Show 406, January 2, 2021: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur 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. Chef Andrew is regularly updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants which is a genuine (and increasingly growing) concern.

Extended restrictions for restaurants from Governor Gavin Newsom are now in place for Southern California (as of December 29th) for at least the first 3 weeks of January. Chef Andrew updates us on the inspiring progress for the grass-roots, “86 The Struggle” campaign to benefit local out-of-work and struggling restaurant workers. As of the broadcast Chef Andrew and his wife, Lauren, have raised over $202,000. They are doing this all on their own (as volunteers) and are personally vetting all applications. Contributors can be sure that their donations are going to the most in-need recipients. Over $100,000 has already reached struggling recipients but the need is far greater and, sadly, still growing daily.

Heartfelt thanks to Neil Saavedra of the “Fork Report” heard Saturday afternoons on KFI-AM 640 (also the Assistant Program Director) for so generously embracing this worthy cause and putting his considerable efforts behind it. Neil considers chefs and restaurateurs to be extensions of his own Family and is very sincere about doing all he can to particularly support small & Family-owned restaurants at this dire time of need in the Hospitality business.

What’s in store for restaurants and dining in 2021? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”