Show 579, May 25, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Memorial Day Weekend good wishes to all.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.
Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024.  The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and house-recipe sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.” McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez join us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers Wines.

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.” NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guide to share all things NORMS.

Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be even bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.” Producer Steve Clayton of Soundskilz and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

Chef Andrew Gruel’s usual “Ask the Chef” segment on the controversial “Duff Cut” for a sandwich is rescheduled for next Saturday, June 1st. He was in the air on a delayed flight at his usual time. Instead we used the opportunity to present a tribute to Cuban-refugee Raul Porto, Sr. who co-founded Porto’s Bakery and Café with his late wife Rosa in 1976 in Los Angeles. Mr. Porto passed away earlier in the week at 92. The legacy of Porto’s is now safely in the hands of the 2nd generation of the founding and hard-working Porto’s Family.

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

Show 579, May 25, 2024: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

On& Chef Dominic’s menus are a Dill Pickle Split with Pineapple Whip, a Candied Pickle and Candied Watermelon Slice, Peaches and Cream Funnel Cake and Nashville Chicken Tots. Yum…!

May 25: Midway Gourmet at the LA County Fair, Shlap Muan, McPrice Myers Wines, NORMS 75th Anniversary, Upland Lemon Festival

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with Shlap Muan and Proprietor Hawk Tea
Segment Four and Five: McPrice Myers Wines, Paso Robles, with Founder McPrice “Mac” Myers
Segment Six: NORMS 75th Anniversary with Corporate Executive Chef David Cox
Segment Seven: Upland Lemon Festival with Producer Steve Clayton
Segment Eight: Remembering Raul Porto, Sr., Co-Founder of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

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

Happy Memorial Weekend.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit.Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.” McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez join us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers wines.

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.” NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guide to share all things NORMS.

“Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be even bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.” Producer Steve Clayton of Soundskilz and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

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

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

On& Chef Dominic’s menus are a Dill Pickle Split with Pineapple Whip, a Candied Pickle and Candied Watermelon Slice, Peaches and Cream Funnel Cake and Nashville Chicken Tots. Yum…!

Hawk Tea of Shlap Muan

The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week  returns June 2 to 9, 2024.  “The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. The 2023 inaugural event was organized by non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, who transitioned the event to UCC earlier this month for the token amount of $1, and will remain involved in 2024 to insure a smooth transition.”

Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.”

“We are excited to take the reins of Cambodian Restaurant Week beginning this year, and owning this successful brand!” stated Susana Sngiem, Executive Director at UCC. “This will again give our local Cambodian community the opportunity to share our culture and cuisine with all food lovers in Long Beach and encourage them to try something they may not have experienced before.”

“Long Beach is home to the largest community of Cambodians outside of the country itself, many refugees settling in Long Beach after escaping the Khmer Rouge regime genocide of the late 1970s. The city’s own “Cambodia Town” is a bustling collection of eateries, shops and retailers.”

Shlap Muan (Khmer for chicken wings) known for their novel selection of incredible chicken wings and accompanying signature sauces is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Proprietor Hawk Tea is our guest with a spicy preview.

McPrice Mac Myers of McPrice Myers Winery

McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers (Paso Robles-based) has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the media lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, result in stunning wines that more than actually live up to the hype.”

“Over the last two decades, McPrice (Mac) Myers has been crafting wines of depth and balance that showcase the multiple terroirs and climates of the Central Coast – from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. Mac produced his first vintage in 2002 with half a ton of grapes in a small cooperative in Paso Robles. From that humble beginning, Mac has developed a growing portfolio of wines with broad appeal. In 2014, Mac moved the winery to the current site nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Adelaida District. Over the years, McPrice Myers wines have garnered increasing attention from wine lovers and critics alike.”

“On a cold December day, a wine enthusiast walked into the rustic McPrice Myers tasting room to try Mac’s wines for the first time. Venus Lai signed up for the wine club and was immediately wowed by the depth and sophistication of the wines. Little did anyone know that this would be the beginning of a journey that two years later would lead to a partnership to purchase the property – 84 acres of Adelaida District land that they named Belle Terre (a play on Beautiful Earth – one of Mac’s flagship wines), which was home to the winery, 20 acres of vineyards, and a house sitting atop the hill.”

Adrian Perez of McPrice Myers Winery

“The property had good bones – rich terroir, excellent climate, and a top-notch production site, but there was so much more potential to be realized. Mac and Venus shared a vision to transform the property into an experience that would live up to the quality and breadth of the wines. In 2018, the Hilltop House was transformed into a luxurious, modern vacation home.”

“They plan to showcase both the wines and the property by increasing the vineyard acreage, creating a new hospitality & tasting facility (opening in 2024), and elevating the experience for wine club members. In 2020, McPrice Myers began releasing wines from The Estate Vineyard, opening a new chapter in its diverse offerings. Above all else, McPrice Myers will remain true to their roots in delivering the wines and experiences their loyal customers have come to expect!”

McPrice “Mac” Myers and Associate Winemaker Adrian Perez joins us to uncork all that is McPrice Myers wines.

David Cox of NORMS Restaurants

This September it’s the 75th Anniversary of NORMS famous for their hotcakes. “In 1949, Los Angeles native Norm Roybark opened one of the first 24/7 restaurants in Southern California. A small diner located near the famed Hollywood corner of Sunset and Vine, NORMS quickly became the neighborhood destination by delivering on its promise of “great food, great service, and great value.” Today there are 23 locations across Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties with more on the way in 2024 including Las Vegas.”

“NORMS helped usher in a new era of casual family dining in Southern California. The friendly service and welcoming environment, along with the fresh, quality meals at affordable prices, attracted a following that has remained incredibly loyal. Today, NORMS fans span across generations, and as it continues to grow in both presence and popularity, NORMS remains the place “Where Life Happens.””

NORMS’ David Cox, Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Executive Chef, is our guest to share all things NORMS.

Steve Clayton of SoundSkillz

Upland Lemon Festival in the Inland Empire returns from June 14th through the 16th. This annual community-driven event celebrates Upland’s citrus heritage while showcasing local businesses, varietal food vendors, live musical entertainment, a carnival and lots more. The Festival first debuted in 1997 and is set to be bigger and better this time around. This FREE family-friendly event annually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from around the Inland Empire and all of Southern California.”

“We are excited to expand the 2024 Upland Lemon Festival. Expect more stages with headline musical acts and bigger and better carnival attractions. Another year of family-friendly fun at this beloved community tradition.” – Steve Clayton of Soundskilz, the production agency who organizes the annual festival on behalf of the City of Upland.

“The festival boasts live musical entertainment across 5 stage areas featuring various popular cover-band acts and national headliners such as Eve-6 and Tyler Rich. The long-standing vocal competition Lemon Idol, will take place throughout the weekend, during which contestants of all ages perform for attendees and a panel of judges, competing for cash prizes and Lemon Festival glory. Also not to be missed is the newly expanded (due to popular demand) Country-zone, highlighting country bands, themed-vendors, line dancing and more.”

“Attendees can partake in carnival rides and games throughout the weekend (with more attractions and a full-size roller coaster onsite this year), visit any of seven (7) full bars for 21+ refreshments and sip fresh-squeezed lemonade and sample lemon-themed food offerings in the sunshine. Guests can also visit over 150 booths featuring specialty craft vendors, retail goods and local nonprofit organizations, and enjoy 50+ food vendors offering all sorts of satisfying fare including (but certainly not limited to) lemon-centric sweets.”

Producer Steve Clayton and food and beverage coordinator Sarah Madriz join us to squeeze out the details of all that is the Upland Lemon Festival.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair
Segment Three: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with Shlap Muan and Proprietor Hawk Tea
Segment Four and Five: McPrice Myers Wines, Paso Robles, with Founder McPrice “Mac” Myers
Segment Six: NORMS 75th Anniversary with Corporate Executive Chef David Cox
Segment Seven: Upland Lemon Festival with Producer Steve Clayton
Segment Eight: Remembering Raul Porto, Sr., Co-Founder of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s and Enzo’s Pizza fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. Think Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest, most flavorful and freshest produce items that are available right now. Contemplate three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-30, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating. General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

XUNTOS (pronounced She-Un-Tos) is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home. XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Team loves and want to share with you.” Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of thinly sliced Jamon Iberico 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 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. First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s a mandatory 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity but goes to (hopefully) elevating the compensation of all hourly employees. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

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

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part One

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s and Enzo’s Pizzeria fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Also coming out of the pizza oven is a Hot Honey Pizza with Pepperoni. Remember it’s his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

At his Biggy’s stand it’s Hot Cheeto Chicken on a Stick and at Dutchman’s Funnel Cakes a new Marzipan Funnel Cake.

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part Two

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s and Enzo’s Pizzeria fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Also coming out of the pizza oven is a Hot Honey Pizza with Pepperoni. Remember it’s his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

At his Biggy’s stand it’s Hot Cheeto Chicken on a Stick and at Dutchman’s Funnel Cakes a new Marzipan Funnel Cake.

Debuting at the OC Fair in the Family Fairway at the Candy Factory is The Midway Gourmet’s special tribute to “Barbie – The Movie.” It’s the eye-catching, Barba-licious Float topped with pink Cotton Candy, fresh Whipped Cream and a Pink Lollypop.

The conversation continues with Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri. A giant Turkey Leg has appeared.

July 15: OC Fair with the Midway Gourmet, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, EJ’s Pub, Xuntos

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part One
Segment Three: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part Two
Segment Four: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part One
Segment Five: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with EJ’s Pub with General Manager Richard Avila
Segment Seven: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntos Opens in Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. Think Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest, most flavorful and freshest produce items that are available right now. 

Contemplate three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating. General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

XUNTOS is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home. XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Team loves and want to share with you.” Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of thinly sliced Jamon Iberico 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 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. First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s an 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity but goes to elevating the compensation of all hourly employees. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

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

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Also coming out of the pizza oven is a Hot Honey Pizza with Pepperoni. Remember it’s his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…At his Biggy’s stand it’s Hot Cheeto Chicken on a Stick and at Dutchman’s a new Marzipan Funnel Cake.

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

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest and freshest produce items that are available right now. Contemplate the three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Yellow Dragon Fruit, the sweetest of all the dragon fruit varieties, has a bright yellow skin with smooth curved spines on the outside and a translucent white flesh on the inside with slightly larger but fewer edible seeds than the pink-skinned varieties.”

“When biting into the flesh of Yellow Dragon Fruit, you will get a rush of sweetness mixed with a floral juice. The fruit can be added to smoothies and smoothie bowls, made into sorbet or granita, or used for sauces, but there is no need to do anything other than just eat the fruit as-is. Peel off the inedible yellow skin and cut the dragon fruit into slices or spoon the fruit right out of the peel, as you might eat a melon.”

“Feast your eyes on the exotic Elefante Green Gold™ pineapple! This extremely rare, dazzling emerald green-skinned pineapple stands taller, skinnier, and larger than your average pineapple. It boasts an edible core and soft, white flesh ripe with honey-sweetness and almost no acidity.”

“The Elefante Green Gold™ is a variety native to West Africa. It’s grown in Ekumfi Abor, just a few hours west of Ghana’s capital, at a farm specializing in ethical pineapple cultivation and creating sustainable farming communities. This variety of pineapple is perfectly ripe and ready-to-eat, even when the outer shell is green.”

Richard Avila Ej's Pub

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?

One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating.

One Burger Week special is their Bixby Knolls Garlic Burger. It’s a half-pound Angus beef patty with Swiss cheese, Irish stout onion spread, crispy garlic fries and pepper rings served on grilled garlic toast.

General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

Sandra Cordero

XUNTOS is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home.”

“XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Staff loves and want to share with you.”

“This is the 2nd restaurant from Chef Cordero, who opened GASOLINA in Woodland Hills in 2015. She is a James Beard Fellow & co-founder of Regarding Her, a national nonprofit supporting women owners in hospitality. Scott Baker, previously the Wine Director at SOMNI, is the General Manager.”

Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of coveted, thinly sliced Jamon Iberico at the ready.

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.

First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s a mandatory 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity or tip but goes to elevating the compensation of all hourly employees and other operational expenses. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part One
Segment Three: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part Two
Segment Four: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part One
Segment Five: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with EJ’s Pub with General Manager Richard Avila
Segment Seven: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntos Opens in Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 527, May 27, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the celebrated Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro. His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious, soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Chef Dustin Trani joins us with all the details of long-in-the-works Trani’s Dockside Station.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Zov’s Bistro and Bakery, the renowned restaurant (started in Tustin) that has been delighting diners for 35 years with its unique Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, is celebrating multiple milestones this year – its 35th anniversary and expansion into San Clemente. What began as a modest, home-based catering company in 1987 has become one of Orange County’s most iconic multi-unit mainstays, continuing to make waves as it expands throughout Southern California. Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, Zov’s has been a staple in Orange County’s dining scene, earning numerous awards and accolades for its flavorful dishes, warm hospitality, and elegant ambiance. The Armenian immigrant credits family support as the foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Her son, Armen, now leads the brand’s expansion as Zov’s CEO, and her daughter, Taleene, envisions its creative direction.” 2nd generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guide to all things Zov’s.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s Memorial Day Weekend. First Chef Andrew properly reminds us that there is more significance to this holiday besides the treat of Summer grilling. Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the Summer grilling season Chef Andrew shares a few genuinely useful tips.

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

Show 527, May 27, 2023: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part One

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2023 Los Angeles County Fair concludes its season in Pomona on Monday, May 29th.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheeto Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Remember its his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

Also generating praise is the new Hot Honey Pizza. It’s both hot and sweet on a pizza with premium Mike’s Hot Honey. A great variation on a traditional Pepperoni Pizza.

We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet. A giant Turkey Leg has appeared.

Show 527, May 27, 2023: The Midway Gourmet – Chef Dominic Palmieri, RCS Carnival Midway Foods Part Two

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2023 Los Angeles County Fair concludes its season in Pomona on Monday, May 29th.

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond. Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 14th.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheeto Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Remember its his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…

The conversation continues with Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri. A giant Turkey Leg has appeared.