Food Events Around Town

ON THE PLATE THROUGH DECEMBER 'Tis the season to roll out special prix-fixe menus, and Yarrow Bay Grill is leading the pack with its $35 three-course dinner. Choices include caramelized onion-wild mushroom tart, duck confit, and rack of lamb with pomegranate glaze. If this menu is what the holidays hath wrought, let no distanceeven that which lies between Seattle and Kirklandput it asunder. $35. Yarrow Bay Grill, 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND 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 DECEMBER 7 Szmania's three-course St. Nicholas Dinner, the restaurant's annual traditional German Christmas Goose celebration, will feature roasted young Dakota goose with red cabbage, calvados potatoes, and fresh cranberry chutney. Includes salad, dessert, and a children's menu. St. NickSanta Claususually makes an appearance early in the evening. $33 adults, $15 (kids 15 and under). 4:45-9:30 p.m. 3321 W. McGraw St., 206-284-7305. MAGNOLIA DECEMBER 12 THROUGH JANUARY 7 We are such suckers for rustic Italian. Seriously. Lombardi's rolls out its holiday menu, and we fall to pieces. Roasted game hen with kalamata olives? Lamb osso buco with Tuscan beans and roasted beets? Roasted chestnut and honey cake? Despite a slightly disturbing obsession with roasting, Lombardi's is doing right by us. 2200 N.W. Market St., 206-783-0055. BALLARD; 1620 W. Marine View Dr., 425-252-1866. EVERETT; 695 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 425-391-9097. ISSAQUAH IN THE GLASS DECEMBER 5-7 Do you like beer enough to drive three hours for a holiday ale festival? Prove it. This festival's in Portland. The true test: Do you love beer enough to drink it outdoors in December, as festival attendees have for the past seven consecutive years? The fest features 25 potent winter artisan beers at $3 per 12-ounce mug. Noon-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; Noon-6 p.m. Sun. Pioneer Courthouse Square, S.W. Broadway Avenue and Yamhill Street, 503-274-0019, PORTLAND 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 Taste and learn about four styles of port under the tutelage of sommelier Arnie Millan. He'll tell how it's made, show how to match it with food, and share 10-, 20-, and 30-year old fine ports. $20 includes bread and cheese. 4-6 p.m. Fremont Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT DECEMBER 9 Mingle with winemakers and wine lovers at the Tasting Room's first anniversary party. In celebration, they will offer 10 percent off merchandise and single bottles and 20 percent off case purchases all day. Free. 5-9 p.m. 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET BACK TO SCHOOL 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. 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's not a catchy name for a class, then we don't know what is. This class, offered at the Issaquah PCC, is all about homemade vegetarian natural foods for little ones. And with a few modifications, the recipes can feed the whole family. The admission is two for the price of one, and babies are welcome. Members $20, nonmembers $25. 10 a.m.-noon. 1810 12th Ave. N.W., 206-545-7112. ISSAQUAH DECEMBER 8 The press materials for this Seastar wine class describe sparkling wine as "an extremely sensual experience." Bubbles 101 offers lessons on the méthode champenoise for "bubbling" wine, plus info on the regions of Champagne and what to eat with the champagne they make there. $60. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Seastar, 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE DECEMBER 11 Behind the wine, there's a man named Tom Hedges. Tom has achieved one of his goalshe operates a wine-selling establishment that bears his name. Hedges Cellars is the featured subject of discussion (and tasting) at this edition of Daniel's "meet the winemaker" series. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Daniel's Broiler, 809 Fairview Pl. N., 206-621-8262. EASTLAKE

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