Dec. 8, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through Dec. 31 If you're lucky. Or, in other words, as long as they last. Cafe Juanita chef Holly Smith imported half a kilo of white truffles from Piemonte, Italy, and is offering a tasting menu at two budget levels so that the curious can sample and the rapid fans can indulge. 9702 N.E. 120th Pl., 425-823-1505. KIRKLAND Through Dec. 31 The artisan bakers at Grand Central Bakery are baking up all-natural traditional panettone for Christmas so you can celebrate the season with a healthier version of this candied bread. Available at their Pioneer Square cafe, as well as several local grocery stores. $11.99. 214 First Ave. S., 206-768-0320. PIONEER SQUARE Through Dec. 31 The acquired taste to end all acquired tastes: lutefisk. Anthony's HomePort at Shilshole is daring enough to serve this Scandinavian "delicacy" (they're even offering a child's portion). Will you be daring enough to try it? $16.95. 6135 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-783-0780. BALLARD Dec. 11 For the politically correct eater on your holiday list, consider stopping by the Seattle Veggie Families' holiday gift bazaar at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. We promise, no animals were harmed in the making of this event! Free. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 425-308-4618. PHINNEY RIDGE Dec. 12 Cookies at Cascadia with Kerry Sear? It's a Christmas tongue-twister and a really nice idea. Join Sear and his family for brunch or afternoon tea, decorate some freshly baked cookies, and then take them home and eat them! (Or, of course, you can always give them as gifts.) $35 for adults, $25 for kids. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. DOWNTOWN Dec. 13—15 See—and taste—what they're learning at South Seattle Community College's culinary arts program. This holiday dinner (think of it as an oral test) includes seared salmon with spicy onion marmalade and flourless chocolate cake. $19.53. Call for times. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5300. WEST SEATTLE Dec. 15 Beer pairing dinners are the new wine pairing dinners, haven't you heard? Sample a variety of Elysian Brewery's upscale suds while enjoying courses like cider-braised alder-smoked cod with escarole, fingerling potatoes, and pancetta vinaigrette at this Brasserie Margaux dinner event. $39.50. 6:30 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN Dec. 17 Pickled cherries? Southern Comfort fruitcake? Lipologist readings?? Shoppers at Kathy Casey's Food Studios will be able to sample retail goodies and special treats, visit with local cookbook authors like Cynthia Nims and Braiden Rex Johnson, and get their lipstick prints read by lipologist Jilly Eddy. No charge. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 5130 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-7840. BALLARD THE GRAPEVINE Dec. 12 and 19 Bordeaux wines are favored by many, but do you know why? Sommelier Arnie Millan will pour at least five examples of Bordeaux wines, and also discuss the history and geography of the region at the Warwick Hotel. $95 for both classes. 4–6 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN Dec. 13 Buty Winery and Syzygy Winery, a new boutique winery in Walla Walla, are teaming with Dulces Latin Bistro chef Julie Guerrero for a five-course wine dinner. Winemakers from both establishments will introduce new fall releases. $85. 6:30 p.m. 1430 34th Ave., 206-322-5453. MADRONA Dec. 20 Can't figure out what to pour with your deep-fried Butterball? For this installment of the Tasting Room's Monday tasting series, seven wines will be considered as holiday accompaniment. $12. Anytime between 3 and 7:30 p.m. 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-WINE. PIKE PLACE MARKET BACK TO SCHOOL Dec. 10—11 File this under demonstration rather than instruction; apparently it takes two years to learn the ancient art of dragon beard candy, and only about 400 people on the planet know how to do it. Visit the Bellevue Uwajimaya location on Friday, or the Seattle shop on Saturday, to see how this gorgeous candy-art is created. Free. Noon–6 p.m. 15555 N.E. 24th St., 425-747-9012 or 600 Fifth Ave., 206-624-6248 INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT and BELLEVUE Dec. 11 Well, well, the gang's all here, but you have no idea how to fulfill their drink requests? It's every cocktail host's nightmare, but at this Brasa how-to, you'll step behind the bar with estimable barkeep Mi Suk and get schooled. $35. 12:30 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. DOWNTOWN Dec. 14 What would Christmas be without the partridge in the pear tree? Icon Grill chef "St. Nick" Musser fudges just slightly at this Cook's World class by substituting pheasant or goose, but he adds to his instruction bright red velvet cake, homemade eggnog, and more. $46. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Dec. 14 Want to ring in the New Year with gougères? Want to first know what gougères are? This Seattle Culinary Academy class centers on what could be the first hors d'oeuvres of 2005—including those sophisticated cheese puffs. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway, Demonstration Kitchen/Room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL Dec. 14 Taught in the home (or houseboat) of one of the chefs, the Boat Street Kitchen calls these their Cold Weather Classes. But in learning to prepare seven dishes, and enjoying dinner and wine in the process, we doubt you'll need warming up. Tonight's course concentrates on New Year's Eve entertaining; the secrets behind Boat Street's organic chicken liver paté will be revealed. Call or e-mail for price, time, and location. 206-323-7132. Dec. 15 Who better to instruct on cooking with herbs than an Herbfarm veteran? Chef Scott Samuel, now of Simply Brilliant Catering, shows you how to make elegant holiday hors d'oeuvres with aromatic herbs at this Cooks World class. $46. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

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