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Bols Genever Dinner

Thurs July 24 at 6:30 pm.

The Old Sage (from the makers of Spur and Tavern Law) showcases Bols Genever with lots of cocktails alongside a three-course family-style dinner, plus "education & surprises included," all for $45 per person—sounds like a good deal. $45.

The Old Sage
1410 12th Ave

Bull Moose Festival

Sat July 26 at 11:30 am–7 pm.

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This community festival at 68th and Roosevelt from the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association "focuses on many aspects of sustainable living: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Pets, Local Shopping, Clean Environment, Alternative Transportation, The Importance of Community, and Enjoying Life,” and to do so, it includes a fashion show, dog show, interactive booths, pancake breakfast, music, beer tent, food vendors, and a scavenger hunt. Phew!

Various locations
across Seattle

The Blind Cafe

July 25–26 at 7 pm, Sun July 27 at 12 and 6 pm.

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It is often said that losing one sense heightens the others, which is precisely the point of the Blind Cafe. The taste of your dinner, the sound of the music (performed by Rosh & One Eye Glass Broken), and the importance of community—including the blind waitstaff—come to the fore without the distractions of sight. A portion of your ticket supports the VEX Project, a vocational enrichment program of the Blind Cafe that also supports the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Group. $85.

LUCID
5241 University Way NE

Tour de France 2014

Through July 27.

Francophiles, bikers, and crash junkies unite! For a genuine French feel, Cafe Presse broadcasts live stages at 7 am, with afternoon rebroadcasts throughout the week (when available). The great neighborhood bar the Summit also shows afternoon rebroadcasts of the Tour. More info here; arrive early and don't block the TVs.

Cooking Class with Bruce Naftaly

Fri July 25, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat July 26, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sun July 27, 6:30–9:30 pm.

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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 July 19. $75.

Pacific Crest School
620 NW Bright St

Pair Farm-to-Table Dinner

Sun July 27 at 2:30 pm.

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It's a multicourse meal on a farm, starring smoked grass-fed beef brisket from Pair’s chef de cuisine, Derek Bugge. A cider pairing and two wine pairings, plus a portion of u-pick produce, are included; a farm tour and cash bar precede dinner. $110.

Helsing Junction Farm
12013 Independence Road

Foodportunity

Mon July 28.

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The Foodportunity series of networking events is about "connecting Seattle's vibrant food community"—it's FOOD plus OPPORTUNITY, get it? $25 early admission, $32 at a later date.

Palace Ballroom
2100 Fifth Ave

Two-Dollar Tuesdays

Tues. Through July 30.

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All the way through July, Cupcake Royale’s Royale Ice Cream is only $2 a scoop on Tuesdays (check the website for other "sweet summer deals"). $2.

Various locations
across Seattle

Capitol Cider and Green Plate Special Greatness

Through July 31.

Green Plate Special is the great after-school/field-trip/camp program that gets local middle schoolers into food-growing and cooking. Right now, Capitol Cider is making a special appetizer featuring produce grown by GPS students, and also serving a specially made Sixknot Cider infused with GPS–grown lemon verbena, and, finally, giving $4 from every $6 sale of each to Green Plate Special. And! On July 31, there's a party from 6 to 9 p.m. in the anti-hot, awesome downstairs Capitol Cider bar with... more »

Capitol Cider
818 E Pike St

Post Alley Hooley

Thurs Aug 7, 6–10 pm.

Party by the Gum Wall with food vendors, beer gardens, live entertainment, craft vendors, art installations, and more.

Post Alley
1428 Post Alley

Seattle Street Food Festival

Fri Aug 8, Sat Aug 9.

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From the organizers of the Mobile Food Rodeo, the Seattle Street Food Festival brings tons of food trucks, booths, carts, and a spirits/beer garden to Cal Anderson Park. If you're willing to pay $25 extra and self-identify as a “Very Important Foodie,” you can get a VIF Pass and reduce your wait to 5 to 10 minutes in each line versus 45 minutes (!), but you'll have to live with yourself after. Also: a $125 "pop-up picnic" with chefs including Mike Easton (Il Corvo), Charles Walpole (Blind Pig Bi... more » Free admission, $25-$65 "Very Important Foodie" pass, $125-$165 picnic.

Cal Anderson Park
1635 11th Ave

Farmers Market Cook-Off

Sat Aug 9 at 10 am–noon.

Cookbook writers Amy Pennington and Becky Selengut square off in an Iron Chef-style cook-off, live at the U-District farmers market. FREE.

University District Farmers Market
4519 1/2 University Wy NE #202

Rat City Rollergirls After-Party

Sat Aug 9.

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Meet up with Seattle's badass roller-derby team after the bout for drinking (with specials like shots of Fireball for $5 and Rainier tallboys for $3) and snacks ($4.50 to $8.50).

Sport Restaurant
140 Fourth Ave N, Suite 130

Terredora Wine Dinner

Thurs Aug 14 at 6 pm.

Daniela Mastroberadino, winemaker of Terredora wines, visits the Georgetown Via Tribunali for a five-course dinner with paired wines, with all the wines available for take-away as well for $20 to $32 a bottle. Reservations required. $68.

Via Tribunali
6009 12th Ave S

Sunset Supper at the Market

Fri Aug 15 at 7:30 pm.

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Chefs, vintners, brewers, and roasters from dozens of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and coffee roasters assemble on the cobblestones for the annual Sunset Supper at the Market. Food and drink abound. There is also live music! It's all a fundraiser for the very worthy Market Foundation, which includes the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care & Preschool, and the Downtown Food Bank. From $125.

Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl

Old Bellevue's Taste of Main

Sat Aug 16 at 11:30 am–4:30 pm.

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Old Bellevue’s historic Main Street is paved with local food, wine, beer, spirits, entertainment, and more for this street fair, with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue via the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. $15-$40.

Various locations
around Bellevue

Ice Cream-O-Rama

Sat Aug 23 at 11 am–3 pm.

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Road trip! Head to Snoqualmie Ice Cream's sustainable farm in Snohomish for ice cream (of course), barbecue, Top Pot doughnuts/coffee, interactive gardening sessions (hottt!), the petting of alpacas and miniature donkeys, and live music. It'll be fun for the whole family, as they say. Free admission, $1 "bites" of ice cream, barbecue, etc..

Table-to-Farm Summer Dinner Series

Sat Aug 23 at 4:30 pm.

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Dine at the source at three on-the-farm dinners in Carnation, hosted by and benefiting Sno-Valley Tilth, which promotes local, sustainable farming. June 21 is chef Garrett Brown of Garage with William Church Winery at Local Roots Farm; July 19 is chef Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce, etc., with Fidélitas Wines at Oxbow Farm; and August 23 is chef JJ Proville of Il Corvo with Desert Wind Winery at Stuart Landing Farm. $95.

Various locations
around Carnation

Vashon Sheepdog Classic

Aug 22–25.

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On 30 acres of rolling green meadows on Vashon Island, "the smartest dogs in the world work with their handlers to move young sheep through a series of tricky farm tasks... The sheep aren't always convinced that's what they want to do, and that's when it gets exciting." Handlers compete for cash prizes and awards, and there's lots of local food, spirits, wine, and beer, plus kids' activities and sheep-shearing demonstrations. Everyone who's ever been to this says it is just great. $8.

Vashon Island
Vashon Island

Rooftop Dinners

Every other Mon at 5:30 pm. Through Sept 22.

It’s a fancy, Frenchy dinner on a rooftop, with wine, a cocktail, and a tour of the rooftop garden included. $115 plus gratuity.

Bastille Cafe & Bar
5307 Ballard Ave NW

Mockingbird Society Luncheon

Tues Sept 23, 12–1:15 pm.

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Help the Mockingbird Society improve the foster care system and end youth homelessness at this annual benefit. Free, donations encouraged.

The Westin Seattle
1900 Fifth Ave

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Sat Sept 27, 1–5 pm.

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Learn firsthand from dozens of Washington cheesemakers about their craft while sampling the fruit (dairy?) of their labors. Admission includes infinity cheese samples plus three beer/wine/hard cider tastes, as well as bites of locally made bread, crackers, honey, and jam. It all benefits the Cascade Harvest Coalition. CHEESE. $35 advance tickets, $40 at the door, 21+.

Seattle Design Center
5701 Sixth Ave S

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Sat Sept 27, 1–5 pm.

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Learn firsthand from dozens of Washington cheesemakers about their craft while sampling the fruit (dairy?) of their labors. Admission includes infinity cheese samples plus three beer/wine/hard cider tastes, as well as bites of locally made bread, crackers, honey, and jam. It all benefits the Cascade Harvest Coalition. CHEESE. $35 advance tickets, $40 at the door, 21+.

Seattle Design Center
5701 Sixth Ave S

El Centro de la Raza's Building the Beloved Community Gala

Sat Sept 27, 5–9 pm.

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Beacon Hill's beloved community center, Latino advocacy group, and all-around awesome activity space El Centro de la Raza has been kicking ass on behalf of the disenfranchised in Seattle for decades. Tonight, support them at their annual gala, which includes a three-course dinner, live and silent auctions, and the presentation of various awards and scholarships. $100.

Washington State Convention & Trade Center
800 Convention Pl, Second Floor

Trucktoberfest

Oct 4–5.

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Seattle’s “premier food truck festival” returns with an Oktoberfesty food-trucks-and-beer thingamajig. Those willing to pay extra and self-define as a “Very Important Foodie” can get in early and beat the lines (if you can live with yourself afterward). Free admission, food/drink prices vary.

Various locations
across Seattle

 

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