Up-to-the-Minute Food News

Pavlova perfection. Photo by Isabelle Boucher.

TUESDAY, July 15

Kitchensurfing Launch
This private chef networking website is already a success in a handful of cities, from Boston to Berlin. As of Tuesday, Seattle’s eaters will be able to choose from a lineup of 25 chefs-for-hire, including Gig Harbor restaurateur Thad Lyman and Next Hot Chef (and very busy guy) Jonathan Proville. Chefs will offer their services at a variety of price points, and can cater small and large meals.


Pavlova Class at E. Smith Mercantile
Blogger/botanist/party-thrower/Jane-of-all-trades Emily Heston will teach attendees how to make Pavlova, a whipped cream–filled meringue dessert named for famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The $65 class fee includes cocktails, recipes, and, of course, all the dessert you can eat. Tickets are available online.


Foraged, Farmed, and Fished Dinner
High-concept culinary event venue the Velvet Underground Dining Experience will host Sitka and Spruce chef de cuisine Nick Coffey for a locavore feast highlighting what’s fresh in the Pacific Northwest this nanosecond. Hand of God Wines will provide the booze, and Captive Spirits’ Big Gin will be featured as well. $110 tickets are available online to VUDE members only, but joining is quick and free—just read the fine print on the registration page.

SUNDAY, July 20

Cave B Wine Dinner at  Mkt.
Chef Joe Richie will host Columbia Valley­–based Cave B Estate Winery for a five-course dinner with wine pairings. The $100 dinner begins at 6pm with a lemon thyme and pesto–topped zucchini fritter and a 2011 Blanc de Blanc, and later features a peppercorn-crusted duck breasted with confit vegetables. Call 206-812-1580 for reservations.

Sip and Shuck
Taylor Shellfish’s new Queen Anne location will host an oysters-and-rosé tasting to benefit the Queen Anne Farmers Market. A Canlis-produced Farmers Market Rosé will be featured, alongside Taylor-harvested oysters. All proceeds from the $95 event will benefit the market, and attendees can take a bottle of rosé for the road. The event runs from 11:30am–1pm, and tickets are available online.

TUESDAY, July 22

Columbia City Chow Down

Restaurants across Columbia City will open their doors to hungry passport-holders for a neighborhood-wide dining event benefitting the Rainier Valley Food Bank. Participating restaurants include Full Tilt Ice Cream, Corazón Taqueria, and Wabi Sabi Sushi. Passports are available online for $50, and can be picked up at 5pm on the day of the event outside Andaluz Restaurant.