Thursday, April 22, 2010

4/22 - Barbara Balik, Pam Starr, Jewel Staite, Mike Benziger, Robin Doody

Barbara Balik - 21 st  Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters
Pam Starr -  Winemaker Crocker & Starr  Wines
(One of the premier female winemakers in the world today)  As the result of a lifetime love of fine wines, Pam Starr has been making some of the best wines in the Napa Valley for over 25 years. She honed her techniques while working at Sonoma-Cutrer, Edna Valley, Carmenet, and truly excelled at Spottswoode in the mid-'90s. Her current portfolio also includes cult favorites Gemstone, Adastra, and Garric Cellars. In 1997 Pam founded a partnership with Charlie Crocker with the goal of crafting a small production of exquisite wines. The three wines are: the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon "Stone Place", the Estate Cabernet Franc, and the Sauvignon Blanc.  Sat 05/15/2010 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Warner Bros. Studio Gate 7 - Forest Lawn Drive Burbank, CA 91522 The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has become one of the most successful voluntary health organizations of its kind today. We are very proud of this accomplishment and the fact that 91 cents out of every dollar raised goes directly into our research and care programs. In fact, a recent edition of Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney recognized the Foundation as “the top charity in the health-research category.” Winemasters is the largest CFF fundraiser in Los Angeles raising close to $16 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation over 18 years. “Adding tomorrows every day” expresses the mission - and results - of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s steadfast efforts to continue extending the length and quality of life for people with CF. For more information please visit the CF Foundation website .

JEWEL STAITE (Syfy's "Mothman")
Jewel Staite was most recently seen as ‘Dr. Keller’ in the SyFy Channel hit series Stargate:Atlantis. Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada’s prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role’ in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for ‘Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series’.  At the age of six, Jewel began studying at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week for several years. This hard work paid off when she booked the lead role in the Disney Channel series “Flash Forward” with Ben Foster. Her performance earned her a nomination from The Gemini Awards for ‘Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series’, as well as a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award. Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures Serenity, Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series “Firefly,” of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel played the ship’s mechanic ‘Kaylee’, a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.  Additionally, Jewel has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family’s “Higher Ground” with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised FOX series “Wonderfalls,” NBC’s “Just Deal” and Nickelodeon’s “Space Cases.” Her MOW credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime’s Widow on the Hill, as well as Showtime’s Damaged Care opposite Laura Dern. Some guest appearances include her memorable role in the Showtime pilot “Huff “ with Hank Azaria, Blythe Danner and Oliver Platt, as well as Showtime’s “Dead Like Me” opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, UPN’s “Seven Day’s” with Jonathan LaPaglia, FOX’s “The X-Files” opposite David Duchovny and CBC’s “The Odyssey” and “Davinci’s Inquest”.   A Vancouver, BC native, Jewel currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Mike Benziger - Benziger Family Winery
Not only are more farmers realizing that it's better for their land and health to grow more sustainably, but more families are rolling up their sleeves and starting to eat and grow green, too. They're shopping at farmers' markets, buying organic, planting gardens and finding a new joy in food. Most of our food is still produced on huge industrial farms and shipped thousands of miles. We dig it out from layers of plastic without knowing where it came from, when it was harvested, or if it has any nutritional value left. All over the country, people are calling for locally produced, healthy, fresh, affordable food. The 2010 winners is Mike Benziger, founder of Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, CA, won in the new Water Steward category for his industry-leading methods of water use reduction and water recycling. With an innovative constructed wetland and pond treatment system, Benziger Winery recycles an average of 2 million gallons of water per year. The winery significantly decreases water inputs using new grape sorting technologies, water sensors and cover crops that reduce runoff. They’ve seen the quality of their grapes and wines increase noticeably.  Who are the farmers and food pioneers across the country who are helping us rethink the food we eat and its impacts on the environment? Four winners of the second annual Growing Green Awards were announced April 13 by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). These individuals address the growing demand for healthier, more sustainable food.

Robin Doody - GM Northeastland Hotel - Presque Isle
(Side Note - Jack Roberts was on WEGP AM 1390 in Presque Isle, ME and he worked for the late Skip Carroll, a local car dealer doing afternoon drive 3-7 PM.  He had a trade with the Northeastland Hotel and stayed there for almost a year (great breakfasts!!)  (1973-1976) What is today one of the most prestigious Presque Isle hotels, now known as The Northeastland Hotel, originated as a wooden structure "house" aptly called The Presque Isle House. It was taken down by hand, stick by stick, in 1931. The brick structure that you see today was opened in 1932. The elevator, one of the first in Presque Isle, was built in 1950.  The first tenant of The Northeastland Hotel was Vincent Baressi, who owned and operated his barbershop until the early 1970s. The Coffee Shop, formerly a jewelry store, opened for business in 1950 and is currently known as The Sidewalk Café, although to some it will be forever known as "The Coffee Shop."