Sept. 8, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Sept. 10 Hors d'oeuvres from the award-winning Herbfarm will highlight this evening's fund-raising dinner to fight mitochondrial ailments. Hosted by Woodinville's Willows Lodge, the event also includes a four-course meal filled with Northwest flavors, prepared by Lodge chef George Stevenson. $100. 5 p.m. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-670-3343. WOODINVILLE Sept. 10-12 Around 20 area eateries are scheduled to turn out for the Bite of Crossroads, Bellevue's yearly food festival. This year's chow for walk-by snacking includes mini-ribs from Jones Barbecue, chicken katsu from Sushi Zen, borscht from Piroshky-Piroshky, and tiny ice-cream cakes from Cold Stone Creamery. $12 (for 20 food coupons). Noon–9:30 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast, 425-644-1111. BELLEVUE Absolute heaven for Greek food fans, the annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival always packs in Hellenics and hangers-on with seas of egg-lemon soup, mounds of moussaka, and more gyros than Zeus himself could consume. Free admission; food prices vary. Noon–9 p.m. Fri.; 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat.; noon–7 p.m. Sun. 2100 Boyer Ave. E., 206-325-4347. CAPITOL HILL THE GRAPEVINE Sept. 16 If Michaelangelo liked it, it must have been good. The famous painter once offered several works of art in exchange for wine from Frescobaldi, which is not only one of Italy's most ancient wineries but has been named Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine eight times in the last decade. Sample Frescobaldi wines tonight at Il Fornaio. $10. 5:30–7:30 p.m. 600 Pine St., 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Sept. 18 Harvest season is time for winemaking parties, and Olympic Wine Cellars is weighing in early with a grape-stomping contest accompanied by a grape toss and grapey music from the Blue Tropics. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 1–6 p.m. Olympic Cellars Winery, 255410 Hwy. 101, 360-452-0160. PORT ANGELES Sept. 19 If you hanker for wine-lingo fluency, drop by Woodinville's Purple Café & Wine Bar for a class titled "Acids, Tannins, Dry, and Sweet." $40 ($75 per couple). 6:30–8:30 p.m. 14435 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-487-3960. WOODINVILLE IN THE MUG Sept. 17-19 It may not be Germany, but Fremont puts on a pretty keen Oktoberfest. This year's edition includes a pumpkin-carving contest, the Brew Ha-Ha 5K Walk/Run, and a nearly endless supply of beer. $18. 4 p.m.–midnight Fri.; 11 a.m.–midnight Sat.; 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. N. 34th St. and Fremont Ave. N., 206-663-0422. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL Sept. 10 Fans of Barbara Kingsolver's Southwest-based oeuvre might enjoy learning how to cook like her plucky heroines at Sue Danielson's meat-free class on chile pepper cuisine, also known as Tex-Mex. Red and green chile sauces are on the curriculum, as are poblano corn soup and Mexico's famed chiles rellenos. $35. 6:30–9 p.m. PCC, 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-525-3586. GREEN LAKE Sept. 12 Arnie Millan turns our attention to the uppermost wine regions of Italy—Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, et al.—at the last of three wine classes hosted by the Warwick Hotel. $35. 4–6 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-443-4300. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Sept. 14 If you've walked into a sushi bar only to look at the menu, with its specialized terms and many types of tuna, and faint dead away, NuCulinary's class on basic sushi rolling is just your speed. Learn futomaki (big roll), hosomaki (small roll), and even the hallowed inside-out roll, plus a nice recipe for miso soup and the key to perfect sunomono (cucumber salad). $60. 6 p.m. 6523 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE Sept. 18 Fall has finally arrived—and now that the uncharacteristic heat has departed, it's time to enjoy a lovely autumn dinner. This morning at Yarrow Bay Grill, chef Vicky McCaffree will lead a class in creating a four-course meal that includes figs wrapped in prosciutto, pear watercress salad, and butternut squash pear soup—among many others. $39. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-889-9052. KIRKLAND Sept. 19 You may not be sampling the eats of a quaint European bistro, but you can feel like you are at Arnie Millan's food and wine "lifestyle workshop," which includes a four-course dinner with wines to match each course. $65 6–9 p.m. Red Apple Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-612-6547. FREMONT GETAWAYS Sept. 10 Feel free to hum the theme from Rawhide as you make your way to the Puyallup Fair today for a book signing with Texan "cowboy cook" Tom Perini, who has cooked at the James Beard House, appeared on the Food Network, and catered for Dubya. A proponent of "chuckwagon cooking," Perini will autograph copies of Texas Cowboy Cooking and possibly chat with you about what makes a good salsa verde. 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. (within the fair: Showplace Way and Grand Avenue), 253-845-1771. PUYALLUP Sept. 11 Today's clambake at Silverlake Winery is an actual, literal clambake: Clams will, in fact, be baked. And paired with wine. For approximately five hours. $15. Noon–5 p.m. 1500 Vintage Rd., 509-829-6235. ZILLAH Sept. 15 Spam is no laughing matter. People who love the canned meat actually exist, and they're urged to enter today's National Best Spam Recipe Competition. You might win a modest cash prize, or even be entered in a drawing for a $2,500 award. Who knew Spam could be so fruitful? Bring in your dish between 10 a.m. and noon; judging begins at 1 p.m. sharp. Puyallup Fair, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., 253-841-5017. PUYALLUP

 
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