Food News for April 19-26

What and where to eat on Earth Day, and more.

News Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis will sign and talk about her new cookbook, Giada's Family Dinners—featuring casual, Italian-style family recipes—at noon Wednesday, April 26 at Sur La Table in Kirkland, 90 Central Way, and at 7:30 p.m. that day at the University Bookstore in Mill Creek, 15311 Main St. Info: Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas has redesigned its Web site,, to include a virtual tea garden and tips about the health benefits of organic tea cultivation. Their site's "Choice Guide to Tea" gives notes about tasting and brewing tea as well as flavor profiles on teas from around the world. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. On the Plate Ongoing Andaluca chef Wayne Johnson began working with Williamson Farms last month to offer select cuts of 100 percent grass-fed pure Angus beef—the results being superior taste and superior health benefits. 407 Olive Way, 206-382-6999, or DOWNTOWN Through April Shhhhh—it's word-of-mouth only. Wait, now we're putting it in print! Morton's the Steakhouse is offering steak and seafood for two for $89. The super deal includes two fillets, choice of shrimp or crab cake, salad, a potato side, veggies, and chocolate cake or crème brûlée. Go now! 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550, DOWNTOWN Through April Sax in the city! Every Friday in April, a different horn player will accompany pianist Victor Janusz and bassist Tim Koss at Salty's on Alki. No cover. 8–11 p.m. 1936 Harbor Ave., 206-937-1600, or WEST SEATTLE Wednesday, April 19, through Saturday, April 22 The Contábellas, Can Can restaurant's dance troupe, performs nightly from 7 to 10 p.m. with no cover. The Kitchen Syncopators ( take the stage at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday with an $8 showroom cover. 94 Pike St., 206-652-0832, PIKE PLACE Friday, April 21 The Buddy Catlett Trio plays during Jazz and Sushi Friday (every week through April and beyond) at Hiroshi's Restaurant. No cover. 7:30–10 p.m. 2501 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-726-4966, or EASTLAKE Sunday, April 23 Celebrate Earth Day with fellow foodies, a sustainable menu created entirely from local ingredients, a discussion about where our food comes from, and information about the local program to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel. The event, hosted by the Seattle Chapter of Chefs Collaborative and Organic Valley, includes a silent auction. All money raised will support a scholarship fund for Quillisascut Farm School. $40. 6–8:30 p.m. Agua Verde Paddle Club and Cafe, 1303 N.E. Boat St., 206-669-1387, UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Sunday, April 23 Do Shakespeare proud and celebrate his birthday in a truly English way. The Perennial Tea Room offers samples of Tregothnan tea from Tregothnan Garden in Cornwall throughout the day as well as a variety of English biscuits. It's the first shop in the U.S. to sell the unique tea. Free. 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. 1910 Post Alley, 206-448-4054. PIKE PLACE MARKET Wednesday, April 26 Forget Starbucks, get a real power breakfast. First Place, a service agency that helps children and families who are in transition due to crises, holds its 11th annual breakfast to raise funds to offer these children education, nutritious meals, clothing, transportation, school supplies, and counseling. Greg Shaw of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will speak. Suggested donation $200. 7:30–8:30 a.m. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-323-6715, DOWNTOWN The Grapevine Thursday, April 20 Taste a section of wines from the Iberian Peninsula. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. Fremont PCC, 600 N. 34th St., 206-632-6811, Also West Seattle PCC, 2749 California Ave., 206-937-8481. Thursday, April 20 Did you know mold is a key ingredient in making certain types of wine? Hmmm. Learn (hopefully more appetizing?) tidbits like this when wine expert Naomi Smith presents "The Art of Wine." Learn to read a wine label, analyze wine ratings, and pair wine with food, then sample five different wines and cheeses. $35. 7 p.m. Cafe Darclée, 100 Fourth Ave. N., 425-246-8308, LOWER QUEEN ANNE Thursday, April 20 Jeff Omalanz-Hood provides "lips-on" training about shiraz (also known as syrah), Australia's most popular specialty wine. The class emphasizes the wine's connection to place and culture. $39. 7–9 p.m. Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-533-6700, SHORELINE Saturday, April 22 If you liked to make kamikazes as a kid (you know, where you mix every kind of soda pop from the dispenser in your cup), check out the Tasting Room's popular wine blending class. Don Corson, winemaker and owner of Camaraderie Cellars, highlights the benefits of blending different wine varieties as well as the same varieties from different vineyards. $25/single, $40/couple. 1924 Post Alley, 206-770-9463, PIKE PLACE MARKET Friday, April 28 Kaspar's presents the Cedargreen Cellars Winemaker's Dinner, featuring Kevin Cedargreen and a five-course meal. $70. 7 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123. QUEEN ANNE Back to School Wednesday, April 19 Learn to make a romantic dinner, with sensual nibbles that are guided by taste, fragrance, and textures. The menu includes wild mushroom and Gruyère tart, boneless lamb loin, silken truffle mashed potatoes, and a dark-chocolate cake with vanilla bean crème anglaise. $45. 6–9 p.m. Seattle Central Community College, Room BE 2119, 1701 Broadway, 206-587-5425, CAPITOL HILL Thursday, April 20 Tour Phuket, sans the white beaches. Chef Pranee demonstrates how to make pan-fried garlic pork tenderloin, cellophane noodle salad with peanuts and pork, fish in Thai sweet and sour soup, beef in phanang curry, and mixed fruit salad. $65. 6–8:30 p.m. Dish It Up!, 2425 33rd Ave. W., 206-281-7800, MAGNOLIA Saturday, April 22 Chef Paul Kirk—Kansas City's "Baron of Barbecue"—shows why he's the seven-time world barbecue champion at a grilling demonstration of tricks and techniques. He's the author of four barbecue cookbooks, an industry spokesperson, and a recurring member of Julia Child's Barbecue Team of 10. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Aqua Quip store, 4608 Custer Road W., Lakewood, 253-474-0767, LAKEWOOD Wednesday, April 26 Nothing makes me angrier than when my dining partner commingles the mustard and ketchup when dipping the barbecued pork—thank goodness I can learn to make my own Chinese appetizers and eat them all by myself in Bon Vivant's class. Egg rolls, pearl meatballs, Chinese chicken wings, steamed dumplings, steamed buns with sausage, and dipping sauces are also on the menu. $78 (or sign up for larger cooking packages). 7–10 p.m. Private home in Seattle, 206-525-7537, SEATTLE

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