The Dish January 13 2001

Experience the tastes of Italy at Il Fornaio's Festa Regionale, featuring an authentic menu from one of Italy's 20 regions each month, including Trentino-Alto Adige, Piemonte, Tuscany, Umbria and others. 700 Ashwood Pkwy. 678-579-0000.
Margie's Pantry in Oakhurst presents cooking classes beginning Jan. 16. The six-week course will teach basic skills in appetizers, fish and game, meats and poultry, soups, sauces and desserts. $240 for 18 hours of instruction. 404-377-3818.
Learn to bake like a pro with the Art Institute's baking and pastry certificate program, a six-week program providing students with a foundation in bread baking, pastries and desserts. Saturday classes begin Jan. 20. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register by Jan. 11. $850. The institute also offers non-credit participation classes in Low Country cuisine Jan. 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $85. 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. 770-394-8300 ext. 2420.
Learn all you ever wanted to know about fish with Marla and Kelly from Babette's Cafe at the Cook's Warehouse class on Jan. 15. 7-9 p.m. $35. 549-I Amsterdam Ave. 404-815-4993.
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High school seniors nationwide have the opportunity to compete for $29,000 in scholarship money during the Art Institute's National Culinary Scholarship Cook-Off Competition held in April and May. Students must submit a two-course meal menu, recipes and cost analysis, an essay on why they want to enter the culinary profession, a resume and letters of recommendations by Feb. 9. The top 10 submissions will be invited to a regional cook-off competition in March. 770-394-8300. www.artinstitutes.edu.
The teaching dining room of the culinary arts program at the Art Institute of Atlanta features a new five-course dinner menu of traditional French cuisine as well as lighter lunch fare prepared by students under the direction of chef instructors each week. Dinner is served Wed.-Fri. at 7 p.m. Lunch is Thurs. at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17-March 12. Reservations required. 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. 770-394-8300 ext. 2111.
Cosi, the flossy fusion entry from Harvest, which also failed to draw a Decatur audience as Cosecha, returns soon as Eurasia Bistro.

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