Show 348, November 9, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

La Fonda on the Plaza in Sante FeWe’re on location at the landmark La Fonda On the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built in 1926 La Fonda, located just steps from Santa Fe’s historic Plaza, is one of the oldest hotels in the country and features local, museum quality art collected (and carefully maintained) from the opening by three forward-thinking ownership groups.

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

Executive Chef Lane Warner has been the culinary face of La Fonda for an impressive 26 years. He has previously been recognized as Chef of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association. At La Fonda Chef Lane oversees all culinary aspects of La Plazuela, La Fiesta Lounge and The Bell Tower Bar (as well as room service and a busy banquet operation.) We spirit Chef Lane out of his active kitchens for a chat.

Sheehan Winery is committed to making high-quality, all natural, boutique wines in New Mexico. The winery was founded in 2015 by Sean Sheehan, who learned the craft by serving for more than a decade as lead winemaker at some of New Mexico’s finest wineries. Sheehan’s wines are made exclusively from New Mexico-grown grapes. Sheehan Winery wines reflect the unique combination of sun, high altitude, dry climate and soil of the New Mexico climate. Sean deftly pulls the cork on Sheehan Winery for us.

In April of 2016 Chef Sllin Cruz was appointed as the executive chef of the award-winning, fine dining restaurant Geronimo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After almost two years running the Geronimo kitchen as chef de cuisine and being awarded Open Table’s Top 100 Restaurants in America through his culinary talent, Cruz took over from acclaimed Chef Eric DiStefano, who sadly passed away in February 2016. Geronimo restaurant, located on historic Canyon Road, presents an exquisite ‘Global Eclectic with a French base’-inspired menu focusing on comfort delicacies from all over the world. Chef Cruz is our guest.

Edible New Mexico is a bi-monthly magazine that promotes and celebrates the abundance of local foods in New Mexico. We value local, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions. We celebrate family farmers who plant the seeds and work tirelessly to bring you the freshest local produce, the ranchers and poultry farmers committed to creating healthier and more sustainable methods of working with animals and the land; the food artisans who proudly create a creamy cheese and the wines to pair them with, and the local chefs who continually create to excite us with the unique flavors of this region. We at edible Santa Fe honor their dedication to using the highest quality, local seasonal foods, and we want to share their stories with you.” Publisher and Photo Editor Stephanie Cameron joins us.

“A Santa Fe, New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian and photographer, Lois Ellen Frank was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York with her father’s side of the family. She is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on her father’s side. Her first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener. Lois has spent over 25 years documenting foods and life ways of Native American tribes from the Southwest.  This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. It won the coveted James Beard Award in the Americana category and was the first Native American book to win the award.” Lois Ellen Frank, PhD is our guest.

Since 2012 Edward (Ed) T. Pulsifer has been La Fonda On the Plaza’s high-profile Director of Sales. He also enthusiastically functions as the unofficial resident historian of the Hotel. It’s one of the key leadership positions for the property. In 2016 the New Mexico Hospitality Association recognized Ed as the Hospitality Professional of the Year. Pulsifer joined La Fonda from Heritage Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw sales and marketing for seven boutique hotels in the Southwest. We’ll meet 34-year Hospitality veteran, Ed Pulsifer.

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

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November 9: Live from Santa Fe and La Fonda on the Plaza

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Lane Warner, Executive Chef, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Three: Sean Sheehan, Sheehan Winery, Albuquerque, NM
Segment Four: Sllin Cruz, Executive Chef & Partner, Geronimo, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Five: Stephanie Cameron, Publisher & Photo Editor, edible New Mexico
Segment Six: Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Native American Chef, Native Foods Historian & Educator
Segment Seven: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part One
Segment Eight: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part One

We’re on location this Saturday at the landmark La Fonda On the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built in 1926 La Fonda, located just steps from Santa Fe’s historic Plaza, is one of the oldest hotels in the country and features local, museum quality art collected (and carefully maintained) from the opening by three forward-thinking ownership groups.

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

Executive Chef Lane Warner has been the culinary face of La Fonda for an impressive 26 years. He has previously been recognized as Chef of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association. At La Fonda Chef Lane oversees all culinary aspects of La Plazuela, La Fiesta Lounge and The Bell Tower Bar (as well as room service and a busy banquet operation.) We spirit Chef Lane out of his active kitchens for a chat.

Sheehan Winery is committed to making high-quality, all natural, boutique wines in New Mexico. The winery was founded in 2015 by Sean Sheehan, who learned the craft by serving for more than a decade as lead winemaker at some of New Mexico’s finest wineries. Sheehan’s wines are made exclusively from New Mexico-grown grapes. Sheehan Winery wines reflect the unique combination of sun, high altitude, dry climate and soil of the New Mexico climate. Sean deftly pulls the cork on Sheehan Winery for us.

In April of 2016 Chef Sllin Cruz was appointed as the executive chef of the award-winning, fine dining restaurant Geronimo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After almost two years running the Geronimo kitchen as chef de cuisine and being awarded Open Table’s Top 100 Restaurants in America through his culinary talent, Cruz took over from acclaimed Chef Eric DiStefano, who sadly passed away in February 2016. Geronimo restaurant, located on historic Canyon Road, presents an exquisite ‘Global Eclectic with a French base’-inspired menu focusing on comfort delicacies from all over the world. Chef Cruz is our guest.

“Edible New Mexico is a bi-monthly magazine that promotes and celebrates the abundance of local foods in New Mexico. We value local, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions. We celebrate family farmers who plant the seeds and work tirelessly to bring you the freshest local produce, the ranchers and poultry farmers committed to creating healthier and more sustainable methods of working with animals and the land; the food artisans who proudly create a creamy cheese and the wines to pair them with, and the local chefs who continually create to excite us with the unique flavors of this region. We at edible Santa Fe honor their dedication to using the highest quality, local seasonal foods, and we want to share their stories with you.” Publisher and Photo Editor Stephanie Cameron joins us.

“A Santa Fe, New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian and photographer, Lois Ellen Frank was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York with her father’s side of the family. She is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on her father’s side. Her first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener. Lois has spent over 25 years documenting foods and life ways of Native American tribes from the Southwest.  This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. It won the coveted James Beard Award in the Americana category and was the first Native American book to win the award.” Lois Ellen Frank, PhD is our guest.

Since 2012 Edward (Ed) T. Pulsifer has been La Fonda On the Plaza’s high-profile Director of Sales and Marketing. He also enthusiastically functions as the unofficial resident historian of the Hotel. It’s one of the key leadership positions for the property. In 2016 the New Mexico Hospitality Association recognized Ed as the Hospitality Professional of the Year. Pulsifer joined La Fonda from Heritage Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw sales and marketing for seven boutique hotels in the Southwest. We’ll meet 34-year Hospitality veteran, Ed Pulsifer.

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

Lane Warner of La Fonda at the PlazaLa Fonda on the Plaza’s executive chef, Lane Warner, is a culinary juggler, keeping his kitchen, staff, menus, room service and banquets running smoothly and professionally, making it look effortless and fun. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, he trained under a series of renowned chefs and joined La Fonda in 1993 as executive sous chef. Six years later, he was promoted to executive chef and has earned several awards and accolades, including cooking dinner at the James Beard House in New York.”

“Chef Warner is an active member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and attained the ACF Certified Executive Chef level. In addition to winning numerous medals in ACF competitions, he was voted Chef of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association and Chef of the Year by ACF Chefs of Santa Fe.”

“Under his tenure, La Fonda’s La Plazuela dining room has garnered rave reviews and is now earned the reputation as a sophisticated destination dining experience. Chef Warner’s seasonal menus celebrate the bounty of New Mexico and its rich culinary history. He is a master at taking old favorites and adding New World influences and showcasing authentic New Mexican cuisine.”

“Warner’s passion for food is equaled only by his love of the great outdoors, hunting and fishing. He spends endless hours training his Black Labrador for the upcoming waterfowl seasons. He is also an avid bow hunter for big game – elk, whitetail deer; you name it.”

Sean Sheehan of Sheehan WinerySheehan Winery is committed to making high-quality, all natural, boutique wines in New Mexico. Our winery was founded in 2015 by Sean Sheehan, who learned the craft by serving for more than a decade as lead winemaker at some of New Mexico’s finest wineries.”

“Our wines are made exclusively from New Mexico-grown grapes. Sheehan Winery wines reflect the unique combination of sun, high altitude, dry climate and soil of the New Mexico climate. We invite you to enjoy them!”

Winemaker Sean Sheehan is with us to pull the cork.

Sllin Cruz of Geronimo Restaurant in Santa FeIn April of 2016 Chef Sllin Cruz was appointed as the executive chef of award-winning, fine dining restaurant Geronimo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After almost two years running the Geronimo kitchen as chef de cuisine and being awarded Open Table’s Top 100 Restaurants in America through his culinary talent, Cruz took over from acclaimed Chef Eric DiStefano, who sadly passed away in February 2016. Geronimo restaurant, located on historic Canyon Road, presents an exquisite ‘Global Eclectic with a French base’-inspired menu focusing on comfort delicacies from all over the world.

Chef Cruz has an impressive pedigree working with the top chefs and restaurants in Santa Fe including; The Compound, opening Bouche Bistro, and Las Campanas. “Chef DiStefano found Sllin”, noted Chris Harvey, Geronimo partner and general manager. “He knew immediately who he wanted when the previous chef de cuisine left a couple of years ago”.

Stephanie Cameron of edible new mexicoEdible New Mexico is a bi-monthly magazine that promotes and celebrates the abundance of local foods in New Mexico. We value local, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions. We celebrate family farmers who plant the seeds and work tirelessly to bring you the freshest local produce, the ranchers and poultry farmers committed to creating healthier and more sustainable methods of working with animals and the land; the food artisans who proudly create a creamy cheese and the wines to pair them with, and the local chefs who continually create to excite us with the unique flavors of this region. We at edible Santa Fe honor their dedication to using the highest quality, local seasonal foods, and we want to share their stories with you.”

Edible New Mexico is intended for those who are interested in:

  • Eating delicious, locally grown, seasonal foods
  • Getting to know the people who grow, produce & cook your food
  • Learning more about great dining, day trips, food events and festivals; great books to read; and delicious new products to try in New Mexico

“Through our printed publication, website, and events, we aim to connect consumers with these local growers, retailers, chefs, and food artisans, enabling those relationships to grow and thrive in a mutually beneficial, healthful, and economically viable way. We are part of a growing national movement throughout this country that is encouraging people to eat more locally-grown and locally-produced foods. By eating locally, we help sustain the small family farms that grow these foods, we enjoy food that is fresher and healthier for us, and we help reduce the cost to the environment – and in dollars – of transporting foods over long distances.”

Edible New Mexico’s Publisher and Photo Editor Stephanie Cameron joins us.

Lois Ellen Frank of Red Mesa CuisineA Santa Fe, New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian and photographer Lois Ellen Frank was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York with her father’s side of the family. She is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on her father’s side. Her first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener.

“Lois has spent over 25 years documenting foods and life ways of Native American tribes from the Southwest.  This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. It won the James Beard Award in the Americana category and was the first Native American book to win the award. She has worked with world-renowned chefs, scientists and academicians and collaborated with them to publish many culinary posters and cookbooks. She has worked with National and International advertising agencies as well as many editorial clients as a chef and a photographer.”

She continues to be involved in research on foods, including medicinal and spiritual plants, as well as working on projects focusing on the importance of traditional foods amongst Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas, as sustenance and their uses ritually.  Her Ph.D. thesis examines contemporary Southwestern Chefs using indigenous ingredients in their cooking and how this is representational of their own identities. She worked with Native American & Non-Native chefs that combine traditional ingredients with contemporary techniques.

“Chef Frank started a Native American Catering and Food Company named Red Mesa Cuisine. Red Mesa cooks for private events, parties, weddings, corporate meetings and gallery openings as well as Native events and organizations all over the United States. Red Mesa combines Native American Culture and Cuisine by providing patrons with the history of the foods from the Southwest Indian Nations where she along with Chef Walter Whitewater (Dine) give patrons a unique fine-dining experience unlike anything anywhere in the state.”

Ed Pulsifer of La Fonda at the PlazaSince 2012 Edward (Ed) T. Pulsifer has been La Fonda On the Plaza’s high-profile Director of Sales and Marketing. He also enthusiastically functions as the unofficial resident historian of the Hotel. It’s one of the key leadership positions for the property. In 2016 the New Mexico Hospitality Association recognized Ed as the Hospitality Professional of the Year. Pulsifer joined La Fonda from Heritage Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw sales and marketing for seven boutique hotels in the Southwest.

His 34 years of experience in New Mexico’s hospitality industry include five years as Vice President of Convention Sales and Marketing at the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, and 13 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Old Town in Albuquerque.

“Step into the past and experience the splendor of the American Southwest at La Fonda on the PlazaTM, the only hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Start your vacation in Santa Fe and experience the allure of old -world charm at one of the best Santa Fe hotels, where tasteful, modern conveniences blend with the warmth of authentic New Mexican style.”

We’ll meet Ed Pulsifer.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Lane Warner, Executive Chef, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Three: Sean Sheehan, Sheehan Winery, Albuquerque, NM
Segment Four: Sllin Cruz, Executive Chef & Partner, Geronimo, Santa Fe, NM
Segment Five: Stephanie Cameron, Publisher & Photo Editor, edible New Mexico
Segment Six: Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Native American Chef, Native Foods Historian & Educator
Segment Seven: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part One
Segment Eight: Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales, La Fonda On the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM Part One

Show 232, July 15, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s fully-loaded 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, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

The faculty members at The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism and Keck School of Medicine strive to be of service to the community. They have created Quick Help for Meals, an Android app that helps combat the national epidemic of obesity and improve the quality of family meals. The app grew out of a 25-year, award-winning project that has dramatically expanded the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables reaching low-income people through the nation’s 33,000 community food pantries. Co-creators Peter Clarke, PhD. and Susan Evans, Ph.D. are our guests.

DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week is set for August 5th through August 13th, 2017. More than 60 diverse Long Beach restaurants spanning 12 neighborhoods will offer special multi-course menus at affordable prices. New to DINE LBC is Rance’s Chicago Pizza in Belmont Shore. They are already well-known for Pan, Stuffed and Tavern styles of pizza. We’ll meet the proprietors of the dough, Chef Rance Ruiz and Aaron Tofani.

Can’t get enough of those fresh fruits & veggies…Joining us with what’s new for the peak of the season hits is our resident produce expert Robert Schueller of Melissa’s. Think sweet, juicy and refreshing Muscato Grapes (Black, Red & Green) and Champagne Grapes, and more, for openers.

The annual Stu and the Kids Fundraiser returns to Vibiana on Sunday afternoon, July 30th. Stuart Skversky is the Executive Director/Founder of Stu and the Kids and the Host Chefs at Vibiana are Neal and Amy Fraser the principals of Redbird. Proceeds will fund scholarships for at-risk Hill Tribe kids in Chaing Mai. Thailand. Last year’s Benefit raised an impressive $110,000! Chef Stu hops off his trusty elephant to give us the details.

Froze’ is the rage this Summer on better bar menus all over town. SOL Mexican Cocina (Newport Beach & Playa Vista) was one of the area pioneers of popularizing this now oh-so-trendy libation. Their version uses a frozen Margarita as a base which is then infused with frozen sparkling rose and a dash of guava nectar for color. For SOL it all started as a creation to support Pink Drink Month benefiting City of Hope last year. The Froze’ creation proved so popular that it found its way on to the permanent bar menu. We’ll get the full story from SOL Mexican Cocina’s Director of Beverage, Colin Pflugradt.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

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July 15: Quick Help for Meals, Rance’s Chicago Pizza, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Stu and the Kids, SOL Mexican Cocina

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Quick Help for Meals: A Mobile Phone App for Pantry Clients
Segment Three: Rance’s Chicago Pizza and DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week Part One
Segment Four: Rance’s Chicago Pizza and DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week Part Two
Segment Five: Peak of the Season Produce Report with Robert Schueller of Melissa’s
Segment Six: “Stu and the Kids” 2017 Fundraiser, Founder Stuart Skversky Part One
Segment Seven: “Stu and the Kids” 2017 Fundraiser, Founder Stuart Skversky Part Two
Segment Eight: Froze at SOL Mexican Cocina, Colin Pflugradt, Director of Beverage

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s fully-loaded 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, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

The faculty members at The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism and Keck School of Medicine strive to be of service to the community. They have created Quick Help for Meals, an Android app that helps combat the national epidemic of obesity and improve the quality of family meals. The app grew out of a 25-year, award-winning project that has dramatically expanded the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables reaching low-income people through the nation’s 33,000 community food pantries. Co-creators Peter Clarke, PhD. and Susan Evans, Ph.D. are our guests.

DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week is set for August 5th through August 13th, 2017. More than 60 diverse Long Beach restaurants spanning 12 neighborhoods will offer special multi-course menus at affordable prices. New to DINE LBC is Rance’s Chicago Pizza in Belmont Shore. They are already well-known for Pan, Stuffed and Tavern styles of pizza. We’ll meet the proprietors of the dough, Chef Rance Ruiz and Aaron Tofani.

Can’t get enough of those fresh fruits & veggies…Joining us with what’s new for the peak of the season hits is our resident produce expert  of Melissa’s. Think sweet, juicy and refreshing Muscato Grapes (Black, Red & Green) and Champagne Grapes, and more, for openers.

The annual Stu and the Kids Fundraiser returns to Vibiana on Sunday afternoon, July 30th. Stuart Skversky is the Executive Director/Founder of Stu and the Kids and the Host Chefs at Vibiana are Neal and Amy Fraser the principals of Redbird. Proceeds will fund scholarships for at-risk Hill Tribe kids in Chaing Mai. Thailand. Last year’s Benefit raised an impressive $110,000! Chef Stu hops off his elephant to give us the details.

Froze is the rage this Summer on bar menus all over town. SOL Mexican Cocina (Newport Beach & Playa Vista) was one of the area pioneers of popularizing this now trendy libation. Their version uses a frozen Margarita as a base which is then infused with frozen sparkling rose and a dash of guava nectar. For SOL it all started as a creation to support Pink Drink Month benefiting City of Hope last year. The Froze creation proved so popular that it found its way on to the permanent bar menu. We’ll get the full story from SOL Mexican Cocina’s Director of Beverage, Colin Pflugradt.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

peteråPeter Clark PhD and Susan Evans PhD-clarke-susan-evansThe faculty members at The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism and Keck School of Medicine strive to be of service to the community. They have created Quick Help for Meals, an Android app that helps combat the national epidemic of obesity and improve the quality of family meals. The app grew out of a 25-year, award-winning project that has dramatically expanded the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables reaching low-income people through the nation’s 33,000 community food pantries.

The nearly 40 million clients of this nation’s food pantries suffer elevated rates of obesity, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, and other diet-related conditions. Numerous studies have shown how increased consumption of fresh produce helps fight obesity and promote health. Over the past twenty years, many food banks and community pantries have started distributing significant amounts of free fresh produce. Unfortunately, though, many pantry clients do not know how to prepare vegetables in nutritious, varied, and appealing ways; they also need to acquire other food management skills for healthier eating.

The phone app offers two kinds of content that each pantry client customizes to his or her needs and interests. One, VeggieBook, enables a food recipient to obtain recipes and food-use tips about fresh vegetables. A recipient decides which kinds of recipes and tips he or she wants, from among hundreds of specially-designed recipes. Users can get these printed immediately at the pantry as well as saved on the phone. All materials are in English and Spanish.

The second section of the app, Secrets to Better Eating, invites a pantry client to browse five chapters (about better breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and food shopping). Secrets present more than 80 concrete, no-cost strategies for limiting fats and sugar in the diet, establishing a warm atmosphere at meals, curtailing overeating, involving children in meal preparations, introducing children to new food tastes, and bargain-conscious grocery shopping, among other themes. Each client’s selected ideas are printed at the pantry and saved to the phone. And, as with VeggieBook’s recipes and tips, a client can e-mail Secrets to friends or family and get extra printed copies as well.

The creators, Peter Clarke, PhD. and Susan Evans, Ph.D., are our guests.

Rance Ruiz and Aaron TofaniAuthentic Chicago-style Pizza in Long Beach (and Costa Mesa) from young proprietors who grew up in Orange County? You bet…and it’s Rance’s Chicago Pizza (Belmont Shore & Costa Mesa) a first-time participant in the upcoming DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week.

DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week is set for August 5th through August 13th, 2017. More than 60 diverse Long Beach restaurants spanning 12 neighborhoods will offer special multi-course menus at affordable prices.

New to DINE LBC is Rance’s Chicago Pizza in Belmont Shore. They are already something of a local institution for Pan, Stuffed and Tavern styles of pizza. We’ll meet the proprietors of the dough, Chef Rance Ruiz and Aaron Tofani.

Just as many regions around the country hold city-wide restaurant week events, the participating Long Beach restaurants will be offering multi-course, “value-oriented” meals set at one of six price points: $15, $25, $35, $45, $55 or $65 per guest.

Founder and organizer Terri Henry, who brought restaurant week to Long Beach in 2014, said that besides attracting local “foodies”, Dine LBC allows those who view dining out as a luxury to also enjoy an exceptional experience. The nine-day event that includes two full weekends gives locals the opportunity to visit multiple participating restaurants and also allows those in neighboring cities who find it difficult to travel to Long Beach during the week more options.

“With recent minimum wage increases, overhead and cost of goods increases, an annual restaurant week drives much needed traffic into our valued restaurants”, said Henry, who said the event will span across twelve Long Beach neighborhoods and has a comprehensive marketing, advertising and PR campaign valued at over $500K to support the nine-day event.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioCan’t get enough of those fresh fruits & veggies…? Joining us with what’s new for the peak of the season hits is our resident produce expert, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s. He’s the unrivaled Watson (IBM Super Computer) of fruits & vegetables!

Think sweet, juicy and refreshing Muscato Grapes (Black, Red & Green) and Champagne Grapes, and more, for openers.

California grown Black Muscato grapes have a deep purple, almost black, coloring with a slightly softer texture than the green or red varieties. While the Black Muscatos have the same high sugar content as the other two, their sweet flavor seems stronger on the palate. Black Muscato grapes make the best sauces and sauce reductions because of this complexity in taste.

Melissa’s Muscato grapes vary in color from green to red to black and are hybrids of some very special seedless grape varieties. They make a perfect summer snack with their crisp texture and mouthwatering, juicy interior. Muscato Grapes are much sweeter than the average grape, measuring at a brix (sweetness) level of at least 22 compared to the average grape brix of about 16.

Toss Muscato Grapes into a summer fruit salad, add to your favorite sauce, or eat right out of hand. These delectable summer treats are a great addition to any dessert.

Stuart SkverskyThe annual Stu and the Kids Fundraiser returns to Vibiana on Sunday afternoon, July 30th. Stuart Skversky is the Executive Director/Founder of Stu and the Kids and the Host Chefs at Vibiana are Neal and Amy Fraser the principals of Redbird.

Proceeds will fund scholarships for at-risk Hill Tribe kids in Chaing Mai. Thailand. Last year’s Benefit raised an impressive $110,000!

Participating chefs for this year’s event include Hosts Neal and Amy Fraser, Vibiana; Brooke Willamson and Nick Roberts, Playa ProvisionsWalter ManzkeRépubliqueEric Klein and Connor Shanahan, Wolfgang Puck CateringShirley Chung, Steamer’s Co. Raw Bar & Bowl of Hug; Gilberto Cetina, Chicken ItzaMatt Lee, Restaurant 917Kris Yenbamroong, Night+MarketJason Neroni from The Rose CaféAkasha RichmondAKASHA and AR cucinaSherry YardThe Tuck Room; Warren and Rose Schwartz, Magpies Softserve; Jason Fullilove, Barbara Jean’sTetsu Yahagi, Spago Beverly HillsRoxana JullapatFriends & FamilyGavin Mills, MiroJoel Miller, The WallaceCarlos Enriquez, Bakers Kneaded; Matt Dixon, Division 3; Food Network Celebrity Chef Jet Tila and special guest Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit who will be flying in from Cleveland, Ohio with his team. Other chefs to be announced.

Chef Stu hops off his elephant to give us the details.

In 2009, Stuart Skversky, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a rising- star chef, made a dramatic life change by giving up a promising chef career in Los Angeles to move to Chiang Mai, becoming a full-time volunteer at the Wat Dan Chan (a local Buddhist temple), teaching local children English, cooking and baking. Recognizing a need to help prepare these high-risk Hill Tribe kids following their graduation, he founded Stu and the Kids to better prepare them for adulthood, helping them get into a university or technical college and giving them the tools for an independent future. Proceeds from this event go directly to the children’s education, school uniforms, supplies, housing, food and tuition for higher education.

Now in their ninth year of fundraising throughout the world, Stu and the Kids has raised over $300,000 for the charity, including last year’s astounding record of $110,000 accumulated from the LA festival, fundraising on the east coast and online donations during 2016. Stu and the Kids supervise seventeen kids, including fifteen who have earned four-year scholarships to university and a seven and fourteen-year-old that is supported with rent and food due to family hardship. The charity hopes to increase the awards to twelve four-year university scholarships in the coming year.

Colin PflugradtFroze is all the rage this Summer on bar menus all over town. SOL Mexican Cocina (Newport Beach & Playa Vista) along with sister restaurants solita Tacos & Margaritas was one of the area pioneers of popularizing this now trendy libation. Their version uses a frozen Margarita as a base which is then infused with frozen sparkling rose and a dash of guava nectar.

For SOL it all started as a creation to support Pink Drink Month benefiting City of Hope last year. The Froze creation proved so popular that it found its way on to the permanent bar menu.

We’ll get the full (and colorful) story from SOL Mexican Cocina’s Director of Beverage, Colin Pflugradt.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Quick Help for Meals: A Mobile Phone App for Pantry Clients
Segment Three: Rance’s Chicago Pizza and DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week Part One
Segment Four: Rance’s Chicago Pizza and DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week Part Two
Segment Five: Peak of the Season Produce Report with Robert Schueller of Melissa’s
Segment Six: “Stu and the Kids” 2017 Fundraiser, Founder Stuart Skversky Part One
Segment Seven: “Stu and the Kids” 2017 Fundraiser, Founder Stuart Skversky Part Two
Segment Eight: Froze at SOL Mexican Cocina, Colin Pflugradt, Director of Beverage