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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through spring Going to a show at the Paramount or ACT? Why not make it dinner and a show? Tango Tapas Restaurant and Lounge is offering a seasonal pretheater prix-fixe menu that's sure to score points with your date—if you manage to round one up, that is. $25 or $35. Available only on show dates at the Paramount (206-467-5510) and/or ACT (206-292-7676). Tango, 1100 Pike St., 206-583-0382. CAPITOL HILL May 28 In France, cheese is as iconic as the Eiffel Tower. In the spirit of curded dairy, Maximilien has created a three-course ode to fromage. The requisite cheese-plate hors d'oeuvres will be followed by brie-and-champagne soup baked into a pastry; pork loin stuffed with goat cheese, pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes; and salmon tournedos with herb-and-vodka crème fraiche. Live guitar music should liven things up for those experiencing dairy overload. $42/person. 6–9:30 p.m. 81A Pike St., 206-682-7270. PIKE PLACE MARKET June 4 This morning Le Pichet welcomes Patricia Wells, food critic for the International Herald Tribune and author of seven cookbooks, including The Food Lover's Guide to Paris. Celebrate the release of her new book, The Provence Cookbook, at a luncheon and book signing; selected dishes from the cookbook will be prepared at the event. $85 (includes one copy of the book). 11:30 a.m. 1499 First Ave., 206-256-1499. BELLTOWN June 7 Why would an established Ballard eatery suddenly offer free lunch and dinner buffets? In the case of India Bistro, it's because the restaurant—an unlikely survivor in Lutefisk Land—just turned six years old. Come get a taste of the Bistro's hand-ground curries, their tandoori lamb, chicken, and fish, and the homey warmth of their naan. Free. 11:30–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. 2301 N.W. Market St., 206-783-5080. BALLARD June 7-20 Italy is known for its art, its food, and its sexy men and women. One out of three ain't bad, and that's what you'll find at Il Fornaio, whose rotating "festa regionale" menu this month focuses on Sardegna. Wine, olives, pancetta, prosciutto, pecorino, and ricotta are the staples of Sardinian cuisine, and dishes often include lamb, cheese, seafood, and saffron as well. Menu prices vary. 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs.; 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 600 Pine St. (Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE May 29 Did you know that South and Latin American countries make up one of the world's largest wine-producing areas? Well, now you do. Take a trip down to South America with Esquin as they bring you gifts from the wine country of Chile and Argentina. Free. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S, 206-682-7374. SODO June 3 Tonight, the Waterfront Seafood Grill hosts the inaugural Kennedy Shah charity wine dinner. A large portion of the proceeds benefit the Moyer Foundation, a children's charity; the meal itself will involve wines from Woodhouse Family Cellars and a seafood-heavy menu from the Waterfront gang. P.S. A certain athletic star is rumored to be on the guest list. $200. 6:30–10:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, call 206-382-1805 for reservations and info. DOWNTOWN June 5 It's been suggested that drinking a glass of red wine every day is good for your heart. Venture into Woodinville Wine Country for a Willows Lodge tasting with an emphasis on Northwest wines. Rolling hills, a healthy heart, a vibrant sunset, and bottles and bottles of red and white wine—what more could you ask for? $10–$20. 5–7 p.m. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-424-3900. WOODINVILLE Spend your afternoon tasting wine on this summery Saturday. Today Syncline Wine Cellars brings their vino to Seattle Cellars for a tasting to include viognier, rosé, rousanne, and pinot noir vintages, to name just a few. No cost to previous visitors who have retained their wine glasses. 1–4 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL June 1 Salmon, salmon, everywhere! As summer approaches, get your salmon-cooking skills in order with a Copper River salmon cooking class led by Charles Ramseyer of Ray's Boathouse. Ramseyer's divine lesson plan includes grilled salmon skewers with spiced peach-currant chutney and pan-roasted salmon with creamed sweet-corn sauce and spring ragout of morels. $50. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 4201 S.W. Morgan St., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE June 1-15 Chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, pinot blanc, sangiovese, caprese, chianese . . . are you clueless about what wines are which? Run, don't stagger, to South Seattle Community College's intro class on Washington wines and you'll be clueless no longer! In this nine-hour course, spread over three days (June 1, 8, and 15), you'll get to taste wines from Washington's five viticultural areas. The class will feature regional winemakers as guest presenters. $82. 6-9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE June 3 Remember the days when you and your mom would make the dough and spread it on the pan and pour on the sauce and scatter the cheese and carefully position the pepperoni slices? Those days are back, sort of, courtesy of Cook's World, whose hands-on pizza workshop will teach you to make authentic pizza senza la mamma. $50. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE June 7 The versatility of the sandwich is admirable, to say the least. Admire and learn as chefs Matt Janke and Eric Cannella enlighten you at a Dish It Up! class titled "Sandwiches for Dinner." It seems that, as we long suspected, there's room for more than just peanut butter and jelly between two slices of bread. $65. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA

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