An Oscar Party, Dealing with Your Mommy Issues at SIFF Cinema and More Top To-do's

Must Quote Along
Mommy Dearest quote-a-long at SIFF Cinema
Saturday (2/26) -
See Faye Dunaway channel Joan Crawford in this epic 1981 flick that gives readers an insider’s peek at old school Hollywood and the over-the-top parenting style of a Hollywood starlet. Who wouldn’t want to spend a Saturday night unleashing those pent up mommy issues with an audience of people screaming, “No wire hangers!” $7-12. 7:30 p.m. SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St. siff.net.

Must Experience
Seattle Food and Wine Experience
Sunday (2/27) -
This annual one-day celebration of food and drink packs some serious local flavor. A collection a Seattle’s best chefs, from restaurants such as Andaluca and BOKA, will whip up dishes to sate your gourmet cravings. And you can pair your plate with a pour from a world of wineries—10 countries will be represented—including more than 20 based in Washington state. Not into grapes? Grab a hop-heavy sample of a signature microbrew from Portland powerhouse Bridgeport Ales or a sweetly tart glass of Crispin cider from Minneapolis. With the very best food and drink of the region and beyond, plus chef samples and a live music lounge, this $49 gustatory fantasy will leave both your belly and your bank account pleasantly full. 1-5 p.m. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison St.; 206.661.8243; seattlefoodandwineexperience.com

Must Party
A Night at the Oscars
Sunday (2/27) –
Unless you’re going to the real thing (like arts and culture editor Brangien Davis), Seattle mag’s Hotel 1000 Oscar Party is a red carpet night you don’t want to miss. 4 p.m. $10 - $125. Hotel 1000- 1000 First Avenue, Downtown. 206.957.1000; hotel1000seattle.com

Must Taste
Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen’s Rustic Cornmeal Custard Cake

There’s really no better place to meet friends for brunch than at the Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen, which is tucked away on the far reaches of Belltown near the foot of Queen Anne Avenue North. Cool light spreads through the loft-like space; it’s the kind of place where crisp white linens, freshly cut tulips and a scone on a plate magically transform into a bucolic scene from a still-life painting. There’s a casual approach to seasonality—subbing apples for plums, say, in those scones—but, otherwise, chef/owner Renee Erickson’s menu doesn’t change much. And I’m thankful for that, because I adore the Rustic cornmeal custard cake ($10.50), served as a thick and creamy pie wedge that arrives in a shallow pool of maple syrup with a juicy pork sausage alongside. It’s soft, warm, completely indulgent—and if I could eat it every day (and somehow still be able to fit into my pants), I would. Belltown, 3131 Western Ave; 206.632.4602; boatstreetkitchen.com.

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