Show 431, June 26, 2021: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food Columnist, Voice of OC Part One

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. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her weekly “On the Line” column.

Anne Marie joins us to talk about her recent visit to Disneyland and Catal Restaurant located at Downtown Disney focusing on the food. Also a look at the upcoming Artisan in Fountain Valley, a collaboration between 7 Leaves Café and Tarit Tanjasari’s Crema Bakery. Plus a sneak peak at the newly opened Mah Jong’s by Chef Mike (Doctulero) at the Collage Culinary Experience at Bloomingdale’s in South Coast Plaza.

For the finale we’ll get a preview of Anne Marie’s next column which publishes Monday, June 28th. Among other items of note Anne Marie talks about what the impact is of the current labor shortage in the restaurant industry both in front, and in back, of the house.

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Show 431, June 26, 2021: Anne Marie Panoringan, Food Columnist, Voice of OC Part Two

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. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her weekly “On the Line” column.

Anne Marie joins us to talk about her recent visit to Disneyland and Catal Restaurant located at Downtown Disney focusing on the food. Also a look at the upcoming Artisan in Fountain Valley, a collaboration between 7 Leaves Café and Tarit Tanjasari’s Crema Bakery. Plus a sneak peak at the newly opened Mah Jong’s by Chef Mike (Doctulero) at the Collage Culinary Experience at Bloomingdale’s in South Coast Plaza.

For the finale we’ll get a preview of Anne Marie’s next column which publishes Monday, June 28th. Among other items of note Anne Marie talks about what the impact is of the current labor shortage in the restaurant industry both in front, and in back, of the house. Also Anne Marie ranks her favorite styles of potato chips just in time for 4th of July festivities.

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Show 430, June 19, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy Father’s Day to all our deserving Dads!

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

Chef Geraldine Gilliland, dog lover, animal activist, Chef, and owner of Lula Cocina Mexicana in Santa Monica is celebrating Lula’s 30th anniversary this year on the evening of Friday, July 2nd. Geraldine’s lifelong love affair with Mexican cuisine culminated in 2019 with the publication of “The Lula Cookbook”, an updated collection of her favorite recipes in traditional Mexican cuisine and modern interpretations of classics, and of course some original dishes as well. Witty and charming with a commonsense approach to cooking, Geraldine takes the reader through a few of her favorite recipes in each section of the book and, along the way, explains tips, tricks, and short cuts the modern home Cook can employ in their own kitchen to execute some of these dishes as well as improvise and put a personal spin on the dishes.” We’ll meet her.

“Healdsburg, CA-based Relish Culinary Adventures (established in 2003) stands out as the only culinary program that brings together talented chefs and fabulous cuisine at a variety of captivating rural locations, including the beautiful Relish Culinary Center, to create one-of-a-kind authentic cooking classes, culinary tours and catering services.” Founder Donna del Rey is our guest.

Knife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of 2019. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring. The couple’s chic restaurant showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs. On Friday evenings Knife Pleat now features Chef Tony’s imaginative, changing Tasting Menus ending with a sweet sensation from Pastry Chef Germain Biotteau. We’ll meet the dynamic couple of both Chef Tony & Restaurateur Yassmin.

Omar Almaraz is the Chef for Legends Hospitality here at Angel Stadium. Chef Omar is with us in-studio along with his General Manager, Eric Ursua, to highlight what’s new in Angel Stadium food and beverage for the 2021 season. We’ll also talk about Halo merchandise highlights. Chef Omar is particularly proud of the Big A Burger which is a luxe burger creation as well as a destination food outlet. A second location was added for this season.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. The Save the Brave Burger” at Slapfish Southern California locations is Chef Andrew’s latest effort to support especially worthy community causes. Donate whatever you can at Slapfish and receive a premium, juicy-double-decker burger and show our veterans your support. 100 per cent of that money goes toward helping veterans with PTS. The ambitious goal is to raise $100,000 this Summer. The premium beef for the Save the Brave Burger is being generously donated by West Coast Prime Meats.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 430, June 19, 2021: Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat, South Coast Plaza Part One

Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi of Knife Pleat

Knife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of 2019. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi (husband and wife), who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring. The couple’s chic restaurant showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.”

On Friday evenings Knife Pleat features Chef Tony’s imaginative, changing Tasting Menus ending with a sweet sensation from Pastry Chef Germain Biotteau. The current Tasting Menu is Knife Pleat’s appreciation of Spring and its abundance of produce encompassed in a 6-course menu. The elegant current Friday repast starts with Squash Carpaccio and concludes with a Poached Apricot with Honey Semifredo and Rosemary Crumble.

The last Saturday of each month Knife Pleat hosts a sumptuous Afternoon Tea from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Along with the Pot of Tea It’s Finger Sandwiches including Beet-Cured Salmon and house-baked Pastries ranging from Classic and Raisin Scones to a Cream Puff with bosc pear compote, maple syrup cream and caramelized pecan.

“The cuisine is set in a dramatic 5,000-square-foot space that has 80 seats and two dining areas – an airy dining room wrapped with floor-to-ceiling translucent windows and a plein air patio accented with greenery. A seven-seat bar provides views of the striking exhibition kitchen where Esnault and his team can be observed in action. The refined architecture and interiors by Johnson Fain – in collaboration with Sarmadi and Esnault – is decidedly understated, with a high fashion aesthetic and a soft palette.”

We’ll meet the dynamic couple of both Chef Tony & Restaurateur Yassmin.

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Show 430, June 19, 2021: Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat, South Coast Plaza Part Two

Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi of Knife Pleat

Knife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of 2019. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi (husband and wife), who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring. The couple’s chic restaurant showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.”

On Friday evenings Knife Pleat features Chef Tony’s imaginative, changing Tasting Menus ending with a sweet sensation from Pastry Chef Germain Biotteau. The current Tasting Menu is Knife Pleat’s appreciation of Spring and its abundance of produce encompassed in a 6-course menu. The elegant current Friday repast starts with Squash Carpaccio and concludes with a Poached Apricot with Honey Semifredo and Rosemary Crumble.

The last Saturday of each month Knife Pleat hosts a sumptuous Afternoon Tea from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Along with the Pot of Tea It’s Finger Sandwiches including Beet-Cured Salmon and house-baked Pastries ranging from Classic and Raisin Scones to a Cream Puff with bosc pear compote, maple syrup cream and caramelized pecan.

“The cuisine is set in a dramatic 5,000-square-foot space that has 80 seats and two dining areas – an airy dining room wrapped with floor-to-ceiling translucent windows and a plein air patio accented with greenery. A seven-seat bar provides views of the striking exhibition kitchen where Esnault and his team can be observed in action. The refined architecture and interiors by Johnson Fain – in collaboration with Sarmadi and Esnault – is decidedly understated, with a high fashion aesthetic and a soft palette.”

We’ll continue our conversation with the dynamic couple of both Chef Tony Esnault & Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi.

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June 19: Lula Cocina Mexicana, Relish Culinary Adventures, Knife Pleat, Angels Baseball Dining

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur and Chef Geraldine Gilliland, Lula Cocina Mexicana, Santa Monica
Segment Three: Donna del Rey, Proprietress, Relish Culinary Adventures, Healdsburg
Segment Four: Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat, South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Five: Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat, South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Six: Legends Hospitality at Angel Stadium with GM Eric Ursua and Chef Omar Almaraz Part One
Segment Seven: Legends Hospitality at Angel Stadium with GM Eric Ursua and Chef Omar Almaraz Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Happy Father’s Day to all our deserving Dads!

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

Chef Geraldine Gilliland, dog lover, animal activist, Chef, and owner of Lula Cocina Mexicana in Santa Monica is celebrating Lula’s 30th anniversary this year on the evening of Friday, July 2nd. Geraldine’s lifelong love affair with Mexican cuisine culminated in 2019 with the publication of “The Lula Cookbook”, a collection of her favorite recipes in traditional Mexican cuisine and modern interpretations of classics, and of course some original dishes as well. Witty and charming with a commonsense approach to cooking, Geraldine takes the reader through a few of her favorite recipes in each section of the book and, along the way, explains tips, tricks, and short cuts the modern home Cook can employ in their own kitchen to execute some of these dishes as well as improvise and put a personal spin on the dishes. We’ll meet her.

“Healdsburg, CA-based Relish Culinary Adventures (established in 2003) stands out as the only culinary program that brings together talented chefs and fabulous cuisine at a variety of captivating rural locations, including the beautiful Relish Culinary Center, to create one-of-a-kind authentic cooking classes, culinary tours and catering services.” Founder Donna del Rey is out guest.

Knife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of 2019. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring. The couple’s chic restaurant showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs. On Friday evenings Knife Pleat now features Chef Tony’s imaginative, changing Tasting Menus ending with a sweet sensation from Pastry Chef Germain Biotteau. We’ll meet the dynamic couple of both Chef Tony & Restaurateur Yassmin.

Omar Almaraz is the Chef for Legends Hospitality here at Angel Stadium. Chef Omar is with us in-studio along with his General Manager, Eric Ursua, to highlight what’s new in Angel Stadium food and beverage for the 2021 season. We’ll also talk about Halo merchandise highlights. Chef Omar is particularly proud of the Big A Burger which is a luxe burger creation as well as a destination food outlet. A second location was added for this season. Joining Chef Omar is his General Manager, Eric Ursua.

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery which remains a genuine concern. Americans are enjoying more & more seafood as part of their diet. Where is the majority of the seafood coming from? What you should know about farm-raised fish and seafood? Chef Andrew is our informed source.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Geraldine Gilliland

Chef Geraldine Gilliland, dog lover, animal activist, Chef, and owner of Lula Cocina Mexicana in Santa Monica is celebrating Lula’s 30th anniversary this year on the evening of July 2nd. Geraldine’s lifelong love affair with Mexican cuisine culminated in 2019 with the publication of “The Lula Cookbook”, a collection of her favorite recipes in traditional Mexican cuisine and modern interpretations of classics, and of course some original dishes as well. Witty and charming with a commonsense approach to cooking, Geraldine takes the reader through a few of her favorite recipes in each section of the book and explains tips, tricks, and short cuts the modern home Cook can employ in their own kitchen to execute some of these dishes as well as improvise and put a personal spin on the dishes.

“Being originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and from a family of plain home cooking, it’s safe to say Geraldine entered a whole new world with Lula. It’s been a wonderful journey. Her love of Mexican cuisine started when one of the cooks at her original Gilliland’s Café would cook their own meals. That is what first attracted her to the flair and flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine.”

“One day, as Geraldine was casually flipping through the latest edition of Bon Appétit magazine, she stumbled upon an article that profiled the best female Mexican chefs of the time, including Lula Bertran. So, she called up the editor and asked her which of these chefs she would recommend to teach her true Mexican cooking. Without missing a beat, she told her to call Lula. The rest (as they say) is history!”

Geraldine joins us with a house Margarita in hand.

Donna Del Rey of Relish Culinary Adventures

“Healdsburg-based Relish Culinary Adventures stands out as the only culinary program that brings together talented chefs and fabulous cuisine at a variety of captivating rural locations, including the beautiful Relish Culinary Center, to create one-of-a-kind authentic cooking classes, culinary tours and catering services.”

“Based in Healdsburg, California, in the heart of the Sonoma County wine country, Relish offers culinary events on a wide range of topics from wine country cuisine to ethnic specialties, DIY canning to children’s cooking workshops, cheese making to wild mushroom foraging. In addition, Relish hosts activities that bring people together in the kitchen, such as private cooking parties and corporate team-building events. Guests learn about the bounty of this wonderful region and experience a “sense of place”that is all about Sonoma County.”

“Founder Donna del Rey created Relish Culinary Adventures in 2003 to share the flavors and personalities of Sonoma County with others. After more than two decades in various marketing and business development roles for an industry-leading scientific tech company, a move to Sonoma County with its bounty of amazing foods and makers solidified her desire to transition to the culinary world. Donna is not a professional chef; she sees herself as an adventurous learner eager to create and share memorable food experiences.”

“A Relish event is so much more than a cooking class,” says Donna. “We combine amazing Sonoma County ingredients, talented and engaging wine country makers, and unique rural locations to create convivial culinary adventures that, hopefully, inspire guests to create great food in their own kitchens.””

Donna del Rey joins us.

Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi of Knife Pleat

Knife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of 2019. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring. The couple’s chic restaurant showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.”

On Friday evenings Knife Pleat features Chef Tony’s imaginative, changing Tasting Menus ending with a sweet sensation from Pastry Chef Germain Biotteau. The current Tasting Menu is Knife Pleat’s appreciation of Spring and its abundance of produce encompassed in a 6-course menu. The elegant current Friday repast starts with Squash Carpaccio and concludes with a Poached Apricot with Honey Semifredo and Rosemary Crumble.

“The cuisine is set in a dramatic 5,000-square-foot space that has 80 seats and two dining areas – an airy dining room wrapped with floor-to-ceiling translucent windows and a plein air patio accented with greenery. A seven-seat bar provides views of the striking exhibition kitchen where Esnault and his team can be observed in action. The refined architecture and interiors by Johnson Fain – in collaboration with Sarmadi and Esnault – is decidedly understated, with a high fashion aesthetic and a soft palette.”

We’ll meet the dynamic couple of both Chef Tony & Restaurateur Yassmin.

Omar Almaraz is the Chef for Legends Hospitality here at Angel Stadium. Chef Omar is with us in-studio along with his General Manager, Eric Ursua, to highlight what’s new in Angel Stadium food and beverage for the 2021 season. We’ll also talk about collectible Halo merchandise highlights. Chef Omar is particularly proud of the Big A Burger which is a luxe burger creation as well as a destination food outlet. A second location was added for this season as a result of its popularity.

Beer on tap is back at Angel Stadium. A great destination is the Saint Archer Brewery. They test limited production craft beers at Angel Stadium for stadium guests. Also known for the Saint Archer Pretzel.

A tempting variety of sweet goodies are a signature at Angel Stadium. The treats are unusually freshly baked in-house.

Joining Chef Omar is his General Manager, Eric Ursua.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

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 is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery.

Americans are enjoying more & more fresh seafood as part of their regular diet. Where is the majority of the seafood actually coming from? Also what you should know about farm-raised fish and seafood. Chef Andrew, as always, is our well-informed source.

Keep in mind the juicy and delicious Community Burger (more than a mouthful) is available at all Southern California locations of Slapfish. The worthy burger is free with any donation to 86 Restaurant Struggle.” 100 per cent of that money goes to benefit struggling restaurant workers.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Restaurateur and Chef Geraldine Gilliland, Lula Cocina Mexicana, Santa Monica
Segment Three: Donna del Rey, Proprietress, Relish Culinary Adventures, Healdsburg
Segment Four: Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat, South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Five: Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat, South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Six: Legends Hospitality at Angel Stadium with GM Eric Ursua and Chef Omar Almaraz Part One
Segment Seven: Legends Hospitality at Angel Stadium with GM Eric Ursua and Chef Omar Almaraz Part Two
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 403, December 12, 2020: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two

Anne Marie Panoringan of Voice of OC at KLAA Studios holding a bottle of Hand Sanitizer from Blinking Owl DistilleryAnne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Panoringan’s prior efforts includes writing about food for 8 years at the OC Weekly in which she interviewed more than 330 chefs, restauranteurs and industry professionals for her weekly “On the Line” column. Anne Marie’s work has been recognized by the Orange County Press Club.

Anne Marie continues with us to talk about the severe impact of the recent dining restrictions placed on Orange County restaurants by the State which is a teaser of her next Voice of OC column out on December 14th. She will also preview some eagerly anticipated restaurant openings for the new year. We’ll find out about the pending arrivals of FKN Bread in San Juan Capistrano and Mah Jong’s by Chef Mike (Doctulero) at South Coast Plaza.

Anne Marie also shares some morning pastry treats from Panderia Bakehouse with Orange County locations in Irvine and Fountain Valley. She recommends their Malasadas but brought in their rich Portuguese Egg Tarts to taste.

Anne Marie’s columns can be found on the Voice of OC’s Website. Click on the “Arts & Culture” tab on the top of the Home Page.

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Show 384, August 1, 2020: Restaurateur Ahmed Labbate and Partner / Executive Chef Amar Santana of The Hall Global Eatery

Ahmed Labatte and Amar Santana of Vaca Restaurant GroupExecutive Chef & Restaurateur Amar Santana and Restaurateur Ahmed Labbate have reopened The Hall Global Eatery at South Coast Plaza for dine-in on their comfortable, shaded front patio or for curbside pickup. The extensive fast-casual menu is available at the Mediterranean Grill including hand-carved Shawarma, Babaganoush and Hummus. A selection of cocktails from master barman Michael Rooney, beer and wine are available to enjoy on the patio or To-Go. The grab and go Patisserie features a wide variety of baked goods, salads, sandwiches, coffee and juices.

The former full-service Crudo and Charcuterie Bar has been reimagined with the addition of a selection of made-to-order (and customizable) Poke. Guests, to start, have their choice of two proteins including Ahi Tuna, Salmon, Albacore, Octopus, Spicy Tuna, Scallop, King Crab or Tofu. From there a diner has a choice of five toppings from an available selection of 13 options.

Chef Amar’s and Ahmed’s other pair of popular restaurants, Vaca adjacent to South Coast Plaza and Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, are again accommodating guests with full-service patio dining and curbside pickup and delivery.

Chef Amar Santana and Ahmed Labbate are with us providing all the enticing details.

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Show 374, May 23, 2020: Chef / Proprietor Ross Pangilinan, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, Terrace by Mix Mix & ReMix Kitchen Bar

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen BarWhen accomplished fine dining chef Ross Pangilinan left the Patina Group’s Leatherby’s Café Rouge (Segerstrom Center for the Arts) to venture out on his own he wanted to create a more personal, chef-driven concept. His vision came to be as Mix Mix Kitchen Bar located in a bit of an unlikely location in Santa Ana. In normal times it’s a globally inspired dining concept presenting dishes which see influence from traditional French and Italian to modern Filipino cuisines.

During the ban on dine-in Chef Ross has shifted to preparing Tapas Family Kits (for 2 or 4 guests) for curbside pick-up. Also in Chef Ross’ family of restaurants is Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza and the newly opened ReMix Kitchen Bar in the Long Beach Exchange.

For Friday, Saturday and Sunday Terrace by Mix Mix is serving Share Plates (for 1 to 10 guests) for curbside pick-up. For Friday, Saturday and Sunday Remix Kitchen Bar offers a Tasting Menu for 2 or 4 guests for curbside pick-up.

Chef Ross joins us with the enticing cuisine overview.

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Show 372, May 9, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy Mother’s Day to all the greatly valued Mom’s out there. We anxiously look forward to the return of properly celebratory Mother’s Day Brunches at your favorite restaurants in 2021!

It’s a time of great concern for all of us and our “SoCal Restaurant Show” mission, until the Covid-19 crisis is fully abated, is to provide reliable and genuinely useful information on how the restaurant business is coping with the rapidly evolving events. With an emphasis on the health, safety and well-being of our listeners we’ll be detailing what the ever-changing range of services restaurants can now provide to their guests. Creativity and adaptability are at the forefront. We’re doing our level best to keep it upbeat and diverting…

Chefs and restaurateurs are honestly the most generous people we know. In times of need they are always the very first in generously giving back and meaningfully supporting their communities. Truly remarkable…Right now restaurants urgently need our support to stay afloat. Kindly keep this in mind and please do what you possibly can (as you can afford) to support a community-focused, local restaurant….

As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without the enthusiastic encouragement of the foodie community.

“Jean Hagan, Principal of KROST CPAs & Consultants has owned, operated, and consulted in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years. During that time, she worked with a well-known national chain; owned a food and beverage company that operated multiple restaurants, bars, and event spaces in the Squaw Valley area; and became the president, CEO, CFO, and shareholder of one of the highest-grossing restaurants in California. Today Jean is Principal and leads the restaurant operations consulting practice at KROST.” We’ll take an informed look at the future of dining out with Jean.

The Krewe of Red Beans in New Orleans was set to hold their annual “Bean Madness” competition for the fourth straight year when COVID 19 shut down most public gatherings. Restaurants and chefs, used to competing in the tournament for the title of Best Red Beans in the city, were instead facing another challenge: the prospect of shutting down altogether for an indefinite amount of time. Devin De Wulf, organizer of the event and founder of the Krewe of Red Beans, shifted his focus on how to help the struggling restaurants with an assist from his wife, an ER doctor at local University Medical Center. Devin began ordering food for the hospital staff with lingering funds from the cancelled fundraiser. Over the progressive several weeks, based on donations and logistical support from Krewe members, this grew to supporting over 49 restaurants while feeding front line medical workers in all 15 of New Orleans major hospitals. Emphasis has now shifted to their newly organized sister effort, Feed the Second Line, which pairs older, more vulnerable musicians and artists with their younger counterparts to assist them with shopping for their groceries and household needs. New Orleans food writer and cookbook author Mark C. Stevens joins us with the inspirational details of these grass-roots efforts.

Certified Cicerone and raconteur Tom Kelley is the Vice President of Sales and Hospitality for the El Segundo Brewing Co. He misses being in the tasting room and at the ESBC Slice & Pint engaging with guests and discussing the joys of craft beer. Tom has initiated a fun, virtual Happy Hour on Wednesday nights under the banner of Lonely Hearts Pub with guests. Gratuities are politely suggested for Restaurants Care, part of the CRA Foundation. Tom Kelley hospitably taps the keg for us on the details of Lonely Hearts Pub.

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship restaurant Redbird features Modern American cuisine that is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles. Wine Director Josh Wibbenmeyer’s wine list is well rounded with great finds from both established and emerging wine regions throughout the world. Currently Redbird is offering contactless curbside pickup with an a la carte menu and Redbird at Home Family Style Dinner. An added option is Wine Director’s Josh’s Hunker Down Wine List (with 40 per cent off Redbird’s list prices.) The Fraser’s also operate the adjacent Vibiana Events Center. Executive Chef Neal Fraser is our guest.

When it comes to restaurant take-out in Orange County don’t forget the numerous appealing and varied restaurant options available at South Coast Plaza. “During these trying times and shelter-at-home, South Coast Plaza restaurants have adapted to take-out and curbside pick-up with success. Thirteen restaurants offer abbreviated and family-style menus ranging from Japanese cuisine (who isn’t craving sushi), prime steaks, contemporary cuisine and more.” South Coast Plaza’s long-time restaurant marketing consultant, Lee Healy, joins us with the specifics.

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 is updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Take-out/delivery when you can surely helps…Of course, the safety of restaurant employees and guests comes first. Pizza is always a popular snack and now that we’re cooking more at home it’s time to elevate your pizza game. Growing up in New Jersey Chef Andrew has a special affinity for the savory pie with all the variations. It all starts with the dough. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness (with proper Social Distancing) on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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