Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. DEC. 11 A hotel whose rooms are dedicated to local wineries and vineyards would be expected

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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. 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., 206-624-8000. DOWNTOWN DEC. 11-30 Your Christmas goose is cooked. Chef HansPeter Aebersold is slow-roasting the goose in question and making it a meal with spaetzle and red cabbage on the side. All of this can be yours for a mere $24, or you can opt for the deluxe treatment and get a four-course holiday feast (including soup, salad, and apfelstrudel) for $40. Geneva Restaurant, 1106 Eighth Ave., 206-624-2222. DOWNTOWN 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, hardworking Italian Americans. Get your copy signed at this reading. Free. 7:30 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Co., 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. 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. 14-15 AND DEC. 21-24 The Sheraton is hosting Father Christmas this year, and you and your special spawn can be there to witness the grand event—and to eat several slices of garishly indulgent French toast (topped with "whipped cream, M&Ms, and marshmallows"). All proceeds go to fund cancer research at the Hutch. $30/$20. 9:30-11 a.m. 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-667-6264. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE DEC. 15 There is a Santa. And he eats omelettes. You and the little ones can brunch with Santa today at Cutters Bayhouse's third annual Santa Brunch. He'll be available for photos. Proceeds will go to the 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. 800-267-6793. WOODINVILLE DEC. 17 When the folks at Impromptu Wine & Art Bar throw their annual champagne-and-caviar shindig, the results are anything but unpredictable. Count on fine vintage bubbly and mouthwatering imported and domestic fish eggs. The usual suspects include a 1991 Argyle Brut Reserve "Extended Tirage" and a 1995 Bollinger "Grande Donnee." Be sure to don some semiformal attire for this one. $75. 6:30-10:00 p.m. 4235 E. Madison St., 206-860-1569. MADISON PARK DEC. 18 Those California brewers are at it again! Join the Mendocino Brewing Company, "a traditional small batch brewer" with a penchant for Yakima Valley hops, at a special dinner at Whole Foods Market. The menu will feature shrimp ceviche, chipotle-seasoned pot roast, and several ales named after birds. $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT DEC. 24 Get your fancy on at Kaspar's unbelievable four-course Christmas Eve dinner. Apps like garlic rock prawn and mashed potato martini with lobster sauce and three-mushroom cream soup lead into entr饳 along the lines of grilled ahi tuna with curry coconut sauce and squash gnocchi with exotic mushrooms and creamed blue cheese spinach. Mmmmmm. $43. 5-9 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123. DOWNTOWN JAN. 9 Morton's Steakhouse—the first name in Spanish wines? Perhaps not, but to get 2003 off to a rousing start, the steakery is putting a Barranc Priorat in the company of a Palacio de Menade Rueda for a tasting that will, of course, include complimentary steak sandwiches. Other wines from Iberia are sure to make an appearance, and so should you. Free. 5:30-7:00 p.m. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550. DOWNTOWN

 
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