Food News June 14-21

News Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com. Steve Rinella, author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine, visits Puyallup to talk about his new book. A hunter/gatherer's approach to cooking from Escoffier's Le Guide Culinaire, Rinella's Guide tells the tale of his cross-country hunt for wild ingredients, including frogs' legs, carp semen, and songbirds. Borders Books and Music (Puyallup), 3829 Meridian St. S., 253-845-8751. 7 p.m., Wed., June 14. Broadway's Garage Billiards and Bowl turns 10! Little known fact: Pearl Jam's guitarist Mike McCready and manager Kelly Curtis were instrumental in transforming what was an old auto repair shop into this hip pool joint. All summer Garage will offer late-night discounts on pool and bowling, Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to close. Pool will be $5 per hour—a steal compared to the regular $11–$15 rate. 1130 Broadway, 206-322-2296. "Grab a cab, bus, or friend" is the anti-drunk-driving message of the Last Call program, sponsored by the Washington Restaurant Association and developed by Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, with Public Health Seattle and King County. Participating establishments receive $10 taxi vouchers, and will waive cover charges and offer free soft drinks to designated drivers. Launched in Fremont this May, the program will expand to Ballard this month. Belltown, Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square, and the University District are next. Upscale grocer Whole Foods Market will open a new store in Redmond. The new location will tempt food snobs and food tourists alike with their generous olive bar and fantastic cheese selection. Scheduled to open August 30, the store will cover an enormous 55,864 square feet. 17991 Redmond Way. REDMOND Farm Fresh This week's farmers markets feature Thai basil, kohlrabi (a turnip-shaped vegetable, which tastes a bit like broccoli stems, only tenderer), wild coral mushrooms, wild huckleberries—and, to make your cat happy, locally grown catnip.For a complete list of farmers market locations and days of operation, visit dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/farmers_markets.htm. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Drink Up Wednesday, June 14 Tempted to cut out of work early? Here's a great excuse: an outdoor wine tasting in Campagne's courtyard. Fête du Rosé offers a sampling of six rosés, including a Campagne exclusive, the 2005 Clos Paulilles Colliure rosé. Appetizers include caramelized onion tart and red pepper salad with grilled sardines. $10 includes one glass of rosé. 4–7 p.m. Campagne, 1600 Post Alley. www.campagnerestaurant.com, 206-728-2233. DOWNTOWN Back to School Wednesday, June 14 Beecher's Handmade Cheese founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier leads a cheese and wine pairing class. Sample 16 American artisanal cheeses paired with Washington wines, while you learn about the cheeses' history. $45. 6:30–9 p.m. 104 Pike St., #200 (one block from Beecher's market location), 206-322-1644, ext. 23. DOWNTOWN On the Plate Saturday, June 17–Sunday, June 18 PigOut on the Farm is Biringer Farms' family-friendly festival celebrating strawberry season. A few highlights: roast pig on a spit, corn on the cob, the Slurp n' Burp Shortcake Eatin' Contest, plus rides and a free fishing pond for the little ones. Admission is free; "food and fun reasonably priced." 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Biringer Farms, 4625 40th Pl. N.E., 425-259-0255, www.biringerfarm.com. EVERETT Sunday, June 18 Can't figure out what to do for Father's Day? How about a barbecue at the zoo? The menu includes barbecued beef sandwiches, hot dogs, and turkey and veggie dogs, with all the traditional sides: coleslaw, baked beans, and cornbread. Kids will enjoy a watermelon-eating contest, with prizes. $13–$27 (includes zoo admission), free for kids 2 and under. Reservations (206-684-4825) are required. Woodland Park Zoo beech grove, North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North, www.wpz.org. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. PHINNEY

 
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