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Tacos created by Cafe Flora's founding chef, Jim Watkins. Photo: Cafe Flora

Thu, Sept 29
Omnivorous 2016
Consider this is your do-good dining alert of the week: Over 27 restaurants, bars, and distilleries will come together under one roof (specifically The Summit event center roof) to benefit affordable housing, services, and programs for Capitol Hill Housing. In its sixth year, the nonprofit has rounded up the likes of Oola Distillery, Hello Robin, Poppy, Quinn’s, Plum Bistro, Optimism Brewing, and many more to serve small bites, Northwest wine, beer, and cocktails. Tickets to the benefit are $85 and include unlimited access to the aforementioned food and drink and unlimited warm, fuzzy feelings.

Fri, Sept 30
New Orleans Food and Funk Festival
If you can’t go to NOLA, let NOLA–inspired food and soul music come to you, or rather to Wamu Theater this Friday. Matt Lewis (Restaurant Roux, Where Ya At Matt) has curated creole noshes from local restaurants for the food and funk festival like shrimp sausage and boudin from Dot’s Butcher and Deli, chicken and andouille gumbo, of course, from Sazarac. Other bites include fried alligator, beignets, crawfish boils, and a raw oyster bar. And it’s not a New Orleans event without booze: here this means local beer and wine, boozy slushies, and oh yes, hurricane cocktails. As for the funk portion of this event, both Northwest- and New Orleans–based musicians will grace the stage. Tickets are $30.

Sat, Oct 1
That’s right, Pike Brewing does Oktoberfest this weekend from 1 to 4, and festivities include German-style beer plus a hearty tasting of local meats, sauerkrauts, and cheeses. Representing on the beer end: Pike Brewing, Old Stove, Stoup, and Two Beers as well as German craft biers like Bitburger, Radeberger, and Pinkus. For those less enthusiastic about beer, yeah we know you’re out there and it’s cool, Piketoberfest will have local spirits, ciders, wines, and meads on hand. Nab tickets for this Pike Place Market harvest festival of sorts for $40 per person; proceeds will go towards the Market Foundation.

Sun, Oct 2
Cafe Flora Celebrates 25 Years
...with a throwback menu and pricing to match. What does vegetarian cuisine circa 1991 look like? Find out this Sunday. The Madison Valley restaurant’s “greatest hits” will be the only thing offered as a four-course meal for $25 or a la carte; cocktails and wine optional. The menu includes a harvest salad of charred romaine with a corn-buttermilk dressing with scarlet runner beans, tacos with corn tortillas filled with cheesy mashed potatoes, black bean stew, and smokey braised greens, and for dessert pumpkin bread pudding. We’ve entered the season of all things pumpkin after all. You’ll also be able to chat with Cafe Flora chefs, past and present.

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