January Jones – Payson, AZ. Retirement Destination

Payson, Az. Promoter and Resident January Jones interviews Mayor Kenny Evans discussing Payson as a retirement destination with a great climate and  lots of golf where you can experience the beauty of dramatic mountain vistas, wide open spaces, and a rich western rodeo heritage. Payson hosts a variety of events and activities including World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, the Beeline Cruise-In Car Show, Aero Fair, the Payson AZ Mountain High Games and the Old Time Fiddlers Contest.

Payson Place, AZ        Mayor Kenny Evans


In addition to serving the past 6 years as the Mayor of Payson, Mayor Evans is currently President of the largest Non-Profit in the region and serves on the Payson Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. As Chairman of the Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (NAMWUA), he represents the nine major cities in north-central Arizona on municipal water issues. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Arizona League of Cities & Towns, on Governor Ducey’s Transition team, on the State Municipal Tax Code Commission and on the state Bioscience Steering Committee.

Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert- September 30th-The Connected Table LIVE!

With more than 35 years of diversified experience in TV broadcasting, a background in wine, food, spirits, and craft beer reporting, and a burning passion for food and wine, Emmy award-winning producer and host Dave Eckert’s “Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert” has logged more than 275 episodes to date. Eckert’s extensive knowledge of food, wine, and spirits, and his desire to take viewers to “the source” of indigenous products and personalities around the globe, has made “Culinary Travels With Dave Eckert” a huge success.

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Dave Eckert

Recognized twice by the Academy of Wine Communications for his work, Dave has also built a loyal audience for “Culinary Travels,” which currently airs on AWE-TV on cable, and previously ran on Public Broadcasting affiliates across the country along with Direct TV, The Dish Network, and can also be seen in the air on Delta, U.S. Air, and Northwest Airlines.

For the past three years, Dave has also been a regular contributor to Kansas City Chowtown, the food blog for the Kansas City Star. His contributions were part of the blog being awarded second place in a recent national competition for newspaper food blogs. Dave contributes local, regional, national, and international pieces on the people, places, events, and products that make our world such a delicious and diverse place.

We’ll talk with Dave on The Connected Table LIVE! on September 30 at 2:25pm, to discuss his unique take on wine, wine regions, and food. We’ll also get a sneak peek at the 2015 American Royal World Series of BBQ, an event three times the size of Memphis in May, which is taking place in Kansas City Oct 3-4, and at which Dave will be judging.


Joanne Weir: Kitchen Gypsy. Gobal Culinary Ambassador. Sept 30. The Connected Table Live!


Waiter! There’s a fly in my wine! 

This is just one of the serendipitous stories in Joanne Weir ‘s new memoir, “Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food.”

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I particularly loved this story because Joanne ends up in her tender 20s as a guest at a famous Bordeaux Chateau as a result of mailing the dead fly to the producer. That’s gumption!

I’ve known Joanne for years. We connected annually at The James Beard Awards where her PBS TV series such as “Weir Cooking in the Wine Country” and “Joanne Weir’s Cooking School” were honored.  I enjoy visiting her Mexican restaurant Copita in Sausalito, just a short walk from where dear friends, Valerie and David live.  Joanne’s the original “Agave Girl” and serves a fabulous selections of tequilas at Copita and a mighty fine margarita.



Joanne’s a fourth generation professional chef who grew up on a farm in Massachusetts. Originally destined for a career in fine arts, she refocused on the art of the table. Joanne trained under the notoriously tough teacher Madeleine Kamman to receive her Master Chef Diploma. She spent five years cooking with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse (Alice wrote the forward to Kitchen Gypsy.)

But Joanne’s first love is teaching, and she does it around the world. She’s a true global culinary ambassador, in this case being one of 80 chefs  appointed by Hilary Clinton and the State Department in 2012 to promote world relations through food. We’ve always known better decisions are made on a happy and full stomach than an empty one, no matter side of the political table you sit on. – Melanie Young

Joanne Weir

Joanne joins is at The Connected Table LIVE!  September 30 on www.W4CY.com (iHeart.com). Link to all show episodes is: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-The-Connected-Table-Live

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