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  • Maria Hines Receives Honorary Award 11.12.13

    Maria Hines at Golden Beetle


    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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  • Eat Pizza, Support the Ballard Food Bank 11.08.13

    Benito's Deep Dish Pizza


    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!

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  • Blue Ribbon Kids Cooking Camps 06.14.13



    Starting June 17th Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center is kicking off its 19th summer of kids cooking camps for kids and teens ages 7-18! Participants learn knife skills, easy meals and self confidence. Camp includes: personalized chef’s jacket, chef’s knife, Blue Ribbon electronic cookbook, daily lunch, diploma and graduation dinner. Blue Ribbon was the first local cooking school to offer international cooking for kids with a sit-down dinner format and all camps are held at their 5,200 square foot facility on Lake Union.

    All classes, outside of Mom & Me, end with a graduation dinner where the students present what they have learned at a dinner for their friends and family.

    The first camp runs June 17-20 and the last July 29-August 1. View schedule, rates and sign up information online. Register two siblings at once and receive 15 percent off both kids.

    Classic Culinary Camp
    Ages: 7-13
    Dates: June 17-20, July 8-11, July 29-August 1

    Ages: 14-18
    Dates: July 15-18

    All Ages: 7-18
    Dates: July 22-25

    Baking & Pastry Camp
    All Ages: 7-18
    Dates: June 24-27 and July 8-11

    Mom & Me
    All Ages: 7-18
    Dates: July 15-17

    Advanced French Culinary Workshop
    All Ages: 7-18*
    Dates: July 29-August 1
    *Students must have completed a prior kids camp to attend.

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  • Food Truck Roundup May 19! 05.15.13



    The University District Food Bank, serving 1100 area families each week, is currently celebrating 30 years of continued food security in Seattle. On Sunday, May 19th they will launch the public leg of their $2.75 million Fight Hunger, Build Hope capital campaign to raise funds for a new facility, with a Food Truck Roundup event from 3-7 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

    The capital campaign will fund a new four-story food bank facility that will include a grocery store-style food bank, low income housing, job training, a rooftop garden and more at 50th and Roosevelt. Learn more about the new facility and event in The Seattle Times

    Event participants include:
    Barking Frog’s Road Toad mobile kitchen
    Skillet Street Food
    Street Treats
    Veraci Pizza
    Chopstix
    Contigo
    Hallava Falafel
    Crisp Creperie
    Seattle Biscuit Company
    Oola Distillery
    Golden Distillery
    Sozo Wines
    Fremont Brewing Company
    Live music by The Blackberry Bushes, Washover Fans and Ali Marcus

    Tickets are $25 per person and include eight food bites and four beverage tastes. Guests who donate $100 will receive the food bank’s new Community Cookbook with recipes from Tilth, Tavolata, Agrodolce, Crush, LloydMartin, Cafe Flora and many other local favorites. Tickets available online now!

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  • Treat Mom to Brunch + Pampering! 05.02.13


    May is here, the weather couldn’t be more promising, and spring is in full bloom! To top it off, we have plenty of ideas to treat mom to the perfect Mother’s Day. From three-course brunches to spa pampering and a little fitness to keep her young at heart, check out our Mother’s Day offerings and start booking today!

    Cafe Flora
    Visit Cafe Flora for their annual Mother’s Day brunch and find out why Seattle Magazine just named them one of Seattle’s “Best Brunch Spots” in their May issue! They are offering a delicious three-course seasonal vegetarian and vegan menu for $30 per person, and a kids menu for $15 per child, with gluten, nut and soy free options available. Grab your reservation now as they are almost sold out! View full menus here.

    1st Course
    Citrus Napoleon
    coconut whip, mint and blood orange coulis and pastry basket

    2nd Course
    Duck Egg & Root Vegetable Latke Benedict
    grilled portabella, stiebrs farm poached duck egg, hollandaise. shaved asparagus, fire roasted pepper, snow pea, tarragon, preserved lemon (gluten free)

    Strawberry Lavender Baked French Toast
    st. germaine macerated strawberries, coconut lavender cream, whipped honey chevre (available vegan)

    Wild Mushroom Spring Sopes
    masa cakes, chanterelles, sherry caramelized onions, cilantro lime cashew cheese, ranchero sauce

    3rd Course
    Theo Trio
    bittersweet chocolate semifreddo, milk chocolate glaze, nibby anglaise (gluten free, nut free)

    Wonderwoman Trifle
    ginger rhubarb, wonderwoman tea infused pastry cream, russian tea cake, sweet strawberry wine reduction (vegan, gluten free, available nut free)

    Mango Sorbet (vegan, gluten free, nut free, soy free)

    Reservations are required for parties of all sizes at 206.325.9100. Brunch runs 9 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.

    Tilth
    Kids can impress mom with a delicious brunch at award-winning Tilth restaurant this Mother’s Day. Featuring clean, bright flavors from certified organic ingredients, the beautifully prepared prix-fixe menu offers three courses for just $25. Give the best for mom this Mother’s Day!

    1st Course
    Asparagus Salad
    edible flowers, soft cooked egg, truffle

    Apricot Scone
    honey, almond, maple sugar

    Yogurt
    mint, brandied cherry, lemon

    2nd Course
    Quiche Lorraine
    arugula, sweet onion, jalapeño

    Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy
    washington chicken, fried egg, preserved lemon

    Soft Scrambled Eggs
    english pea, wild mushroom, cauliflower

    3rd course
    French Toast
    rhubarb, lovage, walnut

    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake
    chocolate cookie, cocoa cream, sea salt

    House Made Sourdough Waffle
    espresso, candied meyer lemon, hazelnut

    Prix Fixe Menu $25; Cava or Mimosa with Coffee $10.

    You can also view the full menu here. Reservations are recommended by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at www.Tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located at 1411 N 45th St., Seattle.

    Yuan Spa
    Indulge mom with a variety of relaxing and healing spa services and treat yourself while you’re at it! All Mother’s Day packages include access to Yuan Spa’s hydrotherapy pools for a pre-service soak to soften and hydrate skin and increase circulation.

    Mommy Dearest
    Yuan Hydrotherapy
    60 min. Yuan Signature Massage or Facial
    60 min. Yuan Signature Manicure
    60 min. Deluxe Revitalizing Pedicure
    $199 – 4 hours ($38 savings)

    Queen for the Day
    Yuan Hydrotherapy
    50 min. Chinese Body Scrub
    60 min. Swedish, Deep Tissue or Signature Massage
    30 min. Classic Manicure
    $209 – 3 hours 20 min ($38 savings)

    Like Mother, Like Daughter
    Yuan Hydrotherapy
    60 min. Couples Swedish, Deep Tissue or Signature Massage
    60 min. Couples Signature Facial
    $389 – 3 hours ($67 savings)

    Appointments and gift certificates available at 425.449.8788 or online. Complimentary parking is available in the underground garage. Yuan Spa is located at 1032 106th Ave NE, Suite 125, Bellevue.

    Pure Barre
    Treat mom to her favorite workout or introduce her to barre classes with Pure Barre gift cards! Perfect for new moms working to get their body back in shape. Grab a pair of their “grippe” socks and she’ll be set to lift, tuck and burn her way to a long and lean physique. And her first class is free!

    Purchase gift cards online or at their Queen Anne, University District and Bellevue locations. Classes are offered daily from 6 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. Check schedules for times, as they vary by location.

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  • New Client: Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center! 04.15.13


    We are excited to announce our newest client, Blue Ribbon Cooking School & Culinary Center! This multi-generation, family-owned company has been teaching creative, hands-on cooking classes and planning and executing custom tailored events in the Seattle area since 1995.

    Over the years, Blue Ribbon has grown into an all-inclusive events company, offering gourmet cooking classes, corporate team building activities, top-to-bottom wedding design and execution, world-class catering, event planning, kids camps and more. With multiple unique venues in Seattle and Tacoma, Blue Ribbon prides itself on offering exceptional and diverse event services for celebrations, weddings and corporate needs. With a history rooted in gourmet cooking, Blue Ribbon’s culinary team produces classic and contemporary dishes using international flavors and quality ingredients.

    Blue Ribbon has created and hosted thousands of customized events including weddings, anniversaries, birthday and retirement celebrations, for both private and corporate clients, at their own facilities and at more than 70 additional venues in the Puget Sound area. Their unique all-inclusive wedding packages have made them a popular local favorite for newly-engaged couples. Meanwhile, Blue Ribbon Cooking School remains one of the most popular cooking schools in Washington state.

    Book an Iron Chef or private cooking class for your office, or sign up with friends for one of their seasonal cooking classes and find out what sets them apart from the rest! Call 206.328.2442 or visit online!

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  • Macklemore Class at Pure Barre! 04.12.13



    Kisha Vaughan, one of Pure Barre’s inaugural and beloved instructors, is also a “Macklorette” aka dancer, for local rap team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! Kisha has choreographed and performed in their music videos and live tours over the last three years and just performed with them on Conan O’Brien April 4.

    Kisha and Pure Barre have planned a special one-night-only “Macklemore Pure Barre class” on Friday, April 19 at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. at Pure Barre’s U-District location. Pure Barre has been a fan and advocate of the duo over the last few years and their recent rise to popularity has created so much buzz locally and nationally that Pure Barre wanted to create a special themed class for their hometown fans, taught by Kisha and dedicated to their upbeat music. The 55-minute class will feature Macklemore tunes old and new!

    Class is $15 per person and guests are required to pre-register online or at the studio to claim their spot. And we suggest doing so now before they sell out!

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  • Whole Health Wellness Program at Yuan Spa 03.29.13



    Yuan Spa has built a loyal following for its therapeutic, whole health spa services ranging from hydrotherapy pools to ancient Chinese healing, including cupping, acupuncture and reflexology, to more traditional facials, manicures, pedicures, massages and couples services. Yuan Spa’s goal of not only offering spa services but also becoming a full-service destination for fitness, nutrition and wellbeing has been realized with the launch of Yuan Spa’s Optimal Wellness Programs.

    Since opening in 2011, the downtown Bellevue spa has focused on whole health and wellness in tandem with spa services, to keep guests energized in both mind and body. With their new wellness offerings of yoga, dietician services and life coaching, they are now unlike any spa in the area and can offer guests full-service health amenities along with their traditional and ancient Chinese spa services.

    Yuan Optimal Wellness Program
    A six week plan tailored to meet each guest’s specific needs for relaxation, nutrition and work/life balance. Working closely with each guest, Yuan Spa’s expert staff will help to rediscover their source and get their body and life back in balance. The wellness services rival those offered at expensive out of town health retreats but with the convenience of incorporating them in to guests daily lives to achieve balance at home and at work.

    Services include:
    -Dietitian sessions
    -Life Coaching sessions
    -Acupuncture
    -Reflexology, Cupping and Gua-Sha
    -Facials
    -Massages
    -Body scrubs and wraps
    -Unlimited use of hydrotherapy area
    -Yoga classes
    -Flywheel classes (located next door)

    Visit Yuan Spa’s website or call 425-449-8788 to learn more about the Wellness Program, couples wellness packages and sign up to get started!

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  • Wine Press NW Spring “Match Maker” at Cafe Flora 03.28.13


    Cafe Flora has been famous for their creative and delicious international vegetarian and vegan menus for more than 20 years. But it’s their thoughtful wine pairings and 100 percent northwest wine list that has them in the spotlight this month as Wine Press Northwest’s spring Match Maker’s!



    The beautiful six page spread shows two perfect pairings from Cafe Flora’s menu including their Lentil Pecan Pate paired with McCrea Cellars’ 2008 Grand Cote Syrah and their Spring Nettle Ravioli with Cashew Cream Sauce paired with Woodward Canyon’s 2011 Chardonnay.

    Read on to learn about Cafe Flora’s support of local, sustainable wine practices, vegan wines and their commitment to serving and highlighting only northwest wines. Or pick up the new Wine Press Northwest spring issue on newsstands today!

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  • My Sweet Little Cakes Is On A Roll! 02.28.13



    Since hitting the streets of Seattle this month, on February 14, My Sweet Little Cakes has received a big warm welcome from Seattleites and local media. Owners Jesse and Sheena Lee have realized their dream serving fresh sweet and savory hotcakes on stick. They start with scratch-made batters and stuff them with quality ingredients to create unique flavor combinations for breakfast, lunch or late night. A menu of seven daily hotcake selections are each served with a dipping sauce that compliments its unique flavors, with gluten free and vegan options available.

    My Sweet Little Cakes’ interview in The Seattle Times dives behind the scenes and how their idea evolved from homemade recipes to selling hotcakes on a stick from a trailer on Capitol Hill. While their Thrillist Video Of The Week captures Jesse and Sheena’s lovable personalities and the 50’s diner kitsch of their bright orange trailer. Learn more about the owners and their unique concept in: Seattle Met, Seattle Weekly, Seattleite, Capitol Hill Seattle, Daily Candy and Eater Seattle.

    Hotcakes vary in price from $5-6 for one, $8-10 for two and $18 for five. Special offers will be posted daily via social media. The cakes are wrapped in orange and white pin-striped paper for convenient on-the-go eating and don’t miss Sheena’s Hush-Hush Chai Tea a spicy, highly caffeinated, scratch-made blend of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and more, served with fresh steamed milk.

    MY SWEET LITTLE CAKES MENU

    SWEET
    • Green Apple & Caramel with Pecans (Vegan & Gluten Free)
    • Blueberry Lemon Ricotta with Honey Lemon Syrup
    • Red Velvet Buttermilk & Dark Cherries and Sweet Cream Cheese

    SAVORY
    • Beer & Hickory Smoked Bacon with Maple Syrup
    • Free Range Chicken & Waffle with Maple Butter

    SPECIALTY
    • Chorizo, Seasonal Bell Peppers & Melted Cheddar Cheese
    • Cornbread, Cheddar, Jalapeno & Cilantro (Vegetarian)

    Look for My Sweet Little Cakes’ tangerine colored trailer at 1208 Pine Street, hours vary by day so keep in touch via social media prior to heading over. Their portable location will be stationed outside the Neptune Theatre in the University District during show nights, and at select area festivals. Available for catering and events. Find My Sweet Little Cakes at 206.265.3002 or online, Facebook and Twitter @MySweetLilCakes.

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