On The Plate Italians call a quick lunch "tavola calda." Serafina has a new menu of speedy $9.95 lunches, such as a fried mozzarella sandwich,

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Food Happenings Around Town

On The Plate Italians call a quick lunch "tavola calda." Serafina has a new menu of speedy $9.95 lunches, such as a fried mozzarella sandwich, a seasonal frittata, and a Mediterranean-inspired tart. All come with soup or salad. Open Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. Care for a soft-shell blue crab salad with caramelized tomatoes, hazelnuts, and a brown butter vinaigrette? Salty's on Alki will fix you up for $12. 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 206-937-1600. WEST SEATTLE June 4-15

Lamb is the word at Il Fornaio this month while the island of Sardegna dominates the rotating menu. 600 Pine St. (in Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. June 8

Bouchée Café celebrates one year in business today. Stop in to the Fremont crêperie any time today for complimentary champagne. 3510 Fremont Ave. N., 206-310-5435. FREMONT June 11

Grab a seat at Brasa's communal table tonight. House chef Tamara Murphy and guest chef Joseba Jimenez of the Harvest Vine will provide the meal. On the menu: tapas, tapas, and tapas. $75 includes wine. 7:30 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. BELLTOWN The Grapevine June 5

Australia: It's not all vegemite and crocodile. Find out what else the Aussies eatand, most importantly, what they drinkat G'Day in a Glass, the Australian wine and food tasting. $30. 6-8 p.m. Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, 212-351-6585, www.wineaustralia-usa.com. DOWNTOWN June 6

Join Lisa Dupar Catering for an Italian wine dinner. $65. 7-9 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250, www.lisaduparcatering.com. REDMOND Taste fun summer wines and hors d'oeuvres at Oliver's at the Mayflower Park Hotel. $29. 6 p.m. Fourth Avenue and Olive Way, 206-623-8700. DOWNTOWN June 7

Never heard of Woodinville's Novelty Hill Winery? Hint: Mike Januik was the consulting winemaker on the wines you'll taste tonight at Seattle Cellars. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN June 8

Drink premium Washington wines with a five-course dinner tonight at Nell's. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Windermere Foundation's fight against homelessness. $175. 5:30 p.m. 6804 E. GREEN LAKE Wy. N., 206-524-4044. June 10

Taste wines from four Spanish wine regions at Fandango tonight with the Wine Brats Mixer. $7 cover. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 2313 First Ave., www.winebrats.org. BELLTOWN On Tap June 7-8

Help Fremont Red Apple Market & Wine Bar choose which Pyramid brews to feature at their upcoming Solstice Weekend Beer & Brat Garden. Taste hefeweisen, Curve Ball, IPA Coastline, and apricot ale along with munchies and giveaways. $2. 3-6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT Back To School June 6

Learn all about Belgian beer and foods to pair it with. On the menu: seared goose liver pâté with endive-apple salad; Penn Cove mussels with bacon, thyme, and cream; stuffed pork loin, pear chutney, and cider-grain mustard sauce; and chocolate decadence with raspberry coulis. $35. 6-8:30 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT June 7

Tour Pike Place Market with Salty's chef Byron Shultz as your guide. He'll share tips on finding and buying quality fresh ingredients. Then convene in the Market Heritage Center for a cooking demonstration and tasting. $65. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call for meeting place: 206-774-5249. Yarrow Bay Grill chef Vicky McCaffree demonstrates two summery grilled dishes: fire prawns with grilled Como bread and hearts of romaine salad with lime dressing and spiced pumpkin seeds; and grilled salmon with spring vegetable risotto. $39. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-889-9052. KIRKLAND June 8

Prepare perfect crêpes after this class offered by Cook's World. Learn to make savory and dessert crêpes to freeze and stash for future enjoyment. $50. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakely St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE JUNE 10

Right now you can buy Copper River salmon at a fish counter near you, but then what do you do with it? Learn four salmon recipes from Lisa Dupar Catering. On the menu: Copper River shooters with fennel lime salsa; scallops wrapped in salmon with a pink ginger butter sauce; apple wood smoked salmon filet with a molasses maple glaze; a chilled picnic salmon with citrus rhubarb sauce. $45. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250, www.lisaduparcatering.com. REDMOND June 11 Learn to cook with olive oil; find the right balance and know how various olive oils should be used. The class will start with an olive oil tasting, then on the menu: salt cod crositini with baby greens and extra virgin olive oil; and olive oil and rosemary cake. $15. 6-8 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT UPCOMING EVENTS JUNE 12 Seahawks Stadium chef Justin Blair is guest coach to the culinary team tonight at FareStart. The game plan: Spring lettuces with asparagus, red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, candied hazelnut crusted chevre cheese, and raspberry champagne vinaigrette; Indonesian barbecue-glazed Chinook salmon with ginger jasmine rice and Asian vegetables; and a white peach and plum tart. $16.95. 5:30-7:45 p.m. 1902 Second Ave., 206-443-1233 ext. 7500, www.farestart.org. BELLTOWN Morton's Steakhouse executive chef Gary Borneman will "demystify meat" at this class on selecting, storing and preparing fine cuts of meat. On the menu: sautéed wild mushrooms, steak au poivre, filet Diane, and dessert soufflés. $52. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192, www.cooksworld.net. NORTH SEATTLE JUNE 12-29 For the first time in nearly four years, Northwest-raised lamb returns to The Herbfarm Restaurant. To celebrate, the restaurant's featuring its Willamette Valley lamb in a nine-course dinner, with the theme: the Clam Coast Lamb Roast. Diners are treated to several preparations of the Anderson Ranch spring lamb along with local seafoods and produce from the Herbfarm gardens and vegetable farm. Prices vary. 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4:30 p.m. Sun. (with optional 4 p.m. tour of the garden). 14590 N.E. 145th St., 425-485-5300, www.theherbfarm.com. WOODINVILLE JUNE 13 Kids can learn to prepare energizing snack foods at this course from PCC. On the menu: "psyched up" smoothie; one-touch quesadillas; spinach salad; and raspberry-pecan oat bars. For active youth over 10. $20 members/$25. 6:30-8:30 p.m. PCC Green Lake, 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-547-1222. AURORA/GREEN LAKE Meet Mark Wisnonsky, one of two brothers who own Southern Oregon's Valley View Winery, and taste his wares alongside a three-course Maximilien dinner. On the table: 2002 Valley View pinot gris; 2002 VV Anna Maria viognier; 1999 VV meritage; 2000 VV Applegate Valley syrah.$69. 7:30 p.m. 81A Pike St., 206-682-7270, www.maximilienrestaurant.com. PIKE PLACE MARKET Rub elbows with David Minnick, owner of Washington's Willow Crest Winery, as you taste his pinot gris, cabernet franc, syrah, and mourvèdre over a four-course dinner. $40. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT JUNE 14 Find out if your barbecue sauce is good enough for Tom Douglas at the Palace Kitchen barbecue sauce contest. Sponsored by Tom Douglas and 710 KIRO, the event boasts a live bluegrass band and a Weber home grill grand prize. $10 adults/$8 youth. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2030 Fifth Ave., 206-448-2001, www.tomdouglas.com. It's an upscale Manwich Meal: the night before Father's Day, the Barking Frog's "Manly-Man Dinner" treats dads to a meaty four-course dinner with wines, a martini, and afterward, a brandy and a cigar on the patio. $75. Multiple seatings between 5 and 10 p.m. 14582 N.E. 145th St., 425-424-2999. WOODINVILLE JUNE 14-15 It's time again for that big brew-ha-ha, NWsource.com's fourth annual Summer Brewfest. Taste 101 beers from 50 Washington artisan brewers. Also enjoy live bands, games, and plenty of food. $20 adults/ youth free with an adult. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. and Sun. St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Dr. N.E., KENMORE, 206-633-0422, www.washingtonbrewfest.com. JUNE 15 Yeah, you could labor over breakfast for dad on Father's Day, but why? The Calcutta Grill at the Golf Club at Newcastle wants to do it for you. He can choose from a long menu of brunch items and he won't have to worry about spilling syrup on the bedsheets. And afterward he can step outside and play 18 holes. $28.95 adults/$12.95 youth. Multiple seatings between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 15500 Six Penny Lane, 425-793-4653. NEWCASTLE Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. food@seattleweekly.com

 
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