Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through spring The newly expanded "sunset supper" menu at Sapphire is inaccurately titled; it's available from 4 to 6 p.m. every weekday, though the sun doesn't set until at least 7 o'clock. No matter—the Queen Anne nosh spot with Spanish roots still makes it a whale of a deal, offering three luscious courses (like gazpacho, paella, and chevre cheesecake) for a mere $16.95. And every bottle of wine is half off! $16.95. 4–6 p.m. 1625 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-281-1931. QUEEN ANNE Through April 30 Chef Tamara Murphy of Brasa extends the generosity of last month's citywide "25 for $25" program with a special three-course prix fixe to celebrate of spring. The tantalizing combo—grilled asparagus with hazelnuts, pinot noir syrup, and mustard aïoli; lamb chops with Moroccan pesto; and frozen lemon mousse—is available until the end of the month. $25. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. BELLTOWN April 30–May 2 Seattle Center once again hosts the annual Cinco de Mayo Seattle celebration, where the forecast calls for music, rides, and immense quantities of refried beans, taquitos, and salsa. $5 for adults, $3 for students/seniors. 5 p.m.–midnight Friday; 11 a.m.–midnight Saturday; and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Seattle Center, www.cincodemayoseattle.com. SEATTLE CENTER May 1-31 Celebrate May with a three-course surf-and-turf dinner at Yarrow Bay Grill & Beach Cafe. The prix-fixe meal includes a generous serving of grilled beef tenderloin topped with béarnaise sauce, a half pound of steamed crab legs with drawn butter, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, choice of soup or salad, and choice of dessert. $24.99. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-803-2941. KIRKLAND May 3-16 Everyone loves Tuscany. It's where Florence is, and where couples bicycle romantically through seemingly endless fields of waving wildflowers. It's also where pecorino cheese and prosciutto play leading roles in the cuisine, and where ribbonlike pappardelle—the most beautifully named noodle in the world—is the pasta of choice. The folks at Il Fornaio, like Diane Lane before them, are spending a little time under the Tuscan sun with help from a two-week regional menu. Menu prices vary. 600 Pine St., 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE April 28 The schedule of spring wine classes at Hotel Vintage Park continues with a survey of southern Italian wines. $10. 6:15–7 p.m. 1100 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE May 2 The Boys and Girls Club of Kirkland is holding a wine fest and auction at the Third Floor Fish Café to help fund club programs and events. The evening's featured winery is Chateau St. Michelle. $100. 10805 124th Ave. N.E., 425-827-0132. KIRKLAND May 3 Join chef Walter Pisano at Troiani as he prepares a very French menu inspired by winemaker Jean-Francois Pellet. Wines from Pellet's Pepper Bridge Winery will be featured at the dinner. $85. 6:30 p.m. 1001 Third Ave., 206-624-4060. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE May 4 On the first Tuesday of every month, a featured winery will grace Sapphire for a winemaker's dinner. Tonight, join James and Poppie Mantone of Syncline Wine Cellars. $75. 6 p.m. 1625 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-281-1931. QUEEN ANNE May 7 Ever get confused about what kind of wine goes with which dessert? Be confused no longer, thanks to McCrea Cellars and a wine-pairing class at Lisa Dupar Catering. Taste McCrea's 2001 rosé, 2002 viognier, and 2001 syrahs. Scheduled chow includes open-faced saffron ravioli with seared salmon and mussel sauce, green olive-duck confit with potato chips, and rhubarb tart with candied ginger French cream! $65. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 18005 N.E. 68th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND BACK TO SCHOOL April 28 Chicken and tomatillo enchiladas seem perfect for a spring evening, especially when paired with smoky ancho chilies, pineapple, and fresh tomatillos. Enjoy these delicacies at home with a few tips from a Grace's Kitchen class exploring "the richness of heat and sweet." $60/person. 6–8 p.m. 2821-C N.W. Market St., 206-297-3663. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Whip up a classic Gruyère fondue at Szmania's, follow it with hazelnut-crusted pork escallopini and hot banana-cocoa soufflé, and take a well-deserved bow. $55. 6–9 p.m. 148 Lake St. S., 425-803-3310. KIRKLAND April 29 For more fondue madness, try a hands-on (or hands-in?) class at Sur la Table; this week's lesson includes a French brie and onion fondue and a spiced apricot fondue with macaroons, bananas, and grapes. $65/person. 10 a.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND May 1 Everything from French onion to tortilla is covered in Marie Donadio's soup class at PCC. Peasant garlic and Asian vegetable are also on the mentoring menu. $35. 3–5:30 p.m. 2749 California Ave. S.W., 206-937-8481. WEST SEATTLE That sweet smell of baking scones or muffins can only possibly be better when wafting through your kitchen. In one morning at South Seattle Community College learn to create these treats, and hold onto the recipes for dear life. $35 plus $5 material fee. 9 a.m.–noon. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE May 3 Bon Vivant instructor Naomi Andrade Smith takes you from flavorless to fiesta in three hours flat at her Mexican cooking class. Tostadas de pollo, tuna-stuffed jalapeños, shrimp-and-corn fritters, and turkey-chipotle meatballs are just a sampling of the delectable food you'll make. $39. 7–10 p.m. 4925 N.E. 86th St., 206-525-7537. NORTH SEATTLE May 4 Learn about cabernet franc from Seastar sommeliers Erik Leidholm and Kara DeBill at another of the Eastside restaurant's classy wine courses. $60. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 205 108th Ave. N.E., 425-456-0010. BELLEVUE May 6 Want to commemorate the birth of James Beard, "the father of American cooking"? Christine Keff will be at Sur La Table in Kirkland to celebrate the James Beard Centennial by hosting various Beard Award–winning chefs during the month of May. $55. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND Mother's Day is coming! At Sur La Table, learn to make asparagus guacamole with jicama chips, Baja-style ceviche, corn tortillas, Latin chicken salad, and chocolate pecan torte with espresso anglaise. Your mom will be impressed! $65. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND food@seattleweekly.com

 
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