Wednesday, July 30, 2014

7/30 LARRY LIPSON, PERRY KING


LARRY LIPSON - WINE REPORT FROM FLORIDA

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Costa Rica 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.
                                                 

THE GREATEST ESCAPE MOTORCYCLE RIDE BENEFITING VICTIMS OF MESOTHELIOMA LED BY A GRAND MARSHAL, PERRY KING WILL BE HELD SUNDAY AUGUST 3, 2014!

A host of celebrities, Law Enforcement and the general public will join Grand Marshal, Perry King for a beautiful motorcycle ride from Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, Marina Del Rey to Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills with lunch & concert Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Organizers have announced that the much anticipated THE GREATEST ESCAPE, 2014 led by Grand Marshal, Perry King and a host of celebrities, scheduled for Sunday, August 3, 2014 will begin with a beautiful ride from Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA along the Pacific Coast Highway with stunning views of the ocean to the rustic and historic Paramount Ranch, Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA. Join Perry King for what will be a wonderful day ending with a concert and lunch on the ranch. The Greatest Escape, 2014 will include a BBQ lunch by J Wolf BBQ and a concert by The Walking Phoenixes, a Johnny Cash tribute band.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer which is diagnosed in about 2,000-3,000 people in the United States every year. The asbestos fibers, finer than human hair and invisible, are easily inhaled and able to proceed past the lung and lodge in the chest lining (pleura) over a course of 20-60 years. This rare disease often goes undetected as doctors look to more common causes of the symptoms.
www.thegreatestescape.org

Perry Firestone King (born April 30, 1948) is an American television and film actor. King played the role of Cody Allen on the detective series Riptide from 1983 to 1986.

King made his film debut in the 1972 film Slaughterhouse-Five and in 1975 portrayed Hammond Maxwell in the exploitation filmMandingo. Since the 1970s, he has appeared in dozens of feature films, television series and television movies. He auditioned for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars, but the role ultimately went to Harrison Ford. However, he played the character in the radio adaptations of Star Wars and both its sequels. In 1984, King was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in the TV movie The Hasty Heart. That same year, he landed the role of Cody Allen on the series Riptide. In 1995, he portrayed the role of Hayley Armstrong on Melrose Place. He also appeared as Richard Williams in the NBC TV series Titans with Yasmine Bleeth in 2000 and as the President of the United States in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.

King has made guest appearances on TV shows including Spin City, Will & Grace, Eve, and Cold Case. He has also worked as a voice actor, voice-acting for Samson in the 1985 animated feature Samson & Delilah and the character of Randall in an episode of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron.

www.thegreatestescape.org 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7/29 SAMANTHA BROWN, AARP, LARRY VAN AALST, CHRISTIAN BUTZKE, JILL BLUME, INDY WINE TASTING

SAMANTHA BROWN, AARP TRAVEL AMBASSADOR - TOP TEN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR AMERICANS 45+

SAMANATHA BROWN, AARP TRAVEL AMBASSADOR AND FORMER TRAVEL CHANNEL HOST, JOINS THE SHOW TO DISCUSS THE TOP TEN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR AMERICANS 45+, NEW RESEARCH FINDINGS FROM AARP TRAVEL INCLUDING WHY AMERICANS ARE TAKING CELEBRATION VACATIONS, HARDSHIPS OF PLANNING A VACATION FOR BABY BOOMERS AND NEW ONLINE TOOLS TO MAKE PLANNING A VACATION EASY!

AMERICA’S 76 MILLION BABY BOOMERS HAVE CAUGHT THE TRAVEL BUG WHEN IT COMES TO CELEBRATING LIFE’S MAJOR MILESTONES. AARP TRAVEL HAS FOUND THAT TAKING A CELEBRATION VACATION HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR WAYS TO COMMEMORATE SPECIAL OCCASIONS SUCH AS ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAYS OR WEDDINGS. NEW RESEARCH FOUND THAT 78 PERCENT OF PEOPLE 45+ HAVE TAKEN OR INTEND TO TAKE A CELEBRATION VACATION IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, WHILE 87 PERCENT SAID THEY WOULD CHOOSE A VACATION FOR THEIR ANNIVERSARY INSTEAD OF THROWING A PARTY, GETTING A PIECE OF JEWELRY, PURCHASING A NEW CAR OR OTHER BIG-TICKET ITEMS FOR THE HOME.

THE NEW AARP TRAVEL RESEARCH ALSO SHOWED THAT U.S. DESTINATIONS ARE THE HOTTEST SPOTS - WITH 63 PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS TAKING CELEBRATION VACATIONS IN THE U.S. AS OPPOSED TO INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.

FIND EXPERT ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHERE TO EAT, SHOP AND STAY AT AARP TRAVEL’S WEBSITE, THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES THE NEW “WEEKEND GETAWAYS” TOOL THAT RECOMMENDS LOCAL ESCAPES LESS THAN THREE HOURS FROM HOME FOR A QUICK AND EASY TRIP.

SAMANTHA WILL SHARE HER TRAVEL EXPERTISE AND MEMBERS WILL HEAR FROM OTHER AARP AMBASSADORS, CELEBRITIES AND ENTERTAINERS.


LARRY VAN AALST, CHRISTIAN BUTZKE (CHIEF JUDGE) AND JILL BLUME (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)- INDY WINE TASTING 

The 23rd annual Indy International Wine Competition July 30 - August 1, 2014.

Nearly 3,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states will be evaluated by our distinguished judges at the 2014 INDY International Wine Competition. Wine writers and winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers meet every year in the heart of America, a truly central place for your wines to be seen and recognized.

ABOUT DR. CHRISTIAN BUTZKE
Dr. Christian BUTZKE is a Professor of Enology in the United States’ leading food science department at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Trained as a German engineer, he is past president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and chief judge of the Indy International, one of the largest wine competitions in the US. His Extension responsibilities include the planning and teaching of a wide variety of professional education programs as well as individual winery consultations. He is the editor of the technical book “Winemaking Problems Solved” for commercial winemakers, and author of the textbook “Wine Appreciation” written for the over 300 students he teaches every semester.

Prior to teaching at Purdue, Dr. Butzke was Director of Winemaking for Sakonnet Vineyards in coastal New England. An award-winning commercial winemaker and one of the leading enologists in the US, he has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, Wine Spectator, Rolling Stone Magazine, Food and Wine, and many other publications. Prior to making wines professionally, he was a tenured faculty member in the world-renowned Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis where he conducted his well-known research on wine shipping conditions, cork taint, and wine yeast nutrition.

Professor Butzke is the co-founder of the Joint Burgundy-California-Oregon Winemaking Symposia, and served on the managing committee for the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the largest annual conference for the American wine industry.

ABOUT JILL BLUME
As the Enology Specialist, Jill is responsible for performing laboratory analyses on wine and juice samples from commercial Indiana wineries. She is involved in producing research wine made from grapes grown at Purdue farms and carrying out various research projects. She trains and supervises undergraduate students on winemaking techniques and assists in the coordination of workshops, newsletters, and the Indy International Wine Competition.

www.indyinternational.org

Monday, July 28, 2014

7/28 DAVID FUMERO, GREG KOOSER, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES GIVE BACK TOUR, CHEF CHRIS PHELPS, ZAK WALTERS, SALT'S CURE, EVENING ON THE BEACH

DAVID FUMERO & GREG KOOSER - RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES GIVE BACK TOUR HELPS LA FAMILIES IN NEED 

David Fumero is a Cuban-American actor, former model and US Marine best known for his role as Cristian Vega on One Life to Live (ABC) helps hotel management agency House of Kooser put the heart back into hospitality by partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities to help deserving families in New York City, Chicago, Kansas City, Houston and Los Angeles as part of their first annual Give Back Tour.

The tour’s Grand Finale will be at the Los Angeles RMDH (4560 Fountain Ave) on July 27th, where brunch will be provided for the children. The two hospitable hunks will be on-hand at House of Kooser’s booth at the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) on June 28th and 29th from 3-5pm to play games and pose for photo opportunities in exchange for donations to RMCH.

Date: July 28th and June 29th, 3pm -5pm
Where: LA Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

CHEF CHRIS PHELPS AND CHEF ZAK WALTERS FROM SALT'S CURE – WOLFGANG PUCK HOSTS EVENING ON THE BEACH IN SANTA MONICA AUGUST 7

THE FIFTH-ANNUAL “AN EVENING ON THE BEACH” BENEFITTING ST. VINCENT MEALS ON WHEELS Wolfgang Puck Hosts the Summer’s Premiere Food and Wine Experience

On Thursday, August 7, Audi will present the fifth annual An Evening on the Beach at the Jonathan Beach Club Santa Monica, in support of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels of Los Angeles. Hailed as “the best party on the beach,” by Wolfgang Puck, a long time Meals on Wheels partner, the evening began as part of Puck’s 28th annual American Wine and Food Festival in 2010 and is now celebrated as a single event to capture the allure of a “toes in the sand” food and wine experience. Featuring some of LA’s best chefs, the event’s guests relax with tempting morsels off the grill, vintner tastings, specialty cocktails, great music, and a crackling fire as the summer sun sets over the ocean. Dress is casual, shoes are optional, and proceeds will help to provide the over 4,000 meals needed to feed homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across the Los Angeles area every day.

There will be special presentations by Laura Chenel Goat Cheese, Marin French Cheese, Great Hill Blue, Di Stefano Cheese, and Jonathan Graham of Compartes Chocolate. Specialty cocktails will be served by mixologist Marcos Tello, in addition to a martini bar hosted by Jordan Catapano of This Girl Walked into a Bar, featuring Petrossian caviar stuffed olives, Chopin Vodka and No. 209 Gin.

ABOUT SALT’S CURE
Opened in 2011 by chefs Chris Phelps and Zak Walters, every meal at Salt’s Cure proudly sources ingredients grown and raised in California, all of which are carefully butchered and crafted in house. The laid-back restaurant was designed around an open kitchen to be friendly and engaging. The chefs remain dedicated to offering honest food that supports the local community, and the principle that “if it’s not within six hours of the restaurant, it’s not on the plate”. Salt’s Cure has received praise for the philosophy behind the menu from the media and dining community alike.

ABOUT CHRIS PHELPS
Chef Chris Phelps has been in the kitchen since he was 4 years old, flipping the same pancakes that he’s adapted to serve at Salt’s Cure today. At the age of 14, Phelps began catering in Baltimore, and shortly thereafter he began bagel baking at Charm City Bagel Company. As he further developed his career in Baltimore, he had the opportunity to work side by side with Chef Mark Henry at the Oregon Grille, a position he held for 5 years. It was in this position that he saw food at its peak and fell in love with cooking. Phelps decided to hone his newfound passion and move to California. While at The Hungry Cat he met partner Zak Walters, and the two’s shared philosophies on food fused to create Salt’s Cure.

ABOUT ZAK WALTERS
Prior to opening Salt’s Cure in August 2010, Chef Zak Walters had already forged his culinary path. As a high school student in Oklahoma, Walters took several bussing and dishing jobs to gain restaurant experience. There, he had the opportunity to work at Gaijin Sushi with Gil Gestry for 2 1/2 years, then moved to San Francisco where he worked under Dennis Leary, and Stuart Brioza at Rubicon. After earning a degree from California College of Arts, Walters moved to Los Angeles. While working at The Hungry Cat, he met partner Chris Phelps and the two brought their talents together to create Salt’s Cure.

WWW.EVENINGONTHEBEACH.COM
SALTSCURE.COM

Friday, July 25, 2014

7/25 BETHENNY FRANKEL, SKINNYGIRL POPCORN, CHEF IKAIKA MANAKU, THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT, 2014 KFRESH, STEVE EVANS

BETHENNY FRANKEL - TALK SHOW HOST, AUTHOR, AND ENTREPRENEUR – PROMOTING NEW SKINNYGIRL POPCORN LINE

Just in time for healthy summer snacking, Orville Redenbacher and Bethenny Frankel have teamed up to create a new line of Skinnygirl popcorn. Would you be interested in an interview with Bethenny? She can discuss:

BIO
From a natural foods chef to best-selling author, reality TV star to self-made businesswoman and mom, Frankel’s wit, wisdom and humor first came to national attention when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.”  Network executives saw a personality they couldn’t ignore, and her connection to the audience, so they put her center stage on Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of New York” for three seasons. She emerged as the star of the series, with a huge network of fans, which led Bravo to create a spin-off series, “Bethenny Getting Married?” that premiered with the highest ratings ever in Bravo history and continued with “Bethenny Ever After…” which aired for two seasons.

Now, Bethenny Frankel brings her distinctive voice and candid point of view to daytime television this fall on “Bethenny,” the nationally syndicated new daytime talk program, hosted by Frankel and cleared in over 97% of the country, following a successful six-week summer test on select FOX-owned stations including New York and Los Angeles.

“Bethenny,” the show, embodies Bethenny the woman; it is real and unfiltered five days a week.  Bethenny, "the queen of too much information," brings her honest, non-judgmental and playful perspective to the topics that women care about most; love and relationships, celebrities and pop culture, beauty and fitness, as well as her own relatable personal and professional life experiences.  From fun and spontaneous celebrity interviews to informative takeaway on health and relationship issues, “Bethenny” is the go-to destination where women can come every day to learn, laugh, feel inspired and be transformed.

In addition to being regularly featured in national publications from The New York Times to Forbes, she is a regular contributor to Health and Glamour Magazine.  Last year, Frankel checked novelist off her list with the release of her first novel, Skinnydipping, an instantNew York Times Best-Seller, which chronicles the story of Faith Brightstone, an entrepreneur-turned-reality-TV-star who must choose between fame and love. Her first book Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dietingdebuted on The New York Times Best-Sellerslist and remained onthe list for an impressive 18 consecutive weeks.  Frankel’s second book, The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life was released just in time to support “new year, new you” resolutions with delicious, practical, effective recipes and lifestyle tweaks.  The Skinnygirl Dish showcases Frankel’s renowned “fix-ology,”her ability to take calorie-rich foods and revamp them to create healthier versions without compromising flavor. In A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Frankel put her personal experiences into a framework of rules, to encourage readers to take action when “good enough” really isn’tgood enough. A Place of Yes spent 13 weeks on The New York Times Best-Sellers list. And her fifthbook will be released summer 2013, entitled Skinnygirl Solutions, which will include tips on relationship, career building and motherhood.  

Her skill as a fixologist applies to cocktails, too. She created the Skinnygirl Margarita and in March 2011, the largest U.S.-based premium spirits company, Beam Inc. (NYSE:BEAM), acquired Skinnygirl Cocktails where Bethenny continues to serve as the committed brand collaborator, developer and marketer.  Skinnygirl Cocktails is currently one of the fastest growing spirits brands in the U.S.

Frankel has enjoyed expanding her Skinnygirl brand by creating products for women with practical solutions to everyday problems. Her Skinnygirl Smoothers n' Shapers line was created as "lazy lingerie," shapewear you actually want people to see, all the designs are practical with a hint of fun, flirtiness and sexiness.  Her Skinnygirl Daily nutraceutical line was developed for women (and men) to have a variety of products to fit into and promote healthy lifestyle.  The line includes Skinnygirl Cleanse and Restore, which is a daily cleanse packet that gently removes toxins from the body and replaces it with essential greens, Skinnygirl Daily Weight Management supplement, and Skinnygirl Daily on-the-go bars (which are vegan, kosher and natural).   Her Skinnygirl Workout collection includes yoga DVD’s and workout accessories that are perfect for “fitting in fitness.”  Products currently include: Skinnygirl Mini Stepper, Weighted Fitness Gloves and Ankle Weights, Fitness Mat Wrap, and Folding Mat & Tote.

As the go-to expert for all things reality and lifestyle, Frankel wields her pen (and Iphone) like a sword, ensuring that her fans will get the unvarnished truth along with common sense, expertise and a healthy –always-healthy – dose of humor.  She is on a mission to democratize healthy living, making information available to everyone she can reach through her appearances, books, columns and blogs … and now her daytime talk show.



CHEF IKAIKA MANAKU – EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF, THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT - 2014 KFRESH

In two years, Ka‘anapali Fresh has become ‘the most blogged about’ culinary destination event on Maui. Produced and hosted by Ka‘anapali Beach Resort Association, (whose members include resort hotels and condominiums, world-class golf courses, shopping centers, restaurants and ocean activity providers) the three-day festival features Maui-inspired cuisine paired with local farms and international wines and spirits.

It’s our credo that good food brings people together no matter where they’re from … We invite you August 29 – 31, 2014 to explore the bounty of the island with dishes creatively prepared by our resort chefs as well as celebrity chefs from Hawai‘i. Discover new ways to build cocktails with fresh ingredients, explore a Maui farm, and experience authentic Hawaiian culture.

Along the way, indulge in the beauty of Hawai‘i’s legendary master-planned resort at Ka‘anapali: stroll on America’s Best Beach, frolic with marine life in the clear blue sea or simply enjoy the warm sun and lush landscape.

BIO:
Born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii, Ikaika Manaku discovered his passion for cooking at the tender age of six when he began helping his Irish-Portuguese grandmother and cousins in making 30 pounds of malasadas for family and community gatherings. His interest grew when he began his first job at a bakery at the age of 17, while he was still studying.

Upon graduating in culinary arts at Kauai Community College, Ikaika began his career at Princeville Resort, holding positions such as Chef de Garde Manger and Sous Chef at the resort now known as St Regis Princeville. He joined Sheraton Kauai Resort in 2007 as Executive Sous Chef before his appointment in 2010 as Chef de Cuisine at Tropica Restaurant & Bar, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Two years later, he was promoted to the position of Executive Sous Chef at this 12-acre beachfront resort on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui.

Ikaika’s classic culinary expertise combined with his creative flair and strong relationship-building skills have contributed to his present success. He is most passionate in promoting sustainable cuisine and enjoys being creative with island-inspired flavors such as onions, pineapple, ferns, beets, lavender and goat cheese to enhance guests’ dining experience. He also sources seasonal flavors available in Hawaii such as sweet mangoes with a nice texture, lychee and even mountain apples.

“It is our responsibility as chefs to support island sustainability through the restaurant industry. We can certainly influence the development of agri-tourism by facilitating supply and demand such as creating menu selections that provide our visitors and guests sampling of the island’s fresh farm ingredients and flavors unique to the Hawaiian islands. These include Kula strawberries in our signature dessert at Relish Burger Bistro. Similarly, we purchase at least 20 cases of Maui Gold pineapples on a daily basis to be used in our dishes at Westin Maui,” explained Ikaika.
He further elaborated that annual events such as Ka’anapali Fresh provide chefs the opportunity to meet and partner farmers, ranchers and fishermen in using their locally-grown produce. When he is not working, Ikaika enjoys fishing, hunting and trying out small eateries or “hole-in-the-wall” places for authentic dishes such as the best poke or barbeque burger – just like any other locals.

His source of inspiration is none other than his father who has held executive chef positions in Hawaii. “Seeing my dad dressed in his white coat and tall hat was most inspiring,” said Ikaika. “It is a respected profession and I grew up watching cooking shows and seeing my dad in action,” he added.

KAANAPALIFRESH.COM
WWW.WESTINMAUI.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, July 24, 2014

7/24 ED WILLIAMS, CAIRDEAN VINEYARDS, SUSAN ZIRINSKY, 48 HOURS

ED WILLIAMS – CAIRDEAN VINEYARDS

Cairdean Estate is the vision of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams.
While working in the software industry on the East Coast outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Stacia developed a strong appreciation and passion for wine. She made her first vintage in harvest of 2000, shipping in winegrapes from California through a local beer and wine hobby shop. She met Edwin, an aerospace engineer, shortly after her first vintage. Edwin being from Fresno, California was immensely interested in her winemaking project and educated her about the world-renowned Enology and Viticulture program at Fresno State. After years of planning, Edwin and Stacia moved to Fresno with their two children so that Stacia could go back to school and earn a degree in Enology & Viticulture from Fresno State.

During Stacia’s time at Fresno State, she and Edwin planned their future together and knew that they wanted to  work together and build a family business managing vineyards and making wine. They had travelled the world together with their children in search of where they would land, but their hearts always belonged to Napa Valley - the first wine country they ever visited as a couple back in the year 2001.

After much searching for their home in Napa Valley, it was their elder son Kyle that led them to the quaint town of St. Helena. He was entering high school and very much wanted to attend the public high school there. In their searches for land that would allow a quintessential wine country lifestyle, they settled on a beautiful 50 acre parcel right on highway 29 in Saint Helena just north of downtown.

After relocating from Fresno to St. Helena in 2010, Edwin and Stacia embraced their vision and created Cairdean Vineyards. Cairdean is Scottish Gaelic for friends, which reflects their belief that wine is meant to be shared by those held close to your heart. The Cairdean symbol is a representation of that belief with the four hearts always present and brought together in the center by friendship.

WWW.CAIRDEANESTATE.COM


SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HRS DOUBLE MYSTERIES THIS SATURDAY 7/26 

FIRST AT 8pmET/8CT… “HONOR AND DISHONOR” - Two women shot dead by a solider. Can the Army convict one of its own? Richard Schlesinger reports.  (Updated rebroadcast. LAD: 9/21/13)

THEN AT 10pmET/9CT… “THE LAST CONFESSION” – A beauty queen is found murdered - the prime suspect - the priest who heard her confession. Richard Schlesinger reports. (Updated rebroadcast. OAD: 3/1/14)