Show 565, February 17, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Piccalilli located on the busy corner of Culver Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Culver City is a cozy restaurant and bar (including a lush front patio) with shareable plates that take inspiration from Asia and the American South. The dinner menu is designed around local and seasonal ingredients with a focus on preservation, pickling, and freshness. The bar serves spirit forward pre-prohibition cocktails, local beer, and a small carefully selected wine list. The distinctive decor (artfully designed by Preen) has colors of lush green and purple, bright with open garage doors, centered around a beautiful U-shaped bar filled with local spirits. Macks Collins is the Chef & Owner of restaurant Piccalilli in Culver City. A South Carolina native, Collins’ childhood dream of becoming a chef began after watching his idols, Martin Yan, Justin Wilson, and Julia Child cook on PBS. His professional career began when he stepped into a restaurant kitchen at age 16.” Chef Macks Collins takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with tongs in hand.

Creature Comforts Brewing Company, an award-winning, purpose-driven craft brewery based in Athens, GA, opened its second taproom and brewery locally late last year. Located in City Market South, nestled in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles at 1124 San Julian St., the Creature Comforts DTLA site is the brewery’s first expansion beyond its home state of Georgia. Having previously collaborated with several breweries in Los Angeles, Creature Comforts sought to build a world-class brewery that allows the team to make beers locally and truly become a part of the Los Angeles beer community. The state-of-the-art facility has a 3,000 square-foot taproom and a 10,000 square-foot production facility. The taproom is in a reclaimed historic space that incorporates numerous items representing its roots. Situated on a bustling piazza near top restaurants and coffee shops, guests can order from nearby Superfine Pizza to be delivered directly to their taproom table. The brewery offers extensive outdoor seating with a beer garden and an upper-level covered patio with views of the city skyline. With private event space, bocce ball court and cornhole, the space is flexible to meet the needs of its guests.” Jake Wood heads the Los Angeles venture and joins us to tap the keg on all things Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. They offer Garden Classes open to the public including the upcoming Centennial Farm Workshop : Backyard Bantams – Your Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. “Join Centennial Farm for a unique urban-ag venture tailored specifically for Southern Californians looking to embrace backyard chicken keeping within the confines of city living. In this course, discover the world of bantam chickens, the ideal choice for enthusiasts with limited space and keen to comply with city ordinances while maintaining good neighborly relations. Learn about the diverse breeds of these petite and charming chickens, including which ones are prolific egg producers. Instructor Adam Waugh (our guest) will guide attendees through the essentials, from designing the perfect coop to providing optimal nutrition and health management. Plus, get advice on navigating your city’s specific chicken-keeping regulations.”

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. It’s “National Potato Lovers” Month! Chef Andrew shares his quick and simple classic recipe for “Instant” Golden Potatoes using Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes grown in Idaho.

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

Show 565, February 17, 2024: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

In case you missed the ongoing festivities It’s “National Potato Lovers” Month! Chef Andrew shares his quick and simple classic recipe for “Instant” Golden Potatoes using Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes grown in Idaho.

Look for Chef Andrew’s new cooking video with Cathy Thomas on Orange Coast Magazine. He prepares One-Pan Seared Salmon with Sweet Potatoes (from Melissa’s), mushrooms, and garbanzo beans.

Check out Chef Andrew’s handy and practical cooking tips on Substack at “American Gravy.” There is an accessible free level as well as a premium option with a modest cost.

February 17: Piccalilli, Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part One
Segment Three: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part Two
Segment Four: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part One
Segment Five: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part Two
Segment Six: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm Part One
Segment Seven: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

“Piccalilli located on the busy corner of Culver Blvd. and Bagley Ave. in downtown Culver City is a cozy restaurant and bar (including a lush front patio) with shareable plates that take inspiration from Asia and the American South. The dinner menu is designed around local and seasonal ingredients with a focus on preservation, pickling, and freshness. The bar serves spirit forward pre-prohibition cocktails, local beer, and a small carefully selected wine list. The distinctive decor (artfully designed by Preen) has colors of lush green and purple, bright with open garage doors, centered around a beautiful U-shaped bar filled with local spirits. Macks Collins is the Chef & Owner of restaurant Piccalilli in Culver City. A South Carolina native, Collins’ childhood dream of becoming a chef began after watching his idols, Martin Yan, Justin Wilson, and Julia Child cook on PBS. His professional career began when he stepped into a restaurant kitchen at age 16.” Chef Macks Collins takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with tongs in hand.

“Creature Comforts Brewing Company, an award-winning, purpose-driven craft brewery based in Athens, GA, opened its second taproom and brewery locally late last year. Located in City Market South, nestled in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles at 1124 San Julian St., the Creature Comforts DTLA site is the brewery’s first expansion beyond its home state of Georgia. Having previously collaborated with several breweries in Los Angeles, Creature Comforts sought to build a world-class brewery that allows the team to make beers locally and truly become a part of the Los Angeles beer community. The state-of-the-art facility has a 3,000 square-foot taproom and a 10,000 square-foot production facility. The taproom is in a reclaimed historic space that incorporates numerous items representing its roots. Situated on a bustling piazza near top restaurants and coffee shops, guests can order from nearby Superfine Pizza to be delivered to their taproom table. The brewery offers extensive outdoor seating with a beer garden and an upper-level covered patio with views of the city skyline. With private event space, bocce ball court and cornhole, the space is flexible to meet the needs of its guests.” Jake Wood heads the Los Angeles venture and joins us to tap the keg on all things Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. They offer Garden Classes open to the public including the upcoming Centennial Farm Workshop: Backyard Bantams – Your Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. “Join Centennial Farm for a unique urban-ag venture tailored specifically for Southern Californians looking to embrace backyard chicken keeping within the confines of city living. In this course, discover the world of bantam chickens, the ideal choice for enthusiasts with limited space and keen to comply with city ordinances while maintaining good neighborly relations. Learn about the diverse breeds of these petite and charming chickens, including which ones are prolific egg producers. Instructor Adam Waugh (our guest) will guide attendees through the essentials, from designing the perfect coop to providing optimal nutrition and health management. Plus, get advice on navigating your city’s specific chicken-keeping regulations.”

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm(New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. It’s “National Potato Lovers” Month! Chef Andrew shares his quick and simple classic recipe for “Instant” Golden Potatoes using Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes grown in Idaho.

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

Macks Collins of Piccalilli

Piccalilli located on the busy corner of Culver Blvd. and Bagley Ave. in downtown Culver City is a cozy restaurant and bar (including a lush front patio) with shareable plates that take inspiration from Asia and the American South. The dinner menu is designed around local and seasonal ingredients with a focus on preservation, pickling, and freshness.

The bar serves spirit forward pre-prohibition cocktails, local beer, and a small carefully selected wine list. The decor (artfully designed by Preen) has colors of lush green and purple, bright with open garage doors, centered around a beautiful U-shaped bar filled with local spirits.”

“Macks Collins is the Chef & Owner of restaurant Piccalilli in Culver City. A South Carolina native, Collins’ childhood dream of becoming a chef began after watching his idols, Martin Yan, Justin Wilson, and Julia Child cook on PBS. His professional career began when he stepped into a restaurant kitchen at age 16.”

Chef Macks Collins takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with tongs in hand.

Jake Wood of Creature Comforts Brewing Company

Creature Comforts Brewing Company, an award-winning, purpose-driven craft brewery based in Athens, GA, opened its second taproom and brewery locally late last year. Located in City Market South, nestled in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles at 1124 San Julian St., the Creature Comforts DTLA site is the brewery’s first expansion beyond its home state of Georgia.”

“Having previously collaborated with several breweries in Los Angeles, Creature Comforts sought to build a world-class brewery that allows the team to make beers locally and truly become a part of the Los Angeles beer community.” Jake Wood heads the Los Angeles venture.

“The state-of-the-art facility has a 3,000 square-foot taproom and a 10,000 square-foot production facility. The taproom is in a reclaimed historic space that incorporates numerous items representing its roots. Situated on a bustling piazza near top restaurants and coffee shops, guests can order from nearby Superfine Pizza to be delivered to their taproom table. The brewery offers extensive outdoor seating with a beer garden and an upper-level covered patio with views of the city skyline. With private event space, bocce ball court and cornhole, the space is flexible to meet the needs of its guests.”

“Known for its wide range of highly rated beers, the Creature Comforts line-up includes year-round and seasonal offerings such as Tropicália (American IPA), Classic City Lager (Lager), Bigger Dreams (Hazy IPA), Cosmik Debris (Double IPA) and others. Limited releases range from Hazy Double IPAs and Fruited Berliner Weisses to rustic barrel-aged farmhouse-style ales using locally sourced ingredients. Creature Comforts DTLA also produces select beers exclusively for the California market.”

“Since launching in 2014 in downtown Athens, GA, home to the University of Georgia, Creature Comforts has electrified the craft beer community with its year-round and limited-release beers, with sales skyrocketing them to be the number one craft brewer in Georgia.”

“Creature Comforts’ mission is to foster human connection and sees its beer as a means of creating these ties. Its groundbreaking strategic impact programs, “Get Comfortable,” targeting those most in need, “Get Artistic,” supporting the arts, and “Brew For One,” an annual beer initiative helping one worthy individual, have helped generate more than $4 million of value for the local communities they serve.”

Jake Wood (who heads the L.A. operation) joins us to tap the keg on all that is Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Instructor Adam Waugh

Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. They offer Garden Classes open to the public including the upcoming Centennial Farm Workshop: Backyard Bantams – Your Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

“Join Centennial Farm for a unique urban ag-venture tailored specifically for Southern Californians looking to embrace backyard chicken keeping within the confines of city living. In this course, discover the world of bantam chickens, the ideal choice for enthusiasts with limited space and keen to comply with city ordinances while maintaining good neighborly relations. Learn about the diverse breeds of these petite and charming chickens, including which ones are prolific egg producers.”

“Instructor Adam Waugh (our guest) will guide attendees through the essentials, from designing the perfect coop to providing optimal nutrition and health management. Plus, get advice on navigating your city’s specific chicken-keeping regulations.”

“Adam Waugh is a high school science teacher with a passion for urban agriculture and sustainable living. During the summer, he works in the Garden & Floral Department at Centennial Farm at the OC Fair, sharing his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening and plant care. A keen urban farmer, Adam specializes in gardening and raising bantams in his backyard, skillfully maximizing the potential of small animals in limited urban spaces.”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

In case you missed the ongoing festivities It’s “National Potato Lovers” Month! Chef Andrew shares his quick and simple classic recipe for “Instant” Golden Potatoes using Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes grown in Idaho.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part One
Segment Three: Co-Proprietor & Executive Chef Macks Collins, Piccalilli, Culver City Part Two
Segment Four: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part One
Segment Five: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. DTLA with Jake Wood Part Two
Segment Six: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm Part One
Segment Seven: Backyard Bantams – Guide to Urban Chicken Keeping at Centennial Farm Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 557, December 23, 2023: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and discerning Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. For his finale before Christmas, Chef Andrew will explain the festive Italian-American – tradition of The Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve. Is there an order to the presentation of the fish on the table and should the progression go from mild to bolder flavors? Because it’s in season right now Chef Andrew suggests getting the succulent Pacific / California Spiny Lobster in the mix of seafood.

Check out Chef Andrew’s handy and practical cooking tips on Substack at “American Gravy.” There is a accessible free level as well as a premium option with a modest cost.

Show 556, December 16, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

One of the noteworthy new program elements in the recently concluded LA Chef Conference 2023 was the activation of the LA Chef Con / Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) Student Mentorship Program. Five outstanding LATTC Culinary Arts Pathway Students were each awarded $1,000 and then paired with a leading industry mentor for one year with the objective of furthering their growth and education on the Culinary Arts. The Mentorship Program was funded by a grant from Lawry’s Restaurants. One of the Mentorship Program’s recipients is LATTC Culinary Arts Pathway student Daisy Garcia. Daisy has been paired with Spago Beverly Hills’ Executive Pastry Chef, Della Gossett. We’ll meet them both.

“Tis’ the season for San Pedro Fish Market’s annual 12 Days of ShrimpMas, a 12-day giveaway series that celebrates the magic of the season with exclusive promotions and a chance to win exciting prizes running from December 11th to 22nd, 2023. Make holiday gatherings merry and bright with San Pedro Fish Market’s new festive Family Meal Kits available through December 31, 2023 and get exclusive deals on stocking stuffers with gift card deals through December 31, 2023.”

We reel in Michael Ungaro, CEO and Owner of San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant to provide all the finny details.

The Willows at the Chumash Casino Resort is their 14- time AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant specializing in mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood, together with an extensive selection of local and imported wines recognized as a Wine Spectator award-winner. The menu features fresh and flavorful ingredients from local farms, ranches and gardens. The Willows itself offers a comfortably elegant setting with multiple private dining rooms.” Peter Sherlock, Executive Director of Food and Beverage at Chumash Casino Resort (and an accomplished chef by training) is our guide to all the varied cuisine available at the Resort including Willows, Grains and Grounds and the Food Court.

Baker Dean Kim is again hosting his Annual Festive Christmas Pop-Up Store by OC Baking at his commercial bakery in Orange on December 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until sell out. It’s an incredible array of scrumptious food and sweet treats from small producers who are passionate about their gourmet specialty food products. It’s everything from baked goods from Crema Artisan Bakery to Pascal Coffee. Chef Lisa Gilmore will be there with her popular line of Soup’d Up soups packaged in quart containers. Look fer her Italian Wedding, Cream of Mushroom and Potato Sausage soups. Baker Dean Kim, Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan Bakery and Chef Lisa Gilmore join us with all the delectable specifics.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and discerning Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. This week it’s roasted goose as the possible centerpiece for the Holiday Table. Egg prices are on the rise, again. Chef Andrew explains what’s going on.

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

December 16: Della Gossett, Daisy Garcia, San Pedro Fish Market, Chumash Casino Resort, OC Baking Co., Soup’d Up

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The LA Chef Con / LATTC Student Mentorship Program with Pastry Chef Della Gossett and Daisy Garcia
Segment Three: San Pedro Fish Market with Michael Ungaro
Segment Four: Chumash Casino Resort (Santa Ynez) Dining with Peter Sherlock, Executive Director of Food & Beverage Part One
Segment Five: Chumash Casino Resort (Santa Ynez) Dining with Peter Sherlock, Executive Director of Food & Beverage Part Two
Segment Six: OC Baking’s Festive Christmas Pop-Up Store Part One
Segment Seven: OC Baking’s Festive Christmas Pop-Up Store Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

One of the new program elements in the recently concluded LA Chef Conference 2023 was the activation of the LA Chef Con / Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) Student Mentorship Program. Five outstanding LATTC Culinary Arts Pathway Students were each awarded $1,000 and then paired with a leading industry mentor for one year with the objective of furthering their growth and education on the Culinary Arts. The Mentorship Program was funded by a grant from Lawry’s Restaurants. One of the Mentorship Program’s recipients is LATTC Culinary Arts Pathway student Daisy Garcia. Daisy has been paired with Spago Beverly Hills’ Executive Pastry Chef, Della Gossett. We’ll meet them both.

“Tis’ the season for San Pedro Fish Market’s annual 12 Days of ShrimpMas, a 12-day giveaway series that celebrates the magic of the season with exclusive promotions and a chance to win exciting prizes running from December 11th to 22nd, 2023. Make holiday gatherings merry and bright with San Pedro Fish Market’s new festive Family Meal Kits available through December 31, 2023 and get exclusive deals on stocking stuffers with gift card deals through December 31, 2023.”

We reel in Michael Ungaro, CEO and Owner of San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant to provide all the details.

“The Willows at the Chumash Casino Resort is their 14- time AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant specializing in mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood, together with an extensive selection of local and imported wines recognized as a Wine Spector award-winner. The menu features fresh and flavorful ingredients from local farms, ranches and gardens. The Willows itself offers a comfortably elegant setting with multiple private dining rooms.”

Peter Sherlock, Executive Director of Food and Beverage at Chumash Casino Resort (and an accomplished chef by training) is our guide to all the varied cuisine available at the Resort including Willows, Grains and Grounds and the Food Court.

Baker Dean Kim is again hosting his Annual Festive Christmas Pop-Up Store by OC Baking at his commercial bakery in Orange on December 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until sell out. It’s an incredible array of scrumptious food and sweet treats from small producers who are passionate about their gourmet specialty food products. It’s everything from baked goods from Crema Artisan Bakery to Pascal Coffee. Chef Lisa Gilmore will be there with her popular line of Soup’d Up soups packaged in quart containers. Look fer her Italian Wedding, Cream of Mushroom and Potato Sausage soups. Baker Dean Kim and Chef Lisa Gilmore join us with all the delectable specifics.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm(New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and discerning Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. This week it’s roasted goose as the centerpiece for the Holiday Table.

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

Della Gossett of Spago Beverly Hills

One of the new programming elements in the recently concluded LA Chef Conference 2023 was the activation of the LA Chef Con / Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) Student Mentorship Program. Five outstanding LATTC Culinary Arts Pathway Students were each awarded $1,000 and then paired with a leading industry mentor for one year with the objective of furthering their growth and education on the Culinary Arts. The Mentorship Program was funded by a grant from Lawry’s Restaurants.

One of the Mentorship Program’s recipients is LATTC Culinary Arts Pathway student Daisy Garcia. Daisy has been paired with Spago Beverly Hills’ Executive Pastry Chef, Della Gossett. We’ll meet them both.

Michael Ungaro of the San Pedro Fish Company

“Tis’ the season for San Pedro Fish Market’s annual 12 Days of ShrimpMas, a 12-day giveaway series that celebrates the magic of the season with exclusive promotions and a chance to win exciting prizes running from December 11th to 22nd, 2023. Make holiday gatherings merry and bright with San Pedro Fish Market’s new festive Family Meal Kits available through December 31, 2023 and get exclusive deals on stocking stuffers with gift card deals through December 31, 2023”

“In the spirit of giving, San Pedro Fish Market is offering holiday gift card deals during the holiday season. Through December 31st, get $125 for $100, $60 for $50 and $25 for $20 spent on gift cards. Convenient e-gift cards are available for purchase online and physical gift cards can be purchased at any San Pedro Fish Market location. All gift cards are redeemable for dine-in or takeout at all San Pedro Fish Market locations.”

“All San Pedro Fish Market and Grille locations in San Pedro, Long Beach and Wilmington are open for onsite dining and to-go orders, third-party delivery and catering. For hours, more information about San Pedro Fish Market and to order online.“

We reel in Michael Ungaro, CEO and Owner of San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant to provide all the details.

Peter Sherlock of  Chumash Casino Resort

The Willows at the Chumash Casino Resort is their 14-time AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant specializing in mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood, together with an extensive selection of local and imported wines recognized as a Wine Spectator award-winner. The menu features fresh and flavorful ingredients from local farms, ranches and gardens.” The Willows itself offers a comfortably elegant setting and nicely appointed private dining rooms. Chef de Cuisine Sergio Renteria has been guiding the kitchen at Willows for 19 years. Restaurant Manager Frank Mejia has been welcoming guests there for 17-years.

Grains and Grounds at Chumash Casino Resort is the place for a fresh cup of Starbucks® Coffee or to fuel up in between meals. Select from gelato, salads, and array of house-made sweets and gourmet desserts. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

“For a fast and casual bite, stop by Chumash Casino Resort’s Food Court on the main gaming floor. The Food Court offers guests with quick-serve, high quality and inexpensive dining in an open and comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy a variety of options including burgers, artisan pizza, hot dogs, tacos, rotisserie, BBQ and Asian specialties.”

Peter Sherlock, Executive Director of Food and Beverage at Chumash Casino Resort (and a chef by training) is our guide to all the varied cuisine available at the Resort.

Deam Kim of OC Baking Company

Baker Dean Kim is again hosting his Annual Festive Christmas Pop-Up Store by OC Baking at his commercial bakery in Orange on Friday, December 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until sell out. It’s an incredible array of scrumptious food and sweet treats from small producers who are passionate about their gourmet specialty food products. It’s everything from baked goods from Crema Artisan Bakery to Pascal Coffee.

Chef Lisa Gilmore will be there with her popular line of seasonally-changing Soup’d Up soups packaged in quart containers. Look fer her Italian Wedding, Cream of Mushroom and Potato Sausage soups.

Baker Dean Kim and Chef Lisa Gilmore join us with all the delectable specifics.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and discerning Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. This week it’s roasted goose as the centerpiece for the Holiday Table. Goose has always been popular at the Holidays in Europe but also deserves a spot on the bountiful American table.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The LA Chef Con / LATTC Student Mentorship Program with Pastry Chef Della Gossett and Daisy Garcia
Segment Three: San Pedro Fish Market with Michael Ungaro
Segment Four: Chumash Casino Resort (Santa Ynez) Dining with Peter Sherlock, Executive Director of Food & Beverage Part One
Segment Five: Chumash Casino Resort (Santa Ynez) Dining with Peter Sherlock, Executive Director of Food & Beverage Part Two
Segment Six: OC Baking’s Festive Christmas Pop-Up Store Part One
Segment Seven: OC Baking’s Festive Christmas Pop-Up Store Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 555, December 9, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Eric Greenspan is an acclaimed chef and popular TV personality. He is the author of two cookbooks: The Great Grilled Cheese Book: Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic (published by Ten Speed Press) and Cook Up Comfort with Eric Greenspan (published in partnership with WW). Following his graduation from UC Berkeley’s prestigious Haas School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Eric attended the acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. He went on to train in New York with such celebrated chefs as Alain Ducasse, David Bouley, and Rocco DeSpirito, as well as apprenticing at three-star Michelin chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli in Rosas, Spain. Eric has been a pioneer in the emerging Ghost Kitchen / Virtual Restaurant space since its inception.  In 2019, Eric was named to the 2020 Nation’s Restaurant News Power List for his work on the Alt/Grub/Faction, one of the first chef driven multi-concept delivery-only concept incubators that he started in 2017. Eric is the Co-Founder of New School American Cheese, a premium American Cheese brand launched in 2022.  Made with aged cheddar, real cream and real butter, New School American is another example of Eric’s tireless devotion to elevating American comfort classics.” Chef Eric Greenspan takes a break from his bustling kitchens to join us.

“Since 1967 The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills has been an institution in the world of premier gourmet specialty foods while offering genuine personal service. Their team is dedicated to providing a home for people who just simply love food. Since its inception, longtime owner Norbert Wabnig had been determined to build a store that combined new world love for gourmet food while embracing the charm and simplicity of an old-world shop. New owner Dominick DiBartolomeo, a 20-year employee, is now bringing his own dedication and vision. The tradition of family ownership continues into what it sure to be an exciting future with a newly relocated and greatly expanded store” Proprietor Dominick DiBartolomeo is our guest with cheese slicer at the ready.

Descanso Restaurant, a modern taqueria located in Costa Mesa, celebrated its five year Anniversary in November. The first concept of its kind, Descanso’s unique and award-winning Plancha dining experience elevated the Mexican eatery to the top of Orange County’s dining scene shortly after opening in the fall of 2018. Descanso Restaurant delivers a rarified Mexican dining experience as a modern taqueria that celebrates authentic Mexican flavors and recipes executed on a traditional Plancha and prepared a la minute in front of the guest. With Executive Chef Jose Angulo at the helm, the full-service restaurant is committed to providing only fresh, high-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and does not believe in cooking with lard or using can openers. Drawing guests into the cooking experience as classic Central Mexican street-inspired cuisine is made to order, the restaurant’s lively setting celebrates tradition while bringing in the music, smells, and energy of a busy Mexican town.” Proprietor Rob Arellano and Executive Chef Jose Angulo join us with a Quinta Fiesta libation at the ready. 

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Sea Bream (both ocean and fresh water) is a fish with dense, juicy white flesh that’s more prevalent on European restaurant menus but now finding it’s place on menus in the United States. There are many varieties and it’s being successfully farmed. Good source of healthy protein. Chef Andrew provides the enhanced 411 on Sea Bream.

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

Show 555, December 9, 2023: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Sea Bream (both ocean and fresh water) is a fish with dense, juicy white flesh that’s more prevalent on European restaurant menus but now finding it’s place on menus in the United States. There are many varieties and it’s being successfully farmed. Good source of healthy protein. Chef Andrew provides the enhanced 411 on Sea Bream.

Check out Chef Andrew’s handy and practical cooking tips on Substack at “American Gravy.” There is a accessible free level as well as a premium option with a modest cost.

December 9: Eric Greenspan, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, Descanso Restaurant

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Eric Greenspan and New School American Cheese Part One
Segment Three: Chef Eric Greenspan and New School American Cheese Part Two
Segment Four: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills with Dominick DiBartolomeo Part One
Segment Five: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills with Dominick DiBartolomeo Part Two
Segment Six: Descanso Restaurant, Costa Mesa, with Rob Arellano and Chef Jose Angulo Part One
Segment Seven: Descanso Restaurant, Costa Mesa, with Rob Arellano and Chef Jose Angulo Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

“Eric Greenspan is an acclaimed chef and popular TV personality. He is the author of two cookbooks: The Great Grilled Cheese Book: Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic (published by Ten Speed Press) and Cook Up Comfort with Eric Greenspan (published in partnership with WW). Following his graduation from UC Berkeley’s prestigious Haas School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Eric attended the acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. He went on to train in New York with such celebrated chefs as Alain Ducasse, David Bouley, and Rocco DeSpirito, as well as apprenticing at three-star Michelin chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli in Rosas, Spain. Eric has been a pioneer in the emerging Ghost Kitchen/Virtual Restaurant space since its inception.  In 2019, Eric was named to the 2020 National Restaurant News Power List for his work on the Alt/Grub/Faction, one of the first chef driven multi-concept delivery-only concept incubators that he started in 2017. Eric is the Co-Founder of New School American Cheese, a premium American Cheese brand launched in 2022. Made with aged cheddar, real cream and real butter, New School American is another example of Eric’s tireless devotion to elevating American comfort classics.” Chef Eric Greenspan takes a break from his bustling kitchens to join us.

“Since 1967 The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills has been an institution in the world of premier gourmet specialty foods.

while offering genuine personal service. Their team is dedicated to providing a home for people who just simply love food. Since its inception, longtime owner Norbert Wabnig had been determined to build a store that combined new world love for gourmet food while embracing the charm and simplicity of an old-world shop. New owner Dominick DiBartolomeo, a 20-year employee, is now bringing his own dedication and vision. The tradition of family ownership continues into what it sure to be an exciting future with a newly relocated and greatly expanded store!” Proprietor Dominick Dibartolomeo is our guest with cheese slicer at the ready.

Descanso Restaurant, a modern taqueria located in Costa Mesa, celebrated its five year Anniversary in November. The first concept of its kind, Descanso’s unique and award-winning Plancha dining experience elevated the Mexican eatery to the top of Orange County’s dining scene shortly after opening in the fall of 2018. Descanso Restaurant delivers a rarified Mexican dining experience as a modern taqueria that celebrates authentic Mexican flavors and recipes executed on a traditional Plancha and prepared a la minute in front of the guest. With Executive Chef Jose Angulo at the helm, the full-service restaurant is committed to providing only fresh, high-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and does not believe in cooking with lard or using can openers. Drawing guests into the cooking experience as classic Central Mexican street-inspired cuisine is made to order, the restaurant’s lively setting celebrates tradition while bringing in the music, smells, and energy of a busy Mexican town.” Proprietor Rob Arellano and Executive Chef Jose Angulo join us with a Quinta Fiesta libation at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm(New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and discerning Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips.

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

Celebrity Chef Eric Greenspan

Eric Greenspan is an acclaimed chef and popular TV personality. He is the author of two cookbooks: The Great Grilled Cheese Book: Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic (published by Ten Speed Press) and Cook Up Comfort with Eric Greenspan (published in partnership with WW).”

“Following his graduation from UC Berkeley’s prestigious Haas School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Eric attended the acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. He went on to train in New York with such celebrated chefs as Alain Ducasse, David Bouley, and Rocco DeSpirito, as well as apprenticing at three-star Michelin chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli in Rosas, Spain.”

“As executive chef at Los Angeles’ acclaimed Patina, Eric garnered critical acclaim for his imaginative and bold cuisine and was named one of Angeleno Magazine’s “Eight Hot Chefs” in 2003. His kitchen was the top-ranked French restaurant in the 2004 Zagat Guide.”

“In 2017, Eric started the Alt/Grub/Faction, a delivery only “virtual” kitchen operation and concept incubator consisting of four brands – Chino, 2 on a Roll, Brekkie Breakfast Burritos and Bubu’s Birds and Burgers. Greenspan has become a leading voice in this emerging market and his work and insights in the “ghost kitchen” field have been featured in Food & Wine, the Los Angeles Times and Restaurant Hospitality.”

“Eric has been a pioneer in the emerging Ghost Kitchen / Virtual Restaurant space since its inception. In 2019, Eric was named to the 2020 Nation’s Restaurant News Power List for his work on the Alt/Grub/Faction, one of the first chef driven multi-concept delivery-only concept incubators that he started in 2017. He later disrupted the industry as Culinary Director for Virtual Dining Concepts, launching celebrity and IP driven virtual brands such as Pardon My Cheesesteak and Mr. Beast Burger, which became the fastest growing restaurant concept in history.”

“Eric is the Co-Founder of New School American Cheese, a premium American Cheese brand launched in 2022. Made with aged cheddar, real cream and real butter, New School American is another example of Eric’s tireless devotion to elevating American comfort classics. New School American is currently available in discerning restaurant establishments and limited retail nationwide.”

Next week Chef Eric launches “Duck with Postmates,” the first of it’s kind high-end, delivery only pop-up.

Chef Eric Greenspan joins us.

Dominick DiBartolomeo of the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills

“Since 1967, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills has been an institution in the world of premier gourmet specialty foods while offering genuine personal service. Their team is dedicated to providing a home for people who just simply love food.”

“Since its inception, longtime owner Norbert Wabnig had been determined to build a store that combined new world love for gourmet food while embracing the charm and simplicity of an old-world shop. New owner Dominick DiBartolomeo is bringing his own dedication and vision. The tradition of family ownership continues into what it sure to be an exciting future with a newly relocated and greatly expanded store!”

“Founded by Colonel Sigmund Roth in 1967, Roth sought to build a store with exotic cheese and food at its core. In 1978, the store was sold to Norbert Wabnig to continue Roth’s vision. In 2022, Norbert sold the store to 20-year employee Dominick DiBartolomeo to continue the tradition and bring new energy to the store. While the Cheese Store prides itself on quality service, that service is built on the foundation of family. The Cheese Store Family spends holidays packing and wrapping gift baskets, weeknights working wine tastings, and summer afternoons chatting over cheese.”

The newly expanded and enhanced store features an expansive variety of customizable cheese and meat boards in a range of sizes prepared to order. Catering services are available, too. There is a Daily Menu of premium Sandwiches and Salads. Consider the La Macellaia with Prosciutto Cotto, Finocchiona, Coppa, Spicy Ventricina and Provolone. The Tritata (Italian Chopped Salad) has Chopped Baby Gem Lettuce, Radicchio, Salami, Olives, Guindilla Peppers, Red Onion and Cherry Tomatoes with an Oregano Vinaigrette.

Proprietor Dominick Dibartolomeo is our guest with cheese slicer at the ready.

Rob Arellano of Descanso Restaurant

Descanso Restaurant, a modern taqueria located in Costa Mesa, celebrated its five year Anniversary in November. The first concept of its kind, Descanso’s unique and award-winning Plancha dining experience catapulted the Mexican eatery to the top of Orange County’s dining scene shortly after opening in the fall of 2018.”

“Five years ago we started Descanso with the idea of bringing people together to commune over great food and a memorable experience,” said Rob Arellano, Owner of Descanso, Southern California’s only full-service Mexican restaurant known for preparing authentic cuisine a la minute in front of the guest on a traditional Plancha. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this 5th Anniversary milestone with our community, and we look forward to our most exciting year yet as we prepare to expand to Los Angeles in 2024.”

Jose Angula of Descanso Restaurant

“Descanso Restaurant delivers a festive Mexican dining experience as a modern taqueria that celebrates authentic Mexican flavors and recipes executed on a traditional Plancha and prepared a la minute in front of the guest. With Executive Chef Jose Angulo at the helm, the full-service restaurant is committed to providing only fresh, high-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and does not believe in cooking with lard or using can openers. Drawing guests into the cooking experience as classic Central Mexican street-inspired cuisine is made to order, the restaurant’s lively setting celebrates tradition while bringing in the music, smells, and energy of a busy Mexican town.”

Proprietor Rob Arellano and Executive Chef Jose Angulo are our guests with a plate of Lobster Tacos at the ready.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and discerning Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Eric Greenspan and New School American Cheese Part One
Segment Three: Chef Eric Greenspan and New School American Cheese Part Two
Segment Four: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills with Dominick DiBartolomeo Part One
Segment Five: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills with Dominick DiBartolomeo Part Two
Segment Six: Descanso Restaurant, Costa Mesa, with Rob Arellano and Chef Jose Angulo Part One
Segment Seven: Descanso Restaurant, Costa Mesa, with Rob Arellano and Chef Jose Angulo Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 554, December 2, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Jeune et Jolie (Young & Beautiful in French) in Carlsbad is a highly acclaimed, One Star Michelin rated, fine-dining establishment overseen by Executive Chef Eric Bost (ex-Auburn in Los Angeles) and proprietor John Resnick. “It’s culinary experience celebrating the moment, reimagining French cuisine through the vibrant lens of the Southern California landscape, with a 4-course menu in which guests make their own selections, offered at $115 per person. Reservations are available for dining inside the restaurant or outdoors on the garden patio beneath twinkling stars.” Jeune et Jolie’s sister establishment in Carlsbad is the more casual, New American, Campfire, also led by Chef Eric Bost. “It’s a return to the origins of cooking and hospitality, celebrating the spirit of their name as guests gather around a fire while the kitchen creates honest food to share it with friends.” Chef Eric Bost takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us.

“The 3rd Annual Long Beach International Tamales Festival will take place December 9, 2023. The wildly popular holiday event will take place at Long Beach City College PCH campus located at 1350 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will include music, food, drinks, performances, Best Homemade Tamale Contest and more. Organized by Long Beach Home + Living, a local lifestyle multimedia outlet, the event is devoted to celebrating the diverse Tamale-making restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks around Long Beach.  The event is designed to be a medium to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Latin food scene featuring holiday tamales.” Co-organizer Sal Flores joins us with a plate of freshly steamed traditional tamales in hand.

The original Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located in The District in Tustin. “The interior promises a hip, lively & sophisticated atmosphere, with dark woods, leather and velvet bar stools. The state-of-the-art 7,500 bottle cellar is one of the largest in Orange County. The Winery Restaurant & Bar is open daily for lunch & dinner & features a wine tasting bar with a full bar menu and cigar patio.” There are elegant sister Winery Restaurant locations on The Bay in Newport Beach and in La Jolla. All locations are perfect for special Holiday parties. Each restaurant hosts Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners with special menus. Their popular Gift Card promotion is available through the end of the year. If a guest purchases $300 in Gift Cards they are rewarded with an extra $50 Gift Card. For a $500 Gift Card purchase the reward is a cool $100 Gift Card. The Newport Beach location is the ideal spot to dine while viewing the celebrated Newport Beach Boat Parade. Managing Partner JC Clow is our guest to celebrate the glad tidings of the season.

It’s holiday Latke Time (potato pancakes) at The Spielberg Family’s kosher diary restaurant, The Milky Way, in the Pico / Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles. The restaurant is a living tribute to their late Mother, Leah (Spielberg) Adler. “There will be candles, there will be dreidels – but most importantly there will be latkes! Often called “the best in Los Angeles”, people flock to The Milky Way on Pico restaurant for this Hanukkah necessity.  Made fresh and ready to pick up in the signature Milky Way box, the Latke Box features a dozen latkes, house-made apple compote and sour cream.” Also there is a festive Hanukkah launch party with a Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 7th. We pull Consulting Executive Chef Philip Kastel away from gently frying the latkes to be with us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Can you successfully prepare a premium steak cooked to juicy and tender deliciousness with eye appeal in a microwave oven? Strong opinions here…Perhaps another spirited culinary controversy in the making? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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