Summer lunch cooking class: Food Briefs

July 14, 2014 

What: Lunch & Learn cooking class

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $15

Reservations: Required to eckerts.com or 618-233-0513

Features: Refreshing Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad, Peachy Pork Chops and Grandma Ruth's Peach Cake highlight the season's best as the Eckert's culinary staff demonstrates. Learn time-saving tips on preparing and preserving fresh summer produce. Lunch portions will be served.

South of the Border Summer Fiesta

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to eckerts.com or 618-233-0513

Features: As you sip on Watermelon Margaritas,m the culinary staff will prepare Purist Guacamole, Marinated Chicken Fajitas, Chorizo Tacos and two salsa recipes.Sombreros are optional.

Wine Tasting

When: All day Wednesday

Where: Grappa Growlers, 1501 North Belt West, Belleville

Features: Complimentary sampling of Noble House Riesling, Grand Veneur Reserve, Valminor Albarino, Pezzi King Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines.

Fresh Farm Produce Tastings

When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays in July and August

Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: Free; no reservations needed

Features: Eckert's culinary staff will be hosting free tastings and cooking demonstrations on how to prepare fresh farm produce in the cooking classroom. The walk-in demonstrations will feature three to five different homegrown fruits and vegetables, as well as free recipes and tips.

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