Popular Taste of Home Cooking School this weekend

PLATTSBURGH — Cooking at home brings family and friends together.

The famed Taste of Home Cooking School has brought millions together over the past 20 years.

This weekend, the North Country will gather for cooking demonstrations, to learn seasonal recipes and more at the Taste of Home Cooking School event in Plattsburgh.

“It is a great show that everyone in the area looks forward to, with people coming from as far away as Albany to attend the show,” said Ed Coats, associate publisher of Denton Publications and an organizer of the event.

The doors at the Crete Civic Center open at 10:30 a.m. for the Nov. 3 event, while the show starts at 2 p.m. The event will feature more than 45 vendors, goodie bags for all and more than 50 door prizes.

“The show is always a sell out,” Coats said. “Get your tickets at Price Chopper and Wilson Appliances.”

Nearly 5 million people have attended the Taste of Home Cooking School over the past 20 years.

Roughly 300,000 people attend Taste of Home Cooking School events yearly, with the Plattsburgh cooking demoinstration led by Chef Michael Barna.

“I love being on stage, entertaining, and sharing my love of cooking,” Barna said. “It’s all about bringing the family back to the table.”

Barna’s own love of family food can be traced back to his grandmother’s Hungarian cooking. He has been cooking since he was 13 and earned his Associate of Occupational Studies Degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Barna has facilitated private and online cooking classes, appeared in local and national televition commercials, and been featured in national recipe showcases. Barna helped open three gourmet casino restaurants in Atlantic City and spent time as Executive SOus Chef at a prestigious 5 Diamond 4 Star hotel in Philadelphia before becoming the Executive Chef for a major national gourmet specialty food shop.

Attendees at the event of every skill level will learn an array of recipes.

The recipes have been shared by people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together.

Attendees will also learn tips and tricks to help them save time and make the most of their cooking experiences.

Those who come early to the show can visit booths hosted by local vendors and receive gift bags with coupons and samples. They will also have a chance to win door prizes.

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