Jan. 26, 2005

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through January Earth and Ocean's January Winemaker Dinner series features two boutique wineries from our own backyard, Mark Ryan Winery and Stevens Winery. Executive chef Maria Hines and pastry chef Sue McCown have prepared a multicourse menu to pair with a sampling of these Washington wines. Monday through Saturday. $65 for dinner and wine. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060. DOWNTOWN Through January Relax, Salty's on Redondo Beach's You Crack Me Up promotion doesn't have anything to do with stand-up comedians—they're referring to Dungeness crab. Every Sunday night in January, you're invited to eat all the crab you can handle, and enjoy limitless salads, too. $28.95. 4:30–9 p.m. 28201 Redondo Beach Drive S., 253-946-0636. DES MOINES Feb. 3 If you've ever wondered about the namesake behind Green Lake's foremost upscale neighborhood restaurant, tonight's a great time to find out—and contribute to a worthy local cause at the same time. Nell's owner and chef Philip Mihalski and his wife, Nell, are hosting a five-course dinner, with wine pairings, to benefit Childhaven, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse. $225. 6:30 p.m. 6804 E. Green Lake Way N., 206-524-4044. GREEN LAKE Feb. 7 Union chef Ethan Stowell is next in line to show off his skills at the James Beard House, and tonight is the dress rehearsal. Stowell will prepare the six-course meal that's he's taking to New York, and yes, exceptional wines are part of the package. $100. 1400 First Ave., 206-838-8000. THE GRAPEVINE Jan. 29 If wine-pairing dinners ever seem a little too stuffy even though you love the idea of great wine matched with great food, you might consider looking into this Hedges Cellars winemaker dinner at the Collins Pub. $55. 7 p.m. 526 Second Ave., 206-623-1016. DOWNTOWN Feb. 2 Don't miss this chance to meet the man behind Harlequin Wine Cellars. Robert Goodfriend will be at the Tasting Room all day to talk you through a fine assortment of his great wines. Free. Noon–8 p.m. 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET Feb. 5 If you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day or so. If you teach him to fish, he can eat for life. So what happens if you teach that same guy to grow grapes? We'd all be able to drink his wine! Help to raise funds for Washington State University's new viticulture and enology program at the Celebration of Washington Wine Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle. $175. 6 p.m. 14111 N.E. 145th St., 425-415-3300. WOODINVILLE Feb. 9 Plan to learn about wines from the Walla Walla Valley appellation at this Shoreline Community College primer, cutely titled Swalla' Walla Walla. Did you know that Walla Walla has the longest growing season of all the Washington wine regions? Yep. It's true. $35. 7–9 p.m. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-533-6700. SHORELINE Feb. 9 How can one man be at two great places at once? This is the question being answered by the Seattle Wine Society tonight as they present Mike Januik, winemaker for Januik Winery and Novelty Hill, at St. Demetrios Cultural Center Food bites provided by Brasa. $25. 6:30 p.m. 2100 Boyer Ave. E., www.seattlewinesociety.org CASCADE Feb. 10-24 One of the best ways to learn about wine is to look in your own backyard. Join sommelier Dieter Schafer as he guides you through the six viticultural areas of Washington at South Seattle Community College. The course meets on three Thursdays for a total of nine hours—and yes, of course, you'll taste these great wines as you learn about them. $82 6–9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE Feb. 13 Get a jump-start on Valentine's Day at this champagne-centric celebration at the Waterfront Seafood Grill. Enjoy five courses centered on lobster, lamb, caviar, and salmon, and paired with five varieties of Veuve Clicquot bubbly. $125. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL 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. BALLARD Feb. 2 The thing about going out to dinner for a special date is that your favorite restaurant is always a little too far from the bedroom. Take this RainCity cooking class and learn how to create the perfect at-home dinner date. The menu includes stuffed chicken breasts and a trio of luscious crème brûlées. $60. 11 a.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Feb. 2 Looking for a nosh? Join Peter Glick in the kitchen at the Stroum Jewish Community Center and learn to make traditional Jewish specialties like pierogi, latkes, and blintzes. Glick's even bringing bagels, lox, and cream cheese! Free. 11 a.m. 3801 E. Mercer Way, 206-232-7115 ext. 269. MERCER ISLAND Feb. 5 We may be a world away from New Orleans, but the folks at Blue Ribbon Cooking School think that with the right help (Jemil Johnson from La Louisianan), they can teach you to whip up beignets, crab bisque, and crawfish Monica. You might even start a parade. $95. 7–10 p.m. 2501 Fairview Ave. E., 206-328-2442. EASTLAKE Feb. 12 If you believe that turkey and mashed potatoes make you sleepy, do you believe that certain foods make you sexy? Culinary Communion's class on aphrodisiacs—for couples only, appropriately—is a three-year tradition, so clearly someone's buying it. Go ahead, be a believer. $140. 6–9 p.m. Call 206-284-8687 or e-mail info@culinarlycommunion.com for more information. Feb. 21 What's your hurry? Matt's in the Market chefs Matt Janke and Erik Canella, along with Dish it Up!, are going to teach you to slow down with recipes for braised Belgian endive, duck confit, and more. $60. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA

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