• May 7 – This Week’s Show

    First up is Virginia Dare winemaker Sandy Walhiem

    March was Women’s History Month and a great opportunity to celebrate all of the women that have helped define American history like Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World to colonists in 1587. Legend has it that Virginia Dare lived among the Native Americans and grew into a beautiful young woman trapped in the middle of a fatal love triangle. On the very spot where she died, a grapevine sprouted with its fruit stained red. According to the legend, this is how the white wine of America became red wine. The grapevine is widely believed to be the 400-year old Mother Vine, reportedly the oldest cultivated grapevine in North America which still exists today — a clipping of which will soon be planted in Virginia Dare Winery’s Sonoma County estate vineyard.

    Virginia Dare Winery located in Sonoma County celebrates the genesis of American winemaking. Francis Coppola’s goal, as told in a TODAY show interview last September, is to revive the wine brand so that it isn’t lost to future generations. For more information, please visit www.VirginiaDareWinery.com.

    Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, pays tribute to America’s winegrowing heritage. The existence of the 400-year-old scuppernong “Mother Vine” growing on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is intertwined with the story of one of the first English settlements in the New World, which later mysteriously disappeared without a trace, leaving nothing but a spellbinding story of mythical and mysterious characters – each of which grace the labels of our wines. Crafted with grapes from the finest viticulture regions in California, our wines are rich with characteristics befitting an American legend: Pure. Natural. Distinctive.

    About Winemaker Sandy Walhiem
    In 2006, Walheim was hired as an associate winemaker for Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Under her direction, she and her team are responsible for all Sonoma County wines that the winey produces. As she puts it, “a lot of winemaking is problem solving of some sort, which can be really fun, like working a puzzle.” She thrives on the challenges that each vintage, varietal and appellation present — and looks forward to the tremendously gratifying aspect of bringing each wine to its finest quality potential.

    A veteran in the California winemaking scene, In addition to making Virginia Dare wines, Sandy oversees the Sonoma County wine program for Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Under her guidance, she and her team skillfully craft the Francis Coppola Reserve wines
    (single vineyard designates), Director’s Cut (Sonoma County sub-appellation), Director’s
    (Sonoma County appellation) and Archimedes (the winery’s flagship wine).

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
    Aged the classic way for 12 months in French oak, this wine delivers both intensity and density, expressing superlative American craftsmanship. A luxurious, creamy texture supports tropical aromas of orange blossom, red grapefruit, Asian pear, and pineapple. Rounding out the profile are underlying flavors of toasty bread balanced with French oak.

    2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
    This wine boasts a round, oaky structure and elegant tannins that linger on the palate. Exotic notes of sandalwood lay the foundation for soft tones of red and black cherry, red plum, and blueberry, expressing a hint of floral violet that culminates in a concentrated, roasted finish.

     

     

    In the second half I’ll be talking to Mike Odierna District Manager, Boston Beer Company.  Mike is the Celebrity Guest at the midwest Beerfest dinner at DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport.  All three dinners are $55 and at various locations.  To see the menus visit the www.midwestbeerfest.com  You must have confirmed reservations for
    the dinners.  Call 316 682-5502 to reserve your seats at one of these FUN and tasty beer dinners.

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    Apr 30 – Beer Dinners & Six O’Clock Scramble

    This show will be FUN!  First up, a little about two of the three Midwest Beerfest Dinners on Friday May 20.  Then Aviva Goldfarb joins us to talk about her new book “The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner” =  Year of Quick, Deliviouc Meals to Help you Prevent and Manage Diabetes.

    MWBeerFest2016

    Midwest Beerfest 2016 – Celebrity Beer Dinners, May 20 • 7 p.m.
    Various locations.  Cost: $55   Call (316) 682-5502, Seating limited
    When calling for tickets to the dinners, please leave a message listing your first and second choice, someone will return your call in 24-48 hours ~ Thank you.

    I’ll be talking to Wes Hohe Brand Ambassador for Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits about their Beerfest dinner at YaYa’s Eurobistro.  Learn more about the brewery at: www.ballastpoint.com

     

    Then Lou Huertas Brand Ambassador for New Holland Brewing  joins us to talk about New Holland dinner at All Things Barbecue.  Learn more about this brewery at: www.newhollandbrew.com

    Check out the menus for both of these at www.midwestbeerfest.com/beer-dinners

     

    Aviva Goldfarb joins us to talk about her new book “The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner” – A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help you Prevent and Manage Diabetes. Not only is this yet another great book in associations with the American Diabetes Association, but you want to check Aviva’s web site www.thescramble.com

    Meet The Mom Behind The Scramble www.avivagoldfarb.com
    “Like many busy moms, I treasure dinner time with my family but was fed up with the stress of having so little time to decide what to make and to cook healthy meals that everyone liked. Recalling my mom’s simple weekly meal planning strategy, I created an online family dinner planner for busy parents that takes the Scramble out of 6:00 by giving people an easy, online meal planning and grocery shopping system, along with fail-proof, family-friendly recipes.”  Aviva

    Everyone wants to eat healthier, but pulling together a healthy meal can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Often we run out of time and ideas at the end of the day and resort to unhealthy takeout or frozen food. But there is a better way that is not only healthier—it’s easier, less stressful, and saves money, too. As a busy mother of two, author Aviva Goldfarb has discovered that the key to making healthy meals a reality is simple: Plan several easy, healthy meals in advance and grocery shop once a week with a list.

     

    Inside The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner you’ll find:

    160 delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes that require 30 minutes or less to prepare
    32 weekly menu plans complete with main dishes and sides—and an organized grocery list for each week!
    Recipes organized by season and by week to give you variety throughout the year
    Recipes that are built on natural, fresh ingredients
    Slow cooker directions for most recipes
    Gorgeous color photos for each recipe

    Good Life Guy’s Wine Beer of the Week:

    Ballast Point – CALIFORNIA AMBER ESB-INSPIRED ALE

    A rich, copper ale with a case full of gold medals. Our California Amber takes its inspiration from traditional English ESBs. Four types of malts give it a bold complexity, and our proprietary yeast strain lends it a fruity, madeira-like richness. However, it’s the American hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal.

  • Apr 23 – All Things BBQ & Rombauer Cab :-)

    Come join me at All Things BBQ this Saturday.  I’ll be broadcasting LIVE and taking part in the Kansas Steak Championship.
    818 West Douglas Avenue in the Delano district.

    atbbqoIt all started simply enough: just a few friends and family gathering in the backyard, enjoying good company and good food. Somewhere along the line, this simple family tradition turned into a passion, culminating with the 2009 opening of a retail store, All Things Barbecue.

    All Things Barbecue has a simple goal: to spread the passion for outdoor cooking to as many people as possible. www.atbbq.com

    With knowledge gathered from generations of backyard cooks, we know that mouth-watering barbecue starts with professional grade tools. That’s exactly what you can find at All Things Barbecue, starting with Yoder Smokers, America’s premiere line of professional grade smokers built in Yoder, Kansas.

    These smokers are handcrafted by skilled craftsmen using the finest heavy-duty ¼-inch steel. A testament to quality and performance, Yoder Smokers can be found in backyards around the world and taking home top honors on the competition barbecue circuit across the United States.

    New Store

    All Things Barbecue doesn’t stop at high end barbecue pits, but also carries a wide range of gas and charcoal grills with brands like Alfresco Grills, Napoleon Gourmet Grills, Hasty Bake, Weber Grills, Beefeater, Forno Bravo and much more.

    True to its name, All Things Barbecue offers anything you need to become your own backyard grilling legend. That means you can find the finest sauces, rubs, accessories and fuels to help you create gourmet barbecue right in your backyard.

    The Steak Cookoff Association is dedicated to building the sport of steak cookoffs.  The SCA benefits both cook teams and cookoff’s by implementing standardized rules and equal competitive opportunities for each team.

    Every cookteam likes to know the rules, know the judging tent is run with integrity, that payouts are guaranteed and that they have an equal opportunity to win.  So after a year of conversations and negotiations with some of the most influential leaders of the steak cookoff community, the SCA was created.  Now cookteams can be assured of a fair and well run cookoff when it is sanctioned by the SCA. All SCA sanctioned cookoffs will have a “SCA Representative” on site to run the judging area and be an ambassador to the cookteams.  The SCA Representative will be trained and know all the rules and regulations of an SCA cookoff.  Learn more about the SCA here!

    SCA currently has events in 11 states and should be in 15-20 by the end of 2016.  In 2015 SCA went international with 3 events in the Netherlands and in 2016 plans are to expand to Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Belgium and the Caribbean.  With the current growth pattern SCA should have 100 events in 2016.  Help grow the sport of steak cookoffs by joining SCA.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    A Fine Red wine from Rombauer Vineyards
    With Bob Knebel, Rombauer COO and Dave Zinni Rombauer Midwest Representative.

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    Apr 9 & 16 LIVE from Washington’s Columbia Valley

    Will Mercer

    April 9 – I’ll be talking to Will Mercer, proprietor of Mercer Family Estates in Prosser.  This is the Washington State winery of the year for 2016. The family has been producing fine examples of Columbia Valley wine since Don & Linda Mercer become the founding wine grape growers in the Horse Heaven Hills. The Cabernet Sauvignon they planted in Block 1 would later become the highly acclaimed Champoux Vineyard. The first commercial release was in 2002, a Cabernet and Merlot.   In 2011 Don and Linda Mercer received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

    Brothers Rob and Will Mercer along with many other family members and winemaker Jessica Munnell are continuing and expanding the quality bench mark set by Don and Linda.  Check out the 3 tiers of Mercer wine:

     

    David "Merf" Merfeld

    David “Merf” Merfeld

    April 16 – LIVE from North Star winery with winemaker David Merfeld “Dr. of Merlot.”  We’ll tell you all about the winery, vineyards, products produced and do a little blending, something Merf is a Master of.

    The region has been recognized
 as one of the world’s most exciting and acclaimed regions for Merlot. Washington lies at the same latitude as the Bordeaux region in France, yet
 has the additional benefit of a longer growing season and cooler nighttime
 temperatures. These characteristics aid in the even ripening of grapes and
 the locking in of acidity, resulting in full-bodied yet balanced Merlots.
 Northstar’s first vintage was in 1994 and the state-of-the-art winery was
 built in 2002.

    In its earliest years, Northstar was guided by celebrated California
 winemaker Jed Steele, who worked extensively with our current winemaker,
 David “Merf” Merfeld, head Winemaker since 2005. Now leading the way, and
 with access to the top 2% of Columbia and Walla Walla Valley’s finest
 Merlot grapes, Merf is creating wines of great distinction and acclaim.

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    April 2 – The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen

    If you missed it LIVE… Click here to listen or download this show!

    Joining me this week is Amelia Saltsman with her latest book “The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen – A Fresh Take on Tradition.”

    Here, at last, is a fresh, new way to think about Jewish food. In The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen, Amelia Saltsman takes us far beyond deli meats and kugel to a world of diverse flavors ideal for modern meals. Inspired by the farm-to-table movement, her 150 recipes offer a refreshingly different take on traditional and contemporary Jewish cooking.

    seasonal-jewish-kitchen-cookbookAmelia traces the delicious thread of Jewish cuisine from its ancient roots to today’s focus on seasonality and sustainability. Guided by the Jewish lunar calendar, she divides the book into six micro-seasons that highlight the deep connection of Jewish traditions to the year’s natural cycles. Amelia draws on her own rich food history to bring you a warmly personal cookbook filled with soul-satisfying spins on beloved classics and bold new dishes. From her Iraqi grandmother’s kitchri—red lentils melted into rice with garlic slow-cooked to sweetness—to four-ingredient Golden Borscht with Buttermilk and Fresh Ginger and vibrant Blood Orange and Olive Oil Polenta Upside-Down Cake, Amelia’s game-changing approach is sure to win over a new generation of cooks. You’ll find naturally vegan dishes, Middle Eastern fare, and new ways to use Old-World ingredients—buckwheat, home-cured herring, andgribenes—in fresh, modern meals.

    Whether you’re Jewish or not, observant or not, Ashkenazic or Sephardic, this yearlong culinary journey through the Diaspora will have you saying, “This is Jewish food? Who knew?”  Learn more at www.ameliasaltsman.com

    Amelia Saltsman

    Writer, teacher, and author of The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition and the award-winning The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes, and Stories from the Market and Farm, Amelia Saltsman is passionate about helping everyday cooks make the connection between small-farmed foods and real-life meals. In her warm style, Amelia streamlines today’s desire for healthier, sustainable foods; the need to get dinner on the table; and the longing for rich holiday traditions into one seamless whole.

    I’ll also be telling you about a great event to benefit Special Olympics, it’s The Cutthroat Cookoff Botanica Gardens – 701 Amidon Street, Wichita, KS 67203 – View Map

    Cutthroat Cookoff is a spin on current, popular cooking shows in which contestants are tasked to produce various courses of a meal on the fly, not knowing the ingredients or any impending challenges that will be thrown in for entertainment. Our contestants will be battling to win the Golden Spoon trophy and claim the title of Cutthroat Cookoff Champion.

    Meet our chefs:

    • Jeff Longwell, Mayor of Wichita
    • Wayne Chambers, President of High Touch Technologies
    • Carol Hughes, On-Air Personality for KFDI radio
    • Denise Neil, Restaurant Writer for the Wichita Eagle
    • Josh Alters, Special Olympics Athlete

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2013 Casillero del Diablo, Rapel Valley Carmenere
    100% Carmenere aged in American oak barrels.  Dark and deep purple with luscious fruit flavors. Dark plums and blackcurrant, dark  chocolate with hints of coffee and toasted American oak. Notes of dark plums and spice, generously framed by toasty American oak with a soft and well structured mouth feel. Pair with  game meat, garnished with sweet and-sour sauces and berries.

     

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