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.
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.
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).