With the sun shining and spring in bloom, there’s no better time to dine at Seattle’s vegetarian hotspot, Cafe Flora. Known for their creative vegetarian and vegan dishes, charming atmosphere, and fresh local produce, Cafe Flora has a new spring menu, offering a tempting lineup of must-try dishes!
You won’t find meat at this vegetarian gem, but what you will find is unbelievably hearty and healthy seasonal dishes served straight from local farms to your table. Take it from Seattleite Magazine Meatless Monday writer Catherine Giudici who took the words right out of our mouth: “This spot’s spring menu has me sprung!”
• Spring Wontons – bock choy filled wontons, fried and served with goat cheese crema, rhubarb chutney and a black bean garlic sauce. (available vegan)
• Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas and grilled spring onions cradled in butter lettuce in a basil black pepper dressing. (vegan)
• Nettle Ravioli – citrus cashew sauce, petite radishes and Jerusalem artichoke salad. (vegan)
• Tuscan Asparagus & 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. (vegan and gluten free)
• Spring Morel Risotto – hare covert and snap peas in an herbed pistou topped with Parmesano Reggiano and roasted cherry tomatoes.
• Potato-Crusted Quiche with Grilled Asparagus & Wild Morel Ragout – spring onions, fresh herbs, and goat cheese in classic custard with a thin potato crust. (gluten-free)
• Chocolate Brownie Coup – salted peanut butter balsamic ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate crumble. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)
• Strawberry Rhubarb Galette – hibiscus crème chantilly, honey caramel. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)
If you’re still thinking a vegetarian restaurant is “only for vegetarians” you’re certainly not alone. Check out Seattle Weekly’s interview with Cafe Flora chef Janine Doran who’s admits she was intimidated at first, but now nearly 19 years later she continues to break the stereotype of typical vegetarian dishes with items such as Cafe Flora’s killer Spring Nettle Ravioli… that will leave you begging for more. Finish the evening with one of their amazing desserts, often vegan and gluten free, and you’ll leave full and happy with half the guilt!
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As if a $28 three-course meal isn’t enticing enough, The Seattle Restaurant Cooperative and The Seattle Times is spicing up Seattle Restaurant Week with a QR code contest to win some hard to beat prizes. Don’t count yourself out for this one. All you need is an appetite, a smartphone, and some savvy seeking skills.
Here’s how it will work – Starting April 8, participating restaurants will be hiding a QR code somewhere in their restaurant. When you arrive, the seeking begins and it’s your job to craftily seek out where the QR may be. Once you find it, scan the barcode with either an iPhone or Android smartphone. This will automatically enter you to win a variety of prizes including:
A hotel stay for two at Mayflower Park Hotel with parking and breakfast for two at Andaluca.
A progressive dinner at Nell’s Restaurant, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, and Dahlia Lounge.
A $75 gift card to Flying Fish
A $50 gift card to Tilth restaurant
Each diner can only scan the code once within a 24-hour period. If we’re doing our math correctly, this will give you 10 days to dash around different restaurants and find their QR code. We hear you… what’s a contest without a few clues along the way, right? Leave it to SRW to make this contest even easier, with some added “umph” to your savvy competitive side. Facebook will keep you up to speed as well as following #EatnSeek, @SeattleRW and any of the participating restaurants on Twitter. Together, these platforms will be providing clues to help guide you in the right direction.
Don’t be fooled, you don’t have to be tech savvy to win this one. After all, this may be the one and only time it becomes politically correct to whip out your cell phone during dinner…don’t miss the opportunity!
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Cafe Flora is celebrating the New Year in two delicious ways!
First, end 2011 with a beautiful four-course dinner in Cafe Flora’s atrium on December 31st. Cost is $45 per person, reservations required and run 5-10 p.m. Add wine pairings for each course or sip on signature cocktails and bubbly to ring in 2012!
On January 1st start the New Year with a hearty vegetarian brunch buffet including a variety of house-made Bloody Mary’s! It’s the only buffet Cafe Flora offers all year. Cost is $25 per person, $12.50 for kids under 12, reservations required for large parties only, brunch offered from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Call 206-325-9100 for reservations or visit CafeFlora.com
V – Can be made Vegan
GF – Can be made or is Gluten Free
New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu – Dec 31st
Celery Root soup with truffle oil and a petite celery & parsley leaf salad
Gougere stuffed with garlicky escarole and roasted root vegetables. Served with black trumpet mushrooms over a Jerusalem artichoke sauce
Persimmon and quinoa gyoza with quince cake, sautéed wild mushroom, rapini, and a ginger carrot sauce (v,gf)
Red wine poached pear with frisee salad, champagne vinaigrette and toasted Marcona almonds (v,gf)
Lucky Orange Cake
Citrus, almond and olive oil cake, honey balsamic roasted figs, goat milk ice cream with a cateja ribbon
New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet Menu – Jan 1st
Fresh fruit platter (v)
Candied orange espresso coffee cake (v) and Cinnamon sugar doughnuts (v)
with cranberry jam and spiced mascarpone
Caesar- crispy romaine, fried capers, parmesan, caesar dressing (v,gf)
Winter slaw- cabbage, apples, fennel, almonds tossed in a champagne cider creme fraîche (gf)
Kale- Wilted kale, roasted beets, crunchy red onion, fresh pomegranate seeds in a cayenne orange cumin vinaigrette (v,gf)
Grilled vegetable platter- assorted grilled vegetables, balsamic reduction, gorgonzola crumbles
Root vegetable latkes- Root vegetable latkes, spicy applesauce, chive sour cream (v,gf)
Forager scramble- Eggs or tofu scrambled with roasted butternut and delicata squash, crimini mushrooms, seasonal foraged winter mushrooms, and fresh sage (v,gf)
Bread pudding french toast- Cubed brioche baked in rich custard, topped with rum raisins and salted maple caramel
Spanish Fritatta- Potato, spinach and onion fritatta topped with olive tapenade, smoked tomato coulis and shaved manchego
Roasted potatoes (v,gf)
Cheesy grits (gf)
Collard greens (v,gf)
HoppinJohn stew (v,gf)
TAGS: Brunch, Buffet, Dining, Gluten Free, New Year's Day, New Years Eve, Vegan, Vegetarian
We’re thrilled to announce our newest client, Cafe Flora! This vegetarian landmark is well-known in Seattle and throughout the country as one of the leaders in elevated, delicious, vegetarian cuisine. They practically created the farm to table experience and cooking with fresh, local, seasonal ingredients well before it was the standard for restaurants.
We’re excited to share some fun announcements with you in the coming weeks and months so stay tuned! If you’ve yet to experience Cafe Flora we highly recommend you stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour and check out their creative menu offerings like the famous Portobello Mushroom French Dip, a seasonal stone-fired pizza with delicata squash and housemade pastries and desserts.
Follow Cafe Flora on Twitter and Facebook for menu specials, events and happenings!
TAGS: Dining, Gluten Free, restaurant, Vegan, Vegetarian