Jan. 5, 2005

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. 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. 22 Ah, the '70s. Hippies, Yippies, and Bicentennial fever. Oh, and there was wine, too. Sommelier Arnie Millan has teamed up with Brasserie Margaux chef Chris Zarkades to present a dinner paired with rare wines from this foregone era. This exclusive event will take place in a 19th floor suite in the Warwick Hotel. We bet they'll find an open room for you if you need to crash out afterward—although there's very little chance that you'll be able to sleep underneath a vintage Farrah Fawcett poster. $195. 7 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE Jan. 9 A new series of Introduction to Wine classes is being offered by sommelier Arnie Millan. Class is held at the Warwick Hotel each Sunday for six weeks, but students need not attend every session. Millan will cover such topics as how to taste and how to describe wine, grape varietals and their characteristics, and food and wine pairings. $30 per class, or $160 for the entire series. 2–6 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN Jan. 13 Taste a bevy of Oregon's finest wines at Seattle Cellars' pinot noir tasting. Free. 5–7 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. DOWNTOWN Jan. 17 If you follow through on our previous listing, you'll already know about Oregon's reputation for excellent pinot noirs; Union chef Ethan Stowell wants to introduce you to a specific producer, 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. 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 suggests 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. 10 Every culture and every country has its favorite soup; at this Bon Vivant class you'll learn one from the Russians (barley), the Chinese (corn), the Thais (coconut), and more—and you'll also get the basics, like what constitutes a good puree. $39. 7–10 p.m. 4925 86th St., 206-525-7537. GREENWOOD Jan. 12 Love that south-of-the-border stuff? Got some free time on Wednesdays? On the second Wednesday of every month, Mexico Cantina y Veracruz Cooking presents a cooking demonstration hosted by their Pacific Place neighbors at Williams and Sonoma. Maybe you can make it your second-Wednesday lunch date; samples will, of course, be passed around. Free. 12–1:30 p.m. 600 Pine St., level 3. 206-405-3400. DOWNTOWN Jan. 16 Do your kitchen skills cut it? We're being literal here, folks. If you answered no, consider Blue Ribbon's Introduction to Knife Skills—and don't forget Junior; lots of Blue Ribbon's courses are kid-inclusive, and this one is offered for ages 12 and up. $85. 2–6 p.m. 2501 Fairview Ave. E., 206-328-2442. EASTLAKE 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 today 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. 20 If you're one of those people who can never resist ordering the ravioli, you might consider taking NuCulinary's class on homemade pasta at the West Seattle Thriftway. Learn to make butternut squash ravioli, bow-tie pasta, and vegetable lasagna. $50. 6 p.m. 4201 S.W. Morgan St., 206-937-0245. WEST SEATTLE Jan. 18 and 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 As 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, among other things, wild mushrooms vol-au-vent. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway, Demonstration Kitchen/Room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL Feb. 2 That's right, after the New Year is ushered through the door, you've got to start thinking about how to surprise your sweetie on Valentine's Day. Ray's Boathouse suggests you start by taking their chocolate course, which is taught by pastry chef Marcia Sisley-Berger. $30. 3–4:30 p.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770

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