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97.1 Free FM Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen

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LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW (Aired August 24th 2008)

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On August 24, 2008, chef Jamie Gwen interviewed Sophie Gayot on her celebrated weekly radio talk show Food & Wine. During Sophie's appearance, the pair discussed the opening of new restaurants like The Kress and Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood. The two dished about Los Angeles hot spots and the best place to grab a bloody mary.

Sophie offered listeners tips on how to save money while dining out and made mention of several culinary events in the Los Angeles area.

Check out Jamie Gwen's cookbooks, Bountiful Buffets and Good Food for Good Times, and add some spice to your next dinner party.

Chef Jamie Gwen and Sophie Gayot in the 97.1 Free FM studios
Jamie Gwen and Sophie Gayot in the 97.1 Free FM studios.

Below is the list of restaurants and events that were mentioned during the show:






September 5-7
The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival features Maine Lobsters flown in nightly from the Atlantic Ocean. Bristol Farms chef Bruce Jacobs and crew serve lobster dinners that include melted butter dipping sauce, fresh cut lemons, coleslaw, dinner roll and watermelon. The event also offers an international food court, beer and wine gardens, arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and dancing, plus storytellers and moon bounces for the kids. For more information, visit Rainbow Lagoon, 400 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802, 562-495-5959.

September 7-21
During wine & dineLA, chefs from more than forty Los Angeles area restaurants will feature special multi-course wine pairing menus designed to highlight California wines. Participating restaurants will include A.O.C., Foxtail, Grace, Spago Beverly Hills, The Foundry on Melrose and Valentino, among others. For more information, please visit

September 19-21
Los Angeles, CAPort of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Lobster is king at the annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, one of Southern California's great food events. The feast is held at Ports O' Call Village on San Pedro Harbor's picturesque waterfront overlooking colorful commercial fishing boats and giant ocean-going ships. The festival features a seafood fiesta of Maine lobster, calamari, shrimp fajitas, crab and fish cakes and other non-ocean-related food items. For more information, call the lobster hotline at 310-798-7478 or visit

September 21
Food and wine gala Savor the Season features Los Angeles chefs, live and silent auctions, music, wine and spirits, all to benefit Break the Cycle, an organization that raises awareness and provides support for teen victims of domestic violence. Honorary chef André Guerrero (MAX, The Oinkster) hosts a line-up of culinary talents, including Michael McDonald and Renee Ward of [email protected] and Chad Minton of jer-ne restaurant + bar, to name a few. The Tasting Garden invites VIP guests to indulge in fine foodstuffs such as caviar, Belgian chocolates, flavor-infused teas, gelato, boutique cheeses and champagne. General admission costs $100. VIP admission costs $250 and includes access to The Tasting Garden, complimentary valet parking, gift bags and Savor the Season Cookbook featuring recipes from participating chefs. The event will be held from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information, call Break the Cycle at 310-286-3383. Vibiana, 210 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 310-286-3383.

September 27
Hosted by Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff, the American Wine & Food Festival features live bands, a silent auction, and an epicurean feast, all to benefit the Los Angeles Chapters of Meals on Wheels. The Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation has put together a line-up of celebrity chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa of Matsuhisa, Julian Serrano of Picasso, Alessandro Stratta of Alex, Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's, Lee Hefter of Spago Beverly Hills, Mark Peel of Campanile, and many more. The event will be held on the back lot of Universal Studios from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. AWFF tickets are available through the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation for $300 per person. Table reservations are available from $3,500. For sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, please visit

For more events, see our Los Angeles What's Going On page.


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