Early Bird Dinner at Peacock Lounge - Three-course meal with choice of Caesar or garden salad, ribs, prawns, salmon, pot pie or chicken penne pasta as well as cheesecake for dessert. Cost includes transportation. Today, 3:45-6 p.m., Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. $30/member; $35/nonmember. (509) 327-2861.
Wednesday Wine and Cooking Demo - Every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., enjoy a flight of wines paired with food prepared by chef Carol. Call to reserve a seat. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden. $15/per person; $10/per wine club member. (208) 762-1333.
Wine Tasting Wednesdays - Complimentary wine tasting with wines from around the world every Wednesday from 4:30-6 p.m. The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 277-4116.
INCA After Dark - Classes include: today, Butterfly, Brunoise and Chiffonade; Saturday, There’s an App-etizer for That; Jan. 22, Serious Soups; Jan. 29, Artisan Bread Baking; Feb. 5, Make it Sweet: Cake 101; Feb. 13, Mouthwatering Mediterranean Small Plates; Feb. 27, Pizzeria Pizza at Home; March 6, Stromboli: An Italian Favorite; March 13, Homemade Croissants; March 20, Sushi 101. All classes are 6-8 p.m. For more information or registration, visit incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu or call (509) 533-8141. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Building 1. $49/per class.
“Our Favorites” Cooking Class Series - Scott and Roxane offer their favorite classes and recipes from the past four years, including: today and Thursday, Oriental Express; Feb. 11-12, Cajun Creation; Mar. 18-19, A Wee Bit of Irish (and Scottish). Classes held 6-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave. $40/single; $70/couple. (509) 891-5980.
Friendship Kitchen - Community meal on Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-4715.
Second Annual Winter Beer Festival - Thursday-Sunday. Get cozy and try some winter beers at the Lantern Tap House. Enjoy a heated tent for tasting and a festival menu. Featuring winter beers by Iron Goat, Fort George, Laurelwood, Double Mountain, River City, Port Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, NoLi, Pelican, pFriem, Paradise Creek, Deschutes, Stone Brewing, Firestone-Walker, Twelve String, New Belgium, Sockeye, Full Sail, Sierra Nevada, Elysian and Ramblin’ Road. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. $15/includes commemorative glass and five tokens. (509) 315-9531.
The Culinary Stone Cooking Classes - Thursday: Fresh Start with Sushi; Tuesday: Rosemary Chicken with Winter Vegetables; Jan. 22: Latin Cooking: A Healthy Choice; Jan. 27: Turkey Burgers and Winter Salads; Jan. 29: Juicing for Life. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. $35/person. (208) 277-4116.
Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine - Classes include: Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Mexican Cooking: Learning to Cook with Mexican Chiles, $45; Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m., Perfect Party Platters $39; Jan. 25, 2 p.m., Make Salmon Great, $50; Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m., Italian Sauces, $39; Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m., Chocolate Soufflé, $39; Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m., Make Your Own Condiments, $39; Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m., Mexican Cooking: Learning to Make Mexican Tortillas, $45. Space is limited. Call to register. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Cooking with Carol - Chef Carol will prepare her recipe of the week every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.facebook.com/ GourmetWayHayden to view the menu. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden. Free. (208) 762-1333.
Vino! Wine Tastings - Tastings include cheese and crackers. Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., Efeste Winery, $15; Jan. 23, 3-6:30 p.m., Italian Wines, $10. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.
Old World, New Favorites Wine Tasting - Find a new favorite wine from the Old World. Taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by the wine manager. Selection subject to availability. Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m., at Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway, (509) 466-1644; and Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-1530. Free.
Fourth Annual Chili Cook-off - Sinto Senior Activity Center will welcome all with chili, dance performance by the Tap Grandmas and a large serving of community spirit. Seeking volunteer chefs: Earn $10 in Sinto Bucks as incentive for bringing your own chili entry. Admission to the event includes a wide variety of chilis, cornbread, dessert and Starbucks coffee. Call (509) 327-2861 or email email@example.com for more information. Friday, 5-7 p.m., Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. $10/advance; $12/after today.
Tastings at the Market - Tastings include: Friday, The Wild Bunch (Grapes You Haven’t Heard Of); Jan. 23, Winter Brewfest; Jan. 30, Washington State Wine Expo. Events are held at 7 p.m. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20/per tasting. (509) 343-2253.
Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast - Bob Butler, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, will be the guest speaker for the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast. Butler is a reporter for KCBS Radio, San Francisco, and has covered stories in Brazil, Europe, and countries in Africa such as Namibia, Tanzania and Senegal. The theme of the breakfast is the 50th anniversary of the federal Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. Butler’s topic will be “Civil Rights: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?” An online form and more information are available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, 9 a.m., Moscow Middle School, 1410 E. D St., Moscow. $8/general; $4/students and children. (208) 882-3648.
Fourth Annual Bartenders Mix Off - Guest bartenders will gather for the fourth annual Bartenders Mix Off: Jocks v. Nerds. Attendees can enjoy appetizers inside RedTail Bar and Grill and cocktail samplings created by top mixologists from the Las Vegas Flair Academy as they toss and transform liquors into cool cocktails. Saturday, 7 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw Road, Worley. $25. (800) 523-2464.
JACC Cooking Classes - Learn about the culinary arts of different cultures, advance your knowledge of clever meal preparation and learn new methods and styles of healthy cooking from local chefs. Cooking class recipes, beer and wine are included. Jan. 21: Healthy Starts Nuevo Latino Style with Chef Colomba Aguilar of Cafe Carambola; Feb. 18: Chef Angelo of Angelo’s Restaurante; Mar. 16: French Cooking with Chef Laurent of Fleur De Sel. Classes at 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50. (208) 457-8950.
Alfio Moriconi Selections - Sample a selection of Alfio Moriconi wines. Taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by the wine manager. Selection subject to availability. Jan. 23, 4-8 p.m.; Jan. 24, noon-6 p.m.; Jan. 25, noon-5 p.m., at Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway, (509) 466-1644; and Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-1530. Free.
Cinnamon and Cider Tasting - Get cozy with crisp apples and cinnamon spice. Jan. 24, noon-6 p.m.; Jan. 25, noon-8 p.m.; Jan. 31, noon-9 p.m.; Feb. 1, noon-6 p.m., at Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway, (509) 466-1644; and Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-1530. Free.
Beergarita Tasting - A sweet and sour thirst quencher. Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, noon-7 p.m.; Jan. 25, noon-6 p.m.; Feb. 1, noon-3 p.m., at Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway, (509) 466-1644; and Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-1530. Free.
Wine 101: Back to Basics - Attendees will learn how to identify the key components of a wine, how to score a wine like the experts and proper serving temperatures. They will also explore how to select favorite wine styles and how to pair wine with appropriate foods. Eight delicious wines will be featured. Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway. $20. (509) 466-1644.
Wines for Your Big Game Party - Find great selections for hosting a party to celebrate the Big Game. Taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by the wine manager. Selection subject to availability. Jan. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Jan. 31, noon-6 p.m.; Feb. 1, noon-5 p.m., at Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway, (509) 466-1644; and Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-1530. Free.
Potato Bar Fundraiser - Potatoes, salad and dessert. There will be entertainment and a project presentation. Come help support the Sinto Senior Center get some much needed upgrades to their commercial kitchen. Jan. 30, 5-7 p.m., Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. $10/Early Bird; $12/purchased after Jan. 28. (509) 327-2867.