Fran Berger: Sophisticated Living

What is Sophisticated Living? Hint: it's more about what you learn and share than what you spend.

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Fran Berger: Dining Al Fresco

Fran talks about how you can create the perfect outdoor dining experience. Everything from the table setting, candle-lit ambiance, the perfect menu, and - of course - friends.

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Fran Berger: Cutting board safety

Still using that old wooden cutting board for everything? You might want to rethink that idea after you hear insights from Fran's years of experience in the restaurant business.

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Fran Berger: Ordering from a Menu

After 20+ years of owning a restaurant in Beverly Hills, Fran Berger shares the art and simplicity of ordering from a menu.

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Fran Berger: The right way to open Champagne

It might sound like fun to have your Champagne cork pop in celebration, but Fran explains that when you let the corks fly, you waste the best part of the Champagne.

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Fran Berger: What's a Nikoli shot?

Interested in a new fun way to entertain? Fran was introduced to the "Nikoli" cocktail by a girlfriend who previously managed a vodka bar. This is a really fun way to start a party!

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary: A Journey into the World of Salt and Pepper

Time to refresh two cooking ingredients that we often take for granted. “Salt is what makes things taste bad when it isn’t in them” – Anon. Salt and pepper are two of the most important ingredients in cooking – and...

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Fran Berger: A chef's trick for serving onions!

Onions are a great way to help build flavor in a recipe but they come with a price - the tears, sting, and the smell! This is a trick from a chef friend of mine – Christine Moore of Little...

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Fran Berger: How to set-up a caviar, Champagne, and vodka tasting.

Do you want to really have a great time? Host a tasting! Fran brings you some easy tips to set-up a tasting for caviar, Champagne, and vodka.

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Fran Berger: Which champagne glass should you use?

Time for bubbles? Fran has some fast tips for selecting the right champagne glass for your next gathering of friends.

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Unraveling the Mystique of Caviar: A Comprehensive Guide

A little ‘what’ and ‘where’ about caviar, and how you can enjoy it. In the twenty years that I owned my restaurants you wouldn’t believe how many times I was asked, “What is caviar?” It’s a delicacy, to be sure,...

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Where's the Bread Plate? Your Table Setting Guide

Easy tips for setting your table, for every day! When my kids were at home, we always ate our meals at the kitchen table, and if I was having a party, the meal would move to the dining room.  Somehow...

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Fran Berger: How much wine should you serve?

Serving size for wine depends on what you want to do. Fran gives you tips on how to figure that out along with glass sizes and types.

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Fran Berger: What's in your set of kitchen knives?

There are so many knives to choose from: santoku, paring, serrated - which one is right? Do you need more than one? Do you need a full set? Fran offers tips to help you sort it all out.

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Fran Berger: Bring Napa to your House!

Jazz up your wine collection with great stories about the wines you love. Home entertaining expert Fran Berger has some excellent tips on bringing Napa to your home wine collection.

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Fran Berger: Tips for Your Super Bowl Party

Are you throwing a Super Bowl party at your home? Check out these great food and beverage ideas from entertainment expert, Fran Berger.

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Fran Berger: Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

Can't find anything in the kitchen? You're not alone. Fran Berger has some tips to help you organize the "stuff" you need.

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Fran Berger: Party Etiquette for Host/Hostess Gifts

Going to a party? Show a little appreciation and get your host/hostess a nice gift. Be a great party guest that everyone loves to invite!

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Fran Berger: Guest Etiquette Tips

Friendly tips from Fran Berger on how to be a great party guest who gets invited back!

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Fran Berger: Entertaining "Must Haves"

Fran Berger's tips on "must haves" for hosting the perfect party. A "must watch" for anyone who likes to pay attention to the details.

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