Get ready to say goodbye to winter the right way at this beer bash. Image via Penumbra's Facebook site.

WEDNESDAY, March 13

Cooking Class with Rachael Coyle: St. Patrick's Day Feast
Pastry chef and chef chef Rachael Coyle is ready to show you how to make a mean St. Paddy’s Day feast complete with two classic Irish breads, corned beef and cabbage, and apple cake for dessert. The Book Larder class from 6:30 to 9 is limited to 10 students, so sign up fast!

NARAL’s 22nd Annual Chocolate for Choice
Safeco Field’s First Base Terrace Club hosts 40 local chocolatiers for this fun event raising money for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. What to expect: a panel of celebrity judges, a silent and live auction, hand-crafted chocolate displays, and tickets starting at $40.

Urbane's Washington vs. Oregon Wine Showdown
From 6 to 9, blindly taste six varieties of Washington merlot and Oregon pinot in a friendly (or not so friendly?) competition to see which state has wine-related bragging rights. The event is hosted by Urbane Market and is $12.

THURSDAY, March 14 

Brain Injury Awareness Month Fundraiser at Pyramid
Show up between 5:30 and 8 and spend $25 for your choice of a brewer’s burger, grilled chicken sandwich, pizza or salad, with one beer from the Pyramid Alehouse; funds go to help the Brain Injury Association of Washington. Each guest will also get entered into a drawing to win a Segway tour for two. Register online or call 206-897-5755.

March Dinners at The Corson Building
The Corson Building is serving up a special Indian meal for the first of its two March dinners. Reservations are available from 6 to 10 and the cost is $40 per person. 

FRIDAY, March 15 

Michael Moss: How the Food Industry Hooked Us on Salt, Sugar, and Fat
Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and author of Salt Sugar Fat Michael Moss connects the food industry to the growing problems of childhood obesity and diabetes in America. The event only costs $5 and takes place downstairs at Town Hall, starting at 7:30pm.

SATURDAY, March 16

Penumbra Beer Bash
Come celebrate the last weekend of winter with music and beer – lots of beer. Nearly 30 breweries will be there, along with seven bands from 4 to midnight at King’s Hall, a new venue close to the Mt. Baker light rail station. Tickets are on sale now.

Second Annual Bourbon Bash
Hosted by Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and Pilchuck Distributors, Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue is the scene for the “largest collections of bourbon and rye whiskey west of Kentucky.” Get your questions answered by experts, while sipping on samples and tasting appetizers included in your $125 admission fee. Make a reservation by calling 425-990-6310 or emailing finespirits@schwartzbros.com.

Foggy Noggin Anniversary
Bothell’s Foggy Noggin Brewing celebrates three years by releasing a 2013 Anniversary Ale (English Olde) and inviting the Jerk Station food truck to serve up authentic Caribbean food from 1 to 4.

Shamrock Shuffle
BYOG (bring your own glass) to this wine walk from 6 to 8 featuring 15 wineries located throughout Country Village. Proceeds benefit the Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce; tickets can be bought online or at the door while supplies last.

St. Patrick’s Day Banquet
For the 73rd year, the Irish communities of Seattle host a night of cocktails, bagpipes, corned beef and cabbage, and dancing from 5:30 to 8:30. Located at The Harbor Club, join the optional black-tie dinner and auction, or just enjoy the bands and sip drinks to ring in the holiday.

SUNDAY, March 17 

Cooking Class with Anna Berman: Knife Skills
Using a knife sounds easy, right? But do you really know how to correctly slice a vegetable or if you’re taking proper care of this essential cooking tool? Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and local culinary instructor, Anna Berman is here to help from 10am to 12:30pm at Book Larder. Bring your own cutting utensil and a small cutting board and you’ll leave with a bag full of (correctly) chopped veggies.

Third Annual Poulsbo Beer Run
Think you can stomach four beers during a four-mile run? Try it. Start at Slippery Pig, Sound, or Valholl, making stops at each along the way. Rainy Daze, Slaughter County, or Bainbridge Island Brewing will offer you a celebratory drink at the end as guest breweries. The event is dog friendly, starts at 9am, and all proceeds benefit the Blue Star Banner Program of Kitsap County. Walk away with a special pub glass, too!

Cochon 555
The hog competition is back with five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers ready to win your vote as the Prince (or Princess) of Porc. Cedarbrook Lodge hosts Seattle’s cookoff of this national event; Jason Franey, Rachel Yang, John Sundstrom, Joshua Henderson, Shane Ryan, and Portland chef Jason Barwikowski are competing, and the winner moves on to compete at the Grand Cochon in Aspen. Tickets start at $125.

TUESDAY, March 19

The Pike Place Fish Guys: In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys
Book Larder welcomes the Pike Place Market fish-throwing guys (fresh off a Today show appearance) to talk about and sign their new book from 6:30 to 8. Learn how to select, prepare, and cook fish and seafood with recipes like Cajun barbecue shrimp skewers, coconut maple salmon, and Thai curry mussels. RSVP here for this free event.

Local Chefs for Local Farms
Highlighting the importance of eating and growing local, organic food, local Jubilee farmers will speak alongside award-winning Tilth owner and chef Maria Hines and PCC Farmland Trust. Tickets are $85 for a four-course meal with wine pairings prepared by Hines. 

Ivar's 108th Birthday
The lucky number is 108 for all things Ivar's on Tuesday. With a special buy one, get one for $1.08 deal, the first 108 customers at any location will receive a blueberry cake pop (founder Haglund's favorite flavor). Ivar's is also giving away a $108 gift card to the fan with the most creative birthday wish in a Facebook contest through March 20.

BEYOND

Chef + Gardener Dinner Series at Volunteer Park Café
Throughout the summer, chef Ericka Burke and rock star gardener Amy Pennington will team up to host a series of four seasonal dinners inspired by Volunteer Park Café’s garden. The multi-course organic meal will be served at the communal table for $45. Wine and beer, along with Pennington’s cookbooks, will be available for purchase. The first one is planned for June 11; reserve a spot online or call the cafe at 206-328-3155.