Wednesday, July 31, 2013

7/31 Dan Kessler, Kessler-Haak Vineyars, Wine & Fire Weekend, Roger Berkowitz, CEO & President, Legal Sea Foods

DAN KESSLER - WINEGROWER/WINEMAKER, KESSLER-HAAK VINEYARD
  
Starting Saturday August 17th  get fired up in the Sta. Rita Hills - Kick off your Wine & Fire Weekend at the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Barn Party. The historic barn was the original Sanford winery and is an epic location brimming with earthy elegance and charm. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Santa Rosa valley, snack on fire-grilled flatbreads and dance to smoking hot music while sipping great Sta. Rita Hills wines. Catered by Bello Forno  Music by Saint Anne’s Place  Winegrower/Winemaker - Dan Kessler was born in Lansing,Michigan and graduated with a BSEE/MSEE degree from MIT in 1981. He spent the early part of his career developing state of the art semiconductor fabrication technologies for Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins,CO. In search of warmer weather, Dan made his move to sunny California where he joined Vitesse, a small high tech startup company, developing and manufacturing  semiconductor technology for the supercomputer and telecommunications industries. A love for wine started Dan on a journey that took on a life of its own, in a kind of "if you give a mouse a cookie" kind of way. Drinking wine led to learning about wine; led to learning about winemaking; led to making wine as a home winemaker; led to planting a small 200 vine vineyard in his backyard; led to obtaining a Winemaker's Certificate from the UC Davis Distance Learning program; led to falling in love with Sta. Rita Hills; led to buying a 40 acre parcel and planting a 30 acre vineyard; led to, well, where he is today.



ROGER BERKOWITZ - CEO & PRESIDENT, LEGAL SEA FOODS   

Today we talk about Oysters and the wives-tale that indicated they should not be served during months with NO R in them.  TRUE OR FALSE?   

Legal Sea Foods was born in 1950 when George Berkowitz opened a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He opened it adjacent to his father Harry’s grocery store Legal Cash Market where customers were given “Legal Stamps” (forerunners of S&H green stamps) with their purchases.  It’s here that the “Legal” name became synonymous with quality and freshness.

In 1968, the Berkowitz family opened its first seafood restaurant, right next to the fish market.  The fish was simply prepared, either broiled or fried, and served on paper plates at communal picnic tables.  Despite the low-key trappings, the food was second to none and word quickly spread.  This early success led to further expansion and now, six decades later with restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, the family philosophy endures: Legal Sea Foods is a fish company in the restaurant business.

George's son, Roger, has been at the helm since 1992 and has expanded the business into new markets while maintaining the company's focus on its proud tradition and core values.  So when we say, "If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!," we renew a commitment that has sustained us for over a half-century. It’s not a fish tale, but a tale of fish 60 years in the making…of a family-owned seafood market that spawned a restaurant company.  See the Timewave for an interactive look back.  Or view our restaurants’ placemat that details our history.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

07/30 JEFF MAURO, HOT POCKETS, FOOD NETWORK, LARRY VAN AALST, PURDUE UNIVERSITY, INDY WINE COMPETITION, CHRISTIAN BUTZKE, DAN BARWICK

FOOD NETWORK'S OWN JEFF MAURO FROM THE SANDWICH KING GIVES US A SNEAK PEAK OF THE NEW AND IMPROVED, HOT POCKETS!

As many have seen over the last year, Hot Pockets viral videos (David Hasselhoff to Snoop Dogg) have creatively stepped up their campaign into viral video sensations. Now along with Jeff are announcing a major makeover over regarding the sandwich line. During the segment, Jeff will go over some of the changes being made to the line and also talk some of the most memorable sandwiches he has made.

For 30 years, HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches have provided hungry consumers a delicious any-time meal or snack, making it the hottest frozen sandwich across America. Made with savory premium meats, new buttery seasoned crusts, and real cheese, HOT POCKETS pioneered a new category of frozen sandwiches and snacks, which were acquired by Nestlé in 2002.    


LARRY VAN AALST JOINS THE SHOW WITH CHRISTIAN BUTZKE AND DAN BARWICK TO TALK ABOUT THE 2013 INDY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

The INDY is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States, the world's largest wine market. Nearly 3,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states will be evaluated by our distinguished 50 judges. Wine writers and winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers meet every year in the heart of America, a truly central place for your wines to be seen and recognized. Judging will take place July 31-August 1.

Monday, July 29, 2013

07/29 Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, Katie Dunn, Chef Andres, Twenty/20 Grill and Wine Bar

SPECIAL REMOTE BROADCAST FROM THE SHERATON CARLSBAD RESORT & SPA




Katie Dunn - Marketing Manager – Talking about the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa


Situated thirty minutes north of the San Diego Airport, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is a refreshing retreat in a charming coastal community with beautiful Spanish Mediterranean architecture, rolling lawns, flowering shrubs, and nearby pristine beaches. Take advantage of our private hotel entrance to LEGOLAND® California, exclusive to Sheraton Carlsbad resort guests. Explore our deals at Carlsbad resorts below and enjoy exclusive savings.

Chef Andres - Talking about the Grilling Series and Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar

Twenty/20 is located in the charming coastal community of Carlsbad, TWENTY/20, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant is named for the picture-perfect, panoramic views of the Pacific coastline. Led by Executive Chef Robert Carr, the menu features the flavors and culinary style found in the San Sebastian region of Northern Spain.  All plates are made with fresh, organic ingredients and when possible, are locally sourced. The newly renovated veranda showcases custom designed fire and water features, relaxed and communal seating, private dining venues and state-of the art heat elements allowing for year-round enjoyment.

Upcoming Schedule:

July 31, 2013: TWENTY/20’s new Executive Sous Chef, Andres Hinojosa, who has a passion for wood smoke BBQing and wants to teach guests to go beyond just “turning the BBQ on” will showcase Latin Summer Grilling.

August 14, 2013: Chef Mario Moser of The Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen: Oceanside’s busiest hot spot which has been described by San Diego Magazine as, “. . . slow food served in an unpretentious manner, by creative, friendly veterans of the high-dining scene” will present his smoking methods.

August 28, 2013: Chef Mark Millwood of That Boy Good, makers of authentic Mississippi barbeque will be pairing beer with barbeque.

Troy Johnson, of San Diego Magazine and Food Network fame, will make a special appearance and emcee one class, TBD.

Friday, July 26, 2013

07/26 Honore Comfort, Sonoma County Vintners, Miss Robbie Montgomery, Welcome to Sweetie Pies’s, OWN

HONORE COMFORT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS TALKS ABOUT SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND – AUG 30-SEPT 1

The Sonoma Wine Country weekend is right around the corner! Reserve your tickets at WWW.SONOMAWINECOUNTRYWEEKEND.COM  or call (855) 939-7666.

Honore Comfort, joined the Sonoma County Vintners as Executive Director in 2006.  Formerly with Foster’s Wine Estates, Ms. Comfort brings an extensive background in wine marketing, consumer marketing, and not-for profit management to the organization.  As Group Brand Manager for Luxury Imports for Fosters, Ms. Comfort was responsible for marketing major wine brands to the North American market including Penfolds and Wynn’s along with other boutique luxury brands.  Prior to the merger with Foster’s, she managed the Rosemount Estate brand for Southcorp Wines and was responsible for a 2 million case business in the US, Canada, and Latin America. She started her wine career as Director of Marketing for a small, family owned winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley.

Ms. Comfort gained her marketing and advertising expertise while working as Director of Print Media for Macy’s West in San Francisco.  Her career also includes four years as a successful strategic planner and corporate fundraiser for the Art Institute of Chicago, and other non-profit museums and institutions around the United States. Honore has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts Administration both from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley.  Ms. Comfort lives in Healdsburg with her husband, and together they manage their micro-vineyard of 40 year-old Dry Creek Valley Cabernet.

 
MISS ROBBIE MONTGOMERY FROM "WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE'S" GRACES OPRAH'S OWN NETWORK

Miss Robbie Montgomery stars in the 2013 NAACP Award-Winning series "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" on Oprah's OWN Network.  For more than 20 years, Miss Robbie had a successful music career, singing back-up for Ike & Tina Turner, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and James Brown.  But when a collapsed lung abruptly ended her singing career, the soul sister turned to soul food, opening up two nationally acclaimed soul food restaurants in St. Louis, which garnered a huge following with both locals and celebrities.  The inspirational docu-series "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" (which returns on Sat., 7/27) follows the loud, loving Montgomery family as they deal with the highs and lows of running their family business.


STEVE EVANS JOINS THE SHOW WITH HIS WEEKLY MOVIE REPORT

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, July 25, 2013

7/25 KATIE MADIGAN, ST. FRANCIS WINERY, JENNIFER DESEVICH, CLAY FRITZ, FRITZ CELLARS, LARRY LIPSON, COSTA RICA

KATIE MADIGAN - ST. FRANCIS WINEMAKER & JENNIFER DASKEVICH – CONTEST WINNER OF  “SAY CHEESE” GOURMET GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE CONTEST



Sonoma County’s winemaking pioneer St. Francis Winery turned up the heat on an American classic with a gourmet grilled cheese recipe contest that awarded a trip to the winery and a four day stay in Sonoma County. Entrants of the contest, which ran from February 1st to April 31th, 2013, were required to submit an original recipe to the contest app on St. Francis’ Facebook page, pair it with their favorite St. Francis wine and post a photo of it. The winner was selected from the top ten most popular entries, which were judged on creativity, originality, overall taste, ease of replication of recipe, and how well the flavors of the sandwich paired with a St. Francis wine.  Chef and cheese expert Jason Sobocinski and St. Francis Winemaker Katie Madigan were the final judges. Both Jason Sobocinski and Katie Madigan each cooked the top ten entries and chose Jennifer Daskevich from Los Angeles, CA and her Best Bistro grilled cheese recipe as the contest winner. 


CLAY FRITZ – PRESIDENT OF FRITZ CELLARS


Clayton B. Fritz is the President of Fritz Cellars. A San Francisco native, he is the son of winery founder Jay Arthur Fritz and grew up playing in the vineyards and woods surrounding the winery. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross, he spent several years working at start-ups and making wine during the summer.

Eventually his love of wine took over and he came back to work harvest at Fritz and never left. At Fritz he has focused on expanding the offerings they produce at their unique subterranean facility, while maintaining a viticultural passion for sustainability, quality, and tradition.

Clay is a board member of the Wine Growers of Dry Creek Valley and a board member of the Sonoma County Vintners Cooperative. Clay is married to Natalia Valpredo and they have three children: Buchannon, Bianca and Leonardo.



LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA CORRESPONDENT


Larry was a food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News for more than 50 years and now files a weekly report direct from Costa Rica and The Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

07/24 Chuck Jones, Jones Coffee

CHUCK JONES – JONES COFFEE

Chuck’s passion for coffee stems from his coffee producing family in Guatemala. He not only exported and imported this coffee from Finca Dos Marias, but also sold and distributed it to specialty roasters around the country. In 1994, Chuck started roasting coffee for the local consumer market in Pasadena as Coffee Roasters of Pasadena now Jones Coffee Roasters. Jones is a wholesale/retail roaster.

Chuck has said that he is in the business of putting people into business. Working with his retail clients to build quality-based campaigns has been his hallmark for success. Jones Coffee Roasters own retail program has been the testing ground. With an annual advertising budget of less than $100, Chuck has demonstrated how a few marketing techniques can make the difference, make the community very happy and achieve success in the retail specialty coffee market..

Chuck has been active in the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). He Chaired the Membership Committee for three years; Chaired the Awards Committee for two years; Annual Conference Committee Facilitator for three years; and an Instructor for Sensory Evaluation and Espresso Lab Workshops. In addition to this, Chuck was in the Sustainable Criteria Group II at the First Sustainable Coffee Congress in 1996. He has been a Presenter at the Coffee Association of Canada, on panels for Family Businesses and Marketing Guatemalan Coffee. In 1996, he co-authored a book entitled “Achieving Success in the Specialty Coffee Business”. Chuck has been a USBC Judge and has really enjoyed the retail aspect of the coffee industry.

In 2005, Jones Coffee Roasters went into the espresso business and added a full service retail component to their business. Having had the experience of assisting and training café customers to set up their retail stores, he now faced his own challenge that has been very successful.

Today, Jones has a satellite in the West Hollywood new library building and is roasting for Caltech, JPL, Cafes on the USC Campus, Lemonade in addition to many wonderful boutique restaurants and cafes. He is here to share with us his story and the world of coffee!

Community Events and Workshops:
http://www.thebestcoffee.com/local/community/calendar/

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/JonesCoffeeRoasters

Twitter:
@jonescoffeepas
@jonescoffeeweho

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

07/23 The Haunted Queen Mary, Chef Todd, Everette Hoard, Steve Sheldon

JOIN MIKE AND PAUL AS THEY BOARD THE HAUNTED QUEEN MARY FOR A SPECIAL REMOTE BROADCAST


Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue. The Queen Mary gives visitors a unique glimpse into a bygone era when steamships were the most regal way to travel. - See more at: www.queenmary.com

THEY'LL TALK TO...




CHEF TODD HENDERSON, 
EXECUTIVE CHEF


 



 

EVERETTE HOARD, 
QUEEN MARY COMMODORE 





 

 
STEVE SHELDON, 
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS




Monday, July 22, 2013

07/22 Cole Carley, BBQ Bootcamp

COLE CARLEY - BBQ Bootcamp

BBQ Bootcamp is a collaborative effort of animal scientists in NDSU's Animal Science Departmentand agents from the NDSU Extension Service.  BBQ Boot Camps are held in various locations during the summer.

Participants learn about:

--  New cooking methods and practices

--  Meat cut selection

--  Rubs, marinades and seasonings (click for recipes)

--  Food safety and nutrition

--  Smoking, gas and charcoal cooking

--  Meat industry topics, including related research, teaching and Extension activities at NDSU

BBQ Boot Camp instructors introduce participants to grilling methods, including smoking and cooking with gas and charcoal. Instructors will describe the merits of various meat cuts and explain how cooking temperatures, humidity and the composition of the meat from different animal species can affect the barbecuing process. Participants also will learn about nutrition, food safety and techniques such as using rubs, marinades and seasonings.

Faculty will share information on current topics in the pork, beef and lamb industries and report on related research, teaching and Extension activities at NDSU.

"The program highlights many different aspects of agriculture from meat cookery to the importance that producers place on meeting high product quality standards," says David Newman, NDSU Extension swine specialist and one of the BBQ Boot Camp organizers.

The camps wrap up with a full meal, including traditional barbecue side dishes. Participants will be able to fill their plates with a large variety of barbecued meat.

"You definitely won't leave hungry," says Eric Berg, a professor in the Animal sciences department and a BBQ Boot Camp instructor.

Animal sciences department and Extension faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students are the instructors for the camps.

http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ansc/bbqbootcamp/bbq-boot-camp

Friday, July 19, 2013

07/19 Patricia Schultz, Larry Manetti, Steve Evans

PATRICIA SCHULTZ - BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND TRAVEL EXPERT – ‘1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE’

Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 25 years of experience, she has written for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and Everyday With Rachael Ray. She also executive-produced a Travel Channel television show based on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Her home base is New York City. Her home base is New York City. From historical sites and national seashores and majestic mountains, America’s national parks are the perfect destinations for family vacations this summer. However, as we visit these historic treasures, it’s important to recognize the issues that face them.  Appearing live from the Great Smoky Mountains, is best-selling author and travel expert, Patricia Schultz, to tell your viewers how to make the most of their summer vacation by adding a visit to a national park.  Patricia will also talk about the “National Parks Project,” a partnership between Nature Valley and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).This program is helping ensure our national parks get the care and support they need to flourish for generations to come.
 


LARRY MANETTI - "ALOHA MAGNUM" RECIPES

Larry Manetti started acting in his of hometown Chicago. After studying acting with the Ted List Theater Players, Larry drove to Los Angeles in 1972. Larry landed an agent and was sent to Universal Studios to audition for an opening as a contract player. Luck was on his side. Jack Webb was casting a new series for NBC called The Chase. Larry played a young detective. After attending acting school at Sal Dano's at night and doing bit parts by day, he scored. Baa Baa Black Sheep was being produced and cast at Universal, and the now famous writer Stephen J. Cannell was the executive producer and the role was a natural for Larry. He was cast as a cocky, hot shot pilot named Bobby Boyle. The show was a big hit for NBC but was cancelled within two years. Because the network was so impressed with Larry's on-screen presence, they cast him in a new series called The Duke. Bad luck! The Duke was cancelled in one year. Larry was back to playing whatever Universal told him to. Hoping to catch lighting in a jar, along came Magnum, P.I. And the role of Rick. This was his elevator...the show became a mega-hit for 8 years. Since Magnum, P.I., Larry has done co-starring roles in 25 feature films and guest starred on many hot TV shows. Larry is the author of a book titled Aloha Magnum.

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, July 18, 2013

07/18 Chip Forsight, Rebel Coast Winery, Chef Kevan Vetter, McCormick® Grill Mates®

Chip Forsight – Rebel Coast Winery

We make wine without a winery. We can do that because wine is a commodity on a bulk market. We blend together wines we like, rent the equipment we need for the hours we need it, and bottle the wine. This allows us to spend 90% of our time on the best part, selling it. We make 2 wines, a Napa Cab blend called Reckless Love, and an Alexander Valley sparkling rose called Pink Panda. Our labels are designed to get everyones attention, and encourage them to take the bottle home and share it with friends, it is so much fun.


Chef Kevan Vetter - McCormick® Grill Mates®

Grilling season is here, and backyard cooks are turning up the heat with new trends from the “McCormick Grill Mates & Lawry’s Flavor Forecast 2013: Grilling Edition.”

In every backyard all across this great nation, our fans understand that no grilling experience is complete without Grill Mates. Grill on, America!

Be the master of your grill with the sensational, mouthwatering flavors of Grill Mates. This line of Seasonings, Marinades, Rubs, BBQ Sauces and Steak Sauces were created to bring maximum flavor to grilled foods.

For flavor-boosting trends and recipes, visit www.grillingflavorforecast.com. To connect with other grilling enthusiasts, join The Grillerhood at www. facebook.com/GrillMates.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

07/17 TONI BENTON, LARRY LIPSON

TONI BENTON - GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS 
 

Catalan Festival, coming up on Sat/Sun July 20th & 21st at 12:00-4:00pm. As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old winemaking practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedicated to Pinot Noir, we are steadfast in our belief that this enigmatic variety brings a timeless grace to our sparkling and estate varietal wines. The Ferrer family’s culture of generosity is expressed in their commitment to high-quality, affordable wines for everyone to enjoy. Celebrate Spain in Sonoma overlooking our Carneros estate vineyards.



LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA CORRESPONDENT

LARRY WAS A FOOD CRITIC FOR THE LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS AND NOW FILES A WEEKLY REPORT DIRECT FROM COSTA RICA AND THE LIPSON INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED WINE STUDIES.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

07/16 ARIELLE KEBBEL, GISELE PEREZ

ARIELLE KEBBEL - HOST OF “PERFECT SCORE”
  
Arielle Kebbel (“Vampire Diaries”) hosts the CW’s new dating reality show, “Perfect Score” premiering Tuesday, July 16!  Fan-favorite actress Arielle Kebbel is the host on The CW’s new dating game show “Perfect Score.”
A natural talent with a striking screen presence and an undeniable personality, Arielle Kebbel made her mark in Hollywood at just 17, playing the recurring role of Lindsay Lister on the hit series “Gilmore Girls,” a part she won within two days of arriving in Los Angeles from Florida. It was her first audition

In the past year, Kebbel has been seen on the big screen in “Brooklyn Brothers” (Toronto Film Festival selection), “I Melt with You” (Sundance Film Festival), the Sony/Screen Gems summer blockbuster “Think Like a Man,” which debuted number one at the box-office, and “Supporting Characters” (Tribeca Film Festival 2012). Other film credits include “The Uninvited,” “John Tucker Must Die” and “The Grudge 2.

 Kebbel currently plays Lexi on “The Vampire Diaries.” The character is such a fan-favorite, she was asked to host “The Vampire Diaries” original recap series called “Rehash.” She also recently starred in Hallmark Channel’s number one movie of 2012, “A Bride for Christmas.” Other television credits include recurring roles on the critically acclaimed series “Life Unexpected,” and on “90210,” playing Vanessa, the woman fans love to hate. In addition, she has guest-starred on episodes of “Hawaii 5-0,” “True Blood,” “Entourage” and “Law and Order: SVU.”
When not working, Kebbel enjoys travel, learning about other cultures, foods, plants and animals. Her goals are to connect people through her work and inspire the next generation to make their mark on this world in their own positive way.

PERFECT SCORE, hosted by fan-favorite actress Arielle Kebbel (“John Tucker Must Die,” “The Vampire Diaries”), puts a unique twist on dating game shows by not only giving players a chance to win a date, but also the opportunity to win cold hard cash -- IF they can successfully identify their perfect match.  In each half-hour episode, two friends compete to see who can pick their ideal mate from a group of 10 prospective singles, after both the players and the contestants have taken compatibility tests. These tests are used to assign cash values to each possible match, and the player who selects the most compatible single – with the highest cash value – wins the cash prize and the date!  Created and executive produced by Scott St. John (“America’s Got Talent,” “Deal or No Deal,”), Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin, PERFECT SCORE is from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “The X Factor,” “America's Got Talent”).

 
GISELE PEREZ - FOOD BLOGGER AND COLUMNIST

A recognized food blogger and columnist, New Orleans native Gisele Perez, is an established chef in Los Angeles, California, with her company, Small Pleasures Catering.  Immigrating to Los Angeles from New Orleans as a child, Gisele grew up traveling back and forth between the two cities, which instilled in her a love for New Orleans that has become an integral part of her life and career.  A graduate with honors from the renowned California Culinary Academy, Gisele worked in some of the finest hotels, restaurants and catering companies in New York and San Francisco before returning to Los Angeles and starting her catering company in 1997.  While some of her catering specialties may not be New Orleans-specific, everything she cooks, every buffet decorated, is influenced by it. When Gisele is in her kitchen she is constantly reminded of her grandmother, at whose knee she stood as a young child, questioning her as she cooked for her large family. Gisele has been featured in numerous regional publications and on local television.

Monday, July 15, 2013

07/15 CHRIS SLAUGHTER, JIM CARTER

CHRIS SLAUGHTER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SANTA MARIA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY ASSOCIATION

Join over 50 Chardonnay producers from around the world for an insightful weekend of education and exploration designed to enlighten wine consumers, industry professionals, and media on Chardonnay wine producing regions and wine making styles, and their effects on America’s favorite wine. Now in its fourth year, The Chardonnay Symposium is the only event of its kind in the United States focusing on the golden grape.  Taste the world’s most celebrated Chardonnays alongside food piarings specifically designed to enhance the wine experience, with celebrity chef demonstrations and an educational panel session moderated by Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff.


JIM CARTER - FOUNDER/PROPRIETOR OF SOUTH COAST WINERY RESORT & SPA


This Temecula Valley, California, destination combines working winery with luxurious sanctuary, adding a new dimension to an increasingly popular wine country. The intimate resort offers Southern California residents a very drivable getaway. It's also easily accessible from the San Diego, Los Angeles and Ontario airports and central to the region's many attractions. And the guest experience here? Peaceful walks through the vines, winery tours and tastings, gourmet food paired with award-winning wines, vineyard views from a villa terrace with the highest standards of service. A slightly romanticized version of the vintner lifestyle. Just the way founder/proprietor Jim Carter originally pictured it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

07/12 JENN BROWN, BRUCE KRAIG, STEVE EVANS

JENN BROWN - CO-HOST OFAMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR

“American Ninja Warrior” crosses the country to Miami, Florida where competitors tackle four brand new obstacles including the Utility Pole Slider, Balance Bridge, Slider Jump and Monkey Peg. Olympic gold medalist Dee Dee Trotter brings her elite athleticism to the course, while returning contender Flip Rodriguez attempts to defend his fastest qualifying time. Competitors in this rigorous obstacle course competition series vie for a chance to win a cash prize of $500,000 and the title “American Ninja Warrior.”

NBC and G4 have teamed once again to bring summertime audiences the heart-racing competition series “American Ninja Warrior.” The series is returning for its fifth season on G4 and its second full season on NBC. Matt Iseman returns to the show as host with former NFL player Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network). Jenn Brown (ESPN) will serve as co-host.

Jenn Brown is co-host for NBC’s heart-racing obstacle course competition series “American Ninja Warrior.” A two-time Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster, Brown has also served as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s college football telecasts, the College Baseball World Series, Little League World Series, ESPY red carpet coverage as well as the summer and winter “X Games.” From 2010-13, Brown was a Los Angeles-based bureau reporter for ESPN, contributing interviews and reports for “SportsCenter,” “College Game Day” and “College Football Live.” Brown also co-hosted ESPNU’s popular college football show “RoadTrip,” which covered the biggest college football and basketball rivalry games throughout the year. Brown has covered a range of sporting events, including the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship Game, College Baseball World Series, NBA Finals, Monaco Grand Prix and Daytona 500.

Prior to joining ESPN full time, Brown was the first-ever female correspondent on Showtime’s award-winning series “Inside the NFL,” and also worked on the network’s boxing and mixed martial arts programing from 2008-10. In the 2009 summer, Brown co-hosted ABC’s primetime show “The Superstars,” in which athletes and celebrities paired up and competed against each other in various competitions. In 2008, Brown was a host at E! Entertainment, working on their daily online news show “E! News Now.” In addition to her role at E!, Brown also appeared as an entertainment correspondent on “CNN Showbiz Tonight” along with “Chelsea Lately.”
In 2004, Brown got her start in television by hosting and producing travel shows for Bennett Productions. For more than three years, she traveled to over 25 countries, taking viewers along on her many bold and electrifying adventures. She swam with sharks in Bora Bora, hang-glided over the beaches in Brazil, paraglided off a mountain in Alaska and spent two weeks on a safari in Africa.

Brown also cave-dived in the Cenotes sinkholes of Mexico, swam with alligators in the Florida Everglades, hung with the KGB in Russia and drove a Bugatti across the country in the Great America Run.

An athlete at heart, Brown’s competitive nature began at an early age when she took up sports at 3 years old. Her parents, both former Olympic gymnastics coaches, instilled in her a passion for sports. She attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship and played four years on the Florida Gators softball team, ultimately serving as its senior captain.
Brown currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Wes Chatham.


BRUCE KRAIG - FOOD HISTORIAN

Bruce Kraig is a well-known food historian in the United States who can pretty much provide background on a wide variety of foods from their conceptions, word origins, and variations throughout the US or regional importance.  Most importantly, he is frequently asked to speak at numerous events featuring the eponymous hot dog! Given the importance of the Hot Dog in US culture, its numerous variations and limitless toppings and regional variations, the hot dog (wiener, red hot, tube steak, etc) is a fun and exciting food stuff to talk about!  Everyone can partake as there are gluten-free dogs, turkey dogs, vegetarian dogs, and more!  What's more exciting is there is a lot of pride people take in their hot dogs.



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, July 11, 2013

07/11 ELAINE HONIG, SHAWN KERWIN

ELAINE HONIG – FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, “WINE, WOMEN & SHOES”

Now in its eighth year, Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S®) has produced over 120 events, which has helped net an astounding $13 million for our charity partners around the country. Inspired by the classic country ballad “Wine, Women and Song,” our event offers our charity partners the opportunity to create a fabulous women’s fundraiser. Prior to the launch of my company, I ran the marketing, branding, and communication for Honig Vineyard and Winery in Napa Valley. Today I not only “Feast it Forward” through our national Wine, Women & Shoes events, but locally, I have served on the board of Trustees of the Napa County Land Trust, most recently served as Chairman of the Board. I have also dedicated my time having served on the Planned Parenthood – Shasta Diablo’s Napa Valley Board of Advocates, the Board of Directors of the Napa County Farm Bureau, and the Napa Sierra Club. I am honored to contribute to our community not only on a professional level, but a as a personal commitment to paying it forward.


SHAWN KERWIN – GM OF ON THE THIRTY

Owners and operators Shawn Kerwin and Justin Urich love to drink and eat. Shawn, the wine virtuoso, is a California wine enthusiast and will pour everything from small boutique wines to Napa’s greatest. Justin, the beer and pizza guru, is a home-brew master and will bring the best of the best from the ever evolving California craft beer scene. Passion, a commitment to quality, and a love of food.

On The Thirty is a new sophisticated hotspot for the California wine and beer savvy. On The Thirty features thirty California craft beers and thirty California boutique wines by the glass. The culinary experience is gourmet pizza driven with artisan sandwiches, salads and seasonal offerings.

After you arrive through our beautiful outdoor lounge, warm lighting will guide you through this impressive space. The decor is nothing short of stunning with a shotgun style layout full of rich walnut, finished concrete and polished copper. Large flat screen televisions and projectors combined with a stage for acoustic music and performances provide all the entertainment you will need while enjoying the menu.

Most importantly, On The Thirty's staff is as beautiful and educated as it gets. On The Thirty has truly raised the bar for not just Sherman Oaks, but for all of Los Angeles.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

07/10 DARLENE PAWLUKOWSKY, TONY LOMBARDI, LARRY LIPSON

Darlene Pawlukowsky - THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION

THE FINAL THREE BAKERS COMPETE IN A WINNER-TAKE-ALL BATTLE FOR $250,000 AND A COOKBOOK CONTRACT, ON THE SEASON FINALE OF THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION, WEDNESDAY, JULY 10.

As the final three bakers compete in a winner-take-all battle for $250,000 and a cookbook contract, the pressure reaches an all-time high, leading one of them to break down. Also, the contestants also face their toughest challenges yet when they need to use peanuts in their Signature Bakes, as well as make 72 American flag-inspired miniature desserts for their Showstoppers, on THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION, Wednesday, July 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


TONY LOMBARDI - KOSTA BROWNE WINERY

Kosta Browne has bolstered its new estate program with the purchase of its first vineyard, a key 20 acre block from the highly acclaimed Keefer Ranch, located in the Russian River Valley appellation.

"We have been sourcing Pinot Noir from the Keefer Ranch since 2005 and it has been a gem in our portfolio, having designated the wine since that vintage," says winery founder Michael Browne. "It’s just such an incredible Green Valley site and the meticulous care given to this ranch by Marcy Keefer and her crew truly shows in the wines.”

Kosta Browne acquires the K2 block, while Marcy Keefer continues to farm her remaining 30 acres, selling these grapes to her existing winery clients.

“I couldn’t be happier with this arrangement with Kosta Browne,” says Marcy Keefer. “They have always been the ideal winery partner, so I’m confident they will be incredible stewards of this piece of vineyard.” Keefer Ranch is located in Green Valley which is located in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley, near the headwaters of Green Valley Creek. The original 50 acre vineyard is planted on gentle well-drained slopes with Goldridge soil and is perfectly positioned on gently rolling hills in an area known to have some of the coolest weather in the Russian River Valley. The site has a superb micro-climate, offering just the right amount of warmth during the day and very cool nights, which leads to intensely focused red fruited wine with strong natural acidity; combined with elegance and intensity. The acquisition of Keefer Ranch comes on the heels of the winery securing a long term lease of 37 acres from the Gap’s Crown Vineyard, and now further expands the Kosta Browne’s new estate wine program.

About Kosta Browne Winery: For over 15 years Kosta Browne has crafted intensely flavored and balanced wines from the finest regions in California, including the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Kosta Browne’s dedication to quality, stewardship and commitment to customer relationships has propelled the brand to industry leader, producing some of the most sought after new world Pinot Noirs. To learn more about the winery, please visit:www.kostabrowne.com.


LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA CORRESPONDENT

LARRY WAS A FOOD CRITIC FOR THE LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS AND NOW FILES A WEEKLY REPORT DIRECT FROM COSTA RICA AND THE LIPSON INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED WINE STUDIES.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

07/09 LARRY VAN AALST, ROSS MATHEWS


LARRY VAN AALST - SOMMELIER

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.

 

ROSS MATHEWS - NBC TONIGHT SHOW


Ross Mathews is taking over the world – the television world.  You can see him on-air bringing in the laughs as a “Chelsea Lately” regular and “The Tonight Show” correspondent, and he has a new talk show in development for later this Fall.

Like many Americans who juggle busy schedules and long days, Ross doesn’t have time to be left high and dry by things that cause discomfort or slow him down.  And, he’s not alone.  A nationwide poll showed that contact lens wearers are tired of being left high and dry in front of the computer, at the movies and even behind the wheel of a car.

Since 2001, Ross Mathews has traveled the world and established himself as one of the most in demand television correspondents and hosts in the pop-culture arena today. Endearing and witty, undeniably funny and one of the hardest working people in show business, Mathews has won the hearts of millions of Americans since his television debut -- as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In May 2013, Mathews released his first book, Man Up: Tales of My Self Delusional Self-Confidence [Grand Central Publishing]. With an introduction written by Gwyneth Paltrow, and afterword from Chelsea Handler, Man Up takes readers inside Mathews’ personal journey as a super fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small town life and big city adventures, and how he managed to turn an obsession with pop culture into one on one interactions with celebrities like Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, and Michelle Kwan [to name a few] without ever having a single restraining order issued against him. In fall 2013, Ross will debut his own talk show entitled “Hello Ross,” a celebration of all things pop culture, and will include celebrity guests, audience interaction, and field pieces. In addition, Mathews can be seen as a regular panelist and occasional guest host on E!’s late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately,” and is a fixture on E! News and E! Network’s live red carpet awards show coverage. While working on his many projects - Mathews will also continue his duties as one of “The Tonight Show’s” regular correspondents.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

07/08 GRANT BOWLER, ROBERTA WILSON

GRANT BOWLER - DEFIANCE

The Action-Packed  Season Finale of  Defiance Airs July 8th on Syfy!  Grant Bowler, Star of the Popular Futuristic Adventure Series Defiance, Offers Listeners a Sneak Peek of Its Exciting Conclusion

Set in the near future, Syfy's hit series Defiance introduced an exotically transformed planet Earth, permanently altered following the sudden arrival of seven unique alien races. In the town of Defiance (a.k.a. the ruins of St. Louis, MO), a newly formed civilization of humans and aliens had no choice but to co-exist peacefully. The tense, action-packed season finale of Defiance – which has been renewed for a second season – airs July 8 on Syfy.

Grant Bowler, who stars as Nolan on Defiance, was last seen on the small screen as Richard Burton in Lifetime's popular movie Liz & Dick. He also starred as ‘Cooter’ in the hit vampire series True Blood on HBO, and is well known for his recurring character roles on Ugly Betty and Lost.

Here's a confirmation for your interview with Grant Bowler of the Syfy show "Defiance" on MON, 7/8, at 8:10am PT.


ROBERTA WILSON - "COOKIES FOR A KOZ"

Roberta Koz Wilson didn’t start out making cookies for a living. She graduated from UCLA and quickly rose through the ranks at MTV Networks. When she left her career in 2004, after much soul searching and schedule juggling, she was the Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing.
While Roberta and her brother, Jazz musician Dave Koz knew all about great cookies, the real cookie magician in Roberta’s family was her mom, Audrey. She was a pharmacist by trade (when women were not working much out of the home, let alone in pharmacies), and a true “angel on earth” at heart whose cookies were legendary.

When Audrey died suddenly in 2005, leaving “a void in the universe,” Roberta found herself not only at a crossroads in search of a new career challenge, but also in a position to honor the legacy of her beloved mother…

“I started my business, Cookies For A Koz (the “cause” being the Starlight Foundation–Audrey’s favorite charity), initially as an online gift business. About two years ago I decided to branch out into the wholesale business.  This was a HUGE learning curve for me as it was a whole different animal than my small online business that I was doing all the baking for.  I had to learn about manufacturing and packaging, and develop a version of my recipe that could have a six-month shelf life for retail. My first deal came about 1 1/2 years ago with Home Goods who agreed to carry four flavors of my cookies.  I felt from the minute I received that news until the time the cookies finally got on the shelves in their 400+ stores that I took a crash course in business school…there was that much learning involved!

The biggest lesson was that you don’t have the same fears when starting a new career at 50+ as you do as when you’re much younger and starting out. I was fortunate to have a ‘what have I got to lose’ attitude which made me feel more fearless. I asked lots and lots of questions, and people were very generous with sharing their knowledge.

I now know it is possible to reinvent yourself in midlife if you find something you are passionate about. If you have the will and determination, you will figure out how to do it. The thing to remember is not to get overwhelmed with the entirety of the project, but to take small steps every day toward your end goal–mini successes give you the fuel and inspiration to continue to move forward.”

The creation and growth of this business also created a positive learning experience for Roberta’s daughters, ages 20 and 18. They know that she left a rewarding career because at a certain point it didn’t allow her to maintain the priorities that she had set for herself.  They are very proud of their mom’s encore career. (They also love the charity component and that Cookies For A Koz  honors Audrey, whom they adored.)  Roberta says, “They have learned along with me what it takes to grow a small business from the ground up once you roll up your sleeves and get to work.”

Things are finally coming together for Roberta’s business: “We are going into the Gelson’s grocery store chain in Southern California this week and I hope over the next year to be in TJ Maxx and Marshall’s stores. I like to joke now that I’ve never worked so hard to make so little money–but I truly love it and hope that one day all the hard work will pay off, and that the Starlight Foundation will continue to benefit from even more profits. I feel passionate about what I am doing. I know my mom is smiling ear to ear and sitting on my shoulder helping me to take the next steps in my business.”

Friday, July 5, 2013

07/05 LARRY VAN AALST, CHEF BELTRAN, STEVE EVANS


LARRY VAN AALST - SOMMELIER

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.


CHEF BELTRAN - PASADENA

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 experience with multiple venues makes your event experience seamless and his exquisite palate for food and wine makes your meal one to top all others.


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, July 4, 2013

07/04 Rick Maynard, Martita Jara, Myron Mixon, Jeremy Wilkinson, Steve Raichlen

HAPPY FORTH OF JULY!


RICK MAYNARD - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS - KFC


Rick talks about "Boneless chicken" and lighter healthier choices at KFC. Ditch the traditional “burgers and dogs” this July 4th, and add some spice and FLAVOR to your barbeque menu! Rick Bayless, award-winning chef and Macy’s Culinary Council member is available to give your viewers some tips and recipes to make their 4th of July celebration the most delicious on the block and help ensure that their guests are as dazzled by the menu as they are with the fireworks display. He’ll also provide a sneak peek at the 2013 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®.


MARTITA JARA - TV Chef Spices Up Your Summer BBQ With a Latin Flair!

Summertime means grilling and backyard parties.  But, if you’re burgered-out and need something creative to wow your palate and your pals, TV Chef Martita Jara has just what you need.  This culinary artist brings her self-proclaimed California cuisine with Mexican flavor to your picnic table.  She’s sharing tips on everything from prepping your grill to her favorite recipes and what she packs in her cooler. See how pro plans a party no one will soon forget! Martita Jara began working in her family’s restaurant business at a young age, and her mom’s authentic Mexican home cooking inspired Martita’s culinary passion. Her parents moved to the U.S. two years before she was born, and Martita credits them with her work ethic and perseverance. A vivacious newlywed who loves to entertain, Martita cooks with loads of Latin flavor and lots of love.

Martita Jara is a self-taught professional chef who last season showed off her skills on the Next Food Network Star”.  Now, Martita is sharing her signature flavors to spice up your backyard barbecue.   Have you ever wondered what some of those unusual peppers are in the produce section?  Martita knows and she will share which ones can add a real kick to your summer feast.

Myron Mixon - World Champion Barbecuer

Learn the Tricks and Secrets to Grilling a Scrumptious Meal  from World Champion Barbecuer Myron Mixon. He is Widely Recognized as the Most Successful and Charismatic Man in Barbecue. You'll See Why When You Catch the New Season of His Mouth Watering Hit Show… "BBQ Pitmasters" And Learn How to Grill Like a Master with Nearly 150 Recipes from His Latest Cookbook "Everyday Barbecue!" From the Best Meat to buy to the Type of Grill that Works Best… Mixon will Share Cooking Tips that Will Make YOU the Grilling Master of YOUR Family. The hit series is back with the deeply competitive spirit of the American BBQ subculture all summer long! Destination America has doubled the number of competitors to shine the spotlight on the best BBQ festivals across the country -- from Austin, TX to New York City. Returning judges include the “winningest” man in BBQ, Myron Mixon, alongside Tuffy Stone, and each week will feature a new twist with a surprise guest judge. At the end of the season, only one will be crowned the ultimate BBQ Pitmaster.


JEREMY WILKINSON - SpecialWinesDirect.com

Jeremy joins Mike and Paul in studio to talk about special wine imports and his vast knowledge of Australian and Foreign wines and their uses.

Limited availability wines, specially selected from around the world-direct to your door. Shop by Wine Origin, Wine Type, or Price Point to find a great range of prices and unique wines that are not available elsewhere. Mix and Match to create your own case for 10% off your order! Access to your own Personal Sommelier to help you find the perfect wine.



Steve Raichlen - Culinary Writer, TV Host, and Novelist

Steven Raichlen is an American culinary writer, TV host, and most recently novelist. Born March 11, 1953, in Nagoya, Japan in Japan and raised in Baltimore, Maryland,  Raichlen graduated in 1975 from Reed College with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature.  He received a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship to study medieval cooking in Europe, and was offered a Fulbright Scholarship to study comparative literature. He trained at Le Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris.  Raichlen lives with his wife, Barbara, in Coconut Grove, Florida and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Since 1998, Raichlen's books have focused on the culture and practice of global grilling. His 28 books include The Barbecue Bible (1998, revised in 2008), How to Grill (2001), BBQ USA, Miami Spice, and Healthy Latin Cooking. His books have been translated into 15 languages. Raichlen also wrote Planet Barbecue!, the story of his travels to more than 50 countries in search of the best barbecue, published by Workman Publishing in 2010.

Raichlen currently hosts Primal Grill (American Public Television, 3 seasons, 2008–present). According to the show's Web site, the new series focuses on the "how-tos" of live fire cooking, employing different grills for each technique, including South American methods on large wood-fired Grillworks models. Raichlen, who holds a degree in French literature from Reed College, also hosts a French-language TV show called Le Maitre du Grill on Zeste in Quebec. Raichlen created the TV show Barbecue University (aka BBQ U, American Public Television, 4 Seasons, 2003–2006).

Raichlen is the founder of Barbecue University, which offers three-day intensive courses on live fire cooking at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.

Steven Raichlen has won five James Beard awards for his cookbooks. High-Flavor, Low-Fat Cooking won the 1993 award for Best Light and Healthy Cookbook, and his follow-up, High-Flavor, Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking, won the 1996 award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook.[5] In 1999, Healthy Latin Cooking won the award for Healthy Focus. He also earned the 2001 James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Award for his Healthy Jewish Cooking

More recently his 780-page book, BBQ USA, won the 2004 award for Tools and Techniques. In 2003, Bon Appetit named Raichlen “Cooking Teacher of the Year," the same year that The Barbecue Bible, based on his four years of research while traveling 150,000 miles through 25 countries on five continents, won an IACP Julia Child Award.

Originally from Baltimore, Raichlen has been known to further careers of such barbecue pitmasters thanks to his writing. One being Wayne Mark Schafer, of Baltimore's Pit Beef fame Big Fat Daddy's who was featured in Raichlen's NY Times Article and 425 Fiery Recipes Book.

He battled and defeated Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba in a "Battle of the Barbecue Gods" on Japanese television. Raichlen has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Food and Wine, "Bon Appetit" andHemispheres magazines.He has appeared on numerous television programs and networks including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Discovery Channel, Oprah, Regis & Kelly, The View and CNN.

07/27 ACTRESS MINKA KELLY, CARLO GHAILIAN, DOMINGOS ITALIAN DELI

ACTRESS MINKA KELLY - UPCOMING PROJECTS, HER LOVE OF FOOD AND HER PASSION FOR CHOCOLATE!  An advocate for responsible sourcing and train...