When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville
Cost: $65 per couple
Features: Come prepared to make your own meal in the classroom. Try a variety of kitchen tools as you make chicken in parchment paper, roasted vegetables with orzo, a fresh greens salad and mini fruit tarts. Preparing these tasty recipes will provide a fun way to learn a few kitchen secrets first-hand. Aprons and cooking supplies will be provided for use during the class.
Easter Wine Tasting
When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cheesekeeper, 6500 W. Main St., Belleville
Features: Pouring will be Jonathon Waldrop, formerly of Charlie Trotter's in Chicago and now with Winesellers Ltd., a global importer and marketer of fine wines. Tasting of 15 wines includes organic Pinot Grigio, a classic Riesling from renowned vintner Dr. Pauly in Germany, a delicious, buttery Chardonnay from Santa Barbera, big bold Australian Shiraz, a very drinkable Bordeaux, an unusual blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet and Syrah from Santa Barbera Winery, and wines from one of the top Argentina producers, Zuccardi. All wines featured are 15 percent off day of tasting only.
Information: 618-398-7184 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cookbooks to consider
Awards season is in full bloom in the food world, which means it is time for the International Association of Culinary Professionals to announce their finalists for this year's cookbook awards, based on new books from last year. IACP has held the awards for more than 25 years. The winners will be announced April 9. For a complete list of this year's IACP finalists (which includes writing and digital awards), go to www.iacp.com. Here's a sample of categories and finalists:
AMERICAN -- "The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food," by Ian Knauer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY -- "The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket," by Katie Workman (Workman Publishing)
COMPILATIONS -- "Cooking Light, the New Way to Cook Light: Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today's Home Cook," by Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman (Oxmoor House)
FIRST BOOK: THE JULIA CHILD AWARD -- "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook," by Deborah Perelman (Random House Inc.)