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12/14/2015

Kobayashi Brothers Launch New Venture in Templeton

Chef Chris Kobayashi and his brother/partner Michael Kobayashi, known for their farm-to-fork hit Artisan in downtown Paso Robles, just opened their second venture, Kitchenette in Templeton. Located in the former Roost Café, Kitchenette is a breakfast and lunch eatery serving new American fare. The restaurant features all new items with the exception of a few favorites imported from Artisan, along with locally roasted coffees, house-baked goods, draft wines and beer. Kitchenette also takes inspiration from locally sourced ingredients, with selected organic produce coming directly off their farm (founded in 2011) less than a quarter mile away. Popular breakfast dishes include: Fried Egg B.L.T.A. on a potato bun with nitrate-free bacon, arugula and white cheddar; Brown Ride Hash with sorrel pesto, Kitchenette hot sauce, feta, radish and a fried egg; and Beer Braised Corned Beef Hash with Kitchenette hot sauce and a fried egg. Lunch favorites include the legendary Kitchenette Cheeseburger. The menu also offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free offerings. For more information, visit www.kitchenettetempleton.com.

Media Contact:
Danielle Lees
AugustineIdeas
www.AugustineIdeas.com
dlees@augustineideas.com
916-960-2889


Public Contact:
Amanda Diefenderfer
Travel Paso Robles Alliance
www.TravelPaso.com
adief@travelpaso.com
805-610-6326
 

12/14/2015

TH Estate Wines Opens New Tasting Room

TH Estate Wines—owned by former NFL player Terry Hoage and his wife Jennifer— opened a new tasting room in May 2015 as part of its ongoing rebranding and growth. The new tasting room features glass, steel and historic barn wood, and the old tasting room has been modernized to complement the addition. During the expansion, TH Estate Wines up-cycled its old barn door, converting it into a seated tasting table for the new private tasting room. The new space is also equipped with LED lighting and a glass roll-up garage door, allowing visitors to watch production and winery activities during their visit. Though only 3,000 square feet, the winery building, which features 150-year-old Iowa barn wood, boasts a full production facility along with the old and new intimate tasting rooms. For more information, visit www.thestatewines.com.

Media Contact:
Danielle Lees
AugustineIdeas
www.AugustineIdeas.com
dlees@augustineideas.com
916-960-2889


Public Contact:
Amanda Diefenderfer
Travel Paso Robles Alliance
www.TravelPaso.com
adief@travelpaso.com
805-610-6326
 

12/14/2015

Napa Valley Iconic Hotel Gets Renovation and Reboot

Formerly The Rancho Caymus Inn in Rutherford, Hotel Rutherford was originally envisioned and developed over three decades ago by Napa Valley sculptor and designer Mary Tilden Morton (Morton Salt, Tilden Park and BV Vineyards). She combed the Americas for accents and accessories that channeled the heritage of early California settlers. The Hotel Yountville team has acquired the property and a thoughtful renovation is underway to restore the beautiful hacienda architecture and century-old white oak beams. Contemporary comforts will join seamlessly with the heritage components in this intimate 26-room petite hotel which will debut this winter (currently set for a February opening) as Hotel Rutherford. For more information, visit www.hotelrutherford.com.

Media Contact:
Nyna Cox
Grace Marketing
www.hotelrutherford.com
nyna@gracemarketing.com
707-494-2720


Public Contact:
Nyna Cox
Grace Marketing
www.hotelrutherford.com
nyna@gracemarketing.com
707-494-2720
 

12/11/2015

Petersen Automotive Museum to Reopen December 2015

After 14 months of renovation, Petersen Automotive Museum fans will race over to the popular attraction when it finally reopens later this year. With $125 million in improvements, the museum will soon boast a stunning new exterior design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which wraps the museum with long ribbons of stainless steel. The museum will feature cutting-edge galleries, interactive children’s displays and exhibits. It will also offer a new storytelling technology called “augmented reality,” which is a new educational program where characters from the Disney/ Pixar movie Cars serve as teachers and guides. For more information, visit www.petersen.org.

Media Contact:
Denise Lengyeltoti
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
www.latourism.org
dlengyeltoti@latourism.org
213-236-2357


Public Contact:
Receptionist Receptionist
Petersen Automotive Museum
www.petersen.org
info@petersen.org
323-930-2277
 

12/11/2015

The New Children's Museum Announces Eureka! Exhibition

This fall The New Children’s Museum introduced its newest thematic exhibition, Eureka! When visiting, children and adults discover California through the imagination of artists and explore the power of creative thinking. Eureka! features new works that are featured alongside the Museum’s current exhibition, Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food. Through inventive art installations and studio activities, Eureka! encourages visitors to explore the Golden State by ‘digging deeper’. This exhibition is all about the ‘aha!’ moments that we provide every day at the Museum. Continuing the Museum’s pioneering legacy of commissioning contemporary artists to create engaging artworks, Eureka! will feature new art installations created by local, regional and national artists. Additionally, the Museum will develop art workshops, educational programs and lesson plans to complement each installation. Eureka! will be on display through 2016. For more information, visit www.thinkplaycreate.org.

Media Contact:
Toni Robin
TRPR
www.trprsandiego.com
tr@trprsandiego.com
858-483-3918


Public Contact:
Toni Robin
TRPR
www.trprsandiego.com
tr@trprsandiego.com
858-483-3918
 

12/11/2015

California's Down to Earth Month Makes April a Great Time to Visit Eco-Friendly Wineries

Think California wine is just red, white or rosé? This spring is a great time to discover how “green” it is, too. Wine Institute— which represents California wineries around the state—created Down to Earth Month in April to celebrate California’s global leadership in sustainable winegrowing and winemaking. Now in its fifth year, wineries across the state will engage consumers with fun programs to learn about California wineries’ eco-friendly practices and the people and places behind them. From Earth Day festivals and “green wine trails” to dog-friendly vineyard hikes, tastings of sustainably grown wines and foods, and eco-tours, the state’s wineries will highlight all things green wine this April. California is a world leader in sustainable winegrowing practices. For more information, visit www.discovercaliforniawines.com.

Media Contact:
Jeanne Sullivan
Sullivan Says
www.Discovercaliforniawines.com/D2E
jeanne@sullivansays.com
650-215-8156


Public Contact:
Communications Department
Wine Institute
www.Discovercaliforniawines.com
communications@wineinstitute.org
415-512-0151
 

12/11/2015

Big Bear Mountain Resort to Offer New Winter Features

Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) is gearing up for the winter 2015-16 season with plans to launch improvements that will kick the family fun up a notch. The resort will soon unveil its new snow play tubing hill, as well as improved snowmaking systems and snowcats for better snow grooming. Tap House Restaurant at the top of Snow Summit will re-open its completely remodeled space and new menu. The new Summit Select and Bear Select programs will also debut, offering a season locker, season parking pass and special club discounts for members. For more information, visit www.bigbearmountainresorts.com.

Media Contact:
Clayton Shoemaker
Big Bear Mountain Resorts
www.bigbearmountainresorts.com
claytonshoemaker@yahoo.com
909-936-3960


Public Contact:
Guest Services
Big Bear Mountain resorts
www.bigbearmountainresorts.com
communications@bigbearmountainresorts.com
909-866-5766
 

12/11/2015

Renowned Gallery's New Space Plugs Visitors into Regional Art Scene

The Valley Art Gallery just moved to its new, expanded location in Orcutt, aiming to inspire locals and visitors to connect with regional artists and their inner creativity. Members of the Valley Art Gallery organization – which includes individuals specializing in everything from pottery, paintings and textiles to photography, jewelry and 3-D art – oversee the space. Here, Central Coast artists, some of whom are nationally renowned, express their vision of the area’s bountiful vineyards, coastline, rolling hills and agriculture in a variety of media. The gallery also maintains a satellite location of rotating exhibits at the Santa Maria Public Airport, where travelers waiting for a flight can enjoy scenes of the Central Coast and even purchase art as a souvenir. Guests who visit in person can take part in art classes for all ages, and personally meet some of the artists working in the space. For more information, visit www.valleyartgallery.org.

Media Contact:
Malei Weir
Mooncatcher
www.mooncatcher.com
mw@mooncatcher.com
805-239-0020


Public Contact:
Hattie Stoddard
Valley Art Gallery
www.valleygallery.org
valleyartgallerysm@gmail.com
805-937-2278
 

12/11/2015

New Organic Confectionery Brings a Sweet Change to Old Orcutt

Locals and visitors with a sweet tooth can taste delicious organic confections at the new Heart & Sugar in Old Orcutt. The confectionary, which opened in July, offers an alternative to processed foods with artful truffles, cake pops, caramels, macaroons, cakes and more, using high-quality Belgian chocolate and incorporating many organic ingredients. Owner Alexandra Thompson’s repertoire ranges from traditional favorites to more exotic flavor combinations such as vanilla-basil. For more information, visit www.heartandsugar.com.

Media Contact:
Malei Weir
Mooncatcher
www.mooncatcher.com
mw@mooncatcher.com
805-239-0020


Public Contact:
Alexandra Thompson
Heart and Sugar
www.heartandsugar.com
info@heartandsugar.com
818-300-8492
 

12/11/2015

Red Roof Inn Gets Complete Facelift

Bakersfield’s first Red Roof Inn recently re-opened after a major makeover. Built in 1964, the hotel is among the oldest in the city, but now features more modern décor and amenities. The hotel’s 40 reconfigured rooms were designed to be the largest rooms and bathrooms in town, with their Superior King rooms offering microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and peninsula work desks. All rooms feature pillow-top beds, wood flooring, free Wi-Fi, and 42” flat screen LED televisions with premium cable channels including free HBO. This family-friendly, pet-friendly hotel also offers a large outdoor swimming pool, business center and laundry facilities. The secure credit card check-in system ensures that guests’ credit card numbers will never be hacked from the hotel system. For more information, visit www.redroof.com/property/Bakersfield/CA/93304/-/RRI813/.

Media Contact:
Zina Patel
Red Roof Inn Bakersfield
www.redroof.com/property/Bakersfield/CA/93304/-/RRI813/
email@staybakersfield.com
661-336-0475


Public Contact:
Zina Patel
Red Roof Inn Bakersfield
www.redroof.com/property/Bakersfield/CA/93304/-/RRI813/
email@staybakersfield.com
661-336-0475
 

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