Taste of Home is back! Tickets on sale Tuesday

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:23 am on Saturday, January 21, 2012

Women fill their goodie bags with food and fliers at last year’s Taste of Home cooking show. Taste of Home guests check out the dessert table during last year’s cooking show.

GREENVILLE — Tickets for the annual Taste of Home Cooking School will go on sale Tuesday.
Taste of Home will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.
Taste of Home will feature Culinary Specialist Eric Villegas, an award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality.
“I’m going to be preparing 10 amazing recipes utilizing some of America’s most iconic and loved culinary brands that can be found in any grocery across the country,” Villegas said. “From updated American classics like a peanut butter cheesecake and chocolate strawberry shortcakes to more exotic flavors like our Mexican inspired shrimp bisque and a grilled breast of chicken with a rocking mango chipotle mojo — this is the (Taste of Home Cooking School) class you don’t want to miss.”

Taste of Home guests check out the dessert table during last year’s cooking show.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win the dishes prepared by Villegas.
The event is being brought to the community by The Daily News with the national sponsors of Emeril Legasse, Gallo Family Vineyards, Johnsonville, Mushroom Council and Ortega.
“Taste of Home is definitely a fun-filled opportunity for people who enjoy cooking, reading about cooking and just admire people who can cook,” said Lisa Boyd, advertising director at The Daily News.

Tickets may be purchased beginning Tuesday at The Daily News located at 109 N. Lafayette St., Greenville, or by calling (616) 754-9301 with a credit card. Tickets also can be obtained online at www.staffordmediasolutions.com/taste-of-home.
Tickets are $12.50 each with only 716 available. There are 96 VIP tickets available for $45 each as well, Boyd said.
VIP tickets include an autographed Taste of Home cookbook by Villegas, a backstage tour, face time with Villegas and premium seats.
The event often sells out so organizers recommend buying tickets early.
Goodie bags filled with great samples from the national sponsors — including recipes, food items and Taste of Home products — and local businesses will be available. People with VIP tickets will receive special items in their goodie bags.
“It’s a terrific girls-night out,” Boyd said.
Attendees can meet 20 vendors before the show for about an hour and a half to two hours. Food samples also will be available, including unique products geared toward female shoppers.

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