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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. On the plate Life may not be as lush in BELLTOWN since Lush Life closed, but the menu at Marjorie, now open in the same space, sure looks comfy enough. Blending soul-food (pork-rib and black-eyed pea "cassoulet" and cornbread ($18) with South Asian (curried eggplant ($15) and South American (chimchurri-rubbed hanger steak with yucca fries and banana ketchup ($22), Tyler Boring's menu is both fusion and amusin'. Dinner only. 2331 Second Ave., 206-441-9842. BELLTOWN The Grapevine Sweden, soccer, Seattle . . . and wine? Learn the epic story of World Cup footballer Nils Liedholm who retired to Italy's Piedmont region to make wine. The Seattle connection? Liedholm's cousin Erik, who just happens to be the wine guy at John Howie's Seastar Restaurant in Bellevue. Check out the Swedish way with pinot bianco and barbera d'Asti by the glass and hear the whole family saga tableside from Erik. 205 108th N.E. (in the Civica Building), 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE Every third Thursday of the month managing partner Tom Cosgrove of Il Fornaio will guide aficionados and novices alike through vineyards of the world. Taste three featured wines as well as antipasti from Il Fornaio's kitchen. Just nix a couple of morning lattes and save your change for the wine: it's only ten bucks. $10. 6 p.m., February-June. 600 Pine St. (in Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN March 1

It's Washington Wine Month, and Esquin Wine Merchants are kicking it off with a meeting of two wine tribes. Seattle urban wineries, such as Wilridge and Soos Creek, will join up with Woodinville wineries, such as JM Cellars and Januik, for a greater Seattle area tasting. Free. 1-4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SOUTH DOWNTOWN March 7

Sample the marvelous reds and whites of master independent winemaker Mike Januik. Free. 3-6 p.m. at Pike & Western Wine Shop, 1934 Pike Place, 206-441-1307. PIKE PLACE MARKET March 8

Learn the key elements of winemaking from start to finish with viticulturist Clay Mackey and winemaker Kay Simon. Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot, and others from Chinook Wines will be paired with a five-course menu from Lisa Dupar Catering, focusing on spring in the Northwest. $80. 7-9 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., Suite A-140, 425-881-3250. REDMOND March 10

At long last it seems the great wines of Germany are coming back into fashion stateside. Get ahead of the curve, find out the difference between Mosel, Pfalz, and Rheingau, and learn to let the word Trockenbeerenauslese trip from your tongue. $75. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE March 11-25

Learn your way around wine from bottles produced right here in the great state of Washington. Dieter Schafer will guide you through all five Washington viticultural areas in this three-class series. $80. 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE March 12

Ten Mercer and Stonestreet Winery host a dinner and wine tasting to the tune of a 2000 Sonoma Chardonnay and Stonestreet Legacy '96 and '97, plus other pairings. Polish off the house salad, cabernet smoked New York steak, and artisan cheeses while Stonestreet winemaker Mike Westrick leads you through. $65. 6:30 p.m. at Ten Mercer, 206-691-3723. LOWER QUEEN ANNE Winemaker and DiStefano Winery owner Mark Newton will conduct you as you play mad scientist, blending single-vineyard merlots and cabernets to create your own perfectly balanced wine. Sit and sip while Lowell Hunt Catering uses wine to make you a feast in a candlelit cellar. $85. DiStefano Winery, 12280 Woodinville Dr. N.E., 425-487-1648. WOODINVILLE On tap "We're going to have fun with this beer and see how it rides out . . . Don't let it pass you by . . . Rise above it all with Hale's MonorAle!" These and other blurbs too painful to mention signal the release of Hale's Brewery's new seasonal ESB. Billed to boast complexity, herbal aroma, and crisp bitterness, you can try it for a limited time at around $3.50 a pint at Hale's own brewpub, 4301 Leary Way N.W. in FREMONT and other distinguished tap-houses. The label's new but the beer inside the bottle is the same fine, old-fashioned malty seasonal amber that Alaska Brewing has been turning out in its Anchorage brewery since 1986. Coming into local stores (around $7 a sixpack) now. Capitol Hill's Elysian Brewery expects to open a second location this week at 2106 N. 55th. The 16-tap pub-restaurant will be open seven days a week to serve hungry and thirsty Greenlake-area residents. Check out www.elysianbrewing.com for more. Aptly named Detonator, Fish Brewing's seasonal Doppelbock weighs in at a hefty eight percent alcohol, but it's the ageing in oak wine-barrels that give the brew its subtle twang. About $2.50 per 12-ounce bottle. Move now; only 110 cases produced. OrganiCity Bainbridge Islanders can now sign up for weekly or bi-weekly certified-organic fruit and produce deliveries by Pioneer Organics. Six varieties of home-delivered boxes run from $23 to $49 depending on size and contents: Check out which suits your needs at www.pioneerorganics.com Deal Meals Happy hour's not just for drinks any more. Check out the $18 three-course dinners whipped up by Ludger Szmania for bar patrons who take their seats before 5:45 p.m. every weekday at Szmania's KIRKLAND, 148 Lake St., 425-803-3310, Tues.-Fri. at 3321 W. McGraw, 206-284-7305. MAGNOLIA March 2-31

For a second year 25 local restaurants are offering a month of specially-priced three-course meals through March: $25 at dinner, $12.50 at lunch. Available dates and deals vary, so check the line-up at www.northwestsource.com/dinearoundseattle During the same period, 15 Indian restaurants around the Sound are offering three courses for just $15, with one dollar of that slim tab to go to UNICEF (The U.N.'s children's fund). Check out the list of participants at www.seattledining.com/Indian. Back to school March 3

Wine guru and Geneva chef HansPeter Aebersold host another fine-dining etiquette seminar, complete with a six-course dinner and, in honor of Washington Wine Month, selections from Chateay ste. Michelle, Barnard Griffin, Covey Run Whiskey Canyon, and Kiona. $68. 6:30 p.m. Geneva Restaurant, 1106 Eighth Ave., 206-624-2222. DOWNTOWN March 4

Learn the elements of the ancient Vedic rules for eating to be well from Teri Adolfo. Her introduction to Ayurvadic culinary practice will include finding the right tea to balance your system, an "immune-support" breakfast to get you ready for your day, and a rice and bean dinner to repair its damage. $15. 6-8:30 p.m. at Whole Foods' Salud Kitchen, 1026 N.E. 64th (Roosevelt Square) in the ROOSEVELT DISTRICT. Registration: 206-985-1500. To see the class calendar for March, go to http://www.wholefoods.com/company/calendar_RSQ.html Lisa Dupar reverts to her restaurant roots for this class is Cajun specialties like gumbo, Creole, and pain perdu. $45. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 17825 N.E. 65th. in REDMOND. 425-881-3250. March 4 & 6

"My Continent/My Kitchen" proclaims Ludger Szmania, whose culinary specialty is adapting European country recipes to Northwest ingredients. Learn from him how to do it yourself and eat the results for just $55. Classes start at 6 p.m. Thursday at Szmania's Lake Street (KIRKLAND, 425-803-3310), Saturday in MAGNOLIA (3321 W. McGraw, 206-284-7305) March 14

You mean it's the middle of March and it's still cold and wet? Whole Foods offers a cooking class on Spanish soups to warm you up. Learn to prepare three regional specialties including garlic with poached egg and chilies; light cream of lobster; and clam with Borlotti bean. $20. 6-8:30 p.m. at Whole Foods' Salud Kitchen, 1026 N.E. 64th (Roosevelt Square), 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT March 29

Chef Cameron Orel, of the Yarrow Beach Cafe, and her students will have spring on their minds when she demonstrates how to prepare baby field greens, carmelized Vidalia onions, three-pepper relish, and toast points; Alaskan Halibut with bay shrimp Brie stuffing, wild rice souffle, and grilled asparagus; and double chocolate bread pudding with brandy custard sauce. $39. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Yarrow Bay Grill & Beach Cafe, 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Coming up March 1

Maybe the Designated Driver doesn't have as much fun, but s/he gets the best deal at the annual Phinney Neighborhood Associations Wine Taste. Along with music and light hors-d'oeuvres, there are samples from Claar, Chatter Creek, Porteus, and other fine wineries. $18, $6 for DDs. 7-9:30 p.m. at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. PHINNEY RIDGE. March 3-16

Il Fornaio's monthly special menu offers a culinary tour of Liguria, the seabeaten Italian coastal province nearest France, under the experienced tutelage of chef Umberto Pala. Expect lots of seafood items, and surprisingly, basil, which grows here as nowhere else. Through Mar. 16. 600 Pine St. (Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN March 4

It's Fat Tuesday. If you can't be on Bourbon Street, be at Sazerac. From 6 p.m. on, find yourself in a flurry of beads and Hurricanes. Also, live music from Fil' Gumbo, dancing, and a very Southern dinner. Fifty dollars from each ticket sale will go to the local Ronald McDonald House. Tickets $150. 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-624-7755. DOWNTOWN Burk's Cafe concludes its week of Mardi Gras festivities with a Fat Tuesday celebration to remember. Prizes will be awarded and boiled crawfish will be served. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 5411 BALLARD Ave. N.W., 206-782-0091. March 6

Amy McCray of Eva whips up this week's special menu to benefit the culinary training program at FareStart: Butternut soup with a cashew sambal, chicken and chickpea stew Punjab-style and a caramel-drizzled fudge brownie, with viognier and syrah wines from Syncline Cellars. $16.95. 5:30-8 p.m. at 1902 Second Ave., 206-443-1233 x17. DOWNTOWN "French Country" dishes like artichoke and roast pepper salad, roast venison, and double-chocolate Bavarian cream set off fine wines of the Rhone. $75. 7 p.m. Brasserie Margaux, 401 Lenora St. (in the Warwick Hotel), 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN March 18

The Dahlia Lounge takes inspiration from Joyce Goldstein's Saffron Shores: Jewish Cooking of the Southern Mediterranean and creates a menu featuring poisson chermoula (grilled fish kebabs) with Moroccan Orange Salad; Mechoui (roast lamb with Moroccan spices) with harissa, lemons, and couscous; and almond cigars with orange blossom honey. Three wines will accompany. $75. 6:30 p.m. at Dahlia Lounge, 2001 Fourth Ave., 206-682-4142. DOWNTOWN

 
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