When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville,
Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or eckerts.com
Features: Calling all new cooks.This class will appeal to anyone who wants to learn basic kitchen techniques. Learn how to sear, roast and stir-fry. Go home with 10 easy dinner recipes.
Eckert's Wine & Food Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville
Features: Cooking demonstrations and product samplings. Free wine samples will be available. For serious wine lovers, $15 will let you taste more than 30 wines and craft beers.
Cooking classroom schedule:
11 a.m. Saturday -- Zetties's Confectioners will talk about Chocolate and Cabernet
1 p.m. Saturday -- Cindy Klinesfelter from St. James Winery will demonstrate "winetails," mixed drinks made with wine
3 p.m. Saturday -- Cheesemonger Lana Shepek will serve cheese samples and educate guests on the wide selection available at Eckert's
1 p.m. March 3 -- Join the owners of the Grafton Winery for a tasting
Also March 3 -- The Wine Tap, a downtown Belleville restaurant, with offer appetizers and a wine tasting
What is turbinado sugar?
Turbinado sugar is a coarsely grained, light-brown sugar that gets its name from the turbines that are used to process it.
Sometimes called "raw" sugar, it is not totally unrefined raw sugar. It is what's left over after raw sugar-cane juice has been stripped of its natural molasses and impurities, as well as its vitamins, minerals and other trace elements.
It can be a substitute for brown sugar in recipes because both sugars have high moisture content, so they should be kept in an airtight container with a lid.
Turbinado sugar has 11 calories per teaspoon; white sugar has 16 calories.