Friday, May 13, 2011

5/16 Dr. Alane Park, Larry Van Aalst, Sam Zein, Summerland Wines

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Dr, Alane Park Talks About Her Book, The Mommy Doc's Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth!

Dr. Park was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States when she was eight years old. She completed her undergraduate studies in biochemistry at UC Berkley, participated in medical research at UCLA and received her MD from USC Medical School. Dr. Park completed her residency in OB/GYN at USC, where she met Drs. Hill and Bohn. Dr. Park is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN.

Dr. Park chose OB/GYN as her specialty because it combines everything she loves: continuity with patient care, preventative medicine, surgery, and being part of one of the most joyous moments in one’s life–the birth of a child. Before becoming a doctor, Dr. Park considered becoming a teacher, and as a result, she enjoys educating her patients about their health and is drawn to preventative medicine.

Charity work is also very important to Dr. Park. She is on the board of the charity “Milk and Bookies,” a philanthropic organization that focuses on teaching children how to give.

Outside of her work, Dr. Park spends most of her time with her family: her husband, and 2 sons: Matt, 8 and Max, 4. She also enjoys hiking and tennis.

Sommelier and What's Cookin' On Wine Sonoma Report Host Larry Van Aaslt Visits With Us!

In every significant restaurant a friendly and knowledgeable Sommelier awaits each guest’s arrival. Larry Van Aalst is the Sommelier you will surely meet while dining at Equus. Larry is a life-long Sonoma County resident with ties to the earth having grown up on a ranch. He was educated in both California and Europe making him a worldly traveler who still calls Sonoma County his home.

Larry is a true star within the California wine scene and beyond, winning Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence seven times for his extraordinary wine lists. His wine list at Equus has won “Best of Show” in several Sonoma County Harvest Fair competitions and Larry is also known as Iron Sommelier in many posh resorts and hotels. He is also a professional wine judge, with the West Coast Wine Competition, Riverside International, El Dorado Wine Competition and the San Francisco Chronicle competition as some of his favorites. Guests of the Restaurant and Loungebar can also catch a live radio show that is broadcast from the restaurant on Wednesday evenings.

To tune into one of Larry’s shows, “What’s Cookin’ on Wine – The Sonoma Report,” log on to CRN Digital talk radio, go to hosts, click on his name and you will find the listing of channels and times for his program. For over a decade Equus has been proud to have Larry standing by to choose the perfect wine for any occasion and all menu selections.

Here's a Link To His Show on CRN:

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Sam The Cooking Guy Helps Us Grill a Better (and More Interesting) Meal!

Do you like to grill, but are bored out of your mind by cooking the same old stuff? Or maybe you never cook outside because the equipment intimidates you. Whatever the reason, Sam can help. Sam will tell us:

  • Why not enough women grill - and how to change that!
  • How to keep grilling costs low in this economy!
  • How to grill indoors!

Sam the Cooking Guy (Sam Zien) is about an everyday guy (ok, so he has 12 Emmys) who has found a way to make cooking casually understandable. With no fancy equipment and by speaking English instead of ‘chef-speak,' he's sort of the everyman of television cooking. The show is shot right in his house – and he cooks with his kids, dogs and neighbors occasionally around – just like we all do. There's no fois gras... no white truffle oil, no ‘Peruvian mountain-raised squab in sesame-lime-soy marinade stuffed with braised forest turnips and wild inoki mushrooms in a hand pressed plum and raspberry glaze'. He's just a regular guy, using regular words showing how to cook easy, great food... Food that's ‘big in taste and small in effort'. It's a handful of ingredients and a few steps – that's it. This is a cooking show "for the rest of us," he likes to say. And now it's on several networks and stations.

Just Grill This! is Sam's new book and it features Sam the Cooking Guy’s simple and occasionallyunconventional recipes for cooking anything on the grill. With his trademark irreverence and humor, Sam demystifies the age-old process of cooking with fire—and he leaves nothing out. From the same guy who brought you Cap’N Crunch Seared Tuna and Mashed Potato Tacos in his second book, you’ll find everything from great dogs and a week’s worth of burgers to seafood and desserts.

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Winemaker Etienne Terlinden Tells Us All About Summerland Winery!

Summerland Winery is a boutique winery dedicated to th
e production of fine wines from the Central Coast of California. Nebil “Bilo” Zarif founded Summerland Winery in 2002 with the goal of producing premium wines from expressive vineyard sources spanning from Santa Barbara to Monterey. Since then, the winery has built a name synonymous with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The 14+ different varietals from 9 renowned vineyards allow the Central Coast and Single Vineyard Collections to showcase their excellent fruit character combined with strong regional character. The winery’s tasting room is located in Summerland’s charming seaside setting, just 10 minutes south of Santa Barbara.

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