WEDNESDAY, December 18
Olive Oil Dinner at Boat Street Café
This cozy and festive spot is putting together a dinner that showcases the olive oil harvest of 2013. Artisan olive oil producers Capezzana and Titone are featured in the menu with dishes that highlight the quality of the season. Make reservations by calling 206-632-4602.
THURSDAY, December 19
Tipsy Twinkle Tour
Local Craft Tours presents a series of special holiday tours of Seattle’s craft distilleries. Led by founders Tara Fuller and Craig Krueger, you'll learn how the distillery works and how to make killer holiday libations. And if that isn’t enough festive fun, the crew is taking you on a tour in style (Mercendes-Benz Sprinter, to be exact) of the city’s various light displays. This $69 ticket includes holiday-flavored liqueur tastings, snacks, and a take-home gift. These tours happen every Thursday through Saturday until January 4. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.
Free Cookies at Oddfellows
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, this Capitol Hill rustic café and bar is baking a lot of cookies to give away. And we mean a lot. Making 1,000 of the neighborhood’s favorite Oddfellow Chip cookies for the day, the staff plans to give them away until they’re gone. Does this mean bring your own milk?
Olio Nuovo Dinner
The beloved dinner is back at the Corson Building. Join Italian specialty food expert Jeffery Bergman of Manicaretti to learn about the four distinct and freshly-pressed olive oils being featured in the dinner. The oils used will also be available for purchase. Dinner is $65 without tax and gratuity.
SATURDAY, December 21
Caramel-Making Class at Hot Cakes
This dessert shop in Ballard is continuing its one-day caramel-making classes. Hot Cakes pastry chef Stephanie Lock and owner Autumn Martin will show you how to make this delicious goodness, perfect for last-minute stocking stuffers. Sessions begin at noon and tickets are $75. Call 206-420-3431 to make your reservations.
Southern Style Holiday Cooking Class
Learn how to make Southern soul food with Blue Ribbon Cooking and Culinary Center at the holiday cooking class starting at 6:30. Get that Southern charm and learn how to create dishes from appetizers like grilled jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon to desserts such as traditional beignets. After the lesson, feast on the dishes created in class and enjoy the view of the lake (Christmas boats included). This $95 class includes appetizers, wine, beer, the lessons, dinner, and printed recipes to take home.
Spaghetti Dinner at Agrodolce
This Maria Hines Italian hot spot is celebrating its first anniversary with a special spaghetti dinner. House-made focaccia and spaghetti with house-milled flour will be featured on the menu. Dinner is $60 and includes a three-course wine pairing. Make reservations online or call 206-547-9707.
SUNDAY, December 22
La Carta de Oaxaca Brunch
As a way of saying feliz navidad, this stylish Mexican restaurant in Ballard is bringing in the holidays with a special brunch. Starting at 10 and running through the day, the menu will offer holiday-inspired dishes.
Corson Building Brunch
As one of the few brunches offered here throughout the year, the organic happy place will be hosting a holiday brunch. The meal will consist of family-style, prix fixe, and festive dishes. Brunch is $40 without tax and gratuity and there are two seatings of the meal at 10 and 1.
MONDAY, December 23
Annual Winemaker Dinner
It’s time for the annual holiday winemaker dinner at Aqua by El Gaucho. Winemakers (including Chris Sparkman of Sparkman Cellars, Mark McNeilly of Mary Ryan Winery, and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars) will be there to share their vino knowledge. The $150 price tag includes a multi-course meal paired with both red and white wines. The menu consists of seafood, such as the Maine lobster salad, and hearty meat like certified Angus Beef brand tenderloin and a rack of lamb. To make reservations, call 206-956-9171.
Anchovies and Olives
Once again, chef Zach Chambers is creating a seafood feast at the Feast of the Seven Fishes to ring in the holiday Ethan Stowell style. Starting at 5, the four-course dinner will include potato leek soup with Dungeness crab, whole grilled Branzino, and orange chocolate cake. This family-style meal is $75 per person and includes an optional wine pairing for an extra $35. Call 206-838-8080 to make reservations.
TUESDAY, December 24
In case you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal, check out this list of special holiday dinners happening at various restaurants.
WEDNESDAY, December 25
Too busy unwrapping presents and partaking in yuletide joy? Come back to Nosh Pit this week for last-minute Christmas dinner options.
TUESDAY, December 31
Bid adieu to 2013 and welcome in the new year with swank and style. We've got our first installment of hot tickets for NYE; stay tuned for part two.
Seattle-based writer, photographer, and fimmaker Christopher Boffoli's clever exhibit Big Appetite is on display at Winston Watcher gallery from now until Christmas. See the world of food in different real-life scenarios when condiments, beverages, and snacks become obstacles and environments in the miniscule peoples' lives. Photographs feature situations such as mini-families vacationing in ice cream cone tents and construction workers strenuously maneuvering pretzel sticks. For more information, visit the website.