Nov. 17, 2004

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Nov. 19 Let them eat cake—for charity! Art With Heart's annual fund-raising gala pairs local pastry chefs (including William Leaman from Essential Baking Company and Sue McCown from Earth & Ocean) with local artists, asks them to prepare artful and edible cakes and desserts, and offers them for auction at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Proceeds benefit the ongoing efforts of Art With Heart to host art-minded workshops that benefit children in crisis. $125. 5:30 p.m. 2100 Alaskan Way, 206-443-5000. www.artwithheart.org/events. 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 Nov. 26-Dec. 28 Love pink tutus and family dinners? Kaspar's three-course Nutcracker Dinner menu includes the Nutcracker's grilled chicken with roasted pear and the Sugar Plum Fairy's homemade s'mores. A Children's menu available as well. $30 adults, $15 children. From 4:30 p.m. on performance nights. 19 West Harrison, 206-298-0123. QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE Nov. 19 This just might be the Beaujolais event to end all Beaujolais events. The French American Chamber of Commerce hosts the 12th annual Beaujalois Nouveau Wine Festival and Gala at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel celebrating the arrival of the new wines of '04 with live and silent auctions; French and Spanish music; and a menu including rabbit chops, oysters, and truffle-coated foie gras. Oh, and lots and lots of wine. $125. 5:30–10 p.m. 411 University St., 206-621-1700. DOWNTOWN Nov. 20 Scratch and sniff? Yeah, kind of. Culinary Communion's casual seminar-style class on wines of the old world will include access to a 72-scent smell box that will aid your ability to detect scents in your glass. Class includes heavy appetizers. $70. 6–9 p.m. Call 206-284-8687 or e-mail info@culinarycommunion.com for address and neighborhood. Nov. 20 Almost everyone could use a makeover—even old Italian wines. Fremont Red Apple Market and Wine Bar present new versions of old classics. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT Nov. 21 So you've figured out how to pair wines with dinner, and now you're wondering about dessert? Purple House wine director Christine Larsen offers to help out by teaching the finer points of port, Madeira, Muscat, and other dessert wines. Small bites will be paired with each wine. $40. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 14435 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-487-3960. WOODINVILLE Nov. 27 Not all bubbly is from Champagne, you know. Taste non-Champage holiday sparklers from all over the world at this Red Apple Market free event. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT Dec. 2 Please both your Francophile friends and your environmentally correct family with knowledge of French and Washington wine pairings gleaned from this South Seattle Community College class. $32. 6–9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE Dec. 4 & 5 Many small wineries can't always pull-off an open house atmosphere, but at this time of year, this collective effort makes it possible. Celebrate the holiday season with wine tastings, entertainment, food, and general perusal in Woodinville's wine country. Visit www.woodinvillewinecountry.com for more information. Dec. 5 Sampling a bottle of 1977 Colheitta port ought to put you in just the right mood for the holidays—or at least for tackling your shopping. Join sommelier Arnie Millan in looking at five different varieties of port at the Warwick Hotel. $39. 4 p.m. 401 Lenora, 206-443-4300. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL 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 cookbook, 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 Nov. 20 Yarrow Bay Beach Cafe chef Cameon Orel teaches you chicken Balinese and Arabian lamb and okra stew, among other things, at this world cuisine-themed class. $39. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Nov. 20 Feeling the holiday pressure? Consider alleviating some of it at this free demo of cranberry compote and pressure cookers given at Dish it Up! by a Kuhn Rikon representative. 2 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Nov. 20 Impress your out-of-town guests with RainCity's recipe for fresh croissants, but save the pan au chocolat for your family; otherwise the overnighters might never leave. $65. 11 a.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Nov. 21 Now seriously, you don't want to end up with pie in your face. This Cook's World holiday pie workshop focuses on rolling and crimping dough, baking tips, and filling thickeners. $44. 1–4 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Nov. 23 Need a last–minute primer before you carve up the turkey? Cook's World offers tips on knife and cutting skills. $65. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Nov. 24 Where better to learn Italian cooking than in Seattle's own Little (OK, Very Little) Italy? On the books at Luigi's Grotto for this particular course are prawns with melon, Arborio risotto, and bananas with chocolate pecan sauce. And, of course, wine. $35. 7–9 p.m. 102 Cherry St., 206-343-9517. PIONEER SQUARE Nov. 29 Almost a sushi master yourself? Join a true pro, Hajime Soto of Mashiko Restaurant, for advanced sushi rolling and learn some modern off-shoots of traditional sushi prep at Uwajimaya. $75. 6 p.m. 600 Fifth Ave., 206-624-6248. INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT Nov. 30 Thinking of giving the gift of food? This Cook's World class will teach artful presentation as well as preparation of items such as pickled jalapeños, almond carrot jam, and herbed vodka. $44. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE Dec. 4 Yeah, those brown-and-serve rolls are a guilty pleasure, but at this Cook's World class, Essential Baking Company's chief baker will show you how to make artisan breads like Italian pannetone. $44. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE

 
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