Food & dining

Good learning and tasty eats

Ana Sortun, of Oleana
Wendy Maeda/Globe staff/file 2005
Ana Sortun, of Oleana

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is cooking up some great classes in honor of its 80th anniversary. The Center, which offers about 1,800 classes each year, has added a new cooking series led by well-known area chefs who will whip up special seasonal dishes. First up is Chef Tony Maws, of Craigie on Main and The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, who will make tasty squash dishes (Nov. 7); Chef James Salomone of Parsnip will teach how to make fresh pastas (Nov. 14); and Chef Michael Pagliarini of Benedetto and Giulia will feature New England seafood (Dec. 5). For winter 2019, the lineup is: Chef Lydia Shire of Scampo, who will focus on pork dishes (Jan. 30); Chef Ana Sortun, of Oleana, Sarma, and Sofra Bakery and Cafe, will teach about the importance of spices (Feb. 27); and Chef Susan Regis, formerly of Shepard, will cook a lovely spring dinner menu (March 27). Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. ($120 per class) at the Center’s new teaching kitchen in its 56 Brattle St. building. All classes will be both instructional and hands-on; sign up now as they will fill up fast.

Celebrity Chef MasterClass series
is available at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge (CCAE’s main office is at 42 Brattle St.); 617-547-6789;