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  • Holiday Gift Packages from Shanik + Fonté Coffee! 11.25.14

    It’s time for holiday shopping and gifting! Save time and impress your loved ones with unique, local gift sets, pre-prepackaged for you. Shanik Restaurant and Fonté Coffee Roaster have the perfect gift packages for family and friends this holiday season.

    Short on time? Gift cards are also available at the following restaurants and retailers! Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Cafe Flora, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, Pure Barre Seattle & Eastside, and Diaper Stork.

    Fonté Coffee Roaster Holiday Blend + Coffee Mug



    Fonté Coffee Roaster is gearing up for the holidays with a new blend and an opportunity to give back to children in the community. This year marks the 22nd annual Fonté Holiday Blend and the micro-roaster will once again donate all profits from the sale of Holiday Blend to the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool.

    The Holiday Blend is a roasted combination of a honey process Sumatra, semi-washed El Salvador, and fully washed Sulawesi. It is heavy bodied with notes of candied fruit, bright apple and mango and long lean chocolate finish. Purchase the blend as a gift package complete with a 12oz bag and a sleek, black Fonté Kleen Kanteen for only $35. The Holiday Blend gift package is available for purchase online or at Fonté Café, located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

    All profits from the sale of Fonté’s Holiday Blend will be donated to Pike Market Child Care and Preschool’s nutrition programs. It is their mission to make quality child care and family support accessible to families of all income levels. PMCCP’s on-site nutrition program meets more than 70% of the student’s daily nutritional needs providing breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks. All meals are cooked on-site, from scratch, with whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. Learn more about their program here.

    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set with Turkish Wine
    Spice it up this holiday season and gift family and friends the opportunity to cook with Shanik’s housemade spices, drink fine Turkish wine, and serve up a delicious, healthy side dish.

    Chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik is combining three special items for Shanik’s holiday gift package this year: a Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and a Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a staple in every Indian household. Shanik hand-sifts, roasts, and grinds the spices in-house. The traditional spice set includes Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    Meeru is excited to include a special Turkish wine with her gift sets this year: a 2011 Diren Karmena Red Blend. The Karmena Red blend consists of five different grapes, indigenous to Turkey and international variety. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot make up the balanced and delicious Red Blend, giving it body, spiciness and supple character.

    Rounding out the package is an exceptional recipe from Shanik’s kitchen, Cauliflower Potato Purée. The recipe is a perfect substitute for rice, bread, or plain mashed potatoes. Shanik serves its Cauliflower Potato Purée with many of their grilled or seared meats.

    The complete gift package with Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe is $50, and is available at Shanik’s Market, next door to the restaurant. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

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  • Celebrate Fonté Café’s 5 Year Anniversary! Sept 19-21 09.17.14



    Fonté Café is celebrating five years in the making this weekend, September 19-21, with a special anniversary menu! The celebratory menu introduces a unique four-course dinner featuring Fonté’s specialties, including their handmade pasta and ingredients sourced from the nearby Pike Place Market.

    To create the anniversary menu, Fonté Café invited back James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson of Seattle’s Crush and Miller’s Guild. Chef Wilson originally mentored and consulted on the opening menu for the Café and now, five years later, Chef Wilson and Fonté’s own Chef Kristofer Kalinczok collaborated to create this weekend’s special menu comprised of beautiful ingredients masterfully combined into a memorable soup, salad, dinner, and dessert!


    Chef Jason Wilson

    The anniversary weekend kicks off this Friday, September 19, with a celebratory evening full of delicious dining. Both Chef Wilson and Chef Kalinczok will be in attendance for the event, starting at 7 p.m. with complimentary small plates, including Cassis Braised Pork Cheek with an apple gremolata, and Grilled Sea Scallop with succotash. After the reception, enjoy the duo’s deliciously prepared four-course meal, listed below.

    Anniversary Menu ($50 a person, optional wine pairing for an additional $15)
    Soup: Carrot soup with curry and basil
    Salad: Grilled peaches with duck confit, serrano ham, manchego and verjus
    Dinner: Braised beef cheek, horseradish mignonette with creamed grains and kale
    Dessert: Coffee flour espresso Tahitian vanilla bean profiteroles with coffee flour ice cream

    Reservations are required by calling (206) 777.6193 or via the website.

    Can’t make it out Friday night? You can still partake in the anniversary celebration all weekend long:
    • The special four-course menu is also offered on Saturday and Sunday evenings, beginning at 5 p.m.
    Happy Hour menu, Friday – Sunday, 3-6 p.m. featuring small plates created by Chef Wilson and Chef Kalinczok for just $5 a piece:

        Anniversary Happy Hour Small Plates $5
        Cassis Braised Pork Cheek with an apple gremolata
        Grilled Sea Scallop with Succotash
        Country Terrine
        Truffled Chèvre Stuffed Gougeres

    Award-winning F2 blend for just $5.55 (1 lb bag of beans or ground).

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