ROCK SPRINGS — Meigs County will be serving another helping of “Taste of Home Magazine’s Cooking School” on Saturday, May 19 at Meigs High School.
Doors open at noon and the show, which first arrived in Meigs County in 2009, gets started at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 with a limited number of VIP tickets priced at $45. The VIP ticket includes a free, autographed cookbook, VIP parking, entry and seating, stage tour and meet and greet with Chef Eric Villegas.
“Taste of Home” magazine is known as one of the leading cooking magazines in the world and each year its roadshow grows in popularity. In Meigs County, the show has become a tourist attraction with many from neighboring counties attending the event.
Cooking schools typically consist of a 2.5 hour stage demonstration of 10 recipes, offering “valuable” cooking tips. In addition, there will be local food vendors showing off local flavor and gift bags will be given at the door. Organizers say the gift bags will contain prizes worth more than the ticket - including two “Taste of Home” magazines, coupons and other gifts from local as well as national sponsors.
As for who will be leading this year’s show, Culinary Specialist Villegas is a pro and conducts schools from California to New Jersey.
“I thoroughly enjoy meeting so many enthusiastic fans of Taste of Home,” Villegas said. “They inspire me with their love and cooking and support for our program. I also really enjoy the camaraderie that is built working with the local volunteers in putting together the big show.”
Villegas studied liberal arts at Michigan State University and, after that, he moved to France where he attended Anne Willan’s LaVarenne Ecole de Cuisine and Steven Spurrier’s Academie du Vin. After two years abroad, he returned to the states and continued his studies at the New England Culinary Institute. During his long and successful career, he has opened two restaurants, written two cookbooks, and earned two regional EMMY awards for his popular television show, “Fork in the Road with Eric Villegas.”
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door or the Meigs County Chamber of Commerce, all Farmers Bank locations, Retro 92.1 in Middleport, So Livi’s on Court St. in Athens, Ohio, Bob’s Market in Belpre, Ohio and WMPO in Middleport. For more information call 740-992-6485 or 1-866-655-3764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.