Contestants on popular reality TV shows, plus a local landscaping expert and area chefs, will share their ideas, insight, and recipes on the seminar/cooking stage at the 19th Annual Milwaukee/NARI Fall Home & Remodeling Show, Fri., Sept. 18 – Sun., Sept. 20, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.
Sponsored by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 48 years, this year’s Show theme is “Harvest Great Ideas for Your Home.”
Special guests at this year’s Fall Home & Remodeling Show on Sat., Sept. 19 and Sun., Sept. 20 will be Matt Locke of HGTV’s “Design Star” and Nikki Cascone, Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Locke and Cascone will be presented by S.J. Janis Company, Inc.
Cascone, who will do presentations at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 19 and at 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 20, was a Season 4 “Cheftestant” on “Top Chef Chicago,” which aired on Bravo in 2007. Born and currently residing in New York, New York, she is Chef/Partner at 24 Prince, and is a graduate from The School of Culinary Arts in Atlanta.
Cascone has trained for many years in back of the house and front of the house operations with chefs like Jean-Georges, Anne Quatrano, Cliff Harrison, and Shaun Doty. She believes a great chef must understand how to run a business as well as owning great cooking skills.
A certified sommelier with certificates from both The Sterling Vineyards School of Service and Hospitality and the American Sommelier Association, Cascone is also a seasoned mixologist, designing both the specialty cocktails and wine list from restaurants such as Public and of course 24 Prince.
Cascone spent the 2005 season as the Director of Food & Beverage at Yankee Stadium. Her future plans are to expand the restaurant group with several new concepts, she has a hospitality-focused clothing line coming out in the spring of 2010, and she is currently working on her first book.
Locke, who will do presentations at noon and 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 19 and at 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 20, loves to make things, draws on many resources – art and design schools plus an American history degree from Princeton. He designed and built his own house in Colorado, then sold it to move to Los Angeles to start a career in television.
After appearing on HGTV’s “Design Star” and “Showdown,” Locke has continued renovating lofts and kitchens all over Los Angeles, and will exhibit a new collection of lights at Dwell Magazine’s “Dwell on Design 09.” He is currently working on a ground-up construction project and just filmed with a production company for a potential new television show.
Lis Friemoth, the “Garden Hoe” will do presentations on Fri., Sept. 18 at noon (“Landscape Plants with Year-Round Interest”) and at 5:30 p.m. (“Healthy Plants, Healthy Landscape”). As a horticultural diagnostician, radio show host, news columnist, and guest lecturer, Friemoth enjoys sharing tidbits of knowledge and odd experiences with anyone who enjoys playing in the dirt. Her offbeat approach to the plant world is intended to help everyone consider the unique personalities, characteristics, relationships, and challenges inherent in all landscapes and plant material.
Patty Koenig of Carr Valley Cheese Company in La Valle, Wis. will conduct a cooking demonstration using some of the company’s international and national award-winning cheeses, plus offer ideas on wine and beverage pairings for different varieties of cheese.
Chef Karen Gill of “Karen Cooks It” was a person who always cooked “for fun,” as her party snacks got rave reviews from friends. There was the occasional suggestion of “Karen, you should start a cooking business.” Though she enjoyed her time as a theater manager and customer service representative, Gill thought more seriously about starting a personal chef business. She supplemented her home cooking experience with formal training, as she has studied at the Marcel Biro Culinary School and holds a Professional Food Handler Certificate from the State of Wisconsin. Gill is a member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association, Wisconsin Personal Chef Alliance, and The Networking Community.
The complete seminar and cooking demonstration schedules are as follows:
Friday, September 18
Noon: Lis Friemoth, The Garden Hoe: “Landscape Plants with Year-Round Interest”
2:00 p.m. Patty Koenig, Carr Valley Cheese Company
5:30 p.m. Lis Friemoth, The Garden Hoe: “Healthy Plants, Healthy Landscape”
7:00 p.m. Chef Karen Gill, “Karen Cooks It”
Saturday, September 19
Noon Matt Locke, HGTV’s “Design Star”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
2:00 p.m. Nikki Cascone, Bravo’s “Top Chef”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
4:00 p.m. Matt Locke, HGTV’s “Design Star”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
6:00 p.m. Nikki Cascone, Bravo’s “Top Chef”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
Sunday, September 20
11:00 a.m. Nikki Cascone, Bravo’s “Top Chef”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
12:15 p.m. Matt Locke, HGTV’s “Design Star”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
1:45 p.m. Nikki Cascone, Bravo’s “Top Chef”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
3:00 p.m. Matt Locke, HGTV’s “Design Star”, presented by S.J. Janis Company
More than 325 booth spaces will feature providers of home improvement and remodeling products and services, including design/build, kitchens, decks, cabinets, windows, wall covering, bathrooms, lighting, landscaping, roofing, and fireplaces.
Special attractions at the event will include the Time Warner Cable Relaxation Station, the Interior Design Showplace built by Carl Krueger Construction and featuring displays by Closet Concepts, LLC, i Design 4 Interiors, LLC, and Kitchens By Design, Inc., the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap system demonstration area, the Milwaukee/NARI Information Center featuring the “Ask the Expert” area, a display of classic Corvette’s, and much more.
Hours on Fri., Sept. 18, are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 19, and Sun., Sept. 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance, and $7 at the door. Tickets for seniors, 60 and older, are $5.00, with a special price of $4.00 for seniors at the door on Friday, Sept. 18 for Callen Construction Senior Day. Children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge with free childcare sponsored by Pekel Construction & Remodeling available for ages 3 - 12.
For more Fall Home & Remodeling Show information, including advance ticket locations, visit www.milwaukeenari.org or call the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council at 414-771-4071.
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