Food Events Around Town

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE JAN. 8 Eat like a country-club member at FareStart's regular guest-chef dinner, this week featuring Marcelle Barclaire of Sahalee Country Club. The three-course prix fixe menu includes roasted tomato and red pepper risotto, pepper-crusted pork rack (or veggie risotto), and bittersweet chocolate mousse cake. $16.95. 6 p.m. 1902 Second Ave., 206-267-6210. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE JAN. 7 Seastar's first winemaker dinner of the year stars Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery. Try his finely crafted blends alongside six delightful-sounding courses. $125. 6:30 p.m. 205 108th St. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE JAN. 10 Esquin hosts a Washington Wine Fest spotlighting big ballers and shot callers from our state's multibillion-dollar wine industry. Come see what makes Washington the nation's second-largest vino producer. Free. 1-4 p.m. Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO JAN. 10-11 January at Earth & Ocean is a showcase month for Oregon's Sineann Winery, and for two nights, Sineann owner David O'Reilly will stroll about the place, answering questions and possibly signing autographs on wine labels. Enjoy an elegant prix fixe meal including seared sea scallops and grilled Scottish woodpigeon paired with primo 2002 wines from the state next door. $40 for dinner, $20 for the wine flight alone. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE JAN. 14 You know that syrah has finally made its mark locally when the Seattle Enological Society plans a tasting that revolves around it. Northwest syrahs (from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will be sipped en masse; the nice people from Palomino will provide complementary eats. SES members pay $15; guests pay $25. 7 p.m. St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., 425-603-9558. MONTLAKE JAN. 15 Il Fornaio dedicates its first tasting of 2004 to N.Y.C.-based Banfi Vintners, an importer of Chilean, Australian, and Italian wines named after somebody's eclectic aunt. (The company, not the wines.) $10. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 600 Pine St. (Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE JAN. 16 Bordeaux is where we'd like to be about now, and Redmondian catering kingpin (queenpin?) Lisa Dupar promises food and wine that evoke the romance of France. Her Bordeaux-themed wine dinner joins home-style paté, hunter stew, and pot-au-crème with 2001 wines from Tapteil, Cicl du Cheval, Klipsun, and other noteworthy vineyards. $65. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND JAN. 22 Canlis flexes its alliterative muscle with The Wee Wonders of Woodinville, a wine dinner encompassing the Betz Family Winery, the much-publicized Januik Winery, and several other notable grape-squashing enterprises. As always, Canlis will trot out some of their most resplendent chow to accompany the vino. $125. 2576 Aurora Ave. N., 206-283-3313. QUEEN ANNE BACK TO SCHOOL JAN. 9 If 2003 was a back-to-basics year for foodies, why not start the new year with an equally commonsensical approach? How to Cook Pork may seem like a facile subject, but after Whole Foods introduces you to molasses-chipotle ribs and spice-rubbed pork with dried-fruit stuffing, you may see our tender pink friends in a new light. $35. 6-8:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT JAN. 17 Learn the basics of a classic Northwest mealgrilled oysters, planked salmonand the wines that complement it from McCormick & Schmick's Harborside chef Kevin Rohr. $75 including lunch. 1200 Westlake Ave. N., 206-270-9052. LAKE UNION Anyone who's ever shared a meze platter with his or her 10 closest friends knows the glory of this Middle Eastern smorgasbord. Yarrow Bay's Mediterranean meze class will have you whipping up lamb pastry rolls, hummus, falafel, and spiced olives (along with myriad other delicacies) faster than you can say "Lebanon." $39. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Yarrow Bay Grill, 1270 Carillon Point, 425-889-9052. KIRKLAND

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