Learn how to handle your oyster

WEDNESDAY, November 7

Top Chef Premiere at Palace Ballroom
After all the anticipation, the Top Chef Seattle premiere is here. Join fellow enthusiasts from 9 to 11 at Palace Ballroom and enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers while watching the show on four giant screens. Tickets are $20. For more information email Amy.

MurrayAid at Bastille's Back Bar
Barman Erik Carlson has enlisted the help of esteemed bartender Brooke Arthur in raising funds for Murray Stenson. From 8pm until close, $9 cocktails will flow in the back bar, and a portion of the night's proceeds will go to Stenson, who is facing heart surgery and has no health insurance.

THURSDAY, November 8

Ivar’s Fall Cider Celebration Dinner
Celebrate the harvest season with oysters and apples at Ivar’s Salmon House at the north end of Lake Union. Chef Jason Bray is preparing a gluten-free, five-course meal, with pairings from eight regional artisan cideries. Dinner starts at 6 and space is limited. Tickets are $55 and are available online, or by calling 206-587-6500

Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars Wine Around Community Social
The wineries’ joint Woodinville tasting room is launching a new monthly happy hour, with each installment supporting a different local charity or organization. The first one happens November 8 to benefit Northwest Harvest. Visit the tasting room between 5 and 9 that evening and a $10 donation earns you a complimentary glass of wine and appetizers. Also, a portion of any wine purchases that night will also go back to Northwest Harvest.  Some nonperishable or canned good donations would be welcome as well. Just sayin’.

SATURDAY, November 10

Taste of Tulalip
The mighty assemblance of wines and wine-friendly bites returns to the Tulalip Resort Casino. Tickets for Friday night's dinner and some of the Saturday packages are sold out, but you can still grab an $85 Grand Taste pass, which includes access to more than 120 wines. The Grand Taste runs from 2:30 to 7:30 and day-of tickets run $95.

SUNDAY, November 11

Boat Street Café’s 4th Annual Normandy Dinner
Oysters are in the air and on the patio at Renee Erickson's French-styled café along with rye bread, butter, hard cider, and muscadet. Once the appetizers are finished, join fellow pseudo-Normands inside for the main attraction; mussels, scallops, pork, cheese, cabbage, dessert, to only name a few. Arrive at 6, wearing your warm winter jackets. The meal is $95. Call 206-632-4602 for reservations. Space is limited.

TUESDAY, November 13

Oyster-Shucking Class
Can’t quite figure out how to handle an oyster? Stop by Seatown at 5:30 and learn how to shuck while enjoying a chilled glass of white wine. You will also get to take six oysters home to show your friends what a bad mother shucker you are. And by bad, I mean good. Tickets are $20. 

Bellevue’s Dishcrawl
Eat your way around Bellevue’s finest restaurants with fellow food fanatics by tasting each establishment’s best dish. Which restaurants? Can’t say. It’s top secret, aside from the few twitter hints. The meeting location will be revealed to ticketholders only 48 hours before the 7pm event start via e-mail. Tickets are $39 and all food is included in the price. For any other questions, e-mail Sean.

BEYOND 

November 14 Christopher Kimball from America’s Test Kitchen is presenting scientific secrets behind fine cooking during The Science of Good Cooking. KCTS 9 and Pacific Science Center are hosting the event at the Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR Theater at 7:30. Tickets are available online or by calling 206-443-2886 for $10 or $5 for members.