Monday, September 30, 2013

9/30 Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario, Mo Rocca, Cooking Channel

 
BARRIE LYNN - The Cheese Impresario - National Bourbon Heritage Month

Here we are going to talk about all kinds of cheeses from all around the world. We will learn together and I will help you bring the world of cheese closer to your heart and learn the great enjoyment that it can bring to you, your family, and your guests.  I am the cheese columnist for The Beverly Hills Timesand write the monthly "Cheese Matters" column that covers all things cheesy.

www.thecheeseimpresario.com



 
MO ROCCA - "Cooking Channel"   

MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI: SERIES PREMIERE on Cooking Channel, Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT.

Maurice Alberto "Mo" Rocca is an Emmy Award-winning American humorist, journalist and actor. He is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host and creator of My Grandmother's Ravioli on Cooking Channel.  Rocca began his career acting on stage in the Southeast Asia tour of the musical Grease (1993) and Paper Mill Playhouse's South Pacific (1994). His first television work was as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning children's television series, Wishbone. He also wrote for The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss onNickelodeon and ABC's Pepper Ann. He served as a consulting editor to the men's magazine Perfect 10.

In 2011 he won an Emmy as a writer for the 64th Annual Tony Awards From 1998 to 2003, Rocca was a regular correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which gave him his start in television.  His work included campaign coverage for Indecision 2000 and a regular feature called "That's Quite Interesting".

In 2004 he served as a convention floor correspondent for Larry King Live at both major party political conventions.

He was a regular correspondent for NBC's The Tonight Show from 2004 to 2008, and covered the 2008 election for NBC.

Rocca is a regular correspondent to CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. His work includes cover stories, features and profiles (Rita Moreno,Sally Field), with a special emphasis on presidential history.

Rocca is a regular panelist on the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
In 2012 he became a regular contributor to the new CBS This Morning.

Friday, September 27, 2013

09/27 Troy Roberts, 48 Hours, Larry Manetti, Steve Evans


TROY ROBERTS - 48 HOURS

SEASON PREMIERE - SATURDAY, SEPT 28 | 10 P.M. ET/PT - The Sweetheart Murders - Two murdered teens, a 32-year search for justice and eight years of reporting by "48 Hours". Troy Roberts has the latest in the investigation.

ABOUT TROY: Since Troy Roberts was named a correspondent for "48 Hours" in 1998, his reports for the broadcast have ranged from exclusive interviews with New York City's "preppy killer" Robert Chambers and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster to the rise in hate crimes and an investigation into a destructive cult to human research subjects.

Before that, Roberts was a CBS News correspondent (1996-98), reporting for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," "CBS News Sunday Morning" and "CBS This Morning." His assignments as a correspondent for the "CBS Evening News" included investigative stories for the broadcast's "Eye on America" series and the 1996 presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
Roberts' coverage of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta and the bombing that occurred during the event earned him an Emmy Award. He also anchored CBS News reports from the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and provided live coverage of many other major international events, including the signing of a Middle East peace agreement and the inauguration of South African President Nelson Mandela.

Roberts served as co anchor of the "CBS Morning News" (1995-96). He joined CBS News in 1993 as co anchor of the overnight broadcast "Up to the Minute." Before that, Roberts was a reporter and anchor for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York (1990-93), a reporter for KATU-TV Portland, Ore. (1987-90), and the anchor and producer of a weekly 30 minute news magazine at KPIX-TV, the CBS owned station in San Francisco (1985-87).

Roberts was born in Philadelphia and was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in political science.



LARRY MANETTI - Actor, Author and Radio Personality

Larry Manetti started acting in his home town of 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 calledThe 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 25feature 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, September 26, 2013

09/26 Randy DeWitt, Twin Peaks, Bobbi Cohen, Bobbilicious, Whole Foods, Bob Cabral, Williams Selyem

Randy DeWitt, Co-Founder and CEO of Twin Peaks 

“Twin Peaks” – Randy DeWitt, co-founder and CEO of Twin Peaks, goes undercover in his popular sports bar and grill chain that features provocatively dressed waitresses. While there, he enlists the help of UNDERCOVER BOSS alum Coby Brooks (“Hooters”), now one of the largest franchise owners at Twin Peaks, who shaves his head and also goes undercover as an inappropriate customer, on the fifth season premiere of UNDERCOVER BOSS, Friday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Randy DeWitt is CEO and co-founder of Twin Peaks Restaurants, one of the fastest growing sports bars in America. It’s headquartered in Dallas, where Randy grew up, and was launched in 2005.  It’s a rustic-themed sports bar that has more than 40 locations around the U.S. and brings in more than 100 million dollars of annual revenue.  They expect to triple their number of locations in the next three years.   They’re expanding as far south east as Florida, as far north as Chicago, and they’re on the strip in Las Vegas.   When Coby Brooks sold Hooters he called Randy six months later and said that he liked the brand and wanted to buy a large territory to develop in the southeast.   Randy saw the Hooters episode of “Undercover Boss” and acknowledges that it didn’t go well for Coby, but that he handled the situation extremely well.  Randy says his wife came up with the name Twin Peaks “to make it tongue-in-cheek” – and he loved it. Randy’s Mission:  Twin Peaks is growing really fast and he wants to ensure that they’re fulfilling the brand promise and are taking care of their employees.  Though he’s prepared for customers to say, “Get this doofus away from my table and bring me a Twin Peaks girl!”



Bobbi Cohen - Gluten Free cookies in Whole Foods Nationwide  

Bobbi Cohen has recently partnered with Whole Foods to launch her Gluten-Free cookies “Bobbilicious” this month and is touring the US doing demos in all of their stores.  Bobbi would love to join you guys on "What's Cookin' Today" to discuss how she became a "Boomerprenuer", got her delicious goodies in Whole Foods stores nationwide, and share some of her delicious GF recipes with your audience. Her story is very inspiring as she did all of this after a divorce and after dealing with health issues. I think your audience would really be into it.  She is also very eager to introduce her 3 Day Gluten Free Challenge that will help people lose annoying belly fat plus show them just how delicious a Gluten Free diet can be.



BOB CABRAL - Director of Winemaking & GM, Williams Selyem 

Committing your entire career to the drama of coaxing stellar wine from the Pinot Noir grape has kept life interesting for our Director of Winemaking & General Manager and the face of today’s Williams Selyem. But it pales in comparison to Bob’s youth. While other classmates were playing sports like basketball or baseball, Bob was playing football, on the FFA Vine Pruning team, FFA Soils Judging team and riding bulls part time. After experiencing a few wild rides, Bob decided to refrain from a career as a professional bull rider or calf roper to help operate the family farm. Bob’s back has been the better for that decision ever since, along with lovers of memorable Pinot Noirs.

With thoughts of rodeo days behind him, Bob put all his energy into pruning vines, irrigating vineyards, and harvesting grapes on his family’s 70-acre ranch near Escalon, CA. A fourth- generation farmer and grape grower from the fertile San Joaquin Valley, he took all he learned from his family farm and applied it to his degrees at Fresno State University. His passion for Pinot Noir was evident very early on as he would spend every spare dime, and a good chunk of his student loans, on buying wine from all over the world—especially Burgundy and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

As his Pinot knowledge grew, Bob knew that Sonoma County was where he could best hone his skills and learn to make wines that could rival the best in the world. After six vintages in Fresno County, he worked the next 11 vintages in various winemaking positions as the Associate Winemaker at De Loach Vineyards, Custom Crush Winemaker at Kunde Estate Winery, Winemaker at Alderbrook Vineyards, and Winemaker at Hartford Court Winery. In 1998 Burt Williams recommended that Bob take over for him as Winemaker at Williams Selyem. Bob and new owner John Dyson shared a similar winemaking philosophy: that the most important aspects of winemaking are the vineyards, the climate, and inspiring those around you to believe in what’s in the bottle.  Bob has been with Williams Selyem ever since.

Bob, his wife Heather, and their daughter Paige make their home in Sonoma County, just outside of Healdsburg. In his spare time, Bob kicks back by helping his daughter with her 4-H projects. They’re also learning how to play guitar together. It seems as if there is always work to be done around the ranch, pulling weeds or tending to a pig, but that doesn’t stop Bob and his family from escaping for a simple lunch or exploring the great local farms, cheese shops, bakeries, and Michelin-rated restaurants that have blossomed in the region.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

09/25 Larry Lipson, Todd Simon, Omaha Steaks



LARRY LIPSON - Costa Rica      

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. 



TODD SIMON - Fifth-generation family owner and Senior VP of Omaha Steaks 
 There are few things better than a nice juicy steak, cooked on the grill.

Steaks are easy to prepare and can always be done just the way you like them. Todd Simon, Expert on grilling and Senior Vice President of Omaha Steaks, offers some advic. on grilling up the perfect steak!

www.omahasteaks.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

09/24 Chef Tim Love, Eamonn Walker, Chicago Fire, Jim Ulcickas, Blue Water Grill

Celebrity Chef Tim Love -  Live from the WORLD’S LONGEST PICNIC TABLE

Known for His Roles on “TOP CHEF DALLAS” and “IRON CHEF AMERICA”, Celebrity Chef Tim Love Celebrates Delicious Food Live from Music City Eats in Nashville, Tennessee, Invites Your Listeners to Help Him Break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Picnic Table, and Shares with Your Listeners Some of His Favorite Family Recipes!

Celebrity chef Tim Love, famous for his roles on “Top Chef Dallas” and “Iron Chef America” and beloved for his freewheeling Texas personality and signature urban western cuisine, will be celebrating delicious food and memorable moments live from one of America’s premiere culinary events~Music City Eats in Nashville, Tennessee~one of the nation’s largest, favorite, and most respected food festivals! Having been a judge on the popular “Food Network” television series “Best in Smoke”, Tim will share with your listeners some of his favorite family food recipes that he has enjoyed around the table with family and friends! In addition, Tim is helping to unveil the WORLD’S LONGEST PICNIC TABLE and is inviting your listeners to join him in breaking the Guinness World Record. Celebrity chef Tim Love, beloved as much for his freewheeling personality as his signature urban western cuisine, has been featured on numerous television shows, including “Top Chef Dallas” and “Iron Chef America”, and has been a judge on the popular “Food Network” television series “Best in Smoke”. His inspired and innovative dishes (including everything from wild boar to rattlesnake) have earned critical and popular acclaim, and his charm and southern hospitality are always on display, whether it is at his Dallas/Fort Worth-area restaurants “The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro”, “The Love Shack”, Queenie’s Steakhouse, and Woodshed Smokehouse, or at culinary events and cultural festivals around the world such as Music City Eats, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival (for which he is a founding partner), and Austin City Limits.
 

EAMONN WALKER - Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, Chicago Fire

Eamonn Walker stars as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, a fireman’s fireman who is confronted by important personal decisions, in NBC’s drama “Chicago Fire.”Walker is a talented, compelling performer known for his depth, integrity and ability to give life to the most layered of characters.  He credits Sidney Poitier’s performance in “In the Heat of the Night” as the inspiration that led him to become an actor.  Born in London, he is perhaps best-known in the United States for his portrayal of Kareem Said, the Muslim leader on the critically-acclaimed series "Oz."  His work on this show earned him a Golden Satellite nomination and a Cable Ace Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.

On the big screen, Walker received stand-out notices for his performance as Howlin Wolf in “Cadillac Records," opposite Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def and Beyonce Knowles.  He also has given memorable performances in such films as “The Messenger” opposite Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, and Samantha Morton; "Lord of War," opposite Nicholas Cage and Ethan Hawke; “Duma,” Carroll Ballard's critically-acclaimed film; "Tears of the Sun," opposite Bruce Willis; Laurence Fishburne's "Once in the Life"; the psychological thriller “Legacy” and M. Night Shamaylan's "Unbreakable."

Moving seamlessly between film and television, his numerous credits include the NBC series “Kings” where he garnered rave reviews, the Jerry Bruckheimer series “Justice” and the award-winning BBC series “Moses Jones.”  He portrayed a modern day John Othello in the BAFTA and Peabody Award-winning adaptation of London Weekend Television’s “Othello” and Tom Fontana invited Walker to portray the sympathetic killer in the “Homicide” finale, the two-hour teleplay “Homicide: Life Everlasting.”  Other credits include a special arc on the critically-acclaimed series “Lights Out,” a topical multi-episode African –based narrative on John Wells’ “ER,” and the mini-series “The Governor” and “Supply and Demand.”  Most recently, he appeared in the BBC’s groundbreaking Martin Shaw series “Inspector George Gently” and with Charles Dance in several episodes of the Cinemax series “Strike Back.”

In 2005, Walker was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his Broadway debut as Marc Antony alongside Denzel Washington and Colm Feore in "Julius Caesar" at the Belasco Theatre.  He later performed to sold-out audiences and great critical acclaim as the first Black actor to portray Othello at the historic Old Globe Theater in London.

Walker co-founded the Flipside Theater Company in London and starred in their production of "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea."  He also appeared in London’s West End and in plays on such venerable stages as the Citizens Theatre, the Royal Exchange and the Hampstead Theatre. Walker resides in both Los Angeles and London.


Jim “Jimmy” Ulcickas - Founder, BLUE WATER GRILL

Jim “Jimmy” Ulcickas founded Bluewater Grill with his partner Rick Staunton in 1996, and is responsible for all aspects of marketing, especially the growth of the brand from the original Newport Beach, Calif., dockside location to a growing family of premiere seafood restaurants in California and Arizona.

He was born and raised in Connecticut, and is a Dartmouth graduate of economics. After graduation in 1983, he joined W. R. Grace & Co. in New York, N.Y., where he worked as a financial analyst in the restaurant department and assistant to Chairman J. Peter Grace. During his six-year tenure with the company, he worked in operations for various Grace divisions, including Coco’s, Carrows, Baxter’s, Reuben’s, El Torito and Gladstone’s 4 Fish.

In 1989, Jim joined American Restaurant Group, Inc., in Newport Beach, as controller of Spoons, a $35 million division encompassing 20 restaurants and 1,400 employees. In this capacity, he was responsible for the financial management of day-to-day operations, strategic planning, budgeting and the development and maintenance of internal control systems. Jim used his unit-level, district and multi-unit operational experience to help grow the Spoons chain by 50 percent and establish the National Sports Grill concept to six stores during his tenure.

Jim was instrumental in the design and marketing of the Bluewater Grill at The District at Tustin Legacy. The 7,250-square-foot showplace served as the design inspiration for the new Phoenix location and is the prototype for future Bluewater Grills throughout the West.

Monday, September 23, 2013

09/23 Chef Jeff Anderson, Safeway, Larry Van Aalst

Executive Chef Jeff Anderson - SAFEWAY

Chef Jeff Anderson is the Executive Chef is responsible for developing new product ideas and recipes. Chef Jeff is committed to providing a gold standard of food excellence, all at affordable prices . In his role, he educates consumers about Safeway’s newest products and teaches them fresh and creative ways to use Safeway products in their everyday lives. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Chef Jeff is always eager to share his extensive culinary knowledge and he participates in many consumer culinary events to share cooking tips and easy recipes to help consumers create better home-cooked meals. As a father of two, Chef Jeff is passionate about creating recipes that are not only delicious but also affordable and simple to prepare for today’s busy families.

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.



Friday, September 20, 2013

09/20 ANDREW WILDER, STEVE EVANS

ANDREW WILDER - FOOD BLOGGER

What would happen if I went for an entire month without eating any processed foods? This question would have been laughable (or even nonsensical) just a few decades ago. Nowadays, it seems that almost every food that comes with an ingredients list on it is likely to be laden with extra sugar, fat, and salt. And preservatives. And flavorings. And artificial colors. I’m not okay with this.

So I tried it, along with a few good friends: A month of no processed foods. It was revelatory. My expectations and sense of taste were re-calibrated. I started to identify individual ingredients in the foods I ate. I didn’t crave those salty snacks. I found myself often in the kitchen, excited to see what I could cook next. Above all, I simply felt better. We took turns hosting small dinner parties, and shared our stories and experiences. It brought us closer together. Funny how real food does that. In 2010, I decided to try it again, in a bigger way. I had started Eating Rules just a few months before, and I reached out to my fellow foodies, bloggers, and friends, and issued the challenge again. In October 2010, 415 people took the pledge and we shared over 40 guest posts! (We also made the news a few times!) In 2011 we had over 3,000 people take the pledge, and we shared over 55 guest posts! For 2012 Andrew had 6,000 people take the.  This year we are going for 10,000 people taking the challenge.  Many go on to stay eating unprocessed for life.  Andrew has received major press interest and sponsors.  Last year Rene Lynch at the LA Times did a big online article on October Unprocessed and did the challenge herself.  I too plan to do this as well.

www.eatingrules.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, September 19, 2013

09/19 Chef Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete

Chef Joanne Chang – Author, ‘Flour, Too’ – Owner, Flour Bakery + Café in Boston

The ideal companion to Flour—Joanne Chang’s beloved first cookbook—Flour, too includes the most-requested savory fare that has made her four cafés Boston’s favorite stops for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are 100 gratifying recipes for easy at-home eating and entertaining from brunch treats to soups, pizzas, pasta, drinks, and, of course, Flour’s famous cakes, tarts, and other sweet goodies.

Recipes include bakery favorites such as Flour’s Famous Egg Sandwich, the comforting Mama Chang’s Hot and Sour Soup, the best Applewood-Smoked BLT sandwich, Mushroom and Leek Lasagna with Creamy Bechamel, and the thirst-quenching Cantaloupe-Mint Seltzer. Not to be forgotten are the desserts Joanne is known for including Lemon-Ginger Mousse, decadent Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake and classic Butter Breton Cake.

Joanne learned how to cook and bake like most of us: with piles of cookbooks stacked on her kitchen counter, Julia Child on the TV screen and a lot of trial and error. This experience gives her a unique perspective on cooking and baking, which she shares throughout Flour, too, whether in dedicated sections or engaging recipe headnotes.

More than 50 glorious color photographs by Michael Harlan Turkell take readers inside the warm, cozy cafés and the night pastry kitchen, and demonstrate the beauty of this delicious food. With a variety of recipes for all skill levels, this mouthwatering collection is a substantial addition to any home cook’s bookshelf.

Joanne Chang is the chef-owner of Flour Bakery + Café in Boston.  She has a degree in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University and was a pastry chef at Rialto, Payard Patisserie and Mistral restaurant.  She opened her first Flour Café in Boston’s South End in 2000. In 2007 she opened a second branch of Flour in the Fort Point Channel area, a third branch in Cambridge near MIT and Central Square in 2010, and a fourth Flour outpost in Boston’s Back Bay in 2013. She lives in Boston with her husband, Christopher Myers, with whom she owns Myers + Chang – a modern Asian restaurant. For more details about Flour Bakery, Joanne Chang and her new cookbook, please visit http://www.flourbakery.com/.


Holly Robinson Peete - Actress, Author, Mom & Wife Of Former Pro Football Player, Rodney Peete

Whether Football Fans Head To The Stadium Or Plan To Watch The Game At Home No One Wants To Fumble When It Comes To The Gameday Menu Guest Holly Robinson Peete, Actress, Author, Mom & Wife Of Former Pro Football Player Has Advice For Your Perfect Gameday Celebration.

We all know football fans are a varied bunch: the passionate fan, the casual observer, the stat nerd, even the just there for the party fan.  But they all want a successful gameday feast, whether it’s tailgating at the stadium or gathering around the TV at home. In order to score a touchdown with friends and family, there are some simple tips to tackle for a successful gameday bash.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

09/18 Larry Lipson, Tobin James



LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA      

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. 



Tobin James - Winemaker, Tobin James Cellars

Tobin (Toby) James grew up on a vineyard in Indiana, worked in a wine shop in Cincinnati and knew at the age of 18 that he would own a winery. He apprenticed at the Estrella River Winery, eventually being hired on full time and becoming their cellar master. From there, he headed to Eberle Winery to eventually make their wines with Gary Eberle.

When Peachy Canyon started, the owner needed a winemaker. A deal was struck so that Toby would become the founding winemaker and also have the opportunity to continue making Tobin James Cellars' wine at the same facility. The very first wine Toby made won a spot on the coveted "top 100" wines of the year with the Wine Spectator. Toby's reputation continued to grow, and in 1993 decided to build his own winery on highway 46 east of Paso Robles.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

09/17 Larry Van Aalst, Chef Robert Irvine


 
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.





ROBERT IRVINE - Restaurant: Impossible


With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean, and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. Irvine brings his experience to The Food Network as host of the hit show Restaurant: Impossible, and has previously been previously seen on Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, and The Next Iron Chef. In its sixth season, Restaurant: Impossible continues its successful run as one of the network’s most popular shows where Robert attempts to save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000.

Did you know that nearly 80% of adults don’t meet governmental guidelines of getting at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week? In today’s busy world, finding time to fit in consistent workouts while creating healthy eating habits can seem like a tall order to many.  Plus, with so many tips and eating methods available, figuring out which works best can leave even the most diligent person confused at what to do.

Spending more than 300 days a year on the road, celebrity chef Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network hit show Restaurant: Impossible, understands how hard it is to create balanced habits within a hectic lifestyle.  Between decades of cooking across the globe and on TV, Robert has literally been everywhere but still prioritizes a healthy lifestyle – which is why he continues to create healthy snack alternatives. He is available for interview on Tuesday, September 17th to share how viewers can recreate their lifestyle to make healthy eating habits a priority, without having to sacrifice taste or time.  He is also prepared to discuss how he practices time management to fit exercise and nutrition in to his own busy schedule, as well as some of the best pre- and post-workout meals.


Monday, September 16, 2013

09/16 Patsy McGaughy, Napa Valley Vintners, Chef Marcela Valladolid - Food Network, Mexican Made Easy

Patsy McGaughy - Communications Director, Napa Valley Vintners

With warm weather continuing into September, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) reports that the pace of the 2013 Napa Valley wine grape harvest has accelerated. The picking of white wine grapes, especially aromatic varieties, is nearly finished and the harvesting of red wine grapes including Pinot Noir, Merlot and Malbec, is in full swing.

After a spell of hot weather last week, the marine influence is again being felt in Napa Valley, providing what Pam Starr, winemaker for Crocker & Starr Wines in St. Helena, calls "luxurious hang time" for the development of balanced sugars and acids that portend the makings of another quality vintage.

The region's diverse terrain, soil types, microclimates, vineyard locations, grape varieties and wine styles, along with many other intricate climatic, geological, and geographical factors, make harvest in Napa Valley a complex, exhilarating and moment-by-moment process, which can be followed at www.napavintners.com/harvest.

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 500 Napa Valley wineries and is a leader in the worldwide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit www.napavintners.com.


Chef Marcela Valladolid - Food Network, Mexican Made Easy - Author

Growing up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela was raised to be passionate about food. She jumped straight into a culinary life with her first job working at her aunt’s cooking school in Baja, Mexico. She realized she too wanted to pursue this growing love for food full time and enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute. She then went to the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris to become trained as a classical French pastry chef.Marcela returned home to run a catering company and teach children about the culinary arts in Tijuana. All the while, collecting recipes and applying her knowledge and skills of her family’s cooking traditions to map out her dreams. Marcela eventually parlayed her classical training and skills to become a food editor at Bon Appétit magazine.

Marcela quickly realized that the idea of authentic Mexican cooking wasn’t as accessible as it should be. Her family’s cuisine was masked by heavy liquid cheese, overflowing burritos and decided that she was going to show the world that in fact there’s NO yellow cheese in real Mexican cooking and it can be done with major flavors and little fuss. She then landed her own cooking show - Discovery en Español’s Relatos con Sabor and went on to audition for The Apprentice: Martha Stewart which she was soon chosen for.

In August 2009, Marcela was given the chance to showcase her family recipes when she released her first cookbook titled “FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor” (Clarkson Potter). She appeared on NBC’s Today, The View was featured in Latina, People, People en Espanol, Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News around its release. The book was very well received reaching the #1 cookbook spot on Amazon more than once. With the book, Marcela became the advocate for great Mexican food that delivers in freshness and flavor without forcing home cooks to track down hard-to-find ingredients or spend hours at the stove.

Soon after her book release, she landed her dream job as host of her own Food Network show, Mexican Made Easy. The show made its debut early in 2010 and films in San Diego where Marcela currently lives. She is currently in her fourth season. She was invited to appear on NBC’s Today Show, The Talk and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon around the latest season.

Marcela released her second cookbook called Mexican Made Easy (Clarkson Potter) on September 27, 2011. The book is a companion to her TV show and serves as an entryway into authentic Mexican cuisine.  

FOOD NETWORK’S  MEXICAN MADE EASY HOST  REVEALS NEW RECIPES:

It’s not hard to see the growing popularity of Mexican food. For instance, earlier this year, the National Museum of American History sponsored an exhibit on How Mexican Food Conquered America.  Also, recent survey found that Mexican food has surpassed Italian as the #1 ethnic food in the U.S.  Of course, one super chef who can claim some credit for the growing popularity of Mexican food is Chef Marcela Valladolid, who has gained national fame creating flavorful dishes as the host of the popular Food Network Show, Mexican Made Easy.

On September 16, Chef Marcela will reveal for the first time, some amazing new recipes and launch a new line of Mexican food that could revolutionize the gourmet home cooking experience.  Your viewers and listeners can enjoy the tasty details of Chef Marcella’s experience on Food Network and find out about some amazing culinary creations that they can prepare at home.  We hope you’ll book an interview with this genius of the kitchen.

BACKGROUND: Chef Marcela is an advocate for great Mexican food that delivers freshness and flavor without forcing home cooks to track down hard-to-find ingredients — or spend hours at the stove.  She is the author of FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor, and was a contestant on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and is a former food editor for Bon Appétit magazine.  Valladolid has appeared on the Today Show and hosted her Food Network Show since 2010.

Friday, September 13, 2013

09/13 OSCAR RENTERIA, KIRK CAMERON, UNSTOPPABLE, STEVE EVANS


OSCAR RENTERIA - RENTERIA WINES - SEPTEMBER CELEBRATES CAL WINE & NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE 

The Napa Sonoma Mexican-American Vintners Association (NS MAVA) was honored this past Wednesday for their contributions to the California wine industry kicking off the month that celebrates both the state’s wine and the national recognition of Hispanic Heritage.  The presentation at the capitol began at noon and was followed by a wine reception.

The resolution was sponsored by State Senator Noreen Evans, Chair, Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry along with 26 senators and assembly members from across the state.  Attending were fourteen Mexican-American family winemakers from Napa Valley and Sonoma County representing NS MAVA. And supporting the resolution were the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce from Napa and Sonoma counties.

“Who knew that our efforts would be honored at such a prestigious gathering,” said Founding Board President Rolando Herrera, owner of Mi Sueno Winery.  “Our thanks go to Senators Noreen Evans and Ricardo Lara and Assembly member Wes Chesbro and the members of the Senate and Assembly for their support.”

The resolution was presented on the floor of the Assembly and read on the floor of the Senate where the attending wineries were asked to stand before the Senate for recognition.  Later they were given a tour of the capitol before adjourning to showcase their wines at a reception.

Most winemakers being honored are natives of Michoacán, Mexico who came to California decades ago with hopes of earning the American Dream.  Working through the ranks as farmworkers and vineyard operators, today they’ve come to realize that dream.  In 2010 they were invited by the Governor of Michoacán to pour their wines at the Michoacán State Fair and together realized a common heritage and history that compelled them to form the NS MAVA.  Today, NS MAVA winemakers share a camaraderie rich in history and perseverance to leverage their crafts in Mexico and the United States, and specifically California, where Mexican-Americans are one of the fastest growing wine consumer groups. 

“Today was a great day for the recognition of the contributions of the Mexican-American community to the state’s wine business—a proud heritage,” said NS MAVA Board President Rafael Rios of Justicia Wines.

“I’m proud of our association and the Hispanic community for leading the California wine industry from the ground up.  It is a natural fit to honor this good work in September with both California Wine Month and the national Hispanic Heritage month,” said Oscar Renteria of Renteria Wines.

Wineries attending: Alex Sotelo Cellars, Ceja Vineyards, Delgadillo Cellars, Encanto Vineyards, Honrama Cellars, Justicia Wines, Maldonado Family Vineyards, Mario Bazán Cellars, Marita’s Vineyard, Mi Sueño Winery, Renteria Wines, Robledo Family Winery, Voces Wines, Volcán Cellars.

State Senator Noreen Evans represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Marin (caretaker), Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Senator Evans Chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry and is the outgoing Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.


KIRK CAMERON - UNSTOPPABLE - FORMER GROWING PAINS STAR

NCM Fathom Events®, Kirk Cameron and Provident Films Presents a poignant Follow-Up to 2012’s Record-Breaking “Monumental” Event in Select Movie Theaters on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

UNSTOPPABLE recently created a social media firestorm when both Facebook and YouTube prohibited audience’s access to the film’s trailer, labeling it as “unsafe” and “abusive.”  Over half a million of Cameron’s fans rallied to protest the blocking of the web site, and after several days, both social media sites allowed access. Followers of Cameron’s continue to rally online support, interacting at an incredible rate on his nearly 700,000-strong Facebook page.

UNSTOPPABLE promises to bring families and communities together with a big picture view of how audiences can live victorious lives together in the face of adversity, changing the world for good.  Previously, “UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron” Brings Inspirational Conversation to U.S. Cinemas.

Cameron will lead audiences through his “most personal project ever” by investigating the origins of good and evil, as well as their inspirational value and historical significance as it relates to our lives today. Following up on the positive messaging of his hit 2012 cinema event “MONUMENTAL: In Search of America's National Treasure Live,” UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron will feature an introduction from Cameron, music performances by Warren Barfield and Mandisa, as well as special surprise guests from the faith-based community to engage attendees in an enlightening discussion.

UNSTOPPABLE will be broadcast from The Vines Center at Liberty University—the largest Evangelical Christian university in the world—in Lynchburg, Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT/AK/HI to 700 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online.



STEVE EVANS   "THE MOVIE GUY"

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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

09/12 Morgen McLaughlin, Santa Barbara County Vitners, Frank Pellegrino, Rao's

MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN - EXEC DIRECTOR,  SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VINTNERS

Morgen McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association a nonprofit membership organization representing over one hundred wineries in Santa Barbara County, California.  Previously she was the president and CEO of Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, a regional tourism marketing association in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and owned and managed a small vineyard and winery in Connecticut.  Morgen has undergraduate degrees in English and Secondary Education from Boston College and is completing her Wine Business Management Certificate from Sonoma State University.  In her free time Morgen enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, wine and spending time with her husband and three sons.

California Wine Month in September celebrates one of our signature industries and all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State.Wineries and regions throughout the state mark the month with special tastings, events and offers.

sbcountywines.com


FRANK PELLEGRINO – CO-OWNER, RAO’S RESTAURANT’S

The West Hollywood Rao’s location opens on September 17th at 1006 Seward Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.

Rao's is a Southern Italian restaurant founded in 1896 and located at 455 East 114th Street (at Pleasant Avenue) in East Harlem, New York City, with a sister restaurant in Las Vegas, NV.

The restaurant was started in 1896 by Charles Rao, who moved with his parents from Italy to the United States. He bought a small shop in Italian Harlem, once a very large Italian-American community, and ran the restaurant until his death in 1909. Louis Rao took over the business. He was seen by many as a very suave man. He had his hair cut at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and wore many fancy suits. Current co-owner Frank Pellegrino describes those days as "the days of big Cadillacs and usually convertibles." He was much more conservative in behavior and looks and refined the menu into a more simple Italian menu, with the help of "Aunt Jake." After Vincent Rao's death in 1999, it was taken over by Frank Pellegrino, Anna Pellegrino Rao's nephew, and Ronald Straci, another close relative. Anna Pellegrino-Rao refined the menu even more with the help of Vincent and she is the source of the menu's identity today.

On December 6, 2006, Rao's opened a second restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada, under executive chef Carla Pellegrino, with two ten-table rooms and additional seating available on an outdoor garden patio.

In early 2009, Rao's in Las Vegas opened a bocce bar outside and began offering bocce lessons and cocktails there.  Rao's now sells products in gourmet markets and supermarkets. Products include pasta products and sauce as well as olive oil.

www.RAOS.com    

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

09/11 Larry Lipson, Don Whittemore, Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream



LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA      

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. 




DON WHITTEMORE – DANDY DON'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

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


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

09/10 CYNTHIA GRAUBART, CHEF CLAUD BELTRAN

CYNTHIA GRAUBART – AUTHOR, SLOW COOKING FOR TWO

New cookbook provides effortless meals for two using a 3 ½-quart slow cooker. A slow cooker is a perfect kitchen appliance for today's fast-paced lifestyle.  For large meals, a slow cooker can be fast and economical.  But what if you are single or there are only two of you?  How can a slow cooker work for you?  Award-winning cookbook author, Cynthia Graubart answers that question with a new cookbook that creates easy and delicious meals designed specifically for two people using a 3 ½ quart slow cooker.  Slow Cooking for Two: Basic, Techniques and Recipes (August 2013 Gibbs-Smith),  is perfect for busy people on the go, newlyweds, empty nesters, small apartment dwellers, and for use in unusual spaces where a slow cooker might be the only appliance available for cooking (i.e., vacation cabin, boat, RV).

This must-have cookbook shows home cooks how to create low maintenance, effortless meals using a smaller slow cooker with recipes running the gamut from soups and appetizers to main meals and desserts. Cynthia’s recipes do not call for browning or other additional preparation steps requiring another appliance such as a stove, oven or microwave. Each recipe is designed for two with a little leftover for lunch or perhaps a second light meal or a third drop-in diner. All of the ingredients can be found in local grocery stores, without an extra trip to a specialty store.  Cynthia has also included basic instructions for slow cooking and creative methods for 100 recipes, plus tips and techniques.

Recipes found in COOKING FOR TWO include: Lime Pot Roast, Cornish Game Hen in Port Wine and Fig Preserves, Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatloaf, Kale and Kielbasa Soup, Foil Pouch Lemon-Dill Salmon, Orange-Glazed Carrots with Tarragon, Spinach Lasagna, Chocolate Soufflé Cake, Banana Bread, Lemon Curd and many more.

And Cynthia debuts a ground-breaking method of recipes using slow cooker liners as cooking bags to cook two different meals in the same slow cooker. She’s calling them Double Dinners – a meal for tonight and a meal for later in the week, or for the freezer.

Meals for two have never been so easy, convenient or delicious. Cynthia Graubart turns a 3 ½-quart slow cooker into a multi-use cooking convenience.

James Beard Award winner Cynthia Graubart is passionate about bringing families together at the table. Co-author of three books, she is also a culinary television producer and cooking teacher. Her previous books include co-authoring Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (2013 James Beard Award), and Southern Biscuits, both with Nathalie Dupree. Her first book was The One-Armed Cook: Quick and Easy Recipes, Smart Meal Plans, and Savvy Advice for New (and not-so-new) Moms.   Cynthia is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) and has served on the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She and her husband live in Atlanta, GA, and are now empty nesters and regular users of the smaller 3 ½ quart slow cooker.  For more information, visit her website, http://www.cynthiagraubart.com/.


CHEF CLAUD BELTRAN - "THE EATERY" - THE PASADENA GUMBO FESTIVAL

Noir Food & Wine.  Claud & Co. Catering. Why another endeavor? Why Claud & Co. Eatery?

“Because I’m crazy,” Chef Claud Beltran replies matter-of-factly. He smiles. “It was either that or make it into a storage room for the catering company. So, why not?”

We ask more questions. He answers easily, looks relaxed, not making us feels as though we’re eating up precious time that he doesn’t have, even though it’s already 5 p.m. and the Eatery is officially open. Claud looks to be in his element—in a restaurant, near his kitchen, about to do the thing he loves to do, which is cook.

Once we conclude the interview, Claud moseys into his kitchen, jokes and jibes with his staff, and leisurely gets ready for the evening. Chef de cuisine Eric Rouse is pouring white chocolate with green tea (and other ingredients we’re not allowed to share) into a mold, creating a small treat that will be served with the check. A bit later, we see Chef Claud slicing a watery-white colored block and inquire into its nature. “It’s turnip cake.”

Monday, September 9, 2013

09/09 RICHARD PINK, PINKS HOT DOGS, GINA DART, LONG BEACH, PROMENADE BEER & WINE FESTIVAL

RICHARD PINK – OWNER, PINK'S HOT DOGS

Pink's is probably the most famous hot dog stand in the country... certainly in Los Angeles! Located near the corner of Melrose and La Brea, Pink's can be found by looking for a crowd of people and following the aroma of fresh meaty chili and soft hot dog buns. Pink's is unlike any other hot dog stand in America. For example, it has its own parking lot attendant (parking is free). It has been in the same location for 71 years. It is not unusual to see a Rolls Royce pull up to Pink's (the chili dog ordered will be for the occupant, not the chauffeur!). Movie stars, well-known dignitaries, struggling musicians, businessmen, housewives, school children... all have savored Pink's Famous Chili Dogs. Paul Pink started his hot dog stand in 1939. It was only a large-wheeled pushcart in those days. The depression was on and money was scarce. Pink's chili dogs, complete with a large warm bun, oversized hot dog, mustard, onions and thick chili sold for 10 cents each. His hot dog wagon was located in "the country", rolling hills of weeds and open spaces. That was the corner of La Brea and Melrose seventy-one years ago! Times have changed, but not Pink's. Oh, in 1946 Paul Pink did trade his hot dog wagon in for a small building (constructed on the vary same spot where the wagon had stood). But the stand hasn't changed since those days. Today, Pink's chili dogs sell for $3.30 each (with inflation and the shrinking dollar, they are a better bargain now than in 1939!). Pink's still gives that very same quality now as then... mouth-watering chili, generously topping an all-beef hot dog with mustard and onions. Quality and service (an average Pink's chili dog can be ordered, prepared and delivered to the customer in less than 30 seconds!) have been the two reasons Pink's has not only survived, but become famous. Pink's Hot Dog Stand is a quick lunch, a nostalgic trip into the past, and a delicious experience. It is definitely a landmark in Hollywood! Do you take phone orders? No, but when you come in, our service is pretty fast, and you'll know the food is fresh (and hot) because you can watch us make it. www.pinkshollywood.com


GINA DART – MARKETING & SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER, DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH ASSOC. - PROMENADE BEER & WINE FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 21ST

The Downtown Long Beach Associates is presenting the Promenade Beer & Wine Festival in partnership with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, District Wine, Wine Down Lounge and the Wine Bar, on Saturday, September 21 from 5pm -10pm. The event will celebrate the growth of wine bars and craft beer brewed, sold and savored in Long Beach as well as the diverse culinary options. The event will take place on Downtown Long Beach’s newly completed Promenade, home of Michael's Pizzeria, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Harvelle's, Congregation Ale House, The Stave and Wokcano.

Tickets to the event includes unlimited 3oz beer & wine tastings* (while supplies last), and 10 food tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, a full line-up of live local bands, including Moonsville Collective, and free bike valet.
To purchase tickets or learn more about Promenade Beer and Wine Festival and other DLBA events, please visit www.downtownlongbeach.org or call 562-436-4259.

Friday, September 6, 2013

09/06 Christina Fontecchio, The Boss Cigars, Crush & Roll West, Matt Kepnes, Nomadic Matt, Steve Evans

Christina Fontecchio - The Boss Cigars - Crush & Roll West in Paso Robles

For the 5th year in a row, cigar connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts will gather in Paso Robles for the Central California Coast’s premiere festival, Crush & Roll West. This celebration of premium cigars, premium wine and the good life, takes place Sept. 6-7, 2013 in the heart of the Central Coast wine country. In addition to sampling world-class cigars and wines, attendees will learn the finer points of both from expert vintners and cigar manufacturers.

This year once again, both the Friday evening and Saturday events will be held at the Paso Robles Event Center, which is home to hundreds of events throughout the year, including the yearly California Mid-State Fair. The Event Center is right off the 101 freeway and is easily accessible from any of the fine Paso Robles hotels and motels. Cost for the two-day event is $140 and there are separate prices for Friday-only, Saturday-only and an Early-bird special. Activities include complimentary cigar and wine tasting, cigar rolling demonstrations, seminars, raffles, auctions, poker tourney, music, and much more.

www.crushandrollwest.com

The Boss Cigars and Gifts, was established December of 2007. Inside our small quaint building, we have a lounge with leather furniture and a 10 x 10 walk-in humidor. We carry both mainstream cigars and niche brands that are produced in limited quantities. If you don’t see what you smoke, you can ask us to order it special for you and we would be happy to do that with a deposit. We have lockers to rent for $120.00 a year or for $169.00 with the MOB Membership. We offer our customers free water, soda or coffee and we have a 48” TV for your entertainment. Our lounge is a very comfortable atmosphere where you will meet other, like-minded cigar enthusiasts. We have had many friendships built and many of our customers have become like family.

Over the last four and a half years, we have created a MOB club (Members of the Boss). The MOB is an annual club that starts every year in June. It is $69.00 a year and is prorated depending on the month you join. Each month we will be promoting a new cigar and each member will receive one free cigar a month. The MOB will have an event at the store, or a local wine bar, once a month and will be advertising it through email blasts to our members and our Facebook page.

www.thebosscigars.com


Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) – Author, Travel Expert

Matthew Kepnes runs the award winning budget travel site, Nomadic Matt. He got the travel bug after a trip to Costa Rica in 2004, and decided to quit his job, finish his MBA and travel the world. He is also the author of the book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, and his advice has appeared on such sites as National Geographic’s, CNN, BBC, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Nomad, vagabond, and author showing people travel can be inexpensive in hopes of inspiring them to explore their world.

•    How to Save Money on Your Trip
•    Be Prepared for Life on the Road
•    Learn How to Get Cheap Airfare
•    Find Great, Affordable Accommodation
•    Couples Travel Advice
•    How to Plan Your Activities
•    And much more

www.nomadicmatt.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, September 5, 2013

09/05 Long Trinh, Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center, Larry Lipson, Costa Rica

Long Trinh - Sales Manager, Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center

Long is an expert when it comes to kitchen appliances! Trained around the world, directly from their manufactures, Long has worked for Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center in sales and management for 9 years.

Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center, a premier dealer of brand name appliances, carries the most popular and innovative products at its two San Fernando Valley locations and is a one-stop design showroom for all your kitchen needs. Each month Universal offers cooking demonstrations, and on September 7th, from 12 – 4PM is the first ever Universal Discoveries event: The Limitless Kitchen with Celebrity Chef Michael Voltaggio! The Studio City showroom plays host while Voltaggio displays his dazzling culinary expertise and signs copies of his latest book. Cocktails, wine, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, door prizes, hundreds of sale prices on appliance and plumbing fixtures, no-interest financing for 12 month, and much more! Visit www.uakc.com for more information.


LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA      

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. 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

09/04 Tim Foley, Truxton's Restaurant

Tim Foley – Co-Founder of Truxton’s Restaurant


Timothy Foley currently owns Foley Capital & Hospitality Group. Foley Capital & Hospitality owns and operates Truxtons American Bistro, TUX Event Productions, Parkers Restaurant, O's American Kitchen, and consults on various mergers and acquisitions activity in the hospitality space. Prior to founding Foley Capital & Hospitality Group, Timothy worked for over 20 years in hospitality, event producing and marketing specializing in business development and branding.

The Truxton's American Bistro experience is designed to deliver the highest quality and most flavorful dishes, at your place or ours. Our classic and ethnic assortment of healthful to sinful menu items is accompanied by an extensive wine and beverage menu topped off with memorable service.

Truxton’s is thrilled to announce the opening of their new location at 1329 Santa Monica Blvd. With two great locations serving up unique flavors from around the world, you'll never miss out on your favorite dishes. Join us at our original location in Westchester near LAX or now in Santa Monica!

www.truxtonsamericanbistro.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

09/03 Larry Van Aalst, Chef Mark Estee, Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and WIne Festival


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 MARK ESTEE - 28TH ANNUAL LAKE TAHOE AUTUMN FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
 
Come enjoy three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, and more at the 28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival in the Village at Northstar™.

Location: The Village at Northstar
From: Friday, September 06, 2013
To: Sunday, September 08, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

09/02 Chef Alan Wong, Warren Shon, Chandra Lam Lucarie, Ikaika Manaku

Join Mike, Paul and Jen as they broadcast LIVE from beautiful Maui Hawaii in anticipation of this years Ka'anapali Fresh!

Kaanapali Fresh - A Culinary Experience - August 30 & 31 2013! Kāʻanapali Beach Resort presents the second annual Kāʻanapali Fresh, a two-day summer event highlighting Kāʻanapali as the premium spot for exquisite cuisine, meaningful experiences, and superb activities, August 30 and 31, 2013. The entire resort comes together to offer visitors exciting opportunities to sample chefs’ menus, learn about Grown on Maui products with Maui’s farmers, savor the beauty of Kāʻanapali, play on the beach, and simply enjoy the rich history of the land. Only Kāʻanapali offers this unique culmination of culinary creativity, memorable experience, and array of choices in land- and ocean adventure. Mark your calendars today!


 
Chef Alan Wong - Hawaii Food & Wine


Warren Shon - Southern Wine & Spirits



Chandra Lam Lucariello, Mixologist Southern Wine & Spirits



Ikaika Manaku - Executive Sous Chef



 














To learn more about Kaanapali Fresh go to kaanapalifresh.com

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