Show 539, August 19, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Ment’or, founded bychefs Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.” They are celebrating their 15th anniversary of achievement this year. Their aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships, and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors. Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States as Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon. Thomas Keller joins us to talk about 15 years of accomplishment for Ment’or.

Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity. From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020. Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles is our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

Muy Bueno: Fiestas – 100+ Delicious Mexican Recipes for Celebrating the Year is a festive cookbook filled with history, traditions, Mexican recipes, and crafts to celebrate Americanand Mexican holidays from the proud Latina and blogger behind Muy Bueno, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack. You’ll discover how to show your love on Valentine’s Day with Heart-Shaped Berry Empanadas, celebrate Mother’s Day with Guava Mimosas, whip up Chile Braised Pork Ribs for Día de los Muertos; make a big batch of Red Chile and Chicken Tamales for the December holidays, and much more. Included along with the over 100 delicious, seasonal recipes are step-by-step instructions for making holiday-themed crafts that are fun for children and grown-ups alike.”  
“It’s no secret why everyone is obsessed with Hatch Peppers. Named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico, authentic Hatch Peppers are truly a Southwestern favorite. No other pepper is prized more than this variety which grows in the Hatch Valley, just north of Las Cruces. Chefs say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored pepper that’s unrivaled by any other.”

Celebrate a fun Hatch Pepper event in Tustin where the original Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar is presenting their annual Hatch Chile Roasting and Toasting Event orchestrated by their founding Partner and Executive Chef Yvon Goetz. It’s a relaxing, leisurely afternoon of sipping cold beer and Tequila while enjoying Hatch Chile Hors D’oeuvres (think Polynesian Chicken & Hatch Chile Meatballs with Tree Ripe Mango Cous Cous) with fellow discriminating foodies and chile heads. The festivities take place on The Winery’s spacious Vineyard Patio in Tustin on August 26th from 1:30 p.m., until 4:00 p.m. Chef Yvon is our guest with a basket of freshly roasted Hatch Peppers in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. We all typically enjoy fresh salmon as a seafood go-to but certain varieties in California are now in short supply. The Chinook salmon season for commercial fisherman along costal California waters has been cancelled this year. Chef Andrew will explain what’s behind this and the types of sustainably raised and sourced salmon that you can still enjoy on your table and in restaurants.

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

Show 539, August 19, 2023: Chef Thomas Keller, The French Laundry – 15th Anniversary of Ment’or Foundation

Thomas Keller and Young Yun of the Ment'or BKB Foundation

Ment’or, founded by chefs Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.” They are celebrating their 15th anniversary of achievement this year.

“Their aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships, and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors.”

“Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States as Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon. The result of that patience and determination was realized for the first time in 2015 when Team USA stood on the podium with the Silver Bocuse, garnering the recognition and respect of the international culinary community. In January of 2017 Team USA proudly returned from Lyon with the Bocuse d’Or, having realized Monsieur Paul Bocuse’s dream of USA winning Gold.”

“Team USA is chosen through a national selection process that mimics the format and atmosphere of the competition that is held in Lyon biennially. Chefs from around the country apply to compete in the Team USA National Selection Event.”

“After the selection, the team trains full time in Napa, California during the course of a year, guided by a head coach, assistant coaches, advisors, and a designer. Throughout their training, the team receives feedback from their advisors and the Board via various tastings and coaching sessions.”

Team USA 2025 will be selected at the National Selection on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia campus in Napa, California.” The competition is open to the public and tickets are available.

Thomas Keller joins us to talk about 15 years of accomplishment for Ment’or.

August 19: Thomas Keller, Rick Airline, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Yvon Goetz

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Thomas Keller, The French Laundry – 15th Anniversary of Ment’or Foundation
Segment Three: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part One
Segment Four: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part Two
Segment Five: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Author, Muy Bueno Fiestas Part One
Segment Six: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Author, Muy Bueno Fiestas Part Two
Segment Seven: Partner & Executive Chef Yvon Goetz, The Winery Restaurant – Hatch Chile Roasting and Toasting Afternoon
Segment Eight: Chef and Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris, Executive Producer and Co-host previews the show.

Ment’or, founded by chefs Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.” They are celebrating their 15th anniversary of achievement this year. Their aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships, and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors. Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States as Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon.Thomas Keller joins us to talk about 15 years of accomplishment for Ment’or.

Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity. From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020. Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles is our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

“Muy Bueno Fiestas – 100+ Delicious Mexican Recipes for Celebrating the Year is a festive cookbook filled with history, traditions, Mexican recipes, and crafts to celebrate American
and Mexican holidays from the proud Latina and blogger behind Muy Bueno, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack. You’ll discover how to show your love on Valentine’s Day with Heart-Shaped Berry Empanadas, celebrate Mother’s Day with Guava Mimosas, whip up Chile Braised Pork Ribs for Día de los Muertos; make a big batch of Red Chile and Chicken Tamales for the December holidays, and much more. Included along with the over 100 delicious, seasonal recipes are step-by-step instructions for making holiday-themed crafts that are fun for children and grown-ups alike.”

“It’s no secret why everyone is obsessed with Hatch Peppers. Named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico, authentic Hatch Peppers are truly a Southwestern favorite. No other pepper is prized more than this variety which grows in the Hatch Valley, just north of Las Cruces. Chefs say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored pepper that’s unrivaled by any other.”

Celebrate a fun Hatch Pepper event in Tustin where the original Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar is presenting their annual Hatch Chile Roasting and Toasting Event orchestrated by their founding Partner and Executive Chef Yvon Goetz. It’s a relaxing, leisurely afternoon of sipping cold beer and Tequila while enjoying Hatch Chile Hors D’oeuvres (think Polynesian Chicken & Hatch Chile Meatballs with Tree Ripe Mango Cous Cous) with fellow discriminating foodies and chile heads. The festivities take place on The Winery’s spacious Vineyard Patio in Tustin on August 26th from 1:30 p.m., until 4:00 p.m. Chef Yvon is our guest with a basket of freshly roasted Hatch Peppers in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. We all typically enjoy fresh salmon as a seafood go-to but certain varieties in California are now in short supply. The Chinook salmon season for commercial fisherman along costal California waters has been cancelled this year. Chef Andrew will explain what’s behind this and the types of sustainably raised salmon that you can still enjoy on your table and in restaurants.

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

Thomas Keller and Young Yun of the Ment'or BKB Foundation

Ment’or, founded by chefs Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.” They are celebrating their 15th anniversary of achievement this year.

“Their aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships, and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors.”

“Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States as Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon. The result of that patience and determination was realized for the first time in 2015 when Team USA stood on the podium with the Silver Bocuse, garnering the recognition and respect of the international culinary community. In January of 2017 Team USA proudly returned from Lyon with the Bocuse d’Or, having realized Monsieur Paul Bocuse’s dream of USA winning Gold.”

“Team USA is chosen through a national selection process that mimics the format and atmosphere of the competition that is held in Lyon biennially. Chefs from around the country apply to compete in the Team USA National Selection Event.”

“After the selection, the team trains full time in Napa, California during the course of a year, guided by a head coach, assistant coaches, advisors, and a designer. Throughout their training, the team receives feedback from their advisors and the Board via various tastings and coaching sessions.”

Team USA 2025 will be selected at the National Selection on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia campus in Napa, California.”

Thomas Keller joins us to talk about 15 years of accomplishment for Ment’or.

Rick Arline of the City Club Los Angeles

“Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity.”

“From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020.”

Cabernet Franc, the Loire region’s leading red varietal, is generally made into single-varietal wines. “They are crystal-clear and luminous in color, ranging from candy pink to raspberry, with aromatic finesse that is perceptible on the nose. On the palate, they express marked notes of ripe red berries (strawberries, raspberries and red currants) and tropical fruits. Their mellow smoothness mixes with their luscious indulgent character.”

Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles is our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack of Muy Bueno

Muy Bueno: Fiestas – 100+ Delicious Mexican Recipes for Celebrating the Year is a festive cookbook filled with history, traditions, Mexican recipes, and crafts to celebrate American
and Mexican holidays from the proud Latina and blogger behind Muy Bueno, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack.”

“You’ll discover how to show your love on Valentine’s Day with Heart-Shaped Berry Empanadas, celebrate Mother’s Day with Guava Mimosas, whip up Chile Braised Pork Ribs for Día de los Muertos; make a big batch of Red Chile and Chicken Tamales for the December holidays, and much more. Included along with the over 100 delicious, seasonal recipes are step-by-step instructions for making holiday-themed crafts that are fun for children and grown-ups alike.”

“With its gorgeous food photography, detailed recipe directions, and wealth of tips to guide you in the kitchen, Muy Bueno FIESTAS turns every day into a celebration.”

“The 100 plus recipes include a broad selection of classic and contemporary Mexican recipes, including substantial soups and salads, hearty mains, cocktails, and decadent desserts.”

“Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is a mother, wife, author, graphic designer, food blogger, vlogger, and recipe developer based in Denver, Colorado. She was raised in El Paso, Texas and draws culinary inspiration from her grandmother’s old-world northern Mexican recipes and her mother’s comforting south of the border home-style dishes.”

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack joins us with masa at the ready.

Yvon Goetz of the Winery Restaurant and Bar

“It’s no secret why everyone is obsessed with Hatch Peppers. Named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico, authentic Hatch Peppers are truly a Southwestern favorite. No other pepper is prized more than this variety which grows in the Hatch Valley, just north of Las Cruces. The valley, which stretches along the Rio Grande’s southern-most bend before crossing into Texas and Mexico, is covered with row after row of these green leafy pepper plants for most of the summer. Chefs say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored pepper that’s unrivaled by any other.”

Celebrate a fun Hatch Pepper event in Tustin where the original Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar is presenting their annual Hatch Chile Roasting and Toasting Event orchestrated by their founding Partner and Executive Chef Yvon Goetz. It’s a relaxing and leisurely afternoon of sipping cold beer and Tequila while enjoying Hatch Chile Hors d’oeuvres (think Hatch Chile & Duck Confit Banh Mi with Green Keitt Mango) with fellow discriminating foodies and chile heads. The festivities take place on The Winery’s spacious Vineyard Patio in Tustin on August 26th from 1:30 p.m., until 4:00 p.m.

Chef Yvon joins us with a basket of freshly roasted Hatch Chiles at the ready.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder and pizzaiola of the fast-casual Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) located in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries.

We all typically enjoy fresh salmon as a standard seafood go-to but certain varieties in California are now in short supply. The Chinook salmon season for commercial fisherman along costal California waters has been cancelled this year. Chef Andrew will explain what’s behind this and the types of sustainably raised salmon that you can still enjoy without reservation on your home table and in restaurants.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Thomas Keller, The French Laundry – 15th Anniversary of Ment’or Foundation
Segment Three: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part One
Segment Four: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part Two
Segment Five: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Author, Muy Bueno Fiestas Part One
Segment Six: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Author, Muy Bueno Fiestas Part Two
Segment Seven: Partner & Executive Chef Yvon Goetz, The Winery Restaurant – Hatch Chile Roasting and Toasting Afternoon
Segment Eight: Chef and Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 521, April 15, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Saturday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to discuss specialty food products that caught her attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also Anne Marie shares a gem of a Greek restaurant hidden in plain sight in Costa Mesa and a newly launched Tiki Brunch spot at an unexpected location in South Coast Plaza. Afternoon Tea with elegance is back at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) ever popular Community Table Dinner series is back on Friday evenings. “Guests enjoy a multicourse dinner prepared by accomplished guest chefs under the stars surrounded by the 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center. This intimate, family-style feast brings a rotating list of renowned guest chefs to the farm to design a thoughtful meal utilizing freshly harvested, regenerative organic ingredients sourced from just 250 feet away on the farm.” The Ecology Center’s Founder, Evan Marks, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

K + M Chocolate and K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (Napa-based) is the result of an unusual collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. “As the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, Thomas Keller has established a reputation for excellence unparalleled in American cuisine. In Tuscany, Armando Manni has forged a similar reputation for quality by producing super-antioxidant, extra-virgin olive oil. Together, they have spent the past seven years on a unique mission: crafting a chocolate from the bean unlike any we have seen before. They have collaborated with the University of Florence to develop a new methodology to preserve the naturally occurring antioxidants in the cocoa beans. This proprietary process produces delicious, complex chocolate that draws the full potential out of every bean.” The General Manager of K + M Chocolate, Hallot Parson, is our guest.

Juliet, the new seafood-forward, Parisian-inspired restaurant and patio in Culver City, is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the team behind the popular restaurants Margot and Norah, Juliet is an ode to the way Parisians are dining now. The bright French-inspired menu highlights seasonal ingredients and seafood from Southern California, and is complemented by a curated wine list of French producers, classic cocktails, and an interactive bar side cart with exclusive offerings dedicated to Champagne and Martinis. Envisioned by AD 100 Designer Jeremiah Brent, Juliet is a timeless, 120-seat restaurant featuring a striking walk-up bar and communal wooden table, and floor-to-ceiling iron doors leading to a 1,500 square-foot shaded terrace.” General Manager Charlie Phillips joins us with a plate of brown butter madeleines in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. As a result of the Pandemic the use of cash at businesses is way on the decline. The credit card companies are heavily promoting the use of credit cards exclusively over cash. Meanwhile credit card processing fees (controlled by a quasi- monopoly of firms) continues to skyrocket. Yet another added burden for restaurants trying to recover. Chef Andrew explains…

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

Show 521, April 15, 2023: K + M Chocolate, Napa, with General Manager Hallot Parson

Hallot Parson of K + M Chocolate

K + M Chocolate and K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (Napa-based) is the result of an unusual collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. As the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, Thomas Keller has established a reputation for excellence unparalleled in American cuisine. In Tuscany, Armando Manni has forged a similar reputation for quality by producing super-antioxidant, extra-virgin olive oil.”

“Together, they have spent the past seven years on a unique mission: crafting a chocolate from the bean unlike any we have seen before. They have collaborated with the University of Florence to develop a new methodology to preserve the naturally occurring antioxidants in the cocoa beans. This proprietary process produces delicious, complex chocolate that draws the full potential out of every bean.”

“True to Chef Thomas Keller’s reputation for unparalleled excellence in American cuisine, K + M Chocolate’s new bean-to-bar K + M Chocolate collection reflects the Chef’s exacting quality standards and meticulous attention to detail. These single-origin chocolate bars emphasize nuanced tasting notes while custom ground beans and unique ingredients collide for whimsical flavor expressions. From Truffle Fries to 68% Dark Carenero, there’s a little something sweet for everyone. Each bar of K + M Chocolate is roasted, ground and molded by hand in small batches in Napa Valley, California. Packaged in recycled paper and compostable foil.”

K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (the original product) employs a unique production methodology and the addition of a small amount of heart-healthy MANNI organic extra-virgin olive oil which infuses their bean-to-bar chocolate with its signature texture while boosting its antioxidant properties. The cocoa bean is naturally high in antioxidants that not only provide much of the aroma and flavor of chocolate but also offer a wide range of health benefits. Standard methods used today for turning cocoa beans into chocolate may result in the loss of 60 percent or more of those antioxidants.”

They also create a Classic Hot Chocolate mix (properly rich and decadent) as well as three additional flavors of a premium drinking chocolates.

The General Manager of K + M Chocolate, Hallot Parson, is our guest.

April 15: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Ecology Center, K + M Chocolate, Juliet

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part One
Segment Five: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part Two
Segment Six: K + M Chocolate, Napa, with General Manager Hallot Parson
Segment Seven: “An Evening with Wolfgang Puck and Friends” Gala Dinner Benefit for C-CAP LA with Jonathan Club’s Matthew Allnatt and Executive Chef Andreas Roller
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach with “Ask the Chef”

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

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Saturday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and other well-respected publications. Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to discuss specialty food products that caught her attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also Anne Marie shares a gem of a Greek restaurant hidden in plain sight in Costa Mesa and a newly launched Tiki Brunch spot at an unexpected location in South Coast Plaza.

The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) ever popular Community Table Dinner series is back on Friday evenings. “Guests enjoy a multicourse dinner prepared by accomplished guest chefs under the stars surrounded by the 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center. This intimate, family-style feast brings a rotating list of renowned guest chefs to the farm to design a thoughtful meal utilizing freshly harvested, regenerative organic ingredients sourced from just 250 feet away on the farm.” The Ecology Center’s Founder, Evan Marks, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

K + M Chocolate and K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (Napa-based) is the result of an unusual collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. As the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, Thomas Keller has established a reputation for excellence unparalleled in American cuisine. In Tuscany, Armando Manni has forged a similar reputation for quality by producing super-antioxidant, extra-virgin olive oil. Together, they have spent the past seven years on a unique mission: crafting a chocolate from the bean unlike any we have seen before. They have collaborated with the University of Florence to develop a new methodology to preserve the naturally occurring antioxidants in the cocoa beans. This proprietary process produces delicious, complex chocolate that draws the full potential out of every bean.” The General Manager of K + M Chocolate, Hallot Parson, is our guest.

“Juliet, the new seafood-forward, Parisian-inspired restaurant and patio in Culver City, is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the team behind the popular restaurants Margot and Norah, Juliet is an ode to the way Parisians are dining now. The bright French-inspired menu highlights seasonal ingredients and seafood from Southern California, and is complemented by a curated wine list of French producers, classic cocktails, and an interactive bar side cart with exclusive offerings dedicated to Champagne and Martinis. Envisioned by AD 100 Designer Jeremiah Brent, Juliet is a timeless, 120-seat restaurant featuring a striking walk-up bar and communal wooden table, and floor-to-ceiling iron doors leading to a 1,500 square-foot shaded terrace.” General Manager Charlie Phillips joins us with a plate of brown butter madeleines in hand.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. As a result of the Pandemic the use of cash at businesses is way on the decline. The credit card companies are heavily promoting the use of credit cards exclusively over cash. Meanwhile credit card processing fees (controlled by a quasi- monopoly of firms) continues to skyrocket. Yet another added burden for restaurants trying to recover. Chef Andrew explains…

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

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Saturday. Anne Marie also contributes regularly to Eater Los Angeles and other well-respected publications.

Anne Marie joins us in-studio for her regular bi-monthly visit to discuss specialty food products that caught her attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also Anne Marie shares a gem of a Greek restaurant hidden in plain sight in Costa Mesa.

We move on to highlighting a limited-time Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and Chef Michael Doctulero’s new Tiki Brunch at Mah Jong’s by Chef Mike at South Coast Plaza.

Evan Marks of the Ecology Center

The Ecology Center’s (San Juan Capistrano) ever popular Community Table Dinner series is back on Friday evenings. “Guests enjoy a multicourse dinner prepared by accomplished guest chefs under the stars surrounded by the 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center.”

“This intimate, family-style feast brings a rotating list of renowned guest chefs to the farm to design a thoughtful meal utilizing freshly harvested, regenerative organic ingredients sourced from just 250 feet away on the farm.”

“Ingredients harvested are based upon the farm’s four seasonal rotations (market garden, milpa, fruit forest, cover crops). By bringing these culinary artists back to the source, chefs receive an opportunity to connect with new ingredients, find fresh inspiration in our bioregion’s historic foodways, and discover the rewards of relationship with the land.”

The Ecology Center’s Founder, Evan Marks, joins us with all the mouthwatering details.

“The Ecology Center is a non-profit 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center located in San Juan Capistrano, California that serves as a hub for southern California’s ecological movement. Founded by Evan Marks in 2008, the internationally-renowned organization attracts culinary and creative collaborators from around the world, partnerships with some of the most innovative and sustainable brands, and over 100,000 visitors annually.”

“With a holistic approach that integrates the incubation of the next generation of agricultural, culinary, and educational leaders with the creation of a vibrant community resource and gathering place to inspire all, they are actively building a more abundant future, one that the next generations will be proud to inherit.”

Hallot Parson of K + M Chocolate

K + M Chocolate and K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (Napa-based) is the result of an unusual collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. As the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, Thomas Keller has established a reputation for excellence unparalleled in American cuisine. In Tuscany, Armando Manni has forged a similar reputation for quality by producing super-antioxidant, extra-virgin olive oil.”

“Together, they have spent the past seven years on a unique mission: crafting a chocolate from the bean unlike any we have seen before. They have collaborated with the University of Florence to develop a new methodology to preserve the naturally occurring antioxidants in the cocoa beans. This proprietary process produces delicious, complex chocolate that draws the full potential out of every bean.”

“True to Chef Thomas Keller’s reputation for unparalleled excellence in American cuisine, K + M Chocolate’s new bean-to-bar K + M Chocolate collection reflects the Chef’s exacting quality standards and meticulous attention to detail. These single-origin chocolate bars emphasize nuanced tasting notes while custom ground beans and unique ingredients collide for whimsical flavor expressions. From Truffle Fries to 68% Dark Carenero, there’s a little something sweet for everyone. Each bar of K + M Chocolate is roasted, ground and molded by hand in small batches in Napa Valley, California. Packaged in recycled paper and compostable foil.”

K + M Extra Virgin Chocolate (the original product) employs a unique production methodology and the addition of a small amount of heart-healthy MANNI organic extra-virgin olive oil which infuses their bean-to-bar chocolate with its signature texture while boosting its antioxidant properties. The cocoa bean is naturally high in antioxidants that not only provide much of the aroma and flavor of chocolate but also offer a wide range of health benefits. Standard methods used today for turning cocoa beans into chocolate may result in the loss of 60 percent or more of those antioxidants.”

The General Manager of K + M Chocolate, Hallot Parson, is our guest.

Charles Phillips of Juliet

Juliet, the new seafood-forward, Parisian-inspired restaurant and patio in Culver City, Los Angeles, is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the team behind the popular restaurants Margot and Norah, Juliet is an ode to the way Parisians are dining now. The bright French-inspired menu highlights seasonal ingredients and seafood from Southern California, and is complemented by a curated wine list of French producers, classic cocktails, and an interactive bar side cart with exclusive offerings dedicated to Champagne and Martinis. Envisioned by AD 100 Designer Jeremiah Brent, Juliet is a timeless, 120-seat restaurant featuring a striking walk-up bar and communal wooden table, and floor-to-ceiling iron doors leading to a 1,500 square-foot shaded terrace.”

“Dinner includes dishes like Huitres, oysters with cucumber and trout roe; Moules Persillade, chilled mussels and sauce verte; Poisson Cru, sliced amberjack, meyer lemon ponzu and chili oil; Tarama, salt cod dip with breakfast radish; Salade D’endives, with endives, walnuts, grapes and roquefort; Cigares de Confit de Canard, duck confit “cigars” with sauce valois; La Morue, black cod, dashi butter, sea beans, radish, with sauce poured tableside; and Cotes d’Agneau, grilled lamb chops, olives and fennel pollen. Desserts include Assiette de Fromage, a selection of cheese; Chocolat Chaud, Parisian hot chocolate; Gâteau au Fromage, creme fraiche cheesecake with passion fruit gelee; and Madeleines au Beurre Noisette, brown butter madeleines and salted honey chantilly.”

“The breakfast menu includes Crêpes Suzette with citrus, grand marnier and chantilly cream; Pain au Champignons with mushroom & truffle confiture and poached eggs; and Croque Madame with smoked ham, green chile bechamel and a sunny side egg; while lunch offers dishes like Carpaccio de Thon, tuna carpaccio, olives and tonnato; Aubergine Roti, roasted eggplant, white soy, and sesame; and Omelette Classique, organic pasture raised eggs, comte, and market greens.”

“Juliet is a collaboration between restaurateur Rohan Talwar of IB Hospitality (Norah, Margot), and Joseph Miller and David Fishbein of Runyon Group (Platform). They’re joined by IB Hospitality Chef and Culinary Director Michael Williams, Chef Jason Gonzales, Director of Hospitality Bruce Childress and General Manager Charles Phillips, who pride themselves on providing welcoming hospitality and creating a unique guest experience.”

General Manager Charlie Phillips joins us with a plate of brown butter madeleines in hand.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel, the menu-maker behind the recently launched, full-service Calico Fish House (in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach) and also the founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

As a result of the Pandemic the use of cash at businesses is way on the decline. The credit card companies are heavily promoting the use of credit cards over cash. Meanwhile credit card processing fees (controlled by a quasi-monopoly of firms) continues to skyrocket. Yet another added burden for restaurants trying to recover. Chef Andrew explains…

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part One
Segment Three: Anne Marie Panoringan, The Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two
Segment Four: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part One
Segment Five: Evan Marks, Founder, The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano Part Two
Segment Six: K + M Chocolate, Napa, with General Manager Hallot Parson
Segment Seven: “An Evening with Wolfgang Puck and Friends” Gala Dinner Benefit for C-CAP LA with Jonathan Club’s Matthew Allnatt and Executive Chef Andreas Roller
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach with “Ask the Chef”

Show 507, January 14, 2023: Sweet Carolina Macarons with Baker / Proprietress Carolina Larrea Part One

Carolina Larrea of Sweet Carolina Macarons

Our always on-the-go Social Media and Website Guru, Adam Bell, gets around town and has his eyes out seeking good food. He was fortunate enough to be invited to the premier party in Hollywood for HBO MAX’s Season Two of the acclaimed series, The White Lotus.” Adam enjoyed the festivities (almost as good as a stay in Sicily) but as a foodie in good-standing what made the biggest impression with him was the gift box of standout French macarons from Sweet Carolina Macarons. Further research was then absolutely in order.

Macarons are a French pastry popularized in the United States by Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. It’s a decadent meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and food coloring. The belief is that it first arrived in France from the Italian-born chef of Catherine de Medici.

The creator of Sweet Carolina Macarons is Carolina Larrea a graphic artist turned artisan baker. After COVID she wanted to try something new and had been a serious home baker all along. Her flavors are Strawberries and Cream, Lemon Granache, Chocolate Granache and Chocolate Ganache with a Dulce de Leche heart.

Her word-of-mouth acclaim just keeps growing. Just this month she was tasked by Vrbo (a sponsor of the College Football National Championship game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood) to prepare a deluxe gift box of Macarons for their very special VIP Suite guests at SoFi. Talk about a plum commission!

We’ll meet Carolina Larrea with rolling pin firmly in hand.

Show 507, January 14, 2023: Sweet Carolina Macarons with Baker / Proprietress Carolina Larrea Part Two

Carolina Larrea of Sweet Carolina Macarons

Our long-time Social Media and Website Guru, Adam Bell, gets around town and has his eyes out seeking good food. He was fortunate enough to be invited to the premier party in Hollywood for HBO MAX’s Season Two of the acclaimed series, The White Lotus.” Adam enjoyed the festivities (almost as good as a stay in Sicily) but as a foodie in good-standing what made the biggest impression with him was the gift box of standout French macarons from Sweet Carolina Macarons. Further research was then absolutely in order.

Macarons are a French pastry popularized in the United States by Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. It’s a decadent meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and food coloring. The belief is that it first arrived in France from the Italian-born chef of Catherine de Medici.

The creator of Sweet Carolina Macarons is Carolina Larrea a graphic artist turned artisan baker. After COVID she wanted to try something new and had been a serious home baker all along. Her flavors are Strawberries and Cream, Lemon Granache, Chocolate Granache and Chocolate Ganache with a Dulce de Leche heart.

Baker Carolina Larrea continues as our guest with pastry bag well in hand.

Show 434, July 17, 2021: Diego Aguirre, Co-Proprietor, FINCA restaurant, Paso Robles

Diego Aguirre of Finca Paso Robles

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles adjacent to the Paso Market Walk comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant launched in 2006 that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.”

“With over 20 years experience in the service industry, co-owner Patrick Aguirre has worked under the likes of Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery and Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. His business partner and wife Stephanie, has managed multiple businesses, from aiding in her family’s seafood distribution company to running restaurants in both Napa and Los Angeles.”

“Accompanying them in opening FINCA is son, Diego, and daughter-in-law, Cecilia, who both graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and have been in the area since 2013. With a combined 15 years experience in the wine and service industry between them, they are excited to bring their passion and love for their community to this home-grown venture.”

Everything on the menu that can be scratch-made, is. Also hand-selected wines and beers.

Diego Aguirre, a 3rd generation restaurateur, is our guest.

Show 337, August 17, 2019: Greg Rowen, Managing Partner, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs

Greg Rowen of Foundation 10 CreativeSeasoned hospitality veteran Greg Rowen oversees the restaurants for Foundation 10 Creative as Managing Partner. In San Francisco he was previously General Manager of Traci des Jardins’ acclaimed Jardiniere and later the opening General Manager for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills.

Mr. Lyons is the newest addition to the F10 family, opened in 2015 as a reimagining of Lyons English Grille. We’ve taken steak and created a “New Classic” giving it a conscientious modern update, with a menu that puts local, small farms first.”

“Our grand dining room is pure old Hollywood glamour with a steak-centered menu boasting infinite sides and the kind of table side service that instantly transports you to a by gone era. Our classic cocktail hideaway, Seymour’s, offers something a little more relaxed, where you can savor a true classic cocktail or something seasonal and new. Mr. Lyons is steak done right!”

We’ll chat with Greg about the revitalization and repositioning of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There is more on the plate there than just another premium steakhouse.