VARIOUS LOCATIONS—Thai rolled ice cream, made to order, is as much a performance piece as it is a frozen treat. Now Susu Rolled Ice Cream is rolling French-style custard in the traditional Thai fashion, giving you the whole experience at a number of farmers markets and other events throughout Seattle, including the South Lake Union Market on Saturdays. Try unique, rotating flavor combinations like "Shades of Earl Grey," featuring Earl Grey tea, black sesame cake, and togarashi crumble, or "The Seattleite," with coffee, speculoos biscuit, and espresso beans. See this new mobile vendor's full schedule online.
BELLEVUE—The Surrell Dinners pop-up has found a new home at cooking class venue Whisk, where chef Aaron Tekulve is pairing his locally-focused food with a different Washington winemaker each month. On August 2, 16 diners can get to know Sparkman Cellars' Linn Scott, who'll pour such offerings as a 2013 Stella Mae Cabernet blend while diners experience "an adventurous six course meal" with Tekulve cooking and plating directly in front of them; dishes include hamachi, charcoal roasted lamb, and more. In the fall, look out for dinners featuring Delille, Efeste, Avennia, and more. Additional info and tickets are available online.
CENTRAL DISTRICT—Taylor Cheney is bringing her Yalla pop-up series to The Atlantic. Starting August 1, each Monday Cheney and colleague Pinar Ozhal, who is Kurdish and grew up in Turkey, will take diners on an a la carte journey of the cuisine, history, and traditions of a Middle Eastern country beset by conflict. They're hoping to "shed some positive light on these countries," according to a Facebook post. August will focus on Palestine, with the first menu highlighting West Bank fare like hummus, mashi lift (stuffed turnips), and maqloubeh, described as an upside-down chicken and rice dish. September will showcase Turkish and Kurdish fare; October will turn to Syria. See The Atlantic's website for more info and a menu, and call (206) 329-5499 for reservations.
SOUTH LAKE UNION—Speaking of supporting Syria, next week the Mamnoon restaurants are using good food and cool music to fundraise for refugees during Tarab 4 Syria. (Tarab can describe both a type of Arabic music as well as a euphoric emotional state induced by music.) On August 4 there's a wine dinner at Mamnoon with live music from House of Tarab, as well as an all-you-can-eat menu for $35 at Anar and Mamnoon Street, set to the sounds of Black Giraffe. August 5, if you're willing to drop some serious coin, you could get an exclusive sneak preview of hotly anticipated Mbar and its rooftop deck when chef Jason Stratton curates a dinner paired with the wines of Chateau Musar and the music of Samer Saem Eldahr of Hello Psychaleppo; afterward, there's a tarab party on the rooftop with bites, drinks, and music. See the full line-up on Mamnoon's website, or call (206) 906-9606 for more info and tickets.
DOWNTOWN—Wednesday, August 3, Tom Douglas' Carlile Room is launching a regular dinner series called Work Release, inviting Seattle's line cooks, sous chefs, and chefs du cuisine to cut loose for a night from their normal grind and try cooking a different cuisine. These are destined to be the next chefs opening restaurants in Seattle, so here's a chance to preview their offbeat impulses. Carlile Room's Henryk Bansales kicks things off by making "the Indian food he eats on his days off," according to the inaugural event page; the full menu is listed, including a warm-up of samosas and gobi pakora with three chutneys, a tiffin box arrangement of chicken tikka with basmati rice and palak paneer, and a dessert of chai brulee. $55 covers the three-course meal, beverage pairings (boozy apricot lassi, anyone?), tax, and gratuity.