Orchid Paulmeier, finalist on The Next Food Network Star, Season 7 Owning a restaurant was always part of “Mama” Orchid Paulmeier’s American Dream. Growing up in a Filipino family in Chicago, Orchid learned the secrets of the kitchen early, picking up the fundamentals from her mother and grandmother. Orchid opened One Hot Mama’s, a SERG Group restaurant, handpicking the menu and mixing up all of the signature sauces herself. Blending time-tested Southern favorites like collards, cornbread and slow-cooked barbecue with her own homespun recipes, One Hot Mama’s serves up “comfort food with a kick.” Orchid auditioned for and won a slot on season seven of The Next Food Network Star. Her culinary creations were praised by the judges and she was consistently one of the leaders in the fan vote. The spotlight didn’t change Orchid’s priorities: Family, friends and food. Because nothing tastes better than that.
Stirring Up Fun at the Cooking Stage Need a break? Need a laugh? Don't know what to cook for dinner? Lisa Shively will be sharing recipes, cooking tips and the occasional belly laugh. Lisa has written 8 cookbooks to keep you free from stress with simple and easy cooking for your family. Join her for her scheduled stage times and throughout the show as she introduces you to local chefs and delicious demonstrations.
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Chef Carrie Creates Culinary Delights! Chef Carrie Hegnauer is a Chef Instructor at Johnson & Wales University with more than 18 years experience. She is a master of the kitchen! She prides herself on being a teacher and wants to use her skills to educate our show guests. Join her on the Celebrity Cooking Stage on Friday and Saturday to learn some basic skills to make your next meal extraordinary!
The Choice of Southern Cooks Since 1812. House-Autry Mills, founded in 1812, is a Four Oaks, NC – based producer of chicken, seafood, and pork breaders, sauces, corn meal, hushpuppy, biscuit, and cornbread mixes that are available in 37 states. House-Autry Mills has been the choice of Southern cooks for 200 years, and we are proud to be a part of the Southern cooking tradition. Stop by the House-Autry Mills exhibit to sample chicken nuggets fried light and crispy with our flavorful chicken breader, freshly made biscuits or cornbread made with our new biscuit and cornbread mixes, or our latest Sauce creations. And don’t forget to take home a FREE sample pack and coupon.
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Front Porch Ice Cream wins Progressive Grocer Editor's Pick Award for Best New Product! Front Porch is a new line of ice cream featuring homespun Southern flavors. It is locally produced by the Mooresville Ice Cream Company, which has been producing high quality, hand-churned ice cream, up the road in Mooresville, since 1924.
The Front Porch flavors, texture and creaminess were crafted to take you back to the front porch of your youth, no matter where you grew up!
You’ll savor every taste of our down home flavors, many with a surprising twist of fresh cream, ripe fruit and decadent goodies in each pint. Sweetie Tea features sweet tea, vanilla ice cream and chunks of tea cake, while Nana’s Banana Pudding is rich creamy banana ice cream loaded with crispy vanilla wafers. Front Porch’s 15 Southern style flavors include: Sweetie Tea, Blackberry Crumble, Nana’s Banana Pudding, Chocolate Rocker, Scarlett Red Velvet, Sassy Strawberry, Peachy Keen, Black Cherry Twilight, and Praline Costal Crunch.
Wine and Dine with Morgan Ridge! Join Jason Nain, a native of Louisiana, who has called NC his home for 15 years, on the Celebrity Cooking Stage, Friday at 12:30pm. Jason marries his Cajun cooking back ground with Morgan Ridge wine to make one of a kind creations. Jason and his partner, Cyndi Jones, brought the country club environment to Morgan Ridge with their Wine Down Dinners and Saturday lunch buffets, as well as their monthly wine pairing diners. Jason will be demonstrating 3 dishes, at the show, using grapes from the vineyard for the salad dressing, entrée and wine sauce for dessert.
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Women Enjoying Beer...The Art Combining Beer and Woman It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to understand why Richard Gruica, founder of Good Eats and Meets, has the nickname “Foodzilla.” With his larger than life personality and his zeal for all things food related, Jamaican-born Gruica has established an extensive culinary background derived from working for some of the best chefs in the US culminating in his running the first Nuevo Latino restaurant in Australia. He now works in the flavor and food ingredient field developing a plethora of food products.
The premise of Good Eats and Meets is to explore all that Charlotte has to offer in the culinary world, whether it's testing the "Best of Charlotte" restaurants or sampling the "greasy spoons." The group is for adventurous people who enjoy sharing a meal and great conversation and the best part about it all? Membership is absolutely free! The group has now grown to be the largest dining and socializing group in the country. The majority of people living in Charlotte are transplants from other areas and Richard Gruica, the founder, wanted to “provide a gathering place for all those who love food and socializing in the Queen City.” The group brings people of all ages and walks of life together in the European style of “breaking bread” and also supports the local restaurant economy. Road trips, wine tastings, classes, farmer’s market tours, dinners, brunches and smaller-scale tasting and dinner parties, as well as many other events can also be found on the social calendar at www.meetup.com/geamclt and Heist Brewery http://heistbrewery.com
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