May 3, 2011
'Taste of the Village' offers classes at a trio of restaurants

It's the season for hands-on cooking classes, in this case "Taste of the Village," in the spirit of Second Saturday. A trio of learning opportunities will be offered from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 at Town & Country Village restaurants. Reservations are now being accepted at (916) 933-4056. Classes are $40 each, or $100 for the three.

Join executive chef Daniel Alcantaro at Buonarroti Ristorante and learn how to make gnocchi, those chewy, pillowy dumplings. 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 how to create hand-rolled truffles (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:

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