Food News for January 11-17

News Jennifer Hall, executive director of Chefs Collaborative, a national network of "food community" people supporting sustainable cuisine, and who serves as a consultant to restaurants in Seattle, has been named to the United States Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board. She will represent environmental- and health-conscious consumers before the USDA, helping ensure that all foods and products marked as "organic" are held to standards. Her term begins Jan. 24. For more information visit www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexNet.htm. 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 tuesday, Jan. 31 Pagliacci Pizza offers the Chicken Rosemary Primo this winter, with each slice boasting chicken marinated in a special vinaigrette, oven-roasted potatoes, red onions, mozzarella, kasseri cheese, and various other comforting spices and flavors. Available at all Pagliacci locations. Visit www.pagliacci.com for more information. Thursday, Jan. 12 Join Mitchelli's Restaurant for a remarkable Barolo Dinner that includes some of Dany Mitchell's special wines. His 1985 Macarini La Serra Barolo will be paired with butternut squash ravioli, while his 1982 Luigi Einaudi Barolo couples with a piatti forti of osso buco. An assortment of Italian cheeses will also be available, along with salad, and tiramisu for dessert. $95. 6:30 p.m. 84 Yesler Way, 206-623-3883. PIONEER SQUARE Sunday, Jan. 15 Make a difference by attending the 14th annual Chefs' Dinner to benefit Bailey-Boushay House, a facility providing special care for people living with HIV and other life-threatening diseases. Enjoy a seven-course dinner prepared by 13 of the area's most renowned chefs, from Waterfront Seafood Grill, Bandoleone, Le Pichet, Cafe Juanita, Rover's, and other establishments. $175–$500. Reception 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, 206-583-6083, www.virginiamason.org/chefs. BELLTOWN Thursday, Jan. 19 Visit the Georgian Room at the Fairmont Olympic for a gourmet dinner with Nina Buty, one of the owners of a Walla Walla micro-winery. The menu includes smoked salmon and crème fraiche with crab apple cannoli, morel mushroom tarte, and roast filet of Kobe beef. $95. 6:30 p.m. 411 University St., 206-621-7889. DOWNTOWN Saturday, Jan. 21 Fifteen Northwest wines will be honored at the third annual Platinum Wine Dinner, with five special wine choices accompanying a five-course meal prepared by executive chef Bruce Ross. Wine Press Northwest editor Andy Perdue will be on hand to share his insights. $130. 6:30 p.m. Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave., 206-622-2010, www.winepressnw.com. DOWNTOWN 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's death, and the Nordic Heritage Museum is planning a gourmet dinner to commemorate it, prepared by Norwegian chef Tore Dale. Along with a special Ibsen Merlot, you can enjoy live music, Ibsen readings, and an Ibsen-themed art exhibit. $75. 6:30 p.m. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. BALLARD Thursday, Jan. 26 Ten Mercer hosts its first wine dinner of 2006 with Argyle Winery. The menu includes spicy peanut and bok choy samosas paired with 2003 Argyle Brute Rose, fettuccine carbonara paired with 2001 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay, and for dessert, artisanal cheese and fruit with 1995 Extended Tirage Brut. $65. 6:30 p.m. 10 Mercer St., 206-691-3723. DOWNTOWN The Grapevine Sundays, Jan. 8-Jan. 29 Join The Pink Door for Cinema Vino throughout the month of January. Catch a Fellini flick in the restaurant's lounge area, along with an antipasto buffet and wine samples, including a few rare ones from Italy. $20. 7 p.m. 1919 Post Alley, 206-443-3241, www.thepinkdoor.net. PIKE PLACE MARKET Wednesday, Jan. 11 Stop by the St. Demetrios Cultural Center for the kickoff of the 2006 Seattle Wine Society program, where Chinook Wines, Salishan Vineyards, Snoqualmie Vineyards, and Bergevin Lane Vineyards will be represented, with light snacks provided by Eva Restaurant and Wine Bar. $18/members, $28/nonmembers. Ticket sales at 6:30 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. 2100 Boyer Ave. E., Events@seattlewinesociety.org. Thursday, Jan. 12 Enjoy the taste of the Mediterranean with Esquin Wine Merchants as they serve up some fine wines from Southern France. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374, www.esquin.com. SODO Saturday, Jan. 14 You can also drop by Esquin Wine Merchants for some fancy wines courtesy of Winebow, a label specializing in importing fine Italian vino. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO Friday, Jan. 20 Waterfront Seafood Grill joins the Woodward Canyon Winery for a special winemaker dinner prepared by executive chef Steve Cain. Courses will be paired with appropriate cabernets, merlots, and chardonnays. $95. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171, www.waterfrontpier70.com. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, Jan. 24 Learn how to mix and match wine and cuisine at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Explore the various characteristics that make each wine unique, participate in a comparative food and wine tasting, and learn some sommelier secrets. $60. 6:30 p.m. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE BACK TO SCHOOL Wednesday, Jan. 11 This basic cooking class offers knife info: how to properly maneuver them while cooking, how to care for them and handle them safely. You'll get lots of time to practice cutting up vegetables and fruits in various shapes with a menu that will include vegetable crudites with creamy sauce, stir-fried vegetables Macedonia, and caramelized apples with candied pecans and walnuts. $25. 6–8:30 p.m. Roosevelt Square, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT Get some hands-on experience with a French cooking class that will teach students how to prepare (and consume) a typical French meal. Fresh produce, healthy and high-quality ingredients, and simple tricks are the focus of these Harmonie cooking classes. $55. 6–9 p.m. Private residence, 425-827-3505 or e-mail yolandehoisington1@verizon.net. KIRKLAND Thursday, Jan. 12 Start the new year with new knowledge, courtesy of Nuculinary's "Basic Sushi Rolling" class at Uwajimaya. $60. 6 p.m. 600 Fifth Ave. S., 206-624-6248, www.nuculinary.com. CHINATOWN/INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT Saturday, Jan. 14 Take a stroll through Whole Foods Market with Salud! chef Michael and experience foods from all over the world while learning about seasonal produce and seafood. After the tour, enjoy a cooking demonstration and a light lunch. Pick up free recipes and tips on how to cook all the new delicacies you discovered on the walk-through. Free ($1 with wine). 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Roosevelt Square, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT Tuesday, Jan. 17 Take a cooking class at Dish it up! and watch chef Jay prepare a variety of winter goodies: butternut squash bisque, grilled chicken salad with winter greens and orange vinaigrette, salmon cakes with saffron beurre blanc, and an Irish chocolate velvet dessert cocktail. $65. 6–9 p.m. Magnolia Village, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Thursdays, Jan. 19–Feb. 23 Discover the basics of wine at Shoreline Community College in a class designed to enlighten you about selecting the right bottle and teach about the influence of wine on various places and cultures—with some sampling of the goods, of course! $89 for the series. 7–8:30 p.m. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-533-6700. GREENWOOD

 
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