August 27, 2013
Flying into Fall and a Contest too!

What a week! I had such an awesome birthday sharing it with everyone at the LA Food and Wine festival! I got a special bday serenade, a birthday cake from Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes", and I even met this guy!!


Even though the summer is winding down and I’m about to send my Jadey off to her first day of kindergarten (AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!), the rollercoaster is just beginning for both Jade and I! It’s gonna be a BUSY couple of months!

First off, in the spirit of Jade’s first day of school and my foray into writing a children’s books series, “Recipe for Adventure” (out Sept. 3rd- SO SOON!), we are having a contest for the little ones! They’ll have a chance to win prizes, including signed copies of the books and an online chat with me! Submit your kiddo’s drawings of A) their favorite place for adventure or B) their favorite food or C) their favorite character from either book! I’ll post the top 10 submissions on my website – my 5 fave submissions and the top 5 vote getters - and the lucky winner will be announced a week after the contest ends on Sept. 20th. So, get out the crayons because the contest starts NOW!

And, did you guys hear? I’m opening my first restaurant! In early 2014, at the Gansevoort Las Vegas! I will finally get to fulfill my dream of opening a restaurant. I couldn’t be more excited and can’t wait to share this amazing journey along the way. And we’re starting from the ground up - the bare concrete floor of what used to be Bill’s Gamblin' Hall. In just a few months, it is going to be turned into the Strip’s very first boutique hotel and my very first restaurant! And yep, it’s Italian!

I’m heading out on the road in a couple of weeks for my first of two book tours this year. I get to read to the little ones from my kid’s book series! How fun is that?! The next one kicks off in November for “Feel Good Food” (Can’t. WAIT!) I love popping in and out of cities and getting a quick bite of their culture, here, there and everywhere. Chicago, Austin, NY, Miami- I’m coming for you!!!! Check my calendar for the events open to the public if you wanna come say hi!! Would love to see ya!

In the meantime, hop on Twitter this Thursday, August 29th at 11:00 AM Pacific to live chat with me about all the exciting stuff coming up! We’ll have a blast!



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