Cooking Stage and Seminars

Gourmet Gallery   

The kitchen is truly the “Heart of the Home,” and the “Gourmet Gallery” will be devoted to exhibits of cabinetry, cookware, and specialty foods.  

          The 2018 Cooking Stage Schedule was:


5:00 PM        Chris Batty, 37 Cedar Restaurant.  Short Rib 37Chef Dustin will prepare a dish called Short Rib 37, which is torched, braised short rib, with sweet cabbage, kraut, and polenta.   

6:00 PM          Jaden Flynn, The Iron Kitchen.  Healthy. Fast. Tasty. At the end of a busy day, putting a healthy dinner on the table can be a challenge. Jaden will show how to make your life easier with hassle-free healthy food at its finest.

7:00 PM        Patrick McCurdy, Red Oak Roasters.  All About Coffee. A great cup of coffee is determined by the origin, the bean, and the roaster. You will learn where the world's best cup of "Joe" comes from, how it is picked, processed, and roasted to perfection. Sample the results and see for yourself!


10:00 AM      Donia Daniels, Granny Dragon's Sweets & Things.  Home Canning.  When you preserve fresh fruits and vegetables at home, you can enjoy summertime goodness all year long.  Donia will show how easy it is to prepare strawberry jam, and 12 lucky people in the audience will win a jar of her strawberry jam.

11:00 PM     John Brantley, Lagniappe Spice.  Spice Up Your Recipes.  Lagniappe gourmet custom blends are rooted in Southern heritage, but utilize spice sources from around the world.        

12:00 Noon    Rachel Tayse, Half Acres Farm Catering.  Old Fashioned Banana Pudding. Rachel will show how to make banana pudding from scratch, just like your granny did, or maybe even better!  Banana pudding is the original Southern comfort food, so grab a spoon and take a taste trip down memory lane.

1:00 PM         Victoria Davis, Mamma Jamma Baking Company.  Cannoli.  Cannoli is a crisp Italian pastry that is filled with flavorful cream.  Cannoli provides a perfect ending to an Italian dinner, or with a cup of coffee.  Mamma Jamma specializes in Italian pastries and breads.

2:00 PM         Kent Birdwell, The Blue Pig.  How to Choose and Prepare Steaks.  Chef Kent will guide you through understanding different cuts of meat, the difference in USDA meat grades, and how they affect the quality of your steak dinner.  He will prepare a Southern Favorite, the Ribeye Steak, in a cast iron skillet to ensure a beautiful crust and intense flavor.

3:00 PM         Harris Jackson and Ben Platt, Virgin Bay Seafood.  Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon.  The vibrant colors and firm texture of wild caught Alaskan seafood attest to the high quality. Harris and Ben will demonstrate pan-seared sockeye salmon and salmon burgers.  Virgin Bay Seafood delivers fresh seafood to Middle Tennessee.

4:00 PM         Chef Rae, Rae's Cuisine Personal Chef Service.  Creole Chicken Cakes.  Chef Rae is a talented, creative chef who puts the freshest ingredients together in an unbelievable way. She has international taste buds, and cooks food from all different cultures to take you on a culinary road less traveled.

5:00 PM        Jose Orozco, Rosco & Company.  Taste of Peru.  Joe will present a brief history of Peruvian cuisine, and what makes it the most diverse food in the world. It has exotic fruits and vegetables from the Amazon forest, and is not spicy, but rather flavorful and enjoyable. The Rosco & Company food truck is known as "The Restaurant on Wheels" and can often be found at Hix Farm Brewery.


1:00                Annabelle Nolan, MasterChef Junior Contestant. Chocolate. From quick and easy, to a labor of love, from decadent and extravagant, to fresh and healthy, chocolate is the perfect food! Learn about chocolate from a professional licensed chocolatier.

2:00 PM         Brandon Henley, Lazy Cow Creamery. Silly Old Bear Ice Cream. While discussing the importance of buying local products, Brandon will demonstrate how to make the honeycomb candy found in Lazy Cow Creamery's customer-favorite ice cream flavor "Silly Old Bear."

3:00 PM          Rhianna Lizarraga, The Turn Around Juice Bar. If's Your Health and your Life. Fresh juices, smoothies and power shots, made with local fresh produce can turn your health around.

Putnam County Master Gardeners presented Gardening Seminars, Sunday afternoon, March 4 at the Home & Garden Show.

12:30 PM Home Beautification with Container Plantings

Master Gardeners will present principles and possibilities of growing plants in containers that will beautify porches, patios, and lawn.  Topics will include: Container Selections, Soil Choices, Plant Arrangements, and Care of pots containing flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Demonstrations of techniques will be a part of the presentation.  As always, Putnam County Master Gardeners welcome your input and questions.

2:30 PM Start Seeds IndoorsWhat You'll Need, When to Start, and how to succeed

Master Gardeners will have a presentation on the biology of seeds and early life of several flowers and vegetables common in home gardens in the Upper Cumberland.  Critical success criteria of soil mixes, planting depths, temperature, light, watering, and transplanting will be discussed.  The presentation will be accompanied by demonstrations.  Those in attendance will then be given the opportunity to plant some seeds to take home.