• Mark Your Calendars for August 24: Celebrate Little Saigon 08.11.14

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    Make an opening on your calendar to stop by Celebrate Little Saigon on Sunday, August 24, 11 .a.m. – 6 p.m. The cultural festival, now in it’s fourth year, will be showcasing Vietnamese food, art, dance, fashion and more – you won’t want to miss it!

    Local businesses of Seattle’s Little Saigon neighborhood will be bringing their stores and restaurants to the sidewalks of 12th and Jackson so friends, neighbors and people from across the Puget Sound can enjoy and become more familiar with Vietnamese culture. The event is FREE, so bring the entire family – there’s something for everyone!

    The day will be chock-full of exciting activities for all ages! Expect to see lively performances, taste authentic food, and enjoy family-fun games and activities. Cultural event highlights include music from Huong Viet Performing Arts Group, the break-dancing crew Massive Monkees, customary Lion Dance, fashion shows (kids and adults) and much more! Don’t miss out on the special dance lesson at 3 p.m., taught by members of the Vietnamese Senior Association, to really get in the spirit!

    What’s a Vietnamese festival without deliciously authentic cuisine? Taste bites from Seattle favorites: Tamarind Tree, Pink’s Ice Cream, People of the Chubbs, and specials from other local neighborhood restaurants. Get your game face on and enter the fun and competitive Pho Eating Contest for adults – there’s also a cream puff eating contest for kids.

    This amazing, culturally focused event is put on by Friends of Little Saigon and Tet in Seattle as a way to strengthen the community’s identity and celebrate Vietnamese culture and heritage right here in Seattle. There will even be city organizations there to discuss the neighborhood as a whole, from getting to know your neighbors to safety and more.

    Gain a deeper, richer understanding of Vietnamese culture and enjoy it for free with the whole family! Come by to enjoy carnival games and prizes, rides and slides, Vietnamese food, lively entertainment, and more. Celebrate the unique culture the Little Saigon community has to offer!

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  • Purchase Bastille Bash Tickets Online by Jul. 10! 07.09.14

    Madison Valley’s third annual Bastille Bash is this Saturday, July 12 from 3-8 p.m.! The French-inspired celebration is expected to sell out so beat the lines this weekend by purchasing your tickets early. Food tickets and wine passports are available for purchase online until 12 p.m., Thursday, July 10. After that they will be available for purchase on July 12 at Bastille Bash.

    Food tickets are sold in packages of four for $10. Each restaurant offers various menu items for one, two, or three tickets. One wine passport, priced at $20, entitles you to 10 tastings of wine, beer, or spirits. Bottles of wine will be for sale to take home and all proceeds benefit Art With Heart.

    Wine and dine all along East Madison Street as local restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries serve Parisian-inspired bites and refreshments. Here’s a sampling of what to expect:

    Restaurants & Food:
    Ascona Chocolate – Handmade chocolates
    Bar Cantinetta – Meatballs, pecorino, fettunta
    Belle Epicurean – Macarons, beet salad.
    Cafe Flora – French brie and fresh tomato on baguette; Local berry bowls with fresh whipped cream.
    Crush – Bites from Chef Jason Wilson
    Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse – Shakerado (iced coffee drink); Cookies (shortbread or chocolate chip).
    Harvest Vine – Paella.
    Luc – Pork sausage, white beans, pickled vegetables.
    Queen Bee – Crumpets with French brie and honey poached Rainier cherries; Duck confit, whole grain mustard and rosemary aioli.
    Seattle Salads – Coconut Oil Popcorn: garlic or curry; Mini Salad Shakers in 3 varieties: Salade Nicoise, Lime Peanut Salad, Strawberry Mint Salad
    Simply Soulful – Iced tea/sweet tea; Sliders; Gumbo.
    Chef Thierry’s Dessert Booth – Yogurt bavarois, strawberries, blueberries, struesel.

    Cool down with sips from some of Washington’s best wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

    Boisset Family Estates
    Forgeron Cellars
    Garagiste Wine
    Mark Ryan Winery
    Pomum Cellars
    Smasne Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Woodhouse Wine Estates
    Zero One Vintners

    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    Sodo Spirits

    Elysian Brewing
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Guests will also enjoy live French music and entertainment, street performers, kids activities, and more. Come by this Saturday to celebrate everything French in the name of the revolution!

    For more information about the event including maps, entertainment schedules, vendors, and more details, visit the Bastille Bash website. Follow Bastille Bash on Facebook for the latest updates.

    Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Art With Heart. The Detleft Schrempf Foundation supports organizations that provide assistance to children and families of the Northwest. Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression.

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  • The 3rd Annual Bastille Bash is June 12! 07.02.14

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    Bonjour! The storming of the Bastille is approaching–the storming of the “Bastille Bash” that is! Madison Valley will host their third annual “Bastille Bash” up and down East Madison Street, Saturday, July 12th from 3-8 p.m. Stop by to enjoy copious amounts of French flair provided by Madison Valley restaurants, bars, shops and more.

    Come prepared to bon appétit! Indulge in French inspired cuisine by local favorites Voila and Luc, or take a bite out of Seattle’s “Best Macaron” by beloved Parisian patisserie, Belle Epicurean. Over a dozen Madison Valley restaurants will be participating in the bash, offering enticing sweet and savory bites inspired by French cuisine.

    Although Madison Street may be far from the rolling vineyards of Bordeaux, that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy a glass of wine in the name of the revolution! Take a sip from some of Washington’s best local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and stroll down Madison colorfully decked out in red, white, and blue. Oui oui!

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    Guest will also enjoy live entertainment and music throughout the bash, which includes burlesque dancers, street performers, stilt walkers, accordion players and more.

    For more information about the event including maps, entertainment schedules, and highlights, visit the Bastille Bash website, and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.

    The event is free to attend, but be sure to purchase food tickets and wine passports in advance to beat the lines!

    Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Art With Heart. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation supports organizations that provide assistance to children and families of the Northwest. Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression.

    Bastille Bash Participating Businesses:
    Restaurants & Food:
    Araya’s Place
    Ascona Chocolate
    Bar Cantinetta
    Belle Epicurean
    Cafe Flora
    Essential Baking
    Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse
    Harvest Vine
    Jae’s Asian Bistro and Sushi
    Northwest Catering
    Pagliacci Pizza
    Queen Bee
    Seattle Salads
    Simply Soulful
    The Spoon Project
    Thierry’s BBQ

    Wineries: (Bottles of wine will be for sale to take home. All proceeds benefit Art With Heart.)
    Forgeron Cellars
    Pomum Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Zero One Vintners
    Boisset Family Estates
    Mark Ryan Winery
    Smasne Cellars
    Woodhouse Wine Estates
    Garagiste Wine

    Ninkasi Brewing

    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    SoDo Spirits

    All The Best Pet Care
    Baas Framing Studio
    City People’s
    Fast Frame
    Fury Consignment
    Henrietta’s Hats
    Hoa Salon
    Honey Skin Spa
    Jarbo Design
    Kate’s Day Spa
    Lavender Heart
    Lila Yoga
    Maison Lux
    Missi Lu
    Paragon Fitness
    River Song
    Vian Hunter

    Entertainment from local artists + performers:
    Live music: Vin Voleur, Nu Klezmer Army, Isobella Bloom Duet, street buskers and more.
    Burlesque & Dance: The Shanghai Pearl, Russel Bruner, Inga Ingenue, Rainbow Fletcher, The Castaways, and Holly Pop.
    Street performers: Cherry Manhattan as Marie Antoinette, juggler Nickolai Pirak, stilt walker Babette LaFave, mime Tiny Tim, and more.

    We hope to see you at this lively celebration of fine French food, wine, music, and entertainment! Au revoir!

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  • Bastille Bash is tomorrow July 13th! 07.12.13

    Bonjour! Madison Valley’s 2nd annual Bastille Bash is this Saturday, July 13 from 3-8 p.m.! They are decking out East Madison with French flags, banners and all things red, white and blue and getting ready to enjoy la vie en rose.

    Festivities will take place up and down East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenues. Guests will enjoy Bastille Day celebrations, indulge in French inspired food from Madison Valley restaurants, taste sips from Northwest wineries, breweries and distilleries, be entertained by live music, street performers and live chef and gardening demos, and kids activities.

    View menus, entertainment schedules, maps and more online to plan your afternoon and ensure you don’t miss a thing, then follow their Facebook page to receive instant updates.

    Highlights include: Spirits Garden in Rover’s courtyard, eight live music and dance acts, bites and sips from more than 30 food and beverage partners, a chef demo stage featuring Cormac Mahoney of Madison Park Conservatory, Jason Wilson of Crush, Jim Drohman of Le Pichet and Cafe Presse, and John Platt of St. Cloud, and the chance to win a weekend in Paris by France Homestyle!

    Beneficiary: Proceeds from Bastille Bash support the Children’s Response Center.

    Tickets: The event is FREE to attend and tickets for food and beverages will be sold at the event on 29th Avenue. Food is priced at $2.50, $5.00, $7.50 per bite and tickets can be purchased in $10 increments. The Wine Passport includes tastings of wine, beer and spirits from each of the purveyors for $20 per person, including your own wine glass.

    With all the fun festivities in store, the local media has been buzzing. Here are some highlights of recent articles and radio interviews to get all the Bastille Bash scoop:

    The Stranger Suggests you hightail it to Bastille Bash to catch a glimpse of their Marie Antoinette impersonator!
    – They love Bastille Bash’s Francophilia and retail offerings over at Seattle Met Magazine.
    Seattle Magazine says Bastille Bash is a MUST for this weekend.
    Daily Candy can’t wait to enjoy the Spirits Garden at Rover’s and how the neighborhood is reminiscent of a bucolic village in Provence.
    KIRO Radio’s “Let’s Eat” hosts had a blast chatting up Nat Stratton-Clarke, one of the event creators and planners, about the amazing chef talent for the demos and enjoying French culture in Seattle.
    – Neighborhood paper the Madison Park Times is excited Bastille Bash is back for a second year!
    Chat With Women radio network host Holly Brown, of The Brown Lounge, chatted with Nat about all of the delicious French food and wine offered at Bastille Bash, eating local, and how to cook simple French food at home.
    The Seattle Times highlighted Bastille Bash in their Sunday NW Arts & Life section as a must attend event this week!
    – The moms over at Red Tricycle gave Bastille Bash the thumbs up for their kid friendly activities like art classes at Thrive, and event proceeds that benefit the Children’s Response Center.

    Bastille Bash Food Partners:
    Cafe Flora
    Dry Soda
    Essential Baking
    Harbor Point Coffee
    Harvest Vine
    Ines Patisserie
    Jae’s Asian Bistro & Sushi
    Seattle Salads
    The Spoon Project
    Voila! Bistrot

    Balboa Winery
    Beresan Winery
    Facelli Winery
    Forgeron Cellars
    Hestia Cellars
    Kiona Vineyards & Winery
    OS Winery
    Patterson Cellars
    Pomum Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Walla Walla Vintners
    William Church Winery

    Fremont Brewing
    Mac & Jack’s Brewery
    Ninkasi Brewing

    BroVo Spirits
    El Zacatecano
    Project V
    Sidetrack Distillery

    Kids Activities:
    Thrive Art School – French inspired art workshops. Ages 5-9; $45. Register in advance on their website.
    Genius, A Baby Academy – Free French themed activities for parents and kids.

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