Taste of Home Cooking Show Promises Easy-to-Make, Affordable Dishes


October 18, 2011
Dearborn Ford Community & Performing Arts Center ,
Cost: $18

Love cooking? Just learning to cook? Just love good, affordable, easy-to-make food? Then the Taste of Home Cooking Show on Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dearborn Ford Community & Performing Arts Center is for you.

Hosted by Metro Parent magazine, the show features a two-hour cooking demonstration with Taste of Home Chef Michael Barna, along with food tastings; coupons and giveaways from local companies like Meijer, Panera and Edibles Rex; and prize drawings for microwaves, wine, cookbooks and cookware.

Lisa Rudy, multimedia sales specialist for Metro Parent, said this show is the third of its kind, with past Taste of Home demonstrations held at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts. “It’s a good pairing with Metro Parent because a lot of people are looking for meals that are affordable but maybe a little bit different,” said Rudy.

Barna will be making 10 different fall-themed dishes on stage, including raspberry mustard pork loin, Tuscan bread salad, agave chocolate cake and others. And even though these sound fancy, they’re easy-to-make and affordable, Rudy said. “It’s made for the home cook. We’re not doing big reduction sauces or elaborate things.”

Barna will give tips and tidbits for quick, affordable cooking throughout the show, and according to Rudy, he’s sure to keep you entertained.

“They really put on a show,” Rudy said of the Taste of Home cooks.

What’s more, even though the theater has room for 1,000 – and past shows have played to that many and more – everyone will be able to see what’s going on onstage, Rudy said. “We’ve got a big screen so folks can see regardless of their seats.”

After the demonstration, attendees will get a goodie bag with all the recipes, plus Taste of Home magazines and subscriptions, coupons and other giveaways.

The cooking demonstration starts at 7 p.m., but the doors open at 5 p.m. to give people a chance to browse the 15 or so vendors onsite with food samples, products and giveaways.

Meijer is sponsoring the event and will have Registered Dietitian, Tina Miller, on hand to provide healthy eating tips, menu planning ideas and other advice. Meijer will also have plenty of food samples and other giveaways at its vendor booth.

General admission tickets are $18, but there are also VIP tickets for $38, and those include a Taste of Home cookbook autographed by Chef Michael Barna, a question-and-answer session with the chef, early entrance, top-notch seats and a reception with appetizers.

“We’ve gotten a really great response from our readership,” Rudy said of the Taste of Home shows, which Metro Parent plans to continue hosting. “People are into it. They really have fun.”

Tickets are available at www.dearborntheater.com or by calling the box office at (313) 943-2354. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door before the event.