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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE March 24 Wines from California's Robert Biale Winery will accompany an elaborate six-course feast at Seastar featuring upscale comfort food: salmon potpie with béchamel and barbosa reduction, Kobe beef meatloaf with truffle mashed potatoes and foie-gras demiglace, and triple-layer chocolate cake with malted vanilla ice cream. $85. 6:30 p.m. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-1892. BELLEVUE Silver Lake Winery trots out its 2000 merlot, 2001 reserve chardonnay, and other bottles of note to accompany a lavish five-course prix fixe at the Marina Park Grill in Kirkland. On the menu: stuffed jumbo prawn, pan-fried duck breast with red potatoes, and filet mignon topped with chanterelle mushroom sauce. $60. 7 p.m. 89 Kirkland Ave., 425-889-9000. KIRKLAND THE GRAPEVINE March 18 The Antinori Winery boasts a winemaking tradition that goes back 26 generations. As far as we can tell, that means they may well have made the wine that Caesar drank just before his unfortunate collision with Brutus' dagger. In any case, Il Fornaio is hosting the sacrosanct winery for a very special tasting. $10. 5:30–7:30 p.m. 600 Pine St. (Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE March 19 Another in a recent rash of Provence-themed wine events, the Northwest Enological Society's "Evening in Provence" promises wine, women, and song—actually, "wine tasting, food, and entertainment"—in the festive tradition of Peter Mayle. $75 for members, $95 for nonmembers. 6:30–10 p.m. Hollywood Schoolhouse, 14810 N.E. 145th St., 253-859-5112. WOODINVILLE March 20 Quiet Phinney Ridge lets its figurative hair down at a neighborhood wine tasting scheduled to include 20 Washington wines, "light hors d'oeuvres," a silent auction, and live music. $20 advance, $25 at the door. 7:30–9:30 p.m. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. PHINNEY RIDGE Collins Pub Huckleberry champagne (!), chardonnay, merlot, and syrah are on the vino menu for tonight's four-course prix-fixe dinner featuring Townshend wines. The chow forecast includes an oyster-and-melon granita and, in the entrée role, beef Wellington. $45. 6–9 p.m. 526 Second Ave., 206-623-1016. PIONEER SQUARE March 25 Billed as the "rarest of events," a 15-vintage vertical tasting of Forman cabernet-sauvignon, native of Napa Valley, will include bottles dating back to 1980. Vintner Ric Forman himself will be in attendance at Canlis, where a standup dinner should allow for plenty of mingling, adulation, etc. $350. 6:30 p.m. 2567 Aurora Ave. N., 206-283-3313. QUEEN ANNE IN THE MUG March 19–20 The Hops on Equinox festival spotlights spring brews and ciders, but it also provides beer-drinking neophytes with a crash course in "pub culture," including tasty treats from local brewpubs. $18 advance, $20 at the door. 5–10 p.m. Fri., March 19. 1–10 p.m. Sat., March 20. Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center), 206-633-0422. SEATTLE CENTER BACK TO SCHOOL March 17 Just to clarify: Soufflés are not wussy. Delicate, yes; refined, most certainly. Unmanly? Never! Earth & Ocean pastry chef Sue McCown will teach all comers how to concoct the perfect soufflé (much as Audrey Hepburn learned to do in Sabrina) at Sur La Table. $50. 10 a.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND March 18–19 Join PBS cooking-show host Joanne Weir at two Sur La Table classes exploring "the ethnically diverse and vibrant urban culinary landscape." The March 18 class is a demo-only event with a menu that includes dried plum, fennel, and manchego salad with prosciutto; the second class is a hands-on workshop featuring braised chicken with green garlic. $65 for the demo. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., March 18. $95 for the hands-on class. 10 a.m. Fri., March 19. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND March 20 Once you've got all the "sear" jokes out of your system, let Cascadia chef Kerry Sear teach you how to cook with wine. (N.B. "Some for the skillet, some for me" is not good form.) The culinary curriculum includes scallops with champagne hollandaise and medallions of beef with cabernet- sauvignon sauce. $75. 11 a.m. Cascadia Restaurant, 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. BELLTOWN March 21–22 For just under 20 bucks, you can experience local sommelier Arnie Millan's view of vino at the first two in a series of classes exploring everything from winemaking and enological history to wine etiquette (first rule: sip, don't swig). $19. 6:30–8 p.m. Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE March 22 We can't help but love the Golf Club at Newcastle's puntastic series of cooking classes; the March edition, titled "Dances with Olives: A Mediterranean Feast," promises to cover everything from Moroccan to meze . . . and beyond! $75. 6 p.m. Calcutta Grill at the Golf Club, 15500 Six Penny Lane, 425-793-5566. NEWCASTLE March 23 As reported last week in SW, Italian restaurants are the newest recruits on the jam-packed Atkins bandwagon, but who needs to go out to enjoy low-carb cuisine from Naples, Venice, or Rome? Not you, which is why you'll savor Rain City Cooking School's Atkins-friendly Italian class, where you'll learn to make gnocchi, tomato sauce, and spinach salad—but not pizza, lasagna, or garlic bread. $50. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Pl. S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE March 24 Though the name of Lisa Dupar Catering's new speed-cuisine class, "Zippy Comforts: Fast-Casual Dinners in a Jiff," is far too perky for our taste, we respect the idea behind it. Recipes on tap include barley risotto with portobello and cheese, pork chops with curried cous-cous, and toast-bread quickie quiche. $45. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND March 24–April 14 Baker and caterer Suzanne Hunter revs up the rolling pin to teach a four-session course on the pastry arts. Meeting every Wednesday for a month, the class aims "to bring you to the level of a skilled baker" and is sponsored by Bon Vivant School of Cooking. $190. 7–10 p.m. 4925 N.E. 86th St., 206-525-7537. NORTH SEATTLE March 25 Recently (and favorably) reviewed in these pages, Ballard prefab-food mecca Grace's Kitchen also offers cooking classes for the ambitious home chef. Tonight's session deals with flaky comfort food, from rustic galette to turkey potpie. $60. 6–8 p.m. 2821-C N.W. Market St., 206-297-3663. BALLARD Pop in Casablanca and whip up a Moroccan feast, as instructed by Everyday Eats guru Erika Lamoureux. Hummus that kicks the patootie of that store-bought stuff is just one of the dishes you'll learn. How about chicken kebabs and vegetable tagine? It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. $45. 6:30 p.m. 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 425-482-0827. LAKE FOREST PARK March 27 Fish can be frightening, and not just in that Sopranos, portent-of-death way, either. Buck up and enroll in "Seafood 101" with Flying Fish owner-chef Christine Keff. From getting it fresh to cooking it with flair, Ms. Keff knows all the right moves . . . as will you. $55. 10:30 a.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN

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