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NewsTribune file photo/Jeff Dankert Culinary specialist Guy Klinzing will be back in Matthiessen Auditorium Saturday for the Taste of Home Cooking School. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee or through www.newstrib.com or 815life.com.
NewsTribune photo Henrietta Burkart, 101, of Heritage Health in Peru poses for a picture surrounded by photos of her family while wearing her pin of a photo taken of her attending her first Taste of Home Cooking Show. Burkart will attend the show again this year which will be her third.
For Henrietta Burkart, 101, of Peru, cooking reminds her of her family and days long ago.
“I like cooking. I’m in one room now so I don’t do that anymore, but I used to,” she said referring to her move from home to Heritage Health in Peru.
Burkart said she has a large family so they have a lot of parties. She recalls making Christmas cookies with her grandchildren. She said she would give each a job as they created a cookie assembly line for frosting and decorating cookies.
“Once in a while they would break one and I would say ‘well you will have to eat it,’” she said with a laugh. “They broke a lot of them.”
When Burkart was 99 years old she heard about the Taste of Home Cooking School and decided to see what it was about. She said the event offered a lot of cooking hints and free giveaways which she loved. She recalled that at the end of the cooking show, she received a special gift from the announcer.
“It wasn’t until he got to the steps that I saw what was going on,” she said. “Then he walked right up to me.”
She received a glass with a drink to try and a plant. She said her daughter who was sitting a few rows back yelled out how old she was and members of the audience clapped loudly. The NewsTribune took her picture and she ordered the photo on a button that she has worn to every show since.
Burkart said she has been wearing it for the past couple days in anticipation for this year’s coming show. This will be the third Taste of Home event Burkart has attended. Burkart said she has received a special gift every year. The second year, she received a baking dish with a pudding they had made, and she cannot wait to see what she gets his year.
This year’s show will be Saturday in La Salle-Peru Township High School’s Matthiessen Auditorium. The program will feature cooking tips, drawings and giveaways, and there are 15 more vendor booths than last year. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with a cooking demonstration at 2 p.m. Between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., ticket holders can walk around, enjoy free food samples, visit the local vendors and register for drawings. The L-P Renaissance club will sell concessions during the day.
Culinary specialist Guy Klinzing will once again be this year’s cooking demonstration host after taking a year off. Klinzing is a professional entertainer and cook and will prepare 10-12 recipes while entertaining the audience with tips, jokes and songs. He also pledged some surprise appearances this year that should be extra “sweet.”
Last year, attendees received coupons for groceries and other items worth more than $200 along with several gifts from local merchants. Many merchants raffle off prizes in addition to the Taste of Home door prizes from their national sponsors.
The Taste of Home Cooking School is America’s leading cooking school program, inspiring more than 300,000 home chefs at approximately 300 events nationwide.
Tickets VIP tickets already are sold out. Pick up $20 premium tickets or $12 general admission tickets today at Hy-Vee or through www.newstrib.com or 815life.com.
VIP tickets already are sold out. Pick up $20 premium tickets or $12 general admission tickets today at Hy-Vee or through www.newstrib.com or 815life.com.
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