Show 260, February 10, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group & Show Co-Host

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant ShowOur always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, encores with his “Ask the Chef” series. What’s the future of home-delivery meal kits like Blue Apron? Even the supermarkets are offering their own labels of these fresh, and ready-to-cook at home meal kits. Are they even a good deal for the money?

Chef Andrew weighs in. He certainly supports any honest effort that encourages people to cook together at home.


Show 29, May 18, 2013: Pastry Chef Sherry Yard, Celebrity Chef discusses the new Helms Bakery

Sherry YardWe resumed our conversation with Sherry Yard. After 20 years as Wolfgang Puck’s executive pastry chef for all his restaurants Sherry has departed for a new venture of her own. She has teamed up with Sang Yoon, the proprietor of Father’s Office and Lukhson both located at the former Helms Bakery site in Los Angeles.

Hemls Bakery treats from Sherry YardThe ambitious new effort, The Helms Bakery, will start construction next month and has an anticipated opening in January of 2014. You might think of it as a pastry clubhouse with a broader menu of savory treats, too.

It’s a casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot with a welcoming vibe. It’s a café to come and linger. It will be a mini food hall with an array of appealing stations to choose from. The breads will be baked on the spot and also sold there at retail. They will roast their coffee beans on-site.

The original family-owned Helms Bakery opened on this site in 1931 and was the official bread of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Their concept was home delivery to neighborhoods throughout Southern California in their distinctive yellow delivery trucks. All their baked goods were packed in the truck’s sliding oak drawers. The consumer looked at the various trays of incredible baked goods and picked what they wanted. Everything was delivered fresh that day and of the highest quality. The iconic Helms Bakery ceased operations in 1969. The buildings, and exteriors, were preserved for a new development which houses decorator showrooms and various creative businesses in addition to Father’s Office and Lukshon.

A museum chronicling the rich history of the Helms Bakery is located within the H.D. Buttercup showroom space on the property.