SBPC’s Surfrider Benefit/Tasting Party at The Shore hosted by She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd

By Joy A. Kennelly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION AND THE SHORE RESTAURANT TASTING PARTY BENEFIT BY CHEF DAVID LINVILLE RAISED MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR SURFRIDER FOUNDATION

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, Hosted

South Bay, CA— The Shore Restaurant’s Chef David Linville and Co-Owners, Jason Baran and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, co–hosted a tasting party benefiting Surfrider Foundation during an evening of networking, music, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine, environmentalism and beauty in Hermosa Beach, CA at The Shore Restaurant on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist, Melissa Todd, hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, and others on camera, and announced winners of the evening’s raffle prizes which included a $50 Dinner for Two to The Shore Restaurant, a designer dress donated by Luna G’s Stylist, Greycie Baran, and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation.

Chef David Linville served numerous internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine appetizers during the tasting party with the Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction as the hands down favorite, and the Crab Cakes served with cream sauce a close second. Guitarist James McKenna played acoustically throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Chairperson, Craig Cadwallader and Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, explained Surfrider’s mission and encouraged guests to speak out in favor of banning the use of plastic bags due to the negative environmental impact. Group shot near surfrider2 $500 was raised from entry fees and t-shirt sales for the charity.

Curly Hair and Color Specialist, Kym Chartrand of Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach, sponsored the networking contest’s goody bag prize which guests:  Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox; Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler; and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen First; Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney; Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; and others enjoyed.  

ABOUT THE SHORE

Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort food.

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ’s. For more information, please review: http://www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (SBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. SBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.

Inquiries:

Joy A. Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing (310) 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity (at) gmail (dot) com

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South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) Announces June 25 Surfrider Benefit at The Shore with TVLand’s She’s Got the Look, Melissa Todd, hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION (SBPC) ANNOUNCES A TASTING PARTY AT THE SHORE RESTAURANT IN HERMOSA BEACH, CA ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2008 from 5:30PM – 8:00PM

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Hosted by TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” Finalist, Melissa Todd; Evening benefits The Surfrider FoundationSurfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

South Bay, CA The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort cuisine from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA.

TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees.

The Shore’s Executive Chef Dave’s Chef david- best Tasting menu includes: Garlic Shrimp sauteed in compound butter with goat cheese crustinis; Shrimp Crimini Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, shallots and smoked bacon; a Greek Trio served with hummus, tapenade, tiziki and toasted pita; Ginger Soy Marinated Poki served with shaved Japanese pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Buttermilk and Tabasco marinated Southern Fried chicken with Belgium waffles and maple syrup; Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction; Crab Cakes served with Dijon cream sauce, and Mac & Cheese with Amsterdam imported cheese enhanced by a well-rounded international wine list. “It’s all about the food,” says Chef Dave. “I love the South Bay because people care more about enjoying my food than they do about being seen.”

An experienced TV host/model, Melissa Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Todd, will host the raffle offering a $50 Gift Certificate to The Shore, a designer dress donated by local retailer Luna G’s Personal Stylist, Greycie Baran, among other items. Melissa will be available for guest’s questions and comments about her appearance on TV Land’s show, “She’s Got the Look,” throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation information will be available for interested guests to review and additional donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

The Shore is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and is open Monday through Friday: 5:00pm – 1:45am and Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm – 1:45am. Executive Chef David Linville, formerly with Standard Hotel Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, Mastros Beverly Hills, and St. Regis Hotel, offers an internationally inspired California comfort cuisine menu. For more information, please review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

ABOUT THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

ABOUT MELISSA TODD

“She’s Got the Look” model, Melissa Todd, a sexy 38-year-old originally from Redondo Beach, CA, is a finalist on TV Land’s new series, in collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., which seeks to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older to become the next great supermodel. Prior to her TV Land appearance, Melissa enjoyed an active hosting career as an on-camera host for the Hallmark Channel, Toyota Corp., LA Fitness and a PBS cooking show among others, in addition to commercial & film appearances. She has also graced the covers of Shape, Muscle and Fitness Magazines.

ABOUT THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. http://www.surfrider.org or call Nancy Hastings 310 995-7873.

ABOUT THE SHORE

Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine. Scallops

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ’s. For more information, please review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

(Look for our scallop ad in the local papers!)

Lots of good stuff to report on all my clients & projects…

By Joy A. Kennelly

Where to start? Let’s see. Well, first off, Domiziano Arcangeli, my Italian actor client who is on hiatus from publicity while he’s producing his first feature film (Big news!), will soon be leaving for Japan to act in a huge martial arts film.

He’s very excited about the opportunity and I’m thrilled for him. Things are moving right along for him. Congratulations Domi! Work with you when you get back and your film is in the can? Sending you lots of love.

My Artist client, Gali Rotstein, also on hiatus from publicity while she creates a larger body of her amazing artwork, has just had her stint extended at Lois Lambert’s Gallery. You can catch her newest pieces on display in conjunction with the next show now.

That’s great news for her. Support the arts! Visit Lois’ gallery! BUY ART!!! Especially my clients! I have great taste (so I’ve been told) and you’ll be very pleased with your investment. Go Gali, go Gali!:)

On a personal professional note, I’m excited to announce my next South Bay Professional Connection has been created and ready to launch. Here’s the press release with all the details. I’ve added a special up-and-coming talent as the opening act named Jayme Mackinga.

Recognize the last name? Yep, that’s my Pastor Jim’s 16 six year old daughter I’m always raving about. I told you we had amazing talent in my church so why not start from the top? Right? LOL

She’s really gifted and won a major award at a huge conference this past year which once I receive the info I will share with you. jayme-2.jpg

John Pieplow, my headliner, has been pursuing a very successful music career for many years and is gracing us with his presence for the very first time ever in the South Bay. Very excited to have him perform as well. Okay, here’s the press release now:

MEDIA ALERT

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION PRESENTS

WHAT: A Special Birthday Benefit Concert by Acclaimed Musician John Pieplow at The Ardmore at 705 in Hermosa Beach, CA. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

WHO: South Bay residents, business owners, and Hollywood entertainment industry guests. Acclaimed Musician John Pieplow, john-guitar-couch.jpg known for his unique musical blend of blues, jazz and pop, will perform a special birthday benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. He has played at the East West Pro Tennis Classic at Home Depot Center, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Huey Lewis and the News; Chicago; Earth, Wind and Fire and Chris Botti. John was the headline band for the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Show at the House of Blues Sunset Strip.

He has opened for The English Beat; Rock Star Supernova Winner Lucas Rossi; American Idol Finalist Ryann Star, five-time Grammy-nominee, Ambrosia; and multi-Grammy and Oscar-winner Christopher Cross at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Pieplow has won several music awards including: “Best Alternative Band 2004;” “Best Solo Artist 2003;” a 2005 nomination for “Best Guitarist;” 2006 “Album of the Year;” and a 2007 nomination for “Best Song-Writer” by LA’s Rock City News.

In the past year and a half, John Pieplow has performed more than 80 shows at premiere music venues in Los Angeles including the House of Blues, Troubadour, Key Club, Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, The El Rey Theatre and the Viper Room.

In addition to his musical appeal, John developed a dedicated fan base as the film director of the cult favorite “STRANGELAND.” (See film/theatre bio below)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 7pm – 9pm

WHERE: The Ardmore at 705 (Club 705) located at 705 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 372-9705. Free, covered parking is available directly behind the building off Ardmore St.

HOW: $10 donation includes appetizers prepared by The Ardmore Chef Max, formerly with Donald Trump National Golf Course, Palos Verdes and the Viceroy Hotel. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

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WHY: The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents.

TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

The South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.

ABOUT JOHN PIEPLOW

A native of Brooklyn, NY, John Pieplow began a career as a theatre and film director soon after designing film sequences for several Broadway shows, including the hit musical (and nine-time Tony Award-nominee), Baby, and as well as the dramas Terra Nova (written by Academy Award-winner Ted Tally) and Lolita (written by Pulitzer- Prize winner Edward Albee). Following Broadway, he directed numerous award-winning commercials, including campaigns and product launches for top fortune 500 companies such as Visa, American Express, and Pepsi with Michael Jackson.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Pieplow returned to the theatre, directing nine plays in less than two years. His production of Red River Rats was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is widely known as the director of the hit international cult film, Strangeland. A lifelong guitarist and keyboard player, John Pieplow has worked and performed with many outstanding and prominent musicians including co-producing a film soundtrack album, titled, Rebel, with Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. John also wrote and performed music for the prime-time television show, Sons and Daughters, for Lorne Michaels and NBC. This spring, he will join mega-hit rock group, Foreigner, as their opening act.

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The Ardmore restaurant provides an elegantly casual fine dining experience. Their attentive staff provides classic cocktails or a fine bottle of wine wine to accompany their superb steaks, chops, pastas and seafood. Sit back and enjoy sophisticated entertainment in an unhurried, relaxing environment at The Ardmore at 705 in the heart of Hermosa Beach, CA.

The Ardmore at 705 (Club 705) is located at 705 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 372-9705. Covered parking is available directly behind the building off Ardmore Street.

CONTACT: Publicist, Joy A. Kennelly, The Joy Writer PR & Marketing 310 714-2077

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