The Hot Sheet

What's in, what's fresh, what's cooking.

ON THE PLATE Tango Sample the new Latin-accented menu posted by Michael Bruno (formerly of Il Terrazzo): shredded duck and cress in ginger-melon vinaigrette ($11); molasses-marinated pork with goat cheese sweet potatoes ($12.50); a side of saut饤 green beans tossed in hot harissa powder ($9); or spicy tiger prawns in passion fruit-star anise broth ($14). 1100 Pike, 583-0382. Il Fornaio Specialties of the sultry south of Italy through Aug. 19: grilled eggplant and crispy capers on puff pastry ($7.50); ragout of lamb over gnocchi, dusted with pecorino cheese ($13.50); and risotto with spinach and artichoke hearts served with a side of grilled sausage ($14.95). Pacific Place, Sixth and Pine, 264-0994. Typhoon Half a dozen varieties of noodles—egg, wild rice, spinach, glass, soba, jade—star on the Thai-style menu, with super sides like purple flower-dumplings stuffed with minced chicken ($8.95), veggie-filled rice-pastry cups with cucumber salad ($8.95), and "bags of gold"—fried pastry parcels filled with shrimp, shiitakes, and water chestnuts ($7.95). 1400 Western, 262-9797. IN THE GLASS Canoe Ridge '99 merlot Built to last, John Abbott's latest (braced by just a dash of cabernet sauvignon, a pinch of cab franc, and a whisper of syrah) is a juicy quaff particularly suited to accompany a tray of fragrant cheeses. It's ready to drink but has the legs to live for a decade. Around $25. IN THE MARKET Ever feel furtive approaching the fish counter, knowing your purchase could be helping to wipe out endangered species? With the Audubon Society's seafood wallet-card, you can shop guilt-free: It ranks all things piscine, from wild salmon and Dungeness crab (go for it) to Chilean sea bass and orange roughy (don't you dare). Download a copy at www.audubon.org/campaign/lo/pdf/seafood_wallet.pdf. COMING UP 8/23 Just two weeks left till the picnic of the year at Chateau Ste. Michelle in celebration of Washington wine. Your $125 ticket includes food, drink, entertainment, and a shot at auction items that include a trip for two to Hong Kong, a wine weekend for six in Walla Walla, and an 18-liter—that's five gallons, folks—bottle of Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate. Call 667-9463, ext. 204 (see Sips on p. 31 for related article). 9/18 You've eaten at the restaurant; you've bought the cookbook; now put the two together at the Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen dinner at Etta's Seafood. Tom's recipes will be matched with Columbia Crest Grand Estates wines. $75 plus tax and tip. Call 441-4122. 9/23 Top chefs from New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Santa Monica join 20 of Seattle's finest for a banquet-auction to benefit the March of Dimes at the new Elliott Grand Hyatt Hotel. $150-$500. Call 624-1373. Heat it up, people. Send your updates to the Hot Sheet at food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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