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THIS WEEK OCT. 23 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-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 Mitchelli, 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-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 A souvenir three-ounce glass and unlimited sample sips of handcrafted beers from 50 brewers at this year's Washington Cask Beer Festival. $30 advance, $35 day of event. Two sessions (separate admission), noon-4p.m. and 6-10p.m. at the Alki Room, northwest corner of Seattle Center. Advance purchase tickets www.washingtonbrewfest.org 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. 28-NOV. 1 Hurricanes, voodoo priestesses, and a whole mess o' crawfish are on the menu at the sixth annual Crawfish Festival at McCormick's Fish House & Bar. On Halloween, dress as your favorite N'Orleans stock character and receive a gift certificate. Friday's finale features a crawfish-eating contest and free cake for everyone. The Big Easy never looked easier. Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street, DOWNTOWN. 425-837-9305. OCT. 29 Talk about your upscale happy hour! Three aromatic snifters of R魹 Martin cognac, two cigars, and an appetizing el Gaucho buffet. $39.95. 5:30-7:30p.m. at 2505 First Ave. in BELLTOWN. Reservations 206-728-1337. OCT. 30 Sip six wines from the current list of W.B. Bridgeman Winery accompanied by fine canap鳠designed by chef Ludger. $38. 6-7:30p.m. at Szmania's Eastside, 148 Lake St. S. in KIRKLAND. Reservations 425-803-3310. COMING UP NOV. 2 Watch master wine-blender Mark Newton assemble a prize-winning DiStefano meritage before your eyes, then dine in the candle-lit cellar on dainties from Lowell-Hunt Catering. $85. 12280 Woodinville Dr. N.E. in WOODINVILLE. Reservations 425-487-1648. NB: Banquet will be repeated Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. NOV. 3 Beginning today, you can brunch sumptuously at McCormick & Schmick's before each Sunday 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. 4 Remember that scene in Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts goes to a fancy restaurant and feels completely clueless? Here's your chance to escape that out-of-place feeling and become truly refined in the process. Geneva Restaurant and online food guru Dieter Schafer team to serve an six-course dinner with Washington wines and a serious lesson in fine dining etiquette. $68. 1106 Eighth Ave., 206-624-2222. DOWNTOWN NOV. 6 Raw fish for a good cause: the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce has brought together six area restaurants to create edible art at the 2002 Sushi and Sake Fest. A benefit for the Puget Sound Blood Center's Rare Donor Program. $50. Elliott Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine St., 206-320-1010. DOWNTOWN Once every month Kaspar Donier creates a special four-course menu to complement wines selected by his sommelier (and brother) Markus. $50. All evening at Kaspar's, 19 W. Harrison St. on LOWER QUEEN ANNE. Reservations 206-298-0123. NOV. 7 Lovers of art, fine French wine, and tender steak 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 Five courses including steelhead, boar, and caribou are accompanied by four wines in the 11th annual fall wild game feast at Szmania's. $75 (tax and tip included). 6:30p.m. at Szmania's Eastside, 148 Lake St. S. in KIRKLAND. Reservations 425-803-3310. NB: Banquet repeats Nov. 14 at Szmania's Magnolia, 3321 W. McGraw St. in MAGNOLIA, 206-284-7305. NOV. 10 A Sunday afternoon devoted to the lore and evaluation of French champagne, accompanied by appetizers from Andaluca Restaurant. $35. 4-6p.m. at Oliver's Lounge, Mayflower Park Hotel, 405 Olive Wy. DOWNTOWN. NOV. 12 Five fabulous courses to accompany five fine wines from the portfolio of French champagne producer Veuve Clicquot. $95 (including tax and tip). 6:30p.m., Waterfront Seafood Grill, 2801 Alaskan Wy. On the WATERFRONT. Reservations 206-956-9171.