May 11, 2005

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through May Qupe Winery of Santa Maria, Calif., provides the featured wines for Earth and Ocean's May winemaker dinners. Offered Sunday through Saturday nights this month, the special menu includes quail stuffed with potato and bacon, paired with Qupe's 2002 Anderson Valley pinot noir. $48 plus $20 for wine. Call for times. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060. DOWNTOWN May 18 Soon it'll be Copper River time again; do you know where your salmon is? Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar says it has 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 May 19 What can you get for five bucks these days? Not a lot—unless you head to the 5 Spot and help them celebrate their 15th anniversary. All day long, they'll be practically giving away the goodies; customers will get an anniversary cupcake surprise during "blunch," and at dinner, everything and anything (entrées, coffee, salads, beers) is yours for a five-spot ($5). 1502 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-285-7768. QUEEN ANNE May 22 Seattle is not just a great place for great chefs, it's a great place for cancer research and treatment, and the Premier Chefs Dinner allows you to celebrate both. Benefiting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, this event features some of our area's most renowned chefs (Daisley Gordon, Vicky McCaffree, Mauro Golmarvi, and a handful of others) working in tandem to create a fantastic six-course meal. Several regional wineries will also be contributing, and a live auction and raffle round out the evening. $250. 5 p.m. 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-667-2980. DOWNTOWN May 24 As much fun as it might be to prepare a fabulous five-course dinner for your 10th anniversary, it would surely be more fun to share the cooking with three great chefs. Joining Chris Keff behind the flames at Flying Fish's birthday party will be John Howie of Seastar, Charles Ramseyer of Ray's Boathouse, and Rick Yoder of Wild Ginger. $100. 6:30 p.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN June 9 Summer means salmon in so many Northwest homes, so make the most out of this coming season and enjoy a great meal as well. This five-course Elliott's Oyster House wine dinner will not just delight your senses, you'll receive an education about wine and wild salmon pairings as well. $75. 6:30 p.m. 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, 206-623-4340. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE May 19 Taste a wide range of pinots from Oregon, California, and France at this Green Lake PCC tasting. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-547-1222. GREEN LAKE May 28 As the long, hot days of summer approach, so do the dry rosés. Learn all about them as you sip at this Fremont Red Apple tasting. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT May 28–30 Celebrate Memorial Day and the fourth anniversary of the Maryhill Winery, recently named "Washington Winery to Watch" by Wine Press Northwest. Along with Maryhill's festivities, five other Klikitat Wine Alliance wineries will be hosting open houses this weekend. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 9774 Highway 14, 509-773-1976. GOLDENDALE, WASH. June 9 The modest entry price at this Morton's Steakhouse wine tasting won't get you a big, juicy steak, but it will get you a few tastings of big, juicy Columbia Crest wines, an introduction to winemaker Ray Einberger, and some light hor d'oeuvres. $10. 5–6:30 p.m. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-2751. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL May 14 Learn how to grill the perfect salmon at Elliot's Oyster House as you join one of six chefs in front of the coals at this very hands-on barbecue class. $11.95 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, 206-623-4340. WATERFRONT May 14 Everyone's big on sourcing locally these days. How about from your own backyard? Hosted at the Grange Supply, this WSU King County Extension course will tell you everything you need to know about raising chickens in an urban setting. Among the speakers is Judy Duncan, a graduate of Seattle Tilth City Chickens. Free. 10–11:30 a.m. 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 206-205-3130. ISSAQUAH May 25 You've cooked for your family and friends, how about cooking for the stars? Private chef Greg Johnson visits Dish it Up! to instruct on elegant appetizers that are fit for rich and famous lifestyles. $60. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W. Suite B, 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA June 1 In order to prepare roasted pork with rosemary, braised cabbage and kielbasa, roasted root vegetables, and baked salmon in salt crust, you'd have to be pretty darn good with the oven, and this Seattle Culinary Academy class on roasting, baking, and braising aims to get you there. $45. 6–9 p.m. 1701 Broadway, Demonstration Kitchen/Room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL June 2 For some, a vegetarian diet ends up meaning lots of tofu and veggie corndogs. This certainly doesn't have to be the case; at this Highline Community College cooking course, you can learn to cook with greens. Find out how calcium-rich collard greens, kale, mustard greens, and bok choy can be used to create beautiful, delicious dishes. $35. 6–9 p.m. 2400 S. 240th St., 206-870-3785. DES MOINES June 6 Got a fancy-schmancy event to attend this summer? Well, we hope you know which fork to use and why there are four wine glasses spread out in front of each place setting. If you're feeling clueless, there's hope for you at this fine-dining etiquette seminar at Geneva Restaurant where wine and hospitality guru Dieter Schafer will be playing Mr. Manners. $70. 6:30 p.m. 1006 Eighth Ave., 206-624-2222. DOWNTOWN June 20 They look great in the garden, they taste great on the plate: edible herbs. This NuCulinary class at the West Seattle Thriftway will not only have you planting your very own take-home herb garden, you'll have recipes for summer dishes like rosemary orange and lemon shortbread and herb grilled chicken, too. $60. 6 p.m. 6523 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE

 
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