Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mon Aug 03, 2009

On Today's Show:

Mayte Garcia - Judge on NBC's "Dance Your Ass Off" TONIGHT at 10 PM PT/ET
Mayte Garcia will showcase her knowledge of dance as a judge on Oxygen’s new dance/weight losscompetition series “Dance Your Ass Off.” Garcia started ballet training when she was three years old and soon after started performing as a belly dancer across the U.S. She appeared on the television program “That’s Incredible” as the youngest professional belly dancer at the age of eight. Garcia moved with her family to Germany and continued her study of dance, where she had the opportunity to perform with the classical ballet company Wiesbaden Staatstheater. In 1990, she caught the attention of music artist Prince and received her breakthrough role touring with Prince’s “Diamonds and Pearls” album and appearing in his music video “Seven.” Soon after, Garcia elevated her role and became the focus of his next album. Garcia’s exceptional choreography skills span a variety of dance styles, including hip hop, salsa and freestyle, and she has captured the attention of music icons, including pop superstar Britney Spears. Garcia was hired on by choreographer Wade Robson for the music video “Slave 4 U,” and was responsible for teaching Britney Spears the belly dancing moves for the video and her memorable live performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. She was also the director of the New Power Generation Dance Company and toured throughout the world showcasing the choreographic works of several well-known choreographers as well as her own.

Dr. Joel Fisher - The Wine Guru with a report on events nationwide
Joel M. Fisher, PhD is the wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California. Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, Joel is also a member of Patterson Magazine's tasting panel.

Gary Jaffe Owner Jaffe Estates - Napa Valley and Alan Balik
Who’d have guessed that a person could spend so much time studying the heavens and still keep their feet firmly planted in the soil? For Gary and Pam Jaffe, spotting new stars in the Orion Nebula, or counting Saturn’s rings brings a fresh perspective on bud break along the vines, or the bright taste of young wine in the mouth. With its silver-domed observatory perched on the edge of the vineyard, Jaffe Estate marries the agricultural and the celestial, the earth and the sky, to create transcendent wines. Two of Gary’s enduring passions come together here: a lifelong fascination with astronomy and a love for the Napa Valley that began decades ago. Drawn first by the striking beauty of the Valley and surrounding hills, it was the collaborative approach to growing wine grapes that compelled him to stay. He had never before encountered an industry in which competitors routinely helped one another succeed. The more time he spent here, the clearer it became that Napa’s winemakers are committed to maintaining its reputation as the premiere viticultural region in the country. Collective success takes precedence over individual gain. Gary embraced the “we’re all in this together” spirit of the place, the mutual effort it takes to make some of the world’s finest wines. Now that the Jaffes live in the Valley year-round, they are able to fully participate while giving back to the community. Pam created the popular Holiday Home Tour as a fund-raiser for the St. Helena elementary school, and both she and Gary are active in a variety of charitable organizations. Then there are the groups of local school kids who visit the observatory for up-close views of star clusters, planets and other celestial sights. The Jaffes encourage every one of them to come back as often as they like. Most do--usually with an excited parent in tow. Pam exemplifies the ethos of both the Jaffe Estate and the larger Napa Valley. For her, this is the ideal place to raise a family, to commune joyfully with the natural world, to live life abundantly. Pam spent her young adulthood touring Asia and Africa. She lived on the retired Navy ship her documentary filmmaker father outfitted to accommodate his wife and children, along with a battery of cousins, friends, deck hands, tutors and film crew. And yet, for a woman who has traveled extensively--even to the stars--there is no better place than this patch of earth she and Gary tend as a loving legacy for their children.

Provincetown Chamber of Commerce - Cape Cod, MA
If armies travel on their stomachs its safe to say the same is true for tourists. No one has ever gone hungry visiting Provincetown. The real surprise for our visitors is the diversity and quality of our food - from local, ethnic ‘fast food’ to outdoor cafe fare to the gourmet cuisine served in elegant dining rooms of historic mansions. Think about a very small town having a dinner party and thirty thousand people show up – obviously it’s imperative everyone’s well-fed and happy. All of Provincetown’s restaurants are locally owned and express the individual owners’ tastes and commitment to their cuisine. Given the high cost of doing business in Provincetown, only the best survive and your palate is the beneficiary of this fact of local life.

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.