Try a Grigio with your pirog

Vatrushka, borscht, kasha, and kotlets — local food events

More chocolate, more wine

After filling up on chocolate and wine this Valentine's day, head out to Texas Hills Vineyard for a second dose of February's favorite foods. The vineyard just released their 2004 Pinot Grigio and will celebrate by teaming up with Dr. Chocolate to offer a combined chocolate and wine sampling February 19. No reservations or tickets are required. For information, call 830-868-2321.

All you need now is vodka

If you have trouble naming more than a handful of Russian dishes, you're probably not alone. Learn about one of the most diverse but unknown culinary palettes in the world from a native Russian at Central Market, 4821 Broadway, February 21, 6:30-9pm. The menu includes an assortment of hearty Russian hors d' oeuvres and salads, borscht, kasha, and kotlets (toasted buckwheat pilaf with Russian hamburgers), apple pirog, and Vatrushka (Russian cheesecake). Cost is $40. To sign up, call 368-8617.

Award-winning appetizers

As the Academy Awards are handed out later this month, host your own award-winning Oscar party with help from the Central Market Cooking School, 4821 Broadway. Learn the art of the hors d'oeuvres with chef Susan Sellers February 22, 6:30-9 p.m. The menu includes skewered bocconcini with prosciutto, smoked salmon and avocado rosettes, honey-coated shrimp with rice pilaf, and rum raisin cheesecake. Cost is $40. To sign up, call 368-8617.

Help tsunami victims

H.O.M.E. Savings USA is teaming with local restaurants and businesses to raise money for the Salvation Army's relief efforts for victims of the disastrous tsunami that hit Southeast Asia last month. H.O.M.E. is offering a lifetime savings card that can be used for discounts at over 200 locations around San Antonio, including Jim's Restaurants, Arby's, Pizza Hut, Crabby Jacks, and Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant. Cost is $25. For information, call 559-0676 or visit

Compiled by Elyas Bakhtiari

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