Here's a few food and drink-related things to do in the coming days.
Loosen your belt buckle. Almost 70 chocolate producers, creameries, and other vendors are offering all manner of sweet and savory edibles, alongside beer, cider, mead, and booze at Pike Brewing Company's fifth annual Chocofest this Sunday. Tickets are available over here.
Make V-Day reservations.
If you're into eating out on Valentine's Day, you probably know to plan ahead. There's nothing worse than frantically calling already-full restaurants on the big day in hopes of finding a rogue table for the taking. Here's a couple of ideas: the Backdoor at Roxy's at 462 N. 36th St. is hosting a five-course food and music pairing for $150 a head. If you prefer something a little more thrown together, La Bete at 1802 Bellevue Ave. hasn't set its February 14 menu yet. Make a reservation and get ready to eat whatever arrives at your table. Odds are it will be delicious.
Watch the swift and the skilled. Bar folk from across the country are descending upon our fair city to attend cocktail competition/fundraiser Speed Rack. The Seattle Times reports that several venues, including Rumba and Sun Liquor Distillery, are hosting parties and happy hours from tomorrow until Tuesday. The main Speed Rack event is this Sunday afternoon at the Century Ballroom at 915 E. Pine St., with dozens of Northwest-based female bartenders participating in the round robin-style judged competition. Speed Rack events are held in several cities each year, including San Francisco, Boston, and New York. Proceeds are donated to breast cancer research.
Welcome the Year of the Snake. The annual Chinatown-ID Lunar New Year Celebration is happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Yeah, the entertainment and kiddo parade are great and all, but the real draw is the Lunar New Year Food Walk. For $2 you can sample bites from more than two dozen restaurants in the hood, including Unicorn Crepes, Sun Ya, and Pink's Ice Cream.