Friday, February 22, 2013

2/22-Michael Jordan is Live from the Dux in Tux Event

2013 Dux in Tux Event

The Anaheim Ducks will host the 13th annual Dux in Tux presented by Honda this Friday, Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Dedicated to raising funds for theAnaheim Ducks Foundation, the evening will feature some of Orange County’s most renowned chefs, each of whom has donated their time to the cause. Paired with an Anaheim Ducks “sous chef,” each chef will serve a table of 12 for a unique dining experience. With an expected attendance of over 300 guests, supporters of this sold-out event ($250 per plate) will enjoy an evening of stellar food and great company, while also learning about the primary program facilitated by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation: Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education). 
All local chefs featured at Dux in Tux have created a distinctive menu for their individual table (complete list of participants included below). A Ducks player will be paired with each chef to assist in meal preparation tableside for their guests. The evening will begin with a V.I.P. reception at 6 p.m., followed by a general reception at 6:30 p.m. and a seated dinner program at 7:30 p.m. During the dinner program co-emceed by Ducks television play-by-play announcer John Ahlers and Ducks television host Kent French, fifth-grade teacher Rachel Therrien of Graham Elementary School (Los Angeles) will be recognized for her selection as S.C.O.R.E. Captain. Each year, the S.C.O.R.E. Captain award is presented to a teacher or educator who exemplifies the mission of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation through his or her work within the S.C.O.R.E. program.
Also as part of the dinner program, a live auction with not-to-be missed packages and experiences will be offered. With Kent French serving as the live auctioneer, supporters can bid on four tickets to the 2014 BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl, a Ducks Road Trip package for later this season, a three-month all-access San Manuel Level (club level at Honda Center) pass including tickets to all Ducks regular season and playoff games and concerts including Rihanna, Fleetwood Mac, Andrea Bocelli and a one-of-a-kind dinner for six hosted by Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau and his wife, Crystal.

Friday, February 15, 2013

2/15-Michael Jordan talks with David Strada & Laurent Michit

David Strada - Wines of New Zealand
New Zealand is a land like no other. New Zealand wine is an experience like no other. Our special combination of soil, climate and water, our innovative pioneering spirit and our commitment to quality all come together to deliver pure, intense and diverse experiences. In every glass of New Zealand Wine is a world of pure discovery.

Laurent Michit - Sommelier/Director of French Imports & Education, Uncorked in Laguna Beach

Enjoy an afternoon of chef demos, live music, seminars and tastings from 25 Laguna Beach restaurants, 25 wineries from around the world, a local brewery and sake producers. Participating restaurants include: 230 Forest Avenue, Beach House, Broadway by Amar Santana, Claes Ovation, The Deck, Dizz's As Is, Eva's Caribbean Kitchen, French 75, House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer, Katsuya, K'ya Bistro Bar, Laguna Culinary Arts, Las Brisas, Mosaic Bar & Grille at Montage, Mozambique Steakhouse, Nirvana Grille, Royal Hawaiian, Sapphire Restaurant & Pantry, Splashes Restaurant, Starfish Laguna, Sundried Tomato, Tabu Grill, Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, Tommy Bahama and Watermarc Restaurant.
Wineries include: Axel, Beacon Hill, Belasco de Baquedano, Bernardus, Boekenhoutskloof, Chateau Montelena, Domaine Serene, Fairview, Famille Perrin, Frank Family Vineyard, Fuedo Maccari, Hedges Family Estate, La Playa, Louis Michel & Fils, Marqués de Murrieta, Michele Chiarlo, Neil Ellis, Tenute di Nozzole, Penfolds, Retour, Thompkin Cellars, Tres Sabores, Vincent Delaporte. Beer tastings provided by Cismontane Brewing Company.
Purchase a VIP ticket (150 tickets will be sold) and gain entry at 10 a.m. to a seminar with Peter Neptune, Orange County's first Master Sommelier, and his take on what makes a great wine. Neptune is one of only 104 individuals in North America to hold the wine industry’s most prestigious title. VIP experience is sponsored by Rohl.
Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience is presented by the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau and takes place March 8 -11, 2012. Official Sponsors include: HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty, Laguna Beach Independent, Laguna Beach Magazine, Verterra, Union Bank, Fiji Water, Waste Management, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and Dining Out.
Ticket Admission:

General Admission: $75; $95 if purchased at the door day of event
Groups of 20+ will receive 15% off of General Admission tickets
Wristband distribution begins at 12:30pm. Doors will open at 1:00pm.

VIP Admission: $125 (limited to 150 tickets)

Wristband distribution begins at 9:30am. Entrance to Peter Neptune wine seminar at 10:00am. Early entrance to Laguna Beach Uncorked! begins at 12noon.
VIP attendees will receive a complimentary Laguna Beach burlap tote bag and receive free parking.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2/8-Encore Broadcast Michael Jordan talks to Coby Parker & Tom Greenough

Coby Parker-Garcia - Winemaker, Claiborne & Churchill Winery
A native Californian, Coby Parker-Garcia was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Growing up working in the family garden he realized his love for agriculture. After extensive trips to Europe and South America he knew the wine industry was his true calling. During his college days at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo he studied Agribusiness Marketing with a minor in Wine and Viticulture. While at Cal Poly, he worked on the campus vineyard learning the ins and outs of growing grapes. Not only did he spend time in the vineyard but also took an internship with a local winery. There his love for winemaking grew and pushed his passion for wine even further.
In 2004 the opportunity to work for Claiborne & Churchill came up. He took the responsibility as assistant winemaker. Under the guidence of Clay Thompson, he learned traditional European winemaking techniques that emphasized minimal manipulation of both fruit and wine. Wanting to continue his education further he took classes at the University of California Davis. This gave him insight to new an improved winemaking techniques. By 2007 Coby was promoted head winemaker for Claiborne & Churchill. Today he oversees the entire wine production, their estate vineyards, and works closely with numerous vineyard managers along the Central Coast.
Besides working for Claiborne & Churchill, Coby helpes his wife's family vineyard in the Russian River, AVA.

Tom literally spent his first year in the vineyard, before his parents Bill and Nancy moved from their house in the canyon to a more convenient location in Edna Valley. Tom would visit the vineyard regularly throughout his childhood, helping out during harvest and doing odd jobs for his father. He later attended St. Mary’s College of California in the Bay Area, where he studied history and excelled as a member of the crew rowing team. After graduation, he returned to the Central Coast—and to the vineyard, of course. He ascended to the position of winemaker in 2009. “This is where I am at home,” he says. “I’m like my father. I like working outside and getting dirty, and taking a hands-on approach to the winemaking. I am looking forward to trying new things while maintaining the family traditions that we have here.

Friday, February 1, 2013

2/01-Michael Jordan talks to Aaron Walker & Karyn Phillippsen

Aaron Walker - Winemaker Pali Wine Company
Our 2005, 2006 and 2007 wines were made by Brian Loring. Winemaker Aaron Walker (previously assistant winemaker under Loring), in conjunction with consulting winemaker Kenneth Juhasz combined efforts with the 2008 harvest. Walker and Juhasz are terroir specialists who strive to bring out the distinct characteristics of each of the sites we source for our fruit. 

As Winemaker for Pali Wine Co., Aaron Walker oversees all aspects of the winery’s Lompoc production facility. While Consulting Winemaker Kenneth Juhasz’ guidance ensures excellence in every step of production, Aaron is the primary caretaker for Pali’s line-up of wines. He’s a dedicated craftsman who is thrilled to be making wine from top vineyards and appellations on the West Coast.  

Karyn Phillippsen  -  Uncorked in Laguna Beach

Event ticket proceeds will benefit: CHOC Children’s Hospital.
Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest on Saturday, March 9th, is the signature event of Laguna Beach a la Carte. The event will take place on the Festival of Arts grounds from 12:30pm-3:30pm. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit CHOC Children’s Hospital. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of live music, and tastings from 20+ Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 wineries from around the world.
Purchase a VIP ticket (200 tickets will be sold) and attend a 9:30am wine seminar with Michael A. Jordan, MS, CWE, “Sommelier for the People” and one of only 15 people in the world to hold both the Master Sommelier and the Certified Wine Educator Diplomas. VIP’s will also get early access at 11:30am to the event before the gates open to public.