Friday, April 24, 2015

4/24 VANESSA MARCIL, DAYTIME EMMYS, POP TV, QUEENS OF DRAMA, JENNA SANDERS, ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS & WINERY, #SAUVBLANC DAY, STEVE EVANS

FORMER GENERAL HOSPITAL REGULAR & DAYTIME EMMY® AWARD WINNING ACTRESS VANESSA MARCIL - NEW REALITY SERIES ON POP TV, QUEENS OF DRAMA

**QUEENS OF DRAMA premieres on Pop, Sunday, April 26, at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT, immediately following the network’s exclusive live broadcast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards. **

On QUEENS OF DRAMA, six former daytime and primetime soap stars take control of their careers to produce and star in a new serialized drama.  Vanessa stars alongside Lindsay Hartley (“All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives”), Crystal Hunt (“Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live”), Chrystee Pharris (“Passions,” “General Hospital”) and Hunter Tylo (“The Bold and The Beautiful”) with special appearances by Donna Mills (“Knots Landing,” “Melrose Place”).

QUEENS OF DRAMA premieres on Pop, Sunday, April 26, at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT, immediately following the network’s exclusive live broadcast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards.

On the Web: www.poptv.com 
Pop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PopTelevision
Pop Twitter: https://twitter.com/PopTV
Queens of Drama Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QueensOfDramaPop 
Queens of Drama Twitter: https://twitter.com/QueensOfDrama 


JENNA SANDERS - MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS & WINERY – TODAY IS #SAUVBLANC DAY

We're throwing our fifth annual global online celebration of one of our favorite varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, along with our partners and fellow Sauvignon Blanc enthusiasts, New Zealand Wine and Summertime in a Glass. #SauvBlanc Day on April 24th is an entire day for people across the world to celebrate a one of our favorite wine varietals. The “hashtag” (#) signifies a topic of conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and is the term to search for to follow the ongoing online conversation on these social media channels.

Purchase our #SauvBlanc Day Tasting Kit and invite your favorite wine loving friends over to explore our 2014 Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, and our 2013 Napa Valley Estate Virtú - a white Bordeaux-inspired blend featuring Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Your #SauvBlanc Day Tasting Kit also includes recipes from our winery chef, crafted to pair perfectly with each wine, as well as just about everything you need to host the tasting at home, like a corkscrew, drop stops and tasting mats. Glasses aren't included, but hey - that's what friends are for.

Stop by the winery on April 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy a special #SauvBlanc Day tasting. Your #SauvBlanc Day tasting is $20 and features our 2014 Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, and our 2013 Napa Valley Estate Virtú. If your group is six people or larger, we ask that you call in advance to reserve your tasting, 707.963.4507.

WWW.STSUPERY.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, April 23, 2015

04/23 SUPER STYLIST GEORGE BRESCIA, LIFEHACKS: MANS WORLD, WILLIAM SHATNER, PRICELINE.COM HOLLYWOOD CHARITY HORSE SHOW

SUPER STYLIST GEORGE B.'S EASY, NO-FUSS TIPS ON HOW TO MAKEOVER YOUR MAN - LIFE HACKS: MANS WORLD

LIFE HACKS: Man’s World

Whether It’s Getting Him the Perfect Gift or Helping Him From “Average Joe”  To “Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!”

Men think of themselves as “easy to please,” and “simple!” To women, they are a wealth of mixed signals and hard-to-read reactions. But just because men baffle us doesn’t mean you have an excuse to not get them what they really want! Plus, gone are the days where a shower and a shave were the only prep a man could have. Modern hair & skin care, fashion and pampering have taken men’s style to an entirely new level, but how can you be sure what is right for the man in your life? Style Expert George B. is here to help makeover your man with no-fuss solutions so simple and striking, he will take credit for it himself!

George “B. Style” Brescia is a top-tier NYC-based stylist and image consultant who has appeared as a resident fashion expert on Today show, Good Day New York, NY 1, New York Live, and more. He has also been featured on Blog Talk radio and NPR’s Marketplace. In addition to penning a regular column for Resident and Venue magazines, George has just written a new personal lifestyle and fashion book entitled “Change Your Clothing! Change Your Life...because you can’t go naked”.


WILLIAM SHATNER - PRICELINE.COM HOLLYWOOD CHARITY HORSE SHOW, SPONSORED BY WELLS FARGO” SLATED FOR APRIL 25, 2015

REO SPEEDWAGON’S KEVIN CRONIN TO JOIN WILLIAM SHATNER FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE “PRICELINE.COM HOLLYWOOD CHARITY HORSE SHOW, SPONSORED BY WELLS FARGO” SLATED FOR APRIL 25, 2015

BENEFITING AHEAD WITH HORSES AND OTHER LOCAL CHILDREN’S CHARITIES, REO SPEEDWAGON’S KEVIN CRONIN & BAND MATES, BRYAN HITTS & DAVE AMATO TO PERFORM LIVE FOR AN EVENING OF DINNER & MUSIC!

Organizers for the 25th Anniversary of the William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo, announced today that REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin accompanied by band mates Bryan Hitt and Dave Amato will perform live at the event to be held on April 25, 2015.  The Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo celebrates its 25th year of fundraising with a spectacular affair at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, California.  Guests will be treated to an exciting arena show and a world-class reining competition, followed by a western dinner catered by STONEFIRE Grill. The evening concludes with a special LIVE performance by REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin with band members Bryan Hitt and Dave Amato.

Proceeds from the event will benefit special-needs children’s charities across the city of Los Angeles including: AHEAD With Horses, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, The Painted Turtle and others.

“Over the last 25 years, we have been able to help thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner. “We are so fortunate to have the great talent of REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin with band members Bryan Hitt and Dave Amato for our entertainment this year. They are absolutely terrific and generous with their time and support.”

WHAT:  25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE “WILLIAM SHATNER, PRICELINE.COM 
               HOLLYWOOD CHARITY HORSE SHOW SPONSORED BY WELLS FARGO”

WHEN: SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015

  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Press ‘Meet & Greet’ 
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Arena Show, which is free to the public
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Western Dinner, Entertainment by REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin   with band members, Bryan Hitt & Dave Amato and Live Auction by William Shatner, 


WHERE:  Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 

WWW.HORSESHOW.ORG

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

04/22 CHEF WILLIAM S. BLOXSOM-CARTER, BEACON-VATEL HOSPITALITY GROUP, THE CANYON VILLA BED AND BREAKFAST, LEE AND BOB CASAZZA, BIG MAMMA'S ITALIAN – AMERICAN COOKBOOK: EASY AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM OUR FAMILY

OUR SPECIAL CO-HOST TODAY IS CHEF WILLIAM S. BLOXSOM-CARTER, FOUNDER OF BEACON-VATEL HOSPITALITY GROUP AND THE NEW OWNER OF THE CANYON VILLA BED AND BREAKFAST

Chef William S. Bloxsom-Carter previously worked as the Executive Chef, and Food and Beverage Director for the Playboy Mansion West for over two and half decades. A frequent wine judge he constantly looks for wines to pair with his foods for the multitude of foods he presents. Chef Carter has prepared winery dinners in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley as well as special events for high-profile clients throughout the United States, focusing on the importance of food and wine pairings and extraordinary hospitality service. Additionally, Chef Carter is a recurring featured guest on numerous radio shows syndicated nationwide describing and promoting California wines and foods.

ABOUT CATERING SERVICE:
CELEBRATIONS, GATHERINGS & RETREATS - Make your event an unforgettable experience. The natural beauty of your home, the finest wines and some of the most amazing culinary offerings make Beacon Vatel the ideal caterer for your special occasion. Our professional services provide an ideal experience for corporate retreats and business, family and friend gatherings. The Beacon Vatel Culinary team under the leadership of Chef Carter can create the perfect menu for your event, from light passed hors d’oeuvres, a full set buffet, or a multi-course menu, all paired with your wines or wines from Chef Carter’s extensive network of wine purveyors.

WWW.BEACONVATEL.COM

ABOUT THE CANYON VILLA:
The Canyon Villa, where weary wine lovers revive

Like an Italian villa perched on a Tuscan hillside, the Canyon Villa bed and breakfast pampers wine lovers touring Paso Robles wineries or couples seeking a charming retreat. The Canyon Villa offers an intimate setting, lavish amenities, fine food and an ideal location.

At the Canyon Villa, we offer only four guest rooms, each uniquely decorated and each appointed with luxurious extras such as spa tubs and lush towels. You can enjoy your gourmet breakfast in the courtyard or our dining room.

We also offer a cozy great room for relaxing with other guests, and a wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres every afternoon between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. In the summer, enjoy your wine and appetizers in our lovely shaded courtyard, with its trickling fountain and evening breezes.

Beyond the elegant setting of our inn, take a leisurely stroll through our eleven acres while admiring the views. Visit the local wineries, and then enjoy an evening meal at one of Paso Robles' fine restaurants. The Canyon Villa is also the ideal bed and breakfast for day trips to other locales, such as Hearst Castle or Cambria's art galleries.

Indulge your love of wine or your love of each other. Plan a romantic getaway to charming Paso Robles, and plan to indulge in the intimacy and luxury of the Canyon Villa.

The Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast
1455 Kiler Canyon Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-238-3362

WWW.THECANYONVILLA.COM


LEE AND BOB CASAZZA - BIG MAMMA'S ITALIAN – AMERICAN COOKBOOK: EASY AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM OUR FAMILY   

The author and photographer, Lee Casazza, has been perfecting Italian-American recipes for over 47 years. Her knowledge of Italian cooking and kitchen experience offers a refreshing new look at North America's favorite food. Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is a collection of 116 recipes and 238 pages created by four generations of the Casazza, Noviello, Lapetina, and Greco families.

Lee Casazza was the lucky recipient of the family's cooking secrets and homemade meals. All were passed down or inspired by her husband's great grandmother, Teresa Lapetina, affectionately known as Big Mamma . Lee's cookbook also includes decades of personal research, travel, Italian chefs, restaurants, and hours of kitchen trial-and-error.

This is a personal story about Lee's passion for Italian cooking, family, and sharing with others. Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is an easy-to-follow guide on preparing well-known traditional dishes and many new recipes created by Lee. Recipes are presented in glorious color and introduced with background antidotes. Menu chapters are highlighted with a wonderful collection of family photos over the years.

Lee Casazza's work in this book is equal to more famous cookbook authors. She does more than chronicle the fusion of old world Italian recipes into new world versions. Lee contributes to today's on-going evolution of Italian-American cuisine. The result is one of the most appealing and original cookbooks ever published on this topic.

Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is also distributed by Henschel Haus Publishing, Inc. It is available in both hard-cover and Ebook.

ABOUT LEE:
Born and raised on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Lee Casazza is a genuine "foodie" who loves to cook. Her interest in cooking started with her family's southern background; growing up, her favorite place to be was in the kitchen helping her mom prepare their many southern-style recipes.

In 1967, Lee married Robert Paul Casazza, and her love of Italian cooking began. Bob and Lee would often drive to Richmond, Virginia, for Sunday dinners at the home of his grandparents, Ernest and Elisabeth Novello. This spot was a favorite destination for the extended family, with as many as twenty relatives, attending. Sunday gravy and homemade pastas were prepared by Elisabeth, affectionately known as "Mamaw." It was where the entire family experienced "Old World" and "New World" recipes developed over many years, helping to define what Italian-American cooking has become today.

Lee is the fortunate recipient of recipes and secrets shared by both Mamaw and Bob's mother Marie, who both had a firsthand knowledge of all the recipes passed down by generations of the Casazza and Noviello families. Over the years, Italian food has become an important part of Lee's life. New cookbooks, articles, famous chefs, restaurants, and travels to Italy have been constant inspirations. These exposures to the world of Italian food preparation have allowed her to develop her own unique techniques.

In Washington, D.C., Lee had a successful career in real estate. After the family moved to Seattle
in 1994, she was ready for new challenges. Lee designed and built a home and cottage on an
island in the Pacific Northwest; she was both a carpenter and the general contractor on the projects. Today, Lee is an avid volunteer genealogist and an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lee created "Big Mamma's Italian-American Cooking" blog in March of 2011. This blog has
developed into an ongoing collection of recipes passed down by the Casazza and Noviello families, with frequent new additions from Lee. It also includes historical family photos, recipe origins, and helpful preparation tips. Her blog has attracted followers from countries around the world.

As the author, chef, photographer, and researcher, Lee has put her "Italian heart" into this cookbook. Her love for her Italian-American family and her culinary devotion to Italian-American cooking has combined to produce the most delicious collection of recipes you'll ever find.
What truly sets this cookbook apart are the talents of the four ladies in this Italian-America family. Meet Teresa Lapetina Greco, "Big Mamma," Elisabeth Greco Noviello, "Mamaw," Marie Noviello Casazza, and Lee Casazza.

Lee is currently working on a second cookbook titled "Izetta Southern Cooking."

WWW.LEECASAZZACOOKING.COM

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

04/21 LARRY LIPSON, CHEF GABE GARCIA, THE CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, JESSIE ARTIGUE, BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS


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.


CHEF GABE GARCIA – HEAD CHEF AT TIERRA SUR AT HERZOG WINE CELLARS - TALKING ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

California Strawberry Festival
Saturday & Sunday
May 16 and 17 2015
10am – 6:30pm

For more info go to: STRAWBERRY-FEST.ORG

More info on Chef Gabe Garcia
Since graduating from the Los Angeles Art Institute, Santa Monica in 2001, Gabe Garcia has shared his skill and passion with some of the top companies in the hospitality and Foodservice industries. A Southern California native, Gabe has infused a deep respect for local agriculture with his artistry and modern interpretations of American classic cuisine.

For the past seven years, Chef Gabe has served Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars under the mentorship of recognized Chef Todd Aarons. Now as head chef, Gabe brings bold and exciting ideas to life–creating inspired New American cuisine while using only ingredients sourced fresh from local farmers. Through inspired combinations of flavor, color and ingredients, Tierra Sur continues to receive national recognition as one of the finest restaurants in Southern California.

“For me, cooking is an expression of the relationship that I have with the growers, with my team and with the people who enjoy our food. I want to honor all of the hard work that it takes to grow and produce these ingredients; I want to reflect that care and dedication in the effort that my team and I put into each dish. Our guests have chosen to make special memories in our restaurant and in each bite – we want to capture the honor that it brings us. It is a hand-to-hand relationship, from the farmers, to our restaurant, to our guests. It puts an emotion into the food – a passion that our guests can taste.”  - Head Chef, Gabriel Garcia

WWW.HERZOGWINECELLARS.COM


JESSIE ARTIGUE - BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS AS VOTED BY MORE THAN 70,000 CONSUMERS

Companion BrandSpark/BHG American Shopper Study Reveals 73% of Americans Will Pay More For New, Innovative Products...

Better Homes and Gardens, along with leading market research firm BrandSpark International, have announced the winners of the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards (www.BestNewProductAwards.com.)  The Best New Product Awards (BNPAs) is the leading consumer-voted CPG awards program in North America, honoring consumer products in the categories of Beauty, Food & Beverage, Health & Personal Care, Household and Kids.

The winning products were determined solely by more than 70,000 consumers who participated in an extensive nationwide survey, conducted by independent marketing research firm BrandSpark International in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens. The 2015 survey had 294 entries and 93 winning products across a range of categories. Better Homes and Gardens will showcase the winners and select insights within its print, broadcast and digital properties.

For 2015, there are 93 winning products and in interviews on Tuesday, April 21st, Jessie Artigue, Contributing Editor of Better Homes and Gardens will share some of her favorite winners to help you shop smarter and discover the most innovative products that get results.

ABOUT JESSIE:
As a successful on-air personality, trends forecaster and fashion/lifestyle writer, Jessie Artigue joined BHG as a Contributing Editor in 2014. Her popular fashion and lifestyle blog, StyleAndPepper.com, features creative advice for a flavorful life with inspirations on beauty and style, healthy eating, entertaining, DIY projects, and more.

WWW.BESTNEWPRODUCTAWARDS.COM

Monday, April 20, 2015

04/20

OUR SPECIAL CO-HOST TODAY IS CHEF WILLIAM S. BLOXSOM-CARTER, FOUNDER OF BEACON-VATEL HOSPITALITY GROUP AND THE NEW OWNER OF THE CANYON VILLA BED AND BREAKFAST

Chef William S. Bloxsom-Carter previously worked as the Executive Chef, and Food and Beverage Director for the Playboy Mansion West for over two and half decades. A frequent wine judge he constantly looks for wines to pair with his foods for the multitude of foods he presents. Chef Carter has prepared winery dinners in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley as well as special events for high-profile clients throughout the United States, focusing on the importance of food and wine pairings and extraordinary hospitality service. Additionally, Chef Carter is a recurring featured guest on numerous radio shows syndicated nationwide describing and promoting California wines and foods.

ABOUT CATERING SERVICE:
CELEBRATIONS, GATHERINGS & RETREATS - Make your event an unforgettable experience. The natural beauty of your home, the finest wines and some of the most amazing culinary offerings make Beacon Vatel the ideal caterer for your special occasion. Our professional services provide an ideal experience for corporate retreats and business, family and friend gatherings. The Beacon Vatel Culinary team under the leadership of Chef Carter can create the perfect menu for your event, from light passed hors d’oeuvres, a full set buffet, or a multi-course menu, all paired with your wines or wines from Chef Carter’s extensive network of wine purveyors.

WWW.BEACONVATEL.COM

ABOUT THE CANYON VILLA:
The Canyon Villa, where weary wine lovers revive

Like an Italian villa perched on a Tuscan hillside, the Canyon Villa bed and breakfast pampers wine lovers touring Paso Robles wineries or couples seeking a charming retreat. The Canyon Villa offers an intimate setting, lavish amenities, fine food and an ideal location.

At the Canyon Villa, we offer only four guest rooms, each uniquely decorated and each appointed with luxurious extras such as spa tubs and lush towels. You can enjoy your gourmet breakfast in the courtyard or our dining room.

We also offer a cozy great room for relaxing with other guests, and a wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres every afternoon between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. In the summer, enjoy your wine and appetizers in our lovely shaded courtyard, with its trickling fountain and evening breezes.

Beyond the elegant setting of our inn, take a leisurely stroll through our eleven acres while admiring the views. Visit the local wineries, and then enjoy an evening meal at one of Paso Robles' fine restaurants. The Canyon Villa is also the ideal bed and breakfast for day trips to other locales, such as Hearst Castle or Cambria's art galleries.

Indulge your love of wine or your love of each other. Plan a romantic getaway to charming Paso Robles, and plan to indulge in the intimacy and luxury of the Canyon Villa.

The Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast
1455 Kiler Canyon Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-238-3362

WWW.THECANYONVILLA.COM


LEE AND BOB CASAZZA - BIG MAMMA'S ITALIAN – AMERICAN COOKBOOK: EASY AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM OUR FAMILY   

The author and photographer, Lee Casazza, has been perfecting Italian-American recipes for over 47 years. Her knowledge of Italian cooking and kitchen experience offers a refreshing new look at North America's favorite food. Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is a collection of 116 recipes and 238 pages created by four generations of the Casazza, Noviello, Lapetina, and Greco families.

Lee Casazza was the lucky recipient of the family's cooking secrets and homemade meals. All were passed down or inspired by her husband's great grandmother, Teresa Lapetina, affectionately known as Big Mamma . Lee's cookbook also includes decades of personal research, travel, Italian chefs, restaurants, and hours of kitchen trial-and-error.

This is a personal story about Lee's passion for Italian cooking, family, and sharing with others. Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is an easy-to-follow guide on preparing well-known traditional dishes and many new recipes created by Lee. Recipes are presented in glorious color and introduced with background antidotes. Menu chapters are highlighted with a wonderful collection of family photos over the years.

Lee Casazza's work in this book is equal to more famous cookbook authors. She does more than chronicle the fusion of old world Italian recipes into new world versions. Lee contributes to today's on-going evolution of Italian-American cuisine. The result is one of the most appealing and original cookbooks ever published on this topic.