Thursday-Dec. 13: the Emergency Food Network, Pierce County's emergency food distribution center, Food Connection, Pierce County's largest food bank, each mark 25 years of service this year. To celebrate, they're jointly presenting a silver-anniversary silver-screen salute: The Cans Film Festival.
Starting Thursday, the Tacoma non-profits will screen food-themed movies and partner with local restaurants that will offer dinner specials throughout the month to raise funds for Food Connection and Emergency Food Network. Movies will be shown at the Blue Mouse Theater in Tacoma's Proctor district. McGavick Winery will provide complimentary pours.
Shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 per show or $120 for the season. That includes movie admission plus a discount coupon for the restaurant of the month. Contact Emergency Food Network, 253-584-1040; or Food Connection, 253-383-5048.
Thursday: Big Night - Europa Bistro
May 10: Chocolat - Varsity Grill
June 14: Sideways - The Harmon
July 12: Eat Drink Man Woman - Southern Kitchen
Aug. 9: Like Water for Chocolate - La Fondita
Sept. 13: Mystic Pizza - Farrelli's Pizza
Oct. 11: Joy Luck Club - The Swiss
Nov. 8: Super-Size Me - Marlene's Market
Dec. 13: White Christmas - Pacific Grill
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April 21: Parkway Tavern's barley wine festival, from noon until closing time. Twenty-four aged and newly released barley wines on tap this year, up from 18. Price hasn't been set, but Parkway manager John O'Gara promises "it will be the usual Parkway good deal." Plus swank new decor, bratwurst and a raffle. Here's the barley wine list:
Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws '05
North Coast Old Stock '05
Boundary Bay Old Bounder '03
Rogue Old Crustacean '05
Hale's Rudyard's Rare '05
Stone Old Guardian '06
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot '06
Lagunitas Gnarlywine '04
Avery Hog Heaven '06
Anchor Old Foghorn '06
Deschutes' Mirror Mirror '06
Dick's Barley Wine '06 Cask
Port Townsend Barley Wine '06
Skagit Two-penny '06
Scuttlebutt Old No.1 '06
Bridgeport Old Knucklehead '06
Pike Old Bawdy '06
Full Sail Old Boardhead '06
Diamond Knot Icebreaker '06
Fish Leviathan '06
Alaskan Big Nugget '06
May 1: Tickets go on sale at Washington Brewers Guild member pubs for the Washington Brewers Festival, June 16-17 at Saint Edward State Park in Seattle. Tickets available online now; check the festival's Web site.
May 18: Healthy food purveyors and buyers gather at The Third Annual Northwest Healthy Foods Expo at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Organizers are still looking for more exhibitors. The public is welcome, too. It's sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and MultiCare.
May 18-20: It's the Seattle Cheese Festival.