Appetizers
April 18, 2011
Three hands-on cooking classes are coming to Town & Country

There's passive and there's active. As in, watching chefs prepare dishes on Food Network TV shows is passive. Participating in local cooking classes is active.

You can experience the latter from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14, when Town & Country Village shopping center celebrates the spirit of Second Saturday with "Taste of the Village." It's a trio of hands-on learning opportunities at T&C restaurants. Cooking-class reservations are now being accepted; class sizes are limited, so save your spots at (916) 933-4056. Classes are $40 each, or $100 for all three.

For starters, join executive chef Daniel Alcantaro at Buonarroti Ristorante and learn how to make gnocchi, those chewy, pillowy dumplings - in this case, covered with Alcantaro's marvelous sauces. There will be a tasting, of course, along with a wine pairing (9 to 11 a.m.).

Also, chocolatier Craig Higgins of Capital Confections will show you how to create hand-rolled truffles (and how to appreciate the taste of ganache). Be prepared for some finger-lickin' (1 to 3 p.m.).

At the Terrace, you can follow executive chef Michael Powers' lead as you and he make seared tiger prawns, crispy polenta and Tuscan Eggs Benedict. Expect a wine pairing (4 to 6 p.m.).

As a bonus, artist Frank Wilson will appear at the Helen Jones Gallery for his "It's a Small World" exhibition and champagne reception (4 to 6 p.m.).

Town & Country Village is at Marconi and Fulton avenues, Sacramento. More information: www.shoptownandcountry.com.

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