Show 104, January 3, 2015: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy New Year to all of our loyal listeners. We thank you for your support over the last two years and three months, and wish you nothing but the very best in dining in 2015!

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosProducer and Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning. Now a preview of today’s abundant show, the first of the bright new year…

We value Restaurant Weeks on the “SoCal Restaurant Show” and January is California’s official Dine Out Month. dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week (January 19th to Feb. 1st) is a 14-day dining event showcasing L.A.’s best. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. The restaurants are always aiming to impress so it’s a good value for the discerning dining public and a great way to try new placers.

Anita Lau, The Mad Hungry Woman, is one of the most widely read food bloggers covering Southern California. She concentrates on dining finds in Orange County and San Diego with an occasional side of L.A. eating. Lau’s approach is interactive with her readers as they frequently have the opportunity to win meals at the restaurants she profiles. Anita will graciously share with us her “5 Favorite Asian Restaurants of 2014.”

The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles arrived with a bang about a year ago. Their destination restaurant is L.A. Chapter along with three bars including a very busy rooftop bar with sweeping views of Downtown. Its traditional American fare prepared with both classic and modern techniques using local and organic ingredients. The executive chef and co-owner is Ken Addington who also oversees the popular Five Leaves in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Many dishes are L.A. adaptations of signature Five Leaves items. Chef Ken Addington joins us.

Steve Bramucci is a freelance food and travel writer based in Laguna Beach. For the final issue of OC Register Magazine he researched and wrote the provocative piece, “The 20-Mile Meal.” “With the help of The Haven Collective’s Executive Chef Greg Danielss, writer Steve Bramucci tests the limits of the “Eat Local” concept by sourcing a multicourse dinner from within 20 miles of his Laguna Beach apartment.” How did it all turn out ? Steve Bramucci takes us through that journey.

Love & Salt is the latest addition to the dynamic Manhattan Brach dining scene. It’s located on the site of the long-running Café Pierre (and the ownership group includes the partners from the former Café Pierre.) It’s now a high-energy Italian inspired restaurant under the culinary direction of partner Michael Fiorelli (ex- mar’sel at the Terranea Resort.) He blends accessibility and innovation with a menu that celebrates the soul of Italian cuisine reflected through a distinctly Southern California personality. Co-owner Sylvie Gabriele (Farm Stand) is our guest. She is a 2nd generation restaurateur.

Newly opened in Irvine is Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge which features a fresh, modern approach to traditional Chinese cuisine. The menu is contemporary Chinese dishes that utilize local, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. The modern Chinese cuisine menu was created by Executive Chef & Partner Shirley Chung, best known from Season 11 of Bravo’s “Top Chef New Orleans.” Partnered with Chef Shirley in Twenty Eight is seasoned restaurateur Stacie Tran, who has experienced a long history in the hospitality industry. We’ll be joined by both Chef Shirley and Stacie Tran.

The slider eating competition at Dog Haus Biergarten (gourmet hot dog concept) in Old Pasadena will kick off the community’s fourth annual Cheeseburger Week (January 11th to 16th) with a challenge for their fans. Ten competitors, selected through qualifying rounds held at each Dog Haus location during the month of December and early January, will face off to see who can eat the most Dog Haus sliders in six minutes. Last year the victor consumed 38 sliders in 6 minutes! Founding Dog Haus partner Hagop Giragossian provides a briefing.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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January 3: Mad Hungry Woman, Ken Addington, Love & Salt, Shirley Chung, Stacie Tran, Dog Haus

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anita Lau, Mad Hungry Woman
Segment Three: Executive Chef Ken Addington, L.A. Chapter
Segment Four: Food and Travel Journalist, Steve Bramucci
Segment Five: Sylvie Gabriele, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach Part One
Segment Six: Sylvie Gabriele, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach Part Two
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Shirley Chung & Stacie Tran, Twenty Eight Modern Chinese
Segment Eight: Dog Haus and Pasadena’s Cheeseburger Week

Happy New Year to all of our loyal listeners. We thank you for your support over the last two years and three months, and wish you nothing but the very best in dining in 2015!

Andy Harris at the KLAA StudiosProducer and occasional Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning. Now a preview of today’s abundant show, the first of the bright new year…

Anita Lau, The Mad Hungry Woman, is one of the most widely read food bloggers covering Southern California. She concentrates on dining finds in Orange County and San Diego with an occasional side of L.A. eating. Lau’s approach is interactive with her readers as they frequently have the opportunity to win meals at the restaurants she profiles. Anita will graciously share with us her “5 Favorite Asian Restaurants of 2014.”

The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles arrived with a bang about a year ago. Their destination restaurant is L.A. Chapter along with three bars including a very busy rooftop bar with sweeping views of Downtown. It’s traditional American fare prepared with both classic and modern techniques using local and organic ingredients. The executive chef and co-owner is Ken Addington who also oversees the popular Five Leaves in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Many dishes are L.A. adaptations of signature Five Leaves items. Chef Ken Addington joins us.

Steve Bramucci is a freelance food and travel writer based in Laguna Beach. For the final issue of OC Register Magazine he researched and wrote the provocative piece, “The 20-Mile Meal.” “With the help of The Haven Collective’s Executive Chef Greg Daniels, writer Steve Bramucci tests the limits of the “Eat Local” concept by sourcing a multicourse dinner from within 20 miles of his Laguna Beach apartment.” Steve Bramucci takes us through that journey.

Love & Salt is the latest addition to the dynamic Manhattan Brach dining scene. It’s located on the site of the long-running Café Pierre (and the ownership group includes the partners from the former Café Pierre.) It’s now a high-energy Italian inspired restaurant under the culinary direction of partner Michael Fiorelli (ex- mar’sel at the Terranra Resort.) He blends accessibility and innovation with a menu that celebrates the soul of Italian cuisine reflected through a distinctly Southern California personality. Co-owner Sylvie Gabriele (Farm Stand) is our guest.

Newly opened in Irvine is Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge which features a fresh, modern approach to traditional Chinese cuisine. The menu is contemporary Chinese dishes that utilize local, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. The modern Chinese cuisine menu was created by Executive Chef & Partner Shirley Chung, best known from Season 11 of Bravo’s “Top Chef New Orleans.” Partnered with Chef Shirley in Twenty Eight is seasoned restaurateur Stacie Tran, who has experienced a long history in the hospitality industry. We’ll be joined by both Chef Shirley and Stacie Tran.

The slider eating competition at Dog Haus Biergarten (gourmet hot dog concept) in Old Pasadena will kick off the community’s fourth annual Cheeseburger Week (January 11th to 16th) with a challenge for their fans. Ten competitors, selected through qualifying rounds held at each Dog Haus location during the month of December and early January will face off to see who can eat the most Dog Haus sliders in six minutes. Last year the victor consumed 38 sliders in 6 minutes! Founding Dog Haus partner Hagop Giragossian provides a briefing.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show

Anita Lau of Diary of a Mad Hungry WomanAnita Lau, The Mad Hungry Woman, is one of the most widely read food bloggers covering Southern California. She concentrates on dining finds in Orange County and San Diego with an occasional side of L.A. eating. Lau’s approach is interactive with her readers as they frequently have the opportunity to win meals at the restaurants she profiles.

Anita will graciously share with us her “5 Favorite Asian Restaurants of 2014.” Her top pick is Rakiraki Ramen and Tsukemen located in San Diego’s Chinatown.

Ken Addington of LA ChapterThe Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles arrived with a bang about a year ago. It’s the renovated former 1927 United Artists office building and adjacent landmark United Artists Theater (which was their magnificent West Coast flagship.) Their destination restaurant is L.A. Chapter along with a coffee bar and three cocktail bars including a very busy rooftop bar and deck with sweeping views of Downtown.

It’s traditional American fare prepared with both classic and modern techniques using local and organic ingredients. The executive chef and co-owner is Ken Addington who also oversees the popular Five Leaves in Greenpoint Brooklyn. His business partner in both ventures is Jud Mongell. Many L.A. Chapter dishes are L.A. adaptations of signature Five Leaves items. Chef Ken’s motto is to have a fun place with good food.

Chef Ken Addington joins us.

Steve BramucciSteve Bramucci is a freelance food and travel writer based in Laguna Beach. For what was the final issue of OC Register Magazine (November 6, 2014) he researched and wrote the provocative piece, “The 20-Mile Meal,” the cover story.

“With the help of The Haven Collective’s (Haven Gastropub and Provisions Market) Executive Chef Greg Daniels, writer Steve Bramucci tests the limits of the “Eat Local” concept by sourcing a multicourse dinner from within 20 miles of his Laguna Beach apartment.”

With a little navigating the article can be found within the Orange County Register’s Website. On the Home Page of The Register’s Web site click on the “Magazines” tab in the top right corner. Once you’re there click on Coast.” On this subpage you’ll see the cover for the OC Register Magazine with the 20-Mile Meal color cover in the lower right margin.

Steve Bramucci takes us through that journey.

Sylvie GabrieleLove & Salt is the latest addition to the dynamic Manhattan Brach dining scene. It’s located on the site of the long-running Café Pierre (and the ownership group includes the partners from the former Café Pierre.)

It’s now a high-energy Italian inspired restaurant under the culinary direction of partner Michael Fiorelli (ex- mar’sel at the Terranea Resort.) He blends accessibility and innovation with a menu that celebrates the soul of Italian cuisine reflected through a distinctly Southern California personality.

Guy Gabriele (the larger-than-life executive chef and co-owner of the former Café Pierre) created the eclectic wine list.

There are two chef counters in Love & Salt. One looks into the pizza prep station and the other view is right into the main kitchen with the highly visible wood-burning oven as the highlight. There is also an unusual, long community table running down the length of the space.

Co-owner Sylvie Gabriele (Farm Stand) is our guest.

Shirley ChungNewly opened in Irvine is Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge which features a fresh, modern approach to traditional Chinese cuisine. The menu is contemporary Chinese dishes that utilize local, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. There is a full bar with a focus on distinctive craft cocktails.

The modern Chinese cuisine menu was created by Executive Chef & Partner Shirley Chung, best known from Season 11 of Bravo’s “Top Chef New Orleans.” Partnered with Chef Shirley in Twenty Eight is seasoned restaurateur Stacie Tran, who has experienced a long history in the hospitality industry.

“The number twenty eight has always been important to me,” explained Stacie. “In traditional Chinese culture, the number holds significant meaning. In my personal life, it has always been an indicator of positive change and success.”

We’ll be joined by both Chef Shirley and Stacie Tran.

DogHaud Slider Eating CompetitionThe slider eating competition at Dog Haus Biergarten (gourmet hot dog concept) in Old Pasadena will kick off the community’s fourth annual Cheeseburger Week (January 11th to 16th) with a challenge for their fans. Ten competitors, selected through qualifying rounds held at each Dog Haus location during the month of December and early January will face off to see who can eat the most Dog Haus sliders in six minutes. Last year the victor consumed 38 sliders in 6 minutes! Watch out Coney Island!

Dog Haus is Southern California’s craft casual hot dog concept with a passion for creativity quality and commitment to community. The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena in 2010 offering signature 100 per cent all-beef skinless Haus dogs, Haus Sausages and natural Angus beef burgers on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Guests can customize their own creations, too, choosing from a selection of more than 40 quality toppings.

Fine-dining chef Michael Brown joined the team last year as Culinary Director. Food Network’s Chef Adam Gertler is Dog Haus’ official “Wurstmacher.”

In addition to five franchise restaurants, Dog Haus currently operates three-company owned locations in the greater Pasadena area.

Founding Dog Haus partner (one of the real Top Dogs) Hagop Giragossian provides a briefing.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anita Lau, Mad Hungry Woman
Segment Three: Executive Chef Ken Addington, L.A. Chapter
Segment Four: Food and Travel Journalist, Steve Bramucci
Segment Five: Sylvie Gabriele, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach Part One
Segment Six: Sylvie Gabriele, Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach Part Two
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Shirley Chung & Stacie Tran, Twenty Eight Modern Chinese
Segment Eight: Dog Haus and Pasadena’s Cheeseburger Week

August 3: Chaya Brasserie, Kedric Francis, Nancy Zavlasky, Cooks County, Life is Beautiful Festival, Kevin West

Podcasts

Segment One: Thoughts on Breakfast
Segment Two: CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills Part One
Segment Three: CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills Part Two
Segment Four: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register Magazine
Segment Five: Nancy Zaslavsky, food journalist, author, food tour guide specializing in the foods of Mexico, cooking instructor, and culinary historian
Segment Six: Daniel Mattern, Chef / Proprietor of Cook’s County
Segment Seven: Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Kevin West, food blogger and journalist

Please join us at our new starting time of 10:00 a.m. “The SoCal Restaurant Show” expands to 2-hours on August 3rd. We’re now with you from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon every Saturday morning for the most appetizing food talk..

It seems appropriate to be talking about breakfast this morning. We’re chronicling some recent breakfast dining experiences from Orange County to Las Vegas.

CHAYA Brasserie Beverly HillsCHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills (located adjacent to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) is a pioneer in brining innovative Japanese cuisine served in a stylish environment to greater Los Angeles. Amazingly they are celebrating their 30th anniversary in Los Angeles this year. Their celebration kicked-off last Sunday with a “Summer Festival” tasting and celebratory activities continue through October.

Chaya owner Yuta Tsunoda and long-time CHAYA Executive Corporate Chef Shigefumi Tachibe are with us to give us the rich history.

The culinary roots of the founding Tsunoda Family stretch back 400 years when the first CHAYA opened in Japan. It is still in operation today as a restaurant.

CHAYA has four popular restaurants in California including the Flagship in Beverly Hills, Venice, Downtown Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Each location embraces the distinct neighborhood that surrounds it. For instance, CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco, located on the Embarcadero, features sweeping views of the Bay Bridge.

CHAYA also operates two Los Angeles-based locations of M Café, a casual macrobiotic eatery.

Kedric Francis of Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register MagazineMan about Orange County, the always debonair Kedric Francis, is with us in-studio. Kedric is the distinguished Executive Editor of the monthly Coast Orange County Magazine. Kedric is also the co-founder and Executive Editor of the OC Register Magazine.

Kedric will preview a couple of unusual staycation ideas for the OC as well as an exciting food & wine festival set for the Central Coast in late September.

It’s Margarita time! Food journalist and Mexican cuisine-authority, Nancy Zaslavsky, is with us to share the “World’s Best Margaritas Recipe.”

Zaslavsky is an author, cooking teacher, and culinary tour leader specializing in the foods of Mexico. She penned the James Beard Award-nominated, A Cook’s Tour of Mexico.

Daniel Mattern of Cooks CountyRegulars to the show know that Chef Jet is a huge fan of Cook’s County in Los Angeles and dines there often. Starting this month (every Tuesday) it’s their inaugural California Craft Beer and Food Festival.

Chef/Proprietor Daniel Mattern has invited seven of his favorite breweries to come pour their beer selection at the “California Craft Beer and Food Festival” at Cook’s County. The series of beer-centric dinners will take place on Tuesday evenings from August 6th to September 24th. Menus will be tailored around the different craft beers and many dishes will be prepared using beer as a significant ingredient. Each evening’s menu consists of five courses, and all courses, including dessert, will be thoughtfully paired with beer.

Las Vegas has never seen anything quite like this before and it’s a big one !

life-is-beautifulIt’s the Life is Beautiful festival set for many blocks of Downtown Las Vegas from October 25th through Sunday, October 27th. It’s an impressive line-up of world class music, food, art and learning. Tickets are on sale.

With more than 60 prominent chefs and restaurants, 24 wineries and 24 breweries participating in the culinary part of the festival alone, L.I.B presents the attendees with a full-scale food festival experience.

“The food experiences of L.I.B. were carefully designed to be interactive, innovative and unexpected,” says Jolene Mannina, Head of Culinary Arts for the festival. “Working with the vision of our Culinary Advisory Board of 12 world-renowned chefs, we’ve created an approach that we feel will set us apart from other food festivals, giving both our patrons and chefs a chance to enjoy something new, fresh and, of course, delicious.”

Kevin WestCanning, pickling, and preserving has really taken off in local home kitchens. Food journalist Kevin West, a certified food preserver, has just launched Saving the Season: A cook’s guide to home canning, pickling, and preserving from Knopf. In addition to the expected recipes West has mini profiles of his favorite farmers and farm adventures as part of the book.

Kevin is at The Beverly Hills Farmers Market on Sunday, August 4th as part of Pickle Fest. He’ll be signing the book there from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

The block-wide ethnic food court at the historic Grand Central Market (dating back to 1896) in Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a renaissance. Kevin West is consulting on that effort to bring exciting, one-of-a-kind distinctive food businesses to the Market. It’s already happening…

Podcasts

Segment One: Thoughts on Breakfast
Segment Two: CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills Part One
Segment Three: CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills Part Two
Segment Four: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register Magazine
Segment Five: Nancy Zaslavsky, food journalist, author, food tour guide specializing in the foods of Mexico, cooking instructor, and culinary historian
Segment Six: Daniel Mattern, Chef / Proprietor of Cook’s County
Segment Seven: Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Kevin West, food blogger and journalist

June 29: Kedric Francis, Tony Abou-Ganim, Thornton Winery

Podcasts

Segment One: On the Road with Chef Jet and Producer Andy
Segment Two: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part One
Segment Three: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part One
Segment Four: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part Two
Segment Five: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part Two
Segment Six: David Vergari, Winemaker at Thornton Winery in Temecula

Time to talk dining…

Providence RestaurantChef Jet celebrated Father’s Day at Providence in Los Angeles. This is celebrity chef Michael Cimarusti’s (ex-Water Grill) much-praised, fine-dining seafood restaurant. In addition to the expected great seafood non-stuffy, attentive service is part of the experience. There is also a very deep wine list and an outstanding bar. Jet talks about his meal there and why this is such a popular special occasion establishment.

We’ll also answer some e-mail inquiries.

Kedric Francis of Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register MagazineMr. Suave himself, Kedric Francis, is back with us. He’s the Executive Editor of Coast Magazine and co-founding editor of the revamped OC Register Magazine.

Kedric is in-studio talking about local travel opportunities for Summer. He’s got some inspired ideas for traveling on the rails and previews the new attractions at The Disneyland Resort. It’s all child-friendly, too.

The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-GanimWe’re delighted to welcome The Modern Mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, to the show. He’s a master barman and part magician. Tony is based in Las Vegas. He created the entire bar program (nothing short of spectacular) for the opening of Steve Wynn’s  original Bellagio, the trend-setting casino resort of it’s time.

Tony will share his inspirations for Summer cocktails and the importance of quality ice. It really makes the difference in a properly-prepared cocktail!

The Modern Mixologist also previews his new line of custom-designed bar tools.

Man about Orange County, Kedric Francis encores for another segment. This time he’s  chatting about the just-released June Restaurant Issue of Coast.

One feature profiles up and coming areas where there are pockets of distinctive dining places. Downtown Santa Ana is one of these spotlighted dining neighborhoods.

The most interesting piece, we think, is on the best restaurants in Orange County located in the worst spots. What a fun idea…

A truly underappreciated local wine country destination is the Temecula Valley. It’s 90 minutes, or less, from most areas of Orange County. It’s probably best known as the location of the Pechanga Casino Resort (largest Indian casino & hotel property in the West) but there is lots more out there.

Thornton Winery in TemeculaWhen you cross Butterfield Stage Road going East on Rancho California Road you hit the picturesque, and delightfully rural,  wine country. The first winery property you pass is the eye-catching Thornton Winery celebrating their 25th anniversary of proud family ownership in 2013. They are especially known for their premium California sparkling wines but also produce a  distinctive line of still wines under the stewardship of winemaker David Vergari.

Since the beginning Thornton has staged a highly regarded summer Champagne Jazz Series at the winery showcasing renowned contemporary jazz artists. Dave Koz performed two concerts there last weekend. It’s a superb environment to enjoy a concert in. You can also sip wine and enjoy a three-course seated dinner in the concert area.

Podcasts

Segment One: On the Road with Chef Jet and Producer Andy
Segment Two: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part One
Segment Three: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part One
Segment Four: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist Part Two
Segment Five: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast Magazine Part Two
Segment Six: David Vergari, Winemaker at Thornton Winery in Temecula

May 11: Cochon 555, Jenn Stoker, Kedric Francis, Vic Vegas, Brandon Boudet

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila
Segment Two: Chef Jennifer Stoker the Chicago-based author of She Cooks, She Scores: The Steamy Stories Behind the Recipes
Segment Three: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part One
Segment Four: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part Two
Segment Five: Chef Vic Vegas, chef/proprietor of Vic’s restaurant in Anthem, NV, a suburb of Henderson
Segment Six: Chef Brandon Boudet, Executive chef and co-proprietor of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’s

Incredible food with a lot of variety is on the menu for this week. It’s pork, a taste of Chicago, a dine-around in the OC, crawfish broil with New Orleans seasoning and inspiration, and yummy Venezuelan food hidden in plain sight in Las Vegas! Bring it on…

Chef Jet Tila host of the SoCal Restaurant ShowLast Sunday our own Chef Jet competed as one of five esteemed teams in the highly competitive Los Angeles stop of the 5th Anniversary tour of Cochon 555. It’s intense…

Each selected chef was tasked with creating five original dishes using all parts of a Heritage pig. The winner was decided by a team of 20 judges and the votes of the 400 pork-loving attendees.

The winning Los Angeles team now moves on to the National Finals in Aspen on June 16th as part of the celebrated Aspen Food & Wine Classic.

Jet will share his ringside observations on the competition.

 

 

Jenn StokerChef Jenn Stoker is a Chicago-based personal chef and graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

Along the way she has perfected some fun recipes and interesting relationships. She has put all of this into her book, She Cooks, She Scores: A Satisfying Collection of Tastes and Tales.

Here’s what a reviewer had to say : “This accomplished chef and author has combined her talents and life experiences to bring us along her life journey with an inside look at her passion for cooking, life, and love.”

“Most Cookbooks are technical and without any flavor. Chef Jenn breaks it down as if you are in the kitchen with her. She doesn’t stop there! She turns the heat up a little with recipes that were inspired by ex-boyfriends! Mamma Mia!“

Perceptive journalist and veteran editor Kedric Francis has been on the Orange County scene for seventeen years. He is currently the Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine. Previously he was the founding editor-in-chief of Riviera as well as Riviera San Diego.

Kedric is going to share his perspective on the dining out scene in Orange County as compared to dining out in Los Angeles County. He’s also discussing the differences he notes in restaurant criticism in each area.

It’s voting time for the best restaurants section in the OC Register’s annual Best of OC publication. Reader/public voting is on now through the end of May.

Vic VegasMany of you may remember the name Vic Vegas from a recent season of the popular Food Network series, Food Network Star. Vic originally looked like a weird MMA fighter turned chef, but it turned out he’s really a Mama’s Boy from Jersey with some great Italian recipes.

Fast forward two years, and now Vic has his own restaurant, aptly titled Vic’s, in the Las Vegas suburb of Anthem, Nevada. It’s only been open two months and it already has a great following.

Vic will share his experiences of opening the new restaurant, what’s on the menu and what he thinks about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, about to hit the airwaves in just a couple of weeks.

Brandon Boudet of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’sNew Orleans native, Chef Brandon Boudet, is the co-owner of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’s.

On Saturday, May 18th and May 25th from Noon to 4:00 p.n. Chef Boudet is holding his 4th Annual Crawfish Boil on the patio at Dominick’s. It’s 300 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish cooked at each event!

It’s a real taste of New Orleans in Los Angeles!

Also on the menu are Boudet’s New Orleans specialties including Po’ Boys and Crawfish Boiled Artichokes with Remoulade. For dessert there are New Orleans Sno Balls.

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila
Segment Two: Chef Jennifer Stoker the Chicago-based author of She Cooks, She Scores: The Steamy Stories Behind the Recipes
Segment Three: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part One
Segment Four: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part Two
Segment Five: Chef Vic Vegas, chef/proprietor of Vic’s restaurant in Anthem, NV, a suburb of Henderson
Segment Six: Chef Brandon Boudet, Executive chef and co-proprietor of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’s