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April 18, 2001|ANGELA PETTERA


Fork Talk: Albert Sonnenfeld, author of "Food: A Culinary History," speaks on "The Fork and Civilization" at this meeting of the Culinary Historians. 10 a.m. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., downtown L.A. (213) 228-7101. Free.

Taste 12 Wines: Sample wines like Chablis, Barbera, rose, Riesling, Monterey Cabernet and more. 1 p.m. Wine Country, 2301 Redondo Ave., Signal Hill. (562) 597-8303. $15.


Breads & Puff Pastry: Learn to make pesto spiral bread, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, cream puffs and eclairs. 3 p.m. Spaghettini Cucina, 6467 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach; (562) 431-3606. $70.


Italian Bacchanal: The Wine Expo is pouring the vino at this dinner designed to showcase Italian wines. 7:30 p.m. Restaurant 2117, 2117 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A. (310) 477-1617. Call the Wine Expo for reservations at (310) 828-4428. $75.


Lunch With Ruth: Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine and author of "Comfort Me With Apples" (Random House, $24.95), will sign copies of her new book at this lunch. 10:30 a.m. The Restaurant at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. (310) 440-7300. $35 for lunch only; $55 for lunch with wine.

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