WEDNESDAY, February 20
Maxime Bilet’s Tibet Fund Dinner
Modernist Cuisine coauthor Maxime Bilet cooks at one of his first public events since leaving the Modernist lab last year. At the VUDE, diners will enjoy a 12-course tasting menu of modernist dishes with Tibetan twists, along with live music, a silent auction, and local wine pairings and cocktails. With a few promised surprises and only 42 seats, act fast by emailing email@example.com or visit thevude.com. Cocktails start at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7, and the cost is $300 per person (or $500 for the lucky folks who snag the chef's table).
FRIDAY, February 22
Hopscotch Beer and Scotch Festival
Fremont Studios becomes sipping central for this SIFF benefit promising more than 80 varieties of beer, Scotch, whiskey, and wine. The four admission packages range from $20 to $50 (and there's a newly added all-you-can-enjoy whiskey lunch on February 23 costing $75 in advance). Hopscotch happens Friday from 5 to midnight and Saturday from 2 to midnight.
Crush Anniversary Dinner
Every picture tells a story. Or is it plate? Chef Jason Wilson celebrates eight years of Crush with an eight-course progressive dinner complete with a story behind every dish. The cost is $150 per person including drinks, and seatings for six to eight guests occur every 30 minutes starting at 5. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.
SATURDAY, February 23
Vodka Pig Ranch to Plate Dinner
William von Schneidau, owner of BB Ranch Butcher, hosts a four-course meal in Pike Place Market, featuring a vodka pig from Bucking Board Farm. Meet by Rachel (the bronze hog under the Market’s main sign) where you will be escorted to a private space above the Market called the Goodwin Library. Spaces are limited, so buy tickets soon.
23rd Annual PNA Wine Taste
This year’s sampling event offers your choice of 10 pours of Washington wines, hors d’oeuvres, and music from Live Wire Trio. If you like what you taste, buy it at the store that will be set up at the venue. All proceeds benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Associate. Purchase tickets online or at the Phinney Center.
The Totally Teal Toast
Bust out the neon for an '80s-inspired bar crawl organized by three local sisters raising money for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Registration opens at 1:30 at Lot No. 3 in downtown Bellevue where you will receive a fanny pack and drink tickets. Other stops include Pearl, Earls, Paddy Coyne's, and Koral.
SUNDAY, February 24
Seattle Food and Wine Experience
Ramp up your tastebuds for this affair featuring thousands of wines from around the globe, a beer and cider exhibit, gourmet food samples, a coffee lounge, and more. The event runs from noon to 5; tickets are on sale now for $55.
Hiver au Chateau
Chefs Matt Dillon (The Corson Building, Sitka and Spruce) and Jim Drohman (Le Pichet, Cafe Presse) team up for a country-style French feast benefitting the Jubilee Women’s Center and Pike Place Senior Center. Call the Corson Building at 206-762-3330 or Le Pichet at 206-256-1499 to make reservations. Seats are $250.
Ethan Stowell’s Chili Cook-Off
Local chefs and distinguished food enthusiasts bring the heat in a chili cook-off hosted by chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell. The event takes place at one of Stowell's own, Tavolàta, and begins at 6; proceeds go toward the Fetal Health Foundation. For $50, have at 120 kinds of secret-recipe chilis, salad, garlic bread, and tap beer. Call 206-838-8008 to make reservations (highly recommended) and help name the winner.
TUESDAY, February 26
Local Distillers Cocktail Party
There sure are a lot of new local liquors. Sample some of them at this showcase featuring nine distilleries, including Project V, Woodinville Whiskey, and Fremont Mischief. Tickets are $50; the party starts at Palace Ballroom at 5:30.