News Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com PCC hosts a "Kosher for Passover" sale Sunday, April 9, at its Seward Park location. Va'ad HaRabanim of

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Food News for April 5-12

Wine dinners, special meal deals, and cooking classes.

News Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com PCC hosts a "Kosher for Passover" sale Sunday, April 9, at its Seward Park location. Va'ad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle will certify bulk foods—grains, nuts, spices, oils, dried fruits, maple syrup, etc.—as kosher. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 5041 Wilson Ave. S., www.pccnaturalmarkets.com. The mayor has proclaimed April 11 Sol Amon Day in honor of the owner of Pure Food Fish, celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Pike Place Market. Amon has agreed to donate to The Market Foundation his store's proceeds on his special day. Baristas from Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, 4410 California Ave. S.W. and 17551 15th Ave. N.E., are competing in the United States Barista Championship (hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America) in North Carolina from April 7 to 10. The competition recognizes professional achievement in the art and skill of espresso preparation and service. Each challenger prepares one espresso, one cappuccino, and one specialty coffee drink in 15 minutes for the judges. Allergic to wheat? You're in luck. Wheatless in Seattle, a bakery and cafe that makes completely wheat- and gluten-free products, will open Saturday, April 15. Chow down. 1003 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-852-0563. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. On the Plate Through April In honor of executive chef Maria Hines' trip to New York City with her culinary team to prepare a dinner featuring Washington cuisine and wine at the venerable James Beard House, Earth & Ocean restaurant will serve the same dinner through April. It includes porcini mushroom custard, Dungeness crab salad, seared duck breast, bleu cheese, and Buty's wines. $55/dinner, $40/wine flight. Monday–Saturday nights. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060, www.earthocean.net. DOWNTOWN Through April Hey, is that a man spinning above your gnocchi? Why, yes it is. The Pink Door has announced its nightly entertainment lineup: Mondays, dk pan Trio (oblique modal jazz), 8–11 p.m.; Tuesdays, Trapecia of the Cabrini (trapeze in the dining room), 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, the Golden Era of Speak Easy Nightclubs with Harmonizing Vocals, 8–11 p.m.; Thursdays, Tony Yazzolino and Steve Kamke (Sting on accordion), 8–11 p.m.; Fridays, rotating musicians, 9 p.m.–close; Saturdays, Burlesque & Cabaret (hosted by Pa-Ooh-la the Swedish Housewife), $10 cover, 10 p.m.–close; Sundays, Cinema Vino (with the theme "restaurants in cinema"), 7 p.m., $20 cover includes buffet, movie, and three wine samples. 1919 Post Alley, 206-443-3242. PIKE PLACE MARKET Through April Waterfront Seafood Grill honors and worships the crab with its Royal Order of the Flying Crustaceans "Cult of the Crab" promotion, which features dishes with local Dungeness crab, Chesapeake Bay blue crab, Florida stone crab claws, and Alaska king crab legs—all delivered fresh daily. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171, www.waterfrontpier70.com. 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. PHINNEY/GREENWOOD Saturday, April 8 Your daddy doesn't have to hire a warehouse of workers to open candy bars for you to win when SPORT Restaurant and Bar hosts its Golden Ticket drawing. The winner gets three basketballs autographed by Sonics Ray Allen, Danny Fortson, and Rashard Lewis. Golden Tickets are randomly inserted into the restaurant's collectible packs of sport cards ($2, or free with kids' meals). Anyone who finds a ticket before the drawing can enter. 11 a.m. 140 Fourth Ave., Suite 130, 206-404-7767. www.sportrestaurant.com. UPTOWN Saturday, April 8 Your taste buds know it: Food is art. So support the Central District Forum's fund-raising gala, Food as Art, which features dishes from some of Seattle's most well-known and respected African-American chefs and restaurateurs. All proceeds will help expand the Central District Forum's programs of inspirational art, readings, lectures, and discussions about the black experience in America. Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com) are not sold at the door. $100–$150. 6–11 p.m. Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, 206-323-4032, www.cdforum.org. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, April 11 McCormick's Fish House presents a Hogue winemaker dinner with a four-course, fresh-seafood menu: oysters, albacore salad, pan-seared halibut, and chocolate fondue paired with Riesling, fume blanc, chardonnay, merlot, and syrah. $50. 6:30 p.m. 722 Fourth Ave. 206-682-3900, www.mccormicksandschmicks.com. DOWNTOWN The Grapevine Thursday, April 6 Love-struck cheapskates can check out 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 Green Lake location the same night. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-547-1222. GREEN LAKE Friday, April 7 Interest in pinot noir has peaked in local wine shops since the hit film Sideways. Considered by wine geeks to be the holy grail of grapes, this complex wine family will be the focus of chef Hope Sandler's class. Taste and prepare a menu built around pinot noir: chicken braised in it, fettuccine with wild mushrooms, and caramelized onions and Gruyère cheese. $70. 6–9 p.m. Culinary Communion House, 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. WEST SEATTLE Sunday, April 9 Can red wine pair with salmon? What wines never go with vegetarian cuisine? Jonathan Zimmer, wine expert and member of the Chairman's board of the Washington Wine Commission, discusses the basics of matching food and wine in "Pairing for the Pairing Impaired." $65. 6:30 p.m. Pomegranate Bistro, 18005 N.E. 68th St., Redmond, 425-881-3250. REDMOND Wednesday, April 12 Explore the wines and wine regions of Portugal, from old-vine reds to tawny ports, along with specially paired food bites from Samba Brazilian Restaurant. Hosted by the Seattle Wine Society. $30/nonmembers. 7–9 p.m. St. Demetrious Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., www.seattlewinesociety.org/seattleprogrograms/idex.html. NORTH CAPITOL HILL Thursday, April 13 Morton's the Steakhouse hosts Covey Run head winemaker Kerry Norton for an informational meet-the-winemaker tasting. $10 includes a selection of wine and nibbles such as tenderloin sandwiches. 5–6:30 p.m. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550, www.mortons.com. DOWNTOWN Back to School 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 Saturday, April 8 Brunch is so trendy this week. Culinary Communion tackles the oft-overlooked meal with a class featuring Hollandaise sauce, fruit compote, quick breads, flavored syrups, breakfast meats, and more. $70. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Eastside Culinary Communion House, 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. ISSAQUAH Tuesday, April 11 Overwhelmed by liquor? Come to "Cocktails 101: How to Stock and Use your Home Bar," which will demystify different alcoholic products and show how to make cocktails at home. $45. 6:30–8 p.m. Oliver's, 405 Olive Way, 206-382-6995, www.musuemoftheamericancocktail.org/seminars. DOWNTOWN

 
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