Sept. 29, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through Dec. 7 A banana chimichanga? Well, stranger things have happened. Chow Foods' West Seattle outpost, Endolyne Joe's, has gone south of the border. Join them for their new Mexican menu. By the way, if the chimi sounds too crazy, you can always go for some of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream's Mexican chocolate. Menu prices vary. 8:30 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. 9261 45th Ave. S.W., 206-937-JOES. WEST SEATTLE Oct. 7 Phinney Ridge residents might want to eat heartily at neighborhood restaurants today, as a portion of the day's profits benefit local soup kitchens. Participating eateries include the Barking Dog Ale House, Red Mill Burgers, Yanni's, the Santa Fe Cafe, and the Stumbling Goat. Menu prices vary. Hours, too. Call 206-783-2244 for a complete list of restaurants. PHINNEY RIDGE Oct. 12 Progressive in more ways than one, the annual Feast at the Market is a mobile, forward-thinking dinner, and it benefits Pike Market Medical Clinic. Get a book of tickets as you enter, and proceed to appetizers at Campagne, a salad at Chez Shea, a main at Etta's, and dessert at the Pink Door. Better yet, map out your own feast. $60. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at 1930 Post Alley. PIKE PLACE MARKET THE GRAPEVINE Oct. 3 The weather isn't all that's hot below the Equator. Learn about Southern Hemisphere wines from wine director Christine Larsen of the Purple Cafe in Woodinville. $40 ($75/couple). 6:30–8:30 p.m. 14435 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-487-3960. WOODINVILE Oct. 5 High heights + too much spirits = well, something that's probably pretty uncomfortable. Good thing that Union chef Ethan Stowell will only be talking about wine and food pairings at the Space Needle's SkyCity. Some samples will be available. Free! 4:30–5:30 p.m. 203 Sixth Ave. N., 206-905-2100. DOWNTOWN Oct. 6 You loved Pioneer Square's First Thursdays so much that we arranged something for First Wednesdays, too. No, actually, we had nothing to do with it; Kasper's thought the whole thing up, and it's a wine tasting dinner. Four wines, four complementary dishes, and, presumably, lots of oohs and aahs. $50. 7 p.m. 19 West Harrison, 206-298-0123. QUEEN ANNE Through Oct. 9 What a deal: Taste two wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle and walk away from the Space Needle Pavilion (in the base of the tower) with a souvenir glass for a mere five bucks. 4–7 p.m. 203 Sixth Ave. N., 206-905-2100. DOWNTOWN Oct. 11 The wines of Spain are anything but plain, as today's Shoreline Community College class ought to demonstrate. $35. 7–9 p.m. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-533-6700. SHORELINE Oct. 19 Find out why Red Mountain wine is called the big wine from the little mountain, and learn about the unique climate and landscape of the area from wine experts Kara DeBill and Erik Leidholm at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Oh, and yes, you get to taste these big wines, too. $60. 6:30 p.m. 205 108th Street N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE BACK TO SCHOOL Oct. 2 Though it sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon sponsored by PETA, Adventures With Tofu is actually a cooking class at Shoreline Community College. $39. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-533-6700. SHORELINE Oct. 6 Having trouble moving beyond the ho-hum grilled cheese sandwich? Ray's Boathouse chef de cuisine Peter Birk will oversee this class devoted to local artisan cheeses, and how to use them in everyday cooking. $30. 5–6:30 p.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770. BALLARD Good dim sum (Chinese brunch) doesn't require a trip to Chinatown; you don't even have to leave the house to enjoy bamboo-shoot dumplings, scallion pancakes, and bean-curd pork with mushroom rolls, all of which you'll learn to make at this evening's NuCulinary class. $50. 6 p.m. 6523 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE Small plates are ultra-hip these days, and fusion never really lost its hold on America's culinary imagination. Combine trends at a PCC class on international appetizers. On the menu: spicy caponata with amaranth, spinach and chickpeas in coconut milk, and cannellini beans with lime-cilantro salsa. $35. 6:30–9 p.m. 2749 California Ave. S.W., 206-937-8481. WEST SEATTLE Hands-on is always the best way to learn, but if you've got a big-name chef with you, so much the better. Join Kerry Sear on a morning walking tour of the organic ins and outs of Pike Place Market. The adventure is complete with a three-course lunch of fresh ingredients at Cascadia. $65. 11 a.m. Meet at the market by the pig. PIKE PLACE MARKET Oct. 9 Cascadia chef Kerry Sear is always in tune with the seasons, and he'll pass his creative wisdom on to you at a harvest-themed class featuring apples, squash, chestnuts, pheasant, venison, and other autumnal ingredients. $75. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. BELLTOWN Oct. 11 Here's one for the ambitious: A Mediterranean cuisine cooking class, brought to you by Shoreline Community College. Mediterranean food comprises couscous from Morocco, Greek octopus, Egyptian lentil dishes, and much, much more. You'll want to take lots of notes. $65. 6:30–9 p.m. 16101 Greenwood Ave N., 206-546-4634. GREENWOOD Mashiko Sushi in West Seattle feels as much like an American neighborhood restaurant as the brewpub across the street, so it's a safe bet that chef and owner Hajime Soto will pass along his nigiri knowledge with ease. Learn cutting, rolling, and presentation techniques at this NuCulinary class at Uwajimaya. Bring a sharp knife and your favorite apron. $75. 6 p.m. 600 5th Ave. S., 206-624-6248. INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT Oct. 13 As we enter the season of soups, you should consider making your own. RainCity Cooking School in Bellevue wants to show you how to create butternut squash and French onion soups, as well as mussel chowder. Fee includes dinner. $60. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Oct. 18 Sambar's cocktails are so good, we won't tell anyone if you're there just for the booze. Should you want to actually learn something, Le Gourmand chef Bruce Naftaly will give instructions for a harvest dinner, highlighted by a gingerini from the bar next door. $60. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. BALLARD GETAWAYS Oct. 2 King County Harvest Celebration Farm Tour: SEE SW THIS WEEK. Stock up on jack-o'-lantern material at the grand opening of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins, where hot cider and beaucoup produce await you. Free. 10 a.m.–noon. Craven Farm, 13817 Short School Rd., 360-568-2601. SNOHOMISH Oct. 9–10 Cranberry pancakes, a cranberry cook-off, and a "big berry contest" should make this year's Cranberry Harvest Festival in Grayland as memorable as any past edition, and possibly more so. Free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. Grange Rd. off State Hwy 105, 360-267-2003. GRAYLAND

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