Food News

November 1 - 8, 2006 (expanded from print version).

News The downtown Whole Foods Market opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, with a bread breaking ceremony; a 4- to 6-foot long baguette will be torn into, before the crowds spill into the store to sample the wares. Also opening in the 2200 Westlake Ave. Vulcan complex (in addition to snazzy condos—talk about "whole paycheck"!) is Koots Green Tea, the second stateside location for this Japanese tea emporium (after Bellevue), which will offer such strange new delicacies as matcha lattes (made from young gyokuro green tea leaves), as well as hand-rolled sushi. With the holiday season fast upon us, new cookbooks are thick on the ground. Two local cooks team up for their fourth cookbook: Northwest Holiday Cooking with Sharon Kramis & Julie Kramis Hearne. With shared experience at both the Herbfarm and the California Culinary Academy in Napa Valley, this powerhouse pair dishes it up, just in time for your ambitious holiday cooking plans. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Free. Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Ave. BREMERTON Jonathan Reynolds presents his culinary memoir Wrestling With Gravy. "Food, somehow, is about all of the big issues—romance, rejection, love, sex, identity, grandmothers, families, time, and none of them: that, finally, it's just dinner," says Bill Buford, author of Heat. Reynolds reads at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Third Place Books. Free. 17171 Bothell Way N.E. 206-366-3333. LAKE FOREST PARK Also at Third Place Books, N.Y.C.-based Southern transplants Matt and Ted Lee visit to talk about their fat new cookbook, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, featuring such Southern delicacies as Kentucky burgoo (a stew which traditionally includes bear, deer, and squirrel) as well as better-known Southern treats like pecan pie and grits. Their signing includes a cooking demo, so you can nibble some of the recipes included in their encyclopedic book. Free. 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7. For the tea fancier, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel now serves organic blooming teas, offeringa visual treat in your cup. Tea leaves, flowers, and herbs are tied into bundles that unfurl as they steep. Flavor combinations include white tea with amaranth flowers, chrysanthemum and green tea, and lavender with hibiscus. As part of a full tea service, the teas are accompanied by sweets, scones, and tea sandwiches, all for $38. Tea service is available weekday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 inside the hotel lounge, located downtown at 411 University Street. Perhaps a perfect afternoon trip for the holiday season—maybe your nana is coming to town? Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Farm Fresh This week's crop of fresh local produce includes pluots (a plum/apricot hybrid), sorrel, spinach and squash vines, and, to get you in the holiday mood, chestnuts. Visit the Broadway Farmers Market on Sundays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at 10th Avenue East and East Thomas Street. To find 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. DRINK UP Wednesday, November 8 A Greek orthodox church hosts a Tuscan wine tasting put on by the Seattle Wine Society, titled Paradise Found. $33/$23 members. 7–9 p.m. St. Demetrious Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., 206-621-9463. CAPITOL HILL Back to School Thursdays, November 2 and 9 Martha would be proud. In this two-part class, you'll Transform Your Cookies into Works of Art. Just in time for the holiday season, learn to concoct edible watercolor and tempera-painted cookies. Small comestible canvases for the artistically inspired? Try your hand at cookie decorating, including icing and piping techniques. $69 plus $18 for materials. 6–9 p.m. South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., WEST SEATTLE

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