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January 30, 2002|Angela Pettera


Get Crabby: Explore the wonders of the Dungeness crab at Angeli Caffe's Family Dinner. Oysters on the half shell, cracked crab, green salad and dessert, with commentary from Times Food Editor Russ Parsons. 7274 Melrose Ave. (323) 936-9086. $25.

Learn, Eat, Drink: Granita's chef Jennifer Naylor teaches Pacific Rim dishes such as pot stickers and Cantonese duck in this class. Lunch with wine follows. 11 a.m. Granita, in the Malibu Colony Plaza, 23725 W. Malibu Road, Malibu. (310) 456-0488. $75.

Wine Dinner, Option One: The Wine Assn. has pulled together this wine dinner, which showcases eight 1998 Bordeaux wines. The food includes grilled pizza with arugula, duck carpaccio and a roasted veal chop. 7 p.m. Posto Ristorante, 14928 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 784-4400. Make reservations through the Duke of Bourbon liquor store at (818) 341-1234. $90.

Wine Dinner, Option Two: Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris from the Chalone Wine Group are poured at this dinner. The five matching dishes include a seafood risotto, artichoke hearts with spinach and ricotta cheese and rib-eye steak with mushrooms. 7 p.m. Il Tiramisu, 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 986-2640. $65.


Santa Maria BBQ Class: Restaurateur Gerri Gilliland fires up the barbecue and makes Santa Maria-style specialties such as marinated flank steak, rosemary chicken and dry-rubbed baby back ribs for this class. 11 a.m. Rancho Chiquita (a private home), address given upon registration. Call (310) 306-9305, Ext. 2#, to reserve a space. $65.


Wine Dinner, Option Three: Winemaker Alan Le Blanc-Kinne from Martin & Weyrich Winery brings six wines to this dinner, including an Insieme, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Cabernet. Food starts with hors d'oeuvres, mushroom ravioli and swordfish, and the main course is lamb in a Cabernet reduction. 7 p.m. La Bruschetta Ristorante, 1621 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-1052. $69.


Wine Dinner, Option Four: Wines from Napa are the stars of this wine dinner featuring Markham Vineyards. Four wines are poured with four courses of food. Main course is a beef loin with a sweetbread and shallot tart. 7 p.m. Impresario Ristorante, at the Music Center of Los Angeles County, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles. (213) 972-7333. $60.

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