If you’re looking to start cooking healthy before the summer arrives and browse a variety of products, recipes and tips, then sign up now for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center’s annual Dinner Tonight: Healthy Cooking School event from 5:45 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Cowboy Church of Erath County.

The event will kick off with attendees visiting the vendor booths followed by food demonstrations at 7 p.m.

“The theme for this year’s school is ‘Real Food, Real People, Real Quick’ — meaning these recipes, tips, etc., will be made from common ingredients by real people who have busy lives,” Extension Agent Donna White wrote in an email. “Our popular segment ‘Not Your Momma’s Kitchen Gadgets’ is returning this year from five years ago. It was one of the most popular segments we did.”

Something new this year will be the addition of a Kid’s Cooking School (first-sixth graders) program, which members of STAR Council will be leading.

“This is the first year we are having it so we are limiting it to 15 youth,” White said. “STAR Council is cooking with them and providing fun activities just for kids during the demonstration segment of the cooking school for their parents. They will go through vendor booths with their parents.”

Registration will be $25 per person and is now open. Spots are limited to the first 200, so folks are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible by visiting TexasHealth.org/Stephenville or by calling 877-847-9355.

The $25 will also include a Dinner Tonight cookbook, gift bag and free taste samples.

“The vendor booths just started last year. The purpose of the vendor show is for the attendees to see products, taste recipes, tips, etc. to encourage them to cook healthier, quicker meals at home,” White said. “Some of the recipes at the booths will be from the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cookbook given to participants with their goody bag.”

Door prizes are also awarded by The Home Place at Ace.

For more information visit erath.agrilife.org/dtcs2017.

“I think people will be pleased with the format of the program and will learn a lot from the vendors and the demonstrations,” White said.