Show 564, February 10, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Chef Duff Goldman is a New York Times bestselling author who stars on many of Food Network’s most watched shows including the Baking Championship series, Kids Baking Championship and The Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown. He just signed a new multiyear deal at the network. His most recent cookbook Super Good Cookies for Kids was released in 2022 and Super Good Baking for Kids in 2020.  Duff is the owner of the successful bakery, Charm City Cakes based in Baltimore. His bakery has created famous cakes for everything from Obama’s inauguration to an R2-D2 cake for Lucasfilm to Lady Gaga’s birthday cake for Tony Bennett. His signature cakes are now available nationwide on GoldbellyChef Duff Goldman joins us with pastry bag in hand.

We’re delighted to welcome food journalist Farley Elliott back to the show. Farley Elliott is the new SoCal Bureau Chief for SFGATE. Previously, he was the Senior Editor for Eater Los Angeles, covering food and culture around LA, and his work has also appeared in print, film, and television. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, a book about the long, winding saga of street food in Los Angeles. Farley joins us to chat about his new beat. Along the way he’ll discuss an unusual form of Street Art in Venice with a social message which has attracted national attention and his recent visit to greater Palm Springs where (among other activities) he interviewed chefs and restaurateurs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their new restaurant, Alice B., located in Downtown Palm Springs.

We’re checking in with our helpful foodservice experts at SoCal Gas to be updated on their various programs to assist Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Gina Christian (Foodservice Technical Specialist) will be explaining what’s available at the Energy Resource Center in Downey and their upcoming Seminar Calendar. Carmen Oliver (Customer Programs Advisor) joins the conversation to describe new rebate measures and the qualified product list categories. Joe Frausto (On-Bill Financing Program Manager) concludes with an overview of On Bill Financing and GoGreen Financing for business owners. SoCal Gas’Energy Resource Center (ERC) offers seminars, demonstrations and consulting services to help your business find cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions.

PINE & CRANE DTLA is a casual and hospitable Taiwanese restaurant located in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. This location follows up their original, far more compact restaurant in Silver Lake and aims, as ever, to bring their guests delicious Taiwanese fare in a comfortable, modern setting. They are passionate about what they do, and take pride in preparing their food using simple, fresh ingredients. In addition to familiar favorites from the Silver Lake location, DTLA features dishes specific to DTLA, still offering a variety of small plates, traditional cold appetizers, dumplings, noodles, and rice dishes. Along with an extensive tea menu, Pine & Crane also features beer, wine, unusual whiskies and specialty cocktails.” Producer Andy Harris provides the salivating overview of Pine & Crane DTLA based on his recent dining experiences there.

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. Valentine’s Day (coming up next week) is a time of high anxiety for restaurants. It’s typically groups of two with a lot of high expectations and stress. Chef Andrew shares some of his more humorous Valentine’s Day restaurant experiences over the years along with a few tips..

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

Show 564, February 10, 2024: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part One

Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes

Chef Duff Goldman is a New York Times bestselling author who stars on many of Food Network’s most watched shows including the Baking Championship series, Kids Baking Championship and The Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown. He just signed a new multiyear deal at the network.”

“His most recent cookbook Super Good Cookies for Kids was released in 2022 and Super Good Baking for Kids in 2020.”

“Duff is the owner of the successful bakery, Charm City Cakes based in Baltimore. His bakery has created famous cakes for everything from Obama’s inauguration to an R2-D2 cake for Lucasfilm to Lady Gaga’s birthday cake for Tony Bennett. His signature cakes are now available nationwide on Goldbelly.”

“When his dream of slaying on the guitar in a rock band wasn’t paying the bills, Chef Duff Goldman turned to his talents as a classically trained pastry chef and metal craftsman and founded Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD in 2002. Duff and his intrepid team of cake decorators churned out cakes the world had never seen before: cakes with sound, cakes with smoke, cakes with motorized moving components, life-sized baby elephant cakes- no cake was too crazy to tackle.”

“It wasn’t long before Charm City Cakes caught the eye of the Food Network where the hit reality cake decorating series Ace of Cakes was born. The Baltimore bakery has had the pleasure of making their awesome clients’ cake dreams come true for over two decades!”

Chef Duff Goldman joins us with pastry bag in hand.

Show 564, February 10, 2024: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part Two

Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes

Chef Duff Goldman is a New York Times bestselling author who stars on many of Food Network’s most watched shows including the Baking Championship series, Kids Baking Championship and The Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown. He just signed a new multiyear deal at the network.”

“His most recent cookbook Super Good Cookies for Kids was released in 2022 and Super Good Baking for Kids in 2020.”

“Duff is the owner of the successful bakery, Charm City Cakes based in Baltimore. His bakery has created famous cakes for everything from Obama’s inauguration to an R2-D2 cake for Lucasfilm to Lady Gaga’s birthday cake for Tony Bennett. His signature cakes are now available nationwide on Goldbelly.”

“When his dream of slaying on the guitar in a rock band wasn’t paying the bills, Chef Duff Goldman turned to his talents as a classically trained pastry chef and metal craftsman and founded Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD in 2002. Duff and his intrepid team of cake decorators churned out cakes the world had never seen before: cakes with sound, cakes with smoke, cakes with motorized moving components, life-sized baby elephant cakes- no cake was too crazy to tackle.”

“It wasn’t long before Charm City Cakes caught the eye of the Food Network where the hit reality cake decorating series Ace of Cakes was born. The Baltimore bakery has had the pleasure of making their awesome clients’ cake dreams come true for over two decades!”

Chef Duff Goldman continues with us with rolling pin firmly in hand.

February 10: Duff Goldman, Farley Elliott, SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center, Pine & Crane

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part One
Segment Three: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part Two
Segment Four: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part One
Segment Five: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part Two
Segment Six: SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center and Ongoing Programs Supporting Foodservice Entities
Segment Seven: Pine & Crane in Downtown Los Angeles – A Profile
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

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

Chef Duff Goldman is a New York Times bestselling author who stars on many of Food Network’s most watched shows including the Baking Championship series, Kids Baking Championship and The Elf on the Shelf:Sweet Showdown.He just signed a new multiyear deal at the network. His most recent cookbook Super Good Cookies for Kids was released in 2022 and Super Good Baking for Kids in 2020. Duff is the owner of the successful bakery, Charm City Cakes based in Baltimore. His bakery has created famous cakes for everything from Obama’s inauguration to an R2-D2 cake for Lucasfilm to Lady Gaga’s birthday cake for Tony Bennett. His signature cakes are now available nationwide on Goldbelly. Chef Duff Goldman joins us with pastry bag in hand.

We’re delighted to welcome food journalist Farley Elliott back to the show. Farley Elliott is the new SoCal Bureau Chief for SFGATE. Previously, he was the Senior Editor for Eater Los Angeles, covering food and culture around LA, and his work has also appeared in print, film, and television. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, a book about the long, winding saga of street food in Los Angeles. Farley joins us in-studio to chat about his new beat. Along the way he’ll discuss an unusual form of Street Art in Venice with a social message which has attracted national attention and his recent visit to greater Palm Springs where (among other activities) he interviewed chefs and restaurateurs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their new restaurant, Alice B., located in Downtown Palm Springs.

We’re checking in with our helpful foodservice experts at SoCal Gas to be updated on their various programs to assist Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Gina Christian (Foodservice Technical Specialist) will be explaining what’s available at the Energy Resource Center in Downey and their upcoming Seminar Calendar. Carmen Oliver (Customer Programs Advisor) joins the conversation to describe new rebate measures and the qualified product list categories. Joe Frausto (On-Bill Financing Program Manager) concludes with an overview of On Bill Financing and GoGreen Financing for business owners. SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center (ERC) offers seminars, demonstrations and consulting services to help your business find cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions.

“PINE & CRANE DTLA is a casual Taiwanese restaurant located in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. This location follows up their original, far more compact restaurant in Silver Lake and aims, as ever, to bring their guests delicious Taiwanese fare in a comfortable, modern setting. They are passionate about what they do, and take pride in preparing their food using simple, fresh ingredients. In addition to familiar favorites from the Silver Lake location, DTLA features dishes specific to DTLA, still offering a variety of small plates, traditional cold appetizers, dumplings, noodles, and rice dishes. Along with an extensive tea menu, Pine & Crane also features beer, wine, unusual whiskies and specialty cocktails.” Producer Andy Harris provides the overview of Pine & Crane DTLAbased on his recent dining experiences there.

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. Valentine’s Day (coming up next week) is a time of high anxiety for restaurants. It’s groups of two with a lot of high expectations and stress. Chef Andrew shares some of his more humorous Valentine’s Day restaurant experiences over the years.

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

Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes

Chef Duff Goldman is a New York Times bestselling author who stars on many of Food Network’s most watched shows including the Baking Championship series, Kids Baking Championship and The Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown. He just signed a new multiyear deal at the network.”

“His most recent cookbook Super Good Cookies for Kids was released in 2022 and Super Good Baking for Kids in 2020.”

“Duff is the owner of the successful bakery, Charm City Cakes based in Baltimore. His bakery has created famous cakes for everything from Obama’s inauguration to an R2-D2 cake for Lucasfilm to Lady Gaga’s birthday cake for Tony Bennett. His signature cakes are now available nationwide on Goldbelly.”

“When his dream of slaying on the guitar in a rock band wasn’t paying the bills, Chef Duff Goldman turned to his talents as a classically trained pastry chef and metal craftsman and founded Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD in 2002. Duff and his intrepid team of cake decorators churned out cakes the world had never seen before: cakes with sound, cakes with smoke, cakes with motorized moving components, life-sized baby elephant cakes- no cake was too crazy to tackle.”

“It wasn’t long before Charm City Cakes caught the eye of the Food Network where the hit reality cake decorating series Ace of Cakes [AH1] was born. The Baltimore bakery has had the pleasure of making their awesome clients’ cake dreams come true for over two decades!”

Chef Duff Goldman joins us with pastry bag in hand.

Farley Elliott at the KLAA Studios

We’re delighted to welcome food journalist Farley Elliott back to the show. Farley Elliott is the new SoCal Bureau Chief for SFGATE. Previously, he was the Senior Editor for Eater Los Angeles, covering food and culture around LA, and his work has also appeared in print, film, and television. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, a book about the long, winding saga of street food in Los Angeles.

Farley joins us in-studio to chat about his new beat. Along the way he’ll discuss an unusual form of Street Art in Venice with a social message which has attracted national attention and his recent visit to greater Palm Springs where (among other activities) he interviewed Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their new restaurant, Alice B. located in Downtown Palm Springs.

Launched in 1994, SFGATE.com was one of the first large-market media sites in the world and served as the exclusive digital home of the San Francisco Chronicle for 19 years. The site, which was initially known as The Gate until officially becoming SFGATE in 1998, was co-founded by Allen Weiner and John Coate.”

“In 2013, the Chronicle launched a paywalled premium website, sfchronicle.com. Over the next six years, varying amounts of free and premium Chronicle content appeared on SFGATE, then in 2019, the Chronicle and SFGATE officially became two separately run entities with their own editorial staffs and independent newsrooms.”

Gina Christian of SoCal Gas

We’re checking in with our helpful foodservice experts at SoCal Gas to be updated on their various programs to assist Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Gina Christian (Foodservice Technical Specialist) will be explaining what’s available at the Energy Resource Center in Downey and their upcoming Seminar Calendar. Carmen Oliver (Customer Programs Advisor) joins the conversation to describe new rebate measures and the qualified product list categories. Joe Frausto (On-Bill Financing Program Manager) concludes with an overview of On Bill Financing and GoGreen Financing for business owners.

SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center (ERC) offers seminars, demonstrations and consulting services to help your business find cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions.

PINE & CRANE DTLA is a casual Taiwanese restaurant located artfully designed by Preen in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. This location follows up their original, far more compact restaurant in Silver Lake “and aims, as ever, to bring their guests delicious Taiwanese fare in a comfortable, modern setting. They are passionate about what they do, and take pride in preparing their food using simple, fresh ingredients.”

“In addition to familiar favorites from the Silver Lake location, DTLA features dishes specific to DTLA, still offering a variety of small plates, traditional cold appetizers, dumplings, noodles, and rice dishes. Along with an extensive tea menu, Pine & Crane also features beer, wine, unusual whiskies and specialty cocktails.”

They are currently open every day, with all day service running from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Breakfast Hours are 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Lunch & Dinner Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Producer Andy Harris provides the salivating overview of Pine & Crane DTLA based on his recent dining experiences there.

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.

Valentine’s Day (coming up next week) is a time of high anxiety for restaurants. It’s parties of two with a lot of stress. Chef Andrew shares some of his humorous Valentine’s Day restaurant experiences over the years.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part One
Segment Three: Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Part Two
Segment Four: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part One
Segment Five: Journalist Farley Elliott, SF Gate, Southern California Bureau Chief Part Two
Segment Six: SoCal Gas’ Energy Resource Center and Ongoing Programs Supporting Foodservice Entities
Segment Seven: Pine & Crane in Downtown Los Angeles – A Profile
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 472, April 30, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

101 Thai Dishes You Need To Try Before You Die

It’s a very special show as we’re broadcasting from Redbird at the historic Vibiana events center in Downtown Los Angeles. We’re celebrating the publication of Chef Jet Tila’s 3rd cookbook, 101 Thai Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die. Following the show today Chef Jet is conducting a ticketed book-signing and meet-and-greet (with food and beverage sampling from the cookbook) at Redbird’s garden as a benefit for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.)

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.” On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors. C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

Lasheeda Perry, a distinguished C-CAP Alum, is a trained pastry chef and the owner of Queen of Flavor, LLC, a company that specializes in everything from revamping restaurant menus to helping a restaurant design and execute a dream dessert for a special event. Now based in Long Beach Chef Lasheeda has previously worked across America as an Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (including Beverly Hills’ The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel) and for Bon Appetit Management Co. at LinkedIn. She also teaches fun and entertaining pastry classes on the Food Network App. Chef Lasheeda joins us rolling pin in hand.

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers. (They also have Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax.) The dynamic space pays homage to the historic cathedral building next door and the existing timeless architecture by inserting simple modern forms to complement rather than overtake the feel of the rooms.” 

Tad Weyland Fukumoto (Jet Tila’s collaborator on of 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die) is a nationally recognized chef, culinary producer and consultant. He was born and raised in Hawaii to a long line of great cooks surrounded by rich culinary cultures including Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan cuisines. After attending university in Northern California, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music while always having a hand in the L.A. food scene. His culinary CV includes acclaimed restaurants such as Wazuzu at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Grace, BLD, Chinois on Main and Sqirl. Tad and Jet have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years.”
Chef Tad is our guest with chopsticks at the ready.

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.

Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.” Chef Jet is with us Thai Fish Sauce in hand.

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. Chef Andrew is part of the distinguished culinary team presenting an epic meal featuring sustainably caught fresh seafood on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier on Thursday, May 12th under the umbrella of Outstanding in the Field as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl. This grand event was rescheduled f. This grand event was rescheduled from last year. Chef Andrew offers a tantalizing preview.

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

Show 472, April 30, 2022: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part Two

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.”

“Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.”

Chef Jet is one of the three chef mentors (along with Bobby Flay) for Food Network’s eight-part “BBQ Brawl” competition series (Season 3) launching on May 9th.

Chef Jet continues with us tongs in hand.

Show 472, April 30, 2022: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part One

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.”

“Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.”

Chef Jet is one of the three chef mentors (along with Bobby Flay) for Food Network’s eight-part “BBQ Brawl” competition series (Season 3) launching on May 9th.

Chef Jet is our guest with authentic Thai Fish Sauce in hand.

April 30: Live from Redbird and Jet Tila’s “101 Thai Dishes” Cookbook Launch Party

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Lisa Fontanesi, L.A. Director, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
Segment Three: Chef Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor
Segment Four: Chef Neal Fraser
Segment Five: Chef Tad Weyland Fukumoto, Co-Author, 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die
Segment Six: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part Two
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.

101 Thai Dishes You Need To Try Before You Die

It’s a very special show as we’re broadcasting from Redbird at the historic Vibiana events center in Downtown Los Angeles. We’re celebrating the publication of Chef Jet Tila’s 3rd cookbook, 101 Thai Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die. Following the show today Chef Jet is conducting a ticketed book-signing and meet-and-greet (with food and beverage sampling from the cookbook) at Redbird’s garden as a benefit for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.)

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.” On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors. C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

Lasheeda Perry, a distinguished C-CAP Alum, is a trained pastry chef and the owner of Queen of Flavor, LLC, a company that specializes in everything from revamping restaurant menus to helping a restaurant design and execute a dream dessert for a special event. Now based in Long Beach Chef Lasheeda has previously worked across America as an Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (including Beverly Hills’ The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel) and for Bon Appetit Management Co. at LinkedIn. She also teaches fun and entertaining pastry classes on the Food Network App. Chef Lasheeda joins us rolling pin in hand.

“Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers. (They also have Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax.) The dynamic space pays homage to the historic cathedral building next door and the existing timeless architecture by inserting simple modern forms to complement rather than overtake the feel of the rooms.”

Tad Weyland Fukumoto (Jet Tila’s collaborator on of 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die) is a nationally recognized chef, culinary producer and consultant. He was born and raised in Hawaii to a long line of great cooks surrounded by rich culinary cultures including Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan cuisines. After attending university in Northern California, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music while always having a hand in the L.A. food scene His culinary CV includes acclaimed restaurants such as Wazuzu at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Grace, BLD, Chinois on Main and Sqirl. Tad and Jet have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years.”

Chef Tad is our guest with chopsticks at the ready.

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.

Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.” Chef Jet is with us Thai Fish Sauce in hand.

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. Chef Andrew is part of the distinguished culinary team presenting an epic meal featuring sustainably caught fresh seafood on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier on Thursday, May 12th under the umbrella of Outstanding in the Field as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl. This grand event was rescheduled from last year. Chef Andrew offers a tantalizing preview.

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

Lisa Fontanesi of C-CAP Los Angeles

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.”

“Founder & Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman launched this nonprofit in 1991 to help further food and social justice, as well as equity and inclusion by providing tools for job success. Starting in middle schools, C-CAP provides culinary-and-wellness curriculum, and in high schools also provides an integrated approach to employment in the food sector via internships/apprenticeships, job shadows, mentorship, work opportunities, college and career advising, and higher-education scholarships, along with product and food donations.”

“The success of C-CAP’s alumni—from winery CEOs to chef-owner restaurateurs—is proof of their methodology. To date, C-CAP has worked with 350,000 students and awarded $62 million in scholarships. C-CAP has transformed thousands of lives in a meaningful way. The urgency to help these diverse communities has never been more critical.”

On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors.

C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor

Lasheeda Perry, a C-CAP Alum, is a trained pastry chef and the owner of Queen of Flavor, LLC, a company that specializes in everything from revamping restaurant menus to helping a restaurant design and execute a dream dessert for a special event.”

“Lasheeda has always has a passion for the Culinary Arts, and luckily for the sweet tooth everywhere, this love has materialized into a successfully rewarding career. She received her culinary education from Johnson & Wales, and has studied abroad in Ireland, Australia and China to enhance her culinary skills.”

“Now based in Long Beach Chef Lasheeda has previously worked across America as an Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (including The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel) and for Bon Appetit Management Co. at LinkedIn. She also teaches fun and entertaining pastry classes on the Food Network App.”

Chef Lasheeda joins us with rolling pin in hand.

Neal Fraser of Redbird

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table.”

“An extensive cocktail menu by Tobin Shea features well-balanced, bespoke renditions of the classics. Wine Director Matt Fosket’s selections are well rounded with great finds from both established and emerging wine regions throughout the world and the list has received many awards including “Top 100 wine restaurants in the United States” by Wine Enthusiast and the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator.”

“Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers. (They also have Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax.) Designer Robert Weimer and Amy Knoll Fraser created a dynamic space that pays homage to the cathedral next door and the existing timeless architecture by inserting simple modern forms to complement rather than overtake the feel of the rooms. The result is a warm and comfortable considered space.”

“Redbird | Vibiana received the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 2019 Preservation Award Chair’s Award. The Chair’s Award is the LA Conservancy’s highest recognition celebrating the persistence, creativity and ultimate success of the revitalization for adaptive reuse of the cathedral, rectory building and surrounding property.”

Chef Neal takes a break from his busy kitchens and is our guest.

Tad Weyland Fukumoto

Tad Weyland Fukumoto (Jet Tila’s collaborator on of 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die) is a nationally recognized chef, culinary producer and consultant. He was born and raised in Hawaii to a long line of great cooks surrounded by rich culinary cultures including Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan cuisines. After attending university in Northern California, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music while always having a hand in the L.A. food scene.”

“After a few years spending his days in music and nights cooking in some of L.A.’s best restaurants, the kitchen lured Tad to switch careers.”

“His culinary CV includes acclaimed restaurants such as Wazuzu at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Grace, BLD, Chinois on Main and Sqirl. Tad and Jet have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years.”

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

“Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He’s made appearances as a celebrity chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Tournament of Champions III” and more.”

“Jet is Culinary Vice President for Pei-Wei Restaurant Group and co-owns Dragon Tiger Noodle Co. (multiple locations) in Las Vegas. Jet grew up at his Family’s famed Bangkok Market in Los Angeles – the first Thai market in the United States. Jet also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine for the Royal Thai government.”

Chef Jet is one of the three chef mentors (along with Bobby Flay) for Food Network’s eight-part “BBQ Brawl” competition series (Season 3) launching on May 9th.

Chef Jet is our guest with authentic Thai Fish Sauce in hand.

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.

Chef Andrew is part of the distinguished culinary team presenting an epic meal featuring sustainably caught fresh seafood on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier on Thursday, May 12th under the umbrella of Outstanding in the Field as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl. This grand event was rescheduled from last year. Chef Andrew offers a tantalizing preview.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Lisa Fontanesi, L.A. Director, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
Segment Three: Chef Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor
Segment Four: Chef Neal Fraser
Segment Five: Chef Tad Weyland Fukumoto, Co-Author, 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die
Segment Six: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Jet Tila, Food TV Personality, Author and Restaurateur Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

Show 438, August 14, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Saso in Pasadena, (launched earlier this year) draws inspirations from three coast regions treasured by Chef/Partner Dominique Crisp: his home in Los Angeles, his upbringing in the Pacific Northwest, and his travels within Basque Country. Throughout the menu, his dedication to the slow-food movement shines with hyper-local ingredients and French-taught cooking techniques.” “At Saso, a passion for coastal cuisine is met with Dominique’s deep appreciation and understanding of farming. Born on his family’s vineyard in Wren, Oregon – raising livestock, fishing, and harvesting has always been an essential part of his life. A respect for the land, sea, and supporting those who are sustainably harvesting the bounty is an integral ethos that flows through Saso.” Chef Dom takes a break from prep in his busy kitchen to join us.

“Professional chef, TV personality and working mom of three, Katie Chin, introduces her newest cookbook, Katie Chin’s Global Family Cookbook – Internationally-Inspired Recipes Your Friends and Family Will Love! With 170 globally-inspired recipes, Katie Chin’s Global Family Cookbook, celebrates diversity and multiculturalism including Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Greek, Korean, Jewish, Thai dishes and more!  The book also includes cultural celebrations featuring Jeannie Mai and her mom The Mama Mai (Lunar New Year), Debbie Matenopoulos (Greek Easter), Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent and Faye Levy (Hanukkah) and Chef Jeffrey Saad (Cinco de Mayo).” (Cinco de Mayo). Chef Katie is our guest, tongs in hand.

How does one of the premier wine retailers on the West Coast, Wine Exchange, operate during the pandemic? How do the principals continue to taste and buy wine with all the restrictions? What happens to the in-store experience? Wine Exchange, based in Santa Ana by the 55 Freeway, carries premium imported wines from Europe and abroad (as well as domestic.) Typically the partners travel abroad annually to do barrel tastings that future buying decisions revolve around. How did they navigate the crazy on-again and off-again tariffs? The Wine Exchange’s Chief Operating Officer, Tristen Beamon, joins us with his informed perspective.

Celebrity Chef, Food TV Personality and Author Jet Tila needs no introduction to listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” The same holds true for Ali Tila, Jet’s wife and business partner. She is also an accomplished pastry chef and author. Their latest collaboration is as the judges (along with Chris Rivard, a Ben & Jerry’s flavor expert) on Food Network’s “Ben & Jerry’s: Clash of the Cones.” The four-episode series hosted by Molly Yeh debuts on Monday, August 16th. We’re talking about decadent ice cream, the perfect Summer treat, with Jet & Ali Tila.

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. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain… Chicken is ever popular as a practical and versatile menu item for dining at home. There are some cautions in the home kitchen in handling raw chicken. The possibility of cross-contamination without taking proper precautions is a health concern. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

Show 438, August 14, 2021: Chef Jet Tila & Ali Tila, “Ben & Jerry’s: Clash of the Cones”

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

Celebrity Chef, Food TV Personality and Author Jet Tila needs no introduction to listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” The same holds true for Ali Tila, Jet’s wife and business partner. She is also an accomplished pastry chef and cookbook author.

Their latest collaboration is as the esteemed judges (along with Chris Rivard, a Ben & Jerry’s flavor expert) on Food Network’s “Ben & Jerry’s: Clash of the Cones.” The four-episode limited series hosted by Molly Yeh debuts on Monday, August 16th.

“Six ice cream masters from across the country have been hand-picked for a once in a lifetime opportunity: to create an original Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of their own.”

“Over four episodes, host Molly Yeh challenges the ice cream makers to capture the essence of a celebrity or pop culture icon in a new and innovative ice cream flavor, inspired by the direction given from the celebrity themselves.”

Chef Jet and Ali also update us on the status of their new Thai cookbook (101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die) set to launch in January of 2022. Available for pre-order on Amazon.

Chef Jet and Ali Tila are our guests.