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 Ayesha D'Mello, 305-254-0693 or The Goa native teaches Indian cooking in her Pinecrest home 11 a.m.-2 p.m. most Saturdays ($75, including lunch); private classes also available.

 Bloomingdale's, Aventura Mall, 19555 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-792-1000, ext. 1266; The Falls Shopping Center, 8778 SW 136th St. Miami, 305-252-6300, ext. 6230. Kitchen departments at both stores offer free demos with local chefs, 1-2 p.m. Saturdays, weekly in Aventura, monthly at The Falls.

 Chef Aliza's, 8441 SW 132nd St., Pinecrest; 305-234-9002, Evening adult classes ($50), ''Mommy and Me'' kids classes ($45), plus parties.

 Chef Allen's, 19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura; 305-935-2900, ''The Serious Cook'' allows students to work in the restaurant kitchen with chef Allen Susser and staff; by appointment, usually 3 to 8 p.m. ($195). Customized group classes also available.

 Eleanor Hoh, 305-865-9297; Hong Kong-born chef teaches three-hour, afternoon and evening stir-fry workshops ($65 and up) at galleries, design showrooms and wine shops in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; appetizer and three dishes are demonstrated and served with wine pairings.

 Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651, ext. 3322; (click Education, Adult Programs, then Continuing Education): Three-hour afternoon and evening classes on a range of topics; next class ''Holiday Pies and Tarts'' Wednesday (garden members $35-$50, others $55-$75).

 Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami, 305-919-4500: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a few weekly, noncredit, semester-long classes on such topics as Caribbean cooking and international cuisine ($299 plus university fees for Florida residents). Must first enroll by calling 305-919-4521.

 Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; 305-247-5727, Seasonal classes on Asian cuisines, tropical fruits and more. Typically 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays ($25).

 Johnson & Wales University, 1701 NE 127th St., North Miami; 305-913-2108: Saturday morning and Wednesday and Friday evening Chef's Choice classes offered October-April ($75-$101.65). Schedule and registration at (click Continuing & Adult Education).

 La Cuisine Gourmet, 50 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-9006; High-end appliance store hosts an evening Celebrity Chef Demo Series ($50-$75); registration required.

 Macy's, Aventura Mall, 19535 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-682-3352; Dadeland Mall, 7675 North Kendall Dr., Miami, 305-662-3350. Kitchen departments at both stores offer free, weekly demo classes with local chefs 1-3 p.m. Saturdays.

 Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St., Room 3129, Miami; 305-237-2612; (select Cooking Classes from the pull-down menu): Noncredit one- to four-session weekday, evening and Saturday classes on such topics as basic cooking skills (in English and Spanish), cheesemaking, fondant making, cake decoration and French cuisine ($39-$205).

 Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Room 1260, Miami, 305-237-3120; (click Wolfson's Kitchen): Noncredit one- to four-session weeknight classes (some in Spanish) on such topics as vegetarian cookery and French and Italian cuisine ($55-$205).

 North One 10, 11052 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-893-4211, Biweekly classes noon-3 p.m. Saturday with chef-owner Dewey LoSasso include three-course lunch with wine ($95). Next session Oct. 18.

 Ortanique on the Mile, 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-446-7710: Chef-owner Cindy Hutson teaches students to cook a three-course meal with wine pairings one Saturday per month for two hours ($85-$95).

 Prana Health Food and Vegetarian Restaurant, 7293 NW 36th St., Miami, 305-594-6966: Intensive vegetarian classes in Spanish (translation available) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. some Sundays ($85).

 Sushi Samba Dromo, 600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-673-5337; (click Happenings, then Miami Beach): Occasional sushi-rolling and sake-pairing classes ($75).

 Thai Luna Sol, 2900 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, 305-484-0656 or Thai dinner classes 6-9 p.m. Saturdays for groups of 10 ($50 per person); private classes also available.

 Théine, 119 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables, 305-774-0228; Occasional cooking classes and tea lectures.

 Two Chefs, 8287 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami; 305-663-2100: Chef-owner Jan Jorgensen leads frequent 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday classes ending in lunch with wine ($75-$150); groups of 10 or more can arrange private sessions.

 University of Miami, Wellness Center, 1241 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables, 305-284-5433: Occasional cooking classes, including vegetarian dishes ($25).

 Williams-Sonoma, Merrick Park, 350 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-9421: Occasional two-hour classes with guest chefs ($65).


 Café Maxx, 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-782-0606, Cooking demos 5:30-7 p.m. on occasional Thursdays with chef Oliver Saucy, often with a sommelier who discusses wine pairings, followed by a sit-down dinner and wine tasting ($65).

 Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School, 1436 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-563-2700, Two- and four-hour weeknight and Saturday morning classes with Jean-Pierre Brehier and guest chefs ($65-$325).

 Le Bistro Restaurant, 4626 N. Federal Hwy., Lighthouse Point, 954-946-9240; Three-hour Saturday afternoon classes with chef-owner Andy Trousdale ($50).

 Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School, 228 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; 954-491-2340, The caterer and former restaurateur leads ''Girls Night Out,'' ''Boy's Night Out'' plus grilling, seafood and other classes for 10 to 12 students ($45-$55).

 Primavera Restaurant, 830 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park; 954-564-6363, Occasional demonstration-style, lunchtime classes with wine pairings by chef-owner Giacomo Dresseno ($40); private sessions available for groups of 10 or more.

 3030 Ocean Restaurant at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-3129, Occasional three-course lunch classes and wine or cocktail pairings with chef Dean James Max ($60).