Everyone who has demanded a designated driver veer into the Taco Bell drive-through line at 2 a.m. knows that beer can enhance the flavor of food. But being drunk before you taste something isn't the only way it works. Learn hands-on that using beer as an ingredient can turn a boring slab of meat into delicious porter-braised brisket, elevate cheese soup and make blackened fish even more exciting. And with bread pudding with bock ice cream on the agenda, beer can even its way to the dessert menu. Expect to hear plenty of jokes on the order of "I love cooking with beer; sometimes I even put it in the food!" at Cooking With Beer 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Lane. Cost is $55. Sign up or get more information at 214-361-5754 or centralmarket.com.
Wed., Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., 2011