3 Events: Cooking demos; Yujean Kang's tofu-and-wine dinner
Shop and cook: Santa Monica's Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories will be holding a series of free class demonstrations with local chefs. Meet the chef at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, walk through the market for a morning shopping tour, then follow the chef back to the cooking school for a demonstration and tasting. Classes kick off with Chef Joe Miller of Venice's Joe's Restaurant. Miller will meet with students at the farmers market on Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.; the demonstration ends at 11:30 a.m. The next scheduled chef is Mark Gold of Eva Restaurant, who will lead the tour and demonstration on Aug. 31. The classes are free, but do require an RSVP. Click here for more information and to reserve a spot.
"Joy of Soy": Chef Yujean Kang at Yujean Kang's in Pasadena curates a five-course tofu-and-wine dinner on Aug. 12. The dinner highlights the textures and shapes of tofu prepared with a variety of methods and flavors, including stuffed tofu with shrimp and minced pork and sweet soft tofu with sesame paste and sesame ice cream. Optional wine pairings, such as Champagne Ployez Jacquemart Brut NV with julienned pressed tofu with chicken and Chinese ham. $45 per person; an additional $45 for wine pairing. 7:30 p.m. Call for reservations. 67 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 585-0855, www.yujeankangs.com.
Cupcake class: Bittersweet Treats proprietor and former "Top Chef: Just Desserts" contestant Danielle Keene will lead a cupcake class on Sunday at Malibu Family Farm. Keene will teach basic and more advanced techniques to decorate cupcakes with homemade frosting. A starter kit for your cupcake-making needs will be raffled off. Appetizers and beverages provided. $75 per person. Space is limited to 12 people; class will last about three hours. E-mail email@example.com for a reservation.
-- Noelle Carter and Betty Hallock
Upper photo: Santa Monica Farmers Market. Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times
Lower photo: Bittersweet cupcakes. Credit: Bittersweet Treats