• University District Food Bank’s 19th Annual Auction is Oct. 18! 10.07.14


    Join us Saturday, October 18th for the University District Food Bank’s 19th annual benefit auction. The food bank works diligently, year-round to help individuals and families across Northeast Seattle receive basic nutrition.

    This year’s auction will be a rooting-tooting good time with a hoedown theme at St. Demetrios Hall in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood. Don your cowboy boots and hat, if you are so inclined, and join in the fun!

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Silent auction begins at 6:15 p.m. with champagne and appetizers. At 7 p.m. guests will take their seats for a family-style dinner followed by an exciting live auction to round out the evening.

    Come on out for a chance to bid on great items like international travel packages, chef tasting dinners in your home, the wine magnum rodeo, and the ever popular dessert roundup (aka dessert dash). Buy your tickets here! Your ticket includes event admission, appetizers, a seated family-style dinner, and beer/wine/soda.

    Ticket Information:
    • Individual tickets are $90 each.
    • Patron level tickets are $150 each.
    • Patron level tickets include a donation to the food bank, recognition in the
    auction catalog, upgraded wine, a themed thank you gift, and entry into a special
    raffle drawing.

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  • Help Year Up close the Opportunity Divide in Puget Sound! 08.26.14

    Photo Credit: Geekwire

    Year Up Puget Sound is making impressive strides in closing the Opportunity Divide in the greater Seattle area! The national nonprofit provides low-income, urban, young adults the opportunity to gain professional and technical skills that they can apply to the workforce. Year Up students, aged 18-24, participate in a yearlong intensive training program which includes six months of professional training in IT, finance, or customer service; six months in a corporate internship with a respected company; up to 27 college credits from Bellevue College; a weekly stipend; and guidance and support form a staff advisor or professional mentor.

    Since Year Up Puget Sound opened their doors in March 2011, over 215 students have graduated from their program. For the first six months of the program students spend their time in the classroom developing key hard and soft skills for professional environments. The students spend the next six months interning for one of Year Up’s partnering companies. Many students focus on developing their technology skills to earn jobs in local tech companies and start ups in the Seattle area. Companies such as Microsoft, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Google, Zillow and more offer internships to Year Up Puget Sound participants.

    How You Can Help!
    Join Year Up at their second annual Professional Olympics on Wednesday, October 8, to raise funds for their important programs and help close the Opportunity Divide in Seattle! All funds raised provide low-income students the chance to enter the professional world when they may not have had the opportunity otherwise.

    Participating students will compete to take home the gold while they show off their new skills! Check out what Geekwire had to say about the 2013 Professional Olympics and Year Up’s important programs.

    The fundraising luncheon features:
    – Networking with Year Up students
    – The journey of a Year Up student
    – Local business and community leaders
    – Year Up students competing on stage, performing a variety of tasks that showcase their newly developed professional and technical skills
    – Reception and lunch by Wild Ginger

    RSVP to Landon at by September 24 to secure your seat!

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  • Dine at Coastal Kitchen Oct. 30 & Support Lifelong AIDS Alliance 10.26.12

    If you haven’t checked out the newly remodeled Coastal Kitchen and its packed oyster bar then you’re missing out! Whether fresh shucked oysters are your weakness or morning breakfast gets your day started right, Coastal Kitchen is giving you ever reason in the book to dine with them on October 30 and raise money for a great cause with Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

    All day long from open to close on October 30, Coastal Kitchen will be celebrating its remodel and its 20 years in the Capitol Hill neighborhood by giving 30% of the days proceeds to fellow Capitol Hill neighbor, Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

    What do you need to do? It couldn’t get any easier. Stop by or make a reservation at Coastal Kitchen for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night on October 30 and dine! Dine on the new menus and old favorites, from the well-known coffee cake to omelets, clam chowder to po’boys, fresh shucked oysters to paella and burgers. Even cocktails from the new cocktail bar, wine, beer and housemade limoncello can be ordered for a good cause.

    Want to learn more about Lifelong AIDS Alliance? They are a non-profit organization that empowers people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. Lifelong helps people access health insurance, provides healthy meals, ensures that people have a safe place to live, and prevents new HIV infections through educational outreach and advocacy. Based in Seattle, Lifelong is the Pacific Northwest’s largest AIDS service organization. Learn more at

    Now that’s a great cause!

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  • How to get your first taste of Dry Fly bourbon 07.29.11

    The lines started two days in advance for the Spokane release of Dry Fly Distilling’s highly-anticipated bourbon. Seattle still has time to wait it out with its release of only 240 bottles on Saturday, August 6.

    BUT, we know how you can taste it first! Drumroll . . .

    Dry Fly is holding a First Taste event and fundraiser on Friday, August 5 at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle. Not only is it a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Chairities and Casting 4 A Cure, but they’ll be auctioning off a bourbon package, raffling off spots so you don’t have to stand in line two days in advance to get your bottle, and the best part – you get to be the first to taste the bourbon that will forever live as Washington’s first bourbon!

    Grab your tickets before they’re gone – click on the invite below for the details that get you access.

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  • Restaurant Week Holds Food Lifeline Fundraiser 08.23.10

    Seattle Restaurant Week Holds Public Fundraiser for Food Lifeline August 24
    Chefs Celebrate with Fundraiser and $1,000 Gift Card Raffle

    WHAT: Seattle Restaurant Week is ramping up for the Oct 17-28 celebration by holding a community food drive and fundraiser for Food Lifeline on Aug. 24, 10 to 11 a.m. With over 120 restaurants participating in Seattle Restaurant Week, chefs will gather to celebrate the county-wide promotion at Olympic Sculpture Park and collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for Western Washington hunger relief through Food Lifeline.

    The public is invited to attend this free event, mingle with up to 124 chefs of local restaurants and donate to Food Lifeline. For every piece of non-perishable food and for every dollar donated the donor will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win $1,000 worth of gift certificates to Seattle Restaurant Week restaurants.

    WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 24. 10 to 11 a.m.

    10 to 10:45 a.m.: Donations accepted

    10:20 a.m.: Welcome speeches by Seattle Restaurant Cooperative and Food Lifeline representatives

    10:30 a.m.: Group chef shot

    11 a.m.: Raffle drawing

    WHERE: Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

    The event will take place on the Moseley Path near the main entrance of Paccar Pavilion (corner of Western Avenue and Broad Street).

    WHO: As many as 124 chefs from Seattle Restaurant Week, Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, representatives from Food Lifeline and attending public. Please find the full list of Seattle Restaurant Week participants attached. 

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Of the more than 675,000 people Food Lifeline serves each year, 37% are children. The food and funds collected from efforts such as Seattle Restaurant Week will go toward feeding hungry children in Western Washington. These efforts are especially important for hungry children during the summer months, when school meal programs are unavailable and food bank supplies run low.

    Among the key findings in Hunger in America 2010’s Western Washington report:

    • 42% of individuals visiting emergency food programs reported they have to choose between paying their rent or mortgage and food.
    • 38% of households surveyed reported having one or more adults working, and of those who have worked or are working, 19% have or have had managerial or professional jobs.
    • Out of the adults at agencies who pick up food, 22% are uninsured, and 53% had unpaid medical or hospital bills.
    • 54% of households are currently receiving SNAP benefits. These benefits usually only last 2.4 weeks.

    Seattle Restaurant Week is a county-wide dining celebration intended to thank the dining public for its support while providing restaurants an opportunity to present a high-quality menu that will attract regular diners and new guests. The promotion has grown from 106 restaurants in the inaugural spring 2010 promotion to 124 participants for the second promotion this fall, Oct. 17-28, Sun. through Thurs. only.

    The chefs will be gathered at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a group shot to be used for Seattle Restaurant Week marketing purposes. Media is welcome to take photos of the group, film or interview chefs throughout the event.

    About Food Lifeline

    Food Lifeline is a local hunger relief organization, efficiently serving the Western Washington area by using 95 percent of revenue to directly feed hungry people. Last year the organization delivered 19 million meals to hungry people through its network of nearly 300 food banks, meal programs and shelters. Food Lifeline is also a member of the national organization, Feeding America. For more information about Food Lifeline or to make a tax-deductible donation, log onto or call 206-545-6600.

    About Seattle Restaurant Week

    Seattle Restaurant Week, held twice annually, offers diners a $25 three-course menu and optional $15 three-course lunch, Sunday through Thursday; excluding Friday and Saturday, at participating area restaurants. The promotion is open to any King County restaurant that can offer a value driven menu for $25. Seattle Restaurant Week is operated by the Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, a non-profit association united to represent local area restaurants. Seattle Restaurant Cooperative board members include restaurateurs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Flying Fish, John Howie Restaurants, Spring Hill, Tilth and Tom Douglas Restaurants. For more information visit the website, launching Sept. 16 at, on Twitter @SeattleRW and Facebook

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