Bite of Seattle

Go ahead—you can gorge yourself at the Bite of Seattle without chewing up the environment. Among its 50 restaurants, the annual food fest is featuring “Green Bites,” a group of six environmentally sustainable vendors including Blue Moon Burgers, which serves its hormone-free beef patties on gluten-free buns, and Mighty O Donuts, whose cini-minis taste no less indulgent for being organic. Portions are priced at $6-$7, and power for the food prep comes from solar and biodiesel. Cheaper and smaller servings can be had at the Just a Bite! restaurants, offering Thai, Vietnamese, and Mexican fare at $3.75 a plate. For upscale palates, Tom Douglas is back with The Alley, where $10 buys you a taste from seven different restaurants (Volterra and the Dahlia Lounge among them). There’s also the usual array of global dining options: chicken artichoke crepes from France, mango sticky rice from Korea, alligator on a stick from New Orleans, along with beer and wine tastings, cooking demos, and live music. In case you somehow have room for dessert, you can’t say you’ve lived in Seattle until you’ve dug into a whipped cream-capped mountain of strawberry shortcake under the mist of the International Fountain. REBECCA COHEN

Fri., July 16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., July 17, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., July 18, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 2010

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