Lakewood OH

Foodie fun is a big part of annual home and garden show

Chef Matt Fish, Lakewood native and owner of Melt Bar and Grilled restaurants, will be a featured presenter at the Great Big Home and Garden Show at the I-X Center.

Melt, with locations in Lakewood, Cleveland Heights, Independence and Mentor, is known for its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and extensive beer menu. Fish, a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, will present on the main stage Feb. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10.

Foodie fun at the home and garden show continues with Ohio native Chris Crary, a Season Nine participant and fan favorite from Bravo’s television series “Top Chef.” Crary is currently chef de cuisine for Whist restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., where he will be opening a new restaurant called 41 Ocean. Crary will be on the main stage on Feb. 9.

“The Good Life” is the theme of the daily cooking sessions conducted by the chefs and instructors of the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking. Whether it is adding gourmet touches to dishes like truffle oil mashed potatoes, getting back to healthy basics with whole-grain cooking or enjoying the best that Ohio has to offer during the “Farm Proud” sessions, these daily 30-minute demonstrations will feature something for every taste.

Show attendees will have an opportunity to tour a state-of-the-art kitchen for home remodeling ideas between stage presentations. The kitchen will feature stainless steel appliances from Top Line, an electric induction cooktop, solid surface countertops, hardwood cabinets and low-maintenance laminate flooring made from recycled materials.

While visiting the Great Big Home and Garden Show, guests can relax and enjoy the beauty of the gardens from a table at Cambria Bistro, a full-service, white-tablecloth restaurant.

The garden focus for this year’s show is on U.S. landmarks. The landmark-themed gardens inspire spring landscaping projects and summer travel plans. The Weidner Group of Olmsted Falls is constructing “Central Park,” while a garden constructed by Williams Landscaping of Columbia Station is inspired by the “Great Wild West.” Green Impressions of Sheffield Village is transporting show goers to the “Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive” with its garden, while Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction of Avon brings back summertime memories with its rendition of “Cedar Point.”

Great Big Home and Garden Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 3; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 to Feb. 8; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65 years of age and $5 for children six to 12 years of age. Discounts on adult admission are available online and through AAA and Home Depot. Visit



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