First Strawberries of the Season, Blind Wine Tasting, and Other Food Events

FARM FRESH Three Saturday farmers markets open this weekend, in Magnolia, Des Moines, and Kent. At the stalls this week, expect to find the first strawberries of the season, as well as asparagus and lemon balm. The Magnolia market operates 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W.; the Des Moines Waterfront market is open 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Des Moines Marina; and the Kent market runs 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at Fourth Avenue and Smith Street. Also opening down south, the Renton Farmers Market celebrates opening day Tuesday, June 5, and will be open for business Tuesdays 3–7 p.m. at the RentonPiazza, Burnett Avenue South and South Third Street. To locate a farmers market close to you, visit www.pugetsoundfresh.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, May 31 A blind wine tasting (!) with a cash reward for the first person to correctly name the origin of 10 sauvignon blancs. Name 10, win $10 off your purchase. All bottles will be brown-bagged to obscure the labels of this varietal, cultivated worldwide. Free. 4:30–6:30 p.m. Vinado Warehouse, 14 S. Idaho St., 233-9463, www.vinado.com. SODO ON THE PLATE Saturday, June 2 This weekend is the second annual Food Lust, an on-farm gala dinner, sponsored by Cascade Harvest Coalition, featuring local farmers, chefs, and country-bluegrass band Junkyard Jane. Farmers will be in attendance at this Fall City Farm event (just 25 miles east of Seattle), as will chefs from the Stumbling Goat, the Pink Door, and Earth & Ocean, among others. $75. 5 p.m. Fall City Farm, 3636 Neal Rd., 227-3000, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/14423. FALL CITY Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream hosts a party, complete with a tour of the ice-cream factory, to benefit Children's Hospital. Just half an hour northwest of Seattle in Maltby, the event features kid-friendly entertainment and a menu of blackened salmon Caesar salad, fresh lemonade, and root beer floats, made with what I hear is rich, creamy, locally made ice cream. Free event, food prices vary. Noon–4 p.m. Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream Cafe, 21106 86th Ave. S.E., Ste. A, 360-668-8535. MALTBY Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3 Celebrating Pike Place Market's 100th birthday, the Centennial Street Festival kicks off with—this being the Year of the Pig—Pigs on Parade, with porcine artworks (love 'em or hate 'em), and cooking demos by such chefs as the Herbfarm's Jerry Traunfeld and Volterra's Andrew Gribbs. There will be a wine garden, a beer garden, a variety of musical performers, and Strut Your Mutt, the second annual dog parade. $1 suggested donation benefits the Market Foundation. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Pike Place and First Avenue, www.pikeplacemarket.org. PIKE PLACE MARKET BACK TO SCHOOL Thursday, May 31 A High Tea Party? That's the name of this PCC class, in which you'll learn to craft delicate, snooty sandwiches served in oh-so-elegant tea rooms. The Indian influence on traditional British tea service is apparent in the menu, which includes mango-chicken-curry finger sandwiches, as well as more traditional fillings such as cucumber and smoked salmon. Of course, there are sweets, too: whole-grain shortbread, lemon scones, and berries with crème Chantilly. $40/$35 members. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. PCC, 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 525-3586, www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcccooks. AURORA/GREEN LAKE Tuesday, June 5 Chef Katie Coleman teaches a Culinary Communion class in Thai cuisine, focusing on Thai curry, chiles, herbs, and coconut, using local ingredients such as fresh seafood. $79. 6–9 p.m. Culinary Communion House on Southern Street, just off California Avenue (call for exact location). 284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. WEST SEATTLE Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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