Aug. 17, 2005

NEWS Year-old Capitol Hill comfort-food hangout Local is no more. Owner Matt Bertles, tired of his Bainbridge commute, is taking his meatloaf recipe and the restaurant's name back to the island to reopen in November. Melissa Nyffeler, formerly head chef at the Century Ballroom, will reopen Local's old space as Dinette in mid-September, but don't expect the homey menu that name—or her predecessor's legacy—might imply. Look for more on Dinette in these pages in the coming weeks. Cold Stone Creamery will open a new customized ice-cream shop on Pike Street on Sunday, Aug. 28, and the famous local clown JP Patches will be in attendance. Even better, half of all sales from the grand opening will benefit Seattle Children's Home, an organization that provides children, teens, and young adults with mental-health care (www.seattlechildrenshome.org.) 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; JP Patches entertains from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 213 Pike St., www.coldstonecreamery.com. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Wednesday, Aug. 17 Bo Rinaldi, co-author of Vegan World Fusion Cuisine, will host a presentation and book signing at East West Bookshop. His book not only provides over 200 gourmet recipes made with natural ingredients, but it also has tools and tons of information that encourage a healthier lifestyle. 7 p.m. 6500 Roosevelt Way N.E., 800-587-6002. ROOSEVELT Saturday, Aug. 20 More than 20 members of the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association will compete in the CJ Foods Battle of the Barbecues—Korean Style at Top Food & Drug Store in Shoreline. The winner will be determined by judges from the PNWBA. All the while, the public will get tips about grilling from the experts and enjoy free samples. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 1201 N. 175th St., 206-533-2851. SHORELINE Celebrate Creole culture at Cape Verde–Brazil Culture Night at Cafe Rozella. Music, dancing, drinks, and food from Cape Verde and Brazil will be plentiful, and it's free. 7 p.m. 9434 Delridge Way S.W., 206-763-5805. WHITE CENTER Thursday, Aug. 25 Waterfront Seafood Grill is hosting the Buty Winemaker Dinner. Five celebrated wines will be served with five different courses. Check the menu at www.waterfrontpier70.com. $85/person. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171. DOWNTOWN Monday, Aug. 29 It's your last chance to enjoy a Monsoon "Art of Pairing" dinner. This one showcases wines from the Loire Valley and the modern Vietnamese summer creations of chef Eric Banh. Monsoon will be set up family-style, with tables that seat eight to 10 people. $80/person; $100/person for a seat at the chef's counter. Wine reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. 615 19th Ave. E., 206-325-2111. CAPITOL HILL THE GRAPEVINE Thursday, Aug. 18 At Greenlake PCC, you have the chance to taste various white wine flavors that go beyond the usual chardonnay. $5/person. 6:30–9 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-547-1222, ext. 191. GREEN LAKE Let your taste buds take a trip as Esquin Wine Merchants hosts a tasting featuring some unique Argentinean wines like Torrontes, Malbec, and Bonarda. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave., 206-682-7374. SODO Saturday, Aug. 20 Esquin Wine Merchants hosts a free tasting of some of Chateau Ste. Michelle's award-winning wines. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave., 206-682-7374. SODO Wednesday, Aug. 24 It's best not to drink on an empty stomach, and if you attend J. Christopher wine dinner at 35th Street Bistro you'll have a six-course menu to nibble, featuring heirloom tomatoes, black cod, rabbit crêpes, and organic vegetables. The wines include various pinot noirs, a sauvignon blanc, and a chardonnay. Guests can converse with winemakers Jay Somers and Rhonda Newell about their wines. $75/person. 6–9:30 p.m. 709 N. 35th St., 206-547-9850, www.35bistro.com. FREMONT Saturday, Aug. 27 Join in the syrah tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants, where guests will sample some spicy syrahs from Washington state. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave., S., 206-682-7374. SODO Monday, Aug. 29 Learn how to correctly pair wine with food at this special tasting at Purple Cafe & Wine Bar. A reception with some light snacks and wine will begin the tasting, and then wine director Christine Larson will lead a discussion about pairing basics. A four-course dinner (with wine, of course) will follow the discussion. $75/person. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 14459 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-485-9300, www.thepurplecafe.com. WOODINVILLE BACK TO SCHOOL Tuesdays, Aug. 16, 23, 30 At Culinary Communion, chef Gabriel Claycamp will teach you how to create everything from French bread to brioche to something simpler like cornbread or muffins. Mix, knead, shape, and bake the dough in this series of three classes. $225. 6–9 p.m. Cuizam! 11200 Kirkland Way, Suite 220. Call 206-284-8687 or visit www.culinarycommunion.com to register. KIRKLAND Thursday, Aug. 18 Learn everything you ever wanted to know about pies, from making the perfect crust to concocting the filling to understanding the mysteries of meringue. Suzanne Hunter of Bon Vivant will teach about single-crust and double-crust pies, and will cover the basics of traditional apple, peach blueberry, tangy lemon meringue, and raspberry-blackberry pies. 7–10 p.m. Bon Vivant is located at 4925 N.E. 86th St., but classes may be at various locations. Call 206-525-7537 or visit www.bon-vivant.com to register. LAKE CITY Sunday, Aug. 21 Learn to be a healthy vegan with Salud!'s Cooking Basics: Vegan Foods at Whole Foods Market Bellevue. You'll learn how to increase protein intake and how to prepare a meal that even your carnivore friends will enjoy. Learn tips on throwing together a light summer salad, create a meal with baked Walla Wall sweet onions with mushroom-tofu-quinoa stuffing and served with a garlic sautéed red chard and fresh tomato sauce, and top it off with some soy "ice cream." $25/person. 5–8:30 p.m. 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425-462-1400. BELLEVUE Tuesdays, Aug. 30-Sept. 13 Go back to school this fall and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Fundamentals of Winemaking, from theories to processes and materials. These five sessions at South Seattle Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays not only supply you with knowledge, but aim to enhance your winemaking confidence. Course is $75/person, materials supplied. 5:30–8:30 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE

 
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