Grawk!

In the issue of Jan. 12, SW reported on the Australian winemaker Tindindi, co-run by native Seattleite Jill Bauer. Little did we know the story contained a false note: a caption claiming "tin-din-di" to be the call of Australia's best-known bird, the kookaburra. Though this "fact" appears on every box of Tindindi, we wanted to be sure of it, so we sought—and received—confirmation from Bauer. Nearly a month later, we found in our inbox a doubting e-mail from one Vicki Stevenson of Huskisson, Australia. After dutifully consulting the Web site of the Honolulu Zoo (www.honoluluzoo.org/kookaburra.htm), which includes a recording of two kookaburras in raucous dialogue, we came to a most demoralizing conclusion. (To quote grief-stricken food editor Roger Downey: "By no stretch of the imagination does the racket suggest the syllables 'tin-din-di.'") We apologize to readers for any confusion, and to all Down Under dwellers, both human and avian. According to the Web site, Australian lore warns that "any child who insulted a kookaburra would grow an extra slanting tooth." As you scan these words, dear reader, we at Seattle Weekly are nervously running our tongues along our teeth. Earn it, eat it The upcoming bake sale at North Seattle Community College is being organized by the school's Women's Center and definitely isn't your mama's bake sale, so ditch any delusions about frilly aprons or cheerleaders. This is a socially conscious bake sale (not necessarily words you always hear together), and the Women's Center's goal is to bring attention to pay inequities in our society, particularly in how they affect women and various races. How do muffins, cupcakes, and cookies make this enlightenment possible? Well, according to our sources, numerous treats will be donated from generous local restaurants like Flying Fish, Globe Cafe, Axis, and Cafe Flora, and then sold to the public for prices that reflect their earning potential. To sum it up in the Center's own words, "while a white male will pay $1 for items, a white female will pay $.71, an African American woman $.69, and Hispanic male $.63, and so on." So if you're curious as to how much you're worth in the grand scheme of things, we suggest swinging by the Baxter Events Center on campus (9600 College Way N.) on March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and helping the Center raise both awareness and money for a grant fund that'll help NSCC students with emergency financial needs. And just think, for once in our lives women get the advantage . . . our cookies will at least be cheaper. Beggars' Banquet A deal's a deal, but this is ridiculous! Not content with signing on to Seattle's popular "25-for-$25" restaurant promotion this year, chef Ethan Stowell of Union has combined the idea with Union's regular high-end tasting-menu concept. Through most of March, instead of the three courses offered at 25/$25 participants, at Union $25 gets you six—count 'em—six courses of delectable Northwest cooking: As always, dishes will vary with ingredient availability, but look for smoked salmon, crab salad, oysters, a little bowl of soup, followed by a fish and/or meat and/or cheese course. And, of course, dessert. Call for reservations at 206-838-8000. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Hot Dish at food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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