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Interesting Facts About Music Icon Ray Charles

April 27, 2016 4:04 pm

One of soul music’s most influential pioneers, Ray Charles overcame a number of personal and professional battles during his rise to stardom. Here are some of the most important highlights from his lengthy musical career.

  1. Though Ray Charles is known for being blind, he wasn’t born that way. Charles began to gradually lose his sight as a child, and he didn’t become fully blind until age seven.
  2. When he moved to Seattle at age 16, Charles befriended Quincy Jones. The legendary songwriter, trumpet player, and music producer often credits Charles for getting him into music. The two remained lifelong friends.
  3. Just one year after his first record deal with Atlantic Records, Charles saw his first number one single with “I Got a Woman." The song is now one of his most legendary.
  4. Charles has had a lot of nicknames throughout his career. When he first started to become successful, fellow musicians called him “The Genius” because of the previously unheard of way in which he blended musical styles. Later, he became known as “The Father of Soul."
  5. Charles was among the first group of musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1986, he received the honor with fellow musicians like Elvis, Chuck Berry, and James Brown.

Ray Charles [Rolling Stone]
Ray Charles [Biography]
Ray Charles Biography [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

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Comfort Food Gets a Gourmet Makeover at Bruno’s on Fourth

April 20, 2016 4:04 pm

From Maui to Boulder, Rick Bruno has worked in kitchens all around the country. It makes sense, given that his passion for food began when he was just a teenager observing the goings-on in his high school cafeteria. Today, Chef Bruno has channeled all of his experiences into his very own restaurant, Bruno's on Fourth. Opened in 2007, the eatery has built its reputation on gourmet versions of American comfort food.

Case in point: the signature meatloaf. It may sound simple, but Chef Bruno's rendition is plated beautifully and served with freshly whipped potatoes and colorful veggies, setting it a few notches above the meatloaf you probably remembered from childhood. Flat-iron steak with blue cheese butter, house-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, and almond-crusted salmon are just a few of the other gourmet options on the menu at Bruno's on Fourth.

Bruno's on Fourth
1226 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 569-8222

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Cheese, Please! How to Make a Memorable Cheese Plate

April 13, 2016 4:04 pm

For the avid foodie, there are few things in life more beautiful than a good cheese plate. If you want to create a truly gourmet quality cheese plate for your next dinner party or holiday gathering at Windsor at Redwood Creek, use these simple tips for assembling the perfect spread.

  1. Consider the basics. Before beginning, consider how many people you’ll be serving and what other types of food you’ll have. This will help you to determine how much cheese to buy.
  2. Determine quantity. For an hors d’oeuvre, your cheese plate should include one to two ounces of cheese per person. If you plan on serving it after the main meal, pare it down to just one ounce per person.
  3. Choose the perfect serving platter. Invest in a sturdy cutting board, a marble cheese platter, or an attractive slate slab.
  4. Choose the cheeses. Lighter options, like goat cheese and fresh mozzarella, are great options for before dinner, while fuller bodied cheeses include cheddar, aged gouda and bleu cheese.
  5. Create a theme. If you’re still unsure of which cheeses to choose, create a theme. Pick cheeses from one specific region of the world, or opt for cheeses that are all made from goat’s milk.
  6. Organize. Spread your cheeses out on the platter for easy cutting, and be sure to offer a different knife with each kind. You’ll also want to serve complementary breads and crackers alongside.

The Perfect Cheese Platter [Real Simple]
How to Set Up a Cheese Platter [Food Network]
Creating the Perfect Cheese Plate [Food and Wine]

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