Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - August classes include: Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Chicken Dijon and Broadway Pea Salad with Chef Mark Steinmetz; Monday at 5:30 p.m., The Secrets of Cooking Indian Food with Chef Nathan Steinbauer; Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m., Vegetarian Class: “The Thing” Part 3 with Jamie Aquino; Aug. 26 at 2 p.m., Raw and Gluten-Free Class with Terri Wood; Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m., Ultimate Fish Tacos Mexican Fiesta with Tiffany White; Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m., Filled Pastries with Kris McIlvenna. Registration is required. For cost and more information, visit www.thekitchenengine.com. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Summer Cooking Classes at the JACC - Today, Bob Black Modern Steakhouse Classics; Aug 28; Cajun Cooking with Big Bear Deli. Registration is required. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50 per class. (208) 457-8950.
Spokane Public Market - Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. 24 W. Second Ave. (509) 624-1154.
Luncheon with Climate Change Expert Griffin Thompson - Thompson is the Senior Climate Change Program manager, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science at the U.S. Department of State. The Spokane native represents the bureau on all energy matters regarding the environmental impacts of energy production and use, with primary emphasis on the intersection between energy and climate change. Hosted by the World Affairs Council of Spokane. Thursday, 11:30 a.m., The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.
Two Cooks with Love Cooking Classes - Upcoming classes include: Thursday, Dessert Lovers Delight, $40 prepayment required; Aug. 23, Sushi and Sashimi, $50 prepayment required; Sept. 19, Luau. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.twocookswithlovecatering.com. 6-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 891-5980.
Healthy Cooking Class - Learn how to prepare a new meal every month. This month’s topic will focus on how to “Shop Smart.” Taught by registered dietitian Joan Milton. Register at www.cherspokane.org. Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., Providence Holy Family Education Center, Room 1, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. Free.
National Lentil Festival - 24th annual event. Friday: free lentil chili, live music, arts and crafts, microbrew tasting tent, food, information booths, children’s area and games; Saturday: lentil pancake breakfast, Tase T. Lentil 5K Fun Run, the Tour de Lentil 100K Bike Ride, Little Lentil Sprout Parade and Grand Parade, Lentil cook-off, children’s stage, live music and more. Visit www.lentilfest.com. Friday, 415 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. Free admission to festival. (800) 365-6948.
Brews Fest - Friday and Saturday. Music on Friday by Mark Hummel and Ana Popovic. Saturday will feature 19 breweries and performances by Big Mumbo Blues Band, Simon Tucker Group, and Peter Karp and Sue Foley. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho. $22.95/Friday $29.95/Saturday, includes six taste tickets; $45/weekend. Ticket purchase includes riding the gondola to the event. (866) 344-2675.
Modern40 - Friday and Saturday. Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie presents this 10-course dinner created by Chef Jeremy Hansen, showcasing 10 culinary concepts with 40 tastes. Proceeds will benefit Spokane Riverkeeper and The Big Table. Call (509) 200-2401 to buy tickets, or for more information, visit the Modern40 Facebook page. Sante Restaurant, 404 W. Main Ave. $225/person, includes dinner, wine, gift bag and a custom wine glass.
Wine and Cheese at the Market - Presented by Rocket Market. Friday, Great Grillin’ Reds, featuring eight wines that go well with barbecue; Aug. 24, Washington Wine Imposters, featuring two white wines and six red wines; Aug. 31, Beeeeeeer, featuring nine brews with beer food. All classes start at 7 p.m. and include cheese and LaBrea bread. Reservations are requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20 plus tax per class. (509) 343-2253.
Saturday Drop-in Tastings - Sample wine and beer from the people who craft and sell them in the market. Complimentary 1-oz. pours. Saturdays from 4-6 p.m. Upcoming tastings include: Saturday, Hilliard’s Brewing from Seattle. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.
Annual Garlic Faire - Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Featuring organic wine, gourmet foods, live music, arts and crafts and lots of garlic. For more information, visit www.chinabend.com. China Bend Winery, 3751 Vineyard Way, Kettle Falls. $5. (800) 700-6123.
Dinner Among Friends - For seniors age 55 and older. Dinner, live entertainment and door prizes. Hosted by Spokane community partners. Reservations requested by Tuesday. Aug. 23, 3-6 p.m., Ferraro’s Burgers and Italian Bistro, 3547 N. Market St. $9. (509) 294-8983.
Learn to Cook with a Master Chef Series - Cooking classes with chef Steve W. Geving. 2012 season includes: Aug. 22, American Bounty - The Best of the Season; Sept. 19, The Culinary Delights of Cuba; Oct. 24, Magical Mexico - Beach Resort Cuisine; Nov. 21, Hearty Soups from the American Heartland; and Dec. 19, The Ultimate Holiday Dinner Party. All classes held from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration is required. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. $25 per class. (208) 437-1037.
Fermentation Workshop - Learn the benefits of fermentation, active bacteria, and how to make sauerkraut at a hands-on workshop with Wakan Burrows. Aug. 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $15. Registration is required. (509) 368-9378.
Inland Northwest Honor Flight Picnic - Catered by Longhorn Barbecue. $10 from each meal will go toward the INW Honor Flight mission to send WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. RSVP by Aug. 23. Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m., Waterfront Park, 1386 S. Lefevre St. $20. (509) 624-0222.
Reds, Whites and Brews - Annual wine and beer tasting, presented by Liberty Lake Kiwanis. Send check to KCLL, P.O. Box 282, Liberty Lake, WA 99019. Aug. 26, 3-6 p.m., Meadowwood Technology Campus, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, Liberty Lake. $35.
Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Discuss “The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting With the Angels Who Have Returned My Memories” by Alice Walker, and enjoy dessert provided by the co-op. Aug. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Held at a private residence. Email email@example.com for directions, Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8537.
Pig Out in the Park - Aug. 29-Sept. 3. Open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 33rd annual event with 54 food booths, adult beverage gardens and 100 free concerts on four stages throughout the week. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (509) 921-5579.
First Sundays at McCroskey House - Enjoy brunch/lunch at the historic Garfield McCroskey house. Ten percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to Seedlings Child Care Center. Held Sept. 5, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Garfield McCroskey House, 803 N. Fourth St., Garfield. $8/adults, $5/children ages 11 and younger. (509) 635-1459.