Nosh Pit Weekly Planner: October 23-31
This week: a bar crawl honoring the newly reinstalled Rainier R, and a ton of Halloween events. Some involve cute animals.
Halloween (and its many events) is almost upon us, so we extended this week's planner through next Thursday, October 31 for your planning convenience.
THURSDAY, October 24
Rainier Beer Community Celebration Neighborhood R Crawl
After a 13-year absence, Rainier Beer’s iconic R is returning to the top of the Old Rainier Brewery. Festivities including music, a beer garden, and a photo op with the R will start at 4. A ceremony for this brand spanking new illumination will be at 7 just before it makes its climb. Take part in some of Seattle’s history and come to this free event. Following the installation, several Georgetown bars will host after-parties to continue celebrating the icon.
Whip, Beat, and Fry Hunger
The chefs at Blue Ribbon Culinary Center are putting on an event to support Northwest Hunger, the only nonprofit food bank distributor statewide. The event costs $125 and starts at 7; spend the first hour sampling a selection of appetizers, then break off into different class sessions, including how to cook gnocchi, risotto, homemade beignets, and more. The last hour, naturally, is spent dining on all the dishes created throughout the evening...and enjoying the culinary center's Lake Union view. Tickets can be purchased online.
FRIDAY, October 25
Snohomish Brew Fest
Think Oktoberfest is over? Think again. The two-day Snohomish Brew Fest at the Snohomish Event Center kicks off Friday at 6. American Brewing Co., Paradise Creek Brewery, Elysian Brewing Co., and several other breweries will be making an appearance along with loads of live entertainment. A $30 ticket will get you five tasting tokens and the beer-friendly Snohomish Brew Fest sausage dinner. For other ticket prices (including the designated driver ticket special) and to purchase them online, visit the website.
Seafood and Wine Tasting at Pike Place
Pure Food Fish Market and The Tasting Room at Pike Place Market are bringing you a night of wines and seafood, starting at 6. Try Pure Food Fish Market’s variety of smoked salmon along with offerings from Wilridge Winery, Harlequin Wine Cellars, and more. There will even be drawings for prizes—wine and salmon prizes. Tickets are $30 in advanced, $40 at the door, and can be purchased online.
The Pellegrini Committee is hosting its annual harvest dinner honoring one of the region's food writing pioneers at The Canal in Ballard at 6:00. Salumi founder Armandino Batali and Copperleaf Restaurant’s Roy Breiman will be preparing a multi-course dinner with seasonal ingredients. This $150 price tag includes a full bar, antipasti, dinner with regional wine, a biscotti gift bag, and a copy of Pellegrini’s The Unprejudiced Palate. Tickets are limited and available online.
SATURDAY, October 26
Café Flora Pumpkin Decorating Party
Madison Valley's homey vegetarian restaurant is offering up some free G-rated good times. Come any time on Sunday from 10-2 to decorate pumpkins that were donated by Oxbrow Farm. Sip on some Rockridge Orchard spiced cider and snack on festive fall bites including pumpkin bread and pancakes. Costumes, kids, and kids in costumes are encouraged.
What’s better than seeing a dog in a costume? Seeing a bunch of dogs in costumes. Come to Dog-O-Ween at Genesee Park at 10:30 in the morning to help support Seattle dog parks. Apparently some food vendors will be there, but the big draw is clearly the costume contest, where the best-dressed pups give it their all on the runway. Tickets are $10 and available online.
Dianne’s Delights Halloween Cake Pop Class
Dianne’s Delights is hosting a cake pop class at the bakery in Queen Anne. Learn how to make regular cake pops and special pumpkin, candy corn, and mummy pops as well. Bonus: you get to take about two dozen cake pops with you–don’t eat them all on the drive home. Tickets are $60 and available online.
Pumpkin Bash and Trick or Treating at Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo is letting its animals play with pumpkins, and letting humans watch. Come to the Pumpkin Bash both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 to watch hippos, elephants, gorillas, and their ilk toy with pumpkins of all sizes. And the animals aren’t the only ones that will get candy—there will be trick-or-treating for everyone as well. This event is free with zoo membership or admission.
Julia’s Halloween Party and Costume Contest
Come to Julia’s on Broadway for the annual Halloween party and costume contest at 10pm. C 89.5’s own DJ Skiddle will be there to start the dance party, along with performances by Le Faux, all hosted by Kristy Champagne. Enter the costume contest for the chance to win some really awesome prizes.
Scared Stiff Halloween Party
Fado Irish Pub is hosting the Scared Stiff Halloween Party at 9:00. The downtown Irish pub transforms into a haunted house complete with cobwebs and a zombie-infected staff. There will be a costume contest with the grand prize of $100 gift card to Fado and special happy hour prizes to runner ups.
SUNDAY, October 27
Opening of Green Plate Special’s New Garden
Green Plate Special, a nonprofit that exposes middle schoolers to the joys of growing and eating healthy food, is opening a new teaching garden at 25th Ave and S Walker and hosting a garden gala for everyone at 4. Staff from the Ruins will prepare wood-fired flatbread topped with produce from the garden itself. Come to this free event to celebrate this commencement and support the importance of educating the youth about gardening.
MONDAY, October 28
Benevento Four-Course meal with William Belickis
Once again, William Belickis is hosting a Benevento dinner with optional wine pairings in MistralKitchen’s main dining room. This is Belickis's second dinner showcasing the fare of his ancestral homeland in the Campania region of southern Italy. This autumnal four-course meal includes plates like buffalo mozzarella and honey cake with saffron gelato. Dinner is $50 and wine pairings are an additional $30. For reservations, call 206-623-1922.
Dusted Valley Wine Dinner
Ted Furst, the founder and owner of Le Grand Bistro Americain, and winemaker Corey Braunel of Dusted Valley Winery are presenting a special dinner at Le Grand Bistro in Kirkland at 6:30. Chef Shawn Martin has created a French-inspired menu with wine pairings from Dusted Valley. Menu highlights include red pepper and shrimp bisque and duck breast, as well as wines including Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. This multi-course dinner with wine pairings is $99, not including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 425-828-7778.
TUESDAY, October 29
Carve for a Cause at Copperworks Distilling Company
Individuals, students, and businesses gather at the new distillery to compete in categories such as traditional/scary or artistic/freestyle, all while benefiting Architects Without Borders. Come anytime between 6-9 to see these wicked cool pumpkins on display. The event itself is free, but the cost of participating ranges. At the end of the night, the pumpkins will be auctioned off, giving you the chance to have the coolest jack-o-lantern on the block.
Gluten-Free Comfort Foods Cooking Class
Join Vanessa Volkman, director of Blue Ribbon Cooking, to learn how to bake gluten-free comfort foods from 6-9. Because Volkman is gluten intolerant herself, she is all about creating gluten-free versions of traditional textures and flavors. The $95 price tag includes Northwest wine and microbrews, appetizers, a sit down dinner, and learning how to make the basics such as chicken pot pie, gooey chocolate chip cookies, homemade pizza, and more.
THURSDAY, October 31
Dia Muertos Party
Both Mezcaleria Oaxaca and La Carta de Oaxaca are hosting Halloween parties. Or, technically, fiestas for dia de los muertos. Each venue is getting in the holiday spirit with a mariachi band (which kicks off at 5) and a spooktacular special menu of mezcal cocktails.
Halloween at The Barrel Thief
Come to new Fremont watering hole The Barrel Thief for some food and drink specials and, if you’re brave enough, some Underworld Punch. Enjoy music and dancing, stay for the fashion runway costume contest at 9:00–you may even win a prize.
Halloween Underworld Tour
This is not for babies. The Underworld Tour will take you through the old red-light district of the original Seattle.While roaming these underground streets, you’ll hear stories of the pioneers that may cause goosebumps. This 21+ tour comes with a cocktail. Trust me, you’ll need it. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online, in person at the ticket booth, or calling 206-682-4646.