Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE JUNE 4 This morning Le Pichet welcomes Patricia Wells, food critic for the International Herald Tribune and author of seven cookbooks, including The Food Lover's Guide to Paris. Celebrate the release of her new book, The Provence Cookbook, at a luncheon and book signing; selected dishes from the cookbook will be prepared at the event. $85 (includes one copy of the book). 11:30 a.m. 1499 First Ave., 206-256-1499. BELLTOWN June 4-6 Do you like your strawberries sliced over shortcake or mixed with vanilla ice cream? Either way, you can surely appreciate the spring bounty of local strawberries at Metropolitan Market. The berries are available for sampling and purchase at the supermarket's in-house kiosks, where you can also pick up made-to-order shortcake. Samples are free. 4–7 p.m. Fri., June 4; noon–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m. Sat., June 5–Sun., June 6. 1908 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-284-2530. QUEEN ANNE; 5420 40th Ave. N.E., 206-938-6600. SAND POINT; 2320 42nd Ave. S.W., 206-937-0551. ADMIRAL June 7 Why would an established Ballard eatery suddenly offer free lunch and dinner buffets? In the case of India Bistro, it's because the restaurant—an unlikely survivor in Lutefisk Land—just turned six years old. Come get a taste of the Bistro's hand-ground curries, their tandoori lamb, chicken, and fish, and the homey warmth of their naan. Free. 11:30–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. 2301 N.W. Market St., 206-783-5080. BALLARD JUNE 7-20 Italy is known for its art, its food, and its sexy men and women. One out of three ain't bad, and that's what you'll find at Il Fornaio, whose rotating "festa regionale" menu this month focuses on Sardinia. Wine, olives, pancetta, prosciutto, pecorino, and ricotta are the staples of Sardinian cuisine, and dishes often include lamb, cheese, seafood, and saffron as well. Menu prices vary. 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs.; 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 600 Pine St. (Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE June 16 S.I.P. (Social Interactive Playtime), an extended happy hour, occurs the first and third Wednesday of each month at the W Hotel. The PR would have us believe it's the "hippest after-work spot" in town, and that guests can anticipate "the right cocktails, people, and music." Come for the $5 bar munchies created by Earth & Ocean chef Maria Hines and the identically priced "W drops" (lemon, emerald, and rose). 6–11 p.m. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE June 5 It's been suggested that drinking a glass of red wine every day is good for your heart. Venture into Woodinville Wine Country for a Willows Lodge tasting with an emphasis on Northwest wines. Rolling hills, a healthy heart, a vibrant sunset, and bottles and bottles of red and white wine—what more could you ask for? $10–$20. 5–7 p.m. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-424-3900. WOODINVILLE Spend the afternoon tasting wine on this summery Saturday. Syncline Wine Cellars bring their vino to Seattle Cellars for a tasting to include viognier, rosé, rousanne, and pinot noir. No cost to previous visitors who have retained their wine glasses. 1–4 p.m. 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN Hightower Cellars has just released its 2001 Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon; celebrate at a spring release party in Woodinville and purchase as many bottles as you want from the 600 cases produced. Free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 17721 132nd Ave. N.E., 206-550-6419. WOODINVILLE June 9 In enological circles, summer means that big, robust reds are out and sweeter, lighter wines are in. But what if you crave something other than pinot grigio? Thanks to the Seattle Wine Society, you can enjoy the versatility of rosé at an event that also includes food and a talk by sommelier David LeClaire. Come immerse yourself in light, refreshing wine that pairs exquisitely with summer foods. $25 ($15 for SWS members). 7 p.m. St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., 425-603-9558. CAPITOL HILL Rave reviews are the norm these days for 1200 Bistro, one of SW's 109 Favorite Restaurants in 2004; tonight the classy Capitol Hill eatery is cooking up a prix-fixe dinner in conjunction with Syncline Winery. Expect library wines like rosé, viognier, grenache, syrah, and late-harvest chenin paired with a mouthwatering five-course menu. $65. 7 p.m. 1200 E. Pike St., 206-320-1200. CAPITOL HILL June 12 Summer's practically here, and rosé is the latest fad in summer wine. In deference to the trend, Fremont Red Apple Wine Bar presents a Saturday tasting that features the subtle, crisp refreshment of classic French rosé. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N, 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT BACK TO SCHOOL June 7 The versatility of the sandwich is admirable, to say the least. Admire and learn as chefs Matt Janke and Eric Cannella enlighten you at a Dish It Up! class titled Sandwiches for Dinner. It seems that, as we long suspected, there's room for more than just peanut butter and jelly between two slices of bread. $65. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Our nominee for ultimate summer food: sushi. Refine your rolling skills at NuCulinary's nigiri sushi class. Led by the owner and sushi chef of Mashiko's, Hajime Sato, the course will cover the selection of seafood and vegetable fillings as well as basic cutting techniques. Bring a sharp knife and an apron, and get ready to make a masterpiece. $50. 6 p.m. Uwajimaya, 600 Fifth Ave. S, 206-932-3855. INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT June 10 Are raw foods the fountain of youth? Chef Rachelle Beauxjé seems to think so, and she'll share the details at her Intro to Raw Food II class, hosted by PCC. Beauxjé's lesson plan features dishes to nourish the body and satisfy the psyche, including watercress salad with kalamata olives and sweet tomato vinaigrette, and Italian terrine with cremini mushrooms. $35 ($30 for PCC members). 6:30–9 p.m. 7504 Aurora Ave. N., 206-545-7112. GREEN LAKE

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