Show 573, April 13, 2024: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“The Texas man, Fred Eppright, who once lived in a trailer, now earnestly has charitable endeavors. Assuredly, he holds strongly to success in his business undertakings. But that same Texas man, whose business is commercial real estate, finds himself cajoled by a son, smitten by wine, into the business of wine. The son convinced the father, the wine business could be satisfying, as well as result in a smart family enterprise. Fred, the father, told Trey, the son: “If you can find something that makes sense, bring it to me.” The son did. The father wound up spending a small fortune with the modest hopes of earning a small fortune. With that, the son moved to Calistoga from Austin when Trey found an established winery property once known as Dutch Henry, that had been mostly destroyed in the Glass Fire of 2020. It had a cave, a 2 ½-acre estate vineyard and a tasting room. And he soon identified five additional prized vineyards with which to make very small lots – with the help of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Kale Anderson – and forthwith, Parable Wines was established specializing in premium, limited production Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from renown estate vineyards.” Trey Eppright and Winemaker Kale Anderson join us to pull the cork on all that is Parable Wines.

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.

Truly Pizza, the only restaurant of its kind in Southern California, with outdoor garden seating aims to provide Dana Point residents and visitors with a unique and delicious pizza experience filled with world-class pizza making and generations old techniques. The menu features classic 12” square and round pizzas sold whole or by-the-slice made with award-winning five-day-fermented crispy and airy wood-fired dough along with a selection of focaccia sandwiches, salads and desserts. All pizzas are made with Truly Pizza’s signature, award-winning pizza dough recipe that involves a lengthy fermentation process to ensure rich flavor and a cloudlike, yet crisp and airy texture with each bite.” The onsite pizzaiola is Chris Decker, a renowned World Pizza Champion (Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza) with a reputation for culinary excellence, artistry and an imaginative approach to pizza making that respects long standing traditions. Rising Star World Pizza Champion Michael Vaknee is also part of the acclaimed on-site culinary team. They are assisted by award-winning Chef and Kitchen Manager Sergio Balderas. Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas join us in-studio with pizza peels in hand.

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

Show 573, April 13, 2024: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles with Steve Dolinsky, Founder

Steve Dolinsky of PizzaCityFest

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.” Included in the ticket price (both Regular and VIP admissions) are salads, desserts (including ice cream,) and beverages in addition to unlimited tastes of artisan pizza.

“In addition to the formidable list of participating pizzerias, Pizza City Fest Los Angeles has assembled an incredible line-up of chefs, authors and experts who will share both their knowledge and love of pizza in a series of panel discussions and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The event is also encoring The Collab Lab, featuring one-off collaborations for two hours each day, pairing up chefs, farms or artisan producers with smaller 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.”

“We’re thrilled to be back in L.A. for our 2nd annual Pizza City Fest!” said Founder Steve Dolinsky. “The pizza scene in Southern California continues to heat up, and so while we’ve brought back a number of the most popular pizzerias from last year, we’ve also found 13 new additions with styles ranging from artisan to Detroit to NYC slices. Our speaker series also brings some of the best-in-class dough pros to L.A. LIVE to share their expertise and students from C-CAP will once again be helping out these chefs during the day as they prepare, bake and serve pizzas straight from the oven.”

Steve puts down his ceremonial pizza peel and joins us.

Show 573, April 13, 2024: Truly Pizza, Dana Point with Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas

Chris Decker of Truly Pizza

Truly Pizza, the only restaurant of its kind in Southern California, with outdoor garden seating aims to provide Dana Point residents and visitors with a unique and delicious pizza experience filled with world-class pizza making and generations old techniques. The menu features classic 12” square and round pizzas sold whole or by-the-slice made with award-winning five-day-fermented crispy and airy wood-fired dough along with a selection of focaccia sandwiches, salads and desserts.”

“All pizzas are made with Truly Pizza’s signature, award-winning pizza dough recipe that involves a lengthy fermentation process to ensure rich flavor and a cloudlike, yet crisp and airy texture with each bite.”

The onsite pizzaiola is Chris Decker, a renowned World Pizza Champion (Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza) with a reputation for culinary excellence, artistry and an imaginative approach to pizza making that respects long standing traditions. Rising Star World Pizza Champion Michael Vakneen is also part of the acclaimed on-site culinary team. They are assisted by award-winning Chef and Kitchen Manager Sergio Balderas.

Another culinary partner is pizza legend “John Arena (co-founder of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas) who was born into a family of pizza makers and spent his life dedicated to his craft. Known for his Food Network appearances, making pizzas for five US Presidents and serving pizzas at his beloved Las Vegas restaurants, he is one of the most accomplished and respected pizzaiolos in the world.”

Prominent Dana Point residents Donna Baldwin-Muller and developer Steve Muller are the principals of the high-profile ownership group of Truly Pizza.

Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas join us in-studio with pizza peel in hand.

Truly Pizza will be one of the acclaimed participating pizzerias at Pizza City Fest Los Angeles on Saturday, April 27th.

April 13: Parable Wines, Pizza City Fest LA & Truly Pizza

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Parable Wines, Silverado Trail, Napa Valley
Segment Three: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles with Steve Dolinsky, Founder
Segment Four: Truly Pizza, Dana Point with Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas

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

“The Texas man, Fred Eppright, who once lived in a trailer, now earnestly has charitable endeavors. Assuredly, he holds strongly to success in his business undertakings. But that same Texas man, whose business is commercial real estate, finds himself cajoled by a son, smitten by wine, into the business of wine. The son convinced the father, the wine business could be satisfying, as well as result in a smart family enterprise. Fred, the father, told Trey, the son: “If you can find something that makes sense, bring it to me.” The son did. The father wound up spending a small fortune with the modest hopes of earning a small fortune. With that, the son moved to Calistoga from Austin when Trey found an established winery property once known as Dutch Henry, that had been mostly destroyed in the Glass Fire of 2020. It had a cave, a 2 ½-acre estate vineyard and a tasting room. And he soon identified five additional prized vineyards with which to make very small lots – with the help of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Kale Anderson – and forthwith, Parable Wines was established specializing in premium, limited production Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from renown estate vineyards.” Trey Eppright and Winemaker Kale Anderson join us to pull the cork on all that is Parable Wines.

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.

Truly Pizza, the only restaurant of its kind in Southern California, with outdoor garden seating aims to provide Dana Point residents and visitors with a unique and delicious pizza experience filled with world-class pizza making and generations old techniques. The menu features classic 12” square and round pizzas sold whole or by-the-slice made with award-winning five-day-fermented crispy and airy wood-fired dough along with a selection of focaccia sandwiches, salads and desserts. All pizzas are made with Truly Pizza’s signature, award-winning pizza dough recipe that involves a lengthy fermentation process to ensure rich flavor and a cloudlike, yet crisp and airy texture with each bite.” The onsite pizzaiola is Chris Decker, a renowned World Pizza Campion (Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza) with a reputation for culinary excellence, artistry and an imaginative approach to pizza making that respects long standing traditions. Rising Star World Pizza Champion Michael Vaknee is also part of the acclaimed on-site culinary team. They are assisted by award-winning Chef and Kitchen Manager Sergio Balderas. Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas join us in-studio with pizza peels in hand.

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

Trey Eppright of Parable Wines

“The Texas man, Fred Eppright, who once lived in a trailer, now earnestly has charitable endeavors. Assuredly, he holds strongly to success in his business undertakings. But that same Texas man, whose business is commercial real estate, finds himself cajoled by a son, smitten by wine, into the business of wine. The son convinced the father, the wine business could be satisfying, as well as result in a smart family enterprise. Fred, the father, told Trey, the son: “If you can find something that makes sense, bring it to me.” The son did. The father wound up spending a small fortune with the modest hopes of earning a small fortune.”

“This the unusual genesis of Parable Wines, which leads Trey Eppright, the son, to conclude the wine business “is the happiest business, because you give customers what they want.” To which Fred Eppright says, “Trey has that passion. I like that passion, but to me it is a business.””

Kale Anderson of Kale WInes

“With that, the son moved to Calistoga from Austin when Trey found an established winery property once known as Dutch Henry, that had been mostly destroyed in the Glass Fire of 2020. It had a cave, a 2 ½-acre estate vineyard and a tasting room. And he soon identified five additional prized vineyards with which to make very small lots – with the help of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Kale Anderson – and forthwith, Parable Wines was established specializing in premium Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards.”

Trey Eppright and Winemaker Kale Anderson join us to pull the cork on all that is Parable Wines.

Steve Dolinsky of PizzaCityFest

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.” Included in the ticket price (both Regular and VIP admissions) are salads, desserts (including ice cream,) and beverages in addition to unlimited tastes of artisan pizza.

“In addition to the formidable list of participating pizzerias, Pizza City Fest Los Angeles has assembled an incredible line-up of chefs, authors and experts who will share both their knowledge and love of pizza in a series of panel discussions and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The event is also encoring The Collab Lab, featuring one-off collaborations for two hours each day, pairing up chefs, farms or artisan producers with smaller 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.

Chris Decker of Truly Pizza

Truly Pizza, the only restaurant of its kind in Southern California, with outdoor garden seating aims to provide Dana Point residents and visitors with a unique and delicious pizza experience filled with world-class pizza making and generations old techniques. The menu features classic 12” square and round pizzas sold whole or by-the-slice made with award-winning five-day-fermented crispy and airy wood-fired dough along with a selection of focaccia sandwiches, salads and desserts.”

“All pizzas are made with Truly Pizza’s signature, award-winning pizza dough recipe that involves a lengthy fermentation process to ensure rich flavor and a cloudlike, yet crisp and airy texture with each bite.”

The onsite pizzaiola is Chris Decker, a renowned World Pizza Champion (Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza) with a reputation for culinary excellence, artistry and an imaginative approach to pizza making that respects long standing traditions. Rising Star World Pizza Champion Michael Vakneen is also part of the acclaimed on-site culinary team. They are assisted by award-winning Chef and Kitchen Manager Sergio Balderas.

Another culinary partner is pizza legend “John Arena (co-founder of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas) who was born into a family of pizza makers and spent his life dedicated to his craft. Known for his Food Network appearances, making pizzas for five US Presidents and serving pizzas at his beloved Las Vegas restaurants, he is one of the most accomplished and respected pizzaiolos in the world.”

Prominent Dana Point residents Donna Baldwin-Muller and developer Steve Muller are the principals of the high-profile ownership group of Truly Pizza.

Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas joins us in-studio with pizza peel in hand.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Parable Wines, Silverado Trail, Napa Valley
Segment Three: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles with Steve Dolinsky, Founder
Segment Four: Truly Pizza, Dana Point with Pizzaiolos Chris Decker and Sergio Balderas

Show 572, April 6, 2024: Hot Tongue Pizza, Silver Lake with Proprietor Alex Koons Part One

Alex Koons of Hot Tongue Pizza

Hot Tongue Pizza in Silver Lake (the creation of pizza whisperer Alex Koons) is a contemporary pizza shop (with a Vegan flair) that takes from the energy and vibrance of the best food city in the world, Los Angeles. The open floor plan of the restaurant allows for a peek inside the magic that goes on day in and day out. The pizza is not only meant to entice your tastebuds, but also to evoke the nostalgia of that slice you remember growing up.” They also have fun with their off the wall (but informative) Social Media posts.

“Hot Tongue’s welcoming counter service and low-key casual ambience makes for an inviting dining experience. Come in a stranger and leave a friend. The alchemy comes in the form of classic pizza combinations, on top of the best organic grains, carefully sourced ingredients with an Angeleno attitude.”

“With a remarkable 17-year journey in the pizza industry, proprietor Alex Koons boasts an impressive résumé that spans every role in the business, from a humble delivery driver to a visionary owner. In February 2022, he set the local pizza world on fire by inaugurating the first Hot Tongue location, which quickly garnered rave reviews and captured the hearts of pizza enthusiasts far and wide.”

“But Alex’s story didn’t start in pizza. He draws intriguing parallels between his background in the music industry and his culinary ventures. To him, running a restaurant is akin to leading a band, where your team plays the role of the band, service becomes the electrifying live show, customers transform into devoted fans, and your food, the heart-pounding music.”

Hot Tongue Pizza will be one of the twenty artisan pizzerias participating in Pizza City Fest L.A. at L.A. Live on Saturday, April 27th. They will be serving their acclaimed Tomato Pizza (that just happens to be Vegan.) (The Festival also takes place for a 2nd day on Sunday, April 28th with a different set of participating pizzerias.)

Pizzaiolo Alex Koons joins us with a square slice of Vegan Tomato pizza in hand.

Show 572, April 6, 2024: Hot Tongue Pizza, Silver Lake with Proprietor Alex Koons Part Two

Alex Koons of Hot Tongue Pizza

Hot Tongue Pizza in Silver Lake (the creation of pizza whisperer Alex Koons) is a contemporary pizza shop (with a Vegan flair) that takes from the energy and vibrance of the best food city in the world, Los Angeles. The open floor plan of the restaurant allows for a peek inside the magic that goes on day in and day out. The pizza is not only meant to entice your tastebuds, but also to evoke the nostalgia of that slice you remember growing up.” They also have fun with their off the wall (but informative) Social Media posts.

“Hot Tongue’s welcoming counter service and low-key casual ambience makes for an inviting dining experience. Come in a stranger and leave a friend. The alchemy comes in the form of classic pizza combinations, on top of the best organic grains, carefully sourced ingredients with an Angeleno attitude.”

“With a remarkable 17-year journey in the pizza industry, proprietor Alex Koons boasts an impressive résumé that spans every role in the business, from a humble delivery driver to a visionary owner. In February 2022, he set the local pizza world on fire by inaugurating the first Hot Tongue location, which quickly garnered rave reviews and captured the hearts of pizza enthusiasts far and wide.”

“But Alex’s story didn’t start in pizza. He draws intriguing parallels between his background in the music industry and his culinary ventures. To him, running a restaurant is akin to leading a band, where your team plays the role of the band, service becomes the electrifying live show, customers transform into devoted fans, and your food, the heart-pounding music.”

Hot Tongue Pizza will be one of the twenty artisan pizzerias participating in Pizza City Fest L.A. at L.A. Live on Saturday, April 27th. They will be serving their acclaimed Tomato Pizza (that just happens to be Vegan.) (The Festival also takes place on Sunday, April 28th with a different set of participating pizzerias.)

Pizzaiolo Alex Koons continues with us with his well-used pizza peel at the ready.

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: Pizza City Fest Los Angeles 2024 with Producer Steve Dolinsky

Steve Dolinsky of PizzaCityFest

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.”

There are no ticket sales at the door and Saturday sells out early. VIP ticket also available for either day. It’s all the slices you can enjoy plus unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Different, diverse pizza establishments are showcased each day representing all of Southern California..

Steve puts down his ceremonial pizza peel and joins us.

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 528, June 3, 2023: Steve Dolinsky, Food Journalist & NBC5 Chicago’s “The Food Guy”

Steve Dolinsky and Andrew Gruel

Food journalist Steve Dolinsky, NBC 5 TV Chicago’s The Food Guy, is the recipient of an impressive 13 James Beard Foundation Awards for journalistic excellence. (He also is the Founder of Pizza City Fest Chicago and Los Angeles.) The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala for Restaurant and Chef Awards is in Chicago at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday evening, June 5th. Steve will preview the 2023 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala and what it means to Chicago to again host such a prestigious event.

“The James Beard Media Awards honoring broadcast media, cookbook, and journalism nominees from around the country is Saturday evening, June 3rd at Columbia College Chicago.” Previously the Media Awards have been presented in Manhattan.

“For more than 30 years, the James Beard Awards, among the nation’s most prestigious honors, have recognized leaders in the culinary and food media industries. This month, nominees and Award winners will be honored through a weekend of events sure to be the industry’s and food lovers’ highlight of the year, gathering nearly 1,500 of the country’s top chefs, restaurateurs, food media, and culinary enthusiasts in Chicago with millions more tuning in live and on TV. More than 70 Awards will recognize excellence in the categories of restaurants and chefs, books, broadcast media, journalism, leadership, and lifetime achievements.”

Steve Dolinsky is our well-informed, on-the-scene guide to all the Beard Awards festivities this Weekend in Chicago.