Food News

June 21-28

News Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Two of the Pacific Northwest's most-respected foodie mags have just announced a merger: the 20-year-old culinary magazine Northwest Palate will join forces with the Oregon Wine Report, retaining the name Northwest Palate. For three years, author Patricia Klindienst dug into the world of immigrant, native, and ethnic American gardeners, researching The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture & Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic America. She appears at Elliott Bay Book Co. at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, and at Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor Book Co. at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Farm Fresh This week's fresh crop includes baby Walla Walla sweet onions, horseradish, hothouse heirloom tomatoes, and sugar snap peas. Check out a comprehensive list of farmers market locations and hours, at Drink Up Thursday, June 29 If wine tastings are not quite your thing, this four-course Mac and Jack's brewmaster dinner might be more your speed. The menu features shrimp ceviche paired with Hefeweizen, Dungeness cab with IPA, and Kobe beef Salisbury steak (almost an oxymoron) accompanied by African Amber. Finish with chocolate cake and a porter. $30. 6:30 p.m. Sport Restaurant and Bar, 140 Fourth Ave., Suite 130, 206-404-7767, DOWNTOWN Back to School Sunday, June 25 Don Curtiss of Ballard's Volterra restaurant visits Pike Place Market to give a free cooking demo featuring pea vines, following a brief talk by a Market farmer introducing the vine. Farmer/chef demos on featured crops take place all summer (every Sunday at noon) until Sept. 24, featuring chefs from Lark, the Herbfarm, and Le Gourmand. Free. Pike Place at Stewart Street. DOWNTOWN Sunday, June 25 Private chef Jason Vickers, whom Porcella Urban Market owner Kelly Gaddis calls "charismatic, funny and covered in tattoos," will teach a lucky group how to cook traditional Moroccan food. The lesson menu includes spiced tagine of chicken with basmati rice, bugulama (steamed bulgur and greens), and su muhallebifi (milk pudding with crushed pistachios). A traditional Moroccan tea service will be provided as well. $50. 4:30 p.m. Porcella Urban Market, 10245 Main St. 425-286-0080, BELLEVUE Thursday, June 29 Mmmm, chocolate! The Berkeley-based chocolatier Scharffen Berger (recently purchased by Hershey) offers a chocolate and wine tasting at Whole Foods. Scharffen Berger co-founder Robert Steinberg and Whole Foods wine expert Scott Rice will pair chocolate with red dessert wines, and you'll get a chance to nibble a rich dessert. 6:30–8 p.m. $25. Whole Foods Market, Roosevelt Square, 1026 N.E. 64th St. 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT On the Plate Wednesday, June 21 Canlis executive chef Aaron Wright and winemaker Steve Doerner of Willamette Valley's Cristom Winery combine talents for a taste tour through no fewer than six dinner courses and a sumptuous selection of Cristom wines. "Sipping Summer" will be hosted by master sommelier Shayn Bjornholm in Canlis' exclusive private penthouse dining room. See you there, dahling. $125. 6:30 p.m. 2576 Aurora Ave. N. 206-298-9550. QUEEN ANNE On the other end of the culinary spectrum, Taco Del Mar gives away free tacos today. The burrito chain welcomes summer by promoting its new Beach taco, a 4-inch tortilla filled with fish, pork, beef, chicken, or beans, laced with cilantro, pico de gallo, and lime. Free. 2 p.m. to closing. All Taco Del Mar locations. NATIONWIDE

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