Feb. 9, 2005

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Late Weekend Nights Midnight snacks are typically relegated to the peanut butter-and-jelly food group, but that doesn't have to be the case, especially considering that Serafina just announced its late-night weekend menu—and it's not just offering snacks. Next time you're hungry after midnight, you might want to try their house-made veal meatballs simmered in green olive and tomato sauce. (And maybe some profiteroles for dessert.) Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m.–1 a.m. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE Feb. 14 Sharpen that sweet tooth and let your belt out a notch; it's time for SweetFest 2005. Bite-sized desserts, prepared by Stephanie Crocker of Sugar, will be passed all-you-can-eat style while you and your sweetie enjoy wine, champagne, or coffee at the ultrastylish Zeitgeist Coffee. $27. 8 p.m. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-932-3572. PIONEER SQUARE Feb. 15 Nina Simonds' Classic Chinese Cuisine is considered by some to be a top-notch primer for Chinese cooking skills. Meet Simonds tonight at Etta's, and enjoy a classic Chinese banquet including Hundred Corner shrimp balls and chicken, sausage, and rice wrapped in lotus leaves. $95 (includes a signed copy of Simonds' new book, Spices of Life). 6:30 p.m. 2020 Western Ave., 206-443-6000. BELLTOWN Feb. 16 Save the Churro! This remarkable sheep, favored for centuries by Native Americans, is experiencing a comeback, thanks in part to a Slow Foods campaign aimed at raising awareness. Beginning with this Serafina dinner of braised Churro, three notable area chefs will prepare meat from animals slaughtered at 12, 18, and 24 months in order to demonstrate that, unlike conventionally raised sheep, Churro meat does not decline in quality as the animal ages. $55. 7 p.m. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE (For the dates and locations of the other two dinners, or to learn more about Churros, visit www.slowfoodusa.org/ark/sheep.html) Feb. 17 Calling all Jimmy Buffet fans (Robert Louis Stevenson aficionados are welcome, too)! Elliott's Oyster House is hosting a rum dinner: Five courses of rum-inspired cuisine with, you guessed it, five varieties of rum paired to each. What's rum-inspired cuisine? How about crispy duck layered with duck confit, hoisin, and fried lotus root. Yo ho ho and a bottle of you-know-what to wash it down. $65. 6 p.m. 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, 206-623-4340. WATERFRONT Feb. 20 Everyone says their barbecue is the barbecue. Why don't you be the judge? Dozens of barbecue teams from around the Northwest will crowd the cobblestone streets of Pike Place Market cooking up their best. (And don't worry; you can just enjoy the tri-tip and ribs, you don't actually have to judge anything—they're getting "experts" from barbecue societies to do that!) Chili, too, for those who fancy a bowl of red. 10 a.m. Pike Place Market from Pike Street to Virginia Street. www.pikeplacemarket.org/happen/events/ THE GRAPEVINE Feb. 12 Different vines, these, they grow hops, not grapes. The Museum of Flight's third annual Hops and Props puts 35 craft beer breweries on display and in your mug. Meet the beermakers and drink their creations—go ahead, you will not be asked to navigate an aircraft afterward. $50. 7 p.m. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 866-468-7623. SODO Feb. 10-24 One of the best ways to learn about wine is to look in your own backyard. Join sommelier Dieter Schafer as he guides you through the six viticultural areas of Washington at South Seattle Community College. The course meets on three Thursdays for a total of nine hours—and yes, of course, you'll taste these great wines as you learn about them. $82 6–9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE Feb. 15 What kind of wine would you pair with mole chicken and corn puree? How about a brie salad with blueberry dressing? Find out Chef Jason Bray's answers at this wine-pairing dinner at Hi-Life. Yakima-based Wineglass Cellars is the featured winemaker. $65. 7 p.m. 5425 Russell Ave. N.W., 206-784-7272. BALLARD Feb. 17 Discover the wines of Tuscany at this Esquin Wine Merchants tasting. Free. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO Feb. 19-21 A perfect way to keep the love alive after Valentine's Day, Red Wine & Chocolate is a delicious and intoxicating celebration of North Sound wineries. Enjoy a day of open houses at wineries on the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey and Bainbridge Island, or go all out and make a weekend out of it. $15 covers all tasting room fees. Call 800-785-5495 or visit www.northsoundwineries.org for more information. Feb. 24 The wine and the recipes are coming all the way from Italy, but the food is all our own tonight at Assaggio. Join Chef Mauro Golmarvi in welcoming Amarone wines from Verona, Italy, for this wine-pairing dinner. $95. 6:30 p.m. 2010 Fourth Ave., 206-441-1399. DOWNTOWN Feb. 26-27 Once again, folks, a slightly different kind of vine: The Ninth Annual Winter Beer Festival at the Elysian celebrates hops, but those grow on a vine, too. Taste Elliot Bay's Demolition Ale, Big Time's Lift Ticket, and many more of the Elysian's brewing team's favorite winter brews. No cover charge. 1–10 p.m. on Saturday, 1–8 p.m. on Sunday. 1221 E. Pike St., 206-860-1920. CAPITOL HILL BACK TO SCHOOL Feb. 17 Maine lobster, "Rock Lobster," live lobster—do you love lobster? How about French wine? At this Salud! Cooking and Lifestyle School class you will learn to create lobster and tarragon soufflé, butter-poached lobster tails with mascarpone-chive risotto, and more, and sommelier Kurt Krause will illuminate you as to which wines perfectly complement the lobster's sweet flavor. $40. 6–9 p.m. 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425-462-1400. BELLEVUE Feb. 17 Learn how to prepare fennel , taleggio, and cardamom tarts (and more), and then learn how to select the best wines to go with them at NuCulinary's cheese and wine pairing course at the West Seattle Thriftway. $55. 6:30 p.m. 4201 S.W. Morgan, 206-937-0245. WEST SEATTLE Feb. 21 What's your hurry? Matt's in the Market chefs Matt Janke and Erik Canella, along with Dish it Up!, are going to teach you to slow down with recipes for braised Belgian endive, duck confit, and more. $60. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Feb. 23 Sicily and Seattle: If you ever thought the two places should be closer, this Dish It Up! class has your number. Chef Scott Samuels will lead you through a Sicilian menu with Northwest ingredients. Demonstrations include beet farrotto with swiss chard and bacon and meyer lemon semifreddo. $60. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA March 1 What can you accomplish in the span of a sit-com? This cooking class at the Green Lake PCC aims to show you that you can accomplish a lot—as in toasted spice and dried fruit couscous with ginger-sesame crusted breast of duck. Join Lynne Vea and become a 30 Minute Gourmet. $45 6:30–9 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-525-3586. GREEN LAKE March 1 As part of it's back-to-basics series, RainCity offers a primer on eggs and everything you've always wanted to know about them. Learn poaching, coddling, and scrambling as well as the advanced arts of soufflés and pots de crème. $65 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE March 3 Tired of Tombstone? Bored by delivery? Dread the hype of all the neo-Neapolitan joints in town? We don't blame you, and neither does RainCity Cooking School—they're even willing to teach you how to make classic pizza in your very own home. Included in the class is instruction on Neapolitan pies, calzones, and schiacciatta. $65 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE

 
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