ASIAN

Cantonese Cooking

Franklin F. Chow

202-265-5651

stockton.jackson@juno.com

24th year. Demonstration/participation. Cantonese cooking techniques and appetizers, including Spring Rolls, Won Ton, Cha Sil Pork and Mock Drumsticks. $38 for 2-session course. Saturdays, 2-5 p.m., beginning Oct. 23. Call for schedule. 1851 Columbia Rd. NW, #501, Washington D.C. 20009.

The Chinese Cookery, Inc.

Joan Shih

301-236-5311

27th year. Demonstration/participation. 5-session courses: Basic, Advanced, Sichuan, Hunan and Chinese Vegetarian and Gourmet I, II & III. Also children's cooking, private lessons, classes in specialty dishes, including sushi and healthful basics, by appointment. $160 per 5-session course; Chinese Vegetarian, $170 per 5-session course; specialty classes, $65 and up. 5 students per class. Evenings, 7-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Advance registration and deposit required. 14209 Sturtevant Rd., Silver Spring, Md. 20905.

Chinese Cooking

Rebekah Jewell

703-591-9588

12th year. Step-by-step instruction in Chinese cooking in your home. $120 for a 3- to 4-hour session. Call for more information. Northern Virginia only.

Oriental Gourmet

Helen Beyer

703-250-4565

Fax: 703-250-2914

19th year. Participation. 2-session Noodles, Noodles & Noodles, $55, Sept. 15 and 22; 2-session Wok Cooking Made Easy, $54, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4; 1-session Sushi Gourmet, $30, Oct. 13; upcoming Tempura, Tofu and Sichuan classes. Private classes and demonstrations available. 7-10 p.m. Lake Braddock School, 9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, Va. 22015.

Thai Cooking

Janya Somers

703-573-5780

2nd year. Demonstration. Healthy Thai dishes for everyday meals and parties: Appetizers, Soups and Salads; Spicy/Non-Spicy Dishes; Vegetarian; One-Dish Meals. $40 per class, $145 for 4-session series. Call for complete schedule. Falls Church location.

Thai Cookery

Nongkran Daks

703-631-8277

1st year. Demonstration/participation. Authentic, healthful Thai cooking. Saturday mornings, Sept. 11, 18 and 25. 3-session seminar, $150. Chantilly location.

BAKING & DESSERTS

Artistry With Cake--School of Sugar Art

Jaci Salisbury

202-544-1917

cake.designer@mindspring.com

6th year. Demonstration/participation. 1-day seminars in advanced cake-decoration techniques (rolled fondant, gum paste, etc.), $90 includes materials, 8 students per class, Saturdays. Call for schedule. 647 F St. NE, Washington D.C. 20002.

International School of Confectionery Arts

Ewald Notter

301-963-9077

www.notterschool.com

18th year. Demonstration/participation. Chocolate decoration, sugar pulling, blowing and casting classes. Special classes include: Cake Decorating with Colette Peters, Modern Plated Desserts with Eric Perez and English Wedding Cakes and Gum-Paste Flowers with Sue McMahon. 3- to 5-day courses. $560 to $770 includes materials, breakfasts and lunches. 9209 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, Md. 20877. Call for schedule.

Queen of Scones

Sandra J. Perry

703-356-8817

4th year. Demonstration/participation. Scones, cookies, risotto, soups and stock and more. 3- to 4-hour baking classes include tea party. $20-$50. McLean location. Call for schedule.

CHILDREN'S CLASSES

(See also county programs in the General listing.)

Hemmachef

Joel Olson

301-215-7697

5th year. Demonstration/participation. Children's cooking, etiquette and manners. Single- and multiple-session classes. Special party classes available. Children 5 and up. Cost based on class size and menu. Bethesda-Chevy Chase-McLean areas.

Linda C. White

202-291-0076

5th year. Demonstration/participation. Dining skills for children and teens. Instruction in silverware and glasses, place settings, napkins, styles of eating, posture and more. $35 includes a practice meal and workbook. Call for schedule. Blair Mansion Inn, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring, Md.

FRENCH

Les Liaisons Delicieuses

Patti Ravenscroft

202-966-4091

cookfrance@cookfrance.com

6th year. Participation classes in France. Taught in the kitchens of French chefs, with market, vineyard and cultural tours. One province per trip, with a master chef (most Michelin-starred) as guide. $1,900-$3,800 includes accommodations, all meals with selected wines, cooking classes, cultural tours and simultaneous translation. Call for dates and destinations. 4710 30th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20008.

GENERAL

L'Academie de Cuisine

Bethesda

301-986-9490

Fax: 301-652-7970

25th year. Demonstration/participation. Basic and intermediate techniques, French menus, American regional and ethnic cuisines, guest chefs and authors, cooking for singles, baking, wine tasting, low-fat, vegetarian, classes for kids. $33 for single classes, $750 for 12-week series. Mondays through Saturdays, days and evenings, at Bethesda campus, 5021 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Md. 20814. Call for catalogue. Also see listing under Professional Training.

Alexandria City Public Schools Adult & Community Education

703-824-6845

20th year. Demonstration/participation. Multi- and single-session classes: Cooking Fundamentals I & II, Bachelor Pad--Men Can Cook!, Easy Entertaining, Secret Skills of Chefs, Vegetarian Cooking I, Vegetarian Sushi Workshop. Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 13. Call for complete schedule. $20-$85, plus some materials fee. T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria, Va. 22302.

Annapolis School of Cooking

Eileen Zack and Rita Calvert

Fresh Fields Whole Foods Market, Annapolis

410-263-2895

4th year. Demonstration/participation. Healthful organic and ethnic menus. Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $35 per session; 4 sessions for $120. Call for schedule. 911 Commerce Rd., Annapolis, Md. 21401.

Arlington Public Schools

Clarendon Education Center

703-228-7200

40-plus years. Demonstration/participation. Cooking Fundamentals, Korean Cooking, Cake Decorating, Breads for the Holidays, Gingerbread Houses and more. Days and evenings; single- and multi-session classes. $37-$103. 2801 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 306, Arlington, Va. 22201 (some classes meet at Swanson Middle School).

Calvert County Gourmet/Chuck Savage Cooking School

Charlie Varipapa

410-257-0705

7th year. Demonstration/participation. American regional, Italian regional and international cooking made simple, easy and fun. Food history, techniques and secrets of great chefs (including mom!). $24-$42. Call for complete schedule. Southern Maryland and northern Virginia locations.

City Cuisine

Carol Levin

202-265-4818

citycuisine@yahoo.com

2nd year. Demonstration/participation in your home. Individual or group instruction. Emphasis on basic skills, cooking techniques, and party planning. Classes can be customized to fit your skill level and schedule. Also available for parties. Gift certificates available. Call for more information and rates.

Company's Coming

Jinny Fleischman

202-966-3361

3rd year. Demonstration/participation. Home entertaining primer: menu planning, setting the table, wine pairing and preparing dinner. Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Sept. 30, Oct. 28 and Nov. 18. $50 per session, $135 for the series, includes meal and wine. Cleveland Park location.

Culinary Tours

Beth Cogswell

703-527-9137

1st year. Series of culinary tours. Sept. 25: Realizing Your Dream: Entrepreneurs, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $65 includes lunch. Oct. 30: Breads of the World, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $65 includes lunch. Jan. 29: Biscuits, Bon Bons and Bottles--Agricultural Museum in York, Pa., 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., $85. March 4: Everything Virginia: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $75 includes lunch. $260 for 4-tour series.

Cut to the Quick

Nathan Silver

301-229-7139

3rd year. Demonstration/participation. Focuses on the practical science of food preparation, emphasizing low-fat meals and French and Italian techniques. $425 for 10-session class plus $55 material fee; individual lessons available. Classes begin Sept. 22; call for schedule. Bethesda area.

D.C. Dining Society

202-265-0477

11th year. Demonstration/participation. American and international cuisines, wines, classic and modern healthful gourmet. Classes and seminars feature top local and national chefs, cookbook authors and visiting instructors from culinary schools. Fees range from free to $400 (for country inn weekends). Private lessons and group banquet classes can be arranged. Various locations. Call for schedule.

Fairfax County Adult and Community Education

703-227-2261

25th year. Demonstration/participation. Cooking for You (or Two)!, Feeding the Teenage Vegetarian, Wok Cookery Made Easy, Easy Entertaining, cake-decorating classes and others. Fees begin at $18 plus materials. Also available are children's classes and cake-decorating program. Call for schedule. Locations vary.

Janet Gaffney's The Art of Cooking

301-951-3719

7th year. Demonstration/participation. Learn classic culinary skills with menus designed for easy and elegant entertaining. Emphasis on do-ahead ideas. Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. $55 per class. Call for schedule. 5209 Goddard Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20814.

Judy Harris Cooking School

Judy Harris

703-768-3767

www.tidalwave.net/sselwyn )

21st year. Demonstration/participation. Basic Techniques, Low-Fat Cooking, Culinary Tours Restaurant Tour, Elegant English Tea and more. Private classes available. Days and evenings, $42-$75 per class. Call for full schedule. 2402 Nordok Pl., Alexandria, Va. 22306.

Hemmachef

Joel Olson

301-215-7697

4th year. Demonstration/participation. Private classes for corporate and home occasions. Classes customized. Bridal Showers, Wine Dinners, Birthday Dinners, Gourmet Clubs. Call for information. Bethesda-Chevy Chase-McLean areas.

Lansdowne Resort

703-858-2107

Demonstration/participation. Classes range from basic cooking skills to enjoying seasonal specialties, including: Sept. 25, Tomatoes; Oct. 9, Apples; Oct. 23, Pumpkin Carving; Nov. 13, Thanksgiving; Dec. 4, Holiday Appetizers; Dec. 11, Gingerbread House. 10 a.m. $20-$35. Call for 2000 schedule. 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, Va.

The Many Ways to Prepare Artichokes

Doralice Marinetti Hoehne

703-281-2352

3rd year. Demonstration/participation. Includes recipes and serving ideas with a Mediterranean focus. 2-hour class, mornings and evenings, February, March or April, depending on availability. $40 plus materials. Great Falls or Vienna location.

McLean Community Center

703-790-0123

4th year. Demonstration/participation. Multi- and single-session classes for adults (Basic Knife Skills, Cake Baking and Decorating, Quick-Fix Dinners, Fondue Social and more) and children (Kids After-School Cooking, Halloween Treats and more). $32-$130, plus some materials fee. 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. 22101.

Montgomery Village Foundation

Summer Whitford

301-948-0110

Participation. Keep the Flavor, Lose the Fat, Thursdays, Oct. 7-21. Delectable Desserts, Wednesdays, Nov. 10-24. 7-9:30 p.m. $35 for residents; $40 for nonresidents. North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Rd., Montgomery Village, Md.

Cary D. Pollak

703-549-7129

16th year. Demonstration/participation. 4-session courses on Wok Cookery and French cooking, 2-session Indian cooking and single-session classes on Barbecue, English Tea and Hungarian cooking. Evenings, $25 per session. Call for schedule. Alexandria area.

Season to Taste

Missy Bigelow Carr

301-933-5136

MissyBigs@aol.com

1st year. Demonstration/participation. Learn basic to advanced techniques of cooking today's gourmet foods, including entertaining tips. $35-$50 per class. Call for complete schedule. In your home or Silver Spring location.

Someone's in the Kitchen

Kendi O'Neil

301-696-1985

3rd year. Demonstration. Seasonal entertaining menus, tasting events and special guest instructors. Evening sessions. $25-$45 per class. Locations vary.

What's Cooking!

Phyllis Frucht

202-483-7282

whatsckng@aol.com

More than 30 years. Limited participation. Small groups master a specific technique or an international menu. Multi-session classes include Celebrations, Contemporary Cuisine, Pacific Rim and the International Vegetarian. 7:30 p.m. $40 per class, $175 for 5-session series. Call for schedule. Dupont Circle location.

GINGERBREAD HOUSES

(Many pastry schools and community programs also offer gingerbread-house courses.)

Artistry With Cake--School of Sugar Art

Jaci Salisbury

202-544-1917

cake.designer@mindspring.com

6th year. Demonstration/participation. Make your own gingerbread house with illuminated Christmas scene. $90 includes supplies. Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 8 students per class (adults only). 647 F St. NE, Washington D.C. 20002.

Creative Cakes

Nancie Cameron

301-587-1599

Fax: 301-587-1598

6th year. Participation. Learn to design and decorate gingerbread houses. Children, 5-12 years: Saturdays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 2-4 p.m. Adults (with children over 12): Monday, Dec. 13, 6:30-9 p.m. $45 includes a gingerbread house and materials. 8814 Brookville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. 20910.

Linda C. White

202-291-0076

6th year. Demonstration/participation. Build and decorate your own gingerbread house. $20 includes materials. November and December classes for adults and children. Upper Northwest D.C. location.

GREEK

Greek Cooking

Eva F. Poulos

301-299-6467

19th year. Demonstration with some participation. Four classes: Sept. 30, spinach pie, baked shrimp with feta cheese and brandy pecan cake; Oct. 14, pastitsio, broiled chicken riganato, Greek salad and baklava; Oct. 28, dolmades, phyllo pastry bites with shrimp and butter cookies; Nov. 4, chicken avgolemono soup, moussaka, artichoke salad and custard cake. $25 per class, $92 for the series. 7-9:30 p.m. 11215 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac, Md. 20854.

HEALTH/VEGETARIAN

Ayurvedic Cooking

301-384-3281

3rd year. Demonstration/participation. Wholesome and balanced cooking; learn how to enhance food value with herbs and spices and how to choose foods to correct physiological imbalances. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $35 per session includes lunch. Call for schedule. Silver Spring location.

Cooking for Health & Energy

Heike Albers

703-255-3561, ext. 3

20th year. Demonstration/participation. Expand your knowledge of whole grains, beans, vegetables, soy products and sea vegetables. Learn to make guilt-free desserts and quick dinners. 6 sessions. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., starting Sept. 18. $40 per class, $195 for 6-session series.

Delights of the Garden

Ayize Sabater

202-336-2186

4th year. Demonstration/participation. Eat & Live Healthy Food Prep Class explores the rejuvenating power of vegetarian dishes. Learn basic holistic principles and how to incorporate good-for-you foods into your daily routine. 4-class series beginning Sept. 26. $34 per class. 2616 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington DC 20001.

Eating Well With HIV

Food & Friends

202-863-1846

www.foodandfriends.org

1st year. Participation. Simple, healthful cooking classes for persons with HIV and their caregivers. Supported by Capital Area Food Bank and Share Our Strength. 6 sessions, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Oct. 19 to Nov. 4th. Reservations required. 58 L St. SE, Washington D.C. 20003.

Gail's Vegetarian Catering

Gail Marie Naftalin

301-565-0674

14th year. Mostly demonstration. Vegetarian Cooking I: Seasonal menus taught by nutritionist include ethnic foods (no meat or dairy), beans, tofu, tempeh and natural sweeteners; 4 sessions. Vegetarian sushi; 1 session. Call for schedule and cost. Silver Spring, Arlington and Alexandria locations.

Juliette's Macrobiotic Services

Juliette Tahar

202-518-2665

6th year. Demonstration and/or participation. Single-session classes in Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking (Grains, Legumes, Soy Products and Vegetables), Principles of Macrobiotic Eating and Cooking and Holiday Fish Preparation. Single classes, $40-$85; 4-session series, $140-$240. Call for complete schedule. 1811-B 18th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20009.

Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking

Lauren Stuart

301-515-2701

1st year. Demonstration. Taught by Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor. Classes on tofu, soy foods and beans and grains. Saturdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 16 and 23; Noon-2 p.m. $35 per class; $100 for 3-class series. 21407 Rabbits Glen Ct., Germantown, Md. 20876.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fat-Free Clinic

301-942-9044

5th year. Participation. Beginning and advanced cooking for low-fat, high-fiber diets. Call for schedule and prices. Wyngate Medical Park, 5618 Shields Dr., Bethesda, Md. 20817.

M.O.M. (My Organic Market)

Anne Kuebler

301-816-4944

2nd year. Demonstration/lecture. Monthly classes emphasize organic foods and meat alternatives. Call for schedule. $20 per class. 11711B Parklawn Dr., Rockville, Md. 20852.

A Pinch of Thyme

Robyn Webb

703-683-5034

www.robynwebb.com

10th year. Lecture/participation. Taught by nutritionist. 14 classes emphasizing low-fat foods include: Introduction to Low-Fat, High-Flavor Cooking; Vegetarian; Italian; Chinese and Thai; Fast and Healthy Dinners; Soups and Stews; and more. $45-$90, includes full dinner. Weekly classes begin Oct. 14. 308 S. Payne St., Alexandria, Va. 22314.

Veggie Gourmet

Mimi Clark

703-643-2713

VegGourmet@aol.com

9th year. Demonstration. Emphasis on organic vegan cooking: Beans and Grains, One-Pot Meals, The Soy of Cooking, Sushi and Sea Vegetables, That's A Wrap and more. Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., beginning Sept. 26. $40 per person per class; $70 per couple. Call for schedule. Fairfax Station location.

Heide Fischer Wessels

202-829-2727

hfwessels@aol.com

3rd year. Demonstration/participation. Live foods lifestyles (proponents follow a diet of uncooked foods) cooking levels I and II. $25 per session. Call for schedule. Northwest D.C. location.

Whole Food Cooking

Claudia Joy Wingo and Claus Haack

301-467-5545

3rd year. Demonstration. Finding, buying and preparing organic produce and natural meats. Saturday, Nov. 20, 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. $50 in advance; $60 at the door, includes lunch. 4908 Berwyn Rd., College Park, Md. 20740.

INDIAN

Indian Cooking

Asha Anand

301-365-7605

1st year. Demonstration. Quick, easy, low-fat Indian cooking. Thursdays, 7 p.m. $75 per person includes dinner. Call for complete schedule. Bethesda location.

Indian and Indonesian Cooking

Usha Iyer

301-942-9282

15th year. Participation. Vegetarian, low-fat Indian and Indonesian meals and snacks. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 15 to Oct. 13. $15 per session includes materials. Silver Spring location.

Mukesh Khanna

202-966-9349

2nd year. Demonstration/participation. 15 years restaurant experience. Low-fat vegetarian cooking. International, with emphasis on Indian cooking. Private or group classes in your home. $45 per session; reduced rates for groups.

INTERNATIONAL

Cooking With Class

Joan Nester

703-534-3365

12th year. Participation. Mediterranean cooking from Southern France to the Middle East. Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. $40 per class, includes meal and wine. Call for schedule. 2940 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington, Va. 22213.

A Step Above

Sabrina Capannola

703-534-2472

10th year. Demonstration/participation. Basic and intermediate techniques in classic French, American and ethnic cuisines, including food preparation, presentation skills and wine recommendations. Gourmet Series, Elegant Desserts, Pastry, Holiday Feasts. Mondays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $50 per class. Call for class schedule. Falls Church location.

ITALIAN

Cooking With Gabriella

Gabriella S. Cantoni

301-469-9066

2nd year. Demonstration/participation in your home. Learn the basic techniques of Italian cooking through the preparation of dinner or a buffet. $40 per hour plus materials.

Italian Regional Cooking

Debbie Ciardo

301-309-0957

ciardo@iname.com

1st year. Participation. Italian regional cooking--from antipasto to dessert, including handmade pastas. Weekday afternoon and weekend classes. Call for a complete schedule and prices.

Susan Porter

202-986-6474

16th year. Demonstration/participation. Home-style Italian cooking. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., starting in October. $60 per class. Northwest D.C. location.

Tasty Tuscany

Patrizia Vecchia

Martifood@aol.com

6th year. Participation. Italian cooking emphasizing basics and improvising classic recipes with ingredients available in the U.S. Special menus by request, including vegetarian. In your home on request. Half-day, $75 per person; full-day, $135 per person includes wine and materials. 145 11th St. NE, Washington D.C. 20002.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

L'Academie de Cuisine

Gaithersburg

301-670-8670

www.lacademie.com

Full participation. Professional programs include culinary career training, pastry arts program, part-time and continuing education classes. Professional classes held at the North Campus. 16006 Industrial Dr., Gaithersburg, Md. 20877. Open house at North Campus, Oct. 9. Also see listing under General.

Community Family Life Services

Jeannine Sanford

202-347-1577, ext. 331

7th year. Full participation. 4-month culinary training program. On-the-job training at Third & Eats Restaurant (500 Third St. NW). Weekly stipend for transportation. Food Handler's License certification. Job placement assistance. Applications available at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 7, 14 and 21 at 504 Third St. NW, Apt. 104, Washington D.C. 20001.

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale Campus

703-323-3457

7th year. Participation. 3-year Cook Apprenticeship program combines culinary and management classes with on-the-job training. $4,500 for 3-year program. 8333 Little River Tpke., Annandale, Va. 22003.

Stratford College's School of Culinary Arts

703-821-8570

23rd year (formerly ATI Career Institute). Full participation. 50-week professional diploma program. Job placement and financial aid available. From $280 per credit hour. Day and evening classes, Mondays through Fridays. 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 100 South, Falls Church, Va. 22043.

RESTAURANT CLASSES

Al Tiramisu

Luigi Diotaiuti

202-467-4466

2nd year. Demonstration/participation. 5 classes featuring 3-course Italian menus. Saturdays at noon, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 and 18. $50 per class includes food, wine, tax and gratuity. 2014 P St. NW, Washington D.C. 20036.

Bistrot Lepic

Bruno Fortin

202-333-2738

1st year. Demonstration/participation. Single class in contemporary French cooking. Price includes meal, wine, tax and gratuity. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $60 per class. Call for schedule. 1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20007.

Catalan Restaurant

Javier Arze

202-628-2299

1st year. Demonstration/participation. Single classes in French Provencal, Vegetarian and Thanksgiving With a Twist. $85. Call for complete schedule. 1319 F St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004.

Citronelle Restaurant

Michel Richard

202-625-2150

6th year. Demonstration. Single classes in French cooking. Saturdays, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 4, March 18, April 15, May 6 and June 10. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $95 includes lunch, wine, tax and gratuity. Gift certificates available. Call for complete schedule. 3000 M St. NW (Latham Hotel), Washington D.C. 20007.

DC Coast Restaurant

800-496-1733

2nd year. Demonstration. Stock, soup and sauce tips with chef Jeff Tunks (Sept. 18) $40. Halloween treat ideas with pastry chef David Guas (Oct. 30) $50 per parent-child pair. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 1401 K St. NW, Washington D.C. 20005.

Evening Star Cafe

Brian Hooyenga

703-549-5051

1st year. Demonstration. Each class covers preparation of multi-course menu and theory behind creating balanced courses, fundamental cooking techniques and wine pairings. Saturdays, Oct. 16 to Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35 per class; $150 for 5-class series. Daily Planet Wine & Gourmet, 2004 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. 22301.

Galileo

Roberto Donna

202-331-0880

1st year. Demonstration/participation. Fundamentals of Italian Cooking: Sauces and Stocks (Oct. 1); Handmade Pasta (Oct. 8); Risotto (Oct. 22); Deboning Meat and Fowl (Nov. 5); Mushrooms (Nov. 12); Chestnuts (Nov. 19). Fridays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $100 per session includes lunch. Galileo Laboratorio, 1110 21st St. NW, Washington D.C. 20036

Gerard's Place

Gerard Pangaud

202-737-4445

8th year. Single-session demonstration classes in contemporary French cooking. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13. $70 includes lunch, wine, tax and gratuity. Call for complete schedule. 915 15th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20005.

Le Tarbouche

Bader Ali

202-331-5551

1st year. Demonstration. French-Lebanese cuisine. Sept. 4: Appetizers, $75. Sept. 11: Grilling Meats, Seafood and Vegetables, $150. Sept. 18: Desserts, $75. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Price includes lunch. 1801 K St. NW, Washington D.C. 20006.

Lebanese Taverna

Islam Bakeer

703-841-1502 ext. 8

www.lebanesetaverna.com

3rd year. Demonstration/participation. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; guest chefs on Monday evenings. $45 includes meal and wine. Private classes available. Call for schedule. Lebanese Taverna Market, 4400 Old Dominion Dr., Arlington, Va. 22207.

Matisse Cafe

Fritz Siegfried

202-244-5222

1st year. Demonstration. Contemporary European cuisine with low-fat alternatives (vegetable and fruit reductions for non-essential butters and oils). Saturday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $55 per class; $300 for 6-class series. 4934 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20016.

Pulcinella, the Italian Host

703-893-7777

6th year. Demonstration. Classic Italian food, with recipes and techniques. Saturdays, 2-4:30 p.m., Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6 and 13. $35 per class; $130 for 4-session series. 6852 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, Va. 22101.

Taj Mahal Restaurant

Shashi Chopra

703-644-2875

4th year. Demonstration. Low-fat, dairy-free vegetarian cuisine of Northern India. $45 per class includes lunch. Call for schedule. 7239 Commerce St., Springfield, Va. 22150.

Teatro

Fabrizio Aielli

202-293-1511

1st year. Demonstration/participation. Venetian world cuisine. Monthly classes. Call for a complete schedule and prices. 1909 K St. NW, Washington D.C. 20006

The Vegetable Garden

George Zhong

301-468-9301

3rd year. Demonstration. Asian vegetarian appetizers, soups and entrees (all vegan). $40 per class includes lunch. Call for schedule. 11618 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852.

WINE

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits

Seminars

202-363-4265

6th year. More than 30 seminars on the Bordeaux District, Oregon Pinots, Rhones and more. Wednesdays, 9-10:30 p.m., $20 per class includes tastings; 5-class package, $90. 3423 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20008.

Fresh Fields/Whole Foods Market

Walter Martley

703-319-2000

1st year. Wine 201: Wine and Food Pairing. 9 weekly classes focusing on regions worldwide, Mondays, Oct. 4 through Dec. 6, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 per class includes recipes and guest winemakers/chefs. Optional dinner follows each class for an additional fee. 143 E. Maple Ave., Vienna, Va. 22180.

Georgetown Wine & Spirits

Barry L. Bassin

202-338-5500

More than 25 years. 10 weekly classes covering everything from wine basics through all major wine styles. Beginning Sept. 14. Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. $225 per person or $199 per individual in a group registration (includes tastings, 6 professional tasting glasses and written class material). Registration closes Sept. 4. Epiphany Catholic Church, 2712 Dumbarton St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.

Greater Washington Wine School

Jane Hermansen

301-530-6851

2nd year. Classes include Wine Basics, Food and Wine Pairing, Champagne and Sparkling Wines for the Millennium, Wines of Italy and Value Vino. $30-$40 per class. D.C. and Montgomery County locations. Call or write for schedule. 5921 Wilmett Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817.

Introduction to Wine and Food

Rob Stewart and Lisa Chedister

703-685-7970

12th year. Beginning and intermediate courses cover major viticultural areas and wine and food pairings. 9 weekly 2-hour sessions in Arlington, Washington and Reston. $325 includes textbook and tastings of more than 125 wines. Single-session classes, $40. Call for schedule.

Wine Tasting Association

703-799-1121

2-session introduction to wine. Thursdays, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. $40 each class for nonmembers. 2- to 3-hour classes begin with 6:30 p.m. reception. Wyndham Washington hotel, 14th and M Sts. NW, Washington, D.C.

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