News PETA declared Seattle the second most vegetarian-friendly city in the nation (behind Portland), thanks to eateries like Mighty O Donuts, Cyber Dogs, Araya's, and

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Food News for March 29-April 5

Seattle awarded second place on PETA's "Most Vegetarian-friendly City" list.

News PETA declared Seattle the second most vegetarian-friendly city in the nation (behind Portland), thanks to eateries like Mighty O Donuts, Cyber Dogs, Araya's, and Bamboo Garden. In each city, PETA determined a per capita ratio of vegetarian restaurants; vegetarian organizations and food fairs earned cities bonus points. For more information, visit GoVeg.com. On the other hand, carnivores can feel comfy here, too: Daniel's Broiler finally answered the ancient question "Where's the beef?" by winning the 2005 Washington Beef Backer Award, presented at the Leschi location March 14. The award recognizes restaurants that set the highest standards in marketing beef. www.danielsbroiler.com. Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) hosts a celebration of the 10th anniversary of its Friday Feast meal program at 5:45 p.m. Fri., March 31, at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St. Friday Feast is an all-ages feeding program that offers a multicourse dinner to about 150 homeless and low-income folks every week, with a total of about 75,000 meals served in the past decade. Call 206-979-5621 for more information. The brand new Oregon Culinary Institute, a top-level cooking school for professionals and home-cooking enthusiasts, holds an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Fri., April 7, and noon to 3 p.m. Sat., April 8, in its 10,000-square-foot facility at 1701 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland. Tours, cooking demonstrations, and refreshments will be provided. The school will offer both diploma and consumer programs. Call 888-OCI-CHEF for more information. 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 Thursday, March 30 The French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest presents a lavish Alsace country dinner prepared by chef Jacques Boiroux featuring the region's flagship dish, choucroute garnie. The food will be paired with wines such as sylvaners and gewürztraminers, with information about Alsace's history, landscapes, customs, and tourist opportunities. $30. Immaculate Conception Church, 820 18th Ave., 206-443-4703, www.ccife.org/usa/seattle. SQUIRE PARK Friday, March 31 Five courses complemented by five wineries from Kilpsun Vineyard—Waterfront Seafood Grill hosts, and vineyard owners Patricia and David Gelles will attend as well as winemakers from Matthew Cellars and Cadence Winery. The menu includes braised oxtail, duck confit, and beef medallions. $95. 6:30 p.m. Waterfront Seafood Grill, 2801 Alaskan Way, 206-956-8090, www.waterfrontpier70.com. DOWNTOWN Saturday, April 1 The mini-burger goes high class! Cascadia Restaurant presents a nine-course wine dinner featuring the mini-burger with an assortment of first-growth Bordeaux vintages. The menu includes a confit-of-mallard-duck burger with seared foie gras, a pancetta-crusted Maine lobster burger, and a sautéed lamb burger. Reservations required. $250. 2328 First Ave. 206-448-8884, www.cascadiarestaurant.com. BELLTOWN Friday, April 7 Girls, go wild at Windmill Gardens second annual Girl's Night Out event to benefit the Good Samaritan Foundation. Wine, champagne, hors d'oeuvres, a no-host martini bar, jazz and piano music, and 35 female-oriented vendors will be featured. $25/advance, $30/door. 6–9 p.m. 5816 162nd Ave. E., 253-863-5843, www.windmillgarden.com. SUMNER Friday, April 7 Stumbling Goat Bistro presents the Fielding Hills Wine Dinner with winemakers/winery-owners Mike and Karen Wade and a five-course dinner featuring 2000-03 cabernet sauvignons. $85. 6:30 p.m. 6722 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-784-3535, stumblinggoatbistro.com. GREEN LAKE The Grapevine Thursday, March 30 Wine never looked so good. Libation, fashion, and charity combine as Hotel Monaco and Hotel Vintage Park host events to benefit Dress for Success Seattle, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income women enter the workforce. Hotel Monaco hosts a fashion show featuring the designs of Betsey Johnson with wine, beer, and a signature cocktail. 5–7 p.m. 1101 Fourth Ave. Hotel Vintage Park sponsors a special wine hour with Preston Cellars, a women-owned and operated winery. $15 admission (includes wine and parking), 5–6 p.m., 1100 Fifth Ave. www.dressforsuccess.org. DOWNTOWN Thursday, March 30 Wine boot camp! Sip and savor with wine experts Genevieve Carlson and chef David Plude while learning how to pair food with the right wines and select the right glass. $70. 6–9 p.m. Dish It Up!, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Friday, March 31 Wine is a lot more than fermented grape juice. Lovers and novices alike are invited to learn about wine making, wine regions, types of grapes, and then—better yet—everyone will taste seven wines. $70, includes appetizers. 6–9 p.m. Eastside Culinary Communion House, 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. ISSAQUAH Thursday, April 6 Love-struck cheapskates can checkout PCC's "Romance Without Finance" for some good, value-priced wine. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 600 N. 34th St., 206-547-1222. FREMONT. More adventurous souls can taste wines from the Iberian Peninsula at the Greenlake location the same night. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-547-1222. GREEN LAKE Back to School Wednesday, March 29 Instructor Cynthia Lair shows how to make rice bowls for the whole family. With a grain like rice, quinoa, or soba, topped with vegetables and a protein and garnished with a mango salsa or cucumber raita, families can create a one-meal dish everyone enjoys. $35. 6:30–9 p.m. Greenlake PCC, 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-525-3586, www.pcccooks.com. GREEN LAKE Monday, April 3 Pastry chef Dana Bickford, from Eva Restaurant & Wine Bar, teaches a class (three consecutive Mondays) on how to create desserts from scratch and beautifully plate them. $210 includes a full meal each class. 6–9 p.m. West Seattle Culinary Communion House, near California Avenue and Thistle Street, 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. WEST SEATTLE Wednesday, April 5 It's not breakfast, it's not lunch, it's BRUNCH! The Seattle Culinary Academy shows how to make a tweener menu that's pretty and delicious: prosciutto-wrapped asparagus bundles, sweet lemon pancakes, crystallized ginger and mango scones, and apple-wood smoked bacon. $45. 6–9 p.m. Seattle Central Community College Room 2BE2120, 1701 Broadway, 206-587-5424, www.seattlecentral.edu/seattleculinary/cookclass.php. CAPITOL HILL Eat Your Words! Thursday, March 30 Author Ruth Reichl, editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine, reads and signs her book Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, in which she tells how she managed to remain incognito during her years as a food critic. $50 includes a copy of the book and refreshments. Tickets available at University of Washington Book Stores. 7 p.m. Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave. DOWNTOWN Saturday, April 1 Prepare to eat your words at Cook the Books, a potluck for avid readers and creative cooks with no dietary or literary restrictions. Everyone is invited to come taste and share a dish that refers to books (it looks like a book, contains text, or refers to a literary character). Free with an edible entry, suggested donation without. 12:30–4:30 p.m. 826 Seattle, 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-381-1729, www.frybooks.com. GREEN LAKE Saturday, April 1 Tweener cookbook author Katie P. Wilton signs her new book, You're the Cook: A Guide to Mixing It up in the Kitchen, and provides food samples created from the cookbook's recipes. Her book is meant to empower 9- to 14-year-olds with cooking life skills. 1 p.m. All for Kids Books & Music, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-526-2768, www.cookingwithkatie.com. RAVENNA/BRYANT Saturday, April 1 Get your green tea on with Mary Lou Heiss, author of Green Tea: 50 Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers, and Sweet and Savory Treats and co-owner of CooksShopHere, a specialty food store in Maine. She regularly travels to Asia to research tea, and she lectures on tea, tea gardens, and tea culture. Free. 3–4:30 p.m. Perennial Tea Room, 1910 Post Alley, 206-448-4054. PIKE PLACE MARKET

 
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