Tuesday, April 19, 2011

4/20 Carmel's Rio Grill, The Royal Wedding, William Shatner, Ingrid Hoffman,

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

We're Visiting Carmel's Rio Grill and Talking with GM Joe Valencia About Their 26th Anniversary Celebration!

For over 27 years, Rio Grill, located in the Crossroads in Carmel, has been the place to meet friends, enjoy tasty, flavorful food and relax with a refreshing cocktail or a glass of wine.

Rio Grill will celebrate 27 years of vibrant flavors with a benefit for CASA of Monterey County on Wednesday, April 20. In honor of Rio Grill’s 27th Anniversary, Chef Cy Yontz is creating a new menu featuring some incredible new additions to compliment the favorites that have kept locals coming back for decades. Tollner and Valencia are also in on the fun with a new banquet room, new menu format, improved spirits selection and updated look.

For more info, go to www.riogrill.com

Giving Us The Scoop on the Royal Wedding is Amy Eisinger from www.weddingchannel.com!

The upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is generating an explosion of media attention – and Amy Eisinger is the “go to girl” on all royal wedding matters for www.weddingchannel.com.

With weeks to go until the big day on April 29, Amy, who is an associate editor for the #1 wedding and gift registry website, has already logged an impressive number of appearances on networks and local news programs. Now, she tells us what she knows about the royal event, and what we may want to know for their own. “There’s nothing like a Royal Wedding to jumpstart the traditional wedding season,” Eisinger explains. “Certainly, there will be ideas that happy couples can take from the royal event to make their own day spectacular.”

When she is not appearing on news segments, Amy is responsible for researching, writing and reporting on everything to do with weddings, from local affairs to destnation weddings around the globe. She’s got great tips on how to find anything – from an event planner to a florist and a baker – not to mention gowns, accessories, favors and beauty and styling products.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

William Shatner Tells Us About His Annual Hollywood Celebrity Horse Show

It was back in the late 1980s that Shatner first watched an exhibition by children who were so severely handicapped that some of them could not hold their head up, yet there they were going through intricate exercises on the back of a horse. The program was sponsored by Ahead With Horses, a therapeutic riding group for handicapped children. When the exhibition was over, Shatner sat, deeply affected by what he had seen. "You can't watch these kids without knowing you have to help, somehow." And so, in March of 1990 came the birth of the first Hollywood Charity Horse Show.
Soon, other charities in need of help were added, small, grass root charities doing big time jobs.

Today, the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo is an ongoing event that garners national press coverage. On one special spring Saturday evening each year, the HCHS brings together world-class reining horses and riders in breathtaking slides and spins as they compete for top honors in their respective classes. Then, as the sun sets, the much anticipated auction and music show put on by headline groups such as Brad Paisley, Ben Folds, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Randy Travis, kick off right after an amazing array of food & fun. Come join us this April 30, 2011 for an uplifting and worthy event to support an important cause. This year's musical guest is Sheryl Crow!

For more info, go to http://www.horseshow.org/

Ingrid Hoffman Helps Us Sweeten Up Spring Entertaining!

What better way to welcome the season than by getting together with family and friends? Celebrate the return of warmer weather with a gathering that includes fresh, seasonal ingredients and unique entertaining ideas from Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Cooking Channel’s Simply Delicioso.

Known for her distinctive style inside and outside of the kitchen, Ingrid Hoffmann knows a thing or two about entertaining. From her easy-to-make dessert ideas to her use of unexpected ingredients and tips for added flair, Ingrid continues to be a trend-setter in the culinary scene. This season, let Ingrid show you how to serve up sweet surprises for your guests with delicious new recipes and baking tips.

Ingrid Hoffmann is the host of Simply Delicioso on the Cooking Channel and Delicioso on Univision/Telefutura, while her clever 60-second food and entertaining tips, Un Minuto Delicioso, air daily on Galavision. Ingrid’s cookbook is available in both English and Spanish, SIMPLY DELICIOSO: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist (Clarkson Potter/Random House) and DELICIOSO: Una Coleccion de Mis Recetas Favoritas con Sabor Latino. She developed her own Latin-influenced cookware line, Simply Delicioso by Ingrid Hoffmann, with top cookware and kitchen appliance manufacturer, T-fal®, as well as her own cutlery and kitchen gadgets with Furi®. She writes a monthly column in People en Espanol, appears weekly on the #1 Spanish language morning show Despierta America, and makes frequent appearances on the Today Show and the CBS Early Show.

Barbara Balik Tells Us About the 22nd Annual Culinary Evening with the California WineMasters at Warner Bros. Studios!

On May 14th, 2011, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is hosting “ A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters” on the “Midwest Street” backlot at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. 1,400 guests from all across the country are expected to attend this always sold-out event. Over 45 celebrity chefs from around the world are paired with 70 of California’s most talented winemakers to present a tasting and hors d’oeuvres extravaganza.

The 22nd annual “Winemasters” benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Last May’s event net over $1,650,000 for the Foundation’s vital research and care centers and over 21 million dollars ahs been raised since the event began.

This year, the “Winemasters” boasts one of the most extravagant auctions in history with over 900 live and silent auction items from fantasy trips to exclusive collector wines. The live auction this year includes a four-day stay for ten couples in a hilltop villa about Sienna, Italy; a two-week wine tasting holiday to Argentina with visits to every major winery and a side trip to Patagonia; a luxury cruise down the Amazon River; a north and south adventure for two couples created by Honorary Co-chairs Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach and the Schwieger Family and a one-of-a-kind glass sculpture and original drawing from artist Dale Chihuly.

Live auction wine lots include a unique Imperial of 2006 Chateau Haut Brion, a 120-bottle collection from the Mount Veeder Appellation and a “Mountain of Magnums” as part of a Spring Mountain “Stay and Play” getaway from the Spring Mountain District Association.

Major sponsors include American Airlines, Go Country 105 FM, Dole Food Company, Cobblestone Vineyards, the Alfred Hitchcock Family, Warner Home Video, Verizon Wireless, Flask Fine Wines, Universal Studios, Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and BJ’s Restaurant Foundation. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. has donated the limited drawing prize, a 2011 Prius.

Thanks to new treatments, people with cystic fibrosis are now living one year longer for every year of research.

Sponsors, vintners, chefs and guests understand their support is the reason for this lifesaving reprieve. The momentum and excitement are growing for a record fundraising effort this May, and the event is expected to sell out earlier than ever before.

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