Show 553, November 25, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The B8kery by Selanne, Laguna Beach’s newest bakery is located just steps from sister restaurant, Selanne Steak Tavern.”

“The bakery beckons both locals and newcomers with its array of offerings that include decadent sweet treats and house-made breads created by Rebekah Eastman, who previously worked as pastry chef at Bourbon Steak, Chef Michael Mina’s restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.” Rebekah also is the newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef for Selanne Steak Tavern which is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. Rebekah Eastman is our guest with rolling pin at the ready and joined by the Executive Chef of Selanne Steak Tavern, Vincent Terusa.

Switchback Ridge winery produces handcrafted estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The inspiration to embark upon a family wine project first came to current proprietress Kelly Peterson in 1995 with the death of her great aunt, Carrie. Auntie, as she was affectionately called, emphatically insisted that her old vine block of Petite Sirah, or “Pets” as she called them, “not be touched” when the property was replanted in 1990. At the time there was little respect or interest in Petite Sirah and total acreage in California was down to an all-time low of only 1,700 acres. After her death, there was a renewed interest in the variety and Kelly vowed to make a Petite Sirah varietal wine in her honor. That dream became a reality in 1999, with the help of family friend and winemaker Bob Foley, when Switchback Ridge produced its first vintage. Switchback Ridge is named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard that John Peterson (Kelly’s father) explored as a child. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy of the estate that began with her great-grandfather, Mads, over a hundred years ago.”

Italy Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired By Italia by food and travel journalist Paul Feinstein is a treasure trove of drink recipes, vivid photography, and cocktail histories from Italian hotspots and around the world. Paul Feinstein is our guest to share his deep love and knowledge of Italian culture and the cocktails born and inspired from its rich history assembled for this book. These signature drink recipes from Italy hotspots pay homage to this vibrant country. With over 100 recipes and dozens of bartender profiles, you can drink like a local whether you’re just visiting or entertaining at home. From ritzy rooftop bars with views of the Colosseum to stylish Japanese-inspired haunts, locals and tourists alike will discover new watering holes that are sure to satisfy all tastes. With signature creations by prominent mixologists in the region, this book offers a detailed rundown of the best locations Italy has to offer.”

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. The Holidays are here and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. The Thanksgiving Turkey has been carved and the remaining turkey and the bountiful side dishes are tucked in the refrigerator. Chef Andrew provides some tasty thoughts for creativity with leftovers. Think the ultimate turkey sandwich on sourdough laden with the sweet & savory Thanksgiving sides.

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

November 25: The B8kery by Selanne, Switchback Ridge, Paul Feinstein

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The B8kery by Selanne and 10th Anniversary of Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part One
Segment Three: The B8kery by Selanne and 10th Anniversary of Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part Two
Segment Four: Switchback Ridge Winery, Calistoga, with Sommelier Pierson Ryan Part One
Segment Five: Switchback Ridge Winery, Calistoga, with Sommelier Pierson Ryan Part Two
Segment Six: Italy Cocktails with Food & Travel Journalist Paul Feinstein Part One
Segment Seven: Italy Cocktails with Food & Travel Journalist Paul Feinstein Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

The B8kery by Selanne, Laguna Beach’s newest bakery is located just steps from sister restaurant, Selanne Steak Tavern.

The bakery beckons both locals and newcomers with its array of offerings that include decadent sweet treats and house-made breads created by Rebekah Eastman, who previously worked as pastry chef at Bourbon Steak, Chef Michael Mina’s restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.” Rebekah also is the newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef for Selanne Steak Tavern which is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. Rebekah Eastman is our guest with rolling pin at the ready and joined by the Executive Chef of Selanne Steak Tavern, Vincent Terusa.

“Switchback Ridge winery produces handcrafted estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The inspiration to embark upon a family wine project first came to current proprietress Kelly Peterson in 1995 with the death of her great aunt, Carrie. Auntie, as she was affectionately called, emphatically insisted that her old vine block of Petite Sirah, or “Pets” as she called them, “not be touched” when the property was replanted in 1990. At the time there was little respect or interest in Petite Sirah and total acreage in California was down to an all-time low of only 1,700 acres. After her death, there was a renewed interest in the variety and Kelly vowed to make a Petite Sirah varietal wine in her honor. That dream became a reality in 1999, with the help of family friend and winemaker Bob Foley, when Switchback Ridge produced its first vintage. Switchback Ridge is named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard that John Peterson (Kelly’s father) explored as a child. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy of the estate that began with her great-grandfather, Mads, over a hundred years ago.”

“Italy Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired By Italia by food and travel Journalist Paul Feinstein is a treasure trove of drink recipes, vivid photography, and cocktail histories from Italian hotspots and around the world. Paul Feinstein is our guest to share his deep love and knowledge of Italian culture and the cocktails born and inspired from its rich history assembled for this book. These signature drink recipes from Italy hotspots pay homage to this vibrant country. With over 100 recipes and dozens of bartender profiles, you can drink like a local whether you’re just visiting or entertaining at home. From ritzy rooftop bars with views of the Colosseum to stylish Japanese-inspired haunts, locals and tourists alike will discover new watering holes that are sure to satisfy all tastes. With signature creations by prominent mixologists in the region, this book offers a detailed rundown of the best locations Italy has to offer.”

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 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. The Holidays are arriving soon and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful holiday cooking tips. The Thanksgiving Turkey has been carved and the remaining turkey and the bountiful side dishes are tucked in the refrigerator. Chef Andrew provides some tasty thoughts for creativity with leftovers. 

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

Rebekah Eastman of the B8kery by Selanne

The B8kery by SelanneLaguna Beach’s newest bakery is located just steps from sister restaurant Selanne Steak Tavern.

“The bakery beckons both locals and newcomers with its array of offerings that include decadent sweet treats and house-made breads created by Rebekah Eastman, who previously worked as pastry chef at Bourbon Steak, Chef Michael Mina’s restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.” Rebekah also is the newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef for Selanne Steak Tavern. Rebekah Eastman is our guest with rolling pin at the ready and joined by Selanne Steak Tavern’s Executive Chef, Vincent Terusa. (Selanne Steak Tavern is celebrating 10 years of welcoming discriminating guests this year.)

“This airy, inviting neighborhood shop with its cheerful white and pink interior, floor to ceiling windows, Sips & Sweets neon wall sign and charming decorative touches features a scrumptious array of pastries and breads. The B8kery by Selanne has a large glass case tempting visitors with Glazed Strawberry Bang Pies; Blueberry Streusel Muffins; Gluten Free Donut Muffins; Banana Nut Muffins; Berries and Cream and Almond Croissants; Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies; cookies, cupcakes and more delectable confections. In addition, The B8kery features hot and cold coffees made with artisanal Caffe Luxxe of Southern California-famed coffee beans.”

Vince Terusa of Selanne Steak Tavern

Selanne Steak Tavern, located at 1464 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, opened in November 2013 (celebrating its 10th Anniversary) and is owned by Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne and local Orange County businessman Kevin Pratt. Housed in a reimagined 1934 historic home along the Pacific Coast, it is an upscale contemporary steak house with an upstairs dining room, downstairs tavern and bar area, a wine room for more intimate dining and two patios for alfresco dining. The restaurant supports local farms and fisheries that practice sustainability and humane practices. Menus feature the finest of steaks and seafood served with a variety of accompaniments enhanced by herbs from the restaurant’s herb garden. Along with its carefully selected California-focused wine list, craft signature cocktails are created from quality farmers’ market produce, homemade mixers and top-notch shelf spirits.”

Ryan Pierson of Switchback Ridge

Switchback Ridge winery produces handcrafted estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga, Napa Valley.”

“In 1914, Eliza and Mads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property located on the floor of the Napa Valley at the mouth of Dutch Henry Canyon. Both Eliza and Mads had immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s–Eliza from Ireland and Mads from Denmark–and headed westward as so many did at that time, seeking a place to call home.”

“The property, located just off the Silverado Trail between St. Helena and Calistoga, hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard. With the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes quickly became the cash crop in Napa Valley, and the Petersons planted a plum orchard to help provide for their large family. Caring for the orchard, as well as a large vegetable garden and numerous farm animals, was a full-time job for the whole family, including the six boys and three girls.”

“When the time came to pass the property on, the daughters, and not the sons, took the responsibility. Vera, Carrie, and Mae worked to preserve the family legacy, maintaining the buildings, plum orchard, vegetable garden and livestock. Vera worked the land, Carrie managed the books and Mae returned each summer to help the harvest. Vera’s son, John Peterson, grew up working the farm and, in turn, taught his children, Trish, Kelly and Johnny, the reward of hard work. The inspiration sparked by Mads’s dream, set a true legacy in motion.”

“Slowly the plum orchards transitioned to vineyards, and by the 1990s grape vines were thriving on the property that once hosted plums. The soils with plenty of drainage and a warm, sunny climate made the area perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. There are currently 21 acres under vine, which includes a sixty-plus year-old block of dry farmed Petite Sirah that John Peterson helped plant as a young child.”

“The inspiration to embark upon a family wine project first came to Kelly (representing the 4th generation of Peterson Family ownership) in 1995 with the death of her great aunt, Carrie. Auntie, as she was affectionately called, emphatically insisted that her old vine block of Petite Sirah, or “Pets” as she called them, “not be touched” when the property was replanted in 1990. At the time there was little respect or interest in Petite Sirah and total acreage in California was down to an all-time low of only 1,700 acres. After her death, there was a renewed interest in the variety and Kelly vowed to make a Petite Sirah varietal wine in her honor. That dream became a reality in 1999, with the help of family friend and winemaker Bob Foley, when Switchback Ridge produced its first vintage.”

“Switchback Ridge is named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard that John explored as a child. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy that began with her great-grandfather, Mads, over a hundred years ago.”

Certified Sommelier Pierson Ryan who is the National Sales Director for Switchback Ridge joins us to pull the cork on all that is Switchback Ridge.

Writer and Editor Paul Feinstein

Italy Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired By Italia by food and travel Journalist Paul Feinstein is a treasure trove of drink recipes, vivid photography, and cocktail histories from Italian hotspots and around the world.” Paul Feinstein is our guest to share his deep love and knowledge of Italian culture and the cocktails born and inspired from its rich history assembled for this book.

“These signature drink recipes from Italy hotspots pay homage to this vibrant country. With over 100 recipes and dozens of bartender profiles, you can drink like a local whether you’re just visiting or entertaining at home. From ritzy rooftop bars with views of the Colosseum to stylish Japanese-inspired haunts, locals and tourists alike will discover new watering holes that are sure to satisfy all tastes. With signature creations by prominent mixologists in the region, this book offers a detailed rundown of the best locations Italy has to offer.”

Within the gorgeous, die-cut covers, you’ll find:

  • More than 100 essential and exciting cocktail recipes, including recipes for bespoke ingredients and other serving suggestions
  • Interviews with the country’s trendsetting bartenders and mixologists
  • Bartending tips and techniques from the experts
  • Food and drink hotspots across the country

“Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples, Bologna, Verona, Siena, Sicily—explore these beautiful cities and their craft cocktail scenes without ever leaving your zip code with Italy Cocktails.”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

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.

The Holidays are arriving soon and stress-free Holiday cooking is always the ultimate objective. As a working chef Andrew has plenty of experience with cooking wisely for the Holidays for both demanding guests and Family. Chef Andrew joins us with his continuing series of genuinely useful, stress-free holiday cooking tips. The Thanksgiving Turkey has been carved and the remaining turkey and the bountiful side dishes are tucked in the refrigerator. Chef Andrew provides some tasty thoughts for creativity with leftovers.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: The B8kery by Selanne and 10th Anniversary of Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part One
Segment Three: The B8kery by Selanne and 10th Anniversary of Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach Part Two
Segment Four: Switchback Ridge Winery, Calistoga, with Sommelier Pierson Ryan Part One
Segment Five: Switchback Ridge Winery, Calistoga, with Sommelier Pierson Ryan Part Two
Segment Six: Italy Cocktails with Food & Travel Journalist Paul Feinstein Part One
Segment Seven: Italy Cocktails with Food & Travel Journalist Paul Feinstein Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”