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Freshly shucked oysters are arguably better than a birthday cake. Photo via East Anchor Seafood Facebook

Thu, Mar 23 & Fri, Mar 24
The Northwest Epicurean Tasting: Anatomy of a Pairing
Down in Pioneer Square, The Estates Wine Room is hosting a wine tasting in collaboration with neighbor restaurant The London Plane. The event includes a guided tasting of the winery’s Washington vino alongside London Plane dishes designed to complement and contrast with said wines. The tasting, $55 per person, runs from 6 to 9; email or call The Estates Wine Room for reservations.

Fri, Mar 24
East Anchor Seafood’s First Birthday
Kayley Turkheimer and chef Brian Clevenger—whose most recent duo of restaurants Contadino and Pizzeria Contadino just opened on Capitol Hill—are celebrating a year of poke bowls, halibut fillets at their Madrona market. Stop by from 5 to 6 for free, freshly shucked oysters, plus specials on bubbly, wine, and beer.

Sat, Mar 25 & Sun, Mar 26
Taste Washington 2017
Taste Washington week is upon us, with the main event—the Grand Tasting—coming up this weekend. There will be some 200 wineries pouring Dionysus only knows how many varietals. Here are some tips, tricks, and recommendations to make the most of the event.

Sun Mar 26
Korean Pop-up Dinner at Seven Beef
This Vietnamese steakhouse gives way for a Korean popup led by its resident chef, Jinho Han, and butcher, Andy Jeong. Han and Jeong both hail from the Busan region of South Korea and will be showing off those regional flavor in a five-course dinner: kimbap salad of pickled Korean radish and bulgoui, braised, spicy monkfish with gochujang, ssam plate of wood-fired Painted Hills short rib, sugogi gukbap aka beef soup, and sweet rice cake with red bean. Dinner is $45 per person, plus an optional $25 wine pairing; seatings at 5 and 7:30. Be sure to call Seven Beef for reservations.

Sun, Mar 26
Women in Food, Drink, and Leadership aka Boss Lady Dinner at Staple and Fancy
March is both Washington Wine Month and Women’s History Month. And on March 26, this Ballard restaurant will honor both through a multicourse menu made by chefs Deb Taylor and Nicole Matson, and paired with ciders and wines. Start with Penn Cove mussel escabeche with chorizo, then stinging nettle and goat cheese ravioli, and bone-in ribeye with duck fat potatoes. As for the details: There will be two seatings at 5:30 and 8:30, dinner is $95, and a portion will go to the Women’s Funding Alliance.

Mon, Mar 27
Dinner and DJ Volume 3: Italian Popup
The third part of a dinner series at Ciudad in Georgetown in which there is said dinner and said DJ. This time though, grilled meats give way to a four-course Italian spread by chefs Steve Spalding, Aaron Willis, and Marcus Lalario aka Chef Darkalino. Start with various antipasti, then get into a course of rich tajarin pasta with sage pork sausage, Barolo wine-braised osso bucco, then deconstructed tiramisu for dessert. Tickets are $50 and going fast.

Ticket alert: Willowood Farm Fundraiser Dinner on March 29
A Whidbey Island farm, from which many a Seattle restaurant sources its ingredients, has tragically lost an entire barn on March 6 due to a large fire. Fourth generation farmer Georgie Smith has lost produce, equipment, seedlings, and other items integral to Willowood Farm. Chef Derek Ronspies of Le Petit Cochon will be hosting a benefit dinner on March 29 which includes five courses plus drinks for $120; call the restaurant for reservations. To further help this family farm recover, visit their GoFundMe page.

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