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  • 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!

    Find out more online at friendsoflittlesaigon.org.

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  • Bite of Seattle Returns this Weekend – What to Check Out! Jul. 18-20! 07.18.14



    This coming weekend, today through July 20, the community-gathering, food frenzy, Bite of Seattle returns and it promises to be better than ever!

    First and foremost come big changes at the traffic-driving Alley! For the first year ever, The Alley will be hosted by Chef Jason Wilson:
    Where: Alki Courtyard
    When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday
    What: Multi-course meals prepared by Seattle’s best restaurants (Menu changes daily)
    Price: $10 admission
    Beneficiary: Food Lifeline

    That’s right, the award-winning Miller’s Guild and Crush chef/owner Jason Wilson will be hitting the grill and coordinating his restaurant friends for delicious bites to benefit Food Lifeline as the new host of The Alley (read more in The Seattle Times)!, The Alley will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alki Courtyard (North side of Key Arena). For only $10, you are guaranteed a multi-course meal consisting of top-notch bites from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s up and comers, including Ravish, Skillet Diner, Salty’s, Pinkabella Cupcakes, Manhattan, and more!

    The menu changes every day, but as host of the event, Chef Jason Wilson will serve up his savory Niman Ranch Beef Brisket with Washington blueberry corn mojo every day.

    All of the proceeds from The Alley will benefit Food Lifeline, a local hunger relief organization that directly feeds hungry people of Western Washington. For every $1 donated, Food Lifeline can provide a full day of food to one individual. There will also be more opportunities to donate to Food Lifeline at The Alley.

    Other events not to be missed include The Bite Cooks! with Chef Thierry Rautureau!

    The Bite Cooks!
    Where: Rooftop of Fisher Pavilion, just south of the International Fountain at Seattle Center
    When:
    Friday: Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Saturday: Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonté Café, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Sam Crannell of LloydMartin, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    What: Live cooking entertainment showcases and recipe handouts.
    Price: Free admission

    Watch some of our favorite chefs perform in cooking demonstrations and live cook offs this weekend! This year, The Bite Cooks! is at a brand new location outdoors on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop. Come by the event for FREE to enjoy cooking demonstrations and programming segments prepared by Seattle’s finest chefs. Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik. Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonte Café, and Sam Crannell of LloydMartin are all making appearances this weekend and are ready to whip up their best dishes and tease your senses! Not to worry, they’ll be handing out recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home!

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