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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE April 14 The palaver and palate shall harmonize at another Francophone evening hosted by Wallingford superbistro Au Bouchon. Speak French, eat French, and hopefully fall in love. Menu prices vary. 5–11 p.m. 1815 N. 45th St., 206-547-5791. WALLINGFORD April 16 Wines of the world paired with Indian food! Tonight's feast at Masala of India is a four-course wine dinner featuring garlic mussels, basmati rice and naan bread, mushroom pakora, and fresh fish in korma sauce. $30. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 539 N.E. Northgate Way, 206-417-1118. NORTHGATE Dine like the Parisians do. Venerable Pike Place bistro Maximilien's Cafés of Paris menu will make you dream of cobblestones, baguettes, and tables scattered on the sidewalks. The three-course prix fixe includes flaky tarts, tender lamb, crepes, et al., and is inspired by—what else?—the cafes of Paris, with live accordion music and flowing wine rounding out the scene. $40. Seating from 6–6:30 p.m. and 8–8:30 p.m. 81A Pike St., 206-682-7270. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE aPRIL 20 The An Mung celebration at Monsoon ushers in a fresh light-fare menu featuring oysters on the half shell paired with muscadet wine. Co-owner Eric Banh says: "Hemingway was a big fan of oysters and muscadet, and I'm a big fan of Hemingway, so this is my tribute to him." Combining the words "an" (happy) and "mung" (to eat), An Mung is traditionally a festive occasion, and Banh feels that "food is the perfect thing to bring people together." Come celebrate spring, happy eating, and Hemingway at Monsoon! Menu prices vary. 615 19th Ave. E., 206-325-2111. CAPITOL HILL APRIL 21 The Frog barks at Boomtown: The nonprofit cafe that offers Seattle's homeless affordable and healthy meals in a comfortable atmosphere hosts Barking Frog Restaurant at its monthly "Evening at Boomtown" fund-raising dinner. Hanger steak and gorgonzola bread pudding should lure you in; the minimum donation of $20 goes directly to Boomtown. Seating from 5:30–8 p.m. 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE April 14–18 Willows Lodge hosts a variety of tasting events this week, with a different winery featured each day. Participating winemakers include Chateau Ste. Michelle, J.M. Cellars, McCrea Cellars, and Three Rivers Winery. Five pours for $10. 5–7 p.m. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-424-3900. WOODINVILLE aPRIL 15 The Seattle Art Museum's Townshend Cellars Winemaker Dinner will pair a four-course meal with a special selection of Don Townshend's premium wines. The menu includes charred and chilled asparagus, seared natural lamb chop, and two other delightful courses (vegetarian options available upon request). Mr. Townshend himself will attend, and guests will enjoy complimentary passes to SAM in addition to the food and wine. $75. 6:30–9 p.m. 100 University St., 206-654-3190. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE April 16–18 Taste Washington! This three-day festival showcases and celebrates foods and wines of the Pacific Northwest. Friday brings the auction of large format bottles, restaurant gift certificates, and Washington wine country trips. On Saturday, attend educational wine seminars; on Sunday, experience the amazing pairing of 150 wineries with 90 restaurants as chefs go all out in cooking up dishes to perfectly complement their wine partner. Proceeds from the weekend support FareStart and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Go to for registration info. $400 for a three-day pass; prices of single events range from $75 to $225. W Hotel, 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE; Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center, 800 Occidental Ave., 206-667-9463. SODO April 17 Wine at the Shoreline—the name almost says it all. Laze about the Coupeville waterfront on Whidbey Island and soak up the sun, the sweet spring air, and Northwest wines. The PR promises "easy music, light hors d'oeuvres, and other mellow pleasures," and we have no reason to doubt it. $27/person, $50/couple. 3:30 p.m. Coupeville Recreation Hall, 107 S. Main St. (Bldg. E), 360-678-1100. WHIDBEY ISLAND New Zealand Pure, distributor of New Zealand wines, trots out "perennial favorites" from the land of the kiwi. Free. 3–6 p.m. Red Apple Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT April 24–25 Olympic Women in Wine are holding a 25th-anniversary gala celebration at their winery on the Olympic Peninsula. The weekend promises to be a treat: wine tasting, music from various local artists, and displays with "vintage" pictures and winery memorabilia. Saturday night, attend the "Vintage Ball" with music, hors d'oeuvres, and wine (of course). $25/person ($20 with Olympic Cellars wine club membership). 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Olympic Cellars, 255410 Highway 101, 360-452-0160. PORT ANGELES IN THE MUG april 15–21 When a bar turns 70 it's truly cause for celebration, which is exactly why the Blue Moon Tavern will be overflowing with beer and cheer during this week-long anniversary gala! Expect tax-relief specials on drinks, along with the musical talents of various bands (not to mention your tipsy friends—who can resist that open mike?). Tip a few back with the eight-foot Hammered Man statue, throw some peanuts on the floor, or participate in the Blue Moon Urban Hiking Club and help reach the eight-mile/four-tavern goal. 712 N.E. 45th St., 206-675-8320. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT BACK TO SCHOOL April 17 Thai cuisine: easy to eat, tricky to prepare. This two-hour cooking class, led by Yarrow Bay Grill chef Cameron Orel, is for everyone who's ever turned out ketchupy pad Thai and expected someone to eat it. You'll also learn how to make chicken satay, garlic prawns, green curry chicken, and jasmine rice. $39. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 1270 Carillon Pt., 425-889-9052. KIRKLAND April 20 You may not learn much at Coastal Kitchen tonight, but you'll help others educate themselves. "A significant portion" of the proceeds from tonight's dinnertime fund-raiser benefit Leschi and Madrona schools, which sorely need a financial boost to support their music, arts, and language programs. In return for your generosity, the one and only Leschi Choir will perform a medley of its greatest hits as you dine. Menu prices vary. 5–11 p.m. (Choir performs at 5:30 p.m.) 429 15th Ave. E., 206-322-1145. CAPITOL HILL April 21 Szmania's chef Ludger Szmania tosses and turns at night, gripped with the fear that patrons of his restaurant have to eat ordinary, boring food the rest of the week. That's why he's teaching them how to create Swiss fondue, hazelnut-crushed pork, and hot banana-cocoa soufflé in their home kitchens. $55. 6–9 p.m. 3321 W. McGraw St., 206-284-7305. MAGNOLIA Pacific Rim cuisine is the focus of tonight's cooking class with Lisa Dupar Catering chef Grover Ramsey, who's fixin' to share his recipes for sake cocktails, sushi tarts, seared salmon with miso sauce, pickled-ginger asparagus, and homemade fortune cookies. $45. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND

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