Twenty-two years in business and Cafe Flora is still on fire! After receiving the honor of “Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine, the Madison Valley restaurant received local recognition from its loyal customers on KING 5′s Best of Western Washington poll. Offering creative vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients, it is no wonder Cafe Flora was voted Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Western Washington!
To recognize the restaurant’s award, Cafe Flora owner Nat Stratton-Clarke was featured on Evening Magazine’s reveal show. Watch the episode below to view the nationally recognized restaurant and the dish that’s been on the menu for nearly all 22 years! Congrats Cafe Flora!
A reminder that Cafe Flora will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving day and serving a special four-course menu for adults and children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 206.325.9100.
Maria Hines Receives Honorary Award 11.12.13
A force to be reckoned with, Maria Hines, chef and owner of restaurants, Tilth, Golden Beetle and Agrodolce, is an honoree of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJ) Women of Influence award. The Women of Influence award program recognizes “pioneers who had to shatter glass ceilings, knock down doors, create their own paths and help others along the way.”
Featured in the Huffington Post and Civil Eats, Hines takes an active role both in and outside the kitchen. Recognizing the importance of organic and sustainable food, all three of Hines’ restaurants are certified organic by Oregon Tilth, one of the toughest and best organic certifiers in the country. Joining culinary organizations such as the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and Pew Charitable Trusts, she teams up with fellow chefs in creating a safer, healthier and more sustainable food system. Seeing that everyone in the world has a right to enjoy healthy, sustainable food, the James Beard Award-winner won’t stop until that happens.
Most recently, Hines was asked by the James Beard Foundation to prepare a special menu for the 2013 JBF Leadership Awards, a corresponding event to the annual JBF Food Conference in New York City on Oct. 21-22. The conference, strategically themed “The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change,” centered on the consequences of an uncontrolled appetite, which creates several paradoxes that generates numerous challenges for modern society. For the Leadership Awards dinner, Hines put together a three-course menu where each dish represented a different facet of food policy, including issues involving genetically engineered food and local farms.
Interested in attending the 2013 Women of Influence award ceremony? Hines will be recognized among 15 other honorees and PSBJ will be hosting the event at Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Ticket purchases can be made online.
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With the cold weather upon us, there is no better time to enjoy an authentic Chicago dining experience at Benito’s Chicago Eatery in Ballard. Chef and owner Benjamin Kulikowski brings Seattleites his hometown’s most famous dish: Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Layers upon layers of aged mozzarella cheese, fresh vegetables and quality meats are meticulously laid on top of a rich, pie-like pizza crust and baked in a deep pan. Thirty to forty-five minutes of bake time is worth every minute once you take a bite of their signature Benito’s Special with sausage, peppers, onions, pepperoni, mushrooms and organic tomato sauce. Other pizza options include cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach. Or customize your own deep dish with a variety of vegetables and meats.
Benito’s Chicago Eatery is hosting a fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank from 5-10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab your friends and family and experience Chicago’s best exports for the first time or enjoy them again! Benito’s also offers a variety of sandwiches, hot pastas, fresh salads and homemade cannoli. Beer and wine are also available. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from the evening will support food security in the Ballard neighborhood.
Reservations not required. Benito’s Chicago Eatery is located at 6201 15th Ave NW and can be contacted at 206.420.7032.
In case you missed it, Chef Kulikowski shared his special deep dish recipe on KING 5′s New Day Northwest and prepared a Benito’s Special and White Pie. Watch here and learn how it’s made!
Whether you are catching up with friends, celebrating the weekend’s arrival or just treating yourself from a hard day of work, Golden Beetle is now offering a new happy hour menu with twice as many food and drink choices! Happy hour at this popular Ballard spot is every day from 5 to 6 p.m.!
For just $4, enjoy Fried Pistachios in Shells (pictured above), which are mixed with a spicy combination of lime, salt and aleppo. If you are looking for something to heat up your taste buds, the Fire & Honey Chicken Wings are seasoned with ginger, peanut and harissa, a Tunisian hot chili sauce made in house. If a spicy plate is not what you’re looking for then what better way to satisfy your veggie requirements than on a Mediterranean-style cheese and vegetable pizza with gruyere or feta.
Top off your happy hour with some sweetly Spiced Donuts, covered in cardamom and cinnamon and partnered with a honey syrup dip (pictured below).
Are you feeling Barely Legal? Craving a Beetle Bug? Yearning for a Rosemary Margarita? Well, Golden Beetle offers all of the above and more in their new happy hour cocktail menu! Featuring unique blends that will wake up your palate, the cocktails work perfectly with any of the happy hour food items.
Owned by award-winning chef Maria Hines, Golden Beetle focuses on using organic, wild and sustainable ingredients to make signature tasty and heat-spiced dishes. Stop by early to beat the crowd, as reservations are not accepted for happy hour. To make reservations for weekend brunch or nightly dinner, call 206.706.2977 or visit the website.
Homemade pizza. Chocolate chip cookies. Chicken pot pie. For those who suffer from gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, these are some of the few and oh so delicious dishes that must be sacrificed because of the dreaded wheat ingredients. But Blue Ribbon Cooking, a Seattle-based cooking school, events venue and catering company, located on Lake Union, has made enjoying classic comfort foods much easier!
On Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m., join Blue Ribbon for a Gluten-Free Comfort Foods cooking party that will bring back the mouth-watering comfort foods you crave, making each chilly fall day a little more tolerable.
Upon arrival, Blue Ribbon staff will greet you with hearty gluten-free appetizers, along with local microbrews and Northwest wines. After your cooking lesson, led by a knowledgeable Blue Ribbon chef, prepare to feast on your tasty creations, including coconut prawns, buttermilk fried chicken and blackberry crisp. At the end of class, take home the recipes you learned and share them with a loved one or the family and show off your new skills!
Reserve your spot in this must-attend cooking class today for $95 per person. Visit the Blue Ribbon website to reserve or call 206.328.2442.
Few other restaurants that opened in 2012 had the hype of Shanik Restaurant. From the family of the famed Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, Canada, Seattleites knew they were lucky to get such world-class Indian cuisine in the center of South Lake Union.
The lines came, just like at sister restaurant Vij’s, and waits were 2-3 hours long when they first opened. Yes, in Seattle! Creative, unique Indian food at the thoughtful hand of chef and author Meeru Dhalwala created quite the frenzy.
Shanik is thoughtful, gracious and delicious – and we are thrilled to add the restaurant to our client list! Working with chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala and owner Oguz Istif while promoting the interesting, delicious and one-of-a-kind cuisine is making our summer! From thoughtful dishes, such as the Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles above, intricate stories and unique spices and ingredients, this restaurant is raising the level of Indian cuisine in our area.
Get a taste for Shanik and chef Meeru Dhalwala at her recent KING 5 appearance below, discussing the health advantages of Indian food and showcasing how to spice of your vegetables for the whole family.
We’ll have more Shanik news soon! Pop in for weekday lunch, Monday-Saturday dinner and enjoy their beautifully appointed lounge. Be sure to say hello to Meeru for her personal touch on the Shanik menu – Enjoy!
Rising Star Chef: Jason Brzozowy 05.30.13
June’s Seattle Met magazine boasts a list of the city’s up and coming chefs. The talented chefs that help keep some of the city’s favorite kitchens on the “must” lists and are the right hands for notable and award-winning chefs. Among them, Jason Brzozowy of Maria Hines Restaurants. Uber talented and humble as can be, Jason is the executive chef for all three of Maria Hines’ restaurants – Tilth, Golden Beetle and Agrodolce.
Check out the June issue on newsstands now and get a peek here of why Jason was selected to the list and who the other four chefs are that grace the inaugural Rising Star Chefs of Seattle. Congrats to all the chefs!
Have you noticed the drool-worthy cover of the current issue of Edible Seattle in your mailbox or grocery store? That would be Lloyd Martin‘s famed Duck Ragu! Take another look above — see, drool-worthy, right? With the recipe inside, you can have guests eating out of your hands just like Sam Crannell does at Lloyd Martin.
Flip through the magazine and find out how Sam has gained flocks of critic and food enthusiast followers at his Queen Anne restaurant. From sourcing the best and most exciting ingredients to creating the masterpieces on the plate, Lloyd Martin remains unpretentious and delicious! Don’t take our word for it. Read it here and pick up your issue in stores. Once you read the tempting article from Sonja Groset we think Lloyd Martin will be on your list of weekend plans, too!
Evado PR Internship Program 12.10.12
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Chef Mauro Golmarvi of Assaggio Ristorante gives us his recipe for Chicken Cacciatore, tips for choosing the best olive oil and the benefits of using canned vs fresh tomatoes. The entertaining chef wrapped up the final day of Seattle Restaurant Week’s preview on New Day Northwest earlier today.
Feed off Northwest inspired Italian, Mediterranean, French, Japanese and more ethnic cuisines during Seattle Restaurant Week, starting Sunday!