THIS WEEK NOV. 1-2 If you've never had fresh (never frozen) king crab, you don't know what king crab tastes like. For the first time,


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THIS WEEK NOV. 1-2 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. Just two more days in the season, so act now or wait a year. 1908 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-284-2530, QUEEN ANNE; 2320 42nd Ave S.W., 206-937-0551, WEST SEATTLE NOV. 2-3 Get your yearly fill of Polish favorites like pierogi, beet soup, and Polish sausage. It's the 38th Annual (yes...38th!) Polish Holiday Bazaar and pickle-judging contest. Also a holiday gift sale, with handmade linens, leather goods, jewelry, dinnerware, and more. Free parking and admission. 1714 18th Ave., 206-523-4873. CAPITOL HILL 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. 5 Did you know that a restaurant in Sydney's Chinatown sells more ducks per day than any other dining establishment in the world? Fun facts like these, as well as a cooking demo and a chance to chat with TV cooking icon Martin Yan, await you at Third Place Books. Free. 6:30 p.m. 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. LAKE FOREST PARK COMING UP 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 NOV. 8-10 Think you're a true java fan? Test your mettle against the best in the biz at Coffee Fest. This weekend-long salute to wake-up juice is intended for baristas, caf頯wners, and other coffee-oriented retailers. The annual latte art contest goes intercontinental this year, with baristas from England and Taiwan competing for the $1,000 first prize. $15/$25. Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, 206-694-5030. DOWNTOWN NOV. 9 The lively wines of California's Bonny Doon come to Fremont, not excluding the notorious Cigare Volante. $5. 3-6 p.m. at the Fremont Fresh Market Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont N. (Did we mention it's in FREMONT?) Holiday hors d'oeuvres and wines in Jonathan Zimmer and Lisa Dupar's cooking-and-wine class-banquet. $65. 7 p.m. at 17825 N.E. 65th, #A140. REDMOND. Registration 425-881-3250. NOV. 10 A Sunday afternoon devoted to the lore and evaluation of French champagne, accompanied by appetizers from Andaluca Restaurant. $35. 4-6 p.m. at Oliver's Lounge, Mayflower Park Hotel, 405 Olive Way. DOWNTOWN. NOV. 11 Some of the fine village vintages of Beaujolais to hold you until the release of this year's Beaujolais nouveau on Nov. 22. $18. 6-7 p.m. in the Brasserie Margaux, 401 Lenora St. in the Warwick Hotel. DOWNTOWN. Registration 425-865-9907. NOV. 12 Five fabulous courses to accompany five fine wines from the portfolio of French champagne producer Veuve Clicquot. $95 (including tax and tip). 6:30 p.m., Waterfront Seafood Grill, 2801 Alaskan Way. On the WATERFRONT. Reservations 206-956-9171. NOV. 13 Six wines from Washington's newest (and most distinctive) officially recognized viticultural area, Red Mountain. Wines from Sandhill, McCrea, and Hedges Cellars will be sampled at this program sponsored by the Northwest Enological Society. $20 (members $15). 7 p.m. at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer E.. MONTLAKE. Additional information NOV. 15 Wines and cheeses of France are paired at a benefit for the Alliance Fran硩se with biligual educational comments by Campion Cellars' Emile Ninaud and sommelier Dieter Schafer. $35 (members $30). 7-9 p.m., Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. WALLINGFORD. Registration 206-632-5433. NOV. 16 Six wines from California's Wild Horse Winery matched with a hearty fall menu prepared by Ten Mercer chef Peter Maurer. $65. 7:30-10 p.m. at 10 Mercer St. LOWER QUEEN ANNE. Reservations 206-691-3723. Learn to hunt the elusive chanterelle in its natural haunts, then return to the kitchen to cook your catch. $110 ($100 before Nov. 2). 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Culinary Communion. QUEEN ANNE. Registration 206-284-8687. Twenty-one leading Walla Walla winemakers! 15 hot Seattle chefs! Two tables of just 10 diners each! No wonder they're charging $500 a ticket for this benefit dinner and auction for the Culinary Arts program of South Seattle Community College. 5-9:15 p.m. at 6000 16th Ave. S.W. WEST SEATTLE. Registration 206-768-6616.

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