Dec. 29, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through January Bring your post-holiday increased appetite and decreased pocketbook to Yarrow Bay Grill & Beach Cafe for its special three-course dinner, which stars a one-pound porterhouse steak. $24.99. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Jan. 6 Gene Cunningham of Bellevue's Equis Restaurant does kitchen duty at this week's FareStart Guest Chef Night. His colorful menu includes warm spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, Asian pear, and beet chips followed by ginger-hoisin chicken with watermelon coulis and strawberry-kiwi salsa. $19.95. Seatings every 15 minutes between 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. 1902 Second Ave., 206-267-6210. DOWNTOWN Jan. 10 Vietnamese cuisine doesn't necessarily lend itself to obvious wine pairings—unless, of course, you're Eric or Sophie Banh of Monsoon, or Doug Cargill of Noble Wines. In their knowledgeable hands, you'll enjoy a family-style Vietnamese dinner, with the perfect accompaniments. $80. 6 p.m. 615 19th Ave E., 206-325-2111. CAPITOL HILL Jan. 15 Here's a fund-raiser that really fits its setting: Hi-Life, housed in the old Ballard Firehouse, is hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Seattle Firefighters Benevolent Association. $8. 8:30–11 a.m. 5425 Russell Ave. N.W. 206-784-7272. BALLARD Jan. 23 Chef and rabbi Gil Marks is the guest of honor at Hillel's inaugural Big Kosher Dinner, a multicourse Moroccan-themed feast that includes many salads, bastilla (a chicken-filled sweet-savory phyllo pastry), tagine stews, couscous, and baklava for dessert. At the dinner, Marks will speak on Jewish cookery, making this a feast for both stomach and mind. $150. 5 p.m. 4745 17th Ave. N.E., 206-527-1997. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT THE GRAPEVINE Jan. 17 Denise and Brett Isenhower's eponymous Walla Walla winery specializes in Bordeaux-style wines and Rhone-inspired wines, and tonight they'll be pouring them alongside chef Brian O'Conner's five-course dinner at the Madison Cafe. $75. 6:30 p.m. 1807 42th Ave. E., 206-324-2626. MADISON PARK Jan. 17 You probably know about Oregon's reputation for excellent Pinot Noirs; Union chef Ethan Stowell wants to introduce you to one of the premier producers, Beaux Frères Winery. Enjoy Stowell's eight-course meal, paired with the best the vineyard has to offer. $95. 6 p.m. 1400 First Ave., 206-838-8000. DOWNTOWN Jan. 22 In this town, it doesn't get much fancier than the Columbia Tower Club, so it's fitting that Wine Press Northwest's annual Platinum Wine Dinner should happen there. Sample 2004's 11 Platinum-rated wines while enjoying a five-course meal and leafing through your complimentary copy of Andy Perdue's Guide to Northwest Wines, included in the prix fixe. $130. 6:30 p.m. 701 Fifth Ave., 206-622-2010. DOWNTOWN Jan. 26 Be on the lookout for Muskrat Susie and Muskrat Sam doing the jitterbug at Shoreline Community College's "Muscat Love," an exploration of the sweet and floral Muscat grape. $35. 7–9 p.m. 16101 Greenwood Ave N., 206-533-6700. SHORELINE Jan. 27 The Fremont PCC is suggesting that you get "zinful" with friends this winter; in order to facilitate, they're pouring several zinfandels for your perusal. Free. 6:30–8 p.m. 600 N. 34th St. 206-547-1222 ext. 191. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL Jan. 8 Trying to distance yourself from all that heavy holiday food? Let vegetarian author David Gabbe steer you back to sane satiety with a class on making inexpensive, low-fat meatless meals that still pique your palate. $29. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m. North Seattle Community College, 6208 60th Ave. N.E., 206-527-3705. SAND POINT 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 Jan. 13 At PCC's budget-conscious wine tasting, you can learn to drink like the Rebel Billionaire without taking out a second mortgage on the pool house. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. Fremont PCC, 600 N. 34th St., 206-547-1222 ext. 191. FREMONT Jan. 18 With Michele Scicolone's 1,000 Italian Recipes as your guide, you could theoretically prepare three Italian meals per day for a year without repeating yourself (except a little at the end). The author of this comprehensive cookbook, praised by Mario Batali and other kitchen kingpins, appears at Sur La Table to instruct on the embarrassment of riches that is Italian cuisine. $55. 6 p.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND Jan. 18 & 25 Looking for a sunny and supposedly heart-healthy way to shed some unwanted holiday poundage? The Extended Learning department at Shoreline Community College offers a two-session course on the South Beach Diet, hosted by Central Market. $65. 6:30–9 p.m. 15505 Westminster Way N., 206-533-6700. SHORELINE Jan. 25 So long as you aren't one of those who took to ordering "freedom fries" at McDonald's, you might be interested in Seattle Culinary Academy's French food primer, where you can learn to prepare wild mushrooms vol-au-vent. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway, Demonstration Kitchen/Room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL

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