Show 434, July 17, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet! “Culinary Arts is again taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (Every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)” The OC Fair’s long-time Agriculture Education Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights.

Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, “came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.” “Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.” Jim Moroney joins us to pull the cork on Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery.

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) presented two, well attended talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Promenade on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu were California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season which is starting now. Robert will share a condensed version of his presentations with us. Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles adjacent to the Paso Market Walk comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.” Co-proprietor Diego Aguirre, a third generation restaurateur, joins us.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we now expect in full-service dining, including fine dining? He also reports on the progress of his new, ambitious Save the Brave Burger” Summer fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

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

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part One

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Promenade on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season which just started.

Robert shares a highlighted version of his California Specialty Fruit Crops engaging presentation with us as well as the preview of the Hatch Chile season.

“Melissa’s kicks off Hatch Pepper season with an all-new Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook, a compilation of delicious recipes from the Melissa’s Corporate Chefs Team. These recipes have been collected over several seasons during their annual Hatch Pepper promotional campaigns. The recipes are divided into nine groups: Appetizers, Salads, Sides, Drinks, Condiments, etc., demonstrating the versatility of this unique pepper variety with more than one-hundred recipes. There are Hatch dishes for every meal of the day and for every culinary skillset from the novice cook to the serious chef.”

Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Promenade, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part Two

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Promenade on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season which just started.

Robert now shares a highlighted version of his California Specialty Food Crops engaging presentation with us as well as the preview of the Hatch Chile season.

“Melissa’s kicks off Hatch Pepper season with an all-new Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook, a compilation of delicious recipes from the Melissa’s Corporate Chefs Team. These recipes have been collected over several seasons during their annual Hatch Pepper promotional campaigns. There are Hatch dishes for every meal of the day and for every culinary skillset from the novice cook to the serious chef.”

Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Promenade, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

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July 17: OC Fair featuring Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, FINCA Paso Robles

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Evy Young, Agriculture Education Supervisor, OC Fair
Segment Three: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part One
Segment Four: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part Two
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part One
Segment Six: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part Two
Segment Seven: Diego Aguirre, Co-Proprietor, FINCA restaurant, Paso Robles
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

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

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet! “Culinary Arts is again taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (Every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)” The OC Fair’s long-time Culinary Arts Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights.

Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, “came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.” “Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.” Jim Moroney joins us to pull the cork on Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery.

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season. Robert will share a condensed version of his presentations with us. Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

“FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.” Co-proprietor Diego Aguirre, a second generation restaurateur, joins us.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we expect in fine dining? He also reports on the progress of his new, ambitious “Save the Brave Burger” fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

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

Evy Young of the OC Fair

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. “If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet!”

“Culinary Arts is taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (And every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)”

“Learn from the best during demos and tasting sessions stocked with kitchen secrets, war stories and more – straight from the experts.”

The OC Fair’s long-time Culinary Arts Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights.

Jim Moroney of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery

“Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.”

“Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.”

Sixmilebridge offers relaxed tasting room appointments daily from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. “The Moroney’s believe that wine is best experienced when hosts are able to dedicate their time exclusively to one group. Consequently, guests can expect one of Sixmilebridge’s welcoming staff to remain available exclusively to your party for the duration of the visit.”

“Winemaker Anthony Yount said it best: our terroir at Sixmilebridge is nothing if not extreme. Were we crazy to plant Bordeaux varietal grapes into the face of an impossibly steep, untamed hillside overlooking the westside of Paso Robles—best known as premier Rhone growing country? Maybe a little. But we’ve never run from hard work, and we knew the growing conditions rivaled the best in the world.”

“Here, exceptional quality fruit is born from a thick layer of limestone dominate terrain that stretches out in every direction down steep hillsides. With staggering temperature swings of up to 50 degrees that soar and drop daily, and a consistent and daily breeze from the Pacific Ocean, our low-yield fruit is stressed, tried, and tested.”

Jim Moroney pulls the cork on all things Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery for us.

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season. Robert will share a highlighted version of his engaging presentation with us.

Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

Melissa’s Robert Schueller joins us White Dragon Fruit in hand.

Diego Aguirre of Finca Paso Robles

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.”

“With over 20 years experience in the service industry, co-owner Patrick Aguirre has worked under the likes of Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery and Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. His business partner and wife Stephanie, has managed multiple businesses, from aiding in her family’s seafood distribution company to running restaurants in both Napa and Los Angeles. Accompanying them in opening FINCA is son, Diego, and daughter-in-law, Cecilia, who both graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and have been in the area since 2013. With a combined 15 years experience in the wine and service industry between them, they are excited to bring their passion and love for their community to this home-grown venture.”

Diego Aguirre, a 2nd generation restaurateur, is our guest.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…

Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we expect in fine dining?

He also reports on the progress of his new ambitious Save the Brave Burger” fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Evy Young, Agriculture Education Supervisor, OC Fair
Segment Three: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part One
Segment Four: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part Two
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part One
Segment Six: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part Two
Segment Seven: Diego Aguirre, Co-Proprietor, FINCA restaurant, Paso Robles
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 424, May 8, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Chargers Cooking on a Mission

The Los Angeles Chargers Impact Fund (Charity arm of Los Angeles Chargers football team) has joined forces with Melissa’s Produce to host a virtual cooking fundraiser (“Cooking for a Mission”) on May 27th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. PT to benefit the Midnight Mission’s HomeLight facility in Inglewood. Details are available here. Registration Deadline is May 13th.

Proprietor & Chef Isaac Gamboa of Beverly Hills’ side-by-side Prospect Gourmand and Gourmando has extensive fine dining experience working with big name chefs and at luxury hotel properties. In 2014 Chef Isaac and his wife, Chancey, (the welcoming General Manager) opened the modest (and self-funded) Prospect Gourmand on La Cienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Favorable word-of-mouth spread about their honest, from-the-heart elevated cuisine and they soon developed a regular and loyal following. Two years ago The Gamboas were able to relocate to a larger space (with a better equipped kitchen) on N. Robertson Blvd. located just North of Wilshire Blvd. on the West side of the street. It’s Lunch and Dinner daily with Weekend Brunch service. Chef Isaac & Chancey Gamboa are our guest tongs in hand.

“In 2006, a young toffee-maker (based in the greater Palm Springs area,) Brandon Weimer, and a family friend were presented an opportunity to go on a class trip to Italy during their sophomore year of high school. Challenged by their parents to earn half the cost of their trip, they accepted, and Brandini Toffee was born. With unwavering optimism, they sold their toffee to family, friends and the community. Within a few months the two surpassed their funding goals and enjoyed a well-earned trip to Europe. Since then, the company has grown into a business committed to quality and community. Founded in the Palm Springs area, Brandini Toffee is enjoyed by chocolate-lovers and toffee aficionados around the world, and is the first toffee company to receive the coveted gold sofi Award from the Specialty Food Association.” Founder Brandon Weimer joins us with whisk in hand.

“Located just off the 91 Freeway in Riverside, Wicks Brewing Company has been bringing award-winning craft beer and food to the Inland Empire since serving their first pint back in April of 2013.

One of the largest brewpubs in the Inland Empire, Wicks Brewing features 25 draft selections, seltzers, a great rotating cider list and even wine!” Always community focused Wicks Brewing is participating in the first national StacheStong benefit (featuring 200 craft breweries in some 30 states.) This month of May campaign is raising vitally needed funds and much needed awareness for brain cancer research during national Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Participating #BrewStacheStrong breweries are raising money through sales of their limited-edition S.M.A.S.H. for STACHE. This SMaSH (single malt and single hop) beer has been uniquely crafted by each participating brewery. Ryan Wicks taps the keg of their Secret Stache, SMASH Pilsner creation for us.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery which remains a genuine concern. Restaurants in Southern California are finally again allowed to operate for outside/patio dining and inside dining at reduced capacities with all the requisite COVID 19 safety precautions. Shifting the conversation back to food we’ll also ask Chef Andrew about the increasing practice of full-service restaurants adding a partial or full gratuity to the guest’s check in advance of the payment regardless of the number of guests dining.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 416, March 13, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

“From pioneering cider sommelier Dan Pucci (called “the hype man cider is lucky to have” by Eater), and food writer and restaurant owner Craig Cavallo comes AMERICAN CIDER: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage (Ballantine Trade Paperback Original.) The first of its kind, the book chronicles the history of cidermaking in the United States, offering essential knowledge on what to drink and where the cider market is heading.” “Not simply a guide to drinking, AMERICAN CIDER is at its heart a guide to being part of a community of consumers, farmers, and fermenters taking the nation’s oldest beverage into its bright, booming future as an indispensable American drink.” Cider expert Dan Pucci joins us.

Melissa’s Ojai Pixies are petite, sweet, seedless, low-acid and easy to peel. The Ojai Pixie (available through May) is a very special tangerine. This fruit comes from the heart of Ojai Valley, located in Ventura County in Southern California, from a collective of just under 50 growers and their small family farms. This late-season citrus came to grocery retailers when communities were looking for fresh immune-boosting options during a global pandemic, and today it provides nourishment and much-needed relief to those in need.” Savor the tasty, delicate treat of tree-ripened fruit bursting with sunshine-sweet flavor and juice. Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (also known as the Prince of Produce,) effortlessly peels the juicy secrets and deliciousness of the Ojai Pixies for us.

“Following a successful career as a hospitality entrepreneur owning and operating well known restaurants, bars and nightclubs in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Brad Johnson (founder, most recently, of the well-regarded and groundbreaking Post & Beam in Los Angeles) has launched his podcast, Corner Table Talk with Brad Johnson which debuted on February 25th. Through a behind-the-scenes lens intended to inform and entertain, Brad now delves into wide-ranging talks with his prominent corner table guests about food, drink, and culture from the perspective of a person of color.” Brad Johnson joins us from the Corner Table.

“What started as a single delivery of 300 meals from Wahoo’s Fish Taco to Hoag Hospital in Irvine, CA on April 12, 2020, has turned into an astounding collaboration known as the California Love DropWing Lam, Co-Founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Eric Morley, Co-Founder of Blue C, have actively partnered with other organizations to personally thank those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Love Drop supports and fuels healthcare workers and first responders by providing meals, beverages, treats, and supplies to hospitals, medical centers, fire departments, police stations, grocery distribution centers, and more. “It’s amazing to see the local community come together to make a difference. Many brands are stepping up to lend support, and right now, a simple act of kindness and giving back is more important than ever.” – Wing Lam.” Wing Lam surfs in to join us in-person at the AM 830 KLAA Studios with the specifics.

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 is regularly updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants which is a genuine (and increasingly growing) concern. Restaurants in Southern California are finally again allowed to operate for outside/patio dining at reduced capacities with all the requisite COVID 19 safety precautions. Some form of inside dining at a greatly reduced capacity is on the immediate horizon for “Southern California. We’ll “Ask the Chef.” Sunday is National Pi Day so we’ll get Chef Andrew’s informed thoughts on pizza which is an area of expertise for him. As Chef Andrew artfully stretches the dough we’ll find out how Jersey-style pizza differs from New York pizza.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 416, March 13, 2021: Ojai Pixie Tangerines with Robert Schueller of Melissa’s

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

Melissa’s Ojai Pixies are petite, sweet, seedless, low-acid and easy to peel. The Ojai Pixie (available through May) is a very special tangerine. This fruit comes from the heart of Ojai Valley, located in Ventura County in Southern California, from a collective of just under 50 growers and their small family farms. This late-season citrus came to grocery retailers when communities were looking for fresh immune-boosting options during a global pandemic, and today it provides nourishment and much-needed relief to those in need.”

“Savor the tasty, delicate treat of tree-ripened fruit bursting with sunshine-sweet flavor and juice. This seedless variety is the result of open pollination of Kincy, King and Dancy mandarins. Popular backyard trees in Ojai, California, they bear small to medium-sized citrus, having pebbly textured, yellow-orange rinds with loose skins that peel easily. The segments separate neatly for a quick snack, making them a great choice for eating out of hand.”

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (also known as the Prince of Produce,) effortlessly peels the juicy secrets of the Ojai Pixies for us.

Robert will also share the deliciousness of other seasonal fruits right now including muscato grapes, cotton candy grapes, sapurano mangos and the new launched and distinctive PinkGlow Pineapples.

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Show 411, February 6, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Jet Tila and a heritage pig at Cochon 555 in 2013

Our emeritus host, Celebrity Chef Jet Tila, has a Lunar New Year promotion going on courtesy of Melissa’s and Lee Kum Kee. Ten Lucky winners (announced on March 1st) will be awarded a one-hour virtual cooking class with Chef Jet. In addition the First Prize is $1,500. The Lunar New Year Cook Off is a surprise challenge (think a virtual “Chopped”) where the recipes to be made arrive via email. Contestants sign-up for the challenge and then receive an email with the “mystery” ingredient/recipe. The entrant then makes the recipe and posts it in order to be entered to win. Eligible winners are selected at random. All the info on the contest is here.

Chef Aliye Aydin teaches cooking classes and is a culinary coach to a growing network of inspired home cooks. In 2019 she noticed from her students that there was a serious interest in learning more about spice blends and how to use them to creatively perk up meals. Chef Aliye then launched the Spice Club where home cooks could source her proprietary spice blends either individually or as part of a yearly Spice Blend Membership which includes a quarterly delivery of a spice blend, recipes, a meal planning guide and a series of interactive cooking classes. “All spice products are organic and/or sourced from suppliers working to end inequality and exploitation in the spice trade, meaning more dollars going directly to a farmer in the country where the spice is grown.” We’re cooking in the kitchen with Chef Aliye.

For 16 years, Providence in Hollywood has elevated the standard of modern American seafood restaurants along with providing exemplary service. For Valentine’s Day Weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) guests can experience Chef Michael Cimarusti’s award-winning cuisine for curbside takeaway. The extravagant Valentine’s feast (for 2) starts with Morro Bay Gold Oyster and Kaluga Caviar with Crème Fraiche and concludes with a Tarte au Chocolat with Pudwill Farms raspberries. Restaurateur, Co-Proprietor of Providence and graciously welcoming host Donato Poto is with us to talk about Valentine’s Day, the return of patio dining at sister establishment Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood and look to the future when dine-in (inside) can safely return.

Anthony Zaller, Esq. is the principal of the Zaller Law Group, PC based in El Segundo. His boutique firm specializes in representing restaurants in labor and employment issues specifically related to California. His firm is a partnered law firm of the California Restaurant Association. He serves on the Los Angeles Chapter of the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association and also is the Chair of the California Restaurant Association Foundation. As the restaurant business in California ever so slowly begins to recover from the impact of COVID 19 Anthony joins us to preview the top employment law issues facing California restaurants in 2021.

Everyone loves a good cinnamon roll, but did you know cinnamon can help your hair grow longer and stronger? In food journalist’s Nancy Lin Chen’s, 101 Amazing Uses for Cinnamon, discover the many ways this simple spice can improve your health, your home, and of course, your food. From improving memory to aiding digestion to supporting a healthy garden, add some spice to your life with cinnamon. Nancy Chen is a wellness blogger, content creator, and fitness instructor with a family background in herbal medicine. She’s known for creating easy-to-follow recipes and giving effective health and lifestyle guidance on her blog, Nourish by Nancy.

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 is regularly updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants which is a genuine (and increasingly growing) concern. Last week restaurants in Southern California were finally allowed to reopen for outside/patio dining at reduced capacities with all the requisite COVID 19 safety precautions. How is it going thus far? We’ll “Ask the Chef.” Sunday afternoon is the annual celebration of the “Big Game.” “Big Game” snacks worthy of the occasion (this year probably celebrated at home) are a must. Chef Andrew shares a few inspired ideas beyond the expected guacamole.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 406, January 2, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy New Year and wishing all our listeners brighter horizons in 2021.  We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Three years in the making the dynamic husband and wife team of Chef Michael (Executive Chef / Proprietor) and Sarah Cherney (General Manager / Proprietor) debuted the full-service Peasants Feast restaurant in Solvang in April just at the time restaurants were restricted to takeout and delivery only. In a what’s wrong with this picture moment Peasants Feast was recently cited by California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for their employees (6) eating inside the restaurant (properly distanced) for Family Meal. Hard to believe…The Cherney’s join us to share their truly unfortunate experience of navigating a weighty bureaucracy during a pandemic.

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, (also known as the Prince of Produce) is the long-time Director of Public Relations for Melissa’s (World Variety) Produce. This will be the 14th year he’s presented his Produce Trends Forecast for 2021. Robert is our guest to continue his in-depth report which he started on last week’s show. The concluding installment focuses on Top Seasonal Trends and Trends in New Items. Have you heard about the just introduced Pink Pineapple from Costa Rica?

Alina Tompert the “Baker-in-Chief” at her Zimt Bakery in Long Beach (premium German-style cookies adapted from old world family recipes) is an excellent example of a successful licensed Cottage Food Operation that allows the creation and sale of specific low-risk food products from a private home kitchen. All Platzchen and Guadsle treats from Zimt are crafted from sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients. We’re rolling out the Guadsle dough with Baker-in-Chief, Alina.

Niyaz Pirani is a former OC Register and OC Weekly journalist who made the switch to Public Relations in 2015. He established Knife & Spork Public Relations to become one of Orange County’s respected social media marketing firms for restaurants. He focuses on photo and video content creation, targeted marketing, ad support and customer engagement. He believes “Every Restaurant Has a Story to Tell.”

With restaurants’ budgets being especially tight right now (and every dollar of expense needing to be justified) Niyaz joins us with an expert’s advice offering grass roots avenues for restaurants to promote themselves and get more relevant eyeballs focused on what the restaurants are offering.

Opening rather quietly without fanfare in September was the Cara Los Feliz (Hotel,) a boutique luxury property with 60 well-appointed rooms located on the western edge of Thai Town adjacent to the Los Feliz neighborhood. It’s the result of a tasteful and ambitious (and expensive) makeover of a former dowdy motel. For foodies the major attraction is the Cara Restaurant which offers relaxed patio dining (when again permissible) around a tranquil interior pool. The lush landscaping includes 100 year-old olive trees. It’s a touch of class with no pretentiousness whatsoever. The menu maker is Executive Chef Michael Patria, most recently with the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara. The cuisine is California-Mediterranean inspired based around ingredients sourced from local farmers using biodynamic and organic methods. Executive Chef Michael Patria and Assistant General Manager Lana Nguyen join us to enticingly explain what’s on the Cara Restaurant menu.

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 is regularly updating us on the unfortunate impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants which is a genuine (and increasingly growing) concern. Extended restrictions for restaurants are now in place for Southern California for at least the first 3 weeks of January. Chef Andrew updates us on the inspiring progress for the grass-roots, “86 The Struggle” campaign to benefit local out-of-work and struggling restaurant workers. What’s in store for restaurants and dining in 2021?  We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 406, January 2, 2021: Melissa’s Prince of Produce, Robert Schueller – Produce Trends for 2021

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioOur resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, (also known as the Prince of Produce) is the long-time Director of Public Relations for Melissa’s (World Variety) Produce. This will be the 14th year he’s presented his Produce Trends Forecast for 2021.

Robert joins us to continue his in-depth report which he started on last week’s show. The concluding installment focuses on Top Seasonal Trends and Trends in New Items.

Have you heard about the just introduced Pinkglow Pink Pineapple from Costa Rica which were in development for over 16 years? It’s less sour and acidic than a traditional pineapple and juicier and sweeter in taste. There are recipes for Pinkglow Pink Pineapple & Mango Ceviche and Pinkglow Pink Pineapple Salad to accompany this new treat.

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