Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tue Jun 30, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Chef Stefan Richter - Bravo's “Top Chef”
Stefan was born in Finland but spent the majority of his childhood in Germany, where he began culinary training in his early teens. He worked his way through various European kitchens, learning new techniques and collecting awards along the way. In 1998, he joined master chefs Grant McPherson, Sotta Kuhn, Jacques Torres, Jean Philip Maury and Marc Poidevin as part of the creative team for the opening of the Bellagio Hotel, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. As Executive Sous-Chef, he created, developed and executed menus for the $25 million-dollar banquet kitchen. Since then, he has held a number of Executive Chef positions and most recently worked with Celestino Drago at Enoteca Drago before opening his own business, Stefan's Catering in Santa Monica. Although he currently resides in Los Angeles, he spends his summer months hunting and fishing in his native Finland.

Natalie MacLean "Nat Decants"
The new Drinks Matcher from Nat Decants is available now for your smartphone. It's like having a personal sommelier and a bartender at your side. Natalie MacLean, creator of Nat Decants, the wine web site at www.nataliemaclean.com, has teamed up with the software developer bitHeads to create an application that works on your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve. To fund her late-night vinous habits, Natalie MacLean holds down day jobs as a wine writer, speaker and judge. An accredited sommelier, she is a member of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, the Wine Writers Circle and several French wine societies with complicated and impressive names. Funny, brainy and unapologetically tipsy, her goal in life is to intimidate those crusty wine stewards at fine restaurants with her staggering knowledge. Natalie's book Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass chronicles her last three years sipping, spitting and slogging her way through the international wine world to visit some its most evocative places and to meet some of its most charismatic, obsessive and innovative characters. The book has been described as A Year in Provence meets Kitchen Confidential then goes Sideways.Red, White and Drunk All Over was recently chosen the Best Wine Literature Book in the English language at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The competition receives more than 6,000 books from 60 countries each year. The awards were created at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany ten years ago to reward those who "cook and drink with words." The book also won the Culinary Literary Book Award in the Cordon d’Or international culinary arts competition and was nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-Fiction at the Atlantic Book Awards. At the World Food Media Awards in Australia, Natalie was named the World's Best Drink Writer. The competition received more than 1,000 entries. An international and independent panel of 47 food and wine experts selected her from a short-list of 14 nominees from the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand and Australia. Natalie has also won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for her writing about drinks, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, in memory of one of America's greatest food writers. This award was given out at the end of the ceremony for work of literary merit. She was also nominated for this award in 2005. Natalie has also won an unprecedented six Bert Greene Awards for excellence in food journalism, presented by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, five awards from the American Association of Food Journalists, four from the North American Travel Writers Association and three honorable mentions at the National Magazine Awards.

Peter Mondavi, Jr - Proprietor Charles Krug Winery
“I was born and raised around grapes and wine. It has always been part of me,” says Peter Mondavi, Jr., 50, the youngest son of family patriarch Peter Mondavi, Sr., and grandson of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, the Napa Valley pioneers who purchased the historic Charles Krug winery in 1943. Peter Mondavi, Jr.’s education began as a boy growing up on the Charles Krug estate in St. Helena, CA, where he and older brother Marc sanded fermenting tanks, unpacked glasses, worked in the winery’s laboratory, and drove tractors through the vineyard.
Peter inherited his love of food from his grandmother Rosa, who taught him the fine points of food and wine pairing. While Charles Krug wines reflect their origins in the most prestigious Napa Valley appellations, they resemble his grandmother’s beloved Italian wine in one way: they are well balanced and structured to accompany food. Demonstrating a commitment to the land that only a family-owned and operated business can make, the third generation of Mondavis has invested $21.6 million in replanting the 850-acre estate, renewing the winery’s focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varietals and converting to sustainable farming methods. Another $8.5 million has been invested in the historic renovation of the original 1800’s stone structures. Peter’s leadership and environmental stewardship was recognized in Vanity Fair's 2007 “Green Issue,” and he was invited to pour Charles Krug wines at the premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary film, "The 11th Hour," in August, 2007. As international wine conglomerates take root elsewhere in the Valley, the Mondavis are resolute in their intention to remain independent and family owned. “Between Dad, Marc and me, we have been making wine from grapes grown on these vineyards for over 60 years. There’s a love and dedication there that I believe you can taste in the wine,” Peter says. Peter Mondavi, Jr., may have started his education at the winery, but he completed it at Stanford, where he earned a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in engineering management and an MBA. He is a prolific fundraiser for various charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others. Peter was named the 2008 California Wine Ambassador by the Portland Classic Wines Auction, chosen from the most respected wineries producing premium wines representative of their regions. In addition to his winery activities he sits on the boards of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association, Yountville Appellation Association and the Bottlenotes Advisory Board. Peter is a former board member of both the Napa Valley Vintners Association and Family Winemakers of California. He is also an active member of numerous wine-related organizations, including the Wine and Food Society of San Francisco. He lives in Napa Valley with his wife Katie Williams-Mondavi and their two children.

Debra Holtzman -Safety Expert
Debra Holtzman is a world renowned safety and health expert and an award-winning author. She is a specialist on the subjects of injury prevention, green living, toxic chemicals, lifestyle, travel, food safety and more. She has been helping families for nearly two decades. She has a law degree, an M.A. in occupational health and safety, and a B.A. in communications. Her newest book, "The Safe Baby: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living "
offers parents easy to implement solutions and cost savings tips to keep children and pets safe and healthy.

· Personal fireworks: The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave them to trained professionals and adults.
· Foods: Make sure to cook burgers to an internal temperature of at least 160 F and don't leave perishable food at room temperature over two hours (or within an hour if 90°+).
· Alcohol: Even small amounts of alcohol can be dangerous to children, so keep drinks out of their reach.

Chef Maureen Petrosky - Guest Judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America
It’s no surprise that celebrating 4th of July with a bang is a great American tradition. Not only do we recognize the importance of this day with patriotic celebrations, but with lots of good ol' fashioned all-American eats! National Chef and Entertaining Expert Maureen Petrosky has easy and helpful tips for everything from cool cocktails and tasty foods and recipes to delightful desserts and dazzling decoration ideas that is sure to make every party go off with a bang!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mon Jun 29, 2009

On Today's Show: http://www.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 CA

Natalie MacLean "Nat Decants"
The new Drinks Matcher from Nat Decants is available now for your smartphone. It's like having a personal sommelier and a bartender at your side. Natalie MacLean, creator of Nat Decants, the wine web site at www.nataliemaclean.com, has teamed up with the software developer bitHeads to create an application that works on your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve. To fund her late-night vinous habits, Natalie MacLean holds down day jobs as a wine writer, speaker and judge. An accredited sommelier, she is a member of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, the Wine Writers Circle and several French wine societies with complicated and impressive names. Funny, brainy and unapologetically tipsy, her goal in life is to intimidate those crusty wine stewards at fine restaurants with her staggering knowledge. Natalie's book Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass chronicles her last three years sipping, spitting and slogging her way through the international wine world to visit some its most evocative places and to meet some of its most charismatic, obsessive and innovative characters. The book has been described as A Year in Provence meets Kitchen Confidential then goes Sideways.Red, White and Drunk All Over was recently chosen the Best Wine Literature Book in the English language at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The competition receives more than 6,000 books from 60 countries each year. The awards were created at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany ten years ago to reward those who "cook and drink with words." The book also won the Culinary Literary Book Award in the Cordon d’Or international culinary arts competition and was nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-Fiction at the Atlantic Book Awards. At the World Food Media Awards in Australia, Natalie was named the World's Best Drink Writer. The competition received more than 1,000 entries. An international and independent panel of 47 food and wine experts selected her from a short-list of 14 nominees from the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand and Australia. Natalie has also won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for her writing about drinks, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, in memory of one of America's greatest food writers. This award was given out at the end of the ceremony for work of literary merit. She was also nominated for this award in 2005. Natalie has also won an unprecedented six Bert Greene Awards for excellence in food journalism, presented by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, five awards from the American Association of Food Journalists, four from the North American Travel Writers Association and three honorable mentions at the National Magazine Awards.

Bob Harper Celebrity Trainer "The Biggest Loser"
· Results of the Study How a Person's Health Choices Influence the People
· Bob's Tips for Living Healthier Lives
· How to Calculate Your Health Footprint & What It Means
· "The Biggest Loser"

Lisa Ann Walter -"Dance Your Ass Off " (Oxygen) Premieres Monday, June 29 at 10pm ET/PT
Lisa Ann Walter is executive producer and a judge of Oxygen’s new dance/weight loss competition series “Dance Your Ass Off.” Walter is best known for her performances as Chessy in “The Parent Trap” and Bobbie (“Quit looking at my ass!”) in “Shall We Dance” opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. She also worked with Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston in “Bruce Almighty” as well as Steven Spielberg in “War of the Worlds.” Walter’s roles have garnered her four Independent Film Festival Best Actress awards for playing the title character in “The Trouble With Dee Dee” co-starring Kurtwood Smith.

Twelve finalists, nearly 3,000 lbs, one goal -- to go from an eating machine to a dancing machine in Oxygen's new dance/weight loss competition series Dance Your Ass Off, hosted by TONY Award®-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur. Bringing dance and diet together, Dance Your Ass Off features talented, full-figured contestants who will have to lose to win. Each contestant is paired with a professional dance partner who will train him or her for weekly stage performances -- ranging from Hip Hop, to Ballroom and even Pole Dancing! Then they shake and rattle their rolls in front of a live studio audience and a panel of expert judges. The judges score the routines, and then the contestants weigh in to reveal their weekly weight loss. The dance score and the weight loss are combined for an overall score, which determines who is sent home each week

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fri June 26, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Frank Sheftel - "Candy Maker to the Stars" - "The Candy Factory"
Candy Maker to the Stars, Frank Sheftel, like so many, was shocked to hear the news of the sudden passing of long-time customer, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. “We are truly shocked to learn of his death,” states Sheftel. “We will miss him very much. We have sent our condolences to the Jackson family.”In planning the wedding of the Century, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley had the pick of any candy maker on the planet. Why did they choose The Candy Factory, a local family business in North Hollywood, California?“Candy maker to the Stars”, Frank Sheftel will never tell, but he will remember the experience the rest of his life. He is often called the Willy Wonka of the Candy Business and his list of clientele is a who’s who of the Hollywood Elite.Creativity and confidentiality have been the trademarks of Franks success in the candy business. Designing the Wedding Announcements for Michael and Lisa Marie gave Frank and his Candy Factory the opportunity to shine on the International Stage.The Candy Factory made the chocolate wedding favors for Michael Jackson’s reception in 1994. Sheftel continues, “It was truly an honor to be included in Mr. Jackson’s wedding. In addition to the chocolates we made for the wedding, Michael had us make candies that he delivered to children in the hospital. We are so proud and honored to be part of that.”

Jill Noblett Senior VP Loyalty - Wyndham Hotel Group
responsible for the strategic development and management of the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, customer loyalty initiatives, the Hotel Group’s customer database, all direct-marketing programs, internal and external strategic marketing alliances and promotional initiatives across all brands. She was appointed to her current position in July 2006.
During her tenure, she spearheaded the development and 2004 launch of TripRewards, now Wyndham Rewards, the company’s first system-wide, and multi-brand customer loyalty program. In 2004 Noblett was named one of the top 25 most extraordinary sales and marketing minds in hospitality and travel by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

Darren Boch -Public Affairs Officer - National Parks Service - "Statue of Liberty"
Liberty Enlightening the World - Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

Michael Stern "500 Things to Eat Before it's to Late: Very Best Places To Eat Them"
JANE and MICHAEL STERN are the authors of the best-selling Roadfood and the acclaimed memoir Two for the Road. They are contributing editors to Gourmet, where they write the James Beard Award–winning column "Roadfood," and they appear weekly on NPR’s The Splendid Table. Winners of a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, the Sterns have also been inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. What are the all-time best dishes America has to offer, the ones you must taste before they vanish, so delicious they deserve to be a Holy Grail for travelers? Where’s the most vibrant Key lime pie in Florida? The most sensational chiles rellenos in New Mexico? The most succulent fried clams on the Eastern Seaboard? The most memorable whoopie pies, gumbos, tacos, cheese steaks, crab feasts? In 500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late, "America’s leading authorities on the culinary delights to be found while driving" (Newsweek) return to their favorite subject with a colorful, bursting-at-the-seams life list of America’s must-eats. Illustrated throughout with mouth-watering color photos and road maps, this indispensable guide is organized by region, then by state. Each entry captures the food in luscious detail and gives the lowdown on the café, roadside stand, or street cart where it’s served. When "bests" abound—hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, apple pie, doughnuts—the Sterns rank their offerings. Sidebars feature profiles of idiosyncratic creators, recipes, and local attractions.

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thu Jun 25, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Evictee (NBC's "I'm A Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!")
Congratulations to Lou Diamond Phillips, the crowned King of the Jungle! Torrie Wilson & John Salley were the final celebrities to be eliminated. Each celebrity contestant was handpicked for their mental and physical toughness. Capsule bios are below, with full biographies available on NBC Media Village.

Chef Aaron Sanchez - HEAT UP THE SEASON LATINO STYLE
Owner/Executive Chef of Centrico & Paladar – Food Network Personality - The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón’s passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the country’s leading contemporary Latin Chefs. Aarón began his career with the Food Network as co-host of Melting Pot, where he introduced a national audience to his technique and creativity with contemporary interpretations of classic Latino cuisine. Today Aarón appears on multiple Food Network shows including; Chopped, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Iron Chef, Next Iron Chef, Throwdown w/ Bobby Flay, Food Detectives and more. Aarón is the owner and executive chef of Paladar and Centrico restaurants, both located in New York City. He also was a co-developer of the eatery Mixx, a part of the Borgata Hotel and Spa in Atlantic City. In February 2001, Aarón teamed up with Eamon Furlong to open Paladar, a pan-Latin inspiration on the Lower East Side. Funky but chic, Paladar incorporates the vibrant energy of the neighborhood with the relaxed intimacy and warmth of a Cuban Paladar. In its first year, Paladar won Time Out New York’s 2001 Award for Best New Lower East Side Restaurant and Best Latin American Restaurant in their 2002 Eating and Drinking Guide. In 2004, Aarón opened up Centrico with renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent of the Myriad Restaurant Group (Nobu, Tribeca Grill, etc.). With the new restaurant, Aarón goes back to his roots to cook the Mexican food of his childhood with a fresh interpretation. In 2005 Aarón was named one of People and People En Espanol’s (the country’s #1 Latin Magazine) 50 Most Beautiful People. The same year he was also nominated as the “Rising Star Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation. In addition to being a world-class chef and Food Network personality, Aarón is also a consultant, spokesperson and author. His first book, La Comida del Barrio, including recipes and photographs by Emmanuel Bastien, was published in May 2003. Aarón makes international appearances conducting cooking demos and speaking, where her shares his knowledge and passion for cooking and Latin cuisine/culture with thousands of admirers throughout the year.

Bridlewood Winery
Our Bridlewood Estate Winery, on a hillside in the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country, is a place apart, completely dedicated to the pleasures of wine - and serious about Syrah. The Mission Style Winery, Tasting Room, and Visitor Center echo the traditions of California's past with long, cool verandas surrounding a stone courtyard graced by the sound of fountains splashing in the sun. In the Tasting Room Bridlewood offers a broad range of carefully crafted wines that demonstrate the creative commitment of our winemaker, David Hopkins, as he follows the flavor of great grapes from vineyard to vineyard throughout the Central Coast. If you are serious about Syrah, or if you simply seek the best of everything in the wine country lifestyle, Bridlewood welcomes you.

Chef Heather Gardea VP F B/Executive Chef Coco's and Carrow's Restaurants
It all began back in 1948, with one little restaurant along Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County, California. Today, there are over 110 Coco's Bakery Restaurants in the Western United States including California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. We believe we can attribute our success to some very basic but important principles that we've never veered from. First, when you define yourself as being in the "Family Dining Category" as we have, then you'd better make sure you provide families with not just exceptional food, but exceptional value. Second, you have to remember that customers are more than just folks who come in for a meal. They're our special guests, and should be treated as such. And so our team members understand that since our guests make our business what it is, that they should always be made to feel at home. Third, we decided a long time ago to be more than just a restaurant. We are a bakery, too, just like it says in our name: "Coco's Bakery Restaurant." So in addition to creating many signature entrée items, we pride ourselves on delivering the tastiest, most mouth-watering freshly baked pies, cakes, muffins, cookies, biscuits and more. Being a bakery allows us to provide things other restaurants in our category simply can't, and it's become an important trademark of Coco's. From the magic of our holiday pies, right down to our baskets of freshly baked bread, we believe our bakery makes us special. Our current menu embraces today's emerging food trends with creative and diverse offerings as well as traditional favorites, and in the near future we'll be introducing many new innovative selections as well. For breakfast, lunch or at dinnertime, there are always many exceptional choices at Coco's. (Some restaurants even feature an Espresso Bar with a fine selection of Espresso, Cappuccino and Cafe Latte.) For more than 55 years, Coco's has had the privilege of serving guests. We look forward to serving you for the next 55 years and beyond, continuing to grow our reputation as that "Warm and cozy little place with the nice people and those amazing pies


STEPHEN BALDWIN is the youngest of the acting Baldwin brothers and his multi-faceted talents extend to include films, television, books, radio and more. His diverse film credits span more than 60 films and include key roles in everything from “The Usual Suspects” to “Bio-Dome.” Among his television credits include “The Young Riders,” “Fear Factor” and the seventh season of NBC’s hit “The Celebrity Apprentice,” where he placed fifth. He has his own production company that develops projects for both television and film and he also serves as the co-host of a nationally syndicated radio show “Xtreme Radio with Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough.” It is his current role as director, co-producer and founder of the Global Breakthrough Ministry that is bringing out his passion for reaching today’s youth with a positive faith–based message. He will be playing for the charity, Love 146.

PATTI BLAGOJEVICH, the wife of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and daughter of a Chicago alderman, is a licensed real estate broker and appraiser who owns her own real estate company. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in economics. She and her husband have two daughters, ages 12 and 6. She will be playing for Children’s Cancer Center.

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS is a versatile talent who has had success in feature films, television and theater as an actor, director, writer and producer. He first gained widespread attention starring as Richie Valens in “La Bamba” and solidified his reputation in “Stand and Deliver,” for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nomination and a Best Supporting Actor Independent Spirit Award. His vast resume of features includes roles in such films as “Courage Under Fire,” “Supernova,” “Hollywood Homicide,” “Young Guns I and II,” “The Big Hit,” “Brokedown Palace” and “El Cortez.” On stage, Phillips has appeared in numerous productions and earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor for his performance as the King of Siam in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” He can next be seen on the Sci-Fi series “Stargate: Universe” and continues to appear on “Numb3ers.” He will be playing for the charity, Art Has Heart.

JANICE DICKINSON is a successful model who has graced the covers of every major fashion magazine from Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Playboy. She has also walked the runways in Milan, Paris, and New York, wearing the clothes of Versace, Armani, Calvin Klein and many others. Through “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” the Oxygen Network's most-watched docudrama, she has also fulfilled a lifelong dream to open her own agency representing ethnically diverse, cutting-edge talent while demonstrating her ability to balance life as a businesswoman, mentor, and mother. She will be playing for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.

FRANCES CALLIER and ANGELA V. SHELTON are better known as the comedy duo Frangela. Real-life best friends, they each have an array of television and film credits. Together they have appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where they were dubbed as “America’s funniest people,” and were featured in the hit film “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Callier has appeared in “My Name Is Earl,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and is also a fan favorite as Hanna Montana’s bodyguard Roxie, on Disney’s “Hannah Montana.” Shelton has hosted the regional Emmy Award-winning PBS series, “The Cheap Show” and has television credits that include “Grounded for Life,” “Significant Others” and “Mr. Show.” They are regular pop cultural pundits on NBC’s “Today” show and “Dateline NBC,” “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” “Showbiz Today” and on “Headline News,” “Red Eye,” “The Big Story” and “The Big Debate.” They are also regular contributors to NPR’s “Day to Day” and “Off Ramp.” Together, the duo host their own Los Angeles radio show, “The Week According to Frangela” and fill in for the nationally syndicated radio talk show “Stephanie Miller.” They have co-authored a book called “Frangela’s Friendship Handbook.“ Callier will be playing for Feeding America while Shelton’s charity is Covenant House of California.

SANJAYA MALAKAR took the world by storm and gained national attention during the sixth season of “American Idol” when “Sanjaya” became one of the most recognizable “Idol” contestants in the history of the show. Earlier this year, Malakar released the autobiography, “Dancing to the Music in My Head: Memoirs of the People’s Idol,” which details his experience with the show. His debut EP, also titled “Dancing to the Music in My Head,” was released the same day as his book. He will be playing for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

HEIDI PRATT (formerly Montag) is on her fifth season of MTV’s popular reality show “The Hills.” In addition to her career in television, Pratt is a musician, fashion designer, aspiring actress and president of her own music label, Heidi Montag Records. Last year, she debuted her fashion line, Heidiwood, and plans to release another line later this year. She recently married her manager and “The Hills” co-star, Spencer Pratt, who will be joining her in the jungle. She will be playing for the charity, Feed the Children.

SPENCER PRATT is best known to audiences for his performance on the popular reality series “The Hills.” Recently married to his co-star Heidi Mongtag, who also will be participating in the show, he has used his celebrity and talents to further develop his career as an entrepreneur. In addition to his executive role on “The Princes of Malibu,” Pratt is an accomplished music producer and president of Innovator Management, a management company with clients that include his wife and MMA superstar Kevin Casey. He will be playing for the American Red Cross.

JOHN SALLEY is a 15-year NBA veteran and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams that included the Detroit Pistons, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. He has been featured in numerous feature films and television shows, including a seven-year stint as host of the Emmy Award-nominated “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” He has had his own radio morning show, “The John Salley Block Party” which aired in Los Angeles and he also runs his own production company, Black Folk Entertainment, that has numerous television and film projects currently on the slate. Along with his brother Jerry, they head the Salley Foundation, which is involved with several important causes including raising awareness to the AIDS pandemic by working in conjunction with VH1 and the Global Fund, Operation Smile and PETA. He will be playing for Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

TORRIE WILSON started her career as a fitness competitor, model and actress before she was scouted and hired by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Wilson made her WWE debut in June 2001 and over a career in the ring that spanned nine years, became one of the most popular “Divas” -- competing in numerous WWE Raw and SmackDown matches. She has graced the cover of Playboy twice and was included in FHM ‘s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list. Wilson has branched outside the ring with her official clothing line “Officially Jaded” and retail store “Jaded,” which she started along with former WWE wrestler Nick Mitchell. She will be playing for the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wed Jun 24, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Evictee - "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here"
Patti Blagojevich - The wife of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and daughter of a Chicago alderman, Patti is a licensed real estate broker and appraiser who owns her own real estate company. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in economics.

Sanjaya Malakar - started his career in entertainment as an eight year old with his starring role in Hawaii Children's Theaters production of "Bugsy Malone." A few years later, Malakar joined Patrinell Wright's world-renowned "Total Experience Gospel Choir" which took him through the Southern states where he sang for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina victims. Malakar took the world by storm and gained national attention during the sixth season of "American Idol" when "Sanjaya" became one of the most recognizable "Idol" contestants in the history of the show. Earlier this year, Malakar released the autobiography, "Dancing to the Music in My Head: Memoirs of the People's Idol," which details his experience with the show. His debut EP, also titled "Dancing to the Music in My Head," included the singles "A Guy Like Me" and "A Quintessential Lullaby," and was released the same day as his book. Recently, Malakar has been in the recording studio with acclaimed record producers to complete his world music album. He also is auditioning musicians to join in him in an international world band leading up to a world tour. Malakar currently resides in New York.

Susan Whiteside - Vice President National Confectioners Association
Chocolate and Bacon Coming to a Store Near You . National Confectioners Association Dishes the Future of Flavor and Candy Innovation . Chocolate reigns as America’s favorite flavor, but taste buds are tingling for bold new experiences and internationally inspired flavors when it comes to the future of chocolate, candy and gum, according to the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) Industry Trend Report 2009. Confectionary makers will continue to think “outside the bar” and innovation will drive consumer purchasing over the next three to five years.

Sean Capiaux - Winemaker O'SHAUGHNESSY ESTATE WINERY
Our winemaking philosophy at O’Shaughnessy winery is to produce Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the unique character of our vineyards from the Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder region. The winemaking style is contemporary, utilizing cutting edge fermentation equipment paired with natural hands on winemaking. Our emphasis is on balance; the concentrated nature of the grapes from our estate vineyards needs to be in balance with the flavors and aromas in order to produce the most harmonious wine.

Peter Kastelan - Il Tiramisu Wine Dinner Thursday June 25 -
Ivo Kastelan, who worked at Valentino, and his son, Peter, take good care of both regulars and newcomers at this Valley favorite. Monthly wine dinners in an elegant setting.

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.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tue Jun 23, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Stephen Baldwin - "I'm A Celebrity , Get Me Out of Here"
the youngest of the acting Baldwin brothers and his multi-faceted talents extend to include films, television, books, radio and more. His diverse film credits span more than 60 films and include key roles in everything from “The Usual Suspects” to “Bio-Dome.” Among his television credits include “The Young Riders,” “Fear Factor” and the seventh season of NBC’s hit “The Celebrity Apprentice,” where he placed fifth. He has his own production company that develops projects for both television and film and he also serves as the co-host of a nationally syndicated radio show “Xtreme Radio with Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough.” It is his current role as director, co-producer and founder of the Global Breakthrough Ministry that is bringing out his passion for reaching today’s youth with a positive faith–based message. He will be playing for the charityLove 146.

Marc Silverstein - host " The Best Of" (Food Network)
"Go Ahead, Make My Dinner" (The Discovery Channel)
It’s time to fire up the grill, break out the salsa and sip a cool drink poolside! More than 3-million Americas are celebrating summer and saving money with backyard barbeques and campsite cookouts. Now that three out of every four households own an outdoor grill or a smoker, it’s no wonder grilling is hot. In fact, 31-percent of America ’s grill owners say they are barbequing more than they were a year ago in order to “eat healthier.” But what can you do to put the sizzle in your next outdoor party? How can your bash stand out from other neighborhood gatherings? What’s the best way to prep that grill for its first fire-up of the season? And, how do you keep food fresh in summer heat? Entertaining Expert Marc Silverstein can show you how to save money and have more fun at your next grill-side gathering.

Tobin (Toby) James - Tobin James Cellars
Tobin (Toby) James grew up on a vineyard in Indiana, worked in a wine shop in Cincinnati and knew at the age of 18 that he would own a winery. He apprenticed at the Estrella River Winery, eventually being hired on full time and becoming their cellar master. From there, he headed to Eberle Winery to eventually make their wines with Gary Eberle. When Peachy Canyon started, the owner needed a winemaker. A deal was struck so that Toby would become the founding winemaker and also have the opportunity to continue making Tobin James Cellars' wine at the same facility. The very first wine Toby made won a spot on the coveted "top 100" wines of the year with the Wine Spectator. Toby's reputation continued to grow, and in 1993 decided to build his own winery on highway 46 east of Paso Robles.

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 CA

Mike Steffel - O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery
On a summer morning, when the valley wears a shroud of fog, it is exhilarating to climb to 1900 feet, arriving at the O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery on Howell Mountain. As you rise above the fog, the vines, the mountain peaks, blue sky and brilliant sun become reality. We invite you to visit us and share in our reality. We invite you to celebrate life with our wine, the product of our passion and our dreams.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mon Jun 22, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Chef Time Love "The Cowboy Chef" Aspen Food & Wine Classic
Wrap up of event from annual Food & Wine Classic with Chef Love and his "sidekick" Mark. Conversation about the "Love Shack" and more.

Aaron McCargo, Jr host "Big Daddy's House" Food Network
competed on and won season four of The Next Food Network Star in 2008. Now he has his own Food Network show, Big Daddy's House, where Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking. Today he helps listeners Creates Easy BBQ Recipes to Spice Up Your Summer.

Neal E. Boyd - Season Three Winner - "America's Got Talent"
Third-season winner Neal E. Boyd, an insurance salesman with dreams of becoming a professional opera singer, had his life changed forever last August when he was crowned the champion. Not only did he win the $1 million grand prize, but he also received the opportunity to perform at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas strip. AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC (9-10 p.m. ET); Premiere: June 23 (9-11 p.m. ET) NBC's top rated summer series from "American Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Television, returns this summer with the hottest performers from across the country ready to compete in the blockbuster reality show's fourth season. New this season, the multi-talented entertainer/producer and comedian Nick Cannon joins as host.
The show will continue to be presided over by the explosive combination of celebrity judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan. With the talent search open to acts of all ages, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit featuring a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts -- and the $1 million prize.

Myles Mattenson - "A Night at the Autry"
scheduled for Saturday evening, July 18, 2009 at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The event is sponsored by the Child and Family Guidance Center, a prominent agency serving children in the San Fernando Valley, Palmdale, and Lancaster for many years. Great restaurants, wine and beer, live dance band and silent auction. To see our various participants, go to www.childguidance.org and click on A Night at the Autry, then click on 2009 participants. Wines include Camus, Stags Leap, Silver Oak, Stolpman, Jaffurs, Duckhorn, and many others.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fri June 19, 2009

On Today's Show: http://www.crntalk.com/

Janice Dickinson - Evictee-"I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!"
a successful model who has graced the covers of every major fashion magazine from Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Playboy. She has also walked the runways in Milan, Paris, and New York, wearing the clothes of Versace, Armani, Calvin Klein and many others. Through “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” the Oxygen Network's most-watched docudrama, she has also fulfilled a lifelong dream to open her own agency representing ethnically diverse, cutting-edge talent while demonstrating her ability to balance life as a businesswoman, mentor, and mother. She will be playing for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.


Sissy Biggers - Aspen Food & Wine Festival.
Marthas "Sissy" Cargill Biggers (born July 3, 1957) is an American television personality, lifestyle expert, wife and mother of two. She is best known for her years as the host of the Food Network's Ready.. Set... Cook! but her career began behind the scenes. Today Biggers is a highly-sought-after brand spokesperson appearing often on network television in support of various household and food products. Mario Batali, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and Jacques Pépin are a few of the culinary superstars heading to the majestic Aspen mountains the weekend of June 19-21. This year’s FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen features a star-filled line-up of trendsetters in both food and wine. They will share their favorite recipes, techniques, and trade secrets with 5,000 foodie followers. The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen offers over 80 cooking and wine seminars, 50,000 bottles of wine to sample at the Grand Tasting Tents, along with hundreds of exhibitors previewing their latest products. It is no surprise
that the FOOD & WINE Classic is recognized as the top destination to discover the latest culinary trends. As a change this year, the annual Classic Cook-Off will become the Classic Quickfire, as a riff on Bravo’s Top Chef. The winner of Top Chef: New York Hosea Rosenberg will compete against Top Chef: Chicago winner, Stephanie Izzard. Top Chef judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons will preside over the judges’ table, alongside Editor in Chief Dana Cowin. The top bidder at a live auction, benefiting KitchenAid’s Cook For The Cure, will fill the fourth seat at judges’ table. For 27 years, culinary trendsetters have headed to Aspen to discover the latest epicurean trends. Culinary royalty will be there, including Jacques Pepin, Bobby Flay, and Mario Batali. This year, you and your viewers get to go to. From trends in organic farming and wine making to the evolution of kitchen appliances, the history of how we make, serve, and eat our favorite foods can be a fascinating subject…and it’s all on display at the Aspen Food & Wine Magazine Classic. The classic hosts a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, and smells that tell the tale of food and how we enjoy it. To help give you the dish LIVE from Aspen, the “Queen of Aspen” and the ultimate insider of the Classic, Sissy Biggers will show you what trends will be making their way to your kitchen. From sustainable farming and “locavores” to a look at essential foodie equipment like the iconic Kitchen Aid mixer, Sissy has the inside scoop.

Stephen Gross Owner - Clarendon Square Inn - Boston
Welcome to the Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast, and welcome to Boston. Clarendon Square is about style, comfort and location. Experience our property, our knowledge and our city; we are here to help make your visit unique. At Clarendon Square you will find the amenities of a luxury hotel along with the warmth and hospitality of a boutique establishment. Have a look and catch the feeling of our property and of our style. We hope you will see the attention to detail that makes our inn special, from the fine furnishings, to the richly restored interior finishes. Should you stay at Clarendon Square you will experience American history first hand by living in an 1860s merchant townhouse. Boston is a city designed for walking and has a European feel. We are central, in a district of 19th century townhouses amongst the sites you come to see. Perfect for tourism, business trips, or visiting Boston's finest shops and restaurants, you will be glad you chose Clarendon Square, central to the Back Bay and to the South End. Clarendon Square is designed for those who appreciate luxury and is welcoming to all. Please, if you will, include us in your travel plans and enjoy the best of Boston. Nothing would please us more than to have you enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Darrin Boch- Statue of Liberty - New York
Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".



Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thu Jun 18, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Cristián de la Fuente - (Raphel" on USA's "IN PLAIN SIGHT")
Cristián de la Fuente is Raphael in the second season of the hit USA Network original series IN PLAIN SIGHT. In the last few years de la Fuente has continued to show his versatility as both a comedic and dramatic actor. He had a recurring role on Lifetime’s “Side Order of Life” and as Aaron the boyfriend of Kyle Lendo on CBS’s “The Class.” He guested on USA’s PSYCH and ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” and “Ugly Betty.” He was one of the hottest celebrities to perform on season 6 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” He placed third, burning up the television screen with dance partner and two-time winner Cheryl Burke. In 2007, he starred in Univision’s “Como Ama Una Mujer” (How a Women Loves), executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The five-hour musical, drama, miniseries has some J.Lo autobiographical elements and even though she did not act in the miniseries she appeared at the end of each episode and sang one of her songs from her new album, “Como Ama una Mujer.” de la Fuente was the first male to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan En Espanol, in the November 2006 issue. He was named one of the 50 most beautiful people by People Magazine En Espanol four times and in 1999 in the domestic People. de la Fuente was a series regular on the CBS series “Family Law,” the NBC series “Gated Community” and the UPN show “Bad Girls Guide.” He had recurring roles on UPN’s “One on One,” CBS’s “CSI: Miami” and NBC’s ‘Hidden Hills.” On ABC, he guest starred as Kelly Ripa’s love interest on “Hope and Faith.” He played an AFI agent on “Threat Matrix” and co-starred opposite Kim Delaney in the made for TV movie, “Infidelity.” He was a series lead on the episodic “Reyes Y Rey” for Sony/Telemundo. He executive produced and starred in the foreign film “El Nominado” which was showcased at the New York Latin Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Miami and San Diego Latin Film Festivals where he was named one of the top ten actors to watch. de la Fuente’s first film, “Driven,” where he co-starred opposite Sylvester Stallone, opened number one at the box office. He also starred opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in the hit movie “Basic” and “Vampiros Los Muertos” opposite Jon Bon Jovi. More recent films include “Once Upon a Wedding” opposite Esai Morales, and “Suenos” opposite John Leguizamo. Fluent in both English and Spanish, de la Fuente is an adventurous spirit and an avid sportsman. He enjoys tennis, boxing, skiing, golfing and weight training. In 1996, he received his pilots’ license. He is a First Lieutenant in the Chilean Air Force Reserve and a member of “Halcones,” the High Aerobatics team. de la Fuente resides in Los Angeles with his wife Angelica Castro and their daughter.

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.

Chef Eric Ripert "Return to Cooking"
Eric Ripert is the co-author of the recently published On the Line: Inside the world of Le Bernardin, and chef and part-owner of Le Bernardin, awarded four stars by The New York Times, three stars by the Michelin Guide, and rated best restaurant in New York by Zagat. He is a frequent guest on such national shows as Bravo's Top Chef, Today, Charlie Rose, Martha, and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. He has opened two new restaurants, 10 Arts in the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton and Westend Bistro in Washington, D.C. You can watch Eric Ripert in action on his forthcoming television show Avec Eric and on his Web site, www.aveceric.com

The greatest work by one of the world's most renowned chefs—returns in paperback. Spontaneous meals at home with friends form the foundation of this dazzling collection of recipes that are easy enough for novices yet so inspired they could be restaurant-worthy. The result of a rare sabbatical from this famed chef's 4-star kitchen, A Return to Cooking is "an unprecedented look at the creative process of one of the world’s best chefs" (Anthony Bourdain) as Eric Ripert prepares simple meals for friends in different locations, using ingredients at hand.Expect to be enchanted by Eric's lack of pretense and his irrepressible joie—a chef who likes American mayonnaise and alphabet pasta, but can also lecture on subjects as diverse as the power of vinaigrette and the merits of Tabasco, shallots, and coconut milk. And every bit as fascinating is the bird's-eye view of the magic that occurs when decades of cooking experience coalesce with the forces of a chef's intuition.

Robin Miller - "Quick Fix Meals - Food Network Host"
Robin Miller is the star of Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals and Robin to the Rescue. Robin will be making an appearance on The Today Show in June and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, as well as on numerous local stations across the country. She has a master’s degree in food and nutrition from New York University and has written eight cookbooks.
It’s Monday night and after a hectic day at work, your well-intentioned plan to prepare a healthy, home-cooked family meal has evaporated in the summer heat. Don’t reach for the takeout menu just yet—Food Network host Robin Miller’s new book, ROBIN RESCUES DINNER, shows how easy it can be to gather the family around the table for a simple summer meal that everyone will enjoy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wed Jun 17, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Deborah Sidney - Associate Brand Manager - Guiltless Gourmet
The Guiltless Sin City Sweepstakes can make you a winner and you can enter free!
Doug , the founder was from Austin, Texas and was told by his doctor to stop eating Tortilla Chips because his cholesterol was too high - thus Guiltlee Gourmet was born.

Bill Brinton - Charles Creek Vineyard
He resides in Sonoma, but his roots are deep in the Midwest. Midwesterners are known for strong American values, respect for family and institutions, and the ability to create and recognize value in products.Bill is a direct descendent of a true pioneer, John Deere. His direct family was at the helm of Deere until its recent transition to a public company. Deere created the self-scouring steel plow, an invention that revolutionized the agricultural world. It is this spirit of innovation and tradition that Bill brings to the company he founded, Charles Creek Vineyard. Charles Creek is named after his son Charley and his grandfather, Charles Deere Wiman. Ten years prior to the start of Charles Creek Vineyard, Bill used this same dedication to create new and innovative beverages. In 1993, Bill, a graduate of the Columbia University MBA program, established a natural products and nutritional beverage firm, The Wiman Beverage Company. This company was sold to a larger firm in 2000.Bill enjoys vineyard selection and development, as well as the critical evaluation and blending of the juice from grapes into wine. The wines are styled to pair wonderfully with a wide variety of fresh foods, and his vision is to create wines that could be sold for $30 to $75 per bottle, but that provide an exceptional value in the $20 to $25 price range. Value and integrity are the cornerstone of Midwestern values, and the basis upon which Charles Creek Vineyard was founded.

Daniel Baldwin - Evictee-"I'm a Celebrity.Get Me Out of Here!"
Daniel Baldwin is no stranger to both feature films and television. He recently completed the much-anticipated HBO production "Grey Gardens" where he plays Julius Krug, the former secretary of the interior under President Truman and secret true love of Little Edie, played by Drew Barrymore. The film also stars Jessica Lange as Big Edie and is based on the true life of Jackie Kennedy's eccentric aunt and first cousin -- both named Edith Bouvier Beale (a.k.a. "Big and Little Edie"). Other notable film roles for Baldwin have included Oliver Stone's film "Born on the Fourth of July," "Mullholland Falls," "Trees Lounge" (Steve Buscemi's directorial debut), John Carpenter's "Vampire$" (with James Woods) and "Paparazzi" (with Cole Hauser and Dennis Farina). Baldwin is remembered for his role as the marriage-troubled Beau Felton in the hit series "Homicide: Life on the Street." His television appearances include Showtime's critically acclaimed movie "Our Fathers," the SCI FI original movie "Anonymous Rex," the TV movie "Open House" (in which he starred opposite Christine Lahti), and "Killing Moon" with Penelope Ann Miller. Baldwin has also appeared as a guest star on "Cold Case" and "The Closer." Born and raised in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, Baldwin is one of the many talented Baldwin brothers. Before embarking on an acting career, he was a stand-up comedian.
Baldwin and his wife, Joanne Smith-Baldwin, have a daughter, Avis Ann, and they are expecting their second child. Baldwin currently resides in Montecito, California.
Based on the hit UK series, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” is the ultimate “Swiss Family Robinson” as the 11 celebrities will be dropped into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle to face fun and comedic challenges designed to test their survival skills. America is the puppet master, controlling their favorite celebrities by putting them into challenges and tasks to win food, supplies and luxury items. In each episode, friendships will be tested, hilarity will ensue and viewers will decide which celebrities stay or go. The last remaining star will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle, winning a substantial cash prize for his or her favorite charity.

Chef Peter Pahk - Silverado Resort
Executive Chef Peter Pahk An O’ahu, Hawaii native, our Napa Valley Dining Executive Chef Pahk began his career as an apprentice in Waikiki. After receiving training in French cuisine at Michel's and JB's, he worked at local restaurants - Nick's Fishmarket and Rex and Eric's where he added gourmet seafood and Continental cuisine to his repertoire.His formal education took place at Syracuse University, and at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. Upon graduating from the CIA, Chef Pahk embarked upon his career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 1983. While there, he established an impressive following for his Asian-influenced California cuisine as Executive Chef at the Ritz Carlton - Atlanta and Marina Del Rey. He traveled extensively abroad to Hong Kong, Bali, Singapore, Korea, Australia and Mexico as a member of The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company's opening team. Domestically, he helped open hotels in Hawaii, Laguna Niguel, Pasadena, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Aspen, Kansas City and New Orleans. In 1993, Chef Pahk was named “America’s 2000,” an award given to outstanding chefs in North America. In 1994 he was honored with an invitation to cook the New Year’s Eve Dinner for the members of The James Beard Foundation in New York.In 1997, after 15 years of service with The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, Chef Pahk joined the Silverado Resort in Napa Valley as the Executive Chef. This is a four diamond resort with two dining facilities plus the most sought out conference services and catering facility in Northern California. It also hosts 1,200 private members on 1,200 acres of golf and tennis activities.
Chef Pahk is a member of the American Culinary Federation, the James Beard Foundation, Chef's Collaborative, Slow Foods Napa Valley, Board Member of the Resort Food Executive Committee founded by Herman Rusch (an elite membership of 35 nationwide independent resort Exceutive Chefs), Board Member of the Mustard Festival Napa Valley, Chairperson for Share Our Strength Napa Valley, Charter Member of the Local First, a division of BALLE, devoted to supporting local businesses, and a professional member of Common Vision, an organization devoted to making sustainable oceans a reality through The Seafood Watch Program and The Monterey Bay Aquarium. Chef Pahk is a 4-time Napa Valley Mustard Festival Award winner. He received the People's Choice Award in 2005, 2006 and again in 2008. He also won the Critic's Choice Award in 2006.There's always more to celebrate when Chef Pahk is around. On May 1st, 2008, his recipe for Venison Shabu Shabu won the Cervena Venison Dish of The Year 2008. It will be featured in The Grill at Silverado on the dinner menu under Alternative Cuisine. He currently resides within the resort community of Silverado Resort with his wife Pat and three daughters Sarah, Emily and Noelle.

Chef Holly Petersen - "Sea Salt"
When you’ve cooked in great restaurant kitchens around the world for years, you know instantly what the essential element in your tool kit is: for Chef Holly Peterson, it’s pure grey salt crystals from Brittany, France. Holly first discovered the wonderful properties of pure sea salt while working in a three-star European restaurant, and began using it in place of ordinary table salt for all her original recipes. As the demand for a reliable source of sea salt grew, Sea Star™ was born, providing chefs, both professional and amateur, with this flavorful, high quality seasoning. Holly Peterson's credentials include a degree in enology from U.C. Davis and Grand Diplome de Cuisine from the prestigious La Varenne cooking school. She spent years cooking professionally in France, including stints at Château Mouton-Rothschild, Krug, and Remy-Martin. She made news in Europe when she was chosen as the first female chef at a Michelin three-star restaurant, Tantris, in Munich. When she returned to the United States, Holly spent eight years at the Robert Mondavi Winery, developing food and wine programs and events. Now, she teaches food and wine dynamics at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Much of her time outside of teaching is spent importing and marketing Sea Star™ Sea Salt. "It's amazing how one salt can differ from another farmed in the same region," says Holly, who compares the many variables that affect the flavor of the salt to those that affect the flavor of wine. "Good salt used to be everywhere," notes Holly, explaining that the water the salt is harvested from in Brittany is the cleanest in the world. "This is the last region."

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tue Jun 16, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Kim Kardashian “Good-bye Cellulite”
Dark haired beauty Kim Kardashian became an unexpected star after the first airing of her hit E! reality series Keeping up with the Kardashians. The show follows the exploits of the Kardashian/Jenner family, which includes father Bruce Jenner, mom Kris Jenner, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Robert Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner, in their Calabasas home. The shows third season premiered on March 8, 2009. Kardashian grew up with an almost fairy-tale childhood. She was the second child, born to Kris and prominent defense attorney Robert Kardashian. Her parents had four children at the time of their divorce. Her mom eventually married famous Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner, who also had four children, and they became a modern day Brady Bunch. Bruce and Kris had two more children together, bringing the extended family of children to ten.

Traci Rodemeyer Manager Pork Information - National Pork Board
The National Pork Board was created by an Act of Congress that established the pork checkoff. The Pork Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act of 1985 is commonly known as the Pork Act. Pork producers asked Congress to make the checkoff a mandatory, national program and, in a vote in 1988, affirmed the continuation of the pork checkoff. The Pork Act outlines how checkoff funds must be used. The National Pork Board collects checkoff on all U.S. produced market hogs, feeder pigs, breeding stock, imported hogs and pork products. The National Pork Board administers programs and allocates checkoff funds according to priorities determined by those who pay the checkoff. Producer priorities are determined through various methods to identify and prioritize key issues affecting the pork industry. At the national level, programs are administered by the National Pork Board. The Pork Act requires that a percentage of the checkoff funds collected each year be returned to state producer associations. The National Pork Board is responsible for communicating with pork producers and the public. Communications tools include a quarterly magazine, a radio service with farm broadcasters, newsletters and Internet sites to keep people who pay the checkoff informed about the programs their investments support.

Vanessa Robledo "Black Coyote"
"Black Coyote" is the name given to the union of Dr. Ernest A. Bates, Dr. Olin Robison, Jack Ruffle, and Stanley S. Trotman, Jr. They're strategically collaborating their time, energy, interest, and resources into the Napa Valley wine industry. Their name, "Black Coyote," represents the whimsical, yet clever, side of four very prominent gentlemen, who enjoy the occasional stress release that the name suggests. Collaboratively, they're ingeniously enjoying the quality of life that's synonymous with Napa Valley. The pursuit of fine wine is a passionate mission for each "Black Coyote."

Chef Francis Mallmann "SEVEN FIRES: Grilling the Argentine Way"
Francis Mallmann is the most famous and popular chef in South America. He has three restaurants: one in Mendoza, Argentina's wine country, another in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and the third in the picturesque village of Garzon, Uruguay. USA Today and The Times of London have named his restaurants among the top ten places to eat in the world. He spends whatever free time he has in a remote cabin retreat in deep Patagonia where he cooks over live fire and writes and reads poetry.

Chef Jamie Purviance - "Weber's Way to Grill: Guide to Expert Grilling"
graduated from Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America before launching his career as a food writer for major magazines and newspapers such as Bon Appétit, Better Homes & Gardens, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Town & Country, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of several best-selling cookbooks, including Weber’s Real Grilling™ and Weber’s Charcoal Grilling™. Purviance is certified by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and serves as a judge for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, in addition to other major competitions. He has also appeared on several national television shows including Today, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, and the Oprah Winfrey Show—as well as PBS, CNN, the History Channel, and the Food Network. With indispensable tips and insights for getting better every step of the way, Weber’s Way to Grill™ is an all-in-one master class in every aspect of outdoor cooking. It not only explains in clear, confidence-building recipes, it also shows readers with hundreds of color photographs exactly how to get the best results every time.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mon Jun 15, , 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Gary Seltzer "Gary Poppins" www.garypoppins.com
I love popcorn! I always have, ever since I was a kid and my parents would take me to the movies every week. Sometimes I didn't even care what the movie was, as long as I got my popcorn. I loved the crunch, and the melted butter mixing with the saltiness. So, that's where it began. But, of course, there's more. You see, my dad owned a bakery. So, I was always watching the bakers mixing the ingredients and experimenting with new recipes. I learned about quality and perfection - only the finest ingredients, no exceptions, perfectly blended and prepared.

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 CA

Randy Lynch - Owner - Bennett Lane Winery
Randy and Lisa Lynch came to wine through their travels in Italy, where the fruit of the vine is typically a complement to a meal-not the centerpiece. When their growing passion for fine food and wine led them to plant acreage in Napa Valley, Randy and Lisa decided to create a red wine that would easily find a place at the dinner table. Maximus, named after the wine-loving, 2nd century Roman Emperor Magnus Maximus, became their initial bottling. Prior to purchasing Bennett Lane, Randy built a successful marketing company in San Ramon, just east of San Francisco. He also has a passion for fast cars, which he raced when he was younger. Today, when not working on other professional pursuits, Randy focuses on his championship winning NASCAR West team, which regularly tours the western U.S. circuit. Follow Napa Valley's Route 29 north to Calistoga, and then keep going just 2 1/2 more miles. You'll arrive at the pinnacle of the Napa Valley - the northernmost wedge where the Vaca mountain range meets the Mayacamas range. Here you will also find Bennett Lane Winery, sitting snugly at the edge of its own well-maintained Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Owners Randy and Lisa Lynch purchased the property only five and a half years ago, but Bennett Lane is already making a splash in wine country with its lush textured Cabernet Sauvignon and a no-nonsense red wine varietal blend called Maximus, composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The winery has garnered an incredible eleven 90+ Point Scores from Wine Spectator in three and a half short years. Maximus leads the way in Bennett Lane's quest to produce high quality Napa Valley red wine. The 2002 Maximus was named the Top Value Napa Valley Cabernet for the 2002 vintage by Wine Spectator's James Laube and the 2003 Maximus made a splash with a 90 Point rating from the Wine Spectator. Our newest vintage, 2005 Maximus, was also awarded 90 Points by Wine Spectator and was named an "Outstanding Vallue". The Cabernet Sauvignon program at Bennett Lane has two stars shining, the Napa Valley Cabernet and the Primus Reserve Cabernet. Our 2003 Vintages were both listed among the Top 50 Cabs in Napa for the year, with the Reserve scoring a stellar 93 Points. The 2004 releases followed suit, with a 91 Point Score for the Reserve and 92 Points for our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Our latest release is the 2005 Reserve Cabernet, scoring 91 Points in Wine Spectator.

Lee Hodo - Marketing Manager - Russian River Valley Winegrowers
14TH ANNUAL Grape to Glass Weekend August 14–16, 2009 Sonoma County, California
Outstanding Russian River Valley Wines / Hands-On Vineyard and Winery Experiences
Wine Country Regional Cuisine / Created, organized, and hosted by the Russian River Valley Winegrowers, Grape to Glass encourages you to “Live Like a Local” and get fully immersed in one of California’s most unforgettable wine regions. Join our family of winegrape growers, winemakers, chefs and innkeepers August 14 –16, 2009:
• Behind the Wines grower and vintner presentations.
• Taste your way to a winning hand at the Winery Poker Run.
• Take in Sip ‘N’ Cinema – Where Hollywood meets Wine Country at MacMurray Ranch –
• Russian River Valley Lifestyle by land, water , air - on bikes, kayaks and in hot air balloons.
• Hog in the Fog Winegrower BBQ, Tasting Fest -samplings of more than 50 of our wineries.
• “Wings Over Wine Country” Air Show, Russian River Valley weekend.

Bob Sloan "Dad's Awesome Grilling Book"
Bob Sloan offers tasty recipes sage advice and witty reflections in this ultimate tribute to the glory of dads and their grills. He shows how easy it is to transform fresh ingredients into 100 sizzling delicious dishes like Honey-Glazed Spareribs Lamb Burgers and Grilled Sweet Potatoes. Even super-busy dads will run out of excuses with the section on 10 Super-Fast Foolproof Grilling Recipes—perfect for weeknight dinners. In addition to these family-impressing recipes this essential grilling book serves up tips on keeping it simple when it comes to tools how to choose between charcoal and gas and why no one can ever have too many serving dishes.
He is the author of The Working Stiff Cookbook. His humor pieces and fiction have appeared in Playboy and Print magazines. He lives in New York City.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fri June 12, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Wayne Thomson - Chairman Niagara Falls Tourism
Niagara Falls is far more than a natural phenomenon. A world-class destination with something for everyone, the city offers thriving night life, one-of-a-kind sightseeing, and adventure for all ages. The Niagara Falls honeymoon and family activities like the Maid of the Mist tour and Marineland are long-time traditions, while new Niagara attractions abound. The popular Fallsview Casino has made Niagara Falls a must-visit Canadian destination, and an array of Niagara accommodations -from charming to luxe-offer visitors an ideal retreat. A growing gourmet food and wine scene, drawing upon nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyards, offers everything from out-of-the-way restaurant gems to popular Fallsview dining. Come see what makes Niagara Falls one of the world's favorite destinations!

Linda Friar - Public Information Officer Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park, largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance, significant to all people of the world.

Aaron McCargo, Jr host "Big Daddy's House" Food Network
competed on and won season four of The Next Food Network Star in 2008. Now he has his own Food Network show, Big Daddy's House, where Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking. Today he helps listeners Creates Easy BBQ Recipes to Spice Up Your Summer.

Mary McCormack USA Network original series "IN PLAIN SIGHT"
Mary McCormack is Mary Shannon of the hit USA Network original series IN PLAIN SIGHT
One of today’s boldest and most versatile actresses, McCormack continues to challenge herself with roles that often defy Hollywood standards and bring to light the complex lives of ordinary women. She has shown her immense talent working in film, television, and on stage, and has tackled roles ranging from slapstick comedy to intense drama. McCormack’s breakout performance, opposite Howard Stern in “Private Parts,” won her universal critical acclaim. She followed that film with a highly successful run opposite Alan Cumming as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall-directed Broadway production of “Cabaret” for the Roundabout Theatre Company. She returned to the Broadway stage this year in “Boeing-Boeing,” starring alongside Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance and Bradley Whitford. Marc Camoletti’s classic sixties comedy earned McCormack a 2008 Tony nomination for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.” McCormack was recently seen in “Right at Your Door,” playing the role of a wife separated from her husband after an attack on Los Angeles contaminates the entire city. In addition, she appeared as a series regular on NBC’s award-winning program “The West Wing” and as a recurring character on the critically acclaimed NBC series, “ER.”
Some of McCormack’s additional television and feature credits include the Stephen King thriller “1408,” costarring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson; Christopher Guests’ “For Your Consideration;” the Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney HBO political series, “K Street;” as Justine Appleton in Steve Bochco’s “Murder One;” and in the USA Emmy-nominated miniseries, “Traffic,” directed by Stephen Hopkins (“24”). In addition, McCormack has appeared in varied roles in such films as “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” opposite David Spade; “K-PAX,” opposite Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey; “High Heels & Low Lifes,” with Minnie Driver; “Mystery, Alaska,” written by David E. Kelley and starring Russell Crowe; “Other Voices,” with Stockard Channing and Campbell Scott; “The Broken Hearts Club,” opposite John Mahoney and Timothy Olyphant; “The Big Tease,” opposite Craig Ferguson; “Gun Shy,” with Sandra Bullock and Liam Neeson; the Clint Eastwood film “True Crime;” Mimi Leder’s “Deep Impact;” “The Alarmist,” opposite Stanley Tucci; “Father’s Day,” with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal; and “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".




Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thu Jun 11, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Rick Maynard - KFC Communications Director
While we all know Colonel Sanders has been the famed face of Kentucky Fried Chicken for decades, today KFC is launching a search for the new face of Kentucky Grilled Chicken (KGC). Via MySpace, KFC fans can submit a video now through July 7 showcasing how they’re the ultimate KGC fan. Whether it’s an uncanny resemblance to the fried chicken founder or an updated take on the classic chicken dance, fans are encouraged to submit their videos at www.myspace.com/unthinkfc! Entrants have a chance to win the ultimate chicken prize – KGC for life – valued at more than $13,000. The winner will also have the chance to strut their stuff and represent KFC as the next American icon, potentially even appearing in future KFC advertising.

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.

Aaron McCargo, Jr. - Food Network
competed on and won season four of The Next Food Network Star in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for the ultimate dream job – his own Food Network show. Big Daddy's House premiered August 3, 2008 and ranked as the number one "In the Kitchen" weekend show during its initial six-episode run. Food Network renewed the show for a second season, which premiered January 4, 2009. Big Daddy's House averages a 25% African-American audience, helping to raise the overall racial diversity of the network's viewers.
On Big Daddy's House, Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking. From comfort foods to barbeque favorites to breakfast delights, Aaron whips up mouth-watering recipes inspired by many years of culinary experience and his fun-loving family while bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. Whether cooking with his children, relatives, friends, or even by himself, big food and big fun reign supreme.
A family man who adores all things flavorful, Aaron's passion for cooking was sparked at the age of four when he started baking cakes in his sister's Easy Bake Oven. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Aaron began making and selling cakes and cookies to his childhood friends. At the age of 13, Aaron was as a Junior Volunteer in the kitchen at Cooper Hospital University. He has since worked in nine New Jersey restaurants including casual and fine dining. In 2003, Aaron opened his own restaurant in Camden, N.J., called McCargo's Restaurant, which closed in 2006. Most recently, Aaron served as the Executive Chef of Catering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He attended Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts. Born and raised in Camden, N.J., Aaron regularly speaks to youth at community schools and events illustrating that they too can succeed despite the odds. Honoring him for his success and service, Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison presented Aaron with the keys to the city in 2008 and designated September 25 as Aaron McCargo, Jr. Day. Aaron comes from a large family (he has three brothers and two sisters) whose constant support has helped him achieve his goals. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys Bible study, tennis, buffalo wings, watching sports, and traveling. Married with three children, Aaron now lives with his family in Cherry Hill, N.J..

Lolita - "Female Entrepreneur - Sundae Bowls"
This summer, make your ice cream sundaes sizzle with funky, hand-painted sundae bowls by design diva, Lolita. The “Love My Sundae” Collection features 12 fun, colorful designs that are sure to spruce up this popular summertime treat. You’ll wish you could eat the bowl, too! Following suit with her famous martini and wine glasses, which include drink recipes on the bottom of each glass, Lolita shares her favorite ice cream sundae recipes with a delicious recipe on the bottom of each “Love My Sundae” bowl. And for ice cream lovers who like to create their own sundae concoction, these bowls are sure to spark your creativity! Ice cream parties are the perfect summer theme for kids. With sundae bowls for girls (Pajama Party, Ballerina Swirl and Sweet 16) and boys (Buggin’ Out and Paint Ball), these sundae bowls are sure to be the talk of the party! Ice cream isn’t just for kids! We have the perfect gift for expectant moms with an “Eating for Two” sundae bowl that is perfect for late night ice cream cravings. And surprise your mom, sister or best friend with a “Birthday Girl” or “Celebrate” sundae bowl to remind them how much you care on their special day or joyous occasion. The “Love My Sundae” collection also includes three of Lolita’s most sought after designs – Birthday Girl, Princess and Who Needs a Man? Designs by Lolita® celebrate personalities, holidays and life’s moments large and small, making these sundae bowls a deliciously different gift for that family and friends will use over and over. It all started with a girls’ night out… one that contained more than the usual laughter and fun. Browsing for the first time through a Martini menu, Lolita was inspired by the recipes. After being served a Cosmopolitan, her creative imagination made her see the glass differently – the way she thought it should be – a bit more dressed up with a pattern, with flair and a fabulous recipe on the bottom. It would become the first of many times Lolita would find a colorful vision dancing in a glass. After seeing each of her friends pick a different martini, reflective of their distinct personalities, the foundation for a product line was created. She knew this was something she had to pursue and she whole-heartedly did. The concept was developed in 2001 and after sketching, planning and nurturing the line, the “Love My Martini™” collection blossomed in 2004 to soon become the hottest gift brand in America today. As a student, Lolita nurtured her love of creativity, entrepreneurship and business. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Marketing and Fine Arts from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, her hard work helped jumpstart her career working in advertising and for Christian Dior and Donna Karan in the fashion industry. With experience behind her and inspiration from a fun girls’ night out, her special idea was in her capable hands to make her product idea a reality. Relying on her marketing and creative skills to help polish her crystal clear vision, she chose to tailor her product to each individual and give it the variety it needed to succeed. And it did. As a designer, Lolita sees something quite extraordinary in the everyday and ordinary of life. She brings her vision into her products as a reflection of the Lolita lifestyle. It’s a balance of fun, entertaining and celebrating moments with the special people in our lives. As a designer, she injects her energy and charm into everything she produces, always pushing her designs in the fashion forward direction. Lolita monitors the trends, colors, textures and attitudes of the European runways. She takes care to incorporate the latest inspiration into her unique ideas and style when designing. As an artist budding in early childhood, Lolita was driven to enter drawing contests, compete for art awards, file for and procure her own copyright – all before the age of 12. She grew up embracing the creative process, the lifestyle of noticing color combinations, details, and trends. Her family would say, “She has always been an artist.” As she grew and her career moved forward in other creative directions, she never lost her passion for painting. Her business allowed her to find her way back to painting. Now, as a seasoned artist, she enjoys the variety of shapes that act as her canvas and dives in with excitement.
She would say she was never afraid of a crowd, or the stage. In fact she would embrace it. By drawing on her former dramatic roles, musical parts, fashion, acting and modeling background earlier in her career, Lolita enjoys being the strong and vibrant image behind the imagination of the brand, Lolita. As a female entrepreneur, Lolita knows it is no secret the crazy busy pace a woman in business raising a family needs to uphold. Running a business out of her basement with two toddler girls hanging onto her leg, she kept her hands dancing, creating, and moving to ship thousands of hand painted glasses and grow her business. As a business owner with an education in marketing, fine art and years of experience in the fashion industry, Lolita learned to create, strategize and market a product line and pair it with her artistic vision. Achieving her goal of being licensed was reached in 2004. Seeing first hand the loyal following and enthusiasm from her customers and fans is nothing but energizing to her. She knows they understand her vision and her products and the fun and special qualities that make them unique, sought out and collected. Launching her first product line “Love My Martini™” was the beginning of a whole new playground she introduced to the public. Now, after many successful products, designs and collections have been thriving in the market, she continues to stand behind what she always believed to be attributed to her success and her enjoyment in life. Lolita believes that life should be lived to its fullest, and every moment should be celebrated.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wed Jun 10, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Padma Lakshmi -"Bravo's Top Chef"
known internationally as an actress, food expert, model and award-winning author. 2009 will be a busy year for Lakshmi with a new namesake jewelry line coming out in May, returning as host of Bravo’s successful series “Top Chef,” as well as being the new face of Pantene’s Nature Fusion line. Originally known as the first internationally successful Indian supermodel, Lakshmi started modeling while an exchange student in Spain with Clark University where she received a B.A. with honors in Theater Arts.

Greg Harper, AKA "The Answerman"
The switch to all-digital TV broadcasting will finally arrive in a few days and despite the continuous on-air reminders about the DTV transition, a new survey indicates almost four million households are still unprepared and millions still have questions!! The nation’s Digital TV transition is scheduled to occur on Friday June 12th at midnight locally.

Tech guru/expert Greg Harper (aka “The Answerman”) will also mention a cool website consumers can go to at www.LivingInHD.com, where they will find tip sheets and consumer friendly information—even How-To videos demonstrating how to install DTV converter boxes.

A Nielsen survey conducted in late April 2009 revealed that as many as 3.5 million homes are still not prepared for the transition to all-digital TV broadcasting. In addition, another survey from Consumer Reports’ National Research Center indicated that many consumers are still confused about what they need to do to prepare for the transition: (63%) had major misconceptions; over a quarter (29%) believed that all households will need digital televisions to watch TV, one quarter (25%) believed that every consumer must subscribe to cable, satellite or fiber TV to watch any television programming at all, and 9% believed consumers will have to throw away all analog television sets – none of which is true

Chef John Kurapatwa - Spigola Ristorante Hamilton Township (NJ)
Joining the Spigola Ristorante team as Executive Chef, John Kuropatwa brings with him an impressive resume of experience. He also brings a steady flow of confidence and ambition to the table that is second to none. As Executive Chef of this popular modern Italian restaurant, he plays an integral role in combining his experience, creativity and passion for the fine art of cooking, to serve up dishes that are not to be missed. Chef Kuropatwa has over 20 years of experience in the culinary field, with more than 15 of it as an Executive Chef. Quite comfortable with all aspects of restaurant management, he has experience in a wide range of duties, including managing teams of people, creating menu and food specials, performing kitchen management, catering management, ordering, scheduling, and reducing food and labor costs. He has worked at well-known restaurants such as Pelican Fish Company, Scotland Run Golf Club, and Villa Tiella Restaurant, as well as Café Nola, where he was trained and mentored by Certified Master Chef John Hayden. Over the years, his culinary skills have been put to the test in food competitions and have been favorably reviewed by several area newspapers. In a sense, however, his many accomplishments thus far are also preparation for his future goals, which are to own and run his own restaurant, and to be considered one of the premier chefs in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. When Kuropatwa was only 14 years old, his culinary career began as he started helping his mother in the bakery where she worked. Inspired by his mother’s and grandmother’s authentic cooking of Polish dinners on Sundays and holidays, Kuropatwa experienced a passion that today burns stronger than ever. His current favorite dishes to prepare embrace anything that contains seafood and spices. He loves preparing unique and tasty shellfish dishes, and enjoys using ingredients that will bring on some heat, such as Chili or Chipotle peppers. Although he spends much of his time at work, steadfastly pursuing the culinary profession and pleasing palates of all tastes, he does find time for his family, which consists of his wife and three children. He enjoys playing golf, spending time at the beach, experiencing quality family time, and preparing food using fresh ingredients right from the family garden. Born in Port Richmond, Pa., today he lives in Vineland, New Jersey.

Allison Hooper - owner - Vermont Butter & Cheese Co
On Sunday, August 23rd, some of the nation’s most authoritative authors on artisan cheese will gather in Shelburne , VT , for the first annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. The one-day event, hosted by the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, the Vermont Butter & Cheese Company, and the Vermont Cheese Council, will feature over 100 types of cheese from 40 different cheesemakers, a variety of locally produced wines and beers, and several other artisan foods, including maple syrup, honey, chocolates, baked goods, and more.

Kim Alexis "She’s Got The Look" premieres Thursday, June 11th
It’s been three decades since Kim Alexis first burst on the scene as one of America’s original Supermodels. She has been on the cover of more than 500 magazine covers, featured in thousands of TV and print ads and has graced Sports Illustrated's famous swimsuit edition six times. And yet today, at 48 years old, her career is still flourishing: she’s the face of Anne Cole Swimwear 2009 and a much sought after motivational speaker on women’s health, family and lifestyle issues. Kim attributes her longetivity to remaining true to herself and learning to successfully balance her family, career and goals. Kim knows that there are no shortcuts to aging gracefully and remaining youthful. She believes you must live a healthy and active lifestyle and she strives to educate and empower other women on how to retain their youthful beauty inside and out. As Kim can attest...there was once a time not so long ago when even a 20-something was considered ‘over the hill’ in the modeling world. Not anymore! There is a huge market for ‘older’ models and TV LAND Prime’s hit reality series ““She’s Got The Look” proves that an aspiring model over the age of 35 still has what it takes to make it in modeling industry. The series, hosted by Kim Alexis, sets out to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older destined to become the next “it” girl of the fashion industry. In addition to a contract with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., and a photo spread in SELF Magazine, this season’s winner will also receive a check for $100,000. The second season of “She’s Got the Look” features ten gorgeous women ranging in age from 35 to 72; from an elegant grandmother of eight to a former military officer to a beautiful woman who was homeless just nine years ago. Talk with Kim Alexis about how to find your own fountain of youth, learn why women today are defying the stereotype that beauty fades after 20, and find out why you’re never too old to pursue a second chance at a lifelong dream!
at 9pm (ET/PT) on TV Land.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tue Jun 9, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Larry Van Aalst Sommelier "Equus Restaurant"
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.

Jil Child - Chief Sommelier "Wine Tours of the World"
Jil greatly enjoys conducting wine education presentations, travel industry speaking engagements and on line chats with Wine Tours of the World clients. She loves her role as wine educator and wine itinerary developer and ongoing communication with the individual wineries. She loves to share her passion for wine with all levels of wine consumers from the novice to the most discerning wine connoisseur and traveler. Jil’s international travel experience, combined with her wine knowledge helps our organization hand craft the best possible wine itineraries in the industry for each individual traveler. She looks forward to assisting each of our clients with a special, very personalized wine

Matt Daimler - Founder Award Winning travel website WWW.SEATGURU.COM
In the last decade, having flown over 800,000 miles in 40 different aircraft models, Matt has achieved ultimate frequent flyer status. Prior to SeatGuru, Matt worked for technology companies in San Francisco and Seattle and currently resides in New York City. He has a BS in Computer Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management from Johns Hopkins University. If you see him on your flight, walking the aisles and jotting down notes, be sure to say hello (and tell him about your seat). Ever feel an unnerving draft when sitting next to the window on a plane? Have your attempts to recline ever been thwarted because you’ve been seated in the row before the emergency exit? Or have you had the lovely experience of sitting next to a heavily used toilet on an interminable overseas flight? How can these scenarios be avoided? Just like you would check the seating chart before you purchase concert or sporting event tickets, you need to know where you’ll sit on a plane for an optimal experience. Whether flying off to an exciting vacation destination or even a short routine business trip, after making it through all the airport and homeland security hurdles, a good seat can help get your travel groove on. While you may not be able to choose who's sitting next to you, Matt Daimler founder of SeatGuru.com, says there are some measures you can take to make sure you have the best seat possible. Daimler is available to share the entertaining results from Seat Guru’s first annual Jet Vetting Survey along with his tips for choosing the best seat on any flight you book. He’ll also have some entertaining travel tales about love, friendship and even some nasty things people found on a flight!

Dave & Rachel Caine - "A Matter of Taste"
A 25-year veteran of the wine and food industry, David is an accomplished cook and collector of fine wines. His career began in the late 1960's as a San Francisco Bay area radio personality and television producer. He conducts tastings and classes for wine enthusiasts with the emphasis on matching food and wine, a favorite topic that he shares regularly with his listeners. At a young age, he developed a keen palate, which grew into a passionate vocation. David was the first Cellarmaster of San Francisco's London Wine Bar, the first of its kind in this country. In New York, Cane hosted "The Wine Spot"; the nation's first one-hour call-in radio show devoted to the subject of wine on WOR radio in New York City. As a wine consultant, he has stocked private cellars for collectors worldwide and developed wine lists for restaurants. During his travels, David has taught Chinese cooking to Tuscan chefs in Italy and wine appreciation to food lovers in Hong Kong. He has extensively toured and met with owners, growers and winemakers of the vineyards of France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Washington and California to research and study the unique techniques and styles of their wines. David and Rachel's audience journeys with them to foreign places through their live broadcasts, most recently to South America, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, London, Scotland, Italy, France, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, and aboard the QE2, sharing the food, wine, sights and sounds of these exotic places. David has been a panel member at New York University's "Radio Roundtable" for food and radio related topics. He has appeared on "Alive and Wellness" on CNBC's America's Talking Network. He also wrote and produced for the Travel Channel's "Vacation Store" series, including hosting their cruise segment through the Panama Canal, and was frequently seen as "The Kitchen Crafter" on Aleene's Creative Living, broadcast nationally on TNN. David and Rachel met in New York at the Wine Experience, an annual event created by Wine Spectator; America's most widely read wine magazine. Rachel Cane is the well-known producer and owner of Lasko Productions. She spent over 20 years as a prominent television and radio producer in New York, focusing on producing TV and radio commercials. Rachel now produces and co-hosts the radio program with David. They are both members of the International Slow Food Movement, which promotes the experience of food in its natural state, the artisanal production of traditional foods and wines, and the slow pace at which they are best enjoyed. David and Rachel's extensive travels have created a new focus of expertise that has led to their consulting business. As connoisseurs of lifestyle they are very in tune with the latest and best of everything. Their trained eye sees the good, the bad and the ugly. Their unique ability to evaluate problems and find solutions has won them the gratitude of a loyal following.

Ken Hinman President - National Coalition for Marine Conservation
Restaurant chefs and seafood retailers take heed. American consumers are overwhelmingly alarmed about the dramatic decline in marlin and other billfish populations. By taking the “Take Marlin Off The Menu” campaign (www.takemarlinoffthemenu.org) to the stomachs of American consumers, The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the National Coalition for Marine Conservation (NCMC) and The Billfish Foundation (TBF) are striving to take a bite out of commercial overfishing in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, which accounts for more than 90% of the annual marlin mortality. The challenge facing the Take Marlin Off the Menu Campaign is drawing awareness to the plight of marlin and other billfish. Unfortunately, many Americans are not aware that marlin have suffered a dramatic population decline. Once knowing that marlin populations have declined excessively and are in peril, 70% of American consumers said they would have a negative impression of restaurants and seafood retailers that serve marlin. When it comes to ordering marlin at a restaurant or purchasing it from a seafood retailer such as a grocery store or an independent seafood retailer, 78% of Americans said they would not eat marlin, and nearly a third surveyed said they would not walk into an establishment that serves marlin. In addition to warning consumers about the perilous status of marlin and billfish populations, the Take Marlin Off The Menu Campaign also intends to alert chefs and consumers about the possible health risks associated with eating marlin due to the high mercury level. To assist restaurants and seafood retailers in going marlin free, the Take Marlin Off the Menu Campaign will promote all restaurants and seafood retailers that take the “Marlin Free Pledge.” The campaign will list any chefs and restaurants that are dedicated to not serving marlin and billfish, or seafood retailers that decide not to sell marlin. Because there are many sustainable alternatives to eating marlin, the web site features links to seafood guides that point American consumers to the restaurants and seafood retailers that sell sustainable species.

Robin Abrahams - "Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners"
The "Miss Conduct" columnist for The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine…and now she's here to share her advice to the world! Are men still expected to pick up the dinner tab? Is it possible to request a "doggie bag" with dignity? How do you talk religion without offending? These days it seems like we're in etiquette limbo! Miss Conduct is here to help!

05/26 KAYLA CONTI, GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT, STEVEN RAICHLEN, BARBECUE SAUCES RUBS AND MARINADES, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT  KAYLA CONTI  Google’s Top Search Trends program provides a revealing — and sometimes surprising — look at the peop...