Friday, February 27, 2015

02/27 JON HUERTAS, CASTLE, TONY MARCHESE, AGUA CALIENTE RESORT AND SPA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL, STEVE EVANS

ACTOR, MUSICIAN AND RESTAURANT OWNER - JON HUERTAS, CASTLE (ABC MONDAY NIGHT’S 10/9C) 

Jon Huertas of ABC's Castle

...In addition to his TV role, Jon is also a successful musician with Sony Music, he already has a CD out, the newest song, “Video” can be sent to you.  And he owns a restaurant, a new Cali-Mex spot called Clutch in Venice Beach that had its main opening on February 16th.

Before joining the 12th precinct as a homicide detective, Esposito served in the Special Forces and was an officer in the Organized Crime Task Force at the 54th precinct. Alongside his partner Detective Ryan, they work tirelessly with Detective Beckett to solve murders and bring killers to justice. Always ready with a sardonic comment, Esposito is a loyal partner and a dedicated cop. Even in the face of adversity, he’s got his game face on and nothing can break him. He may have a bit of a bromance with Ryan but he considers himself quite the ladies man. Despite his constant wise cracks, Esposito is very intuitive and has always recognized the romantic tension between Beckett and Castle.

Jon Huertas' career spans television, film and music. His work on "Castle" has been recognized with a 2012 ALMA Award and a nomination in 2013 for an Imagen Award. He also starred as the outspoken and gritty Sgt. Antonio "Poke" Espera in the highly acclaimed, Emmy-nominated miniseries, "Generation Kill," as well as in a number of other TV series, including "Prison Break," "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles," "NCIS," "CSI" and "Without a Trace."

Huertas has recently fulfilled one of his many goals...becoming a recording artist. He attributes the ability to create and distribute a project like "Grown & Sexy Music" (his first album) to technology, social media and the amazing evolution of the "independent artist" in the music business. Huertas is also passionate about producing and directing. One of his first ventures was co-producing "The Insatiable," starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Michael Biehn and distributed through THINKFilm. Since then he has been involved in an impressive catalog of projects, from his directorial debut, "Lone", and his current project, "The Box," to Neil LaBute's "After School Special" and acclaimed documentaries like "Sahaya Going Beyond," with Jeremy Irons, "The Hill Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story," with Taylor Kitsch, and the documentary feature "Ricky," currently in production.

As a kid, growing up on the east coast, Huertas was a class clown, played on his high school football team, studied martial arts and worked at Sears. After a stint in the Air Force, he packed up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a childhood dream of becoming an actor. Currently he serves on the board of SAG-AFTRA Hollywood.


TONY MARCHESE – CO-PRODUCER, AGUA CALIENTE RESORT & SPA FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL PALM DESERT

The AGUA CALIENTE RESORT & SPA Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert takes place March 27-29 in Palm Desert’s famed El Paseo shopping district—dubbed the “Rodeo Drive” of the desert!
The 5th annual the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ will be held March 27-29, 2015. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.

The festival begins with a James Beard 4-course gourmet luncheon on Friday, March 27. The weekend “Grand Tastings” feature renowned chefs, and more than 80 premium wines and champagnes and 50 restaurants will offer tastings. Returning to this year’s festival are exclusive wine and beer tasting seminars.

About AGUA CALIENTE RESORT & SPA Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert
The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is owned and operated by Palm Springs Life and co- produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, with sponsorship support in part from Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa; CBS Local 2; Celebrity Cruises; Chef Works; the City of Palm Desert; Clarke & Clarke fabrics, Desert Radio Group; Egg & Dart, LTD.; Eventscape; Farley Interlocking Pavingstones; Gay Desert Guide; Jensen’s Finest Foods; Just Fabulous; LIVE Magazine; My Little Flower Shop; New Leaf Catering; Sarabella Tuscan Jars; Savory Spice Shop; Svedka Vodka; Tastemade; Tequila Alderete; Voss; Whole Foods Market Palm Desert; William Switzer/Charles Pollock; and Wine Australia. The annual food and wine event aims to gather the brightest and most inspired chefs and culinary personalities from around the country for three extraordinary days of food and wine tasting. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the James Beard Foundation.

WWW.PALMDESERTFOODANDWINE.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.




Thursday, February 26, 2015

02/26 VICKI LAWRENCE, CIU, MAMA'S FAMILY, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW

SITCOM SENSATION VICKI LAWRENCE - PERSONAL HEALTH CHALLENGE 

Vicki Lawrence is no stranger to being quick on her feet and playing off improv lines on stage. But when the comedienne and Emmy® Award-winning actress was diagnosed with (CIU), a form of chronic hives without a known cause, she was caught off-guard. Now, Vicki is partnering with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech to share her experience with CIU to encourage people to have a robust and meaningful dialogue with their medical specialist as part of a new national campaign called CIU & You.

Vicki, best known as the star of sitcom Mama’s Family, ensemble cast member of The Carol Burnett Show, and, more recently, appearing on Hannah Montana, was diagnosed with CIU four years ago. After her own experience with CIU, and learning about the importance of talking to her doctor and describing her symptoms, Vicki wants to help motivate others to do the same.
CIU is characterized by hives that spontaneously occur without an identifiable cause and reoccur for six weeks or more. CIU symptoms wax and wane unpredictably and include red, itchy hives on the skin that can last for many months and even years. In the U.S., it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million people suffer from CIU.
CIU & You is an educational program focused on supporting the specific needs of people who have CIU. It aims to empower patients to take charge of their disease by having a robust and meaningful dialogue with their doctor about managing their CIU and discussing treatment options that may be right for them. The program also provides a downloadable symptom tracker and discussion guide for patients to use when talking with their allergist or dermatologist about their symptoms and treatment options.
CIU & You is developed in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), and made possible by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech. For additional information, visit www.CIUandYou.com.
On [insert date of SMT/RMT], Vicki will share her own personal experience with CIU. Dr. Corn can also provide insight about CIU and the importance for patients to track their symptoms, so doctors fully understand the patient experience.
Vicki and Dr. Corn are compensated for their time.
For more information, viewers and listeners should speak with their doctors to better understand the disease and potential treatment options.

WWW.VICKILAWRENCE.COM
WWW. CIUANDYOU.COM

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

02/25 LARRY LIPSON, ANTHONY MARTIGNETTI, PRINCE PASTA


LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINES FOR VALENTINES DAY

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.



ANTHONY MARTIGNETTI - PRINCE SPAGHETTI COMMERCIAL

Americans still recall the company's memorable slogan: Wednesday is PRINCE spaghetti day.
Anthony Martignetti was nine years old when his family emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1966. They settled in Massachusetts, in a predominantly Italian neighborhood in Boston's North End. It was there, three years later, that Anthony was hanging out with some friends when the group was approached by a pair of men who obviously didn't live in the area.
They asked for directions to Commercial Street, and Anthony politely guided the gentlemen. Those two men were representatives of Boston's Jerome O'Leary advertising agency, which represented the Prince Macaroni Company (as it was then called). They were scouting locations for a TV commercial, and two weeks later when they were casting it, they recalled the nice little boy named Anthony who'd helped them out.

They tracked him down and asked if he'd like to be in a television commercial. Anthony dashed home and excitedly told his mother that he was going to be on TV. She immediately assumed the worst "“ that he'd gotten into trouble and was going to be on the six o'clock news. A few days later (after she'd calmed down and details were hammered out), contracts were signed and Anthony eventually netted about $25,000 for his mad dash to that apartment building on Powers Court. (By the way, the woman calling for him out the window in the commercial was not his real mother, but a neighborhood resident named Mary Fiumara.)

PRINCE STORY
The story of one of America's most beloved pasta brands was born in 1912 when three immigrants from the same village in Sicily, Italy, started a small spaghetti manufacturing company in Boston's North End. The address of their storefront? 92 Prince Street. It was a perfect partnership. Gaetano LaMarca was the administrator, Guiseppe Seminara was the salesman and Michele Cantella was the pasta maker. These entrepreneurs had no way of knowing that their little company would become one of the largest pasta manufacturers in the country. Eventually PRINCE outgrew its offices and moved to Lowell, Mass. In 1941, Guiseppe Pellegrino, another Sicilian immigrant, joined the company and soon bought a controlling interest. PRINCE remained in the hands of the Pellegrino family until 1987. Generations of Today, PRINCE pasta is part of the New World Pasta family of brands, the leading dry pasta manufacturer in the United States. New World Pasta brands include Ronzoni® Healthy Harvest®, Ronzoni® Smart Taste® and Ronzoni Garden Delight®.

CATCHING UP WITH ANTHONY
Anthony grew up, graduated from high school and got a job working at a Polaroid factory before eventually joining his family's grocery business. When his parents retired and closed down shop in 1987, he got a job at the distribution center for Stop & Shop, an East Coast supermarket chain. Although today the company's website boasts of their commitment to "diversity," Martignetti's supervisor, by many accounts, regularly referred to him as a "spaghetti bender" and "meatball," in additional to a few far more offensive ethnic slurs. After filing complaints through corporate channels with no success, Martignetti sued his employer for discrimination. The suit was settled out of court in 2004 for an undisclosed sum. Today Anthony Martignetti works as an officer of the Dedham District Court. He is married and has a five-year-old son named Anthony Jr. Anthony Senior estimates that his family still dines on Prince spaghetti about four or five times per week.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

02/24 JONATHAN KNIGHT, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK,NKOTB, THE AMAZING RACE, VOJTECH KACEROVSKY, CZECHTOURISM LOS ANGELES, KLARA DYTRYCHOVA, HOTEL YASMIN PRAGUE, NOODLES RESTAURANT

JONATHAN KNIGHT FROM NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK - “THE AMAZING RACE” 

THE CAST OF THE NEXT EDITION OF “THE AMAZING RACE”

For the First Time Ever, the 10-Time Emmy Award-Winning Series to Feature
All Dating Duos

Racers Include New Kids on the Block Member Jonathan Knight and Olympic Medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton

“The Amazing Race” Kicks Off with a Special 90-Minute Premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 PM, Following the Season Premiere of “Survivor”

The Race Travels to Its Regular Time Period on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 PM

CBS announced the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on a special season of THE AMAZING RACE. This season will feature 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever. THE AMAZING RACE rounds out a night of reality television when it premieres with a 90-minute episode on Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT), following the premiere of SURVIVOR (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Race moves to its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

The preexisting dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.

The couple’s relationships will be tested right from the starting line as they navigate a muddy obstacle course before jetting off to Tokyo, Japan. The course will continue through Bangkok, Namibia, Monaco, and more, spanning five continents, eight countries and more than 35,000 miles. The dating teams will also have an opportunity throughout the race to win the all-new “Date Night” reward. This allows one lucky couple to enjoy a one-on-one romantic activity, such as a steamy evening at a hot springs resort in Nagano, Japan, or star-gazing at the Bavarian Public Observatory in Munich, Germany.

ABOUT JONATHAN:
Jonathan Rashleigh Knight (born November 29, 1968) is an American singer. Knight is part of the boy band New Kids on the Block. The band also includes Donnie Wahlberg,Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Jonathan's younger brother Jordan. He is the oldest member of the group and was the first to leave the group in 1994 prior to their official disbanding.

New Kids on the Block
Between 1984 and 1994, Knight was a member of an award-winning American pop group New Kids on the Block. The group went on to sell over 80 million albums worldwide before disbanding in 1994 after Knight left the group during the tour for their 1994 album Face the Music. The group originally tried to continue the tour claiming Knight had been badly hurt by a horse, but in a press conference a few weeks later, the group revealed that they were actually disbanding. Knight's early departure from the group led to reports that some members were frustrated with the way he departed and that those feelings prevented an earlier reformation of the group.

In the spring of 2008, Knight returned to show business, reuniting with the other four members of New Kids on the Block. The band released their seventh album (and first in 14 years), The Block, on September 2, 2008. To confirm their reunion and announce the new album, the band performed live together on May 16, 2008 for the first time in fifteen years on the Today show.
A world tour was scheduled to follow the new release and began in Toronto on September 18, 2008. The first single from the album, "Summertime", performed well worldwide peaking as #9 in Canada and breaking the top 30 in the U.S. charts (#24 as a digital download). The group released "Single", their second single from The Block in August 2008.



VOJTECH KACEROVSKY, DIRECTOR CZECHTOURISM LOS ANGELES & KLARA DYTRYCHOVA, GENERAL MANAGER OF HOTEL YASMIN PRAGUE

Design Hotel Yasmin Prague, is a 4 star hotel, located in the heart of the city centre of the Old Town of Prague. All main sightseeing points such as Wenceslas Square, Municipal Hall, Old Town Square are within walking distance. Our luxury hotel exudes a fresh and modern design with light shades of green, grey and brown colours, which make for a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere for a unique Prague experience.

NOODLES RESTAURANT:
Yasmin Hotel Prague proposes one the best dining experiences in Prague, near Wenceslas Square.

Restaurant Café Bar “Noodles” is an entirely non-smoking restaurant in the heart of Prague and serves hot and cold breakfast in buffet style, lunch specialties and dinner in an extraordinary atmosphere. Its cuisine is based on a noodle concept, totally unique among Prague restaurants; we serve fantastic pasta – from Italian to Thai, fresh and light salads and other specialties. Our stylish restaurant provides seating for up to 130 people.

The restaurant has also a green oasis - Yasmin summer garden in one of peaceful Prague courtyards that seats 80 people. Refreshing homemade lemonades and desserts taste the best right here.

ABOUT CZECH TOURISM:
The Czech Republic is a modern and dynamic destination with a rich history and unique natural beauty.  The CzechTourism agency, along with its offices abroad ,ensures its successful presentation on the domestic and foreign markets. The Czech Tourism Authority - CzechTourism is a contributory organization of the Ministry for Regional Development and was established in 1993. Its significant partner agencies include domestic tourist regions, cities, municipalities and businesses.

WWW.HOTEL-YASMIN.CZ
WWW.NOODLES.CZ
WWW.CZECHTOURISM.COM

Monday, February 23, 2015

02/23 CHRIS HYDE, HYDE VINEYARDS, CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS, VIC PARRINO, COLOMBO'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE

CHRIS HYDE FROM HYDE VINEYARDS – TALKING CALIFORNIA WINE MASTERS

Christopher obtained a degree in Agricultural Business and Viticulture from the California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, California. After some work experience in Marketing at Wilson Daniels Co. in 2007, Christopher went to work at Merryvale Vineyards, where he gained valuable vineyard and cellar experience at the Starmont winery in Carneros.  Chris is now at Hyde Vineyards managing the family farm.

He will be attending the Save the Date "2015 California Winemasters Kick Off Dinner"

Honoring our Friend and Supporter, José Luis Nazar
CAVATINA at Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas
1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, Ca 90069 - (310) 657.1333

Wednesday, MARCH 4, 2015 ~ 6:30pm
Featuring a Menu by Michael Schlow And the wines from California's most venerable producers with fruit sourced from the legendary Hyde Vineyards of Carneros

Tickets - $185 per person
$105 is tax deductible
SEATING IS LIMITED
VALET PARKING AVAILABLE
Watch for your invitation, or, to reserve seats now, call
(323) 939-0758

Welcome to “A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters”

The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 16, 2015 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised over $27 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  It’s focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure.

The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such asForbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuves dinner!

WWW.HYDEVINEYARDS.COM
WWW.CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.ORG


VIC PARRINO – GENERAL MANAGER, COLOMBO’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE AND JAZZ CLUB

Serving Los Angeles Since 1954! We have been serving our community since 1954. We serve breakfast, lunch (Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 3 PM) and dinner. Relax with our live Jazz entertainment and legendary drinks. Italian American Cuisine: Prime Rib, Steak, Chicken, Sea Food, Pasta, mouth-watering salads, side dishes and dessert. Founded by Ms. Ann Colombo and her late husband Sam, it’s now run by their nephew Vic Parrino.

Come for family, business and affordable fun and relaxation.

Come for the Food Stay for the Live Music Every Night, Fridays and Saturdays til Closing!
“Some things in our restaurant are more obvious than others. However, the dedication to excellence and elegance is unmistakably expressed in everything we do. In a restaurant committed to the maximum, that while a good meal is simply food; a great meal is an inspiration!” ~ Ann Colombo

1833 Colorado Boulevard
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Mon, Fri and Sat 8 am – 12 am
Sun, Tue -Thu, Sun 8 am – 10 pm

COLOMBOSRESTAURANT.COM