Aug. 24, 2005

NEWS Flying Fish celebrates being 100 percent organic with its raw ingredients and invites the public to sample dishes made with local meats, vegetables, salmon, and even olive oil, bread, and cheese. Participants can discuss the food with its producers (who will be present at the event), and the $15 admission will go to local conservation organizations. $15/person. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN Field Roast, produced by David Lee's Georgetown-based Field Roast Grain Meat Company, is one of nine nominees for Favorite Faux Meat in VegNews magazine's 2005 Veggie Awards, a reader survey that includes 39 herbivore-oriented categories. (The online ballot is located at www.vegnews.com; all votes must be received by Thursday, Sept. 1.) Seattle earned two other nominations: Madison Park's Cafe Flora is up for Best Brunch Spot, and Seattle itself is a nominee for Favorite Veg-Friendly City. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE now The modern Thai restaurant and bar, Toi, has extended its dining hours and will now close the kitchen at midnight on Monday through Friday, and at 11 p.m. on Saturday. The entire menu will be available, as will all appetizers and, of course, their large array of cocktails. 1904 Fourth Ave., 206-267-1017. DOWNTOWN Thursday, Aug. 25 Waterfront Seafood Grill is hosting the Buty Winemaker Dinner: Five celebrated wines will be served with five different courses. Check the menu out at www.waterfrontpier70.com. $85/person. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171. DOWNTOWN Sunday, Aug. 28 Guest chef (and former Salud! chef) Chris Leuck cooks up "A Summer Evening in Provence" with current Salud! chef JJ. The meal is inspired by the Southern French region of Provence, and will feature goat-cheese filled socca crepes, lemon oil and garlic marinated grilled squid, and green chard-wrapped steamed monkfish filets . . . quite a mouthful. $40/person. 5:30–9 p.m. Whole Foods Market Bellevue, 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425-462-1400. BELLEVUE Monday, Aug. 29 It's your last chance to enjoy one of Monsoon's "Art of Pairing" dinners. This one showcases wines from the Loire Valley and the summer creations of Chef Eric Banh. For this event, Monsoon, which serves modern Vietnamese cuisine, is set up family-style with long tables able to seat 8-10 people. $80/person and $100/person for a seat at the chef's counter, where guests can have a front-row seat. Wine reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. 615 19th Ave. E., 206-325-2111. CAPITOL HILL All of September It's time for the second annual Dinner at 8 which, for an entire month, celebrates 26 of Seattle's restaurants with a special dinner menu featuring three courses with a selection of starters, entrées, and desserts for $20 (doesn't include drinks, tax or gratuity). Many of the restaurants from last year like Ten Mercer, The Cellar Bistro, and Bick's Broadview Grill are returning, and other restaurants like Dulces Latin Bistro and Ibiza Dinner Club have been added for this year. For a full list of participating restaurants visit www.seattleweekly.com/dinnerat8. Friday, Sept. 9 Ten Mercer is hosting a Winemakers Dinner with Kym Davey of Australia's Davey Family Vineyards. 2004 Red Knot Shiraz (McLaren Vale) and 2004 Pink Knot Rose (McLaren Vale) will be served, as will grilled opah salad, chipotle rubbed New York steak, tiramisu, and a variety of wines appropriately paired with each course. $65/person. 10 Mercer St., 206-691-3723 or www.tenmercer.com. QUEEN ANNE THE GRAPEVINE Wednesday, Aug. 24 It's best not to drink on an empty stomach, and if you attend J. Christopher wine dinner at 35th Street Bistro you'll have a six-course menu to nibble on, featuring heirloom tomatoes, black cod, rabbit crepes and organic vegetables. The wines include various pinot noirs, a sauvignon blanc and a chardonnay, and guests can converse with winemakers Jay Somers and Rhonda Newell. $75/person. 6–9:30 p.m. 709 N. 35th St., 206-547-9850, www.35bistro.com. FREMONT Saturday, Aug. 27 Join the syrah tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants, where guests will sample some spicy syrahs from Washington state. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave., S., 206-682-7374. SODO Sunday, Aug. 28 The "Return of Washington Wine" is coming to Golden Goat Italian Restaurant in Woodinville with wines and winemakers from Betz Family Cellars, Matthews Cellars, and McCrea Cellars pouring from some of their upcoming bottles. Jeff Boswell, chef and owner of the Golden Goat, will host the event, and the tasting will include samples of nine wines from the various cellars and some of the Italian restaurant's antipasti. $50/person. 5:30 p.m. 14471 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. N.E., 425-483-6791. WOODINVILLE Monday, Aug. 29 Learn to correctly pair wine with food at this special tasting at Purple Cafe & Wine Bar. A reception with some light snacks and wine will begin the tasting, and then wine director Christine Larson will lead a discussion about pairing basics. A four-course dinner (with wine, of course) will follow the discussion. $75/person. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 14459 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., 425-485-9300, www.thepurplecafe.com. WOODINVILLE Wednesday, Sept. 7 Bandoleone will pour regional Iberian white wines at this monthly informal wine tasting. And while sipping, you can munch on Bandoleone's tapas or other Latin dishes. $14/person. Begins at 5:50 p.m. 703 N. 34th St., 206-329-7559. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL Thursday, Aug. 25 Make sushi at home with help from Culinary Communion and instructor chef Gabriel Claycamp. Learn about the basics of making sushi rice and assembling the rolls, and end the class by devouring the mountain of sushi you've created! $70/person. 6–9 p.m. 206-284-8687. WEST SEATTLE Saturday, Aug. 27 For some hands-on experience with the process of cooking with local ingredients, chef Scott will take this cooking class from Dish it up! to the Magnolia Farmers Market. Scott will then demonstrate how to use these fresh ingredients to create your very own Pacific Northwest meal. $70/person. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Monday, Aug. 29 There's more to basil than meets the eye, and this Bon Vivant class taught by chef Hope Sandler shows different ways it (and its cinnamon, lemon, and opal varieties) can be used in everything from main courses to desserts. Taste some cucumber and lemon basil soup, prawn salad with cinnamon basil, arugula and sheep's milk feta, and other dishes while you're there. $39/person. 7–10 p.m. private residence. 206-525-7537 or www.bon-vivant.com. SEATTLE Aug. 30–Sept. 13 Go back to school this fall and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Fundamentals of Winemaking, from theories to processes and materials. These five sessions at South Seattle Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays not only supply you with knowledge, but aim to enhance your winemaking confidence. Course is $75/person, materials supplied. 5:30–8:30 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE Thursday, Sept. 1 Use that late summer produce for a good cause and make soups to welcome autumn. Cumin-scented carrot puree with roasted poblano chile cream, Italian bean and pasta soup, and Cuban black bean stew with ham hock, orange, and cilantro will be on the menu. $25/person. 6–8 p.m. Thursday. Bon Vivant is located at 4925 NE 86th St., but classes may be at various locations. Call 206-525-7537 or visit www.bon-vivant.com for more information and to register. LAKE CITY

 
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