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.
Chef Jason Wilson may be busy with his award-winning restaurant, CRUSH, and opening a new restaurant, Miller’s Guild, next month, but he always takes time out to cook with his son.
Evening Magazine stopped by the Wilson house to chat about wood-fired cooking at the soon-to-open Miller’s Guild — and Ferrin and Jason put on a show of their own by making “Meatballs with a Chance of Pretzels,” inspired by one of their favorite movies “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Gluten-free pretzels, and even vegetables, add to a delicious recipe that kids can make at home (with supervision). As Jason puts it “There’s really nothing like cooking for those that you are intimately in love with.”
The recipe can be found on the Evening Magazine website.
Bastille Bash is tomorrow July 13th! 07.12.13
Bonjour! Madison Valley’s 2nd annual Bastille Bash is this Saturday, July 13 from 3-8 p.m.! They are decking out East Madison with French flags, banners and all things red, white and blue and getting ready to enjoy la vie en rose.
Festivities will take place up and down East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenues. Guests will enjoy Bastille Day celebrations, indulge in French inspired food from Madison Valley restaurants, taste sips from Northwest wineries, breweries and distilleries, be entertained by live music, street performers and live chef and gardening demos, and kids activities.
View menus, entertainment schedules, maps and more online to plan your afternoon and ensure you don’t miss a thing, then follow their Facebook page to receive instant updates.
Highlights include: Spirits Garden in Rover’s courtyard, eight live music and dance acts, bites and sips from more than 30 food and beverage partners, a chef demo stage featuring Cormac Mahoney of Madison Park Conservatory, Jason Wilson of Crush, Jim Drohman of Le Pichet and Cafe Presse, and John Platt of St. Cloud, and the chance to win a weekend in Paris by France Homestyle!
Beneficiary: Proceeds from Bastille Bash support the Children’s Response Center.
Tickets: The event is FREE to attend and tickets for food and beverages will be sold at the event on 29th Avenue. Food is priced at $2.50, $5.00, $7.50 per bite and tickets can be purchased in $10 increments. The Wine Passport includes tastings of wine, beer and spirits from each of the purveyors for $20 per person, including your own wine glass.
With all the fun festivities in store, the local media has been buzzing. Here are some highlights of recent articles and radio interviews to get all the Bastille Bash scoop:
- The Stranger Suggests you hightail it to Bastille Bash to catch a glimpse of their Marie Antoinette impersonator!
- They love Bastille Bash’s Francophilia and retail offerings over at Seattle Met Magazine.
- Seattle Magazine says Bastille Bash is a MUST for this weekend.
- Daily Candy can’t wait to enjoy the Spirits Garden at Rover’s and how the neighborhood is reminiscent of a bucolic village in Provence.
- KIRO Radio’s “Let’s Eat” hosts had a blast chatting up Nat Stratton-Clarke, one of the event creators and planners, about the amazing chef talent for the demos and enjoying French culture in Seattle.
- Neighborhood paper the Madison Park Times is excited Bastille Bash is back for a second year!
- Chat With Women radio network host Holly Brown, of The Brown Lounge, chatted with Nat about all of the delicious French food and wine offered at Bastille Bash, eating local, and how to cook simple French food at home.
- The Seattle Times highlighted Bastille Bash in their Sunday NW Arts & Life section as a must attend event this week!
- The moms over at Red Tricycle gave Bastille Bash the thumbs up for their kid friendly activities like art classes at Thrive, and event proceeds that benefit the Children’s Response Center.
Bastille Bash Food Partners:
Harbor Point Coffee
Jae’s Asian Bistro & Sushi
The Spoon Project
Kiona Vineyards & Winery
Walla Walla Vintners
William Church Winery
Mac & Jack’s Brewery
Thrive Art School – French inspired art workshops. Ages 5-9; $45. Register in advance on their website.
Genius, A Baby Academy – Free French themed activities for parents and kids.
It’s time once again for Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington! With lots of thrills, spills and overall news over the past year we expect this Best of Western Washington to give us some new and exciting winners along with the old standbys that locals can’t get enough of.
We work with people and businesses that we believe are the best of the bunch; the cream of the crop, which is why we can honestly and without hesitation recommend a few amazing, tasty and memorable businesses for you to vote for. Sitting on the edge of your seat? Okay, here’s our list – we also threw in a few of our favorites as extras:
Cafe Flora “Best Vegetarian” – Currently leading the voting, this restaurant has been bringing vegetarian cuisine to Seattle for 20 years. They must be doing something right! Vote here.
Golden Beetle “Best Mediterranean” – When a James Beard Award Winning Chef decides to open a second restaurant and take on a cuisine that is usually reserved for falafel and gyros at corner stores, we know diners have hit gold. Toss in the organic ingredients and you’ve really got something worth voting for! Vote here.
Tilth “Best Fine Dining” and “Best New American” – When that same James Beard Chef boasts six years of her award-winning restaurant in the culinary oasis of Wallingford, we think that’s worth two votes! Vote here and here.
LloydMartin “Best New Restaurant” – Turning one this October, LloydMartin won Seattle Weekly’s “Best New Restaurant” category this year and are in hot pursuit of Best New Restaurant elsewhere. Go in. Try it. Then cast your vote here.
8oz. Burger Bar “Best Burger” – A burger made from people that specialize in burgers – we like those odds! We’re all in on 8oz. Burger Bar, whether it is beef, wild boar, kobe beef, lamb, fish, free range turkey or the housemade veggie patty. Vote here.
Coastal Kitchen “Best Breakfast” – Serving the most important meal of the day shouldn’t be left to just anyone. We suggest heading for the experts at Coastal Kitchen where they have been poaching eggs, grilling waffles, flipping pancakes and putting out more early morning culinary delights for years! Vote here.
Pure Barre “Best Gym” – Need to add some fun to your workouts and really tighten those hard to reach areas? Barre workouts are growing in popularity, but we suggest sticking with the original in Seattle – Pure Barre! They will make sure to lift, tone and burn your body in the most satisfying way possible. Vote here.
Sami Sweeney “Best Fitness Instructor” – We adore Sami for her ability to make your body burn and for doing it with a smile! Sami’s training in barre workouts makes her classes some of the most highly coveted at all of the three Pure Barre locations. Her intensity, knowledge, and personal touch are what keep us going back for more! Vote here.
A few more of our favorites:
What childhood is complete without a visit to the zoo? Vote for Woodland Park Zoo as “Best Fun Place for Kids.” Vote here.
When we want the men in our lives to look especially dapper, we opt for Mario’s – “Best Men’s Clothing.” Vote here.
Having known her since she was behind the scenes at KOMO’s Northwest Afternoon, we know that Jenni Hogan is the real deal. Vote for this inspiring Aussie for “Best Local Personality on Twitter.” Vote here.
The music scene in Seattle never has a dull moment, but we always look to The Dusty 45’s as our go-to band. Vote “Best Local Band.” Vote here.
You have until October 12 to vote, but why not click and vote now?!!!
Twenty years ago when the quaint Madison Valley neighborhood made a home for Cafe Flora, health-food fanatics, vegetarians, and local producers rejoiced. Cafe Flora not only provided an upscale atmosphere that guests raved about, but their unique recipes exceeded expectations offering a new twist on hearty, flavorful vegetarian dishes.
As mentioned by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Weekly, and KING5′s New Day Northwest, this Saturday, June 2nd from 5-10 p.m. marks Cafe Flora’s 20th Anniversary, a celebration you will not want to miss!
Here’s the scoop: Cafe Flora is throwing a farmers market style event, inviting their beloved growers and vendors to set up throughout the restaurant, atrium and tented courtyard. Cafe Flora chefs will be cooking bites from local vendor produce, in addition to serving wine, beer, and cocktails with the accompaniment of live music. CSA sign ups will also be available.
• VIP admission: 5-6 p.m. $50 – guests receive special anniversary cocktails by Oola Distillery, wine, beer, food, live music, early admission, and a Cafe Flora gift bag
• General admission: 6-10 p.m. $30 – guests receive wine, beer, food, live music, and a Cafe Flora anniversary gift
• Location: Cafe Flora – 2901 East Madison Street
• Purchase Tickets here!
• Airfield Estates
• Alexandria Nicole Cellars
• Big Al Brewery
• Bluebird Grain Farm
• Columbia City Bakery
• Dry Soda
• Foraged and Found
• Growing Washington
• Local Roots
• Oola Distillery
• Oxbow Farm
• Remedy Teas
• Rockridge Orchard Cider
• Seattle Mushroom Farm
• Stumptown Coffee
• Theo Chocolate
Proceeds from the event will benefit Bailey-Boushay House, also celebrating a 20-year milestone of providing nurturing care for those in need.
Tickets are required for admission so purchase yours today! You won’t want to miss this memorable night with Cafe Flora.
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Today is the first day of Spring Barrel Tasting in Yakima Valley! A chance to get out of the rain and be the first to swirl and sip a variety of Yakima Valley wines right from the barrel.
Watch Matt Rawn from Two Mountain Winery on KOMO 4 News and Greg Fries from Desert Wind Winery on KOIN Studio 6 as they demonstrate what a wine thief is and what to expect this weekend in the Yakima Valley! Head over for the day or make a weekend of it in the valley!
Premiere Passes available through Wine Yakima Valley at select wineries all weekend long including Kana Winery, Airfield Estate Winery, Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery, Claar Cellars, Severino Cellars, Agate Field Winery and Tapteil Vineyard winery.