Show 563, February 3, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Celebrity chef and best-selling author Carla Hall takes viewers on a global adventure to explore the unexpected roots of popular dishes within today’s American food culture on the new original Max series Chasing Flavor now available for streaming on MAX. Follow along as Carla’s curiosity about America’s most delicious dishes from chicken pot pie to ice cream leads her to Ghana, Italy, Turkey, and more. Along the way, Carla traces the history and lineage of dishes, discovering the interconnected, international origins and cultures that paved the way for today’s American cuisine – because if you don’t know the history, then you don’t know the dish. Join Carla as she chases flavor across the globe to find out how it all comes together on the American plate.” Chef Carla Hall is our energetic guide as we embark on the global journey of Chasing Flavor.

Michael Crupain M.D. is a board-certified preventive medicine physician, Emmy® Award-winning producer, cookbook author, and self-described “wellness crusader,” who recently released his third book, The Power Five – A Cookbook. He’s also a certified foodie. Unlike other health books that are all about what not to eat, this book is a celebration of eating more.  Within its pages, Dr. Crupain spotlights five food categories—fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, fish—that not only support health and longevity, but are also incredibly delicious, especially when home cooks are armed with his insights.  Healthy cooking and eating shouldn’t mean boring.  With 85 vibrant, nourishing recipes, The Power Five brings smart, creative, and practical ideas to the table.” Dr. Crupain trades his stethoscope for a wire whisk and joins us.

Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first true neo-bistro, a casual, convivial space that is both a distillation of Chef Doug Rankin‘s broad gastronomic interests and a deeply personal expression of his individualistic style. ‘Chelou’ (French slang for ‘strange’ or ‘unexpected’) is both the name and unifying theme of the restaurant, which draws from a range of culinary traditions and service styles to create something personal, novel and fun. The restaurant is located within the historic Pasadena Playhouse complex.” Standout dishes include “Carrots,” a salad with coconut dressing, lime leaf, peanuts and shoestring potatoes, and Rainbow Trout with corn rice and garlic chive pil-pil. Chef Doug Rankin takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

The Los Angeles International Wine Competition {LAIWC) at Fairplex in Pomona is celebrating 89 years, the oldest wine competition in the USA, tracing its heritage back to the end of the Prohibition era in 1935. As the original L.A.-based competition, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition was established to celebrate the resurgence of winemaking and has continued to uphold its legacy as one of the United States’ foremost wine competitions. With a rich history and a global reach, this competition has attracted entries from wine regions across the world.” Chairwoman Spreti Valente, a certified sommelier, joins us to uncork all that is the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. “The Big Game” with the 49ers and the Chiefs is coming up on February 11th. Chef Andrew will share his salivating ideas for the tastiest in “Big Game Edibles.” Think enhanced chicken wings purest guacamole.

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

Show 563, February 3, 2024: The L.A. International Wine Competition with Chairperson Spreti Valente, MS

Certified Sommelier Spreti Valente

“The Los Angeles International Wine Competition {LAIWC) at Fairplex in Pomona is celebrating 89 years, the oldest wine competition in the USA, tracing its heritage back to the end of the Prohibition era in 1935.”

“As the original L.A.-based competition, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition was established to celebrate the resurgence of winemaking and has continued to uphold its legacy as one of the United States’ foremost wine competitions. With a rich history and a global reach, this competition has attracted entries from wine regions across the world.”

“Under the expert leadership of Chairwoman Spreti Valente, CS, the competition is set for a momentous 2024 edition. Valente, a passionate advocate for exceptional wines, has embarked on a mission to survey diverse wine regions, having already journeyed through much of California, New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and the Finger Lakes Region of New York in search of outstanding wines to enter into the competition.”

The final entry deadline is Feb. 23, 2024, with judging scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on March 20 and 21, 2024.

“Medal-winning wines from LAIWC are featured in the LA County Fair’s wine education program and are poured at a special consumer event in the summer, Cheers. Cheers offers wine aficionados and casual wine drinkers an opportunity to explore the best of the best from the competition, providing them with guidance as they select wines to drink at home and at play.”

Chairwoman Spreti Valente joins us to uncork all that is the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

February 3: Carla Hall, Michael Crupain M.D., Bar Chelou, Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Carla Hall with Max’s “Chasing Flavor” Part One
Segment Three: Chef Carla Hall with Max’s “Chasing Flavor” Part Two
Segment Four: Michael Crupain, M.D. with The Power Five – A Cookbook Part One
Segment Five: Michael Crupain, M.D. with The Power Five – A Cookbook Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Doug Rankin, Bar Chelou, Pasadena
Segment Seven: The L.A. International Wine Competition with Chairperson Spreti Valente, MS
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

“Celebrity chef and best-selling author Carla Hall takes viewers on a global adventure to explore the unexpected roots of popular dishes within today’s American food culture on the new original Max series Chasing Flavor now available for streaming on MAX. Follow along as Carla’s curiosity about America’s most delicious dishes from chicken pot pie to ice cream leads her to Ghana, Italy, Turkey, and more. Along the way, Carla traces the history and lineage of dishes, discovering the interconnected, international origins and cultures that paved the way for today’s American cuisine – because if you don’t know the history, then you don’t know the dish. Join Carla as she chases flavor across the globe to find out how it all comes together on the American plate.” Chef Carla Hall is our energetic guide as we embark on the global journey of Chasing Flavor.

“Michael Crupain M.D. is a board-certified preventive medicine physician, Emmy® Award-winning producer, cookbook author, and self-described “wellness crusader,” who recently released his third book, The Power Five – A Cookbook. Unlike other health books that are all about what not to eat, this book is a celebration of eating more. Within its pages, Dr. Crupain spotlights five food categories—fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, fish—that not only support health and longevity, but are also incredibly delicious, especially when home cooks are armed with his insights. Healthy cooking and eating shouldn’t mean boring. With 85 vibrant, nourishing recipes, The Power Five brings smart, creative, and practical ideas to the table.” Dr. Crupain trades his stethoscope for a wire whisk and joins us.

“Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first true neo-bistro, a casual, convivial space that is both a distillation of Chef Doug Rankin’s broad gastronomic interests and a deeply personal expression of his individualistic style. ‘Chelou’ (French slang for ‘strange’ or ‘unexpected’) is both the name and unifying theme of the restaurant, which draws from a range of culinary traditions and service styles to create something personal, novel and fun. The restaurant is located within the historic Pasadena Playhouse complex.” Standout dishes include “Carrots,” a salad with coconut dressing, lime leaf, peanuts and shoestring potatoes, and Rainbow Trout with corn rice and garlic chive pil-pil. Chef Doug Rankin takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

“The Los Angeles International Wine Competition {LAIWC) at Fairplex in Pomona is celebrating 89 years, the oldest wine competition in the USA, tracing its heritage back to the end of the Prohibition era in 1935. As the original L.A.-based competition, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition was established to celebrate the resurgence of winemaking and has continued to uphold its legacy as one of the United States’ foremost wine competitions. With a rich history and a global reach, this competition has attracted entries from wine regions across the world.” Chairwoman Spreti Valente, a certified sommelier, joins us to uncork all that is the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm(New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. “The Big Game” with the 49ers and The Chiefs is coming up on February 11th. Chef Andrew will share his salivating ideas for the tastiest in “Big Game Edibles.”

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

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall

“Celebrity chef and best-selling author Carla Hall takes viewers on a global adventure to explore the unexpected roots of popular dishes within today’s American food culture on the new original Max series Chasing Flavor now available for streaming on MAX. Follow along as Carla’s curiosity about America’s most delicious dishes from chicken pot pie to ice cream leads her to Ghana, Italy, Turkey, and more. Along the way, Carla traces the history and lineage of dishes, discovering the interconnected, international origins and cultures that paved the way for today’s American cuisine – because if you don’t know the history, then you don’t know the dish. Join Carla as she chases flavor across the globe to find out how it all comes together on the American plate.”

“Chasing Flavor brings together so many of the things I am passionate about. It’s about food, and family, and sharing stories and history and travel. And more importantly, giving credit to the cultures that had a hand in a particular dish,” said Hall. “I’m really proud of this show. Everyone involved in making it, myself included, put their heart and souls into it. It was a wonderful adventure, and I can’t wait for others to share it.”

“Throughout the six half-hour episodes, Carla dives into American classics from shrimp and grits to hot chicken, to barbeque, and more. On one episode, Carla is on an unexpected dairy adventure that takes her from the United States, to Italy, and to Turkey to discover the origins of ice cream. Stopping at the top ice cream spots in New York and Philadelphia, Carla learns the unique churning methods used to give the classic dessert its smooth, creamy texture. Then, in Italy Carla gets a lesson on the difference between ice cream and gelato, and in Turkey, Carla is like a kid again playing with her food as she uncovers a unique ingredient that gives ice cream its silkiness.”

“Carla’s travels do not end there as she goes on a taco trip to Mexico and discovers how a vertical flame helped cultures collide to create tacos al pastor. She also explores how Jamaica helped to shape the flaky crust of chicken pot pie, and in Ghana, she gets a spicy taste of the roots of hot chicken with chef Eric Adjepong. With every bite in every country, Carla’s journey highlights the influences that have shaped American cuisine.”

Chef Carla Hall is our energetic guide as we embark on the global journey of Chasing Flavor.

Author Michael Crupain MD

Michael Crupain M.D. is a board-certified preventive medicine physician, Emmy® Award-winning producer, cookbook author, and self-described “wellness crusader,” who recently released his third book, The Power Five – A Cookbook. Unlike other health books that are all about what not to eat, this book is a celebration of eating more. Within its pages, Dr. Crupain spotlights five food categories—fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, fish—that not only support health and longevity, but are also incredibly delicious, especially when home cooks are armed with his insights. Healthy cooking and eating shouldn’t mean boring. With 85 vibrant, nourishing recipes, The Power Five brings smart, creative, and practical ideas to the table.”

“Recipe spotlights include Eggplant Parmigiana a doctor can actually approve of, Miso “Creamed” Corn, Lasagna Bread, Roasted Harissa Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto and Avocado, Shrimp Fried Oats, along with desserts like spiced brownies and fruit filled cakes.”

“Eating the Power Five foods doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor or your favorite meals – you can still have pastas, breads and sweets. After years of research and hours in the kitchen, Dr. Crupain has crafted a collection of more than 85 mouthwatering recipes that put flavor on the front burner while helping to ward off illness and increase longevity.”

“Michael Crupain, MD, MPH, is a board-certified preventive medicine physician, Emmy® Award-winning producer, co-author of What to Eat When and the What to Eat When Cookbook, and self-described “wellness crusader,” who just released his third book, The Power Five. He’s spent years studying culinary practices in his travels around the world and in kitchens of both grandmas and great chefs, bringing this wisdom to his medical career that spans EVP at the digital health company Sharecare, director of food safety testing at Consumer Reports, chief medical officer at The Dr. Oz Show, and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

Dr. Crupain trades his stethoscope for a wire whisk and joins us.

Doug Rankin of Bar Chelou

Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first true neo-bistro, a casual, convivial space that is both a distillation of Chef Doug Rankin’s broad gastronomic interests and a deeply personal expression of his individualistic style. ‘Chelou’ (French slang for ‘strange’ or ‘unexpected’) is both the name and unifying theme of the restaurant, which draws from a range of culinary traditions and service styles to create something personal, novel and fun. The restaurant is located within the historic Pasadena Playhouse complex.”

Standout dishes include “Carrots,” a salad with coconut dressing, lime leaf, peanuts and shoestring potatoes, and Rainbow Trout with corn rice and garlic chive pil-pil.

Chef Doug Rankin takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us.

Certified Sommelier Spreti Valente

“The Los Angeles International Wine Competition {LAIWC) at Fairplex in Pomona is celebrating 89 years, the oldest wine competition in the USA, tracing its heritage back to the end of the Prohibition era in 1935.”

“As the original L.A.-based competition, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition was established to celebrate the resurgence of winemaking and has continued to uphold its legacy as one of the United States’ foremost wine competitions. With a rich history and a global reach, this competition has attracted entries from wine regions across the world.”

“Under the expert leadership of Chairwoman Spreti Valente, CS, the competition is set for a momentous 2024 edition. Valente, a passionate advocate for exceptional wines, has embarked on a mission to survey diverse wine regions, having already journeyed through much of California, New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and the Finger Lakes Region of New York in search of outstanding wines to enter into the competition.”

The final entry deadline is Feb. 23, 2024, with judging scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on March 20 and 21, 2024.

“Medal-winning wines from LAIWC are featured in the LA County Fair’s wine education program and are poured at a special consumer event in the summer, Cheers. Cheers offers wine aficionados and casual wine drinkers an opportunity to explore the best of the best from the competition, providing them with guidance as they select wines to drink at home and at play.”

Chairwoman Spreti Valente joins us to uncork all that is the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

“The Big Game” with the 49ers and the Chiefs is coming up on Sunday, February 11th. Chef Andrew will share his salivating ideas for the tastiest in worthy “Big Game Edibles.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Carla Hall with Max’s “Chasing Flavor” Part One
Segment Three: Chef Carla Hall with Max’s “Chasing Flavor” Part Two
Segment Four: Michael Crupain, M.D. with The Power Five – A Cookbook Part One
Segment Five: Michael Crupain, M.D. with The Power Five – A Cookbook Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef Doug Rankin, Bar Chelou, Pasadena
Segment Seven: The L.A. International Wine Competition with Chairperson Spreti Valente, MS
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 527, May 27, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the details of long-in-the-works Trani’s Dockside Station.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, the renowned restaurant (started in Tustin) that has been delighting diners for 35 years with its unique Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, is celebrating multiple milestones this year – its 35th anniversary and expansion into San Clemente. What began as a modest, home-based catering company in 1987 has become one of Orange County’s most iconic multi-unit mainstays, continuing to make waves as it expands throughout Southern California. Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, Zov’s has been a staple in Orange County’s dining scene, earning numerous awards and accolades for its flavorful dishes, warm hospitality, and elegant ambiance. The Armenian immigrant credits family support as the foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Her son, Armen, now leads the brand’s expansion as Zov’s CEO, and her daughter, Taleene, envisions its creative direction.” 2nd generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guide to all things Zov’s.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s Memorial Day Weekend. First Chef Andrew properly reminds us that there is more significance to this holiday besides the treat of Summer grilling. Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season Chef Andrew shares a few genuinely useful tips.

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

Show 527, May 27, 2023: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part One

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2023 Los Angeles County Fair concludes its season in Pomona on Monday, May 29th.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheeto Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Remember its his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

Also generating praise is the new Hot Honey Pizza. It’s both hot and sweet on a pizza with premium Mike’s Hot Honey. A great variation on a traditional Pepperoni Pizza.

We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet. A giant Turkey Leg has appeared.

Show 527, May 27, 2023: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part Two

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2023 Los Angeles County Fair concludes its season in Pomona on Monday, May 29th.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheeto Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Remember its his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

The conversation continues with Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri. A giant Turkey Leg has appeared.

May 27: Trani’s Dockside Station, Midway Gourmet, Zov’s 35th Anniversary

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part One
Segment Three: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part Two
Segment Four: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part One
Segment Five: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part Two
Segment Six: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part One
Segment Seven: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

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

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the details of long-in-the-works Trani’s Dockside Station.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

“Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, the renowned restaurant (started in Tustin) that has been delighting diners for 35 years with its unique Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, is celebrating multiple milestones this year – its 35th anniversary and expansion into San Clemente. What began as a catering company in 1987 has become one of Orange County’s most iconic multi-unit mainstays, continuing to make waves as it expands throughout Southern California. Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, Zov’s has been a staple in Orange County’s dining scene, earning numerous awards and accolades for its flavorful dishes, warm hospitality, and elegant ambiance. The Armenian immigrant credits family support as the foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Her son, Armen, now leads the brand’s expansion as Zov’s CEO, and her daughter, Taleene, envisions its creative direction.”

2nd generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guide to all things Zov’s.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s Memorial Day Weekend. First Chef Andrew reminds us that there is more significance to this holiday besides the treat of Summer grilling. Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season Chef Andrew shares a few genuinely useful tips.

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

Dustin Trani

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro.

His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been carefully restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The handsome and spacious Trani’s Dockside (with inside and outside patio seating) features coastal cuisine with a prominent exhibition raw bar and wood-fired cooking. The bustling wholesale fish market is located directly across the street from Trani’s. When it comes to premium seafood It doesn’t get any fresher than that.

The distinctive curved stone and mahogany wood bar top (circa 1947) was repurposed from a departed area drinking establishment of note. An antique,1,600- pound cast bronze teller’s table from the original Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) serves as the unusual community table.

Chef Dustin Trani is our guest with a platter of freshly shucked oysters at the ready.

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2023 Los Angeles County Fair concludes its season in Pomona on Monday, May 29th.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheeto Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Remember its his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet. A giant Turkey Leg has appeared.

Armen Karamardian of Zovs

Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, the renowned restaurant (started in Tustin) that has been delighting diners for 35 years with its unique Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, is celebrating multiple milestones this year – its 35th anniversary and expansion into San Clemente. What began as a catering company in 1987 has become one of Orange County’s most iconic multi-unit mainstays, continuing to make waves as it expands throughout Southern California.”

“Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, Zov’s has been a staple in Orange County’s dining scene, earning numerous awards and accolades for its flavorful dishes, warm hospitality, and elegant ambiance. The Armenian immigrant credits family support as the foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Her son, Armen, now leads the brand’s expansion as Zov’s CEO, and her daughter, Taleene, envisions its creative direction.”

“As Zov’s marks its 35th anniversary, Karamardian and her family look back on the restaurant’s journey with pride and gratitude for the loyal guests and dedicated staff who have supported its growth.”

“It’s been an incredible journey. My dream was fueled by my passion for cooking and a desire to bring Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to Orange County,” reflects Zov Karamardian. “Our loyal customers have been the driving force behind our success, and we’re excited to continue to serve them and new diners in the years to come.”

“In celebration of their 35th anniversary, Zov’s restaurant is proud to partner with the UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. A collaboration between Chef Zov Karamardian and UCI Samueli Institute’s Executive Chef Jessica VanRoo, the menu is a celebration of a shared commitment to the transformative power of the culinary arts to our health. Started in early May, Zov’s now offers a special 3-course menu for $35 complete with Roasted Beet Dip with tahini swirl and toasted pita, Pan Roasted Sea Bass, with seared zucchini cake and toasted feta in a lemon caper sauce, and for dessert, Chia Seed Yogurt with turmeric and fresh mango.”

“As a family-owned business, we are thrilled to be celebrating our 35th anniversary in Orange County,” said Armen Karamardian, CEO of Zov’s. “As we expand into San Clemente, our team provides a memorable dining experience with fresh, healthy ingredients and exceptional service. We can’t wait to share our passion for food and hospitality with the South Orange County community.”

Zov’s currently has three locations in Orange County, including Tustin, Irvine, and Newport Beach, and a sister concept, Roxy’z, in Anaheim.”

2nd generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guide to all things Zov’s.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. First Chef Andrew reminds us that there is more significance to this holiday besides the treat of Summer grilling. Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season Chef Andrew shares a few genuinely useful tips.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part One
Segment Three: Chef Dustin Trani’s, Trani’s Dockside Station, San Pedro Part Two
Segment Four: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part One
Segment Five: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part Two
Segment Six: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part One
Segment Seven: Zov’s Restaurants 35th Anniversary with Armen Karamardian Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 240, September 9, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Now an appetizing preview of this Saturday’s tantalizing 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, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

We always look forward to sharing with you the new, creative taste sensations at the 95th LA County Fair on now through September 24th in Pomona. Already creating excitement is Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on virtually everything edible including pizza. The master of midway food himself, Chef Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet, joins us for the tempting high calorie update.

Taco Rosa, Chef Ivan Calderon’s upscale Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach, will host Battle of the Tequileros on Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 16th from 1-5 p.m. Bringing together 26 different tequila and mezcal brands, the celebratory event will benefit Save our Youth (SOY), a local non-profit serving the at-risk youth of the Newport-Mesa area through arts, fitness, education, and scholarship programs. Chef Ivan is our guest.

During his 35 years of professional cooking, Chef Rich Mead has cultivated relationships with the highest regarded local sustainable farms, allowing him to create the freshest menus using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and specially grown vegetables. In 2016, after years of planning, Chef Mead unveiled a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse, located within Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar. Nestled on over 6 acres in the garden-like setting, Farmhouse features exclusive wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, artisan refreshments and a healthy based seasonal cuisine. We pull Chef Rich out of the local farmers market for a chat.

Farhana Sahibzada is a Chef and Cooking Instructor full of incredible passion for the food she cooks. Her dishes ooze with the scrumptious authenticity of her homeland, Pakistan. Blessed with a rich cultural heritage of Indian and Arabic influences, the region offers a vibrant tapestry of exquisite tastes. Her cookbook is Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian / Pakistani Cooking. We’ll meet her.

Chef Andrew Gruel is poised to take Slapfish’s signature fish and chips to London. Since this is a traditional British dish that’s a bit unusual. Chef Andrew will present us with an informative Fish and Chips 101 as part of our continuing “Ask the Chef” series.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Show 240, September 9, 2017: Chef Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet, L.A. County Fair

Dominic Palmieri of Midway GourmetWe always look forward to sharing with you the new, creative taste sensations at the LA County Fair on now through September 24th in Pomona. Already creating excitement is Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on virtually everything edible including pizza. The master of midway food himself, Chef Dominic Palmieri, the Midway Gourmet, joins us for the tempting high calorie update.

This year’s theme is “Dare to Fair.”

“It’s a 1950s experience with 21st century sensibility. You can’t experience the Fair on your phone.”

“This wouldn’t be a Fair without food! Dare to indulge! Deep-fried, on-a-stick, ooey, gooey, barbequed, dipped in chocolate and just plain delicious. That’s the best way to describe the array of food at the LA County Fair. Fair food offers a unique culinary experience, and the LA County Fair has so many choices, you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner here every day of the Fair and never eat the same thing twice! From Asian to Greek to Classic American to Mexican – the Fair’s got it.”

The Midway Gourmet is cookin’ up a batch of unbelievable treats. Among the must-tries:

  • Nutella funnel cake
  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roasted corn on the cob. It’s life changing!
  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos cheese fries
    Flamin’ Hot Cheetos pizza
  • Nitro Pop, candy pop kettle corn dipped in liquid nitrogen. It’s like eating frozen popcorn ice cream
  • The Pickle Cheese, a giant dill pickle stuffed with jalapeño cheese, dipped in corn dog batter and deep fried. For the expecting, and un-expecting, set. This was featured on Season 4 of The Food Network’s “Carnival Eats” early this spring. Did you catch it?

September 9: Midway Gourmet, Battle of the Tequileros, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Farhana Sahibzada, Ask the Chef

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Chef Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet, L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Chef Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa’s “Battle of the Taquileros” Part One
Segment Four: Chef Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa’s “Battle of the Taquileros” Part Two
Segment Five: Proprietor Chef Rich Mead, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Segment Six: Chef & Cooking Instructor Farhana Sahibzada, author of Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian / Pakistani Cooking
Segment Seven: Chef Andrew Gruel’s “Ask the Chef” Part One
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel’s “Ask the Chef” Part Two

Now an appetizing preview of this Saturday’s tantalizing 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, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

We always look forward to sharing with you the new, creative taste sensations at the LA County Fair on now through September 24th in Pomona. Already creating excitement is Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on virtually everything edible including pizza. The master of midway food himself, Chef Dominic Palmieri, the Midway Gourmet, joins us for the tempting high calorie update.

Taco Rosa, Chef Ivan Calderon’s upscale Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach, will host “Battle of the Tequileros” on Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 16th from 1-5 p.m. Bringing together 26 different tequila and mezcal brands, the celebratory event will benefit Save our Youth (SOY), a local non-profit serving the at-risk youth of the Newport-Mesa area through arts, fitness, education, and scholarship programs. Chef Ivan is our guest.

During his 35 years of professional cooking, Chef Rich Mead has cultivated relationships with the highest regarded local sustainable farms, allowing him to create the freshest menus using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and specially grown vegetables. In 2016, after years of planning, Chef Mead unveiled a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse, located within Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar. Nestled on over 6 acres in the garden-like setting, Farmhouse features exclusive wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, artisan refreshments and a healthy based seasonal cuisine. We pull Chef Rich out of the local farmers market for a chat.

Farhana Sahibzada is a Chef and Cooking Instructor full of incredible passion for the food she cooks. Her dishes ooze with the scrumptious authenticity of her homeland, Pakistan. Blessed with a rich cultural heritage of Indian and Arabic influences, the region offers a vibrant tapestry of exquisite tastes. We’ll meet her.

Chef Andrew Gruel is poised to take Slapfish’s signature fish and chips to London. Since this is a traditional British dish that’s a bit unusual. Chef Andrew will present us with Fish and Chips 101.

We get e-mail…In today’s “Ask the Chef” segment Chef Andrew will respond to recent listeners’ questions. We’re starting off with why we should be concerned about the inadvertent, mistaken release of tens of thousands of farm-raised Atlantic salmon into clean Washington State waters.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Dominic Palmieri of Midway GourmetWe always look forward to sharing with you the new, creative taste sensations at the LA County Fair on now through September 24th in Pomona. Already creating excitement is Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on virtually everything edible including pizza. The master of midway food himself, Chef Dominic Palmieri, the Midway Gourmet, joins us for the tempting high calorie update.

This year’s theme is “Dare to Fair.”

“It’s a 1950s experience with 21st century sensibility. You can’t experience the Fair on your phone.”

“This wouldn’t be a Fair without food! Dare to indulge! Deep-fried, on-a-stick, ooey, gooey, barbequed, dipped in chocolate and just plain delicious. That’s the best way to describe the array of food at the LA County Fair. Fair food offers a unique culinary experience, and the LA County Fair has so many choices, you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner here every day of the Fair and never eat the same thing twice! From Asian to Greek to Classic American to Mexican – the Fair’s got it.”

The Midway Gourmet is cookin’ up a batch of unbelievable treats. Among the must-tries:

  • Nutella funnel cake
  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roasted corn on the cob. It’s life changing!
  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos cheese fries
    Flamin’ Hot Cheetos pizza
  • Nitro Pop, candy pop kettle corn dipped in liquid nitrogen. It’s like eating frozen popcorn ice cream
  • The Pickle Cheese, a giant dill pickle stuffed with jalapeño cheese, dipped in corn dog batter and deep fried. For the expecting, and un-expecting, set. This was featured on Season 4 of The Food Network’s “Carnival Eats” early this spring. Did you catch it?

Ivan CalderonTaco Rosa, Chef Ivan Calderon’s upscale Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach, will host Battle of the Tequileros on Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 16th from 1-5 p.m. Bringing together 26 different tequila and mezcal brands, the celebratory event will benefit Save our Youth (SOY), a local non-profit serving the at-risk youth of the Newport-Mesa area through arts, fitness, education, and scholarship programs. Chef Ivan is our guest.

Offering perhaps the most diverse tasting selection in all of Southern California, the event will give guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique nuances between a variety of tequilas and mezcales. Guests can also enjoy tasty tray-passed tapas-style bites from the Taco Rosa kitchen, exciting giveaways, and live mariachi music. A panel of esteemed judges, as well as the participants, will vote on the winners of the following categories:

  • Best Cocktail
  • Best Blanco
  • Best Reposado
  • Best Añejo
  • Best Booth Presentation

“Now in our fifth year, Battle of the Tequileros has become more than a tequila festival. It has become a cultural experience that shines light on a hallmark of Mexican culture, while benefitting a cause that helps uplift our community’s youth,” commented Ivan Calderon, who has been an active supporter and board member of Save our Youth for the past 24 years.

Tickets for the 21-and-over event are priced at $75 and offer guests all-inclusive access to tequila and mezcal tastings. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949.720.0980 or online here:.

Taco Rosa is located at 2632 San Miguel Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660.

With locations in Newport Beach and Irvine, California, Taco Rosa is the upscale, full-service sister restaurant to Taco Mesa. Chef Ivan Calderon’s award-winning menu utilizes sustainable ingredients and artisanal spices brought to life through authentic and contemporary cooking techniques.

Presenting the very best dishes and beverages from a variety of regions throughout Mexico, Taco Rosa takes their commitment to authenticity and sustainability one step further by using GMO-free masa for their corn products and tortillas. For more information, visit the Taco Rosa website.

Ivan Rogelio Calderon is the founder of Taco Mesa, Taco Rosa, and Taco Mesa Tortillería Orgánica & Café. As a third-generation restaurateur, Calderon began his career in the restaurant industry at El Torito Grill as a bus boy and as he worked his way through college began to move upward within the company, eventually earning himself a role in management. As a manager, he made it his mission to elevate El Torito’s operating standards. He helped lead the chain in opening several locations across the United States, eventually earning a position as regional manager.

In 1992, he opened the original Taco Mesa in Costa Mesa which garnered him recognition for bringing healthy and authentic, quick-service Mexican cuisine to Orange County. The Taco Mesa brand has expanded to include four locations in Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Orange (which he re-opened as his new tortilleria), and Foothill Ranch.

Calderon’s newest concept, Taco Mesa Tortillería Orgánica & Café, produces GMO-free corn masa for all his locations and will soon offer GMO-free tortillas to retailers and other restaurants.

Rich MeadDuring his 35 years of professional cooking, Chef Rich Mead has cultivated relationships with the highest regarded local sustainable farms, allowing him to create the freshest menus using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and specially grown vegetables

In 2016, after years of planning, Chef Mead unveiled a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse, located within Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar. Nestled on over 6 acres in the garden-like setting, Farmhouse features exclusive wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, artisan refreshments and a healthy based seasonal cuisine

Think Grilled Corn and Summer Squash “Succotash” with fried shishito pepper or Roasted Weiser Farms Pee Wee Potatoes with pancetta bread crumbs.

The full Summer menu at Farmhouse is also offered in the Farmhouse bar. It features four refreshing new Summer cocktails, hand-crafted by Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D.

We pull Chef Rich out of the crowded aisles of the local farmers market for a chat.

Farhana SahibzadaFarhana Sahibzada is a Chef and Cooking Instructor full of incredible passion for the food she cooks. Her dishes ooze with the scrumptious authenticity of her homeland, Pakistan. Blessed with a rich cultural heritage of Indian and Arabic influences, the region offers a vibrant tapestry of exquisite tastes.

Born in Karachi and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Chef Farhana has lived in Los Angeles for the past thirty years. She teaches classes at some of L.A.’s most prestigious cooking schools, turning age-old South Asian cuisine into quick, healthy and satisfying meals for every modern American household.

There is an educational component to Farhana’s work. Not only do her recipes demystify a cuisine from the Indian subcontinent, her natural charm and easy-going nature make her the perfect conduit to teach traditions from a part of the world Westerners often know little about.

Farhana’s goal is to remove the intimidation and encourage people to cook South Asian food at home. She takes regular culinary trips back to Pakistan to work with food industry professionals in Punjab, fine tuning treasured recipes so home cooks can master tastes that have driven South Asian culture for thousands of years.

Her book ‘Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian and Pakistani Cooking’ (Trafford Publishing) won the 2014 ‘Beverly Hills Book Award’ as the Best International cookbook.

We’ll meet her.

Andrew and William GruelChef Andrew Gruel is poised to take Slapfish’s signature fish and chips to London before year’s end. Since this is a traditional British dish that’s a bit unusual. Classic fish and chips are deep-fried fish fillets and French fries typically served with malt vinegar. Chef Andrew will present us with the Fish and Chips 101 tutorial.

Crispy and delicious, of course, when properly prepared…

We get e-mail…In today’s “Ask the Chef” segment Chef Andrew will respond to recent listeners’ questions. We’re starting with why we should be concerned about the inadvertent, mistaken release of tens of thousands of farm-raised Atlantic salmon into clean Washington State waters. This is the home waters of wild Pacific salmon.

Last Sunday Chef Andrew spent the full day cooking at The Los Angeles Times The Taste. He was part of both the afternoon Sunday Block Party and the concluding, evening Flavors of L.A. We’ll hear about it.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Chef Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet, L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Chef Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa’s “Battle of the Taquileros” Part One
Segment Four: Chef Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa’s “Battle of the Taquileros” Part Two
Segment Five: Proprietor Chef Rich Mead, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Segment Six: Chef & Cooking Instructor Farhana Sahibzada, author of Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian / Pakistani Cooking
Segment Seven: Chef Andrew Gruel’s “Ask the Chef” Part One
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel’s “Ask the Chef” Part Two