Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris–enjoy!
-10:30 a.m. to 10:42 a.m.
Time to talk of recent dining adventures …
Pastry princess, Sherry Yard, the recipient of two James Beard Awards, joins us in-studio. She was celebrity chef Wolfgang's Puck's high-profile dessert guru for 20 years and is now out on her own with an ambitious project at The Helms Bakery complex in Los Angeles (on the border with Culver City.)
We'll also answer some e-mail inquiries.
– 10:45 a.m. to 11:12 a.m.
It's the Sriracha wars and the heat is on !
If you think Sriracha is simply the locally produced, fiery sauce with the red rooster on the label you need to know the real story. It's actually Thai hot sauce named after the seaside town of Si Racha. It's as popular as ketchup on the Southeast Asian table.
Documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond will join us to talk about the Sriracha documentary he's working on. It's partially funded by an ongoing KickStarter campaign that's already oversubscribed! He'll be joined by local food writer Randy Clemens who is the author of two cookbooks on Sriracha. Newly released is The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook from 10 Speed Press.
-11:12 a.m. to 11:27 a.m.
Our favorite all-star, “Ask a Mexican,” Gustavo Arellano, returns to give us more practical insight on Mexican ingredients and their history. He's also the editor of OC Weekly.
Today we're talking tortillas. Why is a burrito made with flour tortillas ? On the other hand why are enchiladas prepared with corn tortillas. What is right for a hard or soft-shelled taco ? We're confused…
I need a cerveza…
-11:30 a.m. to 11:42 a.m.
Chef Evan Funke generated a lot of interest at Rustic Canyon as the opening chef when it opened a few years back in Santa Monica. Now Evan is about to debut Bucato Restaurant on Washington Blvd. in Culver City in the former iconic Beacon Laundry Building which is part of the larger Helms Bakery complex. With Bucato he is Executive Chef and Proprietor.
During construction Chef Evan has been operating a food truck. The rave item is his porchetta sandwich. Bucato will be modern Italian.
-11:45 a.m. to 11:57 a.m.
Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections burst on the local foodie scene with her cravable line of chocolate-dipped toffees in 2004. The response has been terrific and the line has greatly expanded over the years. Her quality products now include chocolates, a line of petis fours, handmade preserves, cakes, pastries, and even a catering division.
Valerie has developed a sub-specialty of recreating the classic desserts of fondly remembered, but long-ago departed, iconic local restaurants. The original Brown Derby's grapefruit cake is just one memorable example.
Valerie Confections latest project is their new Coffee Shop & Bakery located at the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles.