The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 26, 2012

So close, you can taste it

Demonstrations and local vendors provide fall fun and excitement

Sweaters, steaming mugs, stewing pots of chili and football — fall has made a brisk homecoming with its noticeable changes in temperature, bringing along with the chill more favorite reasons why to put away the flip-flops.

Autumn heightens anticipation, as well, for the best area festivals and celebrations, including a food-lover favorite, the Taste of Home Cooking show.

Tickets go on sale today for the Nov. 15 Taste of Home Cooking School, attended nationwide by nearly 5 million people over the last 20 years. This year, Beckley Newspapers and its local sponsors are bringing an enhanced format with 10 demonstrations, two more than the typical eight, and with multiple seating options at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

VIP ticketholders ($40) will occupy the rows nearest the stage and will receive the hardbound Taste of Home Christmas 2012 recipe collection.

General admission is $15, where attendees can choose to sit in the upper or floor sections of the BRCCC.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., as cooking enthusiasts can expect to browse a variety of vendors, register for prizes throughout the evening and prepare to witness first-hand the recipes that can transform their holiday tables. Beginning 6:30 p.m., Culinary Specialist Cheryl Cohen focuses on a literal buffet of family and friend fare to translate into kitchens just in time for home entertainment season.

Attendees will also receive gift bags with sponsor coupons and samples and even chances to win the dishes prepared on stage during the show, which lasts about two hours through demonstrations.

Local sponsors include Sears for appliances; John Eye Big Sandy Superstore, the grand prize sponsor; local food sponsor Kroger and Chick-fil-A of Beckley.

Nationally, expect brands Domino sugar and C&H, Eggland’s Best, Gallo Family Vineyards, Johnsonville, the National Pork Board, Saladmaster, Mrs. Dash and Shop Taste of Home to provide both ingredients and giveaways for an evening of edible excitement.

Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, a Texas-based franchise opening in Beckley, is the event’s ticket sponsor, offering a free barbecue sandwich coupon to each ticket buyer. Tickets for the event are limited (150 V.I.P., 1,000 general admission) so call 304-255-4409 or stop by Beckley Newspapers at 801 N. Kanawha St., Beckley, to get yours.

In the meantime, here are a steaming pot, platter, pie plate, squash pod and teapot full of ingredients to whet appetites for what’s to come in Taste of Home original recipes.

 

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