Food News for May 31-June 7

NEWS Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream—free ice cream, that is. Cold Stone Creamery offers free ice cream for kids when an accompanying adult purchases a dessert. 6–10 p.m., Monday, June 5, at 10 Puget Sound Region stores, including downtown at 1632 Westlake Ave., and at all stores across the state. For information, visit: www.coldstonecreamery.com. Northwest food industry giant Tom Douglas talks about and signs his new cookbook I Love Crab Cakes: 50 Recipes for An American Classic. Did you know there were 50 possible ways to make a crab cake? Me neither. 7 p.m. Thurs., June 1. University Book Store Cafe, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400. Also, sometime in August, Douglas will expand his restaurant empire (Etta's, Palace Kitchen, the Dahlia Lounge, and Lola) to open a pizza joint: Serious Pie, located around the corner from the Dahlia. Tourist season is upon us. It also happens to be the season for what many consider the most prized variety of salmon, Copper River Salmon. Hailing from Alaska's Copper River, this big fish is now available in markets around town, and—if you happen to be caught in a throng of tourists at Pike Place Market—flying through the air with much noise and fanfare. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. FARM FRESH This week's crop includes the first local strawberries! Also available are hothouse tomatoes, baby turnips, broccoli rabe, and sugar snap peas. At Pike Place Market, Organic Wednesdays begin June 7, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (until October 25) under the awnings along Pike Place at Pine Street. For a complete list of market locations and days of operation, visit dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/farmers_markets.htm. DRINK UP Tuesday, June 6 666 is the sign of the devil. So on June 6, 2006, the Pub at Piper's Creek is throwing what they call a bacchanal. 666 Sign of the Feast features a whole pig roasted on a spit and beers brewed especially for this event: Windermere's Broken Halo and Skagit River Brewery's 216 (6 x 6 x 6 = 216). Also appearing will be the Terrible Twos, 200-pound-plus skateboarders. The $10 buffet includes pork and side dishes. Opens at 10 a.m. The Pub at Piper's Creek, 10527 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-417-5734. GREENWOOD ON THE PLATE Wednesday, May 31 We know spring has come: Cafe Campagne has opened its lovely outdoor dining area. During May, the restaurant offers a three-course, prix-fixe menu of salmon gravlax, fennel and horseradish cream; roasted chicken; and chocolate mousse, paired with a Right Bank Bordeaux. $30. 1600 Post Alley, 206-728-2233. DOWNTOWN Monday, June 5 Cooks and Books visits Lark with culinary expert and guest chef Joyce Goldstein and her new book Antipasti: Fabulous Appetizers and Small Plates. Many small plates will be passed, with accompanying wines, and you'll even get a chance to peek at Lark's soon-to-be-opened place next door, Licorous. The price includes a copy of Goldstein's book and the chance to taste the recipes inside it. $110. 6:30 p.m. Lark, 926 12th Ave, 206-323-5278. CAPITOL HILL

 
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