Friday, September 30, 2016

9/30 RICKEY TROMBETTA STANCLIFF, TROMBETTA FAMILY WINES, THE 2016 PETALUMA GAP WIND TO WINE FESTIVAL, RICH LITTLE, “LITTLE BY LITTLE: PEOPLE I’VE KNOWN AND BEEN”

RICKEY TROMBETTA  STANCLIFF – CEO, TROMBETTA FAMILY WINES – SHE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THE 2016 PETALUMA GAP WIND TO WINE FESTIVAL 

RICKEY TROMBETTA STANCLIFF
My family was food centric. Not unusual for an Italian family. But interestingly enough my parents did not drink alcohol as a rule and this included wine. My father would occasionally have a glass of white wine with dinner but that indulgence was rather spotty at best. My jobs as a child were to work in the kitchen with my mother and in the garden with my father. My father was a master at grafting fruit trees. We had an apple tree that had three varieties of apples on it. Since I was the youngest I was at home alone with them and it became part of my routine to shop for the vegetables and visit the family butcher. Every night Mom and I would prepare dinner together using the fresh ingredients that I had shopped for earlier. Growing up in Sonoma County in an Italian family one would draw the conclusion that we would be more main stream wine aficionados especially since so many of my parent’s friends were wine makers or owners. Mom and Dad loved to entertain and there were many gatherings around the dining room table. They served wine to their guests but did not partake. I can still hear the laughter ringing from that dining room.

A new path was opened for me many years ago when my husband Roger introduced me to coworkers gathered at a friend’s home to learn about making wine. Over the years as this group grew in their winemaking skills it brought to light something so obvious. As we concluded each harvest we would gather with food to share, wine to drink, and stories to tell. The bounty of the feast began to grow as we paired food with the wines. As our curiosity grew about wine Roger and I took courses at our local Junior College and U.C. Davis. Roger grew up in Connecticut. His father would share great Burgundies at Sunday night dinner. Roger grew up learning how to read and distinguish French Burgundy labels and wines.

One very warm summer day in August of 1998 I met my future teacher and friend through a mutual friend and grape grower. PAUL HOBBS breezed through the doors at Kunde Winery where he was leasing space, wearing his Bermuda shorts, a polo shirt and red high-topped Converse sneakers. Paul invited me in to taste some Chardonnay in barrels down in the caves. Later over lunch we discussed Paul’s new project, his first soon to be estate vineyard he had just purchased in Sebastopol. I was hired as the event planner for the celebration party he was arranging that November. Paul suggested to get to know each other better we go out the following week to visit some of the vineyards where he contracted fruit. It’s about an hours drive from our West County meeting spot to Napa, which gave us plenty of time to talk. As Paul learned of my passion for wine he shared more of his philosophy on vineyard management and winemaking. I was soaking all of this invaluable information up like a thirsty sponge.

The event planning turned into harvest help. Punch downs at Kunde where Paul was renting space to make his wines, and riding on the back end of tractor-trailer pulling leaves and botrytised fruit out of the macro bins became a regular occurrence. This led to working in the vineyards along side Paul and then full on harvest help for many years. My love affair with food and wine was blooming. Fresh produce from my huge vegetable garden was an integral part of our nightly feasts. Learning new techniques in the kitchen gave me confidence to reach out of my comfort zone. Roger and I are so grateful that we have been living a lifestyle of fabulous food and wine every day. The whole family joins in preparing food. Michael, our eldest, is a fabulous cook who pushes himself to replicate dishes he’s tasted and experiment with our garden’s bounty and Erica, our daughter, joined me in the vineyard at an early age.

Roger, my husband has always believed that I could do anything I set out to accomplish (he’s always been my biggest fan). He was willing to bet on it. We discussed starting our own brand for many years. I continued my education at UC Davis completing the PR and Marketing certificated program as well as Intro to Winemaking taught by Dr. Carole Meredith. The decision was made – let’s start our own brand. We determined that it would be called Trombetta Family Wines in tribute to my father. Paul graciously agreed to be our Consulting Winemaker. I could not have asked for a better team to turn our dream into reality. There is a lot of love in this wine. And now we've come full circle with Erica taking the reins as Winemaker.

Trombetta Family Wines first vintage of Pinot Noir is from the GAP'S CROWN VINEYARD located on the western slope of Sonoma Mountain. We have selected three clones of Pinot Noir that we feel exemplify the rich minerality, soils and cool weather from the Petaluma Gap. From bud break until harvest I walk our blocks of the vineyard internalizing the seasonal changes. This vineyard is pristinely maintained which the fruit exemplifies. At harvest I work the night picks alongside the crew. Armed with my blue shop towels I ensure that each macro bin is clean and dry before the fruit arrives. Leaves are painstakingly pulled along with any botrytised fruit.

TROMBETTA FAMILY WINES is at the beginning of our joyous journey. Our hope is that you will join us as we travel this road.

THE 2016 PETALUMA GAP WIND TO WINE FESTIVAL

The 2016 Petaluma Gap Wind to Wine Festival will be held at the Sheraton Petaluma on Sunday, November 6th! This is your opportunity to experience what makes our region special! More than 100 Petaluma Gap wines will be available in one place for tasting!There are two different VIP Seminars to choose from: Cool Climate Syrah and Food Friendly Wines. The Grand Tasting event will take place in the Sheraton’s Grand Ballroom, with more food stations, more space to mingle, and even more wines to sample!

Early bird ticket purchasers will receive a coupon worth $20 that can be applied to a wine order at the event. Many participating wineries will also be featuring event specials such as discounts or free shipping. There are a limited number of early bird tickets available. So don’t delay — get your tickets now for this extraordinary event!

PETALUMAGAP.COM 
WWW.TROMBETTAWINES.COM



LEGENDARY IMPRESSIONIST, ENTERTAINER OF A THOUSAND VOICES AND TROPICANA HEADLINER RICH LITTLE – TALKS ABOUT HIS CAREER, LAS VEGAS SHOW AND NEW BOOK, “LITTLE BY LITTLE: PEOPLE I’VE KNOWN AND BEEN”

ABOUT THE VEGAS SHOW:
Rich Little Live

Breaking News – Show Has Been Extended through Jan. 2017!
Renowned comedian and impersonator Rich Little returns to the Las Vegas Strip with the debut of “Rich Little Live,” a new autobiographical one-man show. “Rich Little Live” brings to life many of the beloved actors, singers and politicians that Little has known throughout his career that spans more than 50 years, from his television days in Canada to his first United States break on “The Judy Garland Show” to the present. His spot-on impersonations, along with jokes, songs, videos and personal stories combine to make this a must-see show.

Show Information
Show Time: 7pm Daily (Dark Monday and Friday; additional blackout dates may apply)
Location: Laugh Factory comedy club

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Little by Little: People I've Known and Been

"How did I become an impersonator? Perhaps my mother was conceived by a Zerox machine!" So, how did a kid from Ottawa, Canada, growing up in the 50's become an impersonator? No one in our family had ever been in show business. No one ever had "show business" yearnings. My father was a doctor. My mother was a housewife. So where did it come from? I've often asked myself this question. I didn't know the answer, but I did love the movies. As a boy, I would go every weekend, sometimes staying to see the show twice. Just going to the movies and getting so involved in the story-telling and the characters made me want to be that person up on the screen; never dreaming that I could turn it into a career.

The glory days of Hollywood and their icons, like no other, have remained as indelible images in our hearts and minds for decades. I, like many, idolized these giants of the screen and comedy, but was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet, work with and get to know many of them along the way during my career. From the genius of Jack Benny, the unmatched humor of George Burns, the debonair, handsome Cary Grant, the unforgettable John Wayne, the king of late night hosts Johnny Carson, and the former actor-turned-President Ronald Reagan to name a few. In this gem of a book are insights into the likes of many of these great people I've had the privilege and fortune to meet and imitate, shining new light on our beloved stars. This is really not a biography, but more of a humorous glimpse of the people I've impersonated and some of the funny stories that happened along the way.

RICHLITTLE.COM

Thursday, September 29, 2016

9/29 DENISE ALBERT & MELISSA MUSEN GERSTEIN, ERIC GOLDSTEIN AND MICHAEL KAISER, HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE, BRUCE CAKEBREAD, CAKEBREAD CELLARS

DENISE ALBERT & MELISSA MUSEN GERSTEIN – CO-FOUNDERS OF THE MOMS MULTIMEDIA CO. – HOW TO BRING MORE ‘GOOD DAYS’ TO THOSE LIVING WITH BREAST CANCER 

BREAST CANCER ADVOCATES, “THE MOMS,” HELP BRING MORE ‘GOOD DAYS’ TO THOSE LIVING WITH BREAST CANCER

FORD WARRIORS IN PINK PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO BREAST CANCER PATIENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGH NEW SUPPORT SERVICES

Dealing with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer and finding the strength within to continue the fight is no easy feat. Survey results indicate that maintaining their daily routines while going through treatment is a top concern of those battling breast cancer – second only to life expectancy. Activities patients say they need the most logistical help with include completing household chores, running errands and preparing balanced, healthful meals. As a result of this, the Warriors in Pink More Good Days initiative is launching new support services to offer solutions to patients’ most pressing household needs through 2016 collaborations with Green Chef and Cleaning for a Reason.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, co-founders of The MOMS Multimedia Company, will help raise awareness about how to bring More Good Days to those living with breast cancer. On Thursday, September 29th, Denise and Melissa will be available for live interviews to discuss how Warriors in Pink will be expanding the support services available through More Good Days to respond to the needs of those undergoing treatment. Denise, currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, alongside her friend and business partner, Melissa, can offer insights from first-hand experience.

SOME OF THESE SERVICES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Collaborating with Green Chef to provide free organic meal kits to patients and helping eliminate the hassle of grocery shopping and meal planning.
  • Working with the nonprofit Cleaning for a Reason to provide free assistance with household chores.
  • Partnering with Meal Train – an online platform for organizing family and friends to provide meal deliveries, errand services, childcare, rides and more.
  • Offering free Jacki® recovery garments to those who have recently undergone mastectomy surgery.

WWW.FORDCARES.COM


ERIC GOLDSTEIN AND MICHAEL KAISER – HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE - ONLINE SAFETY AND SECURITY IS A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH REMINDS ALL DIGITAL CITIZENS THAT ONLINE SAFETY AND SECURITY IS A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

13th Annual NCSAM Sparks a Call-to-Action to Join the Greater Awareness Effort

October 1 officially kicks off National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and this year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility.” The Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance founded and now lead NCSAM, which is a massive global effort to educate millions of internet users about the importance of online safety and security. Everyone has a role to play in promoting a safer, more secure and trusted internet. Both the general public and organizations of all sizes must work together to improve awareness of the basic steps to stay safer and more secure online. NCSAM 2016 is energizing its partners and digital citizens internationally to play an active role in this critical and timely mission. Leading the charge are the 745 dedicated Champions – individuals, educational institutions, businesses, government agencies and associations. NCSAM 2016 will focus on the digital safety challenges facing consumers and businesses and share actionable tips and user-friendly resources. Each week will highlight a different theme designed to raise awareness across a range of topics.

Senior Counselor to the Under Secretary at the DHS Eric Goldstein and NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser will be available for interviews on Thursday, September 29 to provide expert tips on how to stay safe online and discuss how anyone who uses the internet can get involved in the month’s activities and events. They can also discuss the importance of cybersecurity education in our schools, the path to developing a more cyber capable workforce, resources available for small businesses, issues related to cybercrime and how collaboration with law enforcement is key to combatting this issue.

WWW.STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG


BRUCE CAKEBREAD - PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CAKEBREAD CELLARS

Bruce Cakebread is president and chief operating officer of Cakebread Cellars since 2002. Bruce first studied Pomology (Tree Fruits) at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. When he decided to enter the family business he transferred to the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California at Davis, where in 1978, he studied Enology and Viticulture.

After working alongside his father since the winery was founded in 1973, Bruce assumed the winemaking position in 1979, overseeing all vineyard operations and winemaking duties until 2002 when he became president and COO.

Discussing the Cakebread family’s philosophy of winemaking over the past 40 years, Bruce says, “We are very fortunate to have an excellent collection of vineyards and have worked alongside some of the best growers in Napa Valley for many years to produce consistently high quality wines over the past 40 years. These great vineyards, plus the fact that we have had only three winemakers over these forty years (Jack, myself and now Julianne for the past ten years), allows us to produce consistency in quality and our balanced style of elegant and complex wines with a fine finish that fits seamlessly into any meal or any occasion.”

Bruce is currently the President of the Napa Valley College Foundation Board, serves on the Viticulture and Enology Executive Leadership Board at UC Davis, is an alternate on the Napa County Flood Control District, and is past President of the Board of Napa Valley Vintners Association, serving in 2010 and in 2013.

WINEMAKING

Continuity and stability are bedrock values for Cakebread Cellars and our wines. Bruce Cakebread, formerly winemaker and now president of Cakebread Cellars, is the guardian of the commitment to quality his parents made at the dawn of Cakebread Cellars. This ethos is also evident in the long-term tenures of winemaker Julianne Laks, who has been with Cakebread Cellars 26 years, and cellarmaster Brian Lee, a 25-year veteran of the winery.

Julianne and Brian, along with Director of Viticulture, Toby Halkovich, have played key roles in enhancing wine quality at Cakebread Cellars through the adoption and implementation of innovative winegrowing strategies and technologies. Over the years, these have included night-harvesting to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition; whole-cluster pressing of white grapes to enhance juice and wine freshness and varietal intensity; and aging Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay in barrel on its spent yeast lees – a traditional French practice known as sur lie which produces a very rich, creamy style of Chardonnay. Julianne and Brian have become experts at matching the right barrels with particular lots of wine to ensure a seamless blend of oak and fruit character.

Additionally, choosing just the right equipment is also important. In recent years, Cakebread Cellars has acquired a new, state-of-the-art destemmer, berry sorter and juice chemistry analyzer, and is investigating new techniques for generating and conserving energy. (Cakebread Cellars is a green-certified winery, and its vineyards are green-certified and either farmed organically or sustainably.)

ESTATE VINEYARDS

Cakebread Cellars has vineyard properties located throughout Napa Valley and a location in the Anderson Valley. The winery ranches surrounding the production facility in Rutherford are where it all began. The first 22 acre parcel was purchased in 1972. Over the years, the family has continued to acquire additional vineyard parcels throughout Napa Valley and the North Coast. Today, the winery owns 13 sites totaling 1100 acres, 560 of which are currently planted. This judicious acquisition and development of vineyard land enables us to more completely control the quality of the fruit we grow and the wines we make.

WWW.CAKEBREAD.COM

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9/28 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, BUDGET EXPERT MARY HUNT EXPLAINS HOW THE POWER OF THE NICKEL, LIFESTYLE EXPERT HARRIETTE COLE, SAY “HELLO” ON GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY

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.


BUDGET EXPERT MARY HUNT EXPLAINS HOW  THE POWER OF THE NICKEL OFFERS LONG-TERM BENEFITS (HOW FAMILIES CAN SAVE TIME AND MONEY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BY)

Whether parents are sending their kids off to school, or simply trying to be mindful of spending habits before the holiday season, families are searching for new ways to save some money this fall. As parents set their budgets it is the perfect time to turn everyday activities into teachable moments for children. No matter if you’re grocery shopping, purchasing school supplies, or filling up your gas tank, you can show your kids the value of a dollar--one nickel at a time.

HOW FAMILIES CAN SAVE TIME AND MONEY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BY:

  • Simplify Your Spending. Consider paying cash for certain expenditures or using a gas card that allows you to generate instant savings at the pump
  • Financially Confident Kids. Kids can learn the value of a dollar by starting to save money now – from a lemonade stand or weekly allowance
  • Eat the Sales. Every grocery store department has sales that change weekly. Create your grocery lists and plan your meals from what’s on sale in the store’s current weekly flyer


Mary is working with Sunoco to celebrate the 150th birthday of the nickel by gifting new card users 20 cents back from each purchase. Current Sunoco Rewards Gas Card holders receive an at-the-pump, automatic 5-cent return for every gallon they purchase.

Mary Hunt offers tips to consumers daily via her popular blog Everyday Cheapskate. As a mother of two, she understands the financial strain the fall season can have on families. She was inspired to change her budgeting habits after digging herself out of more than $100,000 in debt, and founded the highly-regarded organization called Debt-Proof Living. The interactive website consists of a monthly newsletter, a daily syndicated newspaper column and thousands of loyal followers who motivated her to become financially responsible and live a debt-free life.

SUNOCOREWARDS.COM


LIFESTYLE EXPERT HARRIETTE COLE - THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING “HELLO” ON GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY, AND EVERY DAY 

THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING “HELLO” ON GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY, AND EVERY DAY

Plus Tips on How to be More Connected to your Community 

When President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation for Good Neighbor Day in 1978, the country was working to mend fences and build relationships among community members in the midst of turbulent times. Fast forward to 2016 and being a good neighbor is more important than ever – but what does it mean to be a good neighbor, and how do you go about becoming one?

Lifestyle Expert Harriette Cole will share tips on how to spark conversations, meet your neighbors and participate in Good Neighbor Day (and tips for every day). Harriette can share insights from the State Farm “State of Neighbors” survey that was recently released. She’ll discuss how technology, changing demographics and generational and cultural differences are reshaping community landscapes.

Harriette can discuss tips on what to do (and what not to do) when you are meeting new neighbors, as well as highlights from the survey, including: 

  • Six in ten say that helping a neighbor out with an unexpected need is a trait of a good neighbor.
  • Generational differences: As Millennials continue to buy homes the definition of what it means to be a good
  • neighbor will continue to evolve. 
  • Millennials were far more likely than their older counterparts to include ‘socializing’ as a good neighbor trait – yet they are least likely to have engaged in face-to-face conversations in the last month. 
  • Cultural differences: 
  • African-Americans are more likely than others to say it is important for neighbors to come together and socialize (66 percent among African Americans vs. 58 percent average).
  • When it comes to using technology in neighborhoods, Hispanic Americans are among the most likely to use social media when communicating or connecting with their neighbors (27 percent).
  • Say Hello: Welcoming is important, but not happening. 
  • The majority (75 percent) of neighbors say it is important to welcome new neighbors, but only 41 percent say they were welcomed when they moved in. 
  • Only 46 percent actually welcomed someone new into the neighborhood. 
  • Thirty-six percent of people are embarrassed that they know so few of their neighbors’ names.
  • Connecting: Neighbors across all demographics believe it’s important to socialize, but they may not know how or want the responsibility of organizing.
  • While six in ten say it is important for neighbors to come together and socialize, only half participate in neighborhood activities and just over a quarter have helped organize a neighborhood event. Surprisingly, men are more likely than women to organize gatherings.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

9/27 ROGER HOROWITZ, KOSHER USA: HOW COKE BECAME KOSHER AND OTHER TALES OF MODERN FOOD, DANIEL SIEBERG, GOOGLE SEARCH TRENDS EXPERT

ROGER HOROWITZ, FOOD HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR OF KOSHER USA: HOW COKE BECAME KOSHER AND OTHER TALES OF MODERN FOOD 

JUST IN TIME FOR THE JEWISH NEW YEAR (Oct 3-4)

Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food

Kosher USA follows the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. It recounts how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law; how Manischewitz wine became the first kosher product to win over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans); the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements into food manufacturing; and the difficulties encountered by kosher meat and other kosher foods that fell outside the American culinary consensus.

Kosher USA is filled with big personalities, rare archival finds, and surprising influences: the Atlanta rabbi Tobias Geffen, who made Coke kosher; the lay chemist and kosher-certification pioneer Abraham Goldstein; the kosher-meat magnate Harry Kassel; and the animal-rights advocate Temple Grandin, a strong supporter of shechita, or Jewish slaughtering practice. By exploring the complex encounter between ancient religious principles and modern industrial methods, Kosher USAadds a significant chapter to the story of Judaism's interaction with non-Jewish cultures and the history of modern Jewish American life as well as American foodways.

ABOUT ROGER:
Roger Horowitz is an historian of American business, technology, and labor and an expert on the nation’s food. He has written widely about the consumption and production of meat in America, and admits to being quite fond of eating all varieties of meat himself. Most recently his research has turned to kosher food, incited by powerful personal connections and intellectual curiosity.

His day job is Director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library, a long title which more simply means he creates programs to encourage use of Hagley’s world-class research collections. He also serves as secretary-treasurer of the Business History Conference, the leading academic organizations for business historians. When offered the opportunity, he teaches classes at the University of Delaware, most recently on the history of capitalism. Through these responsibilities he has had the enormous fun of engaging with, and learning from, thousands of interesting scholars and students from all over the world.

Born and raised in New York City, and having spent plenty of time in Chicago and other Midwestern cities, he now lives on 19 acres of beautiful land (albeit with a long steep driveway) in southern Pennsylvania with two children, his wife, several dogs and cats, near a third child who is in college, and with horses and deer for neighbors. When he can get away to the family vacation house in Shelter Island, New York, he is in his kayak as much as possible.

WWW.ROGERHOROWITZ.COM


DANIEL SIEBERG, GOOGLE SEARCH TRENDS EXPERT – TRENDS AFTER FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE 

WHICH ISSUES AND TOPICS ARE TRENDING AS THE CANDIDATES STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT?

GOOGLE LAUNCHES VOTER TOOLS TO GET OUT THE VOTE FOR NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY 

Election season is in full swing and voters are plugged in to the process online searching for information about their potential future president, as well as questions about their stances on the issues. The first presidential debate is quickly approaching, and Google Trends will give you a unique look into the interests of the American voter by seeing what piques their interest on Google.

Google will be looking at election search trends through real-time analysis of millions of nationwide searches to provide you with a rundown of the top-trending topics and questions, revealing the top searched candidate and the issues that are top-of-mind with voters in your state and across the country.
In the runup to November, voters are also going online to search for information on voter registration and how the voting process works. That's why, in advance of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27th, Google has launched a series of tools voter tools to help clarify the voting process, including in-depth search results providing extensive state-by-state information on how to register to vote and how to vote in the upcoming election.

DANIEL SIEBERG, GOOGLE SEARCH TRENDS EXPERT, WILL DISCUSS:

  • Search Trends: What topics and issues are trending after the first presidential debate, both nationwide and in your state?
  • Hot Buttons: What news is driving search traffic?
  • Assessment: How does search volume differ from Hillary to Trump?
  • Voters Tools: The tools Google will have available for voter registration and the voting process.
  • Local Data: How  to register in your state?


Monday, September 26, 2016

9/26 LAURA TORRES, NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION, LATINO HISTORY AND CULTURE, HEATHER MURAN, SLO WINE COUNTRY ASSOCIATION, HARVEST ON THE COAST

LAURA TORRES - NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES LATINO HISTORY AND CULTURE

NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES LATINO HISTORY AND CULTURE

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th

Our national parks reflect our country’s diverse people and shared history which continues to be written. Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th provides an opportunity to celebrate Latino history and culture and to recognize the many contributions of Latinos across our country and within our National Park System.  In 2012, during Hispanic Heritage Month, President Obama designated the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, California which was the first national park site to honor a contemporary Latino.

Additional places within our National Park System related to Latino history and culture include: the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, CA, the Coronado National Memorial in Hereford, AZ, the Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, Florida, the Presidio in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, CA, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in San Antonio, Texas and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.

By honoring the people and stories that are shared in these national park sites, the National Parks Conservation Association is calling for continued actions to increase diversity in our 413 national park sites. The NPCA calls upon our members of Congress to pass legislation to also designate the Cesar Chavez National Historical Park in California and Arizona to preserve the complete story of César Chávez and the farmworkers movement. The national historical park would include the current Cesar E. Chavez National Monument as well as 40 Acres and the Filipino Hall in Delano, California, The Santa Rita Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and McDonnell Hall in San Jose, California.

On Thursday, September 15th, NPCA’s Laura Torres will be available to talk more about NPCA’s commitment to diversity and preservation of Latino history and Culture in our National Parks.   Laura will also discuss how legislation would allow America’s greatest storytellers, the National Park Service, to care for these sites as well as share stories of the region’s history and rich culture.

WWW.NPCA.ORG


HEATHER MURAN - SLO WINE COUNTRY ASSOCIATION - HARVEST ON THE COAST (NOV. 4-6)

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.


HARVEST ON THE COAST

Sun, surf, sand and WINE!...Go Coastal and celebrate the harvest with our vintners!

CRAFTED ON THE COAST WINEMAKER DINNER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
6pm-9pm Ocean Grill Restaurant
268 Front Street in Avila Beach
Tickets: $120 per person

GRAND TASTING AND WINE AUCTION
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2016
Avila Beach Resort
6464 Ana Bay Rd.
Avila Beach, CA 93424
EARLY ENTRY: 11AM, $110
GENERAL ADMISSION 12PM, $80
AUCTION: 2PM
VIP AUCTION TABLE FOR 8 GUESTS: $900
All tickets include food & wine tasting & free commemorative wineglass
Live music by the Tipsy Gypsies

SURF'S UP SUNDAY
OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, 2016
Free tasting at participating tasting room locations, included with Saturday Grand Tasting ticket

SLO WINE COUNTRY IS PROUD TO SUPPORT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AS THEIR FUND-A-NEED RECIPIENT FOR THE 2016 HARVEST ON THE COAST AUCTION!

Big Brothers Big Sisters focuses on providing positive adult relationships for children who face difficult life situations, including poverty, single parent households, and being raised by grandparents and foster parents.

SLOWINE.COM

Friday, September 23, 2016

9/23 SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS

SEASON PREMEIRE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH AT 10 PM ET/PT

Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer of the award-winning crime and justice series "48 Hours."

Zirinsky's work and programs have earned virtually every major journalism honor including multiple Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence, the Christopher Award, The Writers Guild of America award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. And in 2013, she was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.

In addition to "48 Hours," Zirinsky was the executive producer of the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary "The Spymasters - CIA in the Crosshairs," which featured the only interviews with all 12 of the living former and current heads of the CIA.

Zirinsky was also the senior executive producer of the 2013 documentary series, "Brooklyn DA," and serves as the senior executive producer for breaking news specials for CBS News, such as those done in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, the movie theater shooting in Aurora Colo., the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the Boston Marathon bombings.

Since joining CBS News as a part-time production clerk in 1972, Zirinsky has worked for a variety of CBS News broadcasts and covered national and global news, several presidents, wars, international conflicts, the Olympics and the world of fashion. She also is responsible for the oversight ofCBSNews.com's crime blog, "Crimesider."

In her current position, Zirinsky also served as the co-executive producer of two "Person to Person" interview specials; she executive produced "David Letterman: A Life on Television";she produced "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in The Family", a documentary about the Grammys and the night Whitney Houston died, and "Vanity Fair's Hollywood."

Previously, she was an executive producer of CBS News' award-winning broadcast "9/11" - a documentary on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that included the only footage of the first plane going into the north tower of the World Trade Center and of activity inside the Trade Center before the towers fell. The documentary has been updated for the first, fifth and 10th anniversaries.

Zirinsky has also produced such primetime specials as "The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty;" "Fashion's Night Out" with Vogue and Editor Anna Wintour; "That's The Way It Was - Remembering Walter Cronkite;" "Ted Kennedy: The Last Brother;" "Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Barack Obama" and "Katie Couric's 'All Access' Grammy Special." She also produced the documentary series "The Injustice Files" for ID Discovery; and the CBS News documentaries "The Lord's Bootcamp," "In God's Name" and "Flashpoint."

Zirinsky also produced for Showtime the critically acclaimed documentary, "Three Days in September," which told the story of a school taken hostage in Beslan, Russia. The film was also featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.

She also produced for CBS Entertainment an online companion to the series "Jericho." She was the executive producer of "Elvis by the Presleys," for CBS Entertainment and was the executive producer of two specials for Tyra Banks' "America's Next Top Model."

Before joining "48 Hours" in 1996, she was executive producer of Campaign '96 (1995-96), managing the daily operations of CBS News' election-year political coverage, and of the primetime CBS News magazine, "Eye to Eye" (1994-95), after having served as the broadcast's senior broadcast producer and senior producer (1993-94).

Zirinsky was the director of CBS News' 1992 political reporting, responsible for coordinating coverage of candidates, issues and events for all CBS News broadcasts, including the presidential election. During that period, she was CBS News' senior producer at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, where she oversaw the CBS News and Sports news desk for the network.

Earlier, Zirinsky served in several capacities for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" in New York and Washington, D.C. In New York, she was its senior broadcast producer (1991-92) and senior producer (1989-91). In Washington, she managed all feature stories and oversaw editorial content of daily hard-news events (1986-89). Zirinsky was CBS' White House producer for more than a decade. She first joined the "CBS Evening News" as a producer in 1979.

She also worked on other CBS News broadcasts, including the "CBS Morning News" and "CBS Evening News" weekend editions. Zirinsky worked the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from 1976 through 1988 as a floor producer for Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace. In 1992 she was senior producer for all coverage at both conventions.

Zirinsky's international news experience is extensive. She traveled overseas with presidents Carter and Reagan. Her assignments have taken her to Russia, China, Japan, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In 1989, Zirinsky ran CBS News' operations out of Panama during the United States invasion of that country and was in charge of CBS News' operation in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square student uprising and military crackdown. Earlier that year, she was lead producer for CBS News' coverage from Japan of Emperor Hirohito's funeral. She was the senior producer responsible for setting up and overseeing the Network's news operation in Kuwait while covering the first Persian Gulf War, and it was under her stewardship that CBS News was the first network to enter Kuwait, just behind the Allied forces.

Zirinsky was technical advisor/associate producer for writer/director James L. Brooks on the film "Broadcast News," starring Holly Hunter as a Washington network news producer.
Zirinsky was graduated cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C.

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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, September 22, 2016

9/22 IAN BLACKBURN, WINE LA, BEEKEEPER CELLARS, MARY CARLOMAGNO

IAN BLACKBURN – OWNER/FOUNDER, WINE LA & FOUNDER/CO-WINEMAKER, BEEKEEPER CELLARS – TALKS UPCOMING EVENTS 

ABOUT IAN BLACKBURN, CSW, JWE ¬‐ LEARNABOUTWINE & WINELA PROFESSIONAL SOMMELIER 

Ian drinks wine for a living and plans 50¬‐100 public and private events a year. Ian stays busy buying collectible wines for high profile clients, planning luxury wine  trips  for  his  audience,  hosting  corporate  events,  and  studying  for  his  Master of Wine. Since  1995,  LearnAboutWine  has  done  the  hard  work  of  building  a  better  culture for fine wine, opening the doors for more quality products to enter the  marketplace  and  has  taught  over  800,000  students.    With  a  reach  of  over 80,000  current  subscribers  and  followers,  LearnAboutWine  now  focuses  on  the  best  quality  events and classes, and wine credential programs which have graduated over 1000 wine students in the last 9 years with a Junior Wine Executive credential (JWE).


ABOUT BEEKEEPER CELLARS
Beekeeper Cellars is the vision of best friends and co-winemakers Ian Blackburn and Clay Mauritson. The two collaborated after adventurous individual careers in the wine business, and at last, decided to work together on a project of their own.

Clay, a 7th generation grape grower, and his family found themselves the owners of a significant slice of the Rockpile Appellation, through an amazing set of historical land transactions. The Mauritson family realized the potential and parented the creation of the ROCKPILE AVA. In 1998, Ian and Clay climbed the hill and watched the Madrone Spring Vineyard get planted, while discussing the future of Rockpile and the dream it represented.

In 2008, Clay saw the fruits of his family's labor taking shape and came to Ian with a unique opportunity to source some of the Rockpile fruit. He told Ian in the difficult days of 2008, “now is the time to get in and build the business and have it take shape as the market improves, and to not wait until business is strong as you will have a hard time getting access to the right quality assets.” Ian took heed of Clay’s wise comment and said "When your best friend is Clay Mauritson and he offers Rockpile fruit and to assist with winemaking…... you make Zinfandel.”

In Los Angeles, Ian operates a specialty wine marketing organization known as wineLA and has pioneered wine education for the past 20 years (since 1995) through www.learnaboutwine.com and www.wineLA.com.  Beekeeper Cellars is also involved in Ian’s Masters of Wine Thesis project and provides him the winemaking training he requires to help pass the difficult Masters of Wine exam...an ongoing pursuit.

WWW.BEEKEEPERCELLARS.COM

SUCKLING'S-GREAT WINES OF THE ANDES 2016 - ALMOST SOLD OUT
JamesSuckling.com, the dynamic global wine media company, invites you to Great Wines of the Andes USA 2016 in Beverly Hills (Sept. 30). Discover magnificent wines and meet the producers from more than 50 of the best Argentine and Chilean wineries. Producers will show their top two wines, all selected and rated by internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling with 90 points or more.

Join us for this walk-around tasting featuring a delicious selection of cheese, charcuterie and empanadas, as well as a cool ambience with music from award-winning recording artist Surhan Sidhu, formerly of Empire of the Sun and an impressive DJ in his own right. He is flying from Australia for the events and will deliver “fun Cuban funk and regional rarities,” as he puts it.

Come and discover for yourself what "Great Wines of the Andes" is all about and how fun it is to discover the best wines of Chile and Argentina! Tickets include a free Lalique events glass – a $75 value – plus a complete guidebook to the event and to this year’s top wines from the Andes. James tasted close to 2,000 wines from Chile and Argentina to curate the event and the guide.

WWW.WINELA.COM


MARY CARLOMAGNO - "SMARTSOLUTIONS FOR BUSY MOMS"

SMART SOLUTIONS FOR THE BUSY MOM
Getting Everything Done… When You Have Too Much To Do!

Refereeing the morning rush, driving to endless appointments and practices, grocery shopping, tending to sick kids and more!  These are just a FEW of the things moms have to keep up with amongst their own professional and personal schedules!  But have no fear!  Organizing Expert Mary Carlomagno is here with tips that will help busy moms everywhere breathe a little easier!

From money-saving tips and time-saving tricks, to getting dinner on the table and having some “you” time, Mary is here to help!

ABOUT MARY:
Mary Carlomagno is the author of Give it Up! My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less and has appeared on Oprah, Today, Fox and Friends, CBS News and Good Housekeeping TV. She has been interviewed on Martha Stewart Radio and by Leeza Gibbons and Joan Hamburg. Mary's simple and action-oriented system for organization has been featured in Real Simple, Woman's Day, Quick and Simple, For Me magazine, Newsday and the Daily News.

WWW.SUCCESSRICE.COM 
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WWW.DUNKINATHOME.COM/BREWEDFORTHEBOLD 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9/21 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, KATIE WORKMAN, FALL QUALITY MEALS MADE EASY

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.


COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND MOM KATIE WORKMAN SHARES HER SECRETS & SHORTCUTS FOR A DELICIOUS SPIN ON YOUR FAMILY’S FAVORITE MEALS

FALL QUALITY MEALS MADE EASY
Cookbook Author and Mom Katie Workman Shares Her Secrets & Shortcuts for a Delicious Spin on Your Family’s Favorite Meals

Busy parents everywhere know that the fall can be a stressful time of year. Between carting kids between school and activities, tailgating on the weekends or entertaining family and guests, parents have a lot to juggle this time of year Even with everything going on, it’s still possible to gather everyone at the table each night for a quality meal. Whether it’s a weeknight meal made in under 30 minutes, a dish using seasonal flavors or a family-friendly option, the notion of a quality meal is definitely here to stay.

With some easy, time-saving shortcuts using frozen and refrigerated staples, you can get it all done and still put a delicious meal on the table every single night. The National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) has teamed up with cookbook author and mom Katie Workman, to showcase how feeding yourself, family and friends through delicious, wholesome foods in a way that saves time and money is totally possible! These foods are the key to staying on a budget and scheduling friendly meal options that win back “quality” time.  Katie will share her best meal  and seasonal tips to help you craft delicious and creative dishes that are simple and convenient – perfect for assembling weeknight meals throughout the season.

ABOUT KATIE WORKMAN
Katie Workman is the author of Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook. She is also the founding editor in chief of Cookstr.com; a regular contributor to NPR; columnist for the Associated Press and Eating Well magazine, and a food writer whose articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Everyday with Rachael Ray, New York magazine, The Daily Beast, AARP.com, and many others. She also posts regularly on her blog, themom100.com. She sits on the board of City Harvest, New York’s leading food rescue nonprofit, and lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

EASYHOMEMEALS.COM

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9/20 DYLAN THURAS, ATLAS OBSCURA: AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S HIDDEN WONDERS, DANNY LIPFORD, FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TO-DO LIST

DYLAN THURAS – AUTHOR, ATLAS OBSCURA: AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S HIDDEN WONDERS

ATLAS OBSCURA
AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S HIDDEN WONDERS

When Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton set out to write ATLAS OBSCURA: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire wonder (after all, when you can buy a plane ticket and be in Borneo in less than a day, the world can feel awfully small). As the team behind AtlasObscura.com, a vibrant online destination focused on discovery, wonder, and exploration, Foer, Thuras, and Morton had access to an unrivalled treasure trove of secrets, mysteries, intrigues, phenomena, and curiosities to pull from.

The extraordinary result is an unprecedented guide combining compelling descriptive writing with arresting full-color photographs, maps, and charts to share over 600 of the most unusual and fascinating bucket-list wonders across all eight continents. But, what exactly is a “wonder”? A wonder is:

  • A musical composition playing continuously in an old lighthouse in London for the next 1,000 years
  • An Amsterdam zoo devoted to creatures (molds, yeast, bacteria, viruses) invisible to the naked eye
  • The Icelandic Elf School, where classes focus on the distinguishing characteristics of Iceland’s 13 varieties of hidden people and include a tour of Reykjavík’s elf habitats
  • Galileo’s severed middle finger, displayed in a goblet accented in gold in Florence, Italy
  • Thousands of synchronized fireflies that inexplicably flash in unison in a cluster of mangrove trees outside Kuala Lumpur.
  • The “Door to Hell”, a fire that has been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for over 45 years
  • A Buddhist temple to the souls of insects that died for science
  • The yearly Escaped Animal Drill in Ueno Zoo, in which staff members dress in animal suits and attempt to storm the gates of the zoo and wreak havoc on the streets of Tokyo
  • A sealed test tube containing Thomas Edison’s last breath
  • An Alabama museum displaying finds from unclaimed airline baggage, including a 3,500-year-old Egyptian burial mask and Hoggle, the dwarf puppet from the 1986 film Labyrinth

Along the way, ATLAS OBSCURA reveals the world’s deepest places, hidden tunnels, greatest self-made castles, notable arbotecture (the art of shaping a living tree in order to create art or furniture), giant Buddha statues, epic film sets you can visit, murder houses, dinosaur parks, lake monsters of the USA, historical methods of preventing premature burial, a guide to psychotropic drugs used to enhance religious experience, abandoned nuclear power plants, and much, much more.

Each entry for the astonishing sites in ATLAS OBSCURA includes location information, GPS coordinates, and tips on when and how best to get there—and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside. An arresting cabinet of curiosities that inspires wonderlust as much as wanderlust, ATLAS OBSCURA proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner—if you just know where to look.

ABOUT DYLAN THURAS:
DYLAN THURAS is the cofounder and creative director of AtlasObscura.com. Dylan has spoken at conferences, including SXSW and Applied Brilliance, about the changing nature of exploration. Previous projects include ‘Curious Expeditions’ about travelling in Eastern Europe for a year, the meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society, and ‘World of Wonders’ a series of videos and articles for Slate. Visit Dylan online at @dylanthuras.

ATLASOBSCURA.COM


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

FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TO-DO LIST: YOUR HOME TO-DO LIST DONE IN A DAY! 

Many of us are still basking in the prolonged summer weather and while it may not feel like it, Fall is almost here! With the last few weeks of warm weather, now is the time to consider what projects to tackle to prepare your home for the upcoming cooler months! From DIY insulation to making sure your home is energy efficient to keep those upcoming heating bills at bay Today’s Homeowner Danny Lipford has got you covered.

This is the Fall 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 perspective ….in a good way!

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.

DANNY WILL TALK ABOUT:
- Low cost fall chores that pay off in the long run
- Easy DIY insulation any homeowner can do
- DIY tips and solutions from the expert
- The essential tasks to tackle this fall to keep your home running smoothly
- And more!

TODAYSHOMEOWNER.COM

Monday, September 19, 2016

9/19 DR. KEN REDCROSS, SAFER OPTIONS FOR PAIN RELIEF, DR. RICHARD FORD, THREATS OF RABIES & HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PETS

DR. KEN REDCROSS - PRICE OF PAIN AND SAFER OPTIONS FOR RELIEF - NATURAL OPTIONS FOR RELIEF AND MAKING  LIFESTYLE CHANGES LIKE WHAT FOODS TO AVOID THAT CAN WORSEN PAIN

SEEKING RELIEF IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES 
What You Need To Know About Pain Relief Options Before Asking Your Doctor For A Prescription   

PAIN: It’s a massive problem that affects 125 million Americans who are spending close to $300 billion on pills, pot, procedures and natural remedies to find relief. These numbers are fueling a national conversation about pain relief and how it should be addressed. Are doctors responsible for the painkiller epidemic or is it the patient’s fault?

Redcross says that pain medication can be an ineffective treatment and frequent use of over-the-counter painkillers can be a slippery slope to addiction. She says pain is your body’s way of alerting you to an underlying problem that needs to be resolved, not masked. Redcross also says there are diet and lifestyle changes as well as natural remedies that can help pain sufferers get relief from some of the three most common pain complaints, and reduce reliance on heavy sedative medication that have potential side effects:

1) Muscle Pain: Tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries are the most common causes of muscle pain. Muscle pain is usually localized, affecting just a few muscles or a small part of your body with some of the most common complaint areas being the neck, back and shoulders. Causes of muscle pain include injuries, poor posture, sitting or standing for too long without movement and repetitive movements or overuse of certain muscles. In addition to pain, many sufferers feel fatigue and have trouble sleeping. A JAMA study reported the diseases with the largest number of years lived with disability in 2010 were low back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders including neck pain. Changes that help relieve muscle pain:

  • Diet Fixes: Eat more foods that can help ease muscle pain like Indian foods that have superpower spice turmeric. If magnesium is low in the body, it can cause muscle aches and pains so be sure to eat plenty of pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, black beans, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, cocoa powder, Swiss chard and spinach.  
  • Relief Remedies: A homeopathic medicine derived from Arnica montana (aka mountain daisy) can be taken orally or used topically as a gel or cream for relief of muscle pain and stiffness.  The ingredient found in Arnicare can also relieve swelling and discoloration from bruising.  Unlike menthol rubs, the cream and gel is odorless. 
  • Lifestyle Changes: Warm baths or showers can help relax muscles. Add Epsom salts to a hot bath for an added benefit.   

2) Joint Pain: Damage to the joints from disease or injury can cause pain in the form of  osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains and other injuries. Joint pain can affect any part of your body but knee pain is the most common complaint. In one national study, one-third of all adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Age and injuries increase your risk.  Changes that help relieve joint pain:

  • Diet Fixes: Limit foods that trigger joint pain to reduce inflammation including processed, fried and frozen foods; dairy products; sodas, sugars and refined carbohydrates; and salty foods. 
  • Relief Remedies: Since natural glucosamine levels drop as you age, supplementing with it helps keep the cartilage in joints healthy. Check your vitamin D levels to see if you need to supplement with more D. Research shows that people with low levels of vitamin D may have more joint pain. 
  • Lifestyle Changes: Weight loss is highly effective because every pound you lose equals 4 pounds less pressure on your knees. Some sufferers even see their symptoms disappear if they lose 10-20 pounds. Low-impact exercise also helps reduce pain and can contribute to weight loss. 

3) Head Pain: Pain to the head can come in the form of migraines, tension-type and cluster headaches.  Frequent headaches can affect relationships, employment and put you at risk of depression. Causes of headaches can be a result of fatigue, sleep deprivation, stress, side effects of medications, viral infections, common colds, head injury and dental or sinus issues. About half of all adults have a headache in a given year. Changes that help relieve head pain:

  • Diet Fixes: Avoid foods that increase frequency and severity of headaches including dairy; chocolate; peanut butter; certain fruits, such as avocado, banana, and citrus; onions; meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs; and foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG). 
  • Relief Remedies: Feverfew, an herb derived from a bushy aromatic Eurasian plant of the daisy family, with feathery leaves and daisy-like flowers, is frequently used in herbal medicine to treat headaches. Lavender, peppermint and basil oils can work for migraine and tension headache pain.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Massage in general can help, but especially reflexology (massaging reflex points on the hands and feet). Also research shows that a do-it-yourself scalp massage can effectively alleviate migraine pain.   

ABOUT THE DOCTOR  
Dr. Ken Redcross, MD, is founder of Redcross Concierge, a personalized medical practice designed to enhance the patient-doctor relationship while providing convenient access to a full spectrum of healthcare services and holistic and wellness counseling. As one of the first full-service concierge, personalized medical practices in the United States, Redcross’ patient portfolio includes executives, athletes and entertainers, as well as individuals from all walks and stages of life. His focus on developing the patient-doctor bond is a unique characteristic of his concierge services that allows for a more strategic and customized approach to each patient’s healthcare plan. Redcross earned his medical degree from Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, specializing in internal medicine. He has extensive on-camera experience with major national television shows including “The Doctors,” HLN’s “Nancy Grace,” “The Insider” and E! Entertainment Television.

WWW.DRREDCROSS.COM


DR. RICHARD FORD, JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT THE THREAT OF RABIES & HOW TO HELP PROTECT YOUR PETS

There’s a common misconception that rabid wildlife exists solely in rural parts of the country, far from the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban life. Unfortunately, the existence of rabid animals is likely closer to home than you may think. Joining us today is Dr. Richard Ford, Emeritus Professor at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, to talk about the threat of rabies and how to help protect your pets.

ABOUT Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS:
Dr. Ford is a past President of the North American Veterinary Conference and continues his role as a member of the Scientific Program Committee for that Conference. He is a co-author for both the AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ford spent 28 years with the US Air Force as a Biomedical Scientist.  Dr. Ford retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General, where his last assignment was in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at the Pentagon.

Friday, September 16, 2016

9/16 MOVIE & HOME ENTERTAINMENT EXPERT BEN LYONS, COCKTAIL HISTORIAN & INSTRUCTOR BRIAN HOEFLING, DISTILLED KNOWLEDGE: THE SCIENCE BEHIND DRINKING’S GREATEST MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

MOVIE & HOME ENTERTAINMENT EXPERT BEN LYONS HIGHLIGHTS THE LATEST 4K/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD RELEASES & THE BEST WAYS TO WATCH THEM

DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT NEWS WITH BEN LYONS

As Summer Ends Enjoy The Hottest Movies In the Comfort of Your Own Home

Ben Lyons is a Television, Radio, and Online host and producer who covers pop culture like nobody else. Each month with his DEN (Digital Entertainment News) segment, Ben highlights the latest 4K/Blu-ray and Digital HD releases and the best ways to watch them.  Ben’s next DEN segment is Friday, September 16th.  As summer comes to an end, Ben will let your viewers know how they can relax by catching up on the hottest movies in the comfort of their own homes.

ABOUT BEN:
Ben Lyons is the lead host of IMDb’s Golden Globes and Academy Awards coverage.   Over the years Ben has worked as the film correspondent for E!, EXTRA, Oscar.com, and Yahoo!, covering every major awards show and film release.   He can be heard on ESPN radio in Los Angeles and is the chief correspondent and “voice of the fans” at Derek Jeter’s theplayerstribune.com.  Ben is the Executive producer of the upcoming film Spaceman starring Josh Duhamel that hits theaters on August 19th.  Born and raised in New York City, Ben is the grandson of legendary New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons, and is the son of film and theater critic Jeffrey Lyons. The Lyons family has been covering pop culture in American media for more than 80 years.


COCKTAIL HISTORIAN & INSTRUCTOR, BRIAN HOEFLING TALKS ABOUT HIS BOOK, DISTILLED KNOWLEDGE: THE SCIENCE BEHIND DRINKING’S GREATEST MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

Everyone has questions about drinking, but it can seem like every bartender (and bargoer) has different answers. Between the old wives' tales, half-truths, and whiskey-soaked conjectures, it's hard to know what to believe—until now.

Armed with cutting-edge research and a barfly’s thirst for the truth, cocktail instructor Brian D. Hoefling tackles the most burning questions and longest-held myths surrounding that most ancient of human pastimes—with the science to either back them up or knock them down. From the ins and outs of aging to the chemistry of a beer head and the science behind your hangover, Distilled Knowledge provides a complete and comical education that will put an end to any barroom dispute, once and for all.

Distilled Knowledge: The Science Behind Drinking’s Greatest Myths, Legends, and Unanswered Questions

A charming, uproarious exploration of the scientific answers to our  most timeless questions about drinks and drinking  

Whether you are a connoisseur of fine wine or a barfly who would stake their life on a favorite local brew, we’ve all heard the old wives’ tales, myths, and questions that circulate among bustling bars, hustling wineries and distilleries, and lush dinner parties. Beer before liquor, never been sicker? Will bathtub gin really make you go blind? An alternative to listening to the theorization of bartenders or the ruminations of your drinking companion, Distilled Knowledge: The Science Behind Drinking’s Greatest Myths, Legends, and Unanswered Questions (October 2016, $21.95) is a compendium of all the major points of discussion and disputation, with the cutting-edge research to support them.

Cocktail historian and instructor, Brian D. Hoefling unweaves the mystery and half-truths surrounding the most ancient of human pastimes through a conversational and comical text. From the ins and outs of fermentation, distillation, aging, and mixing to the science behind intoxication and hangovers, Distilled Knowledge is the only book you’ll need to settle barroom disputes or win pub trivia night. Accompanying Hoefling’s text are 30 full-color supplementary illustrations by Leandro Castelao, featuring amusing infographics on everything from shaking a cocktail to gin flavors. Complete with cross-references, scientific appendices, and a full index, Distilled Knowledge is a robust cocktail of information for the curious amateur.

A compulsively readable book, Distilled Knowledge is as funny as it is factual and will delight cocktail enthusiasts, beer aficionados, and those who love a good bit of trivia.

ABOUT BRIAN D. HOEFLING:
Brian D. Hoefling is a cocktail historian, instructor, and inveterate barfly. The founder of the Herzog Cocktail School and a specialist in custom cocktail courses, his writing has appeared in the Boston Business Journal. He lives in Boston with an impressive selection of rums.

HERZOGCOCKTAILSCHOOL.COM


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

9/15 CHAMPION PITMASTER "FAMOUS DAVE ANDERSON", EMILY AND CAROLINE BELCHER, CUREFEST CATHERINE BLADES, AFLAC, CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, WILLIAM CARTER, THE CANYON VILLA BED & BREAKFAST

AWARD WINNING CHEF AND CHAMPION PITMASTER "FAMOUS DAVE ANDERSON" SHARES HIS TOP TIPS AND SECRETS FOR THE PERFECT TAILGATE PARTY

Attention All BBQ Lovers! 
America’s leading expert on BBQ shares his top tips and secrets for the perfect tailgate party. Champion Pitmaster, Founder of the National Restaurant Chain, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Best-Selling Cookbook Author and Winner of Discovery TV’s Destination America’s hit BBQ Competition show, SMOKED!

Just in time for Football Season -The leading authority on BBQ and founder of one of the top BBQ Restaurant chains in the nation, “Famous Dave” will be available for interviews to give your listener’s tips on how to create the perfect Tailgating experience, and to share his backyard BBQ secrets and advice.  Recently crowned 'SMOKED CHAMPION' in a BBQ battle showdown on Discovery's Destination America's hit TV show, SMOKED, Famous Dave is the author of several award-winning cookbooks: Famous Dave’s Rib-O’Licious won “Best Barbecue and Grill Cookbook” by The National Barbecue Association and his Famous Dave’s Barbecue Party Cookbook went into its second printing after two weeks of its release.

MORE ABOUT FAMOUS DAVE: 
 “Famous Dave” is one of the most successful Native American businesspersons in the nation. He is the founder of the legendary, authentic BBQ franchise, Famous Dave’s of America, with over 180* restaurants and over 700 awards for ‘The Best of the Best’.  He is a champion pitmaster, and a walking encyclopedia on BBQ.  Dave is an experienced guest on radio and TV, has been interviewed by Oprah, Kathy Lee, Donny Deutsch, Fox and Friends, and over 300 radio interviews. He makes a great guest, always gets invited back.

His life story and charitable contributions were featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, where he received Oprah’s Angel Award for his leadership work with at risk youth. Dave’s “against all odds” story has inspired millions — the journey of a Native American kid at the bottom half of his high school class that eventually earned a master’s degree from Harvard, without ever having received an undergraduate degree; his victory over alcohol abuse; his presidential appointment to the U.S. Department of Interior to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs — all stand as testament to a remarkable individual. But Dave is also “quietly famous” to many, with his on-going leadership work with at-risk youth and financial support of underprivileged teens to attend college. He and his wife Kathy have also created hope for individuals of all ages, by personally paying for chemical dependency treatment programs, and making it possible for a new start in life.

WWW.FAMOUSDAVES.COM


IN HONOR OF CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH CATHERINE BLADES, EMILY AND CAROLINE BELCHER JOIN US WITH ALL THE DETAILS ON CUREFEST AD HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED


WHY FAMILIES FROM ACROSS THE NATION ARE COMING
TOGETHER TO FIND A CURE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER AT…CureFest

Learn the Amazing Story of a 7-Year Child’s battle with cancer, Her Mom, researchers & why thousands will gather in Washington to push for a cure! 

In the United States, only 5% of national cancer funding is allocated to childhood cancer.  So on September 15th, you’ll learn why thousands of families will come to Washington DC for CureFest, taking place on September 17 and 18.

CureFest’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority by uniting the childhood cancer community, the general public, the medical community and our elected leaders. Until recently the childhood cancer community has struggled to find its voice because there are thousands of foundations and groups spread out across the country. Now, these organizations are coming together at our National Mall to celebrate many great success stories, but also remind people of the fact that there is a plenty of work left to do.

Thanks to the dedication of doctors, brave patients and the work of organizations like the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorder service the cure rate for childhood cancer’s is now almost 90 percent, up from only 20 percent.

Your audience will hear an inspiring message from Caroline Belcher, a brave seven year old battling a brian tumor, her mom and a Curefest organizer Emily Belcher and Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Aflac, Catherine Blades. One of the primary goals of CureFest is to educate the public about the challenge of curing childhood cancer and what the public can do to help. We hope you’ll find time for this inspiring story!

CUREFESTUSA.ORG 
AFLACDUCKPRINTS.COM


WILLIAM CARTER - THE CANYON VILLA BED & BREAKFAST

Chef William S. Bloxsom-Carter previously worked as the Executive Chef, and Food and Beverage Director for the Playboy Mansion West for over two and half decades. A frequent wine judge he constantly looks for wines to pair with his foods for the multitude of foods he presents. Chef Carter has prepared winery dinners in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley as well as special events for high-profile clients throughout the United States, focusing on the importance of food and wine pairings and extraordinary hospitality service. Additionally, Chef Carter is a recurring featured guest on numerous radio shows syndicated nationwide describing and promoting California wines and foods.

ABOUT THE CANYON VILLA:
The Canyon Villa, where weary wine lovers revive
Like an Italian villa perched on a Tuscan hillside, the Canyon Villa bed and breakfast pampers wine lovers touring Paso Robles wineries or couples seeking a charming retreat. The Canyon Villa offers an intimate setting, lavish amenities, fine food and an ideal location.

At the Canyon Villa, we offer only four guest rooms, each uniquely decorated and each appointed with luxurious extras such as spa tubs and lush towels. You can enjoy your gourmet breakfast in the courtyard or our dining room.

We also offer a cozy great room for relaxing with other guests, and a wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres every afternoon between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. In the summer, enjoy your wine and appetizers in our lovely shaded courtyard, with its trickling fountain and evening breezes.

Beyond the elegant setting of our inn, take a leisurely stroll through our eleven acres while admiring the views. Visit the local wineries, and then enjoy an evening meal at one of Paso Robles' fine restaurants. The Canyon Villa is also the ideal bed and breakfast for day trips to other locales, such as Hearst Castle or Cambria's art galleries.

Indulge your love of wine or your love of each other. Plan a romantic getaway to charming Paso Robles, and plan to indulge in the intimacy and luxury of the Canyon Villa.
The Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast
1455 Kiler Canyon Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-238-3362

WWW.THECANYONVILLA.COM
WWW.BEACONVATEL.COM

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9/14 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, STACIE BILLIS, LUNCHBOX 911 TO THE RESCUE

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.


STACIE BILLIS – FOOD AUTHOR/BLOGGER - LUNCHBOX 911 TO THE RESCUE - DELICIOUS LUNCH SUGGESTIONS GUARANTEED TO PUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE

LUNCHBOX 911 TO THE RESCUE 

LET MOM BLOGGER STACIE BILLIS TEACH YOU THE MAGIC BEHIND GETTING KIDS TO EAT THEIR LUNCH 

School is in session, and we’re updating the classics- with new twists on sandwiches, drinks and snacks that will leave your kids healthy and happy. Cookbook author and editor of an award-winning blog, Stacie Billis, shares her passion for helping people create a positive food culture in their own home.

Join Stacie as she shares her secrets for the disappearing lunchbox. Delicious lunch suggestions guaranteed to put a smile on their face.

STACIE OFFERS GUIDANCE AND TIPS ON:
 · The best way to handle picky eaters
· Comprehensive supermarket shopping guide with the healthiest store bought options
· Easy make-ahead lunch ideas that will inspire you

ABOUT STACIE:
Stacie Billis is the food writer behind the award winning blog, One Hungry Mama, where she serves up original family friendly recipes and tips for managing life as the family cook. Stacie is also the Food Editor of Cool Mom Picks, the only dedicated food site that shares recipes, tips, and food finds curated specifically the family cook. Stacie’s common sense approach stems from her Masters in Child Development as well as her experience developing an organic family food brand but her popularity might more to do with her cheesy sense of humor and non judgy attitude.  Her love of donuts helps too.

ONEHUNGRYMAMA.COM
COOLMOMEATS.COM

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

9/13 GARY CANTER, CANTERS DELI, ENERGY EXPERT ROY WILLIS

GARY CANTER – CANTER’S DELI - CANTER’S DELI RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS                  
            
Since 1931, Canter's has been serving up LA's finest deli cuisine. Voted the best pastrami by the LA Times and LA Weekly, Canter's prides itself on delivering the amazing experience that has kept its clientele returning over-and-over again for decades. This culinary landmark is lovingly managed by the third- and fourth-generations of the Canter family, who take a hands-on approach to ensure the highest quality in every aspect of the restaurant. Whether it's the freshly-baked breads, or the famous house-made pickles, Canter's always goes the extra mile to provide the authentic, traditional Jewish deli experience, which helped grow the restaurant from a small storefront to the massive operation that it is today. As inviting as its food, Canter's is also known for its welcoming ambiance, a perfect blend of contemporary comfort with the nostalgic charm of its stylish 1950's decor. Canter's continues to stand out as a unique dining experience that transports patrons back to the golden age of delis.

Canter's Deli is one of California's oldest delis. Located in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile District -the heart and soul of the entertainment industry - Canter's Delicatessen is a third-generation family-run business whose owners have an intense pride in their deli and a hands-on work ethic.

It all began in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1924. After losing a deli in the 1929 stock market crash, Ben Canter and his two brothers moved to California with just $500 in their pockets.Eager to succeed, they opened up a Canter Brother's Delicatessen in 1931 in Boyle Heights, the Jewish center of Los Angeles.

When the character of the neighborhood changed, Ben Canter's daughter, Selmo Udko, and her then husband, Harold Price, partnered with Ben Canter and his wife, Jennie, to purchase a prime location at 439 North Fairfax Avenue. And instead of calling it Canter's Brothers they called it Canter's Fairfax.

In 1953 this new team purchased the old Esquire Theatre at 419 North Fairfax and moved Canter's Deli just up the street to the larger location.

For over seventy-five years now this third-generation family-owned business has served food to locals, tourist, and celebrities alike. With its Art Deco décor and its trademark autumn leaves ceiling, this hangout has hardly changed in its over half century at its current location.

Canter's has also become a favorite whistle stop for hot political contests. Mayor Bradley, Governor Deukmejian, Rudy Giuliani, and Bill Simon have gone from booth to booth introducing themselves to our customers. And with CBS studios just up the block, celebrities frequent Canter's every day. Our catering department caters to many television shows and movies, as well as catering their wrap parties.

Over the years, many celebrities have passed through our doors. In the 50s Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller ate here, as did Jack Benny and Elizabeth Taylor. Other celebrity noshers include Sydney Poitier, Mel Brooks, Wilt Chamberlain, Charlene Tilton, Brooke Shields, Jacqueline Bisset, Catherine Oxenberg, John  Travolta, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Olivia Newton John, Muhammad Ali, Monty Hall, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Rodney Dangerfield, Dick Van Dyke, Shelly Winters, Elizabeth Montgomery, The Cars, Henry Winkler, and Greg Morris. The producer of Miami Vice, Michael Mann, wrote here for hours at a time when he was writing for Vegas. The Neil Simon movie, "I Ought to be in Pictures", with Walter Matthau was filmed here. Many celebrities who prefer to go "incognito" sneak in around 3:00 am for a late night nosh!

Canter's is also part of the larger Los Angeles community having received numerous awards from such institutions as the City of Hope, appreciation letters for outstanding and dedicated service, and letters from Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association thanking Canters for donating food.

Canter's Delicatessen continues to be a Los Angeles landmark and late night hot spot, and, with the 2003 addition of Canter's Deli at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, we are committed to bringing the best delicatessen food to our noshers on the famed Las Vegas Strip and to Dodger fans at Dodger Stadium.

WWW.CANTERSDELI.COM


TOP ENERGY EXPERT ROY WILLIS - WITH FUEL PRICES AT AN ALL-TIME LOW, WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR ENERGY IN THE US?

TIMELY UPDATE ON AMERICA’S ENERGY RESOURCES
TOP ENERGY EXPERT EXPLAINS BENEFITS OF CLEANER, MORE EFFICIENT ENERGY SOURCES

Roy Willis, Propane Education & Research Council President/CEO, Explains why Propane is a Top Alternative Fuel for Powering School Buses

A few years ago many politicians were predicting that the price of gasoline would exceed $10 a gallon and that there could be extreme shortages at the pump.   Now, however, the reality is that the price of a gallon of gas is shockingly less than anyone could ever have predicted.   And while there are many complicated reasons for this decrease, one important factor is how the US has embraced the use of alternative fuel resources like propane.

On Tuesday, September 13th, Roy Willis, President and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, is available to discuss the current and future state of America’s energy resources.   Mr. Willis is one of the top energy experts in the nation.  He’ll explain how schools and municipalities in many areas of the country have switched entire fleets of vehicles to propane and why this has had an enormous impact on the economy and the environment.   He can also discuss how many regions that are facing air quality challenges are displacing gasoline and diesel with clean alternative fuels that can reduce emissions.  We hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity to interview one of the top energy experts in the nation!

Monday, September 12, 2016

9/12 WINE TRENDS WITH SOMMELIER NICOLE NEILSEN, CHEF DEAN RUCKER TALKS COMFORT FOODS

SOMMELIER NICOLE NEILSEN JOINS US TO CHAT WINE TRENDS, RUTH’S CHRIS HAPPENINGS AND WHAT’S COMING UP ON THE WHAT’S COOKIN’ ON WINE SHOW TONIGHT

ABOUT RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE:
Ruth's Chris Steak House is a chain of 136 steakhouses across the United States and in several international locations. The restaurant is regarded as an upscale fine dining establishment, marking a gradual elevation in its status since its founding in the 1960s. Ruth's Chris is currently the largest luxury steak company in number of locations, operating income, and overall profit, larger than The Palm and Morton's.

MENU
The restaurant's signature is serving USDA prime steaks that are seared at 1800° Fahrenheit (982.2 °C) and served on ceramic plates heated to 500° Fahrenheit (260.0 °C). Half an ounce (1 Tbsp) of butter is added just before the plates leave the kitchen in order to create the signature 'sizzle'. Ruth Fertel firmly believed that the success of her steaks was due as much to the sound and smell of the 'sizzle' as well as the taste. "You hear that sizzle, and you think, 'I wonder if that's my steak'", she commented in an interview shortly before her death.

In addition to steaks, the restaurant also serves entrees of chicken, lamb, fish, shrimp and lobster.

Portions generally are large enough to serve two or more diners. Family style side dishes include au gratin potatoes, topped with a bechamel sauce and Cheddar cheese. Some recipes, such as the BBQ shrimp, New Orleans style creamed spinach or the sweet potato casserole, are traditional 19th century Louisiana recipes that originate with Ruth Fertel's family, particularly her great-uncle Martin, a Louisiana Delta farmer from a French-Alsatian family. Some of these recipes have been made publicly available by the family and by the company.

Also available are dessert selections, with the restaurant's signature creme brulee being a staple item throughout the chain.

In 2009, Ruth's Chris introduced their "Ruth's Classics" menu of prix fixe meals where guests choose a three-course meal; starter, entree and side, and dessert. This menu is updated seasonally every three months.

BEVERAGES
The award-winning wine list includes over 200 wines, primarily from leading Californian vineyards such as Mondavi, Beringer and Stag's Leap. 25 or more wines are available by the glass, depending on location.

The seasonal vintage-inspired cocktail selection, introduced in 2011 by Beverage Director Helen Mackey, includes both classic and contemporary hand-crafted cocktails.

WWW.RUTHSCHRIS.COM


CHEF DEAN RUCKER TALKS COMFORT FOODS 

THE NEW COMFORT FOOD
NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S COMFORT FOOD: MEALS IN MINUTES, NOT HOURS 

Comfort food, an indulgence often associated with the rich, heavy foods Grandma used to make, is getting a shakeup. According to new national survey of 2,000 grocery shoppers and new Pinterest consumer trends data, the popularity of comfort food is on the rise, but not in the traditional sense. When it comes to foods that they feel good about eating and feeding their families, Americans now favor a more mindful approach to ingredients versus just seeking emotional comfort. Dishes that  are quick and easy are among the most important factors when it comes to meal preparation  ruling out heavy, rich traditional comfort foods (that can be labor and time intensive: According to Pinterest, the average  comfort food recipe takes more than 102 minutes to prepare!).

This new survey shows Americans have become more adventurous with their cooking and care more about where their food comes from. They are also embracing healthier food trends, and consider taste and fresh, healthy ingredients as the keys to the /new/ comfort food. Today Comfort Food is no longer an indulgence but an everyday occasion.

FUN NEW STATISTICS:
Recipes have become a social media phenomenon.
Around 50,000 comfort food ideas were saved every day to 14 million Pinterest boards in
the past year --representing an increase of 140 percent year over year.
83% of Americans said that chicken is their go-to comfort food with 78% seeking out
chicken raised with no antibiotics, hormones or steroids.
Chicken is also the most popular protein on Pinterest. 35 million people save 566 million chicken recipe ideas every year.

ABOUT CHEF DEAN RUCKER:
Chef Dean Rucker specializes in West Coast cuisine with fresh ingredients. He earned the title of Chopped Champion on the popular Food Network show, Chopped, has crafted delicious recipes at celebrated restaurants and spas, and currently works as a private chef. He attended  the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco then began his career at the Waterfront and Aqua restaurants. His book, Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes From the Celebrated Spa, features his healthy recipe creations.

09/18 STEPHEN ANDREWS, SLOW LIVING® RADIO, CAVALLO POINT LODGE, JENNA BUSH HAGER, SCHOOL BUS SAFETY & INNOVATION

STEPHEN ANDREWS - HOST OF SLOW LIVING® RADIO & VP OF MARKETING FOR PASSPORT RESORTS TALKS ABOUT CAVALLO POINT LODGE IN SAUSALITO, CA ...