Taste of Home Cooking School’s Eric Villegas will be the featured culinary specialist at this year’s event, slated for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Crete Memorial Civic Center in Plattsburgh.
Ed Coats, associate publisher of Denton Publications and New Market Press, who has been organizing Taste of Home locally since first offering it in Burlington, Vt., six years ago, said people in the community are looking forward to the event.
“Tickets are selling extremely well,” said Coats. “We expect it to be sold out again this year, even with the added seating.”
More than 1,100 in attendance were in attendance for the debut of the cooking school in Plattsburgh last year, said Coats.
“Last year, we had to turn people away at the door and, with the strong sales already this year, I would advise people to get there tickets as soon as possible,” said Coats.
Taste of Home will feature cooking demonstrations from culinary specialist Eric Villegas, who has conducted Taste of Home shows across the country. Villegas earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University before moving to Paris where he attended LaVarenne Ecole de Cuisine and Academie du Vin. Villegas returned to the States to continue his studies at the New England Culinary Institute.
The event will also feature booths hosted by more than 30 local vendors, featuring cooking utensils, home furnishings, bakeries and representatives from companies like Pampered Chef, Celebrating Home and Mary Kay.
The cost of admission is $15, with advance tickets available at Price Chopper in Plattsburgh, Champlain and Lake Placid. Tickets are also available at Wilson’s Appliance Center and Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry in Plattsburgh.
Doors will open for the event at 10:30 a.m., with the show to begin at 2 p.m. Attendees get free goodie bags. Door prizes will be awarded, including a diamond from Perrywinkle’s and new range from Wilson’s Appliance.
Taste of Home Cooking School is sponsored locally by Denton Publications, Price Chopper, Wilson’s Appliance Center, Kool 105, WOKO 98.9, and WJOY AM1230. The event is sponsored nationally by Bird’s Eye Voila, Chex, Domino Foods, C & H Sugar, Eggland’s Best Eggs, Gallo Family Vineyards, King Arthur Flour, Kitchen Basics, National Pork Board, Success, West Bend Appliance, and the Mushroom Council.
For more information about the Taste of Home Cooking School, including purchasing tickets or hosting a booth at the show, contact Denton Publications at 561-9680, ext. 105.