Show 329, June 22, 2019: “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” at Disneyland – Preview of the Food & Beverage Experience

If you’re even a casual Star Wars fan Disneyland’s long in the works 14-acre, Star Wars extravaganza, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, has been on your mind. To access this attraction you now need obtain a virtual queue boarding pass by using the easily downloadable Disneyland app.

AM 830’s Aaron Fry (Studio Coordinator & Technical Excellence) has been there with his young son. Aaron provides an insider’s report on what’s available there in food & beverage. Is Oga’s Cantina truly out of this world? What’s Blue Milk?

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Show 329, June 22, 2019: The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories

Clemence Gossett of the Gourmandise SchoolThe Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place offers hands-on cooking classes for all ages and skill levels, with a focus on teaching classic techniques using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The school offers cooking and baking classes, professional series, kid’s classes, fascinating food workshops and private events.

The school works with the finest instructors to teach the very best techniques and inspire people to develop their culinary intuition. The Gourmandise School is a culinary resource for amateur chefs and bakers as well as the LA food community. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings, seven days a week.

The Gourmandise School has quickly become LA’s most revered culinary education outpost, offering highly specialized courses such as bean-to-bar chocolate workshops, cheese-making and cooking classes featuring global cuisines. The growing popularity of the unique classes and high demand for private parties ultimately led to the need for expansion. The new, expanded location brings an additional layer of cultural programming and culinary adventure to the community of Santa Monica as well as further enhances the customer experience at Santa Monica Place.

More information can be found here.

Co-Owner, Co-Founder and Pastry Chef Clemence Gossett is our instructive guide.

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Show 329, June 22, 2019: BreadMasters Bakery with Founder Ara Zethilan

Ara Zethilan of BreadmastersFounded in 1994, BreadMasters Ara-Z is a proudly family-owned and run bakery business in Southern California specializing in high quality, world breads. With the vision of retaining old-world splendor and wholesomeness while implementing new-world techniques, BreadMasters strives to raise the bar in flatbread crafting. They use all-natural ingredients (no preservatives) for their Mediterranean recipes to set the standard for quality and taste. The basic product line includes Lavash, Sangak, Markook and Pita.

New products include Lavash Chips and Sangak Crisps plus flavorful gluten-free specialties (wraps) under the label of KaliWonder.

“Try it and believe our Sangak precedes any other brand by bringing the most authentic Persian flavor, the first available in the US.

BreadMasters’ Sangak is always consistent and best when toasted. Sangak is made with GMO free flour and natural ingredients.”

Markook lavash is specially baked to be tough in one direction and easy to tear on the other. The thinnest lavash in the world will never compete with your choice of filling. Panini grilling makes it especially crispy.

2nd generation baker and founder of BreadMasters, Ara Zethilan, breaks bread with us. He was actually born in his Father’s bakery in Lebanon.

 

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Show 329, June 22, 2019: “Billion Dollar Bully” Update with Filmmaker Kaylie Milliken

Kaylie MillikenNow that the thought-provoking documentary, Billion Dollar Bully, is in release it’s time to revisit filmmaker Kaylie Milliken. In the film business owners (including chefs & restaurateurs) from across a broad spectrum share their personal stories of Yelp‘s questionable business dealings — all of which have been vehemently denied by Yelp.

“Today, consumers Yelp everything, from restaurants to surgeons. The same businesses that receive reviews — good or bad — simultaneously receive phone calls from Yelp salespeople to pay to advertise on Yelp. The small business community sees Yelp’s sales tactics as extortion, as their business’s reviews are filtered in ways that negatively impact their progress if advertisements aren’t purchased.”

“Does Yelp genuinely have an interest in helping people support the best local businesses, or is Yelp a pay-to-play platform? How can Yelp do an honest job of representing consumer sentiment while at the same time fueling their business with advertising dollars from the same companies being reviewed on their site? How does Yelp respond to claims of extortion? As a company that has claimed to care about free speech, what responsibility does Yelp have to provide recourse for business owners who need to address malicious libel from competitors and others who malign them for personal reasons? Should libelous reviews be allowed to remain, even when proven untrue?”

These questions are thoughtfully investigated and answered in the new documentary, Billion Dollar Bully.

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Show 329, June 22, 2019: 6th Annual FirkFest Preview with Producer Greg Nagel

Greg Nagel of FirkFestThe 6th annual FirkFest (California’s most unique beer festival) is back on Saturday afternoon, June 29th from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Packing House Farmer’s Park. 30 plus independent craft breweries bring 50 plus beers made just for the event and guests enjoy unlimited pours. The Festival theme changes annually. For 2019 it’s “FirkFest Fiesta!” with local restaurants participating in a chef-driven Nacho-Fest!

All net proceeds benefit the Anaheim Halloween Parade, a 95-year tradition in Anaheim. Tickets are a reasonable $45. Food is extra.

New this year is NachoFest! Local Packinghouse chefs are collaborating on an international-style nacho bar, where guests can purchase bites from Heritage Barbecue, The Iron Press, ADYA – Fresh Indian Flavors, Urbana Mexican Gastronomy, and others. Honey & Butter’s award-winning macarons will also be available at the event.

“Beer festivals are so commonplace these days,” says founder Greg Nagel. “FirkFest truly breaks the mold with beers made just for the event, it’s truly unique.”

The attendee guest list is thoughtfully capped to keep the festival at a relaxed and exclusive level. Guests often remark about the lack of lines and room to sprawl out in the park with a blanket and some great tunes by Tiki-DJ Ken from the Cocktail Syndicate.”“Beer styles offered are a good mix of modern craft beer culture, such as Bottle Logic’s Mint Condition dessert stout inspired by mint-chocolate chip ice cream, or legit British-style real ale casks from Yorkshire Square, Macleod Ale Brewing, and Green Cheek.”

Producer, Founder & Beer Journalist Greg Nagel taps a “Firkin” for us.

Visit the FirkFest site for tickets, breweries, and more information.

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Show 329, June 22, 2019: Master Griller Jamie Purviance – Weber’s Ultimate Grilling Part One

Jamie Purviance of Weber GrillsJamie Purviance has been Weber’s master griller and teacher for 20 years. He creates innovative yet accessible and always delicious, foolproof recipes for desired results every time. The short, easily adaptable dishes in his new WEBER’S ULTIMATE GRILLING – A Step-By-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius go above and beyond in both flavor and instruction, delving into the key grilling methods used to create the most flavorful flame-cooked meals. This is his 17th cookbook!

With Purviance’s skilled guidance, readers will master the four T’s of grilling (temperature, timing, technique, and tools) and be able to apply them to any recipe for absolute best results.

Jamie puts down the tongs and joins us for an instructive tutorial.

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Show 329, June 22, 2019: Master Griller Jamie Purviance – Weber’s Ultimate Grilling Part Two

Jamie Purviance of Weber GrillsWith more than 800 stunning full color photographs illustrating each step of the 100+, all new recipes, WEBER’S ULTIMATE GRILLING: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbeque Genius authored by Jamie Purviance, a world-renowned grilling expert, makes it simple for beginners and experts alike to grill anything to perfection, from the ultimate Porterhouse steak, the best American burger, showstopping chicken, succulent shrimp skewers, beautifully charred corn on the cob, and luscious desserts.

“All you need to do is look and cook. Readers can follow any recipe in the book by glancing at the detailed step-by-step visuals, making this the first grilling book of its kind and a soon-to-be backyard staple.”

Fundamentally a technique book, WEBER’S ULTIMATE GRILLING will help you first master the basics then embrace the freedom to create your own riffs. “Flavor bomb” variations offer easy ideas for customizing favorite recipes from burgers to bruschetta.

Jamie continues the sizzling conversation with us…

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Show 328, June 15, 2019: Taco Transit Tuesday with Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and OCTA’s Jennifer Bergner

Jennifer Bergner of OC Transit and Wing Lam of Wahoos Fish TacoWing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco is at it again with a special promotion…Ride OC Transit and get a free taco (with purchase) on Tuesdays from any Southern California Wahoo’s Fish Taco location. It’s Taco Transit Tuesday.

The ongoing program, which began in April, allows transit riders to visit any participating Wahoo’s restaurant in Southern California each Tuesday, and when they show a valid OC Bus, OC Flex or Metrolink pass, they can get a free taco with the purchase of a taco.

Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s is a supporter of public transit to help sustain the environment.

“We all need to do our part: Use less plastic straws and bags, recycle what we can, and use public transportation when possible,” Lam said when the promotion began.

OCTA operates more than 500 buses in the OC Bus system, helping people get to their destinations across Orange County for $2 per ride or $5 per day.

Riding in on an OC Bus with all the details are Wing Lam and Jennifer Bergner, OCTA’s (Orange County Transit Authority) Chief Operating Officer.

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Show 328, June 15, 2019: Liko Lehua Butters with Matt & Dawn Kaneali’i – Kleinfelder

Matthew Kaneali'i of Liko Lehua ButtersLiko Lehua Butters, a line of Hawaii-made (with a splash of Aloha,) gourmet butters flavored with tropical Island fruits, was started by two sisters in 1996. The butters are packed in glass jars and prepared in small batches to maintain strict quality control. The product line is all-natural without any preservatives or additives. Liko Lehua Butters is now under the watchful stewardship of the second generation of the founding Family.

Island flavors include, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Tahitian Lime, Coconut, Guava and Mango.

“Handcrafted in Hawaii & kissed with aloha…”

Great on pancakes and waffles. Spread on your favorite breads and toasts instead of butter or preserves. Add as a flavorful condiment to grilled meats, chicken and fish.

There is also a café, Liko Lehua at Pauahi located near the Hilo Airport on the Big Island.

You can feel confident ordering directly from Likio Lehua. The jars are meticulously packed with great care to ensure the product will arrive in pristine condition.

Principals Matt and Dawn Kaneali’i join us to spread the aloha.

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Show 328, June 15, 2019: The Manufactory at ROW DTLA, Building 3

Camden Hershberger of Tartine Bianco and the ManufactoryThe Manufactory, in Downtown Los Angeles at ROW DTLA, is a collaboration between acclaimed chefs Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery, and Chris Bianco of Phoenix’s legendary Pizzeria Bianco. The project occupies nearly 40,000 square feet and includes a bakery, a market, Tartine Bianco (an all-day cafe and bar), Alameda Supper Club (a dinner-only restaurant), and a coffee roastery. It launched in February 2019.

The three chefs, all James Beard Foundation Award-winners and noted experts in their respective disciplines, are collaborating on all aspects of the project and together creating something truly unique and original.

“Tartine Bianco is predicated on the idea that every ingredient and product has a story, and the chefs endeavor to understand and respect that story. They’ve carefully cultivated relationships with purveyors and farmers like Cairnspring Mills, which sources from local grain farmers, Cream Co. Meats which provides meat grown sustainably and with superior flavor in mind, and Bianco DiNapoli’s California vine ripened and organically grown, canned tomatoes.”

Providing the verbal grand tour are Camden Hershberger, Chef de Cuisine for Tartine Bianco (the all-day restaurant) and Scott Boggs, Vice President of Operations for Tartine.

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