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‘Taste of Home’ returns to Crete Nov. 5

Cooking school to feature chef Eric Villegas

Taste of Home Cooking School’s Eric Villegas will be the featured culinary specialist at this year’s event, slated for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Crete Memorial Civic Center in Plattsburgh.

Taste of Home Cooking School’s Eric Villegas will be the featured culinary specialist at this year’s event, slated for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Crete Memorial Civic Center in Plattsburgh. Photo provided

— The Taste of Home Cooking School is back by popular demand.

Denton Publications and other fine sponsors will bring the Taste of Home Cooking School back to the Crete Memorial Civic Center Saturday, Nov. 5, once again giving people an opportunity to learn helpful tips and techniques through informative cooking demonstrations.

Ed Coats, associate publisher of Denton Publications and New Market Press, has been organizing Taste of Home locally since first offering it in Burlington, Vt., six years ago. Coats worked to get the event this side of Lake Champlain last year, seeing a large number of New Yorkers attending it faithfully year after year.

And, last year exceeded Coats’ expectations, with more than 1,100 in attendance.

“Last year was great,” said Coats. “The show was completely sold out. Unfortunately, we had to turn people away at the door because we had no more space or goodie bags.”

Coats anticipates a similar level of interest in this year’s event, he said.

“We’ve been getting calls since June asking if we were doing it again,” said Coats. “Actually, people were asking us right after last year’s show if we would be bringing it back. People are excited for Taste of Home.”

The event will center around demonstrations from Taste of Home culinary specialist Eric Villegas, who has conducted Taste of Home shows across the country. According to the Taste of Home website, Villegas has had a love for the culinary arts since he was a child. He earned his bachelor’s degree in from Michigan State University before moving to Paris where he attended LaVarenne Ecole de Cuisine and Academie du Vin. Villegas returned to the States to continue his studies at the New England Culinary Institute.

Villegas has also owned two restaurants, written two cookbooks, and earned two regional Emmy awards for his popular television show, “Fork in the Road with Eric Villegas.”

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