The Cocktail Hour
Cocktail Hour With Wes Kain From 'The Vanilla Ice Project'
Who: Reality TV star of the home renovation series “The Vanilla Ice Project,” Wes Kain
What: The Deep Eddy Vodka “Ferris Meuller” paired with the world famous Lynora’s “Polpette Della Casa” meatballs of veal, pork and beef in classic marinara with house-made ricotta, the “Gnocchi Al Forno” of ricotta in Bolognese sauce with basil and mozzarella and the “Nutella Pizza” of fresh house-made dough, Nutella spread, fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and banana dusted with powdered sugar.
Where: Lynora’s, 207 Clematis St., West Palm Beach / 561.899.3117 / lynoras.com / @LynorasWPB
1) Something a lot of people probably don’t realize about “The Vanilla Ice Project” is: that it’s not scripted. We actually do the work on these houses. We’re filming all day long, hands-on, with the help of the other subcontractors. We’re out there grinding every day.
2) Perhaps the craziest stunt we wanted to do for the TV show was: to jump out of a helicopter in tuxedos, into the Intracoastal, swim to shore, greet the partygoers and then pop a bottle of Champagne at the grand opening of the renovated house. It was a great idea, but they wouldn’t let us do it.
3) The single most amazing renovation we did for the show was: taking a rundown house built in the early 1970s on the ocean in Melbourne that probably should have been condemned and torn down, and turning it into a $7 million estate. We totally took it down to the bare bones and started all over again.
4) Being on stage with Vanilla Ice during the “I Love The ’90s Concert Tour” is: surreal. To watch him working all day swinging a hammer then hop right on a plane, and then jump directly on stage to perform in front of 30,000 people is amazing. It’s work for him, but it’s just fun for me. We’ve been friends for years, and we just know how to have a good time together.
5) The most unforgettable fan encounters are: always with the little kids, especially the kids with serious and terminal health issues and challenges. It’s so heartwarming. Like we always say, ‘It’s not about handouts, it’s about hands-up.’ We get the chance to do a lot of charity work. Christmas Eve at the children’s hospital is life changing. You never forget how their faces light up when you enter the room. Some of these kids may be having their last Christmas ever. It really makes you appreciate what you have.
6) I remember having a near-death experience: on a red-eye flight out of LA back to Miami in January. Leaving Detroit on the stopover, the plane was pitched to climb after takeoff but we just weren’t gaining altitude. We were almost falling out of the sky. Suddenly, we heard the loudest ‘boom” you could ever imagine. Immediately the aircraft rolled violently to the right at what felt like 180 degrees, banking hard, and then landing moments later. People were screaming and crying. Back at the gate everyone was told to get off the plane, but many of them wouldn’t get back on it. The airline had failed to properly de-ice the wings. Weeks later, a commercial pilot friend of mine told me that we were possibly seconds away from death.
Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Norman “Wes” Kain enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. Kain attended Paratrooper and Airborne schools, earning the rank of Sergeant E5 during his four years of military service. A celebrated motocross racer from age 12, Kain would become an accomplished personality within the sport as the announcer of the “Amsoil ArenaCross” professional motocross series. He is currently shooting the eighth season of “The Vanilla Ice Project”, available in 62 million households nationwide on the DIY Network. The father of four currently resides in Wellington.
About The Cocktail:
The Deep Eddy “Ferris Meuller”
1 1/2 ounces of Deep Eddy Peach Vodka
One splash of pineapple juice
Top with Barritts Ginger Beer
Garnish with lime in a Deep Eddy Tin