Show 572, April 6, 2024: Gary Eberle, Patriarch of Eberle Winery, Paso Robles Part One

Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery

“Affectionately known as the “Godfather” of the Paso Robles wine region, Gary Eberle’s contributions to the California and U.S. wine trade are significant. Eberle was the first to place the Paso Robles AVA designation on the Eberle Winery Cabernet Sauvignon label and he subsequently co-founded the distinctive Paso Robles terroir as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 1983. With a staunch commitment to the possibility of age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Eberle was also the first to plant Syrah on the Central Coast and make a 100 percent Syrah varietal wine in the United States. As chief promoter for his brand, Eberle has worked relentlessly for almost 50 years building awareness of the Paso Robles and California wines through his passionate promotion to consumers, media and trade across the country. These milestones have proven to be significant as Paso Robles has become a respected force in the wine industry.” Gary Eberle joins us to uncork all that is Eberle Winery.

“Eberle began his academic studies at Penn State University where he played football and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Louisiana State University before heading west to California where he completed his coursework for a PhD in enology and viticulture from U.C. Davis in 1973. “I chose Paso Robles based on Dr. Olmo’s recommendation that Paso Robles was the place to grow world-class Cabernet Sauvignon,” said Eberle. “I think we’ve achieved that,” he added.””

“Once in Paso Robles, Eberle launched his career as partner and winemaker with Estrella River Winery & Vineyards. In the late 70s, he decided to pursue his own project and acquired nearly 64 acres just down the road from Estrella River Winery. Shortly thereafter, Gary released his first Eberle wine, the 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon and opened the winery and tasting room in 1983.”

“Eberle Winery has showcased the history and diversity of the Paso Robles Appellation since 1979. Eberle Winery continues to be family owned and operated.  With an annual case production of 26,000, Eberle wines are distributed in 34 states and six countries. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with wine tasting and cave tours. 805-238-9607.”

Another attribute of Gary Eberle over his long tenure in Paso Robles is that his mission was to promote Paso Robles as a destination region for producing premium wines. Promoting the Eberle Winery was always secondary. Gary attributes this to another lesson learned from pioneering California winemaker Robert Mondavi. “Mr. Mondavi” (as Gary always deferentially refers to the late Robert Mondavi as) in his travels always promoted Napa Valley first as the locale for premium wines before pitching the Robert Mondavi Winery itself.

Show 572, April 6, 2024: Gary Eberle, Patriarch of Eberle Winery, Paso Robles Part Two

Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery

Affectionately known as the “Godfather” of the Paso Robles wine region, Gary Eberle’s contributions to the California and U.S. wine trade are significant. Eberle was the first to place the Paso Robles AVA designation on the Eberle Winery Cabernet Sauvignon label and he subsequently co-founded the distinctive Paso Robles terroir as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 1983. With a staunch commitment to the possibility of age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Eberle was also the first to plant Syrah on the Central Coast and make a 100 percent Syrah varietal wine in the United States. As chief promoter for his brand, Eberle has worked relentlessly for almost 50 years building awareness of the Paso Robles and California wines through his passionate promotion to consumers, media and trade across the country. These milestones have proven to be significant as Paso Robles has become a respected force in the wine industry.” Gary Eberle continuers with us to uncork all that is Eberle Winery.

“Eberle began his academic studies at Penn State University where he played football and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Louisiana State University before heading west to California where he completed his coursework for a PhD in enology and viticulture from U.C. Davis in 1973. “I chose Paso Robles based on Dr. Olmo’s recommendation that Paso Robles was the place to grow world-class Cabernet Sauvignon,” said Eberle. “I think we’ve achieved that,” he added.””

“Once in Paso Robles, Eberle launched his career as partner and winemaker with Estrella River Winery & Vineyards. In the late 70s, he decided to pursue his own project and acquired nearly 64 acres just down the road from Estrella River Winery. Shortly thereafter, Gary released his first Eberle wine, the 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon and opened the winery and tasting room in 1983.”

“Eberle Winery has showcased the history and diversity of the Paso Robles Appellation since 1979. Eberle Winery continues to be family owned and operated.  With an annual case production of 26,000, Eberle wines are distributed in 34 states and six countries. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with wine tasting and cave tours. 805-238-9607.”

Another attribute of Gary Eberle over his long tenure in Paso Robles is that his mission was to promote Paso Robles as a destination region for producing premium wines. Promoting the Eberle Winery was always secondary. Gary attributes this to another lesson learned from pioneering California winemaker Robert Mondavi. “Mr. Mondavi” (as Gary always deferentially refers to the late Robert Mondavi as) in his travels always promoted Napa Valley first as the locale for premium wines before pitching the Robert Mondavi Winery itself.

Show 570, March 23, 2024: Copia Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, with Anita and Varinder Sahi Part One

Anita and Varinder Sahi of Copia Vineyards and Winery

“The abridged story of Copia Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles: Passionate curiosity, tireless effort and a sense of gratitude.”

“The word Copia is a Latin root word that means abundance or plenty. It’s an apt name for a winery that is created by two people who have always chased the glass half full.”

“The story of Copia Vineyards begins with the passion of Anita and Varinder Sahi, their shared love of wine and the beauty of its source. The Sahis each had different paths to this world. He has an engineering and business background, and she is a restaurant and marketing veteran. He globetrotted for work and his love for wine grew. She worked side-by-side with some of the finest restaurateurs and Michelin-starred chefs, cultivating her zeal for fine food and wine. Their shared interests, entrepreneurship and life’s ever-winding path sparked a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country in 2015. Essentially, they never left.”

“In 2017, the Sahis’ search to find a special site to produce world-class Rhône and Bordeaux varietals was successful. They became the proud stewards of 50 acres of paradise-on-earth in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. It is now a veritable winemaker’s dream with nearly 40,000 vines planted in 24 distinct blocks. In 2022, their estate grew to include 26 acres of dramatic landscape in the Adelaida District where the Tasting Room is now located. Both vineyard sites have breathtakingly beautiful slopes, calcareous soils and strong marine influence. Simply put, the Sahis believe that these vineyards are legendary. The vines on the Copia Estate are now producing some of the most opulent, concentrated fruit with densely rich varietal characteristics.”

“Guests are invited to experience Anita and Varinder Sahi’s tireless passion for premium winemaking, cutting edge viticulture and warm hospitality in equal measure. Copia’s Adelaida Vineyard Estate offers a lux oasis for guests to enjoy a signature wine flight of premium wines with a curated culinary pairing. The 60 to 90 minute in-depth experience takes place in their modern Tasting Room and cozy outdoor patio areas (weather permitting).” Appointments are recommended.

Anita and Varinder Sahi join us to gently pull the cork on all that is Copia Vineyards and Winery.

Show 570, March 23, 2024: Copia Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, with Anita and Varinder Sahi Part Two

Anita and Varinder Sahi of Copia Vineyards and Winery

“The story of Copia Vineyards begins with the passion of Anita and Varinder Sahi, their shared love of wine and the beauty of its source. The Sahis each had different paths to this world. He has an engineering and business background, and she is a restaurant and marketing veteran. He globetrotted for work and his love for wine grew. She worked side-by-side with some of the finest restaurateurs and Michelin-starred chefs, cultivating her zeal for fine food and wine. Their shared interests, entrepreneurship and life’s ever-winding path sparked a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country in 2015. Essentially, they never left.”

“In 2017, the Sahis’ search to find a special site to produce world-class Rhône and Bordeaux varietals was successful. They became the proud stewards of 50 acres of paradise-on-earth in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. It is now a veritable winemaker’s dream with nearly 40,000 vines planted in 24 distinct blocks. In 2022, their estate grew to include 26 acres of dramatic landscape in the Adelaida District where the Tasting Room is now located. Both vineyard sites have breathtakingly beautiful slopes, calcareous soils and strong marine influence. Simply put, the Sahis believe that these vineyards are legendary. The vines on the Copia Estate are now producing some of the most opulent, concentrated fruit with densely rich varietal characteristics.”

“Guests are invited to experience Anita and Varinder Sahi’s tireless passion for premium winemaking, cutting edge viticulture and warm hospitality in equal measure. Copia’s Adelaida Vineyard Estate offers a lux oasis for guests to enjoy a signature wine flight of premium wines with a curated culinary pairing. The 60 to 90 minute in-depth experience takes place in their modern Tasting Room and cozy outdoor patio areas (weather permitting).” Appointments are recommended.

Anita and Varinder Sahi continue with us artfully pulling the cork on all that is Copia Vineyards and Winery.

Show 569, March 16, 2024: Glunz Family Winery & Cellars with Matthew and Stephan Glunz Part One

Stephan and Matthew Glunz of Glunz Family Winery and Cellars

The Glunz Family story started in 1871 when Louis Glunz, age 17, left his native Germany in pursuit of the American dream. Louis arrived in Ellis Island that year with friends Oscar Meyer (yes, that Oscar Meyer) and Theo Koshswersmill (Dr. Scholl’s.) The three moved from city to city in search of work until they arrived in the boomtown of Chicago in 1872. The American Dream was realized in 1888, with a business loan from Charles Wacker, when Louis Glunz was able to set up a shop as a wine, beer and spirit merchant on Wells and Division Street. In 1893 Louis became the local bottler for Schlitz Beer (not pasteurized.)”

“Moving forward a few generations, the third and fourth generations of the Glunz family opened their winery specializing in small batch fortified wines.” More recently the fifth generation relocated the winery to 40 acres of a vineyard estate in the rolling hills of Paso Robles under the name of Glunz Family Winery & Cellars. Their traditional varietals are made with estate fruit and grapes sourced from other premium vineyards in California. Matt and Steve’s parents eventually relocated to Paso Robles from Chicago and now live on the vineyard estate.

Current white varietals are the 2022 Viognier Santa Barbara and the 2022 Chardonnay Edna Valley. Red highlights include the 2021 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2019 Petit Verdot – Glunz Estate Vineyard, the 2021 Zinfandel – Dante Dusi Vineyard and the 2020 Syrah Santa Barbara – White Hawk Vineyard.

A very special Dessert Wine they are known for is their Mission Angelica. The Mission grape was the first wine grape cultivated in California. “The wine has lovingly aged in oak for an average of 25 years. On the palate it is loaded with butterscotch and maple syrup flavors and balanced with just a light touch of acidity.” To be sipped and savored as it’s a potent 17 per cent alcohol by volume.

Joining us and representing the 5th generation of proud Glunz Family ownership are brothers Stephan and Matthew Glunz.

Show 569, March 16, 2024: Glunz Family Winery & Cellars with Matthew and Stephan Glunz Part Two

Stephan and Matthew Glunz of Glunz Family Winery and Cellars

The Glunz Family story started in 1871 when Louis Glunz, age 17, left his native Germany in pursuit of the American dream. Louis arrived in Ellis Island that year with friends Oscar Meyer and Theo Koshswersmill (Dr. Scholl’s.) The three moved from city to city in search of work until they arrived in the boomtown of Chicago in 1872. The American Dream was realized in 1888, with a business loan from Charles Wacker, when Louis Glunz was able to set up a shop as a wine, beer and spirit merchant on Wells and Division Street. In 1893 Louis became the local bottler for Schlitz Beer (not pasteurized.)”

“Moving forward a few generations, the third and fourth generations of the Glunz family opened their winery specializing in small batch fortified wines.” More recently the fifth generation relocated the winery to 40 acres of a vineyard estate in the rolling hills of Paso Robles under the name of Glunz Family Winery & Cellars. Their traditional varietals are made with estate fruit and grapes sourced from other premium vineyards in California. Matt and Steve’s parents (who also fell in love with the beauty of Paso Robles) eventually relocated to Paso from Chicago and now live on the vineyard estate.

Current white varietals are the 2022 Viognier Santa Barbara and the 2022 Chardonnay Edna Valley. Red highlights include the 2021 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2019 Petit Verdot – Glunz Estate Vineyard, the 2021 Zinfandel – Dante Dusi Vineyard and the 2020 Syrah Santa Barbara – White Hawk Vineyard.

A very special Dessert Wine they are known for is their Mission Angelica. The Mission grape was the first wine grape cultivated in California. “The wine has lovingly aged in oak for an average of 25 years. On the palate it is loaded with butterscotch and maple syrup flavors and balanced with just a light touch of acidity.” To be sipped and savored as it’s a potent 17 per cent alcohol by volume.

Brothers Stephan and Matthew Glunz continue with us uncorking all that is Glunz Family Winery & Cellars.

Show 568, March 9, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers. Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.” Steve Dolinsky puts down his pizza peel and joins us.

Celebrity Chef (and cookbook author) Jet Tila needs no long introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who ultimately reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Catch that on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT. Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp. Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat with us about a selection of his current doings.

“In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, “Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.” Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansy Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.” The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards. Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.” An upcoming Regarding Her evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.” Christy Vega joins us with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in TustinOur own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts and what you might soon be seeing at fast food restaurants.

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

Show 568, March 9, 2024: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles

Liz Strubbe of Allegretto Wines

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres ;(and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.”

“In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acre Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997. Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.”

Rory Longley of Allegretto Wines

“Allegretto Wines utilizes sustainable practices in both vineyards by emphasizing biodynamic farming practices that provide optimal times for sowing, transporting, cultivation and harvesting using biodynamic preparations.”

“The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort and al fresco tastings are offered on the patio. Tableside Wine tastings are offered daily and reservations are encouraged.”

The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards.

Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

March 9: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles, Jet Tila, Shelley Lindgren, Allegretto Wines, Casa Vega

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers. Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.” Steve Dolinsky puts down his pizza peel and joins us.

Celebrity Chef (and cookbook author) Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Catch that on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT. Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp. Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat with us about a selection of his current doings.

“In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.” Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansey Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

“Hotelier Douglas Ayes (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.” The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards. Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.” An upcoming Regarding Her evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm seatings.” Christy Vega joins us with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Chef Andrew shares his informed thoughts.

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

Steve Dolinsky and Andreew Gruel

Pizza City Fest Los Angeles is back for its 2nd year of gooey and doughy deliciousness. “Scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2024, at the iconic L.A. LIVE – nestled in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District – this two-day celebration promises an unparalleled experience for pizza aficionados.”

“Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to savor the delectable offerings from Southern California’s premier pizza artisans, all conveniently located in one central hub. Pizza City Fest Los Angeles will celebrate the Southland’s pizza landscape, showcasing the diverse and exceptional talents of the region’s top pizza makers.”

“Emmy and 13-time James Beard Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky has curated another stellar list of pizza makers spanning Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego – adding 13 new entries to the full lineup this year.”

Steve puts down his ceremonial pizza peel and joins us.

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila needs no introduction to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show.” On food TV you know him from Food Network for “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and the full run of “Cutthroat Kitchen with Alton Brown.” Currently he is competing on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions Five” as one of the West’s top-seeded cheftestants. The chef who reigns supreme takes home a cool $150,000. Interestingly enough no male chef has ever been the conquering chef for “Tournament of Champions.” Catch that on Food Network on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. PT.

Next up for Chef Jet on Food Network kicking off on Sunday, April 14th is “24 in 24: Last Chef Standing” hosted by Michael Symon and Esther Choi. Chef Jet is an expert judge on two episodes.

Chef Jet is also the Executive Chef for Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with a California location in Tustin and across the United States. His newest creation for them is Firecracker Shrimp.

Chef Jet takes a brief break from his busy kitchens to chat about a an enticing selection of his current doings.

Shelley Lindgren of A16 Restaurants

In celebration of the Italian Festival of Women in March and Regarding Her, “Restaurateur Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin present La Festa della Donna on Monday, March 11, 2024, at A.O.C. in Brentwood. Caroline has invited her special guests Mariarita Grasso of Azienda Agricola Filippo Grasso and Alice Bonaccorsi of Azienda Agricola Alice Bonaccorsi, Italy. Also in attendance is favorite Italian wine advocate Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 Restaurant (in San Francisco and Oakland) and author of her latest book, “Italian Wine: The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country.”

“The Festa della Donna is an Italian tradition observed yearly on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day. It serves as a tribute to the remarkable contributions of women in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. Central to the celebration is the custom of presenting women with yellow mimosa flowers, revered as emblems of resilience, beauty, and elegance. Festivities encompass various activities, including gatherings to honor women’s accomplishments and advocate for their continued pursuit of equality and recognition. The Mimosa flower has symbolized the Festa della Donna in Italy since the 1940s, symbolizing affection and appreciation when gifted to women.”

“Caroline is curating flights of wine from these two Sicilian winemakers as well as Lindgren’s own Tansy Wines, and Suzanne is creating specials to complement them. 10 per cent of wine flights and menu special sales will benefit Regarding Her programs. All five women will be present to meet guests. Local bookseller Now Serving will be on hand with copies of Shelley’s book, and A.O.C. will offer a selection of the featured wines for retail purchase.

Reservations may be made on OpenTable Experience

Suzanne’s menu of specials is inspired by Shelly Lindgren and Nate Appleman’s A16 Cookbook.

Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren is our guest to uncork all that is La Festa Della Donna.

Rory Longley of Allegretto Wines

“Hotelier Douglas Ayres (and Allegretto Wines’ proprietor) first fell in love with the beauty Paso Robles offers when he and his Family vacationed in the region during his childhood. Doug, whose Southern California Family has been commercial and residential developers since 1905, decided to establish the Allegretto Vineyard Resort as a place where wine enthusiasts could find tranquility, rest, relax, and renew.”

“In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acrte Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997.Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the Resort, was planted in 2012 with 7- acres of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino. The first harvest was 2015 which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.”

Liz Strubbe of Allegretto Wines

“Allegretto Wines utilizes sustainable practices in both vineyards by emphasizing biodynamic farming practices that provide optimal times for sowing, transporting, cultivation and harvesting using biodynamic preparations.”

“The Allegretto Wines tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort and al fresco tastings are offered on the patio. Tableside Wine tastings are offered daily and reservations are encouraged.”

The new Winemaker at Allegretto is the acclaimed Don Burns, the proprietor of Turtle Rock Vineyards.

Allegretto Wines Director of Hospitality, Liz Strubbe, and Tasting Room Manager, Rory Longley, join us to uncork all that is Allegretto Wines.

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.”

“An upcoming Regarding Her fundraising evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.

Christy Vega joins us with all the tasty details with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Surge or Demand pricing is already out there with air fares, hotel rates, and event ticket pricing. It’s now perhaps creeping into the restaurant sphere. Oops… Chef Andrew shares his always informed thoughts.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky
Segment Three: Food Network’s Chef Jet Tila on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions 5”
Segment Four: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part One
Segment Five: Restaurateur Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco Previewing La Festa Della Donna Part Two
Segment Six: Allegretto Wines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host and Proprietor of Calico Fish House, with “Ask the Chef”

Show 567, March 2, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We first introduced Chef Eric Klein to the listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” back when he was the high-profile Executive Chef and Partner of Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops. Later Chef Eric transitioned (with a major promotion) to Senior Vice President Culinary – Partner at Wolfgang Puck Catering based at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year for over two-decades Wolfgang Puck Catering has had the honor and great responsibility of providing all celebratory food and beverage for the prestigious Governors Ball following the Academy Awards ceremony. 2024 is the 30th year celebration of the Governors Ball. As for the past several years this luxe menu was created by Wolfgang Puck and Eric Klein. The pastry design is by Kamel Guechida and Gary Larduinat. This year the Oscars return to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, March 10th. Chef Eric Klein takes a break from his active kitchens to join us for this exclusive preview.

“Tiki bar fans, rejoice — and grab a place at Strong Water Anaheim. It’s a creatively reimagined classic of the genre, with its curio-shop-in-a-shipwreck atmosphere, its supercharged bar-food menu, its encyclopedic list of classic and creative tropical libations (zero proof options included), and its treasure chest of rare artisanal rums worth drinking straight.” Strong Water’s latest national recognition is as a semi-finalist for a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County semi-finalist in any category for a James Beard Award in 2024. The food menu is an important calling card for Strong Water, too. Their Galley Master (Executive Chef) is Steve Kling previously the highly regarded culinary force in the kitchen at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and Robert Adamson join us in-studio

“In music, the term “allegretto” describes a cheerful tempo of 112-120 beats per minute, and at Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles, it’s an expression of a life lived joyfully, playfully, in harmony and with intention. The resort is the vision of fourth-generation hotelier Douglas Ayres, who, as a keen observer of global cultures and traditions, spent 13 years exploring the landscapes and vineyards of Paso Robles before discovering the 20 magnificent acres in East Paso Robles that would become the Allegretto. The first of its kind in Paso Robles Wine Country and a world unto itself, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is nestled among 20 acres that include wine-grapes, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with chef’s garden, wine bar, 12,000-square-foot courtyard, pool and cabanas, spa, the Abbey (a multi-use French inspired chapel), ballroom, indoor and outdoor event space, walking paths, manicured Mediterranean gardens, specially crafted vignettes, and art and artifacts that invoke the luxury, warmth, and beauty of la dolce vita.” Allegretto Vineyards Resort’s hands-on, veteran General Manager, Rich Verruni is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. It’s not all potent libations for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 17th. Chef Andrew has some suggestions on worthy nibbles to take you beyond green beer and corned beef and cabbage.

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