Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE APRIL 21 Boomtown, the nonprofit cafe that offers Seattle's homeless affordable and healthy meals in a comfortable atmosphere, hosts Barking Frog Restaurant at its monthly "Evening at Boomtown" fund-raising dinner. Hanger steak and gorgonzola bread pudding should lure you in; the minimum donation of $20 goes directly to Boomtown. Seating from 5:30–8 p.m. 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE April 23–24 Asparagus-lovers will be excited that the Vintner's Inn will fulfill their every fantasy! A seven-course dinner is planned that uses Washington asparagus as the prominent ingredient in every mouthful. Enjoy the homegrown goodness and delicious recipes; just be prepared for a unique dessert! $27.99/person. 6 p.m. 1520 Sheridan Ave., 1-800-727-6702. PROSSER april 27 Escort Spring in with the Festa di Flora at Serafina, Eastlake's rustic Italian restaurant and bar. Honor Flora, the ancient Roman goddess of the garden, with handcrafted wines from Northwest vineyards and an assortment of foods ranging from brushetta to roasted quail to braised beef short ribs. $85/person. 2043 Eastlake Avenue E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE THE GRAPEVINE april 23–25 You don't need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy a sip of carefully crafted Eastern Washington wine. Even a novice can appreciate all that Claar Cellars has to offer, which is why this winery is inviting both beginning and advanced drinkers to its Spring Barrel Tasting. The combination of rich wine, hopefully lovely weather, and the peaceful valley promises an enjoyable weekend. 1001 Vintage Valley Parkway, 509-829-6810. ZILLAH April 24 April is Washington Wine Month; therefore you have every excuse to stop by Fremont Red Apple Market & Wine Bar and experience notable wines from both Woodward Canyon and their second label of Nelms Road. Both promise to be delicious, and the only thing better than tasting wine in the afternoon is tasting the newest vintages for free! 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. North, 206-633-3663. FREMONT April 24-25 Olympic Women in Wine is holding a 25th-anniversary gala celebration at their winery on the Olympic Peninsula. Expect wine tasting, music from various local artists, and displays with "vintage" pictures and winery memorabilia. Saturday night there will be a "Vintage Ball" with music, hors d'oeuvres, and wine (of course). $25/person ($20 with Olympic Cellars wine club membership). 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Olympic Cellars, 255410 Highway 101, 360-452-0160. PORT ANGELES IN THE MUG april 21 When a bar turns 70 it's truly cause for celebration, which is exactly why the Blue Moon Tavern will be overflowing with beer and cheer as it wraps up a week-long anniversary gala. Expect "tax-relief specials" on drinks, along with the musical talents of various bands (not to mention your tipsy friends—who can resist that open mike?). Tip a few back with the eight-foot Hammered Man statue, throw some peanuts on the floor, or participate in the Blue Moon Urban Hiking Club and help reach the eight-mile/four-tavern goal. 712 N.E. 45th St., 206-675-8320. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT BACK TO SCHOOL April 21 Finally, a class for those of you who can boil noodles, but haven't quite mastered the art of sauces. Tonight the essential "Mastering Sauces" class will enlighten you on how to concoct a variety of sauces: braised artichoke sauce, tomato sauce with arugula and black olives, asparagus and mushroom sauce, and braised fennel and bitter greens sauce with balsamic vinegar. Impress the guests at your next dinner party with these extravagant sauces. $45. Sur La Table, 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND april 24 In the words of Chef Birnbaum and Chef McClure, it's time you learned to make "damn good food and have some serous fun." Check out this cooking class designed for those with a taste for New Orleans, steamed local clams, and chocolate. The whole package includes recipes, instructions, lunch, and wine, so there is no excuse to miss this. $50/person. Sazerac Restaurant 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-624-7755. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE april 25 Some Indian and Pakistani cuisine is so easy that kids can make their own. Kids ages 6-16 are invited to try their hands at making Indian rice pudding, Tandoori chicken, yogurt soup, and more in this hands-on class. $50. Sur La Table, 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND April 28 Chicken and tomatillo enchiladas seem perfect for a spring evening, especially when paired with smoky ancho chilies, pineapple, and fresh tomatillos. Imagine enjoying these delicacies in your own kitchen, which is possible with a few tips from Grace's Interactive Cooking class called the Richness of Heat and Sweet. This hands-on class in Grace's Kitchen explores savory dishes, and if you tend to fumble around food classes can be reserved for private groups of 6–12 people. $60/person. 6–8 p.m. 2821-C N.W. Market St., 206-297-3663. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

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