Food Events Around Town

ON THE PLATE JUNE 25 It's not just for oysters anymore: 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. 6:30 p.m. The Fish Club, 2100 Alaskan Way, 206-443-4703. WATERFRONT 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 27-29 You've heard the jokes about the smell of Tacoma. Here's your chance to try a Taste of Tacoma at the 18th annual festival of that name. Look for wine, pizza, Morningstar veggie products, free bowls of Stagg chili, and more. Admission free ($2 a taste). 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Point Defiance Park, TACOMA JUNE 28 What's better than strawberry shortcake? Free strawberry shortcake. Get some at the Woodinville Farmers Market's annual strawberry social. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Next to the Woodinville Community Center on 133rd Ave. N.E. in downtown. WOODINVILLE Ray's Boathouse executive chef Charles Ramseyer signs copies of his new book, Ray's Boathouse: Seafood Secrets of the Pacific Northwest, at Sur La Table. Noon-1 p.m. 84 Pine St., 206-448-2244. PIKE PLACE MARKET 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 (pre-registration required). 5-8 p.m. Seattle Yacht Club at Elliott Bay, 2601 W. Marine Pl., or MAGNOLIA THE GRAPEVINE NOW THROUGH AUG. 31 Wander into the Hotel Vintage Park this summer for a look at wine label artwork by Northwest artists. Now though August 31, see the work of Eric Dunham for Walla Walla's Dunham Cellars. Free. 1100 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8000. DOWNTOWN JUNE 26 Taste all kinds of bubbly at Esquin Wine Merchants' sparkling wine and champagne festival. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO David Minick is grape grower and winemaker extraordinaire at one of Yakima Valley's smallest wineries, Willow Crest. Taste his pinot gris, cab Franc, and syrah tonight at Seattle Cellars. Free with $4.99 glass purchase. 5-7 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN JUNE 27 It's the first Friday Fizz at Impromptu Wine and Art Bar. Every Friday this summer, premium champagnes will flow for just $5 a glass. 2-5 p.m. 4235 E. Madison St., 206-860-1569, MADISON PARK JUNE 28 Taste the full-bodied reds being produced by Andrew Will Winery's assistant winemaker Bill Owen. Free with $4.99 glass purchase. 1-4 p.m. Seattle Cellars, 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN 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. FREMONT 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 of Spanish wines and wine-related history by Arnie Millan. $75. 7 p.m. 401 Lenora St., 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN Wine in West Seattle? You bet. Hop on the Washington Wine Tours bus for a visit to the West Seattle Farmer's Market and local winery Jardin Wines. $59. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for meeting place: 206-794-0562, JULY 2 Are you really prepared for that July 4 barbecue? Not until you've got your summer BBQ wine facts straight. Head to Fremont Red Apple Market and Wine Bar this evening to taste a few wines that pair well with grill fare. $5. 5-8 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL 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 BBQ cooking class. $55. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fire Station No. 5 on the waterfront. For reservations e-mail WATERFRONT Learn feng shui for the kitchen. Really. Patti Hamner will show participants how to create harmony and balance within this most important room of the house. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT Tour Pike Place Market with chef Matt Costello of Library Bistro 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 JULY 1 Fresh Thai curry pastes can be made at home. Learn how at this class from NuCulinary Cooking School at Uwajimaya. Covers red, green, and Mussaman curry pastes. $50. 6 p.m. 600 Fifth Ave. S., 206-624-6248, CHINATOWN/INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT JULY 2 Sorry, guys. This one's for women only: Library Bistro wine director David LeClaire and Herban Feast Catering chef BJ Duft give a class on appetizers and wines. $20. 6:30- 9 p.m. Jardin Winery, 7354 35th Ave. S.W., 206-933-2829. WEST SEATTLE Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.

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