DATEBOOK

TODAY

Steak Break: Learn to cook this on your lunch hour: marinated New York steak with Gorgonzola-walnut topping, minted tabbouleh, rhubarb and berry crisp. Noon. A Store for Cooks, 30100 Town Center Drive, Suite R, Laguna Niguel. (949) 495-0445. $16.

Blind Wine Tasting: The Duke of Bourbon liquor store is pouring 1998 Cabernet Sauvignons from California wineries such as Duckhorn, Stag's Leap, Robert Mondavi, Chateau Montelena and more. The wines will be tasted, discussed, then revealed. 7:15 p.m. Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills. Call David or Ron at Duke of Bourbon to sign up, (818) 341-1234. $39.

THURSDAY

Six or Fewer: This class focuses on making dishes with six ingredients or fewer, such as chicken fettuccini, stir-fry vegetables with curry, and cashew chicken salad. Bring a dish towel and container for leftovers. 6 p.m. School of Continuing Education at the Yorba Linda Continuing Education Center, Room 402, 4175 Fairmont Blvd., Yorba Linda. (714) 779-8279. Course No. 10864. $21.

FRIDAY

Mexican Picnic: Those of you who want to eat Mexican food in the grass can brush up on portable charred chicken mole , stuffed flank steak and black bean salad with creamy cilantro dressing in this hands-on class. 6:30 p.m. Let's Get Cookin', 4643 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village. (818) 991-3940. $65.

SATURDAY

Summer in Provence: Chef Jean-Francois Meteigner takes you through a summer menu, Provencal style, in his kitchen. You move to the dining room afterward for lunch with wine. 9 a.m. La Cachette, 10506 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Century City. (310) 470-4992. $100.

The Candy Man: Juan Carlos Cruz shows how to make yummy stuff such as peanut butter cups, English toffee and hazelnut brittle. 9:30 a.m. Epicurean School of Culinary Arts, 8759 Melrose Ave., L.A. (310) 659-5990. $65.

The Tomato: The glories of the summer tomato are explored in this hands-on class. Dishes include gazpacho, bread salad, cornmeal-crusted fried beefsteak tomatoes, fusilli with fresh tomato sauce. 10 a.m. New School of Cooking, 8690 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-9702. $68.

SUNDAY

'Cue Class: Bill Meade, owner of Joe's Catering Service, will barbecue meat, fish and chicken with marinades and sauces. Side dishes will also be taught. Noon. Joe's Catering Service, 2430 Tapo St., Simi Valley. (805) 583-8100. $40.

July 10-15 Wine Classic: It's time for the KCBX Central Coast Wine Classic. Dinners, tastings, auctions and symposiums take place from Tuesday through Sunday in or near San Luis Obispo. Each event is priced separately so you can attend as many as you desire. For more information, call (805) 781-3026 or visit http://www.kcbx.org and click on the Wine Classic section.

Food-related event information should be submitted at least two weeks before publication date. Mail to Food Section Datebook, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or fax to (213) 237-7355.

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