school to feature easy holiday cooking, lots of prizes, free samples
and great shopping
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Plans have been finalized for the Simply Christmas Taste of
Home Cooking School coming to the South Ripley Elementary School
on November 8. The school is located on Benham Road in Versailles.
Tickets for the festive event sold out the first day. Those lucky
enough to get a ticket to the event should plan to come early to
get a good seat and take advantage of the opportunity to shop at
the large variety of booths that will be set up. While the show
doesnt start until 7:00 p.m. sharp, the doors will open at
5:00 p.m. Attendees are asked not to arrive before 3:15 p.m. to
alleviate any conflict with school buses leaving for the day.
Those attending should enter the school through the kindergarten
wing (signs will be posted) and wind through the school. This will
provide shelter in case of inclement weather. Then at 5:00 p.m.
Ripley Publishing Co. staff will greet attendees with a goodie bag
filled with items provided by national sponsors and local merchants
along with a Taste of Home holiday recipe card collection. You will
then be escorted into the gym area where you will have papers to
reserve seats. There will be approximately 300 chairs on the floor
for those attending with some of those reserved for handicap seating.
The rest of the seating will be in the bleachers.
After securing your seat for the evening, you are encouraged to
visit the many booths set up in the cafeteria. They include: A Touch
of Country Floral & Gifts, Friendship State Bank, Curves, Gold
Canyon Candles, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Historic
Hoosier Hills, Longaberger, Tupperware, Cali Fine Foods, Simplicity
Gourmet, Tri Kappa, Avon, All About You Med Spa, Rainbow Books &
Gifts, Taste of Home, and the Dabney Baptist Church.
Start your Christmas shopping early at the festive booths where
youll find free samples and discounts. The Tri Kappa booth
will feature their famous cheese balls, which can be ordered and
then picked up immediately following the show. You can sample locally
grown meat at the Historic Hoosier Hills booth and learn about purchasing
fresh meat from local farmers. There will be many door prizes, including
20 bags of groceries from the Versailles Super Valu, gift certificates
and gift baskets with the grand prize being a microwave/convection
oven from Southeastern Indiana REMC. Also, outside on display will
be the Touchstone hot air balloon, compliments of REMC.
Dont worry about cooking dinner that evening, just stop by
the Dabney Baptist Church booth and purchase a chicken salad or
BBQ sandwich, a piece of homemade pie and a drink. There will be
a designated area to sit down, take a break and eat.
Culinary Specialist Dana Elliott will be demonstrating recipes to
make holiday cooking festive, while keeping it simple. There will
be recipes to get you going such as Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee
Cake and Pumpkin Pancakes, to a simple weeknight supper, followed
with holiday entertaining. You will learn how to make Classic Havarti
Fondue, Salmon Crostini with Lemon Dill Sauce, Chocolate-Dipped
Brownie Bites, Minty Snowmen and much more. Those dishes will also
be given away at the end of the show.
The event will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will run for an hour
and a half with no intermission. Door prizes will be given out at
the end of the demonstration.
Major local sponsors making the festive event possible include:
Southeastern Indiana REMC, Osgood, Versailles Super Valu, Halcomb
Home Center, Versailles, Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville,
A Touch of Country Floral & Gifts, Versailles, Friendship State
Bank, and All About You Med Spa, Madison. You can thank these sponsors
and other local merchants who participated in the event by supporting