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Cooking demonstration to serve as fundraiser

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Parents and students can head home with content bellies later this month after supporting the Shelbyville Central Education Foundation and the high school Family and Consumer Science Department with a fun evening learning a new skill in the kitchen and receiving the reward of being fed afterward.

The two are working together to raise money through a cooking demonstration, led by Chef Nick Koenig. The demonstration takes place at 6 p.m. March 21 at Shelbyville High School.

The deadline to sign up is March 16. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the high school from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lori Creech, the director of the foundation, said she had an idea and pitched it to Gretta Yazel-Marzon, the teacher in the department. The two worked together brainstorming and put a plan together, which turned into “Cooking with Chef Nick.”

The department sells baked goods every year to raise funds. This idea is a way to do something different, Creech said.

And it will benefit both the foundation and the department.

“I love cooking and to help different organizations,” she said. “This is helping our organization and students. It’s just a way to bring the community and schools together.”

On the menu will be braised beef short rib ragout with creamy rosemary polenta and bacon-wrapped asparagus. Drink and dessert will also be included.

In addition to eating the meal, participants will receive a free apron and will have chances to win door prizes, according to Creech.

Students in the department will be serving the meal and will also have previously prepared items to sell, such as quick bread kits, exotic teas, coffees, flavored oils and butters.

The school has received a lot of calls she said and has so far sold “a decent amount.” She’s hoping at least 50 participants attend but the event could hold as many as 100.