In addition to being a culinary special for Taste of Home Cooking Schools, Barna's background also includes facilitating private and Web site cooking classes, conducting local and national television commercials, and competing in national recipe contests.
"We're excited to have Michael as our featured chef this year," said Coats. "I'm very impressed with what I've read about him and if he's as good as last year's chef, people are in for a treat."
Taste of Home will also feature booths hosted by more than 30 local vendors, featuring everything from cooking utensils, home furnishings, candy makers and more, said Coats.
"We've got a lot of great local businesses and representatives from national companies, too, who are on board with this event," said Coats. "We've had people jumping at the chance to be a part of this and I'm positive that's because they know how big this is going to be. It's unbelievable."
The enthusiasm hasn't stopped with just the vendors, added Coats.
"We've been selling tickets left and right for this," he said. "I knew it would be a hit, but I didn't know it would be such a hit so fast."
With only days left until the event, tickets are selling fast, said Coats. The cost of admission is $13, with VIP passes available for $40. VIP passes give attendees an autographed Taste of Home cookbook, meet and greet with Barna and guaranteed front-row seating.
"There may be some tickets available at the door, but I wouldn't wait until then," noted Coats. "Last year's show sold out."
Doors will open for the event at 11 a.m., with the show to begin at 2 p.m. Attendees get free goodie bags. Door prizes will be awarded.
Tickets may be purchased at Price Chopper in Plattsburgh, Champlain and Lake Placid. Tickets are also available at Wilson's Appliance Center in Plattsburgh and the Plattsburgh office of Denton Publications. VIP passes are available only at Denton Publications.