Holiday recipes, vendors, show, dinner
By Holly Neumann
The Manawa Area Chamber of Commerce will host an evening with the ‘Cooking Mom,’ Amy Hanten, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Manawa Masonic Center.
“I am excited to be doing this,” said Carrie Poole, marketing and promotions coordinator for the Chamber. “Anytime you can get a well-known person to come to a small town, it’s a big deal.”
According to Poole, the doors will open at 4 p.m.
“Vendor booths will be open for browsing and wine will be available for purchase,” she said. “Then, at 6 p.m., Amy will do her cooking show and dinner will be served.”
Hanten, who is well known as the host of Fox 11 Living with Amy, is excited to be coming to Manawa.
“It’s so fun to meet people, and get up close and personal with people who really enjoy my show, my website and my recipes,” Hanten said. “It’s going to be a blast. I love sharing my secrets and stories.”
Hanten will be cooking up three of her favorite holiday recipes.
“I don’t want to give it all away, but I’ll start by making a lovely salad with a homemade vinaigrette dressing,” she said.
She will move on to the main course recipe, which is near and dear to her heart.
“It’s a recipe that comes to me from my grandmother,” Hanten said. “It was her go-to when she had people over for dinner. She called in ‘Just Leave it Beef and Wine.’ It’s amazing.”
The final course will be dessert.
“If you like pumpkin cheesecake, I think you’ll love what I’m whipping up for dessert,” she said. “I hope everybody shows up hungry because you won’t be when I’m all done. You actually get to eat everything I’m making.”
Hanten said that her mission and passion is getting families back to the table with quick, easy recipes.
“Everybody is so busy these days. I get it,” she said. “But, family dinners and gathering around the table is so important. I want to inspire people to get cooking again; to try some new recipes and to get their kids and grandkids in the kitchen. I always say if we don’t teach them they are never going to learn how to cook.”
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased in Manawa at Premier Community Bank, Eastling Insurance or Sturm Memorial Library, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Ticket prices include admission to the show and dinner. Door prizes will also be given away.
Following the show, Hanten will be signing and selling both of her cookbooks at a very special price.
“I always say ‘Cook up Some Memories,’” Hanten said. “That’s what I write in every cookbook I sign. I plan to cook up a super fun, delicious night full of memories in Manawa and I can’t wait.”