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Food Notes: Sept 7, 2011

By Julie Robinson
Cooking schoolCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Taste of Home will hold a cooking school at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Little Theater in the Charleston Civic Center. Taste of Home culinary specialist Cheryl Cohen will demonstrate 10 new recipes. Ticket holders will receive a cooking-related goodie bag.Tickets for reserved seats are $15 and are on sale through the Civic Center and at Call 304-345-7469, or visit or for more information.Wine tastingThe Liquor Co., 1600 Patrick St., will hold a wine tasting of Syrah or Shiraz wines from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Tasting fee is $10. Call 304-346-6000.Lyrical lunchThe Kanawha Forum's fall concert and lunch series begins Sept. 21 at Kanawha Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. The concerts are held from 12:05 to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, followed by luncheons. Concerts are free of charge, but the luncheons require prepaid reservations of $10 per person.Sept. 21: Ikarus, (Celtic Quartet) Jim Lange, Al & Lisa Peery and David Porter.Menu: Zucchini Basil Soup, Rice Salad with Shrimp, Pecan Pie Muffins, Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Sept. 28: Lindsey Goodman, flute, Robert Turizziani, clarinet, and Vicki Berneking-Cavendish, piano.Menu: Stuffed Green Pepper Soup, Greek Salad, Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls, Orange and Lemon Sour Cream Cake.Oct. 5: Josh Meredith, baritone, Nathan Moheebi, tenor, and Ron Neal, piano.Menu: Curried Carrot Soup, Marinated Vegetable-Bacon Bowl, Apricot Nut Bread, Profiteroles with Coffee Whipped Cream.
Oct. 12: Featured young artists Cara Escue & Madeline Southall, sopranos, Allie Sargent, mezzo soprano, and Ron Neal, piano.Menu: Ham-Bean Soup, Lemon Slaw, Dilly Cheese Bread, Anne's Quick Apple Dumpling Bundles.
Oct. 19: Timpani Chamber Music Ensemble, Scott Christian, timpanist, David Porter, trumpet, Lindsey Goodman, flute, Lorraine Dorsey, oboe, Robert Turizziani, clarinet, Klif Hodgkin, bassoon, Marsha Palmer, horn, and Deborah Gross, piano.Menu: Southwestern Soup with Cornbread Croutons, Baby Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing, Lime Bread with Blueberries, Mini Pumpkin Molasses Cakes with Caramel-Rum Glaze.For lunch reservations, visit or call 304-342-6558.Spud festNicholas County residents celebrate the local potato crop with the annual Potato Festival Sept. 8 to 10 in Summersville. Events include a potato decorating contest, tater tot and mashed potato eating contests, potato sack race, parade and pet pageant.Visit
Country Roads Cook OffMike Perry, founder of the Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington, seeks chefs for The Country Roads Cook Off on Oct. 1 at the farm. Guests will prepare traditional Appalachian recipe with a local main ingredient. Dishes must be prepared in cast iron cookware.Entrants who prepare food for the wood fire division have two hours. Propane or butane stove division entries have one hour. Winners in each division will be awarded $150. The fan favorite winner receives $75.Visit for details or to register. Entry fee is $15.Reach Julie Robinson at or 304-348-1230 with information to be included in Food Notes. 
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