Food Events and More

ON THE PLATE MAY 16

Ponti Seafood Grill's annual Spring Villa Party celebrates the season's first catch of Copper River salmon. On the five-course menu: the salmon-of-honor with a lemon tarragon white butter sauce and wild mushroom risotto with pea vines, Alaskan halibut, black cod, spot prawns, and wines from two Woodinville wineriesMatthews Cellars and JM Cellars. $75. 5-10 p.m. 3014 Third Ave. N., 206-284-3000, www.pontiseafoodgrill.com. QUEEN ANNE/FREMONT MAY 18

Calling all olive oil enthusiasts. Prepare to have your tongue tickled at this olive oil tasting from Slow Food Puget Sound. First 30 tasters will take home a complimentary U-bake loaf of Il Fornaio ciabatta bread and a sample size bottle of oil. $12 ($10 members). 1:30-3 p.m. Pacific Place atrium, 600 Pine St. Pay via PayPal (www.paypal.com); e-mail: info@sfps.us. DOWNTOWN MAY 22

Leonard Rede of Sapphire Kitchen and Bar is the guest chef tonight at FareStart. On the menu: minted cucumber, tomato, and feta salad; Moroccan red chicken and couscous; citrus cake with strawberries and pomegranate cream; new wine releases from Syncline Wine Cellars. $16.95. 5:30-7:45 p.m. 1902 Second Ave., 206-443-1233 ext. 7500, www.farestart.org. BELLTOWN MAY 24

Are you the barbecue king of your block? Put your skills to the real test at the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association's season-opening competition. Grand champion wins $500 and a trophy. $35 entry fee. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. FACTORIA Mall parking lot, 4000 block of Factoria Blvd. For information and registration: 206-364-5198. THE GRAPEVINE MAY 15

Taste wines from Italyspecifically Tuscany, Trentino, and Piedmonttonight at Seattle Cellars. Free. 5-7 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN MAY 16

Lisa Dupar Catering has "Spain on the brain." Get some Spain on your tongue, too, at the Spanish wine tasting tonight. Includes a tapas menu by Spanish chef Ernesto Pino. $75. 7-9 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250, www.lisaduparcatering.com. REDMOND MAY 19

Don't have time to visit Wine Country? There are plenty of wineries right in the Seattle areasometimes you have to look hard to find them. Washington Wine Tours already did the looking for you. Let them guide you on an urban wine tour today to E.B. Foote, Owen-Sullivan, Chatter Creek and other local wineries. $59 ($69 late registration). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For reservation and meeting location: 206-794-0562 or www.washingtonwinetours.com. MAY 20

An event not to be missed: a six-course dinner at Nell's, paired with 1998, 1999, and 2000 Grand Cru Burgundy. On the menu: black cod with fava bean purée; morel mushroom risotto with English peas; braised rabbit leg with Yukon Gold potato cake and kalamata olives; beef tenderloin with roasted Walla Walla onions and hazelnuts; and wines from Domaine Servin, Domaine Jacky Truchot, Domaine des Lambrays; and Domaine Henri Rebourseau. $95. 6:15 p.m. 6804 E. Greenlake Wy. N., 206-524-4044. GREEN LAKE MAY 21

Seattle Wine Brats and King Estate Wines challenge three chefs to create new dishes to pair with KE wines. Then they dare guests to taste the pairings. Includes a three-course dinner. $37 ($40 door). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Typhoon!, 1400 Western Ave., 877-545-4699, www.winebrats.org. DOWNTOWN Meet Don Townshend of Townshend Cellars and taste his Washington wares. $20. 6:30-8 p.m. Fremont Red Apple Market and Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT MAY 22

Seastar's semi-annual "Stars of Washington Wine" tasting event will showcase outstanding white wines tonight. The wines will be complemented by chef John Howie's custom appetizers and appearances by star Washington vintners and the "Seattle Seven" sommeliers. $37.50. 6-7:30 p.m. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010, www.seastarrestaurant.com. BELLEVUE MAY 25

Tour Southern Italy from the dining table tonight with sommelier Arnie Millan and Brasserie Margaux chef Chris Zarkades. Includes five courses with wines to matchand a history lesson from Millan! $75. 7 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-777-1990, www.margauxseattle.com. BELLTOWN MAY 26

Be nice to Brett Isenhower of Walla Walla's Isenhower Cellars tonighthe's sharing his wines with you over a five-course dinner. Includes his 2002 viognier/roussanne, 2000 red blend, 2001 syrah, and 2001 cabernet sauvignon. For dinner: chilled asparagus soup and smoked salmon; spiced carpaccio of Oregon country beef; cucumber sorbet; muscovy duck in two acts; and chocolate soufflé. $125. 6 p.m. Salish Lodge, 425-888-2556, www.salishlodge.com. SNOQUALMIE FALLS MAY 28

Taste up to 12 unique French wines from varying regions and varietals with a five-course dinner at Campagne. $85. 6 p.m. 86 Pine St., 206-728-2800. PIKE PLACE MARKET ORGANI-CITY

It's that time; the farmers are invading our streets again this spring and we can't get enough of it. Opening soon in King County: Country Village Farmer's Market in Bothell (May 16); West Seattle Farmers Market (May 18); Columbia City Farmers Market (May 21); and University District Farmer's Market (May 24). BACK TO SCHOOL MAY 15

Got picky kids? Learn to cook meals they'll eatvegan meals they'll eat. Really. The Lucky Palate Kitchen thinks they'll have your kids eating veggies in no time. Pick up some recipes and tips on coaxing your children to eat their carrots. $40. 6:30-9 p.m. 307 W. McGraw Ave., 206-352-2583, www.luckypalate.com. QUEEN ANNE MAY 17

Learn "everything fish" from Flying Fish chef Steve Smrstik. Includes buying, cutting, and cooking tips and as an instructive lunch of Thai curry sea scallops; fennel-cured steelhead, kasu-marinated black cod, and wine pairings. $55. 10:30 a.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595, www.flyingfishseattle.com. BELLTOWN Learn more about gnocchithe beloved Italian dumpling. Potato gnocchi; sage spinach gnocchi with tomato sauce; get tips and recipes from the RainCity Cooking School. $40. 11 a.m. 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE At this class, kids can learn to make their own summer lunchesand we're not talking peanut butter and jelly. On the menu: gazpacho soup, hummus and flatbread, turkey salad-stuffed pitas, granola sports bars, and fruity yogurt smoothies. $30. 2-4:30 p.m. NuCulinary Cooking School at WEST SEATTLE Thriftway, 6523 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-3855, www.nuculinary.com. MAY 18

Whole Foods continues its basic cooking series with an introduction to lamb. On the menu: braised lamb shank with crispy herb gnocchi and wild mushrooms. $20. 4:30-7 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT MAY 20

Ah, soy, the multipurpose ingredient. At this class, gain tips and recipes for using soy in everyday cooking. On the menu: porcini miso broth with roasted summer vegetables; soba noodle salad with tempeh croutons; salad of wild greens with orange-miso vinaigrette; and strawberry "cream" tart. $50. 6:30 p.m. NuCulinary Cooking School at Uwajimaya, 600 Fifth Ave. S., 206-932-3855, www.nuculinary.com. CHINATOWN/INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT MAY 21

It's "fun with filo." Learn tricks and recipes for appetizers, main dishes, and desserts including baklava, spanakopita, walnut pâté pastries, and apple strudel. $40. 6:30-9 p.m. Lucky Palate Kitchen, 307 W. McGraw Ave., 206-352-2583, www.luckypalate.com. QUEEN ANNE MAY 23

Tonight chef Jackie Madche teaches recipes from her native Colombia: shrimp ceviche, fresh Dungeness salad, tropical fruit salad. $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT MAY 27

Learn the in and outs of the Italian panini with Iole Aguero. On the menu: layered vegetable sandwich, grilled focaccia sandwich, Iole's favorite panino, and espresso granite. $45. 6 p.m. Sur la Table, 90 Central Wy., 866-328-5412, www.surlatable.com. KIRKLAND Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.

 
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