GLOVERSVILLE - Gloversville Middle School will host culinary specialist Michael Barna and the Taste of Home Cooking School on Thursday.
Presented by The Leader-Herald, this event will showcase the cooking talents of Barna, who has appeared several times in Gloversville in the past. There also will be goods available from sponsors such as Price Chopper, Euphrates Cheese, Blue Hen and Pampered Chef.
"We have everything from a car dealer to a bakery [as sponsors]," Dale Webb, retail manager for The Leader-Herald, said.
Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Michael Barna prepares one of his dishes on stage during the Taste of Home Cooking School event at Gloversville Middle School on Oct. 27, 2011. Barna will return for another Cooking School event Thursday at the middle school.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
Barna earned an associate of occupational studies degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Dutchess County. Barna has facilitated private and online cooking classes, conducted local and national television commercials, and competed in national recipe contests.
Barna helped open three gourmet casino restaurants in Atlantic City and served as executive sous chef at a five-diamond rated and four-star rated hotel. Barna later became the executive chef for a major national gourmet specialty food shop.
Webb said upward of 800 tickets are expected to be sold for the event.
"It's been great. We have people coming as far away as Fort Ann and Cobleskill," Webb said.
Door prizes also will be handed out, including gift baskets from many of the sponsors, cutting boards from Kingsboro Lumber, and cookbooks from Taste of Home.
According to Webb, Barna will demonstrate how to prepare 10 dishes Thursday, including braised beef short ribs, steak and blue cheese bruschetta with onion and roasted tomato jam, vegetable lasagna, and Italian sausage- stuffed mushrooms.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the event, and the Gloversville High School Jazz Band will provide entertainment. Barna's demonstration will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available at The Leader-Herald office.