Dec. 21, 2005

Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. 'TIS THE SEASON . . . FOR HOLIDAY DINNERS! Saturday, Dec. 24 Spend your Christmas Eve at Cascadia with an elegant five-course meal featuring traditional roast Christmas goose (salmon and prime rib are also available). Other courses include wild mushroom bisque, lobster salad, and a dessert buffet. $65 ($12/child under 12). 4–8 p.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884, BELLTOWN Kaspar's is serving a Christmas Eve feast. The meal begins with appetizers like smoked black cod on roasted cauliflower (served family style) and continues with rabbit and rosemary polenta gratin, barley and oyster mushroom risotto, and a dessert sampler. $45. 4:30 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123, LOWER QUEEN ANNE Celebrate the night before Christmas at Tulio Ristorante with executive chef Walter Pisano's branzino with roasted fingerlings and Meyer lemon jam ($28) and crab ravioli with herbs and sweet butter ($20). 5–9 p.m. 1100 Fifth Ave., 206-624-5500, DOWNTOWN Sunday, Dec. 25 Stop by the Sorrento Hotel on Christmas and enjoy homemade smoked salmon and corn chowder, boneless veal rib roast, and an assortment of desserts (e.g., bittersweet chocolate tart and eggnog crème brûlée) that will put even your most impressive holiday presents to shame. $75. Noon–8 p.m. (call for reservations). 900 Madison St., 206-622-6400, DOWNTOWN McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in Bellevue is serving up a festive prime rib dinner for the holidays in addition to their signature fresh sheet. Price depends on dishes. Noon–8 p.m. 700 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-454-2606, BELLEVUE Check out Frank's Christmas Lounge at Tango tapas restaurant & lounge. There'll be attention-grabbing games, international dishes (from Chinese to Spanish to Jewish), and drink specials all night, starting at 5 p.m. 1100 Pike St., 206-583-0382, CAPITOL HILL Saturday, Dec. 31 The à la carte New Year's Eve menu at Szmania's includes rack of lamb, grilled tenderloin with foie gras, roast pheasant, and other dishes. Appetizers include Maine lobster chowder, salads, and various desserts. And in case you're planning to celebrate the big moment at the restaurant, Szmania offers a prix-fixe four-course midnight dinner and champagne toast. Prices vary for the early dinner; it's $22/child for a three-course meal (seating from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.). The late dinner costs $59 without champagne, $65 with champagne (seating at 9 p.m.). 3321 W. McGraw St., 206-284-7305, MAGNOLIA Both locations of Purple Cafe & Wine Bar will be open on New Year's Eve, offering their usual full menu plus a special prix-fixe menu (with optional wine pairing). 323 Park Place, 425-828-3773, KIRKLAND; 14459 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-483-7129, WOODINVILLE. Ring in the New Year at Teatro ZinZanni with entertainment by Kevin Kent (better known these days as Miss Mabel Dean), El Vez, blues singer Francine Reed, and a five-course feast designed by chef Tom Douglas. A champagne toast, midnight buffet, and dancing will carry the festivities late into the night. $250. 7:30 p.m. 2301 Sixth Ave., 206-802-0015, BELLTOWN The New Year gets the high-end treatment at Canlis Restaurant, with an early seating option at 5 p.m. that offers a five-course prix-fixe menu ($95) for those with other midnight plans. Late seating runs from 8:45 to 10 p.m. and includes an elegant eight-course prix-fixe menu ($150). 2576 Aurora Ave. N., 206-283-3313, QUEEN ANNE Le Pichet's party features the usual dinner menu (5–10 p.m.), along with specials inspired by traditional French New Year's celebrations. At 11 p.m., the countdown to 2006 begins, with live music, desserts, and a selection of champagnes and sparkling wines by the bottle or glass. No cover. Dinner: 5–10 p.m. Party: 11 p.m.–2 a.m. 1933 First Ave., 206-256-1499, PIKE PLACE MARKET The New Year's celebration at Kaspar's Special Events & Catering includes a five-course meal, dancing to the Steve Olson Jazz Ensemble, and a champagne toast. $80. Seating at 7 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123, LOWER QUEEN ANNE The Pink Door offers jazz from Casey Mac Gill and The Blue Four Trio. Enjoy one-night-only items on the menu like rack of lamb, oysters with caviar, and risotto with truffles (usual menu items will also be available). Not having to pay a cover is always a cause for celebration! 1919 Post Alley, 206-443-3241, PIKE PLACE MARKET Cafe Juanita offers dinner from 5 to 10:30 p.m. with a six-course tasting menu that includes loin of veal with crisp veal sweetbread, house-made hand-cut tajarin with sage butter, Pralus chocolate truffle cake, and much more. $95. 9702 N.E. 120th Pl., 425-823-1505, KIRKLAND At Flying Fish, a selection of small plates (appetizer size, but a couple make a meal) will include fennel-cured salmon with Yukon potato cake and caviar ($13.95) and Kobe-style beef tartar with scallions and ginger oil ($12.75). Entrée-size plates include grilled Mexican spiny lobster ($26.95), grilled rack of lamb ($28.95), and other festive treats. 5 p.m.–1 a.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595, BELLTOWN XO Bistro hosts a four-course dinner ($54) with wine pairing and champagne. Entrées include lobster bisque with a caviar crème fraiche, seared filet mignon, and other delicious dishes. You can also order items, like escargot, à la carte. 2359 10th Ave. E., 206-328-6444, CAPITOL HILL Sazerac presents a special One Night Stand dinner menu by executive chef Jason McClure, bypassing their usual offerings to include ice-cold oysters on the half shell, garlic chile shrimp salad, butternut squash risotto, and pan-roasted veal chops. Prices vary according to item. Dinner served until 11:30 p.m. 1101 Fourth Ave. at Spring St., 206-624-7755, DOWNTOWN Sunday, Jan. 1 The best way to start a new year is with a delicious brunch, which is why Tango tapas restaurant & lounge offers a brunch with morning cocktails, games, and a warm atmosphere. 1100 Pike St., 206-583-0382, CAPITOL HILL After a night of partying, nothing is better than the Hangover Breakfast at the 5 Spot. The most mouthwatering deal includes hash browns topped with sausage gravy and two eggs, along with a bloody Mary, for $9.50. 1502 Queen Anne Ave., N., 206-285-7768. QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE Thursday, Dec. 22 Survey top red wines from California at Esquin Wine Merchants at a special pre-holiday tasting. Free. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374, SODO Thursday, Dec. 29 Esquin also hosts a special wine night where you can start planning for those big New Year's Eve parties! Taste various wines and decide which one you want at your holiday event. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374, SODO BACK TO SCHOOL Tuesday, Jan. 10 Don't know béarnaise from hollandaise? Learn to make these, beurre blanc, aiolis, and many more French sauces at Lisa Dupar Catering's first class of 2006. $65. 6:30–9 p.m. 18005 N.E. 68th St. (Suite A-150), 425-881-3250, REDMOND Thursday, Jan. 12 Start the New Year with new knowledge, courtesy of Nuculinary's Basic Sushi Rolling class at Uwajimaya. $60. 6 p.m. 600 Fifth Ave. S., 206-624-6248, CHINATOWN/INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

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