NEW BREAKFAST DISHES: Babblin' Babs Bistro (2724 N. Proctor St., Tacoma) has added the following dishes to its breakfast menu: Crazy 1949 Vegetable Get-Away, Happy Cod & Waffle, Naan a Zulu, True Grits with Shrimp, Passionally Your's Forever, and Tropical Thai Phoon Torta. The Proctor District bistro serves breakfast 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
THRILLIN' GRILLIN': From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, Bayview Thriftway (516 W. Fourth, Olympia) serves barbecue dishes in its front parking lot. Ten percent of all profits goes to the Thurston County Food Bank.
OYSTER FESTIVAL: Anthony's Restaurants hosts its annual Oyster Festival throughout March. Discover your favorite: Olympia, Kumomoto, Bakers and Pacific varieties (including Penn Cove and Barron Points) on the half shell, and more in appetizers and entrees at lunch and dinner. Oyster lovers can enjoy a bottle of one of the featured "Oyster Wines" at half price when ordered with oysters. Join the fun each Friday evening at 6 p.m. for their Oyster Slurp contest. Enjoy Oyster Festival throughout all Anthony's Restaurants except Harbor Lights (doh!) and the Olympia Hearthfire (doh!).
HAPPY HOUR: The Pacific Grill (1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) knocks 50 percent off its desserts during happy hour 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5-6 p.m. Saturday.
RIB ROAST: Destination Harley-Davidson (2302 Pacific Hwy. E., Tacoma) hosts a rib roast at noon Saturday, March 12.
GO SOUTH AMERICAN: Affairs Bakery & Café (2811 Bridgeport Way, University Place) hosts a South American Dinner with wines at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18. The five-course dinner costs $75. Reserve your spot at 253.565.8604.
COOKING CLASS: Toscanos Café & Wine Bar (437 29th St. NE, Puyallup) hosts a "Martini Madness Cooking Class" at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20. More details at 253.864.8600.
BREWMASTER'S DINNER: Salty's at Redondo Beach has teamed up with Mac & Jack's Brewery to host a five-course Brewmaster's Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25. The menu will include Maine lobster tail, Hawaiian tombo, char siu pork loin, jumbo sea scallops and strawberry-rhubarb tart. The cost is $64.99 per person. Get in on it at 253.945.8248.
CAPITAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: This annual rite of spring will offer samplings from 44 wineries and 15 microbreweries from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Saint Martin's University (5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey). The cost is $15-$20. For more information, check out capitalfoodandwinefestival.com.
NOSH LEAGUE: As part of the Weekly Volcano's Nosh League, you can meet up with like-minded foodies at locally owned restaurants and businesses and take advantage of special discounts, win restaurant gift certificates, and learn tips from chefs and food producers. To join, visit our Facebook page.
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