This festival of rosé (yay!) takes place at Ray’s Boathouse, with a sparkling Puget Sound sunset view that’ll knock your socks off (though hopefully you’ll be wearing sandals). It’s the ideal setting for drinking delicious pink wine (and salmon-colored, too; they’re the best) from more than 30 Washington wineries, with summery white wines and snacks, too. If the weather’s crummy, keep drinking and take solace in the knowledge that it’s a fundraiser for Save Our Wild Salmon. $35.
It’s an “epic food and drink celebration” heralding the beginning of the Pacific Northwest’s Most Beautiful Season™, featuring food and cocktails from Bar Sajor, Ravishing Radish Catering, and Rain Shadow Meats (among others). $25.
Chef Jim Drohman feels so strongly about the labeling of genetically modified foods, he’s going to feed you snacks at his lovely Cafe Presse while you get educated about it. “Yes on 522 will certainly be outspent by Big Ag, so all we have is organizing,” he says. Come learn what the hell GMOs are, what foods they’re in, why labeling them is important, and what you can do to help. Come! (And call 709-7674 to RSVP so he knows how many to expect.) $5.22 suggested donation.
"Kick off summer with Karaoke Bingo & BBQ on Friday, June 21st! Four times a year the young and old converge in Bothell for the kind of fun that stands the test of time. Join us for songs & entertainment, games & prizes, drinks & eats! Plus our favorite KJ, Baby Van Beezly returns to make summer rock stars out of you. Get sweaty & give back to the Northshore Senior Center." $15.
Are you a grad? Could you rustle up your cap and gown and pretend to be a grad? (Are you that desperate?) Take your liberated behind down to any Dick's Burgers to cash in on a free cheeseburger. FREE!.
Join Jim Drohman (Le Pichet, Cafe Presse) for a cooking demonstration as part of the market's Summer Sundays Chef Demos. Chow editor Bethany Jean Clement says, "Jim Drohman is great, and we should all be lucky enough to learn to cook a thing from him. You can quote me on that." Attendees get to taste Drohman's dish after the demonstration. FREE.
The Stranger’s reviews of Cafe Nordo’s experimental dinner-theater-that-isn't-dinner-theater have been mixed. Thadius Van Landingham III thought the dishes uneven and the ambitions unmet in the company’s first show; Bethany Jean Clement found one of last year’s shows long but fairly rewarding, while Paul Constant delighted in the full-body pleasure of another. This spring, a modern spaghetti western. Will it be good, bad, and/or ugly—who can say? $130-$160 for season's membership, $600 for Chef's Table.
Madison Park Conservatory co-owner Bryan Jarr co-authored a cookbook titled In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys with, yes, the Pike Place fish guys. These dinners feature sustainably sourced seafood and guest appearances by seafood experts. Perhaps your fish will be thrown at you! Bonus: a copy of the cookbook is included. $70 plus tax and gratuity.
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.
The Corson Building is especially lovely during summertime, as are local vegetables, and this vegetarian dinner will probably be very delicious, so do with this information what you will. $35 plus tax and gratuity.
Be aware of gluten intolerance as you watch the Mariners play the Cubs. $20.
Every Sunday in June, Cupcake Royale is offering its sundaes—including the Hot Salty Mess (caramel ice cream! Smoked salt! Espresso!) and the Cupcake Sundae (there’s a whole cupcake in there!)—for just $4. $4 sundaes.
In celebration of their 23rd year in business, Serafina is throwing a party with live music, a talent show, and a whole spit-roasted pig. Also: “the wildly popular Iron Bartender competition.” No cover.
Field trip! It's the Cascade Country Cook-Off, with championship competitions in the arenas of barbecue, chili, and Dutch oven.
Do you make the best cherry pie ever? Put your pie where your mouth is, and you could walk away with prizes and untold glory. Edible Seattle’s Jill Lightner, Naomi Bishop of Serious Eats, and The Stranger’s own Megan Seling will judge righteously.
Join chef Jim Drohman (Le Pichet, Cafe Presse) for a class on Nicoise cooking. Jim Drohman is great, and we should all be lucky enough to learn to cook a thing from him. $125.
The Seattle Polish-American community gets festive at Seattle Center with jazz, folk art, an exhibition of Polish film posters, a beer garden stocked with Polish beer, and Polish food galore. There will be sausages. Free.
Celebrate Bastille Day at Le Pichet—this is the place to be if you cannot make it to France today.
In an incredible boon to the curious, the indecisive, and the gluttonous, the International District’s annual Dragon Fest features more than 30 restaurants offering tastes of their food for only $2, and many more participating in an ID–wide happy hour. Also, a Japanese-style beer garden! $2.
It's baaaaaack, for the sixth year in a row! Burning Beast—the world's funnest, most delicious, meatiest feast in a field, with whole beasts cooked over open flames by Seattle's best chefs—is set for Sunday, July 21. Burning Beast benefits and takes place at the very worthy, very lovely Smoke Farm, out in the country an hour north of Seattle. It will be hot and sunny (probably), and there is a river to swim in. Dear lord, speed us to the day of Burning Beast VI! SOLD OUT.
Francophiles, bikers, and crash junkies unite! Televisions in several bars across town are showing the Tour de France. If you're angling for a genuine French feel, Cafe Presse broadcasts live stages at 7 am, with afternoon rebroadcasts throughout the week (when available). The Summit Public House (the most neighborhoody of neighborhood bars) also shows afternoon rebroadcasts of the Tour. Arrive early and don't block the TVs: The Summit fills up quickly with serious fans.
Seattle's quaint and WASPish sibling celebrates nothing in particular with lots of wine, food, and fun in Mariana Park. Expect live music, a grill-off, hands-on art exhibits, and the Tasting Garden, with more than 70 Washington wines to taste to your heart's content. All proceeds benefit the Hope Heart Institute to help fight heart disease, so you can indulge your gluttony and work off bad karma at the same time. Starred for a good cause. $25 for Tasting Garden tickets, $30 at the door.
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: C'est gratuit. Free.
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.