If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get more comfortable in the kitchen, 2006 yields the perfect opportunity to learn from seasoned and accomplished professionals like chef and cookbook author Jody Adams at her Winter Cooking Class Series at Rialto. Sign up for upcoming classes focusing on the flavors and techniques from three regions of Italy – Piedmont on Saturday, January 21st, Emilia Romagna on Saturday, February 18th and Tuscany on Saturday, March 18th. The menu from Piedmont includes winter salad with chanterelles, chestnuts, pomegranates and goose confit; risotto with red wine, fonduta and truffles; and whole roasted veal shank with cardoons and bagna cauda. Each class runs from 11:00am until 2:00pm and costs $100 per person. Call Rialto at 617.661.5050 to save your spot or pick one up as a present for an ambitious amateur chef.