Farm Fresh

By Adriana Grant FARM FRESH The West Seattle Farmers Market is a great source for some unusual, locally sourced food items, from duck eggs and geoducks to Brussels sprouts and local wines, available Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the corner of Southwest Alaska Street and 44th Avenue Southwest. To find a market close to you, visit www.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. ON THE PLATE Wednesday, February 21 A birthday party for Monsoon features "roasted suckling pigs prepared eight different ways." This classy, modern Vietnamese restaurant celebrates its eighth birthday with a complimentary party, hosted by sibling chefs Eric and Sophie Banh. 6-10 p.m. Free; donations of nonperishable food items accepted for Northwest Harvest. 615 19th Ave. E., 325-2111, www.monsoonseattle.com. CAPITOL HILL "A foodie frolic": a superfancy five-course meal paired with the wines of Maison Louis Jadot. The menu includes such tempting options as pine-needle cured arctic char, spicy hot and sour manila clams, and sautéed pea vines; pairings include award-winning wines and a flight of 100 years of tawny ports. Bon appetit indeed! $95. 6:15 p.m. reception/7 p.m. dinner. Coupage, 1404 34th Ave., 322-1974. MADRONA Monday, February 26 Tulio Ristorante's chef, Walter Pisano, hosts an increasingly popular feature of many restaurants around town, a family-style supper. This one will offer a four-course dinner with wine; the menu includes baccala salad (salt cod with garlic and olives), lamb shoulder braised in wine and artichokes, and to finish, caramelized seasonal fruits, Italian honey, and mascarpone. $60. 6 p.m.Tulio, Hotel Vintage Park, 1100 Fifth Ave., 624-5500, www.tulio.com. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, February 27 Nell's Restaurant hosts its second annual chef tribute dinner, in honor of Edna Lewis, the author of the 1976 Taste of Country Cooking whom Nell's names "the grande dame of Southern cooking." Southern classics populate this evening's menu: crab cakes, cream of rutabaga soup, stuffed quail with sautéed greens, pork shoulder with grits, and rhubarb pie. $80. 6:15 p.m. reception/7 p.m. dinner.6804 E. Green Lake Way N., 524-4044, www.nellsrestaurant.com. GREEN LAKE DRINK UP Wednesday, February 21 A wine dinner celebrates France's Alsace region, with a menu that features escargot and, not coq au vin, but coq au riesling. With Bertrand Denoune from the Alsace winery Domain Lucien Albrecht. Wine pairings are by sommelier Jake Kosseff. 6:30 p.m. $75. Cafe Campagne, 1600 Post Alley, 728-2233.DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL Tuesday, February 27 If Indian curries are something that you tend to eat out, instead of in, perhaps Indian Curries 101 is just the thing to boost your skills in this culinary department. Learn about masalas, infusing oils, and roasting spices. On the menu: pumpkin curry, aloo gobi (potato cauliflower curry), and palak paneer (spinach and Indian farmers cheese curry). $60. 6 p.m. Uwajimaya, 600 Fifth Ave. S., 932-3855, www.nuculinary.com. INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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