'Cooking for a Cause' to benefit Every Woman's House

By CHRISTINE L. PRATT Staff Writer Published:

With all the ingredients to be a top contending culinary event, the Holmes County Friends and Neighbors of Every Woman's House is inviting friends and neighbors to "Cooking for a Cause."

It's the old Taste Test Extravaganza fundraiser, but "all dressed up with a new name and exciting, new and delectable offerings that will tease your taste buds and sharpen your decorating skills like no other event," according to an EWH press release.

This year's event is scheduled for Feb. 24, 4-6 p.m., at the Catholic Center of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 379 S. Crawford St., Millersburg. It will feature 25 premier Holmes County chefs offering samples of their favorite recipes and delicious dishes. And here's the new spin -- there are also three fabulous classes to help participants decorate their dining table like the pros and take cupcakes "from average to exceptional."

"Thanks to the increasing popularity of The Food Network, the Cooking Channel and HGTV, cooking and decorating classes are extremely popular throughout the United States. We want to showcase local culinary and decorating talent in a wonderful way, at an affordable price, - ALL for a great cause," said event co-chairwoman Ruth Waltman. "We are very excited about these classes and think it is something our patrons will truly enjoy."

Tickets cost $25 and include all the palatable pleasures and the classes. Tickets are available in advance at Rodhe's IGA SuperCenter in Millersburg and the Gospel Book Store in Berlin. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event, but advance purchase is recommended due to limited space.

The classes are:

-- "Decorating on a Dime" by Tracy Van Keuren of Jackson St. Gallery/Millersburg Furniture. She will demonstrate how that big table could look when no one is eating from it.

-- "Wow" Cupcakes by Susan Bowling of Pink Mansion Cakes. Susan will present 10 tips for making delicious cupcakes. Participants will learn how to make a fondant rose and easy basic tips for taking your cupcakes to the wow level.

-- Decorated Dining presented by Blessing Design Team, members Rebecca Miller of Rebecca's Bistro in Walnut Creek and Kathy Torrence of Millersburg. These two ladies have a special flair for taking what you have and and adding thoughtful touches to make it special. They will be producing casual comfy environments that will make any meal inspirational.

In its fifth year, the Friends and Neighbors event raises funds for Every Woman's House, a non-profit organization dedicated to the healing of individuals and families who experience the impact of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

With a location in Millersburg, recently relocated to 34C S.Clay St., services are more accessible to Holmes County victims. The location also provides necessary space to launch STEPS, the award winning substance abuse program, which is a sister program to EWH, under the umbrella of Liberty Center Connections.

STEPS, which stands for Substance Abuse Treatment, Education & Prevention Services, provides a full range of substance abuse treatments including 24 hour residential services, education programs, prevention services and 24-hour residential treatment services.

"We'll now be able to offer Holmes County residents more comprehensive services in a much more accessible and convenient facility,"says Bobbi Douglas, Executive Director of Liberty Center Connections.

For more information, call Waltman at 330-674-9491.

Reporter Christine L. Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or by email at cpratt@the-daily-record.com.

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