Monday, June 6, 2011

6/7 Syfy's John Zaffis, HGTV's Lisa LaPorta, Erik Estrada, St. Francis Winery

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

John Zaffis Talks About His New Series, "Haunted Collector" on ScyFy!

Ghosts and spirits inhabit more than just homes and buildings -- they can also possess objects. In the new Syfy reality series Haunted Collector, which will premiere Wednesday, June 1, at 9PM (ET/PT), a family of paranormal investigators hunt down haunted items bedeviling their owners.

For more than 30 years, eminent paranormal researcher John Zaffis has been a collector. But not of stamps, coins or comic books. He collects objects that have become home to paranormal spirits and/or energy. Each week he and his family help out someone who’s being terrorized by something in their own home. They research the history of objects found in the home and try to identify what is causing the problem.

Along with his son Chris, daughter Aimee, and paranormal investigators Beth Ezzo and Brian Cano, Zaffis, author of the critically acclaimed book “Shadows of the Dark,” tracks down haunted items ranging from Civil War era weapons to strange antiques and unusual toys.

Once identified, the items are collected in his paranormal museum in Stratford, Connecticut, where he displays them for safe keeping, while ensuring they are specially stored to keep their powers at bay. Zaffis has also buried certain items in the foundation of the museum to neutralize the negative energy that can emanate from these haunted objects.

Zaffis and his team employ a number of different hi-tech gear to capture paranormal energy/activity, from video and audio recorders and EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) meters to FLIR cameras which measure temperature fluctuations to a tenth of a degree.

Additionally, they use a variety of "low-tech" methods for their investigations such as talcum
powder, wheeled toys and ropes to detect movement of suspected supernatural objects.

HGTV Interior Designer Lisa LaPorta Discusses Moving Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

Given that the average American has over 60 separate tasks to do in order to prepare for a move, it’s no surprise that some important decisions slip through the cracks. And with an expected 17% of the total US population moving this year -- and half of those moves taking place between Memorial Day and Labor Day – there’s a lot of opportunity for moving day disasters.

Nationally recognized designer and organizing pro Lisa LaPorta will discuss the biggest mistakes people make when planning a move and will provide practical tips on how to avoid them.

More about Lisa LaPorta: Based in Los Angeles, designer Lisa LaPorta has extensive experience managing projects of all types and sizes, from concept through completion. Her business includes many prominent clients, who appreciate her strong design sense, practicality and ability to listen to their needs. She is widely recognized by millions from her considerable visibility through a string of successful HGTV shows including, “Designing for the Sexes,” “Designer’s Challenge,” “Designed to Sell,” “Bang for Your Buck,” “Showdown,” and “First Time Design.” For over 10 years, LaPorta has been entering people’s lives and helping them deal with the toughest design dilemmas. Lisa’s credibility and reputation have led to partnerships with brands, most recently including KILZ brand primer and Purdy paintbrushes. Lisa is a go-to expert providing tips in publications such as People, US Weekly, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, and she has made appearances on national and regional TV programming, including “The Rachel Ray Show.”

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Erik Estrada Talks With Us About Responsibility on the Road

Erik Estrada has one of the most recognizable faces – and smiles – in TV history. Your viewers and listeners will remember his role on CHiPs and on numerous other TV shows; but did you also know that Estrada has been a long-time supporter of highway safety programs and children’s charities.

This June, Estrada is again using his celebrity to kick off a unique campaign that rewards motorist for safe driving. Throughout the month of June the RESPONSIBILITY ON THE ROAD Campaign, a partnership between Highway Patrol agencies across the country and Motorola Mobility, Inc., will be providing free Bluetooth® devices to smart motorists who pledge to follow their state laws and use hands-free devices to stay connected while driving. Estrada will be kicking off this unique and worthy program your viewers will find very interesting.

Erik Estrada has also been a reality TV star including a role on “ARMED & FAMOUS,” the story of 5 stars going through the police academy in Muncie, Ind. He is still a reserve on the Muncie Police Force. Estrada has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In fact, he was ranked 15th on the TV Guide's Network, "TV's 25 Sexiest Men of All Time" (2008), and he ranked #1 on the TV Guide's Network, "TV's 25 Sexiest Men In Uniform" (2009). He lends his name to numerous charities, such as the Safe Surfin' Foundation and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, an organization that protects children from sexual predators on the internet.

We're Visiting Sonoma County's St. Francis Winery with Christopher Silva, President and CEO

For over 35 years, St. Francis Winery has produced top quality varietal wines from superior mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County's best appellations and earned a reputation for bold-flavored, fruit-forward wines that showcase the terroir and varied microclimates unique to Sonoma.

In 1971, Joe Martin, a San Francisco businessman and his wife Emma purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, located in the historic town of Kenwood. In 1979, after several years of growing and selling grapes to local wineries, the decision was made by Joe and partner Lloyd Canton to build their own winery. St. Francis Winery was established and christened after St. Francis of Assisi, in recognition of the Saint’s role as a protector of the natural world and as acknowledgement of the Franciscan order, believed to have been the first to bring European grape cultivation to the new world.

In the Fall 1999 the construction of St. Francis’ new state of the art Winery facility was completed just in time for the 1999 harvest. The new Winery, with Hood Mountain as its picturesque backdrop is located on the Wild Oak Vineyard 1 mile west of the original Winery site in Sonoma Valley. Much care and thought was involved in the creation of this immaculate facility, allowing St. Francis winemaking team the luxury of expanding their winemaking capabilities.

With the completion of St. Francis Visitors Center in 2001, the transformation was complete. This stunning mission style Visitors Center located at the entrance of the Wild Oak Vineyard, offers three separate tasting bars, a beautiful slate patio with panoramic views of the surrounding Wild Oak Vineyards, lavender dotted gardens and vistas of the Sonoma Valley.

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