“Sensible Cuisine for the New Year” - Part of the Learn to Cook with a Master Chef Series. Enjoy a tasting, demonstration and recipes. Reservations are required. Today, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. $25 per person; (208) 437-0426.
Two Cooks and Friends Cooking and Mixology - Hosted by Two Cooks with Love Catering. For ages 21 and older. Learn how to make Caribbean cuisine while sampling food and drinks. Please bring an apron. RSVP required. Today, 6-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering , 11712 E. Boone Ave., Spokane Valley. $35 per person; $60 per couple. (509) 891-5980.
Spokane Public Market - Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.spokanepublicmarket.org. 24 W. Second Ave. (509) 624-1154.
Wine Tastings at Vino! - Friday, drop-in tasting of six bargain winter warmer wines, drop in anytime between 3 and 5:30 p.m., $10; Saturday, taste six selections featuring cabernet franc, drop in anytime between 2 and 4:30 p.m., $5. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.
Carry-Out Lunch Fundraiser - Proceeds to benefit Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. Lunch menu includes: pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and cinnamon-honey butter. No substitutions please. For orders of 10 or more, call (208) 664-1903 by Jan. 17. Cash or check preferred. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 402 W. Neider Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $7 per lunch. (208) 667-9559.
Authors Steven W. Siler and Nicole L. Manganaro - Reading and book signing by the editors of “Signature Tastes of Spokane.” Friday, 6 p.m., Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. (509) 325-1500.
Molecular Mixology and Gastronomy Demonstration - This demonstration precedes the “MythBusters” show. The chef at the INB is replacing his apron with a lab coat, getting out his beakers and prepping his lab assistants for a food-science class inspired by the science of molecular mixology and gastronomy. Learn how to make meals and beverages with a scientific twist. Guests will have a chance to taste two beverages and two meal samplers and walk away with recipes. Friday, 6 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $20. (509) 279-7000.
Wine and Cheese at the Market - Presented by Rocket Market. Friday, taste eight Australian and New Zealand wines with cheese and LaBrea bread; Jan. 27, enjoy eight South African wines with cheese and LaBrea bread. Classes start at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20 plus tax per class. (509) 343-2253.
Cooking Classes for Adults - Offered through Community Colleges of Spokane Institute for Extended Learning. Monday, Authentic Southern Fried Chicken Dinner, 6-9 p.m., $49; and Jan 26, Flavors of East India, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $39. Registration is required. Locations vary. For more information, visit www.ccs.spokane.edu/ continuinged. (509) 279-6030.
Cooking Classes at the JACC - Monday: Pat Bess, Thai Cuisine; Feb. 8: Bob Black of Herbie’s Heart to Heart; Feb. 21: Cafe Carambola Tamales; March 13: Bob Black Winter Warmers; March 28: Big Bear Deli Soups and Quiches; April 12: Bob Black Spring into Salads; May 15: Cafe Carambola Peruvian Cuisine; May 21: Angelo’s Italian Cooking. 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50 per class. (208) 457-8950.
Winter Winemaker’s Dinner - Indulge in wines from two Washington state wineries. Chef Evan Ellison and certified sommelier Ryan Biesen have crafted a five-course dinner to complement wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle and Three Rivers. Two wine-themed door prizes will be given away. Jan. 27, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., $45. (509) 327-8000.
Feed Cheney Free Dinner - Open the last Monday of the month. There will also be free groceries for participants to take home and a clothing bank. No paperwork is required. Clothing bank opens at 5 p.m. and dinner is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 27. Wren Pierson Community Center, 615 Fourth St., Cheney. (509) 324-1659.
“Leadership Lights the Way”- Gala event presented by Leadership Spokane to benefit the organization’s scholarship fund. Featuring a dinner, silent auction, music and dancing. For more information, visit www.leadershipspokane.org. Feb. 2, 6-9 p.m., Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $50 per person; Sponsorships available. (509) 321-3639.
Chef’s Culinary Classic - 19th annual black tie event to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Spokane. Chefs from throughout the Inland Northwest will prepare a six-course meal paired with wine. Event will also include silent and live auctions. Visit www.cmnspokane.org or call (509) 473-6370 to purchase tickets. Feb. 4, 6 p.m., the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $150/individual, $2,000/table sponsorship.
Chocolate Affair - Participants will be able to walk through town tasting chocolate samples, and then vote on their favorites. Awards will be given in each category, including People’s Choice. Feb. 10, 5-8 p.m., downtown Coeur d’Alene. Free admission; samples will be priced.
Taste of Hope to benefit The Isaac Foundation - Enjoy area wines, brews, spirits, chocolates and specialty foods while raising money to fund therapy grants for children diagnosed with autism. Single ticket purchase includes sampling glassware, five tasting tokens and Italian hors d’oeuvres. Tables and sponsorships are available. Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., $35. (509) 499-1679.
Cooking from the Winter Pantry - Learn how to assemble a winter pantry using local seasonal products with Mary Ann Delaney, manager of South Perry Farmers Market. Register at http://quillisascut.com/ winter-pantry. Feb. 11-12, 2 p.m., Quillisascut Farm School of the Domestic Arts, 2409 Pleasant Valley Road, Rice, Wash. $135/person; $250/couple, includes cooking instruction, recipes, food, lodging and products from Quillisascut Farm. (509) 738-2011.
Dutch “Luv Day” Food Drive - Bring canned food items to Dutch Bros. Coffee for donation to local food banks. Items needed include canned vegetables, fruits and meats; canned and boxed meals; canned or dried beans and peas; pasta, rice, cereal, peanut butter, 100-percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed), cooking oil, flour and oats. For more information and list of store locations, visit www.dutchbros.com. Feb. 14, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (503) 546-7884.
Chocolate & Champagne Gala - 28th annual event to benefit Lutheran Community Services. Featuring the area’s best chocolate confections and desserts, chocolate martinis, champagne, silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the 8 Tracks. Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., Mirabeau Hotel and Convention Center, Interstate 90 at Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. $65. (509) 343-5053.