Show 437, August 7, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Birkholm’s Bakery & Café in Solvang was founded by Carl “Cookie” Sr. and Charlotte Birkholm in 1951.  2021 celebrates the 70th Anniversary of this local institution. The Birkholms have been baking as a family and the recipes and techniques passed from generation to generation.  In 1980, Carl Jr. and Elizabeth Birkholm stepped in to carry on the tradition of baking in Solvang.  Carl continues to use the original Danish recipes that “Cookie” brought over from Denmark. In 2012, son Carl “Thomas” returned to Birkholm’s and the Santa Ynez Valley with the desire to learn and continue the business like his Grandfather “FarFar” and Father had done before him.  Thomas is the 3rd generation of Birkholm bakers in Solvang and with the Family he is carrying forward the proud Family tradition. 3rd generation baker Thomas Birkholm joins us rolling pin in hand.

The well-traveled Hany Ali is the executive chef of Europa Village Wineries and Resort in the heart of the Temecula Valley wine country. His current primary area of responsibility (as the Resort expands with Italian and French winery estates in development) is overseeing the cuisine at Bolero Restaurante & Cantina at Bolero at Europa Village as well as all the on-site catering and special events. Bolero Restaurante serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily as well as Sunday Brunch. “Bolero Restaurante takes the guest on a culinary journey throughout the country of Spain—from the humble farm-to-table cuisines of Asturia, to the majesty of modern interpretations coming from San Sebastian or Barcelona. The menus celebrate the centuries-old tradition of dining and drinking together in Tapas style. Whether it is seafood, steak, roasted vegetables, olives, or the finest cheeses and charcuteries in Europe, the meal is shared by all.” We’ll meet Chef Hany Ali.

“As a celebration of the short Hatch Chile season, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is hosting an afternoon of ‘Roasting & Toasting’ on Saturday, August 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its original Tustin locationExecutive Chef Yvon Goetz and Chef de Cuisine James Chavez will be live roasting Melissa’s Hatch Chile Peppers and serving them up in a variety of unique dishes. Event attendees will be able to enjoy the Hatch Chile-focused dishes, along with beer, tequila and live music on The Winery’s recently expanded patio, situated in the heart of The District in Tustin.” Chef Yvon is our guest with Hatch Peppers in hand.

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) presented two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu were California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. When Robert was with us last month we ran out of time before he could highlight California Vegetable Specialty Crops. We’ll pick up the conversation with that. Think rhubarb, heirloom tomatoes, artichokes, and Melissa’s Steamed Line of ready to enjoy beets, chickpeas and lentils. Also, it’s now the short, but always anticipated, fresh Hatch Chile Pepper season. Robert will talk about convenient area chile roastings and the publication of Melissa’s all-new Hatch Pepper Cookbook with over 100 inspiring (and home-kitchen tested) recipes.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain… “Regenerative agriculture” is very much in the news these days. The practice can actually help reduce the carbon footprint and replenish depleted soil as a growing medium which is a big positive. What’s it all about? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

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Show 437, August 7, 2021: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s / World Variety Produce – “Prince of Produce”

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident prince of Produce) presented two informative talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu were California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. When Robert was with us last month we ran out of time before he could highlight California Vegetable Specialty Crops. We’ll pick up the conversation with that. Think rhubarb, heirloom tomatoes, artichokes, and Melissa’s Steamed Line of ready to enjoy beets, chickpeas and lentils.

Also it’s now the short Hatch Chile season. Robert will talk about area chile roastings and Melissa’s all-new Hatch Pepper Cookbook with over 100 inspiring (and home-kitchen tested) recipes.

MMelissa’s Produce is featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair (through August 15th) they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

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August 7: Birkholm’s Bakery & Café, Bolero Restaurante & Cantina, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Melissa’s Hatch Chiles

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Thomas Birkholm, Baker, Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe, Solvang Part One
Segment Three: Thomas Birkholm, Baker, Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe, Solvang Part Two
Segment Four: Hany Ali, Executive Chef, Europa Village Wineries and Resort Part One
Segment Five: Hany Ali, Executive Chef, Europa Village Wineries and Resort Part Two
Segment Six: Yvon Goetz, Executive Chef & Partner, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Segment Seven: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s / World Variety Produce – “Prince of Produce”
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

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

Birkholm’s Bakery & Café in Solvang was founded by Carl “Cookie” Sr. and Charlotte Birkholm in 1951. 2021 celebrates the 70th Anniversary of this local institution. The Birkholms have been baking as a family and passed from generation to generation. In 1980, Carl Jr. and Elizabeth Birkholm stepped in to carry on the tradition of baking in Solvang. Carl continues to use the original Danish recipes that “Cookie” brought over from Denmark. In 2012, son Carl “Thomas” returned to Birkholm’s and the Santa Ynez Valley with the desire to learn and continue the business like his Grandfather “FarFar” and Father had done before him. Thomas is the 3rd generation of Birkholm bakers in Solvang and with the Family he is carrying forward the proud Family tradition. 3rd generation baker Thomas Birkholm joins us rolling pin in hand.

The well-traveled Hany Ali is the executive chef of Europa Village Wineries and Resort in the heart of the Temecula Valley wine country. His current primary area of responsibility (as the Resort expands with Italian and French winery estates in development) is overseeing the cuisine at Bolero Restaurante & Cantina at Bolero at Europa Village as well as all the on-site catering and special events. Bolero Restaurante serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily as well as Sunday Brunch. “Bolero Restaurante takes the guest on a culinary journey throughout the country of Spain—from the humble farm-to-table cuisines of Asturia, to the majesty of modern interpretations coming from San Sebastian or Barcelona. The menus celebrate the centuries-old tradition of dining and drinking together in Tapas style. Whether it is seafood, steak, roasted vegetables, olives, or the finest cheeses and charcuteries in Europe, the meal is shared by all.” We’ll meet Chef Hany Ali.

“As a celebration of the short Hatch Chile season, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is hosting an afternoon of ‘Roasting & Toasting’ on Saturday, August 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its original Tustin location. Executive Chef Yvon Goetz and Chef de Cuisine James Chavez will be live roasting Melissa’s Hatch Chile Peppers and serving them up in a variety of unique dishes. Event attendees will be able to enjoy the hatch chile-focused dishes, along with beer, tequila and live music on The Winery’s recently expanded patio, situated in the heart of The District in Tustin.” Chef Yvon is our guest with Hatch Peppers in hand.

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident prince of Produce) presented two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu were California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. When Robert was with us last month we ran out of time before he could highlight California Vegetable Specialty Crops. We’ll pick up the conversation with that. Think heirloom tomatoes, purple Brussels sprouts, and variety cucumbers. Also it’s now the short, but always anticipated, fresh Hatch Chile Pepper season. Robert will talk about convenient area chile roastings and the publication of Melissa’s all-new Hatch Pepper Cookbook with over 100 inspiring (and home-kitchen tested) recipes.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain… “Regenerative agriculture” is very much in the news these days. The practice can actually help reduced the carbon footprint and replenish depleted soil as a growing medium which is a big positive. What’s it all about? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm's Bakery and Cafe

Birkholm’s Bakery & Café in Solvang was founded by Carl “Cookie” Sr. and Charlotte Birkholm in 1951. 2021 celebrates the 70th Anniversary of this local institution. The Birkholms have been baking as a family and passed from generation to generation. In 1980, Carl Jr. and Elizabeth Birkholm stepped in to carry on the tradition of baking in Solvang. Carl continues to use the original Danish recipes that “Cookie” brought over from Denmark.

In 2012, son Carl “Thomas” returned to Birkholm’s and the Santa Ynez Valley with the desire to learn and continue the business like his Grandfather “FarFar” and Father had done before him. Thomas is the 3rd generation of Birkholm bakers in Solvang and with the Family he is carrying forward the proud baking tradition.

All of Birkholm’s baked goods are made from-scratch using the original recipes. They are known for their Danish Butter Cookie Tubs containing nine varieties of cookies. On average they sell some 600 tubs per week.

Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe on Alisal Road remains family-owned and operated in picturesque Solvang promising to provide the personal touch “old-school.” “Committed to helping our customers achieve their sweet dreams with only the best to eat.”

3rd generation baker Thomas Birkholm joins us rolling pin in hand.

Hany Ali of Europa Village

The well-traveled Hany Ali is the executive chef of Europa Village Wineries and Resort in the heart of the Temecula Valley wine country. His current primary area of responsibility is overseeing the cuisine at Bolero Restaurante & Cantina at Bolero at Europa Village as well as all the on-site catering and special events. Bolero Restaurante serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily as well as Sunday Brunch.

“Bolero Restaurante takes the guest on a culinary journey throughout the country of Spain—from the humble farm-to-table cuisines of Asturia, to the majesty of modern interpretations coming from San Sebastian or Barcelona. The menus celebrate the centuries-old tradition of dining and drinking together in Tapas style. Whether it is seafood, steak, roasted vegetables, olives, or the finest cheeses and charcuteries in Europe, the meal is shared by all.”

“Born and raised in Egypt, Chef Hany Ali had a passion for the culinary arts at an early age. While Chef Hany was born in Cairo, Egypt, he was raised in a coastal resort city named Hurghada. Hurghada, is best known for its beautiful white sand beaches, fresh seafood, and one of the most popular vacation spots with Europeans. It was an inspiration to a young Hany.”

“After graduation from the International Culinary Institute in Egypt, Chef Hany decided to travel through Europe and Asia exposing his palate to as many different types of cuisines as possible. This allowed him to broaden his talents as a chef and gave him the experience and knowledge needed to begin his career.”

“After over 13 years in the most highly regarded hotels and restaurants in the U.S. Hany found a home in the Temecula Valley Wine Country as the Executive Chef leading the culinary team at Ponte Winery. With a love for the valley, a deep appreciation for each ingredient, and a thirst for unique and thoughtful wine, he hoped his passion was palpable in every plate, sip and bite.”

“With all his many accomplishments, experiences, and rave reviews, Europa Village Wineries and Resort are pleased to have Chef Hany Ali as their Executive Chef and being part of a “food culture that respects local produce, farmers and ranchers.” He showcases that back-to-the-land reverence with farm-fresh valley produce — with some vegetables and herbs harvested just moments beforehand in the kitchen garden out back. But while the sourcing may be local, Chef Hany’s influences are global, resulting in flavorful, inventive border-crossing cuisine. He provides guests with the exceptional service, dedication, and immense love and passion for food that they have come to expect from Europa Village.”

We entice Chef Hany away from his busy kitchens for a chat.

Yvon Goetz of the Winery Restaurant and Bar

“As a celebration of Hatch Chile season, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is hosting an afternoon of ‘Roasting & Toasting’ on Saturday, August 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its original Tustin location. Executive Chef Yvon Goetz and Chef de Cuisine James Chavez will be live roasting Melissa’s Hatch Chile Peppers and serving them up in a variety of unique dishes. Event attendees will be able to enjoy the hatch chile-focused dishes, along with beer, tequila and live music on The Winery’s recently expanded patio, situated in the heart of The District in Tustin.”

“I always look forward to hatch peppers being in season – they deliver a great balance of flavor and heat, and get my creative juices flowing,” commented Goetz, who revealed that each event guest will go home with fresh Hatch Peppers from Melissa’s, as well as their all-new Hatch Pepper Cookbook to help guide them in creating dishes at home. “One of the highlights of this event is live roasting the hatch peppers – this method adds a smoky flavor to the chile as the sugars in the pepper caramelize. Delicious.”

“Space for this event is limited and tickets are $55+ per guest. Ticket price includes Hatch Chile featured dishes, select beer and tequila, a copy of Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook, and a Melissa’s tote filled with fresh hatch peppers. All tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Winery Restaurant in Tustin at 714-258-7600.”

“The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar pairs contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create an elevated dining experience. Located at The District in Tustin, overlooking the Marina in Newport Beach, and at Westfield UTC in La Jolla, The Winery culinary team is led by Executive Chef & Partner Yvon Goetz.”

Chef Yvon is our guest with Hatch Peppers in hand.

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident prince of Produce) presented two informative talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu were California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. When Robert was with us last month we ran out of time before he could highlight California Vegetable Specialty Crops. We’ll pick up the conversation with that. Think heirloom tomatoes, purple Brussels sprouts, and variety cucumbers.

Also it’s now the short Hatch Chile season. Robert will talk about area chile roastings and Melissa’s all-new Hatch Pepper Cookbook with over 100 inspiring (and home-kitchen tested) recipes.

Melissa’s Produce is featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair (through August 15th) they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…

“Regenerative agriculture” is very much in the news these days. The practice can actually help reduced the carbon footprint and replenish depleted soil which is a big positive. What’s it all about? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Thomas Birkholm, Baker, Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe, Solvang Part One
Segment Three: Thomas Birkholm, Baker, Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe, Solvang Part Two
Segment Four: Hany Ali, Executive Chef, Europa Village Wineries and Resort Part One
Segment Five: Hany Ali, Executive Chef, Europa Village Wineries and Resort Part Two
Segment Six: Yvon Goetz, Executive Chef & Partner, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Segment Seven: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s / World Variety Produce – “Prince of Produce”
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 436, July 31, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

The Hatch is a simple rotisserie and bar located just off the town square in beautiful downtown Paso Robles wine country. It’s fueled by wood fire, small batch whiskey, and a bustling atmosphere full of mingling locals and visitors.” “The Hatch was founded in the spring of 2015 by Maggie Cameron and Eric Connolly who had envisioned a cozy, comfortable joint with great food, interesting cocktails, and weekend late night dining. They had lived in Paso Robles long enough to recognize a need in the downtown dining scene so they quit their day jobs (in wine and restaurants) when the opportunity arose to open The Hatch in one of their favorite spaces in the historic Grangers Union Building. Today you’ll find a mix of wine industry professionals, brewers, and visitors from all over California and beyond chatting at the bar, enjoying a mid-week cocktail, or sitting down to tuck into their favorite rotisserie special.” Proprietor Eric Connolly is our guest with a Mockingbird House Cocktail securely in hand.

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and food retailers will offer unique, over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the inaugural Long Beach Burger Week launches August 1-8, 2021.”  launches August 1-8, 2021.” “Organized by local non-profit, Long Beach Food & Beverage and thanks to a generous grant from the City of Long Beach, executive director Terri Henry, who brought the original restaurant week to Long Beach with partners in 2014, felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants. “Now that we are a registered 501c3 non-profit and have support, we decided to mix things up a little this year and put our efforts into a city-wide Long Beach Burger Week, because, hey, it’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?’,” Henry explained.” Organizer Terri Henry joins us with a juicy burger in hand.

“Two well-known and beloved Orange County-based culinary brands, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, have come together to create ARTISAN, an elevated fast-casual restaurant and café (with a drive-thru) newly launched in Fountain Valley. The concept builds on the popularity of the 7 Leaves brand with a focused, chef-driven menu and baked goods that highlight quality ingredients and attention to detail.” “Upon entering the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and café, guests are immersed into an environment that revolves around chic European style, reminiscent of fine Parisian boulangeries, complete with a display of fresh-baked breads and pastries. ARTISAN focuses on authenticity and dedication to quality through every facet of the brand, beginning with its well-trained staff to provide the highest quality service and an attentive and educational approach to every guest.” “The culinary team, dedicated to presenting a chef-driven experience, is led by the masterminds behind local favorite, Crema Bakery.” Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri joins us with a signature Croffle in hand.

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, The Deep Fry King and the originator in the 90’s of the Deep-Fried Oreo. Charlie is also known as “The Master of Fun Food.” Outside of the OC Fair season you can find the full- service Chicken Charlie’s Table in Rancho Bernardo with a full bar. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up now through August 15th as Chicken Charlie Boghosian joins us.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…The plant-based, faux meat producers (a fast-growing consumer market) are now trying to replicate the bite and fatty mouthfeel of chicken in the form of nuggets and strips. The products are being promoted as a healthier alternative to the real bird and also gentler on the environment. Chef Andrew has experience with both serving premium chicken and truly tasty plant-based menu items. He also is a steward of the environment. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

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Show 436, July 31, 2021: “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part One

Chicken Charlie Boghosian of Chicken Charlie's FryBQ

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick?

One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, The Deep Fry King and the originator in the 90’s of the Deep-Fried Oreo. Charlie is also known as “The Master of Fun Food.” Outside of the OC Fair season you can find the full- service Chicken Charlie’s Table in Rancho Bernardo year-round along with a full bar. Chicken Charlie also has a new, year-round Fair-stand in Belmont Park in Mission Beach.

New for Chicken Charlie for 2021 are a Waffle Cone with Buffalo Chicken and Mac & Cheese, Chicken Lumpia with Pineapple Compote and Ice Cream, and Buffalo Brownies. A favorite in Charlie’s non-fried standards is the ever-popular Maui Chicken in a Pineapple Bowl.

We’ll find out what other indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up now through August 15th as Chicken Charlie Boghosian joins us.

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Show 436, July 31, 2021: “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part Two

Chicken Charlie Boghosian of Chicken Charlie's FryBQ

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick?

One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, The Deep Fry King and the originator in the 90’s of the Deep-Fried Oreo. Charlie is also known as “The Master of Fun Food.” Outside of the OC Fair season you can find the full- service Chicken Charlie’s Table in Rancho Bernardo year-round along with a full bar. Chicken Charlie also has a new, year-round Fair-stand in Belmont Park in Mission Beach.

New for Chicken Charlie for 2021 are a Waffle Cone with Buffalo Chicken and Mac & Cheese, Chicken Lumpia with Pineapple Compote and Ice Cream, and Buffalo Brownies. A favorite in Charlie’s non-fried standards is Maui Chicken in a Pineapple Bowl.

We’ll find out what other indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up now through August 15th as Chicken Charlie Boghosian continues with us.

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July 31: The Hatch, Long Beach Burger Week, Tarit Tanjasiri, Chicken Charlie Boghosian

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Eric Connolly, The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar, Paso Robles
Segment Three: Long Beach Burger Week with Executive Director Terri Henry
Segment Four: Artisan with Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri Part One
Segment Five: Artisan with Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri Part Two
Segment Six: “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part One
Segment Seven: “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

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

“The Hatch is a simple rotisserie and bar located just off the town square in beautiful downtown Paso Robles wine country. It’s fueled by wood fire, small batch whiskey, and a bustling atmosphere full of mingling locals and visitors.” “The Hatch was founded in the spring of 2015 by Maggie Cameron and Eric Connolly who had envisioned a cozy, comfortable joint with great food, interesting cocktails, and weekend late night dining. They had lived in Paso Robles long enough to recognize a need in the downtown dining scene so they quit their day jobs (in wine and restaurants) when the opportunity arose to open The Hatch in one of their favorite spaces in the historic Grangers Union Building. Today you’ll find a mix of wine industry professionals, brewers, and visitors from all over California and beyond chatting at the bar, enjoying a mid-week cocktail, or sitting down to tuck into their favorite rotisserie special.” Proprietor Eric Connolly is our guest with a Mockingbird House Cocktail securely in hand.

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and food retailers will offer unique, over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the inaugural Long Beach Burger Week launches August 1-8, 2021.” “Organized by local non-profit, Long Beach Food & Beverage and thanks to a generous grant from the City of Long Beach, executive director Terri Henry, who brought the original restaurant week to Long Beach with partners in 2014, felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants. “Now that we are a registered 501c3 non-profit and have support, we decided to mix things up a little this year and put our efforts into a city-wide Long Beach Burger Week, because, hey, it’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?’,” Henry explained.” Organizer Terri Henry joins us with a juicy burger in hand.

“Two well known and beloved Orange County-based culinary brands, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, have come together to create ARTISAN, an elevated fast-casual restaurant and café (with a drive-thru) newly launched in Fountain Valley. The concept builds on the popularity of the 7 Leaves brand with a focused, chef-driven menu and baked goods that highlight quality ingredients and attention to detail.” “Upon entering the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and café, guests are immersed into an environment that revolves around chic European style, reminiscent of fine Parisian boulangeries, complete with a display of fresh-baked breads and pastries. ARTISAN focuses on authenticity and dedication to quality through every facet of the brand, beginning with its well-trained staff to provide the highest quality service and an attentive and educational approach to every guest.” “The culinary team, dedicated to presenting a chef-driven experience, is led by the masterminds behind local favorite, Crema Bakery.” Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri joins us with a signature Croffle in hand.

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled

“Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, The Deep Fry King and the originator in the 90’s of the Deep-Fried Oreo. Charlie is also known as “The Master of Fun Food.” Outside of the OC Fair season you can find the full- service Chicken Charlie’s Table in Rancho Bernardo with a full bar. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up now through August 15th as Chicken Charlie Boghosian joins us.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…The plant-based, faux meat producers (a fast-growing consumer market) are now trying to replicate the bite and fatty mouthfeel of chicken in the form of nuggets and strips. The products are being promoted as a healthier alternative to the real bird and also gentler on the environment. Chef Andrew has experience with both serving premium chicken and truly tasty plant-based menu items. He also is a steward of the environment. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

The Hatch is a simple rotisserie and bar located just off the town square in beautiful downtown Paso Robles wine country. It’s fueled by wood fire, small batch whiskey, and a bustling atmosphere full of mingling locals and visitors. The restaurant is intimate and seating is a mix of banquettes, high wood tables, and tall backed stools at the bar for those who like front row interaction with some of the best in the cocktail biz. Limited sidewalk seating is still available on a first come, first served basis.”

“The Hatch was founded in the spring of 2015 by Maggie Cameron and Eric Connolly who had envisioned a cozy, comfortable joint with great food, interesting cocktails, and weekend late night dining. Those two had lived in Paso Robles long enough to recognize a need in the downtown dining scene so they quit their day jobs (in wine and restaurants) when the opportunity arose to open The Hatch in one of their favorite spaces in the historic Grangers Union Building. Today you’ll find a mix of wine industry professionals, brewers, and visitors from all over California and beyond chatting at the bar, enjoying a mid-week cocktail, or sitting down to tuck into their favorite rotisserie special.”

“Executive Chef Cory Bidwell’s comfort food-driven menu largely changes seasonally while some of the perennial favorites remain with The Hatch year-round. The wood-fired rotisserie is the focal point of The Hatch’s small, open kitchen, and the chef team is always happy to chat with guests passing by the window. Sauces are made in-house daily and longer-term projects like their fermented hot sauce and pickled seasonal produce keep the culinary team busy. Daily specials like fried chicken, smoked beef ribs, and braised lamb shanks are available until sold out!”

Proprietor Eric Connolly is our guest with a Mockingbird House Cocktail in hand.

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry Marketing

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and food retailers will offer unique, over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the inaugural Long Beach Burger Week launches August 1-8, 2021.”

“Organized by local non-profit, Long Beach Food & Beverage and thanks to a generous grant from the City of Long Beach, executive director Terri Henry, who brought the original restaurant week to Long Beach with partners in 2014, felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants. “Now that we are a registered 501c3 non-profit and have support, we decided to mix things up a little this year and put our efforts into a city-wide Long Beach Burger Week, because, hey, it’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?’,” Henry explained.”

“There are no tickets or passes to purchase. Burger lovers are invited to dine-in, take-out or have featured 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 their website.

Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Cafe

“Two well known and beloved Orange County-based culinary brands, 7 Leaves Café and Crema Bakery, have come together to create ARTISAN, an elevated fast-casual restaurant and café (with drive-thru) newly launched in Fountain Valley (10065 Garfield Ave. in Fountain Valley). The concept, which builds on the popularity of the 7 Leaves brand with a focused, chef-driven menu and baked goods that highlight quality ingredients and attention to detail.”

“Upon entering the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and café, guests are immersed into an environment that revolves around chic European style, reminiscent of fine Parisian boulangeries, complete with a display of fresh-baked breads and pastries. ARTISAN focuses on authenticity and dedication to quality through every facet of the brand, beginning with its well-trained staff to provide the highest quality service and an attentive and educational approach to every guest.” “The culinary team, dedicated to presenting a chef-driven experience, is led by the masterminds behind local favorite, Crema Bakery.”

“While we strive to present a menu that is rooted in carefully sourced ingredients and time-intensive preparation, we are intent on being approachable, affordable and craveable,” explained Crema Bakery Owner & Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri, whose baked goods can be found at many of the region’s best restaurants. “The word ‘artisan’ in a food context refers to those products that are crafted by the hand of a master in the kitchen, utilizing whole ingredients that support a healthy lifestyle for the individual and the community, as a whole. In staying true to the brand, the 7 Leaves team has curated an elevated experience, while doing it in a way that will leave our guests wanting more.”

“The ARTISAN menu is innovative, energetic and authentic, with brunch-focused anytime dishes that are meant to suit a wide variety of palates. Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chad Urata, guests can indulge in a “Perfect” Omelette, Parisian Eggs Benedict, and classic Avocado Toast. Handheld dishes included a Bacon & Egg Sandwich and Mochiko Chicken Sandwich. Baked goods, made fresh daily, include a variety of breads, croissants, cookies, macarons, and the noteworthy Artisan Croffle.”

“While all of our baked goods are made by hand using the best ingredients – the most important being time – our stand-out offering is definitely the Artisan Croffle,” observed Tanjasiri, who explained that his baguettes have a 48-hour preparation time and are made with only flour, water, salt, and yeast. “Croffle is a portmanteau of Croissant and Waffle, since we take our signature croissant dough and cook it in a waffle iron, rather than the oven to create a unique item that is crisp, yet flaky and buttery all at once. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever had.”

Tarit Tanjasiri joins us with a signature Coffle (Croissant & Waffle) in hand.

Chicken Charlie Boghosian of Chicken Charlie's FryBQ

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick?

One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, The Deep Fry King and the originator in the 90’s of the Deep-Fried Oreo. Charlie is also known as “The Master of Fun Food.” Outside of the OC Fair season you can find the full- service Chicken Charlie’s Table in Rancho Bernardo year-round along with a full bar.

New for Chicken Charlie for 2021 are a Waffle Cone with Buffalo Chicken and Mac & Cheese, Chicken Lumpia with Pineapple Compote and Ice Cream, and Buffalo Brownies.

We’ll find out what other indulgent deliciousness Chicken Charlie is cooking up now through August 15th as Chicken Charlie Boghosian joins us.

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

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…

The plant-based faux meat producers (a fast-growing consumer market) are trying to replicate the bite and fatty mouthfeel of chicken in the form of nuggets and strips. The products are being promoted as a healthier alternative to the real bird and also gentler on the environment. Chef Andrew has experience with both serving premium chicken and truly tasty plant-based menu items. He also is a steward of the environment. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Eric Connolly, The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar, Paso Robles
Segment Three: Long Beach Burger Week with Executive Director Terri Henry
Segment Four: Artisan with Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri Part One
Segment Five: Artisan with Chief Executive Baker Tarit Tanjasiri Part Two
Segment Six: “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part One
Segment Seven: “Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 435, July 24, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Azucar, located in La Serena Villas in Palm Springs, is a hidden gem of a boutique dining experience. They serve modern contemporary cuisine (American, Mediterranean and Spanish flavors) to a sophisticated, adults-only crowd, focusing on flavor utilizing high quality and local ingredients. Azucar offers outdoor seating by the beautiful La Serena Villas pool and on their designed rooftop deck with a view. Reservations are politely recommended. “Sugar High Rooftop Lounge at La Serena Villas is a great mix of Boho chic meets cool Palm Springs. The little desert oasis sits atop the fresh and vibrant restaurant Azucar. It is the perfect slice of heaven to sip on amazing cocktails and nosh on appetizers. You can have all this while surrounded by the breathtaking San Jacinto mountains.” General Manager Laura Slipak is our guest providing the overview of the property.

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and food retailers will offer unique, over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the inaugural Long Beach Burger Week lau launches August 1-8, 2021.” Chef Ross Pangilinan of Remix Kitchen Bar in the Long Beach Exchange is one of the participating restaurants in the inaugural Long Beach Burger Week. ReMix is a modern version of the acclaimed Mix Mix Kitchen Bar by esteemed Chef Ross Pangilinan. For Long Beach Burger Week Chef Ross is featuring French Burger Sliders with shallot marmalade, bacon, melted brie, truffle aioli and served with fries. Chef Ross Pangilinan joins us with spatula securely in hand.

The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau launched the digital Summer Eats Pass in early June to help support local restaurants, while also providing deals and offerings to the community and visitors. Each time diners use the pass to check in to a local eatery, they become eligible for a weekly drawing to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant. To unlock the savings, guests can download a free mobile pass to access exclusive offers from Greater Palm Springs restaurants. Offers range from special prix fixe menus to free items with purchases.” Boozehounds (“Where dogs bring their humans,”) an ambitious newly opened, dog-friendly dining establishment with a serious bar program in Palm Springs is part of the Summer Eats Pass. Co-owner Bryan Rogers joins in the conversation along with Davis Meyer of the Greater Palm Springs CVB.

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. Opening Weekend was sold out. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now through August 15th.

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and food retailers will offer unique, over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the inaugural Long Beach Burger Week launches August 1-8, 2021.” Proprietor & Chef Joey Rooney of The Cooked Duck on Pacific Coast Highway is a participating restaurant in Long Beach Burger Week. It’s an easygoing and popular neighborhood restaurant for Breakfast and Lunch serving generous portions of properly prepared comfort foods. For Long Beach Burger Week Chef Joey is featuring his Fritos Chili Cheddar Burger with Texas chili, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and topped with Fritos Corn Chips for the perfect crunch. Restaurateur Joey Rooney joins us with a Fritos Chili Cheddar Burger in hand.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Chefs typically prefer to cook with natural gas at their restaurants. Some USA cities have been making moves to phase out natural gas connections to residences and businesses with the hope of reducing carbon emissions. Chef Andrew shares his thoughts.

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

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Show 435, July 24, 2021: Chef Dominic Palmieri, “The Midway Gourmet” at the OC Fair Part One

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway.

Chef Dominic has noticed a taste trend in addition to the continuing appeal of spicy flavors. That’s sour. The creative minds at The Midway Gourmet have found spicy & sour inspiration and now perfected the all-new Hot Cheeto-n-Cheese Pickles which debuts at the OC Fair. It’s premium dill pickle chips smothered in cheese sauce and then topped with crunchy Hot Cheetos (crushed.)

Also a juicy, Hot Cheeto-n-Cheese Burger with premium Angus beef. “It’s a flame-grilled charbroiled burger sandwiched between a toasted buttery bun dipped in melted cheddar cheese then rolled in ground-up hot Cheetos. The burger is then topped with melted cheese and whole crunchy hot Cheetos.”

We’ll find out what other indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now through August 15th with Chef Dominic.

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Show 435, July 24, 2021: Chef Dominic Palmieri, “The Midway Gourmet” at the OC Fair Part Two

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

The 2021 OC Fair opened the gates on Friday, July 16th. The first Weekend was a complete sellout. Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway.

Chef Dominic has noticed a taste trend in addition to the continuing appeal of spicy flavors. That’s sour. The creative minds at The Midway Gourmet have found spicy & sour inspiration and now perfected the all-new Hot Cheeto-n-Cheese Pickles which debuts at the OC Fair. It’s premium dill pickle chips smothered in cheese sauce and then topped with crunchy Hot Cheetos (crushed.)

Also a juicy, Hot Cheeto-n-Cheese Burger with premium Angus beef. “It’s a flame-grilled charbroiled burger sandwiched between a toasted buttery bun dipped in melted cheddar cheese then rolled in ground-up hot Cheetos. The burger is then topped with melted cheese and whole crunchy hot Cheetos.”

For those hot Summer days consider the Watermelon Taco topped with refreshing Dole Whip and Tajin. It’s exclusive to the Dole Whip booth on the RCS Carnival Midway.

We’ll find out what other indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now through August 15th as Chef Dominic continues.

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