By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: Other | Issue: February 2007
(L to R): Dell Davis, Claremore Chamber of Commerce President, Myrtle Prather, Director of Marketing RCB, and Peggy Trease of Claremore Regional Hospital, Director of Marketing
“Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done.” This adage is an old one, but it still rings true today. Many women work at least part time outside the home and are still expected to shoulder most traditional household tasks like cooking, cleaning and looking after the children. With all of these responsibilities looming up before her, today’s woman often puts her own personal health on the back burner, hoping she will find the time “someday” to look after herself.
“As women we often get so busy, it is hard to remember to take time for our health,” observes Dell Davis, Claremore Chamber of Commerce President. This is precisely why Dell and the Chamber have joined forces with Claremore Regional Hospital, RCB Bank and other local businesses to sponsor the Second Annual Women’s Expo on March 10 at the Claremore Expo Center, featuring the famed Taste of Home Cooking School.
Peggy Trease represents Claremore Regional Hospital, the event’s “Florence Nightengale Sponsor,” and is a committee member for the event. “As the leading health care facility for this area, it is important for us to keep women’s health at the forefront of everyone’s minds,” she says. “We are honored to be the event’s title sponsor.” Peggy recalls that last year’s event was a great success and feels that this year’s expo promises to be even better, with a broad range of information on all sorts of women’s health issues. “We’ll have health, blood pressure and bone density checks,” she says. “Other booths will be sponsored by health clubs, cosmetic procedure clinics, cosmetic vendors, day spas and others who represent areas of interest to women.” Booths are still available and potential vendors are encouraged to contact The Chamber as soon as possible to reserve their spaces. The day will be filled with opportunities for learning as well, with seminars on everything from health issues like breast cancer, diabetes, PMS, diabetes and heart disease to travel, fitness, etiquette, finance and makeup. The Expo will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be followed up by the day’s highlight: The Taste of Home Cooking School which begins at 4 p.m.
The Taste of Home Cooking School is the only traveling cooking show in the country and was created in association with Taste of Home Magazine. This year’s culinary specialist is Jamie Dunn, who just happens to be from Owasso, Oklahoma, and she will be whipping up 10 recipes on stage to help you “Savor Spring.” Mouths are sure to water as she prepares refreshing pineapple cheesecake squares followed by an ice cream bombe. Brunch recipes like puff pancake, coffee cake, pomegranate jam and spinach-blue cheese bake will make you want to rush home and try them out yourself. Even better, recipes prepared on stage will be given away at the end of each demonstration, and three lucky winners will receive the newest Taste of Home Cookbook during the intermission.
“Taste of Home is about great food and real people who take pride in what they cook and have fun doing it,” said Jamie. “People treasure Taste of Home recipes, but they value equally the connection they feel with other cooks like themselves who want their families leaving the table full, happy and raving about their meals now and for generations to come.”
According to Dell Davis, it is quite an honor for Claremore to be chosen as host for The Taste of Home Cooking School. “There are only a few cities in each state that get to host this event,” she points out. “We were on the waiting list for two years before we were even considered.” Considering this fact, those who love to cook won’t want to miss the experience. Tickets sold out quickly last year, so you will want to contact the Claremore Chamber of Commerce for your advance tickets to this year’s event. Tickets to the Expo only are $3, but an $8 ticket to The Taste of Home Cooking School entitles you to tour the Expo as well. The Taste of Home Cooking School is sponsored by Parks Cabinets and Warehouse Market.