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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Until further notice Union continues its reign as downtown's most impressive new restaurant with a three-course, midday tasting menu filled with tempting choices (like seared ahi tuna with grilled eggplant and roasted pork belly with fingerling potatoes). $20. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon.–Fri. 1400 First Ave., 206-838-8000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE July 25 Don't have the time or resources for an Italian vacation? No worries: Il Bistro is bringing an evening in Tuscany to you. Feast on marinated calamari, pasta with slow-roasted boar, polenta with grilled quail, and pound cake—all paired with wines from small Italian vineyards. $45 for dinner, $20 more for wine pairings. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 93A Pike St., 206-682-3049. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE July 29 Stop for a glass of wine before you shop at a Fremont PCC wine tasting. Wines to be sampled hail from Mark Ryan, Page Cellars, Woodinville Wine Company, K Vintners, DiStefano, and McCrea. $10. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 600 N. 34th St., 206-547-1222 ext. 191. FREMONT Waterfront Seafood Grill hosts a five-course wine dinner, featuring a meal prepared by executive chef Steve Cain. Each course will be paired with a Woodward Canyon wine. $85. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, 206-956-9171. WATERFRONT If you're feeling spendy, don't miss tonight's Turley Wine Cellars dinner at Canlis. Larry Turley, whose zinfandel has earned high praise in the enological community, will be in attendance. $150. 6:30 p.m. 2576 Aurora Ave. N., 206-298-9550. QUEEN ANNE BACK TO SCHOOL July 24 Barbecuing is, without a doubt, the ultimate rite of summer. But don't settle for a previously frozen meat patty; instead, let Cascadia chef Kerry Sear teach you how marinades, dry rubs, and special grilling techniques can make your BBQ A-OK. $75. 11 a.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. BELLTOWN July 27 "My soup is cold!" Not a problem, says Laura Dewell, whose Dish It Up! course on chilled soups covers curried tomato soup, white gazpacho, and perhaps, if you're lucky, a little vichyssoise. $55. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA July 28 Sip sophisticatedly, with help from Hotel Vintage Park concierge Greg Fredrick and Tulio manager Michael DeGano. They'll be schooling you on wine etiquette, including what to look for in a wine list and how to behave when ordering wine in a restaurant. $10. 6:15–7 p.m. 1100 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Ingredients with beautiful names and strong, memorable flavors distinguish Mediterranean cuisine, and no one knows its virtues better than Andaluca chef Wayne Johnson. He'll teach you how to make a pan-Med spread (lamb skewers marinated with cumin, coriander, and harissa, cucumber raita, tabbouleh, and lemon custard) at this Dish It Up! class. $55. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Aug. 4 If Lady and the Tramp had taken place in France, the canine lovers would have fed each other fondue instead of sharing spaghetti. Experience the romance of bread dipped in cheese at tonight's Bon Vivant class, where traditional Swiss fondue will share time with Mongolian hotpot and chocolate fondue. $78. 7–10 p.m. 4925 86th St., 206-525-7537. MATTHEWS BEACH Aug. 13–15 If you've ever felt isolated from the farmer whose organic produce you purchase in the city each weekend, now's the time for such barriers to dissolve. The Quillisascut Farm School is hosting an educational retreat in which participants will milk goats, make cheese, visit a local orchard, learn basic organic farming principles, harvest fruits and vegetables from the garden, and discuss sustainable food choices. Chef Karen Jurgensen will lead participants in preparing communal meals each evening. Space is limited! $400. 2409 Pleasant Valley Rd., 509-738-2011. RICE, WASH. GETAWAYS July 23–25 Head to Portland this weekend for the annual Oregon Brewers Festival, where Northwest beers and East Coast brews will compete for your increasingly tipsy attention. (A total of 72 breweries will be in attendance!) Free admission ($3 for mug, $1 per taste). Noon–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; noon–7 p.m. Sun. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 S.W. Naito Pkwy., 503-778-5917. PORTLAND Aug. 7–8 In Sunnyside, Wash., the mighty chile pepper gets a weekend to itself—a time to season salsa, spice up sauces, and singe the senses of people just like you. Organized by Guerra Produce, Sunnyside's annual Chile Pepper Festival features a chile sack race, a pepper-decorating contest, "bobbing for peppers," and a host of yummy, pepper-centric foods, like grilled stuffed sweet peppers. $12/adults, $6/children. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. 6000 SR Hwy. 241, 509-837-8897. SUNNYSIDE

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