Cooking school open house
What: An open house will afford the chance to taste local wines and artisan products and to watch as recipes are prepared by the chef.
When: 6-7 p.m. Jan. 6
Where: Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, 1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento
Information: (916) 455-2667; www.sacfoodcoop.com
Sustainable Food and Farm Conference
What: Registration is underway for Nevada County's 4th annual conference to focus on local food through feature lectures, workshops and an exhibition.
When: Jan. 18-19
Where: Grass Valley Veterans Hall and Grass Valley Charter School
What: Live appearance by British celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who gained notoriety on a variety of Food Network shows.
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 14 ; doors open at 7
Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento
Information: (916) 442-5189; www.thecrest.com
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