Thursday, December 3, 2015

San Jose Harvest Festival Delights Shoppers Over Black Friday Weekend

The San Jose Harvest Festival, which took place November 27-29 this year at the San Jose Convention Center, brought in large crowds eager to shop with their families after Thanksgiving. The festival took place on Black Friday weekend, encouraging Christmas shoppers to buy from small businesses and local artisans instead of flocking to major malls.

The Harvest Festival, one of the top rated craft shows in the United States, featured over 24,000 handmade items. Attendees were able to meet the makers face to face while browsing unique art, jewelry, clothing, toys, home decor, and more. On Saturday, November 28, the San Jose Harvest Festival was specially featured by KTVU Fox 2 News. For three and a half hours, KTVU toured the area, interviewing vendors and granting viewers an inside look at the Harvest Festival's diverse handmade crafts, art, and specialty foods.

KTVU highlighted a number of vendors, including Bruce Lanham Scrimshaw, which specializes in beautiful engravings in swordfish bone. Another shop, Cherry Country from Oregon, showed off delicious dried fruit, jams, and chocolate covered cherries. KTVU also spoke to Frank Vigneri of Candle Opera, who displayed his beautifully designed candle holders created from thin wood veneer. Personalized home decor and ornaments were available from Mosaics by Sharice, a new vendor to the Harvest Festival, and Mississippi Miracle Clay even gave the KTVU reporter an on-air facial using their unique southern face mask.

The Harvest Festival wasn't only about the products for sale, though. Le Jazz Hot Trio supplied lively music for the Festival, delighting attendees and continuing a tradition of fine French Gypsy Jazz. James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash also charmed audiences, faithfully recreating Cash's biggest hits. Sausages, salads, sandwiches, coffees, and more were available for attendees to enjoy a delicious lunch while enjoying the entertainment.

For more information about the Harvest Festival, visit

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pleasanton Harvest Festival to Open at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival, happening September 18-20 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, is ringing in the fall shopping season by offering attendees thousands of unique, handcrafted gifts in a fun and festive setting. 

The Harvest Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that offers shoppers the chance to browse thousands of American handmade arts and crafts, including original art, clothing, blown glass, ceramics, photography, specialty foods and more. Guests can visit hundreds of booths, getting their purchases personalized and meeting the artists who individually made each product.

For the first time ever, the Harvest Festival will offer a free admission to the first 100 people in line each day, so be sure to get there early!

Throughout the weekend there is fabulous, continual live entertainment at the outdoor stage. John Park will be performing his popular "Funny Waiter" show where he spins plates and has the audience participating in his hilarious tricks, and the Hot Rods Band will get the crowd on their feet and dancing with their tribute to early rock and roll hits of the 50's and 60's. Plus, strolling entertainers wander the grounds, entertaining and  interacting with festival attendees. 

This year, the Pleasanton Harvest Festival is proud to welcome its new official charity, the Crown Monarchs Youth Cheer and Dance Team. The Crown Monarchs are a non-profit competitive cheer team from Brentwood whose purpose is to promote athletic participation in cheerleading and dance, as well as foster the physical, mental and moral development of young girls. The organization will receive half of the proceeds from all shopping bags sold at the event and will also be hosting the interactive KidZone this year.

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® is once again supporting the Alameda County Community Food Bank by offering $2 off admission to anyone who brings a monetary donation or non-perishable food items to the show. The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 1 in 5 residents living throughout Alameda County and distributes enough food for 380,000 meals each week.

The Harvest Festivals were recognized as one of the top craft shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and are the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast.

What:    The Pleasanton Harvest Festival®
When:   September 18-20, 2015
Where:  Alameda County Fairgrounds (4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566)
Hours:   Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 6pm, Sunday: 10 am – 5pm
Tickets:  Adults: $9, Seniors (62+): $7, Kids 12 & Under: Free (Tickets valid for re-entry)
Info:       Call or visit or 800-346-1212
Press:    Contact the Larose Group at 650-548-6700  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

KCSM Presents Jazz on the Hill --FREE concert

KCSM Presents Jazz on the Hill
Local Radio Station Thanks Community for Support with Free Jazz Festival

On June 6th, KCSM will host Jazz on the Hill at the newly renovated College of San Mateo campus from 12pm-6pm. Jazz on the Hill is a​ non-profit  jazz music event​ which benefits the college and the community supported radio station, KCSM FM. It​ is free to all who attend and this year it ​will feature ​two stages designed for nonstop entertainment and a great lineup of professional Jazz artists, including Grammy award-winning artist Poncho Sanchez. 

Dedicated to enriching the community, there will be a special "community stage" where talented local middle and high school students who showcase their talent by covering many genres of jazz from straight-ahead, blues, Latin, and more.
Jazz on the Hill returned in 2013 after a nine year hiatus due to the CSM building renovation project.  Now, the school is ready for visitors and eager to show off the campus, architecture and amazing views. 

KCSM’s television and radio stations, licensed to the San Mateo County Community College District, made their broadcast debuts in 1964. KCSM FM and TV were originally established by the College of San Mateo as training facilities for radio and TV broadcasters.

Many well-known media personalities were educated at the College of San Mateo, including tabloid TV reporter Steve Wilson, ESPN sportscaster, San Francisco Giants announcer, Jon Miller and K101 On-Air Personality, Jeff Serr. Today, the stations have professional staffs operating full service public television and radio and continue to serve as learning laboratories for students enrolled in the College of San Mateo Broadcasting Arts Department.

“This event is our way of thanking the community for the incredible support they provide year round,” said Dante Betteo, KCSM’s Station Manager.  “We wouldn’t be the unique radio station we are today if it weren’t for our listeners and supporting members.”
Jazz on the Hill will feature many of the favorite components from the previous year, including an area featuring vendor booths, food trucks, a BMW car raffle, and wine provided by Domenico Winery, located in San Carlos.

The BMW raffle is being conducted by San Francisco Jazz with the grand prize being a BMW i3 from BMW of San Francisco.

Tickets for the raffle will be on sale at Jazz on the Hill and the car will be on-site.  For more info about the raffle, go to

WHO:             KCSM's Jazz on the Hill

WHAT:           A free day-long jazz concert celebration to thank the community for their support of KCSM 91.1 FM.       

WHERE:        College of San Mateo, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402 

The Main Stage will be located on the lower mezzanine in front of the library steps with breath taking views of the Bay. The Youth Stage will be located in CSM's Little Theatre building.

WHEN:          Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 12pm-6pm.

INFO:             For more information and details about the lineup, visit

PRESS:         Contact Frances Larose at 650-548-6700 or via email at

Monday, June 1, 2015

Celebrity Spice Goddess Teaches Senior Communities About Healthy Alternatives to Prescription Medication

 San Francisco Towers and St. Paul's Towers, Oakland, residents received a special cooking presentation and autographed cookbook compliments of Celebrity Chef Bal Arneson.  Her message to the seniors was the importance of natural spices and their ability  to substitute traditional medications.  These delicious spices provide them with important antioxidants, natural cures, and  healthy eating options.

Bal Arneson, the Spice Goddess, TV Cooking Host, and Award Winning Cookbook Author,  honored elders by teaching them the ways of her world in India through the magic of food and the ability to heal through spices. The Spice Goddess is one of the featured speakers at the Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC) yearlong 50th celebration.  ESC has been empowering seniors in the Bay Area for many years providing them with knowledge and helping them continue to live long, healthy and independent lives.

Bal Arneson, a native of Punjab, India, is a bestselling author, teacher and advocate of simple and healthy Indian-inspired cooking. In July of 2010, her cooking series Spice Goddess premiered on the Cooking Channel, and she has published two bestselling cookbooks, "Everyday Indian" and "Bal's Quick and Healthy Indian."

Since 1965, ESC's vision of community and commitment to serving the needs of seniors has been the driving force behind ESC's mission of cultivating and building healthy communities with a continuum of residential and innovative aging services that actively promote intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual well-being.

Episcopal Senior Communities is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping seniors maintain healthy, vibrant and independent lives. Through their many initiatives and non-profit efforts, including the ElderWISE program, Senior Resources @ Home, Senior Center Without Walls, and the Senior Produce Markets, ESC is providing valuable services that alleviate isolation and promote healthy lifestyles.

Interested in becoming a volunteer and helping seniors in your community, call 415-776-0500.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Participating Chef in Wishes in Wine Country Event Has Personal Connection to Make-A-Wish®

(Burlingame, Calif., May 4, 2015) -- On May 16th, 2015 superstars in the culinary and wine industries will gather at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards to support the Wishes in Wine Country Fundraiser, benefiting Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.

One of the participating chefs, Pablo Estrada, Executive Chef of Fattoria e Mare, has a very personal connection to the foundation after his daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2008.  

"When my daughter Samira fell ill, Make-A-Wish helped to fulfill one of her dreams by sending her to Disney World," said Chef Estrada. "They treated her like a VIP, rolling out a red carpet and helping her get all the signatures of her favorite Disney princesses."

So far, Samira has been cancer free since 2011, but the experience was something she has never forgotten.

"It helped her get through the roughest time in her life, so whenever I can do something to support this wonderful cause, I do," said Chef Estrada.

For the last 16 years, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards have been teaming up on an event that not only helps children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, but that offers a wide sampling of the best food and wine being produced in Sonoma County and beyond.

Wishes in Wine Country will be held on Saturday, May 16th 2015 at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and will feature over 30 restaurants and wineries at the Grand Tasting on the Lawn. This year, Wishes in Wine County has expanded its array of talent to beyond just Wine Country and invited restaurants like Fattoria e Mare from areas like Burlingame which are 30 minutes south of San Francisco.

From 2:30 to 5:30pm, guests will sample wines on the lawns surrounding Sonoma-Cutrer’s world class croquet courts. The evening continues from 5:30-9:00pm with the Sunset Dinner, where guests enjoy a three-course dinner on the Sonoma-Cutrer Terrace, followed by a short live auction. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Tickets are still on sale; for more information go to or call 415-982-9474.

About Fattoria e Mare:
Fattoria e Mare is a restaurant specializing in locally sourced, fresh Italian cuisine. Located on Rollins Road in Burlingame, CA, just minutes from the San Francisco Airport, Fattoria e Mare offers an ever changing menu featuring seasonal seafood, pasta, salads, desserts and much more. The large restaurant has an expansive space which is uses for private parties and events. For more information on Fattoria e Mare, please visit

About Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area:

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  In 2015 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 31 years fulfilling magical wishes.  During its first year of operation, in 1984, the chapter granted 27 wishes.  Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area grants over 300 wishes per year and has granted over 6,800 wishes to date.  The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma.  The goal of Make-A-Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory.  Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or visit

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fattoria e Mare Serves Up Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner for Guests

Mother’s Day is the time to show gratitude to moms of all ages—and what better way to make her day special than to treat her to a delicious brunch or dinner hosted by Fattoria e Mare on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Together with family and friends, Mom can celebrate her special day by feasting on a wide variety of culinary specialties—without having to lift a finger in preparation!

Fattoria e Mare, located right of the 101 freeway in Burlingame, will feature a superb menu in celebration of Mother’s Day. Guests will savor both a glorious atmosphere in addition to a wide variety of soups, salads, main dishes, pastas, seafood and desserts. A few of the many delectable brunch menu offerings include: Eggs Benedict with House Made Biscuits, Canadian Bacon and Truffled Holandaise Sauce; Soft Scrambled Organic Farm Eggs, Heirloom Tomatoes, Spring Onion and Bufala Mozzarella; Breakfast Pizza with Smoked Salmon, Confit Potato and Fontina and much more. Several dinner entree options including Grilled Whole Branzino, Ranch Chicken al Mattone, Dungeness Crab Meat Ravioli, and Fideua' Toasted Cappelini.

Fattoria e Mare serves genuine Italian cuisine from the farm and sea which holds sustainable ingredients sourced from organic and sustainable local vendors.

WHAT: Fattoria e Mare' Mother's Day Brunch & Dinner
WHEN: Sunday, May 10, 2015
WHERE:  1095 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
TIME: Brunch: 11:30 am -3:30 pm
        Dinner:  4:00-10:00  pm
INFO: For reservations and additional information, visit                
MEDIA: Contact The Larose Group, 650-548-6700 or
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Webster House Health Center's Volunteer Coordinator
Ramiro Caceres is interviewed by Ch. 2 about the announcement 
of the new Silicon Valley location of Random Acts of Flowers.  
Webster House Health Center resident Elizabeth Olshausen, 82, 
is one of 46 residents to receive a surprise
 bouquet from Random Acts of Flowers.
Webster House Health Center, a member of the Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC), has always been committed to working with an active volunteer network and other community non-profits which can enrich the lives of seniors.

Because of ESC’s dedication to provide these quality programs, Random Acts of Flowers selected Webster House Health Center to launch their fourth location, based in Silicon Valley.  Founded in 2008 in Knoxville, Tenn., Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers and deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to healthcare facilities across the country.  They have brought smiles and happiness to thousands, delivering over 70,000 bouquets to date. 

"We are always so pleased to provide our residents with the highest quality non-profit services on the Peninsula," said Linda Hibbs, RN, MPH and Executive Director of Webster House/Health Care Center.  "We really appreciate organizations such as Random Acts of Flowers and other volunteer groups in our community that reach out to our health care center and enhance our residents quality of life through so many thoughtful acts, such as giving them flowers, walking with them downtown, or just taking a few minutes to talk with them and share stories about their life.  We are very blessed!" 

Webster House and Webster House Health Center will be celebrating the Episcopal Senior Community's 50th anniversary on September 23, 2015 from 3-5 pm.  We invite all media to attend.  

Additional photos and interviews are available upon request.