NBC, ABC, AP, NYT, 6-Pack of Things To Do have called it. Let’s shake it off and get back to living our lives – with a mask on, of course. Cheers!
RESTAURANT RALLY: The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exercise in throwing ideas against the walls of empty dining rooms and seeing what sticks. Restaurant owners morphed into makeshift grocers when supermarket shelves were sparsely stocked, figured out how to deliver margaritas by the quart, and, like Peaks & Pints, instigated a reservation system via Open Table app. To borrow a phrase from Billy Beane in Moneyball, we must “adapt or die.” To help, Pierce County Council voted to fund a new program they dubbed “Restaurant Rally.” Beginning tomorrow, Peaks & Pints and 230-plus restaurants will offer diners 30 percent off their bill, Sundays through Thursdays, Nov. 8-12 and Nov. 15-19. The discount is for food only. Alcohol is excluded from this program. Participating restaurants will be refunded a percentage of food sales by Pierce County. Reserve your seats today at a participating restaurant, including Peaks via the Open Table app.
BEER FLIGHT: As in many things, our dear state is divided on the subject of snow sports. Those who don’t ski or board resent those who do for getting excited about the cold and showing up for work after a “sick day” with goggle tan lines. Those who do ski or board look down upon the nons for their constant complaining about the ridiculous cost of winter sports, the damn cold, the stupid snow and driving conditions. This gap must be bridged. Let’s all think about snow sports while drinking our to-go flight today, Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Pray For Snow On The Fly. Yes, Peaks & Pints is praying to the mythical Norse God of Snow, Ullr. We’re ready to strap them on. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma, guaranteed seating via Open Table app
MARKET DAY: The Proctor Farmers Market is full-on in fall harvest mode. Hazelnuts, brussels sprouts, cranberries, and winter squash joins the dried lavender, mushrooms, cut flowers, baked goods, pickled vegetables, fresh made salsa, hummus, organic tomato chutney, wood-fired pizza, coffee beans, fermented sauerkraut, kombucha, and new vendor Turul Foods and their Chimney Cakes and traditional pastries from Hungary. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., North 27th and Proctor, Proctor District, Tacoma
FORT FROM HOME: Fort from Home brings the talents and expertise of Fort Nisqually interpreters to you live through interactive virtual programming. Today, Fort Interpreter Carolyn will unravel a sontag and other mysteries of 19th century historic knitting. The sontag is a wrap/shawl combo meant to provide warmth to the torso without adding extra layers on the arms, leaving them free to work as needed. This piece, also called a Bosom Friend, was likely named for Henriette Sontag, a noted German opera singer who was popular during this time period. 11 a.m. to noon, Virtual Fort Nisqually, $15
WINE TASTING: It was a time when price was the only measurement of a wine’s worth. Wine lists were arranged by grape variety like chardonnay or pinot noir and then by price. You were either a $50 chardonnay drinker or a $100 chardonnay drinker. There was little joy in the transaction. Then, Kris Blondin approached your table — whether it was her Vin Grotto, her STINK Meat + Cheese or now Amitie Wine Company — with all the knowledge of a Washington, D.C. sommelier but with one foot planted in our Grit City and the other planted in not pomp and circumstance salesperson. Join Blondin for her fun, weekly Saturday Wine Tasting featuring winemakers, industry experts and an opportunity to try and learn. 2-4 p.m., Amitie Wine Company, 1130 Broadway, Tacoma, $10, RSVP here
FILM: In a time of unprecedented strain on federal institutions, Frederick Wiseman, 90, releases his 45th film, City Hall, a documentary on the daily hum and long-range aspirations of the Boston city government under Mayor Marty Walsh. Shot in 2018 and 2019, which means that it already plays like a pre-COVID-19 time capsule, this long and absorbing film offers a sweeping, panoramic vision, both hopeful and tough-minded, about how local government works — and sometimes doesn’t work. The Grand Cinema streams the documentary in their Virtual Screening Room. Pair the film with Old Schoolhouse’s Renegade IPA from the Peaks & Pints cooler. $12 film