Learn to cook spring’s most flavorful dishes inspired by home cooks from around the country while enjoying a day of good conversation and great food with family and friends at this year’s Taste of Home Cooking School.

The Taste of Home Cooking School is America’s leading cooking school program, inspiring more than 300,000 passionate home chefs at approximately 300 events nationwide. Attendees experience exciting recipe demonstrations using ingredients that are easily found at the local grocery store and best of all, the dishes are submitted by home cooks from across the country.

Taste of Home’s local culinary specialist Jamie Dunn will be at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus on Saturday, April 26, to share her home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.

"From experienced home chefs to beginners learning their way around the kitchen, the Taste of Home Cooking School offers something for everyone — putting a fresh spin on old favorites and adding new recipes to your seasonal repertoire," said Jamie Dunn, Taste of Home Culinary Specialist. Almond Torte is one of the recipes that will be demonstrated at the show. With its creamy custard filling and delightfully light texture, this not-too-sweet dessert is the perfect spring choice to make for your family and friends."

The Log Cabin Democrat and Women’s Inc. Magazine bring this season’s event to Conway. Log Cabin Democrat Publisher Zach Ahrens said the newspaper is happy to host the cooking school.

"Taste of Home has proven to be a stellar presentation with a professional culinary specialist to lead the evening," Ahrens said. "Conway is blessed to have several amazing venues for top notch events like this including the Reynolds Performance Hall on UCA’s campus."

Attendees will receive a gift bag including the Taste of Home Cooking School magazine. This magazine includes recipes featured during the program, along with many more, as well as coupons from participating national food companies. Attendees can also enter for a chance to win one of many door prizes, including the recipes created onstage that night.

Ahrens added that he thinks area residents will enjoy an evening where they can pick up tips and tricks for their everyday meals and perhaps some extra ideas for the holidays.

"Taste of Home magazine reaches thousands of readers in our region, so we’re happy to bring the recipes and tips readers like seeing in the magazine to life with this live cooking show," he said. "We’re also pleased we can include our local businesses and eateries into the mix."

Local sponsors are excited to bring this nationally recognized show to Conway. Some who’ve already signed on to be at Conway’s cooking school are Conway Regional Health System, Cross Creek Sandwich Shop, Harp’s/Price Cutter, Haynes Ace Hardware, Jazzercise, Pasta Grill, Taziki’s, The Kitchen Store and Tipton Equipment and Commercial Kitchen Store.

Tickets are on sale now at Reynolds Box Office on the UCA campus open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or you can buy tickets online at www.uca.edu/tickets. For more information, visit www.TasteofHome.com/Cooking-Schools.