What: Cooking class
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Clayton, Mo.
Reservations: Required in advance to 314-719-1433
Features: A hands-on class in the hotel's kitchens with local food producers and chefs. Students will learn the benefits of fresh ingredients and prepare a full menu featuring them. Includes breakfast and lunch in the hotel's Wine Room, plus a booklet with the recipes prepared by the students.
12 Wines, 6 Cheeses, 1 Night: Take 3
When: 6-8 p.m. May 9
Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville
Reservations: In advance to 233-0513 or eckerts.com
Features: You pair two wines and a cheese so that you can find your favorite palette pleasers. All new wines and cheese from previous classes. This side-by-side tasting provides the perfect opportunity to compare and contrast the unique traits of wine.
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