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!

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Show 485, July 30, 2022: Maui Culinary & Beverage Highlights with “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Adam Bell

Adam Bell of dataTV

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 food truck parks featuring delicious Island bites prepared with a side of Aloha. Along the way Adam discovered a stationary food truck (Kitoko) unusually operated by a former fine-dining pastry chef from the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

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July 30: The Gas Company Energy Resource Center, Adam Bell in Maui, Mes Amis with Lincoln Carson, Long Beach Burger Week with the Kroft and ReMix Kitchen Bar

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Gas Co’s Energy Resource Center in Downey Reopens
Segment Three: Maui Culinary & Beverage Highlights with “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Adam Bell
Segment Four: Executive Chef Lincoln Carson, Mes Amis, Hollywood, CA Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Lincoln Carson, Mes Amis, Hollywood, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Restaurateur Stephen Le, The Kroft, Long Beach. Preview of Long Beach Burger Week
Segment Seven: Chef & Restaurateur Ross Pangilinan, ReMix Kitchen Bar, Long Beach. Preview of Long Beach Burger Week
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House

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

The Gas Co’s Energy Resource Center in Downey had reopened. Chef and restaurateurs are 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 food truck parks featuring delicious Island bites prepared with a side of heart.

“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 the 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!

Carmen Oliver of the Gas Company

The Gas Co’s Energy Resource Center in Downey had reopened. Chef and restaurateurs are 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 details.

Adam Bell of dataTV

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 food truck parks featuring delicious Island bites prepared with a side of Aloha.

Lincoln Carson of Mes Amis

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 takes a break from the kitchen and is our guest.

“Rooted in French style and technique and brought to life through local ingredients and purveyors from around the world, Carson’s broad menu is an invitation for any occasion. Carson’s contemporary take on classic brasserie fare encourages guests to convene for a casual weeknight bite, while large format entrees inspire group gatherings. Pristine offerings from an expansive raw bar include East and West Coast Oysters and Maine Scallop Crudo, with plates such as Chicory Salad with fourme d’ambert, citrus, walnut, and Steak Tartare with “everything lavash” showcasing California interpretations of traditional French dishes.”

“Entrees include Steak Frites, French Onion Burger with raclette and caramelized onions, Smoked Liberty Duck, and Niman Ranch Country Pork Chop with crispy brussels sprouts. Large format presentations such as 45-Day Dry Aged Prime Ribeye with potato-onion rolls and Whole Roasted Pasture Chicken further nod to everyday French favorites. Carson’s pastry expertise is revealed in whimsical renditions of classic French desserts including Chocolate Soufflé with chartreuse verte; Pavlova with rose geranium and Harry’s Berries strawberries; and Gateaux St. Honoré with pecan mousseline, puff pastry and caramel.”

“Designed to complement Carson’s menu, the beverage program features a comprehensive wine list of predominantly French and Californian producers, along with thoughtfully selected wines by the glass. Cocktail offerings named in honor of Mes Amis’ photography collection of Old Hollywood scenes and icons include the Safari Party with London dry gin, Lillet Blanc, Gran Classico Bitter, bubbles, lemon and thyme, as well as Happy Birthday No. 35 with rye whiskey, Dubonnet Rouge, herbs de Provence and bitters. An extensive range of classic and eclectic champagne offerings lends further levity to the Mes Amis experience with nightly selections presented tableside on a roving champagne cart.”

“Mes Amis is open for dinner service with plans to debut brunch in the months ahead. The restaurant is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with reservations available 7 days in advance on Resy.”

Stephen Le

“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.”

“Long Beach Burger Week is even taking “dog friendly” one step further by encouraging restaurants with patios to offer a special Burger Week Menu just for dogs for $5 each.”

“Organized by local 501(c)3 non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, executive director Terri Henry, who has been organizing culinary events Long Beach for almost a decade, 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 and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants. “We may be past the pandemic stage of COVID, but restaurants are still struggling and the 2nd annual city-wide Long Beach Burger Week will help increase guest counts and sales in August,” stated Henry. “And hey, it’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?”.”

“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 the Long Beach Burger Week site.

The Kroft in The Hangar LBX is a participating restaurant in Long Beach Burger Week. Their special is an ample Chili Cheeseburger for $15. It’s a double Chili Cheeseburger with grilled onions and secret sauce on a brioche bun with fries and a soft drink. Co-Founder Stephen Le joins us with all the juicy details.

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

Then Remix Kitchen Bar at LBX is also a participating restaurant in Long Beach Burger Week. Their special is the Remix Burger for $20. It layered on a house-made Brioche Bun with Thyme Garlic Aioli, American Cheese, Arugula, Tomato, Shallot Jam, Bacon and served with Fries. Founder & Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza) joins us with spatula in hand.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

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, ideally, 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 culinary rescue. Chef Andrew shares his thoughts on easily adding some excitement to that traditional salmon dish. Also some advice for jazzing up Salmon Burgers.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The Gas Co’s Energy Resource Center in Downey Reopens
Segment Three: Maui Culinary & Beverage Highlights with “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Adam Bell
Segment Four: Executive Chef Lincoln Carson, Mes Amis, Hollywood, CA Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef Lincoln Carson, Mes Amis, Hollywood, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Restaurateur Stephen Le, The Kroft, Long Beach. Preview of Long Beach Burger Week
Segment Seven: Chef & Restaurateur Ross Pangilinan, ReMix Kitchen Bar, Long Beach. Preview of Long Beach Burger Week
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House

Show 482, July 9, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Matthieu Mangenot is the Technical Director for Domaines Albert Bichot based in Beaune, France. He joined the Albert Bichot team in 2007 as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His last stop on his recent mid-May tour of the United States was at the new Restaurant Lulu at The Hammer Museu in Westwood overseeing a lunch and tasting of Albert Bichot wines for a small group of food and wine journalists. Matthieu joins us from France to pull the cork on all that is Domaines Albert Bichot.

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. The ever-changing 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.” Chef Philip Pretty is our guest with all the details including a preview of the new Heritage Farms venture.

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 shares some informative trip highlights including the roundtrip experience on Hawaiian Airlines, the condo option to a hotel and a standout Dinner and Breakfast. The 2nd installment, in a few weeks, will be the very best in Hawaiian coffee and local craft beer. Also, an overview of food truck parks.

When we were in Concord, CA last month as guests of Visit Concord we discovered the standout The Hop Grenade Taproom and Bottle Shop located right across the street from Todas Santos Plaza, a local landmark and historic town square. If you’re serious about appreciating all styles of craft beer this is a premier destination when in the area. It’s also the world headquarters for The Brewery Network. Justin Crossley, Founder & Partner in The Hop Grenade joins us to tap the keg on all that is The Hop Grenade.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm, 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. There is a new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Chef Andrew explains the importance and significant benefits. (Rescheduled from last week.)

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

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Show 482, July 9, 2022: Adam Bell, “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Social Media & Website Guru with a Report on Visiting Maui

Adam Bell of dataTV

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 shares some informative trip highlights including the roundtrip experience on Hawaiian Airlines, the condo option to a hotel and a standout Dinner and Breakfast. (Think Kalua Pork Loco Moco.)

The 2nd installment, in a few weeks, will share the very
best in Hawaiian coffee and local craft beer. Also, an overview of food truck parks featuring tasty local fare.

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July 9: Domaines Albert Bichot, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, dataTV in Maui, Hop Grenade and the Brewery Network

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part One
Segment Three: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part One
Segment Five: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Adam Bell, “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Social Media & Website Guru with a Report on Visiting Maui
Segment Seven: Justin Crossley, Partner, The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop and The Brewery Network
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

Matthieu Mangenot is the Technical Director for Domaines Albert Bichot based in Beaune, France. He joined the Albert Bichot team in 2007 as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His last stop on his recent mid-May tour of the United States was at the new Restaurant Lulu at The Hammer Museum in Westwood overseeing a lunch and tasting of Albert Bichot wines for a small group of food and wine journalists. Matthieu joins us from France to pull the cork on all that is Domaines Albert Bichot.

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. The ever-changing 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.” Chef Philip Pretty is our guest with all the details including the new Heritage Farms venture.

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 shares some trip highlights including the roundtrip experience on Hawaiian Airlines, the condo option to a hotel, a couple standout meals and, of course, the very best in Hawaiian coffee and local craft beer. Also, a bit about food truck parks.

When we were in Concord, CA last month as guests of Visit Concord we discovered the standout The Hop Grenade Taproom and Bottle Shop located right across the street from Todas Santos Plaza, a local landmark and historic town square. If you’re serious about appreciating all styles of craft beer this is a premier destination when in the area. It’s also the world headquarters for The Brewery Network. Justin Crossley, Founder & Partner in The Hop Grenade joins us to tap the keg on all that is The Hop Grenade.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm, 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. There is a new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Chef Andrew explains the importance and significant benefits. (Rescheduled from last week.)

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

Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot

Matthieu Mangenot is the Technical Director for Domaines Albert Bichot based in Beaune, France. His last stop on his recent mid-May tour of the United States was at the new Restaurant Lulu at The Hammer Museum in Westwood overseeing a lunch and tasting of Albert Bichot wines for a select group of food and wine journalists. Matthieu joins us from Beaune, France (Burgundy) to pull the cork on all that is Domaines Albert Bichot.

“The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214. From 1350, the family was established in Burgundy, at its stronghold on Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since then, nor has its symbol, a deer. Since 1996, Alberic Bichot has represented the 6th generation to run the house.

“Albert Bichot is present all along Burgundy with more than 250 acres shared by 6 prestigious estates.”

“Albert Bichot’s expertise is based on respect for terroir and for nature. Using organic and sustainable viticultural practices, based on observation, prevention and attention to Nature’s equilibrium, Albert Bichot strives to preserve this fertile land for future generations.”

“Each domaine is in the hands of a dedicated viticulture team and vinification team who tailors wines with a perfect sense of terroir. This is unique in Burgundy.”

“Matthieu Mangenot joined the Albert Bichot team in 2007 as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His dual training as an agronomist and an oenologist allows him to have a comprehensive approach to winemaking, from vineyard management to bottling.”

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.

Adam Bell of dataTV

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 especially popular destination for Californians. Adam was based in Kihei which is near Wailea.

Adam shares some trip highlights including the roundtrip experience on Hawaiian Airlines, the condo option to a hotel, standout meals and, of course, the best in Hawaiian coffee and local craft beer. Also, a bit about food truck parks.

Justin Crossley of the Brewing Network

When we were in Concord, CA last month as guests of Visit Concord we discovered the standout The Hop Grenade Taproom and Bottle Shop located right across the street from Todas Santos Park, a local landmark and historic town square. If you’re serious about appreciating all styles of craft beer this is a premier destination when in the area. It’s also the world headquarters for The Brewery Network.

“The Hop Grenade’s roots date to 2005, the year a fresh-faced college grad named Justin Crossley fell in love with homebrewing. Armed with a communications degree, a love of talk radio, and a passion for craft beer, he converted the garage in his rented house into a radio studio, assembled a ragtag band of beer nerds, and founded The Brewing Network.”

The Sunday Session, The BN’s original show, was an instant hit. As the years went on, The BN’s audience and craft beer grew. More shows were added to the Network. Festivals were hosted and attended. Good times were had. And eventually, it became clear that the next step for The BN, which by then had become synonymous with its listener-submitted hop grenade logo, was to pour great craft beer for the public.”

“Justin and BN producer Scott Moskowitz, along with Scott’s parents Marty and Kim, joined forces in 2013 and began the search for a spot. The great city of Concord, home to The BN from show one, was the obvious choice. Its beautiful downtown was the perfect place.”

At any given time there is an eclectic range of 21 rotating styles of craft beer on tap. The food menu includes flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, smoked chicken wings and a beer float made with vanilla gelato. Inside as well as patio seating (with a view of Todos Santos Plaza) are available.

Justin Crossley, Founder & Partner in The Hop Grenade joins us to tap the keg on all that is The Hop Grenade.

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm, 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.

There is an important new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Restoring clam populations (filter feeders) and seagrass meadows will result in improved water quality and healthier habitats for commercial and recreational fisheries – and people, too! Chef Andrew explains the importance and benefits. (Rescheduled from last week.)

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part One
Segment Three: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part One
Segment Five: Chef Philip Pretty, Heritage Restaurant and Sandwich Shop, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Six: Adam Bell, “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Social Media & Website Guru with a Report on Visiting Maui
Segment Seven: Justin Crossley, Partner, The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop and The Brewery Network
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 458, January 15, 2022: Chef John Taube IV, Waicoco, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

John Taube of Waicoco in Maui

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice and menu planning at The Hoxton in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants Sibling Rival and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.)

“Waicoco’s expansive open air oceanfront oasis has a prime view of two Hawaiian islands, Molokai and Lanai. Waicoco seamlessly transitions between oceanside breakfast and dinner allowing the guest to wake to the sunrise and let the day sink away with the sunset. Towering platters of shellfish, local line caught fish and kiawe smoked delicacies provide a connection with land and sea. Waicoco incorporates world class culinary talent and relationships with farmers and fishermen to introduce guests to their belief of how food, drinks and community should be experienced while dining in Maui.”

For Dinner think Poke Tower with prawn, tuna and salmon pokes, seaweed, maze tare, lava salt and rice & prawn chips. There are also Ohana Style presentations (to share) including Seared Half Hamachi with maze tare glazed collar, ginger rice, herb and kula greens, miso beurre blanc and served with ohana sauces.

Chef John Taube joins us with a fresh Maui Gold Pineapple in hand. (That’s an ingredient in Waicoco’s Warm Pineapple Upside Down Cake dessert served with Lappert’s vanilla ice cream.)

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Show 221, April 29, 2017: Chef Elizabeth (Betty) McDonald, B3 “A Beach Bunny Bakery”, Maui

Betty McDonaldMaui Chef Elizabeth (Betty) McDonald of B3 A Beach Bunny Bakery is a judge for the Gala as well as the College Competition. She is a veteran of the Big Island Chocolate Festival assisting with Chefs’ demos and the student culinary competitions. Chef Betty has been in the culinary field since 2003, developing a love for baking at a young age from her mother and grandmothers.

She has been fortunate enough to travel with her husband living and working in the four corners of the country. Growing up in Rhode Island and attending culinary school in Massachusetts cemented her base knowledge and passion for traditional pastries.

Traveling the country and landing in the tropical destination of Maui has blended beautifully with Betty’s pastry skills. The tropical fruits and flavors have really made for an exciting flavor profiles in classic desserts.

Upon moving to Maui, chef Betty became the executive pastry chef for restaurateur Mark Ellman. Betty made her mark on the culinary scene at Mala an Ocean Tavern and Honu Seafood and Pizza, becoming an award-winning pastry chef. As the executive pastry chef for these restaurants Betty was awarded the Star Chef’s Rising Star Award for her desserts with vibrant and bright tropical flavors with gluten free and vegan options.

Chef Betty has continued her rise in the Maui culinary scene. In the summer of 2014 Chef Betty opened B3 “A Beach Bunny Bakery”. Specializing in cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. B3 also bakes fresh and delivers scrumptious desserts to several restaurants and coffee shops on the west side of Maui, most notably Paris Nabavi’s Sangrita Grill and Cantina.

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Show 119, April 25, 2015: Executive Chef Riko Bartolome, Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

Riko BartolomeSan Diegans fondly remember Chef Riko Bartolome as the chef/proprietor of the highly regarded Asia –Vous in Escondido. Chef Riko is now the executive chef of Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui where he oversees all culinary experiences there including the resort’s signature restaurant, Cane & Canoe. With extensive Hawaiian experience, Bartolome created a menu at Cane & Canoe inspired by the Island’s multicultural heritage serving modern Hawaiian fare, with Asian influences.

Known for his signature Asian fusion style Chef Riko graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and began his career at Hyatt Regency Aventine in La Jolla, CA. Bartolome has directed culinary programs at luxury hotels including Grand Wailea Maui, Hawaii, as well as Hotel Nikko’s Pangaea (Los Angeles), Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room, W Hotel, and Asia-Vous, all located in the San Diego area.

Earlier in the year Chef Riko participated in the Maui Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s “cultural chef exchanges” series. The culinary tour sent top Maui chefs to the West Coast to join chefs in their own kitchens in Los Angeles and San Francisco to create joint food experiences.

Chef Riko is a big supporter of encouraging local Maui farmers. He even foresees the day when premium chocolate is produced “bean to bar” on Maui from cacao pods grown there. Hawaii is the only state in the USA where cacao trees can grow.

Chef Riko joins us from Maui.

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Show 87, September 6, 2014: Travel Writer Michelle Winner, President, IFWTWA

Michelle Winner of IFWTWA and Culinary TravelerFood, wine & travel writer Michelle Winner is the President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA.). She will be talking to us from Hawaii.

Over Labor Day Weekend Michelle was part of the Kaanapali Fresh – A Culinary Experience on Maui and right now she is in the middle of the 4th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival on Oahu.

At Kaanapali Fresh, Michelle was a judge for the “Kaanapali Range to Sea.” Each competing chef was paired with a farmer and utilized his produce or product. The winning dish (vegetarian) was Ti Leaf Wrapped Corn Tamale with Syl’s Produce, corn truffle salsa in a smoked tomato emulsion. The winning chef was Raymond Nicasio of the Sheraton Maui Resort.

Michelle also talked about the revitalization of the well-known Maui Gold pineapple brand. These coveted pineapples are only grown on Maui. It’s an agriculture success story of quality over quantity.

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival event Michelle attended Thursday evening was the sold out “A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly” at The Modern Honolulu. The event put a spotlight on Hawaii’s unique location as a culinary hub of the Pacific where East Meets West. 14 esteemed chefs (including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto) showcased dishes inspired by the Lucky Buddha who is known for happiness, plenitude, and wisdom of contentment.

Ti Leaf Wrapped Corn Tamales with Corn Truffle Salsa and Smoked Tomato Emulsion

Recipe yield:   6 x 4” tamales or 12 x 2” tamales
Recipes for Corn Tamales

1 ½ cups Fresh Corn kernels
½ cup Vegetable Shortening
1 cup Masa harina (Tamales flour)
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Corn Stock or water
3 each Ti leaf
1/2 cup Corn Truffle Salsa (separate recipe below)
1 cup Smoked Tomato emulsion

Procedure:

  • Clean and remove husk from the corn. Using a knife scrape the corn kernel off the cob and reserve corn cob to make corn stock. Place ¾ cup of fresh corn kernel in a blender or food processor and grind the corn until almost smooth, set aside.   Place vegetable shortening in an electric mixing bowl with a wire whip attachment. Set mixer on medium high and whip the shortening until light and fluffy.
  • On a separate mixing bowl place Masa Harina, cornmeal, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, baking powder, and salt. Mix thoroughly until well incorporated. Heat up corn stock or water to lukewarm and gradually stir stock or water to the flour mix until it forms a thick dough.
  • Change the whip attachment to dough hook attachment. Transfer the dough to the mixing bowl and add the grinded corn and the rest of the corn kernels mix thoroughly. The dough will be quite sticky.
  • Remove the spine off the ti leaf wash, pat dry and line on a flat suface. Using a pastry piping bag, pipe dough on to the leaf and proceed to roll the dough on the leaf making sure it is completely wrapped.
  • On a steamer or pot with a wire rack with boiling water, steam the tamales for 45 minutes. Cut to desired length. Remove the tamales from the leaf and serve with corn truffle salsa and smoked tomato emulsion.

Corn Truffle salsa recipe

1 can Corn truffle or Cuitlacoche (4 oz) can be found in latin specialty store
1 cup Fresh corn kernels
1 1/2 tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 tbs Red bell peppers, small dice
1 tbs Maui Onions, small dice
2 tbs Olive oil

  • Put cuitlacoche in a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Heat saute pan, saute onions and bell pepper until tender
  • Add corn to the pan and sauté until it is tender and has slight caramelized color.
  • Add pureed corn truffle. Stir until completely coated.
  • Remove from heat and add white balsamic vinegar. Stir until well incorporated.

Smoked Tomato salsa

4 ea Vine riped tomato, cut in half
1 ea Maui onion, cut in half
1 ea Jalapeno, cut in half and seeds removed
1 ea Red Bell Pepper, seeds removed and cut in half
4 cloves Garlic, peeled
2 Tbs Liquid smoke
3 Tbs Olive oil
1 ea juice of lime
1 tbs Cilantro, chopped
1 Tbs Salt
1 Tbs Chipotle in adobo sauce, use only the sauce

  • In a mixing bowl, place cut tomato, onion, peeled garlic, jalapeno, bell pepper, olive oil, and liquid smoke. Mix well until well coated with olive oil and transfer to a baking sheet or pan. Season with 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F, place the mixture in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes or until vegetables have a slight char.
  • Transfer to a food processor bowl and add the chipotle adobo sauce, lime juice and cilantro. Process the mixture to a slight smoothness.
  • Season with the remaining salt.

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