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  • Chef Jason Wilson Opens The Lakehouse Restaurant and Civility & Unrest Lounge on June 15 05.12.17

    Jason Wilson, the James Beard Award-winning chef-owner behind Miller’s Guild and the former, critically acclaimed Crush, announced details about his forthcoming restaurant, The Lakehouse, a vibrant, modern Northwest farmhouse, and Civility & Unrest, a craft cocktail bar with a contemporary speakeasy vibe. Both are slated to open June 15 on two separate floors of the new W Bellevue hotel in the Lincoln Square Expansion, part of The Bellevue Collection. Anticipation is already high as Eater Seattle wrote a piece on the two restaurants this week.
     

     

    From The Lakehouse’s seasonal ingredients to its refined, personally inspired décor, the restaurant evokes a welcoming environment that is both familiar and elegant. The inspiration for The Lakehouse name and concept followed Wilson’s reflection on the area’s sense of place and evolution: early settlements, lake homes and small farms; a bedroom community once the first bridge was built; and today, a budding metropolis steeped in arts and technology.

     

    Each season’s menu puts the spotlight on the produce sourced from Wilson’s ever-evolving grower and farmer relationships. Wilson’s concept of a “Modern Northwest Farmhouse,” reflects simple, clean, and fresh craft cooking. Illustrated through the produce-driven concept at the highest level of detail and imagination, the menu is accented with local seafoods and meats, handmade pasta and a housemade larder.

     

    The menu displays a philosophy of total usage of the products and unique techniques employed by the kitchen that elevate an authentic approach of quality and flavor, rather than masking or creating something different. Embracing the Northwest through its ingredients, the menu is packed with small plates (“Forest & Garden” and “Sound Sea & Rivers”), large plates and shareable plates, all telling a story of inspiration and purpose:

     

    Maple & Moroccan Spice Roasted Carrots, goats milk labne, chiles, almonds, mint are inspired by Wilson’s fondness for root vegetables and display an approach that is both simple, yet dynamic in flavor, texture and experience.

     

    The Curry Roasted Cauliflower achieves depth in flavor and showcases the vegetable at its cleanest when prepared with green apple, herb hummus, preserved lemon, kale pesto and ver jus, the signature acid for the restaurant.

     

    Drawing the diner into a family-style experience indicative of creating memories in a home, the shareable Grilled Wild Alaska Halibut T-bone, Mustard Green pesto, smoked clam remoulade, sautéed spinach with lemon, saffron potatoes instills a distinctive Northwest spin on a classic American steak preparation.

     

    Located on the second floor of W Bellevue, The Lakehouse’s layout offers many visual areas of interest. Wilson was heavily involved in the design aspects of both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest. For the restaurant, he intended to elicit the feeling of walking into an entertainer’s lake home with vernacular ideas of a house seen through a refined and primitive interpretation. Below the massive trestles is a thoughtful division of rooms with a “living room” and “garden” entry with a communal table and lounge seating; the bar welcomes with inviting counter height marble while the “butler’s pantry” features visible work tops and shelving. Additional seating of banquettes and booths are seen throughout, as well as counter seating at the chefs counter fronting the exhibition grill and working kitchen.

     

    The semi-private “wild primitive” room features porcelain antler sconces and another optional private dining space of “wild modern” features mirrors and screens for subtle transparency at two large tables flanked by a wall of thoughtfully procured wine bottles.

     

    The area’s history is seen in the interior surface of vertical charred wood inspired by shou sugi ban, the wood used for preserving by Japanese migrant workers in the area. Pops of “Lakehouse Blue” are subtly viewed through the sophisticatedly rugged and wild space, accented by soft lighting, polished surfaces and a living column of fresh herbs utilized for food and drink.

     

     

    Civility & Unrest, located on the street level below The Lakehouse, is a plush cocktail bar inspired by a modern, underground speakeasy, where adults of all ages can retreat for a quality craft cocktail without the nightclub chaos, day or night. Small bites offered on the menu complement the Northwest-inspired craft cocktails showcasing local distillers, and the flowing Champagne and sparkling selections, which run a close second.

     

    Framed as a cocktail experience steeped in discovery, the modern speakeasy factor starts with a commissioned, hand-painted mural which guests must walk behind to access a heavily draped entrance. A long bar in the front prominently shows off craft spirits in a lively, communal space; toward the back awaits a provocative and sophisticated space that offers a mix of plush seating, including a large rounded banquette on one wall, tall tables, and bar seating with an opulent chandelier overhead. Although there is a spot for a DJ to play music, expect only ambient lounge music, leaving room for spirited conversation. Other entertainment will range from fashion shows, tattoo artists, unplugged sessions, and trunk shows, all showcasing regional artisans.

     

    Both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest are owned by Wilson and are run independently by Wilson along with his El Gaucho Hospitality partners. Wilson will also provide room service for W Bellevue’s 220 rooms and 25 suites. In partnership with Kemper Development, Wilson will soon announce a suite of programming and amenities for Two Lincoln Tower, the luxury apartments atop W Bellevue and Lincoln Square South.

     

    The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest, opening June 15, are located at Lincoln Square Expansion’s new W Bellevue, off Bellevue Way at 10455 NE 5th Place, Bellevue; enter through the hotel or via the Lincoln Square South main retail corridor. The Lakehouse, open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, is found on the second floor and Civility & Unrest is at the street level. W Bellevue is part of The Bellevue Collection, which includes Lincoln Square, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Place. Stay up to date on developments by visiting chefjasonwilson.com, thelakehousebellevue.com and civilityandunrest.com.

     

    About Chef Jason Wilson

    Chef Jason Wilson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. Wilson is the chef-owner of the forthcoming Civility & Unrest and The Lakehouse opening in Bellevue on June 15, 2017, chef-owner of Miller’s Guild restaurant, executive chef of Coffee Flour, culinary director of El Gaucho Hospitality and runs his own culinary consultancy business. His first restaurant, critically acclaimed CRUSH, received local and national awards and positioned Wilson as a leader in Northwest cuisine and innovative techniques. Visit ChefJasonWilson.com and follow @ChefJasonWilson on Instagram.

     

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  • Sweet Iron Waffle Bar Brings Waffles + More to Capitol Hill! 12.06.16

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    Sweet Iron Waffle Bar, a local family owned business with a downtown café, has opened its second, larger location on Capitol Hill on November 7, 2016 at 1416 10th Avenue, Seattle 98122 in the new Broadstone Infinity building.

     

    In a casual café atmosphere, Sweet Iron Waffle Bar’s new 1370 square-foot Capitol Hill café features freshly made, authentic Liège Belgian waffles for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or grab-and-go boxes by the dozen, as well as a mimosa bar.

     

    Since 2009 Adrienne Jeffrey and her two children Danielle Jeffrey and Paul Jeffrey have been supplying locals, tourists and office workers with a fresh alternative to fried donuts and pastries in their downtown café. Sweet Iron’s specialty Liège Belgian waffle is made with a brioche style yeasted dough, made with locally milled Shepherd’s Grain Flour, then lightly candied with sweet pearls of sugar imported from Europe. The dough rises for two hours before being pressed into an authentic cast iron Belgian waffle iron and baked to rich, caramelized perfection.

     

    Waffles are topped with a choice of quality sweet and savory ingredients, many of which are house made including jams, sauces and compotes. Favorites include: Brûléed Bananas with caramel and whipped cream, or the savory Prosciutto, Crème Fraîche and Green Onions. Mini waffles are available by the dozen and come dusted with powdered sugar, or dipped in dark or white chocolate. 

     

    Sweet Iron will introduce a gluten free waffle at the Capitol Hill location and other new menu items including a “waffle bake” with their signature waffles baked in a rich custard offered exclusively as a weekend brunch item on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can also look for rotating seasonal waffle flavors and unique waffle alternatives including Ice Cream Sundaes using Full Tilt ice cream, Yoghurt Parfaits with berry compote, greek yogurt and Tall Grass Bakery coconut granola and Vegan Chia Parfaits with coconut cream chia pudding, raspberry compote, mango mousse and almonds.

     

    Beverages features fresh-pressed citrus juice available on its own or in mimosa form, alongside Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee, a selection of local and Belgian-imported beer and wine and organic loose-leaf teas.

     

    Hours are Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–midnight, Saturday 8 a.m. – midnight Sunday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

     

    Sweet Iron is also available for catering small and large events via pick up or drop-off. Orders can be placed online at shop.sweetironwaffle.com

     

    About Sweet Iron Waffle Bar

    Sweet Iron Waffle Bar is a local, family-owned business bringing deliciously authentic Liège waffles to Seattle since 2009. Waffles are made from brioche style dough, studded with sweet pearls of sugar and baked to caramelized perfection in a cast iron waffle iron. Sweet Iron uses the finest all-natural ingredients at both their downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill locations for its menu of sweet and savory, made-to-order Belgian waffles. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or book for catering at local events. Sweet Iron waffles are also available at CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field during game days.

     

    Sweet Iron’s recipes were created by Adrienne Jeffrey and were inspired by the waffles she grew up eating as a child. Before opening in 2009 she and daughter Danielle made a research trip to Belgium to take waffle-making classes, sample local waffles, and perfect their recipes. www.sweetironwaffles.com

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  • New Outdoor Patio at Miller’s Guild 06.26.14

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    Looking for a place to soak up the Seattle sun this summer? Head over to Miller’s Guild located next to Hotel Max, to relax and enjoy wood-fire cooking and summer cocktails amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown.

    Miller’s Guild offers brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner service on their new patio, which seats up to twenty. Perfect for a hearty brunch, happy hour with friends, or a memorable date night, the new outdoor seating provides a relaxing yet contemporary experience for a suave summer meal under the sun.

    Experience the rich and sizzling flavors that Seattle’s award-winning chef Jason Wilson has to offer. He didn’t earn a James Bear Award for nothing! Enjoy his smoking hot selections straight off the 9-foot-long Infierno grill, such as the Wagyu Beef Zabuton Steak and Hearth Roasted Scallops. Or keep it cool with the refreshing Butter Lettuce Wedge Salad, tastefully crafted with house bacon, Rogue River blue cheese, and apples.

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    In addition to the new patio, Miller’s Guild launched a summer-inspired cocktail menu! Many of Miller’s Guild cocktails are uniquely fashioned with their own barrel-aged spirits. Barrel aging the spirits allows their distinctive flavors to meld together creating even richer and tastier cocktails.

    Be sure to try one of their specialty cocktails such as the Playa de Sangre, with cask aged Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Cherry Heering, fresh orange juice, and Sweet Vermouth; or the Ciudad Viega, with Ron Zacapa 23 Year Rum, Lairds Bottled in Bond, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Benedictine, and Creole Bitters. If cocktails aren’t your imbibing preference, select a glass from their vast, curated wine selection or sip the non-alcoholic Fortunella Fizz, with grapefruit, elderflower, syrup and lime. Just check out what the World’s Best Bars had to say about Miller’s Guild in their special bar guide to Seattle.

    View the full list of new cocktail options on the Miller’s Guild website.


    Relax and enjoy a cocktail outdoors this summer amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle.

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  • Miller’s Guild is Fired Up for Full Service 02.25.14

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    Head over to Miller’s Guild to enjoy one of their new Grab n Go options (Credit Rina Jordan).

    Since opening in December, Miller’s Guild has become well-known for wood-fired cooking at dinner and weekend brunch. Now you don’t have to wait for dinner to enjoy their visceral (and delicious) style of cooking. Miller’s Guild now fires up their nine-foot long wood-fired grill for weekday brunch, convenient Grab n Go options and a new happy hour menu!

    Looking for breakfast on the go? Stop by Miller’s Guild starting at 7 a.m. to enjoy a slice of Chocolate Cherry Coffee Cake, Orange Poppy Seed Muffins or Apple Fritters with Cinnamon Sugar with a Superfood Smoothie to kick start your day. Grab n Go lunch options are also available for those with busy schedules and no time to dine at Miller’s Guild – just grab a Grilled Romaine Salad with Dungeness Crab, Bacon and Soft Cooked Egg and some Cheesy Pork Skins with Chili Salt!

    In addition to the new Grab n Go options, Miller’s Guild now offers a variety of weekday brunch selections from the wood-fired Infierno from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the dining room. Options include Pork Belly & Roasted Grits, Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Chermoula & Sweet Potatoes or a Beef Short Rib Sandwich Featuring Horseradish, Parsley, Watercress and Yuba.

     

    Everyday from 2 to 5 p.m., relax with afternoon specialty cocktails like The Winter Jewel or the The Silver Fox and satisfy your afternoon hunger with mouth-watering happy hour dishes like Piedmontese Beef Steak Tartare on Grilled Levain and Peel & Eat Coon Stripe Prawns with Curry Orange Relish.

    There are even more options to fill all of your morning, day and night cravings! View the full list of new menu options on the Miller’s Guild website.

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  • Celebrate My Sweet Lil Cakes’ 1st Birthday with a Free Treat! 02.13.14

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    Friday February 14 marks one year since My Sweet Lil Cakes owners Jesse and Sheena Lee sold their first hotcake on a stick from their 1950’s themed truck. Since kicking off the mobile waffle trend last year with their hotcake creations, My Sweet Lil Cakes has become a crowd favorite in the Seattle food truck scene. In honor of their first anniversary, the first 40 customers to visit My Sweet Lil Cakes on Friday, February 14 will receive a free, fresh-made hotcake on a stick!

    Be on the lookout for the tangerine hued truck with the heavenly smells at Westlake park (across from Westlake Center) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. First come, first serve so be sure to get there early!

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    My Sweet Little Cakes’ unique mobile hotcakes always feature scratch-made batter and sweet and savory fillings made from quality ingredients. Each variety is paired with a custom dipping sauce to complement its flavors. On Friday, guests will be able to select any of their three sweet hotcake flavors below.

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

    Additional menu items include:

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

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

    Hours of operation:
    Look for My Sweet Lil Cakes on Fridays at Westlake Park at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sundays at Chucks Hop Shop (20th and Union) at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hours vary by day so keep up with their most up to date hours on their Facebook and Twitter.

    You can also enjoy their mouth watering hot-cake goodness at your next upcoming event! To learn more about their catering services or receive a quote, call them at 206.265.3002 or visit their website here.

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  • My Sweet Little Cakes Is On A Roll! 02.28.13



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

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

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

    MY SWEET LITTLE CAKES MENU

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

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

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

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

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