Show 133, August 1, 2015: Food Network’s Simon Majumdar

Simon MajumdarSimon Majumdar is a food writer, broadcaster, Food TV personality, and author of the recently published, Fed, White and Blue – Finding America with My Fork. You know him as the no-nonsense judge on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen with host Alton Brown. In fact, Mr. Brown penned the enthusiastic Forward to Fed, White, and Blue.

Simon is probably not your typical idea of an immigrant. As he says, “I’m well rested, not particularly poor, and the only time I ever encountered “huddled masses” is in line at Costco.” But immigrate he did, and thanks to a Homeland Security agent who asked if he planned to make it official, the journey chronicled in Fed, White, and Blue was born. In it Simon sets off on a trek across the United States to find out what it really means to become an American, using what he knows best: food.

Simon will chronicle a couple of his expeditions in the book including helping to brew an exceptional ESB at the American Brewing Company in Edmonds, Washington and a wild nighttime eating and imbibing tour of Los Angeles’ extraordinary K-Town with the three young Korean owners (Chef Chris Oh and Yong & Ted Kim) of Seoul Sausage Co. (They now call him “Uncle Simon.”) It’s a possibility some alcohol may have been consumed in the in-depth research for this book…

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Show 8: December 1, 2012: Bricia Lopez of the Guelaguetza Restaurants in K-Town and Plaza Mexico in Lynwood

Mezcal originated in Oaxaca where Bricia was born and she has developed a special expertise with Mezcal and Tequila. There is even a Mezcaleria at the K-Town location. All Tequila is a Mezcal. Bricia provided a helpful introduction to both spirits and how they are created and distilled. Both are designed to be enjoyed neat.

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Oct. 13: Susan Feniger, Seoul Sausage. Sommelier William Lewis, Pumpkin Festival

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Segment One: Susan Feniger
Segment Two: Seoul Sausage Part One
Segment Three: Seoul Sausage Part Two
Segment Four: Sommelier William Lewis Part One
Segment Four: Sommelier William Lewis Part Two
Segment Six: Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival
It’s a grab bag of treats on the Oct. 13th show so don’t miss a moment.

Seoul SausageIf you follow Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” then you know they changed things up dramatically for Season 3 and the level of competition was even harder. This season the contestants had no experience operating a food truck. Each team was given the food truck of their dreams to start things off in Long Beach last Summer. Each week as a team was eliminated they needed to turn their keys over and go home. They were competing for their own custom, fully equipped food truck (representing the competitor’s chosen cuisine) and a cool $50,000 cash prize.

The dramatic finale was Los Angeles versus New Jersey. Our very own Yong Kim, Ted Kim, and Chef Chris Oh from K-Town prevailed with their Seoul Sausage Co. concept. They made friends all across the country on the way to the finale in Maine. It’s their signature fusion sausages and innovative flaming fried balls (which were developed during the show.) They didn’t have enough money in the beginning to buy a sausage machine so they had to adapt their menu.

Yong, Ted, and Chef Chris will all be with us to recount their incredible journey! They have just opened a Seoul Sausage Co. outlet in Little Osaka in West L.A. The truck will be back on the streets of L.A. in November.

Susan Feniger Street FoodNext is Chef Susan Feniger who is well-known in Los Angeles as half the founding team of Border Grill in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Las Vegas. She was a Food Network star early in the history of Food Network. Instead of slowing down in recent years Susan has revved up. Street, Susan’s personal tribute to International Street Food, opened in 2010 to great acclaim. A Street Cookbook was recently released. Susan also more than held her own on a very tough season of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”

How about a glass of wine with all the conversation? Sommelier William Lewis of The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar in Tustin’s The District is next in the house. William was the recipient of the “Wine List of the Year” Award at the recent Golden Foodie Awards in Newport Beach. He’ll speak about what to expect from a Sommelier and how he arrives at his suggestions for truly inspired wine and food pairings.

Finally it’s Cal Poly Pomona’s 20th Anniversary Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 20th & 21st from 8 to 5:00 p.m. hosted by their Farm Store and the College of Agriculture. Admission to this family-friendly event is free and some 50,000 pumpkins will be in the patch! Pumpkin Festival Hotline is (909) 869-2215.

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Segment One: Susan Feniger
Segment Two: Seoul Sausage Part One
Segment Three: Seoul Sausage Part Two
Segment Four: Sommelier William Lewis Part One
Segment Four: Sommelier William Lewis Part Two
Segment Six: Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival