Friday, June 17, 2011

6/17 Amusement Parks, NASCAR's Miss Sprint Cup, Idle Cellars, Metro Bis, Movie Guy Steve

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

We're Talking with Pete Trabucco, Amusement Park Expert, Aviation and Travel Expert and Author of "America's Top Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks"

Whether you rode the gentle merry-go-round or the scream-a-lot giant roller coaster, you always remember your first amusement park visit. And you know that today's biggest, fanciest theme parks are loaded with high-tech treats and old-fashioned thrills.

Pete Trabucco will tell us how these family-fun parks have evolved over the years. Pete's love of amusement parks has made him an expert enthusiast, eager to explain the history of those beloved entertainment centers.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ambassador, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon Talks to Us About the Next Race!

The “Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will take place at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 19th. To honor those who serve America, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips will make a $10,000 donation during the pre-race ceremony to help support the Salute to Military Fathers program. The check will be presented by Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon.

Salute to Military Fathers is an extension of the VFW Foundation’s Return the Favor campaign—which aims to honor, celebrate, and support active-duty military members, veterans, and their families. Thanks to the program, more than 300 military guests will be in attendance at Sunday’s race.

As a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ambassador, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon will give listeners a unique “behind-the-scenes” look at the race and drivers from inside the garage. Originally from Orlando, Coon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a master’s from the University of Alabama. She currently lives in Charlotte.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Visiting Idle Cellars with Winemaker Ben Larks!

Idle Cellars is a micro-winery located in Sonoma County, California. Ari Heavner, Ben Larks and Eric Henson believe in the artistic craft of wine making, and work hands-on from grape selection to bottling.

The three - an entrepreneur, an artist and a wine aficionado met while working at Deerfield Ranch Winery under the tutelage of master winemaker Robert Rex. They studied and strive for the perfection of an elegantly balanced wine; equal parts technical mastery and art. It was Robert who taught that the essence of winemaking is "getting to know your grapes" and to be with your wine literally from the vine to the bottle. They've taken this knowledge and deep understanding of the agricultural surroundings to choose the best varietals and processes for each wine.

Idle Cellars seeks to provide the best of Sonoma and of wine craftsmanship. Their wines bring people together, be it at a lively dinner party or a lazy BBQ.

We're Talking with Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis Restaurant in Connecticut!

When chef Chris Prosperi and his wife, Courtney Febbroriello, stepped into Metro Bis restaurant during a bustling afternoon in 1998 they knew instantly that they would soon own the charming bistro. The Paris metro train doors that grace the front of the restaurant and the lights from a metro station dangling delicately from the ceiling caught their imaginations.

Courtney's French was quite rusty but she soon learned that Bis meant again or encore. Together they longed to recreate a European style of service with a rangy American menu to delight guests. The cozy, sixty-four seat space in the heart of Simsbury, Connecticut just west of Hartford became the perfect backdrop to Chris' creative culinary expression and the "bistro that makes you want to shout encore" was born.

Movie Guy Steve Evans Gives us the Movie Hits and Misses!
Steve Evans, the Movie Guy, is going to tell us what we need to run out and see and what we can avoid in the movie theaters, this week!

So, grab your popcorn, folks! Get your movie news and reviews right here on the What's Cookin' Today show! Steve “The Movie Guy” will take a look at what’s hot at the box office and the new films being released this weekend.

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