Cooking school benefits Juvenile Diabetes

Pastor Sam Peters has quickly built a reputation for his unique Patter Fam sauces which have gained wide acclaim, and that reputation has grown into something called – “The Pastor’s Pantry Cooking School,” on Hayport Road, near the pool in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

The Pastor’s Pantry Cooking School is a complete cooking and dining experience. The demonstration cooking school teaches the participants how to cook a wide variety of dishes ranging from Asian, Italian and Latin America to domestic styles of Barbecue, Cajun and Lowlands regardless of their experience level.

“On July 23 at 6 p.m., they are doing a cooking class and all the profits are going to be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation),” Malissa Sarver, registered dietician for King’s Daughters Medical Center and JDRF advocate, said. “They’re trying to get faster working insulins. The insulins now take about 20 minutes to start working and peaks maybe an hour later. So if you can get something that works faster than that 20 minutes, that’s going to have an impact on your A1C and that sort of thing, plus the advocacy and the education to the general public.”

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1-diabetes (T1D) research. According to their website, their mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since their inception. JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion and energy.

“I’ll probably bring some information with me like being a diabetic and going on vacation, what things you should pack with you, and that sort of thing,” Sarver said. “And with all the things happening in West Virginia and the flooding that they’ve experienced, an emergency checklist – things that people who are diabetic should have in place in case an emergency does happen.”

Classes have limited seating so that everyone can enjoy the interactive experience. Sarver said there are about 10 seats remaining available for the school on July 23. The seats are $30 each and information on how to reserve a seat at

By Frank Lewis

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