Show 364, March 14, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an intriguing preview of Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

We were set to be live the Hotel Californian boutique luxury hotel for the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience in partnership with The Julia Child Foundation honoring the memory of Julia Child. The SBCE was planned as an expansive citywide calendar of special food, wine and libation events for the extended three-day weekend on March 13-15, 2020.

“The concept was an epicurean celebration of both Julia Child and Santa Barbara’s culinary scene involving chefs, mixologists, restaurateurs and the local community, with guest appearances from nationally renowned food and beverage talents. The late cookbook author, chef and TV personality Julia Child was passionate about teaching others about the culinary arts—and was an aficionado of Santa Barbara, as a longtime resident herself.”

Thoughtfully, with an emphasis on the safety & well-being of the guests and participants, the SBCE organizers postponed the celebration to the same Weekend in 2021. We’ll keep you posted on all the specifics as we plan to be there. Meanwhile we went ahead with our Santa Barbara show special as planned with all the guests on the telephone. It’s a great destination for distinctive dining (with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients) and premium wine appreciation.

The new Executive Chef at Hotel Californian is Travis Watson. Chef Travis has refreshed and revamped Hotel Californian’s signature (dinner only) restaurant, Blackbird Restaurant and Bar. He’s also the menu-maker for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at the al-fresco Goat Tree, banquets and in-room dining at Hotel Californian. Chef Travis takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us.

Leading the Margerum Wine Company team (with a stylish new tasting room at Hotel Californian in the State Building) is creator and namesake, Douglas Barden Margerum, a long-term Santa Barbara resident who has been a prominent fixture in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 35 years. Doug is also is a member of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) Advisory Committee. Doug is our guest to pull the cork for us on Margerum Wine Company.

“Veteran hospitality industry executive Jim Dodge has had a rich, wide-ranging culinary career. After growing up in the hospitality industry, he trained as a chef, became a celebrated pastry chef, published several cookbooks, opened a pastry shop and restaurant in Hong Kong, then became a culinary educator and joined the food service industry. Since 2004, he has been Bon Appétit Management Company’s director of specialty culinary programs, based in the corporate office in Palo Alto, CA, and donates his time regularly to charities throughout the country.”  We’ll meet him.

Edible Santa Barbara is a publication entirely locally owned and operated. “And with our membership in Edible Communities, we are able to combine the synergy of a national publication and a hip, locally written insider’s view of the food and beverage producers and purveyors throughout the region. We shine the spotlight on our exemplary farmers, fishermen, ranchers, winemakers and community food programs—we savor the delicious diversity of Santa Barbara.” Krista Harris, Editor and Co-Publisher, turns the page for us with an overview on Edible Santa Barbara.

Alma Rosa Winery was founded in 2005 by California wine industry pioneer Richard Sanford and his wife, Thekla. They named the winery after the 1839 Rancho Santa Rosa land grant that historically encompassed this region of Santa Barbara County. Richard Sanford was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the area in 1971 after detailed research of climate and geologic records. Richard went on to launch two wineries before creating Alma Rosa (which he sold in 2015.) Today Richard serves as Founder and Winery Ambassador for Alma Rosa Winery.” Richard deftly pulls the cork on Alma Rosa for us.

Originally from Tomball, Texas, Jason Paluska, the Executive Chef of The Lark in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, began his cooking career in San Francisco under chefs Mitch and Steve Rosenthal of Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope in 2006. Jason went on to became a sous chef at Michael Mina’s RN74 in San Francisco. In 2013 he left the Bay area and moved to Santa Barbara as the opening executive chef of The Lark restaurant part of the Acme Hospitality restaurant group. Most recently Jason and his team at The Lark received the Michelin Plate award in June of 2019.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

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Show 364, March 14, 2020: Executive Chef Jason Paluska, The Lark, Santa Barbara

Jason Paluska of the LarkOriginally from Tomball, Texas, Jason Paluska, the Executive Chef of The Lark in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone (an Acme Hospitality property,) began his cooking career in San Francisco under chefs Mitch and Steve Rosenthal of Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope in 2006. Jason went on to became a sous chef at Michael Mina’s RN74 in San Francisco. For four years he worked under renowned chef Jason Berthold, formerly of the French Laundry & Per Se.

In 2013 he left the Bay area and moved to Santa Barbara as the opening executive chef of The Lark restaurant for Acme Hospitality. Most recently Jason and his team at The Lark received the Michelin Plate award in June of 2019.

“The Lark, named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910 -1968, is situated in the heart of the Funk Zone, a vibrant arts and entertainment district near the Waterfront in downtown Santa Barbara. Our menus are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using the highest quality seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty of the Central Coast. Our food is served family style intended for sharing. Our space was designed with an urban style that integrates vintage and repurposed materials for a sophisticated yet casual sensibility with a nod to our neighborhood’s industrial past.”

“The Lark’s full bar features classic and modern craft cocktails using the finest in artisan spirits, mixers and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our wine list highlights small Santa Barbara County producers as well as artisan winemakers from afar.”

We entice Chef Jason out of the busy Lark kitchen for a chat.

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March 14: Hotel Californian, Margerum Wine Company, Jim Dodge, edible Santa Barbara, Alma Rosa Winery, The Lark Santa Barbara

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Travis Watson, Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara
Segment Three: Winemaker Douglas Barden Margerum, Margerum Wine Company, Santa Barbara
Segment Four: Chef Jim Dodge, Bon Appetit Management Co.
Segment Five: Krista Harris – Editor & Co-Publisher, Edible Santa Barbara & Wine Country
Segment Six: Winemaker Richard Sanford, Alma Rosa Winery, Santa Rita Hills
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Jason Paluska, The Lark, Santa Barbara
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Now an intriguing preview of this Saturday’s delectable show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

We’re live from the Hotel Californian boutique luxury hotel for the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience in partnership with The Julia Child Foundation honoring the memory of Julia Child. The SBCE is an expansive citywide calendar of special events for the extended three-day weekend on March 13-15, 2020. “It’s an epicurean celebration of both Julia Child and Santa Barbara’s culinary scene involving chefs, mixologists, restaurateurs and the local community, with guest appearances from nationally renowned food and beverage talents. The late cookbook author, chef and TV personality Julia Child was passionate about teaching others about the culinary arts—and was an aficionado of Santa Barbara, as a longtime resident herself.”

The new Executive Chef at Hotel Californian is Travis Watson. Chef Travis has refreshed and revamped Hotel Californian’s signature (dinner only) restaurant, Blackbird Restaurant and Bar. He’s also the menu-maker for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at the al-fresco Goat Tree, banquets and in-room dining at Hotel Californian. Chef Travis takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us.

Leading the Margerum Wine Company team (with a new tasting room at Hotel Californian in the State Building) is creator and namesake, Douglas Barden Margerum, a long-term Santa Barbara resident who has been a fixture in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 35 years. Doug is also is a member of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) Advisory Committee. Doug is our guest to pull the cork for us on Margerum Wine Company.

“Veteran hospitality industry executive Jim Dodge has had a rich, wide-ranging culinary career. After growing up in the hospitality industry, he trained as a chef, became a celebrated pastry chef, published several cookbooks, opened a pastry shop and restaurant in Hong Kong, then became a culinary educator and joined the food service industry. Since 2004, he has been Bon Appétit Management Company’s director of specialty culinary programs, based in the corporate office in Palo Alto, CA, and donates his time regularly to charities throughout the country.”  We’ll meet him.

Edible Santa Barbara is a publication entirely locally owned and operated. “And with our membership in Edible Communities, we are able to combine the synergy of a national publication and a hip, locally written insider’s view of the food and beverage producers and purveyors throughout the region. We shine the spotlight on our exemplary farmers, fishermen, ranchers, winemakers and community food programs—we savor the delicious diversity of Santa Barbara.” Krista Harris, Editor and Co-Publisher, turns the page for us with an overview on Edible Santa Barbara.

“Alma Rosa Winery was founded in 2005 by California wine industry pioneer Richard Sanford and his wife, Thekla. They named the winery after the 1839 Rancho Santa Rosa land grant that historically encompassed this region of Santa Barbara County. Richard Sanford was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the area in 1971 after detailed research of climate and geologic records. Richard went on to launch two wineries before creating Alma Rosa (which he sold in 2015.) Today Richard serves as Founder and Winery Ambassador for Alma Rosa Winery.” Richard deftly pulls the cork on Alma Rosa for us.

Originally from Tomball, Texas, Jason Paluska, the Executive Chef of The Lark in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, began his cooking career in San Francisco under chefs Mitch and Steve Rosenthal of Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope in 2006. Jason went on to became a sous chef at Michael Mina’s RN74 in San Francisco. In 2013 he left the Bay area and moved to Santa Barbara as the opening executive chef of The Lark restaurant part of the Acme Hospitality restaurant group. Most recently Jason and his team at The Lark received the Michelin Plate award in June of 2019.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

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

Travis Watson of the Hotel CalifornianThe new Executive Chef at Hotel Californian is Travis Watson. Chef Travis has refreshed and revamped Hotel Californian’s signature (dinner only) restaurant, Blackbird Restaurant and Bar. On the menu is Mediterranean-influenced, locally sourced, and hyper-seasonal cuisine.

Travis Watson brings 20 years of award-winning culinary experience to Hotel Californian. “Chef Watson’s career has led him all over the world, including France where he served as an apprentice to Chef Georges Paccard of Michelin-starred La Ciboulette. He most recently served as Executive Chef at Rancho Bernardo Inn & Spa in San Diego and is now thrilled to tap into the distinctive terroir of the Central Coast.”

He’s also the menu-maker for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at the al-fresco Goat Tree, banquets and in-room dining at Hotel Californian.

Chef Travis takes a break from his busy kitchens to join us.

Douglas Barden MargerumLeading the Margerum Wine Company team (with a new tasting room at Hotel Californian in the State Building) is creator and namesake, Douglas Barden Margerum, a long- term Santa Barbara resident who has been a fixture in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 35 years. Doug is also is a member of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience Advisory Committee.

“Margerum Wine Company produces limited quantities of wines made from grapes grown both on their estate vineyard and grapes purchased from other top vineyards from in and around Santa Barbara County. The 18-acre estate vineyard is planted exclusively to Rhône grape varietals. The acreage is divided between limestone hillsides and gravelly alluvial flatlands along Alamo Pintado Creek. The wines are made at their state-of-the-art winery located on Industrial Way in Buellton. Owner and Director of Winemaking, Douglas Barden Margerum, works with the top vineyards from the cool, eastern end of the valley in Happy Canyon to the western end’s cold vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills. Doug carefully selects the vineyards with meticulous attention to detail in all factors influencing the ultimate quality of the wines, including pruning, soil, climate, and farming methods.”

“Margerum Wine Company is committed to creating hand-crafted wines using only the highest quality grapes in order to make wines that are indicative of the place where they are grown. They strive to make wines naturally, to make wines that have individual characteristics and to make wines with personality. The scale of production is kept at a level where they can touch and know the wine as it is raised to the bottle – the antithesis of mass production. The standards of quality are measured by their own rigid criteria – not by external sources. They make wines they personally enjoy – some to drink young, others for long aging in cool cellars for future generations to enjoy, but mostly to share at the table with family and friends.”

“Doug’s multi-faceted background as the Sommelier/Owner of The Wine Cask, a Wine Spectator Grand Award restaurant recipient, and as a highly respected winemaker made him sought out by a variety of wineries to assist in the formation of their brands. Doug has consulted for Chêne Bleu super Rhône wines in France, and continues to consult for La Encantada Vineyards, Rancho Boa Vista and Happy Canyon Vineyards, all in Santa Barbara County, as well as the Santa Barbara wines of Paradise Springs Winery based in Virginia.”

Chef Jim Dodge of Bon Appetit Management Company“Hospitality veteran Jim Dodge (a multiple James Beard Award winner) has had a rich, wide-ranging culinary career. After growing up in the hospitality industry, he trained as a chef, became a celebrated pastry chef, published several cookbooks, opened a pastry shop and restaurant in Hong Kong, then became a culinary educator and joined the food service industry. Since 2004, he has been Bon Appétit Management Company’s director of specialty culinary programs, based in the corporate office in Palo Alto, CA, and donates his time regularly to charities throughout the country.”

“With Bon Appetit Management Jim now oversees training in specific global cuisines and techniques, hosts culinary demonstrations, and manages the company’s Star Chefs program, which invites chefs to Bon Appétit cafés for recipe-tasting and book-signing events to help promote their new cookbooks.”

“For seven generations, Jim’s family has managed a number of hotels and resorts in rural New Hampshire, where Jim received early training in hospitality and grew up cooking with local ingredients from nearby farms and food produced on his family’s land. Once in the kitchen, Jim knew he wanted to specialize in pastry. He trained with Swiss pastry chef Fritz Albicker, melding Swiss influence with his New England heritage to create a unique method of preparation and styling that set him apart as a chef.”

“In his 10 years at the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, Jim became a nationally recognized pastry chef and embarked on a rich, wide-ranging culinary career. His experience and contributions are a testament to his passion for the craft of cooking and educating others.”

Jim is currently the jury chair for the first-ever Julia Child Award, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Julia Child Foundation. We’re in the kitchen with Jim Dodge.

Krista Harris of edible Santa BarbaraEdible Santa Barbara is a quarterly magazine entirely locally owned and operated. “And with our membership in Edible Communities, we are able to combine the synergy of a national publication and a hip, locally written insider’s view of the food and beverage producers and purveyors throughout the region. We shine the spotlight on our exemplary farmers, fishermen, ranchers, winemakers and community food programs—we savor the delicious diversity of Santa Barbara.”

“Santa Barbara County has its own unique food traditions—from Santa Maria Barbecue to Santa Barbara Spot Prawns and the world class local wines that accompany them. And our region’s commitment to healthy living has long been on the forefront of what people eat.”

“There is a growing national movement that is encouraging people to eat more locally grown and locally produced foods. By eating locally, we help sustain the small family farms that grow these foods and we enjoy food that is fresher and healthier for us and for our environment.”

Krista Harris (Editor & Co-Publisher of Edible Santa Barbara) is a fifth generation Californian who was born and raised in San Diego. She moved to Santa Barbara to attend UC Santa Barbara, fell in love with area and has lived here ever since. Her first job was working for a local newspaper and since then she has worked as an editor, graphic designer and creative director in the corporate world. But local food has been her passion since she first started shopping at farmers markets in the mid- 1980s. In 2009 she started Edible Santa Barbara, a food magazine devoted to local, seasonal and sustainable food. Krista holds a B.A. in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara.”

“Krista is active in the community, is a board member at Fairview Gardens, and serves on the Partnership Council of the Community Environmental Council as well as is a member the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience Advisory Committee. And she can still be seen shopping regularly at the farmers markets with Steve Brown, her husband and co-publisher of Edible Santa Barbara.”

Edible Santa Barbara’s Editor and Co-Publisher Krista Harris joins us.

Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa WineryAlma Rosa Winery was founded in 2005 by California wine industry pioneer Richard Sanford and his wife, Thekla. They named the winery after the 1839 Rancho Santa Rosa land grant that historically encompassed this region of Santa Barbara County. Richard Sanford was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the area in 1971 after detailed research of climate and geologic records. Richard went on to launch two wineries before creating Alma Rosa (which he sold in 2015.)” Today Richard serves as Founder and Winery Ambassador for Alma Rosa Winery. Richard pulls the cork on Alma Rosa for us.

“Richard Sanford was inducted into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contributions to the California wine industry. Following his service in Vietnam, Richard Sanford dreamed of discovering a West Coast climate zone similar to the Burgundy region of France and producing wine that would rival the best in the world.  With a degree in Geography from UC Berkeley, he identified a remarkable geographic anomaly: the transverse mountain ranges of California where the valleys open to the west, allowing cool maritime air to moderate the growing climate.”

“After locating acreage with well-drained soils in the targeted climate zone, Richard planted the first Pinot Noir vineyard in the Central Coast in 1971 — the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. A decade later, he and his wife Thekla founded Sanford Winery, where they produced award-winning wines for over 25 years.”

“In 2005, the Sanfords launched Alma Rosa Winery to pursue their commitment to organic farming and sustainable business practices. Today, those practices are continued by Bob & Barb Zorich, who purchased Alma Rosa Winery in 2014.”

Jason Paluska of the LarkOriginally from Tomball, Texas, Jason Paluska, the Executive Chef of The Lark in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, began his cooking career in San Francisco under chefs Mitch and Steve Rosenthal of Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope in 2006. Jason went on to became a sous chef at Michael Mina’s RN74 in San Francisco. For four years he worked under renowned chef Jason Berthold, formerly of the French Laundry & Per Se.

In 2013 he left the Bay area and moved to Santa Barbara as the opening executive chef of The Lark restaurant for Acme Hospitality. Most recently Jason and his team at The Lark received the Michelin Plate award in June of 2019.

“The Lark, named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910 -1968, is situated in the heart of the Funk Zone, a vibrant arts and entertainment district near the Waterfront in downtown Santa Barbara. Our menus are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using the highest quality seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty of the Central Coast.  Our food is served family style intended for sharing. Our space was designed with an urban style that integrates vintage and repurposed materials for a sophisticated yet casual sensibility with a nod to our neighborhood’s industrial past.”

“The Lark’s full bar features classic and modern craft cocktails using the finest in artisan spirits, mixers and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our wine list highlights small Santa Barbara County producers as well as artisan winemakers from afar.”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to Listeners’ thoughtful inquiries based on his expansive, insider’s knowledge and practical hospitality experience. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Executive Chef Travis Watson, Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara
Segment Three: Winemaker Douglas Barden Margerum, Margerum Wine Company, Santa Barbara
Segment Four: Chef Jim Dodge, Bon Appetit Management Co.
Segment Five: Krista Harris – Editor & Co-Publisher, Edible Santa Barbara & Wine Country
Segment Six: Winemaker Richard Sanford, Alma Rosa Winery, Santa Rita Hills
Segment Seven: Executive Chef Jason Paluska, The Lark, Santa Barbara
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 173, May 28, 2016: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all. Enjoy, remember, and be safe.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host. He’s just back from Chicago where he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Now an enticing preview of Saturday’s calorie-laden and spirited show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a pretty good thing…

Paul Hobbs is a distinguished figure in California winemaking and beyond. We’ll find out why Forbes has described him as “the Steve Jobs of wine.” Joining us is Paul Hobbs Wines’ National Sales Director, Charlie Plummer, who is also a Certified Sommelier.

Bill Sysak, or as he’s more often referred to as, “Dr. Bill,” is the Craft Beer Ambassador for California’s Stone Brewing Co.. Dr. Bill is a Certified Cicerone, and has a demonstrated expertise in selecting, acquiring, and serving craft beers. He’s our guest.

The Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is the new night life spot in America’s Riviera. Among the other attractions there are premium wine tasting rooms (Urban Wine Trail) and a variety of destination restaurants for both locals and visitors alike. One of the biggest success stories in this vibrant district is The Lark owned by the growing Acme Hospitality group. Director of Operations Treg Finney joins us with all the needed 411.

The 8th Annual Pechanga Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-off returns to the Pechanga Grand Ballroom on Saturday, June 11th. One of the participating breweries is Los Angeles’ and Orange County’s Golden Road Brewing. Brewmaster Victor Novak taps the keg with a thirst-quenching preview.

France’s Alsace region produces 18 per cent of the total French production of still white AOC wines. Our resident wine authority Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange is here to give us an overview of the prominent region. Kyle will also chat with us about how wine professionals navigate their way through large trade tastings.

For over 52 years Stan Berman has baked some of the world’s best donuts at Stan’s Corner Donut Shop in Westwood located across from UCLA. Now it had grown to the Midwest with the addition of 6 busy Stan’s Donuts & Coffee cafes in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Chicago restaurateur and baker Rich Labriola is the proud architect of the expansion. We’ll meet him and talk crullers.

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

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Show 173, May 28, 2016: The Lark, Santa Barbara, California

Treg FinneyThe Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is the new night life spot in America’s Riviera. Among the other attractions there are wine tasting rooms (part of Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail) and a variety of destination restaurants for both locals and visitors alike. One of the biggest success stories in this vibrant district is The Lark owned by the fast-growing Acme Hospitality group. Director of Operations Treg Finney joins us with all the needed 411.

“A shared dining experience featuring artisanal and seasonal ingredients celebrating the bounty of the Central Coast.”

The Lark, named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910 -1968, is a 130 seat full-service restaurant located in the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building. Situated in the heart of the Funk Zone, a vibrant arts district and home to local surf shops, galleries and the popular Urban Wine Trail, The Lark brings the entire Santa Barbara community together to celebrate their unique place.

Menus for The Lark, under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Paluska, are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty available on the Central Coast. Food is served family style intended for sharing. The Lark’s full bar features classic as well as craft cocktails using the finest in artisan spirits, mixers and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Their comprehensive wine list highlights small Santa Barbara County producers and artisan winemakers from afar.

“Our vision was to create an environment that captivates a wide audience and brings them together in an exceptional space. Doug Washington, owner of the acclaimed Town Hall and Salt House restaurants in San Francisco, was able to do just that by designing the interior and exterior space with an urban style that integrates vintage and repurposed materials for a sophisticated yet casual sensibility. Original lighting, handmade furniture and a 24-seat live-edge communal table stacked on vintage radiators create a space that is warm yet exciting. Doug collaborated with Dan Bush Design/Build of Portland, OR along with AB Design Studio and Young Construction of Santa Barbara, CA.”

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May 28: Paul Hobbs Wines, Stone and Golden Road Brewing, Funk Zone, Wine Exchange, Stan’s Donuts

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Charlie Plummer, Paul Hobbs Wines & Paul Hobbs Selections
Segment Three: “Dr.” Bill Sysak, Craft Beer Ambassador, Stone Brewing Co., San Diego
Segment Four: The Lark, Santa Barbara, California
Segment Five: Golden Road Brewing & the Pechanga Microbrew Festival
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana
Segment Seven: Stan’s Donuts & Coffee Part One
Segment Eight: Stan’s Donuts & Coffee Part Two

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all. Enjoy, and be safe.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosExecutive Chef Andrew Gruel of the rapidly growing Slapfish empire with restaurants in Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, LAX, Irvine at UCI and, most recently, Brea, is back as today’s special Guest Host. He’s just back from Chicago where he received Nation’s Restaurant News’ Trendsetter MenuMaster Award for Slapfish.

Now an enticing preview of Saturday’s calorie-laden show and not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re doing it right we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a pretty good thing…

Paul Hobbs is a distinguished figure in California winemaking and beyond. We’ll find out why Forbes has described him as “the Steve Jobs of wine.” Joining us is Paul Hobbs Wines’ National Sales Director, Charlie Plummer, who is also a Certified Sommelier.

Bill Sysak, or as he’s more often referred to as, “Dr. Bill,” is the Craft Beer Ambassador for California’s Stone Brewing Co. Dr. Bill is a Certified Cicerone, and has a demonstrated expertise in selecting, acquiring, and serving craft beers. He’s our guest.

The Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is the new night life spot in America’s Riviera. Among the other attractions there are premium wine tasting rooms and a variety of destination restaurants for both locals and visitors alike. One of the biggest success stories in this vibrant district is The Lark owned by the growing Acme Hospitality group. Director of Operations Treg Finney joins us with all the needed 411.

The 8th Annual Pechanga Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-off returns to the Pechanga Grand Ballroom on Saturday, June 11th. One of the participating breweries is Los Angeles’ and Orange County’s Golden Road Brewing. Brewmaster Victor Novak taps the keg with a thirst-quenching preview.

France’s Alsace region produces 18 per cent of the total French production of still white AOC wines. Our resident wine authority Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange are here to give us an overview of the prominent region. Kyle will also chat with us about how wine professionals navigate their way through trade tastings.

For over 52 years Stan Berman has baked some of the world’s best donuts at Stan’s Corner Donut Shop in Westwood located across from UCLA. Now it had grown to the Midwest with the addition of 6 busy Stan’s Donuts & Coffee cafes in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Chicago restaurateur and baker Rich Labriola is the proud architect of the expansion. We’ll meet him and talk crullers.

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

Charlie PlummerPaul Hobbs is a very prominent figure in California winemaking and beyond. We’ll find out why Forbes has described him as “the Steve Jobs of Wine.” Joining us is Paul Hobbs Wines’ National Sales Director, Charlie Plummer, who is also a Certified Sommelier.

The Golden Chef Series, co-hosted by Charlie Plummer, is in its fifth year showcasing great chefs in Orange County. This year’s Golden Chef Series, presented by Fisher & Paykel and DCS, takes place at the Irvine Spectrum in Big Wheel Court. Chefs will demonstrate how to prepare their signature dishes. This event is free.

The next dates are June 4th and 18th.

Doctor Bill SysakBill Sysak, or as he’s more often referred to as, “Dr. Bill,” is the Craft Beer Ambassador for California’s Stone Brewing Co. Dr. Bill is a Certified Cicerone, and has a demonstrated expertise in selecting, acquiring, and serving craft beers. He’s our always-thirsty guest.

“Take two Stone and call me in the morning.”

He received his nickname through his work as a combat medic in the military Army National Guard, and the moniker has stuck with him throughout his career in the craft beer industry. At Stone, he’s responsible for setting the beverage standard and ensuring the beverage philosophy is followed at all Stone Brewing Co. venues.

Dr. Bill suggests the beer, wine, and food pairings for the restaurants’ menus, and also coordinates and hosts many Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens events including: Beer & Cigar Dinners, Master Pairing events, SourFest, Oakuinox, Stone Pour it Black, and Rare Beer Breakfast.

Treg FinneyThe Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is the new night life spot in America’s Riviera. Among the other attractions there are wine tasting rooms and a variety of destination restaurants for both locals and visitors alike. One of the biggest success stories in this vibrant district is The Lark owned by the fast-growing Acme Hospitality group. Director of Operations Treg Finney joins us with all the needed 411.

“A shared dining experience featuring artisanal and seasonal ingredients celebrating the bounty of the Central Coast.”

The Lark, named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910 -1968, is a 130 seat full-service restaurant located in the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building. Situated in the heart of the Funk Zone, a vibrant arts district and home to local surf shops, galleries and the popular Urban Wine Trail, The Lark brings the entire Santa Barbara community together to celebrate their unique place.

Menus for The Lark, under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Paluska, are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty available on the Central Coast. Food is served family style intended for sharing. The Lark’s full bar features classic as well as craft cocktails using the finest in artisan spirits, mixers and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Their comprehensive wine list highlights small Santa Barbara County producers and artisan winemakers from afar.

“Our vision was to create an environment that captivates a wide audience and brings them together in an exceptional space. Doug Washington, owner of the acclaimed Town Hall and Salt House restaurants in San Francisco, was able to do just that by designing the interior and exterior space with an urban style that integrates vintage and repurposed materials for a sophisticated yet casual sensibility. Original lighting, handmade furniture and a 24-seat live-edge communal table stacked on vintage radiators create a space that is warm yet exciting. Doug collaborated with Dan Bush Design/Build of Portland, OR along with AB Design Studio and Young Construction of Santa Barbara, CA.”

Victor Novak of Taps Fish House and Brewery in BreaThe 8th Annual Pechanga Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-off returns to the Pechanga Grand Ballroom on Saturday, June 11th. One of the participating breweries is Los Angeles’ and Orange County’s Golden Road Brewing. Brewmaster Victor Novak taps the keg with a thirst-quenching preview.

In 2011, beer enthusiasts Meg Gill and Tony Yanow founded Golden Road Brewing to bring fresh beer to the local market in the most sustainable way possible.  Golden Road is committed to engaging and supporting the growing community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts.

Golden Road’s year-round offerings include Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Get Up Offa That Brown and Wolf Among Weeds IPA. Along with the core beers, Golden Road brewers are constantly experimenting with the freshest ingredients through a collection of rotating, seasonal and limited-edition brews including the Custom IPA Series, a line-up of diverse, hop-forward IPAs.

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeFrance’s Alsace region produces 18 per cent of the total French production of still white AOC wines. Our resident wine authority Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange is here to give us an overview of the prominent region. Kyle will also chat with us about how wine professionals navigate their way through trade tastings.

Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine, adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. In 1962, centuries of winemaking excellence were rewarded when Alsace received AOC status.

Alsace produces 10 per cent of all Riesling consumed worldwide. It is regarded as one of the finest white wines in the world and widely considered to reach its peak form in Alsace.

Stan and Ina Berman and Rich LabriolaFor over 52 years Stan Berman has baked some of the world’s best donuts at Stan’s Corner Donut Shop in Westwood located across from UCLA. Now it had grown to the Midwest with the addition of 6 busy Stan’s Donuts & Coffee cafes in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Two new stores, including a unit on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, debuted last Saturday, May 21st.

Second generation Chicago restaurateur and baker Rich Labriola is the proud architect of the expansion. We’ll meet him and talk crullers and premium coffee.

Stans Donuts and Coffee in ChicagoRich Labriola, president of the Labriola Baking Company, partnered with Stan Berman, founder of Stan’s Donuts, to bring the more than 52-year-old donut shop to the Midwest. Labriola, a well-known Chicago baking company, supplies high-end bread products including the company’s famed pretzel bread to grocers and restaurants. After seeing Stan on a TV travel show and admiring his passion for his donut business, Rich decided to reach out to Stan. The result of the new friendship was a partnership to bring the classic California-style donuts to Chicago with a Labriola twist.

Started in 1963, Stan’s Donuts has been a mainstay of Westwood Village in Los Angeles, California. The original location has happily served everyone from Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen, and Ali McGraw to hungry UCLA students looking to fuel all-night study benders.

“Are you up for trying a deep-dish pizza donut? Just kidding, we won’t serve that anytime soon. But, our peanut butter pockets will knock your wool socks off, Chicago!”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Charlie Plummer, Paul Hobbs Wines & Paul Hobbs Selections
Segment Three: “Dr.” Bill Sysak, Craft Beer Ambassador, Stone Brewing Co., San Diego
Segment Four: The Lark, Santa Barbara, California
Segment Five: Golden Road Brewing & the Pechanga Microbrew Festival
Segment Six: Kyle Meyer, Co-Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana
Segment Seven: Stan’s Donuts & Coffee Part One
Segment Eight: Stan’s Donuts & Coffee Part Two