MAIN STAGE PRESENTERS:
Sarah Richardson is an award-winning designer and television personality, known around the world for dramatic transformations that turn ordinary spaces into magazine-worthy rooms with an incredible wow factor. Sarah is the host and co-producer of eight HGTV lifestyle series seen in over 100 countries where she shares her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers. Her newest show premiers fall 2017.
In addition to being a past contributor and columnist for The Globe and Mail and Chatelaine, Canada’s most read women’s magazine, Sarah was Home Design Director and décor columnist for Good Housekeeping Magazine.
Sarah has a growing line of signature products including custom furniture and 2 fabric lines for Kravet Inc. She is also a bestselling author. “Sarah Style” and “At Home Sarah Style” were both on The Globe and Mail bestseller list for over 4 months. Most recently Sarah was at the top of House & Home Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue’s “Designer A-List” which she considers to be a true honor.
Sarah is considered a creative powerhouse in the design world and juggles the daily running of a high-demand design business, Sarah Richardson Design Inc. based in Toronto with clients throughout Canada, US and UK. www.sarahrichardsondesign.com
Instagram: sarahrichardsondesign | Twitter: @SarahR_Design
Catch her on the Urban Barn Main Stage:
Fri, Oct 27 at 7 pm & Sat, Oct 28 at 1 pm
KORTNEY AND DAVE WILSON
What began as two separate musical careers has become a lifelong partnership for Kortney and Dave Wilson. After a solid run as a country music duo, they traded in their microphones for tool belts and began flipping houses while raising their three children.
With over 60 homes flipped to date, Kortney and Dave have become one of Nashville’s premiere house flipping forces, renowned as much for their acute knowledge of the local real estate market as for their artistic design in transforming run-down disasters into stunning one-of-a-kind family homes.
In their hit Television Series Masters of Flip, Kortney and Dave Wilson breathe new life into old, rundown Nashville homes. Each one-hour episode opens with Kortney and Dave house-hunting for properties that have seen better days and gambling on which one to flip to make the most profit. With limited timelines and even tighter budgets, these Masters of Flip take on the challenge of transforming each real estate disaster into a stunning family dream home.
What follows is an exciting journey through the mess and stress of renovation, the magic of transformation and the anticipation of enormous profits. The rollercoaster of buying, renovating and staging each house all hinges on that final sale; will their gamble garner maximum profits every time? While the US housing market is clearly on the rise, nowhere is that growth more evident than in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. The hometown of country music is experiencing a dramatic resurgence in both new home starts and renovations and house flipping masters Kortney and Dave Wilson are leading the charge. www.hgtv.com/mastersofflip
Instagram: MastersofFlip | Twitter: @mastersofflip
See them on the Urban Barn Main Stage:
Fri, Oct. 27 at 6 pm & Sat, Oct. 28 at 3 pm
Her trademark hair and big energy make Tiffany Pratt
unforgettable. But her hands-on approach to design, and the care she has for her clients, make her irreplaceable. Tiffany fell in love with beautiful things at a young age when she would memorize every page of Vogue magazine. Today, that same appreciation for beauty has carried through into her day-to-day work. She sees exquisite in the unexpected, mixes old with new, merges elegant with livable, and she lives and breathes her truth that “this can be beautiful.” www.tiffanypratt.com
Instagram: TheTiffanyPratt | Twitter: @thetiffanypratt
See her on the Urban Barn Main Stage:
Fri, Oct. 27 at 4 pm | Sat, Oct. 28 at 5 pm | Sun, Oct. 29 at Noon
As a DIY & design expert, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship – all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that achieving great style and design isn’t determined by how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be with your budget. Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline and a spokesperson for Rust-Oleum Canada. With a passion to educate and inspire, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity she gets to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”.
Catch her on the Urban Barn Main Stage:
Fri, Oct. 27 at 3 pm & Sat, Oct. 28 at 6 pm
Neil Harding has been with Sleep Country Canada for over 17 years. He is responsible for home shows, training and product knowledge nationally. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the mattress industry and is considered an expert in his field.
Award-winning interior designer, Jamie Banfield has become a creative force in the industry, and recognized for his signature West Coast style. Specializing in design for all spaces, with a focus on kitchen and bath, Jamie has the ability to transform and create well-edited spaces that exude both function and beauty. With a passion for textures and sustainable design, he often uses reclaimed materials, offering a unique perspective to his finished rooms. Recently recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as one of the industry’s top 30 Under 30 in North America, One to Watch by Western Living Magazine, a 2016 Finalist for the Robert Ledingham Memorial - Emerging Designer Of The Year Award and acknowledged with Best of Houzz 2017, 2016 + 2015- Customer Service, Jamie’s work can be seen in private residences throughout Western Canada.
Formally trained in interior design, with a complementary background in manufacturing, construction, and custom millwork, Jamie has an intrinsic understanding of the total design process. From inspiration to final completion, his knowledge, attention to detail, and ability to listen to him clients' needs, have resulted in aesthetically functional rooms that truly reflects the people who live there.
Kathy is an innovative Architectural Technologist and the Principal of Phase One Design. With over 16 years experience, she has wowed over 500 clients with her unique, inspiring and client-focused designs. She successfully educates her clients on design trends while working collaboratively to bring each client’s dream home to life. Her vivacious spirit can be seen in her award-winning designs and in her engaging presentations at frequent industry events. Kathy’s latest venture is a book titled “Your Next New House: How To Tear Down & Build Your New House Stress-Free, On-Time, And On Budget”.
BCAA, Senior Manager Customer Experience
Meghan is passionate about helping homeowners and renters protect their homes and possessions. With her wealth of experience, she prides herself on being a trusted expert, by demystifying and cutting through industry jargon for thousands of happy customers.
As a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker hailing from Vancouver, Meghan brings local knowledge and understanding to ensure she goes above and beyond to deliver for her clients. She has even been featured in a British Columbia Brokers Association TV campaign to help raise awareness of how insurance can make the difference should the worst happen.
Meghan leads BCAA’s Customer Care team, going the extra mile to ensure BCAA delivers amazing customer experiences by accepting and acting on feedback from BCAA’s Members and insurance customers on behalf of the organization.
COOKING STAGE PRESENTERS
Co-Founder & CEO – Walter Craft Caesar
Aaron Harowitz has a few true passions: design, food & beverage, friends & family. And so, after degrees from UBC (history) and Emily Carr (design), countless hours behind the bar making cocktails (to pay for said education), some backpacker-style globetrotting, a stint working as a “creative" in an award-winning Vancouver based Advertising Agency, and bunch of years running a Design Consultancy (working with many inspiring clients), in late 2013 Aaron started Walter Craft Caesar with childhood friend Zack. Since then, with the help of his great Walter team, he has been proudly hard at work putting Walter on-shelf in grocery stores and in-service with great restaurants from coast-to-coast. When not doing the “Walter thing”, Aaron can generally be found hanging out with his wife and daughter… and skiing.
H2 Rotisserie & Bar
Restaurant Chef, came to H2 Rotisserie & Bar from Burgoo, where she held the position of Senior Sous-Chef. In addition to running the kitchen’s day-to-day operations, Caitlin helps ensure that H2 is a don’t-miss destination for discerning diners in search of their happy place.
About H2 Rotisserie & Bar
H2 Rotisserie & Bar is a cheerful, new, thoroughly modern spot that’s revitalized the lobby of the iconic Westin Bayshore. Featuring 162 seats inside and 70 outside on its garden patio, H2’s bustling open kitchen offers upscale comfort food – including tantalizing rotisserie chicken – while its bar features top Vancouver microbrews, cocktails using regionally distilled spirits, and BC wines on tap. In addition to its Sunday Supper Series and al fresco Long Table Dinners, H2 is introducing community-making traditions this fall, such as themed cooking classes and bartender cocktail classes. Visit h2restaurant.com
for a closer look at the menu.
Chef, Writer & Host
Chef Dez is a Red Seal Chef, Author, and Professional Host. He is the author of the new motivational book “Parsley is World Peace in Disguise” and many cookbooks, such as “The Best In Your Kitchen”. His passion for food and people is second to none and anyone who has attended his live performances would agree. Thousands of have rekindled their romance for the culinary arts because of his infectious enthusiasm for bringing ingredients together.
Rotem Tal & Itamar Shani
Food has always played a major role in Rotem Tal & Itamar Shani’s lives. Originally from Israel, both of them experienced the fresh, spicy, homemade flavours of the Mediterranean first hand.
Rotem, a rugged traveler at heart, left home at the age of 22 in search of new culinary experiences. His travels took him from India to Australia, Amsterdam to Thailand, and many places in between. When he finally arrived in Vancouver, he fell in love with the mountains, yoga classes and the laid-back atmosphere and decided to stay. At the same time, Itamar, a self-taught chef and Renaissance man, began cooking up new fusion dishes, incorporating many of the techniques he learned from working at Israeli restaurants. At the age of 24, Itamar, his beautiful wife Jordana and their cat Wesley moved to Vancouver to be with family and take advantage of the healthy West Coast lifestyle.
They each began cooking their own Mediterranean dishes at home and sharing them with friends and family. Each one dreamed of opening up a restaurant with a cozy, funky BC atmosphere that featured delicious plant based Israeli food. Fate brought them together a few years ago and they finally met, bonding over their Israeli roots, their love of food and their common vision.
A few short years and a lot of hummus later, the Chickpea Food Truck was born!Both Itamar and Rotem believe that their way to connect with the world is through people’s stomachs. Through delicious, healthy food, prepared with love Chickpea hopes to make a difference to each person they interact with.
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar
Chef Chris Andraza has been curating fresh 'tide to table' dishes for Fanny Bay Oyster Bar for just over a year, but his fun take on classic Canadian food has been a hit with local seafood lovers. Between his award winning Smoked Oyster Poutine and unique use of Geoduck Sashimi everyone can find something to love on his menus. Born and raised in Ontario, Chef Chris moved to the west coast to follow his cooking passions and ended up falling in love with sustainable seafood. Chef Chris's motivation for each one of his plates comes from wanting people to not only enjoy what they are eating, but feel good that their food comes from a sustainable source.
Jefferson Alvarez knew he wanted to be a chef from a young age. Born in Venezuela and later raised in Canada he spent much of his time experimenting with international cuisines. Like many young chefs he trained in some of the world’s best kitchens: El Poblet Quique Dacosta and Arzak in Spain, Morimoto in Philadelphia and Canoe in Toronto. He credits El Poblet Quique Dacosta and Arzak for teaching him to think outside the box and Anthony Walsh of Canoe for introducing him to fine dining and encouraging him to travel to gain international experience. Through this journey he learned that food can appeal to all the senses, and that aromas and scents can help create an extraordinary culinary experience.
After years of harvesting knowledge and experience from renowned restaurants, he decided it was time to get back to his roots and create something of his own. While in Europe he had learned of the emerging food scene in Vancouver and took a chance to embrace yet another new challenge and create his own identity.
Jefferson has been named one of the most daring and innovative chefs in Vancouver by the top food critics. He is driven by the challenge to use seasonal ingredients that he harmoniously merges with Latin cuisine that gives him this edge. Every detail is meticulously and artistically prepared from the ingredients and colours to shapes and plate selections. It is the combination of these details and
the belief that every experience should be unique that put Cacao on the world map.
Assistant Restaurant Manager, Timber Vancouver
Kate started her life's journey in the Big Smoke. She then moved North in Ontario to the Big Nickel. A fan of all things food and Canadian she now resides in the home of the Canucks and writes food themed articles for online publications under her personal brand of "Kate's Test Kitchen". She gets to bring her love of sports and farm-to-table fare with her to "work" each day.
Born and raised in Regina, chef Nathan Lowey is dedicated to learning—and mastering—the traditions of his trade. He received his Red Seal Journeyman Certificate at the Northern Alberta Institute of Training in 2006 and later earned the role of chef de cuisine at Edmonton’s Jack’s Grill, one of the city’s premier fine-dining establishments at the time. In 2009, he relocated to Vancouver with the intention of working under acclaimed local chef Robert Belcham. Nathan was soon hired as chef de partie at Belcham’s now defunct Refuel and would go on to serve as chef de cuisine at the award-winning Campagnolo and Campagnolo Roma. Along the way, he has cultivated relationships with local farmers and become a proponent of “slow cooking”, which values hand craftsmanship, quality products, and upholding the integrity of individual ingredients.
Independent Wine, Beer and Sprits Consultant
-ISG Level 3 Diploma Certified-
Ryan Lewis is a Richmond born, beer, wine & spirits professional, writer and consultant with two decades of experience in the industry both in the lower mainland and internationally. His passion for good food and drink, along with his extensive travel experience and healthy sense of adventure has provided the foundation for a career in the local community.