County commended for generosity
attends cooking school
A record crowd attended the 2009
Taste of Home cooking school last Thursday at the South Ripley
Elementary School, Versailles.
Culinary Specialist Dana Elliott kept the crowd of nearly 800
entertained and informed as she demonstrated eight easy recipes.
Elliott complimented the generosity of the people who attended
the show who participated in the Cooks Who Care campaign bringing
canned goods to the event. The bucket (a large decorated trash
can) was full and overflowed onto the floor with non-perishable
food that was taken to the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry in
This is the first show Ive done where people have
participated in this - its just wonderful, Elliott
commended the crowd.
The show, which lasted about two hours, was lively as Elliott
demonstrated not only how to make holiday recipes, but added wit
Before the show began attendees began lining up early to gain
optimal seating. The crowd stretched through the elementary school
hallways, which provided shelter from the weather for those who
At 5 p.m. the doors opened with patient participants getting front
row seats to see Festive in a Flash Holiday Shortcuts.
The atmosphere was festive as holiday music was played on the
piano by Karen Reynolds. Nineteen booths were open for people
to browse, sample goodies, sign up for additional prizes and do
a little before Thanksgiving Christmas shopping.
Ripley Publishing Co. Publisher Linda Chandler was thrilled with
the turn out from the national and local businesses who put so
much effort into it for those who came for the show. This
was the best show ever, she noted as the evening wound down.
Every attendee received valuable coupons, samples and three free
magazines. Over 80 door prizes were given away from a number of
gift certificates to a freezer, donated by Southeastern Indiana
REMC. Melissa Baker of Milan was the lucky recipient of the freezer.
Darlene Luers of Osgood was the happy winner of a microwave, provided
by Ripley Publishing Co. This is great, my son will be going
to college and this is perfect, she smiled as she came on
stage to claim her prize.
Bags of groceries from the Versailles Super Valu and multiple
other prizes including the prepared dishes by Elliott were all
An event of this magnitude isnt put together by one person
- or even one group. Chandler noted that the community spirit
is alive and well in Ripley County as a number of people worked
together for the event.
The local sponsors were touted throughout the evening and thanked
for their generosity. Chandler specifically thanked the South
Ripley School Corporation, the staff and high school students
who volunteered. The students were outstanding, she
Pleaks Do-It Center, Greensburg, provided appliances for
the stage as well as a reclining chair, which was a hit.
Local ladies volunteered their time during the day for early preparation
and then again during the show. A special thanks goes out to Joyce
Taylor, June Kieffer, Marilyn Browning, Stella Menchhofer, and
Karen Owen for all their help.
Chandler praised the excellent job by Dana Elliott as was evidenced
in rave reviews on her Taste of Home website after the show.
Comments such as I had a blast, It was loads
of fun, were heard as attendees enjoyed the ease with which
the culinary specialist presented the show. One lady said, I
had fun and learned a lot.
Already people are asking, When is the next cooking school?
Ripley Publishing Co., publishers of the Osgood Journal
and The Versailles Republican, is the media sponsor for
the show and hopes to be able to again offer the opportunity to
the community. The schedule is set by Taste of Home and usually
is every other year.
Future cooking school events will be announced early in your local
newspapers, the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
ABOVE: The large crowd at the Taste of
Home cooking school held up their magazines each attendee
received in their goodie bag as Dana Elliott welcomed everyone
to the event that saw cooks laughing and learning.
BELOW: Culinary Specialist Dana Elliott prepared eight festive
holiday dishes for the crowd. Throughout the presentation
numerous prizes were drawn for door prizes that ranged from
bags of groceries to a freezer. The show was hailed as one
of the best ever with participants looking forward to the