The second Wednesday of every month, Seattle Weekly (along with 107.7 The End) sponsors the ultimate rationalization of a midweek buzz: Happy Hour for Hope. Through the generosity of a bar-about-town, a portion of the sales of a featured drink is donated to a worthy charity, stuff is auctioned off to benefit that charity as well, and there's some sort of entertainment.
Back when O'Toole was more dashing, ascots on airplanes were de rigueur.
But at this month's event, February 9 at Grim's (1512 11th Ave) on Capitol Hill, there's a chance legendary actor, drinker, horse bettor, and cocksman Peter O'Toole might show up. And the featured cocktail contains a rare South African liqueur and is named in honor of a pioneering British aircraft that Peter O'Toole probably flew in back in his roguish prime. That makes this Happy Hour for Hope especially special.Naming children after celebrities is a daunting proposition. Nonetheless, Magnolia resident Sam Howe Verhovek and his wife Lisa headed down this path when they birthed their first son. They named him Gordie--Gordie Howe Verhovek. Score! Naming your son after one of professional hockey's most unassailable badasses is truly a child-naming model worth following. Yet this isn't the only area in which Sam has achieved success. He's worked as a correspondent for both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, was an early Glee devotee, and recently authored Jet Age, a hit book on the dawn of commercial flight. Verhovek's not one to hog good fortune, however; he's agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from every book he sells during a happy hour reading at Grim's to Richard Hugo House. Likewise, Grim's, a Pb Elemental-designed marvel of rugged reclaimed materials, will also donate to Hugo House a portion of the proceeds from every Comet Cocktail it concocts.
What's a Comet Cocktail? As detailed in Jet Age, it was the signature drink on de Havilland's Comet, a pioneering British passenger jet. It consists of ½ brandy, 1/3 grapefruit juice, 1/6 Van der Hum (tangerine-flavored South African liqueur), a dash of Angostura bitters, and a sliver of lemon peel. Hopefully, Verhovek will don an ascot while he reads so as to outclass O'Toole, who's sure to fly in for the occasion. The festivities begin at 5:30 and the drink specials end at 7:30, although Grim's will stay open until 2--and O'Toole never leaves a bar before last call.