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Events: Cooking classes at Natural Epicurean, The Crú to hit breweries

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, 1700 S. Lamar Blvd., has announced a series of cooking classes ($69-79) that are open to the public. At 10 a.m. Saturday, you can learn about Thai cooking in a hands-on class with chefs Sean Sathitamorntham and Angie Smith. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, chef instructors will teach a hands-on class about quick, healthy meals for busy cooks, and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6, you can learn about meat-free meals for athletes. Vegan cheeses will be the subject of a 6:30 p.m. class on Aug. 13 with chef Inge Bothma, macrobiotic cooking will be featured in a class at 10 a.m. Aug. 17, and chefs will cover sugar-free baking at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. You can sign up for the classes or learn more by calling 512-476-2276 or emailing publicclasses@naturalepicurean.com.

The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas has formed a membership group called The Crú targeted at young Austinites who want to participate in the organization, as well as side events, such as monthly happy hours and tours. Membership costs $55, which includes discounts to some of the nonprofit’s big annual events, such as Tour de Vin in September and Big Reds and Bubbles in November. On Saturday, members of The Crú will head out on a brewery tour ($42 for members, $50 for nonmembers, including tastings and a meal) to Thirsty Planet, Jester King and Argus Cidery. RSVP at winefoodfoundation.org/cru/beertour.

The Savory Spice Shop in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., is hosting a cooking class about making simple syrups with some of the store’s many herbs and spices at 6 p.m. Thursday. The class costs $15 and you can reserve a seat by calling 512-795-0770.

The Metropolitan Breakfast Club, which meets every Wednesday morning at the University of Texas Club in Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, is hosting two food speakers this month. Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due will speak to the group at 7 a.m. Wednesday, and Amy Simmons of Amy’s Ice Creams is the featured guest on July 31. You can find out more about the group or RSVP by going to mbcaustin.org, emailing mbcaustin@mbcaustin.org or call 512-479-9460.

At 7 p.m. July 31, David Alan will be talking about his new book, “Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State,” at an event with Edible Austin at BookPeople.