Dec. 15, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through December 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 café, 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. 17 Pickled cherries? Southern Comfort fruitcake? Lipologist readings?? Shoppers at Kathy Casey's Food Studio 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 Dec. 17 Check out what's not cooking—not steaming, not broiling, not baking—tonight at Chaco Canyon's raw holiday potluck. The restaurant will also be serving their juices and normal menu, and they want you to know that you don't have to worry about impressing anyone with your fancy raw dish—but if you would like to bring something, be sure that is "whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic plantlife." Free. 5–9 p.m. 4759 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., 206-5-CANYON. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT THE GRAPEVINE Dec. 18 Taste the latest, greatest releases from regional wine makers at Esquin Winer Merchant's Washington-centric afternoon tasting. Free. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S. 206-682-7374. SODO 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 Feb. 7 Still searching for the perfect gift for that dedicated wine disciple on your list? Well, what's your budget? For $1,500, you could send them to sommelier school at South Seattle Community College. The course runs for 12 weeks, and tuition includes wines for tasting, textbooks, exams, and certificates. Visit, call 866-412-0464, or e-mail at SSCC for more information. BACK TO SCHOOL Dec. 18 Brush up on your knife skills before you make a mess of your holiday dinner. At this Cook's World class, sharpening, storage, and proper handling will be demonstrated, and various cutting techniques will be taught. $65. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Dec. 21 It's not just about the turkey—or the ham or the prime rib—and it's not just about the grown-ups either. Christmas dinner is about the side dishes, too, and this Blue Ribbon Cooking School course is aimed at helping the younger generation get involved with making them. $65. 1–3 p.m. Ages 8–16. 2501 Fairview Ave. E., 206-328-2442. EASTLAKE Dec. 28 After the holidays, you'll be hungry for something non-American—trust us. At Culinary Communion's primer on the food of Vietnam, you'll learn about this amazing cuisine that blends French and Southeast Asian traditions. 6–9 p.m. Call or e-mail for prices and location. 206-284-8687. Dec. 28 Brush up on your bartending skills before your New Year's eve guests ask for something you've never heard of. Keith Kinsella teaches mojitos, martinis, margaritas, and more at Cook's World. $55. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Jan. 11 When the days grow longer and colder, Asian dishes like chicken and coconut soup with lemongrass start to sound even more appealing. Learn to make tuna tataki, Thai noodles, that fabulous soup and more at the Seattle Culinary Academy. 1701 Broadway, Demonstration Kitchen/Room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL

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