June Food Events

  • Pouring Picasso
    Multiple dates in June, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Paint while you drink Washington wines. One glass of wine is provided, as well as all the supplies and instruction for your art piece. Held at the Art House Cafe. Tickets are $40. Purchase tickets here.
  • Bayview School of Cooking Classes
    June 3, 6-8:30 p.m. Barb’s BBQ Soul Cuisine. Learn how to make beef brisket, baby back ribs and more. $45 per person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 6, 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. Learn to cook with onions in all kinds of ways. Free. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres for Outdoor Entertaining. $45/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 22, 6-8:30 p.m. No-Li Brewery Dinner. Five beers paired with food courses. $65/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 24, 6-8:30 p.m. Gluten Free Italian. Learn to make gluten free Italian favorites. $45/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    June 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Grilling with Barry “CB” Martin. $45/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
  • Tea Experience
    June 1, 10 a.m. Teas of Samoa. Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Call 253-383-3900 for reservations.
    June 6, 10 a.m. Indian Chai teas. Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Call 253-383-3900 for reservations.
  • DeLille Cellars Wine Dinner
    June 12, 7 p.m. Doyenne wines by DeLille Cellars paired with five courses at Pacific Grill. Tickets are $75 (includes tax) and are limited. Call 253-627-3535 to reserve.
  • Morso Wine Dinner
    June 20, 6:30 p.m. Wines from Produttori del Barbaresco paired with Piedmontese dishes at Morso Wine Bar. Tickets are $100/person, excluding gratuity and tax. Call 253-530-3463 for tickets.
  • Meeker Days
    June 21-23. Friday noon-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Puyallup in Pioneer Park. Lots of food vendors, entertainment and more. Free.
  • Brew Five Three
    June 22, 1 p.m.-10 p.m. There will be more than 35 Washington State brewers, as well as local food trucks and live music. On Broadway between 9th and 11th. Tickets $5 (designated driver), $25 advance and $30 regular. Includes 8 tasting tokens and collectible tasting glass. Buy tickets here.
  • Wine & Roses: Support the Greater Metro Parks Foundation
    June 22, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. An elegant evening in the rose gardens at Point Defiance Park. Live music, wines and beer, appetizers and an auction to support Great Metro Parks Foundation. Tickets are $100/general, $125/VIP, and can be purchased here.
  • Cheers to Cheese and Beer
    June 26, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at My Cheese Shoppe in Puyallup. My Cheese Shoppe and Puyallup River Alehouse will educate you on beer and cheese and how to pair them. Enjoy pours of Puyallup River Brewing’s beers paired with specialty cheeses. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
  • Taste of Tacoma
    June 28-30, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tons of food vendors, as well as The Taste Cooks!, with cooking demonstrations by local chefs and culinary experts, as well as a Taste Cook Off! with local chefs competing with three mystery ingredients. All events are free.
  • Chef Dinner
    June 30, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Chef dinner at Adriatic Grill. $65 per person, tax and gratuity included. Call 253-475-6000 for reservations.

Where to Get Copper River Salmon in Tacoma and Olympia

It’s time for Copper River Salmon in the South Puget Sound area, so get it while you can! Area restaurants have Copper River King Salmon and Copper River Sockeye Salmon on their menus, usually on their daily fresh sheets. You might even want to purchase some uncooked from a local store and make your own creation at home.

These salmon are prized for their richness in Omega-3 oils and seem to incite a frenzy of demand and attention all around the Pacific Northwest.

The below restaurants and markets have reported having Copper River Salmon at some point since the season began. Quantities are limited, so definitely call ahead if you have your heart set on it. And as you can see, it’s not a long list!

Photo credit: El Gaucho Tacoma

Bake Olympia April 26

This Friday, April 26 is Bake Olympia, a food blogger bake sale to fight hunger. Located at the Make Olympia Street Market at the Arts Walk at 5th Avenue & Franklin from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., this second annual event was a success last year, bringing in $500 for the Thurston County Food Bank. This year, the event will benefit GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty), which builds backyard and community gardens for low-income individuals and families, which is a pretty cool concept!

This year’s bakers include:
Liz, Real Food NW
Kelli, Fresh Scratch
Rebecca and Caryn, She & She Gluten Free
Christine Ciancetta, Beth Storey, Katie Hurley, Bayview School of Cooking
Loretta Seppanen, Slow Food Greater Olympia
Jenni, The Plum Palate

Read more about Bake Olympia over at The Plum Palate and stop by for some goodies and to support a great cause!

Friday, April 26
4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Make Olympia street market, located on 5th Avenue, between Franklin and Adams
(same block as Rainy Day Records and Oly Vegan)

Where to Eat for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

  • Morso Wine Bar | 9014 Peacock Hill Ave, Gig Harbor | 253-530-3463 | 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
    Get some: Corned beef and cabbage, colcannon and back rashers, Irish carrot soup, corned beef sliders.
  • Tides Tavern | 2925 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor | 253-858-3982 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Get some: Corned beef with potato and cabbage, lamb stew.
  • O’Blarney’s Irish Pub | 4411 Martin Way East, Olympia | 360-459-8084 | Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
    Get some: Irish breakfast, special St. Patty’s Day lunch and dinner.
  • Primo Grill | 601 S. Pine, Tacoma | 253-383-7000 | Sat. 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
    Get some: Kathleen McManus’ Irish stew, Guinness braised lamb shanks, grilled lamb chops with mint sauce, colcannon and champ, sticky toffee pudding.
  • Crown Bar | 2705 6th Ave, Tacoma | 253-272-4177 | Sat. 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
    Get some: Kathleen McManus’ Irish stew
  • Harmon Tap Room | 204 St Helens Ave, Tacoma | 253-212-2725 | Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
    Get some: Corned beef and cabbage, lamb sliders, reuben sandwiches.
  • The Hub | 203 Tacoma Ave. S. | 253-683-4606 | Sat. 9 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
    Get some: Corned beef and cabbage (starting at 4 p.m.)
  • The Savory and Sweet Cafe | 201 S. Meridian, Puyallup | 253-445-5922 | Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Get some: Corned beef and cabbage soup, reuben sandwiches.
  • Crockett’s Public House | 118 E. Stewart, Puyallup | 253-466-3075 | Sat. 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Get some: Corned beef and cabbage
  • Doyle’s Public House | 208 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma | 253-272-7468 | Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun. 6 a.m.-2 a.m.
    Get some: Corned beef hash (breakfast), corned beef and cabbage.
  • Paddy Coyne’s | 815 Pacific Ave., Tacoma | 253-272-6963 | Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
    Get some: Irish soda bread, colcannon, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew.
  • Farelli’s | Locations in Lacey, Dupont, Sumner, 6th Avenue Tacoma, Parkland
    Get some: Guiness beef stew, reuben pizza.

March Food Events

  • Bayview School of Cooking
    March 2, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Kids Cooking Class, ages 5-13.Your kids will learn to make fruit skewers, guacamole, green popcorn and grasshopper pie to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. $35 per student. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    March 9, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner with Ninkasi Brewing Company. Five beers paired with a five course dinner, including Dubliner cheese beer dip with sausage, baked beer mac and Irish cheese and more. $65. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
     March 20, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hands-On Tamales. Learn how to make multiple kinds of tamales, as well as champurrado, a chocolate drink. Make, eat and take some tamales home with you. $50/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
    March 21, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hands-On Cinnamon Rolls. Learn how to make the perfect cinnamon rolls, and take a tray home with you to bake later. $45/person. Call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
  • Museum of Glass Slider Cook Off
    March 23, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. A slider cook off with celebrity judges, live music, games, dancing and more. Marrow, Asado, Maxwell’s, Dirty Oscar’s, Bite and more will be competing. $35 in advance, $30 for museum members, $40 at the door, $100 VIP ticket. Call 253-284-4708 for tickets or purchase online.
  • Events at Marlene’s Market Federal Way
    March 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Grain and flour cookshop. How to sprout grains, feed a sourdough culture and more. Each person will take home their own sourdough starter. $30 per person. Call 253-383-0933 to reserve.
    March 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Making fermented vegetables class. Learn how to make fermented vegetables with the co-owner of OlyKraut, Summer Bock. $30 per person.  Call 253-383-0933 to reserve.
  • Primo Grill Cooking Class
    March 16, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Springtime in Provence with Chef McManus, including recipes, instruction, lunch, wine. $65 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Call 253-383-7000 to reserve.
  • Toscano’s Cooking Class
    March 24, 4:30 p.m. Cooking with Martinis. A five course dinner demonstration cooking class with Chef Tom Pantley with recipes, instruction, dinner and cocktail samples. $60 per person. Call 253-864-8600 to reserve.
  • March 22, 7 p.m. Beresan wine dinner. Five-course meal paired with wines. $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 253-272-1510 to reserve.