Oct. 20, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through Oct. 31 Since you're already itching to vote (who can wait another two weeks?), Cascadia has developed two prix-fixe dinners to appeal to Donkeys and Elephants alike. Republican fat cats can get fatter on Maine lobster bisque (à la Kennebunkport) and barbecued Texas beef short ribs, while Democrats feed their passion for social justice with Boston clam chowder and herbed free-range chicken with potatoes and Heinz ketchup (à la Teresa Heinz Kerry). Whatever your vote in this epicurean election, three courses for $25 is a pretty impressive New Deal. $25. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. BELLTOWN Oct. 23 Have some pancakes, help some hurricane victims. Enough said. Garden Club Retirement Community hosts a breakfast benefiting the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. $5 donation suggested. 7:30–10:30 a.m. 13350 S.E. 26th St., 425-643-7111. BELLEVUE. Oct. 23–25 Get those Norwegian jokes ready; it's time for the Sons of Norway's annual Leif Erikson Bazaar. Sample traditional Norwegian fare like verdens beste kake—aka world's best cake—and rommegrot, otherwise known as sour-cream porridge. Uff da! 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 2245 N.W. 57th St., 206-783-1247. BALLARD Oct. 26 Home is where the heart is tonight at the Dahlia Lounge. Join acclaimed Northwest cookbook author Christina Orchid as she prepares a meal based on our little corner of the globe. Fittingly, her courses (crab fondue, anyone?) will be paired with Northwest wines. $99 (includes a copy of Orchid's new Recipes and Tales From a Northwest Island Kitchen). 6:30 p.m. 2001 Fourth Ave., 206-682-4142. BELLTOWN Oct. 30 Maybe you'll find a pearl at Flying Fish's second annual all-you-can-eat Oyster Frenzy. You will, most assuredly, meet the farmers who grow these little beauties, learn to shuck like them a pro, and get your fill. $25. 1–4 p.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN Nov. 1 Support Boomtown Café, eat like you're in Italy, and drink like it, too. Seventeen Italian restaurants and chefs and a great variety of Italian wines—as well as domestic wines made from Italian varietals—will be on hand at the Columbia Winery for oohing and aahing as you raise funds for a great cause. $25. 6–8:30 p.m. 14030 N.E. 145th St., 425-488-2776. WOODINVILLE Nov. 5 This one isn't "on the plate," it's on the body. That's right, naked sushi is back—along with house music and "fusion cocktails" at Contour. $10 (ladies free before 11 p.m.). 9 p.m.–2 a.m. 807 First Ave., 206-477-7704. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE Oct. 23 Think you know Spanish reds? Well, the Fremont Red Apple might have a thing or two to show you. No charge. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT Oct. 24 Sure, thanks to that Men at Work song we know all about living in the land down under, but what about drinking in the land down under? Brasserie Margaux presents a five-course dinner paired with Australian wines. $75. 7 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN Oct. 26 Winemaker Doug McCrea will be on hand at Yarrow Bay Grill tonight, for this month's winemaker's dinner. Three courses, lots of wine, and some late harvest viognier with dessert to top it all off. $35. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Oct. 30 Hops are on the vine, right? Good enough, then. The Washington Cask Beer Festival, at the Alki Room in Seattle Center, showcases handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from more than 30 of the area's best microbreweries. To avoid that gnarly micro-hangover, the Barking Dog Alehouse will be on-site with good eats. $35. 305 Harrison St., 206-633-0422. DOWNTOWN Nov. 1 Sure, anyone can pair wine with steak (OK, not anyone . . . ) but how about pairing wine with Vietnamese cuisine? Monsoon's Eric and Sophie Banh—along with several skilled local wine importers—do it quite well. Join them for the first of six in a series of family-style wine dinners called the Art of Pairing. $80. 615 19th Ave. E., 206-325-2111. CAPITOL HILL Nov. 2 Washington is far more exotic than you might think. At this Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar event, you will learn about European varietals grown right here in the Evergreen State. $60. 205 108th St. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE Nov. 4 Just a few months remain in 2004, so it isn't too early to consider which sparking wine you'll serve on New Years Eve as the calendar turns. After sommelier Arnie Millan's "Champagneology" discussion, chances are you'll know just what to do. The class includes appetizers from Andaluca. $42. 6 p.m. 405 Olive Way, 206-623-8700. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL Oct. 22 Now, this hardly seems like school. Cook's World presents bartender Keith Kinsella, formerly of Scott's, who will show you how to set up a home bar, and, more importantly, how to be a home bartender. Learn mojitos, martinis, appetizers, and more. $55. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Oct. 23 Have you considered going old-school and giving away old tins filled with homemade candy for the holidays this year? Are we crazy for asking? Yarrow Bay in Kirkland wouldn't think so; their pastry chef, Jessica Campbell, will be teaching the generous and the sweet-toothed how to create macadamia nut brittle, milk chocolate Oreo bark, and more. $39. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-889-9052. KIRKLAND Oct. 25 Be your own bistro! Join Le Pichet's Jim Drohman and Dish It Up! and learn how to prepare cafe classics. The chocolate mousse is calling. . . . $60. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA. Oct. 26 Sure, you know autumn in the Northwest, but what's autumn like in the Southwest? Take this Seattle Culinary Academy class to find out—and to learn how to prepare pork pozole with chipotle sour cream and herbed sopaipillas. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway Ave., 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL Nov. 1 Thinking of hiring a caterer sometime soon? What if you could learn their secrets and didn't have to? Chef, caterer, and event-planner Shelley Butler gives away tricks of the trade at this Cook's World class. $44. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE

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