THURSDAY, February 6
FRIDAY, February 7
Opening Ceremony Viewing Party at SPORT Restaurant and Bar
Come to this spot in Belltown during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and raise money for the Special Olympics Washington. During the ceremony, get 10 percent of each bill donated to the cause. For the rest of the Olympics, get the red, white, and blue cocktail (with Stoli Razberi, blue curacao, and a float of grenadine) and $1 will be donated to the charity.
SATURDAY, February 8
Sicily by the Sea
As part of its series of local chef dinners, Juicebox is inviting Mike Easton of Il Corvo to the shop for a four-course dinner starting at 7:30. Here he will create a dinner influenced by his take on the lighter side of Sicilian cooking, including rockfish crudo, spaghetti-cut eggplant with anchovies and capers, and wild fennel sorbet. Dinner is served family style and includes wine pairings. Tickets are $90 and available online–space is limited. The dinner can be substituted with gluten-free ingredients as well.
Mixology 101: Cider Overview
The folks at Tommy Gun are bringing back Mixology 101, a series of classes to get in the know about cocktail skills and practices. Each class will cover the cocktail basics, including how to use glassware and bar tools, bartending techniques, and recipes for classic drinks and current trends. To commence, Tyler Phillips of Tieton Cider Works will be sharing insight on cider. Starting at 4, this small class will teach you about cider and cider cocktails. And apparently it’s not all about the apple anymore–cherry, apricot, and a dry-hopped varietal will be available for testing. The class is $40 and there is very limited space. Email [email protected] to claim your spot.
Saturday Dinner Series at Delicatus
Returning to a dinner series, this Pioneer Square spot is hosting a dinner inspired by northwest comfort food. Chef Aaron Willis has created a three-course meal including caramelized onion salad, grilled Lan-Roc Farms pork rack, and family-style sides. Cocktails start at 6:30 with a complimentary aperitif and the dinner begins at 7. The dinner’s pricetag is $40, plus tax and gratuity. Reservation can be made online.
SUNDAY, February 9
Pike Chocofest 2014
Let the Valentine festivities begin. Come to the sixth annual Pike Chocofest at Pike Brewing Company starting at 6 to get your fair share of choco-goodness and libations. Over 80 vendors will be there featuring baked goodies, bites, wine, beer, cider, and chocolate, of course. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 day of, and can be bought online. Proceeds go to Puget Soundkeeper.
Von Trapp’s First Birthday
It’s the first anniversary of this beers-and-brats hub in Capitol Hill and the crew is ready for a bash. Starting at 10, you can come to brunch and get happy hour prices all day. Pete Fjosne will be serving special anniversary sausage and pretzels for $1. At 4, the gang will be pouring special Firestone Walker’s 17th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Blended Ale, created with a blend of 220 oak barrels. Get a pint for $5 for Stein Club members (who will have first dibs) and $8 for non-members. And to make it a real birthday party, the Bavarian Village Band will be coming at 4 to add to the festivities.
Sunday Feast at Travolata
Chef Brian Clevenger is creating three courses focusing on duck beginning at 6. Starting with two preparations of foie gras, this meal also features fried duck egg, duck confit, and a whole roasted duck. Try the braised farro with turnips for a side and savor the almond and pear tart for dessert. Dinner is $65 and will be served family style. Call 206-838-8008 to reserve your spot. Reservations are highly recommended and space is limited to 26 guests.
Kiss My Grits Pop-Up Brunch
While the food truck is currently being built, Kiss My Grits is hosting a pop-up brunch at Bloom Restaurant in Ballard to show guests what's to come. This three-course prix fixe meal features brunch themed plates such as shrimp 'n' grits and the Hoppin’ John, with black eyed peas and rice cakes. Two seatings will be available at 11 and 1. Tickets are $25 and available online.
Women Stars of Food and Wine
Mingle with highly influential female chefs, winemakers, and sommeliers in the local area at this convention at the Columbia Tower Club starting at 2. While chatting amongst the gals, enjoy eats from these women’s restaurants and sip on wine from the wineries. Tickets are $45 for Columbia Tower Club members (or $80 for a pair) and $50 for non-members (or $110 for a pair) and can be purchased online.
MONDAY, February 10
Meatball Monday at Stoneburner
This Ballard spot is starting a new tradition on Mondays to start your week off the right way. From now on, get either spaghetti or bigoli with red sauce and a jumbo meatball for $10. For an additional $2, receive an extra meatball, or get condiments including house pickled peppers, aged provolone, and more.
TUESDAY, February 11
Bingo at Poquitos
Come to this restaraunt in Capitol Hill starting at 9:30 and play bingo on the heated patio, hosted by server Anthony Ramirez, and get a board for just 50 cents. The game consists of six rounds and prizes are from local business including High Five pie and Caffe Vita.
Mixology 101: Aphrodisiacs with a Twist
In continuation of Mixology 101, Mark Sexauer, author of Aphrodisiacs with a Twist, will be teaching a class at 7 about how to spice up your cocktail life at Tommy Gun. Here he will demonstrate how to prepare cocktails and give you the chance to test and try. Copies of his book will be available after class. The class is $40, and there is very limited space. Email [email protected] to claim your spot.