Dr. S.K. Dash, Chairman & Founder of UAS Laboratories, LLC and President of DD Innovations, Inc., Received Highest Academic Honor

Edina, MN (PRWEB) March 13, 2015

Dr. Sita Kantha Dash

Occupation: Innovator; Entrepreneur; Philanthropist

Born: Cuttack, Odisha, November 15, 1942


Ph.D. (Nutrition & Biochemistry), South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota (USA) 1973

MS (Nutrition), South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota (USA) 1970


Chairman and Founder, UAS Laboratories, LLC. Wausau, WI (USA), April 2013-Present; President & Founder, DD Innovations, Inc., Edina, Minnesota (USA) January 2014 Present; President , UAS Laboratories, Inc. Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) 1979- April 2013; President, APN Laboratories, Inc. Wisconsin (USA) 2010-2013; Director, Food and Drug, South Dakota, (USA) 1973- 81; Adjunct Professor, Dept of Health & Nutritional Sciences, South Dakota State University, 2011-Present; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Science, Minnesota State University, Minnesota (USA) 1991-1992; Vice President & Director, International Probiotics Association 2008-2011; Chairman, Kalinga HCO Foundation 2008- Present.

Career Related

Director, Kalinga Hospital; Director, Hospital Corporation of Odisha; President, Odisha Society of Americas; Director, International Probiotics Association; Chairman, Hindu Society of Minnesota; Chairman, Kalinga HCO foundation; Director, India Association of Minnesota; Chairman, Dr. Dash Foundation.

Innovative Works

Introduced acid-resistant, non-dairy probiotics in USA; Introduced quality control (CFU/g) standards for probiotics worldwide; Expanded consumer awareness on probiotics in USA that has grown from 5% ten years ago to 85% now and helped increase probiotics market from 10 million dollars to 32 billion dollars today. Developed and marketed most stable and effective probiotic strains Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS

John Giduck Highlights Festival Fun in Phoenix

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) March 03, 2015

Travelers who want to explore the beauty of the desert before the record high summer temperatures set in will want to plan their Phoenix vacations soon, because there are such a wide variety of interesting and intriguing things to do all over the valley. Travel expert John Giduck shares which events & festivals are coming during the exciting spring season, and here are just a few recommendations of his to consider attending during the perfect Phoenix vacation.

1. Pot of Gold Festival: For all those out there who still havent planned anything fun for their St. Patricks Day celebrations, John Giduck shares the Pot of Gold Festival will be taking place on March 14th. Scenic Tempe Beach Park will be filled with a sea of a green, so dont forget to dress up and participate in all the fun! One of this years performers in the outdoor concert and food fest will be Grieves. Come enjoy the sunshine, rock out to excellent music and have a fun vacation.

2. Phoenix Comicon: Although this popular event isnt taking place for another three months, many people have been anticipating its arrival. For those who dont know what Comicon is, this annual tribute to all things comic books, super heroes and sci-fi related items sells thousands of tickets to excited fans who get to meet some of the industry insiders behind it all, and a few celebrities along the way. This year guests include Alyson Hannigan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame and Lou Ferrigno, the star of the original Hulk TV show. John Giduck advises travelers to secure accommodations and reservations well before the event since it is quite popular.

3. Color Fun Fest 5k: Everyone loves a good fun run, especially when playing in colored chalk and making memories is involved. John Giduck shares families or friends should participate in this exciting race to build their relationships and help a good cause. This years race will take place on March 14th, and is located at the Ak Chin Pavilion in Glendale.

Travelers who love exciting events will enjoy spending time in the city of Phoenix during their vacation. John Giduck reveals this is because there is always something to do here. For more expert travel information, consider John Giduck a go-to source.


Annual VT Artisan Cheese Festival to Be Held at Shelburne Farms on Sunday, July 19, 2015

Shelburne, VT (PRWEB) March 02, 2015

WHAT: The 7th Annual VT Cheesemakers’ Festival named in Fodors Top 10 Best U.S. Summer Food Festivals, is a celebration of cheeses, artisan foods, craft beers, local wines and the people who make them. Over 150 cheeses from more than 40 Vermont cheesemakers as well as dozens of artisan food producers and local beer, wine and spirits producers will all be gathered for this wildly popular, perennially sold out event.

WHEN: Sunday, July 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Once again the spectacular Shelburne Farms Coach Barn will be the location for this event.

WHY: The Festival is a chance for people to connect with the farmers and cheesemakers behind the cheeses they love, to discover new cheeses and to reconnect with old favorites.

HOW: Tickets are $ 50 per person and include full access to all festival events, including workshops, demonstrations, and beer and wine tastings. To order tickets visit vtcheesefest.com

OTHER INFO: The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival is presented by the Vermont Cheese Council. For more information, please visit http://www.vtcheesefest.com or call 802-451-8564. Follow us on Facebook to get the latest updates, recipes, news from the cheesemakers and more on all things artisan cheese. Facebook.com/vtcheesefest.com.

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Vital Health, Inc. Provides Tips On How To Combat Cystic Acne Through Dietary Changes and Natural Remedies

Orland Park, Illinois (PRWEB) February 19, 2015

The American diet, which is high in sugar, dairy and refined carbohydrate consumption, has lead to an increase in the number of people living with cystic acne. Eighty to ninety percent of teenagers suffer from acne to varying degrees. In fact, many adults who have never experienced acne as a teen are also now experiencing cystic acne, began Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner and director of Vital Health, Inc.

Dr. Griffin continued, No matter what condition, disease, or health problem a person faces, the root cause can be traced back to the underlying factors the body is facing. Healthy skin comes from the inside out which is why addressing issues such as hormone imbalances, stress, inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and diet needs to be a focus.

What is cystic acne?

Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that results in large, inflamed cysts and nodules that appear on the skin. Typical areas affected are the face, chest, and shoulders. It starts out much like typical acne, but builds up in the pores and causes redness, inflammation and a mini infection.

What causes cystic acne?

A number of factors contribute to cystic acne and can include: improper skin care; dietary food allergens; dairy foods, excess carbohydrate intake; hormonal changes; nutritional deficiencies; inflammation; and gut imbalances.

What are standard treatments for cystic acne?

Traditional medical treatment call for the use of a combination of topical steroid creams, antibiotics, oral contraceptives and other pharmaceuticals. These treatment options carry a long list of serious side effects.

What are natural and effective treatment alternatives Vital Health, Inc. encourages?

1. Remove dairy from the diet.

Milk is naturally full of anabolic hormones which are the same hormones body builders use to increase muscle mass and which causes cystic acne. These are mostly androgens hormones, like testosterone, and growth hormones including insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). There is no such thing as hormone-free milk. (1) Eliminate dairy for a couple of weeks and see if acne improves.

2. Eat a low sugar, low carbohydrate diet.

Sugar, liquid calories and flour products all drive-up insulin and cause pimples. Sugar raises insulin levels, which promotes the production of Dihydrotestosterone and inflammation in general. (2) Try incorporating more vegetables that contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Certain foods have been linked to improvements in many of the underlying causes of acne. These foods include: fish oil; turmeric; ginger; green tea; nuts; dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.

3. Remove food allergens.

Food allergies can contribute to acne with gluten, dairy, yeast and eggs as being the most common culprits. If someone is allergic or sensitive to a particular food and it is consumed, it creates an immune reaction starting in the gut. The bodys response can cause increased skin redness and inflammation and GI symptoms.

4. Address nutritional deficiencies.

Several nutritional deficiencies promote acne. Dr. Griffin recommends the following nutritional supplements.

a. ProVitality Evening Primrose can help to reduce inflammation and boost immunity.

b. Probiotics, such as lactobacillus, can improve cystic acne. They also are beneficial for maintaining gut health.

c. B vitamins, specifically B2, B5, B6 all help to balance the body and alleviate acne. B3 gel containing 4% of the niacinamide form applied topically alleviates acne.

d. Vitamin E is an adjunct in acne treatment due to its ability to enhance the function of Vitamin A and Selenium.

e. Folic Acid improves skin condition of cystic acne patients.

f. Omega-3 oil helps to address inflammation and acne.

g. Superoxidismutase which addresses the liver detoxification pathways.

5. Hormonal imbalances can cause cystic acne.

The largest factor affecting hormones is the glycemic load of the diet. This refers to how quickly the food increases the blood sugar and insulin levels. For women, cystic acne on the chin or along the jaw line can be a sign of underlying polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other types of hormonal abnormalities. Left untreated, PCOS can increase the risk for infertility and diabetes. Increased Dihydrotestosterone from the glycemic load can cause male pattern baldness, hirutism, and cystic acne.

Vital Health, Inc. and New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. carry a complete selection of nutrition supplements that can assist in the treatment of cystic acne. It is recommended that clients consult their physician before beginning any nutritional supplement regimen.

Vital Health, Inc. recommends consulting your physician before starting any new supplement regime.


(1) http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/how-to-get-rid-of-acne-pimples-and-other-skin-problems-

(2) http://annmariegianni.com/9-natural-treatments-cystic-acne/

About Vital Health, Inc.:

At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal health amongst her clients. Dr. Griffins specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser and clinician for Spectracell Laboratories, Inc. Vital Health, Inc. is located within the office complex of the Orland Park Crossing, 14225 S. 95th Avenue Suite 409, Orland Park IL, 60462. 708-226-1131. http://www.vitalhealth.org

Jeanettes Edelweiss A New Authentic German Restaurant Experience, Also Featured In A Television Series, To Open In March 2015; Celeb Chef Is Kurt Ehrlich

LOS ANGELES CA (PRWEB) February 11, 2015

Southern Californians are about to get a true taste of authentic German food, music and fun with the launch of Jeanettes Edelweiss restaurant in Newbury Park (near Thousand Oaks/Westlake area) in March 2015.

The myth that German food is heavy will be proven wrong when German Executive Chef Kurt Ehrlich offers up his mouth-watering, homemade recipes. Kurts specialties include vegan and vegetarian dishes, along with traditional German fare, perfectly spiced and cooked with fresh, locally grown ingredients.

The renowned Chef Kurt has decades of experience and an impressive track record, having cooked for Hollywood celebrities as well as Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Chef Kurt says, “Im excited to introduce authentic, delicious and healthy German cuisine to the customers of Jeanettes Edelweiss and to share my secret recipes with Jeanette and on the TV show. My intention is to make Jeanettes Edelweiss Southern Californias number one German Restaurant,

Jeanettes Edelweiss will also offer the best of German beers on tap, and German wines imported from family wineries throughout Germany.

Jeanettes Edelweiss is more than an authentic German restaurant with excellent food, beer and wines. It is also a place for fun and entertainment. German born music producer, writer and performer Verenice Buerling whose music is featured on shows like The Voice, Real Housewives, and Dance Moms is the entertainment director of the restaurant. Every weekend the German folk band Hammerstein will play authentic German folk songs, which will have people leaping out of their chairs and raising their mugs high.

Jeanettes Edelweiss owner, Jeanette B. Milio, is not only born and raised in Germany, but is a renowned Hollywood industry veteran, who has been involved in over 45 motion picture and television projects with Emmy and Academy Award winning talent in front and behind the camera.

I moved to LA 15 years ago to follow my dream of becoming a Hollywood producer. Even though my work here and raising daughter in a new country kept me busy, I still found myself missing my home country. I still do so to this day. Jeanette wanted to bring a slice of home to America, which was the seed for her to launch a German restaurant, and then hire a top notch, experienced team to run it.

Co-owner Jim Milio has been a writer, producer and director of television and films for more than twenty years. In film, Milio wrote and directed Men Seeking Women starring Will Ferrell and was the co-executive producer of the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Jim Milio has written, produced, or directed more than 400 hours of television including The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan for National Geographic, Founding Fathers for the History Channel, The Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge Australia, Rescue 911 for CBS, the Emmy nominated Great Moments in Disney Animation for ABC, and The Real Las Vegas for A&E.

Jeanettes Hollywood credits include 13, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, The Experiment, starring Academy Award

Kudolife, A Diet and Fitness App, was Featured on NewsWatch Television on January 30, 2015

(PRWEB) February 12, 2015

NewsWatch featured Kudolife as part of its monthly AppWatch, which reviews the latest mobile apps for the iOS, Android, and Windows markets. Andrew Tropeano, a mobile technology expert and host of NewsWatch, conducted the review during the “Top Products and Apps from Consumer Electronics Show and the Tech World” episode. The Kudolife segment aired on January 30, 2015 on the History Channel and FYI Network.

According to the United States government, getting in shape is the most popular New Years resolution. However, it is a tough feat for people to change their entire lifestyles, especially when they do not have help along the way. To achieve harmonious weight loss all year long, NewsWatchs Andrew Tropeano highlighted Kudolife app as a cool free app that will help people accomplish their health and fitness goals.

Andrew shared how the app assists people to make smart lifestyle choices by keeping track of users daily consumption of food and drinks. Kudolife breaks down this information into macronutrients like fat, carbohydrates, and protein and makes nutritional suggestions. Another benefit is that the app automatically tracks caloric output from activities like walking, cycling, and running without requiring wearable technology.

There is a social aspect to the app as people can share their meals and activities with the Kudolife community. Users can give others kudos for their accomplishments, which works as positive reinforcement to keep them heading in the right direction.

NewsWatch recommends Kudolife as one of the Top Apps in the CES 2015 episode for balanced weight loss. The Kudolife app is currently free for iOS users to use and download.

To learn more, head to http://www.kudolife.com today.

About Kudolife

Kudolife is an iOS7 app developed exclusively for the iPhone. It is the one stop diet and fitness app for those looking to lose weight, get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. Its focus is to remain a wearable free, accurate app that tracks diet and fitness while remaining battery efficient. The app launched in Vancouver, BC, Canada, a mecca of healthy living and is growing worldwide. The Kudolife app is free to use and join.

About NewsWatch

NewsWatch is a weekly 30-minute consumer oriented television show that airs on the History Channel, FYI Network, and ION Network. NewsWatch regularly features top technology products and services, mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Windows devices, unique and beautiful travel destinations around the world, health and medical tips, and entertainment interviews on the show. NewsWatch airs on the History Channel at 6:00 6:30 AM ET/PT and on the FYI Network from 7:00 7:30 AM ET.

NewsWatch is located in the greater Washington, DC area and has been on the air for over 25 years. For more information or to watch the most recent episode, visit http://newswatchtv.com/appwatch.html.

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Root Vegetables & Winter Fruits

Have you ever been wandering through your local farmers market or produce area of your super market and see those bizarre looking root vegetables and wonder what the heck they are and how do you eat them?

Root vegetables were a very significant staple throughout the colder months during a time when lettuces and zucchini were not available in months of December, January and February. Thankfully that time has passed and we are able to enjoy these lovely treats with some leafy greens, crisp peppers or squashes.

We decided that there are too many amazing root vegetables and fall fruits that do not get enough credit and should go unnoticed or unused no longer. Below you will find a quick guide to some of our favorites over here at Epic. We hope that at the end of this you are feeling a lot less intimidated about the crazy looking fruits and vegetables and that a whole new world of produce is opened up to you.

Some of our fall favorites that you can find on our menus are Kumquats, Quince, Salsify and Celeriac.
Let’s start with Kumquats; these tiny little orange fruits are both sweet and sour. The skin is edible and is actually where all of the sweetness comes from. You can chop and mince these with some parsley, capers and horseradish to make an impressive relish or muddled with Cachaca and sugar to make a Caipirinha.

Quince is a misunderstood fruit. It is inedible raw but when cooked slowly over a low heat for a few hours they are suddenly bursting with flavor. Quince is a great addition to a traditional apple pie or added to bread pudding for a delicious twist on an old favorite.

Salsify may seem weird but is very tasty. This member of the sunflower family is called the “oyster root” because the flavor is vaguely reminiscent of oysters when cooked. You can boil, steam, cream or mash salsify. Once it is cooked it has the texture of an artichoke and some say the taste is similar.

Celeriac is very flavorful once roasted. It has a sweet and somewhat astringent flavor. When cleaning celeriac be sure to get all of the “skin” off as it becomes quite bitter. It oxidizes quickly so it needs to be dropped in a mixture of water and lemon. Celeriac when roasted makes a silky smooth, delicious soup.

We hope this clears up some of the myth surrounding these root vegetables and fall fruits. Happy cooking!

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Making Bread at Home

Good evening Epic friends & family. It has been awhile since our last post and we thought what better way to get back in the swing of things than with some inside tips on making bread at home.

Here at Epic we truly are a family that likes to get everyone involved with what we do. So I asked one of our talented Chefs, Justin Belluomini, to help me with this. After all who better to ask than the gent that makes the bread here at Epic for our new & delicious lunch menu.

So first we will talk about the ingredients used in all bread making. It is as simple as flour, water, salt & yeast. Yes, there are other ingredients used in some breads but these four truly are the heart of all bread.

I know that the task of making bread can seem daunting, choosing the yeast, the flower and making sure you know how to work with all of the ingredients separately and together. Instant or active-dry- there is no appreciative difference other than instant is more convenient. When choosing flour be sure to select a bread flour to get the optimal results but if you don’t have bread flour then go ahead and use AP flour, just be sure to check your measurements because you will need more flour. This is also true depending on what salt you choose. Kosher salt you will need more, table salt you will need less. If you have a handy scale it is best to weigh everything out.

All breads are made the same way:
First, the ingredients are mixed together, then the bread is kneaded until the gluten is sufficiently developed, the bread is then allowed to rise for a period of time (this is known as bulk fermentation and is where most of the flavor is developed), the bread is then shaped into loaves or rolls and allowed to rise again (this is known as proofing)and then the bread is baked and cooled.
Here is a link to a video on shaping:
title=”Shaping bread”>www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPL2J8OZ&feature=related.

After the bread is baked it needs to cool completely before being cut, otherwise they will come out gummy and less flavorful.

Batch Risen Dough is designed to be made in a large batch, risen and refrigerated for up to a week. When you are feeling like some home-made bread simply snip off 14-16 ounces, shape it and bake it. the bread’s flavor will develop over the next several days and become more intense and even take on some sourness.

Below is our basic recipe for an Italian Batch Risen Dough.
725 grams of 90 degree water
14 grams of instant yeast
25 grams of table salt
925 grams of all-purpose (AP) flour, we recommend King Arthur

*Place water into an 8 quart container & mix the yeast until dissolved, then add salt and immediately add flour, stir with wooden spoon until fully incorporated and let rise at room temperature for about 2 hours covered with a floured with a towel (not terry cloth) or parchment paper sprayed with oil, until it has slightly more than doubled in volume. Refrigerate dough for up to one week or minimum of 2 hours. When you are ready for that home-baked goodness, sprinkle flour across the entire surface of the dough and on your hand (to prevent dough from sticking), pull out around 14-18 ounces of dough. Loosely shape this into a ball and allow it to proof on parchment paper at room temperature for up to 90 minutes. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the internal temperature is 205 degrees (digital thermometer is preferred.) Let cool completely and enjoy!!

We hope you all have a wonderful & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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July Fourth

I hope everyone is excited about the upcoming holiday. I know I am. We will be hosting a special happy hour BBQ on our fabulous patio. Also hosting will be Anchor Brewing and Skyy Vodka.
We will be offering a special BBQ menu including first of the season heirloom tomatoes with hand pulled mozzarella, pork shoulder and Schmitz Ranch brisket, rotisserie chicken, baked beans from the wood oven, potato salad, corn on the cob (probably with BACON BUTTER…a preview of High on the Hog)and ice cream cones. All of this with an Anchor Liberty Ale or Skyy vodka cocktail for $35 plus tax and gratuity. There maybe, just maybe (well, most likely will be)some specials on Drakes Bay Oysters as well.
I am super excited. Give us a call and let us know you are coming. It is gonna be a swell time!!

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Kitchen of Champions

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Celebrating graduation with a slice at Mission Pie

Over my ‘weekend’ I volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Society Kitchen of Champions in West Oakland, California. The students were a blast to work with and I am so happy to be a part of their learning experience.
Epic Roasthouse donated all of the flour and butter that we used in the recipes. My wife, Karoline Boehm-Goodnick, general manager at Mission Pie, was with me as well.
I would like to encourage all of you to check out the Kitchen of Champions webpage and help in any way you can. My friend Diana Petes is the Culinary Services Coordinator and can help with any questions you may have.

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High On The Hog

Pork and Pinot is back. California wineries specializing in Pinot Noir, a western theme (including appropriate music) and lots of pig.
Our annual celebration is back this year on Saturday, September tenth. I’m not going to provide you with lots of details right now (I like suspense) but call 415-369-9955 for more information and to make your reservation.
I will give you a couple food teasers: corn with bacon butter, something roasted on a spit, lots of pulled pork, and plenty of house-made and artisian charcuterie.
We hope to see you there,

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Wood Burning Brick Oven

As many of you know the soul of our kitchen is a wood burning brick oven. It is made of twenty-two thousand pounds of sand, brick and stone. We burn up to three cords of almond and walnut wood per month.

Many restaurants have wood ovens. We are different because we use ours so much. It is not just a place for pizzas and such. It provides us with a hot and smokey spot to cook everything from giant ribeye steak to Mediterranean sea bass to baby carrots. You can taste the smoke.

Maintaining a live fire for 18 hours a day is a challenge for our cooks and one that teaches us all so much about the act of really cooking. I hope that you appreciate what our oven means to us. Stop bye and peer in sometime.


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Mothers Day Brunch

First of all thanks to everyone who made Easter brunch at Epic great! If you are looking for a place in San Francisco to celebrate with your mom, Epic is the spot. We will be offering a prix fixe 3 course brunch from 10am to 3pm on Mother’s day and would love to see all of you here.


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