Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Through mid-July Though it may seem like Pagliacci trots out a new promotion every week, there's just no resisting the Walla Walla sweet onions. The all-singing, all-dancing Seattle pizzeria chain is offering free Wallas² on any pie ordered during the next two weeks. Prices vary. 423 E. Pike St. (and all Pagliacci locations), 206-652-0877. VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS July 4 What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with good food and a spectacular view? Tonight, Waterfront Seafood Grill is serving a three-course dinner—including shrimp and arugula salad and something called "seafood bacchanalia for two"—to complement Seattle's fireworks show. $50–$100/person (depending on entrée). 4–10 p.m. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171. WATERFRONT July 8 The season that seafood fiends have been waiting for is finally on the horizon, thanks to the arrival of Stella's Trattoria and Trattoria Mitchelli's Mussel Mania celebration. Dine early and often, before these shellfish-heavy menus head back out to sea. Mitchelli, 84 Yesler Way, 206-623-3883. DOWNTOWN; Stella's, 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., 206-633-1100. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT July 14 Refine your midday routine with a stop at the Perennial Tea Room for a Wednesday tea tasting. Sample Nilgiri Indian Black Tea, Barnes and Watson Tahitian blend, and an herbal Hawaiian rooibos. Free. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 1910 Post Alley, 206-448-4054. DOWNTOWN In honor of Bastille Day, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution, Maximilien will serve a traditional, three-course Bastille Day dinner this evening. $35. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 81A Pike Street, 206-682-7270. DOWNTOWN. THE GRAPEVINE July 3 Shout "¡Ay!" and come to a sangria tasting this afternoon at the Red Apple Market. Besides the refreshing wine-and-fruit concoction itself, assorted sangria recipes—great for summer parties—will be on offer today. 3–6 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT July 9 Tonight's Tablas Creek wine dinner at Brasa pairs Oregon rabbit, sea scallops, and Sonoma duck— prepared in the sumptuous style of chef Tamara Murphy—with 2001 and 2002 vintages. $75. 7 p.m. 2107 Third Ave., 206-728-4220. BELLTOWN July 9–10 Susan and Bob Neel of McCrea Cellars will visit with guests as part of July's winemaker dinners. Wines from McCrea will be paired with a four-course menu that includes seared rainbow trout and grilled pork loin. $40. Earth & Ocean, 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060. DOWNTOWN BACK TO SCHOOL 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 July 7 Let Barking Frog chef Tom Black teach you summer entertaining secrets to guarantee you instant popularity. Learn to make crab and scallop beignets with red pepper and caper remoulade, petite Hamma Hamma oyster po' boys, and Jerusalem artichoke chips with wild mushroom spread. $60. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Dish it Up!, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA As though by alchemy, the grill can bring out subtle flavors that meat and vegetables might otherwise never exude. Coax latent shades of epicurean delight out of hiding at Bon Vivant's grilling class, where Tuscan grilled prawns, grilled chicken with goat cheese and mesclun salad, and grilled trout with Catalan sauce are among the dishes du jour. $39. 7–10 p.m. 4925 N.E. 86th St., 206-525-7537. MATTHEWS BEACH July 10 Ndizi na kunde ya nazi. Don't know what it means? Time to learn. This morning at PCC, instructor Njambi Gishiru teaches the art of East African cooking, including ndizi (plaintains in red bean and coconut sauce) and mchuzi wa adesi (lentil and bean curry). All dishes are vegan. $35. 10 a.m.–noon. Puget Consumers Co-op, 2749 California Ave. S.W., 206-937-8481. WEST SEATTLE Chef Christine Keff shares her love of salmon at this morning's Flying Fish class. $55. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. BELLTOWN July 12 Matt's in the Market chefs Matt Janke and Erik Cannella are well schooled in the art of big salads. On the pedagogical program: smoked catfish salad with pecans, nectarines, and smoked chili vinaigrette; bread salad with heirloom tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and cornichons; and seared albacore tuna Niçoise. $55. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Dish It Up!, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Why order Chinese takeout when you can learn to make your very own egg rolls, hot and sour soup, fried rice, and other Chinese specialties at a Cook's World class? Why, indeed. $46. 6:30–9:30 p.m. 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

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