Free tastes of port and artisan chocolate (including Marou, Dandelion, and Zotter), with a premium port/dessert wine tasting available for a fee (including 1957 Kopke Colheita, 1970 Warres Vintage port, and 1985 Toro Albalá Pedro Ximenez sherry). Free.
El Centro de la Raza's porky tamale-making classes have been so popular, they're finally trying a vegetarian one. You'll take home a dozen vegetarian tamales of your own making at the end, plus the ability to make vegetarian tamales for the rest of your vegetarian life. $75.
Drink a ton of local breweries' "dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged gems, and many more" at the Washington Beer Commission's annual winterfest. $25.
Students studying Swedish at the UW enact the lovely/hazardous St. Lucia tradition, in which the human embodiment of the saint wears a crown of lit candles. Also: live music, treats, and dancing around the tree. $3 (treats by donation).
Poco invites you to "drink wine, be merry, and rock out with some untz untz beats" and various holiday treats, plus a $20 tasting of eight local and Spanish wines (with re-tastes on demand, so you can really get your money's worth). Free-$20.
Don you now your gay apparel and join the Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl in Greenwood/Phinney Ridge, with more than a dozen bars participating, a trolley up and down Greenwood Avenue for your crawling convenience, and proceeds benefitting the Greenwood Food Bank. $20 ($15 with two cans of food).
Tavolata's monthly Sunday Feasts always sound great—though since they're served family-style at the 26-seat communal table, you might want to bring a bunch of friends to insulate you from people who use the word "foodie." Prices vary depending on the star ingredient. Coming up: shellfish on November 3, lobster on December 8. Reservations required.
Cupcake Royale celebrates its 10th birthday by giving you a FREE Babycake (no purchase required!) at any of its shops today, plus deals on merch, too. Free.
Local 360 makes a three-course tasting menu featuring Northwest game in tribute to guest of honor Hank Shaw and his great-sounding new cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. $75.
Taste your choice of four bourbons—choose from every damn bottle in the bar! $10.
Zut alors! Café Presse vous invitons à parler la meilleure langue du monde tous les deux mercredis à Café Presse à la Table Française. Seattle Language Academy vous donnera un formateur pour chaque cours, et les étudiants de français de tous les niveaux sont invités à nous joindre. Songez à tous les beaux gens que vous y rencontrerez! Chouette! Et:... more » Free.
This Ethiopian dinner and celebration of the music, art, and poetry of Ethiopia supports Ethiopia Reads, a literacy nonprofit that, among other things, creates horse mobile library projects to reach rural children with no access to school. $45-$100.
The announcement: “In Italy, the tasting of freshly pressed olive oil is an annual tradition.” The Corson building is great, and they’re hosting a dinner to celebrate this annual tradition, so do with this information what you will. $65.
This family-style, holly-jolly brunch at the Corson building ought to be lovely. $40.
Learn how to make all-time-great holiday foods with an all-time-great chef (Bruce Naftaly of the dear departed Le Gourmand, who is also really nice), with eating and wine included. The socks of your family and friends will be knocked off! $75.
If you're doing some elf work down in the marvel of capitalism that is Seattle's retail core, pick up an extra toy or child's garment and drop it off at Dragonfish, which is collecting these all month for the extremely worthy nonprofit Treehouse.
Marché's wine director—"the Son of Lyon himself"—Cyril Frechier leads three educational, entertaining wine tastings on the couches of Marché's wine bar area, snacks also included. November 13: Rhones; December 18: Champagne and other bubbles; January 15: Italians. $45 per class, $120 for all three.
Hop Scotch says hel-LO! to spring with Scotch, beer, wine, and whiskey, too, with Fremont Studios functioning as the tasting lounge in this benefit for SIFF. Hop Scotchers get a commemorative glass and drink tokens for beer, wine, or flights of single-malt Scotch or Washington whiskey, depending on which package they choose. $30-$45.
Head to the center of the universe (as proclaimed by Fremont) for "the number one Oktoberfest in the universe" (as proclaimed by Fremont Oktoberfest). If you like beer plus tons of people partying in the streets, well, then, prost! $20-$40.
Embrace the pork lard and learn the secrets: You'll take home a dozen tamales of your own making at the end, plus the ability to make tamales for the rest of your natural life. Class fees support Centro de la Raza’s Senior Wellness Program. $75.
On Monday nights, Quinn’s sells all large-format bottles of beer for half-price. Starred (and very much so) for beer lovers.
Comfort yourself on Monday night with a full-size serving of macaroni and cheese at Tommy Gun for just $3. (Also, drinks.) $3.
Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.
On Monday nights, Cafe Lago serves $10 pizzas, $4 pints of Pike Pale Ale, and $5 glasses of Chianti. We would star this twice if we could.
Every Monday night, the great Tamara Murphy makes probably really great paella for $15 per person at Terra Plata. Also available: a pared-down menu of pinxtos (the Basque, harder-to-say version of tapas), Spanish-inspired cocktails, and Spanish wine. $15.