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Meet Jennifer Bertrand – Design Star Winner
Saturday – 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Sunday – 1:00 PM
“Great design should make you happy and make your life easier.”
Jennifer Bertrand is best known as the winner of HGTV’s ‘Design Star’ drawing over 5 million viewers to her no-nonsense, accessible approach to making positive and impactful design changes without breaking the bank. After taking the competition by storm, Jennifer moved on to host her own show, Paint Over! with Jennifer Bertrand featuring families in transition and in desperate need of help.
Bertrand has appeared in countless media outlets such as USA Today, The New York Post, Rachel Ray Magazine, Life & Style Magazine, InStyle Magazine. She has also served as well as one of three national Insiders for the National Kitchen + Bath Association, currently co-hosts the podcast KB Talks with Karl Champley and is one of sixteen national designers to serve on Monogram’s Designer Council. Even cooler, Jennifer recently became certified as an AKBD designer (Accredited Kitchen & Bath Designer) and CLIPP certified.
And if you wonder if Jennifer ever sleeps, she says she learned all about sleep by being the winner of Angie’s List first ever national Sleep Revolution contest in which she had to win America’s vote yet again. Designing a bedroom based on Arianna Huffington’s book The Sleep Revolution.
Praised as ‘engaging, expressive and funny’ by Hallmark, Jennifer currently travels the country as a national speaker for a variety of industry events including the International Design Guild and its Design For A Difference; the first-ever design contest benefiting local charities in the U.S. and Canada. And now you are able to catch her on episodes of “Military Makeover” with Montel Williams on the Lifetime Channel.
with tips, demonstrations and your chance to taste
Saturday October 23
11:00 AM – “Avocado Dip with shrimp and chips” presented by Chef Nina Sodji of Okra African Grill
Opening a restaurant right before a pandemic hits would be enough to discourage anyone. But for Nina Sodji, 44, this isn’t the first time she’s encountered an overwhelming obstacle.
“I have owned an African market and restaurant before in Omaha, 10 years ago. I moved location and the recession of 2008 happened,” she said. “I filed for bankruptcy and went back to school.”
She received a culinary degree from Metropolitan Community College, and a bachelor’s in business management from Bellevue University. She worked as a dietary manager for the last four years while waiting for the opportunity to become a restaurant owner again.
Sodji said she discovered that African food in America wasn’t like other cuisines, such as Mexican, Chinese, or Indian, “even though we have a fusion of great flavor and variety of ingredients. So, my mission is to educate about people it.”
“My biggest reward is how I make people feel after they eat,” she said. “I love talking to people, I know a lot of them through family ties and just growing up with them and knowing about their lives.”
The coronavirus hit hard for Sodji’s restaurant. They opened on March 14, and two days later had to shut down. She had quit her other job just two weeks prior. “I have an ill parent at home and two children that depend on me,” she said. “I have employees who are looking at me for some answers…I don’t know.”
2:30 PM – “ Amazing Homemade Treats” CupCake Wars Champion Bill Jones of Jones Brothers Cupcake
The idea behind Jones Bros. has always been to provide the Omaha community with delicious, homemade cupcakes, French macarons, and more. “You can make great cupcakes at home, but nobody has time to do that anymore,” Jones says. “I get it—I’m busy, too. We take the time to make the highest quality cupcakes so you don’t have to; I made it for you.” It’s a formula that has prompted multiple awards and plenty of love from the community. Jones represented Omaha and Jones Bros. on national television multiple times on Food Network’s wildly popular show Cupcake Wars, showing the nation that Omaha boasts some of the best cupcakes around. Jones Bros. was also recently recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as No. 3 Best Cupcakes in the United States.
The cupcakes served by Jones Bros. are welcome treats in a busy world—Omahans love taking breaks to enjoy delicious cupcakes, and the cupcake of choice is Jones Bros.
Sunday October 24
12:00 PM – “Roasted Corn Chowder with Smoked Brisket” presented by Chef Karl Marsh of Barrel & Vine
Executive Chef KARL MARSH of the New Barrel & Vine in Elkhorn
Karl’s last position was with Wald Family Foods were he was the Plant Manager and Director of Operations. Karl was responsible for R&D, Productions, QA, Maintenance, Warehouse, Shipping and Purchasing for the fast growing food manufacturer.
Karl had been the Corporate Executive Chef of Omaha Steaks from 2003-2016. In this position he was responsible for R&D, Recipe Development, as well as serving as a Company Spokesperson.
Prior to Omaha Steaks, Karl has been the Executive Chef at the Painted Table, Alexis Hotel, Hotel Finisterra in Cabo San Lucas and various restaurants on Seattle’s Top Ten Restaurant list.