Show 381, July 11, 2020: Preview of “Burger Week” with Chef Lene & Mark Houck of Open Face Food Shop

Lene and Mark Houck of Open Face Food Shop“Coming together for the very first time to celebrate restaurants all throughout Southern California, Los Angeles and Orange County unite to introduce Burger Week, which will be held from Sunday, July 12th, 2020 through Sunday, July 18th, 2020. Burger Week, produced by the Orange County Restaurant Association, will be a first-time event in Los Angeles and second annual event in Orange County. Burger Week was created to encourage diners all throughout the Southland (Orange County, Los Angeles County, Long Beach, and Pasadena) to celebrate and support SoCal restaurants while enjoying America’s favorite food – the almighty Burger!”

“Burger Week will feature burger creations from participating restaurants all across Southern California and during this week-long event running from Sunday, July 12th through Sunday, July 18th, 2020, diners will be able to explore a variety of Burgers, ranging from classic to creative, featuring proteins including beef, chicken, turkey, mushroom, and plant-based options, on menus priced at $10, $15, $20, and luxe menus at $25. Many restaurants will also be featuring special outdoor Dine-in, Takeout and Delivery packages, along with specialty featured Cocktails made with Maker’s Mark or Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey. The restaurants participating in Burger Week, their Menus, and their featured Cocktails are all highlighted at”

Chef Executive Chef Lene Houck of Open Face Food Shop in Los Angeles (on West Adams Blvd.) is one of the participating chefs and restaurants in Burger Week. Open Face Food Shop is offering four special burger creations (with a choice of side) including the Classic Danish Style Open Face Burger with caramelized sweet onion, shaved brussels sprouts and quick pickled cucumber served on a 3-day (proofed) sourdough cheesy bread. A Burger Week Exira is “The Great Dane” Danish Hot Dog with an 8- inch handmade veal frank, remoulade, crispy onion and house-made pickles.

“Simply put, Chef Lene Houck creates amazing open face sandwiches using fresh, seasonal ingredients in modern, inventive pairings. Lene and her husband Mark hope that their neighbors and friends will enjoy both the food she’s lovingly created and the welcoming atmosphere surrounding it.”

Executive Chef / Proprietor Lene Houck and Proprietor Mark Houck temp us with all the juicy burger deliciousness.


Show 315, March 16, 2019: “Ask the Brewers” – Golden Road Brewing’s Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres

Victor Novak and Steven TorresMajor League Baseball season is on the horizon (The Angels open on-the-road in Oakland on March 28th) and we’re thirsty. What’s better than a grilled hot dog and a craft beer at the ballpark (particularly if it’s at Angel Stadium.) Time for a chat with the brewers from Golden Road Brewing Co. We’re joined by Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

First Steven updates us on the small batch of Rose’ Beer he was finishing and about to release from the last segment.

We’re talking about alcohol levels in beer. What’s the range and what is allowable? How does the alcohol level impact the flavor profile? Alcohol levels by State and California is in a league of its own. We’ll find out…


Show 177, June 25, 2016: Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7’s (Chicago) “The Hungry Hound” Part Two

Steve Dolinsky and Andreew GruelFood journalist Steve Dolinsky is ABC 7 TV’s (Chicago) “The Hungry Hound. He continues…

Steve provides his Chicagoland recommendations for upscale steakhouse, Italian Beef sandwich, Chicago Dog, Deep Dish Pizza and more…

“In 2014, Chicago chef/restaurateur Rick Bayless and I launched The Feed Podcast, covering the world of food from our professional perspectives. Every show is full of different segments, some from Chicago and others from far-flung places around the world we both travel to. In its first year, the show won a Beard Award for Best Podcast (that’s #13 if you’re keeping score).”

“More recently, I’ve begun curating and leading highly specialized culinary experiences, including international tours, and am also now consulting on the food and beverage program for The Hotel San Felipe in Panama City, Panama.”

“I show up as an occasional judge or contributor on “Iron Chef America” (now out of production) and “Unique Eats,” and serve as one of the 27 Regional Academy Chairs for “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” I even do some media training outside of Chicago for chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. Best part of the job? Getting paid to eat. Toughest part? Keeping it off. See you at the gym.”


Show 150, December 12, 2015: Chef Andrew Gruel

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur regular Guest Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, was just in Chicago, a great dining out city whether you’re going for high-end gourmet or great street food. Chef Andrew will discuss his finds ranging from a true Chicago hot dog experience to the best in deep dish pizza.

On Chef Andrew’s recommended casual dining list is Shake Shack for hot dogs, Coalfire Pizza, Fat Rice, Halal Guys and Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken. Enjoy.

Chef Andrew was extensively quoted (representing his expertise in managing Social Media) in a lengthy New York Times article entitled “A Bad Review Is Forever: How to Counter Online Complaints” which appeared on December 10th.



Show 121, May 9, 2015: Gretchen Beaumarchais, Executive Chef, Angel Stadium Continues…

Gretchen BeaumarchaisNew for 2015 is the “A” Wine Cellar on the Field Level in Section 111. Guests can purchase a large selection of wines by-the-glass as well as by the bottle. It’s California-themed with a long list.

For the best in craft beer head over to Draft Pick near Gate 2. Lots of selections from Golden Road Brewery there. The beer is served in 24 oz. cups.

On the “Secret” menu is The Legends Dog. It’s topped with tender barbecued brisket from Smoke Ring Brisket.

A Stadium favorite, grilled cheese, is also well-represented. There is a Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich on the menu along with a Thick Cut Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Melissa’s is on the scene with some appealing healthy options at Melissa’s Fresh For You, available on every level of the Stadium. Custom and pre-made salads, fresh fruit, veggie dogs and veggie burgers are available. New for 2015 is the Acai Bowl with bananas, strawberries, granola and honey. The hummus platter is another tasty light option.


Show 11, December 29, 2012: Chef Neal Fraser of FritziDog at The Original Farmers Market

Neal Fraser of Grace Restaurant and FritzidogChef Neal has serious credentials as a fine dining chef who, more recently, has gone casual. Grace (located where John Sedler’s Playa is now) had a healthy run and was well-reviewed. While he was the executive chef at Grace he was one of the few Los Angeles chefs to win a battle on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.”

Chef Neal’s most recent effort is a gourmet hot dog emporium, FritziDog, located at Los Angeles’ Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax. It was a couple of years in the concept and design phase. The guest builds their own dog with a choice of five dogs and four bun choices.

All of the franks are made locally. The source animals are raised humanely, vegetarian fed, and antibiotic free. There are no added nitrates in the hot dogs.

A daytime only version of FritziDog in Downtown will launch in 2013 on the patio of the historic Vibiana Events Center.