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Gourmet Way Events - Every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., enjoy a flight of wines paired with food. Call to reserve a seat. Gourmet Way, 8222 W. Government Way, Hayden. $15/per person; $10/per wine club member. (208) 762-1333.

“Our Favorites” Cooking Class Series - Scott and Roxane offer their favorite classes and recipes from the past four years, including: today and Thursday, Grilling and Chilling; and Aug. 12-13, Northwest Fresh. Call to make reservations. Classes 5:45-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave. $45/single; $70/couple. (509) 939-4527.

INCA After Dark - Summer Sizzle Series includes: Today, Small Bites, Summer Nights, $59; Aug. 5, Sensational Salmon, $59/each. Other classes include: July 29, Margaritaville Grill, $59; Aug. 19, Mouthwatering Mediterranean Small Plates, $59. For more information or registration, visit or call. All classes are 6-8 p.m., Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 533-8141.

Beans Are Not Just for Vegetarians - Joy Eschliman will teach the way to properly prepare and cook beans. Learn how preparing dried beans can save money and time. Also, learn about the many varieties, uses and versatility of this amazing food. Today, 6-8:30 p.m., Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. $35/members; $45/nonmembers. (509) 535-0803.

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.

A New Mexican Christmas in July - Share in the laughter and joy and prepare the Candelaria family Christmas menu of tamales, posole, enchiladas, calabasitas, and beans. Learn first-hand while making the chile and each of the menu dishes from scratch. You’ll receive a recipe for each dish on the menu to take and try at home. Email for reservations. Classes held Thursday and Friday, Quillisascut Farm School of the Domestic Arts, 2409 Pleasant Valley Road, Rice, Washington. $60/per person for both days; $35/per person for one day. (509) 738-2011.

Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine – Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Sweet and Savory Crepes, $45; July 20, 5:30 p.m., Super Summer Desserts in a Jar, $45; July 22, 5:30 p.m., Secrets of Thai Cooking: Red Coconut Curry Shrimp, $39; July 26, 2 p.m., Make Salmon Great, $55; July 29, 5:30 p.m., Thai Cooking: Pad Thai, $39. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.

Mad Hatter Par-Tea - Fundraiser for the Franciscan Place. Featuring entertainment, silent and live auctions, libations, food and fun. Thursday, 6-9 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. $50/seat; $400/tables of eight. (509) 483-6495.

Pilgrim’s Events - Free tastings include: Friday, 3:30 p.m., Meet the Winemaker Tasting: Clearwater Canyon Cellars; Aug. 5, 3:30 p.m., Beer Tasting: Firestone Walker Brewing Co; Aug. 7, 3:30 p.m., Meet the Winemaker Tasting: Efest Wine; Aug. 19, 3:30 p.m., Beer Tasting: Scuttlebutt Brewing Co.; Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m., Labor Day Beer and Cider Picks; Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m., Meet the Winemaker Tasting: Snake River Winery. Other events include: Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., A Natural Approach to Food Allergies, Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease, free; July 22, 6:30-8 p.m., Rethinking Your Vitamin Regimen, free; July 30, 6:30-8 p.m., Juicing for Health and Healing, $10/person; Aug. 6, 6:30-8 p.m., Healthy Summer Cooking Shortcuts, $10/person; Aug. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Hormones!, free; Aug. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Elimination Diet Support: A Guided Journey to Ultimate Health, free; Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m., Urban Farming Movie: “Growing Cities,” free. Call for reservations. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 676-9730.

Latte Art and Cup Tasters Competition - Join or watch these head-to-head competitions. DOMA’s new Coffee Lab will be open and there will be food trucks and kegs for everyone. Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.; begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, DOMA Coffee, 6240 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. $5/competitors; attendance is free. (208) 667-1267.

Vino! Tastings – Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., Cote Bonneville Winery; Saturday, 2-4:30 p.m., California v. Washington Chardonnays; July 24, 3-7:30 p.m., Bertani of Verona, Italy; July 25, 2-4:30 p.m., Buried Cane and Cadaretta; July 31, 3-6:30 p.m., Dunham Cellars of Walla Walla; Aug. 1, 2-4:30 p.m., Orin Swift Wines. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. $10-$15. (509) 838-1229.

Rocket Market Tastings - Tastings include: Friday, Portugal on a Dime, $20; July 24, Chile and Argentina on a Dime, $20; July 31, Australia on a Dime, $20. Reservations are requested. All tastings at 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.

Top Frog Third Anniversary Celebration - Get your Inland Northwest Ale Trail map signed, try a new a beer and listen to some music from some local talent. Saturday, noon-7 p.m., Top Frog Brewery, 221 Vista Drive, Newport. (509) 671-2884.

Big Barbecue Battle - Longhorn Barbecue of Spokane and Northern Quest Resort and Casino are partnering in this competitive barbecue competition sanctioned by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association. The event features barbecue masters from around the region contending for their share of a $15,000 purse. Attendees will get to sample all kinds of barbecue and vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $10/adults; $8/senior and military; free/age 12 and younger. (509) 481-6242.

Buffalo, Blues & Brews - Outdoor concert featuring Billy D & the Hoodoos, Robb Boatsman & Rampage and Spun Munkee. Smoked buffalo buffet from H2H Bison Ranch and Warriors of the Rotating Tap home brew competition. Sponsored by Pathways Community Development Corp to raise funds for community improvements. Saturday, 2 p.m., 150 10th St., Highway 95, Plummer, Idaho. $35/advance; $45/day of show. (208) 686-1629.

Music, Micros & BBQ - The “Gone Fishing” theme features an endless barbecue buffet from 5-9 p.m., craft brews from Leinenkugels, Blue Moon, Wallace Brewing Co. and Laughing Dog Brewing Co. breweries and live music from Eclectic Approach from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, 5-9 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Casino, Red Tail Bar and Grill, 37914 S. Nukwalqw Road, Worley. $17. (800) 523-2464.

Brewery Spotlight - Event featuring Samuel Adams. Attendees will enjoy a step-by-step appraisal of a wide variety of beer styles as well as cheese pairings. Reserve a seat now and get ready to learn about beer from one of America’s favorite breweries. Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-1530; Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway, (509) 466-1644. $15.

Vintage Spokane - Vintage Spokane showcases award-winning and up-and-coming wineries from throughout the Northwest, each offering samples of their amazing wine. VIP admission included one hour early entrance at 4 p.m. Sunday, 5-8 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $50/general; $55/VIP. (425) 412-7070.

Country Breakfast - The program is supported by donations in any amount that you feel you can afford. No one is turned away for inability to donate. Breakfast is open to the public Mondays, 7-10 a.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. (208) 437-1037.

Superhero Sandwiches - Every hero has a signature sandwich - which one is yours? Explore the properties of yeast and come up with some great dressing recipes that will make your sandwich heroic. Be sure to bring your kitchen skills and adventurous taste buds. For grades six and older. Registration required. Monday, 2 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400; Tuesday, 2 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350. Free.

Nuts About Chocolate - Join a fun chocolate event and tasting party. There will be tons of chocolate and prizes and you can learn how to turn your love of chocolate into a business. July 25, 5:30 p.m., Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. Free. (509) 220-2674.

Wine, Women and Shoes - A little black dress affair to benefit the Idaho Youth Ranch. Sip wines, shop the marketplace and show off those fabulous shoes. Live auction and raffles. July 25, 6-9:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. Today: $100; $150/VIP. After today: $150; $200/VIP. (208) 660-6707.

Kootenai Health Foundation Signature Cocktail Event - Guests to sample custom cocktails created by local mixologists featuring Bardenay Vodka. Guests will vote with dollars for their favorite mixologist and for their favorite cocktail. The winning drink will be served at the Festival of Trees Gala on Nov. 28 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Convention Center. July 30, 6 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $35. (208) 625-4433.

Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival - Celebrate all things huckleberry with a huckleberry pancake breakfast, live music for the family, huckleberry crafts and treats, a huckleberry pie eating contest and all kinds of family fun. Check out the summer activities too, including the Cranky Jennings Mining Company, Monkey Motion air jumper, Zip Line, hiking, biking, chairlift rides, climbing wall, disc golf, and more. Hosted hikes and shuttles to the ripe huckleberry picking areas (depending on availability) will take place throughout the day so plan on picking till your fingers turn purple. Aug. 2, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Road. (208) 263-9555.

Feed Medical Lake - A free meal the second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. (509) 714-1150.

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