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Richmond Raceway Complex
Richmond, VA


Easy, Fresh and Affordable

Easy, Fresh and Affordable
You can 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.  During the Food Lion Face Off Challenge watch teams put their Food Lion knowledge to the test in head-to-head trivia. Contestants will be selected from the audience and the winner will take home a $25 Food Lion Gift Card.
Plus, meet Taylor Hicks, one of the most beloved and popular American Idol winners of all time, on the Food Lion Kitchen Stage Saturday, March 23! From the start, Hick's material on the mega-hit singing competition show set him apart, with his unique take on Southern soul, country, R&B, and blues. 64 million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the season five winner of American Idol. In addition to performing, Hicks currently hosts “State Plate” on INSP (Inspiration Network). Visit the Food Lion Kitchen Stage to see Hicks, plus fun, food and games!

Monica Smith

Chef Monica Smith is a native of Gastonia, NC and proud mother of three children. Her company, Entertaining with Chef Monica has released her signature spice recipes called; “Chef Monica’s Spice Blends”. Chef’s Spice Blends can be purchased on Amazon Prime and soon to come in other retail outlets. She inspires others with her personal mission of “bringing families back to the table”. Chef Monica is a charismatic TV/Stage personality who knows how to engage her audience when talking about all things food.  Her #Eat2Livelonger Campaign inspires families to gather at the kitchen table, eat more meals that are farm-to-fork, and create a sustainable healthy eating lifestyle.

Chef Bruce Rowland

Chef Bruce Rowland is the Executive Chef/Owner Rowland Fine Dining in Richmond, Virginia. A gourmet restaurant with an international flare. Named one of “Richmond’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2006” by The Richmond Times Dispatch.

 Chef Rowland is a self starter with attention to details, he excels in customer services, and has strong organizational skills and leadership demonstrating creativity in menu design. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

 Chef Rowland’s Professional Experience includes Adjunct professor in culinary arts at J. Sargent Reynolds community college in Richmond Virginia. Hana’s in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina which in 2001, in competition with other top flight regional chefs, won the Grand Award of the Renaissance Gala event in Myrtle Beach. S.C. Executive Chef / Director of Food and Beverage Monte Carlo Inc, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Executive Chef of the Louisiana Purchase in Banner Elk, North Carolina. A gourmet Restaurant and 6 year recipient of “Wine Spectator” award of excellence.

Angela Ray

Fresh off her New York Times critically acclaimed performance on the hit show, Atlanta on the FX Network, Angela Ray is an actress, author and award-winning speaker. A few of her other television credits include Queen Sugar, Sleepy Hollow, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek. She is best known as “Carol”, the shady landlord on Tyler Perry’s Love thy Neighbor. A few of her film credits include Keeping up with the Joneses with Zach Galifianakis, the lead role in The Other Man and Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween.
Angela is the author of the books, Blackberry Whispers, Rays of Motivation, and Megastar Student Leadership: Lessons I Learned as an Actress That Can Help Lead, Achieve and Succeed. As a speaker, she has presented to thousands of students around the country and considers it part of her mission to empower young people.
When she is not portraying a character, Angela enjoys being herself as a host and emcee. A charismatic presence with a golden voice, she has been the resident emcee for the touring show, The Food Lion Chef Challenge presented at both the CIAA and ACC basketball tournaments, two of the largest college basketball tournaments in the country. She has also hosted for Food Lion for the past five years in multiple cities for the Southern Women’s Show. She is frequently booked to host charity events, awards shows, and a myriad of live events.
Today in addition to traversing the globe as a highly-requested keynote speaker and working in entertainment, Angela serves on the Board of Directors of the Banks Foundation. She is also a Life Member of the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She connects with fans socially @TheAngelaRay and online at
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