2017 -Nov 17 - 2 PM to 9 PM  |  Nov 18 - 10 AM to 6 PM  |  Nov 19 - 10 AM to 5 PM @ TRADEX, Abbotsford

Home for the Holidays Stage


Holiday entertaining and decor ideas are presented on the Home for the Holidays Stage along with Holiday cooking demonstrations by cook book authors & chefs PLUS hands on home decor ideas for the holidays.


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Theresa Nicassio PhD
The Inclusive Chef & Author of YUM

Dr. Theresa Nicassio is a kindness advocate who offers her multi-faceted expertise as a wellness specialist to the community in her capacities as a registered psychologist, speaker, raw food chef and nutrition educator, magazine columnist, radio and TV guest as well as the host of the Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio.

Passionate about public awareness and empowerment, Theresa contributes to social, emotional and environmental transformation through social media and her blog YumFoodForLiving.com. She is also the multi award-winning author of  YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet(a 2016 Gourmand “Best in the World” winner) where she promotes "inclusive cooking", offering delicious heart-healthy, anti-cancer and diabetic recipes that are all free of gluten, sugar, dairy, eggs, potatoes, and all animal products.

Presenting on the Home for the Holidays Stage:

Dr. Nicassio will present various fudge and truffle demos that will knock your socks off. These are not only delicious holiday treats, but are ones that most people can freely enjoy. All of Theresa’s recipes are easy enough for a 12-year-old to make and have been especially created using allergy-friendly ingredients.



For more on Dr. Nicassio and her book, YUM, visit: http://yumfoodforliving.com/about-the-author/ 




Thompson Tran - 2010 Grammy Award Nominee

 Executive Chef/Owner 
"The Wooden Boat" 
(Catering & Product Line)

Stage Presentation: 
Vietnamese Winter's Night; a Broth to Remember

Thompson Tran began his cooking career age14 at his family’s Vietnamese restaurant in Langley, BC by washing dishes and helping out with routine kitchen tasks. Although he spent the majority of his time as a youth studying the musical arts he consistently found himself in kitchen jobs.

In 2002 Thompson went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance and spent several years performing around Western Canada. Four years later, he received a Bachelor of Education and began teaching and eventually would take a two-year hiatus from both cooking and teaching to pursue a musical dream that culminated in a Grammy Award nomination in 2010. After an 8-month food exploration trip, Thompson decided to pursue cooking seriously and enrolled at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), and received a diploma in culinary arts and his level 2 Wine and Spirit Education Trust designation.

From 2007 to present, Chef Thompson has worked at several prestigious restaurants in Vancouver namely Bishop's, Il Giardino, Nu, Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club and is a former teaching chef instructor. Thompson has been a guest judge at numerous cooking competitions, featured in EAT Fraser Valley CTV Master Chefs Competition, the online spokesperson for Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), and was a featured chef at the BCSPCA Unleashed Gala 2014. Thompson has also showcased cooking demo’s at Dairy Farmers of Canada’s “Canadian Cheese Counter” at EAT Vancouver, West Coast Women’s Show, BC Spot Prawn Festival and represented British Columbia in the “Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-off 2016” in Toronto at the Food & Drink Market. Chef Thompson is often on CTV News, Global News, or the radio providing lively and engaging information packed cooking demonstrations.

Most recently, Chef Thompson launched his retail sauce The Wooden Boat’s NUOC CHAM SAUCE and can be found in over 70 retailers in British Columbia, Montreal, & Maritimes. He continues to run his own boutique catering service specializing in Vietnamese and French fare. For further inquiries or general information, please email info@thewoodenboat.ca, call 604-764-6861, or check out the website at www.thewoodenboat.ca/recipes





Chilliwack Floral Art Club

Ladies from the Chilliwack Floral Art Club will share some ideas for floral designs they will use at Home over the Holidays--something for the table, the buffet or the coffee table or a little something to take to your hostess.  

We will include some explanation of the mechanics and 'how to' aspects and some information about where to find/purchase material. Maybe what we do will kick start your imagination. Come and See.








Chef Dez 


Chef Dez is a Culinary Travel Host, the Western Canada Rep for Big Green Egg, and recently appeared on Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada. He has been a Culinary Instructor in BC for over 12 years and his teachings are regarded as Innovative and Inspirational. He also has a following of thousands of regular readers of his national newspaper food column “Chef Dez on Cooking”. He is the author of 4 print cookbooks and the hottest new book called 'The Best In Your Kitchen'.  He has a bigger than life passion, for both food and people, and his column, cookbooks, and travel tours are the ultimate guides to bringing the culinary world alive in your home.   www.chefdez.com


This is a collection of the best recipes spanning the career of Chef Dez so far. There are also many new, never before published, recipes included as well. With over 150 recipes inside that have been tried, tested, and true by countless numbers of his readers, students, followers, and fans, this book will help you be "The Best In Your Kitchen". There will be copies for sale at the show for $20 each (tax included).


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Brian Misko - House of Q

Bonnie Windsor - Johnston's

Brian Presents: I BBQ'd the crockpot! (Using Johnston's Quality Pork)

With his naturally inquisitive mind, Brian Misko has taken his passion about grilling from his backyard playground in Surrey, British Columbia to competing and winning awards around North America.

Starting with bbq competitions in 2006 in Vancouver and Whistler, Brian has lead his team to the Jack Daniels World BBQ Championships in 2009 and again this past October. House of Q completed this 2014 bbq season as the #1 Team in Canada. Brian was a guest chef at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with Vikram Vij, Pino Postero, John Bishop and Tojo at his side. His collection of trophies, plaques, ribbons and awards shows his determination to be the best.

Brian shares his know-how through regular interviews and cooking demonstrations on TV, newspapers and magazine articles. Thousands have seen his BBQ Tips on the Global TV BC Morning News, at a trade show cooking demonstration or at cooking classes across Western Canada.

Most exciting is his new title as cookbook author. Having just completed the editing Brian is looking forward to sharing his book, Grilling with House of Q, being released in spring of 2015.



Lauren Mote

Co-proprietor, Bittered Sling Bitters
Bar Manager, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar


Jonathan Chovancek 

Chef-instructor Cook Culture
Co-proprietor Bittered Sling Bitters

Mixologist. Sommelier. Architect of potions, tonics and elixirs. Accomplished emcee, writer and cocktail judge. International spirits diplomat. Award-winning bar personality Lauren Mote wears many hats, but she’s perhaps best known as the co-proprietor of Bittered Sling — a wildly successful line of high-quality, small-batch cocktail and culinary bitters— and bar manager of the downtown Vancouver hotspot UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar.

Named the 2015 ‘Bartender of the Year’ by both the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and Diageo World Class Canada, Mote is a well-respected speaker, educator, mentor and industry advocate, whose reach extends well beyond the bar. She has served as Associate Director of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association, has been an event partner and keynote speaker with Tales of the Cocktail® since 2011, and is one of only three judges for Top Shelf 20, which recognizes elite bartenders from across Canada.

Mote is also an in demand hospitality consultant and in the past year has helped revamp and redesign bar programs at The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar in Calgary as well as at Vancouver’s Café Medina and Burdock & Co., most recently collaborating with YEW seafood + bar in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

On our stage, Lauren & Jonathan will be demostrating the art of cocktail creation using their signature Bittered Sling Bitters

Facebook: facebook.com/bitteredsling
Twitter: @bittered_sling @laurenmote @UvaVancouver
instagram: @bittered_sling @laurenmote @UvaVancouver
Website: bitteredsling.com  uvavancouver.com




Kathleen Rake


Artisan Wine Paring for Your Holiday Meals

Kathleen Rake is a perpetual student of wine, who carries the internationally recognized WSET Advanced certification. She considers herself to be extremely lucky because she’s managed to marry her decades-long love affair with wine to her craft—writing. You can read Kathleen’s wine-soaked musings at her blog, BetweenTheVines.ca, or in her monthly column in the Abbotsford News. Kathleen lives by the mantra: “I seek the perfect glass of wine, but hope I never find it.