Introducing our 2018 Speakers and Presenters
Ross Purple, Executive Chef
Demonstration Kitchen at 12:00 and 12:45 P.M.
Chef Ross Purple is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Ross earned his Degree in Culinary Arts from Newbury College in Brookline, MA. Upon graduating, Ross was offered a position at the distinguished LeMeriden Hotel in Boston in the hotel's prestigious four star “Julien” Restaurant where he was able to work alongside Executive Chef Mark Sapienza.
In 2009, Ross moved to Charlotte and has done some restaurant consulting, and he operates his own private chef service "Purple's Side of the Table."
Purple's Side of the Table offers in home, hands on cooking experiences like no other. Chef Ross Purple is available for private dinner and cocktail parties, interactive cooking demonstrations and classes as well as birthday parties for kids of all ages. Chef Ross recently started meal delivery!
During his presentations, Chef Purple will offer tips on preparing perfect risotto. You can get the recipe here.
Mechell Turner of Simply Herbal Organics will present: Skin Care with Herbs and Oils
Demonstration Kitchen at 2:00 pm
Mechell Roberts Turner, M.Ed. started studying herbs with her grandmother at age 15 as passed down by generations of Native American healers and midwives. She earned her BA and Masters in Education from Campbell University. She has been on the board of NC Herb Association, ILCA Anson County Beekeepers. She has specialty training in Lactation, Childbirth and Midwifery and as a Curandera. She has an Herb shop in town Peachland She and her husband live in Peachland NC and have 4 children.
Mechell will demonstrate making skin care products including: wound salve with herb oils and beeswax, and hand lotion, salves, and a skin toner with herbs and oils. She will explain proper labeling to meet guidelines. All participants will go home with a sample!
B-Rad the Kids Magician
Room B - 12:30 pm
B-Rad the Kids Magician is a leading Family and Children’s Entertainer in Upstate South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. He has been making kids of all ages laugh and giggle for over twenty years by providing his unique hilarious comedy skits through the wonders of magic.
He performs over three hundred shows at events year round, always drawing an exciting and engaging crowd. His magic and comedy is ALL about the kids and families really enjoying their laughs with him.
Several audience members will be invited to participate, each one bringing their own style of silliness to the show. B-Rad’s show brings the whole family together for a “funtastic” style of entertainment that will keep the crowd rolling! A magically good memory of an amazing show that you soon won’t forget!
SATURDAY at 2:00pm
Presentation ~ "Top 10 Tips For Terrific Tomatoes"
... presented by Mary Roberts from Windcrest Organic Farms
Ray and Mary Roberts Tarlton are co-owners and managers of Windcrest Farm and Final Touch Construction Services. After twenty years as a corporate instructor and project manager, Mary used her passion for growing plants organically into a business that supplies market farmers and home gardeners with over 250,000 heirloom vegetable, flower and herb plants each year.
In addition to growing hard-to-find plant varieties, Mary also conducts on-farm classes to help beginning farmers and gardeners learn the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture. Ray Tarlton is a NC/SC General Contractor, ace greenhouse builder, and our on-farm "MacGyver".