Show 580, June 1, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma, and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the always vibrant New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela. 


“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024.  The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner, is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive specialty pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.” Also discussing Pinkglow Pineapples, Heavenly Villiago Marzano Tomatoes, Pink Elephant Mangos, Tree Ripen Mangos (best and peak of the season currently), Harry’s Berries Strawberries and Finger Limes.

 “Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems. 

Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a spirited controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

(Rescheduled from May 25th.)

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

Show 580, June 1, 2024: Seasonal Produce Report with Authority Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.”

Also discussed in this segment are the popular Pinkglow® Pineapples from Del Monte.

“Feast your eyes on the newly arrived Pink Elephant Mango, a tropical showstopper from Vietnam with naturally light pink skin. This mango is gigantic (weighing up to 2 pounds!), with smooth, buttery orange flesh surrounding a remarkably thin seed, leaving you with more delicious mango to enjoy.”

“Air-freighted from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, the Pink Elephant Mango offers an extra sweet taste with almost no acidity. It’s best enjoyed fresh on fruit platters where you can admire its pink skin. In Vietnam, mango is sometimes served with salt, sugar and chile powder, sweet fish sauce (nước chấm), or served over sticky rice for dessert.”

Also highlighted in this segment’s produce basket are Heavenly Villiago Marzano Tomatoes, Tree Ripen Mangos (best and peak of the season right now), Harry’s Berries Strawberries from Oxnard and Finger Limes

Robert Schueller is our always knowledgeable authority with a basket of Harry’s Berries at the ready.

June 1: Team USA, CaliTea, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Team USA 2025 on the Road to Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Four: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with CaliTea
Segments Five and Six: Seasonal Produce Report with Authority Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce
Segment Seven: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

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

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma, and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the always vibrant New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela.

“The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. The 2024 event and future events are now owned/organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.” CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner, is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive specialty pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.”

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems.

Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a spirited controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction.

(Rescheduled from May 25th.)

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

Chef Stefani De Palma

We’re now catching up with Head Chef for Team USA 2025, Stefani De Palma and her Commis, Bradley Waddle on the culinary road to Lyon, France in January 2025 to compete in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition.

“For the first time, the Americas Selection Event will be held in the United States in the dining mecca of New Orleans. On June 12-13, 2024, 9 countries will compete, with the top 5 teams earning a spot for the Bocuse d’Or Finals in Lyon in January 2025. The competing countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Venezuela.

Over a period of 5 hours and 30 minutes, each team will create two presentations:

  • Theme on a Platter using Wild Boar and for the side dish, Alligator Sausage and Grits
  • Theme on a Plate using regional seafood ingredients: white shrimp, jumbo lump crab meat, and Murder Point Oysters

“Team USA has won first place at the Americas Selection Events in 2018 and 2022. In 2018, Team USA Head Chef Matthew Kirkley and Commis Mimi Chen, won first place at the Americas Event in Mexico City and in 2022, Team USA Head Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel won gold at the event in Santiago, Chile.”

The Honorary President for the Competition is New Orleans-based Chef Emeril Lagasse.

Let’s cheer on Team USA 2025 in New Orleans as Head Chef Stefani De Palma and her Commis, Bradley Waddle join us.

Sopheap Diggs of CaliTea

The second annual Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week returns June 2 to 9, 2024. “The 2024 event and future events are now owned / organized by United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit. The 2023 inaugural event was organized by non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, who transitioned the event to UCC earlier this month for the token amount of $1, and will remain involved in 2024 to insure a smooth transition.”

Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week is an avenue to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s delicious and diverse Cambodian food scene. The eight-day event also seeks to highlight Cambodian-owned food businesses as well as Cambodian chefs and bartenders.”

“We are excited to take the reins of Cambodian Restaurant Week beginning this year, and owning this successful brand!” stated Susana Sngiem, Executive Director at UCC. “This will again give our local Cambodian community the opportunity to share our culture and cuisine with all food lovers in Long Beach and encourage them to try something they may not have experienced before.”

“Long Beach is home to the largest community of Cambodians outside of the country itself, many refugees settling in Long Beach after escaping the Khmer Rouge regime genocide of the late 1970s. The city’s own “Cambodia Town” is a bustling collection of eateries, shops and retailers.”

CaliTea, California’s first brewed-to-order Boba Milk Tea and Organic Beverages purveyor is one of the participating restaurants in Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week. Sopheap Diggs, a partner,is our guest with a with a thirst-quenching preview.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

It’s time for our next seasonal report on the very best in fruits and veggies and new products from our resident “Prince of Produce,” Robert Schueller of Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Melissa’s is expanding their distinctive pineapple portfolio with the introduction of the “Precious Honeyglow®. Melissa’s and Del Monte join forces in an exclusive collaboration to introduce the newest member of the Honeyglow® Family: Precious Honeyglow®, a MINI pineapple packing the same punch of ultra-sweet golden flavor as Honeyglow® in a charmingly petite size. This exclusive treat starts with unique growing conditions and slow ripening on the stem for peak sweetness.”

“Feast your eyes on the newly arrived Pink Elephant Mango, a tropical showstopper from Vietnam with naturally light pink skin. This mango is gigantic (weighing up to 2 pounds!), with smooth, buttery orange flesh surrounding a remarkably thin seed, leaving you with more delicious mango to enjoy.”

“Air-freighted from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, the Pink Elephant Mango offers an extra sweet taste with almost no acidity. It’s best enjoyed fresh on fruit platters where you can admire its pink skin. In Vietnam, mango is sometimes served with salt, sugar and chile powder, sweet fish sauce (nước chấm), or served over sticky rice for dessert.”

Robert Schueller is our always knowledgeable authority with a basket of Harry’s Berries at the ready.

Davis Meyer of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is set to dazzle food enthusiasts once again from May 31 to June 9, 2024. The annual culinary event features more than 70 participating restaurants, with options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. Diners can embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Greater Palm Springs, from Michelin-recommended restaurants to farm-to-table gems.”

“Book your reservations today! $1 ($2.50 for Rancho Mirage restaurants) for every reservation booked through the Visit Greater Palm Springs Website will be donated to FIND Food Bank, the area’s regional food bank.”

“During Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy prix-fixe menus featuring tantalizing appetizers, mouthwatering entrees, and decadent desserts, with lunch menus priced at $15, $25, or $35, and dinner menus priced at $29, $39, $49 or $59. Some venues also offer exclusive specials only available during Restaurant Week. Visit DineGPS.com to view the full list of participating restaurants, where you can also search by price or location and make reservations.”

“Following Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, food enthusiasts can continue to savor the flavors of summer with the launch of the Summer Eats Pass. This free mobile pass offers more opportunities to indulge in culinary delights and win weekly prizes. The Summer Eats Pass will be available from June 10 to September 2, 2024.”

Davis Meyer, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Visit Greater Palm Springs joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

Think there is nothing new when it comes to cutting the conventional sandwich using two slices of almost square bread ? Creating a controversy via social media is the “Duff Cut.” The idea is to provide a better balance of crust and filling in each bite. Chef Andrew tried this with a grilled cheese sandwich served at Calico Fish House and shares the surprising intense guest reaction. (Rescheduled from May 25th.)

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segments Two and Three: Team USA 2025 on the Road to Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Four: Long Beach Cambodian Restaurant Week with CaliTea
Segments Five and Six: Seasonal Produce Report with Authority Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce
Segment Seven: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House with “Ask the Chef”

Show 579, May 25, 2024: Dominic Palmieri, The Midway Gourmet at the L.A. County Fair

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food is always a mouthwatering highlight. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the closing weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair and beyond.

Then it’s on to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (June 12th) and the OC Fair launching on Friday, July 19th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

On& Chef Dominic’s menus are a Dill Pickle Split with Pineapple Whip, a Candied Pickle and Candied Watermelon Slice, Peaches and Cream Funnel Cake and Nashville Chicken Tots. Yum…!

Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip by Kristyn Merkle

Recipe excerpt from:
Lil’ Luna’s So Easy & So Yummy

by Kristyn Merkley

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is one of the best fruit dip recipes you will ever try. It whips up in no time, and ALWAYS vanishes in minutes!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  •  1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub whipped topping, (or 3 cups homemade whipped cream)
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • strawberries, pineapple, grapes or pound cake pieces, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla together with a hand mixer on low speed until well mixed.
  2. Fold in whipped topping and Marshmallow Fluff.
  3. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with fruit or pound cake for dipping.

Notes

Make Ahead: This dip can be made 5–7 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and mix thoroughly before serving.
Serving Tip: To serve cut fruit alongside this dip without it turning brown, squeeze a lemon over the fruit and gently toss. This will ensure the fruit lasts longer for serving.

Show 550, November 4, 2023: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s / World Variety Produce-Produce Trends for 2023 Part One

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s / World Variety Produce (also known as The Prince of Produce) is our resident expert on all things fruits and vegetables. Melissa’s isn’t big on fancy titles but Robert serves as their long-time Director of Public Relations.

For the last 14 years Robert has presented his Annual Melissa’s Produce Trends and New Products report at the massive Global Produce and Floral Show which this year took over the Anaheim Convention Center before moving on to Atlanta next year. Robert shares with us informed highlights of his presentation including the Top 20 Specialty Produce Items 2023, Produce Trends 2023 and Newest Products 2023.

Think there is nothing new under the sun with deliciously ripe pineapples? Consider the Elephante Green Gold™ Pineapple. “Feast your eyes on the exotic Elefante Green Gold ™ pineapple! This extremely rare, dazzling emerald green-skinned pineapple stands taller, skinnier, and larger than your average pineapple. It boasts an edible core and soft, white flesh ripe with honey-sweetness and almost no acidity. The Elefante Green Gold™ is a variety native to West Africa. It’s grown in Ekumfi Abor, just a few hours west of Ghana’s capital, at a farm specializing in ethical pineapple cultivation and creating sustainable farming communities.”

Spring Fruit Salad with Tajin

Spring Fruit Salad with Tajin by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Recipe excerpt from:
Muy Bueno: Fiestas – 100+ Delicious Mexican Recipes for Celebrating

by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

I grew up in the 1980s and always remember a fluffy and sweet ambrosia-style fruit salad made with canned fruit, Cool Whip, and shredded coconut. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that salad. But nowadays I would rather serve a bowl filled with colorful fresh fruits, a scattering of crunchy jicama, a drizzle of lime juice, and a sprinkling of spicy Tajín. For a festive touch, serve this salad in a hollowed-out pineapple or use a bunny-shaped cookie cutter to cut some of the fruit pieces. You can also thread the fruit and jicama pieces onto bamboo skewers for a great utensil-free potluck contribution.

If you are not a fan of papaya, replace it with cantaloupe.

Makes 6-8 Servings

  • 1 small yellow mango, such as Ataulfo, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1 red-green mango, such as a Haden, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1 small jicama, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup (170 g) chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup (140 g) chopped papaya
  • 1 cup (155 g) watermelon, in balls or cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Tajín seasoning (see Cook’s Note)
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

In a bowl, combine the mangos, jicama, pineapple, papaya, and watermelon and toss gently to mix. Sprinkle with the Tajín, season with salt, and drizzle with the lime juice, then toss well to coat evenly.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 1 day before serving.

Cook’s Note: Tajín is a popular chile-salt-lime seasoning mix made in Mexico and widely available in well-stocked supermarkets and Latin stores in the United States. Clásico, the most popular blend, is made with mild red chiles, while the habanero blend delivers a lot more fire. A low-sodium version is also available.

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part Two

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert now continues his presentation highlighting the newest and freshest produce items that are available right now. Contemplate the three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon.

Hatch Pepper season (the flavorful pepper with short season that grows in a variety of hotnesses from mild to hot) is knocking at the door in later July. Robert Schueller continues as our guest with an exotic Mangosteen in hand.

“Feast your eyes on the exotic Elefante Green Gold™ pineapple! This extremely rare, dazzling emerald green-skinned pineapple stands taller, skinnier, and larger than your average pineapple. It boasts an edible core and soft, white flesh ripe with honey-sweetness and almost no acidity.”

“The Elefante Green Gold™ is a variety native to West Africa. It’s grown in Ekumfi Abor, just a few hours west of Ghana’s capital, at a farm specializing in ethical pineapple cultivation and creating sustainable farming communities. This variety of pineapple is perfectly ripe and ready-to-eat, even when the outer shell is green.”

Show 458, January 15, 2022: Chef John Taube IV, Waicoco, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

John Taube of Waicoco in Maui

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice and menu planning at The Hoxton in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants Sibling Rival and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.)

“Waicoco’s expansive open air oceanfront oasis has a prime view of two Hawaiian islands, Molokai and Lanai. Waicoco seamlessly transitions between oceanside breakfast and dinner allowing the guest to wake to the sunrise and let the day sink away with the sunset. Towering platters of shellfish, local line caught fish and kiawe smoked delicacies provide a connection with land and sea. Waicoco incorporates world class culinary talent and relationships with farmers and fishermen to introduce guests to their belief of how food, drinks and community should be experienced while dining in Maui.”

For Dinner think Poke Tower with prawn, tuna and salmon pokes, seaweed, maze tare, lava salt and rice & prawn chips. There are also Ohana Style presentations (to share) including Seared Half Hamachi with maze tare glazed collar, ginger rice, herb and kula greens, miso beurre blanc and served with ohana sauces.

Chef John Taube joins us with a fresh Maui Gold Pineapple in hand. (That’s an ingredient in Waicoco’s Warm Pineapple Upside Down Cake dessert served with Lappert’s vanilla ice cream.)

Show 389, September 5, 2020: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style PizzaOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is regularly updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Dine-in is slowly, with multiple hiccups, starting to come back but with a lot of new rules that restrict guest counts. Alternately Take-Out / Delivery when you can surely helps…

There is a spirited debate out there among pizza purists and foodies about whether pineapple even belongs on a pizza. There are real world culinary aspects to this discussion, too. It’s in the food news this week (and all over Social Media) with Papa John’s Super Hawaiian Pizza debuting with the pineapple sourced from Dole Packaged Foods. Chef Andrew really knows pizza. We’ll, of course, “Ask the Chef.”

Chef Andrew also gives us the history of Hawaiian Pizza. Turns out it didn’t even originate in Hawaii !