For many months, Puget Sound oyster beds have been closed, infected with a bacteria (specifically, Vibrio parahaemolticus) making them inedible. For those going into withdrawal, oysters harvested from Totten Inlet (in southern Puget Sound) have been given a clean bill of health by the Washington Department of Health. Slurp up.
Neighbor to such well-known wineries as Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery, that area's first high-end retail wine shop, VinElla, recently opened in Woodinville. VinElla provides selections crafted by its famous neighbors, as well as smaller local producers, including Fort Walla Walla Cellars. More info at www.vinellawines.com.
The fresh, local produce at this week's farmers markets includes many goodies one might more readily associate with summer, including Belle of Georgia peaches, Honey-Nectar Peach Cots (an apricot, nectarine, and white peach hybrid), and Romanesco Broccoli—described as "alien-looking lime green cauliflower." Just the thing to offer the picky eater in your family. These and other marvels of nature (and hybridization) are available at the Columbia City Farmers Market, 3–7 p.m. Wednesdays at Rainier Avenue South at South Alaska Street. To locate a market in your neighborhood, visit dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/farmers_markets.htm.
Puget Sound Fresh, in collaboration with Washington State University, puts on its annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour this Saturday. Tours of 25 King County farms will include activities like meet the animals, "U-pick" pumpkins, a crash course in beekeeping, and a guest chef demo with Johnathan Sundstrom of Lark. Free, suggested $10 donation per vehicle. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 206-205-3206. For venue information, visit: www.king.wsu.edu/foodandfarms/HarvestCelebration.html
Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.
Back to School
Sunday, October 8
The Food Filer has been struggling to create homemade Indian curries. For years. If you're similarly challenged, this class might be for you: Indian Cooking: The Basics from a Native. Chef Jayesh Rao will explore the use of Indian spices and techniques in hands-on lessons that promise to expand your culinary repertoire. $55. 4:30–7:30 p.m. To register call 206-528-8192 or visit www.cooksworld.com.
On the Plate
Who knew that a Sausage Fest has been going on in Everett for 30 years? If you've been praying for assistance with all those sausage-eating contest near-wins, you might getting a better hearing here—the festival is held on the hallowed grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. And there'll be an Elvis-tribute artist. What more could you want? Free. Noon–midnight Fri., Oct. 6–Sat., Oct. 7, noon–7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 8. 2619 Cedar St., 425-314-2037. EVERETT