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COOKING DEMOS

Cooking Stage Host Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto

Charlotte-based culinary expert Heidi Billotto has been writing about food and restaurants for several regional magazines, newspapers, blogs and Web sites since the early 1980s and has seen a lot of change and a great deal of growth over the years. Heidi is the face behind the voice of the social media for the GotToBeNc Competition Dining series. She also blogs at HeidiBillottoFood.com, writes and is the free-lance food editor for Charlotte Living Magazine and makes regular appearances on Charlotte's WCNC-TV, WBTV and with monthly cooking segments, 3 day weekend travel segments and a monthly restaurant roundups. Occasionally she also makes appearances on Charlottes WTVI weighing in on different local topics as a culinary expert. Between columns, Heidi, also a former James Beard Foundation judge, is a food stylist for many national chefs and cookbook authors visiting North and South Carolina and teaches a regular schedule of cooking classes both in her home and on local farms. She also conducts private in-home or office cooking classes for corporate team building and social gatherings. Over the years Heidi has parlayed her culinary talents to develop a small but successful catering business and she publishes an email newsletter with info about her cooking classes and links back to her blog at HeidiBillottoFood.com, Charlotte restaurants, food happenings and more. Heidi is married to Charlotte singer and musician, Tom Billotto. The two often work together providing “food and mood” at private parties and corporate events.

Check out the stage schedule and plan your visit for great cooking classes and great tastes.

Troy’s EveryDay Eats

Friday, February 24 at 11:30 am with Chef Troy Gagliardo

Cooking with Goodnight Brothers Country Ham

Friday, February 24 at 12:30 pm with Cooking Stage Host Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto

DAY SPONSOR FOR FRIDAY, February 24
Goodnight Brothers producers of traditional country ham since 1948.

It’s Cookin’ at The Cowfish

Friday, February 24 at 2:30 pm with Chef David Lucarelli

Charcuterie and Beer

Friday, February 24 at 3:30 pm with Chef Terra Ciotta and Chef Philip Lloyd, The Art Institute

Gluten Free Vegan and Vegetarian

Friday, February 24 at 5:30 pm with Chef Beverly McLaughlin, Beverly’s Gourmet Foods

Little Plates, Big Flavor

Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 am with Chef Chris Coleman, Stoke at the Marriott

Ah, The Parla Pastabilities

Saturday February 25 at 12:30 pm with Cooking Stage Host Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto with Simone Drake of Parla Pasta

DAY SPONSOR FOR Saturday, February 25 

Parla Pasta is crafted fresh with the very best ingredients using authentic Italian methods, then quickly frozen to retain a pure, fresh taste.

It’s Got to Be NC!

Saturday, February 25 at 1:30 pm with Clark Barlow, Heirloom Restaurant

Entertaining on the Fly: From Zero to Party in under and Hour

Saturday, February 25 at 3:30 pm and Saturday, March 5 at 3:30 pm Susan Murray Innkeeper and Cookbook Author, Carolina B&B, Asheville

From the Springtime Garden

Saturday, February 25 at 5:30 pm with Chef Geoff Bragg from the Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Catch the Buzz - Cooking with Cloister Honey

Sunday, February 25 at 12:30 pm with Cooking Stage Host Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto with Cloister’s Randall York and Joanne de la Rionda

DAY SPONSOR FOR Sunday, February 25
Cloister Honey produces small batches of Bourbon Infused, Whipped Cinnamon, Southern Living Good Food Award, Ghost Pepper, Vanilla, Lavender, and more.

Jamie’s Favorite Top Chef Recipes

Sunday, February 26 at 1:30 pm with Chef Jamie Lynch of 5 Church and TV’s Top Chef Charleston contestant

Springtime: Dinner for 2, 4 or more

Friday, March 3 at 11:30 am with Jill Aker Ray, Vacation Chef

Keeping it Salty

Friday, March 3 at 12:30 pm with Cooking Stage Host Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto

DAY SPONSOR FOR Sunday, February 25
100% all natural SeaSalt ~ no preservatives ~ no anti-caking agents. Hand harvested from the Atlantic Ocean in small batches, Outer Banks SeaSalt is collected and harvested using artisan and heritage practices.

Cooking with Local Proteins and Produce

Friday, March 3 at 2:30 pm with Chef Ryan Forte, Southminster

Easy, Fast and Flavorful

Friday, March 3 at 5:30 pm with Chef Bill Bigham, Private Chef

Al Fresco Dining

Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 am with Chef Travis Hearne, Vivace Ristorante

Fabulous Homecooked Dinners

Saturday, March 4 at 11:30 am with Chef Cynthia Ferich of Cynthia Cooks

Baking with North Carolina’s Own Southern Biscuit Flour

Saturday, March 4 at 12:30 pm with Cooking Stage Host Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto

A Southern staple since 1935. That's why Southern Biscuit® flour is the ideal choice for baking everything from cookies and cakes to biscuits.

For the Love of Olive Oil

Sunday, March 5 at 12:30 pm with Cooking Stage Host Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto with Demitry Kostouros of Olive Crate

DAY SPONSOR FOR Sunday, March 5 

Family owned for generations offering authentic, high quality, organic, eco-sustainable Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Wood from Greece.

What’s Cooking in Hickory

Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 pm with Chefs Sam Stachon, Hannah Woociker and Max Evans, Highland Avenue

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