John Kessler is the creator and CEO of Infinity Sauces. The award-winning hot sauce company started in Orange County with 1 sauce; John now produces a line of sauces that can be bought in stores and enjoyed at local restaurants.
Orange County Culinary Legend Zov Karamardian is our guest on the #IKnowButPodcast this week! Zov’s Restaurants have been a staple in Orange County since 1987 with the launch of Zov’s Bistro in Tustin. She’s cooked for the James Beard House, and with Julia Child and Emeril Lagasse among others. We talk about her Armenian heritage, her travels around the world (including the Blue Zones!), and what it’s like to create a restaurant empire with her family.
Danielle Salmon is the creative mastermind behind Los Angeles-based food blog and Instagram page Follow My Gut, aka “The Best Restaurant & Food Site for People With Mouths.” If you’re looking for someone who tells their story authentically on her social platforms, Danielle’s your girl. She sat down to join Jeff and Niyaz for a hilarious and introspective conversation that covers the good, bad and ugly of the SoCal food scene, dating, travel, race, woodworking and a lot more!
Orange County resident Thomas Curran is about to start a journey few have attempted. He’s walking across America. You can check progress on his blog Moving on West
(he’s starting the journey in South Carolina in just a few days.)
We talk about some of the anticipated challenges, about the communities that have rallied around him, and his preparation for the walk.
He’s accepting donations for Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation so let’s help him out.
Also check out the new “I Know But …” Spotify Playlist:
Other Stuff We Talked About:
Momentum Generation https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/momentum-generation
Brixton Pants https://amzn.to/2LUntA8
Injinji Socks: https://amzn.to/2C7xsO1
Niyaz and Jeff wrap up the first season of “I Know But …” with another show of their own!
They talk about holiday traditions, their upcoming goals and what’s around the corner in 2019.
Most importantly, we shout out to all of you for making this first season of the podcast a great success.
Stay tuned for Season Two in 2019, packed full of more great guests!!
Steve has quite an impressive resume (7 Emmys!) as a visual effects editor. He has produced videos for the Los Angeles Lakers, L.A. Dodgers and Anaheim Ducks, to name a few. These days he does production through his studio Burning Rose with local businesses in Orange County.
When he’s not working on making videos look amazing, his ice cream company Blenderhead Craft Ice Cream blends your favorite libations with amazing flavor combinations. Imagine … Rocky Road with a bourbon-barrel aged stout to back, mango sorbet sangria and amber lager with a caramel ribbon. You can listen to Niyaz and Jeff describe all the flavors with spoons in their mouths at the end of the show.
Dave Mau is an OC food icon, as a cook and a writer. He’s a big part of the longtime success of the Southern-inspired Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa and has worked in kitchens including The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and Marty’s on Newport in Tustin. His column in OC Weekly is as real as any you’ll read about the restaurant biz. We talk about restaurant culture, old Americana, why he wears the famous cowboy hat, music and more on the pod!
Chef Blake Mellgren of Craft House in Dana Point joins us for the podcast. Blake has brought life into the culinary oasis they call Dana Point with his restaurant, a mix of Southern classics and California seasonal flavors. He is also nominated for “Best Chef” honors at this year’s Golden Foodie Awards in Newport Beach, Sept.30. Take a listen, then head down to Craft House to taste for yourself!
Chef Pascal Olhats is one the best-known chefs in Orange County. His influence runs deep, as he’s worked with or inspired many great chefs in Southern California. In this episode we talk about how making people happy is a driving force in his success; Pascal’s relationship with legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse; and how sometimes all you need is a really good tomato.