Pickled onions from Jarred. Photo from website.

There are a whole bunch of culinary classes coming up, as well as a couple of wine events. If you’re in town for any of these dates, you’re a lucky duck!

On Sunday August 19th, wonder woman and chef Sharon Ardiana of Ragazza and Gialina will be teaching a class on handmade pastas at 18 Reasons.The theme is “North vs. South,” as in Italy, and attendees will learn to make a specialty from each region: cavatelli from Puglia in the south and passatelli from Emilia-Romagna in the north. The class is from 5pm–9pm and costs $125. Tickets can be purchased here.

Throughout July, Liam Mayclem of Eye on the Bay and Foodie Chap will be hosting a preview series for SF Chefs of cooking demonstrations and classes at the Ferry Building every Saturday. Local chefs, including Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji) and Francis Ang (Fifth Floor), will be participating. Details and tickets can be found here.

Also at the Ferry Building, CUESA will be hosting free cooking demonstrations every Saturday at 11am, highlighting seasonal produce. Joanne Weir will be there this Saturday, followed by Jen Musty of Batter Bakery on the 21st.

Struggling to find a cool San Francisco souvenir to take home with you? La Cocina can get you out of this jam with its Pickle Party on Wednesday July 18th. Emiliana Puyana of Jarred will be leading class participants in pickling all sorts of summer vegetables. The class will be 6:30pm–9pm and costs $65. Tickets can be purchased here.

On Sunday July 22nd, Dig Wine Shop in Dogpatch is hosting a tasting of Italian wines from importer Neal Rosenthal. The tasting will consist of seven wines, beginning with a sparkling from Liguria, and moving to whites, lighter reds, and fuller reds. Charcuterie from Fatted Calf and cheese from Cowgirl Creamery will be served as well, so you’ll stay sober enough to enjoy every glass. The tasting will be from 5:30pm–7:30pm. Tickets are $40 per person, and can be purchased by emailing.

1005 Minnesota St. at 22nd St., 415-648-6133.

Also on July 22nd, Broc Cellars in Berkeley will be hosting its fourth annual “Broc-tacular.” It’s an open house that includes four tastes from chef Ian Begg of Txoko, with wine pairings by Broc Cellars. Total cost for food and wine is $20 (yes, you read that right), and you can RSVP on the website or just show up. 1pm–5pm.

805 Camelia St. at 5th St., Berkeley, 415-728-5012.

Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column about the SF dining scene, “the tablehopper.” Subscribe for free at www.tablehopper.com.