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ON THE PLATE THROUGH NOVEMBER 30 All this month, Eastsiders can feast on a three-course lobster dinner for $24.99 at Yarrow Bay Beach Café. On the menu: a whole fresh Maine lobster served broiled, baked, or steamed; soup or salad; and a choice of dessert. Offer runs nightly, excluding Thanksgiving Day. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-889-0303. KIRKLAND THROUGH MAY 30 Four fresh, local oysters for a buck? You bet. Flying Fish's annual oyster happy hour is upon us till May, and all the gooey little buggers are just 25 cents a pop. Look at it as the restaurant's gallant effort to single-handedly pull Seattleites through the dreary winter. Weekdays, 5-6 p.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN NOVEMBER 29 How's this for a manwich meal?: Stilton mac 'n' cheese, oxtail stew braised in smoked porter, cured beef tongue with horseradish cheddar and pickled hop shoots, all paired with Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard, IPA, and Smoked Porter beers.$40. 7 p.m. The Collins Pub, 526 Second Ave., 206-623-1016. PIONEER SQUARE DECEMBER 3 Kaspar's claims to offer Seattle's best wine-tasting experience. See if they deliver that tall order tonight. Chef-proprietor Kaspar will create a four-course menu to match four new wines. Expect some vino news along with gossip and humor. $65. 7 p.m. 19 W. Harrison, 206-298-0123. LOWER QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE DECEMBER 1 Wine educator Dieter Schafer will guide the curious through "seven brilliant blends" at The Tasting Room in a program that will focus on handcrafted, Northwest red blends. $15. 3-7 p.m. 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET DECEMBER 6 The Fremont Red Apple Market and wine bar is hosting a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Yakima Valley appellation. In addition to a trade tasting of Yakima's best wines, there will be a silent auction of beers and wines signed by the producers. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of the items to be auctioned is a 3-liter Soba Rogue Ale bottle signed by Iron Chef Morimoto! Free admission. 3-6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT DECEMBER 7 Why wait until Dec. 31 to celebrate the year 2004 when you can celebrate it tonight at Café Campagne? There is no good reason to wait. Instead, party, party, party at the second annual Champagne Fete and early New Year's celebration. Five glasses of wine will be matched with finger food and fun. $45. 6-8 p.m. 1600 Post Alley, 206-728-2233. PIKE PLACE MARKET BACK TO SCHOOL DECEMBER 2 THROUGH 16 Ignorance is bliss, but by attending South Seattle Community College's beginners course on Washington wines you could become blissfully knowledgeable. This three-part course covers reds, whites, and wineries. $82. Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE DECEMBER 3 Learn a few new recipes from Katherine Alford, TV host and contributor to The Food Network Kitchens Cookbook. She'll sign copies at Third Place Books. Free. 6:30 p.m. 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. LAKE FOREST PARK DECEMBER 6 If you think Neapolitan is just an ice cream flavor, this is the class for you. It covers Italian holiday desserts such as Christmas crepes with Neapolitan ragu and Neapolitan Christmas salad. Incidentally, Italian desserts can be enjoyed year-round. Just in time for the holidays, RainCity Cooking School is offering a class (meal included) on these traditions. $50. 11 a.m. 1883 145th Pl. S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE "Organically grown babies"if that is not a catchy name for a class, we don't know what is. This class, offered at the Issaquah PCC, is all about homemade natural foods for little ones. And with a few modifications, the recipes can feed the whole family. The two-for-one admission covers vegetarian foods, and babies are welcome. Members $20, nonmembers $25. 10 a.m.-noon. 1810 12th Ave. N.W., 206-545-7112. ISSAQUAH

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