Show 495, October 15, 2022: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist – OC Restaurant News

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday.

Anne Marie continues with us in-studio to talk about her current column highlighting the culinary activities of Chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nick Weber at both South Coast Plaza and the nearby newly opened Orange County Museum of Art.

Anne Marie also discusses the relaunched Henry’s Coastal Cuisine at The Waterfront Resort with Chef Lewis Butler as part of a recent column on new dining spots in Huntington Beach and has a look at The Culinary Lab which is a subject of her upcoming Oct. 21st column.

Show 489, September 3, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy something absolutely delicious!

The venerable and architecturally significant Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year. Always a favorite of Walt Disney it’s currently overseen by the fourth-generation of the founding Frank and Van de Kamp families. Their CEO (Ryan O’Melveny Wilson) is an accomplished chef. A culmination of the anniversary festivities was a six-course centennial repast held in mid-July. The elaborate Sunday dinner highlighted significant dishes from various eras of the Tam’s historic past. Of course the signature Lawry’s Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding was on the evening’s menu.

LA Weekly’s well-respected Food Editor, Michele Stueven, was the co-host. Michele joins us to discuss the evening and the historical significance of the Tam O’Shanter on the ever-changing Los Angeles restaurant scene. We’ll also ask what restaurant openings on the horizon she is most anticipating for the balance of the year.

Every year Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria in Pico Rivera goes all out to celebrate the short Hatch Pepper season. His concluding Hatch Chile event is Zapien’s Hatch Pepper Roast set for Saturday, September 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It also includes a Hatch Brunch menu in the restaurant showcasing brunch favorites prepared with Hatch Peppers. This year’s Hatch Chile Roast allows patrons to pick-up on the spot roasted Melissa’s Hatch Chiles by the case and by the preferred level of spice from mild to hot. Pre-ordering is advised. Chef Marco takes a break from his busy kitchen to provide all the savory and flavorful Hatch roasting details.

Populaire, the much-anticipated restaurant from veteran chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nicholas Weber, opened its doors at South Coast Plaza on June 1. The two Patina Restaurant Group alums – both protégés of renowned restaurateur and Master Chef Joachim Splichal — have since forged their own respective culinary paths.” “Guests can anticipate savoring classic bistro staples with modern California flavors and twists, from Escargot Ebelskivers with Sauerkraut, Buttermilk and Parsley to Fried Chicken & Royal Osetra Caviar with Labneh and Chives, along with Ratatouille with Egg Yolk, Aged White Cheddar, Gochugaru Chili, Olive Oil & Crostini, and Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi with Sea Urchin, Red Yuzu Kosho and Saffron Dashi. Entrée-wise, there’s Spanish Octopus with Koji Crème Fraiche, Cured Green Tomato & Hemp Seed Crumble – as well as Prime Bavette Steak with Sauce Au Poivre and Whipped Potatoes.” Chef / Proprietor Nick Weber joins us.

When we last spoke with Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini he had just launched the ambitious Neon Feast dining app. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android, Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” Al Mancini is our guest to discuss Labor Day dining (spotlighting the very best in regional hot dogs) in Las Vegas and provide an update on the progress of Neon Feast.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. When we think of sturgeon it’s probably best known as the source of caviar. Some of us have perhaps enjoyed smoked sturgeon in a Jewish Deli. Fresh sturgeon is a somewhat hidden delicacy. Chef Andrew shares the joys of sturgeon as a center-plate protein and its sustainability in a farm-raised system.

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

Show 489, September 3, 2022: Populaire Modern Bistro at South Coast Plaza with Executive Chef Nicholas Weber Part One

Nick Weber of Populaire Modern Bistro

Populaire, the much-anticipated restaurant from veteran chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nicholas Weber, opened its doors at South Coast Plaza on June 1. The two Patina Restaurant Group alums – both protégés of renowned restaurateur and Master Chef Joachim Splichal — have since forged their own respective culinary paths.”

“Pangilinan currently owns and operates several successful restaurants, including Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar in Santa Ana (which earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019) and ReMix Kitchen & Bar in Long Beach. Weber most recently served as executive chef of 24 Carrots, one of OC’s most sought-after catering companies, along with previous executive chef roles at Catal Restaurant at Downtown Disney, Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa and The Cannery in Newport Beach.”

“Guests can anticipate savoring classic bistro staples with modern California flavors and twists, from Escargot Ebelskivers with Sauerkraut, Buttermilk and Parsley to a “Croque Madame” Air Waffle with Comte Crème, Parisian Ham and Quail Egg, along with Ratatouille with Egg Yolk, Aged White Cheddar, Gochugaru Chili, Olive Oil & Crostini, and Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi with Sea Urchin, Red Yuzu Kosho and Saffron Dashi. Entrée-wise, there’s Spanish Octopus with Koji Crème Fraiche, Cured Green Tomato & Hemp Seed Crumble – as well as Prime Bavette Steak with Sauce Au Poivre and Whipped Potatoes.”

Populaire is located at South Coast Plaza on Level 2, Saks Fifth Avenue wing.

Chef Nick Weber joins us.

Show 489, September 3, 2022: Populaire Modern Bistro at South Coast Plaza with Executive Chef Nicholas Weber Part Two

Nick Weber of Populaire Modern Bistro

Populaire, the much-anticipated restaurant from veteran chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nicholas Weber, opened its doors at South Coast Plaza on June 1. The two Patina Restaurant Group alums – both protégés of renowned restaurateur and Master Chef Joachim Splichal — have since forged their own respective culinary paths.”

“Pangilinan currently owns and operates several successful restaurants, including Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar in Santa Ana (which earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019) and ReMix Kitchen & Bar in Long Beach. Weber most recently served as executive chef of 24 Carrots, one of OC’s most sought-after catering companies, along with previous executive chef roles at Catal Restaurant at Downtown Disney, Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa and The Cannery in Newport Beach.”

“Guests can anticipate savoring classic bistro staples with modern California flavors and twists, from Escargot Ebelskivers with Sauerkraut, Buttermilk and Parsley to a “Croque Madame” Air Waffle with Comte Crème, Parisian Ham and Quail Egg, along with Ratatouille with Egg Yolk, Aged White Cheddar, Gochugaru Chili, Olive Oil & Crostini, and Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi with Sea Urchin, Red Yuzu Kosho and Saffron Dashi. Entrée-wise, there’s Spanish Octopus with Koji Crème Fraiche, Cured Green Tomato & Hemp Seed Crumble – as well as Prime Bavette Steak with Sauce Au Poivre and Whipped Potatoes.”

Populaire is located at South Coast Plaza on Level 2, Saks Fifth Avenue wing.

Chef Nick Weber continues with us.

September 3: Michele Stueven on the Tam O’Shanter, Marco Zapien, Populaire Modern Bistro, Al Mancini

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: LA Weekly’s Food Editor, Michele Stueven on The Tam O’Shanter at 100 Part One
Segment Three: LA Weekly’s Food Editor, Michele Stueven on The Tam O’Shanter at 100 Part Two
Segment Four: Zapien’s Hatch Pepper Roast with Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill, Pico Rivera
Segment Five: Populaire Modern Bistro at South Coast Plaza with Executive Chef Nicholas Weber Part One
Segment Six: Populaire Modern Bistro at South Coast Plaza with Executive Chef Nicholas Weber Part Two
Segment Seven: Al Mancini, Food & Entertainment Journalist, Las Vegas, and Creator of Neon Feast Dining App
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) with “Ask the Chef”

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

Happy Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy something absolutely delicious!

The venerable and architecturally significant Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year. Always a favorite of Walt Disney it’s currently overseen by the fourth-generation of the founding Frank and Van de Kamp families. Their CEO (Ryan O’Melveny Wilson) is an accomplished chef. A culmination of the anniversary festivities was a six-course centennial repast held in mid-July. The elaborate Sunday dinner highlighted significant dishes from various eras of the Tam’s historic past. Of course the signature Lawry’s Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding was on the evening’s menu.

LA Weekly’s well-respected Food Editor, Michele Stueven, was the co-host. Michele joins us to discuss the evening and the historical significance of the Tam O’Shanter on the ever-changing Los Angeles restaurant scene. We’ll also ask what restaurant openings on the horizon she is most anticipating for the balance of the year.

Every year Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria in Pico Rivera goes all out to celebrate the short Hatch Pepper season. His concluding Hatch Chile event is Zapien’s Hatch Pepper Roast set for Saturday, September 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It also includes a Hatch Brunch menu in the restaurant showcasing brunch favorites prepared with Hatch Peppers. This year’s Hatch Chile Roast allows patrons to pick-up on the spot roasted Melissa’s Hatch Chiles by the case and by the preferred level of spice from mild to hot. Pre-ordering is advised. Chef Marco takes a break from his busy kitchen to provide all the savory and flavorful Hatch roasting details.

“Populaire, the much-anticipated restaurant from veteran chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nicholas Weber, opened its doors at South Coast Plaza on June 1. The two Patina Restaurant Group alums – both protégés of renowned restaurateur and Master Chef Joachim Splichal — have since forged their own respective culinary paths.” “Guests can anticipate savoring classic bistro staples with modern California flavors and twists, from Escargot Ebelskivers with Sauerkraut, Buttermilk and Parsley to a “Croque Madame” Air Waffle with Comte Crème, Parisian Ham and Quail Egg, along with Ratatouille with Egg Yolk, Aged White Cheddar, Gochugaru Chili, Olive Oil & Crostini, and Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi with Sea Urchin, Red Yuzu Kosho and Saffron Dashi. Entrée-wise, there’s Spanish Octopus with Koji Crème Fraiche, Cured Green Tomato & Hemp Seed Crumble – as well as Prime Bavette Steak with Sauce Au Poivre and Whipped Potatoes.” Chef / Proprietor Nick Weber joins us.

When we last spoke with Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini he had just launched the ambitious Neon Feast dining app. “Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android, Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.” Al Mancini is our guest to discuss Labor Day dining in Las Vegas and provide an update on the progress of Neon Feast.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. When we think of sturgeon it’s best known as the source of caviar. Some of us have perhaps enjoyed smoked sturgeon in a Jewish Deli. Fresh sturgeon is a somewhat hidden delicacy. Chef Andrew shares the joys of sturgeon as a center-plate protein and its sustainability in a farm-raised system.

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

Michele Stueven of LA Weekly

The venerable and architecturally significant Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year. Always a favorite of Walt Disney it’s currently overseen by the fourth-generation of the founding Frank and Van de Kamp families. Their CEO (Ryan O’Melveny Wilson) is an accomplished chef.

A culmination of the anniversary festivities was a six-course centennial repast held in mid-July. The elaborate Sunday dinner highlighted significant dishes from various eras of the Tam’s historic past. Of course the signature Lawry’s Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding was on the evening’s menu.

LA Weekly’s well-respected Food Editor, Michele Stueven, was the co-host. Michele joins us to recap the memorable evening and the historical significance of the Tam O’Shanter on the Los Angeles restaurant scene. We’ll also ask what restaurant openings on the horizon she is most anticipating for the balance of the year.

Marco Zapien of Zapiens Salsa Grill and Taqueria

Every year Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria in Pico Rivera goes all out to celebrate the short Hatch Pepper season. His concluding Hatch Chile event is Zapien’s Hatch Pepper Roast set for Saturday, September 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It also includes a Hatch Brunch menu in the restaurant showcasing brunch favorites prepared with Hatch Peppers.

This year’s Hatch Chile Roast allows patrons to pick-up on the spot freshly-roasted Melissa’s Hatch Chiles by the case and by the preferred level of spice from mild to hot. Pre-ordering is advised. Chef Marco takes a break from his busy kitchen to provide all the savory Hatch roasting details.

Nick Weber of Populaire Modern Bistro

Populaire, the much-anticipated restaurant from veteran chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nicholas Weber, opened its doors at South Coast Plaza on June 1. The two Patina Restaurant Group alums – both protégés of renowned restaurateur and Master Chef Joachim Splichal — have since forged their own respective culinary paths.”

“Pangilinan currently owns and operates several successful restaurants, including Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar in Santa Ana (which earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019) and ReMix Kitchen & Bar in Long Beach. Weber most recently served as executive chef of 24 Carrots, one of OC’s most sought-after catering companies, along with previous executive chef roles at Catal Restaurant at Downtown Disney, Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa and The Cannery in Newport Beach.”

“Guests can anticipate savoring classic bistro staples with modern California flavors and twists, from Escargot Ebelskivers with Sauerkraut, Buttermilk and Parsley to a “Croque Madame” Air Waffle with Comte Crème, Parisian Ham and Quail Egg, along with Ratatouille with Egg Yolk, Aged White Cheddar, Gochugaru Chili, Olive Oil & Crostini, and Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi with Sea Urchin, Red Yuzu Kosho and Saffron Dashi. Entrée-wise, there’s Spanish Octopus with Koji Crème Fraiche, Cured Green Tomato & Hemp Seed Crumble – as well as Prime Bavette Steak with Sauce Au Poivre and Whipped Potatoes.”

Populaire is located at South Coast Plaza on Level 2, Saks Fifth Avenue wing.

Chef Nick Weber joins us.

Al Mancini of Neon Feast

When we last spoke with Las Vegas-based food and entertainment journalist Al Mancini he had just launched the ambitious Neon Feast dining app.

“Available now on app stores for both Apple and Android, Neon Feast solves the “where to eat” dilemma for both visitors and locals with listings curated by dozens of local and nationally prominent food & beverage experts, searchable through a unique combination of filters and capabilities.”

“In contrast to other crowdsourced restaurant review apps, the list of venues on Neon Feast is limited to only those that the experts recommend, currently approaching 500 eateries. The diverse all-star panel includes prominent local and national food writers, local chefs and foodies who were invited to share the restaurants they would recommend to friends and family (without compensation). Restaurants cannot “buy-in” to be included on the app, although premium features allow them to add reservation buttons, one-touch Uber calls and other elements. Some of the searchable filters and lists include cuisine types, neighborhoods, date night spots, late-night dining, breathtaking views, etc.”

Al Mancini is our guest to discuss Labor Day dining in Las Vegas and provide an update on the progress of Neon Feast.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

When we think of sturgeon it’s best known as the source of caviar. Some of us have perhaps enjoyed smoked sturgeon in a Jewish Deli. Fresh sturgeon is a somewhat hidden delicacy. Chef Andrew shares the joys of sturgeon as a center-plate protein and its sustainability in a farm-raised system.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: LA Weekly’s Food Editor, Michele Stueven on The Tam O’Shanter at 100 Part One
Segment Three: LA Weekly’s Food Editor, Michele Stueven on The Tam O’Shanter at 100 Part Two
Segment Four: Zapien’s Hatch Pepper Roast with Chef Marco Zapien of Zapien’s Salsa Grill, Pico Rivera
Segment Five: Populaire Modern Bistro at South Coast Plaza with Executive Chef Nicholas Weber Part One
Segment Six: Populaire Modern Bistro at South Coast Plaza with Executive Chef Nicholas Weber Part Two
Segment Seven: Al Mancini, Food & Entertainment Journalist, Las Vegas, and Creator of Neon Feast Dining App
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) with “Ask the Chef”

Show 485, July 30, 2022: Chef & Restaurateur Ross Pangilinan, ReMix Kitchen Bar, Long Beach. Preview of Long Beach Burger Week

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

“Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat once again as dozens of local restaurants and burger-centric businesses will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 2nd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns August 7-14, 2022. Featured Burgers are value-priced at $5, $10, $15 and $20, plus Burger/Cocktail combos at $25.”

“Long Beach Burger Week is even taking “dog friendly” one step further by encouraging restaurants with patios to offer a special Burger Week Menu just for dogs for $5 each.”

“Organized by local 501(c)3 non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, executive director Terri Henry, who has been organizing culinary events Long Beach for almost a decade, felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy and put “butts in seats” of our valued restaurants. “We may be past the pandemic stage of COVID, but restaurants are still struggling and the 2nd annual city-wide Long Beach Burger Week will help increase guest counts and sales in August,” stated Henry. “And hey, it’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?”.”

“There are no tickets or passes required. Burger lovers are invited to dine-in, take-out or have featured delivered from their favorite restaurants, or order from the websites of various pop-ups food truck to visit. Participating restaurants, food businesses and offers can be found at the Long Beach Burger Week site.

Then Remix Kitchen Bar at LBX is also a participating restaurant in Long Beach Burger Week. Their special is the Remix Burger for $20. It layered on a house-made Brioche Bun with Thyme Garlic Aioli, American Cheese, Arugula, Tomato, Shallot Jam, Bacon and served with Fries. Founder & Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza) joins us with spatula in hand.

Congratulations to Chef Ross and his team at Catering by Mix Mix for being awarded the contract to provide foodservice for all events at the soon to open Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) at Segerstrom Center for the Arts adjacent to South Coast Plaza.

Show 475, May 21, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

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

Gather for Good and RE:Her present Cake Walk 2022

First a Preview of next Saturday’s (May 28th) 2nd Annual Cake Walk supporting women’s reproductive rights at Redbird in DTLA from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. presented by Gather for Good and RE:Her. It’s a gathering of LA’s top pastry chefs and bakers showcasing an incredible collection of over 30 delicious and beautiful cakes. Slices of cakes will be available for sale as well as craft cocktails, artisan coffee, and a live DJ. A purchased admission ticket is required to attend the event.

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family. Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls, pastries and lots more. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Founder Denise Andreini joins us with a freshly brewed Americano in hand.

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year. The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7a.m., a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build their unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 4,000 to 4,500 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.” Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa in style with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles. The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire). Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)” Chef Amar Santana joins us with all the tasty details.

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. On Thursday, May 21st Chef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. The distinguished culinary team cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

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

Show 475, May 21, 2022: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One

Amar Santana at the Finale of Top Chef

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles.”

“The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire).

“Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)”

“The evening concludes with an exciting silent and live auction led by Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager. Seating is limited; all-inclusive tickets begin at $475 (valet parking, reception, dinner, beverages, gift bag).”

Chef Amar Santana is our guest. “Chef Amar is one of C-CAP’s most compelling success stories. He owns with business partner Ahmed Labbate, Vaca part of the South Coast Plaza collection of distinguished restaurants. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) grad and former protégé of chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer was runner-up (by a nose) in Season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and returned in Season 18 as an all-star judge.”

Show 475, May 21, 2022: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part Two

Amar Santana at the Finale of Top Chef

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles.”

“The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire).

“Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)”

“The evening concludes with an exciting silent and live auction led by Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager. Seating is limited; all-inclusive tickets begin at $475 (valet parking, reception, dinner, beverages, gift bag).”

Chef Amar Santana is our guest. “Chef Amar is one of C-CAP’s most compelling success stories. He owns with business partner Ahmed Labbate, Vaca, part of the South Coast Plaza collection of distinguished restaurants. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) grad and former protégé of chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer was runner-up (by a morsel) in Season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and returned in Season 18 as an all-star judge.”

Congratulations to Chef Amar for being recognized by Riviera Magazine Orange County (June issue) as one of the 50 distinguished members of their “OC Power List.”

May 21: Cafe Andreini, CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition, Amar Santana

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part One
Segment Three: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part Two
Segment Four: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part One
Segment Five: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part Two
Segment Six: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

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

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family. Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls and lots more. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Founder Denise Andreini joins us with a freshly brewed Americano in hand.

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year. The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7am being “build day” starting at 7am, a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build a unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 1,500-2000 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.” Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles. The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire). Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)” Chef Amar Santana joins us with all the tasty details.

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. On Thursday, May 21stChef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. The distinguished culinary team cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

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

Denise Andreini of Cafe Andreini

In the Village of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County the place for the best coffee (locally roasted) and full breakfast (since 1996) is the locals’ favorite, Cafe Andreini. This was Arroyo Grande’s first coffee house. Proprietress Denise Andreini was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. She returned to Arroyo Grande after a time in the Bay Area to raise her Family.

Café Andreini is known for their abundant breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls and lots more. They serve local beer and wine on tap as well as Kombucha. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“Café Andreini prides itself on being part of the amazing community that is Arroyo Grande, and realizes that coffee isn’t just about a great cup of coffee but it’s about community. That’s why they have partnered with some stellar local businesses, to bring guests the freshest menu items. Giving back to the community goes beyond good food and wine. Over the many years Café Andreini has donated and participated in fundraisers with local charities, schools and businesses.”

Founder Denise Andreini joins us with an Americano in hand.

Steven Peterson of P2S Inc

“The annual CANstruction Long Beach is always one of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity that architect and engineering firms participate in annually to help eliminate human hunger in the Long Beach community, and CANstruction is now excited to add a “Pet Edition” this year.”

“The inaugural CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition benefiting Sparky & the Gang animal rescue organization will be held at Trademark Brewing June 17 to 26, 2022. June 17th being “build day” starting at 7am being “build day” starting at 7am, a team from P2S Inc. Engineering will have twelve hours to design and build a unique structure made entirely out of canned dog food. The structure may be built up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ and will be comprised of 1,500-2000 cans. The theme is “CANines Rule!”, and the team may depict one of our canine friends in any way they want.”

Trademark Brewing is located at 233 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach.

“The completed structure will be on display to the public June 17 to 26 during Trademark Brewing regular business hours. Visitors are encouraged to bring cans of dog food when viewing the structure as additional donations.”

Terri Henry of Dine LBC and Terri Henry Marketing

“”Sparky & the Gang is excited to be the beneficiary of the inaugural Pet Edition of CANstruction Long Beach”, said Sherri Stankewitz, Executive Director at Sparky & the Gang. “This unique event brings awareness to our continuing work to find homes for the rescued dogs we care for, low cost spay and neuter services from Fix Long Beach Pets, and perhaps find forever homes for some of the dogs following the event.”

“”We’ve spent months designing our structure and are allowed only 12 hours to meticulously stack and color-coordinate the cans into our design”, added Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. “Being a dog lover myself, the ultimate donation of hundreds of cans of dog food to Sparky & the Gang makes it all worthwhile to our team.”

Organizer Terri Henry of Terri Henry Marketing and Steve Peterson of P2S Inc. join us with all the details of CANstruction Long Beach: Pet Edition.

Amar Santana at the Finale of Top Chef

“Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa with an extraordinary evening of dining bliss supporting Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) – Los Angeles.”

“The celebratory evening begins in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse with a reception of anniversary cocktails crafted by Vaca Group beverage director Michael Rooney and Knife Pleat’s sommelier Victor Moreno, and a wine bar hosted by Whispering Angel. Taste passed appetizers by four of SCP’s outstanding chefs: Ross Pangilinan (TERRACE by Mix Mix), James Hamamori (Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar), John Park (Tableau), and Nick Weber (Populaire).

“Guests then enjoy a curated, four-course dinner paired with premium wines, created by C-CAP alum chef Amar Santana (Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana) and Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat.)”

“The evening concludes with an exciting silent and live auction led by Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club’s COO and General Manager. Seating is limited; all-inclusive tickets begin at $475 (valet parking, reception, dinner, beverages, gift bag).”

Chef Amar Santana is our guest. “Chef Amar is one of C-CAP’s most compelling success stories. He owns with business partner Ahmed Labbate, part of the South Coast Plaza collection of distinguished restaurants. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) grad and former protégé of chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer was runner-up (by a nose) in Season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and returned in Season 18 as an all-star judge.”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

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.

On Thursday, May 21st Chef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. This was postponed from last year after the nearby pipeline oil spill.

The distinguished culinary team (including Chef Chris Tompkins of Malibu’s Broad Street Oyster Co.) cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated together on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part One
Segment Three: Restaurateur Denise Andreini, Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande, CA Part Two
Segment Four: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part One
Segment Five: CANstruction Long Beach:Pet Edition with Organizer Terri Henry and Steven Peterson of P2S Inc. Part Two
Segment Six: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part One
Segment Seven: Chef Amar Santana of Vaca and Broadway previewing “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” Benefit Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group