News The Pink Door celebrates Super Belle Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 5, where girls can avoid the testosterone fest at home and kick back with

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Food News for February 1-7

Wine dinners, cooking lessons, and more.

News The Pink Door celebrates Super Belle Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 5, where girls can avoid the testosterone fest at home and kick back with drinks, snacks, and amusement. Munch on treats from the antipasto buffet table, take advantage of the on-site manicurist or Tarot card reader, marvel at trapeze artist Trapecia of the Cabrini, or savor the sweet seduction of chick flicks in the lounge. $20 (drinks, Tarot, manicures are extra). 3 p.m., trapeze at 6 p.m. 1919 Post Alley, 206-443-3241, www.thepinkdoor.net. 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

Wednesday, Feb. 1 Attend the Meet the Artists Dinner at Mitchelli's Gallery Bar and eat, drink, and be merry with the various Northwest artists exhibiting in the Valentine Invitational (which officially opens the following day). Enjoy multiple courses, delicious wines, dessert, and a preview of the exhibit. $40. 6:30 p.m. 84 Yesler Way, 206-623-3883, www.mitchellis.com. for reservations. PIONEER SQUARE Thursday, Feb. 2 The Care for the Market Luncheon is back. Learn about the Market Foundation's funding services for downtown's low-income and elderly residents and contribute to their causes, including Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care and Preschool, and Downtown Food Bank. Gary Locke will speak, with columnist Hubert Locke as MC. Suggested donation $150/person. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-774-5354, www.pikeplacemarket.org. DOWNTOWN Sunday, Feb. 5 Paragon offers everything a faithful fan needs to celebrate the Seahawks' first Super Bowl appearance—grilled burgers and dogs, two big screens, $3.50 Bud Select on draft, and cheering Bud Girls. This week's Fresh Offerings menu includes pork short ribs, T-bone steak, pan-roasted opaka paka, halibut, and fresh mushroom farfalle. Featured wines are Townshend T3 and Concannon Pinot Noir. No cover. Doors open at 10 a.m., live music at 9:30 p.m. 2125 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-283-4548, www.paragonseattle.com. QUEEN ANNE Thursday, Feb. 9 McCormick & Schmick's pairs dishes from its menu (which features tons of fresh seasonal seafood), with wine from Willamette Valley Vineyards as part of a series of wine dinners around the region, with the first one at Seattle's McCormick's Fish House & Bar. Roasted red and golden beet salad drizzled with port will be accompanied by Griffin Creek Viognier; pan-seared prawns wrapped with serrano ham will be paired with Willamette Valley Vineyards Freedom Hill Pinot Noir; and homemade Almond Joy will accompany Tualatin Estate Frizzante Semi-Sparkling Muscat. Learn about the various wines and receive a cookbook as a gift. $65. 6:30 p.m. 722 Fourth Ave., 206-682-3900. DOWNTOWN Saturday, Feb. 11 Learn how to think Greek (or at least shop like one) when chef Demetri Georgakopolous of Porta by the Market leads a tour as part of the Chef's Tour of the Market series. Learn the tricks of selecting the proper ingredients, then watch as Georgakopolous prepares a fresh, delicious dish with his market goods. Dive in and enjoy the food and wine that make Seattle such an exceptional place to eat! $65. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 206-774-5249, www.pikeplacemarket.org. PIKE PLACE MARKET The Museum of Flight hosts the fourth annual Hops and Props event, with 47 breweries from eight states and five countries sharing their special brews. The entry fee gets you access to sample tastes, food, a commemorative tasting glass, an educational tasting guide, and musical entertainment. Renowned beer maven (and SW contributor) Don Scheidt will be there to share his expertise. $50/advance, $60/door, $75/VIP. 7–10 p.m. 9204 E. Marginal Way S., 866-468-7623, www.ticketweb.com. SODO The Grapevine Tuesday, Feb. 7 What exactly happens when Washington wines age? This question is the focus of a class at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar that's all about the dusty bottles cluttering up your wine cellar. Discover what wine is really composed of, and learn how aging affects drinkability, with information on DeLille Cellars, Quilceda Creek, Waterbrook, Leonetti Cellars, and Chateau Ste. Michelle. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010, www.seastarrestaurant.com. BELLEVUE Wednesday, Feb. 8 If you can't escape the rain, at least drink like you're in sunny California. Learn about outstanding, reasonably priced wines from the Russian River region at a tasting hosted by the Seattle Wine Society, to include vegetarian food bites from Cafe Flora and a chocolate-truffle-and-Cabernet-Sauvignon finale. Reservations available online. $25/members, $30/nonmembers. Doors open at 7 p.m. St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., www.seattlewinesociety.org. MONTLAKE What exactly happens when Washington wines age? This question is the focus of a class at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar that's all about the dusty bottles cluttering up your wine cellar. Discover what wine is really composed of and learn how aging affects drinkability, with information on DeLille Cellars, Quilceda Creek, Waterbrook, Leonetti Cellars, and Chateau Ste. Michelle. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010, www.seastarrestaurant.com. BELLEVUE Back To School Wednesday, Feb. 8 Beecher's Handmade Cheese hosts an artisan cheese and wine pairing class where students can taste 16 American artisan cheeses along with a variety of Washington wines. Sample the textures, flavors, and aromas of different cheeses, learn about styles, categories, and rinds, and even check out the cheese-making process and its history. $40. 6:30 p.m. 104 Pike St. #200, 206-322-1644 ext. 23, www.beechershandmadecheese.com. PIKE PLACE MARKET What Cupid's Cooking Tuesday, Feb. 7 This Valentine's Day cooking class for two at Lisa Dupar Catering allows students to sip champagne while learning to prepare a romantic dinner of pheasant monticello—how to stuff the pheasant, prepare veggies for the casserole, make game sauce, and prepare a pastry topping. Also pick up recipes for starters like a Gruyere cheese "éclair" filled with Pacific oyster and creamy caviar remoulade, baby greens with passion fruit dressing, pecan Roquefort crackers, and other treats. $75. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 18005 N.E. 68th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND Saturday, Feb. 11 Executive chef Kraig Hansen will teach aspiring cooks all the right moves in the kitchen during Palisade's Valentine-inspired cooking class. Oysters Rockefeller, macadamia-nut-crusted brie, stuffed sirloin steak, and Kona coffee panna cotta are on the menu. Enrollees get lunch, wine, champagne, recipes, and a surprise gift. $95. 10:30 a.m. 2601 W. Marina Pl., 206-285-5865, www.palisaderestaurant.com. MAGNOLIA Tuesday, Feb. 14 Go wild with a gourmet five-course dinner and night of dancing at the Woodland Park Zoo. The menu includes appetizers, salads, grass-fed beef medallions stuffed with Stilton bleu cheese, caramelized sea scallops, and desserts. Reservations required. $50. 7–11 p.m. West entrance at North 55th Street and Phinney Avenue North, 206-684-4825, www.zoo.org. PHINNEY RIDGE Saxophones, James Bond, and pachyderms: Don't miss a benefit dinner and concert to benefit Save the Elephants, hosted by Grammy winner Kenny G and actor Pierce Brosnan, at the Triple Door. $500. 6:30 p.m. 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.thetripledoor.net. DOWNTOWN Spice up your love life as well as your taste buds with Bandoleone's five-course prix-fixe menu that includes quail covered in chocolate sauce, caviar, oysters with rose petal mojo, and champagne. Candlelit tables and floor-to-ceiling windows add to the romantic mood. Call ahead for reservations. 703 N. 34th St., 206-329-7559, www.bandoleone.net. FREMONT. Maximilien offers live classical guitar to complement a five-course dinner, including lobster bisque with truffle oil, roasted sea scallops, lemon sorbet, and lamb loin. The restaurant is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Pike Place Market—the perfect place to finish dessert with a cozy smooch. Reservations by phone required. $79. 81 Pike Street, 206-682-7270, www.maximilienrestaurant.com. PIKE PLACE Want fat romance on a petite budget? Try See Sound Lounge's dessert for two, which includes champagne, Kissable Crème Brûlée, and Agavero (tequila infused with a natural aphrodisiac) after-dinner drinks, all for $30. Or upgrade to dinner for two with a three-course meal for $80. 115 Blanchard St., 206-374-3733. BELLTOWN

 
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