Food News

November 29 - December 6, 2006 (expanded from print version).

News Cafe Solstice, which began as an espresso cart in front of Angel's on Broadway 15 years ago, has opened its second store location in Seward Park. The new space allows for an expanded bakery, and welcomes a whole new community of stroller-pushing young families, a change compared to the clientele at the U District locale. Cafe Solstice, 5028 Wilson Ave. S., 206-721-0111. Seattle's favorite quality box-wine, Tindindi, is back in town, available at McCarthy-Schiering, Grape Expectations, Thrift Way, Red Apple, Whole Foods, and select QFC and Top Foods stores. Open a spigot of either Australian shiraz or chardonnay (both 2005), for a great (and inexpensive) sip. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Farm Fresh This week, you'll find a veritable cornucopia of vegetables at the farmers markets, from broccoli to beets to Jerusalem artichokes. Visit the University District Market, open year round, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., at the corner of University Way Northeast and Northeast 50th Street. To find a market close to you, visit Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Back to School Thursday, November 30 Visit the Bellevue Whole Foods for Mythbusting in the Kitchen: Food Science 101.For those of you who have grown up on mythical what-to-dos (and not do) in the kitchen, this class challenges to bring your favorite cooking myths, and put them to the test. $25. 6–8:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425.462.1400, ext. 0,, BELLEVUE DRINK UP Thursday, November 30 A wine-tasting with a view of Elliott Bay. In Gems from Southern France, wine educator Dieter Schafer offers a tasting of six wines. $12 includes light hors d'oeuvres. 4–6 p.m., Portfolio Restaurant, Art Institute of Seattle, 2600 Alaskan Way, 206-239-2363, DOWNTOWN Friday, December 1 In honor of World AIDS Day, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) hosts a fund-raising cocktail party in the swank W Hotel lobby. Drink and nosh for a good cause. $25 minimum donation, includes two cocktails and appetizers. 6–8 p.m., W Hotel, 1112 4th Ave., 206-763-8885. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, December 5 Two great tastes that taste great together: Champagne and Chocolate. A tasting of Piper-Heidsieck Champagnes with fine artisan chocolates. Perhaps you'd like a bit of a head start on what to get your favorite foodies for the holidays, or you just can't resist a bit of bubbly and some dark, rich, chocolatey goodness. $40 members/$45. 5:30 p.m., Graham & Dunn PC (a law firm), Pier 70, 2801 Alaskan Way, Ste. 300, WATERFRONT On the Plate Monday, December 4 As part of the Cooks and Books visiting chef series, Union hosts Oregon winemaker Susan Sokol Blosser, who created some of the first award-winning pinot noir to emerge from the Willamette Valley, and wrote At Home in the Vineyard: Cultivating a Winery, an Industry, and a Life. You'll enjoy a four-course dinner created by chef Ethan Stowell with such items as roasted veal, braised short ribs, and baby beet salad, paired with Sokol Blosser wines. 6 p.m. $90 includes a copy of the book. Union, 1400 First Avenue, 206-838-8000. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, December 5 Billed as the Ultimate Holiday Cookbook Social, this chef demo and tasting event features several big names, including host Tom Douglas (Dahlia Lounge, etc), with Thierry Rautureau (Rover's), Fran Bigelow (Fran's Chocolates), and Charles Ramseyer (Ray's Boathouse). These Seattle celebrity chefs will prepare signature dishes, offer samples, and sign cookbooks. $15 includes two drink tickets. 4–7 p.m., Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave., 206- 448-2001, DOWNTOWN For expanded food coverage, see Visit the Food page and click on Food Files.

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