It’s a “showcase of gourmet soups” from Piatti, Aljoya, Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, Wedgwood Ale House, and Stanford’s, served in a handcrafted bowl that you get to take home. In May. Still, it benefits the North Helpline Food Bank (donate directly and fill someone else’s bowl here), so: recommended. $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
For $25, you get food from nine different food trucks (including Skillet, Veraci Pizza, Hallava Falafel, and Seattle Biscuit Company), tastings from local distilleries and breweries, live music, and the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting the U-District Food Bank’s new facility—which will feature low-income housing plus job training and counseling spaces, and move the food bank line inside and out of the rain. $25 admission, $100 donation for Community Cookbook.
Unnamed “premier chefs” prepare a five-course meal paired with local wines, benefiting the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. The featured speaker is Rick Bayless, host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time on PBS and Top Chef Master, who was named Humanitarian of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his work with small Midwestern farms. Good guy, good cause: recommended. $250, $350 VIP.
After seven years, the annual Guest Chef at the Waterfront moved inland to the Showbox Sodo. The lineup of more than 20 restaurants and 20 wineries/breweries includes Tulalip Resort & Casino, SkyCity at the Needle, and Duke’s Chowder House, but it does benefit FareStart, the local nonprofit that provides culinary training to disadvantaged individuals, so: recommended. $70 before May 1, $80 after, $125 VIP.
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 email: "FIVE COURSES! HOW TO DO IT! AND WINE WINE WINE!" $75.
Tavolàta's monthly Sunday Feast can be a good deal, with prices varying depending on the star ingredient/menu—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." Upcoming feasts: Northern Italian, Feb. 10; Strictly Seafood, March 10; Roasted Duck, April 21; Suckling Pig, May 19; Garden Vegetables and Wild Mushrooms, June 9. Price varies.
On the third Monday of each month, there’s wine, conversation, and a six-course dinner inspired by the writings of Angelo Pellegrini at Cafe Lago. Organizer Jon Rowley is a local food hero, ditto Pelligrini, and Cafe Lago has been making beloved Italian food in Montlake for 1,000 years. For a thing that would probably be labeled a "foodie" event, this sounds pretty great. $75.
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.
Every Monday, Sitka & Spruce hosts the Suadero, a pop-up restaurant serving various excellent-sounding tacos, quesos fundidos, and more.
Bingo plus booze equals FUN, and this Monday night bingo game has $2.50 PBR tallboys with all-you-can-eat spaghetti for $9.13 (plus meatballs "as big as your head" for a bit more). N.B.: The first Monday of every month is Dyke Date Bingo, where "you don’t have to be a lesbian, but if you are, grab a friend and come on down!"
Highline, Seattle's finest divey vegan bar, doesn't normally serve dessert. But on Tuesday nights, they bring out the (vegan) cake (and Cake-arokee is rumored to be the most supportive karaoke night in the city). Get there early: The cake usually sells out.
Head over to Seattle's very own Chia pet, the ivy-covered Roanoke Tavern (serving Seattleites since 1935!), for $1 tacos on Wednesday nights. We heart the Roanoke. $1 x the number of tacos you eat.
Every Thursday, Chocolopolis hosts a chocolate happy hour with free samples from artisan bean-to-bar chocolatiers. ACK!!! CHOCOLATE!!! Free.
Every Thursday, FareStart hosts Guest Chef Night, featuring dinners from great Seattle chefs for just $24.95. The schedule is here—reserve in advance for your favorites, as these tend to sell out fast. All proceeds support FareStart, whose mission is to provide "a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry." FareStart is a fantastic thing, and you should go to this often. $24.95.
Bottomless anything is good, especially if it involves champagne. Just order brunch at the Coterie Room or Ma'ono (both pretty damn great) and your mimosa ($10 at the former, $12 at the latter) will have no bottom.
Jesus god, this sounds good: Dinner for two in the form of a whole two-pound Dungeness crab—wok-seared with tamarind sauce, Singaporean yellow curry, scallions and ginger, or Saigon salt-and-pepper style—served with a fresh mango and papaya salad for $30, every Sunday and Monday night at Monsoon. Also: Bottles of wine, 30 percent off. See you there. $30.
Wallingford's Moon Temple is one of the highest-quality dive bars this city is privileged to still contain. Trivia night here is fueled by strong-ass drinks, and probably concomitantly fun. Long live the Moon Temple! $2 (registration fee per player).