Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through September 31 Just when


Events Around Town

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through September 31 Just when you thought the hamburger couldnt get fancier, Szmanias in Magnolia whips out an Angus beef burger with smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and onion jam. Make no mistake: This gourmet burger, part of the restaurants new summer menu, is intended to be savored with a glass of red wine. Whats next? Bologna with chanterelles and a port reduction? Dinner from 4:3010 p.m. Tues.Sun. 3321 W. McGraw St., 206-284-7305. Through November 22 In honor of college football, the Yarrow Bay Grill is gearing up for another season of its Husky brunch cruise. At the Sept. 6 home opener against Indiana, you can watch proud Washington lads knock the stuffing out of silly Midwesterners after feasting on orangemacadamia nut French toast, roasted vegetable quiche, or the Husky scramble with ham and Tillamook cheddar. Brunch begins at 9 a.m. before every Saturday home game, the boat leaves for Husky Stadium at 11 a.m., and kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. $59. 1270 Carillon Pt., 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Through December 21 Real men eat hollandaise. Thats what McCormick & Schmicks and McCormicks Fish House & Bar are counting on as they launch their Seahawk Sunday Brunch. Enjoy dainty edibles before watching very large men slam into one another. Sample menu item: Idaho rainbow trout with poached eggs and, yes, herbed hollandaise. Grrr 10 a.m.-2 p.m. before every Seahawks home game. McCormick & Schmicks, 1103 First Ave., 206-623-5500; McCormicks Fish House & Bar,722 Fourth Ave., 206-682-3900. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE September 5 Ivars has been keeping clam for 65 years, waiting patiently for the day that phrases like clamtastic celebration and random acts of clamness could appear in a press release without incurring widespread public ridiculeand friends, that day has arrived. Join scores of revelers (including Ivars icon Clara the Tap-Dancing Clam) at what is sure to be the freakiest freak show this town has seen in years. And I quote: Free clam tattoos will be distributed to kids. There will also be a clam-eating contest. Free. 27 p.m. Pier 54, 206-587-6500. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE September 57 What does Bellevue taste like? Judging from the Bite of Crossroads food festival, our neighbor to the east tastes a lot like gyozas, tacos, borscht, phad Thai, and chocolate chip cookies all rolled into a weekend-long frenzy of overconsumption. $12. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri./Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Crossroads Shopping Center, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., 425-644-1111. BELLEVUE September 6 Fancy eats and artsy treats await those who explore the Best of the San Juans Festival. Glassblowing, woodcarving, and various other non-culinary arts will accompany a parade of edible masterworks: oysters, grilled salmon, lavender truffles, pastries, and tapenades will be among the featured foods. Wines from San Juan and Lopez islands should complete the spread quite nicely. $1 per taste ticket. 11 a.m.5 p.m. Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture Park, 360-370-5050. SAN JUAN ISLAND September 7 Cant wait til the St. Demetrios Greek Festival next week? Get a sneak peek of Greek at Brasserie Margaux, where sommelier Arnie Millan and chef Chris Zarkades are whipping up a five-course prix-fixe culinary saga of wine and cuisine from the Mediterranean motherland. Call it My Big Fat Greek Dinner if you must, but please: no Zorba jokes. $75. 7 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE September 1214 Hellenics of the world (and hangers-on), unite! The St. Demetrios Greek Festival is a time for dancing, painting religious icons, and listening intently to lectures on orthodoxy. Try a few bites of classic Greek cuisine, including gyros, calamari, tiropeta, spanakopeta, and countless other opeta foods. Free. Noon9 p.m. Fri.; 10:30 a.m.9 p.m. Sat.; Noon7 p.m. Sun. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., 206-325-4347. MONTLAKE September 13 Fishermen are part of what keeps Seattle humming along, and we just dont celebrate them frequently enough. Thats why the Fishermens Fall Festival is such a crucial event. Learn about our local fishing fleet, compete in an oyster-eating content, experience the thrills that only a giant inflatable pirate ship can provide, and sample the fishermens wares: a salmon dinner with all the fixings is a mere $6. Free. 11 a.m.7 p.m. Fishermens Terminal, 1900 W. Nickerson St., 206-284-8800. BALLARD ON TAP September 13 When a brewery reaches the legal drinking age, somebody has to commemorate the blessed event. In this case, Redhook Brewery is turning 21, and the brainchild of Seattleites Paul Shipman and Gordon Bowker is tossing away its fake ID and throwing itself a massive f괥. Count on music by local bands and $3 pints of the potable du jour. $15 admission. Noon. Redhook Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th St., 425-483-3232. WOODINVILLE THE GRAPEVINE September 4 John Calmeyer of Napa Valleys Stags Leap Wine Cellars will be chewing the fatexcuse us, the foie graswith lucky diners at Vivandas five-course winemakers dinner. In lieu of actual foie gras, the chef will provide lobster mousse, grilled Nova Scotia sea scallops, and roasted duck breast, among other savory indulgences. $145. 7 p.m. 95 Pine St., 206-442-1121. PIKE PLACE MARKET September 5 Are you lonesome tonight? Let Washington wines, disco paraphernalia, and other moderately attractive, highly desirous singles sweep your troubles away at the grand debut of Bacchus Events Social Club. In addition to the vino, this EMP mixer will feature a dessert buffet, so you can expand your belly as well as your social circle. $40. 7:309:30 p.m. Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave. N., SEATTLE CENTER September 56 Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars will be talkin wine and lookin fine at Earth & Ocean this week as the restaurant debuts its new prix-fixe pairing menu. Foie gras, grapeleaf-wrapped turbot, and Niman Ranch lamb rack are among the courses to be paired with Dunham syrahs, trutinas, and ice wines. $70. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE September 10 Sapphire Kitchen and Bar is betting its geographically whimsical union of New Zealand wines and Med cuisine will knock your socks off at a winemakers dinner featuring pinot gris and pinot noir from Peregrine and chardonnay from Foxes Island. Oh, and a lavish five-course feast. $60. 6 p.m. 1625 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-281-1931. QUEEN ANNE September 11 As the summer parade of winemakers dinners begins to wind down, Serafina weighs in with an event so significant the menu is entirely in Italian and the cheese is served after the entr饮 Expect braised rabbit, roast lamb, and nebbiolo-based wines presented by Aldo Vacca of the Produttori del Barbaresco. $85. 6:30 p.m. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE BACK TO SCHOOL September 6 Fall is nigh, which means winter cant be far behind. Fandango is making the best of the situation with its hearty soups class, a one-day primer on all that is hot, chunky, and/or served in a pot. $55. 10:30 a.m. 2313 First Ave., 206-441-1188. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE September 8 Etiquette maestro Dieter Schafer plays Emily Post yet again at another fine-dining seminar. Through six courses of Germanic food you will learn some classor else. $68. 6:30 p.m. Geneva, 1106 Eighth Ave., 206-624-2222. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE For those who wish they could major in wine, celebrated Eastside restaurant Seastar offers an entire series of wine classes. Starting tonight with Wine 101 (Getting to Know Your Bottle), the Monday classes are taught by some of Washingtons top sommeliers. $75/class. 6:308:30 p.m. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE September 10 Christmas may be months away, but Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner, which means its almost time to eat yourself silly while celebrating the Jewish New Year. Peter Levine will teach Semites and their potential-convert friends the art of making gefilte fish, borscht, latkes, matzoh ball soup, and kasha varnishkes at Sur La Tables how-to night of holiday fare. Fair warning: Once youve had Jewish cuisine, theres no going back. (Theres also no digesting.) $50. 10 a.m. Sur La Table, 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND

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