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Contrary to your local, big box store's floor displays, the holiday season is barely underway. Seriously, we've got a little time before we start spiraling down the vortex and anxiety and shame that those twice yearly, extended family meals can bring. Instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of that nonsense, treat yourself. They say self-care is of the utmost importance and if you're anything like me, indulging in delectable food and drink is the best sort of self-care. Plus, a human has gotta eat, amirite?!

The Tacoma Buddhist Temple hosts the Fall Food and Crafts Bazaar Sunday, Nov. 4. That means from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. members of the community can nosh on chicken teriyaki, rice curry, udon-noodles, tofu or unagi bowls, spam musubi and mochi. If the menu offerings aren't enough to lure you in (which is crazy talk if you ask me), there will also be a bake sale and rummage sale. 1717 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma

One of my favorite foodie geared gatherings is a good pairing dinner. First off, it gives diners an opportunity to learn about the value of food and drink pairings and complementary flavor matrimonies. Secondly, it's all about collaboration between a brewer, winemaker or distillery so its culinary creative forces at its finest. There are two upcoming pairing dinners you don't want to miss:

Engine House No. 9 partners with Pfriem Family Brewers to present a Prfiem Beer Dinner at E9. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Chef Wylie Ballinger will craft a five-course meal that will delight starting with a Smoke Steelhead Agnolotti paired with a Pilsner. There will be a Dry Aged Roasted Duck Breast presented with the Pfriem Vintage Flander Blonde and the finale includes Chocolate Liege Waffle with a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. The menu is enticing enough, but considering that Pfriem was recently awarded Best Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year, your dining adventure as a whole is sure to have you daydreaming for more. Tickets are $70 and required to dine. This price includes the entire experience including gratuity. Get yours at Must be 21 and older to imbibe. 611 N. Pine, Tacoma

The Social Bar and Grill hosts a Jameson Chefs' Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. This gathering includes not one, but two chefs joining forces to concoct delectable, autumn-inspired dishes and brown liquor of course. Chef Lucas Ortiz and Sous Chef Julian Merritt will present a four-course meal paired with Jameson Irish Whiskeys. Bonus: the $47 ticket price includes a welcome cocktail and two raffle tickets. There will be an opportunity to score sweet prizes between each course. Tickets are available at The price includes tax and gratuity. 1715 Dock St., Tacoma

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