New Farmers Market, a Tribute to the Granddaddy of French Cuisine, and More Food Events

FARM FRESH King County boasts an astounding 33 farmers markets, with new ones opening all the time. Spring is the season for it: the Issaquah Farmers Market just launched last weekend, and will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until mid-October. Fresh-cut spring flowers, a bevy of local produce, and master gardeners will all make appearances this weekend. Visit the Market at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.E., Issaquah (as their site says, right across the street from Costco).To find a farmers 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 Wednesday, April 18 Does the prospect of eating local food, sourced almost exclusively from farmers markets, seem like an ideal but prohibitively expensive proposition? Take a trek to Carnation and learn from the experts: Eating Seasonally on a Budget. Culinary Communion Cooking School head chef Gabriel Claycamp and dietician and nutrition consultant Kelly Horton will teach you how to feed a family of four three meals a day on a mere $25. Impossible, you say? This free class promises practical tips on how to shop at farmers markets, eat seasonally, and cook delicious, locally sourced meals without breaking the bank. Free. 6:30–8:30 p.m.Miller's Community and Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave., 205-3130, CARNATION Friday, April 20 The authors of The Ethnic Paris Cookbook, Charlotte Puckette and Olivia Kiang-Snaije, visit the Kirkland Sur La Table to give a cooking lesson from their new book. Their recipes explore the many cuisines that find their home in Paris, from Vietnamese to African to Caribbean. The menu for their hands-on class includes tomato salad with garlic and (exotic Moroccan) argan oil, Kibbeh Nayye (a sort of tabouli) made with salmon, and Vietnamese spiced beef rolled in la lot leaves. $80 (includes a copy of the book). 6:30 p.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND ON THE PLATE Thursday, April 19 A tribute dinner to the granddaddy of French cuisine, Auguste Escoffier, at Nell's. The five-course menu is paired with wine, and includes such tempting ultra-French items as soup of pureed fresh peas with mint, sole Florentine, venison with asparagus, and a dessert of French toast (or pain perdu - literally lost bread) with strawberries and vanilla ice cream. Reception 6:15 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. $80. 6804 E. Green Lake Way N., 524-4044, GREENLAKE DRINK UP Friday, April 20 If all the dos and don'ts surrounding wine seem over-the-top intimidating, this might be a class to consider. Learn how long you can expect an opened bottle of wine to remain drinkable, whether or not to sniff the cork at a restaurant, and the lowdown on screw caps: genius or cheap solution? Or a little of both? Wine 101: The Basics promises to answer all your wine-related questions, while you sip some good grape and enjoy a few appetizers. $40. 7:30–9 p.m. Maple Leaf Wine Cellar, 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., 523-1333, ROOSEVELT Food and/or beverage news or events? E-mail

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