ON THE PLATE Palisade Executive chef John Howie offers a culinary tour of the Waters of the World in a special menu featuring 30 varieties of fresh seafood, including green-lip mussels with Thai curry ($11), Chilean scallops roasted on the half-shell ($24), Australian crayfish in lobster cream ($36), and smoked Columbia River sturgeon with Russian caviar ($28). Through Nov. 14. Elliott Bay Marina, Magnolia, 285-1000. Ackka Bell A new full-service Japanese restaurant in the heart of Bellevue offers a broad array of lunch and dinner specials, including deep-fried scallops and onions vinaigrette ($5.50), grilled New York steak with two sauces (tangy and sesame, $21), orange-marinated broiled duck ($21), a nine-course prix fixe dinner ($70), and a 30-item sushi menu. 302 108th N.E. (on 2nd Place), Bellevue, 425-637-8998. IN THE GLASS '00 Golddigger chardonnay The first release from a brand-new vintner in Washington's newest wine region, the Okanogan, is attracting favorable notice from connoisseurs. About $16 at specialty wineshops; a '00 pinot noir will be released early in November. Ebenezer Ale Guaranteed to put a benign smile of the face of Scrooge himself, Bridgeport Brewing's seasonal amber bitter is available on tap and in specialty stores through the holidays. About $7 a six-pack. AT THE MARKET The fresh produce season is winding down, but winter crucifers (cabbage, kale, chard, et al.) are in their glory, and squash of all kinds abound. Get to know new varieties—turban, kabocha, delicata—and try sugar-pumpkin for your holiday tart. And may we remind you that the state fruit of Washington is the apple? How long has it been since you whipped up an apple pie? Shame on you! THIS WEEK Oct. 18 Chef Johnathan Sundstrom offers a three-course selection from his earth & ocean menu (including the legendary Mr. Fig Newton) for just $16.95 to benefit FareStart. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at FareStart, 1902 Second; reservations 443-1233 x10. Oct. 20 New wine releases from the Napa Valley are highlighted at this week's tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants: Featured labels include Silverado, Joseph Phelps, St. Supery, and Sterling. 1-4 p.m. at 2700 Fourth S., 682-7374. COMING UP Oct. 28 Sample fine cheeses and wines, then sit down to a four-course menu featuring both in the first "Celebration of Good Taste" banquet of the season at Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie Falls. 5-9 p.m., $95 plus tax and tip, reservations essential: 425-831-6582. Nov. 9 New releases from over 50 premium wineries at Napa in Seattle, to benefit the Pike Market Medical Clinic. Leonesa Ballroom, Elliott Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seventh and Pine. $75 including complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Reservations 728-1687 or www.pikemed.org/napa. Send hot food news and happenings to the Hot Sheet at firstname.lastname@example.org.