Show 326, June 1, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s tantalizing 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

The 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event which began Friday, May 31st and continues through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the dining guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value. Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

We were intrigued with the nifty Spin Label technology on a 12 oz. plastic water bottle we saw at their booth at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. SpinLabel™ Technologies, Inc. is a Florida based company dedicated to building and licensing its unique labeling technology that grows brand value by engaging current and prospective customers in the shopping corridor and at home. Principal Mike Neubauer is our guest providing all the details.

Chef Jet Tila and his accomplished pastry chef wife, Ali, are back with us to chat about their exciting, practical 2nd cookbook, 101 Epic Dishes: Recipes That Teach You How to Make the Classics Even More Delicious. 101 Epic Dishes teaches you the most important cooking skills you need to kick your kitchen game up a few notches – all the while whipping up some delicious dishes.

Acclaimed mixologist/bar chef Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. This is the Art of Omakase, honoring how the customer and bartender create a special experience together. We’re artfully shaking the cocktail shaker with bar chef Matthew.

The Underground at Downtown Las Vegas’ The Mob Museum, is an extensive, interactive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working distillery, brewery and speakeasy. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground takes visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time. Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground encompasses 2,814 square feet appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs. Our spirited guide is The Underground’s Head Distiller, Cole Miller.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road (Arlington, VA) where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing “Ask the Chef” responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

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

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Show 326, June 1, 2019: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview with Eight4Nine Restaurant

Joyce Kiehl of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors BureauThe 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event beginning Friday, May 31st and continuing through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value.

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in all the unique local cuisine that this foodie oasis has to offer. Unlike many food and wine festivals, no passes or tickets are required to dine out during Restaurant Week, making it accessible to everyone wanting to attend.

The set-up goes like this: there will be over 100 restaurants from all over the oasis (ranging from Palm Springs to Indio) that will be providing special fixed prices for lunch and dinner. There is no set venue, as diners simply select their favorite participating restaurant and dine out for a day (or more).

Reservations can be made online on the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week website. For every online reservation made, a donation will be made to FIND Food Bank in Indio. The special prices that participating restaurants are offering for Restaurant Week diners are two-plus lunch items for fixed prices of $15, $20, and $25 and gourmet dining options of three-plus items for $29, $39, and $49.

Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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June 1: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, SpinLabel, Jet and Ali Tila, Matthew Biancaniello, The Mob Museum

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview with Eight4Nine Restaurant
Segment Three: Spin Label Technologies – a Discovery from Natural Products Expo West
Segment Four: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part One
Segment Five: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part Two
Segment Six: Bar Chef / Master Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello
Segment Seven: Cole Miller, Head Distiller, The Underground at The Mob Museum, Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s tantalizing 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 that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

The 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event beginning Friday, May 31st and continuing through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value. Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

We were intrigued with the nifty Spin Label technology on a 12 oz. plastic water bottle we saw at their booth at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. SpinLabel™ Technologies, Inc. is a Florida based company dedicated to building and licensing its unique labeling technology that grows brand value by engaging current and prospective customers in the shopping corridor and at home. Principal Mike Neubauer is our guest providing all the details.

Chef Jet Tila and his accomplished pastry chef wife, Ali, are back with us to chat about their exciting, practical 2nd cookbook, 101 Epic Dishes : Recipes That Teach You How to Make the Classics Even More Delicious. 101 Epic Dishes teaches you the most important cooking skills you need to kick your kitchen game up a few notches – all the while whipping up some delicious dishes.

Acclaimed mixologist Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. This is the Art of Omakase, honoring how the customer and bartender create a special experience together. We’re artfully shaking the cocktail shaker with bar chef Matthew.

The Underground at Downtown Las Vegas’ The Mob Museum, is an extensive, interactive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working distillery, brewery and speakeasy. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground takes visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time. Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground encompasses 2,814 square feet appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs. Our spirited guide is The Underground’s Head Distiller, Cole Miller.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening multiple new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

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

Joyce Kiehl of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors BureauThe 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event beginning Friday, May 31st and continuing through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value.

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in all the unique local cuisine that this foodie oasis has to offer. Unlike many food and wine festivals, no passes or tickets are required to dine out during Restaurant Week, making it accessible to everyone wanting to attend.

The set-up goes like this: there will be over 100 restaurants from all over the oasis (ranging from Palm Springs to Indio) that will be providing special fixed prices for lunch and dinner. There is no set venue, as diners simply select their favorite participating restaurant and dine out for a day (or more).

Reservations can be made online on the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week website. For every online reservation made, a donation will be made to FIND Food Bank in Indio. The special prices that participating restaurants are offering for Restaurant Week diners are two-plus lunch items for fixed prices of $15, $20, and $25 and gourmet dining options of three-plus items for $29, $39, and $49.

Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Mike Neubauer of SpinLabel TechnologiesWe were intrigued with the nifty Spin Label technology on a 12 oz. plastic water bottle we saw at their booth at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center.

SpinLabel™ Technologies, Inc. is a Florida based company dedicated to building and licensing its unique labeling technology that grows brand value by engaging current and prospective customers in the shopping corridor and at home.

“SpinLabel’s proprietary, patented label technology enables a spinning label (an outer label over an inner label) to almost double the valuable messaging space on a container.  SpinLabel is aligned with top label manufacturers globally to facilitate easy integration into most types of existing consumer food product packaging.”

Principal Mike Neubauer is our guest providing all the “graphic” details.

Jet Tila and a heritage pig at Cochon 555 in 2013Chef Jet Tila and his accomplished pastry chef wife & culinary educator, Ali, are back with us to chat about their exciting, practical 2nd cookbook, 101 Epic Dishes: Recipes That Teach You How to Make the Classics Even More Delicious. The Foreword is by Celebrity Chef & Food Network star Bobby Flay.

“Here’s the truth: making food worth savoring and showing off isn’t as difficult as you like to think it is. All it really takes is a solid foundation of cooking techniques, and lucky for you, celebrity chef and self-proclaimed Mr. Miyagi, Jet Tila (collaborating with Ali Tila) is ready to pass all his know-how on to you.”

The cooking Tilas have carefully selected the most essential recipes that pull double duty by tasting delicious and teaching you foundational cooking skills that will easily transfer to other cooking endeavors. Mastering perfect pan-roasted rib-eye steak means both that your dinner is going to be delicious and that you are ready to season and sear other cuts of meat like a pro. Southwestern BBQ and ranch chicken salad helps you build must-have knife skills, and crumbly apple pie will arm you with the ability to make the perfect flaky pie dough that can be used in countless other desserts.

101 Epic Dishes teaches you the most important cooking skills you need to kick your kitchen game up a few notches – all the while whipping up some delicious dishes.

“Every recipe and skill you need to be a great cook.”

Cookbook Author Ali TilaSome featured recipes in 101 EPIC DISHES include:

-BEEF: Perfect Pan-Roasted Rib-Eye Steak; Shortcut Korean BBQ Short Ribs Worth Showing Off; Thick and Creamy Irish Beer Beef Stew

-CHICKEN & POULTRY: Old-School Shake and Fry Buttermilk Fried Chicken; Tender and Crispy Duck Confit; Better-Than-Takeout Orange Chicken

-SEAFOOD: Fried Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema; Garlicky Lemony Shrimp Scampi; Crispy-Skin Salmon with Lemon-Caper Yogurt Sauce

-RICE, PASTA & PIZZA: Not-as-Hard-as-You-Think Risotto; Perfect-Every-Time Pizza Dough and Pepperoni Pizza; Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

-EGGS & BREAKFAST COOKERY: The Ultimate Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich; Jet’s Famous Fried Chicken and Waffles; Ali’s Coconut Chia Pudding with Almonds and Fresh Berries

-DESSERTS: Grasshopper Brownie Bars; Da Bomb Budino (Italian Salted Caramel Pudding); Burnt Milk Ice Cream

-AND MUCH MORE including Vegetables; Salad and Soup; Sandwiches, Dips and Spreads and Pork!

Celebrity Mixologist Matthew BiancanielloAcclaimed mixologist Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. This is the Art of Omakase, honoring how the customer and bartender create a special experience together.

Matthew Biancaniello, the former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s famous Library Bar, is creating cocktails the world has never tasted before. Going beyond the quotidian Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins, Biancaniello is mixing it up with imaginative drinks such as “The Heirloom Tomato Mojito”, a twenty-five-year-aged balsamic vinegar and strawberry libation named “The Last Tango in Modena,” and a fresh arugula-infused “Roquette.”

We’re artfully shaking the cocktail shaker with bar chef Matthew. He’s currently doing a Limited Residency at The Library Bar at The Hollywood Roosevelt on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight through June 26th.

Mixologist Cole MillerThe Underground at Downtown Las Vegas’ The Mob Museum, is an extensive, interactive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working distillery, brewery and speakeasy. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground takes visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time. Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground encompasses 2,814 square feet appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs.

Guests of The Underground are encouraged to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes–some of which became the most glamorous places to be.

Numerous exhibits and artifacts found in the distillery and speakeasy add depth and context to the experience. Exhibits and artifacts on display bring to life the essence of a time that saw organized crime syndicates grow richer and more powerful than ever before, while giving rise to great cultural and societal change.

A Distillery Tour and Tastings are also available at The Underground. (A ticket is required.) Sampling a variety of distilled spirits is part of the experience. Participants will have the opportunity to explore The Underground, learn about Prohibition and its impact on a variety of liquor. As part of the experience guests w are educated on the historical origins of Prohibition and gain insights into the drinking culture that existed before the 1920s era.

The Tasting Experience includes moonshine, vodka and The Underground’s ginger infusion. The tour encourages visitors to develop an appreciation for the flavor of genuine, corn-mash moonshine.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Summer grilling season on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

Increasing in popularity is imitation seafood made from edible plant-based ingredients. Some of these items are truly tasty. Really…Chef Andrew will scope this growing product line out for us. Nothing fishy about it…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview with Eight4Nine Restaurant
Segment Three: Spin Label Technologies – a Discovery from Natural Products Expo West
Segment Four: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part One
Segment Five: Chef Jet & Ali Tila with 101 Epic Dishes Part Two
Segment Six: Bar Chef / Master Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello
Segment Seven: Cole Miller, Head Distiller, The Underground at The Mob Museum, Las Vegas
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group – “Ask the Chef”

Show 324, May 18, 2019: Innkeeper Richard Slosky, La Maison Palm Springs Hotel

Richard SchusterLa Maison Palm Springs Hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel property in Palm Springs. They are a member of the Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. This boutique hotel is a Mediterranean-inspired property, complete with clay tile roofs, terracotta floors, and a walled garden, offering a tranquil place for guests to unwind. The unique ambiance combines the relaxing colors and warmth of Provence with the vibrant energy of Palm Springs.

“Indulge in lavender scones and handcrafted lattes each morning. Spend the day lounging by the pool in our charming inner courtyard. At night, enjoy the most peaceful sleep on your feather bed dressed in imported luxury linens.”

“Here at La Maison Palm Springs Hotel, we know that every detail is important. All 13 guest rooms surround the pool and lush gardens. Each room is individually decorated and includes either a queen or king feather bed with luxury linens, seasonal down comforters and a small guest fridge. Our bathrooms have marble or granite accents, L’Occitane bath amenities, plush bathrobes and rain showerheads. The pièce de résistance? A complimentary lavender sachet on your pillow at night.”

Our gracious host is Proprietor Richard Slosky (who operates the property with his wife, Cornelia Schuster.)

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Show 152, December 26, 2015: Anne Marie Panoringan, OC Weekly Food Writer

Top Chef on BravoBravo’s “Top Chef” has been an enormous hit for the emerging network. It’s now airing Season 13 which is, appropriately, all California – based. It’s also made a star of Co-host Tom Colicchio. This season a couple of Southern California chefs are Cheftestants including the OC’s Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana and the just opened Vaca (December 26) in Costa Mesa.

Food journalist  and insider Anne Marie Panoringan (who contributes the widely read “On the Line” chef profiles for OC Weekly) is writing an opinionated weekly recap of “Top Chef” with the emphasis on the OC perspective.We’ll talk to her about this recapping the first of two challenging episodes using the greater Palm Springs area as the backdrop.

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Show 147, November 21, 2015: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

It’s probably our biggest show of 2015 with two celebrity culinary icons bookending the show. You don’t want to miss it…

Now, in the best Holiday spirit, a tantalizing preview of Saturday’s high-energy and appropriately loaded show and not, with apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a good thing…

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosChef Andrew Gruel’s (our official Guest Host) helpful Thanksgiving tips from November 14th are available by Podcast.

Also our distinguished Host Emeritus of “The SoCal Restaurant Show,” Chef Jet Tila, has his Thanksgiving Recipe Folder available for the asking via his Chef Jet Tila Facebook Page. It’s proven recipes for the turkey, sides and lots more!

Wine selections for the Thanksgiving turkey can always be a source of great anxiety. To the rescue is our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer, Co-Founder of Wine Exchange. As you’ll hear he makes Thanksgiving wine pairings a snap! Also his suggestions are pleasingly affordable.

Renowned Chef Jacques Pepin has written more than two dozen cookbooks and hosted more than 13 popular public television cooking series. Chef Pepin recently completed production of his 14th cooking series for PBS, Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul for KQED in San Francisco. There is also a newly published companion cookbook of the same name. Chef Pepin has announced that this will be his last cooking series so it’s bittersweet. Chef Pepin is our very special guest.

The very best of Fall produce is now available at your favorite food store. We’re going to take a deeper look at seasonal items including Korean Pears, Christmas Crunch Grapes and Cinnamon Persimmons with our esteemed resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Robert will encore on Saturday morning, December 26th with a continuation of his report.

Chef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef at Europa Village Winery in Temecula as well as the Innkeeper at the adjacent Inn at Europa Village. Chef Dean has just returned from a 7-night cruise through Provence starting in Barcelona and ending in Paris. We’ll share in the culinary highlights with Chef Dean himself.

An amazing weekend of Celebrity Chefs, great food and fantastic wines is coming to the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA on December 4th and 5th. It’s a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour event. The host chefs are James Beard Award-winner Jimmy Schmidt and Chef Brian Recor of Morgan’s in the Desert. John Healy, the General Manager of Morgan’s in the Desert (and a long-time associate of Chef Schmidt,) joins us with all the tantalizing details.

Lidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her newest cookbook is Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine written with her daughter, Tanya.

A happy and joyous Thanksgiving celebration to all whether you’re cooking, dining out or a guest with Family.

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

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November 21: Jacques Pepin, Lidia Bastianich, Wine Exchange, Robert Schueller, Europa Village, La Quinta Resort and Club

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana
Segment Three: Chef Jacques Pepin
Segment Four: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Produce
Segment Five: Chef Dean Thomas, Europa Village & Inn at Europa Village, Temecula, CA
Segment Six: John Healy, Morgan’s in the Desert, La Quinta Resort
Segment Seven: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part One
Segment Eight: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part Two

It’s our biggest show of 2015 with two celebrity culinary icons bookending the show. You really don’t want to miss it…

Now, in the best Holiday spirit, a tantalizing preview of Saturday’s high-energy and appropriately loaded show and not, with apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a good thing…

Wine selections for the Thanksgiving turkey can always be a source of great anxiety. To the rescue is our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor of Wine Exchange. As you’ll hear he makes Thanksgiving wine pairings a simple pop of the cork! Also his suggestions are affordable.

Renowned Chef Jacques Pepin has written more than two dozen cookbooks and hosted more than 13 popular public television cooking series. Chef Pepin recently complerted production of his 14th cooking series for PBS, “Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul” for KQED in San Francisco. There is also a newly published companion cookbook of the same name. Chef Pepin (80 years-young next month) is our very special guest.

The very best of Fall produce is now available at your favorite food store. We’re going to take a deeper look at seasonal items including Korean Pears, Christmas Crunch Grapes and Cinnamon Persimmons with our esteemed resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Robert will encore on Saturday morning, December 5th with a continuation of his sprouting report.

Chef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef at Europa Village Winery in Temecula as well as the Innkeeper at the adjacent Inn at Europa Village. Chef Dean has just returned from a 7-night river cruise through Provence starting in Barcelona and ending in Paris. We’ll share in the culinary highlights with Chef Dean himself.

An amazing weekend of Celebrity Chefs, great food and fantastic wines is coming to the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA. on December 4th and 5th. It’s a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour event. The host chefs are James Beard Award-winner Jimmy Schmidt and Chef Brian Recor of Morgan’s in the Desert. John Healy, the General Manager of Morgan’s in the Desert (and a long-time associate of Chef Schmidt) joins us with all the tantalizing details.

Lidia Bastianich is one of the most-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her newest cookbook is Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine written with her daughter, Tanya. We’re in the kitchen with Lidia.

A happy and joyous Thanksgiving celebration to all whether you’re cooking, dining out or a guest with Family.

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

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeWine selections for the Thanksgiving turkey can always be a source of great anxiety. To the rescue is our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor of Wine Exchange in Santa Ana. As you’ll hear he makes Thanksgiving wine pairings a simple pull of the cork! Also his suggestions are happily affordable.

“We would shy away from big, powerful, tannic wines that would overwhelm the turkey meat and not be versatile enough to play with the variety of other things that can appear on the holiday table.  Things like big Cabs, Zins, and Syrahs are great with red meats.  Such wines would bludgeon the delicate bird and be further complicated in the wake of stuffing, yams, and other such themed delicacies.  They might play alright if you are doing more exotic preparations like smoking or deep frying your bird, but even that’s a little bit of a stretch.”

Jacques PepinRenowned Chef Jacques Pepin has written more than two dozen cookbooks and hosted more than 13 popular public television cooking series. Chef Pepin recently completed production of his 14th cooking series for PBS, Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul for KQED in San Francisco. There is also a newly published companion cookbook of the same name, Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen.

Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen is an intimate look at the celebrity chef and the food he cooks at home with family and friends—200 recipes in all. There are the simple dinners Jacques prepares for his wife, like the world’s best burgers (the secret is ground brisket). There are elegant dinners for small gatherings, with tantalizing starters like Camembert cheese with a pistachio crust and desserts like little foolproof chocolate soufflés. And there are the dishes for backyard parties, including grilled chicken tenderloin in an Argentinean chimichurri sauce.

Spiced with reminiscences and stories, this book reveals the unorthodox philosophy of the man who taught millions how to cook, revealing his frank views on molecular gastronomy, the locovore movement, Julia Child and James Beard, on how to raise a child who will eat almost anything, and much, much more.  For both longtime fans of Jacques and those who are discovering him for the first time, this is a must-have cookbook.

“For this book, mindful that as I approach eighty years old I have a limited number of cookbooks in my future, I decided to gather a collection of recipes that I cook at home today.” Jacques Pepin.

Chef Pepin is our very special guest.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety ProduceThe very best and freshest of Fall produce is now available on the produce aisle at your favorite food store. We’re going to take a deeper look at seasonal items including Korean Pears, Christmas Crunch Grapes and Cinnamon Persimmons with our esteemed resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Melissa’s Korean Pears, for instance, are crunchy, juicy and sweet. Extreme care is taken while growing these pears; the outcome is a clean, blemish-free fruit. Unlike Western pears, Korean Pears are round and large in size. The skin of the pear has a light, brownish-yellow tint while the inner flesh is white. This variety is cultivated to have an extremely thin skin, which is sweet not bitter.

Melissa’s Korean Pears have a variety of uses in cooking, sliced, diced or shredded over salads, baked, or stuffed for desserts.

Robert will encore on Saturday morning, December 5th with a continuation of his report.

Dean ThomasChef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef at Europa Village Winery in Temecula as well as the Innkeeper at the adjacent Inn at Europa Village. His from-scratch, 2-course breakfasts with International themes for the Inn’s guests are the talk of Temecula Valley.

Chef Dean has just returned from a 7-night AmaWaterways river cruise through Provence starting in Barcelona and ending in Paris.

We’ll share in the culinary highlights with Chef Dean himself including a meal at Chef Paul Bocuse’s l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Lyon.

At Europa Village on Friday, November 27th is Vivi Bene.” It’s their festive antidote to “Black Friday” starting at 10:00 a.m. From 5 to 8:00 p.m. there will be Strolling Carolers and Chef Dean’s Delights including bread pudding, mulled wine, cider, butternut squash bisque and house-made preserves.

James Beard Foundation Epicurian WeekendAn amazing weekend of Celebrity Chefs, great food and fantastic wines is coming to the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA. on December 4th and 5th. It’s a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour event. The host chefs are James Beard Award-winner Jimmy Schmidt and Chef Brian Recor of Morgan’s in the Desert.

Participating chefs include Richard Blais of Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, Pete Eshelman of Joseph Decuis in Roanoke, IN, James Beard Foundation Award-Winner Larry Forgione of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA, James Beard Award Winner Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Las Vegas and Suzanne Tracht of Jar in Los Angeles. Also winemakers Mike Grgich of Grgich Hill Estate Winery and Barbara and Bruce Neyers of Neyers Winery in St. Helena.

Friday December 4th is the Rustic Dinner Under the Stars and Saturday, December 5th is the Celebrity Chef Tour Gala.

John Healy, the General Manager of Morgan’s in the Desert (and a long-time associate of Chef Schmidt,) joins us with all the tantalizing details.

Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her newest cookbook is Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine written with her daughter, Tanya.

From the Emmy-winning host of “Lidia’s Kitchen”, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class : a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking. The volume covers everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

Teaching has always been Lidia’s passion, and in this magnificent book she gives us the full benefit of that passion and her deep, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create delicious Italian meals. The 400 recipes run the full gamut from classics like Risotto alla Milanese and Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce to Lidia’s always-satisfying originals like Bread and Prune Gnocchi and Best Ravioli in Poppy Sauce.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana
Segment Three: Chef Jacques Pepin
Segment Four: Robert Schueller, Melissa’s Produce
Segment Five: Chef Dean Thomas, Europa Village & Inn at Europa Village, Temecula, CA
Segment Six: John Healy, Morgan’s in the Desert, La Quinta Resort
Segment Seven: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part One
Segment Eight: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Part Two

Show 129, July 4, 2015: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew GruelOur own resident Guest Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, is at it again doing the seemingly impossible. He just opened a new Slapfish at LAX on a super compressed timetable that required a lot of ingenuity (and long hours) to pull-off. Kind of like walking into the Natural History Museum. Check out the photo on our Facebook (SoCal Restaurant Show) page.

The Irvine Slapfish debuts mid-month.

Chef Andrew is in Palm Springs on a menu development retreat. He’s testing recipes with a crew of colleagues. We’ll catch-up with him and, yes, find out what’s cooking.

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Show 80, July 19, 2014: Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris preview the show

Jet Tila and Producer Andy preview the show.

Bestia, which launched in late 2012 in a secluded location in the former warehouse district of Downtown Los Angeles (now known as the Arts District,) has been a high-profile foodie destination since the beginning. Meet the husband and wife team of Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis and you’ll understand why.

Chef Shachi Mehra is well-known to Orange County diners as the opening chef for the fine-dining Tamarind of London in Newport Coast. Now Chef Shachi has branched out on her own and launched the more accessible ADYA in the Anaheim Packing House. It’s a reflection of modern India cuisine revolving around fresh, sustainable ingredients, simply prepared, in a casual setting.

Why would anyone sell nearly everything he owns, then pack up and travel for three years – alone – on a motorcycle? Meet world traveler and adventurer, Allan Karl, the author of Forks: A Quest For Culture, Cuisine And Connection. The standout book documents his 62,000 mile journey through 35 countries on 5 continents as well as provides authentic local recipes.

Spencer’s Restaurant at The Mountain is consistently one of the most popular and favorably reviewed restaurants in the greater  area. Since 2008 the secret has been the culinary talents of Executive Chef Eric Wadlund in the kitchen.

The Museum of the American Cocktail is hosting one of their special “Touring the Cocktail” evenings at Guelaguetza Restaurante on July 23rd. It’s a tequila appreciation evening with Oaxacan food tastes. Tomas Estes, Mexico’s official Tequila Ambassador to Europe has the details.

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

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Show 80, July 19, 2014: Executive Chef Eric Wadlund, Spencer’s Restaurant at The Mountain, Palm Springs

Eric WadlundSpencer’s Restaurant at The Mountain is consistently one of the most popular and favorably reviewed restaurants in the greater Palm Springs area. Since 2008 the secret has been the culinary talents of Executive Chef Eric Wadlund in the kitchen. Their relaxing Sunday Brunch is top of the mind with the locals. Their specialty is “Benedicts.”

“Featuring Four Star American Cuisine with a French – Pacific Rim Influence in a casually elegant atmosphere.” Chef Eric sources a lot of the produce he uses from two local Farmers Markets.

The restaurant’s outdoor patios and the striking indoor dining area create an extremely inviting visual experience.

Chef Eric was just four when he whipped up his first culinary delight: doughnuts. His father owned a bakery (Butterball Bakery) and taught him the tricks of the trade, and, most of all, to love food and cooking.

His banana cream pie is a locals’ favorite and all the ice creams and sorbets are house-made.

By the way, he’s cooked for the President, too, at Sunnylands (the former Walter Annenberg Estate.)

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