• Summer Kicks Off Happy Hour and Patio Dining 05.29.12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Explore How Far $28 Will Get You During SRW! 04.13.12

    Now that Seattle Restaurant Week has officially begun, you may be finding yourself overwhelmed with choosing between 150+ restaurants each serving outstanding dishes.

    If you’re seeking guidance about which reservation to book next, take our advice and see what’s cooking at Cafe Flora (featured above), Crush, Golden Beetle, and Tilth. We’ve listed their specialized SRW menus below to show how these local restaurants are using elegant dishes and rich flavor to heighten the celebration. Trust us, when we read the menus, we couldn’t believe a three-course dinner this good could be $28 either!

    *Remember: For each three-course menu, select one dish for each course.

    1. Crush – serving 3 course dinner
    Stinging Nettle Veloute
    Spring Greens & Pickled Garden Vegetables
    Crisp Berkshire Pork Belly
    Roasted Pacific Ling Cod
    48 Hour Beef Short Rib Crepinette
    Strozapretti Pasta
    Artisan Cheese Selections
    Lemon Merignue Tart
    Chocolate Olive Oil Cream Sundae

    2. Golden Beetle – serving 3 course dinner
    Red Bean and Pepper Soup -oregano, crushed red pepper, yogurt
    Iceberg Wedge – pomegranate, feta, walnut
    Potato and Kasseri Cheese Pastry – dry cured olive, phyllo, paprika
    Steamed Taylor Shellfish Clams – lemon-tahini broth, cilantro, serrano
    Wood Fired Chicken Kebab – carrot, cous cous, almond
    Beluga Lentil-Rice Stew – tomato sauce, spinach, crispy onion
    Sour Cherry Pudding Cake – white chocolate, sour cherry, fresh breeze milk
    Baklava – black walnut, crème fraîche, rose water
    Chocolate Truffle Torte – Chantilly, pistachio cream

    3. Tilth – serving 3 course dinner
    Savory Apple Soup gruyere, caramelized onion, crouton
    Baby Iceberg Lettuce radish, pecorino, mustard vinaigrette
    Roasted Garlic Flan cauliflower, fresh breeze cream, green garlic
    St. Jude Albacore Tuna cardoon, cannellini bean, crème fraiche
    Carnaroli Risotto bloomsdale spinach, wild mushroom, pine nut
    Skagit River Ranch Pork choucroute, purple sweet potato, cabbage slaw
    Maple Crème Brulee maple blossom, candied bacon, cornmeal cookie
    Carrot Cake golden raisin, walnut, cream cheese
    Theo Chocolate Pudding rhubarb, candied pistachio, shaved chocolate

    4. Cafe Flora – serving 3 course lunch and dinner

    LUNCH (3 courses for $15)
    Vegan Cinnamon Roll – sticky caramelized sugar, toasted pecans, vanilla icing (vegan)
    Pate Platter – lentil pecan paté, seasonal fruit, marinated olives, red onion confit, rosemary croccantini (vegan, available gluten free)
    Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas, grilled spring onions, basil black pepper dressing (vegan, gluten free)
    Potato-Crusted Quiche – spring onions, fresh herbs, goat cheese with fresh grilled asparagus and wild morel ragout (gluten free)
    Spring Caprese Scramble – fresh mozzarella, green garlicky grape tomatoes scrambled with eggs or tofu, topped with fresh basil pesto, with roasted potatoes or grits (available vegan, gluten free)
    French Dip Sandwich – thin sliced, grilled portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, melted Swiss cheese, seeded baguette; roasted garlic-mushroom jus with yam fries or house salad (available vegan)
    Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – vanilla ice cream, elderflower caramel sauce (vegan, gluten free)
    Huckleberry Ice Cream – honey caramel, Russian tea cake (gluten free)
    Lemon Pot De Crème – lemon curd, Russian tea cake (gluten free)

    Cardoon and Green Garlic bisque – mushroom ragout on crostini
    Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas, and grilled spring onions, basil black pepper dressing (vegan, gluten free)
    Spring Wontons – baby bock choy, goat cheese crema, rhubarb chutney, black bean garlic sauce (available vegan)
    Oaxaca Tacos – roasted corn tortillas, cheddar and smoky Mozzarella mashed potatoes, lime crème fraîche, cotija cheese, fire roasted salsa; with black bean stew, fresh corn and pepper relish and braised greens (gluten free)
    Spring Morell Risotto – haricovert, snap peas in an herbed pistou, Parmigiano Reggiano, roasted cherry tomatoes (gluten free)
    Tuscan Asparagus and Fava Bean Polenta – chive blossom polenta, grilled asparagus, fava bean mousse in an artichoke heart with sweet onion and nicoise olive tapenade, toasted almond gremolata. (gluten free and vegan)
    Strawberry Rhubarb Galette – hibiscus crème chantilly, honey caramel (gluten free)
    Chocolate Brownie Coupe – salted peanut butter balsamic ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate crumble (vegan and gluten free)
    Lemon Pot de Crème – lemon curd, Russian tea cake

    Make your reservations today! You only have 5 days left to indulge in Seattle Restaurant Week.

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  • Foodie-lovers, Seattle Restaurant Week is back! 04.04.12

    March brought us the anticipated arrival of top chart movie the Hunger Games and captured the attention of many here in the Pacific Northwest. Now April has arrived and is ready to give last month a run for its money in rolling out a more exciting and satisfying way to enchant diners’ hunger and get those taste buds dancing. That’s right, it’s time for food and wine fanatics to kick off the start of spring with Seattle Restaurant Week here in the Puget Sound.

    From April 8-12 and 15-19 (excluding each Friday and Saturday), over 150 of Seattle’s most talked about restaurants will offer a specially prepared three-course dinner for $28 per person, with specific restaurants offering an additional three-course lunch for $15. Each prix-fixe menu will feature an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with at least three options under each course. And yes, to all of you dessert ditchers out there, this leaves you no excuse to pass up the delectable desserts that you’ve secretly been waiting to dive into post dinner!

    With over 150 restaurants participating this season, odds are you won’t have to get lucky to discover a new favorite place to dine in Seattle’s sea of culinary expertise. We highly recommend trying a few of our favorites including Cafe Flora (pictured above), Tilth, Golden Beetle, and Crush. Seattle Restaurant Cooperative and the media partner, The Seattle Times, have given this season’s one-of-a-kind celebration a special touch by adding 25 NEW restaurants to partake in the list. Restaurants will now cover more of King County, making it easier to find a restaurant near you.

    Invite all your foodie-loving friends, call and make a reservation (not required but highly encouraged) and learn to become your own food critic from an array of delectable dishes in store for you. We’d love to read comments from our readers about the hottest spots you’re finding this year and the best dishes that are making this week a memorable dining celebration!

    Be sure to keep up with the action through Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news and some seriously unbeatable giveaways.

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  • Chef Jason Wilson’s R&R 07.05.11

    Ever wonder what chefs do in their off time? They can’t always be mad scientists working away in their kitchens. Even the best of them need a little break to reinvigorate their creativity and James Beard winner Jason Wilson of Crush is no exception. The July/August issue of Northwest Palate shows Jason playing on the Yakima River doing what he does to relax – Fly Fishing! The piece features a recipe from Jason that he conceptualized while wading in the river surrounded by nature.

    Grab the issue on newsstands now or order online and see how the natural surroundings of fly fishing are reflected in the recipe. Try your own hand at the recipe or leave it to Jason and enjoy it at Crush. The trout will melt in your mouth with the perfect accompaniments for savoring the remarkable dish – we can attest to that!

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  • CRUSH celebrates six years! 02.15.11

    Chef Jason Wilson invites you to join in the celebration. . .

    On February 22, CRUSH will be celebrating six years as a phenomenal player on the Seattle culinary scene. Chef-owner Jason Wilson has received national accolades and recognition since the beginning of CRUSH and now Jason invites you to celebrate the growth of the food scene in Seattle by toasting CRUSH and it’s six years of service to you!

    For each of the six courses, Jason is bringing back a dish from each year in business. Many will find their favorites from years past and we’re betting that others will kick themselves for missing these dishes and not dining at CRUSH from the beginning. Take a peek at what you could be doing in just one week:

    Amuse Trio “Bacon n Eggs” Smoked Steelhead Roe with Blis Bourbon Syrup & Parsnip Flan

    Pasta CourseHousemade Tagliarini with Caviar Sauce, Meyer Lemon & Sea Urchin

    Fish CourseRoasted Neah Bay Black Cod with Glazed Pork Belly, Fennel Confit, Spinach & Pinot Noir Sauce

    Main CourseGrilled Anderson Valley Lamb Chop with “Tongue & Cheek” Runner Beans Sautéed Rapini & Syrah Sauce

    Cheese CoursePistachio & Point Reyes Fresh Chevre Tart Arugula Pesto, Braised Endive & Muscat Grapes

    DessertCocoa Macaroon with Dulce de Leche, Salted Caramel & Pomegranate Sauce, Madelines

    The six course, six year anniversary dinner is $72 with an optional wine pairing for $52. Call CRUSH for your reservation at 206.302.7874. Only offered on February 22 and seats are going fast. No really, they are!

    Congrats to Jason, Nicole and the rest of the team at CRUSH on a very, very successful six years delivering some of the most memorable food in Seattle. We tip our hats – and our champagne flutes – to you! We are proud to be your partner!

    Follow Jason on Twitter @ChefJasonWilson; CRUSH Website.

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  • Indulge your palate and get movin’ this V-day! 02.08.11

    Theo Chocolate, heart-shaped lobster ravioli, black truffles and raspberry cocktails… it must be Valentine’s Day! No plans yet? We’ve got you covered with dinners, cocktails, cooking and even a pre-date workout with your cutie!

    Tilth’s Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    tidbit bistro
    Spend San Valentino in tidbit bistro’s cozy and rustic setting with a special Spanish and Italian influenced menu featuring five courses for $60 (plus tax and gratuity). Start with the traditional and savory Empanadillas, ground lamb turnovers topped with romesco sauce and shaved parmesan; Lobster Ravioli Alla Panna, heart-shaped lobster ravioli with creamy sauce; Prime Rib With Budino, tender rare prime rib with Yorkshire mini-pudding and porcini mushroom reduction. A special wine and cocktail pairing featuring tidbit’s signature cocktail Cuoro Matte (crazy heart), Chartreuse, vodka, cream, Gianduia is available for $35. Please find full menu attached.

    Call 206.323.0840 for reservations. tidbit bistro is located at 1401 Broadway, Seattle. Complimentary parking at Harvard Market while dining at tidbit!

    Set the stage for romance with an enticing four course dinner at CRUSH throughout Valentine’s weekend. Lovingly prepared by Chef Jason Wilson, the menu features options such as Potato Gnocchi with Perigord Black Truffle and gruyere cream, Main Lobster Salad with Blood Orange and Slow Roasted Wild Salmon and Dungeness Crab-Fennel Salad. Optional menu supplements include Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras ‘Steak’ with wild huckleberries, buttermilk Belgian waffle and endive as well as a Gift of Sweets. The menu will be offered Feb 11-14 in addition to the regular CRUSH menu. The four course menu is $77 per person with an optional wine pairing for $54. Tax and gratuity not included. Please find full menu attached.

    Please call Crush for a reservation at 206.302.7874. Crush is located at 2319 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

    Chef Maria Hines’ Tilth offers a beautiful four course dinner on Valentine’s Day, leaving room for you and your Valentine to have something different with three options under each course. Enjoy such options as Porcini Crème Brulee, Grilled Dakota Beef Top Sirloin with truffle potato purée and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake. The menu is offered only on Valentine’s Day for $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50. Excluding tax and gratuity. Please find attached the full menu with three options under each course.

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Tilth is located at 1411 N. 45th Street, Seattle.

    Morton’s The Steakhouse
    Morton’s bar provides the perfect start to any evening with their dark wood finishes and expert bartenders who can shake up a mean one. This Valentine’s weekend they are mixing up a vibrant new cocktail to toast with your special someone! Stay for the best steak in town or head out to your next destination! Available February 11 – 14; $14.

    The Red Velvet
    2 oz Lindemans Raspberry Lambic
    4 oz Prosecco
    .5 oz Chambord
    1 each Raspberry

    In a mixing glass, stir in ingredients with two ounces of ice for five seconds. Strain into Champagne flute. Squeeze lemon peel over glass and discard peel. Garnish with fresh raspberry on a pick.

    Call for reservations. Morton’s Seattle is located at 1511 6th Avenue, Seattle; 206.223.0550. Morton’s Portland is located at 213 S.W. Clay Street, Portland; 503.248.2100. Valet parking available.

    Estancia Lucia
    Impress your date this Valentine’s weekend and cook a romantic Argentinean inspired meal with Estancia Lucia’s delicious specialty foods. Their chimichurri sauce works as the perfect marinade on meat or fish and a great accompaniment to vegetables or as a dip for bread. Start your meal with their Arauco green olives, unique to Argentina, or garnish your martini or bloody mary. Finish off your pasta or meat dish with a drizzle of their San Juan Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a flavor boost and a swirl of fresh aromatics.

    Estancia Lucia products can be purchased at DiLaurenti’s, The Spanish Table, Bert’s Red Apple, Pasta & Co., and more! Check out their website for more retail locations and preparation ideas.

    Pure Barre
    Get sweaty before your date with Pure Barre! On February 14th show your significant other what you’ve been obsessing over for months now and treat them to a FREE Pure Barre class on Valentine’s Day. Reserve your place in class by signing up online or calling the studio. Offer applies to all regularly scheduled classes held on Monday, February 14th: 6, 8:30, 9:40 a.m. and 12, 5:30 and 6:40 p.m. Don’t forget about Pure Barre Seattle’s drop-in childcare at the IPA learning center all day for $5/child. Contact Ali at IPA.

    Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village.

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  • We have a seat for you during the holidays! 12.20.10

    Christmas is just five days away. Just five days until you spend time with friends and family around the tree and more importantly, around the dinner table! We’ve given you gift ideas, but if you’ve procrastinated in making plans this holiday season, fear not as we have some delicious seats at dinner tables for you!

    We know that Seattle is known for making those New Year’s plans at the last minute so we are here to save you with New Years Eve plans as well! Don’t delay as these meals that ring in the New Year will go fast!

    Tidbit offers New Year's Eve dinner

    CRUSH – Christmas Eve Dinner
    What better way to round out a year of great eating than with this years James Beard Best Chef Northwest winner at Crush. Chef Jason Wilson and his staff Crush will be joyfully making Christmas Eve memorable with a four course dinner for only $60 (excluding tax and gratuity). Seating begins at 5 p.m. Please call Crush for a reservation at 206.302.7874.

    First Course

    “Soup & Salad”

    Lobster & Pumpkin Soup with Butter Lettuce Salad & Green Goddess Dressing

    Second Course

    Slow Roasted Alaskan Salmon with Sunchokes & Meyer Lemon, Sautéed Chanterelles & Pancetta

    Third Course

    Anderson Valley Lamb Chops with Syrah Sauce, Figs & Apples, Minted Potato Gnocchi, Gorgonzola Cheese & Olives


    Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie with Sous Vide Cranberries, Orange Buttermilk Ice Cream, Sage Caramel

    With a glass of Milk for Ol’ St. Nick

    Christmas Cookies, chocolates, confections and petit

    Tilth – Christmas Eve + New Years Eve Dinner

    Tilth is offering a beautiful four course dinner menu available on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. The menu gives diners ample options with three choices under each course. It looks so good we even think Chef Morimoto would be impressed. $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50 (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801.

    First Course

    Taylor Shellfish Oysters – champagne mignonette, mint, apple

    Celery Root Soup – celery heart, celery leaves, perigord truffle

    Rabbit Rillette – onion jam, crostini, whole grain mustard

    Second Course

    Sylver Fishing Co. Spot Prawn – salsify, grapefruit, pine nut

    Seared Alaskan Sablefish – sturgeon caviar, potato cake, cardoon

    Wild Mushroom Plin – hedgehog mushroom, dandelion green, parmesan

    Third Course

    Liberty Farms Duck Breast – sunchoke, lacinato kale, blood orange

    Port Wine Carnaroli Risotto – cocoa nib, leek, romanesco

    Sous Vide Venison Loin – fennel and potato gratin, escarole, demi-glace

    Fourth Course

    Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam Cow’s Milk Cheese – truffle salt, truffle honey

    Blood Orange Crème Brulée – citrus paper, turbinado sugar, blood orange gastrique

    Theo’s Chocolate Pot au Crème – almond praline, candied cocoa nib, red currant

    Fig Pudding Cake – port, cinnamon chantilly, walnut

    tidbit bistro – New Year’s Eve Menu

    Ring in the New Year with tidbit bistro at their new Capitol Hill digs (corner of Broadway + Union)! Get the best of both Spanish and Italian worlds with a special five course New Year’s Eve dinner for $60 and an optional wine pairing featuring Giribaldi Barbaresco for $30. (plus tax and gratuity). Call tidbit at 206.323.0840 for reservations.

    First Course

    Gamberi Bisque – Shrimp bisque with chive oil, brandy and cream

    Second Course 

    Mixed greens, bresaola, goat cheese, tomatoes, olives, shallots with white balsamic vinaigrette

    Third Course

    Tortellini in Brodo – Homemade tortellini stuffed with ricotta in a vegetable broth and shaved parmesan

    Fourth Course

    Cordero a la Plancha – Marinated leg of lamb grilled served with potato cake, whole grain mustard allioli and olive tapenade

    Fifth Course

    Tiramisù – Made in house with ladyfingers, coffee, zabaglione cream, dusted with a rich cocoa powder

    Wine Pairing $30

    Prosecco, Alvise, Italy

    Pinot Gris, Kyra, 2006, Washington

    Barbaresco, Giribaldi, 2005, DOCG, Italy

    CRUSH – New Years Eve Dinner

    Celebrate the New Year with a five course tasting menu at Crush. Decadent dishes will close out 2010 and usher in 2011 with very happy palates. First seating is $115 and “Countdown to 2011” seating is $140. Optional wine pairing for an additional $60; additional courses available as well. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Please call Crush for a reservation at 206.302.7874.

    Amuse Trio

    “Bacon n Eggs” Smoked Steelhead Roe with Blis Bourbon Syrup & Parsnip Flan

    Abalone & Sea Urchin with Cucumber Compression & Sea Vegetables

    Kushi Oyster in Matsutake Veloute with Domestic Sturgeon Caviar

    Pasta Course

    Potato Gnocchi with Perigord Black Truffle & Gruyere Sabayon

    Verjus Granny Smith Apple, Chilled Duck Lardo & Chervil

    Fish Course

    Sautéed Mediterranean John Dory & Agro Dolce Veal Sweetbreads

    Watercress, Spiced Squash, Smoked Parsnip & Meyer Lemon

    Main Course

    Blackmore Farms Wagyu Beef Rib “Cap Steak”, Parsley-Horseradish Salad

    Hedgehog Mushrooms, Onion Soubisse, Bone Marrow


    White Truffle Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail with Blood Orange

    Sunchokes, Black Garlic, Trumpet Mushrooms


    Trio of Chocolate

    Warm Coulant with Salted Caramel & Praline Ice Cream

    Feuillitine & Hazelnut Gianduja Mousse with Huckleberry & Cocoa Nibs

    Salted Peanut Sundae with Brandied Cherry ice cream

    Small Treats & Assorted petit fours and chocolates

    Eat well and  Happy Holidays!

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  • Check Off Your Holiday List Here! 12.15.10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    All of this and more available for purchase online.

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

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

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

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  • Chef Jason Wilson dishes holiday ideas on New Day! 11.19.10

    Chef and James Beard winner Jason Wilson shares his ideas for holiday alternatives on KING 5 New Day Northwest. See how the pros do it in their homes on the big day!

    As a bonus, check out events at CRUSH this holiday season.

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  • Do you need MORE reason to dine during Restaurant Week? 10.21.10

    Crush adds incentive to the Restaurant Week experience

    Four days down. Only six left. If you haven’t made your reservation for Seattle Restaurant Week act soon before the opportunity for a 3 course dinner for $25 at some of the area’s best restaurants passes you by! We didn’t think this deal could get any better, but then a bunch of the 126 participants decided to sweeten the pot even more! We can hardly hold in our excitement – check out these additional Seattle Restaurant Week deals:

    Crush Each SRW diner will receive a Crush VIP gift card for 25% off their next dinner at Crush.
    Wild Ginger (Bellevue and Seattle locations) Wild Ginger will offer 10% off gift card purchases during SRW.

    Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar

    13 Coins 10% off all Washington wines on Wednesdays.
    Andaluca 15% off Washington wines by the bottle.
    ART Wine All You Want Mondays with 50% off all bottles with dinner (Monday’s only, over 160 bottles). Friday Night Flight Night featuring 3 wine flights to choose from at $15-$35.
    Barking Frog 20% off bottles of Woodinville wines or 15% off bottles of Washington wines.
    Bastille Café & Bar 15% off all Washington wine bottle prices.
    Bennetts Pure Food Bistro $5 off any Washington wine bottle for lunch and dinner.
    Bin on the Lake 25% off all Washington wines by the glass or by the bottle – over 80 wines by the glass.
    BOKA Kitchen + Bar Special pricing on Washington wine glass pours with over 70 wines available by the glass.
    Carmelita 2 bottle choices of Northwest wine (1 white, 1 red) for $25.
    Chez Shea $5 off a bottle of Washington Wine or 10% off Washington wines by the glass.
    Cutters Bayhouse Discounted Wine Flights highlighting Washington wines.
    Dahlia Lounge Special Washington wine list created for SRW.
    Emmer&rye Wednesday is Half-Priced Bottle Night at emmer&rye.
    Etta’s Special pricing on Washington wine list by the glass.
    Flying Fish Special Washington winemakers will be pouring and offering featured wine flights each night during SRW.
    Fresh Bistro $15 wine flights paired with SRW menu.
    Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana Tuesdays and Thursdays 20% off 20 hand-selected Washington Wines by the bottle.
    Ivar’s Acres of Clams $5 off any bottle of Washington wine (valid with Washington Wine Commission’s World-Class Value Pass).
    Ivar’s Salmon House Enjoy $5 off your purchase of any bottle of Washington wine. To receive discount, please show your World-Class Value Pass.
    Juno 25% off all Washington Wine by the bottle as well as selected $6 wines by the glass.
    La Dolce Vita Ristorante A variety of Chateau St. Michelle and Columbia Crest wines at $5.00 off the regular price per bottle and glass pours for $5.00.
    La Medusa 10% off all Washington wines by the bottle.
    Louisa’s Café & Bakery 25% off all Washington State bottles of wine and 10% off glass pours.
    LUC LUC’s own Wilridge Winery Red and White wine.
    Matt’s in the Market Lunch: Washington wine paired with the BBQ sandwich. Dinner: Premier flight of downtown Seattle wineries.
    Maximilien Wine flight featured with SRW menu.
    Monsoon East 10% off any Washington wine on Wednesday lunch and dinner. $5 off all WA Wines by the bottle.
    Piatti Ristorante & Bar Monday nights beginning at 4 p.m. is 1/2 Price Bottle of Wine Night on all bottles regularly priced $50 or less.
    Ponti Seafood Grill 10% off all Washington wine by the bottle.
    Preservation Kitchen $5 off each featured Washington wine bottle purchase.
    Purple Café and Wine Bar Featuring a unique Washington Wine Flight each night.
    Rover’s Restaurant A special Washington Wine Pairing with SRW diners.
    Salty’s on Alki $10 off any Washington wine bottle (over 150 bottles)
    Seastar (Bellevue and Seattle locations) Washington winery representatives each night and 20-50% off their wines on corresponding nights.
    Mon, 10.18: Seattle – Gramercy Cellars (Winery Rep Greg Harrington); Bellevue – Va Piano (Winery Rep Mark Kieras).
    Tues, 10.19: Seattle – Mark Ryan (Winery Rep Mark McNeily); Bellevue – Chat Rollat (Winery Rep Bowin Lidgren)
    Wed, 10.20: Seattle – Walla Walla Vintners (Winery Rep Gordi Vineri); Bellevue – Rasa (TBD)
    Thurs, 10.21: Seattle – Corliss (Winery Rep Lars); Bellevue – Quilceda Creek (TBD)
    Mon, 10.25: Seattle – Buty (Winery Rep Nina Buty Foster); Bellevue – A Maurice (Winery Rep Anna Shafer)
    Tues, 10.26: Seattle – Tranche (Winery Rep Lars); Bellevue – Leonetti (Winery Rep Heidi Figgins)
    Wed, 10.27: Seattle – Betz (Winery Rep Carmen Betz) (tentative); Bellevue – McCrea (Winery Rep Susan and Bob Neal)
    Thurs, 10.28: Seattle – L’Ecole (Winery Rep Debbie Frol); Bellevue – Efeste (Winery Rep Brennan Leighton)
    Szmania’s $12 Wine flight of Kabinett Reisling paired with SRW German 3-Course Dinner.SRW Honey Bear Cocktail (after dinner drink) featuring Barenjager Honey liqueur; $6 (regularly $9).
    Taberna del Alabardero Wine and tapas flight: 3 wines paired with 3 tapas for $19.
    Tango Restaurant $5 off each Washington wine bottle.
    Ten Mercer $5 per glass on Washington Wines all day, Sunday-Thursday (not to include special features) (valid with Washington Wine Commission’s World Class Value Pass).
    The Capital Grille 10% off each Washington wine bottle purchase.
    The Pink Door Flight of three wines to complement each course for a discounted price of $18.00.
    Tidbit Bistro Featuring a Washington wine flight.
    Waterfront Seafood Grill A Double Top Secret Wine List with special pricing on select Washington wines, to include glass pours, bottle deals and a complimentary appetizer.
    Wild Ginger (Bellevue and Seattle locations) 20% off of one bottle of Washington wine.
    Woodman Lodge Tue-Sun: Discounted bottles of select Washington wine. Different Washington wine by the glass featured each week with discounts. Wed.: 1/2 off all WA wine by the bottle $50 or less. $5 glasses of Washington wine.

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