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Learning to cook is easy, given the large number of cooking classes offered in the Chicago area. No matter what you're interested in, there's probably a class that's perfect for you. Topics range from how to boil water to preparing complete ethnic menus. Children's classes, professional courses, basic wine or nutrition classes and sessions on the intricacies of cake decorating -- all can be found in cooking course roundup.

ETHNIC
ASIAN
Ranjana Bhargava, South Side. A four-class series teaches students to cook an authentic Indian vegetarian meal, as well as shortcuts to preparing Indian dishes. Courses focus on spices, techniques. Classes offered three times a year beginning in September. $240 per series. For dates and location, call 773-363-3684; fax 773-955-1234.

Ruth Law, Hinsdale. Classes in low-fat, healthy cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Some participation is involved. $30 for one class; $75 for three classes. 630-986-1595; fax 630-655-0912.

Dapeng Ren, western suburbs. Chinese cooking classes in your home focus on preparing a dinner party. Emphasis on vegetarian cooking. 630-241-2148 or fax 630-850-9644.

Kurt Youngmann. Private lessons in students' homes. Mandarin, Szechwan, Hunan and Cantonese styles are covered, and each series is tailored to students' taste and expertise. $25 per hour, minimum six lessons, 2 hours each. 847-509-9161 or email tgobbi@fsi.net.

Oriental Market and Cooking School, 2801 W. Howard St. Pansy and Chu-Yen Luke teach six-week course on Chinese cooking, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Single-session Saturday classes on Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai food are also available. Six-week course begins Sept. 6; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $85. Saturday classes begin Sept. 9; noon-2:30 p.m.; $21. 773-274-2826.

FRENCH
Carlos', 429 Temple Ave., Highland Park. Demonstration classes by chef Ramiro Velasquez 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. third Wednesday of each month. $50 includes class, lunch, wine, tax, gratuity, recipes. 847-432-0770.

French Culinary Experience, 281 Messner Drive, Wheeling, offers demonstration and hands-on classes for all levels. Series also offered; classes are ongoing. 847-215-1931 or www.frenchcookingschool.com.

Le Titi de Paris, 1015 W. Dundee Rd., Arlington Heights, offers daytime classes. Topics include soups, fish and vegetarian. Classes begin mid-September. $55 per class. 847-506-0222.

VARIETY
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Bloomingdale's, 900 N. Michigan Ave. and Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Area chefs give classes and demonstrations in housewares department beginning mid-September. Fees vary. For schedule in Chicago, call Nancy Page, 312-440-4857; at Old Orchard, Arleene Schria, 847-675-5200, ext. 2380.

Cooking with the Best Chefs offers cooking classes five days a week, regional culinary trips, restaurant tours, wine dinners, and weekend and international cooking trips. Locations include Plass Appliances in Elmhurst, Highland Park and Arlington Heights, Caputo's Fresh Market in Elmwood Park and Hanover Park. Next session starts in September. 7-9 p.m. weekdays; 1-3 p.m. Sundays. $16 per class, $49 for restaurant tours. 630-953-7400 or www.bestchefs.com.

Marshall Field's conducts free cooking classes throughout the fall and winter. "A is for Apple" will take place throughout September beginning Sept. 9. "Positively Pumpkin" will take place throughout October beginning Oct. 5. "Turkey 101" will take place Nov. 9 and 12. Others include "Festive Finger Foods" and "Heirloom Cookies and Bars." Times and locations vary. For schedule and reservations, 800-265-2665.

Ovens of Evanston at Campagnola, 815 Chicago Ave., Evanston, and at Whole Foods Market in Lakeview. Laura Levy Shatkin stages demonstrations and hands-on classes with healthful and global focus. Classes at Campagnola are taught by chef Michael Altenberg and focus on regional Italian cuisine on Saturday mornings beginning in September. For prices and schedule at Whole Foods, call 847-328-3287; at Campagnola, 847-475-6100.

Prairie Kitchens Cooking School, Box 372, Morton Grove. Hands-on classes are offered in Chicago area beginning in September. Topics include soup and sandwich, appetizers, pastas, holiday cookie exchange and Southwestern menus. $45-$50 per three-hour session. A five-week "basics of good cooking" course begins Sept. 7; price is $325. 847-966-7574.

Whole Foods offers classes for kids and adults for $10-$30 at two locations: 1331 N. Rand Rd., Palatine, 847-776-8080; 760 N. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 847-444-1900.

Williams-Sonoma stores offer a variety of classes:
271 Market Square in Lake Forest store offers classes 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 12 with Rosemary Divock presenting appetizers and gardening information. $30. 847-295-7045.
Wheaton Town Square store offers classes 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Classes include tastings and cost $20-$30. 630-665-7250.
Naperville store offers classes 6-8 p.m. Mondays and demos Wednesday and Saturdays; $20-$30 for classes, demos free. Thursday evening demonstrations. Lindle O'Neil at 630-369-4167.
Oakbrook Center store offers classes at various times. Fees vary; call 630-571-2702 for schedule.
Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg store offers classes taught by chefs 6-8 p.m. Mondays. $25-$35 per session. 847-619-0940.

CHICAGO
A Tavola, 2148 W. Chicago Ave. Fall classes include how to prepare an Italian menu, guest chef series and programs for novice cooks. 773-276-7567, fax 773-276-2519 or e-mail atavola@aol.com.

B&B Culinary Inc., in the West Loop. Bridget A. Weis teaches the art of cooking from scratch; other classes include "Stock Your Freezer" and "Knife Skills." Lunch-hour demonstrations also available. $35-$95. 312-399-0134.

Carmella's Catering Inc., 5736 N. Elston Ave. Classes 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Subjects include summer pizzas and savory salads. 773-631-7040.

Chefs on Call, 1710 N. Orchard St. Classes conducted in your home, with focus on methods or menus, such as basic technique, pastries, ethnic cuisine and party menus. $30-$60. Call or fax 312-787-9451; e-mail ChefsonCall@aol.com or visit www.ChefsonCall.com.

Chef Out of Water. Francis Leroux, Kendall College instructor, teaches classes in your home. Specialties include bistro cooking, fish, chicken, soups, desserts. Three-hour class is $40 per person and includes a meal. Small party planning also available. 773-779-7126.

The Chopping Block, 1324 W. Webster Ave., offers classes for all levels of experience. Topics include bold Latin flavors, cooking with herbs, seafood secrets, flavor dynamics and cool Asian soups and salads. $40-$80 per class; 773-472-6700 or go to www.thechoppingblock.net.

Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, 361 W. Chestnut St. Classes for non-professional program include knife skills, cake decorating, baking. For schedule and fees, 312-944-2725.

Gourmet Touch. Rick Hicaro Jr. teaches hands-on cooking classes in your home. Subjects include "Cooking 101," "Cooking without Recipes," "Meals in Minutes." Students provide their own supplies. 773-395-0744 or page 773-226-8174.

Heat and Spice Cooking School, 925 W. Cullom Ave. Joe Sochor offers introductory classes on tropical herbs, chilies and spices from Morocco to Thailand. Grilling and stir-frying also are covered. $35-$40. 773-404-2229.

Fredy Hernandez offers cooking classes in your home from beginners to professional. Options could include classical and modern French, Latin, Mediterranean, seafood and fish, appetizers and family meals. 312-255-9742 or e-mail ChefFredy@aol.com.

Inspiration Cafe, 4554 N. Broadway, Suite 207, offers classes taught by professional chefs. Topics include Tex Mex, Italian specialties, hors d'oeuvre and sushi.Classes are ongoing; 7-9 p.m. $35 per class, $100 for three. 773-878-0981 or go to www.inspirationcafe.org.

Karen's Kitchen, 2331 N. Cleveland Ave. Join Karen Horning for classes and workshops on fresh herbs, French and Spanish cooking, pastries, yeast breads and more. Classes begin Sept. 16. $45-$135. 773-348-1341.

Live and Learn Program of the Latin School, 59 W. North Ave. Single-session classes include Asian, Cajun and Italian cuisine, pies, entertaining. Also available: demonstration classes at restaurants. Classes begin late September. Fees start at $40. Call for locations. 312-573-4698.

The Rustic Kitchen in Lakeview. Janine MacLachlan holds classes that focus on stylish, casual entertaining. For information, 773-935-4239 or e-mail janinemac@yahoo.com.

Simply Succulent Food Creations. Ruth Hytry teaches participants how to prepare and serve menus of Italian, regional Chinese, Asian noodles, low-fat and heart-healthy and more. $25-$35. For location and schedules, 312-266-6466.

World Kitchen, 66 E. Randolph St., offers classes that focus on ethnic flavors and basic culinary skills and techniques. Hands-on and demonstration classes are available. $10-$20. 312-742-8497 or www.worldkitchenchicago.org.

NORTH
Apple-a-Day Baskets, 907 W. George St., Arlington Heights. Nutritionist Audrey Beauvais will offer these fall classes: "Do Yourself a Flavor: Cooking with Fresh Herbs," "Oh Boy, It's Soy," and "Eat Well When There's No Time to Cook." First class is Sept. 11. 7-9 p.m. $40. 847-392-8851.

Beautiful Food, 2111 Beechwood Ave., Wilmette. Join Charie MacDonald for participation classes in basic cooking, savory breads, pastry, soups, more. $50. 847-256-3979.

Bev's World, 335 S. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan. Bev Brinkley and staff teach evening classes in cake decorating, appetizers, finger sweets, fancy desserts, ethnic cuisine and candymaking. Classes begin in September. Demonstrations are free; classes are $40. 847-623-3478.

Julie Chernoff, 1837 Asbury Ave., Evanston. Classes explore "Art of the Dinner Party" in 2-hour demonstrations (some hands-on) followed by lunch with wine. Classes begin in January. Fees: $40 per class; $75 for 2; $110 for 3; and $140 for 4. 847-864-5536.

Coachouse Gourmet, 735 Glenview Rd., Glenview. Julie Kearney offers participation classes 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 20. Topics include 30-minute gourmet, entertaining, chicken and hors d'oeuvre. Prices start at $36. 847-724-1521 or www.coachousegourmet.com.

College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, offers evening classes that range from 1 night to 4-week series. Courses include gourmet cooking, Chinese cooking, herbs. Fees are $25-$55, plus materials. 847-343-2061.

Cooking Classes for the Serious Amateur, 18858 W. Wooddale Trail, Lake Villa. Carol Mackey holds demonstration classes in a relaxed setting. Samples and recipes included. Classes start at $28. 847-265-4626 or e-mail CmtheCooker@aol.com.

Cooking with Chicago's Great Chefs. International-style classes taught by chefs in Chicago, with weekly classes focusing on specific cuisine. $50. Classes held at Rugen Center, 901 Shermer Rd., Glenview. 847-525-6636 or e-mail hey1949@mindspring.com.

Corner Cooks, 507 Chestnut St., Winnetka. Evening classes on such topics as "Cooking for a Crowd" and "Make Ahead Dinner." Guest chefs explore all cuisines. Classes are ongoing. Fees start at $45. 847-441-0134 or e-mail cornercook@aol.com.

Chef Harry Crane teaches demonstration and hands-on cooking classes in your home. Specialties include healthful cooking and the Mediterranean. Fees start at $80. 847-432-2173 or e-mail harrycrane@home.com.

Kendall College, 2408 Orrington Ave., Evanston. School of Culinary Arts offers "Spice Up Your Life" classes for home cooks on weeknights or Saturdays. Classes are ongoing and start at $45. 847-866-1300, ext. 6360.

Kitchen Korner, 810 Exner Ct., Palatine. Join Kathy Amatulli for classes in fish and Italian. Other topics include entertaining, Thanksgiving and Christmas specialties. Classes start mid-September. Fees start at $45. 847-934-0250 or e-mail Kat21@mediaone.net.

La Fleur de Cuisine Cooking School, 10057 Lamon St., Skokie. Barbara Hollander teaches ethnic cuisines, breadmaking, soups and stocks, pastrymaking. Classes begin mid-October. $30. 847-676-2678.

Lake Forest Health and Fitness Institute, 1200 N. Westmoreland Rd., will offer classes with Kathy Hawkins, the institute's Point Cafe director. 7-8 p.m. Nov. 14; 10-11 a.m. Nov. 16. $5 per class. 847-535-7101; fax 847-535-7127; e-mail khawkins@lakeforesthospital.com; or go to www.lfhfi.com.

Laurie G's Cooking Lessons, Glencoe. Laurie Gross gives private hands-on, 2-hour lessons in your home. Includes trip to store to stock your kitchen with essential ingredients and utensils, cooking creatively and learning to make substitutions. Other topics include roasting, marinades. $75 per class, $275 for 4. 847-835-2217.

New Trier Extension at New Trier West Center, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield. Classes include "Foods from the Farmers Market," "Cooking with Garlic," Russian and Persian cooking." Classes begin Sept. 13. $44-$61. 847-446-6600.

Peggy Ryan conducts classes for busy cooks who like to entertain. All classes include demonstrations, tastings, recipes and wine. 6:30-9 p.m. $50. 847-475-3842.

Dawn R. Schuman Institute in Northbrook. 3 sessions on quick kosher cooking taught by Barbara Freedman in her Skokie home. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Nov. 13. $25 per session. 847-509-8282.

Township High School District 214, Community Education. Topics include seafood, pastas, party appetizers and gingerbread houses. Classes begin Sept. 19 at Prospect High School, 801 W. Kensington Rd., Mt. Prospect. Register at District 214 office, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights. $44-$50. 847-718-7700.

La Venture, Skokie. Sandra Bisceglie offers series of day or evening classes in classic French and Italian cooking, baking and cake decorating. Classes begin in January. $289 for series of 6. 847-679-8845.

SOUTH
The Checkerberry Inn, 62644 County Rd. 37, Goshen, Ind. Classes offered 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in February and March. Topics include sauces, soups and deserts. Class price includes lunch. Call or fax 219-642-4445.

The Cookery, 810 Lincolnway, LaPorte, Ind., offers classes and series that specialize in American and ethnic cuisines. Custom classes, bridal registry and kids classes also available. Classes start Sept. 12. $25-$30 per class; $95-$100 for series. 219-325-FOOD or fax 219-325-8899.

WEST
Crawdaddy Bayou, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. Dave Teichman presents Cajun-Creole classes and demonstrations. $35 per class; next class is Nov. 11. Demonstrations free at various locations; next demonstration is noon-4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield. 847-520-4800 or www.crawdaddybayou.com.

Geneva Cookery, 0N745 Bartlet Rd., Geneva, offers classes for amateur and seasoned cooks. Specialty classes, such as "Cooking for Couples," also available. $55 for regular classes, $85 for specialty. All classes are ongoing. 630-845-8108.

Shirley Adams, 444 Old Surrey Rd., Hinsdale. Private lessons for individuals and groups in 10 ethnic cuisines. Focus is on technique, menu planning and nutrition. 630-887-0304.

Chez Madelaine, 425 Woodside Ave., Hinsdale. Fall classes begin mid-September and focus on seasonal produce, French techniques and eating healthfully. Classes include grilled paella, vegetarian menu, exotic rice and bean workshop, risotto workshop and more. Fees start at $85. 630-655-0355 or www.chezm.com.

The College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn, offers Culinary Corner, featuring local authors and executive chefs. Culinary Corner lineup includes chef David Kramer and author Camille Stagg. Single-session classes and 4-6 week programs in basic skills, holiday specials and introductory gourmet also available. 630-942-2208.

Country Garden Cuisine, 3N369 La Fox Rd., St. Charles. Instructor Penny Newkirk offers classes in herbal cookery, Midwest cuisine, afternoon tea, soups, pie baking, pasta and ethnic foods. 630-587-8985.

Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Non-credit, Tuesday evening classes led by guest chefs begin Sept. 19. Fees vary. Call Judy Beto, 708-524-6906.

Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Non-credit classes begin Sept. 7. Topics include perfect pasta, Asian appetizers, quick and easy meat and poultry. Classes are 6-8 p.m. in Business Conference Center. $39-$49. 847-622-3036.

Famous Liquors & Market, 105 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard. Classes offered second and fourth Thursday of every month beginning Sept. 14. A different ethnic theme, such as Italian or Russian, is discussed at every class. $15. 630-629-3330.

Ruth Johaningsmeir of Recipes by Ruth will conduct customized classes in your home. Possible class topics include diet dinners, speed scratch, gourmet meals, holiday cooking and after-school treats. 708-609-7884; e-mail ruth@inhomecooking.com, or go to www.inhomecooking.com.

Las Bellas Artes, 112 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Chef Gloria Duarte's classes include 21st Century dinner, Thanksgiving dinner. Classes begin Sept. 9 with Mexican fiesta and usually run 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. $40. 630-530-7725.

La Buona Cucina. Doris Rochetti offers 4-week courses covering menus from appetizers to desserts. Classes begin in October. $120. 708-345-6817.

Prairie Gourmet, 113 W. Main St. (Illinois Highway 64), St. Charles, offers classes in basic skills, techniques and ethnic menus. $40-$50 per class, beginning in September. Phone 630-443-9904; fax 630-443-9905.

Waubonsee Community College, Illinois Highway 47 at Harter Road, Sugar Grove. Classes include chicken made easy, holiday party hosting, the art of making strudel. Also offered are 4-week classes on Wilton method of cake decorating. The Culinary Studio program also offers visits to restaurants, which include chef demonstrations and dinner. Classes begin Sept. 18 and cost $26-$59. Culinary Studio begins Oct. 9 and costs $31. 630-466-7900, ext. 2360.

PROFESSIONAL
Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation offers a culinary training program for the homeless, welfare-to-work, underemployed and unemployed. Next series of classes begins Oct. 2. Oliver's Kitchen, 4345 W. Division St., 773-252-3663.

Chinese American Service League, 310 W. 24th Pl. Free 16-week chef training program, starting in the fall, is offered to economically disadvantaged Chicago residents 22 and older. Call Lois Chen, 312-791-0418.

College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn, offers a 2-year associates degree and 1-year specialized certificates. Courses include quantity food preparation and international cuisine. A full baking/pastry program is available. Classes begin Sept. 14. 630-942-3663.

College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. An associate of applied science degree in food service is offered, as well as a certificate in culinary arts. Classes include introduction to professional food service, culinary arts, principles of food preparation. Day and evening classes begin Aug. 21. For fees and to register, 847-223-1111. For information, call Cliff Wener, 847-543-2823.

Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, 361 W. Chestnut St. Classes lead toward an associate degree in the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program and a baking and pastry certificate. Classes in the associate's program combine classical French techniques with American technology; classes in the certificate program include production techniques, food as an art form, yeast breads and decoration. 877-828-7772 or visit www.chicnet.org.

The Technology Center of DuPage, 301 S. Swift Rd., Addison. Culinary and pastry arts program teaches junior and senior high school students and adults all aspects of food service. Students operate a dining room, catering service and delicatessen. Classes are only for DuPage County students, who apply through their high school guidance department. Part-time classes begin Aug. 23.

Dawson Technical Institute, Chicago City College, 3901 S. State St. Program prepares students for technical training in culinary arts. Course lasts 48 weeks; next session begins Sept. 18. 773-451-2050.

Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Programs lead to bachelor's degrees in food science, food-service management, nutrition and dietetics, culinary arts and management. Credit classes include fundamentals of food, beginning Sept. 6. Call Judy Beto, 708-524-6906.

Elgin Community College's hospitality and culinary arts program, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Programs lead to associate's degree in hospitality management/culinary arts or hospitality management/restaurant management. Also available are vocational specialist certificates. Classes include nutrition, purchasing, menus and merchandising. Fall classes begin Aug. 21; $48.50 per credit hour plus lab fee. Call Michael Zema, 847-214-7461, or dean's office, 847-214-7900.

French Pastry School, 226 W. Jackson Blvd. A 24-week certificate program focuses on classic French methods, contemporary aesthetics and cost-effective techniques. Next program starts in January. $13,156 (includes tools, uniforms, registration fees). Phone, 312-726-2419; fax 312-726-2446; e-mail Jpfeif0927@aol.com, or visit www.frenchpastryschool.com.

Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine, offers 1-year certificate and 2-year hospitality management program that leads to associate in applied science degree. Fall semester begins Aug. 23. Fees: $54 per credit hour. 847-925-6874. For current professionals, Harper offers classes in food service sanitation certification, food standards and sanitation in Spanish, and food safety for kitchen staff. 847-925-6000.

Healthy Concepts offers several classes taught by Wilbert Jones: "From Kitchen Ideas to Retail Food Products," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14; $77; "How to Start a Restaurant or Catering Business," weekly course from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 4-Nov. 8; $106. Both at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine.847-925-6800.

The "Kitchen Ideas" course also will be taught at The Latin School of Chicago, 59 W. North Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11, $110. 312-573-4698.

The Illinois Institute of Art at Chicago, 180 N. Wabash Ave., offers culinary arts program with six 11-week sessions for an associate of applied science degree. Classes are ongoing. $272 per credit hour. 312-280-3500.

Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Ave., offers 1-year certificate and 2-year associate's degree in culinary arts. Classes include principles of quantity food preparation, advanced food and pastry, nutrition and menu planning, culinary arts management, baking and pastry. Classes begin Aug. 21. 815-729-9020, ext. 2255.

Kendall College, 2408 Orrington Ave., Evanston. Programs include a 1-year part-time certificate program in baking and pastry arts or professional cookery; 2-year associate's degree in culinary arts or hotel/restaurant management; 4-year bachelor's degree in culinary/hotel restaurant management. Fall classes begin Sept. 20. Certificate programs, $361 per credit hour; culinary classes, $5,040 per term; management classes, $4,000 per term. 847-866-1304, or visit www.kendall.edu.

Lexington College, 10840 S. Western Ave. Program for women leads to an associate's degree in hospitality management. Classes include culinary, restaurant/food management, food service sanitation. $7,800. Classes begin Aug. 29. 773-779-3800.

Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th Ave., Palos Hills, offers programs in restaurant/hotel management, as well as culinary arts; students also can earn associate in applied science degrees. Certificates are available for culinary arts management, restaurant/hotel management, baking/pastry arts and beverage management. Fall classes begin Aug. 21. $49 in-district per credit hour plus activity and lab fees and books. Information, 708-974-5320; to register,708-974-2110.

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Graduate and undergraduate degrees offered in hospitality management, including restaurant and culinary management. Fall semester begins Aug. 31. Undergraduate, $429 per semester hour; graduate, $505. 312-341-4321.

St. Augustine College, 1333-45 W. Argyle St., offers 39-week bilingual (English/Spanish) certificate program for professional cooks. Program includes fundamentals of continental/international cuisine, appetizers, preparation for city and state food sanitation license exams. Classes begin Aug. 28. 773-878-8756, ext. 300.

Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Prepares students for positions as chefs in restaurants, hotels, country clubs. Students will develop skills in quantity food production, baking, garde-manger and kitchen management. Also offered is a certificate in culinary training for those interested in becoming cooks and chefs. Classes begin Aug. 28. 708-456-0300, ext. 3219.

Washburne Culinary Institute, 3233 W. 31st St., offers full-time chef training program and full-time pastry and baking certificate. Chef program costs $4,565; certificate program, $767. All fees include books, uniforms, cutlery and pastry kits. Fall classes begin Sept. 5. 773-602-5000.

Alain Roby teaches 2 weekend classes in sugar artistry, including cooking sugar, pulling and blowing techniques, creating holiday pieces. Classes begin Sept. 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; $600. At Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive. 312-616-6804.

Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Arts, 2240 W. 75th St., Woodridge. More than 50 courses include continental and American cake decorating, fondant, pulled sugar, confections and chocolate and cake assembly. Mini-workshops are offered for adults and children on topics such as cookies,gingerbread and parties. $10-$725. 630-810-2211 or www.wilton.com. For cake decorating locations, 800-942-8881.

CHILDREN
Julie Chernoff, 1837 Asbury Ave., Evanston. Kids Cook! Classes, and children's cooking parties. 847-864-5536.

Global Feast, 2955 W. Eastwood Ave., offers classes for students ages 10-14. Students will learn about the customs, holidays, stories and foods of foreign cultures. Saturdays 1-4 p.m. $25; 3 classes for $65. Call Sophia Iuanow, 773-463-4164, or Leslie Ladd, 708-771-8485.

Kinder Cooks offers classes in your home featuring healthful dishes and specializing in holiday foods. For fees, call Lynn Preis, 773-327-2469.

Schaumburg Park District, Bock Center, 1223 W. Sharon Ln. Classes offered for ages 4 to 12. Upcoming classes include "Mini-Munchies," "Halloween Treats" and "Hey Sports Fans." Prices vary; classes start Sept. 22. 847-490-7020.

NUTRITION AND VEGETARIAN
Dr. Jaya Adiga of Flossmoor demonstrates quick Indian vegetarian dishes, based on therapeutic principles of ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India. Classes are 7-9 p.m. Mondays Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2. $120 for 4 classes. 708-957-0897.

Dr. John La Puma of Cooking, Healthy Eating and Fitness Clinic teaches hands-on classes. Topics include soy, omega-3 fish, whole grains and antioxidant vegetables. Classes take place Wednesday evenings and Saturdays at Elk Grove High School, 500 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village. $95; 847-956-6433; e-mail Info@CHEFClinic.com, or go to www.CHEFClinic.com.

Yash Goyal teaches how to prepare balanced Indian vegetarian meals. Dishes include vegetables and curries, flavored yogurt and salads, rice and Indian breads. $80 for course, $25 for class. 630-375-9464.

New Page Productions, 1919 S. Highland Ave., 325A, Lombard. Deborah Page Johnson, author of "The Feel Good Food Guide," provides private classes to people with sensitivities to wheat, corn, gluten, yeast, eggs, dairy, soy, sugar and nightshades (a family of vegetables). 630-355-7746.

Science of Spirituality Center, 4 S. 175 Naperville Rd., Naperville. Vegetarian cooking classes 2-4 p.m. second Saturday of every month are taught by instructors from various ethnic backgrounds. Free. 630-955-1200.

Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist Vegetarian Lifestyle Cooking School, 7008 S. Michigan Ave., will offer a vegetarian cooking/nutrition class Nov. 5. Session will include demonstration and participation. $8. 773-224-7700.

Mary Summers of Lake Bluff offers vegetarian classes in her home, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal vegetables. Classes meet 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays. 847-295-7419.

Transitions Nutrition Consulting, 707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 190, Northbrook. Dietitian Marla Heller provides customized classes in your home on quick and healthful meals, low-cholesterol menus, food allergies, diabetic menu planning. $85 an hour. For newsletter, 847-509-1540 or www.netRD.com.

Nutritionist Marg Wylie offers consulting services in your home. She will cover diet prescription, grocery store shopping how-tos and preparation. Begins Sept. 11. For fees, 312-951-9035.

SEAFOOD
The Fishguy Market, 4423 N. Elston Ave., holds classes the last Tuesday of each month. Each class is hosted by a Chicago chef and includes wine and food. $75.Call 773-283-8400 or visit www.fishguy.com.

WINE AND SPIRITS
Avondale Armanetti Beverage Mart, 8935 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, offers tastings and food pairings 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Classes are ongoing. $10.847-966-2300.

Cabernet and Co., 434 North Main St., and Cab's Wine Bar Bistro, 430 North Main St., Glen Ellyn, offer ongoing classes, tastings and wine dinners. Fall classes include "How to Tackle a Restaurant Wine List." 630-469-2644 or e-mail Cabcompany@msn.com.

Chicago Wine School, 2001 S. Halsted St., offers single-session and five-week courses on the basics, varietals and great red wines of Italy. Fall lineup for single-sessions includes Spain and Portugal, red zinfandels and French fizz. Single-sessions begin Sept. 15 and cost $55-$60; series begin Sept. 13 and cost $150-$300. 312-266-9463.

Famous Liquors, 105 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, offers food and wine classes. Classes begin mid-September. $15. 630-629-3330.

Dominican Conference Center, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest. Jim Matthews and Woody Mosgers on "Matching Wine with Food," 4 weekly sessions, each matching 5 wines to recipes and cheeses. Begins mid-October. $175 for the series. 708-386-2535.

Norris University Center, Northwestern University, Evanston. Mark Gruber teaches several 5-week classes on wine appreciation. Classes begin Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m.; $75-$80. Information, 847-491-2356; registration, 847-491-2305.

North Shore Wine Education. Tom Hyland teaches wine classes; hosts wine dinners at restaurants; arranges private wine tastings for businesses and homes.773-728-0327.

Tamara Leigh Ross offers Wine Tutors, wine classes in your home or business. 312-644-4858.

Sam's Wines & Spirits, 1720 N. Marcey St., offers weekly wine classes that focus on a region or grape of interest. Cheese seminars and tastings also available. Next class is 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 23; $20. Next tasting is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19; $25 advance/$40 door. 312-664-4394.

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