Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
WEDNESDAY, May 28
National Hamburger Day at Every Maria Hines Restaurant
Maria Hines’s three restaurants will all offer build-your-own burgers in recognition of National Hamburger Day. Tilth will serve a $14 house ground steak burger with toppings like bacon jam and soft-cooked eggs, Golden Beetle will have a $13 Skagit River Ranch beef burger with halloumi cheese and tzatziki, and Agrodolce will carry a $13 grass-fed lamb burger with mushroom agrodolce and burrata. Other toppings will be available for an additional cost.
THURSDAY, May 29
Meeru Dhalwala at Book Larder
This Shanik and Vij’s co-founder will be cooking up three dishes featured at her acclaimed restaurants. Chai and conversation will be plentiful, as will copies of her two books, Vij’s and Vij’s at Home. The $30 class fee includes generous samples. Unsurprisingly, this one sold out fast, but you can still join the waitlist.
FRIDAY, May 30
Birthday Celebration at Hot Cakes
Chocolatier Autumn Martin will be celebrating the two-year anniversary of her Ballard molten cakery with a milkshake cart(!) and discount cakes. The milkshake cart will be serving up $5 top-your-own sundaes outside the shop from noon to 8pm, and molten cakes will be $6 all day long.
SUNDAY, June 1
Sunday Feast at Tavolàta
This month’s Sunday Feast will feature the best of the Pacific Northwest’s early summer bounty, from a starter of pea vines with wild mushrooms and mint to a porcini mushroom bucatini with fava bean sugo and Pecorino. These $60 family-style meals often sell out, so reserve your spot by calling 206-838-8008.
MONDAY, June 2
60th Anniversary at Beth’s Café
Beth’s weeklong anniversary celebration will kick off at 6am with a drawing competition and a special 1950s menu (with 1950s prices to match). A portion of Monday’s profits will go to Treehouse, a local nonprofit benefitting foster children. The birthday celebration concludes on Saturday at 8:30pm with a 50s- themed party and costume contest.
Seattle Met’s restaurant of the year will be channeling a casual vibe for its first industry night. There will be a number of food stations, including a make-your-own falafel bar and a shwarma stand. Walk-ins will pay $30 for unlimited access to food stations and a drink ticket, and service industry members will receive a $10 discount. Call 206-906-9606 to RSVP.
Meatless Monday at Tallulah’s
Linda Derschang’s newest spot has hopped on the Meatless Monday bandwagon—for a good cause, no less. Tallulah’s will be donating ten percent of this week’s Meatless Monday sales to Food in Motion. This offshoot of Operation Sack Lunch re-purposes wasted food into nutritious meals for homeless shelters throughout the city.
Negroni Week AND Sherry Week
Yep, both of these run June 2–8. Local establishments are mixing up variations of this gin, vermouth, and Campari cocktail; part of the proceeds from each Negroni sold will go to various charities. Meanwhile, bars and restaurants around town are geeking out on Spain's signature fortified wine. Here are more details.
Pacific Northwest Cider Awards
The Woods tasting room in SoDo will be packed with Washington cider enthusiasts during the first annual Cider Awards. There will be 25+ Northwest ciders on tap, and two food trucks will be on site: the gluten-free Contigo and the decidedly not gluten-free po’boy-mobile Where Ya At Matt. Each $30 advance ticket is good for eight 5-oz tastings and a voting slip for the People’s Choice Award.
Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at RN74
The James Beard Foundation’s dinner series will come to RN74 for the restaurant’s third anniversary on June 15, bringing with it a pretty incredible lineup of chefs. Michael Mina will join chef David Varley, along with Boston's Jamie Bissonette (his James Beard acceptance speech this year was a thing of beauty), Canlis chef Jason Franey, and Portland's Jason Barwikowski, previously at Woodsman Tavern. Providence chef Matthew Jennings and Adam Sobel of RN74 San Francisco will also be in the kitchen. Scoring this multi-course meal: wine pairings from Sommelier of the Year Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen. Tickets for the star-studded event cost $180 and are available online.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
WEDNESDAY, May 21
Prom at Linda’s Tavern
Spiked punch, prom photos, and a DJ set by Tacocat will set the tone for a prom party at Linda’s Tavern. Prom starts at 9pm, so have your corsage ready by then.
On Different Tracks: Race, Class, and Education
Humanities Washington is hosting another Think and Drink event at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Greenwood. UW Bothell professor Wayne Au and Seattle Times education reporter Claudia Rowe will lead a conversation on race in education starting at 7pm. Reservations are not required.
THURSDAY, May 22
Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Tulio Ristorante
Kimpton Hotels master sommelier Emily Wines (yes, that’s her real last name) will be making an appearance at this downtown Italian restaurant’s four-course dinner. Each course will be paired with a local beer or wine, and guests can vote on their favorite pairing. The $65 dinner begins at 6pm. Reservations are available online.
Molly Wizenberg at Book Larder
Blogger, author, restaurateur and all-around Seattlebrity Molly Wizenberg shows up at Book Larder from 6:30–8pm for a dessert party, author talk, and book signing. Guests at the $10 event will receive a $5 discount on Wizenberg’s new book, Delancey. Reservations are available online.
Sriracha Night at Safeco Field
This cultish Vietnamese hot sauce will be slathered on hot dogs, garlic fries, and even milkshakes when the Mariners take on the Houston Astros this Thursday. A $25 ticket will get you a main level seat, a Mariners Sriracha T-shirt, and a voucher for one menu item. Tickets are available online.
FRIDAY, May 23
Wine Dinner at Volunteer Park Café
Chef Ericka Burke teams up with winery owner Meg Gilbert and winemaker Justin Neufeld of Yakima Valley’s Gilbert Cellars for a five-course wine dinner. The $95 dinner begins at 7pm with Pierre Robert cheese, drunken strawberries, and a 2013 Gilbert Cellars rosé. Call 206-328-3155 for reservations.
SATURDAY, May 24
HoneyHole 15th Anniversary
The Capitol Hill sandwich joint will be serving craft beers on tap for $3.50 all day and night, as well as $4 well drinks when the bar opens at 5. HoneyHole trivia, free swag, and a performance by local band Country Lips at 6pm will round out the day.
SUNDAY, May 25
Crab Boil at E. Smith Mercantile
Chef Michasia Pawluskiewicz of Taylor Shellfish and Bar Sajor will be visiting this Pioneer Square restaurant for a four-course crab boil. Just 25 spaces are available for the $75 dinner, which will include Fregola pasta with steamed shellfish and Rain Shadow sausage and steamed or baked Dungeness crab. Call 206-641-7250 for reservations.
MONDAY, May 26
Burger Month Celebrations
May is National Hamburger Month, and two restaurants are getting in just under the wire. King’s Hardware in Ballard will sell its specialty burgers—from the guacamole-topped Tijuana burger to the goat cheese and red pepper Billy Burger—for $5 off all night on Monday. Li’l Woody’s is doing them one better, with free burgers at its Capitol Hill and Ballard locations from 2–5pm.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Catagorizing as SIFF's opening film—Jimi: All Is By My Side—as a Jimi Hendrix biopic is somewhat of a misnomer. More accurately, it's a brief glimpse the years right before the rock legend became a star. Even more to the point, it's an examination of the highs and lows of unbridled artistic spirit expressed through Hendrix's relationships with the women in his life (played by Hayley Atwell and the magnetic Imogen Poots). It's almost eerie how perfectly André Benjamin (aka Outkast's André 3000) embodies Hendrix with his reserved mannerisms and soft spoken artistic prose that can seem both profound and profoundly dumb and self-absorbed. It's as accurate a portrayal of a famous musician as you'll ever find. Writer and director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) uses stark cuts and stock footage to make the film a vibrant period piece, but it's a somewhat unfocused one that never really attempts to understand what made its protagonist tick (it doesn't help that the Hendrix estate didn't allow Jimi's original tunes to be used). Much like Hendrix's music, Jimi: All Is By My Side isn't so much about substance as the colors it evokes.
Screening: May 15 at 7 (McCawHall). $50–$250.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Oscar nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, visits Seattle to receive a SIFF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. The presentation ceremony corresponds with a showing of Ejiofor's latest film Half of a Yellow Sun, which follows two sisters' tribulations during the Nigerian Civil War of the 1960s. To provide more Ejiofor, SIFF will also screen the cult favorite Serenity on May 18.
Screening: May 19 at 6 (Egyptian Theatre), $35–$150
From the challenging brilliance of David Lynch's films to the popcorn perfection of Jurassic Park, Laura Dern has showcased her acting ability across the cinematic spectrum. She'll be on hand to accept a SIFF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting before the screening of Lynch's 1990 Palme d'Or winner Wild at Heart (good Nic Cage alert!). SIFF 2014 also features screenings of Dern's latest film, the big screen adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.
Screening: May 15 at 7 (McCawHall), $25–$150
While many documentaries help expose important truths and challenge societal perceptions, some of the best docs revel in weird, trivial specificity. The Search for General Tso fits firmly in the latter camp. The film examines the American obsession with the Chinese dish and attempts to uncover its origins.
Screenings: May 16 at 11am (Pacific Place) / May 17 at 3:45 (Lincoln Square) / May 18 at 6:30 (Pacific Place). $10–$12.
Masy 15–June 8, Various Venues
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
WEDNESDAY, May 7
Hawaiian Night at Miyabi 45th
Chef Mutsuko Soma will be serving up an island-inspired menu, ukulele player Hiroshi Okada will be roaming, and many an umbrella drink will be poured at Miyabi 45th, Wallingford's sleek Wallingford soba-loving gastropub. Just don’t look out the window at the steady Seattle drizzle. Call 206-632-4545 for reservations.
Monsoon's Mark Ryan and Sleight of Hand Wine Dinner
Monsoon Seattle owners Sophie and Eric Banh will welcome winemakers Mark McNeilly from Mark Ryan Winery and Trey Busch from Sleight of Hand Cellars for a $145 five-course wine dinner. They’ll also pour out samples of Idle Hands wine, which the two created together. The meal starts at 6:30 with a crispy Saigon shrimp ball and Sleight of Hand 2013 Magician’s Assistant. Reservations can be made online.
THURSDAY, May 8
Pie-Eating Contest at Dahlia Bakery
Where would be better to celebrate National Coconut Cream Pie Day than at Dahlia Bakery, whose triple-coconut variety has long earned accolades? Brave participants will tuck in outside the bakery for the chance to earn prizes. There will also be specials for those who’d prefer their pie in single slices. More info right over here.
SATURDAY, May 10
Lunch at the Shop at London Plane
Bookstore owner Peter Miller will be teaching a class with Matthew Dillon inspired by Miller’s daily lunch ritual. Over the course of two hours at London Plane, they’ll make a week’s worth of lunches and sign copies of Miller’s book, Lunch at the Shop. $125 tickets can be purchased online.
TUESDAY, May 13
Sounders Dinner at Metropolitan Grill
The annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner at the Met will be staffed by players from Sounders FC. From 6:30–8 they’ll be serving up the Metropolinan Grill’s usual dinner menu as well as a few specials, like St. Louis ribs and a Sounder Manhattan with sour apple liqueur and angostura bitters. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Call 425-220-1125 for reservations.
Taste of Korea Contest
The local Korean Consulate is seeking participants for a global Korean cooking contest. Yes, this is totally a real thing and it happens every year. The contest is held in 15 countries worldwide, is currently accepting applications. Applicants provide a recipe proposal for the chance to become a global finalist and attend the Taste of Korea contest in Seoul in September. Applications are due on May 23. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.