Flying Solo This Week on San Diego Gourmet

With both Robert and Maureen traveling, I'm flying solo this week on San Diego Gourmet. So, I did something smart -- I invited my friends Dominick Fiume and Candice Woo of Slow Food Urban San Diego on the show. We had a great time discussing this relatively new convivium in San Diego, and anyone who is even mildly interested in the Slow Food movement or getting to know people interested in good food, fruitful gardens and home cooking should listen in and then get involved.

Giuseppe Ciuffa Guests on San Diego Gourmet

We had some fun on San Diego Gourmet with Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering! If you've enjoyed lunch at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's Museum Cafe, you've definitely enjoyed Ciuffa's cooking. Robert, Maureen and I got some wonderful tips about warm weather foods, everything from what types of dishes work best for a picnic to how to actually make a good pasta salad. And, oh, his description of his mother's artichoke dishes. You've got to hear it! And you can -- below:

Chefs Nathan Coulon and Christopher Idso on San Diego Gourmet

Our wonderful guests this week on San Diego Gourmet were Nathan Coulon, executive chef of Quarter Kitchen, and Christopher Idso, executive chef at Pacifica Del Mar and the Chef's Chair for this year's Taste of the Nation San Diego event. We had a great conversation with both chefs, getting an in-depth look at their restaurants and their unique cooking styles. And, we talked about Taste of the Nation, which takes place this Sunday in Balboa Park from 3 to 6 p.m. More than 20 fabulous restaurants are participating in this annual event that raises money to end childhood hunger in America. The local charities that will benefit from this year's event include the San Diego Hunger Coalition, Los Ninos, California Association of Food Banks and California Food Policy Advocates.

Tickets for Taste of the Nation San Diego are $75 for general admission but you can get a discount by buying them online at and using the code on the page.

In the meantime, enjoy the show!

Cafe Chloe's Katie Grebow on San Diego Gourmet

Executive chef Katie Grebow joined Robert Whitley, Maureen Clancy and me this morning on San Diego Gourmet. Cafe Chloe, a French-style wine bistro located downtown on 9th Ave. at G St.,  is one of those rare restaurants that is not only fabulously good, but consistently good. We chatted about how she honed her cooking skills, her participation in the upcoming June Cooks Confab, the restaurant's emphasis on sustainability and her passion for cheese. And, we touched on her soux chef's spring obsession with offal appetizers. Listen to our conversation at or below: