Cherry Tomato by LC Neil• Knife Skills at The Brooklyn Kitchen: Chef Brendan McDermott will show proper knife techniques and philosophies in this hands-on class. He will cover proper finger placement, knife control, sharpening and honing will be addressed. Students will get to see how to chop, mince, dice and julienne. Class will be held at 6:30 p.m. on 8/7, $25. • Cook with Mark Bittman at Zabar's: We love the Minimalist's food ideas. Spending two days with him -- browsing the greenmarket, gossiping through brunch, learning about the best groceries in Chinatown -- would be dreamy. At $895 for one day, $1700 for two, the classes are a little too steep for us, but if you're going to attend, please the rest of us know how it goes. Classes will be held on September 8 and 9. • Peach Cobbler at Panhandler: Broadway Panhandler invites shoppers to join them in celebration of National Peach Month with some peach cobble and fresh whipped cream. They'll be serving up this treat and taking your questions about cooking with peaches from 2-5 p.m. on August 9. • A Silver Palate Picnic at the Strand: The Silver Palate Cookbook was first published in 1982, offering stylish but easy recipes that helped to inspire interest in quality cooking. At 7 p.m. on August 16, Sheila Lukins will host a picnic at the Stand to celebrate the 25th Anniversary edition of the book.