Hippy Gourmet Newsletter - July'05
Time and the Feeling is Groovy!
Even though we’re in the heart of the
summer season right now, we’re still cranking out shows
from our Hawaiian adventure in Kauai and Oahu, which are so beautiful
anytime of year! This week we have Chef Kirk Lowe from Plantation
Gardens in Kauai, next week we feature Chef Todd Oldham from Princeville
Resort in Kauai, and then we’re on to Oahu with Chef Glen
Chu and then rounding it out with Chef Goren Streng in Waikiki
and the Oahu Audubon Society!
returned Safe and Sound from our Whirlwind tour of Italy!
Thirty-seven days in Italy, sounds like a title
for a romance novel or great summer film, but it’s what The
Hippy Gourmet crew just came back from! Thanks to Lufthansa Airlines,
whose professional and courteous service and awesome in-flight meals
and movies made our eleven hour flight seem like a shuttle hop!
Stay tuned for our full-on feature on Lufthansa and Sky Chef coming
this fall! It’s promising to be a real backstage experience
and something really cool to enjoy.
We arrived in Florence and headed directly into our non-stop filming,
eating and great spa tour from Pisa to Venice, Portofino to all
over Sardinia and then back to Tuscany! Many thanks to our Italian
Television partners Phoenix Media, who also assisted us last year
when we traveled for seven amazing days around Tuscany (Check out
Episodes 72-82), going from the mountains to the sea and eating
pretty much everything in our path! We traveled in pure 'Hippie-style'
in an RV called an 'Exsis' by Hymer of Germany! Of course we camped
a little here and there, featuring the some of the sweetest, family-owned
camp sites in the world in Sardinia…you’ll just have
to see all of these great shows coming soon, because they’re
all filmed in High Definition and that means all the colors, flavors
and excitement comes straight through your TV!
James Ehrlich returns to the Apple Stage!
Come see and meet James Ehrlich the Producer and Director of The
Hippy Gourmet TV Show on Tuesday July 19th, at 6pm at the Apple
Store on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (1248 Third Street
James Ehrlich will again take the stage at the Apple store in
the Grove (189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA) on the following
evening July 20th from 7-9PM - www.apple.com/retail/thegrove/week/20050703.html
Come on down and check out how the entire Hippy Gourmet TV Show
is produced on an Apple Macintosh Computer running Final Cut Pro
software! James also shares from the heart how incredible and
freeing it is to work on a Mac, and to be able to connect with
millions of TV viewers around the world. It’s one of those
situations where you’ll be at the right place at the right
time, to meet just the right people who get where you’re
coming from…so come say hi to James! (PS - During these
events, we give away goodies and offer super coupons for cool
stuff from our website).
Heading to the Stars
The Hippy Gourmet is getting ready to be broadcast
into space, capturing potentially millions of new viewers through
satellite TV around the globe! What this means to all of our fans
in the States is our new and improved Hippy Gourmet TV Show will
be viewable nationwide and at more convenient times as well! Also,
we’ve just begun filming in High Definition, so we’re
ready for all of those fans with those giant, flat panel TVs who
are looking for us in HD!
The Hippy Gourmet Cookbook and Guide to the Universe
We’ve been talking about it since the
birth of our show, and now as a full grown toddler at the age
of five (well maybe we’re not toddlers any longer)- but
now to cap off our fifth season of broadcasting, The Hippy Gourmet
is getting ready to announce its very first cookbook! We’ll
keep all of you informed each step of the way, including very
special offers to you, our mailing list, for super discounts and
In Loving Memory of Chet Helms 8/2/42 - 6/25/05
Leo Helms, (Chet Helms), the soft spoken, originator of the Summer
of Love and music promoter passed away on June 25th 2005. He was
a man of great depth and creativity, with a warm and balanced
spirit that helped nurture the birth of some of the best music
and festivals known to humanity.
We were so blessed to know Chet personally, to sit in awe of wisdom
that not only spanned the era of the Hippie movement at its height,
but who also saw what good could be accomplished in the present
moment and from future deeds. Chet was a man that spoke less and
listened more, offering his words toward the positive and proactive,
motivating others to do the right thing in any given circumstance.
Chet Helms and Allen Cohen came to our table for Episode #30,
to join us for our ‘yummy’ shot, and we remember the
conversation over dinner so vividly as if it were yesterday.
is a brief bio about Chet Helms
No discussion involving the Sixties, the "San
Francisco sound" or the "Summer of Love" can take
place without including Chet Helms, a front-line originator of
the ideas and events surrounding that most dynamic of decades
in modern American history.
Chet Helms and his production company- the Family Dog turned small
get-togethers of local musicians and artists into a scene that
eventually produced the great legendary gatherings of the Summer
Of Love. Rock promoter Bill Graham first turned to Chet Helms
and his well-connected family of artists and audiences in San
Francisco to build his own promotional empire, well after the
local "scene" had been established and nurtured in coffee
houses all over the city.
Helms was born in Santa Maria, California, in 1942, and spent
most of his youth in Texas and Missouri. While attending the University
of Texas in Austin, he was drawn to the civil rights movement
bubbling under in the South. A stepchild from a mixed-race marriage,
Helms became actively engaged in organizing benefits for non-profit
civil and human rights groups, all the while learning and using
the tools of the trade he would later apply to the world of rock
Helms moved from Austin to San Francisco for the first time in
the summer of 1962. He returned to Austin briefly in 1963 to beckon
then-unknown folksinger Janis Joplin to hitch-hike back with him,
telling her he would help promote her career in San Francisco.
In the basement of 1090 Page Street at the center of the colorful
Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, Helms organized informal jam sessions,
out of which the band Big Brother and the Holding Company was
formed. He later added Joplin as the group's lead singer and managed
the band through its formative years.
Through his relationships with such celebrated figures as Ken
Kesey and The Grateful Dead, Helms found himself at the center
of it all, a willing coordinator of the era's new interpretation
of music and youth culture. By February 1966, Helms started producing
shows for many bands under the name Family Dog Productions at
the Fillmore Auditorium, on alternating weekends with Bill Graham
Presents. By April, Helms secured permits to run his own dance
hall, The Avalon Ballroom on Sutter Street.
For three years, Helms and the Family Dog hosted some of the most
influential events in San Francisco rock history, including free
events in Golden Gate Park in 1966 and during what has now become
known as the "Summer of Love" in 1967. From The Doors
to Bo Diddley, Helms created a unique atmosphere at the Avalon
which encouraged immersive experiences among the artists and audience.
Psychedelic light shows have evolved into what we now know as
"multi-media." And the trademark posters have skyrocketed
in value over the years in the rock memorabilia market. It was
a formula duplicated by rock promoters all over the country. Helms
also opened up Family Dog dance halls in Denver and Portland before
deciding in 1969 to run his operations out of one ballroom in
San Francisco, on the Great Highway next to Playland-at-the-Beach.
By the end of 1970, the small local scene Helms helped create
had grown into a cultural phenomenon exploited globally by a wide
variety of entrepreneurs, for better or for worse. He decided
to take a break, and would not return to concert promoting until
1978, when Family Dog produced the 1st Annual Tribal Stomp at
the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. After producing another Tribal
Stomp in 1979 at the Monterey Fairgrounds - highlighted by the
first-ever California appearance of The Clash - Helms retreated
from active promotion. He came out of retirement briefly in October
1997 to produce the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Summer
of Love in Golden Gate Park, where 60,000 fans gathered for a
day of free music, with no arrests and no reports of incidents.
Since 1980, Helms had operated Atelier Dore, Inc., an art gallery
in San Francisco specializing in American and European art from
1850 to 1950.
Photos courtesy by Robert Altman ©2005 www.altmanphoto.com
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