The Fish Tale Brew Pub (515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia) has a bevy of new menu items on both their brunch, lunch and dinner menus. If you're feeling brunchy, they now offer a smoked pork chop and French toast. For lunch and dinner, try their Fish Tale parfait, coconut crusted red snapper, bangers and mash or shepherd's pie. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sun. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 360.943.3650.
Brix 25 (7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor) is having a winemaker dinner with Derek DesVoigne, owner of Cuillin Hills Winery on Saturday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Three courses, four wines. $80 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, call 253.858.6626.
NOW SERVING BREAKFAST
Comfort Food Café (210 W. Pioneer, Puyallup) is now serving breakfast Monday through Saturday. Their "on-the-go" breakfast menu features a breakfast sandwich with a gluten-free option, your choice of meat and cheese, and a side of potatoes or fruit cup. Other offerings include Belgian waffles, steel cut oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, frittatas and more. Open Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 253.770.6147.
Wine dinner April 21, 6-7 p.m. at Enoteca Wine Bar (21 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma). Three courses, three wines, $30 plus tax per person. Reservations required. Call 253.779.8258 to reserve your spot.
TACOMA RESTAURANT WEEK
Tacoma Restaurant Week is in full effect through April 26. Be sure to reserve a table at your favorite restaurants to take advantage of the three-course dinners for $25. For a list of participating restaurants and menus, see tacomarestaurantweek.com.
"TASTE THE ESTATE" NIGHT
Toscanos Café and Wine Bar (437 29th St. NE, Puyallup) is having a B.R. Cohn "Taste the Estate" night April 19, 6:30 p.m. B.R. Cohn wines will be paired with four food courses prepared with ingredients sourced from the BR Cohn estate. $50 per person, tax and gratuity included. Call 253.864.8600 to reserve your spot.
EARTH DAY/FARM-TO-PLATE EVENT
Robin Hood Restaurant (6790 E. State Route 106, Union) and Highwater Farms will be hosting an Earth Day celebration and dinner April 22, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with farm-to-plate appetizer specials ($6-$14), local wines ($4-$6 per glass). Live music, Q&A with Chef Michael Holbein and Farmer Nick Brown. Family-friendly and no reservations required. 360.898.4400.
FOOD BLOGGER BAKE SALE
Bake Olympia, Food Bloggers Bake to Fight Hunger is April 27, 5-10 p.m. at the Make Olympia Street Market (100 block of Columbia St., downtown Olympia). Olympia-area food bloggers are joining together and hosting a bake sale to raise monetary and food donations for the Thurston County Food Bank. Both cash and food donations will be valid for tickets you can exchange for baked goods.
DINING OUT FOR LIFE
The 18th Annual Dining Out for Life is April 26. Eat at one of the 70 participating South Sound restaurants and they will donate 25 percent of your food and non-alcoholic beverage bill to support HIV/AIDS prevention, advocacy and care services in Thurston and Pierce Counties. For a complete list of where to dine out on April 26, see http://www.diningoutforlife.com/tacoma/restaurants or call 253.383.2565.
Primo Grill (601 S. Pine, Tacoma) hosts a "The Heartland of Italy" cooking class at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21. They will also be having a "Mole - The Savory Sauces of Mexico" class Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Both classes are $65, and include instruction, recipes, lunch and a glass of wine. Reserve your space for either class at 253.383.7000.
SOFT CHEESE MAKING CLASS
Bella Kitchen Essentials (4793 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor) will be having a soft cheese making class with master cheese-maker Mark Soloman April 28 at 1 p.m. Learn to make yogurt cheese, ricotta and mozzarella. All cheeses made well be served and sampled in class. $75 per person. Call 253.514.6924 to reserve your spot.
Sea Breeze Farm and La Boucherie (17635 100Ave. SW, Vashon) are teaching butchery classes May 1 and May 15 ($165/full day or $95/single session). Morning session 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., afternoon session 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Butcher's lunch with the staff included. For details, call 206.567.4628.
HAPPY HOUR MOBILE APP
The Weekly Volcano Happy Hour Mobile App has up-to-date listings of happy-hour offerings from bars, clubs, taverns and restaurants from Tumwater to Federal Way, from Gig Harbor to Bonney Lake. As of now, some 260 happy hours are listed - with more being added on a constant basis. Download the free app at www.weeklyvolcano.com/promotions.
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