Food Events Around Town

ON THE PLATE Szmania's in Kirkland is now open for lunch. Between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Eastsiders can munch on jaeger burgers, buttermilk fried chicken salads, and spinach gorgonzola mac and cheese (each less than $10). 148 Lake St. S., 425-803-3310. KIRKLAND Queen Anne diners can spice up their afternoons now too, because Pesos Kitchen and Lounge is now open for lunch. On the new menu: Dungeness crab and poblano spring rolls ($6.50), fiery habanero prawns ($8.50), and more. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 605 QUEEN ANNE Ave. N., 206-283-9353. 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 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 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 4:00 tour of the garden). 14590 N.E. 145th St., 425-485-5300, www.theherbfarm.com. WOODINVILLE 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. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-424-2999. WOODINVILLE 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. There 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 Ln., 425-793-4653. NEWCASTLE Or celebrate Dad's Day with a family-style Italian dinner from father-daughter team Gianfranco and Rossana Bafaro. Dine at their Calabria or Gianfranco restaurants Sunday night and enjoy braised oxtails and linguine for $15.95 per person. Calabria: 132 Lake St. S., 425-822-7350, KIRKLAND; Gianfranco: 8150-C Railroad Ave. S., 425-888-6621, SNOQUALMIE. The New Pike Place Market Cookbook is now available and author Braiden Rex-Johnson is celebrating appropriatelyshe's giving live, market demos of recipes from the book (Noon-1 p.m. under the green tent at the foot of Stewart Street). Then she'll head over to Sur La Table and sign copies (1:30-2:30 p.m., 84 Pine St., 206-448-2244). JUNE 21 Put on the Birkenstocks and place flowers in your hair. It's the second annual Salish Lodge "Don't Panic, It's Organic!" artisanal food festival. $5. All day, starting at 11 a.m. SNOQUALMIE FALLS PARK. Afterward, in the dining room, an organic tasting menu with paired wine: $95, 5-10 p.m. JUNE 21-22 Vampires and the sensitive-snouted should steer clear of OCEAN PARK, Wash., this weekend. It's the 22nd Annual Northwest Garlic Fest, a celebration of all things "stinking rose." Garlic lovers, on the other hand, will surely turn out in droves. Includes a Martha Stewart look-alike contest, a Northwest wine and beer garden, garlic-inspired crafts, and lots and lots of garlic-flavored foods (chocolate covered garlic, garlic donuts, garlic jam . . . ). 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Sheldon Park. 888-751-9354. THE GRAPEVINE JUNE 12 Taste fine Italian wines from small producers this evening at Fremont Red Apple Market and Wine Bar. $5. 5-8 p.m. 3601 FREMONT Ave. N., 206-633-3663. JUNE 13 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 mourvedre over a four-course dinner. $40. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT JUNE 20 Dine at Matthews Cellars and sip their rich, widely acclaimed reds blended with Bordeaux varietals grown in the Yakima and Columbia valleys. Lisa Dupar Catering will provide the food. $110. 7-9 p.m. 16116 140th Pl. N.E., 425-487-9810. WOODINVILLE JUNE 21 Taste Syncline Winery's Grenache rosé, roussanne, syrah, and outstanding Washington viognier. Free (with initial $4.99 glass purchase). 5-7 p.m. Seattle Cellars. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN ON TAP Nothing says summer like a good, refreshing beer. Starting this month, look for these summer-only brews in a fridge near you: Deschutes Brewery's Pine Mountain Pils, Full Sail's Hangtime Ale, and Bridgeport's Streetcar Ale. JUNE 13 It's Friday the 13th, but consider yourself lucky if you end up at the Elysian tonight. They're hosting a parallel tasting of five Belgian-style beers brewed from the same yeast by five different local breweries. Try golden ales, tripels, and oud bruin by the Elysian, Elliott Bay, Hale's, Big Time, and Far West Ireland. Schooners $3, pints $4. 5-8 p.m. 1221 E. Pike St., 206-860-1920. CAPITOL HILL 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. ORGANI-CITY It's that time; the farmers are invading our streets again this spring and we can't get enough. Opening in King County: Renton Farmers Market (June 10), S. Third Street between Logan Avenue and Burnett Avenue S., 425-226-4560; White Center Farmers Market (June 14), S.W. Roxbury Boulevard and 17th Ave. S.W., 206-779-7566; Magnolia Farmers Market (June 21), Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W., 206-547-2278. BACK TO SCHOOL 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 youth over 10. $20 members/$25. 6:30-8:30 p.m. PCC Greenlake, 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-547-1222. AURORA/GREENLAKE JUNE 14 Tour Pike Place Market with Cascadia chef Kerry Sear 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 reservations: 206-774-5249. PIKE PLACE MARKET JUNE 17 Learn the basics of sushi preparation from chef Hiroshi of Hiroshi's on Eastlake at this hands-on class. $60. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192, www.cooksworld.net. NORTH SEATTLE JUNE 18 Learn to make popular Japanese summer festival foods. On the menu: Japanese stuffed crepes; grilled ears of corn brushed with soy sauce; grilled battered octopus; and chilled somen noodles. $50. 6:30 p.m. NuCulinary Cooking School at Uwajimaya, 600 Fifth Ave. S., 206-624-6248. INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT JUNE 19 Summer hors d'oeuvres can be easy and elegant. Learn how at this class from Whole Foods. On the menu: beef-wrapped prawns with fried chili paste; fresh baby mozzarella wrapped with basil and smoked duck breast with balsamic reduction; crimini mushrooms stuffed with Dungeness crab and vermouth butter; spicy tuna tartare with cucumber, fresh wasabi, and kohlrabi sprouts; and smoked salmon crostini with candied fennel. $20. 6-8:30 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT JUNE 21 This annual barbecue workshop with guest chef Smokin' John Irwin is a Father's Day Gift idea if ever there was one. On the menu: John's famous ribs, chicken, grilled corn, smoky stuffed mushrooms, herb-grilled salmon, and more. $48. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192, www.cooksworld.net. NORTH SEATTLE Flying Fish chef Steve Smrstik knows his Asian-inspired sauces. You can too, after this class. He'll show participants how to make sauces that pair well with fish and shellfish, including curries, wasabi cream, butter sauces, and lobster cream. $55 (includes lunch and wine). 10:30 a.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595, www.flyingfishseattle.com. BELLTOWN JUNE 24 Another great Father's day gift: a men-only cooking class. On the menu: shrimp steamed in chili beer; classic Caesar salad; herb-marinated flank steak; couscous with currants and pine nuts; cherry-chocolate shortcakes with brandy whipped cream. $50. 6 p.m. NuCulinary Cooking School at Thriftway, 4201 S.W. Morgan St., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE JUNE 26 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 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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