Another week, another edition of the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830. As usual, we turn the mic over to producer/co-host Andy Harris to guide is through the fun. Enjoy!
"SoCal Restaurant Show" -October 19, 2013
-10:00 a.m. to 10:13 a.m.
Host Jet Tila and Producer Andy Harris preview the show.
Don't forget Marche Moderne's (South Coast Plaza) upcoming "The Pig Head To Toe 3.0" for one week only! The dinner showcases Executive Chef Florent Marneau's modern interpretation of a fall classic - choucroute - (sauerkraut) and a celebration of pork in nine different ways. The seasonal menu, priced at $30 per guest, will be available at dinner only from October 22 to 29. Plan ahead...
- 10:16 a.m. to 10:27 a.m.
When it comes to true French chef royalty the revered leader in New York is everyone's favorite Frenchman, Daniel Boulud. His Three Michelin starred flagship restaurant, Daniel, is celebrating its 20th year of culinary excellence.
His newest cookbook, DANIEL: My French Cuisine, was two years in the making and is the perfect gift book for food-lovers for the Holidays. There are 125 spectacular photos of Boulud's food and Daniel restaurant.
The book has 75 signature recipes plus an additional 12 recipes Chef Boulud prepares for his friends, at home, on more casual occasions. He actually lives above the restaurant in the proud European tradition of owner/chefs.
Food journalist Bill Buford is also a contributor to the handsome coffee table book. He has pieces on the origin and preparation of ten iconic French dishes.
-10:30 a.m. to 10:42 a.m.
Chef Daniel Boulud of Daniel in New York City continues...
Chef Boulud is making a rare appearance in Los Angeles next week supporting the release of the cookbook.
On October 23rd he'll be at Hotel Bel-Air cooking a sumptuous five course dinner with Wolfgang Puck.
On Thursday, Oct. 24th at Noon, Chef Daniel will be signing copies of DANIEL : My French Cuisine at Whole Foods at 6350 W. 3rd St. in Los Angeles across the street from the Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax.
Finally that evening he will be in conversation with the notable Los Angeles Times restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold, at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. The talk is at 8:00 p.m. with an earlier reception running from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There are reserved as well as General Admission seats.
-10:45 a.m. to 10:58 a.m.
Our neighbor to the North, across E. Katella Ave., is the Honda Center, home of Ducks hockey. Earlier in the year they took the highly unusual step of bringing all of their food service in-house to have better quality control of all the food and beverage served there.
The new executive chef supervising everything from hot dogs to the gourmet food going into the luxury boxes is Jo-Jo Doyle. You'll meet him on Saturday's show. He was most recently overseeing the entire operation at Churchill Downs home of the famous Kentucky Derby.
Chef Doyle is now responsible for managing all food and beverage offerings at Honda Center including the spectacular new Grand Terrace (a 15,000 square foot indoor/outdoor entertainment space,) Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club restaurant and bar, concessions, and catering.
11:00 a.m. to 11:12 a.m.
With the growing popularity of Sriracha in Southern California as a condiment you just knew it had to happen. On Sunday, October 27th from 3 to 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Los Angeles the curtain will go up on the first annual L.A. Sriracha Festival. The chef-driven food festival is organized by Food GPS's Josh Lurie and food journalist Randy Clemens. Randy has written two well-received books on Sriracha. His latest is The Veggie-Lovers Sriracha Cookbook.
Josh and Randy join us to take the green cap off the familiar Sriracha bottle and drizzle out all the spicy details. Multiple stations will allow guests to savor a variety of Sriracha themed dishes, including desserts. Local craft beer, cocktails, and sodas will be there to help temper the heat. The impressive chefs' line-up includes Neal Fraser, Eric Greenspan, and Ernesto Uchimura of Plan Check Kitchen.
11:15 a.m. to 11:27 a.m.
Surprisingly Chef Andy Ricker is not from Thailand but as an accomplished restaurateur he's found great success recreating the flavors of Northern Thailand which he really fell in love with during an extensive visit in 1992. He started with a modest restaurant in Portland, Oregon and his growing empire now extends to Brooklyn.
The original Pok Pok in Portland because a must-stop destination for visiting foodies after being profiled on Food Network's "Diners Drive-ins and Dives." In 2011 Andy was bestowed the honor of "Best Chef - Northwest" from The James Beard Foundation.
Just out from Ten Speed Press is Pok Pok : Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand. Particularly helpful are the writings on what differentiates the various regions of Thai cuisine. The book also contains suggestions for complete menus using the various recipes.
11:30 a.m. to 11:42 a.m.
Chef Andy Ricker of Portland continues...
"Pok Pok" is a Thai reference to the sound heard from a mortar and pestle when you are grinding food in it.
On to the recipes...
Chef Ricker shares his signature recipe for chicken wings which is more Vietnamese than Thai. He also talks about the famed papaya salad and provides tips on how to properly prepare it. In Thailand there are some hundred variations of this popular dish.
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11:45 a.m. to 11:56 a.m.
When Jet's wife, Allison, is out socially the question she hears the most is, "What's it like being married to a prominent chef ?" The expectation is that it's either chef-prepared gourmet meals nightly or dining out at the very best restaurants. Not exactly...
Inspired by award-winning food journalist Al Mancini's provocative piece for Las Vegas CityLife ( "Late for dinner : Being the spouse of a chef is often lonely") Jet and Ali paint the real picture. No violins please...It's far from glamorous but the good news is that Allison really wouldn't trade places with anyone!