Jason Priestley

May 9th, 2019 – Zooming with Jason and Naomi Priestley!


Zooming with Jason and Naomi Priestley at Home




Jason Priestley. Naomi Priestley  – At Home in North Hollywood, Ca.

The Priestleys

 I’ve been very happy to call them friends for a long time.

Jason Priestley and I would see each other at auditions for TV and film roles in Vancouver.

Then he headed for LA and the rest you know.

Jason and TDM

We created and co hosted Hollywood and Vines TV. 3 years of shows from vineyards and kitchens in Italy, USA (California, Washington and Arizona), Mexico  and across Canada.

He met Naomi while acting in London. Jay didn’t know it yet but he was “done, like dinner”.

Naydog is a force… We had lots to get caught up on.  The kids, the USA and it’s pandemic and political crisis.

Plus three wines. The Rose they were drinking and my two – both with stories attached. Winemakers Cut and “The Mulligan” from Berens and Hitchcock.

Nay asks about returning to The Guadalupe Valley outside of Ensenada Mexico. It was just waking up to the possibilities of winemaking there when we visited over 10 years ago. Now it’s just exploded.

We talk about the status of his current series Private Eyes, thoughts on shooting film and tv down  the road and how their  family, their  neighbours and fellow Californians are handling 2020.







Its casual but a lot of fun. It gets serious a couple of times because it’s a serious time we’re all living in.  Cheers.  Enjoy!!


Mark Wachtin and Mich Pambrun   (Storied Wines and Spirits)

These two interviews were left over from our coverage of Swirl and Untapped in Parksville earlier this year.

Parksvilles gorgeous beaches!

I like these guys and I really like their portfolio. They represent – check this out –

(Vancouver Island)

Rathjen, Unsworth, Wayward Distillation


Anthony Buchanan


Lock and Worth

Desert Hills


Nagging Doubt

Nichol Vineyard


Ursa Major

Skaha Vineyards

Scenic Road Cidery

Tall Tale

That is an impressive list of clients.

You can tell these guys know their wines and winemakers.

Mark Wachtin

Mark Wachtin

Founder – Storied Wines & Spirits

It’s all about the people—conversations, stories and histories. Vancouver Island raised (free range) with a lifetime in hospitality, Mark’s drawn to smaller, family-run operations, sustainable farming and handcrafted production methods.

Motivated by both the traditional and the new wave of producers, Mark has paired wine and food in world-class hotels, restaurants and eateries. Mark’s commitment is best expressed in his strong relationships with sommeliers, chefs, bartenders, servers and retail product consultants.

Mich Pambrun

Mich Pambrun

North Island Sales & Marketing Representative

Michel Pambrun, former DJ and hospitality pro from Manitoba, is an

Internationally accredited sommelier. Michel celebrates natural, sustainable terroir-driven wines and their environments.

His many distinctions include participation in multiple Gold Medal Plates events curating pairings and perhaps his finest harvest, the raising of  two incredible daughters.



Fort Berens

Davin de Kergommeaux

(The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries)

Nude Beverages.  On a big time roll

EP 106 | Jason Priestley


Welcome to the pandemic

This week’s podcast is with two very fine friends.

Jason and Naomi Priestley in their house in North Hollywood.

You know Jason from 90210.

Private Eyes. A Roy Orbison video, Hollywood and Vines TV, and a bag full of films and tv series.

He acts, directs, and writes.

He’s also the luckiest guys in the World because he wed Naomi  Lowde-Priestley.

They have two children who act like adults.

Years ago One of them bit me in the nether region.

We’re talking wines, politics, Hollywood and Vines and life in the USA



EP 65 Jason Priestley Podcast


Everybody knows Jason Priestley. Beverly Hills 90210, the series he starred in for 10 years, is still running all over the world. This interview was done on Willie Mitchell’s fishing boat off Tofino alongside Naomi Priestley and their kids Ava and Dash. Terry talks to Jason about wine, the 90210 reboot, and his series Private Eyes.


February 4th, 2017 – Superbowl Weekend!


Jason Priestley, Glen Suitor TSN Football Analyst, George Siu Memphis Blues BBQ, Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole Fox Sports One and DJ Kearney all have suggestions for food, wine and Super bowl party tricks


It’s Super Bowl Weekend..a readymade excuse to eat, drink and gather with friends and family.

Even if you could care less who’s playing..there’s always a nice buzz around the day.

So, I’ve asked friends – who know this area of expertise very well – to talk about their food and wine plans..where they’re watching the game itself and if they have any suggestions for us.


Jay and Dan – Fox Sports One/LA

We know them as Jay and Dan..first with TSN and now with Fox Sports One in LA.

Jay and Dan

Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are friends on the air and off. They know their sports and their comedy.

Let’s see what they know about Super Sunday dining and drinks..and where will they be. We found them in their cars heading for work at Fox studios.

These boys bring the laughs… always have, always will.  They also have your betting line nailed down.. www.jayanddan.com



 Memphis Blues BBQ

Park Heffelfinger and George Siu are the owners of Memphis Blues BBQ House..

George Siu and Park-Heffelfinger

You’ll usually find then at their Broadway location or the one on /Commercial..there are lots of others but these two shops have a special “lived in” feel.

Super Sunday will find them crazy busy before first light..people just keep coming for Elvis platters and mounds of ribs and pulled pork..it’s a wild place to be around Super Bowl.


I asked Park and George about what people are looking for in their food and especially their drinks.. Don’t let the down home smoke house fool you… these guys are all over their drink lists..always changing wines and beers and bourbons..they’re serious about getting things right.

And as always…funny as hell.  www.memphisbluesbbq.com


Jason Priestley you know..he may not be the biggest NFL fan but nobody throws a better party..Hollywood party people.

Jason Priestley


Glen Suitor – Suits – was a hell of a defensive back in his playing days. He’s gone on to become the leading colour analyst for TSN  CFL Coverage.  He really knows his wines..and his football.


DJ Kearney is everywhere.  Director of wine at NewDistrict.ca, high level martial arts athlete and the person who usually is last one

DJ Kearney

out the door and shuts off the lights after the gathering. She has wines for your weekend food and throws in some wines for Valentine’s day.  www.newdistrict.ca


and we finish with Frank Gigliotti.  A West Coast legend who’s been a rock label rep, ran the BC Lions, then started making wines – for real – at California Cult Classics.

Frank Gigliotti

It’s a private wine club. You buy into a barrel of high end wine from Napa and it’s yours and no one else’s.

He only uses the two best growers in Napa.  Beckstoffer and Stagecoach.

Grapes are picked at 3am and driven directly to Vancouver..we’re talking great juice.

Finally Frank has been convinced to start a winery – Infinity. It’s TWO YEARS away but this is a label you want to know about.

Top level wines are coming my friends.


3 one hour specials on the Vancouver Wine Festival











June 4th, 2016 – Proscecco & Valpolicella


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Love your Prosecco?  How about Valpolicella?  Two of the very best Italian wine experts bring all the info you need

Master of Wine Barb Phillip and Michaela Morris, Italian Specialist.

On set with Actor, Director, Wine Snob Jason Priestley.

Trevor Kallies The Bar & Beverage Director, Donnelly Group.  Talks an all BC wine list and craft beer week plus they open in Toronto!!



 A master class in Prosecco and Valpolicella.  Please take a seat and enjoy!!!





Barbara Philip MW was the first Western Canadian to achieve the Master of Wine designation and is

the only female MW in the country. She is currently a Category Manager for BC Liquor Stores where

she is responsible for the European wine selections. Through Barbariain Wine Consulting, Barb works

as an international presenter, journalist and judge. In addition to lecturing across the United States,

Europe and Canada, Barbara has judged for the Argentina Wine Awards, The Dallas Morning News

Wine Competition, Gambero Rosso and the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Since 2008, she

has been the wine columnist on CBC Radio One’s On The Coast.  http://www.barbarianwine.com/

Barbara Philip MW

Barbara Philip MW






Michaela Morris, DipWSET

Michaela Morris is a wine journalist, educator and presenter based in Vancouver, Canada. She is the weekly wine columnist for the Westender newspaper, contributes to EAT and Taste Magazine and makes regular radio and television appearances. Michaela presents seminars and judges for a variety of local festivals and competitions. She also lends her expertise abroad speaking at conferences such as Wine2Wine in Verona and Barolo’s Collisioni Festival and judging for the Wines of Portugal Challenge and Vinitaly’s 5 Star Wines Award. Michaela successfully completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma in 2005 and is a local instructor for program. She is also a certified Italian Wine Expert through Vinitaly International Academy, currently one of only three in the world.


Michaela Morris

Michaela Morris

Prosecco is distinguished for its fruity and fragrant wine characteristics with a delicate nose. The wine itself demonstrates a straw-yellow colour with greenish hue overlay. The nose offers a fragrant bouquet, including golden apples, citrus fruits and fresh plants, interspersed with lilac and acacia flowers.

The Veneto region was granted DOCG status in 2010 because it is the ideal home for Prosecco. There  is no better place to produce this wine.

In fact, there’s yet to be found any other wine area so perfectly suited to developing wines with the fragrant, complex aromas of Prosecco.

Prosecco sales have gone through the roof..Canada loves it’s Prosecco..for the taste and for the value.  http://www.housewine.ca/about-us/michaela-morris/


Jason Priestley –  Actor/Director. Canadian

Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley


Yes, we know Jason from 90210 but since those 9 wild years he’s gone on to appear on stage, in film and lots of tv series..(Call Me Fitz)

He’s also become a very fine director,  which is what brought him back to Vancouver.

He was directing a new series Van Helsing for Producer Chad Oakes.


and so..in his trailer on set at Riverview we talked about …

His hair

His acting and directing

Hollywood and Vines TV

His new Global series Private Eyes.

And, of course, Wine!!




Trevor Kallies

Trevor Kallies


Trevor Kallies  Bar & Beverage Director, Donnelly Group
(President, Canadian Professional Bartenders Association, BC Chapter)

(Lamplighter/Bimini/Granville Room/New Oxford/Barber and Co/New Republic/Royal Dinette/Cinema/Library Square)

The Donnolly Group is one of Vancouver most successful restaurant and pub chains.

7 years ago they were one of the first groups to recognize and support the craft beer industry on the West Coast.

It also did not go un-noticed that they decided to pour an all BC wine list.

I went looking for Trevor because it’s the last two days of Craft Beer Week in Vancouver.

We found him in Toronto where he and his team has just opened the first Donnelly restaurant in Toronto.  Called Belfast Love!

Gave me a chance to ask Trevor about the differences between Toronto and Vancouver dining and wine/beer.

About this year’s craft beer week and what foods to pair with his wine lists.






Next Week – Our BBQ Special!!

April 5th 2014 – Cas and Dylan


Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2   What a line up. Oscar winning actor Richard Dreyfuss. Actor and  Director Jason Priestley. Together they create a new film opening this weekend Cas and Dylan. To kick off this year’s baseball season we present Hall of Fame Pitcher and Winery owner Tom Seaver. However, it’s The Wine Diva who kicks things off with lots of pre-tasted wines for Spring!!  


The SHOW  

Are wine choices seasonal? That question is always being asked. Let’s face it..as Summer approaches we start reaching for lighter/whiter wines after months  of Get-me-through-Winter  Reds.   Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva – is waaaay ahead of us.

wine diva

wine diva

She’s tasted and tested at least  2 dozen  wines for you to consider. This list is a keeper. You can find all her lists at www.winediva.ca

  • Jackson~Triggs Reserve Viognier, Okanagan Valley BC $13.99
  • Nk’Mip Cellars Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC $17.99
  • Trivento ‘Amado Sur’ White, Mendoza, Argentina $14.99
  • Douglas Green Chardonnay, Western Cape South Africa $12.96
  • ‘Kono’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand $16.00
  • Bartier~Scholefield Rose, Okangan Valley BC $19.00
  • Codorniu Classico Brut Cava, Spain, NV $14.99
  • Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay McLean Creek Road Vineyard, Okanagan Valley BC $30.00
  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • Road 13 Honest John’s Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $16.99
  • Clos du Soleil ‘Capella’, Okanagan Valley BC $25.00
  • Monte Del Fra Corvina Veronese, Veneto Italy $16.00
  • 8th Generation ‘Confidence’ Spumante, Okanagan Valley BC $23.00
  • Upper Bench Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC N/A
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC $30.00
  • Fetzer ‘Quartz’ White Blend, California $16.99
  • Arabella Chenin Blanc, Western Cape South Africa $13.00
  • JoieFarm Gamay, Okanagan Valley BC $24.00
  • ‘Grooner’ Gruner Veltliner by Meinhard Forstreiter, Austria $16.99
  • Domaine Zinck Pinot Blanc, Alsace France $17.99
  • Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Leyda Chile $12.99
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • Steller’s Jay Brut, Okanagan Valley BC $24.99
  • Jorge Ordonez ‘Botani’ Moscatel Seco, Sierras de Malaga DOC

www.winediva.ca www.winescores.ca [divider]  Tom Seaver George Thomas “Tom” Seaver nicknamed “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise”, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched from 1967-1986 for four different teams in his career, but is noted primarily for his time with the New York Mets. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the highest percentage ever recorded (98.84%), and has the only plaque at Cooperstown wearing a New York Mets hat. As of 2010, Tom Seaver and Gil Hodges (played for the Mets in 1962-63) are the only Met players to have their jersey numbers retired by the team (Gil Hodges’ number was retired as a manager even though he also played for the Mets). He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1967, and three NL Cy Young Awards as the league’s best pitcher. Seaver is the Mets’ all-time leader in wins, and is considered by many baseball experts as one of the best starting pitchers in the history of baseball.   Seaver married the former Nancy Lynn McIntyre on June 9, 1966. They are parents of two daughters. They live in Calistoga, California, where he started his own his 3.5-acre  vineyard, Seaver Family Vineyards, on his 116-acre  estate on Diamond Mtn Napa  in 2002. His first vintage was produced in 2005.  He presented his two cabernets, Nancy’s Fancy and GTS, in an April 2010 wine-tasting event in SoHo to positive reviews.

Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver

www.seavervineyards.com/   Tom Seaver’s vineyard isn’t open to the public, but his powerful flagship GTS Cabernet Sauvignon ($85) and easier-drinking GTS Nancy’s Fancy Cabernet Sauvignon ($65) are available in limited quantities using order forms at seaverfamilyvineyards.com. [divider] All right!  What could you possibly need to know about Jason Priestley that you already don’t know. He’s an accomplished film, stage and TV actor. Father of two. Good Canadian Boy (West Coast through and through)
Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley

He and I are partners in  the series Hollywood and Vines TV www.hollywoodandvinestv.com Just won Best Actor and his series Call Me Fitz just won best comedy at the Canadian Screen Awards 2014. www.callmefitz.ca Cas and Dylan – which debuts this weekend – is Jason’s first film direction.
Cas and Dylan

Cas and Dylan

It stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.  An Odd Couple Road Movie.
stars and their director

stars and their director

Jason Priestley joins us..and the last segment is reserved for Richard Dreyfuss.  http://www.officialjasonpriestley.com/         and finally we finish with Richard Dreyfuss.. Jaws Close Encounters American Graffiti The Goodbye Girl Mr Holland’s OpuS And many many more films/tv series.  Richard gives us the other side of the Cas and Dylan story. Also talks about his work with Steven Spielberg . Saves special mention for the third act of Cas and Dylan – The Payoff!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dreyfuss



10 days in Argentina (April 19) 12 days in New Zealand.(May 3)

Liam Mayclem Takes You (and Jason Priestley) “Inside the Kitchen” on San Francisco Food Tours



Liam Mayclem, host of the "Inside the Kitchen" tours, at Boudin Bakery at Fisherman's Wharf Photo: Rick Camargo

Liam Mayclem

Liam Mayclem, host of the “Inside the Kitchen” tours, at Boudin Bakery at Fisherman’s Wharf Photo: Rick Camargo
Liam Mayclem covers food in a fun and diligent fashion. He is widely known around these parts for his work as an Emmy award-winning host and a producer for CBS 5 TV’s “Eye on The Bay” and Foodie Chap series. Mayclem is a familiar face because he seems to say “yes” to it all: emceeing food and music events, acting in TV commercials and traveling. Now, Mayclem has a new project that will have him interacting with the public in an intimate fashion. Culinary tours are all the rage now and Mayclem has signed a deal to host “Inside the Kitchen” tours with The Ritz Carlton hotel in San Francisco, a natural fit given his years touring restaurants and kitchens for TV shows. The tours begin this month for the public, but one recent private tour guest was actor Jason Priestley, who was in town filming a Canadian TV show in which Mayclem’s food tour is included in an episode.
Bay Area Bites caught up with Mayclem to talk about his latest project and get his thoughts on current food trends and favorite food haunts. His comments have been edited for content and clarity.
Bay Area Bites: Tell me about filming with Jason Priestley for a Canadian-produced show called “Hollywood & Vines.”
Mayclem: I took the 90210 star for a tasty stretch of 94110 — Valencia in the Mission. Jason loves his food and wine and his knowledge runs deep, especially with vino. We stopped at four spots on our walkabout: Mission Cheese (wine and fromage), Abbot’s Cellar (beer paired perfectly with seasonal offerings), Tacolicious (tequila & tacos), Craftsman & Wolves (sweet ending & vino).
Jason was particularly impressed with the Pasion Margarita at Tacolicious. This bright yellow cocktail sings “drink me” the moment it appears — it’s just so darn inviting. It tickles, then burns, hangs in your chest and overstays its welcome. Jason referred to it as “Deep Spice — the fifth Spice Girl, so lovely when you first meet and then she grabs you by the throat and takes you down.” Needless to say we were all keen to order another after the first one settled but sadly there was filming to be done and we marched on, the grip of “Deep Spice” still with us. This episode featuring my Valencia Street Food Tour will air across Canada and internationally in October.
Jason Priestly, Terry David Mulligan and Liam Mayclem at Chef's Table at Parallel 37. Photo courtesy of Liam Mayclem.

Jason Priestly, Terry David Mulligan and Liam Mayclem at Chef’s Table at Parallel 37. Photo courtesy of Liam Mayclem.

Jason Priestly, Terry David Mulligan and Liam Mayclem at Chef’s Table at Parallel 37. Photo courtesy of Liam Mayclem.
Bay Area Bites: How did you get involved with the food tours at The Ritz Carlton? Can you talk about food tours as a trend?
Mayclem: Joyfully, I have been doing culinary tours of the Bay Area on TV for eight years as part of “Eye on the Bay,” showcasing the best of our culinary universe: food trucks to fine dining, pop-ups to permanent mom & pops. The idea of doing an actual walking tour with a real live group had never really occurred to me. There are many who do it really well (Avital Tours for example) so why crowd the space? However over lunch with Diana Haven, a PR pal and my former booking producer at TechTV, the topic came up about a partnership with The Ritz Carlton-San Francisco and a series of walking tours curated by me. It seemed like a great way to share my knowledge, my passion and my relationships with chefs and purveyors with others. People visit San Francisco by the busload to eat and drink. There is much to show off here and I do it with pride.
So I went away and designed four unique tours, each one with additional elements, such as special guests (such as Ben Fong-Torres for the Chinatown tour), a hands-on experience (for example, Pizza making at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana) and a post-tour chef’s table dinner with Chef Michael Rotondo atParallel 37 at The Ritz Carlton-San Francisco. There will also be a surprise each week, which of course I cannot reveal but you can book a spot on the tour and find out! The first tours are Valencia Street: Gourmet Corridor (August 10); A Taste of San Francisco (August 17); San Francisco’s China (August 24); and The Craft of the Cocktail (August 31).
Liam Mayclem surrounded by tour guests at Tony's Pizza Napoletana in North Beach Photo: Rick Camargo
Liam Mayclem surrounded by tour guests at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach Photo: Rick Camargo
Bay Area Bites: What are the other food & drink trends you see these days?
Mayclem: The food truck trend continues with a new one popping up every week. They bloomed at a time when the economy was tanking and “cheap eats” became the order of the day.
Then there are pop-ups, where inspired chefs pick a spot for a one-night food event. Ravi Kapur did a series. Other favorites are Rice, Paper, Scissors and Creole night at The Residence.
Being bi-coastal is a trend — Danny Bowen of Mission Chinese, the original pop-up chef, now has a second Mission Chinese in New York. And the New York food festival, Lucky Rice by Danielle Chang, celebrating Asian-inspired cocktails and eats, is coming to the Bay in September, as well as to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.
The “bar chef” is celebrated as much as the food chef by many and that’s a rather cool thing. There is communication between the kitchen and the bar today that perhaps did not occur a few years ago. Bartenders who make crafted cocktails are sourcing ingredients from farmers’ markets in the same ways chefs do and that’s a grand mark of progress. Props to Scott Beattie (Goose & Gander), Greg Lindgren and Jon Gasparini (Rye and 15 Romolo), Jeff Hollinger and Jonny Raglin (Comstock Saloon) and The Bon Vivants (Trick Dog) for leading the charge, raising the bar and staying true to their commitment to quality-crafted cocktails. The reward for us is that many one-time bartenders at joints owned by others now have their own spots to fully express their cocktail flare. Aren’t we lucky? And all their spots have good eats to soak up the cocktails… but it’s cocktails first and then the food!
Liam Mayclem on Check, Please! Bay Area.
Liam Mayclem on Check, Please! Bay Area.
Bay Area Bites: You were on Check, Please! Bay Area. What was that experience like?
Mayclem: Being on Check, Please! was a treat because for once I got to speak my mind as a food fan in a loose space and in the company of my pal Leslie Sbrocco. She is a lovely lady who enjoys food and vino as much as me. I adore her. I spoke of my love for Chef Roland Passot’s La Folie and argued the merits of the tasty voyage of culinary discovery with every dish, as another guest complained about the food at La Folie being bland. Needless to say, it was a spirited and fun experience, and led to the only time a viewer has ever yelled at me: “You are a bully and a snob,” shouted by a female cabbie as she sped away, soon after the airing of the episode. She may have been a pal of the guy at the Check, Please! table with opposing views and taste buds! We taped the show four years ago and people still bring it up. Clearly Leslie has an army of dedicated disciples… I mean viewers!
Bay Area Bites: Do you cook at home?
Mayclem: I do cook, but not a lot. Why cook when I can choose to eat out at any one of the 4,200 restaurants in San Francisco any night of the week? With all the hours I have spent at the side of Michelin starred chefs I should be a culinary whiz in the kitchen, but alas I am not. However, I do cook a mean and, dare I say it, terribly tasty Shepherd’s Pie, a dish my mother cooked often growing up in Ireland and England. I always have to explain to people Shepherd’s Pie is cooked with lamb and Cottage Pie with beef. I once partnered with Chef Roland Passot in a Foodie Chap Shepherd’s Pie cook-off against two Michelin starred chefs Dominique Crenn and Chef Russell Jackson (now on the Food Network). Team Mayclem & Passot took home the top prize — it was the foie gras and truffles that won over the judges. Being a gent I gave my trophy to team Crenn & Jackson. But I will forever enjoy the bragging rights — Best Shepherd’s Pie with Chef Roland Passot.
Bay Area Bites: Who is your partner and how did you meet?
Mayclem: I have been with my partner, photographer Rick Camargo, for seven years. We met at a BBQ at a pal’s house in 2006. It was love over steak and we have not looked back. He drives me, inspires me, supports me and puts up with me. I am a most lucky man.
Bay Area Bites: What are your favorite food haunts and how did you get so interested in food?
Mayclem: Here are spots I have eaten at recently and enjoyed:

  • New spot: Coqueta. Every dish was bangin’ with flavor.
  • At the counter: Slanted Door. Bartenders with tenure and mad bar skills — and you can eat the whole menu.
  • Cheap eats: The Galley at Clooney’s with Chef Justin Navarro– pub grub with flair and surprises. His French onion soup sandwich — wow!
  • Neighborhood spot: Rich Table in Hayes Valley: Solid food with a non-fussy inviting vibe.

My love affair with food began in 1988 when I moved to France for a job as a journalist on an Anglo-French radio station. A dish called Veau et champignon a la crème changed my life. It was my introduction to French food and the culinary love fest was on. However, I credit the 200-plus chefs I have interviewed for “Eye on the Bay” and on KCBS as the Foodie Chap as the real reason I appreciate food and have a love for the culinary arts. These hard-working men and women are steadfast in their commitment every day to quality on every plate at every service. They have taught me to appreciate the purveyors and farmers, without whom we would have no reason to eat out. We are spoiled here, so very spoiled, with the abundance of fresh food, quality chefs and diversity of cuisine. My curiosity regarding all things culinary became an interest, a love and a passion.
Bay Area Bites: You do a lot of charity emcee work and acting. What have you worked on recently and what is in the immediate future?
Mayclem: My spare time is filled with charity commitments and I have my favorites. I recently hosted La Cocina’s Gala Dinner. What a special night in the company of amazing women who came to America as immigrants and now, with a some guidance from La Cocina and a kitchen to work out of, they are in business and thriving. I also hosted events recently for SF & Marin Food Bank, Project Open Hand, SF CASA.
I hope to launch a TV version of Foodie Chap in the next year. A solid local show committed to food and chefs would be great and I hope to be able to bring that to air on TV or your tablet in 2014.

Hollywood and VInes TV Season 3 is near…



jay and Dan

Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, Jason Priestley, Terry David Mulligan,
Hollywood and Vines TV shoot in LA

Jason and Terry just completed a 2 day sweep through Hollywoodland
Shooting started at The Merchantile – a fine wine bar – on Sunset Blvd.
JP and TDM showed UK in linen jackets and slacks.
Our guests – The Tickle Trunk Twins – Sportscasters Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole from Fox Sports walked in dressed to wash their cars.
Soooo LA.
Fashion aside. We couldn’t wait to talk to these boys.
Stars on Canada’s TSN they have brought the whole glammy package South to America.
They’ve just started on air so the USA is just getting a first taste of their traveling gong show but very soon they’ll be the talk of the Town so to speak.
We covered a lot of ground including The Tickle Trunk, Friendly Giant, cars, fame and wine,  on both sides of the border.
Then show intros and extros right underneath the Hollywood Sign
Then it was shooting at the corner of the real Hollywood and Vine.
It was crazy.
And finally our day ended with an interview featuring Anson Mount. Lead actor in the very successful Hell on Wheels.
He had come directly from appearing on the Arsenio Hall Show and Mr Hall had discovered that Mr Mount loved his bourbons and poured him a generous parting shot.
This by the time his driver dropped him off he was well and truly on theme.
We did spend a lot of time talking bourbon and such.
A little on wine and a lot about acting.
Year Three is nicely coming together.
Bridget is editing and Frank is working on the music
Almost done.


Season 3 Update- Sept 2013