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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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  • Seahawks Themed Menus for Super Bowl Week + Viewing Party! 01.30.15



    Calling all 12’s! Cheer on your Seahawks in style this Sunday, February 1 with Volterra’s Seahawks-inspired menu. Watch the game on their new TV while you indulge in a customized, all-day happy hour created specially for the Super Bowl by Chef Don Curtiss. 12’s of all ages are welcome in the Front Room, while those 21 and up can sit in the bar – all with perfect views of the big game!

    Volterra’s ‘Unger Games’ menu will include:
    Pigskin in a Blanket
    Beast Cakes
    Super Smoked Wings
    Beast Runnin’ Wild Boar Sliders
    Truffle Wilson Popcorn


    Drinks:
    The Onside Kick (Cocktail of vodka, fresh lime sour, blue curacao and orange flower water)
    Deflate Brady’s Fireball (House made Fireball)


    All items are $7 or 2 for TWELVE!

    Ballard location only. Both Volterra in Kirkland and Ballard will be offering The Unger Games cocktails all this week. Bring the family or join friends this Sunday for Super Bowl at Volterra! 5411 Ballard Ave NW, 206.789.5100.



    Ray’s Boathouse is also featuring a Super Bowl signature cocktail. Inspired by recent events, Properly Inflated Balls features Fireball whiskey, Absolut Citron, lemonade and blueberry-pomegranate purée. Ray’s Boathouse is located at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, 206.789.3770. Note: Ray’s Boathouse will close at 2 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.



    If you’re looking to celebrate your Blue Pride first thing in the morning on Saturday or Sunday, head to Fonte Café on 1st Avenue. Brunch is offered through the afternoon and fans are welcome to watch the game at Fonte, too.
    Open at 7 am, Hawks fans can get a boost to their day with an injection of Fonte coffee. Enjoy the everyday breakfast menu or go for the Super Bowl insert (offered Saturday and Sunday) that features:
    -House made pretzel wrapped kielbasa sausage with a honey mustard sauce
    -Local all beef sliders on a brioche bun, with bacon-onion jam, Swiss cheese and French fries
    -Seahawk benedict made with Fresh Dungeness crab, house made english muffin, poached egg, hollandaise


    Pair your coffee and brunch with liquid libations of $4 mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary specials! 1321 1st Ave, 206.777.6193.

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  • It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: Best Happy Hours in Seattle! 07.30.14

    Finally, the Seattle sun is out and there is no better time to catch up with friends or unwind after a long day of work than by enjoying a warm Seattle evening. Seattle is a haven for great happy hours and delectable bites, but which direction should you head next time you’re looking for those worthwhile deals? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite summertime spots to enjoy delicious eats and a refreshing sip… or two!

    Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora, voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant of 2014” by Seattle Magazine and “Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the US” by Travel + Leisure, offers beverage specials Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy a local draft beer for only $3, or selected Washington wine or rotating craft cocktail specials for $6. Pair your drink with small plates or entrees off the dinner menu. Favorite late summer dishes include heirloom tomato panzanella salad, grilled focaccia, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach, grilled sweet corn, cucumbers, red onion, fresh mozzarella, dill vinaigrette; plum pistachio pizza, pistachio pesto, plums, ricotta cheese, fresh arugula; pate platter, with lentil-pecan pate, red onion confit, olives, pickles, croccantini, fresh fruit; and zucchini fritters, with parmesan cheese and chives.

    Fonté Café

    Just getting off work downtown? Head over to Fonté Café on First Avenue any day from 3-6 p.m. to enjoy their latest happy hour menu! For just $7 or less, feast on a menu of European café fare, including Arancini with parmesan and arrabiata; housemade Meatballs with beef, pork, pine nuts, tomato sauce, house brioche; and Pappardelle Bolognese, made from housemade pasta, beef, pork and veal. In addition to European bites and signature coffee roasting, Fonté Café also offers hand-selected and carefully crafted drinks at the wine bar. Satisfy those sweet java cravings with the signature Espresso Martini with vodka, orange curacao, crème de cocoa, cream, sugar and Fonte’s own fresh espresso beans, roasted right in Georgetown. A thoughtfully curated list of summer wines featuring red, white, rose and bubbles as well as draft beers, and well drinks, are only $5 during happy hour.

    Maria Hines Restaurants
    It pays to be green, especially when it comes to organic foods at happy hour! If you’re looking for nourishing, organic, and sustainable meal options, visit one of Maria Hines’ restaurants, all organically certified by Oregon Tilth, an unaffiliated organization that promotes sustainability. Happy hour meals and drink items at Maria Hines Restaurants are all priced at an agreeable $8 or less.

    Agrodolce

    Located right in the heart of Seattle’s lively Fremont neighborhood, Agrodolce offers up some of Seattle’s finest Southern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Stop by for happy hour daily, from 4-6 p.m. and indulge in the grass fed Mini Lamb Burger, with Dijon mustard, mostarda, and polenta fries; Crispy Sunchokes, with tuna tonnato and bacon salt; and the light and refreshing Arugula and Watercress, served with grana padano, Meyer lemon, and almond. Viva Italia, all while enjoying a certified organic meal in the bar or on the patio just off Fremont Ave.

    Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle in Ballard serves delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, and the happy hour menu is nothing short of divine. Served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily and all night in the bar and on the patio Sunday-Thursday, you’ll make Golden Beetle part of your weekly (or daily) regimen! The cocktail specials are out of this world. Sip on a Beetle Bug, not an actual bug, but a sweet, fruity concoction fashioned with vodka, fruit puree, lemon, and soda water; or on the contrary, taste the zesty flavors of the Charmoula Cocktail, made with cava, lemon, and charmoula syrup. Pair your beverage with savory food, such as the popular Fire & Honey Chicken Wings, the award-winning Spiced French Fries (fried in beef fat) or the Mini Vegetable Pizza with sunchoke puree and mama lil’s peppers. Towards the end of your meal, mix it up and grab dessert because you deserve it! Swoon over the Spiced Donuts, with honey syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon, for only $4.

    Tilth

    Enjoy organic new American cuisine from Tilth’s brand new summer happy hour menu, served daily from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Never offered before, this new happy hour menu brings flavorful and appetizing French Breakfast Radishes, with tarragon butter and San Juan sea salt; or the famed Mini Duck Burger, with housemade ketchup, fingerling potato, and mustard. Indulge in organic and sustainable Steak Tartare with grilled romaine, and French breakfast radish. You can even take your happy hour outside and enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail out on the garden patio. Sip on the refreshing Pimm’s Cup, Lillet Sparkler, or Lavender Daiquiri, just to name a few. Happy hour menu changes monthly.

    Shanik

    Head over to Seattle Mag’s “Best Indian Restaurant of 2014,” Shanik, in South Lake Union, for a happy hour comprised of modern Indian bites. Shanik’s recently installed patio provides the perfect opportunity to relax outdoors and indulge in unique and flavor-filled menu items for only $5 each. Offered Monday through Friday from 4-5:30 p.m., snack on the delicious menu of Spiced Mogo Fries, with creamy fenugreek and garlic dip; Papri-Chaat, with sprouted lentils and chutney; and Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicle (pura) with chutneys! Perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having– cool down with a draft beer, featured wine or cocktail, also for only $5. Enjoy Shanik’s appetizing happy hour out on the new patio, or inside at the bar.

    Nothing says happy hour like a Seattle summer. After a long day of work, take a moment to relax at any one of our favorites places across Seattle: Cafe Flora, Fonté Café, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, or Shanik! Each restaurant provides their own unique happy hour experience coupled with flavorful bites, sips, and unbeatable prices.

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  • New Outdoor Patio at Miller’s Guild 06.26.14

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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  • 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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  • C’mon Get Happy – Golden Beetle’s New Happy Hour 10.29.13

    Whether you are catching up with friends, celebrating the weekend’s arrival or just treating yourself from a hard day of work, Golden Beetle is now offering a new happy hour menu with twice as many food and drink choices! Happy hour at this popular Ballard spot is every day from 5 to 6 p.m.!

    GB HH pistacios


    For just $4, enjoy Fried Pistachios in Shells (pictured above), which are mixed with a spicy combination of lime, salt and aleppo. If you are looking for something to heat up your taste buds, the Fire & Honey Chicken Wings are seasoned with ginger, peanut and harissa, a Tunisian hot chili sauce made in house. If a spicy plate is not what you’re looking for then what better way to satisfy your veggie requirements than on a Mediterranean-style cheese and vegetable pizza with gruyere or feta.
    Top off your happy hour with some sweetly Spiced Donuts, covered in cardamom and cinnamon and partnered with a honey syrup dip (pictured below).

    GB HH donuts


    Are you feeling Barely Legal? Craving a Beetle Bug? Yearning for a Rosemary Margarita? Well, Golden Beetle offers all of the above and more in their new happy hour cocktail menu! Featuring unique blends that will wake up your palate, the cocktails work perfectly with any of the happy hour food items.

    Owned by award-winning chef Maria Hines, Golden Beetle focuses on using organic, wild and sustainable ingredients to make signature tasty and heat-spiced dishes. Stop by early to beat the crowd, as reservations are not accepted for happy hour. To make reservations for weekend brunch or nightly dinner, call 206.706.2977 or visit the website.

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  • New cocktail book launch: Aphrodisiacs with a Twist 06.19.13



    Local bartender Mark Sexauer has made a name for himself in cocktail-centric circles and now he is putting his passion and knowledge onto the pages of his new cocktail book: Aphrodisiacs with a Twist, launching Monday, June 24, and you’re invited!

    The recipe book combines beauty and functionality into a lifestyle book for everyone, from the cocktail novice to enthusiast, and beginners to seasoned professionals. With nearly 100 original recipes, Mark covers basic cocktails with as few as two ingredients to cocktails for the more advanced with housemade bitters and syrups. Recipes are sorted by ingredient and their aphrodisiac quality, such as carrots, figs and fennel. While this gorgeous, hardbound book might look like coffee table art, the functionality of the recipes will keep it in your home kitchen and bar.

    So if you’ve wanted to pick up that shaker in the back of your kitchen cupboard or are just looking for new cocktail ideas, but aren’t sure where to start, attend the launch of Aphrodisiacs with a Twist and pick up your signed copy for just $20 (regularly $24.95). Mark shows off his tricks (and tools) of the trade in this book and you’ll be shaking up the perfect summer cocktails, impressing friends, and doing so in style in no time!

    Entry to the event is complimentary, but RSVP is required here. The book launch is Monday, June 24 from 5pm – 8pm at Batch 206 Distillery, located at 1417 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119.

    Find out more about Mark and get additional recipes, tips and cocktail news on his website MarkSexauer.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • New Client! 8oz. Burger Bar… 06.06.12



    Ah burgers, we certainly can’t imagine life without a good one in our neck of the woods. That’s why we’re excited to announce that 8oz. Burger Bar on Capitol Hill is our newest client!

    8oz. Burger Bar’s menu is inspired by American tavern classics made with the best local products available. The restaurant prides themselves on their hefty 8oz. patties, with eight burgers made from a blend of sirloin, tri-tip, short rib and chuck, and an additional menu of eight burgers made from northwest grass fed beef, wild boar, kobe beef, lamb, fish, free range turkey, sausage and housemade veggie patties.



    Local highlights include brioche buns from Grateful Bread Bakery, Essential Bakery, Beecher’s Cheese, Hempler’s Bacon, Bluebird Ice Cream, local liquor, and northwest wine and beer, including the custom 8oz. Lager by Emerald City Beer Company. All burgers are served with tender Kennebec fries and everything is made fresh and in-house, outside of of basics like ketchup and mustard.

    Owner/Chef Kevin Chung has recently released a new menu featuring six new burgers including The Madison with watercress, tomato, ale roasted mushroom, charred onions, thyme infused truffle salt, caved aged gruyere, herb aioli, as well as the Sausage Burger with Carlton farms pork, house made sausage, Hempler’s bacon, fried egg, fig jam.

    8oz. Burger Bar features a full bar with seasonal cocktails, boozy “adult shakes and floats”, like the Vanilla Dream with Bluebird vanilla ice cream, malt, caramel and Fremont Whiskey, 12 rotating beers on tap and over 40 varieties of whiskey, bourbon rye and scotch. Their twice-daily happy hour includes a progressively priced menu with items priced at $2,$4,$6,$8, including a Plate ‘o Candied Bacon, Mini Kobe Corndogs, Short Rib Sliders and more.

    Contact:
    Follow 8oz. Burger Bar on Facebook and Twitter. Located at 1401 Broadway in the Harvard Market, 8oz. Burger Bar offers diners 90 minutes of free parking in their underground garage.

    Hours:
    Lunch & Dinner: Sunday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday 11:30 a.m.–12 a.m.
    Happy Hour: Food and drink specials daily from 4–6 p.m.; 9 p.m.–close

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  • Ticket’s on Sale Now for Cafe Flora’s 20th Anniversary Bash! 05.30.12

    Twenty years ago when the quaint Madison Valley neighborhood made a home for Cafe Flora, health-food fanatics, vegetarians, and local producers rejoiced. Cafe Flora not only provided an upscale atmosphere that guests raved about, but their unique recipes exceeded expectations offering a new twist on hearty, flavorful vegetarian dishes.

    As mentioned by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Weekly, and KING5’s New Day Northwest, this Saturday, June 2nd from 5-10 p.m. marks Cafe Flora’s 20th Anniversary, a celebration you will not want to miss!

    Here’s the scoop: Cafe Flora is throwing a farmers market style event, inviting their beloved growers and vendors to set up throughout the restaurant, atrium and tented courtyard. Cafe Flora chefs will be cooking bites from local vendor produce, in addition to serving wine, beer, and cocktails with the accompaniment of live music. CSA sign ups will also be available.

    Event Information:
    VIP admission: 5-6 p.m. $50 – guests receive special anniversary cocktails by Oola Distillery, wine, beer, food, live music, early admission, and a Cafe Flora gift bag
    General admission: 6-10 p.m. $30 – guests receive wine, beer, food, live music, and a Cafe Flora anniversary gift
    Location: Cafe Flora – 2901 East Madison Street
    Purchase Tickets here!

    Vendors Include:
    • Airfield Estates
    • Alexandria Nicole Cellars
    • Big Al Brewery
    • Bluebird Grain Farm
    • Columbia City Bakery
    • Dry Soda
    • Foraged and Found
    • Growing Washington
    • Local Roots
    • Oola Distillery
    • Oxbow Farm
    • Remedy Teas
    • Rockridge Orchard Cider
    • Seattle Mushroom Farm
    • Stumptown Coffee
    • Theo Chocolate

    Proceeds from the event will benefit Bailey-Boushay House, also celebrating a 20-year milestone of providing nurturing care for those in need.

    Tickets are required for admission so purchase yours today! You won’t want to miss this memorable night with Cafe Flora.

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