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Culinary Greatest Hits

This episode features food-focused highlights gathered from the first six months of the California Now Podcast

We’ve had so many fascinating food experts on the podcast that we decided to assemble a greatest hits album of sorts—a collection of tip-filled snippets with some true insiders. The episode starts off with host Soterios Johnson’s conversation with Jeff Gordinier, Food and Drinks Editor for Esquire magazine. Gordinier tasted his way through some of the top restaurants in San Francisco and discovered that there was much to love at the high end of the culinary scene, including three-star spots like Saison, Atelier Crenn, and Benu.

After that, Johnson discusses the incredible bounty of California’s Central Coast with acclaimed chef and TV personality Curtis Stone; chats about hidden gems and Los Angeles food trucks with Eater LA Senior Editor Farley Elliott; and explores the local food scene with Sacramento Bee Food Critic Kate Washington. Pull up a chair and dig into this tasty treat of an episode. 



Jeff Gordinier ordered the tasting menus at five of San Francisco’s most acclaimed restaurants.

Curtis Stone shares highlights of his culinary tour of California’s Central Coast.

Eater LA’s Farley Elliott highlights some culinary hidden gems and picks his five favorite L.A. street food outposts.

Sacramento Bee dining critic Kate Washington discusses where to go and what to order in Sacramento.

About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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