ON THE PLATE Lovers of Andalucas warm liquid chocolate cake, this ones for you: After a brief and much-protested absence from the menu, the beloved dessert is back. Its $8. 407 Olive Wy. (Mayflower Park Hotel), 206-382-6999. DOWNTOWN Fremont Classic Pizzeria has launched a new catering service. Ask and ye shall receive: Chef Paul Kohlenberg will create a menu for nearly any occasion. Expect something along the lines of the restaurants trademark faretraditional Italian (pizza!), Northwest specialties, and desserts. 4307 Fremont Ave. N, 206-548-9411. FREMONT Its spring and Rosebud Restaurant & Bars tidied up its menu. Among the newest dinner options are a rustic cassoulet, a braised Atkins Farm lamb shank, and a free-range burger with house-made ketchup and salad. As always, brunch is home of the Portobello burger and is offered daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 719 E Pike St., 206-323-6636. CAPITOL HILL March 27 Chef Vicky McCaffree of the Yarrow Bay Grill is in control of the kitchen at FareStart tonight. The menu, with romaine salad and cojita cheese, pan-seared salmon with poblano polenta, and mango rum tapioca, brings sunny south-of-the-border tastes to the table. $16.95. 5:307:45 p.m. 1902 Second Ave., 206-443-1233. DOWNTOWN March 29 Its always about wine and cheeseeveryones got something to say about which cheeses go best with certain wines. Well, cheese lovers are sick of it. Theyre sick of wines stealing the spotlight. They want to know which wines go best with certain cheeses. Tonight Tom Garland, Fremont Red Apple expert fromager, will host a cheese tasting for these folks. (Oh yeah, and there will be some wine, too.) $5. 36 p.m. Fremont Red Apple Market and Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT April 1 Chefs are always fighting hunger, in a way, right? Well tonight they fight it big time with the 16th Annual Taste of the Nation benefit. Many local culinary biggies, including Flying Fish and Fandangos Christine Keff, Rovers Thierry Rautureau, and, of course, Tom Douglas, will be on hand, sharing their foodstuffs and spreading general culinary cheer. Over 75 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and coffee roasters will donate their wares. Loosen your belt, roll up your shirtsleeves, and eat. Then place your bids in the Food & Wine Lovers auction or give the Wheel of Giving a spin. All ticket sales benefit local and international hunger-relief organizations. $85$125. 69 p.m. Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-545-3663, www.strength.org. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE March 26 McCarthy & Schiering is throwing a bash to celebrate Oregon winemaker Veronique Drouhins visit to Seattle. Taste six of her wines over a five-course meal featuring Alaskan halibut, wild salmon, and venison. $95. 6:30 p.m. Nells Restaurant, 6804 E. Greenlake Way N., 206-524-9500. GREEN LAKE Pike and Western Wine Shop present some of the best new Washington cabernets. Taste Betz, Woodward Canyon, and Leonetti. Most will be available for purchase, so bring home a bottle as well. $25 (reservations required). 7 p.m. 1934 Pike Place, 206-441-1307. PIKE PLACE MARKET Jean-Pierre Vincent is his name. Bubblys his game. Ten Mercers honoring the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte cellar masters visit with a five-course champagne dinner. $65. 6:30 p.m. 10 Mercer, 206-691-3723. LOWER QUEEN ANNE March 27 Want to find the beat on the latest pinot noirs? Our southern neighbor is reputed to be the pace-setting state for this varietaland so Oregon labels take precedence during this casual tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants. Free. 56:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. DOWNTOWN. Cascadia restaurant prepares a creative five-course meal to honor guests Patricia and David Gelles, owners of Washingtons far-famed Klipsun Vineyards. Theyre bringing along some of the finest wines made from Klipsun grapes to be paired with dinner. $125. 6:30 p.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. DOWNTOWN Seattle Cellars is popping the cork on wines from twin Tri-Cities wineries Powers and Badger Mountain, the first certified-organic winery in the state. Free. 57 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. DOWNTOWN March 28 Chateau Ste. Michelle bids goodnight to Washington Wine Month with a multicourse dinner from chefs Scott Harberts and Laurel Davis accompanied by wines from Ste. Michelle sister wineries. $99. 7 p.m. 14111 N.E. 145th, 800-267-6793. WOODINVILLE March 29 Brasa serves a four-course Klickitat Wine Country dinner featuring wines from Syncline Wine Cellars, Maryhill Winery, Cascade Cliffs, and Marshals Winery. $60. 6 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. BELLTOWN Or just skip dinner entirely and hit the Klickitat wine tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants. Taste offerings from Syncline Wine Cellars, Maryhill Winery, Wind River, Cascade Cliffs, and Marshals Winery. Free. 14 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO Remember Mr. Rogers wonderful tours? The crayon factory, the sneaker factory, the fortune-cookie plant? Heres a chance to tour a wine cellar firsthand. Work a hand-operated bottling line; learn to label, capsule, and case the bottles; and enjoy some fine food and wine throughout the day on this field trip at Hinzerling Winery. Free ($20 refundable deposit). Starts 9 a.m., ends after dinner. 1520 Sheridan Ave., 800-727-6702. PROSSER Viva Espa�/I> OK, Spain can go if it must, but God save its food and wines. The Enological Society of Greater Seattle presents a festival in the countrys honor with a six-course dinner, more than 20 wines, and entertainment (flamenco!). $75 ($65 members). 59 p.m. Hollywood School House, 14810 N.E. 145th St., 425-481-7925, www.enosoc.org. WOODINVILLE March 30 Help Wildridge Winery maker Paul Beveridge decide the final blend for his 2001 vintage M鬡nge red wine. Evaluate samples of each component varietal and then conduct blending trials. $20. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (two seminars). The Tasting Room, 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET. March 31 Portlanders and Seattleites: so defensive of their respective little cities, so snobbish about the others perceived downfalls. Cant we all just get along? The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food tries its best to create culinary harmony between the neighboring cities. Tonight six big-time chefs (three from Seattle, three from Portland) and six top wineries (three from Seattle, three from Portland) will collaborate on a grand wine dinner with proceeds going to the chapter and FareStart of Seattle. Now isnt that nice? Dont you wish you could afford to be there? $150 ($130 members). 6 p.m. W Seattles Great Room, 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-935-5471. DOWNTOWN Taste 12 Washington wines, along with a wine-pairing appetizer buffet, at El Gauchos Washington Wine Month celebration. $39.95. 5:307:30 p.m. 2505 First Ave., 206-728-1337. BELLTOWN ON TAP March 2829 Seattle Centers first spring beer festival Hops on Equinox celebrates the release of the regions spring beers, meads, and flavored malt beverages. Expect over 30 vendors, live music, and gourmet hors doeuvres. $20. 510 p.m. Fri., 110 p.m. Sat. Fisher Pavilion, 206-633-0422. SEATTLE CENTER DEAL MEALS Starting in March, Chef Gianfranco Bafaros dishing up four-course Italian meals for $25 at his Eastside and Snoqualmie restaurants. The special dinners available Sunday through Thursday weekly along with a selection of wines priced under $30. Calabria Ristorante Italiano, 132 Lake St. S., 425-822-7350, KIRKLAND; Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano, 8150-C Railroad Ave. S.E., 425-888-6621, SNOQUALMIE BACK TO SCHOOL March 29 Yarrow Beach Caf頣hef Cameon Orel has spring on her mind when she demonstrates how to prepare baby field greens with caramelized Vidalia onions, Alaskan halibut, grilled asparagus, and double-chocolate bread pudding with brandy custard sauce. $39. 11 a.m.1 p.m. Yarrow Bay Grill & Beach Caf鬠1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND April 1 Lisa Dupar will share some foolproof tips for making French sauces. Shell cover the five mother sauces and some techniques for making hundreds of variations at home with your new basic skills. $55. 6:308:30 p.m. Lisa Dupar Catering, 17825 N.E. 65th St., Suite A-140, REDMOND, 425-881-3250. April 2June 17 No such thing as too many kitchen skills. Whats keeping you from taking a noncredit culinary course at Lake Washington Technical Colleges Business Training Center? Learn to decorate cakes, make real Italian biscotti, or brandish a knife like a pro. $40$246.63. Call for schedule. 11605 132nd Ave. N.E., 425-739-8112. KIRKLAND COMING UP April 12 Learn to prepare appetizers such as crab cakes, shrimp wrapped in Chinese kale, ahi tuna poke, and sister-in-law mussels with the talented folks at Flying Fish; then impress the guests at your next cocktail party. Youll get to eat your lesson for lunch and sample wine pairings as well. $55. 10:30 a.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN May 17 Learn all about buying, cutting, and cooking one of Seattles most illustrious exportsseafood. Recipes include Thai curry sea scallops, fennel-cured steelhead, and kazu-marinated black cod. Lunch and wine pairings will be served. $55. 10:30 a.m. Flying Fish, 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN For many more upcoming dining events, go to the food page at www.seattleweekly.com and click on Dining Calendar.For many more upcoming dining events, go to the food page at www.seattleweekly.com and click on Dining Calendar.
Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.