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Who’s Cooking at the Flower Show March 9-11?

March 8, 2012

Things have been heating up at the free culinary demonstrations that are not only educational, but also entertaining! Show favorite, the great Chef Joseph Shilling and students from JNA Institute of Culinary Arts host and assist, respectively.

Click here to see the schedule and presentation titles. The impressive bios of our speakers are below.

Eugenia Bone is a journalist and food writer, as well as co-president of the New York Mycological Society. She has written four books, including the critically acclaimed, Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird and Wonderful World of Mushrooms. She is a frequent contributor to culinary magazines such as Saveur, Fine Cooking, The New York Times Magazine and Food & Wine.

One of the most recognized personalities in Philadelphia dining, Aimee Olexy truly understands what hospitality means. She managed several restaurants in Colorado and attended L’Universite du Vin in France before settling back in Philadelphia in 1999, where she embarked on a variety of ventures with the Starr Restaurant Organization. She is currently the owner of Talula’s Table, which was dubbed by as “The Toughest Table in America” because reservations must be made a year in advance. The New York Times praised the “handsome, deceptively complex and masterfully executed” food, likening the experience to a “spiritual retreat.” Talula’s Garden, which Olexy opened in partnership with Starr in April 2011, aims to capture identical sentiments. “I work a lot and I love it,” says Olexy. “My work is who I am—and that is the only way I know to live.”

Master Chef Joseph Poon is known for his Asian fusion cuisine. He prepares fresh meals with simple elegance—and a dash of adventure. From his quirky venue in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, he hosts private events, conducts “Wok ‘N Walk” tours of Philadelphia Chinatown, and teaches cooking classes. He also leads trips to China and participates in dozens of philanthropic events each year. He recently published an autobiographical cookbook, Life is Short…Cooking is Fun. His warmth and exuberance have earned him appearances on The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Food Network’s The Best of… He is regularly featured on The 10 Show and on many television and radio shows. He has also been featured in Nation’s Restaurant News and many consumer magazines, as well as in newspapers from Philadelphia to New Orleans.

A third-generation restaurateur with more than 40 years of culinary experience, Chef Walter Staib began his career in Europe in some of the finest hotels and restaurants before coming to the United States. Chef Staib is currently the driving force behind one of the nation’s most unique dining establishments: Philadelphia’s City Tavern, a faithful recreation of an original eighteenth century tavern. His passion for culinary excellence has earned him many awards, including the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole de la République Française in recognition of his dedication to the advancement of the restaurant industry and the image of France world-wide. In 1986, he was appointed Commandeur by the Association Internationale des Maîtres Conseils en Gastronomie Française and in 1987 was awarded the Silver Plate, the hospitality and restaurant industry’s highest honor. In 1995, he was honored as the first inductee into the Caribbean Culinary Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering work founding the Caribbean Culinary Federation. Mr. Staib serves as Ambassador to the Culinary Institute of America and in 1996, was also appointed the First Culinary Ambassador to the city of Philadelphia.

Mike Stollenwerk, chef and restaurateur, has rapidly become a respected key player in Philadelphia’s restaurant scene thanks to his innate culinary understanding, drive for innovation, and steadfast work ethic. After learning the intricacies of the Philly dining scene in the respected kitchens of Davio’s and Avenue B, he purchased Bella Vista’s Little Fish in 2007, and opened Fish in Rittenhouse Square in 2009, boasting a contemporary dining and bar space, an impressive wine list and, and an expertly crafted menu. Stollenwerk’s Fish has garnered recognition from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Food & Wine, and others. Philadelphia magazine named Fish “Best New Restaurant of 2010,” as well as naming Stollenwerk’s dish—Japanese Sea Bass—one of the “230 Best Dishes to Eat in Philly.”

Masterful in the kitchen, Guillermo Tellez has an impeccable 20-year restaurant résumé–from the Trotter empire in Chicago and Los Cabos, Mexico, to Philadelphia’s own celebrated Starr Restaurant Organization, where he was director of menu development for the brand and executive chef at Striped Bass. At his current restaurant, Square 1682, Tellez introduced a “new American” menu that thoughtfully jets from Asia to Mexico, then to India, and circles back home. Each dish is handcrafted using sustainable and organic ingredients, from local seasonal produce to free-range meats and ocean-friendly seafood.

Townsend Wentz is one of the true great culinary talents of Philadelphia. He’s equally comfortable crafting house-made charcuterie, expertly butchering animals, and is well versed in French technique, Spanish influences, and Italian specialties. An alum of The Fountain at the Four Seasons and Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, and executive chef at Twenty21, Wentz has also worked with London-based Chef Yvonnick Lalle in New York City and Connecticut. He currently brings his expertise to McCrossen’s Tavern.

Big thanks to Organic Gardening magazine for sponsoring the culinary room.

Who’s Cooking at the Flower Show? March 6-8

March 5, 2012

The free culinary demonstrations at the Flower Show on March 6 – 8 run the gamut from food preservation techniques, to recipes from Ireland, to the use of salsas and sauces as flavor boosters, and more. Show favorite, the great Chef Joseph Shilling and students from JNA Institute of Culinary Arts will host and assist, respectively.

Click here to see the schedule and presentation titles. The impressive bios of our speakers are below.

Victoria von Biel is the new consulting food and wine editor for Organic Gardening magazine and former executive editor of Bon Appetit. She has studied cooking in both the United Kingdom and the United States and completed a post-graduate course in wine studies at the University of California. She has appeared as a judge on the Food Network’s Iron Chef and speaks frequently about food and travel writing.

Patrick McLarnon is the head chef at Francesca’s Restaurant in the four-star Brooks Hotel in Ireland. Sponsored by Tourism Ireland, Chef McLarnon will demonstrate the art of Irish cooking.

David Boyle is the executive chef at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Philadelphia. A graduate from the renowned Restaurant School in Philadelphia, Boyle won acclaim in France and Philly, including at Jake’s in Manayunk, where under his stewardship the restaurant won the first of what would become three consecutive Mobil Guide Four-Star Awards, and a “Best of Philly” Award for Best Brunch from Philadelphia Magazine. His food received a rating of 27 (out of 30) from Zagat for two years running, and a rare “three bells” rating from the discerning Philadelphia Inquirer food critic, Craig LaBan.

Dana Jacobi is known for creativity and innovation in recipes, food writing, and product development. Dana has written 10 bestselling cookbooks, including two ground-breaking cookbooks on soy, both honored by distinguished culinary awards. She writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, Something Different, and has produced numerous magazine features. She was also the first food writer to work full-time online and to host a food chat-room. Dana has marketed her own specialty food line, created products, run a catering service, and served as spokesperson for companies and commodity boards.

For a complete list of culinary demonstrations, click here. Big thanks to Organic Gardening magazine for sponsoring the culinary room.

Like Project Runway? Iron Chef? We’ve Got the Designer’s Studio!

March 3, 2012

New in 2012, the Designer’s Studio invites the nation’s best floral designers to show their stuff live on stage at the Flower Show. Be inspired by the artistic process as assorted materials are assembled into art before your eyes.

For an extra thrill, the Studio will occasionally host head-to-head competitions among the design professionals. These live face-offs will provide the drama and suspense of a reality show and you, the Flower Show visitor, will vote to determine the winner. The power is in your hands!

Click here to consult the Designer’s Studio schedule.

Click here to get the Flower Show app in order to cast your vote.

Explore the World’s Great Gardens at Evening Lecture

May 2, 2011

Too busy during the daytime to cultivate your gardening passion? You’re in luck! PHS is offering an evening lecture to meld your inner creativity with your love for gardening.

Famous for her descriptions of both famous and hidden landscapes, Paula Deitz will be at the PHS Auditorium on Wednesday, May 11 at 6 pm to share her experiences from her extensive travels.

As in her new book, Of Gardens: Selected Essays, Paula will describe her great adventures of continual discovery, highlighting the artful beauty of individual gardens and the intellectual and historical threads that weave them together. She will relate how people, over many centuries and in many lands, have expressed their originality by devoting themselves to cultivation and conservation. Click here for more details and to register.

Unlock Your Gardening Potential with L&D

March 11, 2011

If you’re a Flower Show pro, then you know that L&D is short-hand for the Lecture and Demonstration Series that delights guests all week long. The Flower Show is winding down, but there are some can’t-miss presentations on deck.

One is titled “The ‘Reality’ Show: Using Everyday Flowers in the Home.” At 5 pm on Saturday, March 12, Robert De Bellis of AIFD and Susan Glenn of Acme Markets will give practical tips that will inspire your home decorating in a digestible way. Acme is a great Flower Show sponsor, so be sure to visit them at the Marketplace as well.

Appreciation is also extended to the L&D sponsors: Birds n’ Blooms, Bobbex, Burpee, and Deer Busters. Thanks for supporting our Flower Show!

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The Burpee Legacy Continues at the Flower Show

March 6, 2011

George Ball

While the Flower Show is known for its lush landscapes, fabulous arrangements, and exotic florals, visitors can also check out the many lectures offered by celebrated floral and landscaping aficionados. Springtime in Paris is honored to feature one of the nation’s most-celebrated garden companies, W. Atlee Burpee & Co., based in Bucks County, PA.  An integral part of the region’s rich history in horticulture and a pioneer of classic varieties such as sweet yellow corn and iceberg lettuce, Burpee will present two lectures at the Show this year.

Chairman and CEO, George Ball, will discuss Burpee’s remarkable 135-year legacy in his lecture, “The 135 Year Garden Supernova: A History of W. Atlee Burpee & Co.” Visitors can listen to this lecture on Saturday, March 12 at 11:30 am in Room 201-C of the Convention Center.

The second lecture, “Path of an Irish Primrose” will be given by Simon Crawford, Burpee’s International Plant Exploration Consultant.  Crawford will speak about the history of Kennedy Irish Primroses, a selection of old-fashioned flowers bred in Ireland. The primrose can be purchased at the Meadowbrook Farm Store at the Flower Show, and at Heronswood Nursery later this spring.  This lecture will be given on Sunday, March 6 at 11:30 am in Room 201-C.

Beautiful Blooms Interlaces Flowers and Fashion

March 22, 2010

Donna O'Brien leads a floral demo at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Donna O’Brien of Beautiful Blooms led her first demonstration at the Philadelphia International Flower Show this year, and it was a beautiful blend of floral and fashion design.

Entitled “Fashionable Flowers,” Donna’s demo included the creation of a necklace of crystal garlands, delphinium and thistle, and fastatic handbags made of moss and wire.

Donna began her career in the fashion industry, and she brings her sense fo style and innovation to her floral design business based in Northern Liberties. Her extraordinary exhibit of hanging glass vases at the 2010 Flower Show, inspired by topographic maps and entitled “Global Terrain,” won the PHS Award of Excellence in the Newcover Florist category.

Read Donna’s artful blog at

Lectures and Demos for the Show’s Final Day

March 7, 2010

Today, Sunday, March 7, is closing day of the Show! Even though there are only a few hours left to catch the world’s largest indoor Flower Show, the lectures and demonstrations series is going strong all day. Here is the schedule for Sunday, you’ll definitely want to sit in on these.

12:00 Room 201-C
Eurasian Persuasion
Toni Ann Flanigan, Philadelphia Gardens

12:30 Room 201-B
Seed Starting for Great Vegetables

Staff, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

1:00 Room 201-C
Cutting Edge: New Plants for the New Decade
Jerry Fritz, author, Lessons from Linden Hill. Book signing to follow.

2:00 Room 201-B
Flower Power: Fun with Flowers on Location
Cheryl Wilks, HTR/Flowers on Location

2:30 Room 201-C
Ireland, Your Passport to a World of Gardens
Trevor Edwards, Plantsman Tours. Sponsored by Tourism Ireland

See Masters Craftsman of India at Work

March 5, 2010

When you visit the Show, explore the Concourse area for other great exhibits, such as The Master Craftsmen of India. Here you will see artisans from the West Bengal region, such as Madhu Mangal Malakar, the Shola craftsman pictured above. Madhu uses the reed-like shola plant to create beautiful flowers out of the bound fibers seen here on the floor. You can also see master woodblock print maker Mahammad Rafik at this exhibit, too.

Look for it next to the Subaru display in the Concourse.

Drivin’ to the Gardener’s Studio

March 4, 2010

Come over to The Subaru Gardener’s Studio in Hall B to hear free gardening lectures ALL DAY LONG. It’s one of the great benefits of the Flower Show: you not only get to look at gorgeous gardens and plants, but you can take all sorts of free classes and lectures. And when you’re at the Gardener’s Studio, check out the Subaru Outback parked next door. It’s a sweet set of garden wheels!

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