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DON FENWICK - "CRUISE WORKS"
DR. JOEL FISHER - "LA WINEFEST"
Joel M. Fisher, PhD is the wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California. Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, Joel is also a member of Patterson Magazine's tasting panel. Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK) and was awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of the Wine Work Book now in its 6th edition. Joel is President of the LA WINEFEST.
Executive Chef Craig Strong - Montage Laguna Beach Hotel
Chef Craig Strong joined Montage Laguna Beach as Executive Chef of Studio in June 2009. Chef Strong, known for his modern French cuisine with California influences, developed a love for cooking at an early age. One of eight children growing up in San Diego, he was inspired by his mother and grandmother to first experiment with tomatoes and zucchini grown in the family's vegetable garden that was his to manage. From 1990 to 1994, Chef Strong held numerous culinary positions, including Saucier at La Caille in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah; the Capitol Club at Hyatt Regency, Washington, D.C.; Sous Chef at the fine dining Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Erikson Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah; First Assistant to Chef at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia, and then at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, where he honed classic techniques with Asian influences. In 1995, he moved to Atlanta to work at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, as Garde Manger with Chef Guenter Seeger and then as Saucier and Tournant with Chef Joel Antunes, whose classically trained French background added yet another international dimension to Strong's style. Chef Strong then moved to Europe as Sous Chef for The Newport Room at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, the fine dining restaurant in a property managed by Ritz-Carlton. Working in Spain added another facet to Chef Strong's cooking. The emphasis on olive oil, fresh seafood and the Mediterranean climate, similar to that of Southern California, led Chef Strong to embrace the bold flavors and rustic style of Spanish cuisine, adding the refinement of French techniques. The concept and overall experience of Studio is dedicated to highlighting the best this idyllic location has to offer—pristine ingredients from local purveyors, unsurpassed views of the Pacific Ocean and an elegantly comfortable approach to the dining experience. Studio has most recently been recognized with Three Stars from Los Angeles Times, Five Stars from Mobil Travel Guide, Robb Report as one of 'America's Finest Dining Restaurants,' and Food & Wine magazine's 'Top 50 Hotel Restaurants'. Studio has also earned the 'Best of Award of Excellence' from Wine Spectator and is rated one of Zagat Survey's 'America's Top Restaurants'
DON FENWICK - "CRUISE WORKS"
Beginning in 1984 with a MagicCruise to Alaska, Don and Marky Fenwick have been producing "common interest", or themed cruises for over 25 years. Utilizing their skills as entertainers and organizers, the Fenwicks produce four or five various cruise/conventions each year, including a StampCruise (with the American Philatelic Society), MiniCruise (for miniaturists), and Murder Mystery. Neither Don nor Marky started out to become cruise organizers. Both were actors, meeting in a Broadway show, Lost in the Stars, in 1972. "Both of us were actors for most of our adult lives, and managed somehow to make a living at it." They left New York in 1973 and still reside on the West Coast. Both have worked in film and television with recurring and guest roles in various television series
Carlo Ferrini - "Best Winemaker in the World" VIVA VINO LA
Carlo Ferrini, universally acknowledged as one of the best winemakers in the world, including 2008 Best “Winemaker of the World” by Wine Enthusiast, will be in LA for VIVA VINO LA week appearing at two exclusive events. The first is an exclusive “Conversation with the Winemaker” seminar where he will discuss his new project: Domodimonti in Marche. The second is a special Domodimonti Wine Dinner at Ado Restaurant with dishes prepared by Italian Master Chef Antonio Mure’ on May 15. Carlo Ferrini is a world famous enologist and one of Italy’s foremost winery consultants. His degree from the University of Florence with his published thesis in microbiology of alcoholic fermentation provides the education to his marvelous palate. He operates his business mainly in his native Tuscany, where he is a consultant winemaker to some of the most prestigious Tuscan wineries, and consults in the locales of Trentino, Friuli, Abruzzo, Sicily and Marche.
SANTE LOSIO - SOMMELIER
Sante Losio is a matchless communicator on the vast subject of wine. His communication talents, enthusiasm and above all his knowledge all provide an incomparable dimension to the discovery of wine. In daily contact with the professionals - wine makers, oenologists, sommeliers, tasters, journalists, consumers, restaurant owners, cellar masters, and the wine lovers. Sante remains at the leading edge of the wine world. Sante is an Italian wine expert with an entrepreneurial spirits and 25+ years wine industry experience, including sales roles in all 3 tiers of the U.S. wine industry and managing foreign supplier relations. My profession of sommelier, which remains a source of constant pleasure, leads me to discover new possibilities, new affinities and new associations each and every day, enriching my experience. I hope we will be sharing a time of warmth, friendship and discovery around a glass of bio dynamic wine soon!