Food News

January 3 - January 10, 2007.

Farm Fresh The West Seattle Farmers Market reopens on Sunday, Jan. 7, with its winter schedule: Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Some of the food finds you'll see this weekend include: rainbow chard, escarole, Kabocha squash (a Japanese winter squash), Vashon Island's Sweetbread Cellars wines, and paté de fois (chicken liver paté) from Sea Breeze Farms. The West Seattle market is at the corner of Southwest Alaska Street and 44th Avenue Southwest. 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 otherwise noted. Back to School Tuesdays, January 9 - March 13 This is the time for resolutions, and big, ambitious plans for self-betterment. If you've always wanted to learn how to cook, really cook, with a certificate making it official, Bon Vivant has a class for you. This "Mastering the Basics Certificate Course" is an intense, nine-week class that will whip you into culinary shape, exploring such essentials as knife-handling skills, with classes that work their way from the salad course, to braising meats, to "the art of flambé." 7–10 p.m. $375. Location TBA, 525-7537, Tuesday, January 9 Learn to cook a variety of Thai noodle dishes, from kao soy (egg noodles with chicken and tofu in Chiang Mai curry), tom yum heang (rice vermicelli with shrimp and spicy sauce), and lab mua nang (sweet rice noodles with coconut), to that perennial favorite, phad Thai. Thai native Pranee Halvorsen is the chef/instructor of Thai Cooking: Oodles of Noodles Dishes. Sounds a bit more challenging than Top Ramen. 6:30–9:30 p.m., $55, Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Begin the New Year with a new talent, with a little help from Nuculinary's The Art of Sushi Rolling class at Uwajimaya. Learn to make perfect sushi rice and create gorgeous sushi rolls— California and futomaki rolls—as well as miso soup, and the cucumber salad known as sunomono. $65. 6 p.m. 600 Fifth Ave. S., 624-6248, INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT Drink Up Sundays, January 7- February 18 If you like a fine glass of wine but can't begin to articulate why and want to learn how to spot a great bottle, Sommelier Arnie Millan's Introduction to Wine Classes might be just the thing to begin your year. A bit of infotainment, as you taste at least six wines per class, while you explore topics including grape varietals, Washington wines, pairing wine with food, and wine trends. 4–6 p.m. $39 per class/$250 for all seven. Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St. 612-6547. DOWNTOWN Wednesday, January 10 "Learn how to identity the five basic components of wine." Tanya Darling's class, Components of Tasting Wine promises to make wine less intimidating. Six wines to taste; appetizers provided. 6:30–9 p.m. $30. Whole Foods Market, Roosevelt Square, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 985-1500, ROOSEVELT Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail

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