Show 571, March 30, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app happened last month. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as neonfeast.com), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” To celebrate there is an exciting photo sweepstakes contest on right now with the lucky grand prize winner being hosted to an evening for two at Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand. Monthly there is a $300 Lip Smacking Foodie Tours gift certificate awarded. Al Mancini is our always in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene. Al also has just launched with Gemini Stevens (his co-host on the Food & Loathing podcast) the NeonNews Website with current news (and breaking headline news) on the vibrant Vegas dining scene and lots more reported from his most reliable local sources.

Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery recognized for its unique super premium collection of Sonoma vineyards, award-winning pinot noir, and chardonnay. Proprietor William “Bill” S. Price III (nicknamed Billy Three Sticks) set about building a collection of six Grand Cru level Estate vineyards in Sonoma County starting with Durell in 1997. By way of acquiring or newly planting, he has built a reputation for owning and farming some of the finest pinot and chardonnay acreages in California. Since 2002 Three Sticks Co-founder and General Manager Prema Kerollis set about designing and building the experiences, culture, and voice of Three Sticks while Bill focused on the vineyards with Rob Harris, head of all vineyard activities and winegrowing for the Price Family Vineyards and Estates portfolio. After years spent focusing on vineyards and hospitality, Three Sticks was ripe for some serious winemaking talent. Director of Winemaking Ryan Prichard joined Three Sticks in 2015 to craft wines from Bill’s sought-after Heritage vineyards, notably Durell, Gap’s Crown, and Walala, only to discover the majesty of his small, organically farmed, hand-planted properties, known internally as Monopoles: One Sky, Alana, and William James.” Winemaker Ryan Prichard is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Three Sticks Wine.

Three generations of the Gonzalez Family have been in the grocery business in Southern California with the very popular Northgate Gonzalez Markets. Now they are pioneering a new, first of its kind in the United States shopping experience, with the arrival of the long-in-the-works Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa. It’s a 70,000 square foot culinary wonder of truly mouth-watering authentic foods representing many regions of Mexico with some 20 Puestos (Food Stands) “teeming with vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and an array of flavorful delights. Explore a variety of flavors at Mercado González’s Puestos / Food Stands, where each stand offers a unique culinary adventure. Mercado has something to please every palate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” Representing the 3rd generation of proud Gonzalez Family ownership is Joshua Gonzalez who is also the project Manager for Mercado Gonzalez. Joshua is our informed guide to all the enticing wonders of Mercado Gonzalez.

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. French Fries…! There is nothing better than fresh-cut perfectly crisp fries. Chef Andrew shares his proven technique. (Rescheduled from last week.)

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

Show 571, March 30, 2024: Food Journalist Al Mancini, Las Vegas & Creator of the Neon Feast App for Las Vegas Dining Part One

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app has happened. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” To celebrate there is an exciting photo sweepstakes contest on right now with the lucky winner being hosted to an evening for two at Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand or a $300 Lip Smacking Foodie Tours gift certificate.

Al Mancini is our always in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene and looking ahead to what’s notable on the horizon for the rest of 2024. Some of the current talk of the town on dining is about the high-end restaurants at the newly opened (and long-delayed) Fontainebleau on The Strip and the reopening of the new Esther’s Kitchen (relocated) in the Arts District with Executive Chef James Trees.

Al also has just launched with Gemini Stevens (his co-host of the Food & Loathing podcast) the NeonNews Website with current news (and breaking headline news) on the vibrant Vegas dining scene and lots more reported from his most reliable local sources.

Al takes a break from the Las Vegas dining action to join us.

Show 571, March 30, 2024: Food Journalist Al Mancini, Las Vegas & Creator of the Neon Feast App for Las Vegas Dining Part Two

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app has happened. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” To celebrate there is an exciting photo sweepstakes contest on right now with the lucky winner being hosted to an evening for two at Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand or a $300 Lip Smacking Foodie Tours gift certificate.

Al Mancini is our always in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene and looking ahead to what’s notable on the horizon for the rest of 2024. Some of the current talk of the town on dining is about the high-end restaurants at the newly opened (and long-delayed) Fontainebleau on The Strip and the reopening of the new Esther’s Kitchen (relocated) in the Arts District with Executive Chef James Trees.

Al also has just launched with Gemini Stevens (his co-host for the weekly “Food & Loathing” podcast) the NeonNews Website with current news (and breaking headline news) on the vibrant Vegas dining scene and lots more reported from his most reliable local sources.

Al takes another break from the Las Vegas dining action to continue with us.

March 30: Al Mancini, Three Sticks Wines, Northgate Gonzalez Markets and Mercado Gonzalez

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Food Journalist Al Mancini, Las Vegas & Creator of the Neon Feast App for Las Vegas Dining Part One
Segment Three: Food Journalist Al Mancini, Las Vegas & Creator of the Neon Feast App for Las Vegas Dining Part Two
Segment Four: Three Sticks Wines, Sonoma County, with Director of Winemaking Ryan Prichard Part One
Segment Five: Three Sticks Wines, Sonoma County, with Director of Winemaking Ryan Prichard Part Two
Segment Six: Mercado Gonzalez, Costa Mesa, with Project Manager Joshua Gonzalez Part One
Segment Seven: Mercado Gonzalez, Costa Mesa, with Project Manager Joshua Gonzalez Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

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

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app has happened. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as out their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” To celebrate there is an exciting photo sweepstakes contest on right now with the lucky winner being hosted to an evening for two at Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand or a $300 Lip Smacking Foodie Tours gift certificate. Al Mancini is our always in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene. Al also has just launched the NeonNews Website with current news (and breaking headline news) on the vibrant Vegas dining scene and lots more reported from his most reliable local sources.

Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery recognized for its unique super premium collection of Sonoma vineyards, award-winning pinot noir, and chardonnay. Proprietor William “Bill” S. Price III (nicknamed Billy Three Sticks) set about building a collection of six Grand Cru level Estate vineyards in Sonoma County starting with Durell in 1997. By way of acquiring or newly planting, he has built a reputation for owning and farming some of the finest pinot and chardonnay acreages in California. Since 2002 Three Sticks Co-founder and General Manager Prema Kerollis set about designing and building the experiences, culture, and voice of Three Sticks while Bill focused on the vineyards with Rob Harris, head of all vineyard activities and winegrowing for the Price Family Vineyards and Estates portfolio. After years spent focusing on vineyards and hospitality, Three Sticks was ripe for some serious winemaking talent. Director of Winemaking Ryan Prichard joined Three Sticks in 2015 to craft wines from Bill’s sought-after Heritage vineyards, notably Durell, Gap’s Crown, and Walala, only to discover the majesty of his small, organically farmed, hand-planted properties, known internally as Monopoles: One Sky, Alana, and William James.” Winemaker Ryan Prichard is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Three Sticks Wine.

Three generations of the Gonzalez Family have been in the grocery business in Southern California with the very popular Northgate Gonzalez Markets. Now they are pioneering a new, first of its kind in the United States shopping experience, with the arrival of the long-in-the-works Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa. It’s a 70,000 square foot culinary wonder of truly mouth-watering authentic foods representing many regions of Mexico with some 20 Puestos (Food Stands) “teeming with vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and an array of flavorful delights. Explore a variety of flavors at Mercado González’s Puestos / Food Stands, where each stand offers a unique culinary adventure. Mercado has something to please every palate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” Representing the 3rd generation of proud Gonzalez Family ownership is Joshua Gonzalez who is also the project Manager for Mercado Gonzalez. Joshua is our informed guide to all the enticing wonders of Mercado Gonzalez.

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. French Fries…! There is nothing better than fresh-cut perfectly crisp fries. Chef Andrew shares his proven technique. (Rescheduled from last week.)

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

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app has happened. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” To celebrate there is an exciting photo sweepstakes contest on right now with the lucky winner being hosted to an evening for two at Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand or a $300 Lip Smacking Foodie Tours gift certificate.

Al Mancini is our always in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene and looking ahead to what’s notable on the horizon for the rest of 2024. Some of the current talk of the town on dining is about the high-end restaurants at the newly opened (and long-delayed) Fontainebleau on The Strip, the reopening of the new Esther’s Kitchen in the Arts District with Executive Chef James Trees and the recently concluded International Pizza Expo.

Al also has just launched the NeonNews Website with current news (and breaking headline news) on the vibrant Vegas dining scene and lots more reported from his most reliable local sources.

Al takes a break from the Las Vegas dining action to join us.

Ryan Prichard of Three Sticks Winery

Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery recognized for its unique super premium collection of Sonoma vineyards, award-winning pinot noir, and chardonnay. Proprietor William “Bill” S. Price III (nicknamed Billy Three Sticks) set about building a collection of six Grand Cru level Estate vineyards in Sonoma County starting with Durell in 1997. By way of acquiring or newly planting, he has built a reputation for owning and farming some of the finest pinot and chardonnay acreages in California.”

“Since 2002 Three Sticks Co-founder and General Manager Prema Kerollis set about designing and building the experiences, culture, and voice of Three Sticks while Bill focused on the vineyards with Rob Harris, head of all vineyard activities and winegrowing for the Price Family Vineyards and Estates portfolio. After years spent focusing on vineyards and hospitality, Three Sticks was ripe for some serious winemaking talent. Director of Winemaking Ryan Prichard joined Three Sticks in 2015 to craft wines from Bill’s sought-after Heritage vineyards, notably Durell, Gap’s Crown, and Walala, only to discover the majesty of his small, organically farmed, hand-planted properties, known internally as Monopoles: One Sky, Alana, and William James.”

“The intimate relationship between the winemaker, grower, and each of the six unique properties shines through in each of the wines. Ryan understands how working with great vineyards and a meticulous winemaking style can produce inspiring results. He originally joined Three Sticks with famed pinot noir winemaker Bob Cabral in 2015 and took over winemaking entirely from Cabral in 2021. Three Sticks has a down-to-earth, highly focused, quality-obsessed approach to growing and winemaking.”

The Sonoma home for hospitality at Three Sticks is the historic restored 1842 Vallejo-Castenada Adobe. It’s situated just steps off Sonoma’s town square.

Winemaker Ryan Prichard is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Three Sticks Wine.

Joshua Gonzalez of Northgate Markets

Three generations of the Gonzalez Family have been in the grocery business in Southern California with the very popular Northgate Gonzalez Markets. Now they are pioneering a new, first of its kind in the United States shopping experience with the arrival of the long-in-the-works Mercado Gonzalez in Costa Mesa.

It’s a 70,000 square foot culinary wonder of truly mouth-watering authentic foods representing many regions of Mexico with some 20 Puestos (Food Stands) “teeming with vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and an array of flavorful delights. Explore a variety of flavors at Mercado González’s Puestos / Food Stands, where each stand offers a unique culinary adventure. Customers are able to savor sweet churros and sip seven types of hot chocolate from the famous Mexico City Churreria El Moro (a Mexico City landmark since 1935), indulge in crispy and succulent carnitas at Carnitas Don Miguel, relish a Chiva Torta by Familia Albarran, and enjoy Tacos Los Guichos from Familia Zenteno. Mercado has something to please every palate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

All of the corn tortillas are made fresh throughout the day in the exhibition Tortilleria La Gonzalez located just as you enter the Mercado.

The Mercado even offers destination fine dining with Maizano. “Jorge Salim and Javier Hernandez Pons, the dynamic duo from the team behind beloved Los Angeles restaurants LA Cha Cha Chá in Arts District and Loreto in Elysian Valley, operate a new restaurant in Mercado called Maizano, a concept that is a homage to revered Mexican culinary and social traditions, and, as the name suggests, Mexican heirloom corn. Specifically, dishes such as mole, sopa de Lima, and a variety of memelas and tetelas are standouts.”

“One of the most exciting features of Mercado González is the showcase of breathtaking murals created by renowned Mexican artists from Guadalajara including Claudio Limón. His artistry captures the essence of Mexican culture, infusing each mural with the vivid colors and infectious joy that are hallmarks of Mexico. As customers explore the store, they will experience all the hand-painted signage on the Puestos and about eight murals.”

The attention to details is impressive. The carefully curated music in the seven zones of the Mercado changes throughout the day including in the (soon to be expanded) Dining Patio.

Representing the 3rd generation of proud Gonzalez Family ownership is Joshua Gonzalez who is also the project Manager for Mercado Gonzalez. Joshua is our guide to all the enticing wonders of Mercado Gonzalez.

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.

French Fries…! There is nothing better than fresh-cut, perfectly crisp fries. Something that seems so simple, however, is rarely done right. Chef Andrew shares his perfected technique. (Rescheduled from last week.)

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Food Journalist Al Mancini, Las Vegas & Creator of the Neon Feast App for Las Vegas Dining Part One
Segment Three: Food Journalist Al Mancini, Las Vegas & Creator of the Neon Feast App for Las Vegas Dining Part Two
Segment Four: Three Sticks Wines, Sonoma County, with Director of Winemaking Ryan Prichard Part One
Segment Five: Three Sticks Wines, Sonoma County, with Director of Winemaking Ryan Prichard Part Two
Segment Six: Mercado Gonzalez, Costa Mesa, with Project Manager Joshua Gonzalez Part One
Segment Seven: Mercado Gonzalez, Costa Mesa, with Project Manager Joshua Gonzalez Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 557, December 23, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The happiest of Happy Holidays to all our loyal Listeners. Keep in mind we have a flavor-packed show on our menu to round out 2023 on Saturday, December 30th. Please do join us.

The Danish-owned Danish Mill Bakery has been a family-owned tradition in Solvang for 63 years. “Arvid Petersen, the founder of Danish Mill Bakery Inc. finished his apprenticeship as a baker in 1931. Upon receiving his degree as a journeyman baker, he went to work for one of the finest bakeries in Copenhagen, Denmark. While working there he supplied the baked goods for King Christian X of Denmark. The family immigrated to the United States in 1957. On September 17th, 1960, the Danish Mill Bakery was opened in Solvang, California. Arvid’s son, Torben Petersen, learned from his father and build upon his father’s legacy, continued Danish Mill Bakery until 2020. Multi-faceted Danish entrepreneur (and Solvang resident) Rene Gross Kaerskov (with no previous bakery or confectionary experience) acquired the business in 2020 with the goal of delivering both a contemporary and a traditional Danish bakery experience to his customers. Danish Mill Bakery’s current Pastry Chef Henrik Gram was born and raised in Copenhagen in Denmark and has been working as a baker for more than 40 years.” Proprietor Rene Gross Kaerskov is our guest with a licorice ice cream in a waffle cone at the ready.


“The talented culinary team at Southern California’s luxury Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes with its one-of-a-kind Pacific oceanfront location have created memorable holiday dining experiences to delight destination travelers and local and regional family and friends – from a Breakfast with Santa to Christmas Day specials at various dining venues for tantalizing Christmas Eve and Day brunches and dinner buffets at catalina kitchen and lavish gourmet holiday dining at mar’sel, the resort’s signature restaurant. For local and destination travelers who love sharing fine dining with family and friends, Terranea also offers an appealing choice for festive New Year’s Eve culinary offerings from a luxurious Hollywood-themed extravaganza to a Winter Wonderland family dinner and more” Terranea’s Executive Chef, Andrew Vaughan, is our guide to all of Terranea’s varied and special Holiday dining options.

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app is on the horizon. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on their website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” Al Mancini is our in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene and then looking ahead to what’s notable on the horizon for 2024. Some of the current talk of the town on dining is about the high-end restaurants at the newly opened (and long-delayed) Fontainebleau on The Strip and Zippy’s, a beloved fast-casual import from Hawaii known for their Chicken Katsu.

Chef Raphael Lunetta is presenting an enchanting Christmas Eve Feast al Lunetta in Santa Monica served family-style. Every table is served all items on the menu including the range of sides. The repast begins with a Charcuterie and Fromage Board. The Starters include a Warm Wild Mushroom Salad and Shrimp Cocktail with marinated cucumbers, yuzu kosho tomatillo and classic tomato cocktail sauce. The Mains are Maine Lobster Rigatoni, Almond Crusted John Dory and Tarragon Lemon Pepper Prime Rib. The range of Sides are aged gouda parmesan mashed potatoes, poached asparagus sherry mustard vinaigrette, herb potato gnocchi and farmers market roasted vegetables. Dessert is a festive Buche de Noel. The feast is priced at $125 per guest. Chef Raphael Lunetta joins us with his Christmas Eve preview, New Year’s Eve menu and the details of his ongoing 3-course Power Lunch offered Tuesday through Friday.

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

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

Show 557, December 23, 2023: Al Mancini, creator of “Neon Feast” dining App for Las Vegas and “Food and Loathing” Podcast Part One

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app is on the horizon. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on Neon Feast), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“The weekly “Food and Loathing” podcast created by Al Mancini is a savage journey into the stomach of the Las Vegas restaurant and bar scene – with occasional detours to explore some of the valley’s other decadent offerings (edible and otherwise).” Each week, veteran food writer Al Mancini offers the lowdown on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s delicious in America’s most glamorous culinary city. Al invites you into his insider conversations with the chefs, bartenders, journalists, and other experts who know where to go – and what to order when you get there.”

Al Mancini is our in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene and then looking ahead to what’s on the horizon for 2024. First a honest discussion of the impact of the just concluded Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix on the local dining scene.

Show 557, December 23, 2023: Al Mancini, creator of “Neon Feast” dining App for Las Vegas and “Food and Loathing” Podcast Part Two

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app is on the horizon. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on Neon Feast), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“The weekly “Food and Loathing” podcast created by Al Mancini is a savage journey into the stomach of the Las Vegas restaurant and bar scene – with occasional detours to explore some of the valley’s other decadent offerings (edible and otherwise).” Each week, veteran food writer Al Mancini offers the lowdown on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s delicious in America’s most glamorous culinary city. Al invites you into his insider conversations with the chefs, bartenders, journalists, and other experts who know where to go – and what to order when you get there.”

Al Mancini continues as our in-the-know guest with further highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene. Some of the current talk of the town on dining is about the high-end restaurants at the newly opened (and long-delayed) Fontainebleau on The Strip, and Zippy’s a beloved fast-casual import from Hawaii known for their Chicken Katsu. Also the debut of the Durango Casino and Resort and Chef Gene Villiatora’s Ai Pono Café (from Costa Mesa) there saluting Hawaii Street Food.

December 23: Danish Mill Bakery, Terranea Resort, Al Mancini, Raphael Lunetta

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Danish Mill Bakery, Solvang, with Proprietor Rene Gross Kaerskov Part One
Segment Three: Danish Mill Bakery, Solvang, with Proprietor Rene Gross Kaerskov Part Two
Segment Four: Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, for the Holidays with Executive Chef Andrew Vaughan
Segment Five: Al Mancini, creator of “Neon Feast” dining App for Las Vegas and “Food and Loathing” Podcast Part One
Segment Six: Al Mancini, creator of “Neon Feast” dining App for Las Vegas and “Food and Loathing” Podcast Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Raphael Lunettea, Proprietor, Lunetta, Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

The Danish-owned Danish Mill Bakery has been a family-owned tradition in Solvang for 63 years. “Arvid Petersen, the founder of Danish Mill Bakery Inc. finished his apprenticeship as a baker in 1931. Upon receiving his degree as a journeyman baker, he went to work for one of the finest bakeries in Copenhagen, Denmark. While working there he supplied the baked goods for King Christian X of Denmark. The family immigrated to the United States in 1957. On September 17th, 1960, the Danish Mill Bakery was opened in Solvang, California. Arvid’s son, Torben Petersen, learned from his father and build upon his father’s legacy, continued Danish Mill Bakery until 2020. Multi-faceted Danish entrepreneur (and Solvang resident) Rene Gross Kaerskov (with no previous bakery or confectionary experience) acquired the business in 2020 with the goal of delivering both a contemporary and a traditional Danish bakery experience to his customers. Danish Mill Bakery’s current Pastry Chef Henrik Gram was born and raised in Copenhagen in Denmark and has been working as a baker for more than 40 years.” Proprietor Rene Gross Kaerskov is our guest with a licorice ice cream in a waffle cone at the ready.

“The talented culinary team at Southern California’s luxury Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes with its one-of-a-kind Pacific oceanfront location have created memorable holiday dining experiences to delight destination travelers and local and regional family and friends – from a Breakfast with Santa to Christmas Day specials at various dining venues for tantalizing Christmas Eve and Day brunches and dinner buffets at catalina kitchen and lavish gourmet holiday dining at mar’sel, the resort’s signature restaurant. For local and destination travelers who love sharing fine dining with family and friends, Terranea also offers an appealing choice for festive New Year’s Eve culinary offerings from a luxurious Hollywood-themed extravaganza to a Winter Wonderland family dinner and more” Terranea Executive Chef, Andrew Vaughan, is our guide to all of Terranea’s varied and special Holiday dining options.

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app is on the horizon. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on Neon Feast), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” Al Mancini is our in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene and then looking ahead to what’s notable on the horizon for 2024. Some of the current talk of the town on dining is about the high-end restaurants at the newly opened (and long-delayed) Fontainebleau on The Strip, the recreated Food Truck from “Chef – The Movie” at the Park MGM, a collaboration between Chef Roy Choi and Jon Favreau, and Zippy’s, a beloved fast-casual import from Hawaii known for their Chicken Katsu.

Chef Raphael Lunetta is presenting an enchanting Christmas Eve Feast at Lunetta in Santa Monica served family-style. Every table is served all items on the menu including the range of sides. The repast begins with a Charcuterie and Fromage Board. The Starters include a Warm Wild Mushroom Salad and Shrimp Cocktail with marinated cucumbers, yuzu kosho tomatillo and classic tomato cocktail sauce. The Mains are Maine Lobster Rigatoni, Almond Crusted John Dory and Tarragon Lemon Pepper Prime Rib. The range of Sides are aged gouda parmesan mashed potatoes, poached asparagus sherry mustard vinaigrette, herb potato gnocchi and farmers market roasted vegetables. Dessert is a festive Buche de Noel.  The feast is priced at $125 per guest. Chef Raphael Lunetta joins us with his Christmas Eve preview.

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

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

Renee Gross Kaerskov of Danish Mill Bakery in Solvang

The Danish-owned Danish Mill Bakery has been a family-owned tradition in Solvang for 63 years.

“Arvid Petersen, the founder of Danish Mill Bakery Inc. finished his apprenticeship as a baker in 1931. Upon receiving his degree as a journeyman baker, he went to work for one of the finest bakeries in Copenhagen, Denmark. While working there he supplied the baked goods for King Christian X of Denmark. In 1940 the Petersens started the Danish Mill Bakery in Copenhagen, Denmark. The family immigrated to the United States in 1957. On September 17th, 1960, the Danish Mill Bakery was opened in Solvang, California. Arvid’s son, Torben Petersen, learned from his father and build upon his father’s legacy, continued Danish Mill Bakery until 2020.”

Danish entrepreneur (and Solvang resident) Rene Gross Kaerskov (with no previous bakery experience) acquired the business in 2020 with the goal of delivering both a contemporary and a traditional Danish bakery experience to his customers.

“Danish Mill Bakery’s Pastry Chef Henrik Gram was born and raised in Copenhagen in Denmark and has been working as a baker for more than 40 years. Henrik received his apprenticeship as baker and has owned several of his own bakeries in Denmark until he immigrated to the United States in 2009. While working in Copenhagen he baked for H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and various Ambassadors.”

Rene Gross Kaerskov also operates two other authentic Danish dessert spots in Solvang. Newly opened by Rene next to the landmark Landsby Hotel on Solvang’s Mission Dr. is Brod & Kage (bread and cake.) It’s a mini version of Danish Mill Bakery featuring the most popular items. Also in Rene’s sweets portfolio is Aebleskivehuset, a Danish dessert shop featuring signature aebleskivers, house-made Danish ice cream flavors and handcrafted espresso drinks.

Rene Gross Kaerskov is our guest with a licorice ice cream in a waffle cone at the ready.

Andrew Vaughan of the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes

“The talented culinary team at Southern California’s luxury Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes with its one-of-a-kind Pacific oceanfront location have created memorable holiday dining experiences to delight destination travelers and local and regional family and friends – from a Breakfast with Santa to Christmas Day specials at various dining venues for tantalizing Christmas Eve and Day brunches and dinner buffets at catalina kitchen and lavish gourmet holiday dining at mar’sel, the resort’s signature restaurant.”

“Serenely set at its one-of-a-kind location along the Pacific Ocean, Southern California’s luxurious Terranea Resort is a grand place to kiss 2023 a fond farewell and embrace 2024 with open, appreciative greetings. For local and destination travelers who love sharing fine dining with family and friends, Terranea offers an appealing choice for festive New Year’s Eve culinary offerings from a luxurious Hollywood-themed extravaganza to a Winter Wonderland family dinner and more.”

Terranea’s Executive Chef, Andrew Vaughan, is our guide to all of Terranea’s special Holiday dining options. Chef Vaughan has been working in Terranea’s kitchens for nine years.

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app is on the horizon. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on Neon Feast), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“The weekly “Food and Loathing” podcast created by Al Mancini is a savage journey into the stomach of the Las Vegas restaurant and bar scene – with occasional detours to explore some of the valley’s other decadent offerings (edible and otherwise).” Each week, veteran food writer Al Mancini offers the lowdown on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s delicious in America’s most glamorous culinary city. Al invites you into his insider conversations with the chefs, bartenders, journalists, and other experts who know where to go – and what to order when you get there.”

Al Mancini is our in-the-know guest with highlights of what’s new on the Vegas dining scene and then looking ahead to what’s on the horizon for 2024. Some of the current talk of the town on dining is about the high-end restaurants at the newly opened (and long-delayed) Fontainebleau on The Strip, the recreated Food Truck from “Chef – The Movie” at the Park MGM, a collaboration between Chef Roy Choi and Jon Favreau, and Zippy’s a beloved fast-casual import from Hawaii known for their Chicken Katsu. Also the debut of Peter Luger Steak House (from Brooklyn) at Caesars Palace.

Raphael Lunetta of Lunetta All Day

Chef Raphael Lunetta is presenting an enchanting Christmas Eve Feast at Lunetta in Santa Monica served family-style. Every table is served all items on the menu including the range of sides. The repast begins with a Charcuterie and Fromage Board. The Starters include a Warm Wild Mushroom Salad and Shrimp Cocktail with marinated cucumbers, yuzu kosho tomatillo and classic tomato cocktail sauce.

The Mains are Maine Lobster Rigatoni. Almond Crusted John Dory and Tarragon Lemon Pepper Prime Rib. The range of Sides are aged gouda parmesan mashed potatoes, poached asparagus sherry mustard vinaigrette, herb potato gnocchi and farmers market roasted vegetables. Dessert is a festive Buche de Noel. The feast is priced at $125 per guest.

Chef Raphael Lunetta joins us with his Christmas Eve preview.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

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

The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and discerning Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. For his finale before Christmas, Chef Andrew will explain the festive Italian-American tradition of The Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Danish Mill Bakery, Solvang, with Proprietor Rene Gross Kaerskov Part One
Segment Three: Danish Mill Bakery, Solvang, with Proprietor Rene Gross Kaerskov Part Two
Segment Four: Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, for the Holidays with Executive Chef Andrew Vaughan
Segment Five: Al Mancini, creator of “Neon Feast” dining App for Las Vegas and “Food and Loathing” Podcast Part One
Segment Six: Al Mancini, creator of “Neon Feast” dining App for Las Vegas and “Food and Loathing” Podcast Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Raphael Lunettea, Proprietor, Lunetta, Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 551, November 11, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Steven Lee and Lynn Le are the proprietors of Chopsticks on Pho – Vietnamese Noodle House located in Surrey, British Columbia and celebrating their 11th anniversary this year. We were recently there as guests of Discover Surrey. “Born and raised from two different parts of Vietnam, North and South, Steven and Lynn fled the country by boats with their parents and siblings at a young age. Deeply grateful for the love and care of their new homeland, Canada, they settled in. Running a restaurant and taking care of guests with good food was a dream of Lynn’s. Eleven years ago that dream was finally realized with the founding of Chopsticks on Pho in Surrey.” They are widely known for their Curry Pho, and Lemongrass Chicken and BBQ Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches that come with a rich dipping broth. They have just introduced a line of jarred Curry Pho Sauces (Vegan, Chicken and Beef) along with signature O-Peanut Sauce. Steven and Lynn join us to share their realized dream.

“This Summer Dahlia, an intimate cocktail lounge serving Iberian-inspired bites, was added to Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel’s roster of dynamic dining outlets helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne of The Lucques Group. The latest outlet joins signature Portuguese-inspired restaurant Caldo Verde on the ground floor and rooftop lounge Cara Cara to complete a trifecta of distinct and immersive dining destinations. Dahlia (named after Mexico’s native flower) offers a space for hotel guests and visitors alike to enjoy elevated invocations of classic and non-alcoholic cocktails, focusing on the history and backbone of mixology but using high-end, rare and small-batch liquors. Drinks are created or finished table-side from Dahlia’s Cocktail Cart through which guests can have a bespoke experience, engaging with the “cart tender” and having access to the lounge’s range of iconic and hard to find spirits.” Chef Suzanne Goin takes a break from her busy kitchen to join us.

Madeira Wine from Portugal can be appreciated at any time. According to each type, Dry Madeiras are great with aperitifs, as well as the Medium Dry ones, which are also a wonderful complement of soups. Cheeses are perfect to pair with Medium Sweet Madeiras, while Sweet Madeiras are ideal for sweets, chocolate and with an excellent premium coffee. Food matching with Madeira Wine suggestions are endless and they can be truly surprising, offering flavors, aromas, textures, and unique sensations, You just have to dare yourself!”

Sommelier and Wines of Portugal US Brand Ambassador Eugenio Jardim is our guest to help us discover the beauty and versatility of Madeira Wine.

The 2nd year anniversary of Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app is on the horizon. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on Neon Feast’s website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” Al Mancini is our guest with current highlights of the Las Vegas dining scene including the high-end culinary aspects of the inaugural Las Vegas Formula 1 Grand Prix – Saturday November 18, 2023. Also, the incredible story of the new Winnie & Ethel’s coffee shop in Downtown which was a turn-key, million-dollar prize awarded to the lucky co-owners from the Developer of the revitalizing Center (Dapper Companies) they are in.

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

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

Show 551, November 11, 2023: Al Mancini, Las Vegas Food & Entertainment Journalist. Creator of Neon Feast dining App for Las Vegas

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

The 2nd year anniversary of notable Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini’s ambitious Neon Feast dining app is on the horizon. Lots of new features have now been added to the updated App. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android (as well as on Neon Feast’s website), Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“The weekly “Food and Loathing” podcast created by Al Mancini is a savage journey into the stomach of the Las Vegas restaurant and bar scene – with occasional detours to explore some of the valley’s other decadent offerings (edible and otherwise).” Each week, veteran food writer Al Mancini offers the lowdown on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s delicious in America’s most glamorous culinary city. Al invites you into his insider conversations with the chefs, bartenders, journalists, and other experts who know where to go – and what to order when you get there.”

Al Mancini is our guest with highlights of the Las Vegas dining scene including the high-end culinary aspects of the inaugural Las Vegas Formula 1 Grand Prix – Saturday November 18, 2023. Also, the incredible story of the new Winnie & Ethel’s coffee shop in Downtown which was a turn-key, million-dollar prize awarded to the co-owners from the Developer of the Center (Dapper Companies) they are in. The chef/owners are veterans of the greatly respected Esther’s Kitchen (James Trees.)