Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE June 19 Kick off the pagan holiday Fremont-style at 35th Street Bistro's Solstice brunch. Fill up at the buffet, complete with fizzes and bellinis, then wander down to the parade. $7.50 (drinks not included). 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 709 N. 35th St., 206-547-9850. FREMONT June 20 With a panoramic view of Mount Rainier, made-to-order omelets, a buffet for kids, and two 18-hole public courses, the Calcutta Grill at the Golf Club at Newcastle makes a fine destination for the family this Father's Day. $29.95 per adult, $14.95 per child. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 15500 Six Penny Lane, 425-793-4646. NEWCASTLE June 25–27 Pride weekend is also Taste of Tacoma time at Point Defiance Park. The most expensive entrée costs $5. Come taste food from all over the world and stroll around the craft booths, or catch a live concert while you eat. Free admission. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 5400 N. Pearl St., 425-283-5050. TACOMA THE GRAPEVINE June 18 Palisade restaurant kicks off its 2004 winemakers dinner series with Argyle Winery. Founder Rollin Soles will be sharing his knowledge of wine over a five-course, Polynesian-inspired dinner. $90. 6 p.m. 2601 W. Marina Pl., 206-285-5865. MAGNOLIA June 21 Eat, drink, and be merry when Serafina hosts a dinner with Italian winemaker Erik Banti to celebrate the Solstice. The five-course Tuscan menu, which includes prosciutto, grilled quail, and lamb, will be paired with Banti wines. $85. 6:30 p.m. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE BACK TO SCHOOL June 19 Thanks to PCC, your children can start on the path to culinary greatness. Taught by a genuine preschool teacher, the grocery store's family cooking class will show the little ones how to bake cinnamon rolls, mix a banana-berry smoothie, and spread almond butter on toast. $25 for PCC members; $30 general admission. 10–11:30 a.m. 2749 California Ave. S.W., 206-937-8481. WEST SEATTLE June 23 Put Martha Stewart to shame (if that's still possible) with the help of catering chef Hope Sandler, who'll show you how to make impressive, delicious entertainment fare. Learn time-saving tips and tricks to make entertaining more fun than stressful. $39. 7–10 p.m. Bon Vivant, 4925 N.E. 86th St., 206-525-7537. MATTHEWS BEACH June 26 Tired of going out to bars and getting ogled by boys and overcharged for drinks? It's clearly time to learn how to mix your own cocktails. To aid you in your self-realization, Dennis Brand—Seattle's best bartender, according to Seattle magazine—will draw upon his extensive knowledge of mojitos, martinis, and margaritas at a Dish It Up! class. $70. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. WEST SEATTLE

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