Artwork for podcast SoCal Restaurant Show
Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Episode 58216th June 2024 • SoCal Restaurant Show • Andrew Harris and Andrew Gruel
00:00:00 00:10:27

Share Episode


“Tiki bar fans, rejoice — and grab a place at Strong Water Anaheim. It’s a creatively reimagined classic of the genre, with its curio-shop-in-a-shipwreck atmosphere, its supercharged bar-food menu, its encyclopedic list of classic and creative tropical libations (zero proof options included), and its treasure chest of rare artisanal rums worth drinking straight.” Strong Water’s latest national recognition is a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine & Other Beverage Program. Strong Water is the only Orange County nominee in any category for a James Beard Award in 2024. The food menu is an important calling card for Strong Water, too. Their Galley Master (Executive Chef) is Steve Kling previously the highly regarded culinary force in the kitchen at Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. Proprietors Ying Chang (Fleet Commander) and Robert Adamson (Prime Minister) join us just back from Chicago and The James Beard Awards.

“The California Restaurant Foundation (CRF), a nonprofit focused on investing in and empowering California restaurants and their workforce, has proudly partnered with California’s energy companies to launch the fourth consecutive Restaurants Care® Resilience Fund. Thanks to the generosity of SoCalGas, The PG&E Corporation Foundation (PG&E Foundation) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), CRF will award $5,000 grants to 278 independent business owners across California. For the first time, commercial caterers are eligible to apply, in addition to independent restaurant owners. Resilience Fund applications will be open from June 15 to June 30, 2024, and can be found at Grants will be available to all California-based restaurant owners and commercial caterers within the utility companies' service areas, provided they operate fewer than five units and generate less than $3 million in annual revenue. Priority consideration will be given to restaurants that have not received a grant previously.” Alycia Harfield, Executive Director of California Restaurant Foundation joins us to provide the details.

“When Epoch Estate Wines owners Bill and Liz Armstrong set out on their “crazy” quest to make wine, they did not have their sights set on any particular wine region. However, Bill and Liz knew two things for sure: they loved wines made from Rhone varieties, and being geologists, understood the importance terroir plays in the making of world-class wines. Upon extensive research and travel, they kept coming back to Paso Robles for the weather, unique soils, hilliness, and extreme temperature swings that are known to this region and are found within each of their vineyard sites – Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain. In 2010, after an extensive international search, Owners/Vintners Bill and Liz Armstrong, found their dream winemaker in Jordan Fiorentini. Passionate, dedicated, and not afraid to push the envelope Jordan brings an enthusiastic and experienced spirit to Epoch. Her palate is the kind wine lovers dream of and one that speaks to her through shapes. Having an awesome artistic side, Jordan now draws her Tasting Notes, called Vinpressions, in addition to writing about each wine.” Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini joins us to uncork all that is Epoch Estate Wines.

“The 9th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival – Urban Exposure, returns to Los Angeles (Glendale Civic Auditorium) for the ninth time on Saturday, June 22nd, bringing 150+ extraordinary wines and 40+ of the best micro-production ‘garagiste’ wineries from all over California. Tickets are now on sale:

 Renowned for its handcrafted wines from professional artisan winemakers who make less than 1,500 cases, its renegade spirit, and rules-breaking ‘no snobs allowed’ ethos, The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure is the only festival to provide Angelenos with the opportunity to be first to discover so many under-the-radar wines, wineries, wine styles, and grape varieties from almost every AVA in the state, including Paso Robles, Sonoma, Napa, Livermore, Mendocino, Santa Barbara County, and, of course, Los Angeles.” Festival Co-Founder Doug Minnick joins us to uncork all that is The Garagiste Festival.

“The newly launched Alice B. is a unique dining destination from James Beard and Julia Child award-winning chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill and Socolo) located adjacent to downtown Palm Springs. The restaurant and bar is tucked inside the lobby of Living Out, a luxury resort-style LGBTQ+ community surrounded by spectacular desert and mountain views. Combining Southern California’s incredible seasonal bounty with vibrant Mediterranean flavors, the culinary vision is a collaborative effort between Feniger, Milliken, and acclaimed Executive Chef Lance Velasquez. Alice B.’s dinner and brunch menus evolve frequently with the seasons. Guests can also visit the bar for seasonal bites, classic cocktails or a glass of wine with live piano music on select evenings.” Chef Susan Feniger is our guest with a plate of their signature Cornmeal Cheddar Drop Biscuits 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) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where he responds to listeners’ thoughtful inquiries. Summer is the ideal season for enjoying flavorful Potato Salad. Chef Andrew shares his personal secrets for the perfect Potato Salad.

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





More from YouTube