Wednesday, May 31, 2017

05/31 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, CECI CARMICHAEL, FRESH IDEAS IN YOUR DAIRY AISLE

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.


CHEF, LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND TV PERSONALITY CECI CARMICHAEL - FRESH IDEAS IN YOUR DAIRY AISLE

FRESH RECIPES MADE WITH DAIRY DELIGHTS
Inspiration Is Close As Your Grocer’s Dairy Aisle

Are you looking to add more versatility to meals, snacks and desserts? It’s time to find new inspiration in a place you might not expect… now you can discover the fresh possibilities in your grocer’s dairy aisle.

Today’s dairy aisle has evolved over the years  - from exotic flavors, unique combinations and pairings to innovative packaging, dairy products are way more than just your average fridge staples. While families are still purchasing milk, eggs and butter, the evolution of yogurts and cheeses have expanded and boomed in popularity. Additionally, milk alternatives are available in a variety of options and creating buzz for its health benefits. Shoppers are eagerly shopping this aisle for inventive flavors and emerging trends more so now than ever before.

Gearing up for June Dairy Month, Ceci Carmichael is here to tell us about the latest innovations in the dairy aisle, the benefits of choosing dairy, and easy, creatively-inspired recipes.

WWW.EASYHOMEMEALS.COM

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

05/30 GRILLING EXPERT JAMIE PURVIANCE, WEBER’S GREATEST HITS

GRILLING EXPERTS AND THE MASTER GRILLER JAMIE PURVIANCE -  AUTHOR, WEBER’S GREATEST HITS

WEBER’S GREATEST HITS 
125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill and Everyone 

All Killer, No Filler: The Absolute Best Weber Recipes Ever Published, in One Amazing Collection.

For decades, Weber grills have set the standard for backyard grills, and Weber’s cookbooks have delighted grilling enthusiasts. But out of more than 2,000 total recipes for every kind of dish, which ones are the very best of the best? Written by James Beard Award nominee and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Jamie Purviance, Weber’s Greatest Hits features the very best-of-the-best recipes—as rated and debated by Weber grilling experts and fans—and is destined to be a classic.

Weber’s Greatest Hits includes more than 115 recipes, including popular favorites like Beer-Marinated Chicken Tacos and Best-on-the-Block Baby Back Ribs, plus beloved side dishes like Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob. The book includes all-new photography, and special features such as the Top Ten Grilling Dos and Don’ts and technique-focused Top 5 lists for the foods people like to grill most.  

The book is organized by chapters on Starters, Beef & Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Fish & Shellfish, Sides and Desserts.  In addition, a collection of fun short stories from Weber’s rich and often hilarious history, including “How Do You Grill Cod Tongue?” and “Building the Grilling Culture Around the World” go above and beyond to entertain and inform readers.  

WWW.WEBER.COM

Monday, May 29, 2017

05/29 MEMORIAL DAY EDITION, RESTAURATEUR LUCY BUFFETT, LIFESTYLE EXPERT RAINA SEITEL, FITNESS EXPERT JAMIE KRAUSS HESS, FOOD NETWORK’S ELLIE KRIEGER




LUCY BUFFETT - RESTAURATEUR AND AUTHOR - NEW COOKBOOK, GUMBO LOVE 

GUMBO LOVE: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life 

A delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast's vibrant food culture.

Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It's only fitting that she signs her name with "Gumbo Love" and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.

Her new cookbook, GUMBO LOVE, is a labor of love and includes recipes from all over the Gulf Coast. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences. Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a coastal destination year after year. And with some of the best seafood and produce the country has to offer, the Gulf Coast-beyond just New Orleans-has a vibrant cuisine and culture, making it a treasured culinary destination in its own right. Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. She lives by her mother's philosophy: "Life is short-eat dessert first," so the very first chapter is filled with delectable sweets like Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, and Salted Butterscotch Blondies.

Since you can't live on dessert alone, you'll find Gulf Coast favorites from Tailgate Shrimp and Crab Dip to Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo, and Crab and Corn Fritters, along with dozens of other seafood appetizers and main dishes. And if you tire of seafood, Lucy shares her family favorites like Daddy's Fried Chicken, Beer-Braised Beef Brisket, Southern Fried Creamed Corn, and Greens and Grits.

Incorporating stories from Lucy's childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama, adventures traveling the seas as a cook, time spent working as a chef in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and seizing the day, this cookbook entertains and inspires as it serves up recipe after recipe, each tastier than the last.

WWW.LUCYBUFFETT.COM



THE BEST WAYS TO KICK OFF YOUR SUMMER WITH LIFESTYLE EXPERT RAINA SEITEL MEMORIAL DAY ESSENTIALS 

MEMORIAL DAY ESSENTIALS
The best ways to kick off your Summer!

All hail the long weekend and the official kickoff for the Summer season! Memorial Day is upon us, and we’re squirming with anticipation for that blessed extra day off and summer activities. We’ve got Lifestyle Expert and Mom, Raina Seitel. to fill us in on her best tips for getting our busy summer in gear!

Lifestyle Expert Raina Seitel is a journalist, host and mother currently starring in Style Network’s City Girl Diaries. Raina Seitel is a correspondent for WNBC and a variety of media outlets. Raina Seitel is a lifestyle expert with a concentration on entertainment, fashion, beauty, dining, fitness, motherhood and travel. Raina is often found on a red carpet interviewing the hottest celebrities on the East Coast and West Coast. Raina Seitel has interviewed Madonna, Meryl Streep, Bill Clinton, Denzel Washington, Christie Brinkley, Dolly Parton, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Hugh Jackman, Clive Davis, Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt and Rudy Giuliani. Raina Seitel is an Emmy Award winner.

STRAIGHTTALK.COM 
COPPERTONE.COM  


FITNESS EXPERT JAMIE KRAUSS HESS SHARES TIPS ON STAYING FIT, ACTIVE AND HEALTHY

SUMMER BODY DONE RIGHT!
Fitness Expert Jamie Krauss Hess Shares Tips on Staying Fit, Active and Healthy Through the Summer Swelter

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

But we have to be careful of setting the bar too high and not setting attainable goals for ourselves. Sometimes if we push too hard we end up hurting ourselves. We’ve got Fitness Expert Jamie Krauss Hess here to help us get our summer body the healthy way!

PUREPROTEIN.COM 
MINUTERICE.COM  


FOOD NETWORK’S ELLIE KRIEGER TALKS ABOUT THE NUTRITIOUS BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL AND DEMONSTRATES ITS USES IN HEART HEALTHY RECIPES

Host of the Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite,” and “Ellie’s Real Good Food” on PBS, Ellie Krieger is the go-to nutritionist for creating balanced, healthy and delicious meals. One of her favorite secrets: switching out butter for olive oil. During her live interview she can give your viewers some recipe ideas for spoiling mom on Mother’s Day!

Studies have shown that a diet which features olive oil as a main source of fat has many health benefits, and may even help the body better absorb nutrients from vegetables and other foods.

There are three different types of olive oil available to U.S. consumers -- extra virgin, olive oil and light-tasting olive oil – but often people have a hard time knowing when to use each type. Ellie will help to clear up confusion about cooking with olive oils  as well as provide clarity on other olive oil topics!

Friday, May 26, 2017

05/26 KAYLA CONTI, GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT, STEVEN RAICHLEN, BARBECUE SAUCES RUBS AND MARINADES, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT KAYLA CONTI 

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

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

Here are the top Google trends and YouTube video for the week.
1. Manchester, England
2. Red Nose Day
3. Pandora World of Avatar
4. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
5. Beatles

YouTube Video: 
Game Of Thrones Season 7: Official Trailer

GOOGLE.COM/TRENDS



JAMES BEARD WINNING AND BARBECUE HALL OF FAMER STEVEN RAICHLEN , NEW BOOK, BARBECUE SAUCES RUBS AND MARINADES

BARBECUE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES
Bastes, Butters, and Glazes, Too

James Beard and IACP Award–winning author, PBS star, and Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen pioneered bringing the art of global live-fire cooking techniques and flavors to American grillers. Through his journalism and seminal cookbooks—including the New York Times bestselling Project Smoke, How to Grill, and The Barbecue! Bible®—Raichlen delivers irresistible smoked and grilled masterpieces every time.

Fundamental to Raichlen’s big flavor approach to live-fire cooking are his sauces, rubs, spice pastes, and marinades, which endow ordinary meats and seafood with extraordinary character and soul. Never has interest been keener in these essential flavor components for building confidence and creativity at the grill, and with BARBECUE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES—Bastes, Butters, and Glazes, Too!, Raichlen takes an encyclopedic approach to every seasoning and condiment one could possibly need.

Here are over 200 recipes for chile-fired rubs, lemony marinades, buttery bastes, and flavorful sauces, plus brines, cures, glazes, salsas, relishes, and chutneys. The book includes all of the latest advances in barbecuing and grilling techniques—including cutting-edge finishing sauces, after-marinades, and board sauces—and shares a cornucopia of global flavor combinations drawn from Raichlen’s extensive travels. Recipes for complete dishes complement the experience—Char Siu Chicken Thighs, BBQ Titans’ Brisket, Smoked Venison Jerky, Persian Saffron Lamb Chops, Cider-Brined Pork Chops, Spice-Grilled Pineapple with Smoky Whipped Cream, and much more.

The goal of BARBECUE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES is to help every home cook become a more innovative griller. To that end, Raichlen includes something for everyone: basic sauces and seasonings for the neophyte; professional preparations for the expert; classic rubs and barbecue sauces for the traditionalist; cutting-edge flavor combinations for the adventurer; down-home, commonsense seasonings for the basic barbecue guy; and exotic preparations for the culinary globe-trotter.

A rundown of the basic definitions of each type of sauce and seasoning helps the reader determine when best to use each. Raichlen also includes a detailed inventory of essential grilling gear and techniques and offers information-packed sidebars detailing everything from how to customize a barbecue rub and maximize its performance, to guidelines for how to build a better barbecue sauce, to an overview of spices and how to use them, to a summary of marinating times, to instructions for how to use an injector.

Timed to release along with the third season of Raichlen’s acclaimed PBS show Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke, BARBECUE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES is the essential companion cookbook for every at-home pit master and barbecue enthusiast looking to up his or her game at the grill.

WWW.STEVENRAICHLEN.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, May 25, 2017

05/25 JOE MANTEGNA, MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT 2017, KATH YOUNGER, KATH EATS REAL FOOD, HEALTH BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS

ACTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER AND DIRECTOR JOE MANTEGNA - CO-HOST OF THIS YEAR’S “MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT 2017” 

LIVE ON PBS FROM THE WEST LAWN OF THE U.S. CAPITOL
SUNDAY, MAY 28, FROM 8-9PM ET

LAURENCE FISHBURNE JOINS JOE MANTEGNA TO CO-HOST PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT:  AN AMERICAN TRADITION HONORING OUR HEROES PAST AND PRESENT

**All-Star Line-Up Featuring General Colin Powell, Renée Fleming, Vanessa Williams, Scotty McCreery, Five for Fighting, John Ortiz, Christopher Jackson, Ana Ortiz, Ronan Tynan, Russell Watson  and the National Symphony Orchestra with Auli’i Cravalho Performing the National Anthem**

This Memorial Day weekend, PBS brings viewers an inspiring night of remembrance dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.  The multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol co-hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise.  The broadcast marks the 28th annual edition of PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT.  For almost three decades, PBS has inspired viewers with this deeply moving and reverential night of remembrance dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who hcountry.  Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CRIMINAL MINDS: WITHOUT BORDERS), who has co-hosted the concert for the past eleven years, will present a 75th anniversary salute to the Doolittle Raiders, the daring aviators who changed the course of World War II in the Pacific.
 
WWW.PBS.ORG/NATIONAL-MEMORIAL-DAY-CONCERT


KATH YOUNGER - REGISTERED DIETITIAN, MOM AND BLOGGER OF KATH EATS REAL FOOD - TALKS ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF  PROBIOTICS & MAINTAINING A BALANCED LIFESTYLE 

With summer around the corner, it’s time to focus on your health. Here with us is Registered Dietitian, mom and balanced lifestyle expert, Kath Younger of Kath Eats Real Food.”

Kath Younger, RD writes a healthy food and lifestyle blog read by over 15,000 visitors a day from around the world. Kath Eats Real Food, which you'll find at www.KathEats.com, is a celebration of life through the lens of food. Kath writes about everything from recipes to organization tips to encouraging readers to try new "real" foods, including wheatberries, kale chips, chia seeds, and her famous whipped banana oatmeal. Having lost over 30 pounds after graduating from college, Kath is a Registered Dietitian and owns a Great Harvest Bread Company with her husband in Charlottesville, VA.

SWANSONVITAMINS.COM/PROBIOTICS

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

05/24 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, JULIA DIMON, WHY VACATIONS STRESS PEOPLE OUT

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.



TRAVEL JUNKIE JULIA DIMON SHARES AN IMPORTANT NEW STUDY ABOUT WHY VACATIONS STRESS PEOPLE OUT!

TRAVEL JUNKIE JULIA DIMON’S TIPS FOR PLANNING RELAXING VACATIONS & AVOIDING STRESS

The renowned TRAVEL JUNKIE, Julia Dimon has visited more than 80 countries during her career as one of the top travel experts in the nation. The TV host for National Geographic Word Travels has hiked with mountain gorillas in Uganda, gone to radioactive Chernobyl and eaten live scorpions, bugs and slugs all across the globe. Now, this amazing lady is ready to share some of her top travel planning secrets for avoiding stress and planning a relaxing vacation experience.  Julia will also have some timely information from a new study from Wyndham Resort Rentals on what causes people to stress out the most when planning a vacation or during the actual vacation. She’ll provide timely tips for reducing anxiety during the vacation planning process and from determining the causes of stress before and after vacations.

TIPS FOR REDUCING TRAVEL STRESS, INCLUDE:
Where to begin when planning for your summer vacation or weekend getaway
Ways to prevent anxiety when planning or traveling
Why choosing quality lodging is the top way to guarantee vacation experience
How to get more from your summer vacation by taking advantage of rewards and exclusive benefits available through loyalty programs

WWW.BEVACATIONREADY.COM

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

05/23 EXECUTIVE CHEF JOHN BERIKER, GM STAN KANTOWSKI, THE HISTORIC MISSION INN, COLOR PSYCHOLOGIST DR. SALLY AUGUSTIN AND SUE WADDEN, SPRING HOME COLOR AND DÉCOR TRENDS, CHASSIE POST

EXECUTIVE CHEF JOHN BERIKER AND GM STAN KANTOWSKI - THE HISTORIC MISSION INN

ABOUT MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA
Originally opened in 1903, The AAA Four Diamond, Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa incorporates design elements throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico and several Mediterranean countries.  An AAA Four Diamond property, the hotel features 238 guest rooms, including 27 suites and 4 restaurants:  Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, an AAA Four Diamond restaurant and Wine Spectator’s 2016 “Best of Award of Excellence” for 20 consecutive years; Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro; Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina; and The Mission Inn Restaurant and Spanish Patio.  The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa also features 54° at Duane’s, Casey’s Cupcakes, and The Presidential Lounge. The hotel is a recipient of the 2016 Historic Hotel Awards of Excellence “Best Historic Hotel”, “Best Historic Hotel” in America by USA Today’s 10Best.com and placed 5th in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards’ “Top Hotels in Southern California” category.

In addition, the hotel offers a serene swimming pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by lush gardens; a fitness center; a historic museum; Conde Nast award-winning Kelly’s Spa, a luxurious Tuscan-inspired spa founded by visionary Kelly Roberts who also serves as COO of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, a National Historic Landmark.  The historic hotel is situated on an entire city block of the quaint Mission Inn District of Riverside, CA., features Mission-Revival style architecture inspired by the state’s 21 missions, and is home to a one-of-a-kind art collection.

WWW.MISSIONINN.COM


COLOR PSYCHOLOGIST DR. SALLY AUGUSTIN AND SUE WADDEN, DIRECTOR OF COLOR MARKETING AT SHERWIN-WILLIAMS - SPRING HOME COLOR AND DÉCOR TRENDS 

JUST IN TIME FOR NATIONAL PAINTING WEEK JOINING US TODAY ARE COLOR PSYCHOLOGIST DR. SALLY AUGUSTIN AND SUE WADDEN, DIRECTOR OF COLOR MARKETING AT SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

Springtime means sprucing up your home – but you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to knowing and selecting colors. You also may not realize that science and psychology can play a role in your choices.

For example, our emotions and behavior can be affected by certain colors, patterns and even the intensity of light. Room and object dimensions influence us, as well as ceiling heights and floor plans. After taking all of that into account, the next step is to learn what’s trending.

Experts say colors are warming up, but that shades of whites, grays and blues are still popular. Designers say one reason why these colors are trending is because the simple, Scandinavian design is a top request today.

Sally Augustin (Environmental/Design Psychologist) and Sue Wadden (Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin Williams) are available to help you breathe new life into your home, and show how science and psychology can help you make color and décor choices. They will also reveal the results of a color psychology and sentiment survey.


CHASSIE POST - THE HOT NEW TRENDS TO HELP YOU MAKE A BIG SPLASH!   HOW TO ADD ‘GLAM’ TO YOUR SUMMER FUN!

THE HOT NEW TRENDS TO HELP YOU MAKE A BIG SPLASH!

Renowned TV Style Expert, Correspondent & Lifestyle Editor Chassie Post Reveals Savvy Style Secrets to Help Your Viewers & Listeners

The Spring and Summer seasons are right around the corner, and so is the beach fun and backyard bashes. On May 23rd, one of the nation’s top TV style experts and lifestyle editors is available to help your audience add some glam to their summer season. Chassie Post is best known for her appearances as a guest on national television shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live w/ Regis & Kelly, Access Hollywood, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, E!, The Insider, CNN, Wendy Williams Show, The Steve Harvey Show, The Meredith Vieira Show and more, where she covers hottest trends and styles.  


WWW.TIPSONTV.COM

Monday, May 22, 2017

05/22 KEVIN VANBLARCUM, GRILLED CHEESE & BEER COOKBOOK, SUMMER TRAVEL WITH JAMIE SORCHER, JASON BREWER, RILA

KEVIN VANBLARCUM - BREWER AT KEEGAN ALES IN KINGSTON, NY & CO-AUTHOR, GRILLED CHEESE & BEER COOKBOOK 

GRILLED CHEESE & BEER COOKBOOK
Perfect for Dads and Grads

GRILLED CHEESE & BEER is spiced with wit and a passion for all things grilled cheese and beer, with easy-to-follow instructions that make it perfect for any skill level. It contains over 50 one-of-a-kind grilled cheese sandwich recipes, perfectly paired with craft beers designed to draw out the full flavor of each ingredient.

GRILLED CHEESE & BEER is the perfect gift for dads especially those who enjoy grilling and drinking some cold brew. It's also ideal for any recent graduates looking for a fun cookbook full of simple, delicious sandwiches. Combining an extensive knowledge of beer making, food, and good humor, authors Kevin VanBlarcum and Eddie Davis have created a very special collection that will thrill sandwich lovers everywhere.

Check out some recipe names from GRILLED CHEESE & BEER: Bacon Me Crazy, Muenster Mash, Dragon Ball Cheese, Hamwise Gamgee, Revenge of the Swiss, Not Your Dad's Fried Bologna, and many, many more!


GADGET GIRL JAMIE SORCHER - THE BEST TECH TIPS & TOOLS FOR HITTING THE ROAD THIS TRAVEL SEASON

TECH TRAVEL TRENDS, TIPS & TOOLS
GADGET GIRL JAMIE SORCHER TALKS SUMMER TRAVEL

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and it’s one of the busiest driving weekends of the year. According to AAA, last year was the second busiest Memorial Day by travel volume on record with more than 38 million travelers. This year, AAA is anticipating even more families on the road for the holiday weekend.

SPECIFICALLY:        
Stress-Free Travel – Jamie will discuss and demo travel apps and software that will allow for easier and stress-free road trips - including a new app that lets you pay for your gas on your Apple Watch, mobile device or in your connected car.
Plan and Prepare – Jamie will show & discuss the important tools to include in a “roadside emergency kit”.
Entertainment Options – Jamie will discuss ways to keep the family entertained, including collaborative playlists.
                       

JASON BREWER, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS & STATE AFFAIRS RILA - RETAILERS VOICE CONCERNS ABOUT CHOICE ACT 

Retailers Voice Concerns About CHOICE Act
New Bill Would Repeal Swipe Fee Reform

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) recently responded to the House Financial Services Committee’s introduction of the CHOICE Act, legislation that would roll back many of the financial reforms passed in the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008. Retailers have vowed to fight any financial reform bill that repeals swipe fee reform, bipartisan legislation passed in 2010 that stopped large banks and card networks from charging merchants exorbitant fees on debit card transactions.
The CHOICE Act gives the largest banks and card networks a green light to charge billions in higher fees from every business in America that accepts debit cards.   Repealing swipe fee reform is a billion-dollar giveaway to banks that are generating record profits and passing out record bonuses; it’s a poison pill for any bipartisan effort to enact meaningful financial reform. Higher fees from banks would undoubtedly mean higher prices for consumers.
Retailers believe repealing swipe fee reform is bad for the economy and bad for America. Americans agree.
76 percent of all voters believe that big banks got a bailout while millions of Americans were left to suffer.
63 percent of Trump voters (67 percent of all voters) believe that banks are taking advantage of retailers.
55 percent of all voters oppose swipe fees of any kind.

Jason Brewer is here to offer insight into the CHOICE Act, swipe fee reform and how you can voice your concerns regarding swipe fee legislation with your elected officials.

WWW.RILA.COM

Friday, May 19, 2017

05/19 ELIZABETH FEDERICI, KATHLEEN SQUIRES, JAMES BEARD: AMERICA'S FIRST FOODIE, COMEDIAN MICHAEL MCDONALD, NOBODIES ON TV LAND, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

ELIZABETH FEDERICI AND KATHLEEN SQUIRES TALK ABOUT JAMES BEARD: AMERICA'S FIRST FOODIE (NEW DOCUMENTARY ON PBS)

This spring, THIRTEEN's American Masters is cooking up a "Chefs Flight" of four delectable documentaries on culinary legends James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters, premiering Fridays, May 19 and 26 on PBS as part of the series' 31st season. (check local listings.)

New documentaries on Beard (1903-1985) and Pépin, will be paired with encore presentations of films on Child and Waters respectively.      

THE FULL "CHEFS FLIGHT" MENU FOLLOWS BELOW:

American Masters - James Beard: America's First Foodie          
Premieres Friday, May 19, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)    
Experience a century of food through the life of iconic chef James Beard, America's first foodie.

American Masters - Julia! America's Favorite Chef                          
Friday, May 19, 10-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)                
Celebrate the life and legacy of culinary legend Julia Child, who brought French cooking to America.

American Masters - Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft                  
Premieres Friday, May 26, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)    
Discover the story of chef Jacques Pépin, who transformed how America views the world of food.

American Masters - Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution
Friday, May 26, 10-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)                
Discover Alice Waters, who became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food.

ELIZABETH FEDERICI, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER AND KATHLEEN SQUIRES, PRODUCER FROM AMERICAN MASTERS - JAMES BEARD: AMERICA'S FIRST FOODIE ARE WITH US TODAY:

For James Beard: America's First Foodie, Federici compiled 100 hours of raw interviews, thousands of photographs, and rare archival footage Squires, an award-winning food writer of two decades, recruited participants, conducted many of the interviews and helped shape the story.

WWW.THIRTEEN.ORG


MICHAEL MCDONALD -  NEW TV COMEDY, "NOBODIES" AIRING WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 10PM ET/PACIFIC ON TV LAND

Actor-writer-director-comedian Michael McDonald (MADtv, Scrubs) talks about his work as show runner, director and occasional guest on the new TV comedy, "Nobodies." Airing Wednesday nights at 10pm ET/Pacific on TV Land, the new series has already been renewed for a second season.

With Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone as executive producers "Nobodies" offers a quirky, insiders look at a trio of Groundlings alums (Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras) who, after watching all their friends find success in Hollywood, write a feature film script and without Melissa McCarthy's permission, ineptly and amusingly pitch her and the script to the studios with unexpected twists and turns.

WWW.TVLAND.COM/SHOWS/NOBODIES





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, May 18, 2017

05/18 LATOYA DRAKE, GOOGLE'S LATEST MOBILE & COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES, ROBERT LEVY FROM BRANDSPARK, BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS, DR. CHRISTOPHER PARKER, NATIONAL GOUT AWARENESS DAY

LATOYA DRAKE, GOOGLE TECHNOLOGIST - GOOGLE SET TO UNVEIL LATEST MOBILE & COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES AT ANNUAL DEVELOPER CONFERENCE

GOOGLE SET TO UNVEIL LATEST MOBILE & COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES AT ANNUAL DEVELOPER CONFERENCE

In late May, Google will unveil the next big technology and mobile innovations in store at Google at its annual conference: Google I/O.

More than 7,000 developers will descend upon Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, for three days of interactive sessions, hands-on demonstrations and unique insight into Google’s newest products. Together, they'll explore the latest in mobile applications and beyond.

Previous Google I/O conferences have featured the announcement of Google’s hardware line (including Google Home), groundbreaking Google software, Android TV, Android Wear, Google Photos and Google innovations in virtual reality. Attendees also learn how Google services can help take their web and mobile experiences to the next level at work and in daily life.

LATOYA DRAKE, GOOGLE TECHNOLOGIST, IS AVAILABLE TO GIVE A ROUND-UP OF ALL THE MAJOR GOOGLE I/O ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Major Technology Announcements: Breakthrough moments at Google I/O
Consumer Round-up: What hot new apps, features and gadgets will be available for consumers

ROBERT LEVY FROM BRANDSPARK - BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS  

Leading independent market research firm BrandSpark International has just announced the winners of the 2017 Best New Product Awards (www.BestNewProductAwards.com), the leading consumer-voted CPG awards program in North America. The Best New Product Awards (BNPAs) cover four major consumer product categories: Food & Beverage, Beauty & Personal Care, Household and Kids.  Robert Levy, President and CEO of BrandSpark International and Founder of the Best New Product Awards will discuss the winners in the Food & Beverage category:

Bread
ALDI Specially Selected Brioche Buns
Coconut Water
ALDI Nature’s Nectar Coconut Water
Cooking Oil/Spray
Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil
Eggs
ALDI SimplyNature Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs
Flavored Sparkling Water
La Croix Sparkling Water Tangerine
Frozen Treat
Breyers Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato Indulgences
Mexican Sauce/Seasoning
Ortega Skillet Sauces
Rice
ALDI SimplyNature Organic Rice
Savory Snacks
ALDI SimplyNature Organic White Cheddar Puffs
Soup
Idahoan Premium Steakhouse Potato Soups
Specialty Pasta
ALDI liveGfree Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice Quinoa Pasta
Specialty Vodka
Smirnoff Sourced
Vegetarian Food
Yves Veggie Cuisine Appetizers – Falafel Balls and Kale & Quinoa Bites

WWW.BESTNEWPRODUCTAWARDS.COM


DR. CHRISTOPHER PARKER, CHIEF OF RHEUMATOLOGY AT AUSTIN DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC & CHRONIC GOUT PATIENT GARY - WILL CLEAR UP THE CONFUSION ABOUT GOUT/CHRONIC GOUT AHEAD OF NATIONAL GOUT AWARENESS DAY 
           
PAIN IS NO LAUGHING MATTER
How Misinformation and Shame Can Hurt Patients

A Misunderstood Condition That May Prevent Gout Patients From Getting Proper Care

Quick – what pops into your mind when you hear the word “gout”? Research showed that patients, their families and even health care providers believe gout is caused mainly by overindulgence in alcohol and rich food.1 And that attitude is also shared in the popular press. But, in reality, gout is a serious and painful disease.1

Approximately 8.3 million Americas have gout, a chronic, progressive inflammatory arthritic condition that is caused by too much uric acid in the bloodstream.2 Chronic inflammation induced by uric acid crystal deposits lead to severe pain and joint damage. 2 Some symptoms can include sudden and severe episodes of pain, stiffness and swelling, redness and tenderness. 2 And, although for many people, gout can begin in the big toe, left untreated, high uric acid levels and gout will in time affect more joints, including your ankle, heel, knee, wrist and fingers, to name a few. 2

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

05/17 ELIZABETH WERNER TALKS SUMMER FUN, DR. RICHARD GOLDSTEIN, PROTECTING YOUR PET THIS SUMMER

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

The school year is coming to a close and parents are already wondering how to keep the kids happy and occupied during the break. Elizabeth Werner, a child lifestyle expert, is here with some great tips on summer fun and safety.

FUN IN THE SUN
Summer is around the corner, and your viewers are looking for tips and tricks to fill their kids’ appetites for fun! A combination of outdoor activities and indoor play is a fabulous way to spend a fun day.


DR. RICHARD GOLDSTEIN - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR PET THIS SUMMER

Pet owners in New York and New Jersey recently were warned about a deadly disease that is passed through rats. Recently there has been a rise in the number of dogs who have contracted leptospirosis, a bacterial infection transmitted through rat urine that can infect animals and people. Dogs may be exposed to the infection after lapping up puddle water or being exposed to freshwater sources such as rivers, lakes and streams.

Did you know?
If lepto is left untreated it can lead to fatal kidney disease
It can also cause liver disease
Leptospirosis has a high mortality rate when it is diagnosed late
Testing allows veterinarians to identify and treat lepto quickly

Veterinarian Dr. Richard Goldstein, Chief Medical Officer at the Animal Medical Center in New York City is available for live interviews on Wednesday, May 17th to discuss ways to keep our pets safe in the city as well as sharing tips on how to spot warning signs, symptoms and risk factors for leptospirosis.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

05/16 JAMIE PETERS, WINESONG MENDOCINO’S PREMIER FOOD & WINE EVENT, MEMORIAL DAY ESSENTIALS WITH LIFESTYLE EXPERT RAINA SEITEL

JAMIE PETERS - EVENT DIRECTOR FOR WINESONG MENDOCINO’S PREMIER FOOD & WINE EVENT

ABOUT WINESONG & THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Winesong is produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Its mission is to help the small rural Hospital provide the best possible medical care to residents as well as the many visitors to the Mendocino Coast. Winesong proceeds have enabled the Hospital to purchase chemotherapy equipment, portable ultrasound machines for the Emergency Room as well as a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Center, Cardiology Equipment, a Bedside Medicine Verification System and most recently, a Nurse Call System and a Patient Monitor Alert & Telemetry System.

DETAILS ANNOUNCED AROUND WINESONG, MENDOCINO’S PREMIER FOOD AND WINE EVENT & CHARITY AUCTION (SEP 8 & 9, 2017)
Nils Venge of Saddleback Cellars Named 2017 Honored Vintner; Wine Writer Dan Berger & Photographer George Rose Honored as Auction Chairs; Rebecca Johnson Named 2017 Artist of the Year

Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd Annual Winesong event — a spectacular weekend of award winning wine, fabulous food, fine art, music, merriment, and charitable giving. Produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, the main event takes place at the gorgeous Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Saturday, September 9th, with A Pinot Noir Celebration at the nearby Little River Inn on Friday, September 8th. In addition, Winesong has just announced key honorees at this year’s event: Wine pioneer Nils Venge of famed Saddleback Cellars has been named Honored Vintner, Wine writer and aficionado Dan Berger and photographer and former wine industry executive George Rose have been named Auction Chairs, and local Anderson Valley Artist Rebecca Johnson has been named the 2017 Artist of the Year. The Hospital Foundation is thrilled to honor these individuals who have been incredibly supportive of Winesong and our goals to help with the equipment needs of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital.

Winesong allows attendees the opportunity to explore lauded wines from Mendocino County and around the world, all while sampling culinary delights from locally-based purveyors, as well as a selection of local brews and spirits. World-class artwork is also on display, all set against a backdrop of the stunning Botanical Gardens and the majestic Pacific Ocean. Winesong aims to create harmony between one of the most breathtaking vistas on earth and all of your other senses, all while raising money for our rural hospital.

This year’s Honored Vintner, Nils Venge, is universally regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of the Napa Valley wine industry. Born to Danish immigrants, Venge's exposure to wine came at an early age, as his parents operated a wine and liquor import and distribution company in Southern California. Venge continued his pursuit of wine at the University of California in Davis where he earned a BS in Viticulture in 1967. Following a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Navy Reservist, Venge moved to the Napa Valley to pursue his interest in winemaking. In the subsequent years, Venge worked for the notable wineries Charles Krug, Sterling, Villa Mount Eden and Groth. During his tenure at Groth, Venge became the first American winemaker to receive a perfect 100 point rating from Wine Critic Robert Parker Jr. The 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon catapulted Venge to a venerated position in the California wine industry. Nils Venge continues to produce outstanding wines at his Oakville facility, Saddleback Cellars.

Auction Chair Dan Berger is a former Los Angeles Times Wine Columnist and a lifelong journalist who spent ten years as a general assignment reporter and editor for The Associated Press. He began writing about wine in 1976 and has been nationally syndicated since 1979. He and his wife, Juliann Savage, publish a private weekly wine newsletter, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, which began in February 1996. He has contributed articles to Wines & Vines, Decanter Magazine in London, Wine Press Northwest, Tasters’ Guild Journal, Sommelier Guild Journal, the privately published California Grapevine, trade journals Cheers and Beverage Dynamics, and numerous others. He has been a keynote speaker at wine marketing seminars and has been asked to judge several wine competitions over the years. Dan has also garnered many awards, including Wines and Vines magazine’s “Wine Writer of the Year.” In 2010, Mr. Berger was inducted into the Wine Media Guild Hall of Fame in New York. He is on the board of directors of the International Riesling Foundation. He is an aficionado of Napa and Sonoma wines.

More than 40 years ago, Auction Chair George Rose began his long career as a photographer. Throughout the years, he has traveled a long and winding road through the elite world of popular music, film, news, politics, and sports, eventually leading him to California’s Wine Country. During his prolific years as a Los Angeles-based photojournalist, Rose developed a remarkable and historic body of photographic work focused on popular culture. His independent assignments, focused primarily on the entertainment industry, have been published in USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. Over 40 vintage prints of his are in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In 1987, Rose won a World Press Photo Award for news, and was named California “Newspaper Photographer of the Year” in 1976 by the University of Missouri, School of Journalism. The Los Angeles Times twice nominated him (1979 and 1980) for a Pulitzer Prize. For the past 25 years, Rose was a wine industry executive communications director at four successful wine companies: Fetzer Vineyards, Allied Domecq Wines USA, Kendall-Jackson, and J Vineyards & Winery. During this time, he continued to pursue his passion of photography. In 2015, Rose moved to Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. Much of his time is devoted to documenting the natural environment of the county as well as top vineyard estates up and down the coast of California. He is also a contributing photographer with Getty Images.

2017 Artist of the Year Rebecca Johnson grew up in an art-centric family in rural Hopewell, New Jersey. Her parents were designers, artists and art educators. “Life is art” was the family credo. This philosophy enriched and continues to inform Rebecca’s art and career. As a young artist Rebecca embraced the path of the successful professional. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She studied bronze casting at the Johnson Atelier in New Jersey and stone carving in quarries in Vermont. A fulcrum of change occurred when The British American Arts Council awarded her a three-month fellowship to work in Northwest Wales. In this land of stonewalls, craggy mountains, wild coast and rich folkloric history Rebecca’s ideas gestated. Time and solitude created space for her to thoroughly see and imbibe the light, color and form of the land. Her exterior and interior visions integrated and enhanced each other. Rebecca discovered a new degree of courage and conviction to follow her work to its true ultimate power, rural nature and a poetic vision. Rebecca now lives and works in Northern California, Mendocino County, a place of raw elemental forces. Her studio is located in the Anderson Valley, where inside a large renovated barn she creates paintings. The doors of the studio open to a hillside meadow filled with her stone sculpture. The calm beauty of this rural place resonates in her work.

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THE BEST WAYS TO KICK OFF YOUR SUMMER WITH LIFESTYLE EXPERT RAINA SEITEL MEMORIAL DAY ESSENTIALS 

MEMORIAL DAY ESSENTIALS
The best ways to kick off your Summer!

All hail the long weekend and the official kickoff for the Summer season! Memorial Day is upon us, and we’re squirming with anticipation for that blessed extra day off and summer activities. We’ve got Lifestyle Expert and Mom, Raina Seitel. to fill us in on her best tips for getting our busy summer in gear!

Lifestyle Expert Raina Seitel is a journalist, host and mother currently starring in Style Network’s City Girl Diaries. Raina Seitel is a correspondent for WNBC and a variety of media outlets. Raina Seitel is a lifestyle expert with a concentration on entertainment, fashion, beauty, dining, fitness, motherhood and travel. Raina is often found on a red carpet interviewing the hottest celebrities on the East Coast and West Coast. Raina Seitel has interviewed Madonna, Meryl Streep, Bill Clinton, Denzel Washington, Christie Brinkley, Dolly Parton, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Hugh Jackman, Clive Davis, Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt and Rudy Giuliani. Raina Seitel is an Emmy Award winner.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

05/15 CERTIFIED CICERONE, ANDY SPARHAWK, AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK, FITNESS EXPERT JAMIE KRAUSS HESS, TIPS ON STAYING FIT, ACTIVE AND HEALTHY

CERTIFIED CICERONE, ANDY SPARHAWK TALKS  ABOUT AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK 

RAISE A PINT TO FREEDOM 

Toast Small and Independent Brewers During American Craft Beer Week® 

Monday, May 15–Sunday, May 21, 2017
         
For the twelfth consecutive year, the Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), a nationwide celebration of the small and independent craft brewers that make America’s beer culture so exceptional. The weeklong celebration provides a platform for craft brewers and beer lovers to celebrate craft beer. From May 15-21, brewers across all 50 states will hold events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more.

Visit the official American Craft Beer Week event calendar on CraftBeer.com for a full – and growing – list of local celebrations in all 50 states.
     
ACBW provides hundreds of thousands of beer lovers the opportunity to visit and support their local brewery and beer businesses. It’s the perfect time to recognize the ingenuity of the small and independent craft breweries that have made America’s beer culture the richest in the world.


FITNESS EXPERT JAMIE KRAUSS HESS SHARES TIPS ON STAYING FIT, ACTIVE AND HEALTHY

SUMMER BODY DONE RIGHT!
Fitness Expert Jamie Krauss Hess Shares Tips on Staying Fit, Active and Healthy Through the Summer Swelter

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

But we have to be careful of setting the bar too high and not setting attainable goals for ourselves. Sometimes if we push too hard we end up hurting ourselves. We’ve got Fitness Expert Jamie Krauss Hess here to help us get our summer body the healthy way!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

05/12 J. MCCLELLAND CEO ANTHONY SCOTTO, 28TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS, CHEF IKAIKA MANAKU & RICKY HAMASAKI FROM THE WESTIN NANEA OCEAN VILLAS, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY


ANTHONY SCOTTO - J. MCCLELLAND CELLARS - 28TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS

In 2008, the Scotto Family began preparing for the production of a collection of world class wines from Napa Valley dedicated to and named for their long time friend, trusted advisor and iconic California wine industry personality John McClelland. The fruit would be sourced from select Napa Valley vineyards by Winery Director and Winemaker Paul Scotto and vinified with Winemaker Mark Smith at the Scotto family's newly acquired Steele Canyon Winery in the Valley's eastern hills.

In 2014 the J. McClelland Cellars team was enhanced with the addition of Mitch Cosentino, the renowned and frequently awarded winemaker who brought many years of Napa Valley knowledge, experience and vineyard contacts to the project. Since the first release in 2015, JMC wines have garnered more than three dozen prestigious awards and 90+ point scores from highly respected critics as well as national and international wine competitions. Click here to view a complete list.

John McClelland's relationship with the Scottos began in the early 2000s during a meeting with the family to resolve some wine business issues and led to a lasting friendship between John and the entire family. John had a deep knowledge of the industry and a well connected sphere of distribution throughout the U.S. At the same time, 5th generation vintner Anthony III (affectionately known as A3) decided to return to the family’s winemaking tradition and began developing a network of distributors and brokers for their wine portfolio. A personal meeting with John and A3 followed that was the beginning of a strong joint collaboration.

John's contribution and working relationship with A3 evolved into a tightly knit bond with the Scotto family and their wine related interests. John became involved with blending decisions and all brand related issues. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this friendship, the family wanted to honor John for his six decades of service to the industry and his tremendous impact on the Scotto family of wines.

The purchase of Steele Canyon Winery in 2012 provided the platform for the creation of J. McClelland Cellars and the Scotto commitment to produce only the finest from Napa Valley, resulting in our award winning JMC wines. We now invite you enjoy the wines inspired by John McClelland and hand-crafted by Paul Scotto and Mitch Cosentino.

WWW.JMCCLELLANDCELLARS.COM

28TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS

The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 20, 2017 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised nearly $29 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  Its focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure.

The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner!

CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.ORG


CHEF IKAIKA MANAKU & ASSISTANT FOOD & BEVERAGE DIRECTOR, RICKY HAMASAKI TELL US ABOUT MAUI’S NEWEST RESORT, THE WESTIN NANEA OCEAN VILLAS AND THEIR SIGNATURE RESTAURANT, MAUKA MAKAI

ABOUT THE WESTIN NANEA OCEAN VILLAS  
Situated on Maui’s North Kā‘anapali Beach, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas is designed to provide a relaxing haven complete with culturally inspired programs and authentic Hawaiian experiences. Every feature of the resort — from the Pu‘uhonua o Nanea Cultural Center to the locally sourced art — celebrates native culture and traditions. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas offers world-class amenities including an expansive lagoon-style pool, full-service restaurant, beach bar and a WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. All villas offer many of the key amenities of home, combined with signature Westin® touches, such as the Westin Heavenly® Bed and Westin Heavenly® Bath. Villas also feature fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers. Visit westinnanea.com.

MAUI’S NEWEST OCEANFRONT RESORT INTRODUCES SIGNATURE RESTAURANT  

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will unveil Mauka Makai at May 12 grand opening celebration 

On Friday, May 12, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, the new resort situated on North Kā‘anapali Beach, introduced its signature restaurant, Mauka Makai, which honors the farming and fishing cultures of ancient Hawai‘i with contemporary flair. The grand opening celebration will showcase local produce and products and will feature chef action stations, specialty cocktails, local beer and live music. It begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 inclusive of all food and beverage tastings.

Inspired by the ancient Hawaiian way of life in the ahupua‘a, executive chef Ikaika Manaku’s regular menu at Mauka Makai was thoughtfully designed with fresh, local ingredients sourced from mountain to sea. The restaurant’s featured dishes include Pork and ‘Ahi with Maui onion jam, Yamasa caramel and Sriracha honey; Smoked Tako with Pohole fern sprouts, Kula tomatoes, Maui onion and blue ginger; and a Pōhaku Natural Prime Ribeye, served on a hot stone that guests finish cooking at the table. Handcrafted cocktails infused with spirits made on the island include unique components, such as house-made hibiscus syrup and smoky flavors of local kiawe wood. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy crisp Maui-made brews.

Mauka Makai, which is located poolside with stunning ocean views at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, is open daily for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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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, May 11, 2017

05/11 LUCY BUFFETT, GUMBO LOVE, MOMTRENDS WITH NICOLE FELICIANO

LUCY BUFFETT - RESTAURATEUR AND AUTHOR - NEW COOKBOOK, GUMBO LOVE 

GUMBO LOVE: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life 

A delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast's vibrant food culture.

Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It's only fitting that she signs her name with "Gumbo Love" and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.

Her new cookbook, GUMBO LOVE, is a labor of love and includes recipes from all over the Gulf Coast. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences. Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a coastal destination year after year. And with some of the best seafood and produce the country has to offer, the Gulf Coast-beyond just New Orleans-has a vibrant cuisine and culture, making it a treasured culinary destination in its own right. Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. She lives by her mother's philosophy: "Life is short-eat dessert first," so the very first chapter is filled with delectable sweets like Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, and Salted Butterscotch Blondies.

Since you can't live on dessert alone, you'll find Gulf Coast favorites from Tailgate Shrimp and Crab Dip to Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo, and Crab and Corn Fritters, along with dozens of other seafood appetizers and main dishes. And if you tire of seafood, Lucy shares her family favorites like Daddy's Fried Chicken, Beer-Braised Beef Brisket, Southern Fried Creamed Corn, and Greens and Grits.

Incorporating stories from Lucy's childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama, adventures traveling the seas as a cook, time spent working as a chef in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and seizing the day, this cookbook entertains and inspires as it serves up recipe after recipe, each tastier than the last.

WWW.LUCYBUFFETT.COM


FOUNDER AND CEO OF MOMTRENDS,  NICOLE FELICIANO - SMART MOMS MUST HAVES

SMART MOMS MUST HAVES
Mom’s aren’t perfect but they are very close to it! You may not wear a mask or cape-but you are real life superhero! From responsibilities outside the home to cooking meals and cleaning rooms to refereeing squabbles and soccer-practice chauffeuring- we know you do it all!

The challenges of modern day mother hood can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for innovative solutions to your every day problems Founder and CEO of Momtrends Nicole Feliciano has all the answers!

WWW.MOMTRENDS.COM

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

05/10 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, BARBARA BALIK, CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, DENEEN VOJTA, PETER GETHERS, MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN

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.


BARBARA BALIK - DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL GIVING, CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION - 28TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS

The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 20, 2017 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised nearly $29 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  Its focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure.

The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner!

CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.ORG


DENEEN VOJTA, MD - SELF-CARE FOR WORKING MOMS THROUGH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY - TIPS AND ADVICE TO ENCOURAGE A HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY

Women Lead Most Family Related Health-Care Decisions, Sometimes Putting Self-Care Last

Over a century ago, Mother’s Day was created to honor motherhood and the influence of mothers in society, with the celebration becoming an official U.S. holiday in 1914.

More than 100 years later, a mother’s role has increased significantly within the family unit. According to survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians, 90 percent of women say they are responsible for health care decision-making in addition to overall care for themselves and/or family members.

With so much daily stress, how are working mothers caring for themselves? And what do expecting mothers and new families need to know to help encourage a successful pregnancy and delivery?

Deneen Vojta, MD, Executive Vice President of Research & Development at UnitedHealth Group shares the latest trends, technology and what’s available to women and their caregivers to make care simpler, more connected, personal and flexible.

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PETER GETHERS - AUTHOR, MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

Author PETER GETHERS wants to give his aging mother, the celebrated cook and cookbook writer Judy Gethers, a final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all of her favorite dishes. The problem is, although he was raised to love food  and wine, he doesn’t really know how to cook!!

Although a stroke has robbed his mom of her own ability to cook, they embark on a series of conversations- often during meals that Peter attempts to prepare -about food, family, love and, what is becoming all too clear:  the fact that Judy’s life is drawing to a close.

The result is MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life  - in which Gethers embarks upon a culinary and personal journey - often hilarious, always touching, and remarkably inspiring -that will ultimately allow him to bring his mother’s friends and loved ones to the table one last time.

 Peter Gethers' mother - 93 year old Judy Gethers - always understood the importance - and interconnectedness - of food and family. Her father owned the legendary Jewish kosher dairy restaurant Ratner’s on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She discovered a passion for gourmet cooking when she was in her 50s, taking her first job, in the kitchen of the ground-breaking Los Angeles restaurant Ma Maison, when she was 53. She became a mentor and friend to some of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, and Jonathan Waxman, and eventually ran the Ma Cuisine cooking school, teaching alongside Julia Child among many others. Learning to cook changed her life—and the lives of those around her—and she created her own legendary status in the food world. As her health eventually began to fail, her taste remained, as did her sense of humor and her determination to live life on her own terms.

 In her 80s, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke. But her love of food remained, helping her to recover and bringing her closer than ever to her son. At least twice a week, Peter visits her so he can make her dinner, ask questions about her colorful past, and learn her kitchen secrets. Peter decides to learn how to cook his mother the meal of her dreams and thereby tell the story of her life to all those who have loved her.

MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN is generously seasoned with Peter’s trademark wit and knowing eye. The book includes a selection of recipes ranging from Ratner’s Matzo Brei, to Tarte Tatin, and from a loaf of challah to salmon coulibiac, as well as family photos. Peter Gethers has written an unforgettable memoir about how food and family can do much more than feed us—they can nourish our souls.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

05/09 ANDREA CECCHI, CECCHI FAMILY ESTATES, FOOD NETWORK’S ELLIE KRIEGER

TUSCAN WINE PRODUCER, ANDREA CECCHI - CEO, CECCHI FAMILY ESTATES

The Cecchi family and brand is synonymous with viticulture, both in Italy and throughout the world.

The history of the winery is a compelling story of a family, articulated by passion, dedication to the land, and a brilliant entrepreneurial spirit. Using the strength gained from their experience of more than 100 years of love for the land, today the Cecchi family takes on the challenges of the future with that same enthusiasm.

In 1863, Luigi Cecchi was born in Poggibonsi, a Tuscan village 15km west of where he would one day become a well-known winemaker. His father cultivated plots of land where both he and his brother Francesco worked side-by-side. Luigi immediately showed great willingness and initiative, especially in matters of wine tasting and evaluating.

From a young age he started assisting companies with his love and knowledge in wine cultivating, making and tasting. In 1893 he decided to become an official wine taster. During this time he rented two warehouses where he conducted his own wine tasting business while simultaneously working the fields with his family.

The business was successful and began to develop. Luigi and his wife raised five children. In the early twentieth century his son Cesare began working with him. Once credibility and international prestige were achieved it became imperative to plan the necessary investment in order to prevail in the future. Luigi, the founder’s grandson, was the key figure. With him the Cecchi brand distinguished itself in the domestic wine industry thanks to technological innovation, a willingness to seek out wine regions and excellent intuition for business. In 1962, Luigi Cecchi acquired a marvelous estate in Chianti Classico and in the 1970s the company moved to Castellina in Chianti, where the family founded their headquarters. Now the fourth generation, Cesare and Andrea, run the family business.

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FOOD NETWORK’S ELLIE KRIEGER TALKS ABOUT THE NUTRITIOUS BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL AND DEMONSTRATES ITS USES IN HEART HEALTHY RECIPES

Host of the Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite,” and “Ellie’s Real Good Food” on PBS, Ellie Krieger is the go-to nutritionist for creating balanced, healthy and delicious meals. One of her favorite secrets: switching out butter for olive oil. During her live interview she can give your viewers some recipe ideas for spoiling mom on Mother’s Day!

Studies have shown that a diet which features olive oil as a main source of fat has many health benefits, and may even help the body better absorb nutrients from vegetables and other foods.

There are three different types of olive oil available to U.S. consumers -- extra virgin, olive oil and light-tasting olive oil – but often people have a hard time knowing when to use each type. Ellie will help to clear up confusion about cooking with olive oils  as well as provide clarity on other olive oil topics, including on-going testing by the North American Olive Oil Association that shows more than 98% of olive oils available in supermarkets nationwide are authent

Monday, May 8, 2017

05/08 GINA STIPO, MOTHER’S DAY THE ITALIAN WAY, WENDY EACHUS, MADERA VINTNERS ASSOCIATION, SPRING WINE TRAIL ADVENTURE

ITALIAN CHEF & RESTAURATEUR, GINA STIPO - MOTHER’S DAY THE ITALIAN WAY

Chef Gina Stipo is the Executive Chef and owner of At The Italian Table, a dining experience that showcases her knowledge of Tuscan gastronomy and her experience at the helm of a renowned Italian cooking school that she owned and operated for thirteen years. Locals, as well as travelers to the area, will find At the Italian Table is a culinary gem that features some of the most authentic Italian cuisine outside of Italy.

MOTHER’S DAY THE ITALIAN WAY
Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to bring together la famiglia and celebrate mom over great food and wine. Join Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo, of Louisville’s At The Italian Table, a communal dining destination that evokes a family home in the Tuscan countryside. Booked weeks in advance, once you taste Gina’s recipes, you’ll want to incorporate them into all of your family’s holiday traditions.

HERE ARE SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR MOTHER'S DAY ITALIAN CUISINE:

APPETIZERS, PASTA & MAIN DISHES 

  • Antipasto:  Crespelle in brodo – Parmigiano crepes in a rich broth
  • Primo:  Garganelli pasta with peas, prosciutto and cream - this hand-rolled pasta from Emilia Romagna offers great visuals!
  • Gina’s grilled lamb chops - Gina will share her tips & tricks to grilling your favorite cuts while ensuring the best results
  • Verdure dell’estate arrosto (roasted seasonal vegetables)
  • Spring salad of escarole, wild herbs, pea shoots and mint 

DESSERTS 

  • Blood Orange Cake with hazelnut gelato
  • Torta di Riso – classic Tuscan rice & lemon cake
  • Panna Cotta with strawberries & chocolate ganache drizzle

ABOUT At the Italian Table – Cook, Dine, Wine
In the true style of an Italian osteria,  At the Italian Table in the Crescent Hill neighborhood offers authentic regional cuisine from Italy.  The two communal tables that seat 10 each make for a fun evening with great synergy, conversation and laughter.  The menu changes each day and is based on what is in season and fresh.  Chef Gina Stipo chooses and prepares the five-course meal for you, which includes an antipasto, fresh pasta or risotto, a meat and vegetable, salad course, and dessert. Dinners are Wednesday-Saturday at 7 p.m.  by reservation only.

When you arrive, you are welcomed with an aperitivo to get the evening started and when everyone has arrived they are seated at either of the two refectory tables brought from Tuscany.  Due to Chef Stipo’s many years living in Italy, all the decor, furniture and tableware has been imported from Italy and makes for a warm and cozy home atmosphere.dining room after

Whether you’ve been to Italy and long to recreate the beauty and style of your dining experience there, or you dream of Italy and would love to eat like an Italian for an evening, or you are searching for an interesting way to enjoy a meal out, At the Italian Table on Frankfort Ave is Tutto Italiano! – everything Italian.

On Tuesdays, cooking classes are held which feature 3 courses of a typical seasonal Italian meal, including making fresh pasta.  Following the demonstration class, we will enjoy the dishes we’ve created together at the communal table.  Classes are $75 per person and payment is taken at the time of the reservation.

WWW.ATTHEITALIANTABLE.COM
 

WENDY EACHUS - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR, MADERA VINTNERS ASSOCIATION - SPRING WINE TRAIL ADVENTURE IS MAY 13-14

VISIT MADERA'S BEAUTIFUL WINE COUNTRY FOR WINE TASTING, FOOD, LIVE MUSIC AND GIFT SHOPPING ON MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

On May 13th and 14th, the Madera Wine Trail will host Spring Wine Trail Adventure. Visitors can travel to seven wineries and taste a wide variety of award-winning wines, enjoy live music, shop from specialty gift vendors and indulge in delicious food from local caterers and food trucks. Visit the scenic wineries and sip on wine while relaxing on outdoor patios and gardens on Mother's Day weekend! Whether you're new to wine or a connoisseur, there is something for everyone on the Wine Trail.

Visitors can expect a unique local adventure with special activities beyond wine tasting including winery tours, art shows featuring local artists, food, cheese and chocolate pairings at select locations, beautiful scenic views and relaxing outdoor patio lounging. Each Mom attending will receive a rose (while supplies last), and other special gifts can be found around the Wine Trail!

Plan to taste and take home award-winning wines! Participating wineries will have a large selection of excellent wines to choose from, many with special pricing and gift packages during the event.
 
Participating Wineries:
Birdstone Winery
Idle Hour Winery
San Joaquin Wine Co.
Fasi Estate Winery
Papagni Wines
Toca Madera Winery
Westbrook Wine Farm (By Appt. Only)

TICKET INFORMATION:                                                                            
Tickets are available for $25 in advance through May 12 and $30 the weekend of the event. A ticket includes a keepsake wine glass and is your pass to wine tasting on the Trail all weekend long! Tickets can be purchased online at www.MaderaWineTrail.com , and at these select locations: Toca Madera Winery and San Joaquin Wine Company.

Designated Drivers are free of charge and can pick up a pass at their first stop on the Trail. Transportation recommendations can be found at MaderaWineTrail.com. Ages 21 and over only including designated drivers. Groups of 16 and under only. No vehicles larger than limousine or small shuttle size please.

WWW.MADERAWINETRAIL.COM

Friday, May 5, 2017

05/05 JEFF NELSON, LIQUID FARM, PATRICIA RAVITZ, CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE REPORT

JEFF NELSON – OWNER, LIQUID FARM

Our Story
Why We Started Liquid Farm
Before Liquid Farm, our glasses were often filled with old world wine. We preferred the lower alcohol, cooler climate, and more earth-driven characteristics of European wines compared to their more ripe, fruit-focused, more alcoholic Californian counterparts.

We were eating local, supporting mom and pop restaurants and farmers markets. In trying to support California wines, we typically didn't finish those bottles as eagerly as the old world wines on our table.  That's when we decided to make wine from our own backyard in a style we craved.

Our Mission
We seek to support local viticulture and honor our palates' love for old world wines that have naturally high acidity and are not masked by many of the modern day manipulations.

To do so, we selfishly decided to make what we most love to drink: Chardonnay that is earth and mineral driven from cool climates with little or no new oak. To achieve these qualities we were drawn to one of the coolest of all California AVA's, Sta. Rita Hills. Located in Santa Barbara County, it is home to some of the most Chardonnay-suited, unique, ancient soils in North America.

From the climate and soil, to the people and their wines, the Santa Ynez Valley is certainly one of the most special regions we have ever come across. We are truly honored to be a part of it.

The Name & The Label
Above Ground. Below Ground.
Is it a kohlrabi? Is it the world? Is it a beet? Here's the story:

The name Liquid Farm was thought of long before there was wine in barrel. Our goal was to create awareness about what happens above ground and below ground, and tell the story of how both are inextricably linked to wine. Wine is, after all, a product of the earth and the human touch. It is Liquid from Farming.

In 2009, the first four barrels filled with wine and the name Liquid Farm already in place, the label itself was still a huge blank. We had a fascination with dandelions; the way they develop from pod to flower to the white fluffy thing we all made wishes on as kids. You can also make wine out of dandelions in the spring (something we have been meaning to get around to) and loved the irony that dandelion leaves and roots have been used as a tonic for wine-drenched livers for centuries.

While poking around online for botanical or da Vinci-type sketches of dandelion roots we came across a black and white drawing - it appeared to be a beet root that had been mislabeled, but there was a haunting faint line running through the center that kept us coming back to it.

After a little research, we were able to track down the talented artist: Val Littlewood, a gifted nature illustrator from the UK. She was able to transform her fatefully misnamed beet root into our Liquid Farm image by adding color to the bulb, and adding in the flower (figuratively, the grape) that transports what is found below ground, "above ground."

When developing the image into an actual wine label, we wanted to remain dedicated to telling the Above Ground/Below Ground story. The vintage, placed above the line, pays homage to the particular year's influence on the wine, while the AVA of Sta. Rita Hills that lies below, honors the soil's unmistakable impact, which also ends up inside the glass.

WWW.LIQUIDFARM.COM


PATRICIA RAVITZ - PRESIDENT OF THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS - GOLDEN STATE CRISIS: HALF OF CALIFORNIANS WHO NEED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE NOT GETTING TREATMENT

Golden State Crisis: Half of Californians Who Need Mental Health Services Are Not Getting Treatment 

In California, the incidence of mental health issues closely mirrors the national experience. Nearly 1 in 6 adults in the state has a mental health need. The rate for children is even higher. A mental health need does not always mean serious mental illness; it might be depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or addiction. Any number of issues can disrupt daily life and activities. Even more alarming is the fact that about half of adults and two-thirds of adolescents with mental health needs in California do not get treatment.

Research published within the mental health community has examined the reasons why people avoid seeking help for mental health problems, showing there are significant barriers.  The most prevalent factor is social stigma: fear others will view a person negatively if he or she seeks help. There is also the fear of sharing one’s emotions with someone outside the family and friends circle. Additionally, some cultural or ethnic backgrounds can be less open to therapy and the notion of “seeking help” to feel better.

On Friday, May 5th, Patricia Ravitz is available to you and your listeners to talk about how prevalent mental illness is in the state of California and what its residents can do to seek help. She’ll also discuss how a marriage and family therapist can help with many issues ranging from depression, addiction, and eating disorders and matters beyond couples counseling.



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.

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