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April 10, 2002

TODAY

Marion in the Kitchen: Cookbook author Marion Cunningham makes special dishes for lunch and dinner. Her menu items include grilled asparagus salad, spring vegetable cobbler and pineapple upside-down cake. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; dinner is 5 to 9 p.m. Smitty's Grill, 110 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. (626) 792-9999. Dishes priced individually.

SATURDAY

Culinary Historians: The topic for this month's meeting is Parmigiano-Reggiano. Nancy Radke takes you through the cheese's past and present. 10:30 a.m. In the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., downtown L.A. (213) 228-7101. Free.

Kids' Tortilla Workshop: Kids ages 6 and older learn how to make corn and flour tortillas, then quesadillas, burritos and tacos in a hands-on environment. A taco party follows. Children must have one adult supervisor (to whom coffee and pastries are served). 11 a.m. Border Grill, at Paseo Colorado, 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 844-8988. $60 for one child with adult; $20 for each additional child.

Julia in the Kitchen: Julia Child teams up with the nonprofit corporation FoodWork to present a series of cooking classes in Santa Barbara. The classes raise funds for the HAB Culinary Writers Fund. In this class, Child interviews Stephen Giles, chef of Sage & Onion in Santa Barbara, while he demonstrates how to cook vegetables such as rhubarb, English peas, fiddlehead ferns and morel mushrooms. A reception with small tastes of food and wine follows. Child also signs copies of her books from 3:30 to 6 p.m. At a private residence in Santa Barbara; information given upon registration. Call Barbara Sims-Bell at (805) 684-0158 to register and for a complete listing of upcoming classes. $175.

SUNDAY

Kitchen Planning: Deborah Krasner, author of "Kitchens for Cooks," leads this discussion of kitchen planning. She helps you draw blueprints and narrow down design choices. 9 a.m. Sur La Table, 161 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 744-9987. $45.

Winery Tour: Ian Blackburn wants you to learn about wine. To that end he leads a bus trip from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara to tour wineries. A light breakfast and lunch on the grounds of a winery are included. Departs at 9 a.m., returns at 7 p.m. Departure address given upon registration. For more information, go to www.learn aboutwine.com. To register call (310) 451-7600. $99.

Angela Pettera

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