Food News

Sept. 6 - 13, 2006 (expanded from print version).

NEWS After a bit of a wait, we finally have some news on the bankrupt Larry's Market grocery chain. Of the six family-owned and operated shops, both the Redmond and Queen Anne locations will remain open. The Redmond store was purchased by the Supermarket Association Management Corporation, a subsidiary of Seattle-based Associate Grocers, while Metropolitan Market purchased the Queen Anne store. Both companies took over operations Sept. 1, and both stores will retain the Larry's name, at least for now. Several other Larry's Markets have a checkered future: the Bellevue and Kirkland shops will become—wait for it—G.I. Joe's stores, going after a different demographic with sports and auto repair gear. Does your garden produce prize-winningly sweet tomatoes? If so, you could win $5,000 for your homegrown tomato. You'll have to schlep three medium to large (or 10 cherry) tomatoes to the Redmond QFC on Saturday, Sept. 9, where they'll be judged on color and appearance and given the Brix test, which determines sweetness. Assaggio Ristorante's chef Mauro Golmarvi is the featured judge. Three runners-up will win $250 in store credit. Free, entry form required. 9–11 a.m. QFC, 23475 N.E. Novelty Hill Rd., 800-315-8209. www.naturesweettomatoes.com. REDMOND FARM FRESH The fresh local crops at this week's farmer's markets include the berry made famous by the Monty Python line: "Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries." In addition to wild elderberries (which are sweet when ripe, stinky when not), there are peaches (Red Globe, White Beauty, and Golden Princess) as well as exotic-sounding potatoes: Princess La Ratte, French Fingerling, and Viking Purple. Check out theCapitol Hill Farmers Market, Fridays, 3–7 p.m., 20th Avenue East and East Madison Street. To find a market in your neighborhood, visit www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. DRINK UP Thursday, September 7 OK, summer is officially over, and it's back-to-school for many, but perhaps a free wine tasting would brighten your day. Enjoy tasting Spanish wines from Rioja, Catalunya, and Andalucia. After all, we still have all of September's weather to enjoy, and, as Seattle has been treated very well by global warming, probably October's too. Free. 7 p.m. Vinado Retail Warehouse, 14 S. Idaho St., 206-233-9463. www.vinado.com. SODO BACK TO SCHOOL Sunday, September 10 If you happen to be strolling downtown near Pike Place Market, stop by and greet Chris Schwartz of the Tom Douglas–owned Etta's, just up the street. At this Summer Chef Demo, Schwartz will demonstrate new and creative ways to serve the summer's sweet corn. Samples and recipes provided. Free. Noon. Tent at Pike Place and Stewart Street. DOWNTOWN ON THE PLATE Saturday, September 9 Set to reopen in November in newer, swankier digs on Twelfth Avenue and Pike Street (complete with a custom-built Italian bar crafted by the owner's brother), Osteria La Spiga is throwing a closing party at its current Harvard Market location. $35 will buy you an evening of authentic Italian food, music, and two glasses of wine or beer. $35. 6:30 p.m. 1401 Broadway, 206-383-8881. CAPITOL HILL Find more food coverage online at www.seattleweekly.com! Check SW's Post Alley blog for restaurant gossip and food news. For an expanded list of dining events, visit the Food page and click on Food Files.

 
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