Cooking class: During the Master Chefs Cooking Series, Atlanta native Eli Kirshtein, partner and executive chef of the Luminary, a French-American brasserie at Krog Street Market, and a former contestant on "Top Chef," will prepare winter vegan dishes and offer cooking tips and sage advice to turn a simple dish into a masterpiece. The culinary class will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Tickets are $50-$65 and advance registration is required. Information: 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4002, www.atlantajcc.org.
Of note: Diane Starkovich, Ph.D., superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, will receive the 2017 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence. Nominated by a principal at one of the archdiocesan high schools, Starkovich was chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations dedicated to the nation's Catholic schools. She will be recognized during the annual NCEA 2017 Convention and Expo that will take place April 18-20 in St. Louis, Mo.