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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE JAN. 25 Culinary speaking, Seattle does a few things particularly well, and two of them are Slow Food and seafood. To give both the nod they deserve, Boomtown is hosting a Shellfish Celebration Dinner. Expect a silent auction and wine tasting preceding the eats, with a presentation by shellfish expert Jon Rowley to follow. $35. 5:30 p.m. Boomtown Café, 513 Third Ave., 206-632-3282. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Toujours Provence? Hopefully it'll feel that way at prolific Seattle sommelier Arnie Millan's five-course Provence-themed wine dinner. Millan will expound on Provençale grapes and cuisine and other topics dear to the modern Francophile. $75. 7 p.m. Brasserie Margaux, 401 Lenora St., 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE IN THE CUP JAN. 14 A spot of tea in the middle of January can soothe the rain-weary Seattleite. To help us come to grips with winter weather, the Perennial Tea Room is offering "a free drop in tea tasting of a selection of Earl Grey teas." We assume the tasting is a drop-in affair, as one free drop of tea seems hardly adequate to counter the chill and damp. Free. 1910 Post Alley, 206-448-4054. PIKE PLACE MARKET THE GRAPEVINE 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 its most resplendent chow to accompany the vino. $125. 6:30 p.m. 2576 Aurora Ave. N., 206-283-3313. QUEEN ANNE JAN. 24 "Many are tasted . . . few are chosen!" We're not talking about Elimidate, but rather a tasting and dinner celebrating the winners of the Wine Press Northwest platinum award. WPN elders will be pairing the victorious vinos with a six-course prix fixe. $125. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave., 206-622-2010. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE BACK TO SCHOOL JAN. 14 January is as good a time as any to cook Polynesian; fortunately, the good people at Whole Foods have you covered. Learn the basics of Hawaiian cuisine from Herbfarm sous chef Scott Samuel, whose one-night syllabus will include greens with passionfruit vinaigrette, pan-seared mahi mahi with coconut rice, and warm chocolate fudge cake with macadamia nuts and fresh mango. $40. 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 ten 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 What's wholesome and hearty can also be good for you, as chef Steve Smirstik will attempt to demonstrate in a class titled Comfort Light: Healthy Tasty Food for the New Year. The class fee includes lunch and a selection of wines. $55. 10:30 a.m. Flying Fish, 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN JAN. 24 Whoever thinks comfort food can't be gourmet is about to get a stern talking-to from Lynne Vea. Her cozy winter gourmet class will teach you to do things with currants, walnuts, chicken, corned beef, and root vegetables that'll make you the belle (or beau) of the midwinter ball. $35 for PCC members, $40 for everybody else. 3-5:30 p.m. PCC Issaquah, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., 425-369-1222. ISSAQUAH

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