Show 476, May 28, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks is a 40-year old neighborhood bistro serving up Thai specialties with a notable wine list. Chef Justin Pichetrungsi pays homage to his father, Chef Chavalit Pichetrungsi with his traditional recipes alongside his own creations using locally sourced, seasonal farmers market produce. Their unique Thai Taco Tuesday (TTT) is chef-collaboration driven. Among recent national honors for Anajak Thai are Chef Jason being a semi-finalist for a distinguished James Beard Award for “Best Chef: California.” Chef Justin Pichetrungsi joins us Thai fish sauce in hand.

Kali is a petit neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont village. Created in 2016 by lifelong friends/co-workers Chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley (Wine Director,) the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy. At Kali the focus is on local and hyper-seasonal farmers’ market ingredients with a contemporary twist and Californian sensibilities.” Kali’s design includes an open-air patio. Chef Kevin Meehan is our guest.

Karachi Kitchen Foods is a family-owned and operated (mother and daughter) Seattle-based business specializing in small batch traditional Pakistani Chutneys and Spice Blends. The foods are inspired by family recipes and created by Kausar Ahmed, Pakistani-born chef, food stylist, and author of the award-winning cookbook The Karachi Kitchen.” Chef Kausar Ahmed and daughter Sadaf Ahmed join us from Seattle with Chaat Masala seasoning in hand.

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. Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the always anticipated Summer grilling season. Chef Andrew shares some timely hints and thoughts with economy in mind.

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

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Show 476, May 28, 2022: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

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.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season. Chef Andrew shares some timely hints and helpful thoughts. Ponder advice on grilling satisfying meats on a budget. Also some timely info on seasoning meats.

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May 28: Anajak Thai, Kali, Karachi Kitchen Foods

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Three: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part One
Segment Five: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part Two
Segment Six: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part One
Segment Seven: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

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

Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks is a 40-year old neighborhood bistro serving up Thai specialties with a notable wine list. Chef Justin Pichetrungsi pays homage to his father, Chef Chavalit Pichetrungsi with his traditional recipes alongside his own creations using locally sourced, seasonal farmers market produce. Their unique Thai Taco Tuesday (TTT) is chef-collaboration driven. Among recent national honors for Anajak Thai are Chef Jason being a semi-finalist for a distinguished James Beard Award for “Best Chef: California.” Chef Justin Pichetrungsi joins us Thai fish sauce in hand.

“Kali is a petit neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont Village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers Chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley (Wine Director,) the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy. At Kali the focus is on local and hyper-seasonal farmers’ market ingredients with a contemporary twist and Californian sensibilities.” Kali’s design includes an open-air patio. Chef Kevin Meehan is our guest.

Karachi Kitchen Foods is a family-owned and operated (mother and daughter) Seattle-based business specializing in small batch traditional Pakistani Chutneys and Spice Blends. The foods are inspired by family recipes and created by Kausar Ahmed, Pakistani-born chef, food stylist, and author of the award-winning cookbook The Karachi Kitchen.” Chef Kausar Ahmed and daughter Sadaf Ahmed join us from Seattle with Chaat Masala seasoning in hand.

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. Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season. Chef Andrew shares some timely hints and thoughts with economy in mind.

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

Justin Pichetrungsi of Anajak Thai

Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks is a 40-year old neighborhood bistro serving up Thai specialties with a notable wine list. Chef Justin Pichetrungsi pays homage to his father, Chef Chavalit Pichetrungsi with his traditional recipes alongside his own creations using locally sourced, seasonal farmers market produce. Their unique Thai Taco Tuesday (TTT) is chef-collaboration driven.

Among recent honors for Anajak Thai are Chef Jason being named a semi-finalist for a distinguished James Beard Award for “Best Chef: California.”

In addition to his regular menu with rotating specials Chef Justin creates an Omakase menu (by reservation only) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Optional supplements include a caviar pairing and a sommelier-selected wine pairing.

Seating at Anajak Thai is either inside or outside along the wall of spiffed-up alley adjacent to the restaurant. It’s a true “Family Affair” as Justin’s Mom and Aunt work the floor.

Chef Justin Pichetrungsi joins us fish sauce in hand.

Kevin Meehan of Kali Restaurant

Kali is a petit neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont Village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers Chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley (Wine Director,) the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy.”

“At Kali the focus is on local and hyper-seasonal farmers’ market ingredients with a contemporary twist and Californian sensibilities.”

Kali’s design includes an open-air patio.

“For Meehan, Kali represents the evolution of not just Kali Dining, his roving private dinner pop-up, but the rigorous years he spent refining his craft. The contemporary California restaurant blends the precision and hospitality of the white tablecloth kitchens where Chef Kevin developed his culinary acumen, with the accessibility and ease of a local’s favorite neighborhood haunt.”

Chef Kevin Meehan is our guest.

Sadaf and Kausar Ahmed of Karachi Kitchen in Seattle

Karachi Kitchen Foods is a family-owned and operated (mother and daughter) Seattle-based business specializing in small batch traditional Pakistani Chutneys and Spice Blends.”

“The foods are inspired by family recipes and created by Kausar Ahmed, Pakistani-born chef, food stylist, and author of the award-winning cookbook The Karachi Kitchen.”

“Chef Kausar has over 35 years of experience in culinary arts. She started cooking in her grandmother’s kitchen as a child and has devoted her career to opening worlds through food education. In Karachi, in addition to her own catering business, Kausar ran a program teaching culinary skills to women and youth in disadvantaged communities. Since 2019 she has been in Seattle as Project Feast Chef Instructor, charged with shepherding immigrant and refugee apprentices on their path to employment in Western Washington’s food industries.”

“Hoping to solve the problem of not being able to find high-quality, preservative-free Pakistani food products commercially, Karachi Kitchen Foods crafts all recipes from scratch using high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Foods are produced using traditional techniques and no artificial preservatives or additives to capture the authentic taste of Pakistani home cooking.”

Chef Kausar Ahmed and daughter Sadaf Ahmed join us from Seattle with Chaat Masala seasoning in hand.

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.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season. Chef Andrew shares some timely hints and helpful thoughts. Ponder advice on grilling satisfying meats on a budget.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part One
Segment Three: Proprietor / Executive Chef Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part One
Segment Five: Chef Kevin Meehan, Partner, Kali Restaurant, Hollywood Part Two
Segment Six: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part One
Segment Seven: The Karachi Kitchen Foods, Seattle Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel

Show 274, May 19, 2018: Hamburger America’s George Motz on George Motz’s Burger Day at Smorgasburg LA

George MotzMemorial Day weekend, Smorgasburg LA has teamed up with world renowned burger expert George Motz for its 2nd annual Burger Day on Sunday, May 27. Motz’s first burger popup at Smorgasburg LA this past December was such a success that he is headed back to the market for a second time, and this time with some of his most talented friends.

The Host of Travel Channel‘s Burger Land and author of Hamburger America: A State-By-State Guide to 200 Great Burger Joints has curated the best burgers from LA and beyond to popup at Smorgasburg LA for one day only from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Guests should expect burgers in the form of classic takes to mouthwatering modern renditions from six popup vendors, plus burger specials from Smorgasburg LA’s weekly vendors and more.

To add to the festivities Motz will be serving his famous Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger (a smashed patty with thin sliced sweet onion).

It’s definitely a two napkin affair!

Also more exciting news for burger lovers. There is a completely updated, revised and expanded 3rd Edition of Motz’s Hamburger America: A State-By-State Guide to 200 Great Burger Joints that is just out in paperback. Great addition to any culinary or travel home library.

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Show 30, June 1, 2013: Chuck Furuya, Master Sommelier and partner in DK Restaurants, Honolulu

Chuck FuruyaWhen it comes to wine the go-to guy in Hawaii is Chuck Furuya. He was only the 10th person in the United States to pass the incredibly rigorous Master Sommelier exam.

Chuck is the sommelier and a partner in the DK Restaurant Group. In their collection of hugely popular properties are DK Steak House (Waikiki), Sansei (Waikiki, Maui, and The Big Island), Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas (Honolulu), and Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar (Honolulu).

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Chuck was the lead sommelier in Maui at the Four Seasons Resort Maui’s Vintage Wine Weekend.

Chuck offered some practical advice on pairing wine with classic Hawaiian flavors.

Chuck also commented on why wine from grapes grown in Hawaii is such a challenge although there are working wineries on both Maui and the Big Island.

Part of the dilemma in potentially growing grapes there is that there are no seasons in Hawaii. Grape vines need a period of dormancy each year.

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