Food & Drink

Nosh Pit Weekly Planner: May 4–10

The week in which: Rumba turns into a Star Wars cantina, La Carta de Oaxaca and Mezcaleria Oaxaca celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and Bottleneck Lounge welcomes horse-sized hats for a Kentucky Derby party.

By Rosin Saez May 4, 2016

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Belly up to the Rumba bar slinging Star Wars tiki drinks this May 4. Photo via Rumba Facebook

Wed, May 4
Tiki Wednesday Star Wars Style at Rumba
Today, no doubt your Facebook feed will be filled with memes featuring Yoda and Princess Leia, blessing you with a punster’s favorite Jedi phrase, “May the fourth be with you.” Whether you observe the unofficial intergalactic holiday or not, we can all appreciate this tiki and Star Wars mashup at Rumba, or Mos Eisley Tiki Cantina, as it'll be temporarily dubbed for the evening. Sip on some of the unabashedly on-theme specials from 5pm until 1, such as a Bantha milk punch, a Dark Side piña colada, a Shyriiwook sour, and more. No word yet on a lively alien cantina band.

Winemaker’s Dinner at Omega Ouzeri
As fortunate as we are to have stellar Washington wineries, it’s exciting to drink Greek wine, an ancient beverage with a few thousand year old history and, let’s face it, a couple of designated gods. This Wednesday evening at 6, 7, and 8pm, Omega Ouzeri is hosting Greek winery, Ktima Mercouri, for a five-course winemaker’s dinner. There will be dishes like red wine–braised squid with chickpeas and saffron, za’atar-crusted rack of lamb with roasted fennel and potatoes, and olive oil almond cake with rhubarb for dessert. The decidedly Greek dinner is $100 per person; call Omega Ouzeri to reserve your spot.

Thu, May 5
Cinco de Mayo
Now there’s one way to celebrate this holiday, against the sound advice of an anthropomorphic hat. Then there are rooftop parties and food and drink specials at our favorite Mexican restaurants and bars. At La Carta de Oaxaca look for deals such as $5 margaritas and micheladas, plus a $5 food menu, all available beginning at, of course, 5pm. Meanwhile at Mezcaleria Oaxaca on Capitol Hill, there will be a rooftop party featuring Mexican American singer-song writer, El Vez. Tickets to the rooftop show are $5, otherwise hang out for happy hour with mezcal, margarita, and food discounts from 4 to 6, and again from 10 to midnight.

Fri, May 6
An Evening With Woodinville Wineries
Drinking wine outdoors in Woodinville pairs well with this warm Seattle spring. So, this Friday from 7 to 9:30 at the Novelty Hill Januik winery, taste red, white, and rosé wines from over 30 Woodinville winemakers such as Chateau Ste. Michelle, DeLille Cellars, and Lauren Ashton. And don’t fret, there will be plenty of hearty bites to go with all that wine tasting. Tickets are $60 and, warm fuzzies alert, a portion of ticket sales will go to the Goodtimes Project, an organization dedicated to creating lifelong memories for children with cancer.

Sat, May 7
Ninth Annual Kentucky Derby Party at Bottleneck Lounge
All right y’all, break out your wide-brimmed hats and pile on the pastel because it’s derby time. This Saturday afternoon, head to Bottleneck Lounge for mint juleps, bourbon specials, burgers from Two Doors Down, and of course the annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby. Be sure to arrive early for a nice seat; doors are at 2, post time is 3:10 sharp, and awards for best hat and best dressed are at 4. 

Sun, May 8
Mother’s Day
You may want to take dear mum out to brunch this Sunday, so here’s a handy Nosh Pit roundup.

For another way to treat mom, visit your local Cupcake Royale cafe for a buy a cupcake, get one free special. And if you’re one of the first five customers to purchase a cupcake, doughnut, or heck even coffee, you’ll receive a fresh bouquet of local flowers from Blong’s Garden. If there’s anything moms love it’s treats, flowers, and good deals.

Ticket Alert: Bar Melusine Tide Dinner at Hama Hama Oyster Farm
On May 22, take in some salty air and briny bivalves, right on beach, where Renee Erickson’s Bar Melusine will be serving a four-course meal at Hama Hama Oyster Farm. Arrive at noon, when the tide is lowest, to walk and collect oysters for the Bar Melusine team to shuck for you; slurp them up with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. Then chef Erickson, ahem this year's James Beard Awards Best Chef Northwest, will prepare the four-course family-style meal. Tickets are $195 and dinner is from noon to 4.

Ticket Alert: An Evening with Chef Eric Ripert at the Palace Ballroom
Holy hollandaise, Batman, seats are going fast for this intimate author talk with this renowned French chef on May 26. Booklarder and Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom have teamed up to host an evening with Eric Ripert in which he’ll sit down with fellow chef and friend, Thierry Rautureau, and Seattle Kitchen podcast co-host, Katie Okumura, to discuss his culinary path, recipes, and his new memoir, 32 Yolks. Tickets are $65 and include a copy of Ripert’s book,—which can be signed after the event—small bites inspired by 32 Yolks, and wine.

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