I’m all about the pork! COCHON 555 Los Angeles

I’m so excited about this year’s Cochon 555 national tour all across the US that’s making a stop right here in Sunny Los Angeles this coming year. If you haven’t heard about Cochon 555 than your missing out on a night that’s all about the pork. Not the pork you get at the grocery store but heritage breed pigs with wine and spirits that taste like well the way a pig should taste! Cocoon 555 is a culinary experience unlike any you’ve attended  before that features five top chefs in a one-of-a-kind culinary competition featuring over 36 dishes prepared from locally-raised whole heritage breed pigs with endless wine, brews and spirits. The competing chefs include Tony DiSalvo of CAST at the Viceroy Santa Monica  Official Host & Hotel, Ricardo Zarate of Chef Zarate, Walter Manzke of Republique, Kris Morningstar of Terrine, and Steven Fretz of The Church Key. The five chefs, champions of whole hog utilization, will prepare a maximum of six dishes with hopes to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges.  Ray Garcia, 2014 King of Porc, and chef at soon to open Broken Spanish will help select LA’s “Prince of Porc.” The winner goes on to compete for the title of “King or Queen of Porc” at the tour finale, Grand Cochon at Snowmass/Aspen in June. The grand champion will be rewarded with a 4-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. And, new in 2015, the winner’s kitchen countertops will be resurfaced with Wilsonart® Quartz decorative surfacing, a remarkable, beautiful engineered stone material from America’s countertop leader.

Cochon 555 has an entire weekend of world class level chef’s competing and we get a taste! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a dinner that will be DIVINE! It’s the Chefs Course Dinner with Ray Garcia & Wines of Germany from 7 – 10pm. (tickets).

On Saturday they are having the Large Format Feast at Broken Spanish Preview with Ray Garcia “2014 King of Porc” & St. Francis Winery.

Large Format Feast – Los Angeles

March 28, 2015 at 7pm – 10pm
Broken Spanish Preview w. Ray Garcia “2014 King of Porc” & St. Francis Winery

 

Ray Garcia, Broken Spanish

 

Katie Madigan, Winemaker

 

Jake Tyrrell, Vineyard Manager

 

 

The weekend concludes with Sunday’s Pork Feast with chef’s dazzling attendees with dishes using the entire pig from snout to tail and the opportunity to mingle and taste to your heart’s content. The night will be at the Viceroy in Santa Monica with cool ocean breezes and the opportunity to enjoy dishes that will titillate your tastebuds.(tickets) as you watch the local culinary competition.

 

Fans of this epic culinary competition can satisfy their hunger in other ways by getting in on the action and entering any of the live Cochon contests. Visit cochon555.com/win/ and sign up to win your chance at a Cochon monumental experience, which includes unforgettable trips and extravagant prizes that are worth more than $25,000. Lucky winners will be rewarded with prizes that include an epic trip to the Rioja Wine and Tapas festival in Chicago on May 2, a newly resurfaced dream kitchen sponsored by Williams-Sonoma, Wilsonart, Shun, Chefs Feed & Food Republic and a four-day trip to Mexico. The Mexican getaway, presented by Mezcales de Leyenda, Simmer, Panna Cooking and Cochon 555, asks contest participants to share their favorite Mezcal recipe using the Simmer App on their iPhone. It’s time for Cochon fans to get treated! Don’t miss out on these unforgettable opportunities and sign up today.

About Cochon 555

Cochon 555 was created in 2009 by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breeds. Each year, the COCHON US TOUR – a 20-city, premium good food tour, draws from the biggest names in the hospitality industry. The series of hyper-local events support education, awareness and growth of family farms raising heritage breed pigs. Since its launch in 2009, Cochon 555 and its programs, such as Chef’s Course, have created a responsive movement nationwide with people who care about local food made by honest people. The tour has invested over 1 million in farms, culinary schools and charities across the country and they are only getting started. For more information about the cause, visit www.cochon555.com or follow the conversation @cochon555 on Twitter.

I’m screaming for Ben & Jerry Free Cone Day on April 14 2015

SCREAM it’s free cone day at Ben & Jerry on April 14th! So mark the calendar and grab friends, family, co-workers for a free cone! Bring some cash so that you can tip your servers who are volunteering for various local charities!

Free Cone Day is Coming!!

Save the Date! Free Cone Day is Coming!

Free Cone Day is coming April 14th12:00-8:00 pm!
So close you can almost taste the FREE ice cream.  Learn more.

Introducing Wayne’Swirled: The newest SNL Batch

Introducing Wayne’Swirled™: The newest SNL Batch

In celebration of the show’s 40th anniversary, we’re giving the two hardest-rocking residents of Aurora, Illinois—Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar—their own flavor!
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Clean Energy by 2050!

Call on Your Leaders: We Need Clean Energy by 2050

2015 may well determine whether the world is capable of coming together to fight global climate change. Now more than ever, we must act. And we must convince our leaders to lead.
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Spectacular Speculoos™ Ice Cream Truffles

Recipe: Spectacular Speculoos™ Ice Cream Truffles

These little bite-sized scoops of chocolate-drizzled ice cream will have you
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TeenWolf Reveals Season 5 Secrets at 2015 Paleyfest

The entire gang was at the 2015 Paleyfest and talking about major secrets to a room full of rabid fans. MTV’s first scripted series IMG_6972TeenWolf made it’s first visit to Paleyfest with the cast and creator who took the time to talk about the basis of the show. It’s not six packs and pecs but is friendship. Friendship between Dylan and Tyler. Scott and Stiles. Lydia and Stiles … well maybe more between them as season 5 progresses.IMG_6988

The panel was moderated by Jarett Wieselman (BuzzFeed) who got Jeff Davis (Executive Producer) to spill a few spoilers about the new season. The writers have a season where they are really focused on the senior year and all the changes that brings to any young person on the cusp of adult independence. Graduation is a time where the gang is thinking about the future. Will they loose touch with friends? A new mystery is a foot and our dynamic duo is getting some serious investigation time at the local asylum. It’s a friendship love triangle with Liam, Stiles and Kira as the repercussions from Allison’s death are still felt in Get into college or stay home and get a job? I mean who would want to move away from a town of supernatural acceptance? Can you imagine how hard it is to gain the freshman 15 AND worry about shaving your entire body??? One of the ones that got the fans excited was that Lydia might finally find love this season! Jeff said that we’ll have to wait and see who she’s dating since Lydia might not end up with the person you thing .. hmmm so many handsome guys and beautiful girls on that show it’s hard to know WHO I want her to end up with! Now all of those curious about Stiles name will likely have to wait. They know the first letter, that it’s a real name, but not how to spell it AND Jeff is debating to save the big reveal for the final episode!  IMG_6970IMG_6969IMG_6973 IMG_6978 IMG_6984

 

Moderator: Jarett Wieselman, BuzzFeed

Tyler Posey, “Scott McCall”

Dylan O’Brien, “Stiles Stilinski”

Holland Roden, “Lydia Martin”

Dylan Sprayberry, “Liam Dunbar”

Shelley Hennig, “Malia Tate”

Arden Cho, “Kira Yukimura”

Jeff Davis, Executive Producer

 

LIFE IS GOOD WITH THE BLACKSPARROW MOVIE SCI FI & FANTASY AUCTION

Can I just say that I REALLY wish I was rich and had won the Lotto a few months ago? So many items that I grew up loving that I really really want to have in my collection. They have a lot of great items but here’s my curated list of dream collectibles that would make my life my world and my nerd geekette dreams come true. Especially the Leonard Nimoy signed photo with William Shatner now I’ll never meet Mr. Spock! My only comfort is that I’m going to the Star Wars celebration in a month. But the idea of even one of these pieces will be haunting my dreams!

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo18William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo

14 in. x 11 in. black & white semi-glossy photo featuring Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek The Original Series, signed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing21Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing

Original blue pencil drawing by Disney artist Randy Noble for Star Wars Weekend 2004. The drawing plays homage to the iconic Star Wars poster with Min
Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 199622Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 1996Set of three 16 in. x 22 in. limited edition color lithograph featuring STAR WARS artwork by Dave Dorman. The artworks are entitled “Obi-Wan Ke…

Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice23Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice

Signed by Dave Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader in the original trilogy, twice – on the forehead underneath the helmet and at the neck. In fine condition. From Private Collection.
Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone24Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone

Original vintage 1977 Star Wars C-3PO soft rubber mask by Don Post Studios. Signed by Anthony Daniels, who portrayed C-3PO in all six Star Wars films…
Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock25Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock

Star Wars Boba Fett mask/helmet, cast from the original mold by Don Post Studios. Signed on the left side of the helmet by Jeremy Bullock, who portray
Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode "Small Victories"29Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode “Small Victories”

Conceptual art print from Stargate SG-1 (MGM Television, 1997-2007) Art Department. Mounted with an original prop Replicator used during the production ….
Movie Sci-Fi & Fantasty AuctionOnline OnlyA collection of props & costumes from Sci-Fi and fantasy themed movies, ranging from TerminatorStar Trek and Starship Troopers to X-MenJurassic Park and Star Wars.Provenance: Private Collections

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The Art of Patron Contest for $10,000

All you need are a few Patron bottles and creative eye for design to try to win $10,000. All you have to do is reimagine the iconic bottles to design something new. Last year’s winner made the ultimate game coffee table complete with a delight chess set with tiny bottles. I don’t know about anyone else I would love to have an excuse to have a major Patron party with Patrón XO Cafe Incendio, Patrón Añejo, Patrón Citrónge, Patrón Citrónge Lime,  Roca Patrón Reposado and Patrón Silver to name some classic favorites and new ones to try! I usually stick with Silver and XO but do have a weakness for Patron Margaritas. I’m not the most handy person but could maybe reimagine a bottle into a tiny herb garden hmmm but is that art? What would you make to win $10,000 from Patron?

Patron 2015 Margarita of the Year

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previous grand prize winner - Brandon Montgomery

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is joining Star Wars Rebels!

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Executive Producer Dave Filoni during a “Star Wars Rebels” voice recording session
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Executive Producer Dave Filoni during a “Star Wars Rebels” voice recording session

Well I’ve been excited about Star Wars Rebels after getting a chance to interview some of the cast at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con. I was able to have exclusive interviews (roundtable with Steve Blum  & Vanessa Marshall (Hera) with  Zeb (Steve Blum), Ezra (Taylor Gray)Tiya Sircar (Sabine). So watching the first season I have to say I did compare the first episode to Star Wars Clone Wars since Dave Filoni (interview at 2012 SDCC) is still the executive producer/supervising director but once I stopped saying to myself well it doesn’t look like clone wars, it’s new people and why did it have to end <wahhh>!!! I quickly grew to love my hard scrabble rebels trying to jumpstart a rebellion all alone! I mean as a geek chick how could I resist a female pilot Hera who stands up to the boys and STILL takes it straight to the Empire. I love a woman who won’t back down and Vanessa really is able to bring a new voice to the Star Wars universe not only as an adult but also as a new ‘Han Solo’ type instead of the usual damsel in distress that is in most action toons and movies! As the season has gone on Dave has really taken the time to give the characters time to develop a backstory that plays into their personality. When we first meet Ezra he’s just a smart aleck kid who I thought was going to be a dark haired Luke. Than as you got to know him you realize he was on his own and had to be self sufficient in a cold hard world. Sabine is woman who wants to use art to get people thinking about everything that the Empire has taken from them as well as kicking some major bootie as she flys around like Boba Fett!

I’m so excited for the second season of Star Wars Rebels after a finale that blew me away!

Like lots of Star Wars Fans I’ve been watching the new series on Disney XD and with the season finale I was blown away. (SPOILERS) The introduction in the final moments of Darth Vader  and getting to know the characters over the past months has been a huge pleasure.  Now I get to anticipate Sarah Michelle Gellar joining the cast and I wonder if she’ll cause trouble between Kanan and his lady love pilot Hera! Will she join as a part of the new rebel alliance that we just met in the season finale OR will she instead be with the Empire intent on the destruction of the Rebels? Drama bomb!!!

All I can say is that I hope Sarah has some crazy lightsaber that will remind all of us fangirls and fanboys first meeting her as Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Hopefully she, the cast and director will be joining us at the Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim! I know that I want to ask what it will be like to work with Freddie Prinze Jr., (her husband) again. What it’s like to join the Star Wars Universe. Has she been to Skywalker Ranch. AND has she had a chance to get her hands on an original lightsaber! Squeal my geek fangirl inner nerd is starting to show! Is it wrong that I want to ask her about Buffy the Vampire Slayer since like any crazy fan I can’t help but wonder if she’ll visit the universe again.  I have to say it’s unlikely but what can I say so many questions that I need to ask!

No Michelle POC aren’t stealing Superhero roles from White People

Did you see what Rodriguez said to TMZ (video details) about rather she’d been cast as the new Green Lantern:

I think it’s so stupid for everybody — because of this whole, you know, ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing…But it’s so stupid, it’s like, stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own, you know what I’m saying? Like, what’s up with that?

Michelle Rodriguez Facebook Page

This is going to be short and sweet. As a nerd girl who grew up reading comic books back in the day I would like to tell Michelle she’s wrong that People of Color (POC), Women and LGBT (I added that) need to create their own mythology and heroes. We are creating our own characters but we have the same love for Superman, Wonderwoman, Batman, Aquaman and the Green Lantern (well I like him have never been super into that character) as the people who created them. Even more importantly Stan Lee himself (the GOD of comic books) says he’s HAPPY to have his characters evolve to keep up with society well what they heck now I’ve taken a little creative license paraphrase on it but click on link for direct quote (MTV Splashpage). These are fictional characters and as such as the current artists change them to reflect new storylines to keep them fresh well yes they might change color or sexuality or gender and that’s OK since Hollywood has a bad habit of whitewashing characters all the time. I can’t say how frustrated I am when they decide to cast a blonde woman in Akira or that it’s always OK to blind cast as long as it’s to white people. I like to see people who look like me reflected not just as background standins but as supporting cast members and STARS! She might be one of the chosen favorite few who get roles that normally would go to a white woman or man but she needs to acknowledge her privilege of being a light complexioned beautiful hispanic woman. The same as Zoe is getting color blind casting and is treated like an ‘exotic’ beauty as opposed as being considered Black or Latino. It seems as if some of these actors who are the chosen few to be able to transcend their race instead of helping others are just enjoying their privilege and leaving the rest behind. So instead of standing with the power class why don’t you stand with you fans? Why don’t you stand with other actors who want to be judged on talent instead of dismissed because they are Black, Mexican, Korean, Jewish and don’t look ‘white’ enough to be one of the chosen few? I say SHAME on you Michelle and Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Saldana and Anthony Mackie (to name a few) for not supporting other actors! I’m frustrated that when they have a new movie out all of a sudden they are down with brown and will give interviews to Latina Magazine, Ebony and sites to reach out to fellow POCs to get our dollar bills but they aren’t with us to voice that their should be more inclusion. Instead I hear them say that color doesn’t matter and it doesn’t for THEM! Since they are the lucky exception to the rules and as long as they get their money they are OK with it. But yet they still want OUR support to buy tickets for their movies but don’t want to be considered as one of ‘us’. So they can try to hoard all the good but eventually their fans will find actors who do WHO will be honest about not only their privilege but that image matters. Seeing a hero that looks like ‘me’ is life affirming and Hollywood better wise up to the changing demographics of not only the US but the world. White might right to them but GREEN is what funds the business! Oh and by the way Michelle if you don’t want to role am sure that a lot of kickass women of color can take the role and OWN it so step aside!

 

 

Geeking in color!

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