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.
'Coffee Cupping' at Counter Culture Coffee Training Center
Friday, December 11, 10 to 11 a.m., free
Join customer service reps (and cool ladies) Katie and Meister as they cup some of the season's best coffees. All you need to bring is your sense of smell and taste.
Counter Culture Coffee Training Center, 37 West 26th Street, Suite 400 (b/n Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan; 212-213-4411; counterculturecoffee.com for more info
'A Fistful of Lentils:Syrian Cooking' at ICE
Monday, December 14, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $110
Jennifer Abadi introduces you to the traditional Syrian cuisine of lentils, spices, and grains. On the menu: phyllo triangles with spinach & pine nuts, smoky eggplant dip with sesame paste, lentils and rice with cucumber mint yogurt dressing, meatballs with sour cherries and tomato paste, tamarind iced tea, and more.
The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 800-522-4610; rec.iceculinary.com for more info and registration
'Celebrate With Latkes!' at Whole Foods Bowery
Monday, December 14, 6 to 9 p.m., $45
Partake in this latke party hosted by Jayne Cohen, who will get your hands dirty in some traditional Hanukkah (but really, year round) pancakes. She'll demo garlic-rosemary potato latkes, cheese latkes, and applesauce with rosemary and brown butter, while you'll get to make new Mexican sweet potato latkes with lime-sour cream sauce.
Whole Foods Bowery, 95 East Houston Street (at Bowery), Manhattan; 212-420-1320; acteva.com for info and registration
Beards, beers, and goat cheese—after the jump.
'Mast Brothers Chocolate & Beer Tasting' at Beer Table
Monday, December 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $35
Discuss all things cocoa-related with the bearded chocolate makers of Mast Brothers in a tasting of their unique treats, alongside beers handpicked by the staff at Beer Table.
Beer Table, 427 B 7th Avenue (b/n 14th & 15th Streets), Brooklyn; 718-965-1196; brownpapertickets.com for registration
'Beyond Chevre' at The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $75
Ever wondered about the possibilities of goat's milk other than its glorious cheesy incarnation? Hevra Goodman introduces you to goat milk ricotta, curried cream of butternut squash soup, and more. This hands-on class will end with a feast of your prepared creations.
Brooklyn Kitchen Labs, 100 Frost Street (b/n Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-389-2982; thebrooklynkitchen.com for info and registration
'Eat, Drink, Cook: Piedmont' at Astor Center
Wednesday, December 16, 6 to 9:30 p.m., $125
Explore the cuisine of the French-bordered Piedmont region in Italy: sophisticated and expertly paired with classic wines. Traditional and stick-to-your-ribs dishes you'll prepare include grilled polenta crostini with melted gorgonzola, buckwheat pasta with chard, short ribs, and hazelnut amaretti.
Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th Street), Manhattan; 212-674-7501; astorcenternyc.com for info and registration