Mardi Gras and kitchen stars 

Pub Gras

It's barely the new year, but Sherlock's Baker St. Pub & Grill is already thinking Mardi Gras.

From January 15 through February 8, patrons at Sherlock's, 16620 Hwy 281 North, will receive Mardi Gras beads, some of which can be redeemed for prizes. To enlighten the non-New Orleans folk, traditional bead colors are gold (power), green (faith), and purple (justice).

The monthlong celebration culminates with a Fat Tuesday party on February 8 featuring shopping cart parades in which staffers march around with full of beads, candy, and prizes to throw to guests. For more information visit www.sherlockspub.com

Cat Cora's kitchen

Cat Cora, an up-and-coming culinary star will be the guest chef at Central Market, 4821 Broadway, on January 19 from 6:30-9pm. Cora has several shows on the Food Network, including Kitchen Accomplished, Boiling Pot, and Date Plan. She also has recently published her first cookbook, Cat Cora's Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends. The book is a reflection of her Greek heritage, Southern upbringing, and restaurant training in both France and California.

The menu includes crisp root vegetable salad with arugula & banyuls vinegar gastrique, slow-roasted pork with fennel, handmade herb fettuccine, and chocolate budino with caramelized banana ice cream. Cost is $65.

Other Central Market cooking classes include "Thyme for Tea" on January 15 at noon, ($40), and Ocean Star Seafood: "Shrimp-ly Delicious" on January 18 at 6:30pm, ($45).

ABC's of wine

Anything but Chardonnay and Cabernet! The event takes place at Sun Harvest, 8101 Callaghan, January 19 at 7pm. Participants can learn about a variety of wines and enjoy samples of freshly cut cheeses. Free.

Compiled by Nicole Chavez


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