Thu & Fri, Sept 15 & 16
Jack’s BBQ 2nd Anniversary
Two years, two days of partying. Located south of SoDo, Jack’s BBQ is celerbating two years of famously solid barbecue—a real life barbecue editor from Texas Monthly agrees. The special anniversary menu includes many mashups: surf and turf crab rolls with fatty brisket and a mayo-wasabi sauce, beer belly bites made with Uli’s sausage, beef belly, brisket, and Georgetown Porter, corn dog pups that are hush puppies with a cheddar-jalapeño sausage core, and an unholy poultry love child called “gophucken,” which involves goose, pheasant, duck, and chicken. Damn. Happy meat-filled anniversary.
Fri, Sept 16
Braised, Baked, Smoked, and Pickled: a Shabbat-Inspired Dinner
At Porkchop and Co. in Ballard, kosher butcher and chef, Paul Osher, is creating a family-style dinner as an ode to his Jewish heritage. This multicourse dinner will be full of twists on bubbe’s favorites and will include appetizers, soup, an entree, dessert, and wine. Tickets for the 6pm meal are $40–$55.
Fri, Sept 16
Oktoberfest Kicks Off at Altstadt
And so the season of prost toasts begins. The Pioneer Square bier hall kicks things off this Friday from 4 to 10 with a traditional keg tapping of Bitburger’s Benediktiner beer, live music, Oktoberfest fare, and locally made German-style beers from Seapine, Silver City, Alpine, and Chuckanut. $20 gets you a tasting mug and six drink tickets. Altstadt will also have a menu of hearty German food: steamed dumplings, grilled, whole mackerel, housemade pretzels, dill potato salad, and more for $6 to $10. And if you miss out on Friday, the festive food and special Oktoberfest beers, plus seasonal Oktoberfest cocktails, will still be available through October 31.
Fri & Sat, Sept 16–17
More Oktoberfest Shenanigans at Queen Anne Beerhall
Lower Queen Anne's mecca of German beer and food will have live music, stein-holding and Nagelspielen contests (and prizes), and quite a bit of Oktoberfest session beers, we're guessing. The events begin when they open Friday at 4pm, and there will be more Oktoberfest specials the following two weekends as well.
Fri thru Sun, Sept 16–18
Swirle x Fung Bros Thai Rolled Ice Cream Popup
Making the international rounds as one of the trendiest desserts is Thai rolled ice cream. And Swirle is hosting a three-day ice cream–filled popup in the International District this weekend. If you’re not quite up on the buzzworthy dessert, the popup has an adorable video about the treat on YouTube. Or, just head to 408 Seventh Avenue South from noon to 8 this weekend to try it firsthand. Flavors include strawberry banana, matcha, YOLO (You Obviously Love Oreo), and Fruit Loops crunch, which is cereal as ice cream—another dessert craze unto itself.
Sat, Sept 17
Venison Dinner with Hank Shaw and Mike Easton at ll Corvo Pasta
Hank Shaw is the author of three wild game cookbooks and the James Beard award–winning wild food website, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. Now, he’s releasing his latest cookbook Buck, Buck, Moose and celebrating with a five-course dinner and book signing at Il Corvo this Saturday at 6:30. Shaw and chef-owner Mike Easton are preparing a venison and wild-foraged menu for the dinner. Tickets are $148 and include a copy of Shaw’s cookbook.
Sat, Sept 17
Second Annual Ballard Oktoberfest Crawl
The Scandinavian neighborhood will make way for a Bavarian beer crawl all Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5. After starting things off at Reuben’s Brews, follow a live German oompah band to Stoup Brewing, Lucky Envelope, and Populuxe Brewing. Each brewery will have special Oktoberfest ales and a commemorative half-liter stein; buy it for $6, buy it filled with brews for $10. To complement those Marzen lagers, dunkelweizens, and other Oktoberfest beers there will be food trucks at each stop ensuring you successfully crawl to each stop. And when in doubt, just eat the free pretzel necklace hanging around your neck.
Sun, Sept 18
Meat and Noodle Guest Chef Dinner at E. Smith Mercantile
Serving her famously comforting popup on Vashon Island for years, Lauren Garaventa, otherwise known as Lauren the Butcher, is bringing her popup soup project to Pioneer Square. Garaventa raises, pigs, poultry, and sheep on her small farm, and after providing custom butchery and charcuterie for fellow farmers, she turns scraps and bones to broth for Meat and Noodle. This Sunday at 6, E. Smith Mercantile clears the shop to make room for the family-style dinner. Get tickets for $45 per person, they include special cocktail pairings from E. Smith’s back bar.
Mon, Sept 19
The Seattle Poke Contest
It’s not likely we’ve reached peak poke just yet, especially with this event highlighting Seattle’s undying love for the Hawaiian dish. From 6 to 9, the Stone House Cafe and Sam Choy of his eponymous Poke to the Max will host over a dozen local chefs in a poke contest; the likes of chef Heong Soon Park of Chan and Seastar’s chef John Howie will be competing. Chef Choy himself will do a poke demo, there will be sweets, beer, giveaways, and more. Plus, proceeds will go towards the Bennett Foundation and Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett will be hanging out as well. Tickets are $85.
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