Tuesday, December 18, 2012



This lavishly illustrated cookbook introduces us to the real Italy. Francine gathered recipes come from hip young Italian bloggers and grandmas in remote villages, from important Italian dessert manufacturers, including Bauli, Corsini and Falanga, as well as some of Italy's most famed chefs. From thousands of recipes, she has selected the very best---a list that includes both the classics and desserts that contemporary Italians prepare in their homes today. Holiday segment with chocolate expert, reknowned cookbook author and food historian, Francine Segan.  As the author of DOLCI: Italy's Sweets as well as several  other award-winning cookbooks, Francine can delight your audience with a variety of decadent desserts for holiday entertaining. She is a dynamic personality with a wealth of knowledge culled from her international travels. Trained in the art of chocolate making in Perugia, Italy, Francine has simplified her show-stopping desserts for the home chef.  Both the James Beard Foundation and IACP nominated Ms. Segan's latest book, Opera Lover's Cookbook, for awards. She writes a monthly feature for the Tribune Media Syndicates, which has included interviews of such noted chefs as: Jacques Pepin, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali. Ms. Segan's lively and informative lectures range in topic from Dining Customs of Ancient Greece to How to Taste Chocolate. She addresses audiences across the country for organizations including The Smithsonian Museum, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, New York Times Travel Show, 92nd Street Y, Museum of Natural History, Princeton Club, New York Chocolate Show, and Newport Historical Association. In December 2009 Francine Segan was named USA spokesperson for Italian sweets by Italy's national association of confectioners, Associazione Industrie Dolciarie Italiane, A.I.D.I. (www.DolceItalia.com) Director Mario Piccialuti notes, "I am very pleased that Francine Segan is the spokesperson for Italian traditional sweets. Her background in Italian food history coupled with a deep understanding of contemporary Italian culture and true appreciation of Italian desserts and dessert wines make her an ideal ambassador for Italian sweets. With her love of and interest in our sweets tradition I am sure she will have also Americans loving them too!"


As a restaurateur and lover of guy food, “Goose” has teamed up with Ball Park for the launch of its new line of burgers, Ball Park Flame Grilled Patties and to lead a search for the best burger recipes from across the nation. Tony is available to share his picks for making game day-winning burgers, including his signature “Sizzling Siragusa” recipe that has a surprising ingredient.  Tony “The Goose” Siragusa is the ultimate guy to lend his expertise on DIY Network's original series Man Caves. A locker-room regular for more than 25 years, Tony knows what a guy wants, especially when he finds time to relax at home. Tony is the NFL's only field analyst and teams up on Fox Sports with other commentators, analyzing each game from a position in the end zone. His athletic career ignited in high school when he became the New Jersey state wrestling champion. In football, he later earned All-American honors at the University of Pittsburgh before signing as a defensive tackle with the Indianapolis Colts (1990-1996) and then the Baltimore Ravens (1997-2001). Tony helped lead the Ravens to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history. Tony is the founder of the Tony Siragusa Foundation, an organization aimed at helping underprivileged kids. He and his two brothers also helped start the American Italian Association in Kenilworth, N.J., to raise funds for needy children. When Tony’s not on the football field, volunteering his time, spending time with his wife and three children or hanging out in his man cave, he stays busy with other business endeavors including acting and working on his own line of food products, most notably Goose's Baby Back Ribs.  Tony can talk about:

David Hedman - CEO of ThermaPure

This holiday season will NOT bring glad tidings to all the millions of travelers exposed to the unknown dangers of bed bugs lurking in hotels, planes, taxi’s, car rentals, even Aunt Sandra’s home! What can be done? David Hedman, the CEO of ThermaPure (www.thermapure.com), one of country’s foremost firms for the successful eradication of bed bugs without pesticides, would like to offer you his TOP FIVE TIPS for knowing what to be aware of when travelling this holiday season so as not to be a victim of bed bugs.