Friday, April 27, 2012

04/30 Milt Larsen: Magic Castle, Napa Valley Vintners

04/30 What's Cookin' Today

Milt Larsen "Magic Castle"

MON APRIL 30 - As one of Los Angeles most recognized Hollywood landmarks approaches the eve of its 50th anniversary as a popular tourist destination, The Magic Castle (having celebrated the 100th anniversary of the structure - known as Lane Manor - a year ago) and the Academy of Magical Arts will, for the first time in its history, host an "Women In Magic Week" from May 7th to 13th. The artistry of illusion and magic can trace its roots as far back as the Egyptian Pharaohs - predating film, television and even the vaudeville stage by centuries. However, the revered title of Magician was always reserved for the men, while women were often dubbed sorceress or simply a witch. Producer, Dale Hindman, has secured some of the finest female magician performers for the occasion. Included among those who have successfully conquered the male dominated industry of illusion are Luna Shimada (daughter of longtime magic legend Shimada), Suzzane (first female recipient of the Close Up Magician of the Year award), and 9 other lady magicians. The Magic Castle will be honoring one of its own pioneers of illusion, the beloved Gerri Larsen. Without whom, as the mother of the Founders, The Magic Castle would never exist. Gerrie Larsen was a regular on local television in Los Angeles and performed her own full show for many years. A tribute of clips featuring her performances will be included in the Palace Theatre during the week with occasional commentary by son and Co-Founder, Milt Larsen. In addition, Liberty Larsen (great granddaughter of Gerrie) will be the MC in the palace and performing one of her great grandmother's signature trick

Terry Hall - NAPA Valley Vintners

MON APRIL 30 - Join the Must-Attend Event of the Year in Napa Valley! May 31 to June 3 is the 32nd annual Auction Napa Valley, The American Wine Classic- a wine and food lover's dream weekend where we celebrate farm to table bounty right here in America's premier wine region, all while raising much needed funds for healthcare and youth development non-profit programs.

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04/26 Actor Mamian McGinty: National Pretzel Day, Kitchen & Bath Show, Anna Maria's of Dunmore

04/26 What's Cookin' Today


Actor Damian McGinty "Glee" - National Pretzel Day

THU APRIL 26 - “GLEE” star, singer, and actor Damian McGinty, who portrays Rory Flanagan on the hit television series, is sharing with your listeners how they can sing and dance their way to a free pretzel on National Pretzel Day! Thursday, April 26th marks the national day celebrating one of America’s fave snacks, and Rory is excited to explain how people are invited to sing a snippet from a song of their choice or show off their latest dance moves and receive a free soft pretzel at their local Pretzelmaker! For those too shy to do a ditty, no worries because they can simply say “National Pretzel Day” to receive their free pretzel! Damian, who inspires his millions of fans every week on the hugely popular television show “GLEE”, will explain where your listeners can go to find heir nearest Pretzelmaker location and reveal why he chose to be National Pretzel Day’s official 2012 spokesperson! ** In addition, Damian will chat with your listeners about his role as Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan on “GLEE”, the show’s new season, and his busy career.

Kitchen & Bath Show

THU APR 26 - Live from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – which is the worlds Largest Event focused exclusively on all aspects of Kitchens and Baths - Eric Stromer – veteran contractor & popular host of hit TV shows like HGTV’s “Over Your Head,” TLC’s “Clean Sweep,” NBC’s “Three Wishes,” and special correspondent for “The Insider.” His DIY videos are the most popular content on AOL’s Living Channel, with over 2 million hits a month. Eric is also the author of Do-It-Yourself Family, A Guide for Busy Parents. The father of three ran a construction company for 20 years and was named one of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Men Alive.’ AND Cindy Dole –Named one of the Top 100 DIY Bloggers on the web, Cindy’s home improvement advice is syndicated nationally by Tribune Entertainment, and she is a frequent contributor to Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM. She has more than 20 years of broadcast experience as an award-winning radio and television news anchor, reporter and talk show host and cohosts the nationally syndicated radio show Home Wizards with Eric Stromer.

Tucker Sileo Owner - Anna Maria's of Dunmore

THU APRIL 26 -Tucker Sileo Owner - Anna Maria's of Dunmore (FEATURED ON FOOD NETWORK'S RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE) Family owned and operated since 1985. Specializing in American/Italian cuisine. Join our family for dinner, we know you'll come back often! We are your premier source for on premise catering. Anna Maria's of Dunmore had an extensive menu with something for everyone, Italian and American dishes including pasta, steak, seafood, and our personal specialty; our tender veal. At Anna Maria's we also offer a catering service in addition to our fine dining restaurant. Our service is highly customizable and great for any event, including weddings, showers, birthdays, and more. Choose between a sitdown meal with a wide range of options, or an all you can eat buff

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04/25 Farmhouse, Dan Marino, Philly Pretzel Factory

04/25 What's Cookin' Today


Joe and Catherine Bartolomei Farmhouse Owners

WED APRIL 25 - Spend your romantic California wine country vacation at The Farmhouse Inn and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with all of the services and amenities of a AAA 4-Diamond luxury boutique hotel. Located in Forestville, California (just 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco) – the hub of the Russian River Valley, literally minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rosa airport, the internationally-acclaimed Farmhouse Inn, Michelin starred Restaurant and Spa offers something for everyone. Whether your dream vacation includes wine tasting through the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, romantic fine dining at some of the most impressive restaurants in the world, hiking in the Armstrong Redwoods or cycling the routes of Sonoma’s own Levi Leipheimer, or even just hanging out by the pool or visiting a few art galleries and boutiques, our team of highly trained concierges will take great pleasure in assuring that your authentic wine country experience is more than you could have hoped or expected. Owned and managed by lodging industry trend setters, Farmhouse realizes the ever-evolving vision of brother/sister team, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei. Fifth generation farmers, vineyard owners and wine country residents, their vision for Farmhouse Inn is to share their Sonoma County lifestyle. Says Catherine, “Anyone can have a wine country vacation; Farmhouse guests have a total wine country experience. It’s not just about luxury, although that’s key too, it’s about authenticity. It’s about meeting our friends; winemakers, chefs and artists… and, making them your own. Whether you fly in on your own jet, are sent by your family travel agent, or you come in on your bike, our concierge team will hand craft an insiders’ experience that will leave you wanting more…”

Dan Marino in Action

WED APRIL 25 - Legendary Football Star Dan Marino It is also NFL draft week so he can share his football picks and share insight. As one of our country's most beloved athletes, Dan really resonates with both men and women as he discusses staying in shape at 50, eating habits, much more. Marino was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he became the most prolific and celebrated passer in Pitt Panther history and a first-round draft pick for Don Shula of the Dolphins. Marino has established a record number of records on the All-Time Quarterback list, does charity work, and created the Dan Marino Foundation to benefit the youth charities of South Florida. FOR AARP

Dan DiZio - "Philly Pretzel Factory"

WED APR 25 - “Philly Pretzel Factory” — Dan DiZio, CEO and Co-Founder of the Philly Pretzel Factory, which sells over 100 million pretzels a year throughout its 120 stores, is forced into action after one franchisee goes rogue, and the Boss is brought to tears when he realizes he let one of his franchise owners down, on UNDERCOVER BOSS, Friday, April 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network

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Monday, April 23, 2012

04/24 "Grilled Cheese, Please!" for Grilled Cheese Month, Melissa Stackhouse of JWinery

04/24 whats cookin today


Laura Werlin "Grilled Cheese, Please!: 50 Scrumptiously Cheesy Recipes" 
April is National Grilled Cheese Month

Oooey, gooey ribbons of delectable melted cheese sandwiched between butter-crisped slices of sourdough, wheat, rye, and even focaccia and croissant, combined with favorite foods such as bacon, pequillo peppers, guacamole, seasonal veggies, caramelized onions, pears, herbs, and so much more--what is there not to love about the modern grilled cheese? Inside Grilled Cheese, Please, award-winning cheese expert Laura Werlin presents 50 recipes that elevate the classic grilled cheese sandwich to a culinary center-of-the-plate meal changer through innovative and delicious recipes such as Say Ole (Two Cheeses, Guacamole, Bacon, and a Corn Chip Crust); Brie, Mozzarella, and Sauteed Pears with Blue Cheese Butter; and Cheddar, Chorizo, Apples, and Pickled Onions on Ciabatta. The recipes are divided into seven chapters that are arranged by topics such as Grilled Cheese on the Go, Ethnic-Inspired, Meat and Cheese, and Veggie and Cheese among others. Grilled Cheese, Please features full-color photography, along with sections highlighting the best cooking techniques, melting cheeses, and other "best" grilled cheese insights, as well as a list of restaurants, stands, and mobile trucks across the country where grilled cheese is the focus, not the side dish. Perfectly timed to coincide with National Grilled Cheese Month, Grilled Cheese, Please encourages melted cheese enthusiasts to expand their grilled cheese horizons by enjoying these riffs on the original and in the process become seduced all over again by the velvety goodness found within.

Melissa Stackhouse,VP of Winemaking for JWinery

Agriculture has played an important role in the life of Melissa Stackhouse.
Growing up in a Michigan farming community, and having grandparents who were farmers in rural Minnesota, she became keenly aware of their dedication to the land at an early age. ?Their hard work resulted in many wonderful meals, cooked with the fresh ingredients straight from the farm,? says Stackhouse. ?I developed an appreciation for fresh food from the garden, and it ultimately led to agriculture as a career choice.? After spending some time in New Zealand working on organic farms, Melissa decided to pursue grape growing and winemaking. She enrolled in the University of California at Davis, where in 1998 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology. While earning her degree, and in the years following, she worked at such prestigious wineries as Robert Mondavi, Peter Michael, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Sterling Vineyards, and Alexander Valley Cellars. In 2003, she moved to Sonoma County to pursue her interest in Pinot Noir by becoming the winemaker at La Crema. It was there that she took notice of Sonoma County?s Russian River Valley and its distinctive soils, numerous clonal selections, and cool-climate vineyards. Melissa remained winemaker at La Crema until 2010 when she was named Winemaster for all Pinot Noir production at Jackson Family Wines. In her role at J Vineyards & Winery, Melissa builds upon existing programs built around the ten Estate-owned vineyards. She also works to develop long-term relationships with key growers in the Russian River Valley. ?Each one of our vineyards has a unique personality,? she says. ?We are going to dig deep into the soil to better understand and encourage the right expression of flavor for each estate vineyard. It is important to distinguish and separate these flavor profiles, whether it becomes a J varietal wine, or a J sparkling wine.?

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Friday, April 20, 2012

04/23 "Meat Men, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Foodtrekker

04/23 whats cookin today

Celebrity Butcher Pat LaFrieda - Food Network's "Meat Men"
Master Sommelier Janine Lettieri of "Lot18".

MEAT MEETS WINE THIS GRILLING SEASON!


Called "The Magician of Meat" by NY Magazine and featured in everything from
Men's Vogue, to Saveur, and The New York Post to name a few, Pat LaFrieda is
a third generation meat purveyor and burger guru. The family owned business
began over 90 years ago in the meatpacking district spearheaded by Pat's
grandfather. Pat took the reins in 1993 and is now NYC's go-to meat
purveyor, boasting an impressive client list, which includes the finest
restaurants in Manhattan, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas and more.

Janine Lettieri is the Imported Wine Director for "Lot18" a members only
website that offers a curated selection of quality wine and artisanal
products at an attractive cost, custom selected by staffed sommeliers and
wine gurus for an experience you'll love. Exclusive wine and gourmet-themed
travel excursions along with dinners at the country's top restaurants are
just another unique experience Lot18 offers. Janine has worked in New York
City fine dining for over a decade with sommelier roles at Fleur de Sel, the
three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin, and the Waverly Inn. She holds
certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier
Association, as well as a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and
Spirit Education Trust. Janine is pursuing the Master of Wine credential,
which only 30 Americans hold.

LOUISIANA LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE

LIVE FROM THE LOUISIANA COAST IN GRAND ISLE


Two years after the BP oil spill disaster just off the Louisiana coast, tourism in the Louisianacoastal parishes is still suffering major declines based on pre-spill data.

According to Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition Chairman Violet Peters,
"Our coastal business owners who rely on tourism are still feeling the
impact of the spill. Many charter fishing operations are booking fewer than
half the charters they were booking prior to the spill, and yet the fishing
is better than ever." The Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition created the
state's first-ever coastal tourism campaign with a $5 million outlay from BP
tourism funds, but the campaign ends in June. Said Peters, "When reviewing
other oil spill disasters as a model, it is evident that it can take more
than five years for disaster areas to recover fully as a tourism
destination. We are just now starting to experience some uptrends in some of
our coastal tourism areas and the campaign is coming to an end." The BP oil
spill disaster occurred on April 20, 2010. The Louisiana Tourism Coastal
Coalition is comprised of 10 tourism leaders who represent the coastal
Louisiana tourism offices. According to coalition members, charter fishing
operations are experiencing the biggest downtrend in out-of-state tourists,
but parks, recreation and other coastal tourism attractions in Louisiana are
also still feeling the impact. Louisiana Charter Fishing Association members
have also indicated their concern regarding the end of BP's assistance to
promote the full return of their business. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will
be live on the Gulf of Mexico at Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle,
Louisiana. He is available to discuss what steps are next for Louisiana and
why the state needs the support of BP to bring tourists back to the
 Louisiana Coast.

About Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (Dar-Den) - Jay Dardenne was reelected to a
four-year term as Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor in October 2011. He
previously served one year in that position, filling an unexpired term. He
also served four years as Secretary of State and fifteen years as a State
Senator. During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance
Committee. In 2003, he was named National Republican Legislator of the Year.
This interview is provided by the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition

"ERIK" IS THE "FOODTREKKER"

At FoodTrekker we are more than a group of passionate people helping you
find the perfect food & drink experiences anywhere on the planet. We are
also passionate about helping support local businesses by bringing
communities and people together through food & drink. Everyone who works at
FoodTrekker believes in the importance of preserving and promoting unique
culinary cultures around the world. So much of our ability to relate to, and
interact with, other cultures revolves around and depends on food & drink.
So we are building FoodTrekker to ensure the survival of local independent
businesses everywhere. Chances are, if you're reading this, you agree. Local
businesses have a hard time competing against chains. And we know that you
yourself don't need help finding an internationally recognizable burger or
latte. So we exclude global, national, and regional chain businesses from
FoodTrekker and give local business a chance to shine. (We do allow local
chains, within reason). It is an immutable law that anyone working at
FoodTrekker be an avid foodie. When we aren't working hard to build the
largest food & drink portal in the world, you can find us wandering the
streets of local neighborhoods or the aisle of a specialty grocery store
looking for unique and memorable food and drink experiences. More curious
and clever than anyone at seeking out and finding these experiences for you
is our very own Foodie the Fox who you can follow on Facebook. Together with
Foodie the Fox and our partner the International Culinary Tourism
Association, we hope you enjoy FoodTrekker and welcome your suggestions and
comments.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

04/20 Russell Hornsby, Grimm, Blue Ice Vodka, Kevin Egan, Santa Barbara County Vintner's, Jim Fiolek, Steve Evans!

04/23 whats cookin today

Celebrity Butcher Pat LaFrieda - Food Network's "Meat Men"
Master Sommelier Janine Lettieri of "Lot18".

MEAT MEETS WINE THIS GRILLING SEASON!


Called "The Magician of Meat" by NY Magazine and featured in everything from
Men's Vogue, to Saveur, and The New York Post to name a few, Pat LaFrieda is
a third generation meat purveyor and burger guru. The family owned business
began over 90 years ago in the meatpacking district spearheaded by Pat's
grandfather. Pat took the reins in 1993 and is now NYC's go-to meat
purveyor, boasting an impressive client list, which includes the finest
restaurants in Manhattan, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas and more.

Janine Lettieri is the Imported Wine Director for "Lot18" a members only
website that offers a curated selection of quality wine and artisanal
products at an attractive cost, custom selected by staffed sommeliers and
wine gurus for an experience you'll love. Exclusive wine and gourmet-themed
travel excursions along with dinners at the country's top restaurants are
just another unique experience Lot18 offers. Janine has worked in New York
City fine dining for over a decade with sommelier roles at Fleur de Sel, the
three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin, and the Waverly Inn. She holds
certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier
Association, as well as a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and
Spirit Education Trust. Janine is pursuing the Master of Wine credential,
which only 30 Americans hold.

LOUISIANA LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE

LIVE FROM THE LOUISIANA COAST IN GRAND ISLE


Two years after the BP oil spill disaster just off the Louisiana coast, tourism in the Louisianacoastal parishes is still suffering major declines based on pre-spill data.

According to Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition Chairman Violet Peters,
"Our coastal business owners who rely on tourism are still feeling the
impact of the spill. Many charter fishing operations are booking fewer than
half the charters they were booking prior to the spill, and yet the fishing
is better than ever." The Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition created the
state's first-ever coastal tourism campaign with a $5 million outlay from BP
 tourism funds, but the campaign ends in June. Said Peters, "When reviewing other oil spill disasters as a model, it is evident that it can take more than five years for disaster areas to recover fully as a tourism
destination.

We are just now starting to experience some uptrends in some of
our coastal tourism areas and the campaign is coming to an end." The BP oil
spill disaster occurred on April 20, 2010. The Louisiana Tourism Coastal
Coalition is comprised of 10 tourism leaders who represent the coastal
Louisiana tourism offices. According to coalition members, charter fishing
operations are experiencing the biggest downtrend in out-of-state tourists,
but parks, recreation and other coastal tourism attractions in Louisiana are
also still feeling the impact. Louisiana Charter Fishing Association members
have also indicated their concern regarding the end of BP's assistance to
promote the full return of their business. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will
be live on the Gulf of Mexico at Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle,
Louisiana. He is available to discuss what steps are next for Louisiana and
why the state needs the support of BP to bring tourists back to the
 Louisiana Coast.

About Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (Dar-Den) - Jay Dardenne was reelected to a
four-year term as Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor in October 2011. He
previously served one year in that position, filling an unexpired term. He
also served four years as Secretary of State and fifteen years as a State
Senator. During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance
Committee. In 2003, he was named National Republican Legislator of the Year.
This interview is provided by the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition

"ERIK" IS THE "FOODTREKKER"

At FoodTrekker we are more than a group of passionate people helping you
find the perfect food & drink experiences anywhere on the planet. We are
also passionate about helping support local businesses by bringing
communities and people together through food & drink. Everyone who works at
FoodTrekker believes in the importance of preserving and promoting unique
culinary cultures around the world. So much of our ability to relate to, and
interact with, other cultures revolves around and depends on food & drink.
So we are building FoodTrekker to ensure the survival of local independent
businesses everywhere. Chances are, if you're reading this, you agree. Local
businesses have a hard time competing against chains. And we know that you
yourself don't need help finding an internationally recognizable burger or
latte. So we exclude global, national, and regional chain businesses from
FoodTrekker and give local business a chance to shine. (We do allow local
chains, within reason). It is an immutable law that anyone working at
FoodTrekker be an avid foodie. When we aren't working hard to build the
largest food & drink portal in the world, you can find us wandering the
streets of local neighborhoods or the aisle of a specialty grocery store
looking for unique and memorable food and drink experiences. More curious
and clever than anyone at seeking out and finding these experiences for you
is our very own Foodie the Fox who you can follow on Facebook. Together with
Foodie the Fox and our partner the International Culinary Tourism
Association, we hope you enjoy FoodTrekker and welcome your suggestions and
comments.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

04/17 Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Paso Pinot & Paella Festival, London Bridge Resort

Sean Greenwood PR Director "BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM" FROZEN
YOGURT "SCOOP TRUCK" ON SITE


Ben & Jerry's Grand Poobah of Greek Yogurt, Sean Greenwood, is leading the
charge in Los Angeles as one of the first markets in the U.S. To unveil its
mobile marketing effort, bringing peace, love and the best Greek Frozen
Yogurt to L.A Sean has extensive media experience and is an entertaining
interview - he can provide your anchors with taste-tests, a tour of the
truck and demonstrate how Greek Frozen Yogurt is made on set.


The 9th Annual Paso Pinot & Paella Festival will be
held Sunday June 3rd, 2012 in the beautiful Templeton Community Park. Join
the Paso Pinot Producers for an afternoon of great wine, exceptional food &
unmatched fun. Joining 20 Paso Pinot Producers are 20 of the best Central
Coast chefs, with live music by Incendio. Mingle with the winemakers and
discover how the sense of place, or terroir, is reflected in each bottle.
Taste why leading food magazines identify this area as a great place for
wonderful cuisine made with locally grown and farm fresh ingredients. Each
year, ALL proceeds are donated to programs that support youth arts in San
Luis Obispo County. Tickets are $65/PP and include a souvenir
Burgundy-style fine wine glass, 20 Paso Pinot Noirs, tastes of 20 paellas,
live music by Incendio, and dancing if you like. All occurs under the shade
of giant oak trees. Blankets & lawn chairs welcome. Tickets on sale NOW
www.PinotandPaella.com


Cal Sheehy -Vice President/GM - London Bridge Resort.

Cal has a Master's of Business Administration from
University of Phoenix and is a Certified Hotel Administrator from the
American Hotel & Lodging Association. Cal began his career in tourism as a
housekeeper and cleaned rooms at London Bridge Resort. Cal has been active
in the hospitality industry from a young age and worked his way through the
ranks of hotel management, leading his first Resort as General Manager in
Daytona Beach, Florida. Prior to leaving his East coast operations role Cal
was the Eastern Regional Manager managing resorts in Daytona Beach, FL,
Hilton Head Island, SC, and Branson, MO. Cal now leads the All-Suite London
Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City. Cal assumed his current leadership role
since 2004. Cal and his outstanding team have successfully led London
Bridge Resort to great achievements in sales, guest services, employee
relations, and community involvement. Cal is active in his community and
sees a strong value and correlation in economic development and tourism
promotion to the overall health of his organization and team members. Cal
is the Past Chairman of the Lake Havasu City Area Chamber of Commerce and is
the governmental affairs committee chairman. Cal is the Vice Chair and is
the marketing committee chairperson for the Lake Havasu City Convention and
Visitors Bureau. Cal is a founding member of the Lake Havasu City
Hospitality Association and is the current President. Cal is a founding
member of Havasu Young Professionals Exchange. Cal sits on the board of
directors for the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association and is an active
Rotarian with the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club. Cal is a work hard play
hard kind of guy. Cal enjoys a variety of hobbies that include water
sports, snow skiing, and hiking. He is an avid traveler and is always ready
for the next adventure.

London Bridge Resort is an All-Suite Waterfront Resort and is poised along
the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. London Bridge Resort is situated on 110
beautiful waterfront acres, adjacent to the London Bridge and the
Bridgewater Channel. The resort features 3 swimming pools, Splash Pool and
Waterslide, restaurants, bars, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-If.
Daily hot breakfast is included. The resort is centrally located in the
heart of Lake Havasu nearby restaurants, shopping, theaters, nightlife, and
entertainment. Located nearby are boat and watercraft rentals, fishing
guides, lake and desert tours, championship golf, and Nevada-style gaming.

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04/18 Farm House Restaurant, Larry Lipson, New Age Wine & Spirits LLC, "No Kitchen Required"

04/18What's Cookin' Today

Catherine Bartolomei - Farm House Restaurant

Spend your romantic California wine country vacation at
The Farmhouse Inn and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned
bed and breakfast inn coupled with all of the services and amenities of a
AAA 4-Diamond luxury boutique hotel. Located in Forestville, California
(just 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco) - the hub of the Russian River
Valley, literally minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class
restaurants. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the
Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rosa airport, the internationally-acclaimed
Farmhouse Inn, Michelin starred Restaurant and Spa offers something for
everyone. Whether your dream vacation includes wine tasting through the Napa
and Sonoma Valleys, romantic fine dining at some of the most impressive
restaurants in the world, hiking in the Armstrong Redwoods or cycling the
routes of Sonoma's own Levi Leipheimer, or even just hanging out by the pool
or visiting a few art galleries and boutiques, our team of highly trained
concierges will take great pleasure in assuring that your authentic wine
country experience is more than you could have hoped or expected. Owned and
managed by lodging industry trend setters, Farmhouse realizes the
ever-evolving vision of brother/sister team, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei.
Fifth generation farmers, vineyard owners and wine country residents, their
vision for Farmhouse Inn is to share their Sonoma County lifestyle. Says
Catherine, "Anyone can have a wine country vacation; Farmhouse guests have a
total wine country experience. It's not just about luxury, although that's
key too, it's about authenticity. It's about meeting our friends;
winemakers, chefs and artists... and, making them your own. Whether you fly
in on your own jet, are sent by your family travel agent, or you come in on
your bike, our concierge team will hand craft an insiders' experience that
will leave you wanting more..."





LARRY LIPSON - LIVE FROM COSTA RICA

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.





Colin Roe - New Age Wine & Sprits LLC

It started with a vision and ended in a revolution - a VÄDKA revolution.
With a passion for innovation, the desire to create a healthier vodka and
the invention of the world's first and only multi-purpose cap measurement
capabilities, VÄD was born. After thousands of hours in research and
testing, Founder and CEO Will Mentesh and his team have crafted a
triple-line of vodka that is amazingly smooth and entertaining from the
inside and out. Unlike most ultra-premium vodkas, VÄD is proudly produced in
America. The distillery is located in beautiful Sonoma County, California.
Visit the corporate site, New Age Wine & Spirits, to learn more about the
company and its mission. Please enjoy responsibly.





Chef Madison Cowan "BBC America's" "No Kitchen Required"

Host of the "BBC America's" "No Kitchen Required", and
Soon-To-Be-Competitor on the "Food Network's" "IRON CHEF AMERICA" Madison
Cowan Dishes Up Three of His Most Delicious Home-Cooked Meal Ideas for
Families Everywhere! "CHOPPED GRAND CHAMPION" and Celebrity Chef Madison
Cowan - Almost eight out of every 10 Americans make the family-favorite
pork chop in the same three ways or less, according to a new survey, when in
fact there are many creative ways to prepare this versatile and popular
American classic. Americans are in immense need of inspiration in the
kitchen. He will share three of his most delicious home-cooked meal ideas
for families everywhere, showcasing the variety of ways that your listeners
can prepare the meals at home (from grilling and sautéing to braising and
stuffing). In addition, Madison will also reveal his recipes, tips, and
tools to demonstrate hat home cooks everywhere can break free from their
routine preparation methods and add something new and tasty to their
repertoire! ** Madison will also chat with your listeners about his title
as "CHOPPED GRAND CHAMPION", his starring role on "BBC America's" "No
Kitchen Required", and his upcoming competition on the "Food Network's"
"IRON CHEF AMERICA" Having begun his professional career as a chef at the
young age of 14, Madison now runs Madison Cowan LLC, a global culinary
production company which oversees operations in licensing and consulting,
cookery demonstration, television appearances and mobile clandestine dining
that has reached throughout Africa, Europe, Japan and South America. The
author of the cookbook "Soul Voyage" (a cookbook from the soul which also
includes remarkable stories about his travels, Madison has cooked for
President Bill Clinton, Halle Berry, and numerous other political and
high-profile figures. Madison lives in New York City with his wife,
daughter, and dog Kato.

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organization.) (PLEASE, NOTE THAT THERE IS NO COMMERCIAL OR PRODUCT SPONSOR
FOR THIS MEDIA TOUR.)

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04/16 Smash, Bizarre Foods, "Picker Sisters"

04/16 What's Cookin' Today

BRIAN d'ARCY JAMES - "SMASH"

Brian d'Arcy James stars as Frank, husband of Julia
(Debra Messing), in NBC's musical drama "Smash." For his performance as
Shrek in "Shrek the Musical" on Broadway, James was nominated for a Tony
Award in 2009 and won the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Awards. In
2010, he returned to Broadway as Dan Goodman in "Next To Normal," the role
he created off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theater. James began his
illustrious career on Broadway in 1993, appearing in "Blood Brothers" in the
lead role of Mickey before leaving to join Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed
production of "Carousel" at the Lincoln Center. He continued with "Titanic"
as Barrett the Stoker for which he received his first Drama League Award
nomination and a FANY Award. James originated the role of Brendan in Martin
McDonagh's Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated play "The Lieutenant of
Inishmore." He also starred alongside Kristen Chenoweth in the Roundabout
Theatre Company's revival of "The Apple Tree" and in "Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels" with Keith Carradine as the scene-stealing, crude con-man Freddy
Benson. In 2002, James received nominations for the Tony Award, Drama Desk
Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as a Drama League Honor for
his star turn as Sidney Falco in "Sweet Smell of Success." Off-Broadway, he
received nominations for both the Drama Desk Awards and the Drama League
Awards for "The Wild Party" at Manhattan Theatre Club. For his solo
performance in Conor McPherson's "The Good Thief ," James was honored with
an Obie Award, a Backstage Garland Award and an LA Weekly Award, as well as
nominations for the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards. He
was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and a
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his
performance in Conor McPherson's "Port Authority." His other theater credits
include "The Pavilion," "Flight," "Ancestral Voices" at the Lincoln Center
and Kenneth Branagh's "Public Enemy." He starred in the Encores! Production
of "Pardon My English" and appeared in the original companies of "Floyd
Collins" for Playwrights' Horizons and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in
San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles. James has starred in numerous benefit
concerts and performances around the world, most recently performing for
President Barack Obama and the first family in "A Broadway Celebration at
the White House". Other highlights include the "NSO Pops: Sondheim at 80,"
the original benefit concert for "Children and Art," and the "Kennedy Center
Honors" to honor Charlton Heston and "Hamlisch on Hamlisch." He has appeared
at venues ranging from Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall and Madison
Square Garden to the Boston Pops and Dortmund, Germany. Among his numerous
recordings are his 2004 debut solo album "From Christmas Eve to Christmas
Morn" (featuring his original popular holiday song "Michigan Christmas"),
"Shrek the Musical," Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," "Carousel," "Floyd
Collins," "The Wild Party," and "Sweet Smell of Success" to name a few.
Recent film credits include "Game Change" for HBO and Jennifer Westfeldt's
"Friends With Kids." He has appeared in the feature film "Ghost Town" with
Ricky Gervais, as well as in the television series "Person of Interest,"
"Cashmere Mafia" and "Rescue Me." He recently co-created, co-produced and
starred in an original made-for-television improvisational comedy pilot
"Shiny People." James' singing talents can be heard alongside other Broadway
performers in Disney's animated feature film "Enchanted." In his hometown of
Saginaw, Michigan, James supports and often performs for the Field
Neurosciences Institute, which aims to prevent, provide early diagnosis,
care and cure neurological diseases, disorders and injuries. James resides
in New York City with his wife and daughter SMASH - Mondays (10-11 p.m. ET)
on NBC


ANDREW ZIMMERN "BIZARRE FOODS WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN"

Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality,
chef, food writer, teacher and is regarded as one of the most versatile and
knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, host and
co-executive producer of Travel Channel's hit series, Bizarre Foods with
Andrew Zimmern, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir. He
also hosts Bizarre Foods America, every Monday, at 9|8c. In May 2010,
Zimmern won the prestigious James Beard Awardfor 'Outstanding Television
Food Personality.' Zimmern is also a contributing editor at Food & Wine
Magazine. Do you have the inside scoop on where to find the best burger in
town? What about that go-to food blog you visit whenever you need
inspiration for tonight's dinner? Now you have the chance to help promote
your favorite chefs, restaurants, cookbooks and culinary/media personalities
with the launch of "The Munchies" - the first ever People's Choice Food
Awards! The People's Choice Food Awards will give the public the opportunity
for the first time ever to vote online for their personal favorites in the
world of food. Based on popular vote, the most deserving chefs, restaurants,
cookbooks, culinary personalities and food media will win an inaugural
Munchie Award. The Munchies will spark a national conversation about food by
encouraging the people to express their opinions about the best food
experiences America has to offer. The nominees for the categories have been
selected by an expert panel of culinary tastemakers led by James Beard
Award-winning television personality and chef Andrew Zimmern, and will be
presented on General Mills' Tablespoon website for the people to cast their
votes.

TRACY HUTSON & TANYA McQUEEN "PICKER SISTERS"

Renowned interior designers and best friends Tracy
Hutson and Tanya McQueen star as the "Picker Sisters" on the hit show of the
same name. "Picker Sisters" epitomizes the classic saying "one person's
trash is another person's treasure" by following the interior design duo as
they crisscross America in search of rare relics and materials to create
stunning pieces for their new Los Angeles home décor pop-up shop. With keen
eyes for style and intuitive design instincts, the "Picker Sisters" travel
far and wide to find jaw-dropping bargains before driving back to California
and transforming them into home and office décor that will fetch top dollar.
Whether it is a tarnished fuel tank sitting in a junk yard, mangled barbed
wire, rusty tire wheels, or the weathered wood from an entire barn, Tracy
and Tanya meet and negotiate with some of the country's most interesting
people willing to part with their belongings...for the right price. Tracy
and Tanya will discuss how they draw their inspiration for design partially
from the broken-in remnants from life's biggest celebrations and wildest
moments and will also explain how your listeners can share the treasures
they have created from their family's most special memories. In addition,
the "Picker Sisters" will chat about their involvement with Keep America
Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community
improvement program, and will discuss how they and junk artist Jason Messier
will create four unique works of art with the finds of the cleanup and
celebrity donations~all to be auctioned off to benefit Keep America
Beautiful. One of the designers on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", Tracy
Hutson can often be found shopping in antique and specialty stores or
tapping into her extensive network of experts to find that perfect piece of
furniture, fabric, or accessory. A native of Dallas, Texas, Tracy began as a
fashion model before moving to Los Angeles to broaden her career in the
entertainment industry and pursue her fascination with design concepts.
Tracy has also starred in such motion pictures as "Mixed Signals",
"Endsville", and "Rated X" opposite Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez and has
appeared on such sitcoms as "Less Than Perfect" and "Damaged Goods". The
author of the book "Feathering the Nest: Tracy Hutson's Earth-Friendly Guide
to Decorating Your Baby's Room", Tracy's home accessory line was also
introduced on QVC.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

04/10 Rob Lowe, Parkway Grill Pasadena, Veggie Grill

04/10 What's Cookin' Today

ROB LOWE - TALKING ABOUT HIS CAREER AND HIS LOVE OF CALIFORNIA

Rob Lowe is a film and television actor currently starring as “Chris
Traeger” in NBC’s Parks & Recreation. Prior to Parks & Recreation, Rob
starred on the ABC hit series Brothers & Sisters and the NBC drama The West
Wing. His performance in The West Wing garnered Lowe an Emmy nomination, as
well as two Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Series. He was nominated three times for the Screen Actors Guild award,
winning twice. Lowe has also appeared in a slew of feature films, including
The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, Austin Powers: The
Spy Who Shagged Me and Thank You for Smoking. In Spring of 2011 Rob Lowe
added author to his credits with the release of his very first memoir
Stories I Only Tell my Friend: An Autobiography. Rob, his wife and their
two sons currently reside in Santa Barbara, California. Rob himself has been
living in California for more than 35 years because of the wealth of
opportunities it has afforded him professionally and personally. As such, he
is currently working with Visit California as its Official ‘Unofficial’
California Tour Guide. Visit

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/Life-in-California/Rob-Lowe/ to discover Rob’
s own insider tips to his favorite California family attractions, romantic
getaways, outdoor adventures, restaurants, and his bucket list of things he
still wants to do. Rob Lowe has been entertaining America for years as a
beloved movie and television actor. His passion for acting is a big part of
his life, but Rob is also a father and a husband who has a vast array of
interests from surfing, golfing, and skiing to music and the environment.
Rob is grateful that he’s able to pursue all of his passions in his adopted
home state of California. It is the abundance and diversity of experiences
that has kept him in California for more than 35 years! Rob is one of
California’s ultimate insiders; so much so that Visit California, the
non-profit organization that promotes California as a premier travel
destination, has named him its “Official ‘Unofficial’ California Tour
Guide”. And he wants to share his love for the state with you!


GREGG SMITH - OWNER - PARKWAY GRILL PASADENA

HE IS ALSO ONE OF "THE SMITH BROTHERS"


During the early '80s, the Smiths managed several restaurants for others
before opening their acclaimed Parkway Grill in 1984. Subsequent fine-dining
concepts developed by the Smith brothers included the Arroyo Chop House,
opened in 1997; and Ducz, a cutting-edge Asian fusion restaurant, which
debuted in 2001. Ducz was critically acclaimed but ahead of its time with
the Pasadena public. It was replaced the following year with Smitty's Grill,
a moderately priced tribute to American comfort food that has become one of
the area's most popular restaurants. The first Crocodile Cafe, an innovative
casual concept for California cuisine, opened on Pasadena's Lake Avenue in
1987, and in Summer 2009 transitioned to Cafe 140 South. In 2003, the Smith
brothers teamed with jazz great Herb Alpert to open Vibrato Grill
Jazz...etc., in Bel-Air, which combined contemporary dining concepts with a
state-of-the-art performance venue. 2008 saw the debut in Old Pasadena of
Spitfire Saloon, which was re-opened as Cheval Blanc Bistro in late 2009

GREG DOLLARHYDE - CEO "VEGGIE GRILL"

Greg Dollarhyde is a successful, 38 year veteran of the restaurant industry in the United
States, having had hands-on responsibility for all major aspects of that
business during his career. He has been Chairman or Chief Executive
Officer of seven separate restaurant companies and Chief Financial
Officer of two publicly-held restaurant companies, among other
responsibilities. Currently, Dollarhyde is Chief Executive Officer of The
Veggie Grill, a seven store chain of premium, plant-based, fast-casual
restaurants based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2006 by Kevin Boylan and
T.K. Pillan, Veggie Grill is reshaping the way people eat, talk, and think
about American comfort food. Prior to his current endeavor, Greg was the
CEO of Zoes Kitchen, a 45 store, fast-casual restaurant chain located in
Birmingham, AL and acquired in 2007 with partner Brentwood Associates. He
remains Executive Chairman of the company. Dollarhyde is also the Executive
Chairman of the board of directors of Pacific Island Restaurants, Inc., a
chain of 89 Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations in Hawaii and Guam, which were
acquired with Brentwood Associates through a successful LBO. Before these
investments, Dollarhyde was the President and Chief Executive Officer of
Fresh Enterprises, Inc., the holding company of Baja Fresh, a rapid growth,
fast-casual Mexican food chain headquartered in Southern California.
Dollarhyde, in partnership with Catterton Partners and Oak Investors,
purchased the company in 1998 and, after accelerated growth exceeding 40%
CAGR, sold the company to Wendy’s International in July 2002 for $275
million; more than seven times their original investment. Pursuing other
entrepreneurial ventures, Dollarhyde was lead investor and ex-Chairman of
the Board of Riot Games, Inc., an early stage, MMORPG video game development
company that was recently acquired by a large, China-based holding company.
He also was a founding principal of B Cellars, an emerging winery
specializing in Napa Valley appellation blends. Additionally, Dollarhyde is
a private investor and liaison to private equity funds seeking investments
in the restaurant and service retail sectors. Dollarhyde has been an
alumnus of restaurant concepts that are household names such as TGI Fridays
(CFO, Initial Public Offering in 1983), Pizza Hut (VP & GM New Concepts,
VP Acquisitions), and Kenny Roger’s Roasters (Exec. VP & Vice Chairman).
Additionally, he has led regional favorites Rusty Pelican Restaurants (CEO
1990 and CFO 1987, Southern California) and Country Harvest Buffets (CEO
1995, Seattle), stewarding the sale of both of these companies to industry
competitors. Dollarhyde is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of
Hotel Administration (BS with Distinction ‘80) and The Johnson School of
Business (MBA ‘81). He currently resides outside of Los Angeles,
California.

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04/11 NBC's Best Friends Forever, Larry Lipson, Smart Chefs Stay Slim

04/11 What's Cookin' Today


Lennon Parham "Lennon" NBC's "BEST FRIENDS FOREVER" & Jessica St. Clair " Jessica" NBC's "BEST FRIENDS FOREVER"

A devoted friend who finds herself taking in her
distraught best friend, Jessica (Jessica St. Clair), as she tries to adjust
to her new, unexpected, single life in NBC’s new comedy “Best Friends
Forever.” Parham co-created and serves as executive producer of the series
with her writing partner and co-star, Jessica St. Clair. Parham is perhaps
best known for playing the supporting role of Abby Chase, alongside Jenna
Elfman on the television series “Accidentally On Purpose.” Additional
television credits include guest roles on NBC’s popular comedy “Parks and
Recreation” as well as “How I Met Your Mother.” Parham also starred in “Lady
Refs” for the cable special “Funny or Die Presents...” Her film credits
include “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Splinterheads” and the comedy-horror
film by Dan Fogler, “Hysterical Psycho.” Parham is an alumna of the Upright
Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theater where she performed for nine years. Her
one-woman character show, “She Tried to be Normal,” ran in New York and Los
Angeles and was selected for the Montreal “Just For Laughs” festival in
2009. A graduate of the University of Evansville with a B.S. In theatre,
Parham taught French in the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America for two
years before she began performing with UCB. Parham currently resides in Los
Angeles.

Jessica St. Clair stars as Jessica, Lennon’s (Lennon Parham) fun-loving best
friend and former roommate whose husband recently served her with divorce
papers in the new comedy “Best Friends Forever.” Adjusting to this new
change in her life, she moves across the country and back in with her
dearest friend. St. Clair co-created and serves as executive producer with
her writing partner and co-star, Lennon Parham. A multi-talented actress and
writer, St. Clair has gained notoriety performing at the legendary Upright
Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles. This past summer
could be seen in the film “Bridesmaids” and will be seen in the feature
“Wanderlust.” Additional feature-film credits include “She’s Out of My
League,” “Life as We Know It” and Christopher Guest’s “For Your
Consideration.” In television, St. Clair has starred opposite Megan Mullally
and Cheryl Hines in “In the Motherhood” and has had guest-starring
appearances on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” “Weeds” and “United States of
Tara.” A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, St. Clair can also
currently be seen as the spokesperson for the retail chain Marshall’s. St.
Clair currently resides in Los Angeles.

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. (GUEST WILL CALL)
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Allison Adato: SMART CHEFS STAY SLIM: Lessons in Eating and Living from America’s Best Chefs

Allison works with the country’s top chefs, unveiling their secrets to
eating amazing food while staying slim. Forwarded by Art Smith, the book
reveals undisclosed tools some of the country's best-known chefs use to stay
trim. Chefs such as Tom Colicchio, Cat Cora, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Thomas
Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Marcus Samuelsson, and Michael Symon touch on eating
what they love, dessert, how to eat out, and more.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

04/09 Jaime Cepero "Ellis" "SMASH", Kosta Browne Winery, "Walmart Foundation: Feeding America"

04/09 What's Cookin' Today

Kimberly Williams-Paisley "Walmart Foundation: Feeding America"

Kimberly Williams-Paisley first lit up the screen as the radiant young bride in the comedy feature film series Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II. Most recently, she starred in the Lifetime Movie Network’s highest rated show ever, Amish Grace, and she continues to appear in reruns of the hit ABC TV sitcom According to Jim, after she completed the show’s eight year run. Williams-Paisley was delighted to make her network directing debut on the show, directing three episodes over the course of the series. We are very excited that actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley has joined this special campaign to end hunger in America. You will remember her from the Father of the Bride movies with Steve Martin and for starring with Jim Belushi in ACCORDING TO JIM sitcom. You will remember Kimberly Williams-Paisley from starring roles in the "Father of the Bride" movies or her role for seven years on "According to Jim," but Kimberly Williams-Paisley is more than just an beautiful actress. This mother of two who is married to Country Music Star Brad Paisley, also dedicates much of her time to special causes. Now, she's teaming up with the non-profit Feeding America program, the Wal-Mart Foundation and major food companies for the Fighting Hunger Together initiative that is designed to end hunger in America by providing more than 40 million meals for needy families.

DAN KOSTA - FOUNDER & OWNER KOSTA BROWNE WINERY

Dan Kosta is a native of Sonoma County where wine became an integral part of his life at the age of 5, learning about the enjoyment of wine from his father. At home, wine was served at nearly every dinner and discussion of wine always accompanied the pour. At his dad's wine shop in Santa Rosa, Dan learned about labels, varietals and style. Later, Dan followed his passion for food and worked for more than 15 years in fine dining, with the majority of his experience gained at John Ash & Co. In Santa Rosa, California. He worked every position imaginable at the restaurant, finally landing as the Operations Manager and Wine Director. Dan has consulted for restaurants in the Sonoma County area and sits on the Board of Directors for the Sonoma County Vintners Association, and along with his wife Allison, the Make-a-Wish foundation. He continues to participate in numerous judgings such as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards and the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Dan spends a majority of his time traveling the country attending charitable events where the brand partners with many organizations. “I love how wine and food bring people together and feel very fortunate where we can play a role in helping many worthy causes”, says Dan. When not behind the scenes of a working winery or on the road, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, Allison and three young children, Mazie, Maggie, and Sean.


Jaime Cepero "Ellis" "SMASH"

Armed with irresistible charm, boundless ambition, razor-sharp intelligence and ruthless determination, Ellis seeks to rise to the top of the showbiz heap in "Smash," which marks Cepero's television debut. Originally from Boston, Mass., Cepero has starred in New York workshop productions of "The Voice Within," "Harlem Stages" and "The Concubine," as well as the 75th anniversary national tour of "Porgy & Bess." He has also been featured in regional theater productions of “Hair" at the Prince Music Theatre, "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Alliance Theater Company and Richard Kramer's "Theater District" for the Speakeasy Stage Co Cepero has voiced commercials for American Eagle Outfitters and has also performed as a backup vocalist for several artists, including Kameko and Tituss Burgess. “Smash” is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire – to be a “smash.” The series centers on the process of creating a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe – written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James, “Shrek The Musical”) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee, “American Idol”) – who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds – and stage veteran Ivy Bell (Megan Hilty, “9 to 5: The Musical”), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, “Prizzi's Honor”) discovers the “Marilyn” project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport, “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) – whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. Jaime Cepero (“Porgy and Bess”) stars as Ellis, and Raza Jaffrey (“Sex and the City 2,” “MI-5”) stars as Dev. SMASH - Mondays (10-11 p.m. ET) on NBC

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

04/06 Steve Evans the Movie Guy, Dutcher Crossing Winery, Mark Valley "Harry's Law", Reggie Lee NBC's "GRIMM"

04/06 What's Cookin' Today

REGGIE LEE NBC'S "GRIMM"

Reggie Lee stars in NBC's new drama series "Grimm" as Sgt. Wu, officer in the Portland Police
Department.- Lee is well known for his role as Secret Service Agent Bill Kim
on "Prison Break" as well as for playing Chow Yun Fat's villainous right
hand man, Tai Huang, in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." More
recently, he starred in "Life As We Know It" with Katherine Heigl, and just
finished filming "Here Comes the Boom" with Kevin James and Salma Hayek.
Later this year, Lee will be seen starring opposite Jason Statham in the
Lionsgate action feature "Safe" Fridays 9/8c

MARK VALLEY "HARRY'S LAW"

Mark Valley stars as Oliver Richard on
NBC's legal drama series "Harry's Law." Valley is a versatile film and
television actor who is known equally for his comedic, witty turns and for
his dramatic, weighted performances. Valley is a familiar face to television
audiences, having appeared last season as FBI Agent John Scott on the sci-if
drama "Fringe." Valley's additional television credits include his
three-year role as Brad Chase on "Boston Legal," as well as starring roles
on "Keen Eddie" and "Pasadena," and recurring roles on series such as "Once
and Again," "ER," "The 4400," and "Swingtown."
Sundays 8/7c on NBC

Dutcher Crossing Owner Debra Mathy / Winemaker Kerry Damskey.

Dutcher Crossing Winery represents an authentic and enjoyable experience for
wine-lovers who visit the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The perfect blend of
award-winning wines, gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality await
visitors. Proprietor Debra Mathy can often be found welcoming guests with
Dutchess, her Golden Lab winery dog, sidekick and official greeter. And
winemaker Kerry Damskey’s small-lot, select vineyard approach to winemaking
can be learned and enjoyed in the tasting room. In short, Dutcher Crossing
offers the timeless qualities of an artisan approach to life. The vintage
high-wheel bicycle, a treasured gift from Debra's father, represents Dutcher
Crossing's pursuit of quality small-lot winemaking, the guiding power of her
father's imagination and the journey that lies ahead. Follow Debra on her
journey through her blog "Rooted in Dry Creek Valley.

STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

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


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04/05 Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking, Sante Magazine

04/05 What's Cookin' Today

S.H. "Skiz" Fernando, Jr "Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking"

Rice-Curry-Hippocrene-International-Cookbook

In Sri Lanka, a meal is typically referred to as "rice and curry" and is
considered to be folk cooking that is prepared and eaten everyday at home.
Encompassing a wide array of preparations, rice and curry meals are actually
several dishes that are served simultaneously and are often made up of one
meat or seafood dish, several vegetable dishes, plenty of rice, a fresh
salad, and a sweet chutney or sour pickle. In Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home
Cooking (Hippocrene Books; $19.95; Paperback) journalist and second
generation Sri Lankan-American S.H. "Skiz" Fernando, Jr. Takes readers on an
unforgettable culinary journey through Sri Lanka: demystifying ingredients,
spices, and flavors; clarifying the differences between Sri Lankan and
Indian food; and proving that Sri Lankan food is an easy-to-prepare,
immensely healthy option for our modern lifestyles.

Byron Vaughn Associate Publisher Sante Magazine

Santé magazine is the online partner of the print Santé magazine. Santé
magazine is in its 15th. Year of publication while iSanté is now in its
fifth year of publication. iSanté has evolved to become a premium resource
of educational content for restaurateurs. We have just deployed some
advanced technology that will allow us to educate and delight you at the
same time!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

04/04 CHEF MICHELLE BERNSTEIN, Larry Lipson, KOI Restaurant in Las Vegas

04/04 What's Cookin' Today

CHEF MICHELLE BERNSTEIN, former co-host of the Cooking Channel’s The Melting Pot, and Guest Judge on Bravo’s Top Chef.

With today’s busy lifestyles and many moms juggling a variety of activities, there is more importance than ever on getting together as a family to enjoy special mealtime together. That is why so many moms pull out all the stops for Sunday breakfast, lunch or dinner. Every seven days, la familia gathers to cook, eat, laugh and share special moments — and the best part is always the home-cooked meal by Mom! Whether you are preparing for Easter or a special Sunday meal any time of the year, chef, author and Cooking Channel star Michelle Bernstein is available to offer your viewers delicious meal ideas and recipes inspired by Crisco®, Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk and Smucker’s®. Chef Michelle Bernstein has built a national following for her fresh new take on contemporary American cuisine, deeply rooted in her Latin heritage. She is among the most highly regarded chefs in the restaurant industry, a winning competitor on Iron Chef America and frequent guest on NBC’s The Today Show. Chef Bernstein has trained with legendary chefs, including Jean-Louis Palladin, and was awarded the prestigious James Beard Award in 2008. Born and raised by a food-loving Argentine mother in Miami, Michelle grew up fluent in Spanish and steeped in the city’s cosmopolitan, Latin-influenced culture.

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.

Executive Chef Tim Horrock - KOI RESTAURANT LAS VEGAS
AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD

Located in the spectacular Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the visually dramatic environment of Koi Las Vegas was conceived by Koi Design Group, the company’s innovative in-house design team. One of the hotel’s most striking venues, the restaurant is located on “The Mezz,” overlooking the casino, and is visible from every corner of the main floor. The restaurant is wrapped in a seductive harmony of Asian design elements, all integrated into a floor plan that combines an exotic Eastern aura with a sense of Hollywood energy and style.

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04/02 Chris Slaughter, "Psych Yourself Rich"

04/02 What's Cookin' Today

Chef Paul Prudhomme
K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

Chef Paul Prudhomme has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native Louisiana into the international spotlight and continues to push the limits by creating exciting and new American and international dishes. Chef Paul learned the importance of using the freshest ingredients while cooking at his mother’s side and continues to use only earth’s finest harvests. As the youngest of 13 children, Chef Paul was always adventurous. His strong curiosity of life and cultural customs motivated him to leave Louisiana in his early 20’s and travel across the United States to experience every culinary environment possible. From an Indian reservation all the way to the finest, five-star restaurant, Chef Paul learned to love, appreciate and blend the flavors of his younger years with those of many other cultures. In July 1979, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen® opened its doors in New Orleans. In only a few years, his French Quarter restaurant attracted world travelers and continues to excite diners today. Diners are especially pleased to learn that K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen now takes reservations. Renovations were completed at the restaurant at the end of 1996 doubling the seating capacity. Today, K-Paul’s Catering division satisfies palates in New Orleans and “anywhere on the planet!” As a result of endless requests for his seasoning secrets, Prudhomme created his own line of all natural (Kosher supervised) herbs and spices. Today, Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends® are distributed in all fifty states and in more than 25 other countries. His blends are popular with both home cooks and professional chefs. In addition, Chef Paul produces his own seasoned and smoked meat s (andouille and tasso). All are available through Magic Seasonings’ Mail-Order catalog, which also features cookbooks, giftpacks and cooking tips (online at www.chefpaul.com ). Chef Paul recently added Magic Salt Free Seasoning®, Salmon Magic®, Shrimp Magic® and Sweetie Magic™ to his dry seasoning line and developed a line of sauces-marinades for retail and institutional use. He expanded manufacturing capabilities to a 130,000 square-foot plant which now produces custom blends, bulk sizes and contract packing for other food companies at Chef Paul’s AIB approved New Orleans area plant. Chef Paul consults with restaurant chains and large food manufacturers around the world to develop complete menus or selective menu items and specialty dishes. He and his Product Development team and R&D Kitchen can also create specific flavor profiles or duplicate existing ones. As one of America’s best-known chefs, Prudhomme has been featured often on the three major television networks’ prime time programs. He has made guest appearances on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, 20/20, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Larry King Live, Nightwatch with Charlie Rose, the QVC Shopping Channel, CBS Early Show and the Weekend Today Show. In the Summer of 2002, Chef Paul’s life story was featured on A & E Biography.

CHRIS SLAUGHTER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association



The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association will work as a single community voice to elevate, protect and promote the premium wines of this historical, coastal growing region. The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country works in tandem within the local community in an effort to promote the Santa Maria Valley wine growing region. Located at the gateway to Santa Barbara Wine Country, the Santa Maria Valley is the northern most AVA of Santa Barbara County. We understand and celebrate the importance of terroir as a sense of place. Our unique soil and the maritime influence in this region, which is gaining renown for its cool climate and ideal growing conditions, are perfect for producing coveted Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Syrahs, and other varietals of great merit. Come to the Santa Maria Valley June 29-July 1, 2012, for an insightful weekend of education and exploration designed to enlighten wine consumers, industry professionals, and media on Chardonnay wine producing regions and wine making styles, and their effects on America’s favorite wine. Now in its third year, The Chardonnay Symposium is the only event of its kind in the United States focusing on the golden grape and hosts more than 50 Chardonnay producers from around the world, celebrity chef demonstrations, food tastings specifically designed to enhance the wine experience and an educational panel session moderated by Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff. The Grand Chardonnay Tasting on Saturday, June 30, takes place at Byron Vineyard and Winery and local wineries and restaurants will offer a wide variety of winemaker dinners and Chardonnay inspired events throughout the weekend.





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