VIENNA - Six local doctors will be showing off skills of a different sort as they prepare a six-course dinner Saturday at the Parkersburg Country Club.
The event is called "Iron Chef Cooking School and Dinner With Doctors" and is a fundraiser for the West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg.
The cost for the dinner is $60 per person and the event begins at 6 p.m. with appetizers. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. For information or reservations, contact 304-295-6919, said organizer Kiki Angelos.
The participating doctors will be Aaron Perkins, Adam Kaplan, Terry Shank, Wayne Dunn, Miranda (Dunn) Maiers and Peter Filozof. Each will give a cooking demonstration for their favorite dishes.
Perkins will make a salad, Kaplan will make soup, Shank will make the main dish, the side dish will be prepared by Dunn and Maiers, with dessert by Filozof, said Angelos.
As one of the participants, Kaplan said he has been interested in cooking for several years, entering cooking competitions of the "Iron Chef" style and giving and attending cooking demonstrations like the one scheduled at the country club.
"I like to make a lot of international cuisines, like curries and North African foods," Kaplan said, adding the foods are spicy but use different types of spices than most Americans are familiar with.
For the fundraiser, he will be preparing vichyssoise, a thin soup served cold and designed to be eaten between other courses. The particular dish he is preparing was invented by a French cook working in America.
Prior to the demonstrations, guests will be able to enjoy appetizers provided by Texas Roadhouse. A cash bar will be available and there will also be a silent auction, which will include items signed by New York Yankees baseball player Nick Swisher, Angelos said.
The country club will be decorated in a medical theme with the doctors in their scrubs and the dishes given medical names. Name tags for participants will also be hospital bracelets. Entertainment will include belly dancers, Angelos said.
Proceeds from the cooking school/dinner help the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg bring music education to local schools.