Taste of Home Cooking School this weekend

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Chocolate challenge calls for best dishes

By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

The Taste of Home Cooking School is Saturday, Nov. 6, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the event opens for VIP ticket holders at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for general admission ticket holders. The day begins with a vendor show, where 20 local vendors will display products and provide information about their businesses and services.

“We have just a really large variety,” Angie Sutton, Beacon advertising director, said.

The vendor show closes at 12:30 p.m. Performers from Senior Follies, Brunswick County’s Habitat for Humanity’s fundraiser, will provide entertainment before the cooking show begins.

Michelle “Red” Roberts, culinary specialist for Taste of Home, takes the stage at 1 p.m. for a live cooking show. During the show, Roberts will demonstrate how to make a variety of appetizers, main courses and desserts, including upside-down banana pecan French toast, cornbread-stuffed turkey breast and cookie-dough truffles.

“It does give you some good ideas coming into the holidays,” Sutton said of the variety of food that will be demonstrated.

Door prizes will be given away throughout the show. Each of the dishes Roberts demonstrates will also be given away as prizes.

The show lasts about an hour and a half, Sutton said, and it will appeal to a wide audience.

“We do have quite a few men attend,” she said. “We have men and women, young and old. Anyone that enjoys cooking, it’d be a great opportunity for them.”


In correlation with this year’s cooking school, event-goers will have the chance to show off their culinary skills in the Chocolate Challenge Cooking Contest.

Similar to last year’s dessert challenge, this year’s contest calls for any dish that is made with chocolate.

“Everybody loves chocolate, and there are so many things you can do with chocolate,” Sutton said of this year’s theme.

Bring your chocolate dishes to The Brunswick Beacon office, located at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte, by noon, Nov. 4. Dishes will be judged locally and narrowed to the top 10. Roberts will select winners at the cooking school event Nov. 6. Prizes will be awarded at the event for the best presentation, best of show and most original.

The Taste of Home Cooking School is Nov. 6 at Odell Williamson Auditorium. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at The Brunswick Beacon. For more information about the show or the chocolate challenge, call Sutton at 754-6890