Pilgrim’s Free Beer Tastings - Today, Firestone Walker Brewing; Dec. 17, Wallace Brewing. Tastings at 3:30 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.
Wine Tasting Wednesdays - Complimentary wine tasting with wines from around the world. Every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 277-4116.
Wednesday Wine and Cooking Demo - Every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., enjoy a flight of wines paired with food prepared by chef Carol. Call to reserve a seat. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $15/per person; $10/per wine club member. (208) 762-1333.
Brewers’ Dinner at Iron Goat - With 3 Ninjas. Five courses, one 12-ounce pour per course. Limited seating available. Tickets available at brewery. Note: Brewery will be closed to public during event. Today, 6 p.m., Iron Goat Brewing, 2204 E. Mallon Ave. $45. (509) 474-0722.
Make-A-Wish Season of Wishes Holiday Wine Tasting and Auction - This event benefits the Spokane branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 which will allow three wishes to be granted to local children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Seating times are at 6-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. During the course of the meal, guests will be invited to sample four wines and a dessert. The full Boiler Room dinner menu will be available to guests at their own cost. Guests will have the chance to bid on six silent auction baskets, as well as the opportunity to purchase Mystery Gift Card Envelopes with values of $25, $50 and $100. Tickets can be purchased at https://givingcenter.bidpal.net/ Portal/bpe289863/tickets/ preview.html.For more information, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Today, 6-9 p.m., The Boiler Room, 6501 N. Cedar St. $20/per guest. (509) 747-1418.
Friendship Kitchen - Community meal on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m., St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-4715.
Tasteful Thursdays - Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m., through Dec. 18, the public is encouraged to enjoy live music and sample a variety of delicious wine, cider, beer, coffee and more. Plus special visits from local massage therapists for free chair massages, fun henna art, and seasonal offerings from the Co-op Kitchen. Moscow Food Co-Op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-8537.
Northwoods Performing Arts Dinner Theatre - Performance of “Northwoods Christmas Chorale.” Thursday-Saturday: Fried Chicken Dinner. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Circle Moon Theater, 3642 N. SR 211, Newport. Dinner and show: $25/person. Show only: $12. (208) 448-1294.
Author Kate Lebo - Signing of her new book, “Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter,” provides no-nonsense techniques for creating that perfect flaky pie crust, tricks for choosing the best fruit for swoon-worthy fillings, and much more. Lebo will also give a pie crust demonstration. Refreshments will be provided; there will be a no-host bar. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-2669.
Season of Sharing Breakfast - Your business can partner with a member charity for Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast by sponsoring a display table for them at a cost of $100, which includes one breakfast for the charity representative. It is also customary to present the charity with a donation of $100 or more. Call the office at (509) 924-4994 to set up your company’s sponsorship of the charity you want to support. Visit http://spokanevalley chamber.org/?p=1056 for a full list of member nonprofits. A Toys for Tots collection will be held, so all who attend are asked to bring a donation. The Fall 2014 NxLeveL entrepreneurs will also be recognized at this breakfast. Coffee and conversation at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Mirabeau Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. $25-$40/per person.
Cooking with Carol - Chef Carol will prepare her recipe of the week every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.facebook.com/ GourmetWayHayden to view the menu. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 762-1333.
Vino! Wine Tastings - Tastings include cheese and crackers. Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., Explore Italian Wines, $10; Saturday, 2-4:30 p.m., Champagne and Sparkling Wine, $10; Dec. 19, -6:30 p.m., Robert Ramsay Cellars, $15; Dec. 20, 2-4:30 p.m., Saviah Cellars of Walla Walla, $15. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.
Total Wine & More Tastings: Spokane Valley - Beer, cider and liquor tastings with experts. Friday, 4-7 p.m., 2Bar Spirits Tasting; Saturday, noon-3 p.m., No-Li Brewhouse Tasting. Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 922-1530.
Global Bubbly - Celebrate bubbles from around the world: Champagne from France, prosecco from Italy, as well as methode Champenoise bubbly from Washington state, California and New Zealand. Tasting includes eight wines, cheese and Bouzie bakery bread. Friday, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20. (509) 343-2253.
A Taste of Gingerbread - Come decorate a gingerbread house or gingerbread man and help support a local nonprofit. Cider, hot cocoa and coffee will be provided and you can take holiday photos in the fun photo booth. Proceeds benefit the ISAAC Foundation. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon., West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. $20/gingerbread house; $10/gingerbread man. (509) 325-1515.
Winter Solstice Wines - Perfect wines for the season. Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. $5/flight of five. (509) 624-1349.
Shalena’s Breakfast with Santa - The 29th annual all-you-can-eat sausage and eggs, pancake, biscuits and gravy, with orange juice and coffee. Annual event hosted by the Hauser Lake Fire Department with proceeds to benefit a child diagnosed with a serious illness. This year’s recipient is 7-year-old Serina, of Coeur d’Alene, who has leukemia. Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Hauser Lake Fire Station, 10728 N. Hauser Lake Road, Hauser. $3/person; or $10/family. (208) 659-4922.
Twelve String Third Anniversary Party - Imperial red ale on tap for the occasion. Sunday, noon-5 p.m., Twelve String Brewing Company, 11616 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 26. (509) 241-3697.
Budge Brothers Sunday Football Potluck - Bring munchies to Budge Brothers Brewery to enjoy while watching the Seahawks. Brewery opens at 1 p.m. games. Sunday, Budge Brothers Brewery, 2018 E. Riverside Ave. Free admission. (509) 426-3340.
Holiday Dessert Class - Christmas cream puffs, chocolate mascarpone raspberry pie and gingerbread, cranberry and lemon curd trifle. Call to reserve your seat. Monday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $35/per person. (208) 762-1333.
Twelve String Potluck Monday Night Football - Bring a dish to Twelve String Brewing and enjoy some Monday Night Football fun with other fans while enjoying local craft beer. Monday, 5:30 p.m., Twelve String Brewing Company, 11616 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 26. (509) 241-3697.
Relax, It’s Only Christmas - Master Chef Steve Geving presents a class on easy entertaining cooking. Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Road, Blanchard, Idaho. $25. (208) 437-0426.
Cooking & Mixology Cass: An Italian Christmas - Call for reservations. Dec. 17-18, 6-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave. $40/per person; $70/per couple. (509) 891-5980.
Twelve String Beer Dinner - Five-course dinner with five different Twelve String Beers. Contact South Perry Pizza for reservations. Dec. 17, 6 p.m., South Perry Pizza, 1011 S. Perry St. Cost to be determined. (509) 290-6047.
Downdraft Brewing Promo Night - Three Downdraft beers will be on tap. Get a raffle ticket with each pint of Drowndraft with drawings for swag throughout the night and one Grand Prize drawing at the end of the night. Must be present to win. Dec. 18, 5-8 p.m., Capone’s Pub and Grill, 315 N. Ross Point Road, Post Falls. (208) 457-8020.
Beer and Food Pairing Experience - Every first and third Thursday, the executive chef of Crafted will prepare five courses each paired with the perfect beer. Advance reservations required. Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m., Crafted Tap House, 523 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $35/person. (208) 292-4813.
Small Vineyards: Italy - Special guest Tristan Ohms will present eight Italian wines along with stories about the families that make them. Tasting includes cheese and Bouzie bakery bread. Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20. (509) 343-2253.
Small Vineyards: Spain and France - Special guest Tristan Ohms will present eight wines from small boutique wineries in France and Spain. Tasting includes cheese and Bouzie bakery bread. Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20. (509) 343-2253.
90+ Point Reds - Celebrate an entire year of great wine by tasting eight top-scoring reds. Tasting includes cheese and Bouzie bakery bread. Dec. 26, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $30. (509) 343-2253.
Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Discussion will be on “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production” by Nicolette Hahn Niman. Dec. 28, 6-7:30 p.m., Held at a private residence in Moscow. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions. (208) 882-8537.
Day Trip: Breakfast & Bald Eagle Viewing - Bring your binoculars and cameras to view the majestic bald eagles over the lake. Cost includes transportation, tour, no-host meal at Jimmy’s Down the Street. Dec. 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. $20/member; $25/non-member. (509) 327-2861.
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