The first spring edition of the Fabulous Food Show, April 28 and 29 at the I-X Center, pays homage to the best celebrity grillers in the business. Food Network Chef Bobby Flay returns to the show, while Chef Emeril Lagasse, a TV cooking veteran, makes a first-time appearance. Barbecue master, lecturer and grilling authority Steven Raichlen joins the celebrity chef lineup. Jamie Purviance, who has written many grilling cookbooks, will be on hand to share his expertise in the Weber Grilling Pavilion. This area will showcase the latest in Weber grills and smokers and will offer demonstrations by experienced grillers, including Weber’s expert, Kevin Kolman.
Landscaping companies will bring the outdoors indoors. The Outdoor Living Pavilion will feature live demonstrations by landscaping and design experts. Learn how to create your dream deck, plan an outdoor kitchen or plant a garden of edible herbs and vegetables for your next backyard blowout.
Sip, swirl and savor more than 300 wines and spirits in the Tasting Garden hosted by the American Wine School. The Taste of the Beer Fest will showcase four Cleveland food trucks serving 50 different beer samplings. Chill out in the Ice Cream Shoppe or visit the Farmer’s Market Stage for advice on wellness and sustainability, with local chefs providing recipes ideas.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The ticket price of $25 online or $30 at the door includes admission to exhibits and seating to see one celebrity chef. Patrons can see a second celebrity chef show on the day of their visit on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.fabulousfoodshow.com for standby and ticket upgrade instructions, or call 216-265-COOK.
Sample the very best wine, cheese and chocolates that Ohio purveyors have to offer and support Les Dames d’Escoffier, Cleveland’s female culinary professionals.
The organization is hosting a tasting on April 26, beginning at 6 p.m., at the sensational Trevarrow Kitchen Showroom, 12610 Corporate Drive in Parma. Cost is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Guests must be 21 years of age and over to attend.
Wine vendors include Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, Firelands Winery, Harpersfield Winery and South River Winery. Cheese makers are Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese, Kokoborrego Cheese Co., Lake Erie Creamery and Mackenzie Creamery. Chocolate creations will be provided by Coquette Patisserie, Emerald Necklace Inn and Tea Room, Pomona Chocolates and What’s for Dessert? Inc. The event will also feature a unique silent auction for some prized culinary-related items and experiences.
Visit www.cleveland.ldei.org/events.html to purchase tickets. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Ohio Green Tables initiative of Les Dames d’Escoffier. In the past, the group has helped fund the Tremont Urban Learning Garden, North Union Farmers Market Chef at the Market program, Junior Chefs Program conducted by the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and Veggie U children’s nutrition education programs.