Taste of Home Saturday in Taunton

TAUNTON - The Taste of Home Cooking School, presented by The Sun Chronicle, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Taunton Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd.

Chef Michael Barna will put on a two-hour cooking demonstration, starting at 6 p.m., where he'll show how to make dishes developed by Taste of Home. There will also be a vendor expo from 4 to 6 p.m., free gift bags, food sampling, a DJ, door prizes and raffles.

General admission is $12-$15 and parking is free. VIP tickets are also available at www.thesunchronicle.com/taste_of_home/.

For more information: Contact Amy DiLisio at 508-236-0488 or adilisio@thesunchronicle.com, or log onto www.thesunchronicle.com/taste_of_home/.

Cupcake smackdown Oct. 20 at Living Waters

NORTH ATTLEBORO - The first annual "Cup Cake Wars" will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Living Waters Church on John Dietsch Boulevard.

Competitors from area bakeries as well as individual bakers will vie for the title of best cupcake, as determined by a panel of judges. Attendees will be able to cast their vote for the "People's Choice Award" for best cupcake. There is still space available for competitors, who can enter for free.

There will also be an area where children can create and decorate their own cupcakes, and businesses and area non-profit health organizations will be on hand. The event is sponsored by Bedard Reality on North Attleboro and proceeds will benefit North Attleboro TRIAD's 2012 spring project, "Is Your Number Up?" which will provide senior citizens with reflective house number plates.

For more information contact Officer Kristine Krishtal at 508-695-1212 or kkrishtal@north-attleboro.ma.us, or the Council on Aging at 508-699-0131.

Thanksgiving dinner demo at Christina's

FOXBORO - Christina's Fireside Grille on Route 1 is offering a Thanksgiving culinary course at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The restaurant's chef and staff will show participants how to make three appetizers (wild mushroom crostini, sausage stuffed mushrooms and mini crab cakes with red pepper tartar); soup (butternut squash bisque); an entree of Turkey "Roulade" (you will be shown how to debone, stuff and tie a turkey), sausage sage stuffing and chive cheddar mashed potatoes; and dessert (cranberry raisin tart with white chocolate ganache).

Cost is $50, reservations required. Call 508-668-7200 or email christinas@christinasfunctions.com.

Sample scallops, hear mom-daughter cookbook authors

BELLINGHAM - Mother and daughter Elaine and Karin Tammi, authors of "Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook," will be at Barnes & Noble, 270 Hartford Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

The appearance will include scallop tasting and book signings.

Renowned vegetarian chefs at Boston festival

BOSTON - The 16th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St. The festival offers free admission, free food sampling, and free parking.

Among the presenters will be Chef AJ from Los Angeles, whose specialty is teaching how to prepare "plant-indulgent" food without using processed or refined ingredients; executive chef Ayinde Howell, who is experienced in cuisines from vegan soul food to new American and will teach an original dish; and "Our Hen House from NYC" which will squawk on techniques and tips for transitioning to "Your Walk on the Green Side."

For more information, www.BostonVeg.org.

Are you a Gourmet Guy?

ATTLEBORO - New Hope's 22nd annual Gourmet Guys event will be held on Friday evening, Nov. 18, at the Attleboro Lodge of Elks, 887 South Main St. (Route 152).

Men from the community - including firefighters, public safety officers, public officials and others - will be making and serving dinner, starting at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and children. To be a chef, sponsor or to buy tickets, write to New Hope, Inc., Attn: Development, 140 Park St., Attleboro MA 02703 or send an email to development@new-hope.org.

New Hope helps women and families in crisis situations.

Check out life on the farm

More than 50 Cabot Creamery Cooperative member farms from all over New England and upstate New York will be opening their barn doors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, and welcoming the public to check out their cows, learn about the farms and the people who work them, and taste some cheddar.

Participating farms closest to The Sun Chronicle area are Lolans Farm in Middleboro and EMMA Acres in Exeter, R.I.

For those who can't make it on Oct. 16, Cabot has created a virtual "Open Farm" where the public can visit some family farmers online at http://www.OpenFarmSunday.coop.

At Laurel Brook Farm in East Canaan, Conn., a crew that will, starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 16, be painting a barn in the Cabot plaid colors on the company's packaging. The barn painting project is led by artist Abby Manock of Vermont. To see a time-lapse video of the first plaid painting adventure at the Fletcher Family Farm in Pittsfield, Maine, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymqTScaTRzc.

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