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Alcohol for Atkins acolytes Not since the advent of low-cholesterol raisins has there been food news like this. On April 7, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ruled that any wine containing 7 or fewer grams of carbohydrates per 5-fluid-ounce serving can be called "low carb." First to capitalize on the ruling is Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines. But before you rush out to stock up on vino for your low-carb cooler, be advised: By Bureau definition, all table wines are "low carb." (Only icky-sweet dessert wines like Bailey's or vintage port don't make the cut.) Diageo also plans a print campaign stating that the liquor brands they distribute contain "zero carbohydrates." What's next? Vodka certified free of artificial color? Give me the greens The crowd that showed up for Seattle University's Earth Day festivities on April 21 proved that environmental protection is still an important issue . . . although some people may have come just for the food! The celebration included speeches and booths with topics ranging from peace in foreign countries to country beef, but the sustainable, organic foods provided by Bon Appétit were the highlight of the event. The food—which included organic produce, free-range rotisserie chicken, Oregon natural all-beef burgers, organic tofu, and much more—was spectacular, and participating in this 100 percent waste-free day (all dishes were recyclable or washable) made the meal especially satisfying. Rover's on a budget Folks who've yearned to dine at Thierry Rautureau's world-famous Madison Valley restaurant but haven't dared because it's supposed to be so expensive: Has Thierry got a deal for you! Two deals, in fact. Starting May 21, Rover's will be open for lunch every Friday from noon to 2 p.m. À la carte items will run $8 to $19, with a three-course prix-fixe lunch at $35. That's reasonable enough to allow lunchers to check out Rover's amazing list of half-bottles from some of the world's greatest vineyards. With lunch served only one day per week, it's not too soon to make your reservations now. Even more thrilling for the Rover's-deprived: Beginning Tuesday, May 25, the restaurant will begin serving à la carte dinner items alongside its magnificent over-the-top prix-fixe tasting menus. With dishes ranging from $14 to $20, you can craft your own Rover's experience and still not break the bank. Let the veggies come to you Imagine a huge, colorful basket of fresh fruits and vegetables coming to you every week without you lifting a finger! The Pike Place Market offers a weekly basket, courtesy of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), overflowing with seasonal fruits and veggies like melons, peaches, peppers, eggplant, corn, potatoes, squash, and fresh herbs—enough every week for a family of four. Market Basket CSA connects the farmers who produce the food directly with their customers. To reap the bounty of the 20-week growing season (from mid-June through October), become a member and avoid the dangers (and blandness) of commercial produce. Membership costs $505 for 20 deliveries; if you want your house to smell like a meadow, invest an extra $140 for weekly flower delivery. food@seattleweekly.com

 
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