ON THE PLATE Bistro Pleasant Beach It's a brisk walk from the Winslow ferry terminal, where Hussein Ramadan's menu seasons traditional Mediterranean specialties with a hint of North African spice. For openers try the buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes, greens, and a drizzle of balsamic jus ($5.65) or the ginger-garlic lamb served satay-style with a Mideast curry-peanut sauce ($6.95). Dinners include a lamb sausage, eggplant, and feta pizza ($11.95) and apple-smoked boneless chicken with a honey-pepper glaze ($14.50). 241 Winslow Way W., Bainbridge Island, 842-4347. Eva Imagination illuminates the winter menu, with starters like beef borscht dabbed with horseradish cr譥 frae ($6), blue cheese flan with pear relish ($6), and a chanterelle-stuffed lasagne with caramelized onions and ch趲e ($12). Main dishes include pumpkin polenta-stuffed quail in cider brown butter ($18), Rioja-braised veal shank with butternut squash spaetzle ($19), or roasted venison with a potato-chestnut pancake and huckleberry sauce ($23). Make sure to leave room for Amy McCray's dynamite desserts. 2227 N. 56th, 633-3538. IN THE GLASS Hogue '00 cabernet-merlot An agreeable, full-bodied ready-to-drink red at a very agreeable price ($10), now for sale at all quality wine outlets. For those who insist on straight merlot, Hogue's got your number, too: The new $10 Columbia Valley bottling is light but intensely flavored. Elysian Brewing Co. Bifrost Ale Your last chance to pick up a few bottles of this potent, hoppy seasonal pale ale, named after the bridge taken by scrappy heroes to the Norse Paradise. (I.D. required, but no prescription.) About $3.50 per 22-ounce bottle, in well-stocked beverage cases while supplies last. THIS WEEK Jan. 7-10 Beat New York's Beard House foodies to the gustatory punch—this week only, Andaluca chef Wayne Johnson previews the four-course banquet he plans to serve there Jan. 14. After a round of taste-teaser tapas items, dine on lamb, crab, and duck appetizers; winter pear and Stilton salad; blue cheese-crusted beef tenderloin paired with salmon wrapped in grape leaves; and liquid chocolate cake for dessert. $45 plus tax and tip, paired wines extra. 407 Olive (in the Mayflower Park Hotel), 382-6999. COMING UP Jan. 17 FareStart kicks off its 2002 guest-chef lineup with McCormick & Schmick's Chamichael Robinson offering a bay scallop and spinach salad, seared trout with an apple-bacon beurre blanc (stuffed portobello mushroom for vegetarians), and chocolate brioche bread pudding. Yum. $16.95 plus tax, tip, and drinks. 1902 Second, 443-1233, ext. 10. Jan. 20 An innovative mix of book-signing, buffet, and wine-tasting pairs Best Places Seattle Cookbook authors Cynthia Nims and Kathy Casey, finger-food by Waterfront's Vicky McCaffree, and an educational sample of wine varieties from round the world. $29.95. 2-5 p.m., 2801 Alaskan Way (Pier 70), 956-8090. New menu, beverage, or food and/or drink event? E-mail the Hot Sheet at email@example.com.