Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE June 25-27 It's 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 June 28 Tonight, Serafina chef John Neumark whips up a meal of small plates from Carol Field's new cookbook, Italy in Small Bites. (This dinner was previously scheduled to take place at Bandol, now closed.) $95 (including copy of the book). 6:30 p.m. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE THE GRAPEVINE June 26 Wine and fishing—an odd combination? Not to the folks at Silver Lake Winery, which hosts FishFest, a celebration for those who enjoy a little angling with their vino. The event will feature a variety of food and wine as well as a fishing derby with a $1,000 prize. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Derby: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.) 11405 Silver Lake Rd., EVERETT It's summertime, and with that warmest of seasons comes an array of new wines—dry, sparkling and fruity—to complement the weather. At this afternoon's tasting, Red Apple Wine Bar will be showing off its hot new acquisitions: a collection of French summer wines. Free. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT June 27 Sit back, relax, and enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wine from the French countryside, courtesy of sommelier Arnie Millan and chef Chris Zarkades. 7 p.m. $75 (includes parking). Brasserie Margaux, Fourth Ave. and Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE BACK TO SCHOOL 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 25 Local barkeep Keith Kinsella (ex-Scott's) preaches the joys of creative cocktailing at a Cook's World class. $55. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St. (University Village), 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT 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 empowerment, bartender Dennis Brand 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 Have your pie and eat it at a South Seattle Community College pie-making class, where instructor Wendy Northcutt will teach the art of transforming fresh fruit into flavorful, flaky-crusted delights. $45. 5:30–8:30 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE June 27 There's nothing inherently heavy about Indian food; to prove the point, PCC instructor Jayesh Rao will help you put herb salad with mango vinaigrette, ginger prawns in parchment paper, and kasha pilaf with cashews, raisins, and chiles on the table this summer. $35. 1–3:30 p.m. 2749 California Ave. S.W., 206-937-8481. WEST SEATTLE June 29 Get ready for backyard barbecues at a grilling class with chef Wayne Johnson of Andaluca, who'll share the "secrets of the open flame" and teach attendees how to effectively use rubs, marinades, or the perfect blend of spices for delicious results. $50. 6 p.m. West Seattle Thriftway, 4201 S.W. Morgan St., 206-932-3855. WEST SEATTLE June 30 Think "salad" means nothing but lettuce? Think again. Carol Dearth of Rain City Cooking School teaches tonight's class devoted to embellishing your leafy greens. Her menu includes Northwest seafood salad, Thai scallop salad, and panzanella (Italian bread salad). $50. 6:30 p.m. 1883 145th Pl. S.E., 425-644-4285. BELLEVUE Tofu that tastes good? The bland white cube can become a flavorful masterpiece in the hands of the right cook, as caterer Kris Dews demonstrates at a South Seattle Community College class featuring recipes taste-tested on meat lovers and vegetarians alike. $45. 6–9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE

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