Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/17 LARRY LIPSON, LEAH INGRAM


LARRY LIPSON - WINE REPORT FROM FLORIDA

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.
                                                 


LEAH INGRAM - LIFESTYLE AND FRUGAL-LIVING EXPERT - PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM OLD MAN WINTER AND SAVE ON COSTLY HOME REPAIRS

Personal Finance Expert Leah Ingram Shares Five Easy Fall Fix-Ups that will Save Money Now and Prevent Major Repairs Later  Plus, the Most and Least Expensive Cities to Complete these Projects!

Fall is the perfect time to start preparing your home to withstand winter’s frosty bite! Whether you plan to tackle the to-do list on your own, or bring in a professional, getting a jump on small maintenance jobs now can save you big cash later.

In interviews on Wednesday, September 17, personal finance expert Leah Ingram will talk about the five fall home projects to get started before temperatures drop.  She’ll talk about how to use the HomeAdvisor’s cost guide to determine when to hire a pro versus completing the project DIY.  She’ll also share the most and least expensive cities to get the job done in.

The five fall fix-ups include:
  1. Install weather-stripping: Installing weather stripping can save homeowners money on energy costs that result from leaks in the doors and windows.  
  2. Clean gutters and downspouts: Cleaning the gutters once a year removes any debris such as twigs and leaves that can fall in and clog the gutters.  
  3. Remove leaves: Removing the leaves before the first snow helps prevent the buildup of fungus and an increase in insects that can kill the grass. 
  4. Service a furnace: Servicing the furnace annually and completing small repairs can help prevent needing to replace the furnace.  
  5. Clean ducts and vents: Cleaning the ducts and vents annually helps prevent the buildup of dust, debris, and other particles such as mold in the vents.  

About Leah Ingram:
Leah is a freelance writer, lifestyle and frugal-living expert, and experienced speaker and spokesperson. Leah has appeared on programs such as “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” “Good Morning America,” “Market Wrap,” and “Good Day New York.” In addition to her experience on television, Leah is a cultivated journalist and editor, who has worked for several publications including “Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications,” “Modern Bride,” “Parade” and “Street Scenes.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9/16 NANCY RODRIGUEZ, FMSS, HOW THE AMERICAN PALATE IS EVOLVING, GINA NEELY

NANCY RODRIGUEZ - FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FOOD MARKETING SUPPORT SERVICES (FMSS) - HOW THE AMERICAN PALATE IS EVOLVING

The American Palate is Evolving! The American palate is changing with flavor preferences today such as coffee, craft beer and other beverages with bitter notes; fermented flavors (tangy and sour); smoke and complex smokey flavors featuring aromatics like mixed woods, herbs and other natural ingredients; and sweet/savory/hot combinations.  FMSS uses consumer insights to shape new products and Nancy can talk about how Millennials' tastebuds are driving what we eat today and will eat in the future and share examples of how specific foods from cheese to chocolate are evolving.

About Nancy:
Nancy Rodriguez is founder and president of Food Marketing Support Services (FMSS), a Chicago company that has created hundreds of food and beverage products for Fortune 500 companies.  Nancy is a descriptive sensor expert and passionate advocate of linking consumer insights into developing new products.

About Food Marketing Support Services/FMSS:
Food Marketing Support Services (FMSS) specializes in food & beverage product development, sensory services, trend analysis and consumer research for a client roster than includes Coca-Cola, ConAgra, DiGiorno, Hickory Farms, Kellogg's, Kraft, Mars, Quaker and Tyson. What makes FMSS unique from other food labs is its laser focus on the consumer and what they want.  In addition to consumer insights, the product development process also includes trend analysis and sensory art and science , including sight, smell, sound, taste and touch, and professional "tasters" to create new products.  

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GINA NEELY – MOM, AUTHOR, NATIONAL TELEVISION SHOW HOST AND CHEF - IMAGINE SIMPLE, EASY DINNERS FOR BUSY FAMILIES

As summer gives way to hectic back-to-school schedules, parents are confronted with those common dinner time challenges, including balancing family schedules, getting kids excited about eating nutritious meals and finding creative ways to reinvent boring go-to weeknight dinners like pasta and chicken. It’s clear that parents are looking for ways to simplify their weeknight dinner routines, with the majority of parents agreeing they would rather spend less time in the kitchen so they have more time to enjoy dinner with their kids, according to the 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey.

But when rushing to get to the dinner table, it turns out vegetables don’t always have a place at that table.
In fact, more than a third of parents surveyed said they forget about, or even purposefully cut out, vegetables when crunched for time at the end of the day. Further, despite four-out-of-five (83%) parents agreeing no dinner is complete without a vegetable, they leave them out of the meal an average of twice a week when preparing dinner.
Mom, Author and National Television Show Host and Chef, Gina Neely offers parents useful tips on how to reinvent dinner time with simple, delicious and nutritious ideas by sampling adding Green Giant Steamers. She can walk viewers through simple steps to help parents conquer dinnertime, like preparing a grocery list, using veggies to make meal-time more exciting, simplifying ingredients and leveraging one-pot meal ideas.

ABOUT GINA NEELY:
Gina Neely burst onto the scene in 2008 by starring in the hit show “Down Home with the Neelys,”which became the highest-rated series debut in the history of Food Network’s “In the Kitchen” block. Following the tremendous success of her television show, Gina released her first cookbook, "Down Home with the Neelys" (Knopf), which quickly earned a place on the New York Times best-seller list. A hit show and a bestseller soon led to Gina’s prime time television debut as the host of Food Network’s “Road Tasted.” A second book soon followed, The Neely's Celebration Cookbook (Knopf). Gina recently released her third cookbook, Back Home with the Neelys (Knopf), which hit stores in April 2014.
Gina has performed live for thousands of fans all over the country, not only showcasing her skills and fun loving approach to cooking, but also sharing her perspectives on life, love,  and the issues facing women in their personal and professional lives.  A highlight of her speaking career, Gina was invited by the President and First Lady to take part in the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

Gina has appeared on national TV and radio shows such as The Talk (as a guest and a co-host), Arsenio, The Steve Harvey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Anderson Cooper Live!, The Monique Show, Good Morning America, The  Today Show, The View, The Chew, Katie, Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. In print, Gina has been featured in a variety of publications, including People Magazine, O Magazine, Ebony, Essence, The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, USA Today, Food Network Magazine and many others.

Monday, September 15, 2014

9/15 MATT SARTWELL, THE CHEF SAYS: QUOTES, QUIPS, AND WORDS OF WISDOM, TOM FULLER, 20TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH, ERNESTO QUINTERO, “A SACRED JOURNEY”

MATT SARTWELL – AUTHOR, THE CHEF SAYS: QUOTES, QUIPS, AND WORDS OF WISDOM & CO-OWNER, KITCHEN ARTS & LETTERS BOOKSTORE IN NEW YORK CITY

The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom - compiled and edited by Nach Waxman and Matt Sartwell

On sale: Sept. 2, 2014

There’s no room for manners in the professional kitchen, where the slightest stumble can send an entire restaurant into the weeds. So it follows that even in quieter moments, what chefs have to say is always opinionated and illuminating. Great chefs have a vision and they will direct others in making them concrete. The Chef Says (Princeton Architectural Press, $14.95, Sept. 2) is an invitation to the ultimate food lover’s dinner party, where cooks from ancient Greece rub shoulders with today’s rising stars. These unruly culinarians compliment, compete, and disagree with one another as they discuss childhood and training, taste preferences and trends, the quest for perfection, and the grueling but exhilarating business of opening a restaurant. You may not agree with Thomas Keller’s sunny assertion that “If I’m happy, then a great percentage of the customers will be happy, too,” but you might just nod your head at this from legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase: “You have to be yourself when you are creating and cooking.You do what you need to do and you do it to the best of your ability.” The Chef Says will captivate anyone who has ever worked in a kitchen, been inspired by a flawlessly ripe tomato, or resolved a crisis by adding more butter.


TOM FULLER - 20TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH - SEPTEMBER 13 & 14, 2014 IN THE NAPA VALLEY RECAP

The 20th Anniversary Music Festival for Brain Health: A Weekend of Science and Sizzle!

Come revel in a weekend of learning, music, wine, cuisine, and camaraderie, hosted by IMHRO, ONE MIND for Research and the Tug McGraw Foundation. Proceeds fund research to better understand, diagnose, treat, prevent and cure severe brain diseases and injuries.

On Saturday, September 13, Staglin Family Vineyard will host a symposium featuring a keynote by Dr. Eric Lander, a wine reception in the caves featuring 70+ superstar wineries with hors d'oeuvres by Chefs Ken Frank and Richard Reddington, a "rising star" concert feature the blues-rock quartet Vintage Trouble, and dinner by Jan Birnbaum, Staffan Terje and Mark Dommen.

On Sunday, September 14, the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater will host a Food Truck Fest, an fStop Warrior Project Exhibit and Music Festival auction, and a Premier concert by American singer-songwriter Jewel.


ERNESTO QUINTERO, LOS ANGELES FILMMAKER AND CAREGIVER - “A SACRED JOURNEY”

Los Angeles Caregivers Take The Night Off For Exclusive Heartwarming Documentary Screening Benefiting the Beauty Bus Foundation Local Filmmaker’s “A Sacred Journey” Hits Close to Home for All Caregivers

WHAT:                        
In Los Angeles, approximately 1 in 5 are caregivers, finding themselves in the ranks of a "silent workforce" that includes 66 million Americans who serve as unpaid caregivers to an adult family member, a child with special needs or a friend. Ironically, these caregivers feel alone in their struggles.

In conjunction with Family Caregivers Alliance and Caregiver Action Network, Clorox CareConcepts is bringing Los Angeles caregivers together for a free, special evening that will show how many are in it together. The night will kick off with inspiring activities and then go into a heartwarming screening of “A Sacred Journey,” a documentary by local Los Angeles filmmaker Ernesto Quintero showcasing a personal story of the care of his brother who is battling ALS.  The evening will conclude with a panel discussion among experts and caregivers on When Care Comes Home, exploring the challenges and inspirational moments it brings. The event will benefit the Beauty Bus Foundation, which delivers dignity, hope and respite to caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products. Guests interested in reserving a spot can email RSVP@pdcpr.net or call 708.305.5075.

WHEN/WHERE:      
Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 P.M.
Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

ABOUT “A SACRED JOURNEY” AND LOS ANGELES FILMMAKER ERNESTO QUINTERO:      
Quintero strongly believes in projects of social relevance and utilizes his skill in video and film to advocate positive change. He has been documenting “A Sacred Journey,” a story of his brother’s fight with ALS since his diagnosis in 2005. He decided to edit this heartfelt journey producing the film.  In addition to pointing the camera on his brother, Quintero most recently traveled the world working with Jennifer Lopez on “Dance Again,” a documentary featuring her first ever world tour. Quintero is bringing light to exceptional stories that otherwise are going unnoticed and his work is unmistakably poignant and recognized by many. His awards include the Imagen Award for Outstanding Stage Production, a Cine Golden Eagle Award and a NAMIC award.

Friday, September 12, 2014

9/12 ROYA SOLEIMANI, GOOGLE'S TOP SEARCH TRENDS, STACIE JACOBS, SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST, STEVE EVANS

ROYA SOLEIMANI - TRENDS MANAGER, GOOGLE - WEEKLY TOP SEARCH TRENDS

Google’s Top Search Trends program provides a revealing — and sometimes surprising — look at the people, places and topics that send the country searching for answers each week.

Topics That Fascinated the U.S. Selected from Millions of INTERNET Searches!

Hear the hottest content on the web each week directly from the source! Become part of Google’s weekly Top Search Trends program to find out what news makers and trends are capturing the imagination of the country each week.

The Top Search Trends program provides a revealing — and sometimes surprising — look at the people, places and topics that send the country searching for answers each week. Encompassing searches from across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more a Google Trends Manager, is available every Friday to discuss five of the hottest trending queries on the web. GOOGLE.COM/TRENDS



STACIE JACOB – CEO, VISIT SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Celebrate at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, September 27-28 !

Did you know that September is California Wine Month?  Join us as we celebrate at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, September 27-28 at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.  Named one of the Top 5 California Festivals by Huffington Post and Best Epicurean Event by the FAME Awards, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast invites you to take time to play and enjoy a sampling of the rich bounty of food, wine, and adventure that California's Central Coast offers.  Celebrity chef's Fabio Viviani and Tanya Holland will be showcasing their talents, and Sunset Magazine editors will demonstrate their tips and techniques for kitchen, garden, and lifestyle enhancement.

Join Paso Wine Country as we highlight some of the top "stars" of Paso wine in our Winemaker Central seminar on Sunday at 1:30 - Grow Wild with Paso Robles Wine.  The seminar is only $25 with the purchase of your Main Event ticket.

WWW.VISITSANLUISOBISPOCOUNTY.COM
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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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 DOMENICA MARCHETTI, THE GLORIOUS VEGETABLES OF ITALY, RAY KRAUSE, WESTBROOK WINE FARM VINEYARD AND WINERY, CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH RECEPTION & WINE TASTING

DOMENICA MARCHETTI – AUTHOR, THE GLORIOUS VEGETABLES OF ITALY

Domenica Marchetti specializes in contemporary Italian home cooking. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, and other publications.

She's a fantastic interview and wonderful expert, author of  five titles including: The Glorious Pasta of Italy, Big Night In and The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy. Please check out the release for her new book below and her website for more into: www.domenicacooks.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Domenica Marchetti’s childhood memories of Italian summers, where nearly every day began with a trip to the farmers’ market, are the inspiration behind these more than 100 recipes showcasing Italy’s glorious vegetables. Sniffing, poking, and prodding (and then haggling over) such fresh offerings as elegant, long-necked fennel; dark, crimped leaves of Tuscan kale; the scarlet beauty of radicchio; and delicate baby zucchini with blossoms still attached was a family affair and the beginning of her life-long love of vegetables.

 Italian home cooks prepare these vegetables with careful thought, mixing them into frittatas and savory tarts, letting them shine atop pizza, and giving them equal time with meat and seafood at the center of the meal.

Domenica does the same here, with such varied recipes as Cherry Tomato and Red Onion Foccacia, Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad with Roasted Fennel Seeds, Spring Risotto with Green and White Asparagus, and Smashed Green Beans and Potatoes with Pancetta.

Preserves and condiments are also represented with such delights as Tomato Marmalade and Pickled Snacking Peppers, while essential basics such as Fresh Egg Pasta Dough, Simple Tomato Sauce, and Sauteed Rapini embrace the ease with which vegetables are incorporated into Italian-style meals.

These treasured recipes comprise a mix of tradition and innovation—some handed down from previous generations, others collected during the author’s travels throughout Italy, and more created in her home kitchen. She hopes they will inspire you to bring vegetables into the heart of your own kitchen as well.

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Domenica Marchetti is a writer and cooking teacher who specializes in contemporary Italian home cooking. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, and other publications. She is the author of The Glorious Pasta of Italy, Big Night In and The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy (all from Chronicle Books). She lives with her family in Virginia and can be reached through her website, www.domenicacooks.com.

Sang An is New York – based, Korean born photographer specializing in food, interior, and still life. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in advertising photography. His work has appeared in many magazines including Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple.



RAY KRAUSE – PROPRIETOR, WESTBROOK WINE FARM VINEYARD AND WINERY - CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH RECEPTION & WINE TASTING 9/12

Westbrook Wine Farm is a vineyard and winery in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of eastern Madera County, California, near Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park. Our mountain vineyards are planted to  field blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Gros Verdot and Carmenere. We practice sustainable farming and minimalist winemaking. We make our wine in the traditional Claret style by co-fermenting grapes, rather than by making separate varietal wines and blending them. Our Fait Accompli includes six and our Museum, three of the eight red varieties permitted for use in Bordeaux or Meritage style wines.

ABOUT RAY:
Ray Krause started hauling hoses in the cellars of Fresno's Roma Winery as "Fermentation Control Specialist" in 1964. It was the year after his enrollment in the Oenology degree program at Fresno State College(now CSUF) which was facilitated by a scholarship from the original San Joaquin Valley Wine Growers Association. After completing his studies and a three year tour with the U.S. Army Air Defense Command, Ray relocated to the Santa Clara Valley where he performed the duties of Hospitality Director and, eventually, National Sales Manager for the Mirassou family winery. Striking out on his own in 1975, he formed several product specific wine production and marketing entities which culminated in his ownership of the Farview Farm Vineyard Winery in Templeton, California and a wine specialty store, Grape and Grain in Fresno.

Ray's passion for "growing" wine was realized with his 1994 purchase of the forty- acre "Paint Horse Ranch" along Fine Gold Creek in the historic Sierra gold mining hamlet of O'Neals. The dream became a reality (Fait Accompli) in 1999 when the first grapes from the carefully orchestrated three year old red Bordeaux varietal vineyard were harvested. The following year Tammy became co-winemaker and the year after that, Mrs. Krause. Tammy shares in all vineyard and winery responsibilities except the operation of their recalcitrant fifty-five year old Ford 8N tractor. With her organoleptic prowess, she is particularly valuable in wine blending and bottling decisions at Westbrook Wine Farm. She frequently judges at the prestigious Orange County Fair Wine Competition. Ray and Tammy have but two goals; to achieve a life in balance and to make wine which is at least as good as the best in the world.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH RECEPTION & WINE TASTING:
The Madera Vintners Association will host "California Wine Month Reception & Wine Tasting," celebrating California Wine Month in September on its 10th anniversary. California Wine Month was proclaimed by Governor Jerry Brown to acknowledge the state's rich wine history and the contributions of its vintners and growers to the lifestyle and economy of the Golden State. Local wineries, restaurants and food exhibitors will join together on the evening of September 12th to pour wines complemented by delicious and culturally diverse food.

A rare evening that gathers so many of the area's wineries in one location, come and talk with local winemakers, viticulturists, and winemaking families who will be sharing information at the media reception about a variety of industry topics including sustainable farming, water conservation and techniques, growing the local wine industry through start-up winery services, barrel fermentation techniques, and more about the diverse award-winning wines that contribute to the bounty of Madera's "buy local" community.

The event proceeds benefit the Madera Vintners Association's Scholarship Program, which awards students every year in Viticulture and Enology programs at California State University, Fresno, encouraging those continuing in our wine heritage.

Guests will enjoy the wine and food exhibitors at San Joaquin Wine Company's new tasting room and outdoor park in Madera, while listening to live music by "Encanto", a latin jazz band. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in the People's Choice Award by voting for their favorite wine as they taste each on this special evening.

The family winemakers of Madera County are proud to be a part of the California wine industry. Come join us and be part of the celebration!

WWW.WESTBROOKWINEFARM.COM