Cambodian Cuisine, Dining for a Cause, and Other Ways to Stay Full

FARM FRESH Spotted last week at the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market: nettles, fiddleheads, and chanterelles, as well as a charming mix of mutts, shoe-shoppers, and teenagers trying for rock fame. Really. Opening this week: the West Seattle Farmers Market, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of Southwest Alaska Street and 44th Avenue Southwest. The Madison Farmers Market moves south from its previous location on Madison and 19th to the parking lot of the Grocery Outlet at MLK and Union; it opens May 4 and runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. To find a farmers 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 Thursday, April 26 Perhaps you heard Rover's chef Thierry Rautureau on NPR a few weeks ago, offering advice on how to prepare leftovers. He was charming, and not only because of that great French accent. Rover's caviar-focused 20th-anniversary celebration meal features six different varieties of caviar, in a range of preparations, from lobster and Iranian Osetra caviar ravioli with potato-leek cake and champagne beurre blanc to baked cod and California white sturgeon caviar with celery root mash and lemon confit–harissa. Caviar expertBetsy Sherrow, president of Seattle Caviar Company, will be present to educate diners about each caviar. $135, with wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. 2808 E. Madison St., 325-7442, www.rovers-seattle.com. MADISON VALLEY Saturday, April 28 Dine and dance for a good cause. The Low Income Housing Institute hosts Shower to the People: A Benefit for the Urban Rest Stop, a free hygiene facility for the homeless located in downtown Seattle. Dinner will be prepared by chef Michael Hebberoy of One Pot fame (man, that guy can braise a pot roast), accompanied by cabaret theater curated by performance artist Seanjohn Walsh. Afterward, there will be dancing until the wee hours. $50 suggested donation for the evening includes wine with dinner; $25 for the cabaret and dance party; dancing only, $10. Doors/bar open at 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., cabaret 9:30 p.m., dancing 11:30 p.m.–dawn. The Low Income Housing Institute basement (formerly the Downunder), 2407 First Ave., 957-8076, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/14079. BELLTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL Tuesday, May 1 To many, this menu will read like a dare: beef tripe salad and durian custard. If your culinary curiosity is piqued by the idea of a French and Asian mix, Cambodian cuisine has a lot to offer. Also on the menu for tonight's class, Cambodian Connection: tropical punch with jack fruit, lawt (crispy Cambodian spring rolls), and chicken curry. This class in culinary bravery is taught by Dalis Chea, a Cambodian native and executive chef of Herban Feast Catering. $60. 6:30 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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