Gastronome for the Holidays

Caroling and curling up by the fire; eating turkey (again) or ham with that strange, honeyed crust; sniffing the air to determine which baked good, the pie or the cobbler, is burning. These are the holiday memories many of us cherish; others might fondly recall the burning of latkes, the eating of Chinese food, and the lighting of Hanukkah candles. Whatever your festive winter tradition may be, dining out in a warm restaurant is a luxury when late December arrives. It is in this spirit, then, that we direct you to the following holiday food events, any of which might make your holidays a little brighter. Eat up! DECEMBER 24 Let Cascadia chef Kerry Sear give you the culinary mothering (or fathering) you so desperately crave this Christmas Eve. Screw stockings, chimneys, and caretry roast goose, Yorkshire pudding, and a five-course menu filled with good cheer. As a scholar once noted: "Nothin' says lovin' like somethin' from Kerry's oven." $60. 5-8 p.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. BELLTOWN In another life, Seattle restaurateur Kaspar Donier (of Kaspar's) played Santa. How do we know? Well, just look at what Donier has in his bag for us this Christmas Eve. A four-course dinner that includes "three- color beet salad" can't help but entice us, though we're not exactly sure how the folks at Kaspar's are planning to get three colors from a beet. While you're musing, enjoy "duck prepared two ways," rib-eye steak, or a grilled portobello with manchego polenta and celery-root snitzel. $45. 5-9 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123. LOWER QUEEN ANNE DECEMBER 25 Andaluca riffs on the cuisines of France and Spain in celebration of NoŽ¨ľ/I>, aka Navidad. Nothing could be finer than a three-course prix fixe featuring stuffed dates with chevre and chorizo, roast duck with herbed polenta, authentic Spanish flan, and "warm liquid chocolate cake." $45. 3-9 p.m. 407 Olive Way, 206-382-6999. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

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