Tuesday, March 8, 2011

3/10 How to Eat Smarter, D'Ambino Wines, Lizanne Falsetto thinkThin, David Person CEO of Opus Wines, America's Next Great Restaurant, The Cheese Shop

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Nutrition Awareness is "In" and Overindulgence is "Out" - But Are We Really Practicing What We Preach? Trisha Calvo, Shape’s Magazine’s Executive Editor, Tells Us How to Eat Smarter!

Despite years of healthy education campaigns, not to mention some nagging from mom — many Americans still aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables to fulfill the daily requirement. And, while restaurants have made great strides in offering healthy options and consumers have been getting better at making healthier choices, there is still a large gap in nutritional awareness among many Americans. There’s no better time than National Nutrition Month to educate consumers on how to eat better and live smarter.

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. Shape’s Magazine’s Executive Editor Trisha Calvo will provide the latest nutritional facts and key tips to help us eat smarter.

We're Off To Paso Robles To Visit with Michael Rubino of D'Ambino Vineyards & Cellars!

John D'Andrea and Carmine Rubino grew up in a small Italian neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. The two were raised as brothers, although Carmine's mother was actually John's grandmother.

In their Italian neighborhood, home wine making was an important event. They remember, around harvest time, all the neighborhood grandpas would go down to the local train yards to pick up their order of grapes coming in from California. What followed was aweek-long celebration of the crush and barreling of the juice. The basement was transformed into a wine tasting room which permeated with fermenting fragrance. Up and down the street there sat in the middle of every basement one prized barrel of liquid art, which every grandpa assiduously attended to and possessively guarded under the lock and key of his watchful eye.

Music was another longstanding family tradition and passion which the boys inherited. Both John and Carmine would go on to successful music careers in the recording, film and television industries. John’s accomplishments during his career as a singer, musical director, arranger and producer include 25 gold and platinum records, 70 chart records and a Grammy. Carmine became a recording engineer. His talents have earned him13 gold and platinum albums and an Emmy.

Memorabilia from their careers in music, including gold and platinum records, autographed artist photos, and emmy statuettes, can be seen at the D’Anbino tasting room where they are now displayed.

Although busy with their careers, family was always a priority for John and Carmine, and large family gatherings were common. At these gatherings they and their children would get out their musical instruments and play as a family band. Through the years these gatherings, where music and wine were always shared, helped to keep the family together and strong.

In 1996, John and Carmine became business partners with the founding of D’Anbino Vineyards and Cellars. The name “D’Anbino” is a combination of their two last names, “D’Andrea” and “Rubino.” Entirely family owned and operated, D’Anbino Vineyards and Cellars is a work of love for a family which has always been held together by a passion for good music, good wine and good company. We’re sure that this love has been a big factor in the success of D’Anbino wine, which, like John and Carmine’s music, has become award winning.

For more info, go to http://www.danbino.com/!

Lizanne Falsetto, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of thinkproducts Tells Us About Her Company and Her Passion for Gluten Free Products!

Few young women are offered the choice between a career in basketball or fashion. Lizanne chose fashion and embarked on a successful business chapter that took her to live and work in Japan, Paris, Milan, New York, Australia and Madrid. From both sports and fashion, she gained a deep knowledge and understanding of nutrition and its role in health. From her Italian grandparents, however, she developed a great respect and love for real food - freshly picked from the garden and brought to the table for nourishing conversation and warm family laughter.

Balancing a career and motherhood led to the thinkThin formula: simple, nutritious and delicious food that is high in protein with low to no sugar and gluten free ingredients that support an active lifestyle.

Besides being a businesswoman and mother of two, Lizanne is a passionate philanthropist dedicated to fighting and creating awareness for diseases like obesity and diabetes. She has also raised considerable funds for research and education related to cancer and other epidemics. In 2010, Lizanne was awarded the prestigious Leadership Award from The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA) for outstanding leadership in 2009. She is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and a board member of the Arizona Cancer Center.

For more info, go to http://www.thinkproducts.com/2011/about/story or

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

CEO David Pearson Tells Us the Latest Offerings from Opus One Wines!

Opus One was founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Ch√Ęteau Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, France, and renowned Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. By combining the great winemaking traditions and innovations of both families, the founders' singular goal was to create an exceptional wine in the heart of Napa Valley.

Opus One, like any great work, arose of out passion. Dedicated to uncompromised quality, Opus One's sole purpose is to express this vision and passionate spirit for generations to come.

Named in February 2004 the first sole CEO of Opus One, David Pearson was hired to maintain and enhance the shared vision of Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, two great men of wine. Responsible for all production, marketing, sales and administrative activities at the winery, Mr. Pearson has taken stewardship over a wine and a joint venture poised to endure for generations.

For more info, go to http://www.opusonewinery.com/!

Executive Chef & Restaurateur Lorena Garcia, Investor of NBC's "America's Next Great Restaurant," Tells Us About the Show!

In this delectable new alternative series, people from every walk of life will vie for the opportunity of a lifetime to see their original restaurant concept spring to life - starting with the opening of a restaurant chain in three locations - Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City.

Funding the restaurant concepts are four accredited investors: Bobby Flay, distinguished restaurateur ("Iron Chef America: The Series," "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay"); Curtis Stone, internationally renowned chef (NBC's "The Biggest Loser," "Take Home Chef"); Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle; and Lorena Garcia, executive chef and restaurateur.

Flay, Stone, Ells and Garcia not only serve as investors who put their money into the winning restaurant idea, but they also serve as mentors. They will be working side by side with the competitors to further develop their concepts and put each competitor's restaurant concept through rigorous business and cooking challenges to determine which idea has what it takes to become America's next great restaurant.

After a nationwide search, the top 21 competitors will present their restaurant concepts to the investors and 11 will be quickly eliminated - leaving the top 10 competitors to battle it out over the course of the season. The investors will determine which competitor's concept has the greatest potential for success, and those who do not rise to the challenge will be sent home.

In the final episode, someone will fully savor his or her great American dream of launching his or her own restaurant chain, and viewers will have the opportunity to experience it for themselves.

For more info, go to www.nbc.com/americas-next-great-restaurant/

We're Visiting with Kent Torrey from The Cheese Shop in Gorgeous Carmel, CA Where We Learn All About This Popular Tourist Spot!

In 1973, a young couple, John & Nancy McCormick, tired of the corporate life, decided to start a business that was fun & enjoyable. Something that would fill all their senses, and something they could share with everyone. They even got two of Nancy's brothers, Michael & Neil, to join in the fun...and thus was the start of The Cheese Shop, a gourmand's Mecca for world class cheeses, gourmet foods and wines!!

Their first store opened in 1973 at the old Valley Fair Shopping Center in San Jose, California. They opened their present location, in the Carmel Plaza, downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Memorial weekend in 1975, selling their San Jose location in 1979 to concentrate their efforts in Carmel. They added enough room to create a warm, cozy family enviroment that locals as well as tourists from around the world can revel in and enjoy!

Kent was lucky to join The Cheese Shop family in 1986, upon his return from travels in Europe, and prior to his scheduled return home to Honolulu, Hawai'i. Thirteen years later, he incorporated the business on their same Memorial anniversary, and today they can proudly say that they have clients in all 50 states, and 20 countries.

For more info, go to http://www.thecheeseshopinc.com!

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