AYER -- Markoh's on Main will host its first Holiday Cooking Show Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., and is selling advance tickets to the event.

In accordance with a small business management class at Southern New Hampshire University, Chef Markoh will prepare three to four courses in the cooking class.

"We are hoping to make this a monthly thing," Markoh said. The event will be televised by Ayer Public Access Cable and other local channels.

Ticket prices will be $55 and may be purchased at Markoh's on Main. The event will benefit Loaves & Fishes. A silent auction of donated goods and a 50/50 raffle is planned for the event as well.

Christina Saunders is a student working on the project and hopes the show continues on after the first airing.

"The point of the course is to put us into real life positions to see how some actual small businesses run," Saunders said. "One of the staff at SNHU also works with Chef Markoh. So through him my professor was able to find a project for us to work with.

"The whole process is really supposed to be a learning experience for us," she said. "So we are doing a bunch of different things for him like making fliers, setting up the floor plan for the actual show, coming up with a solid name for this show and future ones.

"We are also trying to make a commercial for him," Saunders said. "We really want to help him make this show a success and also help him so that he can continue doing shows even after we are gone."

Markoh said the televised cooking class was something he began at his previous location in Brookline, New Hampshire.

"We did the show when some people wanted us to do the cooking class," Markoh remembers of his previous show. "Someone videotaped it and sent it to the local access television. It ran for two or so months. Then we did the show every month for a couple of years, but since moving to Ayer, we haven't done it. We're going to start it up again as a monthly event and SNHU is helping us get it going."

The night of cooking lessons and dining will include all courses and wine. Anyone interested in making a donation to the silent auction should contact Christina Saunders at christina.saunders@snhu.edu. There are approximately 60 spots open to those wanting to attend the event. Tickets may be purchased at Markoh's on Main.

"This is really just a great time for anyone who comes," Markoh said.