Show 61, February 15, 2013: Jamie Tiampo and Chef Steven Fretz, partners, Top Round Roast Beef

Top Round Roast BeefTop Round Roast Beef opened in the extensively remodeled space of a former donut shop at the busy corner of Olympic Blvd. and La Brea Avenue last June. The theme is top quality roast beef sandwiches where the beef is sliced to order. On the menu is a variety of quality roast beef sandwiches served on a butter-toasted bun with natural au jus. The beef is impressively sliced to order. Also on the small menu are house-spun, curly French fries cooked in beef fat for maximum flavor, milkshakes and authentic St. Louis frozen custard.

The owners have impressive culinary credentials from places including Red Medicine, 800 Degrees, and Curtis Stone’s restaurants.

Restaurant investor Jamie Tiampo (who is also the owner of See Food Media in New York) joins us along with Chef Steven Fretz (previously executive chef for Curtis Stone’s restaurant group) to explain the concept.


Show 54, December 28, 2013: Host Chef Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris on Food Trends for 2014 Part Two

Eataly New YorkJet Tila and Andy Harris continue with their Top Ten Food Trends to look for in 2014.

Jet forecasts that Market Halls / Market Cafes will be replacing gastropubs. The shining example here is Mario Batali’s and Joseph Bastianich’s (Osteria Mozza) high profile Eataly in New York with a new branch in Chicago.

Producer Andy suggests that high-end sandwiches using great bread and premium ingredients will be more prevalent. Michael Voltaggio’s ink.sack and Lawry’s Carvery (with prime rib sandwiches) are two popular local examples. Jet mentioned the newly launched Top Round Roast Beef on La Brea Ave. as an example of this trend.