Show 458, January 15, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Butcher’s House, a modern brasserie centered around the antique craft of butchery, debuted last month at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection. Helmed by Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House offers a menu centered around dry-aged meats and rustic brasserie-style dishes representative of his hometown Toulouse in the south of France. For Offer, Butcher’s House is more than an homage to his culinary roots; it is the fulfillment of his lifelong American dream.” Chef Jeoffrey is our guest with an antique French clever at the ready.

Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery (Oakville) is a small, family-owned winegrower and producer with deep roots in Napa Valley. Now in its second generation of family ownership, Lindsay Hoopes continues to live and work on the farm with revered dedication to her family heritage in dogged pursuit of perfect wines. Their critically acclaimed wines tell the exquisite story of the Hoopes’ vineyards, their philosophy, and the continued evolution of Napa Valley. With a true sense of place and raison d’être, Hoopes Vineyard wines strive to over deliver in flavor, history, passion, adventure and luxury.” Proprietress Lindsay Hoopes is our guest to pull the cork on all that is Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery.”

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube IV he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice at The HoxtonSibling Rival in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants, Sibling Rival and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.) Chef John Taube joins us with local micro greens in hand.

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on Atlantic, Long Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.” Family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant in the Long Beach Exchange is a participating restaurant. Georgia’s Co-owner, Nika Shoemaker-Machado, joins us with what’s on her menu.

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 tells us about his ongoing efforts to support local student farmers at Huntington Beach High School. It’s an ambitious student run program that grows produce used at Slapfish and also farm-raised Tilapia.

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

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January 15: Butcher’s House, Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery, Waicoco, Georgia’s Restaurant

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part Two
Segment Four: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part One
Segment Five: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Chef John Taube IV, Waicoco, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach participating in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

Butcher’s House, a modern brasserie centered around the antique craft of butchery, debuted last month at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection. Helmed by Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House offers a menu centered around dry-aged meats and rustic brasserie-style dishes representative of his hometown Toulouse in the south of France. For Offer, Butcher’s House is more than an homage to his culinary roots; it is the fulfillment of his lifelong American dream.” Chef Jeoffrey is our guest with an antique French clever at the ready.

Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery (Oakville) is a small, family-owned winegrower and producer with deep roots in Napa Valley. Now in it’s second generation, Lindsay Hoopes continues to live and work on the farm with revered dedication to her family heritage in dogged pursuit of perfect wines. Their critically acclaimed wines tell the exquisite story of the Hoopes’ vineyards, their philosophy, and the continued evolution of Napa Valley. With a true sense of place and raison d’être, Hoopes Vineyard wines strive to over deliver in flavor, history, passion, adventure and luxury.” Proprietress Lindsay Hoopes is our guest to pull the cork on Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery.”

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube IV he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice at The Hoxton in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants Sibling Rivalry and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.) Chef John Taube joins us with local micro greens in hand.

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on Atlantic, Long Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.” Family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant in the Long Beach Exchange is a participating restaurant. Georgia’s Co-owner, Nika Shoemaker-Machado, joins us with what’s on her menu.

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 tells us about his ongoing efforts to support local student farmers at Huntington Beach High School. It’s the start of another challenging year for chefs and restaurants. We’ll get an informed update on the current state of affairs for chefs and restaurants.

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

Jeoffrey Offer of Butcher's House Brasserie

Butcher’s House, a modern brasserie centered around the antique craft of butchery, debuted last month at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection. Helmed by Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House offers a menu centered around dry-aged meats and rustic brasserie-style dishes representative of his hometown Toulouse in the south of France. For Offer, Butcher’s House is more than an homage to his culinary roots; it is the fulfillment of his lifelong American dream.”

“Offer’s culinary inspiration began at home, shadowing his mother in the kitchen as she prepared Sunday dinners and family-style meals. His father, a local butcher, taught him the precision and attention to detail involved in preparing different cuts of meat. While his storied culinary career spans over a decade across three continents, his most recent role was executive chef of Moulin for nearly six years. In 2014, he joined award-winning restaurateur Laurent Vrignaud in the opening of Moulin’s flagship location in Newport Beach to the expansion of the brand’s fifth location. As a classically trained French chef, Offer brings more than 12 years of experience in cooking, kitchen logistics, and operations management to the opening of his first restaurant, Butcher’s House.”

“In 2013, I came to America with nothing but a backpack and a dream,” comments chef-owner Jeoffrey Offer. “Butcher’s House allows me to take ownership of my American dream and share my passion for cooking with the people who will continue to make that dream a reality. It is and has been a true labor of love.”

“Butcher’s House features a menu highlighting wood-fired cuts of meat, dry-aged and butchered in-house. During dinner, guests can enjoy premium steaks like a 30-day Dry-Aged Bone-in Ribeye, Filet Mignon, and New York. A selection of house specialties like Toulouse Sausage, Country-Style Pork Paté, and Duck Confit pay homage to Offer’s upbringing in the south of France. His expertise in pastry arts is displayed through rustic-yet-refined desserts, including a Chocolate Mousse and Crème Brûlée.”

“During lunch, Butcher’s House serves sandwiches, salads, and dry-aged beef burgers available a la carte or as combos with the option of including a drink and dessert. The beverage program focuses on a curated selection of French wines, artisan beers on draft, and a menu of classic French-inspired fermented cocktails crafted with soju-based spirits.”

Chef Jeoffrey is our guest with an antique clever at the ready.

Lindsay Hoopes of Hoopes Wines

Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery (Oakville) is a small, family-owned winegrower and producer with deep roots in Napa Valley. Now in it’s second generation, Lindsay Hoopes continues to live and work on the farm with revered dedication to her family heritage in dogged pursuit of perfect wines. Their critically acclaimed wines tell the exquisite story of the Hoopes’ vineyards, their philosophy, and the continued evolution of Napa Valley. With a true sense of place and raison d’être, Hoopes Vineyard wines strive to over deliver in flavor, history, passion, adventure and luxury.”

“Raised on the Hoopes farm by her wine-loving family, Lindsay Hoopes learned how to cultivate grapes and promote Napa’s sense of place and terroir through her father, Spencer Hoopes. Spencer Hoopes loved farming, and developed a passion for wine as the wine industry in Napa blossomed right around him.”

“Spencer Hoopes grew grapes for other vintners and quickly earned repute for some of the best cabernet sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Spencer’s stewardship of the land was heralded by many. When other vintners asked if they could use the Hoopes name to authenticate the high-calibre of their wine, Spencer concluded that, darn it, he should do it himself.”

“Enter Lindsay. Spencer encouraged Lindsay to explore the world and potentially other careers before making a decision to settle at home in the family business. Farming suffers no fools, and Spencer wasn’t just going to give her a job.”

“Lindsay has a wanderlust. After living abroad in many countries, from Ireland to Costa Rica, Lindsay studied international law, worked in international logistics and ultimately worked in homicide at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. But Lindsay eventually made her way back to Napa Valley when a family illness prompted her to take over Hoopes Vineyard in 2012.”

“Lindsay honored her heritage and father’s winemaking philosophy, but retained her sense of adventure by giving Hoopes Family Vineyard some innovative upgrades. She adopted regenerative agricultural practices and bio-diverse farming initiatives, founded a rescue sanctuary for animals, worked with environmental groups for organic and sustainability certification, and created a hub for young wine fans to immerse themselves in California wine culture in what is now the Oasis by Hoopes. Lindsay also now tells the story of Hoopes wine through food in her many culinary partnerships and initiatives.”

Proprietress Lindsay Hoopes is our guest to pull the cork on Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery.

John Taube of Waicoco in Maui

When we last spoke with Chef John Taube he was orchestrating all the acclaimed foodservice and menu planning at The Hoxton in Downtown Los Angeles including their signature restaurants Sibling Rival and the rooftop Pilot. Chef John is now the Executive Chef at Waicoco (Breakfast and Dinner) on Maui at the Westin Ka’anapali in Lahaina. The restaurant is owned by Chefs Mourad Lahlou (Aziza and Mourad in San Francisco) and Chris Kajioka (Oahu’s Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s.)

“Waicoco’s expansive open air oceanfront oasis has a prime view of two Hawaiian islands, Molokai and Lanai. Waicoco seamlessly transitions between oceanside breakfast and dinner allowing the guest to wake to the sunrise and let the day sink away with the sunset. Towering platters of shellfish, local line caught fish and kiawe smoked delicacies provide a connection with land and sea. Waicoco incorporates world class culinary talent and relationships with farmers and fishermen to introduce guests to their belief of how food, drinks and community should be experienced while dining in Maui.”

For Dinner think Poke Tower with prawn, tuna and salmon pokes, seaweed, maze tare, lava salt and rice & prawn chips. There are also Ohana Style presentations (to share) including Seared Half Hamachi with maze tare glazed collar, ginger rice, herb and kula greens, miso beurre blanc and served with ohana sauces.

Chef John Taube joins us with a fresh Maui Gold Pineapple in hand.

Nika Shoemaker-Machado of Georgias Restaurants

“The city-wide inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will take place January 23-30, 2022. Long Beach Black Restaurant Week will be a platform to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Black food scene. Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, a California registered 501(c)3 non-profit, along with Velika Turner, former co-owner of Derricks on AtlanticLong Black Restaurant Week will be an eight day event devoted to celebrating African, African American, and Caribbean fare in and around Long Beach. The event also seeks to highlight Black-owned food businesses as well as Black chefs and bartenders.”

Family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant in the Long Beach Exchange is a participating restaurant. Georgia’s Co-owner, Nika Shoemaker-Machado, joins us with what’s on her “Soul Food” menu.

Gretchen Shoemaker (Nika’s Mom,) the heart of Georgia’s, would tell you Soul Food is the food you get when you cook with your whole heart and soul.”

“Georgia’s dishes are the comfort foods she learned to make with her grandma, the very ones she raised her daughters on, served in her successful catering service and has shared with family and friends throughout the years.”

“When you taste Georgia’s food, you taste the love and devotion that makes Georgia’s Soul Delicious!!”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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 tells us about his ongoing efforts to support local student farmers at Huntington Beach High School. It’s the start of another challenging year for chefs and restaurants. We’ll get an informed update on the current state of affairs for chefs and restaurants.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Jeoffrey Offer, Butcher’s House Brasserie, SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa Part Two
Segment Four: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part One
Segment Five: Lindsay Hoopes, Proprietress, Hoopes Family Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley Part Two
Segment Six: Chef John Taube IV, Waicoco, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Segment Seven: Restaurateur Nika Shoemaker-Machado, Georgia’s Restaurant, Long Beach participating in Long Beach Black Restaurant Week
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel of Slapfish with “Ask the Chef”

Show 347, November 2, 2019: Show Preview & “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel

Now a salivating preview of Saturday afternoon’s delectable program. 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.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from his Huntington Beach restaurant with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice! Expect some genuinely useful Holiday cooking tips including the most desirable size of the bird and what dishes can be safely prepared ahead.

Last month The Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood celebrated a century of Family tradition and integrity. They were even honored with an unusual “Award of Excellence” from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in the form of a terrazzo “Walk of Fame” sidewalk star. Gayot– The Guide to the Good Life’s Orange County correspondent, Rich Manning, was just at Musso’s for an anniversary visit and highlights his dining experience there.

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with a special report. Robert was a featured speaker at the recent Produce Marketing Association – Fresh Summit Expo annual gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s the largest produce show held in the United States. His topic for a special Media presentation was Produce Trends. Robert shares the intriguing highlights.

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

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November 2: Rich Manning on Musso & Grill’s 100th Anniversary and Produce Trends from Melissa’s Produce

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview & “Ask the Chef” with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Gayot’s Orange County Correspondent, Rich Manning
Segment Three: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part One
Segment Four: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part Two

Program Note:

For this Saturday, November 2nd (only) we’re on at the special time of 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. following Notre Dame Football. Please join us…

Now a salivating preview of this Saturday afternoon’s delectable program. 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.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice! Expect some genuinely useful Holiday cooking tips.

Last month The Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood celebrated a century of Family tradition and integrity. They were even honored with an unusual “Award of Excellence” from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in the form of a terrazzo “Walk of Fame” sidewalk star. Gayot– The Guide to the Good Life’s Orange County correspondent, Rich Manning, was just at Musso’s for an anniversary visit and highlights his dining experience there.

Our resident produce authority, Robert Schueller of Melissa’s, joins us with a special report. Robert was a featured speaker at the recent Produce Marketing Association – Fresh Summit Expo annual gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s the largest produce show held in the United States. His topic was Produce Trends. Robert shares the intriguing highlights.

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

Rich Manning of GayotLast month The Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood celebrated a century of Family tradition and integrity. They were even honored with an “Award of Excellence” from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in the form of a “Walk of Fame” sidewalk star. Also commemorating the 100th Anniversary is a coffee table book, The Musso & Frank Grill. It’s both a history and cookbook.

“What would become Musso & Frank Grill was founded in 1919 by Frank Toulet, who three years later formed a fateful partnership with a similarly forward-looking restaurateur named Joseph Musso. In 1922, the two men hired French chef Jean Rue – a culinary master who would wind up showcasing his artistry at Musso & Frank for 53 years, and creating a menu that remains mostly intact to this day (amazing enough, current Chef J.P. Amateau is only the third person to serve in that position in the restaurant’s entire 100-year history, folllowing the tenures of Jean Rue and his successor, Michel Bourger!)”

“In 1927, Mr. Musso and Mr. Toulet sold their restaurant to a duo of Italian immigrants named Joseph Carissimi and John Mosso (a coincidentally similar name) and today Musso & Frank is owned and operated by the families of Mr. Mosso’s three granddaughters: John and Cathy Echeverria and their son, Mark Echeverria; Steve and Anne Jones; and Richard and Kristen Kohlmeyer.”

Gayot– The Guide to the Good Life’s Orange County correspondent, Rich Manning, was just at Musso’s and highlights his anniversary dining experience there.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA StudioOur resident produce authority, Robert Schueller (The Prince of Produce) of Melissa’s, joins us with a special report. Robert was a featured speaker at the recent Produce Marketing Association – Fresh Summit Expo annual gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s the largest produce show held in the United States. His topic was Produce Trends. Robert provides with the intriguing highlights.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview & “Ask the Chef” with Co-Hosts Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Gayot’s Orange County Correspondent, Rich Manning
Segment Three: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part One
Segment Four: Robert Schueller of Melissa’s – Produce Trends from Produce Marketing Association Presentation Part Two

Show 313, March 2, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an intriguing preview of Saturday’s tempting show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

Orange County Restaurant Week returns Sunday, March 3th through Saturday, March 9th. This year, nearly 150 restaurants will participant in OC Restaurant Week, offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. The new Toast in Costa Mesa is participating for the first time with special menus for both Lunch and Dinner. Proprietor Ed Lee and Proprietor/Chef John Park join us with all the delectable specifics.

One of our most reliable sources of key restaurant news in Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been masterfully working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas annual restaurant guide series. Al has just visited Honda Center for the first time catching the Vegas Golden Knights on the ice and also done some local dining. We’ll get a morsel by morsel report from Al.

Owner/ Chef Craig Strong (Ex-Studio at Montage Laguna Beach) has just debuted his new Weekend Brunch Menu at Laguna Beach’s Ocean at Main. Bottomless mimosas and specialty cocktails are featured, too. Chef Craig cooks up all the details for us.

Our resident “Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats (the protein experts) are back with answers to your “meaty” inquiries. Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson provide genuinely useful insight into your Easter dinner cooking questions.

Our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, joins us to talk about Bordeaux wines. The Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux was just in West Hollywood with a comprehensive tasting. This was the 14th edition of this anticipated Tasting in the United States. Kyle shares his professional insights with us and also explains how a Sommelier or Wine Merchant navigates such a vast tasting. It’s honestly real work…Cheers!

Our own Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group, is again hosting a sumptuous table at OC Chef’sTable (as a total donation) benefiting the Illumination Foundation. Its theme is “Take a Seat to End Homelessness.” Impressively the high-end Benefit is already sold out and tickets are now on sale for 2020. Chef Andrew will detail why he’s a multi-year, enthusiastic supporter of the good work of the Illumination Foundation.

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

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March 2: Toast Kitchen + Bakery, Al Mancini, Ocean at Main, West Coast Prime Meats, Wine Exchange

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Toast Costa Mesa’s Restaurateur Ed Lee & Chef / Proprietor John Park, OC Restaurant Week
Segment Three: Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part One
Segment Four: Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part Two
Segment Five: Owner / Chef Craig Strong, Ocean at Main, Laguna Beach
Segment Six: West Coast Prime Meats “Meatheads” – Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson with Easter Cooking Tips
Segment Seven: Wine Authority Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana – Bordeaux Tasting
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Now an intriguing preview of this Saturday’s tempting show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, and upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience.

Orange County Restaurant Week returns Sunday, March 3th through Saturday, March 9th. This year, nearly 150 restaurants will participant in OC Restaurant Week, offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. The new Toast in Costa Mesa is participating with special menus for both Lunch and Dinner. Proprietor Ed Lee and Proprietor/Chef John Park join us with all the delectable specifics.

One of our most reliable sources of key restaurant news in Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been masterfully working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas annual restaurant guide series. Al has just visited Honda Center for the first time catching the Vegas Golden Knights on the ice and also done some local dining. We’ll get a morsel by morsel report from Al.

Owner/ Chef Craig Strong (Ex-Studio at Montage Laguna Beach) has just debuted his new Weekend Brunch Menu at Laguna Beach’s Ocean at Main. Bottomless mimosas and specialty cocktails are featured, too. Chef Craig cooks up all the details for us.

Our resident “Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats (the protein experts) are back with answers to your “meaty” inquiries. Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson provide genuinely useful insight into your Easter dinner cooking questions.

Our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, joins us to talk about Bordeaux wines. The Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux was just in West Hollywood with a comprehensive tasting. This was the 14th edition of this anticipated Tasting in the United States. Kyle shares his professional insights with us and also explains how a Sommelier or Wine Merchant navigates such a vast tasting. It’s honestly real work…Cheers!

Our own Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group, is again hosting a sumptuous table at OC Chef’s Table (as a total donation) benefiting the Illumination Foundation. Its theme is “Take a Seat to End Homelessness.” Impressively the high-end Benefit is already sold out and tickets are now on sale for 2020. Chef Andrew will detail why he’s a multi-year, enthusiastic supporter of the good work of the Illumination Foundation.

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

John ParkOrange County Restaurant Week returns Sunday, March 3th through Saturday, March 9th. This year, nearly 150 restaurants will participant in OC Restaurant Week, offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. The new Toast in Costa Mesa is participating with special menus for both Lunch and Dinner.

Proprietor Ed Lee and Proprietor/Chef John Park join us with the delectable specifics.

They are featuring a special $15, 3-course Lunch Menu and a $20, 3-course Dinner menu. Choices within each course. There is also a “Featured Cocktail” for $11 for OC Restaurant Week. It’s Whiskey Business with Makers Mark Bourbon, lemon & egg white.

Al ManciniOne of our most reliable sources of key restaurant news in Las Vegas is Al Mancini, who is a staff writer for The Las Vegas Review Journal covering food, restaurants and other aspects of entertainment. Al has been working the Vegas food scene since 2003. He was one of the creators of the popular, and widely referenced, Eating Las Vegas restaurant guide series.

Al has just visited Honda Center for the first time catching the Vegas Golden Knights on the ice and also done some local dining. We’ll get a morsel by morsel report from Al who joins us in-studio.

A Vegas Golden Knights player, Ryan Reaves, has a new craft beer label 7Five. The first release is Training Day Golden Ale. A lager for Summer is probably next.

Craig StrongOwner/ Chef Craig Strong (Ex-Studio at Montage Laguna Beach) has just debuted his new Weekend Brunch Menu at Laguna Beach’s Ocean at Main. Bottomless mimosas and specialty cocktails are featured, too.

“Ocean at Main’s Weekend Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Chef Craig Strong draws inspiration from culinary experiences – both personal and professional – to create a menu of sweet & savory brunch classics presented with his signature style and plated with panache.”

“Enjoy savory brunch classics like Chilaquiles made with Chef Strong’s salsa fuerte and sweet selections like Scarlet’s Favorite Five-Spice Pancakes. Toast to the weekend with bottle service, bottomless mimosas, or specialty brunch cocktails.”

Chef Craig cooks up all the mouthwatering details for us.

Jay HendersonOur resident Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats (the protein experts) are back with answers to your “meaty” inquiries.

The very knowledgeable Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson provide insight into your Easter dinner cooking questions submitted to us in advance via our Twitter (@SoCalRestaurant.)

We’ll initially offer inspired ideas for cooking the Easter lamb and ham.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeOur resident wine expert Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange joins us to talk about Bordeaux wines. The Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux was just in West Hollywood with a comprehensive tasting.

This was the 14th edition of this Tasting in the United States. Kyle shares his professional insights with us and also explains how a Sommelier or Wine Merchant navigates such a vast tasting. It’s honestly real work…Cheers!

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group, is again hosting a sumptuous table at the 6th Annual OC Chef’s Table (as a total donation) benefiting the Illumination Foundation. Its theme is “Take a Seat to End Homelessnes.” It takes place at The Disneyland Hotel.

Impressively the high-end Benefit is already sold out and tickets are now on sale for 2020. Chef Andrew will detail why he’s a multi-year, enthusiastic supporter of the good work of the Illumination Foundation.

“Today in Orange County alone, there are more than 32,000 children that are homeless or unstably housed in cars and motels. An excess of 55,000 homeless individuals reside in Southern California alone.”

“The non-profit organization, Illumination Foundation, was founded in 2007 with the sole mission to break the cycle of homelessness. From its start, Illumination Foundation has focused on providing permanent housing solutions, along with emergency housing for families in dire need, recuperative care centers for homeless individuals recovering from hospital care, and a cadre of mental and physical health services, career counseling and placement, children’s resource centers for tutoring and healthy socialization and more.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Toast Costa Mesa’s Restaurateur Ed Lee & Chef / Proprietor John Park, OC Restaurant Week
Segment Three: Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part One
Segment Four: Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal Part Two
Segment Five: Owner / Chef Craig Strong, Ocean at Main, Laguna Beach
Segment Six: West Coast Prime Meats “Meatheads” – Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson with Easter Cooking Tips
Segment Seven: Wine Authority Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana – Bordeaux Tasting
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 304, December 29, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group & Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef” – Part One

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays in progress it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!

It’s time to chew on a few more significant food and restaurant trends from 2018 and what might be ahead for 2019. Recruiting qualified cooks for the kitchen is a problem of epic proportions.

Congrats to Chef Andrew for Raw by Slapfish (Huntington Beach) being included in OC Weekly’s Restaurant Critic Edwin Goei’s “Top Drinks and Restaurants of 2018” piece. He’s a fan of Chef Andrew’s afternoon “Beat the Clock” special on shucked chilled oysters which continues to evolve.

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Show 300, December 1, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, “Ask the Chef”

Andrew and William GruelOur own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays upon us it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner with helpful advice!

Chef Andrew will give us some advice on what knives you really need for the home kitchen and his creative picks for the best, affordable kitchen gadgets for Holiday Gifting.

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Show 294, October 20, 2018: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Now a tantalizing preview of Saturday’s properly mouthwatering show. It’s burger mania with a side of outrageous fries…It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Battle ofv the BurgersWe’re live from the Pechanga Resort Casino in the beautiful Temecula Valley wine country for the “2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers” and the new “Loaded Fries” competition. This is a benefit for the Career Technical Education students in the Culinary Arts program at Temecula Valley High School.

First we’re delighted to briefly welcome back our peripatetic Co-Host, Chef AndrewGruel, of Slapfish fame. He’s been busily on the road speaking at high profile hospitality industry gatherings and opening new Slapfish restaurants on the East Coast. Like to have his frequent flyer miles…

The defending champ from the inaugural “Battle of the Burgers” is owner/chef Sid Hamilton of Mad Madeline’s Grill located in Old Town Temecula. Their winning Tractor Racer Burger from 2017 is a half-pound beef patty lathered with homemade BBQ sauce, special seasoning, and topped with a thick, beer-battered onion ring. We’ll hear what new creation Chef Sid has in store for 2018!

Regular listeners will remember Chef Ivan Flowers as a past show guest when he was overseeing the creative, seafood-centric menu at Top of the Market in San Diego. Chef Instructor Ivan is now part of the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation program at Temecula Valley High School. “Battle of the Burgers” is a benefit for Chef Ivan’s culinary students.

El Cholo Restaurants are celebrating its 95th year in Los Angeles by offering its all-time bestselling dish, a Number 1 combination plate (cheese enchilada, rolled beef taco, Spanish rice and refried beans), for 95 cents all day on Tuesday, October 23rd at its six restaurant locations, including three locations in Orange County:  Corona del Mar, Anaheim Hills and La Habra. 3rd generation Family Patriarch, Senor Ron Salisbury, is our guest with all the celebratory details.

Seasoned Executive Chef Duane Owen oversees all the busy, high-volume kitchens at the Pechanga Resort Casino. He’s coordinating Pechanga’s participation in the “Loaded Fries” competition and also is serving as a Competition Judge. Thirteen Pechanga Resort Casino chefs are partnering with third year CTE students at Temecula Valley High School to create their original Loaded Fries recipes. The culinary arts students are the executive chefs while the Pechanga chefs function as their sous chefs. Chef Duane joins us with the hot and crispy specifics.

One of the esteemed judges for “Battle of the Burgers” is food entrepreneur Lawrence Longo. He’s on a mission to eat a burger each and every day in 2018. He’s also the architect of the Off The Menu app. Off The Menu discovers and curates secret menu items from restaurants, bars and cafes across North America. Their mandate is to: “Make Every Meal More Exciting.” We’ll meet burger devotee Lawrence Longo.

Visit Temecula Valley created and organizes “Battle of the Burgers.” On our Oct. 6th show we met their Director of Public Relations, Annette Brown, and previewed the “2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers.” Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes). Visit Temecula Valley’s Annette Brown encores with more juicy details.

Pechanga’s Chef Krystle Schenk was promoted to Garde Manger Chef a year ago. Chef Krystle has been with Pechanga since 2010, starting off as a line cook in the production kitchen and was quickly promoted to other positions at the Pechanga Buffet, Kelsey’s, and Garde Manger before she became its head chef. For “Loaded Fries” Chef Schenk is serving as Sous Chef for a 3rd Year CTE TVHS Student.

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

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October 20: Live from Battle of the Burgers at Pechanga

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Owner / Chef Sid Hamilton, Mad Madeline’s Grill, Temecula
Segment Three: Chef Instructor Ivan Flowers, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Temecula Valley High School
Segment Four: Restaurateur Ron Salisbury, El Cholo Restaurants, Celebrating 95 Years
Segment Five: Executive Chef Duane Owen, Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula
Segment Six: Food Entrepreneur Lawrence Longo, Judge for “Battle of the Burgers”
Segment Seven: Annette Brown, Director of Public Relations, Visit Temecula Valley
Segment Eight: Chef Krystle Schenk, Garde Manger, Pechanga Resort & Casino

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s properly mouthwatering show. It’s burger mania with a side of outrageous fries…It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Battle ofv the BurgersWe’re live from the Pechanga Resort Casino in the beautiful Temecula Valley wine country for the “2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers” and the new “Loaded Fries” competition. This is a benefit for the Career Technical Education students in the Culinary Arts program at Temecula Valley High School.

First we’re delighted to briefly welcome back our peripatetic Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, of Slapfish fame. He’s been busily on the road speaking at high profile hospitality industry gatherings and opening new Slapfish restaurants on the East Coast. Like to have his frequent flyer miles…

The defending champ from the inaugural “Battle of the Burgers” is owner/chef Sid Hamilton of Mad Madeline’s Grill located in Old Town Temecula. Their winning Tractor Racer Burger from 2017 is a half-pound beef patty lathered with homemade BBQ sauce, special seasoning, and topped with a thick, beer-battered onion ring. We’ll hear what new creation Chef Sid has in store for 2018!

Regular listeners will remember Chef Ivan Flowers as a past show guest when he was overseeing the creative, seafood-centric menu at Top of the Market in San Diego. Chef Instructor Ivan is now part of the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation program at Temecula Valley High School. “Battle of the Burgers” is a benefit for Chef Ivan’s culinary students.

El Cholo Restaurants are celebrating its 95th year in Los Angeles by offering its all-time bestselling dish, a Number 1 combination plate (cheese enchilada, rolled beef taco, Spanish rice and refried beans), for 95 cents all day on Tuesday, October 23rd at its six restaurant locations, including three locations in Orange County:  Corona del Mar, Anaheim Hills and La Habra. 3rd generation Family Patriarch, Senor Ron Salisbury, is our guest with all the celebratory details.

Seasoned Executive Chef Duane Owen oversees all the busy, high-volume kitchens at the Pechanga Resort Casino. He’s coordinating Pechanga’s participation in the “Loaded Fries” competition. Thirteen Pechanga Resort Casino chefs are partnering with third year CTE students at Temecula Valley High School to create their original Loaded Fries recipes. The culinary arts students are the executive chefs while the Pechanga chefs function as their sous chefs. Chef Duane joins us with the hot and crispy specifics.

One of the esteemed judges for “Battle of the Burgers” is food entrepreneur Lawrence Longo. He’s on a mission to eat a burger each and every day in 2018. He’s also the architect of the Off The Menu app. Off The Menu discovers and curates secret menu items from restaurants, bars and cafes across North America. Their mandate is to: “Make Every Meal More Exciting.” We’ll meet burger devotee Lawrence Longo.

Visit Temecula Valley created and organizes “Battle of the Burgers.” On our Oct. 6th show we met their Director of Public Relations, Annette Brown, and previewed the “2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers.” Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes). Visit Temecula Valley’s Annette Brown encores with more juicy details.

Pechanga’s Chef Krystle Schenk was promoted to Garde Manager Chef a little over a year ago. Chef Krystle has been with Pechanga since 2010, starting off as a line cook in the production kitchen and was quickly promoted to other positions at the Pechanga Buffet, Kelsey’s, and Garde Manger before she became its head chef. We’ll meet Chef Krystle and find out what goes on in Garde Manager.

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

Mad Meline's Grill Chile Relleno BurgerThe defending champ from the inaugural “Battle of the Burgers” is owner/chef Sid Hamilton of Mad Madeline’s Grill located in Old Town Temecula. They launched back in 1991. It’s a real Family affair.

The outdoor patio is pet friendly.

Their winning Tractor Racer Burger is a half-pound beef patty lathered with homemade BBQ sauce, special seasoning, and topped with a thick, beer-battered onion ring. Sid says the secret to the winning burger is charbroiling.

“Prominently located on Front Street, Old Town Temecula, Mad Madeline’s Grill has a reputation based on the freshness of all their ingredients and friendly, hard-working staff. There are 18 different kinds of burgers, there’s also pastrami, chili, chicken and fish, and their special BBQ ribs every Friday! Come for the award-winning burgers, and save room for a good, old-fashioned root beer float, shake or malt. Mad Madeline’s is the place to be.”

We’ll hear what new creation Chef Sid has in store for 2018’s competition!

Ivan Flowers of Top of the MarketRegular listeners will remember Chef Ivan Flowers as a past show guest when he was overseeing the creative, seafood-centric menu at Top of the Market in San Diego.

Chef Instructor Ivan is now part of the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation program at Temecula Valley High School. The teaching classroom is a $5.2 million state-of-the-art kitchen facility. All of the proceeds from the $10 admission price for “Battle of the Burgers” goes directly to the purchase of the needed food handler cards for the culinary students.

“Battle of the Burgers” is a benefit for Chef Ivan’s culinary students.

Ron SalisburyEl Cholo Restaurants are celebrating its 95th year in Los Angeles by offering its all-time bestselling dish, a Number 1 combination plate (cheese enchilada, rolled beef taco, Spanish rice and refried beans), for 95 cents all day on Tuesday, October 23rd at its six restaurant locations, including three locations in Orange County:  Corona del Mar, Anaheim Hills and La Habra. The original El Cholo (greatly expanded over the years) is located on S. Western Avenue in Los Angeles.

Since first opening its doors in 1923, El Cholo has operated as a family-owned business and today, the restaurants are run by Ron Salisbury, grandson of the founders, together with fourth, fifth and sixth generation family members. El Cholo’s legacy lies in its steadfast commitment to quality ingredients, long family history, loyal employees and devoted clientele.

Growing up it was always interesting to see the diversity of Angelenos that came into the restaurant. Our food is what set us apart and everyone wanted a bite of it,” said owner Ron Salisbury. “By staying true to our original recipes, we have not only made it to 95 years, but we have also grown from one restaurant to six.”

3rd generation Family Patriarch, Senor Ron Salisbury, is our guest with all the celebratory details.

Duane Owen of Pechanga Casino and ResortSeasoned Executive Chef Duane Owen oversees all the busy, high-volume kitchens at the Pechanga Resort Casino. He’s coordinating Pechanga’s participation in the “Loaded Fries” competition. Thirteen Pechanga Resort Casino chefs are partnering with third year Career Technical Education (CTE) students at Temecula Valley High School to create their Loaded Fries recipes. The culinary arts students are the executive chefs for the afternoon while the Pechanga chefs function as their sous chefs.

Duane comes from a restaurant family, and was introduced to cooking at a young age through his three uncles, who were all professional chefs at a variety of East Coast restaurants. Duane began his culinary career while working summers in Cape Cod at the famous Chatham Bars Inn. From there, he moved on to some of the top resorts in the country, including the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater, FL and The Inn at Mystic in Mystic, CT.

Chef Duane joins us with the hot and crispy specifics.

Lawrence LongoOne of the esteemed members of the judging panel for “Battle of the Burgers” is food entrepreneur Lawrence Longo. He’s on the enviable mission to eat a burger each and every day in 2018.

He’s also the architect of the Off The Menu app. Off The Menu discovers and curates secret menu items from restaurants, bars and cafes across North America. Their worthy mandate is to: “Make Every Meal More Exciting.”

We’ll meet burger devotee and “Battle of the Burgers” judge Lawrence Longo.

Annette BrownVisit Temecula Valley originally created and organizes “Battle of the Burgers.” The first year was so successful that they outgrew the original Old Town location and needed to move to the bigger space at Pechanga’s Summit. (More parking, too…)

On our Oct. 6th show we met their Director of Public Relations, Annette Brown, and previewed the “2nd Annual Battle of the Burgers.” Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes).

Visit Temecula Valley’s Annette Brown encores with more juicy details.

Krystle SchenkPechanga’s Chef Krystle Schenk was promoted to Garde Manager Chef a year ago. Chef Krystle has been with Pechanga since 2010, starting off as a line cook in the production kitchen and was quickly promoted to other positions at the Pechanga Buffet, Kelsey’s, and Garde Manger before she became its head chef.

Prior to Pechanga, Krystle worked in the kitchen at a popular international hotel chain for five years and really honed in her best cooking techniques. She jumped straight into culinary school at The Art Institute of California at Orange County immediately after graduating high school, as she has thoroughly enjoyed the art of cooking since she was a child.

We’ll meet Chef Krystle and find out what goes on in Garde Manager. It’s both an important position, and place, in a restaurant kitchen.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Owner / Chef Sid Hamilton, Mad Madeline’s Grill, Temecula
Segment Three: Chef Instructor Ivan Flowers, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Temecula Valley High School
Segment Four: Restaurateur Ron Salisbury, El Cholo Restaurants, Celebrating 95 Years
Segment Five: Executive Chef Duane Owen, Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula
Segment Six: Food Entrepreneur Lawrence Longo, Judge for “Battle of the Burgers”
Segment Seven: Annette Brown, Director of Public Relations, Visit Temecula Valley
Segment Eight: Chef Krystle Schenk, Garde Manger, Pechanga Resort & Casino