Sunday, October 31, 2010

11/1-Tim Flowers

Tim Flowers-Food and Beverage Manager Montage Deer Valley Resort

Tim Flowers joins Montage Hotels & Resorts with a passion for food, wine and spirits, and a notable management career working with some of the finest luxury resorts and chef-driven restaurants in North America. Previously, he was with the nationally-renowned Mina Group, where he served as General Manger of Michael Mina's highly acclaimed Stonehill Tavern (St. Regis Monarch Beach) in 2005 and went on to manage dining room operations, training programs and services standards at Bourbon Steak (Miami, Scottsdale), XIV (Los Angeles) and RN74 (San Francisco). Flowers began his hospitality management career after college, managing Hotel Jerome's Century Room restaurant (Aspen) and later opened The Ritz-Carlton Steakhouse, Aspen Grill.  He worked as Beverage Director at the award-winning Little Dix Bay Resort in Virgin Gorda, B.V.I., and then joined the management team at Charlie Palmer's Aureole in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.  He holds a higher certificate for the Master of Wine Program at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in England.

Montage Deer Valley, opening December 2010 in the year-round community of Park City, Utah, promises to be one of North America’s finest mountain resort destinations.  Reminiscent of the great mountain lodges of the West, this refined mountain craftsman resort is less than five minutes from Park City’s celebrated Main Street, and an easy 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).   Montage Deer Valley promises a classic on-mountain getaway for all seasons. Resort guests will enjoy a coveted location atop Empire Pass, unrivaled ski-in / ski-out access to North America's No. #1 ski resort (ranked by the readers of SKI Magazine 2008-2010), the 35,000 square foot alpine inspired Spa Montage, and amazing year-round activities including hiking, biking, golf and fly-fishing. In addition, Park City's Main Street offers shopping, dining, cultural events and festivals, all just minutes from the resort.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

10/29-What's Cookin' Today with Erik and Jack

Live Mon-Thu 7-8 AM and Fri's 3-4 PM PT CRN Digital Talk The Nation's Premiere Food, Wine, Travel, Entertainment Show Erik Hines and Jack Roberts share sixty minutes of exciting discussion, pop culture, politics, news, and anything else that may be on their minds. A Boston bred conservative joins with a left coast liberal, but they are really friends .. honest!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

10/28-Patrick Warburton, Nancy O'Dell

Patrick Warburton - Actor
Prior to "Rules of Engagement," Warburton was best known for his role as Puddy,
Elaine's boyfriend on the long-running series "Seinfeld," and has appeared on numerous
television series including a series regular role on "Dave's World," on the Network. His
additional credits include the series "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women," also on the
Network, "Newsradio" and "The Tick." His distinct voice has been heard on the animated
series "Game Over," "The Venture Brothers," "Kim Possible," "Family Guy" and "The
Emperor's New School."

His feature film credits include the animated films "Happily N'Ever After," "Open
Season," "Bee Movie," "The Emperor's New Groove," "Kronk's New Groove" and "The X's."
He also starred in "The Woman Chaser," "The Dish," "Big Trouble," "Joe Somebody," "Scream
3," "Men in Black II" and "Underdog." He won an award for Best Actor for "The Civilization
of Maxwell Bright" at festivals in New York City, Boulder and Beverly Hills.

Warburton's birth date is Nov. 14. He is a native Californian and currently lives in the
Los Angeles region with his wife, Cathy, and their four children. He is a devoted dad who
enjoys activities with his children as well as golf and tennis. The family likes to spend time in
their cabin on the Rogue River in Oregon.

Nancy O'Dell-TV Host

Nancy O’Dell is one of the country's leading entertainment journalists and TV hosts. Most recently she was tapped by Oprah and Mark Burnett Productions to host one of OWN network's premiere primetime shows entitled "Your Own Show" which is set to air in January 2011.

Nancy was the anchor of "Access Hollywood" for 13 years and the host of "The Golden Globes Arrivals Special" for the past nine years and "The Tournament of Roses Parade” on NBC for the past ten years. Other annual network broadcasts Nancy has hosted include the backstage portion of "The Golden Globe Awards" live telecast and the "Emmy Awards Red Carpet" pre-shows for NBC ABC and Fox. 

In addition to being an Associated Press and Emmy Award-winning reporter, Nancy is an entrepreneur, book author and philanthropist. Her book, “Full of Life: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was Pregnant” debuted in 2009 and instantly became a best-selling gift book. Nancy works as the National ALS Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and founded Betty's Battle, a charity in honor of her mother who passed away from ALS in 2008.

Full of Love Book by Nancy O’Dell

When O’Dell had her first child, she chronicled the experience in Full of Life, a warm and humorous look at the realities of pregnancy and new motherhood. This October, Nancy looks at another aspect of parenting that’s especially close to her heart with the release of her second book, “Full of Love.”

Written in conjunction with Creative Memories, Full of Love explores the power of the family photo album to create confident, secure, happy kids. Drawing upon her own experiences and the advice of renowned child psychologist Dr. Kenneth Condrell, Nancy shows how photos and albums reinforce family values and traditions, strengthen family bonds, build self-esteem and show children how much they are loved.

Full of Love also features simple shortcuts to creating great albums, including timesaving tips on how to tell better stories, shoot better photos, and take advantage of clever tools and techniques. Dozens of sample album pages are included to inspire readers to get started on albums for their children and for themselves.

Full of Love by Nancy O’Dell will be available on October 15, 2010 at

About Creative Memories Creative Memories pioneered modern scrapbooking nearly 25 years ago and is a leader in the $2 billion scrapbooking segment of the craft industry. Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Creative Memories markets its photo-safe albums, papers, tools, pens, digital photo books and organization software through 40,000 independent sales consultants worldwide. The company is well known for its quality and innovation, having won a variety of design and reader’s choice awards in recent years. Learn more about the company and ways to celebrate memories at

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10/27-Lisa Lillien(Hungry Girl), Jennifer Wilde

Lisa Lillien-Hungry Girl

With Halloween, Thanksgiving and winter festivities just around the corner, the rich desserts and hearty family meals that accompany the holiday season are every dieter’s nightmare. The holidays have bad reputation for sabotaging health-conscious meal planning, but simple tips can turn festive feasts into guilt-free get-togethers.

Experts agree that eating small meals throughout the day helps curb hunger, keeps energy levels high and prevents potential pig-outs during breakfast, lunch and dinner. This portion controlled snacking will help keep everything in check.

“I look for treats like guilt-free cheese that can be incorporated into a variety of snacks from dips and spreads to fruit and vegetable pairings,” says Lisa Lilllien, Hungry Girl.  “You can easily transform an ordinary snack into a satisfying taste sensation.”

Some other smart snack options include:
·         Low-fat yogurt sprinkled with granola
·         Whole wheat pretzels with spicy mustard
·         Apple topped with light cheese slices
·         Carrot sticks with a small scoop of hummus

Talk to Lisa Lillien about satisfying snacks and healthy hints for eating right during the holiday season. Lisa (aka Hungry Girl) is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of, the free daily email service sent to more than 1,000,000 people. Lisa also reaches millions more with weekly columns on and Yahoo!, regular contributions to Redbook magazine and recurring appearances on the television shows like Rachael Ray and Extra. Lisa recently wrapped production for her new Hungry Girl television show, set to debut in January 2011 on the Cooking Channel.

Jennifer Wilde-Former Party Girl

Jennifer Wilde hit Hollywood when she was still a teenager, and she was hell-bent to live up to her name.

Graduating from marijuana to cocaine, her appetite for the high life was huge, and a burgeoning life as a model and actress only poured fuel on the flames of self-destruction.

“I went to Hollywood when I was a kid, and I met all these stars, producers and directors, and all I saw was the glitz and the glamour,” said Wilde, author of the memoir From Life in the Hollywood Fast Lane to the Untouchables of India ( “I ignored all the obvious warning signs that this was a town and a life that could eat a person alive. I’m lucky to have made it through unscathed, but so many of the people I met did not.”

Her life in the fast lane started in New York, where she began as a fashion model. While that experience wasn’t her introduction to drugs, it certainly solidified their place in her life. When she had the chance to go to Hollywood, she jumped at it, and made a lot of strong connections. She took acting classes and met a wide array of respected producers and directors, many of whom reminded her that the casting couch mentality was still alive and well in Tinseltown.

“I was one of the lucky ones,” she said. “While I wasn’t exactly a prude -- I dated a lot and had a lot of sex with guys who were not exactly husband material -- I never crossed the line into trading sex for roles in movies. I knew a lot of girls who did, and who never became stars. They were just used and then discarded like trash. I also met some really great people. I dated Robert Carradine for a while, and he was always very good to me. I also became friends with Richard Donner, the director of the Lethal Weapon movies and Superman, but he was always a gentleman. We never dated, and he never played the casting couch game. He was just a nice man who liked treating people well. If there were more like him, Hollywood might be a difference place, but he was the exception -- not the rule.”

As for the party life, Wilde’s advice for the girls who live it, as well as the girls who want to live it, is to focus on the things in life that really matter.

“But the real evil isn’t on the streets -- it’s inside yourself. Being self-centered and focusing only on yourself is the bigger evil. When you have money in your pocket, a limitless supply of drugs and friends who are happy to spend time with you (as long as you’re buying or have a cool place to live), it feels like it will last forever, but it never truly carries you that far. At some point, you have to shift your focus to things that matter -- family, friends, your own spirituality and those who love you for who you are, and not what you can do for them.”

About Jennifer Wilde

Jennifer Wilde is a former actress, model and Hollywood party girl who escaped that lifestyle to focus on her two daughters, her family, her spirituality and how she can use her life to help others.

Her advice for Lindsay, Paris and some of the other celebs who make the fast lane attractive to millions of young girls who grow up wanting fame and fortune is to grow up and focus on something other than their own immediate gratification.

Monday, October 25, 2010

10/26-Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, Chef Lorena Garcia

Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe-Spokesperson for the National Academy of Pediatric

Is your family’s Halloween holiday an “all-they-can-eat treat feast?”  Of course you want your kids to eat healthy, but you don’t want the label of Halloween Scrooge.  So how can you make sure your kids enjoy the holiday, without overloading on nutrient-void sweets?

While sweets are at the heart of Halloween fun, Pediatrician Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe says there are ways for parents to make the holiday a little more nutritious without being booed by the kids. 

Getting kids to give up the sweet stuff doesn’t have to be a frightening proposition.  Dr. Gwenn will be available for interviews on October 26, 2010, to talk about finding a happy medium when it comes to holiday sweets – sharing hauntingly healthy Halloween tips, festive recipes and spooktacular safety tactics so everyone has a happy and healthy Halloween.  

     How much is too much:  Placing limits without turning it into an all out “food fight”
     Trick or treat prep: Set your kids off on the right path with a nutritious meal before they trick-or-treat to discourage them from overloading on sweets 
     Creative Treats: From stickers to temporary tattoos, have fun with other fillers 
     Treat Trade-off: Instead of sugary sodas, offer lowfat chocolate milk – a nutritious treat in disguise and the “Official Drink of Halloween” 
     Spooktacular Safety: Examine all treats before you give them to the kids 
     Tricks for Nutritious Treats: Kid-friendly treats that taste great - and are also good for them

Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician, health journalist, and CEO of Pediatrics Now (, an online health and communications company. Through Pediatrics Now and her nationally syndicated blog “Dr. Gwenn Is In” (, she addresses issues ranging from general health to those concerning the intersection of health care and social media. She is the national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She lives in Boston, MA, with her husband and two daughters.  

One of the country’s leading Latina chefs, Lorena Garcia was born and raised in Venezuela, and credits her many gatherings spent entertaining family and friends as her career inspiration “Bringing loved ones together to enjoy wonderful food is something that has always fulfilled me”. Lorena completed her law studies in Santa Maria University in Caracas, and moved to the United States to complete her Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies. Making her dream to become a chef a reality, Lorena traded her law papers for a cutting board and chef’s knife to study culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University.

Inspired by her education and burgeoning creativity, Lorena set out on a world tour of countries known for great cuisine. She worked as an apprentice chef in France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China and worked in famed restaurants alongside world-renowned chefs such as Pascal Audin. Her next step was to establish Food Café, and later Elements Tierra, two successful restaurants in Miami’s Design District that featured menus defined by an eclectic blend of Latin and Asian-inspired dishes, later sold in 2008. 

Lorena’s charismatic personality and contagious enthusiasm have helped her secure numerous roles as host on nationally syndicated shows including Vida Gourmet on the Gems network; Co/cine Mun2, Mun2 network;El Arte del Buen Gusto, MGM Casa Club TV; Sazón, Univision Radio; and currently Sazón con Lorena Garcia on Utilisima. Recently, Lorena was featured in CNN’s “Latinos In America”, broadcast globally to millions of viewers. Later this year Lorena will be featured as a guest on NBC's "The Biggest Loser". During Spring, 2011 Lorena will be a series regular and one of the investors on NBC's new reality competition series "Americas Next Great Restaurant".

Lorena’s dynamic appeal has also been recognized by global brands. Moving into her third year as a Nestlé spokesperson, Lorena appears on Cocinando con Nestlé, a weekly segment on the Univision morning show, Despierta America, where she prepares popular and traditional dishes from Latin America. Every year Lorena showcases her culinary talents on behalf of Nestlé brands during a multi-city North American tour of Latin street festivals and fairs. 

Lorena has taken on the challenge of combating childhood obesity. She developed "Big Chef, Little Chef" as a comprehensive program to help kids and their families take control of their eating habits and ultimately, their lives. More than simply promoting healthy eating, it is a lifestyle modification plan that educates children of all ages and their families about the benefits of nutrition and of living a healthy, happy, and positive life.

Scheduled to open in Fall 2010 is the first Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant located at the Miami International Airport where Lorena teams up with HMS Host Marriot Services to provide travelers a healthier alternative to Latin cuisine. In the heart of the Miami Design district the Lorena Garcia Production Headquarters and studios are scheduled to open in late 2010. It will feature a 5,000 sq ft space, the studio will allow for TV production, brand development, educational workshops and all media relations.

Friday, October 22, 2010

10/25-Chef Summer Whitford, Eleanor Langston

Chef Summer Whitford-Join us at the Embassy
Summer Whitford is a chef and - author of Join us at the Embassy.

 She can talk about  the traditional chilean dishes that the miners are now enjoying with their families -

One of the dishes one of the miners was looking forward to eating was RAW SEAFOOD STEW -

- also epinadas- All of these are possible.

Summer Whitford is a chef , entertainer and bob viveur.

"Join us at the Embassy" is about food, wine culture and travel to 10 different countries . She explains how each Washington Ambassador uses entertaining to introduce Americans to their culture and lifestyle.

The author’s goal in the book is to familiarize Americans with the rich traditions and culture in your country. She believes food and culture are a gateway to understanding and friendship between different people

The countries included in the book are: Afghanistan, Austria, Chile, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, and Portugal.

• The proper way to greet any ambassador and their spouse

• Colorful descriptions of embassy events

• The story behind ancient festivals and holidays

• National dishes and regional foods

• Helpful tips about various wines from featured regions

• Essential information on each country’s table manners and dining customs

• The origins of cultural traditions

Summer is a the Food and Wine Diva, is a writer, professional chef/pastry chef, and food and wine educator. For fifteen years she owned Chez Vous Productions, Inc., a food specialty and lifestyle company that catered to Members of Congress, embassy staff, lobbyists, and other prominent DC businesses.

With over twenty years in the business, Summer Whitford has extensive experience as a chef/caterer, writer of books, articles, newsletters, and television programming. Bitten by the "travel bug" at an early age, she adores food, wine, and culture but also writes on topics as diverse as race relations in the White House, education reform, and young adult fiction. She is the author of Join Us At The Embassy, a culinary travelogue and cultural guide to ten countries and their embassies in Washington, DC.

Eleanor Langston-Beauty Director for Fitness Magazine
How much time do you spend shopping for the best in make-up, hair and skin care products? The fifth annual Best in Beauty Awards from Fitness magazine will help make your search easier.

Fitness magazine readers, along with a panel of dermatologists, tested hundreds of new beauty products to find the 56 best in beauty winners. The panel helped the magazine narrow down the 1,247 nominated new products to 280 finalists. These picks were shipped off to the Fitness magazine team of Beauty Club reader testers, who scored each on effectiveness, texture and scent. The result? The 56 winners that will fit into your busy routine – from “complexion champs,” to “mane attractions,” to “sun savers,” and more.

Eleanor Langston, Beauty Director at Fitness magazine will be available for interviews on Monday, October 25, 2010 to share her top favorite 5th Annual ‘Best in Beauty’ winners and help you discover the perfect picks for your lifestyle.

About the Spokesperson: Eleanor Langston, Beauty Director of Fitness magazine. Eleanor Langston is the beauty director of Fitness magazine. Before joining Fitness in December, 2009, Langston most recently served as the beauty editor of SELF, where she spearheaded the magazine’s front- of-book sections and annual feature stories from 2007 through 2009. Prior to SELF, Langston was the associate beauty editor at Cosmopolitan. She has also held positions at TRESemmé, SHOP Etc. and Harrison and Shriftman. Langston has appeared as a beauty trend expert on television shows including WCBS and WPIX, as well as radio shows such as Sirius Doctor Radio, Fashionable Life Radio and Sirius Cosmo Radio. In addition, she has been interviewed as an expert source for The New York Times, WWD, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10/22-What's Cookin' Today with Erik and Jack

Live Mon-Thu 7-8 AM and Fri's 3-4 PM PT CRN Digital Talk The Nation's Premiere Food, Wine, Travel, Entertainment Show Erik Hines and Jack Roberts share sixty minutes of exciting discussion, pop culture, politics, news, and anything else that may be on their minds. A Boston bred conservative joins with a left coast liberal, but they are really friends .. honest!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

10/21-Dr Brian Wansink, Tiffani Amber Thiessen

Dr Brian Wansink-Mindless Eating
Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford 1990)  is the John Dyson Endowed Chair in the Applied Economics and Management Department at Cornell University, where he directs the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. He is the lead author of over 100 academic articles and books on eating behavior, including the best-selling Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think (2006) along with Marketing Nutrition (2005), Asking Questions (2004), and Consumer Panels (2002).

From 2007-2009 Wansink was granted a leave-of-absence from Cornell to accept a Presidential appointment as Executive Director of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the Federal agency in charge of developing 2010 Dietary Guidelines and promoting the Food Guide Pyramid (  While there, web hits to Dietary Guidelines increased 44% to 5.4 million/day, and he was named ABC World News Person of the Week.
Wansink’s award-winning academic research on changing eating behaviors has been published in the world’s top marketing, medical, nutrition and obesity journals. It contributed to the introduction of smaller “100 calorie” packages (to prevent overeating), the use of taller glasses in some bars (to prevent the overpouring of alcohol), and the use of elaborate names and mouth-watering descriptions on some chain restaurant menus (to improve enjoyment of the food). His results have been presented, translated, reported, and featured in television documentaries on every continent but Antarctica.
An Iowa native, he lives with his wife and three daughters in Ithaca, NY, where he’s a mediocre saxophone player in a rock-and-roll band and where he regularly enjoys both French food and french fries.

Tiffani Thiessen
  • Born January 23, 1974
  • Has two dogs, Buck and Pearl, and two cats, Sadie and Savannah
  • Is married to actor and artist Brady Smith
  • Attended Valley Professional High School in Studio City, California.
  • Won the Miss Junior America beauty pageant [1987]
  • Won Teen Magazine's Great Model Search [1988]
  • Made Cover Girl Magazine's Model of the Year [1989]

A versatile actress, Tiffani Thiessen has proven her talent from comedy to drama in a variety of film and television roles. From Woody Allen's comedy, 
"Hollywood Ending," to "Beverly Hills 90210," Thiessen's charisma has kept her career moving constantly forward and has gained her the adoration of millions internationally.
Thiessen was recently seen in a nine-episode guest starring role on NBC's "Good Morning Miami." In 2003, she starred the Fox series "Fast Lane" with Peter Facinelli and Bill Bellamy, directed by McG. She also guest-starred on the NBC hit comedy, "Just Shoot Me" in a three-episode arc, portraying a columnist who becomes romantically involved with David Spade's character, and appeared in a recurring role on the ABC comedy "Two Guys and a Girl."
Raised in Long Beach, California, Thiessen began modeling at the age of eight and soon went on to star in the television series, "Saved By the Bell" for five seasons. At the same time, she made her feature film debut in "Son In Law," opposite Pauly Shore. In 1993, she showed her range when Aaron Spelling cast her in Beverly Hills 90210, where she portrayed multi-layered 'Valerie Malone' for five seasons.
Her other feature film roles include the comedy "Ladies Man," the independent film "Speedway Junky," with Jesse Bradford, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Daryl Hannah, "Love Stinks," with Tyra Banks and French Stewart, and the horror/comedy spoof "Shriek! If you Know What I did Last Friday 13th"opposite Tom Arnold.
Recently Tiffani has started up her own Production company called Tit 4 Tat Productions which currently has a short film making the Film Festival circuit called Just Pray.
Thiessen currently resides in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10/20-Katie Brown, Nick Stellino

Katie Brown-The Katie Brown Workshop
Healthy foods for fall.

Katie Brown ShowThe Katie Brown Workshop is determined to make your house a home! The 30-minute home arts series stars Katie Brown and is distributed by APT-American Public Television, with a great underwriter, Bonnie Plants. The effervescent Katie Brown always delivers with fun and inexpensive cooking, gardening and decorating projects designed to keep your domestic life as simple and extraordinary as possible. Her appealing and imaginative approach to the home arts has been a breath of fresh air for a new generation of homemakers.

In each episode, Katie prepares a simple and enjoyable meal, works her magic in the garden and transforms ordinary items into ornate gifts, festive holiday flourishes and helpful home organizers. From her real-life workshop, Katie tackles recipes and projects in each episode's "Cook," "Grow" and "Nest" segments. Accompanied by her fellow workshop experts, Katie demonstrates how to add some spice to activities like planning the perfect wedding meal, hosting a winning game night, giving gifts that keep on giving, and preparing homemade sweets for Valentine's Day.

Always with an eye towards family, Katie also provides imaginative suggestions for entertaining, engaging and encouraging young children. Produced by Katie Brown Workshop Productions, Katie Brown Workshop is presented by American Public Television through the Exchange service at no cost to public television stations nationwide. The series is made possible by the generous support of Bonnie Plants.

Nick Stellino-Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends

Nick Stellino grew up in Palermo, on the island of Sicily, and came to the United States in 1975. In 1991, he decided to leave his lucrative career as a Wall Street stockbroker in order to follow his dream of becoming a chef. He started in his culinary career as a dishwasher. Over time, he apprenticed with the best chefs in America. "I was in heaven working my way up the restaurant line," says Nick. "But I wanted to share my enthusiasm for Italian cooking with more people. I decided a cooking show was the answer." Employing the energy, dedication and entrepreneurial vision that had taken him from Palermo to Wall Street, Nick began calling television production companies. His efforts culminated in the highly successful series Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends, Cucina Amore III and IIINick Stellino's Family Kitchen IIIIIIIV and V, and the PBS specials, Nick Stellino's Dinner Party and Nick Stellino: Food, Love & Family.
Nick's latest cookbook and its companion television series, Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends, which is now airing on Public Television.
Nick has published many cookbooks and has partnered with major publishing companies including Putnam and Doubleday. In 2006, Nick celebrated the launch of his seventh cookbook, titled Dine In!, which is the companion to his public television series, Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen. His other titles, which can be purchased from major retailers such as the Barnes & Noble online store and, include:
  • Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends
  • Cucina Amore
  • Nick Stellino's Glorious Italian Cooking
  • Nick Stellino's Mediterranean Flavors
  • Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen
  • Nick Stellino's Passione; Pasta, Pizza, and Panini
  • Mangiamo! Let's Eat!
  • Nick Stellino's Dine In!

Monday, October 18, 2010

10/19-Steven Strauss, Sophia Franklin and Burgundy Keel

Steven is going to discuss what some airlines and hotels are giving away for free to help those with small businesses. Studies show more companies are making a big comeback to business travel. In fact, Fall is the biggest time for businesses to travel more than they normally do. But does this apply for small businesses as well? How can they compete with the big boys when it comes to going overseas or meeting face to face with clients out of state? With that, Steven will give small business owners advice on how to get the best bang for their buck so that they can travel and how some airline and hotel companies are actually offering free overseas travel for those with small businesses.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sophia Franklin has always been overweight, but it has been an even bigger challenge recently after the loss of her brother in a car accident and juggling a very busy work and academic schedule. She works as a high school counselor, a cheer coach and a spin instructor, while also pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy with a focus on higher education.
Burgundy Keel always put everyone else first. When her husband was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, she was alone raising seven children, including foster care placements and one child with autism. She realized then if she didn’t get her weight under control, her children could lose both their parents – one to war and one to obesity. Despite having several overweight family members, Burgundy was a thin high school student who ran track, played tennis and worked as a local model. She married at 19 and began gaining weight with each pregnancy as she juggled the demands of motherhood and life as a military wife. She tried lap-band surgery in 2008, but it wasn’t the magic solution she was hoping for. Now 231 pounds, she says her family of five children and her husband is her greatest accomplishment and she looks forward to running a marathon once the weight is off.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

10/18-Scott Isbell, Jake King

Scott Isbell-Celebrate the Craft at The Lodge at Torrey Pinnes

California is a state rich in extraordinary beauty and agricultural abundance, with a tradition of craft and culinary innovation. That’s why gourmets converge each year in beautiful La Jolla, California for a unique celebration of California’s beauty, bounty, and craftsmanship.
The eighth annual gathering to “Celebrate the Craft” will take place on Sunday, October 31st at TheLodge at Torrey Pines®. For the past seven years, “Celebrate the Craft” has been one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and winemaking.
As in years past, the celebration featured the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum, which demonstrated, discussed, showcased, and tasted their way through the vast array of premium food products available throughout the state. “Celebrate the Craft” delights anyone eager for food prepared with natural ingredients and careful craftsmanship. “The growing season runs year-round in our neck of Southern California, and the local agricultural community takes full advantage, affording us a unique variety of the freshest produce,” said Jeff Jackson, Executive Chef at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and an innovator of fresh, regional cuisine. “With a daily abundance of fresh food to work with, it’s little wonder our local chefs are so creative.” The food and wine portion of the festival reaches its peak on Sunday, with a full day of cooking demonstrations by participating chefs from San Diego’s premier restaurants. Growers, vintners, and culinary artisans from some of California’s most renowned farms, bakeries, wineries, and confectioners were on hand to share their skill and enthusiasm. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego’s premier Five-Diamond resort, embodies the very best of Pacific Coastal living. Designed in the Arts & Crafts tradition of architects Charles and Henry Greene, The Lodge is a loving homage of California Craftsman architecture, emphasizing authentic materials and craftsmanship, respect for the natural landscape, and integration of indoor and outdoor living.
10668 West Pico has had a faded Jack Sprat's Grille awning over it for the past few months, but changes have been brewing. Ownership changed earlier this fall when Will Karges (Johnnie's Pizza, Jones Hollywood) and Jake King (Rix Cafe) bought the popular neighborhood spot. Vast interior design changes were made, liquor licenses transferred, and rumors of the pending name and concept change swirled. Last week, The Sixdebuted, several weeks late, but amid a decent amount of neighborhood fanfare. The West LA family oriented burger and beer joint has not only put on a fresh coat of paint, but it's new concept aims to compete with market-driven restaurants in Santa Monica and the hip joints of WeHo and Downtown LA (the menu touts sustainable and locally-sourced fare). First, there's the name change. "We were really inspired by the story behind The Society of Six," says Karges, who, with King, has co-owned Rix Santa Monica, El Dorado Brentwood, and Drake's Venice. The Six comes from a sextet in 1920s NoCal who took a fresh, unsentimental approach to their plein air paintings.
They represented a cozy camaraderie and innovative thinking. Translate this into a restaurant concept, and you have a cozy, full bar with rotating taps, a lunch and dinner menu that still offers family favorites like burgers and grilled cheese - but has updated them: There's a Banh Mi Burger featuring roasted pork belly, Sloppy Joe is all grown-up with portobello mushroom and fried pickles, and Fried Chicken and Waffles make an appearance, both in traditional form as well as in a salad, with the waffle pieces as croutons. Pizzettes and flatbreads are featured on the dinner menu with other playful nods to classics like Potato Chip Crusted Salmon that's served with leeks and meyer lemon confit created by exec chef Davin Gussin (Akasha). Seems like a novel idea on an otherwise boring block. Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Open Mondays only for lunch.