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The "Seductive Summer"

Fri Aug 22 at 6 pm.

The "Seductive Supper Chef" Traci Post makes a seven-course, Italian-inspired dinner "with each course touching you (literally and figuratively) in a unique way," with Hand of God wine pairings and cocktails included. For VUDE members only, but membership is free. $120 all-inclusive.

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, the petting of alpacas and miniature donkeys, and live music. 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

Coffee Tasting: Velton's Coffee

Sat Aug 23, 12–2 pm.

Seattle Coffee Gear says: “During this laid back coffee tasting, Mike from Velton’s Coffee will be brewing several single origin coffees, sampling them one at a time and then discussing what makes each coffee unique – processing, varietals, body, flavor and mouthful."

Seattle Coffee Gear
400 Pine St, Ste 112

Celebrate Little Saigon

Sun Aug 24 at 11 am–6 pm.

This annual street fair around 12th and Jackson has tons of food from local restaurants like Tamarind Tree (yum), live music, assorted other fun, and, “for the extreme eaters," a pho-eating contest at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Little Saigon
1200 S Jackson St

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

Summer Mezze Dinner

Thurs Aug 28.

The Corson Building is lovely, and this summery dinner will probably be very delicious. $50.

The Corson Building
5609 Corson Ave S

South by Pacific Northwest

Thurs Aug 28 at 6 pm.

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This Southern American local/seasonal/multicourse dinner is a collaboration between Whole Foods and the VUDE, with Hand of God wine pairings and cocktails included. For VUDE members only, but membership is free. $115 all-inclusive.

UNCF Walk, Run, Bike, and BBQ Cook-Off

Sat Aug 30 at 7:30 am–3 pm.

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Walk, run, bike, and/or barbecue to raise money for the UNCF, because a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Pratt Park
1800 S Main St

Hawaiian-Themed Pig Roast

Sat Aug 30 at 6:30 pm.

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.

Fresh Bistro
4725 42nd Ave SW

Cooking Class with Bruce Naftaly

Fri Aug 22, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat Aug 23, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sun Aug 24, 6:30–9:30 pm, Fri Aug 29, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sat Aug 30, 6:30–9:30 pm, Sun Aug 31, 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 Aug 16. $75.

Pacific Crest School
620 NW Bright St

Tilth Anniversary BBQ

Mon Sept 1 at 11 am–10 pm.

To celebrate its eighth birthday, Maria Hines's great 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.

Tilth
1411 N 45th St

Heirloom Tomato Festiva

Sat Sept 6, 1–4 pm.

Eat a ton of our region's incredible heirloom tomatoes at their seasonal best in the lush restored wetlands setting of Cedarbrook Lodge, with tomato-based dishes prepared by great local chefs—check the website for the lineup—as well as local wine and beer. Also: live music. $20/$25 DOS.

Cedarbrook Lodge
18525 36th Ave S

Omnivorous

Thurs Sept 18 at 5:30 pm.

A benefit for the great Capitol Hill Housing, Omnivorous is full of food and drink from lots of Capitol Hill places that are also great—restaurants representing include Poppy, Cafe Presse, Skillet, Terra Plata, and more. Proceeds go to help CHH provide safe, affordable housing for people of limited means. $85.

The Summit
420 E Pike St

Evergreen Enchantment

Thurs Sept 18 at 6 pm.

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Plum Deluxe—which is, according to itself, "is the website that helps you create moments that matter"—hosts a four-course wine-pairing dinner that it says will be "full of fun." $95.

Tulio Ristorante
1100 Fifth Ave

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

Craft Beer + Food

Wed Sept 24.

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This SOLD OUT—but check Twitter for updates—benefit for Washington Wild, which "protects and restores wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education, and civic engagement," is all about "delicious dishes from some of the area’s best restaurants paired with beers from some of the area’s best breweries," and it's brought to you by the Washington Beer Blog. $40.

Palace Ballroom
2100 Fifth Ave

Eat Out for Country Doctor

Thurs Sept 25.

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Country Doctor Community Health Centers have been treating the uninsured and underinsured of Seattle since 1971—they are great people doing great work. Today, eat (or drink!) out at any of the participating restaurants (which includes pretty much every place on Capitol Hill), and a portion of your bill will go toward keeping the downtrodden unsick. (Or, hey, just make a donation.)

Various locations
across Seattle

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

Incredible Feast 2014

Sun Oct 5 at 6 pm.

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Two dozen great Seattle chefs plus two dozen great local farmers meet under one enormous tent (complete with chandeliers) for an incredible feast, as conceived by Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata). Entertainment includes country-fair-style games, live music, and a dessert auction. All proceeds support the Good Farmer Fund and Seattle neighborhood farmers markets. $100-$175.

Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave NW

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

Planes, Trains, and Traveling Chefs

Mon Sept 15 at 6 pm, Mon Oct 27 at 6 pm.

Owner Dan Bugge and chef Shane Ryan of Matt's in the Market host a series of dinners cooked by haute shite visiting chefs, including six courses with wine or cocktail pairings. July 21: Chris Cosentino of Porcellino (formerly Incanto), San Francisco; August 11: Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, San Francisco; September 15: John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Portland; October 27: Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of Hog & Hominy, Memphis. $150.


 

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