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  • Holiday Food & Drink at Local Seattle Restaurants 12.11.17

     

    Seattle’s best restaurants are celebrating the holiday season with a variety of delicious feasts, special menus, and festive events! Celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at favorite local restaurants. Menus include seafood feasts, holiday brunches, sommelier wine pairings, and more!

     

    DECEMBER HAPPENINGS

     

    Champagne Fete at RN74

    Those eager to learn which champagne to pair with holiday meals and celebrations need look no further than RN74’s annual Champagne Fete on December 16. RN74 sommeliers, Jeff Linsday-Thorsen and Paul Swanson, invite you to enjoy a fun, delicious, and educational sit-down champagne tasting event.

     

    Jeff and Paul will share all their knowledge of this festive sparkling favorite as guests taste their way through several notable bottles and snack on small bites from Chef Tomas Griese. Champagnes include: Dom Perignon 2004, Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ 2009, Marc Hebrart 2012 Special Club 2012, Krug Grande Cuvee MV, Vazart-Coquart & Fils Special Club 2008, Hervieux-Dumez Special Club 2008. These renowned champagnes can also be enjoyed as a flight through New Year’s Eve, as well as by the glass.

     

    Champagne Fete is $95 per person and will be hosted on Saturday, December 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at RN74. Reservations are extremely limited and required. For more information and to reserve, visit michaelmina.net or call 206.456.7474. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave.

     

    Agrodolce Anniversary Winter Pasta Feast

    Agrodolce, the Southern Italy and Sicilian trattoria, celebrates its fifth anniversary on December 21 with a special five-course Winter Pasta Feast that mixes favorite seasonal ingredients with timeless, original classics from each of the last five years.

     

    Chef-owner Maria Hines and Executive Chef Abby Canfield have thoughtfully compiled the most memorable meals from Agrodolce’s past five years, revisiting old favorites and reveling in the decadence of each comforting pasta dish, hand milled in-house. Indulge in Hand Cut Tagliarini with sweet myrtle, Sicilian pistachio and pecorino; Cuttlefish Ink Spaghetti with romanesco, anchovy and pine; Melted Leek Ravioli with smoked cauliflower puree and ricotta; Charred Eggplant Triangolini with pepper and walnut pesto; and Red Wheat Mafalde in a wild mushroom cream sauce.

     

    This special anniversary dinner will be served on Thursday, December 21, 5 – 9 p.m. Price is $20 per plate, or $12 per plate for tasting size portions. In the spirit of the fifth anniversary, guests can also indulge in all five tasting portions for $50; wine pairings available for an additional $35.

     

    Reservations are encouraged at agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street in Fremont.

     

    Holiday Wine + Champagne at Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Now, through the holiday season Ray’s Boathouse & Café will be offering a thoughtfully curated selection of champagnes and wines by the glass and bottle. Guests in the Boathouse and Café can enjoy 2004 Dom Perignon by the glass for $35 and by the bottle for $140.

     

    The Boathouse is also offering a 23-year vertical of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon dating from 1983-2014, and featuring five, 100-point and five, 99-point wines rated by Wine Spectator.

     

    Beverage specials are available throughout the holiday season, until the new year. For more information view the full the wine list, visit rays.com or call 206.789.3770. Ray’s Boathouse & Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Feel Grateful at Gather Kitchen + Bar

    Throughout the holiday season Gather Kitchen + Bar will feature festive dishes that reflect the comfort of the holidays. Cocktail specials include Spiced Persimmon Manhattan flavored with house-made persimmon syrup with sweet maple syrup, cinnamon, star anise, and cardamom, and Chai Spice Hot Buttered Rum with local chai tea. Relish in unique holiday-inspired dinner items such as Duck Legs Braised in Mulled Wine served with potato gnocchi, Brussels sprouts and winter squash; and Roasted Pheasant Breast with grandma’s mashed potatoes, blanketed with pan gravy and served with cranberry-apple chutney. Complement the meal with Eggnog Bread Pudding with smooth ice cream and velvety cardamom caramel.

     

    Gather Kitchen + Bar is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but the above specials will be offered all season long. To view the current menu and to reserve seating, visit gatherkitchenandbar.com or call 206.420.4670. Gather Kitchen + Bar is located at 5605 22nd Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Holiday Beer To-Go at Belltown Brewing

    Belltown Brewing has a variety of festive beers on tap, and is offering beer to-go specials for customers to stock their holiday tables and parties. From now until December 31st, customers can buy a four-pack of 16-ounce crowlers for $15! Current seasonal beers by head brewer Adam Frantz include: Mexican Chocolate Stout, a milk stout inspired by Mexican chocolate with cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and ancho chillis to provide just the right hints of spice character. Vermont Slice of Pie Pale Ale brewed with caramelized pumpkins, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and maple syrup. PBL White IPA, beautifully aromatic, with notes of grapefruit and orange.

     

    Beer selection is subject to change and is based on availability. Crowlers come in 16-ounce cans each and can be purchased in four-packs for $15. Offer is available now until December 31st, 2017. Belltown Brewing is open daily 11:30 a.m. – late. For more information visit belltownbrewingseattle.com or call 206-485-7233. Belltown Brewing is located at 200 Bell St. in Belltown.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY DINING

     

    Christmas Eve Brunch at Agrodolce

    Chef Maria Hines’ casual and welcoming trattoria, Agrodolce, is the perfect place to gather with friends and family for cheerful Christmas Eve celebrations! Feast on a Three-Course Brunch while sipping hot coffee and chatting about happy holiday memories. Guests can expect to delight in comforting brunch classics with an Italian twist made with locally-sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients.

     

    Brunch is $35 per person and will be served 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve morning. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and to reserve, visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street in Fremont.

     

    Sicilian ‘Feast of Fishes’ Christmas Eve Dinner at Agrodolce

    Indulge in fresh fish and seafood at Maria Hines’ Sicilian and southern Italian trattoria, Agrodolce, this Christmas Eve. The James Beard award-winning chef is bringing an age-old Italian tradition to Agrodolce with the Feast of Fishes, their spin on the “feast of the seven fishes”. The celebratory feast originated in Southern Italy to commemorate the Vigilia di Natale, the birth of baby Jesus, and is now a popular Italian-American tradition.

     

    Maria and Executive Chef Abby Canfield are offering two multi-course seafood menu options on Christmas Eve to delight the entire family! Savor classic Italian dishes featuring festive seafood dishes in each course with a five-course dinner option or choose to indulge in a seven-course dinner option.

     

    Dinner is $70 per person for five-courses, or $90 per person for seven-courses with seatings at 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information and to reserve visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street in Fremont.

     

    The Holly and The Ivy at The Herbfarm

    Join The Herbfarm this December for a beautiful and festive multi-course dinner with wine pairings hand selected from their 25,000-bottle cellar. The dining room will be dressed from head to toe in festive décor; the fire crackles, the tree glows, and the holiday merriment flows.

     

    Dinner ranges from $265-$285 per person depending on the date, and will be served from December 8-23 at various dates and times. Reservations are required. For more information on available dates and times, and to reserve visit theherbfarm.com or call 425.485.5300. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 NE 145th St. in Woodinville.

     

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Ray’s Café will offer a variety of seasonal specials including: Filet of Beef with Half Main Lobster TailKing Crab Cioppino and Prime Rib of Beef with whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus, along with a selection of popular Café dishes on Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 12 – 8 p.m. The Café bar will be open both days offering food menus and holiday beverages on a first come basis. No happy hour offered on either date. View full menu specials here.

     

    On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 2 – 8 p.m. the Boathouse will offer a Three-Course Holiday inspired dinner menu for $60 per person. The festive menu will start with a choice of Dungeness Crab Cocktail Salad, Ray’s Clam Chowder or Ray’s Christmas Salad with jicama, cucumber, fennel and arugula tossed with a Champagne vinaigrette. From there guests will be offered a choice of Double R Ranch Prime Rib, Applewood Grilled Wild King Salmon or Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut. The holiday meal ends with a choice of Vanilla Crème Brulee, Chocolate-Caramel Bread Pudding or Olympic Mountain Sorbet or Ice Cream. The three-course menu will be served alongside a la carte options from the Boathouse’s regular menu. The Boathouse bar will be open with beverages and dinner menus on a first come basis. No happy hour offered in the Boathouse bar on either date.

     

    The Café and Boathouse will each offer full children’s menus.

     

    Reservations are strongly recommended for both venues. For more information and to reserve visit rays.com or call 206.789.3770. Ray’s Boathouse & Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Christmas Eve at RN74

    Feast like the French this Christmas Eve at RN74! The French Brasserie led by Executive Chef Thomas Griese will be serving their entire a la carte menu, alongside a variety of French-inspired Christmas Eve specials for guests to delight in.

     

    Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave.

     

    Christmas Eve at Belltown Brewing

    Belltown Brewing is offering a festive brewery feast for Christmas Eve dinner for $25 per person. Guests can enjoy traditional Christmas Glazed Ham with stone ground mustard cream sauce, Roasted Red Potatoes, Honeyed Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts, and Cranberry-Pear Chutney. End the meal with a decadent Chocolate Pot Au Crème with vanilla mascarpone whip.

     

    Seasonal beer options include Mexican Chocolate Stout, Vermont Slice of Pie Pumpkin Pale Ale, and a mild, yet fruity PBL White IPA with notes of grapefruit and orange.

     

    Dinner is $25 per person, not including beer. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Belltown Brewing will be open 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., on Christmas Eve with the holiday menu available all day. They will be closed on Christmas Day. For more information and to reserve visit belltownbrewingseattle.com or call 206-485-7233. Belltown Brewing is located at 200 Bell St. in Belltown.

     

    Christmas Eve Brunch and Tasting Menu at Local 360 Café & Bar

    Start your Christmas Eve morning off right with a hearty bunch of locally-sourced ingredients at Local 360 Café & Bar. Indulge in classic brunch favorites such as Farm Fresh Veggie Scramble with homefries and a biscuit, Corned Beef Hash with poached eggs and a biscuit, or Fried Chicken and Waffles with maple pepper jelly.

     

    Christmas Eve dinner brings a three-course tasting menu with Pork Rillette with chicory, apples, and hazelnuts, Mayocoba Bean Cassoulet with Rabbit and Duck and a festive Cranberry Pavlova for dessert.

     

    Don’t forget the wine! Revel in a specially curated Washington Wine Flight featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Choose four two-ounce pours for $16.

     

    The holiday tasting menu is $49 per person. Local 360 will be open Christmas Eve 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. with brunch available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Holiday tasting menu will be available from 12 – 9 p.m. with select regular dinner menu items available. For more information and reservations, call 206-650-2577 or visit local360.org. Local 360 is located at 2234 1st Avenue in Belltown.

     

    Christmas Eve at Tilth

    James-Beard Award Winning Chef Maria Hines and Tilth Executive Chef Joel Panlilio, bring Christmas Eve dinner with organic emphasis to the holiday table. Start your meal with a choice of Kumamoto Oysters or Roasted Root Vegetable Salad. Next, delight in Celery Root Soup with truffle cream and apple crisp. Continue with Duck Rillete with house pickles and crackers. Enjoy decadent Spice Rubbed Quail with couscous, pistachio, and pomegranate. For the main event choose between Cioppino, a seafood stew featuring king crab, scallops, and arctic char or Slow Roasted Lamb with sprout, pommes puree, and huckleberry or vegetarian Heirloom Bean Cassoulet with foraged & found mushroom, truffle, and bread crumbs with an option to make this dish vegan. For dessert take your pick between delicious Ganache Cake, creamy Cashew-Coconut Cheesecake, or festive Toffee Pudding.

     

    Tilth’s four-course meal is $95 per person. Reservations are required. To reserve, visit tilthrestaurant.com or call 206-633-0801. Christmas Eve hours are 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St.

     

    NEW YEAR’S EVE & NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

     

    Ring in the New Year at Eden Hill

    Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a decadent five-course prix fix dinner at Eden Hill, a deliciously innovative New American restaurant in Queen Anne. In celebration of the new year, guests can expect to delight in creative menu offerings such as Venison Tartare with fermented elderberry vinaigrette and a country pate Scotch egg, Sous Vide Lobster with great northern bean and coriander sauce, and Wagyu Ribeye with smoked bone marrow and red wine caramel. Finish the night off with a Dark Chocolate Ball Drop with malted buttermilk, hazelnut chantilly and blackberry vinegar.

     

    Dinner is $105 per person with two wine pairing options for an additional price. Seatings from 4:30 – 10:30 p.m. on December 31. Reservations are required and extremely limited. View the full menu at www.edenhillrestaurant.com/#menus. For more information and to reserve visit edenhill.com or call 206.708.6836. Eden Hill is located at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N in Queen Anne.

     

    New Year’s Eve Brunch & Dinner at Agrodolce

    Maria Hines’ Southern Italian and Sicilian trattoria, Agrodolce, invites guests to kick-off New Year’s Eve celebrations right with a four-course Mediterranean Brunch. Gather with friends on New Year’s Eve morning in the most delicious way.

     

    Brunch is $35 per person and will be served 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are encouraged at agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

     

    Looking to celebrate later in the evening? Indulge in a decadent four-course dinner to ring in the New Year. Chef Maria Hines, alongside Executive Chef Abby Canfield, have thoughtfully crafted a festive and celebratory menu to set the tone for 2018. Savor expertly created, hand-milled pastas made with the finest organic ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

     

    Dinner is $90 per person with seatings at 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information and to reserve visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street.

     

    The Herbfarm New Year’s Eve Gala

    Bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the new with an extravagant dinner celebration at the Northwest’s original farm-to-table restaurant, The Herbfarm. The festive evening offers live music, Auld Lang Syne, joyful décor, old-and-new-world wines from their 25,000-bottle cellar, and plenty of memories!

     

    Dinner is $395 per person and will be served on December 31, at 8 p.m. Festive attire suggested. Reservations required. For more information and to reserve visit theherbfarm.com. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 NE 145th St. in Woodinville.

     

    New Year’s Eve at RN74

    Say goodbye to 2017 with an elegant five-course French-influenced dinner from RN74. Executive Chef Thomas Griese’s exciting menu of festive-French fare will delight diners this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy Smoked Maple Leaf Farm’s Duck Breast with apricot mostarda; Mishima Ranch Filet Mignon with Matsutake mushrooms; Le Bar Aux Chocolate with passion fruit en chemise and more. Don’t forget the wine; enhance your dinner with two different optional wine pairings!

     

    Dinner is $115 per person with the grand wine pairing for $65 or premier wine pairing for $85. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave.

     

    Cure Holiday Hangovers at Ray’s Café on New Year’s Day

    Ray’s Café is open on New Year’s Day and is the perfect location for a little hair of the dog. Guests can enjoy gorgeous views over Ray’s Bloody Mary’s garnished with house-smoked salmon, alongside their famous Fish & Chips all day!

     

    Ray’s Café will be open 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day with its regular Café menu available. The Boathouse will be open and offering its regular dinner menu from 5 – 9 p.m. For more information and to reserve visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse & Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    New Year’s Eve Feast at Belltown Brewing

    Join Belltown Brewing for an evening full of delicious food and house-brewed holiday beers!

     

    Start with choice of specially curated appetizers such as Beet Carpaccio with pistachios and fourme de ambert, or Shaved Brussels Sprouts with escarole, cranberry and almond salad. Continue to the main course with an indulgent prime rib dinner featuring Herb Crusted Prime Rib, Huckleberry Jus, Horseradish Duchess Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables and Sherried Mushrooms. Option to substitute with a succulent Seared Coho with herb butter. End the festive feast with choice of Flourless Chocolate Torte with burnt orange caramel or irresistible Tiramisu.

     

    Holiday beer options include a Mexican Chocolate Stout, Vermont Slice of Pie Pumpkin Pale Ale, and a mild, yet fruity PBL White IPA with notes of grapefruit and orange.

     

    Dinner is $32 per person, not including beer. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Beer options are based on availability and subject to change. Belltown Brewing will be open 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., with the holiday menu available starting at 5 p.m. For more information and to reserve visit belltownbrewingseattle.com or call 206-485-7233. Belltown Brewing is located at 200 Bell St. in Belltown.

     

    New Year’s Eve Brunch & Tasting Menu at Local 360 Café & Bar

    Savor New Year’s Eve morning with a hearty, local bunch at Local 360 Café & Bar with dishes like Farmers Breakfast with eggs, choice of meat, homefries, and a biscuit, or a delicious, piping hot Waffle with seasonal fruit.

     

    Looking to celebrate later in the evening? Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve dinner tasting menu. Start with Smoked Salmon with leek vinaigrette. Move on to delicious Roasted Duck Breast with rutabaga puree, kale, and cherry duck jus. Finish the celebratory evening with a decadent Theo Chocolate Mousse.

     

    Don’t forget the wine! Enjoy a curated Washington Wine Flight featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Choose four two-ounce pours for $16.

     

    New Year’s Eve tasting menu is $49 per person. Local 360 will be open New Year’s Eve from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. with brunch available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Holiday tasting menu will be available from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. with select regular dinner menu items available. For more information and reservations, call 206-650-2577 or visit local360.org. Local 360 is located at 2234 1st Avenue in Belltown.

     

    New Year’s Eve at Tilth

    The certified organic restaurant, Tilth, brings a festive dinner to welcome 2018. Start with a choice of Kumamoto Oysters or Roasted Root Vegetable Salad. Enjoy decadent Spice Rubbed Quail with couscous, pistachio, and pomegranate. The main course offers three indulgent options including Cioppino, a seafood stew featuring king crab, scallops, and arctic char or Slow Roasted Lamb with sprout, pommes puree, and huckleberry or Heirloom Bean Cassoulet with foraged & found mushroom, truffle, and bread crumbs with an option to make this dish vegan. For dessert you won’t want to miss the silky, creamy Cashew-Coconut Cheesecake.

     

    Tilth’s four-course meal is $95 per person. Reservations are required. To reserve visit tilthrestaurant.com or call 206-633-0801. New Year’s Eve hours are 5 – 10 p.m. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St.

     

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  • Holiday Happenings at Bell + Whete 11.20.15

    Beer Advent Calendar

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge celebrates the holiday season in the best way: with beer! They are hosting several holiday events featuring specialty beers, perfect for bringing cheer to the season.

    Here’s a look at what you can expect in the next month:

    November 24: Unwind at Victory Brewing Pint Night
    Kick off the holiday season at their Victory Brewing Pint Night November 24. An American brewery with European influences, Victory Brewing is taking over Bell + Whete, serving their specialty beers made with German malted barley and a mix of European and American whole flower hops. Stop by between 4 and 11 p.m. to unwind with one of four Victory beers on tap including Golden Monkey, Dirtwolf, Prima Pilsner and Winter Cheers and take the pint home with you along with other Victory schwag. Don’t miss this special pint night and be sure not to leave empty handed.

    November 24 to December 24: Countdown to Christmas with a Beer Advent Calendar
    Bell + Whete knows the countdown to Christmas is almost great as the actual day and they are making it even better with their 12 Beers of Christmas Beer Advent Calendar. All month long, they will feature special holiday beers including Barrel Aged, Sour Ale, Winter Warmers and other hard to find varieties.

    You can pick up your calendar card starting November 24th at the Victory Brewing Pint Night or any day after to begin your tasting journey. The calendar tells you what date featured beers will be tapped and you’ll receive a stamp for every beer on the list you purchase. Fill up the entire card by Christmas Eve to win a certificate for a two-course dinner for two at Bell + Whete! Take the challenge and try all of their special brews—you’re bound to find a new favorite!

    November 27: Shop less drink more this Black Friday
    Put down those shopping bags, step away from your laptops, phones and iPads, and make your way to Bell + Whete this Black Friday November 27 for the best deals on your favorite food and drinks. They will have discounted drafts and bottles and food specials from Chef Jenny at happy hour pricing all night long. Best part? No waking before dawn or pushing through crowds to get these delicious deals!

    Bell + Whete is located at 200 Bell Street in Belltown. For more information on these events and others, visit their website.

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  • Holiday Gift Packages from Shanik + Fonté Coffee! 11.25.14

    It’s time for holiday shopping and gifting! Save time and impress your loved ones with unique, local gift sets, pre-prepackaged for you. Shanik Restaurant and Fonté Coffee Roaster have the perfect gift packages for family and friends this holiday season.

    Short on time? Gift cards are also available at the following restaurants and retailers! Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Cafe Flora, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, Pure Barre Seattle & Eastside, and Diaper Stork.

    Fonté Coffee Roaster Holiday Blend + Coffee Mug



    Fonté Coffee Roaster is gearing up for the holidays with a new blend and an opportunity to give back to children in the community. This year marks the 22nd annual Fonté Holiday Blend and the micro-roaster will once again donate all profits from the sale of Holiday Blend to the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool.

    The Holiday Blend is a roasted combination of a honey process Sumatra, semi-washed El Salvador, and fully washed Sulawesi. It is heavy bodied with notes of candied fruit, bright apple and mango and long lean chocolate finish. Purchase the blend as a gift package complete with a 12oz bag and a sleek, black Fonté Kleen Kanteen for only $35. The Holiday Blend gift package is available for purchase online or at Fonté Café, located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

    All profits from the sale of Fonté’s Holiday Blend will be donated to Pike Market Child Care and Preschool’s nutrition programs. It is their mission to make quality child care and family support accessible to families of all income levels. PMCCP’s on-site nutrition program meets more than 70% of the student’s daily nutritional needs providing breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks. All meals are cooked on-site, from scratch, with whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. Learn more about their program here.

    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set with Turkish Wine
    Spice it up this holiday season and gift family and friends the opportunity to cook with Shanik’s housemade spices, drink fine Turkish wine, and serve up a delicious, healthy side dish.

    Chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik is combining three special items for Shanik’s holiday gift package this year: a Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and a Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a staple in every Indian household. Shanik hand-sifts, roasts, and grinds the spices in-house. The traditional spice set includes Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    Meeru is excited to include a special Turkish wine with her gift sets this year: a 2011 Diren Karmena Red Blend. The Karmena Red blend consists of five different grapes, indigenous to Turkey and international variety. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot make up the balanced and delicious Red Blend, giving it body, spiciness and supple character.

    Rounding out the package is an exceptional recipe from Shanik’s kitchen, Cauliflower Potato Purée. The recipe is a perfect substitute for rice, bread, or plain mashed potatoes. Shanik serves its Cauliflower Potato Purée with many of their grilled or seared meats.

    The complete gift package with Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe is $50, and is available at Shanik’s Market, next door to the restaurant. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

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  • Check Off Your Holiday List Here! 12.15.10

    With just 10 short days until Christmas we wanted to do our part in making things a little easier on you. And so we present… our Holiday Gift Guide! Shop online or pop into one of the businesses below to check off your list in a snap with stocking stuffers, desserts, dining and more!



    Tilth
    In search of a unique gift for that chocolate lover on your gift list? Maria Hines has teamed up with seven of her West Coast chef friends and the chocolatiers at Theo Chocolate to give you that unique gift this holiday season! The Chef Session gift box features the following chefs and each of their chocolaty morsels, which they created themselves in the kitchen at Theo Chocolate.

    • Maria Hines (Tilth in Seattle, WA) Tamarind Lime Chile Caramel
    • Chris Cosentino (Incanto & Boccalone Salumeria in San Francisco, CA) Agro Dolce Brittle
    • Naomi Pomeroy (Beast in Portland, OR) Armagnac Prune Ganache & Green Peppercorn Caramel
    • Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon in Portland, OR) Carrot caramel
    • Holly Smith (Café Juanita in Seattle, WA) Candied Beet & Almond Praline
    • Jonathan Sundstrom (Lark & Licorous in Seattle, WA) Pine Resin Ganache
    • Jerry Traunfeld (Poppy in Seattle, WA) Huckleberry Pâte du Fruit & Cinnamon Basil White Ganache

    As if this deal couldn’t get any sweeter, $15 of each box will go to Food Lifeline, dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Purchase Theo Chef Session online.

    CRUSH
    Crush entices you to keep a little something for yourself this gift giving season. When you purchase $500 in gift certificates at Crush (any denomination), Crush will gift you a $100 gift card! Thank yourself for giving smart by treating yourself to Chef Jason Wilson’s enticing and award-winning menu. After all, he’s not the James Beard 2010 winner for nothing, right?

    If you feel so inclined to give even more, then gift that $100 gift card to another lucky person on your list. Hopefully they will take you when redeeming! See the menu that you could be giving this holiday season. Email CRUSH or call CRUSH at 206.302.7874 for additional information.

    Mario’s
    Shopping and holidays, holidays and shopping… the perfect pair no matter how you say it and Mario’s knows a thing or two about shopping. Celebrating their 50th holiday season this year, here are a few of their favorite (and must-have) holiday gifts for him and her!

    Her
    • Artfully designed earrings by Dean Harris
    • Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Sweaters
    • Wonderfully fragrant candles from Lafco
    • Vince and Inhabit knit tops
    • Perfectly Prada nylon cosmetic bag

    Him
    • Ermenegildo Zegna sport shirts
    • Cashmere sweaters from Loro Piana
    • A Hugo Boss 2 in 1 jacket
    • Vintage polos from Lacoste
    • Hudson jeans in the perfect fit

    Visit Mario’s for locations in Seattle, Portland and Mario’s 3.10 at Bridgeport Village.

    Morton’s
    Morton’s The Steakhouse is known for serving up big, juicy Prime steaks, fresh seafood, generous savory sides, and desserts… hungry yet? All that giving you’re doing is working up quite the appetite and to reward you Morton’s is gifting $50 for every $300 or $100 for every $500 you spend this season on gift cards. Available online or at any Morton’s location. And don’t forget Morton’s other fabulous gifts for the steak lover in your life!

    • Morton’s Cookbook Vol. I – Morton’s Steak Bible
    • Morton’s Cookbook Vol. II – Morton’s The Cookbook
    • Morton’s Cajun seasoning salt
    • Morton’s custom crafted, wood-handled steak knives
    • Morton’s Titleist Pro V1® golf balls with Morton’s logo

    All of this and more available for purchase online.

    Pike and Western Wine Shop
    Are you shopping local in the Pike Place Market? Need a hostess gift, stocking stuffer or something that will impress? Pike and Western Wine Shop, nestled on the Northeast corner of the Pike Place Market makes it easy for you to pick up that special bottle of wine while shopping downtown or picking up the latest fisherman’s catch or fresh from the farm product. Owner Michael Teer and his team have been pairing people with the perfect bottle of holiday dinner wine, celebratory bubbly, or perfect gift for over 35 years. With wines from around the world and in our own backyard and many special for this season, let them pair a bottle or two for you! See new arrivals, what has the staff intrigued and the hot buys that you can’t pass up this holiday season here. Stop by at 1934 Pike Place, Seattle or call 206.441.1307

    Pure Barre
    Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution with Pure Barre, an amazing fitness technique that combines Pilates, ballet and weights into a kick-butt workout! Perfect for the fitness buff in your life or for those looking to get back in to shape and mix things up! Pure Barre has tons of ways to work out at home or at the studio. Pick up a special class package deal and some new workout duds and you’ll be the star come Christmas morning! Visit Pure Barre Bellevue or Seattle online to get started!

    • pb DVD’s ($18)
    • pb socks ($12)
    • pb pilates ring ($18)
    • pb resistance balls ($20)
    • Splits 59 ribbed tanks ($35)
    • Mondetta Performance leggings ($65)
    • Alternative Apparel Burnout tank ($25)

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