Image via Tom Douglas' website


All-Male Review Swimsuit and Underwear Show at the Backdoor
Boy, have we got one for you this week. Roxy's Diner sibling The Backdoor and underU4men have teamed up to raise money for LifeLong AIDS Alliance with an swimsuit and underwear show...featuring gentlemen. For $25, you get a drink, appetizers, live music and uninhibited views of some of Seattle’s finest males. 

Rising Star Chefs Party
In Seattle Met's June issue, our own Kathryn Robinson and Allecia Vermillion launched the first annual Rising Star Chefs list by naming five culinary artists that they agreed were the best up-and-comers on the Seattle restaurant scene today. This party is all about showcasing their talent by featuring fare from each chef (paired with lots of beer and cocktails, naturally), live music, and our house drag queen—all under a cool new event space. Tickets are $75 and benefit Global Partnerships.

RN74 Second Anniversary Dinner
The restaurant's celebration of its two-year milestone culminates with a grand finale reception and dinner of Dungeness crab salad, wild halibut, steak, brioche pain perdu, and Washington wine pairings from the restaurant's many local partners. Tickets are $135 (or $85 sans wine pairings) and seatings are available at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30; reserve by calling 206-456-7612 or emailing [email protected].

Miyabi 45th and Epic Ales Dinner
Japanese gastropub Miyabi 45th and uberadventurous SoDo brewery Epic Ales join forces tonight for a collaborative dinner at Miyabi's Wallingford dining room. The night will feature seven courses by chef Mutsuko Soma, beer cocktails (and of course bottled and draft brews) from Epic Ales, and live music by Brazilian guitarist Marco de Carvahlo. Tickets are $60 and available by phone at (206) 632-4545.

FRIDAY, June 28

Gluten-Free Awareness Night at Safeco Field
All you gluten-intolerant folks, suffer no more. Well, at least for tonight. Seattle Mariners and the Gluten Intolerance Group are dedicating an entire night to you. The park's regular gluten-free options (including hot dogs, sandwiches, soups, snacks and even gluten-free beer) will be available in force, and discounted seating is available. Tonight is also fireworks night, so be sure to stick around after the game.


Tiki Time Cocktail Class at Golden Beetle
Now that it’s summer, don’t you wish you had the know-how to make the perfect boozy, fruity drink? Golden Beetle’s got you covered: From 2:30 to 4:30, you'll learn how to make an idyllic summer cocktail. Call (206) 706-2977 to reserve a spot; your friends will thank you later.

Salmon-Chanted Evenings
Tom Douglas’s picnic-style fundraiser is back for its fourth year of local eats and live music at Victor Steinbrueck Park. Douglas is so passionate about keeping parks like Victor Steinbrueck alive, that he’s generally manning the grill, and all the proceeds of each $20 ticket to the Seattle Parks Department.

SUNDAY, June 30

Serafina Annual Garden Party Extravaganza
A 23rd anniversary and the arrival of summer call for some kind of enchanted celebration. Serafina is celebrating both, with a whole-roasted pig, patio grilling, cocktails, gelato, live music, and even a photo booth. Don’t miss the Iron Bartender competition at 2pm, where five of Seattle’s best bartenders (Jay Kuehner of Vessel, Amanda Reed of Tavern Law, Luke McKinley of Ravish, Eric Hakkinen of Zig Zag, and Serafina's own MacGregor Boswell, also of Cicchetti) will go head to head to win the title of “most creative mixologist”. A $95 ticket gets you five courses, each with a unique cocktail, and a judging spot at the competition. The garden party is free, with food and drink tickets for $5 each.

MONDAY, July 1

Canada Day Celebration at Smith
This is sure to be one for the books, eh? Join Smith for some Independence Day festivities for our friendly neighbors to the north with an evening of poutine, fried chicken and gravy, and the best in Canadian beer. And with Maple Leaf cocktails of bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup, drunken renditions of “O Canada” are guaranteed.


Two Dollar Tuesdays at Cupcake Royale
No better way to cool off this summer: July is National Ice Cream Month, and Cupcake Royale is celebrating every Tuesday with $2 scoops from its creative, cupcake-inspired ice cream line.