Show 516, March 11, 2023: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week Preview with Chad “The Cambodian Cowboy” Phuong, Battambong BBQ

Chad Phoung of Battamboung BBQ

The inaugural Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week launches March 19-26, 2023. “Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week will be a occasion to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious Cambodian food scene.”

“Organized by United Cambodian Community of Long Beach (UCC) a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Chef “T” Visoth Ouk, a renowned Khmer chef and pillar of the local Cambodian community, Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating Cambodian and Southeast Asian fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.”

Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ is a participant in the upcoming Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with an inspired kick. No gimmicks here… Chef Chad Phuong is our guest with tongs in hand.

This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November of last year.

Phuong learned all about the cuts of meat and pitmastering while working in a meat processing plant in Texas before returning to Long Beach. Chad survived the ravages of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his Mother and siblings.

On Chef Chad’s regular menu are slow-smoked, 17-hour Brisket, Tri-Tip, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Cambodian Sausage, and Pork Belly. Also featured are Brisket Nom Pang and Tri-Tip Nom Pang sandwiches.

Battambong BBQ’s regular weekly schedule: Bixby Knolls Farmers Market (Thurs 3 p.m.-7 pm) Ten Mile Brewing (Fridays 12 p.m.-9 p.m.) Trademark Brewing (Sundays 12-7p.m.), Long Beach. (Check Three Weavers Brewing Company in Inglewood for possible Saturdays.)

Show 470, April 16, 2022: Robert Biebrich, Senior Executive Chef, Legends at SoFi Stadium, Hollywood Park Inglewood Part One

Robert Biebrich

Chef Robert Biebrich is the Senior Executive Chef for SoFi Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. Robert was previously the Executive Chef here at Angel Stadium. Chef Robert and his culinary team were responsible earlier this year for the food and beverage served to 70,000 VIP Guests at the Super Bowl. Talk about a challenge. We’ll meet him.

“The culinary program at SoFi was created by James Beard-Award winning Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo in partnership with Legends, which operates the stadium’s culinary program under the direction of Legends Senior Executive Chef Robert Biebrich and Legends Vice President of Culinary Innovation Gretchen Beaumarchais. The goal was to reimagine the stadium culinary experience.”

SoFi Stadium’s culinary program is based on four core geographic concepts. These include Fairfax Avenue (Burgers, Hot Dogs and Sandwiches,) San Vicente Blvd. (Italian,) Sawtelle Blvd. (Fried Chicken and Asian) and Olvera Street (Mexican.) Each is grounded in local flavors and features creative combinations. There will be more enhancements for the upcoming 2022 Football Season.

“SoFi Stadium’s state-of-the-art amenities and indoor-outdoor design are incorporated into the presentation of its innovative food program to create a memorable experience. The stadium’s kitchens offer open-air spaces with breathtaking views of the city. Their expansive design features clear glass, with each kitchen placed in a location that always has sightlines to the field, videoboard or seating bowl. Fans are now able to leave their seats for food and drink and not worry about missing the big play.”

“The clear glass in SoFi Stadium’s kitchens allows food to be prepared in front of guest’s eyes. In a first for stadium design, SoFi Stadium features 100 percent live-fire kitchens. This allows for the stadium to produce food in each and every one of its kitchens.”

Show 470, April 16, 2022: Robert Biebrich, Senior Executive Chef, Legends at SoFi Stadium, Hollywood Park Inglewood Part Two

Robert Biebrich

Chef Robert Biebrich is the Senior Executive Chef for SoFi Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. Robert was previously the Executive Chef here at Angel Stadium. Chef Robert and his culinary team were responsible earlier this year for the food and beverage served to 70,000 VIP Guests at the Super Bowl. Talk about a challenge. Chef Robert continues with us.

“The culinary program at SoFi was created by James Beard-Award winning Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo in partnership with Legends, which operates the stadium’s culinary program under the direction of Legends Senior Executive Chef Robert Biebrich and Legends Vice President of Culinary Innovation Gretchen Beaumarchais. The goal was to reimagine the stadium culinary experience.”

SoFi Stadium’s culinary program is based on four core geographic concepts. These include Fairfax Avenue (Burgers, Hot Dogs and Sandwiches,) San Vicente Blvd. (Italian,) Sawtelle Blvd. (Fried Chicken and Asian) and Olvera Street (Mexican.) Each is grounded in local flavors and features creative combinations. There will be more enhancements for the upcoming 2022 Football Season.

“SoFi Stadium’s state-of-the-art amenities and indoor-outdoor design are incorporated into the presentation of its innovative food program to create a memorable experience. The stadium’s kitchens offer open-air spaces with breathtaking views of the city. Their expansive design features clear glass, with each kitchen placed in a location that always has sightlines to the field, videoboard or seating bowl. Fans are now able to leave their seats for food and drink and not worry about missing the big play.”

“The clear glass in SoFi Stadium’s kitchens allows food to be prepared in front of guest’s eyes. In a first for stadium design, SoFi Stadium features 100 percent live-fire kitchens. This allows for the stadium to produce food in each and every one of its kitchens.”

Show 422, April 24, 2021: Alexandra Nowell, Brewmaster & Partner, Three Weavers Brewing Company Part One

Three Weavers Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery based in Inglewood with a mission to build a positive sense of community through the collective passion for craft beer. Founded by Lynne Weaver in 2013, Three Weavers is one of the largest independent craft breweries in Los Angeles County and currently expanding production and distribution on the West Coast.”

“Led by award-winning Founding Brewmaster, Alexandra Nowell, Three Weavers Brewing Company’s craft beers have received critical International acclaim, winning a World Beer Cup Gold Medal in 2016, a GABF Silver Medal in 2017, a European Beer Star Bronze in 2017, and the Australian International Beer Awards Best IPA and Champion International Beer in 2018. Three Weavers is proudly brewed in Inglewood, California.” Alexandra shares the distinction of being the first female brewmaster in Los Angeles County.

Three Weavers Brewing Co. will be represented in Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium concession stands just as soon as fans are allowed in the seats. Cans of Three Weavers styles will be available in the grab-and-go outlets. Four styles of Three Weavers Brewing Co’s beers (in cans) will be featured in the Suites’ bar refrigerators.

Show 422, April 24, 2021: Alexandra Nowell, Brewmaster & Partner, Three Weavers Brewing Company Part Two

Three Weavers Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery based in Inglewood with a mission to build a positive sense of community through the collective passion for craft beer. Founded by Lynne Weaver in 2013, Three Weavers is one of the largest independent craft breweries in Los Angeles County and currently expanding production and distribution on the West Coast.”

“Three Weavers has debuted the seasonal release of It’s Blursday, a 5.5% ABV Rosé Sour designed for whatever day this is. It’s Blursday is now available at Three Weavers’ Inglewood taproom and at select California beer sellers in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.”

“In a world where blursday is the norm, Three Weavers could think of nothing better than this tart, fizzy, rosé-inspired beer to enjoy all blursday long. The Three Weavers brewing team combined a lacto souring technique with additions of cranberry, tart cherry, raspberry and passion fruit for their color and tart flavor properties.”

Brewmaster Alexandra Nowell explained, “The healthy additions of fruit purees during fermentation give the beer its deep pink color. Raspberry is a common flavor descriptor of rosé wines, and it builds upon the ester content of the beer. Then we dose in passion fruit because in small amounts, it provides thiol compounds that translate into tropical characters found in wines – and in our beer.”

Other Three Weavers styles discussed are the flagship Expatriate IPA, Light Trails West Coast IPA and Some Dark Hollow Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Casks.