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.
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.
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.
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.
Behemoth SODO wine emporium Esquin offers free wine tastings every Thursday and Saturday, with themes like "92 Points and Above," "Viva Argentina," and "Under $10 Specials." Sometimes winemakers join in, and snacks are not unheard of. Check their website to find out which wines they're uncorking. Free.
McCarthy & Schiering claims to be the oldest wine shop in Seattle; it is not. But they were recognized as retailer of the year by Food & Wine in 1998 and as one of the "top 10 small specialty shops featuring wines from Piedmont and Tuscany” by GQ in 2004. They offer free wine tastings at both their Ravenna and Queen Anne stores every Saturday, with... more » Free.
Champion owner Emile Ninaud possesses Seattle's very first wine license: He opened in 1969 and works there to this day. Though he's French by birth, he's made Champion a snobbery-free zone, with wine novices welcome and an emphasis on good value for whatever your budget may be. His Saturday drop-in wine tastings—from the more than 1,500 bottles in... more » FREE.
The great DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine in Pike Place Market offers free wine tastings upstairs in their wine department every Saturday, and—bonus!—the nice people there pair the selections with some of their more than 250 kinds of cheese, samples from their wall of olive oils, and other assorted tastinesses. Past tastings have included ports pa... more » Free.
Civilized but not-too-schmancy wine shop Portalis offers free tastings on Saturday and Sunday. A lot of regulars show up, particularly Ballard-farmers-market shoppers on Sundays. Those people sound smart. Free.
The demise of the Broadway Grill cannot stop drag diva Mama Tits from hosting this brunch buffet with the titular mimosas and a drag cabaret to go along with! Now find her/them/it every Sunday at the (very festive) Narwhal, in the basement of the Unicorn. $12 adv/$15 DOS (includes one mimosa), 21+.
Tiny, inviting Cure invites you to “celebrate or lament” the end of your weekend with a $12 bottle Spanish sparkling wine and a view of Cal Anderson park on the Lord’s day. $12.
This sounds SO GOOD: dinner for two in the form of a two-pound Dungeness crab—wok-seared with tamarind sauce, Singaporean yellow curry, scallions and ginger, or Saigon salt-and-pepper style—served with papaya salad for $35, every Sunday and Monday night at Monsoon. Bonus: bottles of wine (all of them!) 30 percent off! $35.
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).
Geeks Who Drink is a company that hosts trivia quizzes at different bars every damn day of the week, here in Seattle and all over creation, usually free (except for bar owners, who pay a "reasonable" rate). Starred for geeks who drink who like pub trivia.