Learn It, Don't Burn It: NYC Food Classes, 10/8 to 10/16

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.


[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

'All About Pork' at ICE
Saturday, October 10, 6 to 10 p.m., $110 This class will make you switch from chicken to pork as your go-to meat when you don't know what else to make. Enjoy cooking all the delicious final products of the pig, including pork chili, meatloaf, burgers, pork loin with citrus glaze, brussels sprouts with bacon, and other side dishes like butternut squash purée and dried fruit with cider sauce.
The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 800-522-4610; web.iceculinary.com for more info and registration

'Global Kitchen: The Magic of Pickling' at the American Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $20 Author and historian Lucy Norris will join pickler Bob McClure to talk about the history of and culture surrounding pickles. A pickle tasting will be included in the festivities.
American Museum of Natural History, Linder Theater (1st Floor), Central Park West at 79th Street; 212-769-5100; amnh.org for info and registration

'Culinary Identities of the American Heartland' at Park Avenue United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., $40 International food historian Bruce Kraig will show that Midwestern cuisine has as much of an identity as South and the Northeast--complete with pie, casseroles, and more (the full title of the class suggests fish boils, fish fries, Cudighi and Runza, Ohio mango, the Coney, and Big Baby).
Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 106 East 86th Street, (b/n Park and Lexington), Manhattan; culinaryhistoriansny.org for info and registration

Honey, cheese, and saffron—after the jump.

'Honey & Cheese' at Murray's Cheese
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $60 Honey connoisseur Christine Lehner and Murray's own Louise Geller will get creative with the classic honey and cheese pairing by tasting through single varietal American honeys and exquisite farmhouse cheeses.
Murray's Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 212-243-3289; murrayscheese.com for info and registration

'The Secrets of Spices' at ICC
Friday, October 16, 6 to 10 p.m., $195 In addition to activating your sense of smell with cardamom and saffron, you'll cook an international three-course meal with some classic and some not so well-known spices.
International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway (at Grand Street), Manhattan; 888-324-CHEF; internationalculinarycenter.com for info and registration