Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through spring The newly expanded "sunset supper" menu at Sapphire is inaccurately titled; it's available from 4 to 6 p.m. every weekday, though the sun doesn't set until at least seven o'clock. No matter—the Queen Anne nosh spot with Spanish roots still makes it a whale of a deal, offering three luscious courses (like gazpacho, paella, and chevre cheesecake) for a mere $16.95. And every bottle of wine is half off! $16.95. 4–6 p.m. 1625 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-281-1931. QUEEN ANNE May 5-16 Everyone loves Tuscany. It's where Florence is, and where couples bicycle romantically through seemingly endless fields of waving wildflowers. It's also where pecorino cheese and prosciutto play leading roles in the cuisine, and where ribbonlike pappardelle—the most beautifully named noodle in the world—is the pasta of choice. The folks at Il Fornaio, like Diane Lane before them, are spending a little time under the Tuscan sun with help from a two-week regional menu. Menu prices vary. 600 Pine St., 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE May 8 Alki favorite Salty's is now serving its renowned Sunday brunch on Saturdays, too, so you won't have to wait quite as long for those platefuls of Dungeness crab omelet, flapjacks, pastries, and more. $27.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors, $10.95 for children. 9:45 a.m.–2 p.m. 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 206-937-1600. ALKI BEACH May 9 Celebrate mom at Kaspar's lavish Sunday brunch, where a made-to-order omelet station awaits. Other highlights of the Mother's Day menu include smoked salmon, trout, mussels, halibut, and tuna, plus grilled kimchi salad with Asian meatballs. $35 ($18 for children 7–14). 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123. LOWER QUEEN ANNE Experience a Croatian-influenced brunch at Pogacha. Carved-to-order prime rib, honey-glazed ham, smoked salmon, prawns, clams, and—yes, indeed—another omelet station are the order of the day. $18.95 ($7.95 for children 6–11). 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 425-392-5550. ISSAQUAH May 12 Parlez-vous français? Come speak the language of Audrey Tautou at Au Bouchon's francophone night, where a half-portion menu is available in addition to the regular bill of fare. Take this opportunity to converse about French things over beautiful French cuisine while dreaming of a certain French starlet—or maybe that's just us. 7–10 p.m. 1815 N. 45th St., 206-547-5791. WALLINGFORD May 16 The only thing better than a meal created by seven talented chefs is knowing that all proceeds benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Hors d'oeuvres begin the evening, after which guests will enjoy a six-course meal created by a dream team of chefs, including former Earth & Ocean wizard Johnathan Sundstrom. $200. 5 p.m. Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-667-2980. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE May 7 Ever get confused about what kind of wine goes with which dessert? Be confused no longer, thanks to McCrea Cellars and a wine-pairing class at Lisa Dupar Catering. Taste McCrea's 2001 rosé, 2002 viognier, and 2001 syrahs. Scheduled chow includes open-faced saffron ravioli with seared salmon and mussel sauce, green olive–duck confit with potato chips, and rhubarb tart with candied ginger French cream. $65. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 18005 N.E. 68th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND May 8 Every Saturday, DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine hosts a wine tasting. This week, the event features Australian wines from d'Arenberg, whose white blends, shiraz, and cabernet sauvignon will be the highlights of the afternoon. Free. 2–4 p.m. 1435 First Ave., 206-622-0141. PIKE PLACE MARKET May 12 Feast your eyes and belly alike at Il Bistro's small vineyards wine dinner, which includes a classic antipasto platter, an insalata gorgonzola, cedar-planked salmon, and a warm chocolate-almond torte with amaretto caramel and chocolate-hazelnut ice cream. Each course will be paired with small-vineyard wines from throughout Italy. $40 for dinner; $60 includes wine. 6–9 p.m. 93A Pike St., 206-682-3049. PIKE PLACE MARKET IN THE CUP May 12 If a soothing, herbal drink is your thing, drop by the Perennial Tea Room for free sips of Chinese oolong, which occupies the taste-bud territory that lies between green and black teas. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 1910 Post Alley, 206-448-4054. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL May 8 Ever look into a European bakery and wonder who in the world actually knows how to make those intricately decorated concoctions? Learn the art of French and Danish pastries, and you can make them in your own kitchen! Taught by George de Pasquale, this class at Sur La Table will have you whipping out puff pastries, chocolate, butter, and fruit-filled croissants, and fruit danishes like none other! $50. 10 a.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND May 13 The Bon Vivant School of Cooking presents a home-made pasta class led by Louise Hasson. Learn to make various forms of pasta, then stir up some sauces to match, including Italian tomato, Alfredo, gorgonzola, and white clam. $39. 7–10 p.m. 4925 86th St., 206-525-7537. WEDGWOOD

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