April 27, 2005

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE May 7 The organizers promise that there's going to be live music and "oysters nude, stewed, and B.B.Q.ed" at this celebration—certainly sounds like a party to us. This, the First Annual Pat Nolan's Oyster Bash at the Drachen Foundation, benefits the renovation of the Big Howe Playground on Queen Anne Hill. Hey, that sounds like a party, too. $50. 4–9 p.m. 1905 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-284-0121. QUEEN ANNE May 11 New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman's new book is called Bittman Takes on America's Chefs but don't take that to mean that as he makes an appearance at Union, he and Ethan Stowell will be duking it out. Quite the opposite; Stowell and Bittman will collaborate on a number of dishes from the new text. $125. 1400 First Ave., 206-838-8000. DOWNTOWN May 13 Korean cuisine isn't necessarily one that many Americans know too much about, but Cecilia Hae-Jin's Eating Korean: From Barbeque to Kimchi, Recipes From My Home can change that for you. She reads from the text tonight at Ravenna Third Place, illuminating Korean culture and exploring classic dishes like bibim bap (rice bowls). Free. 7:30 p.m. 6504 24th Ave. N.E., 206-525-2347. RAVENNA May 18 Soon it'll be Copper River time again; do you know where your salmon is? Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar says they have it! Featuring Kistler Vineyard's California wines, this multicourse special menu features chef/owner John Howie and sommelier Erik Liedholm's special creations and pairings. $195. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE May 25 East Coast meets West Coast at this Metropolitan Grill/Silver Oak Cellars wine dinner. The California winery will supply the reds for chef Mark Hipkiss' menu, which is set to feature both Copper River salmon and fillet of New York steak. $185. 6 p.m. 820 Second Ave., 206-624-3287. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE April 30 Take a trip back in time to 1990 with sommelier Arnie Millan at this Waterfront Seafood Grill special wine event. This five-course dinner will be paired with outstanding wines like Chateau Guiraud Sauternes, which Wine Spectator gave a 96. 7 p.m. $225. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70. WATERFRONT May 7 At this Lakewood/Seward Park Neighborhood Association fund-raiser, you'll have an opportunity to taste wines from around the world and participate in a silent auction to raise money for remodeling the community clubhouse, where the event will be held. $20. 6–9:30 p.m. 4916 S. Angeline St., 206-723-1553. SEWARD PARK May 10 through May 24 Sip while you learn at sommelier David LeClaire's Introduction to Wine Tasting, which will meet three Tuesdays in a row at North Seattle Community College's Sand Point Education Center. Scheduled for coverage are "new" varietals in Washington and California and the basics of the old world. $90. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 6208 60th Ave. N.E., 206-527-3705. www.learnatnorth.org SAND POINT May 14 Still have your Passport to Woodinville? Better consider a Passport to Possibility. This Tacoma event benefits their Community College Children's Center and celebrates regional wines and culinary delights. Black-tie optional. $100. 7 p.m. 6501 S. 19th St., 253-460-4318. TACOMA May 25 Get to know your stovetop at this Seattle Culinary Academy class called Stove Top Cookery: Sauté, Pan-fry, and Poach. On the menu are seared scallops, pan-roasted asparagus, and more. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway, Demonstration Kitchen/Room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL May 26 All that glitters isn't gold, which we're sure you've heard, and wine educator and sommelier Dieter Schafer wants you to know that all that sparkles is not Champagne. This class, held at South Seattle Community College, will focus on some of the various sparkly things in the wide world of wine. $41. 6–9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE May 28 As the long, hot days of summer approach, so do the dry rosés. Learn all about them as you sip at this Fremont Red Apple tasting. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL MAy 4 Cascadia chef Kerry Sear will demonstrate some of his restaurant's classic seafood preparations at this Dish it Up! class. Included are caramelized spiced salmon and poached ahi tuna. $85. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA May 12 Looking to get ahead a little in the kitchen? How about getting ahead a lot? After you take this Highline Community College class, you'll be able to fix and freeze a month's worth of healthy dinners all at once. $35. 6–9 p.m. Call 206-870-3785 to register and for address and classroom location. HIGHLINE May 17 The worst part of hosting a cocktail party is that you're hosting—not partying! This RainCity Cooking School class aims to set you straight on that matter; they're going to show you how to prepare tuna paté, bacon stuffed tomatoes, and other great snacks ahead of time, so that you have more time with your guests. $65. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE June 1 Summertime is party time, and this Ray's Boathouse cooking class is geared toward your warm weather entertaining plans. $30. 5–6:30 p.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770. BALLARD June 20 They look great in the garden, they taste great on the plate: edible herbs. This NuCulinary class at the West Seattle Thriftway will not only have you planting your very own take-home herb garden, you'll have recipes for summer dishes like rosemary orange and lemon shortbread and herb grilled chicken, too. $60. 6 p.m. 6523 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE

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