Taste of Home returning to Demopolis

Published 2:54 pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Taste of Home Cooking School will return to Demopolis this year on Tuesday, May 21.

Michelle “Red” Roberts will bring her culinary talents back to the Demopolis Civic Center to put on a cooking demonstration for those in attendance.

In addition to her show, there will be door prizes, food vendors and retail vendors. Samples from her show will also be available.

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Jenn Tate, executive director of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce, said it is a blessing that Demopolis is able to host one of these shows every year.

“They usually don’t do a show unless there is a venue to seat 700 people or more,” Tate said, “but I think Michelle (Roberts) talks them into letting them come here.”

The Demopolis Civic Center only seats around 350 people, so people are encouraged to get their tickets quickly.

“Demopolis always does a great job for us,” Roberts said. “I enjoy coming there because I have family in Demopolis, but we have a lot of people there who love what we do, and they really enjoy the shows.”

Tickets for the event are $15 and are available at the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will not be sold at the door for the event. The doors for the show open at 5 p.m. and the show will begin at 6 p.m.

Tate said they are still looking for volunteers for the event, such as sous-chefs to help with preparation.

There is still space available for vendors at the event as well. The cost for a retail vendor to set up at the event is $100 for non-chamber members, and $50 for chamber members. Vendors giving away free samples of food get a free booth.

“It is a great way to advertise their business and be seen,” Tate said.

The Taste of Home Cooking School show is a two-hour cooking demonstration, in which the chef will show step-by-step instructions on how to create certain dishes.

Everyone in attendance will receive a gift bag with a Taste of Home magazine that will have recipes Roberts will use, items from national sponsors and also items from local businesses.