Friday, September 16, 2011

9/16 Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, Steve Evans

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Keyboardist Lao Tizer Joins Us To Talk About Him and His Band Headlining Grapefest In Texas

Keyboardist and recording artist Lao Tizer captivates audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Lao has been proclaimed “an independent artist with all the right moves” and “a torchbearer for the new generation of contemporary jazz.” He is a “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee; a Yamaha-endorsed pianist and keyboardist; has appeared at premier venues including Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Pier 39 – Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco; and he and his group TIZER (2011 “Jazz Group of the Year” nominee) have graced the stage at renowned events worldwide alongside artists including: Isaac Hayes, Boney James, Zappa Plays Zappa, Wayne Shorter, George Benson, The Commodores, Robin Thicke, The Rippingtons, Bruce Hornsby, Jethro Tull, and Spyro Gyra. Lao’s recordings have sold over 90,000 copies, charted and received acclaim in the industry’s most respected publications and his music can be heard on radio and television airwaves worldwide. His talents continue to evolve and command attention.

GrapeFest- A Wine Experience, will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the best of Texas wines on September 15, 16, 17 and 18. Festival goers will enjoy award-winning wines perfectly paired with culinary treats at the largest wine festival in the Southwest. This year, a special focus on Australian wines and culture livens up the action, while the festival’s trademark activities continue: People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic – the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Golf Classic, KidZone presented by Baylor Regional Medical Center of Grapevine, GrapeStomp presented by Chrysler Group, six stages of live entertainment and much more!

Public Relations Manager For The LA County Fair, Leslie Galerne-Smith Is Talking To Us About What Is New At The Fair!

Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horseracing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit

Leslie Galerne-Smith has joined the Los Angeles County Fair Association as public relations and communications manager effective Aug. 2. Galerne-Smith was most recently senior account executive since 2006 with The Rogers Group, a Los Angeles-based public relations agency. Galerne-Smith worked with a variety of clients including L.A. Auto Show, Kellogg’s, Los Angeles Police Foundation and more. The Fair Association is a client of The Rogers Group and Galerne-Smith is very knowledgeable about the facility having worked closely with both Fairplex and the Fair. She is a graduate of University of Southern California with a degree in political science. She has an extensive background in public relations having also worked for Rogers & Cowan public relations firm.

Talking With Us Is Dave Joachim, Author of The Tailgaters Cookbook and Fire It Up, Who Is Offering Great Tips for a Tailgating Triumph

Tailgating season has officially begun. And what used to be defined by some burgers and beer next to the car in the parking lot has morphed into pickup trucks with built-in grills and coolers, elaborate portable smokers, gas-powered blenders, fancy canopies, and folding chairs with footrests and cup-holders. So how do you plan on upping your game this season?

To be a tailgating MVP, you need some serious tips for cooking on asphalt. Dave Joachim, author of The Tailgaters Cookbook and the more recent Fire It Up, will be available for interviews on September 16, 2011, to let your viewers in on everything they need to know for tailgating victory.

DAVE JOACHIM is a food writer, cooking editor and author of “Fire It Up.” He has authored, edited or collaborated on more than 35 cookbooks, including A Man, A Can, A Grill, a New York Times bestseller. Joachim is former food editor at Vegetarian Gourmet magazine, and his writing and tips have appeared in numerous national magazines such as Cook's Illustrated, Cooking Light, Cooking Pleasures, Relish, Prevention, Fitness, Self, Men's Health, and Bicycling. As an author and spokesperson, Joachim has made numerous national media appearances on television and radio, including "Emeril Live!" on The Food Network, "The Early Show" on CBS, "The View" on ABC, "FOX and Friends" on FOX, "Recipe for Health" on the Food Network, "Home Matters" on the Discovery Channel, "Cooking with Bob" on QVC, and "Talk of the Nation" and "A Chef's Table" on National Public Radio, among others. For more info, go to

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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