Students studying Swedish at the UW enact the lovely/hazardous St. Lucia tradition, in which the human embodiment of the saint wears a crown of lit candles. Also: live music, treats, and dancing around the tree. $3 (treats by donation).
Poco invites you to "drink wine, be merry, and rock out with some untz untz beats" and various holiday treats, plus a $20 tasting of eight local and Spanish wines (with re-tastes on demand, so you can really get your money's worth). Free-$20.
Tavolata's monthly Sunday Feasts always sound great—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." Prices vary depending on the star ingredient. Coming up: shellfish on November 3, lobster on December 8. Reservations required.
Cupcake Royale celebrates its 10th birthday by giving you a FREE Babycake (no purchase required!) at any of its shops today, plus deals on merch, too. Free.
Local 360 makes a three-course tasting menu featuring Northwest game in tribute to guest of honor Hank Shaw and his great-sounding new cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. $75.
Taste your choice of four bourbons—choose from every damn bottle in the bar! $10.
Zut alors! Café Presse vous invitons à parler la meilleure langue du monde tous les deux mercredis à Café Presse à la Table Française. Seattle Language Academy vous donnera un formateur pour chaque cours, et les étudiants de français de tous les niveaux sont invités à nous joindre. Songez à tous les beaux gens que vous y rencontrerez! Chouette! Et:... more » Free.
Get educated about sake, full, and possibly tipsy at this six-course dinner with sake pairings from World Sake Imports. Reservations required. $130.
Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe (who's seventh generation Beam family, and who probably has a great accent) guides some lucky people through a five-course Jim-Beam-and-Booker's-cocktail-paired dinner at El Gaucho. $150.
It's a book signing for The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers: An All-Excess Pass to Brewing’s Outer Limits, plus a tasting of five Ninkasi beers for $4 to go along with it.
The fanciest X-mas burlesque in town happens at El Gaucho with host Armitage Shanks, a full bar, and a four-course dinner including seared scallops or filet mignon. $125.
This Ethiopian dinner and celebration of the music, art, and poetry of Ethiopia supports Ethiopia Reads, a literacy nonprofit that, among other things, creates horse mobile library projects to reach rural children with no access to school. $45-$100.
The announcement: “In Italy, the tasting of freshly pressed olive oil is an annual tradition.” The Corson building is great, and they’re hosting a dinner to celebrate this annual tradition, so do with this information what you will. $65.
Learn "the old-world techniques used to make Hot Cakes’ dark, smoky, true caramel sauce," plus how to jar it and how to make caramel chews, from the great Autumn Martin in this two-hour, $75 class. $75.
This family-style, holly-jolly brunch at the Corson building ought to be lovely. $40.
Learn how to make all-time-great holiday foods with an all-time-great chef (Bruce Naftaly of the dear departed Le Gourmand, who is also really nice), with eating and wine included. The socks of your family and friends will be knocked off! $75.
Aqua by El Gaucho invites you to a multicourse, seafoody holiday feast with winemakers Chris Sparkman of Sparkman Cellars, Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery, and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars—plus their wines, of course. $150 plus tax and gratuity.
If you’re in the mood for a delightfully divey Christmas, the 5 Point Cafe offers a choice of two five-course meals on Christmas day: a ham dinner and a prime rib dinner. After Xmas gorging, you can come back for the 5 Point's free New Year's Eve party, where you can watch the fireworks (including via the periscope above the urinal). $22.
If you're doing some elf work down in the marvel of capitalism that is Seattle's retail core, pick up an extra toy or child's garment and drop it off at Dragonfish, which is collecting these all month for the extremely worthy nonprofit Treehouse.
The announcement: "Tango Speed Dating™ is a whole new way to meet people through fun, low-pressure, tango-inspired connection games." $25/person, $45/two, $60/three.
Marché's wine director—"the Son of Lyon himself"—Cyril Frechier leads three educational, entertaining wine tastings on the couches of Marché's wine bar area, snacks also included. November 13: Rhones; December 18: Champagne and other bubbles; January 15: Italians. $45 per class, $120 for all three.
In celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, Burns Suppers are held all over the place once a year. This multicourse one's at longtime favorite Lark, with songs inspired by Burns sung by whateverandeveramen. Beer and wine are included, "and we'll raise a glass of scotch together with the Address to a Haggis." $100.
Get on the Oyster Bus! Jon Rowley, local seafood superhero, hosts an epic evening of oyster-eating. Armed with lanterns, you'll farm the oyster beds of Totten Inlet for dinner, and then sample oyster-friendly wines while you warm up by the bonfire. Also, Xinh Dwelley of Xinh's Clam & Oyster House serves her legendary oyster stew. Rowley promises an... more » $125.
A culinary free-for-all featuring regional and national foodstuffs, beer, cider, wine, and coffee, with snacks by chefs from local restaurants, too. The event benefits Les Dames d'Escoffier Seattle, the nonprofit for women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality that gives out scholarships and supports sustainable agriculture in our state, and t... more » $49-$65.
Hop Scotch says hel-LO! to spring with Scotch, beer, wine, and whiskey, too, with Fremont Studios functioning as the tasting lounge in this benefit for SIFF. Hop Scotchers get a commemorative glass and drink tokens for beer, wine, or flights of single-malt Scotch or Washington whiskey, depending on which package they choose. $30-$45.