Show 539, August 19, 2023: Chef and Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

We all typically enjoy fresh salmon as a standard seafood go-to but certain varieties in California are now in short supply. The Chinook salmon season for commercial fisherman along costal California waters has been cancelled this year. Chef Andrew will explain what’s behind this and the types of sustainably raised salmon that you can still enjoy without reservation on your home table and in restaurants.

Show 279, June 30, 2018: Proprietors David & Sylvia Brents, Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie, Solvang

Succulentm Cafe Wine Charcuterie“Located in the heart of downtown Solvang, we have been open since 2011, Succulent Cafe Wine Charcuterie serves up comfort cuisine with a twist while sourcing local, seasonal ingredients from neighborhood farmers & fisherman to ensure the freshest quality whenever possible.”

“We believe in delicious food served in ample portions that compliment our wonderful local wines and craft beers. Succulent also offers a variety of signature cocktails.”

“Our small cafe is family owned and operated with a focus on the community needs and wants. We strive to go back to the traditions of homemade biscuits & gravy, jams & jellies, hearty meals, and desserts.”

“Our culinary team works hard making all our dishes from scratch, while our service staff strives to make your dining experience a wonderful and memorable one. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, you can enjoy your meal in our rustic & cozy dining room or on our beautiful succulent filled patio.”

“Whether it be a glass of wine with a charcuterie plate or enjoying Sunday dinner with the family, all of us at Succulent Café will do our very best to make your experience a most memorable one.”

Breakfast and lunch are served fast casual style and Happy Hour and dinner are full table service. Closed on Tuesday.

Proprietors David and Sylvia Brents are our guests.

Show 180, July 16, 2016: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, Huntington Beach

Andrew Gruel and his son WilliamFood waste is inexcusable in restaurants these days. It’s a matter of principle in addition to being part of the green movement. Our own Chef Andrew Gruel will highlight what he does to turn usable food items that were formally tossed in the garbage into practical (and tasty) menu items.

For creative inspiration think of broccoli stalks and even onion skins…

There are also less familiar varieties of fish (often ignored or even discarded by fishermen) that are value-priced, simple to prepare and delicious on the dinner table.