10/3/2012 7:26:00 PM Taste of Home kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday
A delicious array of vendors and activities awaits folks who take in Thursday's Taste of Home Cooking event in Windom. Tickets will be sold at the Windom Community Center,the site of this popular event. However, folks can save $5 by buying them in advance. In this case, "advance" means before 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Details on how to buy tickets can be found on the main photo of the homepage on www.windomnews.com.
Array of vendors
Thursday's event, which is sponsored by Citizen Publishing Company, begins at 4 p.m. It appears there will be 20 vendors on hand. While receiving their special bag of "goodies" and samples, guests will immediately receive a key "vendor sheet." Once they get each of the vendors to sign their sheet, they will be entered in a drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks. If you don't win that prize, there will be other opportunities. Throughout the night door prizes will be given away, including: Toro products, gift certificates, national sponsor giveaways, baskets and food is made by culinary specialist Karen Davis at Thursday's cooking show. Early arrivers also will have the first chance to try the Hy-Vee meal featuring a wrap, fruit cup, cookie and beverage for $5. The VIP experience begins at 5:15 p.m. It includes a wine/cheese/fruit and appetizer, along with a meet-and-greet with Davis and a demonstration by Hy-Vee dietitian Katie Wilhelmi. Also, the Community Center will have a full bar available.
The cooking show is set to begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to run just over two hours. Throughout the show, Davis will be up front demonstrating different cooking techniques and tips. Audience members will be able to watch from overhead on two different large screens in the Community Center. Davis expects to make 10 dishes that evening. Her recipe list includes such tasty dishes as: light chocolate chunk coffee cake, veggie lasagna, sausage stuffed mushrooms and pineapple-cashew chicken salad. When not on the road traveling for Taste of Home Cooking Schools, Davis works as a food consultant, developing and testing recipes, conducting hands-on cooking classes and writing for various food companies. Davis' work experience includes various food marketing positions with the egg and pork industries, as well as for a cooking appliance manufacturer.
Buying advance tickets Advance tickets can be purchased up till 3:00 p.m. Thursday at several locations: The Citizen office, located at 260 10th St. in Windom. Hy-Vee's customer service desk. The Observer/Advocate office located at 247 11th St. North in Mt. Lake. By calling (507) 831-3455 (the Citizen office). All buyers purchasing tickets over the phone must use a credit card.