Cooking school slated for April 1

Tickets are now on sale for the Taste of Home Cooking School with Culinary Specialist Cheryl Cohen, hosted by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.

The cooking school will take place April 1 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way in Weirton. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the show, featuring seasonal dishes prepared on stage by Cohen, begins at 7 p.m.

“From experienced home chefs to beginners learning their way around the kitchen, the Taste of Home Cooking School offers something for everyone – putting a fresh spin on old favorites and adding new recipes to your seasonal repertoire,” said Cohen. “Almond Torte is one of the recipes that will be demonstrated at the show. With its creamy custard filling and delightfully light texture, this not-too-sweet dessert is the perfect spring choice to make for your family and friends.”

Originally from the Cleveland area, Cohen developed her love of cooking around the age of 12 as she watched her mother and grandmothers in the kitchen. By the time she was a teenager, she was pitching in to help make dinner.

“Both my grandmothers were special cooks,” she said. “One cooked from her garden in the country. I loved her green beans, ham and potatoes, celery seed dressing and her fresh peach pie. The other grandmother lived in the city, and I loved her kuchen, poppy seed roll and nut roll.”

Cohen’s love of cooking led her to earn her bachelor of science degree in home economics education and extension from Ohio State University. From there, she has worked as a cooking school manager and instructor for a supermarket. She is a certified food safety professional and food safety instructor under the ServSafe program.

“I like to challenge the audience to catch me forgetting to add an ingredient,” said Cohen. “Sometimes I do it on purpose, but there is always an item I will forget during a show. When that happens, I like to reward the person who catches it with a small prize.

“I always look forward to being on stage, having fun with the audience and just the whole excitement of the show. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we enjoy it – the excitement of being with the audience and just having fun!”

When she’s not teaching cooking school audiences, Cheryl spends time at home with her family in Dover.

The show is sponsored in cooperation with Weirton Medical Center and Create-A-Room. M&M Hardware, Steubenville Wal-Mart and Frank and Jerry’s Appliances and Furniture also are show sponsors. Kelli McCoy of Lex Multi-Media will be mistress of ceremonies.

“The Taste of Home Cooking School remains very popular, an evening that many area residents look forward to attending. That interest, coupled with the support of our sponsors and the return of Cheryl, makes this a can’t-miss event,” said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers.

Tickets start at $12 for general admission, $25 for preferred seating and $45 for VIP tickets.

VIP ticket holders may attend a special meet-and-greet reception with Cohen, including refreshments, beginning at 4 p.m., at the cultural center’s Tesla Lounge; receive a free autographed copy of “Taste of Home Recipes Across America;” and have reserved seating in the front of the auditorium. Only 50 VIP tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders.

Preferred seating ticket holders will be seated immediately behind the VIP ticket holders, and preferred seating is limited.

General admission tickets are available at M&M Hardware and the Weirton Shop’n Save, and general admission, preferred seating and VIP tickets are available at the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times offices.

“This is a great event for everyone in our area, from the culinary experts to the beginners,” said Craig Howell, The Weirton Daily Times managing editor. “We always have a big crowd, and our guests seem to enjoy their evening as they watch the cooking demonstrations, browse the vendor tables and take a chance on a variety of prizes.”

All those attending will receive goody bags including the Taste of Home Cooking School magazine, including recipes featured during the program; coupons; and samples. Ticket stubs will be drawn for door prizes throughout the event.

“This is one of our most popular and anticipated events of the year,” said Maggie McGinnis, inside sales supervisor for the newspapers. “Our area cooks love this event and have made it a success for more than 20 years.”

During the event, those attending may purchase “Taste of Home Recipes Across America,” which includes 500 pages of regional main and side dishes and desserts from across the U.S. with color photos, for $25. Additional Taste of Home cookbooks will be available, some at discounted prices. These cookbooks also will be available for purchase at the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times offices located at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, in the near future.

A vendor show, featuring more than 30 vendors, will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., immediately prior to the show. Additional vendors are being accepted. To become a vendor, call McGinnis at (740) 283-4711, extension 328.

The Tesla Lounge will have a buffet available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A prize drawing also will be held – past prizes have included a choice between a Webber gas grill or a patio set, provided by M&M Hardware – and tickets will be available to the general public in advance of the event at the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times offices. Tickets are one for $5 and three for $10 and also can be purchased at the event. The winner need not be present.

Millions have attended Taste of Home Cooking Schools during the past 20 years, and Taste of Home holds more than 300 cooking schools each year, attended by approximately 300,000 cooks. Recipes are demonstrated using ingredients easily found at grocery stores.

Each year, thousands submit more than 40,000 recipes from across the United States and Canada, 3,000 of which are published by Taste of Home. Every recipe published is evaluated and selected by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, which ensures it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients.

Taste of Home content is available in print; online at TasteofHome.com; in books; via digital download on the iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Obtain a subscription at www.TasteofHome.com or on a digital download device.

For information about the Taste of Home Cooking School, visit the website at www.TasteofHome.com/Cooking-Schools.