Show 361, February 22, 2020: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a salivating preview of Saturday’s mouthwatering 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.

Tom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Most recently it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.) We’ll meet him.

El Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of pizzas (by-the-slice, too) created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and creative salads and sandwiches. Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot. Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary with a slice and pint (maybe some wings, too?).

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where we respond to significant listeners’ inquiries. Cashless restaurants are around but don’t seem to be gaining momentum and support locally. Is it hospitable to refuse cash? We’re also reeling-in what extra ingredients go into making the ultimate Tuna Melt. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Lenné Estate grows distinctive Pinot Noir vines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Owner Steve Lutz began his wine career in Napa Valley, working cellars and managing tasting rooms for the Mondavis and Bill Harlan in the 1980s. He and his English wife Karen moved to Oregon in 1998, and began scouting vineyard sites after Karen inherited some money from her father Lenny, for whom the winery is named. Steve knew instantly when he had found the right site—poor soils and south-facing hillsides at 420-575 feet elevation are ideal for world-class Oregon Pinot Noir—and he planted his first vines in 2001. Six long years later, the vineyard finally achieved a normal fruit set, and Steve opened a tasting room on site.” Owner/Winemaker Steve Lutz pulls the cork on Lenne’ Estate for us.

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

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Show 361, February 22, 2020: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part One

Erik Punzalan of Tom BerginsTom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It even has its own parking lot – a true, but convenient, rarity in Los Angeles these days.

It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Last year it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.) We’ll meet him.

Tom Bergin’s is also known for the shamrocks (inscribed with names) covering most walls and the ceiling. The shamrocks, over the years, were awarded to loyal customers. Of course, many celebrities from Hollywood and professional sports are among the recipients of a coveted shamrock.

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Show 361, February 22, 2020: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part Two

Erik Punzalan of Tom BerginsTom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It even has its own parking lot – a true, but convenient, rarity in Los Angeles these days.

It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Last year it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.)

As of March 1st it’s Dinner Wednesday thru Sunday (closed on Monday & Tuesday) and opening @ 11:00 a.m. on Sunday for Brunch and then serving continuously until 1:00 a.m. To streamline service guests order at the oval bar and a server efficiently brings your meal to you.

The food is elevated Irish pub food that is both tasty and fairly priced. A generous portion of Shepherd’s Pie (short rib, seasonal veggies, Reggiano, mashed potatoes and gravy) goes for $14. A standout dessert is the Dutch Apple Pie (baked in-house) with housemade Bailey’s Ice Cream.

Of course the ample bar is well stocked with Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon & American Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Tequila, Gin and Rum. For something different in a cocktail try the Paloma. It’s Altos Blanco or Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, grapefruit bitters, grapefruit soda and Tajin rim.

We continue our conversation with Chef Erik Punzalan.

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February 22: Tom Bergin’s, El Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint, Lenné Estate

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part One
Segment Three: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part Two
Segment Four: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part One
Segment Five: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part One
Segment Eight: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part Two

Now a salivating preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering 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.

Tom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Most recently it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.) We’ll meet him.

El Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of pizzas (by-the-slice, too) created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot. Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary with a slice and pint.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where we respond to significant listeners’ inquiries. Cashless restaurants are around but don’t seem to be gaining momentum and support locally. Is it hospitable to refuse cash? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Lenné Estate grows distinctive Pinot Noir vines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Owner Steve Lutz began his wine career in Napa Valley, working cellars and managing tasting rooms for the Mondavis and Bill Harlan in the 1980s. He and his English wife Karen moved to Oregon in 1998, and began scouting vineyard sites after Karen inherited some money from her father Lenny, for whom the winery is named. Steve knew instantly when he had found the right site—poor soils and south-facing hillsides at 420-575 feet elevation are ideal for world-class Oregon Pinot Noir—and he planted his first vines in 2001. Six long years later, the vineyard finally achieved a normal fruit set, and Steve opened a tasting room on site.” Owner/Winemaker Steve Lutz pulls the cork on Lenne’ Estate for us.

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

Erik Punzalan of Tom BerginsTom Bergin’s located on S. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (just south of Wilshire Blvd) is a landmarked institution. Also famous as the “House of Irish Coffee.” Opened in 1936 it holds one of the area’s longest continuously running liquor licenses. It even has its own parking lot – a true, but convenient, rarity in Los Angeles these days.

It’s had its ups and downs since the 2nd owner in its long history sold the establishment in 2011. Last year it was threatened with certain demolition but the new, astute property owners listened to the outpouring of community support and has reopened it under the culinary guidance of Chef Erik Punzalan (ex-Firefly.) We’ll meet him.

Tom Bergin’s is also known for the shamrocks (inscribed with names) covering most walls and the ceiling. The shamrocks, over the years, were awarded to loyal customers. Of course, many celebrities from Hollywood and professional sports are among the recipients of a coveted shamrock.

For now it’s Dinner nightly and opening @ 11:00 a.m. on Sunday for Brunch and then serving continuously until 1:00 a.m. To streamline service guests order at the oval bar and a server efficiently brings your meal to you.

The food is elevated Irish pub food that is both tasty and fairly priced. A generous portion of Shepherd’s Pie (short rib, seasonal veggies, Reggiano, mashed potatoes and gravy) goes for $14. A standout dessert is the Dutch Apple Pie (baked in-house) with housemade Bailey’s Ice Cream.

Of course the ample bar is well stocked with Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon & American Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Tequila, Gin and Rum.

For something different in a cocktail try the Paloma. It’s Altos Blanco or Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, grapefruit bitters, grapefruit soda and Tajin rim.

Rob Croxall of El Segundo Brewing CompanyEl Segundo Brewing Company’s The Slice & Pint is the restaurant spinoff of the successful El Segundo Brewing Company, one of the first craft brewers in the South Bay. They just celebrated their year anniversary. On the menu are a variety of appealing pizzas created from a dough that ferments and proofs for multiple days, and salads and sandwiches. In addition to whole pizza options there is a daily changing selection of 5 varieties by-the-slice. There is even a 12” pizza option that has a gluten-free cauliflower crust.

A house specialty is chicken wings with a flair. The wings are fried and tossed with a choice of buffalo sauce, pesto, CA Rancher Hog Wild BBQ Sauce or Santa Maria Dry Rub. The wings are served with the expected blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Chef Matt Ranney was previously at Village Idiot.

Matt Ranney of El Segundo Brewing Conpany and the Slice and Pint“The Slice & Pint is locally focused and environmentally responsible. We partner with vendors who share the same values. We support local, independent farmers for our produce whenever possible. If we can make it in house, we’re going to…simple as that.”

The Slice & Pint is proud to partner with these local providers:

Coleman NaturalNiman Ranch • Petaluma Farms • Grande CheeseEzzo Pepperoni King Arthur FlourStanislaus TomatoesCreekstone FarmsBeyond MeatMama Lil’s Pickled PeppersCalifornia RancherMcConnell’s Ice Cream

Let’s not forget the styles of El Segundo Brewing Co’s award-wining craft beers available. On any given day there are a dozen selections available on tap including Broken Skull IPA. Also a full menu of rotating guest craft beers on rap.

“Hop forward beers make up an overwhelming portion of what we do at El Segundo Brewing Co. Mostly because that’s what we want to drink. Our beers showcase the best of what the industrious and creative growers around the world have accomplished in the past few decades. Hop varieties like Citra, Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe to name a few. Amazing aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and just dankness explode out of the glass when these beers are young.”

Proprietor Rob Croxall and Chef Matt Ranney join us to celebrate the year anniversary.

Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment where we respond to listeners’ inquiries. Cashless restaurants are around but don’t seem to be going momentum locally. Is it hospitable to refuse cash? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”

Steve Lutz of Lenne EstateLenné Estate grows distinctive Pinot Noir vines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Owner Steve Lutz began his wine career in Napa Valley, working cellars and managing tasting rooms for the Mondavis and Bill Harlan in the 1980s. He and his English wife Karen moved to Oregon in 1998, and began scouting vineyard sites after Karen inherited some money from her father Lenny, for whom the winery is named. Steve knew instantly when he had found the right site—poor soils and south-facing hillsides at 420-575 feet elevation are ideal for world-class Oregon Pinot Noir—and he planted his first vines in 2001. Six long years later, the vineyard finally achieved a normal fruit set, and Steve opened a tasting room on site.”

“Lutz is fond of boasting that his steep, 20.9-acre hillside vineyard has the poorest soil in Yamhill County—the ancient, nutrient-poor Peavine variety, which limits vine vigor and forces the plants to root deep into the earth and struggle for survival. Thousands have died, but the carnage is worth it; the dry-farmed vines that do survive produce small, naturally concentrated berries that yield distinct mocha aromatics, and rich mid-palate texture. The estate is planted to five clones of Pinot Noir (Pommard, 777, 115, 114, and 667), ranging in age from 13-16 years.”

“Steve Lutz crafts the Lenné Estate wines with a minimalist’s restraint, seeking to showcase the vineyard’s unique terroir. Minimal oxidation, no centrifugal pumping, and only 11 months in a maximum of 35% new oak allow him to get the wines into the bottle as intact as possible.”

“Lenné produces Pinot Noir under three labels: Le Nez (representing the estate vineyard), Lenné cinq élus (a blend of the best barrel from each of the five clones), and Lenné Estate, which includes a barrel selection of the best wine from the estate, as well as clone-specific bottlings—Karen Pommard (named for Steve’s wife), Jill’s 115 (named for Karen’s mother), Eleanor’s 114 (named for Steve’s mother), and Kill Hill (a blend of 114 and 667 from the hillside with the highest vine mortality rate). Total annual production is 1500-2000 cases.”

Steve Lutz pulls the cork on Lenne Estate for us.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part One
Segment Three: Tom Bergin’s, Los Angeles – Executive Chef Erik Punzalan – Part Two
Segment Four: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part One
Segment Five: ESBC – The Slice & Pint, El Segundo Part Two
Segment Six: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Seven: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part One
Segment Eight: Winemaker & Proprietor Steve Lutz, Lenné Estate, Yamhill, Oregon Part Two

Show 28, May 11, 2013: Chef Brandon Boudet, Executive chef and co-proprietor of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’s

Brandon Boudet of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’sChef Brandon hails from New Orleans and once a year he brings a taste of the Crescent City to Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles with his Dominick’s Annual Crawfish Boil. It’s the 4th annual this year on their peaceful, open back patio that feels like the backyard of a Garden District mansion.

It’s Saturday, May 18th and Saturday, May 25th from Noon to 4:00 p.m.  For each Saturday it’s 300 lbs. of Louisiana Crawfish in the boil. Chef Brandon readily admits that the secret is the Zatarain’s New Orleans Crawfish Shrimp & Crab Boil seasoning!

You order the mudbugs by the pound. Most neophytes can handle about a pound but a New Orleans trencherman can consume up to 5 pounds!

Other New Orleans specialties will be on the menu including Roast Beef Po’ Boys and Crawfish Boiled Artichokes with Creole Remoulade. He also is preparing New Orleans Sno Balls including a version for adults with Old New Orleans Spiced Rum.

Who needs Bourbon Street? The party is here.

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May 11: Cochon 555, Jenn Stoker, Kedric Francis, Vic Vegas, Brandon Boudet

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila
Segment Two: Chef Jennifer Stoker the Chicago-based author of She Cooks, She Scores: The Steamy Stories Behind the Recipes
Segment Three: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part One
Segment Four: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part Two
Segment Five: Chef Vic Vegas, chef/proprietor of Vic’s restaurant in Anthem, NV, a suburb of Henderson
Segment Six: Chef Brandon Boudet, Executive chef and co-proprietor of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’s

Incredible food with a lot of variety is on the menu for this week. It’s pork, a taste of Chicago, a dine-around in the OC, crawfish broil with New Orleans seasoning and inspiration, and yummy Venezuelan food hidden in plain sight in Las Vegas! Bring it on…

Chef Jet Tila host of the SoCal Restaurant ShowLast Sunday our own Chef Jet competed as one of five esteemed teams in the highly competitive Los Angeles stop of the 5th Anniversary tour of Cochon 555. It’s intense…

Each selected chef was tasked with creating five original dishes using all parts of a Heritage pig. The winner was decided by a team of 20 judges and the votes of the 400 pork-loving attendees.

The winning Los Angeles team now moves on to the National Finals in Aspen on June 16th as part of the celebrated Aspen Food & Wine Classic.

Jet will share his ringside observations on the competition.

 

 

Jenn StokerChef Jenn Stoker is a Chicago-based personal chef and graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

Along the way she has perfected some fun recipes and interesting relationships. She has put all of this into her book, She Cooks, She Scores: A Satisfying Collection of Tastes and Tales.

Here’s what a reviewer had to say : “This accomplished chef and author has combined her talents and life experiences to bring us along her life journey with an inside look at her passion for cooking, life, and love.”

“Most Cookbooks are technical and without any flavor. Chef Jenn breaks it down as if you are in the kitchen with her. She doesn’t stop there! She turns the heat up a little with recipes that were inspired by ex-boyfriends! Mamma Mia!“

Perceptive journalist and veteran editor Kedric Francis has been on the Orange County scene for seventeen years. He is currently the Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine. Previously he was the founding editor-in-chief of Riviera as well as Riviera San Diego.

Kedric is going to share his perspective on the dining out scene in Orange County as compared to dining out in Los Angeles County. He’s also discussing the differences he notes in restaurant criticism in each area.

It’s voting time for the best restaurants section in the OC Register’s annual Best of OC publication. Reader/public voting is on now through the end of May.

Vic VegasMany of you may remember the name Vic Vegas from a recent season of the popular Food Network series, Food Network Star. Vic originally looked like a weird MMA fighter turned chef, but it turned out he’s really a Mama’s Boy from Jersey with some great Italian recipes.

Fast forward two years, and now Vic has his own restaurant, aptly titled Vic’s, in the Las Vegas suburb of Anthem, Nevada. It’s only been open two months and it already has a great following.

Vic will share his experiences of opening the new restaurant, what’s on the menu and what he thinks about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, about to hit the airwaves in just a couple of weeks.

Brandon Boudet of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’sNew Orleans native, Chef Brandon Boudet, is the co-owner of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’s.

On Saturday, May 18th and May 25th from Noon to 4:00 p.n. Chef Boudet is holding his 4th Annual Crawfish Boil on the patio at Dominick’s. It’s 300 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish cooked at each event!

It’s a real taste of New Orleans in Los Angeles!

Also on the menu are Boudet’s New Orleans specialties including Po’ Boys and Crawfish Boiled Artichokes with Remoulade. For dessert there are New Orleans Sno Balls.

Podcasts

Segment One: Chef Jet Tila
Segment Two: Chef Jennifer Stoker the Chicago-based author of She Cooks, She Scores: The Steamy Stories Behind the Recipes
Segment Three: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part One
Segment Four: Kedric Francis, Executive Editor of Coast (monthly) as well as the co-founding editor of the new OC Register Magazine (appearing twice monthly with the Monday edition of the Orange County Register.) Part Two
Segment Five: Chef Vic Vegas, chef/proprietor of Vic’s restaurant in Anthem, NV, a suburb of Henderson
Segment Six: Chef Brandon Boudet, Executive chef and co-proprietor of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s and Tom Bergin’s