Show 508, January 21, 2023: Chef / Proprietor Rich Mead, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens

Chef Rich Mead is the proprietor of Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens in Corona del Mar. Chef Rich’s seasonal menus feature ingredients sourced from local and sustainably focused farmers and purveyors. Sunday Brunch in the Garden is a now a celebratory Orange County tradition. Chef Rich Mead takes a break from his regular Saturday morning sourcing trip at the Santa Monica Farmers Market to join us.

“During his nearly four decades of culinary expertise, Chef Rich Mead has cultivated relationships with the highest regarded local sustainable farms, allowing him to create the freshest menus using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and specially grown vegetables. In 2016, after years of planning, Chef Mead unveiled a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse, located within Roger’s Gardens. Nestled on over 6 acres in the garden-like setting, Farmhouse features exclusive wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, artisan refreshments and a healthy based seasonal cuisine.”

Farmhouse will also be a participating restaurant in the upcoming Orange County Restaurant Week set for March 5th to 11th.

Farmhouse will serve an Amuse, Starter, Entrée, Dessert and a Seasonal Cocktail for $60 per guest. (Reservations recommended.)

Show 483, July 16, 2022: Romeo Coleman, Coleman Family Farm, Carpinteria, CA Part One

Romeo Coleman of Coleman Family Farm

Coleman Family Farms in Carpinteria is under the management of 2nd generation family farmer Romeo Coleman. Their produce is available at both the Wednesday and Saturday mornings Farmers Markets in Santa Monica. Founded in 1963 by the late Bill Coleman.

Many of the finer restaurants in the area utilize their seasonal produce and flowers including acclaimed Chef Rich Mead of Farmhouse in Corona del Mar. Right now they have cherry tomatoes and an assortment of basil. Well known for exceptional heirloom tomatoes in season.

Romeo joins us with a full report on the season’s best.

Show 483, July 16, 2022: Romeo Coleman, Coleman Family Farm, Carpinteria, CA Part Two

Romeo Coleman of Coleman Family Farm

Coleman Family Farms in Carpinteria (and Ventura) is under the management of 2nd generation family farmer Romeo Coleman. Their produce is available at both the Wednesday and Saturday mornings Farmers Markets in Santa Monica. Founded in 1963 by the late Bill Coleman.

Many of the finer restaurants in the area utilize their seasonal produce and flowers including Chef Rich Mead of Farmhouse in Corona del Mar. Right now they have cherry tomatoes and an assortment of basil. Well known for exceptional heirloom tomatoes in season. They only grow what’s in season for the area.

Romeo continues with us with a full report on the season’s best.

Show 478, June 11, 2022: Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project with Sherry Mandell and Sugarbear Bakes’ Steph Chen

Sherry Mandell and Stephanie Chen of Gather for Good

Gather for Good’s Co-founder, Sherry Mandell is also a partner in the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. She is affectionally referred to as the “Fairy Grain Mother.” Sherry’s mission is “spreading glutenous joy far and wide.” Her Gather for Good Co-founder, artisan baker and pastry chef Stephanie Chen, operates Sugarbear Bakes. Pastry Chef Steph uses Tehachapi Grain flour in her incredibly delicious hand pies and cakes.

“The Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project’s aim is to preserve and grow heritage organic grains which are naturally drought tolerant and low in gluten.”

“Wheat and the other small cereal grains have been planted in the Golden State since the establishment of missions in the 1760s. Our Mediterranean climate is ideal to the growing of the annual grasses collectively known as grains. California once led the nation in barley production and was second in wheat production, but in the early 20th century grain farming began to be replaced by higher value orchards, vineyards, and row crops.”

“However, grains (especially heirloom varieties) tend to have very low water requirements, and remain well-suited for California. Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project is trying to bring back many different types of heirloom grains (non-GMO) for use by home cooks, chefs, bakers, and brewers.”

Sherry Mandell is at the Wednesday and Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Markets with the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project flour. She is based in the Weiser Family Farms stand. Pre-ordering is necessary via the website.

Sherry Mandell and Pastry Chef Stephanie Chen continue with us now providing an overview of the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project.

Show 441, September 4, 2021: Chef / Proprietor Rich Mead, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens Part One

Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar turned five on September 1, 2021. To celebrate the occasion, Owner & Executive Chef Rich Mead is highlighting a menu of $5 food and drink specials offered Wednesday, September 1 through Sunday, September 5.

“Chef Rich Mead’s special menu of five $5 bites highlights the unique local and sustainable ingredients he sources during weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market. A tradition he’s kept for nearly 20 years, the relationships Chef Rich has cultivated with local farmers and purveyors is what has made Farmhouse the go-to destination to discover the freshest flavors of the season since day one.”

“Guests can select from Farmhouse Kimchi Fried “Rice” made with Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project rye grain, Autonomy Farms Chicken Meatballs and Tomatillo Broth, Vegetable Spring Roll, Cauliflower “Ceviche” and a Pastrami Cured Salmon Bite.”

“During his nearly four decades of culinary expertise, Chef Rich Mead has cultivated relationships with the highest regarded local sustainable farms, allowing him to create the freshest menus using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and specially grown vegetables. In 2016, after years of planning, Chef Mead unveiled a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse, located within Roger’s Gardens. Nestled on over 6 acres in the garden-like setting, Farmhouse features exclusive wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, artisan refreshments and a healthy-based seasonal cuisine.”

Chef Rich takes a respite from his busy kitchen to join us.

Show 441, September 4, 2021: Chef / Proprietor Rich Mead, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens Part Two

Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar turned five on September 1, 2021. To celebrate the occasion, Owner & Executive Chef Rich Mead is highlighting a menu of $5 food and drink specials offered Wednesday, September 1 through Sunday, September 5.

“Chef Rich Mead’s special menu of five $5 bites highlights the unique local and sustainable ingredients he sources during weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market. A tradition he’s kept for nearly 20 years, the relationships Chef Rich has cultivated with local farmers and purveyors is what has made Farmhouse the go-to destination to discover the freshest flavors of the season since day one.”

“Relax in the restaurant’s open-air, garden-like setting and cheers to five years with $5 sips including red and white wine curated by General Manager and wine enthusiast Koire Rogers, and a signature cocktail courtesy of award-winning ‘Chef de Swigs’ Anthony Laborin.”

“During his nearly four decades of culinary expertise, Chef Rich Mead has cultivated relationships with the highest regarded local sustainable farms, allowing him to create the freshest menus using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and specially grown vegetables. In 2016, after years of planning, Chef Mead unveiled a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse, located within Roger’s Gardens. Nestled on over 6 acres in the garden-like setting, Farmhouse features exclusive wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, artisan refreshments and a healthy-based seasonal cuisine.”

Chef Rich takes a further respite from his busy kitchen to continue with us.

Show 410, January 30, 2021: Chef Rich Mead, Proprietor, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Corona del Mar

Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens

Rich Mead, Owner and Executive Chef of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, offers guests patio seating on a lush, garden setting for lunch and early dinner with an all-day menu. With over 4,000 square feet of al fresco dining, guests can relax outdoors while responsibly enjoying an award-winning cocktail or a seasonal, sustainably sourced meal.

“Also available is a robust menu of takeout offerings including a Curbside Market with local ingredients and pantry staples, nourishing Family Meals and weekly Farmers Market Produce Boxes.  Classic and signature cocktails are available for dine-in or curbside pickup courtesy of Chef de Swigs, Anthony Laborin and his team.” 

Please note hours for Dine-in are currently 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and for Takeout 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phone is 949.640.1415 for Reservations and Takeout.

Chef/Proprietor Rich Mead is our guest speaking from the Saturday Farmers Market in Santa Monica.

Show 357, January 25, 2020: Chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse and Citrin, Santa Monica

Josiah CitrinLast December, Chef Josiah Citrin debuted the reimagined Mélisse and Citrin, two new culinary concepts under one iconic roof. After closing Michelin two-star Mélisse in Santa Monica last year, Chef Josiah remade the award-winning dining destination as an engaging, luxe, intimate tasting menu restaurant alongside Citrin, an inviting, á la carte concept paying homage to the original Mélisse’s culinary legacy.

Chef/Partner Ken Takayama, Wine Director Matthew Luczy, and General Manager James Spencer, all formerly of Mélisse, helm both restaurants which were designed by Dex Studios and Redford House. With this double debut of anticipated restaurants, Chef Josiah continues to solidify his status as a central figure of fine dining in Los Angeles.

“Located within the Mélisse space that flourished in Santa Monica for two decades, Chef Josiah and Chef/Partner Ken Takayama revived their Michelin two-star institution with a new service model which brings a more personal, intimate approach to service. Challenging the format of traditional restaurant service, Mélisse brings the intimacy of the kitchen directly to guests with chefs and sommeliers—who also double as servers—leading diners through the experience. The nine-course tasting menu is intended to bring a sense of discovery, shifting in accordance with the seasons while adhering to Chef Josiah’s signature California progressive cooking style.”

“Drawing from Chef Josiah’s classical French training and longtime connection with the Santa Monica Farmers Market, the coursed tasting menu ($295) can be accompanied by a France and California-focused wine pairing ($195) from Wine Director and Certified Sommelier Matthew Luczy. Guests can also opt for a non-alcoholic pairing ($195), featuring housemade kombucha and infusions.”

“An extension of the original Mélisse, Citrin offers an upscale yet comfortable, convivial, and fun dining experience where guests can expect the same meticulous attention to detail and technique for which chefs Josiah Citrin and Ken Takayama are celebrated. Executed in a California progressive style, the á la carte menu inherits some of the signature dishes that made Mélisse a bastion of the Los Angeles fine dining landscape, including Lobster Bolognese and Caviar Egg.”

“Seasonal ingredients shine on Citrin’s menu in dishes like Truffle Pasta with house-made tagliatelle, truffle foam, and white truffles shaved tableside; Wild Japanese Yellowtail “Buri” with radish, grapefruit, and nori; and Santa Barbara Rockfish with chive blossoms, mussels, mussel broth, and quince mustard.”

“Distinct from the 77-seat dining room, the 22-seat bar offers the full menu and cocktails (which take their names from some of Chef Josiah’s favorite songs), as well as a special burger exclusive to the bar. Citrin’s rock n’ roll cocktail list, also available to order at Mélisse, includes libations like the Love Me Two Times made with mezcal, cherry liqueur, cinnamon demerara, yuzu, and angostura; as well as the Wild Horses with white rum, Pimm’s, blueberry-thyme syrup, lime, and angostura.”

Chef Josiah Cirtin surfs in with all the details.

Show 282, July 21, 2018: Executive Chef Kyle Johnson, Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak Los Angeles

Kyle JohnsonLocated in Glendale, BOURBON STEAK Los Angeles is Chef Michael Mina’s modern American steakhouse offering timeless dining experiences. At once classic and contemporary, the restaurant accomplishes all the traditions expected from a steakhouse with a flair of excitement.

“Discover the Piano Bar abuzz with newfound libations, and the glamorous dining room boasting tableside services including our signature Japanese Whisky Cart and Michael Mina’s signature Lobster Pot Pie.”

Kyle Johnson has worked his way through some of Las Vegas’s finest restaurants and is now at Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak Los Angeles at The Americana at Brand as Executive Chef. With his food philosophy focused on sourcing the highest quality ingredients prepared with a strong technique, he looks forward to cultivating a connection to the community. Through relationships with local farms and purveyors, he surprises guests with a locally influenced menu of modern steakhouse fare that’s sophisticated and approachable all at once.

Chef Kyle proudly shops for his produce every week at both the Santa Monica Farmers Market and the Hollywood Farmers Market.

We’re firing up the broiler with Executive Chef Kyle Johnson.

Show 260, February 10, 2018: Restaurateur Michael McCarty, Michael’s Santa Monica & NYC

Michael McCartyRestaurateur Michael McCarty of Michael’s Santa Monica fame has been a larger-than-life fixture on the local dining scene (Manhattan, too) since 1979. He is a legendary discoverer of youthful culinary talent. In the summer of 2016 Michael reinvented Michael’s Santa Monica once again with the arrival of a hot young chef, Miles Thompson.

When Chef & Restaurateur Michael McCarty opened the landmark Michael’s in Santa Monica back in 1979 I’m not sure he even suspected that he would become one of the pioneers of what is known as California cuisine along with Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck. He pioneered having museum quality art on the restaurant’s wall with not a hint of pretention. A Michael’s in New York came on the scene about a decade later serving breakfast, lunch & dinner to the media elite.

Michael is also known for mentoring rising, young culinary talent. This distinguished alumni club includes Jonathan Waxman, Nancy Silverton, Mark Peel, Ken Frank, and Sang Yoon.

McCarty still can be seen at The Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesday mornings with his culinary team. When he’s home in Santa Monica he’s at the restaurant nightly still touching tables and welcoming guests.

We’ll chat with Michael about the diminishing influence of high-profile restaurant critics over the years as well as Chef Miles’ new Winter Happy Hour menu. (Think pork ribs with Calabrian chili red hot and a daily cocktail special for $1.79.) How valuable is restaurant criticism to an established restaurant?