With the anticipation of Navin R. Johnson waiting for his phone book, I am awaiting the release of the fall schedule of cooking classes at Whole Foods' Salud demonstration kitchen in Green Hills. In the meantime, there's a handful of classes left on the summer calendar.
If you think chicken is so bland it may as well be tofu with feathers, join Cindy Chambers for a lesson in goosing the bird. Her two-hour course will cover the basics of marinating, grilling, baking and sauteing chicken and will provide easy recipes to banish your poultry blues. The class is 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 and costs $40.
Or wipe grilling, baking and sauteing from your vocabulary for a night of Raw Foods Bliss. Nashville's Mistress of the Undercooked, Laura Button, will unleash her raw talent on a selection of chili, cucumber salad, melon juice and fruity sorbet. The class is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and costs $30.
If raw food is a little parsimonious for your palate, indulge in a girls' night out with a hands-on class featuring Mediterranean cuisine. Cindy Chambers will lead you through a menu of Moroccan phyllo cups with almonds, raisins, carrots and chicken; artichoke salad; grilled sea bass with capers, tomatoes and saffron rice; and lemon panna cotta with macerated berries. The $60 class is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 28.
If you thought croissants and bear claws grew on trees, Breakfast Baking is for you. Merijoy Lantz Rucker will lead you through the floury fine points of scones, muffins, sticky buns, streusel and coffee cake. The $50 class is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 and includes lunch.
Salud Cooking School is located upstairs in the Whole Foods Market at 4021 Hillsboro Pike. Register online or call 440-5100.