September 23: Liz Scott of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Co-founder, Liz Scott

Liz Scott at LA Loves Alexs in September 2019

It’s a very special, but abbreviated, show this Saturday morning (10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) as we salute the return of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand Culinary Cookout at UCLA benefiting the incredible work of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Chefs Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and Chef David Lentz host L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand Culinary Cookout (for the 11th year) along with their Honorary Committee. It’s an extraordinary afternoon of food, wine, cocktails, music and friends benefiting pediatric cancer research. We then graciously step aside for Angels Baseball (on the road versus the Twins) at 10:30 a.m.

“Goin, Styne (The Lucques Group) and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer.”

“More than 2,500 people, including more than 100 chefs, mixologists and vintners, attended the last cookout in 2019, which raised over 1.3 million dollars. Those in attendance heard an inspiring speech by Jay and Liz Scott, Alex’s parents, and co-executive directors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Three-time childhood cancer survivor and UCLA graduate, Alexandra Keir, also spoke, telling guests about her experience with cancer and how supporters can join her and ALSF in the fight against childhood cancer.”

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Co-founder, Liz Scott, joins us with all the background on ALSF and their significant accomplishments over the years.

‘We’re so excited to be back and we’re in awe of the commitment and generosity of Suzanne, Caroline and David, all the participating chefs, vintners, mixologists and guests of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “It is so special to celebrate an entire decade of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade! Every year we move closer to achieving Alex’s vision of finding a cure for all kids with cancer!”

The event sold out a few weeks ago. If you feel so inclined contributions still are still most welcome.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Co-founder, Liz Scott

Show 538, August 12, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz, returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again (for the 11th time) enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. Philadelphia’s acclaimed Chef Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina,) a long-time supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, will again be cooking at Alex’s L.A. He joins us with all the craveable details. Chef Vetri’s The Great Chefs Event, Philadelphia, supporting the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, was the inspiration behind Caroline, Suzanne and David bringing the Benefit to Los Angeles.

Holey Grail Donuts is the Hawaiian-born, LA-rooted donut shop with area locations in Santa Monica and Larchmont Village that specializes in fried to order taro donuts with a weekly revolving menu highlighting local Hawaiian and Californian ingredients, which are sustainably and ethically sourced from locally owned farmers, who Holey Grail has cultivated deep relationships with over the years.” Available until August 23rd is a collaboration donut as part of their Breaking Bread program, the Cosmic Churro Donut, with Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Ludo recently started a new venture, Shaman Ramen, the world’s first adaptogenic superfood ramen, where he is a partner and flavor creator for the brand. “The collaborative flavor, Cosmic Churro Donut, includes Holey Grail Donut’s signature taro donut fried to order in coconut oil, adaptogenic cinnamon & sugar (sourced from Shaman Ramen) and brulee banana.” Holey Grail Donuts Hawaii-based Co-Founder, Hana Dreiling, is our guest with a warm Cosmic Churro Donut in hand.

“This year the Murphy family is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the handsome Presqu’ile Tasting Room in Santa Maria Valley where for a decade they’ve been sharing their estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Aligoté, Gamay, Nebbiolo and méthode champenoise sparkling wines.” “The winery began in 2007, but the opening of the architecturally-distinctive modern-meets-rustic hospitality center marked a new chapter in the Murphy’s unwavering dedication to growing, producing and sharing premium cool-climate estate wines in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley.” Tim Wanner, Presqu’ile’s Director of Hospitality and Sales, joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is Presqu’ile.

Vegetarian Salad for Dinner – Inventive Plant-Forward Meals is the vegetarian sequel to culinary educator and edible garden expert Jeanne Kelley’s highly successful cookbook Salad for Dinner (2012). “This inspiring single-subject cookbook with 80 recipes reimagines the traditional idea of a salad as a main course meal. The salads range from familiar to exotic, taking the idea beyond the traditional tossed bowl, with creative categories such as classic salads, grain salads, pulse salads, salads with seeds, pasta salads, bread salads, and roasted and toasted salads.” Jeanne Kelley is our guest with salad tongs at the ready along with a bunch of fresh heirloom carrots.

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 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. We planned to chat with Chef Andrew this morning about the cancellation of the annual commercial fishing season for Chinook salmon in coastal California waters but Chef Andrew experienced some unexpected flight delays and was in the air during his scheduled segment. We’ll reel in the Chinook salmon for next week. Instead Producer Andy highlighted what some generous restaurants in Las Vegas are already doing to support vitally needed fire relief aid in West Maui. Las Vegas is unofficially known as the “Ninth Island” as Vegas is a popular destination for Hawaiians when they are on vacation to the Mainland.

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

August 12: Marc Vetri, Holey Grail Donuts, Presqu’ile, Jeanne Kelley

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur and Chef Mark Vetri, Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia and Las Vegas
Segment Three: Hana Dreiling, Co-Founder, Holey Grail Donuts, Santa Monica & Larchmont Village
Segment Four: Presqu’ile Winery, Santa Maria with Tim Wanner, Director of Hospitality and Sales Part One
Segment Five: Presqu’ile Winery, Santa Maria with Tim Wanner, Director of Hospitality and Sales Part Two
Segment Six: Vegetarian Salad for Dinner with Author Jeanne Kelley Part One
Segment Seven: Vegetarian Salad for Dinner with Author Jeanne Kelley Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

“After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz, returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again (for the 11th time) enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. Philadelphia’s acclaimed Chef Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina,) a long-time supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, will again be cooking at Alex’s L.A. He joins us with all the craveable details. Chef Vetri’s The Great Chefs Event, Philadelphia, supporting the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, was the inspiration behind Caroline, Suzanne and David bringing the Benefit to Los Angeles.

Holey Grail Donuts is the Hawaiian-born, LA-rooted donut shop with area locations in Santa Monica and Larchmont Village that specializes in fried to order taro donuts with a weekly revolving menu highlighting local Hawaiian and Californian ingredients, which are sustainably and ethically sourced from locally owned farmers, who Holey Grail has cultivated deep relationships with over the years. Available until August 23rd is a collaboration donut as part of their Breaking Bread program, the Cosmic Churro Donut, with Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Ludo recently started a new venture, Shaman Ramen, the world’s first adaptogenic superfood ramen, where he is a partner and flavor creator for the brand.

The collaborative flavor, Cosmic Churro Donut,includes Holey Grail Donut’s signature taro donut fried to order in coconut oil, adaptogenic cinnamon & sugar (sourced from Shaman Ramen) and brulee banana.

Holey Grail Donuts Hawaii-based Co-Founder, Hana Dreiling, is our guest with a warm Cosmic Churro Donut in hand.

This year the Murphy family is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the handsome Presqu’ile Tasting Room in Santa Maria Valley where for a decade they’ve been sharing their estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Aligoté, Gamay, Nebbiolo and méthode champenoise sparkling wines. “The winery began in 2007, but the opening of the architecturally-distinctive modern-meets-rustic hospitality center marked a new chapter in the Murphy’s unwavering dedication to growing, producing and sharing premium cool-climate estate wines in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley.” Tim Wanner, Presqu’ile’s Director of Hospitality and Sales, joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is Presqu’ile.

Vegetarian Salad for Dinner – Inventive Plant-Forward Meals is the vegetarian sequel to culinary educator and edible garden expert Jeanne Kelley’s highly successful cookbook Salad for Dinner(2012). This inspiring single-subject cookbook with 80 recipes reimagines the traditional idea of a salad as a main course meal. The salads range from familiar to exotic, taking the idea beyond the traditional tossed bowl, with creative categories such as classic salads, grain salads, pulse salads, salads with seeds, pasta salads, bread salads, and roasted and toasted salads. Jeanne Kelley is our guest with salad tongs at the ready along with a bunch of fresh heirloom carrots.

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 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. We all typically enjoy fresh salmon as a seafood go-to but certain varieties in California are now in short supply. The Chinook salmon season for commercial fisherman along coastal California waters has been cancelled this year. Chef Andrew will explain what’s behind this and the types of sustainably raised salmon that you can still enjoy on your table and in restaurants.

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

Chef Marc Vetri

After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again (for the 11th time) enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer.”

Featuring fabulous food, wine and cocktails prepared by the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and mixologists, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, extravagant silent and exhilarating live auctions, and much more.”

Philadelphia’s acclaimed Chef Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina,) a long-time supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will again be cooking at L.A. Loves Alex’s. He joins us with all the craveable details. Chef Vetri’s The Great Chefs Event, Philadelphia supporting the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was the inspiration behind Caroline, Suzanne and David undertaking the considerable effort to bring the Benefit to Los Angeles.

Hana Dreiling of Holey Grail Donuts

Holey Grail Donuts is the Hawaiian-born, LA-rooted donut shop with locations in Santa Monica and Larchmont Village that specializes in fried to order taro donuts with a weekly revolving menu highlighting local Hawaiian and Californian ingredients, which are sustainably and ethically sourced from locally owned farmers, who Holey Grail has cultivated deep relationships with over the years.”

Available until August 23rd is a collaboration donut as part of their Breaking Bread program, the Cosmic Churro Donut, with Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Ludo recently started a new venture, Shaman Ramen, the world’s first adaptogenic superfood ramen, where he is a partner and flavor creator for the brand.

“The collaborative flavor, Cosmic Churro Donut, includes Holey Grail Donut’s signature taro donut fried to order in coconut oil, adaptogenic cinnamon & sugar (sourced from Shaman Ramen) and brulee banana. An ode to nostalgic flavors, Holey Grail and Chef Ludo created this donut to showcase their deep passion for elevated ingredients that expand the mind and palate.”

Holey Grail Donuts Hawaii-based Co-Founder, Hana Dreiling, is our guest with a warm Cosmic Churro Donut in hand.

Tim Wanner of Presqu'ile

This year the Murphy family is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the handsome Presqu’ile Tasting Room in Santa Maria Valley “where for a decade they’ve been sharing their estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Aligoté, Gamay, Nebbiolo and méthode champenoise sparkling wines.”

“The winery began in 2007, but the opening of the architecturally significant modern-meets-rustic hospitality center marked a new chapter in the Murphy’s unwavering dedication to growing, producing and sharing premium cool-climate estate wines in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley.”

“Located less than two miles from Highway 101 in Northern Santa Barbara County, the hilltop Tasting Room and encompassing ranch are designed to complement the sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Presqu’ile’s organic vineyards, while delivering a respite for guests and wine club members. From the arrival down the private mile-long drive, to the fireside alfresco lounge spaces, every detail is designed to create lasting memories for guests.”“Wine should be inspiring, joyous and relaxed, so we share our wines with enthusiasm but without pretense,” says Matt Murphy, Presqu’ile’s president. “We like to think of it as an elevated wine experience steeped in our family’s tradition of laidback Southern hospitality.”Since opening, the estate’s guest experiences have evolved and expanded. Presqu’ile now offers five different guest experiences open to the public. The Wine & Food Experience, for example, features a curated tasting flight paired with Chef Julie Simon’s Mezze Picnic. Chef Julie’s menus are crafted from the winery’s organic one-acre vegetable and herb garden and feature the seasonal bounties of the Santa Maria Valley’s top purveyors.

Another standout experience is the Wine & Food Tour which includes a private walking tour through Presqu’ile’s wine caves, the winery and up to their estate hilltop pond. Guests then settle into a private, 5th floor lookout terrace for a sumptuous food and wine pairing while taking in the unobstructed views of the vineyard, the San Rafael Mountains, Solomon Hills, and Pacific Ocean.

Tim Wanner, Presqu’ile’s Director of Hospitality and Sales, joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is Presqu’ile.

Cookbook Author Jeanne Kelley

Vegetarian Salad for Dinner – Inventive Plant-Forward Meals is the vegetarian sequel to culinary educator and edible garden expert Jeanne Kelley’s highly successful cookbook Salad for Dinner (2012). “This inspiring single-subject cookbook with 80 recipes reimagines the traditional idea of a salad as a main course meal.”

“People love a good salad! This hunger for salad is matched by a genuine desire for good vegetarian dinner ideas and better plant-based recipes. Jeanne Kelley shares a new collection of creative, easy-to-follow, and foolproof salad recipes for lifelong vegetarians looking for inspiration, omnivores looking to up their meatless Monday game, and general salad enthusiasts. With bold flavors influenced by the fresh produce and the vibrant dining scene of the author’s hometown Los Angeles, the recipes are innovative yet approachable, satisfying experienced and novice cooks alike.”

“The salads range from familiar to exotic, taking the idea beyond the traditional tossed bowl, with creative categories such as classic salads, grain salads, pulse salads, salads with seeds, pasta salads, bread salads, and roasted and toasted salads.”

“The recipes vary from suitable for busy weeknight—like Warm Brussel Sprout Caesar with Poached Egg, Tostada Salad with Creamy Lime-Avocado Dressing, and Chinese No Chicken Salad—to weekend showstoppers such as Herby Fattoush, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Mung Beans and Black Tahini, Vietnamese-Style Salad Rolls, and North African–Style Chickpea Pancake with Salad Turnips, Greens, and Harissa.”

Jeanne Kelley is our guest with salad tongs at the ready along with a bunch of fresh heirloom carrots.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

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.

We all typically enjoy fresh salmon as a seafood go-to but certain varieties in California are now in short supply. The Chinook salmon season for commercial fisherman along coastal California waters has been cancelled this year. Chef Andrew will explain what’s behind this and the types of sustainably raised salmon that you can still enjoy without reservation on your home table and in restaurants.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur and Chef Mark Vetri, Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia and Las Vegas
Segment Three: Hana Dreiling, Co-Founder, Holey Grail Donuts, Santa Monica & Larchmont Village
Segment Four: Presqu’ile Winery, Santa Maria with Tim Wanner, Director of Hospitality and Sales Part One
Segment Five: Presqu’ile Winery, Santa Maria with Tim Wanner, Director of Hospitality and Sales Part Two
Segment Six: Vegetarian Salad for Dinner with Author Jeanne Kelley Part One
Segment Seven: Vegetarian Salad for Dinner with Author Jeanne Kelley Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 536, July 29, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

We’re packing a lot into Saturday’s hour show as we graciously stepped aside for the Angel Pre-Game Show at 11:00 a.m. so please do join us. The Halos are on the road in Toronto for a matinee game with the Blue Jays.

“After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz, returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. Featuring fabulous food, wine and cocktails prepared by the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and mixologists, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, extravagant silent and exhilarating live auctions, and much more.” Co-Founder of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, Caroline Styne, joins us with all the craveable details.

“At Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Old Town Torrance, the first craft brewery in Torrance, Brewmaster and owner Bob Brandt personally oversees the brewing of every barrel of Red Car ale enjoyed by their loyal patrons since 2000. From classics to their seasonal offerings, their fun variety of beers are imbued with personality and crafted with care. Red Car beers are quintessentially English. They use English barley, wheat, yeast strains, and hops. In some of their beer styles, they incorporate domestic hops as well. Red Car Brewery’s small brewing system produces 14 kegs per batch — about 220 gallons.” Brewmaster Bob Brandt is our guest to tap the keg on all that is Red Car Brewery.

Melissa’s, the renowned provider of specialty fruits and vegetables, is participating in a captivating collaboration dinner with THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon’s Event Center in Anaheim featuring the beloved Hatch peppers. This exclusive event promises to be a culinary experience like no other, as two industry leaders join forces to showcase the exceptional flavors of these highly coveted seasonal peppers.

The Hatch Pepper Collaboration Dinner, set to take place on Saturday, August 12, will be an evening filled with culinary enchantment. The accomplished chefs from THE RANCH Culinary Team will artfully prepare a multi-course feast, highlighting the versatility and complexity of the Hatch peppers. From the featured welcome cocktail to dessert, each dish will showcase these exceptional peppers’ remarkable flavors and culinary potential. It’s a true celebration of fresh produce and the art of culinary excellence.” Melissa’s Robert Schueller (a.k.a. The Prince of Produce) and Jake Williams, the Marketing Manager for THE RANCH, join us to share all the tantalizing Dinner details.

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

Show 536, July 29, 2023: Restaurateur Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

“After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz (ex-The Hungry Cat,) returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer.”

“Featuring fabulous food, wine and cocktails prepared by the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and mixologists, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, extravagant silent and exhilarating live auctions, and much more.”

“The 2023 event (the 11th in L.A.) is guaranteed to surpass the aspirations of previous years with returning chefs Michael Cimarusti, Chris Bianco, Adam Perry Lang, Donald Link, Nancy Oakes, Nancy Silverton, Suzanne Tracht, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Rocco Whalen and Marc Vetri coming together to cook for childhood cancer cures.”

“I’m unbelievably happy that we are finally bringing L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade back. Suzanne, David and I have missed being able to support this amazing Foundation and bring all of our food and wine friends together again,” said co-founder Caroline Styne. “I always say this, but this is literally my favorite day of the year.”

The early advance ticket pricing is currently $225 per guest but will increase to $255 on August 1st. Please make your plans now because Alex’s reaches their limited guest capacity way before the day of the event.

Co-Founder of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout Caroline Styne, joins us with all the craveable details.

July 29: LA Loves Alex’s, Red Car Brewery and Restaurant, Hatch Pepper Collaboration Dinner at the RANCH Restaurant & Saloon’s Event Center

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout
Segment Three: Brewmaster Bob Brandt – Red Car Brewery and Restaurant, Old Town Torrance
Segment Four: THE RANCH’s Hatch Pepper Dinner with Melissa’s Robert Schueller and THE RANCH’s Jake Williams

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

We’re packing a lot into Saturday’s hour show as we graciously step aside for the Angel Pre-Game Show at 11:00 a.m. so please do join us. The Halos are on the road in Toronto for a matinee game with the Blue Jays.

“After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz, returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. Featuring fabulous food, wine and cocktails prepared by the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and mixologists, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, extravagant silent and exhilarating live auctions, and much more.” Co-Founder of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary CookoutCaroline Styne, joins us with all the craveable details.

At Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Old Town Torrance, the first craft brewery in Torrance, Brewmaster and owner Bob Brandt personally oversees the brewing of every barrel of Red Car ale enjoyed by their loyal patrons since 2000. From classics to their seasonal offerings, their fun variety of beers are imbued with personality and crafted with care. Red Car beers are quintessentially English. They use English barley, wheat, yeast strains, and hops. In some of their beer styles, they incorporate domestic hops as well. Red Car Brewery’s small brewing system produces 14 kegs per batch — about 220 gallons.” Brewmaster Bob Brandt is our guest to tap the keg on all that is Red Car Brewery.

“Melissa’s, the renowned provider of specialty fruits and vegetables, is participating in a captivating collaboration dinner with THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon’s Event Center in Anaheim featuring the beloved Hatch peppers. This exclusive event promises to be a culinary experience like no other, as two industry leaders join forces to showcase the exceptional flavors of these highly coveted seasonal peppers.

The Hatch Pepper Collaboration Dinner, set to take place on Saturday, August 12, will be an evening filled with culinary enchantment. The renowned chefs from THE RANCH Culinary Team will artfully prepare a multi-course feast, highlighting the versatility and complexity of the Hatch peppers. From the featured welcome cocktail to dessert, each dish will showcase these exceptional peppers’ remarkable flavors and culinary potential. It’s a true celebration of fresh produce and the art of culinary excellence.” Melissa’s Robert Schueller (a.k.a. The Prince of Produce) and Chef Raul Garcia of THE RANCH join us to share all the tantalizing Dinner details.

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

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant Group

“After a three-year hiatus, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz, returns on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer.”

“Featuring fabulous food, wine and cocktails prepared by the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and mixologists, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, extravagant silent and exhilarating live auctions, and much more.”

“The 2023 event is guaranteed to surpass the aspirations of previous years with returning chefs Michael Cimarusti, Chris Bianco, Adam Perry Lang, Donald Link, Nancy Oakes, Nancy Silverton, Suzanne Tracht, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Rocco Whalen and Marc Vetri coming together to cook for childhood cancer cures.”

“I’m unbelievably happy that we are finally bringing L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade back. Suzanne, David and I have missed being able to support this amazing Foundation and bring all of our food and wine friends together again,” said co-founder Caroline Styne. “I always say this, but this is literally my favorite day of the year.”

Co-Founder of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout Caroline Styne, joins us with all the craveable details.

Bob Brandt of Red Car Brewery and Restaurant

“At Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Old Town Torrance, the first craft brewery in Torrance, Brewmaster and owner Bob Brandt oversees the brewing of every barrel of Red Car ale enjoyed by their loyal patrons since 2000. From classics to their seasonal offerings, their fun variety of beers are imbued with personality and crafted with care.”

“Red Car beers are quintessentially English. They use English barley, wheat, yeast strains, and hops. In some of their beer styles, they incorporate domestic hops as well. Red Car Brewery’s small brewing system produces 14 kegs per batch — about 220 gallons.”

Motorman Reserve™ is one of Red Car Brewery’s classic ales. It shows complex flavor in a beer that is deceptively light. Pale Ale, Maris Otter, crystal and chocolate malts all contribute to an ale of modest strength. This ale is a satisfying tribute to the men who drove the thundering Big Red Cars.”

Brewmaster Bob Brandt is our guest to tap the keg on all that is Red Car Brewery.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

Melissa’s, the renowned provider of specialty fruits and vegetables, is participating in a captivating collaboration dinner with THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon’s Event Center in Anaheim featuring the beloved Hatch peppers. This exclusive event promises to be a culinary experience like no other, as two industry leaders join forces to showcase the exceptional flavors of these highly coveted seasonal peppers.”

“The Hatch pepper, famously grown in the fertile fields of Hatch Valley, New Mexico, holds a special place in the hearts of food enthusiasts nationwide. Known for its distinctive roasting qualities, the Hatch pepper adds a unique touch to any dish it graces. In celebration of this extraordinary ingredient, Melissa’s and THE RANCH Culinary Team have crafted an exquisite menu that will tantalize guests’ taste buds.”

The Hatch Pepper Collaboration Dinner, set to take place on Saturday, August 12, will be an evening filled with culinary enchantment. The renowned chefs from THE RANCH Culinary Team will artfully prepare a multi-course feast, highlighting the versatility and complexity of the Hatch peppers. From the featured welcome cocktail to dessert, each dish will showcase these exceptional peppers’ remarkable flavors and culinary potential. It’s a true celebration of fresh produce and the art of culinary excellence.”

“Guests can anticipate a sensory journey as they indulge in meticulously crafted dishes like the Hatch Pepper & Yellowtail Aguachile Ceviche, a refreshing blend of cool summer flavors with a hint of smoky heat. The main course will feature the Hatch Pepper & Blue Cheese Crusted Cape Grim Grass-Fed Filet, skillfully prepared to perfection, accentuating the natural richness of the beef with a delightful peppery touch. To conclude this remarkable evening, guests will be treated to a delectable Hatch Pepper-infused dessert that will leave a lasting impression.”

Melissa’s Robert Schueller (a.k.a. The Prince of Produce) and Chef Raul Garcia of THE RANCH join us to share all the tantalizing Dinner details.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout
Segment Three: Brewmaster Bob Brandt – Red Car Brewery and Restaurant, Old Town Torrance
Segment Four: THE RANCH’s Hatch Pepper Dinner with Melissa’s Robert Schueller and THE RANCH’s Jake Williams

Show 339, August 31, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s treat-filled, Labor Day Weekend Show show. No repeats here…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.

Amy Riolo is a recognized authority on culinary culture as well as an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television and radio personality and educator. Amy is known for sharing history, culture and nutrition through global cuisine as well as simplifying recipes for the home cook. A graduate of Cornell University she is a considered a culinary thought leader who reports on the way we think about food. Her latest cookbook (The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd edition, May 20, 2019, American Diabetes Association, $22.95) is the new edition of her best-selling book which was a recipient of the Nautilus Silver Award and dubbed “Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.” by DiabetesMine.com. We’re in the kitchen with Amy.

“You know that feeling when you take your first bite of a cookie? When you crunch through that crisp exterior and get to the chewy often chocolaty center; when the buttery, slightly salty sweetness hits your tongue? It’s just an instant but suddenly your brain is flooded, senses over-loaded and without even being aware, you find yourself smiling. That’s what we call feeling “Cookie Good”.” Cookie Good’s (Santa Monica) Founder & Baker Ross Canter joins us with all the sweet details.

Kyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. Kyle delves into the mysteries of oak in wine.

Delightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country. Co-Founder Caroline Styne of the Lucques Group is our guide.

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

Show 339, August 31, 2019: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part One

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant GroupDelightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country.

Hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), this fun-loving and family friendly afternoon at UCLA features one-of-a-kind food and libation samplings. Guests will get to meet the celebrity chefs behind the dishes and taste award-winning, fine-dining cuisine from across the country. With a record-breaking total of close to $1.5 million raised in 2018, this benefit’s impact only continues to grow for all kids with cancer. It’s become the premier food & wine benefit in the greater Los Angeles area.

Co-Founder of the L.A. Benefit, Caroline Styne of the Lucques Restaurant Group, joins us with a tempting preview.

Show 339, August 31, 2019: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part Two

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant GroupDelightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country.

Co-Founder Caroline Styne of the Lucques Group continues.

Caroline also provides a tantalizing sneak peak of the restaurants and bars The Lucques Group is creating and operating at the future The Proper Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles (near the historic, former Herald-Examiner building) including a rooftop view restaurant with a bar and lounge.

August 31: Amy Riolo, Cookie Good, Wine Exchange, Caroline Styne

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part One
Segment Three: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part Two
Segment Four: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part One
Segment Five: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part Two
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Co-Founder, Wine Exchange – The Mysteries of Oak in Wine
Segment Seven: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part One
Segment Eight: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part Two

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s treat-filled, Labor Day Weekend Show show. No repeats here…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.

Amy Riolo is a recognized authority on culinary culture as well as an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television and radio personality and educator. Amy is known for sharing history, culture and nutrition through global cuisine as well as simplifying recipes for the home cook. A graduate of Cornell University she is a considered a culinary thought leader who reports on the way we think about food. Her latest cookbook (The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd edition, May 20, 2019, American Diabetes Association, $22.95 www.shopdiabetes.org) is the new edition of her best-selling book which was a recipient of the Nautilus Silver Award and dubbed “Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.” by DiabetesMine.com. We’re in the kitchen with Amy.

“You know that feeling when you take your first bite of a cookie? When you crunch through that crisp exterior and get to the chewy often chocolaty center; when the buttery, slightly salty sweetness hits your tongue? It’s just an instant but suddenly your brain is flooded, senses over-loaded and without even being aware, you find yourself smiling. That’s what we call feeling “Cookie Good”.” Cookie Good’s (Santa Monica) Founder & Baker Ross Canter joins us with all the sweet details.

Kyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. Kyle delves into the mysteries of oak in wine.

Delightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country. Co-Founder Caroline Styne of the Lucques Group is our guide.

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

Cookbook Author Amy RioloAmy Riolo is a recognized authority on culinary culture as well as an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television and radio personality and educator. Amy is known for sharing history, culture and nutrition through global cuisine as well as simplifying recipes for the home cook. A graduate of Cornell University she is a considered a culinary thought leader who reports on the way we think about food.

Her latest cookbook (The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd edition, May 20, 2019, American Diabetes Association, $22.95) is the new edition of her best-selling book which was a recipient of the Nautilus Silver Award and dubbed “Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.” by DiabetesMine.com.

“Amy began promoting the benefits of the Mediterranean lifestyle after spending time with relatives in her ancestral homeland of Crotone, Italy. When she noticed the healthful and enjoyable traditions that enabled her family to live better, longer, she decided to make it her life’s mission to share their secrets (along with those of other Mediterranean cultures). She named her culinary philosophy after the popular Egyptian expression “bilhanna we shefa” which means “with pleasure and health” and is said prior to eating in place of “bon appetit.” Since Amy grew up preparing diabetes-friendly recipes for her mother that her whole family enjoyed, she began collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to help others enjoy eating healthful, mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes that just so happen to be diabetes-friendly.”

“Named “Best Overall Diet” in 2019 by US News and World Report, experts agree that a Mediterranean-style eating pattern is one of the best for people with diabetes. The new edition of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook enables you to easy implement and enjoy the nutritional benefits and exciting flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. With an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients and healthful cooking methods, this collection delivers over 200 new and revised recipes that are delicious, authentic, and naturally nutritious. Get inspired by amazing dishes from Southern Europe, the Levant, and North Africa including:  Roasted Beet, Tahini, and Greek Yogurt Dip, Valencian Seafood Paella, Orzo with Lemon, Artichokes, and Asparagus, Corsican Prawns with Chickpea Cream, Moroccan Style Tuna, Strawberry Mascarpone Parfaits and Mango Tiramisu to name a few.”

We’re in the kitchen with Amy.

Ross Canter of Cookie Good“You know that feeling when you take your first bite of a cookie? When you crunch through that crisp exterior and get to the chewy often chocolaty center; when the buttery, slightly salty sweetness hits your tongue? It’s just an instant but suddenly your brain is flooded, senses over-loaded and without even being aware, you find yourself smiling. That’s what we call feeling “Cookie Good”.”

“We take that feeling one step further, working hard to make cookies that not only taste amazing but also feed your soul; that make you remember something wonderful – the gooey, toasted, marshmallowy treat you ate around a campfire, that favorite childhood cereal you only got when your dad went to the market, your grandmother’s once-a-year-apple pie…Cookie Good: it’s how you wanna feel.”

“After a few years of baking thousands of cookies at home with only a 6-quart mixer and a single oven, we decided to move to a commercial kitchen. In just 5 hours a day, 4 days a week, we baked and baked and baked. As the business grew, we knew it was finally time to take the biggest leap of all – building our own bakery. We found the perfect spot in Santa Monica – a small, 1930s brick building right across the street from a park with palm trees, lawn bowling, and a duck pond.”

Cookie Good’s (Santa Monica) Co-Founder & Baker Ross Canter joins us with all the sweet details.

“For years I was a “writer who bakes”. I’d spend my days in coffee shops writing screenplays, tv shows. Each day was an emotional rollercoaster as I struggled to find self-worth while being mocked by blank pages. But, relief came on weekends and holidays when I’d get into the kitchen and make cookies. I love that you can take lots of different, totally unrelated ingredients, mix them together, nurture them just a little bit and come out with something wonderful, edible and delicious. I realized that I rarely got that feeling of complete satisfaction while sitting at my computer and I knew that I wanted to feel “cookie good” more often. As luck would have it, Hollywood writers went on strike in 2007 and now, with no source of income, Melanie suggested it was time for a career change. We perfected my cookie & brownie recipes, sent an email out to family and friends and three minutes later we had our first order (in truth, it was for my best friend but I still think it counts). We’ve been baking, shipping, developing new flavors and feeling “cookie good” ever since. – Ross Canter, Baker & Co-Founder

“Unlike Ross, the baker who writes, I don’t bake or write. But luckily after 25 years of marriage, 23 years of parenting, birthday parties & holidays galore, I can wrap a mean gift so we make a great team in the bakery.”

“On a deeper note, Cookie Good isn’t just about delicious cookies and pretty packaging. It’s about our family’s struggle to find our passion in life and our ability to survive; it’s about our desire to give back and make an impact on this crazy world – and having lived with breast cancer for the past 21 years, surviving is something our family knows a lot about. So in 2007, when presented with a sink or swim situation, we decided to dive in and combine Ross’ passion for baking and my quest to give back in the hope that Cookie Good might somehow make the world a better place – even if it’s just one cookie at a time. Besides supporting many schools and charities year-round, every October we donate proceeds from our cookies to the Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund, an organization that is very close to our hearts.” – Melanie Canter, Co-Founder

Cookie Good’s Ross Canter continues…

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeKyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. Kyle delves into the mysteries of oak in wine. How does it add to the flavor profile? What’s the how and why of American Oak versus French Oak in barrel aging?

Delightful and delicious, the upcoming 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, September 14th to lend their support to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and battle against childhood cancer. The celebrity chefs and mixologists participating come from landmark establishments from all across the country.

Caroline Styne of Lucques Restaurant GroupHosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), this fun-loving and family friendly afternoon at UCLA features one-of-a-kind food and libation samplings. Guests will get to meet the celebrity chefs behind the dishes and taste award-winning, fine-dining cuisine from across the country. With a record-breaking total of close to $1.5 million raised in 2018, this benefit’s impact only continues to grow for all kids with cancer. It’s become the premier food & wine benefit in the greater Los Angeles area.

Co-Founder of the L.A. Benefit, Caroline Styne of the Lucques Restaurant Group, joins us with a tempting preview.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part One
Segment Three: Chef Amy Riolo with The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, 2nd Edition Part Two
Segment Four: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part One
Segment Five: Cookie Good’s Co-Founder & Baker, Ross Canter Part Two
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Co-Founder, Wine Exchange – The Mysteries of Oak in Wine
Segment Seven: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part One
Segment Eight: Caroline Styne, Co-Founder The Lucques Group, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Part Two