WEDNESDAY February 29

Dessert Party with Gail Simmons
The Book Larder and Tom Douglas are bringing Gail Simmons, host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, to the Palace Ballroom for an evening of sweets and discussion. The $45 ticket includes desserts prepared by the Douglas team, a glass of wine, a signed copy of Simmons’ book Talking With My Mouth Full, and some insight on how one becomes a professional dessert-eater.

Rub With Love PopUp
Seatown’s monthly Rub With Love popup is back, this time East Indian-themed, with the Bengal Masala Rub taking center stage. Drop by for an inexpensive meal —or if you miss it, don’t fret: some of the popup menu items will make their way onto the happy hour menu for the rest of the month.

Leap Day at Pagliacci
The local pizza chain is taking a trip back to 1984—another leap year—and dropping prices down to what they were 28 years ago. Grab a slice of cheese pizza for 90 cents, pepperoni for 95 cents, combo for $1.20 and primo for $1.35 at the U-District, Broadway, and Queen Anne locations.


Gail Simmons at the Book Larder
If you missed Gail at the Palace Ballroom on Wednesday, you’ll get another shot on Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Book Larder. This event is only $25, and you’ll get the book, a cup of Caffe Vita coffee, and some quality time with Gail in the Book Larder kitchen.

FRIDAY March 2

Poverty Bay Wine Festival
The Des Moines Rotary Club’s eighth annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday. More than twenty Washington wineries will be in attendance, and $25 gets you 10 tasting tokens.

Lunch Break for Schools
Volunteer Park Café will be raising money for the American Culinary Federation’s Chefs Move to Schools program with a classic brown-bag lunch. The $12 lunch bags hold a totally non-disappointing old-school lunch: a sandwich, parfait, carrots, and milk. All organic, of course, and available for pick-up before school or to enjoy in the café.


Hard Liver Barleywine Festival
The 10th annual Barleywine Fest begins its three-day run this Saturday at Brouwer’s Café in Fremont. The fest will have dozens of varieties of the strong ale (usually 8 to 12 percent alcohol) to taste.

Streets and Beets
Hundreds of bikers will be pedaling 70 miles from the city down to Seattle Tilth Farm Works in Auburn to raise money for and awareness about the inequalities in the food system. Registration will run you $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and riders are expected to raise at least $100 in donations to participate.

Samish Sip n’ Slurp
Taylor Shellfish and non-profit Skagit Conservation Education Alliance are putting on an evening of wine, shucking lessons, and as many oysters as you can eat. The $75 event begins at 6 on the beach at the Taylor Farm oyster beds.

SUNDAY March 4

Sausage and Bacon Workshop
A meaty departure from the routine cooking classes: a sausage making and bacon-curing workshop. The $70 class will cover bacon, smoked garlic hot dogs, Italian sausage, and apple chicken breakfast sausage. The class begins at 2 at Cook’s World and is limited to 12 students.


Shellfish Shindig
Every Tuesday till April 18, Tom Douglas seafood restaurant Etta’s will be hosting a messy, delicious Shellfish Shindig. Call ahead and reserve your bucket of clams, mussels, shrimp, and vegetables (with bread for sauce-soaking as well as sautéed greens and cornbread pudding and coconut cream pie), $30 per person, with a minimum of 2 people.


March 8
Crab and Prawn Boil at Salty’s
The Salty’s chefs will be boiling up pounds of crab and prawns for a Thursday feast. The restaurant recommends making reservations for the $35 meal, which includes a pound and a half of seafood plus bread, chowder, salad, and a pint of hefeweizen.