Learn It, Don't Burn It: NYC Food Classes, 7/30 to 8/7

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.

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Photographs by Robyn Lee

'The Do-Ahead Summer Antipasto Party' at the Natural Gourmet
Friday, July 31, 6 to 9:30 p.m., $105 Plenty of dishes are made to be served at room temperature, perfect for the host or hostess who wants to throw a party and actually enjoy it: this menu features mainly-vegetarian, health-conscious dishes. On the menu: golden gazpacho, poached salmon pinwheels, balsamic glazed sauteed fresh corn, caponata, roasted cauliflower and fennel, Tuscan white beans, heirloom tomato caprese, and blackberry sundae parfaits.
Natural Gourmet Institute, 48 West 21st Street (at Sixth Avenue), 2nd Floor, Manhattan; 212-645-5170; naturalgourmetschool.com for registration

'A Downeast Feast' at Astor Center
Saturday, August 1, 12 to 4 p.m., $125 Native Maine chef Carl Raymond, brings New England to the kitchen with plenty of seafood and seasonal summer vegetables. On the menu: downeast clam chowder, Cape Cod crab cakes, Maine baked beans, mini lobster rolls, and Maine blueberry pie à la mode. Dishes will be paired with chilled white wines, courtesy of Astor Center's resident wine expert.
Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th Street), Manhattan; 212-674-7501; astorcenternyc.com for info and registration

'Favorite Classic French Bistro Dishes' at ICE
Sunday, August 2, 5 to 9:30 p.m., $110 Simple French bistro food from the late 19th century makes a comeback with instructor Jane Brock. On the menu: cold mussel salad with mussel mayonnaise, Coquilles St-Jacques Parisienne (scallops in cream sauce), Noisettes de Porc aux Pruneaux (braised pork with plums), tartes aux framboise (fresh raspberry tarts) 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

Home-brewed beer and edge wine and cheese pairings—after the jump.

'Homebrewing' at Beer Table
Monday, August 3, and Monday, August 17th, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $70
Brooklyn Homebrew's finest takes you through the steps of brewing beer at home with a home brew kit; recipe selecting, bottling, and fermentation will be covered.
Beer Table, 427 B 7th Avenue (b/n 14th & 15th Streets), Brooklyn; 718-965-1196; brownpapertickets.com for registration

'The Wine and Cheese Experience' at City Winery
Tuesday, August 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $40 Murray's Cheese and City Winery team up once again for a wine and cheese tasting, with an overview of perfect pairings and a lot of good conversation.
City Winery, 155 Varick Street (at Vandam Street), Manhattan; 212-243.3289 for Murray's; murrayscheese.com for info and registration