2017 Big Sur Foragers Festival Announces Fungus Face-off on January 14 and Grand Chef Dinner on January 15

Chef-host Tim Wood joins forces with Bay Area chef/restaurateur Rodney Worth

Big Sur, CA, November 05, 2016 – The Big Sur Foragers Festival may have changed the location of its annual Grand Chef Dinner for 2017, but the event’s culinary star power remains intact.

With a resort enhancement project in development at Ventana Big Sur, the festival moved its spectacular wine dinner to sister resort Carmel Valley Ranch, which was just named the No. 1 resort in Northern California in the Conde Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Tim Wood, executive chef of Carmel Valley Ranch and the driving force behind its award-winning Valley Kitchen Restaurant, will co-host the January 15 event along with high-profile chef and restaurateur Rodney Worth, who owns six restaurants in the San Francisco East Bay and The Pear Southern Bistro in downtown Napa. These two culinary contemporaries have much in common, as Wood and Worth each carry out a farm-to-table approach using local, sustainable ingredients, and are passionate supporters of sustainability initiatives including the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

An intimate forage-inspired feast paired with incredible wines, the multi-course dinner from Chefs Wood and Worth begins at 6 p.m., and seating is extremely limited. Early-bird tickets on Eventbrite cost $150 if purchased before November 30 ($175 beginning December 1).

Carmel Valley Ranch will also host the Foragers Festival’s popular Fungus Face-Off on Saturday, January 14, in a beautiful tented setting on the resort’s Pete Dye-designed golf course. This popular event sells out early. There are 250 available tickets, priced at $65 per person. The price includes samples of foraged foods prepared by local chefs, award winning local wines to taste and samplings of local craft beers. A selection of handcrafted items will also be available for purchase from local artisan vendors.

Fungus Face-Off Winery and Brewery Partners Include:

● Holman Ranch

● Mesa Del Sol

● Bernardus

● McIntyre Vineyards

● Chappellet

● Twisted Roots

● Chesebro Wines

● De Tierra Vineyards

● Morgan Winery

● Bonny Doon Vineyards

● Filipponi Ranch Cellars

● Firestone Walker Brewing Company

● Belgian Pacific

● Blair Winery

● Alvarado Street Brewery

● Mad Otter Ale

Fungus Face-Off Chef and Restaurant Partners Include:

● Chef Tim Wood, Valley Kitchen, Carmel Valley Ranch

● Chef Matt Glazer, Glazer Food and Beverage

● Chef Chad Minton, Hyatt Carmel Highlands

● Chef Soerke Peters, Basil Seasonal Dining

● Chef Angela Tamura, Peppoli

● Chef Cy Yontz, Rio Grill

● Chef Todd Fisher, Tarpy’s Roadhouse

● Pastry Chef Ben Spungin, Sierra Mar

● The Culinary Team at Alvarado Street Brewery

● Quail and Olive

● Carmel Honey Company

● Big Sur Sea Salt

● Salt Roots Soap Company

The nonprofit Big Sur Health Center will receive proceeds from all foraging events to help support the continued presence of local healthcare services in the Big Sur area. For Foragers Festival details visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2017-tickets-26923723582


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Fusion Art’s Best in Show Winners’ Exhibition Opening Reception – November 12, 2016 6-9pm

Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of its first annual Best in Show Winners’ Exhibition.

Palm Springs, CA, USA — Fusion Art is pleased to announce the opening of its first annual Best in Show Winners’ Exhibition. The group show will run from November 2nd through the 26th with an opening reception on Saturday, November 12th from 6-9 p.m.

Sixteen artists from the US, Canada and the UK will be featured in the show: Stephen Baumbach, Aurora Berger, Violeta Brown, Jean Burnett, Graham Coulthard, Bin Feng, Michael Goldzweig, Richard Greene, Margaret King, Joshua Langley, Jessica Manelis, Catherine Palmer, Markelle Palombo, Raquel Stokes, Annie Tsai and Cecily Willis.

The group exhibition features many of the Best in Show winning artists and artwork from the previous 12 months of Fusion Art’s monthly online juried art exhibitions and includes a diverse collection of both traditional art and digital art & photography.

Each month Fusion Art hosts monthly, themed, international online juried art exhibitions. The winning artwork included in the show encompasses themes such as abstract, landscapes, figurative, cityscapes, animals, waterscapes, botanical, light & shadow, elemental, and artist’s choice.

Located at 2658 S. Cherokee Way, in Palm Springs’ historic Backstreet Art District, Fusion Art is one of an assortment of artist-owned galleries and working studios that feature diverse collections of original, contemporary art by locally, nationally & internationally recognized artists. The Backstreet Art District is located just off Hwy 111 (behind the Mercedes Dealership and the Estate Sale).

Founded by Chris and Valerie Hoffman, the gallery was envisioned and formed out of a passion for art and the artists who create it. Fusion Art promotes and connects emerging and established artists with collectors and art enthusiasts, while offering the opportunity to participate in art experiences, art related education, engage in dialogue with artists, and purchase fine works of art.

Many of the award winning artist’s will be present at the opening reception Saturday, November 12th from 6-9 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information please contact Valerie Hoffman at 760-832-7568.

Media Contact:
Valerie Hoffman
Fusion Art
2658 S. Cherokee Way
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(Mailing Address: PO Box 4236
Palm Springs, CA 92263)

Hardware-Update: SmartTOP Top Control for Bentley Continental GTC Convertible

Mods4cars retrofit SmartTOP controller for the Bentley Continental GTC Convertible will be delivered in a new housing. The SmartTOP roof module allows, among other things, one-touch operation of the convertible top during slow driving and operation of the roof via the existing vehicle keys.

Las Vegas, NV (USA), November 2nd, 2016 — The company Mods4cars completely redesigned the housing of its SmartTOP Roof Modules. The additional top control for the Bentley Continental GTC has also received the exclusive design. The new housing is not only visually a nice change, but also provides assistance when installing the retrofit comfort control.

Two integrated LEDs indicate the correct installation of the SmartTOP module. Its narrower shape allows the SmartTOP control to be easily built into the vehicle. In addition, a contribution to the environment is made. For the new housing less plastic is used and screws are entirely omitted.

Since 2002, the company Mods4cars offers its smart folding top modules. Simplifying the use of convertibles with clever additional features. They allow opening and closing of the top while driving at a speed of up to 40 km/h. Thanks to one-touch operation, the top button must only be touched once and the roof movement is automatically executed.

In addition, the roof can be operated via the existing vehicle keys from afar. Through a combination of keys on the remote control, the soft top can be opened and closed. With that, you can select whether the windows should be retracted after opening the roof or remain down. This feature requires no change to the vehicle remote control.

Besides these two main features, each SmartTOP module has additional functions that can be programmed individually. It is thereby also possible for the windows to be opened and closed separately via the vehicle remote control from a distance. While the top is in motion the hazard warning lights can also be activated.

Starting and stopping the engine does not interrupt the current top motion. The module can be, if necessary, completely disabled. The built in USB port allows programming of the roof control. Moreover, software updates can be loaded, which the company Mods4cars provides free of charge to their customers.

SmartTOP modules are available for the following vehicles: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volvo and VW. The SmartTOP for the Bentley Continental GTC Convertible is available for 339,00 Euro + tax.

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About Mods4cars:
Mods4cars was founded in 2002 from the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Press & Media Contact:
Sven Tornow
Mods4cars LLC
1350 E. Flamingo Rd #3100,
Las Vegas, NV 89119 – USA