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Thursday, April 2: Francophiles will get to enjoy "A Night in France" inside Speisen European Cuisine with French eats, wine and culture. Austin-based chanteuse Julie Slim will sing tunes alone with pianist Shawn Ellison. No cover, 7-10pm, 7115 Blanco Road, Suite 110, (210) 541-8911, speisens.com.
Saturday, April 4: Learn how to spice up your palate using aromatic blends. The Central Market Cooking School hosts this "Spice Trail" hands-on class where you'll make bruschetta with Spanish chorizo, shrimp, tomato and spicy harissa; roasted carrot soup with Egyptian Dukkah and yogurt; crispy berbere (a spicy Ethiopian blend) chicken with lentils; and ras el hanout, spiced popcorn with chocolate. $60, 11am-1:30pm, 4821 Broadway, (210) 368-8617, centralmarket.com.
Saturday, April 4: The tasting room at Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling is open for all to purchase beer and whiskey brewed right here in San Antonio. Try their take on the Moscow Mule or their frozen margarita, which combines a few secret ingredients with the distillery's .36 white whiskey. No cover, prices vary, 5-9pm, 4834 Whirlwind Drive, (210) 775-2099, drinkrangercreek.com.
Saturday, April 4: If you're into beards or just a fan of the fuzzy follicles, you'll want to stop by 502 Bar as they host the fourth annual Alamo Beard Club Beardcon. This year's comic con theme facial hair competition will feature 10 unique categories including full beard over six inches, full beard under six inches, full beard with styled 'stache, partial beard, best groomed, natural mustache, styled mustache, military mustache, ladies creative beard and freestyle beard. $5 for spectators, $15 to compete, 7pm-2am, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, facebook.com/alamobeard.club.1.
Sunday, April 5: It's time for veggies to take the spotlight. San Anto's first-ever vegetarian chili cook-off will be held inside the Movement Library on Easter Sunday. Stop in and taste offerings from nine chefs including Rebel Mariposa of Rebel Eats Catering, Nadia Casaperalta of Hot Joy and David Arciniega of Amaya's Tacos & Bakery. $3, 3pm, 1412 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-2666.
Tuesday, April 7: Fiesta's almost here! Cornyation's Court of Cracked Crowns and Tarnished Reputations will unveil its latest King Anchovy — Esquire Tavern owner Chris Hill — at The Friendly Spot. Visit with former anchovies, take in the festivities and enjoy food from El Mirador, Feast, Cured and the Court of Kitchen Queens and Front of the House Divas. $25, 5:30pm, 943 S. Alamo, (210) 224-2337, fiestacornyation.org.
Tuesday, April 7: Do your chopping skills need work? Are you using the wrong knife? How does one julienne vegetables correctly? Hone your knife skills by learning the fundamentals cuts as well as how to keep your knives sharp and ready to go. $59, 6:30-8:30pm, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., #19120, (800) 243-0852, surlatable.com.
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