Mark your calendars now to join us for food and fun at the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, which will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

This event will be held Thursday, April 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freer High School Cafeteria. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. so participants can visit exhibits.

The demonstration recipes are cost effective, easy to prepare, and fit into a healthy meal plan. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, nutrition and exercise don’t have to be on the back burner. Dinner Tonight is designed to help busy families enjoy healthy and delicious meals, and we even provide fitness tips to help people become more active.

The evening will be filled with students of Ms. Garrison’s fourth grade science class from Norman Thomas Elementary who completed the Learn, Grow, Eat and Go! program.

The evening will be emcee by Kambree Brandt a fourth grade student at Norman Thomas Elementary. Samples of additional recipes will be available for tasting by the entire audience.

During the cooking school, everyone will see demonstrations of quick and easy-to-make recipes from the Best of Dinner Tonight recipes. Chef Carolyn Stanfield with Freer ISD and Marisa Dimas Duval County Extension Agent, will be conducting the food demonstrations on stage with assistant Chefs Kadrian Perez, Halli Garza, Julian T Carrillo and Ashlyn Garza fourth grade students from Norman Thomas Elementary.

Samples will be made available by servers Treycie Lerma, Ruecker M. Garcia, Madison Lopez, Karissa L Martinez, and Evana Rios also fourth graders at Norman Thomas Elementary. Door prizes will be given throughout the event. Each participant will be provided with recipe cards in the registration bags that are packed with a variety of items from our sponsors. The unique recipe cards contains six meal plans, and all recipes include the entrée, sides, and dessert – perfect for busy families. They even come perforated so you can mix and match a variety of meal plans. We are targeting busy people who still want to make time for meal preparation and feel good about what they are feeding themselves and their family. Our goals are to promote family mealtime, teach families healthy meal planning and food preparation techniques, and promote Texas agriculture.

This is a FREE event. For additional information, contact County Extension Agent Marisa Dimas at email at You can also view recorded food demonstrations on our Dinner Tonight website at, with recipes that are easy to download.