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MONDAY, December 10

Free Coffee at Seattle's Best - SoDo
A new drive-through Seattle’s Best Coffee store recently opened on Fourth Ave South between Lander and Horton. Baristas will pour free celebratory coffee all week—any size. You don’t even need a coupon…so put your wallet away.

THURSDAY, December 13

Olio Nuovo and Olio Novello Dinner
Olive oil sommelier Jeffery Bergman from Manicaretti Imports will feature the oils of northern and southern Italy at the Corson Building in a multi-course dinner from 6 to 10.  For $50, guests will get an education, the chance to buy oily (in a good way) gifts for friends. And dinner, of course. Call 206-762-3330 for reservations. 

FRIDAY, December 14

Cocktail Class at Luc with Woodinville Whiskey
The Madison Valley bistro hosts weekly cocktail classes, courtesy of "bartender extraordinaire" Christophe Rougny. This week at Luc,  Rougny will demonistrate how to expertly shake and strain a holiday-appropriate Old Fashioned, using the goods from the guys at Woodinville Whiskey. Yes, of course there will be snacks. Classes are 3 to 4:30, and $50 per person Monday through Friday (it just seemed like a perfect Friday afternoon activity). Call 206-328-6645 for reservations.

SATURDAY, December 15

Toddies and Hot Cocktail Class 
I think it’s a class…but it also could be just a chance to drink warm seasonal cocktails at 2 in the afternoon at Cicchetti. Join bartenders, maybe even Jeremy Barnet from this YouTube, and learn how to make them yourself. The class is $65.  Call 206-859-4155 for more information. 

SUNDAY, December 16

French Cooking Class at Le Gourmand
Channel Julia Child via Bruce Naftaly at Le Gourmand (the restaurant is closed, but the chef still holds classes) for a three-hour French cooking class and lecture. Choose an afternoon or evening class, from 1 to 4 or 6:30 to 9:30 to prepare a four to five course meal from raw to finish…and you even get to eat each meal as you go. Classes are $75. Call 206-784-3463 for reservations, and check online for future dates.  

MONDAY, December 17

The Everyday Science of Cooking at Town Hall
Making the nerdy side of cooking more accessible is Chris Young, co-author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art of Science and Cooking, and Grant Crilly, the book's former development chef, at Seattle's Town Hall on Eighth and Seneca, from 7:30 to 9. The two, along with photographer Ryan Matthew Smith, recently founded a modernist online cooking school in Pike Place Market, Young and Crilly will demonstrate how ingredients can taste better in any meal, using ingredients from Pike Place Market. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. Half of your ticket price will be donated to The Pike Place Market Foundation.


December 20 Party with Elysian at the Apocalypse Doom End of the World Party. Starting at 6 at Elysian Fields. The DOOM Golden Treacle Pale will be tapped and craziness will ensue.

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