Friday, September 28, 2012

09/28 Chris Slaughter, Father Joseph Shea, Steve Evans

CHRIS SLAUGHTER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SANTA MARIA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY ASSOCIATION
 
Santa  Maria Valley, CA - The  Chardonnay Symposium, named one of the top ten wine events in  California by LA Weekly, will once again unfold in the storied  Santa Maria Valley appellation over the course of three days in the summer of  2013. July 19th-  21st, 2013…

Executive  Director of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association, Chris Slaughter,  says, "The response from both winemakers and consumers has been very  exciting.  The Chardonnay Symposium blossomed into a sold-out event this year,  with interest from around the world.  Consumers want to know more about their  favorite wine, and winemakers are thrilled to tell their story.  And, as the  third established AVA in the country, we love the opportunity to share our  historic Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay along with wines from a broad spectrum of  regions."

             

FATHER JOSEPH SHEA - SAINT ROSE OF LIME CHURCH SIMI VALLEY

CRN is helping Father Shea with the Saint Rose of Lima Church’s Simi Valley  Wine Fest and Mike thought it would be a good idea to get Father Shea on the  What’s Cookin’ Show (September 30th) to promote the wine fest.





STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"





GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.


             

Thursday, September 27, 2012

09/27 Thomas J. Craughwell, CLAIRE ROBINSON, Maitre D Rueben Castro

Thomas J. Craughwell   "Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée"

Thomas J. Craughwell is the author of several nonfiction books, including  Stealing Lincoln’s Body (Harvard University Press, 2007), which was  adapted into a documentary by the History Channel. He lives in Bethel,  Connecticut. . In his current book Craughwell explores Thomas Jefferon's fascination with bringing french cooking to America.

In 1784, Thomas Jefferson struck a deal with one of his slaves, 19-year-old  James Hemings. The founding Father was traveling to Paris and wanted to bring  James along “for a particular purpose” – to master the art of French cooking. In  exchange for James’s cooperation, Jefferson would grant his freedom. Thus began one of the strangest partnerships in U.S. history. As James  apprenticed under master French chefs, Jefferson studied the cultivation of  French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) so the might be replicated in  American agriculture. The two men returned home with such marvels as pasta,  French fries, champagne, macaroni and cheese, crème brûlée, and a host of  other treats. This narrative nonfiction book tells the fascinating story behind  their remarkable adventure – and includes 12 of their original recipes!


CLAIRE ROBINSON - "5 INGREDIENT FIX"  FOOD NETWORK

S’mores  are a great dessert at fall gatherings – How do you like to prepare them? She’ll  then discuss her spin on the classic with DOVE chocolate.  You  can find the S’mores recipe and a whole bunch of other great ideas at DOVE  Chocolate’s Facebook page – Facebook.com/DOVEChocolate. Claire Robinson combines her passions for food and television in 5  Ingredient Fix, a Food Network series featuring delicious eclectic recipes  made with five ingredients or fewer. She believes the best dishes feature  carefully selected fresh foods with distinct flavors and a straightforward  cooking style that also promotes healthy and seasonal eating. Claire also joined  Food Network’s prime time lineup as the host of Food Network Challenge (as  of April 2010), bringing her culinary knowledge and passion for the iconic show  to its brand-new set and providing minute-by-minute details of the thrilling  challenges. With a multi ethnic background, Claire cites her French-speaking grandmother  as a major influence on her love for food, a joy passed on through many  generations. Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Claire (and her family) spent time in  St. Augustine, Fla.; Houston; and New Orleans, but ultimately settled in  Memphis, Tenn.
             

Maitre D Rueben Castro - La Dolce Vita

Intimately dark and inviting, homespun and cosmopolitan, La Dolce Vita has  long been the favorite destination of the renowned and famous, from presidents  and celebrities to the Rat Pack and the rest of us who are looking for some of  the finest Northern Italian cuisine in Southern California. La Dolce Vita is a  clubhouse for all - a safe haven from the paparazzi where every meal is made  from scratch, and any dish requested will be made to order.  Regulars argue about the best part of La Dolce Vita: is it the wonderful menu selection, or the unique atmosphere of the place?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

09/26 Larry Lipson, Arinn Hayes, Chuck Hughes, Larry Van Aalst



LARRY LIPSON - FROM COSTA RICA

The former food critic from the LA Daily news (50 years) talks about wine and food adventures live from Costa Rica





ERINN HAYES - NBC's "Guys with Kids"

Erinn Hayes stars as Sheila, Chris’ type A attorney ex-wife, in NBC’s new comedy “Guys with Kids.”  Hayes is perhaps best known for her role in the series “Children’s Hospital” where she starred opposite Rob Cordry, Megan Mullully, and Lake Bell. Recently, she played the lead role of “Emma” in the film “It’s a Disaster” written and directed by Todd Berger. The indie premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and also starred Julia Stiles and America Ferrara. Hayes has an upcoming cameo as Vince Vaughn’s wife in the feature “The Watch.


 CHUCK HUGHES - CHUCK'S EAT THE STREET

CHUCK HUGHES HITS THE 'STREET' IN SEARCH OF BEST FOODS IN AMERICA IN CHUCK'S EAT THE STREET - Series Premiere Tuesday, October 9th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT on Cooking Channel




LARRY VAN AALST -  SONOMA WINE GURU

Larry talks about his weekly "Sonoma "What's Cooking show
(rerun tonight) and discusses events and happenings in the world of the
vineyards.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

09/25 ANDREW RANNELLS, JACKSON LANDERS, RACHEL GUTTER

ANDREW RANNELLS - "Bryan" THE NEW NORMAN


Tony-nominated actor Andrew Rannells stars as Bryan, a man who seems to have it all in Ryan Murphy's "The New Normal," but when he comes face-to-face with his future, he realizes that there is one thing missing from his life: a baby. Rannells is best known for his breakout role as Elder Price in Broadway's smash hit musical "The Book of Mormon," which was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame along with Robert Lopez of "Avenue Q." "The Book of Mormon" received nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and on the Tony Awards telecast Rannells brought down the house with his performance of "I Believe." For his work in "The Book of Mormon," Rannells received nominations from Tony Awards, Drama Desk and the Drama League. He also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album for the cast recording of "The Book of Mormon." Variety called his performance in "The Book of Mormon" "the brightest of a uniformly fine cast," and Entertainment Weekly noted Rannells as "a breakout star."


JACKSON LANDERS - "EATING ALIENS"

One Man’s  Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species: He teaches hunting  workshops across the United States, has been featured in the Huffington Post and  The New York Times, and is the subject of a documentary entitled Close to the  Bone. He lives in Virginia. 
In EATING ALIENS,  Landers shares his entertaining, eco-conscious tales of tracking down invasive  aliens from Florida to Connecticut and the Caribbean to the Texas Hill Country.   At once a romping narrative and a call to action, these gripping stories examine the damage being done by these animals, the challenges of hunting them, and the  opportunities to create appetizing meals from their bounty. Feeding people while  helping protect and conserve the natural environment, all while enjoying the  excitement of the hunt: More and more non-native  species are invading our local environments, and there is a real need to manage  the populations of these invasive animals. In EATING ALIENS, Jackson Landers  takes readers on a wild ride as he hunts and eats such creatures as Asian carp,  boar, nutria, European green crabs, Chinese mystery snails, and more. With his  personal narrative driving the story, the hunt becomes more than one man’s  desire to catch and kill prey and evolves into a very real solution to restoring  the eco-balance across the western hemisphere.


Rachel Gutter - Director of Center for Green Schools

Literally hundreds of  schools nationwide are becoming more sustainable on September 29th as  part of an international program from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S.  Green Building Council (USGBC). This will be the very first annual Green Apple  Day of Service where students, teachers, parents, elected  officials, green building leaders and many more will take action in their  communities to promote healthy, sustainable schools - from planting school  gardens to establishing recycling initiatives to digging ditches to ensure clean  water run-off and much, much more. Rachel Gutter will discuss local community  events and share how viewers can get involved to create projects of their own  and make their schools healthier, more sustainable learning environments.  

Monday, September 24, 2012

09/24 Cary Greene, Wine America, Rowes Wharf, Boston Harbor Hotel

Cary Greene  Chief Operating Officer  "Wine America" Washington DC


The Mission of  WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American  wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public  policy.  WineAmerica (formerly the American Vintners Association) was  founded in 1978 as the Association of American Vintners, a trade association of  wineries with membership based in the eastern U.S. Its early mission included  fostering general communication within the developing wine industry, providing a  unified voice for government relations issues and comprehensive, affordable  insurance for its members. The association expanded in number and geographical base in the  1980s and, in 1991, merged with the much smaller National Vintners Association  to form the American Vintners Association. Another important benchmark in growth  was to structure optional joint membership between WineAmerica and Family  Winemakers of California.  With more than 800 members from 48, states WineAmerica is the  only wine trade association with national membership. This provides formidable  grass roots lobbying strength used to benefit the entire industry.  WineAmerica serves its member wineries in many areas.  WineAmerica originated important programs like the Wine Market Council, to  promote wine consumption nationally; the State Associations Council, to provide  linkage and communication for legislative/regulatory issues affecting wineries  at the state level and the American Viticulture and Enology Research Network, to  establish national research priorities. WineAmerica continues to advance the  American wine movement by responding to their needs with creative  solutions.


BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL - ROWES WHARF - BOSTON HARBOR

Chef Daniel Bruce is Executive Chef at Boston Harbor Hotel. He also owns MERITAGE RESTAURANTS in Berkley, CA , New Orleans & Boston. He produces Four annual wine festivals across the country and is very experienced in Food & Wine pairing. The Boston Harbor Hotel is ideal for Boston Winter getaways.  If you’re  looking to enjoy all this city has to offer by visiting one of its many  wonderful attractions, like the New England Aquarium or by taking in an exciting  sporting event, there’s no better choice for your  Boston getaway.  At the Boston  Harbor Hotel we offer great vacation packages for couples and families and some  of the best hotel deals in the city.  So, when
planning your next family  vacation or a fun Boston weekend getaway, book one of our amazing hotel specials  and enjoy the splendor of the city and the of our luxurious hotel.


         

Friday, September 21, 2012

09/21 Julia Dimon, Travel Junkie, Guy Grieve, Call of the American Wild, Steve Evans

JULIA DIMON - "TRAVEL JUNKIE"

World renowned "Travel Junkie," Julia Dimon calls herself an "adventuress" who may have the best job in the world. She is the host of Word Travels, a 40-episode TV series about travel writers that has taken her to more than 80 countries and seven continents. With fall and holiday travel season just around corner, Julia will be live from a unique vacation destination to explain why this is the best time of year for travel deals and it is the time to begin making holiday plans. Find out about some backyard adventures and exotic places that are offering some of the best bargains, ever!          

 

GUY GRIEVE - "CALL OF THE AMERICAN WILD"

Trapped  in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going  nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in  remote Alaska suddenly came true. Call of the American Wild: A  Tenderfoot’s Escape to Alaska (Skyhorse Publishing, September  2012)will open your eyes to Alaska like you’ve never seen it  before.   Guy  Grieve was born in 1973 in South Africa. Half Italian and half  Scottish, his childhood was spread across three continents. In between writing,  he also earns his living as a dive-fisherman for king scallops, working from an  open boat all year round in the remote North Atlantic. His island home is  located in the Inner Hebrides off the coast of North West Scotland, where he  lives with his wife and two young sons.


STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEKEND.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

09/20 Neal Brand, The Strand House, Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home Magazine

NEAL BRAND EXEC CHEF "THE STRAND HOUSE" MANHATTAN BEACH



Neal Fraser is The Executive Creative Chef at The Strand  House in  Manhattan Beach, California. He brings more than  20 years of culinary  experience to his position. Prior to joining The Strand House, he served  as Executive Chef at Grace in Santa Monica and BLD in Los Angeles. The Strand House, reminiscent of an elegant yet welcoming beach  house with stunning ocean views, is a modern, multi-level venue where  guests feel special whether they want to enjoy a romantic sunset dinner,  a spirited sporting event or live entertainment, or even a private event in the restaurant's spectacular wine cellar. Featuring  New American cuisine, an exceptional wine list  and house specialty  cocktails inspired by the restaurant's resident mixologist, The Strand  House is highly regarded for using fresh, local ingredients. Passionate  about his craft, Chef Neal Fraser is a regular visitor to local  farmers' markets, where he carefully collects ingredients for  his discerning menu and cocktails. The Strand House is completely  devoted to using organic and sustainable  methods when purchasing and  cooking.


CATHERINE CASSIDY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - "TASTE OF HOME MAGAZINE"

Make your tailgate party unforgettable!   Taste of Home commemorates 20 years of American cooks’  favorite pastime, recipe sharing, with Taste of Home’sBest  Loved Recipes. This spectacular hard bound collection of recipes from  real home cooks is filled with mouth-watering favorites that will conjure up  heavenly aromas, bring your family back to the dinner table, help celebrate your  favorite holidays, and help you create those memorable meal moments with family  and friends that you will treasure forever! This collection contains 1,485 of the most  beloved dishes all submitted by the Taste of Home audience. Each recipe  has a very personal story of what it has meant to those who submitted it and  their families.  They’re all here – Saturday night appetizers, weeknight  dinners, secret family recipes, potluck favorites and more. With 16 million Taste of Home readers and 4.8 million visitors a month  to TasteofHome.com, this is the cooking segment that your listeners will need to  hear to get ready for football season.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

09/19 Father Joseph Shea, Jennifer Jolly

FATHER JOSEPH SHEA - SAINT ROSE OF LIME CHURCH SIMI VALLEY

CRN is helping Father Shea with the Saint Rose of Lima Church’s Simi Valley Wine Fest and Mike thought it would be a good idea to get Father Shea on the What’s Cookin’ Show (September 30th) to promote the wine fest.



JENNIFER JOLLY - HOST "TECH'S APPEAL"

Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy award-winning consumer technology contributor, writer and on-air personality. Jennifer hosts the nationally syndicated broadcast segment, Tech’s Appeal. Her columns are also distributed widely across multiple platforms, including Time, Shine, and numerous magazine websites. Jennifer has nearly 20-years experience as a broadcast journalist, writer and TV Host. She has brought her expert insight to national television audiences including The Talk, Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray, CBS Early Show, FOX News and to major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and more. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter, and has two stepsons in college.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

09/18 ROGER MOOKING, KELLY THRASHER, DR. MELINA JAMPOLIS

ROGER MOOKING - " MAN, FIRE, FOOD" - COOKING CHANNEL (HOST)

The heat is on as chef Roger Mooking travels the country to discover inventive ways to cook with fire, in Cooking Channel’s new series Man Fire Food, premiering Tuesday, September 18th at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Roger endures the heat as he visits with pit masters, chefs and home cooks, all looking to create complex, flavorful dishes utilizing the element of fire. Whether cooking over an open fire in a rustic chuck wagon or smoking meat from inside a double-decker, Roger follows the smoke signals for a mouthful of flavor and a whole lot of heat. In the series premiere, Roger travels to the Carolinas for a unique barbecue experience that opens his eyes to a new world of fire. He starts at the family-run Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC where they have served whole-hog style barbecue for 65 years. After loading the wood and burning the coal for their 170 square foot smoker Roger helps prepare the hogs for the fire and sinks his teeth into their legendary barbecue pork. Next stop is Greer, SC for Bovinova – a two-day meat-filled feast started by five food-loving friends. While there, Roger is introduced to the custom-built cow rack used to roast a 1,000 pound cow over a colossal open flame and feed more than 600 barbecue lovers. Upcoming episodes feature visits to Pacifica, Calif., where Roger helps a pit master prepare a whole pig for a Hawaiian-style barbecue right on the coast; Austin, Texas to see how South American parilla-style rib roasts and pork steaks are cooked to perfection on a homemade grill; and Grain Valley, Mo. to meet a local mechanic who has transformed a retired Cessna airplane into a smoker for everything from pork butts to chicken.


KELLY THRASHER - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR "THE WAFFLE HOUSE"

1650 LOCATIONS ACROSS AMERICA, THE WAFFLE HOUSE IS "UNDER THE YELLOW SIGN". KELLY IS ALSO IN CHARGE OF THE "WAFFLE MUSEUM" DESIGNATED BY THE STATE OF GEORGIA AS AN OFFICIAL HISTORICAL LOCATION. SHE KNOWS THE HISTORY AND MANY USES OF WAFFLES AND IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S FAVORITE FOODS.


DR. MELINA JAMPOLIS - "BEATING BELLY FAT"

Mom was right when she said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what you choose can make or break your day (sorry, bacon didn’t make the list). Dr. Melina Jampolis is an internist and board certified physician nutrition specialist specializing exclusively in nutrition for weight loss and disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Melina currently serves as the diet and fitness expert for CNNHealth.comandhas been interviewed by USA Today, New York Post, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, Glamour.com, and more on nutrition and weight loss related topics. She has appeared numerous times on Live with Regis and Kelly as well as Dr. Oz. show, CNN, FOX News channel, FOX Business Network, and numerous local television and radio stations. She has authored three books: The Calendar Diet,The No-Time-to-Lose-Diet, andThe Busy Person’s Guide to Permanent Weight Loss.

Monday, September 17, 2012

09/17 Meri Raffetto, ERIN ANDREWS, Renato and Manuel of Sheraton Hacienda de la Mar, Los Cabos

Meri Raffetto "Mediterranian Diet Cookbook For Dummies"

For decades, doctors and nutritional experts have observed and confirmed that Mediterranean countries have much lower occurrences of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes in their citizens than northern European countries and the United States. The Mediterranean Diet For Dummies features expert advice on transitioning to this healthful lifestyle by providing meal planning tips, exercise regimens, and more than 150 recipes inspired by the cuisines of Italy, Greece, southern France, and Spain to improve your health, lose weight, and prevent and fight disease. Rather than focusing on restricting certain foods and ingredients, the Mediterranean diet embraces a variety of food choices that promote freshness, whole grains, healthy fats, more vegetables and less meat, understanding proper portion control, and using items like wine and olive oil to create rich flavors. With The Mediterranean Diet For Dummies you'll find out how a delicious diet can reduce the long-term risk of obesity, heart disease, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and more.


ERIN ANDREWS - FOX SPORTS "DANCING WITH THE STARS"

Erin Jill Andrews (born May 4, 1978) is a sportscaster for Fox Sports. She was born in Lewiston, Maine to Stephen “Steve” Andrews and Paula Andrews. She moved to Tampa, Florida as a young girl when her father, a six-time Emmy Award-winner, began working as a journalist for WFLA-TV. Erin graduated in 2000 from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunications. While there, she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity and was also a member of the Gator basketball dance team. She has one sister, Kendra, who is a professional hip-hop dancer. Erin was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars for its 10th season. The season premiered on Monday, March 22, 2010. Her partner was Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She and Maksim (referred to by Erin as “The Russian”) were one of three contestants to make it to the finals, where they placed third. On July 1, 2012, Erin joined Fox Sports and will be hosting a new prime time college football show and contribute to MLB on Fox, NFL on Fox and marquee events.


Renato and Manuel of Sheraton Hacienda de la Mar, Los Cabos.
Four Diamond Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf Resort & Spa in Los Cabos


We have the executive chef from the Four Diamond Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf Resort & Spa in Los Cabos visiting Los Angeles, with the general manager of the resort for the Mexican Independence Day holiday September 15 (and several days before and after.) The chef oversees to Five Star Diamond restaurants and all resort food and beverage for the spectacular 270-room resort. He is quite a talent. The resort is the only property in Los Cabos with two restaurants of this caliber

Friday, September 14, 2012

09/14 LARRY VAN AALST, KAREN SCHALER, STEVE EVANS

KAREN SCHALER " TRAVEL THERAPY" "TRAVEL NOW"

Americans alone give up 226 million unused vacation days per
year. Don’t let your listeners miss their “Deadline to Travel”
in 2012. Vacations provide time to reconnect with family and
friends, creating a healthy work-life balance, and it is still
possible to plan and enjoy vacations in the final months of
the year. And who better than the host of the popular
television shows “Travel Therapy” and “Travel Now” and author
of the groundbreaking travel book “Travel Therapy: Where Do
You Need to Go” Karen Schaler to provide your listeners with
“insider” travel tips and tricks on how to plan for regular
travel that is both memorable and affordable throughout the
coming year and the remaining months of 2012 and explain why
she believes that Americans should commit to consistent,
year-round travel. From visiting some of the most luxurious
resorts and spas in the world to whitewater rafting in Bali,
sailing the British Virgin Islands, hiking and skiing in
Switzerland, horseback riding in New Zealand, cave tubingA in
Belize, dog sledding and ice hiking in the Canadian Rockies,
surfing in Hawaii, skiing in Austria, zip-lining, rappelling
and ATV’ing in Puerto Rico, snorkeling in Australia, biking in
Denmark, camping and fly fishing in the Cascade Mountains, and
golfing internationally~Karen has the inside track on amazing
vacation destinations. Having traveled to more than 50
countries and written more than 900 nationally and
internationally published travel and lifestyle articles
(including seven national magazine cover stories)~travel
expert extraordinaire Karen Schaler lives and breathes travel.
In fact, her book “Travel Therapy” is a timeless travel guide
featuring more than 100 inspiring destinations from around the
world based on what you are going through in life. Stressed
out about the economy? , Karen has written for “Travel +
Leisure”, “Delta Sky”, “US Airways Magazine”, “Hemispheres”,
“Huffington Post”, “New York Daily News”, “The Boston Globe”,
“The New Yorker”, and “Town & Country” and has appeared as a
travel and lifestyle expert on “The Today Show”, “Good
Morning, America”, “FOX & Friends”, “FOX News Channel’s”
“AmericHaving grown up outside of Seattle, Washington, Karen
has lived in 10 different states and currently is based in New
York City. Constantly globetrotting around the world, Karen
says her home now, “is wherever I put my suitcase.” a’s News
Headquarters”, “MSNBC”, “CNN”, “Martha Stewart Living Radio”,
and many more.


STEVE EVANS - THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE
PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE
WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE
WEKEND.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

09/13 IIIZA SHIESINGER, Dandy Dons Ice Cream, Kareem Abdul Jabbar

IIIZA SHIESINGER HOST OF CBS "EXCUSED"

Entering its sophomore season, EXCUSED is the half-hour syndicated dating reality show from the same producers of the long running hit syndicated series, “Blind Date.” Hosted by comedian Iliza Shlesinger, who won the sixth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” EXCUSED offers a fresh take on the dating scene, mining the comedy that traditionally comes with relationships. Since its debut last Fall, the show revitalized the 30-minute syndicated dating show format, ushering in a wave of new comedy-based dating series. With all the options out there these days, finding love can be difficult. The perfect princess can quickly turn into a drama queen….while Mr. Right turns into Mr. Please Stop Texting Me. EXCUSED is here to help. Set in a Hollywood home, each episode follows a group of men competing for the affections of two women (or vice versa). Based on first impressions, personality profiles and intimate dates, the pair of women systematically eliminates the group of men down to one. The final man standing will have the opportunity to select the woman he wants to date and ultimately, one final couple has the chance for love.


Dandy Don – Dandy Dons Ice Cream

Don Whittemore is a funny man with a huge personality who loves to make people happy. Good thing he makes ice cream, huh? Once Upon A Time (circa 1962 – 67), Don was a stand-up comedian. He worked under the name Don Harris in Atlanta, Miami Beach & Newport, KY. (Check out his snazzy tux in this ancient head shot.) If you have some free time one day, ask him to tell you some jokes. The next part of this biography starts just after that but still long long ago, in the Time Before CDs. Don was in the record business. He convinced DJs to play records by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles, David Bowie, and Cat Stevens (to name a few). Some of those records went gold. Here’s a photo of him with New York disc jockeys Wolfman Jack (on the left) and Murray The K (center). In the late ’70s, Don decided to leave the record business for good. Too much temptation for a family man, he thought. And too few creative DJs. In 1981 Don and his lovely wife Linda (pregnant with their second child) bought an ice cream shop in Tarzana, California called The Creamery. They thought it would be a gold mine. They were wrong. So they worked their keesters off, got into the wholesale business, and began a catering division. These are photos of Don (photo on the left, 3rd from the left) and Linda (photo on the right) at one of their first hot fudge sundae bar catering gigs at the Directors’ Guild of America. This is how the catering division of their company—now with over 1,000 customers—got its start. They no longer have The Creamery, or any retail shop. But they have begun putting their homemade ice cream into pints, so once again regular folks can buy their product retail. Funny how things come full circle, even if they do take 20+ years. Don’s favorite part of doing business is dealing with people. He loves talking to his clients, making ice cream with them, and helping them promote their businesses. He loves selling his ice cream to new clients, finding out what they want, tempting them with great service. He just loves people. And he loves making people happy. Good thing he makes great ice cream.


Kareem Abdul Jabbar - CML Awareness Day

To gain attention for those impacted by CML, September 22ndhas been designatedCML Awareness Day in the United States. On this day, Americans are encouraged to help raise awareness of CML, to recognize the advancements made in the treatment and to honor those affected by the disease. CML isa disease in which the body produces cancerous white blood cells and is responsible for 10 to 15 percent of all adult cases of leukemia.Over the last decade, significant advances in the understanding of this disease have led to improved patient outcomes. As a result, CML is now a disease that may be managed in many patients for a long time by working with a doctor to develop the best possible treatment plan. In 2011 alone, there were about 5,150 newly diagnosed cases of this disease in the US. In honor of CML Awareness Dayand this upcoming event, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, CML Patient Advocate,is available to discuss living with CML, including the active role patients can take in managing their disease and the importance of connecting with others.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

09/12 Top Chef Master Mary Sue Milliken, LARRY LIPSON, Katherine and Sophie Kallinis, DC Cupcakes

Top Chef Master Mary Sue Milliken – BRAVO - TOP CHEF

CONTESTANT - Co-Chef/ Owner: Border Grill Restaurants and Truck, Los Angeles, CA Competing for Share Our Strength. Mary Sue Milliken is co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill, serving modern Mexican food in Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and on the Border Grill Truck. A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Milliken is also well known as one half of the dynamic "Too Hot Tamales" with longtime business partner Chef Susan Feniger. Milliken is a preeminent ambassador of authentic Mexican cuisine, setting the standard for gourmet Mexican fare for over two decades and co-authoring five cookbooks, including Cooking with Too Hot Tamales, Mesa Mexicana, and City Cuisine. Always a trailblazer, Milliken was the first female chef to work at Chicago's prestigious Le Perroquet in the late 1970s, going on to train at a Michelin two-star, female chef-owned restaurant in Paris, and later joining a handful of progressive women chefs to found Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. An active member of the community, Milliken is on the national board of Share Our Strength, committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015 with the No Kid Hungry campaign. In addition, Milliken is passionate about the environment and leads the culinary industry with eco-friendly policies at her Border Grill restaurants and Truck.


LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA

OUR COSTA RICA CORRESPONDENT TALKS ABOUT BEATING THE EARTHQUAKE AND SPECIAL FOOD AND WINES FROM THIS SPECIAL COUNTRY. LARRY WAS FOOD & WINE CRITIC FOR THE LA DAILY NEWS FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS AND HE AND HIS WIFE ARE NOW RETIRED IN COSTA RICA


DC Cupcakes - Katherine and Sophie Kallinis

Take two cups of passion, add three tablespoons of motivation and mix with a pinch of know-how. Talk to sisters and stars of DC Cupcakes, Katherine and Sophie, about how they turned their love of confection into a cupcake empire. From finding the right tools and resources, to mixing family with flour, they’ll give tips on how to get started and turn your dream into a thriving business. They’ll share valuable lessons they’ve learned along the way, including advice they wish they’d gotten. On the verge of opening their sixth location, they can also give advice for growing your business while still keeping it manageable.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

09/11 JOEL FISHER, BRETT GELMAN, CLAY MAURISTON

JOEL FISHER - CO HOST - JOEL FISHER LA WINE FEST

Dr. Joel Fisher joins us from Napa to talk wine and fill us in on the latest.
Joel is the man behind LA WINEFEST and an expert in the wine industry. He talks about upcoming events and major happenings going on in our region and around the country.



BRETT GELMAN - Mr. K on NBC's "GO ON"

Tuesdays (9-9:30 p.m. ET) on NBC Brett Gelman stars as the enigmatic Mr. K, a participant in the support group meetings, in NBC’s new comedy series “Go On.” It’s not quite clear what Mr. K is grieving. But as badly as his fellow group members would like to know, no one is willing to get close enough to ask. Gelman, an Upright Citizens Brigade regular, is currently co-starring in Adult Swim’s “Eagleheart.” He has appeared in “The Other Guys,” directed by Adam McKay, and both seasons of “Funny or Dies Presents.” Additional credits include a guest starring role on “The League,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Bored to Death.” GO ON Tuesdays (9-9:30 p.m. ET) on NBC He's back, and better than ever! Matthew Perry ("Friends," "Mr. Sunshine") stars as Ryan King, a recent widower and sports talk radio host ready to get back to work after the loss of his wife. Ryan's alpha-male boss, Stephen, played by John Cho ( "Star Trek," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"), has a different plan in store for Ryan, making him attend grief counseling before returning to the air. A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for "life change" where he meets an oddball cast of characters all with their own backstories filled with varying degrees of loss. On his very first visit, Ryan convinces the group to deviate from their normal session and starts a tournament-style competition (March Sadness!) to find out whose story is the worst. Ryan’s total lack of interest in "the healing process" proves distracting and he soon butts heads with the by-the-books group leader, Lauren, played by Tony Award-Winner Laura Benanti ("The Playboy Club"). Back at work, Ryan is confronted with the fact that he hasn't really processed his grief and realizes Lauren and the other members of the group might be key in helping him move on. Also starring are Tony Award-Winner Julie White (“Transformers”) as Anne, Bill Cobbs ("The Muppets," "Night at the Museum") as George and Suzy Nakamura (“Dodgeball”) as Yolanda.


CLAY MAURISTON - MAURISTON FAMILY WINERY

OCTOBER 6: CELEBRATE HARVEST WITH US ON THE LAWN
FOOD PAIRINGS: Tim Vallery of Peloton Catering and Healdsburg Toffee Co.
LIVE MUSIC by local instrumental trio EXCLUSIVE WINES
Matt Power - drums, Cameron Peterson - guitar, Josh Fossgreen - bass
ONE-DAY ONLY opportunity to taste the 2010 Cemetery Vineyard


Monday, September 10, 2012

09/10 CLAY MAURISTON, JIM FOX, RICK MAYNARD

CLAY MAURISTON - MAURISTON FAMILY WINERY

OCTOBER 6: CELEBRATE HARVEST WITH US ON THE LAWN!
FOOD PAIRINGS from Tim Vallery of Peloton Catering and Healdsburg Toffee Co. LIVE MUSIC by local instrumental trio…Matt Power - drums, Cameron Peterson - guitar, Josh Fossgreen – bass!!! ONE-DAY ONLY opportunity to taste the 2010 Cemetery Vineyard.



JIM FOX - LA KINGS "SUNSET SIP WINE TASTING"

Hope all is well…just in case you haven’t heard, I am hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, September 20 to benefit The Guidance Center…the Guidance Center has been leading children and their families to a brighter future for more than 60 years by providing quality mental health care to more than 2,000 children and families…from children suffering from abuse and neglect, to teens struggling with depression and substance abuse, to families coping with gang violence



RICK MAYNARD - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR KFC

RICK TALKS ABOUT THE LATEST FROM THE COLONEL AND NEW AND EXCITING PROMOTIONS FROM KFC. CHICKEN POT PIE, CHICKEN STRIPS, GRILLED CHICKEN.

Friday, September 7, 2012

09/07 COLTON DIXON, CHEF AARON McCARGO, STEVE EVANS

COLTON DIXON - AMERICAN IDOL 2012 TOUR

BREAKING NEWS - JUST SIGNED BY RECORD COMPANY! He is a devout Christian, and has sung at several worship services and is part of a Christian rock band called Messenger. Colton Dixon (born on October 19, 1991) is an American singer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol . Colton Dixon originally auditioned in the tenth season, along with his sister Schyler, at the Nashville auditions. However, neither of them ended up in the Top 24..Dixon performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 3, 2011. Dixon returned in season 11, however he did not plan to audition, initially planning to merely accompany his sister Schyler to her audition. The judges implored Dixon to audition as well, where he sang David Cook's "Permanent". Both he and Schyler were awarded golden tickets. Schyler was cut yet again during the Las Vegas round, which brought him to tears. On his final judgement performance, Dixon performed Coldplay's "Fix You" and dedicated it to his sister, Schyler. On February 23, 2012, Dixon was placed in the season 11 Top 25. In the semi-finals, he performed Paramore's "Decode". He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced into the Top 13. Guest performer on the Top 13 Results night and runner-up of American Idolseason 10Lauren Alaina named Dixon and fellow contestant Jessica Sanchez as her two favorites to win the competition. His elimination on April 19, 2012 was considered a big surprise because he had never been in the bottom three. After the show, judge Steven Tyler said that he was "beyond shocked" at Dixon's elimination.


CHEF AARON McCARGO - "BIG DADDY'S HOUSE"

Aaron McCargo, Jr. competed on and won season four of Food Network Star in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for the ultimate dream job — his own Food Network show. Big Daddy’s House premiered August 3, 2008. On Big Daddy’s House, Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking, from comfort foods to barbeque favorites to breakfast delights, Aaron whips up mouth-watering recipes inspired by many years of culinary experience and his fun-loving family while bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. Whether cooking with his children, relatives, friends, or even by himself, big food and big fun reign supreme. Married with three children, Aaron lives with his family in New Jersey. Gathering with family and friends for a barbecue is an American summertime tradition. This summer, Food Network host Aaron McCargo, Jr., host of “Big Daddy’s House” wants to remind viewers that you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy ingredients or entertainment gimmicks to throw a great party – keeping it simple is the key to a relaxed summertime bash.


STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

09/06 FRANK PELLEGRINO, MIKE RICHARDS, EXECUTIVE CHEF BENJAMIN BROWN

FRANK PELLEGRINO - RAO'S NEW YORK

THE OWNER OF NEW YORK's FAMOUS RAO's , NOW WITH A LOCATION AT CAESAR'S PALACE IN LAS VEGAS. WORLD FAMOUS COOK BOOK AUTHOR AND RESTRAUNTEER - KNOWN TO EVERYONE.




MIKE RICHARDS - "PYRAMID" GSN

The original “Pyramid” hosted by Dick Clark was one of the most iconic games shows on television. Now, a new version airing exclusively on GSN combines the classic elements – such as the giant Pyramid board and the Winners Circle – along with today’s hottest TV stars. A long-time friend and colleague of Dick Clark, Mike Richards steps up to host the action.

A game-show veteran, Mike Richards is executive producer for “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” and has created, produced and hosted several shows throughout his career. A three-time Daytime Emmy® Award nominee, Mike has also been a correspondent for the “American Music Awards” and "Dick Clark's New Year’s Rockin' Eve." He also hosted the CW reality series “Beauty and the Geek” and the WB reality series “High School Reunion.”

On the morning of Thu, Sept. 7, Mike is available to discuss the return of one of America’s classic game shows, as well as the game show format itself. As a long-time expert in the genre, Mike can discuss the current state of game shows on TV and what the future holds for one of the most enduring genres in television history.




EXECUTIVE CHEF BENJAMIN BROWN - "THE LODGE AT PEBBLE BEACH"

Enjoy big flavors with global influences from renowned chefs who put their special, personal twist on locally grown produce, sustainably caught seafood and top quality meats. Whether savoring an award-winning entrée, or catching a casual bite before or after your round of golf, an exciting array of choices will tempt and indulge you.




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

09/05 PIERRE ZREIK, DUBRAVKO VUKAS

PIERRE ZREIK - MANAGING DIRECTOR ALLISON INN & SPA

Pierre Zreik, Managing Director A hotelier with a long career managing U.S. luxury hotels and resorts, Pierre Zreik is the managing director of The Allison Inn & Spa, Oregon wine country’s first luxury inn, spa, restaurant and conference center. After training at Lycée Technique Hôtelière in Grenoble, France, Zreik’s 25-year career began with the Four Seasons and Hyatt, followed by a specialization in managing independently owned and operated hotels, including El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico and the Ocean Grand Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Fla. In 1995 Zreik was recruited to Portland’s 150-room downtown Heathman Hotel where he served as general manager for three years. Following the Heathman, he joined Rosewood Hotels and Resorts at Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, in the Caribbean. In 2001, he returned to Oregon to open the Avalon Hotel & Spa in Portland. Most recently he was the general manager at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California. “We are thrilled that Pierre is managing The Allison,” said Springbrook Properties President Joan Austin.



DUBRAVKO VUKAS - OWNER OF VINA VUKAS WINERY

When you need the breath of the sea and stone, taste superb wine, softness olives poured into gold olive oil Plereji Illyrian tribe inhabiting the area and its hard on the poor country, rock and sun, they wove a part of myself longing for perfection.Tu težnju nastavljaju i naši stari, pa na strmim padinama Crnjave podno brda Stari grad na nepristupačnom terenu, uz težak i mukotrpan rad, kreću s uzgojem vinove loze PLAVAC MALI. This tendency continues and our elderly, on the steep slopes below the Mount Crnjave old town in rugged terrain, with a difficult and painstaking work, ranging from viticulture Plavac Mali. Nastavljajući dugu tradiciju i usavršavajući nove tehnologije, došli smo do vrhunskih proizvoda koje Vam želimo predstaviti. Continuing a long tradition, and improving new technologies, we have top class products that we want to represent. Želimo da u našem domaćinstvu osjetite dašak te kulture kušajući naše proizvode. We want to feel in our household of that culture by tasting our products. Odlučite se! Decide! Bit ćemo Vam na usluzi i Vaše će nepce uživati u okusima našega kraja. We will be at your service and you will enjoy the flavors of our Vinarija obitelji VUKAS nalazi se na udaljenosti 7 km od Stona u mjestu Ponikve u prekrasnom okruženju netaknute prirode. VUKAS family winery is located at a distance of 7 km from Ston in Ponikve surrounded by pristine nature.

09/04 Larry Van Aalst, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Heather Atwell, Yankee Magazine

Larry Van Aalst - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Larry and Chuck Horn were at the annual event this past weekend in wine country and we get a live update on what happened and the guests and events which were covered on CRN.



Heather Atwell - Communications Manager Yankee Magazine - Dublin, NH

Yankee Magazine's September/October Issue Celebrates What New England Does Best: Fall Foliage Yankee Magazine's September/October 2012 issue, on newsstands August 28, celebrates the foliage season in New England with "Autumn A to Z," a comprehensive guide that shares one aspect of fall for every letter of the alphabet. From acer saccharum (sugar maple) to ziplining, Yankee offers 26 fresh ways to embrace New England's most beloved season.

05/26 KAYLA CONTI, GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT, STEVEN RAICHLEN, BARBECUE SAUCES RUBS AND MARINADES, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT  KAYLA CONTI  Google’s Top Search Trends program provides a revealing — and sometimes surprising — look at the peop...