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Monday, November 24, 2014

11/24.2014 - To Our Health - Nuts and Chefs Walter Abrams Hero Bar!

Caring for our health is the topic of tonight's show, and our guests are both involved in helping us achieve that.  First, we welcome Maureen Ternus, of the Nutrition and Research Foundation of the Tree Nut council, NREF, to talk about the role of nuts for our health.

And ex-French Laundry chef, Walter Abrams, tells us his story and new creation, the Hero Bar and Apicius Nutrition, which is storming America!

The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF), a nonprofit organization, represents nine tree nuts: almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.  INC NREF supports nutrition research and education on the health benefits of nuts.

Maureen Ternus
Executive Director,
INC Nutrition Research & Education Foundation.

Maureen Ternus is a registered dietitian and the Executive Director of the INC Nutrition Research & Education Foundation. She is the author of “The Everything Vitamins Book” and has written for a number of magazines and nutrition publications.  She currently edits Networking News, a newsletter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Hero provides an all-natural wholefood bar like no other, it increases energy and provides necessary nutrients for your day to day routine. As chefs we have extraordinary relationships with small farmers throughout the country that have inspired us to create this one of a kind all-natural wholefood bar using kale as a main ingredient.

Our Mission is to bring awareness to our communities about additives and preservatives that consume most packaged foods today. While supporting charities and agriculture we aim to be an innovator in preservative and additive free packaged food products.
Walter with his fiancée Jen Smith (also a French Laundry Alum)

Chef Walter Abrams
Born in the USA and raised in Colombia, Chef Walter Abrams has been in the food industry for two decades. Chef Walter worked in some of Palm Beach’s finest restaurants, including renowned Chef Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud. In 2004 he joined Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California, where he spent seven years. Annual scholarships recognizing Abrams’ dedication to his craft allowed him to work in some of Europe’s most prestigious kitchens, including Le Cinq at the Georges V Four Seasons Hotel and Gilles Verot in Paris; St. John in London; and England’s The Fat Duck. In honor of his accomplishments, Florida Culinary Institute awarded Abrams with the 2006 Alumni of the Year Award. In 2011, Abrams worked as Chef de Cuisine with Mark Sullivan at San Francisco’s Spruce Restaurant. A year later, Abrams moved to Philadelphia to join Le Bec Fin as the Executive Chef. Chef Walter has always strived for an active and nutritious lifestyle, and so, in the fall of 2013, he founded Apicius Nutrition and launched Hero. Chef Walter oversees Apicius Nutrition Headquarters in Napa Valley. This is where Hero all natural whole food bars are hand made using the highest possible standards in food manufacturing.

Monday, November 17, 2014

11/17/2014 - Slow Travels and Truffles with Chef Ken Frank

A chef of many talents, Chef Ken Frank of the acclaimed La Toque in Napa, will be our guest this evening to talk about his recent trip to the home of White Truffles, and cooking at the Fiera del Tartufo Bianco D’Alba. We'll hear about recent trips to Barcelona, Florence, Rome and future travels from London to Copenhagen with O’Shaugnessy winery in June.

We'll also hear what it takes to get the Grand Award from Wine Spectator, one of only 74 in the world.

Food trends are always on our mind ……and we'll talk with Ken about some of theses -  using the whole beast, more interesting use of vegetables - such as curing, fermenting, and pickling, and the grand quest for umami.
Tune in, pour a glass of wine and sit back for an entertaining hour of all things culinary!

Ken Frank
Executive Chef and Owner of La Toque

Acclaimed Chef Ken Frank is entirely self-taught and brings a distinctive, personalized touch to his contemporary French cuisine at La Toque restaurant.

Frank’s love of French cooking began when his father moved the family from California to Yvoire, France. Frank chose to remain in France and began his culinary career as a dishwasher. After returning to California and refining his skills, Frank first achieved national acclaim at age 21 at the Los Angeles restaurant La Guillotine. In 1979, he opened the first La Toque on the Sunset Strip.  After a 14-year run, Frank sold the restaurant and in 1995 to open the award-winning Fenix at the Argyle.

In 1998, the second incarnation of La Toque made its debut in Rutherford, California at The Rancho Caymus Inn. La Toque was awarded a Michelin Star in 2007, the first year the organization published a San Francisco Bay Area guide.

In 2008, Frank moved the restaurant to The Westin Verasa Napa.  La Toque has continued to be well-received by the nation’s top critics and reviewers.  In 2008, La Toque earned a three-star review from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer and in October 2009 was honored again with a Michelin Star, which it still retains today.

For more information on Ken's truffle menu go to, and for the Truffle Festival he hosts each year at