Sandwiches from new Capitol Hill deli By the Pound. By the Pound

Revel moving to South Lake Union? Mercury retrograde-themed ice cream? National Lager Day? It's all here in our weekly food news post, where we compile new places to check out, special menu items to try, and other food news you need to know. Check out last week’s food news post for more new restaurants, our list of things to drink in Seattle this month, or our complete food & drink calendar.

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By the Pound
Your lunch break just got an upgrade: F2T Hospitality, the team responsible for the award-winning Alchemy Bar & Lounge, has opened a neighborhood deli-style sandwich shop selling warm and cold sandwiches with Zoe’s meat and Beecher’s cheese on crusty Macrina subs, hot soup, and fresh sliced meat and cold salads available (duh) by the pound. Plus, there's a hidden bar with password required for entry.
Capitol Hill

On the Boards presents NW New Works 2019, a festival of the boldest new performance in the PNW!

El Grito Taqueria
El Grito opened their cheerful South Lake Union taqueria in early November to an enthusiastic reception on Yelp. They’ll fully open with a completed bar on Sunday and are planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
South Lake Union

Friday Afternoon
Friday Afternoon is a tea shop started by Friday Elliott, a self-proclaimed “legacy geek” whose parents met in Star Trek club and who was raised on a spiritual retreat in California. This Saturday, she’ll bring her pop culture-inspired teas to a brand new brick-and-mortar store in Wallingford, with a grand opening featuring raffles every two hours, games, tea tastings, and holiday discounts.

R & M Dessert Bar
This new dessert-centric bar from couple Rod Gambassi and Marc Adams (the titular “R & M”) features showstopping cakes and bakes, a full service cafe, and a walk-up window with a grab-and-go treat selection (perfect for something sweet on a late night out).
Capitol Hill

IT employee turned baker Debbie Nam has opened her own classic French-style bakery with pastries like croissants and macarons as well as more savory options like croque monsieur sandwiches, crepes, and charcuterie. They also serve espresso, wine, and beer. The bakery (named for Nam’s favorite Australian wine) quietly opened a couple weeks ago without an announcement.
Capitol Hill

Nacho Mama’s Tamales
Nacho Mama's homestyle tamales with a twist make their debut in Seamonster Lounge's space with a grand opening, set to the sounds of live Latin jazz and funk/soul.

Sun Liquor Spirit Bottle Shop
Sun Liquor opens their new University District spirits bottle shop this Saturday, with a grand opening from noon-6 pm.
University District

Bluebird Ice Cream
The small-batch ice cream parlor is scooping eggnog, peppermint mocha, and gingerbread cookie batter flavors. All can be ordered with their hot fudge, a special collaboration with Hot Cakes.

The Cookie Counter
Vegan gingerbread cookies are coming to Greenwood's favorite plant-based bakery and ice creamery very soon! Plus, you can try a ton of new holiday flavors like gingerbread, egg nog, and candy cane at their ice cream social next week.

Coyle's Bakeshop
Coyle's just began serving an eggnog latte with their house-made nog (a great excuse to drop by and have something hot to drink with one of their amazing croissants).

Cupcake Royale
Cupcake Royale's roster of new holiday flavors includes Peppermint Bark, Cranberry White Chocolate, Maple Sweet Potato, and Eggnog Snickerdoodle.

Frankie and Jo’s
Frankie and Jo’s has unveiled their new December flavors, which include “Winter Sunrise,” a sweet-tart sherbet made from coconut milk, blood orange, and Oregon cranberries and infused with frankincense essential oil; “Ginger & Molasses,” a spicy molasses-swirled fresh ginger ice cream with gingerbread cookie chunks; and the cosmic Mercury retrograde-inspired “Retrograde,” with organic white sage steeped in a sea salt chocolate base and which F&J calls a “soulful ice cream reminding us to look inward & reflect.” On that note, if some introspection with a side of vegan ice cream sounds like something you might enjoy, you can also visit their pop-up at Sweatbox Yoga's Sweet Sixteen.

Lady Yum
Artisan macaron maker Lady Yum has rolled out five new holiday flavors, including peppermint bark, eggnog toffee crunch, dark chocolate orange, frosted sugar cookie, and gingerbread lemon cheesecake.

Li’l Woody’s
In collaboration with PNW-based outdoor gear retailer KAVU, Li’l Woody’s has created a farm-to-table burger with portobello mushroom cheese sauce, rainbow chard and sautéed fennel, crispy fingerling potatoes, and a breaded, fried grass-fed Painted Hills beef patty.

Tom Douglas’s Mediterranean-inspired eatery has a new honey goat’s milk cheesecake with persimmon passion sorbet. The dessert is served over an apricot passionfruit sauce and garnished with a sweet pistachio crumble and a dried persimmon chip.

Molly Moon’s
Molly Moon’s newest flavor is a vegan and dairy-free grapefruit sorbet that they say is perfect “for holiday parties, in mocktails or cocktails” (just imagine it with a splash of tequila or Aperol) or with a scoop of their classic vanilla bean.

Parfait Ice Cream
Farm-to-table ice creamery Parfait kicks off their holiday flavors with white peppermint chocolate chip and sugar plum sorbet.

Shug's Soda Fountain
Shug's candy cane sundae lets you consume the peppermint confection in three different forms, with candy cane ice cream, candy cane hot fudge, and, of course, an actual candy cane on top. You can also celebrate with them at their Swinging with the Soda Jerks Party on Friday.

Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy's Candy Cane Cupcakes, which feature "rich Valrhona chocolate cake and tasty peppermint buttercream, rolled in candy cane dust and topped with a mini candy cane" are available through the end of December.

Revel, Chef Rachel Yang's acclaimed Korean street food spot in Fremont, is temporarily moving to South Lake Union in spring 2018 to take up residence in the space that used to house Josh Henderson's Vestal. (They'll be back to the Fremont location in 2019.) Before they relocate, you can help them celebrate seven years of service with seven of their most-loved dishes at their upcoming anniversary party, followed by a free party open to all starting at 9 with their infamous suckling pig nachos (yes!) and a dumpling eating contest, in classic Revel style.

Adana’s crew can now add “hero” to their resumes after helping save a woman’s life. While fishing for squid near the Great Wheel, the employees of the Japanese comfort food restaurant spotted a woman yelling from the water and immediately went to her aid to facilitate her rescue until SPD arrived on the scene. Chef and owner Shota Nakajima posted on Instagram, “I’m the luckiest bastard to be surrounded by these people who won’t think twice to help someone.”

Starting in January, Renee Erickson’s Barnacle will be open seven days a week with oysters available daily. The adorably teeny jewel-box space with a copper bar focuses on aperitivo, Italy’s pre-dinner happy hour tradition, with a collection of rare amaro and Erickson’s signature emphasis on fresh seafood and all things canned/pickled/cured.

After previously being honored as one of the 50 best restaurants in America by Eater and Thrillist, Edouardo Jordan’s Junebaby, famous for its educational encyclopedia of all things Southern, has now been named the nation's best new restaurant of the year by Eater. (They're also planning a four-course New Year's Eve tasting menu with fried chicken and a beverage pairing, so get your reservations in before everyone else does!) Junebaby also won Seattle restaurant of the year in Eater's Seattle 2017 awards, which honored Kamonegi's Mutsoka Soma as best chef of the year, Alchemy as best bar of the year, Pintxo as best design of the year, and Dough Zone as best restaurant expansion of the year.

Sugar Plum
Sugar Plum, Plum Bistro’s dairy-free sweet shop, has teamed up with Caffe Umbria to serve espresso starting this week. The vegan bakery offers a range of plant-based milks, including coconut, hemp, soy, rice, almond, and oat.

Big Wood Fest
This annual festival presents a diverse selection of over 50 types of barrel-aged beers, from sours to stouts to ciders.

Twelve Days of Whiskey Christmas
Twelve days of whiskey-laced festivities, including tastings, cocktails, flights, bartender flights, an ugly sweater party and "hangover Monday," and more.

Beer Tasting Dinner Cruise with Pike Brewing Company
Set sail with Pike Brewing Company and enjoy a guided tasting featuring four of their beers paired with a three-course dinner, as you tour Lake Union and Lake Washington on a 2.5 hour cruise. There's also a full bar with the featured beers and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase.

12th Annual IPA Cask-O-Rama!
Try over 20 Washington IPAs served from casks on the countertop. Plus, the Hopvemberfest winner will be revealed.

Capitol Hill Series Release: Bete Blanche
The release of Bete Blanche (a Belgian-style Tripel that Elysian describes as "extremely drinkable, blonde and somewhat treacherous") will feature a ceremonial tapping, a toast from Capitol Hill Lead Brewer, Hiawatha Rhyans, and a live performance from Smokey Brights.

Champagne Tasting with Champagne Benoit Cocteaux
Frederic Lemaire from Champagne Benoit Cocteaux will share tastes of "cuvées, recognized amongst the best growers' Champagne with multiple medals and awards," alongside bites prepared by La Parisienne's Chef Patrick Morin.

A Conscious Holiday Bazaar
Support local nonprofit Mother Africa, which provides resources to African refugee and immigrant women and children in Washington State, by shopping for local goods at this holiday market. You'll find gifts from Alma Botanicals, Ayako & Family Jam, Butter Home, Capuli Club, Daughter of the Land, Dorotea Ceramics, Holly Haymaker Ceramics, Luella, Ohme Shop, Nube Green, Sharply, and Jcoco Chocolate. Treats will be provided by gluten-free bakery Nuflours.

E. Smith Mercantile x Orasella Cherries
Try delicious mocktails made by the Pioneer Square speakeasy E. Smith Mercantile and local maraschino makers Orasella Cherries.

Friday Tasting: Fremont Brewing
Taste a selection of local brews from Fremont Brewing.

Seattle Brewing: Craft, Culture, and History
If you've ever wondered about the history behind Seattle's brewing culture, this is your chance. The American Brewing History Initiative of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will lead a discussion about how the unique confluence of community, geography, and agriculture has shaped the Emerald City’s unique beer scene and how current brewers are carrying on the legacy of the past. The multi-generational panel of guest speakers includes Dick Cantwell, brewer and co-founder of Elysian Brewing Co.; Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, founders of Pike Brewing Co.; Annie Johnson, Master Brewer-in-Residence at PicoBrew; and Dave Green, president and CEO of Skagit Valley Malting.

Swinging with the Soda Jerks Party
Grab your vintage cardigans and circle skirts for this throwback to the golden era of soda fountains. There'll be swing dancing, performances by Sister Kate Dance Company, a costume contest, and retro, umbrella-topped ice cream cocktails (like a phosphate soda float with guava sorbet, St-Germain, and pineapple) perfect for sipping with someone else through two straws.

Perihelion Brewery Festivus
Perihelion throws a Festivus for the rest of us with Seinfeld-themed food specials like Marble Rye House Reuben, Mulligatawny Soup, Babka, Fusilli Jerry Pasta, the Black and White Cookie, and the Big Salad. Plus, share your woes for a chance to be included in Perihelion's traditional Festivus Airing of Grievances at the end of the year.

3 Beer Releases
Reuben's Brews releases three beers: a small run of Triumvirate (the award-winning house IPA at Brouwer's Cafe, Bottleworks, and the Burgundian) in cans, Stone the Crows (an American Strong Ale aged in port finished bourbon barrels), and Haze Maze (a "juicy, hazy" IPA made in collaboration with Grains of Wrath Brewing).

Barrel-Aged Lion Tamer Bottle Release
Ravenna Brewing releases Lion Tamer, a vanilla porter aged in oak bourbon barrels and and dry-hopped with Madagascar vanilla beans, and which took home a gold medal at the Washington Beer Awards. The wax-dipped bottles will be available for $11 each, and there'll be a keg with the porter on tap, as well as food from Nacho Mama food truck.

Bothell Holiday Wine Beer & Spirits Walk
Browse shops and sip wine, beer, and spirits from 23 participating wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

Chef Harry Mills from Purple & "Wine Guy" Chris Horn
Learn to shop Pike Place Market like a chef at this class led by Executive Chef of Purple Seattle, Harry "Coach" Mills, and Purple's Wine Director Chris Horn. You'll start out by browsing the market with Mills and Horn for the best ingredients and devising a menu around them, then head back to the SieMatic studio kitchen to create a three course dinner with your bounty and share a meal together. Students will also get an easy, approachable primer on pairing wine with food.

A gooey yet crunchy array of freshly baked treats from the likes of Hello Robin, Dahlia Bakery, and the South Seattle College Pastry and Baking Arts Program await you at this annual pop-up bake sale that benefits the Seattle Milk Fund's Child Care Grant Program.

Fremont Ugly Sweater Bar Party
Don your favorite repugnant pullover and bar-hop at nine participating watering holes in Fremont.

Hoppy Holidays Beer Fest
Ounces pulls out all the stops for the holidays with a range of specialty holiday ales and seasonals on tap, plus holiday music and authentic Uzbek chow from Tabussum food truck.

Makers Market at The Woods
Drink cidermosas and chow down on gastropub grub from Bread and Circuses while you browse wares from Sun Liquor, glassybaby, Twine & Ferns, Ballyhoo Hot Sauce, and more.

Matia Pop-up at Cafe Barjot
This intimate pop-up brought to you by the San Juans dining collective Matia will highlight ingredients from the San Juan Islands in a multi-course meal.

Meet the Vegan Black Metal Chef
Meet YouTube culinary sensation the Vegan Black Metal Chef on his "West Coast Seitanic Spellbook Mini Tour," buy copies of his vegan spellbook, and have them signed. Hail seitan!

Meet Tom Douglas at Barnes and Noble
Meet the renowned chef and restaurant owner in person. His four cookbooks will be available for sale.

National Lager Day
It's national Lager Day—who knew? To celebrate, Lucky Envelope will serve small batch releases, along with their popular Helles lager. Roll OK will also be serving Indian food from 4 to 8.

Pears of Idunn Release Party (with Cheesecake!)
Try free samples of the new Pears of Idunn mead and delicious-sounding mead cheesecake!

The Magic and Science of Kombucha
Kombucha, the fizzy fermented tea beverage, has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years. James Chang, biogeochemist and proprietor of Shen Zen Tea’s Premium Kombucha, and Grace Chang, naturopathic physician, will discuss the history, health benefits, and risks of the sweet-tart, sparkling brew and explore how claims from home brewers compare to peer-reviewed research. Guests will witness a kombucha demonstration and go home with a freaky bacterial glob-baby yeast culture (aka SCOBY or “mother”) to call their very own. The event will be followed by a free tasting with several local kombucha brewers.

Traditional Italian Small Filled Pastas
Chef Bridget Charters, an expert on Italian pasta, will teach you how to shape small filled regional pastas like tortellini and cappellacci by hand. You'll watch her demonstrate the technique and enjoy tastes of pasta, then get to try out your newfound skills in pairs by making dough and shaping and filling pasta. At the end, you'll get to take home the pasta you made.

Triumvirate Can Release
Triumvirate, the award-winning house IPA for Brouwers Cafe, Bottleworks, and the Burgundian, gets its own small-run can release from Reuben's Brews.

Vegetarian Tamale Cooking Class
Good news for all you vegetarians out there (plus just those who enjoy vegetables): El Centro de la Raza is now holding vegetarian tamale classes as well as its more meat-friendly ones. The price may seem a bit steep, but it's worth it: the cost not only includes the recipe, the class and one dozen uncooked tamales, but also benefits the center's Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program, which offers a variety of services to senior citizens on a daily and weekly basis.

2017 SoDo Holiday Tasting
Taste special holiday wines (wines out of barrel, library wines, or other remarkable, exclusive pours) from six premium wineries, including Latta Wines, Kerloo Cellars, Nine Hats Wines, Rotie Cellars, Structure Cellars, and Waters Winery. All the wineries will serve food pairings, and Santa and Victorian-style carolers in full Dickensian dress will provide the ambience.

Frenchitalian Washingoregon Wine Dinner
Portland-based Viola Wine Cellars and L'oursin team up for a six-course dinner bringing the best of France and Italy together in harmony.

Gather Seattle at Not Without Salt Shop
You’ve probably heard the buzzword hygge by now. For the uninitiated, it’s a Danish concept meaning a sense of comfort, coziness, and contentment, and we could probably all do with a little bit of that right now. It’s also Not Without Salt food blogger Ashley Rodriguez’s inspiration for a bone-warming, winter-blues-busting gathering at her newly minted flagship brick-and-mortar space, with leek-jam toast piled high with wild mushrooms, ember-roasted pumpkin, a spiced lentil stew, and steaming mugs of mulled wine and toasted hazelnut chocolat chaud.

Holiday Cookie Decorating
For this hands-on class, Hot Stove Society's Sous Chef Lexi will show you how to make sugar cookie dough and ginger-molasses dough and how to roll and cut cookies. You'll also learn how to make royal icing and use it to decorate your cookies, along with sparkly colored sugars and sprinkles. There will be a lunch of Beecher's grilled cheese and Tom Douglas's tomato soup as a break from all the sugar, and you'll go home with a box of beautiful cookies.

Noche Buena Seattle Dinner
This sit-down dinner, inspired by Christmas in the Phillipines, is a collaboration between ILAW: A Coalition of PNW Filipino Food & Beverage Professionals and will include a discussion of the issues its members face in the food and beverage industry. Proceeds benefit the communities served by the Filipino Village.

Sauces, Dips, and Dressings: A Raw-Vegan Hands-On Culinary Experience
Learn to make a variety of healthy sauces to zhoosh up any dish, including Lemon Tahini, Green Dragon Hummus, Onion Cashew Cream, Sesame Ginger Sauce, Thai Chili Lemongrass Dressing, Garlic Cilantro God Sauce, and Mighty Thai Sauce.

Tavolàta Lobster Feast
Indulge in all the crustaceans you can crack at this feast, which highlights lobster in a myriad of preparations.

Toast of Edmonds Cocktail Classic
Edmonds' best bartenders enter their beverages in a battle to be selected Crowd Favorite and Judge's Choice. All proceeds benefit the Edmonds Veterans Plaza.

Chef enCounters Interactive Class at Thompson Seattle: Cake Decor
At this class, you'll get your own personal cake, offset spatula, and pair of decorating tips so that you can make a personalized creation to take home. The Thompson's Executive Pastry Chef Kate Sigel will lead a hands-on demonstration on how to do different icing techniques.

Big Mario's Ugly Sweater Party
Grab your most unsightly holiday wear and join Big Mario's for seasonal pies, a hot cocoa bar, and cocktail specials until close.

Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Italian American supper featuring seven kinds of fish or seafood, usually served before midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This lavish spread from Delancey promises the freshest catches the Ballard pizzeria can procure, with albacore crudo, handmade Il Corvo pasta with lobster, Dungeness crab, Penn Cove mussels, anchovies, roasted oysters snatched from Delancey’s roaring wood-fired oven, and a steady flow of wine throughout. They’ll finish with some delightful-sounding butterscotch pots de creme for dessert.

Jim Meehan: Meehan's Bartender Manual
Jim Meehan is a celebrated bartender whose game-changing NYC speakeasy PDT brought cocktail culture to another level. His obsessively thorough new manual, which comes in at just under 500 pages, offers an initiation into the history, lore, and tradition behind the hospitality trade and schools wannabe home barkeeps and seasoned mixologists alike on how to assemble and run a bar with maximum efficiency and generosity. Meehan will talk about the book and sign copies purchased from the Book Larder afterward.

Holiday Tea at the Fireside Room
Cozy up to treats like freshly baked pastries, cucumber sandwiches, chocolate espresso pot de creme, and a variety of tea, cocktails, and wine in the Fireside Room at this traditional holiday tea service.

21 Acres: European New Year's Feast
Cody Castiglia of Della Terra Catering will teach you how to make a European-style feast that you can replicate to impress your guests on New Year's Eve. The menu includes fondue-filled gnocchi and ends with cranberry clafoutis with brown butter ice cream.

Bakery Nouveau Open House
Drop by for an open house at Bakery Nouveau's new Burien location to sample treats and their holiday offerings.

Latke Cook-Off
Put your latke-making (and/or latke-eating) skills to the test at this annual cook-off. Enter as a cook, a judge, or simply an "eater," and enjoy wine and cheese while everything's cooking.

Rock-a-Raise! A Fundraiser to Pay Off School Lunch Debt
Dance the night away and enjoy happy hour specials at STILL Liquor to support the Seattle Public Schools' Superhero Fund, which helps pay down students' outstanding meal accounts so that they don't have to worry about affording lunch and can focus on learning. There'll be featuring cocktail specials called the Afterschool Special and the Graduate.

Breakside Ugly Sweater Party
Break out your most hideous knitwear for this bash featuring three of Breakside Brewing's best IPAs on tap: Back to the Future, Stay West IPA, and What Rough Beast. There will also be swag giveaways.

DeLille x W Seattle: Winter Wine Dinner
This cozy three-course menu from Chef Steven Ariel features library wine pairings plucked from the cellars of DeLille Cellars in Woodinville.

Drunk Santa Party at Linda's Tavern
Linda's annual Drunk Santa get-down promises to make you "have you ring-ring-ring-a-lingin' and ding-ding-ding-a-lingin' until you are no longer dreaming of a white house, just like the one you used to know" with boozy specials, a holiday photo booth, and a cast of characters that includes Drunk Santa, Evil Elf, and the "ball-busting" Nutcracker.

Holiday Cocktail Class
The mixologists of Four Seasons Hotel Seattle & Goldfinch Tavern’s bar program will teach you how to make three seasonal cocktails with a hands-on demonstration and tasting.

Lunch Club: Crisp, Golden Potato Pancakes
Make your lunch break much more fulfilling and productive by learning how to make crisp, lacy latkes and rugelach cookies with Tom Douglas co-author, Shelley Lance.

Spruce Springsteen Release Party
The Pine Box will release Backwoods Brewing Company's annual collaborative winter ale inspired by the Boss, Spruce Springsteen. Spruce Lee, just like Spruce Springsteen but barrel-aged and with a "little more kick," will also make its debut.

2017 Tavour Holiday Beer Bash
This beer-themed bash from Tavour, a craft beer club, will include a selection of craft brews (including Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, Cascade Sang Noir, The Bruery Mocha Wednesday, and others), a free 2017 Tavour Holiday mini glass, food from the Bread & Circuses food truck, trivia with prizes, and a photo contest for a $500 Tavour gift card. Proceeds of all ticket sales will benefit

Heavy Metal Beer Dinner
Colin Lenfesty and Mike Murphy, the resident metalheads of Holy Mountain Brewing, named their Interbay brewery in tribute to the majesty of Mount Rainier and the album by stoner-rock heavyweights Sleep in equal measure. It’s appropriate, then, that Brave Horse Tavern chef Brian Walczyk riffs on that combo with Pacific Northwest ingredients like Gebbers Farms beef carpaccio alongside bright citrus pickles and elevated stoner-genius munchies like nooch-flavored Pringles. Each of the six courses will be matched with a rare brew from Holy Mountain, and the evening will no doubt be soundtracked by some fittingly epic tunes.

Holiday Latte Art Throwdown
Baristas will vie for prizes over the best latte art. Plus, free pizza and beer. Guests are encouraged to don ugly sweaters.

John Harris Brewers Night
Join Oregon craft beer hero John Harris of Ecliptic Brewing for some rare brews, including Toronado's collaboration beer with Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver, Falling Asteroid, an Imperial Porter with cocoa nibs aged in whiskey barrels.

Latte Throwdown at Biscuit & Bean
Come watch this battle of the baristas as Seattle coffee pros compete to create the best latte art. First, Biscuit and Bean will host a traditionally judged barista competition for baristas who haven't competed before. Next, a competition for experienced baristas with a "surprise holiday twist" will follow. Beer, food, and music will be available.

Light Up the Night: Burger Fest
This Hanukkah celebration will feature a gigantic outdoor menorah lighting, gourmet burgers and hot latkes, a mitzvah tank, music, hot drinks, and a holiday market.

NW Peaks Brewery: Enchantment Ale Bottle Release & Party
Join NW Peaks for the release of their Enchantment Ale, a conditioned Saison beer that's "dry and crisp" with hints of pepper. They'll also be unveiling a gallery installation of stylistic portraits by Graham Vittum of the Bruno B Collectif.