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UPDATED: Beyond the Property Brothers, what else is at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show?

Kim Hammer of Bittersweet, a bar, coffeeshop and restaurant, in downtown Raleigh.
Kim Hammer of Bittersweet, a bar, coffeeshop and restaurant, in downtown Raleigh. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Beyond the “Property Brothers,” here is who and what else is going on at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show next weekend.

▪ Andy and Candis Meredith of HGTV’s “Old Home Love” will speak at the Fresh Ideas stage at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 and 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 20. She has been restoring homes for a dozen years, and her husband joined her full time two years ago. The show chronicles their busy business and family lives; the couple has seven children.

▪ Eastern North Carolina blogger Sarah Gaylor will speak at the Fresh Ideas stage at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 and 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Her blog, 702 Park Project, began in 2013 to chronicle the complete restoration of her family’s 1902 American Foursquare-style home.

▪ Garden writer Anna Looper will speak at the Fresh Ideas stage at 4 and 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 6 p.m. Feb. 20. and 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Feb. 21. Looper is a garden designer and organic flower gardener who specializes in cottage-style gardens. She’s based in the Forsyth County town of Clemmons. Read more about her at the website: Flower Garden Girl.

▪ The News & Observer is also sponsoring The Recipe Cooking Stage. Local chefs, cookbook authors and myself will be cooking on the stage and serving samples. Cookbook authors will be selling their books. Here is the schedule with updates on what they are cooking:

Feb. 19:

Noon: Angela Salamanca, owner of Centro in Raleigh, a corn cake topped with pulled pork in sofrito and tamarind sauce.

1 p.m.: Regan Stachler, chef and owner of Little Hen in Apex.

2 p.m.: Andrea Weigl, food editor at The News & Observer and author of “Pickles & Preserves: A Savor the South Cookbook.”

3 p.m.: Jake Wolf, chef and owner of Capital Club 16 in Raleigh, smoked paprika pimento cheese and fig crostinis with Dutch Kettle apple jam on Boulted Bread baguette.

4 p.m.: Kim Hammer, chef and owner of Bittersweet in Raleigh, Mothers Ruin Punch (two different gins and a wonderful hibiscus-rose-lemongrass cocktail).

5 p.m.: Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Raleigh, chocolate mousse.

Feb. 20:

11:30 a.m.: Cheetie Kumar, chef and owner of Garland in Raleigh, a braising and pickles demo.

12:30 p.m.: Daniel Benjamin, chef and owner of Lucettegrace in Raleigh, scones.

3 p.m.: Andrea Weigl, food editor at The News & Observer and author of “Pickles & Preserves: A Savor the South Cookbook,” taqueria-style pickled carrots.

4 p.m.: Melanie Finkel, chef at The Pit Authentic Barbecue in Raleigh, bacon-braised kale.

Feb. 21:

1 p.m.: Linda Watson, Raleigh author of “Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet – All on $5 a Day or Less,” a “Secret Lives of Chickpeas” demo with crispy curred roasted chickpeas and aquafaba aka vegan meringue, and mousse.

Readers can get $4 off tickets. Use the discount code RECIPE. Go to nando.com/drhstickets

If you go to the home show, stop by the The Recipe cooking stage on Friday and Saturday for a chance to win a cookbook. Since the HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are speaking at 1 p.m. Saturday, we’re asking “Property Brothers” fans to choose #TeamDrew or #TeamJonathan and share a photo of themselves via Twitter or Instagram at the home show. Be sure to share your choice (#TeamDrew or #TeamJonathan) and use the #RaleighHomeShow hashtag to be entered. We’ll choose five winners. Good luck!

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