THURSDAY March 29
Spirited Dining at John Howie
Two important men in the world of scotch will be at John Howie this Thursday; the master brand manager and master distiller from Glenmorangie. Each of the courses in the five-course dinner will be accompanied by a carefully chosen Glenmorangie spirit. (And some Scottish accents too, we hope.) The $125 dinner begins at 6:30.
SATURDAY March 31
More than 200 wineries and dozens of chefs will be at the CenturyLink Event Center this weekend for two days of tastings. Saturday’s highlight: the Canlis Food and Wine Pairing Seminar. Sunday’s: Tom Douglas on the chef stage. Tickets run from $75 to $125, and include as many samplings as you can get your hands on. Careful, large-scale wine tasting can be dangerous, read up on survival strategies first.
Hop Scotch Beer and Scotch Festival
Taste beer, scotch, wine and other spirits in this two-day fundraiser for the Seattle International Film Festival. Tickets run from $15 to $30, and there are optional seminars to take part in to further your scotch knowledge.
Edible Book Festival
Both literary puns and cake abound at the seventh annual competition of homemade edible books. Some of last year’s winners: Un Berryable Lighness of Being and Lord of the Fries. (I like S’More and Peace and Don Quichote in particular.) The event begins at noon with viewing and voting, and the cakes will be eaten at two. If you’re a brilliantly nerdy baker, register your entry by midnight Wednesday, March 28.
Washington Cask Beer Festival
The Brewers Guild will convene at the Seattle Center to share, taste, and discuss more than 70 cask-conditioned beers. The celebration of brewers’ creativity (a favorite in the beer community) is divided into two sessions, one from noon to 4 and one from 5:30 to 9:30—both cost $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
MONDAY April 2
Kids Spring Break Camp
The Kirkland Sur La Table is willing to take your kids off your hands for three days. They’ll learn kitchen fundamentals for the first two days, then get down to what cooking is really all about on Wednesday with a competition. The $120 price tag is worth it just for what they’ll learn to make at home: cornflake crusted chicken fingers, caramel cheesecake bites, and homemade pretzels… (Also, an interesting adult class on Monday—Great Recipes of Seattle. Learn to make the Canlis salad and Dahlia coconut cream pie, among other legends.)
April 5 Savor SLU The SLU Discovery Center will host a variety of restaurants for a sampling of the neighborhood’s offerings on Thursday night at 5. The $35 ticket includes a glass of wine and bites from places like Cuoco and Lunchbox Laboratory.
April 15 Musical Plates, Seattle’s most raucous food tour, is hitting the streets again, this time with the band OK Sweetheart. Guests will be guided around the city to some of the most popular tables, with live music every step of the way. Tickets are $60 before April 6, $75 after, and the event runs for four hours.