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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Aug. 19 Dulces Latin Bistro is offering you the chance to feed someone in need as well as yourself, as all proceeds from tonight's tasting event, featuring tapas and Spanish wine, benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. $40. 6:30 p.m. 1430 34th Ave., 206-322-5453. MADRONA Aug. 23 Support local farmers by visiting Ray's Boathouse for a growers dinner featuring produce from Anselmo Organic Farms. In conjunction with the From the Heart of Washington program, Ray's chef Peter Birk will present a five-course feast of farm-fresh foods. $55. Seatings from 5 p.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770. BALLARD IN THE MUG Aug. 19 The Little Smoke of Tacoma, postponed from an earlier date, takes place tonight at El Gaucho, with several cigar makers in attendance to offer world-class stogies, which should nicely complement the assortment of beers on offer. $50. 6 p.m. 2505 First Ave., 253-272-1510. TACOMA Aug. 21 Pyramid Breweries celebrates its 21st anniversary with the introduction of Pyramid Berry Wheaten, a wheat beer flavored with black currants. To mark the occasion, Pyramid is inviting beer lovers to sample the new brew and groove to the music of local bands Minus the Bear, the Helio Sequence, Kinski, and the Thermals. $10. 4 p.m. 1201 First Ave. S., SODO THE GRAPEVINE August 19 Hogue Cellars is the featured winery at tonight's Il Fornaio tasting, which also includes antipasto selections. A rep from Hogue will be on hand to answer questions and kiss babies. $10. 5:30 p.m. 600 Pine St. (Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Aug. 21 This evening's wine tasting and benefit auction, with its "Jazz and the Vine" theme, supports various Vashon Island nonprofit foundations and civic groups. Featured wineries include Columbia Winery, Andrew Will, DiStefano, and Barnard Griffin, and "food stylist" Joan Wickham will be coordinating the tapas dinner. $50. 5 p.m. Misty Isle Farm, 4025 Delridge Way S.W., 206-933-5241. VASHON ISLAND Aug. 24 Though we're still unclear on what a "duckhorn" is, we know that the winery bearing its name—Duckhorn Wine Company—is the focus of tonight's wine dinner at the Waterfront Seafood Grill, where Duckhorn wines will accompany a five-course meal served on the bayside deck. $150. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, 206-956-9171. WATERFRONT Aug. 26-28 Tonight's auction of Washington wines benefits the Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Among the nation's largest charity wine auctions, the event includes a picnic on Thursday and a gala auction dinner on Saturday, both co-presented by Ray's Boathouse and the Hunt Club. Picnic: $125; auction: $500; both events: $550. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., 206-667-9463 ext. 256. WOODINVILLE BACK TO SCHOOL Aug. 18 If you missed Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year, don't fret: Bon Vivant School of Cooking plans to regale you with beads and teach you how to make bananas Foster and chicken-and-okra gumbo. $39. 7–10 p.m. 4925 86th St., 206-525-7537. MATTHEWS BEACH Aug. 21 Stop faking it: With the assistance of dedicated vinophile Dieter Schafer, you, too, can taste wine knowledgeably. This morning's class will cover label reading, pairing with food, and proper wine etiquette. (Here's a tip for free: No gargling.) $45. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The Tasting Room, 85 Pike St., 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET Aug. 22 Discover what Sicily, Calabria, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, and Sardinia have to offer the wine world at a class led by sommelier Arnie Millan. $35. 4–6 p.m. Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Aug. 24-Sept. 2 If you're torn between city life and owning a vineyard, take heart: South Seattle Community College is offering a five-course series to help you take up winemaking in the crowded metropolis. Join Stephen Foisie as he divulges his theories, secrets, and preferred methods for crafting fine wine. $75. 5:30–8:30 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE Aug. 28 If you love sushi but can't seem to get your rolls right at home, try a hands-on class at Cook's World. Hiroshi of Hiroshi's Restaurant will teach you the basics of sushi-making, with plenty of snacking opportunities built into the class. $60. Noon–3 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakely St. (University Village), 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

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