March. 9, 2005

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through March Do this now: Start a special piggy bank for $20 and $5 bills. It's 25 for $25 time again. Throughout March, Sunday through Thursday, some of Seattle's most beloved restaurants are offering prix-fixe dinners for $25 in addition to their regular menus. Participating restaurants include the Barking Frog, Andaluca, Serafina, Wild Ginger, Ponti Seafood Grill, Restaurant Zoë, and Nishino. A complete list of participating restaurants can be found at www.nwsource.com/25for25 Through March The view from the Space Needle Observation Deck really is remarkable, and every Thursday in March you're offered a really good opportunity for basking in it while learning about wine pairing and sampling food prepared by SkyCity's chefs. For the price of an Observation Deck ticket, you'll get hints on matching wine to food and all the view you can drink. $13. 5:30 p.m. 400 Broad St., 206-905-2100. DOWNTOWN Through March Have you outgrown your favorite pub? Are you sure you've outgrown your favorite pub? The Great Seattle Pub Quest aims to change your opinion of beer and the food that's usually served with it. Fifteen great pubs (including the Latona Pub, Pike Pub & Brewery, and the Barking Frog) are offering very special $12 dinner menus Sundays through Thursdays. For more information, visit www.washingtonbrewfest.com or call 206-633-0422. March 16 Kicking off a series, the first "Little Taste of Dahlia" event offers an array of artisan cheeses and Washington wines. Designed to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Dahlia's creative culinary process, the series continues in April and May with more private, hands-on explorations of ingredients and ideas. $25. 5:30–7 p.m. 2001 Fourth Ave., 206-682-4142. DOWNTOWN March 21 Word on the street is that Madison Park Cafe owner Karen Binder brought back some lovely truffles from a recent trip to France, and they'll be in the ravioli at her winemaker dinner, which features truffle-worthy Apex Wines. Winemaker Brian Carter will be on hand, as will some of his limited-production wines. $75. 6:30 p.m. 1807 42nd Ave. E., 206-324-2626. MADISON PARK March 23 Eat lunch today at the Library Bistro or the Bookstore Bar at the Alexis Hotel and help low-income women become part of the workforce. Twenty percent of today's lunch profits will go to Seattle's chapter of Dress for Success, the national organization aimed at launching the careers of disadvantaged women everywhere. Don't forget dessert! 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 1007 First Ave., 206-624-4844. DOWNTOWN March 28 Disciples of French Laundry in San Francisco won't want to miss this Cooks & Books event at Union, where Thomas Keller and his Bouchon partner Jeff Cerciello will be appearing. Union chef Ethan Stowell will prepare a dinner inspired by the recipes in the new Bouchon. $200. Call for time. 1400 First Ave., 206-838-8000. DOWNTOWN March 21 Should you feel like getting out of Seattle's city limits, and should you feel like visiting Italy—metaphorically, of course—you should take note of Girardi's Umbrian-themed six-course dinner and Italian wine tasting. $60. Call for times. 504 Fifth Ave. S., 425-673-5278. EDMONDS March 23 Microbrews can do anything that wine can do, and the Ray's Cafe chefs have designed a special five-course menu to prove it. This Brewmaster's Dinner features premium 'brews and the 'masters who brewed them. $32. Call for times. 6049 Seaview Ave. N. W., 206-789-3770. www.rays.com BALLARD March 24 OK, OK, we're all for pairing beer with dinner, but martinis? The Space Needle's SkyCity restaurant wants to prove that it can—and should—be done at this three-course, three-martini dinner. $49.95. Seatings begin at 6:30 p.m. 400 Broad St., 206-905-2100. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March In celebration of Washington Wine Month, all 750 ml bottles (limited to wines under $175) of Washington wine are half off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Rover's. Now that's the spirit! 2808 E. Madison St., 206-325-7442. MADISON PARK April 2-3 Get your designated driver on retainer now. Woodinville Wine Country is hosting its fourth annual Passport to Woodinville Weekend. Seventeen wineries will host open houses; for some of the smaller wineries, this is one of the few times during the year that they're able to do so. $40 for the weekend. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit www.woodinvillewinecountry.com for more information. WOODINVILLE March 16 Wines of the Loire Valley will be poured at Pike and Western tonight, so come prepared for some fabulous sauvignon blancs, cabernet francs, and more. $15. 7 p.m. 1934 Pike Place, 206-441-1307. PIKE PLACE MARKET March 17 Sure, you can drink green beer if you want to, but should your tastes be a bit more refined, consider visiting Napa-in-Seattle at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Principals and representatives from over 50 Napa wineries will be on hand pouring their wares, shaking hands, fielding compliments, and answering questions. No word on whether or not they'll be pinching the greenless. This event benefits Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers. $75. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 721 Pine St., Leonesa Ballroom, 206-461-6935 ext. 160. DOWNTOWN March 17 Dunham Cellars' Walla Walla wines meet pistachio-crusted lamb chops and a chocolate tart with mint crème (and more) at this Waterfront Seafood Grill wine-pairing dinner. $85. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171. DOWNTOWN March 17-20 You do the math: For $5 and the price of an elevator ride to the Observation Deck, you get a free souvenir glass, a sampling of wines from Washington's L'Ecole Cellars, and a 360-degree view of the city. $18 total. 4:30–8 p.m. 400 Broad St., 206-905-2100. DOWNTOWN March 21 Some say Bergevin Lane Vineyard's winemaker Virginie Bourgue is the Washington winemaker to watch. Hey, we can't tell you where to look, but after having her in Seattle Weekly's tasting room, all we can say is, she's definitely in our sites. John Sundstrom's too, apparently; Lark hosts a six-course dinner paired to Bergevin's boutique wines. $100. 6 p.m. 926 12th Ave., 206-323-5275. CAPITOL HILL April 1 Every once in a while we use a little space to tell you about a tasting event that has nothing to do vines, so don't bother writing in to tell us how whisky is made. What matters here is that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's 12th annual tour will stop in Seattle at the Rainier Club to pour more than 60 rare single-malt and Scotch whiskies. $100. 6:30–9 p.m. 820 Fourth Ave., 800-990-1991. www.smwsa.com. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL March 14 Still not sure which fork is which or what kind of wine to bring to your boss' retirement party? It's never too late for finishing school, and this fine-dining and wine etiquette seminar, hosted by Geneva Restaurant, aims to polish all your table manners and make a civilized citizen out of you. $70. 6:30 p.m. 1106 Eighth Ave., 206-624-2222. DOWNTOWN March 14 Campagne chef Daisley Gordon returns to Dish it Up! just in time to get you going on an early spring menu of leeks in vinaigrette, comté and thyme gougères, and salmon rillettes. $65. 6–8:30 p.m. 6–9 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA March 18 Halibut season starts March 15, so by the time this Salud! Cooking School class rolls around, you'll be ready to ramp up on some new recipes. Theirs include halibut carpaccio and baked halibut stuffed with Dungeness crab and tarragon. $30. 6–9 p.m. 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425-462-1400. BELLEVUE March 23 While preparing sumac-crusted Ahi tuna, steamed mussels, and other interesting things from the sea, you'll be learning the basics of working with fish and shellfish at this Seattle Culinary Academy primer. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway Ave., Demonstration Kitchen/Room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL March 30 Dinner's always fun when it's found inside a crust. This Cook's World course teaches pastry-enclosed main dishes like chicken pot pie and Mexican corn bread casserole. $46. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT March 31 Everyone knows that Earth and Ocean's pastry chef is top notch, but did you know that Sue McCown is self-taught? She is, and she's willing to pass along her hard-earned knowledge at this Dish it Up! class, which covers foolproof pie dough and more. $65. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA

 
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