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October 7, 2013 

Wine 101 -- The Basics of Wine

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, corner of Illinois 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville.

Cost: $20

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or onl ine at eckerts.com

Features: An informative introduction to wine tasting and varieties. This is a fun way to broaden your knowledge of serving, tasting and selecting wines to please your palate. Cheese and fresh bakery bread will be served.

Fall Soup & Salad

When: 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, corner of Illinois 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville.

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or online at eckerts.com

Features:The cool fall months are a perfect time to start enjoying flavorful fall soups and complimentary salads made with fresh produce.

Traditional Thanksgiving Favorites

What: The chance to cook a traditional five-course Ritz-Carlton Thanksgiving feast and then enjoy it for lunch with culinary staff in The Wine Room.

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19

Where: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Clayton, Mo.

Cost: $89

Reservations: Required in advance to 314-719-1433

Features: This is a hands-on cooking class. Students will also receive a booklet with the recipes of all the dishes. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. prior to the start of class. The menu includes preparing three hors d'oeuvres, a salad, soup, turkey, as well as prime rib, duck breast and trout main courses. Numerous sides include Burnt Orange Couscous and Cheddar Bread Pudding. Dessert is Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie and Spiced Pumpkin Pie.

CRISP APPLES

The best way to keep an apple crisp is to keep it cold.

Commercial packers hold their apples just above freezing temperatures, and this can prolong their crispness for months. As soon as you get apples home, refrigerate them. A market that cares about its apples will ideally display them in a chilled case.

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