Show 147, November 21, 2015: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

It’s probably our biggest show of 2015 with two celebrity culinary icons bookending the show. You don’t want to miss it…

Now, in the best Holiday spirit, a tantalizing preview of Saturday’s high-energy and appropriately loaded show and not, with apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a good thing…

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosChef Andrew Gruel’s (our official Guest Host) helpful Thanksgiving tips from November 14th are available by Podcast.

Also our distinguished Host Emeritus of “The SoCal Restaurant Show,” Chef Jet Tila, has his Thanksgiving Recipe Folder available for the asking via his Chef Jet Tila Facebook Page. It’s proven recipes for the turkey, sides and lots more!

Wine selections for the Thanksgiving turkey can always be a source of great anxiety. To the rescue is our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer, Co-Founder of Wine Exchange. As you’ll hear he makes Thanksgiving wine pairings a snap! Also his suggestions are pleasingly affordable.

Renowned Chef Jacques Pepin has written more than two dozen cookbooks and hosted more than 13 popular public television cooking series. Chef Pepin recently completed production of his 14th cooking series for PBS, Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul for KQED in San Francisco. There is also a newly published companion cookbook of the same name. Chef Pepin has announced that this will be his last cooking series so it’s bittersweet. Chef Pepin is our very special guest.

The very best of Fall produce is now available at your favorite food store. We’re going to take a deeper look at seasonal items including Korean Pears, Christmas Crunch Grapes and Cinnamon Persimmons with our esteemed resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Robert will encore on Saturday morning, December 26th with a continuation of his report.

Chef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef at Europa Village Winery in Temecula as well as the Innkeeper at the adjacent Inn at Europa Village. Chef Dean has just returned from a 7-night cruise through Provence starting in Barcelona and ending in Paris. We’ll share in the culinary highlights with Chef Dean himself.

An amazing weekend of Celebrity Chefs, great food and fantastic wines is coming to the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA on December 4th and 5th. It’s a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour event. The host chefs are James Beard Award-winner Jimmy Schmidt and Chef Brian Recor of Morgan’s in the Desert. John Healy, the General Manager of Morgan’s in the Desert (and a long-time associate of Chef Schmidt,) joins us with all the tantalizing details.

Lidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her newest cookbook is Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine written with her daughter, Tanya.

A happy and joyous Thanksgiving celebration to all whether you’re cooking, dining out or a guest with Family.

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

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Show 147, November 21, 2015: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Produce

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioThe very best and freshest of Fall produce is now available at your favorite food store. We’re going to take a deeper look at seasonal items including Korean Pears, Christmas Crunch Grapes and Cinnamon Persimmons with our esteemed resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce in-studio.

New for the season are Melissa’s Roasted Dutch Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Simple re-heat and they are ready to go. Talk about convenience…

Melissa’s Korean Pears, for instance, are crunchy, juicy and sweet. Extreme care is taken while growing these pears; the outcome is a clean, blemish-free fruit. Unlike Western pears, Korean Pears are round and large in size. The skin of the pear has a light, brownish-yellow tint while the inner flesh is white. This variety is cultivated to have an extremely thin skin, which is sweet not bitter.

Melissa’s Korean Pears have a variety of uses in cooking, sliced, diced or shredded over salads, baked, or stuffed for desserts.

Robert will return on Saturday morning, December 26th with a continuation of his report.

 

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November 21: Jacques Pepin, Lidia Bastianich, Wine Exchange, Robert Schueller, Europa Village, La Quinta Resort and Club

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana
Segment Three: Chef Jacques Pepin
Segment Four: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Produce
Segment Five: Chef Dean Thomas, Europa Village & Inn at Europa Village, Temecula, CA
Segment Six: John Healy, Morgan’s in the Desert, La Quinta Resort
Segment Seven: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part One
Segment Eight: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part Two

It’s our biggest show of 2015 with two celebrity culinary icons bookending the show. You really don’t want to miss it…

Now, in the best Holiday spirit, a tantalizing preview of Saturday’s high-energy and appropriately loaded show and not, with apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a good thing…

Wine selections for the Thanksgiving turkey can always be a source of great anxiety. To the rescue is our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor of Wine Exchange. As you’ll hear he makes Thanksgiving wine pairings a simple pop of the cork! Also his suggestions are affordable.

Renowned Chef Jacques Pepin has written more than two dozen cookbooks and hosted more than 13 popular public television cooking series. Chef Pepin recently complerted production of his 14th cooking series for PBS, “Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul” for KQED in San Francisco. There is also a newly published companion cookbook of the same name. Chef Pepin (80 years-young next month) is our very special guest.

The very best of Fall produce is now available at your favorite food store. We’re going to take a deeper look at seasonal items including Korean Pears, Christmas Crunch Grapes and Cinnamon Persimmons with our esteemed resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Robert will encore on Saturday morning, December 5th with a continuation of his sprouting report.

Chef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef at Europa Village Winery in Temecula as well as the Innkeeper at the adjacent Inn at Europa Village. Chef Dean has just returned from a 7-night river cruise through Provence starting in Barcelona and ending in Paris. We’ll share in the culinary highlights with Chef Dean himself.

An amazing weekend of Celebrity Chefs, great food and fantastic wines is coming to the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA. on December 4th and 5th. It’s a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour event. The host chefs are James Beard Award-winner Jimmy Schmidt and Chef Brian Recor of Morgan’s in the Desert. John Healy, the General Manager of Morgan’s in the Desert (and a long-time associate of Chef Schmidt) joins us with all the tantalizing details.

Lidia Bastianich is one of the most-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her newest cookbook is Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine written with her daughter, Tanya. We’re in the kitchen with Lidia.

A happy and joyous Thanksgiving celebration to all whether you’re cooking, dining out or a guest with Family.

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

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeWine selections for the Thanksgiving turkey can always be a source of great anxiety. To the rescue is our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor of Wine Exchange in Santa Ana. As you’ll hear he makes Thanksgiving wine pairings a simple pull of the cork! Also his suggestions are happily affordable.

“We would shy away from big, powerful, tannic wines that would overwhelm the turkey meat and not be versatile enough to play with the variety of other things that can appear on the holiday table.  Things like big Cabs, Zins, and Syrahs are great with red meats.  Such wines would bludgeon the delicate bird and be further complicated in the wake of stuffing, yams, and other such themed delicacies.  They might play alright if you are doing more exotic preparations like smoking or deep frying your bird, but even that’s a little bit of a stretch.”

Jacques PepinRenowned Chef Jacques Pepin has written more than two dozen cookbooks and hosted more than 13 popular public television cooking series. Chef Pepin recently completed production of his 14th cooking series for PBS, Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul for KQED in San Francisco. There is also a newly published companion cookbook of the same name, Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen.

Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen is an intimate look at the celebrity chef and the food he cooks at home with family and friends—200 recipes in all. There are the simple dinners Jacques prepares for his wife, like the world’s best burgers (the secret is ground brisket). There are elegant dinners for small gatherings, with tantalizing starters like Camembert cheese with a pistachio crust and desserts like little foolproof chocolate soufflés. And there are the dishes for backyard parties, including grilled chicken tenderloin in an Argentinean chimichurri sauce.

Spiced with reminiscences and stories, this book reveals the unorthodox philosophy of the man who taught millions how to cook, revealing his frank views on molecular gastronomy, the locovore movement, Julia Child and James Beard, on how to raise a child who will eat almost anything, and much, much more.  For both longtime fans of Jacques and those who are discovering him for the first time, this is a must-have cookbook.

“For this book, mindful that as I approach eighty years old I have a limited number of cookbooks in my future, I decided to gather a collection of recipes that I cook at home today.” Jacques Pepin.

Chef Pepin is our very special guest.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety ProduceThe very best and freshest of Fall produce is now available on the produce aisle at your favorite food store. We’re going to take a deeper look at seasonal items including Korean Pears, Christmas Crunch Grapes and Cinnamon Persimmons with our esteemed resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Melissa’s Korean Pears, for instance, are crunchy, juicy and sweet. Extreme care is taken while growing these pears; the outcome is a clean, blemish-free fruit. Unlike Western pears, Korean Pears are round and large in size. The skin of the pear has a light, brownish-yellow tint while the inner flesh is white. This variety is cultivated to have an extremely thin skin, which is sweet not bitter.

Melissa’s Korean Pears have a variety of uses in cooking, sliced, diced or shredded over salads, baked, or stuffed for desserts.

Robert will encore on Saturday morning, December 5th with a continuation of his report.

Dean ThomasChef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef at Europa Village Winery in Temecula as well as the Innkeeper at the adjacent Inn at Europa Village. His from-scratch, 2-course breakfasts with International themes for the Inn’s guests are the talk of Temecula Valley.

Chef Dean has just returned from a 7-night AmaWaterways river cruise through Provence starting in Barcelona and ending in Paris.

We’ll share in the culinary highlights with Chef Dean himself including a meal at Chef Paul Bocuse’s l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Lyon.

At Europa Village on Friday, November 27th is Vivi Bene.” It’s their festive antidote to “Black Friday” starting at 10:00 a.m. From 5 to 8:00 p.m. there will be Strolling Carolers and Chef Dean’s Delights including bread pudding, mulled wine, cider, butternut squash bisque and house-made preserves.

James Beard Foundation Epicurian WeekendAn amazing weekend of Celebrity Chefs, great food and fantastic wines is coming to the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA. on December 4th and 5th. It’s a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour event. The host chefs are James Beard Award-winner Jimmy Schmidt and Chef Brian Recor of Morgan’s in the Desert.

Participating chefs include Richard Blais of Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, Pete Eshelman of Joseph Decuis in Roanoke, IN, James Beard Foundation Award-Winner Larry Forgione of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA, James Beard Award Winner Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Las Vegas and Suzanne Tracht of Jar in Los Angeles. Also winemakers Mike Grgich of Grgich Hill Estate Winery and Barbara and Bruce Neyers of Neyers Winery in St. Helena.

Friday December 4th is the Rustic Dinner Under the Stars and Saturday, December 5th is the Celebrity Chef Tour Gala.

John Healy, the General Manager of Morgan’s in the Desert (and a long-time associate of Chef Schmidt,) joins us with all the tantalizing details.

Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her newest cookbook is Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine written with her daughter, Tanya.

From the Emmy-winning host of “Lidia’s Kitchen”, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class : a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking. The volume covers everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

Teaching has always been Lidia’s passion, and in this magnificent book she gives us the full benefit of that passion and her deep, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create delicious Italian meals. The 400 recipes run the full gamut from classics like Risotto alla Milanese and Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce to Lidia’s always-satisfying originals like Bread and Prune Gnocchi and Best Ravioli in Poppy Sauce.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana
Segment Three: Chef Jacques Pepin
Segment Four: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Produce
Segment Five: Chef Dean Thomas, Europa Village & Inn at Europa Village, Temecula, CA
Segment Six: John Healy, Morgan’s in the Desert, La Quinta Resort
Segment Seven: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part One
Segment Eight: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part Two

Show 99, November 29, 2014: Produce Guru Robert Schueller, Melissa’s / World Variety Produce

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety ProduceRobert Schueller, the prince of produce at Melissa’s, joins us for a look at what’s fresh in the marketplace for the Holidays. We’ll talk Sweet Limes and other citrus, Christmas Crunch Grapes, Korean Pears, and Cinnamon Persimmon.

Sweet Limes are thought to be a cross between Mexican limes and sweet lemons. Melissa’s Sweet Limes are extremely sweet when ripe and without the citric acid. These sweet and delicious limes are very aromatic and juicy.

Robert also talks about preparing Hibiscus Tea. It has a pleasantly flowery aroma with a fruity-tart flavor, reminiscent of cranberry. Very refreshing…

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Show 55, January 4, 2013: Robert Schueller, The Produce Guru, Melissa’s / World Variety Produce

With the new year what’s in season with local fruits and vegetables?

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety ProduceOur resident produce guru, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce, is back with us to highlight what’s best of the season right now.

We’ll talk Korean Pears, Cocktail Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Key Limes, Dutch Yellow Potatoes, Padron Peppers, Baby Brussels Sprouts and Kale Sprouts.

Cocktail Grapefruit are exceptionally sweet and juicy. They are a delicious cross between a Frua Mandarin and a Pummelo. The Cocktail Grapefruit is much sweeter and less acidic than traditional grapefruit.

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January 4: Bill Esparza, Brian Thorson, Sean E. Brown, Ivan Orkin, Jesus Sanchez, Robert Schueller

Podcasts

Segment One: Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Bill Esparza, The Mexican Food Maestro and Street Gourmet LA Blog
Segment Three: Brian Thorson, Brewmaster, Haven Gastropub + Brewery
Segment Four: Sean E. Brown, Executive Chef, ESPN Zone of Anaheim
Segment Five: Chef Ivan Orkin, The Ramen Authority Part One
Segment Six: Chef Ivan Orkin, The Ramen Authority Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Jesus Sanchez CEC, Culinary Arts Institute, Los Angeles Mission College
Segment Eight: Robert Schueller, The Produce Guru, Melissa’s / World Variety Produce

We’re starting off 2014 with a bang. Tune-in…

Chef Jet and Producer Andy preview the show.

We have the fascinating story of a middle-aged chef from New York who ventured to Japan to find himself, opened a modest ramen shop in a Tokyo suburb, and became a huge culinary celebrity in Japan! Bill Esparza is also with us, the Mexican Food Maestro and the unofficial Ambassador to the foods of Baja. Also a look at the truly affordable culinary arts program at Los Angeles Mission College, part of the Community College system.

Bill EsparzaThe 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show returns to the West Hall of the L.A. Convention Center on January 18 & 19. Our favorite Mexican Food Maestro, Bill Esparza, of the Street Gourmet LA blog is with us to preview his activities at the show.

Bill has cooking demos on the Flavors of the World Stage on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. The Sunday demo he is doing with Mariana Oviedo who represents the 2nd generation of the acclaimed Guerrerense food cart in Ensenada, Mexico started by her mother, Sabina Bandera in 1962.

Brian Thorson of Haven Gastropub and BreweryHaven Gastropub + Brewery in Old Pasadena has a new brewmaster, Brian Thorson, who has been with them for a year now gaining significant acclaim from area craft beer enthusiasts. Previously in Northern California Brian created quite a following at Drake’s and Trumer Pils.

Brian brews for both Havens as well as a few select wholesale accounts. There are typically some 12 Haven styles at any given moment but that varies by season.

A current standout is El Barista Rojo brewed with Portola Coffee Lab coffee (added during conditioning.) Also of particular note is the Hops, Inc. This IPA showcases hop flavor and aroma without bitterness.

Sean Brown of the ESPN Zone in AnaheimThe ESPN Zone in Anaheim in Downtown Disney is the last of the ESPN Zones so it’s a special place. ESPN television and radio is owned by Disney and its an enormous profit center for the parent corporation.

Besides being the primo sports viewing complex of choice in the area there is a welcome new direction in the food. The new executive chef, Sean E. Brown, is committed to serving the best in homestyle American comfort food. Let’s talk about the brined pork chop special for instance.

Chef Sean spent ten years cooking in Hawaii before returning to the mainland so fresh and local is part of his repertoire! He wants to be part of the community and especially welcomes Orange County locals to stop-by and say hello.

Look for a new lunch menu in the near future. Currently they offer an all-day menu.

Ivan Orkin of Ivan RamenIn 2007, Chef Ivan Orkin, a middle-aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy. In the food-zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop. He had never launched a restaurant previously.

He was a foreigner trying to make a name for himself in a place that is fiercely opinionated about ramen. At first customers came because they were simply curious. Word then spread quickly about Ivan’s handmade noodles, clean and complex broth, and thoughtfully prepared toppings.

Soon enough Chef Ivan became a culinary celebrity in Japan. Fame in Japan begat his own best-selling brand of premium instant ramen.

Ivan Ramen in New York City and TokyoToday there are two busy Ivan Ramen locations in Tokyo and the new Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop in Manhattan. Ivan Ramen New York, a full-service Japanese restaurant, will open in the next couple of months.

International food authority Anthony Bourdain (CNN’s “Parts Unknown”) had this to say about Ivan Orkin :
“What Ivan Orkin does not know about noodles is not worth knowing.”

Ivan Orkin has told his story in the newly published Ivan Ramen – Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint. It’s both a memoir and a cookbook. Chef Ivan shares more than forty recipes including the complete, detailed recipe for his signature Shio Ramen.

Celebrity Chef David Chang of the Momofuku restaurant empire in New York wrote the hilarious forward.

Where can you go to culinary school locally, get a solid foundation, and not be in debt for the rest of your life?

Jesus Sanchez of the Culinary Arts Institute at Los Angeles Mission CollegeCertified Executive Chef Jesus Sanchez, a Culinary Instructor at the Culinary Arts Institute at Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar for 11 years, is with us with all the key 411.

Their Culinary Arts Institute is housed in a new 85,000 sq. ft. building with 6 classrooms, a demonstration lab/classroom and 7 impressive kitchen lab classrooms.

They offer both an Associate in Arts Degree in Culinary Arts and an Associate in Arts Degree in Restaurant Management. In addition there are Certificate Programs for Achievement in Culinary Arts, Baking & Patisserie, and Restaurant Management.

With the new year what’s in season with local fruits and vegetables?

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety ProduceOur resident produce guru, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce, is back with us to highlight what’s best of the season right now.

We’ll talk Korean Pears, Cocktail Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Key Limes, Dutch Yellow Potatoes, Padron Peppers, Baby Brussels Sprouts and Kale Sprouts.

Podcasts

Segment One: Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris
Segment Two: Bill Esparza, The Mexican Food Maestro and Street Gourmet LA Blog
Segment Three: Brian Thorson, Brewmaster, Haven Gastropub + Brewery
Segment Four: Sean E. Brown, Executive Chef, ESPN Zone of Anaheim
Segment Five: Chef Ivan Orkin, The Ramen Authority Part One
Segment Six: Chef Ivan Orkin, The Ramen Authority Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Jesus Sanchez CEC, Culinary Arts Institute, Los Angeles Mission College
Segment Eight: Robert Schueller, The Produce Guru, Melissa’s / World Variety Produce

Show 5: November 10, 2012: Melissa’s Produce Moment with Produce Guru Robert Schueller and Corporate Chef Ida Rodriguez

We’re talking Korean Pears, Meyer Lemons and Organic Crimson Gold Apples (grown in California.) The Korean Pears are incredibly juicy and delicious, are the size of a large apple, and crunch. Quite a treat…

Look for Chef Ida’s easy to prepare recipes for Asian Pear Slaw, Asian Pear Tart, and the Meyer Lemon Tart on the Melissa’s website.

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