Show 490, September 10, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Chef Amy Riolo’s latest, Italian Recipes For Dummies, is your roadmap to cooking like an Italian at your own home. For those of us not lucky enough to have our very own Italian grandmother or have attended culinary school in Italy, Italian Recipes For Dummies is stepping in to fill the gap. Award-winning chef and author Amy Riolo delivers a step-by-step guide to creating authentic Italian dishes, starting from the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques and recipes. You’ll discover how to shop for, plan, and cook authentic Italian meals properly. You’ll also find guidance on how to incorporate the cultural, nutritional, and historical influences that shape classic Italian cuisine. This book includes more than 150 authentic Italian recipes with step-by-step instructions.”

Amy Riolo is our guest with Italian extra virgin olive oil in hand.

The 6th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the benefiting OCAPICA is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. “Tastemakers of Orange County is a culinary event celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander inspired cuisine created by distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from the event go to support OCAPICA’s numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education and anti-asian racism.” OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri (Board Member) and participating chef Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan join us with all the mouthwatering details.

Solvang Danish Days is back this year, for its 85th celebration!

The event runs Friday through Sunday, September 16 to 18, in the Danish-rooted town of Solvang just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

The three-day event weekend includes family-friendly entertainment and activities including fan-favorite food events all about Æbleskiver [ay·bluh·skee·vr], those famous Danish pastry rounds, including an Æbleskiver Eating Contest. Also, a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving local brews, wines and festival foods, an axe throwing arena, and story time sessions with Hans Christian Andersen. Overall admission to Danish Days is free, and the weekend features plentiful free entertainment with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians, and an afternoon and evening of live concerts in downtown Solvang. Saturday and Sunday Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets are available online, as are “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundles.

Baker Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm’s Bakery (Solvang Danish Days Foundation Board Member) is our guest with all the festive specifics.

“On Monday, October 17, 2022, LA Chef Conference returns after a close to three-year pandemic induced hiatus with a full day of programming at the Jonathan Club in downtown LA featuring some of Los Angeles’ preeminent chef talent engaging in hot topic panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pop-ups from sought-after restaurant concepts and chefs, and an after party—all included in the price of admission ($180.00). LA Chef Conference is a production of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions—a Southern California-based hospitality recruitment and placement firm—in partnership with Open Table and benefitting the James Beard Foundation.” Organizer Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions and participants Chef Jet Tila and Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services join us to highlight the specifics.

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. What’s the problem with Lionfish in American waters (it’s an invasive species) and why is this fish now appearing as an appealing menu item in select seafood restaurants? Chef Andrew has the engaging answers.

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

Show 490, September 10, 2022: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” with OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri and Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan

Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan

The 6th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County celebrating the 25th Anniversary of OCAPICA is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Tastemakers of Orange County is a culinary event celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander inspired cuisine created by distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from the event go to support OCAPICA’s numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education and anti-asian racism.”

OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri (Board Member) and participating chef Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan join us with all the mouthwatering details.

September 10: Amy Riolo, Tastemakers of Orange County, Solvang Danish Days, LA Chef’s Conference

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with Italian Recipes for Dummies
Segment Three: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” with OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri and Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan
Segment Four: Solvang Danish Days Preview with Baker Thomas Birkholm, Birkholm’s Bakery
Segment Five: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Producer Brad Metzger
Segment Six: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Chef Jet Tila
Segment Seven: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) with “Ask the Chef”

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

“Chef Amy Riolo’s latest, Italian Recipes For Dummies, is your roadmap to cooking like an Italian at your own home. For those of us not lucky enough to have our very own Italian grandmother or have attended culinary school in Italy, Italian Recipes For Dummies is stepping in to fill the gap. Award-winning chef and author Amy Riolo delivers a step-by-step guide to creating authentic Italian dishes, starting from the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques and recipes. You’ll discover how to shop for, plan, and cook authentic Italian meals properly. You’ll also find guidance on how to incorporate the cultural, nutritional, and historical influences that shape classic Italian cuisine.

This book includes more than 150 authentic Italian recipes with step-by-step instructions.” Amy Riolo is our guest with Italian extra virgin olive oil in hand.

The 6th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County celebrating the 25th Anniversary of OCAPICA is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

“Tastemakers of Orange County is a culinary event celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander inspired cuisine created by distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from the event go to support OCAPICA’s numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education and anti-asian racism.” OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri (Board Member) and participating chef Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan join us with all the mouthwatering details.

Solvang Danish Days is back this year, for its 85th celebration!

The event runs Friday through Sunday, September 16 to 18, in the Danish-rooted town of Solvang just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

The three-day event weekend includes family-friendly entertainment and activities including fan-favorite food events all about Æbleskiver [ay·bluh·skee·vr], those famous Danish pastry rounds, including an Æbleskiver Eating Contest. Also, a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving local brews, wines and festival foods, an axe throwing arena, and story time sessions with Hans Christian Andersen. Overall admission to Danish Days is free, and the weekend features plentiful free entertainment with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians, and an afternoon and evening of live concerts in downtown Solvang. Saturday and Sunday Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets are available online, as are “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundles.

Baker Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm’s Bakery (Solvang Danish Days Foundation Board Member) is our guest with all the festive specifics.

“On Monday, October 17, 2022, LA Chef Conference returns after a close to three-year pandemic induced hiatus with a full day of programming at the Jonathan Club in downtown LA featuring some of Los Angeles’ preeminent chef talent engaging in hot topic panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pop-ups from sought-after restaurant concepts and chefs, and an after party—all included in the price of admission ($180.00). LA Chef Conference is a production of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions—a Southern California-based hospitality recruitment and placement firm—in partnership with Open Table and benefitting the James Beard Foundation.” Organizer Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions and participants Chef Jet Tila and Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services join us.

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. What’s the problem with Lionfish and why is this fish now appearing as a menu item in select seafood restaurants? Chef Andrew has the answers.

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

Cookbook Author Amy Riolo

Chef Amy Riolo’s latest, Italian Recipes For Dummies, is your roadmap to cooking like an Italian at your own home. For those of us not lucky enough to have our very own Italian grandmother or have attended culinary school in Italy, Italian Recipes For Dummies is stepping in to fill the gap. Award-winning chef and author Amy Riolo delivers a step-by-step guide to creating authentic Italian dishes, starting from the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques and recipes. You’ll discover how to shop for, plan, and cook authentic Italian meals properly. You’ll also find guidance on how to incorporate the cultural, nutritional, and historical influences that shape classic Italian cuisine. This book includes more than 150 authentic Italian recipes with step-by-step instructions.”

“The perfect book for amateur chefs, Italy aficionados, homemakers, and anyone else looking for culinary inspiration, Italian Recipes For Dummies is also an indispensable guide for people seeking healthier ways of shopping, cooking, and eating without giving up amazing flavors and rich foods.”

“Amy Riolo is an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator. She is one of the world’s foremost authorities on culinary culture. In 2019 she launched her private label collection of premium Italian imported culinary ingredients called Amy Riolo Selections which includes an extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pesto sauce from award-winning artisan companies in Italy. Amy also leads private, small group tours to Italy, Greece, and Morocco.”

Amy Riolo is our guest with Italian extra virgin olive oil in hand.

Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan

The 6th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County celebrating the 25th Anniversary of OCAPICA is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Tastemakers of Orange County is a culinary event celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander inspired cuisine created by distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from the event go to support OCAPICA’s numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education and anti-asian racism.”

OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri (Board Member) and participating chef Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan join us with all the mouthwatering details.

Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm's Bakery

Solvang Danish Days is back this year, for its 85th celebration!

The event runs Friday through Sunday, September 16 to 18, in the Danish-rooted town of Solvang just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

The three-day event weekend includes family-friendly entertainment and activities including fan-favorite food events all about Æbleskiver [ay·bluh·skee·vr], those famous Danish pastry rounds, including an Æbleskiver Eating Contest.

Also, a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving local brews, wines and festival foods, an axe throwing arena, and story time sessions with Hans Christian Andersen.

Overall admission to Danish Days is free, and the weekend features plentiful free entertainment with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians, and an afternoon and evening of live concerts in downtown Solvang.

Saturday and Sunday Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets are available online, as are “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundles.

Baker Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm’s Bakery (Solvang Danish Days Foundation Board Member) is our guest with all the festive specifics.

Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions

“On Monday, October 17, 2022, LA Chef Conference returns after a close to three-year pandemic induced hiatus with a full day of programming at the Jonathan Club in downtown LA featuring some of Los Angeles’ preeminent chef talent engaging in hot topic panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pop-ups from sought-after restaurant concepts and chefs, and an after party—all included in the price of admission ($180.00). LA Chef Conference is a production of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions—a Southern California-based hospitality recruitment and placement firm—in partnership with Open Table and benefiting the James Beard Foundation.”

“Founded in 2018, the unparalleled hospitality industry gathering was born from Metzger’s close to 40 years in the LA restaurant industry and his seeing a real need for an event that was not only educational but brought the community together. Metzger says, “Everyone in our LA restaurant community works so hard and there is never a chance to come together to discuss topics that affect us all and to celebrate and connect with each other in person.” Metzger sees this year’s event as being more purposeful than ever. “Independent restaurants in LA have weathered more than two years of pandemic related challenges and face new economic, social and environmental challenges daily. LA Chef Conference 2022 gives us all a place to come together and try on forward thinking solutions to help the industry that we love.””

“LA Chef Conference events are held at The Jonathan Club, 545 S. Figueroa St. The day-long event commences at 8:45 a.m. with registration and wraps at 5 p.m., followed by an after party from 5-8:30 p.m., also at The Jonathan Club. Tickets are priced at $180 per person and are available at their website. Admission includes access to panel discussions, cooking demos; meals including breakfast, lunch, and after party. All attendees must be 21 or older.”

Organizer Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions is our first guest.

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

Then, Celebrity Chef Jet Tila will be performing a cooking demonstration with a recipe from his latest cookbook, 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die as part of the Conference. Chef Jet Tila joins us.

Finally, Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services is a sponsor and participant in LA Chef Conference 2022. We’ll meet her.

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.

What’s the problem with Lionfish and why is this invasive fish now appearing as a menu item in select USA seafood restaurants? Chef Andrew has the answers.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with Italian Recipes for Dummies
Segment Three: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” with OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri and Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan
Segment Four: Solvang Danish Days Preview with Baker Thomas Birkholm, Birkholm’s Bakery
Segment Five: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Producer Brad Metzger
Segment Six: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Chef Jet Tila
Segment Seven: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) with “Ask the Chef”

Show 446, October 9, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

“The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its “Tastemakers of Orange County” fundraising event on Wednesday, October 13 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by providing guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low-income families throughout Orange County.” Participating Chef Shachi Mehra of ADYA and OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri join us with all the delectable details.

Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard were founded in 1996. Owners Jim and Mary Dierberg started this project with the intent of creating World-Class wines from three different AVA’s in Santa Barbara County. They began by planting vineyards in both Santa Maria Valley and at the beautiful Star Lane Ranch in Happy Canyon. Finally, with the addition of the Drum Canyon Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Jim and Mary were able to accomplish their goal of crafting unique, terroir-driven wines that capture the best of these three distinctive sites.” “Under the Dierberg label, the focus is on the delicate and elegant Burgundian varietals; whereas, at Star Lane, the focus is on the more robust and powerful Bordeaux varieties. Their dedication to producing the highest quality wines can be seen from the care in the vineyards, through the winemaking process, to the wine in your glass!”

Dierberg Estate Vineyard’s and Star Lane Vineyard’s Hospitality Director, Chris King, joins us to uncork all that is Star Lane Vineyard and Dierberg Estate Vineyard.

Nicolas Eatery is a family-run restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu serving delicious food with French cooking techniques, offering brunch, lunch and dinner service.” Patio seating is available. They celebrated their 2nd Anniversary in September. “The ingredients are fresh and organic and come from local farmers. Nicolas Eatery strives to provide their guests with the best experience. The menu is designed to allow guests to customize their orders as they please.” Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci is our guest.

Jonathan Club is a private social club with a rich history. Founded in 1895, the Club’s diverse member base enjoys fine dining, athletics and wellness facilities, spa services, social events and award shows. With two locations — one in downtown Los Angeles and one on the Santa Monica beach — Jonathan Club offers its members the very best of Southern California, and so much more.” As part of Jonathan Club’s long commitment to giving back to the community they are hosting the Michelin Stars Under the Stars fundraiser benefiting the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Friday evening, October 22nd at the original Town Club facility in Downtown Los Angeles. The headlining Chef is Dominique Crenn of the 3 Michelin Star Altier Crenn in San Francisco. The coordinating chef for the festivities is Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller who joins us with a preview.

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. It’s National Seafood Month. Chef Andrew explains why that’s a cause for celebration. Also Chef Andrew provides insight on the offshore oil leak from a pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach and the future implications for area seafood harvested in those waters.

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

Show 446, October 9, 2021: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” Benefit for OCAPICA

Shachi Mehra of ADYA

“The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its “Tastemakers of Orange County” fundraising event on Wednesday, October 13 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by providing guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low-income families throughout Orange County.”

“In addition to the food tastings, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beverages by Gaviña Coffee, 7 Leaves Café, Firestone Walker 805, and Sierra Nevada. The celebration at Argyros Plaza will also include entertainment, a silent auction and opportunity drawing for guests to enjoy. Tickets are available to the public for $135 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m.; and $95 for General Admission from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information and tickets can be found here.”

“Established in 1997, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is a community-based nonprofit organization providing free services to those in need in Orange County. OCAPICA staff speak 26 languages, including American Sign Language, and serve more than 40,000 community members a year. Program services include, health, mental health, youth education, workforce development, and civic engagement.”

Participating Chef Shachi Mehra of ADYA (Anaheim Packing House and Irvine) and OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri join us with all the delectable details.

October 9: Tastemakers of Orange County, Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Nicolas Eatery, Michelin Stars Under the Stars

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” Benefit for OCAPICA
Segment Three: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part One
Segment Four: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part Two
Segment Five: Nicolas Eatery, Malibu, with Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci
Segment Six: Executive Chef Andreas Roller, Jonathan Club, Los Angeles
Segment Seven: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

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

“The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its “Tastemakers of Orange County” fundraising event on Wednesday, October 13 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by providing guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low-income families throughout Orange County.” Participating Chef Shachi Mehra of ADYA and OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri join us with all the delectable details.

“Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard were founded in 1996. Owners Jim and Mary Dierberg started this project with the intent of creating World-Class wines from three different AVA’s in Santa Barbara County. They began by planting vineyards in both Santa Maria Valley and at the beautiful Star Lane Ranch in Happy Canyon. Finally, with the addition of the Drum Canyon Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Jim and Mary were able to accomplish their goal of crafting unique, terroir-driven wines that capture the best of these three distinctive sites.” “Under the Dierberg label, the focus is on the delicate and elegant Burgundian varietals; whereas, at Star Lane, the focus is on the more robust and powerful Bordeaux varieties. Their dedication to producing the highest quality wines can be seen from the care in the vineyards, through the winemaking process, to the wine in your glass!”

Dierberg Estate Vineyard’s and Star Lane Vineyard’s Hospitality Director, Chris King, joins us to uncork all that is Star Lane Vineyard and Dierberg Estate Vineyard.

“Nicolas Eatery is a family-run restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu serving delicious food with French cooking techniques, offering brunch, lunch and dinner service. Patio seating is available.” They celebrated their 2nd Anniversary in September. “The ingredients are fresh and organic and come from local farmers. Nicolas Eatery strives to provide their guests with the best experience. The menu is designed to allow guests to customize their orders as they please.” Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci is our guest.

“Jonathan Club is a private social club with a rich history. Founded in 1895, the Club’s diverse member base enjoys fine dining, athletics and wellness facilities, spa services, social events and award shows. With two locations — one in downtown Los Angeles and one on the Santa Monica beach — Jonathan Club offers its members the very best of Southern California, and so much more.” As part of Jonathan Club’s long commitment to giving back to the community they are hosting the Michelin Stars Under the Stars fundraiser benefiting The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Friday evening, October 22nd at the original Town Club facility in Downtown Los Angeles. The headlining Chef is Dominique Crenn of the 3 Michelin Star Altier Crenn in San Francisco. The coordinating chef for the festivities is Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller who joins us with a preview.

“Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in Hollywood since the late 1950’s when Ciro (Mario to friends) Marino landed in Hollywood and has ever since had generations of the who’s who in the movie, record, art, political and business L.A. community at his tables. Today it is still proudly family-owned and given its warm welcome flavor by the second generation of Marinos, Mario in the dining room and brother Sal in the kitchen.” Executive Chef & Co-Proprietor Sal Marino is our guest with fresh Farmers Market heirloom tomatoes in hand.

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. It’s National Seafood Month. Chef Andrew explains why that’s a cause for celebration.

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

Shachi Mehra of ADYA

“The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its “Tastemakers of Orange County” fundraising event on Wednesday, October 13 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by providing guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low-income families throughout Orange County.”

“In addition to the food tastings, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beverages by Gaviña Coffee, 7 Leaves Café, Firestone Walker 805, and Sierra Nevada. The celebration at Argyros Plaza will also include entertainment, a silent auction and opportunity drawing for guests to enjoy. Tickets are available to the public for $135 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m.; and $95 for General Admission from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information and tickets can be found here.”

“Established in 1997, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is a community-based nonprofit organization providing free services to those in need in Orange County. OCAPICA staff speak 26 languages, including American Sign Language, and serve more than 40,000 community members a year. Program services include, health, mental health, youth education, workforce development, and civic engagement.”

Participating Chef Shachi Mehra of ADYA and OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri join us with all the delectable details.

Chris King of Star Lane Vineyard

Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard were founded in 1996. Owners Jim and Mary Dierberg started this project with the intent of creating World-Class wines from three different AVA’s in Santa Barbara County. They began by planting vineyards in both Santa Maria Valley and at the beautiful Star Lane Ranch in Happy Canyon. Finally, with the addition of the Drum Canyon Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Jim and Mary were able to accomplish their goal of crafting unique, terroir-driven wines that capture the best of these three distinctive sites.”

“Under the Dierberg label, the focus is on the delicate and elegant Burgundian varietals; whereas, at Star Lane, the focus is on the more robust and powerful Bordeaux varieties. Their dedication to producing the highest quality wines can be seen from the care in the vineyards, through the winemaking process, to the wine in your glass!”

Winemaker Tyler Thomas started with Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards in the Summer of 2013. His affinity with the Central Coast started early, with his first full-time harvest job, at Fiddlehead Cellars. Though his career later steered him up to Sonoma, his return has been welcomed. “The entire valley made its imprint on me back then as I sampled vineyards in both Happy Canyon and Sta. Rita Hills.””

“Thomas is responsible for the day-to-day details of winemaking, from harvest to the final blending of the wines. He completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Botany at Colorado State University, and received a masters in Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis.”

“The Dierberg’s and Star Lane Vineyards’ Tasting Room (by Appointment only) is located on their Sta. Rita Hills property, Drum Canyon Vineyard. Set towards the back of the property on Drum Canyon Road, the Tasting Room offers a flight of 5 wines featuring Dierberg • Star Lane wines for $25.”

“This tasting showcases the incredible diversity of their three estate vineyards located in Santa Barbara County. The unique climates of each of the three vineyards allows Dierberg & Star Lane to produce: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah.”

“Star Lane Vineyard itself is a Private Estate and is available for privately hosted tours and tastings by appointment only. The curated Estate Tour and Tasting Experience showcases the splendor of the Santa Ynez Valley and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the magic and beauty of the Star Lane Vineyard, Winery & Caves. The 120-minute signature journey begins with a tour of Dierberg’s expansive wine-making facility where guests will experience awe-inspiring views of one of Santa Barbara County’s most historic private ranches.”

Dierberg Estate Vineyard’s and Star Lane Vineyard’s Hospitality Director, Chris King, joins us to uncork all that is Star Lane Vineyard and Dierberg Estate Vineyard.

Nicolas Fanucci of Nicolas Eatery in Malibu

Nicolas Eatery is a family-run restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu serving delicious food with French cooking techniques, offering brunch, lunch and dinner service. Patio seating is available.” On-site parking is available. They celebrated their 2nd Anniversary in September.

“The ingredients are fresh and organic and come from local farmers. Nicolas Eatery strives to provide their guests with the best experience. The menu is designed to allow guests to customize their orders as they please. “After all, you are the one eating it, and we are here to serve you.””

Born and raised in Cannes France, Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci grew up surrounded by his large Franco-Italian family. A lunch or a dinner at his home was always an experience. Without surprise, he entered the hospitality business in his late teens starting to work from the bottom and learn his craft from the best in the business.”

“Nicolas has worked for more than three decades in numerous landmark European and American establishments including Roger Verge’s, Le Moulin de Mougin, Chef Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV, Ninety Park Lane in London, La Grenouille and Le Cirque 2000 in New York City.”

Nicolas previously served as a General Manager for The French Laundry in Yountville. Most recently, Nicolas was the General Manager at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills (now sadly departed.)

Nicolas Fanucci is our guest.

Andreas Roller of the Jonathan Club

Jonathan Club is a private social club with a rich history. Founded in 1895, the Club’s diverse member base enjoys fine dining, athletics and wellness facilities, spa services, social events and award shows. For over a century, Jonathan Club has long reflected the warm and inviting character of southern California, making it an exceptional place its members could truly call a home away from home. With two locations — one in downtown Los Angeles and one on the Santa Monica beach — Jonathan Club offers its members the very best of Southern California, and so much more.”

As part of Jonathan Club’s commitment to generously giving back to the community they are hosting the Michelin Stars Under the Stars fundraiser benefiting The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Friday evening, October 22nd at the Town Club facility in Downtown Los Angeles. The headlining Chef is Dominique Crenn of the 3 Michelin Star Altier Crenn in San Francisco. The coordinating chef is Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller. Also in the esteemed chefs’ brigade that evening are Josiah Citrin (Melisse,) Gary Menes (Le Comptoir) and Pastry Chef Donald Wressell (Guittrard Chocolate Co.) Chef Roller joins us with an enticing preview.

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.

It’s National Seafood Month. Chef Andrew explains why that’s a cause for celebration.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” Benefit for OCAPICA
Segment Three: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part One
Segment Four: Dierberg Estate Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Part Two
Segment Five: Nicolas Eatery, Malibu, with Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci
Segment Six: Executive Chef Andreas Roller, Jonathan Club, Los Angeles
Segment Seven: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 287, August 25, 2018: “Tastemakers of Orange County” Benefiting OCAPICA

Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema CafeOn the heels of its 20th anniversary, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) will host the 3rd Annual “Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event on Wednesday, September 5th in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by giving guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County.

Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families throughout Orange County.

The celebration at Argyros Plaza will include food tastings, fun entertainment, and silent and live auctions for guests to enjoy. Tickets are available to the public for $125 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m., and $85 for General Admission, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information and tickets can be found here.

Participants Tarit and Dr. Sora Park Tanjasiri of The Crema Café and Crema Artisan Bakers provide all the tempting details. (Dr. Sora is a Board Chair of OCAPICA)

Show 239, September 2, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s Labor Day Weekend bubbling over 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, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Presented by Long Beach Chef AC BoralRICE & SHINE (an eight- course, family-style brunch experience) prides itself on being a completely unique brunch. You even leave with an edible care package. The next RICE & SHINE is set for Sunday, September 10th at 11:30 a.m. in a secret location in Downtown Long Beach. We’ll meet Chef AC.

When Chef & Restaurateur Michael McCarty opened the landmark Michael’s in Santa Monica back in 1979 I’m not sure he suspected that he would become one of the pioneers of what is known as California cuisine. A Michael’s in New York came on the scene about a decade later serving breakfast, lunch & dinner to the media elite. Just about a year ago Michael boldly rejuvenated Michael’s Santa Monica (working with son, Chas) by bringing-in a 28-year old rising-star chef with avant-garde ideas. Chef Michael McCarty is our guest.

Cleveland’s other popular celebrity chef, “Rocco Whalen, if nothing else, is wrapped up in the love of cooking: the idea and vitality of it, the doing of it, the invention and sustainability of it, the day-to-day enrichment of it, and, ultimately and significantly, the memory of learning all about it from his mother. All combine as convictions he affectionately shares with his regulars and first-timers who dine at his remarkable 15 year-old restaurant, Fahrenheit in historic Tremont, a stone’s throw from downtown Cleveland.” We’ll chat with the perpetually on-the-go Chef Rocco.

We’re delighted to welcome our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, back to the show (in-studio) after his recent global travels. Chef Andrew will be discussing a benefit he’s hosting at Slapfish Huntington Beach for all of September in support of Bracken’s Kitchen. Also on the menu is a discussion of shrimp. When you’re buying shrimp as “fresh” is that really the case? Is there anything wrong with enjoying shrimp that has been properly frozen?

OCAPICA is celebrating 20 years at “Tastemakers of Orange County” on the evening of September 20th at SoCo and The OC MixTastemakers of Orange County 2.0” is a culinary event celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander community, education, and heritage. The celebration includes food tastings, fun entertainment, and a silent auction. Their goal this year is 800 guests and 20 high profile Orange County chefs. Proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit organization, OCAPICA, and will support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families. Executive Director and Founder Mary Anne Foo and participating Restaurateur Ed Lee of Wahoo’s Fish Taco join us with all the delectable details.

Special thanks to the OC Register’s Feature Reporter, Jackie Moe. This week she recognized the “SoCal Restaurant Show” on her list of the 25 top podcasts produced in Southern California that are “some of the most interesting, educational and entertaining recordings available.” We’re with some very impressive company and are deeply honored. We’re especially proud to be the only food, restaurant and libation show originating on local radio so recognized.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Show 239, September 2, 2017: TasteMakers of Orange County 2.0 Benefit

Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0OCAPICA (Orange County Asian Pacific Island Community Alliance) is celebrating 20 years of community service at Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0” on the evening of September 20th at SoCo and The OC Mix in Costa Mesa.

Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0″ is a culinary event celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander community, education, and heritage. The 2nd annual celebration includes ample food tastings, fun entertainment, and a silent auction. Their goal this year is 800 guests and 20 high profile Orange County chefs. (The prominent chefs are already in place.)

Proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit organization, OCAPICA, and will support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families.

If you buy your tickets now there is a $15-off discount per ticket for VIP and $10-off for General Admission. Use the Offer Code available on the Website. Discount Offer expires soon…

OCAPICA Executive Director and Founder Mary Anne Foo and participating Restaurateur Ed Lee of Wahoo’s Fish Taco join us with all the delectable details.

September 2: Rice & Shine. Michael McCarty, Rocco Whalen, Tastemakers of Orange County

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Chef AC Boral, RICE & SHINE Brunch Series
Segment Three: Restaurateur & Chef Michael McCarty, Michael’s Santa Monica & Michael’s New York Part One
Segment Four: Restaurateur & Chef Michael McCarty, Michael’s Santa Monica & Michael’s New York Part Two
Segment Five: Executive Chef / Proprietor Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit, Cleveland and Charlotte, NC Part One
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit, Cleveland and Charlotte, NC Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder of Slapfish, Two Birds & Butterleaf
Segment Eight: TasteMakers of Orange County 2.0 Benefit

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s bubbling over 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, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing

Presented by Long Beach Chef AC Boral, RICE & SHINE (an eight- course, family-style brunch experience) prides itself in being a completely unique brunch. The next RICE & SHINE is set for Sunday, September 10th at 11:30 a.m. in a secret location in Downtown Long Beach. We’ll meet Chef AC.

When Chef & Restaurateur Michael McCarty opened the landmark Michael’s in Santa Monica back in 1979 I’m not sure he suspected that he would become one of the pioneers of what is known as California cuisine. A Michael’s in New York came on the scene about a decade later serving breakfast, lunch & dinner to the media elite. Just about a year ago Michael rejuvenated Michael’s Santa Monica by bringing-in a 28-year old rising-star chef with avant-garde ideas. Chef Michael McCarty is our guest.

Cleveland’s other popular celebrity chef, “Rocco Whalen, if nothing else, is wrapped up in the love of cooking : the idea and vitality of it, the doing of it, the invention and sustainability of it, the day-to-day enrichment of it, and, ultimately and significantly, the memory of learning all about it from his mother. All combine as convictions he affectionately shares with his regulars and first-timers who dine at his remarkable restaurant, Fahrenheit in historic Tremont, a stone’s throw from downtown Cleveland.” We’ll chat with the perpetually on-the-go Chef Rocco.

We’re delighted to welcome our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, back to the show (in-studio) after his recent global travels. Chef Andrew will be discussing a benefit he’s hosting at all local Slapfish locations for all of September in support of Bracken’s Kitchen. Also on the menu is a discussion of shrimp. When you’re buying shrimp as “fresh” is that really the case? Is there anything wrong with enjoying shrimp that has been frozen?

OCAPICA is celebrating 20 years at “Tastemakers of Orange County” on the evening of September 20th at SoCo and The OC Mix. “Tastemakers of Orange County” is a culinary event celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander community, education, and heritage. The celebration includes food tastings, fun entertainment, and a silent auction. Their goal this year is 800 guests and 20 high profile Orange County chefs. Proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit organization, OCAPICA, and will support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families. Executive Director and Founder Mary Anne Foo and participating Restaurateur Ed Lee of Wahoo’s Fish Taco join us with all the delectable details.

Special thanks to the OC Register’s Feature Reporter, Jackie Moe. This week she recognized the “SoCal Restaurant Show” on her list of the 25 top podcasts produced in Southern California that are “some of the most interesting, educational and entertaining recordings available.” We’re with some very impressive company and are deeply honored. We’re especially proud to be the only food, restaurant and libation show originating on local radio so recognized.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

AC BoralPresented by Long Beach Chef AC Boral, RICE & SHINE (an eight- course, family-style brunch experience) prides itself in being a completely unique brunch. Sit at Chef AC’s long table for a great time blending food, family, culture, and, of course, mimosas. It’s Filipino family favorites with a contemporary twist.

Filipino hospitality means that guests eat well, always leaving the table busog (full) and with even MORE food to take home. Everyone is treated like family and becomes family.

“RICE & SHINE takes traditional Filipino dishes and blends them with American brunch. We want to share the culture and history of Filipino cuisine with those who are unfamiliar while offering something fresh for those who grew up eating it. “If ya don’t know, now ya know.”

At its core, Filipino cuisine is food for the soul. The spirit behind RICE & SHINE is to pay tribute to Filipino food tradition.

The next RICE & SHINE is set for Sunday, September 10th at 11:30 a.m. in a secret location in Downtown Long Beach.

We’ll meet Chef AC.

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

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

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

Just about a year ago Michael totally rejuvenated Michael’s Santa Monica by bringing-in a 28-year old rising-star chef with avant-garde ideas. Chef Miles Thompson is already earning deserved accolades from food critics. Dining in the lush garden patio at Michael’s all these years later is still a uniquely L.A. experience.

Chef & Restaurateur Michael McCarty is our guest.

Just about a year ago Michael totally rejuvenated Michael’s Santa Monica by bringing-in a 28-year old rising-star chef with avant-garde ideas. Chef Miles Thompson is already earning deserved accolades from food critics and bringing in a younger crowd of new guests.

Dining in the lush, shaded garden patio at Michael’s all these years later remains a uniquely L.A. experience.

Rocco WhalenCleveland’s other popular celebrity chef, “Rocco Whalen, if nothing else, is wrapped up in the love of cooking: the idea and vitality of it, the doing of it, the invention and sustainability of it, the day-to-day enrichment of it, and, ultimately and significantly, the memory of learning all about it from his mother.

All combine as convictions he affectionately shares with his regulars and first-timers who dine at his remarkable restaurant, Fahrenheit in historic Tremont, a stone’s throw from downtown Cleveland.”

“In 2001, Whalen returned to his native Cleveland from Los Angeles, landed a job as sous chef at Blue Point Grille, a seafood restaurant in downtown Cleveland. With recipe spins from Spago and variations on what he felt would work in a seafood restaurant in a city with a reputation for meat and potatoes, Rocco revised and refined the menu with items such as tuna sashimi, a whole catfish stuffed with ginger and served with coconut and citrus ponzu, and chicken spring rolls. After 18 remarkable and successful months at Blue Point it was time to move on.”

“A friend told him of a space for sale in Tremont, a trendy urban neighborhood five minutes from downtown Cleveland. Rocco bought the space, kept the purchase quiet, tossed a couple of “friends and family” tastings; but, for the most part, flew under the radar until he officially opened Fahrenheit, Oct. 2002. In less than a year, he doubled his projected top line dollars.”

We’ll chat with the perpetually on-the-go Chef Rocco.

“Friends and acquaintances were not surprised by Rocco’s success with the original Fahrenheit in Cleveland. He had made an impact as a chef at Blue Point, had brought with him to that restaurant and to the opening of Fahrenheit, a quality product – innovative, unique, and a menu that was affordable. He had learned, also, during his years with Puck, the importance of managing an ambiance that guests, both suburbanites and neighbors, would immediately feel comfortable in; that was genuinely guest friendly.”

Fahrenheit (Charlotte, NC) is situated above the Skye Condos on the 21st Floor. The restaurant features unparalleled views of the Queen City. Also featured on the roof are linear fire pits, a social pool and seasonal herb garden. Fahrenheit provides Room Service for the Skye Condos and the adjacent Hyatt Place Hotel.

Fortunately Chef Rocco hasn’t forgotten the Los Angeles culinary community. He was just out here on July 30th for the annual Stu & The Kids Benefit at Vibiana. On Saturday, September 9th he’s back here in Westwood as one of the participating celebrity chefs in the 8th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosWe’re delighted to welcome our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, back to the show (in-studio) after his recent global travels. Chef Andrew will be discussing a benefit he’s hosting at all local Slapfish locations for the month of September in support of Bracken’s Kitchen.

Also on the menu is a revealing discussion of everyone’s favorite, shrimp. When you’re buying shrimp as “fresh” is that really the case? Is there anything wrong with enjoying shrimp that was originally properly frozen?

Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0OCAPICA is celebrating 20 years of community service at Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0” on the evening of September 20th at SoCo and The OC Mix. “Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0″ is a culinary event celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander community, education, and heritage. The 2nd annual celebration includes ample food tastings, fun entertainment, and a silent auction. Their goal this year is 800 guests and 20 high profile Orange County chefs.

Proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit organization, OCAPICA, and will support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families.

Executive Director and Founder Mary Anne Foo and participating Restaurateur Ed Lee of Wahoo’s Fish Taco join us with all the delectable details.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Chef AC Boral, RICE & SHINE Brunch Series
Segment Three: Restaurateur & Chef Michael McCarty, Michael’s Santa Monica & Michael’s New York Part One
Segment Four: Restaurateur & Chef Michael McCarty, Michael’s Santa Monica & Michael’s New York Part Two
Segment Five: Executive Chef / Proprietor Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit, Cleveland and Charlotte, NC Part One
Segment Six: Executive Chef / Proprietor Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit, Cleveland and Charlotte, NC Part Two
Segment Seven: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder of Slapfish, Two Birds & Butterleaf
Segment Eight: TasteMakers of Orange County 2.0 Benefit