The first Taste of Home Cooking School in Columbus last year sold out 10 days before the show. This year, organizers moved the event to the Columbus Civic Center, which allowed for more seating.
“I know it sold out quick,” said Michelle Roberts, senior culinary specialist and territory manager for the Taste of Home Cooking Schools. “I love it when it sells out in advance. But I hate to see people turned away.”
With the change in venue and more tickets available this year than last year, “there’s more opportunity for people to come,” she said.
Of the 2,000 tickets available for the Oct. 8 show, only a few hundred seats are left. Once those tickets are sold, no more seats can be added.
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The VIP tables, new this year, have already sold out.
The nationwide program began on Sept. 2 and will continue until Nov. 21. The theme of the school is “Fall Comfort Classics: Seasoned Shortcuts.”
“These are some really good recipes,” Roberts said. “The crowd is going to love them.”
Doing it all
Besides being the face of Taste of Home Cooking School in her region, Roberts schedules the shows, works with the promoters and makes sure the publicity gets out about the event.
“It’s not just the stage part of it,” she explained.
Roberts, 31, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss.
She had an internship with another magazine when she was hired to be a demonstrator.
“I’ve been doing this seven years today,” she said during a Sept. 16 telephone interview. “I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve gotten to travel all over and I’ve met so many great people.”
Roberts travels from 35,000-40,000 miles in her car for her job every year.