Author: Merilee Kern

Celebrity Chefs to Convene at the 13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Share: There are few annual events that get me as excited as the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival—a week-long extravaganza showcasing the best of San Diego’s flourishing food scene and the talented chefs (and other skilled food and beverage purveyors) that make it all happen. As one of the largest wine and food events of its kind in the United States and the largest in all of Southern California, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival (now in its 13th year) is an action-packed week brimming with cooking classes, tasting panels, celebrity chef dinners and multiple...

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Via Veneto Santa Monica Dishing Star-Caliber Italian Cuisine

Share: Los Angeles is a city known as much for its distinctive award-winning eateries as it is for its celebrity residents. In fact, many of the city’s restaurants—particularly those frequented by Hollywood’s elite—often become as revered as the star clientele, themselves. One such establishment is Via Veneto in Santa Monica, which enjoys its fair share of celebrity patronage. From David and Victoria Beckham’s joint birthday party to distinguished diners the likes of Madonna, Sean Penn, Eva Longoria, Harrison Ford and Duran Duran’s Warren Cuccurullo, who is actually one of the restaurant’s investors, this locale has received more than its...

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Five Fine Living Questions with Mark Steines

Share: Now as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated Home & Family program, and with more than 17 years rubbing elbows with Hollywood A-listers as co-host of Entertainment Tonight, Mark Steines knows a thing or two about living the good life. Given he’s enjoyed an esteemed TV career that’s not only survived, but also thrived for more than two decades, this three-time Emmy award-winning journalist has experienced the kind of sustained success in the entertainment industry most only dream about. Given Steines’ proverbial membership in this coveted “club” and the lifestyle it has afforded him, I touched base for his...

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Wolfgang Puck Reveals Ingredients for Luxe Living

Share: A world-renowned master in the kitchen and a charismatic personality, Wolfgang Puck is a dynamic “chef-lebrity” who is globally revered for his combination of classic cooking techniques and the modern fusion cuisine he pioneered in his iconic restaurants all around the world. All of the accolades that have ensued are decidedly well-earned, given that he began his formal kitchen training at just fourteen years of age with the encouragement of his mother—herself a chef in the Austrian town where he was born. After honing his craft at some of the finest restaurants in France and, subsequently, in the United...

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Ultra-Premium Maurice Vendôme Champagne

Share: The Ultra-luxury wine and spirits purveyor Prodiguer Brands, which privately develops and markets many of the world’s finest, award-winning wines and spirits, has just introduced its newest offering, Champagne Maurice Vendôme, which is now exclusively available in the United States marketplace. This latest offering, one that I have personally had the extreme fortune of sipping and savoring, furthers the company’s extraordinary portfolio of premium ultra-grade adult beverage brands specifically tailored for the global luxury market to meet evolving consumer desires and tastes. About this new release Prodiguer Brands’ Managing Partner and Sommelier, Noel Shu, said: “This rare Grand...

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