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KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 10 Far West Fungi

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 10 Far West Fungi

January 19, 2020
Recording of LIVE show 2/19/20 =  KSCU 103.3 FM 
 
My first guest of 2020 this week are the founding family of The Far West Fungi Co. LIVE ! Tune in this Sunday, Jan 19th, 6-7 PM PST / 9-10 PM EST on my Food Talk Radio Show on KSCU 103.3 FM Santa Clara in Silicon Valley - this week on Sunday Suppers. Food Talk Radio with Chef Gigi, meet the whole Garrone family - founders of, Far West Fungi Company.They are in the studio chattin it up about their premium focus on organic, high-quality cultivated, as well as wild foraged mushrooms and their journey to being the best! We chat about the new technology and grow mediums in their new Santa Clara farm. The families new Santa Cruz store front that opened in October, 2019 which now serves mushroom takeout--- yes, you heard me right!
 
But most importantly, Kyle Garrone fills us in on the devastating turn-of-events that is currently threatening our mushrrom food supply for the gain of big industry financial growth at any cost. Learn how the United States goverment lableing loop holes could affect your health and why Canada has ban mushroom substrats from China! 
 
Far West Fungi Click link to Learn More:
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KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 9 Chef Wanda Blake- Black Heritage Food Expert

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 9 Chef Wanda Blake- Black Heritage Food Expert

December 22, 2019
Chef Gigi Gaggero and her guest co-host, Chef Robert Edwards heats up the KSCU studio with guest Chef Wanda Blake Founder of Wanda's Cooking. Wanda came hot on the food scene in 2015 as a Pop-up Restaurant in Oakland, California. Chef Wanda events are an expression of her culture, and her passion for food. Pop-up themes you would usually only dream about attending.
 
Chef Wanda makes it real for everyone in the Bay Area to share in these iconic traditions of favor profiles. Her themes include warming comforts of Sunday Supper- Grandma’s house on Sunday, Wanda’s Cooking loves New Orleans, Black Eyed Pea Festival and Gumbo Trinity to name a few.
 
Her cuisine will make you have all the feels!Don’t miss this great show!Chef Wanda's Cooking a bright light shining in #Oakland, Californa! Chef Wanda was just featured in

 
 
https://open.spotify.com/user/1225328862/playlist/1a1iahKhw7mDIaaf4iOjMs?si=Am0e0U1YRfGu8XuHZNXQYA
 
 
KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 8 Chef Simone Miller - Gluten Free / Paleo Expert

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 8 Chef Simone Miller - Gluten Free / Paleo Expert

December 16, 2019
Copy of LIVE Show - Starts 0.48. Chef Gigi’s Sunday Supper, Food Talk Radio this Sunday, December 15th, 6- 7 PM PST / 9-10 EST, and get your Zen on! Chef Gigi will be chatting with Bay Area’s premier gluten-free / paleo-living expert, Chef Simone Miller.
 
Miller first set foot on the culinary scene two decades ago, but her passion for extraordinary food stems back to early childhood where she began to learn from one of the best kitchens in America – her Mother’s. Miller went on and pursued her passion and fine tuned her skills working in top New York and Connecticut area-restaurants.
 
In 2007, Miller relocated to San Francisco, where she continued to develop her distinct style and build her career as a personal chef while simultaneously launching her catering company she called, Zenbelly. Miller quickly developing a reputation as an elite local Bay Area chef. Having battled with a variety of health problems following the launch of Zenbelly, discovered she had food allergies, specifically a very serious sensitivity to gluten.
 
Today, Miller is an accomplished gluten-free chef, and owner of Zenbelly, a catering and recipe development company in San Francisco, California. Miller is the author of three successful cookbooks: The ZenBelly CookbookThe New Yiddish Kitchen and her most recent Paleo Soups & Stews.
 
Join KSCU’s resident Chef, Gigi Gaggero and learn more from her guest, Simone Miller, The Bay Area’s premiere gluten-free, paleo lifestyle chef!
 
Music Playlist : 
 
 
 
KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 7 Charles Duque

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 7 Charles Duque

November 10, 2019
Join KSCU’s resident Chef, Gigi Gaggero this Sunday on Sunday Suppers, LIVE Food Talk Radio from 6-7 PM PST / 9-10 EST.  Chef Chats cheese with Charles Duque, Managing Director of the Americas for the CNIEL The centre national interprofessionnel de l’économie laitière, also known as The French Dairy Board.

Charles, an industry veteran with more than 20 years of critical experience and the authority on artisan cheese. He also oversees the French Cheese Board, a retail and event space that champions French cheeses in NYC. Charles is eloquent and confident with infinite knowledge and enthusiasm for the specialty food industry.

Chef Gigi will also discuss the the cheese plate — or board as it’s sometimes called — is the perfect way to end a wonderful meal for cheese lovers around the globe. Did you know that there are over 1,300 different varieties of cheese – just in France? Entertaining can get overwhelming, and then there’s the systematic approach to actually building a cheese board— yes, there really is a method – who knew?
 
Creating a cheese plate that is balanced visually and in terms of flavors and textures is a skill that’s easy to learn and always useful. Duque will also offer tips for creating a cheese board with style according to the master himself, and just in time for the upcoming holiday season!
 

Chef Gigi finishes the show the last five minutes and reviews how to build a proper cheese board for this holiday season! 

Don’t miss this informative show! 
 
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KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 6 Women of Wine - Riverstar Vineyards Angela Reinertson

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 6 Women of Wine - Riverstar Vineyards Angela Reinertson

November 4, 2019

Sunday Supper, Chef Gigi’s Food Talk Radio on KSCU 103.3 FM Santa Clara host Angela Reinertson, owner of Riverstar Vineyards- someone everyone loves & wants to be like! Angela is fun loving, warm-hearted and draws you into her magnetic, effervescent personality- it’s really no surprise she is the now mastermind of Riverstar Vineyards! Listen in as she gives us all the details on her new venture with crackin monthly music events, a vacation house on site, oversized games for visitors to includes a life sized Yatzee and Wine Pong games next to the tasting room and grassy knoll for Picnics and BBQ's what more does anyone need? Riverstar has something for everyone! Mention Gigi or KSCU 103.3 FM and recieve 20% off this years harvest. 805-467-0086 

Riverstar, is a gorgeous 80 acre boutique, family-owned and operated winery on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail just east of Paso Robles in San Miguel, California. With over fifty-eight of those acres grapes, they make some of the most delicious Central Coast blends from Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. Don’t miss this!

Music By:

Holly Hofmann: Track- Minha, off the album: Minor Miracle, Capri Records released in 2004.

Stanley Turrentine: Track- Lets Grove, off the album: Stan "The Man " Turrentine, Time Records released in 1960.

Benny Goldson: Track, Staccato Swing, off the album: Gone with Golson, Concord Record label Re-Released in 1994.

Holly Hofmann for our Background Music: Track, Kaper On Green Dolphin Street, Off the album: Tales of Hofmann, Azica Record Label released in1995.

Hurbert Laws : Off the album: The Rite of Spring, Track-Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Second Movement, Epic Legacy Label, released in 2002.

Russell Malone: Track, Sweet Georgia Peach, off the album by the same title, Universal Music Mexico record label released in 1998.

Closing the show with Holly Hofmann: Track: Everything I love off the album Minor Miracle , Caprie Records 2004.

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#WomenInWine #Winemaker #FoodTalkRadio #ChefGigi #RiverstarVineyards #WomenOfWine #SupportFamilyBusiness

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 5 Sommelier to the Stars, Melissia Smith

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 5 Sommelier to the Stars, Melissia Smith

October 21, 2019
Chef Gigi’s Food Talk Radio Hosts Distinguished Bay Area Wine Expert
 
Tune in this Sunday, October 20th, from 6–7 pm PST, on Chef Gigi’s Food Talk Radio. Gigi will be LIVE in studio with her distinguished guest, Melissa Smith – certified Sommelier and founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services.  
 
Smith, a trusted news source for the wine industry, has been building her profile as “The Sommelier to the Silicon Valley Stars,” providing in-home and corporate wine tasting seminars and fun classes to all wine lovers. Smith also affords private cellar services to top collectors and also served as lead Sommelier for K&L Wine Merchants.The most significant online wine and spirits retailer in the country.
 
Smith’s legacy includes the developed the first iPhone app for wine pronunciation, and she is also the first person certified by the California State Bar Association for her seminar on the Valuation of Wine Collections. Her reputation for providing cellar services has to lead to a series of workshops, where she works directly with Family Law and Trust attorneys as a valued resource for legal cases, and her appraisals are USPAP compliant.
 
Culinary Institute of America trained chef, Smith has spent over a decade in some of the top kitchens in the United States as well as Japan, including stints at the famed French Laundry in Napa, as well as Terra, under chef Hiro Sone. Spending years roaming the country with her knife bag and an unbridled sense of adventure from a Relais & Chateaux dude ranch in Montana, to a hunting camp in Idaho, or charter yacht in Southeast Alaska, and pineapple seasons in Maui, she has finally settled down in the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career in wine and hospitality.
 
Music Tonight by The Grant Levin Quartet, LIVE at Bird & Becket in San Francisco.
KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 3 Jet Setting Chef, Samantha Gordon

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 3 Jet Setting Chef, Samantha Gordon

September 8, 2019
KSCU 103.3 FM - Sunday Supper, Food Talk Radio with Chef Gigi hosts established jet-setting northern California chef, Samantha Gordon on Sunday, September 8th, 2019 6-7 PM / PST Listen in while Gigi gets to the bottom of Chef Sami’s motivation to start her award-winning, specialty croissant business over a decade ago! Before establishing her company Croissami, Chef Sami spent the previous decade indulging her passion for food and travel by cooking for the rich and famous on high-end international yachts, setting sail around the world.
 
A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, chef continued to hone her skills by working in restaurants, including the noteworthy Michelin starred restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray, England, Heston Blumenthal’s notable temple to innovative modern cuisine and a forefather of Molecular Gastronomy. After spending many summers in the South of France yachting, chef Sami fell in love with the croissant though, grew tired of the everyday staple and the chocolate varieties, when unconventional sweet and savory fillings were accessible. Taking action, by leaving her jet setting life, the chef chose to settle on the beautiful shores of Sausalito and set up her dream business in the rolling hills of Northern California.
 
Lucky for us, Chef Sami went on to create a variety-favor based croissant delivery business to share the pure joy of all types of savory and sweet flavored croissants with others all over the world! What better place to nurture a small, artisanal food establishment than the San Francisco Bay Area. Chef continues to strive to create a faithful customer foundation with her delicious, all-natural croissants, and other delicious breakfast options that have an unusual twist of tastes and textures. Tune in and listen to her creative culinary narrative on Chef Gigi’s Food Talk Radio.
 
 
Music by Chick Corea - Crystal Silence -EMC Records 1972
and Mal Waldron, All Alone - Hard Bop 1966
KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 - Episode 2 - The Cider Merchant Ed McGrath

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 - Episode 2 - The Cider Merchant Ed McGrath

August 24, 2019

Raise Your Glasses People!

Chef Gigi’s Sunday Suppers, Food Talk Radio is raising the roof once again at KSCU 103.3 FM by celebrating the kick-off to my second season!

I will be in studio LIVE with the infamous Ed McGrath, Cider MerchantEd McGrath founded the Cider Merchant in 2011, offering professional consulting, education and brokerage services to cider businesses and breweries across the land!

McGrath is the mainline man for our county’s National Cider Association, and also works with Portland Cider Co. Lucky for me, he coming by to teach me a thing or two about this historical beverage!

All those interested in the art of fermentation, won’t want to miss this dynamic guest. The Cider Merchant walks me throughout history and we brainstorm new food pairings!

Ed will be taking questions during the show!

Special Thanks to Guest Co-Host, Chef Miriam Wadleigh- Russell

Music by Lyle Mayes

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 1 - Episode 6 - Chef Almir, Author of The Brazilian Project

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 1 - Episode 6 - Chef Almir, Author of The Brazilian Project

August 24, 2019

KSCU 103.3 FM Food Talk Radio Show. “Sunday Super with Chef Gigi” I will introduce you to the extremely talented, and knowledgeable culinary educator, Chef Almir Da Fonseca.

Hailing from the southeast region of Brazil, Chef Almir, an award winning executive chef consistently sprinkled with prestigious culinary accolades.He is a devoted culinary arts instructor at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California. Chef is also a national and international lecturer, and expert on the vast institution of gastronomy.

We will explore his latest compilation, his recently published book, “The Brazil Project”. Chef Almir’s life’s work, containing in depth research of his home city of Camops dos Goytacazes, in the state of Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Chef Almir has his decades of study nicely wrapped up in 354 pages of impressive work. Chef Almir states his book is really in celebration of the great farmers, fishermen food producers of the world.

Check this book out : https://chefalmirdafonseca.com

 
KSCU 103.3 FM Season 1 - Episode 5  Semolina Artisinal Pasta - CEO Leah Ferrazzani

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 1 - Episode 5 Semolina Artisinal Pasta - CEO Leah Ferrazzani

August 24, 2019

 Pasta, pasta... and more pasta! I want to explore the origin of pasta and speak to someone who actually quit her day job to give small business owner a try. Listen to my chit chat with founder of Semolina Artisanal Pasta  Leah Ferrazzani. Prior to starting Semolina, Leah worked as a food and wine writer in Los Angeles, California. She is now suppling her pasta to some of LA's hottest restraurants. I love pasta! Coming from a large Italian family, I pretty much cut my teeth growing up on it.

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be an artisanal pasta maker!  Leah Ferrazzani the founder and owner of Semolina Pasta certainly did. Leah launched Semolina Artisanal Pasta in October 2014 out of her home kitchen, converting her laundry room into a makeshift pasta dryer using some consumer electronics and a lot of moxie. Now, Semolina pasta is sold all over the country and online for home cooks.

Prior to starting Semolina, Leah worked as a food and wine writer in Los Angeles, combining her experiences managing and working in the restaurants and wineries of some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs and winemakers which include Nancy Silverton at Pizzeria Mozza, David Lentz at the Hungry Cat, David Waltuck at New York’s Le Zinc and Pax Mahle at Pax Wine Cellars. Leah’s background in creative writing and journalism.

 As part of her small business  commitment, she also donates a portion of her pasta making profits to her local community organizations that focus on food justice, preservation and education. 

“Our values as a company reflect my values as a mother, an environmental advocate, a feminist and a believer that a successful business can be conducted with transparency and integrity.”

~Leah