Oh Lancaster, my Lancaster…what a great journey it has been to be a part of the show at LCBC Church in Manheim, PA. The venue is a large church, surrounded by corn fields, beautiful Amish roadside stands, and wonderful people. I had a great culinary school just down the road that worked on all of my food prep…HUGE THANKS to Chef Tina Amt!
It was so exciting to get to the venue, and see lines of people, waiting all day to get into the building. There were eight grills going all day long, grilling tasty treats and samples for the devoted Taste of Home fans waiting in line. After that, when inside the building, attendees found 16 serpentine tables with sample after sample of home grown and local products- AMAZING.
I’ve found that when I do shows in large churches, like the LCBC, I don’t need to bring in as much equipment. They heard that I took drum lessons years ago, so they didn’t remove the drum kit on stage, and actually let me play a little something after I was introduced! A rousing rendition of “American Woman,” my drum solo, and the awesome emcee got the whole building on their feet, rocking out to what was to be a great show. To finish this fun show, there were four HUGE door prizes ranging in price from $500-$1900, amongst many other prizes.
Needless to say, I love everything about this show and the town. There is so much great community support and love for Taste of Home. Thanks to everyone involved, and I’ll see you all next time I’m in town! Next stop- New Hampshire. Nothing like New Hampshire in the fall!
P.S. I forgot to mention that I was reunited with an old chef colleague of mine, Tim Carr! Tim and I worked together many years ago in Atlantic City. He now owns a restaurant downtown, Carr’s, that everyone knows and goes to! It was great catching up with Tim and his lovely wife.