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BIRMINGHAM (Sept. 23, 2011) - Photostylist and Personal Cook Rose Nguyen will be leading a special "Cooking for Kids" class on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-5 p.m. at the home of Patricia Diak and John Goodman (3520 Redmont Road).

Internationally-renowned sculptor Frank Fleming will be the guest of honor as participants hone their baking skills and enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the area's most beautiful private residences. The class is $50 and reservations may be made by contacting Nguyen at 205-267-8214 or by email at .  Advance reservations are required. The menu includes a southern menu with a twist- pickled shrimp, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, succotash and warm grilled eggplant salad with a collection of pies for dessert, all beautifully arranged by Nguyen, coordinator of The Rose Bowl, a popular local dinner co-op.

The event benefits the Family Clinic at Children's of Alabama, a weekly clinic offering specialized medical and psychosocial care to infants, children, adolescents and women from across the state affected by HIV/AIDS. Many of the clinic's patients live in rural Alabama have few resources. Haskell Slaughter is a sponsor of the event.

Diak and Goodman are hosting the event to draw attention to an often overlooked medical population.

"We are pleased to be able to host this fun event to help children living with HIV," Diak said. "What could be better than spending an afternoon with Frank Fleming learning to make perfect pies and enjoying Rose's fabulous food? And obviously it couldn't be for a more worthy cause."

Children's of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions - pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology-were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children's Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children's is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit, or

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