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ON THE PLATE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7 Seattle Art Museum is making its new "Painted Visions of India and Pakistan" exhibition a feast for more than just the eyes. SAM's current Cafe menu is as Indian as a Bollywood flick, so you can get your tandoori-style chicken salad, your lamb korma, or even the unfortunately punny SAMosa plate either before or after you admire the many masterpieces on display. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 31 Just when you thought the hamburger couldn't get fancier, Szmania's in Magnolia whips out an Angus beef burger with smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and "onion jam." Make no mistake: This gourmet burger, part of the restaurant's new summer menu, is intended to be savored with a glass of red wine. What's next? Bologna with chanterelles and a port reduction? Dinner from 4:30-10 p.m. Tues.-Sun. 3321 W. McGraw St., 206-284-7305. AUGUST 20 Along with FareStart, the Boomtown Café is one of the best marriages of good intentions and culinary achievement in Seattle. The nonprofit eatery for low-income individuals is hosting a three-course dinner prepared by Chef Gavin Stephenson as a fund-raiser. On the menu: squash soup, seared salmon, and strawberry scrumptiousness. Eat up. $20. Seatings from 5:30-8 p.m. 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. PIONEER SQUARE A six-course prix-fixe dinner at Dulce's Latin Bistro is certainly cause for celebration, but add a slew of wines from Syncline Wine Cellars, and you've got yourself an event. After all, nothing goes better with a 2001 syrah than duck breast and lavender sausage with a honey glaze. $75. 7 p.m. 1430 34th Ave., 206-322-5453. MADRONA Hector's is celebrating its grand reopening in Kirkland with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a luscious list of specials (crab-stuffed prawns, pan-seared scallops, and old-fashioned prime rib among them). 5:30 p.m. 112 Lake St. S., 425-827-5959. KIRKLAND AUGUST 20-21 The phrase "Gentlemen, start your zucchini!" will surely be uttered at two upcoming farmers markets when the Indy 500 of fresh vegetablesalso known as zucchini racingonce again graces our fair city. At the Columbia City market, there will be tomato tasting during the races; in Lake City, racers and their families will get the rare opportunity to "pet live alpacas." Yes, that's right: alpacas. Just for racing zucchini. Life is so beautiful sometimes. Free. 3-7 p.m Wed. at 4801 Rainier Ave. S. (Columbia City); 3-7 p.m. Thurs. at N.E. 127th St. and 30th Ave. N.E. (Lake City), 206-632-5234. COLUMBIA CITY AND LAKE CITY. AUGUST 21 For those who find FareStart's usual menus a little too fancy, the chefs of Seattle's premier training restaurant are turning out a "down home 'diner style' meal" consisting of a relish tray, a bacon-cheddar burger (or a house-made veggie patty for our friends in PETA), and bananas Foster, just for kicks. $16.95. 5:30-7:45 p.m. 1902 Second Ave., 206-443-1233. BELLTOWN AUGUST 22 Toujours Provence? Those who romanticize the region are wise to do so; its typical dishes comprise one of the tastiest mini-cuisines Europe has to offer. Feast on bouillabaisse, seared Muscovy duck, and more at Maximilien's lovely Provençal dinner. Flamenco-based Italian guitarist Andre Feriante will provide slightly incongruous musical accompaniment as you eat. $39. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 81A Pike St., 206-682-7270. PIKE PLACE MARKET AUGUST 22-24 Anyone even approaching Chehalis this weekend should know the city is having its annual Garlic Fest yet again. Last year, roughly 12,000 Northwest residents ended up smelling atrocious thanks to the Fest; this year's new product, garlic and onion mustard, may prove positively fatal. $3/adult, free for kids under 12. Noon-8 p.m. Fri.; 1-8 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 2178 S. Scheuber Rd., 360-740-4411. CHEHALIS AUGUST 23 God created meat. And He saw it was good. But then He said to Himself: "This could really use some time on the grill." So in His eternal wisdom He invented barbecue. And lo, there was much rejoicing. Rejoice along with "nationally recognized barbecue and grilling experts" at the Low & Slow "Light" BBQ Northwest Championship. Besides chicken, ribs, sausage, and the like, there will be root beer, ice cream, and artisan cheeses. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. University Way N.E. and 50th St., 206-448-8005. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT To honor the hard-working food producers at Oxbow Organic Farm, Wallingford's Jitterbug restaurant is presenting a four-course prix-fixe dinner featuring organic fruits and veggies in starring roles. $35. 5 p.m. 2114 N. 45th St., 206-547-6313. WALLINGFORD Woodinville's farmers market will be alive with cookery this week, as Chef Jerry Traunfeld of the Herbfarm and other local culinary kahunas will be cookin' up a storm for lucky attendees. Free. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 13205 N.E. 175th St., 425-485-1042. WOODINVILLE Take some organic blueberries with you into the mosh pit, or just chow down on pesticide-free peaches while the band destroys its instruments. These and other amusing scenarios may occur at Lollapalooza this year when the headbanger-friendly music festival unveils its inaugural farmers market for hard-rock enthusiasts. Local vendors can sell there at a day rate of $50, but they'll have to watch out for flying guitars while they're hawking their plums and whatnot. Noon-6 p.m. 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., www.lollapalooza.com. AUBURN AUGUST 28 Tom Douglas is serving up a prix-fixe barbecue dream at his Palace Kitchen. What better way to bid August farewell than to savor Douglas' "low 'n slow pork ribs," applewood-grilled chicken with mango sauce, bourbon-and-molasses baked beans, and collard greens? We love the smell of grillin' in the eveningsmells like hickory. $25. 2030 Fifth Ave., 206-448-2001. BELLTOWN THE GRAPEVINE AUGUST 20 This week, bistro impresario Luigi DeNunzio aims to re-create "Berlin in the '20s, or Paris in the '30s" at the Vino Vino Room of his Pioneer Square restaurant Luigi's Grotto. The tasting will feature wine producers from Italy. Free. 7 p.m. 102 Cherry St., 206-343-9517. PIONEER SQUARE AUGUST 21 Name your three favorite things from Australia. Boomerangs? Maybe. Kangaroos? Perhaps. Hugh Jackman? Almost certainly. Seattle Cellars hopes you'll add Australian shiraz to your list, especially since they're offering several varieties of the Down Under wine this week. $5-$10 for newcomers, free for returning tasters with Seattle Cellars wine glasses. 5-7 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN Fine wine, good cause: The annual Auction of Washington Wines supports "uncompensated care at Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center" as well as the Washington Wine Education Consortium. Please note: This is a black-tie event. $500. 4:30 p.m. 14111 145th St., 206-667-9463. WOODINVILLE AUGUST 23 Food and wine walk down the aisle yet again at Ten Mercer, where Paul Portteus (of Yakima Valley's Portteus Vineyards) will be marrying his 2001 Rattlesnake Ridge red with Penn Cove mussels and his 2000 chardonnay with garlic prawns, not to mention the exciting cabernet-steak dalliance that may occur while the bride and groom are in the reception line. $75. 7:30 p.m. 10 Mercer St., 206-691-3723. QUEEN ANNE In other Yakima Valley news, Washington Wine Tours is offering a full-day tour of the Valley that includes transit from Seattle or Yakima, lunch, tastings, and a tour guide who knows the cork end of a bottle from the butt. $69. 9 a.m-7 p.m. N. Mercer St. and 80th Ave. S.E. (Mercer Island Park & Ride), 206-794-0562. MERCER ISLAND AUGUST 25 The Wine Room, enological side project of Lynnwood's Cinnamons Grill, welcomes "local wine maven" Andria Bovey to kick off the restaurant's regular Monday night pairing event. Northwest-tinged Indian cuisine and a wide assortment of vino spells W-I-N-N-E-R in our book. $12. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 4926 196th Ave. S.W., 425-670-1000. LYNNWOOD AUGUST 27 Burgundy-trained winemaker (and co-founder of America's first "green" winemaking co-op) Andrew Rich hosts an evening of chow and vino at Brasa. $75. 7:30 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. BELLTOWN AUGUST 30 Let it never be said that Fremont's Red Apple Market & Wine Bar is unfriendly to man's best friend. At the wine bar's upcoming "chillables" tasting (featuring picnic-worthy wines), the family dog is invited: "Yes, you may bring your pooch!" For those who go a little overboard, "hair of the dog" may take on an unpleasant new meaning. $5. 3-6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT More picnic wines await at Pete's, where Palm Bay Imports wine maestro Pasquale Cognetta will guide enthusiasts through light wines from Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and France. Free. 3-6 p.m. 134 105th Ave. N.E., 425-454-1100. BELLEVUE BACK TO SCHOOL AUGUST 26 The peaches you lose may be your own . . . if you're not properly schooled in the art of preserving. Hope Sandler teaches you how to make your garden harvest last through the winter at her Preserving Summer's Bounty class. $46. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cook's World, University Village, 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT AUGUST 29 Ruth Ozeki authored one of the best-titled books in history (My Year of Meats); she's the fiction-writing equivalent of Fast Food Nation scribe Eric Schlosser, and she's coming to Whole Foods Market to answer questions about her work and the American food industry. Preregistration is a must! Co-sponsored by Slow Food Seattle. Free. 7 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT AUGUST 30 Just in case you haven't yet been led around Pike Place Market by a prominent Northwest chef, Kerry Sear of Cascadia is playing tour guide one last time this summer to help aspiring foodies make the best of what the Market has to offer. Fee includes lunch at the restaurant, which is also where the tour begins. $65. 10 a.m. 2328 First Ave., 206-448-8884. BELLTOWN . . . or you could get Matt Costello of Library Bistro to show you the sights, sounds, and smells during his Market tour. On Chef Matt's agenda: fish merchants and produce vendors, as well as Pike & Western Wine Shop (for a lesson in wine pairing). You'll even swing by Sur La Table and Seattle Cutlery for a primer on kitchen utensils. Fee includes lunch at Library Bistro. $65. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at the Pig (Pike St. and Pike Place Market), 206-340-6710. PIKE PLACE MARKET food@seattleweekly.com

 
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