Our Instructor's name was Jamie Dunn. She was very entertaining and funny. She did a Q&A section and answered a lot of questions. She gave away a lot of cookbooks, Tshirts and all the meals she prepared were plated on beautiful platters and given as door prizes too. She also had prizes from many of the national sponsors of the event such as Westbend and Chex cereal. We had a Cooking School magazine/recipe book to follow along with the recipes she was making. Most of the vendors were food/health related and many gave away samples and freebies. Some of the vendors donated door prizes too.
I was lucky and won a Westbend toaster oven. I don't have one so I am looking forward to learning to use it. Everyone also got a "green" shopping bag that had a lot of coupons and gifts in it. It was a really fun evening and we enjoyed ourselves.
I did find out that Taste of Home is part of Reader's Digest. Now when I popped over to their website this recipe was front and centre. Aren't this the cutest things? Wonder how you could make them look like Easter bonnets?
Now Minnesota Mary Ann had an adventure with food too. Not quite the same though. Mary Ann posted on our forum: "I agreed to set a table for the arts council's Tables of Distinction dinner on October 27th! I have to set a 60" round table with 8 place settings, and it's supposed to have a theme of some kind."
Mary Ann has a beautiful collection of 1950's Red Wing Pink spice dinnerware that she wanted to use. None of us on the forum sit back and don't voice opinions so we all gave suggestions on what to do. Now before I go any further and Mary Ann wonders how I know so much about this, I googled it and found an article in their local paper. The dinner was a fundraiser for the local arts council and if you would like to see more you can go here.
I also made place cards so some famous people will be seated at our table. I included a little info about and picture of the famous people along with their names. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Pres 1953-1961; Rosa Parks, refused to give up her bus seat 1955; Dr. Jonas Salk, polio vaccine 1955; Mr. Potato Head released 1952 and first toy to be advertised on TV; Barbie Doll designed in 1959; Elvis Aron Presley, released 1st single "That's All Right" 1954; Lucille Ball, "I Love Lucy" first aired in 1951." (I chose to leave off her personal information that she shared with us.)
Oh would you like to see those floral ice cream sundaes? These are so darn 'cool'.