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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirkland uncorks itself with tons of Washington wine, restaurant samples, a grill-off, food trucks, cooking classes, the "Burger Brawl," live music, a boat show, a Dog Modeling Contest, etc. in waterfront Marina Park. A portion of tasting garden admission goes to the Hope Heart Institute, so you can feel a portion of virtuousness. Tasting Garden $25 adv/$30.
Embrace the pork lard and learn the secrets: You'll take home a dozen tamales of your own making at the end, plus the ability to make tamales for the rest of your natural life. Class fees support Centro de la Raza’s Senior Wellness Program. $75.
Comfort yourself on Monday night with a full-size serving of macaroni and cheese at Tommy Gun for just $3. (Also, drinks.) $3.
On Monday nights, Cafe Lago serves $10 pizzas, $4 pints of Pike Pale Ale, and $5 glasses of Chianti. We would star this twice if we could.
Every Monday night, the great Tamara Murphy makes probably really great paella for $15 per person at Terra Plata. Also available: a pared-down menu of pinxtos (the Basque, harder-to-say version of tapas), Spanish-inspired cocktails, and Spanish wine. $15.
Every Monday, Sitka & Spruce hosts the Suadero, a pop-up restaurant serving various excellent-sounding tacos, quesos fundidos, and more.
Bingo plus booze equals FUN, and this Monday night bingo game has $2.50 PBR tallboys with all-you-can-eat spaghetti for $9.13 (plus meatballs "as big as your head" for a bit more). N.B.: The first Monday of every month is Dyke Date Bingo, where "you don’t have to be a lesbian, but if you are, grab a friend and come on down!"
Come to Cafe Presse for a delicious monthly family-style French supper paired (optionally, but vive a little!) with wine. Varies.