Thursday, January 19, 2017

1/19 JIM STRIEGEL, RED MARE WINES, JIM HANSEN, PULEHU, AN ITALIAN GRILL, THE WESTIN KA’ANAPALI OCEAN RESORT VILLAS

JIM STRIEGEL - RED MARE WINES 

Jim Striegel began his love of wine at an early age while making wine with his father.  They shipped a variety of grapes from Napa Valley, California to their hometown of Carbondale, Illinois and enjoyed red table wine with family and friends. Jim enjoyed summers in the Napa Valley areaa with childhood friends when there were only ten wineries in the area, including Stag's Leap.  They would hang out in the vineyards and the cellars, experiencing the rich traditions that come along with it, including the annual "blessing of the grapes".

With over forty years of experience in sales and marketing, Jim has built many successful businesses in the apparel, automobile and real estate industries.  He worked for Izod Lacoste in Paris in the eighties and was able to further his wine education in both the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France. When he was ready to begin his own brand, he called renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett.  In addition to being a huge, longtime fan of Heidi's winemaking, he worked with her on a wine dinner in the Dallas area and trusted her advice and guidance.  It was through Heidi that he met winemaker and partner Anne Vawter and the rest is history.

WWW.REDMAREWINES.COM


JIM HANSEN, RESTAURANT MANAGER AT PULEHU, AN ITALIAN GRILL - THE WESTIN KA’ANAPALI OCEAN RESORT VILLAS

Pulehu, an Italian Grill
Often recognized for its culinary excellence, the relaxed, upscale Pulehu, an Italian Grill, presents New Italian cuisine served with a local sustainable twist. Overlooking the koi pond gardens, the restaurant is famed for its delicious pastas, appetizers, and pizzas prepared in a wood-stone oven, featured in the venue’s signature show kitchen. Also available is a semi-private room for special occasions.

Join us on February 11th, 2017 for an amazing wine dinner!

“Nuova Foglia (New Leaf)” at Pulehu, an Italian Grill
To celebrate Pulehu’s new chef de cuisine, Jesse Pita, the award-winning, signature restaurant at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas invites guests to a four-course dinner with classic Italian wine pairings not to be missed. Chef Jesse prepares the dishes, including a classic flaming parmesan wheel of pasta, right in front of guests.    

  • February 11, 2017
  • Two seatings: 6PM and 8PM 
  • $55 (plus tax and gratuity). Chef will walk guests through the preparations and thought processes of dishes from his new menu.
  • Limited availability 
  • Reservations: details to be shared during interview

ABOUT THE WESTIN KĀ‘ANAPALI OCEAN RESORT VILLAS 
Located on 26 oceanfront acres of North Kā‘anapali Beach, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas provide spacious villa accommodations with Westin amenities such as the Heavenly Bed, whirlpool tubs, fully equipped kitchens and washers/dryers. The resort also offers convenient outdoor grilling areas, general stores with a deli, excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, Westin Kids Club, full-service Spa Helani, golf and resort activities for all ages. Other fun pursuits such as whale watching (November to April), catamaran sailing adventures, hiking, horseback riding and championship golfing are easily accessible. The resort also offers a multitude of watersport activities, as well as complimentary shuttle services to Lahaina town. Visit westinkaanapali.com.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

1/18 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, LINDA CIAMPA

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.


RN AND HEALTH EXPERT, LINDA CIAMPA - WHAT TO KEEP AND WHAT TO TOSS IN YOUR FAMILY’S MEDICINE CABINET

GIVE YOUR MEDICINE CABINET A WINTER MAKEOVER

RN AND HEALTH EXPERT SHARES TIPS FOR WHAT TO KEEP AND WHAT TO TOSS  IN YOUR FAMILY’S MEDICINE CABINET

You stock your kitchen’s pantry shelves with quality food. Why would you skimp on the shelves of your bathroom cabinet?  With cold and flu season upon us, it’s a great time to purge the medicine cabinet.  Better to shop and prepare now than scramble when you are sick. Clean out clutter, get rid of anything that’s expired or you aren’t using, and stock up on the staples. A fresh start can make all the difference.

Well-known RN and health expert, Linda Ciampa has been helping families stay healthy for over a decade. On Wednesday, January 18th, Linda will be available for live interviews to share her best tips for preparing your medicine cabinet for the colder weather.  She will also provide viewers with an easy-to-use option for keeping track of your family’s medical and fitness information.

MORE ABOUT LINDA CIAMPA: 
Linda Ciampa is an award-winning journalist with a wide range of experience in all formats of media.  She is also a practicing registered nurse with specialties in pediatrics, maternity and surgery. Born near Boston, Massachusetts, Ciampa began her television career as a reporter in Sioux City, Iowa.  There she covered the Iowa presidential caucuses and later New Hampshire Presidential Primaries.  Ciampa worked as a local news reporter, writer and producer at several stations before joining Cable News Network in 1992.  During her 17 years at CNN, Ciampa worked as a writer, producer and correspondent for both the nutrition and medical units. She produced and reported breaking news for CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN Radio and CNN.com. In 2001, Ciampa received her nursing degree and an academic excellence award from Georgia Perimeter College while still a CNN correspondent. That year, Ciampa began part-time work as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.   Currently, she works at the maternity unit at Milford Regional20Medical Center in Massachusetts. In 2002, Ciampa produced Healthy Choices, Healthy Children for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The 20-minute video and supporting tip sheet is designed for pediatric medical offices to help change eating and activity patterns of children.She also produced award-winning broadcast series, including Wake Up America and How Safe is Our Food?  Ciampa has interviewed top nutrition and medical experts. Additionally, she wrote health segments for Ladies Home Journal and appeared on the award-winning weekly nutrition program, On The Menu. V Ciampa continues as a contributor to CNN’s Accent Health and also serves as Health Editor for Travelgirl Magazine.  She is also a media spokesperson for Plus Media of New York and for DS Waters of Atlanta.  In her role as spokesperson, Ciampa participates in road tours, satellite media tours and video news releases.  Ciampa holds a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, an M.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University and an A.S. in Nursing from Georgia Perimeter College.  She participated in a fellowship for biomedical research at the Case Western School of Medicine in 1997. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband Jim Morelli and son Will.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

01/17 IAN BLACKBURN, WINE LA: STARS OF SANTA BARBARA, SALLY KUZEMCHAK

IAN BLACKBURN – WINE LA: STARS OF SANTA BARBARA EVENT THIS WEDNESDAY

ABOUT STARS OF SANTA BARBARA
January 18, 2017
Leica Store and Gallery
8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Dedicated to keeping the populous current on the developments growing out of Santa Barbara, this Annual Tasting Event features the namesakes, owners, winemakers pouring some of the best wine made in California. Long before Sideways, LearnAboutWine was bullish about the quality of Santa Barbara wine. Today, with the continued evolution of Santa Barbara we see Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and specifically Ballard Canyon focusing on Syrah and Rhone varieties and Happy Canyon focusing on Bordeaux varietals. Santa Barbara continues to make smaller production wines that need a story to be told and we deliver on that promise.  Come and meet the winemakers, passionate owners, and the farmers and see why Santa Barbara deserves a bigger part of your wine budget and why you should plan a number of visits in the months ahead.

ABOUT WINELA
wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages.  It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array of venues, spaces, wine bars, restaurants, beaches, roof tops, gardens, and magical views. We want to be a part of the LA lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people, the place and the passion.

wineLA will promote significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. LearnAboutWine will now evolve onto a digital platform; the transformation will take some time; so we will slowly rebrand our event efforts onto wineLA, reduce the number of activities we focus on, and elevate our efforts to focus on the next big thing… Doing what is best for the wine industry and the communities we serve.  Edicts:  innovate, evolve and excite.

We thank you for joining our newsletter, we will be sending fewer emails and packing them with amazing content. We want to be your wine content provider and would love to hear about your favorite places, your music, your locations - we want to be under the influence of what ignites your passion for Los Angeles.

ABOUT BEEKEEPER CELLARS
Beekeeper Cellars is the vision of best friends and co-winemakers Ian Blackburn and Clay Mauritson. The two collaborated after adventurous individual careers in the wine business, and at last, decided to work together on a project of their own.

Clay, a 7th generation grape grower, and his family found themselves the owners of a significant slice of the Rockpile Appellation, through an amazing set of historical land transactions. The Mauritson family realized the potential and parented the creation of the ROCKPILE AVA. In 1998, Ian and Clay climbed the hill and watched the Madrone Spring Vineyard get planted, while discussing the future of Rockpile and the dream it represented.

In 2008, Clay saw the fruits of his family's labor taking shape and came to Ian with a unique opportunity to source some of the Rockpile fruit. He told Ian in the difficult days of 2008, “now is the time to get in and build the business and have it take shape as the market improves, and to not wait until business is strong as you will have a hard time getting access to the right quality assets.” Ian took heed of Clay’s wise comment and said "When your best friend is Clay Mauritson and he offers Rockpile fruit and to assist with winemaking…... you make Zinfandel.”

In Los Angeles, Ian operates a specialty wine marketing organization known as wineLA and has pioneered wine education for the past 20 years (since 1995) through www.learnaboutwine.com and www.wineLA.com.  Beekeeper Cellars is also involved in Ian’s Masters of Wine Thesis project and provides him the winemaking training he requires to help pass the difficult Masters of Wine exam...an ongoing pursuit.

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WWW.BEEKEEPERCELLARS.COM



REGISTERED DIETITIAN AND NUTRITION EXPERT SALLY KUZEMCHAK - A FRESH START:  TOP FOOD TIPS FOR A NEW BEGINNING

A FRESH START: Top Food Tips for a New Beginning 
Renowned Dietitian Talks Trends and Tricks to Start the Year Off Right 

As a new calendar year begins, your viewers will be taking notes on how to kick it off with a fresh start. Are they confused about where to start? They don’t have to be. From making the most of healthy food choices, to building healthier habits – help your viewers make this the year they keep those resolutions, without breaking the bank.

Today registered dietitian and nutrition expert Sally Kuzemchak is on hand and available to help navigate the sometimes-overwhelming amount of dietary information out there. Sally will show, tell and discuss some of the top food and nutrition trends along with easy ways to stay on track with healthy commitments, all while saving money.

ABOUT SALLY KUZEMCHAK:
Registered Dietitian Sally Kuzemchak has been a member of the ALDI Advisory Council since it was founded in 2014. An educator and author of the “Real Mom Nutrition” blog, Sally encourages families to be active and eat healthier through whole, fresh foods and home-cooked meals. Sally has been published in nearly 20 magazines and newspapers, including Parents, Prevention, Self, Family Circle, Fitness, Shape, Health, Eating Well, Ladies’ Home Journal, and The Chicago Tribune. In 2014, she partnered with Cooking Light on a cookbook for busy families called Dinnertime Survival Guide.


Monday, January 16, 2017

1/16 ANGELA JACKSON, NAPA VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK, FLAVOR! NAPA VALLEY, CHRISTOPHER CZARNECKI, THE JOEL PALMER HOUSE

ANGELA JACKSON, DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS, VISIT NAPA VALLEY - HERE TO CHAT ABOUT NAPA VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK (JAN. 22-29) & FLAVOR! NAPA VALLEY (MARCH 22 – 26) 

BOOK NOW FOR NAPA VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK: JANUARY 22-29, 2017
Napa Valley Restaurant Week provides both visitors and residents with an added incentive to experience a new restaurant or revisit a favorite. The weeklong promotion, Jan. 22 – 29, 2017, offers diners a choice of a two-course lunch for $20 per person, or a three-course dinner for $36 or $46 per person.  Each chef has created menus to celebrate the season and many of the restaurants offer optional wine pairings at an additional cost.  To view the complete list of restaurants participating in Napa Valley Restaurant Week, visit VisitNapaValley.com/RestaurantWeek.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FLAVOR! NAPA VALLEY MARCH 22 – 26 
A FIVE DAY FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND WINE BENEFITING THE CIA

Individual tickets for Flavor! Napa Valley, March 22 – 26, 2017, which supports programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) Greystone Campus in St. Helena, CA, are now available for purchase online at FlavorNapaValley.com.

Flavor! Napa Valley takes place during Napa Valley’s “Cabernet Season” (November through April) and celebrates both Napa Valley and CIA graduate chefs and winemakers with five days of exclusive food and wine experiences that bring out the best flavors of the legendary Napa Valley. The complete Flavor! Napa Valley schedule, as well as exclusive hotel packages at Silverado Resort and Spa and other Napa Valley lodging partners may be found at FlavorNapaValley.com. Multi-day ticket packages are also available.

WWW.VISITNAPAVALLEY.COM


CHRISTOPHER CZARNECKI -CHEF/OWNER FROM THE JOEL PALMER HOUSE JOINS US TO CHAT ABOUT SOUP FOR NATIONAL SOUP MONTH

Chef and food expert Christopher Czarnecki shares details of how his family restaurant has been around for 100 years and industry trends in regards to soup.

About Joel Palmer, the Oregon Pioneer
Joel Palmer was one of Oregon’s preeminent pioneers who left Indiana in 1845 to make his long way West. As leader of one of three wagon trains headed for Oregon, Palmer soon exhibited the leadership qualities for which he became famous. Joel Palmer co-founded the town of Dayton in 1848 and built this home in 1857. It is said that the town of Dayton is named after the hometown of Chris Taylor, a close friend.

The Czarnecki Family
Our family business took shape when my great-grandfather, Joseph Czarnecki, opened Joe’s Tavern in 1916 in Reading, Pennsylvania. His son, Joseph Jr., carried on the tradition, transforming the original tavern into Joe’s Restaurant and changing the focus to fine dining and wine with wild mushrooms (a family passion) as the centerpiece. My father, Jack Czarnecki, followed in his father’s footsteps, taking Joe’s Restaurant to a new level while maintaining the mushroom theme. My parents’ dream to combine fine cuisine, great mushroom hunting, and world-class wine was fully realized in 1996 when they purchased The Joel Palmer House and moved the restaurant West.

Christopher Czarnecki's commitment to fine dining was imprinted on him early, literally from the age of 9, when he was allowed to fill the water glasses at his parents' restaurant - originally called Joe’s Restaurant and located in Reading, PA and now, The Joel Palmer House, a landmark in Oregon's wine country. The world of his childhood was a world of fresh local ingredients, fine wines, busy kitchens, and grateful, happy diners – a world he knew he would inhabit as an adult. Czarnecki stepped out of that world for three years in 2003, when he joined the Army, working in food service, including a year of service in Iraq. During the time when Christopher was “cooking in combat boots” he learned the art of precision, and of course, following the rules. Christopher’s covert attempt at spicing up a dish with herbs and butter at one dinner only earned him 50 pushups, rather than the certain gratitude of his comrades. Chris regards his time in the dining hall as a learning opportunity, and was happy to return to a region where his creativity is fed and supported by the abundance of the area. Beginning in 2006, Christopher made his way back to The Joel Palmer House kitchen, taking over the reins from his father, Jack Czarnecki, as chef in 2007. His parents retired in 2008. In 2014, Chris and his wife, Mary, opened their 2nd restaurant, "The Barlow Room" in Dayton. Designed from the ground up to complement The Joel Palmer House, this new venue is open for lunch, on Sundays, and for special events and catering. The historic bar, casual menu, family friendly atmosphere, craft beers and cocktails make this the go-to local hang out for locals and winery folks. Czarnecki revels in the bounty of the restaurants' location in Dayton, in the heart of Oregon's Pinot Noir country. Czarnecki continues the family tradition of cooking with wild mushrooms, building his menu around whatever local mushrooms his foragers bring to the back door of the kitchen, along with other seasonal specialties. Czarnecki and his wife, Mary, are building their own vegetable gardens in order to provide “hyper-local” produce to the restaurant as well as a mushroom cultivation patch on the property. On the wine side, the cellar at The Joel Palmer House reflects Czarnecki's passion for the best local wines. With more than 500 Oregon Pinot noir wines on the list, and a Wine Spectator “Best of” Award of Excellence since 2010, Christopher often spends time in the cellar with a glass of Pinot noir reflecting on the life he’s built in The Joel Palmer House.

 WWW.JOELPALMERHOUSE.COM

Friday, January 13, 2017

01/13 LAKERS DIET DOCTOR CATE SHANAHAN, DEEP NUTRITION: WHY YOUR GENES NEED TRADITIONAL FOOD, KEVIN DELANEY, SCIENCE CHANNEL’S NEW SERIES STREET SCIENCE, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

LAKERS DIET DOCTOR CATE SHANAHAN – HERE TO EXPLAIN WHY VEGETABLE OIL IS YOUR BRAIN’S WORST ENEMY

You’ve heard of the cover-ups in the tobacco and sugar industries that prevented the public from learning about the toxic effects of these two products. There’s one more giant industry cover-up you haven’t heard about yet.

Vegetable oil—canola oil, soy oil, corn oil and more. Over the past half century, without anyone noticing, these highly processed industrial products have gradually taken over our diets and become the mainstay of the family meal. The most common vegetable oil is soy, and today the average American consumes nearly 2000x the amount of soy oil as in 1909.

DEEP NUTRITION: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (Flatiron Books; Hardcover; January 3, 2017) by Lakers Diet Doc Cate Shanahan, MD with an assist from Luke Shanahan is the antidote. It shows exactly how vegetable oil slowly but inevitably erodes away your health, how vitally healthy people were not too long ago, and paves the way for you to reclaim the health you deserve.

Once a world-class athlete plagued by debilitating injuries, physician and biochemist Cate Shanahan was determined to cure her own ailments. So she researched the diets from around the world proven to help people live longer, healthier lives—diets like the Mediterranean, Okinawan, and The Blue Zones—and identified four common nutritional habits that for generations have unfailingly produced strong, healthy, intelligent children, and active, vital elders.

These four nutritional strategies form the basis of what Dr. Cate calls “The Human Diet”:
·       Fresh food
·       Fermented and sprouted foods
·       Meat cooked on the bone
·       Organ meats

Not all food is created equal. Real food contains ordered information that can direct our cellular growth in a positive way. Our family history does not determine our destiny. What you eat interacts with your DNA in ways that affect your health and the health of your future children.
By adhering to this Human Diet, Dr. Cate cured her own ailments and has since helped countless patients and readers of the original self-published edition of DEEP NUTRITION achieve their own optimum health.

Cutting through conflicting nutritional ideologies, DEEP NUTRITION combines science with common sense to illustrate how the traditions of our ancestors can help us all lead longer, healthier, more vital lives.

Catherine Shanahan, M.D. is a board certified family physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She practiced medicine in Hawaii for a decade, where she studied enthnobotany, as well as the culinary habits of her healthiest patients. She currently runs a metabolic health clinic in Denver, Colorado and serves as the Director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition Program.

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KEVIN DELANEY – HOST OF SCIENCE CHANNEL’S OFF-BEAT NEW SERIES, STREET SCIENCE

Watch it Rain Fire…
Witness a Man-Made Fire Tornado…
See a Leaf Blower Morph Into a Hover Craft…

It May Look Impossible But it’s All Science on Science Channel’s Off-Beat New Series, Street Science.

Talk with Host Kevin Delaney About His Unusual Experiments and Get a Peak at the Mind-Blowing Clips!

Viewers will recognize Kevin Delaney as the resident science guy stunning late night viewers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He is Director of Visitor Experience at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, AR. By day, Kevin performs science experiments for kids and inspires adults at night with his Science after Dark program which motivates families to inquire, interact and get involved with science.

Kevin is one of the newest faces of Science Channel and stars in the network’s upcoming series Street Science. Kevin leaves his lab behind to hit the streets for experiments that are so unusual and unexpected they will blow your mind. Combining scientific method with curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity, these larger than life demos produce fire, explosions and colorful reactions as Kevin’s side kick Darren Dyk catches it all with amazing slow motion footage that provides insight of what the eye can’t normally see.

In Science Channel’s all-new series STREET SCIENCE, science guy Kevin Delaney leaves his lab behind to hit the streets for experiments that are so unusual, off-beat, and so unexpected they will blow your mind. Combining scientific method with curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity, these larger than life demos produce fire, explosions and colorful reactions as Kevin’s side kick Darren Dyk catches it all with amazing slow motion footage that provides insight of what the eye can’t normally see.

STREET SCIENCE premieres Wed., Jan. 11 at 10PM. 

At the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, AK, Kevin performs science experiments for kids by day and inspires adults at night with his Science after Dark program which motivates families to inquire, interact and get involved with science. Seen previously on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Kevin stuns audiences at the museum and millions of late night viewers across the country as he takes everyday elements and combines them in a way that surprise and astound.

“Kevin Delaney is science magician, performing mind blowing stunts on the streets-- and yet, there's no trickery or sleight of hand, as he reveals the everyday science behind fire, rockets, explosions and more,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel.

Mind blowing and unique experiments featured on STREET SCIENCEthis season will include exploring the fiery side of science by making it rain fire and dazzling onlookers with a man-made fire tornado; turning leaf blowers into homemade hovercrafts; impressing a crowd by making an instant nitrogen cloud; and visiting a salon to share a surprising use for their hydrogen peroxide.

STREET SCIENCE is produced for Science Channel by Spectrum Productions where Guy Nickerson and Lauren Williams are executive producers. For Science Channel, Kyle McCabe serves as executive produceer.

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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.