Here’s what’s cooking in the world of food and drink over the next week.

In the Kitchen with Chez Pim: Thai Curries
5-8pm Oct. 22, Love Apple Farm, 2317 Vine Hill Road, Santa Cruz
Learn how to make Thai curry from scratch from the inimitable Pim Techamuanvivit, the woman behind Chez From shopping for spices, learning how to tell good store bough paste from the bad ones and where to find what you need to make the best pot of curry. the Bangkok native will also pair wines with a variety of curries. At the end, you will be able to enjoy the delicious curries made in class.

Chris Schloss at William Sonoma Los Gatos
1-2:30pm Oct. 23, 122 N. Santa Cruz Ave.,  Los Gatos
Executive Chef Chris Schloss of Cin-Cin Restaurant Wine Bar is giving a free cooking techniques class at William Sonoma Los Gatos just in time for holiday cooking. Learn from a pro how to enhance your holiday meals with a few tips from this local chef. Space is limited so please call William Sonoma Los Gatos to reserve your spot.

‘Bay for Gulf’ Fundraiser Gala
3-6pm Oct. 24 Madera Restaurant, 2825 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park
The Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill may be out of the headlines, but for residents of the Gulf Coast, the devastation wrought by the disaster is still with them. For many fishermen, their way of life is over. Guillaume Bienaime, executive chef of Marché in Menlo Park, has spearheaded a fundraising dinner Oct. 24 aimed at supporting the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico and wetlands along the southern U.S. coast. He has teamed up with several top restaurants and winemakers for a one-of-a-kind event at Menlo Park’s Madera restaurant. Proceeds will go to the Save Our Gulf fund of the Waterkeeper Alliance to support the seven Waterkeeper organizations of the Gulf Coast. Tickets are $150. 

A French Experience at Restaurant James Randall
6-9pm Oct 26, James Randall, 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Enjoy a fabulous five-course meal at Restaurant James Randall with each dish paired with a French wine representing five different French regions.

Epicurian Food and Wine Pairing Adventure
6:30pm Oct.27, Chef Chu’s, 1067 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos
This eight-course dinner will feature several of Chef Chu’s signature dishes, plus other dishes developed especially for this event. Christine Tran, Artisan Wine Depot’s Certified Sommelier, has selected the perfect wines for this menu and will be describing the pairing principles for each dish. Chef Chu will also be on site to describe each dish and to sign his cookbook “Celebrating Your Place at Our Table.”