Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK DEC. 5 Eating can save your life by postponing starvation. Tonight, your eating can

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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK DEC. 5 Eating can save your life by postponing starvation. Tonight, your eating can save other lives—particularly the lives of land-mine accident survivors in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. For the second annual Night of 1000 dinners, Seattle human rights organization Clear Path International will join landmine action groups worldwide to host fundraising dinners. For participating Seattle restaurants and hosts, call 206-780-5964 or visit www.clearpathinternational.org. What if Seattle Cellars Ltd. threw a champagne and port tasting and nobody came? That would be sad, sad, sad. As the press release claims: "The holidays are HERE and its time to get in the HOLIDAY mood." Which apparently involves inconsistent capitalization. Free. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. DOWNTOWN DEC. 6 Do you cook at home? So does Sara Moulton. Do you write cookbooks and appear regularly on the TV Food Network? No, we didn't think so. Come get Ms. Moulton to sign your copy of Sara Moulton Cooks at Home. Free. Noon at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., LAKE FOREST PARK, 206-366-3333; 6:30 p.m. at Sur La Table, 90 Central Way, KIRKLAND, 425-827-1311. DEC. 7 The good people at Space City Mixer are looking to capitalize on your sexually frustrated, altogether downtrodden single self, and we would let them do it if we were you, because there's food involved. The annual 'Tis the Season Brunch will take place this year at Greenlake Bar & Grill; goodies include coffee, juice, baked goods, and idle chitchat with other mateless individuals whose level of erotic appeal should roughly mirror your own. $19. 10:30 a.m. 72nd St. N.E. and Green Lake Dr., 206-729-6179. GREENLAKE Acclaimed Red Mountain wines will be the focus of the sipping at this tasting hosted by Fremont Fresh Market & Wine Bar, the fresh market & wine bar to watch in Fremont. $5. 3-6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT DEC. 8 It's St. Nicholas Day and Woodinville wineries are promising to "put the jolly in holiday." Well, then. Need we say more? How 'bout that six of the 11 participating wineries are normally open only by appointment. Today their tasting rooms are open to the public. For participating wineries, call 425-485-2437. DEC. 11 A hotel whose rooms are dedicated to local wineries and vineyards would be expected to put on a good show when it comes to, well, wine, and Hotel Vintage Park has held up its end of the bargain with winter wine classes. The last class of its 2002 series deals with all things bubbly, including our dear friends sparkling wine and champagne. $10. 6:15-7 p.m. 1101 Fifth Ave., 2006-624-8000. DOWNTOWN UPCOMING EVENTS DEC. 12 What with the new Sopranos cookbook making Italian cuisine look like some kind of criminal endeavor, Mary Lou Sanelli, author of The Immigrant's Table, could be seen as the voice of productive, hard-working Italian-Americans. Get your copy signed at this reading. Free. 7:30 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. DOWNTOWN DEC. 13 The Pike Place Market Creamery will hold its first butter tasting tonight. Hosted by none other than the Creamery's appropriately named owner, Nancy Nipples, tonight's tasting will feature 10 butters, some domestic and others imported from faraway places like Spain, Ireland, Italy, and Vermont. Have no fear of naked butter—there will be plenty of bread for smearing. Your $5 donation will benefit the Pike Market Medical Clinic. 5-8 p.m. Next to Pike Place Market Creamery, 1514 Pike Place, #3, 206-622-5029. PIKE PLACE MARKET There is no such thing as "too much champagne." Sommelier Mark Sieras hopes to prove this self-evident point at "A Toast of the Season," wherein "six different sparkling sensations" will be accompanied by "seven courses of extravagant cuisine." We're so "there." $150. 6:30 p.m. Salish Lodge and Spa, 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 425-888-2556. SNOQUALMIE DEC. 14 Crab. Weezer wrote a song about it, and now Cynthia Nims, author of the new cookbook Crab, is telling us how to prepare it in dozens of creative ways. Crab Benedict, beer-steamed crab with mustard butter, and chilled tomato soup with crab—these are but a few of her shellfish epiphanies. Come meet the woman herself at Sur La Table and get your crab on. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m. 84 Pine St., 206-448-2244. DOWNTOWN DEC. 15 There is a Santa. And he eats omelets. You and the little ones can brunch with Santa today at Cutters Bayhouse' third annual Santa Brunch. He'll be available for photos. Proceeds will go to Junior Diabetes Foundation. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2001 Western Ave. 206-448-4884. PIKE PLACE MARKET DEC. 16 Some people think wine and cheese are a bit like Laurel and Hardy, Cheech and Chong, even Will & Grace. We tend to agree with those people, and so do the nice folks at Chateau Ste. Michelle, who will provide plenty of both at their traditional Holiday Wine and Cheese Night. $15. 4:30-7:30 p.m. 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 800-267-6793. WOODINVILLE

 
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