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Wed., May 30, 2012, midnight

Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - Upcoming classes include: today, Italian Dinner, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Growing and Using Fresh Herbs, 5:30 p.m.; Monday, 5:30 p.m., Authentic Mole Poblano con Pollo with handmade tortillas; June 7, 5:30 p.m., Chef Mark’s Desserts. Registration is required for all classes. For cost, visit Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon No. 416. (509) 328-3335.

Wine Tasting - Presented by the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors. Featuring wine, beer imports, light hors d’oeuvres, prizes and a bottle of wine or beer to take home. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County. Today, 5-8 p.m., Prairie Avenue and Wayne Drive, Hayden. $40 per person. (208) 667-0664.

National Lentil Festival Poster Unveil and Wine vs. Brew Tasting - The poster will feature art by Jacqueline Daisley. A limited number of signed copies of the poster will be available at the event and at the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. Wine vs. Brew tasting includes 12 beverage tastes, appetizers and a commemorative glass. This event begins the countdown to the 24th annual National Lentil Festival, set for Aug. 17-18, in Pullman. Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Palouse Falls Brewing Company, 1335 S.E. Bishop Blvd., Pullman. $35. (509) 334-3565.

Wine Tasting at Vino! - Friday: First Friday Tasting with Rick Vehrs featuring six selections from A to Z Wineworks of Dundee, Ore., 3-7:30 p.m., $10; Saturday: Blind tasting featuring six wines from Spokane Summers, $5.Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.

Mad Hatter Tea - An “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired Tea. Alice and The Mad Hatter will be attending the unique event. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of high tea, table decorating and hat contests as well as a 50/50 heads or tails game. KREM’s Laura Papetti will be the emcee and music will be provided by Kathleen Cavendar. There will also be a silent auction and egg hunt with gifts. Sunday, 1 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. 50. (509) 483-6495.

Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Discuss “The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love” by Kristin Kimball and enjoy dessert provided by the Co-op. Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m., Held at a private residence. Email for directions, Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8537.

Vanessa’s Promise Benefit Luncheon - “Strong Past: Bright Future” presented by Jewelry Design Center to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Reservations required. June 5, noon-1 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Free, donations requested. (509) 340-0479.

The Pour: A Wine Event - Four-course wine dinner and auction with some of the region’s finest wines. Benefits the psychiatric programs at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. Age 21 and older. June 6, 5:30 p.m., Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, Spokane Valley. $150/person. (509) 474-4917.

INCA Dinner-House Bistro Event - Enjoy student-designed menu items, seasonal ingredients and local products, student-crafted European bistro-style desserts, and choice of wine accompaniment. Choose from seating times at 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Reservations required. June 8-9, Orlando’s, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. $35; $50/with wine. (509) 533-7283.

SupperClub Showcase Dinner/Dance - Chef Colby Weiler from Clinkerdagger will present a three-course gourmet dinner/dessert; appetizers available as well. Dinner served 4:30-8 p.m.; dance lesson from 6-7 p.m.; and dancing from 7-9 p.m. with MCJO Big Band Orchestra. Reservations requested by calling (509) 599-5934. June 8, Sons of Norway Hall, 6710 Country N. Homes Blvd. $10/dance only; $30/dinner and dance. (509) 326-9211.

Chili Cook-Off - Professional tasters will judge the winners and award prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. Marketgoers will be able to taste and pick their favorite for a People’s Choice award. A trophy will also be awarded for the chili with the most original theme. June 9, Spokane Public Market, 24 W. Second Ave. $10. (509) 289-0708.

“Italian Nouveau Culinary Triumphs”- Cooking class. Call (208) 437-0426 to register. June 22, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. $25.


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