Workshops & Cooking Demonstrations


Thank you for your interest in the Workshops & Cooking Demonstrations at the Inspired Home Expo!

Please check back to updates on our Spring 2018 workshops & cooking demonstrations.

Saturday, April 21st

12:00 pm
Easy Updates When Selling Your Home or Just to Enjoy It More

Presented by Amber Russell of Over the Moon Realty, Inc.
Join us as local real estate broker Amber Russell goes over quick fixes and changes for your home to make it a more attractive and impressive space.  These updates can help with making your home more desirable when the potential buyers come through, or to just create a more enjoyable space for you and your family.



12:45 pm
Do You Know Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Presented by RoseAnne Ruccello-Fischer of Ruccello Olive Oil
Lately, there has been news describing the adulteration and mislabeling of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  This seminar will explain the history of olive oil, the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive oil, how it’s made, what happens when all goes right in the process, and what happens when things go wrong.  We will explore sensory analysis of (how to smell and taste) the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and how to use EVOO everyday to get the maximum health benefits. The information in this seminar will assist you as you buy EVOO and help you avert mislabeled or adulterated EVOO.

1:30 pm
Spring Vegetable Farrotto Cooking Demonstration
Presented by Chef Scott “Paul” Blackerby of the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel Spa TusCA Ristorante
Join Chef Paul as he makes a delectable dish of Spring Vegetable Farrotto, a dish much like risotto but with farro grains.  We will make the quick and easy dish using ancient wheat grain farro, sauteed asparagus, peas, squash, baby tomatoes, herbs, vegetable broth, and finished with lemon olive oil!


2:15 pm
Homes for Heroes: Cash Back for Heroes who Buy or Sell a Home

Presented by Allison Chance of Homes for Heroes
Learn about the Homes for Heroes program where qualifying professions (Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Military (Active, Reserve & Veterans), Healthcare Professionals, EMS, Teachers) receive cash back when buying or selling a home. As a military spouse herself, Allison is pleased to offer this amazing program. Allison will also be doing a giveaway for a $50 Target gift card for those who attend the seminar!


3:00 pm
The ABC’s of Artichokes

Presented by Pat Hopper of Castroville Artichoke Festival Food & Wine
Join us to learn the ABC’s of Artichokes!  We will cover basic preparation of artichokes, including how to microwave them, pressure cook them and other secrets of artichokes! Pat Hopper will also unveil the mystery and flavor of California’s official state vegetable!



Sunday, April 22nd

12:00 pm
Why Choose Metal Roofing
Presented by Mike Ruiz of Noble Pride Roofing
Watch a live demonstration showing how metal roofing panels are formed through a metal panel machine.  Learn the advantages of metal roofing and see why today metal roofing is a popular alternative to traditional roofing products.


12:45 pm
Spring & Summer Painting Tips for Your Home

Presented by Jon Stuefloten of Jon Stuefloten Restoration Painting
Join us as Jon Stuefloten of Jon Stuefloten Restoration Painting discusses spring and summer painting tips for the exterior and interior of your home.  He will be offering advice on the best colors for your home, techniques and much more.


1:30 pm
Hardscape Design & Opportunity
Presented by Steve McShane of McShane’s Landscape Supply
Too many landscapes go underutilized due to maintenance challenges.  Join Steve McShane to dream up cost effective landscape solutions using stone, pavers, rocks and bark.  Steve will highlight materials that last and require little or no upkeep. Steve will also walk through the design process so you can being thinking about outside spaces you can enjoy.


2:15 pm
Aging-in-Place Renovations
Presented by John Lewis of Lewis Builders

John Lewis of Lewis Builders of Carmel, which specializes in designing and building custom homes, remodels and “Aging-in-Place” Renovations, is a credentialed expert in CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist), a program of the National Association of Home Builders.

Born and raised in Monterey County, the youngest of five children and a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Lewis’s passion for the creative process of designing and building custom homes and remodels that started with small repair jobs in college, has now become his life’s work.

Lewis is the founder and CEO of Lewis Builders, which employs 15 people and is headquartered in The Barnyard Shopping Center in Carmel.

John and Tammy were married six months later and they now have two sons, 2 1/2 years old and six months old. And, Tammy, in addition to her primary duties as a mother, is now also Lewis Builders’ Creative Director.

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