Tonight: MistralKitchen’s Arabesque dinner series.

Photo: Andrew Waits

MONDAY December 5

MistralKitchen’s Arabesque series of Monday-night dinners continues tonight with an Israeli-themed menu. Meals come two ways: a $45 tasting menu or a modified version of the a la carte menu, served in the restaurant’s casual-side dining room, along with regionally inspired drinks. This is the last of the Israeli cuisine’s four dates, the next four special dinners will focus on North Africa’s Maghreb region (Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco).

Future Top Chef guest judge and coauthor of the six-volume, Homeric-level food epic Modernist Cuisine Nathan Myhrvold will be at Town Hall from 7:30 to 9. Tickets are $5 through Brown Paper Tickets,.

TUESDAY December 6

The Harvest Vine and PCC are teaming up for a special dinner event at 6:30 featuring Spanish wines from Casa Ventura Imports. The four-course, $65-a-plate dinner menu includes butternut squash soup, pear salad, roasted trout, braised lamb shank, and spaghetti squash–preserves filled crepes to top it off. Each of the nonsoup courses comes paired with wine.

WEDNESDAY December 7

Tom Douglas is going to be at the downtown Macy’s to demonstrate some of his favorites from the Macy’s Thanksgiving and Holiday Cookbook. If you’re excited about holiday cooking, don’t miss this opportunity to get up close with Seattle’s most admired, most overrated, most titanic chef. Reservations can be made by calling 800-786-2665; space is limited.

Free at the Book Larder, Donia Bijan shares her book Maman’s Homesick Pie, about her youth in Tehran and culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu. The event runs from 6:30 to 8 and guests will enjoy samples of flavors from the book’s 30 recipes.

THURSDAY December 8

From 4 to 5 at the Book Larder, the British Baking Awards’ Continental Patissier of the Year Eric Lanlard brings his new book Cake Boy and discusses life as a top baker. The event is free to all and will have samples of a treat from the book, which features home recipes for meringues, cheesecakes, pastries, and more.

FRIDAY December 9

Ikea Seattle is getting into the holiday spirit with a Swedish Christmas Julbord Celebration from 5:30 to 8. Prices are stereotypically retail—$9.99 for adults and $2.49 for kids 12 and under (13-year-olds are adults?). Contact the restaurant at 425-656-2980 to make a reservation.

SUNDAY December 11 SATURDAY December 10

Art Restaurant and Lounge is hosting a chocolate buffet for families that will include triple chocolate mousse cake, double chocolate cheesecake, chocolate tiramisu, and more. For $20 (adult) chow down on chocolate from 3 to 5 while your kids listen to John Skewes read from his children’s book Larry Gets Lost in Seattle. If you miss it there’s another one on the 18th.

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