Sept. 14, 2005

NEWS Many local restaurants are serving up aid to Gulf Coast hurricane victims in the month of September. For a complete list of benefit dinners and other food-related fund-raising efforts, see www.seattleweekly.com/resources/katrina.php. If it's September, it must be Oktoberfest. (Don't think about that too hard, just have another beer.) The annual homage to hops will be celebrated as usual in Fremont, Friday, Sept. 23–Sunday, Sept. 25, with music, kids' activities, crafts, carnival rides, and (organizers promise) "beer, beer, and more beer." But don't get so blotto you miss the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, a perennial favorite. Fremont's Solstice Plaza and the Adobe parking lot under the Aurora Bridge, 206-633-0422, www.fremontoktoberfest.com. FREMONT 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 Now The 5 Spot in Queen Anne ushers in autumn with its At Home in America's Heartland menu (through Nov. 29), offering everything from Wisconsin cheese curds to Oktoberfest spare ribs and apple sauerkraut to blue-ribbon cherry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Even the dining room is decked out in fall and "Heartland" decor. 1502 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-285-7768. QUEEN ANNE All of September The second annual Dinner at 8 celebrates 26 of Seattle's restaurants with a special dinner menu featuring a selection of starter, entrée, and dessert for $20 (doesn't include drinks, tax, or gratuity). Many of the restaurants from last year like Ten Mercer, the Cellar Bistro, and Bick's Broadview Grill are back, and other restaurants like Dulces Latin Bistro and Ibiza Dinner Club have been added. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit www.seattleweekly.com/dinnerat8. Wednesday, Sept. 14 35th Street Bistro hosts an informal and informative wine dinner for those wanting to learn more about wines from the Champagne region. A six-course meal, prepared by chef Steve Smrstik, will include tuna tartar, lobster salad, pan-seared monkfish, foie gras, veal scaloppine, and fig and triple cream-cheese tartlet, all paired with various wines, of course. $100/person. 6 p.m., 709 N. 35th St., 206-547-9850. FREMONT Friday, Sept. 16 Celebrate Latin American culture at Cafe Rozella with live music, dance, and food from Mexico and Latin America. Sept. 16 is Mexican Independence Day, so join the salsa dancing or just chow down on some Latin food. Free (donations accepted). 7 p.m., 9434 Delridge Way S.W., 206-763-5805. WHITE CENTER Thursday, Sept. 22 Twenty-one of Seattle's top chefs will congregate at Salty's on Alki for Cooking With Class, organized by Providence Health System Senior and Community Services to benefit seniors at Providence ElderPlace and Heritage House at the Market. The chefs will give away some cooking secrets before everyone dives into the food and wine. Nick Musser of Icon Grill, John Neumark of Serafina, and Josh Green of Ponti Seafood Grill are just a few of the chefs scheduled to attend. $75/person. 6–9 p.m., 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 206-283-9067. WEST SEATTLE Tuesday, Sept. 27 Ray's Boathouse welcomes Chef Susanna Foo (winner of two James Beard Awards and the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence) and her latest cookbook, Susanna Foo Fresh Inspiration: New Approaches to Chinese Cuisine. Ray's executive chef, Charles Ramseyer, will create a five-course meal of Asian cuisine inspired by her book, and Foo will answer questions and sign books, included with dinner. $100/person. 6:30 p.m., 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770. BALLARD Wednesday, Oct. 5 SkyCity at the Space Needle is spicing things up with a martini-pairing dinner, where every course of the three-course meal is accompanied by a martini designed to complement it. $49.95/person. 6:30–9 p.m., 400 Broad St., 206-905-2100. SEATTLE CENTER THE GRAPEVINE Every Sunday, Sept. 11-Sept. 25 Learn about wines from all over Italy with sommelier Arnie Millan. The first class will cover the Southern region of Italy, with wines from Sicily to Sardinia; the second class goes to the central area, from Tuscany to Abruzzi; and the third class will explore Northern Italy, with wines from Piedmont, Lombardy, and other regions. $49/person per class. 4–6 p.m., except the Sept. 25 class, which is 1–3 p.m., Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN Thursday, Sept. 15 Every third Thursday of the month, Pacific Place's Il Fornaio hosts a wine tasting, and this month will feature wines from Quercetto in Italy's Tuscan region. Enjoy red wines (their specialty), antipasta, and the atmosphere. $10/person. 600 Pine St., 206-264-0944. DOWNTOWN Thursday, Sept. 22 Remlinger Farms hosts the Taste of the Farm wine festival—visitors can sip while enjoying music, hors d'oeuvres, and schmoozing with local vintners. Admission gets you a punch card for up to five samples of wines from four different Seattle-area winemakers. For every bottle sold of Meow wine (a locally made Merlot), a donation will be made to the Humane Society for Seattle/King County. $5/person. 5–8 p.m., 32610 Northeast 32nd St., 425-333-4135. CARNATION Friday, Sept. 23 The Museum of History and Industry hosts the Multifaith Works wine tasting. Enjoy Apex, Barnard Griffin, Chandler Reach, Hightower, Hyatt, Walla Walla, Willis Hall, Pepper Bridge, Pleasant Hill, Seven Hills, and Waterbrook wines. Appetizers, a silent auction, and music are also scheduled, and all proceeds will benefit Multifaith Works which provides services for people living with AIDS, MS, and other illnesses. $60/person. 7 p.m. McCurdy Park, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1520. MONTLAKE Tuesday, Oct. 11 Enjoy some wine from cellars like DeLille, Quilceda Creek, Hedges, Betz Family Wines, Mark Ryan Winery, and others in the Red Mountain vineyards. Taste some wines from the local wineries and vineyards, meet the people who actually grow the grapes, and even check out the very dirt and learn what makes this grape-growing region so special. $60/person. 6:30–8:30 p.m., 205-108th N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE BACK TO SCHOOL Monday, Sept. 19 Instead of ordering out, try making pizza at home with Suzanne Hunter at this Bon Vivant class. Hunter will show you how to mix, knead, and roll out dough, explain the different kinds of dough (Sicilian, whole wheat, French brioche), and talk about various toppings. Bon Vivant is at 4925 N.E. 86th St., but the classes may be at various locations. Call 206-525-7537 or visit www.bon-vivant.com for more information and to register. LAKE CITY Tuesday, Sept. 20 Local author Susan Volland will prepare and explain recipes from her latest book, Cooking for Mr. Right, while encouraging others to share stories about food and relationships. Learn how to make walnut Drambuie shortbread cookies, smoked chicken and sweet potato chowder, crunchy duck salad and pixie schticks, and pick up a copy of the book (included in the class fee). $65/person. 6:30–8 p.m. Kathy Casey Food Studios, 5130 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-7840. BALLARD Wednesday, Sept. 28 Do it like the Brits, with the help of Dish It Up!'s class on Victorian and English Tea. Join Susan Springer and learn the history of tea time while sampling green, oolong, and black teas with sandwiches, scones, Devonshire cream tea breads, and sweet tarts. $45/person. Magnolia Village, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Thursday, Sept. 29 Learn how to throw a delectable paella party with chef Ernesto Pino! This cooking instructor and writer for Seattle magazine will show students how to make Paella Valenciana with seafood, white gazpacho with Malaga grapes, and even apple cakes and will provide a tasting menu. $85/person. 6:30–8 p.m., 5130 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-7840. 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