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Y A sneak peek into how Island Co. chef selects offerings BY KRISTIN LEIGH METCALFE FOR THE ISLANDER The Santa Catalina Island Company has seven food and beverage outlets on Catalina Island between its operations in Avalon and Two Harbors. Each outlet is different and has a specialty: For example, Ben's Bakery specializes in homemade pastries, cakes and sandwiches, while Avalon Grille features new American cuisine with top grade steaks, burgers and fresh sea- food. We had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Matthew Alleshouse, the executive chef for the Santa Catalina Island Company, to find out how to make a menu that is memorable, unique, and of course -- deli- cious. When creating a menu, the audience is first and foremost, the most important consider- ation. Sometimes the best way to find out what the audience is looking for is by asking them. Alleshouse and his team regu- larly ask customers how they enjoyed their meal, and if they have any recommendations. The team then takes these sugges- tions, goes into the kitchen, and then they get creative! "Part of the fun is being able to produce product that's favorable.., and different," said Alleshouse. The season is then taken into consideration. Seasonality affects what produce is avail- able; different proteins and fish are only available during certain times of the year. Whenever possible, the culi- nary team uses local and organ- ic products, such as the spiny lobster, which is indigenous to Catalina Island. Techniques also lend them- selves to specific seasons. In the wintertime, it's common to braise or stew foods, which involves a low and slow prepa- ration, whereas in the summer- time, grilling and searing, which are high heat techniques, are popular. "Sometimes, it's challenging to create menus in different sea- sons than they will be used in, but again, that's part of what makes every day so interesting," Alleshouse said. The Santa Catalina Island Company recently released new items at its outlets: Avalon Grille, Ben's Bakery, Descanso Beach Club, Descanso Fresh, Encanto Car6 and Harbor Reef Restaurant. Local theater group presents 'Bang Bang, You're Dead' In?Bang,' a murderer is confronted by the ghosts of his victims BY SEAN BRANNOCK FOR THE ISLANDER We have been known for our light-hearted comedies. However, this show WILL BE A POWEFUL THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE--NONE LIKE WE HAVE SEEN OR DONE BEFORE! The purpose of the- ater is to entertain but to also evoke an emotional response and create dialogue. This perfor- mance will do all of those. We are very proud and excited to share it with the community. "Bang, Bang, You're Dead" opens in Josh's jail cell after he has killed his parents and four classmates. The ghosts of those classmates demand to know why he killed them. Flashing back, Josh tries to manipulate his par- ents into buying the gun, his on the rise. We know that it's a tough subject to tackle but we are very proud of our approach. The script is well written and shows many sides of the gun issue. It also touches on bullying and what pushes an individual to make this awful decision. A decision that effects everyone involved. "Bang Bang, You're Dead" also shows that the momentary deci- sions isn't really thought through beyond the action and what it really means. What is next and that--unlike a game--you can't hit reset and start again. The staging for this perfor- mance will add to the overall experience. The performance will be done in the round - action in the middle with audience on all four sides - there are no sets or lighting (except for flashlights). Again, this is meant to be an experience. There are three performances April 29--May 1 and show times are 7 p.m.--there is no matinee. "Bang Bang, You're Dead"will be performed at Tremont Hall. Burgers and fries are among the selections available on the menus of Avalon and Two Harbors restaurants. Courtesy photo manipulation ends leaving his parents in a huge argument. Josh laughs to himself and says "Divide and conquer--works every time." The deceased enclose and push Josh, describing the "hell" he will live in until he answers them. This show is timely and is happening more often than not. Mass school shootings have been Come out and support the ARTS and LIVE LOCAL i, THEATER. ~ Tickets are $8 for Adults & $5 Students/Seniors and are avail- able at the door. Due to the mature subject mat- ter-we don't recommend this play for young children. **BE ADVISED** Avalon PTA update Thank you to all who golfed, participated in, or donated to the PTA Golf Tournament-it was a great success? All proceeds go toward scholarships for this year's seniors. Way to go Avalon Community! PTA meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 3:15 in the library. Next meeting date: May 17 Lancer Question of the Week: What are you most excited about for your future? THi~'CATAI.iNAisI.ANDER ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Fri(JaYl AplJii 22, 201615