The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 27, 2013

New tastes to fall for

Taste of Home Cooking School coming to Beckley

BECKLEY — Who says there’s no accounting for taste? Three hundred-thousand home chefs faithful to any of the 300 annual Taste of Home Cooking Schools held across America will join once again this year to hone their culinary skills in time for the holidays.

One show location is the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, where on Nov. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. doors open to an arena of tasteful temptations for seasonal family get-togethers. In addition to recipe box redoes from Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Cheryl Cohen, guests at this year’s Gutter Pro-sponsored event are in store for bigger and more valuable giveaways than ever, explains show coordinator Ann Kelly.

“Inside the Chick-Fil-A goodie bags alone, visitors will get their Taste of Home magazines, vendor and national sponsor coupons and a full-sized jar of Jif Hazelnut Spread,” she states. Tastings in-the-round include Chick-Fil-A, Sam’s Club and ticket sponsor Dickey’s Barbecue, whose general admission passes double as free barbecue sandwich (with drink purchase) coupons. Kelly has worked with vendors to plan drawings both valuable and practical to punctuate the evening. The most anticipated Grand Prize is a dinette set from Grand Home Furnishings; Grand Home is also sponsoring the popular “Best Seat in the House” recliner giveaway and front-and-center seating. Also among the drawings are five free interment spaces valued at up to $1,100 each from vendor Sunset Memorial Park.

Each of a limited number of VIP ticketholders will receive the hardback newest recipe collection along with reserved up-close-and-personal seating for the 6:30 p.m. cooking demonstration.

“From experienced home chefs to beginners learning their way around the kitchen, the Taste of Home Cooking School offers something for everyone — putting a fresh spin on old favorites and adding new recipes to your seasonal repertoire,” said Cohen, a familiar face on the Beckley show’s stage. Cohen will interactively prepare Spinach Stuffed Chicken Pockets as one of several recipes in a line-up for all attendees to witness. She’ll use appliances by sponsor Sears and fresh, uncomplicated ingredients from Kroger at Beckley Crossing, all of which showgoers can easily add to their grocery lists for post-event preparations. “With their creamy filling and delightful crispy crust, these elegant entrees are easy enough for weeknights, yet special enough for company, too,” Cohen said.

Tickets are on sale now for this special taste of fall event from Taste of Home. VIP tickets are $40 each and are going fast, says Kelly. General admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 304-255-4409 or picked up in person at Beckley Newspapers offices, 801 N. Kanawha St., Beckley.

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