Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8/27 HAL NORDBLOM, ASTON AT THE WHALER ON KA’ANAPALI BEACH, ALEXIS EATON, SUSAN HAVENS, SHERATON MAUI

THE WHAT'S COOKIN' CREW IS BROADCASTING LIVE FROM THE SHERATON MAUI TALKING ABOUT THE UPCOMING KFRESH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL!


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HAL NORDBLOM - GM, ASTON AT THE WHALER ON KA’ANAPALI BEACH

In the heart of Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach Resort, the 360-room Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach offers beautiful Pacific views, island-style hospitality and the convenience of luxury condominium living with hotel amenities.

Action abounds with immediate ocean access for year-round snorkeling, swimming and surfing. The resort is also situated across from Kaanapali's championship golf courses, and provides private entry to Whalers Village with its beachfront restaurants and shops.

Ranging from 640 to nearly 2,000 sq. ft., all spacious suites and studios feature complimentary WiFi, fully-equipped kitchens and private lanais - some wrapping around corner suites for even more expansive ocean views. Or upgrade to a Premium Suite. Available in studio, one- and two-bedroom categories, these luxury condominium suites feature designer kitchens, top-of-the-line appliances and contemporary furnishings to provide a truly premium experience. Premium Suite guests are also treated to a selection of luxurious in-room amenities including fresh orchids, rich chocolates, Maui-grown coffee and Malie reed diffuser.

WWW.WHALERKAANAPALI.COM

ALEXIS EATON & SUSAN HAVENS - SHERATON MAUI RESORT AND SPA














The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the premier location for a dream Hawaiian vacation. Situated on Kaanapali Beach, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the most romantic escape in all the Hawaiian Islands… the dramatic point at which the legendary Black Rock of Kaanapali meets the ocean. Anchored by the Black Rock itself, this spectacular Maui hotel beckons hopeless romantics, discerning honeymooners, and fun-seeking families.

WWW.SHERATON-MAUI.COM


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8/26 DAVE WILLIAMS, FRANK FORBES, BEACH ACTIVITIES OF MAUI, FRED TORRES, KAANAPALI ALII RESORT, TOM FAIRBANKS, KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL, ALEXIS EATON, SHERATON MAUI RESPORT, KFRESH

THE WHAT'S COOKIN' CREW IS BROADCASTING LIVE FROM THE BEAUTIFUL SHERATON MAUI RESORT & SPA TALKING ABOUT THE UPCOMING KAANAPALI FRESH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL!



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DAVE WILLIAMS & FRANK FORBES - BEACH ACTIVITIES OF MAUI
Beach Activities of Maui & U.V. Rays Hawaii is your full service beach and pool recreation specialists since 1977, throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

We offer concierge services, beach, ocean and pool rentals with a variety of high end retail and rental products, to include Maui Jim sunglasses, and a total product line of Absolutely Natural Sun Care products.

Our sun-tanning specialist and knowledgeable staff are trained to assist visitors at the beach, and on the pool deck, with the number one goal “service”.

WWW.BAMHAWAII.COM


FRED TORRES - HOTEL OPERATIONS MANAGER, KA’ANAPALI ALI’I RESORT

Directly located on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina, Maui, Kaanapali Alii offers four times more space than a standard hotel room and walking access to everything Kaanapali Resort has to offer.

The luxurious Maui vacation rentals of Kaanapali Alii are the ideal choice for extended families, friends traveling together, and couple getaways. This idyllic Maui resort is a calm oasis on Kaanapali Beach yet just a short stroll to Whalers Village, ocean activities, shopping and restaurants. There is also a free shuttle within Kaanapali Resort.

The unmatched advantages of Kaanapali Alii Resort include:
Four times more space than a standard hotel room: Compare a Kaanapali Alii one- or two-bedroom luxury condo with 1,500-1,900 square feet to a hotel room of 400 square feet and there’s no contest. Here your Alii Maui vacation rental means a fully furnished home away from home, designed for tropical vacation living. Think about the additional comfort this Maui resort provides with lots of inviting space to gather together as well as ample private space to getaway.

Golf just steps from Kaanapali Alii Resort
Your Maui vacation rental at Kaanapali Alii is close to the Kaanapali Golf Courses which boasts 36 holes of legendary golf rich in history and tradition. Built on the playground of ancient Hawaiian royalty, the two Robert Trent Jones courses offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the scenic West Maui Mountains.

So many ways to save at Kaanapali Alii Resort including:
No resort fee; parking is always free and each of our Maui condos offers complimentary high-speed internet. You will also save by preparing easy meals from your gourmet kitchen; or grilling at our beachfront gas barbeque picnic pavilion; complimentary and unlimited use of our new fitness center & yoga studio and free play on the private lighted Alii tennis courts.

WWW.KAANAPALIALII.COM


TOM FAIRBANKS - FOOD & BEVERAGE DIRECTOR, KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL

Welcome to our home nestled on eleven acres along Maui’s renowned Kaanapali Beach. While you’re with us, it will be our privilege to show you our island, our Hawaiian Culture and what “Aloha” really feels like. In the way that only locals can.


Kaanapali Beach Hotel is more than just another hotel set amongst tropical gardens. Here, you’ll experience the little touches that you’d only find in any Hawaiian home, like bedspreads of Hawaiian quilt design and tropical furnishings. And always, the warmth of a smile. Because once you’re here, you’re family.

WWW.KBHMAUI.COM

ALEXIS EATON - PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR, SHERATON MAUI RESORT AND SPA

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the premier location for a dream Hawaiian vacation. Situated on Kaanapali Beach, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the most romantic escape in all the Hawaiian Islands… the dramatic point at which the legendary Black Rock of Kaanapali meets the ocean. Anchored by the Black Rock itself, this spectacular Maui hotel beckons hopeless romantics, discerning honeymooners, and fun-seeking families.

WWW.SHERATON-MAUI.COM


Monday, August 25, 2014

8/25 LARRY VAN AALST, SONOMA WINE REPORT, SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND

LARRY VAN AALST – HOST, SONOMA WINE REPORT TALKS ABOUT THE UPCOMING SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND

The first thing you notice at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the decided lack of distance between yourself and the people who grow and make some of the world’s most amazing wine and food. For three delicious, decadent days, you’ll experience, up close and personal, Sonoma’s full bounty of flavors. Rub shoulders with winegrowers and makers from the pioneers to the rising stars. Offer your compliments to the chefs, both acclaimed and up-and-coming.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature, and largest, charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. Jointly produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, all proceeds benefit local charities. Since its inception, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $12 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

8/22 HONORE COMFORT, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS, SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND, SHELLEY KEKUNA, KAANAPALI BEACH RESORT ASSOCIATION, KFRESH, STEVE EVANS

HONORE COMFORT - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS - SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND

The first thing you notice at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the decided lack of distance between yourself and the people who grow and make some of the world’s most amazing wine and food. For three delicious, decadent days, you’ll experience, up close and personal, Sonoma’s full bounty of flavors. Rub shoulders with winegrowers and makers from the pioneers to the rising stars. Offer your compliments to the chefs, both acclaimed and up-and-coming.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature, and largest, charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. Jointly produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, all proceeds benefit local charities. Since its inception, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $12 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.

BIO
Honore Comfort, joined the Sonoma County Vintners as Executive Director in 2006.  Formerly with Foster’s Wine Estates, Ms. Comfort brings an extensive background in wine marketing, consumer marketing, and not-for profit management to the organization.  As Group Brand Manager for Luxury Imports for Fosters, Ms. Comfort was responsible for marketing major wine brands to the North American market including Penfolds and Wynn’s along with other boutique luxury brands.  Prior to the merger with Foster’s, she managed the Rosemount Estate brand for Southcorp Wines and was responsible for a 2 million case business in the US, Canada, and Latin America. She started her wine career as Director of Marketing for a small, family owned winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley.

Ms. Comfort gained her marketing and advertising expertise while working as Director of Print Media for Macy’s West in San Francisco.  Her career also includes four years as a successful strategic planner and corporate fundraiser for the Art Institute of Chicago, and other non-profit museums and institutions around the United States. Honore has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts Administration both from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley.  Ms. Comfort lives in Healdsburg with her husband, and together they manage their micro-vineyard of 40 year-old Dry Creek Valley Cabernet.

www.sonomawine.com


SHELLEY KEKUNA - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT KA'ANAPALI BEACH RESORT ASSOCIATION - 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.

WWW.KAANAPALIFRESH.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, August 21, 2014

8/21 ERIC GREENWALD, GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA, MELODIE HILTON, NAPA RIVER INN

ERIC GREENWALD - PRESIDENT AND COO, GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA

HISTORY
IN THE WORLD OF PIZZA...Grimaldi's is an institution.
With over 100 years of coal fired brick-oven pizza-making traditions, we continue to ensure that future generations are able to experience our distinctive and truly authentic pizza.

Why coal-fired brick ovens? The tantalizing aroma of pizza and calzones baked to perfection in our signature coal burning oven offers a unique flavor and a crisp crust that is just not possible from gas, convection, or wood burning ovens. Our fresh ingredients, handmade mozzarella, 'secret recipe' dough and pizza sauce make us the most award-winning pizzeria in the United States. It is our passion for pizza that has made us a "must have" for pizza lovers and celebrities alike, including Frank Sinatra and former NYC Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

PHILOSOPHY
“At Grimaldi's, our key ingredients are three simple things: People, Product and Service. These ingredients are the recipe for our success. “ These are words we live and work by, as we continually strive to be extraordinary. Putting quality first is core to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria’s way of doing business, a strategy that strongly differentiates us from most every other competitor, in the industry.  Above all, we have worked to develop a creative atmosphere that is fun, emphasizes quality and rewards our employees, guests, purveyors, and community. We constantly try to get to the “Yes” and that is what we believes makes our guests keep coming back for more. Our culture-centered philosophy remains the foundation of company operations today.

BIO
Eric J. Greenwald is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.  Launched in 2003, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria focuses on building and operating restaurant units that deliver a differentiated, upscale dining experience. Grimaldi's Pizzeria is currently considered one of the fastest growing, pizza brands.

Greenwald leads the company with more than 32 restaurants, 2,000 employees and $60 million in annual sales. With an entrepreneur's energy, vision and passion, Greenwald's sights are set on continuing their national expansion. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria currently has  locations across the US, including Texas, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, and its flagship stores in New York City. They have shown tremendous growth and have promised to continue their expansion plans throughout the country in 2014; including new locations in California, Colorado, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas.

Prior to his current role as President, Eric served as Chief Operating Officer of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, spearheading, its national expansion since 2003. Greenwald has 20-plus years of restaurant operating experience, including two years as Director of Operations for the Mastro’s Restaurant Group, as well as several management positions, within the restaurant Industry. Greenwald also plays a intergral role on the National Restaurant Association's Pizza Council.

Originally from New Jersey, Greenwald attended school at Arizona State University. He now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

WWW.GRIMALDISPIZZERIA.COM


MELODIE HILTON - DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PR, NAPA RIVER INN 

Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill, Where History Meets Luxury
Our decadent urban hotel is a mixture of high style and warmth; an unexpected blend of history, art, entertainment, world class food and unforgettable wine. A delightfully unique experience among Napa Valley hotels…

Situated within the Historic Napa Mill, our inn is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America. Start with breakfast on your balcony from Sweetie Pies Bakery, relax with a spa treatment at La Pelle Skin Spa, sample from your choice of thousands of Napa Valley wines, enjoy an indulgent dinner at any of our award winning restaurants, and wrap up your evening with some live music and classic desserts in Silo‘s Jazz Club. Our downtown Napa hotel has everything you could ever want in a hotel stay – without ever having to get back into your car.
Visit downtown; Napa Valley at its finest. We‘ll make sure your stay is wonderfully unforgettable.

BIO
Currently is the Director of Marketing and PR for Napa River Inn, and long-time Napa resident. Was a journalist, writing for numerous local wine and food publications, as well as  regional AND NATIONAL PRINT, ONLINE, AND BROADCAST PUBLICATIONS.

WWW.NAPARIVERINN.COM