Forgive the stereotype, but if you are searching for a ‘great guy gift’, Ruth’s barbecue class is your answer. And for 2013 the bonus is that you also get to enjoy Ruth’s own home and garden. We are going hands-on, so the lucky recipient will get to wield tongs and work the wood-fired pizza oven while getting practical guidance from Ruth and her team. Learn what to do and (possibly even more importantly) what not do when in charge of the traditional summer barbecue. With an Italian theme, the beef centre piece will be seared and slightly smoky on the outside and beautifully succulent inside. Everyone should know how to do this. And because barbecues are not only about meat, accompanying fresh starters, vegetables and salads are given equal attention. As a special treat, you will get to try Ruth’s famous Isle of Capri tomatoes, with their unusual shape and densely texture. As always, something sweetly delectable will finish your barbecue education. If only all learning experiences were as much fun as this. Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, Sunday 17 February 2013, Sunday 3 March and Saturday 16 March 2013. 10am - 4pm.