If you flunk the first course, there's always dessert

Eat, drink, man, woman

Learn the secrets of French bistro cooking with chef Gordon Hamersley, author of the award-winning book Bistro Cooking at Home, at Central Market, 4821 Broadway, 6:30pm, February 23. The menu includes creamy salt cod brandade with roasted red peppers and shaved toast, mussel and finnan haddie chowder, seared duck breast with plums and port, sear-roasted rib steak with herb butter, whole roasted garlic and lemony braised endive, and chocolate truffle cake. Cost is $65. To register, call 368-8617.

Add a little spice to your romance at Central Market Cooking School's cooking class for couples, 6:30pm, February 25. Bring your husband, wife, lover, or significant other as guest chef Don Skipworth shares cooking styles used to create hot and spicy Asian specialties filled with explosive and sensual flavors. Menu includes hot and sour soup, gung pao chicken, Thai green papya salad, raspberry tartlets with white chocolate, and more. Cost is $125 per couple. To register, call 368-8617.

Bright eyes and great big feet

You are what you eat, and with the help of Amy Sokol's cooking seminar, you and your food can both be healthy. The seminar is sponsored by Sun Harvest, a natural foods grocery store, 10:30-11:30am, February 26. The menu includes tomato-basil soup and candied-almond pear salad. The event is free. For more information, call 525-1844.

Tools of the trade

The City of San Antonio Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Program will host a training seminar for existing and prospective restaurant business owners on March 1. "The Forks and Knives of Restaurant Success," will cover topics ranging from financial planning and food and bar costs to marketing and renovation ideas. The event begins at 8am and runs all day, March 1, at St. Phillip's College. Cost is $27. To register, call 207-3944.

Swing by Ace Mart Restaurant Supply Company, 2653 Austin Highway, 11am-4pm, March 1 and 2, to taste the handiwork of students enrolled in the John Jay High School Culinary Arts program. Students will prepare a variety of appetizers for customers and guests at the exhibition. The event is free of charge. For information, call 323-3500.

Compiled by Elyas Bakhtiari


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