Take a field trip to Whole Foods with chef Loren Lawe from the Langham Huntington and learn new ways to make the most of your whole paycheck. Collect shopping tips from the chef as he winds his way through the two-story market and then follow him back to the Langham for two hours of hands-on cooking and demonstrations. Perhaps Michael Voltaggio and his brother will show up to stage a quickfire challenge. Pumpkin pâté? No. Stick around for a three-course lunch with wine pairings and leave with a handful of Lawe's recipes and a Cooking with the Masters apron to spice up your kitchen life.

Langham Huntington Pasadena: 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena. Holiday cooking class: Oct 17, $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (626) 568-3900.

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