Food News

October 11 - 18, 2006 (expanded from print version).

NEWS A perennial favorite, Flying Fish, won the prestigious 2006 Restaurant of the Year Award from Santé Magazine. Judged by culinary experts from both small and large restaurants across the nation, Flying Fish was named tops for quality service, innovative preparations, a strong wine list, and attention to issues of sustainability. And they offer an oyster happy hour every weeknight from 5 to 6 p.m., when all oysters are 25 cents a pop. FARM FRESH Some farmers markets are closing for the season, though fresh produce will be available at the U District location throughout the winter. This week's crop includes Thai hot chili peppers, squash vines, and Thumbelina carrots—described as "short, stubby, and sweet." These sound like the real thing, not the sandblasted variety we see packaged in plastic. They're available at the Broadway FarmersMarket, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sundays at 10th Avenue East and East Thomas Street. To locate a market in your neighborhood, visit Food and/or beverage news? E-mail 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, Oct. 12 Our sense of taste is of one of the most direct paths to memory. Well-known Indian cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey explores her family history through food in Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India. Free. 7 p.m. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400. U DISTRICT BACK TO SCHOOL Saturday, Oct. 14 - Sunday, Oct. 16 Have you noticed some sort of unidentifiable frilled fungi sprouting in your back yard? Bring it to one of the country's largest displays of freshly gathered fungi, the Puget Sound Mycological Society's 43rd Annual Wild Mushroom Exhibit, and they will identify it as edible, poisonous, or food. The exhibit features mushroom displays, guidebooks, art, and cooking demonstrations. $7 adults/ $5 students and seniors. Noon–7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 14; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 15. Sand Point /Magnuson Park, Building 406, 7400 Sand Point Way, 206-355-5221. SAND POINT DRINK UP Wednesday, Oct. 18 Learn how German immigration influenced our national palate, popularizing what we now consider our national brew, in Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer. Hosted by the Redhook Brewery, author Maureen Ogle discusses the ramifications of such statements as "the worst of all our German enemies are Pabst, Schlitz, Blatz, and Miller." Free. 7 p.m. Fourcasters Public House, 14300 145th St., 206-634-3400. WOODINVILLE Thursday, Oct. 19 Titled Pinot Envy, Fremont PCC hosts a Pinot Noir tasting, exploring the popular grape's origins and the range of wines made from it. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 600 N. 34th St. 206-547-1222. FREMONT

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