Philip Potempa

Philip Potempa is seen on the "From the Farm Cooking Show" set at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo by Michael Brosilow

A variety of down home dishes and recipes shared by celebrities will star at a live cooking show in Munster.

The From The Farm Cooking Show takes the stage at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4. The show, presented by author Philip Potempa, features a Valentine's theme.

"The recipes I'll be sharing are extra special because they're all attached to stories that correspond to the legends and folklore of romance," Potempa said.

There will be seven recipes in the spotlight. Complete recipes will be prepared on stage in front of the audience. Potempa also will share stories about the recipes, life on the farm and various celebrity tidbits from his third cookbook, "Further From The Farm."

Among dishes scheduled to be featured at the show are Artichoke Heart Spread from big band leader Fred Waring; Baked Asparagus Branches; Prison Tin Cup Apple-Cinnamon Muffins; and Hearty Beef and Beet Borscht.

"I'll also be sharing a spaghetti sauce recipe from Rudolph Valentino," Potempa said, adding the silent film star had a local connection. "He got married at the Crown Point courthouse in the 1920s." The cooking show host said Valentino's recipe had a "secret ingredient" that celebrity columnist Hedda Hopper spilled the beans about when she was writing decades ago.

Other recipes include Red Velvet Cake from The Waldorf Astoria and Go-To-Bed Mints. "The mints are made with peppermint oil from our family farm," Potempa said.

Another fun element will be the addition of an old-fashioned barber shop quartet, which will entertain during various segments of the show.

"The quartet is made up of four students from Valparaiso University," Potempa said, adding the group doesn't have a specific name.

The afternoon also will include free drawings, prizes and samples of some of the recipes.

FYI: From the Farm Cooking Show will be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. Tickets are $30; and $25 for Theatre at the Center subscribers. Call 219-839-3255 or visit Brunch tickets can be added for an additional $23 plus tax.


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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.