Nov. 3, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through Nov. 12 (if you're lucky) Crab, crab, and more crab at Chandler's: fresh Dungeness, Florida stone crab, and, rarest of all, fresh Alaska King crab. King crab had a short season this year, so enjoy your sweet, fresh giant crab legs with drawn butter ($39.95) in the next week or so or wait 11 months for your next fix. 901 Fairview Ave. N., 206-223-2722. LAKE UNION Through Nov. 14 Celebrate the Italian region of Campania at Il Fornaio. This Southern Italian area is a great producer of durum wheat (the staple ingredient in dry pasta), so, in addition to the fact that it's also adjacent to a bountiful shoreline, Campania is particularly known for dishes like trenette alla riminese (thin fresh pasta with shrimp, bay scallops, arugula, tomatoes, and shallots). 600 Pine St., 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN Nov. 6 and 7 Who doesn't love pierogies? Join in the fun of the 41st Annual Polish Holiday Bazaar and get stuffed with stuffed cabbage as well as other Polish favorites like cheese crepes, sauerkraut, borsch (of course). Free Admission. Noon–7 p.m. 1714 18th Ave., 206-322-3020. CAPITOL HILL Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 All aboard for Yarrow Bay's Cruise to the Stadium package. Enjoy a buffet brunch at the restaurant's Bayshore Room before arriving at the UW Husky game in luxury and style, as the Yarrow Bay's yacht takes you to and from the stadium. $65. Call for times. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Nov. 9 Rub elbows with community leaders at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce's third annual Sushi and Sake Fest at the Grand Hyatt Seattle. Enjoy Asahi beer along with all you can eat from sushi faves like Nishino and Hiroshi's. $50. 5:30–9 p.m. 721 Pine St., 206-320-1010. DOWNTOWN Nov. 20 and 21 Is it a Beaujolais Nouveau party or cassoulet night? At Au Bouchon, it's both. Full menu also available. Prices vary. From 5 p.m. 1815 N. 45 St., 206-547-5797. WALLINGFORD. THE GRAPEVINE Nov. 5 Roosevelt Cellars, Maple Leaf's newest wine purveyors, presents its second wine tasting, showcasing Bordeaux wines, courtesy of Alaska Distributing. Free. 6–9 p.m. 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-522-1696. MAPLE LEAF Nov. 5 Add some sophistication to your diet by attending an Evening of Classical and Eastern European Music, presented by Champion Wine Cellars at Town Hall. In addition to music, there'll be a no-host wine tasting, flavored vodkas, and zakuskis (hors-d'oeuvres to most of us) from Piroshky, Piroshky. $18 in advance, $22 at door. 6 p.m. 1119 8th Ave., 206-283-6530. DOWNTOWN Nov. 6 Fremont Red Apple Market & Wine Bar offers a select sampling of newly bred and blended Northwest wines including Viognier, Petit Verdot and Tempranillo. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., www.nwfreshmarkets.com FREMONT Nov. 7 Award-winning JM Cellars is opening the doors for a few days of holiday spirit and wine tasting, featuring new fall releases and limited release wines. $10. 4 p.m. 14404 137th Place N.E., 206-321-0052. WOODINVILLE Nov. 7 Savor some of Ponti Grill's signature dishes as you sip some of Seattle Cellars' best sellers at the Holiday Magic Food & Wine Fest. Dishes like Cajun barbecued prawns and wines like Robert Mondavi Napa Fume Blanc? If not exactly "magic," this ought to at least be pretty darn good. $29.95. 1–4 p.m. 3014 Third Ave. N., 206-284-3000. FREMONT Nov. 15 There are only 11 women in the world who have earned the title Master Sommelier. Andrea Immer is one of them; join her at Serafina for a wine dinner prepared by chef John Neumark and Immer, Bon Appetit's "Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year." $95. Call for time. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE Nov. 18 The first Beaujolais of the year always warrants a celebration; join Le Pichet and chef Jim Drohman for theirs. Sample 2004's primeur offerings and enjoy live traditional music and Beaujolais sausage. (Normal menu will be suspended for the evening.) No cover charge. 6 p.m.–midnight. 1933 First Ave., 206-265-1499. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL Nov. 6 Every cook knows you can't jump into dinner without serving appetizers. Take Troiani's antipasti class and be prepared. $34.95. 1:30–3:30 p.m. 1001 Third Ave., 206-624-4060. DOWNTOWN Nov. 8 Nonvegetarians can eat tofu? Cook's World presents a hands-on class that will demonstrate the many ways to prepare and enjoy tofu—even if you're serving it with steak. $46. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Nov. 9 Get ready to cook up a sandstorm of surprises from Tunisia. Learn dishes like poached fish with preserved lemon, capers, and olives at the Mise en Place cooking class held at Seattle Central Community College. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL Nov. 9 Roll, wrap, and fill sushi with Sur La Table. Get prepped to host your own holiday sushi party, and surprise your guests with wasabi ice cream for desert. $75. 6 p.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND Nov. 11 Who would know fish better than a kitchen veteran from Flying Fish? Lend Steve Smyrstik your ear as he discusses fish storage, fish selection, and much more—including, yes, fish recipes at Cook's World. $50. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Nov. 14 We could all use some tricks around this time of the year. Catering whiz Shannon Herman (formerly of Lisa Dupar Catering, now of Thyme & Seasons) offers to save you a lot of grief by sharing with you her make-ahead hints at this Cook's World class. $44. 1–4 p.m.2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Nov. 15 Kinda tired of those same old Turkey Day dishes? After this Dish it Up! course you'll have fresh, exciting dishes like potato and turnip baked gnocchi in your arsenal. $60. 6 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Nov. 19 Now we can all be Iron Chefs—cast iron chefs that is. Mother-daughter team Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne visit the Queen Anne Metropolitan Market with their new book, The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook : Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen, and some really great recipes. Free. 4–6 p.m. 1908 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-284-2530. QUEEN ANNE

 
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