Want to spend an arm and a leg on a fancy dinner and feel smugly virtuous? The Fourth Annual Summer Harvest Feast on the Farm, jointly presented by Stewardship Partners, Salmon-Safe, and Oxbow Farm, features Washington wine, a bucolic setting, and food by chef Brendan McGill, and benefits “on-the-ground restoration projects going on in the Snoqualmie Valley.” $150-$250.
Featuring live music, a “rodeo posse,” antique tractors, line dancing, and barbecue from the Lake Forest Park Rotary Club, it’s a country-style fundraiser for North Helpline.
Featuring food trucks, a burger-grilling contest, a beer and margarita garden, and an outdoor movie, the whole shindig is sponsored by Amazon, which means it should be swanky, and it all benefits the Center for Wooden Boats. Free.
Naked City Brewery and Seattle Summer Streets host a soccer tournament benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer research center, with co-ed divisions including Fun, Competitive, and Pro, and two beers for every player. GOAL! $150 per six person team.
From the organizers of the Mobile Food Rodeo, the Seattle Street Food Festival has trucks, booths, carts, and a spirits/beer festival-within-a-festival, plus a pop-up diner from Josh Henderson (Skillet) and Ethan Stowell (you know) with proceeds going to charities of their choice.
Tom Douglas (aka T-Doug) presents 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) featuring a buffet-style salmon bake. $20.
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 pairings. Call to inquire about price.
Field trip! It's the Chehalis Garlic Fest, with "creative garlic cuisine, crafts, and antiques"! $5/adults, $4/over 65, $4/military w/ ID, kids 7 and under FREE.
Ethan Stowell, the man behind a bunch of restaurants (you know), hosts a charity cook-off in which you get to try 117-ish kinds of fried chicken made by pro chefs and notable amateurs, plus lots of beer. Proceeds benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. $50.
Head to the center of the universe (as proclaimed by Fremont) to celebrate Oktoberfest. General admission gets you five tasting tokens and a commemorative five-ounce tasting mug; grand-style gets you 10-tastes-plus-mug. For designated drivers and beer-eschewers, it's $15 for four water tickets and a sober perspective on the goings-on. $25-30 adv, $30-35 DOS; $15 non-tasting.
It’s a fancy, Frenchy dinner! On a rooftop! Also included: wine, a cocktail, and a tour of the rooftop garden. $95 plus gratuity.
Get tipsy on samples of beer and cider from more than 30 breweries in the cutest, most wholesome setting imaginable at this 21-and-up fundraiser for the zoo. $25 adv.
The Seattle Center celebrates Croatia in the Armory with food, music, dance, and tchotchkes. FREE.
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.
Tour Bastille's famed rooftop garden with garden-designer Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Co., with “rooftop-inspired cocktails,” too. Fun fact: Washington State senators once organized a special senators-only tour. $10.
Support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and hear stories from affected families firsthand. The NMSS educates, empowers, and funds research towards new treatments and a cure. You can also donate directly here. Minimum donation of $150.
In which chef Ericka Burke and cookbook author Amy Pennington team up "to host a series of intimate summery dinners celebrating Volunteer Park Cafe’s garden and the bounty of the season." $45.
Ethan Stowell, the man behind a bunch of restaurants (you know), hosts a charity cook-off in which you get to try 117-ish kinds of mac and cheese made by pro chefs and notable amateurs, plus lots of beer. Proceeds benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. $50.
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.
Tavolata's monthly Sunday Feasts can be a pretty amazing 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." Sample $40 menu from chef Brandon Kirksey (caps his): Creamy Sunchoke Soup with Crispy Sweet Bacon and Chive Oil; Romaine and Treviso Caesar Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Fried Capers; Soft-cooked Eggs with Basil Aioli and Red Onion Jam; Ricotta Gnudi with Spicy Pomodoro and Pecorino Romano; Slow-cooked Pork Shoulder with Winter Spice and Marjoram; Rapini with Garlic, Chili, and Lemon; Creamy Polenta; Zeppole with Chocolate dipping sauce. YUM (our caps). The 2012 lineup is all about meat: the aforementioned pork shoulder on January 15th, (meat) lasagna on February 12, leg of lamb on March 11th, rabbit on April 15th, prime rib roast on May 6th, and suckling pig on June 3rd. Reservations required. Price varies.
Throughout the summer, Quinn’s offers all of their large-format bottles of beer for half-price on Monday nights. Starred (and very much so) for beer lovers!
Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.
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!"