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  • Ray’s Pumpkin Carving Party, Oct. 22! 10.18.16



    Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is hosting their third annual pumpkin carving party on Saturday, October 22nd! Pumpkin Carvers of all ages are invited to partake in the fall festivities on the Cafe’s cozy covered deck equipped with blankets and space heaters so the seasonal fun can be enjoyed rain or shine!

    All carvers will receive a pumpkin, child-safe carving tools, an LED candle and delicious hot apple cider for just $15 per person! There will also be a special seasonal menu including pumpkin beers and cocktails available for purchase. Costumes welcome!

    Reservations are required and are available at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Guests can reserve their spot by emailing Darla Marchi at dmarchi@rays.com or calling 206.782.0094! Ray’s is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW.

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  • Mama’s Cantina is open! 05.24.16

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    Mama’s Cantina is now open! Bask in the familiar Mama’s aura while enjoying the updated interior and new bar, now located at the front of the restaurant.

     

    The bar features a selection of 40 tequilas, scratch and blended margaritas, an array of mezcals, cervezas and microbrews on tap. Don’t miss the new frozen margarita machine for the perfect cold cocktail to sip on the outdoor patio all summer! Available in watermelon, mango or peach.

     

    Heading the kitchen at Mama’s Cantina is Chef Jenny Izaguirre, originally from Honduras with years spent as a chef in Los Angeles. She’s created a menu that adds an international twist on classic Mexican dishes that take inspiration from the street foods of Mexico City and Los Angeles. All sauces, salsas, chips and tortillas are also made in house now!

     

    Chef Jenny’s exciting new menu includes Mojo Pork, made from a whole pig that she will slow roast weekly. She’s brought in Wagyu Steak to add rich flavor to dishes like “The Elvis” Burrito and the Wagyu Skirt Steak Quesadilla. There is also seafood with Mini Crab and Halibut Ceviche Tostadas, and her Halibut Poke Tostada, creative veggie options like the Crispy Avocado Black Beans Taco and a delicious Korean inspired quesadilla served with kimchi and house molcajete salsa.

     

    For more information, visit mamascantina.com or call 206.728.6262. Mama’s Cantina is located at 2234 2nd Avenue, Seattle.

     

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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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

     

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    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

     

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    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.

     

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    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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  • Northwest Tequila Fest Returns for its Fourth Annual Celebration, April 22-23! 04.13.16

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    Northwest Tequila Fest, the largest tequila and mezcal tasting event in the Pacific Northwest, is returning for a two-day event April 22-23 at the Fremont Foundry in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood!

    The fourth annual event will feature 140 tequilas, mezcals, and sotols, as well as beer and cocktails, food from Seattle area restaurants and live mariachi music. There will be additional festivities including:

    Educational agave seminars from renowned tequila experts Carlos Camarena of el Tesoro tequila and Clayton Szczech of Experience Tequila.
    •An onsite retail shop for festival-goers to purchase their favorite agave spirits represented at the event, with proceeds going to The Benevolent Guild of Seattle.
    Seattle-area bartenders presenting their best agave cocktails to a panel of judges.

    Participants include producers large and small, such as crowd favorites Don Pilar, Casa Noble, and Wahaka Mezcal; newcomers Suerte, Orendain, and Mezcal Amaras; and industry standards including Patron, Don Julio and Tres Generaciones.

    Tickets for the festival are being sold in three levels, ranging from $49 to $99 with VIP access and 1-2 day admission. Get your tickets here.

    For those that want to ensure they’re doing their part on Earth Day (April 22), Northwest Tequila Fest will be doing ITS part to reduce waste by providing water stations instead of water bottles, all-glass drinkware, compostable dinnerware, and recyclable beer cans instead of bottles.

    A portion of all ticket sales benefit The Benevolent Guild of Seattle, a non-profit group committed to assisting children’s charities and support groups in the Puget Sound area. Additionally, proceeds from sales of the festival’s retail area, in which all festival products will be sold, will also benefit The Benevolent Guild.

    Learn more about the festivities at www.nwtequilafest.com.

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  • Seattle’s Favorite Patios & Summer Menus! 05.21.15

    As the summer months approach, Seattle restaurants are dusting off their patio seats, creating refreshing cocktails, and preparing menus with the best seasonal ingredients that summer has to offer. The multitude of outdoor dining options ensures that you won’t run out of places to enjoy the summer sun, from weekend brunch to late night dinners.


    Agrodolce
    Transport to a warm Italian coast while you bask in the sun right here in Seattle. In the heart of Fremont,
    Agrodolce offers a delicious taste of Italian coastal cuisine and expertly created handmade pasta featuring house-milled flour. This welcoming trattoria offers a quiet and cozy patio just off the main hustle and bustle in Fremont.

    The summer menu includes a collection of summer spritzers with colors and presentations that perfectly sum up the feel of summer, available in alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. The summer spritzers include 3 intoxicating flavors: Plum Soda, Parsley Soda, and Raspberry Puree with Rhubarb Beet Soda. Agrodolce will also offer a $5 Rosé Special of the Day throughout the warm summer months.

    Agrodolce has a special happy hour this summer with $3 items to celebrate their third year anniversary. Items include Polenta Fries, Seasonal Bruschetta, and the Mini Lamb Burger.

    Summer brunch wouldn’t be complete without bottomless mimosas on the sun-soaked patio every weekend. Pair with brunch options that include Focaccia French Toast Bits, Chicken and Waffles, and Handmade Emmer Rigatoni.

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


    Golden Beetle
    This summer the menu at Golden Beetle features a long list of house made bitters, tinctures, sodas, and infusions that reflect the attention to detail in the craft cocktail program. Their dedication to organic and seasonal ingredients creates cocktails that are unrivaled in flavor. Diners can enjoy a Paradiso Cooler, Spiced Harissa Daiquiri, or an Adult Lemonade while soaking up the sun on Golden Beetle’s front patio. The patio allows diners to enjoy the summer sun or shade without getting overheated.

    With cuisine rooted in the cultures and culinary styles of the Eastern Mediterranean, Golden Beetle’s happy hour offers fun street-inspired foods that are perfect for outdoor dining. Snack on Fire & Honey Chicken Wings, Spiced Donuts, or Spiced French Fries.

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


    Tilth
    Summertime means enjoying award-winning cuisine on the charming, garden patio at Tilth. Situated among a trellis of greenery fronting a craftsman house, diners are welcomed and treated as if they’re family. The patio also offers dinners the perfect chance to enjoy dinner outside during those warm summer evenings.

    The current menu, which changes monthly, includes Green Garlic Soup, Seared Alaskan Weathervane Scallops, and English Pea Flan, amongst numerous other certified organic and locally sourced options. Those interested in brunch can experience Coffee Roasted Celery Root Salad, House made Sourdough Waffle, and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake among other delicious items.

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


    Sushi Kappo Tamura
    The most sought after seats at Sushi Kappo Tamura are at the sushi bar, but come this summer the outdoor patio will also be in high demand. With seating for 12, Sushi Kappo Tamura’s patio creates an engaging and vibrant space that allows diners to enjoy the sun in high spirits.

    Sushi Kappo Tamura is known for their fierce commitment to using only the best and most sustainable seasonal ingredients. The menu is already featuring a variety of vegetables and herbs grown and taken directly from their rooftop garden. Diners should keep an eye out for menu items that feature radish, turnip, scallions, butterhead lettuce, shiso, mint, kale, and mustard greens all harvested straight from the garden. The summer will also bring new seafood options to the menu, including Live Spot Prawns, Fresh Salmon, and Albacore Tuna. These delicious ingredients will be integrated into sashimi, nigiri, and other menu items.

    Reservations can be made at sushikappotamura.com or by calling 206.547.0937. Sushi Kappo Tamura is located at 2968 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle.


    Volterra
    Bringing the warmth and charm of Tuscany to Seattle’s historic neighborhood of Ballard,
    Volterra is the perfect place to enjoy the soon-to-be summer weather. With a patio hugged by hanging vines and shrubbery, diners feels as if they’ve been transported to a summer day in the heart of Tuscany.

    As Volterra celebrates its anniversary, Chef Don Curtiss has complied a Favorites Tasting Menu featuring the most loved dishes from the last 10 years. Options include Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, Wild Boar Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Mustard Sauce, and Roasted Eggplant Pouches. Diners can also start off the day right with weekend brunch on the patio. Menu items include Chestnut Pancakes, Wilde Mushroom Scramble, and Duck and Yukon Gold Potato Hash.

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


    Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    With its unique position on the shores of Ballard overlooking the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Ray’s Boathouse & Café offers stunning views, especially during the summer from its large Café patio.

    Happy Hour can now be enjoyed on the Café-patio with the menu offering delectable bites such as Grilled Prawn Satay, Tuna Poke, Pacific Manila Clams and the Crispy Calamari. Ray’s Café is also featuring Frozen Tiki Cocktails this summer, featuring rum, vodka, and fruity flavors served in a glass tiki goblet. Available at Ray’s Café bar, dining room and deck through the end of summer.

    Ray’s Boathouse now invites guests to join them on their new patio where guests can dine right over the water. The Boathouse’ extensive drink menu also offers numerous options for those who wish to have a drink by the water with their view. Cocktails include White Peach Cosmo, Spiced Apple Fizz, and Seaview Sunset (non-alcoholic).

    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.


    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora’s outdoor patio situates diners in a quant and welcoming garden. Diners can start their day off right by enjoying weekend brunch in the summer sun with menu items like Beignets, Hoppin’ John Fritters, or Beet Breakfast Sandwich. The outdoor lights also make Cafe Flora’s patio a perfect place to enjoy dinner while the sunsets. Diners can chose from King Oyster Scallops, Roasted Pineapple Pizza, and Quinoa Asparagus Cakes among other delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

    Summer days can be enjoyed with their house made non-alcoholic fizzes or Cafe Flora’s extensive array of local wine, beer, cider, and craft cocktails.

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


    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s large patio, located at the front of the restaurant, allows diners to be immersed in the bustling Belltown neighborhood while enjoying the sun and delicious food. The large roll-up doors surrounding the bar ensure that the patio is well integrated into the rest of the dining areas and the patio’s overhang allows for seats in the shade.

    Dinner and happy hour can be enjoyed on the patio, and brunch is a local favorite with the menu including Ham & Compté Crepe, Wild Mushroom & Smoked Cheddar Quiche, and Croque-Monsieur. Diners can also sample their way through the vast drink menu that Bell + Whete has to offer. Their craft bar program focuses on gin, whiskey, and international and local lagers and ales that provide the perfect pairing for any meal. Chose from a variety of cocktails, including a Rozencrantz, King’s Bench, or Old Spot. Bell + Whete’s house made gin and tonic features Marley’s Tonic, handcrafted in West Seattle.

    Reservations can be made at bellandwhete.com or by calling 206.538.0180.


    Local 360 Café & Bar
    During the summer months, Local 360 Café & Bar diners can enjoy locally sourced summer menus and cocktails seated on the warm and inviting front patio. Located in the midst of downtown Seattle and within walking distance of Pike Place Market, Local 360 prides itself on being a sustainable café and food producer with an emphasis on local sourcing. Diners can enjoy the most extensive locally sourced spirits collection in Washington State, making it the perfect place to imbibe all summer long.

    Bask in the sun while sipping craft cocktails that give a nod to Seattle culture, including Monorail, Raincoat, and 206 Smash. Weekend brunch at Local 360 offers diners the perfect opportunity to soak up the morning sun while dining on Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs, Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Pepper Jelly, and Pork Belly Chop Salad with Rogue Blue and Soft Boiled Egg.

    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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  • Enter your Ray’s Boathouse Memories to win a 7-day Cruise! 04.16.15


    Ever since the Ray’s Boathouse red neon sign was displayed for the first time in 1952, Ray’s Boathouse has been a Seattle institution. Offering fresh, sustainably caught seafood from Seattle’s backyard has allowed Ray’s to maintain sustainable practices and nurturing relationships with local suppliers. Ray’s continues to be ever grateful for the amazing support that the Seattle community has offered over the decades and the great memories that have been created along the way.

    To show how grateful Ray’s is, they’re giving away a 7-day Princess Cruise for two to Alaska to one lucky guest!

    How to enter: From now until April 30, simply think of your fondest memories at Ray’s, anything from enjoying summer cocktails on the deck to getting married or engaged at Ray’s. Then upload your memory, photos, and/or videos to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter and include the hashtag #MyRays and you’re entered to win a cruise for two! You can enter on each social channel once per week, each week in April.

    Ray’s will also be drawing weekly winners each Friday in April for $150 to Ray’s.

    Entries valid: now until April 30 only. Cruise prize drawn Friday, May 1.

    See official contest rules here and enter today!

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations! 03.10.15

    On March 17th Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge in Belltown and Ray’s Boathouse and Café in Ballard will be serving St. Patrick’s day food and drink specials. From corned beef to Guinness lamb shank, boozy shakes and Irish Car Bombs, there is something for all to enjoy!



    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Executive Chef Stew Navarre will be roasting corned beef in a “caja china” (metal, coal operated roasting box typically used for pig roastings in Cuba) with applewood for a hint of smokey flavor, on Bell + Whete’s outdoor patio at 2nd and Bell Street, starting at 4 p.m.

    Food Special:
    Corned beef sandwiches will be made-to-order with braised cabbage, Irish cheddar, caraway aioli, on a Grand Central como roll. Walk up and get them to-go or eat in the restaurant. Regular menu also served.

    Beverage Specials:
    Inside their large bar area, guests can enjoy 60+ beers on tap, as well as specials on Guinness, Jameson and Irish Car Bombs.

    Make a reservation or stop in to the bar! For reservations call 206.538.0180, or click. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.



    Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    Boathouse: 5 – 9 p.m.
    St. Patrick’s Day dinner special – Guinness braised lamb shank, potato crusted country pie, gravy, peas $32.

    Café: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    St. Patrick’s Day lunch and dinner special – Spice braised corned beef, caraway, lager steamed cabbage, poached red potatoes, whole mustard $24.

    Café Bar Specials: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Shamrock Shake – vodka, Creme de Cacao, Creme de Menthe, ice cream, topped with whipped cream $8
    • Nutty Irishman – Cafe Vita Coffee, Baileys Irish Cream, Franjelico hazelnut liquor, Jameson Irish Whiskey, topped with whipped cream $8
    • Black Irish – Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Kahlua, chocolate bitters, soda $9
    • Pot of Gold – vodka, St. Germain, mint, cucumber, ginger beer $9
    • Four Leaf Clover – Jameson Irish Whiskey, mint, lime juice, ginger ale $9
    • Redbreast 12 – A Pure Pot Still whiskey. Notes of nuts, spice, citrus with hints of marzipan and sherry. $12
    • Bushmills Black Bush – Malt whiskey aged for 11 years in sherry casks. Notes of barley, grape, lemon with hints of biscuits and fruit. $10
    • Guinness $8

    For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or click. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or click. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.

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  • Announcing Our Two Newest Clients! Ray’s Boathouse, Café and Catering + Volterra 02.13.15

    We are thrilled to announce two well-known and longtime Seattle restaurants as our new clients. Both feature the finest local ingredients and culinary craftsmanship in each menu item, and we are honored to be welcomed into their businesses.



    Life in the Pacific Northwest would be incomplete without fresh, delicious seafood, which is why we are thrilled to welcome Ray’s Boathouse, Café and Catering.

    Located in Ballard on Shilshole Bay, Ray’s has been delivering artfully composed cuisine for 42 years, elevating the freshest local seafood available with precision. Locals and visitors can indulge in Ray’s signature clam chowder, in-house smoked salmon or braised lamb shank while capturing views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Sip craft cocktails, local wine, or one of 20 microbrews on tap at the 30-foot Boathouse bar, or enjoy Ray’s Café patio for exceptional outdoor dining spring through fall.

    Recently Ray’s chef de cuisine, Paul Duncan, was promoted to executive chef. Duncan is the sixth chef to hold this title in Ray’s history. He came to Ray’s in 2013 as executive sous chef after four years at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua on Maui.

    Follow Ray’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news, events and fresh daily specials. Ray’s is located at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or click here. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or click here.

    Ray’s Boathouse is open daily from 5-9 p.m. Boathouse bar open: M-Th 4:30-9 p.m.; Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat 4-10 p.m.; Sun 4-9 p.m. Ray’s Café is open daily from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Café bar open daily from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.



    Volterra is the product of a love story for the ages, which is why we are enchanted and excited to announce it as our new client. Owners Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry were introduced by a mutual friend and quickly their combined culinary style and business prowess graced the Ballard restaurant scene. Named for the Tuscan hilltop where the couple were married in 2004, Volterra features the bold, delightful flavors of Tuscany.

    Celebrating 10 years later this year, Volterra opened on Ballard Avenue when there were only a few longtime restaurants as residents. Today, the dining scene is bursting at the seams, but Volterra remains a culinary hotspot. Having recently added weekday lunch and all day happy hour to dinner and weekend brunch service, Volterra continues to grow to fulfill the needs of Ballard neighbors, businesses and visitors.

    Chef Curtiss showcases his innovative style through only the best local and imported ingredients. He believes it is imperative to know the source of every ingredient, so he travels to Italy, works closely with local farmers and uses only the freshest local products available. The menu highlights seasonal Tuscan ingredients, housemade pasta and charcuterie, wild boar tenderloin and extensive gluten-free options.

    Since its successful opening in April 2005, Chef Don’s culinary skills and Michelle’s business savvy have brought the warmth and charm of Tuscany to the Puget Sound. Volterra has been praised as “the city’s toughest reservation” by Bon Appetit magazine and has received international acclaim and numerous awards including the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence” each year since its opening, Zagat’s “America’s Top restaurants,” “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Italian Restaurant” Seattle Magazine, “Best Chef Inspired Restaurant” Seattle Met Magazine, and “Best Italian Restaurant” Seattle Citysearch. In addition, Rachael Ray named Volterra one of her “favorite restaurants on the planet.”

    Follow Volterra on Facebook and Twitter. Volterra is located at 5411 Ballard Avenue Northwest. Call 206.789.5100 or click here for reservations.

    Volterra opens at 11:30 a.m. Mon-Sat and 9 a.m. on Sundays, closes at 9:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs, 10:30 Fri-Sat and 9 on Sundays. Happy hour runs from noon-6 p.m. Mon-Fri and 3-6 p.m. Sat-Sun. Dessert happy hour runs from 9 p.m. til close Fri-Sat.

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  • Celebrate Your Valentine with Weekend-Long Special Menus, Cocktails and Events 02.06.15



    There is no shortage of decadent choices this Valentine’s Day. Options range from four-course menus, sommelier wine pairings, Theo Chocolate desserts, complimentary cookies, a couple’s cooking class, and more! With so many options, don’t limit your swooning to just Valentine’s Day, instead, impress and spoil your loved one (and yourself) all weekend long.



    Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    One of the most romantic dining locations in Seattle is preparing two special menus this Valentine’s Day. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are picturesque destinations for Valentine’s dinners and their menus offer the freshest seafood selections. Ray’s Boathouse is offering an a la carte Valentine’s menu February 12-15 featuring:

    Starters:
    Lobster Salad, $15
    Ahi and Foi Gras, $14
    Tempura Fried Oysters, $11

    Main Course:
    Filet Mignon and Dungeness Crab Cake, $49
    Wild Alaskan King, $45
    Barley Risotto, $28

    Dessert:
    Dark Chocolate Champagne Cake, $8
    Passion Fruit Cake, $8

    Don’t have a date? Head to Ray’s Café with family, friends, and other singles where they’ll be serving special menu items and festive cocktails. Enjoy the classic Grilled King Salmon and Prawns for $38 or the mouth-watering Grilled Filet of Beef with Smoked Salmon Skewer and Dungeness Crab Cake for $46. Sip on seductive cocktails such as Between the Sheets crafted with Courvoisier, orange liqueur, Bacardi rum and lemon juice, or Big Love with Big Gin, fresh lemon and cranberry juices, and rosemary. Regular menu available.

    Reserve now for views of Shilshole Bay. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or click. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or click. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.



    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is known for its modern take on Old-World, Norman-inspired dishes. This Valentine’s Day celebrate with a decadent four-course menu.

    Starters:
    Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna
    Lacto Preserved Vegetable Salad

    Second Course:
    Kuri Squash Vichyssoise with Oregon Black Truffles

    Main Course:
    Wagyu Beef Zabuton with charred onion, potato pave and lemon thyme jus

    Dessert:
    Chocolate Mousse with brown butter, nougat and banana

    The special four-course menu is available February 13-14 and is $55 per person. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.



    Local 360 Cafe & Bar
    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a three-course menu comprised of farm fresh, local ingredients.

    Starters:
    South Sound Oyster and Sunchoke Chowder
    Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad (gluten free, vegan)
    Chicken Mousseline

    Main Course:
    Oregon Rabbit Confit (gluten free)
    RR Ranch Beef Short Ribs (gluten free)
    Butternut Squash and Salsify Terrine (gluten free, vegan)

    Dessert:
    Baked Apple Napoleon (vegan)
    Hazelnut Torte (gluten free, vegan)
    Chocolate Soufflé Brownie (vegan)

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is offering its special Valentine’s Day menu February 13-15, 4 p.m. to close. The three-course menu is $40 per person. Regular menu available. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org; mention tasting menu in reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.



    Shanik
    This Valentine’s Day treat your special someone to fine Indian food from Shanik restaurant in South Lake Union. Meeru Dhawala is cooking some of her favorite dishes from the world-renown Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Her four-course menu is full of savory spices and authentic flavor, with many vegetarian and meat options to choose from as well as optional wine pairings to enhance the Indian flavors and spices.

    First Course:
    Amuse Bouche featuring Beet Bites with creamy chutney and fennel-candied walnuts
    Wine Pairing: Rive Della Chiesa, Prosecco Brut NV

    Second Course:
    Jackfruit in Black Cardamom and Cumin Curry
    Samosas with Lamb and Beef
    Marinated and Grilled Kale
    Wine Pairing: Domain Les Cantates Jacquere 2013 or Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011

    Main Course:
    Beef Short Ribs
    Grilled Lamb Popsicles
    Grilled Winter Squash and Eggplant
    Saag Paneer with Punjabi Daal
    Wine Pairing: La Caña Albarina 2013 or Balboa Estate Syrah 2011

    Dessert:
    Gulab Jamun
    Indian Custard

    Meeru’s four-course menu is $50 and optional wine flight is $30 (three glass pairing). Call 206.486.6884 or click here to make reservations. Shanik is located in South Lake Union at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle.



    Agrodolce
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Italian-coastal cuisine and enjoy a four-course meal from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines at her Sicilian trattoria, Agrodolce, in Fremont.

    Starters:
    Oysters on the Half Shell
    Pork Rillette
    Burrata Pugliese

    Second Course:
    Semolina Mafalde
    Red Wheat Spaghetti
    Ricotta Cavatelli

    Third Course:
    Poached Spot Prawn
    Grilled Top Sirloin
    Seared King Oyster Mushroom

    Dessert:
    Theo Chocolate Budino
    Pear and Marino Olive Oil Gelato
    Cheese Plate with vanilla poached figs, marcona almonds and crostini

    The Valentine’s Day four-course menu is $65 per person with an optional $45 wine pairing. For reservations call 206.547.9707 or visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.



    Golden Beetle
    Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle recently received a refreshed look just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The new, Mediterranean-inspired details create the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two.

    First Course:
    Celeriac Soup
    Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
    Optional Wine Pairing: Lampo Borgoluce Brut Prosecco, Italy 2013

    Second Course:
    Rabbit Samosas
    Kataffi Wrapped Prawns
    Crispy Halloumi

    Third Course:
    Beef Cheek Tagine
    Fennel Crusted St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna
    Chickpea and Lemon Stew

    Dessert:
    Kabocha Squash Panna Cotta
    Chocolate Truffle Torte

    Golden Beetle’s four-course menu is $55 per person with an optional wine pairing for $25 per person. Many of Golden Beetle’s dishes contain nuts, gluten and dairy; when making reservations please inform them of any serious allergies. For reservations call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.



    Tilth
    Cozy up in Wallingford’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tilth, this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a beautiful prixe fixe menu at the restaurant that earned Maria Hines her James Beard Award.

    Starters:
    Pacific Oysters
    Sunchoke Soup
    Rabbit Rillette

    Second Course:
    Taylor Shellfish Clams
    Coffee Roasted Celery Root Salad
    Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Quail

    Main Course:
    Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet (vegetarian)
    Seared Alaskan Black Cod
    Juniper Ash Crusted Venison

    Desert:
    Olive Oil Cake and Beet Textures
    Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    The prix fixe menu is $80 per person with an optional wine pairing of $50 or an optional sommelier pairing of $70. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.



    Volterra
    Volterra’s special Valentine’s Day offerings speak to both romantic couples and singles, from a special four-course menu to Love Me and Love Me Not beverages. The Tuscan-inspired cuisine features the best local and imported ingredients from Italy, house-made pasta and charcuterie, and many gluten-free options for all to enjoy. The restaurant’s owners, Chef Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry, were married in Volterra, Italy, just prior to opening Volterra restaurant, so they know how to pour on meaningful romance this Valentine’s Day.

    First Course:
    Amuse
    Bra Tenero Cheese
    Apricot Chutney

    Second Course:
    Beef Carpaccio
    Wild Mushroom Tart
    Seared Ahi Tuna

    Third Course:
    Wild Boar Ragu
    Roasted Beet and Potato Gnocchi

    Main Course:
    Dungeness Crab Cakes
    Beef Tenderloin
    Wild Boar Tenderloin
    Eggplant Lasagna

    Dessert:
    Ruby Slippers

    Volterra is making Valentine’s fun for both couples and singles alike with their creative cocktails for the evening. Sip on the sweet Love Me cocktail crafted with fresh clementine, Glass Gridiron vodka, pomegranate, lemon, Prosecco, mint and garnished with an Italian Baci “kiss,” or throw back the Love Me Not: one shot of whiskey served with a skull and cross bones trinket ring! The Love Me and Love Me Not are $14 each.

    The prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu will be offered February 14, $70 per person. Cocktail specials available all weekend. To make reservations call 206.789.5100 or click here. View the Valentine’s Day menu online. Volterra Ballard is located at 5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle.



    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora keeps your romantic date night healthy yet hearty and filling, with a four-course menu of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

    First Course:
    Breaded Fried Artichoke with lemon-herbed marrow bean pate, romesco sauce, micro greens (gluten free, vegan)

    Second Course:
    Pommelo and Cara Cara Orange Salad with seared fennel, watercress, pomegranate, fresh beets, spiced orange blossom vinaigrette (gluten free, vegan)

    Main Course:
    Wild Mushroom Ravioli with truffle scented cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, roasted leek sauce, asparagus (gluten free, vegan options available)

    Dessert:
    Valentine’s Pavlova with mango curd, passion fruit, whipped cream, raspberry coulis, fresh tropical fruit compote, vanilla bean meringue (gluten free)
    Theo Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake (gluten free and vegan options available)

    Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available February 14, 5-10 p.m. The four-course menu is $65 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 or visit cafeflora.com to make reservations. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.



    Fonté Café
    Fonté Café is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend, February 14-15. Start your morning with a cup of freshly roasted Fonté coffee and brunch. Indulge in the Chocolate Mousse Parfait with fresh raspberries or the Housemade White Chocolate Strawberry Trifle. Both desserts are $7 and only offered Valentine’s Day weekend.

    In addition to these delicious goodies, Fonté is sharing the love with customers – everyone that comes in and orders two coffee beverages will receive a complimentary heart-shaped cookie (while they last). Call 206.777.6193 or click to make reservations. Fonté Café is located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle.



    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Blue Ribbon Cooking is offering a romantic, couple’s cooking class with wine! Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one while brushing up on your cooking skills and preparing an extravagant five-course meal.

    Appetizers:
    Fresh Puget Sound Oysters
    Cambazola Tarts with caramelized Walla Walla onions and spiced apple chutney

    First Course:
    Cognac Poached Fig Salad with marinated goat cheese and hazelnut lace

    Second Course:
    Dungeness Crab Ravioli

    Mid-Course Palate Cleanser:
    Lavender Sorbet with Rose Champagne

    Main Course:
    Flaming Filet Mignon with truffles Yukon gold potato puree and Brussel sprouts

    Dessert:
    Vanilla Bean Poached Pears with Cabernet chocolate sauce and caramel ice cream

    Drink:
    Blue Ribbon Rudesheimer Koffees brandied coffee with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

    Blue Ribbon’s Valentine’s Day class 6:30 p.m., February 14. Click here to register. Class is $155 per person; must register for 2 guests. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com for more information. Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E., Seattle.

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