Nov. 30, 2005

NEWS Been wondering how to dispose of that strange-looking fruitcake that Aunt Edna never fails to bring to Christmas dinner? You're in luck: Cold Stone Creamery is offering a reward to those who turn in their fruitcakes. During December, many Cold Stone Creamery locations will offer a $5 discount off a medium 8-inch ice-cream cake for every fruitcake it impounds. Which will inevitably be a lot—according to The Weekly Online about 21 million fruitcakes are sold every year in the U.S.! Operation Fruitcake Freedom will donate the holiday treats (?) to local charities. On World AIDS Day, Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., W Seattle (1112 Fourth Ave.) hosts Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) for a fund-raising event. For a $20 minimum donation, participants will receive appetizers and two cocktails; proceeds benefit DIFFA, which later that night will present grants totaling $30,000 to various local HIV/AIDS organizations. The W also will launch a special cocktail called the DIFFA Red Wave—throughout December whenever a guest purchases this cocktail, it will mean a $1 contribution to DIFFA. Call 206-763-8885 or visit www.whotels.com/seattle for more information. 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 Friday, Nov. 25—Sunday, Dec. 25 Pagliacci Pizza brings back the Pear Primo this season, with each slice boasting the juicy fruit along with Gorgonzola, mozzarella, and fontina cheeses, mushrooms, red onions, and walnuts. Available at all Pagliacci locations. Visit www.pagliacci.com for more information. Wednesday, Nov. 30 The Dahlia Lounge hosts an informal tasting, featuring various slow-roasted meats prepared by chef Mark Fuller served with some good ol' Kentucky whiskey. Guests can swing by the private dining area at any time during the designated hours to chat with the experts about the ingredients while sampling various treats. $25–$30. 5:30–7 p.m. 2001 Fourth Ave., 206-682-4142. DOWNTOWN Thursday, Dec. 1 The Pink Door turns 24 years old this week, and the restaurant's owner, Jacquelina Di Roberto, wants to celebrate the occasion with free cake and champagne for all! Stop by the restaurant anytime during the day and enjoy the festivities. 1919 Post Alley, 206-443-3241 or visit www.thepinkdoor.net for more information. PIKE PLACE MARKET Friday, Dec. 2 Fruitcake Follies Now in its second year, the Follies includes both a fruitcake relay race and a fruitcake toss. Basically, it's the comeuppance America's most widely (and rightly) maligned dessert has deserved for years. For locations within Pike Place Market, visit www.pikeplacemarket.org. Free. Noon. Fri., Dec. 2. PIKE PLACE MARKET Saturday, Dec. 3 Celebrate the holidays with a foamy glass of brew at the Winter Beer Festival at Pyramid Alehouse, with over 30 breweries pouring their microbrews (mostly seasonal releases). Enjoy the decorations and snatch up some Christmas presents at the gift shop, boasting brewery T-shirts and other beer-related items. $30 advance/$35 at door include commemorative tasting cup and all beer tastes. Designated driver admission is $8. Session 1: noon–4 p.m. Session 2: 6–10 p.m. 1201 First Ave. S. Visit www.washingtonbeer.com for more information. SODO Experience entertainment and fun the Hawaiian way with Na Hanu CEO Ku'uleialoha's 2005 Winter Ho'olaule'a. With a traditional lu'au meal, Hawaiian music and dancing, and all kinds of other activities, it'll be a unique way to begin the holiday season. $5 advance/ $7 door; 4 and under free. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 4400 130th Place S.E., 206-353-5536 or www.nahanu.com for more information. BELLEVUE Sunday, Dec. 4 Cafe Flora is known for inventive vegetarian and vegan dishes, and now the public can master these dishes with the Cafe Flora Cookbook. Author Catherine Geier will share her secrets in the book (currently available at stores) and at a signing at Queen Anne Books. 3 p.m. 1811 Queen Anne Avenue N., 206-283-5624. QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE Wednesday, Nov. 30 Experience a Washington cabernet tasting with wine connoisseur Dieter Schafer at Portfolio Restaurant at the Art Institute of Seattle. Try six cabernets while enjoying light appetizers and the beautiful view. $12. 4–6 p.m. 2600 Alaskan Way, 206-239-2363. BELLTOWN Sunday, Dec. 4 Explore the history of port with a tasting at the Warwick Hotel that promises to introduce participants to five different types (from a 1977 Colheita to a 1985 Vintage Port), with accompanying appetizers. $49. 4 p.m. Cambridge Room, 401 Lenora St., 206-443-4300. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, Dec. 6 Learn all the essentials about bubbly champagne with this class at Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar. Sample everything from Tet de Cuvee to multivintage gems while learning about methods of production, the various styles and colors, and what foods they all go best with. $60. $6:30–8:30 p.m. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE Get ready to meet the maker at the holiday tasting at Golden Gardens Bathhouse where wine-lovers will get to mingle with winemakers, taste their current releases, and purchase a few bottles (which make lovely holiday presents). And with all ticket proceeds going to Seattle Children's Home, it'll be difficult not to get into the Christmas spirit. $35. 7–9 p.m. 8498 Seaview Place N.W. Visit www.SigntheWines.com for more information. SHILSHOLE Wednesday, Dec. 7 Celebrate the third anniversary of the Tasting Room with a party for customers and participating winemakers. Mingle with the winemakers, taste some new varieties, and enjoy music, light appetizers, and discounts on bottles. $15 (includes $10 credit toward wine purchase). 5–9 p.m. 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET An informal wine-tasting event at Bandoleone will open your palette to a variety of Latin wines. Branch out and sample three cavas from different regions in Spain. $14 5:30 p.m. 703 N. 34th St., 206-329-7559 or visit www.bandoleone.net for more information. FREMONT Thursday, Dec. 8 Enjoy winter wines at Greenlake PCC, where Spanish and Portuguese reds, Pouilly-Fuisse, low-priced Rhônes, and new releases from McCrea and Syncline all flow freely during this cold season. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-547-1222. GREEN LAKE BACK TO SCHOOL Wednesday, Nov. 30 Learn how to throw a tapas party for the holidays as chef Ernesto Pino teaches everything you need to know about these "little bites" from Spain. Not only will you stuff yourselves with tapas, but you'll learn how to make two new cocktails created by Kathy Casey. On the menu are scallops in cava and saffron sauce, Basque mushroom toasts, shrimp in sherry sauce, and fragrant toasted herbed almonds. $70 includes recipes, tapas, and cocktails. 6:30–8 p.m. Kathy Casey Food Studios, 5130 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-7840. BALLARD Sunday, Dec. 4 Living Light executive chef Alicia Ojeda teaches this class at Bastyr University about the fundamentals of raw living foods. Learn how to make healthy meals with organic, fresh, ripe, raw, living foods. Sample nut milks and creams, various appetizers and patés, smoothies, soups, and salads, and receive a recipe binder and a buffet lunch. $299. 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., 707-964-2420. KENMORE Tuesday, Dec. 6 Make Asian seafood appetizers with the help of a class at Uwajimaya Village. Learn how to create clams steamed in sake, miso-marinated salmon skewers, seared lemongrass scallops over organic greens, and edamame hummus served with rice crackers. $50. 6:30 p.m. 600 5th Ave. S., 206-624-6248. INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT Wednesday, Dec. 7 For holiday presents that'll be truly appreciated, try giving loved ones something edible this year! This hands-on class at Thriftway in West Seattle shows participants how to throw together attractive (and tasty) gifts that your friends and family will relish. Admission fee includes four edible gifts to take home and share. $75. 6 p.m. 4201 S.W. Morgan St., 206-937-0245. WEST SEATTLE

 
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