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  • Gobble Up Thanksgiving Feasts at Local Restaurants 11.14.16

    Flavor abounds this holiday season as several of Seattle’s top restaurants take the stress out of Thanksgiving by offering delicious holiday dinners and convenient to-go options. Menus range from holiday classics and to-go options for family affairs to unique turkey day alternatives, including a long-running vegetarian feast, a French influenced dinner, and seafood options served right alongside traditional fixings.

    Italian Family-Style Feast at Agrodolce  

    Chef Maria Hines provides a family-style, Italian-inspired Thanksgiving feast that mixes the finest seasonal ingredients with traditional Sicilian recipes at Agrodolce. Intended to be shared with family, friends and loved ones, the three-course menu starts off with House Made Focaccia, Arugula and Radicchio Salad and Alvarez Purple Potato Zeppoli with salmon roe and Meyer lemon aioli. The festive feast continues with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, house-milled Acorn Squash Cavatelli and organic Turkey Breast with roasted yams and sweet potatoes and agrodolce onions. For something sweet, Agrodolce is serving up beautiful Pumpkin Cheesecake with sheep’s milk ricotta, quince and pumpkin seed brittle.

    The family-style dinner, offered from 3 – 6 p.m., is $65 per person with optional wine pairings for $35. Full menu details can be viewed here. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting agrodolcerestaurant.net or by calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street.

    Agrodolce


    Celebrate Cafe Flora’s 25th Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving 

    Long-standing traditions are what Thanksgiving is about, and Cafe Flora’s celebration is no exception! For 25 years Cafe Flora has offered a memorable, vegetarian Thanksgiving and this year it takes form in two thoughtfully crafted, four-course menus for the whole family. The adult four-course menu includes seasonally-inspired options such as Heirloom Potato, Celery Root, and Black Garlic Soup with black pepper shortbread (available vegan/gluten free), Marsala Mushroom and Cauliflower Ragout over roasted squash with smashed rutabaga and Yukon gold potato, green bean fried shallots and fresh pomegranate-Asian pear chutney (vegan and gluten free), Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham crust, meringue, candied pepitas with chamomile anglaise (vegan and gluten free) and more. Cafe Flora also offers a four-course vegan and gluten-free kids menu with fun, tasty dishes including Cauliflower Potato Corn Chowder with crunchy onion rounds, Garden Salad with carrot ribbons, orange segments, pomegranate seeds and creamy ranch dressing, Mini Shepherd’s Pie with seasonal vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, served with green beans, crispy onions and cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream for dessert!

    The four-course menu is $75 per person; the kids menu is $25 for children age 12 and under. Full menus can be viewed by visiting cafeflora.com and reservations can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street.

     

    Cafe flora (thanksgiving)


    Inspired Thanksgiving Classics and To-Go Meals at Miller’s Guild 

    Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson presents a gorgeous Thanksgiving spread with dressed-up classic dishes at his wood-fired, craft cooking restaurant, Miller’s Guild. The same menu is offered for those that would rather enjoy the holiday at home around the dining room table. Either option will deliver a memorable Thanksgiving with Smoked Duram Ranch Wagyu Beef Prime Rib with truffled watercress and whipped horseradish or Turkey Leg Confit with shrapnel gravy. Sides include Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Schmaltz Stuffing with house made sourdough and more. For dessert, guests can indulge in Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie or Brown Sugar Apple Crisp with buttermilk vanilla ice cream. For those really looking to feast, Miller’s Guild offers extras such as Roasted Bella Bella Farms Foie Gras, Grilled King Crab Legs and Handmade Tagliatelle Pasta with parmesan fondue, shaved French black truffles pancetta and poached egg. Diners can also expect a carefully curated list of elegant white and red wines, sparkling champagnes and seasonally-inspired craft cocktails to be thankful for this year at Miller’s Guild including Fall Migration with aged Martinique rum, walnut liqueur, fresh cranberry juice and maple syrup.

    For those who prefer to enjoy their holiday dinner in the comfort of their own home, Miller’s Guild offers the Thanksgiving menu as a delicious and stress free to-go option, $49.85 per person. Orders must be placed by November 20 and picked up on November 23. The Thanksgiving dinner menu enjoyed at Miller’s Guild is $89 per adult and $48 per child age 12 and under. Full menu can be viewed here. Reservations and to-go orders can be made by calling 206.443.3663 or online at millersguild.com. Miller’s Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street.

    Miller's Guild


    Fresh, Flavorful Seafood and More at Iconic Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe 

    Seattle’s premiere seafood destinations, Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, offers elegant, holiday favorites and fresh seafood specialties. In the Boathouse, guests can enjoy a three-course a la carte Thanksgiving dinner. To start, guests can enjoy Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche, Autumn Chicory Salad or Dungeness Crab Cocktail. Main course options include Ray’s Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, green beans and gravy, Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef, Grilled King Salmon or Pan Seared Halibut. For dessert, Ray’s offers signature fresh-baked Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The three-course menu is available for $55 per person, half price for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  In the Cafe, Ray’s will showcase their signature Thanksgiving buffet. With a wide array of dishes to choose from, diners can assemble their perfect Thanksgiving feast with noteworthy options such as fresh-shucked Half Shell Oysters, Peel and Eat Prawns, and Alaskan Snow Crab at the Seafood Bar and Shucking StationHouse Smoked Northwest Salmon at the Carving Station, Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with cucumber, tomato, lemon and herbs, Manila Clams, Butter Whipped Washington Russet Potatoes, Oven Roasted Turkey, Traditional Herbed Stuffing, Glazed Carrots, a multitude of house-made seasonal desserts, and much more.

    The holiday buffet is available for $55 per person, $20 for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  Full menus can be viewed here. Reservations are required for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cafe. Boathouse reservations can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or visiting rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or visiting rays.com. The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

    Ray's (goes with the thanksgiving post)


    French-Inspired Fare to Be Thankful For at RN74 

    Newly announced Executive Chef Ben Godwin brings French-inspired fare and specially selected wines from RN74’s curated cellar for Thanksgiving dinner. The unique, delicious holiday offerings include Glazed Veal Sweetbreads with sunchoke, matsutake and sourdough paired with Walter Scott Chardonnay La Combe VerteShort Rib Bourguignon with oxtail croquette, pot roast vegetables and bone marrow custard accompanied by Va Piano Cabernet Blend OxButter Basted Heritage Turkey with roasted chestnut and foie gras stuffing and cranberry-orange compote paired with Frédéric Magnien Bourgogne Rouge, and Vanilla Beignet and Butterscotch Pudding with Smith-Woodhouse 10 year Tawny Port and more.

    The dinner menu is $70 per person; the wine pairing is an additional $35. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street.

    RN74 (thanksgiving)

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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.

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

    Distilleries:
    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    Sodo Spirits

    Breweries:
    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

    MG Patio 1 (min)


    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.

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

    Beneficiary:
    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
    Crush
    Essential Baking
    Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse
    Harvest Vine
    Jae’s Asian Bistro and Sushi
    Luc
    Northwest Catering
    Pagliacci Pizza
    Queen Bee
    Seattle Salads
    Simply Soulful
    The Spoon Project
    Thierry’s BBQ
    Voila

    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

    Breweries:
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Distilleries:
    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    SoDo Spirits

    Retailers:
    All The Best Pet Care
    Baas Framing Studio
    City People’s
    Fast Frame
    Fury Consignment
    Henrietta’s Hats
    Hoa Salon
    Honey Skin Spa
    Istina
    Jarbo Design
    Kate’s Day Spa
    Lavender Heart
    Lila Yoga
    Maison Lux
    Missi Lu
    Paragon Fitness
    River Song
    Sugarlump
    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
    Crush
    Dry Soda
    Essential Baking
    Harbor Point Coffee
    Harvest Vine
    Ines Patisserie
    Jae’s Asian Bistro & Sushi
    Luc
    Pagliacci
    Perrier
    Rover’s
    Seattle Salads
    The Spoon Project
    Voila! Bistrot

    Wineries:
    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

    Breweries:
    Fremont Brewing
    Mac & Jack’s Brewery
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Distilleries:
    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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  • Bastille Bash in Madison Valley July 14! 07.09.12



    MADISON VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZES FIRST BASTILLE DAY FESTIVAL JULY 14
    Live music, gourmet food, wine tasting and family activities

    SEATTLE—The neighborhood of Madison Valley will host their first “Bastille Bash” on Saturday, July 14, on East Madison Street from 27th to 29th Avenue. From 3–8 p.m. guests will enjoy Bastille Day celebrations and indulge in Seattle’s self-proclaimed European village with French inspired food from some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants, as well as wine tastings, live music, complimentary spa services, one-day sidewalk sales, giveaways and a variety of other special offerings hosted by Madison Valley boutiques and businesses.

    Tickets for food and wine will be sold at the event along East Madison Street. Small plates will be available for purchase for $2-6. A wine passport will be available for a $10 donation and will allow guests to taste wine at participating retail shops. Entertainment will include French band Vuelta La Luna playing from 3-5 p.m., and Rouge playing from 5-8 p.m., as well as troubadours, jugglers and kids activities in front of Sugarlump.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Response Center, a local nonprofit that provides unduplicated, essential legal and counseling services to children under 18 in east and north King County, who have experienced severe abuse, trauma and child crimes. For more information please visit childrensresponsecenter.org

    Bastille Bash Participating Businesses:

    Restaurants
    Crush
    Cafe Flora
    El Portal Coffee
    Essential Baking Co
    Harvest Vine
    Ines Patisserie
    Jae’s Asian Bistro
    La Cote
    Luc
    New York Cupcake
    Rover’s
    Voila Bistrot

    Organizations
    Bailey-Boushay House
    ChickChat
    Children’s Response Center
    CleanScapes
    Coyote Central
    F.A.M.E.
    Madison Valley Community Council
    McGilvra School
    Seattle Greenways
    Seattle Police Dept

    Retailers
    Bass Fine Art
    City Peoples
    Design 10301
    Eyeware Gallery
    Fast Frame
    Functional Health
    Fury Clothing
    Honey Skin Spa
    Lavender Heart
    Lila Yoga
    Missi Lu
    River Song
    Veritables
    Vian Hunter

    Kid’s Activities
    Baby Genius
    Birth and Beyond
    Sugarlump
    Thrive

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