June 15, 2005

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE June 18–19 Fresh strawberries aren't the only things available at the 2005 Burien Strawberry & Arts Festival. While you stuff your face with shortcake and ice cream, you'll also be able to take in the various musical acts, along with Circus Contraption's roving entertainers, craft vendors, and even a skateboard competition. Just don't attempt to skate too soon after paying a visit to the numerous food booths! 11 a.m.–9 p.m. June 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. June 19, Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street, 206-988-3700. BURIEN June 19 Consider attending a Tennessee-style barbecue at Garden Cafe this Father's Day. The chefs will take care of all the dirty work, and you can relax while they whip up some tasty barbecue chicken, steak, and baby back ribs served with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, of course, or draft beer. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 16009 60th St. E., 253-863-9223 (call for reservations). SUMNER Through June 21 If you're enjoying all the bundles of perfectly formed asparagus in your neighborhood farmers markets, you may also enjoy Pagliacci's Asparagus Primo, their latest seasonal pie. Loaded with fresh Washington asparagus, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, and mozzarella atop an olive oil and garlic sauce (in lieu of red), the pie is available at all locations. June 23 When Buty Winemakers and Philip Mihalski (chef/owner of Nell's) unite, delicious meals made from the finest seasonal ingredients of the Pacific Northwest are usually in store. Buty will provide chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot for this meal at Nell's restaurant, and chef Mihalski will create dishes centered around wild king salmon, pea vines, wild mushrooms, and ahi tuna. $75/person. Dinner at 7 p.m. 6804 E. Green Lake Way N., 206-524-4044. GREEN LAKE June 27 For once let your dog eat at the table with you when Seattle's Three Dog Bakery presents "Dine With Your Dog," a benefit to raise money for Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Take your four-legged friend out to the patio at the Islander for a night on the town complete with a four-course meal for the hairy ones (from Three Dog Bakery) and fixings from the usual Islander menu for you! $15/dog (prepaid since it's a fund-raiser). Dinner at 7 p.m. For reservations and other dining dates call 206-364-9999 or visit Three Dog Bakery, 1408 First Ave. DOWNTOWN THE GRAPEVINE June 18 Take a trip around the world (and you don't even need your passport or a fanny pack) with Esquin Wine Merchants as they share sips of enticing kinds of wine from all over the planet. Free. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave., 206-682-7374. SODO June 21 At last someone has combined two of the most satisfying things in life . . . a good book and a good glass of wine. Levenger Press is introducing the concept of the Wine and Book Tasting to Pike Place Market in hopes of encouraging people to get a "taste" of different books until one is found that truly piques their interest. The host will play clips from a wide variety of audiobooks while participants relax and sip different kinds of wine. Free. 6:30 p.m. 1924 Post Alley. RSVP to info@kimricketts.com PIKE PLACE MARKET June 24-25 The Wine Country Celebration & Gala is hitting the Washington wine scene like a tornado, with events lined up from Yakima to Walla Walla. Events include "Wine Country Golf Classic" in Richland, "Picnics in the Vineyards" at various vineyards like Northstar Winery in Walla Walla, and the "Grand Gala" that combines delicious food, fine wines, and entertainment. Prices, times and locations vary. For more information, visit www.winecountrycelebration.com June 27 If you're feeling a little light in the wallet these days, it may be time to learn about some wines that can give you more bang for your buck! Purple Cafe & Wine Bar will be sharing some great valued wines (that are perfect for summer foods and outdoor activities) and discussing what makes them such deals. The tasting will be followed by a discussion led by Wine Director Christine Larsen and then by the coursed dinner (and wine pairing). $75/person. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 14459 Woodinville-Redmond Road. Call 425-485-9300 for reservations. WOODINVILLE ON DRAFT June 17-19 It never hurts to get Dad tipsy on his big day (helps him forget the torturous things you put him through growing up). At the NWsource.com Summer Brewfest, you can sample handcrafted beers from the Northwest and beyond. Browse various craft and food booths, and witness the brute strength of brewers participating in the Keg Toss contest. Younger (and more sober) taste buds can visit the Rootbeer Garden, while boozier tasters can check out the bus trips available from the festival to some participating breweries. $12 early bird discount at select locations, $15 advance, $20 at gate (includes 6 oz. souvenir cup and five beer tastes, additional tastes $1.25). 5–9 p.m. Fri., June 17, and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat., June 18, and Sun., June 19. St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive N.E., 206-633-0422 or visit www.washingtonbrewfest.com KENMORE BACK TO SCHOOL June 23 Sazerac's "We love grillin'" cooking class is for the amateur chef who wants to enjoy a little lunch and wine (which are included) and pick up grilling instructions, recipes, and words of advice for the long summer of cooking that lies ahead. $50. 2 p.m. 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-624-7755. DOWNTOWN June 29 Sure, cherries are great right out of the bowl, but at this NuCulinary class, you'll learn how to use summer's favorite crop in recipes like grilled lamb chops with cherry balsamic sauce and wild rice salad with dried sour cherries. $50. 6:30 p.m. 4201 S.W. Morgan St., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE June 27–Aug. 12 Put those youngsters to work! Blue Ribbon's summer day camps for up-and-coming chefs will have your kid safely wielding a knife, preparing fresh pasta, setting an elegant table, decorating a cake, and more. The kids will even participate in an Iron Chef–style cook-off and work side-by-side with a local chef. Different sessions are held throughout the summer for ages 4–18. Tuition and times vary, for more information call 206-328-2442 or visit www.blueribboncooking.com. EASTLAKE June 28 Miss the good old days when Mom used to have leftovers in the freezer? Remember never having to worry about whipping up a quick meal? Those days are back at Tacoma Community College where teachers will show you how to save time and money by "bulk cooking" (strange term, we know). Learn how to cook food that freezes well, and expect some helpful recipes and taste-testing. $25. 6:30–8:30 p.m. South Park Community Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, 253-566-5020. TACOMA Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Food Files at food@seattleweekly.com

 
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