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October 18, 2000|ANGELA PETTERA

Thursday

Autumn Pasta: Learn to make seasonal pasta dishes: gnochetti with greens and pecorino cheese, linguine with Sardinian clam sauce, tortellini of butternut squash and more. The class is hands-on, so wear an apron and sensible shoes. 6:30 p.m. The New School of Cooking, 8690 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-9702. $68.

Holiday Sweets: Donald Wressell gets you ready for holiday baking by showing how to make bu^che de Noel, amaretti and linzer, spritz and cinnamon cookies. 6:30 p.m. Sur La Table, 301 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-0390. $45.

Saturday

Wild Food Outing: The School of Self-Reliance walks you through a wilderness area and teaches you how to identify native plants and whether you can use them as food or medicine. You'll collect salad ingredients as you walk. Bring water, a bowl and a notebook. 9 a.m. Meet at Switzer's Camp entrance in the Angeles National Forest. Call the School of Self-Reliance to sign up at (323) 255-9502. Or visit the Web site, http://www.self-reliance.net, for more information. $15.

Tuesday

Fishless Cuisine: Kevin Cloud leads you through a menu of fruits and vegetables in this hands-on class. 6:30 p.m. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. (626) 405-0064. $35.

October 25

Tequila Dinner: Tequila Espolon is sponsoring a series of dinners in Southern California that pair high-end Mexican food with their tequilas. Tonight at Cava, four courses of food are served with Silver, Reposado and Anejo tequilas. Author Lance Cutler speaks about agave juice. 7 p.m. Cava Restaurant and Tapas Bar, 8384 W. 3rd St., L.A. (323) 658-8898. $75.

Emeril's Here: Emeril Lagasse visits the Southland to sign copies of his five cookbooks. Queue numbers (from 1 to 1000) will be handed out starting at 9 a.m.; the line forms at 2 p.m. Lagasse begins signing at 4 p.m. Borders Books, Music & Cafe, 429 S. Associated Road, Brea. (714) 672-0120.

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