Taste of Home demo Nov. 10 at Two Rivers


WHAT: Taste of Home Cooking School.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 10; doors open at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Two Rivers Convention Center.

COST: $15 general admission; VIP tickets, $50, which includes wine and appetizers, time with culinary specialist Guy Klinzing and autographed copy of Family Favorites cookbook.

TICKETS: On sale at The Daily Sentinel, 734 S. Seventh St.

The troubadour chefs of Taste of Home are coming to Grand Junction.

The two-hour Taste of Home Cooking School is a stage demonstration of 10 to 12 simple recipes and cooking tips. Categories include healthy cooking, holiday recipes and comfort food.

Several of the 15 culinary experts on the Taste of Home staff will give step-by-step instructions on how to prepare some of their favorite dishes.

Many of the recipes are souped-up, but tried-and-true versions of the classics. The cooking school is publisher of three magazines, Taste of Home, Simple & Delicious and Healthy Cooking.

The following are some of the chefs’ favorites:

Cherry and dressing stuffed pork chops with parsley and carrots.

Eggplant, squash and zucchini Bolognese.

Apple cider beef stew with cinnamon.

Pumpkin, gingerbread trifle.

Salmon with citrus and vegetable salsa.

Butternut squash and chickpea Moroccan stew

Caramel apple bread pudding.

Sesame chicken salad with oranges and chestnuts.

Many of the recipes are similar to those you might see on Sandra Lee’s everyday semi-homemade show on the Food Network, everyday food taken to a new level.

FOOD TREND: I was talking to a few friends who live in such foodie cities as Manhattan, Brooklyn, Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas. They all mentioned the explosion and popularity of food carts.

Once dominated by hotdogs and burritos, the fare has expanded to the foods of Trinidad, Turkey, El Salvador, Brazil, India and Ethiopia. (No Ethiopia jokes, please. Some of my favorite places in Washington, D.C., specialize in African food, the genesis of many Southern soul food recipes.)

Portland and Austin have designated pods of mobile food vendors in high-traffic commercial, tourist and bar districts.

Vendors in the boroughs of New York choose their spots in a free-for-all dash. They are truly mobile, and follow the foot traffic from one fashionable nightclub to another.

Some vendors have such a loyal following that they move in the shadow of dark to new locations every night, tweeting where they’ve set up shop.

Bars and nightclubs encourage the practice, signing with trendy vendors to show up at their place on a particular night.

While I realize that Grand Junction isn’t New York City, it isn’t Mayberry, either.

I would love to see a few more food carts, daytime and after-hours.

Near Colorado Mesa University, St. Mary’s Hospital and downtown bars would be obvious spots.

CHIPOTLE: This Halloween, Chipotle restaurants across the United States are dedicating their annual fundraiser to support Farm Aid and The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at supporting individuals and organizations working with independent family farms and sustainable agriculture.

Last year, the restaurant chain started by Steve Ells in Denver, donated $1 million to The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution.

Any customers after 6 p.m. on Halloween who is dressed in a farm-theme costume can buy a burrito for $2 with proceeds benefitting both organizations.

OLD CHICAGO: The Halloween Mini Tour of specialty beers at Old Chicago runs through Oct. 31.

On tap are eight specialty beers, including Rogue Dead Guy, Woodchuck Cider, Blue Moon Harvest Ale, Shock Top Harvest Wheat and Colorado exclusive Tommyknocker Colorado IPA Nouveau.

QUOTE: “Eggs Benedict is genius. It’s eggs covered in eggs. I mean, come on, that person should be the president.” — Wylie Dufresne, chef

Send tips and ideas to Tess.Furey@ gjsentinel.com.


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