Show 194, October 22, 2016: Sherman Chan, Sherman’s Food Adventures, British Columbia

Sherman ChanSherman Chan is a well-respected food blogger based in Vancouver, B.C. and known for integrity. His popular blog is Sherman’s Food Adventures and includes honest commentary on restaurants and great visuals.

His eventual goal is to dine in every restaurant in Vancouver and its suburbs (including Richmond.) So far it’s over 800 restaurants in Vancouver and 200 plus in Richmond. That is dining out at least once a day for the last 7 years. Understand this is a (serious) hobby for Sherman.

We shared/slurped noodles with him on our recent trip to Richmond, BC for their intensive Hole in the Wall Street Food Tour. We’ll get Sherman’s objective thoughts on the current vibrant dining scene in both Vancouver as well as in Richmond, B.C. We’ll also highlight his travels on Richmond’s new Dumpling Trail.

Sherman was recently in Boston for the first time. Look for his Boston dining adventures to be posted in December. Also, Sherman has done some dining in Los Angeles & environs a few years back. All those posts are available for the reading in the Sherman’s Food Adventures archives.

Sherman Chan of Sherman’s Food Adventures is our guest.

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Show 179, July 9, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host. Last month in Chicago he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Now a provocatively tempting preview of Saturday’s abundant show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a pretty good thing…

The 3rd Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is part of opening Weekend of the OC Fair from July 15th to 17th. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of styles. Trevor Walls, the Head Brewer for Pizza Port San Clemente (and a participating brewery), joins us with a thirst-quenching preview.

Ment’or BKB Foundation Chef Founders, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse hosted the 2016 Young Chef Competition at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York on June 8th to identify up-and-coming culinary leaders. Cesar Gutierrez, Executive Sous Chef, Café Boulud, NY (and a C-CAP graduate) finished in Second Place. We’ll meet him.

The third annual Calistoga Harvest Table® event will take place on Sunday, September 11th , under the harvest moon in wine country, Calistoga, CA. In celebration of a plentiful harvest season, 14 local restaurants and 30 wineries will welcome visitors and locals to 1,000 feet of tables in the center of the city’s picturesque downtown. Calistoga’s Mayor, Chris Canning (he’s also the Executive Director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce), joins us with all the crave-worthy details.

Going to the movies doesn’t have to be a lackluster experience anymore when you’re talking about premium food and beverage offerings. iPic Entertainment is redefining how people eat and drink at the movies with 13 locations Coast-to-Coast and more on the way. Adam Seger, the Corporate Sommelier and Executive Bartender for iPic Entertainment, is our guest. Cheers.

Richmond, British Columbia is an incorporated city of 210,000 residents just South of Vancouver. It’s known for having some of the most authentic regional Chinese cuisine outside of China. The “SoCal Restaurant Show” was on assignment this week in Richmond B.C. Joining us to delve into the vibrant Richmond food scene is local journalist Stephanie Yuen. She is a seasoned food and travel journalist for both English and Chinese print and online publications.

OC Meets Napa and Baja on July 16th will feature wines from premier wineries in Baja and from Napa’s own Mexican American Vintner Association (MAVA). The event will also include food from top Latin OC restaurants, live music, an exclusive wine auction and a few entertaining surprises! All proceeds from the wine tasting benefit AltaMed OC Pediatrics and Breast Cancer Screenings. Owner/Executive Chef Danny Godinez of Anapalco and Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards join us with the tempting preview.

With fresh fish becoming more abundant on restaurant menus you’re seeing menu descriptors like “Fish Collar” and “Fish Cheeks.” Somewhat mysterious parts of the fish head are incredibly delicious. Chef Andrew Gruel will explain what these wonderful cuts of fish are and why you should be aware of them.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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July 9: Pizza Port, Cesar Gutierrez, Chris Canning, iPic Entertainment, Hole in the Wall, Anapalco, Ceja Vineyards

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Trevor Walls, Head Brewer, Pizza Port San Clemente
Segment Three: Chef Cesar Gutierrez, Café Boulud, New York, ment’or BKB’s Young Chef Competition
Segment Four: Mayor Chris Canning, Calistoga Harvest Table
Segment Five: Adam Seger CCP, Corporate Sommelier / Executive Bartender, iPic Entertainment
Segment Six: Stephanie Yuen, Food & Travel Journalist, Richmond, British Columbia
Segment Seven: Amelia Ceja, Ceja Vineyards and Executive Chef Danny Godinez, Anepalco and El Mercado Modern Cuisine, Santa Ana
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, Huntington Beach

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host. Last month in Chicago he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Now a provocatively tempting preview of Saturday’s abundant show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a pretty good thing…

The 3rd Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is part of opening Weekend of the OC Fair from July 15th to 17th. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of styles. Trevor Walls, the Head Brewer for Pizza Port San Clemente (and a participating brewery), joins us with a thirst-quenching preview.

Ment’or BKB Foundation Chef Founders, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse hosted the 2016 Young Chef Competition at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York on June 8th to identify up-and-coming culinary leaders. Cesar Gutierrez, Executive Sous Chef, Café Boulud, NY (and a C-CAP graduate) finished in Second Place. We’ll meet him.

The third annual Calistoga Harvest Table® event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, under the harvest moon in wine country, Calistoga, CA. In celebration of a plentiful harvest season, 14 local restaurants and 30 wineries will welcome visitors and locals to 1,000 feet of tables in the center of the city’s picturesque downtown. Calistoga’s Mayor, Chris Canning (he’s also the Executive Director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce), joins us with all the crave-worthy details.

Going to the movies doesn’t have to be a lackluster experience anymore when you’re talking about premium food and beverage offerings. iPic Entertainment is redefining how people eat and drink at the movies with 13 locations Coast-to-Coast and more on the way. Adam Seger, the Corporate Sommelier and Executive Bartender for iPic Entertainment, is our guest. Cheers.

Richmond, British Columbia is an incorporated city of 210,000 residents just South of Vancouver. It’s known for having some of the most authentic regional Chinese cuisine outside of China. The “SoCal Restaurant Show” was on assignment this week in Richmond B.C. Joining us to delve into the vibrant Richmond food scene is local journalist Stephanie Yuen. She is a seasoned food and travel journalist for both English and Chinese print and online publications.

OC Meets Napa and Baja on July 16th will feature wines from premier wineries in Baja and from Napa’s own Mexican American Vintner Association (MAVA). The event will also include food from top Latin OC restaurants, live music, an exclusive wine auction and a few entertaining surprises! All proceeds from the wine tasting benefit AltaMed OC Pediatrics and Breast Cancer Screenings. Owner/Executive Chef Danny Godinez of Anapalco and Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards join us with the preview.

With fresh fish becoming more abundant on restaurant menus you’re seeing menu descriptors like “Fish Collar” and “Fish Cheeks.” Chef Andrew Gruel will explain what these wonderful cuts of fish are and why you should be aware of them. Also food waste is a big no-no in restaurants these days. Chef Andrew will highlight what he does to turn items that were formally tossed in the garbage into practical (and tasty) menu items.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

Trevor WallsThe 3rd Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is part of opening Weekend of the OC Fair from July 15th to 17th. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of styles ranging from Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens and many more. The 3rd Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup has moved to a new location next to the Pacific Amphitheater, offering more space and a scenic view for craft beer enthusiasts.

With the addition of a new Friday evening session, guests will have their choice of 4 tasting sessions from some of the best breweries in the country. General Admission guests will receive 3 hours of unlimited tastings and a commemorative festival glass along with music. Games and more. Each session offers a limited number of VIP passes which provides an additional, more intimate hour of tasting with rare and limited release beers, and a special VIP commemorative glass. All passes include free OC Fair admission so attendees can Come for the beer and stay for the Fair!

Trevor Walls, the Head Brewer for Pizza Port San Clemente (and a participating brewery), joins us with a thirst-quenching preview.

Cesar GutierrezMent’or BKB Foundation Chef Founders, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse hosted the 2016 Young Chef Competition at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York on June 8th to identify up-and-coming culinary leaders and provide them with the opportunity to work alongside Team USA 2017.

Cesar Gutierrez, Executive Sous Chef, Café Boulud, NY (and a C-CAP graduate) finished in Second Place. His assistant was Esther Ha also of Café Boulud. We’ll meet Chef Guitierrez.

The Young Chef competitors prepared one dish that featured one Veal Rack and Veal Sweetbreads and/or Veal Osso provided by Marcho Farms.

Mayor Chris CanningThe third annual Calistoga Harvest Table® event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, under the harvest moon in wine country, Calistoga, CA. In celebration of a plentiful harvest season, 14 local restaurants and 30 wineries will welcome visitors and locals to 1,000 feet of tables in the center of the city’s picturesque downtown.

Calistoga AVA wines will be available for purchase by glass or bottle, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., beginning with a toast led by famed Chateau Montelena winemaker Bo Barrett in celebration of the Judgment of Paris 40th anniversary.

Tickets to the third annual Calistoga Harvest Table® event are limited and will go on sale July 18; prices range between $65 and $150 per person, enabling guests to enjoy the best cuisine Calistoga has to offer.

Calistoga’s Mayor, Chris Canning (he’s also the Executive Director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce), joins us with all the delicious details.

Adam SegerGoing to the movies doesn’t have to be a lackluster experience anymore when you’re talking about premium food and beverage offerings. iPic Entertainment is redefining how people eat and drink at the movies with 13 locations Coast-to-Coast and more on the way. Adam Seger, the Corporate Sommelier and Executive Bartender for iPic Entertainment, is our guest. Cheers.

The Tuck Room Tavern is the newly conceived destination restaurant at iPic Westwood created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Yard (ex-Spago Beverly Hills.) A serious cocktail program is part of the experience.

iPic’s answer to a concession stand –features a chef-driven menu from acclaimed Chef Sherry Yard, to be delivered to guests in Premium Plus. Freshness and quality is key followed by special attention taken to craft each dish to be in-cinema friendly for guests to enjoy in a dark cinema during the movie. iPic wouldn’t forget the classics, Chef Sherry has selected an assortment of classic candies and custom treats as well as classic and gourmet popcorn flavors to satisfy your sweet, or savory, tooth. iPic Express also offers an assortment of cocktails, beer, and wine, featuring our exclusive Cocktail Shaker.

TThe Meats at HK BBQ MasterRichmond, British Columbia is an incorporated city of 210,000 residents just South of Vancouver. 65 per cent of the population is of Asian ancestry.

It’s home to Vancouver International Airport and the iconic Richmond Olympic Oval. It’s nestled where the Pacific Ocean and the mighty Fraser River meet. Richmond is a thriving multicultural destination city offering a growing range of cultural, heritage, culinary and leisure experiences.

It’s known for having some of the most authentic regional Chinese cuisine outside of China. The “SoCal Restaurant Show” was on assignment this week in Richmond B.C.

Stephanie YuenJoining us to delve into the vibrant Richmond food scene is local journalist and doyenne of Asian cuisine, Stephanie Yuen. She is a seasoned food and travel journalist for both English and Chinese print and online publications and a food columnist for CBC Radio (North by Northwest) and Fairchild Radio AM1470.

A self-taught chef and winner of cooking awards and recipe competitions. Stephanie loves food and considers cooking as a “delicious therapy.” As a food culture ambassador she judges both prestigious food and wine competitions regularly.

Danny Godinez of AnepalcoOC Meets Napa and Baja on July 16th will feature wines from premier wineries in Baja and from Napa’s own Mexican American Vintner Association (MAVA). The event will also include food from top Latin OC restaurants, live music, an exclusive wine auction and a few entertaining surprises!

All proceeds from the wine tasting benefit AltaMed OC Pediatrics and Breast Cancer Screenings.

Owner/Executive Chef Danny Godinez of Anapalco and Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards join us with the preview.

AltaMed is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, its mission is to eliminate disparities in health care access and outcomes by providing superior quality health and human services through an integrated world-class delivery system for Latino, multi-ethnic and underserved communities in Southern California.

Andrew Gruel and his son WilliamWith fresh fish becoming more abundant on restaurant menus you’re seeing menu descriptors like “Fish Collar” and “Fish Cheeks.” Chef Andrew Gruel will explain what these wonderful cuts of fish are and why you should be aware of them.

Also food waste is a bid no-no in restaurants these days. Chef Andrew will highlight what he does to turn items that were formally tossed in the garbage into practical (and tasty) menu items.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Trevor Walls, Head Brewer, Pizza Port San Clemente
Segment Three: Chef Cesar Gutierrez, Café Boulud, New York, ment’or BKB’s Young Chef Competition
Segment Four: Mayor Chris Canning, Calistoga Harvest Table
Segment Five: Adam Seger CCP, Corporate Sommelier / Executive Bartender, iPic Entertainment
Segment Six: Stephanie Yuen, Food & Travel Journalist, Richmond, British Columbia
Segment Seven: Amelia Ceja, Ceja Vineyards and Executive Chef Danny Godinez, Anepalco and El Mercado Modern Cuisine, Santa Ana
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, Huntington Beach

Show 85, August 23, 2014: Travis Rodgers, “The Travis Rodgers Show” on AM 830 KLAA

Travis RodgersTravis Rodgers is the easy-going Iron Man of personalities on AM 830 KLAA. Every weekday morning he’s on AM 830 KLAA talking sports for four hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. After he’s finished at 10:00 a.m. on AM 830 he continues his national show for Yahoo Sports Radio for another hour until 11:00 a.m. That’s five hours on Weekdays as the solo host.

He’s also the master of engaging with his listeners via Twitter.

Travis’ second favorite subject is good food. Did we say Mexican? The discussion with Travis focused on assorted cravable eats.

Travis asked for Kedric’s and Producer Andy’s sense of where the food truck business is headed in Southern California. The hosts then discuss where they get their best tips for finding hole-in-the-wall spots that serve great ethnic fare.

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June 1: Hawaiian Food and Restaurant Special

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Segment One: Hawaii Food Tours’Chef Matthew Gray
Segment Two: Jeffrey Vigilla, executive chef of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu
Segment Three: Celebrity Chef Alan Wong, Alan Wong’s, Honolulu
Segment Four: Chuck Furuya, Master Sommelier and partner in DK Restaurants, Honolulu
Segment Five: Celebrity Chef Sam Choy, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, The Big Island, Hawaii
Segment Six: Les Apoliona, Land Asset Manager, Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools of Hawaii

Summer is upon us and the vacation travel season is at hand. Both Jet and Producer Andy have recently been to Hawaii. Saturday will be our Hawaii special bringing you the best (and tastiest) tips for visits to Oahu and The Big Island.

Matthew Gray of Hawaii Food ToursChef and food critic Matthew Gray has been objectively observing the Oahu food scene since 1993. He was previously the food critic for the local newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Whether it’s a joint in Chinatown making their own noodles or the best in high-end cuisine Matthew knows the territory.

Some six years ago he created Hawaii Food Tours to provide visitors with highly entertaining, one-of-a-kind food adventures. His signature food tour is his Hole-in-the-Wall Food Tour where you discover the rich history of Honolulu through food. Matthew takes his guests to unusual places they would never discover on their own.

Chef Jeffrey Vigilla of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach ResortJeffrey Vigilla is the accomplished executive chef of the 2,860 room Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu on 22 lush tropical acres. It’s the largest hotel property on the famed Waikiki Beach with the widest stretch of beach. Chef Vigilla is going local with as much of his menu ingredients as possible. His chocolate is from Waialua Estates on Oahu and he even sources local honey.

 

Alan WongHawaii’s Alan Wong is one of the pioneers of Hawaiian Regional cuisine. Now, sourcing and serving the freshest local ingredients is in vogue. In Hawaii, Alan owns the flagship Alan Wong’s in Honolulu as well as the more casual Pineapple Room in Ala Moana Center. On Maui his most recent establishment is Amasia at the Grand Wailea.

The President dines with the First Lady at Alan Wong’s on his yearly vacations on Oahu.

On Sunday, June 2nd Chef Alan will be one of the celebrity chefs cooking at the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation Benefit at Studio at Montage Laguna Beach.

Chuck FuruyaChuck Furuya of the D.K. Restaurant Group with hugely successful properties on Oahu, Maui, and The Big Island was only the 10th person in the United States to pass the rigorous Master Sommelier examination. He’s the recognized leader in the Islands in furthering wine education.  He loves to introduce undiscovered wines to his guests and good value is always part of his mission. No wine snobbery here…

Sam ChoyThe Big Island’s Sam Choy is known as Hawaii’s culinary ambassador to the world. He has a new restaurant on The Big Island, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, with a 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean. He’s also known as the “Godfather of Poke” which is his signature dish. Chef Sam is the author of 16 cookbooks and is a regular culinary celebrity chef aboard Crystal Cruises.

Kamehameha Schools is Hawaii’s largest private landowner with some 365,000 acres on The Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai. They own the choice land in Waikiki that are the sites of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and associated upscale retail complex. One of their new initiatives is to support value added agriculture with entrepreneurial leaseholders of their land. Two out of three coffee estates in the Kona area are on Kamehameha Schools leased land.

Les Apoliona, a land asset manager for the north Kona district for the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha joins us to talk about the inventive effort to support these businesses and the move to make The Big Island more self sufficient in the production of food. Les has a background in food service and hotel management and is well-known in the restaurant community of The Big Island.

Podcasts

Segment One: Hawaii Food Tours’Chef Matthew Gray
Segment Two: Jeffrey Vigilla, executive chef of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu
Segment Three: Celebrity Chef Alan Wong, Alan Wong’s, Honolulu
Segment Four: Chuck Furuya, Master Sommelier and partner in DK Restaurants, Honolulu
Segment Five: Celebrity Chef Sam Choy, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, The Big Island, Hawaii
Segment Six: Les Apoliona, Land Asset Manager, Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools of Hawaii/a>