ELKINS - Preparations are nearly complete as officials are brewing up a batch of tasty fun for the Taste of Home Cooking School, brought to you by The Inter-Mountain and Valentine's Personal Care Home.
Tickets for Thursday's event at the new National Guard Armory near Elkins are on sale now at The Inter-Mountain's Elkins office, 520 Railroad Ave., and its Buckhannon office, 3 Traders Alley. Tickets also may be purchased at The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce office, 14 E. Main St. in Buckhannon. Ticket prices are $20 for VIP admission and $12 for general admission.
In addition to The Inter-Mountain and Valentine's, other event sponsors include the Railyard Restaurant, the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and Clayton Homes of Elkins.
The vendor fair is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m., with the live cooking show set for 6:30 p.m. Parking at the armory will be limited to VIP guests. All other ticket holders will have free shuttle service from the Junior Fire Department to the venue, which is located on U.S. Route 33 West about 10 miles from Elkins.
Signs will be placed at the turning point for both the Junior parking area and the armory itself. Parking at both locations is free.
In addition to prime parking, VIP ticket holders will be treated to an exclusive private tasting reception, sponsored by the 1863 Restaurant. The tasting will begin at 5 p.m. and will last about 60 minutes. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras for the meet-and-greet with Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Cheryl Cohen.
All tickets include parking, admission to the vendor fair and show as well as a commemorative goodie bag filled with Taste of Home magazines, money-saving coupons and product give-aways as well as information about local and national businesses.
Prior to the event, donations will be collected to benefit the Catholic Charities food bank, which serves the region. Nonperishable food items and canned foods will be accepted.