Walk, run, bike, and/or barbecue to raise money for the UNCF, because a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Fremont Brewing taps kegs from all participating Ales for ALS breweries in Washington, including (among others) Bale Breaker's Bubba’s Brew, Pike Brewing’s No. 4 Session IPA, and Mt. Tabor’s Little Dutch Boy ISA, with all proceeds donated to the cause.
Enjoy a Puget Sound cruise and dinner made by James Beard Award-winning chef Christine Keff (formerly of Flying Fish), served in a private garden on Blake Island. Wine pairings included, which makes this a good deal! $99.
Fresh Bistro says its "festive and filling" Hawaiian-themed pig roast includes slow-roasted pig brined with aloha shoyu and brown sugar, and rubbed with Chinese double black soy sauce, with sides like Spam fried rice, tropical fruit salad, heirloom tomato poke, and more. $20.
Tom Douglas (aka T-Doug) does a salmon bake at this benefit for the Seattle Parks Department at Victor Steinbrueck Park (aka the park at the north end of Pike Place Market usually populated by a combo of tourists and homeless). $30.
The great Vito's on First Hill celebrates its birthday by giving you $3 martinis—Gordon’s gin and Sun Liquor's vodka—all through this fine month of August. $3.
Learn how to make great foods with all-time-great chef Bruce Naftaly (of the late, great Le Gourmand, who is also really nice), with eating and drinking included. Chef shouts, via e-mail: "FIVE COURSES! HOW TO DO IT! AND WINE WINE WINE!" Special vegetarian class on Sat Aug 16. $75.
In honor of Washington State Wine Month, which is apparently August, all bottles of Washington wine are currently half-price at Tini Bigs.
To celebrate its eighth birthday, Maria Hines's excellent Tilth throws a four-course, fancied-up, all-day barbecue pop-up. Make your reservations early, 'cause this is bound to sell out. $50, drink pairing $25.
The Barrel Thief says they’re "blown away by these beautiful, deep, dark, rich whiskeys.” Drop-in public tasting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. is $5 and includes Westland's initial single-malt release plus some special cask releases; seated tasting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for $20 includes more whiskies, light snacks, and a logo'd tasting glass. $5/$20.
Miyabi 45th—chef Mutsuko Soma's "Japanese gastropub," which makes very good stuff, including house-made soba—features Hawaiian-inspired specials and tropical cocktails all week long, with a whole pig on Friday for a kalua pork special, plus live ukulele by Hiroshi Okada on Thursday and Saturday.
Sommelier Luke Wohlers, formerly of RN74, makes the 12-seat bar at Little Uncle into a great-sounding, reasonably priced wine bar on Friday and Saturday evenings through September 13.
Freak out about cider at approximately a billion tastings, parties, etc. during a week so special, it lasts 10 days! See the Northwest Cider Association website for your many, many cider freakout options.
It’s a fancy, Frenchy dinner on a rooftop, with wine, a cocktail, and a tour of the rooftop garden included. $115 plus gratuity.
Tini Bigs celebrates new head chef Chris Gabel (Flying Fish) with half-off happy hour all through September.
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.
"Junoon" is Arabic for "a crazy party," and Mamnoon is having one every first Monday of the month, and it'll probably be great. Reservations required. $65.
Maybe striking back at the Meatless Monday movement, Mondays at Stoneburner mean house-made spaghetti with red sauce and a big ol' meatball for $10. "When one giant meatball just isn’t enough," extras are $2, and sangiovese is $5 a glass or $15 a carafe. $10.
Pettirosso's Monday bake sales include all kinds of sweet and savory goodies from pastry chef Danell George, plus Lighthouse coffee.
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.
On the first Monday of every month, the comfortable, friendly Judkins Street Cafe goes all-meat-free with a three-course, prix-fixe dinner featuring the season's best local ingredients—check the website for the full menu and call for reservations. $23.