By Adriana Grant News We are happy to announce the launch of our food blog, Voracious, full of up-to-the-minute food news, gossip, and events. Visit us, and post your comments at www.seattleweekly.com/food/blogs/voracious. While you're there, check out our food page, with its ever-expanding list of dine out/pick-up Thanksgiving options for those last-minute emergencies, from fresh-baked pies from Grand Central Baking company to sit-down Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin's. Visit www.seattleweekly.com/food. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Farm Fresh It's pear season. Yes, really: varieties like Bronze Beauty, Bosc, 20th Century, and Kosui are available at farmers markets this week. The frilly, wrinkly, and newly hip Dino kale is also available for your leaf-eating pleasure. Visit the Pike Place Market, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.–5 p.m., located at Pike and First Avenue, along Pike Place. To find a market in your neighborhood, visit www.dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/farmers_markets.htm. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Drink Up November 24-26 If you're considering walking off some of Thursday's indulgence, you might want to venture out to the Yakima Valley for Thanksgiving in Wine Country. Tour 45 Yakima Valley wineries, and enjoy library tastings with paired autumnal noshes. $20 includes a Wine Yakima glass. Various times, 800-258-7270, www.wineyakimavalley.org. YAKIMA VALLEY Saturday, November 25 Visit Pike Place Market for a bit of early holiday cheer; carolers stroll the Market from 4 to 6 p.m., Woodring Orchards offers samples of hot cider (2–5 p.m.), and the Holiday Food Drive begins (2–5 p.m.): bring five items of canned food for the Downtown Food Bank and receive a free tote bag (while supplies last). At 5 p.m., the Market will plug in 10,000 lights to mark the beginning of the holiday season. Free. 2–6 p.m., First Avenue and Pike Street. DOWNTOWN A complimentary wine tasting with Esquin Wine Merchants, promises samples of various brands of Bordeaux. Free. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374, www.esquin.com. SODO Sunday, November 26 On the occasion of the holiday season, Shmaltz Brewing Company, makers of HE'BREW "The Chosen Beer", celebrates 10 years of beer-brewing with the release of an award-winning Chanukah beer: Monumental Jewbelation. In 2005, Pacific Brew News awarded Jewbelation "Best Winter Brew in Show" winning over Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale and Anchor Steam's Christmas Ale. Free. 4 - 7 p.m., Bottleworks, 1710 N. 45th St., #3, 206-633-2437, http://www.shmaltz.com . FREMONT Back To School Saturday, November 25 If you'd like to concoct your own, homemade to-go food, this hands-on class, Chinese Take-Out From Home might be just the thing. The menu features classic items like hot and sour soup, egg rolls, barbecued pork, and spicy cashew chicken. $50. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192, www.cooksworld.net. U DISTRICT For expanded food coverage, see www.seattleweekly.com. Visit the Food page and click on Food Files.