Sept. 1, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Sept. 8 Ingredients from Seattle's farmers markets should add seasonal goodness to tonight's four-course dinner at Zoe Restaurant, where chef-owner Scott Staples' menu will complement a wine flight from DeLille Cellars. (Ten percent of all profits benefit the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance.) $50 for dinner, $40 additional for wine. 6 p.m. 2137 Second Ave., 206-256-2060. BELLTOWN Sept. 10 Hors d'oeuvres from the award-winning Herbfarm will highlight this evening's fund-raising dinner to fight mitochondrial ailments. Hosted by Woodinville's Willows Lodge, the event also includes a four-course meal filled with Northwest flavors, prepared by Lodge chef George Stevenson. $100. 5 p.m. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-670-3343. WOODINVILLE Sept. 10-12 Around 20 area eateries are scheduled to turn out for the Bite of Crossroads, Bellevue's take on the food festival; this year's chow for walk-by snacking includes mini-ribs from Jones Barbecue, chicken katsu from Sushi Zen, borscht from Piroshky-Piroshky, and tiny ice-cream cakes from Cold Stone Creamery. $12 (for 20 food coupons). Noon 9:30 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Sun. Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast, 425-644-1111. BELLEVUE THE GRAPEVINE 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! Free admission. 3 6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL 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 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 Sept. 8 As summer wanes, your thoughts may turn to canning; luckily, chef Hope Sandler has made it her mission to help you preserve the vernal harvest in glass jars. At tonight's Bon Vivant canning class, you can fill 'em with spiced peaches, berry jam, citrus marmalade, and tomatoes with fresh basil. $39. 7 10 p.m. 4925 86th St., 206-525-7537. MATTHEWS BEACH Sept. 10 If you appreciate Barbara Kingsolver's Southwest-based oeuvre, you might enjoy learning how to cook like her plucky heroines at Sue Danielson's meat-free class on chile pepper cuisine, also known as Tex-Mex. Red and green chile sauces are on the curriculum, as are poblano corn soup and Mexico's famed chiles rellenos. $35. 6:30 9 p.m. PCC, 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-525-3586. GREEN LAKE Sept. 12 Arnie Millan turns our attention to the uppermost wine regions of Italy-Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, et al.-at the last of three wine classes hosted by the Warwick Hotel. $35. 4 6 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-443-4300. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Sept. 14 If you've walked into a sushi bar only to look at the menu, with its specialized terms and many types of tuna, and faint dead away, NuCulinary's class on basic sushi rolling is just your speed. Learn futomaki (big roll), hosomaki (small roll), and even the hallowed inside-out roll, plus a nice recipe for miso soup and the key to perfect sunomono (cucumber salad). $60. 6 p.m. 6523 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE 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 Sept. 10 Feel free to hum the theme from Rawhide as you make your way to the Puyallup Fair today for a book signing with Texan "cowboy cook" Tom Perini, who has cooked at the James Beard House, appeared on the Food Network, and even catered for Dubya. A proponent of "chuckwagon cooking," Perini will autograph copies of Texas Cowboy Cooking and possibly chat with you about what makes a good salsa verde. 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., (within the fair: Showplace Way and Grand Avenue), 253-845-1771. PUYALLUP Sept. 11 Today's clambake at Silverlake Winery is an actual, literal clambake: Clams will, in fact, be baked. And paired with wine. For approximately five hours. $15. Noon 5 p.m. 1500 Vintage Rd., 509-829-6235. ZILLAH

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