Thursday, May 28, 2015

05/28 FRED RENO, WEST BURGUNDY WINE GROUP, GREY DAMON, AQUARIUS, NBC

FRED RENO - DIRECTOR OF WEST BURGUNDY WINE GROUP

West Burgundy Wine Group represents a portfolio of wineries consisting of estate-based, site specific wines produced from classic burgundian varietals grown in our vineyards across the climate margins of California and Oregon.

Our current portfolio consists of terroir-driven wine produced from the notable appellations of Los Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley. Each wine showcases the exceptional quality and distinctive characteristics of our estate vineyards.

Carneros Hills Winery – Los Carneros, California
Champ de Rêves – Anderson Valley, California
Wild Ridge – Sonoma Coast, California
Gran Moraine – Willamette Valley, Oregon

In addition to focusing on our estate vineyards, The West Burgundy Wine Group  also serves as the exclusive importer for Moillard-Grivot, a family-owned domain  and eleveur-négociant since 1850 that produces wine from acclaimed  regions and crus within Burgundy, France.
Moillard-Grivot – Burgundy, France

WWW.WESTBURGUNDYWINEGROUP.COM


GREY DAMON - ACTOR, "AQUARIUS" NEW NBC SERIES (THURSDAY’S AT 9PM)

Los Angeles. 1967.

Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, "Californication," "The X-Files"), a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, barely recognizes the city he's now policing. Long hair, cheap drugs, rising crime, protests, free love, police brutality, Black Power and the Vietnam War are radically remaking the world he and the Greatest Generation saved from fascism 20 years ago.

So when Emma Karn (Emma Dumont, "Salvation," "Bunheads"), the 16-year-old daughter of an old girlfriend, goes missing in a sea of hippies and Hodiak agrees to find her, he faces only hostility, distrust and silence. He enlists the help of Brian Shafe (Grey Damon, "True Blood," "Friday Night Lights") - a young, idealistic undercover vice cop who's been allowed to grow his hair out - to infiltrate this new counterculture and find her.

The generational conflict between the two is immediate and heated, yet they're both dedicated officers and soon realize the need to bring Emma home is more urgent than they foresaw. The immediacy arises because she has joined a small but growing band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony, "Game of Thrones").

Ringing with the unparalleled music of the era, "Aquarius" is a sprawling work of historical fiction that begins two years before the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. It's a shocking thriller, a nuanced character drama and, in the end, the story of how we became who we are today.

Writer John McNamara ("In Plain Sight") serves as executive producer with Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), David Duchovny and Melanie Greene. "Aquarius" is a production of Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios.

ABOUT GREY
Grey Damon stars as Brian Shafe on the NBC series “Aquarius.”
Damon was most recently seen co-starring in the series “Star-Crossed” and just finished filming the lead role in the independent dramedy “Sex Guaranteed,” which will hit theaters later this year. Damon’s other television credits include a series regular role on the final season of the critically-acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights,” a recurring role on “True Blood” and guest-starring role on “American Horror Story.”

Damon also starred in the series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” in addition to recurring roles on “Twisted” and “The Secret Circle.” In 2013, he played the young Josh Brolin for director Spike Lee in “Old Boy” and co-starred in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”

Damon hails from Bloomington, Ind., and was raised in Boulder, Colo. He caught the acting bug early, and worked his first professional job in the production of “The Christmas Carol” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. When he is not on set, Damon spends his time on other artistic endeavors such as writing, drawing comics, sculpting, photography and writing and playing music.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

05/27 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, MARYBETH BOND, THE GUTSY TRAVELER

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


MARYBETH BOND, AUTHOR AND “THE GUTSY TRAVELER” EXPLAINS HOW TO NAME YOUR PRICE FOR MANY VACATIONS - SUMMER TRAVEL DEALS & STEALS

USA’S #1 WOMEN’S TRAVEL EXPERT SAYS IT’S NEVER TO LATE TO PLAN A COOL SUMMER TRIP

Travel Expert, Marybeth Bond is known as “The Gutsy Traveler” for her willingness to try new vacation adventures, but also because she knows how to negotiate a great travel deal.  On May 19th, the author of 11 best-selling travel books is available to share some great travel ideas that ONLY the #1 women’s travel expert would know.  Marybeth will also share some unique vacation adventures for girlfriend getaways that will entertain and frankly surprise your viewers and listeners.  For the truly “gutsy” traveler, who waits until late Memorial to start planning their vacations, find out why waiting until the last minute can actually save you some money if you’re willing to negotiate.

Bond is the nation’s preeminent expert on women travel. She is the award-winning author-editor of 11 books. Marybeth has hiked, cycled, climbed, dived and kayaked her way through more than seventy countries around the world. She was a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Marybeth has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, National Public Radio and National Geographic Weekend.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

05/26 DR. JOEL FISHER, LA WINE FEST, TOP CHEF ILAN HALL, KNIFE FIGHT, ESQUIRE

DR. JOEL FISHER - LA WINE FEST

May 30-31, 2015 at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood

The LAWineFest is proud to be in its 10th successful year. This popular event blazed a trail in L.A. to bring wine and people together in a fun, inviting and accessible way. Now a local institution, we’re known to reliably deliver a sun-kissed event that balances fun, exploration and education. Our goal is to help people explore their taste in a festive environment. Our unofficial motto: Drink what you like; Like what you drink!

Dr. Joel M. Fisher – Founder & CEO
Joel M. Fisher, PhD writes or has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California — Los Angeles for seven years and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California and Wine Discoveries. Net. A Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, he is also a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel) and is a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.

Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. Awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America, he is the author of the Wine Work Book, now in its 6th edition.

Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne in 2005. In June 2006 he again led a program, “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia,” to Spain and Portugal. Future programs to wine regions are in the works.

Sara Fisher Chapin – Head of Program Development & Strategic Relationships
Sara Fisher Chapin is pleased to have joined the family business in 2012. She has an extensive history as a senior leader in small business development and brand marketing.

WWW.LAWINEFEST.COM


TOP CHEF, ILAN HALL - KNIFE FIGHT ON ESQUIRE IS BACK FOR SEASON 3

Get Ready for a Serious KNIFE FIGHT!

The Raucous After-Hours Cooking Competition is Back for Season Three. Leading this Gritty Cooking Experience is Innovative, Young Chef, Restaurant Owner and Winner of the Second Season of Top Chef, Ilan Hall.

Ilan Hall owns Gorbals L.A. and the new Gorbals Brooklyn, which is also serves as the venue for this season of Knife Fight. In each episode, two chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in one hour from a combination of secret ingredients. Sixteen New York area chefs will compete to conquer mystery ingredients and each other, but only one will be left standing. Award-winning chefs battling include: Franklin Becker, Sean Telo, Joey Campanaro, Daniel Holzman, Einat Admony, Jonah Miller, Miguel Aguilar, Todd Mitgang, Vincent Chirico, Tony Maws, Dale Talde, Pete Lipson, Edi Fraueneder, Wolfgang Ban, Leah Cohen and David Felton.

Ilan’s culinary influences are as varied and far-reaching as the obscure ingredients the contestants on his show cook with. The child of Scottish and Israeli immigrants with roots in Eastern Europe, Ilan was exposed at an early age to foods in Europe and the Middle East, as well as South America and Asia. He got his first job working for Tom Colicchio at Craft, and went on to work at Casa Mono, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s celebrated Spanish restaurant, for three years.

KNIFE FIGHT BIO
Ilan Hall is one of the most innovative young chefs of our time. Best known for winning Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef, he is also owner of The Gorbals in Brooklyn. Now, he’s the host of KNIFE FIGHT, a gritty new cooking competition show on the Esquire Network, featuring after-hours cooking bouts between Ilan’s chef friends in The Gorbals kitchen.

Ilan’s culinary influences are as varied and far-reaching as the obscure ingredients the contestants on his show cook with. The child of Scottish and Israeli immigrants with roots in Eastern Europe, Ilan was exposed at an early age to foods in Europe and the Middle East, as well as South America and Asia. At seventeen, Ilan studied in Florence at the famed de Medici Cooking School. Then, he returned to the U.S. to receive his degree at the Culinary Institute of America, as well as a certification in baking and pastry arts at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa, California. He got his first job working for Tom Colicchio at Craft, and went on to work at Casa Mono, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s celebrated Spanish restaurant, for three years.

Ilan has cooked at a variety of events around the nation, including the Wine & Food Festivals in South Beach and Scottsdale, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the Sundance Film Festival. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has been featured in Food & Wine, In Touch, Life & Style, The New York Times, Newsday, Daily News, New York Post, Time Out New York, Salon, Epicurious and Chowhound.

TV.ESQUIRE.COM/SHOWS/KNIFE-FIGHT

Friday, May 22, 2015

05/22 ANN WOFFORD, WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS, MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT, STEVE EVANS

ANN WOFFORD – WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS 

Wofford Acres Vineyards and its sales room opened in 2003. We are family owned and operated and produce just 1,200 cases of wine annually. Drawing on Paul’s 40 years of professional winemaking experience and skill, along with Mike and Ann’s passion for the wine he creates, you can be assured of a unique and pleasant experience.

Due to limited parking and counter space we require a reservation (at least 24 hours in advance) for limos, party busses and large groups. Reservations can be made by emailing info@wavwines.com.

WAVWINES.COM


MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT - BEER STYLES TO ENJOY FOR SUMMER AND HOW DIFFERENT BEER STYLES PAIR WITH GRILLED FAVORITES

Memorial Day is this weekend – serving as the unofficial kickoff to summer, which means plenty of outdoor dining, entertaining and the perfect opportunity to incorporate beer into menus and celebrations. Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt shares his expert beer knowledge including how best to taste, pour and drink beer, differences in beer styles, beer suggestions based on wine preference, food pairings for grilled foods/summer bites, and summer beer styles and more.

ABOUT MARC
Marc Stroobandt is a leading authority in the art and science of food and beer pairing as a Master Beer Sommelier, taking his unique and entertaining approach across the globe. Stroobandt provides beer training and education, presentations and activations at various outlets in the U.S., such as Food & Wine, All-Star Chef Classic and Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival,  and internationally. Stroobandt is an accredited trainer for the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body) and has trained through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, in affiliation with the Beer Academy. He has been named to the Honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff in recognition of his professional expertise and services for the promotion of beer and beer culture.



STEVE EVANS - THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

05/21 WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPION MYRON MIXON, DESTINATION AMERICA, BBQ PITMASTERS ALL-STARS, MICHELLE METTER, SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST, RAINA SEITEL, SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE

WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPION MYRON MIXON IS BACK FOR ANOTHER HELPING OF DESTINATION AMERICA'S MOUTH-WATERING COMPETITION SERIES BBQ PITMASTERS ALL-STARS!

Fire Up the Grill!

Ask the Barbecue Hall of Famer for Tips on How to Beef Up Your Barbecue This Memorial Day Weekend.

America's favorite cooking competition series, BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars, is back for a sixth season, and this time, some of the greatest competitors from previous seasons return for the hottest BBQ battles in the country. Also returning to the judges table is Myron Mixon. Myron -- who was recently inducted into the Barbeque Hall of Fame in Kansas City -- is a three-time world barbecue champion and known as the winningest man in barbecue. Myron is the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple from the Winningest Man in Barbecue and Everyday Barbecue.

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of the summer grilling season, Myron can share some simple tips for everyday cooks on making that family barbecue extra special; suggestions on how to jazz up your barbecue beyond the standard burgers and dogs; where to find the best barbecue in the country; and of course, what viewers can expect from the new season of BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars.

ABOUT MYRON MIXON:
Myron Mixon a three-time world barbecue champion and known as the winningest man in barbecue.  He is the chief cook of the Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team; the star of Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters; the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue(Random House, May 2011) and Everyday Barbecue (Random House, May 2013).  Mixon was recently inducted into the Barbeque Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri.

WWW.DESTINATIONAMERICA.COM


MICHELLE METTER - PARTNER, FAST FORWARD EVENTS - SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST

ABOUT METTER:
As Partner at Fast Forward Event Productions, Metter brings 15 year's experience in event production, event launch, marketing and public relations expertise to the agency. Metter's extensive background and strategic insight in event marketing, public relations, event launch, design and execution; festival, conference and tradeshow management, and special events provides a foundation for the agency's ability to create and execute a wide range of event concepts and experiences. She possesses a strong knowledge of the event industry and maintains relationships with venues and event service suppliers throughout the country. She is involved in both her local community and the event industry as an active member of IAEE, ISES and AMA.

SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST TICKETS NOW ON SALE EXCLUSIVE $100 WEEKEND PASS AVAILABLE THROUGH MAY

The 2015 Culinary Adventure Includes New Paso Robles Dinner Series, Culinary Personalities, Adventure Tours and More!

All roads lead to SAVOR, September 24 - 27, 2015 during the sixth annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine festival. Tickets are now available for purchase, and for the month of May only, food and wine lovers savor huge savings on a Main Event Weekend Pass for just $100 (normally $150).

In 2015, the culinary journey centers at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch and features a fresh lineup of new events and experiences, including Adventure Tours, the new Paso Robles Dinner Series and celebrated culinary personalities.

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is a unique partnership between Sunset, the West’s leading lifestyle brand, and Visit San Luis Obispo County, the destination marketing organization for San Luis Obispo County, located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Offering attendees an authentic taste of the California Central Coast, the fourday exploration highlights the region’s signature destinations, sights, tastes and experiences.

Throughout the four-day event, attendees indulge in the area’s unspoiled ‘Classic California’ lifestyle, unplug and enjoy countless delicious moments. SAVOR is uniquely inspired by the place it calls home – one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the U.S., the California Central Coast.

The 2015 Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast food and wine event welcomes back its signature Main Event at Santa Margarita Ranch on September 26 and 27, 2015. This Visit San Luis Obispo County, 805-541-8000 ̃Fax 805-543-9498 www.SAVORcentralcoast.com weekend food and wine tasting features ticketed seminars in Chef Central and Winemaker Central, as well as general admission access to tent tastings featuring leading winemakers, farmers, artisan food purveyors and the sounds of local bands.

This year the SAVOR experience features a lineup of new events, dinners, Adventure Tours and culinary personalities, including:

Culinary Personalities - Join James Beard Award-winning author of Kitchen Gypsy (September 2015), international cooking teacher and chef, Joanne Weir, as well as popular food blogger, culinary instructor and author of Eating Up the West Coast (April 2015), Brigit Binns, during several SAVOR experiences throughout the four-day event.

Adventure Tours – On September 24 and 25, attendees immerse themselves in the Central California lifestyle with the return of the popular Adventure Tour series. New tours for 2015 include: Paso Robles Inn Art Bar, an outdoor painting session held at the Paso Robles Inn; Take to the Sea in Avila Beach, a guided boat tour that provides a closeup glimpse of the unique ecosystem and marine wildlife of Avila Beach; and Innovative Traditions at Halter Ranch, a walking tour and opportunity to meet the winemakers at Halter Ranch Vineyard, the largest vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles. For a complete listing of Adventure Tours, click here.

There are several ticket options and ways to experience Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, ticket packages include:

Main Event Weekend Pass –Priced at $100 per person through May, the Weekend Pass includes admission to the Main Event on both Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Prices increase to $150 on June 1, 2015.

Main Event Day Passes –Priced at $85 per person, Day Passes include single day admission to the Main Event on either Saturday, September 26 or Sunday, September 27.

Chef Central and Wine Seminars –Priced at $25 per person, choose between several one-hour seminars, tastings and cooking demonstrations led by celebrity chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and industry experts during the Main Event. Chef Central and Wine Seminar tickets are available for purchase as an enhancement to the Main Event Pass.

Adventure Tours – Priced at $85 per person, embark on a Central Coast excursion featuring unique tours, tastings and more.

WWW.SAVORCENTRALCOAST.COM
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PARENTING & LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND MOM BLOGGER RAINA SEITEL - SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR MOMS

Parenting & Lifestyle Expert Raina Seitel has tips on how to make this summer your family’s best yet!

These days moms have their hands full as they juggle the demands of work and family. It can get even more challenging during the summer when kids are on vacation and routines are less structured. But thanks to some “mom-tested” tools, things just got a little easier. Parenting & lifestyle expert Raina Seitel shares useful tools and strategies to help even the busiest moms keep their lives and families on track this summer and beyond.

ABOUT RAINA SEITEL:
Raina Seitel is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has profiled and interviewed a who’s who of personalities in the worlds of entertainment, fashion, music, theater, sports and politics, including Brad Pitt, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Christie Brinkley, Dolly Parton, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Hugh Jackman, Clive Davis, Michael Jordan, Rudy Giuliani and Bill Clinton, among many others.

Raina currently serves as an entertainment and lifestyle host and correspondent for a number of media outlets.  She hosts segments and reports on fashion, entertainment, Broadway, beauty, lifestyle and fitness for NBC’s “New York Live,” along with other NBC platforms.  She also co-hosts “Naughty But Nice with Rob Shuter” on AXS TV.

In addition to her hosting commitments, Raina is co-staring in the new reality series “City Girl Diaries” on The Style Network. The show focuses on the lives of several, real-life friends as they navigate exciting, high-profile professions, friendships and personal achievements in New York City.

As a style and entertainment expert, Raina serves as a spokesperson for many blue-chip brands via Satellite Media Tours and live media appearances, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Atlantic City Tourist Board, Energizer, Equinox, K. Hovnanian, and Staples.

Raina’s career includes 15 years of experience at CNN, ABC and NBC.  Raina served as co-founder of the multi-platform brand, Moms and The City, and co-hosted the NBC-produced, nationally-syndicated TV show, “Moms and The City & A Dad Named David,” based on the concepts and topics of the motherhood-centered brand.

A former competitive dancer, Raina continues to channel her love of the arts into her work.  Raina graduated cum laude from Tulane University.  She lives in Manhattan with her son, Hunter, and long-haired Chihuahua, Theo.