ON THE PLATE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7 Seattle Art Museum is making its "Painted Visions of India and Pakistan" exhibition a feast for more than just


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ON THE PLATE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7 Seattle Art Museum is making its "Painted Visions of India and Pakistan" exhibition a feast for more than just the eyes. SAM's current cafe menu is as Indian as a Bollywood flick, so you can get your tandoori-style chicken salad, your lamb korma, or even the unfortunately punny SAMosa plate either before or after you admire the many masterpieces on display. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Wed. and FriSun.; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20 The year 1953 was a more innocent time: a time when steak houses didn't overcharge or disappoint. Local entrepreneur/mastermind Paul Mackay is celebrating that long-lost age of innocence by rolling back prices at his 50-year-old El Gaucho restaurant for one lucky table per night. Pay 1953 prices for sirloin and ribs, and disregard the fact that El Gaucho closed in the mid-1980s and didn't open again until 1996. Historical revisionism never tasted so good. First Avenue and Wall Street, 206-728-1337. BELLTOWN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 31 Just when you thought the hamburger couldn't get fancier, Szmania's in Magnolia whips out an Angus beef burger with smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and "onion jam." Make no mistake: This gourmet burger, part of the restaurant's new summer menu, is intended to be savored with a glass of red wine. What's next? Bologna with chanterelles and a port reduction? Dinner from 4:30-10 p.m. Tues.-Sun. 3321 W. McGraw St., 206-284-7305. AUGUST 15 When Pike Place Market invites you to "dine on the cobblestones," you can be sure you're getting more than a mouthful of rocks. To raise funds for the Market Foundation, 40 local restaurants (including high-powered chowhouses Campagne and Cascadia) are once again joining forces to create a Sunset Supper at the Market. MC Gustavo will provide the tunes; you will provide the chewing. $60/person, $100/couple. 7:30-11 p.m. Pike Place, between Virginia Street and Pine Street 206-774-5262. PIKE PLACE MARKET AUGUST 17 Slow Food Puget Sound is celebrating Pike Place Market's 96th birthday with sausage, potato salad, watermelon, and jugglers. Local author Braiden Rex-Johnson (The Pike Place Market Cookbook) will be giving Market tours, and Uli Lengenberg, local sausage kingpin, will talk about meat and forgive you for mispronouncing his name. $5/$2.50. 1-4 p.m. Pike Place and Virginia Street, 206-774-5225. PIKE PLACE MARKET AUGUST 20 Along with FareStart, the Boomtown Café is one of the best marriages of good intentions and culinary achievement in Seattle. The nonprofit eatery for low-income individuals is hosting a three-course dinner prepared by Chef Gavin Stephenson as a fund-raiser. On the menu: squash soup, seared salmon, and strawberry scrumptiousness. Eat up. $20. Seatings from 5:30-8 p.m. 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. PIONEER SQUARE AUGUST 20-21 The phrase "Gentlemen, start your zucchini!" will surely be uttered at two upcoming farmers markets when the Indy 500 of fresh vegetablesalso known as zucchini racingonce again graces our fair city. At the Columbia City market, there will be tomato tasting during the races; in Lake City, racers and their families will get the rare opportunity to "pet live alpacas." Yes, that's right: alpacas. Just for racing zucchini. Life is so beautiful sometimes. Free. 3-7 p.m Weds. at 4801 Rainier Ave. S. (Columbia City); 3-7 p.m. Thurs. at N.E. 127th St. and 30th Ave. N.E. (Lake City), 206-632-5234. COLUMBIA CITY AND LAKE CITY. AUGUST 22 Toujours Provence? Those who romanticize the region are wise to do so; its typical dishes comprise one of the tastiest mini-cuisines Europe has to offer. Feast on bouillabaisse, seared Muscovy duck, and more at Maximilien's lovely Provençal dinner. Flamenco-based Italian guitarist Andre Feriante will provide slightly incongruous musical accompaniment as you eat. $39. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 81A Pike St., 206-682-7270. PIKE PLACE MARKET THE GRAPEVINE AUGUST 14 Famed for its cabbage, the Napa Valley region also turns out some pretty decent wine, and the folks at Esquin Wine Merchants are thoroughly geeked about the latest Valley vinos. Taste them and see what you think. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO AUGUST 16 A quick jaunt around Spain courtesy of the Red Apple Wine Bar is almost certainly in your future. Picture, if you will, a collection of pretty people snacking on tapas and sipping cava and sherry, whites and reds from that countries. It's like saving on airfare to Córdoba without missing a thing. $20 before Aug. 11, $25 at the door. 4-7 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT AUGUST 17 There are winemakers dinners, and then there are winemakers dinners al fresco. Sapphire's is of the latter variety; the under-the-stars feast will be accompanied, aptly enough, by wines from California's Starry Night Winery. Scheduled sips to include sauvignon blanc, Russian River chardonnay, and the Rhône-style adara blend, all from 2001. The seven-course menu promises to be Med-inspired and sumptuous. $75. 6 p.m. 1625 Queen Anne Ave. N., (206) 281-1931. QUEEN ANNE HILL AUGUST 21 Name your three favorite things from Australia. Boomerangs? Maybe. Kangaroos? Perhaps. Hugh Jackman? Almost certainly. Seattle Cellars hopes you'll add Australian shiraz (which is just Aussie for "syrah") to your list, especially since they're offering several varieties of the Down Under wine this week. $5-$10 for newcomers, free for returning tasters with Seattle Cellars wine glasses. 5-7 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN Fine wine, good cause: The annual Auction of Washington Wines supports "uncompensated care at Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center" as well as the Washington Wine Education Consortium. Please note: This is a black-tie event. $500. 4:30 p.m. 14111 145th St., 206-667-9463. WOODINVILLE AUGUST 23 Food and wine walk down the aisle yet again at Ten Mercer, where Paul Portteus (of Yakima Valley's Portteus Vineyards) will be marrying his 2001 Rattlesnake Ridge red with Penn Cove mussels and his 2000 chardonnay with garlic prawns, not to mention the exciting cabernet-steak dalliance that may occur while the bride and groom are in the reception line. $75. 7:30 p.m. 10 Mercer St., 206-691-3723. QUEEN ANNE In other Yakima Valley news, Washington Wine Tours is offering a full-day tour of the Valley that includes transit from Seattle or Yakima, lunch, tastings, and a tour guide who knows the cork end of a bottle from the butt. $69. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. North Mercer Street and 80th Avenue Southeast (Mercer Island Park & Ride), 206-794-0562. MERCER ISLAND God created meat. And He saw it was good. But then He said to Himself: "This could really use some time on the grill." So in His eternal wisdom He invented barbecue. And lo, there was much rejoicing. Rejoice along with "nationally recognized barbecue and grilling experts" at the Low & Slow "Light" BBQ Northwest Championship. Besides chicken, ribs, sausage, and the like, there will be root beer, ice cream, and artisan cheeses. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. University Way Northeast and 50th Street, 206-448-8005. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Take some organic blueberries with you into the mosh pit, or just chow down on pesticide-free peaches while the band destroys their instruments. These and other amusing scenarios may occur at Lollapalooza this year when the headbanger-friendly music festival unveils its inaugural farmers market for hard-rock enthusiasts. Local vendors can sell there at a day rate of $50, but they'll have to watch out for flying guitars while they're hawking their plums and whatnot. 12-6 p.m. 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., www.lollapalooza.com. AUBURN BACK TO SCHOOL AUGUST 14 It's one thing for some fancy-schmancy chef to concoct sherry-glazed sturgeon for you; it's quite another to do it yourself. Chef Nemeth of the Woodmark Hotel's signature bistro, Waters, will teach you how at his upcoming summertime cooking class at Sur La Table. Corn cakes with scallion relish, anyone? $45. 6 p.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-5541. KIRKLAND AUGUST 15 If you seek education on the subject of salmon, 911 Media Arts Center has just the film for you. Net Loss: The Storm Over Salmon Farming deals with many hush-hush topics relevant to our salmon-crazed Northwest populace, including the use of "colorants" and the raising of salmon in "giant underwater cages." $6. 8 p.m. 117 Yale Ave. N., 206-682-6552. DOWNTOWN What do more than 12,000 of our state's restaurants have in common? Just a little thing called the Washington Restaurant Association. If you're a local restaurateur, you might like to attend the August meeting of the WRA's Seattle chapter. Network, bond, and stroll around EMP like you own the place, but think twice before dining at Turntable. Free. 9-10 a.m. 325 Fifth Ave. N., 800-225-7166. SEATTLE CENTER food@seattleweekly.com

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