Aug. 25, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through Nov. 10 If traveling to exotic lands doesn't fit into your work schedule, look no further than Capitol Hill's Coastal Kitchen for a quick Moroccan retreat. For two months, the Kitchen will showcase photography, paintings, and music from Morocco and feature a menu of delicious North African cuisine. Menu prices vary. 429 15th Ave. E., 206-322-1145. CAPITOL HILL Aug. 27 Tonight Maximilien celebrates Brittany—not the formerly virginal pop star (that's Britney), but rather the region in France. Toast with cider and apple brandy while you eat braised lobster and oysters on the half shell, enjoyed by Bretons all year long. $39. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 81A Pike St., 206-682-7270. PIKE PLACE MARKET Aug. 28 Make reality TV a part of your reality by visiting Northgate Mall for a daylong Superchef Live extravaganza. Chef Philip Mihalski of Nell's will team up with Nick Stellino of Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen and Bill Boggs of Bill Boggs' Corner Table for a cooking demonstration, a wine pairing clinic, and a cook-off in which audience members may assist the chefs. Free. 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 401 N.E. Northgate Way, 206-362-4777. NORTHGATE Sept. 2 If you're a Canlis fan, tonight's multicourse dinner with some of the restaurant's top food suppliers (including reps from Misty Isle Farms and Rosella's Fruit & Produce) will help you understand what makes it so enduring. $135. 6:30 p.m. 2576 Aurora Ave. N., 206-298-9550. QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE Aug. 26 Meet the wine world's biggest celebrity: a 4.5-foot, 450-pound bottle designed by Charles Parriott. Filled with 130 liters of Beringer's Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, the newest addition to the Guinness Book of World Records makes the Seattle stop in its U.S. tour tonight at Morton's. Over hors d'oeuvres and Beringer wines, you'll learn how the famed bottle was created in the Czech Republic. $40. 6–8 p.m. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Aug. 28 Take the Pepsi Challenge, vino-style, at a blind tasting of sparkling wines from around the world, hosted by Red Apple Wine Bar. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. FREMONT At this afternoon's tasting, Equin Wine Merchants showcases new local wines at a mighty fine cost: free! 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO Aug. 29 Bring your bike if you like, but this afternoon's tour of Tuscany, Umbria, and other central Italian regions, hosted by wine guy Arnie Millan, is all about the grapes. The class includes regional analysis, comparative tasting, and discussion time. $35. 4–6 p.m. Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St., 206-443-4300. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Sept. 1 Need a reason to visit Walla Walla? How about an eight-course dinner at 26 brix paired with a variety of Basel Cellars wines? $125. 7 p.m. 207 W. Main St., 509-526-4075. WALLA WALLA Sept. 2 Enjoy the delights of fine Australian wine without seeing a single kangaroo at Esquin Wine Merchants. Free. 5:30–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO Sept. 4 Like teenagers marginalized without cause, the wines on offer at Red Apple Wine Bar's close-out sale are simply misunderstood: replaced by newer vintages or ignored by indiscriminate shoppers, they all! must! go! Stop by for steal deals on bottles that just need love. Free admission. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT Women, rid yourselves of crankiness, stress, and those confining pantyhose before helping Olympic Women in Wine celebrate the first anniversary of their Working Girl wines at Olympic Cellars Winery. The day will include several tasting sessions, and Jo Miller and Her Burly Roughnecks will provide the music. $8. All day. 255410 Hwy. 101, 360-452-0160. PORT ANGELES BACK TO SCHOOL 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. Chef 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 Aug. 31 Expand your understanding of wine and cheese at The Tasting Room, where owner Don Corson (also a winemaker at Camaraderie Cellars) and Kurt Beecher of Beecher's Handmade Cheese will discuss pairing strategies. $20. 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET Sept. 2 Enter the wonderful world of tomatoes at Bon Vivant's "Celebrate Heirloom Tomatoes" class, taught by director Louise Hasson. The class will begin with a fresh tomato tasting and end with a landscape of luscious, tomato-centered dishes. $39. 7–10 p.m. 4925 86th St., 206-525-7537. MATTHEWS BEACH Sept. 5-Oct. 10 If you're gastronomically challenged, listen up: Blue Ribbon Cooking School is offering a six-part series of cooking classes designed to turn stumblebums into master chefs—with a little guidance from the actual chefs who help lead each session. (Classes may be taken individually on a space-available basis.) $450 for the series, $85 for individual classes. For details, visit 2501 Fairview Ave. E. 206-328-2442. EASTLAKE GETAWAYS Sept. 4-Oct. 31 Having eaten corn all your life—on the cob, in salsa—you may consider it harmless. But the maize maze at Biringer Farm has decidedly sinister intentions: It seeks to entrap you. Luckily, during the next two months, you have a golden opportunity to show the corn labyrinth what you're made of (and pick up a fresh pumpkin for your trouble). $5.75 for maze, $9 for maze and pumpkin patch. Open 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. 4625 40th Pl. N.E., 425-259-0255. EVERETT

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