Show 491, September 17, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Waterline Villas and Marina on Anna Maria Island

It’s a very special show today as we’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” from Anna Maria Island, Florida. We’re guests of restaurateur Ed Chiles of the Chiles Hospitality Group and the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention and Visitors Bureau. We’re going to meet key locals who have created, and maintained, this welcoming destination offering a genuine taste of unspoiled “old Florida.” Thanks to Melissa’s World Variety Produce and West Coast Prime Meats for being Presenting Sponsor of the show since the beginning!

Anna Maria Island is a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction here. The Island is 7 miles long and Beach access is available on both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. The Island has a rustic “Old Florida” fishing pier: Rod n’ Reel Pier, popular to visitors and anglers alike. There’s an important fact to learn about the 7 miles of beach Anna Maria Island offers up: not all beaches are created equal. Some are great for just sitting; others beckon you to explore your adventurous side. And, of course, there are several in between. Five of the area’s beaches are Blue Wave Certified and declared eco-friendly by the Clean Beach Council in Washington D.C., so you can feel good about hanging out there, too.” You won’t find a building over 3 stories high on Anna Maria Island and no franchised restaurants. Joining us to represent the area is Kolby Gayson, the Marketing and Communications Director for the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“A member of the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc., Waterline Villas & Marina (owned by Mainsail Lodging & Development) is the only full-service resort on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Opened in 2017, the boutique waterfront hotel offers exclusive amenities, distinctive services and numerous opportunities for guests to enjoy the authentic, laidback, beach town vibe of Anna Maria Island. The resort features 37 stylish two- bedroom villa-condos with gourmet kitchens; a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities; 2,000 square feet of meeting space; the French-inspired signature restaurant, Chateau Anna Maria; and a resort style swimming pool with oversized sun deck extending into the marina.”

The Founder of Mainsail Lodging & Development, Joe Collier, is our guest.

Chiles Hospitality is a family of three distinctive waterfront restaurants (Sandbar Seafood & SpiritsMar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and Beach House Waterfront Restaurant), an organic farm (Gamble Creek Farms) with 26 acres of organic vegetables, fruits and flowers, and a full bakery (Anna Maria Bake House.) With sustainability at the heart of everything they do, all of their concepts work together to provide the best dishes for their guests and the environment.” “Chiles Hospitality embodies an underlying feel of unspoiled Florida accompanied by breathtaking views and unbeatable quality. Since the acquisition of the Sandbar in 1979, each unique concept added has come to enhance the others established before it.” Chiles Hospitality’s Culinary Director, Seth Kondor, and Anna Maria Bake House’s Head Baker, Teddy Louloudes, are our guests.

Chiles Hospitality’s Gamble Creek Farms is a 26-acre, organic, sustainable, working farm in Parrish, Florida committed to quality produce. Produce is delivered daily to Chiles Hospitality waterfront restaurants: Sandbar, Beach House, and Mar Vista.  There is also a year-round indoor Farm Stand featuring local products including a variety of baked goods from the Anna Maria Bake House. Gamble Creek Farms’ General Manager, Jim Harwood, takes a break from The Farm to join us.

The goal at Shogun Farms (David and Pamela Fay) has been to provide the best, natural feed, clean and organic Wild Boar meat through trapping and eradication of nuisance Boar that destroy crops or endanger other natural indigenous wildlife. After years of hunting and trapping wild boar, David Fay had the idea to turn them into a clean and healthy food source. And since Florida has an estimated 1 million feral hogs / wild boar — the most in the country per square mile —Shogun Farms saw an opportunity to capitalize on that idea in a unique way. Basically a win-win situation; remove hogs from land plus a natural meat to provide to the consumers. Shogun Farms’ David and Pamela Fay join us.

“For generations, people have been coming from across the globe to the Sandbar Seafood & Spirits on Anna Maria Island (the flagship of Chiles Hospitality since 1979) to experience a meal like no other. With toes in the sand, brilliant vistas and a great family atmosphere you are sure to create fantastic memories dining at the Sandbar.” Horacio Eagan the Executive Chef at Sandbar joins us. “Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub (a Chiles Hospitality property) represents authentic Florida dockside dining. Mar Vista has a private beach, dining under the trees or on the covered patio, a wide variety of menu choices from burgers to fresh seafood, a full bar and a convenient package service with beer and wine. Take a break, relax with a drink, have a great meal, and enjoy all that Mar Vista has to offer.” Brandi Craig the General Manager of Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub is also our guest.

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

September 17: SoCal Restaurant Show’s 10th Anniversary on Anna Maria Island

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Kolby Gayson, Marketing & Communications Director, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention & Visitors Bureau
Segment Three: Joe Collier, Founder & President, Mainsail Lodging & Development, Tampa
Segment Four: Chef Seth Kondor, Culinary Director, and Head Baker Teddy Louloudes, Chiles Hospitality Part One
Segment Five: Chef Seth Kondor, Culinary Director, and Head Baker Teddy Louloudes, Chiles Hospitality Part Two
Segment Six: Jim Harwood, General Manager, Gamble Creek Farms
Segment Seven: David and Pamela Fay, Proprietors, Shogun Farms, Seffner, FL
Segment Eight: Executive Chef Horacio Eagan, Sandbar, and Brandi Craig, General Manager, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub

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

Waterline Villas and Marina on Anna Maria Island

It’s a very special show today as we’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” from Anna Maria Island, Florida. We’re guests of restaurateur Ed Chiles of the Chiles Hospitality Group and the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention and Visitors Bureau. We’re going to meet key locals who have created, and maintained, this welcoming destination offering a genuine taste of unspoiled “old Florida.” Thanks to Melissa’s World Variety Produce and West Coast Prime Meats for being Presenting Sponsor of the show since the beginning!

“Anna Maria Island is a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction here. The Island is 7 miles long and Beach access is available on both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. The Island has a rustic “Old Florida” fishing pier: Rod n’ Reel Pier, popular to visitors and anglers alike. There’s an important fact to learn about the 7 miles of beach Anna Maria Island offers up: not all beaches are created equal. Some are great for just sitting; others beckon you to explore your adventurous side. And, of course, there are several in between. Five of the area’s beaches are Blue Wave Certified and declared eco-friendly by the Clean Beach Council in Washington D.C., so you can feel good about hanging out there, too.” You won’t find a building over 3 stories high on Anna Maria Island and no franchised restaurants. Joining us to represent the area is Kolby Gayson, the Marketing and Communications Director for the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“A member of the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), Waterline Villas & Marina (owned by Mainsail Lodging & Development) is the only full-service resort on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Opened in 2017, the boutique waterfront hotel offers exclusive amenities, distinctive services and numerous opportunities for guests to enjoy the authentic, laidback, beach town vibe of Anna Maria Island. The resort features 37 stylish two- bedroom villa-condos with gourmet kitchens; a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities; 2,000 square feet of meeting space; the French-inspired signature restaurant, Chateau Anna Maria; and a resort style swimming pool with oversized sun deck extending into the marina.”

The Founder of Mainsail Lodging & Development, Joe Collier, is our guest.

“Chiles Hospitality is a family of three distinctive waterfront restaurants (Sandbar Seafood & SpiritsMar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and Beach House Waterfront Restaurant), an organic farm (Gamble Creek Farms) with 26 acres of organic vegetables, fruits and flowers, and a full bakery (Anna Maria Bake House.) With sustainability at the heart of everything they do, all of their concepts work together to provide the best dishes for their guests and the environment.” “Chiles Hospitality embodies an underlying feel of unspoiled Florida accompanied by breathtaking views and unbeatable quality. Since the acquisition of the Sandbar in 1979, each unique concept added has come to enhance the others established before it.” Chiles Hospitality’s Culinary Director, Seth Kondor, and Anna Maria Bake House’s Head Baker, Teddy Louloudes, are our guests.

Chiles Hospitality’s Gamble Creek Farms is a 26-acre, organic, sustainable, working farm in Parrish, Florida committed to quality produce. Produce is delivered daily to Chiles Hospitality waterfront restaurants: Sandbar, Beach House, and Mar Vista.  There is also a year-round indoor Farm Stand featuring local products including a variety of baked goods from the Anna Maria Bake House. Gamble Creek Farms’ General Manager, Jim Harwood, takes a break from The Farm to join us.

The goal at Shogun Farms (David and Pamela Fay) has been to provide the best, natural feed, clean and organic Wild Boar meat through trapping and eradication of nuisance Boar that destroy crops or endanger other natural indigenous wildlife. After years of hunting and trapping wild boar, David Fay had the idea to turn them into a clean and healthy food source. And since Florida has an estimated 1 million feral hogs / wild boar — the most in the country per square mile —Shogun Farms saw an opportunity to capitalize on that idea in a unique way. Basically a win-win situation; remove hogs from land plus a natural meat to provide to the consumers. Shogun Farms’ David and Pamela Fay join us.

“For generations, people have been coming from across the globe to the Sandbar Seafood & Spirits on Anna Maria Island (the flagship of Chiles Hospitality since 1979) to experience a meal like no other. With toes in the sand, brilliant vistas and a great family atmosphere you are sure to create fantastic memories dining at the Sandbar.” Horacio Eagan the Executive Chef at Sandbar joins us. Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub (a Chiles Hospitality property) represents authentic Florida dockside dining. Mar Vista has a private beach, dining under the trees or on the covered patio, a wide variety of menu choices from burgers to fresh seafood, a full bar and a convenient package service with beer and wine. Take a break, relax with a drink, have a great meal, and enjoy all that Mar Vista has to offer.” Brandi Craig the General Manager of Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub is also our guest.

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

Kolby Gayson of the Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key CVB

“Anna Maria Island is a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction here. The Island is 7 miles long and Beach access is available on both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. The Island has a rustic “Old Florida” fishing pier: Rod n’ Reel Pier, popular to visitors and anglers alike.” 

“There’s an important fact to learn about the 7 miles of beach Anna Maria Island offers up: not all beaches are created equal. Some are great for just sitting; others beckon you to explore your adventurous side. And, of course, there are several in between. Five of the area’s beaches are Blue Wave Certified and declared eco-friendly by the Clean Beach Council in Washington D.C., so you can feel good about hanging out there, too.”

You won’t find a building over 3 stories high on Anna Maria Island or any chain, franchised restaurants. 

Joining us to represent the area is Kolby Gayson, the Marketing and Communications Director for the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Joe Collier of Mainsail Lodging and Development

We are guests at the Waterline Villas & Marina on AMI. “Named for the distinct line where the hull of a boat meets the water, Waterline Villas & Marina embodies the spirit of Anna Maria Island by embracing its Old Florida heritage, while offering new experiences and distinct, luxury amenities. Guests will discover Waterline is where exceptional, modern resort living seamlessly meets this enchanting island’s authentic heritage.”

“A member of the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc., Waterline Villas & Marina (owned by Mainsail Lodging & Development) is the only full-service resort on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Opened in 2017, the boutique waterfront hotel offers exclusive amenities, distinctive services and numerous opportunities for guests to enjoy the authentic, laidback, beach town vibe of Anna Maria Island. The resort features 37 stylish two- bedroom villa-condos with gourmet kitchens; a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities; 2,000 square feet of meeting space; the French-inspired signature restaurant, Chateau Anna Maria; and a resort style swimming pool with oversized sun deck extending into the marina.”

“Mainsail Lodging & Development is an award-winning, Tampa, Florida-based company specializing in hotel, furnished housing, and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. An established company with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Mainsail prides itself in finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose and applying its passion and expertise to each project. Founded by President Joe Collier with a combination of daring vision and dogged determination, Mainsail has built an impressive portfolio of top-branded properties throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Each Mainsail property inspires guests with a distinct character and meticulously crafted, sophisticated style, from a private island resort, and urban culinary showplaces, to waterfront marvels, boutique southern hotels, and a historic jazz era icon.”

The Founder of Mainsail Lodging & Development, Joe Collier is our guest.

Seth Kondor of Chiles Hospitality

Chiles Hospitality is a family of three iconic waterfront restaurants (Sandbar Seafood & SpiritsMar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and Beach House Waterfront Restaurant), an organic farm (Gamble Creek Farms) with 26 acres of organic vegetables, fruits and flowers, and a full bakery (Anna Maria Bake House.) With sustainability at the heart of everything they do, all of their concepts work together to provide the best dishes for their guests and the environment.”

“Chiles Hospitality embodies an underlying feel of unspoiled Florida accompanied by breathtaking views and unbeatable quality. Since the acquisition of the Sandbar in 1979, each unique concept added has come to enhance the others established before it. This growth strategy has helped to maintain the cohesive family atmosphere, fostering collaboration between the individual businesses.”

Teddy Louloudes of Chiles Hospitality

“Anna Maria Bake House is the sweetest part of Chiles Hospitality. Inspired by ancient grains and traditional baking methods, Anna Maria Bake House began as a small segment responsible for supplying the restaurants with breads and crackers to accompany the respective chef’s dishes. The bakery has since risen to the occasion of creating all of the featured desserts found on each menu as well as providing select items for online pre-order and pick-up at two locations.”

Chiles Hospitality’s Culinary Director, Seth Kondor and Anna Maria Bake House’s Head Baker, Teddy Louloudes are our guests.

Jim Harwood of Gamble Creek Farms

Chiles Hospitality’s Gamble Creek Farms is a 26-acre, organic, sustainable, working farm in Parrish, Florida committed to quality produce. Produce is delivered daily to Chiles Hospitality waterfront restaurants: Sandbar, Beach House, and Mar Vista.  There is also a year-round indoor Farm Stand featuring local products including a variety of baked goods from the Anna Maria Bake House.

“The crops that are currently being grown at Gamble Creek Farms are arugula, Kina Savoy, basil, green beans, bok choy, green cabbage, cilantro, collard greens, Kirby cucumbers, green kale, red and green bib lettuces, romaine, Italian parsley, squash blossoms, zucchini, yellow squash, and Pattypan squash.”

Gamble Creek Farms’ General Manager, Jim Harwood, takes a break from The Farm to join us.

David and Pamela Fay of Shogun Farms

The goal at Shogun Farms (David and Pamela Fay) has been to provide the best, natural feed, clean and organic Wild Boar meat through trapping and eradication of nuisance Boar that destroy crops or endanger other natural indigenous wildlife.

“After years of hunting and trapping wild boarDavid Fay had the idea to turn them into a clean and healthy food source. And since Florida has an estimated 1 million feral hogs / wild boar — the most in the country per square mile —Shogun Farms saw an opportunity to capitalize on that idea in a unique way. Basically a win-win situation; remove hogs from land plus a natural meat to provide to the consumers. 

But most importantly, The Fays believe that by treating these animals with respect and giving them the best life on the farm not only sets a higher standard for animal welfare but also produces a healthier, all-natural product for their customers.”

“Wild Boar meat is leaner, darker and intensely more flavorful than farm-raised. Naturally, the flavor of the meat is dependent upon the diet of the animal. Shogun Farms wild boar is all natural and on a free- range diet of nuts, grass, and locally grown vegetables. You can expect a sweet and nutty taste that is cleaner than more fatty protein options.”

Horacio Eagan of Sandbar

“For generations, people have been coming from across the globe to the Sandbar Seafood & Spirits on Anna Maria Island (the flagship of Chiles Hospitality since 1979) to experience a meal like no other. With toes in the sand, brilliant vistas and a great family atmosphere you are sure to create fantastic memories dining at the Sandbar.”

“You haven’t truly experienced a sunset celebration until you have dined with your toes in the sand as the sun sinks below the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico. If you haven’t checked this off of your bucket list, perhaps it is time to do so.” Horacio Eagan the Executive Chef at Sandbar joins us.

Brandi Craig of Chiles Hospitality

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub (a Chiles Hospitality property) represents authentic Florida dockside dining. Mar Vista has a private beach, dining under the trees or on the covered patio, a wide variety of menu choices from burgers to fresh seafood, a full bar and a convenient package service with beer and wine. Take a break, relax with a drink, have a great meal, and enjoy all that Mar Vista has to offer.” Brandi Craig, the General Manager of Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, is also our guest.

Show 489, September 3, 2022: Zapien’s Hatch Pepper Roast with Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill, Pico Rivera

Marco Zapien of Zapiens Salsa Grill and Taqueria

Every year Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria in Pico Rivera goes all out to celebrate the short Hatch Pepper season. His concluding Hatch Chile event is Zapien’s Hatch Pepper Roast set for Saturday, September 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It also includes a Hatch Brunch menu in the restaurant showcasing brunch favorites prepared with Hatch Peppers. An Action Station includes Omelettes and Eggs to Order, Hatch-Brown Sugar Glazed Bone-In Ham, and Belgian Waffles and Fresh Berries. Many of the dishes featured are from the new Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook.

This year’s Hatch Chile Roast allows patrons to pick-up on the spot freshly-roasted Melissa’s Hatch Chiles by the case and by the preferred level of spice from mild to hot. Pre-ordering is advised.

Chef Marco takes a break from his busy kitchen to provide all the savory Hatch roasting details.

Show 484, July 23, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Authentic Hatch peppers (now in the short 6-week availability season) are a Southwestern favorite, named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Melissa’s Hatch peppers are grown in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They are well known, especially in the states of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Researchers say the intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. An older cousin of the fresh green Anaheim, Hatch peppers have a meaty flesh and can be very mild or have a medium to very hot bite. Hatch peppers are becoming increasingly popular every year, with local supermarkets hosting Hatch Roasts,” where you can buy your fresh Hatch peppers and have them roasted right in front of you! Once you have your roasted peppers, add them to your favorite recipe or freeze them so you have them anytime you need until next year’s harvest.” Melissa’s resident Product Guru, Robert Schueller (also known as the Prince of Produce), is our guest with all things Hatch Peppers.

Bill Scanlin’s Deer Hill Vineyards is a small, family-owned vineyard using sustainable processes and 20 plus years of experience to produce truly unique craft wines that are award-winning. The Deer Hill vineyard and tasting room is located in the East Bay area of Northern California, in the beautiful suburb of Lafayette, CA. The elegant tasting room itself is quite impressive. The Deer Hill Vineyards estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is their specialty but they also produce several other varietals, from Sangiovese, to Chardonnay, or Pinot, Deer Hill offers different wines for any mood or occasion. Deer Hill Vineyards wines have even won awards in the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition in 2020 and 2021.” Owner / Winemaker Bill Scanlin joins with us to uncork all that is Deer Hill Vineyards with a glass of award-winning 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamorinda from Deer Hill Vineyards in hand.

Saffy’s on Fountain in East Hollywood is the new creation of Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, the founders of Bestia and Bavel in The Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Ori and Genevieve join us with all the details on Saffy’s on Fountain and the adjacent Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop. “Named after Saffron, Ori and Genevieve’s daughter, Saffy’s embodies her whimsical spirit. Next door at the just launched Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop you’ll find coffee, tea, house-baked breads, and pastries. Dinner service centers around small plates, various house-made breads, seasonal vegetables, and meats that hit the table straight off of the fire.”  

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. Clams in the West truly don’t get the respect they deserve. They can be prepared in a number of tasty ways and certainly merit equal status as oysters. Clams on pizza is a special treat. Chef Andrew shares his tips including the availability of pre-cooked, flash-frozen clams that are typically stocked in the frozen seafood section of your favorite market and priced at a great value.…

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

Show 484, July 23, 2022: Hatch Pepper Season with Melissa’s Robert Schueller Part One

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

“Authentic Hatch peppers (now in the short 6-week season of availability) are a Southwestern favorite, named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Melissa’s Hatch peppers are grown in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They are well known, especially in the states of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Researchers say the intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. The valley, which stretches along the Rio Grande’s southern-most bend before crossing into Texas and Mexico, is covered with row after row of green, leafy Hatch plants for most of the summer.”

“An older cousin of the fresh green Anaheim, Hatch peppers have a meaty flesh and can be very mild or have a medium to very hot bite. Hatch peppers are becoming increasingly popular every year, with local supermarkets hosting Hatch Roasts,” where you can buy your fresh Hatch peppers and have them roasted right in front of you! Once you have your roasted peppers, add them to your favorite recipe or freeze them so you have them anytime you need until next year’s harvest.”

“Melissa’s Hatch Peppers are the perfect addition to recipes to add mild to hot heat, as well as a flavor distinct to the pepper. During Hatch season, the spicy scent of peppers fills the air with food memories that tease our taste buds of what’s to come. Hatch Peppers are versatile and can be used in place of any peppers in your recipes. The Melissa’s chefs suggest using them in smoothies, desserts, casseroles, soups, salads and lots more.”

New Melissa’s products made with genuine Hatch peppers are on the market and selling like crazy! Melissa’s has introduced several new Hatch-enhanced items: Hatch popcorn, Hatch BBQ Sauce, Hatch Dijon Mustard, Hatchup (Hatch ketchup), and Hatch Clean Snax®… you won’t want to miss these. Don’t forget about Melissa’s shaker with red or green Hatch pepper powder so you can have your Hatch fix all year-round!”

Melissa’s resident Product Guru, Robert Schueller (also known as the Prince of Produce), is our guest with all things Hatch Peppers.

Show 484, July 23, 2022: Hatch Pepper Season with Melissa’s Robert Schueller Part Two

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

“Authentic Hatch peppers (now in the short 6-week season of availability) are a Southwestern favorite, named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Melissa’s Hatch peppers are grown in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They are well known, especially in the states of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Researchers say the intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. The valley, which stretches along the Rio Grande’s southern-most bend before crossing into Texas and Mexico, is covered with row after row of green, leafy Hatch plants for most of the summer.”

“An older cousin of the fresh green Anaheim, Hatch peppers have a meaty flesh and can be very mild or have a medium to very hot bite. Hatch peppers are becoming increasingly popular every year, with local supermarkets hosting Hatch Roasts,” where you can buy your fresh Hatch peppers and have them roasted right in front of you! Once you have your roasted peppers, add them to your favorite recipe or freeze them so you have them anytime you need until next year’s harvest.”

“Melissa’s Hatch Peppers are the perfect addition to recipes to add mild to hot heat, as well as a flavor distinct to the pepper. During Hatch season, the spicy scent of peppers fills the air with food memories that tease our taste buds of what’s to come. Hatch Peppers are versatile and can be used in place of any peppers in your recipes. The Melissa’s chefs suggest using them in smoothies, desserts, casseroles, soups, salads and lots more.”

New Melissa’s products made with genuine Hatch peppers are on the market and selling like crazy! Melissa’s has introduced several new Hatch-enhanced items: Hatch popcorn, Hatch BBQ Sauce, Hatch Dijon Mustard, Hatchup (Hatch ketchup), and Hatch Clean Snax®… you won’t want to miss these. Don’t forget about Melissa’s shaker with red or green Hatch pepper powder so you can have your Hatch fix all year-round!”

Melissa’s resident Product Guru, Robert Schueller (also known as the Prince of Produce), continues as our guest discussing all things Hatch Peppers.

July 23: Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Season, Deer Hill Vineyards, Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis on the opening of Saffy’s

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Hatch Pepper Season with Melissa’s Robert Schueller Part One
Segment Three: Hatch Pepper Season with Melissa’s Robert Schueller Part Two
Segment Four: Owner / Winemaker Bill Scanlin of Deer Hill Vineyards, Layfayette, CA Part One
Segment Five: Owner / Winemaker Bill Scanlin of Deer Hill Vineyards, Layfayette, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Saffy’s on Fountain & Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop, East Hollywood Part One
Segment Seven: Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Saffy’s on Fountain & Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop, East Hollywood Part Two
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.

“Authentic Hatch peppers (now in the short 6-week availability season) are a Southwestern favorite, named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Melissa’s Hatch peppers are grown in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They are well known, especially in the states of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Researchers say the intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. An older cousin of the fresh green Anaheim, Hatch peppers have a meaty flesh and can be very mild or have a medium to very hot bite. Hatch peppers are becoming increasingly popular every year, with local supermarkets hosting “Hatch Roasts,” where you can buy your fresh Hatch peppers and have them roasted right in front of you! Once you have your roasted peppers, add them to your favorite recipe or freeze them so you have them anytime you need until next year’s harvest.” Melissa’s resident Product Guru, Robert Schueller (also known as the Prince of Produce), is our guest with all things Hatch Peppers.

“Bill Scanlin’s Deer Hill Vineyards is a small, family-owned vineyard using sustainable processes and 20 plus years of experience to produce truly unique craft wines that are award-winning. The Deer Hill vineyard and tasting room is located in the East Bay area of Northern California, in the beautiful suburb of Lafayette, CA. The elegant tasting room itself is quite impressive. The Deer Hill Vineyards estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is their specialty but they also produce several other varietals, from Sangiovese, to Chardonnay, or Pinot, Deer Hill offers different wines for any mood or occasion. Deer Hill Vineyards wines have even won awards in the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition in 2020 and 2021.” Owner / Winemaker Bill Scanlin joins with us to uncork all that is Deer Hill Vineyards with a glass of award-winning 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamorinda from Deer Hill Vineyards in hand.

Saffy’s on Fountain in East Hollywood is the new creation of Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, the founders of Bestia and Bavel in The Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Ori and Genevieve join us with all the details on Saffy’s on Fountain and the adjacent Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop. “Named after Saffron, Ori and Genevieve’s daughter, Saffy’s embodies her whimsical spirit. Next door at the just launched Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop you’ll find coffee, tea, house-baked breads, and pastries. Dinner service centers around small plates, various house-made breads, seasonal vegetables, and meats that hit the table straight off of the fire.”

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. Clams in the West truly don’t get the respect they deserve. They can be prepared in a number of tasty ways and certainly merit equal status as oysters. Clams on pizza is a special treat. Chef Andrew shares his tips…

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

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

“Authentic Hatch peppers (now in the short 6-week season of availability) are a Southwestern favorite, named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Melissa’s Hatch peppers are grown in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They are well known, especially in the states of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Researchers say the intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. The valley, which stretches along the Rio Grande’s southern-most bend before crossing into Texas and Mexico, is covered with row after row of green, leafy Hatch plants for most of the summer.”

“An older cousin of the fresh green Anaheim, Hatch peppers have a meaty flesh and can be very mild or have a medium to very hot bite. Hatch peppers are becoming increasingly popular every year, with local supermarkets hosting Hatch Roasts,” where you can buy your fresh Hatch peppers and have them roasted right in front of you! Once you have your roasted peppers, add them to your favorite recipe or freeze them so you have them anytime you need until next year’s harvest.”

“Melissa’s Hatch Peppers are the perfect addition to recipes to add mild to hot heat, as well as a flavor distinct to the pepper. During Hatch season, the spicy scent of peppers fills the air with food memories that tease our taste buds of what’s to come. Hatch Peppers are versatile and can be used in place of any peppers in your recipes. The Melissa’s chefs suggest using them in smoothies, desserts, casseroles, soups, salads and lots more.”

New Melissa’s products made with genuine Hatch peppers are on the market and selling like crazy! Melissa’s has introduced several new Hatch-enhanced items: Hatch popcorn, Hatch BBQ Sauce, Hatch Dijon Mustard, Hatchup (Hatch ketchup), and Hatch Clean Snax®… you won’t want to miss these. Don’t forget about Melissa’s shaker with red or green Hatch pepper powder so you can have your Hatch fix all year-round!”

Melissa’s resident Product Guru, Robert Schueller (also known as the Prince of Produce), is our guest with all things Hatch Peppers.

Bill Scanlin of Deer Hill Vineyards

“Bill Scanlin’s Deer Hill Vineyards is a small, family-owned vineyard using sustainable processes and 20 plus years of experience to produce truly unique craft wines that are award-winning.”

“The Deer Hill vineyard and tasting room is located in the East Bay area of Northern California, in the beautiful suburb of Lafayette, CA. From San Francisco it is a 40-minute drive. Schedule a tasting to try some of the Deer Hill Vineyards wine and experience the ambiance their property has to offer. The elegant tasting room itself is quite spectacular.”

“The Deer Hill Vineyards estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is their specialty but they also produce several other varietals, from Sangiovese, to Chardonnay, or Pinot. Deer Hill strives to offer different wines for any mood or occasion. Deer Hill Vineyards wines have even won awards in the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition in 2020 and 2021.”

Owner / Winemaker Bill Scanlin joins us with a glass of award-winning 2017 Sangiovese Lamorinda in hand to pull the cork on all that is Deer Hill Vineyards.

Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis of Bestia, Beval and Saffy's

Saffy’s on Fountain in East Hollywood is the new creation of Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis the founders of Bestia and Bavel in The Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Ori and Genevieve join us with all the details on Saffy’s on Fountain and the adjacent Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop.

“Named after Saffron, Ori and Genevieve’s daughter, Saffy’s embodies her whimsical spirit.”

“Saffy’s transports the guest to another time and place, while still feeling familiar. It’s a Middle Eastern restaurant rooted in traditional flavors and executed using modern techniques. In this intimate space, you’ll be greeted by warm and energetic hospitality, flavors and dishes reminiscent of Middle-Eastern home-style cooking, and unexpected takes on classic desserts.”

“Saffy’s is your neighborhood haunt, the perfect place to walk in for a seat at the bar, grab a coffee or pastry next door, or to celebrate your next big occasion. Next door at the just launched Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop you’ll find coffee, tea, house-baked breads, and pastries. Dinner service centers around small plates, various house-made breads, seasonal vegetables, and meats that hit the table straight off of the fire.”

“The heart of Saffy’s lives in the open kitchen. Saffy’s wood fired shawarma rotisserie, wood burning oven, and hearth for grilling add their own unique character to both the food and the space. Framing the kitchen is a sixteen- seat bar, offering vibrant and refreshing cocktails to compliment the food. The wine list features coastal Mediterranean and island wines, focusing on small grower producers committed to healthy agriculture.”

Initial hours for Saffy’s are Dinner on Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. For Saffy’s Coffee & Tea it’s Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This is Saffy’s place – where you can eat with your hands, drink with your friends, and get into some mischief.”

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.

Clams truly don’t get the respect they deserve. They can be prepared in a number of tasty ways and certainly merit equal status as oysters. Clams on pizza is a special treat. Chef Andrew shares his tips…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Hatch Pepper Season with Melissa’s Robert Schueller Part One
Segment Three: Hatch Pepper Season with Melissa’s Robert Schueller Part Two
Segment Four: Owner / Winemaker Bill Scanlin of Deer Hill Vineyards, Layfayette, CA Part One
Segment Five: Owner / Winemaker Bill Scanlin of Deer Hill Vineyards, Layfayette, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Saffy’s on Fountain & Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop, East Hollywood Part One
Segment Seven: Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Saffy’s on Fountain & Saffy’s Coffee & Tea Shop, East Hollywood Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House

Show 457, January 8, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to profile a handful of her newly discovered restaurants in the OC in 2021, her “Five Wishes for 2022” and a look ahead at some noteworthy restaurant openings in the OC in 2022 on the horizon. We’ll lastly get a tantalizing preview of Anne Marie’s next Voice of OC column which publishes on Thursday, January 14th. Anne Marie will share some of her favorite new dining spots of 2021.

Joy Wilson is well known for her daily dabbles in butter and sugar as her blogging alter ego, Joy the Baker. A California girl now living in New Orleans, Joy is a 100% taste buds taught baker obsessed with butter, sugar, cream, and dark chocolate. Since 2008, Joy has shared her indulgent and comforting yet approachable recipes through her popular blog joythebaker.com, inspiring home cooks of all ages every step of the way. Joy is also a three-time cookbook author, editor-in-chief of Joy the Baker magazine, and baking instructor. Through it all, Joy proves baking is not about all the latest gadgets and high-tech gizmos; it’s about stepping into the kitchen with a monster sweet tooth and coaxing something beautiful out of the oven.” Joy Wilson is our guest with whisk in hand along with a cube of butter.

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 15th year he’s presented his Produce Trends Forecast for 2022. Robert joins us to provide highlights of his top seasonal trends in fruits and vegetables. On the veggie side look for Dutch Yellow Potatoes and Pee Wee Dutch Yellow Potatoes all grown in Idaho. Other vegetables include Habanero Peppers and White Asparagus. On the fruit side Robert will discuss the varieties of Dragon Fruits and the premium Pinkglow Pineapples from Costa Rica along with Organic Dates.

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on AtlanticLong Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.” Terri Henry, co-organizer of the event and Executive Director of Long Beach Food & Beverage joins us.

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

Show 457, January 8, 2022: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Produce – Produce Trends Forecast for 2022 Part One

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

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 15th year he’s presented his Produce Trends Forecast for 2022.

Robert joins us to provide highlights of his top seasonal trends in fruits and vegetables. On the veggie side look for Dutch Yellow Potatoes and Pee Wee Dutch Yellow Potatoes all from Idaho. Other vegetables include Habanero Peppers and White Asparagus.

On the fruit side Robert will discuss Dragon Fruit, and the premium Pinkglow Pineapples from Costa Rica. Also organic date products including Medjool Dates.

Show 457, January 8, 2022: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Produce – Produce Trends Forecast for 2022 Part Two

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

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 15th year he’s presented his Produce Trends Forecast for 2022.

Robert continues with us to provide highlights of his top seasonal trends in fruits and vegetables. On the veggie side look for Dutch Yellow Potatoes and Pee Wee Dutch Yellow Potatoes all grown in Idaho. Other vegetables include Habanero Peppers and White Asparagus.

On the fruit side Robert will discuss Dragon Fruit, and the premium Pinkglow Pineapples from Costa Rica. Also organic date products including Medjool Dates.

New to Melissa’s line of Clean Snax (available right here at Angel Stadium in addition to the supermarkets) are Coconut Ginger Turmeric and Ginger, and Pumpkin Spice.