All oysters, all month

  • Tue Mar 6th, 2012 6:41pm

<b>DINING NOTEBOOK | </b>Herald staff

Anthony’s Restaurants brings its traditional oyster festival to Alderwood and Edmonds locations in March.

Oysters will be served fresh on the half shell, seared, baked, fried and even wine-paired.

On the menu are oyster classics and a few surprises. For lunch, diners can opt for Oyster Tacos, crispy seared oysters finished with salsa mayo, cabbage and roasted corn salsa wrapped in warm Sante Fe tortillas; or the Oyster Burger finished with lettuce, crisp bacon and tomato, served with French fries.

Oysters are also found atop a traditional Caesar salad. At dinner, enjoy Crispy Seared or Pan Fried Oysters along with additional delicious oyster selections.

Lunch selections range from $9.95-$13.95; dinner from $10.95-$15.95.

Throughout the month, oyster lovers can find a perfectly paired bottle of wine from the “Oyster Wine” list, offered at half price when ordered with the bivalves. Featured wines include Hougue Cellars 2010 Pinot Grigio, set to compliment any oyster preparation perfectly; Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc; and the Hedges Family Estate 2010 CMS Sauvignon Blanc, a perfect companion for the briny flavor of the oysters.

In the bar, Oyster Happy Hour is extended to all day this month. This includes $5 oyster specials (Six Pack Shot Glass Oyster Shooters, Oyster Slider Trio and Trio of Baked Oysters) nd $5 glasses of featured Oyster Wines.

Diners can flex their slurping skills during the 6 p.m. Friday Night Oyster Slurp. Each Friday, slurp a dozen freshly shucked oysters, hands-free. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest “slurper.” Weekly winners will compete compete March 30 to determine the champion.

Cooking class

Cookbook author Becky Selengut will present Crisp and Colorful Cooking, March 16 through A Chef’s Kitchen in Edmonds.

The $70 demonstration class will showcase mussels with sweet and sour cabbage and saffron aioli, roasted black cod with celery root cream and red wine sauce, and butternut squash beignets with cinnamon sugar and cardamom-vanilla sauce.

For details, go to www.a-chefs-kitchen.com/springclasses.html.

Cream for your coffee

Coffee-lovers should mark their calendars for March 23, dubbed Free Flavor Friday by Coffee-mate.

Coffee-mate representatives will be in Seattle talking with consumers and distributing prizes and freebies. Locations include Westlake Shopping Center, Coleman Dock, the Convention Center, Pike Place Market and on Capitol Hill at Belmont Avenue East and Olive Way.

Free Flavor Friday is taking place simultaneously in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle. For details go to www.coffee-mate.com or www.facebook.com/CoffeemateUSA.

Passport tickets on sale

Passport to Woodinville tickets are on sale. The April 21 and 22 event focuses on wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville, some of which may not be open to the public on a regular basis.

Tickets are $65 for a two-day pass; $55 for a one-day Sunday-only pass.

For a list of participating wineries, go to www.woodinvillewinecountry.com.