ON THE PLATE Through December 27 Who needs another football brunch? You do. Cutters Bayhouse is offering, among other things, the Hair of the Dog sandwich (fried egg, bacon, and mayonnaise), apparently designed for the gridiron fan with a serious hangover. Also available: biscuits and gravy, a sausage scramble, and red beer, which isprepare yourselftomato juice and beer. 10 a.m.noon every Saturday and Sunday. 2001 Western Ave., 206-448-4884. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE September 17 Boomtown Caf頩s fund-raising like crazy, and a three-course dinner featuring flatiron steak with blackberry-lavender compote should help the $20 bill out of your wallet and into the deserving coffers of this nonprofit eatery for low-income people. $20. 5:308 p.m. 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. PIONEER SQUARE September 18 Its a meeting of the wines: Canlis sommelier Shayn Bjornholm and Seastar sommelier Erik Liedholm will join forces on Liedholms territory to host a doozie of a wine dinner alongside their respective chefs. Wines will be paired with Canlis signature salad, steak tartare, and crab cakes, as well as Seastars reggiano-parmigiano crusted halibut and seared American Kobe New York steak. Save room for the fresh peach and blueberry crisp with cinnamon vanilla ice cream. $98. 6:30 p.m. 205 108th N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE September 1821 The salmon are coming home for the season. Make them feel welcome. Its the least we can do. For information about the 11th annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration, visit www.salmonhomecoming.com or call 206-381-9063. September 20 At a time when the very concept of family dinner seems endangered, Marion Cunninghams Lost Recipes, a paean to great family dinners of the late 20th century, could be a pleasingly quaint affair. In any case, IslandWood is hosting a reception followed by a three-course dinner to honor Cunninghams contribution to the world of food nostalgia. $100 (includes reception, dinner, and signed cookbook). 6 p.m. 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., 206-855-4300. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Rest assured that anything even remotely grillable is being grilled at the Woodinville Farmers Markets annual Corn Fest and BBQ. Ribs, burgers, corn, and all kinds of late-summer vegetables will be earning their stripes on the grill. Admission is free. 11 a.m.2 p.m. 13205 N.E. 175th St., 425-788-9846. WOODINVILLE September 2128 For the 16th year running, Festa Italiana will celebrate all things Italian. A week of whacking culminates with not one but two special appearances by Nick Stellino of Nick Stellinos Family Kitchen. Come see Nick in person, and participate in plenty of other special events, too. 206-282-0627 or www.FestaSeattle.com SEATTLE CENTER IN THE CUP September 21 Nothings daintier than a shaggy dog lapping lukewarm tea from a bowl, and that is almost certainly what the Delta Society has in store for you and Rover at its Tails for Tea event at the Monaco Hotel. Because this is a true high tea, however, the nonprofit, pet-friendly Deltas are asking that your canine be well-mannered, lest he cause a ruckus and make all the lady schnauzers blush. $100. 35 p.m. 1101 Fourth Ave., 800-715-6513. PIONEER SQUARE ON TAP September 1921 In anticipation of the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, Fremont Oktoberfest is planning some prime mayhem this year. To wit: Chain saws will whir, pumpkin guts will fly, and zucchinis will roll. Expect performances by the Dudley Manlove Quartet and the Clumsy Lovers, as well as a 5K run, zucchini racing, and plenty o suds. $18/$20. 4 p.m.midnight Fri.; 11 a.m.midnight Sat.; 11 a.m.6 p.m. Sun. N. 34th St. and Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-0422. FREMONT THE GRAPEVINE September 17 The Wine Room at Cinnamons Grill is holding a syrah smackdown: The 2000 Terra Blanca Red Mountain syrah and Trentadue Alexander Valley petite are climbing into the ring, and only one wine will be left standing at evenings end. Catch a ringside seat for the tasting, then chow down on the optional India fusion buffet. $20 for tasting, $10 for buffet. 6:308 p.m. 4926 196th St. S.W., 206-683-2788. LYNNWOOD September 18 Cab fans will get theirs at Silver Lake Winerys comparative cabernet tasting, where Bill Phillip hopes to guide you through a nice variety of domestic and international sauvignons. $15. 79 p.m. 15029 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-485-2437 ext. 109. WOODINVILLE From the beautiful True Coast of California come the wines of Kendall Jackson Winery. Il Fornaio gives KJ its props with a tasting devoted primarily to chardonnays; the unexpectedly woozy can munch on Chef Don Curtiss primo antipasto. $10. 5:307:30 p.m. Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE September 20 Olympic Cellars Winery is launching its own winemaking hoedown, where the grapes you crush today may be the fine syrah some poor sap drinks tomorrow. $7.50. 5 p.m. 255410 Highway 101, 360-452-0160. PORT ANGELES Find out if there is more to Walla Walla than the state penitentiary by comparing two of its wineries to a good old-fashioned California wine at Esquin Wine Merchants. Free. 14 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S, 206-682-7374. SODO It wont be long till Silver Lake Winerys nestled into its stylish new digs. For now, toast to the modest older location at their party this weekend. Aside from free wine samples, there will be live music, a silent art auction, and opportunities to meet local artists. Free. Noon4 p.m. 15029 Woodinville-Redmond Road, 425-485-2437. ext. 109. WOODINVILLE BACK TO SCHOOL September 17 Seminars are edifying, but nothing schools ya like the Academy of Real Life. On that note, the Washington Restaurant Association is holding its inaugural Mix & Mingle event at the W Hotel, where industry pros can hobnob, chitchat, and otherwise confer to their hearts content. Admission includes a cocktail and finger food. $10. 4 p.m. 1112 Fourth Ave., 1-800-225-7166, ext. 200. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. September 21 Cooking is for wusses. That would seem to be the unofficial credo of Rachelle Beauxj鬠the local raw food chef whose two-hour class will cover such uncooked foodstuffs as cucumber bisque, angel hair noodles with dill sauce, and walnut-carob torte with a trilogy of summer berries. But wait just a second: raw angel hair noodles? It is our fervent hope that Beauxj頷ill make an exception and boil a nice pot of water. $20. 68 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT September 24 Think of the people you could bribe with really tasty homemade guacamole. This class at PCC West Seattle doesnt stop with the avocado-based dips. Learn to make an easy vegetarian tortilla soup, Baja-style fish tacos with cooling citrus sauce, and three salsas (pico de gallo, tomatillo, and pineapple-jicama). Your home will be dinner party central in no time. $30 ($25 members). 6:309 p.m. 2749 California Ave. S.W., 206-937-8481. WEST SEATTLE There is no better time to learn how to cook Asian-marinated grilled pork chops than 10 in the morningand Wednesday morning at that. Linda Augustine is teaching the art of pork chops as part of her weekly dinner inspiration class at Sur La Tables Kirkland location. Also on the menu: orange ginger grilled prawns, tarragon petrale sole meuniere, and penne with julienne chicken and zucchini. You can take the unpronounceable leftovers home for dinner. $50. 10 a.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND
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