Tuesday, December 31, 2013

12/31 CHEF CLAUD BELTRAN, THE EATERY, CLAUD & CO. CATERING, NOIR FOOD & WINE

CHEF CLAUD BELTRAN - THE EATERY, CLAUD & CO. CATERING, NOIR FOOD & WINE

Passion, commitment to excellence, integrity, humor and a sense of adventure these words begin to sum up Chef Claud Beltran.

An exotic mix of Mexican and Lebanese heritage, Chef Beltran was exposed to various ethnic foods at an early age. After being mentored by Master Chef Thomas Keller, Chef Beltran set out to make his own name.

For over a quarter century Claud Beltran has established himself as one of Los Angeles preeminent chefs. With his accomplished staff he creates culinary delights and fantastic designs that please all the senses. His experinence with multiple venues makes your event experience seemless and his excuiste palate for food and wine makes your meal one to top all others.

The Eatery Restaurant - Chef Beltran recently opened The Eatery Restaurant, his new Creative Test Kitchen located at 488 N. Allen Avenue, Pasadena as a natural extension of Claud & Company Catering. The Eatery’s menu changes every month styled to a different seasonal theme. Creating special dinner events such as “Sweet Garlic Night” and “Gumbo Fest”. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with A la carte, Tasting Menus, each month will unroll a new themed menu featuring a beguiling take on seasonal cuisine. Upcoming monthly menus include “Heirloom Tomato Month”, “Hail to the Pig” and “A Night in Provence” etc.

www.claudandco.com
www.eateryonallen.com

Monday, December 30, 2013

12/30 SARAH JANSSEN, THE WORLD ALMANAC, CHEF MISTY PHELPS

SARAH JANSSEN - SENIOR EDITOR, THE WORLD ALMANAC® AND BOOK OF FACTS 2014

What were the most memorable milestones of 2013? Which Winter Olympic moments in years past had us at the edge of our seats? What essential information can prepare voters for November 2014 elections? The answers to these questions and more can be found in The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014, available in print and as an eBook for all platforms on November 26. This latest edition of America’s best-selling reference book will be your go-to source in the upcoming year, containing thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere.

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014 is available for purchase at www.worldalmanac.com. For eBook versions, please check your online retailer.

About The World Almanac®  - The World Almanac®'s history as a publisher of award-winning reference titles dates back more than 140 years. The imprint includes such iconic titles as The World Almanac® and Book of Facts, the best-selling American reference book of all time, and The World Almanac® for Kids, the best-selling reference book for kids.

The World Almanac® brand is part of Infobase Holdings (www.infobaseholdings.com), an educational media company that owns such well-known brands as Facts On File, Films Media Group, Chelsea House, Bloom's, and Ferguson’s. Infobase is a portfolio company investment of Veronis Suhler Stevenson (www.vss.com), a private equity firm that invests in the media, information, and education industries.


NAPA'S PERSONAL CHEF MISTY PHELPS - GOOD LUCK BLACK EYE PEAS RECIPE 

From chef Misty Phelps: "I whip up a pot every year of my grandmother's New Years day 'good luck black eyed peas' she made for us while growing up in Texas. Im sharing a simpler and yummy version that can be made in a snap! You can find most of these ingredients at your grocer and instead of the extra work of making cornbread, ive added frozen corn. I like using spicy italian sausage, but you can use sweet sausage if you like. I love this with bubbles so enjoy, good luck and Happy New Year!" says Misty Phelps.

ABOUT MISTY PHELPS: Personal chef Misty Phelps is a favorite go to chef among Napa Valley’s most esteemed families, wineries and A-List celebrities. Her down to earth, no fuss culinary skills, are based upon her mantra of cooking “with heart and soul simplicity, and to provide those intoxicated by the wine country air with enough to eat!” Ms. Phelps is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY) with past stints working as Paula Le Duc’s purchasing agent, and as culinary executive assistant on “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello”. Today she runs her personal chef business “GETTING FRESH w/ MISTY” cooking for notables such as Will Ferrell, Steven Bochco, Drew Barrymore Kate Spade, Morgan Freeman, and Judy Webb, to name a few.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/freshchefmisty 
Tumblr: chefmisty.tumblr.com

Friday, December 27, 2013

12/27 KARL WITTSTROM, ANCIENT PEAKS WINERY, MARGARITA ADVENTURES, PINOT EXPRESS, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

KARL WITTSTROM – PART OWNER/PROPRIETOR, ANCIENT PEAKS WINERY –  MARGARITA ADVENTURES “PINOT EXPRESS”

“Pinot Express”—an epic new 1,800-foot zipline that flies over a Pinot Noir vineyard in the Paso Robles wine country, and that is connected to the Ancient Peaks experience. The “Pinot Express” is now the highest, longest and fastest zipline offered by Margarita Adventures zipline canopy tours on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, home of Ancient Peaks Winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard. The Pinot Express joins four existing ziplines as part of Margarita Adventures’ regular zipline canopy tours. The tours go through the vineyard and touch on sustainable winegrowng, and they conclude with an optional tasting at Ancient Peaks.

The new 1,800-foot “Pinot Express” zipline at Margarita Adventures begins atop a mountainside forest at 125 feet above ground, then sends guests swooping low right over Pinot Noir vines at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch in the Paso Robles wine country on California’s Central Coast.

The Pinot Express joins four previous ziplines as part of Margarita Adventures’ acclaimed zipline canopy tours. The Pinot Express is now the highest, longest and fastest zipline on the tours. The cost of the tours ($99) remains the same.

Margarita Adventures’ five ziplines now combine for a total of more than 4,500 linear feet. Each zipline offers a unique ride. The 1,300-foot Renegade soars over a valley with breathtaking 360-degree views. The Woodlander glides along the top of native blue and white oaks. The Hilltopper begins with a running start and concludes on a hilltop vista, while the Archway sends guests through a natural archway of companion oaks.

And now the Pinot Express punctuates the experience with an unforgettable thrill ride and an unparalleled perspective on the wine country. To reach the Pinot Express, guests take a quarter-mile trail walk, the equivalent of a very light hike. Guests who are unable to walk this distance may opt to remain with the tour van.

Margarita Adventures’ 2.5-hour zipline canopy tours also include a guided tour of Santa Margarita Ranch, which was first planted to vines by Franciscan missionaries in the late 1700s. The tours touch on the ranch’s sustainable ranching and winegrowing practices, as well as its diverse wildlife and remarkable geology, which includes fields of ancient oyster fossils.

Tours conclude with an optional tasting at the affiliated Ancient Peaks Winery, which specializes in artisan wines grown on the ranch’s estate Margarita Vineyard. Tour guests receive 20% off wine purchases, and the tasting fee is waived with a purchase of one bottle or more.

About Margarita Adventures - At Margarita Adventures, we offer a uniquely thrilling perspective on a true California landmark—the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Here, you will embark on five distinct ziplines spanning more than 4,500 combined feet, starting with a 1,200-foot valley crossing and finishing on the epic new 1,800-foot Pinot Express zipline that flies right over Pinot Noir vines. Along the way, you will learn about the ranch’s remarkable natural features, sustainable winegrowing practices and role as part of California's famed Mission Trail. Your tour concludes in the quaint hamlet of Santa Margarita, where you can opt to sample Ancient Peaks wines grown on the ranch. More at www.margarita-adventures.com.


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, December 26, 2013

12/26 MICHAEL SILACCI, OPUS ONE, CHRISTINE HALL, THE PIE QUEEN, ALEJANDRA SCHRADER, MASTERCHEF

MICHAEL SILACCI - OPUS ONE 

Château Mouton Rothschild winemaker Lucien Sionneau and Robert Mondavi’s son Timothy made the partnership’s first vintage at the Robert Mondavi Winery in 1979. The following year the partners officially announced their joint venture.

In 1981 a single case of the joint venture wine sold for $24,000 at the first Napa Valley Wine Auction – the highest price ever paid for a California wine. In 1982 Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild began label design. The partners agreed to choose a name of Latin origin for the joint venture, allowing for easy recognition in both English and French. Baron Philippe announced his choice, “Opus,” a musical expression denoting the first masterwork of a composer. Two days later he proposed an additional word: “Opus One”.

The 1979 and 1980 vintages were simultaneously unveiled in 1984 as Opus One’s first release. Opus One then became known as America’s first ultra-premium wine, establishing a category of wine priced by the bottle at $50 and above. Following Lucien Sionneau’s retirement in 1985, Patrick Léon joined Château Mouton Rothschild as winemaker and Timothy Mondavi as co-winemaker of Opus One.

Three years later, Baron Philippe de Rothschild died in France at the age of 85; and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild took the reins of the family wine business. This same year Opus One exported a share of its 1985 vintage – and became the first ultra-premium California wine to be sold in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. International demand for the wine continued, and in 1999 Opus One celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding vertical tastings and gala dinners in Oakville, New York, Paris and London. In 2001 the release of its 20th vintage – the 1998 – was met with gala events in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
The winery’s board of directors appointed David Pearson CEO in 2004, the first person singly responsible for Opus One. Michael Silacci was thereafter named winemaker, the first to assume full responsibility for viticulture and winemaking.

Constellation Brands, Inc. purchased Robert Mondavi Corporation and assumed 50% ownership of Opus One in 2005. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and then Constellation Brands President and COO Robert Sands announced the Opus One Accord between Baron Philippe de Rothschild, S.A. and Constellation Brands, Inc. Opus One assumed operating independence in three key areas: vineyard management, domestic and international sales, and administration.


Christine Hall - The Pie Queen

Christine Hall is a self-proclaimed “Pie Queen” and has tasted over 2,500 pies…in a 6-month span.  Christine oversees all the pie-making operations at Marie Callender’s pie plant and one of her tips to making the perfect pie is to use real, fresh ingredients.  Christine says real fruits like Fuji apples and Marion blackberries make all the difference in flavor; she requires two drivers to transport the Fuji apples cross country, so they arrive in the fastest time possible.  Christine is a flavor expert and can also advise on the best pie pairings such as a Razzleberry pie with champagne and peach pies with warm bourbon drinks.

Check out facebook.com/MarieCallenders  for more pie tips!


ALEJANDRA SCHRADER – TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING OVER THE HOLIDAYS & HEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE NEW YEAR 

Alejandra Schrader, best known as the fan favorite on the hit FOX show "MasterChef," is a culinary maven whose traditional, middle-class Venezuelan upbringing mixed with cultures she has come across since moving to the United States is the sweet spot for the chef. Alejandra, without any official culinary education, embarked on a journey through a melting pot of strong flavors, textures and global cuisine with her blog "Cook Global". Eat at Home!" and captured the hearts of millions of "MasterChef" fans.

Having struggled for years with obesity and trying every weight loss method available on the market, Alejandra finally figured out that there was no trick or secret recipe. Alejandra has successfully kept the weight off by making significant lifestyle changes including changing her eating habits and exercising more. Alejandra is a true inspiration. Her gift is recreating dishes from around the world with her unmistakably delicious, figure-friendly, healthy twists. Everything she cooks is packed with flavor and high nutritional value.

Watch for her brand new spice line "Alejandra's Seasoning Blends": Five different delicious flavors ranging from mild to hot—coming soon!

www.alejandraschrader.com
www.facebook.com/AlejandraSchraderMasterChef
twitter.com/chefaleschrader
instagram.com/chefaleschrader
www.pinterest.com/chefaleschrader/

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

12/25 SUSAN CANNON, HEIDI BARRETT, LA SIRENA, JOHN HILLIARD

SUSAN CANNON, SUSAN G. CANNON ESTATE WINES & HEIDI BARRETT - WINEMAKER, LA SIRENA    

Heidi Peterson Barrett is a winemaker who has been responsible for some of California's most notable cult wines, including Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Paradigm Winery, Grace Family Vineyards, Amuse Bouche, Lamborn Family Vineyards, Showket Vineyards and Fantesca, is a consultant for Diamond Creek Vineyards and Niebaum-Coppola, and has her own wine label, La Sirena.

Welcome to La Sirena, where our mission is to make wines of high integrity and purity that are simply delicious. I focus on the wines that I personally love best - Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Moscato Azul (our dry Muscat Canelli). Our flagship wine is our Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a beauty indeed. I have become famous for making this variety during a 30 year career making such wines as Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Grace Family, and so many more. My philosophy is to make the best wines possible by blending modern technology with traditional winemaking. These are wines of high pedigree that are ultimately handcrafted - a magical blend of art and science. Simply put - an incredibly delicious bottle of wine. All the wines are finely balanced, flavorful, pure and elegant. At the end of the day, if I don’t love it, I don’t bottle it, and the results are in the glass!

SUSAN G. CANNON ESTATE WINES - PROUDLY REPRESENTING: Kapcsandy Family Vineyards | Lamborn Family Vineyards | La Sirena Winery |  Miro Cellars |  Grand Cru Imports | Grof Degenfeld Tokaji | Oakville Cross Wines | Six Sigma Winery|   Et Cetera Wine Company |  Domaine Georg Rafael | Laird Family Estate |  Consulting for Meyer Family Cellars

SCESTATEWINES.COM  
WWW.LASIRENAWINE.COM

JOHN HILLIARD – CO-FOUNDER & WINEMAKER, HILLIARD BRUCE VINEYARD

Hilliard Bruce planted 21 acres of vineyard on 101 acres starting in 2004. Our wine is made 100% from estate vineyards, strictly Pinot noir and Chardonnay. We farm the vineyards to the standards of Sustainable In Practice. There are 5 clones of Pinot Noir (667, 777, 828, Calera, Pommard) and two clones of Chardonnay (76,96). Three unique land features create the orientation of our property, two hillsides and a valley floor. Our average day time temp is 70 with our evening lows dropping into the high 40's. This moderate climate paired with our intenesly sandy soils, allows for long hang times resulting in perfect ripening for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Being 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean means the cooling effects are paired with heavy winds, that take a toll during flowering, but provides just the right tool for keeping our grapes from developing mold.

One might visit all the vineyards in the world and never see another with as impeccably-farmed rows, perfectly-trellised vines and unbelievably precise watering mechanisms as the Hilliard Bruce Vineyard, located on the cool slopes of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. To describe this Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard as carefully farmed is an understatement: both John Hilliard and Christine Bruce are former artists (in visual art and music, respectively) and master gardeners and it shows. This is a vineyard that winemakers dream about, all the while giving agricultural workers nightmares considering the amount of work and detail that goes into such a work of art. The goal is to produce wines so wonderful and so redolent of this beautiful place that every effort in the vineyard will be rewarded exponentially with each passing vintage.

Husband and wife team John Hilliard and Christine Bruce purchased the 101-acre ranch in the Sta. Rita Hills in 2002. Christine, a successful Arabian horse breeder, and John, who had just undergone a second kidney transplant, had been looking to relocate their farm from their native Texas to California for years. Christine needed a place she could raise her horses, and John, a wine lover, artist and businessman who had just come back from the brink of death, was determined to pursue his dream of cultivating a vineyard.  For both, much of their desire to relocate to California stemmed from a love of living, eating—and now, drinking—straight off the land. “It was a matter of growing what we like to eat, and with a vineyard in California, growing what we like to drink,” says John.

WWW.HILLIARDBRUCE.COM

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

12/24 Shay de Silva, Fast Fitness to Go, Larry Lipson, Costa Rica

SHAY DE SILVA - PERSONAL TRAINER AND NUTRITION SPECIALIST - HOLIDAY PARTY SURVIVAL TIPS

5 Holiday Foods You Should Never Eat, which 3 cocktails to avoid and Other Holiday Party Survival Tips! Ah, the holiday season. That means countless opportunities to celebrate, feast and raise a glass with family, co-workers and friends. That's good news for our social lives, but bad for our waste lines. Can you enjoy partying during the holidays without regretting it later? Nutritional Specialist and Personal Trainer Shay de Sliva says YES! Find out how to dodge temptaition and stay healthy!

Shay de Silva is a certified personal trainer, speaker and nutrition specialist who loves inventing creative workouts for busy people. She launches Fast Fitness to Go beacause she believes lack of time and equipment should never prevent anyone from getting a great workout.
FastFitnessToGO.com




LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA WINE REPORT   

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Costa Rica weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

12/23 MICHAEL SILACCI, OPUS ONE, CHRISTINE HALL, THE PIE QUEEN, ALEJANDRA SCHRADER, MASTERCHEF

MICHAEL SILACCI - OPUS ONE 

Château Mouton Rothschild winemaker Lucien Sionneau and Robert Mondavi’s son Timothy made the partnership’s first vintage at the Robert Mondavi Winery in 1979. The following year the partners officially announced their joint venture.

In 1981 a single case of the joint venture wine sold for $24,000 at the first Napa Valley Wine Auction – the highest price ever paid for a California wine. In 1982 Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild began label design. The partners agreed to choose a name of Latin origin for the joint venture, allowing for easy recognition in both English and French. Baron Philippe announced his choice, “Opus,” a musical expression denoting the first masterwork of a composer. Two days later he proposed an additional word: “Opus One”.

The 1979 and 1980 vintages were simultaneously unveiled in 1984 as Opus One’s first release. Opus One then became known as America’s first ultra-premium wine, establishing a category of wine priced by the bottle at $50 and above. Following Lucien Sionneau’s retirement in 1985, Patrick Léon joined Château Mouton Rothschild as winemaker and Timothy Mondavi as co-winemaker of Opus One.

Three years later, Baron Philippe de Rothschild died in France at the age of 85; and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild took the reins of the family wine business. This same year Opus One exported a share of its 1985 vintage – and became the first ultra-premium California wine to be sold in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. International demand for the wine continued, and in 1999 Opus One celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding vertical tastings and gala dinners in Oakville, New York, Paris and London. In 2001 the release of its 20th vintage – the 1998 – was met with gala events in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
The winery’s board of directors appointed David Pearson CEO in 2004, the first person singly responsible for Opus One. Michael Silacci was thereafter named winemaker, the first to assume full responsibility for viticulture and winemaking.

Constellation Brands, Inc. purchased Robert Mondavi Corporation and assumed 50% ownership of Opus One in 2005. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and then Constellation Brands President and COO Robert Sands announced the Opus One Accord between Baron Philippe de Rothschild, S.A. and Constellation Brands, Inc. Opus One assumed operating independence in three key areas: vineyard management, domestic and international sales, and administration.


Christine Hall - The Pie Queen

Christine Hall is a self-proclaimed “Pie Queen” and has tasted over 2,500 pies…in a 6-month span.  Christine oversees all the pie-making operations at Marie Callender’s pie plant and one of her tips to making the perfect pie is to use real, fresh ingredients.  Christine says real fruits like Fuji apples and Marion blackberries make all the difference in flavor; she requires two drivers to transport the Fuji apples cross country, so they arrive in the fastest time possible.  Christine is a flavor expert and can also advise on the best pie pairings such as a Razzleberry pie with champagne and peach pies with warm bourbon drinks.

Check out facebook.com/MarieCallenders  for more pie tips!


ALEJANDRA SCHRADER – TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING OVER THE HOLIDAYS & HEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE NEW YEAR 

Alejandra Schrader, best known as the fan favorite on the hit FOX show "MasterChef," is a culinary maven whose traditional, middle-class Venezuelan upbringing mixed with cultures she has come across since moving to the United States is the sweet spot for the chef. Alejandra, without any official culinary education, embarked on a journey through a melting pot of strong flavors, textures and global cuisine with her blog "Cook Global". Eat at Home!" and captured the hearts of millions of "MasterChef" fans.

Having struggled for years with obesity and trying every weight loss method available on the market, Alejandra finally figured out that there was no trick or secret recipe. Alejandra has successfully kept the weight off by making significant lifestyle changes including changing her eating habits and exercising more. Alejandra is a true inspiration. Her gift is recreating dishes from around the world with her unmistakably delicious, figure-friendly, healthy twists. Everything she cooks is packed with flavor and high nutritional value.

Watch for her brand new spice line "Alejandra's Seasoning Blends": Five different delicious flavors ranging from mild to hot—coming soon!

www.alejandraschrader.com
www.facebook.com/AlejandraSchraderMasterChef
twitter.com/chefaleschrader
instagram.com/chefaleschrader
www.pinterest.com/chefaleschrader/

Friday, December 20, 2013

12/20 LESLIE MEAD RENAUD, FOLEY ESTATE, FOOD FROM THE VINE, CAROL KOZLOWSKI, KOZLOWSKI FARMS

LESLIE MEAD RENAUD - FOLEY ESTATE, FOOD FROM THE VINE 

Wine Industry Launches ‘Food from the Vine’ Fundraiser to Support Foodbank - A collaboration of local wineries, tasting rooms and vineyard management companies are joining forces this December to raise awareness and funds for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Participating businesses throughout Santa Barbara County will each hold a unique fundraiser (such as donating proceeds from sales of a special wine or 10 percent of sales) from now through Jan. 6.

The fundraising campaign was conceived by Leslie Mead Renaud, director of winemaking for Lincourt Vineyards and Foley Estate Winery, and Clarissa Nagy, winemaker at Nagy Wines and consulting winemaker at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, to support the Foodbank. Emily Einolander of Ampelos Cellars also has been an integral part, donating her time and design work for the collaboration.

The goal for each participating business is to raise $1,000, with a total campaign goal of $100,000. The fundraising campaign is also meant to be fun and competitive as businesses are encouraged to call out specific individuals or groups to challenge them on a personal level.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of more than 300 member nonprofit partners.

In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 102,000 unduplicated people of whom 44 percent are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals — half of which was fresh produce. Click here for more information.


CAROL KOZLOWSKI - KOZLOWSKI FARMS  

Kozlowski Farms—Preserving Sonoma's wine country kitchen tradition.
At Kozlowski Farms, when we say—"it's just like my grandmother used to make"— we mean it. All our products began with founder Carmen Kozlowski's legendary recipes, including old fashioned jams, no sugar apple butter, no sugar fruit spreads and homemade pies - including Carmen's fabulous Gravenstein Apple Pie. We believe that the best foods from Salad Dressings to Chipotle Grilling Sauces begin with the very best ingredients.

As one of Sonoma County's oldest family-owned farms, we're big on tradition—the kind where everyone stops what they're doing and comes to the table.
Look for our monthly KozClub! Specials. Every month we feature select products at special promotional prices. ON SALE for the month of DECEMBER is the entire line of old fashioned Jams.

www.kozlowskifarms.com

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12/19 SUSAN CANNON, HEIDI BARRETT, LA SIRENA, JOHN HILLIARD

SUSAN CANNON, SUSAN G. CANNON ESTATE WINES & HEIDI BARRETT - WINEMAKER, LA SIRENA    

Heidi Peterson Barrett is a winemaker who has been responsible for some of California's most notable cult wines, including Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Paradigm Winery, Grace Family Vineyards, Amuse Bouche, Lamborn Family Vineyards, Showket Vineyards and Fantesca, is a consultant for Diamond Creek Vineyards and Niebaum-Coppola, and has her own wine label, La Sirena.

Welcome to La Sirena, where our mission is to make wines of high integrity and purity that are simply delicious. I focus on the wines that I personally love best - Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Moscato Azul (our dry Muscat Canelli). Our flagship wine is our Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a beauty indeed. I have become famous for making this variety during a 30 year career making such wines as Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Grace Family, and so many more. My philosophy is to make the best wines possible by blending modern technology with traditional winemaking. These are wines of high pedigree that are ultimately handcrafted - a magical blend of art and science. Simply put - an incredibly delicious bottle of wine. All the wines are finely balanced, flavorful, pure and elegant. At the end of the day, if I don’t love it, I don’t bottle it, and the results are in the glass!

SUSAN G. CANNON ESTATE WINES - PROUDLY REPRESENTING: Kapcsandy Family Vineyards | Lamborn Family Vineyards | La Sirena Winery |  Miro Cellars |  Grand Cru Imports | Grof Degenfeld Tokaji | Oakville Cross Wines | Six Sigma Winery|   Et Cetera Wine Company |  Domaine Georg Rafael | Laird Family Estate |  Consulting for Meyer Family Cellars

SCESTATEWINES.COM    
WWW.LASIRENAWINE.COM

JOHN HILLIARD – CO-FOUNDER & WINEMAKER, HILLIARD BRUCE VINEYARD

Hilliard Bruce planted 21 acres of vineyard on 101 acres starting in 2004. Our wine is made 100% from estate vineyards, strictly Pinot noir and Chardonnay. We farm the vineyards to the standards of Sustainable In Practice. There are 5 clones of Pinot Noir (667, 777, 828, Calera, Pommard) and two clones of Chardonnay (76,96). Three unique land features create the orientation of our property, two hillsides and a valley floor. Our average day time temp is 70 with our evening lows dropping into the high 40's. This moderate climate paired with our intenesly sandy soils, allows for long hang times resulting in perfect ripening for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Being 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean means the cooling effects are paired with heavy winds, that take a toll during flowering, but provides just the right tool for keeping our grapes from developing mold.

One might visit all the vineyards in the world and never see another with as impeccably-farmed rows, perfectly-trellised vines and unbelievably precise watering mechanisms as the Hilliard Bruce Vineyard, located on the cool slopes of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. To describe this Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard as carefully farmed is an understatement: both John Hilliard and Christine Bruce are former artists (in visual art and music, respectively) and master gardeners and it shows. This is a vineyard that winemakers dream about, all the while giving agricultural workers nightmares considering the amount of work and detail that goes into such a work of art. The goal is to produce wines so wonderful and so redolent of this beautiful place that every effort in the vineyard will be rewarded exponentially with each passing vintage.

Husband and wife team John Hilliard and Christine Bruce purchased the 101-acre ranch in the Sta. Rita Hills in 2002. Christine, a successful Arabian horse breeder, and John, who had just undergone a second kidney transplant, had been looking to relocate their farm from their native Texas to California for years. Christine needed a place she could raise her horses, and John, a wine lover, artist and businessman who had just come back from the brink of death, was determined to pursue his dream of cultivating a vineyard.  For both, much of their desire to relocate to California stemmed from a love of living, eating—and now, drinking—straight off the land. “It was a matter of growing what we like to eat, and with a vineyard in California, growing what we like to drink,” says John.

WWW.HILLIARDBRUCE.COM

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

12/18 BRUCE BOXLIEGHTNER, SILVER BELLS, RICK MAYNARD, KFC

BRUCE BOXLEITNER – ACTOR, FAMILY FILM “SILVER BELLS”

Bruce starring in the family film SILVER BELLS - which recently premiered on UP TV and is now available on DVD in stores nationwide.

Bruce Dalton (Bruce Boxleitner), is an ambitious and competitive father and local TV sports anchor who lives life “for the win.” But to his family, friends and those around him, that’s not always a positive thing.

He wants his wife Piper (Bridgett Newton) to win their neighborhood's Christmas decorating contest and his son, Jason, to be the star of his high school basketball team. When Bruce gets into a physical scuffle with a ref (Kevin Downes) at Jason’s basketball game, the holidays take a turn for the worse. In no time, the video goes viral. Bruce is then sued, suspended from the anchor desk, and sentenced to community service with The Salvation Army.

When Bruce encounters the people in his life from behind the kettle, everything – especially his relationship with his son – begins to change. The Dalts are about to embark on the most meaningful holiday season ever -- all thanks to ringing that signature bell.


RICK MAYNARD –DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, KFC

KFC’S FESTIVE FEAST RETURNS JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - ‘Tis the season for shopping, baking, decorating and caroling, so who has time to make dinner? Good news — KFC’s popular Festive Feast is back this holiday season, giving busy families a tasty, sweet and easy dinner solution. Now through December 29, guests can enjoy an eight-piece meal accompanied by a dozen delicious chocolate chip cookies, baked in-restaurant. It’s a deal that’s sure to bring sweet relief to those needing a break from holiday chaos!

“While everyone aims to relax and spend time with family during the holidays, we know that this festive time of year can quickly become stressful,” said Jason Marker, Chief Marketing Officer of KFC U.S. “We’re happy that we can continue to offer families a moment of escape from the frenzy of the holiday season and allow them to simply spend time with one another — all while enjoying a freshly-prepared, delicious meal and a sweet treat.”

The Festive Feast was a hit with families during the 2012 holiday season, with nearly 1.8 million buckets sold. And KFC made sure the holiday season was extra sweet, as more than 21.1 million chocolate chip cookies were delivered with Festive Feasts in 2012.

Available at participating KFC locations, the Festive Feast includes eight pieces of freshly-prepared chicken, two home-style side favorites, four warm, flaky biscuits and a dozen chocolate chip cookies — all for just $19.99. Guests can choose from KFC’s famous Original Recipe® chicken, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® or even the brand’s Original Recipe® Boneless. And for families who have a hard time deciding on a favorite, they can mix and match any recipe. This limited-time offer extends through the holidays until December 29.

About KFC - KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken®, Extra Crispy™ Strips and Original Recipe® Boneless, with home-style sides, Hot Wings™, and freshly made chicken sandwiches. There are more than 17,000 KFC outlets in more than 115 countries and territories around the world. Each week, more than 13 million people visit a KFC restaurant in the United States. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.) For more information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc).

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

12/17 THE SWON BROTHERS, TWIX, TAMMY DONROE INMAN, WINTERSWEET

THE SWON BROTHERS – ZACH AND COLTON FUEL COMPETITION BETWEEN TWIX COOKIE BARS

The Swon Brothers – Zach and Colton – two of country music’s brightest rising stars who recently signed with Arista Nashville, have been performing together for years.  But this week, they accepted a challenge that put them on opposite sides of the stage – and the TWIX® Brand rivalry. Zach released a special jingle for Left TWIX, while sibling Colton shared a theme song for Right TWIX. Now, it’s up to fans everywhere to help “pick a side” between these clashing confections and their equally sweet songs.

Zach and Colton debuted the tunes Tuesday to a room full of adoring fans at B.B. King’s in Nashville, Tenn., and now the brothers are competing for bragging rights as they find out which will entice more people to choose their TWIX-themed songs. Fans can watch the Swon Brothers engage in some spirited banter about Left TWIX and Right TWIX, which culminates in a sing-off on YouTube. At the end of the video, viewers will be asked to pick a side, which may be trickier than it sounds since both songs are almost as identical as the chocolate-covered cookie bars they salute.

Since July 2012, the world has been watching as the friendly rivalry between Left and Right TWIX has unfolded through a series of TV and online ads. It's a simple story of two factories with two different philosophies, making two identical cookie bars. Right TWIX is cascaded with caramel and cloaked in chocolate, while Left TWIX is flowed with caramel and bathed in chocolate. Consumers are asked to “Try them both and Pick a Side.”

To learn more about the rivalry between Left TWIX and Right TWIX, visit the TWIX YouTube Channel or check out the Facebook page.


TAMMY DONROE INMAN – AUTHOR, WINTERSWEET: SEASONAL DESSERTS TO WARM THE HOME 

Who says the winter months have to be bleak and barren? Author Tammy Donroe sees this season as an opportunity to stay inside, fire up the oven, and produce decadent desserts from the bounty of wholesome winter ingredients. Wintersweet encourages readers to make use of fresh, local ingredients for warming seasonal desserts. While summer farmers’ markets are always overflowing with ripe produce, there’s plenty to be had from November to March: squashes and pumpkins, parsnips and carrots, apples, pears, citrus of all types, and feel-good ingredients like nuts, cheese, and chocolate.

The fresh and rustic recipes in Wintersweet push the envelope of traditional winter desserts like pumpkin or apple pies with such delicacies as Pear Cranberry Clafouti, Spicy Prune Cake with Penuche Frosting, Tangelo Sorbet, and Goat Cheese Cake with Dried Cherry Compote. Each chapter is devoted to different ingredients, ranging from Persimmons, Pomegranates, and Cranberries to Citrus, Cheese, and Dried Fruits, allowing readers to experiment with new and exciting ingredients for complex and delicious flavors. They taste even better when they can be found near your own backyard; Donroe provides resources for finding the best local farmers’ markets and agricultural centers near you. Perfect for holiday gatherings or to warm the belly on a cold night, Wintersweet is the perfect dessert companion to make the year’s coldest season a bit more festive.

Monday, December 16, 2013

12/16 DAVID KOECHNER, ANCHORMAN 2, ALLISON ROBICELLI, A LOVE STORY, WITH CUPCAKES

DAVID KOECHNER - NEW ONLINE SERIES: “THE SEARCH FOR THE ONE” FOR M&M  & ANCHORMAN 2 

Actor, writer and producer David Koechner, an alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Theater, got his first break as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and since has become an instantly recognizable face appearing in more than 120 films and television shows. He is best known for his roles as Todd Packer on “The Office” and Champ Kind from “Anchorman” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Koechner is receiving rave reviews for his role in the dark, twisted and film festival award-winning thriller “Cheap Thrills;” it will be in theaters March 2014. Additional notable film credits include “Waiting,” “Out Cold,” “Talladega Nights,” “Get Smart,” “Extract,” “Thank You for Smoking” and “A Haunted House.” When not filming, Koechner performs live stand-up comedy across the country and creates original content videos for his YouTube channel, “Full On Koechner.” He currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. with his wife and five children.

Helps Plant the Seed for M&M’S® ‘Year of Peanut’ in 2014 on ‘The Search for the One’
What do you get when you mix M&M’S® Brand’s passion for peanuts with one of the world’s funniest actors? Something nutty – in the best possible way. Today, Mars Chocolate North America unveiled a humorous new online content series starring beloved actor and comedian David Koechner, who rhapsodizes, analyzes and agonizes over peanuts in truly original fashion.

Directed by Tim K of Gifted Youth, Funny or Die’s commercial production company, the “Search for the One” sees Koechner transform into the “Peanutty Professor,” an eccentric explorer who’s spent his life searching for the perfect peanut.  The series features more than a dozen long- and short-form video segments and photos following Koechner’s adventures – each of which was customized to be presented on a variety of social platforms including the M&M’S Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels.

“Just like the professor, we’re nuts about peanuts too,” said Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America.  “In fact, only 1 in 100 peanuts is lucky enough to find its way into a bag of M&M’S Peanut.”
“The Search for the One” was scripted to blend the fun fans expect from M&M’S with Koechner’s trademark improvisational humor.  The series is designed to help plant the seed for the launch of M&M’S “Year of Peanut” in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve. The “Year of Peanut” is an innovative, year-long integrated marketing campaign to celebrate M&M’S Peanut – one of America’s favorite candies since 1954.

“Search for the One” episodes are now available at www.facebook.com/mms, www.youtube.com/mmschocolate and www.instagram.com/mmschocolate.


ALLISON ROBICELLI - COOKBOOK, “A LOVE STORY, WITH CUPCAKES: WITH 50 DECIDEDLY GROWN-UP RECIPES”

The ultimate guide to gourmet cupcakes, featuring grown-up flavors (figs! whiskey! fried chicken!) and the delicious story of a family saved by a love of sweets.

No food coloring. No fondant. No red velvet. Upscale bakery Robicelli’s has become a buzzed-about, in-demand purveyor of decidedly adult cupcakes. Nixing cutesy, pastel-colored dollops of fluff for real ingredients and rich French buttercreams, the husband and wife team have reinvented the cupcake craze for a more sophisticated palate, making each a small piece of the greatest cake ever made. Now their extraordinary recipes are available to the home cook.
 
This book captures not only the Robicelli’s unique take on baking but also their edgy, unapologetically hilarious take on life, including how they survived severe economic setbacks to launch the country’s hottest cupcake brand— a venture begun with thirty dollars in borrowed quarters.

Offering both cupcake recipes and a recipe for life that calls for a stash of “emergency cake,” Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes is a baking book like you’ve never seen before.

Friday, December 13, 2013

12/13 Cynthia Peck, Angelo's and Vinci's, Josh Mankiewicz, Nbc, Dateline, Steve Evans

CYNTHIA PECK - ANGELO'S AND VINCI’S RISTORANTE

Angelo and Vincis just celebrated 40 years of great food! Thirty-nine years ago, our restaurant was built with tradition and has since continued with tradition. At our home in the old marketplace, we tribute our ancestors who came to America in the late 1800’s – their spirit and their recipes! Originally built as an L-shaped marketplace in the days when Fullerton was an orchard (early 1900’s), the local farmers would bring their produce in from the fields by horse and wagon to sell to the townspeople. The original wood trusses of the old roof system may still be seen in the Venetian Room. Approximately twenty years later, renovation of the building changed it from its original L-shape to a square. This was accomplished by the large wood barrel trusses (an unusual truss!), which can be seen in the Sicilian Room and the Piazza Fantasia.

During our renovation in 1992, the old wood, terra cotta tiles and brick was salvaged and re-used to keep alive the feeling and memories of those days long ago. Be prepared when you walk into Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante to be overwhelmed! With surprises in every corner, you won’t know where to look first! You will sit amidst the art of the great masters, in an Italian town square complete with the storefronts of old Italian butcher and cheese mongers, fruit and wine vendors, seamstresses showing their wares, and more. Fairy lights abound under cathedral ceilings as our ancestors smile down at you from the Family Love Altar. Explore and you will be surrounded by colorful Sicilian puppets, the carnival masks and canals of Venice, and the romance of Romeo & Juliet. Find our mystical Room of the Moon…and don’t forget King Kong, Dracula, Frankenstein, witches, ghosts and who-knows-what that await you in the Monster Wine Cellar!

Founder, Steven Peck, renowned Hollywood dancer, choreographer and veteran actor of over 100 movies and television performances, has delightful photographs of over 40 years of famous stars, directors and dancers. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Gary Cooper, Robert Taylor, Broderick Crawford, Kirk Douglas, Walter Winchell, Sam Wanamaker, Vincent Minnelli, Sylvester Stallone, Ted Danson, David Hasselhof, Ray Sharkey, Shirley MacLaine, Cyd Charisse, Dolly Parton, Joan Collins, Raquel Welch, Olympia Dukakis, Shelly Winters and so many more. Films from Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., MGM, Desilu, United Artists, Universal Studios, to name a few.


JOSH MANKIEWICZ (CORRESPONDENT, NBC'S "DATELINE NBC

Friday, December 13 at 8pm/7c - After 29-year-old Desta Byrd was found dead in her driveway, her murder went unsolved for years. Who could have wanted such a beloved person dead? Christine Shattuck, Desta’s best friend, and a group of determined women fought for years to bring her killer to justice. But did their work pay off? Josh Mankiewicz reports (NEW).

David Corvo is the senior executive producer, Liz Cole is the executive producer and Lester Holt is the primary anchor of "Dateline" (Fridays at 8pm/7c). Follow "Dateline NBC" on Facebook and Twitter @datelinenbc.
ABOUT JOSH MANKIEWICZ: He is a Dateline correspondent based in Los Angeles.  He began reporting for Dateline in February 1995, and since then, he has contributed a mix of breaking news stories, news analysis, investigative reports and clever features to the broadcast.

Mankiewicz has covered a wide range of stories including Hurricane Katrina, the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns, the terrorist takeover of Japan’s embassy in Lima, Peru, the mysterious mental disorder known as Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, the story of John Walker Lindh, the American who joined the Taliban, and numerous aspects of airline and airport safety and security.

Mankiewicz has reported on an in-depth investigation into America's most dangerous roads, the death of entertainment legend Johnny Carson, and he championed an examination into television news' coverage of high profile missing person cases and the role race plays in story selection, making Dateline the first network news program to take on the controversial issue. In addition, he has profiled Pastor Rick Warren, Janet Jackson, Kim Cattrall, Michael Flatley and Haley Joel Osment.

Over the last year, Mankiewicz has reported on a wide variety of stories for the newsmagazine.  Mankiewicz took viewers through the trial that attracted a world-wide audience, captivating fans of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson by telling the story of how an unknown cardiologist, Dr. Conrad Murray, made national headlines.   Among many other investigative stories, he and "Dateline's" Unsolved Case Squad traveled to Aruba to perform its own investigation into the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, the Maryland woman who vanished after taking a snorkeling trip with a friend.  Most recently, Mankiewicz reported the very latest on the Hollywood story that made headlines: the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Prior to joining Dateline, Mankiewicz served as a correspondent for Fox Broadcasting Company's newsmagazine Front Page. Before he joined Fox Broadcasting, Mankiewicz was a political reporter for KCAL-TV, Los Angeles from 1991 to 1993. There he covered all elections and state and local politics.

Mankiewicz also worked as political correspondent for WCBS-TV, New York where he covered local, state and national elections from 1986 to 1991. While he was there, he was a regular contributor to the station's weekly political magazine broadcast, Sunday Edition.

From 1982 to 1986, Mankiewicz was a correspondent with ABC News. From 1983 to 1986, he covered 11 southern states for all network broadcasts and frequently contributed to Good Morning America, This Week with David Brinkley and ABC Weekend News. Before 1983, he covered Miami and south Florida for the network and was also assigned to Beirut, Israel, El Salvador and Nicaragua. From 1977 to 1980, he served as a reportorial producer based at the ABC News Washington bureau, where he covered Capitol Hill, concentrating on the House of Representatives.  He also reported on and traveled with the 1980 Kennedy, Connally and Mondale campaigns.

From 1980 to 1982, Mankiewicz was a reporter with WJLA-TV, Washington, DC, where he specialized in politics and also reported on the return of American hostages, the closing of the Washington Star and the Washington Post/Janet Cooke Pulitzer Prize controversy.

Mankiewicz graduated with honors from Haverford College with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.


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, December 12, 2013

12/12 FRAN COSTIGAN, VEGAN CHOCOLATE, SHANE EVANS, UNDERCOVER BOSS, MASSAGE HEIGHTS, GEORGE WALLACE, “LAFF IT OFF”

FRAN COSTIGAN – AUTHOR, VEGAN CHOCOLATE 

It can be difficult to find truly indulgent vegan desserts—especially chocolate. But for the first time, chocolate cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, and more are within reach: dairy-free, organic, fair-trade, and sublime.

Author, baking instructor, and vegan powerhouse Fran Costigan has dedicated years to satisfying her sweet tooth while keeping it vegan. Through experimentation and long hours in the kitchen, she’s recreated some of her favorite chocolate desserts as better-for-you interpretations that pass the taste test: Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles (with a variety of flavor variations), a Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, a Sacher Torte, even chocolate Moon Pies! Her detailed instructions make for professional-quality outcomes every time: it’s like a personal baking class, right in your kitchen. The perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, Vegan Chocolate is sure to become an instant classic.


SHANE EVANS, UNDERCOVER BOSS - COO OF MASSAGE HEIGHTS

“Massage Heights” – Shane Evans, COO of Massage Heights, one of the largest massage chains in North America, must overcome her aversion to touching people when working as a massage therapist. Also, one store’s disregard for company policy rubs Evans the wrong way, on UNDERCOVER BOSS, Friday, Dec. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Episode Notes: Shane Evans is COO and Co-Founder of Massage Heights, which is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.  With 94 locations throughout the United States and Canada, Massage Heights is one of the largest massage chains in North America.  It’s a $70 million dollars a year business with 2,300 employees.  Massage Heights is a membership based therapeutic massage company that was created to provide an affordable, convenient and professional therapeutic massage without the spa-like prices.  Massage Heights has their own line of branded products to help guests take the Massage Heights experience home.

Shane’s parents struggled financially and were not able to pay for Shane to attend college – so she never attended one.  In April of 2004, Shane and her husband founded Massage Heights.  The company is family run.  Her brother Glenn is the CEO, her husband Wayne handles Human Resources and her youngest brother Brett handles franchise development.   Her mother Patricia is a paralegal and senior executive assistant, so Shane sees her every day.  Her father is still alive but is too ill to work as part of their team.


GEORGE WALLACE – COMEDIAN – DEBUT BOOK, “LAFF IT OFF”

Legendary comedian George Wallace understands that the holidays can be stressful, as is work, family, and life in general. In his debut book, LAFF IT OFF! Wallace offers insight into life, finding joy in the little things, and the power of comedy. He stresses the importance of "laughing it all off," and why we can’t always take life so seriously.  His witty and legendary commentary can help add some comedic relief to your holiday season.

Comedian George Wallace started his career at NYC’s Comic Strip Live in the 1970’s, where he roomed with Jerry Seinfeld (and later served as the best man in his wedding). Headlining at the Flamingo in Las Vegas for the last decade, Wallace has been making people laugh for 37 years. Ranked by Comedy Central as “one of the greatest comedians of all-time” and by Rolling Stone as one of the top 25 funniest tweeters, George is available to dish one-liners and share insightful stories into his life.

Donned “The iron man of comedy” by Jay Leno, he is described by Jerry Seinfeld, who also wrote the foreword, as “One of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met.” No stranger to the spotlight, Wallace has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, Late Night with David Letterman, Live! with Regis and Arsenio Hall. He was also a senior writer for Sanford & Son and his acting credits include Seinfeld and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

He is also heavily involved in charity work and "giving back" to the community. He has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to churches and ran several benefit events and comedy shows for the Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. Likewise, he is the ambassador to a branch of the USO called "Armed Forces Entertainment," and has recently returned from doing comedy shows overseas.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12/11 Larry Lipson, Costa Rica




LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA WINE REPORT   

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Costa Rica weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

12/10 ROGER DOW, THE U.S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, JIM LAUGHREN, CHAMPAGNE

ROGER DOW, CEO OF THE U.S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION - EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL HAS A PROFOUND EFFECT ON ACADEMIC AND CAREER SUCCESS

2014 is right around the corner – have you used your vacation time for the year?  It turns out that Americans and their families are missing out on more than they realize when their vacation days run out at the end of this month. According to a new study by the U.S. Travel Association, taking the time for educational travel has a profound effect on academic and career success.  The "Travel Improves Educational Attainment & Future Success" report revealed that adults who took learning-focused trips between the ages of 12 and 18 had higher incomes, and achieved higher grades than those who did not travel.  Adults who traveled were more likely to graduate from high school, and 63 percent of that group went on to graduate from college, according to the report.

This groundbreaking research shows that even short trips with family to learn about local culture, history or nature can have major impacts on future career success.  As the year draws to a close and New Year’s resolutions are upon us, would you be interested in hosting Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, to share the results with your listeners?


JIM LAUGHREN, CERTIFIED WINE AND BEER EXPERT DISCUSSES CHAMPAGNE FOR THE SEASON

Jim Laughren, Certified wine and beer expert, author of the award-winning A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine,  has been on ABC Food and countless ABC, CBS and NPR affiliates across the US just returned from a pilgrimage to Champagne, France and he has quite a different perspective.
Perhaps serendipitous, he was not prepared for the large American Flag perched high on a hill waving graciously over Champagne. The information his “driver” shared with him about the deep history and sacred “love” the French feel towards American soldiers is both untold and heart-warming.

“On the brink of the holiday season, this was a touching reminder of how much we depend on others, on friends and family, on colleagues and allies, Laughren says.”  “I asked, with some hesitation, others in Champagne about this historic battle. All concurred; the Americans’ amazing bravery and refusal to retreat saved their nation.”

Monday, December 9, 2013

12/09 Larry Van Aalst, Kristen Olsen, Betty Crocker


Larry Van Aalst – Sonoma Wine Report

LARRY HOSTS A WEEKLY PROGRAM ON CRN AND ALSO IS AN EXPERT ON WINE WHO IS SOUGHT AFTER FOR EVENTS, TASTES AND MAJOR SOMMELIER EVENTS IN  THE SAM FRANCISCO AREA. HE COMMENTS ON THE INDUSTRY AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WINE.




Kristen Olson from Betty Crocker - 2013 “Top 10” Red Hot Holiday Trends

From savory to sweet, elegant appetizers, festive cocktails, divine desserts and exciting new twists on old favorites, Kristen can share the “Top 10” Red Hot Holiday Trends heating up from coast to coast for 2013 and recipes to bring them to life in home kitchens.

Betty Crocker's 2013 Red Hot Holiday Trends: Sweet & Savory Cookies - A biscuit-shortbread hybrid from France, sablés have been named the cookie of the year in our test kitchens. For a salty-sweet flavor contrast, we added an unusual savory element—Kalamata olives!—and dark chocolate chips. The result? Mind-blowing, melt-in-your mouth goodness.

Friday, December 6, 2013

12/06 MICHAELA BALTASAR, WASHINGTON STATE WINE, THE RECOMMENDEUER, TAM O’SHANTER, STEVE EVANS

MICHAELA BALTASAR - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON STATE WINE

The Washington State Wine Commission represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, the Commission provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry - through assessments based on grape and wine sales - the Commission is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987.

WASHINGTON STATE WINE’S “THE RECOMMENDEUER” APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR IPHONE - New Format Offers Same Entertaining, In-Depth Wine Education Led by Comedian Greg Proops. With its not-so-subtle notes of humor, an earthy educational backbone and lively creative overtones, Washington State Wine’s The Recommendeuer iPad app scored big points with wine lovers and technophiles alike after its release in October. Following this success, Washington State Wine today announced an iPhone version of the app is now available, allowing smartphone users to enjoy an in-depth, interactive regional wine immersion led by actor and comedian Greg Proops. The app is part of a national marketing campaign targeting the wine buyers, sommeliers and journalists who help shape consumer purchasing decisions. Wines from Washington State, the second-largest wine producing state in the United States, have a reputation for premium quality and consistent critical accolades. Through creative methods such as the iPhone app, Washington State Wine seeks to grow awareness of and increase demand for its wines. Washington State Wine worked with Seattle-based integrated marketing agency GreenRubino and consulted several wine professionals to curate the extensive and thorough educational content available on the app.

WWW.WASHINGTONWINE.ORG


JOHN LINDQUIST – THE TAM O’SHANTER UNVEILS A FRESH NEW LOOK 

Historic 91-Year Old Restaurant Updates Logo, Menu and Uniforms! Tam O’Shanter, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants and one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, has redesigned its logo, menu, and uniforms. The new design aesthetic pays homage to the Tam’s legendary Scottish roots while retaining the sense of fun and whimsy that are hallmarks of the venerable restaurant.

The new logo features a lightning bolt, an allusion to a line in Scottish poet Robert Burns’ 1791 poem “Tam O’Shanter”, after which the restaurant is named. The lightning bolt, first seen in the Tam’s towering neon sign of the 1930s and 40s, has been reintroduced as a symbol of the new energy at the popular Atwater Village eatery and bar.

The menu design, which has changed several times over the Tam’s long history, now contains playful, Scottish influenced language and humor and brings back a colorful character from the restaurant’s past, Mr. McTavish.

New server uniforms have a more informal, contemporary look. Updates of classic elements — tams (or caps), tartan vests and denim kilts — honor the Scottish theme while conveying a renewed sense of spirit and fun. In the lobby, guests will discover the “Wall O’Scotch” – a display of over 102 single malts and blends from distilleries across the globe. They’ll also find new, comfortable seating in the lobby’s traditional corner Snug. For reservations and information, please call (323) 664-0228 or visit TamOShanter.com.

About Tam O’Shanter: Delighting diners for over 90 years, the Tam O'Shanter is Los Angeles' oldest restaurant operated by the same family in the same location. Guests enjoy good cheer, warm hospitality, and exceptional food in a cozy old world atmosphere. If you have some Scottish ancestry, you might even find your family tartan among the extensive collection decorating the walls! Tam O’Shanter is located at 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039.


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, December 5, 2013

12/05 Courtney Taira, King's Hawaiian Bread, Melissa Gerstein, The Moms

Courtney Taira - King's Hawaiian Bread

Our mouthwatering tale begins in the 1950's in Hilo, Hawaii. There Robert Taira, the Hawaiian-born son of Japanese immigrants opened his first bakeshop, Robert's Bakery, after graduating top of his baking class. The first round, soft loaves of Original Recipe King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread were made here. The loaves rarely ever made it home before being devoured, and a local traditional island favorite was born. (Or should we say baked?)

After nearly a decade of growing popularity, in 1963 the much-loved original shop expanded and moved to King Street in Honolulu, where it was renamed King's Bakery. It didn't take long for the new location to become a beloved institution as locals lined up around the block for Robert's famous breads and cakes which were prepared and served with Aloha Spirit, an expression of caring and sharing that is an essential part of island culture. King's Bakery was on the map and Original Hawaiian Sweet Bread was shipped to the mainland by locals and tourists alike as gifts to family and friends. But an entrepreneur at heart, Robert was inspired to spread the Aloha Spirit to the mainland. So in 1977 a new 24,000-square-foot bakery was built in Torrance California. And we called it, what else? King's Hawaiian Bakery.

Missing personal interaction with King's Hawaiian fans, Robert opened a family run bakery and restaurant in Torrance. The menu included Robert's legendary tropical cakes, along with traditional Hawaiian fare. In 1983, Robert responded to more and more requests for new ways to enjoy King's Hawaiian by baking up the 12-pack of Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls. Always true to his original recipe – in 1986, Robert baked up Honey Wheat Round Bread, to the delight of bread-lovers everywhere. As more people grew to love King's Hawaiian, the business grew as well. So, an additional 40,000 square-feet were added to the bread bakery on Normandie Avenue in Torrance. Despite the giant addition, it was soon impossible to keep up with the growing number of new fans enjoying King's Hawaiian products every day, and Robert's company was destined for further expansion.

In 2002, not far from the existing sit-down restaurant and bakery in Torrance, King's Hawaiian opened The Local Place Bakery & Café. Today, three generations of the Taira family continue Robert's legacy of serving up irresistibly delicious breads and Hawaiian foods. And of course, there's Aloha in every bite™. What started as a small bakery in Hilo, Hawaii is now a national brand with products available in grocery stores across the United States. Look for your favorites in the deli section and in-store bakery of your local stores. But our bread rarely makes it to the table, so better yet, buy two!

www.kingshawaiian.com


Melissa Gerstein – “The Moms” - A Holiday Recipe for Success: A Mom’s Guide to Home Cooked Holidays

Moms go above and beyond to make every holiday the best for their family and friends, and the food they serve is no exception. As gifts are crowding underneath the tree and guests are crowding around the kitchen table keeping everyone (and their stomachs!) satisfied can be a less than joyful experience.
Join Melissa Gerstein, Co-Founder of the Lifestyle Brand & Event Company, “The Moms,” as she shares her favorite products and top tips to create easy and delicious home cooked meals for every holiday event. This mom knows the way to make every meal a joy, and she’s sharing her recipe for success to make this year’s home cooked holidays the best. THE MOMS are also seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox News.

About The Moms:  THE MOMS are a multi-platform lifestyle brand and event company with exposure on the web, television and in print.  For the past year, the moms co-hosted a half-hour TV show, Moms & the City and A Dad Named David (WNBC’s David Ushery). The show airs nationally in the top ten markets across the country every week and in New York City and London Taxis. In addition, THE MOMS write and produces daily online content for the New York Daily News, the nation's 5th largest newspaper website (22 million unique visitors a month). THE MOMS also contribute to BabyCenter, the most trusted parenting and pregnancy site. THE MOMS partner with other companies and non-profits to host events and satellite media tours.  Partnerships have included: Energizer, Build-A-Bear, and Coca-Cola for their brand of Mamarazzi® events where they bring the celebrity to the moms. This has included a mom blogger town hall event featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kris Jenner’s Book party, and a blogger roundtable discussion with Hugh Jackman and just recently an event with Emily Watson for War Horse.  Their Mamarazzi events are also streamed online to include moms everywhere across the world through social media.  THE MOMS are also seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox News.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

12/04 LARRY LIPSON, CASEY NOBLE, OUTSMART THE SEASON WITH SAVVY BUDGETING TIPS TO MAKE SPIRITS BRIGHT




LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA WINE REPORT   

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Costa Rica weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies. 



CASEY NOBLE - OUTSMART THE SEASON WITH SAVVY BUDGETING TIPS TO MAKE SPIRITS BRIGHT

Casey Noble, host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, brings her design expertise to the table. After graduating from George Mason University, Casey began her design career as a computer graphics artist in Washington, D.C., before moving to California to study interior design at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. During her time at FIDM, Casey pursued opportunities in the creative world of hospitality design and continued her career at some of the top hospitality design firms, specializing in hotels, restaurants, bars and spas. In 2009 Casey founded her own design firm with two colleagues. Some of their diverse and distinguished portfolios include the Borgata, SLS Miami and the Redbury, listed as one of Conde Nast’s hot list hotels for 2011. Casey’s enthusiasm for design was one of the motivating factors that brought her to compete in season five of HGTV’s Design Star, where she made it to the top three.

Casey Noble, host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, will discuss ways to survive – and even savor! As the title of her show suggests, Casey feels don’t need to spend big bucks to make a big impression!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

12/03 SANDRA LEE, JULIE MICHAELS, 'THE BEST COMMERCIAL EVER'', 'CRASH THE SUPERBOWL' DORITOS COMMERCIAL COMPETITION, 2014 SUPERBOWL

SANDRA LEE - CELEBRITY HOME STYLE EXPERT - TIPS FOR EASY, AFFORDABLE, DO-IT-YOURSELF HOLIDAY GIFTS

Looking for that perfect holiday or hostess gift this holiday season?  You don’t have to brave Black Friday or Cyber Monday to snag the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones – just make them yourself and create lasting holiday memories on any budget. Emmy-winning home style expert and New York Times bestselling author, Sandra Lee will demonstrate exclusive, on-trend décor, craft, and baking projects that all viewers will love and anyone can make - Yes, you really can! Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, Sandra will discuss how to create homemade gift baskets, tasty treats, and other holiday gear that will impress family and friends.

SANDRA LEE - has redefined the term “homemade” for food and home décor lovers. She hosts the popular Food Network program Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee magazine, and has translated her trademark 70/30 Semi-Homemade philosophy to the Internet through SemiHomemade.com. She attended University of Wisconsin–La Crosse as well as Le Cordon Bleu, has launched several lines of home, garden and craft products (including Kurtain Kraft), worked with QVC, and produced a successful DIY home improvement series. She is also committed to service and charity, participating in numerous philanthropic organizations including Share Our Strength and UNICEF. She has released 25 cookbooks as well and a memoir, Made From Scratch, as well as her first novel, The Recipe Box.

JULIE MICHAELS -'CRASH THE SUPERBOWL' DORITOS COMMERCIAL COMPETITION 

VOTING ENDS DECEMBER 3! Producer, Julie Michaels has joined producer, Mitchell Fait, of Trick Pony Films in association with JMP Productions, Inc. to produce an incredible entry, The Best Commercial Ever for the Doritos, "Crash the Superbowl" competition. If their commercial wins, it will be played during the 2014 Superbowl and they will win One Million Dollars!

However to win, they need your help...Please watch the Doritos commercial that was just entered into the "Crash the Superbowl" competition. Share on every social network possible with everyone you know and follow the link to give the Video 5 Stars. Please post on Facebook and tweet the message to vote for this commercial... The higher the rating, the better chance it has to win!

Frito-Lay (the parent company of those delicious but finger-befouling Doritos tortilla chips) has conceived is a brilliant bit of corporate sorcery by encouraging contestants to create, shoot, and edit their own television commercials. The contest is in its seventh year. This contest offers aspiring filmmakers a wonderful opportunity for commercial success and an opportunity to not only have their work seen by millions of people, but also to win some serious cash.

For the 2014 contest, several finalists will receive prizes of $25,000 and will have their spots available for viewing online. The first and second Grand Prize winners are the spot which receives the most votes submitted by fans, and a spot selected by the people at Doritos, respectively. The second-place finisher gets a handsome sum of $50,000 along with a trip to the big game and time on the set of a major motion picture. The Grand Prize winner(s) will get $1,000,000, plus a party at Super Bowl XLVIII. Both of the Grand Prize winners will also have their commercials aired during the Super Bowl, an amazing springboard for any aspiring, passionate filmmakers. The five finalists will be announced about one month before Super Bowl XLVIII.

www.trickponyfilms.com
www.jmpproductionsinc.com
www.youtube.com/doritos?x=us-en_submissionsphase_11900_
twitter.com/doritos 

Monday, December 2, 2013

12/02 Brad Wilson, Brad's Deals, Cyber Monday

Brad Wilson - How to find the best deals Cyber Monday

Brad Wilson is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of BradsDeals.com. Brad started BradsDeals in 2001 as a poor college student to show his friends and fellow students how to save money using tips and tricks online. Brad Wilson is a nationally-known savings expert and professional bargain-hunter. He has appeared on The Early Show, FOX & Friends, USA Today, The New York Times, TIME, AOL Daily Finance, and many other national and local news outlets.

Bradsdeals.com 

www.cybermonday2013.com  - Home to all the best online shopping deals and coupon codes of Thanksgiving Weekend and Cyber Monday 2013, this year on Monday, December 2nd. Grab the latest deals, coupons and news or sign-up for daily email alerts…powered by brads deals

Friday, November 29, 2013

11/29 JAMES CARLING, VENTURA LEMONCELLO, RICHARD SCHLESINGER, 48 HOURS, STEVE EVANS

JAMES CARLING - VENTURA LEMONCELLO 
                           
The Ventura Limoncello Company was founded in 2007 by James Carling and Manuela Zaretti-Carling. Our mission is to the be premier producer of limoncello liqueurs in the United States. We use the recipe handed down to Manuela from her Nonna in Italy. Ventura County, California, is home to some of the most amazing lemons in the world and their peels make a world class Limoncello. Due to the year round lemon growing season, we produce Ventura Limoncello in small batches all year.

We have also released our Ventura Orangecello liqueur using blood oranges, also grown in Ventura County. Unlike lemons, blood oranges are seasonal in Ventura. Our Orangecello Blood Orange will only be produced seasonally. We work direct with local Ventura County growers who pick tree-ripened citrus to our specifications.

Ventura Limoncello Originale was released in February, 2008 and was initally well received. Our Limoncello was awarded Gold Medal at the 2011 and 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Platinum Medal at the 2009 LA SIP Awards. Ventura Limoncello Originale has been America’s highest rated Limoncello 4-years in a row. Ventura Limoncello Crema was relased in October, 2008. It was awarded Gold Medal at the 2010 LA SIP Awards.

Ventura Orangecello Blood Orange was released in May, 2011. It was recognized as Double Gold Medal, “Best in Class” at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Ventura Limoncello’s liqueurs are all natural and handcrafted. We hand peel all the fruit. This ensures only the top layer of peel containing the oils are used. No pith. Our natural processes produce aromatic and full flavor liqueurs. The true sign of an all natural Limoncello is “Il Collarino” (the little collar). This is formed by the citrus oils that gather at the top of the bottle. In our Limoncello Crema, milk fat may gather at the top. A quick shake before serving mixes everything back together in the bottle.

www.venturalimoncello.com


RICHARD SCHLESINGER - 48 HOURS 

It was a gruesome murder with an unlikely suspect.  In September 2000, David Camm, a former Indiana State Trooper, came home from a basketball game to find his wife Kim Camm and their two children, Jill and Brad, murdered.  He immediately phoned the police to report the crime.  However, two days later, a still distraught Camm was arrested for the murders. Prosecutors had no motive and an even bigger problem: 11 eyewitnesses claimed that Camm was playing basketball at the time the murders were committed.

The prosecution's case came down to a silent witness: 8 microscopic drops of blood that told a very different story. The juror’s believed the forensic evidence more than the eyewitness testimony….and David Camm was convicted and sentenced to 195 years in prison.

But this story is far from over. It takes several years and some startling DNA results to turn this case on its head.  Richard Schlesinger has been following this story from the beginning and talks exclusively with David Camm and all of the other major players in this week’s 48 Hours Mystery, Saturday, at 10pmET/PT.


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.

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ASA CHRISTENSEN - DIRECTOR OF CATERING AND CONVENTION SERVICES, THE MERITAGE RESORT AND SPA - UPCOMING SCHRAMSBERG DINNER ON 8/26/17  Ac...