We will have collection barrels for the Food Bank so please bring items and help fill them up when you arrive on campus..
They will be located near the entrance to the P.A.C.
Experience the excitement and fun of live cooking demonstrations
Meet your Culinary Specialist Eic Villegas
He will be showing us how to fix great dishes
and treats and entertain us at the same time!!
Eric is incredibly grateful for the many experiences he has gained through the Taste of Home Cooking School.
"I enjoy meeting so many enthusiastic fans of Taste of Home. They inspire me with their love of cooking and support for our program.I also really enjoy the cameraderie that is built working with the local volunteers in putting together the big show"
Eric gained a love for cooking as a child and teenager cooking with his parents and learning some of the less common tricks from his grandmother's Bolivian cuisine. He studied liberal arts at Michigan State University, then moved to France, where he attended Anne Willan's LaVarenne Ecole de Cuisine and Steven Spurrier's Academie du Vin.
After two years abroad, Eric returned tothe U.S. and continued his studies at the New England Cilinary Institute. His long and successful carrer includes opening two restaurants, writing two cookbooks and earning two regional EMMY awards for his popular TV show, "Fork in the Road with Eric Villegas"....but he still loves simple fried chicken and potato chips!
He loves finding new dishes and local favorites in every state he visits.
Culinary Specialist Eric will show step-by-step instructions on how to create satisfying and flavorful dishes
There will also be valuable gift bags, many fantastic door prizes, lots of free samples and fun for everyone.
Everyone will have a chance to win one of our two special prizes
$250.00 Gates Gift Certificate
Gates Home Furnishings
Lodging for 2 plus $40.00 meal certificate at
The Mill Casino in Coos Bay
Soroptimist International of River Valley
Once inside, you will be given a fantastic gift bag. Each of our many sponsors will have an great item in the bag.
Then, in the lobby, you'll notice that we will be selling Taste of Home Cookbooks, at a discounted price. Be sure to check it out.
Giving Out Our Gift Bags
Taste of Home Cookbooks for Sale
Guests Looking Over and Buying Cookbooks
Once you've picked out and saved your seat in the auditorium, you'll be free to visit the many sponsors' booths. Each one will offer free sample items, many of them food products, as well as items for sale.
Three of our sponsors will also have great food available to purchase so you don't have to worry about missing dinner in case the vendor samples don't fill you up
More Sponsor Booths
Even More Sponsor Booths
Once the show begins, there will be numerous recipes put together and cooked right there on stage. A big screen will help everyone see what's happening. Once the foods are ready, they are put aside to be given away as part of the door prizes.
During breaks in the show, the door prizes will be given away. Each of our sponsors donates at least one prize, valued at a minimum of $25. Taste of Home also provides numerous prizes from national sponsors.
Some of Door Prizes on Display
The Crowd Enjoying the Show
A Little Help from a Guest
HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME AT OUR SHOW!!!
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