• Want to learn more about dim sum? Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant, 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., is hosting a guided lunch at 11 a.m. Sunday. Try traditional dim sum dishes like dumplings, buns, rolls and pastries; an instructor will be on hand to help you order and answer questions. $15. dimsum101.eventbrite.com • Local companies Sticky
Toffee Pudding Co. and Fischer & Wieser Specialty
Foods both won gold at the Fancy Food Show in New York City a few weeks ago. The event, hosted by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, is one of the largest trade shows in the industry. Sticky Toffee Pudding won outstanding baked good, and Fischer & Wieser’s Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce won in the classic category.
• Texas Disposal Systems is hosting a fundraiser at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the company’s Exotic Game Ranch, 11508 Carl Road in Creedmoor, for the Barr Man
sion to help raise funds to rebuild the facility’s artisan ballroom, destroyed in a fire last month. Guests who donated at least $40 can sample food and drinks from local chefs and food artisans. RSVP through the Facebook group, which can be found by searching “Friends of Barr Mansion.” Make donations and find more information online at www. farmhousedelivery.com or www.barrmansion.com.
• Change is afoot out in the winery in Driftwood formerly known as Mandola Estate. Founders Lisa and Stan Duchman have taken over the winery half, leaving Damian Mandola ownership of the restaurant, Trattoria Lisina. The winery is now called Duchman Family
Winery and will continue to operate under the watchful eye of winemakers Dave Reilly and Mark Penna.
• The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is hosting a contemporary wine trends class with wine expert and Mirabelle and Streat owner Michael Vilim. The class ($25 for foundation members or $35 for nonmembers), which takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Streat, 3211 Red River St., will feature 10 wines and a variety of appetizers. www. winefoodfoundation.org. • Chef Bob Hauser of
Cannoli Joe’s is offering monthly cooking classes at the locally owned Italian restaurant in Sunset Valley. Risottos are the subject of tonight’s class from 6:30 to 8:30. Hauser will demonstrate how to make three different kinds of risottos as class participants enjoy a meal that includes salad, dessert and wine pairings. The next class is Aug. 11. Reserve a seat by calling 892-4444 or going online. www.cannolijoes.com
• Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts is hosting two Bastille Day events this week. Ventana Restaurant, the school’s on-site restaurant, will featured a fourcourse prix fixe French menu for both lunch and dinner for $17.89 (the year of the storming of the Bastille, for you non-Francophiles). Call 388-3850 for reservations. Get a primer on French cooking techniques from chef Graham Mitchell from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in a class called ‘A Celebration of French Cuisine.’ Go to www.lcbchefs series.com to register.