Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE May 19-22 No one speaks to the virtues of organic and sustainable food like chef and cookbook guru John Ash. In conjunction with the head chef at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Ash has designed a prix-fixe menu for spring that encourages diners to nurture the planet as well as themselves. In case you need more enticement, organic wine will also be available. $70. 5:30 p.m. 411 University St., 206-621-7889. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE May 25 If shrimp and chicken dishes smothered in hard-to-pronounce sauces are your kind of thing, then tonight's "tea dinner" at the K of C Hall may be your cup of . . . well, you know. The evening includes creative cuisine, massages, and delicious black teas from India and Sri Lanka, courtesy of Teaosophy. $60. 5:30–8:45 p.m. 722 E. Union, 206-355-2629. CAPITOL HILL May 27 You often hear about wine dinners, but what about beer dinners? Merchant du Vin, Pike Pub Brewery manager Rob Paul, and chef Ben Warner of Library Bistro are combining their talents in celebration of fine food and exceptional beer. The four-course meal includes entrées like citrus smoked salmon, organic baby arugula, and pan-roasted pork tenderloin. Come enjoy an evening of beer pairing at the cozy Library Bistro. $65. 6:30 p.m. 92 Madison St., 206-340-6710. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE May 21 Love wine and Indian food? Masala of India is hosting a wine dinner featuring wines of the world paired with the robust flavors and unique spices of Indian cuisine. This four-course meal will make you feel like you're dining at the Taj Mahal—or at least the scale model in Vegas. $30. Seating between 6:30–9:30 p.m. 539 Northgate Way, 206-417-1118. NORTHGATE May 22 Feel like indulging in wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction? Consider gracing this Chateau Ste. Michelle tasting—organized by local vinophile Dieter Schafer—with your jovial presence. All proceeds benefit the Alliance Francaise de Seattle. $67.50/person, $130/couple. 5:30 p.m. 14111 N.E. 145th St., 206-632-5433. WOODINVILLE May 25 Sip wines from Washington vineyards—Waterbrook, Maryhill, Avery Lane, and Barrelstone among them—and tap lightly on the fish tanks at a Seattle Aquarium tasting to benefit the nonprofit AIDS service group Multifaith Works. $50. 7:30–9:30 p.m. 1483 Alaskan Way, 206-324-1520 ext. 306. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE May 29 Did you know that South and Latin American countries make up one of the world's largest wine-producing areas? Take a trip down to South America with Esquin as they bring you gifts from the wine country of Chile and Argentina. Free. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S, 206-682-7374. SODO BACK TO SCHOOL May 22 Craving more than just black coffee in the morning? At South Seattle Community College, learn to create a variety of biscotti that can soak up your java at dawn or complement your wine in the evening. $39. 9 a.m.–noon. SSCC, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE May 25 Do you always seem to find yourself pressed up against those bakery windows down at Pike Place, eyeing the freshly baked loaves of bread? If you have carb fever, take this Cook's World class on rustic bread baking and you'll be doing your bank account a favor. Learn all about kneading, proofing, flavoring, shaping, and crusting. That's right: crusting. $46. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY VILLAGE

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