Show 297, November 10, 2018: Robin & Brian Christenson, Proprietors, Blinking Owl Distillery, Santa Ana

It’s time for an encore visit with the husband-and-wife proprietors of Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana, Orange County’s first craft distillery. Blinking Owl Craft Cocktails are now available at LA Rams home games served at a dedicated bar at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Selections include OC Orange Mule, Tailgate Tonics, The Cocktail Kicker and Tropical Touchdown (Blinking Owl Vodka, Lime Juice, Passion Fruit Liqueur and Soda.)

Brian’s Single Barrel, First Batch Birthday Bourbon has just been released in a 290 bottle batch. We’ll find out about it. It’s been aging in barrel for 2 years!

A straight Rye Whiskey is also currently aging. It could be released anytime between now and the end of 2019. We’ll get a progress report.

Also a kitchen is soon on the menu at Blinking Owl. At long last – food and libations. We’ll get the tempting food report from Robin.

Tasting and Distillery Tours are available. The Tasting Room is open Thursday through Sunday. Tours by appointment.

 

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Show 293, October 6, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tantalizing preview of Saturday’s properly decadent show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

The Tualatin Valley, Oregon’s esteemed Ponzi Vineyards is one of Oregon’s premier wineries. Established in 1970 as one of the pioneering wineries in Willamette Valley, Ponzi is now being run by the family’s 2nd generation of two sisters. Luisa Ponzi (trained in Burgundy) is Winemaker and Anna Maria Ponzi is President & Director of Sales and Marketing. Maria Ponzi artfully pulls the cork for us.

It’s all about butter with Charles Duque, the Managing Director for The French Dairy Board and the French Cheese Board based in New York. Indispensable to new culinary trends, butter is a source of inspiration that never grows old. Butter is an emblem of French cuisine. We’ll find out why with Charles.

The StubHub Center in Carson is the interim home of LA Chargers Football and LA Galaxy Soccer. Executive Chef Ross Luciano of Levy Restaurants oversees the menu there. It’s the expected hot dogs, peanuts and nachos plus more upscale fare favorites including Chicken Caesar Salad and a Seared Tuna Poke Bowl. Vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu, too.

On Saturday, Oct. 13th from 5 to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Los Angeles the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is presenting the 10th Annual Taste of Italy showcasing fine restaurants, world-class wines, live entertainment and celebrated chefs. Proceeds from Taste of Italy support educational programming and other initiatives related to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ mission. Executive Director of IAMLA, Marianna Gatto, joins us with all the tempting details. Mangia, mangia…

The historic LA Memorial Coliseum (host of 2 previous Olympic Games) is home to SC Trojan Football and LA Rams Football. Executive Chef John Brenning of Legends Hospitality oversees the menu there. New for this season is Chef John’s LA Hot Chicken Sandwich with both “Hot” and “Extra Hot” versions!

Piero Selvaggio of Valentino, Santa Monica fame is one of the pioneers of Italian fine-dining in Los Angeles. He also has been one of the visionaries introducing premium wines of Sicily to the United States. Piero joins us to talk about the noble Nero d’Avola grape grown in Sicily and Sicily’s Planeta wines.

Visit Temecula Valley will hold its 2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in conjunction with Pechanga Resort Casino and Temecula Valley Unified School District. Some 20 restaurants are expected to compete for the championship title at Pechanga Resort Casino. New to the event, is a “Loaded Fries” competition that will include thirteen Pechanga Resort Casino executive chefs partnering with third year Career Technical Education (CTE) students at Temecula Valley High School. The students will team up with the chefs to create their Loaded Fries recipes and will be the executive chefs for the day, while Pechanga chefs will be their sous chefs. Visit Temecula Valley’s Annette Brown serves up all the details.

Program Note for October 13th:
We’re graciously stepping aside for Notre Dame Football on Saturday morning, October 13 and will return to the airwaves at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20th. We’re live from Pechanga Resort Casino for the 2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers competition to benefit the culinary arts students at Temecula Valley High School.

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Show 293, October 6, 2018: Executive Chef John Brenning, Legends Hospitality for LA Memorial Coliseum

John BrenningThe historic LA Memorial Coliseum (host of 2 previous Olympic Games) is home to USC Trojan Football and LA Rams Football. Executive Chef John Brenning of Legends Hospitality oversees the menu there.

New for this season is Chef John’s LA Hot Chicken Sandwich with both “Hot” and “Extra Hot” versions! Everything is prepared fresh, from-scratch including the guacamole used in the outrageous Carne Asada Loaded Fries and Guacamole & Chips.

Also noteworthy is the Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich. The pork shoulder is actually slow-smoked on-site for 17-hours. Chef John is now working with Melissa’s to add more tasty vegetarian items to the menu.

Chef Brenning began his career in the culinary arts more than 20 years ago. Before joining Legends and spending the past three years in the sports and entertainment side of the business at The Coliseum, Chef John held positions at the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels across California.

“It’s all about the food and service. The food and service will only be as good as the passion and heart put into it.” – Chef John Brenning

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October 6: Ponzi Vineyards, French Cheese Board, Chargers and Rams Football Food, Taste of Italy, Piero Selvaggio, Battle of the Burgers

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Maria Ponzi, President & Director of Sales and Marketing, Ponzi Vineyards, Tualatin Valley, Oregon
Segment Three: Charles Duque, Managing Director, French Dairy Board and French Cheese Board, New York
Segment Four: Executive Chef Ross Luciano for Levy Restaurants, StubHub Center, Carson
Segment Five: Marianna Gatto, Executive Director, Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Taste of Italy Benefit
Segment Six: Executive Chef John Brenning, Legends Hospitality for LA Memorial Coliseum
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio of Santa Monica’s Valentino, Planeta wines of Sicily
Segment Eight: 2nd Annual “Battle of the Burgers,” Annette Brown, Director of Public Relations, Visit Temecula Valley

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s properly decadent show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

The Tualatin Valley, Oregon’s esteemed Ponzi Vineyards is one of Oregon’s premier wineries. Established in 1970 as one of the pioneering wineries in Willamette Valley, Ponzi is now being run by the family’s 2nd generation of two sisters. Luisa Ponzi (trained in Burgundy) is Winemaker and Anna Maria Ponzi is President & Director of Sales and Marketing. Maria Ponzi artfully pulls the cork for us.

It’s all about butter with Charles Duque, the Managing Director for The French Dairy Board and the French Cheese Board. Indispensable to new culinary trends, butter is a source of inspiration that never grows old. Butter is an emblem of French cuisine. We’ll find out why with Charles.

The StubHub Center in Carson is the interim home of LA Chargers Football and LA Galaxy Soccer. Executive Chef Ross Luciano of Levy Restaurants oversees the menu there. It’s the expected hot dogs, peanuts and nachos plus more upscale fare favorites including Chicken Caesar Salad and a Seared Tuna Poke Bowl. Vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu, too.

On Saturday, Oct. 13th from 5 to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Los Angeles the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is presenting the 10th Annual Taste of Italy showcasing fine restaurants, world-class wines, live entertainment and celebrated chefs. Proceeds from Taste of Italy support educational programming and other initiatives related to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ mission. Executive Director of IAMLA, Marianna Gatto, joins us with all the tempting details. Mangia, mangia…

The historic LA Memorial Coliseum (host of 2 previous Olympic Games) is home to USC Trojan Football and LA Rams Football. Executive Chef John Brenning of Legends Hospitality oversees the menu there. New for this season is Chef John’s LA Hot Chicken Sandwich with both “Hot” and “Extra Hot” versions!

Piero Selvaggio of Valentino, Santa Monica fame is one of the pioneers of Italian fine-dining in Los Angeles. He also has been one of the visionaries introducing premium wines of Sicily to the United States. Piero joins us to talk about the noble Nero d’Avola grape grown in Sicily and Sicily’s Planeta wines.

Visit Temecula Valley will hold its 2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in conjunction with Pechanga Resort and Casino and Temecula Valley Unified School District. Some 20 restaurants are expected to compete for the championship title at Pechanga Resort Casino. New to the event, is a “Loaded Fries” competition that will include thirteen Pechanga Resort Casino executive chefs partnering with third year Career Technical Education (CTE) students at Temecula Valley High School. The students will team up with the chefs to create their Loaded Fries recipes and will be the executive chefs for the day, while Pechanga chefs will be their sous chefs. Visit Temecula Valley’s Annette Brown serves up all the details.

Program Note for October 13th:
We’re graciously stepping aside for Notre Dame Football on Saturday morning, October 13 and will return to the airwaves at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20th. We’re live from Pechanga Resort Casino for the 2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers competition to benefit the culinary arts students at Temecula Valley High School.

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

Anna Maria PonziThe Tualatin Valley, Oregon’s esteemed Ponzi Vineyards is one of Oregon’s premier wineries. Established in 1970 as one of the pioneering wineries in Willamette Valley, Ponzi is now being run by the family’s 2nd generation of two sisters. Luisa Ponzi (trained in Burgundy) is Winemaker and Anna Maria Ponzi is President & Director of Sales and Marketing.

Founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi moved their young family to the Willamette Valley in the late 1960s with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making world class Pinot Noir. After many research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for the ideal location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. It was a daring risk — at the time, the Pacific Northwest was not thought to be a place to grow Pinot noir, but Dick and Nancy realized the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for cool climate varieties. Pinot noir cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded.

The methods, philosophies and winemaking passion established nearly 50 years ago are still practiced today under the family’s second generation.

Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the standard for Oregon’s viticultural innovation while maintaining an unwavering commitment to a tradition of winemaking excellence. For the last 25 years, this philosophy has been carried on by the Ponzi family’s second generation.

All 130 acres of family-owned vineyards are LIVE Certified Sustainable, the world’s highest standard for sustainable viticulture and enology. Driven by the concept that the varietal must match the terroir and climate, Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the bar for Oregon and remains at the forefront of the nation’s top wine producers.

Maria Ponzi pulls the cork for us.

Charles DuqueIt’s all about butter with Charles Duque, the Managing Director for The French Dairy Board and the French Cheese Board. Indispensable to new culinary trends, butter is a source of inspiration that never grows old. Butter is an emblem of French cuisine.

Butter is an entirely natural product in its pure state. To make 35 oz. of butter, you need 23 quarts of milk.

Butter has survived for thousands of years. It has not aged in the slightest and is still smooth, soft and melting. Even through the ages, it has remained a natural and traditional product.

Butter production methods have remained virtually unchanged for 5,000 years. The churning system has been perfected over the centuries and health precautions have improved, especially with pasteurization, but, incredibly, the process has remained essentially the same.

We’ll find out why with Charles.

Ross LucianoThe StubHub Center in Carson is the interim home of LA Chargers Football and LA Galaxy Soccer. The menu changes a bit between Soccer and Football. The LA Galaxy plays a lot more home games and their season is currently winding down.

Executive Chef Ross Luciano of Levy Restaurants oversees the menu there. It’s the expected hot dogs, peanuts and nachos plus more upscale fare favorites including Chicken Caesar Salad and a Seared Tuna Poke Bowl (for the Chargers.) In the Galaxy’s Healthy Kitchen are rotating chef-created healthy options including Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Mary’s organic chicken. Vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu, too.

We’ll meet Chef Luciano.

Marianna GattoOn Saturday, Oct. 13th from 5 to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Los Angeles the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is presenting the 10th Annual Taste of Italy showcasing fine restaurants, world-class wines, live entertainment and celebrated chefs. Proceeds from Taste of Italy support educational programming and other initiatives related to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ mission.

General Admission ($60) and Premiere tickets ($125) are still available but the event does sell out before October 13th. Capacity is thoughtfully limited to ensure the comfort of all guests.

Executive Director of IAMLA, Marianna Gatto, joins us with all the tempting details. Mangia, mangia…

John BrenningThe historic LA Memorial Coliseum (host of 2 previous Olympic Games) is home to USC Trojan Football and LA Rams Football. Executive Chef John Brenning of Legends Hospitality oversees the menu there. New for this season is Chef John’s LA Hot Chicken Sandwich with both “Hot” and “Extra Hot” versions!

Chef Brenning began his career in the culinary arts more than 20 years ago. Before joining Legends and spending the past three years in the sports and entertainment side of the business at The Coliseum, Chef John held positions at the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels across California.

“It’s all about the food and service. The food and service will only be as good as the passion and heart put into it.” – Chef John Brenning

Piero Salvaggio of Valentino Santa MonicaPiero Selvaggio of Valentino, Santa Monica fame is one of the pioneers of Italian fine-dining in Los Angeles. He also has been one of the visionaries introducing the premium wines of Sicily to the United States. Piero joins us to talk about the noble Nero d’Avola grape grown in Sicily and Sicily’s Planeta wines.

“We travelled through Sicily as on a great wine continent, establishing our estates in five different areas from west to east, seeking our interpretation of them through research into indigenous varieties, including those by now forgotten, and into the suitability of the different terroirs to welcome international varieties as well. We planned to eventually build around each territory a comprehensive system of experience composed of hospitality, cooking, nature and culture. On these elements the history of our company has always been based. This instinct for the future, together with our curiosity to see the world and compare ourselves with it, has guided our choices.”

Battle of the BurgersVisit Temecula Valley will hold its 2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in conjunction with Pechanga Resort Casino and Temecula Valley Unified School District. Some 20 restaurants are expected to compete for the championship title at Pechanga Resort Casino. New to the event, is a “Loaded Fries” competition that will include thirteen Pechanga Resort Casino executive chefs partnering with third year Career Technical Education (CTE) students at Temecula Valley High School. The students will team up with the chefs to create their Loaded Fries recipes and will be the executive chefs for the day, while Pechanga chefs will be their sous chefs.

Temecula Valley Unified School District CTE students will volunteer for the event, with the third-year students competing in the event. The school is selling tickets to the event for $10 each as a fundraiser. All the proceeds will go directly to purchase food handler cards for their culinary students.

Attendees will be able to try several burgers from participating restaurants, as well as loaded fries from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The winners will be announced after 3:00 p.m. at the event, and posted online right here.

Visit Temecula Valley’s Director of Public Relations, Annette Brown, serves up all the juicy details.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Maria Ponzi, President & Director of Sales and Marketing, Ponzi Vineyards, Tualatin Valley, Oregon
Segment Three: Charles Duque, Managing Director, French Dairy Board and French Cheese Board, New York
Segment Four: Executive Chef Ross Luciano for Levy Restaurants, StubHub Center, Carson
Segment Five: Marianna Gatto, Executive Director, Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Taste of Italy Benefit
Segment Six: Executive Chef John Brenning, Legends Hospitality for LA Memorial Coliseum
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio of Santa Monica’s Valentino, Planeta wines of Sicily
Segment Eight: 2nd Annual “Battle of the Burgers,” Annette Brown, Director of Public Relations, Visit Temecula Valley

Show 189, September 17, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Brea, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Rams and USC Football, is back as today’s Guest Host. In May in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association’s annual conclave he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Chef Gretchen Beaumarchais is the area executive chef for Legends Hospitality. This includes supervising the food at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for USC Football and L.A. Rams Football. With the return of The Rams food expectations are especially high. Chef Gretchen joins us for the delicious 411 on what’s new on the menu for the 2016 season.

Celebrity Chef and Royal Thai Culinary Ambassador, Jet Tila, is no stranger to the show. He’s the host in Los Angeles on Friday, September 23rd for the upcoming Chang Sensory Trails. It’s a Thai flavors culinary adventure uniquely curated by Chef Jet.

Behind-the-scenes for every restaurant opening is the ever-patient Project Manager. This individual is responsible for getting the restaurant open on time (and on budget) with all the necessary inspections and approvals. This is not an easy task anywhere but especially challenging in Southern California. A seasoned pro is Brent Miller of Inspired Concepts and Two Birds Holdings, LLC. We’ll meet him.

Wine Exchange in Santa Ana has partnered with wine connoisseur James Suckling to bring us Great Wines of the Andes. This wine tasting extravaganza in Beverly Hills on September 30th showcases 50 of the top wineries from Argentina and Chile at the esteemed Mr. C Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Wine Exchange’s Kyle Meyer proudly pulls the cork for us on this one.

Well-crafted chocolate has been the Guittard family business and a San Francisco favorite for nearly 150 years. This rich history is captured in Guittard Chocolate Cookbook – Decadent Recipes from San Francisco’s Premium Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Company. Author Amy Guittard (Guittard’s Marketing Director) is our guest.

Sea to Table partners with independent fisherman and commercial docks in 44 traditional fishing communities from Alaska to Maine, creating better markets for their catch. Sea to Table’s National Director of Restaurant Sales, Daniel Del Coro joins us.

Our Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group really knows about the sourcing of safe and sustainable fresh seafood. Where can a savvy consumer obtain the very best in seafood locally? Chef Andrew shares some insider tips.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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Show 189, September 17, 2016: Gretchen Beaumarchais, Regional Executive Chef – West, Legends Hospitality

Gretchen BeaumarchaisChef Gretchen Beaumarchais is the Regional Executive Chef West for Legends Hospitality. This includes supervising the food at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for USC Football and L.A. Rams Football. With the return of The Rams food expectations are especially high.

A new item already attracting attention is the Giant Pretzel weighing in at almost a pound. It’s baked by Homeboy Industries.

Their better burger is the new Bacon Bacon Bacon Burger with a special bacon beef patty blend topped with pepper pork belly, housemade sweet bacon jam, and garlic aioli. See our Instagram feed for the food porn image.

The ever popular fan favorite is the Brisket Sandwich. Between the brioche bun halves is a pile of beef brisket, BBQ sauce and coleslaw.

Taken to a new level for the 2016 season is Suite and Club Dining. In Club Sections there are rotating chef menus with signature dishes highlighting the visiting teams’ hometown favorites.

Local food scene standouts on the expanded menu are Randy’s Donuts, Seoul Sausage Co., Neal Fraser’s Fritzi Dog and our own Chef Andrew’s Slapfish.

Chef Gretchen joins us for the delicious 411 on what’s new on the menu for the 2016 season.

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September 17: Jet Tila, LA Rams Food, Brent Miller, Wine Exchange, Amy Guittard, Sea To Table

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Gretchen Beaumarchais, Regional Executive Chef – West, Legends Hospitality
Segment Three: Chef Jet Tila, Host, Chang Sensory Trails
Segment Four: Brent Miller, (Restaurant Project Manager) Inspired Concepts & Two Birds Holdings, LLC
Segment Five: Kyle Meyer, Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Great Wines of The Andes
Segment Six: Amy Guittard, Marketing Director, Guittard Chocolate Company
Segment Seven: Daniel Del Coro, National Director of Sales, Sea to Table
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, The Best in Seafood Suppliers for Consumers

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Brea, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Rams and USC Football, is back as today’s Guest Host. In May in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association’s annual conclave he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Chef Gretchen Beaumarchais is the area executive chef for Legends Hospitality. This includes supervising the food at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for USC Football and L.A. Rams Football. With the return of The Rams food expectations are especially high. Chef Gretchen joins us for the delicious 411on what’s new on the menu for the 2016 season.

Celebrity Chef and Royal Thai Culinary Ambassador, Jet Tila, is no stranger to the show. He’s the host in Los Angeles on Friday, September 23rd for the upcoming Chang Sensory Trails. It’s a Thai flavors culinary adventure uniquely curated by Chef Jet.

Behind-the-scenes for every restaurant opening is the ever-patient Project Manager. This individual is responsible for getting the restaurant open on time (and on budget) with all the necessary inspections and approvals. This is not an easy task anywhere but especially challenging in Southern California. A seasoned pro is Brent Miller of Inspired Concepts and Two Birds Holdings, LLC. We’ll meet him.

Wine Exchange in Santa Ana has partnered with wine connoisseur James Suckling to bring us Great Wines of the Andes. This wine tasting extravaganza on September 30th showcases 50 of the top wineries from Argentina and Chile at the esteemed Mr. Chow Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Wine Exchange’s Kyle Meyer proudly pulls the cork for us on this one.

Well-crafted chocolate has been the Guittard family business and a San Francisco favorite for nearly 150 years. This rich history is captured in Guittard Chocolate Cookbook – Decadent Recipes from San Francisco’s Premium Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Company. Author Amy Guittard (Guittard’s Marketing Director) is our guest.

Sea to Table partners with independent fisherman and commercial docks in 44 traditional fishing communities from Alaska to Maine, creating better markets for their catch. Sea to Table’s National Director of Restaurant Sales, Daniel Del Coro joins us.

Our Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group really knows about the sourcing of safe and sustainable fresh seafood. Where can a savvy consumer obtain the very best in seafood locally? Chef Andrew shares some insider tips.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

Gretchen BeaumarchaisChef Gretchen Beaumarchais is the Regional Executive Chef West for Legends Hospitality. This includes supervising the food at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for USC Football and L.A. Rams Football. With the return of The Rams food expectations are especially high.

A new item already attracting attention is the Giant Pretzel weighing in at almost a pound. It’s baked by Homeboy Industries.

Taken to a new level for the 2016 season is Suite and Club Dining. In Club Sections there are rotating chef menus with signature dishes highlighting the visiting teams’ hometown favorites.

Local food scene standouts on the expanded menu are Randy’s Donuts, Seoul Sausage Co., Neal Fraser’s Fritzi Dog and our own Chef Andrew’s Slapfish.

Chef Gretchen joins us for the delicious 411 on what’s new on the menu for the 2016 season.

Jet Tila at Cochon 555Celebrity Chef and Thai Culinary Ambassador, Jet Tila, is no stranger to the show. He’s the host in Los Angeles on Friday, September 23rd for the upcoming Chang Sensory Trails. It’s a Thai flavors culinary adventure uniquely curated by Chef Jet.

Thailand’s leading beer brand, Chang, presents the first-ever Chang Sensory Trails – a multi-sensorial playground to create new memories around iconic Thai flavors. Uniting Thai food lovers from around the world, the festival launched in Singapore a few weeks ago and will soon make its way to the United States. The final stop is London.

The USA Festival is set for Friday, September 23rd from 3 to 11:00 p.m. at The Victorian in Santa Monica. It should prove to be a memorable festival that brings together six of L.A.’s finest Thai restaurants with art and music.

Celebrity chef and Thai Culinary Ambassador, Chef Jet Tila, along with six of LA’s finest Thai restaurants, are set to take attendees on a culinary journey where the food experiences are all curated and brought to life based on Jet’s own personal memories. Behind every dish at #ChangSensoryTrails is a story inspired by seminal moments in his life.

Festival-goers can look forward to creating new memories with Chang, plus enjoy a live art mural painting by visual artist Mambo, and live musical acts all night at Chang Sensory Trails.

Brent MillerBehind-the-scenes for every major restaurant opening is the ever-flexible and patient Project Manager. This key individual is responsible for getting the restaurant open on time (and on budget) with all the necessary inspections and approvals. This is not an easy task anywhere but especially challenging in Southern California.

A seasoned pro is Brent Miller of Inspired Concepts and Two Birds Holdings, LLC. Earlier in his career he piloted a project for celebrity Chef Graham Elliott in Chicago before relocating to Southern California. We’ll meet him.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeWine Exchange in Santa Ana has partnered with wine connoisseur James Suckling to bring the guest Great Wines of the Andes. This wine tasting extravaganza on September 30 showcases 50 of the top wineries from Argentina and Chile at the esteemed Mr. C Restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Producers will show their top two wines, all selected and rated by internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling with 90 points or more.

Join James Suckling for this walk-around tasting featuring a delicious selection of cheese, charcutiere and empanadas, as well as a cool ambience with music from award-winning recording artist Surhan Sidhu, formerly of Empire of the Sun and an impressive DJ in his own right. He is flying-in from Australia for the event and will deliver “fun Cuban funk and regional rarities,” as he puts it.

Tickets include a free Lalique events glass – a $75 value – plus a complete guidebook to the event and to this year’s top wines from the Andes. James tasted close to 2,000 wines from Chile and Argentina to curate the event and the guide.

Wine Exchange’s Kyle Meyer (Great Wines of the Andes Co-Host) proudly pulls the cork for us on this one.

Amy GuittardWell-crafted chocolate has been the Guittard family business and a San Francisco favorite for nearly 150 years. This rich history is captured in Guittard Chocolate CookbookDecadent Recipes from San Francisco’s Premium Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Company.

With 50 tempting photographs and 60 simple recipes for every kind of indulgence, Amy Guittard, in the Guittard Chocolate Cookbook, presents tried-and-true favorite recipes from five generations of Guittards, ranging from start-your-day-right Chocolate Cherry Scones to fudgey Mocha Cookies and deep, dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bundt Cake. Leave it to the people who really know chocolate to make a collection of recipes that are sure to make every chocolate lover long for one bite more.

Author Amy Guittard (Guittard’s Marketing Director) is our guest. She is the great-great-granddaughter of the founder of the Guittard Chocolate Company and the company’s marketing director. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Daniel Del CoroOwned and operated by the Dimin family, Sea to Table partners with independent fishermen and commercial docks in 44 traditional fishing communities from Alaska to Maine, creating better markets for their catch. Shipping to over 1,000 chefs at restaurants and institutions in 46 states, Sea to Table only sources wild, domestic seafood that is sustainably harvested and traceable directly to the point of landing.

On vacation in 1996, the Dimin family found their way to the remote village of Charlotteville on Tobago, a small island in the West Indies. It was love at first sight with the vibrant fishing community. Fishermen there used the same traditional wooden pirogues and hand-line methods of their great-grandfathers, keeping fish populations abundant.

At the end of one extraordinary day with local fisherman ‘Double D’ on his boat ‘I Get Dream,’ the Dimins arrived back to port alongside other boats overflowing with fish, but with a problem: No external market to sell their bountiful catch. That day an idea was born: If the fishermen of Tobago could be connected with chefs in New York, both would benefit. The rest is, well, history.

Sea to Table’s National Director of Restaurant Sales, Daniel Del Coro joins us.

Andrew Gruel and his son WilliamOur Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group based in Huntington Beach really knows about the sourcing of safe and sustainable fresh seafood. Where can a savvy consumer obtain the very best in seafood locally? Chef Andrew shares some insider tips.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Gretchen Beaumarchais, Regional Executive Chef – West, Legends Hospitality
Segment Three: Chef Jet Tila, Host, Chang Sensory Trails
Segment Four: Brent Miller, (Restaurant Project Manager) Inspired Concepts & Two Birds Holdings, LLC
Segment Five: Kyle Meyer, Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Great Wines of The Andes
Segment Six: Amy Guittard, Marketing Director, Guittard Chocolate Company
Segment Seven: Daniel Del Coro, National Director of Sales, Sea to Table
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, The Best in Seafood Suppliers for Consumers

Show 188, September 10, 2016: Executive Chef Eric Ernest, USC Hospitality

Eric Ernest“Today’s top-flight University chefs are likely to be as savvy and competitive as their independent restaurant peers. Eric Ernest, the accomplished fine-dining chef who has headed University of Southern California Hospitality since 2012, knows this all too well.”

USC Hospitality operated 44 food and beverage venues on the University Park Campus, Health Sciences Center Campus, as well as two off-campus venues. It also provides creative full-service catering.

“Ernest and his team of up to 40 chefs turn out about 20,000 meals daily between students, faculty, the hospital, the hotel, the Coliseum and special events. So the pressure is on to produce and produce well.” “The question is not how do we fit their needs?” “Instead of what do they want, it’s what do they not know exists that they can’t live without?” Ernest insists.

USC’s pinnacle of fine-dining is Moreton Fig Restaurant + Lounge. The chef there is the highly-motivated Mireya Medina. Her first position at USC Hospitality was as a line cook. Great example of promoting an exceptional candidate from within.

Chef Eric is also USC Hospitality’s Associate Director of Purchasing, Logistics & Special Projects. He’s our guest.

 

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