Keep on snacking on those tiny Snickers—we’re in full-on gluttony now that only ends with New Year’s resolutions. Not that you need to be lowbrow about it. Here are a mix of not-to-miss events and new restaurants that you should really check out in November:
Dine on gingko, ikura, negi and shiso.
If you’ve never heard of these prized Japanese ingredients, it’s even more imperative that you plan on attending Adana’s 12-course kaiseki dinner at 6 p.m. on November 15. The idea is a throwback to Adana’s previous incarnation; chef-owner Shota Nakajima ran the acclaimed fine-dining Naka before pivoting to the concept of paired down tasting menus you’ll find at Adana now. All guests must purchase tickets by emailing email@example.com or calling 206.294.5230.
Then drink with Andy Ricker.
The reigning king of the Portland's Thai food scene, Pok Pok ace Andy Ricker, has a new book out that focuses on the Thai snacks that best go with booze. On November 28, he'll be at Dino’s Tomato Pie's new events space talking Thai drinking adventures. A $75 ticket gets you apps, cocktails and a signed copy of his book, Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand. Jump on this now—it’ll surely sell out.
Grab a bite at pretty little Joli.
Despite the fact that I used to live within, well, stumbling distance, I’d not been aware the strip of Northwest 65th Street in Ballard was known as Stumbletown until I started talking to friends about how much I really liked Joli, the lovely new neighborhood spot in a formerly rundown corner that’s blighted the micro 'hood for years. The menu is Italian-French—I particularly enjoyed a beet salad heavy on the dill and the house-made ricotta cavatelli with braised rabbit. It’s quiet—for now—and a great place to pop into on a weeknight.
Learn about the new guard of hot chefs.
What a great idea: Ethan Stowell and Goldfinch Tavern chef Joe Ritchie are hosting an event designed to shed light on the incredibly talented chefs that aren’t quite household names. Eight chefs—Sony Bato (Marination Ma Kai), Jeremy Arnold (Hitchcock), Mitch Mayers (Lark Seattle), Jason Melton (Four Seasons Hotel Seattle), Tyson Wardwell (Salare), Sadie White (Tavolata), Alexus Williams (Navy Strength) and Christopher Coker (Adana Restaurant)—will each prepare a dish, and guests will vote on their favorite. The showdown goes down November 12 at the Four Seasons; tickets are $75 and available here.
Drink—and caffeinate—at Burgundian.
One of my favorite beer events of the year covers a small subsection of brews that happen to be my favorite: coffee beers. Tangletown brewery Burgundian, which you should visit anyway for the great comfort food and epic beer selection, hosts a dedicated weekend to coffee beers—not just stouts and porters, but rarer selections as well—and coffee-inspired menu items. The full tap list isn’t available yet, but trust me when I say that if you like coffee and beer, you’ll want to be there November 4 and 5. (Follow along on Facebook for further details.)