Entries tagged with “Restaurant Events”.


Sabrina Tinsley of La Spiga, who recently did battle on TV’s Iron Chef, is taking on a more interesting challenge than Bobby Flay: Teaching kids to cook. She’s offering courses on how to make pasta (including a pasta dinner) from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 28, and again on May 26. Cost: $45. The class is for kids ages 6 to 14, and limited to 8 students per class. The only hook, to my mind, is that parents aren’t invited, so you have to bank on your children taking in enough information to make you dinner another night. (If you already know how to make pasta yourself, hopefully you’ve already invested the time to teach your kid for free.)

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Lovely Le Gourmand, where a 7-course tasting menu runs $80 and a single meticulously sourced entree could reach $50, is entering the world of the recession special. The Ballard landmark’s new “Mon Dieu” menu provides three courses for $45, “all our food, the same really good stuff” as you’ll find on the standard menu, said owner-chef Bruce Naftaly. There are three choices apiece for appetizers, main courses, and desserts; my pick would be the rabbit pate with cognac, port, and thyme, the duxelles-stuffed roast chicken in Jerusalem artichoke sauce, and Sara Naftaly’s famous creme brulee. The special will be offered nightly, along with the standard menu.

“The economy has been terrible for us too, not so much in the bar, but definitely in the restaurant,” Naftaly said. It’s a hard problem to attack: The high-quality ingredients he uses set his cost bar high before he even gets into detail like making his own poppyseed crackers. This is the sort of place, after all, where diners got one of the region’s first glimpses at the Mangalitsa, just because Naftaly couldn’t resist the idea of experimenting with the pricey pork.

If you can still handle a splurge, though, Naftaly’s also got a different special coming up at the other end of the price spectrum April 28. It’s an 8-course dinner featuring the “out of this world” Claudio Corallo Chocolates, which recently opened a rare retail store in Ballard.

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Ethan Stowell’s band of merry competitors, having worked their way through chili, hot wings, and other challenges, are participating in a “Battle of the Lasagna” at Union on April 19. Thirteen professional and amateur cooks will compete that night for the title of “Lasagna Champion of Seattle” (because I don’t know anyone else in town who’s going to challenge them on that), plus a chance to raise money for a good cause.

Where do you come in? For $50, all benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, you get all the lasagna you can eat, plus salad, garlic bread, and beer — and a scorecard to vote for Best in Show.

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