Show 446, October 9, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its “Tastemakers of Orange County” fundraising event on Wednesday, October 13 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by providing guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low-income families throughout Orange County.” Participating Chef Shachi Mehra of ADYA and OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri join us with all the delectable details.

Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard were founded in 1996. Owners Jim and Mary Dierberg started this project with the intent of creating World-Class wines from three different AVA’s in Santa Barbara County. They began by planting vineyards in both Santa Maria Valley and at the beautiful Star Lane Ranch in Happy Canyon. Finally, with the addition of the Drum Canyon Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Jim and Mary were able to accomplish their goal of crafting unique, terroir-driven wines that capture the best of these three distinctive sites.” “Under the Dierberg label, the focus is on the delicate and elegant Burgundian varietals; whereas, at Star Lane, the focus is on the more robust and powerful Bordeaux varieties. Their dedication to producing the highest quality wines can be seen from the care in the vineyards, through the winemaking process, to the wine in your glass!”

Dierberg Estate Vineyard’s and Star Lane Vineyard’s Hospitality Director, Chris King, joins us to uncork all that is Star Lane Vineyard and Dierberg Estate Vineyard.

Nicolas Eatery is a family-run restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu serving delicious food with French cooking techniques, offering brunch, lunch and dinner service.” Patio seating is available. They celebrated their 2nd Anniversary in September. “The ingredients are fresh and organic and come from local farmers. Nicolas Eatery strives to provide their guests with the best experience. The menu is designed to allow guests to customize their orders as they please.” Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci is our guest.

Jonathan Club is a private social club with a rich history. Founded in 1895, the Club’s diverse member base enjoys fine dining, athletics and wellness facilities, spa services, social events and award shows. With two locations — one in downtown Los Angeles and one on the Santa Monica beach — Jonathan Club offers its members the very best of Southern California, and so much more.” As part of Jonathan Club’s long commitment to giving back to the community they are hosting the Michelin Stars Under the Stars fundraiser benefiting the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Friday evening, October 22nd at the original Town Club facility in Downtown Los Angeles. The headlining Chef is Dominique Crenn of the 3 Michelin Star Altier Crenn in San Francisco. The coordinating chef for the festivities is Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller who joins us with a preview.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s National Seafood Month. Chef Andrew explains why that’s a cause for celebration. Also Chef Andrew provides insight on the offshore oil leak from a pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach and the future implications for area seafood harvested in those waters.

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

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Show 446, October 9, 2021: Executive Chef Andreas Roller, Jonathan Club, Los Angeles

Andreas Roller of the Jonathan Club

Jonathan Club is a private social club with a rich history. Founded in 1895, the Club’s diverse member base enjoys fine dining, athletics and wellness facilities, spa services, social events and award shows. For over a century, Jonathan Club has long reflected the warm and inviting character of southern California, making it an exceptional place its members could truly call a home away from home. With two locations — one in downtown Los Angeles and one on the Santa Monica beach — Jonathan Club offers its members the very best of Southern California, and so much more.”

As part of Jonathan Club’s commitment to generously giving back to the community they are hosting the Michelin Stars Under the Stars fundraiser benefiting The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Friday evening, October 22nd at the Town Club facility in Downtown Los Angeles. The headlining Chef is Dominique Crenn of the 3 Michelin Star Altier Crenn in San Francisco. The coordinating chef is Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller. Also in the esteemed chefs’ brigade that evening are Josiah Citrin (Melisse,) Gary Menes (Le Comptoir) and Pastry Chef Donald Wressell (Guittrard Chocolate Co.) Chef Roller joins us with an enticing preview.

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October 9: Tastemakers of Orange County, Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Nicolas Eatery, Michelin Stars Under the Stars

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” Benefit for OCAPICA
Segment Three: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part One
Segment Four: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part Two
Segment Five: Nicolas Eatery, Malibu, with Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci
Segment Six: Executive Chef Andreas Roller, Jonathan Club, Los Angeles
Segment Seven: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

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

“The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its “Tastemakers of Orange County” fundraising event on Wednesday, October 13 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by providing guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low-income families throughout Orange County.” Participating Chef Shachi Mehra of ADYA and OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri join us with all the delectable details.

“Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard were founded in 1996. Owners Jim and Mary Dierberg started this project with the intent of creating World-Class wines from three different AVA’s in Santa Barbara County. They began by planting vineyards in both Santa Maria Valley and at the beautiful Star Lane Ranch in Happy Canyon. Finally, with the addition of the Drum Canyon Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Jim and Mary were able to accomplish their goal of crafting unique, terroir-driven wines that capture the best of these three distinctive sites.” “Under the Dierberg label, the focus is on the delicate and elegant Burgundian varietals; whereas, at Star Lane, the focus is on the more robust and powerful Bordeaux varieties. Their dedication to producing the highest quality wines can be seen from the care in the vineyards, through the winemaking process, to the wine in your glass!”

Dierberg Estate Vineyard’s and Star Lane Vineyard’s Hospitality Director, Chris King, joins us to uncork all that is Star Lane Vineyard and Dierberg Estate Vineyard.

“Nicolas Eatery is a family-run restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu serving delicious food with French cooking techniques, offering brunch, lunch and dinner service. Patio seating is available.” They celebrated their 2nd Anniversary in September. “The ingredients are fresh and organic and come from local farmers. Nicolas Eatery strives to provide their guests with the best experience. The menu is designed to allow guests to customize their orders as they please.” Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci is our guest.

“Jonathan Club is a private social club with a rich history. Founded in 1895, the Club’s diverse member base enjoys fine dining, athletics and wellness facilities, spa services, social events and award shows. With two locations — one in downtown Los Angeles and one on the Santa Monica beach — Jonathan Club offers its members the very best of Southern California, and so much more.” As part of Jonathan Club’s long commitment to giving back to the community they are hosting the Michelin Stars Under the Stars fundraiser benefiting The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Friday evening, October 22nd at the original Town Club facility in Downtown Los Angeles. The headlining Chef is Dominique Crenn of the 3 Michelin Star Altier Crenn in San Francisco. The coordinating chef for the festivities is Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller who joins us with a preview.

“Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in Hollywood since the late 1950’s when Ciro (Mario to friends) Marino landed in Hollywood and has ever since had generations of the who’s who in the movie, record, art, political and business L.A. community at his tables. Today it is still proudly family-owned and given its warm welcome flavor by the second generation of Marinos, Mario in the dining room and brother Sal in the kitchen.” Executive Chef & Co-Proprietor Sal Marino is our guest with fresh Farmers Market heirloom tomatoes in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s National Seafood Month. Chef Andrew explains why that’s a cause for celebration.

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

Shachi Mehra of ADYA

“The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its “Tastemakers of Orange County” fundraising event on Wednesday, October 13 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by providing guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low-income families throughout Orange County.”

“In addition to the food tastings, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beverages by Gaviña Coffee, 7 Leaves Café, Firestone Walker 805, and Sierra Nevada. The celebration at Argyros Plaza will also include entertainment, a silent auction and opportunity drawing for guests to enjoy. Tickets are available to the public for $135 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m.; and $95 for General Admission from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information and tickets can be found here.”

“Established in 1997, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is a community-based nonprofit organization providing free services to those in need in Orange County. OCAPICA staff speak 26 languages, including American Sign Language, and serve more than 40,000 community members a year. Program services include, health, mental health, youth education, workforce development, and civic engagement.”

Participating Chef Shachi Mehra of ADYA and OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri join us with all the delectable details.

Chris King of Star Lane Vineyard

Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard were founded in 1996. Owners Jim and Mary Dierberg started this project with the intent of creating World-Class wines from three different AVA’s in Santa Barbara County. They began by planting vineyards in both Santa Maria Valley and at the beautiful Star Lane Ranch in Happy Canyon. Finally, with the addition of the Drum Canyon Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Jim and Mary were able to accomplish their goal of crafting unique, terroir-driven wines that capture the best of these three distinctive sites.”

“Under the Dierberg label, the focus is on the delicate and elegant Burgundian varietals; whereas, at Star Lane, the focus is on the more robust and powerful Bordeaux varieties. Their dedication to producing the highest quality wines can be seen from the care in the vineyards, through the winemaking process, to the wine in your glass!”

Winemaker Tyler Thomas started with Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards in the Summer of 2013. His affinity with the Central Coast started early, with his first full-time harvest job, at Fiddlehead Cellars. Though his career later steered him up to Sonoma, his return has been welcomed. “The entire valley made its imprint on me back then as I sampled vineyards in both Happy Canyon and Sta. Rita Hills.””

“Thomas is responsible for the day-to-day details of winemaking, from harvest to the final blending of the wines. He completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Botany at Colorado State University, and received a masters in Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis.”

“The Dierberg’s and Star Lane Vineyards’ Tasting Room (by Appointment only) is located on their Sta. Rita Hills property, Drum Canyon Vineyard. Set towards the back of the property on Drum Canyon Road, the Tasting Room offers a flight of 5 wines featuring Dierberg • Star Lane wines for $25.”

“This tasting showcases the incredible diversity of their three estate vineyards located in Santa Barbara County. The unique climates of each of the three vineyards allows Dierberg & Star Lane to produce: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah.”

“Star Lane Vineyard itself is a Private Estate and is available for privately hosted tours and tastings by appointment only. The curated Estate Tour and Tasting Experience showcases the splendor of the Santa Ynez Valley and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the magic and beauty of the Star Lane Vineyard, Winery & Caves. The 120-minute signature journey begins with a tour of Dierberg’s expansive wine-making facility where guests will experience awe-inspiring views of one of Santa Barbara County’s most historic private ranches.”

Dierberg Estate Vineyard’s and Star Lane Vineyard’s Hospitality Director, Chris King, joins us to uncork all that is Star Lane Vineyard and Dierberg Estate Vineyard.

Nicolas Fanucci of Nicolas Eatery in Malibu

Nicolas Eatery is a family-run restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu serving delicious food with French cooking techniques, offering brunch, lunch and dinner service. Patio seating is available.” On-site parking is available. They celebrated their 2nd Anniversary in September.

“The ingredients are fresh and organic and come from local farmers. Nicolas Eatery strives to provide their guests with the best experience. The menu is designed to allow guests to customize their orders as they please. “After all, you are the one eating it, and we are here to serve you.””

Born and raised in Cannes France, Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci grew up surrounded by his large Franco-Italian family. A lunch or a dinner at his home was always an experience. Without surprise, he entered the hospitality business in his late teens starting to work from the bottom and learn his craft from the best in the business.”

“Nicolas has worked for more than three decades in numerous landmark European and American establishments including Roger Verge’s, Le Moulin de Mougin, Chef Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV, Ninety Park Lane in London, La Grenouille and Le Cirque 2000 in New York City.”

Nicolas previously served as a General Manager for The French Laundry in Yountville. Most recently, Nicolas was the General Manager at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills (now sadly departed.)

Nicolas Fanucci is our guest.

Andreas Roller of the Jonathan Club

Jonathan Club is a private social club with a rich history. Founded in 1895, the Club’s diverse member base enjoys fine dining, athletics and wellness facilities, spa services, social events and award shows. For over a century, Jonathan Club has long reflected the warm and inviting character of southern California, making it an exceptional place its members could truly call a home away from home. With two locations — one in downtown Los Angeles and one on the Santa Monica beach — Jonathan Club offers its members the very best of Southern California, and so much more.”

As part of Jonathan Club’s commitment to generously giving back to the community they are hosting the Michelin Stars Under the Stars fundraiser benefiting The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Friday evening, October 22nd at the Town Club facility in Downtown Los Angeles. The headlining Chef is Dominique Crenn of the 3 Michelin Star Altier Crenn in San Francisco. The coordinating chef is Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller. Also in the esteemed chefs’ brigade that evening are Josiah Citrin (Melisse,) Gary Menes (Le Comptoir) and Pastry Chef Donald Wressell (Guittrard Chocolate Co.) Chef Roller joins us with an enticing preview.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

It’s National Seafood Month. Chef Andrew explains why that’s a cause for celebration.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” Benefit for OCAPICA
Segment Three: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part One
Segment Four: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part Two
Segment Five: Nicolas Eatery, Malibu, with Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci
Segment Six: Executive Chef Andreas Roller, Jonathan Club, Los Angeles
Segment Seven: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 404, December 19, 2020: Chef Jason McClain, Philly Jay’s Steaks (mobile kitchen)

Jason McClain of the Jonathan Club and Philly Jay's SteaksPhilly Jay’s Steaks (mobile kitchen) is treating Los Angeles to their eponymous City of Brotherly Love classic with the help of the illustrious Chef Jason McClain, previously the long-time executive chef of Jonathan Club. Chef Jason has worked in a litany of seriously impressive, highly rated restaurants across the country. Now, he’s directing his myriad of skills towards perfecting the Philly, elevating the down-home fare to the status of gourmet.”

“The menu sports classic Phillies, of course, and you really can’t go wrong with that perennially popular mashup of cheese, fried onion, and paper-thin slices of steak. However, that’s far from the only enticing concoction gracing the menu. You’ll also find a philly suited up with everything from fried peppers to provolone cheese to garnishes like oregano.” Philly Jay’s Steak caters, too.

Chef Jason sources his sandwich rolls from the family-owned Amoroso’s Baking Co. on Philadelphia. They are the Gold Standard of sandwich rolls for authentic cheesesteaks and Hoagies.

Follow Philly Jay’s Steaks locations on their Instagram but most weekends they are in residence at Magic Touch Car Wash in Monterey Park.

We’re talking authentic Philly Cheese Steaks with Chef Jason McClain.

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Show 357, January 25, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully 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. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

After 8 years as the popular Executive Chef at the prestigious Jonathan Club (Downtown Los Angeles and on the beach in Santa Monica) Jason McClain has amicably departed to pursue some entrepreneurial culinary adventures on his own. At Jonathan Club Chef McClain took traditional club fare in the elevated direction of fine dining at a highly rated, independent restaurant. On the horizon is McClain Chophouse, an ingredient-focused premium steak house and, just for fun, an authentic Philly Cheesesteak food truck. We’ll get an “a la minute” update from Chef Jason.

In December, Chef Josiah Citrin debuted the reimagined Mélisse and Citrin, two new culinary concepts under one iconic roof. After closing Michelin two-star Mélisse in Santa Monica last year, Chef Josiah rethought the award-winning dining destination as an engaging, luxe tasting menu restaurant alongside Citrin, an inviting, á la carte concept paying homage to the original Mélisse’s culinary legacy. With this double debut of anticipated restaurants, Chef Josiah continues to solidify his status as a central figure of fine dining in Los Angeles. Chef Josiah joins us,

DANCIN Vineyards (Medford, Oregon) is a lush, Italian-esque vineyard estate where tasting is an experience of enjoyment and relaxation, where wines are served alongside harmonious food pairings. The hospitable proprietors are the gracious husband & wife team of Dan and Cindy Marca . Since we last visited the estate in 2015 the hospitality features for visitors have expanded. Dan Marca is our guest with the update.

Located in Long Beach’s Belmont Heights, Panxa Cocina is a purveyor of modern Latin cuisine from the esteemed Chef / Proprietor Arthur Gonzalez. Since opening, Chef Gonzalez has been serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food. We’re celebrating Panxa’s 5th Anniversary with Chef Art.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is back in the news as an often-used food additive. What’s in it and should it be avoided? Cutting through the chatter we’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

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Show 357, January 25, 2020: Chef Jason McClain, McClain Chophouse and Philly Jay’s Steaks

Jason McClain of the Jonathan Club and Philly Jay's SteaksAfter 8 years as the popular Executive Chef at the prestigious Jonathan Club (Downtown Los Angeles and on the beach in Santa Monica) Jason McClain has amicably departed to pursue some culinary adventures on his own. At Jonathan Club Chef McClain took traditional club fare in the elevated direction of fine dining at a highly rated, independent restaurant.

On the horizon is McClain Chophouse, an ingredient-focused premium steak house and, just for fun, an authentic Philly Cheesesteak food truck (Philly Jay’s Steaks.)

“Chef McClain received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY and honed his skills under the tutelage of some of the USA’s great culinary talents in Philadelphia and Miami. He has evolved his menus by focusing on one thing : ingredients.”

“At Jonathan Club Chef Jason joined forces with a local urban farming company to plant a 42-bed rooftop garden. Four times each year he used his expertise to contribute to the surrounding neighborhood by inviting underprivileged youth to visit the Club to learn the value of growing fresh ingredients firsthand.”

We’ll get an “a la minute” update from Chef Jason.

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January 25: Jason McLain, Josiah Citrin, Dancin Vineyards, Panxa Cocina 5th Anniversary

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Chef Jason McClain, McClain Chophouse and Philly Jay’s Steaks
Segment Three: Chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse and Citrin, Santa Monica
Segment Four: Dancin Vineyards with Proprietor Dan Marca Part One
Segment Five: Dancin Vineyards with Proprietor Dan Marca Part Two
Segment Six: Chef / Proprietor Arthur Gonzalez – Panxa Cocina, Long Beach – Part One
Segment Seven: Chef / Proprietor Arthur Gonzalez – Panxa Cocina, Long Beach – Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully 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. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

After 8 years as the popular Executive Chef at the prestigious Jonathan Club (Downtown Los Angeles and on the beach in Santa Monica) Jason McClain has amicably departed to pursue some culinary adventures on his own. At Jonathan Club Chef McClain took traditional club fare in the elevated direction of fine dining at a highly rated, independent restaurant. On the horizon is McClain Chophouse, an ingredient-focused premium steak house and, just for fun, an authentic Philly Cheesesteak food truck. We’ll get an “a la minute” update from Chef Jason.

In December, Chef Josiah Citrin debuted the reimagined Mélisse and Citrin, two new culinary concepts under one iconic roof. After closing Michelin two-star Mélisse in Santa Monica last year, Chef Josiah rethought the award-winning dining destination as an engaging, luxe tasting menu restaurant alongside Citrin, an inviting, á la carte concept paying homage to the original Mélisse’s culinary legacy. With this double debut of anticipated restaurants, Chef Josiah continues to solidify his status as a central figure of fine dining in Los Angeles. Chef Josiah joins us,

DANCIN Vineyards (Medford, Oregon) is a lush, Italian-esque vineyard estate where tasting is an experience of enjoyment and relaxation, where wines are served alongside harmonious food pairings. The hospitable proprietors are the gracious husband & wife team of Dan and Cindy Marca. Since we last visited the estate in 2015 the hospitality features for visitors have expanded. Dan Marca is our guest with the update.

Located in Long Beach’s Belmont Heights, Panxa Cocina is a purveyor of modern Latin cuisine from the esteemed Chef / Proprietor Arthur Gonzalez. Since opening, Chef Gonzalez has been serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food. We’re celebrating Panxa’s 5th Anniversary with Chef Art.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. MSG is back in the news as an often-used food additive. What’s in it and should it be avoided? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

Jason McClain of the Jonathan Club and Philly Jay's SteaksAfter 8 years as the popular Executive Chef at the prestigious Jonathan Club (Downtown Los Angeles and on the beach in Santa Monica) Jason McClain has amicably departed to pursue some culinary adventures on his own. At Jonathan Club Chef McClain took traditional club fare in the elevated direction of fine dining at a highly rated, independent restaurant.

On the horizon is McClain Chophouse, an ingredient-focused premium steak house and, just for fun, an authentic Philly Cheesesteak food truck (Philly Jay’s Steaks.)

“Chef McClain received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY and honed his skills under the tutelage of some of the USA’s great culinary talents in Philadelphia and Miami. He has evolved his menus by focusing on one thing : ingredients.”

“At Jonathan Club Chef Jason joined forces with a local urban farming company to plant a 42-bed rooftop garden. Four times each year he used his expertise to contribute to the surrounding neighborhood by inviting underprivileged youth to visit the Club to learn the value of growing fresh ingredients firsthand.”

We’ll get an “a la minute” update from Chef Jason.

Josiah CitrinLast December, Chef Josiah Citrin debuted the reimagined Mélisse and Citrin, two new culinary concepts under one iconic roof. After closing Michelin two-star Mélisse in Santa Monica last year, Chef Josiah remade the award-winning dining destination as an engaging, luxe, intimate tasting menu restaurant alongside Citrin, an inviting, á la carte concept paying homage to the original Mélisse’s culinary legacy.

Chef/Partner Ken Takayama, Wine Director Matthew Luczy, and General Manager James Spencer, all formerly of Mélisse, helm both restaurants which were designed by Dex Studios and Redford House. With this double debut of anticipated restaurants, Chef Josiah continues to solidify his status as a central figure of fine dining in Los Angeles.

“Located within the Mélisse space that flourished in Santa Monica for two decades, Chef Josiah and Chef/Partner Ken Takayama revived their Michelin two-star institution with a new service model which brings a more personal, intimate approach to service. Challenging the format of traditional restaurant service, Mélisse brings the intimacy of the kitchen directly to guests with chefs and sommeliers—who also double as servers—leading diners through the experience. The nine-course tasting menu is intended to bring a sense of discovery, shifting in accordance with the seasons while adhering to Chef Josiah’s signature California progressive cooking style.”

“Drawing from Chef Josiah’s classical French training and longtime connection with the Santa Monica Farmers Market, the coursed tasting menu ($295) can be accompanied by a France and California-focused wine pairing ($195) from Wine Director and Certified Sommelier Matthew Luczy. Guests can also opt for a non-alcoholic pairing ($195), featuring housemade kombucha and infusions.”

“An extension of the original Mélisse, Citrin offers an upscale yet comfortable, convivial, and fun dining experience where guests can expect the same meticulous attention to detail and technique for which chefs Josiah Citrin and Ken Takayama are celebrated. Executed in a California progressive style, the á la carte menu inherits some of the signature dishes that made Mélisse a bastion of the Los Angeles fine dining landscape, including Lobster Bolognese and Caviar Egg.”

“Seasonal ingredients shine on Citrin’s menu in dishes like Truffle Pasta with house-made tagliatelle, truffle foam, and white truffles shaved tableside; Wild Japanese Yellowtail “Buri” with radish, grapefruit, and nori; and Santa Barbara Rockfish with chive blossoms, mussels, mussel broth, and quince mustard.”

“Distinct from the 77-seat dining room, the 22-seat bar offers the full menu and cocktails (which take their names from some of Chef Josiah’s favorite songs), as well as a special burger exclusive to the bar. Citrin’s rock n’ roll cocktail list, also available to order at Mélisse, includes libations like the Love Me Two Times made with mezcal, cherry liqueur, cinnamon demerara, yuzu, and angostura; as well as the Wild Horses with white rum, Pimm’s, blueberry-thyme syrup, lime, and angostura.”

Chef Josiah Cirtin surfs in with all the details.

Dan Marca of Dancin VineyardsDANCIN Vineyards (Medford, Oregon) is a lush, Tuscan Italian-esque vineyard estate known for award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay where tasting is an experience of enjoyment and relaxation, where wines are served alongside harmonious food pairings. The hospitable proprietors are the gracious husband & wife team of Dan and Cindy Marca. We last visited the picturesque hillside estate in 2015 and the facilities for guests have expanded since then. Time for an update.

The Marcas take only one thing more seriously than hospitality – growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes of exceptional quality and making premium wine that expresses the terroir of their special site while spotlighting the grape’s essential character.

“Our winery and tasting room are set magnificently on the forested foothills of Southern Oregon overlooking the Rogue Valley, one of the most unique terroirs in the wine making world. You’ll imagine you’ve been transported to Tuscany or Burgundy, or both!”

“DANCIN is the discipline of cultivating seven separate clones of Pinot Noir along with four distinct clones of Chardonnay to create several exquisite expressions of Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We blend these clones the way an artist mixes hues on a painter’s palette. We also artfully craft Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel and Port-style Pinot Noir. This, our various wines and vintages are named after movements within ballet, a form of dance wherein dedication and discipline are integral to the grace and beauty of the final performance.”

Dan pulls the DANCIN cork for us with an update.

Arthur Gonzalez of Panxa CocinaLocated in Long Beach’s Belmont Heights, Panxa Cocina is a purveyor of modern Latin cuisine from the esteemed Chef / Proprietor Arthur Gonzalez. Panxa Cocina opened in December 2014 and is located on the corner of Broadway and Termino in the Belmont Heights neighborhood of Long Beach. Since opening, Chef Gonzalez has been serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food.

Known for their Weekend Brunch featuring Blue Corn Pancakes. Also popular for their Happy Hour.

“Panxa Cocina was born out of a lifetime of love for Latin cuisine and a desire to support locally sourced foods. Growing up in Cerritos, California, Chef Arthur Gonzalez helped his German mother and his Oaxacan grandmother prepare meals growing up.”

“After working in several restaurants in New Mexico, Chef Gonzalez was introduced to James Beard award-winning Chef Eric Distefano of Coyote Café and Geronimo, who became his mentor. While working at Señor Lucky’s in Santa Fé, Chef Gonzalez met Vanessa Auclair, his current business partner here in California.”

“Vanessa and Chef came back to Southern California to work at McKenna’s On The Bay in Long Beach as Manager and Head Chef, respectively, with the goal of creating delicious, clean and simple food. Their success at McKenna’s led to the opening of seafood focused Roe on Second Street in Belmont Shore. Deciding to try something new, Vanessa and Chef opened Panxa, inspired by their Southwestern roots, together creating a menu authentic to New Mexico and influenced by his family’s cooking throughout his childhood.”

“At Panxa, pronounced pan-zah (the Catalan word for belly), Chef Gonzalez has created a place for flavorful unique dishes, craft cocktails, wine, and an extensive tequila menu.”

We’re celebrating Panxa’s 5th Anniversary with Chef Art.

Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. MSG is back in the news as an often-used food additive. What’s in it and should it be avoided? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Chef Jason McClain, McClain Chophouse and Philly Jay’s Steaks
Segment Three: Chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse and Citrin, Santa Monica
Segment Four: Dancin Vineyards with Proprietor Dan Marca Part One
Segment Five: Dancin Vineyards with Proprietor Dan Marca Part Two
Segment Six: Chef / Proprietor Arthur Gonzalez – Panxa Cocina, Long Beach – Part One
Segment Seven: Chef / Proprietor Arthur Gonzalez – Panxa Cocina, Long Beach – Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 356, January 18, 2020: Show Preview with Co-Host & Executive Producer Andy Harris

Now a captivating preview of Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully 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. Truly couldn’t do it without you.
Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, Napa Valley, has been a pioneering and prominent California winery since 1973. A newer venture for Cakebread is Mullan Road Cellars of Walla Walla in Washington State producing Bordeaux blends. The first release was in 2012. Bruce Cakebread, representing the 2nd generation of proud Family ownership, has worked alongside his father since the founding of the family winery in 1973 and is our guest.

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Susan Feniger is best known for creating Border Grill (Los Angeles & Las Vegas) with her business partner Mary Sue Milliken. She was also one of the first stars on Food Network. The partners have recently made their return to Santa Monica with the launch of Socalo in the Gateway Hotel. Also new to the still growing empire are two fast casual concepts, Border BBQ and Pacha Mamas located at 2nd & PCH on Long Beach. We corral Susan for a chat.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. For budding chefs is culinary school always the right path in terms of training? What does culinary school actually prepare you for upon graduation? Recent trends signal enrollment in culinary schools is perhaps on the decline. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

If you’re a serious foodie and enjoy supporting great causes you’ll relish hearing all the details of the upcoming Careers through Culinary Arts Los Angeles Winter Gala Benefit at the iconic Jonathan Town Club DTLA on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. It’s a spectacular night honoring those exemplary chefs who inspire and mentor the C-CAP students and alumni on their path to success. The high – profile chefs cooking in the kitchen that night include Austin Cobb of The Strand House, Hilary Henderson of Cut Beverly Hills, Michael Hung of Faith & Flower, Mei Lin of Nightshade, Jason McClain of Philly Jay’s Food Truck (Executive Chef Emeritus of Jonathan Club), James Beard award-winner Sherry Yard of “The Great American Baking Show” and the entire culinary team at Jonathan Club. Joining us with all the enticing details are the Director of C-CAP L.A., Lisa Fontanesi, and Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager, Matthew Allnatt.

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

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Show 356, January 18, 2020: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part One

Matthew Allnatt of the Jonathan ClubIf you’re a serious foodie and enjoy supporting great causes you’ll relish hearing all the salivating details of the upcoming Careers through Culinary Arts Los Angeles’ (C-CAP) Winter Gala Benefit at the iconic Jonathan Town Club DTLA on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. It’s a spectacular night honoring those exemplary chefs who inspire and mentor the C-CAP students and alumni on their long path to success.

The high – profile chefs cooking in the kitchen that night include Austin Cobb of The Strand House, Hilary Henderson of Cut Beverly Hills, Michael Hung of Faith & Flower, Mei Lin of Nightshade, Jason McClain of Philly Jay’s Food Truck (Executive Chef Emeritus of Jonathan Club), James Beard award-winner Sherry Yard of “The Great American Baking Show” and the entire culinary team at Jonathan Club.

The Winter Gala will raise funds to support C-CAP L.A’s career readiness programs for underserved high school culinary students in Southern California.

Joining us with all the enticing details are the Director of C-CAP L.A., Lisa Fontanesi, and Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager, Matthew Allnatt.

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Show 356, January 18, 2020: Preview of C-CAP’s Winter Gala Benefit Dinner Part Two

Matthew Allnatt of the Jonathan ClubIf you’re a serious foodie and enjoy supporting great causes you’ll relish hearing all the salivating details of the upcoming Careers through Culinary Arts Los Angeles’ (C-CAP) Winter Gala Benefit at the iconic Jonathan Town Club DTLA on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020. It’s a spectacular night honoring those exemplary chefs who inspire and mentor the C-CAP students and alumni on their long path to success.

The high – profile chefs cooking in the kitchen that night include Austin Cobb of The Strand House, Hilary Henderson of Cut Beverly Hills, Michael Hung of Faith & Flower, Mei Lin of Nightshade, Jason McClain of Philly Jay’s Food Truck (Executive Chef Emeritus of Jonathan Club), James Beard award-winner Sherry Yard of “The Great American Baking Show” and the entire culinary team at Jonathan Club.

Starting the evening is a festive Cocktail Reception. On the menu are a variety of passed, chef-created hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, sparkling wine, craft beer and specialty cocktails created by Brian Summers, Jonathan Club’s Mixologist, celebrating the pre-Prohibition days of the Club. Think pizza bites topped with caviar…

Dinner is a multi-course feast matched with premium, hand-selected wines. Also featured is a Silent & Live Auction offering everything from rare wines to special vacation getaways.

Continuing with us and providing all the enticing details are the Director of C-CAP L.A., Lisa Fontanesi, and Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager, Matthew Allnatt.

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