Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!
"SoCal Restaurant Show" -October 26, 2013
-10:00 a.m. to 10:13 a.m.
You've been asking for it so here it is....Our first Las Vegas Special!
Jet is in Las Vegas this Weekend as a participant in the giant "Life Is Beautiful" Festival using an event area encompassing 15-blocks of Downtown Las Vegas. The storied El Cortez Hotel and several popular new restaurants are actually part of the Festival area.
Something like this on the scale that it represents has never really been tried before...Unusually the food and beverage component shares the spotlight with the music.
The biggest names in the culinary world like Tom Colicchio will all be there. Some will be performing cooking demos at the Chefs on Stage area and others serving up their signature dishes in the Culinary Village.
Saturday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. Jet is on the Chefs On Stage East with of Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons.
Jet is also in the Culinary Village with a Chef Jet tasting station. Say hello if you're in the neighborhood...
- 10:16 a.m. to 10:27 a.m.
Chef, restaurateur, and food television star, Mary Sue Milliken, really needs no introduction to the show. Her "Too Hot Tamales" series for Food Network which she did with her business partner, Susan Feniger, was one of the early hit series for the network. More recently she competed on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters."
One of the most successful Border Grills is located in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Hotel on The Strip.
Mary Sue and Susan are on the Chef on Stage East at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday at Life is Beautiful.
-10:30 a.m. to 10:42 a.m.
Craft beer, premium wines, and fine spirits are well represented at Life is Beautiful. In fact the center of the spirited action will be at The Alchemy Gardens and the related Flight Tastings area (6th St. & Ogden Ave.) at the Festival. The Gardens will showcase the beverages of 18 distinguished craft breweries, 18 quality wineries, and 18 spirits entities.
Craft Beer and Spirits Specialist Kent Bearden of Wirtz Beverage Nevada is with us to provide all the thirst-quenching details. He's a Cicerone (certified beer specialist) and Certified Specialist of Spirits.
-10:45 a.m. to 10:58 a.m.
Oscar Goodman is the immediate past Mayor of Las Vegas. During his three terms as Mayor he liked to refer to himself as the "Happiest Mayor in the World." He proudly drinks at least one gin martini a day and on official business he used to travel with two gorgeous Las Vegas Showgirls with one on each arm. His wife, Carolyn, the current Mayor approves.
Oscar is with us to discuss his leadership role in reawakening Downtown Las Vegas, his new autobiography, and his upscale steakhouse at The Plaza in Downtown.
When it comes to big city Mayors in the USA Mr. Goodman is surely a colorful original. Mayor Goodman current serves as the official Goodwill Ambassador for Las Vegas.
11:00 a.m. to 11:12 a.m.
In the world of stage magicians there is no enduring act quite like Penn & Teller. Las Vegas is the ideal base for these two performing vets. Their home, since 2003, is at The Rio just off The Strip. He's also a musician. Penn plays the upright base.
What the general public doesn't know is that Penn Jilette is an accomplished home cook. Jet has been cooking with him recently and Penn will be our very special guest.
11:15 a.m. to 11:27 a.m.
Elizabeth Blau shattered the glass ceiling with female food & beverage executives in Las Vegas some 15 years ago working with Steve Wynn at The Bellagio recruiting high profile celebrity chefs to headline the restaurants there. It created the much-copied template for the future of big deal restaurants on The Strip.
Currently she is the Founder and CEO of Blau and Associates with her husband Chef Kim Canteenwalla. They provide food service consulting at the top level for highly discriminating, and demanding, clients.
Their personal restaurant projects in Las Vegas include Society Café at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Honey Salt in Summerlin for the locals, and the newly opened Buddy V's Ristorante (with TLC's "Cake Boss" Buddy Vaslastro) located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian with a western facing view of the famed Las Vegas Strip.
11:30 a.m. to 11:42 a.m.
He's affectionately known as the Obi Wan Kanobi of chefs because of his practical, no-nonsense approach to cooking and we're talking about the Manhattan-based Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in the West Village. You've seen him competing on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Food Network's "Iron Chef America." His most recent cookbook is Italian, My Way: More Than 150 Simple and Inspired Recipes That Breathe New Life into Italian Classics by Jonathan Waxman and Tom Colicchio (Apr 5, 2011.) The roasted chicken recipe as served at Barbuto is a classic.
We have great affection for him in California for his early years with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and as a recognized pioneer of California cuisine.
He's in Las Vegas for "Life is Beautiful" Festival and will be honored Friday night at the kick-off dinner, "Grill and Guitars," with a menu prepared by celebrity chefs.
11:45 a.m. to 11:56 a.m.
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An acclaimed former New York chef, know as a seafood master, has really taken to living in Las Vegas. We're talking about Chef Rick Moonen.
His latest creation is Rx Boiler Room in the Shops at Mandalay Place (on the upper level.) The decor is over the top but our Las Vegas food expert, Brock Radke, Food Editor of Las Vegas Weekly, recommends the menu. Highlights include bacon-wrapped pork belly and "fish tacos" which are actually kampachi tartare presented in crunchy/crisp taro root shells. There is a serious cocktail program at Rx.
Chef Rick will also chat about what he's doing on both Saturday and Sunday at "Life is Beautiful."