Kids ages 5-12 are invited to join the 9th Annual Junior League "Kids in the Kitchen" program on Saturday, March 22, 2014. There will be exercise and hands-on cooking stages, exciting demonstrations, goody bags for the first 500 children, and a wide variety of vendors from the Toledo area. Raffles will be conducted throughout the day, and prizes include bikes and digital cameras.
This free event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Springfield High School (1470 S. McCord Road, Holland), and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please call 419-474-6262 or go to JuniorLeagueToledo.org.
Passover Baking Class at Etz Chayim
"Sweet Genius" contestant Paula Shoyer will be teaching a Passover baking class at Etz Chayim (3853 Woodley Road, Toledo) on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Her book The Holiday Kosher Baker features a modern approach to Jewish baking, with many recipes that have been adapted for Passover. The evening will include an author presentation, a hands-on demonstration, a copy of the hardcover cookbook, wine, and desserts.
Tickets are $25 and registration is requested by Monday, March 10. For more information, contact registration@JewishToledo.org or 419-724-0354.
James Beard Award Semifinalists from Ohio
Semifinalists for the James Beard Awards' Restaurant and Chef categories were announced last week, and three nominees from Ohio were recognized in the category of Best Chef: Great Lakes - Douglas Katz, Fire Food & Drink, Cleveland; Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton; and Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland. This is a tremendous honor, as over 38,000 nominations were received for what are commonly called "The Oscars of the Food World."
The James Beard Foundation's stated mission is to "celebrate, nurture, and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire." Beard himself was a cookbook author and teacher who died in 1985; he was a champion of American cuisine and a mentor to many. Established in 1990, the Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals around the United States for excellence and achievement. Other categories, besides the ten for regional chefs, include Outstanding Pastry Chef, Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Best New Restaurant.
The finalists will be announced on March 18, and the awards ceremony will take place in New York City on May 5.
March is National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign promoting education and information about eating in a more healthful manner and focusing attention on food choices. "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is this year's theme, in an effort to combat individuals' choosing taste over nutrition even when knowing about potential health consequences when selecting certain options. For more information about eating right on the run, heart health for men, recipes, and other topics, go to eatright.org.
Searching for America's Sweetest Pair
Two iconic brands - TCBY and Mrs. Fields - are offering sweet new frozen yogurt flavors and toppings. For a limited time, TCBY will feature Mrs. Fields' Chocolate Chip Cookie and Peanut Butter Dream Bar flavored yogurts with Mrs. Fields' Nibblers bite-sized cookie toppings.
To celebrate this delicious pairing, TCBY is hosting an online contest to find America’s sweetest couple. From now until April 20, 2014, soon-to-be-betrothed couples can enter to win a Mrs. Fields and TCBY dessert bar at their upcoming wedding reception or engagement party. Followers on TCBY’s Facebook page will are encouraged to nominate themselves or another cute couple for the grand prize.
The winning couple in the America's Sweetest Pair contest will be announced on April 25.