We know the listing is looking a bit light this week, but hold out because all the best cooking classes of the fall are on their way!

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[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

'The Cocktail Lab - A Hands-On Workshop' at Astor Center
Sunday, September 27, 1 to 3 p.m., $65
Whether you're a bartender or want to be one, there's plenty to learn with mixologist Jonathan Pogash, who will teach you all the basics, trends, and the science behind the bar.
Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th Street), Manhattan; 212-674-7501; astorcenternyc.com for info and registration

'Let's Talk About Sex: Beer and Cheese' at Murray's Cheese
Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $60
Taylor Cocalis and Maggie Fuller will show you how women have played an important part in cheese and beer making over the years, from the milking of the cow to the serving of the stein. In usual Murray's fashion, there will be a tasting of beer and cheese to woo you over.
Murray's Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 212-243.3289; murrayscheese.com for info and registration

Cheap cooking and the art of food blogging—after the jump.

'Good, Cheap, and Easy Dishes' at ICE
Thursday, October 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $100
Cheap and easy doesn't mean hummus and baked chicken every night—columnist Marge Perry will guide you through cooking quick and inexpensive meals such as soft fish tacos, Cuban black beans and rice, mini meatloves, molasses roast pork, and more.
The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 800-522-4610; web.iceculinary.com for more info and registration

'A Crash Course in Food Blogging' at Whole Foods Bowery
Thursday, October 1, 7 to 9 p.m., $25
Our friend Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch discusses the passion (and pounds) of starting a food blog and getting people to read it.
Whole Foods Bowery, 95 East Houston Street (at Bowery), Manhattan; 212-420-1320; acteva.com for info and registration

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