The hollywood tavern patio summer photo by steven seiller nyv1rt

The Hollywood Tavern's patio, perfect for barbecue and s'mores.

Wed, Sept 27
Buty Winery Dinner at Red Cow

Nina Buty, who founded the eponymous winery in 2000, will discuss everyone’s favorite topic—wine—over a five-course dinner at Red Cow this Wednesday. The evening kicks off at 6pm with a meet and greet, followed by a sit-down dinner, which entails crab salad and gnocchi as well as ribeye steak, seasonal vegetables, and a cheese plate with crostini for dessert. Of course, it wouldn’t be a wine dinner without wine; Buty’s got your back with rosé, a white bordeaux blend, a mourvèdre blend, a cabernet franc blend, and to finish off the evening, a 2012 syrah blend. The meal rings in at $120, and be sure to make a reservation.

Fri, Sept 29 & Sat, Sept 30
Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

Get in a Halloween-y mood, because the start of October means pumpkin flavored everything—lattes, cereal, yogurt, even beer. Accordingly, Elysian’s taking over Seattle Center this weekend, with more than 80 pumpkin beers, a boatload of food trucks, pumpkin carving, and live music. And if you think the pumpkin theme ends at jack-o’-lanterns and pints, think again: The brewery will bring a gigantic pumpkin to be scooped, scorched, filled with beer, and tapped. Though the several-hundred pound squash is a time-honored tradition, this year Elysian is also turning over a new leaf by partnering with Fred Hutch, which means that all proceeds from the festival will go to cancer research. Tickets for Saturday’s session have already sold out, but you can still head to an Elysian brewery in town to buy tickets for Friday’s pumpkin ale madness, which runs from 4–10pm.

Sat, Sept 30
End of Summer Bash at the Hollywood Tavern
So it might technically be fall at this point, but with the good weather we might as well continue the end of summer celebrations; case in point: this Saturday’s event at the Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville. The pub will celebrate its 70th anniversary (and, of course, the supposed end to summer) with a barbecue buffet, live music, happy hour, trivia, and lawn games like corn hole and yard Jenga. The buffet is only $28 per person and has just about everything: tri tip steak, a whole roast pig, jalapeño cornbread, baked beans, corn on the cob, slaw, and s’mores. And remember—despite the tavern’s name, we aren’t blessed with Hollywood’s year-round sunshine, so take advantage of this last chance to load up on barbecue before fall catches up with Seattle!

Sat, Sept 30
Sake Dinner at Kokkaku

Ring in World Sake Day with a five-course dinner inspired by the famous rice wine at newly opened Kokkaku. Chef Rudy Velasquez and general manager Julie Shizukuishi are teaming up for the evening to marry sake and dishes like a Hudson Valley foie gras pâté and soft tofu with kakitama jiru (a beaten egg soup). Also on the menu: geoduck served with tagliatelle made of daikon, wagyu New York strip loin, and matcha panna cotta. Pace yourselves, because each course is accompanied by a Dewazakura sake hand-picked by Shizukuishi. The dinner begins at 6:30pm and costs $125; reservations can be made online.

Sat, Sept 30 & Sun, Oct 1
2017 Northwest Tea Festival

Pray for rain and cozy up with a warm cup of tea at the 10th annual Northwest Tea Festival, which takes the term “tea party” to a whole new level. The festival features every facet of tea, from its cultural background and history to the science behind its taste, bringing together authors, industry experts, and tea aficionados. Some highlights from the two-day event include the tea bar, where you can sample unusual and rare teas, a Wu-Wo tea ceremony, and a tea and chocolate pairing. Held at Seattle Center, the tastings and workshops run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, and then pick back up again Sunday morning; admission is $15 and covers both days of the festival.

Mon, Oct 2
Little Fish Popup at Cicchetti
Her upcoming restaurant might be called Little Fish, but chef Zoi Antonitsas will test out some big ideas at Cicchetti while she waits on the opening of her spot in Pike Place Market. The gang’s back together, with David Weeks welcoming Antonitsas the first Monday of every month until the much anticipated January grand opening of Little Fish. Menu items include a mini octo-dog—yes, an octopus hot dog—a grilled broccoli caesar, lamb chops, and a whole lot more. For dessert: a baked Seattle with cannabis leaf custard, meringue, and Skagit Valley berries, or keep it simple with choices like sorbet and spiced Theo hot chocolate. Reservations can be made online for the dinner, which runs from 5–10pm this coming Monday (and then again on November 6 and December 4).

Ticket Alert: Oct 13
Taste Seattle Benefit Dinner

Celebrate Seattle’s induction into culinary stardom with a four-course dinner benefitting the James Beard Foundation. Taking place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, the evening will kick off with small bites from Seattle’s hottest chefs, followed by a formal dinner prepared by James Beard Award winner Ashley Christensen. Tickets will set you back anywhere between $275 and $375, but c'mon, it's the Oscars for fine dining.

Please send event details for consideration to noshplanner@seattlemet.com.

This article was updated on September 28 to include the Little Fish popup at Cicchetti.

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