Bite of Seattle

As the smells of roasting meat, fried delights, and sweet libations waft through downtown, the masses will be drawn to Seattle Center like fruit flies to banana peels. Stomachs are already rumbling in anticipation of the annual Bite of Seattle weekend (Friday through Sunday). There, epicureans will enjoy quaffing at the Vines of Washington Wine Tasting, sampling gyros, blackened salmon, and alligator, hearing music on five outdoor stages, and sipping minty mojitos. “The Alley,” hosted by celebri-chef Tom Douglas (special admission $9.25), promises sumptuous servings of dishes including cumin-scented lamb, crispy duck cakes, and hand-carved steak sandwiches from nine local restaurants. Room for dessert? Try the marion-blackberry sorbet or chocolate baby cupcakes. Over at the Alki Room, “The Bite Cooks!” offers culinary demos today from local chefs Don Curtiss (Volterra), Ethan Stowell (Union), and others. Seattle Center, 425-283-5050, Free. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. JAIME SWINDLE

Sun., July 20, 11 a.m., 2008

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