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January 11, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI – Experts from PBS, HGTV, and national and local chefs headline the 49th annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show, Wisconsin’s largest home improvement and remodeling show. The Show runs Thurs., Feb.. 10, through Sun., Feb. 13, 2011, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis.

This year’s presenters include:
Josh Foss – HGTV’s “Design Star”, with presentations at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 11, and 1:00 p.m.. and 5:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 12.

Chef Bonnie Muirhead – Season 3 “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant on FOX, with cooking demonstrations at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 11 and noon and 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 12.

Shari Hiller & Matt Fox – “Around the House with Matt and Shari” on PBS and formerly from “room by room” on HGTV, appearing on Sat., Feb. 12, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and at 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 13.

Chef Darren McGrady – private chef for Princess Diana, doing cooking demonstrations on Sat., Feb. 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and at 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 13.

Shari Hiller and Matt Fox, whose presentations will be sponsored by Allrite Home & Remodeling, created “room by room” the first show to air on HGTV, and they hold the record for the longest running decorating show in television history, 12 years and over 350 episodes.  In addition, they have written two decorating books, “Real Decorating for Real People” and “Great Weekend Projects,” a nationally syndicated newspaper column (“At Home with Matt and Shari”), and maintain a decorating website,, that has become an internet staple.

The duo’s latest project is the creation of their third TV series, “around the house with Matt & Shari” which debuted in December, 2010 on public television stations across the country.

Hiller (interior design) and Fox (theater) each earned their bachelor of fine arts degrees from Kent State University. By the late 80’s their careers lead them to Sherwin-Williams where Fox was a sales representative on the west coast and Hiller was the Manager of Color Marketing at the company’s Ohio headquarters.

Their paths crossed in 1991 at a sales meeting. When Hiller met Fox, she explained an idea she’d been working on and after putting their heads together, they debuted “The Look of Home” in 1993, a live one-hour program that aired on public access television.

With some fine-tuning, the show evolved into the first program that taught the decorating process from start to finish – “room by room” was born. In addition to the half hour shows, they produced dozens of hour-long specials covering the holidays, decorating for the seasons, and how traveling to great spots in the U.S. can be inspiring for decorating..

Performing in over a dozen cities across the country each year, Hiller and Fox’s entertaining style of decorating and wit captivates audiences of all ages. Today, they combine their clever, inexpensive decorating tips with a message about ways to reduce energy consumption and live green around the home.

A lifelong advocate of sustainable living, Josh Foss, the Metro Hippie, has become one of the nation's premier green building, design, and lifestyle experts. His acclaimed work as a professional designer has brought with it the opportunity to participate in Green think-tanks, sustainable oversight committees, and leading green building and remodeling associations. His respected expertise has also introduced him to a worldwide audience eager to learn more about the sustainable evolution currently underway..

Foss was a contestant on HGTV’s hit show Design Star, plus served as the host for both’s Get Green, and the Blue Print for Green Broadcast Greenprints. Currently, he runs the international Blog .

At his Home Improvement Show presentations, Foss will teach how to create stylish, eco-friendly designs that will save more than they cost. “From kitchens to bathrooms, dens to man caves, everything can be done sustainably,” Foss said.

After 15 years of royal service to Queen Elizabeth II of England and Diana, Princess of Wales Darren McGrady is currently employed as a private chef in Dallas, Texas. He has appeared several times as a guest on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” on the Fox News Channel, “Fox and Friends” covering the Princess Diana Memorial, cooked on the NBC “Today Show” and the CBS “Early Show” in New York, CNN covering the Royal Wedding, and the BBC and SKY television and radio in England and across Europe.

McGrady was born in Nottinghamshire, England and after graduating college with the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, he went on to train at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London. In 1982, he moved to the Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace, where for 11 years, he cooked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and their guests on a daily basis and catered banquets for foreign heads of state, including Presidents Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. His duties included traveling with the royal family to Windsor Castle, Sandringham House, and Balmoral Castle, as well as on the royal yacht Britannia on royal tours around the world.

In 1993, he moved to Kensington Palace as Private Chef to H.R.H. the Princess of Wales. For four years, until Princess Diana’s death in August 1997, he controlled the day-to-day menus for Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry, including the preparation and catering of private and official lunch and dinner parties.

Declining an offer from H.R.H. the Prince of Wales to become his Private Chef at St James Palace, McGrady chose to pursue a new challenge in America, where he moved to in 1998 with his wife Wendy and their three children.

Since Princess Diana’s death, McGrady has devoted much of his free time working for causes she supported, including shelters for battered women, charities for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities, and breast cancer charities. He is a board member of the Pink Ribbons Crusade, a not for profit charity that uses its museum type exhibit “A Date with Diana” to promote Breast Cancer awareness.

McGrady also teaches cooking classes and his first cookbook, “Eating Royally – Recipes and Remembrances of a Palace Kitchen,” was published by Thomas Nelson in July 2007 with all of his advance and royalties from the book going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.

McGrady recently became the first private chef invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York and is currently consulting with American Airlines on first and business class in-flight meals between Europe and the USA.

Bonnie Muirhead was born and raised just outside of Los Angeles, California. When she was 18, she studied abroad in South Africa and it was there she really became interested in food and began attempting to follow and create her own recipes.

She graduated the University of Cape Town with a degree in drama and psychology and returned to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Like most aspiring actors, Muirhead waited tables in between auditions and grew quite comfortable talking food with her patrons. She discovered she really didn't care for the film industry and decided to apply for a Master's program in Child Psychology. She quit her restaurant job and became a nanny for a Beverly Hills family.

As fate would allow, she fell into the role of their "private chef." After some instances of burning food and setting the kitchen on fire, cooking started to make sense to Muirhead. The day before her Master's applications were due, she enrolled in culinary school. Just after graduating, she auditioned for and landed a spot on season 3 of Fox's “Hell's Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsey, and was runner-up.

After the show ended, Muirhead started a small catering and private chef company called Bonnie Appetit!, cooking meals for busy Los Angeles families and catering small dinner parties. She recently moved to New Zealand with her husband and is currently sous chef at Crab Farm Winery in Hawkes Bay. She and her husband plan to open their own restaurant in the future..

Tom Feiza, Milwaukee’s “Mr. Fix-It,” will conduct “Paint Like A Pro” seminars, presented by J&B Construction, on Thurs., Feb. 10, at 2:00 p.m. and Fri., Feb. 11, at 4:30 p.m. Feiza’s public appearances combine down-to-earth information with a dash of humor, while his radio call-in show on AM620 WTMJ, which draws over 45,000 listeners each hour, allows him to provide practical solutions to callers’ questions on home repair and related projects.

A writer of a weekly question and answer column that appears in over 80 newspapers with total circulation reaching more than 600,000 homes, Feiza has also written two books on home repair. In addition to radio and print, he regularly appears on television talk and news shows, where he shares his Mr. Fix-It tips.

A registered professional engineer with over 30 years of building management experience, Feiza obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University. He consults in the area of home remodeling and construction, and he performs home inspections.

Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor,” best known for her user-friendly and practical approach to gardening, has more than 25 years of horticulture experience in both hands-on and instructional settings. During her presentations at 4:00 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 10, and Fri., Feb. 11, at 2:00 p.m., she will discuss “Affordable Eco-Friendly Landscape Makeovers.”

Myers has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist, started the Master Gardener program in Milwaukee, and was a horticulture instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. She has authored 20 books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, Birds and Blooms Ultimate Garden Guide and Jackson and Perkins’ Beautiful Roses Made Easy: Midwestern Edition.

She hosts “Great Lakes Gardener,” seen on PBS stations throughout the United States, and appears regularly as guest expert on various national and local television and radio shows. Myers also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and is a contributing editor and columnist for Birds and Blooms and Backyard Living magazines.

Myers has received recognition and numerous awards, including the 2003 Garden Globe Award for radio talent and the Quill and Trowel Award for her television work, both from the Garden Writers Association. She also received the Garden Communicator’s Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association, the Gold Leaf Award for Arbor Day from the International Society of Arboriculture, as well as the 2007 Perennial Plant Association Garden Media Award.

Gus Gnorski, considered Milwaukee’s best-known handyman, began his broadcast career in 1966 on WTMJ-AM 620. The Milwaukee area first saw FOX 6’s “Ask Gus,” his weekly television show, in 1992. More than 700 original episodes were produced and aired, and Gnorski recently retired as a regular on “FOX 6 Wake-Up News.” He will answer any questions on Sun., Feb. 13, related to home improvement and repairs, offering attendees his experience of almost three decades and teaching them when to do it themselves and when to turn to the professionals for help.

The complete seminar schedule for both stages, which is subject to change, is as follows:
Renewal by Andersen Seminar/Demonstration Stage

Thursday, February 10
Noon: Chris Horner & Jami Radtke, Colleen Horner Bath & Tile – “Plumbing With A Plan – Today’s Lifestyle with Tomorrow’s Needs”

2:00 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It – “Paint Like A Pro”

4:00 p.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor” – “Affordable Eco-Friendly Landscape Makeovers”

6:00 p.m.: Chris Horner & Jami Radtke, Colleen Horner Bath & Tile – “Plumbing With A Plan – Today’s Lifestyle with Tomorrow’s Needs”

Friday, February 11
Noon: Josh Foss – HGTV’s “Design Star”

2:00 p.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor” – Affordable Eco-Friendly Landscape Makeovers

4:30 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It – “Paint Like A Pro”

6:30 p.m.: Josh Foss – HGTV’s “Design Star”

Saturday, February 12
11:00 a.m.: Shari Hiller & Matt Fox – “Around the House with Matt and Shari” on PBS: “Extreme Energy Savings”

1:00 p.m.: Josh Foss – HGTV’s “Design Star”

3:30 p.m.: Shari Hiller & Matt Fox – “Around the House with Matt and Shari” on PBS: “Extreme Energy Savings”

5:30 p.m.: Josh Foss – HGTV’s “Design Star”

Sunday, February 13
11:00 a.m.: Shari Hiller & Matt Fox – “Around the House with Matt and Shari” on PBS: “Extreme Energy Savings”

12:15 p.m.: Gus Gnorski

1:45 p.m.: Shari Hiller & Matt Fox – “Around the House with Matt and Shari” on PBS: “Extreme Energy Savings”

Grand Appliance and AB&K Cooking Demonstration Stage

Thursday, February 10
1:00 p.m.: Chef Michael Paris, Saz’s Catering

3:00 p.m.: Chef Michael Paris, Saz’s Catering

6:30 p.m.: Nicole Adrian, On My Table blog

Friday, February 11
1:00 p.m.: Meg McKenzie, WRIT-FM 95.7 Morning Show Personality

3:00 p.m.: Chef Bonnie Muirhead – FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen”

5:00 p.m.: Chef Dan Dries, The American Club

7:00 p.m.: Chef Bonnie Muirhead – FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen”

Saturday, February 12
Noon: Chef Bonnie Muirhead – FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen”

2:00 p.m.: Chef Darren McGrady, private chef for Princess Diana

4:30 p.m.: Chef Bonnie Muirhead – FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen”

6:30 p.m.: Chef Darren McGrady, private chef for Princess Diana

Sunday, February 13
11:30 a.m.: Chef Darren McGrady, private chef for Princess Diana

12:45 p.m.: Chef Darren McGrady, private chef for Princess Diana

2:30 p.m.: Chef Jackie McGuire

4:00 p.m.: Milwaukee/NARI Foundation Prize Raffle Drawing

Cosponsored by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the 2011 Show will provide Milwaukee/NARI, the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 49 years, with the opportunity to have its members demonstrate for consumers “Where Ideas Bloom,” the theme for the Show.

More than 700 booth spaces covering the entire exposition center will feature providers of thousands of home improvement products and services, including kitchens, decks, cabinets, windows, bathrooms, siding, lighting, landscaping, media rooms, wall covering, rec rooms, roofing, fireplaces, and more.

In addition, the Show’s Outdoor Living Area will feature a “neighborhood staycation” area comprised of a variety of landscaping and hardscaping, plus incorporate designs created from wood by area technical school students that will be raffled off at the conclusion of the Show as part of the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation fundraising raffle. There will also be special attractions, including an Benjamin Moore Interior Design Room Display contest between area college students, the Schlossmann’s Automotive Group vehicle display, and manufacturer displays.

Hours on Thurs., Feb. 10, and Fri., Feb. 11, are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 12, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sun., Feb. 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $6 in advance, $8 at the door on Thurs. and Fri., and $10 Sat. and Sun. Tickets for seniors 60 and older are $5.00, with a special price of $4.00 at the door on Thurs., Feb. 10, for Senior Day sponsored by Callen Construction, Inc.. Children 12 and younger are free.

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