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  • Bite of Seattle Returns this Weekend – What to Check Out! Jul. 18-20! 07.18.14



    This coming weekend, today through July 20, the community-gathering, food frenzy, Bite of Seattle returns and it promises to be better than ever!

    First and foremost come big changes at the traffic-driving Alley! For the first year ever, The Alley will be hosted by Chef Jason Wilson:
    Where: Alki Courtyard
    When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday
    What: Multi-course meals prepared by Seattle’s best restaurants (Menu changes daily)
    Price: $10 admission
    Beneficiary: Food Lifeline

    That’s right, the award-winning Miller’s Guild and Crush chef/owner Jason Wilson will be hitting the grill and coordinating his restaurant friends for delicious bites to benefit Food Lifeline as the new host of The Alley (read more in The Seattle Times)!, The Alley will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alki Courtyard (North side of Key Arena). For only $10, you are guaranteed a multi-course meal consisting of top-notch bites from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s up and comers, including Ravish, Skillet Diner, Salty’s, Pinkabella Cupcakes, Manhattan, and more!

    The menu changes every day, but as host of the event, Chef Jason Wilson will serve up his savory Niman Ranch Beef Brisket with Washington blueberry corn mojo every day.

    All of the proceeds from The Alley will benefit Food Lifeline, a local hunger relief organization that directly feeds hungry people of Western Washington. For every $1 donated, Food Lifeline can provide a full day of food to one individual. There will also be more opportunities to donate to Food Lifeline at The Alley.

    Other events not to be missed include The Bite Cooks! with Chef Thierry Rautureau!

    The Bite Cooks!
    Where: Rooftop of Fisher Pavilion, just south of the International Fountain at Seattle Center
    When:
    Friday: Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Saturday: Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonté Café, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Sam Crannell of LloydMartin, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    What: Live cooking entertainment showcases and recipe handouts.
    Price: Free admission

    Watch some of our favorite chefs perform in cooking demonstrations and live cook offs this weekend! This year, The Bite Cooks! is at a brand new location outdoors on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop. Come by the event for FREE to enjoy cooking demonstrations and programming segments prepared by Seattle’s finest chefs. Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik. Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonte Café, and Sam Crannell of LloydMartin are all making appearances this weekend and are ready to whip up their best dishes and tease your senses! Not to worry, they’ll be handing out recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home!

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  • Express Your Love with Food this Valentine’s Day 02.05.14

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    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate all the love in your life. Whether you want to impress that special someone or experience an extraordinary evening with friends, we’ve got you covered! Indulge in mouth-watering three or four course dinner menus from Cafe Flora, LloydMartin, Tilth and Agrodolce or try the ten-course tasting menu at Crush. If you have a sweet tooth, immerse yourself in chocolate at Blue Ribbon’s truffle-making workshop. For those intrigued by the culinary flavors of cultures around the world, enjoy your evening with the Eastern Mediterranean dishes at Golden Beetle or modern Indian cuisine at Shanik.

     

    Where will you spend your Valentine’s Day this year? See our recommendations below and reserve now before they sell out!

     

    Sustainable Romance at Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora’s decadent Valentine’s menu provides the perfect escape for a cozy, romantic meal, with a sustainable flair. Their locally sourced vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu satisfies with delicious flavors and the freshest ingredients. Enjoy signature cocktails and local wine, beer and cider alongside your four-course dinner which includes Savory Potato Empanadas, Yellow Beet & Blood Orange Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing, Saffron Kissed Paella Cakes and Passion Fruit Roulade or Theo Dark Chocolate Mousse. View the full menu online.

     

    $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and run 5-10 p.m.

     

    Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112. Call 206.325.9100 to book your reservation.

     

    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two
    Enjoy a date night out and learn to cook with your special someone. Enjoy appetizers, Northwest wine and beer, an instructional cooking class and finish off the night with a four-course sit-down dinner for two on Lake Union including fresh Puget Sound Oysters with Champagne Cream Sauce, Cognac Poached Fig Salad, Lobster Tail with Macadamia Nut Butter, Filet Mignon, Cabernet-Vanilla Bean Poached Pears and more. Includes wine with dinner and a packet of take-home recipes.

     

    $155 per person, must register for two guests; 6:30 p.m.

     

    Dessert Wine Tasting + Chocolate Truffle Workshop
    Get elbows deep in chocolate with your date as you create delicious handmade truffles! After, you’ll adventure together into a dessert wine tasting, pairing different chocolate grades with a variety of dessert wines including Late Harvest Wines, Red & White Ports, Muscats & Rieslings, Champagne & Sparkling Wines. Each couple will take home a box of one dozen handmade truffles created in class.

     

    $85 per person; 8:30-10:30 p.m.

     

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Tacoma, as well as provide offsite catering at locations throughout the region. Contact Blue Ribbon to book your class at 206.328.2442 or blueribboncooking.com.

     

    Indulge at LloydMartin

    Chef Sam Crannell’s special menus have become loved by the neighborhood and destination diners. Valentine’s Day is no exception with a three-course plus shared dessert tasting menu. Chef Sam creates dishes based on what his purveyors bring to his restaurant each and every day and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Guests can expect indulgent and themed dishes with Gougeres, Squab, Lobster, Filet Mignon, Foie Gras, and Oysters.

     

    Included in the $180 per couple price is a $60 beverage credit that guests can put towards a wine flight, bottle of wine or cocktails. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available.

     

    LloydMartin is located at 1525 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109. Call 206.420.7603 or visit lloydmartinseattle.com for reservations for one of the two dinner seatings.

     

    Tilth Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend

    Tilth gives reason for a weekend-long romance with a special prix-fixe dinner on Friday, Feb. 14 and a special prix-fixe brunch on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 15-16). Guests can choose a four-course prix-fixe dinner including Savory Apple Soup, Ricotta Gnudi with chili butter, St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna A La Plancha, and Dark Chocolate Sorbet with shaved chocolate and holmquist hazelnut. With options under each course, the full menu can be viewed at tilthrestaurant.com/events.

     

    Dinner is $85 per person with optional wine pairings.

     

    Couples can wake up the next morning and head to Tilth for a special three-course Valentine’s weekend brunch menu for $25. Start the morning-after with a French Omelet, Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy, Whipped Yogurt with pear and honey comb or Stuffed French Toast with sultana and freeze dried grape. Guests will have options under each of the three courses. The special brunch menu will be available Feb. 15-16 only, in addition to the regular brunch menu.

     

    $25 per person, additional $10 with cava or mimosa with coffee. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle 98103. Call 206.633.0801 or visit tilthrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Valentine Amore at Agrodolce

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has put together a four-course menu that will make your Valentine swoon! Start dinner with house made focaccia and build your next four courses with options such as Celery Root Soup with vanilla, fig and red wine; Chestnut Mafaldine with pancetta, wild mushrooms and Treviso; Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with medjool date, orange confit and couscous; and Steamed Chocolate Cake with Café Coretto syrup, chantilly and mint. The full menu can be viewed at agrodolcerestaurant.net/events.

     

    Price is $70; optional wine pairing priced at $40.

     

    Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street, Seattle 98103. Call 206.547.9707  or visit agrodolcerestaurant.net for reservations.

     

    Taste the Mediterranean this Valentine’s Day

    Enjoy the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean with a four-course menu with optional wine pairings at Golden Beetle. Guests will enjoy a romantic evening while feasting on Sunchoke Soup with spiced sunflower seed and cilantro; Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawns with Kattafi, red onion and pear; Grilled Skirt Steak with celery root, freekeh and Aleppo; and Sour Cherry Crepe Cake with mascarpone and mint.

     

    Options for each course; $50 per person; $25 for optional wine pairing.

     

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St. Seattle 98107. Call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com for reservations.

     

    Shanik Tempts with Dine-in and Take-out Options

    Spice up Valentine’s Day with Shanik’s modern Indian cuisine, available in the restaurant or for take-out from the Shanik Market.

     

    Shanik invites dine-in guests to start the evening with a Mangalore cocktail ($10), a cardamom, cinnamon liqueur with a subtle hint of hot cayenne, crafted just for Valentine’s Day with orange, lemon, fresh ginger and prosecco. Guests can test their adventurous side with the Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta with spicy tomato chutney. Other guest favorites include the Vegetable Koftes in creamy tomato curry, Grilled Venison Medallions on tamarind and date puree, and the ever-popular Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles.

     

    Intimate dining at home doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. The Shanik Market, next door to the restaurant, provides options for take-out that requires only simple preparation at home. Valentine cooks can create their own menu with such items as Punjabi Lamb Curry, Chicken with Kalonji Spice, Saag and Paneer, Yellow Lentil Curry, Cumin Scented Rice and even Naan, Chapatti and Tamarind-Date Chutney. Available in the freezer (20 minute boil-in-a-bag preparation) and refrigerator (5 minute reheat), complete your Valentine dinner with a bottle of wine from the Shanik Market. Full Market menu available: shanikrestaurant.com/market.

     

    Shanik and Shanik Market are located at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle 98109. Call 206.486.6884 or visit shanikrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Spoil Your Valentine at Crush

    Founded on the love of a husband and wife, Crush’s chef Jason Wilson presents a ten-course tasting menu that will make your Valentine’s Day memorable. Courses include “Chips and Dip” Chicharones, Harissa Crisps, Duck Tongues and Sweetbread Croutons, Creme Fraiche, Mustards, Yogurt, Bacon; Roasted Cauliflower, Monterey Squid, Black Truffle Soup, Purple Cabbage, Mint and Dill; Beet Cured Hawaiian Mero Sea Bass, Black Garlic, Coriander-Mint Churi, Ash roasted Sunchoke; Montana Wagyu Beef Eye of Rib, Parsley Vinaigrette Carrot in Chamomile Butter, Black Trumpet Bone Marrow Puree; and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse, Basil Poached Strawberries, Pistachio Chantilly.

     

    Menu is $125 per person; $25 foie gras supplement; optional $75 wine pairing.

     

    Crush is located at 2319 East Madison Street, Seattle 98122. Call 206.30.CRUSH(27874) or visit chefjasonwilson.com for reservations.

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  • Summer Kicks Off Happy Hour and Patio Dining 05.29.12



    With summer upon us, Seattle’s top-notch restaurants are progressively opening their long awaited outdoor patios for guests to further enjoy lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch. The time to dive into cold, handcrafted cocktails, up to half off menu items, and lounge in the open air with good company has arrived at last. For restaurants offering reservations, book online or call directly.

    Listed as one of Seattle’s finest, Golden Beetle is not only offering outdoor patio seating, but also $4 per plate happy hour specials daily from 5-6 p.m. Experience the spices and flavors of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with small plates of Skagit Valley Mini Burgers, Lamb Chickpea Stew, or Spiced French Fries with harissa aioli. The outdoor tables present a perfect way to unwind with happy hour specials of $3 house wines by the glass, $4 wells, $2 Rainier Draft, and exceptional cocktail specials daily for only $7.

    Tilth’s outdoor seating makes the experience of organically certified, New American cuisine even more unique during weekend brunch or nightly dinner. The menu is always evolving to capture the freshest ingredients from local farmers, with dishes such as Housemade Potato Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Sockeye Salmon, and one of the most popular menu items, Mini Duck Burgers. All plates are available in large or small portions encouraging guests to mix and match to diversify their dining experience.

    At Crush, the Modern American, award-winning menu items are all patio friendly, serving beautifully crafted dishes and tempting wines from around the world. Arouse your senses with culinary creations of Waygu Beef Carpaccio and Parisian Tartar, Ahi Tuna Crudo with Sunchoke Puree, or Sautéed Sea Scallops and Roasted Porcini. Enjoy happy hour on the patio or in the bar with all menu items under $12 and Crush’s wines by the glass poured as flights of 2 oz tasters for $12, every Sunday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.



    For a fresh new vibe of Modern American cuisine, dine at Lloyd Martin in the heart of Queen Anne (pictured above). Stop by during “Social Hour” for the perfect time to mingle and enjoy special pricing at the bar Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6 p.m. Using high quality ingredients to distinguish their Social Hour menu, the $5 plates become a steal of a deal. Chef-Owner Sam Crannell changes the menu daily with such items as Croque Madame, Lamb Meatballs with ramps, Foie Gras, and Housemade Fresh Mozzarella. Drink specials include $3 craft drafts, $6 wines by the glass and endless options for personalized cocktails around $8.

    Vegetarian favorite Cafe Flora is offering patio garden seating, surrounding guests with scents of fresh herbs, which they will often find garnishing their favorite dishes. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. with 50 percent off all starters, $3 drafts, $6 wines, $1 off well drinks and a rotating $6 cocktail special. Happy hour items range from Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with an ancho chile barbeque sauce, Garlic-Tamari Edamame, to a unique Pecan Lentil Pate. Check the menu board or ask your server for their daily cocktail specials, relax and soak up the sun!

    Enjoy Pecado Bueno’s signature $3, 100% agave tequila margarita and special happy hour menu now being served on all three outdoor patios from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close, daily. Dive into $5 and under small plates of Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, Spicy Black Bean & Carnitas Soup, three Soft Tacos or three Taquitos with your choice of meat. Drink specials include $5 wells, $3.50-$4.75 drafts, $5 housemade sangria, $5-$6 wines, as well as $7.50 and under festive taqueria style cocktails. The outdoor patios feature a fire pit, waterfall and more.

    For a retro style Chinese experience, Lucky 8s China House is offering weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and daily 10 p.m.-1 a.m. with $4 wines, $2 PBR, and $4 wells. The specialty food menu tempts customers with $1-$2.50 small plates featuring items such as Szechuan Rib, Pork Bao, Hot & Sour Soup, and Egg or Spring Rolls. Their signature Dragon Fire Shrimp is featured for just $6.

    Vios is welcoming guests to their outdoor patio to enjoy authentic and inspired Greek lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Enjoy authentic dips such as Babaganoush, Olive Tapenades or Hummus with warm pita bread for under $5.50, or a traditional Greek Salad to start. For heartier entrees, the Caramelized Onion Gyro Flat Iron Steak or Two-Skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce will hit the spot. Kids menu items offered as well, including traditional Mezze, Mac and Cheese or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

    Lots of options for what we are hoping is a long, sun-filled summer! Cheers to happy hour and outdoor dining season!

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