Show 568, March 9, 2024: Restaurateur Christy Vega of Casa Vega previewing Paella Mexicana Night

Christy Vega of Casa Vega

“For the entire month of March, the Regarding Her Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. communities, are throwing a month-long celebration with a full calendar of events honoring the achievements and resilience of women entrepreneurs and leaders. The month promises to be a blend of culinary excellence and can’t miss creative collaborations showcasing the diverse culinary styles of their members.”

An upcoming Regarding Her fundraising evening is an energetic collaboration between Christy Vega of Casa Vega and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Cafe. “Join Casa Vega and Gasolina for an unforgettable Spanish-Mexican Paella Party! Valley Girls Christy Vega and Sandra Cordero present “Paella Mexicana” on March 22nd at Casa Vega’s patio. Enjoy cocktails by Christy and giant Paella pans by Sandra, with live music and a 4-course menu blending the best of both restaurants. $75 per person, 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. seatings.

Christy Vega joins us with all the tasty details with a Classic Casa Vega Margarita at the ready.

Show 562, January 27, 2024: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero, Gasolina Café + Mercado, Woodland Hills Part One

Sandra Cordero

Chef Sandra Cordero’s Gasolina Café + Mercado in Woodland Hills is a lively Spanish Café, Market and Natural Wine Shop now serving seasonal Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Gasolina features specialty coffee, Spanish Natural Wines, snacks and tinned fish to enjoy in-house or To Go.”

Paella Nights have returned and are every Third Friday and Saturday of the Month. Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th are available for reservations now.

“Opened in 2015, on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, Chef Sandra Cordero’s Gasolina Café brought Spanish influenced food to the table in an entirely new way. Seasonally driven, sustainably raised and grown and locally sourced, Gasolina Cafe has always taken pride in honoring Chef Sandra’s Spanish heritage.”

Chef Sandra Cordero joins us with a properly seasoned paella pan at the ready.

Show 562, January 27, 2024: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero, Gasolina Café + Mercado, Woodland Hills Part Two

Sandra Cordero

Chef Sandra Cordero’s Gasolina Café + Mercado in Woodland Hills is a lively Spanish Café, Market and Natural Wine Shop now serving seasonal Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Gasolina features specialty coffee, Spanish Natural Wines, snacks and tinned fish to enjoy in-house or To Go.”

Paella Nights have returned and are every Third Friday and Saturday of the Month. Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th are available for reservations now.

“Opened in 2015, on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, Chef Sandra Cordero’s Gasolina Café brought Spanish influenced food to the table in an entirely new way. Seasonally driven, sustainably raised and grown and locally sourced, Gasolina Cafe has always taken pride in honoring Chef Sandra’s Spanish heritage.”

Chef Sandra newest venture is Xuntos, a lively Spanish Tapas Bar in Downtown Santa Monica with two rooms and balconies in each space. Spanish Natural wines are on the beverage menu currently and a full liquor license is soon on the way.

Chef Sandra Cordero joins us with a properly seasoned paella pan at the ready.

Show 540, August 26, 2023: Co-Host and Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

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.

Have you noticed the Mandatory Service Charge of 18 per cent or more now being added to many restaurant checks? The check might also include a 3 to 5 per cent surcharge as a contribution to employee health care. The Mandatory Service Charge is not a gratuity. Where does it go and who benefits? Should you also leave a gratuity? What’s right? Chef Andrew revisits this increasingly befuddling issue.

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s and Enzo’s Pizza fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. Think Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest, most flavorful and freshest produce items that are available right now. Contemplate three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-30, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating. General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

XUNTOS (pronounced She-Un-Tos) is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home. XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Team loves and want to share with you.” Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of thinly sliced Jamon Iberico at the ready.

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. First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s a mandatory 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity but goes to (hopefully) elevating the compensation of all hourly employees. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

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

Show 534, July 15, 2023: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntos Opens in Santa Monica

Sandra Cordero

XUNTOS (She-Un-Tos) is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas and Pintxos Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home.”

“XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Staff loves and want to share with you.”

“This is the 2nd restaurant from Chef Cordero, who opened GASOLINA in Woodland Hills in 2015. She is a James Beard Fellow & co-founder of Regarding Her, a national nonprofit supporting women owners in hospitality. Scott Baker, previously the Wine Director at SOMNI, is the General Manager.”

Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of coveted, thinly sliced Jamon Iberico at the ready.

July 15: OC Fair with the Midway Gourmet, Melissa’s World Variety Produce, EJ’s Pub, Xuntos

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part One
Segment Three: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part Two
Segment Four: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part One
Segment Five: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with EJ’s Pub with General Manager Richard Avila
Segment Seven: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntos Opens in Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

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

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. Think Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest, most flavorful and freshest produce items that are available right now. 

Contemplate three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger? One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating. General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

XUNTOS is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home. XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Team loves and want to share with you.” Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of thinly sliced Jamon Iberico at the ready.

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. First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s an 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity but goes to elevating the compensation of all hourly employees. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

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

Dominic Palmieri of Midway Gourmet

Outrageous Fair Food (also crave-worthy) is always a mouthwatering highlight of a visit to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. What crazy edible will they next put on a stick? One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri of Biggy’s fame on the RCS Carnival Midway. We’ll find out what indulgent deliciousness Chef Dominic is cooking up now for the OC Fair running through Sunday, August 13th. We’re taking Fair Food at its tastiest best with The Midway Gourmet.

Chef Dominic’s Enzo Pizza is always a Fair standout. New on Enzo’s menu for the 2023 season is an outrageous Hot Cheetos Cheese Pickle Pizza. Chef Dominic assures that “this will change how anyone thinks about pizza.” Also coming out of the pizza oven is a Hot Honey Pizza with Pepperoni. Remember it’s his Italian heritage that’s on the line here…At his Biggy’s stand it’s Hot Cheeto Chicken on a Stick and at Dutchman’s a new Marzipan Funnel Cake.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

It’s Summer and time to revisit our “always in the know” resident produce authority, Robert Schueller, of Melissa’s World Variety Produce. When it comes to knowledge of the season’s best there is no better resource than Robert (also known as “The Prince of Produce.”) Robert will brief us on the newest and freshest produce items that are available right now. Contemplate the three varieties of Dragon Fruit, PinkGlow Pineapples and Yellow, Orange and Sunshine Watermelon. Hatch Pepper season is knocking at the door. Robert Schueller is our guest with a bunch of juicy Muscato Grapes in hand.

Yellow Dragon Fruit, the sweetest of all the dragon fruit varieties, has a bright yellow skin with smooth curved spines on the outside and a translucent white flesh on the inside with slightly larger but fewer edible seeds than the pink-skinned varieties.”

“When biting into the flesh of Yellow Dragon Fruit, you will get a rush of sweetness mixed with a floral juice. The fruit can be added to smoothies and smoothie bowls, made into sorbet or granita, or used for sauces, but there is no need to do anything other than just eat the fruit as-is. Peel off the inedible yellow skin and cut the dragon fruit into slices or spoon the fruit right out of the peel, as you might eat a melon.”

“Feast your eyes on the exotic Elefante Green Gold™ pineapple! This extremely rare, dazzling emerald green-skinned pineapple stands taller, skinnier, and larger than your average pineapple. It boasts an edible core and soft, white flesh ripe with honey-sweetness and almost no acidity.”

“The Elefante Green Gold™ is a variety native to West Africa. It’s grown in Ekumfi Abor, just a few hours west of Ghana’s capital, at a farm specializing in ethical pineapple cultivation and creating sustainable farming communities. This variety of pineapple is perfectly ripe and ready-to-eat, even when the outer shell is green.”

Richard Avila Ej's Pub

Long Beach residents and visitors alike are in for a treat as dozens of local restaurants and pop-ups will offer unique over-the-top Burgers and value-priced Burger Offers when the 3rd annual Long Beach Burger Week returns July 23-20, 2023. Organized by local non-profit Long Beach Food & Beverage, the organization felt that in addition to encouraging local and surrounding “foodies” to enjoy what the expanding Long Beach culinary community has to offer, events like Burger Week support the local economy. It’s summertime and who doesn’t love a good burger?

One of the participating restaurants in the 3rd Annual Long Beach Burger Week is EJ’s Pub located in Bixby Knolls. The former Irish Pub, EJ Malloy’s, morphed into EJ’s Pub in 2017. It’s an upbeat, neighborhood sports bar offering well-prepared American comfort food, draft micro beers and ample patio seating.

One Burger Week special is their Bixby Knolls Garlic Burger. It’s a half-pound Angus beef patty with Swiss cheese, Irish stout onion spread, crispy garlic fries and pepper rings served on grilled garlic toast.

General Manager Richard Avila is out guest to preview their burger week menu with spatula in hand.

Sandra Cordero

XUNTOS is a newly launched (July 14th) Tapas Bar from Chef Sandra Cordero located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. “The restaurant is space that is warm, fun, not too serious and with plenty to eat and drink. A place to enjoy the company you’re with and feel like home.”

“XUNTOS, “together” in Gallego, serves small plates of things Chef Sandra wants you to try: from the farmer’s market to the traditional dishes of Galicia, Asturias, Catalunya & the Basque Country, as they’re eaten in Spain. The wines follow the food: natural, unrefined, generous, showcasing Spain and California, along with some others the Staff loves and want to share with you.”

“This is the 2nd restaurant from Chef Cordero, who opened GASOLINA in Woodland Hills in 2015. She is a James Beard Fellow & co-founder of Regarding Her, a national nonprofit supporting women owners in hospitality. Scott Baker, previously the Wine Director at SOMNI, is the General Manager.”

Chef Sandra Cordero is our guest with a plate of coveted, thinly sliced Jamon Iberico 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.

First it was a 3 to 5 per cent charge added to restaurant checks to contribute to employees’ healthcare costs. This was reversable upon request. Now it’s a mandatory 18 per cent (sometimes 20 per cent) service fee added to restaurant checks that is not a gratuity or tip but goes to elevating the compensation of all hourly employees and other operational expenses. Should the server also get a real gratuity? Confused? Chef Andrew weighs in.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part One
Segment Three: Dominic Palmieri – The Midway Gourmet. OC Fair Edibles Part Two
Segment Four: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part One
Segment Five: Robert Schueller – The Prince of Produce. Melissa’s World Variety Produce’s “VP of Produce” Part Two
Segment Six: Preview of Long Beach Burger Week with EJ’s Pub with General Manager Richard Avila
Segment Seven: Restaurateur and Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntos Opens in Santa Monica
Segment Eight: Chef & Co-Host Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”