Healthy cooking school set for May 6 in Robstown

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu

Contact: Jason Ott, 361-767-5223, j-ott@tamu.edu

        ROBSTOWN — The connection between health and nutrition and local agricultural production will be featured at a cooking school May 6 at the Rockin’ K Maze, Farm-to-Market Road 666 and County Road 52, Robstown.

        A “Path to the Plate” Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, a first of its kind for Nueces County, will begin at 5:15 p.m. with exhibits and refreshments. Demonstrations and dinner begin at 6 p.m.

        “Our goal is to encourage family mealtime and to teach families healthy meal planning and food preparation techniques,” said Jason Ott, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Nueces County. “We also want to educate people about where their food comes from while promoting production agriculture in our county.”

In a dinner that features local commodities, even cotton will be featured — as table linens. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife.)

“Last year, our Dinner Tonight event featured how to use wild game to make healthy, nutritious meals,” added Norma Munoz, AgriLife Extension agent in Nueces County. “About 120 people came to that event, and we expect this one to be as popular because our cooking school focuses on local commodities.”

        A three-course steak dinner will be served while live cooking demonstrations showcase how to use fresh flavors to make healthy delicious starters, main dishes, sides and dessert, Ott noted.

        “The Rockin’ K Maze site will provide a highly unique outdoor venue for this dinner and cooking school,” he added. “We will be centered among cattle, cotton and grain fields as we feature local commodities throughout the evening.”

        Registration is $35 per person until April 21 and $45 thereafter. Reserve for the limited-space event by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Nueces County at 710 E. Main Suite 1, at 361-767-5217 or email norma.munoz@ag.tamu.edu or j-ott@tamu.edu.

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