Show 504, December 17, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Meet Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

“The return of the iconic Tail o’ the Pup (originally located on S. La Cienega Blvd. across from the SLS Hotel) is a direct reflection of proprietor 1933 Group’s (Highland Park Bowl, The Formosa Café) dedication to preserving, protecting, and reviving Los Angeles History. Tail o’ the Pup’s giant hotdog shaped building has been attracting visitors to Hollywood since 1946. This ambitious revival isn’t just about nostalgia. The 1933 Group aims to not only celebrate Tail o’ the Pup’s past, but also pave the way for new endeavors and memories which can be celebrated for years to come.” 1933 Group’s Co-Founder, Dimitri Komarov is our guest with a Chicago Pup in hand.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s (Buellton) new Director of Innovation is Victor Novak (ex-Golden Road Brewing.) Victor also serves as Head Brewer for the company’s upcoming Los Angeles taprooms. Novak will help expand the brewing operations for Figueroa Mountain in Los Angeles, bringing his years of experience with brewing at all scales to the organization. Prior to this announcement, Novak served as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing, having joined them in 2014. Before that he brewed at TAPS Brewery, where he racked up 21 World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest medals as well as recognition as Brewer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.” Victor Novak joins us to tap the keg on all that is Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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. This is a bit curious…The price of proteins has been on the rise yet the price of chicken breasts and wings has declined since the Summer. Definitely value to be found there. Chef Andrew adds his informed perspective. As a year-end bonus Chef Andrew shares his signature recipe for the “Ultimate Sandwich Sauce.”

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

Show 504, December 17, 2022: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part One

Chad Phoung of Battamboung BBQ

Meet Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…

This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His wide acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

Phuong learned all about the cuts of meat and pitmastering while working in a meat processing plant in Texas before returning to Long Beach. Chad survived the ravages of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his Mother and siblings.

On Chef Chad’s regular menu are slow-smoked, 17-hour Brisket, Tri-Tip, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Cambodian Sausage, and Pork Belly. Also featured are Brisket Nom Pang and Tri-Tip Nom Pang sandwiches.

Far from the ordinary sides include Cambodian Coconut Corn, Garlic Noodles, Cambodian Slaw and Battambong BBQ Sauce.

Chef Chad doesn’t forget his Vegan guests. His special creations are Smoked Oyster Mushrooms, Smoked Coconut Cauliflower, Jackfruit Sliders and Smoked Vegan Rice.

Battambong BBQ’s regular weekly schedule: Bixby Knolls Farmers Market (Thurs 3 p.m.-7 pm) Ten Mile Brewing (Fridays 12 p.m.-9 p.m.) Trademark Brewing (Sundays 12-7p.m.), Long Beach, CA, United States, California

Battambong BBQ will be one of the featured establishments in the upcoming, inaugural Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week running from Sunday, March 19th to Sunday, March 26th.

Show 504, December 17, 2022: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part Two

Chad Phoung of Battamboung BBQ

We continue with Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…

This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His wide acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

Phuong learned all about the cuts of meat and pitmastering while working in a meat processing plant in Texas before returning to Long Beach. Chad survived the ravages of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his Mother and siblings.

On Chef Chad’s regular menu are slow-smoked, 17-hour Brisket, Tri-Tip, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Cambodian Sausage, and Pork Belly. Also featured are Brisket Nom Pang and Tri-Tip Nom Pang sandwiches.

Far from the ordinary sides include Cambodian Coconut Corn, Garlic Noodles, Cambodian Slaw and Battambong BBQ Sauce.

Chef Chad doesn’t forget his Vegan guests. His special creations are Smoked Oyster Mushrooms, Smoked Coconut Cauliflower, Jackfruit Sliders and Smoked Vegan Rice.

Battambong BBQ’s regular weekly schedule: Bixby Knolls Farmers Market (Thurs 3 p.m.-7 pm) Ten Mile Brewing (Fridays 12 p.m.-9 p.m.) Trademark Brewing (Sundays 12-7p.m.), Long Beach, CA, United States, California

Battambong BBQ will be one of the featured establishments in the upcoming, inaugural Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week running from Sunday, March 19th to Sunday, March 26th.

December 17: Battambong BBQ, Tail o’ the Pup from 1933 Group, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part One
Segment Three: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Four: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part One
Segment Five: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part Two
Segment Six: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Part One
Segment Seven: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

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

Meet Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

“The return of the iconic Tail o’ the Pup (originally located on S. La Cienega Blvd. across from the SLS Hotel) is a direct reflection of proprietor 1933 Group’s (Highland Park Bowl, The Formosa Café) dedication to preserving, protecting, and reviving Los Angeles History. Tail o’ the Pup’s giant hotdog shaped building has been attracting visitors to Hollywood since 1946. This ambitious revival isn’t just about nostalgia. The 1933 Group aims to not only celebrate Tail o’ the Pup’s past, but also pave the way for new endeavors and memories which can be celebrated for years to come.” 1933 Group’s Co-Founder, Dimitri Komarov is our guest with a Chicago Pup in hand.

“Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s (Buellton) new Director of Innovation is Victor Novak (ex-Golden Road Brewing.) Victor also serves as Head Brewer for the company’s upcoming Los Angeles taprooms. Novak will help expand the brewing operations for Figueroa Mountain in Los Angeles, bringing his years of experience with brewing at all scales to the organization. Prior to this announcement, Novak served as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing, having joined them in 2014. Before that he brewed at TAPS Brewery, where he racked up 21 World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest medals as well as recognition as Brewer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.” Victor Novak joins us to tap the keg on all that is Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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. This is a bit curious…The price of proteins has been on the rise yet the price of chicken breasts and wings has declined since the Summer. Definitely value to be found there. Chef Andrew adds his informed perspective. As a bonus Chef Andrew shares his signature recipe for the “Ultimate Sandwich Sauce.”

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

Chad Phoung of Battamboung BBQ

Meet Chef & Pitmaster Chad Phuong, also known as the Cambodian Cowboy, of Long Beach’s Battambong BBQ. It’s real deal Texas-style BBQ with a kick. No gimmicks here…

This is a career change for Chef Phuong and, in a short time, he’s created a tremendous word-of-mouth following for his regular Long Beach BBQ pop-ups serviced by his rolling smoker. His wide acclaim is such that CBS’s Carter Evans featured Chef Chad in “The Dish” segment of “CBS Mornings” (National) in early November.

Phuong learned all about the cuts of meat and pitmastering while working in a meat processing plant in Texas before returning to Long Beach. Chad survived the ravages of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his Mother and siblings.

On Chef Chad’s regular menu are slow-smoked, 17-hour Brisket, Tri-Tip, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Cambodian Sausage, and Pork Belly. Also featured are Brisket Nom Pang and Tri-Tip Nom Pang sandwiches.

Far from the ordinary sides include Cambodian Coconut Corn, Garlic Noodles, Cambodian Slaw and Battambong BBQ Sauce.

Chef Chad doesn’t forget his Vegan guests. His special creations are Smoked Oyster Mushrooms, Smoked Coconut Cauliflower, Jackfruit Sliders and Smoked Vegan Rice.

Battambong BBQ’s regular weekly schedule: Bixby Knolls Farmers Market (Thurs 3 p.m.-7 pm) Ten Mile Brewing (Fridays 12 p.m.-9 p.m.) Trademark Brewing (Sundays 12-7p.m.), Long Beach, CA, United States, California

For Saturday, December 17th only The Night Market from
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Battambong BBQ will be one of the featured establishments in the upcoming, inaugural Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week running from Sunday, March 19th to Sunday, March 26th.

Dimitri Komarov of the 1933 Group

“The return of the iconic Tail o’ the Pup (originally located on S. La Cienega Blvd. across from the SLS Hotel) is a direct reflection of proprietor 1933 Group’s (Highland Park Bowl, The Formosa Café) dedication to preserving, protecting, and reviving Los Angeles History. Tail o’ the Pup’s giant hotdog shaped building has been attracting visitors to Hollywood since 1946. This ambitious revival isn’t just about nostalgia. The 1933 Group aims to not only celebrate Tail o’ the Pup’s past, but also pave the way for new endeavors and memories which can be celebrated for years to come.”

“The 1933 Group’s team is dedicated to creating tasty dogs, snacks, shakes, and more that satisfy modern tastes while honoring Tail o’ the Pup’s rich history. The 1933 Group works tirelessly to source high quality ingredients and develop house-made recipes with their guests in mind. They are proud to feature a surprisingly diverse menu featuring vegetarian and gluten-free options.” In the proud tradition of Tail o’ The Pup there is even a Doggy Menu where you can “Pamper Your Pup.”

“Formed nearly two decades ago, the 1933 Group helms a lauded portfolio of bars and restaurants in Los Angeles, including the historical restorations of Highland Park Bowl and the barrel-shaped bar Idle Hour in North Hollywood, Harlowe in West Hollywood, Sassafras in Hollywood, La Cuevita in Highland Park, Bigfoot Lodge in Los Feliz, Thirsty Crow in Silver Lake, Culver City’s Bigfoot West and Oldfield’s Liquor Room. The latest additions are the iconic Formosa Café and the restored and expanded Tail o’ the Pup. Combining design aesthetics that embrace various time periods in early America with a passion for cocktails and the revival of the art of bartending, owners Bobby Green, Dimitri Komarov, and Dmitry Liberman create imaginative libations and scenes throughout LA’s drinking landscape. Each concept reflects bold, modern interpretations, reflective of the company’s dynamic partners and memorable eras.”

1933 Group’s Co-Founder, Dimitri Komarov, is our guest with a Chicago Pup in hand.

Victor Novak of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s (Buellton) new Director of Innovation is Victor Novak (ex-Golden Road Brewing.) Victor also serves as Head Brewer for the company’s upcoming Los Angeles taprooms. Novak will help expand the brewing operations for Figueroa Mountain in Los Angeles, bringing his years of experience with brewing at all scales to the organization. Prior to this announcement, Novak served as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing, having joined them in 2014. Before that he brewed at TAPS Brewery, where he racked up 21 World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest medals as well as recognition as Brewer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.”

“Chief among Victor’s tasks will be to oversee the development of the three new Figueroa Mountain brewpubs in Los Angeles, including the upcoming Fig Mtn LagerHaus in Sherman Oaks, Agua Santa Cervecería in West LA, and Fig Mtn University in Westwood Village.”

“Asked about what makes him excited about those locations, Novak said, “Bringing the Figueroa Mountain identity to these brewpubs is going to do a lot to open more people’s eyes to the depth and breadth of what we can do in LA, and that’s really thrilling.”

The reconceived and revived brewpubs are expected to open under their new names early in 2023.

Victor Novak is our guest to tap the keg on all that is Figueroa Mountain Beer Co.

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.

This is a bit curious…The price of proteins has been on the rise yet the price of chicken breasts and wings has actually declined since the Summer. Definitely value to be found with cluck. Chef Andrew adds his informed perspective.

As an added bonus Chef Andrew shares his perfected recipe for the Ultimate Sandwich Sauce which is the perfect combination of fats, acid, salt and umami to make any dish taste better.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part One
Segment Three: Chef Chad Phuong, The Cambodian Cowboy, Battambong BBQ, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Four: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part One
Segment Five: Tail o’ the Pup, West Hollywood, with Proprietor Dimitri Komarov, 1933 Group Part Two
Segment Six: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Part One
Segment Seven: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Director of Innovation, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week

The city-wide 2nd annual Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 22-29, 2023, organizers announced today. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a medium to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene.
Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, Long Black Restaurant Week is an eight day, city-wide event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.

“We’re excited to participate in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week for the second year,” said Nika Shoemaker-Machado, proprietor of Georgia’s Restaurant located at the Long Beach Exchange. “Having participated in several restaurant weeks over the years, our business has never experienced the kind of guest and sales increases that the inaugural Long Beach event did for us this past January.”

“Having just recently launched our pop-up kitchen, we felt that participating in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week was a no-brainer for us,” added Qiana Mafnas, Executive Chef of Axiom Kitchen Smoked Meats & BBQ. “It will be a great way to get our name out there and share our famous smoked brisket with BBQ lovers in Long Beach and beyond.”

“Long Beach Black Restaurant Week is more than an eight-day event featuring dozens of restaurants and food businesses,” stated Terri Henry, co-organizer of the event and Executive Director of Long Beach Food & Beverage.  “Since launching the non-profit in 2019, we’ve been committed to supporting all of Long Beach’s valued restaurants and will support the event once again with a comprehensive advertising, marketing and PR campaign designed to put ‘butts in seats’ during Long Beach Black Restaurant Week.”

Black-owned Restaurants, Food Trucks, Caterers, Bakeries, Pop-ups, Cottage Businesses and Retail Food Businesses are invited to participate. Registration fee is $100. There will be two pop-up events featuring many of the cottage businesses that will be announced soon.

Currently registered to participate include:

Show 482, July 9, 2022: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part One

Philip Pretty of Heritage Farm

Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop in the Rose Park area of Long Beach serves creative, gourmet, artisan sandwiches on premium bread during the day and fine-dining cuisine in an unfussy environment at night. Think Smoked Heritage Pork Belly with tomato and pepper jam, gem lettuce and served on country loaf. The Dinner menu is four courses for $70 with choices for each course. Wine pairing is a supplement of $30.

Chef Philip Pretty is using French cooking techniques combined with live fire. Heritage Restaurant uses sustainable meat, fresh seafood, and Farmers Market produce. The restaurant is certified blue, green, and zero waste kitchen.”

“Heritage is family owned and operated by Chef Philip Pretty and sister Lauren Pretty. Most recently featured in Michelin Guide California. Indoor dining is set in a cozy atmosphere, originally a craftsman house. Located in the Rose Park area of Long Beach, on the corner of 7th and Saint Louis. Limited parking is available in the back. There is paid parking on 4th and Saint Louis.”

Service is Tuesday-Saturday. Lunch Service is from 11a.m.-3p.m. (No reservation required for lunch). Dinner service is from 5p.m.-9p.m. (Reservations recommended). Closed Sunday & Monday.

Heritage Farm in Long Beach is the Pretty’s newest venture. Chef Philip is our guest with all the details.

Show 482, July 9, 2022: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part Two

Philip Pretty of Heritage Farm

Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop in the Rose Park area of Long Beach serves creative, gourmet, artisan sandwiches on premium bread during the day and fine-dining cuisine in an unfussy environment at night. Think Smoked Heritage Pork Belly with tomato and pepper jam, gem lettuce and served on country loaf. The Dinner menu is four courses for $70 with choices for each course. Wine pairing is a supplement of $30.

Chef Philip Pretty is using French cooking techniques combined with live fire. Heritage Restaurant uses sustainable meat, fresh seafood, and Farmers Market produce. The restaurant is certified blue, green, and zero waste kitchen.”

“Heritage is family owned and operated by Chef Philip Pretty and sister Lauren Pretty. Most recently featured in Michelin Guide California. Indoor dining is set in a cozy atmosphere, originally a craftsman house. Located in the Rose Park area of Long Beach, on the corner of 7th and Saint Louis. Limited parking is available in the back. There is paid parking on 4th and Saint Louis.”

Service is Tuesday-Saturday. Lunch Service is from 11a.m.-3p.m. (No reservation required for lunch). Dinner service is from 5p.m.-9p.m. (Reservations recommended). Closed Sunday & Monday.

Heritage Farm in Long Beach is the Pretty’s newest venture. Chef Philip continues as our guest taking a brief break from his busy kitchen.

Show 472, April 30, 2022: Chef Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor

Lasheeda Perry of Queen of Flavor

Lasheeda Perry, a C-CAP Alum, is a trained pastry chef and the owner of Queen of Flavor, LLC, a company that specializes in everything from revamping restaurant menus to helping a restaurant design and execute a dream dessert for a special event.”

“Lasheeda has always has a passion for the Culinary Arts, and luckily for the sweet tooth everywhere, this love has materialized into a successfully rewarding career. She received her culinary education from Johnson & Wales, and has studied abroad in Ireland, Australia and China to enhance her culinary skills.”

“Now based in Long Beach Chef Lasheeda has previously worked across America as an Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (including The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel) and for Bon Appetit Management Co. at LinkedIn. She also teaches fun and entertaining pastry classes on the Food Network App.”

For the afternoon Chef Jet Tila book-signing to benefit C-CAP, Chef Lasheeda Perry creatively adapted the Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango dessert recipe from 101 Thai Dishes. The winning result was a Coconut Rice Pudding Cake with Thai Tea Ice Cream and Caramelized Peanuts.

Chef Lasheeda joins us with rolling pin in hand.

Show 466, March 19, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris including Anne Marie Panoringan

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to profile how two Orange County restaurants weathered Covid 19 in very different ways and also discusses her upcoming column about the burgeoning restaurant scene in Fullerton which publishes on Friday, March 25th. Anne Marie also reports on highlights from last week’s Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s the 2nd biggest convention held annually at the ACC. Anne Marie, in-studio, is part of this segment.

We first introduced Chef Eric Klein to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” when he was the high-profile Executive Chef and Partner of Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops. Later Chef Eric transitioned with a giant promotion to Senior Vice President Culinary – Partner at Wolfgang Puck Catering based at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year for over two-decades Wolfgang Puck Catering has had the honor and great responsibility of providing all celebratory food and beverage for the prestigious Governors Ball following the Academy Awards ceremony. This year The Oscars return to the Dolby Theater on Sunday, March 27th. Talk about great expectations…Chef Eric Klein takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to join us.

Baker Arturo Enciso’s Gusto Bread is an organic panadería in Long Beach, California, specializing in pan and pan dulce made only with masa madre (natural leaven: sourdough starter).Find freshly made loaves, conchas, long breads, nixtamal, polvorones, horchata, café de olla, yerba mate, as well as delicious pantry goods (sardinas, beans), and so much more.” “Gusto Bread is a homey, creative, latinx operation, with a love for tradition and nutrition, serving and supported by their local community.”
Gusto loves putting their heart and soul into their acclaimed work. Baker Arturo has a passionate connection to bread and baking.” Arturo takes a break from his busy deck ovens and joins us.

Talley Vineyards (cool climate wines from the SLO Coast) Owner & Vintner Brian Talley is a third- generation farmer and second- generation winegrower born and raised in Arroyo Grande.  While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop where he fell in love with wine. Brian began his career in the family business at age 12 when he started harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms.  He became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms.” Brian Talley is our guest to uncork all that is Talley Vineyards.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew’s favorite charity benefit of the year is the high-profile OC Chef’s Table benefiting the Illumination Foundation. It’s set for Sunday, March 27th at the Disneyland Hotel. The long-term goal of Illumination Foundation is to end homelessness in the OC. The event last year raised over $1.3 million. Chef Andrew provides the overview.

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

Show 466, March 19, 2022: Baker Arturo Enciso, Gusto Bread, Long Beach Part One

Arturo Enciso of Gusto Bread

Baker Arturo Enciso’s Gusto Bread is an organic panadería in Long Beach, California, specializing in pan and pan dulce made only with masa madre (natural leaven: sourdough starter).Find freshly made loaves, conchas, long breads, nixtamal, polvorones, horchata, café de olla, yerba mate, as well as delicious pantry goods (sardinas, beans), and so much more.”

Gusto Bread is a homey, creative, latinx operation, with a love for tradition and nutrition, serving and supported by their local community. Gusto loves putting their heart and soul into their acclaimed work. Baker Arturo has a passionate connection to bread and baking.”

Proprietor Arturo Enciso is a baker from Lebec, CA who has called Long Beach his home for over 10 years. As a self-taught baker for the last 7+ years, he’s grown his hobby into a career with his business Gusto Bread, a panadería orgánica on Retro Row in Long Beach (storefront just opened in August 2020). The bakery uses only masa madre (sourdough) for making breads and pan dulces, embracing ancient knowledge and using high-quality ingredients. He believes that good food and bread provide a beautiful way for people to connect with one another, to traditions and wisdom of the past and create community for a brighter future together.” Arturo takes a break from his busy ovens and joins us.

“Working alongside Arturo is his partner of over 10 years, Ana Belén Salatino, who you’ll find minding the shop, answering the phone and emails, and general day-to-day operations at the bakery. She is in awe of the amount of support and encouragement Gusto Bread has seen from the Long Beach community (and beyond) and knows a good part of the business’ success comes from the heartfelt passion Arturo has for baking and their shared deep commitment to the highest quality ingredients and processes.”

Gusto Bread is open five days and closed on Monday and Tuesday.