DAVID BICE - COMMUNITY RELATIONS - REDWOOD HILL FARM
Redwood Hill Farm is a family farm that has been making healthy, natural and delicious specialty dairy products in beautiful Sebastopol, CA since 1968. David Bice grew up at Redwood Hill Farm and still likes to brag about winning a 4-H Showmanship class as a 12-year old with his champion Saanen goat named Darcy! These days, David represents the farm at many culinary events and non-profit fundraisers, while serving our cheeses and telling the story of Redwood Hill. He's also the "milkman", loading and delivering fresh goat milk from our dairy to our creamery, three miles away. He's also the farm gardener and administers our Facebook page, with daily photos of the happy goats and farm. David returned to the family farm in 2008 after living in Hawaii where he operated his own plant nursery, did landscape installations for oceanfront homes, and had a 21-year career in radio, as "David Bice in Paradise". His spare time goes to gardening, hiking, fishing, LandPaths Sonoma County, KOWS fm & KWTF community radio stations.
DAVID SHIPMAN - MANAGING DIRECTOR - VILLAGIO INN & SPA
Located on the 23-acre Vintage Estate, Villagio Inn & Spa has been dubbed by Town & Country Magazine as a "pleasure seeker's heaven." This Tuscan-inspired Yountville hotel property features flowing water fountain pathways weaved throughout lush Mediterranean-style gardens. Experience the warmth and richness of Villagio's guestrooms and suites that the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine describes as "massive, terribly tasteful and terribly elegant." Lavish accommodations are complimented by our signature wellness centerpiece, the 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio, featuring sixteen treatment rooms and five intimate, private spa suites appointed with indoor and outdoor oversized sunken infinity tubs, fireplaces, steam showers, wet bars and flat screen televisions with Bose sound systems. An array of amenities unlike anything in Northern California awaits your arrival as Villagio Inn & Spa accommodates even the most discerning pleasure and business traveler.
CHEF ROBERT IRVINE - "RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE"
Chef Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network hit show Restaurant: Impossible (currently in its sixth season), is available for live interviews to educate Americans about how a nutritious diet can impact the health and wellness of your eyes, as well as contribute to an overall healthy, active lifestyle. In preparation for National Nutrition Month, Chef Irvine offers signature recipes and healthy cooking tips for families using some of the most nutritious and easy-to-use foods to promote healthy vision and help prevent long-term vision conditions, along with some key lifestyle advice and things-to-do so that your vision is at its best.
In addition, Chef Irvine is joining Transitions Optical at the Food Network South Beach Wine + Food Festival in Miami, Fla., February 22-24, where he will be helping to educate Americans about the role of healthy, enhanced vision in the ability to enjoy all of the “sights” in life – whether traveling to exotic places or spending time in your own backyard. Irvine will be providing additional signature recipes with eye healthy ingredients for the event, aimed at both children and adults, and will also be available for meet and greets, book signings.
According to a recent study, nearly half of respondents were unaware that improper nutrition can cause damage to the eyes, and even contribute to the development of vision conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. In fact, many do not realize the vast variety of foods with eye health benefits – the majority of respondents (73 percent) knew that carrots are good for the eyes, but many noted that they were not sure if other foods such as broccoli, spinach, salmon, blueberries, kiwi, nuts, and mangoes also benefit eye health. With the upcoming National Nutrition Month (developed by the American Dietetic Association) in March, it is the perfect time to remember to include eye healthy foods as part of your overall nutritious diet, so that you can see your best to enjoy all of the “sights” in your life.
CHARLIE PALMER - Alpha Omega Winemaker Dinner
Since the beginning of his celebrated career, master Chef and hospitality entrepreneur Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature Progressive American Cuisine, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French technique. Influenced by his childhood experiences working in his family's vegetable garden, Palmer was an early advocate of farm over factory food. In 1988, he made a landmark commitment to creating dishes featuring regional American ingredients at his sublime three-star Aureole, once situated in a historic town house off Manhattan's Madison Avenue. Today Palmer's flagship Aureole is strategically located within New York City mid-town's dramatically modern Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park.
The Charlie Palmer Group grew out of Aureole, American cuisine pioneer Charlie Palmer's landmark fine dining restaurant, originally located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Today Palmer's flagship Aureole continues to shine at its new location at One Bryant Park. Our other coast-to-coast locations encompass an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants, many in equally significant historical locations, innovative wine shops, and luxurious boutique hotels, each designed with distinctive personalities to provide unique experiences.