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.
Virtue Cider launches the Mitten, their bourbon barrel–aged winter cider, with a raffle of Virtue merch and and a winter clothing drive (including mittens) for those in need.
It's Oddfellows' fifth birthday, and they're giving away 1,000 free Oddfellows Chip cookies to celebrate, maybe one of them to you. Free cookies!.
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.
So there are (at least) two types of lutefisk. The Swedish kind is seasoned with white sauce and hand-ground mustard, whereas the Norwegian kind has bacon and peas. Try both of them and choose one to swear your undying allegiance to. And eat some meatballs while you're at it, because there'll be be meatballs too. $25.
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.
An family-style Christmas Eve eve Feast of the Seven Fishes (namely: oysters, escolar, octopus, Dungeness crab, anchovy, cuttlefish, and branzino). $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 (or, later, returning crappy presents) 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 Stranger's own renowned sex-advice expert and gay Jesus—who, as far as we know, has never set foot on actual dirt—talks with local restaurant legend Kurt Timmermeister about his Vashon Island farm and his second book, Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal. This ought to be great. $5.
Pike Brewing Company's Old Bawdy is a rich barley wine inspired by Nellie Curtis and her "bawdy houses" that once serviced a lusty population of Seattle pioneers. Sample the 2013 vintage, as well as the previous six vintages, at this vertical tasting. Helpful hint: A vertical tasting is one where you taste a succession of vintages from one producer... more » $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
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.
A benefit for the very worthy Bailey-Boushay House, which provides outpatient services and residential care for those in our community with HIV/AIDS. For $75, attend a reception and silent wine auction with drinks and hors d'oeuvres from an army of incredible local chefs. A multi-course dinner for 300 guests follows, with tickets starting at $300. $75/$300+.
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.