Tom Douglas's Lawn Party and Croquet Tournament returns for a second year || Image via Tom Douglas Restaurants

WEDNESDAY, July 31

Celebrity Grilling with Lorenzo Romar
You're invited to watch the University of Washington men’s basketball coach, Lorenzo Romar, show off his grilling chops at Daniel’s Broiler Lake Union. Chef Ayhan Barlas will join Romar as they prepare a summery feast on the lakeside patio. And fifty percent of sales will be donated to the Lorenzo Romar Foundation. Dinner is served at 5, but get there early.

An Evening with Terry Theise at The Corson Building
Terry Theise, legendary grape grower, will grace The Corson Building with his wit and charm this week. Theise is a well-regarded critic, known for his honest insight and his tell-it-like-it-is attitude. The Corson Building will honor his appearance with a four course, prix fixe menu with wine pairings from the Theise portfolio, as well as a screening of his feature film, Leading Between the Vines. Call 206-762-3330 to secure your $85 ticket.

SATURDAY, August 3

Reuben’s Brews Anniversary Party
Reuben’s celebrates its first year of business, and what an impressive first year it's been. In honor of the anniversary, the brewery is releasing its Anniversary Session Ale at noon, which is when the party begins. The Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout will make a rare appearance, as well as a never-before-seen barrel-aged version of the award-winning Ault Heritage. The food truck on hand: Cheese Wizards.

Cars and Cigars
This summer has been largely about riesling and rose, now we finally have one for the dudes. LeMay America’s Car Museum and El Gaucho Tacoma join forces to bring you an equally formidable combination: cars and cigars. Of course it wouldn’t be a party without a few wineries, distilleries, and breweries present, so count on samplings aplenty to complement El Gaucho’s signature appetizers. Tickets are $95 (bring your own cigar), or $105 for admission plus a Montecristo cigar. It’s the first annual event at LeMay of its kind, so call 253-272-1510 to get your ticket before they’re gone.

SUNDAY, August 4

MPC Family Picnic at Local Roots Farm
Speaking of first annual events, Madison Park Conservatory is trying something new with its first Family Picnic at Local Roots Farm. But this is no ordinary family picnic, because it boasts a whole cow roast and a slew of purveyors like Georgetown Brewing and Gilbert Cellars. Tickets are $95; kids under 12 are $40 and lil' ones under five are free.

Bluegrass, Beer, and Brats
Ballard’s Populuxe Brewing is bringing together three of the greatest B words known to mankind: Bluegrass (provided by the Shed Boys), Beer (courtesy of Populuxe) and Brats (grilled on the spot). Each $20 suggested donation benefits Community Lunch, which serves free, nutritious meals to low-income and homeless people in Capitol Hill.

August Sunday Feast at Tavolàta
So maybe your summer travel plans haven’t been what dreams are made of—here’s your chance to take a trip to Southern Italy without even leaving the 206. Tavolàta’s monthly Sunday Feast dinner series continues with a menu that ranges from squid ink spaghetti to savory braised rabbit, all prepared by chef Brian Clevenger. Add some summer produce and almond cake with fresh peaches for dessert and you’ve got yourself a $65 ticket to amoré. 

BEYOND…

SUNDAY, August 11

Tom Douglas's Second Annual Lawn Party and Croquet Tournament
By now we all know that Tom Douglas can throw a party. His passion for philanthropy and his (obvious) penchant for food have churned out some of the most well regarded summer events. This year, he’s bringing back his Lawn Party and Croquet Tournament to the South Lake Union Discovery Center Park. With 100 percent of event proceeds going to Food Lifeline—last year’s event was a smashing success raising $65,000 to the organization. Expect a series of themed croquet courses (costumes encouraged!) with wineries, breweries, and food tents on hand. Get your individual spectator ticket for just $10. Or if you're feeling competitive, sign up for the croquet tournament in teams of six.

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