Based in Seattle, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School author Kathleen Flinn is wrapping up her book tour in the city where she started it. She'll be at Madrona's Bottlehouse at 1416 34th Ave. from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. Flinn's 2011 title retells her experience teaching nine inexperienced cooks ways to approach and prepare food with confidence. Morgan Spurlock declared, "This could be the most important book you'll ever read." So there.
Expect comparative tastings of kitchen nuts and bolts like olive oil and salt, alongside food and wine. To make matters better, Cutlery on Wheels will be on hand to sharpen kitchen knives. Tickets are ten bucks at the door.
In other news, Prohibition ended 79 years ago today. In honor of Repeal Day, from 8 p.m. to close this evening Smith on Capitol Hill is rolling out a special cocktail menu. The Linda Derschang-owned bar at 332 15th Ave. E. is featuring locally distilled booze for the occasion from the likes of Oola and Sun Liquor. Smith's inaugural tap cocktail the Northwest Vesper will also debut. It's made with vermouth from Imbue and gin and vodka from Seattle's Batch 206 Distillery.