Show 574, April 20, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Acclaimed Restaurateur and Chef (and James Beard Award recipient) “Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and Newport Beach as well as Osteria Mozza, Mozza2Go, and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles. Silverton also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery as well as Campanile Restaurant, an institution that Angelenos cherished for decades. Silverton has worked with some of the nation’s most notable and influential chefs including Jonathan Waxman at Michael’s Restaurant and Wolfgang Puck at Spago. She has served as a mentor to numerous others who have gone on to become award-winning chefs and restaurant owners themselves.” Nancy Silverton now invites all foodies to the C-CAP Los Angeles (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) Gala on Friday, May 17 at Jonathan Club DTLA! Join her for a glittering evening of food and drink to benefit C-CAP Los Angeles’ (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) students and programming. Longtime C-CAP supporter and pioneering chef Nancy Silverton is creating a delicious multi-course menu along with Jonathan Club’s heralded Executive Chef Andreas RollerNancy Silverton is our guest previewing what’s on the salivating May 17th menu.

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to celebrate it’s first anniversary, Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. Sunday Brunch is on the horizon. Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the update details for Trani’s Dockside Station.

“James Beard cookbook-award-winning authors Ann Taylor Pittman and Scott Mowbray explore in The Global Pantry Cookbook the exciting range of versatile, short-cut, high-flavor ingredients in the global pantry: gochujang, toasted sesame oil, Banyuls vinegar, za’atar, palm sugar, sorghum, chipotles in adobo and many more. These easily found products burst with flavors that Americans have come to love in restaurants in recent years—and are hugely useful for home cooking.

Ann and Scott tasted and tested more than 100 pantry stars to find the best for both traditional recipes (such as Grilled Pork Satay from Indonesia) and for playful mashups like their Ground Beef Bulgogi Sloppy Joes with Fiery Napa Slaw and their Coconutty Banana Pudding with Candied Black Walnuts. The book provides in-depth shopping and storage advice, has many tips to ensure recipe success, and suggests alternative uses for each product.” Ann Taylor Pittman joins us to discuss The Global Pantry Cookbook.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Chefs prefer to cook with natural gas based on the cost and efficiency of existing technology. Berkeley passed a first of its kind law in 2019 banning natural gas piping from being installed in new construction. Berkeley has now backed off that ban influenced by a federal appeals court ruling and Chef Andrew now provides the explanation.

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

Show 574, April 20, 2024: Dustin Trani, Chef and Restaurateur, J. Trani’s Ristorante and Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro

Dustin Trani

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner / chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. Chef Dustin is also an alum of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP.)

His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to celebrate it’s first anniversary, Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign.

The restaurant is open for Lunch and Dinner. Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. launches April 21st.

Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the update details for Trani’s Dockside Station.

April 20: Nancy Silverton, Dustin Trani, Ann Taylor Pittman

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Nancy Silverton, Executive Chef, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author
Segment Four and Five: Dustin Trani, Chef and Restaurateur, J. Trani’s Ristorante and Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro
Segment Six and Seven: The Global Pantry Cookbook with Co-Author Ann Taylor Pittman
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

Acclaimed Restaurateur and Chef (and James Beard Award recipient) “Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and Newport Beach as well as Osteria Mozza, Mozza2Go, and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles. Silverton also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery as well as Campanile Restaurant, an institution that Angelenos cherished for decades. Silverton has worked with some of the nation’s most notable and influential chefs including Jonathan Waxman at Michael’s Restaurant and Wolfgang Puck at Spago. She has served as a mentor to numerous others who have gone on to become award-winning chefs and restaurant owners themselves.” Nancy Silverton now warmly invites all foodies to the C-CAP Los Angeles Gala on Friday, May 17 at Jonathan Club DTLA!Join her for a glittering evening of food and drink to benefit C-CAP Los Angeles’ (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) students and programming. Longtime C-CAP supporter and pioneering chef Nancy Silverton is creating a delicious multi-course menu along with Jonathan Club’s heralded Executive Chef Andreas Roller. Nancy Silverton is our guest previewing what’s on the salivating May 17th menu.

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to celebrate it’s first anniversary, Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. Sunday Brunch is on the horizon. Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the update details for Trani’s Dockside Station.

“James Beard cookbook-award-winning authors Ann Taylor Pittman and Scott Mowbray explore in The Global Pantry Cookbook the exciting range of versatile, short-cut, high-flavor ingredients in the global pantry: gochujang, toasted sesame oil, Banyuls vinegar, za’atar, palm sugar, sorghum, chipotles in adobo and many more. These easily found products burst with flavors that Americans have come to love in restaurants in recent years—and are hugely useful for home cooking.

Ann and Scott tasted and tested more than 100 pantry stars to find the best for both traditional recipes (such as Grilled Pork Satay from Indonesia) and for playful mashups like their Ground Beef Bulgogi Sloppy Joes with Fiery Napa Slaw and their Coconutty Banana Pudding with Candied Black Walnuts. The book provides in-depth shopping and storage advice, has many tips to ensure recipe success, and suggests alternative uses for each product.” Ann Taylor Pittman joins us to discuss The Global Pantry Cookbook.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm(New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Chefs prefer to cook with natural gas based on the cost and efficiency of existing technology. Berkeley passed a first of its kind law in 2019 banning natural gas piping from being installed in new construction. Berkeley has now backed off that ban influenced by a federal appeals court ruling and Chef Andrew now provides the explanation.

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

Nancy Silverton of Mozza Restaurant Group

“Acclaimed Restaurateur and Chef (and James Beard Award recipient) Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and Newport Beach as well as Osteria Mozza, Mozza2Go, and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles. Silverton also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery as well as Campanile Restaurant, an institution that Angelenos cherished for decades.”

“Silverton has worked with some of the nation’s most notable and influential chefs including Jonathan Waxman at Michael’s Restaurant and Wolfgang Puck at Spago. She has served as a mentor to numerous others who have gone on to become award-winning chefs and restaurant owners themselves.”

Silverton’s newest cookbook (her 11th) is The Cookie That Changed My Life and More Than 100 Other Classic Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, and Pies That Will Change Yours. As the original pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago (celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year,) she made us rethink how we make and eat bread. Now this “pastry doyenne” (Los Angeles Times) has not only returned to her roots, she has surpassed anything she has done before. Biting into a particularly delicious peanut butter cookie one day from Friends & Family’s Roxana Jullapat, she and had an epiphany: every single thing we bake should taste this good. And so she decided to return to her roots, and set to work perfecting the rest of the American baking canon.”

Nancy Silverton now invites all foodies to the C-CAP Los Angeles (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) Gala on Friday, May 17 at Jonathan Club DTLA!

Join her for a glittering evening of inspired food and drink to benefit C-CAP Los Angeles’ students and programming. Longtime C-CAP supporter and pioneering chef Nancy Silverton is creating a delicious multi-course menu along with Jonathan Club’s heralded Executive Chef Andreas Roller.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour on the rooftop’s Great Lawn. Guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and select premium wines and craft cocktails while overlooking the beautiful vista of downtown Los Angeles.

At 7:30 p.m. guests will then make their way to the Grand Ballroom for a spectacular, multi-course wine-paired seated dinner. The program includes remarks from Chef Silverton, C-CAP students and alumni and culminates with the C-CAP Live Auction and a decadent dessert finale.

Nancy Silverton is our guest previewing what’s on the May 17th menu.

Dustin Trani

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro.

His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to celebrate it’s first anniversary, Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign.

The restaurant is open for Lunch and Dinner. Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. launches April 21st.

Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the update details for Trani’s Dockside Station.

Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman of the Global Pantry Cookbook

“James Beard cookbook-award-winning authors Ann Taylor Pittman and Scott Mowbray explore in The Global Pantry Cookbook the exciting range of versatile, short-cut, high-flavor ingredients in the global pantry: gochujang, toasted sesame oil, Banyuls vinegar, za’atar, palm sugar, sorghum, chipotles in adobo and many more. These easily found products burst with flavors that Americans have come to love in restaurants in recent years—and are hugely useful for home cooking.”

“Ann and Scott tasted and tested more than 100 pantry stars to find the best for both traditional recipes (such as Grilled Pork Satay from Indonesia) and for playful mashups like their Ground Beef Bulgogi Sloppy Joes with Fiery Napa Slaw and their Coconutty Banana Pudding with Candied Black Walnuts. The book provides in-depth shopping and storage advice, has many tips to ensure recipe success, and suggests alternative uses for each product.”

“The Global Pantry Cookbook, released in October 2023, appeared on best-of-2023 lists by Food & Wine, national NPR, the LA Times, Wired and more, and was recently selected to be recommended for all US libraries as one of just 12 cookbooks from 2023 “that will stand the test of time, become reliable favorites, and nourish readers.””

Ann Taylor Pittman joins us to discuss The Global Pantry Cookbook.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Chefs prefer to cook with natural gas based on existing technology. Berkeley passed a first of its kind law in 2019 banning natural gas piping from being installed in new construction. Berkeley has now backed off that ban influenced by a federal appeals court ruling and Chef Andrew provides the explanation.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Nancy Silverton, Executive Chef, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author
Segment Four and Five: Dustin Trani, Chef and Restaurateur, J. Trani’s Ristorante and Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro
Segment Six and Seven: The Global Pantry Cookbook with Co-Author Ann Taylor Pittman
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 527, May 27, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the details of long-in-the-works Trani’s Dockside Station.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, the renowned restaurant (started in Tustin) that has been delighting diners for 35 years with its unique Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, is celebrating multiple milestones this year – its 35th anniversary and expansion into San Clemente. What began as a modest, home-based catering company in 1987 has become one of Orange County’s most iconic multi-unit mainstays, continuing to make waves as it expands throughout Southern California. Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, Zov’s has been a staple in Orange County’s dining scene, earning numerous awards and accolades for its flavorful dishes, warm hospitality, and elegant ambiance. The Armenian immigrant credits family support as the foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Her son, Armen, now leads the brand’s expansion as Zov’s CEO, and her daughter, Taleene, envisions its creative direction.” 2nd generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guide to all things Zov’s.

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. It’s Memorial Day Weekend. First Chef Andrew properly reminds us that there is more significance to this holiday besides the treat of Summer grilling. Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season Chef Andrew shares a few genuinely useful tips.

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

Show 527, May 27, 2023: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part One

Dustin Trani

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro.

His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been carefully restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The handsome and spacious Trani’s Dockside (with inside and outside patio seating) features coastal cuisine with a prominent exhibition raw bar and wood-fired cooking. The bustling wholesale fish market is located directly across the street from Trani’s. When it comes to premium seafood It doesn’t get any fresher than that.

The distinctive curved stone and mahogany wood bar top (circa 1947) was repurposed from a departed area drinking establishment of note. An antique,1,600- pound cast bronze teller’s table from the original Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) serves as the unusual community table.

Chef Dustin Trani is our guest with a platter of freshly shucked oysters at the ready.

Show 527, May 27, 2023: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part Two

Dustin Trani

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro.

His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been carefully restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The handsome and spacious Trani’s Dockside (with inside and outside patio seating) features coastal cuisine with a prominent exhibition raw bar and wood-fired cooking. The bustling wholesale fish market is located directly across the street from Trani’s. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. Think Fatty Bluefin Tartar topped with Ginger and Lime Marinated Green Apples.

The distinctive curved stone and mahogany wood bar top (circa 1947) was repurposed from a departed area drinking establishment of note. An antique,1,600- pound cast bronze teller’s table from the original Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) serves as the unusual community table.

Chef Dustin Trani is our guest with a platter of freshly shucked oysters at the ready.

May 27: Trani’s Dockside Station, Midway Gourmet, Zov’s 35th Anniversary

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part One
Segment Three: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part Two
Segment Four: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part One
Segment Five: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part Two
Segment Six: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part One
Segment Seven: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

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

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the details of long-in-the-works Trani’s Dockside Station.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

“Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, the renowned restaurant (started in Tustin) that has been delighting diners for 35 years with its unique Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, is celebrating multiple milestones this year – its 35th anniversary and expansion into San Clemente. What began as a catering company in 1987 has become one of Orange County’s most iconic multi-unit mainstays, continuing to make waves as it expands throughout Southern California. Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, Zov’s has been a staple in Orange County’s dining scene, earning numerous awards and accolades for its flavorful dishes, warm hospitality, and elegant ambiance. The Armenian immigrant credits family support as the foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Her son, Armen, now leads the brand’s expansion as Zov’s CEO, and her daughter, Taleene, envisions its creative direction.”

2nd generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guide to all things Zov’s.

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. It’s Memorial Day Weekend. First Chef Andrew reminds us that there is more significance to this holiday besides the treat of Summer grilling. Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season Chef Andrew shares a few genuinely useful tips.

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

Dustin Trani

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro.

His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been carefully restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The handsome and spacious Trani’s Dockside (with inside and outside patio seating) features coastal cuisine with a prominent exhibition raw bar and wood-fired cooking. The bustling wholesale fish market is located directly across the street from Trani’s. When it comes to premium seafood It doesn’t get any fresher than that.

The distinctive curved stone and mahogany wood bar top (circa 1947) was repurposed from a departed area drinking establishment of note. An antique,1,600- pound cast bronze teller’s table from the original Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) serves as the unusual community table.

Chef Dustin Trani is our guest with a platter of freshly shucked oysters at the ready.

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2023 Los Angeles County Fair concludes its season in Pomona on Monday, May 29th.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheeto Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Remember its his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet. A giant Turkey Leg has appeared.

Armen Karamardian of Zovs

Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, the renowned restaurant (started in Tustin) that has been delighting diners for 35 years with its unique Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, is celebrating multiple milestones this year – its 35th anniversary and expansion into San Clemente. What began as a catering company in 1987 has become one of Orange County’s most iconic multi-unit mainstays, continuing to make waves as it expands throughout Southern California.”

“Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, Zov’s has been a staple in Orange County’s dining scene, earning numerous awards and accolades for its flavorful dishes, warm hospitality, and elegant ambiance. The Armenian immigrant credits family support as the foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Her son, Armen, now leads the brand’s expansion as Zov’s CEO, and her daughter, Taleene, envisions its creative direction.”

“As Zov’s marks its 35th anniversary, Karamardian and her family look back on the restaurant’s journey with pride and gratitude for the loyal guests and dedicated staff who have supported its growth.”

“It’s been an incredible journey. My dream was fueled by my passion for cooking and a desire to bring Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to Orange County,” reflects Zov Karamardian. “Our loyal customers have been the driving force behind our success, and we’re excited to continue to serve them and new diners in the years to come.”

“In celebration of their 35th anniversary, Zov’s restaurant is proud to partner with the UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. A collaboration between Chef Zov Karamardian and UCI Samueli Institute’s Executive Chef Jessica VanRoo, the menu is a celebration of a shared commitment to the transformative power of the culinary arts to our health. Started in early May, Zov’s now offers a special 3-course menu for $35 complete with Roasted Beet Dip with tahini swirl and toasted pita, Pan Roasted Sea Bass, with seared zucchini cake and toasted feta in a lemon caper sauce, and for dessert, Chia Seed Yogurt with turmeric and fresh mango.”

“As a family-owned business, we are thrilled to be celebrating our 35th anniversary in Orange County,” said Armen Karamardian, CEO of Zov’s. “As we expand into San Clemente, our team provides a memorable dining experience with fresh, healthy ingredients and exceptional service. We can’t wait to share our passion for food and hospitality with the South Orange County community.”

Zov’s currently has three locations in Orange County, including Tustin, Irvine, and Newport Beach, and a sister concept, Roxy’z, in Anaheim.”

2nd generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guide to all things Zov’s.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

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.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. First Chef Andrew reminds us that there is more significance to this holiday besides the treat of Summer grilling. Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season Chef Andrew shares a few genuinely useful tips.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part One
Segment Three: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part Two
Segment Four: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part One
Segment Five: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part Two
Segment Six: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part One
Segment Seven: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 259, February 3, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel

Thanks to Orange Coast Magazine’s Food and Drink Booze Blog O.C.” for the wonderful piece on the informative wine coverage presented on “The SoCal Restaurant Show.” We invite you to read the posting entitled, “Wine’s Rise in the Orange County Dining Scene” by Valory Reed. We greatly appreciate the kind words. We’re blushing…

Now a captivating preview of this Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… Keep in mind we’re always here with you live every Saturday with a fresh show.

Eclipsing painters and musicians, chefs have emerged as the world’s leading creative professionals—so there’s no better place to turn for insight into the “Big Game Sunday” creative process than the pages of the new book by two-time James Beard Award winners author Karen Page and photographer Andrew Dornenburg, creators of the beloved 400,000-copy bestseller The Flavor Biblenamed one of the ten best cookbooks of the past century by Forbes. Karen is our encore guest.

Our resident produce guru, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce, is back with us to complete his 2018 “Trends in Produce” insights. This time his observant eye is on specialty vegetables. He’s profiling his Top Ten (based on sales) including everything from organic ginger to watermelon radishes.

Executive Chef Dustin Trani of the iconic J. Trani’s restaurant in San Pedro (established in 1925) represents the 4th generation of Italian cuisine in the Trani Family. He’s a big fan of pristine seafood from Alaska. Chef Justin is featured in a new video from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute educating C-CAP students (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) on how to prepare flash frozen, fresh, sustainable Alaska seafood. We’re chilling with Chef Dustin.

Chefs and food stylists Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan have recently published the 2nd edition of their ground-breaking book The Food Stylist’s Handbook, originally published in 2010. There have been great changes in the industry since the first edition, including the explosion in popularity of food blogging and social media, food videos, and recipe creators working as their own photographers. We’re styling with Chef Denise.

Our always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, encores with his “Ask the Chef” series. Don’t be scared about the possibilities of cooking a whole fish. It’s all about the flavor. Chef Andrew shares the secrets of creating the magic.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Show 259, February 3, 2018: Executive Chef Dustin Trani, J. Trani’s, San Pedro Part One

Dustin TraniExecutive Chef Dustin Trani of the iconic J. Trani’s restaurant in San Pedro represents the 4th generation of Italian cuisine in the Trani Family. J. Trani’s opened in San Pedro in 1925.

He’s a big fan of pristine seafood from Alaska. Chef Justin is featured in a new video from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) educating C-CAP students (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) on how to prepare blast flash frozen, fresh, sustainable Alaska seafood. Chef Dustin is a loyal C-CAP alum himself.

In this video the C-CAP students had the opportunity to learn about two species of Alaskan seafood, how to best care and prepare frozen fresh seafood, along with tips about dish development, plating, and dish presentation.

In addition to nightly Dinner, J. Trani’s serves lunch on Thursday & Friday, and Sunday Brunch.

We’re chilling with Chef Dustin.

Show 259, February 3, 2018: Executive Chef Dustin Trani, J. Trani’s, San Pedro Part Two

Dustin TraniExecutive Chef Dustin Trani of the iconic J. Trani’s restaurant in San Pedro represents the 4th generation of Italian cuisine in the Trani Family. The restaurant has been a local landmark since 1925.

Chef Dustin is a big fan of pristine seafood from Alaska. He is featured in a new video from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) educating C-CAP students (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) on how to prepare blast flash frozen, fresh, sustainable Alaska seafood. Chef Dustin is a loyal C-CAP alum himself.

Dustin J Trani has been a fixture at J Trani’s since age 6, where he now serves as executive chef. Dustin’s love for cooking was fostered by his grandfather J Trani, Sr. and his father Jim Trani, Jr.

After learning the family secrets, Dustin set out around the world; studying pasta in the Italian truffle region, serving as chef at the People’s Café in Zagreb, Croatia and exploring Asian food while training at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand before returning to San Pedro.