Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is preparing to host its annual Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School in March, marking the fourth year the event has been held.

The class will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Barry B. Thompson Student Ballroom.

“This event is always so much fun and it will draw between 175 and 200 people, so buying tickets early is a good idea,” said Donna White, Erath County extension agent in charge of Family and Consumer Sciences. 

“Admission is $20 and this year we’re adding a community service component," White said. "We’re asking that people bring one or more non-perishable food items for a local food bank donation.”

Nationally-known Internet cooking celebrities, “The Crockin’ Girls,” Nicole Sparks and Jenna Marwitz from Brownwood, will be in the spotlight doing demonstrations at the dinner, White explained.

For readers unfamiliar with The Crockin’ Girls, the two young mothers and friends went online with their Facebook page in 2011 and became instant hits with families looking to prepare delicious home-cooked meals, but who might not have lots of time or know-how.

They will demonstrate healthy, delicious recipes from the Mediterranean meal plan and show how to make ordinary recipes slow-cooker friendly.

In addition to the Crockin’ Gils there will be a demonstration by Casie McCauley, manager of HEB. Local health authorities from Texas Health Resources, Tarleton State University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will also present several short, fun and educational segments

Attendees will receive a gift bag filled with the Dinner Tonight! Cookbook Volume 4 along with other kitchen goodies.

“They’ll also have a chance to win a myriad of door prizes and enjoy some light refreshments,” White said.

To register for the event, visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville or call 877- 847-9355. White said that the page is a work in progress so if the link to sign up isn’t there yet, please check back in a couple of days.