The kitchen is where it usually happens. Dinner parties, celebrations, late night talks and of course all of the juicy details!
Sit back and enjoy all that we’re sharing, including bites and behind the scenes stories, at the Kitchen Stage!
For a look at who will be speaking about what and when, check out our Kitchen Stage Schedule here. We have everything in our kitchen from paranormal investigators to top notch chefs. Don't miss out!Schedule
With so many celebrity experts you won't want to miss the Toronto Fall Home Show this year! Check back when tickets go on sale.
Oct. 5 | 6pm
Design / Builder, Ramsin Khachi, will walk you through the importance of creating an independent and dynamic environment through the harmonious union of good design, the latest technology, materials and eco conscientious. He will enlighten you on practical solutions to modern-day housing and design concerns and educate you on what important elements shape the present-day mindset in creating an immersive living environment that answers to todays lifestyle trends.
Nationally recognized Design/Build contractor and Owner/Principal of Khachi Design Group, Ramsin Khachi is also a popular industry expert and television personality. He is featured in and also writes for various media publications throughout North America and his voice can be heard on his Luxury online magazine – KHACHILIFE.com – a multi-platform experience that fully embodies the KHACHI brand. Celebrating over 25 years of success, Khachi has become renowned for generating creative solutions to problems facing the modern-day client. He focuses on inventiveness, sensibility and sophistication as the foundation of his design philosophy and he is known for his timeless, elegant and uniquely customized spaces. Ramsin frequently lectures at public forums and to professional organizations, Design Colleges and Industry events to share his insight and knowledge of premium construction. Ramsin Khachi is an adoring father who possesses a vivacious personality and distinctive style.
Chef Christopher Woods
Sat. Oct. 5 | 3pm
Chef Christopher Woods has been at the forefront of the Toronto & GTA culinary scene for over 25 years, catering corporate events, private functions & major film productions. With Christopher’s passion & flare for food has created culinary delights with a style and flavour which are incomparable.
He prides himself in going above & beyond to provide an experience that adds to the event, while operating with the discretion and poise- so as to not distract from the goals or performance of the function.
Oct. 4 | 2pm
If you have seen the Netflix hit series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you have witnessed the transformational effects of the KonMari Method™. The method’s philosophy is not just about tidying up but teaches us how to cultivate empathy for the things that surround us and, in effect, honour our space and possessions by asking one simple question, does it Spark Joy? Effy NIcopoulos, is a Certified KonMari consultant, only one of 224 worldwide, has been trained by Marie Kondo herself in this life changing method.
In addition to practicing the KonMari Method™, Effy is also a Trained Professional Organizer and current member of the Professional Organizers of Canada and she is an ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) subscriber and working towards certificates in Chronic Disorganization. She has over 25 years of experience as a senior event manager, project manager, is a former real estate salesperson and also has a background in mediation and psychology. Effy is very interested in educating the community on some of the tips and ideas to improve lives and bring joy away from clutter and chaos.
Oct. 4 | 7pm
If you are hearing things that go bump in the night, then this is a session you don’t want to miss. Paranormal Investigator Glenn Laycock will explain what it is he does on investigations, the equipment he uses and he will take you on a ghost hunt in the facility. Not a beleiver? You might be after this experience.
I’m Glenn Laycock and I’m a member of Central Ontario Paranormal Investigations. We use the most up to date equipment in our investigations and are always looking for new ways to gather evidence. Before any investigation we meet with the client to hear their story and then plan the best way to tackle the investigation. Once an investigation is done we present our clients with a copy of any evidence that we have gathered and then provide advice on how they can deal with any issues they are having. Everything is confidential and WE DO NOT CHARGE ANY FEES. We do this because we care and we want to help.
Oct. 4 | 4pm
Oct. 6 | 3pm
Pull up your sleeves and prepare yourself for perfect posh pumpkins! Let designer Nicholas Rosaci walk you through creating a designer pumpkin that will be ready for any fashion runway!
When it comes to DIY, design, style and personality, professionally trained Nicholas Rosaci raises the bar with flair for creating chic, confident, and glamorous spaces that cross the divide of modern versus traditional.
Nicholas has created an array of chic interiors and DIY projects for Cityline, Kimberley Seldon’s Dabble Magazine as the “DIY GUY”, and is the DIY editor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine. Nicholas has appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Reno & Decor, and at various home shows including the National Home and Garden Show.
With a passion for fashion and all things stylish, his DIY’s and dynamo designed spaces leaves a lasting impression to inspire you to live better, greener and of course, more fabulously!
Chef Tony Way
Oct. 4 | 11am | 1pm
Oct. 5 | 1pm
Oct. 6 | 1pm | 4pm
Chef Tony Way was born and raised in Toronto where culture and food are everywhere and abundant. This is what fuels his passion of food and influences how he cooks.
Chef Tony graduated with Honours in 2005 from our Cook Advanced Diploma Program at Liaison College Downtown Campus. Along with being introduced to the world of Culinary Arts, he has found a field in which he has developed and blossom, his passion for food has eager him to continue learning new techniques and different types of cuisine. He was very fortunate to start his career at Opus on Prince Arthur which is one of Toronto’s top restaurants where he was able to use the best ingredients in the world, and had the opportunity to learn fabulous skills and techniques in this field that will travel with him forever as a Chef.
With several experiences working in fine dining restaurants, he was offered a Sous Chef position at Meating Steakhouse which led to a Head Chef position at C-Food Restaurant (a sister establishment to Meating), where he was responsible for the day-to-day overall operations, at the same time he was asked to do some consulting work for different restaurants and Catering companies which has NOW developed into his own Catering business “Way Out By Design.”
His philosophy of food is about pure flavours with the understanding that “textures are what makes the flavours even more enjoyable.”
After earning his Red Seal, Chef Tony returns to our college as a Chef Instructor where he shares his passion for food and his knowledge in Molecular Gastronomy with students and fellow Chefs in the city. He assists in training our students for various competitions within our community.
Oct. 5 | 2pm
For over 15 years Emmanuel Belliveau has been designing everything from leather goods, to jewelry, to furniture and most notably, homes. Since the premier of My Parents House on HGTV in 2005, Emmanuel has shared his creative and fun spirit with Discovery Channel’s World’s Greenest Homes, numerous guest spots on TV in between and most recently, a role on Save our Shelter on The CW. Emmanuel has an entrepreneurial drive and is constantly on the lookout for creating something new. Always up for adventure, Emmanuel traveled several times to Uganda to design and develop a wellness center in Uganda for women and children. The center has since been converted into a physical rehabilitation centre and will open in March.
Emmanuel is from New Brunswick. He began his design career in Vancouver at FNDA Architecture and now calls Toronto home. Recent changes in the bylaws surrounding laneway housing has sparked a huge interest as he sees this as a huge opportunity given Toronto’s housing vacancy situation. His newly formed company Eva Lanes (Eva, is short for Evangeline, his mother – she always wanted to get into real estate) is a turnkey product for those seeking an easy way to assess, permit, design, and build their own laneway suite.
Otto Vallecillo, Gustavo Del Valle and Daniel Ott
Oct. 5 | 2pm
Otto Vallecillo, Co-Founder of ModernBox Designs, is a Humber College graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Design program. He’s spent the past eight years designing, building, and delivering top quality modified containers to high profile customers in the industrial business sector. A calculated risk-taker with deep structural fabrication knowledge, Otto has taken on the challenge of the lack of affordable housing, by providing a cost-effective, modular home solution.
Gustavo Del Valle co-founded ModernBox Designs with Otto in 2019. He is a Software Engineer with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Toronto currently pursuing his PEng. Soon after graduating, Gustavo has had the opportunity to work as a Software Developer for reputable companies. What led Gustavo to obtain an Engineering degree was his curiosity and his drive to finding solutions and/or better solutions to any problem. “There is always a better way” has been his motto throughout his career. The housing market at affordable prices is one of those problems that he believes needs to be tackled. This was the core reason behind co-founding ModernBox Designs: utilizing shipping containers to provide modern yet affordable housing.
After studying civil engineering at the University of Waterloo, Daniel Ott spent ten years working alongside his father at the helm of a successful residential contracting company, where he gained valuable experience on the job site and in business development. He then struck out on his own to found White Willow Design, a full service luxury residential design firm. White Willow quickly grew to be a leading design firm in the western GTA. In the recent years Dan began to receive more jobs, changing homes into multigenerational homes and notice there was a missing gap in the housing market, which lead to True North Tiny Homes. With his knowledge from construction, and luxuries full size homes, he is able to create functional tiny homes without losing the luxuries details.
Oct. 5 | 4pm
A well designed home is beyond living stylishly but can more importantly increase productivity, and overall happiness. As we move into the cooler months it’s time to update your home to fit and adapt to how you truly live and plan your new designed spaces. Designer Rebecca Hay will discuss how you can best work with a designer and create a more stylish and organized home. Rebecca will share her top smart storage design ideas to consider and adapt them into your reno plans for your kitchen, laundry, and busy traffic areas of your home. Rebecca will also share some of her favourite go to suppliers and tips for busy family living areas she designs for her clients today
Designer Rebecca Hay, is the Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. This Toronto based boutique design firm for over decade has been offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic livable spaces that reflect their owner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, the GTA and Canada. www.RebeccaHayDesigns.com
Oct. 5 | 7pm
Enjoy the fine art of wine tasting with a seasoned professional. Learn how to enjoy a the aromas and tastes of a great wine with Slavica Bissylas.
Slavica Bissylas is a curator of fine wines; Corveste Wines General Manager; and Canadian wine critic.
Her life has been devoted to discovering and sharing her love for wine, food and the arts, as essential elements of a life well lived.