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December 13 - 20, 2006 (expanded from print version).

Farm Fresh As we head into colder weather, our local farmers markets continue to offer a range of local produce and fresh foodstuffs, including wild tuna, handcrafted cheeses, and local varieties of honey. For these and other delicacies,visit the Ballard Farmers Market, open year round, on Sundays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Ballard Avenue at 20th Avenue Northwest. To find a market close to you, visit Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless noted. Back to School Wednesday, December 13 Enroll in Cheese 101: Introduction to Artisan Cheese, with experts from Beecher's Handmade Cheese. You'll be schooled in the history of the artisan cheese making process, learn to recognize different types of cheese, and taste a range of American artisan cheeses. Wine pairings as well. $50, 21 and over only. 6:30–9 p.m., 104 Pike St., #200, (one block from Beecher's Handmade Cheese in Pike Place Market). DOWNTOWN On the Plate Wednesday, December 13 The Bon Vivant School of Cooking offers a class titled The New Orleans Spirit: Zesty Creole-Cajun Cooking, a culinary tour of this much-loved city. From beignets and café au lait, to muffaletta sandwiches to gumbo, many of the regional foods we love have roots in the complex cultural history of New Orleans. $78. 7–10 p.m. For more information, call 525-7537, or visit Drink Up Wednesday, December 13 The Seattle Wine Society invites you to its annual Holiday Party, with a generous assortment of wines to sample: 55 still wines, seven sparkling wines, four ports, and eight dessert wines. You'll enjoy a caramelized onion and sweet potato tart, among other snacking options, and what promises to be an impressive dessert: a 44-inch tall Belgian chocolate fountain, with fruit, cookies, and cake to dip into it. $35/$25 members. Admission includes 10 tastings, plus two port or dessert wines. 7 p.m. St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E.,, CAPITOL HILL December 13-23 The Elysian, a favorite Capitol Hill brew pub, opened a second location in September; if you haven't visited their new downtown space yet, this might be a good time to stop in. Belgian Noel Week at Elysian Fields offers a tasting of Belgian holiday ales on tap, including their own version, Elysian Bête Noel '06. Sample a variety of Belgian brews, from Delirium Noel '06 to De Dolle Still Nacht '02 to N'ice Chouffe '06. Prices vary. Elysian Fields, 542 First Ave. S., 382-4498, PIONEER SQUARE Thursday, December 14 Curious to learn more about port and dessert wines? Visit Esquin Wine Merchants and sample fortified dessert wines, such as sherry and port, from vintners around the world. Free. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 682-7374, SODO Saturday, December 16 European Vine Selections, a cozy, unprepossessing wine shop tucked into the north end of Capitol Hill's 15th Avenue East offers some great finds, accompanied by well-informed, easygoing advice. Visit on Saturday for a free tasting of Bordeaux. Free. 2-4 p.m. 522 15th Ave. E. 323-3557, CAPITOL HILL Burien's Vino Bello Wine Bar offers a tasting of Greek vino, including samples of Mihalis Boutaris' wares (from Kir-Yanni Estate), who was named by Food & Wine magazine as one of the "young men and women who with their work are revolutionizing the wine industry." Greek appetizers provided; live blues performed by Keven Reniche. 4–7 p.m. $5. Vino Bello Wine Bar, 636 S.W. 152nd St. Unit F, Burien, 244-8466,, BURIEN Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail

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