Show 535, July 22, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Handpicked Wines is a family-owned Australian Winery that specializes in crafting wines that offer a true sense of place, but fundamentally not from a single place. The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria is home to their Winery and flagship vineyard Capella, but winemaking spreads to five more fully owned, top-site vineyards across in Tasmania, Yarra Valley, and Barossa Valley. They are advocates of sustainable viticulture with a commitment to grape-growing techniques that improve the health of their vines and that of the local environment. Handpicked Wines is a proponent of minimal intervention, a vineyard-driven approach to winemaking that accentuates the character, complexity and geology of each site.” Just back from Australia is Handpicked Wines’ USA Market Manager, Adam Dromi, to pull the cork for us on all that is Handpicked Wines.

“Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges is the author of the newly released, EneblaRecipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen. It’s a collection of 65 plus recipes, vivid photography and family anecdotes in an accessible, authentic introduction to Ethiopian cuisine. Learn to make injera, wot stews, hearty tibs, and more. In Enebla (which means let’s eat!) you’ll learn how to prepare aromatic wot stews, a hearty tibs, breakfast scrambles, colorful salads of pulses and fresh vegetables, authentic injera sourdough flatbread, and even how to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The recipes are accompanied by lush food styling alongside family photos and ephemera. An extensive glossary invites curious cooks to learn more about the Amharic language and Ethiopian ingredients.” Chef Lula Moges is our guest with fresh-baked injera at the ready

In previewing Long Beach Black Restaurant Week earlier in the year we chatted with the founders of Miller Butler, a grassroots mobile wood-fired pizza and catering company based in San Pedro and owned and operated by husband-wife team Ahmad Butler and Chef Jillana Miller. There is exciting news from Miller Butler. Co-founder and pizzaiolo, Ahmad Butler, has been selected as one of the twelve finalists (3 categories) in the highly anticipated Real California Pizza Contest. This nationwide competition, sponsored by Real California Dairy, aims to find the best pizza that showcases the excellence of Real California Dairy products. $10,000 cash prize for the winner of Ahmad’s category – Cal-Mex. Pizzaiolo Ahmad Butler is our guest with a “The Angeleno” pizza fresh from the oven at the ready.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-30, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Burger Week is Long Beach Tap House in Belmont Shore opened in 2019 with a dog-friendly patio. Known by the locals for elevated comfort food (with a real chef in the kitchen) along with 30 plus craft beers on tap, wine on tap and wine by the bottle. Partner and Chef Brandon Forsberg joins us with a Belmont Animal “Smash” Burger in hand.

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. Antibiotics have long been used in the raising (before processing) of proteins including chicken and beef. One of the largest poultry processors eliminated antibiotics in most of its company -branded items a few years ago and started promoting “no antibiotics ever” in their marketing. That will soon end and some antibiotics will again be added to the chickens’ diets. Understand no residual antibiotics are in the protein when processed. What’s going on? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

Show 535, July 22, 2023: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with Chef Brandon Forsberg, Long Beach Tap House

Brandon Forsberg of Long Beach Tap House

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-30, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?

One of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Burger Week is Long Beach Tap House in Belmont Shore opened in 2019 with a dog-friendly patio. Known by the locals for elevated comfort food (with a real chef in the kitchen) along with 30 plus craft beers on tap, wine on tap and wine by the bottle.

They are serious about their range of mighty Burgers for Burger Week. Outrageous fries, too. The Belmont Animal “Smash” Burger is a classic “smash” burger double patty with grilled onion, American Cheese, red onion, pickles and house-made secret sauce. Also on the Burger Week menu are the Bacon & Bleu Burger and the Truffle Mac-n-Cheese Burger. (Dog menu available for your canine friends on the patio during Burger Week.)

Partner and Chef Brandon Forsberg joins us with a Belmont Animal “Smash” Burger in hand.

July 22: Handpicked Wines, Luladey Moges, Miller Butler, Long Beach Tap House

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Handpicked Wines, Sydney, Australia with Adam Dromi USA Market Manager Part One
Segment Three: Handpicked Wines, Sydney, Australia with Adam Dromi USA Market Manager Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges with Enebla – Recipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen Part One
Segment Five: Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges with Enebla – Recipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen Part Two
Segment Six: Miller Butler, San Pedro – Pizzaiola Ahmad is a Finalist in the Real California Pizza Contest
Segment Seven: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with Chef Brandon Forsberg, Long Beach Tap House
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

Handpicked Wines is a family-owned Australian Winery that specializes in crafting wines that offer a true sense of place, but fundamentally not from a single place. The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria is home to their Winery and flagship vineyard Capella, but winemaking spreads to five more fully owned, top-site vineyards across in Tasmania, Yarra Valley, and Barossa Valley. They are advocates of sustainable viticulture with a commitment to grape-growing techniques that improve the health of their vines and that of the local environment. Handpicked Wines is a proponent of minimal intervention, a vineyard-driven approach to winemaking that accentuates the character, complexity and geology of each site. Just back from Australia is Handpicked Wines’ USA Market Manager, Adam Dromi, to pull the cork for us on all that is Handpicked Wines.

Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges is the author of the newly released, EneblaRecipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen. It’s a collection of 65 plus recipes, vivid photography and family anecdotes in an accessible, authentic introduction to Ethiopian cuisine. Learn to make injera, wot stews, hearty tibs, and more. In Enebla (which means let’s eat!) you’ll learn how to prepare aromatic wot stews, a hearty tibs, breakfast scrambles, colorful salads of pulses and fresh vegetables, authentic injera sourdough flatbread, and even how to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The recipes are accompanied by lush food styling alongside family photos and ephemera. An extensive glossary invites curious cooks to learn more about the Amharic language and Ethiopian ingredients. Chef Lula Moges is our guest with fresh-baked injera at the ready.

In previewing Long Beach Black Restaurant Week earlier in the year we chatted with the founders of Miller Butler, a grassroots mobile wood-fired pizza and catering company based in San Pedro and owned and operated by husband-wife team Ahmad Butler and Chef Jillana MillerThere is exciting news from Miller Butler. Co-founder and pizzaiolo, Ahmad Butler, has been selected as one of the twelve finalists (3 categories)  in the highly anticipated Real California Pizza Contest. This nationwide competition, sponsored by Real California Dairy, aims to find the best pizza that showcases the excellence of Real California Dairy products. $10,000 cash prize for the winner of Ahmad’s category – Cal-Mex. Pizzaiolo Ahmad Butler is our guest with a “The Angeleno” pizza fresh from the oven at the ready.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Burger Week is Long Beach Tap House in Belmont Shore opened in 2019 with a dog-friendly patio. Known by the locals for elevated comfort food (with a real chef in the kitchen) along with 30 plus craft beers on tap, wine on tap and wine by the bottle. Partner and Chef Brandon Forsberg joins us with a Belmont Animal “Smash” Burger in hand.

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. Antibiotics have long been used in the raising (before processing) of proteins including chicken and beef. One of the largest poultry processors eliminated antibiotics in most of its company -branded items a few years ago and started promoting “no antibiotics ever” in their marketing. That will soon end and some antibiotics will again be added to the chickens’ diets. What’s going on? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

Adam Dromi of Handpicked Wines

Handpicked Wines is a family-owned Australian Winery that specializes in crafting wines that offer a true sense of place, but fundamentally not from a single place. The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria is home to their Winery and flagship vineyard Capella, but winemaking spreads to five more fully owned, top-site vineyards across in Tasmania, Yarra Valley, and Barossa Valley.”

“With several trophies and hundreds of accolades to their name, Handpicked Wines has earned a reputation as a top site-specific producer vintage after vintage. They have proudly held their Halliday 5-Red-Star-Winery rating since 2014 along with being recognized as a Top Winery of Australia by The Real Review since 2018.”

“They are advocates of sustainable viticulture with a commitment to grape-growing techniques that improve the health of their vines and that of the local environment. Handpicked Wines is a proponent of minimal intervention, a vineyard-driven approach to winemaking that accentuates the character, complexity and geology of each site.”

“The uniqueness of their fully-owned, top-site vineyards across Australia is captured under their Single Vineyards labels. The Collection series are a set of premium wines from hand-picked regions – each crafted to reflect a supreme sense of place and exceptional character. Regional Selections are a collection of classic varieties grown in the terroir that suits them best.”

Just back from Australia is Handpicked Wines’ USA Market Manager, Adam Dromi, to pull the cork for us on all that is Handpicked Wines.

Cookbook Author Luladey Moges

“Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges is the author of the newly released, EneblaRecipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen. It’s a collection of 65 plus recipes, vivid photography and family anecdotes in an accessible, authentic introduction to Ethiopian cuisine. Learn to make injera, wot stews, hearty tibs, and more.”

“Growing up, first in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and then in the United States, Luladey Moges learned the art of traditional Ethiopian cuisine from her grandmother, mother, and aunts. She has long been an enthusiastic home cook, introducing the tastes of Ethiopian cuisine to her friends in North America. At the same time, her career in hospitality and fine dining management has taught her what it takes to build a balanced menu and impress discerning gourmands.”

“People love Ethiopian cuisine for its unique combination of spices, aromas, and sociability. Dishes are served to be shared with family and friends, and unlike many cuisines, Ethiopian food has traditions of vegetarianism that make it particularly popular among meat-free cooks and diners. However, it can seem baffling to the outsider.”

“In Enebla (which means let’s eat!) you’ll learn how to prepare aromatic wot stews, a hearty tibs, breakfast scrambles, colorful salads of pulses and fresh vegetables, authentic injera sourdough flatbread, and even how to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The recipes are accompanied by lush food styling alongside family photos and ephemera. An extensive glossary invites curious cooks to learn more about the Amharic language and Ethiopian ingredients.”

“As Lula’s parents used to say, “We might live in America but once you come home, this is Ethiopia.” With her accessible recipes and inviting anecdotes, Lula invites you to make your kitchen Ethiopia no matter where you live.”

Chef Lula Moges is our guest with fresh-baked injera at the ready.

Ahmed Jamal Butler of MillerButler

In previewing Long Beach Black Restaurant Week earlier in the year in January we chatted with the founders of Miller Butler, a grassroots mobile wood-fired pizza and catering company based in San Pedro and owned and operated by husband-wife team Ahmad Butler and Chef Jillana Miller.

There is exciting news from Miller Butler. Co-founder and pizzaiolo, Ahmad Butler, has been selected as one of the twelve finalists in the highly anticipated Real California Pizza Contest. This nationwide competition, sponsored by Real California Dairy, aims to find the best pizza that showcases the excellence of Real California Dairy products.

“Out of a pool of hundreds of pizza makers from around the country, Ahmad Butler has emerged as a top contender in the Cal-Mex category. Representing Miller Butler, Ahmad will present his signature creation, “The Angeleno,” in the hopes of securing the grand prize of $10,000.”

Ahmad Butler will next compete as a Finalist in the Cal-Mex category at a bake-off event at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, California on August 2nd.

We’re rooting for him!

Pizzaiolo Ahmad Butler is our guest with pizza peel at the ready.

Brandon Forsberg of Long Beach Tap House

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-30, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?

One of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Burger Week is Long Beach Tap House in Belmont Shore opened in 2019 with a dog-friendly patio. Known by the locals for elevated comfort food (with a real chef in the kitchen) along with 30 plus craft beers on tap, wine on tap and wine by the bottle.

They are serious about their range of mighty Burgers for Burger Week. Outrageous fries, too. The Belmont Animal “Smash” Burger is a classic “smash” burger double patty with grilled onion, American Cheese, red onion, pickles and house-made secret sauce. Also on the Burger Week menu are the Bacon & Bleu Burger and the Truffle Mac-n-Cheese Burger. (Dog menu available for your canine friends during Burger Week.)

Partner and Chef Brandon Forsberg joins us with a Belmont Animal “Smash” Burger in hand.

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.

Antibiotics have long been used in the raising (before processing) of proteins including chicken and beef. One of the largest poultry processors eliminated antibiotics in most of its company-branded items a few years ago and started promoting “no antibiotics ever” in their marketing. That will soon end and some antibiotics (not impacting human health) will now be added to the chickens’ diets. What’s going on? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Handpicked Wines, Sydney, Australia with Adam Dromi USA Market Manager Part One
Segment Three: Handpicked Wines, Sydney, Australia with Adam Dromi USA Market Manager Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges with Enebla – Recipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen Part One
Segment Five: Chef Luladey “Lula” Moges with Enebla – Recipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen Part Two
Segment Six: Miller Butler, San Pedro – Pizzaiola Ahmad is a Finalist in the Real California Pizza Contest
Segment Seven: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with Chef Brandon Forsberg, Long Beach Tap House
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. 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 and Enzo’s Pizza fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. Think Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest, most flavorful and freshest produce items that are available right now. Contemplate three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-30, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating. General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

XUNTOS (pronounced She-Un-Tos) is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home. XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Team loves and want to share with you.” Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of thinly sliced Jamon Iberico at the ready.

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. First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s a mandatory 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity but goes to (hopefully) elevating the compensation of all hourly employees. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

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

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with EJ’s Pub with General Manager Richard Avila

Richard Avila Ej's Pub

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?

One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating.

One Burger Week special is their Bixby Knolls Garlic Burger. It’s a half-pound Angus beef patty with Swiss cheese, Irish stout onion spread, crispy garlic fries and pepper rings served on grilled garlic toast.

General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

July 15: OC Fair with the Midway Gourmet, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, EJ’s Pub, Xuntos

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part One
Segment Three: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part Two
Segment Four: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part One
Segment Five: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with EJ’s Pub with General Manager Richard Avila
Segment Seven: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntos Opens in Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. 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 OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. Think Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest, most flavorful and freshest produce items that are available right now. 

Contemplate three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating. General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

XUNTOS is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home. XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Team loves and want to share with you.” Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of thinly sliced Jamon Iberico at the ready.

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. First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s an 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity but goes to elevating the compensation of all hourly employees. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

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

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. 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 OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Also coming out of the pizza oven is a Hot Honey Pizza with Pepperoni. Remember it’s his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…At his Biggy’s stand it’s Hot Cheeto Chicken on a Stick and at Dutchman’s a new Marzipan Funnel Cake.

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

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest and freshest produce items that are available right now. Contemplate the three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Yellow Dragon Fruit, the sweetest of all the dragon fruit varieties, has a bright yellow skin with smooth curved spines on the outside and a translucent white flesh on the inside with slightly larger but fewer edible seeds than the pink-skinned varieties.”

“When biting into the flesh of Yellow Dragon Fruit, you will get a rush of sweetness mixed with a floral juice. The fruit can be added to smoothies and smoothie bowls, made into sorbet or granita, or used for sauces, but there is no need to do anything other than just eat the fruit as-is. Peel off the inedible yellow skin and cut the dragon fruit into slices or spoon the fruit right out of the peel, as you might eat a melon.”

“Feast your eyes on the exotic Elefante Green Gold™ pineapple! This extremely rare, dazzling emerald green-skinned pineapple stands taller, skinnier, and larger than your average pineapple. It boasts an edible core and soft, white flesh ripe with honey-sweetness and almost no acidity.”

“The Elefante Green Gold™ is a variety native to West Africa. It’s grown in Ekumfi Abor, just a few hours west of Ghana’s capital, at a farm specializing in ethical pineapple cultivation and creating sustainable farming communities. This variety of pineapple is perfectly ripe and ready-to-eat, even when the outer shell is green.”

Richard Avila Ej's Pub

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?

One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating.

One Burger Week special is their Bixby Knolls Garlic Burger. It’s a half-pound Angus beef patty with Swiss cheese, Irish stout onion spread, crispy garlic fries and pepper rings served on grilled garlic toast.

General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

Sandra Cordero

XUNTOS is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home.”

“XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Staff loves and want to share with you.”

“This is the 2nd restaurant from Chef Cordero, who opened GASOLINA in Woodland Hills in 2015. She is a James Beard Fellow & co-founder of Regarding Her, a national nonprofit supporting women owners in hospitality. Scott Baker, previously the Wine Director at SOMNI, is the General Manager.”

Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of coveted, thinly sliced Jamon Iberico at the ready.

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.

First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s a mandatory 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity or tip but goes to elevating the compensation of all hourly employees and other operational expenses. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part One
Segment Three: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part Two
Segment Four: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part One
Segment Five: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with EJ’s Pub with General Manager Richard Avila
Segment Seven: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntos Opens in Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 533, July 8, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“The area of Leynes, in Beaujolais, France and its historic four-story Château De Lavernette are right at the crossroads of Beaujolais and the Mâconnais. Down across the road from the château, to the east, grows a Chardonnay vineyard in limestone soil for its crémant and Beaujolais Blanc. Up on the broad slope just southwest of the château grows Gamay in granite soil for its two red Beaujolais, plus two small parcels of Chardonnay in more limey soils that are reserved for its Bourgogne Blanc. Across a tiny creek to the north of the château is the southern boundary of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. A hill goes steeply up from that creek to the village of Chaintré, and on this flank the château farms four small parcels in limestone to make two Pouilly-Fuissé cuvées. The château has been passed down through the Lavernette family since 1596, when Philibert Bernard de Lavernette bought the property from the monks of Tournus. We’re discussing Chateau De Lavernette’s Beaujolais Blanc 2020 “Les Vignes de la Roche” and Beaujolais Leynes “Le Clos” 2021 with Winemaker Kerrie de Boissieu who joins us from Beaujolais, France.”

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is Chef Kat’s fast-casual, Hangry Belly (established in 2020) located in SteelCraft in Bixby Knolls. It’s locally owned. “When you’re feeling hangry, Hangry Belly has got you covered.” Proprietress / Chef Kat Vacharabul joins us with spatula in hand.

“Casmalia, California, former cow-town of the Old West, is where California-style barbecuing was brought to perfection by the pioneers. The Hitching Post (having celebrated their 70th Anniversary of Ostini Family ownership last year) has brought this live-oak California-style barbecuing to perfection bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness while keeping alive the traditions of the old romantic West. All Dinners at The Hitching Post (under the culinary direction of Proprietor and Chef Bill Ostini) include fresh vegetable tray, bay shrimp cocktail, dinner salad, choice of home cut French fries, baked potato or grilled vegetables, garlic bread, coffee or tea, ice cream or sherbet. All entrees are prepared on their famous (and Instagramable) indoor barbecue pit, using local red oak wood.” Founder Frank Ostini Sr.’s daughter, Terri Strickland, joins us with a shrimp cocktail in hand. Terri is The Hitching Post’s General Manager.

Aquaculture, the practice of raising fish, shellfish and seaweed, shares many qualities with modern agriculture. Although if offers a lower carbon footprint than other farmed proteins and great potential to deliver high quality, nutritious seafood to our growing population, it must be done responsibly. That’s where the non-profit Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) comes in. Since 2010 ASC’s sea green certification label means your seafood was raised according to the world’s strictest standards for responsible aquaculture, including care for people, fish and the environment.” Athena Davis, ASC’s Marketing Director for North America, joins us with the 411 on ASC certification.

Chef Nick Weber of Populaire at South Coast Plaza has created a three-course, prix-fixe gastronomic tribute to the life and music of iconic performer, Tina Turner, available nightly during the July 11-23, two-week run of the Tony Award-winning musical, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.. Weber, a music fan, has crafted a culinary journey naming dishes for Turner’s hit songs such as Be Tender with Me Baby (heirloom tomato, ricotta maison, jambon de Bayonne crumble), Nutbush City Limits (select either Duroc pork belly or swordfish, Nardello peppers, hazelnuts, charred soubise, black garlic) and Proud Mary Reprise (Paris Brest –  white chocolate crémeux, peaches, pistachio). The menu is served starting at 4 p.m. and is $55 with optional wine pairings $25, exclusive of tax and gratuity.” Reservations advised.” Chef Nick Weber is our guest with all the delectable details.

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. Chef Andrew is a fan of all styles of pizza. Pizza is ever popular when dining out and also enjoyed at home. Chef Andrew provides his insider’s insight on the state of pizza in the USA. How has the market changed since the pandemic? Is more pizza being prepared at home? Have home deliveries cooled a bit?

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

Show 533, July 8, 2023: Long Beach Burger Week Preview with Chef Kat Vacharabul of Hangry Belly

Kat Vacharavbul of Hangry Belly

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?”

One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is Chef Kat’s fast-casual, Hangry Belly (established in 2020) located in SteelCraft in Bixby Knolls. It’s locally owned. “When you’re feeling hangry, Hangry Belly has got you covered.”

Offering a chef-inspired menu of over-the-top gourmet, creative burgers and generous portions of premium sides made with passion, there’s an option to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. From their sweet and savory We Be Jammin Burger (1/2 pound Beef Patty, Swiss, Onion Jam, Prosciutto, Arugula, Tomato, Garlic Aioli and served on a Potato Bun) to their spicy Fire Belly Burger.

Breakfast specialties centered around house-made biscuits are available Thursday through Sunday. Seek out their rotating selection of house-prepared decadent desserts including an Ube Brownie. (Their slogan is “No one leaves hangry…”) Hangry Belly will keep your bellies filled and wanting more!

Chef Kat Vacharabul joins us with spatula in hand.

July 8: Château De Lavernette, Hangry Belly, The Hitching Post, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Populaire Modern Bistro

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chateau De Lavernette, Beaujolais, France with Winemaker Kerrie de Boissieu
Segment Three: Long Beach Burger Week Preview with Chef Kat Vacharabul of Hangry Belly
Segment Four: The Hitching Post, Casmalia with General Manager Terri Strickland Part One
Segment Five: The Hitching Post, Casmalia with General Manager Terri Strickland Part Two
Segment Six: Aquaculture Stewardship Council with Athena Davis, Marketing Director, North America
Segment Seven: Chef Nick Weber of Populaire at South Coast Plaza. Tribute Menu for “TINA -The Tina Turner Musical.”
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

“The area of Leynes, in Beaujolais, France and its historic four-story Château De Lavernette are right at the crossroads of Beaujolais and the Mâconnais. Down across the road from the château, to the east, grows a Chardonnay vineyard in limestone soil for its crémant and Beaujolais Blanc. Up on the broad slope just southwest of the château grows Gamay in granite soil for its two red Beaujolais, plus two small parcels of Chardonnay in more limey soils that are reserved for its Bourgogne Blanc. Across a tiny creek to the north of the château is the southern boundary of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. A hill goes steeply up from that creek to the village of Chaintré, and on this flank the château farms four small parcels in limestone to make two Pouilly-Fuissé cuvées. The château has been passed down through the Lavernette family since 1596, when Philibert Bernard de Lavernette bought the property from the monks of Tournus. We’re discussing Chateau De Lavernette’s Beaujolais Blanc 2020 “Les Vignes de la Roche” and Beaujolais Leynes “Le Clos” 2021 with Winemaker Kerrie de Boissieu who joins us from Beaujolais, France.”

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is Chef Kat’s fast-casual, Hangry Belly (established in 2020) located in SteelCraft in Bixby Knolls. It’s locally owned. “When you’re feeling hangry, Hangry Belly has got you covered.” Proprietress / Chef Kat Vacharabul joins us with spatula in hand.

“Casmalia, California, former cow-town of the Old West, is where California-style barbecuing was brought to perfection by the pioneers. The Hitching Post (having celebrated their 70th Anniversary of Ostini Family ownership last year) has brought this live-oak California-style barbecuing to perfection bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness while keeping alive the traditions of the old romantic West. All Dinners at The Hitching Post include fresh vegetable tray, bay shrimp cocktail, dinner salad, choice of home cut French fries, baked potato or grilled vegetables, garlic bread, coffee or tea, ice cream or sherbet. All entrees are prepared on their famous (and Instagramable) indoor barbecue pit, using local red oak wood.” Founder Frank Ostini Sr.’s daughter, Terri Strickland, joins us with a shrimp cocktail in hand. Terri is The Hitching Post’s General Manager.

“Aquaculture, the practice of raising fish, shellfish and seaweed, shares many qualities with modern agriculture. Although if offers a lower carbon footprint than other farmed proteins and great potential to deliver high quality, nutritious seafood to our growing population, it must be done responsibly. That’s where the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) comes in. Since 2010 ASC’s sea green certification label means your seafood was raised according to the world’s strictest standards for responsible aquaculture, including care for people, fish and the environment.”Athena Davis, ASC’s Marketing Director for North America, joins us with the 411 on ASC certification.

“Chef Nick Weber of Populaire at South Coast Plaza has created a three-course, prix-fixe gastronomic tribute to the life and music of iconic performer, Tina Turner, available nightly during the July 11-23, two-week run of the Tony Award-winning musical, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Weber, a music fan, has crafted a culinary journey naming dishes for Turner’s hit songs such as Be Tender with Me Baby (heirloom tomato, ricotta maison, jambon de Bayonne crumble), Nutbush City Limits (select either Duroc pork belly or swordfish, Nardello peppers, hazelnuts, charred soubise, black garlic) and Proud Mary Reprise (Paris Brest – white chocolate crémeux, peaches, pistachio). The menu is served starting at 4 p.m. and is $55 with optional wine pairings $25, exclusive of tax and gratuity.” Reservations advised.” Chef Nick Weber is our guest with all the delectable details.

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. Chef Andrew is a fan of pizza. Pizza is ever popular when dining out and also at home. Chef Andrew provides his insider’s insight on the state of pizza in the USA. How has the market changed since the pandemic? Is more pizza being prepared at home? Have home deliveries cooled a bit?

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

Kerrie de Boissieu of Chateau de Lavernette

“The area of Leynes, in Beaujolais, France and its historic four-story Château De Lavernette are right at the crossroads of Beaujolais and the Mâconnais. Down across the road from the château, to the east, grows a Chardonnay vineyard in limestone soil for its crémant and Beaujolais Blanc. Up on the broad slope just southwest of the château grows Gamay in granite soil for its two red Beaujolais, plus two small parcels of Chardonnay in more limey soils that are reserved for its Bourgogne Blanc. Across a tiny creek to the north of the château is the southern boundary of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. A hill goes steeply up from that creek to the village of Chaintré, and on this flank the château farms four small parcels in limestone to make two Pouilly-Fuissé cuvées.”

“The château has been passed down through the Lavernette family since 1596, when Philibert Bernard de Lavernette bought the property from the monks of Tournus. Early in the twentieth century, René de Boissieu married Gabriëlle Bernard de Lavernette, the heiress of Lavernette, and the property passed to the de Boissieu family. The twin shields on the Lavernette labels represent the families’ coats of arms.”

“René was the grandfather of Bertrand de Boissieu who, with his Dutch wife Anke, had been the director of Lavernette. Bertrand and Anke were the first in the Beaujolais region to farm according to the ecological principles of lutte raisonnée, or reasoned fight, a pragmatic approach to organic farming that was, in their younger days, a radical thing in France. Beginning in 2006, their son Xavier, with his American wife Kerrie, took this one step further by converting the château’s 28 acres of vineyards to biodynamic farming. Certification came in 2010.”

We’re discussing Chateau De Lavernette’s Beaujolais Blanc 2020 “Les Vignes de la Roche” and Beaujolais Leynes “Le Clos” 2021 with Winemaker Kerrie de Boissieu who joins us from Beaujolais, France.

Kat Vacharavbul of Hangry Belly

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?”

One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is Chef Kat’s fast-casual, Hangry Belly (established in 2020) located in SteelCraft in Bixby Knolls. It’s locally owned. “When you’re feeling hangry, Hangry Belly has got you covered.”

Offering a chef-inspired menu of over-the-top gourmet, creative burgers and generous portions of premium sides made with passion, there’s an option to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. From their sweet and savory We Be Jammin Burger (1/2 pound Beef Patty, Swiss, Onion Jam, Prosciutto, Arugula, Tomato, Garlic Aioli and served on a Potato Bun) to their spicy Fire Belly Burger. Breakfast specialties centered around house-made biscuits are available Thursday through Sunday. (Their slogan is “No one leaves hangry…”) Hangry Belly will keep your bellies filled and wanting more!

Chef Kat Vacharabul joins us with spatula in hand.

Terri  Strickland of the Hitching Post

“Casmalia, California, former cow-town of the Old West, is where California-style barbecuing was brought to perfection by the pioneers. The Hitching Post (having celebrated their 70th Anniversary of Ostini Family ownership last year) has brought this live-oak California-style barbecuing to perfection bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness while keeping alive the traditions of the old romantic West.”

“The weatherworn walls of The Hitching Post’s 120 year-old building are crammed with memories that induce an atmosphere of Western nostalgia to the romantically inclined people who can relax and trade the pressures of the fast, modern world for an evening of Old West hospitality.”

All Dinners at The Hitching Post (a full meal) include fresh vegetable tray, bay shrimp cocktail, dinner salad, choice of home cut French fries, baked potato or grilled vegetables, garlic bread, coffee or tea, ice cream or sherbet. All entrees are prepared on their famous (and Instagramable) indoor barbecue pit, using local red oak wood.”

“Santa Maria Barbecue focuses on slow cooking with indirect heat but over an open wood fire rather than in a closed smoker, and typically features the large tri-tip beef roast. The Hitching Posts build on this local tradition with far more than tri-tip, marrying cowboy customs with excellent cuts of steak and seafood. This is open fire barbecue at its very highest level.”

Founder Frank Ostini Sr.’s daughter, Terri Strickland, joins us with a shrimp cocktail in hand. Terri is The Hitching Post’s General Manager.

Athena Davis of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council

“Aquaculture, the practice of raising fish, shellfish and seaweed, shares many qualities with modern agriculture. Although if offers a lower carbon footprint than other farmed proteins and great potential to deliver high quality, nutritious seafood to our growing population, it must be done responsibly.”

“That’s where the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) comes in. Since 2010 ASC’s sea green certification label means your seafood was raised according to the world’s strictest standards for responsible aquaculture, including care for people, fish and the environment.”

“Today, more than half of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is raised via aquaculture, also known as seafood farming. The industry has made incredible strides over the last few decades, but not all seafood farms are equal and neither are the certifications. ASC is the only certification that can verify your farmed seafood is what it claims to be, where it came from, how it was responsibly raised and how it got to you.”

Athena Davis, ASC’s Marketing Director for North America, joins us with the 411 on ASC certification.

Nick Weber of Populaire Modern Bistro

Chef Nick Weber of Populaire at South Coast Plaza has created a three-course prix-fixe gastronomic tribute to the life and music of iconic performer, Tina Turner, available nightly during the July 11-23, two-week run of the Tony Award-winning musical, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.”

“Weber, a music fan, has crafted a culinary journey naming dishes for Turner’s hit songs such as Be Tender with Me Baby (heirloom tomato, ricotta maison, jambon de Bayonne crumble), Nutbush City Limits (select either Duroc pork belly or swordfish, Nardello peppers, hazelnuts, charred soubise, black garlic) and Proud Mary Reprise (Paris Brest – white chocolate crémeux, peaches, pistachio). The menu is served starting at 4 p.m. and is $55 with optional wine pairings $25, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations encouraged.”

Chef Nick Weber is our guest.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

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.

Chef Andrew is a fan of all styles of pizza. Pizza is ever popular when dining out and also at home. Chef Andrew provides his insider’s insight on the state of pizza in the USA. How has the market changed since the pandemic? Is more pizza being prepared at home? Why is frozen pizza from the supermarket just not the same? Have home deliveries from pizzerias cooled a bit?

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chateau De Lavernette, Beaujolais, France with Winemaker Kerrie de Boissieu
Segment Three: Long Beach Burger Week Preview with Chef Kat Vacharabul of Hangry Belly
Segment Four: The Hitching Post, Casmalia with General Manager Terri Strickland Part One
Segment Five: The Hitching Post, Casmalia with General Manager Terri Strickland Part Two
Segment Six: Aquaculture Stewardship Council with Athena Davis, Marketing Director, North America
Segment Seven: Chef Nick Weber of Populaire at South Coast Plaza. Tribute Menu for “TINA -The Tina Turner Musical.”
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 485, July 30, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The Gas Co’s Energy Resource Center in Downey had reopened. Chef and restaurateurs are again welcome to view and try a myriad of state-of-the-art and energy efficient restaurant kitchen equipment on display there. Rebates are available for qualified energy efficient natural gas equipment. There are also a host of informative, in-person seminars on the schedule. The Gas Co’s Gina Christian and Carmen Oliver are our guests providing all the key details.

Our bargain-loving, Social Media and Website authority, Adam Bell, was fortunate enough to spend a few glorious days in Maui in late April and early May. Maui is an ever-popular destination for Californians. Adam was based in Kihei which is near Wailea. Adam previously shared some informative trip highlights including the roundtrip experience on Hawaiian Airlines, the condo option to a hotel and a standout Dinner and Breakfast. For Adam’s concluding installment it’s the best in Hawaiian coffee and local craft beer (actually brewed in Hawaii.) Also, an overview of stationary food truck parks featuring delicious Island bites prepared with a side of Aloha.

Mes Amis, a new generation French-inspired brasserie from celebrated Chef Lincoln Carson (Coast Range and Vaquero Bar, Solvang) and Ten Five Hospitality is now open at Thompson Hotel – A Hyatt Hotel in Hollywood’s Vinyl District, an emerging culinary destination. The restaurant draws inspiration from the golden era of Hollywood and is evocative of the neighborhood spirit of bustling cafes, bistros, and brasseries from Paris to Lyon. Decidedly approachable in its ethos, Carson and Ten Five created Mes Amis out of a desire to offer guests an effortlessly chic yet relaxed neighborhood atmosphere, where close friends and family can gather to enjoy great cooking, cocktails, and wine for any occasion or no occasion at all.”  Executive Chef Lincoln Carson is our guest.

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat once again as dozens of local restaurants and burger-centric businesses will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 2nd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns August 7-14, 2022. Featured Burgers are value-priced at $5, $10, $15 and $20, plus Burger/Cocktail combos at $25. There are no tickets or passes required. Burger lovers are invited to dine-in, take-out or have featured delivered from their favorite restaurants, or order from the websites of various pop-ups food truck to visit. Participating restaurants, food businesses and offers can be found at Long Beach Burger Week site.” The Kroft’s Stephen Le and Remix Kitchen Bar’s Chef Ross Pangilinan join us with all the juicy details on their respective Long Beach Burger Week specials.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. We all know salmon is healthy and should be part of our regular diet. It also can be kind of boring. As our resident seafood authority we have Chef Andrew to the rescue. Chef Andrew shares his thoughts on adding some excitement to that traditional salmon dish. Also some advice for jazzing up Salmon Burgers.

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