Wednesday, November 30, 2016

11/30 LIFESTYLE EXPERT RONI PROTER, LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

LIFESTYLE EXPERT RONI PROTER - TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

TWIST ON THEHOLIDAYS
Tips and Tricks for Effortless Entertaining this Holiday Season with Lifestyle Expert Roni Proter!

Too many things to do and never enough time to do them all! We know the challenges you’re faced with when you’ve decided to host a holiday at your home.  Just because you’re the one bringing everyone together doesn’t mean you have to be relegated to soiree servant and miss out on all the fun with your guests.

The holidays are the ultimate time for connecting with friends and family, so treat them to something special this year, with your very own, mouth-watering take on a holiday feast. PLUS has teamed up with Smithfield and Lifestyle Expert Roni Proter to create a new and delicious twist on entertaining this season that you can recreate at home!

Roni Proter was raised by Israeli parents in Texas, and now resides in Dallas. She’s known for cooking food from her Medi-Tex heritage, and cooking fresh dishes and enjoying them together as a family has always been the most important way to slow down and reconnect across generations. Roni has worked as a television journalist and host for more than 10 years and went back to culinary school to hone her skills in the kitchen. Now she contributes to food and lifestyle segments for AOL, ABC and FOX, sharing her easy recipes to help families enjoy dinner time again.


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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, November 29, 2016

11/29 CHRISTY JORDAN, SWEETNESS: SOUTHERN RECIPES TO CELEBRATE THE WARMTH, THE LOVE, AND THE BLESSINGS OF A FULL LIFE, TECH & LIFESTYLE JOURNALIST BAHAR TAKHTECHIAN, ‘GIVING TUESDAY’, TODAY’S HOMEOWNER DANNY LIPFORD

CHRISTY JORDAN – AUTHOR, SWEETNESS: SOUTHERN RECIPES TO CELEBRATE THE WARMTH, THE LOVE, AND THE BLESSINGS OF A FULL LIFE

What is sweetness? It’s making memories in our parents’ and grandparents’ kitchens…welcoming guests with an open heart…. And it’s food:

  • Passing slices of old-fashioned Peach Buttermilk Pie around the table. 
  • Greeting kids after school with Chocolate Chip Dream Bars.
  • Laughing together over glasses of sweet tea on the front porch.

In Sweetness: Southern Recipes to Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the Blessings of a Full Life (Workman; November 2016), founder of SouthernPlate.com Christy Jordan shares 197 recipes for sweet things to eat that are not only deeply delicious but also rich with tradition. Savoring sweet moments and sweet treats, Sweetness is a true celebration of all good things in life.
Filled with warm reminiscences and meditations on joy, the blessings of friends and family, gratitude, and the sweetness found in the everyday, Jordan’s famously bright, sunny, and positive personality is on full display in Sweetness.

The book captures the essence of southern hospitality and the spirit of the most popular features on Jordan’s wildly popular website, SouthernPlate.com.

DELICIOUS AND NOSTALGIC RECIPES INCLUDE:
Rich and Fudgy One–Bowl Brownies (p. 35)
Busy Week Cake Mix Cookies (p. 12)
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars (p. 42)
Mama Reed’s Jam Cake (p. 109)
Chocolate Chess Pie (p. 147)
Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding (p. 168)
Amazing Apple Bread (p. 193)
Overnight Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Syrup (p. 205)
Tiger Butter (p. 245)
Lost recipes like Butter Rolls, Wonder Cake, Water Pie, and Feather-Light Chocolate Biscuits
Plus decadent icings and glazes, refreshing fruit salads, simple homemade candies, floats, and alcohol-free coolers and punches

SOUTHERNPLATE.COM 


LIFESTYLE & BEAUTY EXPERT BAHAR TAKHTECHIAN - LEARN HOW ‘GIVING TUESDAY’ KICKS OFF THE SEASON FOR PHILANTHROPY

WHY THIS ‘TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE GENEROUSLY

Lifestyle and beauty expert Bahar Takhtechian Explains How Social Media and Collaboration Help Charities Power the True Spirit of the Season    

There’s something about the holiday season that brings out the best in people.   It’s a special time of year that seems to inspire many generous people volunteer their time and money to help those in need.  In this spirit of the season, the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday has become known as #GivingTuesday, a day that officially kicks off the season of giving.  On November 29th, we have tech and lifestyle journalist Bahar Takhtehchian available discuss how #GivingTuesday and social media are making it easier than ever to learn about charities and to make meaningful donations.  You’ll also learn how Bahar has teamed up with eBay charities to create a directory of deserving charities and encourage giving.  

BAHAR’S TIMELY TIPS FOR #GIVINGTUESDAY: 

  • GET INVOLVED—How to find easy ways to get involved with help your favorite charities 
  • DONATION INSPIRATION—Why it’s easier than ever to donate to thousands of worth charities that have been vetted by experts  
  • eBay CHARITIES—Learn why end-of-year giving is so important and why it’s easier than ever
  • VOLUNTEER—How you can help by sharing your time and expertise with charities 

With more than a decade of experience in both print and broadcast journalism, Bahar Takhtehchian is a multi-faceted writer and television personality based in New York City. Always on top of the latest research and trends, Bahar is an authority in the beauty and lifestyle industry.  After spending three years as the Editor-at-Large of SHAPE magazine, Bahar is currently working as a journalist in the beauty and lifestyle space. The Chicago native is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

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TODAY’S HOMEOWNER DANNY LIPFORD - CONTROLLING YOUR HOME FROM THE PALM OF YOUR HAND! 

POWER IN YOUR PALM:
Controlling Your Home from the Palm of Your Hand! with Today’s Homeowner Danny Lipford 

With the constant evolutions and advancements in technology, scores of cool gadgets are starting to adorn most homes; changing their efficiency and safety of families that live in them. The gadgets are not just fancy; they provide quick solutions to everyday problems and all from the palm of your hand!

Home Improvement Expert and host of Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford, Danny Lipford is here to share the latest technology advancements on some of your tried-and-true favorites!

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:
- The latest technologies for your home
- Easy apps to control everything from temperature to generators
- When to call in the pros
- And more!

Monday, November 28, 2016

11/28 RICHARD STERBAN, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, JUDITH FINLAYSON, THE CHILE PEPPER BIBLE: FROM SWEET & MILD TO FIERY & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, MARK EL-TAWIL, HUMANA

RICHARD STERBAN OF THE OAK RIDGE BOYS - GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMERS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH TIMELESS HITS AND HOLIDAY FAVORITES

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION TOUR

Every year, a man with a white beard goes city to city giving the gift of Christmas joy, and his name is… William Lee Golden (were you expecting someone else?). For 27 years now, Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys have been a part of their fans' holiday seasons with their annual Christmas tour. This year, the award-winning group will play to packed houses across America during the 2016 Christmas Celebration tour, which will take the group to two-dozen cities in 16 states, from the East to West Coast, November 1 through December 22 (see schedule below).

A mixture of traditional and contemporary songs—including religious, romantic and fun holiday tunes—makes up the set list, which includes songs from the Oaks’ six bestselling Christmas CDs. A highlight of the evening is the much-loved ‘rocking chair’ segment where each BOY rocks by the fireplace and shares personal thoughts about Christmas.

Known for their iconic and multi-platinum selling hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” and “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight,” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, and multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their cross-over brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. Made up of members Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, whose unmistakable bass on the lyric “oom poppa, mow mow,” has become one of music’s most recognized sing-alongs on an international scale, The Oak Ridge Boys are members of the Grand Ole Opry and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball and gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Joe Bonsall—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” among dozens more. A multi-genre cross-over act, they are members of the GMA Hall of Fame and they are recipients of the President’s Award from the Southern Gospel Music Guild. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit www.oakridgeboys.com.

WWW.OAKRIDGEBOYS.COM



JUDITH FINLAYSON – AUTHOR, THE CHILE PEPPER BIBLE: FROM SWEET & MILD TO FIERY & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN 

Contrary to popular belief, a pepper does not need to make your eyes water or start a fire in your mouth to qualify as a chile. Chile is simply the common name for the fruit of the capsicum plant. Chiles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and flavors.

This comprehensive book (which serves as both a reference and a cookbook) from bestselling author and expert researcher Judith Finlayson takes you through the many varieties of chiles and provides absorbing information on everything from the historical and geographic origins of chiles, information on The Scoville Scale (it measures the hotness of a chile and was invented by Wilbur Scoville), health benefits and finally, 250 delicious and inventive recipes.

From fiery Tex-Mex inspired meals to savory and sweet Thai, this collection of recipes are sure to make you a lover of all things chile!

Chiles add their wonderful and distinctive flavor to fish and seafood and this is highlighted beautifully in Jamaican-Style Fish Cakes, Paella, Shrimp Creole, Bahia-Style Chowder. And Judith's beef and veal recipes marry beautifully with chiles -- resulting in delectable Mexican Meatballs, Chinese Beef with Orange, Beef Fajitas and Ropa Vieja.

There are also recipes for sides, fresh salsas, sambals and chutneys, not to mention sauces, marinades, dressings and condiments.

You're sure to enjoy the wealth of information and recipe in this book that's dedicated to the delights of chiles.



MARK EL-TAWIL FROM HUMANA - MEDICARE ANNUAL ELECTION PERIOD HAS BEGUN; LEARN HOW TO START YOUR JOURNEY TO BETTER HEALTH WITH YOUR MEDICARE HEALTH AND PRESCRIPTION PLAN


ATTENTION PEOPLE WITH MEDICARE: IT’S ELECTION SEASON IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

Medicare Annual Election Period Has Begun; Learn How to Start Your Journey to Better Health with Your Medicare Health and Prescription Plan

This fall, there’s another election that is just as important to seniors across the country: the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP).   This year’s Medicare AEP lasts from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Similar to voting for elected officials, it is important to research all available choices. The first step in selecting the right Medicare plan is reviewing your current health needs, outlining your health goals and considering what healthcare needs you may have in the immediate future. This will help you identify whether your current plan still meets your needs in 2017.

When looking for ways to maximize your health care dollars, remember the following money-saving tips:

  • Comparison Shop: Use online resources to research Medicare plans that provide the most savings based on your needs and budget. Websites, such as Medicare.gov and Humana-Medicare.com, are good places to start. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE for 2017 Medicare plan information or call 1-877-486-2048 for TTY contact. 
  • Research Prescription Drugs: Make sure the medications you take are covered by the plan you choose; opt for generics over brand-name drugs; and look into mail-order pharmacies, which often provide the same drugs at a lower price than the retail cost. 


Mark El-Tawil will offer us more details about choosing the right plan this enrollment season. He will also share data from a brand new survey of Boomers, revealing their health concerns, activity levels, approaches for choosing Medicare plans and more.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

11/25 CLAY MAURITSON, MAURITSON WINES, SUSAN ZIRINSKI, 48 HOURS, PARKER WALLACE, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

CLAY MAURITSON – OWNER/WINEMAKER, MAURITSON WINES.

ABOUT WINEMAKER CLAY MAURITSON:
Winemaking may have been the logical evolution in our family’s long history of farming in the Dry Creek Valley, however, it took an absence from the valley and attention to those inner voices that led Clay Mauritson back to these same vineyards that he spent planting, tending and picking as a teen. What he came to realize was that he already had a lifetime of understanding about the subtleties and strengths of each micro-climate within the Dry Creek, Rockpile and Alexander Valleys. The only thing left was to DREAM BIG!

Clay is joined in the cellar by Associate Winemaker Emma Kudritzki and Jesus Garcia, Adrian Reyes, Joe Richards, and Nick Mast as cellar hands bringing 40 years of cellar experience. Together, our team has developed a winemaking process that focuses on small vineyard lot separation and fermentation — last year alone we ushered 68 different lots to maturity before the final blending. This gives us enormous flexibilty, enabling us to pinpoint that perfect Mauritson signature with every varietal, every vintage. Fermentation is typically open-top, punchdowns made by hand, native yeasts employed. The resulting wines might be best described as the perfect expression of each vineyard.

With a little over 270 acres of estate vineyards, we are not only able to source the absolute best of each vintage, we are also able to meticulously follow our passions. For example, when we decided to create a wine in the true porto tradition, we planted four of the “big five” authentic Portuguese varietals then mixed in some Tannat, resulting in our signature “Independence,” a wine that refers to a section of our Rockpile property dating back six generations. As the photo at left shows, we choose winemaking techniques that will best exemplify the wine style and the vineyard. The fruit reigns supreme here...and as Clay often tells visitors to the winery "winemaking is 95% fruit and 5% the winemaker not screwing it up!"

ABOUT CLAY MAURITSON OWNER / WINEMAKER:
Clay Mauritson is the sixth generation in a family of grape growers. Born and raised in the Dry Creek Valley, Clay was destined for the wine business.

In college Clay exhibited his prowess on the gridiron, playing outside linebacker for the University of Oregon Ducks in the 1995 Rose Bowl and the 1996 Cotton Bowl. Clay graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Economics. Armed with his new degree he came back to Sonoma County to officially enter the wine industry.

Clay worked for 5 years at Kenwood Vineyards in the Sales & Marketing Department (starting even before he graduated from college), spending much of his time traveling and making sales contacts as Assistant National Sales Manager. After leaving Kenwood, Clay had the opportunity to work with the winemakers at Taft Street Vineyards and Dry Creek Vineyards, allowing him to hone his winemaking skills and gain additional knowledge of winery operations.

In 1998, Clay produced his first bottling of Dry Creek Zinfandel under the Mauritson label and, in 2002, he began devoting his efforts full-time to the Mauritson Family Winery project.

Clay's winemaking philosophy is simple: You need exceptional fruit to make exceptional wine. This is where the advantage of having a family heritage of grape growers becomes obvious: About 300  acres of Sonoma County family vineyards and strong relationships built over the years with other growers have given Clay access to some of the best fruit that Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley and Rockpile have to offer. Devoted to making exceptional wines, Clay is on his way to becoming one of California's foremost young winemakers.

Clay lives in Healdsburg with his wife Carrie-Anne, sons Brady and Davis, daughter Ella, and the family's gentle yellow lab, Chelsea.

WWW.MAURITSONWINES.COM

SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS

SATURDAY 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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PARKER WALLACE - ENTERTAINING WITH EASE: THE SECRETS TO SPENDING LESS TIME IN THE KITCHEN AND MORE TIME WITH YOUR GUEST

ENTERTAINING WITH EASE: THE SECRETS TO SPENDING LESS TIME IN THE KITCHEN AND MORE TIME WITH YOUR GUEST

The holidays are here and that means your schedule is about to be packed with dinners, parties and hosting lots of guests in your home. With everything going on, are you finding yourself spending less time celebrating the holidays and more time stressing out in the kitchen? Are you too worried about everything being perfect and not having enough time to actually enjoy it?

Whether its turkey in November or fruit cake in December, hosting your holiday dinner party doesn’t have to cause stress! There are plenty of ways to cut time as well as costs without cutting class. All it takes is some creativity and a few staple items to make your party a night to remember. Cook and food blogger Parker Wallace will share her simple tips for great holiday entertaining all season long.

Parker Wallace is the creator of "What's on Parker's Plate?" A blog with daily recipes and cooking tips for all palettes! She has a regular segment for CBS Atlanta titled “What’s on Parker’s Plate?” and is the author of Eat Rich, Stay Skinny: A Girl's Guide to Holiday Feasting. In addition to being a regular contributor for the Huffington Post Taste Section, she also produces an “Eat Rich, Stay Skinny” video series that has been featured in the Huffington Post. Her tips have also been seen on Daily Candy and Hello, Beautiful.

IDAHOAN.COM 
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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, November 24, 2016

11/24 BEN LYONS, MARIA RODALE - SCRATCH: HOME COOKING FOR EVERYONE MADE SIMPLE FUN AND TOTALLY DELICIOUS, STEVE ROGERS, YOUNTVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, CELEBRITY VET DR. JEFF WERBER

BEN LYONS - MOVIE & HOME ENTERTAINMENT EXPERT 

GREAT MOVIES & TV SHOWS TO WATCH OVER THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 

Black Friday Perfect Time to Start Looking for Deals on 4K TV’s

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 Tuesday, November 22nd,  and he will highlight some great movie and television titles avaiable on 4K/Blu-ray and Digital that you can watch with over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Ben will also discuss other recent releases, the best ways to watch them, and discuss getting a start on your holiday shopping on Black Friday, a great time to find deals on new 4K TV’s.

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 film Spaceman starring Josh Duhamel. 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.


MARIA RODALE – AUTHOR, SCRATCH: HOME COOKING FOR EVERYONE MADE SIMPLE, FUN, AND TOTALLY DELICIOUS

THIS THANKSGIVING, COOK & EAT DELICIOUS REAL FOOD THAT SHOWCASES NATURE’S BOUNTY

SCRATCH: Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally Delicious

Before “natural” became a marketing buzz word and organic gummy bears became “a thing,” the Rodale family was championing the importance of organic and real food. Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc. and granddaughter of company founder, JI Rodale, has been committed to upholding the mission her grandfather embarked on more than 80 years ago—both professionally and personally.

In her first cookbook, SCRATCH: Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally Delicious, Maria shares the recipes and remembrances that shaped her life. She recounts her childhood living on America’s first official organic farm and growing up in a family business that publishes books and magazines about healthy food, fitness, organic gardening and farming (at the time they were pretty much the only ones doing it). Maria also shares numerous memories of the colorful cast of characters who came to influence her home cooking.

From a young age, Maria found herself drawn to the kitchen and quickly learned that “a good meal unites people.” Maria’s food is a culmination of influences—her farm-to-table roots and Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage; her travels around the world; and the Italian-American family she married into.

SCRATCH is a return to basics: eating and cooking delicious real food that showcases nature’s bounty—it shows how we can get back what’s been lost and nourish our souls in the process.

WWW.MARIARODALE.COM  


STEVE ROGERS - YOUNTVILLE TOWN MANAGER - YOUNTVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 

ABOUT YOUNTVILLE
Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley among vineyards between the Mayacamas Mountains and the Napa River, the Town of Yountville, in Northern California is a community that cares about its citizens, businesses and visitors. Yountville offers a variety of well maintained neighborhood parks that include outdoor recreational amenities including bocce, volleyball, tennis, basketball courts, children's play equipment and reservable picnic areas. Yountville is a great place to eat and shop, and it is host to a variety of exciting events throughout the year. You'll find the Napa Valley Museum and Lincoln Theater; there is lots of history to learn about if you take the walking tour of hospital buildings and landmarks, or just relax on the outdoor patio of one of many great restaurants and watch brightly-colored hot air balloons take flight.

YOUNTVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
November 25, 2016
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Yountville Community Center
6516 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599

Food & Wine Tasting and Family Fun to Jumpstart Holiday Cheer in Napa Valley

Kick off the holiday season in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. Celebrating its 28th annual Festival of Lights, Yountville invites friends, families, neighbors and visitors to gather in the heart of Napa Valley for a feel-good family event. The entire town will be twinkling with merriment to rival any Dickens fantasy – a welcome diversion from Black Friday madness.

WWW.YOUNTVILLE.COM
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“CELEBRITY VET” DR. JEFF WERBER GIVES TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR FURRY FRIENDS HAVE A HAPPY & HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON



The holidays are just around the corner, and people all across America are gearing up for their seasonal celebrations. For many people that means including their dogs in the the festivities. Join celebrity vet Dr. Jeff Werber for advice on how to establish healthy eating and exercising habits for your four-legged friends during the holiday season.

For more than 30 years, veterinarian and pet parenting specialist Dr. Jeff Werber, A.K.A. “Doc Hollywood,” has been caring for the pets of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

11/23 LARRY LIPSON, SUSAN ZIRINSKY

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.


SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS

SATURDAY 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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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

11/22 BEN LYONS, STEVE ROGERS, YOUNTVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, VICTORIA BORTON, AARP SERVICES

BEN LYONS - MOVIE & HOME ENTERTAINMENT EXPERT 

GREAT MOVIES & TV SHOWS TO WATCH OVER THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 

Black Friday Perfect Time to Start Looking for Deals on 4K TV’s

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 Tuesday, November 22nd,  and he will highlight some great movie and television titles avaiable on 4K/Blu-ray and Digital that you can watch with over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Ben will also discuss other recent releases, the best ways to watch them, and discuss getting a start on your holiday shopping on Black Friday, a great time to find deals on new 4K TV’s.

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 film Spaceman starring Josh Duhamel. 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.


STEVE ROGERS - YOUNTVILLE TOWN MANAGER - YOUNTVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 

ABOUT YOUNTVILLE
Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley among vineyards between the Mayacamas Mountains and the Napa River, the Town of Yountville, in Northern California is a community that cares about its citizens, businesses and visitors. Yountville offers a variety of well maintained neighborhood parks that include outdoor recreational amenities including bocce, volleyball, tennis, basketball courts, children's play equipment and reservable picnic areas. Yountville is a great place to eat and shop, and it is host to a variety of exciting events throughout the year. You'll find the Napa Valley Museum and Lincoln Theater; there is lots of history to learn about if you take the walking tour of hospital buildings and landmarks, or just relax on the outdoor patio of one of many great restaurants and watch brightly-colored hot air balloons take flight.

YOUNTVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
November 25, 2016
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Yountville Community Center
6516 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599

Food & Wine Tasting and Family Fun to Jumpstart Holiday Cheer in Napa Valley

Kick off the holiday season in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. Celebrating its 28th annual Festival of Lights, Yountville invites friends, families, neighbors and visitors to gather in the heart of Napa Valley for a feel-good family event. The entire town will be twinkling with merriment to rival any Dickens fantasy – a welcome diversion from Black Friday madness.

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VICTORIA BORTON - VICE PRESIDENT FOR LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT AARP SERVICES - LEARN THE SECRETS FOR HAVING A STRESS-FREE, HAPPY HOLIDAY

TIMELY HOLIDAY HACKS FOR A STRESS-FREE SEASON

Tips & Tricks for Enjoying Family Time from tm, Vice President for Lifestyle Products and Services at AARP Services, Inc

The holiday season is a special time of year when friends and family come together. It’s when you might host the big holiday feast or sneak downstairs when the grandkids are asleep to set the gifts around the holiday tree. Then, you can watch their eyes light up the next morning as they rip open their gifts with a fervor that makes you nostalgic for your childhood. Of course, with all of the holiday hustle and bustle the holidays can also be a very stressful time of year.  

Victoria Borton, Vice President for Lifestyle Products and Services at AARP Services, Inc, is here to share some simple, but effective, holiday life hacks to help people avoid some of the stress and enjoy themselves. Borton will share some timely strategies and techniques to help people manage their holiday activities in more efficient ways. This is the true definition of a life hack! She’ll also explain how AARP Member Advantages can help, with a website that surrounds members with time-and money-saving deals, along with holiday tips and tricks that can ultimately take the stress out of the holidays. Victoria’s goal is to provide super suggestions that will allow people to focus on what really matters and “Holiday Happy”.

SOME HELPFUL HACKS THAT VICTORIA WILL SHARE INCLUDE: 

  • SHOPPING GAMEPLAN – Smart ways to make shopping fun and stress-free
  • MEANINGFUL MOMENTS – Super suggestions for prioritizing family time 
  • MEMBER ADVANTAGES – Time and money-saving deals and a special website from AARP Services, Inc. to produce happy holidays

WWW.AARPADVANTAGES.COM

Monday, November 21, 2016

11/21 WENDY BRANNEN, LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION, LORIE MARRERO, “THE CLUTTER DIET”, MATT CHAIKEN, BLINK HEALTH, DR. JEN WOLFE

WENDY BRANNEN - NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION

LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Lodi Winegrape Commission, which represents more than 750 winegrape growers and 85 wineries in the Lodi American Viticulture Area (AVA), has recently announced the appointment of Wendy Brannen as Executive Director. Brannen will assume her new role on October 24, 2016.

The Lodi AVA, comprised of 110,000 acres, is farmed by many growers whose families have produced grapes for a century or more. “When I met this group, I was instantly confident that I wanted to work for them.  The Commission has a solid team already doing great things and a brand with infinite potential for growth,” says Brannen.

In her position at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Brannen will oversee the Commission’s marketing, public relations, strategic planning, and regional branding efforts, as well as grower relations. She will lead the Winegrape Commission team of 15, under the direction of the board of directors, and will be the primary spokesperson for the Lodi wine industry. The region’s annual yield of nearly 671,000 tons of grapes in 2015 was valued at $413 million and comprised 18% of California’s total winegrape production.

Brannen has more than a decade of diverse experience in the agriculture sector. She joins the Commission from the U.S. Apple Association, where she serves as the Director of Consumer Health and Public Relations, promoting consumption of U.S. apples and apple products. She has a history there of initiating successful national marketing programs that showcase grower members. Her popular campaigns have consistently earned national recognition, such as the “Apples for Life” media tour, named National Awards Winner in 2015 by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

Brannen previously served as Executive Director of the Vidalia® Onion Committee for eight years. There, her innovative efforts led to a unique marketing campaign for Vidalia® Onions, creating a DreamWorks Animation® partnership aptly titled “Ogres & Onions.” The campaign linked Vidalias to the beloved Shrek character and his affinity for onions and their many layers, resulting in skyrocketing national coverage of the Vidalia® brand and increased consumption among kids, reaching a new target demographic.

To the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Brannen will bring a fresh perspective and an innovative mind that specializes in brand strategy, consumer promotions, advertising, public relations, digital and social media strategy, marketing partnerships and more. Leading one of the highest-planted acreages of any AVA, Brannen will oversee the Commission’s annual budget to market the Lodi region, facilitate grower education, viticultural research, and expand awareness of the sustainable farming practices of the Lodi Rules™ – a third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program started by the Winegrape Commission in 2005.

Brannen is an active member of the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) Board of Directors, currently serves on the Communications Committee for and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Food & Farming (AFF), and the University of Georgia (UGA) Alumni Association Board of Directors—her alma mater.  She is a member of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, United Fresh Produce Association, Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and the Produce Marketing Association.

Brannen replaces Camron King, who left in May to be the President of the National Grape and Wine Initiative.

ABOUT THE LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION
The Lodi Winegrape Commission, established in 1991, strives to serve the common interests of all Lodi Crush District 11 winegrape producers and to enhance the profitability of winegrape production through promotion, research and education. The Lodi Winegrape Commission represents 750 winegrowers farming nearly 110,000 acres of winegrapes and 85 wineries.

Located south of Sacramento, west of the Sierra Nevada, and east of San Francisco, the Lodi wine region features a classic Mediterranean climate. A major winegrape growing region since the 1850s, Lodi is home to more than 85 wineries, many of which have garnered major awards at domestic and international wine competitions. Most notably, Lodi was recently named “2015 Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine, one of the wine world’s premier wine publications.

Lodi is also a leader when it comes to sustainable viticulture. The Lodi Winegrape Commission created Lodi Rules™, California’s first third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program, which recently won Gov. Brown’s annual Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) – the highest environmental award in the state of California – for its mission to address major environmental, economic and social challenges facing California's agricultural industry. With more than 100 varieties currently being cultivated, Lodi offers a diverse array of wines, from its renowned Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Albariño, and Tempranillo, and many others. For more information about the Lodi wine region, visit www.lodiwine.com and www.lodigrowers.com.

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LORIE MARRERO - PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER AND AUTHOR OF “THE CLUTTER DIET” GETS US READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

During what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, we experience a lot of stress hauling decorations down from the attic and pondering the long list of gifts to buy. Whether you’re looking for new things or want to make sure everything you already have is working we’ve got some tips for you. Joining us from New York to help us get organized is Lorie Marrero, professional organizer and author of the “The Clutter Diet."

ABOUT THE CLUTTER DIET:
Now a Wall Street Journal bestselling ebook! 

Get your house in shape! Applying just an ounce of the advice in this practical guide saves you enough time and money to pay for itself. You will learn:
The actual scientific law of nature that helps you get organized
The cure for procrastination
Ten types of High Calorie Clutter to avoid
Where to start and how to tackle your projects
How to successfully add new habits into your life

ABOUT LORIE:
Lorie Marrero is a professional organizer and author of “The Clutter Diet,” The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life.” Lorie Marrero is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, creator of ClutterDiet.com, national spokesperson for Goodwill, and Contributing Editor for Woman's Day magazine. She has also served as a spokesperson or media partner for many companies such as Staples, Microsoft, Brother, Rubbermaid, and ClosetMaid.. She’s a recipient of the NAPO Philanthropy Award- Los Angeles 2011, and the Goodwill National Volunteer Leader of the Year 2015. Lorie lives in Austin, Texas.

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MATT CHAIKEN – CO-FOUNDER & COO, BLINK HEALTH  & DR. JEN WOLFE – HOW WE CAN SAVE MONEY ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS 

WHAT IF BUYING EVERYTHING WERE AS EASY AND INEXPENSIVE AS BUYING A BOOK ON AMAZON?

Consumers consistently say that the health issue they care about the most (according to Kaiser, CDC) is the high prices they pay for their prescription medications.  Each year 50 million consumers leave a prescription at the pharmacy due to its cost. Consumer Reports found that a third of people don't take their medications because they can't afford them.  Rising drug prices effect everyone who is entering Open Enrollment this November, and especially everyone with Obamacare, where drug copays are forecast to rise the most. Seniors too with Medicare are heavily impacted. And of course, for the 30 million Americans who are uninsured, the high price of prescription drugs can be a matter of life and death.

Matt Chaiken, will discuss Blink Health, where any consumer in America for the first time can check the price of their prescription and purchase it before they get to the pharmacy (most of the most common prescriptions on Blink cost less than $10.00 and hundreds cost less than $5.00).  Matt will discuss how his technology platform lets him to negotiate the price of every common generic drug so that purchasing a medication is as inexpensive and easy as buying a book on Amazon.

Matt Chaiken will be joined by  Dr. Jen Wolfe, pharmacist, patient advocate and a mom, who is not a paid spokesperson for Blink health but rather a consumer who was stuck paying outrageous drug prices for drugs not covered by her health plan, when she found Blink Health online. Blink makes medications so cheap that thousands of their users don't use their insurance for their maintenance medications anymore--and can choose those health plan for other things, knowing they can use Blink and save hundreds to thousands annually. This is an interview opportunity that can save consumers hundreds, even thousands per year, and Matt can relate many moving stories of users who say their lives were saved when Blink made their lifesaving medications affordable.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

11/18 BEAGLE BRODSKY, WILLIE BIRD TURKEYS, LIFESTYLE EXPERT JUSTINE SANTANIELLO, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

BEAGLE BRODSKY - MANAGER, WILLIE BIRD TURKEYS

One day the Queen of England wanted smoked duck – at least, the people who serve her food did. When the Royal Yacht, Britannica, pulled into San Francisco Bay, the caterer for the royal, on-board feast knew exactly who to call to meet their needs – Willie Bird Turkeys in Sonoma, California.

Here at Willie Bird’s, we use nothing but the highest quality poultry. First, we wet cure it in a mild, low-salt marinade; conceived of special oils and spices, where it is then aged to perfection. Next, we smoke it over natural wood (sweet maple hardwoods). It is during this process that it absorbs the depth and character of flavor that has become the famous Willie Bird trademark. All of our smoked products are fully cooked, immediately cooled, and vacuum-sealed so that they will remain fresh for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks. If not used in this time period the product can be frozen for up to six months.

Our smoked products are shipped fresh/chilled to retain flavor and texture. They are shelf stable which is why we recommend shipping second day air, just refrigerate upon delivery. This is why we control the entire process of procuring meats, seasoning them, smoking them, vacuum sealing them, and shipping them from our USDA approved plant in Sonoma. Offering superior quality is the driving force behind Willie Bird Turkeys.

The result of our “commitment to control” allows us to produce a meat product that is smooth and mild-flavored; a delight even to the most discriminate palate.

Our smoked poultry is featured on the main menu of first class hotels, restaurants, deli’s, and airlines as well as in gourmet food catalogs (Williams-Sonoma, etc.)

WWW.WILLIEBIRD.COM


LIFESTYLE EXPERT JUSTINE SANTANIELLO - HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST GIFTS AND BE A HOLIDAY HERO


BEST HOLIDAY GIFTS!

How To Choose The Best Gifts and Be a Holiday Hero

Does this sound like your usual holiday nightmare? You spend hours riding the escalator up and down in your local mega-mall. You wanted aimlessly through the aisles, unsure of what exactly it is you’re looking for. You look all over but just can’t seem to find the perfect gift for that special someone!

What if there was someone to give you the low-down on the hottest gifts this holiday season?  What if you had help getting the one gift someone didn’t even know they wanted? What if you could pick up the present that would make you the holiday hero this year? Lifestyle expert Justine Santaniello is talking the best gifts on the market this year and has some great gift-giving strategies you’ll need to to come out on top this year in the gift giving department!

Multimedia lifestyle contributor Justine Santaniello shares her tips and top product suggestions – otherwise known as her ‘Just Haves’ – regularly on QVC, The Wendy Williams Show, Good Day New York, CBS’s The Couch, Yahoo!, New York Live, FOX Business, PIX Morning News, BetterTV and more. As the founder and creative director of JustHaves.com, Justine is fast becoming a go-to media and consumer resource for anything and everything related to style, beauty, gifting, entertaining and travel. Known for her conversational and engaging commentary, Justine has made over 500 TV appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CW, WE, The Hallmark Channel and The Veria Living Network. Her on-air experience, behind-the-scenes knowledge, and real-world expertise have resulted in spokesperson and brand consultant roles with countless high-profile brands.

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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, November 17, 2016

11/17 ROMAIN TEYTEAU, GEORGES DUBOEUF, MARIA RODALE, SCRATCH: HOME COOKING FOR EVERYONE MADE SIMPLE, FUN, AND TOTALLY DELICIOUS, ANGELA PATTERSON, MINUTECLINIC

ROMAIN TEYTEAU, EXPORT DIRECTOR, GEORGES DUBOEUF 

Beaujolais Nouveau symbolizes the end of the growing season and an invitation to partake of autumn’s bounty. No other wine is released annually with such anticipation, made and released as a finished product only four-to-six weeks after being handpicked off the vine - literally putting a cork on the end of harvest.

5 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU FACTS

  • Beaujolais Nouveau is the world's freshest wine - it takes about 60 days for its grapes to go from vine to glass, seeing no oak and only a short time in bottle.
  • All Beaujolais Nouveau grapes must be picked by hand (Beaujolais & Champagne are France's only regions where hand harvesting is mandatory).
  • Beaujolais Nouveau owes its fresh, juicy style to the winemaking process called 'carbonic maceration' which facilitates gentle, whole berry fermentation.
  • Serve Beaujolais Nouveau slightly cool, at about 55 degrees (F). Even though it’s red, this fresh wine is most refreshing, fruit-forward & food-friendly when chilled.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day was historically on November 15th until 1985. Now, under French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is always released at 12:01am on the third Thursday of November. The reason? It’s France's excuse to celebrate its 100+ Nouveau Day festivals over a four-day weekend, every year!

ABOUT ROMAIN TEYTEAU:
Export Director, North America - Georges Duboeuf & Fils

Born in Paris, France, steps away from one of the country’s smallest vineyards on the hill of the Belleville neighborhood, Romain Teyteau did not know that his faculty for languages and his love of great French food and wine would lead him to represent one of the best-known names in French wine.

His father’s family is from Bordeaux and his ancestors were coopers (barrel-makers)for the Bordeaux wine industry, so you might say that there was something in his genetic makeup that pointed him towards wine.  Also, while studying history and political science at Paris’ famed La Sorbonne, Romain started writing restaurant reviews for a travel guide book, for which he traveled through Eastern and Central Europe, Egypt and New York, further sparking his appreciation for, and interest in, all things culinary.

After graduation in 2010, Romain moved to Montreal, where he started the distribution network for a local Canadian winery.  Like his soon-to-be employer, Romain made sales calls to various restaurants in and around Montreal on a bicycle.   It was later that same year that he was recruited by Georges Duboeuf to become his brand ambassador in New York and then Canada.  Once his term with the French government-funded trainee program ended, Romain  returned to France, only to be called by Georges to become North American Export Director for  Les Vins Georges Duboeuf in 2013.

In addition to this prestigious position, Romain returned to France after three years’ abroad with his wife, who he married in New York in 2011.   They live in Lyon, near his office  at Georges Duboeuf headquarters in Romaneche-Thorins, in Beaujolais.

Romain travels to the US and Canada frequently throughout the year, bringing  the Duboeuf “savoir-faire” with him as he happily shares the company’s (and the man’s) love  and knowledge of Beaujolais wines, in general, and specifically, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf,  from the premium Cru and Domaines and Chateaux wines to the “first wine of the vintage” –  Beaujolais Nouveau.  He works closely with Georges and Franck (Georges’ son) and also with  all the independent winemakers that have been partners with Georges Duboeuf for more than 50  years.

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MARIA RODALE – AUTHOR, SCRATCH: HOME COOKING FOR EVERYONE MADE SIMPLE, FUN, AND TOTALLY DELICIOUS

THIS THANKSGIVING, COOK & EAT DELICIOUS REAL FOOD THAT SHOWCASES NATURE’S BOUNTY

SCRATCH: Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally Delicious

Before “natural” became a marketing buzz word and organic gummy bears became “a thing,” the Rodale family was championing the importance of organic and real food. Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc. and granddaughter of company founder, JI Rodale, has been committed to upholding the mission her grandfather embarked on more than 80 years ago—both professionally and personally.

In her first cookbook, SCRATCH: Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally Delicious, Maria shares the recipes and remembrances that shaped her life. She recounts her childhood living on America’s first official organic farm and growing up in a family business that publishes books and magazines about healthy food, fitness, organic gardening and farming (at the time they were pretty much the only ones doing it). Maria also shares numerous memories of the colorful cast of characters who came to influence her home cooking.

From a young age, Maria found herself drawn to the kitchen and quickly learned that “a good meal unites people.” Maria’s food is a culmination of influences—her farm-to-table roots and Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage; her travels around the world; and the Italian-American family she married into.

SCRATCH is a return to basics: eating and cooking delicious real food that showcases nature’s bounty—it shows how we can get back what’s been lost and nourish our souls in the process.

WWW.MARIARODALE.COM  


ANGELA PATTERSON - CHIEF NURSE PRACTITIONER OFFICER FOR MINUTECLINIC - TIPS TO HELP MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY STAY HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

TIPS TO HELP MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY STAY HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

What Do You Do If You Get Sick Or Injured While Traveling During The Holidays?

Whether it’s off to grandma’s house for Turkey Day or a New Years’ cruise to the Caribbean, nearly 150 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving and December holidays. With that many people on the go, it’s important that families plan in advance for a safe and healthy journey.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for MinuteClinic offers listeners some healthy recommendations and advice before their trip. Patterson will discuss: motion sickness and how to prevent children from getting car sick; key medicines for the suitcase to combat common illnesses; the importance of vaccinations and a travel-risk assessment for those visiting abroad; and options available if a family member gets sick and care is needed on the road.
On Thursday, November 17, Angela Patterson is available to talk about MinuteClinic and offer tips and insights to ensure your listeners and their loved ones have the resources to stay healthy while traveling during the busy holiday season.

ABOUT ANGELA PATTERSON: 
Angela Patterson is an advanced practice registered nurse, Vice President at CVS Health, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer of MinuteClinic. In this role, she is responsible for providing clinical and professional practice governance for the more than 3,100 nurse practitioners and physician assistants who staff the organization’s more than 1,100 retail medical clinics located across 33 states and the District of Columbia.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

11/16 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, PARKER WALLACE, ENTERTAINING WITH EASE

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.


PARKER WALLACE - ENTERTAINING WITH EASE: THE SECRETS TO SPENDING LESS TIME IN THE KITCHEN AND MORE TIME WITH YOUR GUEST

ENTERTAINING WITH EASE: THE SECRETS TO SPENDING LESS TIME IN THE KITCHEN AND MORE TIME WITH YOUR GUEST

The holidays are here and that means your schedule is about to be packed with dinners, parties and hosting lots of guests in your home. With everything going on, are you finding yourself spending less time celebrating the holidays and more time stressing out in the kitchen? Are you too worried about everything being perfect and not having enough time to actually enjoy it?

Whether its turkey in November or fruit cake in December, hosting your holiday dinner party doesn’t have to cause stress! There are plenty of ways to cut time as well as costs without cutting class. All it takes is some creativity and a few staple items to make your party a night to remember. Cook and food blogger Parker Wallace will share her simple tips for great holiday entertaining all season long.

Parker Wallace is the creator of "What's on Parker's Plate?" A blog with daily recipes and cooking tips for all palettes! She has a regular segment for CBS Atlanta titled “What’s on Parker’s Plate?” and is the author of Eat Rich, Stay Skinny: A Girl's Guide to Holiday Feasting. In addition to being a regular contributor for the Huffington Post Taste Section, she also produces an “Eat Rich, Stay Skinny” video series that has been featured in the Huffington Post. Her tips have also been seen on Daily Candy and Hello, Beautiful.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

11/15 CELEBRITY CHEF MING TSAI AND HILARY GUMBEL, UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD, DR. JEFF WERBER, DEBRA NESS & DR. VIDYA RAMAN-TANGELLA, HEALTHY PREGNANCY & BIRTH

CELEBRITY CHEF MING TSAI AND UNICEF CONSULTANT & AUTHOR HILARY GUMBEL - UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD ON TLC & DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL

CELEBRITY CHEFS SHARE THEIR THANKS AND UNITE IN THE NAME OF CHARITY THIS NOVEMBER ON TLC & DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL IN UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD

Celebrity chefs are the rock stars of the food world, but it’s easy to forget that even the most successful chefs had to start somewhere. On Thursday, November 17, TLC & Discovery Family Channel explore the lives of three celebrity chefs and their individual missions to help others and give back to the community in the one-hour special UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD, based on the best-selling cookbook by Hilary Gumbel, with all royalties donated to The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund). The special will premiere at 7/6c on TLC followed by an encore presentation at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

In UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD, produced by Discovery Studios, chefs Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia allow viewers unprecedented access into their private worlds as they visit the people and causes that inspire their passion for giving. Highlighting the initiatives and innovations that the chefs spearhead in their personal time, including their volunteer work with UNICEF, Family Reach, City Harvest and God’s Love We Deliver, the special documents those whose lives are being touched firsthand while also exploring the many ways the chefs are being changed in the process. UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD explores each chef’s roots through never-before-seen photos and home videos in an effort to understand how their modest upbringings led to lifelong missions to give back in very big ways. The common ingredient that influences these masters of the culinary universe is their deep connection to their roots and a strong desire to use their fame and success to help those in need.

In support of the world premiere of UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD, Discovery Family will launch SHARE YOUR THANKS on Monday, October 24, a campaign that captures the spirit of giving thanks all month long by asking viewers to acknowledge the people in their lives that have gone the extra mile. From October 24 – November 24, fans are encouraged to submit custom “Thank You” videos, photos and/or messages via social media using #ShareYourThanks #Contest for a chance to see your posts on Discovery Family’s website and digital outlets. Plus, all approved submissions are entered to win an all-access paid family reunion to a destination of the winner’s choice in the continental U.S. complete with airfare, lodging and $1,000 in cash.

UNICHEF: UNITING THROUGH FOOD is produced for TLC and Discovery Family Channel by Discovery Studios. Hilary Gumbel is the executive producer and Lynn Kessler is the co-executive producer for Discovery Studios. Michela Giorelli and Javier Chuecos are the executive producers for Discovery Family Channel. To learn more, visit http://www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily.

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“CELEBRITY VET” DR. JEFF WERBER GIVES TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR FURRY FRIENDS HAVE A HAPPY & HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON

The holidays are just around the corner, and people all across America are gearing up for their seasonal celebrations. For many people that means including their dogs in the the festivities. Join celebrity vet Dr. Jeff Werber for advice on how to establish healthy eating and exercising habits for your four-legged friends during the holiday season.

For more than 30 years, veterinarian and pet parenting specialist Dr. Jeff Werber, A.K.A. “Doc Hollywood,” has been caring for the pets of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.


DEBRA NESS & DR. VIDYA RAMAN-TANGELLA – TIPS FOR HEALTHY PREGNANCY & BIRTH

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH 

Tips to Help Encourage a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, an ideal time for families in to think about expectant mothers’ and babies’ health. There are many ways women and families can help increase the odds of a healthy pregnancy and delivery, including avoiding non-medically necessary C-sections.

About one in three U.S. births happen by cesarean section, an increase from about one in 20 births (5 percent) in 1970. The national target for first-time mothers with low-risk deliveries is 23.9 percent or lower, as set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Partnership for Women & Families and UnitedHealthcare recently launched a public service campaign about the value of pre-natal, post-natal and well-child care.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS:
Avoid early or elective C-sections: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises against elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, including C-sections unless medically necessary. Babies born before 39 weeks are more likely to have breathing problems and developmental delays, according to many published studies.

Check with your health plan for additional resources: Some health plans offer online resources, mobile apps or coaching programs that help expectant mothers to better track and manage their medical visits, making it easier for them to follow recommended appointments before and after delivery. For Medicaid members in states across the country, the Baby Blocks program uses financial incentives and “gamification” to help encourage healthy pregnancies and deliveries.

Joining us live is Dr. Vidya Raman-Tangella, a clinician by training with more than 20 years of experience in health care innovation and head of the UnitedHealthcare Innovation Center of Excellence; and Debra Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. They’ll share with your audience tips to help women have a healthy pregnancy and birth and where to go for more information.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

11/14 CHEF CARLA HALL, LAUREN MAKK, AFFORDABLE LUXURY

CHEF & RESTAURATEUR CARLA HALL OFFERS TIPS FOR AN EASY, SIMPLE AND AFFORDABLE HOLIDAY SEASON

The holiday season can really put a strain on your wallet. Between finding that perfect gift and preparing delicious meals for family and friends, expenses can add up quickly. But there are ways to spend less and reduce stress… and it starts with your weekly trip to the grocery store.

Today chef and TV host Carla Hall is on hand to share her tips and tricks to help make this year’s celebrations memorable, affordable and stress-free. In partnership with ALDI, Carla will introduce us to her delicious new holiday recipes and her tips for hosting a feast without breaking the bank.


FABLife CO-HOST AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT LAUREN MAKK SHARES TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CREATING SIMPLY ‘AFFORDABLE LUXURY’

AWESOME HOLIDAY HACKS WITH LAUREN MAKK

One of the Nation’s Top Designers Shares Tips and Tricks for Creating Simply ‘Affordable Luxury’

Lauren Makk has spent a lifetime perfecting her “Affordable Luxury” signature approach to design. That’s why the popular television host, interior design professional, home and Lifestylist, has been featured on numerous television series, including TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and “Drill Team” for A&E, and as a regular host on the nationally syndicated show, FABLife.  

On November 14th, just in time for the holidays, Makk will share some timely holiday hacks to help you survive and enjoy the holiday!  Of course, a Life Hack is one of those chic new millennial sayings that have become ingrained in our language. It means “a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way,” which makes perfect sense during the holiday season when we’re all trying to fit more in our busy lives. With that in mind, the holiday party season is here. Lauren will share some unique and interesting trips and tricks to help your viewers and listeners can avoid letting holiday entertaining stress them out.  

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Friday, November 11, 2016

11/11 SUSAN ZIRINSKY, 48 HOURS, VOJTECH KACEROVSKY, ST. MARTIN'S DAY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS

SATURDAY 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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VOJTECH KACEROVSKY – ST. MARTIN'S DAY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is a country that's known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history. Prague, the capital, is home to grand 9th-century Prague Castle, a preserved medieval old town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. Český Krumlov, a small town in the South Bohemia region, is notable for its wealth of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, many of which house restaurants and shops.

Enjoy young wine and fragrant goose with St. Martin!

St. Martin’s Day, or Martinmas (11 November) is synonymous in the Czech Republic with the sampling of young wines and goose feasts. Come and join in the fun!

According to folk tradition, St. Martin arrives in November atop a white horse. This means that this is the time when snow begins to fall, not just on the mountains, but also in the lowlands, and the occasion is marked by a traditional feast and young wine. You, too, can honour St. Martin’s Day by sampling young wines and fragrant, golden-roasted goose!

The Martinmas tradition goes back to the 18th century, during the reign of Emperor Joseph II, when vineyard owners would visit their winemakers on St. Martin’s Day to sample the new wine and decide whether to extend their contract with the winemaker for another year. Legend has it that St. Martin was originally a Roman soldier who later accepted the Christian faith, becoming a missionary and eventually a bishop. And why are gooses roasted on St. Martin’s Day? According to the legend, gooses interrupted St. Martin while he was preaching and they are now being punished on the roasting-pan. This traditional seasonal dish is now offered in all good restaurants, and is typically served with stewed red lettuce with autumn apples and bread dumplings or fine semolina dumplings.
Svatomartinské wine at Prague vineyards

In Prague you can sample svatomartinské wine at, for example, the wine shop in the St. Clare’s Vineyard, a traditional spot for the celebration of wine from the new vintage. Come and sample young wine and test for yourself the quality of the latest vintage this year, too. The first young wines from Moravia and Bohemia will be sampled from 11 o’clock on 11 November in the vineyard cottage at the St. Clare’s Vineyard.

You can enjoy St. Martin’s wine and various culinary delights even aboard ship while sailing on the Vltava River. You can try wines from South Moravia and a special menu put together just for the occasion of the feast of St. Martin while admiring views of the famous panorama of Prague. There will also be fun on the banks of the Vltava – specifically at Náplavka. A section of Rašínova Riverbank, just above the surface of the Vltava, is a place well known to every inhabitant of Prague and to some who don’t live there.

The cycling and inline trail is where the action is today, where locals and students meet for a beer that often goes on until daybreak. The atmosphere of Náplavka attracts many foreigners as well, who come to Prague for an excursion or who live here steadily. And you will certainly meet them here on the feast of St. Martin. Naturally St. Martin’s wine and succulent goose can be enjoyed here as well.

The smell of roast goose permeates the Czech Republic on 11 November
St. Martin is also coming to Český Krumlov. He will be there for the local wine festival, which organizers have adapted for his benefit to include tasting the first bottles of wine and roast goose. Traditional dulcimer musicwill accompany the occasion. This feast day will also see the underground in Brno come to life. First, the young wine of the season will be blessed in the local cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, where a parade will commence with Martin in the lead atop a white horse. As throughout the rest of the Czech Republic, the first bottle will be opened at precisely 11:00 AM. The traditional feast then begins. Concerts, events, culinary and wine-tasting actions are being prepared for St. Martin all over the country.


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

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

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