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March 28, 2007

From the Press Release

Cucina D’Angelo and the Yappy-Hour event sponsors announce their next Yappy-Hour event benefiting Rescue Rehab Home which includes a movie premier from CinemaDOGrapher, Charles Dasher

Cucina D’Angelo of Boca Raton and the Yappy-Hour event sponsors have put on four successful events aimed at illuminating the concept of Doggie Dining.  On April 10th they are taking the event to the next level as they rollout the red carpet for a movie premier complete with PUParrazzi, velvet ropes and the making of a live DOGumentary.

“We started these events to provide people with another way to include their doggies in their social lives,” says Chef Angelo Morinelli of Cucina D’Angelo.  “We have made a commitment to set the standard for Doggie Dining in both fun and safety.”

To achieve the goal of both fun and safety, Chef Angelo provides waterless hand sanitizer to his guests, clearly posts the doggie-friendly areas, provides a separate entrance for those participating in the events and trains his wait staff carefully on the proper methods of accommodating doggie diners.  For the fun, well, he’s gotten a bunch of notable partners from Palm Beach County to help him out.

“I have been in the film industry for years and was moved to start making pet related movies when a friend of mine asked me to capture footage of her Golden Retriever, Bear, who was battling liver cancer,” says CinemaDOGrapher, Charles Dasher.  “I shot them on the beach playing together and then edited the footage with music.  Though Bear has passed, she still watches the footage all the time.”

Dasher, as he likes to be called, began receiving requests from friends to do similar projects with their pets.  Because of the popularity of his work, he decided to launch a company whose sole purpose as to “capture your pet’s personality forever”.  He calls his work cinemaDOGraphy and he has ompleted a wide variety of films based on the wishes of clients.  At the next Yappy-Hour, Dasher will show some of his exciting films in public for the first time.

If you believe your doggie is a star, you’ll have the chance to find out just how hip they are on an Oscar-style red carpet where PUParrazzi will be capturing the best poses.  And after walking the red carpet, doggies will enter the interactive area where Hope LaMonica of Florida Dog Massage will be offering massage, Carla Genender will be signing copies of her award-winning book DogSense: 99 relationship tips from your canine companion and your doggies will be treated to a wine tasting- you’ll learn more below.  Each of the people offering doggie activities will donate a portion of their proceeds to Rescue Rehab Home.

Also, at the next Yappy-Hour doggies will be lavished by doggie wine from Bark Vineyards. The event will mark the first time that Bark Vineyards has ever teamed with a restaurant to “pair” their wines.  Bark Vineyards produces Doggie Wine in an FDA approved facility and is based in Virginia.  They will be offering Pinot Leeasheo, Sauvignon Bark, Barkundy (a beef-flavored, soy-based product made for animals with issues due to animal proteins) and premiering their latest release, White Sniff-N-Tail, a fish-based wine.  Doggies will choose the wine they want to pair with their Three Dog Bakery dinner.

As always, Yappy-Hour is donating a portion of event proceeds to Rescue Rehab Home 501(c)3.  Rescue Rehab Home was founded by Jamie Wolf in 2005.  Since its inception Rescue Rehab Home has placed hundreds of dogs in loving homes with an unheard of 99% retention rate.  Rescue Rehab Home was also the first rescue group to go up the Gulf Coast and take in Hurricane Katrina dogs: 24 in all.

“We get no funding from any state, county or government agencies.  We depend entirely on our friends for support and the Yappy-Hour crew has been great to work with,” says Jamie Wolf.  “We’ve done four of these now and they keep getting bigger and bigger.  It’s been wonderful to have an on-going supporting partner in Yappy-Hour.”

The Shops at Boca Center, where the Cucina D’Angelo is located, has also been a gracious participant in Yappy-Hour and continues their support at this next Yappy-Hour by donating Doggie Gift Bowls to each Yappy-Hour attendee.

The next Yappy-Hour event will take place on April 10th.  Red carpet and doggies activities begin at 6:30pm and the movie shows at 7:30 pm sharp. Tickets are limited to 50 seats as Cucina D’Angelo will be hosting a sit down three-course dinner with wine included after the DOGumentary.  Visit http://yappy-hour.com/, Pet Lover Central (7491 North Federal Hwy, Boca Raton), or Cucina D’Angelo (5050 Town Center Circle inside the The Shops at Boca Center) to get your $75 tickets plus gratuity to be paid at the event.

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