Learn It, Don't Burn It: NYC Food Classes, 10/22 to 10/30

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]

'The Street Food & Small Bites of Hong Kong' at Astor Center
Friday, October 23, 6 to 9 p.m., $125 Ping Yan leads this hands-on exploration of Hong Kong street vendors, covering dishes such as vegetable spring rolls, pan-seared turnip cakes, quail egg shumai, steamed rice cupcakes, and more. You'll eat your creations and taste through unusual wine pairings.
Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th Street), Manhattan; 212-674-7501; astorcenternyc.com for info and registration

'Vegetarian Soul Food from the Near and Middle East' at ICE
Tuesday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $110 Jennifer Abadi will direct this hands-on class all about the unique and flavorful vegetarian dishes of the Middle East, including red lentil soup with apricots, lemon, and thyme, yellow squash pie with cucumber mint yogurt sauce, "poor man's" casserole with lentils, rice, and macaroni, and yogurt cake with semolina and lemon zest.
The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 800-522-4610; web.iceculinary.com for more info and registration

'How to Navigate a Restaurant Wine List' at Bottlerocket
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $50 Decrypt NYC restaurant wine lists and impress your friends with the tips from the folks at Bottlerocket, through tastings and informative discussions.
Bottlerocket, 5 West 19th Street (at Fifth Avenue), Manhattan; 212-929-2323; bottlerocket.wufoo.com for more info and registration

Coffee perfection and Halloween treats--after the jump.

'Coffee Expert: From Plant to Cup' at ICC
Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $595 This two day intensive class based on the Università del Caffè in Triste, Italy, covers latte art, equipment and barista technique, making coffee at home, and the history of the bean. Check out our previous report for an overview, including a preview of the intelligent Italian professors.
International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway (at Grand Street), Manhattan; 888-324-CHEF; internationalculinarycenter.com for info and registration

'Halloween Cupcakes' at The Brooklyn Kitchen
Thursday, October 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $50 Celebrate Halloween with instructions from Katie Robinson on how to make some spooky-themed creations, complete with recipes and decorating tips. Costumes optional.
Brooklyn Kitchen, 616 Lorimer Street (at Skillman Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-389-2982; thebrooklynkitchen.com for info and registration