OCT. 17 Sample new releases from some premium producers of Oregon pinot noir, including Elk Cove, Bergstrom, Witness Tree, and Lemelson. Free. 5-6:30p.m. at Esquin


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OCT. 17 Sample new releases from some premium producers of Oregon pinot noir, including Elk Cove, Bergstrom, Witness Tree, and Lemelson. Free. 5-6:30p.m. at Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 Fourth Ave. S., SODO. 206-682-7374. Unfiltered regional wines of southern France from the Robert Kacher collection. Free. 5-7p.m. at Seattle Cellars, 2505 Second in BELLTOWN. 206-256-0850. OCT. 18 Ruby, tawny, vintage and blends: Discover the pleasures of port just in time for frosty evenings by the fire. $50 (includes hors d'oeuvres). 7-9p.m. at Culinary Communion, QUEEN ANNE. Reservations 206-284-8687. OCT.19 Halloween means cookies shaped like pumpkins and scary black cats, so Whole Foods Market is hosting a free cookie-making clinic. "Baking For Children" is intended for kids 4 to 10 years old and their patient parents. Bring one apron per kid. Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., ROOSEVELT DISTRICT 206-985-1500. A blind tasting of six variations on the theme cabernet franc, the Bordeaux "blending grape" that's been making waves on its own this side of the Atlantic. $5. 3-6p.m. Fremont Fresh Market, 3601 Fremont Ave. N. in FREMONT. 206-633-3663. OCT. 21 If you can't wait till November for the arrival of Beaujolais nouveau, tide yourself over sampling some of the best of past vintages under the supervision of sommelier Dieter Schafer. $18. 6-7p.m. at Brasserie Margaux, 401 Lenora St. DOWNTOWN. Reservations 425-865-9907. OCT. 23 A five-course fall banquet at Nell's featuring kohlrabi soup, salmon and fennel, venison and squash, and pear tart, all accompanied by lusty wines from McCrea Cellars. $75. 6:15p.m. reception, 7p.m. dinner. 6804 E. Greenlake Way N. in RAVENNA. Reservations 206-524-4044. According to advance reports, Napa Valley cabernet returned to form with the 1999 vintage. Sample some classics and some new producers. $30. 7-9p.m. at Pike & Western Wine merchants, Pike Place at Virginia, PIKE PLACE MARKET, 206-441-1307. The notable wines of Walla Walla pioneer L'Ecole 41 in an educational tasting hosted by Tulio Ristorante wine-steward Michael DeGano. $10 (includes souvenir wineglass). 6:15-7p.m. at Hotel Vintage Park, 1101 Fifth Ave. DOWNTOWN. OCT. 24 & 25 Among food fashionistas, raw is the new black. Caf頁mbrosia caters to the trend with an all-raw-foods vegan banquet featuring both ࠬa carte and two prix-fixe options. Among the dainties: minestrone, stuffed mushrooms, pecan-wild rice loaf, stuffed cabbage, and pear almond torte. $25 three courses, $30 four. 2501 Fairview Ave. E. on EAST LAKE UNION, 206-325-7111. OCT 24-NOV. 24 A dozen ways to savor garlic throughout the meal, from appetizer to dessert at all three Mitchelli Family restaurant all this month. Trattoria Mitchellie, 84 Yesler Way, PIONEER SQUARE, 206-623-3883; Angleina's, 2311 California Ave. S.W., WEST SEATTLE, 206-932-7811; and Stella's, 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., 206-622-1100. OCT. 25 TV chef (and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery culinary director) John Sarich presents a gustatory world tour of dishes gleaned on his travels. A Ste. Michelle wine will be paired with each course. $125. 7p.m. at the Chateau, 14111 N.E. 145th St. in WOODINVILLE, reservations 800-267-6793. Set off by the exceptional wines of Oregon's Argyle Winery, Lisa Dupar and Jonathan Zimmer demonstrate "simple elegance" in holiday entertaining with items like paddlefish caviar-stuffed potato, Bandon cheddar grilled-cheese sandwich with tomato-basil soup, smoked salmon with fried capers, and seared duck with fennel. $45. 7-9p.m. at 17825 N.E. 65th Street, #A140, REDMOND. Reservations 425-881-3250. OCT. 25-NOV.2 If you've never had fresh (never frozen) king crab, you don't know what king crab tastes like. For the first time, Queen Anne and Admiral Thriftway are offering their customers an exclusive shot at the sweet, succulent $24-a-pound real thing. The Bering Sea season lasts just four days (this weekend and next), so act now or plan to wait a year. 1908 Queen Anne Ave. N. on QUEEN ANNE, 206-284-2530; 2320 42nd Ave S.W. in WEST SEATTLE, 206-937-0551. OCT. 26 Make a whirlwind one-day tour to Washington State's newest and most publicized wine region, RED MOUNTAIN. $99 (includes road transport, lunch, and tastings). For further information, call Washington Wine Tours, 206-794-0562. OCT. 26-27 Fruit nuts rejoice! The Western Cascade Fruit Society is presenting its autumnal fruit show at Magnuson Park, and according to local fruit maven Marlene Falkenbury, it should be plum dandy. Highlights will include a hard cider tasting, organic pest control demos, and fruits of all sizes, shapes, and colors. No seed-spitting contest, unfortunately. $5. 7400 Sandpoint Way N.E. in MAGNUSON PARK, 206-522-2273. OCT. 27 Il Banchetto presents a gustatory tour of the foods of Emila Romagna, home of Italy's classic cuisine. Nibble appetizers of cured meats and grilled pear and pecorino and honey, get down to business with a choice of squash ravioli or tagliatelle Bolognese, on to chicken stuffed with pancetta and rosemary with braised escarole, end with gelato. Uffda. $75. 7-10p.m. at Ristorante Salvatore, 6100 Roosevelt Way N.E. in the ROOSEVELT DISTRICT, reservations 206-522-5260. Admire Snoqualmie Falls, recollect favorite scenes from Twin Peaks shot here, then learn all about cheese from experts and sit down to a six-course meal featuring the items you've just studied. $85. Salish Lodge & Spa, 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E. in SNOQUALMIE. Reservations 1-800-272-5474. OCT. 30 Bring a costumed bottle of merlot to the Wine Brats Halloween party and it (well, you, really) might win a prize. There'll be scary movies, pizza, and real drinks (for real money). $27 advance, $30 at door. 6:30-11p.m. at The Big Picture, 2505 First Ave. in BELLTOWN. Reservations www.winebrats.org Six courses selected from Gavin Stephenson's Georgian Room menu accompany five fine Oregon pinots blanc, gris, and noir (plus one shot of Dow's Tawny Port with the peach pop-tart with banana-ice dessert). $95 (includes valet parking). 6:30-10p.m. at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., DOWNTOWN. Reservations 206-621-1700, x3169. NOV. 3 Beginning this Sunday, you can Brunch sumptuously at McCormick & Schmick's before each Hawks home game: Try French toast ($8.75), shrimp frittata ($7.90), New York striploin and eggs ($15.80), and a baker's dozen other entrees, salads, and sandwiches. Go ahead, pour it on; you'll walk it off on your way down to Seahawks Stadium. 1103 First Ave., reservations 206-623-5500. Menu also available at McCormick's, 722 Fourth, 206-682-3900. DOWNTOWN NOV. 7 Lovers of fine French wines and tender steak finger sandwiches: Unite at Morton's of Chicago's First Thursday wine tasting. Try a 2000 Cahors Matayac, an Alsace Jean Urdelupsen of the same year, a 1999 Languedoc Lurton pinot noir, and don't forget the sandwiches, grilled by executive chef Gary Borneman. Then totter down to the galleries. Free. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550. DOWNTOWN

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