Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wed Apr 1, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck
Celebrate the End of Winter with a “Taste of Spring” Spring is a celebration of life: Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, bridal showers, baby showers, weddings and graduation. We celebrate these special occasions with friends, family and food. This year it’s more important than ever to look for great values when entertaining, but you don’t have to sacrifice great taste or choices. World-renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck has some delicious menu ideas to please every palate and budget.

Dan Berger - Wine Columnist
Dan Berger has been a wine columnist since 1976 and has resided in Sonoma County since 1986. Today, in addition to his privately published weekly wine commentary, Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, Dan writes a nationally syndicated wine column for Creators Syndicate as well as articles for Decanter, Robb Report, Cheers, Beverage Dynamics, and numerous other publications.Mr. Berger was the full-time wine columnist and reporter for the Los Angeles Times from 1988 to 1996. His Los Angeles Times column was carried nationally by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service. During that time, he commuted from Sonoma County to Los Angeles, so he could maintain his residence and affiliations in wine country.

Robert Small, Ph.D
Dr. Robert Small is a professor at the Collins College of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Small served as the head of the Hospitality Management Program from 1987 until 1994 and became the founding Dean when the Program achieved independent School status in 1991. Dr. Small returned to the faculty from 1995 until June, 2004 when he was reappointed as dean. Dr. Small taught courses on food and beverage management and wines, spirits, and beers.

Terry Hall - Communications Director, Napa Valley Vintners
In 1975, the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association was organized and today both growers and vintners join forces on projects of common interest, devoting much of their time to an active marketing program. A new chapter in Napa Valley's history was opened in 1981, when the first Napa Valley Wine Auction was sponsored at Meadowood resort. Over the years, this NVV-sponsored celebration of Napa Valley wine and food has become the "world's most successful" charity wine event, drawing participants from around the globe. From this, the NVV has given $85 million to local health care, youth programs and affordable housing since 1981. Today, Napa Valley is home to approximately 325 wineries and numerous more brands. Its growers and vintners combine cutting-edge science with traditional techniques, and its reputation for producing world-class wines is firmly established in an ever-growing global market.

Larry Lipson - Costa Rica wine correspondent
He's been the Daily News restaurant critic for 50 years, but Larry Lipson has finally called it quits: "Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me - especially during one period when I was the only restaurant critic/writer in America featured in a newspaper seven days a week." Talk about knowing the restaurant scene in LA.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tue Mar 31, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Nancy Gardella - Exec Director The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
From the moment you board the ferry or one of the frequent flights to Martha's Vineyard, it's clear you're embarking on a special journey. You begin to decompress as you travel to a place rich in history, inspiration, creativity, and beauty. Martha's Vineyard is located just 7 miles off of Cape Cod, surrounded by Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds to the North and the North Atlantic Ocean to the South. Awaiting you are charming seacoast towns with elegant captain's mansions, rolling hills and farmland, bustling harbors and shops and some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. All this on an island of approximately 100 square miles, combine to set the stage for a memorable meeting.

Robert Smith - Lawyers.com
What Every American Taxpayer Needs to Know to Get the Biggest Return in this economy, so many Americans are struggling to make due with less, making it more important than ever to file taxes accurately and on time – in order to get the most out of tax refunds.

José van Mil - “Healthy eating during Chemotherapy”
A book of recipes devised by a chef and based on nutritional advice - this is a much-needed cookbook for people whose lives are touched by the cancer treatment chemotherapy. It contains over 100 recipes that have been created to excite the palate without over-stimulating it, together with helpful advice and practical information. It's an easy, flexible and appetising guide and a source of inspiration for everyday dishes that the patient is likely to enjoy, so that they're able to eat enough to keep their strength up.

Dan Berger - Wine Columnist
Dan Berger has been a wine columnist since 1976 and has resided in Sonoma County since 1986. Today, in addition to his privately published weekly wine commentary, Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, Dan writes a nationally syndicated wine column for Creators Syndicate as well as articles for Decanter, Robb Report, Cheers, Beverage Dynamics, and numerous other publications.Mr. Berger was the full-time wine columnist and reporter for the Los Angeles Times from 1988 to 1996. His Los Angeles Times column was carried nationally by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service. During that time, he commuted from Sonoma County to Los Angeles, so he could maintain his residence and affiliations in wine country.

Larry Van Aalst - Sommelier Equus Restaurant
Stylish, classic and modern…the Equus Restaurant and Loungebar has been transformed into an inviting casual dining experience. The California fusion menu highlights local ingredients and emphasizes classic flavors with Mediterranean, Spanish and French influences. The Loungebar features Friday evening wine tasting and Saturday entertainment. Equus Restaurant and Loungebar…make it your next stop.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Mon Mar 30, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Today "What's Cookin" is live from Palm, Springs and the beautiful LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB® AND PGA WEST®THE WALDORF (ASTORIA COLLECTION)®

Davis Sezna President, La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST
Davis has over 25 years in the hospitality management industry, purchasing his first distressed property and reinventing it as a local restaurant in Newark , DE in 1980. His hospitality corporation continued managing restaurants with great success and then ventured into hotels and golf courses. Most recently, Davis founded Tandem Hospitality, which consults with private clubs, hotels, and resorts. Davis serves as President for La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST

Bob Buttaro - Director of Marketing & Communications

Jeffrey Lunak -Executive Chef
Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin during his formative years, Jeffrey Lunak is a full-bread Midwestern guy. Not listening to his innate culinary skills, Lunak enrolled in the University of Montana with a major in Anthropological Linguistics. Instead of spending is time studying the relations between language and culture, Lunak was found studying the relationship between eggs and flour. Spending more time in the kitchen than the classroom, Lunak dropped out of University of Montana and enrolled himself in the Cordon Bleu Program at McIntosh College in Dover, New Hampshire where he graduated with a culinary degree. Taking his "perfected" skills with him, Lunak headed to the Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod where he was the sous chef for over three years studying under the well-known Japanese-born, French and Italian trained chef Hidemasa Yamamoto. Realizing that Yamamoto knew a thing or two in the kitchen, Lunak followed him to open the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC as the executive sous-chef. After a bit of time in DC, Lunak’s mentor Yamamoto left for Japan, so Lunak set out as the Executive Chef of the high-profile restaurant, Morimoto in Philadelphia. Working under the famed Iron-Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Lunak helped develop menu items for the NYC branch of Morimoto as well as for the Food Network show. Ready for some warm weather and a chance to "spread his wing," Lunak headed south to Florida where he was the area-executive chef for Sanibel/Captiva properties including; South Seas Island resort, Sundial Beach resort and The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club. Tired of the east coast and ready to make his mark out west, Lunak joins the Parker Palm Springs as the executive chef overseeing the properties’ two restaurants mister Parker’s and NORMA’S, room-service, banquets and pool-side service. "I joined the Parker because it is the first environment that I experienced that allows me to simply be myself, says Lunak." A hotel known for pushing the culinary envelope and offering top quality food with a unique spin, the Parker Palm Springs is thrilled to have Lunak’s experience and enthusiasm. Ready for the next challenge Jeffrey has accepted the Executive Chef position at the world famous La Quinta Resort and Club a Waldorf =Astoria Collection property effective December 18, 2008. Jeffrey Lunak currently resides in Palm Springs (it would be a bit difficult if he didn’t), with his wife Tecla who will be expecting their first child in 2009.

Joel Fisher - "Wine Guru" - lists Wine Events Nationwide
The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California.




Friday Mar 27, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Katherine Brooking M.S., R.D
Katherine Brooking is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. She specializes in working with broadcast, print and e-media to provide credible and practical nutrition information to consumers. She has appeared as a nutrition expert on top-tier national morning shows and news programs, as well as on local affiliate stations across the country. She is also a frequent contributor to CBS2 News This Morning and Fox’s Good Day New York. Recently Katherine was the nutrition expert for the “Staff Fitness Challenge” on ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly, providing helpful tips for their nationwide audience and helping six of the show’s producers to lose a total of over 75 pounds.

Chris Hansen (Correspondent, "Dateline NBC")
Sunday, March 29: Schemes With the economy in freefall and unemployment reaching record highs, Hansen investigates two schemes that sound too good to be true. One involves scams targeting people desperately searching for jobs, and the other, a self-professed visionary who claims he can increase gas mileage by 50 percent. Exclusive stories, extended interviews, and interactive tools and resources for consumers will be available on Dateline.Msnbc.com. In addition, viewers will be able to access an exclusive feature that tracks several mortgages through the financial system. The tool will illustrate how risky loans to unqualified borrowers could play a vital role in triggering a chain reaction leading to failures on Wall Street and losses to investors.

Kelly Thrasher - Waffle House
Waffle House® restaurants have offered the unbeatable combination of good food with outstanding service since 1955. This combination has made it a beloved icon of the South for the past 51 years. Waffle House® restaurants provide a unique dining experience where regular customers are greeted by name and enjoy social interaction with their servers and other customers. All food is prepared fresh, cooked to order and served on real china in a kitchen that is out front and in full view.

Allan Sabatier Senior VP of Sales/Marketing Salyer American
American Classic® by Salyer American introduces a full line of cauliflower ranging from purple, green, and orange "colorflower” to the more familiar white variety. Harvested fresh from Salyer American farms in California and Arizona , these varieties are all natural with no artificial colors or dyes added. Available year round, Salyer American makes it easy to get your recommended daily servings of farm fresh produce. The Salyer family has long been recognized as prominent leaders within the California agricultural industry, providing quality products for more than 80 years. Privately-owned and operated, Salyer American Fresh Foods first began as a premium commodity grower and shipper in 1986 and has since evolved into one of the largest grower/shippers of top-grade vegetables nationwide.

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy"
Keeping tabs on what is playing at your local movie theater. Steve covers the good , the bad & the ugly and makes sure you know in advance what to expect. See a movie this week!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thu Mar 26, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Tom Arnold (Guest Star, NBC's "ER")

As a writer, producer, and actor, Tom Arnold has established himself to both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award for writing, and a Golden Globe Award for writing and producing. Additionally, he helped put Fox Sports Network on the map with his hosting duties on “BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD.” Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief in films like “NINE MONTHS” with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams, James Cameron’s “TRUE LIES” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “HERO” with Dustin Hoffman, and “AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY” with Mike Myers.

Katherine Brooking M.S., R.D

Katherine Brooking is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. She specializes in working with broadcast, print and e-media to provide credible and practical nutrition information to consumers. She has appeared as a nutrition expert on top-tier national morning shows and news programs, as well as on local affiliate stations across the country. She is also a frequent contributor to CBS2 News This Morning and Fox’s Good Day New York. Recently Katherine was the nutrition expert for the “Staff Fitness Challenge” on ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly, providing helpful tips for their nationwide audience and helping six of the show’s producers to lose a total of over 75 pounds.

Peter Kastelan - Il Tiramisu Ristorante and Bar

Wine Dinner Thursday March 26 - SPECIAL $ 50. STIMULUS PRICE
Ivo Kastelan, who worked at Valentino, and his son, Peter, take good care of both regulars and newcomers at this Valley favorite

Nico Boissonneau - St. Supery Vineyards

Two vineyards - one in Rutherford at the heart of Napa Valley's Cabernet Sauvignon country, the other, Dollarhide, in a serene corner of Napa Valley - are the source of St. Supéry wines, most notably, celebrated Cabernet Sauvignons and Sauvignon Blanc. St. Supery Vineyards & Winery is owned by the Skalli family of France. Robert Skalli's family has made wine for several generations in South of France. While traveling in Napa Valley during the 1970s, Robert was inspired to create an estate winery in Napa Valley to make wines of distinct and respectable character.


Joel Fisher - "Wine Guru" - lists Wine Events Nationwide

The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California.



Monday, March 23, 2009

Wed Mar 25, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay - Food Network

Bobby Flay has teamed up with Hellmann’s to help America Build the Perfect Sandwich. Americans crave Real Food and you can’t get more 'real' than a great sandwich. Bobby is out to show your viewers there is a perfect sandwich for everyone – depending on the occasion, your mood, and even your personality.

Laila Ali & Jared Fogle

SUBWAY Restaurants and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are kicking off a partnership in support of the We Can! movement by gathering hundreds of kids, parents and teachers, along with renowned athlete, Laila Ali at the D.C. Armory on Wednesday, March 25, for a National PEP Rally (Play More, Eat Right and Push Away the Screen).

Jared Fogle and Boxing Champion Laila Ali Elementary and middle school students will participate in popular playground games, like hopscotch and four square as well as active sports like basketball and soccer. With parents, teachers and We Can! partners cheering them on.

Chad Phillips - "The Chopping Block"

(Eliminated, NBC's "THE CHOPPING BLOCK") Good friends, Mikey Torres and Chad Phillips met in culinary school. Torres, an Executive Chef at Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy Company received his AA in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Washington in 2007. He has been a server at many restaurants and also has catering experience. Phillips received his Culinary Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Washington in 2008. "THE CHOPPING BLOCK" - TONIGHT at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Deen Brothers “The Deen Bros.-Y’all Come Eat” and “The Deen Bros. Cookbook

America’s hottest chefs The Deen Bros. have become synonymous with southern cooking! Whether it be their bestselling cookbooks “The Deen Bros.-Y’All Come Eat” which bursts with flavorful recipes for delicious dishes and “The Deen Bros. Cookbook-Recipes from the Road” which features a slice of life packed with more than 100 fabulous recipes inspired by foods Jamie and Bobby have tasted during their travels and personal stories about growing up in the South, The Deen Bros. who hosted a hugely popular “Food Network” show “Road Tasted,” are famous for both their southern recipes and as well as regional recipes they have gathered from their time on the road!

Peter Kastelan - Il Tiramisu Ristorante and Bar

Wine Dinner Thursday March 26 - SPECIAL $ 50. STIMULUS PRICE

Ivo Kastelan, who worked at Valentino, and his son, Peter, take good care of both regulars and newcomers at this Valley favorite

Tues Mar 24, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Dan Warner - Beefeater Global Brand Ambassador

In 2006, Chivas Brothers appointed Dan Warner as Brand Ambassador of Beefeater Gin. Dan brings over 10 years' experience in the industry to the role, eight of which were in the London bar scene, having worked with Bank Group, Zander, Lonsdale and Origin at The Hospital. During that time, Dan has developed important contacts and built relationships with key industry figures that aid him in his role. Dan is also a former Theme magazine Bartender of the Year having won the award in 2003. Dan was appointed as Brand Ambassador for Beefeater Gin in 2006, his responsibilities include education and training both in the UK and abroad, hosting distillery trips and on-trade visits, in-bar education and increasing distribution of Beefeater in key London venues.

Nutrition Expert Mindy Hermann

Mindy Hermann is a registered dietitian and author who speaks frequently on children’s nutrition issues and has published hundreds of articles in major women’s, health, fitness and parenting publications. March is National Nutrition Month! Help Your Body Feel Better INSIDE and OUT! Spring is a time of renewal and March is national nutrition month, so there’s no better time to find out how to help promote digestive health and help strengthen your body's defenses.

Celebrity Chef Kevin Roberts – "The Food Dude"

Hot off the Today Show where he cooked up his famous chili with Al Roker and Tiki Barber at the Super Bowl. Kevin is available to do a March Madness segment with some great recipes like Buzzer Beater Guacamole, Center Court Chili and some hot new dips!

NFL Legend Hall of Famer Dick Butkus’

I PLAY CLEAN™ is a grassroots educational campaign operated by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization created by sports legend Dick Butkus and his son Matt Butkus. I PLAY CLEAN™ and Old Spice have sent educational kits to 10,000 high schools across the country explaining the dangers of steroids, as well as tips on how to enhance athletic performance naturally. For more information about the campaign, log on to www.IPlayClean.org.

Jean Jonas - The Pampered Chef

As the premier direct seller of essential kitchen tools and part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of businesses, The Pampered Chef® and its sales force of Independent Pampered Chef® Consultants have been helping families prepare quick, delicious meals since 1980.



Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mon Mar 23, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com


Joel Fisher - "Wine Guru" - lists Wine Events Nationwide

The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California.

Lisa Lackey (Matt's ex-wife, Janice on NBC's "Heroes")

Australian actress Lisa Lackey returns to “Heroes” as Janice, Matt Parkman’s ex-wife. In season two, we learn that Matt and Janice have divorced after finding out that she was pregnant by another man. As season three continues, Hiro and Ando are sent to protect “Matt Parkman,” only to find that Janice has been secretly raising Matt’s son, Matt Parkman, Jr., after she told him the baby was another man’s.

Richard Alleyn - President CEO US Funds UNICEF

Saving Children’s Lives One Glass at a Time President and CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF Discusses Third Annual Tap Project World Water Week (March 22-28, 2009) Access to clean, plentiful tap water is something so many in the United States take for granted and yet nearly 900 million people do not have access to it. Water-related diseases are the second largest killer of children under the age of five with 4,200 children dying every day from lack of access to clean drinking water.

Jeanette Hurt - "Complete Idiot's Guide to Cheeses of the World"

Jeanette Hurt is an author with more than 16 years of professional writing experience, specializing in travel, wine, and food. Cheese is one of the most varied and flavorful foods in the world. Its unique appeal lies in its range of textures, aromas, flavors, means of production, and milk sources. With this guide, readers will discover everything they need to know about European and American cheeses, including the growth of artisan cheeses, how to shop for cheese, combining cheese with food and drink, cooking cheese, and making cheese.• Over the past two decades, the quality, availability and popularity of artisan cheeses has grown• Cheese consumption has increased from 11.3 to 31.2 pounds per person over the last 30 years•

Above are confirmed and are scheduled to appear but as a live show, we frequently have last minute surprise guests and cancellations may occur.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Welcome

Hello from the "What's Cookin" national radio program and thanks for joining our growing number of listeners including those listening on the web at http://www.crntalk.com/ . We reach an audience of 3 million on Time Warner, local radio stations and satellite dish owners in this country plus a world wide audience listening on the web.

Mike Horn and Paul Stern are the hosts of "What's Cookin" and are both Los Angeles broadcast veterans with sterling credentials. Mike has more than 25 years experience on the air and is also a wine sommelier who has lent his voice to many projects and events over the years. Paul Stern has been a radio talk show expert and broadcast programmer for many years and is an industry insider with special insight.

Executive producer Jack Roberts has produced celebrity talk shows for more than 20 years. "What's Cookin" has featured thousands of names during our 25 year history including these recent celebrity guests:

Chefs:



Celebrities:
Tom Hinds - Flowers Winery Peter Mondavi - Charles Krug
Jim Fiolek - Santa Barbara Vintners Dan Tudor - Tudor Wines
Terry Hall - Napa Valley Vintners Beth Costa - Russian River Wine Road
Dave Williams - Yamashiro Restaurant Michael Jordan - Napa Rose Restaurant
Cindy Pawlcyn - Mustard's Grill
Peter Kastelan - Il Tiramisù
Wynn Las Vegas Villagio Inn & Spa
Fountain Grove Inn Hotel Roger Berkowitz - Legal Sea Foods
Gary Canter - Canter's Deli Gary Pisoni - Pisoni Winery
Heidi Barrett - Amuse Bouche Richard Binder - Phillipes Original
Mike Girgch - Girgch Estates 21 Club New York City
Tavern on the Green - New York City Hugh Davies - Schramsberg Vineyards

Recent Food/Beverage Industry Profiles:
Duncan Hines Kentucky Fried Chicken
IHOP Jolly Time Pop Corn Nathan's Hot Dogs
Mrs Butterworth's
Combo's Beefeater's
Denny's Budweiser Coca-Cola Kellogg's

These are only a few of the thousands of guests we have had on "What's Cookin" during the past few years. Be on the lookout for a daily blog with updated guest and show info. For booking -Jack Roberts at radiojack.crn@gmail.com .


05/24 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, JULIA DIMON, WHY VACATIONS STRESS PEOPLE OUT

LARRY LIPSON - AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from...