Show 429, June 12, 2021: Donato Poto, Partner, Providence, Hollywood Part One

Donato Poto of Providence plus Connie and Ted's

For 16 years, Providence in Hollywood has elevated the standard of modern American seafood restaurants with exemplary service. Newly reopened for dine-in guests can again experience Chef Michael Cimarusti’s award-winning cuisine in the heart of Los Angeles, welcomed by one of L.A.’s legendary hosts, co-owner Donato Poto.

“Chef Cimarusti is completely dedicated to procuring the finest sustainable seafood—from regional coasts and international waters—and treats those ingredients with uncompromising respect and sophisticated technique. “First and foremost, what guides us here is sustainability,” Cimarusti says. “We use only wild-caught, sustainable products, mostly from American waters, and look to highlight their finest qualities.””

Providence is newly reopened for Dinner only, serving Tuesday through Saturday. Providence offers a single, extravagant multi-course tasting menu nightly. (Vegetarian and Pescatarian options are available.)

Restaurateur Donato Poto is with us to reminisce, celebrate the 16th Anniversary and look to the future.

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Show 384, August 1, 2020: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant GroupOur 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 regularly 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. Dine-in is slowly, with multiple hiccups, starting to come back but with a lot of new rules that restrict guest counts. Alternately Take-Out / Delivery when you can surely helps…

Time for celebration. August 5th is National Oyster Day. … There are more ways to enjoy & appreciate oysters besides being served raw, freshly shucked on the half-shell. Oysters are a great source of vitamins and also provide high amounts of calcium, iron and protein. Also sustainable. Chef Andrew is our resident authority on these bivalve mollusks enjoyed since ancient times.

We’ll, of course “Ask the Chef.”

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Show 259, February 3, 2018: Executive Chef Dustin Trani, J. Trani’s, San Pedro Part One

Dustin TraniExecutive Chef Dustin Trani of the iconic J. Trani’s restaurant in San Pedro represents the 4th generation of Italian cuisine in the Trani Family. J. Trani’s opened in San Pedro in 1925.

He’s a big fan of pristine seafood from Alaska. Chef Justin is featured in a new video from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) educating C-CAP students (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) on how to prepare blast flash frozen, fresh, sustainable Alaska seafood. Chef Dustin is a loyal C-CAP alum himself.

In this video the C-CAP students had the opportunity to learn about two species of Alaskan seafood, how to best care and prepare frozen fresh seafood, along with tips about dish development, plating, and dish presentation.

In addition to nightly Dinner, J. Trani’s serves lunch on Thursday & Friday, and Sunday Brunch.

We’re chilling with Chef Dustin.

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Show 259, February 3, 2018: Executive Chef Dustin Trani, J. Trani’s, San Pedro Part Two

Dustin TraniExecutive Chef Dustin Trani of the iconic J. Trani’s restaurant in San Pedro represents the 4th generation of Italian cuisine in the Trani Family. The restaurant has been a local landmark since 1925.

Chef Dustin is a big fan of pristine seafood from Alaska. He is featured in a new video from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) educating C-CAP students (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) on how to prepare blast flash frozen, fresh, sustainable Alaska seafood. Chef Dustin is a loyal C-CAP alum himself.

Dustin J Trani has been a fixture at J Trani’s since age 6, where he now serves as executive chef. Dustin’s love for cooking was fostered by his grandfather J Trani, Sr. and his father Jim Trani, Jr.

After learning the family secrets, Dustin set out around the world; studying pasta in the Italian truffle region, serving as chef at the People’s Café in Zagreb, Croatia and exploring Asian food while training at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand before returning to San Pedro.

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Show 237, August 19, 2017: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder & CEO, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew and William GruelOur always on-the-go show Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, has been on the road extensively since he was last in-studio. The ambitious itinerary was production for Food Network, New Jersey, New York, London, Orlando, Washington, D.C. and now a new Slapfish opening in Sandy, Utah.

We’ll reel him in from the Slapfish kitchen in Sandy, Utah for a visit. (This is actually the 2nd Slapfish in Utah.)

Among other items of interest Chef Andrew revisits the very much in the news, Bluefin Tuna. His best advice is to let the beleaguered fish replenish itself in peace. Fortunately it’s an easy fish to substitute something more sustainable in place of it.

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Show 189, September 17, 2016: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, The Best in Seafood Suppliers for Consumers

Andrew Gruel and his son WilliamOur Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group based in Huntington Beach really knows about the sourcing of safe and sustainable fresh seafood. Where can a savvy consumer obtain the very best in seafood locally?

Chef Andrew shares some first-cabin insider tips.

Chef Andrew recommends the Santa Barbara Fisherman’s Market (Saturday morning only), Dory Fleet Fish Market in Newport Beach, San Pedro Fish Market (opens early Saturday morning @ 3:00 a.m.), and Catalina Offshore Products Fish Market in San Diego.

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Show 102, December 20, 2014: Executive Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish

Andrew GruelToday’s Guest Host is Executive Chef Andrew Gruel of the growing Slapfish empire. New restaurants in Newport Beach and Irvine will soon arrive for the new year. Chef Gruel is a spokesperson for sustainable seafood practices. He also owns a seafood distributing company to ensure quality ingredients for his own restaurants.

Chef Andrew Gruel, a notable seafood authority, comments on his identified trends in seafood looking ahead to 2015. For instance he forecasts more farm-raised trout on restaurant menus and also featured in seafood counters.

He’ll also update us on his experience as a judge on Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off” for the just-concluded Season One and talk about a new food TV series he’s part of currently in production which should launch in the Spring.

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Show 77, June 21, 2014: Guest Host Linda Kissam and Producer Andy preview the show

How do you conduct a serious educational wine tasting (that’s also fun) with a group? Wine, food and travel writer Linda Kissam is with us to explain.

Quality Italian beef, pasta, and sustainable seafood are on the menu at the new Chianina Steakhouse in the Naples area of Long Beach. This is from the hospitality team known for Michael’s on Naples. Linda Kissam recently experienced a dinner there.

The craft beer movement, surprisingly, is vibrant and thriving in Alabama. Back Forty Beer Co. is the largest, and oldest, packaging brewery in the State.

The 36th Annual Greek Festival brings a “Taste of Greece” to Orange County at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church from June 27th to 29th. More than 11,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival which will feature traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, and authentic Greek dancing with lessons. It’s a family-friendly affair!

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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Show 77, June 21, 2014: Alejandro Duran, General Manager, Chianina Steakhouse, Naples Island, Long Beach

Chianina SteakhouseHigh-end steakhouses with a serious bar and deep wine lists are very much in fashion these days.

How about an elegant steakhouse that serves limited availability, high-quality Italian beef, prime steaks, and sustainable seafood? There is also a well-regarded executive chef (David Coleman) overseeing things. We’ll be meeting the General Manager of Chianina Steakhouse in the Naples neighborhood of Long Beach, part of the ever expanding Michael’s Restaurant Group. We’re joined by Alejandro Duran of Chianina.

Because Chianina’s cellar space is a lot smaller than at the flagship Michaels on Naples particular attention was paid in selecting the 180 to 200 labels available. Every wine was hand-selected to pair with the menu items.

They source as much of the fresh produce used at the restaurant as available from Lot 59 urban farm located in nearby Signal Hill.

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Show 77, June 21, 2014: Alejandro Duran, General Manager, Chianina Steakhouse, Naples Island, Long Beach Continues…

Chianina SteakhouseHigh-end steakhouses with a serious bar and deep wine lists are very much in fashion these days.

How about an elegant steakhouse that serves limited availability, high-quality Italian beef, prime steaks, and sustainable seafood? There is also a well-regarded executive chef (David Coleman) overseeing things. We’ll be meeting the General Manager of Chianina Steakhouse in the Naples neighborhood of Long Beach, part of the ever expanding Michael’s Restaurant Group. We’re joined by Alejandro Duran of Chianina.

Chianina beef will soon be on their menu.

There is also seafood and house-made pasta on the menu. They are particularly proud of their two-story fresh seafood tower with at least three varieties of oysters (to be shared) along with the house specialty, risotto carbonara.

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