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We all feel like food experts. We've been eating it as long as we've been alive, and obviously, we're right and everybody else is wrong.

But that doesn't mean that there isn't always more to learn, and Lucca has put together a series of food seminars to help you be a more educated eater.

Here are the events:

  • Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. - Rodney ‘Burger Junkie’ Blackwell – the founder of the Sacramento Burger Battle and creator of the blog, "Burger Junkies." He has built a lifestyle traveling around the world, experiencing & rating hundreds of burgers. His topics may include: the best burger preparation techniques, home recipes, what’s new in the burger scene and even Instagram tips.
  • Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. - Debbie Cunningham – a contributing photographer for Sacramento Magazine & Edible Sacramento who specializes in food & restaurant photography. She has worked with countless top restaurants and been published in numerous other venues. Her topics may include: how to take the best food pictures, composition lighting and editing -- all ranging from using a professional camera to a mobile phone.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. - Catherine ‘Ms. Munchie’ Enfield – the creator of the Sacramento Food Film Festival; Have an Offal Day; her blog, Munchie Musings; and the owner of SacFoodTrucks.net. Her topics may include: upcoming trends & predictions of the culinary industry and food trucks, tips for amateur food bloggers and community involvement of local food bloggers.
  • Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. - Mike Dunne – the writer of a weekly wine column for The Sacramento Bee and The Bee’s former food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic. His topics may include: tasting, pairing and writing about wine; as well as touching on observations and predictions of the California wine scene.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. - Hank Shaw – the creator of the blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook; author of the books, Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, and Duck, Duck Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domesticated; and an award-winner from both the James Beard Foundation & the International Association of Culinary Professionals. His topics may include: innovative & unique methods of preparing seafood, wild game and sausage.


Each class is 2 hours long and cost $30, including cuisine related to the topic. In addition, each seminar is capped at 50 people so you get the type of experience you're paying for.

For more information, visit http://food101.brownpapertickets.com/.

Lucca is located at 1615 J Street and can be found online at http://www.luccarestaurant.com/.

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