March 28-April 2
• Chefs Tim Kartiganer and Cesidio D'Andrea will present a class on the techniques of molecular gastronomy at the Culinary Academy of Austin (6020-B Dillard Circle, 451-5743, www.culinaryacademyofaustin.com). The class is for both amateurs and professionals and will include demonstration as well as hands-on instruction. $100 per person with a 15% discount if two participants register together. Saturday, March 28, 10am-1pm.
• Kahuna's Tiki Bar & Grill (6301 W. Parmer, 336-7873, www.kahunastikibar.com) celebrates its grand opening with a surf-inspired party to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Proceeds from the event will help fulfill the wish of a local teenager to travel to Hawaii. Surf-movie celebrity Robert August will be on hand to sign posters, DVDs, and photos. Some complimentary food and drinks will be served. No charge for entry; donations accepted. Sunday, March 29, 4-7pm.
• Culinary adventurers are invited to attend a class on Bizarre Foods taught by chef/entertainer/United States Air Force Survival School instructor Jerry Pizzitola at Faraday's Kitchen Store (1501 RR 620 N., 266-5666, www.faradayskitchenstore.com). Pizzitola's menu will include such unique comestibles as tenderloin of kangaroo, saffron rice stir-fry with barbecue scorpions, bow-tie pasta with basil pesto and giant Oaxacan crickets, and vanilla-bean ice cream with chocolate-ant wafers. If this sounds yummy, the class costs $60, and reservations are necessary. Wednesday, April 1, 6pm.
• Aspiring chefs interested in studying abroad will want to attend an information session presented by Italy's University of Gastronomic Sciences (www.unisg.it/eng) at the Habitat Suites (500 E. Highland Mall Blvd.). To attend the free session, e-mail name and phone number to email@example.com. Thursday, April 2, 7-9pm.
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