ON THE PLATE

JULY 18-20

The Bite of Seattle is one of the stranger festivals to grace Seattle Center. There's a "Kathy Casey's Alley," of

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Food Events Around Town

ON THE PLATE

JULY 18-20

The Bite of Seattle is one of the stranger festivals to grace Seattle Center. There's a "Kathy Casey's Alley," of all thingsan entire section dedicated to the self-proclaimed culinary diva. We've never visited the diva's alley, but we're fascinated. If you enjoy waiting in long lines to pay $2 for a taste of chili you can buy at the grocery store and cook at home in peace, be sure to check out the fest. Free admission. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. SEATTLE CENTER

JULY 19

Celebrate 30 years of community gardening in Seattle at Friend's of P-Patch's (FPP) garden party. We're not sure what the night will entail, but we have a hunch that the first annual FPP feast will include a whole lot of fresh, garden-grown veggies. Suggested donations start at $5 (for kids); $100 will get you a T-shirt. 6 p.m.-dusk. West Wheeler Street and 15th Avenue West, 206-648-7353. INTERBAY

Not everyone's a fan of shellfish, but we'd be hard-pressed to find someone who isn't a fan of clean water. This Saturday, folks can celebrate both at the First Samish Bay Bivalve Bash and Low Tide Mud Run. Music (Alleyoop and the Stilly River Band) will abound, as will "shellacious fare and bivalve-friendly beverages." Proceeds will benefit the community clean water awareness programs of the Skagit Conservation Education Alliance. $5 entry fee waived for two-wheelers and cars with four or more passengers. 12:30-9:30 p.m. Taylor Shellfish Farms, 2182 Chuckanut Dr., 360-766-6002, www.taylorshellfish.com. BOW, WASH.

JULY 20

Some lucky local culinary students have been attending "farm school" for six days at a time at Quillisascut Farm in Rice, Wash., a relationship that helps strengthen a valuable chef-farm connection. Seattle Culinary Academy is opening its doors this Sunday and inviting you in to learn more about the farm school and to raise money for scholarships. Food will be provided. $30 donation. 2-8 p.m. 9336 Waters Ave. S., 206-722-6372. RAINIER BEACH

Watch amateur chefs battle it out in the kitchen at the Rusty Chef cook-off to benefit FareStart. Complete with celebrity judges, a silent auction, wine from Columbia Winery, and appetizers from Baci Catering. Net proceeds will benefit FareStart. $60. 7-9:30 p.m. at the Bradlee Showroom, 1400 Elliott Ave. W., 206-284-8687, www.farestart.com. BELLTOWN

JULY 21

Now this is a cook-off: Thierry Rautureau of Rover's and Tom Black of the Barking Frog compete Iron Chef-style in a fully stocked kitchen with a surprise ingredient. Watch the chefs in actionthen taste a variety of Washington foods and wines courtesy of Taste Washington and the American Institute of Food and Wine. Auction to follow will benefit the AIFW scholarship fund. $50. 6-8:30 p.m. Gateway Distributing Viking Showroom, 19204 68th Ave. S., 206-935-5471. KENT

Learn heart-healthy, low-cholesterol cooking techniques from an authority: Sandi Kaplan, registered dietician affiliated with Swedish Hospital. On the menu: fresh salmon salad with summer beans and flaxseed vinaigrette; fresh berry parfait. $20. 6-8 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT

THE GRAPEVINE

JULY 17

Meet Linda Lowe of Wineglass Cellars and taste her reserve redsa 2000 merlot, a 1999 cabernet sauvignon, and a 1999 harvest. $6 for three tastes. 4:30-8 p.m. The Tasting Room, 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET

JULY 18

There are few better ways to kick off a summer weekend than with a glass of fine Champagne. Taste some of the best from Clicquot at Fremont Red Apple Market & Wine Bar. $2 taste/$5 flight/$5 glass. 5-8 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT

JULY 19

Taste the wares of the Columbia Valley's Syncline Cellars this afternoon at the DeLaurenti Wine Shop. Free. 2-4 p.m. 1435 First Ave., 206-622-0141 ext. 13. PIKE PLACE MARKET

JULY 23

It's wine night at Brasa. Taste some summer favorites along with a light food spread. $45. 6:30 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. BELLTOWN

JULY 24-26

After three days of Washington wine region tours, the Society of Wine Educators' 27th annual conference is coming to Bellevue for three days of seminars, workshops, and exams. If you're a wine pro and you haven't yet registered, it's time to get cracking. $695 ($535 members). DoubleTree Hotel, 300 112th St. S.E., 202-347-5677, www.wine.gurus.com. BELLEVUE

BACK TO SCHOOL

JULY 19

Tour Pike Place Market with chef Kyle Nelson of 727 Pine 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

Chef Brian Scheehser of the Hunt Club at the Sorrento Hotel will show students how to pick the best fresh ingredients from a farmer's market and how to prepare and present the ingredients at home. $45. 10 a.m. Sur la Table, 90 Central Wy., 866-328-5412, www.surlatable.com. KIRKLAND

JULY 28

Get in the know about Washington wines at this wine seminar for beginners. Wine Educator Dieter Schafer will go over all the basics. Then he'll introduce participants to handcrafted wines from the state's top independently owned wineries. $25/person, $45/couple (plus a 10 percent discount on bottled wine purchases). 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Tasting Room, 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET

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