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Charlotte restaurant critic, food writer and chef Heidi Billotto will give two presentations at this weekend's Home and Living Show, sponsored by The Herald.
Charlotte restaurant critic, food writer and chef Heidi Billotto will give two presentations at this weekend's Home and Living Show, sponsored by The Herald.

Spring is time for home improvement projects, casual living and eating light. Discover the latest trends in lifestyle and home enhancement Saturday, during The Herald's fifth annual Home and Living Show.

Browse more than 40 exhibitors from the Carolinas who will feature the newest in home products, from home decorating, outdoor living and vacation planning to healthy living, investment planning and recreational equipment.

Shop, talk to the experts and receive product discounts from vendors, plus a chance to win door prizes and a $500 shopping spree.

"We've assembled a great line-up of businesses for area homeowners to browse and get fresh ideas from, especially in today's market, where enhancing our homes and our lives are of the utmost importance," said Mike Martoccia, director of marketing and business development for The Herald.

"These vendors want to share what they can offer area residents, whether it be rugs, home improvement, design ideas, financing, decks or bath and kitchen makeovers," he said.

Charlotte restaurant critic, food writer and chef Heidi Billotto will demonstrate how to make easy spring and summer foods. Billotto will have two demonstrations, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"I do recipes that have many uses," Billotto said, referring to a homemade pesto spread that doubles a summertime condiment on just about anything. She'll also share some unusual concoctions and samples. "It's not going to be the same old crab dip you can get anywhere."

Billotto said she will reveal some of her cooking secrets too, such as how to cut an onion without tearing up and what to look for when buying produce. Other food vendors will be available, and there will be entertainment and activities for children.

Want to go?

What: Fifth annual Home and Living Show, presented by The Herald.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Baxter Hood Center, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

Details: Entertainment, food, door prizes, cooking demonstrations and vendors featuring trends in home products, personal services, lifestyle and health ideas.

Admission: $5 adults and free for children younger than 10.

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