Tuesday, August 2, 2011

8/2 Peas & Thank You, Back-2-School Necessities, Honig Vineyards,

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Author Sarah Mathany Tells Us About Her New Book, PEAS AND THANK YOU: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love

When Sarah Matheny, creator of the beloved blog "Peas and Thank You" (150,000 monthly readers) decided to go meatless, she guessed her family would be skeptical. Hubby and kids had been raised on the Standard American Diet—SAD, as Sarah calls it. But Sarah also knew how important it is to eat together as a family, so she was determined to make her meat-free family meals nutritious and irresistible.

PEAS AND THANK YOU: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love is the delicious result. With 85 great family-friendly recipes, countless tips, and endearing anecdotes taken from a very relatable family, PEAS AND THANK YOU is much more than a cookbook. It's a guide to transitioning families from SAD to happy eaters and to teaching our children to love and respect their bodies, all while maintaining a sense of humor about parenting.

By sharing her scrumptious and easy renditions of family favorites alongside "Pea" photos and tales, Sarah shows how simple and fun it can be to cook vegetarian meals. And as a mother of two young girls, she makes sure her recipes have the answers to the questions heard most during the day in any house with kids.

Nationally Recognized Consumer Trends Expert Todd Townsend Provides the Ultimate Back to School Checklist for Students of All Ages

If you think you have everything you need to go back to school, think again! Whether your child is just starting grade school or going off to college, all parents need to make sure that they have the right tools and resources to help them make grade.

According to The National Retail Federation, parents spent an average of $606.40 last year on back-to-school supplies. In addition to the basics like number two pencils and notebooks, kids heading back to school this year have a dizzying assortment of resources and products available to choose from. For parents who may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of what kids need, national consumer expert Todd Townsend is available to provide the latest tips and tools for back to school.

Todd brings almost 20 years of experience, focused on how emerging trends affect our everyday lives. Having worked in both the national television and Fortune 50 corporate arenas, he focuses on identifying the "touch points" in our daily lives; the places where the latest trends and technologies affect us. He is passionately informed, using high-energy delivery to lead and educate decision makers in various industries. Todd was a founding member of the most watched global corporate television network – IBM Television Network. After IBM, he used his knowledge of trends to develop real-time interactive programming for NewsTalk Television in New York City where he worked with the founders of “The Weather Channel”, “C-Span” and “The Phil Donahue Show.” NewsTalk facilitated the first internet-enabled national discussions about what was affecting the lives of millions of Americans.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Taking a Tour of Honig Vineyards with Stephanie Honig

In 1964, Louis Honig purchased a 68-acre ranch in the heart of the Napa Valley and planted it with Sauvignon blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. For the next few years, Louis sold the grapes to neighboring wineries with the dream of retiring one day from his San Francisco advertising business and making wine from his vineyard in Rutherford.

Before he could realize his dream, Louis passed away, leaving the estate to his children and grandchildren. In 1981, as a tribute to his legacy, the family rallied together to produce several hundred cases of Louis Honig Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard's old tractor barn. The wine won a Gold Medal at the Orange County Fair, and thus, the winery was born.

In 1984, at the age of 22, Louis' grandson, Michael Honig, took over management of the vineyard and winery. With a lot of hard work and a beat up pickup truck, Honig managed to get their Sauvignon Blanc into most fine restaurants in California. From there, production and distribution grew. In 1987, in addition to the Sauvignon Blanc for which they were already known, they began producing small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. Family members Regina Weinstein joined the winery in 1997, Steven Honig in 2000, and Stephanie Honig in 2007.
In 1964, Louis Honig purchased a 68-acre ranch in the heart of the Napa Valley and planted it with Sauvignon blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. For the next few years, Louis sold the grapes to neighboring wineries with the dream of retiring one day from his San Francisco advertising business and making wine from his vineyard in Rutherford.

Before he could realize his dream, Louis passed away, leaving the estate to his children and grandchildren. In 1981, as a tribute to his legacy, the family rallied together to produce several hundred cases of Louis Honig Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard's old tractor barn. The wine won a Gold Medal at the Orange County Fair, and thus, the winery was born.

In 1984, at the age of 22, Louis' grandson, Michael Honig, took over management of the vineyard and winery. With a lot of hard work and a beat up pickup truck, Honig managed to get their Sauvignon Blanc into most fine restaurants in California. From there, production and distribution grew. In 1987, in addition to the Sauvignon Blanc for which they were already known, they began producing small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. Family members Regina Weinstein joined the winery in 1997, Steven Honig in 2000, and Stephanie Honig in 2007.

We're Talking with Nick Frey, President of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and Chair of the 2012 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission was established in 2006 as a non-profit marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions.

With more than 1,800 growers, SCWC’s goal is to increase awareness and recognition of the quality and diversity of Sonoma County’s grapes and wines through dynamic marketing and educational programs targeted to wine consumers around the world.

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