Diane Wagoner, of the Food and Nutrition Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Chef Al Wutsch, of IUP’s Academy of Culinary Arts, led in the students who performed demonstrations at Tuesday’s Indiana’s Cookin’ show at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
Megan Shreve, culinary arts student, showed how to cut fresh pasta. The annual show, sponsored by The Indiana Gazette, benefits Indiana County Community Action Program’s food bank and this year raised $9,138, with about 870 people in attendance.
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Rose Anderson, of IUP, demonstrated making pasta for dessert ravioli at last night’s show.
Debbie Palmer, right, director of marketing for The Indiana Gazette, congratulated grand prize winner Mary Swinker, of Indiana. Swinker won a $500 gift certificate for Cunningham Meats.
Attendees at last night’s “Pasta La Vista, Baby!” visited vendors for a snack before the show began.
Server Dan Williams presented a dish to taste-testers Annette Patterson, of Export, left; Heather Flowers, of Indiana, center; and Candy Streams, of Indiana, at last night’s Indiana’s Cookin’ Show.
Diana Wagoner and student interns from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Food and Nutrition Department showed the audience how to incorporate pasta into everyday meals during the Fast and Furious section of the show.
Fox's Pizza owner Earl Miller handed out samples to Nonie McGaughey and Marian Martin, of Homer City. Fox’s was one of many vendors who participated in the 37th annual cooking show.
La Tour Eiffel, above, won first prize in the pasta sculpture contest. The second-place winner was Ravaila Fine Dining, below.
Laurie Kuzneski, of Miss Laurie’s Gourmet Kitchen, announced the dessert contest at last night’s show.
Hundreds of local residents enjoyed an evening of food and fun last night at Indiana’s Cookin’ at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex arena.
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Presented by The Indiana Gazette, with Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Department of Food and Nutrition, the annual show again benefited the Indiana County Community Action Program.
“This is the fifth year the show has benefited the ICCAP food bank,” said Debbie Palmer, director of marketing at the Gazette. “It was a great night.”
More than $9,000 was raised for ICCAP.
Doors opened at 5 p.m. and the show began at 6:30 with Chef Albert Wutsch of IUP’s Culinary Academy leading 10 chefs through a demonstration of making pastas and sauces from scratch, with the theme, “Pasta La Vista, Baby!”
The second half of the show featured Diane Wagoner, of the IUP Department of Nutrition, and IUP interns, who showed the audience how to take the dishes the chefs prepared and make a week’s worth of meals.
Visitors to the show were treated to samples from several local food vendors and given the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes.
Sponsors of this year’s show were Lentz Kitchen and Bath, Environmental Services Laboratories Inc. and Indiana Regional Medical Center.