WEDNESDAY, September 19
Rover's 25 Years in 25 Bites Dinner
Behatted chef Thierry Rautureau continues the anniversary celebration with an eight-course tasting menu, consisting of 25 different "bites" or small plates. The $125 ticket includes the eight-course meal--think foie gras torchon, scallop fritter, Iberico pork, and more--with a wine pairing option offered for an extra $75. This type of menu format is only offered once a year; to make a reservation call 206-325-7442.
Betz Winery Winemaker Dinner
Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue is hosting a winemaker dinner in honor of Betz Winery, with Bob Betz himself in attendance. The winemaker will discuss the state of the Washington wine industry, in particular his award-winning wines. And, in a stunning conicidence, each course of the menu will be expertly paired with a Betz wine. Tickets are $125 per person.
Lunch with Andrea Nguyen
Author of several Asian cookbooks, Andrea Nguyen will be at Monsoon for lunch and a book signing. Chefs Eric and Sophie Banh have collaborated with Nguyen to showcase their favorite kinds of tofu for the menu, working off of Nguyen's most recent cookbook, Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home. The lunch starts at noon and is $35 per person.
THURSDAY, September 20
Ivar's Brewmaster Dinner
Georgetown Brewing's Roger Bialous and Manny Chao started out as local back-deck beer brewers who quit their jobs to pursue the perfect brew in 2002. Ten years later, Ivar's Mukilteo Landing has teamed up with them to create a four-course meal to pair with five of their favorites. The menu includes delicacies like seared rare Ahi tuna, grilled Halloumi cheese, and of course, Manny's Pale Ale. Tickets are $40 per person.
The Met Wine Dinner Series
Metropolitan Grill master sommelier Thomas Price will be hosting winemaker Jay Soloff, co-founder and partner of DeLille Cellars, for the return of the wine dinner series. Executive chef Eric Hellner will prepare a specialty menu to pair with DeLille wines. Tickets are $125, and can be reserved at 206-957-3216.
FRIDAY, September 21
Beer lovers, a host of brews from Hawaii to Germany, and assorted busty lasses congregate Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Center of the Universe. General admission to the Oktoberfest Village at N 35th Ave and Phinney Ave N starts at $25, though prices go up on Friday. See the festival website for full details, and strategize with Seattle Beer News's list of recommended beers.
St. Demetrios Greek Festival
Enjoy three days of Greek culture, food, and entertainment in Montlake this weekend. The festival runs Fri-Sun at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and is a free, all ages event. Bring the family for homemade loukoumathes, calamari and lamb--then go indulge in the Greek wine tasting.
Salty's End of Summer Deck Party
Not ready for fall? Join Salty's at Redondo Beach to hold on and celebrate the last days of summer with a deck party and BBQ from 1-4pm. Tickets are $20 per person for food, while happy hour beers are offered all day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 253-946-0636.
SATURDAY, September 22
Seattle Night Market and Moon Festival
Celebrate late into the night on the streets of Seattle's International District, with traditional dragon and lion dances, taiko drumming, and of course, plenty of good street food. There will also be a Japanese and Korean pop music dance party, and a Bollywood Jai Ho dance party to close out the night. Visit the festival's Facebook page for more food and vendor updates.
SUNDAY, September 23
History and Culture of Edomae Sushi - From Tokyo to Seattle
The Hokubei Hochi Foundation and The Japan Foundation are proud to present this special event at the Wing Luke Museum. It will feature a film screening of documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, followed by a live sushi demo and sampling by local sushi master Shiro Kashiba, of Shiro's Sushi Restaurant, and his apprentice Daisuke Nakazawa, who also appears in the documentary. General admission is $25, and early reservations are recommended
MONDAY, September 24
Lantern Brewmasters Dinner
Rich Coffey's Estaminet beer-chef biz and Latern Brewing are partnering for a brewmaster dinner at Skelly and the Bean. Reservations are required, and tickets are $45 per person. The four-course menu features cherry hazelnut duck sausage, hanger steak with bleu cheese butter, a pear-endive salad, black currant infused wit beer, stout and more.
October 22 Sponsored by Washington's Beef Community, Foodportunity returns this year at Tom Douglas's Palace Ballroom. As Seattle's premier food community networking event, some of the most prominent local food professionals will mingle, eat, and socialize with journalist, bloggers, PR reps, restaurateurs, farmers, and all food-passionate people. Tickets are $25, with the price rising to $30 at a later date, and includes sample bites.
November 3 Elliott's Oyster House is throwing its 20th Annual Oyster New Year Bash from 4-9pm. Be a part of the largest oyster party on the west coast, featuring a 90-foot oyster bar, a fresh seafood buffet, live music, and over 30 varieties of local oysters. Select microbrews and wines will also be available. Tickets ($95 for general; $125 VIP) usually sell out quickly, so be sure to buy them early.