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NEW IN TOWN BluWater Greenlake A sleek new sorority sister for Green Lake's good-looking young persons who don't want to drive the new Audi all the way to the original BluWater on Lake Union (or the Paragon, or Ten Mercer, or Toi . . . ). The menu offers lots of appetizers (Jamaican jerk chicken satay, artichoke dip, calamari), salads (including "the big seafood Louie [sic]"), and steaks, chops, fish, etc. for entr饳. 7900 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 525-0755. ON THE PLATE Piatti May is risotto and asparagus month at the University Village eatery, with a classic Italian appetizer of prosciutto-wrapped green spears sprinkled with shaved Parmesan ($7.95), risotto with prosciutto and Parmesan and roasted red peppers ($14.95), and saffron-spiked risotto with grilled chicken chunks, fontina, baby spinach, and roasted tomato ($15.95). 2800 N.E. University Village, 524-9088. The Georgian Spring comes to one of Seattle's most elegant dining rooms with an appetizer pairing of Dungeness and king crab topped with a scoop of tangy minced bell pepper, a jumbo prawn, and a sprinkle of caviar ($12). Consider the soup of roast new potatoes and morel mushrooms (cup, $6; bowl, $11) before moving on to saddle of rabbit with spring vegetables and duck liver ($25), or the boneless halibut "chop" with crisp potato pie and garlicked spinach ($23). 411 University (in the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel), 621-7889. IN THE GLASS '00 Yellow Hawk sangiovese The little upstart Washington red that surprised and delighted the natives at the international Slow Food and Wine expo in Italy last fall is back with a new edition: same price ($17), same small production (less than 400 cases), and just begging to be drunk with hearty summer fare at picnics and barbecues. (Check out the same maker's dry Muscat canelli, too: At $12 a bottle, it's a perfect back-porch cooler.) AT THE MARKETS Check the produce stalls for local rhubarb and spinach. Keep an eye out, too, for wild morel mushrooms: Last week's sequence of sunny and wet days should bring them out abundantly (though that won't bring the price down much). On the fish front, it's too early for Alaskan king salmon, but the Columbia is still producing king salmon well. COMING UP May 16 Wines from Washington Hills' Bridgeman and Apex labels, from chardonnay to ice wine, set the theme for a five-course dinner at Ten Mercer, with winemaker Brian Carter in attendance. $60. 7 p.m., 10 Mercer, 691-3723. May 17 Banquet on a budget at Maximilien's salute to the cuisine of Normandy: choice of warm Camembert croquette on greens or andouille sausage in cream sauce; sole and mushrooms steeped in white wine and cream, or pork loin and apples in a Calvados and cream sauce (see a pattern forming here?); plus a dainty apple charlotte (with Calvados and cream, of course) for dessert. $37. Two seatings, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 81A Pike (Main Arcade, Pike Place Market), 682-7270. Food and/or beverage news? All righty then! E-mail the Hot Sheet at

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