Lunar New Year falls on January 31 this year, and the new year will be the Year of the Horse. Get ready to celebrate with this calendar of festivals, celebrations, special dinners, kids activities and cooking classes.
Gung hay fat choy!
Season four of Downton Abbey started earlier in January. That means: if you are in a certain demographic group (and if you read this site, you are probably in that demographic group), and you are on social media (and if you’re in that demographic, you’re probably on social media), then you are, most likely, watching Downton or at least watching your friends talk about watching Downton Abbey. Because Downton Fever has swept the nation, and the incident map of this outbreak glows especially red in Seattle.
Much of the drama in the show is, of course, generated by the specifics of class, etiquette, service and tradition. And here in the Seattle-area, we don’t have to only wait until Sunday evenings to learn more about these elements. Local historian and lecturer Tames Alan offers two programs that focus on the etiquette and lifestyle of the Downton era. One is “Dining at Downton: A Trial by Fork” (about the food, tableware and dining-related manners of the era) and the other “Life in Service at Downton Abbey” (about “army of both indoor and outdoor servants” that served places like Downton).
January is the month of resolutions – often diet-related – and so perhaps you are exploring some paleo options. Below are some upcoming events – including several with Michelle Tam, the author of the new cookbook “Nom Nom Paleo.”
And, if you might be unsure about Paleo and other special diets, there are also several free chats at KCLS libraries about understanding these nutritional choices.
The Washington Beer Commission is putting on its 5th Annual Belgianfest on February 1st. It's your chance to taste Belgian-style beers from 40 Washington breweries.
And once you've gotten a taste for it, continue the Belgian exploration with a Belgian Classics cooking class at PCC. Taught by friend-of-site Olaiya Land, the class will feature "Salade de Chèvre Chaud (green salad with honeyed goat cheese toasts); Magret de Canard à la Kriek (duck breast with cherry beer and dried cherries); and Purée de Chou-Fleur." They will be paired with beer and "even dessert is complemented by the addition of beer in Pudding au Pain (Belgian bread pudding), with Crème Anglaise à la Bière Brune (vanilla sauce with dark beer)."
Info on both events below!