Show 270, April 21, 2018: Chef Jose Mendoza, Lobby Bar & Grill, Pechanga Resort & Casino

Jose MendozaThe most ambitious of the recently debuted restaurants is the Lobby Bar & Grill located in the striking Atrium between the Casino Hotel Tower and the Resort Hotel Tower.

“Fresh. Sustainable. Locally sourced ingredients. All blended together into a flavorful fusion of American, Mexican and Asian-inspired fare that pleases the palate and stimulates the senses.”

“Chef Jose Mendoza takes the California bistro concept to another level, using items grown in the rich Temecula Valley to create a menu that is both inspiring and inviting. This extends not only to the numerous vegetarian dishes available, but to the hand-crafted cocktails infused with local fruits and herbs. The Lobby Bar’s atrium location and versatile menu that includes dessert specialties from Pechanga’s in-house bakery make for a satisfying dining experience.”

“There are few more satisfying culinary indulgences than the perfect Sunday brunch, and at its newest dining establishment – the Lobby Bar & Grill — Pechanga Resort Casino has fused the Sunday brunch with the California bistro and live musical accompaniment to create the perfect mid-morning/early afternoon dining experience for every palate and taste. Plus, perhaps the perfect complement to Sunday brunch – a bottomless Bloody Mary bar and bottomless Mimosa bar.”

To add atmosphere to the elevated dining experience there is live music on the menu during the evenings and for the Sunday Brunch.

Overseeing this stylish new California bistro and bar serving breakfast, lunch, Sunday Brunch and dinner is Chef Jose Mendoza. We’ll meet him.

Show 71, May 3, 2014: Sherry Yard of iPic Theaters and Helms Bakery

Sherry YardRenowned pastry chef and best-selling cookbook author Sherry Yard spent close to 20 years with Wolfgang Puck. She also has been awarded two prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards! On May 5th in New York City Sherry is being inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. It’s an elite group…

In late 2012 she left Spago to realize a dream project with Sang Yoon. That’s the reopening (and revamping) of the fondly remembered Helms Bakery in Los Angeles on the border of Culver City.

She has just stepped into the newly created position of Corporate Vice President of Culinary Direction for iPic Theaters. Their new state-of-the-art Westwood complex has just opened. Gourmet, restaurant quality food from locally-sourced ingredients is now on the menu for the luxury movie viewing experience.

She also somehow finds the time to actively serve on both the National and L.A. Boards of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. (C-CAP.)

Show 42, October 5, 2013: Marin Howarth, co-owner and Executive Chef Noah Blom of ARC restautant at SoCo

Marin Howarth and Executive Chef Noah BlomIt’s fair to say the restaurant opening of the year in Orange County is ARC located right here at SoCo in Costa Mesa. The reviews have been ethereal. Last Sunday, September 29th, they were the recipient of the Golden Foodie Award for “Best New Restaurant.”

Brad A. Johnson awarded them Three Stars in his glowing review (March 20, 2013) for The Register.

ARC owners Marin Howarth and Executive Chef Noah Blom joined us to talk about their wild ride.

It’s all from-scratch cooking with locally sourced ingredients. Every menu item is unusually cooked over an open fire. There are impressive secret menu items (including a giant burger) so ask…

It’s an open kitchen so everything is totally visible to the guest. Great care goes into the preparation of the libations, too, under the supervision of a bar chef. Bitters, infusions, syrups, and sodas are all made in-house.