ON THE PLATE Through January Can the mad cow jokes. Yarrow Bay Beach Caf頩s serving up 16 ounces of luscious, juicy beef as part of a three-course steak dinner, and if we hear even so much as one demented moo from the dining room, so help us. . . . $24.99. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-889-0303. KIRKLAND Through February N.Y.C. wanna-be Fire and Ice gets that culinary mojo workin with a bargain three-course prix fixe during the coldest winter months. Hide- and heartwarming options include duck confit spring rolls, beef tenderloin, buscatini pasta with eggplant and mushrooms, and desserts on the order of chocolate pat鬠berry shortcake, and apple riesling sorbet. $23. Dinner served from 5 to 10 p.m. 1921 First Ave., 206-443-1921. BELLTOWN Feb. 215 Few people know that truffle hunters often use dogs instead of pigs to bag their fungal prey. Fewer still know that the Italian region of Umbria is where the prized black truffle (tartufo nero in its native tongue) primarily resides. Festa Regionale, the ongoing culinary roundelay at Il Fornaio, is celebrating the ugliest of mushrooms with a special Umbrian menu that includes earthy entr饳fava beanporcini mushroom risotto, salmon saut饤 with artichokes and white winetopped with shavings of tartufo nero. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Pacific Place (Sixth Avenue and Pine Street), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Feb. 614 The Eiffel Towers second platform houses a restaurant known as the Jules Verne, and for one week at the Georgian Room, you can pretend youre there. Jules Verne chef Alain Reix will escort diners around the culinary world in eight days with a four-course prix fixe that includes beef consomm鬠saut饤 lobster scented with five spices, scallop ravioli, and scads of other choices (including two sumptuous desserts). $85/person. 5:309:30 p.m. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., 206-621-7889. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Feb. 8 Journey beyond culinary isolationism at an international food and wine festival hosted by the Waterfront Seafood Grill. Savory bites and vino will abound. $45. 25 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way (Pier 70), 206-956-9171. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE Jan. 2829 To prove yet again that they know from regional wines, Rays Boathouse is holding their 17th annual Northwest wine retrospective. A competition spotlighting both established and heat-seeking vineyards, the event features two nights of multicourse diningwith each course matched to a winning winecourtesy of Rays chef Charles Ramseyer. $95. 6:30 p.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-6309. BALLARD Feb. 3 Taking a break from his day jobdirecting the wine program at San Franciscos Rubiconmaster sommelier Larry Stone will hang out at Cascadia and share various Napa Valley reds that complement a lavish seven-course feast. $90. 6:30 p.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. BELLTOWN Feb. 11 Small winemakersincluding Syncline, Yakima Cellars, and the Betz Familyget their due at David LeClaires Northwest Boutique Winery Showcase. The passionate young promoter of local viticulture events is pushing handcrafted wines and the Washington Wine Ambassadors Program, both of which will surely enter into the discussion at this fund-raiser for FareStart, graciously hosted by the Library Bistro. Just as artisan wines come in limited supply, this shindig has an attendance cap of 125, so RSVP N-O-W. $25. 57:30 p.m. 1007 First Ave., 206-526-1992. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE BACK TO SCHOOL Jan. 31 Start your V-Day preparations early with Palisade chef Mike Bryans class for love-stricken cooks. The aphrodisiacal agenda includes the classic Caesar salad, a Hawaiian-themed beef Wellington, and that most seductive of sweets: chocolate mousse. $75. 10:30 a.m. 2601 W. Marina Pl., 206-285-1000. MAGNOLIA Feb. 1 Nomadic French eatery the Boat Street Caf頨as yet to find a home after departing its longtime University District location, but chef/owner Renee Erickson isnt content to wait around until it does. She and the restaurants ex-owner, Susan Kaplan, are teaching a series of basic French cooking classes under the new Boat Street Kitchen rubric, and todays has to do with sausages, pat鳬 and other forms of charcuterie. $69. 36 p.m. 2238 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-7132. EASTLAKE Feb. 2 Join RainCity Cooking School in celebrating the American cuisine of the 1950s. If Donna Reed were alive today, shed surely be whipping up meatloaf, mac and cheese, and hot apple pie, all of which are included in instructor Carol Dearths wholesome lesson plan. $50 includes dinner. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Pl. S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Please dont wave that thing around like a feather duster. Its a knife. Dan Thiessen of Chandlers aims to refine your knife skillswhich should include choosing, using, and maintainingat a class titled Essential Knife Skills. Expect a mandoline demo and a snack. $25. 6 p.m. Sur La Table, 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND Feb. 317 No amount of wine education can trump the power of the senses to reveal to us what we enjoy. In that spirit, consummate wine educator Dieter Schafer hosts a three-session wine class (titled Sight, Smell, Taste) that starts with the basicstypes, grapes, varietals, and regionsand promises to turn you into the sensible sensualist youve always dreamed of being. $82. 69 p.m. (Tuesday of each week.) South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE Feb. 4 Wine is big business in Washington, and if youre in the habit of selling the stuff, a Yakima symposium titled The Art of Selling Washington Wines might be just the thing to inspire and enlighten you. Viticulture experts and representatives from around the state will be in attendance, and the subject of marketing will receive special emphasis. $35. 14:30 p.m. Yakima Convention Center, 10 N. Eighth St., 509-575-6062. YAKIMA
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