Show 561, January 20, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as over two dozen Black-owned local restaurants and food businesses will offer special menu items and special pricing when the 3rd annual Long Beach Black Restaurant Week returns January 21-28, 2024. Organized by Axiom Kitchen and fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 non-profit NoahS’s Arc, owner Qiana Mafnas felt that in addition to encouraging local “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach Black culinary community has to offer, events like these support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants and food retailers and home-based businesses.” Executive Chef Qiana Mafnas of Axiom Kitchen joins us with all the scrumptious details of the upcoming Long Beach Black Restaurant Week.

For the 3rd consecutive year Georgia’s Restaurant at Long Beach Exchange (where Southern hospitality meets culinary creativity) will again be part of Long Beach Black Restaurant Week. Think Gretchen’s Jambalaya and Grilled Creole Shrimp for openers. Proprietor Nika Shoemaker-Machado previews what will be on her comfort food menu.

Casaléna (Woodland Hills) is the premier new restaurant and events space in the West Valley. The menu boasts coastal Mediterranean flavors and emphasizes the use of seasonal, top-quality ingredients. At Casaléna, guests can be transported to their favorite European destinations, whether they choose to enjoy an intimate dinner in the outdoor sunken patio, or unwind with a late-night cocktail.” Casalena is attentively overseen by siblings Chloe, Brandon and Tyler Makhani. “Coastal Mediterranean is the menu direction at Casalena and suggests coastal cuisines ranging from Spain, Italy, France and Greece and those dishes immediately represented the brand and overall vision that the Makhani’s wanted to bring to life in the space. The ambiance exudes resort and carefree lifestyle and their intent is to transport guests to an atmosphere that provides an escape from ordinary life or the mundane day to day.” For starters think Squash Blossoms and Sweet Corn Agnolotti. Joining us to provide the intriguing story of the ambitious Casalena are Chloe, Brandon and Tyler Makhani.

Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy – The Ultimate Resource for Feeding Your Friends and Family by Kristyn Merkley invites the reader to cook with joy and feed the ones you love with 200 plus recipes for all occasions from the creator of the wildly popular Lil’ Luna cooking blog. Need a hand in the kitchen? Lil’ Luna has you covered. From hearty breakfasts to festive apps to mouthwatering main courses, Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy helps you navigate everything from meal prep and party planning to last-minute dinner solutions for your family. With more than 200 go-to, no-fail recipes—many ready in thirty minutes or less!—this innovative and approachable cookbook will revolutionize your mealtime routine.” Author Kristyn Merkley is our guest with a whisk at the ready. 

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. California meets Maine with a special Lobster Roll garnished with Avocado slices. Chef Andrew weighs in. Chef Andrew will also explore what’s of primary concern to area restaurateurs in 2024.

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

January 20: Long Beach Black Restaurant Week with Axiom Kitchen and Georgia’s, Casalena, Kristyn Merkley

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Long Beach Black Restaurant Week with Organizer Chef Qiana Mafnas of Axiom Kitchen
Segment Three: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange
Segment Four: Casalena Restaurant, Woodland Hills with The Makhani Siblings Part One
Segment Five: Casalena Restaurant, Woodland Hills with The Makhani Siblings Part Two
Segment Six: Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy – The Ultimate Resource for Feeding Your Friends and Family with Author Kristyn Merkley Part One
Segment Seven: Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy – The Ultimate Resource for Feeding Your Friends and Family with Author Kristyn Merkley 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.

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as over two dozen Black-owned local restaurants and food businesses will offer special menu items and special pricing when the 3rd annual Long Beach Black Restaurant Week returns January 21-28, 2024. Organized by Axiom Kitchen and fiscally sponsored by 501(c) non-profit NoahS’s Arc, owner Qiana Mafnas felt that in addition to encouraging local “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach Black culinary community has to offer, events like these support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants and food retailers and home-based businesses.” Executive Chef Qiana Mafnas of Axion Kitchen joins us with all the details of the upcoming Long Beach Black Restaurant Week.

For the 3rd consecutive year Georgia’s Restaurant at Long Beach Exchange (where Southern hospitality meets culinary creativity) will again be part of Long Beach Black Restaurant Week. Think Gretchen’s Jambalaya and Grilled Creole Shrimp for openers. Proprietor Nika Shoemaker-Machado previews what will be on her comfort food menu.

Casaléna (Woodland Hills) is the premier new restaurant and events space in the West Valley. The menu boasts coastal Mediterranean flavors and emphasizes the use of seasonal, top-quality ingredients. At Casaléna, guests can be transported to their favorite European destinations, whether they choose to enjoy an intimate dinner in the outdoor sunken patio, or unwind with a late-night cocktail.” Casalena is attentively overseen by siblings Chloe, Brandon and Tyler Makhani.

“Coastal Mediterranean is the menu direction at Casalena and suggests coastal cuisines ranging from Spain, Italy, France and Greece and those dishes immediately represented the brand and overall vision that the Makhani’s wanted to bring to life in the space. The ambiance exudes resort and carefree lifestyle and their intent is to transport guests to an atmosphere that provides an escape from ordinary life or the mundane day to day.” For starters think Squash Blossoms and Sweet Corn Agnolotti. Joining us to provide the intriguing story of the ambitious Casalena are Chloe, Brandon and Tyler Makhani.

“Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy – The Ultimate Resource for Feeding Your Friends and Family by Kristyn Merkley invites the reader to cook with joy and feed the ones you love with 200 plus recipes for all occasions from the creator of the wildly popular Lil’ Luna cooking blog. Need a hand in the kitchen? Lil’ Luna has you covered. From hearty breakfasts to festive apps to mouthwatering main courses, Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy helps you navigate everything from meal prep and party planning to last-minute dinner solutions for your family. With more than 200 go-to, no-fail recipes—many ready in thirty minutes or less!—this innovative and approachable cookbook will revolutionize your mealtime routine.” Author Kristyn Merkley is our guest with a whisk at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. California meets Maine with a Lobster Roll garnished with Avocado slices. Chef Andrew weighs in. Chef Andrew will also explore what’s of primary concern to area restaurateurs in 2024.

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

Qiana Mafras of Axiom Kitchen Smoked Meats & BBQ

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as over two dozen Black-owned local restaurants and food businesses will offer special menu items and special pricing when the 3rd annual Long Beach Black Restaurant Week returns January 21-28, 2024.”

“Organized by Axiom Kitchen and fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 non-profit NoahS’s Arc, owner Qiana Mafnas felt that in addition to encouraging local “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach Black culinary community has to offer, events like these support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants and food retailers and home-based businesses.”

Executive Chef Qiana Mafnas of Axiom Kitchen joins us with all the tasty details of the upcoming Long Beach Black Restaurant Week.

“There are no tickets or passes to purchase. Food lovers are invited to dine-in, take-out or have featured items delivered from their favorite restaurants, or order from the websites of various pop-ups or home cottage businesses for pick-up. Participating restaurants, food businesses and offers can be found on the website.”

“Owners Ian and Qiana Mafnas of Axiom Kitchen are a husband and wife pitmaster / executive chef team, that have over 20 years of restaurant experience between the two of them. Ian has been developing his love for smoking meats over a period of eight years, and Qiana has worked in some of the finest restaurants in California. They share their experience as well as their love for smoking meats and cooking with their community.”

Nika Shoemaker-Machado of Georgias Restaurants

For the 3rd consecutive year Georgia’s Restaurant (Long Beach Exchange) where Southern hospitality meets culinary creativity will again be part of Long Beach Black Restaurant Week. Proprietor Nika Shoemaker-Machado previews what will be on her appealing comfort food menu.

“We’re excited to participate in LBBRW for the third year,” notes Nika Shoemaker-Machado, proprietor of Georgia’s Restaurant located in the Long Beach Exchange. “Having participated in several restaurant weeks over the years, our business has never experienced the kind of guest and sales increases that the event did for us over the past two years.”

The Makhani Family of Casalena

Casaléna (Woodland Hills) is the premier new restaurant and events space in the West Valley. The menu boasts coastal Mediterranean flavors and emphasizes the use of seasonal, top-quality ingredients. At Casaléna, guests can be transported to their favorite European destinations, whether they choose to enjoy an intimate dinner in the outdoor sunken patio, or unwind with a late-night cocktail.” Casalena is attentively overseen by siblings Chloe, Brandon and Tyler Makhani.

“Coastal Mediterranean is the menu direction and suggests coastal cuisines ranging from Spain, Italy, France and Greece and those dishes immediately represented the brand and overall vision that the Makhani’s wanted to bring to life in the space. The ambiance exudes resort and carefree lifestyle and their intent is to transport guests to an atmosphere that provides an escape from ordinary life or the mundane day to day.”

For starters think Squash Blossoms and Sweet Corn Agnolotti.

“The Makhani’s were very specific in what they wanted to see on the menu and working with Chef Lobo Leon was fantastic because he was able to elevate and also eliminate what Casalena didn’t need. Chef Lobo also has an intuitive sense of what sells well. There are so many things that go into menu creation because of the high-volume Casalena turns out but at the same time they need to be able to have enough variety for each type of guest.”

Lunch is served Monday through Friday. Dinner is available nightly with Breakfast and Brunch on Weekends.

Joining us to provide the story of the ambitious Casalena are Chloe, Brandon and Tyler Makhani.

Kristyn Merkley of Lil Luna's

Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy – The Ultimate Resource for Feeding Your Friends and Family by Kristyn Merkley invites the reader to cook with joy and feed the ones you love with 200 plus recipes for all occasions from the creator of the wildly popular Lil’ Luna cooking blog.”

“Need a hand in the kitchen? Lil’ Luna has you covered. From hearty breakfasts to festive apps to mouthwatering main courses, Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy helps you navigate everything from meal prep and party planning to last-minute dinner solutions for your family. With more than 200 go-to, no-fail recipes—many ready in thirty minutes or less!—this innovative and approachable cookbook will revolutionize your mealtime routine.”

“With Lil’ Luna, you can whip up showstopping breakfast treats, bring the best game-day snacks with out of this world dips and bites, get cozy with warming soups and stews, fix tempting veggie sides and bright, flavorful salads, celebrate summer with barbecue and picnic classics and feel festive with irresistible holiday treats.”

“Creating this cookbook has been a labor of love,” said Merkley. “I wanted to share my passion for cooking and my belief in the power of food to bring people together. With ‘Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy,’ I hope to inspire others to cook with joy and connect with their loved ones over delicious meals.”

“Featuring tips, tricks, bonus recipes, and even links to online video instructions, most of the recipes within are designed with a big family or a bunch of friends in mind. Cooking for a smaller crew? Hello leftovers! You’ll also find inspiration and support throughout with handy charts, checklists, and meal-planning guides. Whether you’re feeding your family or a whole crowd, this crave-worthy cookbook is the ultimate resource for nourishing, tried-and-true recipes that are, above all, so easy and so yummy.”

“Kristyn Merkley is married to her best friend Lo. They have six kids ages 6-16 who keep them busy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Coming from a long line of cooks and bakers, it was inevitable that Kristyn would fall in love with the same hobbies. The Lil’ Luna website was born right after her second child in early 2010. She started sharing all of her favorite Mexican recipes she got from her mom, aunts, and grandma as well as some of the traditional American recipes that came from her dad’s family.”

“It began to grow and grow until it became what it is today. Now Lil’ Luna has thousands of recipes on the website, and through Google, email and various social media platforms, millions of people visit and make recipes every month from the Lil’ Luna website. With a team of almost a dozen people working behind the scenes, they continue to create the easiest and yummiest recipes for all to try. Her readers and followers have given her the greatest gift ever—She gets to do what she loves, and make a living doing it! She could not have done it without them!”

Author Kristyn Merkley is our guest with a whisk at the ready.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

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

California meets Maine culinarily with a classic Lobster Roll garnished with Avocado slices. Chef Andrew weighs in on the merits. He will also explore what’s of primary concern to area restaurateurs in 2024.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Long Beach Black Restaurant Week with Organizer Chef Qiana Mafnas of Axiom Kitchen
Segment Three: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange
Segment Four: Casalena Restaurant, Woodland Hills with The Makhani Siblings Part One
Segment Five: Casalena Restaurant, Woodland Hills with The Makhani Siblings Part Two
Segment Six: Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy – The Ultimate Resource for Feeding Your Friends and Family with Author Kristyn Merkley Part One
Segment Seven: Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy – The Ultimate Resource for Feeding Your Friends and Family with Author Kristyn Merkley Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week

Long Beach Black Restaurant Week

The city-wide 2nd annual Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 22-29, 2023, organizers announced today. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a medium to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene.
Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, Long Black Restaurant Week is an eight day, city-wide event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.

“We’re excited to participate in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week for the second year,” said Nika Shoemaker-Machado, proprietor of Georgia’s Restaurant located at the Long Beach Exchange. “Having participated in several restaurant weeks over the years, our business has never experienced the kind of guest and sales increases that the inaugural Long Beach event did for us this past January.”

“Having just recently launched our pop-up kitchen, we felt that participating in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week was a no-brainer for us,” added Qiana Mafnas, Executive Chef of Axiom Kitchen Smoked Meats & BBQ. “It will be a great way to get our name out there and share our famous smoked brisket with BBQ lovers in Long Beach and beyond.”

“Long Beach Black Restaurant Week is more than an eight-day event featuring dozens of restaurants and food businesses,” stated Terri Henry, co-organizer of the event and Executive Director of Long Beach Food & Beverage.  “Since launching the non-profit in 2019, we’ve been committed to supporting all of Long Beach’s valued restaurants and will support the event once again with a comprehensive advertising, marketing and PR campaign designed to put ‘butts in seats’ during Long Beach Black Restaurant Week.”

Black-owned Restaurants, Food Trucks, Caterers, Bakeries, Pop-ups, Cottage Businesses and Retail Food Businesses are invited to participate. Registration fee is $100. There will be two pop-up events featuring many of the cottage businesses that will be announced soon.

Currently registered to participate include:

Show 497, October 29, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“On the heels of celebrating its first anniversary, Fountain Valley-based ARTISAN has introduced new hand-crafted pizzas to its celebrated menu. The elevated, fast-casual restaurant and café, a marriage of Orange County-born concepts, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, has gained a loyal following for its energetic and unique teas, and focused, chef-driven menu of brunch-focused anytime dishes and premium baked goods. Now, the concept takes the same quality ingredients and attention to detail and extends it to an innovative selection of ARTISAN Café Pizza offerings prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chad Urata.” Chef & Manager Chad Urata takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with pizza peel in hand.

Gleason Family Vineyards (GFV) is the corporate umbrella for 3, separate, distinct wineries located in the Santa Ynez Valley under the leadership of two generations of the Gleason Family. Their new Winemaker is Max Marshak. The properties are Roblar Winery & Vineyard, Refugio Ranch Vineyards, and their most recent acquisition, the historic Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard. Director of Marketing Callie Gleason and Winemaker Max Marshak join us to pull the cork on both Refugio Ranch Vineyards and Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard.

Georgia’s Restaurant returned “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s mouthwatering Gumbo to their menu at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and the Anaheim Packing District just in time to celebrate National Gumbo Day on October 12th, 2022 and for the remainder of 2022! Nana Gretchen Shoemaker’s “soul-delicious” signature Gumbo has been a guest favorite since it was first introduced and guests can again savor Nana’s Secret Southern-style Roux featuring Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Crab, and Okra, served over Rice at both locations. To complement this super satisfying meal, guests can also add Soulful Sides such as Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, or Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter, while enjoying her fresh Peach Cobbler for the perfect finish. 2nd generation proprietress Nika Shoemaker-Machado (“Nana” Gretchen’s daughter) takes a break from the cornbread muffin pans to join us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Is ubiquitous Candy Corn (basically just corn syrup and food coloring) really the most popular Halloween candy treat? Chef Andrew weighs in…There is an announced, preliminary deal for Kroger Co. (Ralphs) to buy Albertsons Cos. (Vons and Pavilions.) Kroger’s position is that this will be a wonderful thing for consumers because the combined companies will give them more buying clout and, therefore, decreased costs which will, in theory, be passed on to shoppers. Consumer advocates respectfully disagree. Chef Andrew grocery shops for a big family. He’ll share his thoughts on this possible mega grocery store combination.

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

Show 497, October 29, 2022: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange & Anaheim Packing House Part One

Nika Shoemaker-Machado of Georgias Restaurants

Georgia’s Restaurant returned “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s mouthwatering Gumbo to their menu at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and the Anaheim Packing District just in time to celebrate National Gumbo Day back on October 12th, 2022 and for the remainder of 2022!

“Nana Gretchen Shoemaker’s “soul-delicious” signature Gumbo has been a guest favorite since it was first introduced and guests can again savor Nana’s Secret Southern-style Roux featuring Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Crab, and Okra, served over Rice at both locations. To complement this super satisfying meal, guests can also add Soulful Sides such as Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, or Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter, while enjoying her fresh Peach Cobbler for the perfect finish.”

“Nana Gretchen Shoemaker (Nika’s Mom,) the heart of Georgia’s, would tell you Soul Food is the food you get when you cook with your whole heart and soul.”

“Georgia’s dishes are the comfort foods she learned to make with her grandma, the very ones she raised her daughters on, served in her successful catering service and has shared with family and friends throughout the years.” Other specialties include herb-seasoned Fried Chicken, Gretchen’s Jambalaya, Fried Catfish and Sweet Potato Pie.

“When you taste Georgia’s food, you taste the love and devotion that makes Georgia’s Soul Delicious!!”

2nd generation proprietress Nika Shoemaker-Machado (“Nana” Gretchen’s daughter) takes a break from the cornbread muffin pans to join us.

A new Georgia’s is in the works for Eastvale in northwestern Riverside County. This newer city incorporated in 2010 was former dairy farms.

Show 497, October 29, 2022: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange & Anaheim Packing House Part Two

Nika Shoemaker-Machado of Georgias Restaurants

Georgia’s Restaurant returned “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s mouthwatering Gumbo to their menu at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and the Anaheim Packing District just in time to celebrate National Gumbo Day back on October 12th, 2022 and for the remainder of 2022!

“Nana Gretchen Shoemaker’s “soul-delicious” signature Gumbo has been a guest favorite since it was first introduced and guests can again savor Nana’s Secret Southern-style Roux featuring Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Crab, and Okra, served over Rice at both locations. To complement this super satisfying meal, guests can also add Soulful Sides such as Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, or Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter, while enjoying her fresh Peach Cobbler for the perfect finish.”

“Nana Gretchen Shoemaker (Nika’s Mom,) the heart of Georgia’s, would tell you Soul Food is the food you get when you cook with your whole heart and soul.”

“Georgia’s dishes are the comfort foods she learned to make with her grandma, the very ones she raised her daughters on, served in her successful catering service and has shared with family and friends throughout the years.” Other specialties include herb-seasoned Fried Chicken, Gretchen’s Jambalaya and Fried Catfish.

“When you taste Georgia’s food, you taste the love and devotion that makes Georgia’s Soul Delicious!!”

2nd generation proprietress Nika Shoemaker-Machado (“Nana” Gretchen’s daughter) takes another break from tending the cornbread muffin pans to continue with us.

A new Georgia’s is in the works for Eastvale in northwestern Riverside County. This newer city incorporated in 2010 was former dairy farms.

October 29: Artisan 7 Leaves and Crema Bakery, Gleason Family Vineyards, Georgia’s Restaurant

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef and General Manager Chad Urata, Artisan Restaurant & Café, Fountain Valley Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef and General Manager Chad Urata, Artisan Restaurant & Café, Fountain Valley Part Two
Segment Four: Gleason Family Vineyards, Santa Ynez Valley with Callie Gleason & Winemaker Max Marshak Part One
Segment Five: Gleason Family Vineyards, Santa Ynez Valley with Callie Gleason & Winemaker Max Marshak Part Two
Segment Six: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange & Anaheim Packing House Part One
Segment Seven: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange & Anaheim Packing House Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

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

“On the heels of celebrating its first anniversary, Fountain Valley-based ARTISAN has introduced new hand-crafted pizzas to its celebrated menu. The elevated, fast-casual restaurant and café, a marriage of Orange County-born concepts, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, has gained a loyal following for its energetic and unique teas, and focused, chef-driven menu of brunch-focused anytime dishes and premium baked goods. Now, the concept takes the same quality ingredients and attention to detail and extends it to an innovative selection of ARTISAN Café Pizza offerings prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chad Urata.” Chef & Manager Chad Urata takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with pizza peel in hand.

Gleason Family Vineyards (GFV) is the corporate umbrella for 3, separate, distinct wineries located in the Santa Ynez Valley under the leadership of two generations of the Gleason Family. Their Winemaker is Max Marshak. The properties are Roblar Winery & Vineyard, Refugio Ranch Vineyards, and their most recent acquisition, the historic Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard. Director of Marketing Callie Gleason and Winemaker Max Marshak join us to pull the cork on both Refugio Ranch Vineyards and Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard.

Georgia’s Restaurant returned “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s mouthwatering Gumbo to their menu at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and the Anaheim Packing District just in time to celebrate National Gumbo Day on October 12th, 2022 and for the remainder of 2022! Nana Gretchen Shoemaker’ssoul-delicious” signature Gumbo has been a guest favorite since it was first introduced and guests can again savor Nana’s Secret Southern-style Roux featuring Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Crab, and Okra, served over Rice at both locations. To complement this super satisfying meal, guests can also add Soulful Sides such as Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, or Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter, while enjoying her fresh Peach Cobbler for the perfect finish. 2nd generation proprietress Nika Shoemaker-Machado (“Nana” Gretchen’s daughter) takes a break from the cornbread muffin pans to join us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Is ubiquitous Candy Corn really the most popular Halloween candy treat? Chef Andrew weighs in…There is an announced, preliminary deal for Kroger Co. (Ralphs) to buy Albertsons Cos. (Vons and Pavilions.) Kroger’s position is that this will be a wonderful thing for consumers because the combined companies will give them more buying clout and, therefore, decreased costs which will, in theory, be passed on to shoppers. Consumer advocates respectfully disagree. Chef Andrew grocery shops for a big Family. He’ll share his thoughts on this possible mega grocery store combination.

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

Chad Urata of Artisan 7 Leaves

“On the heels of celebrating its first anniversary, Fountain Valley-based ARTISAN has introduced new, hand-crafted pizzas to its celebrated menu. The elevated fast-casual restaurant and café, a marriage of Orange County-born concepts, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, has gained a loyal following for its energetic and unique teas, and focused, chef-driven menu of brunch-focused anytime dishes and premium baked goods. Now, the concept takes the same quality ingredients and attention to detail and extends it to an innovative selection of ARTISAN Café Pizza offerings prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chad Urata.”

“Each pizza features an artisanal crust that begins with pillowy dough created by award-winning baker Tarit Tanjasiri, owner of Crema Bakery and co-founder of ARTISAN. “While each ARTISAN Café Pizza is baked to order, great care is taken in the preparation of the dough,” explained Tanjasiri, who oversees all of the baked goods served at ARTISAN. “Our ingredients are simple – flour, water, salt, natural starter, and time – the latter being key, as flavor is developed through a 48-hour cold fermentation.””

“Upon entering the 3,000 square-foot restaurant and café, guests are immersed into an environment that revolves around chic European style, reminiscent of a fine Parisian boulangerie, complete with a display of fresh-baked bread and pastries.”

Chef & Manager Chad Urata takes a break from his busy kitchen to join us with pizza peel in hand.

Callie Gleason Bieszard of Gleason Family Vineyards

Gleason Family Vineyards (GFV) is the corporate umbrella for 3, separate, distinct wineries located in the Santa Ynez Valley under the leadership of two generations of the Gleason Family. Their Winemaker is Max Marshak. The properties are Roblar Winery & Vineyard, Refugio Ranch Vineyards, and their most recent acquisition, the historic Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard. Director of Marketing Callie Gleason and Winemaker Max Marshak join us to pull the cork on both Refugio Ranch Vineyards and Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard.

“Located at 2990 Grand Avenue and Hwy 154, Refugio Ranch is a 415-acre estate located in the Santa Ynez Valley AVA of California’s Central Coast. Within the property, covered largely by old oak trees, twenty- six select acres were mindfully planted and have been well cared for by the Gleason Family. Refugio Ranch represents a centuries-old history of cowboys and cattle ranching. The native land has been left largely untouched but for the vines that the land itself nurtures and readies for harvest. The Gleasons believe it is “terroir” or that sense of place, that gives a wine its soul.”

“The charming town of Los Olivos, CA was founded in the late 1800’s as the southern terminus of the Pacific Coast Railroad. Many historic buildings from that era still stand in Los Olivos today, including the present home of the Refugio Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room. The building was built circa 1912 as the warehouse for the Pinal-Dome Refining Co. (later Union Oil) where the tank cars from the railway were filled.”

“The Gleasons have taken great care to preserve the structure and spirit of this slice of history. The early 1900’s warehouse is now home to Refugio Ranch’s two tasting bars, a VIP lounge and an expansive outdoor deck ~ making it one of the largest tasting rooms in Los Olivos.”

“Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard (and Farm) is a small gem set amidst the splendor of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. The farm is a shining example of the vision of its late founder, Betty Williams. Betty was always ahead of her time, and in the 60’s set out to create a working farm based on good practices for people, animals and the earth. First there were horses, then organic vegetables and finally, a vineyard.”

“Today, the 42-acre vineyard (now owned by Gleason Family Vineyards) stretches across a sun-drenched mesa on the eastern portion of the 106-acre property. Buttonwood started planting in 1983 and now have 38,000 vines, small in the world of wine, but huge to Buttonwood. The on-site tasting room is surrounded by other bounty from the farm, including olives, pomegranates, peonies, herbs, summer vegetables and of course, their famous peaches!”

Nika Shoemaker-Machado of Georgias Restaurants

Georgia’s Restaurant returned “Nana” Gretchen Shoemaker’s mouthwatering Gumbo to their menu at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange and the Anaheim Packing District just in time to celebrate National Gumbo Day back on October 12th, 2022 and for the remainder of 2022!

“Nana Gretchen Shoemaker’s “soul-delicious” signature Gumbo has been a guest favorite since it was first introduced and guests can again savor Nana’s Secret Southern-style Roux featuring Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Crab, and Okra, served over Rice at both locations. To complement this super satisfying meal, guests can also add Soulful Sides such as Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, or Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter, while enjoying her fresh Peach Cobbler for the perfect finish.”

“Nana Gretchen Shoemaker (Nika’s Mom,) the heart of Georgia’s, would tell you Soul Food is the food you get when you cook with your whole heart and soul.”

“Georgia’s dishes are the comfort foods she learned to make with her grandma, the very ones she raised her daughters on, served in her successful catering service and has shared with family and friends throughout the years.”

“When you taste Georgia’s food, you taste the love and devotion that makes Georgia’s Soul Delicious!!”

2nd generation proprietress Nika Shoemaker-Machado (“Nana” Gretchen’s daughter) takes a break from the cornbread muffin pans to join us.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

Is ubiquitous Candy Corn really the most popular Halloween candy treat? How did that happen? Chef Andrew weighs in…

There is an announced, preliminary deal for Kroger Co. (Ralphs) to buy Albertsons Cos. (Vons and Pavilions.) Kroger’s position is that this will be a wonderful thing for consumers because the combined companies will give them more buying clout and, therefore, decreased costs which will, in theory, be passed on to shoppers. Consumer advocates politely disagree. Chef Andrew grocery shops for a big Family. He’ll share his thoughts on this possible grocery store combination.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef and General Manager Chad Urata, Artisan Restaurant & Café, Fountain Valley Part One
Segment Three: Executive Chef and General Manager Chad Urata, Artisan Restaurant & Café, Fountain Valley Part Two
Segment Four: Gleason Family Vineyards, Santa Ynez Valley with Callie Gleason & Winemaker Max Marshak Part One
Segment Five: Gleason Family Vineyards, Santa Ynez Valley with Callie Gleason & Winemaker Max Marshak Part Two
Segment Six: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange & Anaheim Packing House Part One
Segment Seven: Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach Exchange & Anaheim Packing House Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 458, January 15, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Butcher’s House, a modern brasserie centered around the antique craft of butchery, debuted last month at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection. Helmed by Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House offers a menu centered around dry-aged meats and rustic brasserie-style dishes representative of his hometown Toulouse in the south of France. For Offer, Butcher’s House is more than an homage to his culinary roots; it is the fulfillment of his lifelong American dream.” Chef Jeoffrey is our guest with an antique French clever at the ready.

Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery (Oakville) is a small, family-owned winegrower and producer with deep roots in Napa Valley. Now in its second generation of family ownership, Lindsay Hoopes continues to live and work on the farm with revered dedication to her family heritage in dogged pursuit of perfect wines. Their critically acclaimed wines tell the exquisite story of the Hoopes’ vineyards, their philosophy, and the continued evolution of Napa Valley. With a true sense of place and raison d’être, Hoopes Vineyard wines strive to over deliver in flavor, history, passion, adventure and luxury.” Proprietress Lindsay Hoopes is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery.”

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube IV he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice at The HoxtonSibling Rival in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants, Sibling Rival and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.) Chef John Taube joins us with local micro greens in hand.

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on Atlantic, Long Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.” Family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant in the Long Beach Exchange is a participating restaurant. Georgia’s Co-owner, Nika Shoemaker-Machado, joins us with what’s on her menu.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew tells us about his ongoing efforts to support local student farmers at Huntington Beach High School. It’s an ambitious student run program that grows produce used at Slapfish and also farm-raised Tilapia.

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

Show 458, January 15, 2022: Restaurateur Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach participating in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week

Nika Shoemaker-Machado of Georgias Restaurants

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on AtlanticLong Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.”

Family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant in the Long Beach Exchange is a participating restaurant. Georgia’s Co-owner, Nika Shoemaker-Machado, joins us with what’s on her “Soul Food” menu.

Gretchen Shoemaker (Nika’s Mom,) the heart of Georgia’s, would tell you Soul Food is the food you get when you cook with your whole heart and soul.”

“Georgia’s dishes are the comfort foods she learned to make with her grandma, the very ones she raised her daughters on, served in her successful catering service and has shared with family and friends throughout the years.”

The Long Beach Georgia’s is now serving Weekend Brunch. They also offer a comfortable outside patio.

“When you taste Georgia’s food, you taste the love and devotion that makes Georgia’s Soul Delicious!!”

January 15: Butcher’s House, Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery, Waicoco, Georgia’s Restaurant

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part Two
Segment Four: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part One
Segment Five: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Chef John Taube IV, Waicoco, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach participating in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

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

Butcher’s House, a modern brasserie centered around the antique craft of butchery, debuted last month at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection. Helmed by Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House offers a menu centered around dry-aged meats and rustic brasserie-style dishes representative of his hometown Toulouse in the south of France. For Offer, Butcher’s House is more than an homage to his culinary roots; it is the fulfillment of his lifelong American dream.” Chef Jeoffrey is our guest with an antique French clever at the ready.

Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery (Oakville) is a small, family-owned winegrower and producer with deep roots in Napa Valley. Now in it’s second generation, Lindsay Hoopes continues to live and work on the farm with revered dedication to her family heritage in dogged pursuit of perfect wines. Their critically acclaimed wines tell the exquisite story of the Hoopes’ vineyards, their philosophy, and the continued evolution of Napa Valley. With a true sense of place and raison d’être, Hoopes Vineyard wines strive to over deliver in flavor, history, passion, adventure and luxury.” Proprietress Lindsay Hoopes is our guest to pull the cork on Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery.”

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube IV he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice at The Hoxton in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants Sibling Rivalry and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.) Chef John Taube joins us with local micro greens in hand.

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on Atlantic, Long Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.” Family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant in the Long Beach Exchange is a participating restaurant. Georgia’s Co-owner, Nika Shoemaker-Machado, joins us with what’s on her menu.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew tells us about his ongoing efforts to support local student farmers at Huntington Beach High School. It’s the start of another challenging year for chefs and restaurants. We’ll get an informed update on the current state of affairs for chefs and restaurants.

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

Jeoffrey Offer of Butcher's House Brasserie

Butcher’s House, a modern brasserie centered around the antique craft of butchery, debuted last month at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection. Helmed by Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House offers a menu centered around dry-aged meats and rustic brasserie-style dishes representative of his hometown Toulouse in the south of France. For Offer, Butcher’s House is more than an homage to his culinary roots; it is the fulfillment of his lifelong American dream.”

“Offer’s culinary inspiration began at home, shadowing his mother in the kitchen as she prepared Sunday dinners and family-style meals. His father, a local butcher, taught him the precision and attention to detail involved in preparing different cuts of meat. While his storied culinary career spans over a decade across three continents, his most recent role was executive chef of Moulin for nearly six years. In 2014, he joined award-winning restaurateur Laurent Vrignaud in the opening of Moulin’s flagship location in Newport Beach to the expansion of the brand’s fifth location. As a classically trained French chef, Offer brings more than 12 years of experience in cooking, kitchen logistics, and operations management to the opening of his first restaurant, Butcher’s House.”

“In 2013, I came to America with nothing but a backpack and a dream,” comments chef-owner Jeoffrey Offer. “Butcher’s House allows me to take ownership of my American dream and share my passion for cooking with the people who will continue to make that dream a reality. It is and has been a true labor of love.”

“Butcher’s House features a menu highlighting wood-fired cuts of meat, dry-aged and butchered in-house. During dinner, guests can enjoy premium steaks like a 30-day Dry-Aged Bone-in Ribeye, Filet Mignon, and New York. A selection of house specialties like Toulouse Sausage, Country-Style Pork Paté, and Duck Confit pay homage to Offer’s upbringing in the south of France. His expertise in pastry arts is displayed through rustic-yet-refined desserts, including a Chocolate Mousse and Crème Brûlée.”

“During lunch, Butcher’s House serves sandwiches, salads, and dry-aged beef burgers available a la carte or as combos with the option of including a drink and dessert. The beverage program focuses on a curated selection of French wines, artisan beers on draft, and a menu of classic French-inspired fermented cocktails crafted with soju-based spirits.”

Chef Jeoffrey is our guest with an antique clever at the ready.

Lindsay Hoopes of Hoopes Wines

Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery (Oakville) is a small, family-owned winegrower and producer with deep roots in Napa Valley. Now in it’s second generation, Lindsay Hoopes continues to live and work on the farm with revered dedication to her family heritage in dogged pursuit of perfect wines. Their critically acclaimed wines tell the exquisite story of the Hoopes’ vineyards, their philosophy, and the continued evolution of Napa Valley. With a true sense of place and raison d’être, Hoopes Vineyard wines strive to over deliver in flavor, history, passion, adventure and luxury.”

“Raised on the Hoopes farm by her wine-loving family, Lindsay Hoopes learned how to cultivate grapes and promote Napa’s sense of place and terroir through her father, Spencer Hoopes. Spencer Hoopes loved farming, and developed a passion for wine as the wine industry in Napa blossomed right around him.”

“Spencer Hoopes grew grapes for other vintners and quickly earned repute for some of the best cabernet sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Spencer’s stewardship of the land was heralded by many. When other vintners asked if they could use the Hoopes name to authenticate the high-calibre of their wine, Spencer concluded that, darn it, he should do it himself.”

“Enter Lindsay. Spencer encouraged Lindsay to explore the world and potentially other careers before making a decision to settle at home in the family business. Farming suffers no fools, and Spencer wasn’t just going to give her a job.”

“Lindsay has a wanderlust. After living abroad in many countries, from Ireland to Costa Rica, Lindsay studied international law, worked in international logistics and ultimately worked in homicide at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. But Lindsay eventually made her way back to Napa Valley when a family illness prompted her to take over Hoopes Vineyard in 2012.”

“Lindsay honored her heritage and father’s winemaking philosophy, but retained her sense of adventure by giving Hoopes Family Vineyard some innovative upgrades. She adopted regenerative agricultural practices and bio-diverse farming initiatives, founded a rescue sanctuary for animals, worked with environmental groups for organic and sustainability certification, and created a hub for young wine fans to immerse themselves in California wine culture in what is now the Oasis by Hoopes. Lindsay also now tells the story of Hoopes wine through food in her many culinary partnerships and initiatives.”

Proprietress Lindsay Hoopes is our guest to pull the cork on Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery.

John Taube of Waicoco in Maui

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice and menu planning at The Hoxton in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants Sibling Rival and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.)

“Waicoco’s expansive open air oceanfront oasis has a prime view of two Hawaiian islands, Molokai and Lanai. Waicoco seamlessly transitions between oceanside breakfast and dinner allowing the guest to wake to the sunrise and let the day sink away with the sunset. Towering platters of shellfish, local line caught fish and kiawe smoked delicacies provide a connection with land and sea. Waicoco incorporates world class culinary talent and relationships with farmers and fishermen to introduce guests to their belief of how food, drinks and community should be experienced while dining in Maui.”

For Dinner think Poke Tower with prawn, tuna and salmon pokes, seaweed, maze tare, lava salt and rice & prawn chips. There are also Ohana Style presentations (to share) including Seared Half Hamachi with maze tare glazed collar, ginger rice, herb and kula greens, miso beurre blanc and served with ohana sauces.

Chef John Taube joins us with a fresh Maui Gold Pineapple in hand.

Nika Shoemaker-Machado of Georgias Restaurants

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on AtlanticLong Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.”

Family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant in the Long Beach Exchange is a participating restaurant. Georgia’s Co-owner, Nika Shoemaker-Machado, joins us with what’s on her “Soul Food” menu.

Gretchen Shoemaker (Nika’s Mom,) the heart of Georgia’s, would tell you Soul Food is the food you get when you cook with your whole heart and soul.”

“Georgia’s dishes are the comfort foods she learned to make with her grandma, the very ones she raised her daughters on, served in her successful catering service and has shared with family and friends throughout the years.”

“When you taste Georgia’s food, you taste the love and devotion that makes Georgia’s Soul Delicious!!”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

Chef Andrew tells us about his ongoing efforts to support local student farmers at Huntington Beach High School. It’s the start of another challenging year for chefs and restaurants. We’ll get an informed update on the current state of affairs for chefs and restaurants.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part Two
Segment Four: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part One
Segment Five: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Chef John Taube IV, Waicoco, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach participating in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”