Show 584, June 29, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“The Michelin recognized, Family-owned Les Petites Canailles in Paso Robles is a French farm-to-table Bistro specializing in local Central Coast California ingredients. The food is sophisticated and modern served within a lively, casual atmosphere. The proprietors (Husband and Wife Team of Julien and Courtney Asseo) like to refer to themselves as the Winemaker’s son & the Butcher’s daughter… Courtney and Julien previously always loved hosting people at their prior house in Las Vegas for whole pig BBQs or paella. Entertaining and hospitality is part of their souls. While they often visited Paso Robles to spend time with Julien’s family, they always dreamed of someday leaving Vegas and opening their own restaurant in Paso Robles. For years people didn’t question whether or not they would ever do it, but it was a matter of when. Paso Robles is now their home with Les Petites Canailles. Les Petites Canailles translates to English as “the little rascals,” which represents their 3 children, Margaux, Maddox, and Phoenix.” Chef Julien Asseo takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Watertable, celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year as a destination restaurant under the culinary direction of original Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn, is the signature restaurant located at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. “Watertable celebrates the union of rustic and refined, old and new – in both design and cuisine. The menu features seasonal, regional grill-centric American fare, paired with a distinguished selection of vintage world-class wines. Watertable’s beverage program also includes craft brews, hand-crafted artisanal cocktails, craft and naturally infused waters, in a unique nod to its name.” Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn takes a break from his busy kitchen to be with us along with Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach’s General Manager, Jon Benson.

Anne Marie Panoringan is Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist, TASTE and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her work as Food Columnist for Culture OC and discuss her current columns. Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her recent visit to Chicago to attend the James Beard Foundation Awards and also support the Nomination for Outstanding Wine & Other Beverages Program for Strong Water in Anaheim. She will also chat about experiencing Chef – Partner Riley Huddleston’s new menu at the Mayor’s Table at Lido House, an Autograph Collection resort, in Newport Beach.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. We’re had a listener inquiry regarding Butterfish. The name alone suggests deliciousness. What other names is it known by ? What is the best way to cook it? Chef Andrew has the answers. Also on the menu are a few genuinely useful tips for 4th of July cooking.

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

June 29: Les Petites Canailles, Watertable at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Anne Marie Panoringan

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Chef / Proprietor Julien Asseo of Les Petites Canailles, Paso Robles
Segments Four and Five: Watertable Food & Drink at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort
Segments Six and Seven: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food Columnist, CultureOC.org
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

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

“The Michelin recognized, Family-owned Les Petites Canailles in Paso Robles is a French farm-to-table Bistro specializing in local Central Coast California ingredients. The food is sophisticated and modern served within a lively, casual atmosphere. The proprietors (Husband and Wife Team of Julien and Courtney Asseo) like to refer to themselves as the Winemaker’s son & the Butcher’s daughter… Courtney and Julien previously always loved hosting people at their house in Las Vegas for whole pig BBQs or paella. Entertaining and hospitality is part of their souls. While they often visited Paso Robles to spend time with Julien’s family, they always dreamed of someday leaving Vegas and opening their own restaurant in Paso Robles. For years people didn’t question whether or not they would ever do it, but it was a matter of when. Paso Robles is now their home with Les Petites Canailles. Les Petites Canailles translates to English as “the little rascals,” which represents their 3 children, Margaux, Maddox, and Phoenix.” Chef Julien Asseo takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Watertable, celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year under the culinary direction of original Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn, is the signature restaurant located at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. “Watertable celebrates the union of rustic and refined, old and new – in both design and cuisine. The menu features seasonal, regional grill-centric American fare, paired with a distinguished selection of vintage world-class wines. Watertable’s beverage program also includes craft brews, hand-crafted artisanal cocktails, craft and naturally infused waters, in a unique nod to its name.” Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn takes a break from his busy kitchen to be with us along with Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach’s General Manager, Jon Benson.

Anne Marie Panoringan is Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist, TASTE and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her work as Food Columnist for Culture OC and discuss her current columns. Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her recent visit to Chicago to attend the James Beard Foundation Awards and also support the Nomination for Outstanding Wine & Other Beverages Program for Strong Water in Anaheim. She will also chat about experiencing Chef – Partner Riley Huddleston’s new menu at the Mayor’s Table at Lido House, an Autograph Collection resort, in Newport Beach.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. We’re had a listener inquiry regarding Butterfish. The name alone suggests deliciousness. What other names is it known by? What is the best way to cook it. Chef Andrew has the answers.

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

Julien Asseo of Les Petites Canailles

The Michelin recognized, Family-owned Les Petites Canailles in Paso Robles “is a French farm-to-table Bistro specializing in local Central Coast California ingredients. The food is sophisticated and modern served within a lively, casual atmosphere.”

The proprietors (Husband and Wife Team of Julien and Courtney Asseo) like to refer to themselves as the Winemaker’s son & the Butcher’s daughter…

“Chef Julian Asseo was born in Libourne, a small town in the southwest of France. He grew up in the vineyard of his parents until he was 10 years old before moving to Paso Robles, with his family. His father became one of the greatest pioneers of winemaking in the area, with his winery L’Aventure. At 16 he decided to move back to France to follow his culinary school education at the Lycee Hotelier de Gascogne near Bordeaux. After finishing culinary school he moved to Paris to work at La Fontaine de Mars as a commis, then chef de partie.”

“Courtney Asseo was born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina. Her family owns Mays Meat Processing in Taylorsville, NC. It’s one of the last, family- owned slaughterhouses and butcher shops in the southeast. In her younger days, she wanted to be an actress. She studied film acting at the New York Film Academy in NYC, and later graduated from UNLV in Theatre Studies. Being in that industry wasn’t easy, and she worked many restaurant and bar jobs. She may not have chosen the hospitality industry in the beginning, but it ended up choosing her, and she wouldn’t have it any other way”.

“After a couple years of working in Paris, Julien decided to move back to California where he was a pastry chef at a restaurant in L.A. This restaurant did not stay open long enough to name it in this biography, but it is where he met the love of his life, a charming Southern girl from North Carolina, named Courtney. She worked as a server at the restaurant with Julien for several months until it closed. He charmed her with his big blue eyes, accent, and many samples of gelato. After it closed, Julien got an offer to work for Rick Moonen in Las Vegas.”

“Julien and Courtney moved to Vegas in 2008 and the rest was history. They both excelled in the hospitality and culinary world. Julien worked for Joel Robuchon for 4 years as a sous chef, until he made his way to Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace. Courtney worked behind the bar at Todd English and later took over as bar manager of DB Brasserie, by Daniel Boulud. While Julien made his way up to Executive Chef of Guy Savoy, Courtney made 2 babies and a home for them in Las Vegas.”

“Courtney and Julien always loved hosting people at their house for whole pig BBQs or paella. Entertaining and hospitality is part of their souls. While they often visited Paso Robles to spend time with Julien’s family, they always dreamed of someday leaving Vegas and opening their own restaurant in Paso Robles. For years people didn’t question whether or not they would ever do it, but it was a matter of when.”

“Paso Robles is now their home with Les Petites Canailles. Les Petites Canailles translates to English as “the little rascals,” which represents their 3 children, Margaux, Maddox, and Phoenix.”

Chef Julien Asseo takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Manfred Lassahn of Watertable at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

Watertable, celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year under the culinary direction of original Executive Chef Manfred Lassahn, is the signature restaurant located at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. “Watertable celebrates the union of rustic and refined, old and new – in both design and cuisine. Watertable serves both Breakfast and Dinner.”

“The menu features seasonal, regional grill-centric American fare, paired with a distinguished selection of vintage world-class wines. Watertable’s beverage program also includes craft brews, hand-crafted artisanal cocktails, craft and naturally infused waters, in a unique nod to its name.”

“Chef Manfred’s inspiration stems from his family heritage as a first-generation American of German descent, valuing seasonality and preserving flavors year-round. He likes to incorporate innovative ideas while honoring timeless culinary essence. Chef Manfred embraces both new and resurfacing trends.”

“For the last decade The Team at Watertable has been committed to operating ethically and responsibly, striving to more positively impact their beach communities and the environment.”

Executive Chef Manfred takes a break from his busy kitchen to be with us along with Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach’s General Manager, Jon Benson.

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Culture OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles, LAist, TASTE and a host of other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to discuss her writings as Food Columnist for Culture OC and discuss her current columns.

Along the way Anne Marie will highlight her recent visit to Chicago to attend the James Beard Foundation Awards and also support the Nomination for Outstanding Wine & Other Beverages Program for Strong Water in Anaheim. She will also chat about experiencing Chef – Partner Riley Huddleston’s new menu at the Mayor’s Table at Lido House, an Autograph Collection resort, in Newport Beach.

As we resume the conversation with Anne Marie she will now chat about her upcoming piece for South Coast Plaza’s TASTE magazine which will be out in early October as an insert in Los Angeles Magazine (October issue) as well as available in digital format. Also Anne Marie will highlight her current column on CultureOC previewing the restaurants that will soon be coming to John Wayne Orange County Airport. Three Cheers for the pending arrival of Chaupain Bakery!

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 full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

We’re had a listener inquiry regarding Butterfish. The name alone suggests deliciousness. What other names is it known by? What is the best way to cook it. Chef Andrew, a noted seafood authority, unhooks all the answers.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Chef / Proprietor Julien Asseo of Les Petites Canailles, Paso Robles
Segments Four and Five: Watertable Food & Drink at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort
Segments Six and Seven: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food Columnist, CultureOC.org
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Show 518, March 25, 2023: Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres with Executive Sous Chef Mariela Quezada

Mariela Quezada of Bazaar Meat at Sahara Las Vegas

Bazaar Meat® by José Andrés at SAHARA Las Vegas is a groundbreaking culinary experience. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés is the James Beard award-winning chef’s wild and wonderful celebration of everything carnivorous. This restaurant is memorable and made to impress. Enjoy nuanced, playful cuisine and cocktails for which Bazaar Meat by José Andrés has become known on both coasts, in a strikingly seductive setting.”

Since it’s debut in 2014 Bazaar Meat has consistently ranked as one of the very top restaurants in fabulous Las Vegas! All of the four kitchens are visible to guests including the show-stopping Fire Pit.

“I will eat whatever makes me feel like a lion!” – José Andrés.

We nudge Executive Sous Chef Mariela Quezada away from her busy kitchens for a chat.

Show 471, April 23, 2022: Chef / Proprietor Wes Avila of Angry Egret Dinette and Ka’Teen Part One

Chef Wes Avila

Chef Wes Avila with a fine-dining background founded Guerrilla Tacos as a street cart in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles in August 2012. A year later he opened Guerrilla Tacos as a food truck and then as a brick -and -mortar restaurant in 2018, earning a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide to California in 2019.

In 2020 Chef Wes stepped away from Guerrilla Tacos and later that year founded the Angry Egret Dinette in L.A.’s Chinatown at Mandarin Plaza. It’s a James Beard Award nominee this year for “Best New Restaurant.” This fast casual service restaurant boasts a tranquil outdoor atrium patio and you order at the window for Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner (Friday and Saturday only) is full-service with an expanded menu. Reservations are strongly encouraged. “The seasonal Alta California style menu includes favorites such as the wild Mexican shrimp tacos, chilaquiles, mariscos, ceviches, hearty tortas, burritos, and whatever else Chef Wes and his inspired team create.”

This month Eater LA honored Angry Egret Dinette as one of their “38 Essential Restaurants” along with select highly regarded, fine-dining establishments.

KA’TEEN, Chef Wes’ latest and most ambitious restaurant, is an adventure to the lush jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, nestled in the bustling heart of Hollywood at the Tommie Hotel. This new restaurant and Mezcal bar serves up discovery within every dish. The name KA’TEEN means “afresh” in Mayan, perfectly describing Chef Avila’s vibrant interpretation of the region’s rich and diverse culinary traditions. Immersed in 5,000 square feet of tropical garden space, guests can expand their palettes and broaden their horizons through creative tequila cocktails, bold Latin-American plates, and DJ sets that recall the rhythm of the rainforests.” For the moment it’s Dinner service only.

Show 471, April 23, 2022: Chef / Proprietor Wes Avila of Angry Egret Dinette and Ka’Teen Part Two

Chef Wes Avila

Chef Wes Avila with a fine-dining background founded Guerrilla Tacos as a street cart in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles in August 2012. A year later he opened Guerrilla Tacos as a food truck and then as a brick -and -mortar restaurant in 2018, earning a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide to California in 2019.

In 2020 Chef Wes stepped away from Guerrilla Tacos and later that year founded the Angry Egret Dinette in L.A.’s Chinatown at Mandarin Plaza. It’s a James Beard Award nominee this year for “Best New Restaurant.” This fast casual service restaurant boasts a tranquil outdoor atrium patio and you order at the window for Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner (Friday and Saturday only) is full-service with an expanded menu. Reservations are strongly encouraged. “The seasonal Alta California style menu includes favorites such as the wild Mexican shrimp tacos, chilaquiles, mariscos, ceviches, hearty tortas, burritos, and whatever else Chef Wes and his inspired team create.”

This month Eater LA honored Angry Egret Dinette as one of their “38 Essential Restaurants” along with select highly regarded, fine-dining establishments.

KA’TEEN, Chef Wes’ latest and most ambitious restaurant, is an adventure to the lush jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, nestled in the bustling heart of Hollywood at the Tommie Hotel. This new restaurant and Mezcal bar serves up discovery within every dish. The name KA’TEEN means “afresh” in Mayan, perfectly describing Chef Avila’s vibrant interpretation of the region’s rich and diverse culinary traditions. Immersed in 5,000 square feet of tropical garden space, guests can expand their palettes and broaden their horizons through creative tequila cocktails, bold Latin-American plates, and DJ sets that recall the rhythm of the rainforests.” For the moment it’s Dinner service only.

Chef Wes Avila continues as our guest.

Show 460, February 5, 2022: Chef Sherry Yard of Bakery By the Yard, El Segundo Part One

The newly opened Bakery By the Yard in El Segundo is an elevated neighborhood bakery imagined by James Beard Award Winning Chef, cookbook author and Food TV personality (ABC’s “Great American Baking Show”) Sherry Yard. “Chef Sherry brings together farmers market ingredients, along with her award -winning recipes, to inspire the palates of all who visit. Whether it’s large scale events, custom catering, or cooking classes with Sherry + Friends, Bakery By the Yard offers something for everyone.”

VIP classes range from a Galentine’s Day Class to a Chocolate Lovers’ Class.

Look for Chef Sherry in late March on Food Network’s (and Discovery +) upcoming “The Julia Show” (a new competition series) hosted by Chef Antonia Lafaso.

Sherry Yard is our guest to tempt us with the best of both Bakery By the Yard and Pantry By the Yard.

Show 460, February 5, 2022: Chef Sherry Yard of Bakery By the Yard, El Segundo Part Two

The newly opened Bakery By the Yard in El Segundo is an elevated neighborhood bakery imagined by James Beard Award Winning Chef, cookbook author and Food TV personality (ABC’s “Great American Baking Show”) Sherry Yard. “Chef Sherry brings together farmers market ingredients, along with her award -winning recipes, to inspire the palates of all who visit. Whether it’s large scale events, custom catering, or cooking classes with Sherry + Friends, Bakery By the Yard offers something for everyone.”

VIP classes range from a Galentine’s Day Class to a Chocolate Lovers’ Class.

Look for Chef Sherry in late March on Food Network’s (and Discovery +) upcoming “The Julia Show” (a new competition series) hosted by Chef Antonia Lafaso.

Sherry Yard continues to further tempt us with the edible delights of Bakery By the Yard.

Show 444, September 25, 2021: Winemaker Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines, Napa Part One

Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson WInes

“Winemaking at Matthiasson Wines (Steve and Jill) is a natural extension of farming. The Matthiasson’s have both worked for many years in the sustainable agriculture and local food movement, and in 2003 they started Matthiasson Wines based on those values. The wines are classical expressions of different grape varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla and Refosco. The wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol.” Matthiasson Wines is a 6-time James Beard Award nominee.

“Matthiasson fervently believe the old maxim that “wine is made in the vineyard,” and consider themselves farmers first. They carefully tailor organic viticultural practices to each vineyard — this is how Matthiasson harvests healthy and fully ripe fruit with balanced levels of alcohol and acidity. They do their best to protect and enhance the natural environment in the process.”

“Matthiasson Winery in Napa is open for in-person tastings at the winery and vineyard! They host a limited number of outdoor tastings by appointment 7 days a week. The tastings are approximately 60-75 minutes in length and include a comprehensive lineup of 5 to 6 wines.”

Winemaker Steve Matthiasson is with us to pull the cork on all that is Matthiasson Winery.

Show 444, September 25, 2021: Winemaker Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines, Napa Part Two

Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson WInes

“Winemaking at Matthiasson Wines (Steve and Jill) is a natural extension of farming. The Matthiasson’s have both worked for many years in the sustainable agriculture and local food movement, and in 2003 they started Matthiasson Wines based on those values. The wines are classical expressions of different grape varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla and Refosco. The wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol.” Matthiasson Wines is a 6-time James Beard Award nominee.

“Matthiasson fervently believe the old maxim that “wine is made in the vineyard,” and consider themselves farmers first. They carefully tailor organic viticultural practices to each vineyard — this is how Matthiasson harvests healthy and fully ripe fruit with balanced levels of alcohol and acidity. They do their best to protect and enhance the natural environment in the process.”

“Matthiasson Winery in Napa is open for in-person tastings at the winery and vineyard! They host a limited number of outdoor tastings by appointment 7 days a week. The tastings are approximately 60-75 minutes in length and include a comprehensive lineup of 5 to 6 wines.”

Winemaker Steve Matthiasson pours a glass of his 2019 Napa Valley Ribolla Gialla, Matthiasson Vineyards, and continues with us.

Show 379, June 27, 2020: “Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy” with Producer & Director Elizabeth Carroll

Filmmaker Elizabeth CarrollDiana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (documentary feature film) is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy – widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico.

“Kennedy has lived ‘off-the-grid’ on an eight-acre ranch outside Zitácuaro, Michoacán since the 1970’s: composting, growing her own crops, and using solar power to run her home. Aware of her own mortality, she is working tirelessly to solidify the legacy of her life’s efforts, with the hope of turning her home into a foundation for culinary education in Mexico.”

“A two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana was decorated with an Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government and became a Member of the Order of the British Empire from the UK in 2002. Despite her notable achievements, Diana is difficult to categorize. Often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico,” but Diana prefers a different title: “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.”

“Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy explores Diana’s vibrant, unconventional life, blending vérité with archival footage, photographs and interviews. Viewers accompany her in intimate settings at home – cooking, gardening, and traveling to accept awards and speak to audiences. The film features interviews with notable chefs and friends including Alice Waters, José Andrés, Rick Bayless, and Gabriela Cámara, along with footage from Diana’s TLC cooking show, “The Art of Mexican Cooking.” Whether she is instructing chefs at her infamous “Boot Camp” cooking school, blazing her truck over the cobblestone roads of Zitácuaro or sunbathing with a scotch on her balcony, Diana is captivatingly bold, spirited, and unapologetically herself.”

“Diana Kennedy : Nothing Fancy” has just been released on various streaming platforms.