Show 577, May 11, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Beloved food historian, world-traveler and chef George Geary is back with Made in California, Volume 2 – The California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants That Changed America (1951 to 2010) with even more remarkable stories of the countless international chains that started in the Golden State. Focusing on the years 1951 to 2010, the second volume of Made in California highlights fifty more food startups that have captured America’s hearts and stomachs, from the Claim Jumper to the Green Burrito, Chuck E. Cheese to Mrs. Fields Cookies, Jamba Juice to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Brimming with captivating historical detail and more than 200 dazzling full-color photos, George Geary’s newest journey into California’s culinary history is sure to awaken every reader’s inner foodie. George briefly puts down his spatula and joins us with a cheesecake at the ready.”

LXV Wine (Paso Robles) is proprietors Neeta and Kunal Mittal’s connection to India. Paso Robles reminds them of India. Roblans have a deep relationship with the earth and with each other. There is an intimacy in the ecosystem in Paso that expresses itself in the grapes, in the winemaking and, ultimately, in the wines. For Neeta It all started in a small town south of Mumbai where her mother lives and regularly visits the local spice market to purchase the fragrant herbs and spices that go into LXV’s handmade Tandoori Masala. LXV is a space where The Kumals bring the flavors from around the world to their tasting table – through wines and through pairings. They have opened up the restrained jargon of pH and acidity of wine, to a more inclusive and experiential conversation of flavors and senses. Visiting the LXV Tasting Room, located in the beautiful Central Coast of Paso Robles, California, is an invitation to dip your toes in the sensory world of wine and flavors. Guests can enjoy their wine tasting in one of three exclusive spaces – the main tasting lounge, the Cellar room, and the outdoor patio offer three distinct areas and three unique experiences for wine tasting.” Neeta Mittal is our guest to uncork all that is LXV Wines.

Crafty Counter, a standout product at this year’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, makes whole food plant-based vegan eggs made with simple ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients, using cutting edge food science and proprietary technology.

The Austin-based company’s vision is to remove chickens from the food system, as 95% of eggs produced today are factory farmed, which in their view is inhumane and contributes to climate change. WunderEggs are now sold in Whole Foods stores nationwide.” Founder and Chief Executive Hema Reddy joins us cracking the shell on all that is WunderEggs.”

“Get ready to savor the flavors of Portugal as Portuguese Wine Week descends upon Los Angeles from June 2 through 9. Hosted by Diniz Cellars, importer of fine Portuguese wines, this week-long celebration promises to captivate wine enthusiasts with a series of enticing events, including wine tastings, dinners, and other immersive experiences.

Renowned for its diverse terroirs and unique grape varietals, Portugal has emerged as a rising star in the global wine scene. Portuguese Wine Week offers an unparalleled opportunity for wine lovers to explore the depth and complexity of Portuguese wines right here in Los Angeles.” 

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars is our guest to uncork all that is Portuguese Wine Week.

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

Show 577, May 11, 2024: WunderEggs by Crafty Counter (Austin, TX) with Founder & CEO Hema Reddy

Hema Reddy of Crafty Counter

“Crafty Counter, a standout product at this year’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, makes whole food plant-based vegan eggs made with simple ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients, using cutting edge food science and proprietary technology.”

“The Austin-based company’s vision is to remove chickens from the food system, as 95% of eggs produced today are factory farmed, which in their view is inhumane and contributes to climate change. WunderEggs are sold in Whole Foods stores nationwide.”

Crafty Counter’s WunderEggs at the Expo were awarded First Place at Albertson’s 2nd Annual Innovation Launchpad competing against 60 participants. 1st Place comes with a cool $163,000 award. 1st Place comes with a cool $163,000 award. In 2022 at the Natural Products Expo West, WunderEggs won the coveted NEXTY Award for “Best New Meat or Dairy Alternative.”

Founder and Chief Executive Hema Reddy joins us cracking the shell on all that is WunderEggs.

May 11: George Geary, LXV Wine, Crafty Counter WunderEggs, Portuguese Wine Week

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Chef George Geary, Food Historian and Author of Made In California: Volume 2
Segment Four and Five: LXV Wine, Paso Robles with Neeta Mittal
Segment Six: WunderEggs by Crafty Counter (Austin, TX) with Founder & CEO Hema Reddy
Segment Seven: Portuguese Wine Week with Organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

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

“Beloved food historian, world-traveler and chef George Geary is back with Made in California, Volume 2 – The California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants That Changed America (1951 to 2010) with even more remarkable stories of the countless international chains that started in the Golden State. Focusing on the years 1951 to 2010, the second volume of Made in California highlights fifty more food startups that have captured America’s hearts and stomachs, from the Claim Jumper to the Green Burrito, Chuck E. Cheese to Mrs. Fields Cookies, Jamba Juice to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Brimming with captivating historical detail and more than 200 dazzling full-color photos, George Geary’s newest journey into California’s culinary history is sure to awaken every reader’s inner foodie. George briefly puts down his spatula and joins us with a cheesecake at the ready.”

LXV Wine (Paso Robles) is Neeta and Kunal Mittal’s connection to India. Paso Robles reminds them of India. Roblans have a deep relationship with the earth and with each other. There is an intimacy in the ecosystem in Paso that expresses itself in the grapes, in the winemaking and, ultimately, in the wines. For Neeta It all started in a small town south of Mumbai where her mother lives and regularly visits the local spice market to purchase the fragrant herbs and spices that go into LXV’s handmade Tandoori Masala. LXV is a space where The Kumals bring the flavors from around the world to their tasting table – through wines and through pairings. They have opened up the restrained jargon of pH and acidity of wine, to a more inclusive and experiential conversation of flavors and senses. Visiting the LXV Tasting Room, located in the beautiful Central Coast of Paso Robles, California, is an invitation to dip your toes in the sensory world of wine and flavors. Guests can enjoy their wine tasting in one of three exclusive spaces – the main tasting lounge, the Cellar room, and the outdoor patio offer three distinct areas and three unique experiences for wine tasting.” Neeta Mittal is our guest to uncork all that is LXV Wines.

“Crafty Counter, a standout product at this year’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, makes whole food plant-based vegan eggs made with simple ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients, using cutting edge food science and proprietary technology.

The Austin-based company’s vision is to remove chickens from the food system, as 95% of eggs produced today are factory farmed, which in their view is inhumane and contributes to climate change. WunderEggs are now sold in Whole Foods stores nationwide.” Founder and Chief Executive Hema Reddy joins us cracking the shell on all that is WunderEggs.”

“Get ready to savor the flavors of Portugal as Portuguese Wine Week descends upon Los Angeles from June 2 through 9. Hosted by Diniz Cellars, importer of fine Portuguese wines, this week-long celebration promises to captivate wine enthusiasts with a series of enticing events, including wine tastings, dinners, and other immersive experiences.

Renowned for its diverse terroirs and unique grape varietals, Portugal has emerged as a rising star in the global wine scene. Portuguese Wine Week offers an unparalleled opportunity for wine lovers to explore the depth and complexity of Portuguese wines right here in Los Angeles.”

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars is our guest to uncork all that is Portuguese Wine Week.

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

Cookbook Author George Geary

“Beloved food historian, world-traveler and chef George Geary is back with Made in California, Volume 2 – The California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants That Changed America (1951 to 2010) with even more remarkable stories of the countless international chains that started in the Golden State.”

Ruby’s Diner. Panda Express. Yogurtland. Wetzel’s Pretzels. The Cheesecake Factory. California Pizza Kitchen. These and many more iconic American culinary establishments have their roots in California”.

“Focusing on the years 1951 to 2010, the second volume of Made in California highlights fifty more food startups that have captured America’s hearts and stomachs, from the Claim Jumper to the Green Burrito, Chuck E. Cheese to Mrs. Fields Cookies, Jamba Juice to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Brimming with captivating historical detail and more than 200 dazzling full-color photos, George Geary’s newest journey into California’s culinary history is sure to awaken every reader’s inner foodie.”

“Chef George Geary is the accomplished author of 16 books, from single-subject cookbooks to historical-driven California’s restaurant books, including L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants and The Cheesecake Bible. In addition, he is a cooking-school teacher, pastry chef, culinary travel guide, television personality, and in-demand public speaker on food and Hollywood and California History. A California native who has taught and traveled to 119 countries and every continent, he lives in Southern California and owns a mid-Century historical home.”

George briefly puts down his spatula and joins us with a cheesecake at the ready.

Neeta Mittal of LXV Wine

LXV Wine (Paso Robles) is Neeta and Kunal Mittal’s connection to India. Paso Robles reminds them of India. Roblans have a deep relationship with the earth and with each other. There is an intimacy in the ecosystem in Paso that expresses itself in the grapes, in the winemaking and, ultimately, in the wines.”

“For Neeta It all started in a small town south of Mumbai where her mother lives and regularly visits the local spice market to purchase the fragrant herbs and spices that go into LXV’s handmade Tandoori Masala. LXV is a space where The Kumals bring the flavors from around the world to their tasting table – through wines and through pairings. They have opened up the restrained jargon of pH and acidity of wine, to a more inclusive and experiential conversation of flavors and senses.”

“Being one of the first Indian women to own a winery in the US, that was named in the Top-10 tasting experiences in America by USA Today, comes with a lot of responsibility for Neeta! She answers more questions on Culture than Vintages, on Food than Wine, on Inspirations than Medals.”

“The ultimate goal for Neeta and Kumal is to create a movement that inspires and heightens moments, and that transcends the personal, business and community.”

“Jeff Strekas is the Consulting Winemaker for LXV. Jeff’s pedigree from Napa and Bordeaux style of wine making is a perfect fit for Neeta and Kunal. Jeff is willing to experiment with new varietals and adapt his wine making style to the muses of Neeta with her Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Semillon favorites. He then has to adapt to Kunal and his love for Cabernet Franc! And, in the 2021 vintage, he made a White Sangiovese for Neeta and a Cabernet Franc Rose for Kunal! In the 2022 and 2023 vintages, LXV wine will introduce sparkling!! Blanc De Sangiovese and Blanc De Franc!”

“Visiting the LXV Tasting Room, located in the beautiful Central Coast of Paso Robles, California, is an invitation to dip your toes in the sensory world of wine and flavors. Guests can enjoy their wine tasting in one of three exclusive spaces – the main tasting lounge, the Cellar room, and the outdoor patio offer three distinct areas and three unique experiences for wine tasting.”

Neeta Mittal is our guest to uncork all that is LXV Wines.

Hema Reddy of Crafty Counter

“Crafty Counter, a standout product at this year’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, makes whole food plant-based vegan eggs made with simple ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients, using cutting edge food science and proprietary technology.”

“The Austin-based company’s vision is to remove chickens from the food system, as 95% of eggs produced today are factory farmed, which in their view is inhumane and contributes to climate change. WunderEggs are sold in Whole Foods stores nationwide.”

Crafty Counter’s WunderEggs at the Expo were awarded First Place at Albertson’s 2nd Annual Innovation Launchpad competing against 60 participants. 1st Place comes with a cool $163,000 award.

Founder and Chief Executive Hema Reddy joins us cracking the shell on all that is WunderEggs.

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

“Get ready to savor the flavors of Portugal as Portuguese Wine Week descends upon Los Angeles from June 2 through 9. Hosted by Diniz Cellars, importer of fine Portuguese wines, this week-long celebration promises to captivate wine enthusiasts with a series of enticing events, including wine tastings, dinners, and other immersive experiences.”

“Renowned for its diverse terroirs and unique grape varietals, Portugal has emerged as a rising star in the global wine scene. Portuguese Wine Week offers an unparalleled opportunity for wine lovers to explore the depth and complexity of Portuguese wines right here in Los Angeles.”

“We’re thrilled to highlight the vibrant flavors of Portugal to Los Angeles,” said organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha. “This event is a celebration of Portugal’s winemaking heritage, our culture, and a testament to the growing popularity of Portuguese wines in the United States.”

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars is our guest to uncork all that is Portuguese Wine Week.

More information and purchase tickets

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two and Three: Chef George Geary, Food Historian and Author of Made In California: Volume 2
Segment Four and Five: LXV Wine, Paso Robles with Neeta Mittal
Segment Six: WunderEggs by Crafty Counter (Austin, TX) with Founder & CEO Hema Reddy
Segment Seven: Portuguese Wine Week with Organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

Show 576, May 4, 2024: Garcia de la Cruz Olive Oil from Spain

Michael McCowan of Garcia de la Cruz Olive Oils

Fun Fact… Spain is the Number One producer of olive oil and olives in the world. For over 150 years Spain’s Garcia del la Cruz has been a respected grower and producer of premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO.) Over it’s history three generations of women have managed the enterprise.

“At Garcia de la Cruz, they are dedicated to preserving Spain’s culinary legacy and the planet for generations to come. Through sustainable practices, they produce pure, organic olive oils and exquisite Spanish products. Their ambitious goal is to ensure that the magic of their land endures.”

The Family-owned Montes de Toledo orchards yield top-quality olives (Cornicabra, Picual, Arbequina, Hojiblanca), all organic.

“Picture a world where Spain’s exquisite flavors grace tables worldwide. We, a cherished family-owned brand, aspire to deliver Spain’s finest sustainably. We’re not just creating great food; we’re nurturing the Earth’s beauty for our children and yours. Join us at Garcia de la Cruz, where Spain meets the world.”

Garcia de la Cruz olive oil products are available locally at Whole Foods Markets and via the Garcia de la Cruz Website.

Michael McCowan, Garcia de la Cruz’s (Portland-based) Sales Director for the USA joins us to discover the rich history and products of Garcia de la Cruz.

Show 526, May 20, 2023: Jonny Pops Frozen Treats with Co-Founder Connor Wray

Connor Wray of Jonny Pops

“From humble beginnings making frozen treats in the basement of their college dorm room at St. Olaf College, cofounders of JonnyPops, Erik Brust and Connor Wray perfected an amazing and wonderful formula.”

“Real fruit. Heavy cream. Cane sugar. Purified water. And a pinch of salt. Just simple, wholesome ingredients with no fillers and absolutely nothing artificial.”

“JonnyPops has worked hard to achieve the right balance of real ingredients, flavor and creaminess. The simpler the ingredients, the more delicious the pop. It’s why they use a few wholesome ingredients – like fresh Midwest dairy – and blend small batches with care.”

“JonnyPops are also completely peanut-, tree nut-, and gluten-free, as well as kosher-certified.” At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Jonny Pops was awarded the prestigious NEXTY for “Best New Sweet Snack” for their (dairy-free and water based) Organic Rainbow Fruit Stacks bar.

“Their frozen treats are called “JonnyPops” after Erik’s cousin and original co-conspirator, Jonathan. His passing, the result of a tragic drug overdose, filled the family with grief – but also fueled a desire to spark change.”

“In honor of their namesake, each JonnyPops stick is printed with a good deed because they believe sharing kindness, through actions big and small, helps them achieve their sincere mission of making the world a better place, one pop at a time” An example of a stick deed message that was perfect for Mother’s Day: “Remind someone you love them!”

Co-Founder Connor Wray joins us from Elk River, Minnesota with an Organic Rainbow Fruit Stack bar in hand.

Show 525, May 13, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim first time Exhibitor Maka Wheatgrass Superfood Beverage was awarded the impactful NEXTY for “Best New Beverage Product” for their Hibiscus Passion Fruit style. They have recently been authorized for shelf placement in all the Sprouts Farmers Market stores nationwide. Founder Brian Hill joins us to tell their atypical story.

Owner Executive Chef Chis Feldmeier at Bar Moruno in Silver Lake has recently introduced a Saturday Brunch and a Sunday Roast menu. We get all the tempting specifics from Chef Chris.

Larry Schaffer, the founder and winemaker of tercero wines went back to school later in life to pursue his passion, taking classes at community colleges with kids who literally could have been his kids, and then received his MS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. He moved to the Santa Barbara County wine region, and that is where he has remained since 2005, starting on the winemaking team at Fess Parker Winery and then eventually branching off to start and run tercero wines. Larry is especially adept not only at winemaking but at explaining the process in a very user-friendly manner.” He’s also a serious and accomplished home bread baker. Visit his tasting room in Los Olivos or follow him on social media to see for yourself. Winemaker Larry Schaffer joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is tercero wines.

Daniele Uditi is the master pizzaiolo and executive chef responsible for creating the growing network of Pizzana restaurants. Chef Uditi joins us with pizza peel securely in hand. “Since opening the Neo-Neapolitan pizzeria with Candace & Charles Nelson (Sprinkles Cupcakes) and partners in 2017 in Brentwood, Daniele has established himself as one of the country’s most revered pizzaiolos. LA Times’ restaurant critic Bill Addison recently noted that Pizzana “arguably ushered in L.A.’s current golden age of pizza.” Daniele has been praised for establishing new trends in the pizza landscape, including his signature cacio e pepe pie, and also lent his expertise as the head judge in Hulu‘s “Best in Dough” competition series.”

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. California and New York are evaluating a ban on five common food additives that, for the most part, are already prohibited in food products in Europe. The additives are most commonly found in baked goods, candy and soft drinks. Chef Andrew explains the significance and provides added background.

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

May 13: Maka Wheatgrass Superfood Beverage, Bar Moruno, Tercero Wines, Danielle Uditi

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Maka Wheatgrass Superfood Beverage with Founder Brian Hill
Segment Three: Executive Chef and Partner Chris Feldmeier, Bar Moruno, Silver Lake
Segment Four: Larry Schaffer, Winemaker and Proprietor, tercero wines, Los Olivos, CA Part One
Segment Five: Larry Schaffer, Winemaker and Proprietor, tercero wines, Los Olivos, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef and Pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi, Pizzana Part One
Segment Seven: Executive Chef and Pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi, Pizzana Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim first time Exhibitor Maka Wheatgrass Superfood Beverage was awarded the NEXTY for “Best New Beverage Product” for their Hibiscus Passion Fruit style. They have recently been authorized for shelf placement in all the Sprouts Farmers Market stores nationwide. Founder Brian Hill joins us to tell their atypical story.

Owner Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier at Bar Moruno in Silver Lake has recently introduced a Saturday Brunch and a Sunday Roast menu. We get all the tempting specifics from Chef Chris.

“Larry Schaffer, the founder and winemaker of tercero wines went back to school later in life to pursue his passion, taking classes at community colleges with kids who literally could have been his kids, and then received his MS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. He moved to the Santa Barbara County wine region, and that is where he has remained since 2005, starting on the winemaking team at Fess Parker Winery and then eventually branching off to start and run tercero wines. Larry is especially adept not only at winemaking but at explaining the process in a very user-friendly manner.” He’s also a serious and accomplished home bread baker. Visit his tasting room in Los Olivos or follow him on social media to see for yourself. Winemaker Larry Schaffer joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is tercero wines.

Daniele Uditi is the master pizzaiolo and executive chef responsible for creating the growing network of Pizzana restaurants. Chef Uditi joins us with pizza peel securely in hand. “Since opening the Neo-Neapolitan pizzeria with Candace & Charles Nelson (Sprinkles Cupcakes) and partners in 2017 in Brentwood, Daniele has established himself as one of the country’s most revered pizzaiolos. LA Times’ restaurant critic Bill Addison recently noted that Pizzana “arguably ushered in L.A.’s current golden age of pizza.” Daniele has been praised for establishing new trends in the pizza landscape, including his signature cacio e pepe pie, and also lent his expertise as the head judge in Hulu’s “Best in Dough” competition series.”

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. California and New York are evaluating a ban on five common food additives that, for the most part, are already prohibited in food products in Europe. The additives are most commonly found in baked goods, candy and soft drinks. Chef Andrew explains the significance and provides added background.

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

Brian Hill of Maka Superfoods

At the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim first time Exhibitor Maka Wheatgrass Superfood Beverage was awarded the NEXTY for “Best New Beverage Product” for their Hibiscus Passion Fruit style. They have recently been authorized for shelf placement in all the Sprouts Farmers Market stores nationwide.

Founder Brian Hill joins us to tell their atypical story.

“Wheatgrass is an amazing, yet underutilized, superfood that is considered nutritionally complete, is loaded with phytonutrients, chlorophyll, and anti-oxidants. Consuming wheatgrass at home is messy and expensive. To achieve the most benefit, avid wheatgrass consumers will consume multiple pressed shots daily. A typical 1-ounce shot in a juice bar averages $4 – consuming 8 shots daily would cost $32 daily!”

“For many, wheatgrass can have off-putting sensory tastes.

For some its the fresh cut grass smell, others the earthy yet sweet taste, and for a few the dark green visuals. Which is why Brian Hill created the super convenient, absolutely delicious, fruit-forward, lightly carbonated, organic certified, ready-to-drink wheatgrass beverage, Maka.”

“Each 12 FL drink is equivalent to 8-shots of wheatgrass energized with yerba mate & quayusa teas (90mg caffeine) and sweetened with fruit juice, essence, and blue agave. Available in Hibiscus Passionfruit, Mango, Lemon and Coconut Pineapple flavors.

Chris Feldmeier of Bar Moruno

Owner Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier at Bar Moruno in Silver Lake has recently introduced a Saturday Brunch and a Sunday Roast menu. We get the tempting specifics directly from Chef Chris.

“The Sunday Roast is a set menu of a main protein and two sides (sometimes three) for $75 that very generously feeds two and can definitely satisfy two adults and a child. Sunday May 14th is Rotisserie Pastrami Short Rib with Rye Flatbread, Sauerkraut, Pickles and Macaroni Salad.”

Chef Chris’ Saturday Brunch menu (available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) is inspired by menu items from Bar Moruno’s signature woodfired oven. Consider a wood-oven baked Hoe Cake which is presented in its own little cast iron skillet and Shakshouka made with organic eggs, roasted tomato, onion and piquillo peppers.

Included on the new Brunch menu are colorful libations. How about Chef Chris’ Bull Shot with vodka, sherry and beef bone broth? Also there is a “Nitro Negroni which fulfills one of the eight cups of coffee a serious caffeine person might have on a typical Saturday.”

Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines

Larry Schaffer the founder and winemaker of tercero wines went back to school later in life to pursue his passion, taking classes at community colleges with kids who literally could have been his kids, and then received his MS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. He moved to the Santa Barbara County wine region, and that is where he has remained since 2005, starting on the winemaking team at Fess Parker Winery and then eventually branching off to start and run tercero wines.”

“Larry is especially adept not only at winemaking but at explaining the process in a very user-friendly manner. He’s also a serious and accomplished home bread baker. Visit his tasting room in Los Olivos or follow him on social media to see for yourself.”

“tercero wines concentrates on small lot, hand crafted wines using grapes exclusively from leading Santa Barbara County vineyards and works with grapes from nearly every AVA within the county. Though his main concentration is working with Rhone varieties, Larry remains curious and therefore also works with Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, and a few other fun and interesting grapes. And therein lies the beauty (and diversity) of Santa Barbara County.”

“Larry’s winemaking philosophy is still evolving, and the more vintages under his belt, the more he understands the variables at play. He also understands that a pragmatic approach is necessary to work with the unique dynamics of each and every vintage.”

“When you become a member of the tercero wines wine club, you ‘join the journey’ that Larry has been undertaking for nearly two decades. He continues to be more curious than ever, and the variety of wines produced and offered is greater than ever as well! Larry values his wine club members and treats them as his ‘best’ customers – because they are!”

Winemaker Larry Schaffer joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is tercero wines.

Daniele Uditi of Pizzana

Daniele Uditi is the master pizzaiolo and executive chef responsible for creating the network of Pizzana restaurants. Chef Uditi joins us with pizza peel in hand. “Since opening the Neo-Neapolitan pizzeria with Candace & Charles Nelson (Sprinkles Cupcakes) and partners in 2017 in Brentwood, Daniele has established himself as one of the country’s most revered pizzaiolos. LA Times’ restaurant critic Bill Addison recently noted that Pizzana “arguably ushered in L.A.’s current golden age of pizza.” Daniele has been praised for establishing new trends in the pizza landscape, including his signature cacio e pepe pie, and also lent his expertise as the head judge in Hulu‘s “Best in Dough” competition series.”

“An artisan who learned his craft growing up in Naples, Italy, Daniele incorporates his training from some of the best pizzerias in Campania with his Family Bakery’s traditional bread recipes. Since his arrival in Los Angeles in Los Angeles in 2010, his signature “slow dough” neo-neapolitan pizzas have garnered a passionate international following of pizza lovers and celebrities.”

Chef Daniele and team have expanded Pizzana from Brentwood with locations now in West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Dallas and the most recent opening in Silver Lake.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of 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.

California and New York are evaluating a ban on five common food additives that, for the most part, are already prohibited in food products in Europe. The additives are most commonly found in baked goods, candy and soft drinks. Of the additives Red Dye No. 3 is probably best known stateside. Chef Andrew explains the significance and provides added background.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Maka Wheatgrass Superfood Beverage with Founder Brian Hill
Segment Three: Executive Chef and Partner Chris Feldmeier, Bar Moruno, Silver Lake
Segment Four: Larry Schaffer, Winemaker and Proprietor, tercero wines, Los Olivos, CA Part One
Segment Five: Larry Schaffer, Winemaker and Proprietor, tercero wines, Los Olivos, CA Part Two
Segment Six: Executive Chef and Pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi, Pizzana Part One
Segment Seven: Executive Chef and Pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi, Pizzana Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 524, May 6, 2023: Dr. Shica Little, Dr. Shica’s Bakery

When we last spoke with Dr. Shica Little of Dr. Shica’s Bakery she was operating a mini retail bakery full of deliciousness out of a kiosk at Westfield Culver City. Her decadent “Almost Famous Brownies” were a signature. She was just introducing a companion line of tasty vegan desserts.

Dr. Shica’s Bakery recently exhibited her expanded gourmet line of plant-based vegan desserts at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. The expanded line includes indulgent cookies, brownies, cheesecake and lots more. New is a vegan crunchy cookie in lemon, double chocolate chip and birthday cake plus a vegan oatmeal raisin cookie sweetened with fruit.

Dr. Shica’s Bakery is also the Official Cookie Provider of Kevin Hart’s expanding vegan restaurant chain, Hart House. The new Hollywood location officially opens this Weekend.

Dr. Shica joins us with an Almost Famous Brownie plate at the ready.

Show 521, April 15, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Saturday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to discuss specialty food products that caught her attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also Anne Marie shares a gem of a Greek restaurant hidden in plain sight in Costa Mesa and a newly launched Tiki Brunch spot at an unexpected location in South Coast Plaza. Afternoon Tea with elegance is back at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) ever popular Community Table Dinner series is back on Friday evenings. “Guests enjoy a multicourse dinner prepared by accomplished guest chefs under the stars surrounded by the 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center. This intimate, family-style feast brings a rotating list of renowned guest chefs to the farm to design a thoughtful meal utilizing freshly harvested, regenerative organic ingredients sourced from just 250 feet away on the farm.” The Ecology Center’s Founder, Evan Marks, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

K + M Chocolate and K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (Napa-based) is the result of an unusual collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. “As the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, Thomas Keller has established a reputation for excellence unparalleled in American cuisine. In Tuscany, Armando Manni has forged a similar reputation for quality by producing super-antioxidant, extra-virgin olive oil. Together, they have spent the past seven years on a unique mission: crafting a chocolate from the bean unlike any we have seen before. They have collaborated with the University of Florence to develop a new methodology to preserve the naturally occurring antioxidants in the cocoa beans. This proprietary process produces delicious, complex chocolate that draws the full potential out of every bean.” The General Manager of K + M Chocolate, Hallot Parson, is our guest.

Juliet, the new seafood-forward, Parisian-inspired restaurant and patio in Culver City, is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the team behind the popular restaurants Margot and Norah, Juliet is an ode to the way Parisians are dining now. The bright French-inspired menu highlights seasonal ingredients and seafood from Southern California, and is complemented by a curated wine list of French producers, classic cocktails, and an interactive bar side cart with exclusive offerings dedicated to Champagne and Martinis. Envisioned by AD 100 Designer Jeremiah Brent, Juliet is a timeless, 120-seat restaurant featuring a striking walk-up bar and communal wooden table, and floor-to-ceiling iron doors leading to a 1,500 square-foot shaded terrace.” General Manager Charlie Phillips joins us with a plate of brown butter madeleines in hand.

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. As a result of the Pandemic the use of cash at businesses is way on the decline. The credit card companies are heavily promoting the use of credit cards exclusively over cash. Meanwhile credit card processing fees (controlled by a quasi- monopoly of firms) continues to skyrocket. Yet another added burden for restaurants trying to recover. Chef Andrew explains…

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

April 15: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Ecology Center, K + M Chocolate, Juliet

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part One
Segment Five: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part Two
Segment Six: K + M Chocolate, Napa, with General Manager Hallot Parson
Segment Seven: “An Evening with Wolfgang Puck and Friends” Gala Dinner Benefit for C-CAP LA with Jonathan Club’s Matthew Allnatt and Executive Chef Andreas Roller
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach with “Ask the Chef”

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

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Saturday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to discuss specialty food products that caught her attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also Anne Marie shares a gem of a Greek restaurant hidden in plain sight in Costa Mesa and a newly launched Tiki Brunch spot at an unexpected location in South Coast Plaza.

The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) ever popular Community Table Dinner series is back on Friday evenings. “Guests enjoy a multicourse dinner prepared by accomplished guest chefs under the stars surrounded by the 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center. This intimate, family-style feast brings a rotating list of renowned guest chefs to the farm to design a thoughtful meal utilizing freshly harvested, regenerative organic ingredients sourced from just 250 feet away on the farm.” The Ecology Center’s Founder, Evan Marks, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

K + M Chocolate and K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (Napa-based) is the result of an unusual collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. As the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, Thomas Keller has established a reputation for excellence unparalleled in American cuisine. In Tuscany, Armando Manni has forged a similar reputation for quality by producing super-antioxidant, extra-virgin olive oil. Together, they have spent the past seven years on a unique mission: crafting a chocolate from the bean unlike any we have seen before. They have collaborated with the University of Florence to develop a new methodology to preserve the naturally occurring antioxidants in the cocoa beans. This proprietary process produces delicious, complex chocolate that draws the full potential out of every bean.” The General Manager of K + M Chocolate, Hallot Parson, is our guest.

“Juliet, the new seafood-forward, Parisian-inspired restaurant and patio in Culver City, is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the team behind the popular restaurants Margot and Norah, Juliet is an ode to the way Parisians are dining now. The bright French-inspired menu highlights seasonal ingredients and seafood from Southern California, and is complemented by a curated wine list of French producers, classic cocktails, and an interactive bar side cart with exclusive offerings dedicated to Champagne and Martinis. Envisioned by AD 100 Designer Jeremiah Brent, Juliet is a timeless, 120-seat restaurant featuring a striking walk-up bar and communal wooden table, and floor-to-ceiling iron doors leading to a 1,500 square-foot shaded terrace.” General Manager Charlie Phillips joins us with a plate of brown butter madeleines in hand.

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. As a result of the Pandemic the use of cash at businesses is way on the decline. The credit card companies are heavily promoting the use of credit cards exclusively over cash. Meanwhile credit card processing fees (controlled by a quasi- monopoly of firms) continues to skyrocket. Yet another added burden for restaurants trying to recover. Chef Andrew explains…

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

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Saturday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and other well-respected publications.

Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to discuss specialty food products that caught her attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also Anne Marie shares a gem of a Greek restaurant hidden in plain sight in Costa Mesa.

We move on to highlighting a limited-time Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and Chef Michael Doctulero’s new Tiki Brunch at Mah Jong’s by Chef Mike at South Coast Plaza.

Evan Marks of the Ecology Center

The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) ever popular Community Table Dinner series is back on Friday evenings. “Guests enjoy a multicourse dinner prepared by accomplished guest chefs under the stars surrounded by the 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center.”

“This intimate, family-style feast brings a rotating list of renowned guest chefs to the farm to design a thoughtful meal utilizing freshly harvested, regenerative organic ingredients sourced from just 250 feet away on the farm.”

“Ingredients harvested are based upon the farm’s four seasonal rotations (market garden, milpa, fruit forest, cover crops). By bringing these culinary artists back to the source, chefs receive an opportunity to connect with new ingredients, find fresh inspiration in our bioregion’s historic foodways, and discover the rewards of relationship with the land.”

The Ecology Center’s Founder, Evan Marks, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

“The Ecology Center is a non-profit 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center located in San Juan Capistrano, California that serves as a hub for southern California’s ecological movement. Founded by Evan Marks in 2008, the internationally-renowned organization attracts culinary and creative collaborators from around the world, partnerships with some of the most innovative and sustainable brands, and over 100,000 visitors annually.”

“With a holistic approach that integrates the incubation of the next generation of agricultural, culinary, and educational leaders with the creation of a vibrant community resource and gathering place to inspire all, they are actively building a more abundant future, one that the next generations will be proud to inherit.”

Hallot Parson of K + M Chocolate

K + M Chocolate and K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (Napa-based) is the result of an unusual collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. As the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, Thomas Keller has established a reputation for excellence unparalleled in American cuisine. In Tuscany, Armando Manni has forged a similar reputation for quality by producing super-antioxidant, extra-virgin olive oil.”

“Together, they have spent the past seven years on a unique mission: crafting a chocolate from the bean unlike any we have seen before. They have collaborated with the University of Florence to develop a new methodology to preserve the naturally occurring antioxidants in the cocoa beans. This proprietary process produces delicious, complex chocolate that draws the full potential out of every bean.”

“True to Chef Thomas Keller’s reputation for unparalleled excellence in American cuisine, K + M Chocolate’s new bean-to-bar K + M Chocolate collection reflects the Chef’s exacting quality standards and meticulous attention to detail. These single-origin chocolate bars emphasize nuanced tasting notes while custom ground beans and unique ingredients collide for whimsical flavor expressions. From Truffle Fries to 68% Dark Carenero, there’s a little something sweet for everyone. Each bar of K + M Chocolate is roasted, ground and molded by hand in small batches in Napa Valley, California. Packaged in recycled paper and compostable foil.”

K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (the original product) employs a unique production methodology and the addition of a small amount of heart-healthy MANNI organic extra-virgin olive oil which infuses their bean-to-bar chocolate with its signature texture while boosting its antioxidant properties. The cocoa bean is naturally high in antioxidants that not only provide much of the aroma and flavor of chocolate but also offer a wide range of health benefits. Standard methods used today for turning cocoa beans into chocolate may result in the loss of 60 percent or more of those antioxidants.”

The General Manager of K + M Chocolate, Hallot Parson, is our guest.

Charles Phillips of Juliet

Juliet, the new seafood-forward, Parisian-inspired restaurant and patio in Culver City, Los Angeles, is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the team behind the popular restaurants Margot and Norah, Juliet is an ode to the way Parisians are dining now. The bright French-inspired menu highlights seasonal ingredients and seafood from Southern California, and is complemented by a curated wine list of French producers, classic cocktails, and an interactive bar side cart with exclusive offerings dedicated to Champagne and Martinis. Envisioned by AD 100 Designer Jeremiah Brent, Juliet is a timeless, 120-seat restaurant featuring a striking walk-up bar and communal wooden table, and floor-to-ceiling iron doors leading to a 1,500 square-foot shaded terrace.”

“Dinner includes dishes like Huitres, oysters with cucumber and trout roe; Moules Persillade, chilled mussels and sauce verte; Poisson Cru, sliced amberjack, meyer lemon ponzu and chili oil; Tarama, salt cod dip with breakfast radish; Salade D’endives, with endives, walnuts, grapes and roquefort; Cigares de Confit de Canard, duck confit “cigars” with sauce valois; La Morue, black cod, dashi butter, sea beans, radish, with sauce poured tableside; and Cotes d’Agneau, grilled lamb chops, olives and fennel pollen. Desserts include Assiette de Fromage, a selection of cheese; Chocolat Chaud, Parisian hot chocolate; Gâteau au Fromage, creme fraiche cheesecake with passion fruit gelee; and Madeleines au Beurre Noisette, brown butter madeleines and salted honey chantilly.”

“The breakfast menu includes Crêpes Suzette with citrus, grand marnier and chantilly cream; Pain au Champignons with mushroom & truffle confiture and poached eggs; and Croque Madame with smoked ham, green chile bechamel and a sunny side egg; while lunch offers dishes like Carpaccio de Thon, tuna carpaccio, olives and tonnato; Aubergine Roti, roasted eggplant, white soy, and sesame; and Omelette Classique, organic pasture raised eggs, comte, and market greens.”

“Juliet is a collaboration between restaurateur Rohan Talwar of IB Hospitality (Norah, Margot), and Joseph Miller and David Fishbein of Runyon Group (Platform). They’re joined by IB Hospitality Chef and Culinary Director Michael Williams, Chef Jason Gonzales, Director of Hospitality Bruce Childress and General Manager Charles Phillips, who pride themselves on providing welcoming hospitality and creating a unique guest experience.”

General Manager Charlie Phillips joins us with a plate of brown butter madeleines in hand.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of 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.

As a result of the Pandemic the use of cash at businesses is way on the decline. The credit card companies are heavily promoting the use of credit cards over cash. Meanwhile credit card processing fees (controlled by a quasi-monopoly of firms) continues to skyrocket. Yet another added burden for restaurants trying to recover. Chef Andrew explains…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part One
Segment Five: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part Two
Segment Six: K + M Chocolate, Napa, with General Manager Hallot Parson
Segment Seven: “An Evening with Wolfgang Puck and Friends” Gala Dinner Benefit for C-CAP LA with Jonathan Club’s Matthew Allnatt and Executive Chef Andreas Roller
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach with “Ask the Chef”