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  • Swoon at Local Restaurants This Valentine’s Day 01.26.17

    From Seattle to the Eastside, local restaurants and talented chefs are giving guests reason to enjoy Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, with a full week of thoughtfully prepared menus, cocktails and classes, chocolate gift ideas and more.

     

     

    A Menu for Two Hearts at The Herbfarm

     

     

    While intoxicatingly romantic every night, Valentine’s 2017 brings it all to an amorous crescendo at The Herbfarm. Champagne, roses and the restaurants annual aphrodisiac affair is set to Cupid’s divine beat. Guests will lose also themselves to the strains of “My Funny Valentine.”

    The Herbfarm is a celebration of food and wines of the Pacific Northwest. The thematic nine-course dinner with matched wines takes the shape of A Menu for Two Hearts Feb 10-12, Feb 14, and Feb 17-19, priced from $225-$285 per person. Call the reservation line at 425.485.5300 or online at theherbfarm.com. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 N.E. 145th Street, Woodinville.

     

    Heat Up Valentine’s Weekend at Miller’s Guild

     

     

    Chef Jason Wilson has created a five-course Valentines menu of wood-grilled craft cooking at this popular downtown Seattle restaurant, Miller’s Guild. Priced at $95 per person and including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, enjoy Feb. 10-14, all weekend long (Friday through Tuesday).

     

    The five-course menu includes an amuse of Ahi Tuna Crudo with Taylor Shellfish Oyster Chowder and Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio; a Dungeness Crab Salad with Celery Root, Black Truffle, Green Apple and Blood Orange; Grilled Wild Sea Bass, with Asparagus, Saffron and Chorizo; and Grilled Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin, with Red Wine Wild Mushroom Sauce, Kale Pesto and Ash Roasted Potato. Finish with a dessert of the Chocolate Olive Oil, Salted Caramel, Cherry Root Beer Sundae.

     

    See the special menu online. The classic Miller’s Guild menu is also available. To reserve, visit millersguild.com or call 206.443.3663. Millers Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

     

    Pair Beautiful Backdrops + Seafood at Ray’s

     

     

    Treat your loved one to a beautiful meal at Seattle’s iconic seafood restaurant for a Valentine’s celebration starting Feb. 10 going all the way through Feb. 14. With waterfront views of Puget Sound and the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains as your backdrop, it’s the perfect setting for romance.

     

    Ray’s Boathouse will offer a three-course menu with many decadent options for each course (all for $60; last seating at 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day). Options include starters of Grilled Romaine with Ceviche of Oregon Bay shrimp and scallops, Tempura Oysters with wakame salad; entrees such as a Petite Filet with Alaskan Spot Prawns, Confit of Duck Legs, and Herbed Risotto; and desserts such as Double Chocolate Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse with raspberry cream and brandy brittle, and more. The Boathouse’s regular menu is also available throughout.

     

    Ray’s Cafe, along with its regular lunch and dinner menu, will offer elegant surf and turf options and drink specials! The café’s last seating on Valentine’s Day is 9 p.m.

     

    Love oysters? Feb. 10-12 don’t miss a very limited, tantalizing treat: six Olympia oysters with a glass of Schramsberg sparkling wine for $29. These native bivalves, which take five years to mature, were first introduced in 1983 at Ray’s by oyster aficionado Jon Rowley. They’re back at the Boathouse for this special weekend while supplies last!

     

    Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

     

    Feel at Home with Four-Course Prix-Fixe at Tilth

     

     

    Situated in a craftsman house converted to restaurant, Tilth is a standard-bearing restaurant for New American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients, offering a four-course Valentine’s dinner with optional wine pairings (available Feb. 10 – 11 and Tues., Feb. 14).

     

    Choose from such first course options as Shugoku Oysters with blood orange pearl and cucumber; a salad of Red Beets Tartare or Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue. Move into Sylvia’s Spot Prawn, Parsnip Soup or Beet Risotto; and savor third-course entrees such as Seared Weathervane Scallop, Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, or Leek Ash-Crusted Venison (additional $10). Desserts include Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake or Cashew Cheesecake with orange and cranberry to round out a fabulous meal.

     

    The prix-fixe menu is $85; optional wine pairings $50. Additional menu options are available Feb 10-11, however Tuesday Feb. 14 will exclusively serve the prix-fixe menu. Reservations can be made by visiting tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

     

    Italian + Vegetarian Prix-Fixe Menus at Agrodolce

     

     

    Adopt the language of love for a night with Agrodolce’s Southern Italian and Sicilian fare in a special three-course menu or four-course vegetarian menu Feb. 10-12 and Feb. 14.

     

    The sharable menu starts with Grilled Octopus Tentacle, celery root, grilled endive, spicy pine nut and currant salsa verde. The second course includes Pugliese Style Burrata; followed by Aspen Hollow Lamb with roasted grapes, oil cured olives and rosemary balsamic glaze; concluded with Chocolate Polenta Cake.

     

    Vegetarians sip on Celery Root, Carrot and Poached Beet Soup; then move onto House Milled Durum Spaghetti with mushrooms and black truffle. The third course brings Zucchini and Ricotta Lasagnetta or Grilled Chicories; followed by the ever-popular Chocolate Polenta Cake.

     

    The full menus can be viewed online and vegan and gluten-free options are available with prior notice. Priced at $75 per person; $35 optional wine pairing. To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

     

    Tempting Menu + Cocktails Casco Antiguo

     

     

    Everything’s more seductive with a velvety Latin accent, and this Pioneer Square temptress brings a special menu and an aphrodisiacal cocktail worth a visit!

     

    Casco Antiguo a la carte specials include the Elote ($8), sweet corn on cob grilled with chili citrus butter, crema and queso fresco; Coliflor ($9), grilled cauliflower steak with spicy brown butter, chipotle crema and pepitas; the Enchilada de Camarones ($11), two enchiladas stuffed with wild Mexican prawns, tomato & kale topped w/ a creamy guajillo sauce, crema and avocado; and for dessert, Lupita’s Hot Chocolate with red velvet short bread cookies ($8).

     

    Ready to sip? The Damiana cocktail includes a liquor made from the Damiana herb which grows in the deserts of Mexico and has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries. Or try the “drink for two” consisting of two cocktails topped with a baby bottle of cava tableside. For some quick spicy fun, don’t miss heart-shaped chili and strawberry tequila Jell-O shots.

     

    The special menu runs Feb. 10 – 11 and Feb. 14 from 4-10 p.m., alongside Casco Antiguo’s regular menu.

     

    Casco Antiguo is located at 115 Occidentail Avenue South, Seattle. Online at cascoantiguoseattle.com or call 206.538.0400.

     

    Indulgent Cuisine + Pairings at RN74

     

     

    Downtown Seattle dining at Michael Mina’s RN74 brings a gorgeous tasting menu for two, with the option of carefully paired still or sparkling wines—all imported, to round out this delicious affair on Feb. 14 only.

     

    Start with Smoked Local Oysters with apple granite and arugula; move into Maine Lobster Ravioli with the option of shaved black truffle (fee); a confit of Arctic Char with artichoke heart, cured trout roe and vanilla; Crown Roast of Duck with the option of seared foie gras (fee) and complete dinner with the Chocolate Bar Dessert with burnt honey and chai ice cream and leave feeling like the luckiest person in the world!

     

    This tasting menu is $105 per person, with bubbles pairings for an additional $55 or $75 for grande wine pairings. View the full menu online. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle.

     

    Couples Cocktail Class + Valentine’s Dinner at Young American Ale House

     

     

    Couples eager to impress with Valentine’s cocktails can take the Couples Mixology Class on Feb 11, 1-3 pm at Young American Ale House. Taught by the craft bartenders, the class will showcase whiskey, aged rum and anejo tequila, inviting guests to taste and create cocktails along the way. Class is $75 per person and includes cocktail ingredients, instruction, snacks and recipes to recreate at home.

     

    The latest addition to Maria Hines Restaurants features certified organic American classics with a twist Feb 10-12 and Feb 14. The three-course menu features Rabbit Turnover or Butter Poached Prawns; a second course of Slow Roasted Grass Fed Beef Cheek or Pan Seared Potato Gnocchi. Conclude dinner by indulging in Chocolate Mouse Cake or Crème Brulee with Makers Mark Whiskey.

     

    The full three-course menu can be viewed online and is priced at $50; optional wine pairing $25; optional beer pairing $20. Visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.706.2977 for Valentine’s reservations or to book the Couples Mixology Class. Young American Ale House is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle

     

    Seasonal Sushi + Specialty Cocktail at Shiro’s Sushi

     

     

    Fresh, vibrant sushi and omakase-style dining in Belltown make Shiro’s the ultimate in hospitality this Valentine’s Day.

     

    Impress your date by ordering the Kan-Buri (Cold Season Yellowtail). This is the very best season for Kan-Buri and the taste is heavenly: rich. tender and satisfying. This fish earns its name simply because of its premium landing spot in the winter – Noto Peninsula. Caught midway along their journey, the wild fish’s fat has built up perfectly (before losing weight from swimming onward).

     

    From Feb 7-14, sip the Peach Obsession (Valentine’s Special Cocktail) comprised of champagne, peach puree and a garnish of fresh raspberries. It’s the perfect way to impress on date night!

     

    Shiro’s Sushi is located at 4201 2nd Avenue, Seattle. Call 206.443.9844 or visit shiros.com for more.

     

    Five-Course Innovation at Eden Hill

     

     

    Queen Anne’s stylish avante-garde, New American restaurant has a prix-fixe five-course, Valentine’s menu exclusively planned for guests on Feb. 14.

     

    The first three courses at Eden Hill include sea urchin and red shrimp toast; kumato (specialty tomato) tartare; and a sumptuous third course of veal tortellini. The fourth, main course is a wild boar rack rolled in berber, fermented pomme fondant, wild blueberry vinegar, and Stilton bleu. The decadence continues with the fifth course, an Oregon hazelnut Paris-brest, foie gras praline, lemon thyme, and dark chocolate syrup. Also enjoy the charming mignardises-candied flower bouquet.

     

    The full menu can be viewed online. $115 per person; wine parings additional. Dining room reservations and bar reservations available by calling 206.708.6836 or online at edenhillrestaurant.com. Eden Hill is located on Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle.

     

    Vegetarian Specialties at Cafe Flora

     

     

     

    Cafe Flora is offering a delicious four-course Valentine’s Day menu that’s not only masterfully vegetarian, it’s also available as vegan and gluten-free.

     

    Dinner starts with a Scallion Pancake, flavorful with ginger and sesame eggplant, peanut sauce, and rice wine vinaigrette; a salad course of Pomelo and Blood Orange Segments with bitter greens, pine nuts, ricotta cheese and a pomegranate reduction; and a third course of Chickpea Socca Fritters, asparagus and haricot vert, roasted purple carrot, spiced tomato sauce, sour cherry and green mango chutney with a citrus and maple dressing. An indulgent choice of desserts rounds out this experience: Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Mousse, with chocolate glaze and macarons, or Huckleberry Cheesecake with candied pine nuts and a Meyer lemon compote.

     

    The Valentine’s Day menu is available Tuesday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $75 per person. Reservations are required for all parties by calling 206.325.9100. Visit cafeflora.com. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

     

    First Date or Long-Time Love at Altstadt

     

     

    A lively, lovely Valentine’s date happens at Pioneer Square’s favorite spot for German beer and cuisine, Altstadt. Festivities begin Feb. 10 and continue through Feb. 14, starting with a delicious collaboration with Intrigue Chocolates.

     

    Sample a German beer and chocolate flight ($12) including four chocolates and four beers. Included is Intrigue’s brandy and cherry truffle, created exclusively for Altstadt. Try the Valentine’s cocktail made with cocoa bean brandy, Kirschwasser, and nutmeg ($12). Also, because Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a chocolate gift, take home an Intrigue chocolate bar ($15) as a great gift idea, available for sale in the restaurant. Chef Megan Coombes has taken Valentine’s Day to heart with a savory Beef Heart Stew with Spätzle ($14), available only on Feb 14.

     

    Reserve online at www.altstadtseattle.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt Bierhalle & Brathaus is located at 209 1st Avenue South, Seattle.

     

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  • Holiday Spirit Sparkles with Local Food, Drinks, Gifts and Events 12.12.16

    The holiday season is in full swing and Seattle is alive with the hustle and bustle of locals and visitors alike celebrating over festive food and drinks. Families and friends gather round Seattle’s memorable dining tables to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s with holiday menus, handcrafted cocktails, curated wine pairings, unique gifts and special events throughout the month.

    CHRISTMAS EVE: December 24

    Feast of Seven Fishes at Agrodolce



    Maria Hines’ Italian-inspired restaurant, Agrodolce, celebrates Christmas Eve with a long-standing Sicilian Christmas tradition, the Feast of Seven Fishes. The festive seafood feast is available in two different dining experiences to be enjoyed family-style: the three-course Feast of Five Fishes, $55 per person and the four-course Feast of Seven Fishes, $75 per person.

    The thoughtful menus include Spaghetti al Nero di Sepia with green elderberry capers, golden raisins and white anchovy; Steamed Penn Cove Mussels in a rich tomato saffron broth with preserved lemon and smoked eggplant; and Vanilla Poached Sylver Fishing Spot Prawns with seared endive, caramelized pear and crispy speck. For dessert, guests can indulge in a Tasting of Cookies including buccelatti, candied kumquat cannoli, pizzelle and semolina almond thumbprints. Each menu is offered with carefully-selected wine pairings for an additional $35 per person.

    The full menus can be viewed here. Seating for both menus will be from 4 – 8 p.m. To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

    Cheer on the Seahawks with Elevated German Fare + Beers at Altstadt



    Seahawks fans are invited to ramp up their Christmas spirit and the spirit of the 12s at Altstadt for the big Christmas Eve Seahawks game against the Arizona Cardinals! Just blocks from CenturyLink Field, ticket holders can imbibe pregame and those looking for a festive place to watch the game will feel right at home. Reinvented German fare for the game includes Sausage Plates with classically prepared sauerkraut, mustards, ketchup and pomme frites; Käsespätzle tossed in Beecher’s cheese, caramelized onions and pretzel breadcrumbs; and Brezels – traditional soft pretzels with Jacobsen salt and housemade spicy mustard!

    Guests will be shouting “Go Hawks!” with a frosty brew (or two!) in hand from Altstadt’s extensive German imports and local German-style beers.

    The full dinner menu can be viewed here and the beer menu here. Visit altstadt.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square, walkable to the sports stadiums, at 209 1st Avenue S, Seattle.

    Celebrate Christmas Eve with a Five-Course Tasting Menu at Miller’s Guild



    Chef Jason Wilson has put together a five-course tasting menu complete with luxurious add ons for a memorable Christmas Eve feast. Dinner begins with Miller’s Guild’s own housemade pickles, crudités and charcuterie. Then, a seasonal Dungeness Crab Wedge salad with bacon, apple and a creamy lemon basil dressing or a heartier Roasted Squash salad with ancient grains, pear and chicory with pomegranate vinaigrette. The main courses enjoy time on the restaurant’s signature wood-fired grill, including Roasted Black Cod with Roasted Black Trumpet Mushrooms or for the carnivore, Smoked Porchetta with chestnut, thyme and roasted garlic. Don’t forget dessert – Not So Classic Boozy Fruit Cake or Dark Chocolate Bombe. A la carte menu additions include Seared Foie Gras with Coffee Flour granola and poached cranberry.

    The five-course tasting menu is $115 per person and can be viewed here. To reserve, visit millersguild.com or call 206.443.3663. Miller’s Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

    Delight in Seattle’s Best Views at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe



    This Christmas Eve, families can gather together and bask in the breathtaking backdrop of Shilshole Bay and the Olympic Mountains while enjoying fresh, flavorful seafood and more at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe. Along with an impressive regular menu, The Boathouse will offer a special three-course Christmas Eve dinner with expertly crafted options including Dungeness Crab Cocktail with butter lettuce, roasted tomato, cocktail sauce and lemon aioli; Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, whipped potatoes, cranberries, glazed carrots, green beans and gravy; and for dessert, Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream.

    The Cafe will be serving the regular menu, including local favorites such as Dungeness Crab Cakes and Pacific NW Sablefish in Sake Kasu with Jasmine rice, grilled bok choy, honey-soy and scallion oil.

    The Boathouse three-course menu is $55 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 2 – 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the Cafe. Boathouse reservations can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or visiting rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or visiting rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

    Christmas Eve Tasting Menu at Eden Hill



    Chef Maximillian Petty presents a nightly tasting menu that has become the reason that many people head to Eden Hill. Christmas Eve is no different with an $80-$90 tasting menu featuring dishes created for the special holiday. A hyper-local menu leaves the guest with day-of menu selections, but a festive, a la carte Whole Roasted Jidori Chicken will be available family-style.

    Reservations can be made in the dining room and at the bar on Christmas Eve. To reserve, call 206.708.6836 or reserve online at edenhillrestaurant.com. Eden Hill is located in Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue, Seattle.

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Christmas Eve Specials at RN74





    Alongside RN74’s classic, French-inspired a la carte menu, talented Chef Ben Godwin brings exquisite, French-infused Christmas Eve specials for holiday diners to revel in. The regular dining room menu will be served alongside Christmas Eve specials including Foie Gras and Armagnac Parfait with spiced fig, sauternes and brioche; Whole Roasted Duck with chestnut stuffing, cranberry and orange compote and Pain d’epice; and for something sweet, RN74 offers Christmas Pudding with eggnog custard and mulled winter berries.

    Dinner can be viewed here and is available from 5 – 10:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle.

    A Gorgeous Farm-to-Table Holiday Dinner at Tilth





    Chef Maria Hines has sourced the Northwest’s best seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create a special Christmas Eve dinner menu at Tilth. The four-course prix fixe menu offers gorgeous, yet comforting holiday classics including Red Beet Tartare with herb salad, walnut and truffle vinaigrette; Root Vegetable Soup with porcini conserva, apple puree and kale crisp; Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet topped with sourdough crumbles; and Aspen Hollow Lamb. The deliciousness continues with desserts such as Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake with chocolate cookie and cocoa cream or Pumpkin Crème Brulee.

    Dinner is offered from 4 – 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve for $80 per person with an additional wine pairing for $50. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

    Eat, Drink and Be Merry with Young American Ale House’s All-Night Happy Hour





    Young American Ale House, award-winning Chef Maria Hines’ newest venture, will be serving its all-new happy hour menu from 4 – 10:30 p.m. this Christmas Eve. Hungry guests looking to meet up with friends or take the family out can sink their teeth into Young American’s punched-up Poutine with beef fat fries, cheese curds and Gruyere gravy; Organic Chicken Wing Confit with drunken hot sauce, whipped blue cheese and giardiniera; or for some lighter fare, a Marinated Kale Salad drizzled with creamy oregano vinaigrette, then topped with almonds and cheese curds. Happy hour prices start at $4.

    Friends and family can imbibe with a round of specially-priced craft cocktails, starting at $5, shaken or stirred by Young American’s expert bartender team. Options include The Pioneer with vodka, syrup of the day, lemon and soda; Sazarac with rye, Peychaud’s Bitters and absinthe rinse; and $2.50 Rainer Draft!

    The full menu can be viewed here. Visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.706.2977 for more. Young American Ale House is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

    CHRISTMAS DAY: December 25
    A Stress Free Christmas Day Feast at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe




    Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, Seattle’s top seafood restaurant, invites friends and families to celebrate Christmas without the added stress of preparing a grand holiday meal. In the Boathouse, guests can enjoy a beautiful Christmas-inspired three-course menu with seasonal offerings such as Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche; Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef with whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccolini, bacon and demi-glace; and Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream for $55 per person. The regular Boathouse menu and full children’s menu will also be available.

    In the Cafe, guests will delight in Ray’s signature Christmas Day Buffet including seasonal salads, Northwest Antipasto, Butter Whipped Washington Russet Potatoes, a fresh seafood buffet with Half Shell Oysters, Peel and Eat Prawns and Alaskan Snow Crab, Oven Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, fresh seasonal vegetables, an indulgent dessert table and more! The holiday buffet is available for $55 per person, $20 for children ages five –11 and free for children under five.

    Reservations are required for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 2 – 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 12 – 8 p.m. in the Cafe. Boathouse reservations can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or visiting rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or visiting rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

    NEW YEAR’S EVE: December 31
    Order a Special Osechi-Ryori from I Love Sushi for the New Year





    There are many New Years traditions in Japan, but one of the most delicious traditions is the eating of the Osechi-Ryori. A three-tiered lacquered box that holds colorful dishes featuring food preserved with vinegar, sugar or dried so the food can last a few days, in the true style of Japanese culture. Each item serves as a symbol or wish for the coming year.

    I Love Sushi is offering guests the special opportunity to order an Osechi Ryori. Beautifully prepared dishes include Roasted Wagyu Beef, Grilled King Crab, Soy Marinated Salmon Roe, Simmered Pine Mushroom with Dried Bonito and Chicken Teriyaki. Each Osechi-Ryori is offered at $350.

    Orders can be placed until December 24 for pickup on Dec 31 1 – 4p.m. Please call 425.455.9090 or visit the restaurant to reserve an Osechi-Ryori. I Love Sushi is located at 23 Lake Bellevue Drive, Bellevue.

    Toast to the New Year with Elevated Holiday Fare and Sparkling Wine at Miller’s Guild




    This New Year’s Eve, Chef Jason Wilson’s wood-fired craft cooking restaurant, Miller’s Guild, presents a gorgeous four-course holiday menu worth celebrating such as Dry Aged Steak Tartare with truffled hollandaise; Wood Grilled Prime Rib with peppercorn sauce, horseradish yuzu kosho aioli; Parmesan Thyme Potato Gratin; and for dessert, Meyer Lemon Curd with cranberry, citrus trifle and preserved cherry and meringues.

    The four-course tasting menu is available for $125 per person including a celebratory glass of sparkling wine. To reserve, visit millersguild.com or call 206.443.3663. Millers Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

    Say Farewell to 2016 on the Waterfront at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe




    Ray’s Boathouse ends 2016 deliciously with elegant surf and turf specials alongside the regular menu overflowing with other seafood and warm winter classics. Raise a glass to the New Year on the waterfront with an elegant glass of wine or a handcrafted cocktail, such as Ray’s Classic Martini or the Professional with Old Overholt rye whiskey, aged rum, Aperol and Scrappy’s orange bitters.

    The Boathouse will be open from 4 – 9 p.m. and reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or rays.com. The Cafe will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. serving the regular menu. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    Count Down to the New Year at Eden Hill




    Ring in the New Year at Eden Hill with a special seven-course tasting menu of Restaurant Milestones. Eden Hill’s first 15 months has humbly enjoyed critic praise and accolades, and Chef-owner Maximillian Petty notes these significant events through food, including his James Beard Foundation nomination, critic reviews, the diverse summer dinner series, the first anniversary and his recent trip to Dubai. His menu will receive his thoughtful Avant Garde touch featuring special ingredients that arrive at his doorstep in the days leading up to the big night. Specially selected wine pairings will increase the tasting pleasure.

    Chef Maximillian has set his final course – A Chocolate Ball Drop inspired by the famed New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Times Square, New York City. Diners can break the hollow chocolate ball on their plate, releasing beautiful edible glitter reminiscent of a New Years Eve fireworks show.

    The tasting menu is $100 with optional wine pairing. Reservations for New Year’s Eve can be made in the dining room and at the bar until 11 p.m. To reserve, call 206.708.6836 or reserve online at edenhillrestaurant.com. Eden Hill is located in Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue, Seattle.

    A Festive French-Inspired Holiday Tasting Menu + Vegetarian Option at RN74




    Greet the New Year with a tasting menu that beautifully blends French and American cuisine paired with specially selected wines from RN74’s curated cellar. Holiday offerings include Charentais Melon Sorbet with almond cream and caviar; Squab with foie grass, huckleberries and smoked parsnip accompanied by W.T. Vintners Syrah ‘Destiny Ridge’ Horse Heaven Hills; and Filet Mignon en Croute drizzled in a bernaise sauce with heirloom carrots and ox tongue paired with Cadence ‘Cara Mia’ Camerata. Tarte Citron with bitter chocolate completes the meal.

    RN74 also offers a vegetarian tasting menu with sophisticated, modern dishes including Carnaroli Risotto bathed in brown butter and white alba truffles; Salt Baked Celeriac en Croute with mushroom duxelle, heirloom carrot and bernaise; Agnolotti with eggplant, preserved tomato and parmesan; and Artichoke with sunchoke, celery, hazelnut and bergamot.

    Reservations for the first seating, five-courses, are available from 5 – 6:45 p.m., $95 per person, $80 per person for the vegetarian option. Second seating, six-courses, runs from 7 – 10:30 p.m., $125 per person, $100 per person for the vegetarian option. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle.

    An Elegant, Celebratory New Year’s Eve Dinner at Tilth




    Chef Maria Hines welcomes guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a seasonally-inspired New Year’s Eve dinner menu at Tilth. The four-course prix fixe menu offers elegant, celebratory holiday offerings including White Sturgeon Caviar with deviled egg, crème fraiche and chervil; Rabbit Rillette with house pickles, saba and brioche; Seared Weathervane Scallop with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and bacon; and more! Guests can indulge in decadent desserts including Cashew Cheesecake with walnut, huckleberry and sorrel while counting down to midnight. 

    Dinner is offered from 4 – 9 p.m. for $80 per person, with an additional wine pairing for $50. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

    Ring in the New Year with Young American Ale House’s All-Night Happy Hour




    Young American Ale House, award-winning Chef Maria Hines’ newest venture, will be serving its all-new happy hour menu from 4 – 10:30 p.m. this New Year’s Eve. Those looking to celebrate 2016 coming to an end can chomp on Young American’s Skagit River Ranch Pork Sliders with kohlrabi slaw, barbeque sauce and steam bun; Cheddar Scallion Hush Puppies with remoulade, cornmeal and preserve lemon; or for some lighter fare, Smashed Cucumber with sesame vinaigrette, peanut and cilantro. Happy hour prices start at $4.

    Friends and family can imbibe with a round of specially-priced craft cocktails, starting at $5, shaken or stirred by Young American’s expert bartender team. Options include Barely Legal with lemon, lavender and cava; Sidecar with brandy, lemon and orange liqueur; and $2.50 Rainer Draft!

    The full menu can be viewed here. Visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.706.2977 for more. Young American Ale House is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle

    NEW YEAR’S DAY: January 1
    Kick-off the New Year at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe




    Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe invites guests to refuel and recover from New Year’s Eve festivities in the Cafe from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and in the Boathouse from 5 – 9 p.m. Diners can kick off the New Year in Ray’s Cafe with the popular Ray’s Bloody Mary with house-infused garlic vodka, classic Dmitri’s spicy bloody mix, spicy salt rim and house smoked salmon or the Good Catholic with Jameson Irish whiskey, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, vanilla cream, Café Vitta coffee and a dollop of whipped cream paired with Ray’s Seafood Salad or Blackened Salmon Tacos with flour tortillas, cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro chipotle sour cream and roasted salsa.



    In the evening, guests can head to the Boathouse for succulent menu items such as, Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail with Tarragon, garlic, ginger, Brussels sprouts, house smoked bacon and Old Bay fried potatoes or start the New Year on the right foot with lighter options such as Grilled Prawns that are spice rubbed and include a fennel-radish salad and chili sauce.

    Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    CULINARY EVENTS + TO-GO OPTION: December
    Spread Holiday Cheer with Cook-offs and Cooking for a Cause at Blue Ribbon Cooking




    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides friends, families, companies and other groups with two unique, exciting options for holiday party experiences, available throughout December and January.

    Beginner chefs and kitchen experts alike will enjoy Blue Ribbon’s Iron Chef cooking competition which has guests compete in teams to create the most delicious dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy the meal together. Those looking to make a difference this holiday season can book a Cooking For a Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon will deliver while guests sit down to dinner.

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E, Seattle. Blue Ribbon operates venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.

    Bring Home the Holidays with One of Tilth’s Most Requested Dishes




    For those who prefer to celebrate the holidays in the comfort of home, Chef Maria Hines is offering Tilth’s Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet to go. The smoky, delicious dish is vegetarian, but has been a long-time guest favorite of carnivores and vegetarians alike. The hearty, winter favorite features locally foraged mushrooms, truffle butter, and bread crumbs. Cassoulet to-go is $29 per person.

    Pre-order two days in advance and pick up at Tilth. Instructions on how to heat and serve the dish are included. Call Tilth to order at 206.633.0801.

    SHOPPING AROUND SEATTLE: December
    Heat-up the Holidays with Homemade Hot Sauces from Casco Antiguo




    Pioneers Square’s authentic Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Casco Antiguo, offers homemade hot sauces that are a fun stocking stuffer this holiday season for the heat fanatic. Created and bottled in house with fewer than five ingredients, no preservatives and all natural, these hot sauces vary on the heat scale and come in five different flavors.

    The Classics
    Pina – pineapple and Habanero peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar and salt – Sweet & Spicy.

    Red Chili – Fresno peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar, salt – Medium Spice.

    Serrano – Serrano peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar, salt –Medium Spice.

    Habanero – Habanero peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar, salt – Spicy.

    Purchase the above sauces separately for $8 or select the holiday gift-set of three for $20.

    Seasonal Sauce
    Hawk Sauce – a beautiful blue and green sauce made with green apple, blueberry and habanero hot sauce – a delicious gift for diehard Seahawks fans. $10.



    Hot sauces can be purchased at the restaurant or by visiting cascoantiguoseattle.com. Casco Antiguo is located in Pioneer Square at 115 Occidental Avenue S Seattle.

    Shop Small with Ethnic Seattle




    Generating greater awareness of the small minority and immigrant owned businesses, Ethnic Seattle is hosting an online market of unique, local, ethnic gift packages for under $100. A small sampling of participating Ethnic Seattle businesses and packages include:

    International District Food Tour – Tickets to a guided food tour with stops at hidden restaurants and foodie hideaways featuring the best in ethnic cuisine. ($65)
    Vita Tea Leaf Sampler Basket – A special flower and herbal tea basket: lychee, coconut, rose, and mint and a tea brewing pot. ($38)
    Essential Ingredients for Pho – Huong Binh’s famed pho recipe, ingredients, and gift certificate for Vietwah Supermarket for additional groceries needed to complete the recipe. ($50)

    Packages are available for online ordering at shopsmallseattle.com 

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  • Gobble Up Thanksgiving Feasts at Local Restaurants 11.14.16

    Flavor abounds this holiday season as several of Seattle’s top restaurants take the stress out of Thanksgiving by offering delicious holiday dinners and convenient to-go options. Menus range from holiday classics and to-go options for family affairs to unique turkey day alternatives, including a long-running vegetarian feast, a French influenced dinner, and seafood options served right alongside traditional fixings.

    Italian Family-Style Feast at Agrodolce  

    Chef Maria Hines provides a family-style, Italian-inspired Thanksgiving feast that mixes the finest seasonal ingredients with traditional Sicilian recipes at Agrodolce. Intended to be shared with family, friends and loved ones, the three-course menu starts off with House Made Focaccia, Arugula and Radicchio Salad and Alvarez Purple Potato Zeppoli with salmon roe and Meyer lemon aioli. The festive feast continues with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, house-milled Acorn Squash Cavatelli and organic Turkey Breast with roasted yams and sweet potatoes and agrodolce onions. For something sweet, Agrodolce is serving up beautiful Pumpkin Cheesecake with sheep’s milk ricotta, quince and pumpkin seed brittle.

    The family-style dinner, offered from 3 – 6 p.m., is $65 per person with optional wine pairings for $35. Full menu details can be viewed here. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting agrodolcerestaurant.net or by calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street.

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    Celebrate Cafe Flora’s 25th Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving 

    Long-standing traditions are what Thanksgiving is about, and Cafe Flora’s celebration is no exception! For 25 years Cafe Flora has offered a memorable, vegetarian Thanksgiving and this year it takes form in two thoughtfully crafted, four-course menus for the whole family. The adult four-course menu includes seasonally-inspired options such as Heirloom Potato, Celery Root, and Black Garlic Soup with black pepper shortbread (available vegan/gluten free), Marsala Mushroom and Cauliflower Ragout over roasted squash with smashed rutabaga and Yukon gold potato, green bean fried shallots and fresh pomegranate-Asian pear chutney (vegan and gluten free), Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham crust, meringue, candied pepitas with chamomile anglaise (vegan and gluten free) and more. Cafe Flora also offers a four-course vegan and gluten-free kids menu with fun, tasty dishes including Cauliflower Potato Corn Chowder with crunchy onion rounds, Garden Salad with carrot ribbons, orange segments, pomegranate seeds and creamy ranch dressing, Mini Shepherd’s Pie with seasonal vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, served with green beans, crispy onions and cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream for dessert!

    The four-course menu is $75 per person; the kids menu is $25 for children age 12 and under. Full menus can be viewed by visiting cafeflora.com and reservations can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street.

     

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    Inspired Thanksgiving Classics and To-Go Meals at Miller’s Guild 

    Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson presents a gorgeous Thanksgiving spread with dressed-up classic dishes at his wood-fired, craft cooking restaurant, Miller’s Guild. The same menu is offered for those that would rather enjoy the holiday at home around the dining room table. Either option will deliver a memorable Thanksgiving with Smoked Duram Ranch Wagyu Beef Prime Rib with truffled watercress and whipped horseradish or Turkey Leg Confit with shrapnel gravy. Sides include Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Schmaltz Stuffing with house made sourdough and more. For dessert, guests can indulge in Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie or Brown Sugar Apple Crisp with buttermilk vanilla ice cream. For those really looking to feast, Miller’s Guild offers extras such as Roasted Bella Bella Farms Foie Gras, Grilled King Crab Legs and Handmade Tagliatelle Pasta with parmesan fondue, shaved French black truffles pancetta and poached egg. Diners can also expect a carefully curated list of elegant white and red wines, sparkling champagnes and seasonally-inspired craft cocktails to be thankful for this year at Miller’s Guild including Fall Migration with aged Martinique rum, walnut liqueur, fresh cranberry juice and maple syrup.

    For those who prefer to enjoy their holiday dinner in the comfort of their own home, Miller’s Guild offers the Thanksgiving menu as a delicious and stress free to-go option, $49.85 per person. Orders must be placed by November 20 and picked up on November 23. The Thanksgiving dinner menu enjoyed at Miller’s Guild is $89 per adult and $48 per child age 12 and under. Full menu can be viewed here. Reservations and to-go orders can be made by calling 206.443.3663 or online at millersguild.com. Miller’s Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street.

    Miller's Guild


    Fresh, Flavorful Seafood and More at Iconic Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe 

    Seattle’s premiere seafood destinations, Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, offers elegant, holiday favorites and fresh seafood specialties. In the Boathouse, guests can enjoy a three-course a la carte Thanksgiving dinner. To start, guests can enjoy Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche, Autumn Chicory Salad or Dungeness Crab Cocktail. Main course options include Ray’s Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, green beans and gravy, Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef, Grilled King Salmon or Pan Seared Halibut. For dessert, Ray’s offers signature fresh-baked Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The three-course menu is available for $55 per person, half price for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  In the Cafe, Ray’s will showcase their signature Thanksgiving buffet. With a wide array of dishes to choose from, diners can assemble their perfect Thanksgiving feast with noteworthy options such as fresh-shucked Half Shell Oysters, Peel and Eat Prawns, and Alaskan Snow Crab at the Seafood Bar and Shucking StationHouse Smoked Northwest Salmon at the Carving Station, Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with cucumber, tomato, lemon and herbs, Manila Clams, Butter Whipped Washington Russet Potatoes, Oven Roasted Turkey, Traditional Herbed Stuffing, Glazed Carrots, a multitude of house-made seasonal desserts, and much more.

    The holiday buffet is available for $55 per person, $20 for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  Full menus can be viewed here. Reservations are required for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cafe. Boathouse reservations can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or visiting rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or visiting rays.com. The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

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    French-Inspired Fare to Be Thankful For at RN74 

    Newly announced Executive Chef Ben Godwin brings French-inspired fare and specially selected wines from RN74’s curated cellar for Thanksgiving dinner. The unique, delicious holiday offerings include Glazed Veal Sweetbreads with sunchoke, matsutake and sourdough paired with Walter Scott Chardonnay La Combe VerteShort Rib Bourguignon with oxtail croquette, pot roast vegetables and bone marrow custard accompanied by Va Piano Cabernet Blend OxButter Basted Heritage Turkey with roasted chestnut and foie gras stuffing and cranberry-orange compote paired with Frédéric Magnien Bourgogne Rouge, and Vanilla Beignet and Butterscotch Pudding with Smith-Woodhouse 10 year Tawny Port and more.

    The dinner menu is $70 per person; the wine pairing is an additional $35. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street.

    RN74 (thanksgiving)

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  • Dining options in Seattle add another degree to summer 05.03.16

    Summer is fast approaching and restaurants are busy preparing their patios, creating delicious menus with seasonal summer ingredients and making innovative beverages. The vast multitude of outdoor dining options around Seattle means locals can enjoy the summer sun, from a light snack to a sunset dinner.

     

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    Agrodolce

    Experience a taste of Italy while relaxing and absorbing Seattle’s summer sun on the beautiful and casual patio at Agrodolce. Based in Freemont, the restaurant re-creates Italy’s coastal cuisine with the best organic ingredients in the area.

     

    The menu at Agrodolce comprises of many beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with exciting colors and presentations that scream summer. Some summer-inspired beverages include: Campari & Soda, Aperol Spritz and Vodka Dolce.

     

    Guests at Agrodolce can also enjoy a happy hour menu starting at $4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily that includes Mini Lamb Burger & Polenta Fries, Vegetable Fritto Misto and the Antipasti Plate.

     

    For reservations visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th St., Seattle.

     

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    Golden Beetle

    Drawing from Turkey, Israel and Egypt, Golden Beetle is the perfect place to explore the wonders of the Mediterranean during the summer months, while relaxing in the shade or enjoying the sun on the restaurant’s newly refinished patio.

     

    Golden Beetle’s delicious seasonal cocktails are fashioned with house made bitters, tinctures, sodas, garnishes and infusions to create unique flavors. Notable cocktails and beverages include the Paradiso Cooler, The Duneagle and the Rosemary Margarita. There are also non-alcoholic options including the House-made Orange Vanilla Chamomile Soda.

     

    Golden Beetle is well known for happy hour, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Starting at $3, options include Spicy Hummus & Pita Chips, long-time guest favorite Savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew or light, fresh and spicy Carrot and Kale Salad.

     

    For more information, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St., Seattle.

     

    Patio Tables

     

    Tilth

    Be treated like family, savor the summer weather and dine on New American cuisine on the garden patio at Tilth. With 8 wooden tables and rows of greenery, the patio is the perfect place to enjoy brunch, a cocktail, or dinner on a beautiful summer night. There is also an indoor sunroom for those seeking the view of the outdoors with the comfort of an indoor atmosphere.

     

    The restaurant takes pride in the beverages it serves. Cocktails include Limonada Romero, Ernest on the Beach and Bonny Prince Charming. The seasonal dinner menu, starting at $9, includes House Made Gnocchi, Skagit River Ranch Pork Loin and Pan Seared Weathervane Scallop

     

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N. 45th St., Seattle.

     

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    Altstadt

    Experience German culture, history and cuisine during the summer at Altstadt, located in Pioneer Square. While the indoor bierhalle has plenty of seating, the sidewalk patio fronting 1st Avenue promises great people watching, especially on game days just steps from the stadiums.

     

    The restaurant serves a range of German dishes created with a Northwest pantry, including happy hour items starting at $5. Served 3-6 p.m. daily, except game days, guests can enjoy Obazta, a camembert and cream cheese ball, or a Brat slider served on a pretzel bun, both house-made.

     

    Cocktails are enjoyed in Seattle and at Altstadt, it’s no exception. While beer is the big draw, cocktails such as Französisch (Bertina elderflower liqueur, gin, grapefruit, Maisel & Friends Pale Ale) and Rhabarber Collins (Blanco tequila, lime, agave and rhubarb) won’t disappoint.

     

    For more information, visit altstadtseattle.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square at 209 1st Avenue South, Seattle.

     

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    Volterra

    Guests will be transported from Ballard to the beautiful Tuscan sun on the patio at Volterra. Noted for its relaxing garden-like appeal, it’s the perfect place to enjoy house-made Italian cuisine.

     

    The Tuscan-inspired menu puts together a combination of imported and local ingredients that create a variety of unique and seasonal dishes. It includes a number of excellent summer-inspired beverages including Tuscan Limoncello Rosemary Drop, Grapefruit Negroni #2 and Clementine Sparkle.

     

    Volterra’s happy hour menu starting at $4, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends includes Pan Seared Scallop, Polenta and Wild Mushroom and Super Smoked Chicken Wings.

     

    Volterra is located at 5411 Ballard Ave. NW., Seattle. Reservations can be made at volterraballard.com or by calling 206.789.5100.

     

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    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Boasting amazing views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Ray’s Boathouse and Café is the place to be during the summer.

     

    Ray’s Café features a large outdoor patio where guests can enjoy the warm weather and the view, while dining on seasonal dishes and drinking a selection of summer-inspired cocktails, and 20 microbrews on tap. Other notable beverages include the non-alcoholic Sunset Cooler, and fruity cocktails such as the Rosemary Grapefruit Drop and White Peach Cosmo.

     

    Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, with dishes starting at $5, include Penn Cove Mussels Marinara, Salmon Sliders and Blackened Ahi Tostada.

     

    Downstairs in the Boathouse, take in stunning floor to ceiling views of the Sound, sip on handcrafted cocktails like the Champs-Élysées and Jungle Bird, as well as an excellent local wine list. Guests can compliment their beverage with seasonal items on the Boathouse happy hour menu from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. including Little Skookum Clam Dip, Steamed Manila Clams and Puget Sound Mediterranean Mussels, starting at $7.

     

    For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit rays.com/rays-cafe-reservation. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle.

     

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    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events

    The large sidewalk patio at Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events in Belltown is the perfect place to enjoy Seattle’s sun while consuming excellent dishes like house-made sausages or drinking a cold one from their 66 taps. The patio features large roll-up doors around the perimeter of the restaurant, bringing the outdoors in for those sitting inside. Guests can also make use of the patio’s overhang and relax in some shade.

     

    Bell + Whete serves brunch and dinner as well as a seasonal happy hour outdoors. Happy hour, starting at $4 and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. includes options like Red Harissa Mussels, House Ground Steak Burger and Cod Brandade. Guests can compliment their meal with the restaurant’s vast selection of beverages such as whiskey, fine gins and seasonal cocktails. Notable summer cocktails include Fresa Diabla, Rose Royale and Lady Eleanor.

     

    Reservations can be made at bellandwhete.com or by calling 206.538.0180. Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events is located at 200 Bell St, Seattle

     

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    Cafe Flora

    Seattle’s best vegetarian restaurant offers delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus to enjoy al fresco in the summer months. Guests can dine while sitting in Cafe Flora’s outdoor patio, located in a quant and welcoming garden. The patio features outdoor lights, an herb garden and more that Cafe Flora plants and harvests for their summer menus.

     

    Meals can be complimented with an assortment of beverages like local wine, beer and cider, as well as seasonal cocktails like Flower Child, Oxacan Sand and house-made Fizzes with seasonal summer fruits and herbs.

     

    Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle. Visit cafeflora.com for more information.

     

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    Local 360 Café & Bar

    At Local 360 Café & Bar, downtown diners can enjoy food and beverages made from ingredients sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Their sidewalk patio provides a front row seat to First Avenue and Bell Street, just blocks from Pike Place Market. While relaxing in the sun, diners can enjoy the most comprehensive, locally sourced spirits collection in Washington State, local beer, wine and seasonal cocktails with names highlighting the city. Notable cocktails include Seattle’s Seasonal Shrub, Sage in the City and Jet Stream.

     

    Guests can have lunch, dinner, happy hour or weekend brunch on the patio. Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily includes Oysters on the Half Shell for $1 each, Poutine with Lamb Neck Gravy, Chilled Beets and Bacon Deviled Eggs.

     

    Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Ave., Seattle. Reservations can be made at local360.org or by calling 206.441.9460.

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  • Celebrate Mother’s Day with Festive Brunch, Dinner, Cocktails + Cooking Classes, May 8 04.28.16

    With Mother’s day approaching, Seattle and Bellevue’s favorite food spots are gearing up to celebrate motherhood and thank moms for all they do with holiday brunch, dinner, cocktails, and cooking classes.

     

    Eden Hill

     

    Eden Hill

    This Mother’s Day, skip morning brunch and take Mom to indulge in a three-course dinner at Eden Hill, a deliciously innovative New American restaurant in Queen Anne. Chef Maximillian Petty has crafted a special prix fixe menu only for Mother’s Day for $45 per guest with an optional wine pairing for $20 per guest.

     

    With two options under each course, Eden Hill’s Mother’s Day menu includes:

    Beef Tartare with poached egg yolk, caper, pickled onion, sourdough and mustard

    Halibut Cheek with wild garlic chimichurri, lemongrass and roasted salsify

    Dark Chocolate Sorbet with orange mint marshmallow and toasted faro graham cracker

     

    The full Mother’s Day menu can be viewed online. Reservations can be made by visiting edenhillrestaurant.com or by calling 206.708.6836. Eden Hill is located at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle.

     

    Ray's Cafe-Pan Seared Alaskan Weathervane Scallops

     

    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Treat Mom to gorgeous waterfront views and fresh, flavorful fare at Ray’s Boathouse & Café. The iconic restaurant is offering plenty of options for families to choose from this year.

     

    Boathouse – Brunch and Dinner

    From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Boathouse will be serving some of their best-selling appetizers, spring salads and seasonal entrées along with special a la carte brunch items. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., treat mom to the Boathouse’s excellent dinner menu with Roasted Sablefish in Sake Kasu, Sautéed Garlic Prawn Yakisoba, Butter Poached Maine Lobster, and a glass of her favorite wine.

     

    Café – Brunch and Dinner

    The Café will be offering their grand holiday buffet with an impressive selection of seasonal appetizers, salads, entrées and decadent desserts as well as Ray’s traditional Carving and Shellfish stations with options of Roasted RR Ranch Prime Rib, Snow Crab Legs, and Oysters on the half shell. There will also be breakfast and brunch items like Eggs Benedict, Brioche French toast, and Uli’s breakfast sausage. The Café Buffet starts at 9 a.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. The Buffet is $55 per guest, $25 for children ages five to 11. Children under age five dine free. From 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. guests can enjoy the traditional Café dinner menu with Grilled King Salmon, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Seared Scallops, and more.

     

    Boathouse reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or by visiting rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation.html. Café reservations are also strongly recommended and can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or by visiting rays.com/rays-cafe-reservation.html. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.

     

     

    Whisk

     

    Whisk

    Whisk, the kitchenware, bakeware, barware and unique tabletop retailer and cooking class venue, has plenty of deliciously fun classes to choose from leading up to Mother’s Day! Whether you want to treat mom to breakfast in bed or indulge her hobby of cooking with a cooking class, Whisk has several options that are a perfect fit for every mom.

     

    The Perfect Brunch, April 30- A hands-on class where students will learn techniques for creating a tasty mix of both sweet and savory dishes perfect for “wow”-ing mom on Mother’s Day. Guests can expect to learn how to create Applewood Smoked bacon and Kale Frittatas, Thyme Asiago Potato Stacks and more. The course runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $95 per person.

     

    Make Mom Breakfast (8 years+), May 1- Learn how to make Mom a breakfast she’ll never forget this Mother’s Day. Students will practice knife skills as they learn to make a Fresh Fruit Salad, Carrot and Walnut Muffins, Home-made Granola and more. The course runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $95 for one adult and one child eight years or older.

     

    Afternoon Tea- Mommy and Me (8 years+), May 8- What better way to spend Mother’s Day than learning to bake delightful old-fashioned tea party goodies? In this hands-on class, cookbook author, Gill Dey, will teach guests how to make elegant Salmon Pinwheel Sandwiches, light Fresh Cream Scones and more. The course runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $75 for one adult and one child eight years or older.

     

    The Mother’s Day Three-Course Dinner, May 8- Treat Mom to a cooking class at Whisk and learn to make a restaurant-quality three-course dinner together with the help of chef Aaron Tekulve, a recent contestant on Chopped . Students will learn how to create
    Chinook Salmon with baby fennel, asparagus, morels and lemon crème fraiche and more. This course runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $110 per person.

     

    Classes must be booked in advanced by visiting whiskcooks.com/classes or calling 425. 922.9575. Whisk is located at 10385 Main Street, Bellevue, 98004.

     

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar

    If only the freshest local and sustainable ingredients will do for Mom this Mother’s Day, take her to Local 360 for a brunch she’ll be talking about it for years to come. Along with their regular brunch menu, Local 360 will be offering two holiday brunch items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m:

     

    Pleasant View Farms Duck Confit with dandelion greens and tart cherry gastrique,$22.

    Dungeness Crab and Field Asparagus Biscuit Benedict, $18.

     

    To view their full brunch menu and make reservations, visit local360.org or call 206.441.9360. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

     

    Golden Beetle

    Rooted in the culinary styles of the Mediterranean and using the best organic and seasonal ingredients, Golden Beetle is a one-of-a-kind location for this year’s Mother’s Day festivities.

     

    Start the celebration early with a Garden Party Cocktail Class on Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For $75 per person, guests can enjoy their own garden-themed cocktail class with light snacks provided by Golden Beetle. Cocktails will focus on what’s fresh from the local Farmers Market this spring, such as a berry mojito, lemon verbena martini, and a rhubarb cocktail.

     

    On May 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a bright and bold three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu created by award-winning chef Maria Hines will be featured for $25 per person. Options include:

     

    House-made Yogurt with Fruit with honey, mint and walnut

    Spring Onion and Asparagus Scramble with romesco puree, white cheddar and beef-fat fried potato

    Spiced Donuts with honey syrup, cardamom and cinnamon

     

    The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations for both Mother’s Day festivities are recommended and can be made by calling 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

     

    Cafe Flora

     

    Cafe Flora

    The whole family can celebrate Mother’s Day at Cafe Flora, Seattle’s premier spot for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. a three-course, prix fixe brunch menu will be available for $40 per person along with a dedicated kids menu for $15 per child.

     

    The special menu offers hearty and healthy options including:

    -Cafe Flora’s signature House made Pastry Basket with petite croissants, strawberry ginger poppy seed scones, lemon curd and rhubarb jam.

    Spring Asparagus Benedict -Tieton Farm eggs, poached and served atop sweet potato latkes with balsamic tossed arugula, crispy smoked eggplant chips in hollandaise sauce and asparagus.

    Tres Leches Cake -vanilla sponge, toasted coconut, roasted pineapple, rum, whipped cream and strawberries.

     

    The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations are required on Mother’s Day and can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

     

    Agrodolce

    Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Agrodolce features Italian coastal cuisine perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch to remember. James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has created a holiday three-course prix fixe brunch menu for $30 per person that will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

     

    The Mother’s Day brunch menu includes both sweet and savory options:

    Spring Onion Zeppoli with zucchini and preserved lemon yogurt

    Aspen Hollow Lamb Sausage Hash with asparagus, morels and a sunny-side up egg

    Limoncello Sorbetto with fennel frond and toasted hazelnut

     

    Treat mom even more with Agrodolce’s bottomless mimosas. Full menu can be viewed here. Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting agrodolcerestaurant.net or calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.

     

    Altstadt Seattle

     

    Altstadt

    Mom can enjoy her own little slice of Germany this Mother’s Day at Altstadt. The German-inspired bierhalle and brathaus will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner until 10 p.m.

     

    Altstadt is serving up spring Sudetenland fare, featuring new items:

    Larambraten, a beer-braised lamb dish, shredded and pressed with a pretzel crumb coating before it’s flash-fried and set atop a fresh pea and bacon salad

    Spargel, featuring white asparagus, red onion buerre blanc, house smoked trout and pea tendrils

    -Special spring cocktails, including What’s Up Bock?, built with rosemary vodka, carrot juice and Seapine Maibock

     

    The full brunch and dinner menus can be viewed at altstadtseattle.com. Reservations can be made by calling 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square at 209 1st Ave South, Seattle.

     

    Tilth

    Celebrate Mom’s special day by cozying up at Tilth, an award-winning restaurant featuring New American cuisine in an intimate house-like setting. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Maria Hines will be offering a delicious three-course holiday brunch menu for $30 per person.

     

    Mother’s Day brunch options include:

    Buttermilk Scone with quince, brown butter and Holmquist hazelnut

    Anson Mills Polenta Cake with chorizo, Hollandaise and parsley pistou

    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake with a chocolate cookie, cocoa cream and sea salt

     

    Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting Tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

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  • Late April Food + Drink Events 04.20.16

    April is full of great food and beverage events! See what’s in store at local restaurants and bars, then mark your calendars and hit the town!

     

    Seattle Restaurant Week through Thursday

    More than 165 restaurants are taking part in Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) this Spring. For two more days, you can enjoy eating and drinking for a deal at some of the areas best restaurants, featuring local foods and innovative chefs. Experience a new restaurant, go to a favorite spot or relax over dinner after a long day.

     

    Participating restaurants offer three-course dinner menus at $30 while many also offer $15 two-course lunch menus. Each menu has at least three options under each course, many with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free selections. A wide range of different cuisines means everyone enjoys their Seattle Restaurant Week experience!

     

    Eat, drink and be merry during SRW at some of our favorite restaurant picks:

     

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    Seafood with a beautiful view at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Guests dining at Ray’s in Ballard are in for a treat with unique dishes inspired by sustainable seafood and seasonal goods. The Café is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner and it’s a great opportunity to indulge in the Boathouse! Guests can enjoy scenic views of Puget Sound and the Olympics, while savoring fresh and beautifully prepared seafood, local wine, and classic and speciality cocktails.

     

    The SRW menus:

     

    Cafe Lunch:

    • Oregon Bay Shrimp Cocktail
    • Grilled Washington Asparagus

    Café Dinner:

    • Seasonal Fish, served with salad, mushrooms and chimichurri
    • Grilled Double R Ranch Flank Steak with blue cheese, mashed potatoes, balsamic glaze and wilted spinach

    Boathouse Dinner:

    Starters:

    • Smoked Idaho Trout
    • Warm Mushroom Salad

    Entrees:

    • House-made Pappardelle served with spring peas
    • Anderson Ranch Lamb

    Dessert:

    • Panna cotta
    • Sorbet

    (All gluten free)

     

    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

     

    Maria Hines’ Tilth

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines’ critically acclaimed New American restaurant, Tilth, in Wallingford, is the perfect place to enjoy organic dishes, with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Hines has created a signature menu with delicious options for SRW including gluten free and vegan options.

     

    For starters, treat your taste buds to:

    • Sunchoke Soup
    • Asparagus dishes

    Then move on to mouth-watering entrees:

    • Carnaroli Risotto served with vegetables including English peas and roasted carrots

    To finish, consume:

    • Gluten free, vegan Cashew “Cheesecake”
    • Delightful Yarmuth Farms Goat Cheese Parfait

     

    Golden Beetle SRW

     

    Explore Mediterranean cuisine at Golden Beetle

    At Golden Beetle, chef Maria Hines takes inspiration from countries including Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt to create Mediterranean menus using local, organic ingredients.

    The SRW lunch menu features a Greek-inspired dish of:

    • Pork and Lamb Gyro served with pita bread, yogurt and cabbage slaw

    Notable choices from the dinner menu include:

    • Cyprian inspired Grilled Halloumi Cheese
    • Berber Spiced Grilled Chicken Kabob
    • Turkish style pizza – Uli’s Lamb Merguez Pide

    If you still have room for dessert, Golden Beetle offers dishes such as:

    • Black Walnut Baklava
    • Cardamom Milk Pudding

     

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    Southern Italian + Sicilian cuisine at Agrodolce

    Maria Hines brings the cuisine of southern Italy to Fremont at Agrodolce. Combining Italian classics such as handcrafted pasta with local and organic ingredients, Agrodolce always creates a memorable dining experience.

     

    Italian starters encompass:

    • Grilled Bruschetta served with seasonal caponata

    Entrees feature:

    • Durum Spaghetti and Taylor Shellfish Clams served with pickled chilli, castelvetrano olives and fresh mint
    • Ricotta Cavatelli with spicy sausage

    Each dish is offered at both lunch and dinner, giving you two opportunities a day to enjoy!

     

    Desserts:

    • Gelato
    • Sorbet
    • Theo Chocolate Polenta Cake

    Agrodolce is a great place to experience Italian cuisine in a thoughtful, sustainable and organic way!

     

    Bell + Whete Turkish Lamb Shank, Cod Brandade, Beet Salad

     

    A modern view on tradition at Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events

    The Bell +Whete in Belltown believe that a great meal has three aspects. The company you keep, a lovely beverage and meals created from fresh ingredients.

     

    For SRW, the European orientated dinner menu includes dishes with a variety of ingredients.

     

    Starters:

    • Kale & Salami, Manchego, Hemp Seed, Kalamata Vinaigrette

    Entrees:

    • Rotisserie Cauliflower with Grilled Radicchio
    • Pepperonata Braised Hog with Crisp Polenta

    Desserts:

    • Coffee Flan
    • Chocolate Pot de Crème
    • Apple Rosemary Crostada

    This SRW meal will not be compete without one of their 66 international and local beers that are on tap.

     

    Local 360 Upper Dining

     

    Sustainable comfort fare at Local 360 Café & Bar

    Local 360 Café & Bar in Belltown focuses on serving sustainable food that is grown and harvested by farmers who look after their land, with 90% of their ingredients coming from around Seattle.

     

    For Seattle Restaurant Week, guests can enjoy:

     

    Unique starters:

    • Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Dip served with potato chips
    • White Bean Soup served with Local 360’s Lamb Bacon

    Fresh entrees:

    • Rabbit Gnocchi with Spring Nettles
    • Garnacha Braised Beef Shank with Green Garlic Potatoes
    • Caramelized Cauliflower Steak served with Carrot Mousse

    Handmade desserts:

    • Delicious flavors of ice cream
    • Fruit cobbler, all of which are handmade

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    Radler week through April 22 + Reinheitsgebot on April 23

    While the U.S. doesn’t have 500 years of beer history, you can be thankful that the Germans do! This year marks the 500th anniversary of Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Beer Law) – a law that defines the taste of beer today. On April 23, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the enactment of Reinheisgebot by the only way that seems fit – drinking beer! Food specials, live music and special anniversary beers from Germany created specifically for this event, will be offered beginning at 11 a.m. until close.

     

    Leading up to Reinheitsgebot, Radler Week will take place. During the week, celebrate with 0.5L for $5 or 1L for $10 of Bitburger’s Radler. Guests also have the opportunity to enter a raffle and win prizes such as Sounders and Mariners tickets, glass Bitburger boots and more. Radler Week will also highlight Weihenstephaner’s new beer, a kellerbier called 1516, brewed specially for Reinheisgebot. There will also be music and food to complement the beer and bring the celebration in true German fashion.

     

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    Passover at Golden Beetle from April 23-30

    James Beard Award-winning chef, Maria Hines is celebrating Passover at Golden Beetle, her Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in Ballard, from April 23-30. Her menu embraces traditions while adding her unique, award-winning touch.

     

    To celebrate, Hines has constructed a bold and flavorful tasting menu, whereby each course corresponds to a specific food that is traditionally found on a Seder plate during Passover. The Seder plate is used to re-tell the story of how Moses, under the instructions of God, led the Jews to freedom in Egypt in 1300 BCE.

     

    The menu can be found online or below with Kosher wine pairings and symbolic meanings. The five courses are courses available for $50 per person. There is also an optional wine pairing for $25 per person

     

    First course

    Fried Soft Boiled Egg with asparagus, harissa aioli and fried shallot

    Wine pairing: Kedem, Champagne, New York

    What this represents on the Seder plate: Beitzah

    Beitzah symbolizes the Passover offering, commonly called Hagigah. It also represents the circle of life, death and rebirth and reminds us we are all part of one universe.

     

    Second course

    Grilled Romaine Heart with black olive vinaigrette, almond and feta

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Karpas

    Karpas – Represents the spring harvest. It is dipped in salt water to symbolize the tears that the Jews shed while in slavery in Egypt.

     

    Third course

    Sablefish Ball Soup with root vegetable confetti, preserve lemon and zaatar

    Wine pairing: Barken, Chardonnay, Dan, Israel ‘13

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Maror

    Maror serves as a reminder of the bitterness the Jews felt while they were slaves in Egypt.

     

    Fourth course

    Anderson Valley Ranch Braised Lamb with sour cherry, fingerling potato and cauliflower

    Wine pairing: Barkan, Caberney Sauvignon, Galie, Israel ‘13

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Zeroa

    Zeroa symbolizes the Pesach sacrifice, where a lamb as sacrificed in the Temple of Jerusalem on the eve of the exodus in Egypt.

     

    Fifth course

    Port Poached Pear with cacao nib, candied walnut and mint

    Wine pairing: Rashi, Claret, Semi Sweet, California

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Charoset

    Charoset represents the mortar the Jews used to construct buildings while slaves.

     

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    Brewery Nights Bell + Whete

    Enjoy a selection of beers at Bell + Whete’s Brewery Night featuring local breweries. They will have reps on site, $1 off pints and $4 off growlers, plus brewery swag and more!

    • April 28, Two Beers Brewing Night from 4pm to 11pm

     

     

     

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  • Romantic Valentine’s Dinners, Cocktails, Gifts + More! 02.10.16

    Indulge in a weekend of decadent celebrations this Valentine’s weekend. From brunch, couples classes and multi-course dinners, to sommelier wine pairings, specialty cocktails, rich desserts, complimentary roses, and unique gift ideas, there is enough to keep you and your loved one spoiled all weekend, starting February 11.

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    February 12-15: Finding your “umami” + Valentine cocktail
    Along with it’s broad range of locally and globally sourced fish from the Japanese fish markets, diners can also experience Valentine’s Day in a glass with Shiro’s specialty cocktail of champagne, pomegranate juice and raspberries, garnished with mint leaves, gold flecks and a special heart surprise. Shiro’s specialty cocktail is available February 12-15 along with its regular menu and omakase.

    For reservations in the dining room, visit shiros.com or call 206.443.9844. Open-ended Omakase served at the sushi bar.

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    February 13: Mix it up with your Valentine
    Golden Beetle is offering a fun and interactive date option for you and your Valentine. Learn to create your favorite cocktail during the Couples Mixology Class on Saturday, February 13. The craft cocktail class will showcase whiskey, aged rum and anejo tequila while couples taste and create cocktails along the way. The class is 2-4 pm, $75 per person and includes cocktail ingredients, instruction, snacks and recipes for all three drinks so you can recreate them at home.

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle. For information and reservations visit online or call 206.706.2977.

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    Gift Giving Made Easy
    Having trouble picking out the perfect gift? Ethnic Seattle has the one to end your search. The site that promotes ethnic and immigrant owned businesses in Seattle has done the shopping for you by procuring three different Valentine’s packages that are easy to purchase online (or available for pick-up). 

    Columbia City Sexy & Sweet: $100
    Salted Sea dinner for two ($70) – experience one of Seattle’s newest restaurants, serving modern American seafood and raw bar.
    Wow Chocolates box – 9 piece box of locally handmade and hand painted artisan bonbons made with Venezuelan dark chocolate, exotic tropical fruits and spices.

    An Evening in Japantown: $125
    Momo shopping experience ($50) – pick something up from this highly curated boutique that blends Asian and European influences, including eclectic home accents, unique clothing and more.
    Maneki Japanese Restaurant dinner for two ($50) – traditional Japanese cuisines served at this historic, 100 year old restaurant.
    Fuji Bakery sweets – box of 9 macaroons baked with love daily.

    Chinatown-ID Pamper & Dine: $150
    Imperial Foot Massage for two – hot tea foot bath with 45 min. foot massage and 15 min. acupuncture massage.
    House of Hong dinner for two – one of Chinatown’s longstanding Chinese and dim sum restaurants.
    New Century Tea Gallery Rose Tea and Blossom Flower Tea sets – romantic Valentines flowers in a different way with a ¼ lb. bag of rose tea and 10 bulb blossom flower tea.
    Almond Butter Cookies from Huong Binh Restaurant – one of the city’s most respected and authentic Vietnamese restaurants.

    Visit EthnicSeattle.com for more information and to place orders.

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    February 14: Kick-start your Valentine’s Day
    Start Valentine’s Day off with a three-course brunch at Maria Hines’ restaurant Agrodolce. Begin your meal with Provolone Picante Gougeres with spicy pepper aioli and Poached Pears with Spiced Apple Medley and Greek Yogurt. Move onto Maria Hines’ benedict interpretation with Root Vegetable Cake Benedict and crispy speck; or Wild Mushroom Omelet with Lacinato Kale, Chili Flake and Bechamel. Indulge in the final course of a Mini Waffle with freeze dried strawberry, mini chocolate chips and Chantilly or French Toast Bites.

    As always, Agrodolce offers Bottomless Mimosas at brunch. Agrodolce’s three-course brunch prix-fixe is available only on February 14 for $25 per person. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

    The main event – Dinner on Valentine’s Weekend
    You don’t want to wait until the last minute to make your dinner plans. Save yourself the stress and make a reservation at one of these local favorites to guarantee a delicious and romantic Valentine’s Weekend.

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    Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    Treat your special someone to a beautiful three-course dinner at Ray’s Boathouse Valentine’s Day weekend. With waterfront views of Puget Sound and the majestic snow capped Olympic Mountains as your backdrop it’s the perfect setting for romance.

    Dinner will be served with a glass of San Martino Prosecco Extra Dry for $58. The three-course dinner menu will be available February 11-14.

    Begin your romantic dinner with starters including Scallop Ceviche, Dungeness Crab & Clam Chowder. Options abound with entrée choices like a Double R Ranch Filet Oscar with whipped potatoes, asparagus and sauce béarnaise, as well as King Salmon in Sake Kasu with black lentils, lobster-green papaya salad and avocado mousse. Don’t forget to save room for some of Ray’s delicious desserts, including Chocolate Decadence, Espresso-Hazelnut Tart or Olympic Mountain Ice Cream or Sorbet.

    Ray’s regular dinner menu will also be available during Valentine’s Weekend. On Sunday, February 14 each couple dining in the Boathouse will receive a red rose compliments of Ray’s. Reservations are strongly encouraged in the dining room February 11-14. The Boathouse bar will be open each night with seating on a first come basis. For full menu and hours click here.

    Aside from the three-course dinner option, Ray’s Café will also have three special menu items available from February 11-14. These special items include: Filet & Half Lobster, a six ounce filet and half Maine lobster served with beef demi & hollandaise, whipped potatoes, and broccolini; herb roasted King Salmon, with Truffle risotto, fried oysters, and wakame salad; and Chocolate Decandence, a heavenly dessert served with Chantilly cream and maraschino cherry-lavender.

    The Cafe will be open from 11:30am-9pm over Valentine’s weekend and reservations are strongly recommended. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit opentable.com/rays-boathouse. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit opentable.com/rays-cafe-reservations.

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    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events
    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events is celebrating Valentine’s weekend with a gorgeous, four-course menu by new Executive Chef Jenny Izaguirre. From February 12-14 guest can enjoy four courses for $45, with an optional beverage for $25.

    Start with Truffled Cannellini Bean Soup with herbed beetroot, followed by a second course of Tricolore Salad with grapes, pecorino and white balsamic. The main course offers a choice of either Herbed Porchetta with sweet potato and lobster hash or a vegetarian option of Farroto with ratatouille and leeks. End your meal with a rich Brioche Bread Pudding with white chocolate and preserved kumquat.

    For reservations call 206.538.0180.

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    Local 360 Café & Bar
    Local 360 Café & Bar is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a decadent three-course menu, locally-sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Add a local wine flight of four pours for $20 or two 375ml bottles of wine including L’Ecole Chardonnay and L’Ecole Syrah for $42.

    In addition to their special three-course menu Local 360 will also offer Rack of Lamb for two as their Chefs Cut along with a few original sides from February 12-14.

    Three-course menu begins with an amuse of Sunchoke Cappuccino, Bacon & Carrot Beignet, then a Cold Smoked Black Cod with crème fraiche, beet and turnip, variations of egg and puffed grain. Main course brings Oregon Bison Loin with foie gras and black trumpet gratin, rutabaga and porcini. To finish the evening, enjoy their Pear “Tart Tatin” with buttermilk flan and single malt caramel.

    Local 360 Café & Bar is offering its special Valentine’s Day menu February 12-14, 4 p.m. to close. The three-course menu is $55 per person alongside their regular menu options. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org.

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    Eden Hill
    Chef Maximillian Petty debuts his first Valentine’s menu in Seattle by featuring indulgent ingredients such as bone marrow butter, foie gras and duck heart tartare in a five-course Valentine’s menu, offered February 12-14.

    Eden Hill treats diners with Fermented Beet Pavlova with house goat cheese mousse, black sturgeon caviar; and Parker House Rolls with bone marrow butter before the first course even begins. Then indulge in Fermented Cauliflower Soup, ras el hanout, apple, filbert, parsley root followed by a second-course of Rabbit Porchetta, sunchoke espuma, mustard caviar, sherry, saskatoon, foie gras. The third-course tempts dinners with Duck Heart Tartare, caper, tomato petal, green olive, fermented and roasted red chili, citron confit tapioca chip, marbled quail egg. Diners will continue their culinary journey with Wagyu Beef Shortrib, parsnip, goldenraisin, almond, chanterelle, chili, dark chocolate mole coloradito, black garlic. Yellow Beet Root, mandarin, roasted white chocolate, yeast sponge cake, caramelized honey completes the fifth-course.

    Eden Hill’s Valentine’s Day menu is $100 per person with optional $60 wine pairing. The full menu is available online. For reservations visit Edenhillrestaurant.com or call 206.708.6836.

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    Agrodolce

    Italians know the language of love, which is interpreted at Maria Hines’ Southern Italian and Sicilian inspired restaurant, Agrodolce. Classic southern Italian cuisine receives the touch of a James Beard Award-winning chef in a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day.

    For a starter, enjoy St. Jude’s Albacore Crudo with bronte pistachio, preserved kumquat and Sicilian olive oil. Continue with house milled pasta for a second course: Emmer Mafalde, Black Nile Barley Spaghetti or Chestnut Cavatelli. Mains feature Pan Seared Sablefish with olive oil braised sunchoke, fennel, almond gremolata; Braised Wild Boar with flageolet beans, heirloom goathorn pepper, theo cocoa nib; or Couscous Stuffed Quail with citrus confit, medjool date and wild pine nut. Dessert tempts with Lavender Limoncello Sorbetto with candied citrus and toasted hazelnut, or Fraga Farms Goat Cheese Mousse with vanilla poached fig.

    The Valentine’s Day four-course menu is $65 per person with an optional $40 wine pairing. The full menu is accessible online. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

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    Golden Beetle
    The many countries that surround the Mediterranean take center stage at Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle. With a new, refreshed interior and wood-fronting exterior, Golden Beetle is ready to graciously host on Valentine’s Day.

    Diners can start with Beet Carpaccio with goat cheese, toasted hazelnut and orange supreme. Second course options tempt with a seasonal favorite of Crispy Harissa Marinated Cauliflower with preserved lemon, castelvetrano, cucumber puree or Cod Fritters with pickled blueberry pepper, romesco aioli and arugula. The main course features Butter Poached Gulf Shrimp with fennel, blood orange, rainbow chard; and Pan Seared Spic Crusted Lamb Loin with currant, wilted spinach, purple potato gratin. For the sweet tooth, end dinner with Theo’s Chocolate Mousse Parfait or Kabocha Squash Panna Cotta.

    Golden Beetle’s four-course menu is $60 per person with optional wine pairing for $30. Three options under each course, the full menu can be viewed online. For more information or reservations, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. 

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    Tilth
    Chef Maria Hines’ first restaurant, Tilth, delivers a memorable dining experience any night of the year, but this Valentine’s Day, guests will feel the romance with candlelight and a beautiful four-course prix-fixe menu on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.

    Shugoku Oysters are dressed up with cucumber, apple, and yuzu “mignonette” or select the Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue, treated with house pickles, apple mustard and shishito. A Slow Cooked Duck Egg with duck confit, pickled crosnes, and orange present a tempting second course, followed by Seared Weathervane Scallop with baby shiitake, smoked leek and watercress, or choose the Porcini Ash-crusted Venison with swiss chard, anson mills corn polenta and Saskatoon berry. The finale comes with Yarmuth Farms Goat Cheese Parfait or Cashew Cheesecake.

    The four-course prix-fixe menu comes with three options under each course for $80, additional $40 with wine pairing, or additional $60 with sommelier pairing. View the full menu and make reservations by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at Tilthrestaurant.com.

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    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora has created another swoon-worthy Valentine’s menu filled with indulgent options all while remaining seasonal, local, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free friendly.

    The first course begins with Spiced King Oyster Mushrooms with Okinawa purple potato,
    roasted turnip with bitter greens, cilantro sauce and candied kumquat. Second course offers Green Papaya & Rainbow Carrot Ribbons with tat soi, ripe papaya, spiced cashew-macadamia nut brittle, grapefruit and serrano dressing. For the main enjoy mouth-watering Meyer Lemon & Butternut Squash Risotto Cake with grilled asparagus, Belgian endive, roasted beet sauce and pistachio pistou. Top it off with choice of Citrus Cake with Passion Fruit Mousse or Pistachio Chocolate Tart with fresh raspberries. The full menu is available vegan and gluten free.

    Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available Sunday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $70 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 to make reservations.

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  • Eat, Drink + Be Merry at Seattle Restaurants 12.10.15

    There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than surrounded by friends, family, and delicious food. Whether you are looking grab a festive cocktail with friends, enjoy a Christmas feast with your family or host a holiday cooking class, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Seattle this month.

    HANUKKAH HAPPENINGS: Now through 14

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    Celebrate with Hanukkah favorites at Golden Beetle

    James-Beard Award-winning Chief Maria Hines uses her culinary skills and local ingredients to thoughtfully craft Hanukkah dishes with exceptional flair at Golden Beetle this holiday season. The menu includes Potato Latkes with house made apple sauce, crème fraiche and green onion; Matzo Ball Soup with smoked chicken, carrot and parsley; Roasted Root Vegetables with parsnip, rutabaga and fingerling potato; and Stuffed Donuts, with persimmon filling and powdered sugar. Golden Beetle will also offer two types of Barkan Kosher Wine: a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay. These special dishes start at $5 and are available anytime during Hanukkah.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

    WINTER WARMERS

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    House Made Mulled Wine and Hot Buttered Rum at Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle’s craft cocktail bar is ready to keep you warm this winter. Warm up with house made specialties: Mulled Wine and Hot Buttered Rum. Golden Beetle takes traditional mulled wine, fruit of the vine enhanced with the warm essence of spices, fruit, brandy, and takes it to the next level by adding the citrus element of sumac, a spicy kick of pink peppercorn, and even sea salt for a modern twist, just $9. House made hot buttered rum is a rich, delicious warmer for $11. Both are offered throughout December.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

    HOLIDAY COOKING AND EVENTS

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    Cook-offs and Cooking for a Cause at Blue Ribbon Cooking

    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides companies, friends, groups and families a unique and exciting array of holiday party experiences. Book an Iron Chef cooking competition and compete in teams to create the best dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy a meal together while watching the Christmas ships. Or book a Cooking For A Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon delivers while guests sit down to dinner. Blue Ribbon also caters any event big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus, cocktail competitions and more at their waterfront venue, or at a venue or home of the guest’s choice!

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E. Seattle, 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.

    HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

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    If you’re looking for unique holiday gift ideas then look no further then EthnicSeattle.com. Ethnic Seattle has procured some unique gift ideas, all from local, ethnic-owned businesses. You’ll gift something truly unique while also supporting local small businesses. Check out the gift ideas here.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVE: December 24

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    Show off Seattle’s best views and fresh seafood at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Ray’s Boathouse and Café is the perfect spot to show out-of-town guest how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is. On Christmas Eve, enjoy the freshest seafood alongside breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.

    Ray’s Boathouse will be open from 3 – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu as well as a special holiday inspired three-course dinner for $45, including a starter, choice of entrée, and dessert. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. The Boathouse Bar will be open 3 – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu, excluding happy hour. No reservation is necessary for the Boathouse Bar.

    Ray’s Café will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu, including local favorites such as Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Reservations are strongly recommended and can by made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Café Bar will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. serving their regular menu and happy hour drink and food specials such as Moscow Mules, Salmon Sliders, and Crispy Calamari. No reservation is necessary for the Café Bar.

    For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

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    Holiday Happy Hour all night at Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle helps locals celebrate Christmas Eve with special happy hour pricing from 4:30 p.m. – close. It’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate with friends and family with small plates and specially crafted cocktails before diving into holiday festivities. The happy hour menu starts at $3 and includes Spicy Hummus and Pita Chips, Fire and Honey Chicken Wings, Mini Roasted Squash Pizza and Spiced Donuts. View the full happy hour menu online.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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    Old world meets new at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge will be serving a special, four-course, holiday meal on Christmas Eve. Start with a serving of warm and spicy Red Lentil Soup made with Aleppo pepper and brown butter. Continue with a Granny Smith Apple Truffle Salad with arugula and goat cheese. For the main course, enjoy a Whole Roasted Lamb with a winter squash and pomegranate gratin, alongside braised endive. Finally, for dessert, indulge in a Baked Meringue with pomegranate cream and kumquats. Bring extra flavor to the meal with special beverage pairings for an additional $25.

    This four-course meal is available from 4 – 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and is $55 per person with optional beverage pairings for an additional $25. Full menu is available here. For more information or to reserve, call 206.538.0180 or visit bellandwhete.com. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

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    Celebrate with Sushi at Shiro’s

    Break tradition (or make a new one) and replace the usual ham, Christmas goose or turkey with sushi at Shiro’s Sushi this Christmas Eve. Steeped in a tradition over 20 years, Shiro’s offers a variety of fresh seafood from local waters and around the globe. They source much of their seafood directly from the prized waters of Japan, specifically the Tsukiji Market, ordering several times a week for the best fish for their award-winning sushi. Order a menu of your own or leave it in the hands of Shiro’s chefs with an omakase menu. The chefs will take you on a pleasurable flavor and texture journey of 5, 10, 20 or any number of courses you choose.

    For dining room reservations, call 206.443.9844 and for more information, visit shiros.com. Shiro’s Sushi is located in Belltown at 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle.

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    Enjoy a cozy, organic meal at Tilth

    Tilth’s cozy Wallingford restaurant, housed in a craftsman home, is a great place for an intimate evening with close friends and family this Christmas Eve. Once named a New York Times “Best New Restaurant,” Tilth’s four-course special menu for $80 is comprised of delicious organic and seasonal ingredients including apple, hazelnut, cranberry and walnut. The menu includes Kumamoto Oysters on Half Shell, Celeriac Soup, Slow Cooked Duck Egg, Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, Cashew Cheesecake, and more. Tilth also offers two levels of wine pairings, a regular Wine Pairing for $50 and a special, Sommelier Pairing for $70. The full menu can be viewed online here .

    To reserve, call 206.633.0801 or visit their website. For more information, visit tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle.

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    Feast of the Seven Fishes at Agrodolce

    Agrodolce channels their Italian roots, celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes, the Italian’s take on Christmas Eve. The #fishfeast menu offers three options of the traditional feast: a Feast of Three Fishes for $35, a Feast of Five fishes for $55 and a Feast of Seven Fishes for $75. Each feast has its own optional wine pairing and offers a variety of fresh seafood with an Italian twist. Notable seafood dishes include Grilled Octopus with sultana and caper salsa verde; Black Cod and Tomato Stew with fried couscous, fennel and wild mushroom; Black Nile Barley Spaghetti and Clams with pickled chili, castelvetrano olive and fresh mint; and Sylver Fishing Spot Prawns with vanilla squash puree, persimmon and pomegranate. View the full menu online here.

    To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. For updates and to join the conversation, follow #fishfeast on social media. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

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    Feast locally with friends and family at Local 360 Café & Bar

    This Christmas Eve bring out the whole family for a special three-course tasting menu! Local 360 offers many accommodations for large parties and is a great option for holiday family dinners. The three-course menu is $50 per person, and their regular a la carte menu will also be available.

    Choose from a starter of Shigoku Oysters with tamarind granita and coriander, or Newaukumn Valley Farms Sunchoke Bisque with wild black trumpets and vadouvan. The main event includes choice of Arctic Char with Dungeness crab salad, butternut and heirloom apple salsa, or Smoked Eye of Ribeye with beef fat popover, blue cheese whipped potatoes, Brussels and syrah. End with a sweet choice of Hazelnut Carrot Cake with Christmas spiced rum raisins and cream cheese, or Flourless Chocolate Torte with huckleberry, amaro, and ginger ice cream.

    For more information and reservations, call 206.650.2577 or visit local360.org. Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

    CHRISTMAS DAY: December 25

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    Feast with the family at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Celebrate Christmas Day without the stress of preparing a grand holiday meal. Ray’s Boathouse and Café will be open and offering a variety of delicious, seasonal dishes for everyone to enjoy.

    Ray’s Boathouse will be open from 3 – 8 p.m., offering a three-course A La Carte menu and regular dinner menus. The first course includes options such as Creamy Parsnip Soup with toasted pepitas, cayenne and paprika, and Dungeness Crab Cocktail with roasted tomato and cocktail sauce. Entrée options include seafood favorites Grilled King Salmon and Pan Seared Halibut, and holiday classics, Oven Roasted Turkey and Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef. For dessert, Pumpkin Pie topped with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The menu is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 5 to 11 (children under 5 are free). Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. The Boathouse Bar will be open from 4 – 8 p.m. offering their normal menu, excluding happy hour. Reservations are not needed for the Boathouse Bar.

    Ray’s Café will be open from 12 – 8 p.m., offering their signature Christmas Day buffet. The buffet offers a grand variety of dishes from House Smoked NW Salmon with apple-pear chutney, Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef to Baked Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and a Shucking Bar with Alaskan Snow Crab, Peel & Eat Prawns and Half Shell Oysters with mignonette, cocktail and lemons. Other notable dishes include Ray’s Antipasto comprised of cured meats, marinated mozzarella olives, and grilled vegetables; creamy Bay Shrimp Mac and Cheese, as well as cold salads, roasted vegetables, a dessert table filled with your favorite treats, and more. The buffet is $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 11 (children under 5 are free). Reservations for the Café are required and can be made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Café Bar will be closed.

    View the full menus online here. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    NEW YEAR’S EVE: December 31

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    Countdown to 2016 at Eden Hill

    Ring in the New Year at Eden Hill with a special, celebratory seven-course tasting menu full of intriguing combinations of simple flavors from Chef-owner Maximillian Petty. He will create a menu with Northwest ingredients alongside prized, special ingredients including Foie Gras, Lobster Tail and savory Crepe in Bone Broth. Increase the tasting pleasure with specially selected French and Pacific Northwest wine pairings.

    Chef Maximillian saves one of his best for last – A Chocolate Ball Drop inspired by the New Years Eve ball that drops in Time Square. Diners can break the hollow chocolate ball on their plate, releasing edible glitter reminiscent of a New Years Eve fireworks show.

    The tasting menu is $100 and option wine pairing is $60. Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve dinner. To reserve, call 206.708.6836 or reserve online here. Eden Hill is located in Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Ave, Seattle.

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    Vegetarian New Year specials at Cafe Flora

    Beloved vegetarian restaurant, Cafe Flora celebrates the New Year with special menu items. In addition to their regular dinner menu, they will offer new dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients including cranberry, walnuts and winter vegetables. Festive starter offerings include Thyme and Port Poached Pear served with grilled raddichio, bleu cheese, walnuts and dried cranberry; Salad with ginger-rum braised beets, feta, walnuts, cranberry, kumquats and topped with spiced honey vinaigrette; and Fried Avocado with trio of dipping sauces. Entrée selections include Winter Vegetable Gratin; Eggplant Moussaka served with a Jerusalem salad of bell pepper, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, capers dill and lemon vinaigrette; and Stuffed Baked Polenta with black trumpet mushrooms, tarragon béchamel and a parsnip and celeriac mash.

    Reservations are required for parties of six or more. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. three and for more information, visit CafeFlora.com. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Try something new for the New Year at Shiro’s

    The beginning of the year is the perfect time to try something new. Why not start erly on the New Year’s resolution to “be more adventurous” with a special Chef-selected omakase menu at Shiro’s Sushi. The Shiro’s Omakase includes an appetizer, sashimi, sushi entrees, soup and dessert for $65 and Premium Sushi Omakase includes seventeen pieces and seasonal soup for $75. Guests at the sushi counter can order the Open-Ended Omakase and put themselves fully in the hands of Shiro’s chefs. The restaurant has been creating relationships with fish markets for 20 years and diners will see the evidence of their fish sourcing in approximately 30 types of seafood a night. For dinners who know what they like, Shiro’s Sushi also has full A La Carte and Sushi and Sashimi menus filled with choice fresh seafood dishes such as Salmon Kama, Black Throat Sea Perch, and Blue Fin Tuna.

    For dining room reservations, call 206.443.9844 and for more information, visit shiros.com. Shiro’s Sushi is located in Belltown at 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle.

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    Toast the New Year at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge shows off their adaptations of timeless recipes and vast beer and cocktail selection this New Year’s Eve. They will offer a three-course tasting menu for $35, which includes a glass of champagne to toast the New Year, a starter of Baked Oysters with pork belly, kale and trout caviar; a main dish of Duck Leg Confit with persimmon tortelloni, dates and almonds; and a finisher of White Chocolate Bombe with candied hazelnuts, persimmon and citrus. They will also offer a menu of select pints for $5 each, half-off select bottled beers, and featured specialty cocktails.

    Bell + Whete will be open from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. New Year’s Eve. For more information or to reserve, call 206.538.0180 or visit bellandwhete.com. Full menu is available here. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

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    Mediterranean favorites at Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle offers a specially crafted, organic four-course meal on New Year’s Eve. The meal is $50 and includes Mediterranean classics such as Goat Cheese Stuffed Medjool Dates with Meyer lemon gastrique; Dolmas Shrimp Briouats made with phyllo dough, chard, fire and honey; Roasted Root Vegetable Tagine served with barley risotto; and Black Walnut Baklava topped with crème fraiche. An optional wine pairing is also available for $25 and includes wines from local wineries in Columbia and Yakima Valleys to imported bottles from Spain, France and Portugal.

    For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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    Ring in the New Year at Tilth

    Award-winning Chef Maria Hines has created a special organic menu for Tilth on New Year’s Eve with two levels of wine pairings: a regular Wine Pairing for $50 and an expert Sommelier Pairing for $70.
    The special four-course meal includes options such as Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue with house pickle, frisee and apple mustard; Sylvia’s Spot Prawns with bouillabaisse foam, cippolini and fennel; Porcini Ash-Crusted Venison with swiss chard Anson Mills corn polenta and cranberry; and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake topped with cocoa cream. Full menu online here .

    To reserve, call 206.633.0801 or visit their website. For more information, visit tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle.

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    Intimate New Year’s celebration at Agrodolce

    Agrodolce hosts an Italian-inspired four-course New Year’s Eve celebration for those looking for a memorable and intimate celebration. Start off with a choice of Dungeness Crab Salad, Red Beet Tartare, or Pork Rillettes. For the second course, choose among options such as Black Nile Barley Spaghetti and Ricotta Cavatelli. Entrée dishes include Lamb with parsnip and beet, grilled frisee and pomegranate; Sylver Fishing Spot Prawns with shaved Brussels sprouts, chestnut puree, pine nut and preserved citrus gremolata; and Slow Cooked Arzak Egg with celery root, grilled treviso and caper salsa verde. Then ring in the New Year with one of three sweet treats: Theo Chocolate Budino, Poached Washington Pear or L’alveare Sheep’s Milk Cheese. The four-course meal is $70 and each dish has two optional wine pairings, a regular Wine Pairing for $35 and a Sommelier Pairing for $55. View the full menu online here .

    To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

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    Celebrate the end of a great year on the waterfront at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Ray’s Boathouse will offer its regular menu full of the freshest seafood, including Crispy Washington Razor Clams, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Crispy Garlic Prawns and more. Toast to the New Year with a hand crafted cocktail, such as a White Peach Cosmo or a Champs Élysées, or red, white or sparkling wine by the glass. Or celebrate with a sweet treat, such as a Milk Chocolate Mousse or a Deconstructed Washington Apple Pie.

    Ray’s Café will feature its regular menus, offering local lunch and dinner favorites, such as Sautéed Tiger Prawns, Pacific NW Sablefish in Sake Kasu and Grilled Northwest King Salmon.

    Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Boathouse and Café Bars will also be open, but reservations are not required. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    NEW YEAR’S DAY: January 1

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    Start the New Year on a high note with brunch at Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora will host its annual vegetarian brunch buffet on New Year’s Day to help diners start their year on the right foot by eating less meat, or just helping them recover from New Year’s Eve shenanigans. Buffet options include Deep Fried French Toast, Chick Pea and Okra Fritter, Savory Mushroom Crepe, Poblano and Yam Tamales and more. Cafe Flora also offers libations to help fight hangovers, including the Garden Flora, their take on a Bloody Mary made with house pickled vegetables, or Mimosas made from a variety of juices such as grapefruit, rosemary lemonade and classic orange. The brunch buffet is available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children.

    Reservations are required for parties of six or more. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. three and for more information, visit CafeFlora.com. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Hangover Bloody Mary’s At Ray’s Café

    Recover from New Year’s Eve festivities at Ray’s Cafe with a famous Ray’s Bloody Mary or an adult Cup of Joe made with Kraken spiced rum, Kahlua, dark crème de cocoa, Caffé Vita coffee and cinnamon sprinkle. Top it off with Ray’s Hot Wings Trio, Crispy Calamari or Painted Hills Ground Chuck Burger. Or kick off your New Year cleanse with Ray’s Café Seafood Salad with Alaskan Bay shrimp, house smoked salmon, house smoked scallops, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and more.

    Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or online here. The Café Bar will be open and reservations are not required. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

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  • Seattle’s Best Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving! 11.17.15

    As much as we all enjoy sitting around the table with our closest friends and family, hosting a holiday meal is stressful. Why not take a little edge off and let a professional take care of the cooking (and cleaning) duties this year? Several of our favorite Seattle restaurants will be open and serving delicious Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, November 26.

    Menus range from traditional American holiday dishes, including turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, to delicious turkey day alternatives, such as smoked salmon, shepherd’s pie and specialty pastas. Restaurants will offer kid-friendly menus, gluten free options, hearty vegan dishes and more! Hurry and make your reservations today before they’re gone!

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    Tradition turned up with fresh seafood at Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    Ray’s Boathouse offers an elegant four-course Thanksgiving dinner including traditional favorites and seafood specialties. Start with Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche, Fall Chicory Salad or Dungeness Crab Cocktail with butter lettuce, roasted tomato and cocktail sauce. For the main course there’s Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, green beans and gravy; Grilled King Salmon with house made butternut squash ravioli and porcini and chanterelle mushrooms; Pan Seared Halibut with Dungeness crab crust and parsnip puree; or Beef Prime Rib. And for dessert there is Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The four-course menu is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 5 to 11, children under 5 are free.

    Ray’s Café is offering its signature Thanksgiving buffet for $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 11, children under 5 are free. With plenty of items to choose from, you can create just about any type of Thanksgiving feast you desire. Noteworthy seafood options include fresh shucked Half Shell Oysters with mignonette and cocktail sauces, Peel & Eat Prawns, Alaskan Snow Crab, Penn Cove Mussels in coconut curry broth, Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with cucumber, tomato, lemon and herbs, and House Smoked NW Salmon with apple-pear chutney. Also available will be Oven Roasted Turkey with cranberry-orange chutney; Spice Rubbed Beef Prime Rib served with horseradish cream and demi glace; Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes with currants and marshmallow; a multitude of housemade seasonal desserts, and much more.

    You can find full menus for Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe here. Reservations are required for both restaurants and are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Café and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Boathouse. Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or online by clicking here. The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu. The Café Bar will be closed. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

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    Gorgeous, seasonally inspired vegetarian dinner at Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora’s annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving offers a thoughtfully crafted, four-course vegetarian meal for $65 for adults and $25 for children with plenty of gluten free options. The adult menu includes Jerusalem Artichoke Blini with Tieton Farm sheep camembert, date and bramley apple chutney (available vegan/gf) and Roasted Grapes, Heirloom Carrots, Baby Fennel, Frisee Salad citrus buerre blanc and crispy hominy (vegan/gf) as the first two courses. Then, for the main course, you may choose between Wild Mushroom and Chestnut Bread Pudding porcini cream sauce, red onion marmalade, roasted parsnip, cabbage mashed potatoes, or Delicata Squash Medallions with Cauliflower Walnut Pate with Satsuma cranberry chutney, Brussels sprout pecan gratin, sweet potato mash and bordelaise sauce (vegan/gf). Finally, for dessert, you have a choice of Booth Canyon Pear and Ricotta Cheesecake with port gastrique, Pumpkin Pie with caramel whipped cream (vegan/gf), or Dark Chocolate Tart with candied cranberries (available vegan).

    Cafe Flora also offers a great kids menu that is completely vegan and gluten free with fun dishes such as Fried Cauliflower Bites with herbed dipping sauce; Romaine Cups filled grapes, apple and celery and topped with poppy seed dressing; Mini Shepherds Pie filled with peas, carrots and squash winter vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, and served with green beans and crispy onions, and cranberry sauce; and Pumpkin Pie for dessert!

    Thanksgiving meals are by reservation only, with seating from 1 to 7:30 p.m. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. 3 and for more information, visit CafeFlora.com. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Celebrate Italian-style at Agrodolce
    Agrodolce provides a family-style, three-course feast that mixes favorite seasonal ingredients with traditional Sicilian dishes. Start off with fresh from the oven House made Focaccia; Bitter Greens Salad with cranberries, blood orange and roasted walnuts; or creamy Pugliese Style Burrata with grilled pear, citrus almond crumble and pomegranate molasses. Continue with one of three Sicilian twists on the traditional Thanksgiving main course: Sous Vide Turkey Breast Involtini, a turkey breast that is slowly cooked in a water bath then rolled with provolone picante and speck; House Made Mafalde with melted leeks and wild mushrooms; or Seared Brussels Sprouts with currants, pine nuts and anchovy vinaigrette. Finish with Sweet Potato Panna Cotta, the Italian alternative to sweet potato pie, with candied pecan and toasted marshmallow. You can also make each course extra appetizing with a special wine pairing for $35. Check out the full menu online here.

    Dinner is $65 per person and is served from 3 to 8 p.m. To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

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    Mediterranean-inspired classics at Golden Beetle
    Golden Beetle cooks up several holiday favorites this year, but with a special Eastern Mediterranean twist. The four-course meal for $55 starts with a choice of comforting Roasted Butternut Squash Soup made with pomegranate seeds and greek yogurt, or Carrot and Kale Salad in a harissa ginger vinaigrette. Then get adventurous with some Sweet Potato Briouats, an extra sweet Moroccan-style treat. Third course options include Wood Fired Turkey Breast, Pan Seared Black Cod, or, for nonmeat eaters, Roasted Root Vegetable Ragout, all served with cornbread dressing, orange-cranberry sauce, and the most beloved mashed potatoes and gravy. Finish your feast with smooth Pumpkin Sorbet with spiced pepitas, cherry syrup and crispy sage, or the more traditional Pecan Pie with vanilla, orange and nutmeg flavors. A specially selected four-course wine pairing is also available for $30. View the full menu here.

    Seating is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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    Keep it local with Thanksgiving brunch and dinner at Local 360 Café and Bar
    Local 360 Café and Bar knows brunch is a local favorite and this year they’re offering guests a menu of brunch favorites on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brunch offerings include the Farmer’s Breakfast of eggs, your choice of meat, homefries and a biscuit; buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy; and fried Chicken and Waffles with maple pepper jelly.

    The deliciousness doesn’t end there. Local 360 will be open at 10 a.m. serving classic holiday dishes made with local, sustainable ingredients. Their specially crafted Turkey Plate is just $29 and combines Thanksgiving favorites such as Cider Brined Free Range Turkey, Buttermilk Mashers, Gravy, House Cranberries, Pole Beans, Cornbread and Pumpkin Pie with spiced whip. Still hungry? You can add more to your meal with comforting side dishes, such as Herbed Brioche Stuffing, Bacon and Apple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Fries for just $5 each. Local 360 will also offer select regular menu favorites, including the Butcher’s Grind House Burger and 16 oz. Ribeye with bone marrow butter.

    Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and their Thanksgiving menu is available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 206.650.2577 or visit local360.org. The full menu is available here. Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

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    Thanksgiving favorites with Old World flare at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge specializes in making 10th century Norman cuisine for the modern palate and they’ve pulled out all the stops for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. For locals looking for something besides the classic turkey, Bell + Whete is offering a special Duck Dinner for four for $130. This specially prepared meal comes with a crispy Pomegranate Glazed Whole Rotisserie Duck with Smashed Red Rose Potatoes, Haricot Verts and Curried Cauliflower with smoked onion, Roasted Yams with brown sugar butter, and Bannock. There is a limited availability for the Duck Dinner and reservations are required in advance. Be sure to specify that you would like the duck when making a reservation.

    In addition, Bell + Whete will serve their Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner for just $28 per person. This meal includes Spice Brined Slow Roasted Turkey, Smashed Red Rose Potatoes, Gravy, Haricot Verts and Curried Cauliflower with smoked onion, House Cranberry Sauce, Bannock, and Pumpkin Pie with almond whip for dessert. Additional sides are also available, including Jenny’s Sausage and Bacon Stuffing and Roasted Yams with brown sugar butter, as well as several Bell + Whete favorites such as Caramelized Pork Belly, Black Cod with black lentils and preserved tomatoes, and New York Strip with bleu cheese brûlée.

    Bell + Whete is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations are highly recommended and are required for the Duck Dinner. For more information or to reserve, call 206.538.0180 or visit bellandwhete.com. A full menu is available here. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

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  • A Taste of this Fall’s Seattle Restaurant Week 10.14.15


    Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) returns this month for a 10-day dining celebration October 18-22 and October 25-29. Over 150 restaurants throughout King County participate in this twice-yearly event celebrating the area’s best restaurants, local dining and fall-inspired menus!

    Restaurants offer special two-course lunch menus for $15 and three-course dinner menus for $30 featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Each menu has something for everyone with at least three options to choose from for each course—many of which are vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free. SRW is a great reason to try that restaurant you’ve been eyeing, explore a new dish at your neighborhood hangout, or treat your loved ones to a well-deserved night out.

    Here’s what you can enjoy from our clients during the city’s biggest dining celebration:

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    Award-winning Organic Cuisine at Tilth
    Critically acclaimed, New American restaurant Tilth in Wallingford is the perfect place to get cozy as the chilly fall days approach. James Beard Award-winning Chef Maria Hines has created a dinner menu for SRW filled with fall favorites, including many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Warm up with creamy Cauliflower Soup or fall-inspired Carnaroli Risotto made with delicata squash and pepita. Continue with mustard-glazed Roasted Washington Chicken or fresh Abalone Mushroom roasted to perfection. Then, finish with a slice of salty-sweet Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake or a Buttermilk Panna Cotta. (And that’s not even the whole menu.) Any three-course combination at Tilth will leave your stomach happy and anticipating your next Tilth dinner!

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    Local Eats with Eastern Mediterranean Flare at Golden Beetle
    Golden Beetle in Ballard celebrates SRW with specially crafted Eastern Mediterranean lunch and dinner menus. Chef Maria Hines applies her award-winning talents to cuisines from Cairo, Istanbul and Beirut, using local and organic ingredients. The lunch menu features Eastern Mediterranean classics like serrano and tahini Spicy Hummus, flavorful Pork and Lamb Gyro with cabbage slaw, and crispy fava bean Herbed Falafel. Highlights from the dinner menu include Goat Cheese Stuffed Date with spicy harissa, kale and garlic; savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew with walnut and almond; and rich Baklava Ice Cream with walnut and cinnamon. Pair your meal with a unique, seasonal craft cocktail from their cocktail menu, or tell the bartender what you like and they’ll craft something special to match your SRW menu picks.

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    Handcrafted Sicilian Favorites at Agrodolce
    The third of Chef Maria Hines’ restaurants, Fremont-based Agrodolce, features special SRW lunch and dinner menus for all Italian lovers, with the majority of dishes being gluten-free or vegan-friendly. Beloved dishes such as the Hand Made Emmer Rigatoni with house marinara is offered for lunch and dinner alongside seasonal specialties including warm Winter Squash Soup with focaccia croutons, Toasted durum Mafalde with pistachio pesto, and Olive Oil Cake, a moist Italian treat. Recently named one of the top 52 vegetarian restaurants in the country, Agrodolce is a great gathering place for friends and family of all appetites.

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    Seafood with a Breathtaking View at Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    Ray’s has truly gone above and beyond for this year’s SRW with lunch and dinner menus filled with special fall-inspired dishes. Ray’s Café is a great option for a casual lunch or dinner with family and friends, and Ray’s Boathouse provides a picturesque dinner setting to enjoy fresh, elegantly prepared, sustainable seafood and exquisite yet approachable wines. The Café menus feature Pacific Northwest classics such as NW Coho in sake kasu, Smoked Salmon and penne, and Olympic Mountain Ice Cream in a variety of local flavors, while the Boathouse menu includes specially crafted fall dishes such as Fall Risotto with black kale, artichokes and goat cheese, as well as fall foraged, Wild and Cultivated Mushrooms, and caramel-spiked Pumpkin Panna Cotta to finish. Indulge in these delicious dishes while enjoying a gorgeous waterfront view of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains.

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    Savory, Sustainable Dishes at Local 360 Café & Bar
    Local 360 Café & Bar in Belltown prides itself on its sustainable, real food philosophy and has gathered some of the best local ingredients to create its SRW dinner menu. Explore unique appetizers such as Lamb Carpaccio with kabocha kimchee, or bittersweet Grilled Radicchio with house mozzarella and oregano. Enjoy fresh entrees including Fishmongers Stew with Pacific Northwest clams and mussels or chili-honey glazed Woodgrilled Beef Tri Tip with garlic smashed pumpkin. Hold on to the last, lingering bits of summer with This Summer’s Berry Cobbler with vegan cream cheese ice cream, or fully embrace the fall with a Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with amaro chantilly cream. Anything you choose is going to be fresh, local and mouthwatering.

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    Tradition with a Twist at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    From the beginning, friends and family have gathered at the local pub to celebrate birthdays and holidays, wind down after a long day at work, or just enjoy a relaxing evening with their loved ones. Why not continue that tradition during SRW? Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s European-inspired SRW dinner menu includes creamy Parsnip Soup with beetroot, caraway and vanilla, Shaved Winter Squashes with spiced farmer’s cheese, Wild Salmon marinated with preserved lemon chermoula, chunky Vegetable Stew, Poached Pear with banana caramel and milk crumble, and more. And don’t forget to pair your SRW dinner with one of their 60+ beers on tap, 100 gins and whiskies, or 30+ wines by the glass.

    Don’t miss the chance to savor these restaurants’ special SRW menus for as little as $15 per person October 18-22 and October 25-29. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit the SRW website and for year-round updates and food-spiration, follow SRW on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to follow along online using #SeattleRestaurantWeek or #SRW when posting your food and drink pics during SRW!

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