Bayou cooking class

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By Jake de Paul on January 24, 2008

Bayou Billy

When Chef Billy Robertson talks about food and cooking, his smile gets as wide as the muddy Mississippi. Given what went down in his home state of Louisiana — it’s a wonder he’s able to smile at all.

I smile every time I visit his Olympia restaurant Cicada. His inventive Northwest/Cajun menu is loaded with gourmet touches. Delicious.

Robertson will teach Down on the Bayou with Billy cooking class Monday, Jan. 28 at the Bayview School of Cooking.  I hope he gives up his recipe for The Big Easy. The breakfast dish — green eggs and ham, a jalapeno scramble with corn tortillas and fixings — is extraordinary. — Jake de Paul

[Bayview School of Cooking, Monday, Jan. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., $50, 516 W. Fourth Ave., Olympia, 360.754.1448]


Senora Deborah Jackson-White will lead a cooking class titled Order-In Mexican Favorites Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Bayview School of Cooking. The beer sampling is free, but the 6 p.m. class will set you back $40. To register, call 360.754.1448.

Stadium Bistro announced its Valentine’s Day dinner menu, a five-course beauty titled “Lovers Dinner.” Lobster Louie, Muscovy duck consume, beef filet, oxtail and beef cheek Napoleon, black cod and three desserts are a few of the highlights. It’s $70 per person.  Direct your questions at 253.683.4150.

99 Bottles holds a tasting of its top five best-selling beers of 2007 Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 6-8 p.m. It’s only $1. 99 Bottles is at 35002 Pacific Hwy. S. in Federal Way.

Chef Ben Marcus will demonstrate how to cook a Mardi Gras dinner Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Urban Gourmet on Sixth Avenue. The 6:30 p.m. class is $65 per person. For more details, call 253.272. 3111.