Sitka and Spruce and its Melrose Market neighbors are handing out free samples on Sunday.

MONDAY December 12

High 5 Pie on Capitol Hill serves up movie nights on Monday evenings from 7 to 10. Catch holiday classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life and of course grab a holiday pie; special flavors this season include pumpkin, sweet potato, cranberry walnut, and caramel pecan.

THURSDAY December 15

David Sanford’s Belle Clementine is opening its feast series this week. The communal dining restaurant will serve a seasonally determined menu on the 15th, 16th and 17th this week, plus additional dates in the future. Reservations can be made via the restaurant’s website or by phone at 206-257-5761.

SATURDAY December 17

Kathy Casey Food Studios is holding an all-day extravaganza and open house from 11 to 7. Casey will be there with special guest Keren Brown; both ladies will be signing copies of their books. There’ll also be cooking demos, samples cooked up by the Food Studios team, and of course holiday treats and gifts for your loved ones.

SUNDAY December 18

Got hungry kids? Take ’em to Book Larder from 10 to noon to learn how to make cupcakes, cake pops, and more with CakeSpy Jessie Oleson. Tickets are $25 per person and the class is open to kids ages 5 to 9.

Capitol Hill Seattle blog says that the shops at Melrose Market are giving out food samples from 2 to 6. Cheese shop Calf and Kid will be sharing tastes of cheese, Rain Shadow Meats will offer ham, grab some bread from Sitka and Spruce and, conveniently, some jam from Marigold and Mint. Homegrown will hand out soda. Butter Home will offer shoppers a discount since, contrary to its name, it sells no actual food.

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