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Southern Women's Show
Charlotte Convention Center Hall C
Charlotte, NC


How Refreshing

You count on Food Lion for low prices, fresh produce, and their Food Lion promise of Double Your Money Back satisfaction guarantee.  Join Food Lion’s Chefs at the Food Lion Kitchen Stage as they prepare recipes using the freshest ingredients and products from the Food Lion Family of Brands.  Sign up at the Food Lion Kitchen Stage to play the Face Off Challenge.  All winners will take home a Food Lion gift card and prizes! Plus, stop by to take a memorable photo and find out how to receive a Free Item in store through the MVP Savings Center (while supplies last)! It’s all at the Southern Women’s Show.

Play to Win

Watch teams put their Food Lion knowledge to the test in head-to-head trivia during the Food Lion Face Off. Contestants for the game show will be selected from the audience. Get there early so you can play to win a $25 gift card to Food Lion.

Easy, Fresh and Affordable

Taste delicious  Affordably Fresh samples from the live cooking segments prepared using the freshest ingredients and products from the Food Lion Family of Brands at the Taste Experience Stage.

Taste Inspiration

Learn tips and tricks from chefs that you can use at home, new fresh pairings for salads, creative juice mocktails or secrets to blending your own spice at the Fresh Flavor Stage.

Monica Smith

Monica has held a variety of professional positions throughout her life, including sales and catering, but always felt she was missing something. She had dreamed of opening a restaurant with her father and brother since childhood. After her brother died Monica turned her dream into reality by going to school to study culinary arts. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition, then went on to complete a culinary degree at the Art Institute of Charlotte in 2012. Monica is currently an executive chef and freelance personal chef in Gastonia, NC. She defines her style of cooking as modern southern foods with finesse and lots of love.
Personal quote: “As a culinary professional and minster of my own cuisine, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that every dish I cook is prepared with all of my love, passion, heart and soul. Eating for living has helped me to develop my cooking style.”
Television appearances
• Guys’ Grocery Games-Food Network 2013
• WCNC Charlotte Today-recipe demo-2014
• WCCB Charlotte ACC Fan Fest promotion-2014
• Google+ Hangout MasterChef Cook-a-Long-2014
• Chef Contestant-Food Network-2014 (show has yet to air)
Current Occupation: Executive chef at First United Methodist Church

Lisa Brooks

Lisa has been in the kitchen since she was a little girl. She grew up cooking typical southern foods at her mother’s side. Cooking has always been a passion of hers; in fact Lisa feels that being a chef was her true calling in life. Lisa is a Certified Culinarian by the American Culinary Federation and has earned an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Central Piedmont Community College. She and her husband, Ken, own and cook beside six other chefs at her personal chef service in Charlotte, NC. Her specialties include Southern American, Cajun/Creole, Caribbean and Vegetarian cooking. She won the Moore & Van Allen MVA Bowl Cooking Competition in 2012 and recently appeared on Guy's Grocery Games on The Food Network. 
Personal Quote: “In the South, to prepare a meal for someone is to show them love. I prepare real food for real people- the trendy, health-conscious and just plain ol’ country folk.”

Julian Grajales

Julian has been a professional chef for 15 years including stints at several 5-star resorts. Julian's passion for exquisite cuisine and fitness led him to create a combined personal chef and personal training service, Studio F, located in Charlotte, NC.
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