The Hot Sheet

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

ON THE PLATE Coastal Kitchen As summer fades, chef Tory Knaus turns up the heat with a special menu for fall featuring items like peppery manchego cheese-stuffed yucca puffs ($5.50), mussels steamed in molasses-laced coconut milk and white wine ($7.75), rum-marinated chicken breast over black beans and rice with a side of mango-mint salsa ($14.50), and pan-seared pork tenderloin in a sweet potato/star anise sauce ($15.25). 429 15th E., 322-1145. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Now open weekdays for lunch. Try the grilled tenderloin baguette topped with onion, provolone, and chipotle chile sauce ($13.95) or blackened salmon on a kaiser roll with roasted-pepper aﯬi and grilled tomatoes ($10.50). Entr饳 include the house "tuna mignon" (rolled in peppercorns and poppy seeds and dressed in tomato vinaigrette, $14.50) and the grilled chicken breast and artichoke hearts in white wine sauce ($11.50). 1001 Third, 587-5300. Luigi's Grotto This little trattoria off Pioneer Square offers classic comfort food all'Italiana: roast chicken with rigatoni in a tomato ragout ($13), a wild mushroom risotto scented with rosemary ($14), braised lamb shank fragrant with lemon zest and pecorino cheese ($17), and seafood stew in a rich shrimp stock ($24). 102 Cherry, 343-9517. IN THE GLASS 1999 Reininger releases Chuck Reininger's reds have been winning medals right and left: in San Francisco a bronze for his syrah ($32) and a double-gold for his red table-wine ($22), a unanimous gold from the Pacific Northwest Enological Society judges for his merlot ($30). All three now available in specialty wine shops. You'll have to wait till November for Reininger's '98 cab. AT THE MARKETS All the fruits and greens of August are still in season, plus the first homegrown winter squash: spaghetti, butternut, even pumpkins. At the Pike Place Market just-off-the-tree Gravenstein apples from Jones Creek Farm; Eastern Washington's Rama Farm recommends sweet, seedless Candice grapes. And have you ever seen fresh-harvested peanuts? The Alvarez family's got them—foliage, roots, and all. COMING UP 9/13 Roasted, saut饤, marinated, baked, shaved, braised, minced, creamed—the noble clove of garlic is the focus of a special menu at all three Mitchelli family restaurants through 10/14. Trattoria Mitchelli, 84 Yesler, 623-3883; Angelina's, 2311 California S.W., 932-7311; Stella's, 4500 Ninth N.E., 633-1100. 9/15-16 A chance to sample prerelease wines by DiStephano Winery in tandem with top-end imported artisanal cheeses selected by The Peterson Company's Karin Collins, former cheese buyer for Brie and Bordeaux. 10 to 6 each day at the winery, 12280 Woodinville Dr. N.E., Woodinville, 425 487-1648. 9/29 Foods, wines, and the music of Iberia are featured at this year's benefit gala for Seattle Baroque Orchestra. Tickets $130 and up. 7 p.m. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third, 322-3118. Send tidbits and updtaes to the Hot Sheet, food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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