Country Traditions hosts weekly cooking demos

Janet Chinners prepares a savory bread pudding

Janet Chinners prepares a savory bread pudding


Country Traditions, Dillsboro’s wine and gourmet food shop, is now hosting cooking demos that are free to the community.

The cooking demos are every Saturday evening from April to November. The demos feature live cooking demonstrations using products from Country Traditions, in addition to fresh produce from local farmers. There is always a vegetarian dish prepared and Janet Chinners, co-owner and chef, likes to feature dishes with lots of colors and flavors.

“If food looks good, it tastes good,” Janet contends. If so, the pictures here illustrate that the food was delicious!

The best part about the cooking demos is that the visitors get to sample the cuisine. In addition, wine samples are available to complement the gourmet fare from the cooking demos.

The cooking demos take place in Country Traditions’ newly renovated mini-kitchen that features two butane burners, a mini

Savory bread pudding

Savory bread pudding


convection oven and several other appliances. The atmosphere is very welcoming and relaxed. Occasionally, Janet also invites guest chefs to share their culinary expertise with the public.

On Saturday, May 25 the cooking demo featured beef in a roasted red pepper and wine sauce, paired with a savory bread pudding. The dishes had fresh shitake mushrooms from the Jackson County Farmers Market that had been picked one day ago. The freshness of the ingredients truly stands out in the finished meal.

Beef in roasted red pepper and wine sauce

Beef in roasted red pepper and wine sauce


Readers interested in the recipes from the cooking demos can find them at Janet’s blog here.

Janet also posts information about each cooking demo on their Facebook page, so be sure to like the Country Traditions Facebook page.

Country Traditions is a gourmet food, wine, and gift shop in Dillsboro that has been serving the community since 2006. It is located on 102 Webster Street, next to the Golden Carp. For more information about Country Traditions, email Janet Chinners at or call 828-586-1600

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