April 20, 2005

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE April 21 Join the Women's Funding Alliance as it celebrates female chefs and artists at the 13th annual Art of Dining at the Paramount Theatre. Featured chefs include Leslie Mackie of Macrina, Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita, and Debi Zerr of Dahlia Lounge; proceeds benefit women's and girls' organizations citywide. $125–$250. 5:30–9:30 p.m. 911 Pine St., 206-467-6733 or visit www.artofdining.org for more information. DOWNTOWN April 25 What goes perfectly with fine Italian food? Well, fine Italian wine, of course. This Troiani Italian Steakhouse wine dinner features Planeta wines. $85. 6:30 p.m. 1001 Third Ave., 206-624-4060. DOWNTOWN April 26 You probably already know about Maritime Pacific Brewery's beer-paired daily menu, but tonight the "Jolly" brewers from Maritime are getting together with the chefs at Hi-Life in Ballard and coming up with some new matches. Chef Jason Bray will host the multicourse dinner, and George Hancock will bring the beer. $40. Call for time. 5425 Russell Ave. N.W., 206-784-7272. BALLARD May 3 You'll have to go all the way Down Under in order to find the new Martha Stewart; she's Donna Hay, and her new book, The Instant Cook, celebrates her trademark minimalism with more than a dash of style. Tonight at Nell's, chef Philip Mihalski will prepare a dinner based on Hay's book, which she will sign if you so desire. $125. Call for times. 6804 E. Green Lake Way N., 206-524-4044. GREEN LAKE May 11 New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman's new book is called Bittman Takes on America's Chefs but don't take that to mean that tonight, as he makes an appearance at Union, he and Ethan Stowell will be duking it out. Quite the opposite; Stowell and Bittman will collaborate on a number of dishes from the new text. $125. 1400 First Ave., 206-838-8000. DOWNTOWN May 18 Soon it'll be Copper River time again; do you know where your salmon is? Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar says they have it! Featuring Kistler Vineyard's California wines, this multicourse special menu features chef/owner John Howie and sommelier Erik Liedholm's special creations and pairings. $195. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE THE GRAPEVINE April 22 through 24 Sipping through Spring Barrel Tasting weekend in Yakima's wine country is a great way to catch up with what's new from some of your favorite Washington wineries. It might also be a great way to meet like-minded folks, so long as you brush up on your wine-tasting protocol at www.wineyakimavalley.org beforehand. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 800-258-7270 YAKIMA April 23 Sample a variety of Washington wines from Owen-Sullivan at this five-course winemaker dinner at Waterfront Seafood Grill. $85. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70. WATERFRONT April 27 Here's a benefit and tasting that makes all kinds of sense. The fifth annual Boutique Winery Showcase features up-and-coming wineries that produce small quantities of wine—so small that they often can't afford to participate in other wine showcases. Although held at the Pampas Club, money from ticket sales for this event goes to Boomtown Cafe, an organization well worth supporting. $25. Call for time. 90 Wall St., 206-526-1292. BELLTOWN April 30 Take a trip back in time to 1990 with sommelier Arnie Millan at this Waterfront Seafood Grill special wine event. This five-course dinner will be paired with outstanding wines like Chateau Guiraud Sauternes, which Wine Spectator gave a 96. 7 p.m. $225. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70. WATERFRONT May 10 through May 24 Sip while you learn at sommelier David LeClaire's Introduction to Wine Tasting, which will meet three Tuesdays in a row at North Seattle Community College's Sand Point Education Center. Scheduled for coverage are "new" varietals in Washington and California and the basics of the old world. $90. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 6208 60th Ave. N.E., 206-527-3705. www.learnatnorth.org SAND POINT May 26 All that glitters isn't gold, which we're sure you've heard, and wine educator and sommelier Dieter Schafer wants you to know that all that sparkles is not Champagne. This class, held at South Seattle Community College, will focus on some of the various sparkly things in the wide world of wine. $41. 6–9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE BACK TO SCHOOL April 26 Are you one of those people who think there's no good Mexican food in Seattle? Well do something about it by attending this Shoreline Community College cooking class at the Central Market. $39. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 160th and Aurora Ave., 206-533-6700. SHORELINE May 3 Breakfast in bed is such a delicious thing, and RainCity wants to help you create a perfect Venetian morning. Their idea of a good time includes espresso with lemon, baked peaches, and polenta with prosciutto and marscapone. $60. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE May 4 Cascadia chef Kerry Sear will demonstrate some of his restaurant's classic seafood preparations at this Dish it Up! class. Included are caramelized spiced salmon and poached Ahi tuna. $85. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA May 17 The worst part of hosting a cocktail party is that you're hosting—not partying! This RainCity Cooking School class aims to set you straight on that matter; they're going to show you how to prepare tuna paté, bacon stuffed tomatoes, and other great snacks ahead of time, so that you have more time with your guests. $65. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Place S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE June 1 Summertime is party time, and this Ray's Boathouse cooking class is geared toward your warm-weather entertaining plans. $30. 5–6:30 p.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770. BALLARD

 
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