Sexy Food: Oysters And Beaujolais, Oh My!

How to sexify your November with locally-sourced gustatory pleasures.

Greetings! There are two upcoming events you should know about if you’re looking to spice up the month of November.

The first, Oyster New Year, will be held Saturday, Nov. 12. This annual event, hosted by Elliot Oyster House, is best described as an orgiastic oyster extravaganza. More than 30 varieties of local oysters will be on display at a 90-foot oyster bar, along with crisp, white wines, well-paired microbrews, a fresh seafood buffet, live music and the famous “oyster luge.” Tickets to Oyster New Year can be purchased online.

Tickets are $95 per person for this prestigious affair, but the price buys you karma cred, in addition to a belly-full of bivalves. As always, all proceeds from Oyster New Year benefit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF). As part of Elliott’s partnership with PSRF, the restaurant actively participates in the Henderson Inlet Project. At least twice a year, staff volunteers help seed, tend and harvest the oyster beds on Henderson Inlet’s Community Shellfish Farm. Visit PSRF’s donor page to learn more about the organization and support their efforts directly.

After you have so much fun at Oyster New Year that you don’t want it to end, don your best purple attire and prepare to merrily slosh through a sophisticated annual tasting event.

From 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (FACCPNW) will hold its Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival at the sophisticated Columbia Tower Club.

This event is widely recognized as one of the largest, most prestigious celebrations of French food and culture on the West Coast. At this year’s festival, more than 400 attendees will get the chance to sip delicious Beaujolais wine, dine on fine French cuisine, dance to traditional French music and bid during a silent auction.

According to a French law passed in 1985, Beaujolais Nouveau may not be released earlier than the third Thursday of November. Thanks to FACCPNW, the customary release of this beloved wine will be a fun-filled event.

It begins with the hand-picking of grapes in the Beaujolais growing region, followed by maceration, pressing, and fermentation. Then the wine is bottled and released at midnight on the designated Thursday. Magically, the wine is transported to the Emerald City just in time for the following evening’s swanky festivities. Tickets for Beaujolais Nouveau can be purchased online