FARM TO TABLE EVENT
The Mark (407 Columbia St. SW, Olympia) is having their fourth annual farm to table mixer this Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Meet the farmers, learn about supporting the local food system and sample the antipasti and drink specials. Meet the folks of Left Foot Organic, Colvin Ranch, Slow Food and Stokesberry Sustainables. To attend, RSVP to 360.754.4414.
TACOMA INSTITUTION CLOSING
After more than 49 years of business, The Meat Shop of Tacoma (13419 Vickery Ave. E., Tacoma) is closing by June 30, 2012 or before depending on product availability. Until then, you can purchase their handmade cured meats, lunchmeats, sausages and a variety of meats until they run out of product. After closing, owner Lee Markholt will continue to raise and sell organic cattle, but slaughter and packaging will need to be arranged by the customer. Call 253.537.4490 for more information.
GET YOUR SWEETS FIX
Sweet Melissa's (4747 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite 600, Gig Harbor) opened last week at Uptown Gig Harbor. Offerings include frozen yogurt and baked goods, such as gluten-free muffins and cookies, cupcakes, coffee from Bluebeard Coffee and teas from Mat Hat. 253.432.4071.
ITALIAN WINE EVENT
Morso Wine Bar (9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor) is having a Passport to Italian Wine night May 9, featuring five winemakers from Italy. Meet the winemakers, and sample their wines, which are available for purchase. Reservations required. Call 253.530.3463 to reserve your spot.
Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar (501 Columbia St. NW, Olympia) is having a 5th anniversary celebration and re-grand opening party Saturday, April 28. Jazz great Greta Matassa and saxophonist Gary Schott will be playing from 7-10 p.m. To make a reservation to attend this event, visit their website or call 360.956.1928.
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 http://www.weeklyvolcano.com/restaurants/tacomarestaurantweek.
DINING OUT FOR LIFE
The 18th Annual Dining Out for Life is this Thursday, April 26. Eat at one of the 77 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) will host a "Mole - The Savory Sauces of Mexico" class Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. The cost is $65, and includes instruction, recipes, lunch and a glass of wine. Reserve your space 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 1-3 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.
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, click here.