Food News

December 6 - 13, 2006 (expanded from print version).

News Osteria La Spiga is scheduled to open its new 12th Avenue location on Dec. 11, with a menu inspired by chef Sabrina Tinsley's recent trip to Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. The menu features such tempting treats as truffle-infused egg with micro greens, prosciutto crudo, and grilled venison with mustard chutney. Osteria La Spiga's new home is in the 1920's Piston & Ring Building at 1429 12th Ave., a newly remodeled space that promises a bit of old-world charm. Farm Fresh Despite the recent inclement weather, our local farmers markets offer a bevy of strange and unusual produce, from micro-green mixes (radish tops, arugula, and Black Italian cabbage) to Hedgehog and Yellowfoot mushrooms and Pink Lady apples. Visit the West Seattle Market, Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at the corner of Southwest Alaska Street and 44th Avenue Southwest. This market is closed after Dec. 17 but reopens Jan. 7 with winter hours, Sundays 10 a.m.–1 p.m. until Feb. 25. 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. Drink Up Thursday, December 7 Enjoy an evening of French bubbly, delicious foodstuffs, to the tunes of Parisian accordion music at Cafe Campagne's Everything but Champagne Fête. Offered are an assortment of, not champagnes, but sparkling wines, from Limoux, Alsace, and the Jura. The menu includes a smoked salmon tart, white fish caviar tart, curried puff pastry, and, for the more adventurous, pig's foot terrine. $25 includes your first glass of bubbly and appetizers; additional drinks $7–$15 per glass. 5–8 p.m., Cafe Campagne, 1600 Post Alley, 728-CAFE. DOWNTOWN At An Evening With Angela Dunleavy from Triage Wines, you'll taste (free) samples of this noted wine distributor's wares. Free. 6–9 p.m., Maple Leaf Wine Cellar, 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., 523-1333, MAPLE LEAF Back to School Saturday, December 9 Celebrate your inner architect by constructing your own gingerbread house under the expert guidance of pastry chef Jessica Campbell. This Gingerbread House Extravaganza cooking class promises to supply budding culinary architects with all the imaginable trimmings to help craft an elaborate edible dream house. Hands-on class for ages 7 and up. $49. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Yarrow Bay Grill, 1270 Carillon Pt., 425-889-9052, KIRKLAND On the Plate Thursday, December 7 Taste of Hanukkah: a free tasting at the Bellevue Whole Foods, offering samples of prepared food from their Festival of Lights menu. Dishes include traditional Hanukkah fare, such as matzoh ball soup, potato latkes, noodle kugel, and brisket. Free. 6–8 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 888 116th Ave. N.E., 425-462-1400, ext. 0. BELLEVUE Weekends in December To help refuel after venturing out on the treacherous shopping aisles, stop into Icon Grill for a holiday-themed brunch, compete with carols on the piano and Santa for the kids. The menu includes a wreath salad, partridge in a pear tree (with game hen), and a candy cane cake, with layers of red velvet cake and Rumplemintz. Prices vary. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 1933 Fifth Ave. 441-6330 or visit DOWNTOWN Through December 24 If you happen to be strolling the aisles of IKEA, you might want to stop into their cafe for a lutefisk dinner. Surrounded by objects of fine Swedish design, you'll enjoy a chance to partake of a traditional Scandinavian meal of cured cod served either the Swedish way (with white sauce) or, more simply, the way the Norwegians like it, with butter, salt, and pepper. Both versions are accompanied by a tossed green salad, steamed red potatoes, and a roll. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (store closes at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve). $6.99. IKEA Restaurant, 601 S/W. 41st St., 425-656-2980, RENTION

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