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Taste of Home Cooking School returns Sept. 15

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By Stacey Manning, Managing Editor

Take off your apron and turn off the stove, it’s time to get out of the house and let someone else cook for a change.

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The Taste of Home Cooking School, sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders with a vendor show. General admission ticket-holders are admitted at 4 p.m. The vendor show concludes at 5:30 p.m., just in time for the cooking show, which starts at 6 p.m.

Local vendors will be set up and ready to show off their products. They will have products for sale and will be available to provide information, answer questions and more. Many offer samples of their products and some conduct prize drawings.

“The event is being catered by Taylor Cuisine Café and Catering out of Southport,” Williamson explained. “There will be entertainment provided before the cooking show by Habitat Follies performers. The West Brunswick Show Choir will perform the National Anthem and will do an introduction for the culinary specialist.”

It’s an event people of all ages can enjoy, she added.

The cooking show is a popular draw for Brunswick County food enthusiasts, as people throughout the country. In the past 20 years, some 5 million people have experienced the nationally recognized cooking school.

Now, it’s your turn to get in on the action.

“The Taste of Home Cooking School is one event you don’t want to miss,” said event organizer and Brunswick Beacon advertising representative Christy Williamson. “Michelle ‘Red’ Roberts will be our culinary specialist again this year. This is the fifth time that she has been with us.”

With cooking demonstrations by the Taste of Home team led by Roberts attendees will learn seasonal recipes that are perfect for every holiday and occasion, and every skill level. Like all Taste of Home recipes, these recipes were shared by people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together, and can be made with readily available ingredients to create memorable meal moments. Plus, learn tips and tricks that will help you save time and make the most of your cooking experience.

“For anyone that has not seen her before, she is very entertaining and a fabulous chef,” Williamson said. “For those that have seen her you know that there is never a boring moment when she is on stage. She has a great line up of recipes this year and all of the dishes that she prepares onstage are given away as door prizes.”

There are other prizes attendees can win, too, including bags of groceries from Hills Food Store, gift certificates to Glamorous Salon and Spa, books donated by local authors Jaqueline DeGroot and Miller Pope, a gift certificate from Sugar Confections, a flag from Flags & More and many more prizes that are being donated by the Taste of Home Cooking School.

This year volunteers from Brunswick Community College will be on stage to help Roberts with food preparation.

“These volunteers have been a part of the show for several years and have been instrumental in making the show a success,” Williamson said.

And, if you like to cook, you can get in on the action, too. This year the Beacon is again sponsoring a chocolate challenge cooking contest.

To enter, bring your favorite chocolate dish to the Beacon’s office at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte no later than noon on Sept. 14. The dishes will by judged locally and the top-10 will be personally judged by Roberts.

Prizes will be awarded at the show for best presentation, best of show and most original.

Event tickets

There are several general admission tickets remaining. They are $10 each.

The Beacon will have a special ticket sales event on Friday, Sept. 7.

“It’s a great opportunity to get your Taste of Home ticket and support a local food bank,” Williamson said. “We are going to be at four sponsor location. If you bring a can good to be donated to the food bank, you get $1 off your ticket price.”

Ticket sales will be at Sugar Confections in Shallotte from 9-11 a.m. and from noon until 2 p.m. at Hills Foods and Douglas Diamonds in Shallotte and Kimberly Jo’s Boutique in Ocean Isle Beach.

For more information about the cooking show, call the Beacon at 754-6890 or stop by the Beacon office at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte, across the street from the post office.

 For more information, visit www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools online.