Food News May 31-June 7

News Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com. Bad-boy chef Anthony Bourdainreads from his new book,The Nasty Bits, continuing his sometimes shocking, always hilarious exposé of the dark secrets of the world's kitchens. 12:30 p.m. Tues. June 13, University Bookstore, 4326 University Way N.E., 202-634-3400. Downtown Ballard's exclusive purveyor of fine Swedish toast and espresso, Nervous Nellie's, is hosting a decidedly nontraditional "moving parade" Saturday, June 10. Starting between 2:30 and 3 at Nellie's soon-to-be-former alley location at 2315 N.W. Market St, participants will shuttle pieces of Nellie's toast bar to much, much more spacious digs—2,000 vs. 250 square feet, to be exact—near the Ballard Post Office at 1556 N.W. 56th St., accompanied by bagpipers, accordion players, fire eaters, and trapeze artists. 206-706-1095. 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. (and run until Oct. 25) under the awnings along Pike Place at Pine Street. For a complete list of farmers' market locations and days of operation, visit http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/farmers_markets.htm. Drink Up Thursday, June 8 Enjoy a private gallery tour at Seattle Asian Art Museum, followed by A Splash of Chehalem, featuring wines from Oregon's Willamette Valley. The menu includes duck confit, a Marcona almond and cheese tart, and citrus-marinated lamb. Each course is paired with a different wine, starting with a pinot gris, followed by Ridgecrest Vineyards Cerise 2003, and for the dessert course, a pinot noir to accompany the chocolate truffle. $75. Tour: 5:30–5:50; dinner 6–9 p.m. 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100. CAPITOL HILL Sunday, June 8 This first wine tasting at the Washington Park Arboretum offers a chance (weather permitting) to taste Chateau Saint Michelle wines in the outdoors. Proceeds from this event go to support the Arboretum Foundation. $10 for three tastes/$20 for eight. 6–9 p.m.Graham Visitor's Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., 206-325-4510. CAPITOL HILL On the Plate Thursday, June 8 Elliott's Oyster House serves up a dinner featuring the unusual pairing of salmon and rum. Entrées include such tempting choices as dry-cured salmon with rum and brown sugar, rum-cured salmon ceviche (with mango, jicama slaw, and mint) and salmon vindaloo with rum-soaked pineapple. $75. 6:30 p.m. 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, 206-632-4340, www.elliottsoysterhouse.com. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, June 13 An eating tour of historic Ballard? Begin with wine and appetizers at The Hi-Life (formerly fire station No. 18), move on to a full dinner at Carnegie's (formerly the Ballard Carnegie Library), and finish up with Scandinavian desserts at the Leif Erikson Sons of Norway Lodge. During this fund-raising event hosted by Historic Seattle, you'll savor coq au vin, steak béarnaise, and crab-stuffed puff pastry in three historic buildings, all for a good cause. $125/$110 members. 5–9 p.m. Various venues. www.historicseattle.org. 206-622-6952. BALLARD Back to School Tuesday, June 13 Julie Wuesthoff, former kitchen garden chef from the Herbfarm, teaches you how to cook using the season's fresh ingredients, with a nod to French cuisine. The class curriculum, dubbed a Sunny French Menu, includes blanched asparagus with prosciutto, vegetable ragout with herb sauce, and a dessert of lavender orange shortbread and honeyed nutmeg strawberries. $35/$30 members. 6:30–9 p.m. Issaquah PCC, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., 425-369-1222, www.pccnaturalmarkets.com. ISSAQUAH

 
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