By Matthew Burdette
ELKINS - A bevy of tasty treats and a night of family fun will abound at this year's Taste of Home Cooking School, brought to you by The Inter-Mountain and Valentine's Personal Care Home.
Tickets for the March 27 event at the new National Guard Armory near Elkins are on sale now at The Inter-Mountain's Elkins office, 520 Railroad Ave., and its
Buckhannon office, 3 Traders Alley. Tickets also may be purchased at The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce office, 14 E. Main St. in Buckhannon. Ticket prices are $20 for VIP admission and $12 for general admission.
In addition to The Inter-Mountain and Valentine's, other event sponsors include the Railyard Restaurant, the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and Clayton Homes of Elkins.
"We are excited to be able to bring the Taste of Home Cooking School to Central West Virginia again this year," said Heather Goodwin Henline, publisher and general manager of The Inter-Mountain said. "From amateur cooks to those who know their way around the kitchen, this event truly has something for everyone."
"In addition, the vendor fair will again showcase local businesses and the many talented artisans in our area," Goodwin Henline said. "Add to that the overall festive atmosphere and the variety of vendors offering samplings, and this makes for the perfect night out for the entire family."
The vendor fair is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m., with the live cooking show set for 6:30 p.m. Parking at the armory will be limited to VIP guests. All other ticket holders will have free shuttle service from the Junior Fire Department to the venue, which is located on U.S. Route 33 West about 10 miles from Elkins.
Signs will be placed at the turning point for both the Junior parking area and the armory itself. Parking at both locations is free.
In addition to prime parking, VIP ticket holders will be treated to an exclusive private tasting reception, sponsored by the 1863 Restaurant. The tasting will begin at 5 p.m. and will last about 60 minutes. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras for the meet-and-greet with Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Cheryl Cohen.
All tickets include parking, admission to the vendor fair and show as well as a commemorative goodie bag filled with Taste of Home magazines, money-saving coupons and product give-aways as well as information about local and national businesses.
Prior to the event, donations will be collected to benefit the Catholic Charities food bank, which serves the region. Nonperishable food items and canned foods will be accepted.
"We are very excited about this year's show," Goodwin Henline said. "This is one of the highlights of our entire year. You don't want to miss this. There will be plenty of food, fun and shopping."