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Dining calendar: Beer events and cooking classes in Tacoma

Chef Bill Trudnowski with mushroom soup at Adriatic Grill.
Chef Bill Trudnowski with mushroom soup at Adriatic Grill. Staff file, 2014

Here’s a look at what’s happening in dining and brewing this month around Pierce County.


Beer store Pint Defiance will celebrate its third anniversary Sept. 12 with — what else? — beer.

Owner Barry Watson, who runs the Fircrest beer and growler store with wife Renee, said, “Our festivities will include cake, giveaways, a killer tap list, and a special collaboration IPA brewed at Airways Brewing in Kent by myself, R.J. Adler (Pint Defiance assistant manager), and Alex Ditmar (owner/brewer of Airways).”

Added Watson, “We have named our beer Strip Mall Riot IPA as a gentle, self-deprecating jab at the somewhat generic retail plaza that we are located in.” The beer will be available on draft or in 22-ounce bottles after its release Sept. 12. Find Pint Defiance at 2049 Mildred St W, Fircrest; 253-302-4240 or


A few weeks ago, I reported on the planned grand opening for Gig Harbor Brewing Co. Due to an electrical problem, the taproom still hasn’t opened. I’ll let you know when it does.

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Have you heard about the beer pairing dinners hosted by The Swiss? Every dinner features a themed menu matched with beers from a guest brewery. This month’s pairing dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and features beer from Two Beers Brewing and cider from Seattle Cider Co.

The dinner, created by Swiss chef Jacob Thacker, will pair three ciders and three beers with four courses that include shrimp poached in Belgian wit, gazpacho, roasted duck and a pumpkin dessert.

Tickets are $40 at Contact The Swiss at 253-572-2821.


Bill Trudnowski, chef-owner of Tacoma’s Adriatic Grill, just finished the first session of his back-to-school cooking series featuring visiting “professors.” Two more sessions are left this month. On Sept. 13, beer aficionado Dave Ek, of Marine View Beverage, will give a guest lecture. On Sept. 27, Josh Mayr, the master distiller and co-owner of Wishkah River Distillery, will speak.

Each class includes a six-course dinner, cooking instruction from Trudnowski and beverage advice from visiting lecturers. Cost of each session is $80 per person (must be 21 and older to attend). Reservations are required. Call 253-475-6000 or email


I’m lamenting the closure of Aloha Hawaiian Grill, one of few locally owned Hawaiian-themed restaurants in the area. The South Hill restaurant will be replaced by a Wing Stop (a fast food version of a chicken wing restaurant).

In lieu of Hawaiian in South Hill, I do know a great little place to get Hawaiian food in Tacoma. Get yourself to Da Tiki Hut, which opened in July 2014 in the Sixth Avenue-Stevens Street neighborhood. Don’t miss the kalua pork. Find it at 4427 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-625-7690.


Tacoma’s Marrow, a restaurant on Sixth Avenue that’s friendly to vegetarians and meat eaters, has debuted a new menu. The restaurant is continuing its exploration of handmade pasta (and it sells the pasta for take-home preparation, too). On the menu, find macaroni and cheese made with hand-rolled orecchiette ($13); a pesto pappardelle ($17) with fresh sheet pasta and whipped burrata and a delicious sounding crab pasta ($19). Also on the starter menu is something I would love to see more of in town: extensive meat and cheese boards in several configurations. Find Marrow at 2717 Sixth Ave., Tacoma;