NEWS Food and/or beverage news? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Northwest food industry giant Tom Douglas talks about and signs his new cook book I Love Crab Cakes: 50 Recipes for an American Classic. Did you know there were 50 possible ways to make a crab cake? Me neither. Tom will be on hand to dish up samples, so bring your appetite! 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 10. University Book Store in Mill Creek, 15311 Main St., 425-385-3530. FARM FRESH This week's farmers markets offer fresh, local golden beets, cucumbers for pickling, field-ripened heirloom tomatoes (with such names as Rose de Berne, Tiger, and Cherokee Purple),and many types of fruit, including doughnut peaches, Mirabelle plums, and wild huckleberries. If you're cruising Lake City this Thursday between 3 and 7 p.m., check out some goodies, including locally grown and roasted peanuts, brioche from Microbakery, and spelt breads from River Organica Bakery. The Lake City Way Farmers Market is at Northeast 127th Street and 30th Avenue Northeast, behind the fire station. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Thursday, August 3 Enjoy dinner at one of nine Seattle restaurants, and a portion of your tab will provide books and reading services to kids in that restaurant's neighborhood. Sponsored by Page Ahead Children's Literacy program, Dish Up Literacy has already given away over 20,000 books this year. For a list of participating restaurants, see www.dishupliteracy.org. DRINK UP Saturday, August 5 The 32nd Annual Northwest Wine Festival joins forces with FareStart to offer a one-stop-shop wine tasting, with more than 200 wines from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The outdoor event includes dinner, fruit, cheese, and bread, as well as unlimited samples. $75/$65 members. 5–9 p.m. South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W. www.seattlewinesociety.org. WEST SEATTLE BACK TO SCHOOL Sunday, August 6 As part of Pike Place Market's Summer Sunday Chef Demo series, you'll get a chance to meet John Sundstrom of the fabulous Lark (and Licorous), who'll be on hand to demonstrate new ways to prepare cucumbers. Samples and recipes provided. Free. Noon. Tent at Pike Place and Stewart Street. DOWNTOWN Wednesday, August 9 At Bon Vivant's Celebrate Tomatoes cooking class, you'll taste a variety of market tomatoes, including exotic orange, purple, and green varieties. After the tasting, the cooking will commence, with a menu that includes pappa al pomodora (Italian tomato soup), pasta puttanesca, and tomato bread salad. $78. 7–10 p.m. To register call 206-525-7537 or visit www.bon-vivant.com. Wednesday, August 9 At this Meet the Producer cooking class, you'll meet both farmer and chef, with organic farmer Lance McCune from Full Circle Farms and chef Danielle Custer. Participants will create a roasted beet and fennel salad, a tomato and cioppolini onion phyllo pizza, zucchini soup, and for dessert, a lavender berry crisp. $45. 6 p.m. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway Ave., 206-587-5425. CAPITOL HILL For more dining events, go to the food page at www.seattleweekly.com and click on Food Files.