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Friday Food News.

Every week, a listing of food-related news and events happening in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. This week? If you’re nervous about holiday food preparation, there are TONS of classes this month! Plus the last few weeks of the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Do you have Cville Food News you’d like to share? Email me! Bon appétit y’all!

Edible News

In Peter Chang news, The Hook reports Mr. Chang has leased the Wild Greens space and plans to open Peter Chang China Grill in January 2011. After opening a restaurant in Atlanta in December, he’s going to open a second 500 miles away… JANUARY? Maybe he should call it The Tiny Spoons Club. Yeah, The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy says “President Chang is in the neighborhood to stay,” but I ain’t so sure. And I ain’t placing no bets.

Relay Foods is helping the hungry! While you shop for your favorite foods online, you can also donate food to the Blue Ridge Food Bank. They’ve designated an entire page of items you can send as a donation while you shop. Relay handles delivery. Way to go Relay! Way to go technology!

Edible Events

Saturday, November 20th
The Basics of Vegan and Raw Food Workshop. Studio 206, 1st Street just off The Downtown Mall. 11-1pm. $25. Themed for Thanksgiving, with Thanksgiving recipes that will satisfy any vegan and raw foodist. Find exciting new ways to eat healthy, without sacrificing any savor and flavor. Using gluten-free, no-sugar, low fat recipes, you can feed yourself with locally grown and organic vegetables and international spices. From knife skills to ingredients and nutritional facts, this two hour class will both educate AND feed you! RSVP and advance payment is required so we have the right amount of ingredients.

Thursday, December 2nd
Formal Dinner Party. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 6pm. $85.

Thursday, December 2nd, Through Sunday December 5th
7th Annual Gingerbread Competition. Omni Hotel, Downtown Mall. The competition is open to everyone, and for 2010, we are encouraging Gingerbreaders to create houses depicting holidays around the world! Registration forms due November 24th. Click the link to download a registration form.

Friday, December 3rd and Saturday December 4th
Chocolate Gifts and Goodies. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 10am. $75.

Monday, December 6th
Presentation 2010. Cooking class at The Seasonal Cook with Guest Chef Justin Hershey. 6-8:30pm. $60. A class focusing on current aesthetic in food, exploring asymmetric design, visual textures, natural shape and beauty. Perfect for applying to your holiday food platter. Cheese platter with fruits, nuts and crostini; hot and cold appetizers; vegetable frito misto with red pepper aioli; paprika marinated mussels with lemon, parsley, and crispy mushroom; pancakes with duck breast and gooseberry jam; tea sandwich of surryano ham and fried quail egg.

Wednesday, December 6th
PCA Art Drinks at Blue Light Grill PCA’s monthly Art Drinks are moving to a new location! Join us at the Blue Light Grill downtown for conversation, prizes, and drink specials!

Saturday, December 11th or Monday December 13th
Choux Pastry. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 10am. $75. Intimidated by the idea of making your own choux pastry? Have no fear, Lori will teach you the basics of creating this classic light French pastry, along with several of its most delicious concoctions, including: Cream-filled Eclairs and Cream Puffs; Savory Gougères; Croquembouche.

Sunday, December 12th
French Dinner Party. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 4pm. $85. Feel confident about hosting events in your home. Let Marisa teach you how to create impressive meals. You will cook: Rack of Lamb with a reduction sauce of rosemary and thyme; Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Broccoli a la Maitre d’Hotel Crème; Renversée au Caramel.

Tuesday, December 14th
Christmas Eve / New Year’s Meal. Cooking class at The Seasonal Cook with Guest Chef Mark Gresge. 6-8:30pm. $60. Oysters Rockefeller; braised short ribs with carmelized onion pave; roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta; chocolate pot de creme with Bailey’s whipped cream.

Saturday, December 18th
Holiday Celebration Dinner. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 4pm. $85. Marisa will teach you how to make a delicious Holiday dinner that will impress all your guests. You will make: Crown Roast of Pork with Apple and Cranberry Stuffing; Cauliflower and Parsnip Mash; Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds; Orange Spiced Sweet Potatoes; Lemon Tart with Sweetened Whipped Cream and Candied Lemon Rind.

Sunday, December 19th
Italian Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School.4pm. $95. Celebrate Christmas like the Italians where 7 fish dishes are served on Christmas Eve. Together with Marisa you will make the following: Oysters on the Half Shell; Chilled Shrimp and Calamari Salad; Bacala and Potatoes; Linguini with White Clam Sauce; Linguini with Mussels; Salt Crusted Red Snapper; Struffoli.

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