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Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
Birmingham, AL

SPECIAL GUEST CHEFS

See What Happened at the 2016 Southern Women's Show!

Executive Chef Richard Showers of Billy’s Sports Grill

Richard Showers has been in a restaurant ever since he was 17 years old. He began his career at Mauby’s in Mountain Brook. With his flare for food and quick ability to learn he worked his way thru every kitchen position they had. In 1995 Showers was promoted to kitchen manager. With his passion for culinary arts and ability to lead a team by motivation, creativity, and guidance Showers was soon promoted to be Executive Chef for Mauby’s in 1998. When Mauby’s closed in 2003, Showers took to his soulful roots and the kitchen at Main Street Café in Gardendale feeding large crowds good quality home-style meals. When the business changed hands, Showers caught the eye of Billy’s Sports Grill’s VP. He saw Shower’s true talents and knew he wanted him to lead his team. In 2005 Richard came to Billy’s Sports Grill in Mountain Brook’s English Village as the kitchen manager. He has since been promoted to Executive Chef and taken Billy’s to the next level as a high-end sports bar. He has re-vamped the menu and added new items that are all made fresh in house. His fine dining talents mixed with his experience serving home-style food has added to what Billy’s offers today. Once only a neighborhood bar with sandwiches, Billy’s now offers appetizers, salads, entrees, & desserts. Showers has lead Billy’s in the opening of two additional locations (Liberty Park and Northport), won the title of Birmingham’s Best Hot Wings numerous years in a row, & catered many larger functions like the Billy’s Club at the Indy GP of Alabama, weddings, rehearsal dinners, private parties, game day tailgates and more.

Catch Chef Showers on the Cooking Stage at 12:30 on Thursday!

3rd geneation owner Gerry D’Alessandro of 4th Avenue Supermarket and Dorsey’s Supermarket

4th Avenue Supermarket and Dorsey Supermarket are both local community connections for quality meats, friendly service, and great prices. The D’Alessandro family has owned and operated  4th Avenue Supermarket in Bessemer, Alabama since 1951. Both stores are Opened 7 days a week and our butcher shop offers the freshest meats and lowest prices. 

Don’t miss them daily on the Cooking Stage!

Van Sykes 2nd generation owner and pitmaster of Bob Sykes BBQ

Bob Sykes Bar B Q is a family owned local tradition since 1957. Three generations of the Sykes family has proudly served the same recipe from the beginning. Bob Sykes cooks fresh pork and chicken over a natural fire of hickory coals. Steeped in tradition and bound by history of excellence. Bob Sykes truly is the benchmark for authentic southern barbecue. The Bbq literally goes from the pit to the plate. 

Grab a seat and a sample at the Cooking Stage at 4:30 on Friday!

Chef Franco Contaldo for Pazzo! Big Slice Pizza

The best and BIGGEST pizza in Birmingham, Alabama. They serve delicious calzones, lasagna, bread, Pasta and chicken parmigiana along with the many other Old World Favorites. Try their 24 inch pizza challenge! "Pazzo" means Crazy in Italian, but to them it means AMAZING! Bring your family and friends to take on their gigantic New York style pizzas -  slices nice thin and big enough to feed your whole family!

Stop by the Cooking Stage at 1:30 on Thursday to see Chef Contaldo in action

Dan and Pat Koch, Alabama Splash Adventure

Alabama Splash Adventure is family owned and operated by Dan Koch and his 85 year old Mom Pat who is also known as “The General.”  In 2014 the Koch family purchased Alabama’s biggest water and amusement park plus 89 surrounding acres and they have brought it back to life. They have been involved in the amusement park industry for their entire lives and their involvement in the operations is legendary in the amusement park industry. Koch family are hands-on owners who have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of every facet of the park, ranging from crowd flows to customer service at the front gate. The Kochs are at the park daily from open to close greeting customers, cleaning, and you may even see them in the restaurants making funnel cakes. Which is exactly what you can find them doing on the Cooking Stage Saturday at 12:30!

In the Kitchen with K Marie

In the Kitchen with K Marie is a blog started by Katrina Adams for her passion for cooking and entertaining. The mission of In the Kitchen with K Marie is to bring out the domestic diva in all ladies and help everyone know the kitchen is the heart of the home! Catch her Thursday and Sunday on the Cooking Stage!
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