Learn about healthy meals and the journey food takes to get on plates at the seventh annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School taking place from 5:45-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Cowboy Church of Erath County.

“This year’s theme is 'The past to the plate' and a lot of the principles are the same, but our focus this year will be on where food comes from,” said Eastland County Extension Agent Andrea Degelia, who is chairing the event this year.

A limited number of 200 tickets will be sold for $25 and will include Dinner Tonight recipe cards, gift bags, samples from vendors and cooking demonstrations by Extension Specialist Julie Gardner and Head Chef of Rough Creek Lodge Gerard Thompson.

“Julie has been with Dinner Tonight since the beginning so this is kind of her deal,” Degelia said. “And Chef Gerard is such a well-known personality here.”

In fact, Thompson has received reviews nationally from the Zagat Survey, Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Food & Wine, and was awarded a perfect score from the North American Restaurant Association.

Dinner Tonight has grown to include not only Erath and Eastland counties, but also Hamilton, Hood, Johnson, Parker and Palo Pinto.

“We will also have the Junior Dinner Tonight Cooking School this year, so if parents want their children to walk through the vendors with them they can until the school starts,” Degelia said. “We have some ladies with STAR Council and students from Tarleton who will be back there helping with the food demos.”

Vendor booths will be set up throughout the church showcasing products, recipes and tips to encourage healthy cooking and help with quicker meals at home.

Registration can be done by visiting TexasHealth.org/Stephenville or by calling 877-847-9355. There’s always a chance for open spots, so tickets can also be purchased at the door if available.