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 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.
TRACY FARHAD - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOLVANG CONFERENCE & VISITORS BUREAU - 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.