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On the table Elliott Bay Cafe—Remodeled and reopening in its old basement space, the Caf駳 menu, now under the supervision of the managers of nearby Zeitgeist, will remain centered on light sandwiches, soups, and snacks. The Caf頩s open when the bookstore upstairs is: from 10 a.m. weekdays and Saturday, from 11 a.m. on Sunday. Raga—Great news for fans of hearty Indian cuisine: Eight months after fire destroyed their popular downtown Bellevue restaurant, Kamal and Navneet Mroke are back with a new Raga, this time at 212 Central Way in downtown Kirkland. Kamal promises an expanded menu without cutting back on the marvelous tandoori-oven items that made his restaurant so popular at its old location. 425-827-3300. Pagliacci—Chef Dorene Centioli-McTigue isn't content with the 14 "Best of Seattle" awards her pizza chain has won. Still experimenting with new flavors, she's come up with an all-white pizza she calls "pizza bianca," sauced with cream, cheese, and roasted garlic instead of tomato pur饬 topped with whole-milk mozzarella and smoked provolone, with a post-bake dusting of grated Locatelli brand romano to finish. Available by the slice at Pagliacci's Queen Anne, Broadway, and U District locations or for home delivery: 726-1717 (Seattle) or 425-453-1717 (Eastside). Andaluca—Seattle's downtown Mediterranean bistro serves up new specialties for spring, including seared scallops in tomato-leek sauce ($TK), moussaka with red peppers and zucchini ($TK), salmon seared skin-on with olives, garlic, and chili flakes ($TK), and braised veal shank with spring vegetables and a piquant lemon-herb-anchovy sauce ($TK). 407 Olive, 382-6999. In the glass Wine 'happy hour'—Every Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7, Cascadia sommelier Jake Kosseff deploys a selection of premium Northwest wines and cheese for an informal after-work self-educational tasting. Cost runs from $14 to $20, depending on the three wines chosen. Call 448-8884. Profiles in taste—Every Thursday from 6:30 to 9, the lounge at Brasa plays host to an informal tasting of wines from a single producer; this week it's WHO TK, next WHO, WHO the week after. FOOD tk? $20. Call 728-4220. Upcoming 4/17—Fleming's, the California-based steakhouse chain that offers diners the choice of 100 wines by the glass, hosts a special banquet featuring the products of the Napa Valley's Raymond Winery. A merlot, a cabernet sauvignon, and three chardonnays will accompany chef James Kennedy's five-course meal. Tickets are $85 plus tax and gratuity; seating is limited to 40. Call 587-5300. 4/17—Tango, the tapas restaurant and lounge on lower Capitol Hill, is one year old today, but it's the public that gets the cake: Free dessert for all diners all night long. Call 583-0382. 4/19—Feast your eyes on polychrome amorphous-silica tchotchkes while simultaneously feeding your face on dainty comestibles contrived by the likes of Kerry Sear (Cascadia), Tim Kelley (The Painted Table), and John Howie (Palisade). Wines for City Centre's fifth annual Passion Afire benefit for Pilchuck Glass School are provided by Columbia Crest, but there'll be Red Hook ales and Talking Rain on hand as well. Tickets are $45, with the glass items on silent and live auction extra. Information and reservations 621-8422, ext. 44. 4/22—85 wineries and 45 restaurants show their paces at the Washington Wine Commission's Taste Washington! at the Paramount Theatre. A few tickets ($85) remain: Call 667-9463 or check out

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