Friday, September 19, 2014

9/19 REMI BARRETT, LA SIRENA, BARRETT & BARRETT WINES, STEFANIE SALEM, NEWPORT BEACH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, STEVE EVANS

REMI BARRETT – SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR, LA SIRENA & BARRETT & BARRETT WINES

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL SPEAK LIKE A PIRATE DAY Heidi Barrett’s La Sirena 2011 PIRATE TREASURED! A luscious balanced blend of seven varietals “the seven treasures of the sea”; Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Sirah, Grenache, Cabernet Franc & Petite Verdot in a fun bottle made for the pirate in all of us! $260.00 per 6 bottle treasure chest $43.33 per bottle.

WINERY HISTORY
With the incredible success of La Sirena one might think the idea for the brand was a well thought-out plan; a plan that was as deliberate and calculated as every other winemaking detail in Heidi Barrett’s portfolio.  Heidi would tell you otherwise.  “It was a fluke opportunity.  The first wine I made for La Sirena started as a custom crush wine for a client.  The client hired me to make Sangiovese for a new brand, but ran into a conflict of interest situation with their family, who had other winery ties.  The wine was already made and quite delicious, yet the client had to abandon the project.  They were going to put this beautiful wine on the bulk market and I thought, “Here’s my chance to start my own winery, maybe I could buy it!” So, I had the wine and I needed to come up with a winery name, design a label and get approval and permits, etc. all within a 30 day time period. The wine was ready to bottle so time was of the essence.”

“My husband Bo and I found the name while looking through the playing cards of the Mexican card game called Lotteria. All the cards are different nouns and one was La Sirena- the mermaid! We are both big scuba divers and ocean lovers and here was this great symbol of something magical, like wine, that was a way for me to combine two great passions.  So began La Sirena in 1994 with that serendipitous harvest of Sangiovese.  La Sirena, which means “the Mermaid” in both Italian and Spanish, was born.”

A couple years later in 1996, Heidi decided to focus the project on the varietals she is truly passionate for rather than wines that came along by happenstance.  Cabernet Sauvignon was the obvious choice since she is best known for her amazing track record with this “king of red wines”.  As the Sangiovese was fazed-out after the 1999 harvest due to a grape contract loss, La Sirena added Syrah as its second red varietal. Heidi had always had a passion for wines from the Rhone Valley and thought Syrah could be quite special grown here in California.  This interest led to making not only a delicious Napa Valley Syrah but also a tasty Santa Ynez version, showing off what Syrah can do in a cooler climate. Eventually a third Syrah was added, designated “Barrett Vineyards“,  from her own 2-acre vineyard at the foot of Mt. St. Helena.  “The wine was just too distinct to blend into the Napa Valley Syrah and such a stand out lot deserved to be its’ own blend” said Heidi.

Always wanting to experiment and try something new going forward, Heidi decided it would be fun to make a dry style Muscat. Challenged by the idea that there were dry Rieslings and dry Gewurztraminers in the US, but no dry Muscat, she first pondered “Why doesn’t anyone make this?”, and secondly questioned, “Why couldn’t you?”, and finally stated, “I think I’ll do it!” Muscat is such a beautiful fragrant variety that makes a delicious, unique, and fun white wine encompassing all the perfumey, floral qualities of the grape, without the sugar. La Sirena introduced the first tiny, 122 case production of Moscato Azul to the market in 2003. We now make around 500 cases a year of this beautiful white wine in a cobalt blue bottle finished with a blue cork!

The winery today focuses on making three varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Muscat Canelli. All the wines are hand-made, small production lots made with great care with the highest quality in mind.  Heidi Barrett is the owner and winemaker who built her reputation for making some of the worlds’ best wines during a 30-year career.

WWW.LASIRENAWINE.COM


STEFANIE SALEM - PRESIDENT OF NEWBE PRODUCTIONS LLC - NEWPORT BEACH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL (SEPT 19-21)

Stefanie Salem, President of NewBe Productions LLC, and Founder of the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival, was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1992. Her 20 years of business experience includes having lived and worked in foreign countries while collaborating with political leaders and corporate decision makers on projects involving the promotion of their economies. Her international and entrepreneurial business experiences and love of all types of cuisine have helped provide the knowledge to create a world-class epicurean adventure for Newport Beach.

Salem promoted foreign investment in emerging markets by working with Heads of State, Ministers and CEO’s of multinational and local corporations in the countries of Greece, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Nigeria. This was accomplished through editorial advertising in US News and World Report, Sunday Telegraph (UK) and USA Today. Subsequently, she was Founder and President of Hampton Court Publishing, London, which published “In God’s Time, the Building of a Democratic Nation”, focusing on the cultural, historical and political independence of Nigeria. She worked directly with President Obasanjo, Vice President Abubakar, all 36 Governors and Ministers to create the text, original artwork and photography for the volume.

After completing and distributing the book, Salem became the Vice President of International Sales at Advanced Specialty Lighting, a design and manufacturing company of precision optical products for the entertainment, industrial and scientific markets. She conducted new business development throughout the US, China, India, Europe and Mexico.

She’s now combining her entrepreneurial experience with her passion for food in order to create an unforgettable food and wine event that generates the opportunity to help fund charitable causes in the community of Newport Beach.

ABOUT THE EVENT:
The very First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival will showcase live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, local restaurants, elite sommelier panels, master mixology courses, wine tastings and live music from international jazz artists. Set amongst the stunningly contemporary grounds of the Newport Beach Civic Center and at various restaurants around town, the much-anticipated festival will guide you through a three-day journey filled with flavors and tastings from some of the finest local and world-renowned culinary masters. Prepare your taste-buds. We can’t wait to see you there!

WWW.NEWPORTWINEANDFOOD.COM



STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9/18 SARAH PERREAULT, COMFORT FOOD ALMANAC, CHRISTIAN GRIEB, TREVERI CELLARS

SARAH PERREAULT - SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, COMFORT FOOD ALMANAC

Every dish you love, every recipe you want! Comfort Food, the newest cookbook from award-winning cookbook author Ken Haedrich and the editors of the Almanac, is a collection of more than 200 recipes that you will love to make, love to serve, and love to keep. Here you’ll find everything from familiar favorites kicked up a notch for today’s tastes to classic dishes that heat up the kitchen, warm the heart, and spark old memories while inspiring new ones, including Chicken Parmesan Potpie, Super-Creamy Mac and Cheese, Best Ever Coconut Cream Pie, and more!

For a taste of home that satisfies the appetite and delights the senses, thumb the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food. Its saucy, cheesy, chewy, gooey, sweet, simple, “lick-the-bowl”-delicious dishes will be treasured by anyone who likes to cook—and everyone who likes to eat.

ABOUT SARAH:
Sarah, our Senior Associate Editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 2003. She has tons of quirky and little-known facts crammed into that brain of hers, which may be thought useless elsewhere—but not here at the Almanac. Sarah graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She previously worked as an editor at a biotechnology and pharmaceutical publishing company and as a project manager at a textbook publishing company before joining the Almanac team.

Sarah works on all of our products—fact checking, photo researching, writing, editing, and proofing all things Almanac. She is also one of our on-air voices, regularly chatting it up with radio stations across the country.

Sarah is an avid Red Sox fan and enjoys working in her gardens, kayaking, and skiing with her husband and son.

ALMANAC.COM



CHRISTIAN GRIEB - SR. VP OF SALES & ASST. WINEMAKER, TREVERI CELLARS

Treveri Cellars is a family-owned sparkling wine house that produces some of the finest handcrafted sparkling wines in the United States.

Treveri opened its doors on November 23, 2010 with a mission to put Washington sparkling wine on the map. Since its opening, Treveri wine has been served at White House State Department receptions and the James Beard Foundation in New York.

Producing a wide array of sparkling wines, including non-traditional varieties such as Riesling and Mueller-Thurgau, Treveri largely focuses on 100% varietal sparkling wines, and is also launching a reserve tier of sparkling wine.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN:
As a young man, Christian was exposed to the ins and outs of winemaking in Washington State by working with his father, Juergen. With one of the state’s best winemakers as his teacher, his interest in winemaking peaked immediately, and he’s been hooked ever since. With an aptitude for business, Christian earned his BA in Business Administration from Seattle University, and has since translated his business skills to Treveri Cellars, where he now works alongside his father.

Since beginning his career at Treveri, Christian has completed two harvests as the Assistant Winemaker, and has enrolled at UC Davis in the Winemaking Certificate program. With his father, Christian continues to craft some of the finest sparkling wines in the United States.

WWW.TREVERICELLARS.COM

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/17 LARRY LIPSON, LEAH INGRAM


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 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.
                                                 


LEAH INGRAM - LIFESTYLE AND FRUGAL-LIVING EXPERT - PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM OLD MAN WINTER AND SAVE ON COSTLY HOME REPAIRS

Personal Finance Expert Leah Ingram Shares Five Easy Fall Fix-Ups that will Save Money Now and Prevent Major Repairs Later  Plus, the Most and Least Expensive Cities to Complete these Projects!

Fall is the perfect time to start preparing your home to withstand winter’s frosty bite! Whether you plan to tackle the to-do list on your own, or bring in a professional, getting a jump on small maintenance jobs now can save you big cash later.

In interviews on Wednesday, September 17, personal finance expert Leah Ingram will talk about the five fall home projects to get started before temperatures drop.  She’ll talk about how to use the HomeAdvisor’s cost guide to determine when to hire a pro versus completing the project DIY.  She’ll also share the most and least expensive cities to get the job done in.

The five fall fix-ups include:
  1. Install weather-stripping: Installing weather stripping can save homeowners money on energy costs that result from leaks in the doors and windows.  
  2. Clean gutters and downspouts: Cleaning the gutters once a year removes any debris such as twigs and leaves that can fall in and clog the gutters.  
  3. Remove leaves: Removing the leaves before the first snow helps prevent the buildup of fungus and an increase in insects that can kill the grass. 
  4. Service a furnace: Servicing the furnace annually and completing small repairs can help prevent needing to replace the furnace.  
  5. Clean ducts and vents: Cleaning the ducts and vents annually helps prevent the buildup of dust, debris, and other particles such as mold in the vents.  

About Leah Ingram:
Leah is a freelance writer, lifestyle and frugal-living expert, and experienced speaker and spokesperson. Leah has appeared on programs such as “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” “Good Morning America,” “Market Wrap,” and “Good Day New York.” In addition to her experience on television, Leah is a cultivated journalist and editor, who has worked for several publications including “Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications,” “Modern Bride,” “Parade” and “Street Scenes.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9/16 NANCY RODRIGUEZ, FMSS, HOW THE AMERICAN PALATE IS EVOLVING, GINA NEELY

NANCY RODRIGUEZ - FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FOOD MARKETING SUPPORT SERVICES (FMSS) - HOW THE AMERICAN PALATE IS EVOLVING

The American Palate is Evolving! The American palate is changing with flavor preferences today such as coffee, craft beer and other beverages with bitter notes; fermented flavors (tangy and sour); smoke and complex smokey flavors featuring aromatics like mixed woods, herbs and other natural ingredients; and sweet/savory/hot combinations.  FMSS uses consumer insights to shape new products and Nancy can talk about how Millennials' tastebuds are driving what we eat today and will eat in the future and share examples of how specific foods from cheese to chocolate are evolving.

About Nancy:
Nancy Rodriguez is founder and president of Food Marketing Support Services (FMSS), a Chicago company that has created hundreds of food and beverage products for Fortune 500 companies.  Nancy is a descriptive sensor expert and passionate advocate of linking consumer insights into developing new products.

About Food Marketing Support Services/FMSS:
Food Marketing Support Services (FMSS) specializes in food & beverage product development, sensory services, trend analysis and consumer research for a client roster than includes Coca-Cola, ConAgra, DiGiorno, Hickory Farms, Kellogg's, Kraft, Mars, Quaker and Tyson. What makes FMSS unique from other food labs is its laser focus on the consumer and what they want.  In addition to consumer insights, the product development process also includes trend analysis and sensory art and science , including sight, smell, sound, taste and touch, and professional "tasters" to create new products.  

www.fmssinc.com/services


GINA NEELY – MOM, AUTHOR, NATIONAL TELEVISION SHOW HOST AND CHEF - IMAGINE SIMPLE, EASY DINNERS FOR BUSY FAMILIES

As summer gives way to hectic back-to-school schedules, parents are confronted with those common dinner time challenges, including balancing family schedules, getting kids excited about eating nutritious meals and finding creative ways to reinvent boring go-to weeknight dinners like pasta and chicken. It’s clear that parents are looking for ways to simplify their weeknight dinner routines, with the majority of parents agreeing they would rather spend less time in the kitchen so they have more time to enjoy dinner with their kids, according to the 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey.

But when rushing to get to the dinner table, it turns out vegetables don’t always have a place at that table.
In fact, more than a third of parents surveyed said they forget about, or even purposefully cut out, vegetables when crunched for time at the end of the day. Further, despite four-out-of-five (83%) parents agreeing no dinner is complete without a vegetable, they leave them out of the meal an average of twice a week when preparing dinner.
Mom, Author and National Television Show Host and Chef, Gina Neely offers parents useful tips on how to reinvent dinner time with simple, delicious and nutritious ideas by sampling adding Green Giant Steamers. She can walk viewers through simple steps to help parents conquer dinnertime, like preparing a grocery list, using veggies to make meal-time more exciting, simplifying ingredients and leveraging one-pot meal ideas.

ABOUT GINA NEELY:
Gina Neely burst onto the scene in 2008 by starring in the hit show “Down Home with the Neelys,”which became the highest-rated series debut in the history of Food Network’s “In the Kitchen” block. Following the tremendous success of her television show, Gina released her first cookbook, "Down Home with the Neelys" (Knopf), which quickly earned a place on the New York Times best-seller list. A hit show and a bestseller soon led to Gina’s prime time television debut as the host of Food Network’s “Road Tasted.” A second book soon followed, The Neely's Celebration Cookbook (Knopf). Gina recently released her third cookbook, Back Home with the Neelys (Knopf), which hit stores in April 2014.
Gina has performed live for thousands of fans all over the country, not only showcasing her skills and fun loving approach to cooking, but also sharing her perspectives on life, love,  and the issues facing women in their personal and professional lives.  A highlight of her speaking career, Gina was invited by the President and First Lady to take part in the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

Gina has appeared on national TV and radio shows such as The Talk (as a guest and a co-host), Arsenio, The Steve Harvey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Anderson Cooper Live!, The Monique Show, Good Morning America, The  Today Show, The View, The Chew, Katie, Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. In print, Gina has been featured in a variety of publications, including People Magazine, O Magazine, Ebony, Essence, The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, USA Today, Food Network Magazine and many others.

Monday, September 15, 2014

9/15 MATT SARTWELL, THE CHEF SAYS: QUOTES, QUIPS, AND WORDS OF WISDOM, TOM FULLER, 20TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH, ERNESTO QUINTERO, “A SACRED JOURNEY”

MATT SARTWELL – AUTHOR, THE CHEF SAYS: QUOTES, QUIPS, AND WORDS OF WISDOM & CO-OWNER, KITCHEN ARTS & LETTERS BOOKSTORE IN NEW YORK CITY

The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom - compiled and edited by Nach Waxman and Matt Sartwell

On sale: Sept. 2, 2014

There’s no room for manners in the professional kitchen, where the slightest stumble can send an entire restaurant into the weeds. So it follows that even in quieter moments, what chefs have to say is always opinionated and illuminating. Great chefs have a vision and they will direct others in making them concrete. The Chef Says (Princeton Architectural Press, $14.95, Sept. 2) is an invitation to the ultimate food lover’s dinner party, where cooks from ancient Greece rub shoulders with today’s rising stars. These unruly culinarians compliment, compete, and disagree with one another as they discuss childhood and training, taste preferences and trends, the quest for perfection, and the grueling but exhilarating business of opening a restaurant. You may not agree with Thomas Keller’s sunny assertion that “If I’m happy, then a great percentage of the customers will be happy, too,” but you might just nod your head at this from legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase: “You have to be yourself when you are creating and cooking.You do what you need to do and you do it to the best of your ability.” The Chef Says will captivate anyone who has ever worked in a kitchen, been inspired by a flawlessly ripe tomato, or resolved a crisis by adding more butter.


TOM FULLER - 20TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH - SEPTEMBER 13 & 14, 2014 IN THE NAPA VALLEY RECAP

The 20th Anniversary Music Festival for Brain Health: A Weekend of Science and Sizzle!

Come revel in a weekend of learning, music, wine, cuisine, and camaraderie, hosted by IMHRO, ONE MIND for Research and the Tug McGraw Foundation. Proceeds fund research to better understand, diagnose, treat, prevent and cure severe brain diseases and injuries.

On Saturday, September 13, Staglin Family Vineyard will host a symposium featuring a keynote by Dr. Eric Lander, a wine reception in the caves featuring 70+ superstar wineries with hors d'oeuvres by Chefs Ken Frank and Richard Reddington, a "rising star" concert feature the blues-rock quartet Vintage Trouble, and dinner by Jan Birnbaum, Staffan Terje and Mark Dommen.

On Sunday, September 14, the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater will host a Food Truck Fest, an fStop Warrior Project Exhibit and Music Festival auction, and a Premier concert by American singer-songwriter Jewel.


ERNESTO QUINTERO, LOS ANGELES FILMMAKER AND CAREGIVER - “A SACRED JOURNEY”

Los Angeles Caregivers Take The Night Off For Exclusive Heartwarming Documentary Screening Benefiting the Beauty Bus Foundation Local Filmmaker’s “A Sacred Journey” Hits Close to Home for All Caregivers

WHAT:                        
In Los Angeles, approximately 1 in 5 are caregivers, finding themselves in the ranks of a "silent workforce" that includes 66 million Americans who serve as unpaid caregivers to an adult family member, a child with special needs or a friend. Ironically, these caregivers feel alone in their struggles.

In conjunction with Family Caregivers Alliance and Caregiver Action Network, Clorox CareConcepts is bringing Los Angeles caregivers together for a free, special evening that will show how many are in it together. The night will kick off with inspiring activities and then go into a heartwarming screening of “A Sacred Journey,” a documentary by local Los Angeles filmmaker Ernesto Quintero showcasing a personal story of the care of his brother who is battling ALS.  The evening will conclude with a panel discussion among experts and caregivers on When Care Comes Home, exploring the challenges and inspirational moments it brings. The event will benefit the Beauty Bus Foundation, which delivers dignity, hope and respite to caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products. Guests interested in reserving a spot can email RSVP@pdcpr.net or call 708.305.5075.

WHEN/WHERE:      
Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 P.M.
Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

ABOUT “A SACRED JOURNEY” AND LOS ANGELES FILMMAKER ERNESTO QUINTERO:      
Quintero strongly believes in projects of social relevance and utilizes his skill in video and film to advocate positive change. He has been documenting “A Sacred Journey,” a story of his brother’s fight with ALS since his diagnosis in 2005. He decided to edit this heartfelt journey producing the film.  In addition to pointing the camera on his brother, Quintero most recently traveled the world working with Jennifer Lopez on “Dance Again,” a documentary featuring her first ever world tour. Quintero is bringing light to exceptional stories that otherwise are going unnoticed and his work is unmistakably poignant and recognized by many. His awards include the Imagen Award for Outstanding Stage Production, a Cine Golden Eagle Award and a NAMIC award.