Show 303, December 22, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a mouthwatering preview of Saturday’s tasty show. We’re in the true Holiday spirit…It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… Happy Holidays. Back on the 29th with a fresh show for 2018’s finale. Please join us.

Founded by Chinese-Brazilian brothers Wing Lam, Ed Lee and Mingo Lee, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and something of a global pop culture phenomenon, has been serving up its eclectic Mexican-Brazilian-Asian menu since 1988. It’s their 30th Anniversary this year. In early October Wahoo’s presented a celebratory dinner (paired with premium Sonoma wines) at the revered James Beard House in Greenwich Village, a singular honor. Riding the wave and joining us is Co-founder, Wing Lam.

What are the “Top 10” Specialty Produce items in 2018? What’s sprouting on the horizon for 2019? We now continue Robert Schueller’s informative report from two weeks ago. More will be revealed by our enthusiastic resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s. We respectfully refer to him as The Prince of Produce. You can call him the Produce Guru for short.

Our esteemed wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange joins us for two commentaries. You’ve been seeing them on the wines from Australia and New Zealand for awhile and now screw caps on premium wine are becoming more common on domestic wines for very sound reasons. A cork is perhaps more romantic but it has proven not to be the best closure for wine. Kyle was an early adapter to the joys of Wines from South Africa. There is more to the premium wines of South Africa than Chenin Blanc. We’ll uncork the facts.

It’s the 63rd edition of the proud Rose Bowl Game (“The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games”) tradition that is the Lawry’s Beef Bowl staged over two nights (December 27th and 28th) at the original Lawry’s The Prime Rib on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills. It’s fanfare and grand pageantry at its best. Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson plates the spectacle up for us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays upon us it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

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

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Show 303, December 22, 2018: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Produce Trends

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioWhat are the “Top 10” Specialty Produce items in 2018? What’s sprouting on the horizon for 2019? We now continue Robert Schueller’s (Melissa’s World Variety Produce) informative report from two weeks ago.

More will be revealed by our enthusiastic resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s. We respectfully refer to him as The Prince of Produce. You can call him the Produce Guru for short.

We’ve covered Jackfruit and Red Papaya. Number Eight on the Specialty Produce Hit Parade is Chayote Squash which is where we’ll pick the conversation up. It’s actually a fruit and a staple of the Creole kitchen.

What’s Number One ? You need to listen but we’ll hint that it’s a specialty item exclusively grown in Idaho…

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December 22: Wing Lam, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Wine Exchange, Lawry’s Beef Bowl

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Wing Lam, Co-founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, 30th Anniversary
Segment Three: Wing Lam, Co-founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Presenting a Dinner at The James Beard House
Segment Four: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Produce Trends
Segment Five: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, The 411 on screw caps on wine bottles
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Introduction to the premium wines of South Africa
Segment Seven: 63rd Lawry’s Beef Bowl
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group & Co-Host

Now a mouthwatering preview of this Saturday’s tasty show. We’re in the true Holiday spirit…It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… Happy Holidays.

Founded by Chinese-Brazilian brothers Wing Lam, Ed Lee and Mingo Lee, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and something of a global pop culture phenomenon, has been serving up its eclectic Mexican-Brazilian-Asian menu since 1988. It’s their 30th Anniversary this year. In early October Wahoo’s presented a celebratory dinner (paired with premium Sonoma wines) at the revered James Beard House in Greenwich Village, a singular honor. Riding the wave and joining us is Co-founder, Wing Lam.

What are the “Top 10” Specialty Produce items in 2018? What’s sprouting on the horizon for 2019? We now continue Robert Schueller’s informative report from two weeks ago. More will be revealed by our enthusiastic resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s. We respectfully refer to him as The Prince of Produce. You can call him the Produce Guru for short.

Our esteemed wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange joins us for two commentaries. You’ve been seeing them on the wines from Australia and New Zealand for awhile and now screw caps on premium wine are becoming more common on domestic wines for very sound reasons. A cork is perhaps more romantic but it has proven not to be the best closure for wine. Kyle was an early adapter to the joys of Wines from South Africa. There is more to the premium wines of South Africa than Chenin Blanc. We’ll uncork the facts.

It’s the 63rd edition of the proud Rose Bowl Game (“The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games”) tradition that is the Lawry’s Beef Bowl staged over two nights (December 27th and 28th) at the original Lawry’s The Prime Rib on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills. It’s fanfare and grand pageantry at its best. Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson plates the spectacle up for us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays upon us it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

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

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosFounded by Chinese-Brazilian brothers Wing Lam, Ed Lee and Mingo Lee, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and global pop culture phenomenon, has been serving up its eclectic Mexican-Brazilian-Asian menu since 1988. It’s their 30th Anniversary this year.

“It was 1988 when we, the Lee brothers, came together to open the first Wahoo’s Tacos in Costa Mesa, California, where the surf and skate industry had gathered.”

“We wanted to create a menu that was a reflection of our unique heritage. From China to Brazil, to Baja with hints of Greece, our bold, fresh flavors come from our memories of growing up in Brazil, surfing in Baja and working in our family’s Chinese restaurant.”

“Our food is true to this experience, worldly and uncommonly delicious. We’ll always offer you the best of where we’ve been to fuel your adventures.”

“At Wahoo’s, we encourage you to nourish yourself with food and experiences that make you feel more alive. So, ride those waves, care for your community, love what you eat every day, and be authentically you. Our family is here to feed yours.”

Ed, Mingo, and Wing

In early October Wahoo’s Fish Taco presented a celebratory dinner (paired with premium Sonoma wines) at the revered James Beard House in Greenwich Village, a singular honor.

“When I first started Wahoo’s 30 years ago, all I wanted to do was create a fun and casual place for fellow surfers to hang out and eat great food. Fast forward to today, it’s an honor and a privilege to present on behalf of Wahoo’s at The James Beard House,” said Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. “To be chosen and invited to New York with my brothers is beyond what we could’ve ever imagined.”

“Chefs must be invited in order to host a dinner at The James Beard House,” adds Lam. “We spent our entire careers catering some of the world’s biggest sporting and music events. Hosting dinner at The James Beard House is a testament to our hard work, and we can’t wait to show a brand-new audience what Wahoo’s Fish Taco is all about.

Riding the cresting wave and joining us in-studio is Co-founder, Wing Lam.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioWhat are the “Top 10” Specialty Produce items in 2018? What’s sprouting on the horizon for 2019? We now continue Robert Schueller’s (Melissa’s World Variety Produce) informative report from two weeks ago.

More will be revealed by our enthusiastic resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s. We respectfully refer to him as The Prince of Produce. You can call him the Produce Guru for short.

We’ve covered Jackfruit and Red Papaya. Number Eight on the Specialty Produce Hit Parade is Chayote Squash which is where we’ll pick the conversation up. It’s actually a fruit and a staple of the Creole kitchen.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeOur esteemed wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange joins us for two commentaries. You’ve been seeing them on the wines from Australia and New Zealand for awhile and now screw caps on premium wine are becoming more common on domestic wines for very sound reasons.

Wines sealed with screw caps can actually age with grace. A cork is perhaps more romantic but it proven not to be the best closure for wine.

There is also a shortage of premium natural cork worldwide.

Kyle was an early adapter to the joys of wines from South Africa. While known for their whites there is more depth to the premium wines of South Africa than the familiar Chenin Blanc.

We’ll uncork the facts.

Road to the Rose Bowl 50 Years of Lawry's Beef BowlIt’s the 63rd edition of the proud Rose Bowl Game (“The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games”) tradition that is the Lawry’s Beef Bowl staged over two nights (December 27th and 28th) at the original Lawry’s The Prime Rib on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills. It’s fanfare and grand pageantry at its best.

For the 63rd festivities it’s PAC 12 Champ Washington Huskies battling (with knives & forks) the Big 10’s Ohio State Buckeyes.

Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson plates the spectacle up for us with a side of creamed spinach.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays upon us it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner providing handy advice!

It’s time to chew on a few significant food and restaurant trends from 2018 and what might be ahead for 2019.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Wing Lam, Co-founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, 30th Anniversary
Segment Three: Wing Lam, Co-founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Presenting a Dinner at The James Beard House
Segment Four: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Produce Trends
Segment Five: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, The 411 on screw caps on wine bottles
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Introduction to the premium wines of South Africa
Segment Seven: 63rd Lawry’s Beef Bowl
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group & Co-Host

Show 301, December 8, 2018: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “Prince of Produce”

Melissa's Robert Schueller at the SoCal Restaurant Show 5th Anniversary

What are the “Top 10” Specialty Produce items in 2018? What’s sprouting on the horizon for 2019? We’ll tease that Jackfruit was the tenth most popular specialty produce item for 2018 based on sales.

Robert also shares some fun facts about apples. Did you know Red Delicious and Golden Delicious Apples are only harvested once a year and then kept fresh year-round until needed for sale? Robert explains the secret about how this is all accomplished.

All will be revealed by our enthusiastic resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s.We respectfully refer to him as The Prince of Produce.

This is the first of a two-part, highly informative produce trends segment. Robert is back on December22nd.

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Show 298, November 17, 2018: Cookbook Author Extraordinaire Dorie Greenspan, Everyday Dorie – The Way I Cook

Dorie Greenspan and her cookbook Dories CookiesAward-winning author Dorie Greenspan is the recipient of five prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards for her writing. Her newest title (her baker’s dozen effort) is Everyday Dorie – The Way I Cook. It’s her most personal work to date and an incredible friend for the challenged home cook.

In her latest cookbook Dorie’s legion of loyal fans can find the irresistible food she turns to for weekday and weekend meals. These are the meals she makes for friends in Paris, where she has lived for part of the year for more than twenty years, and the ones she prepares in her small New York City kitchen and her rural Connecticut home.

“The recipes, most of which are simple, none of which needs skills beyond basic, turn out food that’s comforting, satisfying and inviting,” she says.

“Whenever I’m cooking, I like to sneak in a little surprise. I love it when there’s something unexpected in a dish, especially when it’s in one we know well.”—From the Introduction

“Greenspan prides herself on being a practical cook. She prefers to use common ingredients found in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, and her pantry and fridge. Often her fresh touches come from the way she appropriates what she has on hand to create a new dish, like Pasta with Cabbage, Winter Squash, and Walnuts, which gets a pert burst from dried cranberries and a splash of cider vinegar.”

Dorie was recently in Los Angeles on her national book tour and the “SoCal Restaurant Show” was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon with Dorie at her Media Reception at Melissa’s. The Melissa’s team of chefs prepared a representative assortment of 9 dishes from the book (from Ricotta Spoonable to Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies) and Dorie demonstrated some recipes including Sweet and Smoky Roasted Carrots which will be on her Thanksgiving Table.

“These days I have only one rule : There must be dessert! Please follow it.” – Dorie Greenspan. We wholeheartedly agree…

We’re in the home kitchen with Dorie.

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Show 296, November 3, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Ruby Princess arriving in Cabo San Lucus, Baja CaliforniaThanks for all the good wishes conveyed in connection with our 6th Anniversary Show last week celebrated on Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess. We greatly appreciate your listenership over the years and the support of our invaluable sponsors especially Melissa’s World Variety Produce and West Coast Prime Meats (our loyal, Presenting Sponsors since the first broadcast.)

Now a tempting preview of Saturday’s enticing 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…

What’s a destination resort and casino without creative libations? Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula wine country has recently brought on staff a Property Mixologist with a background at high-volume Las Vegas establishments. He’s Nick Hirsch, and he’s shaking it up just for us.

As we bid farewell to the 2018 MLB season diehard baseball fan and Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo restaurants owner Ron Salisbury is in the on-deck circle, preparing for his series of dinners with baseball greats that takes the field on November 6th. The 15th annual Hot Stove League Dinner Series, named for the long winter months of the offseason when baseball fans gather around hot stoves to discuss their favorite teams and players, is being co-sponsored by Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and Angels Chairman Dennis KuhlColby Reedy, the long-time Associate General Manager at The Cannery, joins us with all the details.

In 2003 the Pfaff Family arrived in Oregon on the plot that was to become Left Coast Cellars. In those early years there were just 35 acres of vines and a scruffy, prefabricated cottage. Nevertheless, the sweeping vistas, the canopies of 400 year-old oaks, and wild herons on the lake spoke of unimaginable potential. Since then, in fits and starts, The Pfaff Family has worked to bring out the magic inherent in this land. The youngest son, Taylor, is the CEO. He pulls the cork on Left Coast Estate for us.

For the end of the year there is always the dilemma of what respectable wines to pair with the culinary delights of the various Holiday tables. We’re also looking for quality wines as gifts yet we don’t want to break the bank. To the rescue comes our resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange. He has the first installment of his annual best picks for quality and value for the Holidays. Let’s pop the cork on this one…

The Holidays are fast approaching and it’s time for the return of our “Ask the Chef” segment with our own resident cooking authority, Chef Andrew Gruel. Chef Andrew provides a bevy of his always reliable best tips for stress-free Holiday entertaining. There is much more than turkey on the Holiday table

There are more high seas adventures to share from our 5-day voyage to Cabo San Lucas aboard Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess celebrating the 6-year Anniversary of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” on AM 830 KLAA. Executive Producer Andy Harris will highlight notable shore excursions in Cabo San Lucas (including the not-to-be-missed Cabo Dolphin Center) and also recount a meaningful example of exemplary customer service aboard Ruby Princess.

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

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Show 288, September 1, 2018: Executive Chef Ryan Evans, Levy Restaurants at Dodger Stadium

Ryan EvansIt may be “Time for Dodger Baseball” but a big attraction at Dodger Stadium for home games is always the tempting variety of food and beverage items. Executive Chef Ryan Evans of Levy Restaurants is in his 2nd season with The Dodgers.

Chef Ryan’s theme for 2018 is “flavors of the city.” As baseball season is drawing to a close we’ll find out from Chef Ryan what the big hits have been on the Chavez Ravine menu this year.

During the season Chef Ryan periodically posts attention-grabbing, limited time specials on Instagram @dodgerstadiumfood.

Probably the most Instagramable new food item is the Cheeto-Lote. It’s roasted sweet corn rubbed with chipotle lime mayo and dusted with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and cotija cheese.

In the very exclusive Lexus Dugout Club there is more of an emphasis on appealing vegetarian options in addition to the bevy of meat-centric offerings. Look for a great selection of grilled veggies on the daily changing menu. Also lots of exotic fruit options (Dragon Fruit) including Melissa’s Watermelon Lollipops.

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting 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…

When we last spoke with Owner/Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis they had recently opened Bestia (2012) in DTLA’s emerging Arts District. Flash forward to the recent opening of their Bavel, also in the Arts District. It’s Middle Eastern flavors with influences from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt. We pull them both from the active Bavel kitchen for a chat.

Eat your heart out Long Beach! DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is on through August 12, 2018. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC features value-oriented two or three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city. The Federal Bar on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach is one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC. We’ll meet new Chef Tia Baker (ex-Sol Cocina) and talk about the elevated fare at The Federal Bar. New Happy Hour menu, too.

Brennan’s in Marina del Rey has been a friendly, locals’ institution in the area since 1972. It is known for their Thursday night Turtle Racing and potent libations. It was never about the food. In recent years it had become pretty divey. The Artisanal Brewers Collective came to the rescue last year and after a lengthy, top-to-bottom restoration reopened Brennan’s in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. The food is now something to talk about (including Vegan specialties) as well as the potent libations. Proprietor Tony Yanow (Golden Road Brewing’s Co-Founder) is our guest

Hatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and along the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the Chile capital of the USA but also of the World. The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six-week window every year (between August and September.) Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

Food journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater LA He typically contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He’s part of a panel, PR Bootcamp for Restaurants : In Memory of Fifi Chao” that will be part of the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 19th at the L.A. Convention Center. We’ll chat about the panel and the latest news on the L.A. dining scene with Farley.

Chef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.” What’s the secret of drool-worthy Crab Cakes? What’s the tastiest crab to use? How does Maryland’s Old Bay Seasoning impact this ? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew with the promise of no added filler.

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

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Show 285, August 11, 2018: Robert Schueller, Mellissa’s “Prince of Produce”, Hatch Chile Season

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioHatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and near the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the chile capital of the US but also of the World. Hatch Chiles have been growing in this region for over 135 years, developed by New Mexico State University.

The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six- week window every year (between August and September.) Unusually Hatch Chiles are available in mild, medium, hot and extra hot varieties.

Aficionados generally buy the chiles in bulk by the case (typical case is 25 lbs.) and store the chiles in their freezers, assuring use of these chiles year-round. The chiles can be frozen, roasted up to 2 years. Freeze with or without roasted skin and seeds. The chiles tend to get warmer in heat when you freeze with veins and seeds before storage.

Hatch Chiles have a meaty flesh and mild-medium heat making them ideal for use in Chile Con Queso, Chile Rellenos, and Chile Verde. But it doesn’t just stop there. You can also try roasting and using them in salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. For even more great ideas on how to use this incredible chile, purchase a copy of the genuinely useful Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook.

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

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August 11: Bavel, The Federal Bar, Brennan’s Pub, Melissa’s Hatch Chiles, Farley Elliott of Eater LA

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Owner / Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bavel, DTLA’s Arts District
Segment Three: Chef Tia Baker, The Federal Bar, Long Beach
Segment Four: Tony Yanow, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey, Artisanal Brewers Collective
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, Mellissa’s “Prince of Produce”, Hatch Chile Season
Segment Six: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Seven: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Now a tempting 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…

When we last spoke with Owner/Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis they had recently opened Bestia (2012) in DTLA’s emerging Arts District. Flash forward to the recent opening of their Bavel, also in the Arts District. It’s Middle Eastern flavors with influences from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt. We pull then both from the active Bavel kitchen for a chat.

Eat your heart out Long Beach ! DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is on through August 12, 2018. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC features value-oriented two or three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city. The Federal Bar on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach is one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC. We’ll meet new Chef Tia Baker (ex-Sol Cocina) and talk about the elevated fare at The Federal Bar. New Happy Hour menu, too.

Brennan’s in Marina del Rey has been a friendly, locals’ institution in the area since 1972. It is known for their Thursday night Turtle Racing and potent libations. It was never about the food. In recent years it had become pretty divey. The Artisanal Brewers Collective came to the rescue last year and after a lengthy, top-to-bottom restoration reopened Brennan’s in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. The food is now something to talk about (including Vegan specialties) as well as the potent libations. Proprietor Tony Yanow (ex-Golden Road Brewing) is our guest.

Hatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and along the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the Chile capital of the US but also of the World The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six-week window every year (between August and September.) Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

Food journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater L.A. He contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He’s part of a panel, “PR Bootcamp for Restaurants: In Memory of Fifi Chao” that will be part of the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 19th at the L.A. Convention Center. We’ll chat about the panel and the latest news on the L.A. dining scene with Farley.

Chef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” What’s the secret of drool-worthy Crab Cakes? What’s the tastiest crab to use? How does Maryland’s Old Bay Seasoning impact this ? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew with the promise of no added filler.

Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis of BestiaWhen we last spoke with Owner/Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis they had recently opened Bestia (2012) in DTLA’s emerging Arts District. Flash forward to the recent opening of their long-in-the-works Bavel (buh-vel), also in the Arts District. It’s Middle Eastern flavors with influences from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt.

“Bavel, in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, is a Middle Eastern restaurant from Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. With family roots in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, Ori and Genevieve have always wanted to open a restaurant that showcases the cuisines of their family lineages, bringing together the flavors and dishes they grew up with.”

With a background in the field of interior design, Genevieve played a key role in the design of both Bestia and Bavel.

“Bavel – Stems from the story of Babel, from the original Old Testament. The Hebrew letters ‘b’ – bet, and ‘v’ – vet, both look the same, except that bet has a dot in the center of it. It is theorized that when the Old Testament was translated, it was not transcribed properly and Bavel turned into Babel.”

“The name is pronounced how it was originally written – Bavel (buh-vel). The story of Bavel is from a time when the Middle East was one. The people of Babylon came together to build a tower to heaven but God did not want them to succeed. In turn, he gave the people different languages so they could no longer communicate and work together.”

“When we read this story, we liked the word Bavel, because it was written during a time when everything was one – Bavel is not specific to any one region.”

We pull then both from the bustling Bavel kitchen for a chat.

Tia BakerEat your heart out Long Beach! DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is on through August 12, 2018. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, Dine LBC features value-oriented two or three course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city.

The Federal Bar on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach is one of the participating restaurants in DINE LBC. We’ll meet new Chef Tia Baker (ex-Sol Cocina) and talk about the elevated fare at The Federal Bar. New Happy Hour menu, too.

“Passing through the double doors into the main hall of this 1920’s Beaux-arts style building is just the beginning of the Federal experience. Your gaze will draw up into our three-story restaurant that doubles as an event space that can accommodate up 600 patrons, featuring two full-service bars, hand-painted beamed ceilings, towering columns, high windows that provide grand natural lighting, and an attached outside patio.”

The DINE LBC menu for $35 per person is three courses with choices for each course. Selections for the Mains include Pine Street Bouillabaisse, Meatloaf Sundae, Investors Pasta and Chefs Fish of the Day.

Tony YanowBrennan’s in Marina del Rey has been a friendly, locals’ institution in the area since 1972. It is particularly known for their Thursday night Turtle Racing and potent libations. It was never about the food. In recent years it had become pretty divey.

The Artisanal Brewers Collective came to the rescue last year and after a lengthy, top-to-bottom restoration reopened Brennan’s in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. The food is now something to talk about (including Vegan specialties) as well as the potent libations. Happily the turtle racing is back twice a month on the traditional Thursday evenings.

“Combining the traditions of the past with a few new ideas, Brennan’s strives to be the premier beach city restaurant for entertaining visitors, grabbing a drink with friends for the game or dining with your loved ones. We promote the improvement of our community and the people in it. We pride ourselves on presenting a menu and environment for locals, visitors and everything in between. Best of all, we do it with the perfect pint, one turtle race at a time!”

Proprietor Tony Yanow (ex-Golden Road Brewing) is our guest.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioHatch Chiles, grown only in the Hatch Valley and near the Rio Grande river of New Mexico, are considered by chile aficionados to be the best peppers in the world. Hatch is the premium growing area for New Mexico chiles. Hatch, New Mexico is not only the chile capital of the US but also of the World. Hatch Chiles have been growing in this region for over 135 years, developed by New Mexico State University.

The ultimate chile, these chiles are only available from New Mexico in a short, six- week window every year (between August and September.) Unusually Hatch Chiles are available in mild, medium, hot and extra hot varieties.

Aficionados generally buy the chiles in bulk by the case (typical case is 25 lbs.) and store the chiles in their freezers, assuring use of these chiles year-round. The chiles can be frozen, roasted up to 2 years. Freeze with or without roasted skin and seeds. The chiles tend to get warmer in heat when you freeze with veins and seeds before storage.

Hatch Chiles have a meaty flesh and mild-medium heat making them ideal for use in Chile Con Queso, Chile Rellenos, and Chile Verde. But it doesn’t just stop there. You can also try roasting and using them in salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. For even more great ideas on how to use this incredible chile, purchase a copy of the genuinely useful Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with all the spicy details.

Farley ElliottFood journalist Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater LA He contributes six pieces a day, five days a week to this very widely read on-line magazine and newsletter. He also graciously responds to readers’ feedback.

Farley is part of an upcoming panel, PR Bootcamp for Restaurants : In Memory of Fifi Chao” that will a program at the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 19th at the L.A. Convention Center. We’ll chat about the panel and the latest news of the L.A. dining scene with Farley.

We’ll be talking about the closing (at year’s end) of Santa Monica’s trend-setting, Italian fine-dining restaurant, Valentino, and some eagerly anticipated restaurant openings on the horizon for the balance of the year.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoChef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.”

What’s the secret of drool-worthy Crab Cakes? What’s the tastiest crab to use? How does Maryland’s Old Bay Seasoning impact this? We’ll find out from Chef Andrew with the promise of no added filler.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Owner / Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bavel, DTLA’s Arts District
Segment Three: Chef Tia Baker, The Federal Bar, Long Beach
Segment Four: Tony Yanow, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey, Artisanal Brewers Collective
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, Mellissa’s “Prince of Produce”, Hatch Chile Season
Segment Six: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part One
Segment Seven: Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group