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  • Sweet Iron Waffle Bar Brings Waffles + More to Capitol Hill! 12.06.16

    Sweet Iron


    Sweet Iron Waffle Bar, a local family owned business with a downtown café, has opened its second, larger location on Capitol Hill on November 7, 2016 at 1416 10th Avenue, Seattle 98122 in the new Broadstone Infinity building.

     

    In a casual café atmosphere, Sweet Iron Waffle Bar’s new 1370 square-foot Capitol Hill café features freshly made, authentic Liège Belgian waffles for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or grab-and-go boxes by the dozen, as well as a mimosa bar.

     

    Since 2009 Adrienne Jeffrey and her two children Danielle Jeffrey and Paul Jeffrey have been supplying locals, tourists and office workers with a fresh alternative to fried donuts and pastries in their downtown café. Sweet Iron’s specialty Liège Belgian waffle is made with a brioche style yeasted dough, made with locally milled Shepherd’s Grain Flour, then lightly candied with sweet pearls of sugar imported from Europe. The dough rises for two hours before being pressed into an authentic cast iron Belgian waffle iron and baked to rich, caramelized perfection.

     

    Waffles are topped with a choice of quality sweet and savory ingredients, many of which are house made including jams, sauces and compotes. Favorites include: Brûléed Bananas with caramel and whipped cream, or the savory Prosciutto, Crème Fraîche and Green Onions. Mini waffles are available by the dozen and come dusted with powdered sugar, or dipped in dark or white chocolate. 

     

    Sweet Iron will introduce a gluten free waffle at the Capitol Hill location and other new menu items including a “waffle bake” with their signature waffles baked in a rich custard offered exclusively as a weekend brunch item on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can also look for rotating seasonal waffle flavors and unique waffle alternatives including Ice Cream Sundaes using Full Tilt ice cream, Yoghurt Parfaits with berry compote, greek yogurt and Tall Grass Bakery coconut granola and Vegan Chia Parfaits with coconut cream chia pudding, raspberry compote, mango mousse and almonds.

     

    Beverages features fresh-pressed citrus juice available on its own or in mimosa form, alongside Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee, a selection of local and Belgian-imported beer and wine and organic loose-leaf teas.

     

    Hours are Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–midnight, Saturday 8 a.m. – midnight Sunday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

     

    Sweet Iron is also available for catering small and large events via pick up or drop-off. Orders can be placed online at shop.sweetironwaffle.com

     

    About Sweet Iron Waffle Bar

    Sweet Iron Waffle Bar is a local, family-owned business bringing deliciously authentic Liège waffles to Seattle since 2009. Waffles are made from brioche style dough, studded with sweet pearls of sugar and baked to caramelized perfection in a cast iron waffle iron. Sweet Iron uses the finest all-natural ingredients at both their downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill locations for its menu of sweet and savory, made-to-order Belgian waffles. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or book for catering at local events. Sweet Iron waffles are also available at CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field during game days.

     

    Sweet Iron’s recipes were created by Adrienne Jeffrey and were inspired by the waffles she grew up eating as a child. Before opening in 2009 she and daughter Danielle made a research trip to Belgium to take waffle-making classes, sample local waffles, and perfect their recipes. www.sweetironwaffles.com

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  • Cafe Flora Celebrates 25 Years this October! 09.26.16



    Cafe Flora in Madison Valley is turning 25 this October! It began as a pioneer in local farm-to-table vegetarian dining in 1991, working with small farms, before it was common practice among restaurants. Since then they have been recognized nationally for their award-winning, creative vegetarian dishes in Bon Appetit, The Food Network, Vegetarian Times, Travel + Leisure and more.

    Cafe Flora is a staple in the Seattle community and a beloved gathering place for Madison Valley residents. They were founded by three friends who wanted to create a place for locals to gather and also support the opening of the Bailey-Boushay House. The restaurant took off, enticing diners with flavorful and hearty vegetarian dishes with international flavors and farm-to-table produce. They have been a leader in local, sustainable, vegetarian and vegan dining ever since, growing to include an extensive and excellent selection of gluten free offerings.

    Greatest Hits Menu – Sunday, October 2nd to Thursday, October 6th, 2016
    To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Cafe Flora will feature a special Greatest Hits dinner menu designed by four of Cafe Flora’s notable chefs from the last 25 years, including founding chef Jim Watkins, and a kick off night of roll back 1991 prices. They will also donate a percentage of drink sales for the month of October to Bailey-Boushay House. The Greatest Hits menu will run October 2-6 starting at 5 p.m. Reservations available for parties of 6 or more at 206-325-9100. More details at cafeflora.com!

    Sunday, October 2nd – Roll back to 1991 pricing!
    To kick off the celebration on Sunday, October 2 at 5 p.m., prices will roll back to 1991 pricing for one night only! This evening 50 percent of the sales for Otis Kenyon wines and the Madison Cocktail will be donated to Bailey-Boushay House.

    Greatest Hits Dinner Menu: A la carte or as a $25 four-course tasting menu
    Appetizer: Crispy Butternut Wontons $4.75
    Created by Chef Janine Doran (Cafe Flora’s current head chef): Butternut pate, arugula, avocado, chili aioli, truffle aioli, cilantro rice vinaigrette.

    Salad: Harvest Salad $6.50
    Created by Chef Sarah Wong (former Cafe Flora sous chef): Charred romaine, corn-buttermilk dressing, scarlet runner beans tomato squash “succotash” with crispy okra.

    Entrée: Oaxaca Tacos $9.75
    Created by Chef Jim Watkins (Cafe Flora’s founding chef): Corn tortillas filled with cheesy mashed potatoes, with black bean stew, smoky braised greens, fire roasted salsa, lime creme fraiche.

    Dessert: Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding $4.75
    Created by Chef Leslie Pettigrew (former Cafe Flora pastry chef): Pumpkin chocolate bread pudding with bourbon anglaise.

    Wine + Cocktail Pairing: $25 per person
    Starter – Madison Cocktail: rye whisky, Remedy Teas Earl Grey infused vermouth, angostura bitters
    Salad – Otis Kenyon Roussane
    Entree – Otis Kenyon Matchless Red
    Dessert – BroVo Jammy Vermouth

    October 2nd Chef’s Table + Tasting Area:
    On Sunday, October 2 from 6-8 p.m. the front section of Cafe Flora will be dedicated as a tasting area to highlight a selection of their beloved local partnerships. Guests can taste and sample goods from local business before they sit down to dinner, including: CommuniTea, BroVo Spirits, Stumptown Coffee and Otis Kenyon Winery.

    October 3-6: Greatest Hits Menu Continues
    From October 3-6 the dinner menu will go back to 2016 pricing for a la carte and the four-course tasting menu at $45 per person. The wine and cocktail pairing will remain at $25 from October 3-6 and for the month of October a percentage of sales from select wine and cocktails will be donated to Bailey-Boushay House.

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  • Late April Food + Drink Events 04.20.16

    April is full of great food and beverage events! See what’s in store at local restaurants and bars, then mark your calendars and hit the town!

     

    Seattle Restaurant Week through Thursday

    More than 165 restaurants are taking part in Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) this Spring. For two more days, you can enjoy eating and drinking for a deal at some of the areas best restaurants, featuring local foods and innovative chefs. Experience a new restaurant, go to a favorite spot or relax over dinner after a long day.

     

    Participating restaurants offer three-course dinner menus at $30 while many also offer $15 two-course lunch menus. Each menu has at least three options under each course, many with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free selections. A wide range of different cuisines means everyone enjoys their Seattle Restaurant Week experience!

     

    Eat, drink and be merry during SRW at some of our favorite restaurant picks:

     

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    Seafood with a beautiful view at Ray’s Boathouse and Café

    Guests dining at Ray’s in Ballard are in for a treat with unique dishes inspired by sustainable seafood and seasonal goods. The Café is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner and it’s a great opportunity to indulge in the Boathouse! Guests can enjoy scenic views of Puget Sound and the Olympics, while savoring fresh and beautifully prepared seafood, local wine, and classic and speciality cocktails.

     

    The SRW menus:

     

    Cafe Lunch:

    • Oregon Bay Shrimp Cocktail
    • Grilled Washington Asparagus

    Café Dinner:

    • Seasonal Fish, served with salad, mushrooms and chimichurri
    • Grilled Double R Ranch Flank Steak with blue cheese, mashed potatoes, balsamic glaze and wilted spinach

    Boathouse Dinner:

    Starters:

    • Smoked Idaho Trout
    • Warm Mushroom Salad

    Entrees:

    • House-made Pappardelle served with spring peas
    • Anderson Ranch Lamb

    Dessert:

    • Panna cotta
    • Sorbet

    (All gluten free)

     

    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

     

    Maria Hines’ Tilth

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines’ critically acclaimed New American restaurant, Tilth, in Wallingford, is the perfect place to enjoy organic dishes, with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Hines has created a signature menu with delicious options for SRW including gluten free and vegan options.

     

    For starters, treat your taste buds to:

    • Sunchoke Soup
    • Asparagus dishes

    Then move on to mouth-watering entrees:

    • Carnaroli Risotto served with vegetables including English peas and roasted carrots

    To finish, consume:

    • Gluten free, vegan Cashew “Cheesecake”
    • Delightful Yarmuth Farms Goat Cheese Parfait

     

    Golden Beetle SRW

     

    Explore Mediterranean cuisine at Golden Beetle

    At Golden Beetle, chef Maria Hines takes inspiration from countries including Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt to create Mediterranean menus using local, organic ingredients.

    The SRW lunch menu features a Greek-inspired dish of:

    • Pork and Lamb Gyro served with pita bread, yogurt and cabbage slaw

    Notable choices from the dinner menu include:

    • Cyprian inspired Grilled Halloumi Cheese
    • Berber Spiced Grilled Chicken Kabob
    • Turkish style pizza – Uli’s Lamb Merguez Pide

    If you still have room for dessert, Golden Beetle offers dishes such as:

    • Black Walnut Baklava
    • Cardamom Milk Pudding

     

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    Southern Italian + Sicilian cuisine at Agrodolce

    Maria Hines brings the cuisine of southern Italy to Fremont at Agrodolce. Combining Italian classics such as handcrafted pasta with local and organic ingredients, Agrodolce always creates a memorable dining experience.

     

    Italian starters encompass:

    • Grilled Bruschetta served with seasonal caponata

    Entrees feature:

    • Durum Spaghetti and Taylor Shellfish Clams served with pickled chilli, castelvetrano olives and fresh mint
    • Ricotta Cavatelli with spicy sausage

    Each dish is offered at both lunch and dinner, giving you two opportunities a day to enjoy!

     

    Desserts:

    • Gelato
    • Sorbet
    • Theo Chocolate Polenta Cake

    Agrodolce is a great place to experience Italian cuisine in a thoughtful, sustainable and organic way!

     

    Bell + Whete Turkish Lamb Shank, Cod Brandade, Beet Salad

     

    A modern view on tradition at Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events

    The Bell +Whete in Belltown believe that a great meal has three aspects. The company you keep, a lovely beverage and meals created from fresh ingredients.

     

    For SRW, the European orientated dinner menu includes dishes with a variety of ingredients.

     

    Starters:

    • Kale & Salami, Manchego, Hemp Seed, Kalamata Vinaigrette

    Entrees:

    • Rotisserie Cauliflower with Grilled Radicchio
    • Pepperonata Braised Hog with Crisp Polenta

    Desserts:

    • Coffee Flan
    • Chocolate Pot de Crème
    • Apple Rosemary Crostada

    This SRW meal will not be compete without one of their 66 international and local beers that are on tap.

     

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    Sustainable comfort fare at Local 360 Café & Bar

    Local 360 Café & Bar in Belltown focuses on serving sustainable food that is grown and harvested by farmers who look after their land, with 90% of their ingredients coming from around Seattle.

     

    For Seattle Restaurant Week, guests can enjoy:

     

    Unique starters:

    • Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Dip served with potato chips
    • White Bean Soup served with Local 360’s Lamb Bacon

    Fresh entrees:

    • Rabbit Gnocchi with Spring Nettles
    • Garnacha Braised Beef Shank with Green Garlic Potatoes
    • Caramelized Cauliflower Steak served with Carrot Mousse

    Handmade desserts:

    • Delicious flavors of ice cream
    • Fruit cobbler, all of which are handmade

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    Radler week through April 22 + Reinheitsgebot on April 23

    While the U.S. doesn’t have 500 years of beer history, you can be thankful that the Germans do! This year marks the 500th anniversary of Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Beer Law) – a law that defines the taste of beer today. On April 23, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the enactment of Reinheisgebot by the only way that seems fit – drinking beer! Food specials, live music and special anniversary beers from Germany created specifically for this event, will be offered beginning at 11 a.m. until close.

     

    Leading up to Reinheitsgebot, Radler Week will take place. During the week, celebrate with 0.5L for $5 or 1L for $10 of Bitburger’s Radler. Guests also have the opportunity to enter a raffle and win prizes such as Sounders and Mariners tickets, glass Bitburger boots and more. Radler Week will also highlight Weihenstephaner’s new beer, a kellerbier called 1516, brewed specially for Reinheisgebot. There will also be music and food to complement the beer and bring the celebration in true German fashion.

     

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    Passover at Golden Beetle from April 23-30

    James Beard Award-winning chef, Maria Hines is celebrating Passover at Golden Beetle, her Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in Ballard, from April 23-30. Her menu embraces traditions while adding her unique, award-winning touch.

     

    To celebrate, Hines has constructed a bold and flavorful tasting menu, whereby each course corresponds to a specific food that is traditionally found on a Seder plate during Passover. The Seder plate is used to re-tell the story of how Moses, under the instructions of God, led the Jews to freedom in Egypt in 1300 BCE.

     

    The menu can be found online or below with Kosher wine pairings and symbolic meanings. The five courses are courses available for $50 per person. There is also an optional wine pairing for $25 per person

     

    First course

    Fried Soft Boiled Egg with asparagus, harissa aioli and fried shallot

    Wine pairing: Kedem, Champagne, New York

    What this represents on the Seder plate: Beitzah

    Beitzah symbolizes the Passover offering, commonly called Hagigah. It also represents the circle of life, death and rebirth and reminds us we are all part of one universe.

     

    Second course

    Grilled Romaine Heart with black olive vinaigrette, almond and feta

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Karpas

    Karpas – Represents the spring harvest. It is dipped in salt water to symbolize the tears that the Jews shed while in slavery in Egypt.

     

    Third course

    Sablefish Ball Soup with root vegetable confetti, preserve lemon and zaatar

    Wine pairing: Barken, Chardonnay, Dan, Israel ‘13

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Maror

    Maror serves as a reminder of the bitterness the Jews felt while they were slaves in Egypt.

     

    Fourth course

    Anderson Valley Ranch Braised Lamb with sour cherry, fingerling potato and cauliflower

    Wine pairing: Barkan, Caberney Sauvignon, Galie, Israel ‘13

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Zeroa

    Zeroa symbolizes the Pesach sacrifice, where a lamb as sacrificed in the Temple of Jerusalem on the eve of the exodus in Egypt.

     

    Fifth course

    Port Poached Pear with cacao nib, candied walnut and mint

    Wine pairing: Rashi, Claret, Semi Sweet, California

    What this course represents on the Seder plate: Charoset

    Charoset represents the mortar the Jews used to construct buildings while slaves.

     

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    Brewery Nights Bell + Whete

    Enjoy a selection of beers at Bell + Whete’s Brewery Night featuring local breweries. They will have reps on site, $1 off pints and $4 off growlers, plus brewery swag and more!

    • April 28, Two Beers Brewing Night from 4pm to 11pm

     

     

     

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  • Ring in the New Year with Delicious Eats 12.19.14

    What better way to celebrate the end of 2014 than with a decadent New Year’s Eve feast?! Before celebrating the countdown, enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Seattle’s favorite restaurants. Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Agrodolce, Tilth, Golden Beetle, and Cafe Flora have delicious, multi-course menus planned for the festive occasion. From complimentary hors d’oeuvres to Mediterranean feasts to a New Year’s Day brunch, there are so many reasons to celebrate!

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar



    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is going all out for the New Year with a decadent four-course menu featuring fresh ingredients sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Enjoy luscious Taylor Shellfish Oysters and Steelhead Caviar, Warm Chickory Salad, Anderson Ranch Lamb, prepared to melt-in-your-mouth perfection, and Theo Chocolate Fudge Torte.

    Four-course tasting menu is $60 per person. New Year’s Eve lunch service will be offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner service 4-10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org. Mention tasting menu in your reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge



    Start the New Year with a bang by indulging in Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s complimentary hors d’oeuvres including Foie Gras Profiteroles and Chanterelle Risotto Croquettes from 10 p.m. to midnight, in the bar only. Enjoy alongside their specialty New Year’s Eve cocktail list.

    For an old-world spin on the New Year opt for their $35 three-course tasting menu. Start with a glass of Champagne, then choose from Porcini Potage with pickled caps, or Charred Radicchio Salad with speck, orange preserve and sunchokes. For the main there’s Tails and Trotter’s Pork Chop with heirloom carrots and pickled mustard butter, or Seafood Stew with clams, shrimp, market catch, fennel and potatoes, or Fresh Egg Pasta with Butternut Squash, sage and housemade farmers cheese. For dessert it’s Apple Rosemary Crostada with salted caramel, or Chocolate Pot de Creme with hazelnut shortbread.

    Enjoy Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s regular menu as well. Restaurant and lounge open at 4 p.m. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Mention tasting menu in reservation. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

    Maria Hines Restaurants
    Maria Hines is offering a festive menu at each of her three restaurants this New Year’s Eve!

    Agrodolce



    Celebrate the end of a great year with four delicious, Sicilian courses at Agrodolce. The first course offers Oysters on the Half Shell, Razor Clam and Spot Prawn Crudo, or Burrata Pugliese. For your second, enjoy the Semolina Mafalde, Bucatini con Sarde, or Ricotta Cavatelli. For a main try the Pan Seared Black Cod, Wild Boar Shoulder, or Stuffed Eggplant. Choose between three options for dessert including the Theo Chocolate Budino, Prosecco Poached Pear, and Sheep Milk Cheese with summer preserves, toasted nuts and sea salt crackers.

    Agrodolce will be open New Year’s Eve from 5-10:30 p.m. The four-course tasting menu is $65 with an optional $40 wine pairing. Visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net for reservations or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.

    Tilth



    Enjoy an enticing, four-course menu at Tilth this New Year’s Eve. For your first course indulge in Washington Oysters on the Half Shell, Root Vegetable Soup, or Rabbit Rillette with frisee, pickled vegetables and mustard. Work your way to the Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawns with Penn Cove mussel, bouillabaisse and saffron aioli, the Porcini Brulee with pickled beech mushroom, watercress and pinenuts, or the Grilled Quail, with pearl couscous, currant and pomegranate molasses. For your main choose between the Juniper Ash Crusted Venison, Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, or Seared Alaskan Black Cod. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Panna Cotta, or the refreshing Beet Textures for dessert.

    The prix fixe four-course menu is $80, with a optional supplements available, including Burgundy truffle (starting at $20), blini and caviar ($25), or Champagne ($25). Enjoy a wine pairing for an additional $50, or an optional sommelier pairing with an added cheese course and Sauternes for $70. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at Tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N 45th Street, Seattle.

    Golden Beetle



    Maria Hines has crafted a flavorful menu to celebrate the start of 2015 at Golden Beetle! The organic Mediterranean feast is filled with warm, winter favorites including Kabocha Squash Soup, Beet and Satsuma Salad, or Goat Cheese-Stuffed Medjool Dates for your starter, and the choice of Roasted Chicken and White Bean Samosa, Grilled Halloumi Cheese with watercress, black walnut, and confit fennel, or Grilled Charmoula Shrimp with couscous, persimmon and walnut for your second dish. Third course options include Braised Grass Fed Short Rib with pistachio, tabouleh and mint, St. Jude Albacore Tuna with apple, swiss chard and mustard seed, or Roasted Root Vegetable Tagine with pearl couscous, smoked parsnip puree and carrot. Treat yourself to a decadent dessert and indulge in Baklava Ice Cream with black walnut, kattafi and honey syrup, a Chocolate Truffle Torte with caramel, Chantilly and mint, or a Cranberry Quince Cobbler with Satsuma gastrique, pistachio streusel and crispy sage.

    The four-course menu is $50 with an optional $25 wine pairing. Golden Beetle reservations can be made by calling 206.706.2977 or at Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora, Seattle’s favorite vegetarian restaurant, is preparing a special New Year’s Eve menu in addition to a hearty New Year’s Day brunch buffet! Start the New Year right with satisfying organic, vegetarian and vegan dishes!

    New Year’s Eve Dinner



    In addition to their regular menu, Cafe Flora will offer a selection of special seasonal appetizers and entrees. Start your meal with Spicy Corn and Pepper Fritters (vegan, soy-free) with lime and pickled onion slaw, or a Roasted Cauliflower Salad (gluten-free, soy-free) with fizzy grapes, white cheddar, arugula, honey Dijon vinaigrette, hazelnuts, and brandy soaked raisins. For entrees try the mouthwatering Mushroom Ravioli (vegan, soy-free) with roasted garlic cream sauce, trumpet mushrooms, shaved truffle, and micro greens. As if the menu wasn’t enticing enough, top it off with a Citrus Polenta Cake (soy free) with roasted pears, dried fruit and whipped cream. For parties of six or more, please make reservations by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle. cafeflora.com

    New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet



    Cure yourself of your New Year’s Eve celebrations and head to Cafe Flora for a wholesome and filling brunch! Their special menu is full of sweet and savory vegetarian favorites. Enjoy a buffet of: House Made Pastries, Seasonal Tamales with fresh salsa, Mushroom Strata, Crepes with ricotta cream cheese and fruit compote, Latkes with apple sauce and chive sour cream, as well as Cheesy Grits, Roasted Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, and Rice Pilaf. The menu includes an abundance of nutritious options including Seasonal Vegetables, Caesar Salad, Hearty Winter Greens Salad with quinoa, pecans, seared fennel, and apple cider vinaigrette, Superfood Salad, and Fresh Fruit.

    Enjoy the brunch buffet January 1, 2015, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 for adults and $12.5 for children. For parties of six or more please reserve by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle. cafeflora.com.

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  • SRW Video Series Day 1: Mauro Golmarvi, Assaggio Ristorante 10.20.14

    In honor of Seattle Restaurant Week starting yesterday, we will be sharing videos from a handful of participating restaurants all week! Check back each day to get a behind the scenes look at SRW menus, dishes, tips on how to use seasonal ingredients, and more!

    Today, Chef Mauro Golmarvi of Assaggio Ristorante shares his enticing Seattle Restaurant Week spread and some exciting news about the restaurant. Warning, this video make cause drooling and sudden urges to book your reservation before they are gone!

    Enjoy $30 3-course dinners and $15 2-course lunches from your favorite restaurants, Oct. 19-23 and 26-30. See which restaurants are participating here.


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  • Open Wide for Seattle Restaurant Week! 10.19.14

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    The area is buzzing with the onset of Seattle Restaurant Week! The broadest reaching, largest dining celebration in the area is happening now through October 30 (excluding Friday and Saturday). SRW continues to offer the best dining deals around with three-course dinners for $30 and two-course lunches for $15.
    From new participants such as Vespolina, Bell + Whete and Mkt to longtime classics such as Dahlia Lounge, Tilth and Nell’s, over 160 restaurants in King County are offering diners a delicious way to dine! A generous three-quarters of participants offer menus with vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free menu options. Many restaurants also offer optional beverage pairings and their usual kids menus, making SRW a family occasion, not just ideal for date night or group night.
    Menus overflow with fall harvest including squash, pumpkin, foraged mushrooms, artichokes, game meats and more! See the creativity of these chefs as they utilize local ingredients on the diverse menus showcasing ethnic cuisines including Indian, French, Japanese, Italian and New American.
    An ideal opportunity for locals and visitors alike, view a list of participating restaurants and menus at www.SeattleRestaurantWeek.com.
    Get more of the inside scoop on Seattle Restaurant Week by visiting SRW’s Facebook and Twitter pages that highlight participating chefs, showcase seasonal ingredients common on SRW menus, and present intriguing restaurant videos. You can also win gift cards to participating restaurants online as well!
    See some of the chefs preview menus on New Day Northwest:

    Sullivan’s Steakhouse

    Le Grand Bistro Americain

    Tavolata

    Seastar Restaurant + Raw Bar
    View the Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau, as he combs the University District Famers Market for SRW menu ingredients for LUC.


    Enjoy!

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  • Express Your Love with Food this Valentine’s Day 02.05.14

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    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate all the love in your life. Whether you want to impress that special someone or experience an extraordinary evening with friends, we’ve got you covered! Indulge in mouth-watering three or four course dinner menus from Cafe Flora, LloydMartin, Tilth and Agrodolce or try the ten-course tasting menu at Crush. If you have a sweet tooth, immerse yourself in chocolate at Blue Ribbon’s truffle-making workshop. For those intrigued by the culinary flavors of cultures around the world, enjoy your evening with the Eastern Mediterranean dishes at Golden Beetle or modern Indian cuisine at Shanik.

     

    Where will you spend your Valentine’s Day this year? See our recommendations below and reserve now before they sell out!

     

    Sustainable Romance at Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora’s decadent Valentine’s menu provides the perfect escape for a cozy, romantic meal, with a sustainable flair. Their locally sourced vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu satisfies with delicious flavors and the freshest ingredients. Enjoy signature cocktails and local wine, beer and cider alongside your four-course dinner which includes Savory Potato Empanadas, Yellow Beet & Blood Orange Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing, Saffron Kissed Paella Cakes and Passion Fruit Roulade or Theo Dark Chocolate Mousse. View the full menu online.

     

    $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and run 5-10 p.m.

     

    Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112. Call 206.325.9100 to book your reservation.

     

    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two
    Enjoy a date night out and learn to cook with your special someone. Enjoy appetizers, Northwest wine and beer, an instructional cooking class and finish off the night with a four-course sit-down dinner for two on Lake Union including fresh Puget Sound Oysters with Champagne Cream Sauce, Cognac Poached Fig Salad, Lobster Tail with Macadamia Nut Butter, Filet Mignon, Cabernet-Vanilla Bean Poached Pears and more. Includes wine with dinner and a packet of take-home recipes.

     

    $155 per person, must register for two guests; 6:30 p.m.

     

    Dessert Wine Tasting + Chocolate Truffle Workshop
    Get elbows deep in chocolate with your date as you create delicious handmade truffles! After, you’ll adventure together into a dessert wine tasting, pairing different chocolate grades with a variety of dessert wines including Late Harvest Wines, Red & White Ports, Muscats & Rieslings, Champagne & Sparkling Wines. Each couple will take home a box of one dozen handmade truffles created in class.

     

    $85 per person; 8:30-10:30 p.m.

     

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Tacoma, as well as provide offsite catering at locations throughout the region. Contact Blue Ribbon to book your class at 206.328.2442 or blueribboncooking.com.

     

    Indulge at LloydMartin

    Chef Sam Crannell’s special menus have become loved by the neighborhood and destination diners. Valentine’s Day is no exception with a three-course plus shared dessert tasting menu. Chef Sam creates dishes based on what his purveyors bring to his restaurant each and every day and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Guests can expect indulgent and themed dishes with Gougeres, Squab, Lobster, Filet Mignon, Foie Gras, and Oysters.

     

    Included in the $180 per couple price is a $60 beverage credit that guests can put towards a wine flight, bottle of wine or cocktails. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available.

     

    LloydMartin is located at 1525 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109. Call 206.420.7603 or visit lloydmartinseattle.com for reservations for one of the two dinner seatings.

     

    Tilth Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend

    Tilth gives reason for a weekend-long romance with a special prix-fixe dinner on Friday, Feb. 14 and a special prix-fixe brunch on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 15-16). Guests can choose a four-course prix-fixe dinner including Savory Apple Soup, Ricotta Gnudi with chili butter, St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna A La Plancha, and Dark Chocolate Sorbet with shaved chocolate and holmquist hazelnut. With options under each course, the full menu can be viewed at tilthrestaurant.com/events.

     

    Dinner is $85 per person with optional wine pairings.

     

    Couples can wake up the next morning and head to Tilth for a special three-course Valentine’s weekend brunch menu for $25. Start the morning-after with a French Omelet, Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy, Whipped Yogurt with pear and honey comb or Stuffed French Toast with sultana and freeze dried grape. Guests will have options under each of the three courses. The special brunch menu will be available Feb. 15-16 only, in addition to the regular brunch menu.

     

    $25 per person, additional $10 with cava or mimosa with coffee. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle 98103. Call 206.633.0801 or visit tilthrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Valentine Amore at Agrodolce

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has put together a four-course menu that will make your Valentine swoon! Start dinner with house made focaccia and build your next four courses with options such as Celery Root Soup with vanilla, fig and red wine; Chestnut Mafaldine with pancetta, wild mushrooms and Treviso; Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with medjool date, orange confit and couscous; and Steamed Chocolate Cake with Café Coretto syrup, chantilly and mint. The full menu can be viewed at agrodolcerestaurant.net/events.

     

    Price is $70; optional wine pairing priced at $40.

     

    Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street, Seattle 98103. Call 206.547.9707  or visit agrodolcerestaurant.net for reservations.

     

    Taste the Mediterranean this Valentine’s Day

    Enjoy the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean with a four-course menu with optional wine pairings at Golden Beetle. Guests will enjoy a romantic evening while feasting on Sunchoke Soup with spiced sunflower seed and cilantro; Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawns with Kattafi, red onion and pear; Grilled Skirt Steak with celery root, freekeh and Aleppo; and Sour Cherry Crepe Cake with mascarpone and mint.

     

    Options for each course; $50 per person; $25 for optional wine pairing.

     

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St. Seattle 98107. Call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com for reservations.

     

    Shanik Tempts with Dine-in and Take-out Options

    Spice up Valentine’s Day with Shanik’s modern Indian cuisine, available in the restaurant or for take-out from the Shanik Market.

     

    Shanik invites dine-in guests to start the evening with a Mangalore cocktail ($10), a cardamom, cinnamon liqueur with a subtle hint of hot cayenne, crafted just for Valentine’s Day with orange, lemon, fresh ginger and prosecco. Guests can test their adventurous side with the Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta with spicy tomato chutney. Other guest favorites include the Vegetable Koftes in creamy tomato curry, Grilled Venison Medallions on tamarind and date puree, and the ever-popular Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles.

     

    Intimate dining at home doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. The Shanik Market, next door to the restaurant, provides options for take-out that requires only simple preparation at home. Valentine cooks can create their own menu with such items as Punjabi Lamb Curry, Chicken with Kalonji Spice, Saag and Paneer, Yellow Lentil Curry, Cumin Scented Rice and even Naan, Chapatti and Tamarind-Date Chutney. Available in the freezer (20 minute boil-in-a-bag preparation) and refrigerator (5 minute reheat), complete your Valentine dinner with a bottle of wine from the Shanik Market. Full Market menu available: shanikrestaurant.com/market.

     

    Shanik and Shanik Market are located at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle 98109. Call 206.486.6884 or visit shanikrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Spoil Your Valentine at Crush

    Founded on the love of a husband and wife, Crush’s chef Jason Wilson presents a ten-course tasting menu that will make your Valentine’s Day memorable. Courses include “Chips and Dip” Chicharones, Harissa Crisps, Duck Tongues and Sweetbread Croutons, Creme Fraiche, Mustards, Yogurt, Bacon; Roasted Cauliflower, Monterey Squid, Black Truffle Soup, Purple Cabbage, Mint and Dill; Beet Cured Hawaiian Mero Sea Bass, Black Garlic, Coriander-Mint Churi, Ash roasted Sunchoke; Montana Wagyu Beef Eye of Rib, Parsley Vinaigrette Carrot in Chamomile Butter, Black Trumpet Bone Marrow Puree; and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse, Basil Poached Strawberries, Pistachio Chantilly.

     

    Menu is $125 per person; $25 foie gras supplement; optional $75 wine pairing.

     

    Crush is located at 2319 East Madison Street, Seattle 98122. Call 206.30.CRUSH(27874) or visit chefjasonwilson.com for reservations.

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  • Cafe Flora Wins Best Vegetarian Restaurant 11.14.13

    Twenty-two years in business and Cafe Flora is still on fire! After receiving the honor of “Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine, the Madison Valley restaurant received local recognition from its loyal customers on KING 5’s Best of Western Washington poll. Offering creative vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients, it is no wonder Cafe Flora was voted Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Western Washington!

    To recognize the restaurant’s award, Cafe Flora owner Nat Stratton-Clarke was featured on Evening Magazine’s reveal show. Watch the episode below to view the nationally recognized restaurant and the dish that’s been on the menu for nearly all 22 years! Congrats Cafe Flora!



    A reminder that Cafe Flora will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving day and serving a special four-course menu for adults and children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 206.325.9100.

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  • Give Thanks for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving 11.11.13

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    Planning your holiday get-togethers doesn’t have to be stressful! This year, don’t think about planning your menu or hitting long lines at the grocery store. Instead, ditch your worries and head to Golden Beetle or Cafe Flora on Thanksgiving to enjoy an amazing four-course meal that will make you wonder why you ever attempted Thanksgiving in the past.

    With the holidays around the corner, it’s never too soon to start booking your company or family party! Celebrate the holidays with professionals that know how to blend delicious fare and memorable moments. Blue Ribbon Cooking has a plethora of fabulous holiday party ideas, including Iron Chef cooking competitions and Cooking For A Cause, where you can donate meals to local charities.

    Golden Beetle
    Relax this Thanksgiving and let James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines do the cooking for you! At Golden Beetle, indulge in a four-course menu enhanced by the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Thanksgiving menu will feature a delicious variety of unique and artistic dishes, with options for each course, including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Wood Fired Turkey Breast and Grilled Black Cod. Top off the first three courses with Pumpkin Pudding or Pecan Pie. For those that want to amplify the Thanksgiving flavors, an optional $30 wine pairing is available with each course.

    Take pleasure in sitting back and having these delicious plates brought to you on Thanksgiving Day at Golden Beetle, open 3-8 p.m.; $50 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Make your reservation today online or by calling 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107.

    Cafe Flora
    Voted Best Vegetarian Restaurant of 2013 by Seattle Magazine, Cafe Flora is perfect for adults and families looking to give thanks over hearty and healthy dishes. Palates of all types can enjoy their scrumptious entrees as they offer a four-course Thanksgiving menu with full vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Tempting menu items include the best of the local fall bounty with dishes like Vegetable Consume with Roasted Vegetable Apple Dumplings, Pumpkin Carpaccio and for dessert, Cranberry Apple Cheesecake or Pecan Mocha Tart. A special four-course Thanksgiving menu is available just for the youngsters featuring purple carrot soup and yam marshmallow tartine!

    Cafe Flora is open on Thanksgiving, 1:30-6:45 p.m.; $50 per adult and $25 per child, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required so call today at 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112.

    Blue Ribbon
    Blue Ribbon Cooking can show you how to celebrate the holidays in a new way! Located on Lake Union, Blue Ribbon provides companies, friends, groups and families a unique and exciting array of holiday party experiences. Book an Iron Chef cooking competition and compete in teams to create the best dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy the meal together. Or try their Cooking For A Cause experience, where you prepare a meal for a local shelter and Blue Ribbon delivers the food while you sit down to dinner. They offer many other exciting formats in addition to these two. Blue Ribbon can also cater any event, big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus. Join Blue Ribbon at their waterfront venue on Lake Union or have them come to you!

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Tacoma, as well as provide offsite catering at locations throughout the region. Contact Blue Ribbon to book your event at 206.328.2442 or online.

    Relax! This is your chance to celebrate the holiday season worry-free!

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  • Your Favorite Fall Comfort Foods, All Gluten-Free 10.24.13

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    Homemade pizza. Chocolate chip cookies. Chicken pot pie. For those who suffer from gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, these are some of the few and oh so delicious dishes that must be sacrificed because of the dreaded wheat ingredients. But Blue Ribbon Cooking, a Seattle-based cooking school, events venue and catering company, located on Lake Union, has made enjoying classic comfort foods much easier!

    On Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m., join Blue Ribbon for a Gluten-Free Comfort Foods cooking party that will bring back the mouth-watering comfort foods you crave, making each chilly fall day a little more tolerable.

    Upon arrival, Blue Ribbon staff will greet you with hearty gluten-free appetizers, along with local microbrews and Northwest wines. After your cooking lesson, led by a knowledgeable Blue Ribbon chef, prepare to feast on your tasty creations, including coconut prawns, buttermilk fried chicken and blackberry crisp. At the end of class, take home the recipes you learned and share them with a loved one or the family and show off your new skills!

    Reserve your spot in this must-attend cooking class today for $95 per person. Visit the Blue Ribbon website to reserve or call 206.328.2442.

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