Friday, December 29, 2017

12/29 SUSAN ZIRINSKY, 48 HOURS THE SECRETS OF WACO, KAITLYN CARL, GRUBHUB TRENDS EXPERT

SUSAN ZIRINSKY –  “48 HOURS” REVEALS NEW DETAILS IN THE WACO, TEXAS STANDOFF AS 25TH ANNIVERSARY NEARS, IN “THE SECRETS OF WACO”

IN HIS FIRST INTERVIEW EVER, A RETIRED UPS DRIVER TELLS “48 HOURS” HE UNWITTINGLY DELIVERED MILITARY GRADE GUNS AND AMMUNITION TO BRANCH DAVIDIAN CULT LEADER DAVID KORESH 

In his first interview ever, a retired Texas United Parcel Service (UPS) driver reveals to 48 HOURS that he unwittingly delivered large boxes of military grade guns and ammunition to Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in the months and weeks before the siege that would capture the attention of the world in 1993. Now, as the 25thanniversary of the standoff nears, Peter Van Sant and 48 HOURS investigate the cult and what led to a deadly 51-day siege, in “The Secrets of Waco.”

48 HOURS: “The Secrets of Waco” is produced by Josh Yager. Taigi Smith is the development producer. Emily Wichick is the field producer. Ken Blum, Phil Tangel and Mike Baluzy are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.


KAITLYN CARL, GRUBHUB TRENDS EXPERT - TOP 2017 DELIVERY TRENDS & PREDICTIONS OF THE TOP FOODS FOR 2018 

Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering company, is releasing the results of its second annual 'Year In Delivery' trends analysis. The data identifies the trendiest delivery dishes of 2017, as well as the foods expected to rise in popularity in 2018.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

12/28 SARAH JANSSEN, THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS, JERRY ANDERSON, HEALTHY EATING FOR THE NEW YEAR

SARAH JANSSEN- SENIOR EDITOR, THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS - THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

THE WORLD ALMANAC® AND BOOK OF FACTS 2018

How does the Trump administration’s first year compare to those of past presidents? How do Harvey and Irma stack up against other historic hurricanes? While 2017 was a momentous year, its significant events will live on and gain context in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018, available in print and as an eBook for all platforms on December 5. The 150th anniversary edition of America’s best-selling reference book celebrates its illustrious history while keeping an eye on the future in order to be your go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year.

New features include “150 Years of The World Almanac,” with highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned “facts” illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the times; “World Almanac Editors' Picks: Greatest Single-Season Performances,” featuring athletes' best single-season runs; “Statistical Spotlight,” featuring infographics relevant to the biggest stories of the year; and “The Obama Presidency,” a recap of the policy achievements and challenges of the 44th U.S. president.

Favorite sections making their return include “Year in Sports,” “Top 10 News Topics,” “The World at a Glance,” “Time Capsule,” “Offbeat News Stories,” and “Historical Anniversaries.”

“For 150 years, The World Almanac and Book of Facts has remained a constant, authoritative source for people all around the globe,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac. “In this anniversary edition, we’ve included special features that look back on our proud history and key milestones from the past—along with additions that spotlight the past year’s developments. And with The World Almanac, you’ll take on 2018 with all of the information you’ll need in the year to come.”

WWW.WORLDALMANAC.COM


HEALTH EXPERT AND AUTHOR JERRY ANDERSON - HEALTHY EATING FOR THE NEW YEAR

Featured on CNN over 55 times! Leadership health expert and leadership health coach, Jerry L. Anderson is the leading health expert in his field. Author of the Leadership Diet. Mr. Natural Universe. Certified Personal Trainer. Health Coach Jerry's only goal is to improve your health. People want what Jerry offers: practical and proven health methods that produce results. Dedicated to improving your health for over 30 years. Your Health is the Foundation of Leadership.

My mission is simple. I want to help you improve your health. With three decades of experience helping people improve their health. I do this because I love producing results!

As a leadership health expert and health coach, I teach people practical and proven health methods that produce results. With simple and practical advice and the health systems that I have developed over the last thirty years, I help you improve your health.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

12/27 LARRY LIPSON'S AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, FOOD CRITIC MERRILL SHINDLER, HOW TO NOT OVERINDULGE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

LARRY LIPSON - THE 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.


FOOD CRITIC MERRILL SHINDLER - HOW TO NOT OVERINDULGE DURING THE HOLIDAYS AND HOW TO RECOVER WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

Food critic/reviewer Merrill Shindler has written and spoken about his various oral fixations, both in America and abroad, for most of his adult life.  Beginning in the early ’70s as the Restaurant Critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian (a position that led, inexplicably, to three years as Music Editor at Rolling Stone), he’s written about livin’ large as Restaurant Critic for San Francisco Magazine, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, along with covering the world of chow for the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Diversion, Food Arts, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. Merrill Shindler has been editor of the Los Angeles Zagat Survey, host of Fine Living: Critics on the Fine Living Network, restaurant critic for the Copley and San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, and host of a weekly program on how much fun it is to put things in your mouth on KABC Radio.

WWW.MERRILLSHINDLER.COM


Friday, December 22, 2017

12/22 FOOD NETWORK CHEF DAMARIS PHILLIPS, SUSAN ZIRINSKY, 48 HOURS

FOOD NETWORK CHEF DAMARIS PHILLIPS - HER FIRST COOKBOOK, SOUTHERN GIRL MEETS VEGETARIAN BOY

Damaris Phillips is a southern chef in love with an ethical vegetarian. In Phillips's household, greens were made with pork, and it wasn’t Sunday without fried chicken. So she had to transform the way she cooks. In Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy, Phillips shares 100 recipes that embody the modern Southern kitchen: food that retains all its historic comfort and flavor, but can now be enjoyed by vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

The book features Phillips’s most cherished entrees from her childhood made both with and without meat: Chicken Fried Steak becomes Chicken Fried Seitan Steak. Loaded Potato and Bacon Soup is now Loaded Potato and Facon Soup. She gives down-home side dishes a makeover by removing meat, adding interna­tional spices, and updating cooking techniques, and offers soul-satisfying, irresistible desserts that triumph over the meat-eater-versus-vegetarian divide, every time. Phillips found a way to make Southern food that everyone can enjoy, wherever they are on their culinary journey.

WWW.DAMARISPHILLIPS.COM


SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS 

ALL NEW
The Evidence Room
"48 Hours" goes behind the scenes with a defense team and cutting edge forensic animators as they strategize to defend a woman accused of murder. Tracy Smith investigates in a special two-hour edition of "48 Hours"

Susan Zirinsky is an American journalist and television news producer. She has been the executive producer of 48 Hours since 1996. She also produces breaking news specials for CBS News. She won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for producing the documentary 9/11. In 2013, she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Television & Film Awards.

WWW.CBSNEWS.COM/48-HOURS

Thursday, December 21, 2017

12/21 GARY TAUBES, THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR, MICHELE DUPRE, TRENDS & PATTERNS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

GARY TAUBES - THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR 

From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR
Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans’ history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as other critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifi es the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.


MICHELE DUPRE FROM VERIZON ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS - TRENDS & PATTERNS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON FOR BOTH CONSUMERS & RETAILER 

WHAT DOES HOLIDAY SHOPPING DATA SHOW FOR CONSUMERS AND RETAILERS IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS

Christmas is almost here, and we’re back with some real-time data just in from Verizon’s Holiday Retail Index. The data reveals major shifts in consumer buying habits throughout the holidays as well as predictions for the final week of shopping before Christmas. Recently, the Index provided data on signature dates like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, on December 19, we’ll get a timely update on the state of holiday spending and what that means for last-minute shoppers and retailers, and shopping predictions for Super Saturday on Dec. 23rd.

Each year, the Holiday Retail Index by Verizon monitors and tracks daily e-commerce traffic volume throughout the holiday season across Verizon’s broadband networks to the top 25 U.S.-based online retailers as identified by eMarketer based on annual revenue. On December 19th, Verizon’s Michele Dupre will discuss the retail data and insights on digital shopping activity and how the holiday season is wrapping up. We hope you’ll take advantage of this in-depth analysis of consumer shopping habits, and whether it will be a happy holiday for retailers and distributors.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

12/20 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, JAMES BEARD AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KAREN PAGE, KITCHEN CREATIVITY

LARRY LIPSON - THE 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.


JAMES BEARD AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KAREN PAGE - NEW BOOK,  KITCHEN CREATIVITY: UNLOCKING CULINARY GENIUS—WITH WISDOM, INSPIRATION, AND IDEAS FROM THE WORLD’S MOST CREATIVE CHEFS 

KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius—with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs is filled with secrets and strategies from more than 100 leading culinary minds—including José Andrés, Dan Barber, Rick Bayless, Daniel Boulud, Amanda Cohen, Kyle Connaughton, Curtis Duffy, Emily Luchetti, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, and Joshua Skenes. Beyond a cookbook, KITCHEN CREATIVITY is a guide to a more inventive and intuitive approach to cooking (without recipes!)—one that will inspire readers to think, improvise, and cook like the world’s best chefs.

Anyone who’s ever dreamed of walking into a kitchen and creating a dish from scratch, knowing exactly how to season it to perfection, will find the book’s three-stage process a godsend:
In Stage 1: Mastery, a cook copies the masters—their dishes, their techniques, their seasoning—to develop a knowledge and skill base. Here, Page recommends essential books for the chef’s library, explains the difference between enhancing flavor and adding flavor, lists trusted food sources for the best-quality ingredients, and demonstrates how to learn time-tested flavor pairings and affinities.

During Stage 2: Alchemy, a cook integrates and applies new knowledge and experience, converting ingredients and classic dishes into something fresh. This section overflows with examples of converted classic dishes, chefs’ sources of inspiration, and the thought process behind reinventions. Page also breaks down the principles behind the creation of individual flavors, especially those that contribute to the taste of familiar dishes, showing how to apply such principles to the invention of something new.

By Stage 3: Creativity, a cook connects and combines elements into a new creation. Page teaches you how to take a look at the cooking techniques you know, and the dishes you love, to play with different combinations and create dishes without recipes, using your informed imagination. You’ll also find countless proven techniques for enhancing creativity through both stimulation (including travel, reading, and dining out) and stillness (such as lowering brain wave frequencies via meditation and yoga).

The book’s A-to-Z section prompts starting points for creative inspiration, from flavor pairings for marijuana, to Damian Sansonetti’s idea of grinding Italian rice to make gluten-free gnocchi, to the dishes top chefs cook on Super Bowl Sunday. With only 1 in 10 Americans reportedly enjoying cooking today, this incredible treasure trove of information, featuring more than 275 four-color photographs, will inspire readers to fall in love all over again with the creativity and fun possible in the kitchen !

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

12/19 JEAN ARNOLD SESSIONS, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS, VP OF FRITO LAY, JEANNIE CHO, FAMILY TIME THAT COULD EARN YOU $250,000

JEAN ARNOLD SESSIONS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS - REGION UPDATE & 2018 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION 

ABOUT SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS
For More Than 70 years, Sonoma County Vintners Has Been the Leading Voice of Sonoma County Wine. Our 250+ members range in size from small, family-owned wineries to large-volume corporations. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our efforts, and our strategic partnerships have resulted in a broad spectrum of forward-thinking programs and events. We work closely with the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau to build the profile of Sonoma County as a distinctive grape-growing and wine-producing region. From informal winery tastings and tours to Sonoma County’s signature, charitable event, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, our efforts shine the spotlight on Sonoma County as an internationally recognized wine region, and build a strong foundation for our successful global media strategy. Sonoma County is located an hour north of San Francisco, and is noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions and extraordinary quality.

SONOMAWINE.COM 

EXCITING NEW REASONS THE 2018 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION IS A MUST ATTEND FOR WINE TRADE
REGISTRATION OPENS

After three consecutive years of record-breaking growth, the Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) expect to continue the upward momentum by introducing several exciting changes to the 4th Annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction (#SoCoBA) scheduled for April 20, 2018.  In addition to a new selection of “never before, never again” wines up for bid, the 2018 event will take place at MacMurray Estate Vineyards™, one of Russian River Valley’s most acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards, and will follow the 10th Annual Sonoma Summit, rounding out what is certain to be an exciting week of education, networking and opportunity for licensed wine sellers.

Recognizing natural synergies, the 10th Annual Sonoma Summit has been rescheduled to take place April 16-18, just prior to the kick-off of the 2018 Sonoma County Barrel Auction activities. The event brings 36 of America’s top wine buyers and sommeliers to Sonoma County for a three-day immersion in Sonoma County wines.  The 2018 #SoCoBA festivities will follow on Thursday, April 19 with preview events and the live auction on Friday, April 20.

Deeply rooted in Sonoma County, the picturesque MacMurray Estate has been in agricultural production for over 150 years. Pinot Noir vines were first planted in 1996, marking a new beginning for the historic estate as a world-class vineyard. “We are so looking forward to hosting the Sonoma County Barrel Auction in April,” says Kate MacMurray. “Our guests will taste spectacular wines and delicious food, surrounded by our historic buildings, lush vineyards and our magnificent oaks and redwoods. It will be an unforgettable event.”

One of the nation’s most prominent wine trade events, the Sonoma County Barrel Auction is a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind wine futures for savvy trade professionals. The unique wine auction lots submitted from Sonoma County’s top vintners and evaluated by a Panel of Masters, represent the exceptional stylistic range and world-class quality of Sonoma County. Sonoma County Vintners’ celebrated a successful 2017 Sonoma County Barrel Auction this past spring, raising a record $794,500. To date, the auction has generated nearly $2 million in funds that support Sonoma County Vintners marketing initiatives and the county’s 17 diverse growing regions.

WWW.SONOMAWINE.COM/BARRELAUCTION


VP OF FRITO-LAY, JEANNIE CHO - LEARN ABOUT A SPIN ON FAMILY TIME THAT COULD EARN YOU $250,000 PLUS, WAYS TO SPARK CREATIVITY

FAMILIES THAT DREAM TOGETHER, INVENT TOGETHER!

We’ve all heard the saying, “A family that plays together stays together.”  Studies show that quality family time can help build self-esteem in children, develop positive behaviors and create happy memories.  What if spending more time together could strengthen family bonds and win your family an exciting prize?

Now, there is a chance for families across the country to dream BIG with the Dreamvention program. Frito-Lay Variety Packs is bringing its Dreamvention contest back for a second year, challenging families to work together on a great invention idea that may help solve an everyday problem. It is all about spending time with your loved ones and being creative.

Whatever your idea or source of inspiration, all ideas are good ideas and the next great invention, big or small, could be sparked in your family room! Not to mention, it could also earn you all $250,000.


Monday, December 18, 2017

12/18 FOOD NETWORK STAR TYLER FLORENCE, AWARD-WINNING DANCER AND BROADWAY STAR ALFONSO RIBEIRO, HOLIDAY DEALS & WRAP UPS

FOOD NETWORK STAR TYLER FLORENCE -  TALKS ABOUT THE NEWLY LAUNCHED APP TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY WE EAT

INNIT LAUNCHES APP TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY WE EAT!
The Innit App Helps Consumers Plan, Shop, Prepare, and Cook Delicious Meals Every Day

Food Network celebrity chef, Tyler Florence talks about the newly launched app that has killed recipes as we know them: Innit.

HERE ARE SOME OF INNIT'S STANDOUT FEATURES:
PERSONALIZED TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Innit recommends personalized meals based on your diet, allergies, and dislikes. Then it lets you easily customize elements of your meal.
CULINARY GPS FROM POINT A TO B
Innit offers personalized instructions and step-by-step video guidance that update in real-time with every customization you make—saving you precious time and energy.
CONNECTED APPLIANCES MAKE YOUR KITCHEN SMARTER
Innit connects with GE Appliances and Bosch with Home Connect technology to send custom instructions to ensure optimal cooking and notify you when your meal is ready.

The Innit app is now available for iOS in the Apple App Store. The official press release is below, along with links to b-roll and images for you to use. Consumers can download the Innit app for iOS in the Apple App Store.

WWW.INNIT.COM
WWW.TYLERFLORENCE.COM


ACTOR, AWARD-WINNING DANCER AND BROADWAY STAR ALFONSO RIBEIRO - HOLIDAY DEALS & WRAP UPS 

The holidays should be a time to relax and spend quality time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful times of year – from booking travel to getting the perfect gifts for friends and family to hosting big gatherings – the list never seems to end.

Alfonso Ribeiro is teaming up with Straight Talk Wireless, a no-contract wireless provider, to share his tips to power though the busy holiday season and tackle last minute shopping so he has more time to relax and spend time with his family.

Host, Actor, TV director, award-winning dancer, and Broadway star, Alfonso Ribeiro has spent more than 30 years leaving his unique mark on the worlds of television, theater and beyond. Audiences can currently see him as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos which returns for Season 28 on October 8, 2017. Ribeiro began his career as a child actor, most notably on Broadway, playing the lead role in the Tony-winning musical The Tap Dance Kid. As news of Ribeiro’s dancing and singing skills spread, he was offered a recording contract with Island Records, for whom he released several dance/pop singles, as well as a spot in Michael Jackson’s 1984 Pepsi commercial. Ribeiro was then cast opposite Ricky Schroder in the long-running NBC sitcom Silver Spoons, making him an instant teen idol. After earning a Theater Arts education from Cal State University, Los Angeles, he was given the opportunity to choose a role on the established sitcom A Different World or a new pilot called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Showing an adventurous streak, he chose the latter and created the memorable character of ‘Carlton Banks’ opposite another teen idol, Will Smith, for six seasons. Having grown up in front of the camera, Alfonso knew that opportunities existed behind the scenes, too. His impressive resume as a TV director includes popular programs like In The House, Shake It Up, Are We There Yet?, The Wannabes, “Meet The Browns, Cuts, Eve, One on One and All of Us. Ribeiro continued to make good use of his dancing skills in 2014, when he won the nineteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. After finishing in first place, he hosted the country-wide Dancing with the Stars tour. Alfonso is a passionate golf player and is currently a PGA TOUR Champions Ambassador. He resides in California with his wife and three children.

WWW.STRAIGHTTALK.COM

Friday, December 15, 2017

12/15 CAROLINE WRIGHT, CAKE MAGIC!, CLAUDIA LOMBANA, DNA TESTING MAKES FOR UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFTS, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

COOK, AUTHOR & FOOD STYLIST, CAROLINE WRIGHT - AUTHOR, CAKE MAGIC!: MIX & MATCH YOUR WAY TO 100 AMAZING COMBINATIONS

CAKE MAGIC!: MIX & MATCH YOUR WAY TO 100 AMAZING COMBINATIONS

There is a cake soulmate out there for every person and every moment, if you just know where to look. Take chocolate. A purist savors its pristine richness, yet for others chocolate is best enjoyed married with fresh mint, bourbon, caramel, coconut, chiles, or perhaps just a hint of salt. If cake is a canvas to paint our flavor fantasies upon, then a cookbook that treats its endless variations and delightful possibilities with the proper reverence is long overdue. 

Ingeniously applying a Choose Your Own Adventure–style methodology to the art of baking mouthwatering cakes for every taste, CAKE MAGIC! Mix & Match Your Way To 100 Amazing Combinations is an utterly new, highly-visual kind of cookbook that showcases beautiful color photos of every cake in the book to choose from in the front, followed by core recipes in the back. 

Introducing an innovative and remarkably easy new way to make 100 delectable, flavorful cakes, author Caroline Wright shares a simple five-ingredient homemade dry mix that forms the foundation for every cake in the book. From there, it’s just a matter of mixing and matching a batter, a flavoring syrup (the professional baker’s secret weapon that imbues the cake with additional flavor and moisture), a frosting, and the occasional topping. By following Wright’s mix-and-match method, it’s possible to introduce nearly endless changes on the same basic cake batter just by switching up the flavoring syrups and frostings. 

The cakes in this book are as simple as cakes get. The CAKE MAGIC! method makes baking a great cake possible for anyone. And, to ensure that everyone really is able to have their cake and eat it, too, Wright includes gluten-free and vegan variations for nearly every cake, syrup, and frosting in the book. She also shares indispensible tips on adapting the method to all pan shapes, measuring ingredients, making substitutions, troubleshooting wonky cakes, freezing baked cakes, and extremely simple frosting and decorating techniques. 

Armed with a plethora of delicious flavor adventures to choose from and easy-to-follow instructions for how to get there, the cake’s destination is up to you. CAKE MAGIC! just offers 100 great reasons to make the trip. 

WWW.CAROLINEWRIGHTFOOD.COM


CLAUDIA LOMBANA - INSIGHTS BASED ON YOUR DNA ARE THE MOST UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFTS THIS YEAR!

LEARN HOW YOUR ANCESTRY CAN BE THE PERFECT DNA-POWERED HOLIDAY GIFT FROM ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP SHOPPING JOURNALISTS

Emmy & Peabody-Award Winning Journalist Claudia Lombana Shares How information about How to Research your Genetic History with Helix.com

How many of us have found ourselves in a department store or online desperate to find a last-minute gift?  Now, what consumers may not realize is that there are meaningful gifts you can give even at the last minute. On December 15th, Emmy and Peabody-Award winning journalist Claudia Lombana is available to share some unique last-minute shopping secrets based on a safe, simple and easy DNA analysis kit from Helix.com that enables you to access more than 25 DNA-based products. Uncover information about your ancestry; how your DNA may help you identify better workouts and what foods you may be sensitive to. Learn why DNA-powered insights are a safe, fun and interesting way to choose the perfect gifts for family and friends. 

LOMBANA’S REVEALS SOME SECRETS TO RESEARCH YOU ORIGINS: 

  • HEALTH & DNA–Can looking at DNA reveal a path to good health and the best diet & workout
  • HELPFUL HISTORY–The benefits of knowing your origins
  • ANCESTRY GIFTS–Discover the latest in DNA-powered products
  • FUTURE BREAKTHROUGH–Why examining your DNA can open up new possibilities 

Lombana regularly shares her insight and expertise with national television audiences. She is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top shopping specialists, providing advice and data for media and major businesses. Her tips and advice regularly appear in national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today and many others. The two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and Peabody Award winner provides advice on topics ranging from shopping trends to fraud protection. As a journalist, she has traveled the world covering news stories for CNN, CBS, FOX, Tech TV and E! News. 

WWW.HELIX.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, December 14, 2017

12/14 TONYA SHACKELFORD FROM FRED’S PHARMACY, 5 FLU FIGHTER TIPS, USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT MARIANNE GRAVELY

TONYA SHACKELFORD FROM FRED’S PHARMACY SHARES 5 FLU FIGHTER TIPS FOR HEALTHIER HOLIDAYS

GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

According to the CDC, influenza activity begins in the months of October and November, and peaks between December and February. Annually, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized due to complications from the flu and the majority of those are over the age of 65. In order to reduce the spread of the flu during the holidays and long after, experts assert flu vaccinations are still the number one way to prevent proliferation of the flu.

TOP 5 FLU FIGHTER TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON

  • Get a Flu Vaccination
  • Wash Your Hands, Often
  • Sneeze into Your Elbow
  • Stay Home from School or Work When You're Sick
  • Encourage Everyone, Especially Those 65+ to Get Vaccinated

Flu activity peaks in December. During this time, most people face a higher risk of contracting the flu because they’re exposed to more people and places during the holidays. With a higher level of exposure from these holiday gatherings, flu vaccinations are crucial in fighting the spread of the flu each season and a great way to give the gift of health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations for everyone – especially those who are considered “high risk”: children six months of age or older, those 65 years or older and those who have diabetes or chronic heart conditions.


MARIANNE GRAVELY, USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT - WAYS TO TRANSPORT, SERVE AND STORE YOUR HOLIDAY DISHES

KEEP YOUR FOOD FROM BEING A HOLIDAY GRINCH WITH THESE FOOD SAFETY STEPS

The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends during office parties, holiday buffets and potluck dinners. But improperly prepared or mishandled foods can also be a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria that causes foodborne illnesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has food safety tips to ensure that the foods you share with your friends and family keep everyone in the holiday spirit. 

Transporting Your Holiday Dish:
If you're transporting a meal from one location to another temperature is important. When transporting hot dishes, wrap them well to keep them hot by carrying them in an insulated container or hot food carrier. Use the stove, oven, or microwave to reheat food you have transported to 165°F upon arrival as measured by a food thermometer. When transporting cold foods, use a cooler with ice or freezer packs. Be sure to store food in watertight containers to prevent contact with melting ice water, and carry your cooler in the passenger compartment of your car, not in the trunk.

Serving Your Meal:
When serving your meal, keep foods out of the "danger zone" by keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold. If you are serving hot foods on a buffet, keep the foods hot with chafing dishes, slow cookers or warming trays. Make sure they stay at least 140°F or above. Cold foods should be kept cold by nesting serving dishes into bowls of ice. You can also keep your full servings of cold food in the refrigerator, and only place small amounts of the item out at a time to make sure your guests are getting properly chilled food. It is important that cold foods are held at 40°F or below.

Leftovers:
After the fun is over, discard all perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, and casseroles left at room temperature longer than 2 hours. Immediately refrigerate or freeze remaining leftovers in shallow containers. USDA's FoodKeeper app provides more details about how long leftovers can be stored, with storage guidance on nearly 600 items and cooking tips for meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.

Consumers can learn more about key food safety practices at Foodsafety.gov, follow @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter and FoodSafety.gov on Facebook. Consumers with questions about food safety can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist in English or Spanish at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12/13 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, STEPHEN HAHN-GRIFFITHS & CATHERINE BLADES

LARRY LIPSON - THE 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.


STEPHEN HAHN-GRIFFITHS & CATHERINE BLADES - SHOCKING FINDINGS ABOUT EQUAL PAY REVEALED IN NEW CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY SURVEY

74% SAY THEY WOULD NOT FORGIVE A COMPANY FOR PAYING WOMEN LESS THAN MEN FOR THE SAME WORK

A surprising new survey on corporate responsibility found that equal pay is the NUMBER ONE concern among consumers, basically concluding that a business cannot be ethical and pay women less than men for the same job. The annual Corporate Social Responsibility Survey from Aflac found that 74% of respondents said they would not forgive a company for paying women less than men for the same work. In fact, more than 50% said that they would drive further and pay more to do business with a company they perceive as responsible.

Stephen Hahn-Griffiths of the Reputation Institute and Catherine Blades of Aflac’s will examine the study results and why it pays to practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The annual survey is a scientific study on corporate social responsibility with more than 1,400 consumers and investors sharing their views on corporate integrity, philanthropy and how it might influence their decisions.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12/12 GADGET GIRL JAMIE SORCHER TALKS TECH TRENDS, JULIA ROSS HELPS US IDENTIFY OUR CRAVING TYPE

GADGET GIRL JAMIE SORCHER TALKS TECH TRENDS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON 

HI-TECH HOLIDAY 

Holiday season is upon us, and technology and “gadgets” are front and center on the wish list. This year more than ever, your viewers will be shopping for the most awesome, innovative and just plain cool technology “toys.”   This year, once again, electronic gifts will top everyone’s holiday shopping list.  You can’t beat a tech gift and Jamie has some that will just wow you.  Even one with a bow wow to boot.


EXPERT IN NUTRITION AND OVEREATING, JULIA ROSS HELPS US IDENTIFY OUR CRAVING TYPE TO ACTIVATE OUR NATURAL APPETITE CONTROL

THE CRAVING CURE: Identify Your Craving Type to Activate our Natural Appetite Control
By best-selling author and expert in nutrition and overeating, Julia Ross

At her clinic in California, Julia Ross and her colleagues treat food addiction where it starts—in the brain—by building up our natural appetite-regulating neurotransmitters with targeted nutrients called amino acids. It turns out that these brain-fueling concentrates can reprogram our brain's appetite-control capacity in minutes, allowing the brain to start broadcasting sensations of satisfaction that no food, including chocolate, can override. Thousands of Ross’s clients have abolished their cravings for high-calorie confections using this simple nutritional strategy.

THE CRAVING CURE: Identify Your Craving Type to Activate Your Natural Appetite Control (Flatiron Books) grants all of us access to Ross’s revolutionary approach. The process begins with the 5-part questionnaire that identifies readers' unique craving profile and specifies the amino acid supplements needed to curb their specific type of cravings.

Following Ross’s clear explanations of why and how to use the aminos, we can quickly stop craving toxic treats and empower ourselves to gain our natural, inborn taste for healthy food. This makes Ross's anti-craving eating guidelines easy to adapt to permanently. These guidelines take us back to the eating habits we followed before what Ross calls "the dietary disaster era" that hit in the 1970s. Well-researched and clinically tested, they reject low-calorie, low-saturated fat and low-protein diets.   With The Craving Cure's brain and body repair strategy, we can effortlessly eradicate our cravings, rediscover our nutritional heritage, and establish optimal health and weight.

Monday, December 11, 2017

12/11 ENTERTAINING EXPERT AND CHEF JAMES BRISCIONE, FRED TORRES FROM KAANAPALI ALII

ENTERTAINING EXPERT AND CHEF JAMES BRISCIONE - LAST MINUTE TIPS FOR HOLIDAY GATHERINGS 

The holiday season is in full swing and in your excitement, you’ve managed to overcommit yourself again this year! If you’re like the countless others trying to pull together a last minute festive fete and manage to cross everyone off your shopping list at the same time, don’t fret!   Chef James Briscione shares his expert advice on how to plan and host your holiday party and get through your gift list with time to spare! He’ll provide easy tips on everything from food and wine pairings and party decorations to last minute gift ideas. With his help, you’ll be able to smoothly host a last-minute shindig.


FRED TORRES TELL US ALL ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL KAANAPALI ALII

Directly located on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach, at world famous Kaanapali Resort, just a few miles from Lahaina, Maui, Kaanapali Alii offers four times more space than a standard hotel room and walking access to everything Kaanapali Resort has to offer. The luxurious Maui vacation rentals of Kaanapali Alii are the ideal choice for extended families, friends traveling together, and couple getaways. This idyllic Maui resort is a calm oasis on Kaanapali Beach yet just a short stroll to Whalers Village, ocean activities, shopping and restaurants. There is also a free shuttle within Kaanapali Resort. 50 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761 Tel. 808-667-1400

EVENTS:

HAWAIIAN CULTURAL EVENT ON EASTER SUNDAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY
In the stillness before dawn every Easter Sunday and New Year’s Day, the public is invited to join guests of Kaanapali Alii on the beach in directly front of the luxury condo resort for “Hiuwai,” a Hawaiian sea water purification ritual.  Fred Torres, Kaanapali Alii Hawaiian cultural specialist and hotel manager leads this experience of renewal that has grown in popularity since he began in 2011. “Hiuwai” involves simply wading silently into the warm tranquil sea while releasing problems, stress or grief. www.kaanapalialii.com

Friday, December 8, 2017

12/08 TV PERSONALITY & CELEBRITY CHEF ALEX GUARNASCHELLI, THE HOME COOK: RECIPES TO KNOW BY HEART, THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER'S GIFTING TIPS & TRENDS, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE REPORT

TV PERSONALITY & CELEBRITY CHEF ALEX GUARNASCHELLI  TALKS ABOUT HER NEW BOOK, THE HOME COOK: RECIPES TO KNOW BY HEART

THE HOME COOK: RECIPES TO KNOW BY HEART

The all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails.

For Alex Guarnaschelli—whose mother edited the seminal 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth century—a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now an accomplished chef and author in her own right (and mom to a young daughter), Alex pens a cookbook for the way we eat today. For generations raised on vibrant, international flavors and supermarkets stocked with miso paste, harissa, and other bold condiments and ingredients, here are 300 recipes to replace their parents’ Chicken Marbella, including Glazed Five-Spice Ribs, Roasted Eggplant Dip with Garlic Butter Naan, Roasted Beef Brisket with Pastrami Rub, Fennel and Orange Salad with Walnut Pesto, Quinoa Allspice Oatmeal Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Rum Pie.


THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER - GIFTING TIPS & TRENDS 

FINAL COUNTDOWN TO HOLIDAY
The Toy Industry’s Premier Player, Elizabeth Werner, Highlights Last-Chance Tips & Trends in Preparation for the Holiday Rush 

The holidays are practically here, and your viewers will spend the remainder of the month planning, shopping, celebrating… and scrambling!! Elizabeth Werner is on hand and available to share the latest toy industry trends of the season, making sure your viewers are well-prepared.


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, December 7, 2017

12/07 GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY EXPERT LATOYA DRAKE, HOLIDAY RECIPES AND TOYS, ANDREW KOMO, WINNER OF THE 2017 SIEMENS COMPETITION, PARALYMPIC SNOWBOARDER KEITH GABEL, 2018 WINTER GAMES

GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY EXPERT LATOYA DRAKE SHARES THE TOP SEARCHED HOLIDAY RECIPES AND TOYS AND MUCH MORE

LET GOOGLE BE YOUR GUIDE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Shopping season is in full swing and shoppers are logging online to find this year's hottest gifts. Google will reveal the must-have toys that will top the lists in your area.

With help from the Google Assistant, finding the must-have toy at a store near you is easier than ever - from when to avoid the biggest crowds to where to park once you arrive or how to find that perfect gift - it will assist you every step of the way. Want to totally avoid the crowds and shop online? Google will provide helpful security tips and tricks to keep your information safe.

Not in the holiday spirit yet? Now you can get there by exploring Christmas around the globe with Google Earth, plus track and talk to Santa as he makes his annual tour around the world.

GOOGLE.COM


ANDREW KOMO - STUDENT WINNER OF THE 2017 SIEMENS COMPETITION- THE HIGHEST NATIONAL HONOR IN MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

MARYLAND AND NEW YORK STUDENTS CAPTURE $100,000 SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES IN 2017 SIEMENS COMPETITION IN MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Andrew Komo (Bethesda, MD) Wins $100,000 Top Individual Prize; Jillian Parker, Jiachen Lee (Dix Hills, NY) and Arooba Ahmed (Melville, NY) Win $100,000 Team Prize

Four high school students, one from Bethesda, MD, and a team from Dix Hills and Melville, NY, were awarded grand prizes of $100,000 scholarships for their significant accomplishments in scientific research in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. For more information go to: www.siemens-foundation.org

Andrew Komo, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, won the $100,000 grand prize in the Individual category for developing a coded system that protects online auctions from threats, such as cheating and fraud.

The 2017 Siemens Competition awards were presented at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, host of this year’s national finals event. Twenty-one high school competitors – winnowed down from an original pool of more than 2,000 – were judged on their research in topics that addressed issues ranging from better cancer diagnosis to better understanding black holes, and from cybersecurity to preventing deadly hospital infections. More than 1,800 projects were submitted for the competition this year in areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, materials science, mathematics and physics.

The Siemens Competition, launched in 1999 by the Siemens Foundation, increases access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research, and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens. The competition, administered by Discovery Education, develops a pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.


U.S. PARALYMPIAN KEITH GABEL TALKS TRAINING FOR THE PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 AND SHARES HIS STORY OF PREVAILING AFTER A LIFE-CHANGING INJURY

PARA SNOWBOARDER GOES FOR THE GOLD IN 2018 WINTER GAMES 

Overcoming unexpected adversity is challenging in any field, but Keith Gabel has done it flying down a mountain on a snowboard.  

Competitive para snowboarder Keith Gabel is here to share his personal story of overcoming a life-changing workplace industrial accident, to becoming a world-class athlete.  Having earned the bronze medal in the sport’s Paralympic debut, the U.S. Paralympian will talk about how he’s pursuing a medal in both SBX and banked slalom for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

He’ll also discuss how he’s working with The Hartford to dispel misconceptions about people with disabilities and demonstrate what is possible when you focus on ability and overcome life’s challenges through a new campaign called “I Will.” The campaign urges people to celebrate the will to prevail and promotes the idea that when we’re willing to see challenges as opportunities to succeed, we all will.

Keith works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.

WWW.THEHARTFORD.COM/WILLTOPREVAIL

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12/06 LARRY LIPSONS AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER DEBI LILLY & EXECUTIVE CHEF JEFF ANDERSON, HOLIDAY FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS WITH SOMMELIER LESLEE MILLER

LARRY LIPSON - THE 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.


PRO TIPS FOR THE PERFECT HOLIDAY  FROM AN EXECUTIVE CHEF & A CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER

DELICIOUS FOOD & GORGEOUS DÉCORTO STAR IN YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Oprah’s “Favorite Pro” Debi Lilly Teams Up with Executive Chef Jeff Anderson

The holidays are a joyous time of year when people come together to celebrate with family and friends. Delicious food and seasonal decor are the centerpieces of these memorable occasions. Join us on Wednesday, December 6, for delicious and easy holiday recipes and festive floral and décor tips from the experts. Executive Chef Jeff Anderson, known for his culinary creativity, will share tasty holiday appetizer and entrée ideas using O Organics® and Open Nature® products. He’s teaming up with Debi Lilly, one of the nation’s top event planners and creative force behind the the debi lilly design™ collection to show you how to create just the right ambience using florals for your holiday table. Together, they’ll share timely tips, tricks and recipes to inspire your viewers to create the picture-perfect holiday party! O Organics®, Open Nature®, and debi lilly design™ are all available exclusively at stores.

TIPS FOR CREATING A SPECIAL HOLIDAY PARTY: 

  • CELEBRATORY RECIPES: From Prime Rib Roast with Hickory Smoked Bacon-Dijon Mustard Butter to Savory Bacon, Dates & Goat Cheese Pockets, Chef Jeff’s recipe ideas are easy to make and will really “wow” your family and friends. 
  • ENTERTAIN WITH ELEGANCE: Debi Lilly will show viewers how to create holiday floral displays with ease using the debi lilly design Greenery Collection, based on the Pantone color of the year. And, she will share quick tips to easily change your holiday décor to be New Year’s Eve ready in just three simple steps. 

SOMMELIER LESLEE MILLER OFFERS INSIGHT INTO MULTI-COURSE PAIRINGS THAT WONT BREAK THE BANK

The holiday season is upon us, and while we all plan for a festive celebration, your viewers/listeners are likely to become increasingly concerned with cost. Between preparing delicious meals and entertaining guests, we often need a reminder that the details can make or break the evening –from menu selection to festive wine pairings – we are all looking for a memorable and stress-free celebration.

Certified sommelier Leslee Miller tells us about her holiday food and wine pairing tips. What can seem like an overwhelming topic for many, Leslie offers insight into the selection process, while providing recommendations that don’t break the bank. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12/5 CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT, 2018 ELLIOTT READER’S CHOICE CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS, MICHELE DUPRE, VERIZON ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS, CELEBRITY CHEF CLAIRE ROBINSON

AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND FOUNDER OF ELLIOTT.ORG, CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT - 2018 ELLIOTT READER’S CHOICE CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS REVEALED

The 2018 Elliott Readers' Choice Customer Service Awards, brought to you by Allianz Travel Insurance, is an annual recognition of companies that offer outstanding customer support and service. The winners will be announced in early December.

Both the nominees and winners are determined by readers of Elliott.org, a leading consumer advocacy site. Customers know who has the best customer service – you just have to ask them!

The Elliott Readers' Choice Customer Service Awards started in 2005 as a recognition of the top travel companies and bloggers. In 2015, it shifted to a readers' choice survey focused exclusively on customer service. Since then, the award has been recognized as the premier customer service award in its category.

This year's categories feature the best airlines, car manufacturers, wireless carriers, and subscription TV services, among others. Nominees include AT&T, Marriott, Expedia and Disney.

WWW.ELLIOTT.ORG 


MICHELE DUPRE FROM VERIZON ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS - TRACKING HOLIDAY SHOPPING TRENDS & WHAT THEY MEAN TO CONSUMERS & RETAILERS

Last year, Holiday Retail Index data revealed some major shifts in consumer buying habits, especially on signature dates such as Black Friday and Super Saturday. Just a few days after the Thanksgiving weekend shopping frenzy, we’ll discuss the trends and data everyone will be talking about.

Each year, the Holiday Retail Index by Verizon monitors daily traffic volume to the top 25 U.S.-based online retailers throughout the holiday shopping season. This important Index tracks e-commerce traffic across Verizon’s broadband networks to the top 25 U.S.-based online retailers as identified by eMarketer based on annual revenue. So, on November 30th, Verizon’s Michele Dupre will discuss the retail data and insights on digital shopping activity from the Thanksgiving weekend. We hope you’ll take advantage of this in-depth analysis of consumer shopping habits this holiday season, and whether it will be a happy holiday for retailers and distributors.


ELEVATE YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS WITH CELEBRITY CHEF CLAIRE ROBINSON 

The Holidays are almost here, and so is the gear that will help you bring you celebrations to the next level. Accomplished chef, author and host of Food Network’s Five-Ingredient Fix and Food Network Challenge, Claire Robinson wants you to up your holiday game. She has put together a list of must have gadgets for the home that will bring out your inner chef and host when entertaining all season long.

Claire will share tips and demonstrate how you can elevate the kitchen and home experience and take the stress out of hosting guests for the holidays, including her product picks.


Monday, December 4, 2017

12/04 BRAD & ANGIE ELLIS, THE AMERICAN PECAN COUNCIL, CHRIS ABBOTT FROM UNITEDHEALTHCARE, ELIZABETH WERNER'SGIFTING TIPS & TRENDS

BRAD & ANGIE ELLIS - REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE AMERICAN PECAN COUNCIL

YOU THINK OF THEM FOR PIE. YOU ADORE THEM IN PRALINES. BUT DID YOU KNOW PECANS ARE ACTUALLY A NUTRITION POWERHOUSE?

Don’t be fooled by their rich, buttery texture and naturally sweet taste, pecans are extremely nutrient dense.

Pecans contain the same benefi cial unsaturated fats that are found in other nuts, and nearly two decades of research suggests that nuts, including pecans, may help promote heart health.

In each 1-ounce serving of raw pecans you’ll get 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated fat, with zero cholesterol or sodium. Compared to other nuts, pecans are among the lowest in carbs and
highest in fiber.

The macronutrient profile of pecans is appealing to many people: protein (3 grams), carbohydrate (4 grams) and fat (20 grams).

A handful of pecans – about 19 halves – is a good source of fiber, thiamin, and zinc, and an excellent source of copper and manganese – a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health.

To top it off, pecans contain polyphenols, specifically flavonoids
– which are the types of bioactive compounds found in brightly colored produce. So think of pecans as a supernut.

AMERICANPECAN.COM


CHRIS ABBOTT FROM UNITEDHEALTHCARE - HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEDICARE PLAN

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DEC. 7
Now is the Time to Make Changes to Your 2018 Coverage and Learn About How to Make the Most of Your Medicare Plan

Choosing a Medicare plan is one of the most important decisions a person can make not only for their well-being, but also for their wallet. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when shopping for coverage, so seniors should know about the options available to them and what different Medicare plans can offer.

There are more than 58 million people eligible for Medicare, and Medicare Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7. Now is the time to learn more about how to select the right Medicare plan for you.

Chris Abbott, a health plan CEO at UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, can share with your viewers and listeners tips on how to make the best choices about their Medicare coverage. UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well-being needs of seniors and other beneficiaries, serves one in five Medicare beneficiaries.


THE TOY INDUSTRY’S PREMIER PLAYER, ELIZABETH WERNER, HIGHLIGHTS LAST-CHANCE TIPS & TRENDS IN PREPARATION FOR THE HOLIDAY RUSH 

The holidays are practically here, and your viewers will spend the remainder of the month planning, shopping, celebrating… and scrambling!! Elizabeth Werner is on hand and available to share the latest toy industry trends of the season, making sure your viewers are well-prepared.

Last chance gifts - here is what we are “playing with”…

  • Get Ready for Gaming – No doubt about it, your viewers will want to see what’s new and now in the gaming category – Elizabeth will show/tell and demo the latest 
  • Crafting & Creating – Crafting is key this season, and Elizabeth will highlight some of the most artistic options  
  • For the Tiny Techie – Elizabeth will showcase the hottest tech toys of the season 
  • Keep the Classics – Classic character toys are forever on the list, Elizabeth will show and tell the latest and greatest


Thursday, November 30, 2017

11/30 BOB CABRAL, BOB CABRAL WINES, RISE UP SONOMA EVENT, THE LA AUTO SHOW, MICHAEL HARLEY

BOB CABRAL - FOUNDER/WINEMAKER, BOB CABRAL WINES - 3.0L OF PINOT NOIR FROM BOB CABRAL WINES AUCTIONS FOR $75,000! PLUS TASTE HIS WINES AT THIS WEEKENDS RISE UP SONOMA EVENT

We are proud to announce... On Saturday, November 4th, a 3.0L bottle of Bob Cabral Wines 2015 Troubadour Pinot Noir sold for $75,000 at Emeril Lagasse’s Carnivale du Vin! Over $3.0M were raised for children’s charities over the 2 day event in New Orleans. Please go to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation at www.emeril.org and see the amazing children that benefit from this special event.

Regarding the fires of Northern California, Heather, Paige & Bob have been using proceeds from Bob Cabral Wines to purchase gift cards from Target and Starbucks to distribute them directly to families affected.

Thank you to all that have purchased Bob Cabral wines! Beyond purchasing the wines, please consider continued giving directly to the following organizations.
Sonoma County Resilience Fund
North Bay Fire Relief Fund - Redwood Credit Union
Napa Valley Community Fund


ABOUT RISE UP SONOMA
Come Taste Bob Cabral Wines on Sunday, December 3rd at……
When:  December 3, 2017 – from 4:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Sonoma Country Day School – Jackson Theatre at 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

A very passionate group of dedicated and compassionate people pulled together for an incredible evening in Sonoma County benefiting those deeply affected by the devastating north bay fires. This group consists of San Francisco/Sonoma County’s most influential and notable chefs and restaurants. The winery partners are comprised of the rarest and most sought after in the country. The event is an evening of delectable wine, food, and one of a kind auction items, finished with a sensational concert led by some of music industry’s legendary artists. To learn more, please visit: www.riseupsonoma.org

BOBCABRALWINES.COM
WWW.THREESTICKSWINES.COM


MICHAEL HARLEY FROM KELLEY BLUE BOOK PUTS US ON THE INSIDE TRACK – DIRECT FROM THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

*LIVE FROM THE 2017 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW*

Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show), is one of the most influential auto shows globally and is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Each fall, the who’s who of the auto industry gather to unveil the future of mobility in the car culture capital of the world. Debut categories range from luxury SUVs and flagship sedans to new compact sedans. The show will see more than 50 vehicle unveilings overall – and you’ll get a sneak peek before the show opens to the public!

The Los Angeles Auto Show will be held from December 1-10th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On November 30, the day before the show opens to the public, Michael Harley will provide your viewers with an insider’s view on what they can expect to see from the show floor! Michael gives the lowdown on some of  the shows hottest cars, as well as a glimpse into the future of the auto industry.

WWW.LAAUTOSHOW.COM

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

11/29 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, ANDREW KRASNY'S GIFT GIVING GUIDE FOR THIS SEASON

LARRY LIPSON - THE 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.



CONSUMER TRENDS EXPERT ANDREW KRASNY'S GIFT GIVING GUIDE FOR THIS SEASON

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL:  HEADACHE FREE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Let’s face it, we can all use a little gift giving inspiration when it’s time to start holiday shopping. Finding the perfect gift can be daunting, and with the holiday rush, added stress is the last thing we need. Whether you are shopping for your family, best friend or even coworker, checking them off your list doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. 

SOME OF HIS TIPS INCLUDE: 

  • GIFT A GETAWAY: The holidays can be stressful. Treat that special someone (and yourself) to a post-holiday getaway! With just a little research, a much-needed break can be not only the perfect gift, but budget-friendly as well.
  • LAST MINUTE GIFTS: It’s always a clever idea to have some last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers on hand. Keep a small supply of gifts like homemade jams, and a few well-priced bottles of wine.
  • STOCKING STUFFERS: Always great to have a supply around- gift cards, and personal items like socks and soaps make great stocking stuffers.
  • SHOP EARLY AND SMART!  Find e-commerce sites that provide free shipping! And if you’re shopping brick and mortar, don’t be afraid to tell your salesperson you saw it online for a better price either!
  • SHOP TRENDS: Keep hot trends in mind when shopping. Personal grooming, phone accessories, fun t-shirts and affordable art are all hot ticket items this season.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

11/28 GARRETT BUSCH, THE MERITAGE IN NAPA VALLEY, NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVITIES, LIA HUBER, NOURISHED: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAITH & ENDURING LOVE

GARRETT BUSCH - BOARD OF MANAGERS, THE MERITAGE RESORT AND SPA - UPCOMING EVENTS 


WELCOME TO THE MERITAGE RESORT AND SPA
Unmatched Luxury In The Heart Of California Wine Country
Acre upon acre of sun-soaked vineyards. Lavish accommodations paired with extravagant amenities. Award-winning cuisine celebrating the finest of Napa Valley’s bounty. Indulgent spa treatments in the serenity of an underground Estate Cave. The Meritage Resort and Spa perfectly blends world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality to bring you the ultimate Napa Valley resort experience.

Luxury Accommodations Await
We invite you to immerse yourself in the elegant comfort of our guestrooms and suites. Each of our 322 beautifully appointed guestrooms, including 12 lush suites, are designed with your complete well-being in mind. Warm Tuscan-inspired décor welcomes you; plush beds, cozy robes, and exclusive amenities ensure restorative tranquility; and picturesque views from exclusive balconies or patios soothe, as the warmth of the golden sun welcomes you to another magnificent day at The Meritage.

Sumptuous Cuisine Delights
Experience culinary excellence in Napa Valley at The Meritage Resort’s restaurants, bars, and lounges. Seasonal menus burst forth with flavor at Siena as California and Italy expertly collide; a delectable array of fresh pastries, savory baked goods, rich espressos, and refreshing smoothies await at Blend; and, an extensive selection of Napa Valley’s finest wines, along with premier liquors, signature crafted cocktails, small bites, and shared plates, are served at the Lobby Bar. Satisfying your desire for lighter fare and cooler concoctions, is our seasonal, poolside Terrace Bar, while Crush Ultra Lounge is the premier destination for food and fun in Napa Valley, featuring luxury bowling lanes, big screen TVs featuring sports entertainment, specialty cocktails, and a menu filled with favorites.

Exclusive Amenities Captivate
Enjoy the absolute best of Napa Valley without ever leaving our resort. Built into the hillside beneath our nine-acre vineyard, is the spectacular Estate Cave. Home to the award-winning Spa Terra and the renowned Trinitas Cellars Tasting Room, it is the only facility of its kind in Wine Country. Descend 40 feet underground and arrive at a state of total relaxation and rejuvenation, relishing in the lavishly appointed private treatment rooms, soaking pools, steam grottos, and water walls of one of America’s Top 100 Spas. No trip to the Estate Cave and Napa Valley is complete without indulging in a custom flight of Trinitas Cellars wines with artisan chocolate pairings, savoring the exceptional flavors in the most unique of
settings.

Our Four-Diamond luxury hotel features exemplary facilities and services above ground, as well. Nine acres of stunning vineyards with hiking trails adorn the hillside behind our resort with paths leading to Napa’s Grape Crusher Statue. Swimming pools and whirlpools provide refreshing recreation, while private poolside cabanas and outdoor seating around fireplaces offer idyllic settings for repose. Also included in our array of amenities is our state-of-the-art fitness center and Our Lady of Grapes Chapel. Should you decide to explore more of California’s Wine Country, The Meritage Resort and Spa offers convenient guest transportation to downtown Napa and Oxbow Public Market on our deluxe 27 passenger shuttle.

WWW.MERITAGERESORT.COM


LIA HUBER - ENTREPRENEUR, RECIPE DEVELOPER AND AUTHOR OF NOURISHED: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAITH & ENDURING LOVE  - HOLIDAYS WITHOUT GUILT!

NOURISHED: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAITH & ENDURING LOVE  (WITH RECIPES)

A noted entrepreneur, food writer, and recipe developer serves up an evocative adventure story about her quest to find healing, meaning, and a place at the table.

Hunger comes to us in many forms, writes Lia Huber—we long to be satisfied not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Nourished invites readers on Huber’s world-roaming search to find the necessary ingredients to nurture all three.

She begins her quest with an Anthony Bourdain moment in a Guatemalan village: she's slipping fresh vegetables into a communal pot of soup she's cooking up for chronically undernourished children. Village grannies look on disapprovingly... until the kids come back for more.

From there, Huber takes readers to the Greek island of Corfu, where she learns the joys of simple food and the power of unconditional love; to a Costa Rican jungle house (by way of an 8,000-mile road trip), where she finds hope and healing; and finally to California's wine country, where she steps into the person she was meant to be and discovers her calling to nourish others.

NOURISHEVOLUTION.COM

Monday, November 27, 2017

11/27 ATLAS OF BEER: A GLOBE-TROTTING JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF BEER, KATHERINE SHAPPLEY, FACEBOOK’S DIRECTOR OF SMALL BUSINESS

“BEER DOCTORS,” NANCY HOALST-PULLEN, PH.D., AND MARK W. PATTERSON, PH.D - ATLAS OF BEER: A GLOBE-TROTTING JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF BEER

ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer

Join geography professors and self-proclaimed “beer doctors”  Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Ph.D. and Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D. as they reveal the most unique, historic and delicious brews across the globe!

The world of beer is vast: diverse in its offerings and dazzling in its complexity. Today, craft brewing has been elevated from a hobbyist’s pursuit to a global art form. In this beautifully illustrated book, shot through with authoritative maps and glorious photography, National Geographic has compiled the most comprehensive collection of information on beers and the countries they’re brewed in with ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer.

Authors, geography professors and self-proclaimed “beer doctors,” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Ph.D., and Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D., traveled more than 160,000 miles across 28 countries to reveal the most unique, historic and delicious brews across the globe. And Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the celebrated Brooklyn Brewery, recommends great beers from 40 regions around the world, as well as tasting notes, food pairings and presentation tips. Their body of research, complemented by 100 maps, 300 color photographs and quirky trivia, makes ATLAS OF BEER an essential reference – and perfect gift -- for craft aficionados and novices alike.


KATHERINE SHAPPLEY - FACEBOOK’S DIRECTOR OF SMALL BUSINESS - NEW U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES INNOVATION PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN CITIES ACROSS THE U.S.

Learn How Facebook Will Provide SMB Support and Digital Skills Training for People

Over the past year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a YEAR OF TRAVEL, visiting communities across the country — some of which are doing well and others that are struggling. In an effort to help small business owners, Facebook is announcing a new multi-city program for small business owners focused on providing support for small businesses and digital skills training for people. Katherine Shappley, Director of Facebook North America’s Small Business Team, explains how this new program can help create jobs, provide services and help businesses grow in their community. Today, 70 million businesses use Facebook to connect with customers. Find out how this new program can help many small business owners receive the training necessary to help them grow. Shappley will also share a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Economic Impact Survey that provides important new research about the economic impact of Facebook.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

11/22 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, CHEF AND FOOD BLOGGER PARKER WALLACE, HOLIDAY HOSTING MADE SIMPLE

LARRY LIPSON - THE 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.


CHEF AND FOOD BLOGGER PARKER WALLACE - HOLIDAY HOSTING MADE SIMPLE

HOLIDAY HOSTING MADE SIMPLE
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?

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. 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 21, 2017

11/21 TANYA BROWN, USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT, COOKING MYTHS AND VITAL TIPS TO PREVENT FOODBORNE ILLNESS, GAMING EXPERT ERIC LACHTER, HOTTEST GAMES, TRENDS AND BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

TANYA BROWN, USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT - COOKING MYTHS AND TIPS TO PREVENT FOODBORNE ILLNESS THIS THANKSGIVING 

LET’S TALK TURKEY: USDA DISPELS COOKING MYTHS AND OFFERS VITAL TIPS TO PREVENT FOODBORNE ILLNESS THIS THANKSGIVING 

FDA Food Safety Survey Reiterates How “Time Saving” Practices can Sometimes Result in Bad News for Americans 

Foodborne illness, more commonly known as food poisoning, results in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thanksgiving is a time to be especially careful, as Americans are preparing a dish (turkey) they do not cook on a regular basis and for larger numbers of people. With more than 46 million turkeys cooked this holiday, there’s no better time to encourage families to safely prepare their meal by following four simple steps: clean, separate, cook and chill.

The great news is that most Americans wash their hands when handling poultry or raw vegetables according to the recent Food & Drug Administration Food Safety Survey. Unfortunately, the same survey found that 68% of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink which is not recommended by the USDA and only increases their likelihood of cross-contamination.

This Thanksgiving, USDA experts are helping to dispel many common myths surrounding the preparation and serving of the holiday turkey meal. Serious illness can result from several commonly-held “time-saving” practices such as: stuffing the turkey the night before; thawing the bird on the counter; and serving a turkey once it is golden brown and the juices run clear. These actions put family members at risk for food poisoning.

To learn more about food safety practices this Thanksgiving, please visit www.FoodSafety.gov or call the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET and from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Families can also access “Ask Karen,” an online database of frequently asked food safety questions available 24/7.


GAMING EXPERT ERIC LACHTER - FIND OUT THE HOTTEST GAMES, NEWEST TRENDS AND BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR GAMERS 

Holiday shopping is officially here! And with more than 59% of Americans playing video games, it’s likely you have one, or two, gamers on this year’s list. Need to find out what’s trending? Not sure what the hottest new game is?

In interviews on November 17, Eric Lachter, Vice President, Marketing at PlayStation will be available to share this year’s holiday gift guide for gamers. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly titles or ready to venture into the world of virtual reality, he’ll share ideas to excite every gamer on your list.

 Eric will also share tips on how to take advantage of Black Friday deals and save money when gifting or upgrading gaming consoles.


Monday, November 20, 2017

11/20 TECH EXPERT ANDREA SMITH, PLAYSTATION’S HOLIDAY GAMING GUIDE, VICTORIA BORTON FROM AARP, PASTRY CHEF LEIGH OMILINSKY

TECH EXPERT ANDREA SMITH - HOW GAMING CAN BRING YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER THIS SEASON

PLAYSTATION’S HOLIDAY GAMING GUIDE 

Home for the Holidays! How Gaming Can Bring Your Family Together this Season

It’s true, gadgets have the potential to isolate us, especially around the holidays when kids of all ages are eager to test out new tech. But a new study found that console gaming may actually be a way to re-connect with family and friends. From beating your BFF around the track in an epic race, to solving a gritty crime thriller with grandma, gaming can be a great way to spend quality time with family and guests this holiday season. In fact, a recent study found that 55% of people who have game consoles, play games with family members online or in person. Tech Expert Andrea Smith will talk about the emotional and social benefits of gaming and how tech can bring your family together this holiday season. Need advice on what’s age appropriate, she’ll also share tips for choosing family-friendly titles for every occasion.


VICTORIA BORTON FROM AARP SERVICES, INC. - HOLIDAY TIPS FOR HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE 

HOW TO FOCUS ON THE MOMENTS & PLACES THAT MAKE THE HOLIDAY SEASON SPECIAL                             

Amazing Tips & Money-Saving Offers from Victoria Borton, Vice President for Lifestyle Products & Services at AARP Services, Inc.

People celebrate the holidays in different ways and in different places. There is no one ‘right way’ to celebrate. Instead, it’s about the things, moments and places that make you feel like celebrating. On November 20th, Lifestyle Expert Victoria Borton of AARP will share some timely tips and discount offers that allow people to forget the rules and celebrate in the way that best suits their style and personality. She will also share some amazing provider deals found on the AARP Member Advantages website, AARPAdvantages.com. A great resource for money- saving deals no matter how you celebrate the season. She will also share some simple, but effective, holiday life hacks for hosts, guests and travelers alike during this time of year.   

Borton is the Vice President for Lifestyle Products and Services at AARP Services, Inc. In this role, she has also created timely strategies and techniques to help people manage their holiday activities in more efficient ways. Victoria’s goal is to provide super suggestions that will allow people to focus on what really matters and to help them “HOLIDAY YOUR WAY.”

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PASTRY CHEF LEIGH OMILINSKY - LEARN ABOUT CREATING THE PERFECT END TO YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL WITH DECADENT DESSERTS

LEARN ABOUT CREATING THE PERFECT END TO YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL WITH DECADENT DESSERTS

Drive across the country and you’ll find a variety of desserts being served as family and friends get together for the holidays. While pumpkin, apple and pecan pie may be the most popular this time of year, many people are looking for ways to serve-up those favorites with a twist.

Semi-homemade recipes are a great way to experiment with American’s most popular dessert trends, as they can provide a head start on creating a new dish. Anyone can buy a pre-made dessert at the store and use that as the foundation for making something delicious. Especially if they begin with one of the biggest holiday traditions – pie. Turning pumpkin pie into drool-worthy pumpkin milkshakes is just one example.

OTHER DESSERT TRENDS INCLUDE:
Miniature/bite-sized (mini cupcakes, cake pops and pies)
Interactive or build your own (could mean you assemble it, crack it open or dip in sauces)
Mash-up desserts (cotton candy on an ice cream cone, a cookie cake)
Over the top milkshakes (with candy, cookies & toppings)

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Friday, November 17, 2017

11/17 MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PATIENT & AUTHOR RONDA GIANGRECO AND NURSE PRACTITIONER CARRIE SAMMARCO, MIKE KELLEY, AQUALANI, JESSICA NAZIRI, TOP TECH GIFTS, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

RONDA GIANGRECO AND CARRIE SAMMARCO RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT A NEW COMMUNITY-DRIVEN RESOURCE 

HOW A ONE-YEAR COOKING CHALLENGE HELPED AN AVOWED FOODIE IN HER FIGHT AGAINST MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)
An Experience That Can Help Others

Life with MS is Unpredictable, but Author and Cook Ronda Giangreco Tackled her Diagnosis Head-on, One Weekly Feast at a Time; Now She’s Raising Awareness about a New Community-Driven Resource to Help People with MS Better Manage the Unpredictability of the Disease

Author, cook and motivational speaker Ronda Giangreco was healthy, vibrant and just back from her latest adventure at a cooking school in Italy when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). A sudden onset of MS would be difficult for anyone to accept, but for Ronda and her husband – whose mother died of complications from her MS – it was a particularly cruel twist of fate.

Told she might not be able to walk for much longer, Ronda asked herself, “…then where should I walk now?” Her answer – to the kitchen! She had always enjoyed cooking, so she decided to gather her family and friends around the dinner table every Sunday night for an entire year, as an attempt to triumph over MS one week at a time. While there were many nights when Ronda’s unpredictable MS symptoms made her goal especially challenging, she persevered, asked for help when she needed it, and ultimately went on to write “The Gathering Table: Defying Multiple Sclerosis with a Year of Pasta, Wine and Friends.”

Like many people living with chronic disease, Ronda says it’s sometimes difficult to ask for help – especially when it comes to support with everyday tasks and chores. And she’s not alone. A recent national survey found that 80% of people with MS and support partners surveyed wanted help with everyday chores. About a third wanted help getting connected to services and resources that could help with these tasks.

Now, in an effort to help others combat this disease for which there is no cure, Ronda is helping spread the word about a new community-driven resource called GatherMS.com that she wishes had been available in the early days of her disease. GatherMS connects people with MS and their loved ones with existing resources and support services that can help manage the everyday unpredictability of MS – connecting people with help for day-to-day tasks, health and wellness and emotional support.

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MIKE KELLEY - OWNER OF AQUALANI 

Aqualani is Hawaii’s leader in Resort Beach and Pool Recreation Management .

We offer concierge services, beach, ocean and pool rentals with a variety of high end retail and rental products, to include Maui Jim sunglasses, and a total product line of Absolutely Natural Sun Care products.

Our sun-tanning specialist and knowledgeable staff are trained to assist visitors at the beach, and on the pool deck, with the number one goal “service”.

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JESSICA NAZIRI - TOP TECH GIFTS FOR THE 2017 HOLIDAY SEASON

THE 2017 HOLIDAY SEASON
Top Tech Gifts for the 2017 Holiday Season

The season of giving is upon us, and tech is always hot this time of year. But choosing from all tech products out there can be a daunting task. Here with her tips and tricks to selecting the best tech gifts this season is Top Woman in Tech, Jessica Naziri!

Jessica Naziri is one of the most-in-demand tech personalities for her first-look technology stories and gadget round-ups. Named as Inc.com’s top women in tech, Naziri is a tech expert, entrepreneur, writer, host and self- proclaimed  “chic geek” bridging the gap between lifestyle and technology.  Naziri founded her company TechSesh.co, a lifestyle technology digital magazine designed for women and inspired by tech. Naziri’s mission is to make tech news more accessible and to empower women by giving them everything they need in one place. Whether it’s the best apps, the latest smartphone review, new gadgets, or social media support. TechSesh.co has a unique niche, making technology digestible, relatable and fun. Naziri has turned her passion for technology and writing into a career, starting as a tech news reporter for The Los Angeles Times, CNN and CNBC.com. Since then, her work has also appeared in TechCrunch, FOX, CBS, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Mashable, CBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, , Inside Edition, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and more!


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 16, 2017

11/16 ROMAIN TEYTEAU FROM GEORGES DUBOEUF, BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY, STEPHEN M. ROWLEY FROM COX BUSINESS

ROMAIN TEYTEAU - EXPORT DIRECTOR, GEORGES DUBOEUF - HAPPY BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY!

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!

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FOR A LIST OF TODAY’S EVENTS!


STEPHEN M. ROWLEY – EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF COX BUSINESS

HOW SMALL BUSINESSES CAN DRIVE UP THEIR HOLIDAY SALES
Small Business Saturday is November 25

November 25th is Small Business Saturday, which provides an opportunity for consumers to support small businesses in their communities. For many small businesses, that day sets the tone for their holiday season and has the potential to significantly impact their annual revenues.

According to a recent survey commissioned by Cox Business, when selecting the top three reasons for supporting small and medium-sized businesses, more than two-thirds of consumers selected “local support” with convenience garnering 63 percent..  Customer service plays a key role in shopping small, with 50 percent of consumers selecting greater customer service as the reason they prefer smaller retailers.

He’ll also talk about how Small Business Saturday is quickly becoming a holiday tradition of its own. By planning, making the event memorable, wowing your customers, and providing good times all around, your business will be sure to reap the benefits.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

11/15 LARRY LIPSON'S AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, MAUREEN PETROSKY, TRICKS FOR A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY SEASON, TOY INDUSTRY EXPERT ELIZABETH WERNER

LARRY LIPSON - THE 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.


PROFESSIONAL CHEF & LIFESTYLE EXPERT MAUREEN PETROSKY - EASY TRICKS FOR A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY SEASON

TIS’ THE SEASON TO ENTERTAIN
RENOWNED EXPERT SHARES EASY TRICKS FOR A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY SEASON

Between cooking, decorating, and the countless seasonal obligations, the holidays can be overwhelming. Expecting to entertain like a pro all on your own is downright crazy! The good news is there are many ways to make sure not only your guests but that you too have a good time at your next party. Maureen Petrosky shares her secrets from how to prepare meals, both big and small, to how- to easily keep track of your guest list. With Maureen’s tips, you’ll be holiday-ready without the headache and have more time to spend enjoying the festivities with family and friends. After all, that IS what the holidays are all about.


TOY INDUSTRY EXPERT, ELIZABETH WERNER - THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST PICKS FOR ANY WISH LIST 

AVOID THE HECTIC HOLIDAY HASSLE 
The Toy Industry’s Premier Player, Elizabeth Werner,  Shows This Year’s Hottest Picks for Any Wish List

The holidays are approaching, and your viewers are likely planning, preparing and shopping! Elizabeth Werner is on hand and available to advise on the hottest and coolest “musts” for the season! 

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN - HERE IS WHAT WE ARE “PLAYING WITH”…
Art & Activities – From creating to collecting, Elizabeth will demo the most fun picks in the category 
For the Imaginative Inventors – From imagination to creation, Elizabeth will demo the must have toys of the season 
For the Tiny Techies – Elizabeth will demo high tech fun (and educational!) toys of the season

02/20 FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH, SARI GREAVES, THE CARDIAC RECOVERY COOKBOOK, ELIZABETH WERNER RECAPS THE INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH SO SARI GREAVES, RDN IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE CARDIAC RECOVERY COOKBOOK THE CARDIAC RECOVERY COOKBOOK:...