Thursday, February 23, 2017

2/23 PARKER WALLACE, MEAL PREP PLANS, LAURA KATH, SB CAR FREE, ELIZABETH WERNER, THE INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR

COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT PARKER WALLACE - CLEVER WEEKLY MEAL PREP PLANS FOR THE MODERN FAMILY

GET OUT OF THE RECIPE RUT! WITH COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT PARKER WALLACE

Between chauffeuring the kids to and from soccer practice, nights at the school auditorium for music recitals and keeping yourself on your own professional schedule, it is easy to let this special season fly by without feeling like you’ve spent any real quality time together.

Even though your winter activities are stretching your time thin, don’t let the next holiday be the next time you enjoy gathering around table enjoying a meal as a family! Cookbook  Author & Lifestyle Expert, Parker Wallace is here with tips for today’s modern family to find clever, time-saving ways to get it all done and still take a break to enjoy some good food and togetherness.

Parker Wallace is the creator of What’s on Parkers Plate; A blog with daily recipes and cooking tips for all palettes! She has a regular segment for CBS Atlanta titled “What’s on Parker’s Plate?” and is the author of Eat Rich, Stay Skinny: A Girls Guide to Holiday Feasting. In addition to being a regular contributor for the Huffington Post Taste Section, she also produces an “Eat Rich, Stay Skinny” video series that has been featured in the Huffington Post. Her tips have also been seen on Daily Candy and Hello, Beautiful.


LAURA KATH - PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR, SB CAR FREE 

SANTA BARBARA CAR FREE 2017 “TAKE THE TRAIN” OFFER FEATURES SAVINGS ON HOTELS, CYCLING, SAILING & TOURS

The Santa Barbara Car Free Project invites visitors to show their train tickets to Santa Barbara and enjoy car free fun and experiences through December 31, 2017. The new 2017 “Take the Train” offer features specials on bicycling, sailing cruises, horseback riding, museum and zoo visits as well as hotel savings and more. Lyz Hoffman, Coordinator of the award-winning project at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District remarked, “Our partners are offering some great experiences when you arrive by train; just show your ticket when you check into a participating hotel for perks; then have more car free fun such as a sailing excursion, whale watching, a walking food tour, a museum or zoo visit and so much more.”

Through December 31, 2017, travelers to Santa Barbara can show their Amtrak tickets (paper, e-ticket, or mobile device) to the following attractions and activities for specials and experiences: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara (kayaking & surf lessons), Captain Jack’s Tours & Events (wine tasting or horseback riding), CONDOR Express (whale watching), Eat This, Shoot That! Santa Barbara Food & Wine Tours; I Bike Santa Barbara (cycling wine tours), MOXI—The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Santa Barbara Trolley Company, Santa Barbara Zoo, Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises, Wheel Fun Rentals (bikes) and Wine Edventures (tours).

Upon check-in at the following hotels and inns, travelers to Santa Barbara will receive special offers when presenting their train tickets at: Beach House Inn, Belmond El Encanto, BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Inn & Suites, BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn, Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach, Cheshire Cat Inn, Hotel Indigo, Hotel Santa Barbara, Inn by the Harbor, Lavender Inn by the Sea, Old Yacht Club Inn, Santa Barbara Inn and Upham Hotel.

Fourteen Amtrak trains arrive/depart Santa Barbara every day including the Coast Starlight (Los Angeles to Seattle) and the Pacific Surfliner (San Diego to San Luis Obispo).Several special offers and discounts are available.

Santa Barbara Car Free is an award-winning project founded and led by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District with more than 100 community partners who are dedicated to making car free vacations care-free. Find resources and car free discovery ideas at www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org

WWW.SANTABARBARACARFREE.ORG 


THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER, TALKS TOY TRENDS THROUGHOUT THE INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR

2017 TOY TRENDS
The Annual International Toy Fair is the largest toy marketplace in the country, bringing together more than 1,100 manufacturers, distributors and importers to showcase what’s new in the New Year – 400,000+ square feet filled with new and innovative toys, games and entertainment products!

Elizabeth Werner, the toy industry’s premier player, will be on hand and available to show, tell, demo, preview and play – She will offer your viewers an insider’s perspective of the industry’s most innovative, educational and just plain fun toys, set to be introduced into the marketplace this New Year.  

ABOUT ELIZABETH:
Elizabeth Werner is a renowned toy industry expert. Werner has appeared on dozens of broadcast outlets including The View, Fox & Friends, CNN and Access Hollywood to discuss the latest industry trends. Werner also appears as a regular child lifestyle expert on QVC. She was recognized by the Women in Toy Association as the “woman to watch in the toy industry.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2/22 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, CECI CARMICHAEL, NATIONAL FROZEN FOOD MONTH

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.



CECI CARMICHAEL - IN A RECIPE RUT? FRESH IDEAS ARE AS CLOSE AS THE FROZEN FOOD AISLE *** MARCH IS NATIONAL FROZEN FOOD MONTH ***

CECI CARMICHAEL, CLASSICALLY-TRAINED CHEF, LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND TV PERSONALITY, FEATURED ON FOOD NETWORK, OWN, AND OTHER NETWORKS AND PROGRAMS

Do you find yourself in a rotation of the same five or six recipes at dinner time? It’s time to find new inspiration in a place you might not expect… your grocer’s frozen food aisle.

Today’s freezer aisles are full of quality foods, made with real ingredients. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen to lock in all the beneficial nutrients and keep them in their perfect, just-picked state. Appetizers, ready-made sandwiches, side dishes, entrees and desserts can all be found in one place, with options for vegetarian, organic, gluten-free, international and ethnic-inspired products.

March is National Frozen Food Month, and many of your local grocery stores will be featuring special prices and promotions. Leading up to the event, Ceci Carmichael will be available on Feb. 22 to tell your viewers about the latest innovations in frozen food products, the benefits of choosing frozen foods, easy, time-saving recipes and details about a new, national sweepstakes offer.

DID YOU KNOW?
Vegetables, fruits and seafood are harvested/caught at the peak of freshness and flash frozen instantly - sometimes right in the field or on the boat - locking in all the beneficial nutrients and flavor with no preservatives.
Frozen fruits and vegetables, properly blanched and packaged for the freezer can be stored for 8-12 months.
Americans eat more than 2 billion slides of frozen pizza each year.
55% of women depend on the convenience of frozen foods when getting dinner on the table for their families.

MORE ABOUT CECI CARMICHAEL:
Ceci Carmichael moved to New York City from Washington D.C. where  she pursued an acting career, appearing on stage, television and  in over 150 commercials. In 1998, following a passion for food and cooking, she graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education becoming a personal chef and going on to start a catering company, Swell Food, shortly  thereafter.Ceci  conceived, produced and hosted a pilot for a show called True Food. This led to her being discovered by the Food Network, where she hosted Calling All Cooks and  Good Food Fast.  She later became the cooking expert on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life, helping families streamline their time in the kitchen.  She can now be seen as one of the cooking experts on Home Made Simple on  OWN .  In her down time, Ceci runs a Kitchen Coaching business, where she instructs and motivates clients to start cooking in their own kitchens. Ceci is a volunteer chef for Wellness In The Schools, which cooks fresh, healthy food from scratch in New York City Public School cafeterias.

WWW.EASYHOMEMEALS.COM

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2/21 ELIZABETH WERNER, TOY TRENDS, THE INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR, JONATHAN GOLICZ, TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW SERIES

THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER, TALKS TOY TRENDS THROUGHOUT THE INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR

2017 TOY TRENDS

The Annual International Toy Fair is the largest toy marketplace in the country, bringing together more than 1,100 manufacturers, distributors and importers to showcase what’s new in the New Year – 400,000+ square feet filled with new and innovative toys, games and entertainment products!

Elizabeth Werner, the toy industry’s premier player, will be on hand and available to show, tell, demo, preview and play – She will offer your viewers an insider’s perspective of the industry’s most innovative, educational and just plain fun toys, set to be introduced into the marketplace this New Year.  

Elizabeth Werner is a renowned toy industry expert. Werner has appeared on dozens of broadcast outlets including The View, Fox & Friends, CNN and Access Hollywood to discuss the latest industry trends. Werner also appears as a regular child lifestyle expert on QVC. She was recognized by the Women in Toy Association as the “woman to watch in the toy industry.”


JONATHAN GOLICZ - MARKETING DIRECTOR, TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW SERIES 

THE 4TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW BRINGS TOP TRAVEL EXPERTS, THOUSANDS OF VACATION OPTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND CUISINES TO SAN DIEGO MARCH 4th and 5th 

The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan Leads Roster of Celebrity Speakers Including Travel Personalities Peter Greenberg, Johnny Jet, Patricia Schultz and Jack Maxwell

Anyone looking to find, plan and book their next vacation will find thousands of vacation options to explore, local destination experts to help them get there, plus thousands of dollars in savings with exclusive travel deals and specials at the 4th annual San Diego Travel & Adventure Show.

Taking place March 4th and 5th at the San Diego Convention Center, travel enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with travel experts from around the world who are on hand to help attendees dream, personalize and book their next trip. Also included in the price of admission is access to dozens of inspirational, educational and culturally focused sessions on 5 stages located right on the show floor, along with hands-on activities fit for the whole family, including live camel rides.
One of the highlights of the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show is the opportunity to meet and gain inspiration from the world’s top travel experts and celebrities as they present seminars and answer questions over the two-day event. On the line-up for the Travel Theater are: • Jack Maxwell – Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel • Johnny Jet – Editor-In-Chief JohnnyJet.com • Patricia Schultz – Author, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die • Peter Greenberg – Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reports and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor • Phil Keoghan – Host/Co-Executive Producer, The Amazing Race & Author, No Opportunity Wasted
On the Savvy Traveler Theater, visitors will interact with travel experts on subjects ranging from packing and travel technology, to maximizing credit card reward points and what to do if disaster strikes while traveling.

On the Destination Theater , travelers will receive destination-specific information from local experts containing information on when to go, how to get there, what to see and do, local off the beaten path attractions and more from destinations close to home and far away.

The Taste of Travel Theater highlights top chefs who present live cooking demonstrations right on the show floor. Featuring cuisines from around the world, guests will have the opportunity to taste samples and get a full cultural experience in a stadium-seating styled theater.

At the Global Beats Stage, attendees can feel the beat and experience the rhythm of cultural dances and performances during more than 20 presentations throughout the weekend.
Attending the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show is an adventure in and of itself and presents hands-on activities suitable for the whole family. Guests can get their picture taken in their favorite destination at the Green Screen, climb a rock wall and ride a live camel, all under one roof.

Early exhibitors span from Alaska to Aruba, Florida Keyes to Fiji and Tuolumne to Tahiti. The Supporting Sponsor for this year’s event is the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. Whether you are looking for a river cruise through Europe of a getaway in Northern California, make the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show the first stop on your next trip!

The San Diego Travel & Adventure Show takes place March 4th and 5th at the San Diego Convention Center. The show opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for travel professionals; the general public can attend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees can purchase single-day and two-day tickets online now for the discounted rate of $11/$18 with promo code: SDPR or on-site for $15/$22. Children 16 and under are free and on-site tickets can be purchased with cash only. For tickets and event information, visit www.TravelShows.com/sandiego.

TRAVELSHOWS.COM

Monday, February 20, 2017

02/20 STACEY DIVINE, EL DORADO PASSPORT, THE PIE QUEEN ROSE BERANBAUM, NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

STACEY DIVINE - EL DORADO PASSPORT WINE EVENT 

TAKE A PLANE, TRAIN OR AUTOMOBILE TO THE 2017 EL DORADO PASSPORT WINE EVENT

The El Dorado Winery Association, well known as the Northern California favorite wine region located between South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, is calling all those looking for an “Adventure” in wine tasting to join them for two fun filled weekends packed with great wine, music and delightful noshing of food at the ever-popular Annual Passport Wine Event!

The 2017 event is set for April 22-23 and April 29-30, with a special winemaker dinner on the 21st and 28th.

Guests will enjoy a “passport” of touring through spectacular foothills while greeted by the always-welcoming winemakers/owners amidst their unique terroir and surroundings. Pair that with a plethora of food morsels and music... and you’ve found the best setting for some of life’s greatest pleasures.

“Each year sets a new tone and theme at Passport. This year, we are excited to announce our new brand noting that it encompasses all the Adventures in Wine a guest could possibly ask for,” stated Carey Skinner, owner of Skinner Vineyards and President of the El Dorado Winery Association. “We love opening our doors and setting the stage for the new theme each year.”

This event sells out, so be sure and get your tickets on sale at www.passporteldorado.com.

ABOUT EL DORADO WINES
With over 150 years of history steeped in gold and agriculture, the El Dorado region is poised for its newfound resurgence in viticulture. Unique vineyard soils and a high elevation create a superior environment for a vast array of varietals. The region is gaining recognition for its ability to grow quality grapes that exhibit a sense of place. For more information about El Dorado and wines visit www.eldoradowines.org.

WWW.PASSPORTELDORADO.COM
WWW.ELDORADOWINES.ORG


IN HONOR OF NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY WE HAVE AWARD-WINNING BAKER, COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND BLOGGER - ROSE LEVY BERANBAUM – AUTHOR OF THE PIE AND PASTRY BIBLE

ROSE WILL SHARE HER TIPS TO MAKE THE PERFECT CHERRY PIE!

ABOUT ROSE:
Rose Levy Beranbaum is the award-winning author of 10 cookbooks, including the latest--The Baking Bible (the International Association of Culinary Professional Best Baking Book of the Year) and The Cake Bible, now going into its 54th printing and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 1988. The Cake Bible was also listed by the James Beard Foundation as one of the top 13 baking books on "the Essential Book List."Rose also won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1998 forRose's Christmas Cookies, and her book, The Bread Bible, was an IACP and James Beard Foundation nominee and was listed as one of the Top Ten Books of 2003 by Publishers Weekly and Food & Wine. Her most recent book, Rose's Heavenly Cakes, won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 2010. For multiple years she was a contributing editor to Food Arts magazine and writes regularly for the Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Reader's Digest, and Bride's. Her popular blog, realbakingwithrose.com, has created an international community of bakers where you can visit Rose LevyBeranbaum and join in the discussion on all things baking. While you are there, you can bring the author right into your kitchen as she demonstrates key techniques and shares trade secrets so that you can create perfectly divine cakes. She also has over 155 YouTube appearances demonstrating baking techniques, including her PBS show "Baking Magic with Rose."

REALBAKINGWITHROSE.COM

Friday, February 17, 2017

02/17 TODD HOLLANDER, UNION BANK, LAURA KATH, TASTE OF SOLVANG, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

TODD HOLLANDER - MANAGING DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF BUSINESS BANKING FOR UNION BANK 

UNION BANK’S SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC SURVEY FINDS ENTREPRENEURS MORE OPTIMISTIC

Most West Coast Small Business Owners are Optimistic that the National Economy is headed in the Right Direction; an 11-Point Jump from Previous Survey

Small business owners are significantly more confident about the national economy, according to results from the Union Bank annual Small Business Economic Survey released today. The 18th annual survey also found that hiring is on the rise, with more business owners planning to offer permanent full-time positions in 2017 while interest in contractors and temporary positions wanes.

Union Bank conducted the survey from Dec. 12, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017, compiling results from nearly 700 small business owners in California, Oregon, and Washington State. The previous Small Business Economic Survey was conducted in January 2016.

Overall, 53 percent of respondents said the national economy is headed in the right direction, a significant reversal from January 2016 when a majority (58%) believed the economy was headed in the wrong direction. More than half of respondents (57%) also believe the economic outlook at the state and local levels has improved versus 49 percent in January 2016. However, 62 percent of survey participants said the United States, as an entity, is headed in the wrong direction. This reflects a five percentage point increase from January 2016.

Todd Hollander is available to you and your listeners to discuss the findings from the bank’s latest small business economic survey, among the longest-running surveys in the industry, and to help people understand the needs of small business owners.  Todd can also speak about the small business industry in general, and what Union Bank is doing to support small businesses.

WWW.UNIONBANK.COM


LAURA KATH - MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR,  SOLVANG VISITORS BUREAU - TASTE OF SOLVANG

TASTE OF SOLVANG 2017: TEMPTING EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR 25TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION

The 25th annual Taste of Solvang offers delicious delights and savory flavors from Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19, 2017. From farm-to-table, rustic wine country cuisine to New American and modern Danish fare, to iconic sweets and award-winning wines, beers, and spirits, this popular celebration features a variety of food and beverage experiences featuring Solvang area chefs, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of the region.

The Taste of Solvang Weekend Passport includes tickets to Sip + Savor’ Opening Night with VIP Access,  Saturday’s Tasting Trail and Wine & Beer Walk plus Souvenir Wine Glass, Taste of Solvang Collectible Item, Taste of Solvang Map, Visitors Guide and Souvenir Tote all for only $110 per person; and individual events are also available ala carte. All events are rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. Advance purchase of event passports or ala carte tickets is highly recommended at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017

The Taste of Solvang is presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau since 1993 with sponsorship support this year from Visit Santa Ynez Valley and City of Solvang.

WWW.SOLVANGUSA.COM


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.