October food classes include preparations for Halloween |

October food classes include preparations for Halloween

Area cooking schools have announced October classes.

McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores , 4311 Northern Pike, Monroeville, (412) 858-7000, ext. 7.

  • “Festa Manga Italian Feast,” for children ages 11 to 13, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 4, $15.

  • “The Art of Food,” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7, with garnishing expert Christine Falvo-Warman, $25.

  • “Spooky Halloween Treats,” for children ages 6 to 10, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11, costumes optional, $12.

  • “Dueling Italian Divas,” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13, featuring Theresa Falvo (“QED Cooks”) and Rita Venturino (from In the Kitchen) for an Italian meal on Columbus Day, $35.

  • “Gifts from the Heart and Hearth,” 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18, with recipes from Theresa Falvo, including cannoli and cheesecake, $30.

  • “An Appetizing Afternoon with Rita,” 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19, with Venturino, featuring classic Italian appetizers for the holidays, $25.

  • “Sensational Seafood Harvest Meal,” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23, with Joe Modaffari, on the basics of seafood cooking, $30.

  • “My Fabulous, Casual, Do-Ahead Holiday Party,” 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25, featuring Penny Lawrence, $35.

  • “Fall Celiac Cooking Seminar,” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, with registered dietitian Molly Cloherty, featuring soup, crepes, squash and a basic cake with frosting, $15.

    Rania’s To Go Cooking School , 100 Central Square, Mt. Lebanon, (412) 531-2222, All classes meet from 7 to 9 p.m. and cost $45, except where noted.

  • “Five Recipes With Only Five Ingredients,” Oct. 2, with Rania Harris, featuring scallops, roasted chicken, filet mignon and a potato gratin.

  • “Cafe Giovanni,” Oct. 7, with chef John Vennare preparing a three-course meal.

  • “An Italian Feast,” Oct. 9, with Harris, with Minestra, Risotto and Osso Buco.

  • “The Kid Allegro Kid, Round 1,” Oct. 13, with chef Joe Harris preparing a four-course menu.

  • “Let’s Stay Simple and Easy for Tonight,” Oct. 14, with Harris, featuring simple but upscale dinner party recipes.

  • “Kaya Tropas,” Oct. 21, with Bill Fuller, executive chef, Big Burrito Group.

  • “Grab Your Pot,” Oct. 23, with Harris, featuring soups and chowders.

  • “It’s Kids’ Halloween Party,” 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25, $25, with chef Stuart Marks, making a Pumpkin Face cake and popcorn balls.

  • “Barbato is Back,” Oct. 27, with chef Michael Barbato of Peppercorns, featuring fish and seafood dishes.

  • “Satisfy Your Cravings,” Oct. 29, with Harris, featuring a lobster tart and Pork Chops Cordon Bleu.

    In the Kitchen , Wexford Plaza, Rt. 19, Marshall, (724) 934-6160,

  • “Fall in Tuscany,” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, with Rita Venturino, featuring Panzanella (bread salad), $40.

  • “Mr. Cho Prepares Sushi,” 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11, with Mr. Cho of Koto-Buki Restaurant, featuring his newly bottled ginger dressing, $40.

  • “Hands-On Knife Skills,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14, with Marty McQuillan, including how to make a healthful vegetable stock and soup, $35.

  • “A Kids In the Kitchen Event — Halloween Treats,” 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18, with Alyson Sprague, costumes optional, $35.

  • “Brunch,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22, with Stacy Lawrence, $35.

  • “Pizza-N-Pie,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23, with Terry Howard, $40.

  • “Homemade Cakes,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, with Sprague, including a torte and roulade, $35.

  • “Festive Italian Holiday Appetizers,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28, with Venturino, $40.

    Crate, 1960 Green Tree Road, Green Tree, (412) 341-5700,

  • “Lunch & Learn,” noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 1, a Southwestern menu, $18.

  • “Meet & Eat,” 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2, limited to nine single men and nine single women and featuring a sit-down dinner by chef Christopher Sotkovsky, $55.

  • “Tour of the Strip,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7, with the Crate staff, including lunch, $38.

  • “Lunch & Learn,” noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 8, featuring Mediterranean steamed fish, $18.

  • “Riedel Glass Tasting,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9, with Barbara Fredell of Riedel; participants get a free tasting set of glasses, $100.

  • “Holiday Cookie Box,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11, with chef Andrea Carros Schrenk baking classic recipes, $40.

  • “Happy Family Sushi,” 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12, taught by Tony Yeh (and one of his children) from Sushi Three, for an adult with a child age 10 to 20 working together, $80 (includes starter kit).

  • “The ‘Steel’ Chefs,” 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13, featuring Debra Mortillardo of Butler’s Secret and chef Bill Fuller, Big Burrito Restaurant Group, $50.

  • “Lunch & Learn — Octoberfish,” noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15, $32.

  • “Sous Chef — The Original Fish Market,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16, with sous chef Matt Porco, $25.

  • “Carol’s Favorite Party Buffet Dishes,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18, featuring Carol Tabone of Jungle Jim’s Cooking School, Cincinnati, $50.

  • “Lemons — Your Main Squeeze,” 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 19, with Tabone, $45.

  • “Chefsky’s Food for Thought — The Good Egg,” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20, with Sotkovsky playing Dexter Chefsky, professor of food and “mad scientist,” $35. First of three humorous, entertaining classes about food chemistry .

  • “Tuesday Techniques — Pressure Cooker,” 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21, with the Crate staff, $38.

  • “Lunch & Learn,” noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 22, Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce, $18.

  • “West Point Market — Akron,” 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25, with Linda Wernikoff, a bus trip and tour, $55.

  • “Knife Skills,” noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26, with Jeanne Lewis, owner of A Fare to Remember, a hands-on class, $35.

  • “Inn Cooking — Breakfast,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, with Jackie Karkowski, chef at the Inns on Negley, $30.

  • “Lunch & Learn,” noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 29, featuring Hot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, $18.

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