News Foodies, it's that time again—25 for $25! Twenty-five of Seattle's top restaurants will serve three-course, prix-fixe dinners for $25 Sunday through Thursday during March.

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Food News for February 15-February 21

It's 25 for $25 time!

News Foodies, it's that time again—25 for $25! Twenty-five of Seattle's top restaurants will serve three-course, prix-fixe dinners for $25 Sunday through Thursday during March. Some offer the same selection at lunch for $12.50. Participants include: Andaluca, Barking Frog, Brasa, Campagne, Cascadia, Earth & Ocean, Etta's, Eva, the Fish Club, Flying Fish, Market Street Urban Grill, Nell's Nishino, the Oceanaire Seafood Room, Ponti Seafood Grill, Ray's Boathouse, Restaurant Zoë, Sazerac, Serafina, Six Seven, Szmania's, the Third Floor Fish Cafe, Tulio Ristorante, Wild Ginger, and Yarrow Bay Grill. A complete list of each restaurant's course choices is at www.nwsource.com/25for25. Collins Pub hosts the second annual REAL Strong Beer Festival (for REAL big beer drinkers), Thursday, Feb. 16–Monday, Feb. 20. Try 15 "wickedly strong, totally over-the-top" strong-style beers on draft, plus a few more by the bottle. Samplers of three are $6. 526 Second Ave. 206-623-1016, www.thecollinspub.com. DOWNTOWN 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 Friday, feb. 17–Saturday, Feb. 18 The music will be mushy, but hopefully the food won't as Maggie Laird and the rhythm section of the Island Jazz Quartet perform George and Ira Gershwin's love songs at Crepe de Paris. Audience members can indulge in a three-course dinner ($45) or enjoy the show ($18) and pick from the regular menu. 8 p.m. Rainier Square, second level, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-623-4111. DOWNTOWN Sunday, Feb. 19 Tums sales will surely skyrocket as Pike Place Market's fourth annual Chili and Barbecue Competition fires up. Fifteen barbecue and 20 chili teams from across the Pacific Northwest will vie for cash, prizes, and bragging rights. Meat lovers can check out four cooking demonstrations and buy pulled-pork sandwiches to benefit the Market Foundation. 10 a.m. Stewart to Virginia Street in the Market, www.pikeplacemarket.org. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, Feb. 28 Sazerac is "stagin' all things Cajun" for the restaurant's ninth annual Fat Tuesday Fete. Come costumed or not, or even ready to bare: beads and feather boas will be handed out at the door. The cover price includes Southern-lovin' appetizers (rock shrimp cakes, fried oyster po' boys, gumbo, pizza) and live music from the File Gumbo Band. $25. 6 p.m.–2 a.m. Sazerac, 1101 Fourth Ave., 624-7755, www.sazeracrestaurant.com. DOWNTOWN Friday, March 3 Celebrity can be bought: At Town Hall's Talk of the Town fund-raising gala, 11 local notables will each open their homes for an intimate dinner party. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception at Town Hall, with all celebrity guests present. Then partygoers will depart to their chosen dinner party—early reservations get the best pick. Celebrity hosts include Congressman Jay Inslee,dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen, University of Washington President Mark Emmert, Nobel Laureate Lee Hartwell of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and The Stranger's Dan Savage. $250. 5 p.m. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. FIRST HILL Fridays, ongoing Singer/pianist Victor Janusz and bassist Tim Koss swank up Salty's on Alki on Friday nights. Song selections range from Sinatra to Steely Dan to Lou Reed. 8 p.m.–midnight. 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 206-937-1600, www.saltys.com. ALKI The Grapvine Saturday, Feb. 18 Drink like an expert—spend your Saturday sampling Washington wines and chatting with one of the most experienced and admired senior winemakers in the state, Dave Larsen from Soos Creek Wine Cellars. Free. 1–4 p.m. Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO Thursday, Feb. 23 A group of local winemakers will honor Devin Derby, recently deceased winery manager and co-winemaker of Spring Valley Vineyard, at Waterfront Seafood Grill. Each wine served will be commingled with another to create a limited blend called the Devon Component (and also sampled individually beforehand). The five-course dinner prepared by executive chef Steve Cain includes French-fried crimini mushrooms (with Forgeron Merlot), smoky bacon corn pudding (with Reininger Merlot and Tamarack Syrah), and oven-roasted lamb sirloin (with K Vintners' The Creator). $150. 6:30 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171, www.waterfrontpier70.com. DOWNTOWN Sundays, March 5 & 12 Sommelier Arnie Millan will demystify Bordeaux in a series of two classes exploring this region's history, geography, and (most importantly) wines. Participants will taste at least five wines per class. $49 per class/$95 for both. 4–6 p.m. Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN Saturday, March 4 Admission to the Phinney Neighborhood Association's annual Wine Taste includes a choice of 10 tastes from a variety of wineries, hors d'oeuvres, and swinging jazz by the Watermelon Men. Participating wineries include Animale Wines, Two Mountain Winery, Duck Pond Cellars, and Windy Point Vineyards. Reserve tickets ahead of time. $25. 7:30–9:30 p.m. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. PHINNEY RIDGE Back to School Wednesday, Feb. 15 Seattle Culinary Academy's "Meet the Producers" class is an opportunity to chat with local fisherman Joe Malley while learning to grill and tartare the Albacore tuna he caught. $45. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL Saturday, Feb. 18 A food-centric book club? Now Oprah could get behind that. In Julie and Julia, author Julie Powell, a Manhattan secretary, embarks on a marathon epicurean endeavor to try every recipe in Julia Child's classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Powell's book is the basis for Culinary Communion's kickoff to a new series of classes, the Literary Cook, in which participants will cook recipes included in or inspired by the featured book while discussing its plot. $70. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Eastside Culinary Communion House, Snoqualmie, 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. SNOQUALMIE. Saturday, Feb. 25 Don't aimlessly wander the stalls at Pike Place Market anymore! Learn to pick out fresh ingredients for a scrumptious recipe with chef Katie Coleman from Culinary Communion. After becoming sufficiently famished from the market walk, Coleman will prepare the recipe and serve dinner (wine included). $65. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Pike Place Market, 206-774-5249, www.pikeplacemarket.org. DOWNTOWN Vicarious Travel Wednesday, Feb. 15 The Northwest Environmental Education Council wants you to eat pizza, drink beer, and learn about caribou at an eco-film. The documentary follows married biologists who track a herd of caribou to mating grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 7 p.m. The RE-Store, 1440 N.W. 52nd St., www.nweec.org. BALLARD Thursday, Feb. 23 Didn't get your fill at the caribou eco-film? Then come for another, The Future of Food, and chow on non-genetically-modified foods. This award-winning documentary examines the complex worldwide web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat. 7 p.m. Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., www.nweec.org. WEST SEATTLE Saturday, Feb. 18 The cheap way to tour Nepal: join nonprofit Crooked Trails at Himalayan Sherpa Restaurant for a night of Nepalese food, slides, and live music (by the Yak Street Boys!) designed to showcase the country's cultural and geographical diversity. $30. 6:30 p.m. 4214 University Way N.E., 206-372-4405, www.crookedtrails.com. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

 
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