Tuesday, May 26, 2015

05/26 DR. JOEL FISHER, LA WINE FEST, TOP CHEF ILAN HALL, KNIFE FIGHT, ESQUIRE

DR. JOEL FISHER - 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


TOP CHEF, ILAN HALL - KNIFE FIGHT ON ESQUIRE IS BACK FOR SEASON 3

Get Ready for a Serious KNIFE FIGHT!

The Raucous After-Hours Cooking Competition is Back for Season Three. Leading this Gritty Cooking Experience is Innovative, Young Chef, Restaurant Owner and Winner of the Second Season of Top Chef, Ilan Hall.

Ilan Hall owns Gorbals L.A. and the new Gorbals Brooklyn, which is also serves as the venue for this season of Knife Fight. In each episode, two chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in one hour from a combination of secret ingredients. Sixteen New York area chefs will compete to conquer mystery ingredients and each other, but only one will be left standing. Award-winning chefs battling include: Franklin Becker, Sean Telo, Joey Campanaro, Daniel Holzman, Einat Admony, Jonah Miller, Miguel Aguilar, Todd Mitgang, Vincent Chirico, Tony Maws, Dale Talde, Pete Lipson, Edi Fraueneder, Wolfgang Ban, Leah Cohen and David Felton.

Ilan’s culinary influences are as varied and far-reaching as the obscure ingredients the contestants on his show cook with. The child of Scottish and Israeli immigrants with roots in Eastern Europe, Ilan was exposed at an early age to foods in Europe and the Middle East, as well as South America and Asia. He got his first job working for Tom Colicchio at Craft, and went on to work at Casa Mono, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s celebrated Spanish restaurant, for three years.

KNIFE FIGHT BIO
Ilan Hall is one of the most innovative young chefs of our time. Best known for winning Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef, he is also owner of The Gorbals in Brooklyn. Now, he’s the host of KNIFE FIGHT, a gritty new cooking competition show on the Esquire Network, featuring after-hours cooking bouts between Ilan’s chef friends in The Gorbals kitchen.

Ilan’s culinary influences are as varied and far-reaching as the obscure ingredients the contestants on his show cook with. The child of Scottish and Israeli immigrants with roots in Eastern Europe, Ilan was exposed at an early age to foods in Europe and the Middle East, as well as South America and Asia. At seventeen, Ilan studied in Florence at the famed de Medici Cooking School. Then, he returned to the U.S. to receive his degree at the Culinary Institute of America, as well as a certification in baking and pastry arts at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa, California. He got his first job working for Tom Colicchio at Craft, and went on to work at Casa Mono, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s celebrated Spanish restaurant, for three years.

Ilan has cooked at a variety of events around the nation, including the Wine & Food Festivals in South Beach and Scottsdale, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the Sundance Film Festival. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has been featured in Food & Wine, In Touch, Life & Style, The New York Times, Newsday, Daily News, New York Post, Time Out New York, Salon, Epicurious and Chowhound.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

05/22 ANN WOFFORD, WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS, MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT, STEVE EVANS

ANN WOFFORD – WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS 

Wofford Acres Vineyards and its sales room opened in 2003. We are family owned and operated and produce just 1,200 cases of wine annually. Drawing on Paul’s 40 years of professional winemaking experience and skill, along with Mike and Ann’s passion for the wine he creates, you can be assured of a unique and pleasant experience.

Due to limited parking and counter space we require a reservation (at least 24 hours in advance) for limos, party busses and large groups. Reservations can be made by emailing info@wavwines.com.

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MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT - BEER STYLES TO ENJOY FOR SUMMER AND HOW DIFFERENT BEER STYLES PAIR WITH GRILLED FAVORITES

Memorial Day is this weekend – serving as the unofficial kickoff to summer, which means plenty of outdoor dining, entertaining and the perfect opportunity to incorporate beer into menus and celebrations. Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt shares his expert beer knowledge including how best to taste, pour and drink beer, differences in beer styles, beer suggestions based on wine preference, food pairings for grilled foods/summer bites, and summer beer styles and more.

ABOUT MARC
Marc Stroobandt is a leading authority in the art and science of food and beer pairing as a Master Beer Sommelier, taking his unique and entertaining approach across the globe. Stroobandt provides beer training and education, presentations and activations at various outlets in the U.S., such as Food & Wine, All-Star Chef Classic and Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival,  and internationally. Stroobandt is an accredited trainer for the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body) and has trained through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, in affiliation with the Beer Academy. He has been named to the Honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff in recognition of his professional expertise and services for the promotion of beer and beer culture.



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 21, 2015

05/21 WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPION MYRON MIXON, DESTINATION AMERICA, BBQ PITMASTERS ALL-STARS, MICHELLE METTER, SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST, RAINA SEITEL, SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE

WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPION MYRON MIXON IS BACK FOR ANOTHER HELPING OF DESTINATION AMERICA'S MOUTH-WATERING COMPETITION SERIES BBQ PITMASTERS ALL-STARS!

Fire Up the Grill!

Ask the Barbecue Hall of Famer for Tips on How to Beef Up Your Barbecue This Memorial Day Weekend.

America's favorite cooking competition series, BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars, is back for a sixth season, and this time, some of the greatest competitors from previous seasons return for the hottest BBQ battles in the country. Also returning to the judges table is Myron Mixon. Myron -- who was recently inducted into the Barbeque Hall of Fame in Kansas City -- is a three-time world barbecue champion and known as the winningest man in barbecue. Myron is the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple from the Winningest Man in Barbecue and Everyday Barbecue.

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of the summer grilling season, Myron can share some simple tips for everyday cooks on making that family barbecue extra special; suggestions on how to jazz up your barbecue beyond the standard burgers and dogs; where to find the best barbecue in the country; and of course, what viewers can expect from the new season of BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars.

ABOUT MYRON MIXON:
Myron Mixon a three-time world barbecue champion and known as the winningest man in barbecue.  He is the chief cook of the Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team; the star of Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters; the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue(Random House, May 2011) and Everyday Barbecue (Random House, May 2013).  Mixon was recently inducted into the Barbeque Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri.

WWW.DESTINATIONAMERICA.COM


MICHELLE METTER - PARTNER, FAST FORWARD EVENTS - SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST

ABOUT METTER:
As Partner at Fast Forward Event Productions, Metter brings 15 year's experience in event production, event launch, marketing and public relations expertise to the agency. Metter's extensive background and strategic insight in event marketing, public relations, event launch, design and execution; festival, conference and tradeshow management, and special events provides a foundation for the agency's ability to create and execute a wide range of event concepts and experiences. She possesses a strong knowledge of the event industry and maintains relationships with venues and event service suppliers throughout the country. She is involved in both her local community and the event industry as an active member of IAEE, ISES and AMA.

SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST TICKETS NOW ON SALE EXCLUSIVE $100 WEEKEND PASS AVAILABLE THROUGH MAY

The 2015 Culinary Adventure Includes New Paso Robles Dinner Series, Culinary Personalities, Adventure Tours and More!

All roads lead to SAVOR, September 24 - 27, 2015 during the sixth annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine festival. Tickets are now available for purchase, and for the month of May only, food and wine lovers savor huge savings on a Main Event Weekend Pass for just $100 (normally $150).

In 2015, the culinary journey centers at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch and features a fresh lineup of new events and experiences, including Adventure Tours, the new Paso Robles Dinner Series and celebrated culinary personalities.

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is a unique partnership between Sunset, the West’s leading lifestyle brand, and Visit San Luis Obispo County, the destination marketing organization for San Luis Obispo County, located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Offering attendees an authentic taste of the California Central Coast, the fourday exploration highlights the region’s signature destinations, sights, tastes and experiences.

Throughout the four-day event, attendees indulge in the area’s unspoiled ‘Classic California’ lifestyle, unplug and enjoy countless delicious moments. SAVOR is uniquely inspired by the place it calls home – one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the U.S., the California Central Coast.

The 2015 Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast food and wine event welcomes back its signature Main Event at Santa Margarita Ranch on September 26 and 27, 2015. This Visit San Luis Obispo County, 805-541-8000 ̃Fax 805-543-9498 www.SAVORcentralcoast.com weekend food and wine tasting features ticketed seminars in Chef Central and Winemaker Central, as well as general admission access to tent tastings featuring leading winemakers, farmers, artisan food purveyors and the sounds of local bands.

This year the SAVOR experience features a lineup of new events, dinners, Adventure Tours and culinary personalities, including:

Culinary Personalities - Join James Beard Award-winning author of Kitchen Gypsy (September 2015), international cooking teacher and chef, Joanne Weir, as well as popular food blogger, culinary instructor and author of Eating Up the West Coast (April 2015), Brigit Binns, during several SAVOR experiences throughout the four-day event.

Adventure Tours – On September 24 and 25, attendees immerse themselves in the Central California lifestyle with the return of the popular Adventure Tour series. New tours for 2015 include: Paso Robles Inn Art Bar, an outdoor painting session held at the Paso Robles Inn; Take to the Sea in Avila Beach, a guided boat tour that provides a closeup glimpse of the unique ecosystem and marine wildlife of Avila Beach; and Innovative Traditions at Halter Ranch, a walking tour and opportunity to meet the winemakers at Halter Ranch Vineyard, the largest vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles. For a complete listing of Adventure Tours, click here.

There are several ticket options and ways to experience Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, ticket packages include:

Main Event Weekend Pass –Priced at $100 per person through May, the Weekend Pass includes admission to the Main Event on both Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Prices increase to $150 on June 1, 2015.

Main Event Day Passes –Priced at $85 per person, Day Passes include single day admission to the Main Event on either Saturday, September 26 or Sunday, September 27.

Chef Central and Wine Seminars –Priced at $25 per person, choose between several one-hour seminars, tastings and cooking demonstrations led by celebrity chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and industry experts during the Main Event. Chef Central and Wine Seminar tickets are available for purchase as an enhancement to the Main Event Pass.

Adventure Tours – Priced at $85 per person, embark on a Central Coast excursion featuring unique tours, tastings and more.

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PARENTING & LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND MOM BLOGGER RAINA SEITEL - SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR MOMS

Parenting & Lifestyle Expert Raina Seitel has tips on how to make this summer your family’s best yet!

These days moms have their hands full as they juggle the demands of work and family. It can get even more challenging during the summer when kids are on vacation and routines are less structured. But thanks to some “mom-tested” tools, things just got a little easier. Parenting & lifestyle expert Raina Seitel shares useful tools and strategies to help even the busiest moms keep their lives and families on track this summer and beyond.

ABOUT RAINA SEITEL:
Raina Seitel is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has profiled and interviewed a who’s who of personalities in the worlds of entertainment, fashion, music, theater, sports and politics, including Brad Pitt, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Christie Brinkley, Dolly Parton, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Hugh Jackman, Clive Davis, Michael Jordan, Rudy Giuliani and Bill Clinton, among many others.

Raina currently serves as an entertainment and lifestyle host and correspondent for a number of media outlets.  She hosts segments and reports on fashion, entertainment, Broadway, beauty, lifestyle and fitness for NBC’s “New York Live,” along with other NBC platforms.  She also co-hosts “Naughty But Nice with Rob Shuter” on AXS TV.

In addition to her hosting commitments, Raina is co-staring in the new reality series “City Girl Diaries” on The Style Network. The show focuses on the lives of several, real-life friends as they navigate exciting, high-profile professions, friendships and personal achievements in New York City.

As a style and entertainment expert, Raina serves as a spokesperson for many blue-chip brands via Satellite Media Tours and live media appearances, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Atlantic City Tourist Board, Energizer, Equinox, K. Hovnanian, and Staples.

Raina’s career includes 15 years of experience at CNN, ABC and NBC.  Raina served as co-founder of the multi-platform brand, Moms and The City, and co-hosted the NBC-produced, nationally-syndicated TV show, “Moms and The City & A Dad Named David,” based on the concepts and topics of the motherhood-centered brand.

A former competitive dancer, Raina continues to channel her love of the arts into her work.  Raina graduated cum laude from Tulane University.  She lives in Manhattan with her son, Hunter, and long-haired Chihuahua, Theo.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

05/20 JOANNE CHANG, BAKING WITH LESS SUGAR: RECIPES FOR DESSERTS USING NATURAL SWEETENERS AND LITTLE-TO-NO WHITE SUGAR, CASH NICKERSON, HOW TO “GET TO NEXT”

JOANNE CHANG – AUTHOR, BAKING WITH LESS SUGAR: RECIPES FOR DESSERTS USING NATURAL SWEETENERS AND LITTLE-TO-NO WHITE SUGAR 

Baking with Less Sugar - Recipes for Desserts Using Natural Sweeteners and Little-to-No White Sugar

We don’t need to eat as much sugar as we do. Many crave less-sweet treats, or to taste the deep flavors of fruit, nuts, and spices. These really shine through when baking with less sugar. Some need to lower sugar intake for health benefits, and others are baking for their children, who should be discouraged from worshipping sugar. For all of us who love to bake and sweeten our days with special treats, here’s Baking with Less Sugar.

Beloved author Joanne Chang, renowned for her beautiful pastries and desserts at Flour Bakery + Cafés in the Boston area, and creator of amazing baking recipes in Flour and Flour, Too, has reformulated Flour favorites and developed new recipes to present more than 60 recipes with much less or zero refined white sugar. Instead, you’ll find the famous Flour banana bread made with only six tablespoons of refined sugar, gooey Honey Cashew Morning Buns, Keith’s Super-Snappy Gingersnaps that derive some of their spicy snap from the bite of molasses, and a gorgeous carrot layer cake sweetened with apple juice. An entire chapter is devoted to the unadulterated pleasure of chocolate, most intense when not tempered by the addition of sugar. Cookies, muffins, doughnuts, cupcakes, creamy desserts such as crème caramel and ice cream—all of your favorite sweets are here, and all made by Baking with Less Sugar.

Joanne Chang is the co-owner and pastry chef at Flour Bakery + Café, with locations in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and co-owner of Myers + Chang.

WWW.FLOURBAKERY.COM



AUTHOR, CASH NICKERSON - HOW TO “GET TO NEXT”  IN TODAY’S RAPIDLY CHANGING MARKETPLACE

Author Cash Nickerson Explains his Unusual Sources of Inspiration, and How This Essay Collection Can Help You!

Talk about a great gift for a college graduate… What can you learn from a monk while flying at 37,000 feet? What can a six-month old teach you about moving and maneuvering through the world? And why should you attend summer camp when you’re in your 50s? Cash Nickerson has all the answers in Getting to Next: Lessons to Help Take Your Career to the Next Level.  An observer, seeker, and doer, Cash has traveled the world and brings to his writing a mix of global insight, practical ideas, and a deep understanding of what it takes to get to next.  The essay format offers readers a feeling of conversation and allows for the book to be read in doses.  Nickerson’s Nuggets of Wisdom will allow you to enhance your employability, step up your game at your current job, and seek a better work-life balance.

ESSAYS IN THE BOOK ARE DESIGNED AROUND 4 KEY TOPICS:
Career Beginnings – focused on the early stages of anyone’s career
For Leaders & Future Leaders – helpful to those who aspire to lead and those who are already there
Trends – covering social media and demographic tendencies that can encourage people to think about their career differently
Reflections – essays Nickerson wrote after a significant life event
BIO FOR  CASH NICKERSON Author and Business Expert

Cash Nickerson is President and CFO of PDS Tech, Inc., a position he has held for 10 years.  With over $440 million in annual sales, PDS is the fourth largest engineering and IT staffing firm in the United States. He has held a variety of legal and executive positions in his 25 year plus career including serving as an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad, an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block, one of Chicago’s five largest law firms and chairman and CEO of an internet company he took public through a reverse merger. Mr. Nickerson holds a JD and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis where he was an editor of the law review and a recipient of the US Steel Scholarship. Mr. Nickerson is Chairman of the Dallas Regional Cabinet for Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the National Council of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and International Council of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. Mr. Nickerson serves on the Equifax Workforce Solutions Client Advisory Board.

Mr. Nickerson is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas and is a member of the American, Los Angeles and Dallas Bar Associations. He received the Global Philanthropy Award from Washington University for his support of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. He is an avid martial artist, ranked as a third degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and he is a Russian Martial Arts instructor. Mr. Nickerson is the author of the recently released, critically acclaimed book on employment, “StagNation, Understanding the New Normal in Employment.”

CASHNICKERSON.COM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

05/19 ULTRA-DISTANCE ATHLETE RICH ROLL, CHEF JULIE PIATT, PLANTPOWER WAY, JOE MANTEGNA. THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT ON PBS, FOOD NETWORK STAR SUNNY ANDERSON, GRILLING FOR HEROES

ULTRA-DISTANCE ATHLETE RICH ROLL & HIS WIFE CHEF JULIE PIATT – AUTHORS, PLANTPOWER WAY

A transformative family lifestyle guide on the power of plant-based eating—with 120 recipes—from world-renowned vegan ultra-distance athlete Rich Roll and his chef wife Julie Piatt
Fitness Magazine named Rich as one of the 25 Fittest Men on the Planet!!

Created by renowned vegan ultra-distance athlete and high-profile wellness advocate Rich Roll and his chef wife Julie Piatt, The Plantpower Way shares the joy and vibrant health they and their whole family have experienced living a plant-based lifestyle. Bursting with inspiration, practical guidance, and beautiful four-color photography, The Plantpower Way has more than 120 delicious, easy-to-prepare whole food recipes, including hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus healthful and delicious smoothies and juices, and decadent desserts.

But beyond the plate, at its core, The Plantpower Way is a plant-centric lifestyle primer that finally provides the modern family with a highly accessible roadmap to long-term wellness and vibrant body, mind, and spirit health. The Plantpower Way is better than a diet: It's a celebration of a delicious, simple, and sustainable lifestyle that will give families across the country a new perspective and path to living their best life.

Meet the Authors
A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich Roll is a world-renowned plant-based ultra-endurance athlete, bestselling author, full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate and motivational speaker.

Born in Colorado and raised in Alaska, Julie Piatt has spent decades traveling many paths and studying many traditions. She is a true renaissance artist who expresses her creative voice as a plant-based chef, singer-songwriter, yogi, sculptor, painter, spiritual guide, and homeschooling parent to four children.

Rich and Julie live with their four children in Malibu Canyon outside of Los Angeles


JOE MANTEGNA – HONORING OUR AMERICAN HEROES FOR OVER 25 YEARS: THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT ON PBS LIVE FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL  

JOE MANTEGNA AND GARY SINISE MARK 10TH ANNIVERSARY CO-HOSTING THE NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE

All-Star Line-Up Featuring General Colin Powell, Gloria Estefan, Tess-anne Chin, Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson!

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 Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise.  The broadcast marks the tenth anniversary that the acclaimed actors, who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service, co-host the event.  The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will showcase courageous American heroes disabled for life; shine a spotlight on Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war; and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); multi Grammy Award-winning music legend Gloria Estefan; THE VOICE 2014 winner Tessanne Chin; classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; and world renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly (additional performers to be announced).  The 26th annual broadcast airs live on PBS Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

The 2015 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature the following segments:
There are over 4 million living disabled American veterans, a visible reminder of the toll of America’s wars through the decades.  A new national memorial in Washington, DC to pay tribute to these courageous American heroes disabled for life was dedicated in October 2014. The concert will feature the poignant stories of two veterans from different eras severely injured in war and living with life-altering disabilities.
Through the eyes of Gold Star Children, those who have lost a parent to war, we learn how their lives are changed forever.
This summer will mark 70 years since the end of hostilities in both Europe and Asia.  As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the deadliest war in human history, we honor the sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation, and remember the estimated 60 million men, women and children worldwide whose lives were brutally ended in the war.


FOOD NETWORK STAR SUNNY ANDERSON - GRILLING FOR HEROES... JUST IN TIME FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

NEW GRILLING COOKBOOK RAISES MONEY FOR WOUNDED VETERANS

Just in time for Memorial Day, the biggest grilling holiday of the year, the Propane Education & Research Council is debuting a new cookbook, Grilling for Heroes, to raise money for wounded veterans. The cookbook features a foreword and recipe from Food Network personality Sunny Anderson.

Goodwill donations will be accepted in exchange for downloads of the cookbook at GrillingForHeroes.com. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit whose programs enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 wounded service members and their families.

The cookbook opens with a message from Anderson, an Air Force veteran and co-host of the Food Network show, “The Kitchen.” It also features a compilation of 50 original grilling recipes along with heartfelt stories of military servicemen and servicewomen as submitted by food bloggers and grill enthusiasts from across the country.

Hundreds of recipe submissions were collected through a contest last summer on GrillingForHeroes.com. From those entries, Anderson hand-picked her favorite recipe and story of military service, featured below. The winner, Shawn Syphus, a food blogger at I Wash You Dry, will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend.

Visit GrillingForHeroes.com to donate and download the grilling cookbook, now available throughout 2015. GrillingForHeroes.com also features PERC’s tips for safe grilling including proper grill placement, what to do if the flame goes out, and proper procedures for relighting.

ABOUT HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS:
The mission of Hope For The Warriors (HopeForTheWarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families

ABOUT SUNNY ANDERSON:
While growing up traveling the world as an Army brat, Sunny's parents always encouraged her to indulge in the local cuisine. When she joined the Air Force as a radio broadcaster and journalist, she continued her trek through the world for news stories while indulging in culinary finds along the way. Upon leaving the Air Force an award-winning broadcaster, she continued her travels as a radio DJ in many cities, culminating in her dream job in New York at a #1 rated radio station. There, as a hobby she began cooking for her friends in the entertainment business and turned her growing client list into a catering company. That led to a guest appearance on Food Network’s Emeril Live! in 2005 and shortly after, she left her radio career and closed her catering business to focus on chasing yet another dream, sharing her recipes with the Food Network audience. Things worked out in 2007 with her first show, Gotta Get It, a food gadget show, quickly followed by Cooking for Real, How'd That Get On My Plate and other Food Network show appearances. Her cooking style combines classic comfort foods along with unique flavors inspired by her many travels. She is the author of NY Times Best Seller Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life and is currently a co-host on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Sunny lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with her 4 rescue cats, Cheddar Cheese, Truffle Tycoon, Milky Mouth and Sea Salt.

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