GIVEAWAY: Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29

Brie. Gouda. Havarti. BRING IT ON. I’m giddy with excitement for the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival!
The Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival is in town one day only on April 29 with two times to choose from. This festival will be at McCaw Hall (I was recently there for Pop! Bubbles and Seafood—this is a great venue for tasting events!)
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Food Lifeline, which helps provide 90K meals a day to local food assistance programs and is working to create a sustainable approach to ending hunger in Western Washington.
So YES: delicious bites (and sips! What would a cheese event be without wine?!) for a great cause. Plus you can also purchase some of your favorite bites before you leave the event.
Local purveyors include: Salumi, Fancy Ass Olives, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Odin Brewing, Pastrome, Tamer’s Beef Jerky, Masquerade Wine, Smith Brothers Farms, French Cider, Ferndale, Silver Springs Creamery, Twin Sisters Creamery, Friday Harbor House of Jerky, Mollusk, Darigold (a co-op of local dairy producers), The Farmstead, Honest Biscuits, Blue Mountain Affinage Company, Full Circle Farm, and more!
“The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about new cheeses, meats, and pairings while tasting the product itself. The vast array of food they taste gives attendees sense of that next charcuterie board build,” Festival said Dave Bain, Cheese and Meat Festival Producer. “It also allows mom and pop shops to showcase their homemade recipes.”
This event is 21+. Tickets at cheeseandmeatfestival.com/seattle.
Want to win a pair of tickets? Comment on this blog post then enter the giveaway here.
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Image via Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival Facebook. 
Disclaimer: This event provided me two tickets to attend this event, however all opinions are my own. 

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Met Bride & Groom’s ROCKED event April 8

Calling all brides and grooms to be AND their friends!

Seattle Met Bride & Groom is throwing an “intimate and immersive” bridal show & party! ROCKED will be held on April 8 at the Canvas Event Space.

Check out some of Seattle’s best wedding vendors in action (food, music, lighting, and beyond) and you get ideas for the big day!

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A few highlights:

Get inspired by four Seattle wedding designers that will be creating vignettes to inspire brides and grooms for their big day! Vignettes include a ceremony space, an outdoor lounge, a reception space, and a groom’s room.

This event’s fashion show will be done in a nontraditional manner: models will rotate through small stages throughout the event so that brides and grooms can get up close to see what they’re wearing and all the fun hair and makeup details

This event partners with Brides for a Cause, a nonprofit organization that collects and resells wedding dresses to support local and national women’s focused charities. This is the organization I got my wedding dress from! Drink tickets and raffle tickets will benefit them and their mission, with raffle prizes you can use on your wedding day.

Want to enter to win two tickets to Rocked? Enter via our giveaway app here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m.

Buy tickets here.

#GetRockedSeattle

Giveaway ends 3/25/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

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Giveaway: Seattle Chocolates + how you can help feed the hungry

Join Seattle Chocolate Company in the fight against hunger! Did you know purchasing Seattle Chocolates will help generate donations to local food banks? It’s true!  Purchase a Seattle Chocolate holiday bar or jcoco chocolate bar now through December 31 and Seattle Chocolates will donate a serving of fresh food to a food bank!
You can also share a photo of their chocolate on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #chocolategives and Seattle Chocolate will donate a serving of food.  With our help, Seattle Chocolate Company hopes to donate 500,000 servings of food this holiday season.
You can find Seattle Chocolates at local retailers including QFC and (one of my favorite places for stocking stuffers) Bartell Drugs or online.
Be sure to check out their holiday flavors this year. They feature beautiful wrappers and delicious flavors, including my favorites: Holiday Cheer Egg Nog and Candy Cane Crunch.
Their jcoco flavors are fun for people who like adventurous, off the beaten path chocolate flavors, including black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, cayenne veracruz orange, agave quinoa sesame, and more. Perfect stocking stuffers or a gift on its own.
Giveaway!
Want to win a box of Seattle Chocolate Company holiday bars and jcoco chocolates?

Enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three here.

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Images via @seattlechoc on Instagram

Giveaway: Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting & Awards returns October 6 and it’s going to be DELICIOUS

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended (571 entries!)—congrats to Nicole L, who was chosen using random.org. Here’s a special offer for all: use promo code pockets2016 to purchase up to 2 VIP tickets at the general admission price. Offer valid while supplies last. Hope to see you there!

Paseo. My Sweet Li’l Cakes. Rumba. Capitol Cider. Café Campagne. Shug’s Soda Fountain. Dot’s Butcher & Deli. Barrio. Ciudad. Naka. Chihuly Garden and Glass’ Collections Café. RN74. Bluebird Ice Cream. What do all these restaurants have in common? They are just some of the 35+ restaurants that will be serving up delicious bites at the Seattle Weekly’s 8th annual Voracious Tasting & Awards.

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My stomach is already growling, thinking about one of my favorite food events of the year. Mark your calendar for October 6 and get your tickets now, because this event is as popular as it is tasty.

For drinks, I’m excited to try Heritage Distillery’s brown sugar bourbon and wine from Beresan Winery and Wildridge Winery. There will be craft cocktails, wine, and beer poured, but the star of this show is the food. The event is presented by the Washington State Beef Commission, so be sure to bring your carnivore friends. Love to take food photos? Enter their #SWbestbeefbite contest now to enter to win tickets to the event. (Keep reading to find out how to enter to win tickets through Seattle Pockets.)

I’m particularly fond of the fact that this year’s event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation, which supports housing and services for low-income Seattleites. They feed the hungry, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without. But of course they can’t do it without our support and this is one way to support them, while treating yourself and a friend or date to a huge foodtastic event. This is the same organization that I raised money for in past years as part of the Carole Brunettes during their Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Love the work they do!

Ready to enter to win tickets?

Enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Use the giveaway form here.

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Images via @seattleweekly on Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway: Black Cat Bash on October 22

The Black Cat Bash returns October 22nd for its third year! This incredibly fun event (one of my favorite dance parties of the year) is a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society. NOW is your chance to get tickets. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets below.

It’s the weekend before the main halloween party weekend, so it gives all of us costume enthusiasts a great reason to get dressed up again! Plus, friends with kids will have a much easier time finding a sitter so they can come out and boogie.

If you love pop, classic alternative, and 80s/90s/00s/today guilty pleasures like I do, the music will get you moving on the dance floor all night long. Kitty Valentine (my friend Kate) started these parties to help raise money for a great cause and to offer a fun dance experience for those of us looking for alternatives outside the electronic music scene. Shindig Events (my favorite Seattle party planner) is also a part of this event to help add special extra touches to the experience.

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I’m thrilled to host a giveaway for two tickets to the event!

TO ENTER:

First: RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/2cDp9AZ.

Then fill out the giveaway form here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m.

That’s it! You can enter on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or all three.  Winner will be notified on Saturday, Sept 24.

Sitcom Improv, Folklife, Motown, and Dancing in the Park: Upcoming Seattle Events

As my friends know, I love planning ahead. Here are some fun events on my radar I thought you all might want to know about.

May 19 & 20: Very Special Episode at Jet City Improv

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Very Special Episode” is an incredibly clever improv show at Jet City Improv in the U District that has its closing weekend this Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20. Inspired by 80s and 90s sitcom episodes that took a moment to provide us with “teachable moments,” the direction of this show is superb and the cast is incredibly talented. I know it seems like it takes a lot of effort to turn off Netflix and get off your couch, but the laughter you’ll enjoy is SO worth it, people. Also, they serve popcorn. Prepare yourself: you will probably leave the show with a crush on at least two actors. BONUS: Your ticket purchase goes to support some seriously incredible youth outreach programs.  (Insert “The More You Know” music).

May 27-29: Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

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This donation-only festival is one of the best in the region. Enjoy a wide variety of music and performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center May 27 – 30. I love the poster artwork this year. Absolutely stunning!
May 31-June 12: Motown The Musical at The Paramount in downtown Seattle
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Motown The Musical will tour onstage The Paramount Theatre in downtown May 31–June 12! This show celebrates the stories and songs of one of my favorite times in music history. Stay tuned for a future post on this show!
June 4: Parke Diem at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill
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Parke Diem is a free day of DJ’ed music on June 4 at Volunteer Park. Bring your hula hoops and dance in the grass.
Have a Seattle event you think Seattle Pockets readers would like? Send me details and link via my contact form!

Help homeless youth in Seattle (+ chance to win prizes)

Here’s something I think is awesome: my fiancé (one of my favorite people) and his coworkers are participating in a fundraising campaign for YouthCare (one of my favorite nonprofits)! Please donate here. 
Here’s why you should donate:
Where your money goes:
YouthCare is a really incredible Seattle nonprofit. Their mission is to support homeless and disadvantaged youth on their way to self-sufficiency. They provide outreach, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, employment training and more. These kids are our future and have been dealt a tough hand. It’s so incredibly important to support this organization that is helping them better their lives and feel valued. Check out their website here or read below for their statement on what they do.
Bonus fun if you donate: PRIZES!
Donors to the fundraising campaign via Brandon’s WG Cells fundraising campaign page can win some awesome swag and prizes. My favorite? Their game company will put your likeness on a Hero in an upcoming game! Other prizes including naming a Hero in an upcoming day, hoodies, messenger bags, and more.
Photo and more about YouthCare in their own words:
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Orion Center and various programs run by YouthCare.

YouthCare’s continuum of care model is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for young people to exit situations of trauma and crisis, stabilize, and work towards building life, education, and employment skills. The diverse continuum of services that YouthCare provides is the model identified by both the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and the National Network for Youth as the preferred and most impactful way to move homeless youth forward in their lives. Through our system of coordinated care and services, YouthCare serves nearly 1,500 young people, ages 12-24,
 
• YouthCare’s Prevention program supports young people at risk of homelessness, and their families, through immediate access to shelter and resources for teens in crisis, support services for caregivers, and community-based case management programs.
 
• Outreach and drop-in services offer young people a safe place to find warm clothing, access hygiene services, get nutritious meals, and connect with caring staff to work on next steps. YouthCare’s outreach team goes out into the community regularly to connect with homeless youth, meet their basic needs, and encourage them to access additional services with YouthCare.
 
• YouthCare’s emergency shelter programs provide a safe alternative to sleeping on the streets. Our goal is to reunify families where possible, and connect young people to stable housing when returning home is not an option. YouthCare’s transitional and independent living programs focus on stabilizing homeless youth and fostering independent living skills and offer access to case management, chemical dependency and mental health counseling, life-skills coaching, and support with education and employment goals.
 
• YouthCare’s education programs are designed to help recently and currently homeless youth overcome barriers to obtaining secondary and post-secondary credentials. They combine flexible diploma and GED-track resources with intensive case management, drop-in, and housing services.
 
• Our employment training programs provide youth with critical tools to build their futures. Youth are paid for their time and gain transferable skills, professional certifications, and an opportunity to learn workplace expectations. We help them develop a résumé, practice interviewing, and conduct job searches. All our employment programs require participants to work on educational goals and include case management support.
 
• YouthCare’s Bridge Continuum provides dedicated beds in emergency shelter to minors who have experienced sexual exploitation, as well as dedicated beds in transitional living programs to minors and young adults seeking a longer-term housing option. We also offer the specialized wrap-around services these traumatized young people need — including intensive case management, counseling, education, and employment training and paid internships.