Food Files

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE July 11 The new kid on the Fremont block, 35th Street Bistro, hosts a prix-fixe dinner devoted to Veneto, an Italian region known for its wine and rustic cuisine. $25. 5:30–10 p.m. 709 N. 35th St., 206-547-9850. FREMONT July 12 Now man's best friend may join him at the dinner table, thanks to Three Dog Bakery's Dine With Your Dog summer series at the Islander. Pups will sup on a four-course feast including yappetizers, baked doggy food, an entrée, and a selection from the Bakery's dessert tray. Proceeds benefit the Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Subsequent Dine With Your Dog evenings: July 27, Aug. 9, and Aug. 24. $10. 7 p.m. 96 Union St., 206-364-9999. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE July 16–18 Immerse yourself in Seattle's restaurant culture at the Bite of Seattle. With cooking demos, food samples galore, and a beer-and-wine garden, the Bite offers endless escape from boredom and hunger. Free. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. Seattle Center, SEATTLE CENTER July 21 Boomtown Cafe's monthly Evening at Boomtown fund-raiser features olive-crusted Alaskan halibut and key lime pie—both from visiting chef Kevin Davis of the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Those are just two of the treats a $20 donation to feed the disenfranchised will assure you. 5:30–8 p.m. 513 Third Ave., 206-625-2989. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE THE GRAPEVINE 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 Want a head start on the Rhone Rangers tasting? The night before the event, Fish Club will host a six-course dinner that includes Rhone Rangers wine pairings; tickets to the main event are half off for those who attend this preview tasting. $80. 7 p.m. Seattle Marriot Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way, 206-256-1040. WATERFRONT July 11 Pellini teams up with small vineyards for a seven-course feast featuring wines from family-owned U.S. vineyards. $75. 6 p.m. Seattle Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St., 206-267-2201. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE July 17 Appreciate the finer elements of life at the Red Apple Wine Bar's artful wining celebration. Gaze at the new art adorning the walls while sipping an assortment of rosés. Free. 7–8:30 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT The people of Oregon believe in full-service gas stations and no sales tax. They also believe in winemaking, which is why Esquin Wine Merchants is holding a tasting dedicated to Oregon wines ("so much more than pinot noir. . . . "). Free. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO July 17–18 Partying, dining, and brunching—not to mention a whole lotta sipping—are crucial elements of Yakima's yearly Grand Vin! celebration, a weekend orgy of vinophilia that ranks among our state's most prominent wine events. $225/person. Arrival at 4 p.m. on Saturday; dinner at 7 p.m. (Morning-after brunch at a time to be announced.) DeAtley Estate (call for address), 206-285-0514. YAKIMA July 20 Ever dream of being served dinner by a famous chef, al fresco, in the countryside? Tonight's Guest Chef Under the Stars FareStart benefit at Columbia Winery includes a multicourse meal, with each course prepared by a different Seattle chef and paired with a Columbia wine. $150. 6–9 p.m. 14030 N.E. 145th St., 206-267-6224. WOODINVILLE BACK TO SCHOOL July 10 Ndizi na kunde ya nazi. Don't know what it means? Find out this morning at PCC, where instructor Njambi Gishiru will teach 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 pm. Dish It Up!, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800. MAGNOLIA Why order Chinese take-out 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 Fighting the summer heat takes a cool head—and cool dessert. While keeping the former is up to you, the latter is easy to come by, thanks to Wendy Northcutt's summer dessert course at South Seattle Community College. Learn to concoct berry cake roulade and cherry-chocolate shortcakes, then take 'em home and eat 'em in your hammock. $43. 5:30–8:30 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE July 17 This morning, Jim Drohman of Le Pichet leads a tour of Pike Place Market. Tag along as he peruses the many produce, meat, and dairy stands, then prepares a glorious lunch with fresh Market ingredients. $65. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Market Heritage Center, 1531 Western Ave., 206-682-7453. PIKE PLACE MARKET

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