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Mountain Cooking Club in Waynesville

Chef Ricardo Fernandez will be hosting a Mountain Cooking Club class from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. 

Fernandez was the former co-owner/head chef of Lomo Grill. The classes celebrate local ingredients and seasonal fare. His classes combine his native Argentine cuisine with influences from Spain and Italy, the home of his parents. 

The menu for this class will include a parsnips, ginger, coconut and chili pepper soup; chicken rollatini with prosciutto, spinach, asiago cheese, and more; and a double chocolate Belgium bourbon espresso crème brulee.

Class fee is $65 plus a $1 Mountain Cooking Club 2016 membership fee. To reserve your space, mail a check (payable to Ricardo Fernandez) to Suzanne Fernandez at 3553 Panther Creek Road, Clyde, N.C., 28721. Reservations confirmed upon receipt of payment.

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Celebrate Robert Burns, Scottish heritage 

The “Robert Burns Dinner” will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Tartan Hall at the Franklin Presbyterian Church. 

Burns, the national poet of Scotland, is the only poet or musician that has a worldwide celebration. It is on or near his birthday, Jan. 25. He is also known as the Ploughman’s Poet.

Burns was a farmer, but not a very productive one. His poems and songs were noted for preserving the Gaelic language and the passion he had for the everyday beauty and life of the common folk. He overturned a field mouse’s home one day. He was so affected by this, that he wrote “To a Mouse.” 

From intimate groups gathered in a pub to larger more formal celebrations, toasts are raised to Burns. The dinner has become a tradition in Franklin. The event will include the calling of the clans, presentation of the haggis, recitation of “Ode to the Haggis,” poetry and songs of Burns, singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a five-course dinner and live music.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children under age 12. Advance tickets are now on sale at the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin.




• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. $5 per person. www.papouswineshop.com or 828.586.6300.

• A free wine tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. www.waynesvillewine.com or 828.452.0120.

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host a wine tasting on Wednesdays and a craft beer tasting on Thursdays. Both events run from 4 to 8 p.m. There will also be tapas from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. www.classicwineseller.com. 

• Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online. www.countrytraditionsnc.com.

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