Today's show is ALL. ABOUT. CALIFORNIA.

Bixby_Creek_Bridge,_The_Big_Sur,_CaliforniaBixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur by Ian Williams

We're joined in studio by Mike Edison, host of Arts & Seizures, and Patrick Martins, HRN Founder and Heritage Foods USA Founder for a round up of recent food news including Caity's recap of the Good Food Mercantile that took place in Washington DC last weekend.

Kat brings us some exclusive interviews from Monterey County, CA. First up, we hear from Tom Wright, Reporter from The Monterey Herald, about the insanely rainy winter season in Big Sur. Mudslides in the area caused a total shutdown of Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) after the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was condemned. Tom shares stories of the immediate aftermath of the storm (such as airlifting of food and supplies) and the lasting effects on the community. Many restaurants and resorts in Big Sur are still closed and don't plan to reopen until the bridge can be repaired or other travel alternatives are available to guests.

920x1240Photo: Kodiak Greenwood for the San Francisco Chronicle

Moving slightly north, we hear from Sheila Bowman, Manager of Culinary and Strategic Initiatives for Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now in its seventeenth year, Seafood Watch is the leading source of science-based seafood recommendations in the U.S.

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After a quick break, we share the latest news out of Ron Finley HQ in Los Angeles, what our engineer Vitor has planned for this weekend (hint: it involves chamber music and tickets are available HERE), and a preview of Cherry Bombe Jubilee & Marketplace happening August 8th and 9th. Catch HRN's table at the marketplace for your chance to win our "Sophisticated Home Cook" Raffle Basket!

cherry-bombe-jubilee1photo via Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit

To wrap things up, we play a round of "Girly Pop Culture Trivia" with Patrick and Mike in the hot seats.


More about our guests:

Monterey Herald sports reporter Tommy Wright in Monterey on Thursday March 12, 2015. David Royal - Monterey Herald

Tom Wright, a Northern California native, covers breaking news in Monterey County. He's been a journalist with the Monterey Herald for nearly five years, covering local government and sports in addition to working as a copy editor. Before joining The Herald, he wrote for the Daily Democrat in Woodland, California, and graduated from San Jose State University.

Sheila Bowman 2014 outdoors

Sheila Bowman works with chefs, educators, media and industry with a goal of shifting them towards seafood products that are caught or farmed with the environment in mind. Trained as a marine scientist and passionate about conservation, her work takes her around the country and into kitchens where sustainability really begins. In 2014 the National Audubon Society recognized Sheila as one of their “Woman Greening Food."

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