Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through June Pagliacci Pizza is turning 25, and to mark its silver anniversary, the popular local chain is reviving some of its "greatest hits" from the past decade or so. Look for all-star pies like the portobello primo, pizza bianca, and asparagus primo (Pagliacci's first seasonal pizza) between now and early summer. Various locations around Seattle. VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS 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. VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS Through March 14 Il Fornaio explores the spicy flavors of Calabria with a regional menu. Highlights include goat ragu and stewed tripe with cannellini beans and pecorino. Also: swordfish loin stuffed with shrimp and almonds. Menu prices vary. Open 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Il Fornaio (Pacific Place), 600 Pine St., 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE 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. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.; 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce, 107 S. Main St., Building E, 360-678-5434. WHIDBEY ISLAND March 7 Pellini throws its hat into the altruism ring with a four-course dinner benefiting Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, a local organization that supports . . . well, you get the idea. The menu includes veggie antipasto, radicchio-and-béchamel crepes, roast of veal, and fresh strawberry mousse. $85. 6:30 p.m. Pellini, 515 Madison St., 206-267-2201. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE March 10 Everyone's favorite former speakeasy and current dining destination, The Pink Door, provides the vittles at what's bound to be a particularly memorable iteration of Boomtown's monthly Evening at Boomtown event. The menu includes tuna carpaccio, wild mushroom risotto with pancetta, and chilled zabaglione with drunken strawberries. $20. Seatings from 5:30–7:45 p.m. Boomtown Café, 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE 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 5 Peter Dow of Cavatappi Winery graces us with some Washington pours that you'll swear came straight from Italy. Sample his sangiovese and nebbiolo, then look him in the eye and tell him they're not Italian. The press release indicates that Dow's handlers "don't let him out very often," which strikes us as odd and slightly ominous. Free. 3–6 p.m. Pike & Western Wine Shop, 1934 Pike Place, 206-441-1307. PIKE PLACE MARKET 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 March 7 The appropriately named winemaker Paul Beveridge (of Wilridge Winery) presents recent and classic barrel-aged vintages at an all-day tasting event. $2–$3/taste; $6-$8/flight. 2–8 p.m. The Tasting Room, 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463. PIKE PLACE MARKET March 9 John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle is the VSG (that's "very special guest" to you) at a Space Needle tasting with a focus on pairing. Free. 4:30–6 p.m. Space Needle, 206-905-2100. SEATTLE CENTER March 10 Yakima Cellars and Assaggio attempt to prove they're two great tastes that taste great together at a five-course wine dinner hosted by vintner Mark Wysling. $75. 6:30 p.m. Assaggio, 2010 Fourth Ave., 206-441-1399. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE March 12 Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery trots out the two newest additions to the family: a cabernet sauvignon and a little something he likes to call "clos de Betz." Free. 3–6 p.m. Pike & Western Wine Shop, 1934 Pike Place, 206-441-1307. PIKE PLACE MARKET Isn't love a beautiful thing? It's especially nice when a viticulturist falls for a vintner and, instead of creating beautiful music together, they produce beautiful wine. Lisa Dupar Catering welcomes lovebirds Clay Mackey and Kay Simon for a wine dinner featuring chardonnay, merlot, et al. from Chinook Wines and four courses of delectable fare (including scallops fois-celeriac and spring lamb with mustard-green pesto). $55. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND March 13 Can't wait for Taste of Washington? Get a sneak preview at Red Apple Wine Bar, where a rep from Silverlake will be uncorking the winery's wares before they make their big appearance at the Taste in April. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL March 6 Everyone knows popcorn goes with action movies, but the subtler points of cinematic-culinary pairing often go unmentioned. Not anymore, thanks to Francine Segan, author of Movie Menus. Though making "Native American fry bread" to go with westerns seems like adding insult to injury, the "Gangsters to Greasers" speakeasy menu is a hoot. Meet the author and, hopefully, chow down at Third Place Books. Free. 2 p.m. 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. LAKE FOREST PARK March 9 In anticipation of St. Patty's Day, Everyday Eats offers an Irish cooking class full of shamrock-friendly chow. You'll be whipping up corned beef, potatoes Colcannon, and shepherd's pie before you can say "Top o' the mornin' to ya!" $40. 6:30 p.m. 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 425-482-0827. LAKE FOREST PARK March 10 Pizza? Yawn. American pizzerias have mainstreamed and fast-fooded it into a state of blandness, but the original concept was genius. Go back to pizza's roots at Rain City Cooking School's gourmet pizza class, where gorgonzola and pears, pine nuts and caramelized onions won't seem out of place on a pie. And take our word for it: Making pizza is almost as fun as eating it. $50. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Pl. S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Popular Wallingford bistro Au Bouchon hosts a Francophone evening where the language will match the cuisine. Dine on a special menu of onion soup, seafood salad, escargots à la provençale, and classic entrées like coq au vin and bouillabaisse as you natter on in a Gallic way. Menu prices vary. 7 p.m. Au Bouchon, 1815 N. 45th St., 206-547-5791. WALLINGFORD

 
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