Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3/31Cairo Caravan, "The Killing," Miss America 2011, Vision Cellars

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Blume Bauer, President of the Middle Eastern Culture & Dance Association, Tells Us About MECDA's Cairo Caravan 2011!

Thousands of belly dancers from across the globe will descend on Southern California June 3rd – 5th for MECDA’s Cairo Caravan, the annual celebration of all forms of belly dance hosted by the Middle Eastern Culture & Dance Association (MECDA).

Cairo Caravan is the largest gathering of belly dancers in the country, now in its 34th year. This year, the dancers shimmy aboard The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA and their performances and celebrations are open to the public.

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“Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” That's the Question Everyone Will Soon Be Asking! Veena Sud Will Tell Us Why!

Everyone has a past. Everyone has a secret. Everyone is a suspect in AMC’s newest original drama series, “The Killing,” which debuts with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, April 3 at 9pm ET/PT.

From writer, executive producer and show runner Veena Sud (“Cold Case”), the series tells the story of a murder and the subsequent police investigation.

A “triple threat” years before she conceived of “The Killing,” Veena Sud has been writing, producing, and directing film and television since the early 1990’s. Most recently, she was a writer and executive producer on the hit CBS police procedural “Cold Case.” Before that, she was a staff writer on ABC’s “Push, Nevada.” She directed MTV’s “Real World” as well as numerous documentaries and short films, many of which have been screened internationally. She worked as a print and broadcast journalist in New York City before moving into television writing and is an alumnus of New York University’s Graduate Film and Television program.

Based on the hugely successful Danish television series “Forbrydelsen,” “The Killing” is beautifully set in Seattle, giving the show a “Nordic noir” mood and tone. The 13- episode series is a gripping and compelling entrée into the murder mystery genre, with rich characters and addictive, suspenseful plot twists that go beyond the formulaic one-hour procedural dramas and will have viewers obsessing over “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” “The Killing” weaves together three distinct stories around a single murder, including the detectives assigned to the case and their suspects, the victim’s grieving family, and the local politicians connected to the case. As “The Killing” unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they have moved on, their past still lingers.

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan Shares Her Winning Beauty Tips!

When Teresa Scanlan from Nebraska was crowned as Miss America in January she was just 17 years old, making her the youngest Miss America in 78 years. But despite her youth, Miss America is a role model to women of all ages. As the new Miss America, Teresa will travel approximately 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours. Miss America is completely dedicated to her charitable and community endeavors. She tours the nation, reaching out and getting involved in local communities from coast to coast.

MORE ABOUT TERESA SCANLAN: Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America 2011 on January 15, 2011 at the 90th Anniversary of the Miss America Pageant. Since her crowning she has been traveling the country appearing on numerous national and local television programs, making corporate appearances, and talking about MAO’s national platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and her personal platform of Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk.

As Miss America 2011, Teresa has the special honor of serving as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout her year of service. As the Goodwill Ambassador, Teresa will help to raise funds and awareness for the over 170 CMN hospitals across the country. As the youngest Miss America in 78 years, Teresa is showing the country she is a leader and a role model for youth today. Teresa’s passion for her platform, to combat eating disorders, stems from a friend who struggled with bulimia. She did research about eating disorders for her friend and discovered how rampant it was across the nation.

Teresa hopes to educate children and adults alike as to the signs and risks of eating disorders, as well as how and where to get help for themselves or a loved one. During 2011 pageant week, Teresa’s piano performance of “White Water Chopped Sticks” won her the Talent Award on the third preliminary night. She also plays guitar and sings. When her year is over, Teresa plans to attend Patrick Henry College to study Government. Her dream is to become an attorney and eventually a judge or President of the United States of America.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Visiting with Celebrity Favorite Il Tiramisu with Restaurateur, Peter Kastelan!
Ivo & Peter bring over 30 years of Italian restaurant experience to Il Tiramisù, having owned and operated numerous successful restaurants here in the San Fernando Valley and on the Westside.
They have been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily News, Talk, and numerous other publications.
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Vintner Mac McDonald Tells Us All About His Winery, Vision Cellars!
At age 12 Mac had his first taste of wine and vowed then and there that he wanted to make wine. After moving to California Mac would visit as many winery as he could in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino.
One Day he met Mr. Charlie Wagner, owner of Caymus Vineyard, and folks that was when he started his education in the wine business. The Wagner Family shared every aspect of winemaking with Mac and encouraged him to get into the business.
VISION CELLARS is a Passionate Boutique Award Winning Winery specializing in Pinot Noir without compromise.
Established in 1995, the first release was the 1997 vintage. Their goal is to capture the essence of the Pinot Noir Grape. They are very proud of their accomplishments thus far and strive to continue their education and deliver consistency towards that goal. They're excited about their new venture which is the harvesting of "Ms. Lil's" Vineyard"
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