San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 99

Today’s episode of the Happy Half Hour is sponsored by The Westgate Hotel and their Sunset Poolside Jazz Series, hosted on the rooftop every Thursday through September 13.

In today’s episode Erin Chambers Smith and Troy Johnson along with producer Archana Ram are taping from The Westgate Hotel, where we’re talking restaurant openings, including Cali Banh Mi in Pacific Beach, Dolce at the Highlands’ revamp, and Amplified Ale Works' upcoming East Village outpost.

Joining us is the Westgate’s executive chef Fabrice Hardel. He’s dishing on his spin on classic French cuisine and the menu he’s created for the hotel’s Jazz Series.

Our guest is David Graham, the City of San Diego’s Deputy COO, who’s telling us what it takes to bring businesses to fruition (he was behind the Quartyard), the state’s dated regulations, and more. He also once competed in the World Food Championships and served as sous chef to his mom at cooking competitions.

Today’s hot topic is about the science behind restaurant menus. A San Diego-based pizza mini-chain is mentioned in the story. Can you guess which one?

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