Tuesday, May 13, 2014

5/14 LISA CAREY, THE CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, EXECUTIVE CHEF CHANG SIVILAY, THE STANDARD HOTEL, CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS

LISA CAREY - THE CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL (MAY 17-18)

The delicious heart shaped fruit is the main ingredient of celebration with the 2014 California Strawberry Festival getting underway the weekend of May 17 and 18, 2014 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard (3250 S. Rose Avenue).  Ranking among the top Festivals in the entire nation, the fruitful fete boasts lip-smacking strawberries every way imaginable, featuring all day fun for the entire family with concert performances, more than 200 Fine Arts & Crafts booths, the Strawberry Promenade with celebrity cooking demonstrations, Strawberryland For Kids featuring rides and attractions, gooey contests, special appearances, and more, on 15 scenic acres of parkland.
An estimated 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed over the weekend. With 50 food booths where berries abound, the fruit that wears its seeds on the outside is served in a bevy of berry delicious forms. If you haven’t had strawberry pizza alongside a strawberry beer, you haven’t been to the Festival. Or perhaps the strawberry nachos are more you style. Oh, did we mention strawberry funnel cake, strawberry crepes, chocolate dipped strawberries, fried strawberries, the “build your own” strawberry shortcake tent, or even strawberry popcorn?

Indulge guilt free, because with each bite the non-profit food booths reap 100% of sales for their causes. The formula has proven to be a fruitful enterprise. Over the past three decades more than $4 million dollars has benefitted more than 40 southland charities. Serving up wholesome family fun, where else can you throw berries at your best friend in the Tart Toss Contest, or eat a strawberry pie by literally putting your face in it at the Pie Eating Contest, or pile on the fixings in the Strawberry Shortcake Build-Off Contest?

General admission is $12, seniors 62+ are $8 and children ages 5-12 are $5. Kids 4 and under are free. Active military and dependents with ID are $8. Hours are 10:00a.m. to 6:30p.m.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.strawberry-fest.org. The California Strawberry Festival information line is 1 888 288-9242.

The U.S. Census reports that nearly four million babies will be born this year. By eating strawberries, expectant mothers consume folic acid, an important B vitamin that helps prevent neutral tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than a cup of orange juice.

WWW.STRAWBERRY-FEST.ORG



EXECUTIVE CHEF CHANG SIVILAY FROM THE STANDARD HOTEL – CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS MAY 17

Currently oversee "The Restaurant" at The Standard, Downtown LA specializing in organic locally sourced comfort classics which are served 24/7 all day, everyday in a vibrant brasserie setting. Oversee The Rooftop, The Standard Biergarten, Spin Standard, and Room Service (207-rooms) food operations ensuring quality of all product. Menu development for restaurant, special events, holidays, tasting menus.

Has served as the executive chef at the Mondrian Hotel, Pelican Grille, the Ritz-Carlton ETC…

THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 17, 2014 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised almost $26 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  It’s focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure.

The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.ORG
STANDARDHOTELS.COM

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