Sept. 22, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Sept. 24-25 All kinds of wurst-case scenarios are possible at Wallingford's annual Wurst Festival, which celebrates the mighty brat and pairs it with sauerkraut for a jolly Germanic repast. And everyone over 21 is welcome in the Biergarten! Free admission (food and beverage prices vary). 5–10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat. Wallingford Avenue North and North 48th Street, WALLINGFORD Sept. 26 Celebrate Tacoma's partnership with Cuba at a five-course Cuban dinner and dance to support a great cause: The Tacoma Cienfuegos Sister City Organization is pairing up with the Cuban city of Cienfuegos to provide running water to the Buena Vista neighborhood there. $50. 5–9 p.m. UPS Rotunda (parking access: Alder and North 14th Street), 206-272-6622. TACOMA THE GRAPEVINE Sept. 25 If you've ever journeyed to Italy, then returned home still craving Italian wine from family vineyards—crave no more. Small Vineyards of Italy invites you to taste vintage Italian wines and some new selections. 3–6 p.m. Red Apple Market, 3601 Fremont Ave., 206-633-3663. FREMONT Portalis Wine Shop is celebrating its first birthday, and what you get out of the deal is a chance to try a selection of Italian wines and complementary cheeses. $15. 7–9 p.m. 5310 Ballard Ave. N.W. 206-783-2007. BALLARD BACK TO SCHOOL Sept. 23 Twenty-one renowned local chefs (including Andaluca's Wayne Johnson and Serafina's John Neumark) are scheduled to attend tonight's unusual cooking class at Salty's on Alki. The proceeds benefit seniors at Providence ElderPlace and Pike Place Market's Heritage House; the format allows students to choose three chefs and work with each for 30 minutes. $60. Register at 6 p.m.; class begins at 6:30 p.m. 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 206-283-9067. WEST SEATTLE Sept. 24 Ever had a bad martini? You won't at The Art of the Martini, a hands-on class hosted by Oliver's and the Mayflower Hotel. Steve Burney, a 25-year bartending vet and regular winner of Seattle's Martini Classic Challenge, will be your guide. $44. 6–7:30 p.m. 405 Olive Way, 206-623-8700 ext. 2310. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Sept. 25 Like yogis, masters of the barbecue spend decades honing their craft, and Walt Grosjean is just such a master. Pick up the tricks of his delicious trade at a Cook's World class that includes grill-time faves like ribs, chicken, "planked" salmon, and corn on the cob. $50. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. University Village, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Sept. 26 This week, sommelier-about-town Arnie Millan kicks off another series of wine classes at the Warwick Hotel; the half-dozen sessions will cover major winemaking regions, the history of wine, and the nuts and bolts of tasting. $30. 4 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Sept. 27 Skip the cheeseburger and fries—it's time for something spicy. The Extended Learning Department of Shoreline Community College is offering a Basic Thai Cooking class for those who want their pad Thai to be their own. $35. 6:30–9 p.m. Central Market, 16101 Greenwood Ave N. 206-546-4634. SHORELINE In the time it takes to watch an old episode of Seinfeld, you could make warm scallop salad with wasabi vinaigrette, or wild-mushroom chicken with coconut milk and red curry. Learn how at Lynne Vea's 30-Minute Gourmet class, hosted by Greenlake PCC. $40. 6:30–9 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-525-3586. GREEN LAKE Sept. 29 Wine collecting requires more than good intentions and a credit card. Learn how to choose and keep superior vintages at a Hotel Vintage Park wine class. $10 (includes etched glass). 6:15–7 p.m. 1100 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE GETAWAYS Sept. 25 & 26 Catch the crush at Cañon de Sol Winery & Fidélitas Wines. The winery, rarely open to the public, is calling on volunteers to harvest, haul, and crush grapes. You might even get to taste some of their award-winning syrahs while you're at it. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 46415 E. Badger Road, 509-588-6311. BENTON CITY

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