Show 456, December 18, 2021: Sammy’s Original, Lake Forest, with General Manager / Partner Scott Terheggen

“Since 2014 Sammy’s Original in Lake Forest has been the welcoming place to go in South Orange County for upscale sports bar food, craft cocktails, tap beers, live entertainment and premiere Mini Satellite Horse Wagering.” The handsome, well-appointed and spacious interior features 120 Hi-Def Television screens. There is plenty of on-site parking.

Breakfast is served until 12 Noon daily. Think Breakfast Enchiladas with scrambled eggs and Jack and Cheddar cheese…Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m. with both beverage and snack specials.

All the pizzas (12”) are created using house-prepared dough and sauce. New pizza additions include Ham & Pineapple and White with chicken breast, red onion and green onion.

The pastas are prepared in-house. The Lasagna with Nana’s meat sauce and Mozzarella and Ricotta is from one of the proprietor’s mother’s family recipes. All the soups and salad dressings are prepared from-scratch.

We were intrigued to see (and sample) Cincinnati Spaghetti, a regional favorite, on the menu. It’s Spaghetti topped with Sammy’s chili, Jack and Cheddar cheese and white onions served with garlic bread. A hearty dish to be sure for a cold Winter day.

There are beverages aplenty. Typically there are 12 rotating beers on tap in addition to a wide variety of bottled beers including domestic, imported and craft selections. A signature cocktail is the Mango Peach Passion with Absolut Mango Vodka, passion fruit puree, DeKuyper Peachtree and pineapple juice.

Partner and General Manager Scott Terheggen is our guest.

Show 23, March 30, 2013: Executive Chef Brad Lyons and Erika DiProfio of Slater’s 50/50

Chef Brad Lyons of Slaters 50/50Slater’s 50/50 is known for their over-the-top signature burger which is half beef and half bacon. Founder Scott Slater created it as a challenge for a menu item for San Diego Chargers’ tailgating. It became so popular that Scott teamed up with his college buddy, Chef Brad Lyons, to open the original Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim Hills. Besides the original there are now busy Slater’s locations in Huntington Beach, San Diego, Pasadena, and the most recent in Lake Forest.

On Saturday, April 6th Slater’s 50/50 is hosting The Backyard Beerfest at the new Lake Forest restaurant from 2 to 6:00 p.m. On the menu are craft beers from 15 local breweries and a sampling of Slater’s 50/50’s most popular menu items. It’s a benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

March 30: Scott Slater, Graham Elliot, Brooke Williamson, Barbara Fairchild

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila
Segment Two: Executive Chef Brad Lyons and Erika DiProfio of Slater’s 50/50
Segment Three: Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot
Segment Four: Chef Brooke Williamson of The Tripel in Playa del Rey and Hudson House in Redondo Beach
Segment Five: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time editor of Bon Appetit magazine. Educator, speaker and hospitality industry consultant Part One
Segment Six: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time editor of Bon Appetit magazine. Educator, speaker and hospitality industry consultant Part Two

Easter and Passover greetings to all.

It’s a tasty buffet this week. We’re going from big juicy burgers and craft beer to dining with one of Chicago’s best celebrity chefs…From there it’s a conversation with our own, delightful, local “Top Chef” cheftestant. Finally it’s a trip to Venice and Rome for a sampling of their culinary delights!

Jet has been in Dallas all week so he’ll graciously share some of his dining adventures. Also, a bit of area restaurant news to report.

Scott Slater of Slater's 50/50We’re all on the quest for a great burger. So was Scott Slater when he teamed up with college buddy and chef Brad Lyons to launch the first Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim Hills in 2009. Bacon is the key…

An impressive selection of craft beer (always changing) on tap is also a popular attraction. Since the success of Anaheim Hills busy locations have been added in Huntington Beach, San Diego, Pasadena and, most recently, Lake Forest.

On April 6th in Lake Forest Slater’s 50/50 will present the 1st Backyard Brewfest. It’s an outdoor tasting event with 15 different breweries and a sampling of Slater’s 50/50 most popular menu items. It’s a benefit for the Pediatric Children’s Research Foundation.

Graham ElliotCelebrity Chef Graham Elliot hails from Chicagoland where he has graham elliott, a well-known, Two-Star Michelin ranked restaurant. He’s perhaps more familiar to Angelenos as the sympathetic judge on Fox TV’s “MasterChef” series now in production on their 4th season.

On April 8th and 9th Chef Graham will be at W. Third Street’s Son of a Gun in Los Angeles cooking a 5-course tasting menu paired with regional wines selected by graham elliott sommelier, Jamie Kluz. Joining Chef Elliott in the kitchen will be Sous Chef John Slack and Director of Operations/Corporate Chef Merlin Verrier.

Brooke Williamson of Hudson House and TripelBrooke Williamson, the youthful co-owner of Hudson House in Redondo Beach and The Tripel in Playa del Rey represented Southern California masterfully in the just-concluded Season 10 of Bravo’s “Top Chef”. Brooke will talk to us about the two-part Season Finale which was shot in front of a live audience!

Chef Brooke has just been added to “Top Chef: The Cruise” aboard the Celebrity Constellation sailing from Miami with stops in Key West and Cozumel before returning to Miami. Those dates are April 11th to 15th.

Barbara FairchildOur International Travel Correspondent, Barbara Fairchild (former editor of Bon Appetit magazine and current hospitality consultant, teacher, speaker, and journalist), has just returned from Venice and Rome.

Barbara is going to reveal the dining highlights of her culinary journey in Rome and Venice. It’s perhaps the next best thing to actually having been there…

Barbara is on Facebook and Twitter.

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila
Segment Two: Executive Chef Brad Lyons and Erika DiProfio of Slater’s 50/50
Segment Three: Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot
Segment Four: Chef Brooke Williamson of The Tripel in Playa del Rey and Hudson House in Redondo Beach
Segment Five: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time editor of Bon Appetit magazine. Educator, speaker and hospitality industry consultant Part One
Segment Six: Barbara Fairchild, former long-time editor of Bon Appetit magazine. Educator, speaker and hospitality industry consultant Part Two