Learn It, Don't Burn It: NYC Food Classes, 11/27 to 12/4

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]

'Hands-On Pizza Workshop & Walking Tour of Little Italy' at Astor Center
Sunday, November 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $195 After an ingredient shopping rendezvous in Little Italy, join Mark Bello in preparing your own pizza dough. He'll run through the steps of making your own pizza, focusing on crust, toppings, and wine pairing. Class will begin at Alleva Dairy at Mulberry Street and Grand Street in Little Italy.
Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th Street), Manhattan; 212-674-7501; astorcenternyc.com for info and registration

'Beer Basics & Cheese Pairing Principles' at Murray's Cheese
Sunday, November 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m., $65 Learn how to pair beers (brown ales, wheat beer, IPAs) with a variety of cheeses—tangy goat, Brie, or cheddar, to name a few, with Murray's Taylor Cocalis and Smuttynose's Tom Briggs at the helm.
Murray's Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street (at Sixth Avenue), Manhattan; 212-243.3289; murrayscheese.com for info and registration

'Sticky Holidays with Liddabit Sweets' at The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $50 Handmade sweets company Liddabit will demo a number of seasonal candies to make at home and give to friends and family for the holiays.
Brooklyn Kitchen Labs, 100 Frost Street (b/n Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-389-2982; thebrooklynkitchen.com for info and registration

Discussing traditional Dutch food and baking fine holiday cookies—after the jump.

'Joyful Traditions: How the Dutch St. Nicholas Celebration Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Holiday Treats' at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
Thursday, December 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $40 Learn about the traditional treats eaten on St. Nicholas Day, December 6, from food historian Peter Rose. You'll chat about and taste a number of eats, including Bishop's wine, speculaas (spiced cookies), oli-koecken (doughnuts), and Duivekater (marzipan-filled puff pastry).
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 417 East 61st Street (b/n York Avenue and First Avenue), Manhattan; culinaryhistoriansny.org for info and registration

'Holiday Cookies' at ICC
Friday, December 4, 6 to 10 p.m., $195 After a demo of cookie making techniques and recipes, students will prepare an assortment of holiday cookies in small teams, incorporating nuts, fruits, spices, and plenty of sugar. After class, you'll partake in a "cookie exchange" to try every holiday cookie you ever dreamed of.
International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway (at Grand Street), Manhattan; 888-324-CHEF; internationalculinarycenter.com for info and registration