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Inland Northwest Academy After Dark Classes - Upcoming classes include: Today, Gordon Ramsay’s Pet Peeves: How to Cook Scallops and Risotto, $70; and Jan. 31, Let’s Make Croissants, $60. Classes 6-8 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit http://incaafterdark. Spokane Community College, Orlando’s Restaurant, first floor, Main Building 1, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 533-8010 or (800) 248-5644, ext. 8010.

Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - Thursday at 5:30 p.m.: Prime Rib with chef Mark Steinmetz; Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.: For the Love of Cupcakes with Jamie Aquino; Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.: Burnt Cream, Chocolate Mousse and Fresh Strawberry Coeur a la Creme with Chef Mark Steinmetz; Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.: Sushi with Alex Austin; Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.: The Tofu Transformation - Part 1 with Jamie Aquino; Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m.: Gnocchi, Basil-Garlic Sauce, Caprese Salad and Garlic Bread with Tiffany White (This class is specifically designed for singles under 40 that want to meet new people who share their love of cooking); Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m.: Gnocchi, Basil-Garlic Sauce, Caprese Salad and Garlic Bread with Tiffany White. (This class is specifically designed for singles over 40 that want to meet new people who share their love of cooking); Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.: Authentic Mexican Cooking – How to Make Tamales with Lynne Wiedemann from Cook with Us; Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m.: Eating Around Your Allergies, A special class for people with food allergies with Jamie Aquino; Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m.: Sushi with Alex Austin; Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.: Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Rice Paper Wraps with Alex Austin; Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m.: Family Inspired Italian Cooking – Winter Comfort Food with Catherine Herron, owner of Angelina Olive Oil Company; Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m.: Chicken Dijon and Broadway Pea Salad with Chef Mark Steinmetz. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. varies. (509) 328-3335.

Joanie’s Magic Spoon Cooking Classes - Upcoming classes include: Thursday at 6 p.m., Soup Gone Wild, learn to make stock, minestrone soup, creamy sweet potato and rosemary soup and homemade chicken and dumplings, $45. Register by calling Joan at (509) 624-6564 or email Joanie’s Magic Spoon, 10307 N. Prairie Drive, Spokane Valley. $45, includes instruction, recipe booklet and evening’s menu. (509) 624-6564.

New Belgium Beer Dinner - The Connoisseur’s Club will host its first beer dinner. Five-course beer and food pairings. First course: Beer-braised pork belly served atop braised greens with Snow Day Winter Ale. Second course: Duck Salad – fresh seasonal greens tossed with dried cherries, sliced almonds, shredded Parmesan cheese and a strawberry-rhubarb vinaigrette, topped with shredded duck breast – with Ranger IPA. Third course: Garlic and basil pesto clams in broth, finished with tomato, onion and Parmesan cheese with Lips of Faith Lost Abbey Brett Beer. Fourth course: Roasted Elk Loin Chops topped with a tomato-bacon jam and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus spears with 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Fifth course: Orange and chocolate semifreddo stack served with salted caramel and topped with warm chocolate drizzle with Lips of Faith Bier De Garde Farmhouse Ale. Friday, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $45. (509) 327-8000.

National Chocolate Cake Day - For children. Listen to stories, play bingo and enjoy chocolate cake. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Port Tasting - Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. $5 for a flight of five. (509) 624-1349.

Gem of the Valley Gala - Hosted by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce with dinner and a silent auction. The annual business awards will be given out, along with the Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year, a lifetime achievement award and educators of the year. Saturday, 6 p.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel, Sullivan Road and Interstate 90. $55. (509) 924-4994.

Annual GU Iron Chef: Cultural Cooking Battle - Presented by Gonzaga University’s Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) and Sodexo. Interact, learn and experience the culinary delights of other cultures. Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m., Gonzaga University, COG, Second Floor Dining Room, 502 E. Boone Ave. (509) 313-5836.

Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Enjoy dessert and discuss “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Health Food, People, and Communities,” by Will Allen with Charles Wilson. Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m., Held at a private residence. Email for directions, Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8537.

Growing Your Groceries - Going Underground - First of a series on food gardening and will explore Pend Oreille soils and effective soil amendments. Jan. 31, 5:30-8 p.m., Kalispel Career Training Center, north of Cusick, Wash., on Highway 20. $5. (509) 447-2401.

Mobile Food Bank - In partnership with Contract Based Education High School and Second Harvest Food Bank, this event provides free fresh produce and perishable products for all families in need of assistance. Open to the public, no appointment or documentation necessary to participate. Must be present in order to receive products, home-bound individuals may send a note. Please bring a box for your food. Public bus service available to this location. Distribution will be Feb. 1 and May 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Contract Based Education, 115 S. University Road, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 927-1100.