Happenings in the Food and Beverage Community

FARM FRESH It seems the weather has finally turned springlike, for now anyway, which might be the perfect inspiration for a lazy stroll through the U District farmers' market. Stop by on a Saturday (any time of year) and pick up some fresh local produce, including Braeburn apples and rapini (aka broccoli rabe), as well as goat cheese and foraged wild mushrooms. The U District market is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays at University Way and Northeast 50th Street. To find a farmers market close to you, visit www.dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/farmers_markets.htm. Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE Tuesday–Friday, March 1–March 30 If a meal at Rover's seems too rich for your budget, try the Classics at Rover's, a prix-fixe four-course meal that celebrates the iconic restaurant's 20th anniversary. The menu includes several choices per course, including vichyssoise, salade Lyonnaise, boeuf bourguignon, and cherry clafouti, a traditional custardy baked dessert. $45. Rover's Restaurant, 2808 E. Madison St., 325-7442, www.rovers-seattle.com. MADISON VALLEY DRINK UP Thursday, March 8 Trek to SoDo's Vinado Warehouse for a free wine tasting of Oregon pinots, a sampling of the "best new releases" of these varietals. Free. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Vinado Warehouse, 14 S. Idaho St., www.vinado.com. SODO Elliott's Oyster House hosts a monthlong trip to the rum-soaked tropics, with specially concocted rum cocktails and island-inspired seafood dishes. The Get Your Rum On dinner features Peruvian bay scallops, Jamaican jerk tuna, pecan-seared mahi mahi, and thresher shark vindaloo, all with rum pairings. $75. 6:30 p.m. Elliott's Oyster House, 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, www.elliottsoysterhouse.com. WATERFRONT Saturday, March 10 The Kestrel Vintners five-course winemaker dinner features courses such as Humboldt Fog goat cheese on arugula, with a Platinum Blonde 2nd Edition; calamari stuffed with braised beef short ribs, paired with a 2003 sangiovese; and lemon pudding cake with strawberry-rhubarb compote and vanilla crème frâiche, accompanied by a 2004 signature edition chardonnay ice wine. $75, 21 and over only. 6 p.m. Waters, Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa, 1200 Carillon Point, 425-803-5595, www.thewoodmark.com. KIRKLAND BACK TO SCHOOL Wednesday, March 7 If you happen to be a cheese-aholic, and want to learn a bit more about your indulgence of choice, enroll in Cheese 101: Introduction to Artisan Cheese. Experts from Beecher's Handmade Cheese will school you in the history of the artisan cheese-making process, teach you how to recognize different types of cheese, and offer a range of American artisan cheeses for tasting. There'll be wine pairings as well. $50, 21 and over only. 6:30-9 p.m. 104 Pike St., No. 200 (one block from the Beecher's shop in Pike Place Market), www.beecherscheese.com. DOWNTOWN Thursdays, March 8–April 19 (except April 5) "The single easiest and best thing most of us can do to prevent cancer or its recurrence is to eat right," says Jennifer Reilly, R.D., a senior nutritionist for the Cancer Project. "More than a third of all cancer deaths in this country are due to poor diet." Sponsored by D.C.-based nonprofit the Cancer Project, the Roosevelt Whole Foods offers a free six-class Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Course, teaching participants the health benefits of a low-fat vegetarian diet. The classes will focus on advice for maintaining a healthy weight and information about antioxidants, phytochemicals, and immune-boosting foods. We know what's good for us, but this class will teach students how to make healthy foods taste good. Free. 6-8 p.m. Whole Foods, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 985-1500, www.cancerproject.org. ROOSEVELT Monday, March 12 If the idea of rolling out your own homemade crackers sounds both decidedly homespun and snobby (in a good way, of course), enroll in this class: Going Crackers. With recipes inspired by traditional Italian, Middle Eastern, and Norwegian crisp breads, you'll learn to concoct the perfect snack platform for a variety of toppings. 7-10 p.m. $78. Kirkland (specific location TBA), 525-7537, www.bon-vivant.com. Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com.

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