Show 583, June 22, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The Ecology Center, nestled in the serene landscape of San Juan Capistrano, California continues its renowned Community Table dinner series for the summer 2024 season, taking place every Friday, now through August. Guests are invited to indulge in an unforgettable dining experience under the stars where the dialogue between farm, chef and community comes alive on the plate. Each dinner showcases the vibrant seasonal produce from the center’s sustainable farm, transforming it into memorable conversations. Inspired by the season’s bounty, each chef composes an eco-conscious menu that harmonizes with the vibrant palette of fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries grown and cultivated on the farm.” The Ecology Centers Director of Impact & Partnerships, Jonathan Zaidman, joins us to share the bountiful harvest of the Community Table dinner series.

“They are brothers, they are French, and for them making wine at their Benom in Paso Robles is a heritage. Arnaud & Guillaume Fabre moved to California for love. For Guillaume, it was his passion for winemaking and farming without limits that brought him to Paso Robles.

This love led him to one of the most prestigious Paso Robles wineries, L’Aventure, and eventually to start his own winery, Clos Solène.

Arnaud’s story is much more like that of a movie scene. His move to California was to follow the love of his life, Chloe. This is how the two brothers -Les Deux Frères Fabre- ended up in Paso Robles.

As a tribute to the six-generation family legacy in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Bordeaux regions, BENOM harmoniously combines the freedom of winemaking in Paso Robles with the innate talent of the Fabre bloodline.” Arnaud Fabre is our guest pulling the cork on all that is BENOM wines in Paso Robles.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off Sunday, June 23rd.

Now into the ninth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline StyneHollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.

At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient.”

Joining us to uncork all that is Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 is restaurateur and Wine Director Caroline Styne.

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

Show 583, June 22, 2024: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 with Restaurateur Caroline Styne

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off this Sunday, June 23rd.

Now into the ninth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.”

“At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

“This year Caroline Styne has curated a diverse retail wine selection in the three marketplaces offering a broad selection of varieties and options for wine lovers visiting the Bowl. The markets feature a number of canned wines as well as a wide selection of vegan, organic and biodynamic bottles, including a collection of natural wines from producers including Broc Cellars, Wavy Wines, Nat Cool by Neipoort and Hollywood Bowl wine sponsor WINC wines.”

“Returning for the 2024 season are the Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – a 14-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers and sommeliers hand-selected by Caroline to give the venue’s visitors an immersive and personal experience with her favorite people in the wine world.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Here’s a lagniappe from the Hollywood Bowl: Ticket holders that use the Hollywood Bowl Park & Ride or shuttle bus can show their ticket to receive 20% off purchases at the Hollywood Bowl Plaza Marketplace, including wine purchases.

Joining us to uncork all that is Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 is restaurateur and Wine Director Caroline Styne.

June 22: The Ecology Center’s Community Table, Benom, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) Community Table Dinner Series
Segments Four and Five: Benom Wines, Paso Robles with Co-Proprietor Arnaud Fabre
Segments Six and Seven: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 with Restaurateur Caroline Styne

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

“The Ecology Center, nestled in the serene landscape of San Juan Capistrano, California continues its renowned Community Table dinner series for the summer 2024 season, taking place every Friday, now through August. Guests are invited to indulge in an unforgettable dining experience under the stars where the dialogue between farm, chef and community comes alive on the plate. Each dinner showcases the vibrant seasonal produce from the center’s sustainable farm, transforming it into memorable conversations. Inspired by the season’s bounty, each chef composes an eco-conscious menu that harmonizes with the vibrant palette of fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries grown and cultivated on the farm.” The Ecology Centers Director of Impact & Partnerships, Jonathan Zaidman, joins us to share the bountiful harvest of the Community Table dinner series.

“They are brothers, they are French, and for them making wine at their Benom in Paso Robles is a heritage. Arnaud & Guillaume Fabre moved to California for love. For Guillaume, it was his passion for winemaking and farming without limits that brought him to Paso Robles.

This love led him to one of the most prestigious Paso Robles wineries, L’Aventure, and eventually to start his own winery, Clos Solène.

Arnaud’s story is much more like that of a movie scene. His move to California was to follow the love of his life, Chloe. This is how the two brothers -Les Deux Frères Fabre- ended up in Paso Robles.

As a tribute to the six-generation family legacy in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Bordeaux regions, BENOM harmoniously combines the freedom of winemaking in Paso Robles with the innate talent of the Fabre bloodline.” Arnaud Fabre is our guest pulling the cork on all that is Benom wines in Paso Robles.

“The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off this Sunday, June 23rd.

Now into the ninth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.

At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient.” Joining us to uncork all that is Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 is restaurateur and Wine Director Caroline Styne.

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

Jonathan Zaidman of the Ecology Center

The Ecology Center nestled in the serene landscape of San Juan Capistrano, California continues its renowned Community Table dinner series for the summer 2024 season, taking place every Friday, now through August. Guests are invited to indulge in an unforgettable dining experience under the stars where the dialogue between farm, chef and community comes alive on a plate. Each dinner showcases the vibrant seasonal produce from the center’s sustainable farm, transforming it into memorable conversations. Inspired by the season’s bounty, each chef composes an eco-conscious menu that harmonizes with the vibrant palette of fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries grown and cultivated on the farm.”

“With an intimate setting for 80 guests per dinner, these gatherings promise an authentic farm-to-table experience. The evening unfolds with a convivial happy hour in the picturesque courtyard, followed by an enlightening farm tour where guests can pluck seasonal produce straight from the vine. Culminating in a sumptuous multicourse meal, meticulously crafted by the region’s culinary luminaries, each dish promises to be a testament to its unique culinary vision, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience for all.”

“Tickets for each dinner are priced at $160-$175 per person, offering a fixed course, family-style menu that captures the essence of the season. Dinners commence at 6 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m. Reserve a seat at the table and explore the lineup of participating chefs.

The Ecology Centers Director of Impact & Partnerships, Jonathan Zaidman, joins us to share the bountiful harvest of the Community Table dinner series.

Arnaud Fabre of Benom Wines

“They are brothers, they are French, and for them making wine at their BENOM in Paso Robles is a heritage.”

Arnaud & Guillaume Fabre moved to California for love. For Guillaume, it was his passion for winemaking and farming without limits that brought him to Paso Robles.

This love led him to one of the most prestigious Paso Robles wineries, L’Aventure, and eventually to start his own winery, Clos Solène.”

“Arnaud’s story is much more like that of a movie scene. His move to California was to follow the love of his life, Chloe. This is how the two brothers -Les Deux Frères Fabre- ended up in Paso Robles.”

“As a tribute to the six-generation family legacy in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Bordeaux regions, BENOM harmoniously combines the freedom of winemaking in Paso Robles with the innate talent of the Fabre bloodline.”

“In September of 2023, the Fabre brothers accomplished their goal of acquiring an estate in York Mountain AVA.

This purchase fulfills Arnaud and Guillaume’s long-term vision of expanding the BENOM brand.”

“Every bottle of BENOM embodies the Fabre brothers’ commitment to their French heritage and passion for Paso Robles. Their approach to winemaking is distinguished by the use of traditional Old World techniques and sustainable practices, incorporating the fruit and creative freedom of Paso Robles.”

“BENOM also sources fruit from the Adelaida and Willow Creek districts on the west side of Paso Robles as well as Edna Valley, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara. Sourcing fruit allows BENOM a unique opportunity to create wine from a multitude of soil types and sub-climates.”

Arnaud Fabre joins us to uncork all that is BENOM wines.

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off this Sunday, June 23rd.

Now into the ninth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.”

“At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

“This year Caroline Styne has curated a diverse retail wine selection in the three marketplaces offering a broad selection of varieties and options for wine lovers visiting the Bowl. The markets feature a number of canned wines as well as a wide selection of vegan, organic and biodynamic bottles, including a collection of natural wines from producers including Broc Cellars, Wavy Wines, Nat Cool by Neipoort and Hollywood Bowl wine sponsor WINC wines.”

“Returning for the 2024 season are the Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – a 14-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers and sommeliers hand-selected by Caroline to give the venue’s visitors an immersive and personal experience with her favorite people in the wine world.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Joining us to uncork all that is Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 is restaurateur and Wine Director Caroline Styne.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) Community Table Dinner Series
Segments Four and Five: Benom Wines, Paso Robles with Co-Proprietor Arnaud Fabre
Segments Six and Seven: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2024 with Restaurateur Caroline Styne

Show 526, May 20, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Restaurant Week returns to Greater Palm Springs June 2-11, 2023. This annual gastronomic event, now in its 15th year, offers residents and visitors 10 days of dining experiences at local restaurants. Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour to sample the ever-increasing stature of food culture of the nine-city destination. Greater Palm Springs gained the attention of the Michelin guide in 2022 with their first-ever inclusion of area restaurants in the guide’s recommended places to eat. Visit Greater Palm Springs serves as the producing partner of Restaurant Week in collaboration with presenting sponsor Agua Caliente Casinos.” SO.PA at L’Horizon in Palm Springs under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Michael Hung is one of the new participating restaurants. We’ll meet him as well as Davis Meyer, Senior Director of Community Engagement at Visit Greater Palm Springs.

“From humble beginnings making frozen treats in the basement of their college dorm room, cofounders of JonnyPops, Erik Brust and Connor Wray perfected an amazing and wonderful formula. Real fruit. Heavy cream. Cane sugar. Purified water. And a pinch of salt. Just simple, wholesome ingredients with no fillers and absolutely nothing artificial. JonnyPops has worked hard over the last 12 years to achieve the right balance of real ingredients, flavor and creaminess. The simpler the ingredients, the more delicious the pop. It’s why they use a few wholesome ingredients – like fresh Midwest dairy – and blend small batches with care.” At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Jonny Pops was awarded the prestigious NEXTY for “Best New Sweet Snack” for their (dairy-free and water based) Organic Rainbow Fruit Stacksk bar. Co-Founder Connor Wray joins us from Elk River, Minnesota with an Organic Rainbow Fruit Stack bar in hand.

Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards is a breathtaking property spanning 710 acres located just minutes south of Healdsburg, and directly in the town of Windsor’s backyard. The vast views from the summit are a patchwork of vineyards and open space seamlessly woven together, hence the French name “Notre Vue” which means Our View. The property features 350 acres of “Forever Wild” protected open space and 250 acres of beautiful rolling vineyards. Their wines are made in the European style, focusing on finesse and purity, and made with low intervention, clean winemaking styles. Notre Vue Estate takes pride as a certified Sustainable Vineyard and Winery producing ultra-premium wines from their estate vineyards that straddle two of California’s most famous viticultural appellations: Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill, located in Sonoma County. What makes them special is the diversity of terroir that sweeps across the rich tapestry of their land, allowing Notre Vue to grow a selection of 16 grape varieties, including some European varieties rarely found in Sonoma County. The wines produced at their estate vineyards are recognized for their uniqueness and richness.” The Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson, joins us to uncork all that is Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards.

“Now into the eighth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue during the 2023 season for the LA Phil. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.” Restaurateur Caroline Style and Chef Suzanne Goin join us with what’s on the tantalizing menu for the LA Phil’s Summer Season at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

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. Inspired by a recent column by Steve Lopez in the Sunday Los Angeles Times (May 6th.) we’ll take a look at “Early Bird Dining” where meals are priced at a discount. Once very popular it now seems on the verge of disappearing.

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

Show 526, May 20, 2023: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine with Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Part One

Suzanne Goin of the LLucques Group

“Now into the eighth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue during the 2023 season for the LA Phil. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

“This year Caroline Styne has expanded the retail wine selections in the three marketplaces, broadening the varieties and options for wine lovers visiting the Bowl. In addition to increasing the selection of her popular canned wine offerings, she has also added a number of vegan and organic bottles, as well as a collection of natural wines from producers including Broc Cellars, Johan Vineyards, Lo-fi Wines, Angeleno Wine Company and more. And, returning for the 2023 season are the fan favorites Winemaker Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – a 14-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers and sommeliers hand-selected by Caroline to give the venue’s visitors an immersive and personal experience with her favorite people in the wine world.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Restaurateur Caroline Style and Chef Suzanne Goin join us with what’s on the salivating menu for the LA Phil’s Summer Season at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

Show 526, May 20, 2023: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine with Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Part Two

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

“Now into the eighth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue during the 2023 season for the LA Phil. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

“This year Caroline Styne has expanded the retail wine selections in the three marketplaces, broadening the varieties and options for wine lovers visiting the Bowl. In addition to increasing the selection of her popular canned wine offerings, she has also added a number of vegan and organic bottles, as well as a collection of natural wines from producers including Broc Cellars, Johan Vineyards, Lo-fi Wines, Angeleno Wine Company and more. And, returning for the 2023 season are the fan favorites Winemaker Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – a 14-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers and sommeliers hand-selected by Caroline to give the venue’s visitors an immersive and personal experience with her favorite people in the wine world.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Restaurateur Caroline Style and Chef Suzanne Goin continue with us with what’s on the expansive menu for the LA Phil’s Summer Season at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

May 20: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week at SO.PA, JonnyPops, Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview, June 2 to 11
Segment Three: Jonny Pops Frozen Treats with Co-Founder Connor Wray
Segment Four: Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards with Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson Part One
Segment Five: Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards with Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson Part Two
Segment Six: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine with Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Part One
Segment Seven: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine with Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

Restaurant Week returns to Greater Palm Springs June 2-11, 2023. This annual gastronomic event, now in its 15th year, offers residents and visitors 10 days of dining experiences at local restaurants. Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour to sample the ever-increasing stature of food culture of the nine-city destination. Greater Palm Springs gained the attention of the Michelin guide in 2022 with their first-ever inclusion of area restaurants in the guide’s recommended places to eat. Visit Greater Palm Springs serves as the producing partner of Restaurant Week in collaboration with presenting sponsor Agua Caliente Casinos.” SO.PA at L’Horizon in Palm Springs under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Michael Hung is one of the new participating restaurants. We’ll meet him as well as Davis Meyer, Senior Director of Community Engagement at Visit Greater Palm Springs. 

“From humble beginnings making frozen treats in the basement of their college dorm room, cofounders of JonnyPops, Erik Brust and Connor Wray perfected an amazing and wonderful formula. Real fruit. Heavy cream. Cane sugar. Purified water. And a pinch of salt. Just simple, wholesome ingredients with no fillers and absolutely nothing artificial. JonnyPops has worked hard to achieve the right balance of real ingredients, flavor and creaminess. The simpler the ingredients, the more delicious the pop. It’s why they use a few wholesome ingredients – like fresh Midwest dairy – and blend small batches with care.” At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Jonny Pops was awarded the prestigious NEXTY for “Best New Sweet Snack” for their (dairy-free and water based) Organic Rainbow Fruit Stacks bar. Co-Founder Connor Way joins us from Elk River, Minnesota with an Organic Rainbow Fruit Stack bar in hand.

“Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards is a breathtaking property spanning 710 acres located just minutes south of Healdsburg, and directly in the town of Windsor’s backyard. The vast views from the summit are a patchwork of vineyards and open space seamlessly woven together, hence the French name “Notre Vue” which means Our View. The property features 350 acres of “Forever Wild” protected open space and 250 acres of beautiful rolling vineyards. Their wines are made in the European style, focusing on finesse and purity, and made with low intervention, clean winemaking styles. Notre Vue Estate takes pride as a certified Sustainable Vineyard and Winery producing ultra-premium wines from their estate vineyards that straddle two of California’s most famous viticultural appellations: Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill, located in Sonoma County. What makes them special is the diversity of terroir that sweeps across the rich tapestry of their land, allowing Notre Vue to grow a selection of 16 grape varieties, including some European varieties rarely found in Sonoma County. The wines produced at their estate vineyards are recognized for their uniqueness and richness.” The Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson, joins us to uncork all that is Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards.

“Now into the eighth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline StyneHollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue during the 2023 season for the LA Phil. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary firstrestaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces.Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.” Restaurateur Caroline Style and Chef Suzanne Goinjoin us with what’s on the tantalizing menu for the LA Phil’s Summer Season at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

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. Inspired by a recent column by Steve Lopez in the Sunday Los Angeles Times we’ll take a look at “Early Bird Dining” where meals are priced at a discount. Once very popular it now seems on the verge of disappearing.

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

Chef Michael Hung

Restaurant Week returns to Greater Palm Springs June 2-11, 2023. This annual gastronomic event, now in its 15th year, offers residents and visitors 10 days of dining experiences at local restaurants. Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour to sample the ever-increasing stature of food culture of the nine-city destination. Greater Palm Springs gained the attention of the Michelin guide in 2022 with their first-ever inclusion of area restaurants in the guide’s recommended places to eat. Visit Greater Palm Springs serves as the producing partner of Restaurant Week in collaboration with presenting sponsor Agua Caliente Casinos.”

“More than 80 restaurants will offer custom menus for lunch, dinner or both. Lunch offers will include 2 or more courses/items priced at $15, $25 or $35. Dinner menus include 3 or more courses/items or small plates and cost $39, $49, $59 or $99. New for 2023 is a category for breakfast and brunch as well as a category for special offers. The flexible “special offers” allow restaurants to present specialties, wine pairings and/or supplemental dishes for an additional charge.”

Davis Meyer of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

SO.PA at L’Horizon in Palm Springs under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Michael Hung is one of the new participating restaurants. We’ll meet him as well as Davis Meyer, Senior Director of Community Engagement at Visit Greater Palm Springs providing all the salivating details.

“Decadent, refined, and intimate, SO•PA offers a unique alfresco dining experience. Visit the restaurant for dinner in an intimate outdoor setting under the stars as Michelin Star awarded Chef Michael Hung presents the seasonally enticing menu. The elegant, yet relaxed evening includes world class cocktails and a sophisticated yet approachable wine cellar curated by their in-house Wine Spectator awarded Sommelier.”

Connor Wray of Jonny Pops

“From humble beginnings making frozen treats in the basement of their college dorm room at St. Olaf College, cofounders of JonnyPops, Erik Brust and Connor Wray perfected an amazing and wonderful formula.”

“Real fruit. Heavy cream. Cane sugar. Purified water. And a pinch of salt. Just simple, wholesome ingredients with no fillers and absolutely nothing artificial.”

“JonnyPops has worked hard to achieve the right balance of real ingredients, flavor and creaminess. The simpler the ingredients, the more delicious the pop. It’s why they use a few wholesome ingredients – like fresh Midwest dairy – and blend small batches with care.”

“JonnyPops are also completely peanut-, tree nut-, and gluten-free, as well as kosher-certified.” At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Jonny Pops was awarded the prestigious NEXTY for “Best New Sweet Snack” for their (dairy-free and water based) Organic Rainbow Fruit Stacks bar.

“Their frozen treats are called “JonnyPops” after Erik’s cousin and original co-conspirator, Jonathan. His passing, the result of a tragic drug overdose, filled the family with grief – but also fueled a desire to spark change.”

“In honor of their namesake, each JonnyPops stick is printed with a good deed because they believe sharing kindness, through actions big and small, helps them achieve their sincere mission of making the world a better place, one pop at a time”

Co-Founder Connor Wray joins us from Elk River, Minnesota with an Organic Rainbow Fruit Stack bar in hand.

Geoffrey Thompson of Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards

Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards is a breathtaking property spanning 710 acres located just minutes south of Healdsburg, and directly in the town of Windsor’s backyard. The vast views from the summit are a patchwork of vineyards and open space seamlessly woven together, hence the French name “Notre Vue” which means Our View. The property features 350 acres of “Forever Wild” protected open space and 250 acres of beautiful rolling vineyards. Their wines are made in the European style, focusing on finesse and purity, and made with low intervention, clean winemaking styles.”

“Notre Vue Estate takes pride as a certified Sustainable Vineyard and Winery producing ultra-premium wines from their estate vineyards that straddle two of California’s most famous viticultural appellations: Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill, located in Sonoma County. What makes them special is the diversity of terroir that sweeps across the rich tapestry of their land, allowing Notre Vue to grow a selection of 16 grape varieties, including some European varieties rarely found in Sonoma County. The 710-acre estate boasts many diverse microclimates, including rare soil and slope combinations. The wines  produced at their estate vineyards are recognized for their uniqueness and richness.”

“Grapes have been grown on the property since 1869 and commercially for wines since 1907. Notre Vue Estate & Winery produces wines under the Notre Vue label which are sold primarily at their tasting salons and in select restaurants. Notre Vue also produces wines under the Balverne label which is a brand that was historically famous in the 1980’s being poured at the White House multiple times as well as the famous Hollywood Brown Derby, the original Spago in West Hollywood and Sparks Steakhouse in New York.”

“Balverne wines were produced on the estate in the 1980’s and the brand was carefully resurrected by the Notre Vue Estate owners in 2012 to honor Balverne’s history. In 2022, Notre Vue Estate celebrated its 30 year anniversary under the current ownership. Notre Vue Estate is now helmed by co-founder Renée Brown-Stein. In addition to producing multiple wines under our two labels they also sell their grapes to many premium wineries in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Notre Vue grapes are found in some of the most well-known wines from Sonoma and Napa.”

The Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson, joins us to uncork all that is Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards.

Suzanne Goin of the LLucques Group

“Now into the eighth year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline StyneHollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue during the 2023 season for the LA Phil. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award recipient. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

“This year Caroline Styne has expanded the retail wine selections in the three marketplaces, broadening the varieties and options for wine lovers visiting the Bowl. In addition to increasing the selection of her popular canned wine offerings, she has also added a number of vegan and organic bottles, as well as a collection of natural wines from producers including Broc Cellars, Johan Vineyards, Lo-fi Wines, Angeleno Wine Company and more. And, returning for the 2023 season are the fan favorites Winemaker Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – a 14-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers and sommeliers hand-selected by Caroline to give the venue’s visitors an immersive and personal experience with her favorite people in the wine world.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Restaurateur Caroline Style and Chef Suzanne Goin join us with what’s on the salivating menu for the LA Phil’s Summer Season at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

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.

Inspired by a recent column by Steve Lopez in the Sunday Los Angeles Times we’ll take a look at “Early Bird Dining” where meals are priced at a discount. Once very popular it now seems on the verge of perhaps disappearing. Has “Happy Hour” really replaced it? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview, June 2 to 11
Segment Three: Jonny Pops Frozen Treats with Co-Founder Connor Wray
Segment Four: Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards with Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson Part One
Segment Five: Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyards with Estate General Manager, Geoffrey Thompson Part Two
Segment Six: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine with Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Part One
Segment Seven: Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine with Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 479, June 18, 2022: Alex Weiser, Weiser Family Farms, Tehachapi, CA Part Two

Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms

Weiser Family Farms began in 1977 when Sid Weiser, a chemistry teacher and counselor at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles decided to pack up the family and follow his dream of working off the land. Sidney and his wife Raquel laid down roots in Tehachapi, California. There, they learned to tend to the fruit trees… apples, peaches, and pears. In the ensuing years, they acquired farmland in other locations where they branched out into a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.”

“In 1982 their son Alex jumped in to assist the family in selling at local Farmers’ Markets. There he encountered chefs, the public and specialty produce buyers who wanted seasonal, high quality and superior tasting produce. Listening to this input, Alex began to focus on creating a bio-diverse farm dedicated to applying sustainable farming techniques. His overriding desire was to supply people with unique fruits and vegetables at their peak, rather than picked for commercial usage. Today, Weiser Family Farms grows in the Greater Bakersfield area, Tehachapi and the Lucerne Valley, cultivating a tapestry of high- quality produce year round.”

“Older brother Dan joined the family business in 2001, after a long stint with The Walt Disney Co. Dan, a graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business, brought with him a real-world business sensibility to the farm that has helped bring the overall operation to the next level. Not long after Dan came aboard, older sister Esther left her established teaching career to help keep her knuckle-headed brothers in line. Her common sense approach and no nonsense communication style help to keep everything in focus and moving forward.”

Weiser Family Farms is, and has always been, a family farming entity in the true sense of the word. When you buy from Weiser, you are truly buying from The Weiser Family.

Weiser Family Farms specialty potatoes are served at The Hollywood Bowl in the Farmers Market Salad created by Chef Suzanne Goin for Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine.

Alex Weiser continues with us with Shishito Peppers in hand.

Show 478, June 11, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Beef it Up! – 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More is full of show-stopping recipes that are quick and budget friendly. Author Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a food and lifestyle blog famous for its restaurant quality, family friendly recipes. Her debut cookbook shows home chefs how and what to cook with the most popular cuts of beef. Inexpensive ground beef isn’t only for cheeseburgers, but Spicy Hand Pies, Stuffed Peppers, and Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese. You can feed a dinner party of six by rolling up a Gouda Stuffed Flank Steak, impressing guests without breaking the bank. And a Mushroom Crusted Ribeye makes for a delightful bark right in the kitchen, no need to fire up the grill.” Jessica Formicola is our guest with steak knife in hand.

“The 2022 Season at the Hollywood Bowl is a celebration of the Bowl’s 100th anniversary milestone. Now into the seventh year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline StyneHollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award.” Caroline Styne joins us with corkscrew securely in hand.

“Gather for Good.” founded by the low-key Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell (both volunteers,) is a grass roots, community group of business owners, parents and caring residents who were feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the current news climate and wanted to make a difference. This all started because they love to connect with their neighbors, friends and family over good pastries and coffee. And through the action of gathering people together, doing good and giving back—the group slowly found their voice again in this challenging time. The 3rd Annual Pies for Justice on Juneteenth (June 19th) is one of Gather for Good’s signature fundraising events. It’s a giant bake sale! Pies for Justice showcases all your favorite pastry chefs, bakers, restaurant owners, farmers and foodies. All the participants are there to make a stand, feed guests delicious pies and support important organizations fighting for equity and justice in the Black community.” Gather for Good’s Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell join us.

Gather for Good’s Co-founder, Sherry Mandell is also a partner in the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. She is affectionally referred to as the “Fairy Grain Mother.” Her mission is “spreading glutenous joy far and wide.” Her Gather for Good Co-founder, artisan baker and pastry chef Stephanie Chen, operates Sugarbear Bakes. Pastry Chef Steph uses Tehachapi Grain Flour in her incredibly delicious hand pies and cakes. The Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project’s aim is to preserve and grow heritage organic grains which are naturally drought tolerant and low in gluten. Sherry Mandell and Pastry Chef Stephanie Chen continue with us now providing an overview of the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project.

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. We’re all looking to stretch our dollars on our food purchases. Chef Andrew picks up the conversation from last week sharing his experience with lesser -known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. An initial suggestion is Barramundi in both fresh and frozen packages. With inflation on the rise Chef Andrew shares some inspired buying tips to help mitigate the rising cost of food.

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

June 11: Jessica Formicola, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine, Gather for Good, Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part One
Segment Three: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part Two
Segment Four: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part Two
Segment Six: Gather for Good Co-Founders – Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell
Segment Seven: Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project with Sherry Mandell and Sugarbear Bakes’ Steph Chen
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

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

Beef it Up! – 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More is full of show-stopping recipes that are quick and budget friendly. Author Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a food and lifestyle blog famous for its restaurant quality, family friendly recipes. Her debut cookbook shows home chefs how and what to cook with the most popular cuts of beef. Inexpensive ground beef isn’t only for cheeseburgers, but Spicy Hand Pies, Stuffed Peppers, and Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese. You can feed a dinner party of six by rolling up a Gouda Stuffed Flank Steak, impressing guests without breaking the bank. And a Mushroom Crusted Ribeye makes for a delightful bark right in the kitchen, no need to fire up the grill.” Jessica Formicola is our guest with steak knife in hand.

“The 2022 Season at the Hollywood Bowl is a celebration of the Bowl’s 100th anniversary milestone. Now into the seventh year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award.” Caroline Style joins us with corkscrew securely in hand.

““Gather for Good,” founded by the low-key Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell (both volunteers,) is a grass roots, community group of business owners, parents and caring residents who were feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the current news climate and wanted to make a difference. This all started because they love to connect with their neighbors, friends and family over good pastries and coffee. And through the action of gathering people together, doing good and giving back—the group slowly found their voice again in this challenging time. The 3rd Annual Pies for Justice on Juneteenth (June 19th) is one of Gather for Good’s signature fundraising events. It’s a giant bake sale! Pies for Justice showcases all your favorite pastry chefs, bakers, restaurant owners, farmers and foodies. All the participants are there to make a stand, feed guests delicious pies and support important organizations fighting for equity and justice in the Black community.” Gather for Good’s Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell join us.

Gather for Good’s Co-founder, Sherry Mandell is also a partner in the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. She is affectionally referred to as the “Fairy Grain Mother.” Her mission is “spreading glutenous joy far and wide.” Her Gather for Good Co-founder, artisan baker and pastry chef Stephanie Chen, operates Sugarbear Bakes. Pastry Chef Steph uses Tehachapi Grain Flour in her incredibly delicious hand pies and cakes.The Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project’s aim is to preserve and grow heritage organic grains which are naturally drought tolerant and low in gluten.Sherry Mandell and Pastry Chef Stephanie Chen continue with us now providing an overview of the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project.

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. We’re all looking to stretch our dollars on our food purchases. Chef Andrew picks up the conversation from last week sharing his experience with lesser -known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. An initial suggestion is Barramundi in both fresh and frozen packages. He also provides insight on buying fresh fish and seafood.

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

Cookbook Author Jessica Formicola

Beef it Up! – 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More is full of show-stopping recipes that are quick and budget friendly. Author Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a food and lifestyle blog famous for its restaurant quality, family friendly recipes. Her debut cookbook shows home chefs how and what to cook with the most popular cuts of beef. Inexpensive ground beef isn’t only for cheeseburgers, but Spicy Hand Pies, Stuffed Peppers, and Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese. You can feed a dinner party of six by rolling up a Gouda Stuffed Flank Steak, impressing guests without breaking the bank. And a Mushroom Crusted Ribeye makes for a delightful bark right in the kitchen, no need to fire up the grill.”

“With helpful primers on figuring out what beef to buy, optimal cooking methods for each type of beef, and techniques for cooking beef properly, Formicola helps her readers feel confident when cooking America’s favorite meat.”

“Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a trusted food and lifestyle blog. She works closely with the beef industry, frequently collaborating with the Certified Angus Beef® brand, ranchers and butchers. This collection (Beef It Up!) comes from years of experience and she’s excited to share her wisdom with home chefs across America.”

Jessica Formicola is our guest with steak knife in hand.

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

“The 2022 Season at the Hollywood Bowl is a celebration of the Bowl’s 100th anniversary milestone. Now into the seventh year with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their legendary first restaurant.”

“At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings include three restaurants and three marketplaces. Additionally, menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, which can be ordered a day in advance, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin. Goin’s vibrant new summer dishes pair beautifully with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.”

“Returning for the 2022 season are the fan-favorites Winemaker Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – an eight-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers, sommeliers, and breweries hand-selected by Caroline Styne. Caroline also introduces a broad selection of vegan and organic wines this year that can be discovered in the marketplaces with other new natural wines on the restaurants’ lists, including Scribe, Broc Cellars and Perichor.”

“Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining options include three sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes, and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.”

Restaurateur Caroline Styne (representing Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine) joins us with corkscrew in hand.

“Gather for Good.” founded by the low-key Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell (both dedicated volunteers,) is a grass roots, community group of business owners, parents and caring residents who were feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the current news climate and wanted to make a difference. This all started because they love to connect with their neighbors, friends and family over good pastries and coffee. And through the action of gathering people together, doing good and giving back—the group slowly found their voice again in this challenging time.”

“The goal for Gather for Good events is to be a spark of inspiration to show that you can make a difference through simple actions within your own communities. They believe there is an opportunity for each and every one of us to get out there and build our communities to be stronger than ever. Because in the end, we are all better together…”

The 3rd Annual Pies for Justice on Juneteenth is one of Gather for Good’s signature fundraising events. It’s a giant bake sale!

Pies for Justice showcases all your favorite pastry chefs, bakers, restaurant owners, farmers and foodies. All the participants are here to make a stand, feed guests delicious pies and support important organizations fighting for equity and justice in the Black community.

“Each participating chef and restaurant will prepare a unique pie offering for this fundraiser. Some will sell whole pies, hand pies, and pie slices. Others will be hosting raffles!”

Gather for Good’s Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell join us.

Sherry Mandell and Stephanie Chen of Gather for Good

Gather for Good’s Co-founder, Sherry Mandell is also a partner in the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. She is affectionally referred to as the “Fairy Grain Mother.” Sherry’s mission is “spreading glutenous joy far and wide.” Her Gather for Good Co-founder, artisan baker and pastry chef Stephanie Chen, operates Sugarbear Bakes. Pastry Chef Steph uses Tehachapi Grain flour in her incredibly delicious hand pies and cakes.

“The Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project’s aim is to preserve and grow heritage organic grains which are naturally drought tolerant and low in gluten.”

“Wheat and the other small cereal grains have been planted in the Golden State since the establishment of missions in the 1760s. Our Mediterranean climate is ideal to the growing of the annual grasses collectively known as grains. California once led the nation in barley production and was second in wheat production, but in the early 20th century grain farming began to be replaced by higher value orchards, vineyards, and row crops.”

“However, grains (especially heirloom varieties) tend to have very low water requirements, and remain well-suited for California. Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project is trying to bring back many different types of heirloom grains (non-GMO) for use by home cooks, chefs, bakers, and brewers.”

Sherry Mandell and Pastry Chef Stephanie Chen continue with us now providing an overview of the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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.

With inflation on the rise all around us we’re looking to stretch our dollars on our food purchases. Chef Andrew picks up the conversation from last week sharing his experience with lesser-known varieties of fish that represent good value and are also delicious. An initial suggestion is Barramundi in both fresh and frozen packages. He also provides insight on buying fresh fish and seafood.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part One
Segment Three: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part Two
Segment Four: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Caroline Styne for Hollywood Bowl Food + Beverage – Hollywood Bowl 100 Part Two
Segment Six: Gather for Good Co-Founders – Stephanie Chen and Sherry Mandell
Segment Seven: Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project with Sherry Mandell and Sugarbear Bakes’ Steph Chen
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel