Minus the Souper Bowl, which is an exciting event worth highlighting, all of the events in this week’s Weekly Specials are classes of some sort. Because no matter how old you are or whether you’re enrolled in a learning institution, you can always afford to gain some new skills. Besides these gardening, cooking and brewing classes below, always keep in mind that University of New Mexico has plenty of ongoing Continuing Education classes, and most of them are pretty cheap and easy to work into your schedule. Because, honestly, you always have time to learn stuff—as long as you make time for it.
Chocolate Bar Making Class at La Joliesse
Ever wanted to learn how to make chocolate at home? If so, you’ll want to check out La Joliesse’s (6855 Fourth Street NW) classes. From 6:30 to 8pm on Friday, Jan. 26, they have a small chocolate bar making workshop where participants can taste and compare different chocolates and then make their own using all provided ingredients. The cost for the class is $55 per person, and space is limited. If you miss this class, there’s another one at the same time on Friday, Feb. 23. Sign up at lajoliesse.com or by calling 369-1561.
Souper Bowl 2018
Roadrunner Food Bank hosts the Souper Bowl every year on the weekend before the Super Bowl at their 5840 Office Blvd. NE location. This fundraiser event brings together 40 chefs and restaurants from all over New Mexico to cook soups and desserts for you, the guests, to taste and judge. There’s live music, prizes to win and plenty of great food to eat. To be a part of it, head to the food bank on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 11am to 2pm. Your ticket price ($42 for adults, $10 for children under 11) goes towards helping Roadrunner Food Bank feed poor and homeless folks in our city. Oh, also? I’ll be one of the guest judges this year. Come say hi. Buy your tickets at rrfb.org.
Beginner/Extract Brewing Seminar at Southwest Grape & Grain
If you’ve never brewed beer (or anything else, for that matter) but you want to start, this is the class for you. The friendly and knowledgeable folks at Southwest Grape & Grain teach you all the basic terminology, what equipment you need and the best practices to get you started brewing. This seminar is Saturday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 6pm, and costs $10—register at swgrapeandgrain.com or by calling 332-2739. They host these brewing classes throughout the year at regular intervals, so if you miss this one, just check their calendar for later classes.
Pigskins, Pizza and Platters: Gourmet Super Bowl Foods
We can all do better than chips and salsa for the Super Bowl this year, no? On Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 8:30pm, learn how to make a gourmet Superbowl spread at Joliesse Chocolates with their back-by-popular-demand savory snack class. Some of the dishes are smoked paprika bacon mushrooms potato skins, ricotta sage-stuffed mushrooms, and mac and cheese bombs. Yum. Tickets are $59 and this class fills up fast, so sign up now at lajoliesse.com or by calling 369-1561.
Seeds That Connect and Feed Us at Gutierrez-Hubbell House
Spring is just around the corner, and that means planting season. If you want to try your hand at planting a garden this year (or if you’re a seasoned green thumb who wants to learn a little bit more about seeds), check out Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW) from 1 to 2:30pm on Sunday, Jan. 28, for a free public lesson on seeds and what makes certain plants “native” to New Mexico. Participants learn about the historic, cultural and culinary significance of certain crops as well as how to grow them. Register for the class at bernco.gov/community-services/event-registration.aspx.
Comprehensive Cooking Class at Jan’s on 4th
Jan Laird has been doing these cooking classes for about nine years, so you know you’re in capable hands when you sign up for her six-week-long comprehensive cooking class. Starting on Jan. 31, the class meets at the Jan’s on 4th Cooking School (10004 Fourth Street NW) from 6 to 9pm every Wednesday through March 14. Students learn everything from how to handle a knife and read a recipe to how to make handful of sauces for any dish. The cost is $357 for the six-week course. Sign up at janson4th.com or by calling 350-0600.