A number of presentations, celebrations and gatherings will be taking place at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart in Atlanta from January 6-13. Industry experts, TV stars and authors will all be on hand to lead engaging discussions supplemented by business education programming, the show operator said.
Guest speakers and chefs include David Tutera, Jamie Durie, “Good Morning America” gift expert Tory Johnson, Paula Deen, Chef Jeff Mauro, Chef Will Brown, James Farmer, Bobby McAlpine, Susan Ferrier and Laurie Pressman, vp/Pantone Color Institute.
The following are key events throughout the show:
Wednesday, January 7, 11 a.m. – BBQ From Down Home to Gourmet Dining
Presented by Todd Richards of The Pig & The Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood. Atlanta chef Richards gives culinary tips ranging how to use different BBQ rubs to discovering alternative to cabbage slaw. Building 2, Floor 8, Demo Kitchen.
Wednesday, January 7, 3 p.m. – New Bridge Grand Opening
A ribbon cutting and champagne toast launching the new Floor 6 bridge. Building 1, Floor 6.
Wednesday, January 7, 4 p.m. – Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent
Presented by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker. With a culinary foundation built on her Mississippi roots and a farm-to-table concept, executive chef, cooking instructor and author Booker, believes that “food should taste like food”. Building 2, Floor 8, Demo kitchen.
Thursday, January 8, 10 a.m. – Manage Your Social Media (And Your Sanity)
Presented by Shelly Brown of Inspiringly Social. Brown shares simple tips to help you effectively manage your social media in just a few minutes a day. Building 1, Floor 10, Room 1003.
Thursday, January 8, 11 a.m. – New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Color and Design Trends for the Home in 2015
Presented by Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institute. Pressman reveals the key color trends for 2015 and shares an inside glimpse into the selection of Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year. Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room.
Thursday, January 8, Noon – Keeping It Real in the Kitchen with Jeff Mauro
Presented by Jeff Mauro of Food Network’s The Kitchen and The Sandwich King. Known for his energetic personality and his passion for good food, Mauro promises fun, laughter and tasty bites. Building 2, Floor 8, Demo Kitchen.
Thursday, January 8, 3 p.m. – Creating the Ultimate Sales Team
Presented by Mercedes Gonzales of Global Purchasing. Gonzales teaches the five key training points every successful retailer should know for closing and increasing sales. Building 1, Floor 10, Room 1003.
Thursday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. – Party On Peachtree 2015
The industry’s newest event benefiting Gift for Life/DIFFA and the philanthropic endeavors of the Young Gift Executives. Hosted by AmericasMart Atlanta with presenting sponsor Poo-Pourri. $65. 200 Peachtree.
Friday, January 9, 10 a.m. – A Retailers Guide to Beginning Blogging
Presented by Shelly Brown of Inspiringly Social. Brown shares the ins and outs of blogging to increase sales and build customer relationships. Building 1, Floor 10, Room 1003.
Friday, January 9, Noon – Cooking in the Social Era & On Trend
Presented by Chadwick Boyd of Lovely and Delicious Blog. Boyd teaches how to use social channels such as Instagram to provide visuals for upselling and increasing followers.
Friday, January 9, 1 p.m. – The Maker Movement: The Next Industrial Revolution?
Moderated by Joanne Domeniconi, Co-Founder of The Grommet. Panelists include Neil Miller of Museum of Design Atlanta and Cassius Butts, Regional Manager, U.S. Small Business Association. The Maker Movement puts power in the hands of the people to fund, design, prototype, produce, manufacture, distribute, market and sell their own goods. Thought leaders shy why they think The Maker Movement could enable the next industrial revolution in a panel discussion. Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room.
Friday, January 9, 3 p.m. – How to Land Your Product on TV
Presented by Tory Johnson, ABC’s Good Morning America Gift Expert. Johnson evaluates hundreds of products for possible inclusion on her weekly local and national TV segments. In this session, she shares what she looks for and why, how to best pitch for high profile coverage, and the warning signs of coverage that might not be ideal. Building 2, Floor 9, Seminar Room.
Friday, January 9, 3 p.m. – Cooking in the Social Era & On Trend
Presented by Chadwick Boyd of Lovely and Delicious Blog. Boyd again teaches how to use social channels such as Instagram to provide visuals for upselling and increasing followers. Building 2, Floor 3, Seminar Area.
Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. – Entertaining at Home with David Tutera
Presented by Celebrity Wedding & Entertaining Expert David Tutera. Artistic visionary Tutera shares tips, trends and secrets for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary when entertaining at home. Building 2, Floor 9, Seminar Room.
Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. – Meet and Greet with Paula Deen
Building 2, Floor 2.
Saturday, January 10, 12:30 p.m. – Decorating Your Home for the Holidays with David Tutera
Tutera teaches how to transform any home for the holiday season with secrets and tips on adding personality with seasonal décor and home product. Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room.
Saturday, January 10, 2:30 a.m. – Cooking with Paula Deen
The queen of Southern cuisine shares some of her favorite dishes. Building 2, Floor 8, Demo Kitchen.