Show 512, February 11, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Is the global transition to “plant-based” headed in the right direction? How sustainable is a plant-based diet if it revolves around refined carbs like bread, rice and noodles, or fake meat, uninspiring salads, and sugary smoothies? The Vegetarian Reset – 75 Low Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World by Vasudha Viswanath (We Ate Well) celebrates a lifestyle where a foodie’s sensibility intersects with eating healthy. It solves the never-ending dilemma that vegetarians face – is life fun when you eat a salad every day or is your health taking a backseat when you eat a big bowl of rice or pasta without enough protein?” Vasudha Viswanath joins us with as slice of her signature Zucchini Bread at the ready.

Hatchet Hall in Culver City (on the border with Los Angeles) is your lively neighborhood restaurant and bar (with a Michelin Star) focusing on the simplicity of quality ingredients, relationships to their farmers, and a relaxed good time. Hatchet Hall specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California and Chef Wes Whitsell’s creativity, purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection”. Chef Wes takes a break from his busy kitchen to be with us.

Sagar Ghosh’s Delhi Belly Modern Indian Bistro (Alhambra) “menu turns historic northern and southern formal classics, along with eastern Indian street food favorites into gourmet fare. It is a dream realized for both chefs to be only one of a handful of places in the country to offer this carefully curated assortment. Dishes are prepared from scratch in an airy, brand new open kitchen complete with a tandoor. Chef-proprietor, Sagar Ghosh, Executive Chef Partner Sourav Biswas, and commercial partner Sridhar Sambangi are behind the new venture.” Chef Sagar Ghosh takes a break from his tandoor to join us.

“Co-founded by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw crafts award-winning ice cream that tells the story of artisans, farmers and meaningful food moments. Head Ice Cream Innovator Tyler Malek, whose recipes have been published in numerous national food magazines, creates a menu of 12 classic flavors, alongside monthly rotating menus that reflect culinary trends, seasonality of ingredients and relevant cultural moments. To celebrate the month of chocolate and love (February,) Salt & Straw’s new limited-time Chocolatiers Series features flavors that are made in partnership with local chocolatiers from each of the five markets (including L.A.’s Compartés Chocolate) where Salt & Straw shops are located.” Salt & Straw’s Ice Cream Innovator Tyler Malek joins us

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Plant based-foods at the center of the plate are here to stay but there are genuine concerns about highly processed meat substitutes. Detractors refer to these menu items as fake meat. Can a chef create a plant-based dish that both tastes great but is also composed of ingredients that are not highly processed? Chef Andrew has experience perfecting this to please both discriminating vegetarians and omnivores with Butterleaf in Irvine. We’ll ask the chef.

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

Show 512, February 11, 2023: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Culver City Part One

Wes Whitsell of Hatchet Hall

Hatchet Hall in Culver City (on the border with Los Angeles) is your lively neighborhood restaurant and bar (with a Michelin Star) focusing on the simplicity of quality ingredients, relationships to their farmers, and a relaxed good time.”

“Hatchet Hall specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California and Chef Wes Whitsell’s creativity, purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection.”

“The wine list is regularly updated with limited runs on by the glass options, focusing on the culture and history of the wine as well as the natural wine movement of all organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines. The spirits list is vast, specializing in American Whiskey with expressions and nuances that you’re only able to get from being able to purchase a full single barrel.”

“Raised in a small Texas town, by an avid outdoorsman and farmer, Chef Wes grew up eating what was hunted and gathered in the traditional sense. Before it was a trend, it was Wes’s way of life.”

“Hatchet Hall is a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.”

Reservations are suggested for Dinner but walk-ins are also graciously accommodated. Brunch on Sunday.

Chef Wes Whitsell takes a break from his busy kitchen to be with us.

Show 512, February 11, 2023: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Culver City Part Two

Wes Whitsell of Hatchet Hall

Hatchet Hall in Culver City (on the border with Los Angeles) is your lively neighborhood restaurant and bar (with a new Michelin Star) focusing on the simplicity of quality ingredients, relationships to their farmers, and a relaxed good time.”

“Hatchet Hall specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California and Chef Wes Whitsell’s creativity, purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection.”

“The wine list is regularly updated with limited runs on by the glass options, focusing on the culture and history of the wine as well as the natural wine movement of all organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines. The spirits list is vast, specializing in American Whiskey with expressions and nuances that you’re only able to get from being able to purchase a full single barrel.”

“Raised in a small Texas town, by an avid outdoorsman and farmer, Chef Wes grew up eating what was hunted and gathered in the traditional sense. Before it was a trend, it was Wes’s way of life.”

“Hatchet Hall is a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.”

Chef Wes Whitsell takes another break from his busy kitchen to continue with us. He has an order of the Anson Mills Cornbread with cheddar, shishito and honey butter at the ready.

February 11: The Vegetarian Reset, Hatchet Hall, Delhi Belly, Salt & Straw

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Vegetarian Reset – 75 Low Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World with Author Vasudha Viswanath Part One
Segment Three: The Vegetarian Reset – 75 Low Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World with Author Vasudha Viswanath Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Culver City Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Culver City Part Two
Segment Six: Delhi Belly in Alhambra with Chef / Co-Owner Sagar Ghosh
Segment Seven: Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Innovator, Salt & Straw, Portland
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

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

“Is the global transition to “plant-based” headed in the right direction? How sustainable is a plant-based diet if it revolves around refined carbs like bread, rice and noodles, or fake meat, uninspiring salads, and sugary smoothies? The Vegetarian Reset – 75 Low Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World by Vasudha Viswanath celebrates a lifestyle where a foodie’s sensibility intersects with eating healthy. It solves the never-ending dilemma that vegetarians face – is life fun when you eat a salad every day or is your health taking a backseat when you eat a big bowl of rice or pasta without enough protein?” Vasudha Viswanath joins us with as slice of her signature Zucchini Bread at the ready.

“Hatchet Hall in Culver City (on the border with Los Angeles) is your lively neighborhood restaurant and bar (with a Michelin Star) focusing on the simplicity of quality ingredients, relationships to their farmers, and a relaxed good time. Hatchet Hall specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California and Chef Wes Whitsell’s creativity, purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection”. Chef Wes takes a break from his busy kitchen to be with us.

Sagar Ghosh’s Delhi Belly Modern Indian Bistro (Alhambra) menu turns historic northern and southern formal classics, along with eastern Indian street food favorites into gourmet fare. It is a dream realized for both chefs to be only one of a handful of places in the country to offer this carefully curated assortment. Dishes are prepared from scratch in an airy, brand new open kitchen complete with a tandoor. Chef-proprietor, Sagar Ghosh, Executive Chef Partner Sourav Biswas, and commercial partner Sridhar Sambangi are behind the new venture. Chef Sagar Ghosh takes a break from his tandoor to join us.

“Co-founded by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw crafts award-winning ice cream that tells the story of artisans, farmers and meaningful food moments. Head Ice Cream Innovator Tyler Malek, whose recipes have been published in numerous national food magazines, creates a menu of 12 classic flavors, alongside monthly rotating menus that reflect culinary trends, seasonality of ingredients and relevant cultural moments. To celebrate the month of chocolate and love (February,) Salt & Straw’s new limited-time Chocolatiers Series features flavors that are made in partnership with local chocolatiers from each of the five markets (including L.A.’s Compartes Chocolate) where Salt & Straw shops are located.” Salt & Straw’s Ice Cream Innovator Tyler Maleck joins us

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Plant based-foods at the center of the plate are here to stay but there are genuine concerns about highly processed meat substitutes. Detractors refer to these menu items as fake meat. Can a chef create a plant-based dish that tastes great but is also composed of ingredients that are not highly processed? Chef Andrew has experience perfecting this to please both discriminating vegetarians and omnivores with Butterleaf in Irvine. We’ll ask the chef.

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

Vasudha Viswanath of the Vegetarian Reset

“Is the global transition to “plant-based” headed in the right direction? How sustainable is a plant-based diet if it revolves around refined carbs like bread, rice and noodles, or fake meat, uninspiring salads, and sugary smoothies? The Vegetarian Reset – 75 Low Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World by Vasudha Viswanath celebrates a lifestyle where a foodie’s sensibility intersects with eating healthy. It solves the never-ending dilemma that vegetarians face – is life fun when you eat a salad every day or is your health taking a backseat when you eat a big bowl of rice or pasta without enough protein? The Vegetarian Reset has 75 low-carb and high-protein recipes that are rooted in whole foods like vegetables, legumes, spices, and healthy fats.”

Vasudha Viswanath joins us with as slice of her signature Zucchini Bread at the ready.

“In her debut cookbook, Vasudha takes her readers on a little trip around the world, to draw inspiration from an array of traditional cuisines from east to west. Her recipes put vegetables front and center – for example, using riced cauliflower or spiralized vegetables in lieu of white rice or noodles, and creating breads out of less-processed alternatives like chickpea and almond flour. Smoothies are refreshingly savory, and desserts are lightly sweetened with whole fruit. Due to their focus on vegetables, the recipes in this book tend to be moderately low-carb and are predominantly gluten-free. Nutritional facts are provided for each recipe. Moderate amounts of full-fat dairy and eggs are called for in some recipes, but vegan alternatives are often suggested as well.”

“Vasudha Viswanath is the founder of We Ate Well, a community for foodies that focuses on eating mindfully and sustainably on a vegetarian diet. She has been a lifelong vegetarian and passionate home cook. Her journey into eating healthy started with a doctor’s note about her elevated blood sugar after a routine physical. She transformed the way she cooks to cut out excessive starch and sugar and has never felt better. After spending over a decade on Wall Street where she specialized in technology and business strategy, Vasudha left her career in finance to write a cookbook and create We Ate Well. She grew up in Bangalore, India and now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.”

Wes Whitsell of Hatchet Hall

Hatchet Hall in Culver City (on the border with Los Angeles) is your lively neighborhood restaurant and bar (with a Michelin Star) focusing on the simplicity of quality ingredients, relationships to their farmers, and a relaxed good time.”

“Hatchet Hall specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California and Chef Wes Whitsell’s creativity, purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection.”

“The wine list is regularly updated with limited runs on by the glass options, focusing on the culture and history of the wine as well as the natural wine movement of all organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines. The spirits list is vast, specializing in American Whiskey with expressions and nuances that you’re only able to get from being able to purchase a full single barrel.”

“Raised in a small Texas town, by an avid outdoorsman and farmer, Chef Wes grew up eating what was hunted and gathered in the traditional sense. Before it was a trend, it was Wes’s way of life.”

“Hatchet Hall is a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.”

Chef Wes Whitsell takes a break from his busy kitchen to be with us.

Chef Sagar Ghosh

Sagar Ghosh’s Delhi Belly Modern Indian Bistro (Alhambra) menu turns historic northern and southern formal classics, along with eastern Indian street food favorites into gourmet fare. It is a dream realized for both chefs to be only one of a handful of places in the country to offer this carefully curated assortment. Dishes are prepared from scratch in an airy, brand new open kitchen complete with a tandoor. Chef-proprietor, Sagar Ghosh, Executive Chef Partner Sourav Biswas, and commercial partner Sridhar Sambangi are behind the new venture.”

“Culinary School graduates with years of training and professional experience working together serve the two chefs well: either can handle front or back of the house in the inviting bistro, which is both the “new kid on the block” and one of only two Indian restaurants in the solidly Far Eastern residential community.”

“Dishes range from formal, at times Mogul-opulent northern classic dishes, such as the biryanis, to the casual street food that Bengalis evolved into an art form. More street-food-inspired plates are Amritsari Fish Fry and Shrimp Fritters. Novel plays on ancient classics include Chicken Tikka Tacos, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Paneer Tikka Tacos and the popular chutney fries.”

Chef Sagar Ghosh takes a break from his tandoor to join us.

Open daily for Lunch and Dinner.

Tyler Malek of Salt and Straw

“Co-founded by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw crafts award-winning ice cream that tells the story of artisans, farmers and meaningful food moments. Head Ice Cream Innovator Tyler Malek, whose recipes have been published in numerous national food magazines, creates a menu of 12 classic flavors, alongside monthly rotating menus that reflect culinary trends, seasonality of ingredients and relevant cultural moments. From their humble beginnings as a single ice cream cart, Salt & Straw now has 30 shops in Oregon, Washington, California and Florida, and ships their ice cream nationwide, while still maintaining their commitment to craft and artisanship, with all flavors being made in their kitchen headquarters in Portland, Oregon.”

“To celebrate the month of chocolate and love, Salt & Straw’s new limited-time Chocolatiers Series features flavors that are made in partnership with local chocolatiers from each of the five markets where Salt & Straw shops are located.”

The new flavors, which are available during February in Salt & Straw scoop shops and via national shipping include Compartés Coffee & Love Nuts A smooth, caramel-y medium roast coffee from Colombia is brewed and blended into the ice cream which is then studded with immaculate Love Nuts (pecans that are caramelized in tahitian vanilla, sprinkled with sea salt, and then coated in 14 layers of LA’s Compartés Chocolate).

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

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

Plant based-foods at the center of the plate are here to stay but there are genuine concerns about highly processed meat substitutes. Detractors refer to these menu items as fake meat. The two biggest firms in this field are experiencing dips in sales and employee layoffs. Can a chef create a plant-based dish that tastes great but is also composed of ingredients that are not highly processed? Chef Andrew has experience perfecting this to please both discriminating vegetarians and omnivores with the original Butterleaf (now closed) in Irvine. We’ll ask the chef.

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats. He’ll also launch a casual Mexican concept there, Lolo’s Tacos, specializing in clean and simple tacos, burritos and standout specialty sauces.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Vegetarian Reset – 75 Low Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World with Author Vasudha Viswanath Part One
Segment Three: The Vegetarian Reset – 75 Low Carb, Plant-Forward Recipes from Around the World with Author Vasudha Viswanath Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Culver City Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Culver City Part Two
Segment Six: Delhi Belly in Alhambra with Chef / Co-Owner Sagar Ghosh
Segment Seven: Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Innovator, Salt & Straw, Portland
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 503, December 10, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

It’s an abbreviated show on Saturday as we graciously move aside for UC Irvine Men’s Basketball at 11:00 a.m. Please do join us as usual at 10:00 a.m.

The heartiest of congratulations to Hatchet Hall (Culver City) and Yangban Society (DTLA’s Arts District) on being inducted into the California Michelin Guide with their One Star recognitions. Chefs Wes Whitsell and Kat Hong have been previous guests this year on the show. Kudos, also, to the other new One Star establishments in California.

Pyros Wines is the first world-class wine collection exclusively from Argentina’s unique Pedernal Valley; its beauty, untamed nature, and diverse terroir was an inspiration to the late Mijndert Pon, the founder of Bodegas Salentein, when he visited in 2008. Head Winemaker Paula Gonzalez continues to honor the founder’s legacy and vision since starting at the winery in November 2019, using her talent in every step of the winemaking process, from harvest to bottling.” Representing Pyros Wines with us is Matias Bauza Moreno the PR and Marketing Manager for the Luxury Portfolio of Salentein Valle de Uco, the parent of Pyros Wines. “Over the past 21 years Matias has actively participated in the creation, launching and positioning of most of Salentein’s wine brands in Argentina and around the world. He is proud to have played a role in positioning Salentein to be in the Top 5 most relevant premium wineries in the Argentine market and as the 6th largest wine exporter from Argentina.”

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce is our resident authority on all things fruits and vegetables. His knowledge is incredibly vast and Robert is also a serious home cook. We affectionately refer to Robert as “The Prince of Produce.” It fits… Robert is our guest to highlight the Winter season’s best in produce for use in inspired Holiday cooking. He also shares some fresh ideas in gift baskets that are sure to please. For the season’s best think Organic Crimson Gold Apples, South Africa Baby Pineapples and lots more.

All of this plus extra servings of deliciousness on today’s show.

December 10: Pyros Wines and Melissa’s Holiday Produce

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pyros Wines from Argentina with Matias Bauza Moreno of Salentein, a WSET Level 3 Sommelier
Segment Three: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce – Best of the Season, Part One
Segment Four: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce – Best of the Season, Part Two

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

It’s an abbreviated show on Saturday as we graciously move aside for UC Irvine Men’s Basketball at 11:00 a.m. Please do join us at 10:00 a.m.

The heartiest of congratulations to Hatchet Hall and Yangban Society on being inducted into the California Michelin Guide with their One Star recognitions. Chefs Wes Whitsell and Kat Hong have been previous guests this year on the show. Kudos, also, to the other new One Star establishments in California.

Pyros Wines is the first world-class wine collection exclusively from Argentina’s unique Pedernal Valley; its beauty, untamed nature, and diverse terroir was an inspiration to the late Mijndert Pon, the founder of Bodegas Salentein, when he visited in 2008. Head Winemaker Paula Gonzalez continues to honor the founder’s legacy and vision since starting at the winery in November 2019, using her talent in every step of the winemaking process, from harvest to bottling.” Representing Pyros Wines with us is Matias Bauza Moreno the PR and Marketing Manager for the Luxury Portfolio of Salentein Valle de Uco, the parent of Pyros Wines. “Over the past 21 years Matias has actively participated in the creation, launching and positioning of most of Salentein’s wine brands in Argentina and around the world. He is proud to have played a role in positioning Salentein to be in the Top 5 most relevant premium wineries in the Argentine market and as the 6th largest wine exporter from Argentina.” 

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce is our resident authority on all things fruits and vegetables. His knowledge is incredibly vast and Robert is also a serious home cook. We affectionately refer to Robert as “The Prince of Produce.” It fits…Robert is our guest to highlight the Winter season’s best in produce for use in inspired Holiday cooking. He also shares some fresh ideas in gift baskets that are sure to please. Think Organic Crimson Gold Apples and South Africa Baby Pineapples.

Matias Bauza Moreno of Pyrus Wines

Pyros Wines is the first world-class wine collection exclusively from Argentina’s unique Pedernal Valley; its beauty, untamed nature, and diverse terroir was an inspiration to the late Mijndert Pon, the founder of Bodegas Salentein, when he visited in 2008. Head Winemaker Paula Gonzalez continues to honor the founder’s legacy and vision since starting at the winery in November 2019, using her talent in every step of the winemaking process, from harvest to bottling.”

“Viticulture began in Pedernal in the mid-1990s and today there are approximately 850 hectares planted in the whole valley. Historically, this region has been devoted to open-field livestock farming. Since 2000, San Juan deemed the town of Pedernal and surrounding area a protected area. In 2007, Valle de Pedernal became an official wine GI (Geographic Indication) in Argentina.”

Representing Pyros Wines with us is Matias Bauza Moreno the PR and Marketing Manager for the Luxury Portfolio of Salentein Valle de Uco the parent of Pyros Wines. “He began working for Bodegas Salentein in 2001 as a Marketing Assistant, right at the time of the winery’s first harvest in the Uco Valley. Over the past 21 years Matias has actively participated in the creation, launching and positioning of most of Salentein’s wine brands in Argentina and around the world. He is proud to have played a role in positioning Salentein to be in the Top 5 most relevant premium wineries in the Argentine market and as the 6th largest wine exporter from Argentina.”

“Today, as a member of Salentein’s Management Team, Matias is the head of PR & Marketing for the entire Luxury Portfolio, including Salentein, Alyda Sparkling and Pyros Wines. He is also part of the R&D team, actively participating with winemakers and agronomists to stay ahead of innovations and trends in wine, terroir, and business sustainability.”

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce is our resident authority on all things fruits and vegetables. His knowledge is incredibly vast and Robert is also a serious home cook. We affectionately refer to Robert as “The Prince of Produce.” It fits…

Robert is our guest to highlight the Winter season’s best in produce for use in inspired Holiday cooking. He also shares some fresh ideas in gift baskets that are sure to please.

It’s apple season. Along the way Robert will tell us about Organic Crimson Gold Apples. “These apples are grown near a National Forest in Cuyama Valley near Santa Barbara, California. Growing in this remote location provides ideal conditions: warm days and cool nights, producing an optimal sugar/acid balance and a firmness in the apples.” Recipes on the Melissa’s Website.

A great idea for your Holiday Table are the Melissa’s South African Baby Pineapples. “South Africa is noted for these baby pineapples, also known as Queen Victoria Pineapples, which thrive in the hot and humid climate. These sweet, tart baby pineapples have a bold, rich flavor. They have a fragrant, golden skin and brilliantly colored yellow flesh. South African baby pineapples are entirely edible, with no need to remove the core. The size of an average fruit is about 4.5 inches high (not including leaves) and about 3.5 inches in diameter, making it a perfect individual serving.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pyros Wines from Argentina with Matias Bauza Moreno of Salentein, a WSET Level 3 Sommelier
Segment Three: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce – Best of the Season, Part One
Segment Four: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce – Best of the Season, Part Two

Show 462, February 19, 2022: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles Part Two

Wes Whitsell of Hatchet Hall

Hatchet Hall, a lively neighborhood restaurant and bar in Mar Vista, specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California. Purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection.”

Hatchet Hall serves dinner nightly and has recently reintroduced Sunday Brunch and is adding Brunch on Friday and Saturday, too.

Wes Whitsell (the opening chef at Manuela in DTLA) is the new Executive Chef at Hatchet Hall, a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.”

“Raised in a small Texas town, by an avid outdoorsman and farmer, Chef Wes grew up eating what was hunted and gathered in the traditional sense. Before it was a trend, it was Wes’s way of life. This early introduction and intimate connection to the land helped shape Wes’s understanding of food, and his continuing fascination with homegrown food has inspired his career path.”

There is plenty of meat and seafood on Chef Wes’ menu but he’s also proud of showcasing area farmers’ vegetables in his creations. Think fermented & grilled cabbage with salsa verde and sumac. Also roasted Japanese sweet potato with mint coconut yogurt and crispy shallots.

Chef Wes Whitsell continues with us.

Show 462, February 19, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

John O’Groats, a beloved, multi-award-winning restaurant based in the Rancho Park area of West Los Angeles, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The restaurant has been owned and managed by the Jacoby / Tyler Family since its inception and has been cited by dozens of top national and Southern California media outlets as serving “The Best Breakfast in Los Angeles.””Owner and General Manager Paul Tyler has been operating John O’Groats on a daily basis for decades, having taken up the baton from his parents – Angelica and (the late) Robert Jacoby – who originally founded the beloved restaurant on February 26, 1982. Regarding the 40th anniversary milestone of his family-owned business, Paul Tyler said, “We love our customers – it’s as simple as that. Our customers are what drive our business, and we have long been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received by the Southern California community over these past 40 years.”” Paul Tyler joins us with a plate of signature Huevos O’Groats in hand.

“Award-winning Executive Chef Victor Juarez is leading Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, with a unique menu that blends his El Salvadorian roots with his Southern California culinary sensibilities. Fuego’s unique setting at the water’s edge provides service to 146 guests with 80 on the patio area and features stunning open-air views that include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and the Queen Mary.” “Fuego offers breakfast, lunch or dinner under the sun and stars. It’s also well-known for its handcrafted margaritas. Fuego boasts one of the largest tequila selections in the region.” Chef Victor is our guest.

“Texas wine industry luminary, John Rivenburgh, purchased Kerrville Hills Winery in late 2020 and has transformed it into a winery incubator. That conversion allows Rivenburgh to realize one of his central career ambitions of fostering the development of highly talented winemakers.

The Kerrville Hills Winery incubator is now a home for winemakers to manage the capitalization of their business, learn winemaking techniques, and work in a collaborative environment. Kerrville Hills Winery differs from a custom crush facility in that member winemakers are intrinsically involved in all production aspects. It is akin to an educational think tank for collaboration, sharing ideas, and fostering creativity so various winemakers can make their best products. Rivenburgh provides project and program oversight, access to an industry network developed over 14 years, as well as winemaking guidance and mentorship.” John is a pioneer in Texas with the Tannat varietal. John Rivenburgh is our guest to gently pull the cork on all that is Kerrville Hills Winery.

Hatchet Hall, a lively neighborhood restaurant and bar in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California. Wes Whitsell (the opening chef at Manuela in DTLA) is the new Executive Chef at Hatchet Hall, a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.” Chef Wes Whitsell is our guest.

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 has some thoughts on a controversial new trend at some restaurants where they simply aren’t reachable by phone. The guest communicates exclusively through their online reservation system, social media or email.

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

Show 462, February 19, 2022: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles Part One

Wes Whitsell of Hatchet Hall

Hatchet Hall, a lively neighborhood restaurant and bar in Mar Vista, specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California. Purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection.”

Hatchet Hall serves dinner nightly and has recently reintroduced Sunday Brunch and is adding Brunch on Friday and Saturday, too.

Wes Whitsell (the opening chef at Manuela in DTLA) is the new Executive Chef at Hatchet Hall, a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.”

“Raised in a small Texas town, by an avid outdoorsman and farmer, Chef Wes grew up eating what was hunted and gathered in the traditional sense. Before it was a trend, it was Wes’s way of life. This early introduction and intimate connection to the land helped shape Wes’s understanding of food, and his continuing fascination with homegrown food has inspired his career path.”

There is plenty of meat and seafood on Chef Wes’ menu but he’s also proud of showcasing area farmers’ vegetables in his creations. Think fermented & grilled cabbage with salsa verde and sumac. Also roasted Japanese sweet potato with mint coconut yogurt and crispy shallots.

Chef Wes Whitsell is our guest.

February 19: John O’Groats, Fuego at Hotel Maya, Kerrville Hills Winery, Hatchet Hall

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Paul Tyler, Owner / General Manager, John O’Groats, West Los Angeles
Segment Three: Executive Chef Victor Juarez, Fuego at The Maya and Hotel Maya, Long Beach
Segment Four: John Rivenburgh, Proprietor & Winemaker, Kerrville Hills Winery, Kerrville, Texas Part One
Segment Five: John Rivenburgh, Proprietor & Winemaker, Kerrville Hills Winery, Kerrville, Texas Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles Part One
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles 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.

“John O’Groats, a beloved, multi-award-winning restaurant based in the Rancho Park area of West Los Angeles, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The restaurant has been owned and managed by the Jacoby/Tyler Family since its inception and has been cited by dozens of top national and Southern California media outlets as serving “The Best Breakfast in Los Angeles.””Owner and General Manager Paul Tyler has been operating John O’Groats on a daily basis for decades, having taken up the baton from his parents – Angelica and (the late) Robert Jacoby – who originally founded the beloved restaurant on February 26, 1982.Regarding the 40th anniversary milestone of his family-owned business, Paul Tyler said, “We love our customers – it’s as simple as that. Our customers are what drive our business, and we have long been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received by the Southern California community over these past 40 years.”” Paul Tyler joins us with a plate of signature Huevos O’Groats in hand.

“Award-winning Executive Chef Victor Juarez is leading Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, with a unique menu that blends his El Salvadorian roots with his Southern California culinary sensibilities. Fuego’s unique setting at the water’s edge provides service to 146 guests with 80 on the patio area and features stunning open-air views that include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and the Queen Mary.” “Fuego offers breakfast, lunch or dinner under the sun and stars. It’s also well-known for its handcrafted margaritas. Fuego boasts one of the largest tequila selections in the region.” Chef Victor is our guest.

“Texas wine industry luminary, John Rivenburgh, purchased Kerrville Hills Winery in 2019 and has transformed it into a winery incubator. That conversion allows Rivenburgh to realize one of his central career ambitions of fostering the development of highly talented winemakers.

The Kerrville Hills Winery incubator is now a home for winemakers to manage the capitalization of their business, learn winemaking techniques, and work in a collaborative environment. Kerrville Hills Winery differs from a custom crush facility in that member winemakers are intrinsically involved in all production aspects. It is akin to an educational think tank for collaboration, sharing ideas, and fostering creativity so various winemakers can make their best products. Rivenburgh provides project and program oversight, access to an industry network developed over 14 years, as well as winemaking guidance and mentorship.” John Rivenburg is our guest to gently pull the cork on all that is Kerrville Hills Winery.

“Hatchet Hall, a lively neighborhood restaurant and bar in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California. Wes Whitsell (the opening chef at Manuela in DTLA) is the new Executive Chef at Hatchet Hall, a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.” Chef Wes Whitsell is our guest.

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 has some thoughts on a controversial new trend at some restaurants where they simply aren’t reachable by phone. The guest communicates exclusively through their online reservation system, social media or email.

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

Paul Tyler of John O'Groats

John O’Groats, a beloved, multi-award-winning restaurant based in the Rancho Park area of West Los Angeles, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The restaurant has been owned and managed by the Jacoby / Tyler Family since its inception and has been cited by dozens of top national and Southern California media outlets as serving “The Best Breakfast in Los Angeles.””

“To celebrate this milestone, John O’Groats will award each of the first 40 Parties to arrive for Breakfast on the Morning of February 26, 2022, a $40 Gift Certificate!”

“Owner and General Manager Paul Tyler has been operating John O’Groats on a daily basis for decades, having taken up the baton from his parents – Angelica and (the late) Robert Jacoby – who originally founded the beloved restaurant on February 26, 1982.”

“Regarding the 40th anniversary milestone of his family-owned business, Paul Tyler said, “We love our customers – it’s as simple as that. Our customers are what drive our business, and we have long been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received by the Southern California community over these past 40 years. Our customers simply love what we have to offer, which includes our famous fresh-made biscuits and pancakes, along with dozens of other breakfast and lunch specialties. We also pride ourselves on our catering and event services, and we are able to make any of our menu items available for take-out or to be included on an event’s catering menu.”

“Adds Angelica Jacoby, “The key to our success in this business is simple: you have to like people. My son Paul is a real people person – a very nice man who has always been an extrovert. His role here at John O’Groats isn’t a job for him – it’s his life.””

Paul Tyler joins us with a plate of HIS Huevos O’Groats in hand.

Victor Juarez of Fuego

“Award-winning Executive Chef Victor Juarez is leading Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, with a menu that blends his El Salvadorian roots with his Southern California culinary sensibilities. Fuego’s unique setting at the water’s edge provides service to 146 guests with 80 on the patio area and features stunning open-air views that include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and the Queen Mary.”

“Fuego offers breakfast, lunch or dinner under the sun and stars. It’s also well-known for its handcrafted margaritas. Fuego boasts one of the largest tequila selections in the region.”

“Chef Juarez also oversees all food preparation and execution for the resort’s 20,000-square-feet meeting, special event, and wedding venues. In addition, he directs and implements the 199-room hotel’s room service, banquets and catering activities.”

“Prior to joining Hotel Maya in 2010, Chef Juarez spent a year as executive chef at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif., leading all culinary efforts for the property’s nine restaurants and lounges. Earlier in his career Chef Juarez was executive chef at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif., overseeing all facets of the resort’s food operations including four dining outlets, hotel room service and banquet facilities. He began at the Mission Inn in 1993 as executive sous chef. While at the Mission Inn, Chef Juarez was the recipient of many honors for culinary excellence.”

Chef Victor Juarez is our guest.

John Rivenburgh of Kerrville Hills Winery

“Texas wine industry luminary, John Rivenburgh, purchased Kerrville Hills Winery in 1999 and has transformed it into a winery incubator. That conversion allows Rivenburgh to realize one of his central career ambitions of fostering the development of highly talented winemakers.”

“The Kerrville Hills Winery incubator is now a home for winemakers to manage the capitalization of their business, learn winemaking techniques, and work in a collaborative environment. Kerrville Hills Winery differs from a custom crush facility in that member winemakers are intrinsically involved in all production aspects. It is akin to an educational think tank for collaboration, sharing ideas, and fostering creativity so various winemakers can make their best products. Rivenburgh provides project and program oversight, access to an industry network developed over 14 years, as well as winemaking guidance and mentorship.”

“The wine industry is innately collaborative,” says John Rivenburgh, winemaker and owner of Kerrville Hills Winery. “I benefited from the guidance of people in the industry when I started my career in winemaking and from many more industry friends when I launched my own label and consulting firm, Rivenburgh Wine. This experience helped me fully appreciate the need for a facility for consulting winemakers to make high-quality wine. I’m glad to have a role in it because I like teaching people, and I really like helping people succeed. Helping people achieve their goal of putting great wine in a bottle is a thrill for me.”

“Before purchasing Kerrville Hills Winery, Rivenburgh widely planted the grape variety Tannat and created award-winning wines with it. Tannat, a grape grown widely in France and South America, is loved for its deep color, and tannins that give wine structure and complexity. Rivenburgh helped plant dozens of acres of Tannat in more than 20 vineyards in the state. This extensive development of Tannat has cemented his reputation as a leading innovative winemaker and viticulturist responsible for elevating its status to become a heralded varietal in Texas.”

John Rivenburg is our guest to gently pull the cork on all that is Kerrville Hills Winery.

Wes Whitsell of Hatchet Hall

Hatchet Hall, a lively neighborhood restaurant and bar in Mar Vista, specializes in working relationships with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality experience for the table. The basis of the restaurant is family — whether it’s your loved ones, farmers, or guests, — we all gather around the same table. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons of California. Purchasing produce with limitation and the idea of keeping things exciting for the staff and guests. The food is simple; not heavily plated or overdone, finding beauty in imperfection.”

Hatchet Hall serves Dinner nightly (dark on Monday) and has recently reintroduced Sunday Brunch.

Wes Whitsell (the opening chef at Manuela in DTLA) is the new Executive Chef at Hatchet Hall, a restaurant that aligns deeply with his values. Wes has a strong belief in the integrity of the food he cooks, while never forgetting those early lessons he learned from his own roots: that small Texas town. At Hatchet Hall, he taps into his Southern roots, the live fire component that makes the restaurant so special, while drawing inspiration from his past culinary experiences, his relationships to farmers, and the amazing produce California has to offer.”

“Raised in a small Texas town, by an avid outdoorsman and farmer, Chef Wes grew up eating what was hunted and gathered in the traditional sense. Before it was a trend, it was Wes’s way of life. This early introduction and intimate connection to the land helped shape Wes’s understanding of food, and his continuing fascination with homegrown food has inspired his career path.”

Chef Wes Whitsell is our guest.

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 has some thoughts on a controversial, but spreading, new trend at some restaurants where they aren’t reachable by phone. No listed phone number…The guest communicates exclusively through their online reservation system, social media or email.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Paul Tyler, Owner / General Manager, John O’Groats, West Los Angeles
Segment Three: Executive Chef Victor Juarez, Fuego at The Maya and Hotel Maya, Long Beach
Segment Four: John Rivenburgh, Proprietor & Winemaker, Kerrville Hills Winery, Kerrville, Texas Part One
Segment Five: John Rivenburgh, Proprietor & Winemaker, Kerrville Hills Winery, Kerrville, Texas Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles Part One
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Wes Whitsell, Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”