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July 24, 2002|Sandra Wu


No-Cook Course: Chef John Wood demonstrates how to prepare dishes made from raw ingredients. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Kitchen, Whole Foods Market regional offices, 15315 Magnolia Blvd., No. 320, Sherman Oaks. For reservations and information, call Tina Landrum, (818) 382-3700. $25.

Fleming's Wine Dinner: Vintners from Wattle Creek Winery of Sonoma County are the guest speakers at this event. On the menu: saffron risotto cakes with fontina and Asiago cheeses, duck breast and artichoke hearts with balsamic syrup and New York strip steak. Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2301 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo. Reservations required, (310) 643-6911. $80.

Organic Food and Wine: The American Institute of Wine and Food, and Fiume Wines Inc. honor organic farming and winemaking. Sante Losio, president of Fiume Wines, and Sal Marino, executive chef and proprietor of Il Grano, are the speakers. Featured dishes are made from certified organic produce, wild line-caught fish and free-range beef. Organic wines accompany the meal. 7 p.m. Il Grano Restaurant, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 477-7886. For event reservations and information, call (818) 902-3724. $70 members, $85 guests.


Cooking Class: Learn to make culinary classics such as shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad and chocolate cake with double chocolate frosting from cookbook author Pam Anderson. 6:30 p.m. Westlake Culinary Institute, 4643 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village. To register, call (818) 991-3940 or go to $75.

A World of Wines Dinner: Derek's Bistro hosts a four-course wine dinner showcasing wines from South Africa, Australia, France and Oregon. Dishes include fried oysters with crispy bell pepper salad, spicy roasted pork tenderloin and peach tarte Tatin with cherry compote. 6:30 p.m. Derek's Bistro, 181 E. Glenarm St., Pasadena. Reservations required, (626) 799-5252. $79.


Celebrate Tamales: The second annual Celebrate Tamales includes groundbreaking ceremonies for the Tamale Museum, scheduled to open July 2003. Special guests include chef Patricia Quintana from Mexico City and chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Tamale making classes, a Mexican market and corn masa demonstrations are planned. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano, corner of Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 234-1300. Event information, (949) 234-1333. $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 3 to 11, children under 3 free.

Fish Class: Epicurean School of Culinary Arts offers "Fish 101." The menu includes roasted salmon with black pepper and ginger on celery root puree, crispy sauteed scallops with black olive vinaigrette and Pacific rim crackling trout in tangerine sauce. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 8759 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. To register, call (310) 659-5990. $65.


Yan Can Cook: Cookbook author and TV personality Martin Yan demonstrates Asian favorites such as Thai fish cakes with cucumber condiment, lemongrass salad and velvet shrimp with glazed nuts. Yan will also sign copies of his books, available for sale at the class. 6:30 p.m., and next Wednesday, 11 a.m. Gelson's Cooking Connection, 22277 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. To register, call (818) 906-5711. $75.


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