N.O. Home & Garden Show is March 22-24

NEW ORLEANS — The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be the setting for the New Orleans Home & Garden Show March 22 to 24. The show brings a variety of home-related services and products under one roof with everything needed for home remodeling, green building, decorating and landscaping.

This year’s theme is “Live Smart. Live Well.” It reflects the love of living along the Gulf Coast region and how to make sure homes are smartly built and best able to withstand the local realities of weather and topography.

The show will feature local experts who focus on advances in technology and techniques uniquely suited to this area of the country to get not only a return on investment, but a home that will meet a family’s needs for now and the future: energy efficiency, automation and storm-resistance.

A feature of the show is cooking demonstrations by the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. Among those preparing special dishes: Chris Montero, executive chef café b; Austin Kirzner, executive chef, Red Fish Grill; Chip Flanagan, executive chef, Ralph’s on the Park; Haley Bittermann, executive chef, Ralph Brennan Restaurant; Steven Marsella, Heritage Grill and Ralph Brennan Catering; Brett Gauthier, executive pastry chef, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group; and Thomas Register, beverage specialist.

In addition, the 2013 New Orleans Home & Garden Show offers attendees the opportunity to not only meet experts, but celebrities in home repair and renovation:

—TV personality Danny Lipford, host of “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford,” will make a guest appearance on March 23.

—Jim Parks, host of HGTV’s home improvement show “New Spaces,” will be at the show all three days leading a series of seminars on the smart, most advanced ways to update or renovate the kitchen and bath.

Other show highlights this year:

—3D TV Converter: turns any two-dimensional television show or video game into a high-definition 3D, up-close-and-personal adventure.

—The Ultimate Home/Gaming Theatre: A special and interactive gaming/home theatre room will be built to highlight the latest and greatest in technology including X Rocker gaming chairs, LED projection system, Paradigm speakers along with Savant-controlled automation.

—Energy IQ Scavenger Hunt: The scavenger hunt will take players from the Entergy booth on a search for answers to questions they must fill in on the game card. Once all the answers are filled in on a game card, participants will have a chance to win a prize. Prizes will include an iPad, a Kindle Fire, an energy-efficient gas grill and other Energy Star small appliances.

—Huge Indoor Horticultural Experience: Big Head Horticulture of Slidell and Plant & Palm Tropical Outlet of St. Rose will feature hundreds of indigenous flowering plants and trees that will certainly spruce up and turn any yard into a palette of color and comfort.

—Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: The newest paint craze for interior design. Products will be available as well as “how to” seminars for home projects.

—The Hot Lounge: This lounge not only serves as a place for guests to sit back and relax, but is also the backdrop to some of the hottest items in the show that will be on display including: Drinkable Air Chameleon Water Generation System, a machine that takes the humidity out of the air and transforms it into purified drinkable water; High-Tide Escape Hatch, an installable hatch for the roof of a home that allows easy access out of the attic in times of an emergency, such as a flood; Warrior Glass, North Shore resident and Navy Seal Brad Ruoff introduces his innovative, high-end art glass product to the market; and Unilux, a clad wood windows exhibiting.

The show will be open from noon to 8 p.m. March 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 23 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 24. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for military identification and free for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Superdome box office. A $2 off admission coupon is available online at www.nolahomeandgardenshow.com.

The New Orleans Home & Garden Show is in its 58th year and is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans.

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