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    Posted on July 31st, 2015

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    Aug 1 – This Week’s Show

    Darra Goldstein

    Join me this week and meet one of my most interesting former guests.  Darra Goldstein is Professor of Russian at Williams College and founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, named the 2012 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. She has many other award winning books to her credit and her latest “The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets” will certainly garner even more awards!



    A sweet tooth is a powerful thing. Babies everywhere seem to smile when tasting sweetness for the first time, a trait inherited, perhaps, from our ancestors who foraged for sweet foods that were generally safer to eat than their bitter counterparts. But the “science of sweet” is only the beginning of a fascinating story, because it is not basic human need or simple biological impulse that prompts us to decorate elaborate wedding cakes, scoop ice cream into a cone, or drop sugar cubes into coffee. These are matters of culture and aesthetics, of history and society, and we might ask many other questions. Why do sweets feature so prominently in children’s literature? When was sugar called a spice? And how did chocolate evolve from an ancient drink to a modern candy bar?

    The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets explores these questions and more through the collective knowledge of 265 expert contributors, from food historians to chemists, restaurateurs to cookbook writers, neuroscientists to pastry chefs. The Companion takes readers around the globe and throughout time, affording glimpses deep into the brain as well as stratospheric flights into the world of sugar-crafted fantasies. More than just a compendium of pastries, candies, ices, preserves, and confections, this reference work reveals how the human proclivity for sweet has brought richness to our language, our art, and, of course, our gastronomy.  Learn more about Darra here.

    A book of Epic proportions filled with interesting history, lore and more about sugar and sweets, truly a delicious encyclopedia!  Get a copy NOW

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:  2013 Cedrus Le Blanc

    Château du Cedre Cedrus Le Blanc 2013Cedrus Le Blanc is made about 60 miles away from Cahors in the Armagnac region. This area and its grapes are the source of the finest brandy in France, but there’s also a little ‘country wine’ made under the Cotes de Gascogne appellation. If you like Loire Sauvignon Blanc, you will love this crisp 60/40 blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc. The nose presents superb aromatics of exotic fruits and white flowers. Served chilled, its fine texture and clear fresh fruit character will combine beautifully with seafood or just by itself.


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    Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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    Jul 24 – WOATS & Wine :-)

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    I love talking about great products that are healthy, taste great and have a good story!

    Justin Anderson and WOATS

    WOATS Oatsnack is an indulgent snack made with an irresistible blend of gently baked whole grain oats, honey and other premium ingredients. Perfect anytime, anywhere, right out of the bag. True to the ambitions of our young founder, the mission of WOATS Oatsnack is to inspire kids and young adults to discover and harness their passions, make a difference in their communities and change the world for the better.

    Justin’s Story:
    “My love affair with the humble oat began at an early age. I enjoyed snacking on granola but the crunchy stuff was tough on my braces. Craving a softer snack, I took over my Mom’s kitchen, mixed together some oats, honey and nuts and after several batches baked up the perfect recipe. It was such a huge hit with my friends that I borrowed $500 from my grandmother and by the time I was sixteen had started a company. www.woats.com

    As I’ve grown older my tastes have changed but I’m still a kid at heart. WOATS Oatsnack is the ideal combination of natural goodness and indulgent fun that I like to call inspired snacking.

    I was raised in humble circumstances by my mom and grandparents who always supported my education and encouraged me to follow my dreams. Thanks to their unconditional love, a lot of hard work and a little luck, I’m fortunate today to be able to do my thing and share my story with kids across America.”

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2010 Mabel’s Homestead Vineyard American Cabernet Sauvignon
    Produced and bottled in Arkansas City, Kansas with grapes from the Suisun Valley.  The Suisun Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Solano County, California, located just east of the Napa Valley wine region in the Coast Range. It has touches of spice, generous fruit and perfectly integratd oak flavor and aroma from twenty four months in new French oak barrels.

  • Jul 18 – “Gumption” with Scott Barnett

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    The show today is all about a “Gumption – Taking Bubba Gump from Movie to Restaurant”  A great book by my guest Scott Barnett, Founding CEO of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.  If you have ever worked in the restaurant business or for that matter eaten in a restaurant this book is a must read.

    Written in a cinematic style, this book is about the creation, growth, and sale of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. The concept began when Paramount Pictures reached out to see if there was interest in creating a restaurant based on the movie Forrest Gump. It is also the personal story of the author’s growth as a CEO and creator of restaurant concepts. A host of situations are described such as restaurant concept creation, high stakes boardroom confrontations, and escaping corrupt officials in foreign lands. The narrative is partly an unvarnished peak behind the everyday scenes of restaurants, movie studios, and Wall Street. There is also an almost step-by-step recounting of how the Bubba Gump concept and others were created and operated. Lessons can be learned on unorthodox methods used in moving from traditional approaches to untried ways of doing business.

    Get a copy NOW!

    Scott Barnett

    About the Author:

    Scott Barnett is the founding CEO of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurants. He has given talks on service, management techniques, leadership, and financial performance metrics. He has actively consulted with a number of restaurant companies worldwide, and he is a recognized expert on transactions, branding, concept development, and overall operations. He lives in Solana Beach, California.

    Later in the second half Marty Johnson from Johnson’s Garden Center will joins us.  We’ll welcome Marty back from his EPIC bike ride along the Great Rocky Mountains from Canada to the Mexican Border; he just finished a 2750 mile bike race called Ride the Divide in 27 days.  Then we’ll tell you all about “MoonLight Madness” at Johnson’s today from Noon until Midnight.  10% off everything, 50% off all plants, 75% off clearance Items and much more.  Sale at both locations, more info at www.johnsonsgarden.com

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2011 Rombauer Carneros Merlot
    rombauer-vineyards-carneros-merlot-2009This wine is deep red/black with a bright crimson hue. Aromas of ripe blood plums and cherry intertwine with subtle, well-integrated notes of oak. This medium-bodied wine is soft and subtle on the palate with flavors of plums and cherries at the forefront, leading to a lifted, aromatic finish that displays a distinct freshness.

    This is a classic example of extremely well made Merlot from a great producer…this is what Merlot should taste like!

    Grab a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange quick…the 2011 Merlot will soon be gone.

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    Posted on July 6th, 2015

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    Jul 11 – Pinot Summit & Cass Winery

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    In the first half I’ll be telling you all about the Top 10 Best Food Cities for 2015 as voted by www.livability.com 

    Foodie culture continues to marinate in U.S. cities, along with its various cousins the farm-to-table and craft-beer movements. Many cities are encouraging restaurant districts and boutique eating, and reaping the benefits. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Foodie Cities, 2015. These cities strongly support local farmers, showcase regional cuisine, and provide residents with an innovative and eclectic mix of restaurants and delicious food to eat.

    Then it’s all about the 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit brought to you by Barbara and John Drady, founders of Affairs of the Vine. www.affairsofthevine.com 

    The Pinot Noir Summit, organized by Affairs of the vine, features the best Pinots out of nearly 500 entries tasted by a judging panel of wine professionals over the past three months. The 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit celebrates and recognizes this year’s top wines and producers as part of this great event.

    The past 12 years the event took place in San Francisco, this year’s Pinot Summit will take place in Reno Nevada at the Four Diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Named by USA Travel as the TOP casino resort property outside of Las Vegas and one of the top ten spas in the world for four consecutive years. The event is Saturday July 25th and tickets are going fast!

    Saturday, July 25th
    13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit
    Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
    3800 S. Virginia Street
    Reno, Nevada 89502

    Full Program Ticket includes Pinot Noir Workshop, All Things Pinot Pairing Lunch, Wine Lovers Blind Tasting, and Grand Awards Tasting Gala

    Purchase tickets for Saturday’s festivities here

    Pinot Noir Summit All Day Tickets, include one Seminar, Lunch, Wine Lover’s Blind Tasting Tasting, and Grand Awards Tasting Gala.
    $150 per person
    $125 on tickets purchased prior to July 11th

    Pinot Noir Summit Grand Awards Tasting Gala Tickets
    $85 per person
    $75 per person on tickets purchased prior to July 11th

    In the second half I’ll be speaking to Ted Plemons, Co-owner/partner of Cass Vineyard & Winery located in Paso Robles.

    cass_logo_wArtCass Vineyard and Winery is located in the rolling, oak-studded hills between Paso Robles and Creston on California’s beautiful Central Coast. This area that the vineyard calls home offers quiet serenity for the visitor and an ideal growing environment for wine grapes.

    Sited due east of the “Templeton Gap”, the vineyards receive the evening’s cooling breezes that the west side of Paso Robles is noted for. The vineyards rest far enough from the coast to generate the heat needed to optimally ripen the Rhone varieties grown on the 145 acre estate.

    Cass wines were some of my top picks while in Paso last May attending a media event.  The Cass 2014 Viognier was my top white wine tasted that week.  I must have good taste…this wine recently received Double Gold and “BEST Viognier” at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. We’ll tell you all about the winery, vineyards and wines produced.

    While Cass wines are not yet available here in Kansas (hopefully coming soon to a wine store near you!) you can order on line at www.casswines.com 

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Cass Viognier
    2014-Viognier-webCold fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain Viognier’s true varietal character, the 2014 vintage showcases perfumed aromatic of ripe plantain, Anju pear, white peach, and crushed acacia flower.  Essence of honeysuckle blossom offers a prelude to lush palate centered around flavors of dried gala apple, ripe apricot, and Meyer lemon marmalade.  A lingering finish features spiced pineapple and fresh pomelo zest highlighted by nuances reminiscent of iced limeade.




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    Posted on June 29th, 2015

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    July 4 – Andy Groneman BBQ + Terra d’Oro wines

    Happy Independence Day!

    For me, This great day is all about cooking outside on what ever grilling equipment you may have.  Andy Groneman “Pitmaster Extraordinaire”  and the All Things BBQ cooking instructor, joins us to talk tactics and techniques for a number of different styles of BBQ.  Slow roasted pork, smoked brisket, steaks on the grill, you name it. As they say at All Things BBQ…this is Where Barbeque Legends are made!

    Smoke on Wheels Competition BBQ pitmaster Andy Groneman has been part of the Competition BBQ world for 20 years. A second generation pitmaster, Andy started his BBQ journey with the HoDeDo’s BBQ team, to spend time with his dad, George; backing his Uncle, Tom Groneman and Bob Eickhoff in the pits. By 1996, Andy wanted to cook more than the HoDeDo’s could schedule, so Smoke on Wheels was born with his brother in law, Matt Winterscheid. Since then Smoke on Wheels has earned hundreds of BBQ awards, including the Empire State championship, 20 Grand Championships, and 2 ‘Chest to Chest’ Brisket Invitational awards – including 2012. In 2009, Smoke on Wheels closed the season ranked 5th in the nation out of 4700+ teams. For 2010, Andy decided to dip his toe into the BBQ products arena with the launch of his two marinades. Smoke on Wheels BBQ Marinade, and Smoke on Wheels Pork injection and marinade. Both products have helped teams take their competitive BBQ to the next level! Andy has made BBQ a family affair, cooking 20-30 weekends each year in competition, along with his wife, Kim, and two girls Kaylin and Lauren. Both girls enjoy time behind the grill with their dad, and competing on their own in Kid’s Ques. They have both been champions in the 2012 season! Outside of BBQ, Andy is a Solutions Engineer for Sprint, with 14 years in Telecommunications. Currently, specializing in wireless and hosted/cloud computing solutions.

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    Guy & Chris Leamy

    If you take time to cook high quality Que’ you have to pair it with some high quality wines!   My friend Chris Leamy, winemaker at Terra d’Oro winery in Amador County will join us in the second half.  We’ll tell you all about the winery, vineyards, products produced and available here in the flat lands.  Having judged at the El Dorado County (California) Fair Commercial Wine Competition in May, I got to see first hand the magic in the bottle from Chris’ wine making skill.  Wait till you here about the awards he brought home just from this competition alone.

    Terra d’Oro wines were first released in 1973 under the Montevina label, the first Amador County winery to produce wine since Prohibition ended. We quickly earned a reputation for crafting robust, full-flavored red wines, Zinfandel and Barbera in particular. Word spread, and a short time later, Amador’s historic wine industry was revived.

    “With 400 acres of magnificent estate vines—including several historic, old-vine vineyards—Terra d’Oro Winery now produces uncommonly delicious Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. We’re incredibly fortunate to be part of the long history established here more than 150 years ago.”

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Some Killer Juice from Terra d’Oro

    2014 Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc & Viognier
    Displays luring aromas of juicy tropical fruits, fresh lemon and hints of spice. The palate boasts flavors of pink grapefruit, papaya, and subtle sweet mango. This wine is lively, refreshing and well balanced with crisp acidity – perfect for a warm afternoon or during sunset hour. For a delicious pairing, serve this wine with shellfish, ceviche sashimi or a spicy tuna roll and shishito peppers.

    This wine is soft, unctuous and full of flavor with a floral nose and ripe fruit…think HOT weather and chilling by the pool or on the patio.  Get some at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road!!


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