All types of chocolate will be available for tastings at Northwest Chocolate Festival 2012. Photo via Facebook.

 WEDNESDAY, September 26

Dirty Business: A History of Negative Campaigning
Humanities Washington is spotlighting this year's election in its next Think & Drink discussion night. This free, beer-fueld symposium at Naked City Brewery will explore how our elections have been shaped "political mudslinging," starting with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and continuing today.

Rover's 25th Anniversary Party
Chef Thierry Rautureau celebriates both his birthday and Rover's 25th anniversary. Sip miniature cocktails and glasses of wine while feasting on heavy appetizers inspired by the chef and Rover's kitchen staff. Tickets are $65 per person and can be reserved by calling 206-325-7442.  

Yom Kippur Break-Fast Dinner at Stopsky's
The Mercer Island Jewish delicatessen is breaking the Yom Kippur fast with a tasting menu and optional wine pairing. The six-course menu is $75 and includes grilled eggplant and artichoke salad, pan-seared rainbow trout, and pear and walnut kugel; a four-course version is $55. The restaurant offers seatings at 6 and 8; call the restaurant at 206-236-4564 for a reservation.

SATURDAY, September 29

2012 Fresh Hop Throwdown
Fresh hop beer is back for the fall season. What was supposed to be the second annual "Washington versus Oregon" throwdown of fresh hop beer is now more of a showcase: sixteen brews from Washington and Oregon will be on tap at the Noble Fir starting at 4pm (yes, there will be a line). Judges declare a winner later in the evening. Participating breweries include Elysian Brewing, North Sound Brewing, Fremont Brewing Company, Fort George Brewing, Laurelwood Brewing, and more.

The Northwest Chocolate Festival 2012
Bask in all things chocolate Saturday and Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center. This year's event will feature taste after taste of amazing chocolate, hand-crafted fine chocolate, artisan-quality chocolate desserts, slideshows and stories by chocolate makers, hands-on workshops and classes, live music, kid zones, and more. Single-day passes are $25 in advance, while weekend passes are $50. 

Seattle Underground Market
After setting up an underground market in Atlanta, Michaela Graham is doing the same for Seattle. She has rallied about 35 to 40 vendors for the inaugural Seattle Underground Market, who will share their creations with others and get valuable feedback and exposure. This incubator and food-testing ground will feature small bites ($1-$5) and is only $5 at the entrance. Graham hopes to make this a monthly event. Be sure to sign up before you go - only members will be allowed in. The location will be emailed out to members the day before the event. 

SUNDAY, September 30

Charlotte Druckman Dinner and Book Signing
Chefs Ericka Burke (Volunteer Park Cafe) and Melissa Nyffeler (Dinette) are hosting a dinner for New York journalist Charlotte Druckman, author of Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen. The book is a behind-the-scenes look inside the male-dominated world of restaurant kitchens, told by more than 100 of the best women cooking today. Burke and Nyffeler, who are featured in Skirt Steak, are creating a four-course, locally-sourced meal that kicks off at 6pm at Volunteer Park Cafe. Tickets are $75 per person, and include dinner, wine, and a copy of Druckman's book.

TUESDAY, October 2

Bruce Aidells Butchery Demo, Cookbook Signing, and Buffet
Melrose Market butcher Rain Shadow Meats is hosting a special evening to celebrate Bruce Aidells's new tome The Great Meat Cookbook. Starting at 7:30pm, the evening will focus on today's meat issues--how to talk to your butcher, how cuts can be interchangeable, buying local, grass fed vs grain fed, etc. Rain Shadow Meats butcher Russell Flint will breakdown half a pig while Aidells discusses the various cuts and suggested uses. A book signing will follow the demo, and the evening will finish with a buffet-style dinner featuring dishes from The Great Meat Cookbook. Tickets are $80 per person, which includes a copy of the book. 

Queen Anne Farmers Market Hands-On Dinner and Fundraiser
Guests will be guided through hands-on preparations of farm-to-table dishes at The Pantry at Delancey, including spicy roasted cherry peppers with aged provolone and oregano and heirloom tomato tart with homemade herbed creme fraiche. Dinners will be enjoyed family-style afterwards, with Washington wine pairings.  Tickets are $125. Classes will be led by Pantry cofounder Olaiya Land.

Feast at the Market
Pike Place Market is proud to host the 29th annual progressive dinner through the Market, offering diners a self-guided tour of tastes at 24 participating restaurants, including Marche, Matt's in the Market, Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie, The Pink Door, and more. The tour stars at 5:30 at the Pike Market Medical Center, dinner is 6-9, and coffee and dessert will be served 9-10 at the Seattle Athletic Club. Tickets are $125 per person; all proceeds will support the clinic.  

BEYOND

October 12 Head over to the Pike Place Market for Arcade Lights, a semiannual celebration of artisanal food and beverages from 7-10pm. Over 60 breweries, wineries, and small-scale food businesses will participate in the banquet for robust drinks, savory and sweet treats, and electic entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.