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Mountain View agency prepares Taste of Home

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LOWVILLE — Mountain View Prevention Services is preparing a second helping of a fundraiser that proved wildly successful last year.

Arlene S. Hall, executive director at Mountain View Prevention Services, said the 2011 Taste of Home Cooking School and show was sold out with 700 people attending.

Taste of Home is a popular cooking magazine published by Reiman Publications, which also publishes Readers Digest. The Taste of Home cooking show travels the country with recipes demonstrated by culinary specialists.

This year’s event begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at Lowville Academy and Central School, 7668 State St.

At the show, participants will witness a 2-hour cooking demonstration of 10 recipes, from appetizers through desserts. Taste of Home culinary specialist Michael Barna will show step-by-step instructions on each. Throughout the show, attendees will have the opportunity to win several door prizes, including the 10 dishes prepared by Mr. Barna.

The show also will feature vendors of merchandise and food. Each attendee will receive a gift bag. The bags are loaded with recipes, including all that will be prepared in the show, items that national sponsors and local businesses have contributed, coupons for discounts from local vendors and general information about the Lewis County area.

General admission tickets to the event are $15. The cooking show will be in the auditorium with vendors in the gym.

“We all like to eat, and many people enjoy cooking. This is a very entertaining afternoon, reasonable priced,” said Mrs. Hall.

She attributed the event’s success last year to community support, volunteers and a board of directors willing to take a chance on a new event.

“It was wonderful to look out at the audience and to see groups of employees from several local agencies,” she said. “It was great to have a board of directors at Mountain View that listened to the idea and were willing to agree to give it a try. It was phenomenal to have a staff willing to help with one more thing, in addition to all the regular work they do.”

Mrs. Hall said last year’s show attracted people from more than 90 communities from around New York state and people from five other states.

This year’s event features a “Cooks Who Care” segment. Those who bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry will have their names placed in a drawing for an additional door prize. The agency is focusing on collecting food items for school backpacks that go home with many children on the weekends. All items collected will be divided among Lewis County schools with backpack programs. Ideal food items to bring include: peanut butter, crackers, single serve food dishes that can be heated easily and small packs of fruits and vegetables.

Mrs. Hall said there is still room for vendors to be a part of this show if they sign up before Oct. 12. If interested, Call Mountain View at 376-2321 for more information.

Mountain View Prevention Services is a private, nonprofit agency focusing on prevention education for alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse issues. The agency provides a variety of services to all Lewis County residents but focuses on youth in schools.

The details
WHAT: Second annual Taste of Home Cooking School, sponsored by Mountain View Community Services.
WHEN: Oct. 20 in the auditorium of Lowville Academy and Central School, 7668 State St. Doors open at 11 a.m. The cooking show starts at 3 p.m. People who arrive early can reserve seats.
COST: $15 general admission. Tickets can be ordered by visiting the office of Mountain View Prevention Services, 7714 Number Three Road, Lowville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, by calling the agency at 376-2321 or online at www.mountainviewprevention.org.
OF NOTE: The Lowville Sports Booster Club will have a variety of lunch items for sale.
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