Show 390, September 12, 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…

What’s an appropriate topping for quality pizza that compliments the pie versus clashes with it? Chef Andrew opened the can on the subject of the Hawaiian Pizza (didn’t actually originate in Hawaii) and pineapple on it last week. We’ll continue that spirited conversation along with discussing what savory toppings really belong on a pizza from a culinary POV. You may be surprised…We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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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 !

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Show 385, August 8, 2020: Chef Michael Hung, DTLA Pizza, Los Angeles

Michael Hung of Faith and FlowerDTLA Pizza is a new Takeout and Delivery concept from Chef Michael Hung of Faith & Flower. The goal for Chef Michael’s new DTLA Pizza establishment is to serve meat lovers and vegans alike, quality and comfort food driven dishes prepared with house-made sourdough crusts, toppings such as Impossible beef, locally grown produce, along with Burgers that are made with American Kobe beef and burst with flavor.”

“Los Angeles meets the Oranges, as in the same area of northern New Jersey as the Sopranos, at DTLA Pizza. This area is also Chef Michael Hung’s inspiration as he drew from his New Jersey roots to create DTLA Pizza’s menu of true pizzeria classics. “As the world is today, I find myself craving comfort foods. The menu for DTLA Pizza reflects my time growing up in New Jersey eating at such institutions such as Star Tavern in Orange, NJ. These dishes and flavors remind me of home and the joyful times I spent with my friends and family as a kid.””

“DTLA Pizza features two different styles of Pizza – expertly crafted Neapolitan-Style Pies from the wood oven and Sicilian-Style Pan Pizzas with thick focaccia crusts. In addition to the classic 4-Cheese Pizza, DTLA Pizza offers two other Signature Pizzas: The Street Meat Magic Pizza loaded with pepperoni, mortadella, Italian sausage, and prosciutto, and It’s Literally Possible Pizza which is a fully plant-based pizza prepared with Impossible sausage, marinated peppers and onions, and vegan mozzarella. In addition to the Signature Pizzas, guests can also Build Your Own Pizza with a selection of over a dozen toppings, and all of the Pizzas at DTLA Pizza can be made either Neapolitan Style or Sicilian Style.”

DTLA Pizza is open for TakeoutDelivery, and Curbside Pickup (only) every Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. To order, please call 213.465.9400 and guests can Curbside pickup at 709 West 9th Street in South Park district of downtown Los Angeles by calling DTLA Pizza upon arrival, or choose Delivery through CaviarDoorDashGrubhubTock, or UberEats.

Chef Michael joins us to artfully toss and stretch the from-scratch dough.

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Show 385, August 8, 2020: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza“Our 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…

National Oyster Day was August 5th. We started the conversation last week about fully appreciating oysters. Chef Andrew is our resident authority on these bivalve mollusks enjoyed since ancient times. We’ll resume with tips about cooking with oysters. They are great cooked on the grill with no shucking involved. (They open on their own as cooked.) Oyster stew anyone? How about an oyster pizza? Why should clams get all the glory?

We’ll, of course “Ask the Chef.”

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Show 372, May 9, 2020: Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish 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.

Pizza is always a popular snack and now that we’re cooking more at home it’s time to elevate your pizza game. Growing up in New Jersey Chef Andrew has a special affinity for the pie with all the variations. It all starts with the dough. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Simple Pizza Recipe

4 cups All Purpose Flour
2 ½ teaspoon instant yeast
1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup warm water
¾ cup room temp water

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl

Mix yeast with the warm water. Allow to bloom for 1-2 minutes, then mix in remaining water.

Combine “yeast water” with the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk or wooden spoon until combined.

Knead the dough on a floured surface and then place into an olive oil lined bowl and allow to rise for 1 hour at room temp.

Once dough has risen, press it down to remove the air, then stretch it on a cutting board or counter lined with flour.

Toss or roll the dough out. Smother a baking pan with olive oil and place dough on the baking sheet. Top with desired ingredients and bake in a 450F oven until golden!

Slapfish is hosting Doctors, Nurses, Medical Personnel, Police, Firefighters & EMT’s to a complimentary meal To-Go. Need to be in uniform or have appropriate ID to qualify. The participating Slapfish locations are Huntington Beach, Brea, Irvine and Laguna Beach.

Kids eat free at Slapfish, too, when their parents order Takeout.

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Show 369, April 18, 2020: El Segundo Brewing Co. & ESBC The Slice & Pint

Matt Ranney of El Segundo Brewing Conpany and the Slice and PintEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. Earlier in the year before “Stay at Home” they celebrated their One Year Anniversary.

They closed for a bit in the initial stages of the crisis but have reopened (Wednesday through Sunday) for takeout and packaged beer sales observing vigorous sanitary protections. Social distancing in the kitchen is practiced. On the menu are a variety of pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. Also value-priced Family Meals and weekly specials like Chicken Parmesan with a side of Spaghetti.

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the reopening with an appropriate slice and pint for takeout.

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Show 361, February 22, 2020: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part One

Rob Croxall of El Segundo Brewing CompanyEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of appealing pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. In addition to whole pizza options there is a daily changing selection of 5 varieties by-the-slice. There is even a 12” pizza option that has a gluten-free cauliflower crust.

A house specialty is chicken wings with a flair. The wings are fried and tossed with a choice of buffalo sauce, pesto, CA Rancher Hog Wild BBQ Sauce or Santa Maria Dry Rub. The wings are served with the expected (housemade) blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot.

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary.

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Show 361, February 22, 2020: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part Two

Matt Ranney of El Segundo Brewing Conpany and the Slice and PintEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of appealing pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. In addition to whole pizza options there is a daily changing selection of 5 varieties by-the-slice. There is even a 12” pizza option that has a gluten-free cauliflower crust.

“The Slice & Pint is locally focused and environmentally responsible. We partner with vendors who share the same values. We support local, independent farmers for our produce whenever possible. If we can make it in house, we’re going to…simple as that.”

The Slice & Pint is proud to partner with these local providers:

Coleman NaturalNiman Ranch • Petaluma Farms • Grande CheeseEzzo Pepperoni King Arthur FlourStanislaus TomatoesCreekstone FarmsBeyond MeatMama Lil’s Pickled PeppersCalifornia RancherMcConnell’s Ice Cream

Let’s not forget the styles of El Segundo Brewing Co’s award-wining craft beers available. On any given day there are a dozen selections available on tap including Broken Skull IPA. Also a full menu of rotating guest craft beers on rap.

“Hop forward beers make up an overwhelming portion of what we do at El Segundo Brewing Co. Mostly because that’s what we want to drink. Our beers showcase the best of what the industrious and creative growers around the world have accomplished in the past few decades. Hop varieties like Citra, Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe to name a few. Amazing aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and just dankness explode out of the glass when these beers are young.”

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney continue with us…

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Show 354, January 4, 2020: Frank Buono, Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, San Pedro & Long Beach Part One

Frank Buono of Buono''s P{izzeria in Long BeachBuono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana is a proudly family owned Italian pizzeria with three locations in the San Pedro and Long Beach areas. Buono’s prides itself on offering authentic Italian fare like hand-kneaded pizza dough made fresh daily to homemade sausages and sauces, all served up with warm hospitality and great service. Open for lunch and dinner, craft beer and wine complement the menu.

After 54 years the original San Pedro Bruno’s Market & Deli (the predecessor to Buono’s Pizzeria) relocated late last year to a new, modern expanded space in San Pedro’s Little Italy at 222 W. 6th Street.

“While the paint may be fresh and the décor contemporary, Buono’s Pizzeria in San Pedro’s Little Italy will remain true to its origins. The scratch kitchen will continue to prepare authentic Italian pizza coupled with fresh pasta and zesty sauces. What will be new is the addition of wine and beer, an amenity not available at the original Buono’s Pizzeria.”

“The Little Italy location spans nearly 3,000 square-feet and boasts alfresco dining available with an expansive wraparound patio. The exhibition kitchen reveals a display of culinary excellence with a gas-fired brick oven as well as an 800-degree oven where Neapolitan-style pizzas bake for a quick 90 seconds.”

Their value-packed Lunch Special on Weekdays is an incredible deal. It’s “A Trip to Italy Lunch Buffet” including an ample salad bar, four gourmet pasta selections, Buono Family recipe minestrone soup and an assortment of by-the-slice pizzas (and more) for $9.99. The bonus is it’s all you can enjoy.

The Buono Family’s managing partner, Frank Buono, simmers the meat sauce for us. Frank is a 3rd generation restaurateur.

 

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Show 354, January 4, 2020: Frank Buono, Buono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, San Pedro & Long Beach Part Two

Frank Buono of Buono''s P{izzeria in Long BeachBuono’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana is a proudly family owned Italian pizzeria with three locations in the San Pedro and Long Beach areas. Buono’s prides itself on offering authentic Italian fare like hand-kneaded pizza dough made fresh daily to homemade sausages and sauces, all served up with warm hospitality and great service. Open for lunch and dinner, craft beer and wine complement the menu.

The flagship Buono’s Pizzeria in San Pedro just relocated to San Pedro’s Little Italy (222 W. 6th Street) in an expanded, and modern, restaurant space on a visible corner with patio seating and a craft beer & wine bar.

“We (Buono Family) consider our family history an essential ingredient in our tasty menu at all three of our restaurants. Those who have already dined at any of them know how vital that legacy is to the Buono Family.”

“In 1965 Francesco and Teresa Buono opened Buono’s Market & Deli in San Pedro which became famous for their Torpedo Sandwiches, House-Made Italian Sausage, and Nonna Teresa’s Meat Sauce. In 1967 their son, Nicolaniello came from Italy and joined them here carrying a small suitcase also filled with huge hopes and dreams. And he, too, made those dreams come true when in 1973 he transformed the market and deli into the original Buono’s Pizzeria.”

Today his wife Antonia and their four children, Frank, George, Oreste and Teresa, continue to share their love of Italy and its cuisine by offering a menu that beautifully reflects the Buono Family roots. Those who are discovering this treasure for the first time are in for a wonderous experience, highlighted by Buono Family memories dating back more than half a century. Those who have joined us before eagerly anticipate what they know is a delicious meal to come!”

We continue to hand-knead the fresh pizza dough and simmer Grandma Teresa’s meat sauce with principal Frank Buono.

 

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