Nearly one year ago, residents in Marcellus and Skaneateles were first treated to series of cooking classes focused on the tastes of Lebanon thanks to Marietta resident Julie Ann Sageer.
Now, to thank those who helped her get her start in the cooking world, Sageer is holding an anniversary party at 7 p.m. Tuesday April 27 in the Community Room of Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple St. in Marcellus.
"I felt it was only fitting. It's a complimentary event," she said. "It's kind of my way of thanking the community, the library [and] all my participants that have been loyally following me."
The event is sort of a preview, Sageer said, of what's to come in her next cooking series, which begins in May with three weeks of hands-on classes with all new dishes.
The focus for April 27 is "spring" and how as the weather begins to warm, the food we eat gets better ... and better for us.
"Spring is all about renewal, reviving yourself," Sageer said. "The food that you take into your body has a lot to do with how you feel that day."
With that in mind, Sageer wants to offer her guests a taste of "good for you wholesome food" and will be using things like Swiss chard, dandelion greens, spinach and green beans to create authentic Lebanese dishes.
The foodie event will include some demonstrations of how to prepare dishes along with an array of tastings. To set the mood, Sageer also plans to play some Arabic music in the background and have some form of entertainment.
Inviting her former class participants to taste and enjoy a free evening is key to the event's success. But, it also serves as an opportunity for people to come in and see what Sageer's classes and Lebanese cooking is all about. The open invitation is for anyone who wants to come out for a fun evening of deliciousness -- from Auburn to Syracuse and beyond, as Sageer's tasteful reach is touching many aspects of Central New York living.