Wednesday, April 27, 2011

4/28 Childhood Obesity, Dandy Don's Ice Cream, Il Tiramisu, Foley Family Vineyards

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

BARBARA J. MOORE, Ph.D., President of Shape Up America! and Registered Dietition HILARY THESMAR, Ph.D.,Helps Families Fight Childhood Obesity!

According to a new poll of 500 mothers of school-age children, more than three-quarters of moms whose children are overweight don’t recognize this fact and are not taking simple steps to improve their children’s weight status. In light of these disturbing findings, Shape Up America! and the National Turkey Federation are joining forces to show consumers, and especially busy moms, how to “upgrade” favorite meals and family activities so everyone can reap the benefits of taking in less calories.

While there is no single approach to fighting childhood obesity, Shape Up America! estimates that by taking advantage of these meal and activity “upgrades,” families can save an average of 100 calories a day through improvements to family meals and another 100 calories through increased physical activity – or 200 extra calories a day. These savings are considered significant and will result in meaningful health benefits.

BARBARA J. MOORE, Ph.D., is the president of Shape Up America! and a noted expert on the factors behind the nation’s obesity crisis and strategies for healthier eating. She can discuss the findings of a new survey, which shows many moms are not taking some simple steps that will improve their children’s weight status, and how families can easily burn 100 calories in activities that are fun for kids and take little time out of the day.

HILARY THESMAR, Ph.D., is a registered dietitian, food scientist and a working mom. She is an expert in turkey nutrition, meaning she knows how the calories, fat and saturated fat in turkey compare with beef, pork and chicken. She can also discuss ways to “upgrade” family meals, school lunches and after-school snacks and how to “upgrade” restaurant menu selections when families eat out.

Is Ice Cream Your Passion? Dandy Don Will Be Telling Us About His FABULOUS Ice Cream - Available EVERYWHERE!!!

A music biz whiz who promoted (and garnered gold records for) artists such as The Beatles, Elvis, David Bowie, Cat Stevens and John Denver, Don Whittemore established Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream in 1981. Specializing in sundae bar catering and serving fine restaurants and markets in Southern California, Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream has been winning gold medals at the Los Angeles County Fair since 1996.

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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Foley Family Vineyards Winemaker Leslie Mead Renaud Takes Us On A Grand Tour!

Vintner, William P. (Bill) Foley II, established the Foley Family Wines in 1996, with the acquisition ofLincourt Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. Taking its name from Bill and Carol’s two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney, Lincourt Vineyards quickly established itself as a highly regarded producer of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

From there, Bill founded Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery, a specialist in Burgundian varieties located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. The acquisition of Las Hermanas Vineyard, formerly known as the iconic Ashley’s Vineyard soon followed. Also located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, this esteemed vineyard has provided fruit not only to the Lincourt Vineyards program, but also to critically successful wineries such as Brewer-Clifton, Samsara and Tantara.

With the acquisition of Merus in the Napa Valley, Bill added one of the most coveted “cult Cabernets” in the United States to the FFW portfolio.

Bill bought Firestone Vineyard in 2007. Long considered a destination for visitors to Santa Barbara County’s wine country, Firestone produces an array of Bordeaux-influenced wines in competitively-priced categories.

The addition of Three Rivers Winery expanded the Foley wine portfolio into the Pacific Northwest. Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Three Rivers Winery is recognized for producing Rieslings and Bordeaux variety wines.

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma, California, which Bill acquired in 2009, became the company’s central headquarters. This pioneering winery, founded in 1904, is one of the most historic producers in the state producing wines from the county’s top AVAs including Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Alexander Valley and the Russian River Valley.

2009 saw additional growth in Napa Valley for Foley Family Wines. A partnership with renowned restaurateur and vintner Pat Kuleto brought Kuleto Estate into the portfolio, adding a highly acclaimed Napa Cabernet producer on a remarkable estate situated high in the eastern hills adjacent to the famed Pritchard Hill growing area.

2009 also expanded the reach of Foley Family Estates to New Zealand with the purchases of the New Zealand Wine Trust. The deal included 247 acres of vineyards in the heart of Marlborough, production facilities and a number of brands including Vavasour, Goldwater, Clifford Bay and Dashwood.

In August of 2010, Bill added one of California’s premier Sonoma county properties to the portfolio: Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery. Founded in 1972, this 1,236-acre estate in the Chalk Hill appellation of Sonoma County includes 277 acres of vineyards, a winery, hospitality center, culinary garden, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds, guest houses and wilderness areas. The winery makes limited quantities of celebrated Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, as well as Estate Red, a proprietary Bordeaux blend.

In addition to being a passionate, adventurous vintner, Bill Foley is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity National Inc. (NYSE: FNF), number 435 on the Fortune 500 roster, and a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services.

FNF’s three primary operating segments include Fidelity National Title Group, one of the nation’s largest and most respected title insurance companies; Fidelity National Property and Casualty Insurance Group, a nationwide provider of specialty insurance products; and Sedgwick CMS, the leading North American provider of innovative claims and productivity management solutions.

Bill also serves as Executive Chairman of Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS), number 481 on the Fortune 500 roster, and a global provider of core processing for financial institutions; card issuer and transaction processing services; mortgage loan processing, as well as mortgage-related information products and outsourcing services.

Under Bill’s leadership, FNF was selected in 2004 by Forbes as one of the 26 Best Managed Companies in the U.S. The company has repeatedly been named to Fortune’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies, Forbes’ list of America’s Best Big Companies and selected for Barron’s list of Best Companies for Investors.

An avid and accomplished golfer (Golf Digest’s Top 20 Executive Golfers in the World, 2006), Bill received his B.S. degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain. He received an M.B.A. degree from Seattle University and earned his J.D. degree in 1974 from The University of Washington School of Law.

About Foley Family Vineyards Winemaker Leslie Mead Renaud: Leslie was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1965. Her father was an officer in the Navy, so the family moved around a fair bit during her early childhood. When Leslie was 10 her father was stationed in Honolulu, where he subsequently retired. After high school, she worked as a SCUBA diving instructor until she made the decision to return to the mainland and pursue her college degree.

Leslie graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, with an emphasis in aquatic resource management. After school her appreciation for nature led to several years of working for the Forest Service in Oregon, hooting for spotted owls in the forests of Mt. Hood. Next she relocated to California where she worked as an urban forester with PG&E. Leslie’s career path took a significant turn when she applied for a position as a lab technician at Ironstone Vineyards in Calaveras County. She quickly realized the wine industry’s combination of science and artistry was perfectly suited to her own talents and interests.

Committing to a career in winemaking, Leslie moved to Sonoma County to be in the heart of the wine country. There she worked at Clos du Bois, Sonoma Creek Winery, and Hans Fahden Vineyards, adding to her knowledge base and honing her skills. She later moved to Santa Cruz and became the production manager at Bonny Doon Winery. In 2005 she joined Talley Vineyards as an enologist, quickly moving up to Assistant Winemaker, and then was promoted to Winemaker in January of 2007. She joined the Foley Wine Group in August of 2010, assuming her current duties as Winemaker for Lincourt Vineyards.

Leslie is the Chairperson for the World of Pinot Noir, her second time serving in this capacity for the popular Central Coast event. She is constantly seeking to expand her knowledge of wines and winemaking, which has lead to her enrollment in the WSET Diploma Program. Leslie is a fan of the SF 49ers and Peter Gabriel, has sky dived (once), and loves to travel. She enjoys great food (both eating and cooking), extremely cold martinis, dogs (she has two at the moment), the outdoors, motorcycles, and convertibles.

Leslie and her husband Tim currently live in a hundred-year-old farmhouse on 40 acres of vegetable farmland in the Edna Valley.

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Father and Son Alex and Andre Tell Us About Their Restaurant, La Frite Cafe, Which is being Featured on "FOX"'s "KITCHEN NIGHTMARES" This Friday at 8PM!

About La Frite - Sherman Oaks Location After opening its doors over 39 years ago La Frite Cafe Sherman Oaks has gone through an incredible renovation. Renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay and his team have come in and given La Frite a welcomed fresh start. Chef Jean Bellorde has re-joined their amazing crew and has guided them back to our French roots. Offering an array of true French cuisine that owner Andre Ramillon has been dreaming of for years.

About La Frite - Woodland Hills Location After opening its doors over 35 years ago La Frite Cafe has become a staple across Los Angeles. Offering a lively blend of France in the Valley with casual to elegant selections at a great price. Several varieties of French Crepes, jumbo crisp salads, omelettes, quiche, and excellent chicken, steak and fish entrees, not to mention decadent desserts. Daily specials include fresh halibut, rack of lamb, chopped steaks and savory pastas. The Crème Brulee is said to be the best in the Valley!

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