Event: Tri-Cities Food City Food Show June 15th & 16th – Includes Gluten Free Guru


Friday, June 15th

  • 11:00-11:45AM: Mark McKinney, Senior Executive Chef of the UT Healthy Living Kitchen
  • 12:00-12:15: Healthy Chat with Food City’s Nurse Lori Hamilton & Nurse Jane Kelly from UT Healthy Living Kitchen
  • 12:30-1:15PM: Jan Charles, Thrillbilly Gourmet Chef & Co-Host of Food City Kitchen (WVLT-TV)
  • 2:00-2:45PM: Doc Chef Demo  -Melania Bochis, MD & Larry Barbeau, Food City’s Corporate Chef
  • 3:00 – 3:15: Healthy Chat with Food City’s Nurse Lori Hamilton & Nurse Jane Kelly from UT Healthy Living Kitchen
  • 3:30-4:15: Cake & Cupcake Decorating presented by Jimmie Jones, Food City Culinary Trainer
  • 6:30 – 7:30PM:  Jon Ashton

Saturday, June 16th

  • 11:00-11:45AM:  Kristi Slaughter – Chef & Gluten Free Guru – See below for her bio!
  • 12:00-12:15: Healthy Chat with Food City’s Nurse Lori Hamilton & Nurse Jane Kelly from UT Healthy Living Kitchen
  • 2:30-1:15PM: Jan Charles, Thrillbilly Gourmet Chef & Co-Host ofFoodCityKitchen (WVLT-TV)
  • 2:00-2:45pm: Larry Barbeau, Food City’s Corporate Chef
  • 3:00 – 3:15: Healthy Chat with Food City’s Nurse Lori Hamilton & Nurse Jane Kelly from UT Healthy Living Kitchen
  • 3:30-4:15: Cake & Cupcake Decorating presented by Jimmie Jones, Food City Culinary Trainer
Quick Facts:


Meadowview Convention Center, Kingsport, TN


$5 in advance – available at any TriCities Food City store or $6 at the door

Expo Hours

Friday, June 15, 10am-7pm & Saturday, June 16, 10am-5pm

*All events subject to change

Featuring – Live Entertainment – FREE Sampling – FREE Coupons – plus…

Certified Angus Beef, Harvest Club, International Food, Natural & Organic, Wine, Gluten Free, Bistro Deli Classics, Local Growers, Exclusive Brand Sampling, National Brand Sampling, Coupons

FREE Gas or Groceries

Be entered for a chance to win FREE gas or groceries for a year when you bring two (2) Food Club canned items to the show.  All items will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Register to WIN a 1965 Corvette Convertible

No purchase necessary.  Winner will be announced during the August Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.



Mark McKinney CDM, CFPP

Senior Executive Chef– The University of Tennessee Medical Center, The Healthy Living Kitchen

Chef McKinney has worked in many facets of the food service industry over the last 20 years. Originally an art major, it was in college he found his passion for food. Once the decision was made to pursue the culinary field, a degree from Johnson and Wales University followed by stints in many prestigious restaurants including The Inn at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, and Magnolia’s and The Woodlands both in South Carolina. Mark is also a culinary instructor at The University of Tennessee, teaching food enthusiasts and individuals in the certificate program. His career in healthcare includes M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, and his current role as Senior Executive Chef of The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville where he helps design and implement menus and recipes for the patients, cafeteria and catering at the medical center. Mark is also the Chef for The Healthy Living Kitchen, a community based wellness program at the medical center designed to assist people in making healthier lifestyle choices.

Nurse Lori Hamilton: Prior to joining FoodCity in 2009 as their Director of Healthy Initiatives, Lori was employed with Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) for 28 years. Lori grew up in a small town inO hio and quickly learned the importance of caring for others from her father, who was the local veterinarian. Choosing to focus her care on individuals, Lori originally began her career in nursing, assuming past roles of floor nurse and manager for many years before implementing the Women’s Health Community Education program for MSHA. With a strong desire to serve others and recognizing the need for more community-based services, Lori opened the Health Resources Center located in The Mall in Johnson City,Tn, an outreach of MSHA. Expansion soon followed with Lori as the Director for Community Health Services, which included business health services, diabetes management care, and cardiovascular screenings.

Lori brings clinical expertise and experience as well as caring and passion to her role and each program she plans and implements for individuals and groups.

Jane Kelly, RN, BSN
Jane Kelly, RN, BSN, is a cardiac nurse specialist for the Healthy Living Kitchen and Network Development. She is very passionate about educating the community about cardiovascular disease and making preventative lifestyle changes. While counseling patients about making lifestyle changes, she identified a need for cooking classes to teach individuals how to make modifications in their diet and recipes. As the nurse educator for the Healthy Living Kitchen, she is always trying to find new and creative ways for individuals to practice wellness. She is a community speaker for diabetes, wellness and cardiovascular disease.

Kelly graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Nursing. She received her LEARN lifestyle counselor certification from the Cooper Institute. She has 25 years of nursing experience in cardiac nursing and wellness. Kelly has been very active in the American Heart Association as a CPR instructor, Heart Walk captain, and was a panel speaker for the 2008 Go Red Luncheon. Kelly was the 2009 recipient of the Tennessee Dietetic Association IRIS Award. She is also a member of the Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association.

Jan Charles, Thrillbilly Gourmet Chef & Co-Host of Food City Kitchen (WVLT-TV):

Jan Charles began cooking before she could walk, and her first memory is sitting on her Granny’s kitchen counter next to her mixing bowl and sneaking bits of apple. Fascinated by food at an early age, she was reared by a bevy of awesome Southern cooks in East Tennessee and a foodie father in Birmingham,Alabama. She was also involved early in life in radio and television broadcasting through her father’s work in the industry.

In 2009 she returned home to East Tennessee with her children, and shortly after discovered the power of social media. Through the platforms online, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest, she began sharing her unique perspective regarding food, cooking and the power of a good meal. She was nicknamed The Thrillbilly Gourmet, based on her ability to combine classic gourmet techniques and dishes with the practicality of a Southern home cook. Her motto is “home cooks feed the world”, and while she doesn’t mind gourmet ingredients or techniques, she applauds the home cook. In 2010 she began making appearances on television in the East Tennessee area, and now makes regular appearances on WJHL in Johnson City, Tennessee and on WVLT in Knoxville,Tennessee as part of the Food City Kitchen. She has published nearly 400 articles and 125 videos on food, technique and ingredients, and her first book will be available later this year. In the meantime the articles and videos can be found on her website, ThrillbillyGourmet.com. Jan is 100% self taught and often refers to her education as training in the Granny Apprentice Program.

Dr. Melania Bochis with ETSU Physicians and Associates in Kingsport

Dr. Melania Bochis, MD, practices in Kingsport, TN. This dedicated and caring professional originally fromRomania22 years ago determined to get an education. She pursued a degree in Physics in hopes of becoming an astronaut! She currently raises three boys and is passionate about teaching others. Dr. Bochis received her undergraduate from the University of West Florida and completed medical school at James H. Quillen College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Bochis holds a Masters of Science in Physics and Teaching from the University of Florida.  She loves to travel and loves food, especially ethnic food. She delights in learning about different cultures.

Larry Barbeau, Food City’s Corporate Chef:

Larry Barbeau A.C.F., Certified Executive Chef, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University,Providence, Rhode Island. He has held Executive Chef Positions with, Hyatt Regency Hotels, Omni Hotels and Destination Hotels and Resorts. He boasts having a lovely wife, Joy, and two kids, Siera and Daniel as well as 2 grand children. His primary responsibilities with Food City are research and development of recipes, programs and training for the bakery deli department.

Favorite Foods: American Regional Influence and Spanish and simply prepared foods with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.

Jimmie (JJ) Jones, Culinary Trainer at KVAT Foods

Jimmy was born in Kingsport, TN and cooking was introduced to him early in childhood by his grandmother and grandfather whom were farmers.  Jimmy has been a general manager, kitchen manager, managing partner/chef, as well as an international trainer for 17 years. He has worked for various companies including:  Cheers!, Ruby Tuesday, Applebees and Main Street Eateries. He has also been involved with the opening and or development of 6 restaurants in Tennessee,New Mexico, and Idaho. Currently, he lives in Knoxville TN with his wife Mary Jo and their two Children, Max, 13 and Genevieve, 10 where he instructs Food City bakery/deli employees on cooking, baking, and cake decorating as well as assisting in research and development of new products, recipes, and training programs. He likes to cook traditional as well as modern versions of the southern style of cooking.  He also, enjoys southwestern cuisine, influenced from time spent in the west.

Kristi Slaughter, Gluten Free Guru

Kristi Slaughter is the owner and president of Gluten Free Guru, Inc. Five years ago, the company was born as a result of her long journey with gluten intolerance. The company began growing rapidly due to the unique “personal” approach to living gluten free. Creating a new standard in gluten free cuisine, Kristi appears on WJHL “Daytime Tri-Cities” cooking segments, teaches classes for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Culinary School, as well as the College for Older Adults. Sharing her passion for food with others, Kristi offers personal chef services, menu planning, and gourmet bakery items. Kristi is a keynote speaker and demonstrator for gluten intolerance & autism groups around the country in order to spread awareness of gluten intolerance.

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