San Diego Gourmet


Love the good life? Then you'll love the San Diego Gourmet radio show with host Robert Whitley and his regular co-hosts Caron Golden (www.SanDiegoFoodstuff.com) and Maureen Clancy (www.MaureenClancy.com). Robert and friends will take you to the finest local and national restaurants, talk to the world's greatest chefs and discuss the best wines with the world-class winemakers who make them. If you love to eat, drink and travel, join them on SignOnRadio.



Recent Shows


Slow Food Urban San Diego - Download

Caron Golden is joined by Dominick Fiume and Candice Woo of Slow Food Urban San Diego. Their fast paced conversation covered everything from the history of the Slow Food movement to raising chickens, planting community gardens, fine dining, and culinary classes. If hearing about their free monthly mixers and upcoming events, including Stagecoach Days in Old Town on June 28, makes you hungry for more, go to www.SlowFoodUrbanSanDiego.com to sign up to receive emails about future activities.


Published: June 3, 2009


Chef Chris Kurth of the Grant Grill - Download

Robert and Caron are joined by Chris Kurth, Chef de Cuisine of the Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego. Chris's goal is to create seasonal menus featuring the freshest local produce, seafood and sustainable meats and other ingredients.


Published: May 13, 2009


Chef's Corner: Quarter Kitchen's Nathan Coulon and Pacifica Del Mar's Chris Idso - Download

Taste of the Nation in Balboa Park is the topic of the day as Quarter Kitchen's Nathan Coulon and Pacifica Del Mar's Chris Idso join Robert, Caron and Maureen to chat about what they've cooked up for the charity food and wine event. And the gang also learns about each chef's "signature" dish.


Published: April 29, 2009


Cafe Chloe's Katie Grebow - Download

Robert, Caron and Maureen chat with executive chef Katie Grebow of downtown's trend-setting Cafe Chloe, one of the San Diego region's most innovative and successful bistro-style wine bars. Katie's cuisine is a huge attraction in the blossoming East Village dining scene.


Published: April 22, 2009


The Cooks Confab - Download

Chefs Christian Graves of JSix and Andrew Spurgin of Waters Fine Catering chat with Robert and Caron about their exciting new dining concept, the Cooks Confab, which brings together a stellar cast of San Diego's finest chefs for an evening of wining and dining and great fellowship with San Diego's growing dining community. The next Confab is scheduled for June 7 at La Jolla's Nine Ten restaurant. For more information and to sign up for the Cooks Confab newsletter, visit www.cooksconfab.com.


Published: April 15, 2009


Thai New Year - Download

Su-Mei Yu, Thai food expert and author, and owner of the two Saffron restaurants on India Street, joins Caron and Maureen to talk about the upcoming Thai New Year (April 13 - 17) as well as her recent trip to Thailand, where she was raised. She promises to bring in some examples of traditional celebratory Thai dishes and we'll hear about the cooking school she founded in Mae Rim, a small town in Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand.


Published: April 1, 2009


Black Garlic & Things - Download

Robert Whitley and co-host Caron Golden marvel at the unique taste of black garlic, which has been popular in Asia but has found its way into the kitchens of more and more top chefs.


Published: March 11, 2009


The Addison Team - Download

Chef William Bradley and sommelier Jesse Rodriguez join Robert, Caron and Maureen for a lively discussion about the passions and positions that drive the success of Addison, the highly acclaimed restaurant at the Grand Del Mar Hotel. Jesse and Chef Bradley will be making another cameo appearance later this month at the James Beard House in New York City, and they lay out their game plan for their evening on one of the world's greatest culinary stages.


Published: March 4, 2009


The Chocolate Man: Chef Michael Antonorsi - Download

Chef and Chocolatier Michael Antonorsi joined Robert, Caron and Maureen in a celebration of Valentine's Day, particularly its tradition of decadent chocolate confections of affection. Michael brought in his "Love Feast" for two ($25), which is available at Chuao Chocolatier outlets and purveyors throughout San Diego. Robert especially enjoyed Chuao's spicy ChocoPods.


Published: February 11, 2009


Karen Krasne's New Candy Bar! - Download

Dessertier Karen Krasne of San Diego's Extraordinary Desserts is rolling out a line of chocolate bars to celebrate the 20th anniversary of San Diego's favorite dessert destination. She joins Robert, Caron and Maureen to describe this new confection just in time for Valentine's Day!


Published: February 4, 2009


Chef Ryan Johnston, WhiskNLadle - Download

Chef Ryan Johnston of La Jolla's WhiskNLadle joins Robert, Caron and Maureen to explain his philosophy of comfort food made from fresh local ingredients.


Published: January 14, 2009


Ingrid Croce on Restaurant Week - Download

Robert and Caron chat with restaurateur Ingrid Croce about San Diego's upcoming (Jan. 11-16) Restaurant Week, which couldn't come at a better time for an industry that is struggling through a tough economy. Some of San Diego's finest -- Market, the Marine Room, Roseville and Ingrid's own Gaslamp Quarter icon, Croce's -- are represented this year as a record number of restaurants signed up for Restaurant Week and are offering "value" three-course menus at $20, $30 and $40. For more information about Restaurant Week and to view the entire list of participants, visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com.


Published: January 8, 2009


Cookies for Christmas, or any special occasion - Download

Robert, Caron and Maureen talk Christmas (or anytime) cookies with Liz Chou of Cookie Chew, a local producer of specialty cookies. And Maureen runs down her annual gift guide, which you can also find at www.maureenclancy.com.


Published: December 17, 2008


Chef Susan Sbicca on Holiday Treats - Download

Chef Susan Sbicca of Sbicca's in Del Mar joins Caron and Maureen with tips on preparing some of her favorite holiday dishes. And author Amy Sherman talks about her new Williams-Sonoma cookbook, "New Flavors for Appetizers."


Published: December 11, 2008


Temecula Olive Oil Co. - Download

Thom Curry of the Temecula Olive Oil Company joins Robert and Caron for a lively discussion of the ancient practice of pressing olives for oil. Thom owns the Temecula Olive Oil Company and farms nearly 100 acres of olive trees in the Temecula area. Thom leads Robert and Caron through an explanation of the production process, emphasizing the hands-on care necessary to produce exceptional extra virgin oils. He designed his own state-of-the-art stainless steel olive press and retails his oils (and vinegars) out of locations in Old Town San Diego and Old Town Temecula. The Temecula Olive Oil Co. products are also available online at www.temeculaoliveoil.com.


Published: December 3, 2008


Thanksgiving Tips from the Pros - Download

Guests today include Chef Matt Gordan of Urban Solace, Karen Krasne of Extraordinary Desserts and Matt Rimel of Home Gown Meats. Robert, Caron and Maureen pick their brains for tips on how best to manage the Thanksgiving feast. You can bet it's not the usual same-old, same-old!


Published: November 26, 2008


Trends: Go Chef Gourmet - Download

Robert, Caron and Maureen are visited by Chef Winston Edwards, the talent behind Go Chef Gourmet, an innovative catering service that delivers gourmet lunches and dinners to homes and offices throughout San Diego. And there's plenty of chat about the upcoming Thanksgiving feast later in the show.


Published: November 19, 2008


Chef Ariane Daguin of D'Artagnan - Download

Chef Ariane Daguin, the renowned purveyor of foie gras, duck confit and other standards of French country cuisine, stops by for a visit just in time for the holidays. Daguin founded D'Artagnan, where you can purchase her products and special creations (you should try the "cassoulet kit") at www.dartagnan.com. In the second half of the show, Robert, Caron and Maureen discuss many of their Thanksgiving favorites, and Caron reprises her recent dining experience at the Grant Grill.


Published: November 12, 2008


October 29, 2008 - Download


Published: October 29, 2008


The Burger Lounge - Download

Robert and Caron learn everything they need to know about making the great hamburger from Dean Loring and Sky Gornic, owner and general manager, respectively, of San Diego's Burger Lounge. Just a couple of the tips: Sear the burger on one side, then only flip once; and use good ground beef with a high fat content (the Burger Lounge uses grass-fed beef from Kansas).


Published: October 22, 2008


San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival - Download

Ken Loyst and Michelle Metter, co-founders of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, join Robert to discuss the rapidly growing event, which is expected to attract more than 8000 visitors this year. Scheduled for Nov. 12-16, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival will showcase more than 150 wineries and about 60 chefs, including numerous educational seminars staged at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center. Ken and Michelle have the low-down on what to look for and how to get tickets!


Published: October 8, 2008


Catt Fields-White, the Little Italy Mercato market manager - Download

From their website:
The Little Italy Mercato is the city market for downtown San Diego residents and visitors, Saturdays, open 9 am to 1:30 pm year-round More than 70 booths line Date Street from Kettner to Union offering farm fresh produce, artisan foods, and specialty items.


Published: October 1, 2008


September 3, 2008 - Download


Published: September 4, 2008


August 27, 2008 - Download


Published: August 27, 2008


August 20, 2008 - Download


Published: August 20, 2008


A conversation about sustainable fish - Download

Robert and Caron take up the topic of sustainable fish, a discussion about the fish we eat and why how it is captured and the overall management of fish resources matter. Guests include Andrew Spurgin, chef and executive director of Waters Fine Catering and a founder of Passionfish; Chef Christian Graves of the JSix restaurant in San Diego's Gaslamp District; and Dan Nattrass of Catalina Offshore, a fish purveyor.


Published: August 14, 2008


What wine with which cheese! - Download

Dan Pilkey, sommelier at Addison in the Grand Del Mar Hotel, joins Robert and Caron to discuss cheese and wine pairings. Dan runs down a number of popular cheeses and suggests the perfect wine for each. That's in the second half-hour. Oceanaire Seafood Room owner Mike Mitchell kicks off the show with his thoughts on the new downtown eatery, Cowboy Star.


Published: August 7, 2008


July 30, 2008 - Download


Published: July 30, 2008


Tsar Nicoulai Caviar - Download

Robert, Maureen and Caron are joined by Dafne Engstrom, founder of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, to chat about the farm-raised sturgeon from the Sacramento delta that produce some of the finest domestic caviar in the United States -- caviar that is served at renowned dining establishments such as the French Laundry, Spago and Waters Catering here in San Diego. Our hosts also discuss a new vodka-like drink, VeeV, that is lower in alcohol than straight vodka and a wonderful base spirit for summer cocktails.


Published: July 23, 2008


Farmers Market Days - Download

Caron delivers a reports on new farmers markets around town and then Robert uses Caron and Maureen to taste test several new wines being sold in alternative packages, namely plastic bottles. Jon McPherson of South Coast Winery joins in for the final segment to field a few kudos for South Coast's big win at the California State Fair, where the Temecula winery received the "Golden Bear" trophy as California's top winery.


Published: July 16, 2008


Roseville Takes Point Loma Dining Scene Up a Notch - Download

Owner George Riffle and Chef Amy DiBiase of Roseville, the latest and greatest addition to the Point Loma dining scene, join Robert, Caron and Maureen to chat about the new venture. Riffle brings a superb track record (Picholine in New York, Laurel, Blanca and the Ivy Hotel) to the task, and Chef Amy has been a wonder at both Laurel and Baleen in her two previous stops. The cuisine is Mediterranean, the interior of the restaurant is casually elegant and the service is top-notch. So says Robert, who dined at Roseville shortly after the opening. Mike Mitchell joins the gang in the first segment and reports enthusiastically on the Sea Rocket Bistro, which recently opened in the former Linkery space, and Maureen does a riff on ravioli that takes us to the bottom of the half-hour, when George and Amy jump into the conversation.


Published: July 9, 2008


July 2, 2008 - Download


Published: July 2, 2008


San Diego's Mister Barbecue - Download

That would be Phil of Phil's Barbecue in Point Loma, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary since opening its doors in San Diego. Phil joins Robert and Maureen to talk about his approach to barbecue, which he developed while working in the family restaurant business in Cleveland. Sandy Ingber of the Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York visits in the first segment of the show to discuss a special Sauvignon Blanc pairings menu he put together for the iconic Manhattan restaurant.


Published: June 18, 2008


Featured Guest: Chef Javier Placentia of Romesco Baja Med Bistro - Download

Chef Javier Placentia of the unique Romesco Baja Med restaurant in Bonita joins us for the final half hour. Javier's family has been in the restaurant business in Tijuana for decades, and he's bringing their eclectic mix of Mediterranean cuisine made from local Baja ingredients to San Diego County. Maureen reports from New York on the James Beard Awards. Our Maureen is one of the Beard judges and she tells us how a local culinary hero has scored a huge triumph in the Big Apple. In the first segment, Robert recaps the weekend's big local event, the 25th annual Wine & Roses charity wine tasting.


Published: June 11, 2008


Featured Guest: Allison Sherwood of the Great News cooking school - Download

Allison Sherwood takes Robert Whitley and Caron Golden behind the scenes of the Great News cooking school in Pacific Beach. Great News has been a local culinary institution for more than two decades, giving San Diegans an opportunity to learn creative cooking techniques from up-close-and-personal classes conducted by many of our region's most accomplished chefs.


Published: June 4, 2008


May 28, 2008 - Download


Published: May 28, 2008


May, 21, 2008 - Download


Published: May 21, 2008


May 7, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: May 7, 2008


May 7, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: May 7, 2008


April 30, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: April 30, 2008


April 30, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: April 30, 2008


April 18, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: April 18, 2008


April 18, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: April 18, 2008


April 11, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: April 11, 2008


April 11, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: April 11, 2008


April 4, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: April 4, 2008


April 4, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: April 4, 2008


March 28, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: March 28, 2008


March 28, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: March 28, 2008


Chef Colin MacLaggan of Avenue Five in Bankers Hill - Download

Chef/proprietor Colin MacLaggan joins The Gourmet Club this Friday to talk about what's cooking at Avenue Five in Bankers Hill. His simple seasonal American cuisine has been getting some nice attention and now that the restaurant has been up and running for awhile, we thought we'd check in and find out what he's doing and what new menu items we can expect this spring.

We'll also get an update from Mike Mitchell of Oceanaire and president of the California Restaurant Association's San Diego chapter on new foodie hot spots in town.


Published: March 21, 2008


March 21, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: March 21, 2008


Where's the Beef! - Download

This week it's on The Gourmet Club. We'll have longtime television journalist and now rancher Bill Kurtis on the show to talk about his new book, The Prairie Table Cookbook, and his grass-fed cattle operation, Tallgrass Beef Company. According to Kurtis, free-range cattle feeding on grass in the pasture from birth to harvest, free of hormones and antibiotics, result in a health food -- beef with more concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids and ALA (alpha linolenic acid). And, it reduces environmental stress.

Also with us will be Jim Barrasso, owner of Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas. On April 3, the restaurant will hold a wine pairing dinner they're calling "Celebration of Artichokes 2008."

Finally, our good friend Mike Mitchell of Oceanaire will be in studio to give us an update on dining hotspots around town.


Published: March 7, 2008


March 7, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: March 7, 2008


Feb 29, 2008 Skinny Bitch in the Kitch Part 1 - Download

It's not just any old Friday on this week's Gourmet Club (not that it ever is...). It's Leap Day of a Leap Year and we're packing in a lot of content to make the most of the extra day this month.

Joining us in studio is Chuck Samuelson, the leader of VinVillage-San Diego. He'll fill us in on his new wine-oriented social networking site as well as his new catering company, Chuck Samuelson Catering.

Later in the hour, Kim Barnouin, co-author with Rory Freedman of the books Skinny Bitch and Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, will offer some straight talk about making intelligent and educated decisions about food.

And, as if that weren't enough, our good friend Mike Mitchell of Oceanaire is going to give us an update on dining hotspots around town. We'll also talk about the upcoming "Passport to Sonoma Valley" weekend coming up May 17th and 18th with one of the event's representatives.

It's a full plate for one hour.


Published: February 29, 2008


Feb 29, 2008 Skinny Bitch: Kim Barnouin - Download

Ron James, Caron Golden and guest host Chuck Samuelson interview Kim Barnouin best-selling author of "Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!)" Mike Mitchel give his weekly San Diego restaurant report.


Published: February 29, 2008


Red, White and Drunk All Over - Download

It's all about wine on Friday's show. We're going to have two very interesting guests to talk about the art and science of pairing food and wine.

Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White and Drunk All Over, has a really helpful wine-and-food matcher on her website that not only offers suggestions for the type of wine, but even specific wines that work with a particular dish. MacLean has won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for her writing on drinks, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, in memory of one of America's greatest food writers.

John Alonge, co-owner of the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center, will be with us in studio for the entire show. Located downtown, across from the Convention Center at 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120, the Center holds tastings for the public five days a week (including Wednesday night K-9's-N-Wine for dog owners and their pups), offers cooking classes and special events. We'll learn all about the Center and local wines from Alonge.


Published: February 22, 2008


Feb 22, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: February 22, 2008


Feb 15, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: February 15, 2008


Feb 15, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: February 15, 2008


Feb 8, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: February 8, 2008


Feb 8, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: February 8, 2008


Feb 1, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: February 1, 2008


Feb 1, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: February 1, 2008


Oceanaire Chef and Top Chef finalist Brian Malarky - Download

Hosts Ron James and Robert Whitley interview local favorite Chef Brian Malarky about his adventures on the Top Chef competition.


Published: January 25, 2008


Jan 25, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: January 25, 2008


Fancy Food Show Jan 18, 2008 Segment 1 - Download

Hosts Ron James and Robert Whitley discuss Robert's Wine Website produced by America's great wine writers and the Fancy Food Show in San Diego with guest hosts Caron Golden and Lindsay Pomeroy, founder and CEO of the Wine Smarties.


Published: January 18, 2008


Wine Smarties Jan 18, 2008 Segment 2 - Download

Ron and Robert discuss the joy of wine with guest hosts Caron Golden and Lindsay Pomeroy, founder and CEO of the Wine Smarties.


Published: January 18, 2008


Jan. 11, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: January 11, 2008


Jan. 11, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: January 11, 2008


Dec. 21, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: December 28, 2007


Dec. 21, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: December 28, 2007


Dec. 14, 2007 Sarah Linkenheil Segment 1 - Download

Hosts Ron James and Robert Whitley talk to Sally's Seafood on the Water, up-and-coming chef Sarah Linkenheil.


Published: December 19, 2007


Dec. 14, 2007 Segment 2 - Download

Hosts Ron James and Robert Whitley talk to Sally's Seafood on the Water, chef Sarah Linkenheil and the Marine Room's Bernard Guillas.


Published: December 19, 2007


Dec. 7, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: December 7, 2007


Dec. 7, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: December 7, 2007


Nov. 30, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: November 30, 2007


Nov. 30, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: November 30, 2007


Nov. 16, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: November 16, 2007


Nov. 16, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: November 16, 2007


Nov. 9, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: November 9, 2007


Nov. 9, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: November 9, 2007


Nov. 2, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: November 2, 2007


Nov. 2, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: November 2, 2007


Oct. 19, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: October 19, 2007


Oct. 19, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: October 19, 2007


Sign On Promo Sample - Download

Sign On Promo Samples


Published: March 7, 2008

Latest Podcasts

Community Spotlight

Hosted by Drew Schlosberg


Digital Politics

Hosted by Karen Jagoda


Maynard's Garage

Hosted by Mark Maynard


Writer's Roundtable

Hosted by Antoinette Kuritz


Travel Like A Local

Hosted by Darlynne Reyes Menkin


Fill in The Blank

Hosted by George Varga


Into the Night

Hosted by David Coddon


Whitley On Wine

Hosted by Robert Whitley


UT in the Community

Hosted by Drew Schlosberg