Sweet Celebrations will hold free safe food-handling clinics to teach home cooks and caterers the basics of food sanitation, avoiding cross-contamination and the safe handling of fillings and custards. Chef Richard Forpahl will hold 10-to 15-minute demonstrations from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Burnsville location (14276 Plymouth Av., 952-435-3377) and Tuesday at the Maplewood store (1870 Beam Av., 651-770-8647).
St. Paul fire chief Tim Fuller and famed firehouse cooks will heat up the St. Paul Farmer's Market Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with authentic Mexican food. Free.
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Learn to make Italian, Mexican, Thai and Singapore noodle dishes -- each with varying degrees of spiciness -- Aug. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kitchen Window, 3001 Hennepin Av. in Minneapolis. Instructor Robin Asbell will demonstrate a variety of dishes, none of which require an oven. Cost is $55; call 612-824-4417
Tobie Nidetz will demonstrate the flavors of the Gulf of Mexico's Veracruz Strip, which is influenced by native foods, Spanish cuisine and Caribbean ingredients, Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Cooks of Crocus Hill, 877 Grand Av. in St. Paul. Recipes include Arroz Verde (green rice with poblano, epazote and parsley), Frijoles Negros (black beans with garlic and onion) and a coconut flan. Cost is $55; call 952-285-1903 or 651-228-1333.
Jasmine Market, 14600 10th Av. S., Suite 100, in Burnsville, will hold a free Thai Tropical Drink Fest Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. with samples of Thai iced tea, coffee, juices, shakes and more. And on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., learn to make fried wontons with minced pork and stir-fried beef and asparagus. Cost is $39; call 952-953-6424.
Join Chris Ray from the San Pedro Cafe for a Caribbean breakfast Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chef's Gallery, 324 S. Main St. in Stillwater. He'll demonstrate an island breakfast, including gingerbread sweet potato pudding, sea egg creole, Dominican egg breakfast plate, pineapple tart and prickly pear juice. Cost is $50; call 651-351-1144.
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