Friday, April 17, 2015

04/17 LARRY VAN AALST, THE BAY AREA TRAVEL AND WINE AUCTION, JOAN KRAMER, IN THE COMPANY OF LEGENDS

OUR SPECIAL CO-HOST TODAY IS LARRY VAN AALST – HOST OF CRN’S WHAT’S COOKIN’ ON WINE: THE SONOMA REPORT WILL FILL US IN ON ALL THE EXCITING THINGS GOING ON IN THE SONOMA AREA

LARRY HOSTS A WEEKLY PROGRAM ON CRN AND IS AN EXPERT ON WINE WHO IS SOUGHT AFTER FOR, TASTING AND MAJOR SOMMELIER EVENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA. HE COMMENTS ON THE INDUSTRY, WHATS GOING ON IN THE SOMNOMA AREA AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WINE.

DON'T MISS THE BAY AREA TRAVEL AND WINE AUCTION!

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The online portion of The Bay Area Travel and Wine Auction is open.  The auction runs from April 1, 2015 to June 21, 2015. Proceeds from the auction go to support the programming of this PBS/NPR station in the local Bay Area.

Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, and community. Let the bidding begin! Get your Max Bid in early to Support KRCB the community NPR/PBS station in the Bay Area... All items in this auction will be part of a series of televised auction events.

Top Items
5133 - Five Nights for 2, Your Choice of Hotel - Small Luxury Hotels of the World
5147 - Three Nights for Two, Ocean View Room - Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, HI
5220 - Eight Day Introduction to Cuba Tour for 2 with Airfare - Cuba Explorer, Surrey BC
5155 - Four Adult One Day Park Hopper Tickets - Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
5221 - Village Wine Club Membership - Pali Wine Company, Lompoc and Santa Barbara
5244 - Three Two Night Stays for 2 at any Ayres Hotel - Ayres Hotels
5095 - Two Nights for up to 8, 3 Bedroom Cabin - The Redwoods in Yosemite, Wawona
5122 - Two Nights Ocatilla Club Accommodations for 2 - Arizona Biltmore
5033 - Two Nights for Two - The Sunburst Calistoga
5056 - Two Nights for 2 Mid-Week with Golf - Benbow Historic Inn, Garberville


JOAN KRAMER  – AUTHOR, IN THE COMPANY OF LEGENDS

In The Company Of Legends (Beaufort Books, April 2015) is an insiders’ view of Hollywood’s famous and powerful: behind the scenes stories of Katharine Hepburn, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Lew R. Wasserman, Richard Dreyfuss, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, James Stewart, and Bette Davis, among others.

Starting with their award-winning profiles of Fred Astaire in 1980, Joan Kramer and David Heeley produced film portraits of the lives and careers of many Hollywood legends, establishing a reputation for finding the un-findable, persuading the reluctant, and maintaining unique relationships long after the end credits rolled. Their stories of the productions and the personalities involved are amusing, sometimes moving, often revealing, and have never been told before.

The book has already received advance praise from Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies and talk-show host, Dick Cavett:

“Thank you, David Heeley and Joan Kramer for giving us one of the best reasons ever for curling up with a book. After their treating us to some of the best, most literate and entertaining hours of television (including Katharine Hepburn: All About Me, Bacall on Bogart, The John Garfield Story, The Adventures of Errol Flynn, and numerous other TV specials) they now offer us a book I never wanted to end, chock full of constant surprises. In The Company Of Legends is a king’s ransom of fascinating stories about colorful, bigger than life people we know but don’t know. The big bonus is that it’s a book about dazzling personalities told by people who actually knew the celebrities they write about, worked with them and, further, socialized with them, aware of their foibles and strengths from first-hand knowledge, not hearsay. That’s something both rare and refreshing in books today. This one deserves a high spot on your ‘must read’ booklist for the year.” --- Robert Osborne

“This delicious account of the greatly talented and productive Kramer and Heeley’s adventures, misadventures, headaches and thrills among their illustriously famous subjects is a joy to read. The quirks and maddening eccentricities of such greatly gifted giants as Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, et al., are all here on delightfully entertaining -- and often startling -- display. In The Company Of Legends is so hard to put down I ate with one hand while reading it.” -- Dick Cavett
In The Company of Legends is filled with more than 100 rare and candid photos of the above mentioned stars.

About the Authors:
Joan Kramer and David Heeley have received five Emmy awards, twenty Emmy nominations and many other national and international honors.

David Heeley was born in the north of England. After graduating from Oxford University in 1961, he joined the BBC in London, initially as an engineer, eventually becoming a staff director. In 1969 he moved to New York, where he worked first for public television’s WNET, and later Top Hat Productions, which he owned with Joan Kramer. He has received many awards, including six Emmys, has been nominated for three Directors Guild of America awards, and has taught a course on directing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He was executive producer of the WNET/PBS series Nature from its premiere in 1982 until 1991, and has produced a number of acclaimed documentary profiles together with Joan Kramer.

Born in Chicago, IL, Joan Kramer was a ballet dancer and assistant choreographer before starting her career in film and television production. She was an assistant talent co-ordinator for The Dick Cavett Show, associate producer for a Candid Camera Special, and writer for Live from Lincoln Center. She then joined the staff of WNET where she began her long producing partnership with David Heeley. For public television and later for their own company, Top Hat Productions, they documented the lives of some of the most famous and well-respected personalities in the entertainment industry, and maintained personal relationships with many of them, their families and friends. These programs were recognized as high-quality, definitive film portraits, which revitalized the genre and made it a mainstay of television programming.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

04/16 DR. JOEL FISHER, LA WINE FEST, JENNIFER CONNOR, MUSTARD GIRL ALL AMERICAN MUSTARDS

DR. JOEL FISHER – FOUNDER, LA WINE FEST

May 30-31, 2015 at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood

The LAWineFest is proud to be in its 10th successful year. This popular event blazed a trail in L.A. to bring wine and people together in a fun, inviting and accessible way. Now a local institution, we’re known to reliably deliver a sun-kissed event that balances fun, exploration and education. Our goal is to help people explore their taste in a festive environment. Our unofficial motto: Drink what you like; Like what you drink!

Dr. Joel M. Fisher – Founder & CEO
Joel M. Fisher, PhD writes or has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California — Los Angeles for seven years and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California and Wine Discoveries. Net. A Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, he is also a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel) and is a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.

Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. Awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America, he is the author of the Wine Work Book, now in its 6th edition.

Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne in 2005. In June 2006 he again led a program, “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia,” to Spain and Portugal. Future programs to wine regions are in the works.

Sara Fisher Chapin – Head of Program Development & Strategic Relationships
Sara Fisher Chapin is pleased to have joined the family business in 2012. She has an extensive history as a senior leader in small business development and brand marketing.

WWW.LAWINEFEST.COM


JENNIFER CONNOR - FOUNDER OF MUSTARD GIRL ALL AMERICAN MUSTARDS

MUSTARD GIRL ALL AMERICAN MUSTARDS™ HIT STORES NATIONWIDE

See How the Little Gal from Wisconsin Beat the Odds & Is Taking On the Big Boys

Mustard Girl All American Mustards™—an artisanal brand produced in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin—is making its debut in leading grocery retailers from national box stores to the local grocer and neighborhood deli’s. One hundred percent U.S.-made, each mustard variety is a product created from the original recipe, which was originally crafted by hand in small batches on a farm in rural Wisconsin but this exciting new mustard might never have made it to the shelves without Jennifer Connor, the brand’s founder. She really could not imagine a world without these delicious mustards and her determination to bring them to market without knowledge of the consumer packaged goods industry and in a highly competitive category where few new brands survive is a truly an inspirational story.

Mustard Girl All American Mustards began with Sweet N’ Spicey Honey Mustard and has since grown to a full portfolio of flavors that includes Stoneground Deli (spicy brown), Sweet N’ Fancy Yellow, American Dijon and Zesty Horseradish. All varieties are all-natural, contain no preservatives, are gluten-free, fat-free, low in sodium, Kosher, and contain no high fructose corn syrup.

With fresh, bold flavors, one taste is enough to realize this is not your typical bottled mustard. Each bottle of Mustard Girl All American Mustards features an illustration of a smiling blond country girl—and she really does exist. Jennifer Connor is the Mustard Girl, and her story reflects a commitment to delivering a premium product regardless of the challenges she faced in the industry.

Farm-to-Tables All Across America – the story behind the brand
The Mustard Girl story actually begins with a mustard man. While attending the University of Wisconsin, Jennifer discovered a supper club that used the best mustard she’d ever tasted. She learned that the recipe—made using the same Sweet & Spicey Honey recipe she now uses to make Mustard Girl’s version—was homemade by then 80-year-old Dave Rendall at his farm. When Jennifer found out that he was about to retire, she couldn’t imagine the world without his mustard and vowed to take over the business. Despite Jennifer’s persistence, Dave refused to turn over the recipes because he felt her Art History degree was no match for the highly competitive business world. Feeling defeated, she retreated to her family’s cabin in rural Wisconsin to contemplate her future. She felt starting this mustard company was her mission in life, but was looking for confirmation. Jennifer decided to go to church, telling herself that if the preacher mentioned “yellow” or something of the like, she’d know her mustard mission was meant to be; otherwise, she would give up her dream.

What happened next was serendipitous, but true. That day, the preacher’s sermon was about the parable of the mustard seed. From that moment on, Jennifer became more tenacious than ever. Over time, she convinced Dave Rendall to teach her everything he knew about mustard and to share his recipes with her. The impact of the parable on her life has also inspired Jennifer to give back to the community via her contributions to women’s and children’s charities. The rest, as they say, is history.  Mustard Girl All American Mustards have a suggested retail price of $3.29 per 12-ounce bottle.

About Mustard Girl All American Mustards 
Mustard Girl All American Mustards are an artisanal brand of mustards made in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The company started small, like a mustard seed, and is now available in over 2500 stores and restaurants nationwide.  Additionally the mustards are the official mustards of Norwegian Cruise Lines Burger Bars. Mustard Girl All American Mustards are best known for their distinctive fresh, bold flavor and come in five varieties: Sweet N’ Spicey Honey, Stoneground Deli, Sweet N’ Fancy Yellow, American Dijon, and Zesty Horseradish. For more information, visit www.mustardgirl.com.

WWW.MUSTARDGIRL.COM 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

04/15 LARRY LIPSON, PAULEY PERRETTE, DONNA BELL’S BAKESHOP: RECIPES AND STORIES OF FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FOOD


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.


PAULEY PERRETTE – TALKING ABOUT HER NEW BOOK, DONNA BELL’S BAKESHOP: RECIPES AND STORIES OF FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FOOD

The heartwarming story of how NCIS star Pauley Perrette and her two best friends created a Southern-style bake shop in Manhattan—a celebration of love and friendship with gorgeous photographs and delicious recipes.

Nestled in the heart of midtown New York is a little shop with a big story. An all-natural bake shop that specializes in Southern baked goods, Donna Bell’s is owned by Pauley Perrette, the actress who plays Abby Sciuto on CBS’s NCIS, and her two best friends, Darren Greenblatt and Matthew Sandusky. It was named in honor of Pauley’s late mother, who is the beloved inspiration for everything they bake.

It all started in 1993, when Pauley met Darren in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, just blocks away from where the shop is currently located. The two became inseparable friends and Pauley’s Southern mom would welcome Darren to their home with mouthwatering treats. Darren loved this food and soon left his successful career in fashion to open a food truck that sold Southern desserts at the Jersey Shore. Eventually he wanted to expand and turned to Pauley and their friend Matthew—who worked in the Los Angeles food industry—for help. Soon Matthew was on his way to New York to open Donna Bell’s Bake Shop with Pauley and Darren.

With recipes for favorites like buttermilk biscuits, chocolate chip-almond scones, and peach streusel muffins; personal photographs from Pauley, Darren, Matthew, and Donna Bell herself; this is the story how one fantastic bake shop brings warmth and happiness—one treat at a time—to the urban jungle that is New York City.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

04/14 SIMON MAJUMDAR, FED, WHITE, AND BLUE: FINDING AMERICA WITH MY FORK, JON CRYER, SO THAT HAPPENED: A MEMOIR

FOOD NETWORK PERSONALITY AND FOOD WRITER SIMON MAJUMDAR - AUTHOR OF FED, WHITE, AND BLUE: FINDING AMERICA WITH MY FORK

Food Network Personality and Food Writer Simon Majumdar sets out across the United States to discover what it means to be American, one bite at a time!

Host of Cutthroat Kitchen and author of Good Eats, Simon Majumdar is not exactly who you might envision when you think of a typical immigrant to the United States. As he says, “I’m well rested, not particularly poor, and the only time I ever encounter “huddled masses” is in line at Costco.” But immigrate he did when he met his future wife, and he was content with a green card until he came across a burly TSA agent who asked him if he ever planned on making it official. As someone who is very proud of his heritage, he wanted becoming an American to mean something, and so he turned to the thing he knows best: food.

Simon dives headfirst into the food cultures that make up America—brewing beer, picking vegetables, working at a food bank, and even finding himself, very reluctantly, at a tailgate.  FED, WHITE, AND BLUE is a warm, funny, and inspiring portrait of becoming American.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SIMON MAJUMDAR is a food writer, broadcaster, and author of Eat My Globe and Eating for Britain. He is a recurring judge on Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, and Cutthroat Kitchen. The fine living correspondent for AskMen.com, he writes regular features for the Food Network website and was one of the voices behind the Dos Hermanos blog, which GQ called “Michelin starred food blogging.” He lives in Los Angeles, CA.


JON CRYER - AWARD WINNING ACTOR & AUTHOR OF, “SO THAT HAPPENED: A MEMOIR”                    

From Broadway stages to movie screens…From Duckie to Alan Harper…Emmy Award-winning actor and pop culture icon Jon Cryer shares stories from his life and career in a sharply-observed and candidly funny memoir SO THAT HAPPENED.

Sporting a 1950s-era pompadour, white pointy shoes, John Lennon sunglasses and colorful patterned vests, Jon Cryer stole the hearts of moviegoers around the world as Molly Ringwald’s loveable, loyal, and quirky best friend “Duckie” in the 1986 classic Pretty in Pink.  And, in the process, he became a pop culture icon.  But that’s not where Cryer’s story begins or ends.  In his revealing, heartfelt, and entertaining memoir SO THAT HAPPENED (New American Library Hardcover; April 7, 2015; $27.95), Jon Cryer reflects for the first time on his life in show business—both onstage and off.

Growing up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in a theater family (both his parents were actors), Cryer was bit by the acting bug early.  A self-proclaimed “awkward” kid in high school, Jon spent his summers at the legendary Stagedoor Manor theater camp in the Catskills, alongside fellow would-be stars like Robert Downey Jr.  At Stagedoor Manor, awkward was normal and the camp’s freedom allowed Jon to hone his craft and really shine.  In SO THAT HAPPENED, Cryer recounts his sometimes bumpy, often hilarious journey from theater camp to Broadway, where his first role in Torch Song Trilogy came about, in part, because of his resemblance to actor Matthew Broderick.  A Los Angeles production of that same play led to Cryer’s first movie job, acting for legendary film director Robert Altman.

Cryer’s eventual casting as “Duckie” alongside Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy in what was to be one of John Hughes’ most beloved films opened doors he never could have imagined—but did not lead to overnight success or full inclusion in Hollywood’s cadre of popular young actors, the media-coined “Brat Pack.”  Instead, he navigated the constant ups-and-downs in a turbulent industry, finding work in a series of film, television, and theater projects that took the actor from L.A. to London to Coney Island.

Following several failed sitcoms, Cryer’s biggest success came when he was cast as Alan Harper in the longest-running and most talked-about sitcom in recent history, Two and a Half Men.  The show ran for twelve seasons, and Cryer won two Emmy Awards for his work.  

With the instincts of a natural storyteller, Cryer shares his favorite anecdotes from three decades in front of the camera—from his first lead role in a movie alongside Demi Moore to his position as one of the highest paid men in television.  The actor’s wit and charm fill every page of  SO THAT HAPPENED as Cryer shares never-before told stories from his career, including:

  • Life in the theater, including an early lesson in how the industry works when he was fired from one Broadway job and hired for another—on the same day
  • Candid details about his relationship with Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen
  • His first Hollywood romance with actress Demi Moore on the set of No Small Affair
  • A backstage look at the classic John Hughes movie Pretty in Pink 
  • The roles he missed out on, including Chandler Bing on Friends, Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s breakthrough movie Reservoir Dogs, Daniel in The Karate Kid, and cocky young soldier Bunny in Oliver Stone’s Platoon.
  • The final years of Two and a Half Men, sharing the stage with Ashton Kutcher

In SO THAT HAPPENED Jon Cryer opens up about friendships and relationships, pays tribute to his mentors, and offers readers a front-row seat as he humorously reminisces about his experiences as a triumphant—and good-humored—survivor of the often unpredictable world of showbiz.

Monday, April 13, 2015

04/13 CAROLYN STARK, THE SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS, SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION, DR. BRINKMAN, CALIFORNIA’S WATER RESTRICTIONS

CAROLYN STARK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS - SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION

SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS ANNOUNCES WINE LOTS FOR INAUGURAL BARREL AUCTION

The Sonoma County Vintners invites members of the licensed wine trade to preview the never before, never again limited production wines that will be available for purchase at the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction.  Sixty-seven unique wine lots representing 12 Sonoma County appellations and cultivated in Sonoma County’s most highly acclaimed vineyards will be up for grabs at the one-day-only auction. Descriptions of all wine lots can be viewed at www.sonomawine.com/barrelauction/wines.

These specially chosen wines were curated in blind tastings held in February and March by a hand-selected panel of six influential Master Sommeliers and a Master of Wine.  Panelist Bob Paulinski, MW, said the panel realized the importance of ensuring that the auction wines would resonate with the event’s licensed trade guests. “The wines demonstrated a high degree of clarity and purity of fruit.  There was a strong expression of place.”

Sonoma County Barrel Auction lots range in size from five to 20 cases and include unique single vineyard bottlings, specific clonal selections, blends, wines aged using special barrel regimes and joint lot wines made by collaborating wineries.

The event includes two special days:

Sonoma County Icons Library Tasting 
Thursday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Williams Selyem Winery
Open by invitation only to qualified members of the VIP wine trade and media, this walk-around tasting will give attendees the opportunity to sample up to four older vintage wines with each of the iconic founders and winemakers behind the landmark Sonoma County properties that shaped and advanced winemaking and continue to do so today.

Sonoma County Barrel Auction 
Friday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Vintners Inn
Located in the heart of 92 acres of vineyards in Russian River Valley, the day begins in the event center and courtyards with a walk-around tasting of all one-of-a-kind wine lots.  A luncheon and the live auction follows in a tented pavilion overlooking the vineyards.

About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness and building understanding of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 250 wineries and affiliates of all sizes throughout the county.

WWW.SONOMAWINE.COM


DR. BRINKMAN - PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY - CALIFORNIA’S WATER RESTRICTIONS

Professor and Director of Sustainability Studies Available to Speak on California’s Water Restrictions

Dr. Robert Brinkman, Professor and Director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University, who’s recent Op-Ed regarding California’s water troubles stressed the importance of rethinking water sustainability and conservation on Long Island, N.Y., will be a great resource on any discussion you have relating to California’s recent water restrictions including, but not limited to how:


  1. California’s existing water system is highly dependent on a network of pipes and aqueducts that bring water from wet areas to dry populated areas.
  2. The water system is controversial because it has allowed areas that are in extremely dry areas (such as Los Angeles or San Diego) to grow in unsustainable ways. The populations far exceed their ability to use local water resources. This makes the cities of Southern California particularly susceptible to environmental stress.
  3. California has a tension between different stakeholders about access to water. Agricultural users are often in conflict with cities or industrial users of water.
  4. 4. California is in the midst of an historic drought that is causing severe stress on California’s water network.
  5. Water conservation is the only answer California has at the moment because they have stretched existing resources to the breaking point already. Lakes and rivers are at historic lows as California is leaving the rainy season and entering the dry season.
  6. There is concern over the ability of California farmers to supply fresh fruits and vegetables to the international market.
  7. Many areas have learned from the mistakes of California’s highly unsustainable system of water resource management and have worked to better manage water within drainage basins. Florida, for example, mandates that cities must utilize water resources within water districts. As a result, cities cannot grow unsustainably beyond their ability to provide water to cities, farmers, and industries.

Dr. Robert Brinkman earned his B.S. from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, MS and PHD from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. His research focuses on urban and suburban environmental sustainability, including topic areas such as urban storm water pollution, street sweeping, climate change policy, and cave and karst science and management.

Dr. Brinkman is very media savvy. He is available for on-camera and in-studio interviews from Tampa, Florida during the week of April 6th, 2015.  He will be based in New York and available for on-camera and in-studio interviews after April 13th, 2015. He is available for phone and Skype interviews at any time.