ON THE PLATE No need to make Sloppy Joes on Sunday nights; kids eat free at Chinoise Café. The sushi specialist is offering one complimentary

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Food Events Around Town

ON THE PLATE No need to make Sloppy Joes on Sunday nights; kids eat free at Chinoise Café. The sushi specialist is offering one complimentary children's meal per each regularly priced entrée ordered by an accompanying adult. Chinoise Café, 1618 N. 45th, 206-633-1160. WALLINGFORD OCTOBER 16 Dinner at Thierry Rautureau's Rover's will set you back at least $70 (not including wine or tip), but you can sample a dab of Rover's faresmoked duck and olive tapenade on brioche toastsfor free when the Chef in the Hat signs copies of the Winning Styles Cookbook, a collection of recipes from the noted chefs honored with an invitation to prepare a meal at New York's legendary James Beard House. Free (but book costs $42). 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 206-517-4107. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE OCTOBER 19 The national board of Chefs Collaborative comes to town to promote the group's mission of promoting seasonal foods, local producers, and environmentally sound culinary choices. If your interest in food is more than casual or you'd like to get up close and personal with some of America's most forward-thinking culinary artists, you're invited. Free, but RSVP to event@chefscollaborative.org. Reception 6-7:30 p.m. Mayflower Park Hotel, Fourth Avenue and Olive Way DOWNTOWN. Couples who sauté together stay together. Courtney Febbroriello and her husband, Connecticut chef Chris Prosperi, will be in town to promote her new book, Wife of the Chef: The True Story of a Restaurant and Romance. They'll prepare a dinner alongside a local culinary couple: Eva Restaurant and Wine Bar co-owners chef Amy McCray and her wine-wizard husband, James Hondros. $85 ($160 per couple) includes signed copy of the book. 6:30 p.m. Eva, 2227 N. 56th St., 206-633-3538. GREENLAKE OCTOBER 21 Tom Douglas has a new cook book: Tom's Big Dinners. Tom will sign Tom's book at one of Tom's restaurants, the Dahlia Lounge. Join Tom in the private dining room of said restaurant for wine, appetizers and Tom's hot-off-the-press book. Free. 5-7 p.m., Dahlia Lounge, 2001 Fourth Ave., 206-682-4142. DOWNTOWN Marcus Samuelsson is a man of the world, and not just because he lives in New York. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, the acclaimed chef of N.Y.C.'s Aquavit is paying a visit to the Union Bay Café. He'll be assisting chef Mark Manley in preparing a multicourse meal paired with Washington wines; during dinner, Samuelsson will reveal his "food philosophy" and otherwise expound. Advance tickets required! $85/person, $160/couple. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3515 N.E. 45th St., 206-523-3458. LAURELHURST OCTOBER 24 Since 1995, Boomtown Café has been serving estimable chow to both "the general public and the disenfranchised." Now the nonprofit downtown eatery is holding its second annual Fall Squash Ball. The sheer number of local culinary stars may blind you; when you blink the world back into focus, savor the work of chefs from Earth & Ocean, Brasserie Margaux, and other crème-de-la-crème Seattle dining locales. Then dance the night away to the swingin' tunes of the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra. $75 in advance, $90 at the door. 7-11 p.m. 700 Third Ave. (Arctic Building), 206-625-2989. DOWNTOWN OCTOBER 26 The mighty red wine called amarone is featured at a dinner crafted just to show off its incredible power and fragrance. The main dish is something you don't find on the average restaurant menu: the famed bollito misto of the Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, a sumptuous stew of chicken, veal, beef, and sausage all served in their own fragrant broth. $70. 6:30 p.m. at il Capretto d'Oro, 14471 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-483-6791. WOODINVILLE. (Dinner will be repeated Nov. 3.) THE GRAPEVINE OCTOBER 16 Esquin Wine Merchants is hosting an in-store "brown bag event." No need to conceal your alcohol, they will do it for you with a mystery tasting. Free, 1-4 p.m., Esquin, 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO OCTOBER 18 Drinking at the Everett transit station might normally get you some unwelcome attention from the Everett police, but not tonight. Drink away at the eighth annual Fall Festival of Northwest Wines and Microbrews from 3-9 p.m. Admission at $18 or $28 per couple buys six tasting coupons, a wine glad and hors d'oeuvres. 3201 Smith Ave., 425-388-9555. EVERETT Jeff Popick of Chameleon Cellars has a unique approach to winemaking. Let him prove it in person as he presents some of his wines, including at the Fremont Red Apple Market and Wine bar. Free. 3-6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT ON TAP OCTOBER 25 Head over to the Alki Room at the Seattle Center to sample unique beer at the 2003 Washington Cask Beer Festival. Cask-conditioned beers from 36 regional breweries are available at two tastings. $30 in advance (www.washingtonbrewfest.com) or $35 at the door. Noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., Alki Room. SEATTLE CENTER BACK TO SCHOOL OCTOBER 19 Braise much? Learn all about braising at this class offered by Restaurant Zoë. In addition to learning how to prepare and slow-cook meats like veal, students will receive appetizers and wine. $23. 1-3 p.m. Restaurant Zoë, 2137 Second Ave., 206-256-2060. DOWNTOWN OCTOBER 22 Get as close to royal treatment as possible with the Sweet Potato Queen's Royal Indulgence. Handmade white potato chips with dollops of caviar are one of the many indulgences offered in this cooking class. The queen promises to serve champagne during the class and encourages tiaras. $55. 6:30-8 p.m., Lisa Dupar Catering, 17825 N.E. 65th St. Suite A-140, 425-881-3250. REDMOND OCTOBER 23 One sure way to separate great cooks from OK cooks is by their sauces. This class from RainCity Cooking School promises to demystify the creative process of sauce-making with step-by-step instruction on the basics. Sauces will include béchamel veloute, low-fat beurre blanc, vinaigrette, hollandaise, berre blanc, alfredo, and creamy tomatillo. $50. 6:30 p.m. 425-644-4285, www.raincitycookingschool.com. BELLEVUE OCTOBER 25 Why are apples eaten in all 50 states and 40 countries? Adults might not care, but Canlis hopes kids know the answer. Chef Aaron Wright and cookbook author Sharon Kramis will lecture kids ages 6-10 about apples and then help them make apple cider and apple crepes. $35. 10 a.m.-noon. Canlis, 2576 Aurora Ave. N., 206-283-3313. QUEEN ANNE Go from fast food to fantastic food in five weeks with Cook's World's "basics of cooking" class. The first class deals with pesky poultry. Upcoming lessons include: meats, seafood, eggs, and desserts. $185. Every Saturday through Nov. 22. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Spice up your life with Fandango's tamale class. Chef Chris Keff demystifies the ultimate Mexican comfort food. After crafting your own tamales, you'll eat them for lunch, washed down with a selection of Spanish wines. $55. 10:30 a.m., Fandango, 2313 First Ave., 206-443-3308. BELLTOWN food@seattleweekly.com

 
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