Show 305, January 5, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s decadent show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always thanks for being a part of our loyal listening audience.

We love to share inspiring family entrepreneurial success stories especially when coupled with fulfilling second careers. Georgia’s Restaurant in the Anaheim Packing House is a Southern restaurant that celebrates authentic Soul Food through family recipes that deliver a home-cooked experience. At the heart of Georgia’s is family matriarch Gretchen Shoemaker (a youthful 80-years young,) who is our guest.

Eric Hamacher set forth as a winemaking gypsy after earning his viticulture and enology degree from UC Davis in 1988. Eric has since created stunning wines for more than 35 vintages at multiple wineries around the world. After leaving Napa in 1995, Eric headed North to the “Promise Land” of Pinot Noir and founded his eponymous winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Eric is with us to pull the cork on Hamacher Wines.

Time to revisit the progress of Team USA competing in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition at the end of the month in (January 29 & 30) Lyon, France. Chef Robert Sulatycky is the Head Coach for Team USA 2019. Team USA 2019’s Head Chef is Matthew Kirkley and his Commis is Mimi Chen. Chef Robert joins us with an update on the long road to Lyon.

Adam Bell is one of the talented people at-work behind- the- scenes on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” Since the beginning of the show over six years ago he developed and maintains the Website in addition to ably orchestrating the Social Media. He’s also a card-carrying foodie with a particular passion for pizza, craft beer, ethnic street food and coffee. Adam has just returned from an intense week in New York doing a deep dive into the food scene. We’ll discuss and highlight his best discoveries on this expedition.

Established in 1986, Huntington Meats & Sausages located at the Original Farmers Market is a true old fashion butcher shop offering traditional roasts, steaks, chops, a variety of house- made sausages and much more. On Saturday, January 12th Huntington Meats is joining forces with rojan Grill Barbeque Catering to host an over-the-top BBQ lunch event for 300 men, women and children residing at the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles. Huntington Meats’ head butcher, Jon Escobedo , is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. It’s a new year so it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice! Takeout and delivery are growing in importance for all levels of restaurants from quick service to fine dining. We’ll talk about the changes this is engendering.

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

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Show 305, January 5, 2019: Jon Escobedo, Head Butcher, Huntington Meats & Sausages, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

John EscobedoEstablished in 1986, Huntington Meats & Sausages located at the Original Farmers Market is a true old fashion butcher shop offering traditional roasts, steaks, chops, a variety of house made sausages and much more.

On Saturday, January 12th Huntington Meats is joining forces with Trojan Grill Barbeque Catering to host an over-the-top BBQ lunch event for 300 men, women and children residing at the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles.

The lunch will feature a custom built Tomahawk Crown Roast weighing over 80 lbs. and a 70 lbs. Steamship Round Roast both created by Huntington Meats head butcher Jon Escobedo. Due to the size of the roasts, smoking and grilling will begin the day prior with the Tomahawk Roast going on the grill on the roof at 4:00 a.m. the morning of the event.

Owned and operated by Jim Cascone since 2000, Huntington Meats proudly offers the finest quality product at reasonable prices presented with friendly service.

Huntington Mears is also the proud purveyor of Chef Nancy Silverton’s (Osteria Mozza) “Burger Blend” meat for her signature hamburgers.

Huntington Meats head butcher, Jon Escobedo, is our guest.

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January 5: Georgia’s Restaurant, Hamacher Wines, Bocuse d’Or Preview, Adam Bell, Huntington Meats & Sausages

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Gretchen Shoemaker – Georgia’s Restaurant, Anaheim Packing House
Segment Three: Winemaker Eric Hamacher, Hamacher Wines, Beaverton, Oregon
Segment Four: Chef Robert Sulatycky, Head Coach, Team USA, 2019 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition Part One
Segment Five: Chef Robert Sulatycky, Head Coach, Team USA, 2019 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition Part Two
Segment Six: Adam Bell, “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Social Media and Website Guru on “New York Eats”
Segment Seven: Jon Escobedo, Head Butcher, Huntington Meats & Sausages, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group & Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s decadent show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always thanks for being a part of our loyal listening audience.

We love to share inspiring Family entrepreneurial success stories along with fulfilling second careers. Georgia’s Restaurant in the Anaheim Packing House is a Southern restaurant that celebrates authentic Soul Food through family recipes that deliver a home-cooked experience. At the heart of Georgia’s is Gretchen Shoemaker, who is our guest.

Eric Hamacher set forth as a winemaking gypsy after earning his viticulture and enology degree from UC Davis in 1988. Eric has since created stunning wines for more than 35 vintages at multiple wineries around the world. After leaving Napa in 1995, Eric headed North to the “Promise Land” of Pinot Noir and founded his eponymous winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Eric is with us to pull the cork on Hamacher Wines.

Time to revisit the progress of Team USA competing in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition at the end of the month in January 29 & 30) Lyon, France. Chef Robert Sulatycky is the Head Coach for Team USA 2019. Team USA 2019’s Head Chef is Matthew Kirkley and his Commis is Mimi Chen. Chef Robert joins us with an update on the long road to Lyon.

Adam Bell is one of the talented people at-work behind- the- scenes on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” Since the beginning of the show over six years ago he developed and maintains the Website in addition to ably orchestrating the Social Media. He’s also a card-carrying foodie with a particular passion for pizza, craft beer, ethnic street food and coffee. Adam has just returned from an intense week in New York doing a deep dive into the food scene. We’ll discuss and highlight his best discoveries on this expedition.

Established in 1986, Huntington Meats & Sausages located at the Original Farmers Market is a true old fashion butcher shop offering traditional roasts, steaks, chops, a variety of house- made sausages and much more. On Saturday, January 12th Huntington Meats is joining forces with Trojan Grill Barbeque Catering to host an over-the-top BBQ lunch event for 300 men, women and children residing at the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles. Huntington Meats’ head butcher, John Escobedo, is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. It’s a new year so it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice! Takeout and delivery are growing in importance for all levels of restaurants from quick service to fine dining. We’ll talk about the changes this is engendering.

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

Gretchen ShoemakerWe love to share inspiring Family entrepreneurial success stories along with fulfilling second careers. Georgia’s Restaurant in the Anaheim Packing House is a Southern restaurant that celebrates authentic Soul Food through family recipes that deliver a home-cooked experience. At the heart of Georgia’s is Gretchen Shoemaker, who is our guest.

Gretchen tells the story of her life through the comfort foods she learned to make with her grandma, that she raised her daughters on, that served in her successful catering business, and that she has shared with family and friends throughout the years. When Gretchen’s daughter, Nika, and son-in-law, Marlon, opened Georgia’s at the Anaheim Packing House in 2014, they were intent on spreading her story of survival, community, and tradition through her food.

Today, you can find Gretchen at the restaurant, greeting guests with her warm welcome and keeping a watchful eye on the kitchen, which serves her specialties, including Chicken & Waffles, Blackened Chicken Pasta, Jambalaya, and Louisiana Tilapia & Shrimp. Georgia’s popular Plates include her signature Herb-Seasoned, Cornmeal-Crusted Buttermilk Fried Chicken; Hand-Tossed, Pan-Fried Smothered Pork Chops; Farm-Raised, Creole Seasoned, Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Catfish; Half Rack of Slow-Roasted St. Louis BBQ Ribs; and grilled-to-order 1855 Black Angus Choice Tri-Tip.

Eric HamacherEric Hamacher set forth as a winemaking gypsy after earning his viticulture and enology degree from UC Davis in 1988. Eric has since created stunning wines for more than 35 vintages at multiple wineries around the world. After leaving Napa in 1995, Eric headed North to the “Promise Land” of Pinot Noir and founded his eponymous winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

After pushing for several years and finally succeeding to change Oregon state law to enable multiple winery licensing in one facility, Eric with his wife, Luisa Ponzi (Ponzi Vineyards) and partners Ned and Kristen Lumpkin, co-founded The Carlton Winemakers Studio in 2002. The Studio was the first of its kind and operated as a multi-winery facility designed to enable small, high-end wineries and boutique, artisanal producers to share space and expertise.

With the bountiful 2014 harvest and the seams stretching at the studio, Eric moved himself out. With the “Reopening” of Hamacher Wines at the original Ponzi Historical Estate, Eric was able to launch his first tasting room dedicated to showcasing his wines directly to appreciative wine lovers.

Today, Eric’s production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Hamacher Wines is just shy of 2,000 cases annually, possibly Oregon’s slowest growing winery.

Eric is with us to pull the cork on Hamacher Wines.

Robert SulatyckyTime to revisit the progress of Team USA competing in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition at the end of the month (January 29 & 30) in Lyon, France. Team USA is defending “The Gold” from the 2017 competition. Chef Robert Sulatycky is the Head Coach for Team USA 2019. Team USA 2019’s Head Chef is Matthew Kirkley and his Commis is Mimi Chen.

Chef Robert Sulatycky has a long history with the Bocuse d’Or. Representing Canada in 1999, he placed fourth and was awarded the “Prix Viande,” or best meat prize. He has since mentored both Canadian and American chef candidates and was honored to be a member of the international jury for the 2007 and 2013 editions of the competition. He also served as Assistant Coach for Bocuse d’Or Team USA 2017, who won the first-ever gold medal for the United States.

Chef Sulatycky has helmed the kitchens of the Four Seasons hotels in Toronto and Chicago. He also simultaneously led the culinary teams at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air, where he had the pleasure of cooking for notable Hollywood celebrities.

He is once again working with the Four Seasons group, developing a restaurant and dining concept for the new Four Seasons Private Residents in Los Angeles adjacent to The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Chef Sulatycky is the President and Co-Founder if iQKitchen Inc., a technology company that has developed simple and intuitive app-based solutions to many of the basic challenges that chefs face in the kitchen.

Chef Robert rejoins us continuing his update on the long road to Lyon.

Adam BellAdam Bell is one of the talented people at-work behind- the-scenes on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” Since the beginning of the show over six years ago he developed and maintains the Website in addition to ably handling the Social Media.

He’s also a card-carrying foodie with a particular passion for pizza, craft beer, ethnic street food and coffee. Adam has just returned from an intense week in New York doing a deep dive into the food scene. We’ll discuss and highlight his best discoveries on this expedition.

John EscobedoEstablished in 1986, Huntington Meats & Sausages located at the Original Farmers Market is a true old fashion butcher shop offering traditional roasts, steaks, chops, a variety of house made sausages and much more.

On Saturday, January 12th Huntington Meats is joining forces with Trojan Grill Barbeque Catering to host an over-the-top BBQ lunch event for 300 men, women and children residing at the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles.

The lunch will feature a custom built Tomahawk Crown Roast weighing over 80 lbs. and a 70 lbs. Steamship Round Roast both created by Huntington Meats head butcher John Escobedo. Due to the size of the roasts, smoking and grilling will begin the day prior with the Tomahawk Roast going on the grill on the roof at 4:00 a.m. the morning of the event.

Owned and operated by Jim Cascone since 2000, Huntington Meats proudly offers the finest quality product at reasonable prices presented with friendly service.

Huntington Meats head butcher, Jon Escobedo, is our guest.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. It’s a new year so it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice! Takeout and delivery are growing in importance for all levels of restaurants from quick service to fine dining. We’ll talk about the changes this is engendering.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Gretchen Shoemaker – Georgia’s Restaurant, Anaheim Packing House
Segment Three: Winemaker Eric Hamacher, Hamacher Wines, Beaverton, Oregon
Segment Four: Chef Robert Sulatycky, Head Coach, Team USA, 2019 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition Part One
Segment Five: Chef Robert Sulatycky, Head Coach, Team USA, 2019 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition Part Two
Segment Six: Adam Bell, “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Social Media and Website Guru on “New York Eats”
Segment Seven: Jon Escobedo, Head Butcher, Huntington Meats & Sausages, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group & Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 185, August 20, 2016: Francisco Carvalho, Pampas Grill Churrascaria, Original Farmers Market and Culver City

Francisco Carvalho of Pampas GrillIf you think churrascaria fare (Brazilian BBQ) is all there is to the food of Brazil kindly think again. With the Rio Olympics in their last week it’s time for a broader education on Brazilian fare. Joining us is the founder of Pampas Grill (Original Farmers Market and Culver City,) Francisco Carvalho. He launched Pampas Grill at the Original Farmers Market in 2001.

Think refreshing caipirinhas, hearty Feijoada, Farofa, and warm cheese bread rolls besides the familiar Picanha cut from the grill…

Francisco graciously shares his own recipe for his favorite Caipirinha, the preferred libation of Brazil. Just remember the base spirit, Cachaca, is more potent than you think…

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Show 176, June 18, 2016: Jim Cascone, Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry, Los Angeles

Jim CasconeIt’s a good sign of the times. The old-fashioned, full-service, neighborhood butcher shop is back in fashion. This is where you can source the exact cut of meat or poultry that you need and get expert advice from a master butcher who also knows how to prepare and cook everything they sell. What a concept.

Master butcher Jim Cascone of Huntington Meats and Farmers Market Poultry at The Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax in Los Angeles brings us up-to-date.

Located at the Farmer’s Market at 3rd and Fairfax since 1986, Huntington Meats is proud to offer the finest quality meats and sausages.

“A true old-fashioned butcher shop, Huntington Meats offers traditional roasts, steaks, chops, ground beef and much more. You’ll discover an astonishing selection of sausages here (Cajun, three-cheese, chicken sausage, Italian from mild to Wow! and many more). For parties, select a variety to barbecue so everyone can have a taste! Huntington is also one of the city’s exclusive purveyors of Harris Ranch meats.”

They also offer educational classes.

Find them at Stall 350.

Jim Cascone of Huntington Meats has also taken flight with the experts at Farmers Market Poultry. The chicken here is more flavorful than any found on freezer shelves in chain stores, the turkey comes from several exceptional purveyors (try the ground turkey as an outstanding substitute for ground beef), and fresh eggs and exotic fowl are also readily available. Find them at Stall 216.

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Show 171, May 14, 2016: Executive Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza & Pizzeria Mozza

Dahlia Narvaez at the James Beard AwardsCongratulations to native Angeleno, Chef Dahlia Narvaez, the Executive Pastry Chef of both Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood. Chef Dahlia was presented with the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in Chicago at Lyric Opera on May 2nd. She is our special guest.

Dahlia Narvaez developed a love for food when cooking for her family after school in Highland Park. Trading the classroom for the kitchen, Narvaez left school for a job at the Conga Room at the age of 22.

Looking to take the next step in her career, Dahlia confidently strode through the doors of La Brea Bakery and asked for a counter job. But she never worked a minute behind the counter, vaulting immediately to the kitchen at Nancy Silverton’s Campanile where, in 2003, she was name Executive Pastry Chef.

Dahlia left Campanile in 2006 to assume the role of Executive Pastry Chef for what was to soon become Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza. Dahlia developed the menus and pastry departments for all of Mozza’s LA restaurants and oversees the department in Newport Beach and Singapore.

As a side project Chef Dahlia also created the distinctive dessert menu at Chef Chris Feldmeier’s Moruno located in the Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax. We enthusiastically recommend the Fried Biscuits with tangerine thyme marmalade and vanilla bean ice cream. It’s really all in the Family as Chef Dahlia and Chef Chris are married.

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Show 162, March 5, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Pechanga Wine Festival for Angels Radio AM830 KLAAExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, now, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host.

Great to see so many listeners last Saturday at the 8th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Wine Country Temecula. Thanks so very much for supporting the good work of Habitat for Humanity.

We’re going to be talking about it on March 12th but Chef Josiah Citrin is hosting an exclusive culinary celebration at Melisse in support of the ment’or BKB Foundation on Sunday. March 13th. It’s seven incredible courses of contemporary Parisian fare prepared by a dream team of six guest chefs. Reservations for the limited, two-seatings (5 and 8:00 p.m.) can be made via Open Table or by calling 310.395.0881.

Next an ear-catching preview of Saturday’s inspiringly decadent show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a good thing…

What’s new, and fresh, in the world of fruits and vegetables? Glad you asked. Joining us for an update is our resident Produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. For starters the incredible Ojai Pixie Tangerines are back and there is a new, distinctive Dragon Fruit from Israel that’s sweet. And wonderful grapes are now available outside of the Summer season.

Chef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine (a locals’ favorite) in Irvine is at it again culinarily speaking. He’s just rolled out an all-new Good EATS Sunday Brunch. There is an epic $14 build-you-own Bloody Mary bar and Mimosa flights. Look for the just-debuted, over-the-top menu items including Shrimp and Grits, and Cinnamon Crunch French Toast.

On Saturday evening, March 12, as part of Cochon 555 L.A., Chef Steven Fretz will be hosting, along with six other celebrity chefs, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, at Church Key in West Hollywood. It begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and premium wine pairings. The benefit dinner is limited to 40 seats. Tickets are available online at $125 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank.

Moruno, from Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier and Managing Partner David Rosoff (formerly of Mozza) is now open at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Bringing a unique style of upscale casual dining to one of Los Angeles’ historic sites, the warm, vibrant flavors of the southern Spanish inspired menu are supported by a stellar wine list focused on Spain, the deep south of France, plus various islands and volcanoes. Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier is our guest.

Orange County Restaurant Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Association, will celebrate its eighth year as the region’s highest profile culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12thThis year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family-friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. Restaurateur Alicia Whitney of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach (a participating OC Restaurant Week restaurant) joins us.

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold will join local non-profit C-CAP LA (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) at their upcoming fundraiser evening on Monday, March 14, 2016, featuring a VIP screening of City of Gold, a documentary that details Gold’s journey through Los Angeles’ cultural culinary scene. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert and Jonathan Gold moderated by KCRW’s “Good Food” host, Chef Evan Kleiman. C-CAP L.A. Program Director, Lisa Fontanesi and James Beard Award-winning Chef and C-CAP Board Member, Sherry Yard, join us with the 411 on the evening.

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

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Show 162, March 5, 2016: Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier, Moruno, Original Farmers Market

Chris FeldmeierMoruno, from Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier and Managing Partner David Rosoff (formerly of Mozza) is now open at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Bringing a unique style of upscale casual dining to one of Los Angeles’ historic sites, the warm, vibrant flavors of the southern Spanish inspired menu is supported by a stellar wine list focused on Spain, the deep south of France, plus various islands and volcanoes. Sherry is also featured prominently as well Morunos’ own proprietary vermouth called “Vermina” made in conjunction with Steve Clifton of Palmina in Lompoc, CA from organic Santa Barbara ingredients.

A Moruno, which was inspired by the duos trip to Spain, is a kebab cooked over live coals and marinated in spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric, peppers, etc.) highlighting Moorish and North African culinary influences.

The signature Bhatura Bread (Basque influenced) is baked in-house.

The bar program from Dave Kupchinsky utilizes both pre-bottled and on tap cocktails in an efficient and creative manner and will run the deepest within the boutique upstairs Bar Vermut (coming soon) which will also feature its own unique menu.

By folding fine dining principles into a vibrant and welcoming environment, Moruno (and its sibling restaurant Bar Moruno opening soon at Grand Central Market) delivers great value through its’ unique and approachable brand of hospitality.

All proceeds from the sale of Moruno’s House-Fermented Vegetables benefit C-CAP (the Careers through Culinary Arts Program.)

Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier, a South Bay native, is our guest.

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March 5: Melissa’s Produce, EATS Kitchen and Bar, Steven Fretz, Moruno, SeaLegs Wine Bar, C-CAP

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part One
Segment Three: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar, Irvine
Segment Five: Steven Fretz, Executive Chef and Partner, Church Key, West Hollywood
Segment Six: Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier, Moruno, Original Farmers Market
Segment Seven: Alicia Whitney, Proprietress, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Huntington Beach
Segment Eight: C-CAP L.A. Program Director Lisa Fontanesi and Celebrity Chef Sherry Yard

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Pechanga Wine Festival for Angels Radio AM830 KLAAExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, now, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host.

Great to see so many listeners last Saturday at the 8th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Wine Country Temecula. Thanks so very much for supporting the good work of Habitat for Humanity.

We’re going to be talking about it on March 12th but Chef Josiah Citrin is hosting an exclusive culinary celebration at Melisse in support of the ment’or BKB Foundation on Sunday. March 13th. It’s seven incredible courses of contemporary Parisian fare prepared by a dream team of six guest chefs. Reservations for the limited, two-seatings (5 and 8:00 p.m.) can be made via Open Table or by calling 310.395.0881.

Next an ear-catching preview of Saturday’s inspiringly decadent show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a good thing…

What’s new, and fresh, in the world of fruits and vegetables? Glad you asked. Joining us for an update is our resident Produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. For starters the incredible Ojai Pixie Tangerines are back and there is a new, distinctive Dragon Fruit from Israel that’s sweet. And wonderful grapes are now available outside of the Summer season.

Chef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine (a locals’ favorite) in Irvine is at it again culinarily speaking. He’s just rolled out an all-new Good EATS Sunday Brunch. There is an epic $14 build-you-own Bloody Mary bar and Mimosa flights. Look for the just-debuted, over-the-top menu items including Shrimp and Grits, and Cinnamon Crunch French Toast.

On Saturday evening, March 12, as part of Cochon 555 L.A., Chef Steven Fretz will be hosting, along with six other celebrity chefs, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, at Church Key in West Hollywood. It begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and premium wine pairings. The benefit dinner is limited to 40 seats. Tickets are available online at $125 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank.

Moruno, from Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier and Managing Partner David Rosoff (formerly of Mozza) is now open at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Bringing a unique style of upscale casual dining to one of Los Angeles’ historic sites, the warm, vibrant flavors of the southern Spanish inspired menu is supported by a stellar wine list focused on Spain, the deep south of France, plus various islands and volcanoes. Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier is our guest.

Orange County Restaurant Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Association, will celebrate its eighth year as the region’s highest profile culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12thThis year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family-friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. Restaurateur Alicia Whitney of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach (a participating OC Restaurant Week restaurant) joins us.

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold will join local non-profit C-CAP LA (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) at their upcoming fundraiser evening on Monday, March 14, 2016, featuring a VIP screening of City of Gold, a documentary that details Gold’s journey through Los Angeles’ cultural culinary scene. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert and Jonathan Gold moderated by KCRW’s “Good Food” host, Chef Evan Kleiman. C-CAP L.A. Program Director, Lisa Fontanesi, joins us with the 411 on the evening.

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

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioWhat’s new, and fresh, in the world of fruits and vegetables? Glad you asked. Joining us is our resident Produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

For starters the incredible Ojai Pixie Tangerines are back and there is a new, distinctive Dragon Fruit from Israel that’s actually sweet. And wonderful, flavorful grapes are now available outside of the Summer season.

Savor the tasty, delicate treat of tree-ripened Ojai Pixie Tangerines bursting with sunshine-sweet flavor and juice. This seedless variety is the result of open pollination of Kincy, King and Dancy mandarins. Popular backyard trees in Ojai, California, they bear small to medium-sized citrus, having pebbly textured, yellow-orange rinds with loose skins that peel easily. The segments separate neatly for a quick snack, making them a great choice for eating out of hand.

Grapes from South America are now deliciously available in the non-Summer season. Highlights are the Melissa’s Muscato grapes (red and green Summer flavors.)

Green to amber-green Muscato seedless grapes arrive with a crisp, firm texture and a delicious tangy sweetness. Toss in fruit salads for texture, color, and a burst of juicy flavor. Succulently delicious— the ideal picnic or lunchbox treat.

Exclusively available from Melissa’s, Red Muscato grapes have a bright, rosy red color, firm texture with a very high sugar content. Slightly sweeter than its juicy sweet green-skinned cousin, Red Muscato grapes are a great addition to any fresh fruit ‘n cheese platter, sprinkled on yogurt or tossed in a green salad. This variety’s refreshing sweetness makes it a healthy out-of-hand snack food for kids and smart adults alike!

Jason MontelibanoChef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine (a locals’ favorite) in Irvine is at it again. He’s just rolled out an all-new Good EATS Sunday Brunch starting at 11:30 a.m.

There is an epic $14 build-you-own Bloody Mary bar and Mimosa flights. The Mimosa flight arrives with four, 6 oz. Mimosas. Passion Fruit and Blood Orange was a recent selection along with Strawberry Lemon. Look for the just-debuted, over-the-top menu items including Shrimp and Grits, and Cinnamon Crunch French Toast.

A “SoCal Restaurant Show” favorite is the Chilaquiles con Pollo. With the chicken is a sunny-side up egg, fried tortillas, roasted tomato salsa, lime sour cream, avocado and cotija cheese.

There is indoor and outdoor seating available. A cozy fire pit, too. With the lush landscaping and thoughtful design you’d never know you’re a long fly ball from the 405 San Diego Freeway.

Chef Jason knew he was destined to be a chef from an early age. From starting culinary school as a teenager, to refining his skills in some of the best kitchens in Southern California, his love for chef-driven, sustainable cuisine has been honed through years of hard work and dedication. His passion for international flavors and market-fresh ingredients are on full display in every single plate that leaves his kitchen.

Steven FretzOn Saturday, March 12, as part of Cochon 555 L.A., Chef Steven Fretz (our guest) will be hosting, along with six other celebrity chefs, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, at Church Key in West Hollywood. It begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and premium wine pairings. The benefit dinner is limited to 44 seats. Tickets are available online at $125 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank.

Our own Andrew Gruel is preparing a course with a Spring theme. Also on the distinguished chefs’ team is Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) and Eric Greenspan (Mare, The Roof on Wilshire, Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese.)

Piggy Bank seeks to build a future for family farming with the goal of changing the future of food and promoting long-term farming sustainability. Piggy Bank will raise heritage breed pigs to be gifted to new farmers and culinary schools, assist new family farms with herd development and help existing farms challenged by disaster.

Chris FeldmeierMoruno, from Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier and Managing Partner David Rosoff (formerly of Mozza) is now open at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Bringing a unique style of upscale casual dining to one of Los Angeles’ historic sites, the warm, vibrant flavors of the southern Spanish inspired menu is supported by a stellar wine list focused on Spain, the deep south of France, plus various islands and volcanoes. Sherry will also feature prominently as will Morunos’ own proprietary vermouth called “Vermina.”

A Moruno, which was inspired by the duos trip to Spain, is a kebab cooked over live coals and marinated in spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric, peppers, etc.) highlighting Moorish and North African culinary influences.

The bar program from Dave Kupchinsky utilizes both pre-bottled and on tap cocktails in an efficient and creative manner and will run the deepest within the boutique upstairs Bar Vermut (coming soon) which will also feature its own unique menu.

By folding fine dining principles into a vibrant and welcoming environment, Moruno (and its sibling restaurant Bar Moruno opening soon at Grand Central Market) delivers great value through its’ unique and approachable brand of hospitality.

Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier is our guest.

Alicia WhitneyOrange County Restaurant Week, organized by the OC Restaurant Association, will celebrate its eighth year as the region’s highest profile culinary event, with the 2016 Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12thThis year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family-friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining.

During the weeklong event, the participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item included at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 or $80.

Restaurateur Alicia Whitney of SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach (a participating OC Restaurant Week restaurant and Golden Foodie Award-recipient) joins us.

City of GoldPulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold will join local non-profit C-CAP LA (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) at their upcoming fundraiser at the Westside Pavilion on Monday, March 14, 2016, featuring a VIP screening of City of Gold, a documentary that details Gold’s journey through Los Angeles’ cultural culinary scene. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert and Jonathan Gold moderated by KCRW’s “Good Food” host, Chef Evan Kleiman.

On his many ventures to discover hidden gastronomic gems throughout the city, Gold frequently encounters underserved communities and the kids who live in them. Wanting to do more to create opportunities for the local youth, Gold and Laura Gabbert, the director of City of Gold, happily partnered with C-CAP LA on this project.

Taking place at The Wine Bar at the Landmark Theaters Westside Pavilion, the City of Gold event begins with a reception featuring premium wines from the Wine Exchange and craft beer from El Segundo Brewery and Smog City Brewing Co. as well as some of Gold’s favorite foods including sliders from West Coast Prime Meats, pork tostadas from Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s Border Grill, crudités and fruit from Melissa’s Produce, desserts from Spago and an oyster bar, courtesy of Michael Cimarusti’s new Cape Seafood and Provisions.

The reception will be followed by a special screening of City of Gold, accompanied by gourmet popcorn prepared by Sherry Yard. After screening the film, KCRW Good Food’s Evan Kleiman will moderate a Q&A session with Gold and Gabbert.

The City of Gold fundraiser will take place on Monday, March 14 at the Landmark Theaters Westside Pavilion located at 10850 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064. The reception begins at 6:00 PM and the 91 minute documentary will begin at 7:30 PM, followed by the Q&A session. Tickets are $101 and can be purchased at ccapinc.org. Proceeds support C-CAP’s program in the Los Angeles Region.

C-CAP L.A. Program Director, Lisa Fontanesi, joins us with the 411 on the edible evening.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part One
Segment Three: Robert Schueller, Produce Authority, Melissa’s World Variety Produce Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar, Irvine
Segment Five: Steven Fretz, Executive Chef and Partner, Church Key, West Hollywood
Segment Six: Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier, Moruno, Original Farmers Market
Segment Seven: Alicia Whitney, Proprietress, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Huntington Beach
Segment Eight: C-CAP L.A. Program Director Lisa Fontanesi and Celebrity Chef Sherry Yard

Show 159, February 13, 2016: Executive Chef / Proprietor Neal Fraser, Fritzi at Arts District Brewing Co.

Neal FraserChef Neal Fraser is well-known to Angelenos for BLD, Fritzi Dog at the Original Farmers Market and Redbird at Vibiana Events Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Chef Neal and the Vibiana Events Center were even part of the recent Beefsteak episode of Season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”

Fritzi is now Downtown, too, sharing space in The Arts District with the Arts District Brewing Co. It’s lunch and dinner for elevated pub-grub. It’s early in the going but the wood- fired rotisserie chicken and the potato waffle are already signature menu items. Nothing on the menu is over $19.

“The industrial chic restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and handcrafted cocktails from its full bar, which is stocked with bubbles, wines, brews from the Arts District Brewing Co., and Ketel One pours. With an occupancy of 60 diners, Fritzi is a seamless addition to L.A.’s historic arts district with its modern wood and metal elements and intimate atmosphere.”

“Fritzi’s menu features handcrafted epic dishes and small plates such as Charred Brussels Sprout, Forbidden Rice & Quinoa Salad, Spit Roasted Cauliflower, Crispy Shrimp Balls, Fritzi Burger, Wood Fried Rotisserie Half Chicken, Steak Frites, Santa Barbara White Fish, and more, with Fries, Tots, and Potato Waffle to accompany.”

Chef Neal Fraser joins us with the 411 on Fritzi.

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