Food News for May 10-17

NEWS Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com. Curious about artisanal cheese? This weekend, the Seattle Cheese Festival offers chef demonstrations, wine tastings, and a series of seminars with titles like "All that Glitters Is Mold" and "Triple Crème Cheese and Bubbles—a Divine Match." Seminars are $30 each or $200 for all eight sessions during the festival Friday, May 12–Sunday, May 14 at Pike Place Market. Participating restaurants feature tastings and special menus, from agour cheese at Harvest Vine to Pagliacci Pizza made with three local artisanal cheeses. www.seattlecheesefestival.com for more information and a complete schedule. It's that season again (finally!); do you know where your neighborhood farmers market is? Local and regional farmers offer in-season produce at markets and grocery stores, ensuring ultrafresh food that has not crossed the country before reaching your plate! In stalls and shelves now: Familiar favorites such as asparagus and Swiss chard, plus more exotic greens like mizuna, pea shoots, and shiso, a spike-leafed green herb traditionally served with sushi. The King County Agriculture Commission's Puget Sound Fresh program encourages foodies (and garden-variety shoppers) to enjoy strange and familiar culinary treats while helping to support local farming. For lists of farmers markets: www.pugetsoundfresh.org/farmersmarkets.htm; www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org; and dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/farmers_markets.htm. The Kirkland-based, family-owned grocery chain Larry's Market has filed for bankruptcy. The first Larry's Market opened in 1964. Currently, Larry's operates six specialty markets, including stores in Seattle, Bellevue, and Tukwila. Citing competition from Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's, as well as high overhead and debt, Larry's is seeking a buyer. Best-selling author Michael Pollan (The Botany of Desire)reads from and discusses The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals,his new book exploring how what we eat has an impact on the Earth. According to Pollan, "The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world." Pollan reports on American eating habits, looking at industrialized food, fast food, organic food, and food we gather ourselves. 6:30 p.m. Fri., May 12. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way, N.E. 206-366-3333, www.thirdplacebooks.com. Eric Schlosser's groundbreaking Fast Food Nation is to be made into a movie, and his follow-up book, Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food, is a further exploration into the fast food industry, with interviews and a focus on teenagers. Hear Schlosser read from it at 2 p.m. Sat., May 13. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 800-335-READ. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Saturday, May 13 Perhaps a spot of tea with Mom? This Mother's Day Victorian and English Tea features green, oolong, and black teas, tea sandwiches, sweet tarts, and, best of all, scones with Devonshire cream. Includes a demonstration by tea specialist Susan Springer. $45. Noon–2:30 p.m., Dish it up! 2425 33rd Ave. W., Suite B. 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Sunday, May 14 It's Good to Be Queen. Treat your mom to a special Mother's Day performance of the popular theatrical extravaganza Teatro ZinZanni,accompanied by a five-course gourmet meal and a gift. $120. 5:30 p.m. 2301 Sixth Ave. 206-802-0015. BELLTOWN. If you happen to have a slightly smaller budget to spend on Mom, Roxy's Diner offers a variety of $5 Mother's Day Brunch specials, including challah French toast, a smoked fish platter, or cheese blintzes. 462 N. 36th St. 206-632-3963. FREMONT. THE GRAPEVINE Wednesday, May 10 Taste eight award-winning wines from A Trio of Washington Wineries: Preston Wines, Viento Wines, and Chandler Ranch. The Seattle Wine Society presents a tasting of local varietals including viognier, sangiovese, and cabernet franc. With appetizers. $18 members/$28 nonmembers. 7–9 p.m. St. Demetrious Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E. Details at www.seattlewinesociety.org. CAPITOL HILL Thursday, May 11 A cheap and informal Meet the Winemaker wine tasting at Morton's Steakhouse features Chuck Reininger of Reininger Cellars. For a paltry 10 dollars (tax and tip included), guests can sample a selection of wines, accompanied by Morton's nibbles, including Morton's signature tenderloin sandwich. $10. 5–6:30 p.m. Morton's Steakhouse, 1511 Sixth Ave. 206- 223-0550. DOWNTOWN Monday, May 15 A release party and fund-raiser for Bob's Brown Ale, a draft microbrew from Georgetown Brewing Company, created in honor of Bob Hirsch, who died of cancer last year. All proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House. 6–8 p.m. Nickerson Street Saloon, 318 Nickerson St. 206-8380624. FREMONT Wednesday, May 17 Wine for Novices: a workshop explaining the mysteries of glassware, grape varieties, evaluating and storing wines, and ordering the right wine in restaurants. $18. 6:30–8 p.m. Pacific Science Center, Second Avenue at Jones Street. 206-621-9463. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL Wednesday, May 10 You'll sidestep your own preconceptions about wine and the influence of clever marketing—or that's the idea anyway. A Blind Tasting of Italian Red Wines promises to teach you how to develop your palate: to appreciate seven varietals of Italian reds and understand "terroir" (the sense of place a wine possesses). Appetizers included. $20. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425-462-1400, www.wholefoods.com. BELLEVUE Monday, May 15 Want to impress your friends with homemade sushi? Chef Sepo Farrey teaches Sushi Rolls Made Easy, including instruction on making perfect rice and creating elegant maki rolls. 6:30–9 p.m. $35 ($30 for PCC members). Issaquah PCC, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., 206-545-7112. www.pcccooks.com. ISSAQUAH

 
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