Food News

October 18 - 25, 2006 (expanded from the print version).

News Crémant offers some unusual specials this month, with a nod toward Halloween ghoulishness: roasted marrow bones and blood sausage. Whole Foods must have picked up our best-of issue, in which grocery stores were named the No. 1 pickup spot. Whole Foods is staging a Halloween singles event in the Bellevue store (at 888 116th Ave. N.E.). Costumed shoppers on Halloween Eve (Monday, Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m.) will display ribbons to let other shoppers know that they're looking: red if you're looking to meet a woman, blue if you're looking to meet a man. A costume contest ensues, with a $100 gift card for the winner. OK, I know, it's Bellevue. Still, it's a Monday. Don't you have a great costume that you'd like to wear twice? Farm Fresh This week's fresh crop includes chanterelles and matsutake mushrooms (a favorite with Iron Chef), as well as taste-test winning apples: Cox's Orange Pippin and Braeburn.Check out the West Seattle FarmersMarket, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sundays at the corner of Southwest Alaska Street and 44th Avenue Southwest. To locate a market in your neighborhood, visit Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. On the Plate October 24–29 Dinner theater reaches new heights as the Oceanaire Seafood Room creates themed three-course meals to tempt the crowd at the nearby Paramount Theatre. Molly Ringwald plays the title role in the upcoming traveling production of Sweet Charity, a nightclub dancer looking for love. Still putting the finishing touches on the Sweet Charity menus, chef Eric Donnelly plans to go for "racier menu items" like pasta puttanesca and "sexy desserts." Hey big spender, you won't break the bank here. $35. 700 Seventh Ave. 206-267-BASS, DOWNTOWN Saturday, October 28 All-you-can-eat oysters for just $25? Sounds like a great way to while away a fall afternoon, with the little critters served on the half shell, fried, baked, or stewed. Flying Fish hosts an Oyster Open House, introducing bivalve aficionados to local growers on-site, shucking harvests from Taylor Shellfish Farms, Wallin's Shellfish and Clams, and the Marinelli Shellfish and Hama Hama companies. $25. 1–4 p.m. 2234 First Ave., 206-728-8595. DOWNTOWN Back to School Saturday, October 21 Just as everyone around you seems to be getting the sniffles, Bastyr University offers a class in Kitchen Medicine for Colds & Flu. Learn how to create home remedies, from steams and teas to syrups, using ingredients found in most kitchens. $49. 9 a.m.–1 p.m.14500 Juanita Dr. N.E., 425-602-3075. KENMORE Food and/or beverage news? E-mail

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