Thursday, March 29, 2012

03/30 BLVD 16 Restaurant, Silas Weir Mitchell: NBC's "Grimm", Steve Evans

03/30 What's Cookin' Today

Executive Chef Richard Hodge BLVD 16 RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE AT THE HOTEL PALOMAR IN WESTWOOD

New Executive Chef Richard Hodge Takes the Helm and Launches a Westside Spin to American California Cuisine Re-designed Bar and Lounge Creates Friendly Neighborhood Gathering Spot BLVD 16, the restaurant at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar located in the heart of the Wilshire Corridor in Westwood, is well positioned for a fresh re-launch. New Executive Chef Richard Hodge is now at the helm of the kitchen, and his introductory fresh and seasonal menu combined with an updated vibrant lounge and bar living room area, makes BLVD 16 the ideal spot for a range of guests seeking a new go-to restaurant in the center of the city, including: the traffic-fatigued commuters idling along Wilshire Blvd, the local neighbors seeking a hideaway within walking distance of their homes or the friends looking for the perfect restaurant in the middle to meet between their eastside and westside locales. With Hodge on board, BLVD 16’s culinary direction has been re-energized. “I’m excited to bring a bit of my Northern California roots to Southern California,” notes Hodge. “The ingredients will change seasonally and I’ll make my selections based on what I find inspiring at the farmers market. We want our guests to think of BLVD 16 as the type of restaurant where they can pop in one night for a burger and bourbon and then come another time and really explore the ‘Land,’ ‘Sea’ and ‘Pasta’ selections. We have designed the restaurant and the menu to feel like a great neighborhood gathering place—whether you live in the neighborhood or not.” Pasta highlights from the new menu include Mushroom Fettuccine with black truffle pasta, mushroom ragout, herb broth, pecorino and House-made Gnocchi with green garlic, mushrooms and spring onions. The Sea selections on the menu include, the Scottish Salmon, which is perched atop caramelized cauliflower, lentils, and served with tomato bread sauce.. From the Land, Hodge features both a Ribeye Steak, grilled to succulent perfection, topped with parsley salsa Verde and thick cut paprika fries, as well as delicate Lamb Chops served with cauliflower “couscous", grilled asparagus and pine nut pesto. Sure to become a BLVD 16 house favorite is the Bourbon** Burger** Beer. Delight in a Rogue Dead Guy Ale, a pour of Bulliet Bourbon and an organic beef burger with bourbon onions, smoked tomato, jack cheese, and black pepper aioli for $20. Atmospherically, BLVD 16 has been designed with an urban, contemporary ambience featuring warm wood accents, deep rich colors, soft lighting and an eclectic music. The cozy lounge now has the look and feel of an inviting living room with its comfortable sofas, sultry suede couches, high-back leather chairs and a view of the shimmering 25 foot long main bar. Guests enter the restaurant from the stylish hotel lobby, which features a central fireplace and lush sectional seating setting the tone for a warm and friendly dining environment. Although just a few feet away from the bustling Wilshire corridor, BLVD 16 provides the perfect serene setting for cocktails or intimate dining.

Silas Weir Mitchell ("Monroe" on NBC's "GRIMM"

Silas Weir Mitchell stars in NBC's new drama series "Grimm" as Monroe, a reformed Grimm-creature, who is Nick's reluctant informant. Mitchell has worked steadily during his time in Los Angeles, making over 100 television appearances, including "My Name is Earl," "The Mentalist," "Numb3rs," "Burn Notice" and "Prison Break." He has also appeared in many feature films. One of Mitchell's enduring passions is the theatre, where he has directed, produced and starred in numerous productions of classical, as well as new, works in Los Angeles and around the country. He has also spent some time behind the camera, helming a short film last year, "Song in a Convenience Store," which appeared in several film festivals around the country including the Athens Film Festival, where it won Best Narrative Short. Mitchell hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He moved to Los Angeles after graduate studies in theatre arts at the University of California, San Diego. Fridays 9/8c ON NBC

STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

03/28 Larry Lipson, Dave Walton: NBC's "Bent"

03/28 What's Cookin' Today

LARRY LIPSON FROM COSTA RICA

Larry Lipson - "Wine Reporter" - For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and not reports from Costa Rica weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine. Larry always has something cooking up at the Lipson Institute of Advanced Wine Studies! Larry forages all of Costa Rica for the absolute best wines. No region is spared from his intense search. No mountain or range or valley is safe from his reach. He leaves no grape unturned, this man of passion. Wine is his life. His love for wine is only paralleled with his love for his lovely partner in wine, Lillian Lipson. Be fully prepared for this master of vino as he shares his food and wine pairing techniques and experiences with you on this great day in America - and the world.

DAVE WALTON "PETE" NBC's "BENT"

David Walton stars as Pete, an easygoing charming contractor with a few skeletons in his closet in NBC's comedy "Bent." Walton a Boston native started acting in high school but began his formal training at Brown University. He studied at The Actor's Center as well as The British American Drama Academy. Shortly after moving to New York CityWalton was quickly cast in a Naked Angel's production of "One Day on Wall Street." His commendable performance caught the attention of an executive who cast him in the series "Cracking Up" starring alongside Jason Schwartzman Molly Shannon and Christopher McDonald. Since then he has starred in several television series including "The Loop" "Heist" as well as "Quarterlife" and "100 Questions." He was last seen starring in the comedy "Perfect Couples."

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03/29 Frank Pellegrino RAO's, AT Toyoran - CDO /Jason Chodash

03/29 What's Cookin' Today

Frank Pellegrino RAO's - NYC and Las Vegas

Rao's is renowned for its jukebox, its quirky decor, its unmatched hospitality and most of all, the spectacular Neapolitan cuisine. It's also notorious for being one of the most difficult restaurants in New York in which to get a reservation. Year-long waits for one of its ten tables are not uncommon. But what is it about this tiny, charming restaurant that makes it the most in-demand spot in the city night after night, year after year? For decades Rao's existed as a neighborhood restaurant. Its local customers would fill the tables with such regularity that eventually they were given standing reservations - bookings that persevere to this day. The Rao's phenomenon exploded in 1977, when New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton gave Rao's a gushing, half-page, three-star review, splashing the city's best-kept secret in front of millions of readers. Since Rao's NYC location only has ten tables, and only one seating per evening, the resulting demand would have been overwhelming even if the tables weren't already spoken for. That the tables were "owned" like a condominium translated to almost no empty seats In the house, night after night.

AT Toyoran - CDO /Jason Chodash - President "Tossed"

Three determined friends, one unique vision: To be the first to bring a fresh salad concept to NYC. Their hard work paid off when their vision came to life as they opened the first Tossed® location on Park Avenue South. The menu that featured a lineup of chef-designed selections, introduced bored lunchtime crowds to the concept of made-to-order salads and crepe wraps featuring over 50 fresh ingredients and homemade dressings. The customers came … and came. New York Magazine crowned us “New York’s best salad.” The New York Post raved, calling us “The granddaddy of the salad movement.” Who knew that a small salad restaurant would be the center of New York’s attention? We did. It was only a matter of time before an investment group realized the potential of Tossed®.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

03/26 Larry Smyth, Susan Feniger's Street Restaurant, Erin Willet from The Voice

03/26 What's Cookin' Today

LARRY SMYTH - CARRIAGE VINEYARDS BED & BREAKFAST

Located on a 100-acre ranch in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country and near Hearst Castle. Carriage Vineyards Inn is among the Templeton hills adjacent to the Paso Robles Wine Region and near Atascadero in the central coast of California. The rural retreat has 28 acres of vineyards and 850 olive trees with a wonderful Carriage House displaying 18 antique carriages. Carriage rides are available. The tastefully decorated rooms of the bed and breakfast inn are most comfortable with views of the vineyards, hills, stream and woods Stay in one of the beautifully appointed rooms in the main house or the unique Studio apartment at the main house atop the winding vineyard road. The breakfasts are a delight.

Chef/Co-Owner Kajsa Alger "Susan Feniger's Street Restaurant"

Focus will be on the growing demand for more vegetarian and vegan options in the nation as a whole. Susan has been sharing her passion for food and flavor for over 30 years. Anyone who's seen her knows that she genuinely loves talking about food, culture, her garden and life in general. SHARE WITH US! If you send a message we'll get back to you. If you're local, you'll learn about STREET specials and events, if you're global, you'll enjoy hearing about Susan's travels, appearances and recipes. As always, we will keep your information completely confidential. We look forward to hearing from you.

ERIN WILLETT (Advancing to Live Show, NBC's "THE VOICE")
TEAM BLAKE

Erin Willett is a girl that's always on the move. Dancing and taking road trips with her friends are some of her favorite things to do, and she once banged up her face while playing laser tag. Erin's love for music is shared by her father who always encouraged her. She hopes to make him, her number one fan, proud as she takes the stage as part of Blake's team. THE VOICE Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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03/27 Easter Food, Larry Van Aalst, Double Energy Diet

03/27 What's Cookin' Today


FOOD EXPERT CECI CARMICHAEL - GETTING READY FOR EASTER

Fresh Ideas From Food Expert Ceci Carmichael.Thinking of throwing an Easter bash or spring celebration this year? Maybe it’s time to freshen up your entertainment ideas in order to throw a fabulous affair! Food and lifestyle expert Ceci Carmichael has creative tips to help get your home ready for the season. From preparing the feast to decorating Easter Eggs, even what treats to include in the bunny baskets, she'll tell you how to whip up a winning celebration the whole family will enjoy. Quick tips on how to reduce stress while planning a great party Fresh and delicious meal ideas Easter Egg decorating techniques that are festive and fun The best treats for your Easter Baskets Ceci Carmichael offers quick cooking ideas on Good Food Fast with Family Circle. She’s also hosted several television shows including Simplify Your Life on the Fine Living Network and Family Circle and Calling All Cooks on the Food Network. As a certified chef who trained at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, she specializes in finding quick and easy ways to cook up delicious meals the whole family can enjoy. One of her habits includes barbecuing in winter, preferably, in a foot of snow. She cites Lucille Ball and Julia Child as her childhood heroes. Her other interests include horseback riding, skiing, marathon running, scuba diving, Tennis and Kayaking. She lives outside of New York City with her husband and 2 children. This interview is produced for Hormel Foods and Amana.


LARRY VAN AALST - SOMMELIER (RETIRED) "EQUUS RESTAURANT" FOUNTAIN GROVE INN
CHARLIE PALMER'S "PIGS & PINOT"


Larry Van Aalst is the Sommelier at the beautiful Equus Restaurant and hosts the "What's Cookin on Wine: The Sonoma Wine Report" live from our studios at the Fountain Grove Inn. He attended Charlie Palmer's annual "Pigs & Pinot" event over the weekend and brings us up to date on festivities.


JUDI & SHARI ZUCKER "THE DOUBLE ENERGY DIET"

Authors - Santa Barbara - My twin sister, Shari Zucker, and I have four best selling published books on health and nutrition. Our latest book, "The Double Energy Diet" , gives current, helpful and healthful information on how to live a more vitalized life naturally, and the book includes over 70 sugar free, plant based, easy to make recipes. We are passionate about inspiring other's to lead an energized life and we encourage everyone to view our web site at http://www.doubleenergytwins.com, and check out The Double Energy Diet. At our web site, you can view current features, bio, doctor endorsements, book signing and lecture dates, and receive a free recipe of the month.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

03/23 Christopher McDonald, Rachael Ray, Steve Evans

03/23 What's Cookin' Today

Christopher McDonald Tommy Jefferson "Harry's Law."

Christopher McDonald plays Tommy Jefferson, a flamboyant and cocky attorney on "Harry's Law."McDonald is one of Hollywood's most prolific and versatile actors. Beloved for his comic role as Mr. Stifler in "American Pie," as well as memorable performances in "Thelma and Louise" and "Happy Gilmore," McDonald is a classically-trained stage actor with a broad fan base. His notable dramatic television guest-starring roles include work on "The Sopranos," "The Bronx Is Burning," "61" and Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."

Rachael Ray "Grew up with Food"

Rachael will chat about what’s new with her, including her partnership with Ziploc to create The Great American FreshOver, sharing the scoop on what’s ahead for her daytime talk show and a new book that will be released in June. According to Rachael Ray, she grew up in food. "My first vivid memory is watching my mom in a restaurant kitchen. She was flipping something with a spatula. I tried to copy her and ended up grilling my right thumb! I was 3 or 4," says Rachael, who insists that cooking is a way of life she was simply born into. "Everyone on both sides of my family cooks" Rachael has parlayed that birthright into a wildly successful career as a syndicated television star, an iconic Food Network television personality, bestselling cookbook author, Founder and Editorial Director of her own lifestyle magazine and Founder of the Yum-o! organization.
Steve Evans

STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

Latest box office info and news from the world of movies and films. Steve talks about the good, the bad and the ugly. His extensive theatrical experience makes him the right guy to talk about movies and their affect on popular cultues

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

03/22 Cocoa FAmily Foundation, Meatloaf, "Sweet Genius"

03/22 What's Cookin' Today

Vaagn Arakelyan "Cocoa Family Foundation"

Chocolate and Wine Pairing to Support the Cocoa Family Foundation - Cocoa Family works with farmers to form a sustainable cocoa Cultivation system that allows farmers to increase and maintain farm productivity at levels which are economically viable, ecologically acceptable and in tune with the cultural practices of the local farmers. Making real progress against hunger and poverty starts with small farmers by improving their livelihood, knowledge and productivity, and the quality of the cocoa production. All these can help small farmers boost their yields and incomes so they can improve their lives and also eliminate poverty of child labor.

MEATLOAF - LIVE TALKS ABOUT UPCOMING WORLD TOUR AND "CELEBRITY APPRENTICE" -

"Hell In A Handbasket", the most personal record I've ever made. It's really the first record I've ever put out about how I feel about life and how I feel about what's going on at the moment." - Meat Loaf Some people think big. Some people think huge. And then there's Meat Loaf. For the past 35 years, the man born Marvin Lee Aday has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell transformed this former high school football player, nightclub bouncer and stage actor into one of the great American rock 'n' roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide - still one of the biggest-selling records ever.

Chef Ron Ben-Israel "SWEET GENIUS"

We are working on the 2ND season of FOOD NETWORK’s hit show, "SWEET GENIUS" . SWEET GENIUS is a sugar-packed competition series that challenges America's premiere pastry chefs to create magical and inventive desserts given inspiration, surprise ingredients and a finite amount of time. The chefs must compete in three unique pastry challenges judge by Ron Ben-Israel - the Sweet Genius himself - who will critique their work and determine who will receive the $10,000 cash prize. Named the “King of Cakes” by Modern Bride, Ron Ben-Israel has been a favorite among celebrities and the style-conscious since 1993. A popular guest on TV, Ron often appears on Martha Stewart, The Late Show with David Letterman, and OPRAH. His cakes have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, In Style, and Vogue, among others. Ron has received numerous gold medals and awards in culinary competitions, and shares his passion, techniques, and secrets with the students of the French Culinary Institute in New York. Ron’s created cakes for Sex and the City 2, Oprah, Martha Stewart, Blake Lively, Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Vazquez, and many many more.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

03/21 Dave Walton, Larry Lipson, Jazz Kitchen, 16 Beer Foods

03/21 What's Cookin' Today

DAVE WALTON "PETE" NBC's "BENT"

David Walton stars as Pete, an easygoing, charming contractor with a few skeletons in his closet in NBC’s comedy “Bent.” Walton, a Boston native, started acting in high school, but began his formal training at Brown University. He studied at The Actor’s Center as well as The British American Drama Academy.


Shortly after moving to New York City, Walton was quickly cast in a Naked Angel’s production of “One Day on Wall Street.” His commendable performance caught the attention of an executive who cast him in the series “Cracking Up,” starring alongside Jason Schwartzman, Molly Shannon and Christopher McDonald. Since then, he has starred in several television series including “The Loop,” “Heist,” as well as “Quarterlife” and “100 Questions.” He was last seen starring in the comedy “Perfect Couples.” On the big screen, Walton’s most recent film successes include “Fired Up,” and Steve Antin’s “Burlesque,” where he played the love interest of Stanley Tucci’s character. During his down time, Walton is a golf, tennis, hockey and backgammon addict, and he currently resides in the Los Angeles area.
BENT - Premieres on TONIGHT (9:9:30, 9:30-10 p.m. ET) on NBC

LARRY LIPSON FROM COSTA RICA


For fifty years Larry was the food critic for the Daily News and now that he has retired to Costa Rica, he checks in every week with tips on dining, wine and the good lifestyle.

DAVE WILLIAMS GM - "RALPH BRENNAN'S JAZZ KITCHEN"

Dave Williams - General Manager -Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen WED 3/21 - Born and raised in Seattle, Dave has been involved in restaurants, catering and event planning his entire career. Earning his first General Manager position at age 21 for the Creative Concept Division of Red Robin International. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1998 as Director of Catering, West Coast Operations for Restaurant Associates, Dave represented Restaurant Associates as the exclusive Food and Beverage operator at Los Angeles Music Center and San Francisco Performing Arts Center while overseeing all on and off premise catering operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Dave is now excited to be part of the Ralph Brennan’s Restaurant Group as General Manager and Director of Operations for Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney bringing the charming ambience and hospitality of contemporary New Orleans to Southern California. Dave was in charge of Operations at the "Parkway Grill" and Hollywood's "Yamashiro".

Kristen Olson from the Betty Crocker Kitchens is returning with her own March Madness “bracket”

16 beer party foods that are competing for the top party food title. Mario Lopez has a favorite recipe in the running, Beer Queso Nachos. All are easy-to-make and a nice complement to viewing parties at home with friends. Beer is the special ingredient in each recipe because, as I’m sure you know, it’s the hot new trend in the world of food right now. I’ve attached all of the Betty Bracket recipe images here for your reference, and you can learn more online at www.bettycrocker.com/bettybracket

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Monday, March 19, 2012

03/19 CA Winemasters, Kim Yarbrough "The Voice", Bodegas San Alejandro

03/19 What's Cookin' Today

Yolanda Diaz - Director - Bodegas San Alejandro

Founded in 1962 as a growers' co-operative, Bodegas San Alejandro (BSA) is located in the tiny town of Miedes, about 55 miles north of Madrid in the province of Zaragoza. Today, over 350 local growers farm nearly 3,000 acres of vineyard in the Calatayud winegrowing region to supply the grapes we use for Las Rocas®. Led by Yolanda Diaz, Managing Director of Bodegas San Alejandro, our dynamic team of young, passionate winegrowers and winemakers is dedicated to creating wines that show superior quality and style. Our winemakers strive to intervene as little as possible in the winemaking process, remaining faithful to the notion that quality is born in the vineyards.

KIM YARBROUGH Of Team Adam On NBC'S "THE VOICE"

Kim Yarbrough - Memphis, TN/Los Angeles, CA This performer has spent four decades singing, acting and playing the violin and hopes she does not have to shelve the idea of becoming the next Bette Midler. She has continued trying to balance music with making ends meet, while keeping her spirits high by surprising people by talking like an old man! Citing Tina Turner as a musical influence, Kim has decided that "The Voice" is her chance to make it in the business. THE VOICE Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC

CHEF TYLER STONE - CA WINEMASTERS

Chef Stone Talks about upcoming CA Winemasters - From the time he was 4 years old, Tyler has had a full-blown passion for the culinary arts and has already accomplished much in his short career. At just thirteen years old he graduated a local culinary academy and has been cooking all over the country ever since. He has also enjoyed numerous TV and radio appearances on local networks and has prepared fabulous dinner parties for local and national celebrities, organizations, and politicians. After graduating high school at age eighteen Tyler published his first cookbook , The Kids Cooking, which shares his love of food. His book can be viewed and purchased on his website along with his gourmet food and cutlery lines. Tyler was the food writer for the Sacramento Union newspaper and is currently the culinary writer for House2Home magazine. One of Tyler's future goals is to have his own syndicated TV cooking show. Many of the notable individuals and celebrities Tyler has cooked for are the Maloofs of the Sacramento Kings and Palms Casino Resort, John Tesh, and The Doobie Brothers. He also prepared a special dinner for Vice President and Mrs. Cheney at the Naval Observatory in D.C. He has worked with the former executive chef of the White House Walter Scheib, the California Culinary Olympic Team and some of the country's great chefs such as Morimoto, Boulud, Trotter, Danko, Richard and Symon. His expertise allows him to prepare a variety of dishes from appetizers to desserts, though he really enjoys multi-course meals best because of the attention to detail and his ability to be extremely creative. Tyler's inspiration comes from great chefs as well from his family, friends, and his local surroundings. Asked why he enjoys cooking, Tyler compares it to creating a multi-course meal, “Even though each course is unique, added together, the whole meal provides a feeling of wholeness, satisfaction, and fulfillment."

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03/16 The Strand House, Smoked Olive, Hangover Cure, Steve Evans

03/16 WHAT'S COOKIN"

NEAL FRASER - Executive Chef, The Strand House

Neal Fraser began his culinary career in Los Angeles at the age of 20, working as a line cook at Eureka Brewery and Restaurant, one of Wolfgang Puck's earliest restaurants. Inspired by this introduction to the life of a professional chef, Fraser entered the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, in the fall of 1990. During his tenure at the CIA, Fraser worked with such luminaries as Thomas Keller at Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles and David Burke at the Park Avenue Café in New York. Upon returning to his native L.A., he continued cooking with the best in the business, including stretches at Joachim Splichal's Pinot Bistro, Wolfgang Puck's Spago and Hans Rockenwagner's Rox. When he was ready to strike out on his own, Fraser opened Boxer in 1995. The time spent as executive chef and part-owner of the intimate, 50-seat restaurant afforded him his first opportunity to learn all the nuances and challenges of running a destination restaurant, earning glowing reviews from local and national media in the process. After three years he moved on to Rix in Santa Monica, continuing to attract media accolades with his weekly 8 to 10-course tasting menus, one of which was a controversial but well-received all-hemp menu! Fraser made another move in the fall of 1999, taking over the kitchens at the legendary Jimmy's in Beverly Hills. This coveted position would be short-lived, however, due to a change in building ownership. Jimmy's closed it doors soon after Fraser's arrival. He spent his down time contemplating his next move: the long awaited Grace. As partner and executive chef, Fraser serves his New American cuisine in an atmosphere perfectly designed to complement the ambitious flavors of one of Los Angeles' most revolutionary culinary talents. Fraser leverages all his abilities in his current role as executive for The Strand House in Manhattan Beach, a contemporary new American restaurant from the Zislis Group.

BRENDA CHATELAIN - SMOKED OLIVE

We never set out to create THE SMOKED OLIVE™, it was more a series of discoveries. People often ask us “what possessed you to smoke olive oil?” It wasn’t us — it was Al. Born into a family of gifted artists and Chefs, cooking and art are entwined in his soul. While his family painted more classically, Al’s style leans toward abstract. I always say he views life through Picasso eyes. How else could one have imagined smoked olive oil? The concept was a flash of inspiration, while the realization required many years of struggle and innovation to perfect. Al’s complex process proved to be so incredibly unique, we have a patent pending. So, how did his smoked olive oil become THE SMOKED OLIVE™? That’s where I enter the picture. Fortunately, in business as well as in our personal lives, we have wildly complementary skills. My small business background and sense of style melded perfectly with his inspired creativity. THE SMOKED OLIVE™ is a mosaic of every talent, skill, passion and dream we’ve ever had. It is the life we imagined. We are enormously grateful for our amazing customers; ranging from well-known Chefs to little 5-year old Leo…who now loves his vegetables. They have offered their most generous and heartfelt support, and remain the best salespeople that money can’t buy!

Dr. Leonard Grossman, M.D - "BYTOX" HANGOVER CURE

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and to help with St. Patrick Day hangovers is Bytox, the latest in hangover prevention remedies, which will make everyone’s St. Patty’s Day a lot less painful the next morning. Bytox is a specially-formulated hangover remedy patch which effectively replenishes the vital levels of vitamins and nutrients your body loses when you consume alcohol. The innovative combination of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients help keep your body hydrated, which allows you to enjoy a hangover-free morning. Plus, unlike the alcohol consumed, the patch is zero calories. THE LA TIMES SAID:

"I recently came across an ad for something called the Bytox patch, which claims that it can prevent a hangover if you put it on 45 minutes before consuming large quantities of alcohol. Supposedly the patch delivers a mix of vitamins and minerals that are depleted when you, say, down several martinis and follow it up with a shot of tequila, thus restoring your body's natural balance so you can "party in style. At first I was like, "Wow, awesome! Where's that bottle of Stoli I hid in my desk?" But seconds later, when I really thought about it, I realized that drinking large quantities of alcohol without risking a hangover is a really bad idea. Here are the top three reasons why:

1. There is no way to "party in style" after you've had more than three drinks. By the time you are on No. 4, you are probably slurring to somebody at the bar about that time you saw a Milli Vanilli concert in junior high and didn't know they were lip synching. By the time you've had six you are dribbling mustard from an L.A. Dog down your party dress.

2. Hangovers are the only things that actually make you say, "I will NEVER drink again." Never mind that three hours later you are chugging Bloody Marys, you know, just to regain your balance. But at least for a few hours you really meant it.

3. If you don't wake up with a hangover, how do you excuse yourself from making out with that person who looked like a cross between Ashton Kutcher and Brad Pitt last night but suddenly looks more like Don Rickles? Think about it."

STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

03/15 Arizona Biltmore, McDonald's Innovation, St. Patrick Facts, Bruban Studdard

03/15 What's Cookin' Today

TODD SICOLO - EXECUTIVE CHEF - ARIZONA BILTMORE

Whether it’s a romantic dinner at Wright's at the Biltmore or simply a quick snack at The Café, guests of the Arizona Biltmore have many dining options from which to choose. A skilled team of chefs, inventive cuisine and a variety of culinary experiences has earned Arizona Biltmore a reputation of excellence for dining in Phoenix. Heading the team is award-winning Executive Chef Todd Sicolo. My family owned two Italian restaurants in New York. I started out by peeling potatoes Uncle Jim – 50 cents a potato. What is your favorite dish? Right now, my favorite is our Queen Creek Olive Oil Poached Rocky Point Grouper.What is the most memorable meal you’ve ever had? Christmas dinners with my family. If you could have anyone visit your restaurant, who would it be? Michael Simon – he’s the new Iron Chef – his food style is edgy, bold flavors and he thinks outside the box. I’d love to cook with him. Name three ingredients that you have at all times. Garlic, thyme & butter. What is your favorite cocktail? Wild turkey on the rocks. What do you like to do in your free time? I love the Phoenix area I love hiking with my girlfriend & our dog.

EXECUTIVE CHEF DAN COUDREAUT - "McDONALDS"

Chef Dan Coudreaut is the Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s. Chef Dan graduated at the top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America and became the Executive Sous Chef at Dallas' Café Pacific and Chef de Cuisine at The Four Seasons before joining McDonald's in August of 2004. His key responsibility is to help the creative team of chefs develop new menus for McDonald's approximately 14,000 restaurants. Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut is available to share with your listeners his tips and tricks on how to make mealtime and nutritious eating fun for the whole family, including everything from planting a garden to grow your own, fresh ingredients to instituting a family cooking day.

PATRICK TAYLOR - "NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR"
FACTS ABOUT ST. PATRICK'S DAY YOU MAY NOT KNOW


NewYork Times best selling author Patrick Taylor writes about the impact of Irish immigrant life in the United States and Canada. Patrick Taylor will be available to share little known facts (did you know there are 11 US and 1 Canadian city all named Dublin?) and long-held myths (GASP…corned beef isn’t really Irish!) to help usher in the annual celebration referred to globally as the “wearing of the green.”

RUBEN STUDDARD - FORMER AMERICAN IDOL WINNER
"The Velvet Teddy Bear" Upcoming Album "Letters from Birmingham"

Ruben, will be happy to chime in with his insight on the former and latest group of Idol contestants and the Idol elimination!)…along with some background on his upcoming album, Letters from Birmingham. The eleven-song set was produced by Elvis "Blac Elvis" Williams (Beyoncé, Fergie, T.I., Ludacris, Ciara) and Studdard's longtime collaborator, Harold Lilly (who co-wrote Alicia Keys' classic "You Don't Know My Name" and who has collaborated with Luther Vandross, Fantasia and Angie Stone among others).

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03/14 UNICEF, Napa Wine, Santa Barbara County Vintners Assoc.


What's Cookin Wed March 14, 2012

8:10 AM PT - Caryl M. Stern Pres/CEO UNICEF "When You Take Water, Give Water"

Before coming to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Anti-Defamation League following many years as Education Director and Director of the A World of Difference Institute. Stern has served as an advisor to education and anti-bias initiatives around the globe. In 2001, she was honored as one of "25 Moms We Love" by Working Mother Magazine. She currently serves on the Martin Luther King Memorial foundation Board and the Board of Governors of the We Are Family Foundation. Since its inception, the Tap Project has raised more than $3 million in the U.S. And has helped provide clean water for children across the globe. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. Since 1990, more than 2 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, and 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation facilities.

8:20 AM PT - Allen Balik - Napa Wine executive and Columnist

One of the top people in Wine Country talks about Coombsville and the Annual Cyctic Fibrosis event that is the hottest ticket in town. His bi-weekly column in the Napa Valley Register's Friday "On Wine" section is the only interactive column in the Register and has been going quite well for the last year since its inception in Feb 2011


8:30 AM PT - Jim Fiolek - Exec Dir Santa Barbara County Vintners Assoc -

- Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend - April 20, 21,22, 23. The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to meet member vintnerstaste their winesand enjoy great food and music over a long spring weekend. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival itselfwhere every one of our 110+ member wineries gather to present their winesoften poured by the winemakers themselves. The Festival also presents some of the best local food from restaurantscatering companies and gourmet food creators. The Festival takes place on SaturdayApril 21stfrom 1 to 4pm at The Carranzajust outside Los Olivos. This weekendwineries also present their own eventsranging from Winemaker's Dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings. Check back here to see a full listing of events as they are finalized. A favorite feature of the weekend is the Vintners' Visa - your passport to twelve winery tasting rooms - use the Vintners' Visa to explore new wineries - or revisit old friends.

8:40 AM PT - Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan

The Founding Editor of the popular TheKitchn.com (the culinary arts site of the webs leading destination for design, "Apartment Therapy"), Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan is the author of the recently released entertaining book "Good Food to Share". Sara's work has appeared in such top gourmet, design, and lifestyle publications as "Food & Wine", "Bon Appetit", "O Magazine", and "House Beautiful".

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

03/13 Santa Barbara County Vintners Association, Adam Carolla, LA Winfest

03/13 What's Cookin' Today

DR. JOEL FISHER - "LA WINEFEST"


Joel M. Fisher, PhD writes or has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California.


ADAM CAROLLA - FIRED ON SUNDAY NIGHT ALONG WITH MICHAEL ANDRETTI

NEXT FIRED CELEBRITY (NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice") Adam Carolla is one of the most versatile men in Hollywood. After cutbacks forced Adam to quit his syndicated self-titled "Adam Carolla Show" broadcast on CBS radio, Adam started "The Adam Carolla Show" Podcast with only a computer and a microphone from his home office in February 2009. In May 2011, "The Adam Carolla Show" was awarded Most Downloaded Podcast in the World by the official Guinness World Records. Carolla can also be seen living out his childhood dream hosting SPEED Channel's "The Car Show." In 2010, Adam also added New York Times Best Seller to his resume with his collection of rants, "In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks." Carolla is currently at work on his much-anticipated second book with Crown Publishing, due spring 2012. Before running his own online empire, ACE broadcasting, out of a garage in Glendale, Adam hosted the "Adam Carolla Show" on CBS radio stations in Los Angeles, Portland and Las Vegas. The four-hour weekday morning program was syndicated in several major markets, including Seattle, Sacramento and Fresno. Carolla wrote, co-produced and starred in the independent boxing feature film "The Hammer," which made its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Additionally, Carolla has hosted Comedy Central's "Too Late with Adam Carolla" and starred in TLC's "The Adam Carolla Project," which chronicled the renovation and subsequent sale of his boyhood home. Following brief stints as a skilled carpenter and boxing trainer, Carolla began his career in radio after answering an ad seeking a boxing instructor to train then radio personality Jimmy Kimmel of KROQ's "Kevin and Bean Show" in Los Angeles. He eventually joined the show's repertoire as Mr. Birchum, a woodshop teacher. Carolla's success on KROQ led to a hosting job on the nationally syndicated radio program "Loveline" with Dr. Drew Pinsky. MTV developed a television version of the show, which was co-hosted by Carolla and Pinsky for five seasons (1996-2000). The duo also authored "The Dr. Drew and Adam Book: A Survival Guide to Life and Love." With their partner Daniel Kellison, Carolla and Kimmel are the heads of Jackhole Industries and have created and starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, "The Man Show" (1999-2003) and "Crank Yankers" (2002-present). Jackhole Industries also executive produced "Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust," a comedy travel show, which aired on Comedy Central, and a reality-based feature film, "Windy City Heat," which won The Comedia Award for Best Film at the 2004 Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival. In 2008, Carolla competed as a contestant on ABC's hit reality series "Dancing with the Stars." A huge car fanatic, Adam has participated in the Toyota Grand Prix Celebrity Race and the Concours d'Elegance for the last several years. A native of Southern California, Carolla currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lynette, and their twins.

JIM FIOLEK - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VINTNERS ASSOCIATION


Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend - April 20, 21, 22, 23. The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to meet member vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music over a long spring weekend. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival itself, where every one of our 110+ member wineries gather to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The Festival also presents some of the best local food from restaurants, catering companies and gourmet food creators. The Festival takes place on Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 4pm at The Carranza, just outside Los Olivos. This weekend, wineries also present their own events, ranging from Winemaker's Dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings. Check back here to see a full listing of events as they are finalized. A favorite feature of the weekend is the Vintners' Visa - your passport to twelve winery tasting rooms - use the Vintners' Visa to explore new wineries - or revisit old friends.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

03/12 Flavor Flav, "Restaurant Stakeout", Jordis Unga "The Voice", "Marshmallow Madnes",

03/12 What's Cookin' Today

"Flavor Flav" Vegas Restaurant owner
Flavor Flav's House Of Flavor Restaurant


A celebrity-centric Las Vegas take out restaurant with a quick-service menu specializing in specialty recipe soul food. The menu includes fried chicken, fried shrimp and Flavor Flav's signature red velvet waffle, indulgent and delicious. The restaurant is decorated with memorabilia from Flavor Flav's multi-faceted career as a rapper hype man, reality-TV star and entertainer for audiences around the world. Patrons of the House of Flavor might also expect celebrity sightings. Flavor Flav is an iconic figure domestically and internationally, having made appearances in over 77 countries to sold-out audiences. Most recently, fans will have spotted him starring with Elton John in the Pepsi Super Bowl commercial premiere; the Super Bowl XLVI broadcast set a record with 111.3 million viewers on February 5, 2012.

Willie Degal - "Restaurant Stakeout" Food Network

Follow tough-love restaurateur Willie Degel as he busts the bad habits of struggling restaurants on Food Network’s new show, Restaurant Stakeout. See what really happens when waiters, bartenders and kitchen and service staff think no one is watching. Armed with hidden-camera footage and covert surveillance from restaurants across the country, Willie doesn’t hold anything back. He tackles kitchen hazards and impossible customers alike, but is it enough to make a difference? Tune in for the series premiere Wednesday, March 14 at 10 PM EST to find out.

Jordis Unga (NBC's "THE VOICE")

This rock and roll crooner and cooking enthusiast credits her Los Angeles fan base for being able to continue her pursuit for success in the music world. A self-professed "whiskey guzzlin' guy's girl," Jordis draws influence from greats such as Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Paul Simon and Mozart. "THE VOICE" Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC


Shauna Sever "Marshmallow Madness!"
The Next Door Baker.

With her easy, fun and accessible approach to baking and entertaining, she inspires both the pastry proficient and baking-phobic alike to tie their apron strings and head into the kitchen. Whether it’s an easy savory tart for a weeknight supper, a birthday cake for the office or a decadent dessert to impress friends at a dinner party, Shauna gives you the know-how to bake up simple, flavorful recipes that are good for the soul and get people talking. Shauna’s passion for baking started at an early age, when she attempted to sell day-glo confections made from doctored cake mix, canned frosting, and copious amounts of food coloring to her third-grade classmates. Needless to say, the business never really took off. But after many years of practice as a self-taught baker (and a stint at San Francisco’s famed Tante Marie’s Cooking School), Shauna’s got it down. With her first cookbook, Marshmallow Madness! From Quirk Books published in February 2012; Her second cookbook coming in Fall 2012; Piece of Cake, a popular food blog named one of the top 50 food blogs by Babble.com; and the launch of Bake Sale Bakery, a small batch baking and dessert catering business, Shauna is matching her skills and her passion to make baking accessible to everyone

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Friday, March 9, 2012

08/09 Nate Corddry "Harry's Law", Bitsie Tulloch "Grimms", Jeff Schectmann, Family Winemakers of California Association

03/09 What's Cookin' Today

NATE CORDDRY
"Nate Corddry - "Adam Branch" in NBC's "Harry's Law FRI 3/9 -Nate Corddry stars alongside Kathy Bates (Harry) as Adam Branch, a legal hotshot who continues to work with Harry in ?Harry?s Law.? Corddry began his career on ?The Daily Show with John Stewart? and was then cast as a series regular on ?Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,? created and produced by Aaron Sorkin. Corddry went on to work in such feature films as ?The Invention of Lying? with Ricky Gervais and ?The Ugly Truth? with Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. Corddry recently appeared in a lead role in Warner Bros. Film ?Yogi Bear,? and will soon be heard as the voice of a lead character in the animated ?Tron? series. On the big screen, Corddry will also star this winter in a lead role opposite Julianne Moore in the feature ?Shelter.? HARRY?S LAW - Sunday?s at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC www.NBC.com (guest will call)

BITSIE TULLOCH
Bitsie Tulloch "Juliette Silverton" on NBC's "GRIMM" FRI 3/9 - Bitsie Tulloch stars in NBC's new drama series "Grimm" as Juliette Silverton, Nick's (David Giuntoli) loyal girlfriend, who is wary of his recent forays into the Grimm world. Tulloch previously starred as Dylan on Ed Zwick's NBC drama series "quarterlife." First made as an Internet series, "quarterlife" explored the lives of six creative twentysomethings trying to find their way in the world. Tulloch led the cast as a journalist who perplexes friends over her revelatory video blog. Her additional television credits include a recurring role on "Outlaw" and guest-starring roles on "House," "The West Wing," "Cold Case," "Lost" and "Moonlight." She also had a recurring role in the online serial "lonelygirl15." On the film front, Tulloch can be seen in the silent film Best Picture of the Year Academy Award winner, "The Artist," with John Goodman and James Cromwell. GRIMM - Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. www.nbc.com (guest will call)

- JEFF SCHECTMANN
Program Director KVON AM 1440 Napa, CA FRI 3/8 - This program has provided me a unique opportunity to "travel" around the world and speak to thousands of the most imaginative thinkers and leaders in the arenas of politics, religion, journalism, business, popular culture, academics, science, economics, history, and medicine. During these years, I have taken many of you with me on this journey. It has been a momentous time. The trauma of politics, the onslaught of technology, the insights of science, and the changes in the human condition make this a period almost unequaled in history. Http://kvon.com/ (we call guest) 707-257-6397


PAUL KRONENBERG
Paul Kronenberg - President of the Family Winemakers of California Association FRI 3/9 - Welcome to Family Winemakers of California's central point for information regarding the wine tastings it hosts throughout the year. (guest will call) http://www.familywinemakers.org/


San Diego Consumer & Trade Tasting
Sunday, March 11th Del Mar Fairgrounds

Pasadena Trade Only Tasting
Tuesday, March 13th Pasadena Convention Center

STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

Latest box office info and news from the world of movies and films. Steve talks about the good, the bad and the ugly. His extensive theatrical experience makes him the right guy to talk about movies and their affect on popular culture

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

03/08 Miss America, NBC's "Up All Night", Chef Robb Lucas

03/08 What's Cookin' Today

PT CHEF ROBB LUCAS - KOI RESTAURANT LOS ANGELES

Newly remodeled in 2008 by Koi Design Team, Koi Los Angeles is a sophisticated blend of feng shui and modern elegance. Illuminated by candlelight, the natural and intricate details of the restaurant create an elegant dining atmosphere, while the Zen inspired design of earth-toned colors, sleek design, fireplaces and waterscapes all create a stunning atmosphere of harmony by combining subtly luxurious materials with nature?s elements of water, air, fire and light. 730 North La Cienega Boulevard

AM BEN FALCONE (Guest Star - NBC's "UP ALL NIGHT")

Groundlings alumni Ben Falcone recently appeared in BRIDESMAIDS alongside his wife Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy. The film was directed by Paul Feig, written by Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo and produced by Judd Apatow. He will next be seen in the big screen adaptation of the popular book WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING. He has appeared in TV's DASH 4 CASH, ANDY BARKER, P.I., THE CLASS, & he recurred as Howard on JOEY. He has also guest starred in MY NAME IS EARL, a YES, DEAR, a GILMORE GIRLS, a CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and ACCORDING TO JIM, to name a few. As for films, he appeared in THE NINES, PRETTY UGLY PEOPLE, SMILEY FACE, UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, and GARFIELD 2: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES. He's a staff writer for THE LOONEY TOONS SHOW with three other Groundlings. Up All Night Thursdays on NBC (9:30-10 p.m. ET) "Up All Night," created by Emily Spivey (NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live") and executive produced by Lorne Michaels

Gary Bric - "Gary Bric's The Ramp Restaurant"

We serve amazing high-quality food in large portions to satisfy every guest. Our beef is the finest USDA choice or better, corn fed and aged to perfection. Our juicy steaks are sure to make our steak house your favorite restaurant. Gary Bric's Ramp is a locally owned and operated restaurant dedicated to bringing the people of Burbank a fine dining experience. Our extensive menu includes delicious entrees such as porterhouse steak and Alaskan halibut. Join us for a fantastic evening tonight. We offer a great selection of wines to compliment any meal. We have a full service bar to make your favorite cocktail for that special occasion or to just relax after a busy day. Our friendly staff will make you feel at home.

LAURA KAEPPELER - "MISS AMERICA 2012"
SHE TALKS ABOUT BEING MISS AMERICA AND SKIN CARE

Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler
Age: 23

Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin

Education: St. Joseph High School
Carthage College - Music, Vocal Performance

National Platform Issue: Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler is the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Platform Issue: Circles of Support - Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

Talent: Operatic Vocal

Scholastic Ambition: To attend law school

Scholastic Honors: Dean's List; Outstanding Senior Music Major Award; Music Department Honor's Recital Participant

Career Ambition: To pursue a career in Childhood Advocacy Law

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

03/07 Koi Restaurant, Ben Faclone, The Ramp Restaurant, Miss America Laura Kaeppeler

03/07 What's Cookin' Today

CHEF ROBB LUCAS - KOI RESTAURANT LOS ANGELES

Newly remodeled in 2008 by Koi Design Team, Koi Los Angeles is a sophisticated blend of feng shui and modern elegance. Illuminated by candlelight, the natural and intricate details of the restaurant create an elegant dining atmosphere, while the Zen inspired design of earth-toned colors, sleek design, fireplaces and waterscapes all create a stunning atmosphere of harmony by combining subtly luxurious materials with nature?s elements of water, air, fire and light. 730 North La Cienega Boulevard

BEN FALCONE Guest Star - NBC's "UP ALL NIGHT"

Groundlings alumni Ben Falcone recently appeared in BRIDESMAIDS alongside his wife Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy. The film was directed by Paul Feig, written by Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo and produced by Judd Apatow. He will next be seen in the big screen adaptation of the popular book WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING. He has appeared in TV's DASH 4 CASH, ANDY BARKER, P.I., THE CLASS, & he recurred as Howard on JOEY. He has also guest starred in MY NAME IS EARL, a YES, DEAR, a GILMORE GIRLS, a CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and ACCORDING TO JIM, to name a few. As for films, he appeared in THE NINES, PRETTY UGLY PEOPLE, SMILEY FACE, UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, and GARFIELD 2: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES. He's a staff writer for THE LOONEY TOONS SHOW with three other Groundlings. Up All Night Thursdays on NBC (9:30-10 p.m. ET) "Up All Night," created by Emily Spivey (NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live") and executive produced by Lorne Michaels


Gary Bric - "Gary Bric's The Ramp Restaurant"

We serve amazing high-quality food in large portions to satisfy every guest. Our beef is the finest USDA choice or better, corn fed and aged to perfection. Our juicy steaks are sure to make our steak house your favorite restaurant. Gary Bric's Ramp is a locally owned and operated restaurant dedicated to bringing the people of Burbank a fine dining experience. Our extensive menu includes delicious entrees such as porterhouse steak and Alaskan halibut. Join us for a fantastic evening tonight. We offer a great selection of wines to compliment any meal. We have a full service bar to make your favorite cocktail for that special occasion or to just relax after a busy day. Our friendly staff will make you feel at home.


LAURA KAEPPELER - "MISS AMERICA 2012"
SHE TALKS ABOUT BEING MISS AMERICA AND SKIN CARE

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

03/06 Sonoma County Vintners, Ranch Restaurant, Oreo 100th Anniversery

03/06 What's Cookin' Today

Cindy Chen Marketing Director, OREO: OREO IS 100 TODAY!!!

Magic happened on March 6, 1912 when two decoratively embossed chocolate-flavored biscuits met up with a rich crème filling: OREO was born! In honor of this delicious milestone, the World?s Favorite Cookie is on a mission to reignite the spirit of childhood by celebrating the kid inside all of us. And, it couldn?t come at a better time. The recently released Global Spirit of Childhood Report revealed that the majority of parents surveyed across 20 countries believe today?s kids are growing up quicker than did previous generations and should have more time to ?just be kids.? The report also showed that parents all around the world long for the carefree fun of their youth. ?In today?s hectic world, people have more responsibilities and pressures than ever before,? said John Ghingo, Senior Director for OREO Global. ?Despite this, the simple act of enjoying an OREO cookie and glass of milk continues to speak to a universal, human truth: inside all of us, whether grown-up or still growing, there?s a kid that deserves to be set free every once in a while.? This truth has helped OREO cross oceans and borders to capture the hearts of fans in more than 100 countries. Since the first OREO cookie was sold in Hoboken, N.J., this unbeatable biscuit has grown to become the world?s top-selling cookie from the United States to China, and has attracted more than 25 million Facebook fans globally.

Andrew Edwards, President & Owner - RANCH RESTAURANT & SALOON

THE RANCH Restaurant features true American regional cuisine. We?re cooking from scratch with the finest ingredients possible to capture the rustic style of wine country and the freshest flavors of the farm. We honor California?s great ranches, farms and dairies, the artisan bread bakers and cheese and wine makers. Our seasonally driven menu showcases the freshest produce in season- as nature intended. The emphasis is on farm to table, fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables from local farms and from our own ranch in the Santa Ana Mountains. You can look forward to mountain lamb flown in from Colorado; steaks and beef from the highest quality ranches in the U.S. and seafood sourced from those who ensure the sustainability and the bounty of our oceans. The dining experience is in an atmosphere of comfort and truly old-fashioned genuine hospitality. THE RANCH?s wine program features an extensive and complete cellar and a world class selection of wine served in a friendly "non-intimidating" style. The restaurant's bar features a large selection of wines by the glass along with selected hand-crafted draft beers and the latest in mixology with fresh ingredients and great flavors. Don?t fret, there is also plenty of cold longnecks in THE RANCH Saloon to cool down with after dancing the two-step, line dancing, or learning the California state dance, the "west coast swing" to your favorite country artists!
THE RANCH Saloon

THE RANCH Saloon features the best in live country music on a 40' concert stage with a state of the art Meyer sound system and a custom made 47' x 26' dance floor in a small club venue with an intimate atmosphere. Prime country music entertainers play in concert on select dates with the best in local country music bands on select nights of the week. A DJ provides the best in classic and current country music for dancing nightly. Our guests have a chance to learn the classic two-step, west coast swing and of course line dancing from top country dance instructors!

THE RANCH Saloon honors my love of dancing to country music and the history of country music in Nashville and California. THE RANCH pays homage to the old Crazy Horse Steakhouse & Saloon and the old Palomino Club. It will become a tradition as those clubs did with the top country musicians of the day playing small venues "up close and personal." They loved playing so close to the crowd. Some of the best shows ever were in those places. We were inspired by their performances, the great shows and the good times. This will be common place at THE RANCH! We will stay true to our roots giving country music a home in Orange County! THE RANCH will become a well known part of the community bringing you the greatest in entertainment, food, wine and special events. Look forward to cooking and wine classes, seeing prime country music artists and of course ?dancing!

HONORE COMFORT EXEC DIR SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS

Sonoma County is not just a special place to grow world-class grapes and make great wines: It?s one of the most beautiful and resource-rich places on earth! 60 miles of pristine Pacific coastline and many other natural wonders are only the beginning of the story. We are blessed with amazing diversity of foods and produce, along with chefs who take full advantage of Sonoma?s bounty. Add to that our relaxed and friendly vibe and it all converges here. Sonoma County is a diverse landscape for grape growing that, climatically, is strongly influenced by maritime variations. Cool nights and days that rarely get hot contribute to layers of oceanic fog that creep into Sonoma?s interior valleys through numerous spots like the Petaluma Gap. Daytime temperatures average a comfortable 71F, with the warmest summer days rarely topping 84F. Nighttime temperatures stay mostly in the 40s, meaning hard frosts are a rarity, even in the spring, the critical flowering time for grapes. In September, at the start of the autumn grape harvest, the weather remains moderate with little to no rainfall. Sonoma County experiences no measurable snow or hail and normal rainfall measures between 25 and 30 inches a year.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

03/03 Chef Bradley Ogden, Belle Glos and Meiomi Wines, Steve Evans

03/03 What's Cookin' Today

Celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden

Root 246 in the Hotel Corque, Solvang Anthology of San Diego
Arterra, at the San Diego Marriott, Del Mar The Tavern at Lark Creek
Fish Story Moreton Fig Bradley Ogden Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
The Lark Creek Inn, in Larkspur One Market San Francisco
Lark Creek, Walnut Creek Lark Creek Steak San Francisco
Yankee Pier, in Larkspur Yankee Pier LafayetteYankee Pier Santana Row Parcel 104 Santa Clara Marriott "Best Chef of California," by the prestigious James Beard Foundation "Who's Who of American Cooking" by Cooks magazine “Great American Chefs” by the International Wine and Food Society The "Golden Plate" by the American Academy of Achievement “Chef of The Year Award” in 2000 by the Culinary Institute of America “Restaurant of The Year” by James Beard Foundation’s in 2004 for Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas “Star Chef of the Year” for 2004 by the California Culinary Academy "Best New Restaurant of 2003" by Zagat for Bradley Ogden Epicure’s "Best New Restaurant of 2003" Epicure’s "Best Chef – Bradley Ogden”


Joseph Wagner - Winemaker - Belle Glos and Meiomi

Joeseph Wagner, son of Cayus’ Chuck Wagner, is the winemaker for Belle Glos and Meiomi. He is young (just 28) and incredibly passionate – he basically grew up in the vineyards. For Belle Glos, he makes single-vineyard bottlings from the Wagner family’s Sonoma Coast, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Lucia Highland vineyards, while Meiomi blends fruit from top sites in California.

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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Thursday, March 1, 2012

02/29 Larry Manetti, Larry Lipson, Irish Whiskey

WHAT'S COOKIN - WED FEB 29, 2012

Colum Egan - Master Distiller of Bushmills Irish Whiskey
GET READY FOR ST PATRICK'S DAY AS MASTER DISTILLER FROM IRELAND SHARES AUTHENTIC RECIPES


Bushmills Irish Whiskey enjoys a worldwide reputation as a uniquely authentic Irish whiskey with a heritage spanning four centuries. At Ireland's oldest working distillery in Bushmills Village (County Antrim), the Bushmills Irish Honey new blend is produced, matured in bourbon-seasoned barrels and also in sherry- seasoned casks, and then bottled at 35% alc/vol. The community of County Antrim is one where whiskey has been shared among friends since 1608 when Bushmills was first granted an official license to distill. Colum Egan has been Master Distiller at Bushmills since April 2002. He's responsible for all the critical stages of whiskey production - all of them carried out at the distillery itself. That's very handy when your job is to ensure that the production of the whiskeys is done to perfection - as Colum likes it to be. It is Colum's expert knowledge of whiskey and his attention to the finest details that makes Bushmills whiskeys consistently the best. Colum lives in the little coastal town of Ballycastle with his wife and two sons, and says that he has found his dream job.

LARRY LIPSON FROM COSTA RICA


For fifty years Larry was the food critic for the Daily News and now that he has retired to Costa Rica, he checks in every week with tips on dining, wine and the good lifestyle.


LARRY MANETTI (ACTOR/CRN HOST/RECIPES)

Larry Manetti started acting in his hometown of Chicago. After studying acting with the Ted List Theater Players, Larry drove to Los Angeles in 1972. Larry landed an agent and was sent to Universal Studios to audition for an opening as a contract player. Luck was on his side. Jack Webb was casting a new series for NBC called The Chase. Larry played a young detective. After attending acting school at Sal Dano's at night and doing bit parts by day, he scored. Baa Baa Black Sheep was being produced and cast at Universal, and the now famous writer Stephen J. Cannell was the executive producer and the role was a natural for Larry. He was cast as a cocky, hot shot pilot named Bobby Boyle. The show was a big hit for NBC but was cancelled within two years. Because the network was so impressed with Larry's on-screen presence, they cast him in a new series called The Duke. Bad luck! The Duke was cancelled in one year. Larry was back to playing whatever Universal told him to. Hoping to catch lighting in a jar, along came Magnum, P.I. And the role of Rick. This was his elevator...the show became a mega-hit for 8 years. Since Magnum, P.I., Larry has done co-starring roles in 25 feature films and guest starred on many hot TV shows. Larry is the author of a book titled Aloha Magnum.

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02/28 Noir Food & Wine, Dylan Minnette, Exec Chef of Safeway


What's Cookin" Tuesday FEB 28, 2012

MIKE FARWELL - MANAGING PARTNER & WINE DIRECTOR - NOIR FOOD & WINE

After creating Wine Bar 112 at Restaurant Halie and then Old Pasadena?s Vertical Wine Bistro, Farwell has teamed with Chef Claud Beltran to fashion Noir in an intimately petite setting on Mentor Avenue. His goal, it seems, is to recreate the feeling that swept over him during a life-changing visit he made to Willi?s Wine Bar in Paris in 1980. ?I just thought the whole idea of sitting down in a bar or at a table and being able to taste wines from a specific region, actually have more than one, that you could compare, and just spend an evening thinking about the wine and also eating good food as opposed to going out to get good food and then hoping they had good wine. I don?t like that concept. I don?t think that?s what dining is all about. I never have,? Farwell told us on Noir?s opening night. The feeling is decidedly friendly ? despite Beltran?s wonderful cuisine the object here is casual conviviality opposed to serious ?haute cuisine? in hushed tones. ?If you?re driving around and you don?t have anything to do, you can just come in the door, sit down and have a glass of wine and get treated like family,? Farwell says, describing Noir?s personality. ?We?re not going to have that fine dining kind of atmosphere. We?re going to have a friendly atmosphere.?Noir serves an all small plates menu which, Farwell says, lends ?to that casualness where a person can sit down and order some French Fries and a glass of Chardonnay if they want, or they can order a piece of meat with a Bordeaux.?

DYLAN MINNETTE ("Rex" NBC's "AWAKE")
(PREM THURSAY AT 10 PM ON NBC)

Dylan Minette plays Rex, Detective Michael Britton's (Jason Isaacs) son, who - in one of Michael's worlds - is dealing with the loss of his mother after a tragic car accident in NBC's "Awake." Minette was born addicted to performing. At the age of six he booked his first job, a Sears print ad, after begging his parents to let him audition. Later, Minnette starred as Holly Hunter's nephew on the hit cable series "Saving Grace" for which he won the 2008 Young Artist Award. He is also known for his memorable performance as an earless patient who befriends Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) on "Grey's Anatomy," and for his recurring role on "Lost" as Jack Shephard's (Matthew Fox) son. Minette also recurred on TNT's hit show "Men of a Certain Age." Recently, Minette appeared in "Let Me In," which earned him rave reviews for his performance. His additional film credits include the Warner Brothers feature "The Clique." Along with his acting career, Minette also performs in a band called The Feaver. Minette was born in Evansville, Indiana, and now resides in Los Angeles with his parents

Chef Jeff Anderson, Exec Chef of Safeway

Chef Jeff Anderson is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and is always eager to share his extensive culinary knowledge. He participates in many consumer culinary events offering cooking tips and easy recipes to help consumers create better home-cooked meals. As the Executive Chef of Safeway's Culinary Center, Jeff is responsible for developing new recipes and product ideas. In his role, he educates consumers about Safeway's newest products shows how to use them in fresh and creative ways. Chef Jeff works with a team of top tier chefs who create innovative recipes that are delicious, affordable and simple for busy families to prepare. All natural has become a very popular food choice; in fact recently 25% of surveyed consumers have said that the best description on a food label is ?100 percent natural?. So Chef Jeff will share his favorite recipes for quick and easy skillet meals, using 100 percent natural food products. Some examples include: Brussel Sprouts and Bacon, Andouille Sausage Breakfast Scramble with Pesto and more! Chef Jeff is also on a quest to find a new addition to the Safeway Culinary Kitchens team. He will invite listeners to take their healthy home creations to a professional level by competing in Safeway Culinary Kitchens Search for our Next Chef competition. The finalists will have their recipes judged by Food Networks? Executive Chef Alex Guarnashelli. Not only will the winner win a full-time job in Safeway's Culinary Kitchens, their winning recipe will be developed into a new product and sold in Safeway?s 1,475 stores nationwide. Chef Jeff Anderson is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and is always eager to share his extensive culinary knowledge. He participates in many consumer culinary events offering cooking tips and easy recipes to help consumers create better home-cooked meals. As the Executive Chef of Safeway's Culinary Center, Jeff is responsible for developing new recipes and product ideas. In his role, he educates consumers about Safeway's newest products shows how to use them in fresh and creative ways.


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02/27Flying Goat Cellars,NYC Restaurant, Steve Harris: NBC's Awake

WHAT'S COOKIN - MON FEB 27, 2012

Steve Harris - "Awake" PREMIERES THURSDAY ON NBC

Steve Harris plays a detective who is -- in one of the worlds -- Michael Britten's (Jason Isaacs) partner in NBC's new drama "Awake." An accomplished actor who has amazed audiences on television, screen, and stage, Harris has earned a well-deserved reputation for his versatility, charm and charisma. On the big screen, Harris most recently starred in the Screen Gems bank heist "Takers," opposite Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and Chris Brown. He also starred in the Fox Atomic action packed "12 Rounds" where he played "Special Agent Aiken" opposite John Cena. He also starred in the Sony/Screen Gems horror film "Quarantine," the remake of the horror film "Rec" opposite Jennifer Carpenter and Jonathan Schaech. In 2005, Harris starred in Tyler Perry's romantic-dramedy "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," which opened #1, grossing over $21 million opening weekend. Harris starred in Adam Shankman's comedy, "Bringing Down the House" alongside Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. This film was #1 at the box office for three consecutive weeks and grossed over $132 million domestically. He also starred in Steven Spielberg's sci-if thriller, "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton. "Report" was another box office success that grossed $35 million opening weekend and $132 million domestically. Harris' other film credits include: Leon Ichaso's "Sugar Hill" with Wesley Snipes, Michael Bay's "The Rock" with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, and Rob Cohen's "The Skulls" with Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker. Harris, who was nominated for an Emmy Award twice for his role on "The Practice," also recently recurred on the hit series "Friday Night Lights," playing the role of Merriweather. Also on NBC, Harris starred in "Heist," as James Johnson. The hour-long serialized comedic drama centered on a group of professional thieves plotting to simultaneously rob three prominent Beverly Hills jewelry stores during Oscar week. Harris has received great praise from critics and has received numerous awards for his work such as the Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama in 1998 and 1999 and was again nominated in 2000. Additionally, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Harris' other television credits include: "Eli Stone," "Law & Order," "Murder One," "New York Undercover," and "Chicago Hope." A native of Chicago, Ill., Harris earned a graduate degree in theater from the University of Delaware. He currently resides in Los Angeles.


AWAKE Premieres, Thursday, March 1 at 10 PM on NBC

Following a tragic car accident, detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs, ?Harry Potter, ?Brotherhood?) finds himself awake in two separate realities: one where his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette, ?Lost,? "Saving Grace"), died in the crash and his wife, Hannah (Laura Allen, "Terriers") survived; and another where Hannah has perished, leaving Michael and Rex to pick up the pieces. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive, Michael begins living in two dueling realities, churning up confusion. In one reality, Michael and his wife debate about having another child, while in the other his son Rex is turning to his tennis coach, Tara (Michaela McManus, "The Vampire Diaries"), to fill the void from the loss of his mother. Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to solving crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners, Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman (Steve Harris, "The Practice") and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valderrama, "That '70s Show"). Michael is assigned a different case in each reality and quickly discovers that his dual existence is actually a powerful tool. He begins to solve impossible cases by using his two real ties to gain unique perspectives and link clues that cross over from world to world. Helping Michael to navigate his two realities are his bureau-assigned therapists Dr. Evans (Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones, "24") and Dr. Lee (BD Wong, NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"). While both therapists work to untangle his two worlds, Michael has no interest in proving either one is false. But when memories of the accident begin to haunt him, he is forced to confront the truth about what really happened the night of the crash.

CHEF DAVID BURKE - NYC RESTURANT OWNER

Blazing across distinctions between chef, artist, entrepreneur, and inventor, David Burke is one of the leading pioneers in American cooking today. His fascination with ingredients and the art of the meal has fueled a career marked by creativity, critical acclaim, and the introduction of revolutionary products and cooking techniques. Burke?s mastery of French culinary technique was confirmed when, at age 26, he won France?s coveted Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplome d?Honneur for unparalleled skill and creativity with his native cuisine. Additionally, Burke has been honored with Japan?s Nippon Award of Excellence, the Robert Mondavi Award of Excellence and the CIA?s August Escoffier Award. Nation?s Restaurant News named Burke one of the50 Top R&D Culinarians and Time Out New York honored him as the ?Best Culinary Prankster? in 2003. In May 2009, Burke was inducted into the ?Who?s Who of Food & Beverage in America? by the James Beard Foundation. In this same month, he also won the distinctive, Menu Masters award from Nation?s Restaurant News as one of the nation?s most celebrated innovators. Burke trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and soon thereafter, he traveled to France where he spent several stages with notable chefs such as Pierre Troisgros, Georges Blanc and Gaston Lenôtre. Burke returned to the U.S. As a sous chef for Waldy Malouf at La Cremaillere and then for Charlie Palmer at River Café where he ascended to Executive Chef and earned three stars from The New York Times. In 1992, Burke opened the Park Avenue Café with Smith & Wollensky CEO Alan Stillman, and then, in 1996, he became Vice President of Culinary Development for the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. In 2003, Burke teamed up with Donatella Arpaia to open davidburke & donatella (now known as David Burke Townhouse), of which now he has sole ownership. Next came David Burke at Bloomingdale?s, a dual concept restaurant offering both a full service ?Burke Bar Café? on one side and a ?Burke in the Box? take-out and eat-in concept on the other side. A similar concept, Burke in the Box, opened at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in May 2008. Burke also opened up David Burke?s Primehouse in The James Chicago Hotel. Burke?s restaurant collection continued to grow when he purchased Fromagerie, a fine dining restaurant in Rumson, New Jersey where his culinary career began under founders Markus and Hubert Peter. David Burke Las Vegas opened in the Venetian Resort, Hotel, Casino in 2007, and the most recent addition to the Burke empire is David Burke Prime at Foxwoods Casino & Resort. Fishtail by David Burke, opened in December 2008 in New York. In February 2011, David Burke Kitchen opened at the James New York hotel in Soho. During his tenure at the River Café, Burke began experimenting with interesting ingredients and cooking techniques. His first culinary innovations, Pastrami Salmon? (now available through Perona Farms), flavored oils and tuna tartare, revolutionized gastronomic technique. During his twelve year period at the Park Avenue Café, Burke created GourmetPops?, ready-to-serve cocktail lollipops. Never one for slowing down, Burke continued to develop creative culinary products including easy Flavor-Transfer Spice Sheets and Flavorsprays, both designed to eliminate fat while keeping the flavor. Additionally, Burke is actively involved with culinology, an approach to food that blends the culinary arts and food technology. A board member of the Research Chefs Association, he is the advisor for flavor developer J.Manheimer, Inc. Burke also offers his consultant services to Hawaiian Tropic Zone (in both NYC and Las Vegas), and restaurant.mc (Millburn, NJ). Burke?s first cookbook, Cooking with David Burke was published in 1995, and his second, David Burke?s New American Classics, by Alfred A. Knopf launched in April 2006. David Burke is one of the very few New York City born and bred Chefs that is still known and recognized on the national radar. While many NYC Chef?s stars have faded?. David Burke always manages to recreate himself and stay current. He?d love to talk about his restaurants ? he just opened David Burke Kitchen at the James Hotel in NYC ? and his other restaurants include: David Burke Townhouse; David Burke at Bloomingdales in NYC, David Burke Primehouse in the James Hotel Chicago; David Burke Prime and Burke in a Box at Foxwoods, David Burke at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Park Ave Café NYC and Fishtail by David Burke in NYC. David has also created and developed a number of food and kitchen products including his signature cheesecake pops (a version of which is now featured at Starbucks). He has also Salt Bricks, Flavor Sprays, Can O Cake, Pastrami Salmon, Dry Aged Beef, Steak Knives, and Induction Burners etc. He could certainly expand on how these products are used and featured at each of his restaurants.

Norm Yost - Proprietor/Winemaker
Flying Goat Cellars

Norm Yost graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor?s degree in environmental studies in 1981. When Norm?s college roommate, a graduate from the winemaking program, had a job and he didn?t, Norm morphed from a beer drinking football player into a winemaking craftsman. During his 30 vintages in the wine industry, Norm worked for diverse wineries in cool climate regions, from Oregon?s Willamette Valley to the Russian River in Sonoma County and finally Santa Barbara County. He attributes his vast experience in the industry to the success of Flying Goat Cellars, which he launched in 2000. As the proprietor of his own business, Norm enjoys the freedom to focus on his passion for making Pinot Noir and sparkling wine. He is on the board of directors of World of Pinot Noir and Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance and formerly was a board member of Santa Barbara County Vintners Association and a winemaking instructor at Allan Hancock

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02/24 Press Restaurant, Katie Lee: Lifestyle Expert, Steve Evans

WHAT'S COOKIN FRIDAY FEB 24, 2012

ALLISON YODER - GENERAL MANAGER - PRESS RESTURANT - ST HELENA

Stephen Rogers, former classical pianist and vocal coach, and his wife, Allison Yoder, former opera singer, bring to their roles as Executive Chef and General Manager, respectively, at PRESS. Stephen was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and after college toured around the globe. When his performing stints in the various corners of Europe would end, Stephen would return back home to the various restaurants of New York City where he worked in a variety of positions. His true calling, however, was in the kitchen, and here at PRESS Restaurant he has truly hit his stride. PRESS Restaurant celebrates the famous red wines of the Napa Valley with the finest prime dry-aged beef grilled over almond and cherry woodwood-fired rotisserie chicken and locally raised lamb and pork. Daily selections of fresh fish and seafood provide equally high notes for white wine lovers. Our comfortable vineyard setting includes indoor and outdoor seating with large fireplaces and a hand-crafted walnut bar framed by twin wine towers showing our extensive Napa Valley-only wine collection.

Katie Lee - Cookbook Author and Food and
Lifestyle Expert


Hollywood?s biggest night is just around the corner and as the excitement grows for the glitz and glamour of the red carpet, many movie fans are planning to celebrate with friends at a home-viewing party. And like everything on award show night, you want to wow your crowd! To help plan the perfect menu, food and lifestyle expert Katie Lee, whose broad culinary experience ranges from penning the bestselling cookbook series ?The Comfort Table,? to serving as the food and lifestyle contributor for ?The CBS Early Show? to writing culinary features for an array of magazines, has created ?A Toast to the Best Picture Nominees? themed recipes inspired by this year?s hottest films. And not only are these party dishes delicious, they?re designed to help you make better choices when indulging. Katie Lee is an author and a television food and lifestyle contributor. Katie shares recipes and entertaining tips in her bestselling ?The Comfort Table? cookbook series, and in June 2011, she released her first work of fiction ?Groundswell.? She hosted the first season of Bravo?s hit reality series ?Top Chef? and has appeared on ?Oprah,? CBS? ?Sunday Morning,? ?The CBS Early Show,? ?The Talk,? ?The Rachael Ray Show,? ?The Nate Berkus Show,? and ?Iron Chef America.? She writes a regular entertaining column for Cosmopolitan, and her recipes have been featured in publications such as People, Vanity Fair, Food and Wine, Town & Country, and InStyle.


STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

Latest box office info and news from the world of movies and films.

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02/22 Chef John Besh, Larry Lipson, Traveling tips for women

02/22 What's Cookin' Today


Chef John Besh: a James Beard winner, the owner of 9 restaurants, chef/host of PBS cooking show and cookbook author

. Known for his dedication to local ingredients and local cuisine, his first book, My New Orleans, is a treasure. His new book, My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home. YESTERDAY WAS "FAT TUESDAY - HE WAS IN NEW ORLEANS PARADE - 312-282-2703 WWW.JOHNBESH.COM (GUEST WILL CALL)


LARRY LIPSON FROM COSTA RICA


For fifty years Larry was the food critic for the Daily News and now that he has retired to Costa Rica, he checks in every week with tips on dining, wine and the good lifestyle.


HARRIET LEWIS " 101 Tips for Women Travelers" -
TIMELY TRAVEL TIPS FOR FEMALE GLOBETROTTERS

Harriet Lewis is owner and vice chair of Grand Circle Corporation, the largest U.S. Direct market tour operator of international vacations for older Americans; chair of Grand Circle Foundation, the organization's charitable arm; and co-author of "Driving With No Brakes: How a bunch of hooligans built the best travel company in the world" (September, 2010). A former teacher, she helps drive Grand Circle's mission to enhance the lives of its travelers, its global workforce and the communities where Grand Circle lives and operates. In 1985, when Harriet and her husband Alan purchased Grand Circle Travel, the travel company generated $27 million in sales from one office-- and was losing $2 million a year. Twenty-five years later, Grand Circle has grown into a highly profitable international travel company with annual sales in excess of $600 million.

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02/23 Rosti Tuscan Kitchen, Palms Restaurant, Bean by Bean: A Cookbook

02/23 What's Cookin' Today

Crescent Dragonwagon "Bean by Bean: A Cookbook"

Crescent Dragonwagon is the James Beard Award?winning author of seven cookbooks, including Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian, and, most recently, The Cornbread Gospels. She is also a contributing editor to Relish magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America, Today and NPR's The Splendid Table. She lives on a farm in Vermont, where she grows and cooks her own beans. Along with more than 175 delicious, step-by-step recipes, BEAN BY BEAN dishes up:
? Adaptable recipes with multiple variations, that are clearly coded as Meatist, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, and/or Vegan (meat, in most cases, is optional)
? Masterful tips on cooking once for several meals
? Inspiring menus to help readers make a meal of it
? An overview of bean soaking and cooking methods, with pros and cons for each
? Shortcut recipes, including ways to use canned beans to transform leftovers into a full meal
? Quick-check cooking charts for dried beans and lentils
? A whirlwind tour of extraordinary international dishes from India, Tunisia, Japan, France, Hungary, Greece, and more, as well as American classics


Sommilier Jonathan Mitchell - PALMS RESTAURANT

At The Palm, our philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. That philosophy was born in 1926, when Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi opened the first Palm in New York City. From day one, Pio and John shared their commitment to quality and generosity of spirit with every guest who walked through their doors. What began as a restaurant became a legend ? a place to not only enjoy an excellent meal but also catch up with old friends, meet new ones, close business deals, and celebrate family milestones. Still owned and operated by members of the Bozzi and Ganzi families, The Palm continues to serve as a second home for countless patrons, thanks to the exceptional standard of hospitality established by our founders.

Kevin Goldfein " Rosti Tuscan Kitchen"


Rosti Tuscan Kitchen opened for business Thursday at the Courtyard at the Commons, replacing the space formerly occupied by Cosmos Grill. The Calabasas location offers the same menu as the other two Rostis in Santa Monica and Encino. Rosti is owned by entrepreneur Kevin Goldfein, who purchased the business in early 2008. Goldfein entered the restaurant business more than a decade ago waiting tables and rose the managing eatieres in New York. He also holds a graduate degree in hospitality management. In 2005, he opened the Loose Leaf restaurant in downtown Los Angeles and sold it the following year. Rosti offers assorted beers and a seasonal list of Italian and California Wines at our Encino and Calabasas location. Rosti is Proud to partner with Casa Torelli Wine Distributors to offer genuine and traditional Italian wines from 6 regions and 11 wineries in Italy. Located here in Los Angeles, and owned by an Italian wine making family, Casa Torelli is able to provide Rosti with wines that are true to their varietal and traditional in their winemaking heritage.

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03/01 Liza Huber, Sasha Roiz

03/01 What's Cookin' Today


Liza Huber ACTRESS "PASSIONS"

IN STUDIO FOR MULTIPLE SEGMENTS

Liza Victoria Huber (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress best known for her role as Gwen Hotchkiss on the daytime soap Passions. Huber was born on Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of actress Susan Lucci and Austrian businessman Helmut Huber. Huber has a younger brother, Andreas. Huber attended St. Joseph's School and Garden City High School in Garden City, New York. She was a cheerleader and studied several foreign languages. She attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Huber married Alexander George Hesterberg III on March 13, 2004. The couple's first child, son Royce Alexander, was born on December 23, 2006, weighing seven pounds ten ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long. The baby was born on his grandmother Susan Lucci's 60th birthday. The couple's second child, Brendan, was born on August 16, 2008. Their third child, Hayden Victoria was born on March 23, 2011. Huber speaks fluent German and Italian, and also speaks French. Huber was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Huber's television debut was an uncredited role in Lifetime's 1995 original movie, Ebbie, which starred her mother. She also appeared with her mother in 1993 in a Ford Motor Company advertisement. In 1999, Huber was announced as a cast member in the new NBC daytime soap Passions. Huber left the show in 2000 when she announced she was quitting acting to return to New York and be near her fiance at the time. Huber was asked to return to Passions in 2002 after her replacement Natalie Zea chose to depart the role of Gwen when her contract ended. Huber returned to the series; while away, her relationship with her fiance had ended. Huber starred in and co-produced the play Four Dogs and a Bone at the Harold Clurman Theater in New York City as part of her student acting requirements. She is represented by the Ford Modeling agency. Huber appeared on the game show Hollywood Squares for a week in October 2003. In 2000, she was named Miss Golden Globe, an honor the Golden Globe Awards show gives each year to the daughter of a celebrity.


SASHA ROIZ "Capt. Renard" From NBC's "GRIMM"


Sasha Roiz stars in NBC's new drama series "Grimm" as Captain Renard, Nick's politically adept superior officer and a descendant of a powerful line of Grimm royalty. Roiz's "Grimm" character follows his last regular role as Sam Adama, a brutal mob enforcer, on the critically acclaimed Syfy series "Caprica," prequel to "Battlestar Galactica." In recent years, Roiz has become a familiar face on TV screens. In addition to "Caprica," he has made numerous guest appearances on some of television's most notable programs, including "House," "The Mentalist," "Lie To Me," "CSI" and "NCIS" and "Castle" as well as a series arc on the current season of "Warehouse 13". Roiz's introduction to feature films was in a supporting role in the blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow," followed by "16 Blocks", "Man of the Year" and "Unthinkable". Roiz shot his first starring film role in the independent science fiction thriller "Extracted," due out later this year. Raised in Montreal, Canada, Roiz trained theatrically at the Guildford Conservatoire (UK). Upon returning to Montreal, he began to work consistently in theatre, earning a nomination for his performance at the "Masques Awards" (Quebec's Theatre Awards). Roiz moved to Los Angeles five years ago, where he currently resides.

GRIMM - Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC -“Grimm” is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, "Turn The Beat Around") discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his girlfriend, Juliette Silverton, (Bitsie Tulloch, “quarterlife”), and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby, “Lincoln Heights”), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.

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05/24 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, JULIA DIMON, WHY VACATIONS STRESS PEOPLE OUT

LARRY LIPSON - AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from...