Show 328, June 15, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s decadent 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco is at it again with a special promotion…Ride OC Transit and get a free taco (with purchase) on Tuesdays from any Southern California Wahoo’s Fish Taco location. It’s Taco Transit Tuesday. Riding in with all the details is Wing Lam and Jennifer Bergner, OCTA’s (Orange County Transit Authority) Chief Operating Officer.

Liko Lehua Butters, a line of Hawaii-made (with a splash of Aloha,) gourmet butters flavored with tropical Island fruits, was started modestly by two sisters in 1996. The butters are packed in glass jars and prepared in small batches to maintain strict quality control. The product line is all-natural without any preservatives or additives. Liko Lehua Butters is now under the watchful stewardship of the second generation of the founding Family. Principals Matt and Dawn Kaneali’i -Kleinfelder join us to spread the Aloha.

The Manufactory, in Downtown Los Angeles at ROW DTLA, is a collaboration between acclaimed chefs Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery, and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s legendary Pizzeria Bianco. The project occupies nearly 40,000 square feet and includes a bakery, a market, Tartine Bianco (an all-day cafe and bar), Alameda Supper Club (a dinner-only restaurant), and a coffee roastery. It launched in February 2019. Providing the verbal grand tour are Camden Hershberger, Chef de Cuisine for Tartine Bianco and Scott Boggs, Vice President of Operations for Tartine. 

At Irvine & Roberts Vineyards they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the distinctive Rogue Valley AVA. The Rogue Valley is the region where the first Oregon vineyard was planted in the 19th Century. Irvine & Roberts employs site specific, small block plantings that are farmed and fermented individually. This approach underscores their commitment to search wines that best express the unique character of the vineyard. Principals Doug & Dionne Irvine uncork the details for us.

You’ll find out why USA Today named The Garagiste Festival the “#1 Best Wine Festival in America” when you discover over 50 of the best, hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries from all over California at The 6th Annual Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure held this year for the first time in Glendale, CA. on June 21st & 22nd. Co-Founder Doug Minnick pulls the cork on all the quaffable particulars for us.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

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

Program Note:
On Saturday, June 22nd we usually follow the Halos game (versus the St. Louis Cardinals) at the special time of 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please join us.

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June 15: Wahoo’s Taco Transit Tuesday, Liko Lehau Butters, The Manufactory, Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, Garagsite Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Taco Transit Tuesday with Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and OCTA’s Jennifer Bergner
Segment Three: Liko Lehua Butters with Matt & Dawn Kaneali’i – Kleinfelder
Segment Four: The Manufactory at ROW DTLA, Building 3
Segment Five: Irvine & Roberts Vineyards with Doug & Dionne Irvine Part One
Segment Six: Irvine & Roberts Vineyards with Doug & Dionne Irvine Part Two
Segment Seven: Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure 2019
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder and CEO of The Slapfish Restaurant Group

Now an appealing preview of this Saturday’s decadent 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

Program Note: For today only we usually follow Angels Baseball from 3 to 5:00 p.m. Please don’t miss a flavor-packed morsel at this special time…

Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco is at it again with a special promotion…Ride OC Transit and get a free taco (with purchase) on Tuesdays from any Southern California Wahoo’s Fish Taco location. It’s Taco Transit Tuesday. Riding in with all the details is Wing Lam and Jennifer Bergner, OCTA’s (Orange County Transit Authority) Chief Operating Officer.

Liko Lehua Butters, a line of Hawaii-made (with a splash of Aloha,) gourmet butters flavored with tropical Island fruits, was started by two sisters in 1996. The butters are packed in glass jars and prepared in small batches to maintain strict quality control. The product line is all-natural without any preservatives or additives. Liko Lehua Butters is now under the watchful stewardship of the second generation of the founding Family. Principals Matt and Dawn Kaneali’i join us to spread the Aloha.

The Manufactory, in Downtown Los Angeles sat ROW DTLA, is a collaboration between acclaimed chefs Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery, and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s legendary Pizzeria Bianco. The project occupies nearly 40,000 square feet and includes a bakery, a market, Tartine Bianco (an all-day cafe and bar), Alameda Supper Club (a dinner-only restaurant), and a coffee roastery. It launched in February 2019. Providing the verbal grand tour are Camden Hershberger, Chef de Cuisine for Tartine Bianco and Scott Boggs, Vice President of Operations for Tartine.

At Irvine & Roberts Vineyards they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the distinctive Rogue Valley AVA. The Rogue Valley is the region where the first Oregon vineyard was planted in the 19th Century. Irvine & Roberts employs site specific, small block plantings that are farmed and fermented individually. This approach underscores their commitment to search wines that best express the unique character of the vineyard. Principals Doug & Dionne Irvine uncork the details for us.

You’ll find out why USA Today named The Garagiste Festival the “#1 Best Wine Festival in America” when you discover over 50 of the best, hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries from all over California at The 6th Annual Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure held this year for the first time in Glendale, CA. on June 21st & 22nd. Co-Founder Doug Minnick pulls the cork on all the quaffable particulars for us.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

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

Wing and Levi Lam at the KLAA StudiosWing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco is at it again with a special promotion…Ride OC Transit and get a free taco (with purchase) on Tuesdays from any Southern California Wahoo’s Fish Taco location. It’s Taco Transit Tuesday.

The ongoing program, which began in April, allows transit riders to visit any participating Wahoo’s restaurant in Southern California each Tuesday, and when they show a valid OC Bus, OC Flex or Metrolink pass, they can get a free taco with the purchase of a taco.

Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s is a supporter of public transit to help sustain the environment.

“We all need to do our part: Use less plastic straws and bags, recycle what we can, and use public transportation when possible,” Lam said when the promotion began.

OCTA operates more than 500 buses in the OC Bus system, helping people get to their destinations across Orange County for $2 per ride or $5 per day.

Riding in on an OC Bus with all the details are Wing Lam and Jennifer Bergner, OCTA’s (Orange County Transit Authority) Chief Operating Officer.

Matthew Kaneali'i of Liko Lehua ButtersLiko Lehua Butters, a line of Hawaii-made (with a splash of Aloha,) gourmet butters flavored with tropical Island fruits, was started by two sisters in 1996. The butters are packed in glass jars and prepared in small batches to maintain strict quality control. The product line is all-natural without any preservatives or additives. Liko Lehua Butters is now under the watchful stewardship of the second generation of the founding Family.

Island flavors include, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Tahitian Lime, Coconut, Guava and Mango.

Great on pancakes and waffles. Spread on your favorite breads and toasts instead of butter or preserves. Add as a flavorful condiment to grilled meats, chicken and fish.

There is also a café, Liko Lehua at Pauahi.

Principals Matt and Dawn Kaneali’i join us to spread the aloha.

Camden Hershberger of Tartine Bianco and the ManufactoryThe Manufactory, in Downtown Los Angeles at ROW DTLA, is a collaboration between acclaimed chefs Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery, and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s legendary Pizzeria Bianco. The project occupies nearly 40,000 square feet and includes a bakery, a market, Tartine Bianco (an all-day cafe and bar), Alameda Supper Club (a dinner-only restaurant), and a coffee roastery. It launched in February 2019.

The three chefs, all James Beard Foundation Award-winners and noted experts in their respective disciplines, are collaborating on all aspects of the project and together creating something truly unique and original.

“Tartine Bianco is predicated on the idea that every ingredient and product has a story, and the chefs endeavor to understand and respect that story. They’ve carefully cultivated relationships with purveyors and farmers like Cairnspring Mills, which sources from local grain farmers, Cream Co. Meats which provides meat grown sustainably and with superior flavor in mind, and Bianco DiNapoli’s California vine ripened and organically grown, canned tomatoes.”

Providing the verbal grand tour are Camden Hershberger, Chef de Cuisine for Tartine Bianco and Scott Boggs, Vice President of Operations for Tartine.

Doug and Dionne Irvine of Irvine and Roberts VineyardsAt Irvine & Roberts Vineyards they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the distinctive Rogue Valley AVA. The Rogue Valley is the region where the first Oregon vineyard was planted in the 19th Century.

Irvine & Roberts employs site specific, small block plantings that are farmed and fermented individually. This approach underscores their commitment to search wines that best express the unique character of the vineyard.

Principals Doug & Dionne Irvine uncork the details for us.

“Irvine & Roberts Family Vineyards is an alluring family winery in Ashland, Oregon, where we practice sustainable farming and produce ultra-premium Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Our high altitude vineyard is adorned with distinctive soils, climate, and east facing slopes that produce wines with extraordinary balance, flavor and intensity. We believe great wines come from great soil, so we strive to be conscientious stewards of the land, protecting our vineyard soils through practices that are certified sustainable by LIVE and Salmon Safe. We admit to being obsessive with our grape growing practices to ensure quality in the vineyard, keeping grape yields low and production limited to ensure the optimal health of the vine; allowing us to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with elegance and balance.”

“In 1997, Doug & Dionne Irvine returned to their roots in Oregon with the desire to raise their daughters in the same place that they had such fond childhood memories. Choosing Ashland, they soon discovered that the 80- acre ranch they would call home turned out to be an incredibly unique vineyard site. The first vines were planted in 2007, and the journey continued from there when Doug’s sister and brother in law, Kelly and Duane Roberts, joined Doug and Dionne and created Irvine and Roberts Vineyards.”

Principals Doug & Dionne Irvine continue the conversation…

Doug MinnickYou’ll find out why USA Today named The Garagiste Festival the “#1 Best Wine Festival in America” when you discover over 50 of the best, hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries from all over California at The 6th Annual Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure held this year for the first time in Glendale, CA. on June 21st & 22nd.

“The majority of the Garagiste Festival wineries do not have tasting rooms, cannot be found on “wine country” maps, and their wines can be very hard to find on store shelves. We make it easy for you to find a world of new wine discoveries all under one roof.”

“As with all Garagiste events, only the winemakers and/or owners (often the same person) will be pouring the wines. Come meet the artists who are making some of the most exciting and innovative wines in the world. And no snobs allowed!”

Co-Founder Doug Minnick pulls the cork on all the quaffable particulars for us.

Andrew and Lauren Gruel at Fort RileyOur Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

Always doing his part to generously serve and give back to the community Chef Andrew was just at Fort Riley, Kansas volunteering for the US Army as part of their Healthy Army Communities. We’ll chat about it.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Taco Transit Tuesday with Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and OCTA’s Jennifer Bergner
Segment Three: Liko Lehua Butters with Matt & Dawn Kaneali’i – Kleinfelder
Segment Four: The Manufactory at ROW DTLA, Building 3
Segment Five: Irvine & Roberts Vineyards with Doug & Dionne Irvine Part One
Segment Six: Irvine & Roberts Vineyards with Doug & Dionne Irvine Part Two
Segment Seven: Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure 2019
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder and CEO of The Slapfish Restaurant Group

Show 145, November 7, 2015: Oyster Authority Rowan Jacobsen and Team From Blue Plate Oysterette

Rowan JacobsenBlue Plate Oysterette is hosting two special evening events with oyster authority Rowan Jacobsen at both of their locations in Santa Monica (Nov. 18th.) and on Los Angeles’ West Third St. (Nov. 17th.) Rowan is the distinguished author of the James Beard Award-winning, A Geography of Oysters – The Connoisseur’s Guide To Oyster Eating In North America.

Rowan will be there at each evening to personally provide one-on-one interaction with the oyster-loving diners. He will lead the guests through a tasting flight of 6 personally curated oysters providing commentary on each type of oyster’s background and flavor profile. Some of the featured oysters will be hard-to-find varieties. There will also be appropriate wines by-the-glass available to pair with the various oysters.

We’ll meet Rowan as well as the proprietress of Blue Plate Oysterette, Jen Morton, and Chef Brock Kleweno.

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Show 145, November 7, 2015: Oyster Authority Rowan Jacobsen and Team From Blue Plate Oysterette Continues…

Rowan JacobsenBlue Plate Oysterette is hosting two special oyster-tasting evening events with oyster authority Rowan Jacobsen at both of their locations in Santa Monica (Nov. 18th.) and on Los Angeles’ West Third St. (Nov. 17th.) Rowan is the distinguished author of the James Beard Award-winning A Geography of Oysters – The Connoisseur’s Guide To Oyster Eating In North America.

Rowan Jacobsen ate his first oyster when he was 12-years old and the rest is, well, history. Now, an oyster expert as well as renowned author, his love and knowledge for oysters continues to grow.

“I’m excited to partner with Blue Plate Oysterette because of their unique spin on a classic New England restaurant. It will be wonderful to showcase some of the top New England oysters, which will be at their absolute peak at that time, and then mix in a couple of West Coast oysters for contrast. I’m looking forward to visiting LA and interacting side by side with West Coaster’s who share a love of oysters.” says Rowan.

Rowan shares some practical wine-pairing tips with oysters. On wine does not work as the perfect match for every oyster variety. In the book he has “seven rules” for oyster wines.

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Show 95, November 1, 2014: Show Preview with Guest Host Ben Ford and Producer Andy Harris

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosChef Ben Ford is today’s very special guest host. Now a preview of today’s show with Chef Ben and Producer & Occasional Co-Host, Andy Harris.…

Chef Ben Ford officially earned his cooking credentials working at some of the country’s most esteemed restaurants including the iconic Chez Panisse in Berkeley. He now oversees a growing collection of Ford’s Filling Station restaurants. The original Culver City restaurant will soon relocate to L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles and there is a branch at LAX.

His impressive cookbook, Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking, focuses not only on bringing people together to eat good, sustainable organic food, but gathering lots, and lots, of people together to enjoy sumptuous feasts.

CoffeeCon LA 2014 will be held on November 8th at the classic former home of Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Coffee Fest mixes music, food and coffee sampling from over 20 of SoCal’s finest roasters. Classes on coffee brewing and other coffee topics will run all day long. CoffeeCon is the brainchild of noted coffee expert and author, Kevin Sinnott.

Soliste wines are the creation of Claude Koeberle, an acclaimed French master chef with impressive culinary credentials. Earlier in his career he was the executive chef at both Ma Maison and L’Orangerie. Limited releases of Pinot Noirs are their signature. Soliste wines are only available at select restaurants and direct from the winery.

On November 12th Chef Florent Marneau is working with Claude Koeberle to present a Soliste Wine Dinner (five course tasting menu) at Marche Moderne in the Penthouse at South Coast Plaza. You can be sure this will be an extraordinary evening! A limited release Soliste wine will be matched with each course.

The always on the go, Jennifer Morton, is a serial restaurateur who is always overflowing with creative ideas. She was the co-founder of the highly successful Divine Pasta Co. which supplied a range of fresh pastas to discriminating restaurants. Chapter Two for Jen was buying what is now Blue Plate on Montana Avenue and repositioning it as a full-service, neighborhood restaurant. Staying in Santa Monica Jen then created the Blue Plate Oysterette, her homage to a New England seafood shack. A new Blue Plate Oysterette recently opened on W. Third St. in Los Angeles. Blue Plate Taco, also in Santa Monica, is Ms. Morton’s take on coastal Mexican fare using local ingredients with a California flair. We’ll meet her.

Chef Steve Samson of Sotto is no stranger to the show. His “Sopra at Sotto” dining series will have its second installment on November 4th. While Sotto specializes in Southern Italian cuisine, the Sopra series allows Chef Steve to explore the rich and diverse cuisine of various regions to the North. The second dinner in the series will spotlight the food of Piedmonte.

In 2011 the El Segundo Brewing Co was created out of a love for beer. Hoppy craft beers are their signature. Rob Croxall, proprietor and brewer, was a hard-working aerospace finance guy who left a cushy corporate finance job with benefits to risk it all on craft beer. Fortunately it’s all been good. Rob says all the time, “My worst day here, still beats my best day there.” By any objective measure that is success!

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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Show 95, November 1, 2014: Jennifer Morton

Jeniifer Morton of Blue PlateThe always on the go, Jennifer Morton, is a serial restaurateur who is always overflowing with creative ideas. She was the co-founder of the highly successful Divine Pasta Co. which supplied a range of fresh pastas to discriminating restaurants. Even the typically hard-to-please Italian chefs were big fans of the pasta.

Chapter Two for Jen was buying what is now Blue Plate on Montana Avenue and repositioning it as a full-service, neighborhood restaurant. Staying in Santa Monica (where she also resides) Jen then created the Blue Plate Oysterette, her homage to a New England seafood shack. A new Blue Plate Oysterette recently opened on W. Third St. in Los Angeles.

Blue Plate Taco, also in Santa Monica, is Ms. Morton’s take on costal Mexican fare using local ingredients with a distinctive California flair. Think crab guacamole with house-made chips and chicken tinga tacos with chipotle sauce and pickled onions.

There is also a lot of attention toward the tequila-based signature drink creations.

We’ll meet her.

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November 1: Ben Ford, Soliste Wines, Blue Plate, Steve Samson, El Segundo Brewing

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Guest Host Ben Ford and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Ben Ford Part One
Segment Three: Chef Ben Ford Part Two
Segment Four: CoffeeCon LA 2014
Segment Five: Soliste and Chef Claude Koeberle
Segment Six: Jennifer Morton
Segment Seven: Chef Steve Samson of Sotto
Segment Eight: El Segundo Brewing Co.

Chef Ben Ford is today’s very special guest host. Now a preview of today’s show with Chef Ben and Producer & Occasional Co-Host, Andy Harris.…

Chef Ben Ford officially earned his cooking credentials working at some of the country’s most esteemed restaurants including the iconic Chez Panisse in Berkeley. He now oversees a growing collection of Ford’s Filling Station restaurants. The original Culver City restaurant will soon relocate to L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles and there is a branch at LAX.

His impressive cookbook, Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking, focuses not only on bringing people together to eat good, sustainable organic food, but gathering lots, and lots, of people together to enjoy sumptuous feasts.

CoffeeCon LA 2014 will be held on November 8th at the classic former home of Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Coffee Fest mixes music, food and coffee sampling from over 20 of SoCal’s finest roasters. Classes on coffee brewing and other coffee topics will run all day long. CoffeeCon is the brainchild of noted coffee expert and author, Kevin Sinnott.

Soliste wines are the creation of Claude Koeberle, an acclaimed French master chef with impressive culinary credentials. Earlier in his career he was the executive chef at both Ma Maison and L’Orangerie. Limited releases of Pinot Noirs are their signature. Soliste wines are only available at select restaurants and direct from the winery.

On November 12th Chef Florent Marneau is working with Claude Koeberle to present a Soliste Wine Dinner (five course tasting menu) at Marche Moderne in the Penthouse at South Coast Plaza. You can be sure this will be an extraordinary evening! A limited release Soliste wine will be matched with each course.

The always on the go, Jennifer Morton, is a serial restaurateur who is always overflowing with creative ideas. She was the co-founder of the highly successful Divine Pasta Co. which supplied a range of fresh pastas to discriminating restaurants. Chapter Two for Jen was buying what is now Blue Plate on Montana Avenue and repositioning it as a full-service, neighborhood restaurant. Staying in Santa Monica Jen then created the Blue Plate Oysterette, her homage to a New England seafood shack. A new Blue Plate Oysterette recently opened on W. Third St. in Los Angeles. Blue Plate Taco, also in Santa Monica, is Ms. Morton’s take on coastal Mexican fare using local ingredients with a California flair. We’ll meet her.

Chef Steve Samson of Sotto is no stranger to the show. His “Sopra at Sotto” dining series will have its second installment on November 4th. While Sotto specializes in Southern Italian cuisine, the Sopra series allows Chef Steve to explore the rich and diverse cuisine of various regions to the North. The second dinner in the series will spotlight the food of Piedmonte.

In 2011 the El Segundo Brewing Co was created out of a love for beer. Hoppy craft beers are their signature. Rob Croxall, proprietor and brewer, was a hard-working aerospace finance guy who left a cushy corporate finance job with benefits to risk it all on craft beer. Fortunately it’s all been good. Rob says all the time, “My worst day here, still beats my best day there.” By any objective measure that is success!

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

Ben Ford of Ford's Filling StationChef Ben Ford officially earned his cooking credentials working at some of the country’s most established restaurants including the iconic Chez Panisse in Berkeley. He now oversees a growing collection of Ford’s Filling Station restaurants. The original Culver City restaurant will soon relocate to the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles and there is a branch at LAX.

In 2012 he won the prestigious Cochon 555 – L.A. top award for snout-to-tail cooking with dishes like pork belly Benedict with soft poached egg, Fresno chili and bacon hollandaise.

His impressive cookbook, Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking, focuses not only on bringing people together to eat good, sustainable organic food, but gathering lots, and lots, of people together to enjoy sumptuous feasts. Tapping into his childhood outdoor feasting memories, the book features step-by-step illustrated instructions for nine original menus with meals like a box-roasted spring lamb for 40, and a Cedar-planked Wild Sturgeon for 40 to 50 hungry guests.

Coffee Con 2014 Los AngelesCoffeeCon LA 2014 will be held on November 8th at the classic former home of Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Coffee Fest mixes music, food and coffee sampling from over 20 of SoCal’s finest roasters. Classes on coffee brewing and other coffee topics will run all day long.

CoffeeCon is the brainchild of noted coffee expert and author, Kevin Sinnott. After publishing his second book (The Art and Craft of Coffee) he realized that consumers still lacked the skills of hands-on brewing and the awareness of how different factors such as roast, the roasting method, roast profile and brewing technique have on even a single sample of coffee. CoffeeCon was created to stage a day-long hands-on educational and fun festival to address these topics and spread skills among consumers. The first CoffeeCon was held in 2011 in the Chicago area.

Claude Koeberle of Soliste WinesSoliste wines are the creation of Claude Koeberle, an acclaimed French master chef with impressive local credentials. Earlier in his career he was the executive chef at both Ma Maison and L’Orangerie. Limited releases of Pinot Noirs are their signature. Soliste wines are only available at select restaurants and direct from the winery.

Claude formed Soliste in 2005. His first release was Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir. He uses Old World Burgundian theory to create wines with finesse and balance that truly compliment extraordinary food. In Burgundy, a winemaker often reserves a barrel for their family and friends. They call this special barrel Soliste.

On Wednesday evening, November 12th Chef Florent Marneau (one of Orange County’s very best) is working with Claude Koeberle to present a Soliste Wine Dinner (five course tasting menu) at Marche Moderne in the Penthouse at South Coast Plaza. You can be sure this will be an extraordinary evening! A limited release Soliste wine will be matched with each course.

Jeniifer Morton of Blue PlateThe always on the go, Jennifer Morton, is a serial restaurateur who is always overflowing with creative ideas. She was the co-founder of the highly successful Divine Pasta Co. which supplied a range of fresh pastas to discriminating restaurants. Even the typically hard-to-please Italian chefs were big fans of the pasta.

Chapter Two for Jen was buying what is now Blue Plate on Montana Avenue and repositioning it as a full-service, neighborhood restaurant. Staying in Santa Monica (where she also resides) Jen then created the Blue Plate Oysterette, her homage to a New England seafood shack. A new Blue Plate Oysterette recently opened on W. Third St. in Los Angeles.

Blue Plate Taco, also in Santa Monica, is Ms. Morton’s take on costal Mexican fare using local ingredients with a distinctive California flair. Think crab guacamole with house-made chips and chicken tinga tacos with chipotle sauce and pickled onions. We’ll meet her.

Steve Samson of SottoChef Steve Samson of Sotto is no stranger to the show. His “Sopra at Sotto” dining series will have its second installment on November 4th. While Sotto specializes in Southern Italian cuisine, the Sopra series allows Chef Steve to explore the rich and diverse cuisine of various regions to the North. The second dinner in the series will spotlight the food of Piedmonte.

Piedmonte prides itself as the home of the famous white truffle. Guests will have the unusual opportunity to try these earthy truffles as a possible addition to two of Chef Steve’s favorite Piedmontese dishes.

Piedmonte is also famous for Barbaresco, Barbera and Barolo wines. Pairings for the evening will include these grapes.

Rob Croxall of El Segundo Brewing CompanyIn 2011 the El Segundo Brewing Co was created out of a love for beer. Hoppy craft beers are their signature. Rob Croxall, proprietor and brewer, was a hard-working aerospace finance guy who left a cushy corporate finance job with great benefits to risk it all on craft beer. Fortunately it’s all been good. Rob says all the time, “My worst day here, still beats my best day there.” By any objective measure that is success!

“So…we LOVE hops. To most people that means bitter beer. To us hoppy doesn’t particularly translate bitter. Here at ESBC we prefer to showcase the aromatic and flavor compounds of those glorious flowers. Our beers have firm bitterness, but tend to be more restrained than other West Coast IPA’s. We employ a dry-hopping regimen that borders on lunacy, which results in some very aromatic beers.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Guest Host Ben Ford and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Ben Ford Part One
Segment Three: Chef Ben Ford Part Two
Segment Four: CoffeeCon LA 2014
Segment Five: Soliste and Chef Claude Koeberle
Segment Six: Jennifer Morton
Segment Seven: Chef Steve Samson of Sotto
Segment Eight: El Segundo Brewing Co.