HARRIS, Mich. (WZMQ) – The Daily Press is bringing back its fan-favorite Taste of Home Cooking Show this year, now with a “Taste of the Island.”
The show will take place at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris on Thursday, September 14. The Island’s convention executive chef and sous chef will demonstrate how to cook a variety of dishes. Some ingredients will be provided by local growers.
“We’re going to finalize the menus by the end of this week, and we’re working on incorporating some of those items into our dishes,” said Director Island Resort & Casino Food and Beverage Stephen Gakstatter, who will emcee the event. “We’ll talk about the fact that there are a lot of growers in the area that our guests might not be aware of.”
The show will be divided into two hour-and-a-half segments, with a buffet lunch provided between them. The first will feature recipes for the crock pot and Instant Pot.
“We’re all busy,” said Gakstatter. “Two-income families and things of that nature. To try to help people, to try and make their lives easier by preparing items in the morning and then go to work and not worry about it. The kids will come home from school and the meal is already ready to go.”
The second segment will feature the temperature-based method of sous vide cooking.
“This is something that’s been around for a few years but really hasn’t gotten into the home yet,” Gakstatter said. “It sounds complicated, but it isn’t. Chefs are using it in a lot of their restaurants and it is very mainstream. We’re going to bring it into your home and show you how to prepare different proteins and vegetables using the sous vide method.”
Convention Executive Chef Kristina Pomeroy wants attendees to walk away with valuable kitchen skills to make their lives a little easier.
“I hope that they go home realizing that they don’t have to be stressed out because they’ve got to go home and cook dinner or they’ve got to get up and cook breakfast,” Pomeroy said. “There’s other ways that they can make it easy on themselves and be able to concentrate on getting their kids ready or whatever else they need to do.”
Limited tickets are available for $25 at the Daily Press office, located at 600 Ludington Street, and at Elmer’s County Market. To have tickets delivered in the mail, call the Daily Press at (906) 786-2021.
WZMQ 19 will be livestreaming the Taste of the Island Cooking Show on our website. More details will be released in the coming weeks.
Click here for WZMQ 19’s profile on Convention Executive Chef Kristina Pomeroy.