Here's yet another serving of some delicious educational opportunities to get down and dirty for next week. All classes listed still have openings, but if you hear otherwise, please let us know.
'A World of Spice, Part I: Hot!' at Astor Center
Saturday, November 7, 12 to 4 p.m., $125
First in a series on spices is an exploration of dried peppers and peppercorns; you'll cook a variety of fiery dishes focusing on the heat and flavor, including romesco dip with smoked Spanish pimenton, four peppercorn-encrusted steak au poivre, and a Sichuan pepper-spiked daikon salad.
Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th Street), Manhattan; 212-674-7501; astorcenternyc.com for info and registration
'The Great New York Deli' at ICE
Sunday, November 8, 5 to 9:30 p.m., $110
Learn how to make the quintessential dishes of the Jewish New York delis. Start with Jewish penicillin (chicken soup with kreplach and matzoh balls), chopped liver, and reubens, and churn out knishes, noodle kugel, rugelach, and cheese blintzes.
The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 800-522-4610; web.iceculinary.com for more info and registration
'Tapas Essentials' at ICC
Tuesday, November 10, and Thursday, November 12, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., $675
Ever wanted to spend ten hours cooking up a variety of Spanish tapas? Now's your chance to use a cazuela and a griddle to cook dishes such as tortilla espanola (potato omelet), almendras fritas (savory sauteed almonds), and spicy albondigas (meatballs).
International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway (at Grand Street), Manhattan; 888-324-CHEF; internationalculinarycenter.com for info and registration
Decorating fancy cakes, and Chicago brews—after the jump.
'Cake Decorating' at The Brooklyn Kitchen
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $50
Brooklyn Kitchen staple (and Food Network competitor) Katie Robinson will lead this interactive class on decorating cakes with flowers, vines, and leaves, and will leave every student with a starter kit for home use.
Brooklyn Kitchen, 616 Lorimer Street (at Skillman Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-389-2982; thebrooklynkitchen.com for info and registration
'Windy City Brews & American Cheese' at Murray's Cheese
Friday, November 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $65
Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall pairs up with Murray's education coordinator Taylor Cocalis to discuss and taste some of his "malty" and "toasty" beers alongside some fascinating American cheeses.
Murray's Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 212-243.3289; murrayscheese.com for info and registration