Show 499, November 12, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.

The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

We know Chef Ted Hopson from the fondly remembered The Bellwether in Studio City which was an unfortunate victim of the pandemic. The better news is that Chef Ted is now the very busy Vice President at Gourmet Imports in Alhambra. “Gourmet Imports is a Los Angeles area-based importer and distributor of specialty foods that has been serving Chefs and culinary professionals since 1989.  The company was built on a commitment to service, quality and integrity.  Gourmet Imports carries over 300 cheeses as well as nearly 2,000 other culinary items including: caviar, charcuterie, pâté, oils, vinegars, chocolate, baking and pastry ingredients and much, much more.”

Modern Hippie” celebrates a way of living and entertaining that creates an intentional series of moments at home, where good food, conversation, and design come together to create and establish lasting and inspired memories. Lauren Thomas’s The Modern Hippie Table: Recipes and Menus for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully combines more than 70 curated recipes and assorted themed menus with beautiful and doable tabletop ideas, creating a vibe of laid-back elegance that complements whatever is on the menu, from an intimate dinner for two to a large celebration.” “In this debut collection, Lauren shares favorite dishes that can be easily prepared for entertaining, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests and family. Some of the recipes are made from scratch, while others make creative use of store-bought convenience foods and pre-made products that help save time.” Lauren takes a break from preparing her Pear, Pomegranate, Turkey and Gorgonzola Board to join us.

Santa Barbara Wine Country, named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year for 2021 and recently honored with multiple wine scores over 90+ points, is bringing some of its acclaimed wines to Orange County for special Wine Tasting Pop-Ups. The fall tasting events in November and December feature a wide range of varietals from small production and highly sought-after wineries. Guests will learn the best wines to gift and pour for their guests this holiday season.” Representing Santa Barbara Vintners (the organizer) is Winemaker Karen Steinwachs (previously the long-time winemaker at Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard) of Seagrape Wine Co, Santa Rita Hills.

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. The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes (especially stuffing) make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts.

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

Show 499, November 12, 2022: Jim Cascone, Master Butcher, Huntington Meats, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

Jim Cascone of Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.”

“The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

“Customers that visit either of the shops and donate a pair of new, unwrapped pajamas valued at $10 or more will receive a complimentary pound of ground beef or homemade sausages from Huntington Meats, or a dozen fresh eggs from Farmers Market Poultry. In addition to PJs for children aged infant to age 18, the shops will be collecting children’s slippers, robes, security blankets, story books and toothbrush / toothpaste sets through November 30th. At the conclusion of the Pajama Drive, collected items will be distributed to Los Angeles area agencies for gift giving to their youngest clientele over the holiday season.”

“We felt this was a unique idea for the holidays,” said Jim Cascone, proprietor of both Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry. “Toy drives are great, but we forget that some kids may never have received a brand new pair of PJs, which was something many of us took for granted growing up.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

November 12: Huntington Meats, Gourmet Imports, The Modern Hippie, Santa Barbara Vintners Pop-Ups

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Jim Cascone, Master Butcher, Huntington Meats, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Segment Three: Chef Ted Hopson, Vice President, Gourmet Imports
Segment Four: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part One
Segment Five: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part Two
Segment Six: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners Part One
Segment Seven: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners 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.

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.

The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

We know Chef Ted Hopson from the fondly remembered The Bellwether in Studio City which was an unfortunate victim of the pandemic. The better news is that Chef Ted is now the very busy Vice President at Gourmet Imports in Alhambra.Gourmet Imports is a Los Angeles area based importer and distributor of specialty foods that has been serving Chefs and culinary professionals since 1989. The company was built on a commitment to service, quality and integrity. Gourmet Imports carries over 300 cheeses as well as nearly 2,000 other culinary items including: caviar, charcuterie, pâté, oils, vinegars, chocolate, baking and pastry ingredients and much, much more.”

““Modern Hippie” celebrates a way of living and entertaining that creates an intentional series of moments at home, where good food, conversation, and design come together to create and establish lasting and inspired memories. Lauren Thomas’s The Modern Hippie Table: Recipes and Menus for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully combines more than 70 curated recipes and assorted themed menus with beautiful and doable tabletop ideas, creating a vibe of laid-back elegance that complements whatever is on the menu, from an intimate dinner for two to a large celebration.” “In this debut collection, Lauren shares favorite dishes that can be easily prepared for entertaining, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests and family. Some of the recipes are made from scratch, while others make creative use of store-bought convenience foods and pre-made products that help save time.” Lauren takes a break from preparing her Pear, Pomegranate, Turkey and Gorgonzola Board to join us.

“Santa Barbara Wine Country, named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year for 2021 and recently honored with multiple wine scores over 90+ points, is bringing some of its acclaimed wines to Orange County for special Wine Tasting Pop-Ups. The fall tasting events in November and December will feature a wide range of varietals from small production and highly sought-after wineries. Guests will learn the best wines to gift and pour for their guests this holiday season.” Representing Santa Barbara Vintners (the organizer) is Winemaker Karen Steinwachs (previously the long-time winemaker at Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard) of Seagrape Wine Co, Santa Rita Hills.

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. The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts.

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

Jim Cascone of Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry

“There’s just something about a new pair of jammies that says ‘cozy and safe’ to kids, and Huntington Meats at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is doing their part to make sure nightly bedtime rituals like fresh pajamas will provide a reassuring and peaceful good night to in-need children this holiday season. Huntington Meats’ sister shop Farmers Market Poultry will also be participating in the drive.”

“The two shops offering quality product are again coming together to participate in the 2nd Holiday Kids Pajama Drive to take place the entire month of November organized by proprietor Jim Cascone. The goal is to collect 300 pairs of pajamas for distribution to local agencies servicing homeless and low-income families.”

“Customers that visit either of the shops and donate a pair of new, unwrapped pajamas valued at $10 or more will receive a complimentary pound of ground beef or homemade sausages from Huntington Meats, or a dozen fresh eggs from Farmers Market Poultry. In addition to PJs for children aged infant to age 18, the shops will be collecting children’s slippers, robes, security blankets, story books and toothbrush / toothpaste sets through November 30th. At the conclusion of the Pajama Drive, collected items will be distributed to Los Angeles area agencies for gift giving to their youngest clientele over the holiday season.”

“We felt this was a unique idea for the holidays,” said Jim Cascone, proprietor of both Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry. “Toy drives are great, but we forget that some kids may never have received a brand new pair of PJs, which was something many of us took for granted growing up.”

Master butcher Jim Cascone joins us from behind-the-counter with all the Pajama Drive details.

Chef Ted Hopson

We know Chef Ted Hopson from the fondly remembered The Bellwether in Studio City which was an unfortunate victim of the pandemic. The better news is that Chef Ted is now the very busy Vice President at Gourmet Imports in Alhambra.

“Gourmet Imports is a Los Angeles area-based importer and distributor of specialty foods that has been serving Chefs and culinary professionals since 1989. The company was built on a commitment to service, quality and integrity. Gourmet Imports carries over 300 cheeses as well as nearly 2,000 other culinary items including: caviar, charcuterie, pâté, oils, vinegars, chocolate, baking and pastry ingredients and much, much more.”

“Ingredients & traditions matter. Working to preserve & promote them is something Gourmet Imports is deeply passionate about. They believe that food & dining are integral to our social fabric and in these times where nearly everything is synthesized, automated, expedited, and/or truncated, they are thankful to the passionate farmers & artisans that produce the goods that Gourmet Imports carries. They are equally grateful to their clients for their support, for their insistence on authenticity & excellence, and their work to provide experiences around which we can all connect over a shared meal (even if the mid-meal Instagram post has become all but inevitable).”

We’re catching up with Chef Ted Hopson.

Modern Hippie Lauren Thomas

Modern Hippie” celebrates a way of living and entertaining that creates an intentional series of moments at home, where good food, conversation, and design come together to create and establish lasting and inspired memories. Lauren Thomas’s The Modern Hippie Table: Recipes and Menus for Eating Simply and Living Beautifully combines more than 70 curated recipes and assorted themed menus with beautiful and doable tabletop ideas, creating a vibe of laid-back elegance that complements whatever is on the menu, from an intimate dinner for two to a large celebration.” 

“In this debut collection, Lauren shares favorite dishes that can be easily prepared for entertaining, which allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests and family. Some of the recipes are made from scratch, while others make creative use of store-bought convenience foods and pre-made products that help save time.”

“Lauren is also passionate about making sure the surroundings of the occasion are as beautiful as the meal is delicious. She provides suggestions for flowers, linens, and surfaces that won’t add stress or break the bank. And to complete your planning, suggested menus for occasions such as an intimate date night or a meet the neighbors gathering are sprinkled throughout the book to help plan out themed meals, along with tips on how to set the scene for the occasion.”

Lauren takes a break from preparing her Pear, Pomegranate, Turkey and Gorgonzola Board to join us.

Karen Steinwachs of Seagrape Wine Company

Santa Barbara Wine Country, named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year for 2021 and recently honored with multiple wine scores over 90+ points, is bringing some of its acclaimed wines to Orange County for special Wine Tasting Pop-Ups. 

“The fall tasting events will feature a wide range of varietals from small production and highly sought-after wineries. Guests will learn the best wines to gift and pour for their guests this holiday season.”

Thursday, Nov. 17, 5 to 8pm at Wine Gallery in Laguna Beach – Enjoy tasting a variety of wines and light bites. Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Wine Gallery is located at 1833 S. Coast Hwy., #110, in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 5:30 to 8:30pm at Cucina Enoteca in Irvine – Enjoy a special evening of tasting award-winning wines from Santa Barbara Wine Country, paired with light bites. Guests must be 21 or older. The event is complimentary, but guests are required to RSVP through Eventbrite as space is limited. Cucina Enoteca is a modern California-inspired Italian kitchen meets charming bohemian eatery and retail wine shop. Cucina Enoteca is located in Irvine Spectrum Center at 532 Spectrum Center Dr., in Irvine.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 5 to 8pm at Parlour 17 in Costa Mesa – A variety of award-winning Santa Barbara wines will be showcased and served with light bites. Guests must be 21 or older. The event is complimentary, but guests are required to RSVP through Eventbrite as space is limited. Parlour 17 is a private event space located in Plaza Sereno at 234 E. 17th St., #117, in Costa Mesa.

 For more information, visit the Eventbrite links or Santa Barbara Wine Country Events.

Representing Santa Barbara Vintners (the organizer) is Winemaker Karen Steinwachs of Seagrape Wine CoSanta Rita Hills. (Karen was previously the winemaker at Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard for 15 years) 

“Santa Barbara Vintners (Santa Barbara County Vintners Association) is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 1983 to protect and promote Santa Barbara County as a world-class wine producing and winegrape growing region. The association includes winery members whose annual production is at least 75% Santa Barbara County (or sub-AVA) labeled and extensive industry-associated members. The association produces festivals; educational seminars and tastings; provides information to consumers, trade, and media; and advocates for the Santa Barbara County wine and grape industry.

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.

The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes, including the stuffing, make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Jim Cascone, Master Butcher, Huntington Meats, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Segment Three: Chef Ted Hopson, Vice President, Gourmet Imports
Segment Four: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part One
Segment Five: Lauren Thomas, The Modern Hippie Table cookbook and blog – The Modern Hippie Way Part Two
Segment Six: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners Part One
Segment Seven: Karen Steinwachs, Winemaker, Seagrape Wine Co., Santa Barbara Vintners Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 494, October 8, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“With the full-service Lola’s by MFK in the former CaliVino Wine Pub space off Katella Avenue next door to Angel Stadium, Chef Henry Pineda, 31, is celebrating his mother’s Filipino and father’s Guatemalan roots through the lens of his favorite meal serving a Modern Filipino Brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 7-days. Dinner service will eventually follow. “Every year on my birthday we don’t go to dinner, we go to breakfast,” said Pineda, who grew up in L.A and moved to Anaheim when he was six. “Breakfast was always the meal where my family ate together. My dad worked the graveyard shift and would just be coming home right before my mom was about to head out.” Chef Henry takes a break from the Brunch rush at Lola’s by MFK to join us with spatula in hand.

“Every New Yorker knows the satisfaction of biting into the perfect pickle. Whether it’s a family recipe passed down from generations, or your go-to cart in the middle of Manhattan, one never has to venture too far to find their favorite, tasty treat. After spending almost 30 years working in NYC, Scott Kaylin (aka “The Pickle Man”) found himself on the West Coast becoming his best self. However, one thing was missing: New York pickles. Well, honestly, even just an edible pickle. And that’s when Scott realized he had no choice but to make it easy for everyone, regardless of which coast they call home, to enjoy what he grew up knowing, loving, and suddenly wanting more than ever before.” Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax Avenue was the inspired result. Scott takes a pause from his busy pickle-tasting bar at the Original Farmers Market to be our guest.

Ray Lampe (aka Dr. BBQ) grew up in Chicago and after high school spent 25 years in the family trucking business. In 2000 the trucking business had run its course, and it was time for Ray to try something new. He had been participating in BBQ cookoffs as a hobby since 1982, so he decided to take a leap and turn his hobby into a career. In 2000 Ray moved to Florida and began his career as an outdoor cooking expert. In 2018 Ray opened “Dr. BBQ” restaurant, a modern American Smokehouse, in St. Petersburg, Florida with Roger and Suzanne Perry (the proprietors of Datz Restaurant Group.)” Ray has written nine best-selling cookbooks and is currently scoping out his tenth. He’s competed in over 300 BBQ competitions and has won over 300 awards. In 2014 Ray was inducted into the prestigious BBQ Hall of Fame. Ray takes a break from the smoker to join us with tongs in hand.

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. The Season of Holiday cooking is soon on the horizon…Is it always better with butter as culinary icon Julia Child enthusiastically suggested? Chef Andrew discusses the ins and outs of using butter in cooking. With the price of butter on the rise Chef Andrew also suggests some of his preferred brands. Chef Andrew explains all things butter with his usual insight.…

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

Show 494, October 8, 2022: Scott Kaylin, “The Pickle Man” of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Original Farmers Market Part One

Scott Kaylin of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles

“Every New Yorker knows the satisfaction of biting into the perfect pickle. Whether it’s a family recipe passed down from generations, or your go-to cart in the middle of Manhattan, one never has to venture too far to find their favorite, tasty treat.”

“After spending almost 30 years working in NYC, Scott Kaylin (aka “The Pickle Man”) found himself on the West Coast becoming his best self. However, one thing was missing: New York pickles. Well, honestly, even just an edible pickle. And that’s when Scott realized he had no choice but to make it easy for everyone, regardless of which coast they call home, to enjoy what he grew up knowing, loving, and suddenly wanting more than ever before. Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles was the inspired result.”

“Pickles bring people happiness. Scott witnessed this first hand in the spring of 2020, one month after opening the first pickle-tasting bar at The Original Farmer’s Market at 3rd St. & Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles. Week after week, even through a global pandemic, customers kept calling, reaching out, and coming back for their favorite flavors of spicy, sour, and sweet –– ensuring we would not only survive, but make it out on the other side. From there, the idea of Kaylin + Kaylin was solidified.” 

“Whether looking for pickles that are fermented, brined, the perfect addition to any recipe, or a salty, standalone snack, each of Kaylin + Kaylin’s flavors are crafted to cure any craving, and keep tastebuds buzzing for more. Kaylin + Kaylin brings a modern approach to a timeless food that can be enjoyed wherever, whenever, and by whomever.”

Think you hate pickles? Scott modestly suggests you try his Honey Mustard Pickles. They are sweet, tangy and the combo makes no sense but, boy, does it work. Scott observes that 98 per cent of his guests who sample the Honey Mustard at the Kaylin + Kaylin Pickle-Tasting Bar become converts. No honey is actually used in the preparation so the pickles are Vegan.

Scott takes a pause from his busy pickle-tasting bar at the Original Farmers Market to be our guest.

Show 494, October 8, 2022: Scott Kaylin, “The Pickle Man” of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Original Farmers Market Part Two

Scott Kaylin of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles

“Every New Yorker knows the satisfaction of biting into the perfect pickle. Whether it’s a family recipe passed down from generations, or your go-to cart in the middle of Manhattan, one never has to venture too far to find their favorite, tasty treat.”

“After spending almost 30 years working in NYC, Scott Kaylin (aka “The Pickle Man”) found himself on the West Coast becoming his best self. However, one thing was missing: New York pickles. Well, honestly, even just an edible pickle. And that’s when Scott realized he had no choice but to make it easy for everyone, regardless of which coast they call home, to enjoy what he grew up knowing, loving, and suddenly wanting more than ever before. Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles was the inspired result.”

“Pickles bring people happiness. Scott witnessed this first hand in the spring of 2020, one month after opening the first pickle-tasting bar at The Original Farmer’s Market at 3rd St. & Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles. Week after week, even through a global pandemic, customers kept calling, reaching out, and coming back for their favorite flavors of spicy, sour, and sweet –– ensuring we would not only survive, but make it out on the other side. From there, the idea of Kaylin + Kaylin was solidified.” 

“Whether looking for pickles that are fermented, brined, the perfect addition to any recipe, or a salty, standalone snack, each of Kaylin + Kaylin’s flavors are crafted to cure any craving, and keep tastebuds buzzing for more. Kaylin + Kaylin brings a modern approach to a timeless food that can be enjoyed wherever, whenever, and by whomever.”

Think you hate pickles? Scott modestly suggests that you try their Honey Mustard Pickles. They are sweet, tangy and the combo logically makes no sense but, boy, does it work. The clear majority of guests who sample the Honey Mustard at the Kaylin + Kaylin Pickle-Tasting Bar become converts. No honey is used so it’s Vegan….

Scott takes a further pause from his busy pickle-tasting bar at the Original Farmers Market to continue as our guest.

October 8: Lola’s by MFK, Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Dr. BBQ Ray Lampe

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Henry Pineda, Proprietor, Lola’s by MFK, Anaheim Part One
Segment Three: Chef Henry Pineda, Proprietor, Lola’s by MFK, Anaheim Part Two
Segment Four: Scott Kaylin, “The Pickle Man” of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Original Farmers Market Part One
Segment Five: Scott Kaylin, “The Pickle Man” of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Original Farmers Market Part Two
Segment Six: Pitmaster Ray Lampe, “DR. BBQ”, St. Petersburg, Florida Part One
Segment Seven: Pitmaster Ray Lampe, “DR. BBQ”, St. Petersburg, Florida 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.

“With the full-service Lola’s by MFK in the former CaliVino Wine Pub space off Katella Avenue next door to Angel Stadium, Chef Henry Pineda, 31, is celebrating his mother’s Filipino and father’s Guatemalan roots through the lens of his favorite meal serving a Modern Filipino Brunch on from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 7-days. Dinner service will eventually follow. “Every year on my birthday we don’t go to dinner, we go to breakfast,” said Pineda, who grew up in L.A and moved to Anaheim when he was six. “Breakfast was always the meal where my family ate together. My dad worked the graveyard shift and would just be coming home right before my mom was about to head out.” Chef Henry takes a break from the Brunch rush at Lola’s by MFK to join us with spatula in hand.

“Every New Yorker knows the satisfaction of biting into the perfect pickle. Whether it’s a family recipe passed down from generations, or your go-to cart in the middle of Manhattan, one never has to venture too far to find their favorite, tasty treat. After spending almost 30 years working in NYC, Scott Kaylin (aka “The Pickle Man”) found himself on the West Coast becoming his best self. However, one thing was missing: New York pickles. Well, honestly, even just an edible pickle. And that’s when Scott realized he had no choice but to make it easy for everyone, regardless of which coast they call home, to enjoy what he grew up knowing, loving, and suddenly wanting more than ever before.” Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax Avenue was the inspired result. Scott takes a pause from his busy pickle-tasting bar at the Original Farmers Market to be our guest.

“Ray Lampe (aka Dr. BBQ) grew up in Chicago and after high school spent 25 years in the family trucking business. In 2000 the trucking business had run its course, and it was time for Ray to try something new. He had been participating in BBQ cookoffs as a hobby since 1982, so he decided to take a leap and turn his hobby into a career. In 2000 Ray moved to Florida and began his career as an outdoor cooking expert. In 2018 Ray opened “Dr. BBQ” restaurant, a modern American Smokehouse, in St. Petersburg, Florida with Roger and Suzanne Perry (the proprietors of Datz Restaurant Group.)” Ray has written nine best-selling cookbooks and is currently scoping out his tenth. He’s competed in over 300 BBQ competitions and has won over 300 awards. In 2014 Ray was inducted into the prestigious BBQ Hall of Fame. Ray takes a break from the smoker to join us with tongs in hand.

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. Holiday cooking is soon on the horizon. Is it always better with butter? Chef Andrew talks about the ins and outs of using butter in cooking. Where does margarine fit in if at all. What’s the use of salted butter?

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

Henry Pineda of Lola's MFK

“With the full-service Lola’s by MFK in the former CaliVino Wine Pub space off Katella Avenue next door to Angel Stadium, Chef Henry Pineda, 31, is celebrating his mother’s Filipino and father’s Guatemalan roots through the lens of his favorite meal serving a Modern Filipino Brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 7 days. Dinner will eventually follow.

“Every year on my birthday we don’t go to dinner, we go to breakfast,” said Pineda, who grew up in L.A and moved to Anaheim when he was six. “Breakfast was always the meal where my family ate together. My dad worked the graveyard shift and would just be coming home right before my mom was about to head out.”

“Pineda has worked in restaurants since age 18 starting at Mama Cozza’s in Anaheim. He’s also cooked at Orange Hill in Orange; ADYA in Anaheim; Starfish in Laguna Beach; Shabu Shabu in Santa Ana; Smoking Ribs in Garden Grove; and The Penthouse inside The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. Pineda opened MFK by Aysee’s original location on the border of Anaheim and Buena Park in 2016 at age 26.

That restaurant tragically burned down one night in September 2020 when a fire spontaneously broke out.”

Pineda’s Brunch classics include Lola’s Crispy Sisig, Adobo Fried Rice Omelet, Ube Pancakes, Sweet Avocado Pancakes and Ube Tres Leches French Toast.

Chef Henry takes a break from the Brunch rush to join us with spatula in hand.

Scott Kaylin of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles

“Every New Yorker knows the satisfaction of biting into the perfect pickle. Whether it’s a family recipe passed down from generations, or your go-to cart in the middle of Manhattan, one never has to venture too far to find their favorite, tasty treat.”

“After spending almost 30 years working in NYC, Scott Kaylin (aka “The Pickle Man”) found himself on the West Coast becoming his best self. However, one thing was missing: New York pickles. Well, honestly, even just an edible pickle. And that’s when Scott realized he had no choice but to make it easy for everyone, regardless of which coast they call home, to enjoy what he grew up knowing, loving, and suddenly wanting more than ever before. Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles was the inspired result.”

“Pickles bring people happiness. Scott witnessed this first hand in the spring of 2020, one month after opening the first pickle-tasting bar at The Original Farmer’s Market at 3rd St. & Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles. Week after week, even through a global pandemic, customers kept calling, reaching out, and coming back for their favorite flavors of spicy, sour, and sweet –– ensuring we would not only survive, but make it out on the other side. From there, the idea of Kaylin + Kaylin was solidified.” 

“Whether looking for pickles that are fermented, brined, the perfect addition to any recipe, or a salty, standalone snack, each of Kaylin + Kaylin’s flavors are crafted to cure any craving, and keep tastebuds buzzing for more. Kaylin + Kaylin brings a modern approach to a timeless food that can be enjoyed wherever, whenever, and by whomever.”

Scott takes a pause from his busy pickle-tasting bar at the Original Farmers Market to be our guest.

Ray Lampe of Dr. BBQ

Ray Lampe (aka Dr. BBQ) grew up in Chicago and after high school spent 25 years in the family trucking business. In 2000 the trucking business had run its course, and it was time for Ray to try something new. He had been participating in BBQ cookoffs as a hobby since 1982, so he decided to take a leap and turn his hobby into a career. In 2000 Ray moved to Florida and began his career as an outdoor cooking expert. In 2018 Ray opened “Dr. BBQ” restaurant, a modern American Smokehouse, in St. Petersburg, Florida with Roger and Suzanne Perry (the proprietors of Datz Restaurant Group.)”

Since 2000, Ray has been busy in the culinary world. He’s been a judge on Food Network’s “Firemasters,” “Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri,” and “Chopped” as well as a judge on “Smoked,” NBC’s “Food Fighters,” and on Travel Channel’s “American Grilled.” Ray is spokesperson for the National Turkey Federation and Dizzy Pig Seasoning Co. and has previously been spokesperson for the Big Green Egg Grill, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Kansas City Steak Co. and The National Pork Board.

Ray has written nine best-selling cookbooks including Slow Fire: The Beginner’s Guide to Barbecue and is currently scoping out his tenth. He has competed in over 300 BBQ competitions and has won over 300 awards. In 2014 Ray was inducted into the prestigious BBQ Hall of Fame.

Ray takes a break from the smoker to join us with tongs in hand.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

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.

Holiday cooking is soon on the horizon…Is it always better with butter? Chef Andrew discusses the ins and outs of using butter in cooking. Where does margarine perhaps fit in if at all?  What’s the use of salted butter? Chef Andrew explains…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Henry Pineda, Proprietor, Lola’s by MFK, Anaheim Part One
Segment Three: Chef Henry Pineda, Proprietor, Lola’s by MFK, Anaheim Part Two
Segment Four: Scott Kaylin, “The Pickle Man” of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Original Farmers Market Part One
Segment Five: Scott Kaylin, “The Pickle Man” of Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Original Farmers Market Part Two
Segment Six: Pitmaster Ray Lampe, “DR. BBQ”, St. Petersburg, Florida Part One
Segment Seven: Pitmaster Ray Lampe, “DR. BBQ”, St. Petersburg, Florida Part Two
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 472, April 30, 2022: Chef Neal Fraser

Neal Fraser of Redbird

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. As a follow up to Grace and BLD, Fraser’s menu features seasonal plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table.”

“An extensive cocktail menu by Tobin Shea features well-balanced, bespoke renditions of the classics. Wine Director Matt Fosket’s selections are well rounded with great finds from both established and emerging wine regions throughout the world and the list has received many awards including “Top 100 wine restaurants in the United States” by Wine Enthusiast and the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator.”

“Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers. (They also have Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax.) Designer Robert Weimer and Amy Knoll Fraser created a dynamic space that pays homage to the cathedral next door and the existing timeless architecture by inserting simple modern forms to complement rather than overtake the feel of the rooms. The result is a warm and comfortable considered space.”

“Redbird | Vibiana received the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 2019 Preservation Award Chair’s Award. The Chair’s Award is the LA Conservancy’s highest recognition celebrating the persistence, creativity and ultimate success of the revitalization for adaptive reuse of the cathedral, rectory building and surrounding property.”

“Upcoming at Vibiana is REVIVE, a Soaring 20’s, Circus-infused Immersive 4- Course Dinner Experience by Chef Neal Fraser in collaboration with Vau de Vire Society. The show runs June 17- July 24, 2022.”

Chef Neal takes a break from his busy kitchens and is our guest.

Show 362, February 29, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

“Inspired by the mixture of fun and learning about food and drink for which Julia Child, a longtime resident and fan of Santa Barbara, advocated so passionately, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, welcomes visitors and the local community from March 13th to 16th to celebrate the bounty of what is grown in and around this beautiful region. “Join us to celebrate, learn and invoke Julia’s spirit, while shining a light on Santa Barbara’s culinary, hospitality, tourism and artisan communities.” SBCE Advisory Committee member Sherry Villaneuva of Acme Hospitality joins us with a preview of the upcoming Weekend festivities in Santa Barbara.”

Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max likes to characterize James Republic in downtown Long Beach as “a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.” James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and a distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach. We reel in Chef Dean James Max for a preview of his upcoming, quarterly Dinner Bell Series evening on Sunday, March 15th.

The full-service, specialized, neighborhood butcher shop with genuine personal service and also providing inventive recipe suggestions and cooking tips is happily making a strong comeback. Leading the charge is Huntington Beats & Sausages at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax in Los Angeles. Joining us with all the savory details is Head Butcher Jon Escobedo who has been artfully cutting meat for 35 years.

We’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.” “Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

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

February 29: Acme Hospitality, James Republic, Huntington Meats & Sausages, Darley Newman

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Sherry Villaneuva, Acme Hospitality – Preview of Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
Segment Three: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part One
Segment Four: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Five: Huntington Meats & Sausages at The Original Farmers Market
Segment Six: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part One
Segment Seven: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part Two

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Inspired by the mixture of fun and learning about food and drink for which Julia Child, a longtime resident and fan of Santa Barbara, advocated so passionately, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, welcomes visitors and the local community from March 13th to 16th to celebrate the bounty of what is grown in and around this beautiful region. “Join us to celebrate, learn and invoke Julia’s spirit, while shining a light on Santa Barbara’s culinary, hospitality, tourism and artisan communities.” SBCE Advisory Committee member Sherry Villaneuva of Acme Hospitality joins us with a preview of the upcoming Weekend festivities in Santa Barbara.

Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max likes to characterize James Republic in downtown Long Beach as “a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.” James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and a distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach. We reel in Chef Dean James Max for a preview of his upcoming, quarterly Dinner Bell Series evening on March 15th.

The full-service, specialized, neighborhood butcher shop with genuine personal service and also providing great recipe suggestions and cooking tips is happily making a strong comeback. Leading the charge is Huntington Meats & Sausages at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax in Los Angeles. Joining us with all the savory details is Head Butcher Jon Escobedo who has been artfully cutting meat for 35 years.

We’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.” “Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

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

Sherry Villanueva of Acme HospitalityInspired by the mixture of fun and learning about food and drink for which Julia Child, a longtime resident and fan of Santa Barbara, advocated so passionately, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts welcomes visitors and the local community from March 13th to 16th to celebrate the bounty of what is grown in and around this beautiful region. “Join us to celebrate, learn and invoke Julia’s spirit, while shining a light on Santa Barbara’s culinary, hospitality, tourism and artisan communities.”

“The busy Weekend of activities includes Julia Child-themed events created by local hotels, restaurants and other establishments plus cooking classes, panels, and Q & As with local and nationally recognized chefs, ranchers, fishermen, farmers and winemakers. Also events for children and their families about the science and innovation of food. Finally behind-the-scenes tours of wineries, ranches, gardens, fishing and other culinary attractions and much more!”

SBCE Advisory Committee member Sherry Villaneuva of Acme Hospitality joins us with a preview of the upcoming Weekend festivities in Santa Barbara.

Dean James Max of James RepublicChef Restaurateur Dean James Max likes to characterize James Republic in downtown Long Beach as “a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.”

“James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and a distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach.”

“Our style is what we like to call “modern California coastal” dining, highlighting the season’s vibrant, locally sourced bounty from both land and sea. Our kitchen is a chef-driven, farm-to-table workshop where we create ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest products of time and place.”

“Our menus are a labor of love – a love of the finest foods. We proudly serve a large array of local artisan products.  Organic is important to us, but more importantly we believe in all- natural products without the use of steroids, growth hormones, and animals raised responsibly.  As well as our preference for products and practices that are sustainable, we try to embrace the idea of localism to strengthen our community.  Most of our items are priced under $20 which is incredible considering the high quality of products we serve.  Our passion for the seasons and what it brings to us in food keeps us always searching for great new combinations.  Come join us for a journey in cuisine.”

We reel in Chef Dean James Max for a preview of his upcoming quarterly Dinner Bell Series evening on March 15th. It’s a very special Sunday evening family style supper with ingredients hand-selected by Chef Dean & his team from the Long Beach Farmers Market that morning.

John Escobedo of Huntington MeatsThe full-service, specialized, neighborhood butcher shop with genuine personal service and also providing great recipe suggestions and cooking tips is happily making a strong comeback. Leading the charge is Huntington Beats & Sausages at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax in Los Angeles.

Huntington Meats also specializes in exotic meats. These are all farm raised and USDA inspected and humanely raised. You’ll find alligator, wild boar, ostrich, venison, antelope, elk, duck and even camel.

Joining us with all the savory details is Head Butcher Jon Escobedo who has been artfully cutting meat for 35 years.

Darley Newman of Travels with DarleyWe’ve previously introduced you to Darley Newman of PBS’s Travels with Darley.” Now experience Los Angeles and environs from a local’s perspective in the newest season of “Travels with Darley.”

“Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

“In Pasadena, L.A.’s film and TV history come to life with Pasadena Walking Tours guide Chris Fennessy and at the Gamble House, known by many for its role as Doc Brown’s house in “Back to the Future.” As Jennifer Trotoux explains, the Gamble House is also a well-preserved work of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Darley explores the local food and drinks scene, ranging from LA rosé to Mexican tortas, with Lisa Scalia of Melting Pot Food Tours. No trip to Pasadena would be complete without a visit to the Rose Bowl Stadium, where Jens Weiden introduces Darley to this National Historic Landmark with a fascinating past.”

“Emmy Award-nominated TV host and expert traveler Darley Newman showcases the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area, visiting West Hollywood, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and the Angeles National Forest. Mixing mountain biking and trail stewardship in the Angeles National Forest with the culinary scene in Pasadena, skateboarding in Costa Mesa and rock and roll history in West Hollywood, viewers are invited to see Los Angeles in a whole new way.”

“In Costa Mesa, Darley meets with a variety of visionaries and local entrepreneurs to understand this city of arts and culture in the heart of Southern California. She takes a skateboard lesson with Joey Lopez of Shreducate Academy, meets the legendary co-owner of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Wing Lam, and tastes craft beer at Gunwhale Ales with Justin Miller. At The Camp, she continues an eco-friendly theme with entrepreneur Shaheen Sadeghi, before experiencing Costa Mesa culinary delights with Chef Amar Santana, who competed into the Finals (and finished a close 2nd) on Season 13 of Bravo TV‘s Top Chef series, at Vaca Restaurant and Patrick Nguyen at The Straw.”

The always on-the-go Darley Newman is our well-traveled guest.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Sherry Villaneuva, Acme Hospitality – Preview of Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
Segment Three: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part One
Segment Four: Chef Restaurateur Dean James Max, James Republic, Long Beach Part Two
Segment Five: Huntington Meats & Sausages at The Original Farmers Market
Segment Six: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part One
Segment Seven: Travel Journalist Darley Newman of PBS’s “Travels with Darley” Part Two