty and fairly priced. A generous portion of Shepherd’s Pie (short rib, seasonal veggies, Reggiano, mashed potatoes and gravy) goes for $14. A standout dessert is the Dutch Apple Pie (baked in-house) with housemade Bailey’s Ice Cream.

Of course the ample bar is well stocked with Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon & American Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Tequila, Gin and Rum.

For something different in a cocktail try the Paloma. It’s Altos Blanco or Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, grapefruit bitters, grapefruit soda and Tajin rim.

Rob Croxall of El Segundo Brewing CompanyEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of appealing pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. In addition to whole pizza options there is a daily changing selection of 5 varieties by-the-slice. There is even a 12” pizza option that has a gluten-free cauliflower crust.

A house specialty is chicken wings with a flair. The wings are fried and tossed with a choice of buffalo sauce, pesto, CA Rancher Hog Wild BBQ Sauce or Santa Maria Dry Rub. The wings are served with the expected blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot.

Matt Ranney of El Segundo Brewing Conpany and the Slice and Pint“The Slice & Pint is locally focused and environmentally responsible. We partner with vendors who share the same values. We support local, independent farmers for our produce whenever possible. If we can make it in house, we’re going to…simple as that.”

The Slice & Pint is proud to partner with these local providers:

Coleman NaturalNiman Ranch • Petaluma Farms • Grande CheeseEzzo Pepperoni King Arthur FlourStanislaus TomatoesCreekstone FarmsBeyond MeatMama Lil’s Pickled PeppersCalifornia RancherMcConnell’s Ice Cream

Let’s not forget the styles of El Segundo Brewing Co’s award-wining craft beers available. On any given day there are a dozen selections available on tap including Broken Skull IPA. Also a full menu of rotating guest craft beers on rap.

“Hop forward beers make up an overwhelming portion of what we do at El Segundo Brewing Co. Mostly because that’s what we want to drink. Our beers showcase the best of what the industrious and creative growers around the world have accomplished in the past few decades. Hop varieties like Citra, Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe to name a few. Amazing aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and just dankness explode out of the glass when these beers are young.”

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary.

Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where we respond to listeners’ inquiries. Cashless restaurants are around but don’t seem to be going momentum locally. Is it hospitable to refuse cash? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Steve Lutz of Lenne EstateLenné Estate grows distinctive Pinot Noir vines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Owner Steve Lutz began his wine career in Napa Valley, working cellars and managing tasting rooms for the Mondavis and Bill Harlan in the 1980s. He and his English wife Karen moved to Oregon in 1998, and began scouting vineyard sites after Karen inherited some money from her father Lenny, for whom the winery is named. Steve knew instantly when he had found the right site—poor soils and south-facing hillsides at 420-575 feet elevation are ideal for world-class Oregon Pinot Noir—and he planted his first vines in 2001. Six long years later, the vineyard finally achieved a normal fruit set, and Steve opened a tasting room on site.”

“Lutz is fond of boasting that his steep, 20.9-acre hillside vineyard has the poorest soil in Yamhill County—the ancient, nutrient-poor Peavine variety, which limits vine vigor and forces the plants to root deep into the earth and struggle for survival. Thousands have died, but the carnage is worth it; the dry-farmed vines that do survive produce small, naturally concentrated berries that yield distinct mocha aromatics, and rich mid-palate texture. The estate is planted to five clones of Pinot Noir (Pommard, 777, 115, 114, and 667), ranging in age from 13-16 years.”

“Steve Lutz crafts the Lenné Estate wines with a minimalist’s restraint, seeking to showcase the vineyard’s unique terroir. Minimal oxidation, no centrifugal pumping, and only 11 months in a maximum of 35% new oak allow him to get the wines into the bottle as intact as possible.”

“Lenné produces Pinot Noir under three labels: Le Nez (representing the estate vineyard), Lenné cinq élus (a blend of the best barrel from each of the five clones), and Lenné Estate, which includes a barrel selection of the best wine from the estate, as well as clone-specific bottlings—Karen Pommard (named for Steve’s wife), Jill’s 115 (named for Karen’s mother), Eleanor’s 114 (named for Steve’s mother), and Kill Hill (a blend of 114 and 667 from the hillside with the highest vine mortality rate). Total annual production is 1500-2000 cases.”

Steve Lutz pulls the cork on Lenne Estate for us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part One
Segment Three: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part Two
Segment Four: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part One
Segment Five: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part One
Segment Eight: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part Two

Show 343, October 5, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an appealing preview of Saturday’s positively bubbly & delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a three-acre agriculture education center featuring California crops and more than 100 animal educators who help thousands of visitors each year learn about food, nutrition, horticulture and animal husbandry. They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th. (That’s today…) Michele Richards, Vice President of Business Development at the OC Fair & Event Center put the candles on the cake for us.

One of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much-needed source of food for Food Finders to help eliminate hunger in Long Beach and surrounding communities. The 6th annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders will be held at MADE by Millworks on October 10th starting at 8:00 a.m. Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing provides the blueprint for the challenging event.

Albuquerque’s Gruet Winery celebrated a landmark anniversary in September, the 30th release year for Gruet sparkling wines. The Gruet family’s “coming to America” tale is quite remarkable; they embodied the ultimate start-up, finding success from true grit and determination, first as Champagne producers in France and now as one of the fastest growing sparkling wine houses in the US. Winemaker Laurent Gruet released the first two sparkling wines 30 years ago and is still creating the Champagne method sparkling wines he learned from his father Gilbert Gruet, back in France. Today, third generation winemaker Sofian Himeur serves as Laurent’s assistant winemaker. Sofian pops the cork for us…

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods. Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

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

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Show 343, October 5, 2019: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

Frances Lopez of the Los Angeles Brewers GuildThe Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods.

“In addition to the unlimited tastings, the event will also feature entertainment, educational talks about beer, fermentation, and California plant-life, plus special group tours of the Arboretum Library.”

General Admission ($60.00) is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a keepsake tasting glassware, craft beer tastings, complimentary bites from local restaurants (while supplies last,) and educational panels and entertainment.

Thomas Kelley of El Segundo Brewing and ESBC Slice and PintVIP Admission ($75.00) is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All of the General Admission goodies plus access to the event one-hour early.

“We are excited to bring back this intimate event to L.A. to elevate craft beer culture and showcase our local businesses in collaboration with our friends at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.”

El Segundo Brewing’s Slice & Pint restaurant will be serving their signature Chicken Wings in addition to a sampling of their popular craft beers. Think Casa Azul and Mayberry IPA.

Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

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October 5: Centennial Farm, CANstruction Long Beach, Gruet Winery, LA Beer and Food Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Segment Three: Preview of Food Finders’ CANstruction® Long Beach
Segment Four: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part One
Segment Five: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s positively delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a three-acre agriculture education center featuring California crops and more than 100 animal educators who help thousands of visitors each year learn about food, nutrition, horticulture and animal husbandry. They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th. Michele Richards, Vice President of Business Development at the OC Fair & Event Center put the candles on the cake for us.

One of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much-needed source of food for Food Finders to help eliminate hunger in Long Beach and surrounding communities. The 6th annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders will be held at MADE by Millworks on October 10th starting at 8:00 a.m. Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing provides the blueprint for the challenging event.

Albuquerque’s Gruet Winery celebrated a landmark anniversary in September, the 30th release year for Gruet sparkling wines. The Gruet family’s “coming to America” tale is quite remarkable; they embodied the ultimate start-up, finding success from true grit and determination, first as Champagne producers in France and now as one of the fastest growing sparkling wine houses in the US. Winemaker Laurent Gruet released the first two sparkling wines 30 years ago and is still creating the Champagne method sparkling wines he learned from his father Gilbert Gruet, back in France. Today, third generation winemaker Sofian Himeur serves as Laurent’s assistant winemaker. Sofian pops the cork for us…

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods. Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

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

Michele Richards of the OC FairCentennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a three-acre agriculture education center featuring California crops and more than 100 animal educators who help thousands of visitors each year learn about food, nutrition, horticulture and animal husbandry.

They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th. The birthday bash is from 2 to 6 p.m. at OC Fair & Event Center’s year-round working farm.

A BBQ featuring chicken and tri-tip with all the fixings, tractor rides, line dancing, family-friendly lawn games, farm tours and entertainment are in store for attendees. There will be a special cake served at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance (plus Ticketmaster fees) and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets are on sale now.

Learn more about Centennial Farm and OC Fair & Event Center’s agriculture programs and garden classes.

Michele Richards, Vice President of Business Development at the OC Fair & Event Center put the candles on the cake for us.

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry MarketingOne of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much-needed source of food for Food Finders to help eliminate hunger in Long Beach and surrounding communities. The 6th annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders will be held at MADE by Millworks on October 10th starting at 8:00 a.m.

CANstruction® participants will design and build unique structures made entirely out of canned goods. The structures may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of canned goods totaling over 20,000 lbs. This year’s theme is “One Can, Two Cans, Who Can? You Can!”, and participating teams may depict Dr. Seuss in any way they want.

MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Avenue., in downtown Long Beach.

The completed structures will be on display to the public from October 10-20, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to MADE by Millworks to be used as “votes” for their favorite structure by placing the cans in Food Finders supplied bins next to each structure resulting in a “People’s Choice” award. Additional awards including “Structural Ingenuity”, “Best Use of Labels”, “Most Cans”, “Best Meal” and “Juror’s Favorite”, will be chosen by a panel of local judges following the exhibition.

Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing provides the blueprint for the challenging event.

Sofian Himeur of Gruet WineryAlbuquerque’s Gruet Winery celebrated a landmark anniversary in September, the 30th release year for Gruet sparkling wines. The Gruet family’s “coming to America” tale is quite remarkable; they embodied the ultimate start-up, finding success from true grit and determination, first as Champagne producers in France and now as one of the fastest growing sparkling wine houses in the US.

Winemaker Laurent Gruet released the first two sparkling wines 30 years ago and is still creating the Champagne method sparkling wines he learned from his father Gilbert Gruet, back in France. Today, third generation winemaker Sofian Himeur serves as Laurent’s assistant winemaker.

“For me, winemaking is practically genetic. My earliest memories of wine were of being alongside my father, Gilbert Gruet, at Gruet et Fils winery in Bethon,” says winemaker Laurent Gruet. “Like me, Sofian basically grew up in the winery – only for him it was in Albuquerque! 30 years after our first release, we continue to delight wine drinkers all over the world. I love seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they learn this wine is made in New Mexico, not Champagne.”

Sofian pops the cork for us…

Producing outstanding, award-winning American sparkling wines that adhere to strict Methode Champenoise guidelines, Gruet Winery was founded on the vision and passion of French winemaker and patriarch Gilbert Gruet, making sparkling wine in the U.S. that most resembles French champagne. This esteemed American sparkling wine producer currently makes approximately 275,000 cases annually, including 15 sparkling wines that retail from $15 to $46.

Gruet wines are sold in 49 states, Asia and the Caribbean and can be found in the country’s finest restaurants, retail outlets, online and through its destination tasting room and winery located at 8400 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque, NM and its tasting room in the historic Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe. The Gruet family’s passion for winemaking over the past 30 years has given people around the world a quality, luxury product at a great value.

Frances Lopez of the Los Angeles Brewers GuildThe Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is presenting the 3rd annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival which has relocated to the beautiful L.A. County Arboretum. Join them on Saturday, October 19th for an intimate tasting under the stars featuring 50 independent craft breweries showcasing over 100 unique brews plus complimentary bites from their favorite local restaurants, brewpubs, and purveyors of fine foods.

“In addition to the unlimited tastings, the event will also feature entertainment, educational talks about beer, fermentation, and California plant-life, plus special group tours of the Arboretum Library.”

General Admission ($60.00) is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a keepsake tasting glassware, craft beer tastings, complimentary bites from local restaurants (while supplies last,) and educational panels and entertainment.

Thomas Kelley of El Segundo Brewing and ESBC Slice and PintVIP Admission ($75.00) is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All of the General Admission goodies plus access to the event one-hour early.

“We are excited to bring back this intimate event to L.A. to elevate craft beer culture and showcase our local businesses in collaboration with our friends at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.”

Frances Lopez, Executive Director of L.A. County Brewers Guild and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Segment Three: Preview of Food Finders’ CANstruction® Long Beach
Segment Four: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part One
Segment Five: Gruet’s Winery’s 30th Anniversary with Assistant Winemaker Sofian Himeur Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of 3rd Annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival at L.A. County Arboretum

Show 320, April 20, 2019: Preview of C-CAP’s 2nd Annual Full Circle Benefit at Redbird with Barbara Fairchild

Barbara FairchildThe Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is presenting their 2nd Annual Full Circle Benefit dinner at Neal Fraser’s Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening, April 25th featuring a culinary brigade of celebrity guest chefs.

“Celebrating our C-CAP students and the wonderful chefs who mentor and inspire them, giving them the tools and experience they need to succeed and come Full Circle.”

The evening is hosted and coordinated by Chef Neal Fraser and featuring celebrated chefs Monti Carlo (Food Network personality,) Josiah Citrin (Openaire and Charcoal Venice,) Sandra Cordero (Gasolina,) Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes,) C-CAP alumnus Anthony Greco (Lukshon & Father’s Office,) Kyle Johnson (Bourbon Steak), Antonia Lofaso (Scopa, Black Market and Dama), Nicole Rucker (Fiona,) C-CAP alumnus Dustin Trani (J. Trani’s Ristorante,) and more.

C-CAP Council L.A.’s Chairperson, Barbara Fairchild (former Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine,) joins us with all the salivating details of the Cocktail Reception in the calming lower gardens at Redbird and seated Dinner & Live Auction upstairs at Redbird and seated Dinner & Live Auction upstairs at Redbird.

A limited number of “Reception Only” tickets have just been released. At $100 per guest it’s a real bargain. The 90-minute Reception features a delectable selection of hors d’oeuves, free-flowing No 1 Cuvee Methode Traditionelle sparkling wine from New Zealand, Pinks Rose from Hitching Post Wines, premium craft beers from El Segundo Brewing Co., and signature handcrafted cocktails by Anthony Greco, C-CAP Alumnus (Lukshon) highlighting Greenbar Tequila and Ford’s Gin

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Show 309, February 2, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a provocative preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious 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, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always thanks for being a part of our loyal listening audience.

Niman Ranch’s All -Natural premium meats aren’t sourced from just one ranch. They are a community of more than 720 small, independent family farms and ranches located in 28 states – primarily in the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, in states with an abundance of grain to limit their carbon footprint. Niman Ranch’s Vice President of Beef, John Tarpoff is our guest. He’s also known in restaurant circles as “The Steak Whisperer.”

Travel and food journalist Allen Cox is a life-long resident of the Northwest. He is Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Travel & Life magazine. Allen serves as Co-chair of Travel & Worlds, an annual travel writers conference held in the Northwest. Allen joins us to share a handful of favorite dining gems in the Northwest including the best of the classics as well as a selection of the new stars.

The Big Game is upon us and we’re thirsty. Time for a chat with the distinguished brewers from Golden Road Brewing Co. We’re joined by Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres. Clean, crisp lagers perhaps deserve more respect. We’ll talk about it.

Bring on the gracious Southern hospitality this “Big Game” Sunday at Preux & Proper in Downtown Los Angeles. Keeping the Southern theme, as Super Bowl LIII takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, there is truly perhaps no better place or a more Southern home on the West Coast to gather for this all-American tradition. Featuring 4 TV’s, there is room for everyone to find a good seat and cheer on the two championship teams. We’re, of course, partial to our own L.A. Rams. Proprietor Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour kick off the exciting Big Game festivities for us.

We’ve been enthusiastically following the El Segundo Brewing Co. in El Segundo since the beginning, and this year they will be celebrating their 8th Anniversary. A wonderful entrepreneurial success story. They were one of the first craft breweries in the South Bay and are particularly known for their award-winning, hop-centric brews. Just opened a short walk from the brewery is ESBC The Slice and Pint. You can’t go wrong with fresh craft beer and pizza! Proprietors Rob Croxall (Founder) and Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel joins us from the road with another informative segment of “Ask the Chef.” It’s of considerable value to have a real, working chef in our radio kitchen! With the monetary enticement from a major credit card company some restaurants are experimenting with going cashless. Is it really a good idea for right now? We’ll revisit this controversial subject that generates passionate opinions!

Listener note for next Saturday, February 9th. For that Saturday only we follow Anaheim Ducks Hockey from 3 to 5:00 p.m. Please join us just a bit later in the afternoon. Same salivating show…

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

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Show 309, February 2, 2019: El Segundo Brewing Co’s Rob Croxall and Thomas Kelley

Rob Croxall and Thomas KelleyWe’ve been enthusiastically following the El Segundo Brewing Co. in El Segundo since the beginning, and this year they will be celebrating their 8th Anniversary. A wonderful entrepreneurial success story. The craft beer from “Mayberry by the Sea” is now available all over California and also in Portland, Oregon.

They were one of the first craft breweries in the South Bay and are particularly known for their award-winning, hop-centric brews. Just opened a short walk from the brewery (and around the corner on Grand Avenue) is the family-friendly, ESBC The Slice and Pint.

It’s 18” hand-tossed or 8” x 12” pan pizza. Available by the slice, too. Also meatballs, baked garlic knots, wings, Calamari strips and salads. On opening night 170 hand-tossed pizzas were prepared, baked and served.

Expect a wide selection of 12 rotating ESBC’s styles available on tap.

“The Slice & Pint is locally focused and environmentally responsible. We partner with vendors who share the same values. We support local, independent farmers for our produce whenever possible. If we can make it in-house, we’re going to do that…simple as that.”

Proprietors Rob Croxall and Thomas Kelley tap the keg for us.

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