The holidays are a busy time of year and with gift buying, decorating and searching for food preparation ideas demanding time and effort, a one-stop fix is a great way to check off holiday must-do's while relaxing, snacking and enjoying a good glass of wine.

By RIMSIE McCONIGA
rmcconiga@leavenworthtimes.com


The holidays are a busy time of year and with gift buying, decorating and searching for food preparation ideas demanding time and effort, a one-stop fix is a great way to check off holiday must-do’s while relaxing, snacking and enjoying a good glass of wine.


The Leavenworth Times and Price Chopper will present Holiday Cookin’ with Chef Alli from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Heritage Center at 109 Delaware in Leavenworth.
The event will include live demonstrations, tastings, tips and lots more, just in time for the holidays.
The evening will begin with holiday shopping accompanied by appetizers and a glass of wine before the show.


There will be demonstrations on gift wrapping and holiday baskets, scarf tying, wreath demonstration and other helpful holiday tips.
Vendors will offer unique gifts that will help shoppers to check off many names on their lists.
Featured at the event will be well-known Chef Alli who has been a culinary mentor for 18 years. Her main focus as a chef is teaching and she uses a variety of social platforms, such as Facebook Live, as well as on television and on her website.


Giving live presentations is one of her favorite ways of passing along her culinary expertise and the Leavenworth Times Holiday Cookin’ show will give her the opportunity to show participants how to create visually appealing and tasty holiday dishes.


She is looking forward to engaging with the audience and helping to inspire them to cook for their friends and family over the holidays. “Cooking is hard work - let’s face it,” says Chef Alli. “Therefore, if I can offer inspiration, encouragement and/or some good kitchen hacks to make life in the kitchen easier, I’ve done my job! This is my goal and I hope we will also get to laugh a lot together, too — such good medicine.”
The live demonstrations of preparing and cooking food at Holiday Cookin’ will include making some fun holiday appetizers, a speedy skillet meal for the busy nights leading up to Christmas, a tasty eight-minute shrimp risotto in an Instant Pot and a festive holiday dessert. Chef Alli will also be demonstrating how to put together a holiday charcuterie board, which she describes as non-stop fun.
The funds raised from the door prize drawings will go to Leavenworth Backpack Buddies. Sponsors of the holiday event are the Leavenworth Times, Price Chopper, Gronis Hardware, Kansas Embroidery, Twisted Vines Wines and Winery and the Heritage Center.


Regular admission is $35 and includes a Holiday Cookin’ with Chef Alli admission ticket, light appetizers, a drink ticket, a holiday cooking guide with recipes by Chef Alli and holiday shopping and demos. VIP tickets are $75 and include VIP seating, a bottle of wine from Twisted Vines Wines and Winery, a Holiday Cookin’ event apron, a Holiday Cookin’ with Chef Alli admission ticket, light appetizers, a drink ticket, a holiday cooking guide with recipes by Chef Alli and holiday shopping and demos.


Times General Manager Sandy Hattock says she is excited about the event because it will offer a festive evening for people who want to share good food and wine with their friends and have some laughs, while learning how to prepare and display tasty holiday food.
Tickets are on sale for Holiday Cookin’ at leavenworthtimes.com/holidaycookin