Food Events Around Town

ON THE PLATE THROUGH DECEMBER 'Tis the season to roll out special prix-fixe menus, and Yarrow Bay Grill is leading the pack with its $35 three-course dinner. Choices include caramelized onion wild mushroom tart, duck confit, and rack of lamb with pomegranate glaze. If this menu is what the holidays hath wrought, let no distanceeven that which lies between Seattle and Kirklandput it asunder. $35. Yarrow Bay Grill, 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND DECEMBER 10 Satisfy your crawfish craving (and we know you've got one) at Boomtown tonight. La Louisiana is sponsoring this month's benefit dinner and guest chef Jemil Johnson is cooking up crawfish beignets on salad, crawfish Monica, and bread pudding with whiskey sauce. $20 donation. 5:30-8 p.m. 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. DOWNTOWN DECEMBER 12 THROUGH JANUARY 7 We are such suckers for rustic Italian. Seriously. Lombardi's rolls out their holiday menu, and we fall to pieces. Roasted game hen with kalamata olives? Lamb osso buco with Tuscan beans and roasted beets? Roasted chestnut and honey cake? Despite a slightly disturbing obsession with roasting, Lombardi's is doing right by us. 2200 N.W. Market St., 206-783-0055. BALLARD; 1620 W. Marine View Dr., 425-252-1866. EVERETT; 695 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 425-391-9097. ISSAQUAH DECEMBER 13 Another day, another cassoulet. Wallingford bistro Au Bouchon once again rolls out its popular stew filled with duck confit, garlic sausages, and lamb. Reservations are recommended, because this one-pot feast has a serious following. 1815 N. 45th St., 206-547-5791. WALLINGFORD DECEMBER 16 Preparing a meal from a cookbook can be difficult, especially if the author is a Julia Child Award winner. The food obviously must be good, but if a chef were to handle the cooking, perhaps with the author in the kitchen, things would be so much easier. The Union Bay Café has just the event with chef Paula Wolfert and her book, "The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen." The evening includes dinner from the book, wine, taxes, and a copy of the book. $85. per person or $160 per couple. 6:30 p.m. 3515 N.E. 45th St., 206-523-3458. LAURELHURST IN THE GLASS THROUGH DECEMBER 25 Two things are sure things during the holidays: tacky gifts and hangovers (the order varies on whether you are single). Addressing the latterhangoversif you've had enough, you probably have a remedy that semi-works as well. Peso's Kitchen and Lounge is looking for the best hangover remedy and they are offering a margarita party (worth up to $1,000) for 10 drinkers. Free entry. 605 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-283-9353. LOWER QUEEN ANNE DECEMBER 11 Frederick Wildman and Sons provides the means for any Seattleite to enjoy wines from South America, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Drinking their beverages is certainly cheaper than a trip to any of those destinations. The Sons' northwest representative will be at Esquin Wine Merchants to guide a tour through their portfolio. Free admission. 5-6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO DECEMBER 14 Dinner is not usually enjoyed in cellars, as cellars are usually cold and dark. DiStefano Winery could be the exception as it hosts a dinner in its cellar. It includes barrel samples and a mini vertical of Cabernet Sauvignon. $89 per person. 7 p.m. 12280 Woodinville Drive N.E., 425-487-1648. WOODINVILLE DECEMBER 15 Rogue Ales have been churning out brews for 15 years. That's a lot of beer. A lot of beer calls for a whole lot of party. So party hard at Rogue's Issaquah Brewhouse tonight, where the brewery will release a new limited-edition brew. Part of the profits will go to the Cougar Mountain Zoo. Free admission. 3 p.m.-close. 35 W. Sunset Way, 425-557-1911. ISSAQUAH DECEMBER 18 American blended wines are no longer just average table wines. Esquin Wine Merchants celebrates American meritage tonight with blends from California and the Northwest. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO BACK TO SCHOOL DECEMBER 11 Behind the wine, there's a man named Tom Hedges. Tom has achieved one of his goalshe operates a wine-selling establishment that bears his name. Hedges Cellars is the featured subject of discussion (and tasting) at this edition of Daniel's "meet the winemaker" series. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Daniel's Broiler, 809 Fairview Pl. N., 206-621-8262. EASTLAKE DECEMBER 13 They say the best gifts come from the heart. PCC Issaquah thinks the best gifts come from the kitchen. Their class on homemade holiday gifts will cover cranberry green apple chutney, Creole mayonnaise, blueberry syrup, and more. $30. 3-5:30 p.m. 1810 12th Ave. N.W., 425-369-1222. ISSAQUAH info@seattleweekly.com

 
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