January Jones – Dr. Simon Casey

Simon Casey  is a nationally known Author, Speaker, Educator and the founder of Emotional Mastery Program.  Graduated from Waltham College in London with emphasis on pre-med. He concluded alcoholism studies and Forensic Mental Health in Clinical Practice programs at University of  Irvine. Later he graduated from California Coast University and received his Doctorate in Psychology. 

He is a licensed Alcohol and drug abuse counselor as well as and Board Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. He concluded his Leadership and Executive Management program at University of Notre Dame. He is an experienced PSYCH-K facilitator.   He also holds certificates in Bio Feedback and EEG Neurofeedback. 

He has over 25 years of experience in the field of addictions and dual diagnosis treatment.  As a Board Certified Clinical Supervisor and a part time professor, he regularly provides internship and training to various university and college students. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of addictions and dual diagnosis treatment. He has established  and directed several successful inpatient, residential, and outpatient programs for adult and adolescent patient population.  Currently he provides consulting services to CEO’s and various organizations, for conflict resolution, stress reduction, and techniques to achieving culturally sensitive successful work environment. He is an active member at MADD, MDMA & CF organizations. He has published  several books as well as many articles in  various magazines.

The How of TAO- The Connected Table LIVE! May 20th

TAO: the process of nature by which all things change and which is to be followed for a life of harmony (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tao)

 Tao (pronounced “dao”) means literally “the path” or “the way.” It is a universal principle that underlies everything from the creation of galaxies to the interaction of human beings. The workings of Tao are vast and often beyond human logic. In order to understand Tao, reasoning alone will not suffice. One must also apply intuition.

What’s it like to oversee the kitchens at the highest grossing independent restaurant in America? We’ll ask Ralph Scamardella, Executive Chef and Partner for The TAO Group. Ralph joins us on The Connected Table LIVE! May 20th 2pm ET on W4CY and iHeart Radio.

After three decades cooking in kitchens at some of the most esteemed restaurants on the world, Chef Scamardella divides his time between his home base in New York and Las Vegas where he oversees all daily menu and kitchen operations. His is a culinary vision that pairs old and new inspired by travels in Southeast Asia combined with classical French training and nostalgic Italian roots (His father grew up in Naples, Italy.)

TAO Group_Corporate Executive Chef and Partner_Ralph Scamardella

Ralph Scamardella, Chef/Partner, The TAO Group

Hot restaurants. Even hotter cities New York-Las Vegas-Sydney.  According to the unofficial 2014 RB rankings (from Restaurant Business magazine), TAO Asian Bistro in Las Vegas was the highest-grossing independent restaurant in America with $64.6 million in sales in 2013. LAVO Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas ranked 5th, and TAO New York at 7th.

OK, what are we talking about? 20 restaurants and nightclubs. To name a few: LAVO Italian Restaurants, TAO Uptown, TAO Downtown, Dream Downtown and Arlington Club (all NYC); LAVO at The Palazzo, TAO and TAO Beach at The Venetian, Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan (all in Las Vegas). Beautifully designed restaurants and bars populated with beautifully accentuated people.

TAO Las Vegas

TAO Las Vegas

We want to know: How do you keep the crowds coming, from moguls to rock stars to hip hoppers to brides-to-be? Consumers are fickle, and the nightclub crowd even more so. What’s the secret of The TAO Group? How does it find harmony with new generations of restaurant and club goers? How do you keep your concepts fresh?

And we want to know how in the crazy world of restaurants and nightclubs how Chef Ralph Scamardella finds his TAO (a life of harmony). – posted by Melanie Young

LAVO Nightclub Las Vegas

LAVO Nightclub Las Vegas http://lavony.com/

Connect:

http://taogroup.com/

https://twitter.com/taogroup

https://www.facebook.com/TAOGroup

Join Melanie and David on The Connected Table LIVE! Wednesdays, 2pm ET on W4CY.com and anytime on iHeart

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Tune in Wednesdays for The Connected Table LIVE! on www.W4CY.com and any time on demand at iHeart.com (under Shows & Personalities). Each week Melanie Young and David Ransom bring you the dynamic people in food, wine, spirits and hospitality.

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Tannat’s The Night- A Passion for Uruguay’s Wines

One of the things we enjoy about hosting our radio show is taking our listeners and followers to regions of the world where great wine and food are produced. We are passionate travelers and- as we like to say- insatiably curious.

Last week we “traveled” to Greece to taste wines and talk with Chef Maria Loi (Proprietor of NYC’s Loi Estiatorio and Co-Author of “The Greek Diet”) and Vintner Yiannis Voyatzis, (Boutari Vineyards and Director of New Wines of Greece). If you missed the live interview you can listen on iHeart anytime at this link.

This week we will “virtually” travel to Uruguay to discuss the country’s wine culture and visit with Daniel Pisano, a fourth generation vintner at Bodegas Pisano Vineyards. Daniel says he is “a farmer born in the vineyard” as were his ancestors dating back to great grandfather Francesco Pisano who first planted his vines in 1870 on a plot of land north of Montevido. Today, Bodegas Pisano is among a group predominantly family-owned vignerons producing wine in Uruguay. He works alongside his two brothers, Gustavo and Eduardo.

Gustavo, Daniel and Eduardo Pisano. Bodegas Pisano

Gustavo, Daniel and Eduardo Pisano, Bodegas Pisano

We’ll discuss Daniel’s family winery as well as wine making in Uruguay which is most renowned for Tannat, Uruguay’s signature varietal.  According to the trade organization Wines of Uruguay, more Tannat is grown in Uruguay than anywhere else in the world; at last count 7,200 acres. The Tannat varietal hails from the Madiran region near Bordeaux. It was introduced into Uruguay by Basque immigrants.

Tannat Varietal

Tannat Varietal

Uruguay is home to over 3,000 growers and 200 wineries with 22,000 acres of vineyards. The Uruguayan climate is influenced by Atlantic breezes, much like Bordeaux, although warmer and with more intense sun (220 days of sunshine annually). Refreshing cool air comes up from the Antarctic. The ripening period is long, and the wines are usually lower in alcohol, averaging 12% to 12.5%.

Uruguay is located south of Brazil off the Atlantic Ocean. It is blessed with 220 days of sunshine and cool breezes from the Antarctic. Wine growing conditions are favorable to those in Bordeaux.

Uruguay is located south of Brazil off the Atlantic Ocean. It is blessed with 220 days of sunshine and cool breezes from the Antarctic. Wine growing conditions are favorable to those in Bordeaux.

In addition to the Tannat varietal, winemakers have also found success with reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Syrah and whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Albariño and Viogner. Today, Uruguay produces over 10 million cases, much of it for export to the U.S. Canada and throughout South America and elsewhere. – posted by Melanie Young

Connect:

http://www.pisanowines.com/

http://www.winesofuruguay.com/

https://twitter.com/winesofuruguay

https://www.facebook.com/Wines.of.Uruguay

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Melanie Young and David Ransom are the Insatiably Curious Culinary Couple who profile the dynamic people who work front and center and behind the scenes in food, wine, spirits and hospitality and explore the places you want to visit and savor.

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