Dec. 7, 2005

NEWS Puget Consumers Co-op, Washington Toxics Coalition, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network, No Spray Zone (which advocates "ecologically sound pest management"), and other local environmental and farming organizations are circulating a petition in support of a $2.4 million allotment in the 2006–07 state budget for Washington State University's Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming (BIOAg) program. An equivalent for organic farmers to the WSU Extension resources already in place for conventional growers, the program currently exists in fledgling form but needs a lot more funding to fulfill its purpose, according to No Spray Zone's Claude Ginsburg. The groups behind the petition, which will be sent to Gov. Christine Gregoire, hope to obtain the signatures of prominent Washington chefs, food writers, and other contributors to the local culinary landscape. Chefs (and others) interested in signing the petition should contact Ginsburg at http://www.nosprayzone.org before Saturday, Dec. 10. Jager Restaurant & Bar in Kirkland has been sold, though the Magnolia location remains the same (crazy cocktails and all). Don't fret: all Jager gift certificates will be honored at Szmania's in Magnolia. www.szmanias.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 Friday, Nov. 25-sun., Dec. 25 Pagliacci Pizza offers 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, Dec. 7 Join wine expert Markus Donier at Kaspar's for a champagne tasting dinner. He'll select his favorite champagnes as chef Kaspar Donier creates four seasonal courses to harmonize with them. $75. 7 p.m. 19 West Harrison, 206-298-0123. QUEEN ANNE Friday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 11 Kathy Casey Food Studios is throwing a Holiday Extravaganza—peruse the gifts, housewares, decor items, and edibles while nibbling on food samples and checking out the special appearances by local authors and chefs (including Tami Agassi, Cynthia Nims, Greg Atkinson, and Braiden Rex-Johnson). Enjoy homemade cookies, chocolate peppermint ho-hos, and other holiday treats. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. 5130 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-7840, www.kathycasey.com. BALLARD Saturday, Dec. 10 Santa's making an appearance at Ray's Cafe this Saturday—after chowing down on the scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, and muffins whipped up by executive chef Charles Ramseyer, kids can sit on Santa's lap and make their holiday wishes (with a complimentary picture with Santa included). $20/adults, $15/children under 12. 9 a.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770 for reservations (required), www.rays.com. BALLARD Keith Robbins and Patrick Haight, the celebrated bartenders at Tini Bigs Lounge, will share their recipes for the 50 top martini cocktails on their menu. Learn about everything from the exotic to the simple and enjoy some samples of the goods. 6:30 p.m. Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. LAKE FOREST PARK Sunday, Dec. 11 Come celebrate the 55th birthday of Canlis with an unforgettable holiday event to benefit FareStart's efforts to fight hunger and homelessness in Seattle. Hosts Chris and Alice Canlis will reserve their entire restaurant for 100 guests to mingle, sip fancy wine, munch on renowned cuisine, and assist FareStart's much-needed programs to help even the poorest individual become self-sufficient again. Admission is a $1,000 tax-deductible donation. 6 p.m. 2576 Aurora Ave. N. 206-298-9550 for reservations (required), www.canlis.com. QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE 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, www.bandoleone.net. FREMONT The Penthouse Suite at the Sorrento Hotel hosts a champagne tasting/book release party with authors Don and Petie Kladstrup. Incredible views, hors d'oeuvres, plenty of champagne, and a book that reveals all the secrets about this bubbly treat! $65. 6 p.m. 900 Madison St., 206-622-6400, www.hotelsorrento.com. DOWNTOWN 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 Tuesday, Dec. 13 Learn about those bubbly wines at Shoreline Community College, where the instructor will enlighten participants about Champagnes and their cousins and help you select the perfect one for your occasion. $39. 7–9 p.m. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-546-4634. GREENWOOD Thursday, Dec. 15 Take a trip around the world at the Fremont PCC with some exciting Cabernet Sauvignon–based wines from different areas. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 600 N. 34th St., 206-547-1222 ext. 191. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL 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 put 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 Saturday, Dec. 10 Great Harvest Bread Co. is holding a gingerbread person party! Bring the kids to locations on Sand Point Way or in Lake Forest Park and watch them decorate a gingerbread person to take home. $5. Call Sand Point (206-524-4873) or Lake Forest Park (206-365-4778) to sign up. Sunday, Dec. 11 Take the kids to Cascadia Restaurant and join chef Kerry Sear for holiday fun. Decorate some freshly baked holiday cookies and then bring a bunch home to enjoy with family and friends. $35/adults, $25/kids. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884, www.cascadiarestaurant.com. BELLTOWN Monday, Dec. 12 Enjoy a holiday brunch with your family that can be prepared almost completely the night before! Make traditional winter favorites (with a modern twist) like poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, and blueberry cranberry muffins. Teacher Louise Hasson will also coach participants in creating Irish oatmeal with Irish whiskey, eggs benedict with smoked salmon, fresh fruit concoctions, and the perfect mimosa. $39. 7–10 p.m. Private residence. 206-525-7537, www.bon-vivant.com. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Thursday, Dec. 15 Whip up some good old French comfort food at Culinary Communion as chef Gabriel Claycamp teaches participants how to make the classic French winter dish, cassoulet. Assembling this dish can be complicated, so let Claycamp share proper techniques and steps for duck confit and braised lamb stew. $70 including meal. 6–9 p.m. Private residence. 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. WEST SEATTLE

 
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