Food Events Around Town

ON THE PLATE JUNE 18 Attention Eric Ripert fans: the 2002 James Beard Outstanding Chef of the Year and chef of Le Bernardin, a four-star joint in New York, will be signing copies of his book, A Return to Cooking (Artisan 2002), at Rover's. 4:30-6 p.m. 2808 E. Madison St., 206-325-7442. MADISON VALLEY JUNE 21 Put on the Birkenstocks and place flowers in your hair. It's the second annual Salish Lodge "Don't Panic, It's Organic!" artisanal food festival. $5. 11 a.m.; all day. SNOQUALMIE FALLS PARK. Afterward, in the dining room, an organic tasting menu with paired wine: $95, 5-10 p.m. Head on up to Bow and sample some locally-raised grass-fed drug-, hormone-, and chemical-free beef at a barbecue sponsored by the Skagit Cattlemen's Association. Some lucky visitor will go home with a sample-pack of steaks and ground round! 11a.m. to 5p.m. at 3400 D'Arcy Road southwest of Bow, Exit 232 from I-5. Take along a good road map. JUNE 21-22 Vampires and the sensitive-snouted should steer clear of Ocean Park, Wash. this weekend. It's the 22nd Annual Northwest Garlic Fest, a celebration of all things "stinking rose." Garlic lovers, on the other hand, will surely turn out in droves. Includes a Martha Stewart look-alike contest, a Northwest wine and beer garden, garlic-inspired crafts, and lots and lots of garlic-flavored foods (chocolate covered garlic, garlic doughnuts, garlic jam . . . ). 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Sheldon Park. 888-751-9354. OCEAN PARK JUNE 21-22, 28-29 For family fun and/or strawberries, head to Remlinger Farms Strawberry Festival. Kids and parents alike can enjoy wagon rides (11 a.m and 2 p.m.), musical performances, and visits to see farm animals, including a brand-new baby donkey. And for strawberry lovers, the farm's extra-fresh, high-quality strawberries are a perennial draw. U-Pick for only 65 cents per pound, or a 10-pound flat of already picked berries for $9.50. 32610 Northeast 32nd St. 425-333-4135. CARNATION JUNE 24 Ray's Boathouse has been serving great seafood to tourists for 30 years and they're throwing a '70s-themed party to celebrate. With food, wine, beer, and live music. Wear your elephant bells and tube tops. $20 (advance tickets). 5-9 p.m. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-4130 ext. 310, BALLARD JUNE 25 It's not just for oysters any more: Sample the many moods of muscadet wine at a three-course dinner catered by Chris Ainsworth of the new Fish Club restaurant in the waterfront Marriott Hotel, featuring a cod filet with lobster macaroni and black truffles, and a goat-cheese cheesecake with figs and blackberries. $80 advance, $90 at the door. 6:30p.m. at The Fish Club, 2100 Alaskan Way on the WATERFRONT. Reservations through the French-American Chamber of Commerce, 206-443-4703. Chinook is the word tonight at Whole Foods, with a dinner featuring wild Chinook salmon, Chinook Ales, and Chinook wines. On the plate: salmon sushi with Chinook sauvignon blanc; baked salmon in phyllo with rosé; grilled salmon fillet with Chinook Ales Copper Ale and merlot; and a cheese course with cabernet sauvignon. $40. 6-8:30 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT JUNE 26 Daniel Braun of Carmelita is the guest chef tonight at FareStart. $16.95. 5:30-7:45 p.m. 1902 Second Ave., 206-443-1233 ext. 7500, BELLTOWN JUNE 29 Slow down with Slow Food Seattle and appreciate fresh local oysters with the cool, crisp wines that wowed the judges at oyster guru Jon Rowley's recent Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition. $35 (preregistration required). 5-8 p.m. Seattle Yacht Club at Elliott Bay, 2601 W. Marine Pl., or MAGNOLIA THE GRAPEVINE JUNE 20 Dine at Matthews Cellars and sip their rich, widely acclaimed reds blended with Bordeaux varietals grown in the Yakima and Columbia valleys. Lisa Dupar Catering will provide the food. $110. 7-9 p.m. 16116 140th Pl. N.E., 425-487-9810. WOODINVILLE JUNE 21 Taste Syncline Winery's Grenache rosé, roussanne, syrah, and outstanding Washington viognier. Free (with initial $4.99 glass purchase). 5-7 p.m. Seattle Cellars. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN There will be plenty of pinots, red and white, at Esquin Wine Merchants' multiwinery Oregon Pinot Festival. Free. 1-4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-1545, SODO JUNE 23 Partake in a five-course dinner paired with Chatter Creek's wines by winemaker Gordy Rawson at the Golf Club at Newcastle. $85 plus tax. 7 p.m. 15500 Six Penny Lane, 425-793-4645. NEWCASTLE JUNE 28-29 Taste wines from South African makers Kanu, Ashanti, Joseph's Hat, and Excelsior. Three tastes $5. 3-6 p.m. Fremont Red Apple Market and Wine Bar, 3601 FREMONT Ave. N., 206-633-3663. JUNE 29 Spain comes to Seattle in the form of a Spanish wine dinner at the Warwick Hotel. A five-course meal by a local chef accompanies the tasting of fine vinos from varied regions of Spain, with a discussion on Spanish wines and wine-related history by Arnie Millan. $75. 7 p.m. Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street, 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN ON TAP JUNE 18 Head to W Seattle tonight for a taste of the chic life. Tonight's their monthly "SIP" (Social Interactive Playtime) program, a fancy phrase for "happy hour." Wind down with $5 wells and super-sweet drops (lemon, emerald, or rose) and $5 bar munchies. 6-11 p.m. Fourth Ave. and Seneca St., 206-264-6000. DOWNTOWN JUNE 24 Craving Belgian beer? Drop by the Elysian Semiannual Belgian Beer Tasting for mussels, Belgian stew, pommes frites, and more. Not to mention an array of bottled and draught Belgian beers. 5-10 p.m. 13th Ave. and E. Pike Street, 206-860-1920, DOWNTOWN ORGANI-CITY It's that time; the farmers are invading our streets again this spring and we can't get enough. Opening soon in King County: Magnolia Farmers Market (June 21), Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W., 206-547-2278. BACK TO SCHOOL JUNE 19 Summer hors d'oeuvres can be easy and elegant. Learn how at this class from Whole Foods. On the menu: beef-wrapped prawns with fried chili paste; fresh baby mozzarella wrapped with basil and smoked duck breast with balsamic reduction; crimini mushrooms stuffed with Dungeness crab and vermouth butter; spicy tuna tartare with cucumber, fresh wasabi, and kohlrabi sprouts; and smoked salmon crostini with candied fennel. $20. 6-8:30 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT JUNE 20 Victoria Riccardi, author of Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto, will present her new memoir and sign copies at Third Place Books. 6:30 p.m. Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, 17171 Bothell Wy. N.E., 206-366-3333, LAKE FOREST PARK Loving scallops in restaurants is easy; knowing how to prepare them at home is quite another thing. This Whole Foods class aims to show that scallops can be "easy, delicious, and fantastic." On the menu: pan stew of bay scallops, peas, bacon, and sweet onions; warm weathervane scallop salad with Washington asparagus and caviar vinaigrette; and grilled scallops with herbs and lemon sauce. $25. 6-8:30 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT Flying Fish chef Steve Smrstik knows his Asian-inspired sauces. You can too, after this class. He'll show participants how to make sauces that pair well with fish and shellfish, including curries, wasabi cream, butter sauces, and lobster cream. $55 (includes lunch and wine). 10:30 a.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595, BELLTOWN Tour Pike Place Market with chef Kaspar Donier of Kaspar's Restaurant and Wine Bar as your guide. He'll share tips on finding and buying quality fresh ingredients. Then convene in the Market Heritage Center for a cooking demonstration and tasting. $65. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call for reservations: 206-774-5249. PIKE PLACE MARKET JUNE 22 Restaurant Zoë chef Scott Staples will demonstrate "Gourmet to Go" summer picnic foods. On the menu: roast leg of lamb foccacia sandwiches with garlic spread, and warm potato and grilled vegetable salad. $65. 1-3 p.m. 2137 Second Ave., 206-256-2060. BELLTOWN JUNE 26 Morton's Steakhouse executive chef Gary Borneman will "demystify meat" at this class on selecting, storing, and preparing fine cuts of meat. On the menu: sautéed wild mushrooms, steak au poivre, filet Diane, and dessert soufflés. $52. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192, NORTH SEATTLE JUNE 28 Learn the basics of barbecue with those who know fire best. Andaluca's executive chef Wayne Johnson? Perhaps, but we were thinking of the firefighters at Fire Station No. 5. No matter your preference, they'll both be at this summertime barbecue cooking class. $55. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fire Station No. 5 on the waterfront. For reservations email DOWNTOWN Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.

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