Oct. 27, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE 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 Cafe, 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. 2 We can't believe it IS butter! Pike Place Market Creamery is hosting its third annual butter tasting with over a dozen premium butters, including a French butter spiked with sea salt. Join owner Nancy Nipples in raising funds for Pike Market Medical Clinic while raising your expectations of butter. $10. 2–5 p.m. The Emerald Kettle, Sanitary Market Building, 1514 Pike Pl., 206-622-5029. DOWNTOWN 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 Nov. 6 and 7 Who doesn't love pierogies? Join in the fun of the 41st annual Polish Holiday Bazaar and get stuffed with stuffed cabbage as well as other Polish favorites like cheese crepes, sauerkraut, borsch (of course). Free Admission. Noon–7 p.m. 1714 18th Ave., 206-322-3020. CAPITOL HILL NOV. 6 AND 13 All aboard for Yarrow Bay's annual Cruise to the Stadium package. Enjoy a buffet brunch at the restaurant's Bayshore Room before arriving at the UW Husky game in luxury and style, as the Yarrow Bay's yacht takes you to and from the stadium. $65. Call for times. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Nov. 9 Rub elbows with community leaders at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce's third annual Sushi and Sake Fest at the Grand Hyatt Seattle. Enjoy Asahi beer along with all you can eat from sushi faves like Nishino and Hiroshi's. $50. 5:30–9 p.m. 721 Pine St., 206-320-1010. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE 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. Noon–4 p.m. and 6–10 p.m. 305 Harrison St., 206-633-0422. DOWNTOWN Oct. 30 Forty wineries and 20 restaurants: That's Gusto!, the annual Everett Community College Foundation wine festival at the Marine View Conference Center. Winemakers and winery representatives will offer their expert knowledge while you enjoy culinary delights and cooking demonstrations from local restaurants. $25. 3–9 p.m. 404 14th St., 425-388-9535. EVERETT 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. 6 p.m. 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. Call for time. 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 Year's 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 Nov. 5 Add some sophistication to your diet by attending an Evening of Classical and Eastern European Music, presented by Champion Wine Cellars at the Town Hall. In addition to music, there'll be a no-host wine tasting, flavored vodkas, and zakuskis (hors d'oeuvres to most of us) from Piroshky, Piroshky. $18 in advance, $22 at door. 6 p.m. 1119 8th Ave., 206-283-6530. DOWNTOWN Nov. 6 Hey, they're new to you! Fremont Red Apple Market & Wine Bar offers a select sampling of newly bred and blended Northwest wines including viognier, Petit Verdot and Tempranillo. FREE. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., www.nwfreshmarkets.com FREMONT Nov. 7 JM Cellars, typically closed to the public, is opening its doors for a few days of holiday spirit and wine tasting, featuring new fall releases and limited release wines. Award-winning vintners John and Peggy Bigelow will be in attendance. $10. 4 p.m. 14404 137th Place N.E., 206-321-0052. WOODINVILLE BACK TO SCHOOL OCT. 29 A pizza party that's really a cooking class? Sounds OK by us. Learn pizza dough, authentic pizza Margherita, and more at Sur La Table's Kirkland culinary program. $60. 6 p.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND OCT. 30 There really isn't much like the smell of freshly baked bread. Learn to make classics like brioche, foccaccia, and Tuscan bread at this RainCity class. $65. 11 a.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Nov. 1 Thinking of hiring a caterer sometime soon? What if you learned their secrets and didn't have to? Chef, caterer, and event-planner Shelley Butler gives away tricks of the trade at Cook's World. $44. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Nov. 2 Unexpected guests? Learn to get dishes like mushrooms with mustard and garlic on the table fast using RainCity Cooking School's sauté techniques. $65. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Nov. 6 Every cook knows you can't jump into dinner without serving appetizers. Take Troiani's antipasti class and be prepared. $34.95. 1:30–3:30 p.m. 1001 Third Ave., 206-624-4060. DOWNTOWN Nov. 8 Nonvegetarians can eat tofu too? There is more to soy products than you think, as chef Kris Dews will show you. Cooks World presents a hands-on class that will demonstrate various ways to prepare and enjoy tofu—even if you're serving it with steak. $46. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Nov. 8 Looking for gift ideas? Learn to make rich, delicious chocolate treats for your friends, and for yourself, at the Bon Vivant School of Cooking. Chocolate specialist Suzanne Hunter will show you how to create a variety of mouth-watering truffles. $78. 7–10 p.m. 4925 86th St., 206-525-7537. BALLARD Nov. 9 Get ready to cook up a sand storm of surprises from Tunisia. Learn dishes like poached fish with preserved lemon, capers, and olives at the Mise en Place cooking class held at Seattle Central Community College. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL Nov. 9 Roll, wrap, and fill sushi with Sur La Table. Get prepped to host your own holiday sushi party, and surprise your guests with wasabi ice cream for desert. $75. 6 p.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND

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