Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE FEB. 26 Omnipresent "wine educator" Dieter Schafer departs from his usual M.O. to assemble a def crew of local chefs eager to demonstrate their kitchen proficiency. Contributors to the prix-fixe pairing dinner will include Steve Cain of the Waterfront Seafood Grill, and Rover's "Chef in the Hat," Thierry Rautureau. Proceeds from the dinner go toward local culinary arts scholarships. $85. 6:30 p.m. Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St., 425-235-2352 ext. 5728. RENTON FEB. 29 Along with acres of clams, Ivar's seems to possess miles of generosity when it comes to Leap Day babies. Anyone born on Feb. 29 who has the I.D. to prove it can take advantage of a fantastic deal: a free entrée up to $19.99 at any Ivar's restaurant. So bring your driver's license, passport, birth certificate, or mother to cash in on free fish. Free. Hours vary. Ivar's Acres of Clams, Pier 54, 206-624-6852; Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union, 401 N.E. Northlake Way, 206-632-0767; and other Ivar's locations. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS After years of winning fans on the down low, Marco's Supperclub is raising its profile with a 10th anniversary celebration. The dinner menu will feature a "greatest hits"-style assortment of outstanding dishes from the past decade. Micah Hulscher will tickle the ivories to mark the occasion. Menu prices vary. 5 p.m. 2510 First Ave., 206-441-7801. BELLTOWN THROUGH MARCH Cut a not-so-spendy swath through the wilds of Seattle fine dining as two dozen and one local restaurants gear up for another round of 25 for $25, that fabulous gourmet game show in which you, the diner with exquisite taste but limited funds, get to chow down on $12.50 prix-fixe lunches and $25 dinners (all meals include at least three courses!) at some of the best eateries in town. Andaluca, Brasa, Cascadia, Earth & Ocean, Nell's, Serafina, Wild Ginger, and Yarrow Bay Grill are but a few of the participating bistros and brasseries, so get out there and get eatin' on the (relatively) cheap. Hours vary depending on restaurant. Various locations; more information is available at www.nwsource.com/dinearoundseattle. MARCH 1 When a landmark eatery like Brasa turns five, its proprietor has two choices. Either she can pretend nothing out of the ordinary has occurred, or she can throw a gigantic party, deluge her guests with free food, and make it a night to remember for all involved. Brasa chef-owner Tamara Murphy is following the second path, and considering the restaurant's culinary firepower, you'll want to RSVP posthaste. Free. 6-8 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. BELLTOWN MARCH 4 Gathering high-octane chefs like Christine Keff (Flying Fish), Holly Smith (Café Juanita), Tamara Murphy (Brasa), and Sue McCown (Earth & Ocean) for one evening of culinary altruism is a nearly impossible task, yet these outstanding Seattle chefs are collaborating tonight on a prix-fixe meal to remember. Their work (and your generous support) benefits Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, a local organization offering scholarships and training to "younger women entering the culinary field." $100. 6:30 p.m. Flying Fish, 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN MARCH 6 For those with a short attention span, Pacific Northwest Ballet's yearly fund-raiser ought to be a slice of heaven. Among the attractions: a wine reception, a silent auction, "a three-course seafood brunch" conceived by Seastar chef John Howie, and a fashion show featuring PNB dancers, not to mention a raffle (grand prize: a two-night ballet adventure in New York City!). $150-$250. Noon. Seastar, 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-774-8982. BELLEVUE MARCH 6-7 Whidbey Island turns into Shellfish Central with more than a dozen crustacean-themed activities and tastings at the Penn Cove Mussel Festival. Enjoy mussel chowder, work on mussel-oriented arts and crafts, compete in a mussel-eating contest, and embark on "boat rides to the mussel farm." If that isn't enough to entice you, consider the festival slogan: "Mussels rule! This is their festival!" Free admission. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce, 107 S. Main St., Building E, 360-678-5434. WHIDBEY ISLAND (COUPEVILLE) IN THE MUG FEB. 28 Not for the squeamish, the Hard Liver Barleywine Fest spotlights that strongest of cask-aged ales. Vintage selections at the festival will include Rogue Ales' 1994 "Old Crustacean" and Silver City's '98-'99 "Old Scrooge," plus barleywines from 26 additional breweries. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 7-9:30 p.m. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. PHINNEY RIDGE THE GRAPEVINE FEB. 28 DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, the grande dame of Pike Place Market food stores, offers valpolicella and grigio from Veneto at its weekly afternoon tasting. Free. 2-4 p.m. 1435 First Ave., 206-622-0141. PIKE PLACE MARKET The U District's own Chatter Creek is winemaker Gordy Rawson's unusual labor of love. As the buzz about Woodinville and other vino meccas reaches ungodly proportions, it's nice to know that one man is crafting quality wines amidst the students and the pho shops. Fremont Red Apple Wine Bar hosts Rawson at this installment of its weekly tasting series. Free. 3-6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT MARCH 3 Can syrah be sexy? Local wine maven David LeClaire seems to think so, and he hopes to prove his point by assembling 50 syrah-making Washington wineries at a tasting/fund-raiser for FareStart. $25. 5-7:30 p.m. Salty's on Alki, 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 206-526-1992. ALKI MARCH 4 Silver Lake Winery puts its vino to the test against "barrel wines and library wines" at an evening tasting. The latter term brings to mind bottles of merlot aging peacefully beside copies of Finnegans Wake, but we doubt that's what it means. $15. 6-7:30 p.m. 15029 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-485-2437 ext. 109. WOODINVILLE Sip the newest and truest from Columbia Winery and Hogue Cellars as you savor Seattle seafood at a McCormick & Schmick's Fish House wine dinner. $60. 6 p.m. 722 Fourth Ave., 206-682-3900. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE MARCH 6 John Bookwalter will host Pogacha's prix-fixe wine dinner featuring, not coincidentally, Bookwalter Winery of Columbia Valley. From what we hear, those Valley vintners like to get rowdy, so bring a crash helmet. $75. 6:30 p.m. 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 425-392-5550. ISSAQUAH BACK TO SCHOOL FEB. 28 They say the entire history of human narrative comes down to six basic stories. In cooking, a similar theory applies—five essential "mother sauces" are the basis for an extraordinary variety of dishes and culinary concepts. Let Yarrow Bay chef Cameron Orel teach you how to concoct the quintet of fundamental sauces (béchamel, tomato, veloute, hollandaise, and glace de viande, in case you were wondering) at this month-ending class. $39. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Yarrow Bay Grill, 1270 Carillon Pt., 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND Many Seattleites already know this, but it bears repeating: There's more to Japanese cuisine than sushi, tempura, and miso soup. (No civilization can last for millennia on only three kinds of food, after all.) To demonstrate this point, the American Institute of Wine and Food is sponsoring a Seattle lecture titled Japan Eats. Nippon-savvy journalist Elizabeth Andoh will hold forth on the chow that average Japanese people sit down to every day; her talk will encompass both traditional fare and trendy snacks, including that crazy candy Uwajimaya never seems to have enough of. $10. 1-4 p.m. Art Institute of Seattle, 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900. BELLTOWN Chef Charles Ramseyer flogs his restaurant's new cookbook, Ray's Boathouse: Seafood Secrets of the Pacific Northwest, at Metropolitan Market in Admiral. We'd be surprised if the Northwest is still keeping seafood secrets from us. On the other hand, the book does contain "beautiful food photography by Angie Norwood Browne" (as well as the recipe for Ramseyer's Thai mussels, which are semi-legendary among Ray's fans). Free (the book costs $27.95). 3-5 p.m. 2320 42nd Ave. S.W., 206-937-0551. ADMIRAL Join chef Andre Mercier at an Alsatian cooking class presented by Edge of Seattle Cooking. The four-course menu includes French-style veal medallions and choucroute alsacianne, which Chef Andre will help you prepare and serve in a luxurious setting replete with "fine china, crystal, linen, and sterling silver." $99. 3 p.m. 16400 216th Ave. N.E., 425-844-4102. WOODINVILLE FEB. 29 Mary Lou Sanelli, the Italian-American author of The Immigrant's Table: Poems and Heirloom Recipes, will be present at the unveiling of the book's second edition. This reading/signing event is sponsored by the UW's Italian Studies Program and should include plenty of food and wine. Free. 2 p.m. University of Washington (Allen Library), 206-685-1450. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT MARCH 1 Union Bay Café's inspired series of cookbook-related dinners moves into March with Zuni Café Cookbook author Judy Rogers. More a memoir than a simple list of recipes, Zuni is largely about making everyday food as scrumptious as haute cuisine; apropos, then, that Rogers aims to get attendees cooking as well as eating during the multicourse meal and signing. $95 (includes meal and book). Seatings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Union Bay Café, 3515 N.E. 45th St., 206-527-8364. RAVENNA MARCH 2 Perhaps in honor of the upcoming fifth (and final?) season of The Sopranos, Rain City Cooking School is beginning the month of March with an antipasti class. The Italian hors d'oeuvres you learn to make, from spiced olives to asparagus in prosciutto, should add a touch of summery warmth to the final month of winter. $50 (includes meal). 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Pl. S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Take advantage of winter foods while they're still around at Everyday Eats' "Scrumptious Late Winter Meal" class. The season-bridging meatless menu includes herbed cream cheese with artichokes, greens with pears, sugared pecans, and gorgonzola (dressed with raspberry vinaigrette), and creamed sherry risotto with roasted acorn squash. $40. 6:30 p.m. 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-417-5732. LAKE FOREST PARK food@seattleweekly.com

 
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