The Richmond Register

Education

May 31, 2014

Education, entertainment was recipe for Saturday’s garden party

MADISON COUNTY — Guests numbering 120 sat in rapt attention Saturday as this year’s Madison County Cooperative Extension cooking school featured Allison Gordon Davis.

The Madison County native is owner of Wild Thyme, a cooking school and catering business in Lexington.

The annual event combines entertainment and education, as guest chefs take the stage to offer up their expertise in making various dishes, with the assistance of members of the Madison County Homemakers.

“Garden Party” was this year’s theme. The party wasn't in a garden. It was about partying with things that grow in a garden.

Davis told of how her membership in the Madison County 4-H program growing up sparked her life-long passion for food and cooking. In addition to owning and operating her business, Davis does a weekly cooking segment on WLEX-TV.

She regaled her audience with a tasty salad of kale with sweet potatoes and strawberries; spicy Thai beef lettuce wraps; a light summer squash caprese noodle salad; and a creamy potage crème d’asparagus soup.

In addition to demonstrating her recipes, Davis provided practical tips, such as the easy, proper and safe way to chop an onion; why she prefers coconut oil for some dishes; and where to find some of the more exotic ingredients, such as white truffle oil, an optional ingredient in her asparagus soup.

The sponsors made every effort to use as many fresh, locally grown ingredients as possible, and a list of local sources for fresh food was provided, along with the recipes.

During her presentation, Davis frequently paused for questions about her recipes and techniques.

After the demonstration, guests were invited to sample the various dishes the chef created, along with a special dessert provided by the Madison County Extension Homemakers.

Prior to, and after the demonstration, for the first time ever, the event hosted 15 vendors, who set up booths selling everything from vintage jewelry to handmade baskets, to herb baskets and wooden bowls and more.

Door prizes were provided by local artists, and everyone got a “goody bag,” containing useful items.

The $10 per ticket price went to a good cause, since all proceeds were donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at the University of Kentucky.

 

Text Only
Education
  • 7-29 YMCA-Schools.jpg YMCA, county district to provide after-school care

    The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
    YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 Camp Invention 1.jpg Young inventors turn trash to treasure

    The first day of Camp Invention began with a room full of objects ready to be recycled, Sarah Shaffer, director of the camp said Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-22 Band Camp 1.jpg Band students ‛take over’ MCHS campus

    The Madison Central High School campus has been “taken over” for two weeks by 170 students attending band camp.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-22 Child vs Wild Camp 3.jpg Campers learn hazards of the ‛wild’

    Fifteen “Child vs. Wild” campers crowded around a plate full of gooey marshmallows, freshly toasted by camp leaders on a St. Mark Catholic School stovetop Monday.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • MCHS, Caudill win world archery titles

    Caudill Middle School and Madison Central High School won their divisions in the National Archery in Schools Program World Championships in Madison, Wisc. this past weekend

    The win is a third consecutive title for Caudill Middle School and a first for MCHS.

    July 13, 2014

  • 7-12 White Hall principal.jpg Eversole returns to White Hall as principal

    The White Hall Elementary School-based Decision-making Council has selected Monica Eversole as the school’s new principal.
    Eversole was serving as guidance counselor at Lexington’s Dixie Magnet Elementary School.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • School board to save $53,000 yearly by refinancing bonds

    The Madison County School Board authorized issuance of almost $10.5 million in school building revenue bonds at its monthly meeting Thursday.
    The board approved a recommendation from the Madison County School District Finance Corporation to issue slightly more than $10.49 million in bonds to help finance renovation projects at three district elementary schools.

    July 12, 2014

  • Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield

    The kindergarten center that will serve the county’s four Richmond elementary schools will be known as the Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield.
    The Madison County School Board at its monthly meeting Thursday night chose the name for the all-kindergarten academy that will be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School.

    July 10, 2014

  • Naming of kindergarten academy on school board agenda

    Naming of the new kindergarten academy to be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School building is on the Madison County School Board’s agenda Thursday evening.
    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Madison Central High School lecture lab.

    July 8, 2014

  • Bluegrass Christian School closes

    Bluegrass Christian School did not get enough enrollment contracts by June 30, and its board of directors has decided to cease operations.
    The school will be dissolved Aug. 1., according to a Tuesday statement from the six-member board.
    Families may pick up transcripts, records and prepaid tuition or application fees the week of July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the statement added.

    July 2, 2014