On The Beat: 3/15/16

What’s cookin at the Dayton Home and Garden Show

By Jim Bucher

Any cooking show fans out there in Dayton City Paper land? If so we have a fun and tasty event coming up this weekend.

First, have you heard of the television show Chopped on Food Network? In each episode, four chefs must take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that is judged on their creativity, presentation and taste. Each competitor must use some of each ingredient in some way. It can be challenging.

Well, the folks at this weekend’s Dayton Home & Garden Show at the Convention Center are presenting their own version, calling it Chef’s Showdown hosted, I’m proud to say, by yours truly.

Chef’s include David Glynn of the Dayton Country Club, Richard Roberts of De’Lish Café, Candace Rinke from Hawthorn Grill, Lee Anne House of HouseMade, Mariah Gahagan from Lily’s Bistro, Aaron Braun of Meadowlark Restaurant, Nathan Vance from Salar, Matt Hayden of Scratch Events and Crystal Coppock from Wheat Penny Oven & Bar. It’s Saturday, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.—three chefs per showdown. Finals are on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the top three chefs from Saturday’s showdowns.

It should be a fun time, and I can’t wait to be official taster. Somebody has to do it.

It’s one of the many events at this weekend’s show, now in its 20th year. I know what you’re thinking—there seems to be lots of shows like this out there. What makes this different?

Show owner Steve Henger says, plenty.

“There will never be a ‘Sham Wow’ person or type of exhibit in the show, only high end quality builders, remodelers, kitchen and bath specialists and the very best Dayton has to offer in lawn/garden landscapers and designers,” Henger says. “At the Dayton Home & Garden Show, we Bring Dreams to Life.”

Some of the highlights this year? (Other than your host for Chef’s Showdown—cheap plug on my part!)

“Beginning as you enter the Convention Center you will pass by The Artisan Shoppes and Farmers Market on the third floor, offering over 40 vendors this year,” Henger says. “They add to the excitement as you approach the main entrance to the show. Check out the 15 landscapers with their gardens and landscaping. Proceed to the Kitchen and Bath Showcase. Know it’s been said before, but we do literally have something for everyone.” (And a former big time local TV celebrity too! Cheap plug number two.)

It’s all new stuff, too.

“The Interior Design Pavilion where the Dayton Interior Designers have decorated eight different rooms using the newest color of paints and furniture. Enter their contest to win a room full of furniture and carpet! The show is packed with 215 exhibitor’s offering a large variety of booths,” Henger adds.

So, what can visitors expect this weekend?

“Well, we hope people catch ‘Spring Fever.’ That desire to get outside and make your backyard an oasis from all the rigors of the daily grind,” Henger says. “Create a vacation spot in your own backyard. You can expect to walk away with some pretty inspiring ideas for your home, and see the latest trends in decorating and innovation for the home.”

And did I mention the Chef’s Showdown hosted by Jim Bucher? (Plug number three!)

“Yes, Buch we are excited you’ll be here all weekend,” Henger says. “The chefs, by the way, will have just 20 minutes to prepare … We can’t wait to crown Dayton’s Showdown Champion on Sunday.”

Finally, if you’re a little gun shy on where to begin at your home, how do you make it not so overwhelming?

“Folks should never be afraid to put their signature on their home,” Henger says. “Where to begin? You begin by coming to the Home Show and gathering ideas and possibilities. Talk with the experts at the show. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer, or look to the experts, we have it all at the Dayton Home & Garden Show where we can bring those dreams to life.”

So, bring the family, kids, neighbors and friends to the show this weekend at the Dayton Convention Center.

Oh, and make sure you bring a camera because there may be a local celebrity you can grab a selfie with. Just sayin’.



Dayton Home and Garden Show opens Friday, March 18, noon-7 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door, children under 12 are free, and all active military with ID get in free. For more visit daytonhomeandgardenshow.com
For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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Jim Bucher
For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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