Thursday, June 30, 2016

06/30 CHEF JEFFREY SAAD, HUMMUS RECIPIES, TRACY FARHAD, SOLVANG CONFERENCE & VISITORS BUREAU

TELEVISION HOST & AUTHOR CHEF JEFFREY SAAD HAS TEAMED UP WITH BUSH’S BEANS TO CREATE AN ARRAY OF TASTY YET QUICK WAYS TO SERVE UP AND JAZZ UP THE ALL-TIME FAVORITE HUMMUS

CHEF JEFFREY SAAD TALKS ABOUT UNIQUE, EASY HUMMUS RECIPES FOR THE SUMMER! 

Chef Jeffrey teamed up with Bush’s to create an array of tasty yet quick ways to serve up and jazz up the all-time favorite hummus, using a new, three-step DIY “Hummus Made Easy” mix that just came out.

ABOUT CHEF JEFFREY:
Jeffrey Saad is an American chef, author, restaurant owner, and television personality from Chicago, Illinois. He is currently the host of United Tastes of America on the Cooking Channel.

Saad became interested in the culinary business when he was a teenager working at a diner behind his junior high school. Later in his life, he enrolled in the Hotel Restaurant Management Program at Iowa State University. There he earned the title of chef de cuisine during his sophomore year. He continued studies at the Culinary Institute of America and the California Culinary Academy. He performed his internship in London, with Anton Mosimann.

In 1993 Saad traveled to Mexico looking to expand his knowledge of the Mexican cuisine. This led him to open a Mexican-influenced restaurant called Sweet Heat in San Francisco. After that, he opened two more restaurants and started his own signature line of bottled chutneys. Among his culinary and business ventures, he became a partner of California's Pasta Pomodoro Italian Restaurants. After that, Saad moved to Los Angeles with his wife and they both started running a real estatecompany.

In 2009 Saad auditioned for the fifth season of the show The Next Food Network Star. He ended up as the first runner-up, losing to Melissa d'Arabian in the finale. However, Food Network gave him the opportunity to host his own web series called Spice Smuggler, where he highlighted spices and foods from other countries. The web series ran for a year, and then Cooking Channel asked him to be the host of the show United Tastes of America.

Saad is a partner and executive chef of "The Grove" restaurants in San Francisco. He also distributes his own collection of spice blends. In 2012, Saad released his first cookbook titled Jeffrey Saad's Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders. On December 9, 2013, he opened the restaurant, La Ventura in Studio City, California.

WWW.BUSHBEANS.COM
WWW.JEFFREYSAAD.COM


TRACY FARHAD - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOLVANG CONFERENCE & VISITORS BUREAU - SOLVANG CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016 WITH PARADE, FREE CONCERTS, BBQ, FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS SHOW

SOLVANG CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016 WITH PARADE, FREE CONCERTS, BBQ, FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS SHOW

Recently named one of the “Best Historic Small Towns in America” *, Solvang is ready to celebrate USA Independence Day 2016 with special events and activities for the whole family. 

Monday, July 4, 2016--
10:00 a.m.  -- Free Concert by Valley Wind Ensemble at Solvang Park Gazebo (Mission Drive & First Street).

11:00 a.m. -- Independence Day Parade presented by Solvang Breakfast Rotary Club that steps/rolls/canters west along Mission Drive (Route 246); turns south on Fourth Place, then east along Copenhagen Drive and back to the starting point at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive). This year’s theme is “Valley Life and Liberty.” Grand Marshals are brothers Erik and Hans Gregersen, whose grandfather Rev. Jens Gregersen was one of Solvang’s founders in 1911.

Noon- 2:00 p.m. -- BBQ and Free Concert by the T-Bone Ramblers at Solvang Park sponsored by Solvang Breakfast Rotary Club featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, linguiça and all the fixings for $5-7 combos--with chips and soda or water. (www.solvangrotary.com )

2:00 p.m. -- 22nd Annual Solvang Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show sponsored by Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley. Gates open at Old Mission Santa Ines starting at 2:00 p.m. throughout the afternoon and evening. Admission is $10.00 per adult; and FREE for children ages 7 and under, as well as FREE for active duty military and their immediate family members with ID. The Festival will feature food booths, wine & beer garden, kids’ activities including bounce castle, face-painting and plenty of time to kick-back and relax. All proceeds benefit local charities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://squareup.com/store/Santa-Ynez-Valley-Rotary-Club  or at the gate. www.santaynezvalleyrotary.org

5:00 p.m. --Live entertainment on the outdoor Solvang Independence Festival stage at Old Mission Santa Ines featuring six 2016 Teen Star finalists: Jillian Garnett, Kaitlyn Chui, Daniel Geiger, Rachel Guron and Jericho Guron

9:00 p.m. – Solvang Fireworks Show held at Old Mission Santa Ines.
BONUS: Also at 2:00 p.m., the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and The Jamboree Band will perform at the Old Mission Santa Inés this year (since Solvang Veterans Memorial Building hall is currently under renovation). The concert will feature 100 percent made-in-America music including “What a Wonderful World,” a medley of songs celebrating the West and patriotic, rousing tunes such as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Happy Wanderer” under the direction of Chris Bowman. Concert goers who arrive before 2 p.m. may enter for free; after 2:00 p.m., admission fee to the Solvang Independence Day Festival is requested.

There is free parking in public lots and businesses throughout Solvang year-round. The Solvang Visitors Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 1630 Copenhagen Drive offering free maps, guides, savings coupons and plenty of information—operated by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau, a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986 to promote the City of Solvang, its Northern European culture, cuisine, arts and attractions of the village known as “California’s Little Denmark.

WWW.SOLVANGUSA.COM

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

06/29 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE EXPERT, HOME IMPROVEMENT EXPERT DANNY LIPFORD, OUTDOOR SUMMER TIPS

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT
For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida 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.


HOME IMPROVEMENT EXPERT DANNY LIPFORD SHARES HIS BEST TIPS TO MAKE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING AT ITS BEST FOR THIS SUMMER AND ALL YEAR-ROUND

“OUTDOOR LIVING AT IT'S BEST"

Summertime & The Outdoor Livin’ is Easy!

One of the strongest trends in home remodeling over the last few years has been creating usable, attractive, fun outdoor living spaces. But many times, homeowners are frustrated that they can’t enjoy the space year round! Well, guess what? Rain, shine, hot or cold we’ve got the solution for you!

Home improvement Expert Danny Lipford has just completed the ultimate outdoor living space at his own home in Mobile, Alabama. With just a touch of a few buttons, the line between inside and out are blurred with the help of motorized retractable screens, remote control heating/cooling ductwork, a fire table, large folding door unit and more.

Danny Lipford is a veteran remodeling contractor and television personality known to audiences as Host of the Emmy-Nominated and nationally-syndicated home improvement TV and radio shows: Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade, and has made more than 160 national television appearances. Danny has been a longtime contributor to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and BHG.com, and is a source for hundreds of other popular magazines and websites each year.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6/28 MICHAEL "DR. WOODY" WOODWARD, EMMY AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION PERSONALITY TOM BERGERON, “A CAPITOL FOURTH ON PBS”

MICHAEL "DR. WOODY" WOODWARD, PHD – SPENDING QUALITY FAMILY TIME – EVEN IN SHORT BURSTS – CAN RESET STRESS LEVELS TO NORMAL 

DID YOU KNOW STRESS AT WORK CAN EFFECT FAMILY BONDING?  

Spending Quality Family Time – Even in Short Bursts – Can Reset Stress Levels to Normal

According to the American Institute of Stress, 48 percent of Americans say work stress negatively impacts their personal life, while 35 percent stress out about how much their job actually interferes with family time.

There’s hope! The remedy lies in a weekend getaway with your family. Vacation destinations that offer something for the whole family help strengthen bonds and reduce stress levels. You don’t have to go abroad to truly escape. There are plenty of fully immersive vacation experiences just a short drive away.

Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, PhD is an organizational psychologist and CEC certified professional coach who works with both private and corporate clients to develop management and leadership capacity as well as engaging and motivating employees. As a work-life expert Dr. Woody has appeared on The TODAY Show, LIVE w/ Kelly, and Fox and Friends among many others. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Springfield College, and a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Florida International University.


EMMY AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION PERSONALITY TOM BERGERON - “A CAPITOL FOURTH ON PBS”

This July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country’s 240th birthday as A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS welcomes back  Emmy Award-winning  television personality  Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS)  to host festivities.

Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, “A Capitol Fourth” this year will also feature performances by: legendary Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson; platinum selling recording star and Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins; multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw; Award-winning country vocalist Cassadee Pope; actress and singer Amber Riley (GLEE), who is set to star in DREAMGIRLS THE MUSICAL on London’s West End; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster (YOUNGER, GILMORE GIRLS); and the cast of the smash hit Broadway musical “On Your Feet!” the inspiring true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  Alisan Porter, the Season 10 winner of THE VOICE, will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.” The concert will also feature special segments in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the USO and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (more details to come).

The 36th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Monday, July 4, 2016 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ETbefore a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.  The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide.

WWW.PBS.ORG/A-CAPITOL-FOURTH

Monday, June 27, 2016

6/27 PARKER WALLACE, EAT RICH, STAY SKINNY: A GIRL’S GUIDE TO HOLIDAY FEASTING, AWARD WINNING COUNTRY VOCALIST CASSADEE POPE, A CAPITOL FOURTH ON PBS, MIRIAM CROSS, KIPLINGER’S PERSONAL FINANCE MAGAZINE

PARKER WALLACE – AUTHOR, EAT RICH, STAY SKINNY: A GIRL’S GUIDE TO HOLIDAY FEASTING - FIND OUT HOW TO CREATE A GREAT SUMMER PARTY & STILL FIT INTO THOSE SKINNY JEANS

MAKING INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL WITH THE FOUNDER OF WHAT’S ON PARKER’S PLATE

Find Out How to Create a Great Summer Party & Still Fit Into Those Skinny Jeans

If you’re looking for the ingredients for a fantastic Fourth of July party – or any summer party for that matter – then you’ll love this interview with Parker Wallace, founder of What’s on Parker’s Plate. Parker is also the author of a best-selling cookbook, called: Eat Rich, Stay Skinny: A Girls’ Guide to Holiday Feasting.” On June 27th the super chef will provide your viewers and listeners with a guide for Independence Day holiday eating that will inspire them to try some new and innovative products. Parker is ready to show your audience how to turn their regular July 4th celebration into a super party that all their neighbors, friends and relatives will remember for years. Parker will also share some recipes that will still allow you to fit into those skinny jeans, even after the holidays.


AWARD WINNING COUNTRY VOCALIST CASSADEE POPE – WILL PERFORM AT THIS YEARS “A CAPITOL FOURTH ON PBS”

This July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country’s 240th birthday as A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS welcomes back  Emmy Award-winning  television personality  Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS)  to host festivities.

Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, “A Capitol Fourth” this year will also feature performances by: legendary Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson; platinum selling recording star and Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins; multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw; Award-winning country vocalist Cassadee Pope; actress and singer Amber Riley (GLEE), who is set to star in DREAMGIRLS THE MUSICAL on London’s West End; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster (YOUNGER, GILMORE GIRLS); and the cast of the smash hit Broadway musical “On Your Feet!” the inspiring true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  Alisan Porter, the Season 10 winner of THE VOICE, will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.” The concert will also feature special segments in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the USO and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (more details to come).

The 36th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Monday, July 4, 2016 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ETbefore a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.  The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide.

WWW.PBS.ORG/A-CAPITOL-FOURTH


MIRIAM CROSS – STAFF WRITER, KIPLINGER’S PERSONAL FINANCE MAGAZINE - SUMMER TRAVEL–IS IT BETTER TO BOOK DIRECT OR USE AN ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY?


HOW TO GET THE BEST DEALS ON ALL YOUR SUMMER TRAVEL NEEDS

Is it Better to Book Travel Directly or Use an Online Travel Agency?
Each has its merits, but what's the better way to pay?

It’s hard to beat the convenience of online travel agencies, such as Expedia and Priceline, when shopping for the cheapest airfare or choosing a hotel. OTAs not only aggregate flights, accommodations, rental cars and vacation packages but also let you compare options by price, user rating and other criteria. Sometimes they offer discounts and attractive package deals, too. But it doesn’t always make sense to book with an OTA.

When direct is better. For domestic travel, prices are similar when you book directly or through a third-party site, says Douglas Quinby, vice president of research at Phocuswright, a travel-industry research firm. But going to the source has benefits: It’s easier to compare fare options and bundled fees on an airline’s website, for example. Plus, third-party sites are not currently bound by the federal rule requiring U.S. airlines to give travelers 24 hours to hold or cancel a ticket. Many sites mention a similar window for canceling, but the policies are not always spelled out.

Hotel chains such as Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott offer small discounts to their loyalty members for reserving directly, and you usually have to book directly to earn rewards points. Plus, “there is a good amount of anecdotal evidence that hotels treat people better when they book directly,” says Pauline Frommer, editorial director of travel publisher Frommer’s.

Travel forums and consumer review sites detail a slew of instances in which OTAs bungle customer service when things go wrong. Plus, changing or canceling your flight or itinerary can cost extra, and some smaller sites charge a service fee for booking. For example, Priceline adds $30 on top of the airline’s change fee if you need to modify your itinerary; CheapOair, Vayama and others slap on $100 or more. If you need to cancel a nonrefundable fare, credit may or may not be available through the airline. Southwest, Allegiant and many international budget airlines aren’t searchable on OTAs, so you need to look up their fares separately.

To cover your bases, use a meta-search engine, such as Kayak, to compare OTA rates with prices from the airlines, hotels and car rental companies, then weigh how much the savings mean to you.

When OTAs get the nod. If you’re planning an international trip, an online travel agency is a good way to simplify the booking process and find low rates. “The hotel market is more fragmented, and airfares are more competitive, so you will see a lot more variation in price,” says Quinby. OTAs often cobble together complex itineraries using multiple airlines in a way that would be difficult—and time-consuming—to replicate yourself.

If you’re not loyal to a certain brand, you may benefit from an OTA’s rewards program, such as the Hotels.com “free night” reward after you stay at eligible properties for 10 nights. You can also find good value using an OTA to bundle flights with hotels or cars, especially for popular destinations. Before you decide to buy, price each component separately to be sure you’re getting a good deal, and check for inflexible cancellation and change policies, such as nonrefundable rates. For an expensive, special vacation, you may feel more comfortable piecing the trip together yourself—or letting a traditional travel agent plan it.

WWW.KIPLINGER.COM

Friday, June 24, 2016

6/24 B.J. FAZELI, FAZELI CELLARS, EIGHT-TIME HOT DOG EATING CHAMPION JOEY CHESTNUT, CONEY ISLAND INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY


B.J. FAZELI – OWNER OF FAZELI CELLARS TALKS TRAVEL, FOOD AND WINE IN TEMECULA 

A pioneer in the direct response industry, B.J. has made a second career out of his dream of owning his own winery. After turning over his successful infomercial business to his daughters, B.J. moved to Temecula – and succeeded, growing his new endeavor with a roster of wine that is produced from 45 estate vineyard acres and select local growers. Careful consideration is made when it comes to selecting the unique names of the wines, each of which bears a meaningful connection to Fazeli’s Persian heritage.   In addition to the winery, B.J. also owns a restaurant in Temecula. With the goal of merging ancient Persia with contemporary California, Baba Joon's Kitchen provides a unique – and extensive – Mediterranean Persian fusion menu that results in a perfect wine pairing experience.  Many of the menu items were created by B.J., reflecting his singular passion for the art of cooking and wine-pairing that gives traditional Persian ingredients and dishes an original twist and modern feel.

ABOUT FAZELI CELLARS:
Nestled in the picturesque rolling hills of the De Portola Wine Trail – the famed ‘Wine Row” of Southern California’s spectacular Temecula Valley wine country – Fazeli Cellars soars as a state-of-the-art winery offering a combination of stunning architecture, breathtaking scenic beauty and the finest selection of boutique wines the region has to offer.

Owner Bizhan “BJ” Fazeli fulfilled a life-long passion in the acquisition and development of his Temecula vineyards/winery.   Since its first vintage in 2006, Fazeli Cellars today boasts more than 20 varietals of boutique wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvginon Blanc, Petit Sirah to Mourvedre, and Viogner to Chardonnay that have earned numerous prestigious festival competition awards – and the loyalty of enthusiasts across the region.  

BJ built Fazeli Cellars to reflect pride for his own rich cultural heritage.  The result is a unique combination of Modern Moorish architecture and ambiance that honors ancient Persian traditions, while paying tribute to the contemporary character of California as is reflected on the back label of all his wines “Ancient traditions of Persia rooted in the modern expression of California.” Wine tasting and dining are enjoyed in a luxurious setting where panoramic windows overlook Temecula’s spectacular vistas. Grand-scale events are presented with exquisite flair in Fazeli Cellars’ extraordinary banquet facilities.  And wedding ceremonies – a Fazeli Cellars and Winery mainstay – are lovingly conducted in magnificent park-like surroundings against a backdrop of Temecula Valley’s dazzling splendor.  The winery also houses Baba Joon’s kitchen – Fazeli Cellars’ A-rated dining destination for lunch and wine pairing.

Visitors can experience wine tasting at the De Portela Trail winery or at Fazeli Cellars’ lavish tasting room located in historic Old Town Temecula.

Exquisite, award-winning world-class boutique wines…superb dining in an airy atmosphere…luxurious settings for an unforgettable wine-tasting experience… unparalleled wedding grounds and wedding event facilities…and a state-of-the-art banquet hall for large-scale private or corporate events to public concerts – Fazeli Cellars is a valley jewel located in one of Southern California’s most majestic travel getaway destinations.

ABOUT FAZELI CELLARS WINES
Exquisite towering structures, majestic grounds and extraordinary dining make Fazeli Cellars a popular and memorable getaway, but it’s the wines that make Fazeli Cellars a world-class winery.

Our Roots Run Deep is the motto of Fazeli’ Cellars where its acclaimed wine offerings celebrate rich ancient Persian traditions.

Describing himself as a ‘blender,’ the wines reflect his discriminating palate.  Because all extraordinary wines start in the vineyard, Fazeli vineyards are tenderly and lovingly cared for.  Fazeli wines are produced from 45 estate vineyard acres and select local growers.  The red wines are aged to perfection in French, Hungarian and American barrels before being bottled. The 10-12,000 cases of annual production are released to consistent demand.  Careful consideration was also made when it came to selecting the unique names of the wines – each of which have bears a meaningful connection to Fazeli’s Persian heritage.

Fazeli Cellars’ popular Seasons Collection celebrates Narooz, named after the spring equinox that coincides with the start of the Persian New Year.  The varietals – Viogner and Muscat Canelli are refreshing white wines with floral aromas; Embrace the Chaos is a collection of wines that includes Pandemonium –a rich blend of five difference varietal – and Mayhem, a savory blend of Cinsault and Mourvedre; For wine that’s sheer poetry, The Heritage Collection pays homage to four noble Persian poets.  Among the most popular of the Fazelli wines, the collection consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Sera and Chiraz.

Visitors can experience wine tasting at the De Portela Trail winery or at Fazeli Cellars’ lavish tasting room located in historic Old Town Temecula.

FAZELICELLARS.COM


EIGHT-TIME HOT DOG EATING CHAMPION JOEY CHESTNUT - PREVIEW OF THIS YEAR’S CONEY ISLAND INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

EIGHT-TIME HOT DOG EATING CHAMPION JOEY CHESTNUT’S QUEST TO REGAIN THE INTERNATIONAL TITLE GOING FOR #9 THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY

There are few champions in any sport who can claim eight consecutive championships. This coming Independence Day, Joey “JAWS” Chestnut will once again try to make history at Coney Island by going for a record ninth championship.  Jaws was upset in the final competition last year, so this year he’s training hard to regain his title and add to his world record.  Whatever happens, Joey has already established himself as one of the all-time greats in the sport of competition eating.

On June 24th, the hot dog eating super star will be in Washington, DC., for one of the qualifying events for the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating contest. He will also introduce your us to Nathan’s Ticket to Fun Rewards (www.NathansTicketToFun.com).  Everyone will want to know how Joey won in 2014 by eating 61 hot dogs in ten minutes, and in 2013 when he consumed a record 69 hot dogs and buns.

NATHAN’S FAMOUS 100TH HOT DOG EATING COMPETITION. FROM AROUND THE GLOBE, THOUSANDS WILL GATHER TO CELEBRATE. JOIN THE FUN THIS JULY 4TH. 

This Fourth of July people will gather by the thousands at the corner of Surf and Stillwell in Coney Island, NY to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Nathan’s Famous by playing witness to the most unique sporting competition in the world. They’ll flock to Nathan’s flagship restaurant to catch a glimpse of these hot dog eating legends and the celebration that is as uniquely American as it is Nathan’s.

MORTALS BECOME LEGENDS
On July Fourth, the world’s top competitive eaters will gather for a chance to become a legend. Will current champions Matt Stonie and Miki Sudo continue in their recently won reigns? Or will the dethroned Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas retake their places as best in the world?

ABOUT JOEY
Joey Chestnut is the greatest eater is history. That is not empty editorializing or bloviating. That is empirical fact. Members of the media and members of the scientific community are warmly invited to conduct their own independent analysis; MLE is confident that you will come to the same conclusions. Chestnut defeated Kobayashi at the 2007 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contests to return the Mustard Yellow Belt to the United States. That victory was the start of an unprecedented eight-year run at the top of the Nathan’s Hot Dog World; Chestnut was undefeated at the event he made his own through 2014. He is also adept at a wide variety of foods stuffs, notably chicken wings—he is the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Champion—and chili. At the time of writing, Chestnut holds 40 World Records across 40 disciplines. That is a World Record of World Records. These days Joey Chestnut is truly an American hero and a national treasure. His appetite is legendary and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Keep your eyes open, world, because Joey Chestnut may be coming to a city near you soon.

WWW.NATHANSTICKETTOFUN.COM 

WWW.NATHANSFAMOUS.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, June 23, 2016

6/23 CHAMPION BBQ PITMASTER MIKE PETERS, HEATHER MURAN, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY ROLL OUT THE BARRELS

CHAMPION BBQ PITMASTER MIKE PETERS GIVES GRILLING TIPS FOR A 4TH OF JULY MENU EXPLODING WITH FLAVOR  

The 4th of July is the biggest grilling day of the year and the perfect opportunity to show off your skills at the grill. Grab your apron and treat your guests to a flavorful menu they will enjoy more than the fireworks display!

To help backyard chefs prepare an epic menu, Great American BBQ tour host Mike Peters will share his grilling expertise with tips and recipes for upgrading your grilled chicken game and how to add smoky flavor to your grilled goods like a pro pit master – no smoker required!

Mike knows a thing or two about making magic on the grill. Peters has been a member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society since 2008. He and his wife Christine travel the country preaching the “Gospel of Q” as the hosts of the Great American BBQ tour and KCBS ambassadors to the world.

 How to get smoky pit master-quality flavor in your backyard:
Upgrade your classic grilled chicken with an extra layer of bold flavor
Make ribs on the grill that your guests will swear came straight from a smoker
Add high-flavor seasonings to seafood like salmon for quick summer weeknight dinners

ABOUT MIKE PETERS:
Mike Peters’ competition roots began in 2003 at the “Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival” in Springfield, Missouri. Since then, he has built a resume that includes numerous category and event championships, including qualifying and competing in the prestigious “Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational.” Since 2008, Mike and his wife Christine have been traveling the country teaching festival attendees and fans about the “Gospel of Q” as the charming and affable hosts of the “Great American BBQ” tour. As tour hosts, they are the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s ambassadors to the world. During the past five years, the Peters’ have journeyed tens of thousands of miles across the nation and back, acting as the voice of KCBS and promoting BBQ while teaching professional grilling tips and tricks to millions of festival attendees. This is now their ninth year touring. Mike Peters has served on the KCBS board for four years and last year he was President.


HEATHER MURAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY – ROLL OUT THE BARRELS WEEKEND (THURS-SUN, JUNE 23-26)

The wineries of SLO Wine Country boast an average distance of just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in prevailing marine conditions that are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California.

SLO Wine Country includes two small adjoining American Viticultural Areas—the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley—and other nearby winegrowing areas.  Each of these areas shares a unifying proximity to the ocean, as well as to each other. Collectively, these growing conditions forge a unifying wine quality that is native to SLO Wine Country:

Cool
The reliable cooling effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean ensures a long growing season, enabling the grapes to achieve physiological ripeness and natural balance. Cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir excel in the heart of SLO Wine Country, and even the warmest areas benefit from considerable marine influence.  

Consistent
The ocean proximity also exerts a moderating effect on the climate, minimizing temperature swings so that growing conditions are rarely hot or cold. The result is an extraordinarily steady growing season that fosters balanced ripening and consistent quality from vintage to vintage.

Complex
The imprint of the ocean is also evident in SLO Wine Country's uncommonly complex soils, which are frequently riddled with ancient sea fossils. Soil variation enables the winegrower to mix and match varietals to specific soil profiles, or to add more "colors" to the palette of a single varietal, heightening overall quality and complexity.

ROLL OUT THE BARRELS WEEKEND
Come Roll Out the Barrels with us all weekend long! 

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Barrels in the Plaza
Downtown San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza
Tickets:
4:30pm Early Entry, $100
5:30 General Admission, $80
Break out the Barrels!  We'll be featuring over 50 wineries and restaurants dishing out world class wines and tantalizing treats for Thursday evening's “Barrels in The Plaza” grand tasting in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo City, adjacent to the historic Mission de Tolosa.

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Taste the Coast Collaborative Winemaker Dinner
Claiborne & Churchill Winery
2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo
Participating Wineries: Claiborne & Churchill, Peloton Cellars, Stephen Ross, Tolosa, and Verdad
Tickets: $160 per person
"Taste the Coast" under the stars at Claiborne & Churchill Winery and join our winemakers for a night of epic wine pairings, partnered with five courses of locally sourced and produced cuisine, prepared by famed local chef Brian Collins of Ember Restaurant.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 25th & 26th
Adventures in SLO Wine Country
Hosted at various participating tasting rooms throughout San Luis Obispo Wine Country
We've got a weekend full of adventures with the winemakers!  Walk the vineyards, barrel sample the new vintage, and enjoy open houses and festivities all weekend long.

WWW.SLOWINE.COM

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

06/22 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, HEALTH EXPERT JIM MORELLI

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT
For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida 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.


HEALTH EXPERT JIM MORELLI SHARES TIPS ON  STAYING FIT, ACTIVE AND HEALTHY THROUGH THE SUMMER SWELTER

With summer finally here, many of us are anxious to bask in the glow of the sunshine and head out to get active! But with the allure of summer comes the bummers- We’ve got Health Expert Jim Morelli here to help us stay healthy and safe for all your summer activities!

SUMMER HEALTH  & FITNESS

Could it be true? Is summer weather FINALLY on the horizon?!

The winter has been ROUGH for most of us, no matter where we live, and many of us are anxious to bask in the glow of the sunshine and head out to enjoy the joys of the warmer weather. You may find your desire to get out of the gym and into the fresh air growing stronger and hopefully you’re inspired to set goals for fitness, health and activity.

Don’t forget, though, that with the allure of summer comes the bummers- Dehydration, exhaustion, injuries, bug Bites, sunburn… But don’t sweat it! Health Expert Jim Morelli is here to help you stay healthy and safe for all your summer activities.

Jim Morelli worked as a pharmacist and poison control specialist before switching to print and eventually television journalism. His publication credits include numerous magazine and newspaper articles, as well as two books, Poison: How to Handle The Hazardous Substances in Your Home and Working Out on the Road. He has worked as a writer for WebMD and as a reporter and anchor for CNN and CNN Headline News.

JIM WILL TALK ABOUT:
Making health a priority during our busy summer schedules
The importance of hydration and nutrition
How to keep active on sweltering summer days
Health advice for every member of the family

BOIRONCALENDULA.COM 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

06/21 LARRY VAN AALST, SONOMA WINE REPORT, EQUUS AT THE FOUNTAIN GROVE, DR. ROBERT SMALL, BOB’S HAND CRAFTED ICE CREAMS

LARRY VAN AALST – HOST, SONOMA WINE REPORT – CELEBRATING EQUUS AT THE FOUNTAINGROVE INN AND SPA'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY

LARRY HOSTS A WEEKLY PROGRAM LIVE FROM THE FOUNTAIN GROVE INNA AND SPA ON CRN. HE IS ALSO AN EXPERT ON WINE WHO IS SOUGHT AFTER FOR EVENTS, TASTINGS AND MAJOR SOMMELIER EVENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA. HE COMMENTS ON THE INDUSTRY AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WINE.

EQUUS AT THE FOUNTAINGROVE INN AND SPA FIRST OPENED THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY!

The Steakhouse @ Equus offers a warm and inviting dining experience. Executive chef Doug Mahoney presents an enticing menu of the highest quality steaks, seafood, and sides which highlight fresh, local ingredients.


WWW.FOUNTAINGROVEINN.COM


DR. ROBERT SMALL – DR. BOB’S HAND CRAFTED ICE CREAMS

Small-batch, hand-mixed and hand-packed premium ice cream noted for its unique flavors,quality ingredients and richness.

ABOUT DR. BOB’S HAND CRAFTED ICE CREAMS:
Dr. Bob's HandCrafted IceCreams is a high butterfat, intensely flavored ice cream created in 1999 by Dr. Robert Small, a professor at Cal Poly University in Pomona, California. A lover of ice cream since early childhood, Bob wanted to produce a premium ice cream using only the finest ingredients available worldwide offering an alternative to major brands.

Dr. Bob won so many gold medals at the Los Angeles County Fair that they asked him “If we build an ice cream plant for you will you come?” The answer was yes and this is where Dr. Bob’s IceCreams resides today. In addition to his success at the Los Angeles County Fair, Dr. Bob's has received widespread recognition for its ice cream from national, state and local media including featured segments on the Food Network and The Today Show.

Dr. Bob currently sells his ice cream to specialty retail stores, restaurants, hotels and clubs throughout California and the US, developing unique flavors in the wholesale market and has 6-Packs available for purchase online. Just wait until you sample the best ice cream you've ever tasted.

ABOUT DR. BOB
Dr. Bob Small is the general partner of Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Creams, manufacturing premium ice cream sold at gourmet markets and food stores, restaurants, clubs and hotels throughout California, over the Internet, and at the Los Angeles County Fair. Dr. Bob’s Ice Creams was most recently highlighted on the Today Show and has been reviewed by a number of national and California magazines and newspapers. Bob is professor emeritus and former dean (twice) of Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management where he most recently taught wine and beverage courses. He completed a university textbook, Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits, released by John Wiley in fall 2011. He also judges at several international wine competitions throughout the country and leads trips on wine, food and culture to Europe for alumni and friends of the College and University. His favorite flavor of ice cream is Scharffen Berger Really Dark Chocolate.

PREMIUM ICE CREAM MADE THE DR. BOB'S WAY

Unique Flavors
Strawberries with Sour Cream and Brown Sugar, Brown Sugar Pecan, Vanilla Peanut Butter Chunk

Quality Ingredients
Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla, Southern roasted pecans, Argentinean caramels

Intense Flavors
Created by using more flavorings and key ingredients

Richness
16 percent butter-fat content

WWW.DRBOBSICECREAM.COM

Monday, June 20, 2016

6/20 IAN BLACKBURN, WINE LA, DONNA VIEIRA, CHASE CONSUMER BANKING, ELIZABETH WERNER

IAN BLACKBURN – WINE LA – UPCOMING EVENTS 

ZIN&OUT: IN'N'OUT VS. SHAKE SHACK - JUNE 25, 2016
In-N-Out & Shake Shack: the West Coast's and East Coast's favorite burger joints.  We're pairing up the burgers with the best Zinfandels currently on the market to find out how they compare! This amazing event is being hosted at the brand new Leica Flagship location in West Hollywood. We will be featuring over 14 Zinfandel producers and look forward to having you join us!!  WineLA is Los Angeles’ most trusted source for wine education and events.  What started as LearnAboutWine.com in 1995 is now wineLA and the new LearnAboutWine.com is on the way….  Our events are upscale, intimate, in great locations, and feature top quality wines. This is what a Cheeseburger is all about…. ZIN & OUT !

OTHER UPCOMING CLASSES & TASTINGS
Sun, June 26 - Wine Camp - Eat.Drink.Americano
Sun, July 10 - LAW School - 4 Week Credential Program
Sun, July 10 - Wine Camp - Eat.Drink.Americano
Mon, July 11 - LAW School - 4 Week Credential Program
Sat, July 16 - Wine Business 101 - wineLA Loft
Sat, July 16 - Exploring Champagne - Eat.Drink.Americano
Wed, July 26 - STARS of Pinot - Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Thurs, July 27 - Cult Dinner ft. Screaming Eagle v. Bordeaux - BOA Restaurant

ABOUT WINELA
wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages.  It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array of venues, spaces, wine bars, restaurants, beaches, roof tops, gardens, and magical views. We want to be a part of the LA lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people, the place and the passion.

wineLA will promote significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. LearnAboutWine will now evolve onto a digital platform; the transformation will take some time; so we will slowly rebrand our event efforts onto wineLA, reduce the number of activities we focus on, and elevate our efforts to focus on the next big thing… Doing what is best for the wine industry and the communities we serve.  Edicts:  innovate, evolve and excite.

We thank you for joining our newsletter, we will be sending fewer emails and packing them with amazing content. We want to be your wine content provider and would love to hear about your favorite places, your music, your locations - we want to be under the influence of what ignites your passion for Los Angeles.

WWW.WINELA.COM


DONNA VIEIRA, CMO OF CHASE CONSUMER BANKING - DIGITAL ADOPTION AND HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE BANKING INDUSTRY

U.S. CONSUMERS RELY ON MOBILE PHONE AS MOST PRIZED POSSESSION 

It’s no secret that mobile banking is the way of the future, and Americans are more attached to their cell phones than ever. A recent Chase survey found that people would rather lose their wedding ring (19%) or a family heirloom (18%) than their cell phone (32%). And to keep up with busy schedules, consumers are taking advantage of banking-on-the-go. Mobile phone users tap into their bank accounts via an app at work (51%), on a coffee or smoking break (35%) or while eating at a restaurant (31%). Consumers also want to feel more empowered to leave their wallets at home. Half of Americans (51%) have either lost or forgotten their card when they needed it,, prefer to pay using their phone vs. credit card or cash (48%) and plan to make payments with mobile phones more in the next five years (46%).

Donna Vieira, CMO of Chase Consumer Bank, wants to help us make the most of our mobile banking experience. She will discuss:

  • Results and key findings from a recent study on mobile banking and digital adoption
  • Advancements being developed for banking apps, including updated Chase QuickPay, which is featured nationally in a new TV commercial with NBA pro Steph Curry
  • Tips on how to get the most out of your banking app

ABOUT THE SURVEY
To uncover insights around digital banking knowledge and habits of Americans, Chase conducted a telephone and online survey. The telephone survey is among a nationally representative sample of 1,008 adults (18 years old and older) living in the continental United States.  The online survey is among a nationally representative sample of 1,500 adults (18 years old and older) living in the continental United States, with an oversample to obtain 200 respondents in the following cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Columbus, Miami, and San Diego. The surveys were conducted between April 19th and April 26th with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent at the national level and +/-7 percent at the local market level with a 95% confidence level.

ABOUT DONNA:
Donna Vieira is the Chief Marketing Officer for Chase Consumer Banking and Chase Wealth Management, which serves over 20 million households. She leads the development of strategic marketing initiatives to grow deposit and investment balances and customer relationships; ensure that our branches reflect the best of our brand and drive digital marketing transformation to solidify customer engagement. Donna was previously the Product and Marketing Head for Chase Business Banking, where she led product and innovation development across the deposit, lending and payment businesses. She is the driving force behind the highly successful Chase Masters Campaign. A seasoned executive with a reputation for driving strong results, Donna has extensive product, marketing and general management experience at major companies including Merrill Lynch and American Express. She was recently appointed as a member of the prestigious Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent organization for the development of global black leaders. Donna is a recipient of the Harlem YMCA Black Achievers in Industry award recognizing her professional and community leadership.  She serves on the Advisory Board of Bank 2.0 which focuses on improving opportunities for the under-banked.  She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.


THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER, TALKS SUMMER FUN IN THE SUN

Summer is here, and your viewers are looking for tips and tricks to fill their kids’ appetites for fun! A combination of outdoor activities and indoor play is a fabulous way to spend a fun day.
Toy Industry’s Premier Player, Elizabeth Werner is on hand and available to talk summer toy trends.

SPECIFICALLY, HERE IS WHAT WE ARE “PLAYING WITH”
Outdoor Adventures – Elizabeth will show, tell and demo the best and most exciting outdoor activities of the season    
The Sky is the Limit – Elizabeth will show and demo the hover, flip and fly functions of the coolest camera drone
The Greatest in Gaming – Elizabeth will show and demo new games to play indoors or outside

ABOUT ELIZABETH
Elizabeth Werner is a renowned toy industry expert. Werner has appeared on dozens of broadcast outlets including The View, Fox & Friends, CNN and Access Hollywood to discuss the latest industry trends. Werner also appears as a regular child lifestyle expert on QVC. She was recognized by the Women in Toy Association as the “woman to watch in the toy industry.”

Friday, June 17, 2016

06/17 LOUIS DE FAUTEREAU, GH MUMM CHAMPAGNE, NINA TYLER, GOOGLE SEARCH TRENDS EXPERT, STEVE EVANS

LOUIS DE FAUTEREAU, GLOBAL BRAND DIRECTOR FOR GH MUMM CHAMPAGNE - THE BOLDER, THE BETTER. THE NEW MUMM BOTTLE IS MAKING ITS DEBUT AT A STORE NEAR YOU

1827 - AT THE HEART OF CHAMPAGNE SINCE 1827

The first pages of the Maison MUMM fabled winemaking history were written long before 1827, its official founding date; the Mumm family, whose lineage includes barons and knights, dates back to the 12th century. Already in 1761, the family had launched a business as wine producers and merchants based in Cologne, Germany under the name “P.A.Mumm”, after its owner Peter Arnold Mumm. The company owned large vineyards in the Rhine valley, where it created its own wines.

In the early years of the 19th century, Peter Arnold Mumm's three sons, Gottlieb, Jacobus and Philipp, recognised the sales potential of the outstanding sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region of France. As Germany and France enjoyed good relations at the time, the Mumm brothers made the bold decision to establish a new branch of the family company in the Champagne region, creating a branch office in Reims with the assistance of a local representative, G.Heuser.

From the outset, quality was the key watchword for the partners in this new entity formed in 1827, and it has remained so for all of their successors. This approach would be encapsulated in the motto penned by Georges Hermann Mumm: "Only the best".

THE BOLDER, THE BETTER. THE NEW MUMM BOTTLE IS MAKING ITS DEBUT AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

Actor Kellan Lutz attempts the most DARING DELIVERY of the new Mumm champagne bottle to New York City (film to premiere on the 14th)
 
The House of Mumm dared him and now Actor Kellan Lutz will see if he can win. Lutz attempts the most daring delivery of the new Mumm champagne bottle to New York City when he endeavors to share the first new Mumm Grand Cordon with an engaged and eagerly-waiting crowd.

A high-speed, all-action movie, which epitomizes the House values of passion and daring, was also created with acting star Kellan Lutz, who attracted international attention in The Twilight Saga. In the film, he is joined by Maison Mumm Cellar Master Didier Mariotti on a mission to deliver the Mumm Grand Cordon bottle from the cellars in Reims to the launch party in New York in a limited time and in the most daring way possible.

The film uses cutting-edge techniques – in particular first-person POV –to create an immersive experience that engrosses the audience in the action from the beginning. Viewers become a “third character” within the movie, actually feeling what it is like to be Didier Mariotti as he makes a daredevil skydive to land next to the New-York skyline, or as he and Kellan Lutz race through the streets of Manhattan on a motorcycle. All the emotions and sensations of this daring adventure are captured with exceptional intensity.

WWW.MUMM.COM/EN


NINA TYLER - GOOGLE SEARCH TRENDS EXPERT - WEEKLY TOP SEARCH TRENDS

Google’s Top Search Trends program provides a revealing — and sometimes surprising — look at the people, places and topics that send the country searching for answers each week. Topics That Fascinated the U.S. Selected from Millions of INTERNET Searches!

Hear the hottest content on the web each week directly from the source! Become part of Google’s weekly Top Search Trends program to find out what news makers and trends are capturing the imagination of the country each week. Encompassing searches from across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more Nina will discuss five of the hottest trending queries on the web.

TOP TRENDS:
Orlando, Florida
Alligator
NBA Finals
Finding Dory
World Health Organization

TOP YOUTUBE VIDEO:
Battlefield 1 Official Gameplay Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pY3hlQEOc0

GOOGLE.COM/TRENDS



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, June 16, 2016

06/16 JASON WISHENGRAD, THE STAND, TARYN MANNING, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON 4

JASON WISHENGRAD – EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/DESIGNER/CULINARY DIRECTOR OF THE STAND 

Redefining today’s casual dining scene, The Stand delivers quality, speed and a diverse menu designed to meet everyone’s needs. With locations in Encino, Century City, Woodland Hills, Northridge, and soon to be Irvine, The Stand breaks fast casual stereotypes by catering to both families and young millennials looking for unique, high quality classic American food, at an affordable price. The menu consists of a variety of custom made-to-order original burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches, such as The Stand Burger and Southwest Chicken, as well as sausages and hotdogs, all that can be enriched by a selection of more than twenty loaded toppings including Bacon Tomato Jam, Stand Chili, Chimichurri Slaw, Crispy Onion Strings and Fried Egg. A wide variety of salads, sides and veggies are also offered, including Chili Fries and Chimichurri Slaw. Priced to satisfy a wide range of needs and dining occasions, The Stand brings the comfort of early century American diners to Southern California with a unique, modern twist, offering American classics redefined.

ABOUT MURRAY WISHENGRAD - CEO-President
With more than 40 years of experience as a multi-unit operator, Murray Wishengrad opened The Stand in 2003 in Encino, CA, before expanding to additional locations in Woodland Hills, Century City and Northridge, CA. Beginning his business career by developing rental car franchises, Budget Rent a car and Dollar Rent a Car, he sold all business shares in 2003, before opening The Stand alongside former Budget partner, Richard Shapiro.  Since 2003, Murray has grown The Stand to a multi-location business, with future expansion planned. As CEO-President/Co-Managing Member, his duties include handling all major business decisions, in addition to strategic planning and coordination of all other activities with his operating partners, his sons Jason and Zachary.

ABOUT JASON WISHENGRAD - Executive Vice President  
Jason Wishengrad was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA, before heading east to attend Boston University. Graduating with a degree in Advertising & Communication, Jason immediately began working for his father’s restaurant, The Stand, focusing on business development. As Executive Vice President, Jason oversees daily operations, culinary development, business development, and construction projects. Responsible for the creation of the menu at The Stand and all culinary movements, Jason is also behind the process of design, handling all design aspects of the restaurant, including graphics, menus, menu boards, metal work and advertisements.

MENU
The Stand’s menu features American classics with innovative spins and unique ingredients. Offering a large selection of burgers, highlights include The Stand Burger  with Grilled Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles & Stand Burger Sauce; The Business with Beef Burger, Porchetta, Bacon, Pickled Peppers & Onions, Garlic Mushrooms, & Sweet Chili Aioli; Ultimate Egg with American Cheese, Fried Egg, Bacon, Pickled Peppers & Onions, & Sweet Chili Aioli; Apple Slaw Turkey, Turkey Burger with Apple Slaw, Butternut Squash, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, & BBQ Sauce.

In addition to burgers, The Stand offers a large range of “standwiches” and salads, such as Spicy Beef Short Rib with Chipotle & Beer Braised Short Rib, Green Chile Aioli, Arugula, Swiss Cheese, Garlic Mushrooms, Parmesan, Red Onion & Ciabatta; Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame Slaw, Fresh Pickled Jalapeno, Crispy Onion Strings, Orange Sesame Dressing & Ciabatta; and Sesame Kale Salad with Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Sunflower Seeds, Diced Bacon, Feta Cheese, & Lemon Sesame Vinaigrette.

Stand Dogs and Sausages can be custom made or selected from the menu offerings, including Big Red Chili Dog with 1/4lb Big Red, Stand Chili, Cheddar Cheese, Tomato, and Yellow Onion; Guac-On-Fire Dog with 1/4lb Big Red, Guacamole, Pickled Pepper & Onions, Cilantro Lime Aioli, & Tortilla Strips; and Three Pigs Sausage with Bratwurst, Bacon Tomato Jam, Porchetta, Swiss Cheese, Chimichurri, Green Apple & Red Onion Slaw.

Also offered are Fries, Sides and Veggies including Porchetta Fries, Stand Gourmet Chili, Chimichurri Slaw, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Fries, and Mac N’ Cheese.  All in addition to decadent desserts such as the Stand Cobbler a Seasonal Cobbler with Vanilla Wafer Crust and Hand Scooped Vanilla Ice Cream and the Brownie Sundae with Vanilla Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, & Whipped Cream.

BEVERAGES
The Stand serves a variety of featured draft & bottled beers as well as Stand House Wine. Also served is Stand Blonde Ale, a large 20oz. brewed special by Golden Road Brewing.  Additionally, The Stand offers bottled water, bottled sodas, fountain sodas and iced tea.

HOURS:
Encino, Woodland Hills & Northridge: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Daily
Century City: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WWW.THESTANDLINK.COM


ACTRESS TARYN MANNING – PROMOTING ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON 4 PREMIER - FRIDAY JUNE 17TH ON NETFLIX   


The 4th season of Orange is the New Black premiers on Friday June 17th!

You’ve seen TARYN MANNING in Crossroads, 8 Mile, Hustle & Flow and much more! Taryn plays the controversial religious zealot Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett,  in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.

Orange Is the New Black  is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Orange Is the New Black is streamed on Netflix, and premiered on July 11, 2013.

Orange Is the New Black has become Netflix's most-watched original series. It has received critical acclaim and many accolades. For its first season, the series garnered 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations  winning three. A new Emmy rule in 2015 forced the series to change categories from comedy to drama. For its second season, the series received four Emmy nominations. Orange Is the New Black is the first series to score Emmy nominations in both comedy and drama categories. The series has also received six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, two Producers Guild of America Awards, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.

SERIES PLOT:
The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her 30s living in New York City, who is sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security women's federal prison in upstate New York. Piper has been convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money for her then girlfriend Alex Vause(Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler. The offense had occurred 10 years prior to the start of the series, and in that time, Piper had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York's upper middle class, so her sudden and unexpected indictment seriously disrupts her relationships with her fiancé, family, and friends.

In prison, Piper is reunited with Alex (who named Piper in her trial, resulting in Piper's arrest), and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow prisoners. The show often shows flashbacks of significant events from various inmates and prison guards' pasts. These flashbacks typically explain how the inmate came to be in prison or otherwise further develop the character's backstory. The majority of the characters featured are in prison for offences related to narcotics, fraud, and larceny, while some are in prison for organized crime, homicide, and aggravated assault charges. Most are from lower- and middle-income backgrounds, although some are from wealthy backgrounds, and others are from broken or dysfunctional families. The show also depicts corruption and inadequacies of the U.S prison system and the abuse of power by some correctional officers upon female inmates. As the series has progressed, the focus on Piper as the lead character has lessened and shifted to the ensemble and concurrent plot themes.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

06/15 AMERICA’S JAMES BEARD AWARD–WINNING GRILLING EXPERT STEVEN RAICHLEN, PROJECT SMOKE, LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE EXPERT

AMERICA’S GLOBAL GRILLING AND SMOKING AUTHORITY, STEVEN RAICHLEN - AUTHOR, PROJECT SMOKE:  SEVEN STEPS TO SMOKED FOOD NIRVANA

PROJECT SMOKE:  SEVEN STEPS TO SMOKED FOOD NIRVANA

The practice of smoking food has been part of the American culinary DNA since colonial times (in 1769, George Washington famously attended a three-day barbecue in Alexandria, VA). It used to be that smoked cuisine was only available at smokehouses or barbecue joints, where an experienced pitmaster smoked heirloom family recipes over hardwood fires in custom-built pits. But now, thanks to new fuels, new tools, new techniques, and a dazzling array of smokers, a new generation of home cooks can turn out competition-quality smoked foods in their own backyards and kitchens.

Award-winning and bestselling author, PBS TV host, and Barbecue Hall of Famer, Steven Raichlen has revolutionized the art of smoking food and adapting it to modern tastes. At a time when smoking is quickly becoming the new grilling (over 18 million smokers and grills were sold in the United States in 2014 alone!), Raichlen demystifies the classics, such as brisket and smoked salmon, but also shows how to smoke vegetables, cocktails, and even desserts on his PBS show and in his cookbook of the same name PROJECT SMOKE.

7 Surprising Facts from PROJECT SMOKE

  1. Smoke results when you burn wood, but not all wood smokes or tastes the same. Hardwoods (from deciduous trees like hickory and apple—which shed their leaves once a year) produce the best-tasting smoke.
  2. Moisture is an essential component of successful smoking. A 600-pound load of meat puts out roughly 200 pounds of water. To keep the smoking environment moist, try using soaked wood chips, placing a bowl of water in the smoke chamber, spraying the food with apple cider or wine, or mopping the food with a mop sauce.
  3. Want to introduce smoke flavor without using a smoker? Add one of the following ingredients to your dish: bacon, chipotle chiles, Virginia ham, liquid smoke, mezcal, pimentón (smoked paprika from Spain), Scotch whiskey, smoked cheese, or lapsang souchon (smoked black tea from the Wuyi region in Fujian, China, that imparts a distinctive smoke flavor to brines and marinades).
  4. You can smoke what?!? Yes, you really can smoke the following (with delicious results!): butter, cream, ricotta cheese, salt, sugar, honey, maple syrup, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, olive oil, tomato sauce, capers, olives, lemons, garlic, vanilla beans, bologna, and ice.
  5. Today, Americans consume over two million pounds of jerky annually, a derivative of smoke-drying, one of the first methods our prehistoric ancestors used to preserve meat and seafood. Native peoples in both North and South America dried thinly sliced strips of meat next to a smoky fire. Our word jerky likely comes from charqui, the Quecha Incan tribe’s term for dried meat.
  6. Widely considered the red badge of honor of great barbecue, a smoke ring is a pinkish-red band found just below the surface of barbecued meats that’s produced when the gas created by burning wood dissolves into the meat. But, since hackers have been known to fake the ring by lightly rubbing their meat with sodiumnitrite-based curing salt prior to smoking it, the Kansas City Barbecue Society ceased making a smoke ring one of the criteria for professional judges in barbecue competitions.
  7. All barbecue is smoked, but not all smoked foods are barbecue. Texas brisket, Carolina pork shoulder, and Kansas City ribs are barbecue. Virginia ham, Scandinavian smoked salmon, and Italian smoked mozzarella are smoked, but they’re not barbecue.

Ambitious and comprehensive, PROJECT SMOKE includes everything you need to know to smoke delectable meats, vegetables, seafood, poultry, beverages, and, yes, desserts at home. It delivers both a complete step-by-step handbook to mastering the techniques—including how to add smoke flavor if you don’t own a smoker—and a collection of 100 innovative, hunger-inducing recipes for smoking every food imaginable. Smoke is the soul of barbecue, the alchemy that happens when burning wood infuses its complex flavors into food.

PROJECT SMOKE reveals how to make the alchemy happen with Raichlen’s seven steps to smoking nirvana:
1. Choose Your Smoker
2. Source Your Fuel
3. Assemble Your Tools
4. Flavor Your Food
5. Select Your Smoking Method
6. Light Your Fire
7. Know When Your Food Is Done

An in-depth rundown introduces you to all the smokers; the essential brines, rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces; and the complete roster of smoking fuels. And ingenious ways to smoke—from traditional cold-smoking and barbecuing, to smoke-roasting and smoke-braising, to smoking with hay, tea, spices, and of course, a multitude of woods. The recipes are adaptable to the smoker or grill that you have, and some can be made on a stove-top. Appearing throughout are lively boxes, such as The Ten Steps to Brisket Nirvana, Jerky, and How to Infuse Smoke into a Cocktail.

Raichlen has pursued an enduring fascination with live-fire cooking, visiting over six continents and 60 countries to research the flavors and techniques of smoked cuisine across cultures and translate them into replicable recipes for the American home cook. A magnificent and timely achievement, PROJECT SMOKE shares over 100 recipes distilled from Raichlen’s extensive travels and research.

Raichlen’s enticing, succulent, boldly flavored recipes run the gamut from starters like Smoked Nachos and Smoked Fish Chowder to classics like Home-Smoked Pastrami, Made-from-Scratch Bacon, Honey-Cured Ham Ribs, and Big Bad Beef Ribs, to creative dishes like Tea-Smoked Duck and Smoked Black Cod with Fennel-Coriander Rub. For sides, try Raichlen’s Smoked Potato Salad or Smoked Vegetable Cassoulet, all washed down with a Mezcalini and rounded out by Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding or Smoked Flan.

PROJECT SMOKE is incredibly versatile—it’s a great resource for people who are ready to graduate from grilling to smoking, and for competition smoke masters seeking creative ideas and new techniques. It provides a wealth of information for those looking to take the traditional route of low and slow, and also for those who want to infuse a dish with smoke flavor in 10 minutes or less.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steven Raichlen is the author of The Barbecue! Bible®, How to Grill, Planet Barbecue!,  and six more live-fire cookbooks that have won James Beard and IACP awards. Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, and he teaches Barbecue University classes at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. His TV shows include the PBS series Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke; Primal Grill; and Barbecue University and the French language show Le Maitre du Grill. Raichlen has lectured on the history and culture of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and Harvard University. In 1975, Raichlen received a Watson Foundation Fellowship to study medieval cooking in Europe, as well as a Fulbright to study comparative literature. He holds a degree in French literature from Reed College and trained at the Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris.

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

06/14 AUSTIN HOPE, HOPE FAMILY WINES, DANNY LIPFORD, YOUR HOME TO-DO LIST

AUSTIN HOPE – WINEMAKER, HOPE FAMILY WINES 

The philosophy behind the Austin Hope Wines is simple: make spectacular estate-grown, Rhone varietal wines. Using native clones, high-density vineyard planting in our Estate Vineyard located in the Templeton Gap,  one of the coolest sub-AVAs of Paso Robles, the Austin Hope wines are bold, flamboyant and expressive.

THE STORY
Austin Hope brings years of formal and informal education and experience to the Austin Hope Label. Between his time at Cal Poly, and his apprenticeships under Chuck Wagner and in the Rhône Valley, he has an intimate knowledge of the winemaking process, from vine to bottle. Austin Hope wine combines Austin’s zest for life with his determination to make exceptional wine. The estate brand is an artisanal wine of small production. Oftentimes only available to the wine club and in the tasting room, there is rarely any left for our local, fine-wine shops.

While Austin’s specialty is getting this exceptional wine into the bottle, he knows a fair bit about getting it out of the bottle too. He’s the kind of guy you want have a drink with and his wine is the kind of wine you want to share with a friend. In an era when wine has become a business, Austin’s still making it because he likes to drink it. He loves how it flavors the events and memories of our lives.

From tableside to fireside, Austin Hope wine represents the passion we hope you get out of every bottle of our wine. We love being a part of your experiences and memories and hope you’re having just as much fun drinking our wine as we’re having making it.

THE ESTATE
The Austin Hope label sources its fruit from the Hope family estate vineyard. Located 20 miles from the ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles, the Hope Family Vineyard is nestled in the coolest region of Paso Robles and is characterized by rich, rocky soil of clay and limestone. These characteristics produce the finest Rhône varietals in the region.

Upon returning from his studies in the Rhône Valley of France, Austin Hope replanted the Hope Family Vineyard to varieties best suited to the unique microclimate. He planted close and prunes aggressively, asking very little of each plant. This technique produces elegant and refined wines with true Rhône characteristics. Maintaining our commitment to sustainability, the Hope Family Vineyard has been SIP certified (sustainability in practice) since 2009.

VISIT
Our Tasting cellar offers a distinctive blend of eclectic decor, spacious atmosphere and cozy lounge-style seating. In the words of proprietor Austin Hope, “The goal was to give Treana a more vivid sense of place, and to also let a bit of my personality come through.”

The result isn’t just another tasting room that you simply pass through—it’s a destination where we invite you to hang out and enjoy our wines at your own pace. Feel free to enjoy our picnic area among the vineyards.

Hours: 10am-4pm Thursday – Monday, open Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment only.
805.238.4112
1585 Live Oak Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446

WWW.HOPEFAMILYWINES.COM


DANNY LIPFORD - YOUR HOME TO-DO LIST: DONE IN A DAY!

SUMMER MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST:
Your Home To-Do List Done in a Day with Today’s Homeowner Danny Lipford
Summer is here! Now is the time to prepare your home and yard for the onslaught of summer heat. Yes, homeownership can be overwhelming. However, the smart homeowner knows that seasonal maintenance is a must to preserve their largest investment.

This is the Summer Edition of “4 Seasons of Home Ownership”, from the Today’s Homeowner team. From, "Top Ten Must Do Tasks", to “If Time and Budget Allows” and “A Little Something Extra”, this fast paced look at homeownership really puts things in prospective ….in a good way!

ABOUT DANNY:
Danny Lipford is a veteran remodeling contractor and television personality known to audiences as Host of the Emmy-Nominated and nationally-syndicated home improvement TV and radio shows: Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade, and has made more than 160 national television appearances. Danny has been a longtime contributor to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and BHG.com, and is a source for hundreds of other popular magazines and websites each year.

AMONG THE TOPICS DANNY WILL DISCUSS:
- Low cost summer chores that pay off in the long run
- Easy exterior fix ups any homeowner can do
- DIY tips and solutions from the expert
- The essential tasks to tackle this summer to keep your home running smoothly
- And more!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

06/13 MOMTRENDS' FOUNDER NICOLE FELICIANO, HOW TO KEEP YOUR PRODUCE FRESH LONGER, THE THINSULIN PROGRAM, CHARLES NGUYEN, M.D

MOMTRENDS' FOUNDER NICOLE FELICIANO - FARM FRESH: HOW TO KEEP YOUR PRODUCE FRESHER, LONGER

FARM FRESH: HOW TO KEEP YOUR PRODUCE FRESHER, LONGER
Summer is the premium season for buying the best in fresh produce. However, as we all know, the shelf life of produce lasts only days! Add to that a busy life and all the fresh seasonal produce that you bought earlier in the week will lose its freshness after a day or two. Serving our families meals with the freshest seasonal ingredients can sometimes be wishful thinking. But it doesn’t have to be!

Here to help us keep our produce fresher, longer is founder and CEO of Momtrends Nicole Feliciano!

ABOUT NICOLE:
Nicole Feliciano, is Founder and CEO of Momtrends. After graduating from Vanderbilt with a degree in English Literature, Nicole ventured into the (sometimes) glamorous world of advertising. In 1997, she switched gears and went to work for Ralph Lauren–combining her business acumen with her love of fashion. In her seven year career with the luxury brand, Nicole managed retail stores and eventually landed a coveted position at the corporate headquarters in NYC. Soon after that Nicole became a freelance writer and began contributing to Babble.com, Time Out New York Kids, and many more online and paper publications. Momtrends launched in 2007 and continues to provide the latest news on things trendy and cool for moms. Momtrends is packed with fashion tips and trend reports aimed to help busy, style-starved women keep in touch with what’s hip and cool. When she’s not scoping out fads and fashions, you can find Nicole in NYC with her two young daughters and extremely patient husband.

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CO-AUTHOR OF THE THINSULIN PROGRAM, CHARLES NGUYEN, M.D - PROMINENT WEIGHT LOSS EXPERT EXPLAINS WHY WINE WILL HELP YOU BURN FAT - WHILE BEER WILL ADD TO YOUR BELLY!

PROMINENT WEIGHT LOSS EXPERT EXPLAINS WHY WINE WILL HELP YOU BURN FAT - WHILE BEER WILL ADD TO YOUR BELLY!

Ahh, summer. Lazy days at the beach, coolers stocked with wine and beer, shorts, swimsuits and --That belly. Those hips. Those thighs. If you’re hoping to trim those fat spots and feel more comfortable in warm weather attire, one simple step will help keep the extra weight off: When reaching for the cooler, choose wine, not beer.

Why?  The real culprit in weight loss is insulin, not calories says Charles Nguyen, MD, co-author with bariatric internist Tu Song Anh Nguyen and health journalist Mary Ann Marshall of The Thinsulin Program: The Breakthrough Solution To Help You Lose Weight And Stay Thin.

Insulin, he explains, causes the body to store fat.  And certain carbs cause your body’s insulin level to rise. These include anything made of grains -- such as beer.

So even if you reason that a light beer has only 96 calories, it doesn’t matter. The grains in that cold one will still spike your insulin level, triggering your body to store fat -- where else? You guessed it. Right in your gut.

In contrast, wine is made from fermented grapes, a fruit that does not cause insulin levels to spike.
Ever see somebody with a wine belly? If you have just one glass a day, you can keep the spare tire off and flaunt your beach bod.

ABOUT CHATLES NGUYEN
Charles Nguyen, M.D., medical director of the Lorphen Medical Weight Loss Clinic in Riverside, CA, is co-author with Tu Song-Anh Nguyen and Mary Ann Marshall of The Thinsulin Program (Da Capo Press, 2016). He earned his M.D. from the University of California at Irvine, where he completed his psychiatry residency training and, as a faculty member, won excellence in teaching awards for seven consecutive years. He also won the Thomas F. Riley Community Service Award, the NAMI Bridge Builder Award, and the 2010 Orange County Physicians of Excellence Award. The same year, Orange Coast Magazine recognized him as best physician.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

06/13 BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, THE 2016 TOSHIBA EXPLORAVISION AWARDS, PATRICK HICKEY, RAO'S HOLLYWOOD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY IS AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB IN WASHINGTON, DC TO HONOR SOME VERY SPECIAL STUDENTS, THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 TOSHIBA EXPLORAVISION AWARDS

DISCOVER WHY SCIENCE IS COOL, FROM THE TV HOST WHO PUTS THE FUN INTO SCIENCE

Toshiba & National Science Teachers Association Honor National Student Science Winners with Prizes & a Trip to Washington, D.C.

Making science entertaining is something Bill Nye “THE SCIENCE GUY” has been doing most of his life. On June 10th, this nationally renowned scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor will be joined by winners of the 24th annual ExploraVision program, the world’s largest K-12 science competition. This amazing program honors the best and brightest students our nation has to offer, and is sponsored by Toshiba and administrated by the National Science Teachers Association.  Nye will be live from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and some interviews will include LOCAL student winners. We hope you’ll allow Mr. Nye to explain the importance of science and to give these amazing students some recognition in their hometowns!

For a complete list of winners, visit: www.exploravision.org.

AMAZING STUDENT INVENTIONS YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT:

  • TICK DETECTIVE–3RD graders use electronics & chemicals to detect deer ticks
  • BIONIC EYE–High schoolers create a visual implant comprised of a solar panel
  • OUT OF THE WORLD–5TH graders create a way to dispose of space trash

ABOUT BILL:
Nye has won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing “The Science Guy” Show. He has written five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” Nye is the host of three currently-running television series. “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” airs on the Science Channel. “The Eyes of Nye” airs on PBS stations across the country. Bill’s latest project is hosting a show on Planet Green called “Stuff Happens.”

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PATRICK HICKEY - GENERAL MANAGER, RAO'S HOLLYWOOD – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

RAO'S LOS ANGELES
1006 SEWARD ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90038
MONDAY – THURSDAY: 6:00PM – 10:00PM
FRIDAY – SATURDAY: 6:00PM – 10:30PM
SUNDAY: 5:00PM – 9:00PM

OUR STORY
TRADITION AND RITUAL ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF ITALIAN CUISINE. SINCE 1896 THE RAO'S FAMILY HAS BELIEVED IN SHARING THOSE TRADITIONS. WE INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART IN SHARING- WITH US AND WITH EACH OTHER—THE RAO'S FAMILY WAY OF FEASTING. IF YOU FOLLOW ALONG WITH OUR MENU, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE RITUALS VINCENT RAO AND ANNE PELLEGRINO HAVE PASSED TO OUR GENERATION. WITH THE HELP OF YOUR SERVER, ENJOY THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS IN YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE: FOOD, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY. WE PROMISE THAT YOU WILL NOT ONLY LEAVE FULL BUT FULFILLED.

THE HISTORY
RAO'S NEW YORK IS A CULINARY NATIONAL TREASURE. WIDELY ACCLAIMED FOR ITS AUTHENTIC, SOUTHERN NEAPOLITAN ITALIAN COOKING AND ITS HOME-STYLE FAMILY AMBIANCE, RAO'S WAS HONORED WITH A PINNACLE THREE STARS FROM NEW YORK TIMES RESTAURANT CRITIC MIMI SHERATON DESCRIBING THE CUISINE AS "EXQUISITELY SIMPLE ITALIAN COOKING."

OPENED IN 1896, THE RESTAURANT IS CELEBRATED AS ONE OF THE COUNTRIES' OLDEST FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED RESTAURANTS RUNNING IN ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION. HANDING DOWN CHERISHED PELLEGRINO AND RAO TRADITIONS AS ITS MAIN INGREDIENTS, THE RAO'S MENU PAIRS GENERATIONS OF AUTHENTICITY AND LOVE WITH FRESHNESS AND FLAVOR.

ALL LOCATIONS, NEW YORK, LAS VEGAS AND LOS ANGELES, SERVE AND SATIATE SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL APPETITES IN THE WORLD. AT THE NEW YORK LOCATION, THE LIST OF REGULARS READS LIKE THE "WHO'S WHO" OF NEW YORK COGNOSCENTI, INCLUDING WOODY ALLEN, BILLY CRYSTAL, ROB REINER, NICHOLAS PILEGGI AND DANNY AIELLO. LEGIONS OF POLITICIANS, SPORTS FIGURES AND MATINEE IDOLS HAVE JOCKEYED FOR A RESERVATION. THERE, DINING AT RAO'S IS A LEGENDARY EXPERIENCE SO BELOVED THAT GETTING A SEAT IS ONLY POSSIBLE IF YOU ARE A REGULAR AND HAVE, "TABLE RIGHTS," OR IF YOU'RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE INVITED AS A GUEST BY SOMEONE WHO DOES. IN LAS VEGAS, YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE OUR GUEST. FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, WE INVITE YOU TO SIT BACK AND RELAX WHILE FILLING YOURSELF WITH MORE THAN FOOD. CHEERS!

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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, June 9, 2016

06/09 SARA FISHER CHAPIN, LA WINEFEST, ANN MARIE O’BRIEN, UNITED HEALTHCARE, “SHARK TANK” VETERAN KEVIN HARRINGTON

SARA FISHER CHAPIN - LA WINEFEST (JUNE 25-26, 2016)

WHAT?
The LAWineFest brings wines and brews from around the world to your doorstep in a fun, relaxed environment. (Yes, we’re the WineFest. But turns out even wine lovers need a break to sip something else new and noteworthy too.)  The Fest also serves up LA’s most popular food trucks, boutiques to browse, artisan merchandise to buy, music and more!

WHERE?
5901 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90028 | operated by Sunset Gower Studios

WHY?
To explore the exciting world of wine – along with some seriously artisan brews – in a great setting that is all about you finding what you like. Forget the rules! Even better, your good time is a good deed. The 11th Annual LAWineFest is proud to benefit Sunshine Kids, an amazing organization providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients

WHEN?
June 25-26, 2016 |  Saturday 3:00 – 7:00PM & Sunday 2:00-6PM

ABOUT SARA FISHER CHAPIN - HEAD OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS:
Sara Fisher Chapin is pleased to have joined the family business in 2012. She has an extensive history as a senior leader in small business development and brand marketing.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER, DR. JOEL M. FISHER:
Joel M. Fisher, PhD writes or has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California — Los Angeles for seven years and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California and Wine Discoveries. Net. A Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, he is also a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel) and is a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.

Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. Awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America, he is the author of the Wine Work Book, now in its 6th edition.

Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne in 2005. In June 2006 he again led a program, “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia,” to Spain and Portugal. Future programs to wine regions are in the works.

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ANN MARIE O’BRIEN, R.N. - NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF HEALTH STRATEGIES FOR UNITED HEALTHCARE - THE FUTURE OF WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMS
THE FUTURE OF WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMS 

How People Can Improve Their Health and Earn Financial Incentives Through Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Worksite wellness programs are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated, with some initiatives featuring mobile apps, social networks and wearable devices. The goal of these programs is to help improve employees’ health and productivity and reduce medical costs for individuals and the company.

June is National Employee Wellbeing Month – an opportunity for employees to learn about and take advantage of wellness programs available to them at work. An estimated 70 percent of employers already offer wellness programs and 8 percent more plan to do so during the next year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

As part of this trend, more employers are providing employees with free wearable fitness trackers to encourage walking and help people hold themselves accountable for their physical activity. That’s important, considering people overestimate how much exercise they get each week by more than 50 minutes, and they underestimate sedentary time by more than two hours, according to a study in Science & Medicine.

Ann Marie O’Brien, R.N., national director of health strategies Society for Human Resource Management & UnitedHealthcare, can share with your listeners tips to help people make the most of wellness programs, improve their health and earn financial incentives in the process.


“SHARK TANK” VETERAN KEVIN HARRINGTON TALKS SMALL BUSINESS & HIS NEW CROWD-SOURCED BOOK

As one of the original cast members of “Shark Tank” and the inventor of the infomercial, Kevin Harrington is renowned for his business innovations and acumen. Kevin will share his tips for small and mid-sized businesses to transition into the e-commerce space.

As E-Commerce is experiencing tremendous growth in the United States, it presents an opportunity for businesses to take advantage of online retail trends. In fact, E-commerce grew by $43.5 billion last year alone, which means that online sales accounted for more than 36% retail sales growth.

KEVIN WILL GUIDE US THROUGH THE BASIC TOOLS OF BUSINESS GROWTH, INCLUDING: 
•        Background and tips on Multi-channel retailing
•        Tips to boost the home shopping industry trends
•        Information on how to be a consistently reliable resource for customers

Kevin will also be available to share his new venture, which is truly innovative – a crowd sourced book called “Put a Shark In Your Tank: Actionable Steps to Snag Success”.  The book will be all about mentorship and making smart actionable business decisions. One smart decision Mr. Harrington is a big advocate for is working with USPS. The United States Postal Service works with thousands of small and medium sized businesses to make sure business owners from all over the country have a reliable and affordable way to send and receive packages.

ABOUT KEVIN:
Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years. He is an Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy winning TV show, “Shark Tank.” He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co- Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and Co- Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Kevin has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each, has been involved in more than a dozen public companies, and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, and the new I-Grow hair restoration product on QVC.

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10/12 LELAND ORSER, BERLIN STATION, CHEF CLAUD BELTRAN, RECIPES FOR NATIONAL GUMBO DAY

ACTOR LELAND ORSER TALKS ABOUT HIS ROLE IN THE MODERN-DAY SPY THRILLER, BERLIN STATION  On Sunday, October 15 at 9p.m., EPIX's accla...