Christmas in April

Participants in Kitchen Bazaar's upcoming series of teach-ins featuring prominent area cooking instructors will have the chance not only to hone their culinary skills, but also to aid the city's disadvantaged.

In an effort to raise funds for "Christmas in April," a one-day campaign to renovate and repair the homes of Washington's poor, elderly and handicapped, Kitchen Bazaar is donating the $10 class fees to the project.

Interested parties are asked to send their tax-deductable contributions (written to "Christmas in April") to Kitchen Bazaar, 4455 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number, and to specify the teach-in session you wish to attend:

Session 1: Joan Shih (Chinese cooking) and Cary Pollak (Indian cooking), March 11, 7-9:30 p.m., Montgomery Mall location.

Session 2: Jacques Blanc (French cooking) and Amy Malone (cake decorating), March 12, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Connecticut Avenue location.

Session 3: Joan Shih (Chinese cooking) and Lainie Forman (vegetarian cooking), March 13, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Montgomery Mall location.

Session 4: Margot Hahn (entertaining) and Carol Mason (American and California cooking), March 14, 7-9:30 p.m., Connecticut Avenue location.

Session 5: Francois Dionot (Modern French cooking) and Ann Yonkers (American regional cooking), March 15, 12:30-3 p.m., Connecticut Avenue location. -- Tom Sietsema March in Philadelphia

The home of the hoagie will serve as the site of a most ambitious culinary collaboration, "The Book and the Cook," when a host of distinguished food authorities and Philadelphia chefs gather March 22-24 for a weekend of fine dining and food talk. Twenty-seven authors and chefs, including Barbara Kafka, Paula Wolfert, Anne Willan, Maida Heatter, Jonathan Waxman and Barbara Tropp, will team up with the city's chefs and restaurateurs to create special menus for participating guests. A book-signing reception, featuring all the authors, and optional tours of Philadelphia's food markets will also be highlighted.

Reservations for the dining portion of the weekend must be made through the individual establishments and prices for the special dinners, at which individual authors will preside, vary among the host restaurants. (When making reservations, be sure to specify that you wish to be included in "The Book and the Cook" party at that particular restaurant.) For a free brochure detailing the event, write Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourist Center, "The Book and the Cook," 16th and Kennedy, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 or call (215)568-6599. -- T.S.