ON THE PLATE Ivar's Salmon House It's salmon season all over town, but only Ivar's is offering a salmon sampler: medallions of humble, dependable Keta (a.k.a. chum), Copper River sockeye, and Copper River king, all alder-barbecued and served with seasonal veggies and potatoes or wild rice. The salmon trio runs $16.50; if you're a purist, you can dine on just one species at prices ranging from $14.50 to $26.95. 401 N.E. Northlake Way, 632-0767. 1200 Bistro and Lounge Plates go polychrome for spring with crab cakes served with papaya slaw and spicy orange mustard ($12), a roasted red and gold beet salad ($7), and muscovy duck with blood orange and green peppercorn demi-glace ($21). Consider too the visual-gustatory promise of a roasted-vegetable strudel with chipotle coulis ($8) and pork tenderloin with mango-pineapple salsa ($19). 1200 Pike, 320-1200. IN THE GLASS To make room in the Earth & Ocean cellar for the Northwest wines that will form the bulk of the collection in the future, some high-end "foreign" bottlings are being marked down up to 25 percent. That '96 Mouton-Rothschild? A steal at $475. A '95 Clos d'Hospice chablis will set you back just $99. Among the Califoreigners, you can pick up a '98 Duckhorn Howell Mountain merlot for $108, while the '97 Caymus special select cabernet sauvignon runs $230. AT THE MARKET One more week till Pike Place fills with local growers every Wednesday and Sunday, but even now, local produce is shyly appearing: red and green lettuces, green onions, and fresh sweet garlic, along with more exotic items like pea vines and sweet and tender baby bok choy—just crying out to be stir-fried in sesame oil with a dash of soy to finish. COMING UP June 14 Fresh salmon custom smoked by Brasa, Harbor Place, and Wild Ginger forms the centerpiece of the buffet at Allied Arts' Viaduct Wrecking Ball, washed down with champagne and supplemented by items from Al Boccalino, Caf預aloma, Fernando's Hideaway, and Grand Central Bakery. You can get into the ball (hosted by Dina Martina and featuring the music of Black Cat Orchestra and the prestidigitation of Mandrake the Magician) for just $25, but you'll have to pony up $75 for the show plus sumptuous food and drink. But if it helps make the Viaduct go away, it's worth every penny, isn't it? 1426 Alaskan Way (at Pike). Dine 7 p.m., entertainment 9 p.m. Reservations 624-0432. AND ON THE PAGE . . . If you don't feel you can go on with just the Weekly's peerless restaurant evaluations, get a copy of the just-published Zagat's Seattle Restaurants 2002, edited by Seattle Magazine's food editor Cynthia Nims. Keep in mind that inclusion is based on sheer popularity as well as quality—how otherwise to explain the entry for the Cheesecake Factory?—but you could find worse uses for $10.95. Food and/or beverage news? Brilliant. E-mail the Hot Sheet at email@example.com.