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 Gourmet Gallery floor plan will be similar to the 2017 design, shown below: 

          The 2018 Cooking Stage Schedule will be announced soon.

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The 2017 Cooking Stage Schedule was:


5:00 PM           Chef Stephanie Falk.  Blue Water Grille on the Hill.  St.Patrick's Day Party.   Corned beef and cabbage is the most famous Irish dish, but Chef Steph will transform the traditional recipe into an appetizer for your St. Patrick's Day party.  Continue the theme with a green key lime pie.


6:00 PM          Randi Barksdale, Jet Set Planning.  Ring in With Recipes.  A new bride needs great recipes for her new home, new spouse, and future family members. A clever way to gather recipes to to request recipe cards for name plates at the bridal luncheon.


7:00 PM        Odell Brasswell. Host of Tennessee Sportsman.  Outdoor Delights.  Odell will prepare several outdoor delights that he serves on hunting outings for juveniles and wounded warriors. These dishes are simple to prepare, and can feed hungry hunters on a cold day, when you use old-fashioned cooking methods and black iron skillets.


10:00 AM      Emma Casey, Megwood Farm.  Farm & Table.  Emma will provide menu and event planning ideas for your spring and summer family gatherings or corporate events in a rustic setting at Megwood Farm.


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. John will demonstrate a pork loin with Lagniappe all purpose seasoning rub, sliced medallions, and glazed with raspberry chili glaze.       

12:00 Noon    Alex Belew, Alex Belew Catering. Tasty Adventures with Pork. To help you get inspired and get started on a journey to enjoy pork, the TN Pork Producers Association will sponsor Chef Ben to demonstrate his wonderful flavorful creations with pork.

1:00 PM         Thomas Cox, mealfit.  Fitness Starts in the Kitchen.  With a passion for keeping families out of the drive-thru, Thomas will show easy, healthy alternatives to regular favorites that can turn your kitchen into a fitness too.  Do you want to eat for optimal fitness and wellness, save time instead of spending it,  and save money on food each week?  MealFit makes healthy families.

2:00 PM         Linda Brooks Jones, Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast. Appetizers for Family & Friends.  On the outskirts of the historic Victorian English village of Rugby, Grey Gables offers the best of Victorian English and Tennessee Country heritage. Linda will demonstrate how you can reflect the grace of the English and the comfort of country in your own home.

3:00 PM         Steve & Robin Graham, Mad Dash Mixes. Making Life Easier.  Home cooked meals are wonderful, but time consuming. Mad Dash Mixes can take the hard work and guessing out of great food to make your life a little easier.  By using pre-mixed ingredients, you can create special dishes in minutes.



1:00                Rodney Laulo, Back Room Bistro.  Simple food, Simply Amazing. Rodney and the Back Room Bistro gang believe that food that is good for you, should taste good, too.  They offer a number of "clean" options, and use the highest quality ingredients, that are local, whenever possible, to create some of the most forward-thinking food in our region. 

2:00 PM         Chef Ben Mandli, Bull & Thistle Pub. Dublin Lawyer, an Elegant Pub Favorite.  In the heart of historic Gainesboro, the Bull & Thistle is an evolving celebration of Celtic and Southern cuisine. Try this decadent classic Irish recipe for St. Patrick's Day as a rich and creamy seafood alternative to the usual corned beef and cabbage.

3:00 PM          Victor Kline, Vic's Remember When Bakery. Cream Pies Galore.  Even when you are busy, you can whip up a luscious peanut butter, coconut, or silky chocolate cream pie in minutes to impress your family and guests.  You can dress them up with fresh coconut or sliced ripe bananas to make them even more special.