Warm up on winter evenings with your favorite comfort food.
The “Gourmets in the Garden” winter series of cooking classes at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will teach you how to sizzle in the kitchen. Chef instructors are Brian Goodman of The Greenhouse Tavern on Jan. 23, Ali Barker of Radius at South Franklin Circle on Jan. 30 and Tony Smoody of Bon Appetit catering on Feb. 6. The class fee of $45 for garden members, or $60 for nonmembers, includes attached garage parking, sample dishes, wine and garden admission. Reservations are required at 216-721-1600, ext. 100. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is at 11030 East Blvd. in University Circle.
Amp 150 at the Airport Marriott is staging a “Do You Believe in Magic” tasting dinner on Jan. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Chef Jeff Jarrett is creating a special cheese, chocolate and wine tasting menu, priced at $30 plus tax and tip. Guests will have a chance to meet bartender “Magic,” who promises to have a few tricks up his sleeve. Phone 216-706-8787 for reservations. Amp 150 is at 4277 W. 150th St.
Plan a weekend escape from cabin fever, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Northeast Ohio wineries are offering the “Chocolate Is for Lovers” wine trail on Feb. 1-2 and on Feb. 8-9, from 1 to 6 p.m. each day. Sixteen family-owned wineries in the Ashtabula and Geneva, Ohio, area are participating in the event. Each winery will offer two wine samples plus an appetizer, and chocolates from Baker’s Candies of Cleveland to take home. In addition, each guest gets a Schott Zwiesel wine glass and a candy dish. Along the trail, you will learn about the pairing of wine and chocolate, as well as some interesting facts about chocolate. The cost is $50 a couple, or $40 for a single wine trails traveler. Several hotels in the area are offering lodging specials. Phone 800-227-6972 or visit www.ohiowines.org for details.
The indoor farmers market is open at Crocker Park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through March 16. The market is at 143 Crocker Park Blvd., next to Aladdin’s restaurant and across from the Cheesecake Factory. Customers will find several regular Crocker Park market vendors there, including Ohio City Pasta, Blaze Gourmet, Sirna’s Farm and Hummingbird Creations. Stop by the market this Saturday and stock up on winter greens, Ohio honey, apples, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, cheeses, breads, hummus and olive oil. Those who like to think spring will be pleased to know that the outdoor market reopening is just around the corner, on April 13.