Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that is why we call it the present.” Whatever you may be doing this weekend, here are two presents you can unwrap today.
Home and Design Show featuring Kitchen Crashers‘ Host Alison Victoria
Photo Credit: Maria Ponce
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: Friday, November 17-Sunday, November 19; check website for times
411: Interior designers, collectors, and DIYers will be making a beeline for this annual three-day exposition which showcases more than 400 exhibitors whose ad hoc offerings range from indoor and outdoor furniture to financial planning (you’ll need a payment plan for your new home theatre system, right?).
“It’s such a pretty show,” says KSR Events’ Kerrie Russell, whose company has planned the show for two years. Vendors like Boca Raton and Delray Beach’s ACP Home Interiors create lavish vignettes and interactive settings to showcase their lines. Many new vendors, including Southern Vintage, a Louisville, Kentucky-based known for custom furnishings, flooring, siding designed from 100-year-old reclaimed barn remnants.
On November 18 and 19, HGTV and DIY’s Kitchen Crashers’ host Alison Victoria will host two seminars to discuss how simple renovation projects like painting and light installation can transform the heart of any home. Afterward, she will answer questions and provide helpful tips for guests’ kitchen challenges.
Here, the Chicago native dishes about trends, to talk about all things kitchen.
What can people attending your seminars expect to see, hear, and learn?
They’re going to hear my presentation, “A healthy home is a happy home.” It’s all about creating a space people enjoy being in, and tips and tricks about crashing your own kitchen without breaking the bank [including] how to use color the right way, lighting, space planning painting your own cabinets, learn about trends, do-it-yourself projects, and kitchens of the future.
What’s the most popular kitchen trend you’re seeing?
People trying to hide their kitchens. Everything from ranges to cabinets. You name it and they’re trying to hide.
What colors are popular for kitchens right now?
There’s a lot of gray and people are bringing in bold colors for their island.
What kitchen features will be popular in 10 years?
Robots making your dinner. They can copy any recipe from The Food Network to your grandmother’s recipes and they have big mechanical arms that prepare the food. They’re already selling them for $7,000 to $15,000.
Which Kitchen Crashers show is your favorite?
The Lincolnwood Fire Department near downtown Chicago. I gave them a new kitchen with bright red countertops, a subway tile backsplash with red grout, and a dining room table with a fire hydrant base. It was really fun to give back to the firefighters. Watch episode here.
What kitchen improvement projects don’t require a professional?
Installing cabinet hardware, adding a tile backsplash, hanging light fixtures, and painting walls and cabinets.
Gobble ‘Til You Wobble Beer Dinner
Photo Credit: Brian Cartenuto
Where: Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company, 3200 NW 23rd Avenue, Pompano Beach
When: Saturday, November 18; 7:30-10:30 p.m.
$$$: $65 person; click here for tickets
411: Apparently Tucker Duke‘s executive chef Brian Cartenuto couldn’t wait until Thanksgiving to showcase the holiday-inspired beer dinner he hosts each year with Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company. Cartenuto, a two-time winner of the Food Network‘s Cutthroat Kitchen, is legendary for his creative riffing on popular staples like the cheeseburger (his restaurant serves some of the most creative sandwiches in the county) and this meal is no exception.
Courses include roasted parsnip soup served with turkey-stuffed tamales and shaved chorizo. Course two Turkey Tamales, shaved chorizo (Hunker Down Hurricane Ale Rum Barrel Aged Barleywine); Cornish game hens with thyme jus (Johnny B. Gourd Coconut Pumpkin American Ale); apricot glazed short rib meatloaf and cauliflower mashed potatoes (Big Ghillie Strong Scotch Ale); and roasted apple crumb cake topped with whipped mascarpone and candy ginger (Jodi’s Bananas Amber Ale). Hurry and reserve your seat. This event is almost sold out.