Wednesday, May 25, 2011

5/26 Jazzy Summer Salads, Tyler Florence, Chocolate Milk Ban, Pia Toscano, Barbara Balik, TGIC Importers

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Add Some Pizazz to Your Summer Salads! Candice Olson & David Kamen Show Us How!

Salad creation is the hottest new culinary art form taking over kitchens across America. From color to contrast and texture, a variety of factors can impact the creation of a salad. And with the different combinations of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, the possibilities are endless! As National Salad Month comes to a close, what better way to kick off the summer season than by unlocking your inner culinary artist and whipping up some masterpieces of your own?

Candice Olson is the nine-year host of HGTV’s “Divine Design” and will be premiering her new series, “Candice Tell All,” later this year. The Toronto resident is also a celebrated author and published her first book Candice Olson on Design in December 2006, which sold more than 240,000 copies. Her second book, Candice Olson—Kitchens & Baths goes on sale in 2011. More titles in the Olson series are planned for 2012 and beyond. The design expert is also regularly featured in In-Style, Elle, Coastal Living, Woman’s Day and other magazines.

David Kamen is a professor in Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). His professional kitchen experience includes positions at several New York City establishments, including banquet chef for the catering company Robins Wolfe Eventures, executive chef at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel, sous chef at the Novotel Hotel, and day chef at Poccino's in the Empire Hotel. In 2010, he won a gold medal and Best in Show at the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique Salon of Culinary Arts in New York.

Hot Dog! We're Talking with Tyler Florence About His Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile vehicle, Food Network Chef Tyler Florence will help open a unique “restaurant” in Times Square – the first-ever, special edition Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Food Truck.

Everyone has their favorite hot dog topping combination and Tyler does, too. He developed a special toppings menu for the debut of the new Food Truck and will offer suggestions that appeal to everyone in the family.
To help continue the Oscar Mayer Good Mood Mission, Tyler Florence and the Oscar Mayer brand will be making a donation to help fight hunger. Your viewers can help do some good, too, by joining the Oscar Mayer Good Mood Mission at Simply share a good deed that has made someone else’s day a little better and be entered for a chance to win $100,000 to do even more good in your community.

Tyler Florence graduated from the College of Culinary Arts at the Charleston, South Carolina, campus of Johnson & Wales University in 1991. For the last 15 years Florence has hosted numerous shows on Food Network, and just launched season two of “The Great Food Truck Race.” He has written several cookbooks and in the last year opened his first three restaurants in the San Francisco area. He lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife and three kids.

The Great Chocolate Milk Debate: Should We Ban Chocolate Milk From School Lunchrooms? Dr. James Rippe Shares His Thoughts.

Bowing to public pressure and concerns about childhood obesity, numerous public schools across the country have banned chocolate milk from their lunchrooms. This has sparked a heated debate among parents, doctors, nutritionists and school administrators about whether chocolate milk helps kids get vital nutrients or just makes them fat. Both sides believe they’re doing what’s best for children
– but emotions can run high, facts can get distorted and common sense can get lost in the fray.

James Rippe, M.D. – cardiologist, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and founder of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute – has just completed several studies about added sugars in the American diet, and in milk in particular.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

American Idol's Pia Toscano Stops by to Tell Us About The National Memorial Day Concert Featuring a Special Commemoration of 9/11!

Each year, the National Memorial Day Concert presents a unique program honoring the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country in times of conflict. The show pays tribute to their sacrifices as well as those of their families and loved ones. The 2011 event will focus on the following themes:

A 10-year commemoration of September 11th.

A thank you to our troops who have been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a look at how our service members and military families are coping with the enduring wounds of war, and how we can all become allies in their recovery.

The poignant story of a woman who lost her father in Vietnam, and of other children of war.

A tribute to our World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Barbara Balik Shares Highlights From the 22nd Annual Culinary Evening with the California WineMasters at Warner Bros. Studios!

On May 14th, 2011, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted “ 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 attended this always sold-out event. Over 45 celebrity chefs from around the world were 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” boasted 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 included 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 included 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 included 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.

Bob Guinn, SVP at TGIC Importers, Inc., Tells Us About Their Fabulous Wines!

TGIC Importers, Inc. began 25 years ago as a wine import company with only a single Chilean winery in our portfolio. While their beginnings were small, their dreams were big and their portfolio has grown to include the finest wineries, representing the best winemakers in the world today.

TGIC was founded with the singular focus to bring the best wines of the world to its customers. Their mission is to establish ourselves as a leading international producer, importer and marketer of the finest wines of the world with a rich and diverse portfolio. Through their strong commitments to our suppliers, wholesalers, accounts and consumers, they achieve this through establishing long-lasting relationships and alliances with the best winemakers and distributorships in the world.

Today, they are proud to represent 18 wineries from around the world as a national importer. They also offer a large selection of select imported and domestic wines for wholesale in the state of California.

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