Food News for February 8-February 14

Chef tours and seductive wine seminars.

News Money can't buy love—but it can buy a private, corner-view dining room at Canlis on Valentine's Day. The room (with complementary dinner) is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The proceeds will benefit the Canlis Cares Fund at the Seattle Foundation. Auction ends at midnight Feb. 10. To bid, call 206-283-3313. 2576 Aurora Ave. N., QUEEN ANNE. The Northwest Environmental Education Council wants you to eat pizza, drink beer, and learn about caribou at an eco-film showing Saturday, Feb. 15. The documentary tracks married biologists who follow a herd of caribou to mating grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 7 p.m. The RE Store, 1440 N.W. 52nd St., BALLARD 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. On the Plate Saturday, Feb. 11 Learn to think Greek (or at least shop like one) when chef Demetri Georgakopolous of Porta by the Market leads a tour as part of the Chef's Tour of the Market series. Learn the tricks of selecting the proper ingredients, then watch as Georgakopolous prepares a fresh, delicious dish with his market goods. $65. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 206-774-5249, PIKE PLACE MARKET The Museum of Flight hosts the fourth annual Hops and Props event, with 47 breweries from eight states and five countries sharing their special brews. The entry fee gets you access to sample tastes, food, a commemorative tasting glass, an educational tasting guide, and musical entertainment. Beer maven (and SW contributor) Don Scheidt will be there to share his expertise. $50/advance, $60/door, $75/VIP. 7–10 p.m. 9204 E. Marginal Way S., 866-468-7623, SODO The Grapevine Wednesday, Feb. 8 Learn about outstanding, reasonably priced wines from the Russian River region at a tasting hosted by the Seattle Wine Society, to include vegetarian food bites from Cafe Flora and a chocolate-truffle-and-cabernet-sauvignon finale. Reservations available online. $25/members, $30/nonmembers. Doors open at 7 p.m. St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., MONTLAKE Back to School Wednesday, Feb. 8 Beecher's Handmade Cheese hosts an artisan cheese and wine pairing class where students can taste 16 American artisan cheeses along with a variety of Washington wines. Sample the textures, flavors, and aromas of different cheeses, learn about styles, categories, and rinds, and even check out the cheese-making process and its history. $40. 6:30 p.m. 104 Pike St. #200, 206-322-1644 ext. 23, PIKE PLACE MARKET Wednesday, Feb. 15 Seattle Culinary Academy's "Meet the Producers" class is an opportunity to chat with local fisherman Joe Malley while learning to grill and tartare the Albacore tuna he caught. $45. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL What Cupid's Cooking Wednesday, Feb. 8 Wine consultant Liza Zimmerman and Washington Wine Tours present a class on seductive wines for Valentine's Day at El Portal. Participants will learn wine-tasting basics while sampling luscious and food-friendly Washington wines. For reservations, e-mail $45. 6–7:30 p.m. 522 Wall St. BELLTOWN Saturday, Feb. 11 Executive chef Kraig Hansen will teach aspiring cooks all the right moves in the kitchen during Palisade's Valentine-inspired cooking class. Oysters Rockefeller, macadamia-nut-crusted brie, stuffed sirloin steak, and Kona coffee panna cotta are on the menu. Enrollees get lunch, wine, champagne, recipes, and a surprise gift. $95. 10:30 a.m. 2601 W. Marina Pl., 206-285-5865, MAGNOLIA Sunday, Feb. 12 Leave the kids at the onsite day care and enjoy an adults' night out with an Italian buffet, dessert auction, comedy, and entertainment hosted by Rainbow Families of Puget Sound. $35 tickets, $15 childcare. 6–9 p.m. Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S., 206-323-3318, MOUNT BAKER Tuesday, Feb. 14 Go wild with a gourmet five-course dinner and night of dancing at the Woodland Park Zoo. The menu includes appetizers, salads, grass-fed beef medallions stuffed with Stilton bleu cheese, caramelized sea scallops, and desserts. Reservations required. $50. 7–11 p.m. West entrance at N. 55th Street and Phinney Avenue N., 206-684-4825, PHINNEY RIDGE Saxophones, James Bond, and pachyderms: Don't miss a benefit dinner and concert to benefit Save the Elephants, hosted by Grammy winner Kenny G and actor Pierce Brosnan, at the Triple Door. $500. 6:30 p.m. 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, DOWNTOWN Spice up your love life as well as your taste buds with Bandoleone's five-course prix-fixe menu that includes quail covered in chocolate sauce, caviar, oysters with rose petal mojo, and champagne. Call for reservations. 703 N. 34th St., 206-329-7559, FREMONT. Maximilien offers live classical guitar to complement a five-course dinner, including lobster bisque with truffle oil, roasted sea scallops, lemon sorbet, and lamb loin. Reservations by phone required. $79. 81 Pike Street, 206-682-7270, PIKE PLACE Want fat romance on a petite budget? Try See Sound Lounge's dessert for two, which includes champagne, Kissable Crème Brûlée, and Agavero (tequila infused with a natural aphrodisiac) after-dinner drinks, all for $30. Or upgrade to dinner for two with a three-course meal for $80. 115 Blanchard St., 206-374-3733. BELLTOWN Palace Ballroom will set special Valentine's dinner tables for two, four, or six—whatever you're into. Dueling pianos and wine will accompany courses such as double-cut lamb chops and lemon sorbet. Tom Douglas hosts an oyster bar. Call for reservations. $100. 2100 Fifth Ave., 206-448-2001. DOWNTOWN

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