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    SALMON OF THE WORLD . . . It's not a recently discovered Indian tribe or a new foreign country. Salmon Nationlaunched Oct. 3 in Portland and steadily making its way to our fair cityis a nation of the mind as well as a tract of land. Defined by Ecotrust, a Portland-based conservation group, as "the region from Alaska to California where, for centuries, wild salmon have run free," Salmon Nation encompasses both the idea of environmental harmony (i.e., the salmon were here first) and the concept of an eco-conscious, nonexploitative, regional economy based in large part on salmon fishing. A movement that crosses disciplinary lines, Salmon Nation touches the culinary realm but also promotes oral histories from the region in question and organizes salmon-themed block parties. To check out Salmon Nation and consider joining its ranks, visit www.ecotrust.org. WINE, WOMEN, AND ALTITUDE The recent inauguration of the Space Needle as a serious venue for vinophileshosted two weeks ago by Chateau Ste. Michelle at the Needle's brand-new wine barbegan with the ceremonial pressing of riesling grapes (symbolizing the vineyard's October riesling crush). Michelle's Bob Bertheau then declared the Needle officially christened for sipping purposes, and the high-class frenzy began. Up at the SkyLine level, Hot Dish encountered samples of the prix fixe menu ($69/person) that would accompany Michelle's winery-in- residence status for the following week. (Hot Dish also encountered City Council candidate Jean Godden, but that's another story.) Each week through mid-November, the Needle will host a different vineyard. The guard changes every Wednesday; each winery's wares (and the accompanying menu at the SkyCity restaurant) are available through the following Tuesday. For more information on these and other doings at Seattle's most altitudinous dining locale, call 206-905-2100. CAKE ON THE MAKE We interrupt this edition of Hot Dish for something chilly. Cold Stone Creamery is trotting out its new line of ice-cream cakes at several Seattle-area locations, including the just-opened shop at Fifth Avenue and Olive Street downtown. Coffeehouse Crunch (devil's food cake, coffee ice cream, crumbled Heath bars, and fudge ganache) and Strawberry Fields ("moist red velvet cake" combined with strawberry ice cream, puree, and frosting) both had their chance to shine (and did) at a midday Weekly pig-out session involving several prominent staffers, paper plates, and plastic forks. Our advice to you: Eat slowly or suffer the withering pain of brain freeze. We still hurt just thinking about it. THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY Blind wine tastings are a sham. Sure, certain aspects of the wine to be tasted are concealed, but the wine's color is in plain view. Unless a person is truly blind, they are going to allow visual cues to affect their wine judging. Riedel, a company that specializes in wine instruments, has taken care of the blind-tasting fiasco. No, they do not offer sharp objects for self-eye gouging, but they do offer the Blind Blind Tasting Glass. What makes the glass so special? It's jet black. That, and it costs $59. A small price to pay for what the company claims to be "the world's first double-blind glass." Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Hot Dish at food@seattleweekly.com. E

     
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