Oct. 5, 2005

NEWS According to a recent New York Times report, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned importing beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea (located between Iran and several former Soviet republics), on Friday, Sept. 30. The action is a response to caviar-exporting nations' refusal to present concrete plans to conserve the beluga, an animal with prehistoric origins, whose status has been edging toward endangerment since the breakup of the U.S.S.R. The annual Phabulous Phinney Pig Out hits 12 Phinney-Greenwood restaurants on Thursday, Oct. 6, to fight hunger in North Seattle. Various restaurants, including El Chupacabra, Carmelita, and the Santa Fe Cafe, have agreed to donate a portion of sales to the PNA Soup Kitchens (which are run in conjunction with St. John United Lutheran Church and Calvary Lutheran Church). For more information, call 206-783-2244 or visit www.phinneycenter.org. Many local restaurants continue to serve up aid to Gulf Coast hurricane victims. For a complete list of benefit dinners and other food-related fund-raising efforts, see www.seattleweekly.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 Through November The 5 Spot in Queen Anne ushers in autumn with its At Home in America's Heartland menu (through Nov. 29), serving everything from Wisconsin cheese curds and Oktoberfest spare ribs with apple sauerkraut to cherry cobbler with 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 Wednesday, Oct. 5 SkyCity at the Space Needle is spicing things up with a martini pairing dinner, where each of three courses is accompanied by a martini designed to complement it. $49.95. 6:30–9 p.m. 400 Broad St., 206-905-2100. SEATTLE CENTER Thursday, Oct. 6 Julie Powell unites bookworms and foodies with a reading and a tasting at Third Place in Bothell. Listen to Powell discuss Julie & Julia, her chronicle of preparing every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The bookstore will provide the food (buffet style), and you provide the appetite. 7 p.m. 17171 Bothell Wy. N.E., 206-366-3333. BOTHELL The Seattle chapter of Les Dame d'Escoffier International (LDEI) is throwing its semi-annual fund-raising auction, Cooking by the Book. Items include two nights at the Glen Ary Resort on Hood Canal, a cheese tasting for 24 at Beecher's Handmade Cheese, and culinary help from Kathy Casey. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers and a five-course dinner. Proceeds benefit the endowment of LDEI, which awards culinary scholarships to women in Washington (the Seattle chapter promotes the education and support of women in food- and wine-related careers). $125/person; $200/person, Patron. Lisa Dupar's Julep, 2022 Boren Ave., for reservations call 206-714-6683 or visit www.lesdamesseattle.com. DOWNTOWN Friday, Oct. 7–Sunday, Oct. 9 The 29th Annual Everett Sausage Fest serves up live music and dancing, a Bavarian beer garden, and a Bavarian Dinner Haus. There will also be 17 food booths stocked with everything from barbecue chicken and salmon to corn dogs. Free admission. Noon–midnight, Fri.–Sat.; noon–7 p.m. Sun. Perpetual Help Church, 2619 Cedar Ave., 425-349-7014. EVERETT Thursday, Oct. 13 Keith Robbins of Tini Bigs Lounge is launching his new book Tini Bigs Big Martinis with a party at the bar. If you purchase the book for $19.95, you get a classy martini to go with it, but it's not necessary for entrance into the party. 6:30–9 p.m. 100 Denny Way, 206-284-0931. DOWNTOWN Friday, Oct. 14 Enjoy a lavish five-course meal (preceded by oysters and chicken-skewer hors d'oeuvres) at Kaspar's October wine dinner, which will highlight bottles from Duck Pond and Desert Wind. The enticing menu includes Dungeness crab chowder, grilled king salmon, and roasted rack of lamb with hazelnut crust. $100. 6:30–10 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 800-437-3213. QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE Through Sunday, Nov. 13 Introduction to Wine classes with sommelier Arnie Millan begin the first Sunday of October and cover topics like varietals, the history of wine, basics of winemaking, pairing wine and food, and current trends. $35/class. Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN Thursday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 9 Sip featured wines on the Observation Deck of the Space Needle for just $5; a souvenir glass is included with your purchase of an Observation Deck ticket. 400 Broad St., 206-905-2100. SEATTLE CENTER Friday, Oct. 7 Seattle Wine Society hosts a tasting with Argentine and Chilean wine at the Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton. There will be eight wines to sample, complementing food, and guest speaker Bob Bentley (past president of the Olympic Peninsula Wine Society) will show a slide presentation. $30/person. 6:30 p.m. 17070 140th Ave., S.E., 425-226-9700. RENTON Tuesday, Oct. 11 Enjoy wine from DeLille, Quilceda Creek, Hedges, Betz Family Wines, Mark Ryan Winery, and other Red Mountain vineyards. Taste wines, meet the people who grow the grapes, check out the soil, and learn what makes this wine-growing region so special. $60. 6:30–8:30 p.m., 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE Volterra hosts a six-course wine maker dinner with Cherry Hill Winery owners Mike and Jan Sweeney and winemaker Chris Luby. Hailing from the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, this wine is made from estate-grown fruit and will be served with a Tuscan meal created by chef Don Curtiss, which includes everything from smoked Oregon beef tenderloin to butternut squash ravioli. $70/person. 6:30 p.m. 5411 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-789-5100. BALLARD Thursday, Oct. 13 Chappellet Winery and Seghesio Family Vineyards offer up some of their best wines for your sipping pleasure. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. Fremont PCC, 600 N. 34th St., 206-547-1222. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL Sunday, Oct. 9 Chef Gabriel Claycamp of Culinary Communion is determined to share his love of wood-fired pizza. He'll be taking the class to an actual pizza oven in order to share exactly why this kind of pizza is so delectable. Experiment with various kinds of pizza dough and test different sauces and toppings, then enjoy your creations. $70. 2–5 p.m., private residence, call 206-284-8687 for directions and information. WOODINVILLE Monday, Oct. 10 An instructor from Salud! demonstrates how to whip up a superlative lunch at Lunch and Learn: 3 Pasta Sauces. For starters, you'll make a spicy tomato-cream sauce with Parmigiano-Reggiano for penne pasta, fresh basil pesto sauce with cherry tomatoes for angel hair pasta, and Alfredo sauce with cracked black peppercorns for cheese tortellini. $15. noon–1:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425-462-1400. BELLEVUE Tuesday, Oct. 11 Learn how to use fresh and seasonal ingredients to prepare meals this fall at Dish it up! Chef Karen Binkhorst will show how to make squash ravioli, roast lamb, and scallops with phyllo chard and rice. $65/person. 6–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA

 
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