WEDNESDAY February 15
Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live off the Land
Sample cheese, hear charming stories, and ask questions about urban farming with Kurtwood Farms’ Kurt Timmermeister, in a free event at Book Larder coinciding with the paperback release of Timmermeister’s Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live off the Land. From 6:30 to 8:00.
THURSDAY February 16
Linda’s Tavern Turns 18
Capitol Hill’s mainstay for both nighttime hijinx and morning-after sustenance is now a legal adult. The bar is celebrating its 18th birthday by offering its happy hour deals on both food and booze all day long. A trio of DJs will provide a soundtrack to the orgy of discounted Oly drinking and burger consumption.
SATURDAY February 18
Red Wine and Chocolate
If you don’t get enough red wine and chocolate on Valentine’s Day, or you can’t celebrate during the week, take a weekend trip to Whidbey Island for the third annual Red Wine and Chocolate event from Whidbey Island Vintners Association. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door—of one of the participating wineries—and include a souvenir wine glass.
Mardi Gras Ball: I Love Glam!
Join Drinking for a Cause at 6 to support those affected by HIV/AIDS with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction at the fourth annual Mardi Gras ball. The event is semiformal but Mardi Gras–style costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $85 and must be purchased in advance.
Steer by the Stars
The Center for Wooden Boats’s 36th annual fundraising dinner and auction takes place at the Seattle Design Center in SoDo starting at 5. Entree choices are grilled bistro steak, herb roasted chicken, or butternut squash lasagna, from Eat and Drink Catering. John Curley of Evening Magazine plays auctioneer, while guests participate in a costume contest, golden ticket raffle, wine ring toss, and more.
TUESDAY February 21
All About Roasting
Drop in to Book Larder between 6:30 and 8:00 to catch James Beard Award–winning author Molly Stevens as she presents her book All About Roasting and taste some succulent selections from the volume. Bring your pressing roasting questions and learn how to produce perfectly roasted meals.
Feb 24 Kirkland’s Trellis restaurant and Portland’s excellent Hopworks brewery are collaborating for the second time on a beer pairing dinner with five-course menu by chef Brian Scheehser including grilled quail, short rib, and flourless chocolate cake, all courses paired with an organic Hopworks brews. The event starts with an hour-long beer reception at 5:30 included in the $75 ticket price. Dinner guests will be eligible for a discounted stay in Trellis’s home, the Heathman.
Feb 25 Love cider? The second annual cider maker’s dinner lets you get up close with cider makers and cidery experts. Chef JoAnn Cruz of Ravishing Radish Catering presents a three-course, cider-paired menu, following an hour of casual open bar and appetizers to kick things off.