Show 341, September 21, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Congratulations to Chef Shachi Mehra, the Co-owner of the Adya restaurants in the Anaheim Packing House and in Irvine at University Center. To the best of our knowledge Chef Shachi is the very first Orange County chef to compete on Food Network’s Chopped and win the fierce competition. Chef Shachi is our accomplished guest.

Food Finders, a Southern California nonprofit focused on food recovery, is hosting its 4th annual Chefs to the Rescue fundraiser on Tuesday, October 1st from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Golden Sails Hotel located at 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy in Long Beach. Food Finders celebrates 30 years of rescuing food this year. This unique, food-centric event challenges prominent local chefs to create “Edible Extras”; tasting samples and small plates made from perfectly edible recovered or repurposed food that might otherwise end up being tossed away. Food Finders’ Executive Director Patti Larson and participating chef Maralyn diPiazza of diPiazza Restaurant & Lounge join us with the tempting specifics.

“Downtown Los Angeles’ Preux & Proper is rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South. We season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do.” Newly launched at Preux & Proper is the lunchtime popup, South City Fried Chicken taking place Monday through Saturday. On Thursday nights it’s (Chef) Sammy’s Cookout. Serving all the delicious details with style is proprietor Joshua Kopel.

Greg Nagel is a certified Cicerone Beer Server and, as a journalist, is a regular contributor to OC Weekly’s extensive beer, wine & spirits coverage. Recently held (September 12th to 14th) at the Long Beach Convention Center was the 3-day 2019 California Craft Beer Summit produced by the California Craft Brewers Association. Greg provides the highlights.

As the long-time Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter oversaw the testing of all recipes that appear in The Times. In addition, she wrote features and contributed to Food’s Daily Dish blog. Noelle also researched and penned the popular Culinary SOS weekly column for Food. A native Southern Californian, she holds a degree in film from the University of Southern California. She left The Times in January 2019. We’ll get updated on Noelle’s new activities with Noelle Carter Food.

The 3rd annual Valle Food & Wine Festival, hosted by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Javier Plascencia, returns to Valle de Guadalupe, the hottest new wine-travel destination in the west, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 with a stellar list of over 30 award-winning culinary talents from both sides of the United States-Mexico border. The festival is unique in drawing a lineup of top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, both now being recognized world-wide. Event Co-Founder & Producer Carolynn Carreno (James Beard Award-winning author) joins us with the alluring details.

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

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Show 341, September 21, 2019: Preux & Proper’s Proprietor Joshua Kopel

“Downtown Los Angeles’ Preux & Proper is rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South. We season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do.”

Newly launched at Preux & Proper is the lunchtime popup, South City Fried Chicken, served Monday through Saturday. The heart of the menu is inspired regional fried chicken sandwiches where the premium Georgia chicken breast is brined overnight on buttermilk. Think the Austin with rojo bean hummus, burrata, javi’s tia’s hot sauce, pickled radish, cilantro, blue corn tortilla crumble and heirloom tomato

On Thursday night’s it’s (Chef) Sammy’s Cookout Barbecue with handcrafted libations including the Texas Two-Timer (Reposado Tequila based.) The menu highlight is the 18- Hour Bone-In Pork Shoulder (for 8 to 12 guests) served with a variety of creative, regional BBQ sauces. The Baked Mac & Cheese is unusually good and don’t miss the Spam Fries served in a Spam can with pineapple chipotle ketchup.

Serving up all the delicious details is the hospitable proprietor Joshua Kopel.

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September 21: Shachi Mehra, Chefs to the Rescue, Preux & Proper, CA Craft Beer Summit, Noelle Carter, Nancy Silverton, Carolynn Carreno

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietress & Chef Shachi Mehra of Adya
Segment Three: Food Finders’ “Chefs to the Rescue” Benefit
Segment Four: Preux & Proper’s Proprietor Joshua Kopel
Segment Five: Libation & Food Journalist Greg Nagel with highlights from the California Craft Beer Summit
Segment Six: Chef & Journalist Noelle Carter, Noelle Carter Food
Segment Seven: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part One
Segment Eight: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part Two

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

Congratulations to Chef Shachi Mehra, the Co-owner of the Adya restaurants in the Anaheim Packing House and in Irvine at University Center. To the best of our knowledge Chef Shachi is the very first Orange County chef to compete on Food Network’s “Chopped” and win the fierce competition. Chef Shachi is our accomplished guest.

Food Finders, a Southern California nonprofit focused on food recovery is hosting its 4th annual Chefs to the Rescue fundraiser on Tuesday, October 1st from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Golden Sails Hotel located at 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy in Long Beach. Food Finders celebrates 30 years of rescuing food this year. This unique, food-centric event challenges prominent local chefs to create “Edible Extras”; tasting samples and small plates made from perfectly edible recovered or repurposed food that might otherwise end up being tossed away. Food Finders’ Executive Director Patti Larson and participating chef Maralyn diPiazza of diPiazza Restaurant & Lounge join us with the tempting specifics.

“Downtown Los Angeles’ Preux & Proper is rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South. We season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do.” Newly launched at Preux & Proper is the lunchtime popup, South City Fried Chicken taking place Monday through Saturday. On Thursday nights it’s (Chef) Sammy’s Cookout. Serving all the delicious details with style are proprietor Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour.

Greg Nagel is a certified Cicerone Beer Server and, as a journalist, is a regular contributor to OC Weekly’s extensive beer, wine & spirits coverage. Recently held (September 12th to 14th) at the Long Beach Convention Center was the 3-day 2019 California Craft Beer Summit produced by the California Craft Brewers Association. Greg provides the highlights.

As the long-time Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter oversaw the testing of all recipes that appear in The Times. In addition, she wrote features and contributed to Food’s Daily Dish blog. Noelle also researched and penned the popular Culinary SOS weekly column for Food. A native Southern Californian, she holds a degree in film from the University of Southern California. She left The Times in January 2019. We’ll get updated on Noelle’s new activities with Noelle Carter Food.

The 3rd annual Valle Food & Wine Festival, hosted by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Javier Plascencia, returns to Valle de Guadalupe, the hottest new wine-travel destination in the west, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 with a stellar list of over 30 award-winning culinary talents from both sides of the United States-Mexico border. The festival is unique in drawing a lineup of top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, both now being recognized world-wide. Event Co-Founder & Producer Carolynn Carreno (James Beard Award-winning author) join us with the tempting details.

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

Shachi Mehra of ADYAOur heartiest congratulations to Chef Shachi Mehra, the Co-owner of the Adya restaurants in the Anaheim Packing House and in Irvine at University Center. To the best of our knowledge Chef Shachi is the first Orange County chef to compete on Food Network’s Chopped and win the fierce competition.

It’s a great year for Chef Shachi as she is also one of the three nominees for “Rising Star Chef of the Year” at the 2019 Golden Foodie Awards being celebrated at a gala on Sept. 29th at the Marriott Newport Beach.

Once a month Chef Shachi hosts an interactive cooking class in the Boxcar Patio at ADYA Anaheim. Today’s class is “The Perfect Cup of Chai & Indian Tea Sandwiches.”

Chef Shachi is our guest.

Maralyn diPiazza of Diapiazza'sFood Finders, a Southern California nonprofit focused on food recovery is hosting its 4th annual Chefs to the Rescue fundraiser on Tuesday, October 1st from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Golden Sails Hotel located at 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy in Long Beach. Food Finders celebrates 30 years of rescuing food this year. This unique, food-centric event challenges prominent local chefs to create “Edible Extras”; tasting samples and small plates made from perfectly edible recovered or repurposed food that might otherwise end up being tossed away.

“We’ve seen some of the most amazing dishes at this event made using everything from potato peels to fish necks to pork belly,” said Patti Larson, executive director of Food Finders. “and while restaurants do a great job utilizing their inventory, we want to inspire people to do the same in their own kitchens and across the food industry in general. We also want to ensure that Food Finders can continue to serve its 400+ nonprofit partners that feed people in need, so this event supports that ongoing effort.”

“Food Finders, founded in 1989, works with local food vendors, grocery stores, restaurants and caterers to distribute donated food to other nonprofit organizations that feed impoverished families, children and elderly. Today there are 13 staff and some 300 volunteers who help rescue millions of pounds of food each year. Food Finders’ mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste while improving nutrition in food insecure communities.”

Food Finders’ Executive Director Patti Larson and participating chef Maralyn diPiazza of diPiazza Restaurant & Lounge join us with the tempting specifics.

Sammy Monsour of Preux and Proper“Downtown Los Angeles’ Preux & Proper is rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South. We season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do.”

Newly launched at Preux & Proper is the lunchtime popup, South City Fried Chicken, served Monday through Saturday. The heart of the menu is inspired regional fried chicken sandwiches where the premium Georgia chicken breast is brined overnight on buttermilk. Think the Austin with rojo bean hummus, burrata, javi’s tia’s hot sauce, pickled radish, cilantro, blue corn tortilla crumble and heirloom tomato

On Thursday night’s it’s (Chef) Sammy’s Cookout Barbecue with handcrafted libations including the Texas Two-Timer (Reposado Tequila based.) The menu highlight is the 18- Hour Bone-In Pork Shoulder (for 8 to 12 guests) served with a variety of creative, regional BBQ sauces. The Baked Mac & Cheese is unusually good and don’t miss the Spam Fries served in a Spam can with pineapple chipotle ketchup.

Serving up all the delicious details are proprietor Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour.

Greg Nagel of FirkFestGreg Nagel is a certified Cicerone Beer Server and, as a journalist, is a regular contributor to OC Weekly’s extensive beer, wine & spirits coverage. Recently held (September 12th to 14th) at the Long Beach Convention Center was the 3-day 2019 California Craft Beer Summit produced by the California Craft Brewers Association.

“The Craft Beer Summit is possibly the most important event of the year for anyone who loves tasting beer or is interested in building their business in the craft beer industry.

“The three-day event launched with hands-on education, tastings, pairings, interactive exhibits and networking opportunities and concluded with the largest California craft beer festival hosted outdoors on the water in Long Beach at Marina Green Park. Unlimited tastings were offered from 170 breweries from across California pouring more than 500 beers of every style and variety.”

Greg provides us with the effervescent highlights.

Noelle Carter FoodAs the long-time Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter oversaw the testing of all recipes that appear in The Times. In addition, she wrote features and contributed to Food’s Daily Dish blog. Noelle also researched and penned the popular Culinary SOS column for Food.

A native Southern Californian, she holds a degree in film from the University of Southern California and, when she’s not cooking, loves watching old movies. She left The Times in January 2019.

We’ll get updated on Noelle’s new activities with Noelle Carter Food.

Author Carolyn CarrenoThe 3rd annual Valle Food & Wine Festival, hosted by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Javier Plascencia, returns to Valle de Guadalupe, the hottest new wine-travel destination in the west, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 with a stellar list of over 30 award-winning culinary talents from both sides of the United States-Mexico border. The festival is unique in drawing a lineup of top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, both now being recognized world-wide.

“I fell in love with the Valle de Guadalupe while cooking a dinner there two summers ago,” says Nancy Silverton. “I knew I wanted to come back and to give back to this place. By the end of a marvelous weekend under the stars in this magical place, Javier, Carolynn, and I had decided to start a festival.”

Nancy Silverton (Mozza) joins us with the details.

The festival is unique in drawing a lineup of top chefs from as far as Mexico City and New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, both now being recognized world-wide.

James Beard Award-winning writer Carolyn Carreno, Event Founder and Producer, continues the preview of Valle Food & Wine Festival.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Proprietress & Chef Shachi Mehra of Adya
Segment Three: Food Finders’ “Chefs to the Rescue” Benefit
Segment Four: Preux & Proper’s Proprietor Joshua Kopel
Segment Five: Libation & Food Journalist Greg Nagel with highlights from the California Craft Beer Summit
Segment Six: Chef & Journalist Noelle Carter, Noelle Carter Food
Segment Seven: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part One
Segment Eight: Carolynn Carreno, Valle Food & Wines Fest, Event Founder and Producer Part Two

Show 309, February 2, 2019: Preux & Proper’s Joshua Kopel and Chef Sammy Monsour, Downtown Los Angeles

Sammy MonsourBring on the Southern hospitality this “Big Game” Sunday at Preux & Proper in Downtown Los Angeles. Keeping the Southern theme, as Super Bowl LIII takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, there is perhaps no better place or a more Southern home on the West Coast to gather for this all-American tradition.

Featuring 4 TV’s, there is room for everyone to find a good seat and cheer on the two championing teams. We’re, of course, partial to our own L.A. Rams who played for 15 years at Angel Stadium before moving to Saint Louis.

Kickoff this Sunday Funday with Sunday Brunch served from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and stay for the epic game. Begin with a Wakey Wakey Bloody Mary prepared with bacon-infused vodka, Smog City Little Bo’ Pils, Blackstrap Worcestershire, hickory smoked black salt, sharp cheddar, pepperoni, cherry tomato and house-pickled okra.

Contemplate Executive Chef Sammy Monsour’s sweet and savory Fried Chicken & Waffles brunch special made with Mary’s Free-Range Chicken breast, buttermilk cornbread waffle, honey, pecans, and butter of course, lots of butter.

Preux & Proper wants the fun to continue “all day long” so they will be offering Happy Hour from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Barroom and the upstairs Proper Dining Hall while also shucking and serving $1 Oysters, $1 Wings and Handcrafted Pitchers of Cocktails inspired by the two competing Big Game teams ($45 each) which serve up to four guests.

If guests are still hungry for more, they can indulge in Preux & Proper’s tantalizing Southern Barroom Eats such as the Dungeness Crab Hushpuppies served with house bourbon barrel-aged green hot sauce, boil spice and charred poblano butter, or make the entire team happy with a Deep Dish Biscuit Dough Pizza like the Paulie’s Pomegranate-Habanero B.B.Q. Pork with smoked red onions and Tillamook cheddar.

Preux & Proper will be open for The Big Game on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 for Sunday Brunch from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., Happy Hour from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday Supper from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm; 840 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.896.0090.

Proprietor Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour kick off The Big Game festivities for us.

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Show 286, August 18, 2018: Josh Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour, South City Fried Chicken, Los Angeles

Sammy MonsourNewly arrived in DTLA is South City Fried Chicken, where not one, but eight great Southern cities are uniquely represented via the most delicious mother cluckin’ Fried Chicken Sandwiches this side of the Rio Grande! Guests have the opportunity to get lost in their nuanced mouth-watering, finger-lickin’ Fried Chicken Sandwiches prepared with the highest-quality ingredients and packed with the finest flavors the South has to offer.

“After a year on the road getting in touch with their roots and cultivating the essence of Southern cuisine, South City Fried Chicken Co-Owners Joshua Kopel and Chef Sammy Monsour returned to Los Angeles with the innovation and grit to tackle their second venture together. “South City Fried Chicken is the canvas on which to experience a story that is important to Josh and I,” says Monsour. “Our food honors Southern culture, the people we come from, and connects us with our guests.””

“Setting out with the intent to not only create the most delectable Fried Chicken Sandwiches in the West, but as an homage to the people of the South, Chef Sammy set his standards high from the get-go with an adamant motto: No heat lamps, no freezers, no excuses. Everything on the South City Fried Chicken menu is made-to-order, maintaining farm-to-table concepts by utilizing the same local vendors as fine dining big sister restaurant Preux & Proper. No detail is too small, from the homemade pepper mixes and sauces, to the employment of Jidori chicken, an artisan-take on poultry farming by utilizing hand-pulled methods over machines, and brioche buns from La Brea Bakery.”

Each Fried Chicken Sandwich begins with succulent Jidori chicken in marinade and buttermilk brine, marinating together for a minimum of 24 hours. When it is finally ready to go, the last step is dredging the chicken in the “stay crispy batter” before getting fried to perfection and seasoned according to each sandwiches destination. Described by Chef Sammy as “A love letter to the South written in flavor,” the South City Fried Chicken Sandwich Menu highlights nine crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside offerings, eight of which feature namesake cities that are major players in Southern cuisine.

Owner Joshua Kopel and Partner & Executive Chef Sammy Monsour join us to crow about the opening.

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Show 262, February 24, 2018: Brady Lowe, Founder, Cochon555

Brady Lowe of Cochon 555Cochon555, one of the nation’s most talked about premium food, wine and spirit celebration and live-event series, is back on the road in 2018, returning to the Los Angeles area on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Viceroy Santa Monica will play host to a hundred-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments at this stand-up, all-inclusive bacchanal celebration of tasty heritage breed pork.

Cochon555’s 2018 group of cutting-edge chefs from across the city has each participant cooking one whole heritage breed pig raised by a family farm. The competing chefs include Sammy Monsour of Preux & Proper, Brian Redzikowski of Kettner Exchange, Thomas Bille of Otium, Lord Maynard Llera of Mason and Hugo Bolanos of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.

One week before the event, each chef receives a 200-pound heritage breed pig sustainably sourced from Cook Pigs Ranch, Rancho Llano Seco, Winfield Farm, Sowbelly Sustainable Farm, and Peads & Barnetts to create a maximum of 6 dishes for competition. With dozens of bites from iconic local chefs, boutique distillers, and artisan winemakers, the event is akin to an epic tasting menu of heritage breed pork with endless beverage pairings taken standing up.

To win the friendly competition for a cause, a chef’s menu must woo twenty celebrity judges with their “Judge’s Plate” scored on utilization; technique; and overall flavor and be voted “best bite of the day” by guests. The winning “Prince or Princess of Pork” in Los Angeles will advance to the national finale, Grand Cochon, a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all showdown for the crown in Chicago on September 30th.

Founder Brady Lowe is our “hog wild” guest on the line from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Florida. He gets around…

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