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Food News for April 12-19

Dinner, drinks, and discussion.

News Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com Guatemalan Guacamole? Psychedelic Gummi Worm? Jonesing for a new off-the-wall ice-cream flavor? Enter Ben & Jerry's "Do Us a Flavor" contest. The winner will get an ice-cream party for friends and family featuring the new flavor; all entrants will get ice-cream coupons. Go to www.benjerry.com. Entries due July 31. The Meatrix II: Revolting recently went live at www.themeatrix2.com. This documentary shows food buyers how manure and "deceit" might lurk beneath the packaging of dairy products in their shopping carts. Jack Bishop, executive director of Cook's Illustrated, answers foodie questions and signs his book The Best Light Recipe (with over 300 lower-fat recipes that emphasize flavor) at 2 p.m. Sat., April 15, at Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. B2B Delivery Service has added four signature sandwiches to its menu, which come with fruit, chips, water, and dessert for $11.49. The price includes delivery fee. 206-464-4222, www.b2bdelivery.net. 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 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. Through April Shhhhh—it's word of mouth only. Wait, now we're putting it in print! Morton's the Steakhouse is offering steak and seafood for two for $89. The super deal includes two filets, choice of shrimp or crab cake, salad, a potato side, veggies, and chocolate cake or crème brûlée. Go now! 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550, www.mortons.com. DOWNTOWN Through April 27 Nothing says spring like sausage. Celebrate the return of buds and longer hours of daylight with Pagliacci's new Spring Sausage Primo pizza with lamb sausage (from CasCioppo Brothers in Ballard), roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, onions, mozzarella, feta cheese, and pesto sauce. Multiple locations, see www.pagliacci.com. Tuesday, April 15 Allergic to wheat? You're in luck. Wheatless in Seattle, a bakery and cafe that makes completely wheat- and gluten-free products, opens this week. Chow down. 1003 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-852-0563. GREENWOOD Monday, April 17 If tax season has you down, drown yourself in seafood! McCormick & Schmick's holds a Tax Relief celebration based on Form 1040—get $10.40 dinner specials and cheap drinks, plus a certificate for $10.40 off your next dinner. LAKE UNION: 1200 Westlake Ave. N., 206-271-9052; DOWNTOWN: 1103 First Ave., 206-623-5500; BELLEVUE: 700 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-454-2606; www.mccormickandschmicks.com. Thursday, April 20 Brasa Restaurant owner Tamara Murphy presents "Life of a Pig." Over a multicourse, pork-studded dinner, she'll share her experience following the pigs of honor from birth to slaughter. Meet farmers Shelly Pasco and Mike Verdi of Whistling Train Farm, who raise the animals in a compassionate and sustainable manner. $50. 6:30 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220, www.brasa.com/lifeofapig. DOWNTOWN The Grapevine 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. 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 Thursday, April 13 Junior chefs (ages 12 and up) can experience the flavors of Thailand—including pad thai with chicken and baked tofu, vegetable rolls with prawns, and sticky rice balls with coconut—in this hands-on class. $45. Noon–2:30 p.m. Dish It Up!, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800, www.dish-it-up.com. MAGNOLIA Thursday, April 13 Crepes aren't just flat little pancakes. Tim Smith, certified culinarian, teaches the history of crepes, then goes step-by-step through the preparation of savory and sweet crepes. $30. 7 p.m. Cafe Darclée, 100 Fourth Ave. N., 425-829-7978, www.cafedarclee.com. LOWER QUEEN ANNE Thursday, April 13 There are lots of tasty critters out there in Puget Sound, so why don't you learn to cook them up right? Chef Katie Coleman will demonstrate how to work with mussels and clams, shuck oysters, shrimp, and more. She'll also divulge good spots to buy seafood and what questions to ask fishmongers. $70. 6–9 p.m. Eastside Culinary Communion House, Issaquah, 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. ISSAQUAH Tuesday April 19 Gain the confidence to try new foods, learn the best cooking techniques and how to use the best tools, and experiment with the finest ingredients in this "Mastering the Basics" certificate course. Meets every Thursday through June 13. 7–10 p.m. Bon Vivant School of Cooking, private Seattle home, 206-525-7537, www.bon-vivant.com. Hop On In Through Sunday, April 16 Will the Easter Bunny be visiting you this year? Not if you eat him first! Great Harvest Bread Co. is now making whole-wheat Honey Bunnies, bunny-shaped loaves as a healthy candy alternative. Pre-orders recommended. $12–$14. BALLARD: 2218 N.W. Market St., 206-706-3434; SAND POINT: 5408 Sand Point Way, 206-524-4873; WEST SEATTLE: 4709 California Ave. S.W., 206-935-6882; www.greatharvestsea.com. Grand Central Baking Company is also offering carbo-tastic Easter treats: Easter egg cookies, mini-egg baskets, coconut cupcakes, hot-cross buns, and colomba pasquale—Italian bread baked in the shape of a dove. EASTLAKE: 1616 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-957-9505; PIONEER SQUARE: 214 First Ave. S., 206-622-3644. Sunday, April 16 Will the Easter Bunny be visiting you this year? Pet a rabbit or two before the Woodland Park Zoo's annual Easter Brunch. The buffet menu includes an omelet bar, scrambled eggs, fresh fruits and berries with Devonshire cream, home-fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, pastries, and more. Advance registration required. $21.95/members, $26.95/nonmembers. 9–11 a.m. Rain Forest Food Pavilion near the west entrance, North 55th Street and Phinney Avenue North, 206-684-4825, www.zoo.org. PHINNEY RIDGE Sunday, April 16 Will the Easter Bunny be visiting you this year? Wait—you've got it all wrong: it's the Easter Clam! Pose for pictures with this lesser-known holiday merry-maker at Ivar's Acres of Clams, then enjoy holiday brunch (pasta, Dungeness crab, prawns, oysters, prime rib, salmon, chicken, clams, crepes, omelets, salads, and desserts). $24.95. Pier 56, 1001 Alaskan Way, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 206-624-6852, www.ivars.net. ELLIOTT BAY Sunday, April 16 When you're tired of Peeps and chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs, head to Kaspar's for an Easter brunch buffet with house-baked pastries, made-to-order omelets, and a signature dessert spread. $33. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 19 W. Harrison, 206-298-0123. QUEEN ANNE. Or perhaps you feel like marking the holiday on the Eastside at Barking Frog. Choose from Challah French toast, Dungeness crab cakes, Maine lobster frittatas, and much more on their brunch menu. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. seatings. 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-424-2999. WOODINVILLE. Still hungry? Try Campagne's Féte de Paques (Easter celebration), including scrambled eggs with black truffle and sausage or house-smoked salmon with poached eggs, hollandaise, sautéed potatoes, and a baguette. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 86 Pine St., 206-728-2800. PIKE PLACE

 
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