Thank you, Robert Burns, for letting us drink scotch and consume haggis in your honor. Image via Macleod's


Morton’s Steakhouse and Pike Brewing Beer Dinner
These two downtown powerhouses (power restaurants?) are teaming up for four-course dinner, paired with brews from Pike Brewing Co., like a trio of filet mignon accompanied by both wood-aged and tradtional versions of Pike's Kilt Lifter Scotch ale. Dinner starts at 6:30pm and tickets are $125 per person. 

Pinot Noir Tasting at Bottlehouse
Madrona’s neighborhood gathering place (read: house turned bottle shop and cozy wine bar) will be hosting a series of free tastings this winter beginning this Thursday and Saturday. Both tastings this week happen to be of the pinot noir variety—specifically Bottlehouse's favorites from Washington and Oregon. Free curated tastings (plus glass pours and bottles for sale) happen both this Thursday from 6­–8pm and Saturday from 4–6pm.

Tavolàta's Eighth Birthday
Nothing says tanti auguri di compleanno, or happy birthday, than a free bowl of pasta at Ethan Stowell’s Italian eatery in Belltown. The Tavolàta classic, often referred to at “The King”, is a bowl of rigatoni with spicy Italian sausage with marjoram and tomato. There is also talk of party hats.


Hone Your Bartending Skills with Golden Beetle
Winter Cocktail Classes return at Maria Hines’ Mediterranean restaurant, this time in pursuit of the perfect Manhattan and Old-Fashioned. Led by Lead Bartender Jaime Kitchens, students will learn the art of twists and how to give these classics your twist. Join Golden Beetle Jan 24 from 2:30–4pm to become the bartender of your dreams for $50. Call 206-706-2977 to reserve your spot. Future classes include bitters, more bitters, and a vodka and gin tasting by Copperworks Distillery.


Robert Burns Night at Palace Ballroom
For the fifth year, T-Doug’s event venue borrows the Scotland's tradition of honoring its national poet on his birthday via booze, haggis, and serious Scottish fanfare. Chef Brock Johnson of Dahlia Lounge will bring the smoked oysters with scotch cream, traditional haggis with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes), and stick toffee pudding for dessert. The evening will also include bagpipery, fiddles, Gaelic songs, a scotch tasting, and requisite Burns’ poetry. Tickets are $90 per person. Dust off your tartan kilt; traditional Highland attire is encouraged. Festivities begin at 6:30pm. 

More Robert Burns at Macleod’s
This Scottish pub in Nordic Ballard will be hosting a Burns Night of its own, full of food, drinks (definitely scotch whiskey among them), and poetry from Scotland’s favorite son. And in case haggis wasn’t enough Scottish culture for one evening, there will be bagpiping and fiddle by Kevin Auld and Melanie Brauner. Price is $15 per person and seating is limited, so RSVP quickly at [email protected]. Starts at 6pm


Rabbit Butchery at Porkchop and Co.
Joe Kennedy, formerly of Bill the Butcher and The Butcher and The Baker, will show you how to break down this other, other white meat like a pro. Food from Ethan Stowell's Ballard Pizza Company will fuel this butcherfest, along with beer from Reuben’s Brews. Tickets are $75 and all of the profits from the event will go to Ballard Food Bank and Hunger Intervention Program. Stayed tuned here at Weekly Planner as well as Porkchop and Co.’s Facebook page for more classes.

Bell and Whete Popup Series Hosts Local Chefs
Downtown's most medieval new restaurant has launched a five-part Monday night popup series, and exec chef Stew Navarre has signed on several cohorts from his days working in Canlis's kitchen to represent. The first one features Canlis pastry chef Baruch Ellsworth, sous chef Mario Heva, and the fine sours of Portland's Cascade Brewing. Dinner is $65; there's talk of mackerel sashimi, black cod, and brisket (check out the sample menu here) and reservations are required. On deck for future chef dinners: Poquitos chef Manny Arce, Serious Pie chef Sabrina Brzusek, and more. Stay posted on future popup dinners at their website and Facebook.


Il Bistro is Forty and Loving It
To prove it, there will be a three-day celebration in honor of its 40 years in the lively Pike Place Market. You can expect live entertainment each night and 1975 throwback pricing for Il Bistro’s original two dishes: an old family recipe of lasagna for $9 and cioppino made up of the freshest Market seafood for $13. Wine and dine on anniversary prices from Tuesday, Jan 27 through Thursday, Jan 29; the regular menu will still be available, too. You can make reservations here or by calling 206-682-3049.


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