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  • Holiday Spirit Sparkles with Local Food, Drinks, Gifts and Events 12.12.16

    The holiday season is in full swing and Seattle is alive with the hustle and bustle of locals and visitors alike celebrating over festive food and drinks. Families and friends gather round Seattle’s memorable dining tables to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s with holiday menus, handcrafted cocktails, curated wine pairings, unique gifts and special events throughout the month.

    CHRISTMAS EVE: December 24

    Feast of Seven Fishes at Agrodolce



    Maria Hines’ Italian-inspired restaurant, Agrodolce, celebrates Christmas Eve with a long-standing Sicilian Christmas tradition, the Feast of Seven Fishes. The festive seafood feast is available in two different dining experiences to be enjoyed family-style: the three-course Feast of Five Fishes, $55 per person and the four-course Feast of Seven Fishes, $75 per person.

    The thoughtful menus include Spaghetti al Nero di Sepia with green elderberry capers, golden raisins and white anchovy; Steamed Penn Cove Mussels in a rich tomato saffron broth with preserved lemon and smoked eggplant; and Vanilla Poached Sylver Fishing Spot Prawns with seared endive, caramelized pear and crispy speck. For dessert, guests can indulge in a Tasting of Cookies including buccelatti, candied kumquat cannoli, pizzelle and semolina almond thumbprints. Each menu is offered with carefully-selected wine pairings for an additional $35 per person.

    The full menus can be viewed here. Seating for both menus will be from 4 – 8 p.m. To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

    Cheer on the Seahawks with Elevated German Fare + Beers at Altstadt



    Seahawks fans are invited to ramp up their Christmas spirit and the spirit of the 12s at Altstadt for the big Christmas Eve Seahawks game against the Arizona Cardinals! Just blocks from CenturyLink Field, ticket holders can imbibe pregame and those looking for a festive place to watch the game will feel right at home. Reinvented German fare for the game includes Sausage Plates with classically prepared sauerkraut, mustards, ketchup and pomme frites; Käsespätzle tossed in Beecher’s cheese, caramelized onions and pretzel breadcrumbs; and Brezels – traditional soft pretzels with Jacobsen salt and housemade spicy mustard!

    Guests will be shouting “Go Hawks!” with a frosty brew (or two!) in hand from Altstadt’s extensive German imports and local German-style beers.

    The full dinner menu can be viewed here and the beer menu here. Visit altstadt.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square, walkable to the sports stadiums, at 209 1st Avenue S, Seattle.

    Celebrate Christmas Eve with a Five-Course Tasting Menu at Miller’s Guild



    Chef Jason Wilson has put together a five-course tasting menu complete with luxurious add ons for a memorable Christmas Eve feast. Dinner begins with Miller’s Guild’s own housemade pickles, crudités and charcuterie. Then, a seasonal Dungeness Crab Wedge salad with bacon, apple and a creamy lemon basil dressing or a heartier Roasted Squash salad with ancient grains, pear and chicory with pomegranate vinaigrette. The main courses enjoy time on the restaurant’s signature wood-fired grill, including Roasted Black Cod with Roasted Black Trumpet Mushrooms or for the carnivore, Smoked Porchetta with chestnut, thyme and roasted garlic. Don’t forget dessert – Not So Classic Boozy Fruit Cake or Dark Chocolate Bombe. A la carte menu additions include Seared Foie Gras with Coffee Flour granola and poached cranberry.

    The five-course tasting menu is $115 per person and can be viewed here. To reserve, visit millersguild.com or call 206.443.3663. Miller’s Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

    Delight in Seattle’s Best Views at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe



    This Christmas Eve, families can gather together and bask in the breathtaking backdrop of Shilshole Bay and the Olympic Mountains while enjoying fresh, flavorful seafood and more at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe. Along with an impressive regular menu, The Boathouse will offer a special three-course Christmas Eve dinner with expertly crafted options including Dungeness Crab Cocktail with butter lettuce, roasted tomato, cocktail sauce and lemon aioli; Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, whipped potatoes, cranberries, glazed carrots, green beans and gravy; and for dessert, Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream.

    The Cafe will be serving the regular menu, including local favorites such as Dungeness Crab Cakes and Pacific NW Sablefish in Sake Kasu with Jasmine rice, grilled bok choy, honey-soy and scallion oil.

    The Boathouse three-course menu is $55 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 2 – 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 11:30 a.m. – 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. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

    Christmas Eve Tasting Menu at Eden Hill



    Chef Maximillian Petty presents a nightly tasting menu that has become the reason that many people head to Eden Hill. Christmas Eve is no different with an $80-$90 tasting menu featuring dishes created for the special holiday. A hyper-local menu leaves the guest with day-of menu selections, but a festive, a la carte Whole Roasted Jidori Chicken will be available family-style.

    Reservations can be made in the dining room and at the bar on Christmas Eve. To reserve, call 206.708.6836 or reserve online at edenhillrestaurant.com. Eden Hill is located in Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue, Seattle.

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Christmas Eve Specials at RN74





    Alongside RN74’s classic, French-inspired a la carte menu, talented Chef Ben Godwin brings exquisite, French-infused Christmas Eve specials for holiday diners to revel in. The regular dining room menu will be served alongside Christmas Eve specials including Foie Gras and Armagnac Parfait with spiced fig, sauternes and brioche; Whole Roasted Duck with chestnut stuffing, cranberry and orange compote and Pain d’epice; and for something sweet, RN74 offers Christmas Pudding with eggnog custard and mulled winter berries.

    Dinner can be viewed here and is available from 5 – 10:30 p.m. 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, Seattle.

    A Gorgeous Farm-to-Table Holiday Dinner at Tilth





    Chef Maria Hines has sourced the Northwest’s best seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create a special Christmas Eve dinner menu at Tilth. The four-course prix fixe menu offers gorgeous, yet comforting holiday classics including Red Beet Tartare with herb salad, walnut and truffle vinaigrette; Root Vegetable Soup with porcini conserva, apple puree and kale crisp; Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet topped with sourdough crumbles; and Aspen Hollow Lamb. The deliciousness continues with desserts such as Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake with chocolate cookie and cocoa cream or Pumpkin Crème Brulee.

    Dinner is offered from 4 – 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve for $80 per person with an additional wine pairing for $50. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

    Eat, Drink and Be Merry with Young American Ale House’s All-Night Happy Hour





    Young American Ale House, award-winning Chef Maria Hines’ newest venture, will be serving its all-new happy hour menu from 4 – 10:30 p.m. this Christmas Eve. Hungry guests looking to meet up with friends or take the family out can sink their teeth into Young American’s punched-up Poutine with beef fat fries, cheese curds and Gruyere gravy; Organic Chicken Wing Confit with drunken hot sauce, whipped blue cheese and giardiniera; or for some lighter fare, a Marinated Kale Salad drizzled with creamy oregano vinaigrette, then topped with almonds and cheese curds. Happy hour prices start at $4.

    Friends and family can imbibe with a round of specially-priced craft cocktails, starting at $5, shaken or stirred by Young American’s expert bartender team. Options include The Pioneer with vodka, syrup of the day, lemon and soda; Sazarac with rye, Peychaud’s Bitters and absinthe rinse; and $2.50 Rainer Draft!

    The full menu can be viewed here. Visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.706.2977 for more. Young American Ale House is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

    CHRISTMAS DAY: December 25
    A Stress Free Christmas Day Feast at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe




    Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, Seattle’s top seafood restaurant, invites friends and families to celebrate Christmas without the added stress of preparing a grand holiday meal. In the Boathouse, guests can enjoy a beautiful Christmas-inspired three-course menu with seasonal offerings such as Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche; Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef with whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccolini, bacon and demi-glace; and Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream for $55 per person. The regular Boathouse menu and full children’s menu will also be available.

    In the Cafe, guests will delight in Ray’s signature Christmas Day Buffet including seasonal salads, Northwest Antipasto, Butter Whipped Washington Russet Potatoes, a fresh seafood buffet with Half Shell Oysters, Peel and Eat Prawns and Alaskan Snow Crab, Oven Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, fresh seasonal vegetables, an indulgent dessert table and more! The holiday buffet is available for $55 per person, $20 for children ages five –11 and free for children under five.

    Reservations are required for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 2 – 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 12 – 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. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

    NEW YEAR’S EVE: December 31
    Order a Special Osechi-Ryori from I Love Sushi for the New Year





    There are many New Years traditions in Japan, but one of the most delicious traditions is the eating of the Osechi-Ryori. A three-tiered lacquered box that holds colorful dishes featuring food preserved with vinegar, sugar or dried so the food can last a few days, in the true style of Japanese culture. Each item serves as a symbol or wish for the coming year.

    I Love Sushi is offering guests the special opportunity to order an Osechi Ryori. Beautifully prepared dishes include Roasted Wagyu Beef, Grilled King Crab, Soy Marinated Salmon Roe, Simmered Pine Mushroom with Dried Bonito and Chicken Teriyaki. Each Osechi-Ryori is offered at $350.

    Orders can be placed until December 24 for pickup on Dec 31 1 – 4p.m. Please call 425.455.9090 or visit the restaurant to reserve an Osechi-Ryori. I Love Sushi is located at 23 Lake Bellevue Drive, Bellevue.

    Toast to the New Year with Elevated Holiday Fare and Sparkling Wine at Miller’s Guild




    This New Year’s Eve, Chef Jason Wilson’s wood-fired craft cooking restaurant, Miller’s Guild, presents a gorgeous four-course holiday menu worth celebrating such as Dry Aged Steak Tartare with truffled hollandaise; Wood Grilled Prime Rib with peppercorn sauce, horseradish yuzu kosho aioli; Parmesan Thyme Potato Gratin; and for dessert, Meyer Lemon Curd with cranberry, citrus trifle and preserved cherry and meringues.

    The four-course tasting menu is available for $125 per person including a celebratory glass of sparkling wine. To reserve, visit millersguild.com or call 206.443.3663. Millers Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

    Say Farewell to 2016 on the Waterfront at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe




    Ray’s Boathouse ends 2016 deliciously with elegant surf and turf specials alongside the regular menu overflowing with other seafood and warm winter classics. Raise a glass to the New Year on the waterfront with an elegant glass of wine or a handcrafted cocktail, such as Ray’s Classic Martini or the Professional with Old Overholt rye whiskey, aged rum, Aperol and Scrappy’s orange bitters.

    The Boathouse will be open from 4 – 9 p.m. and reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or rays.com. The Cafe will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. serving the regular menu. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    Count Down to the New Year at Eden Hill




    Ring in the New Year at Eden Hill with a special seven-course tasting menu of Restaurant Milestones. Eden Hill’s first 15 months has humbly enjoyed critic praise and accolades, and Chef-owner Maximillian Petty notes these significant events through food, including his James Beard Foundation nomination, critic reviews, the diverse summer dinner series, the first anniversary and his recent trip to Dubai. His menu will receive his thoughtful Avant Garde touch featuring special ingredients that arrive at his doorstep in the days leading up to the big night. Specially selected wine pairings will increase the tasting pleasure.

    Chef Maximillian has set his final course – A Chocolate Ball Drop inspired by the famed New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Times Square, New York City. Diners can break the hollow chocolate ball on their plate, releasing beautiful edible glitter reminiscent of a New Years Eve fireworks show.

    The tasting menu is $100 with optional wine pairing. Reservations for New Year’s Eve can be made in the dining room and at the bar until 11 p.m. To reserve, call 206.708.6836 or reserve online at edenhillrestaurant.com. Eden Hill is located in Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue, Seattle.

    A Festive French-Inspired Holiday Tasting Menu + Vegetarian Option at RN74




    Greet the New Year with a tasting menu that beautifully blends French and American cuisine paired with specially selected wines from RN74’s curated cellar. Holiday offerings include Charentais Melon Sorbet with almond cream and caviar; Squab with foie grass, huckleberries and smoked parsnip accompanied by W.T. Vintners Syrah ‘Destiny Ridge’ Horse Heaven Hills; and Filet Mignon en Croute drizzled in a bernaise sauce with heirloom carrots and ox tongue paired with Cadence ‘Cara Mia’ Camerata. Tarte Citron with bitter chocolate completes the meal.

    RN74 also offers a vegetarian tasting menu with sophisticated, modern dishes including Carnaroli Risotto bathed in brown butter and white alba truffles; Salt Baked Celeriac en Croute with mushroom duxelle, heirloom carrot and bernaise; Agnolotti with eggplant, preserved tomato and parmesan; and Artichoke with sunchoke, celery, hazelnut and bergamot.

    Reservations for the first seating, five-courses, are available from 5 – 6:45 p.m., $95 per person, $80 per person for the vegetarian option. Second seating, six-courses, runs from 7 – 10:30 p.m., $125 per person, $100 per person for the vegetarian option. 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, Seattle.

    An Elegant, Celebratory New Year’s Eve Dinner at Tilth




    Chef Maria Hines welcomes guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a seasonally-inspired New Year’s Eve dinner menu at Tilth. The four-course prix fixe menu offers elegant, celebratory holiday offerings including White Sturgeon Caviar with deviled egg, crème fraiche and chervil; Rabbit Rillette with house pickles, saba and brioche; Seared Weathervane Scallop with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and bacon; and more! Guests can indulge in decadent desserts including Cashew Cheesecake with walnut, huckleberry and sorrel while counting down to midnight. 

    Dinner is offered from 4 – 9 p.m. for $80 per person, with an additional wine pairing for $50. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

    Ring in the New Year with Young American Ale House’s All-Night Happy Hour




    Young American Ale House, award-winning Chef Maria Hines’ newest venture, will be serving its all-new happy hour menu from 4 – 10:30 p.m. this New Year’s Eve. Those looking to celebrate 2016 coming to an end can chomp on Young American’s Skagit River Ranch Pork Sliders with kohlrabi slaw, barbeque sauce and steam bun; Cheddar Scallion Hush Puppies with remoulade, cornmeal and preserve lemon; or for some lighter fare, Smashed Cucumber with sesame vinaigrette, peanut and cilantro. Happy hour prices start at $4.

    Friends and family can imbibe with a round of specially-priced craft cocktails, starting at $5, shaken or stirred by Young American’s expert bartender team. Options include Barely Legal with lemon, lavender and cava; Sidecar with brandy, lemon and orange liqueur; and $2.50 Rainer Draft!

    The full menu can be viewed here. Visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.706.2977 for more. Young American Ale House is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle

    NEW YEAR’S DAY: January 1
    Kick-off the New Year at Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe




    Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe invites guests to refuel and recover from New Year’s Eve festivities in the Cafe from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and in the Boathouse from 5 – 9 p.m. Diners can kick off the New Year in Ray’s Cafe with the popular Ray’s Bloody Mary with house-infused garlic vodka, classic Dmitri’s spicy bloody mix, spicy salt rim and house smoked salmon or the Good Catholic with Jameson Irish whiskey, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, vanilla cream, Café Vitta coffee and a dollop of whipped cream paired with Ray’s Seafood Salad or Blackened Salmon Tacos with flour tortillas, cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro chipotle sour cream and roasted salsa.



    In the evening, guests can head to the Boathouse for succulent menu items such as, Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail with Tarragon, garlic, ginger, Brussels sprouts, house smoked bacon and Old Bay fried potatoes or start the New Year on the right foot with lighter options such as Grilled Prawns that are spice rubbed and include a fennel-radish salad and chili sauce.

    Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    CULINARY EVENTS + TO-GO OPTION: December
    Spread Holiday Cheer with Cook-offs and Cooking for a Cause at Blue Ribbon Cooking




    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides friends, families, companies and other groups with two unique, exciting options for holiday party experiences, available throughout December and January.

    Beginner chefs and kitchen experts alike will enjoy Blue Ribbon’s Iron Chef cooking competition which has guests compete in teams to create the most delicious dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy the meal together. Those looking to make a difference this holiday season can book a Cooking For a Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon will deliver while guests sit down to dinner.

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E, Seattle. Blue Ribbon operates venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.

    Bring Home the Holidays with One of Tilth’s Most Requested Dishes




    For those who prefer to celebrate the holidays in the comfort of home, Chef Maria Hines is offering Tilth’s Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet to go. The smoky, delicious dish is vegetarian, but has been a long-time guest favorite of carnivores and vegetarians alike. The hearty, winter favorite features locally foraged mushrooms, truffle butter, and bread crumbs. Cassoulet to-go is $29 per person.

    Pre-order two days in advance and pick up at Tilth. Instructions on how to heat and serve the dish are included. Call Tilth to order at 206.633.0801.

    SHOPPING AROUND SEATTLE: December
    Heat-up the Holidays with Homemade Hot Sauces from Casco Antiguo




    Pioneers Square’s authentic Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Casco Antiguo, offers homemade hot sauces that are a fun stocking stuffer this holiday season for the heat fanatic. Created and bottled in house with fewer than five ingredients, no preservatives and all natural, these hot sauces vary on the heat scale and come in five different flavors.

    The Classics
    Pina – pineapple and Habanero peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar and salt – Sweet & Spicy.

    Red Chili – Fresno peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar, salt – Medium Spice.

    Serrano – Serrano peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar, salt –Medium Spice.

    Habanero – Habanero peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar, salt – Spicy.

    Purchase the above sauces separately for $8 or select the holiday gift-set of three for $20.

    Seasonal Sauce
    Hawk Sauce – a beautiful blue and green sauce made with green apple, blueberry and habanero hot sauce – a delicious gift for diehard Seahawks fans. $10.



    Hot sauces can be purchased at the restaurant or by visiting cascoantiguoseattle.com. Casco Antiguo is located in Pioneer Square at 115 Occidental Avenue S Seattle.

    Shop Small with Ethnic Seattle




    Generating greater awareness of the small minority and immigrant owned businesses, Ethnic Seattle is hosting an online market of unique, local, ethnic gift packages for under $100. A small sampling of participating Ethnic Seattle businesses and packages include:

    International District Food Tour – Tickets to a guided food tour with stops at hidden restaurants and foodie hideaways featuring the best in ethnic cuisine. ($65)
    Vita Tea Leaf Sampler Basket – A special flower and herbal tea basket: lychee, coconut, rose, and mint and a tea brewing pot. ($38)
    Essential Ingredients for Pho – Huong Binh’s famed pho recipe, ingredients, and gift certificate for Vietwah Supermarket for additional groceries needed to complete the recipe. ($50)

    Packages are available for online ordering at shopsmallseattle.com 

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  • Ethnic Seattle Presents Shop Small, Shop Ethnic 11.21.16


    Building on the momentum of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development‘s “Only in Seattle Initiative,” and American Express’ “Small Business Saturday,” supporting small, local businesses, Ethnic Seattle proudly announces its second annual “Shop Small, Shop Ethnic” Holiday Pop-up Market on Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. in the Chinatown International District. Ethnic Seattle will also host an online market of local, compelling, ethnic gift packages from members for under $100, available throughout the holiday season.

    “Ethnic Seattle is extremely excited about the opportunity to generate greater awareness of our small, minority and immigrant-owned businesses,” said Ethnic Seattle Executive Director Taylor Hoang. “We have a fantastic mix of restaurants, bakeries, personal services, museums and retailers from all over Seattle that make gift-giving fun, unique and extraordinary.”

    POP-UP MARKET
    The Ethnic Seattle Holiday Pop-up Market will be centralized at Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Avenue South, Seattle, and include seven stores, cafes and a museum within a four-block radius, presenting holiday packages, food, drink and more. Participating member retailers will be indicated by balloons and poinsettias at their storefronts. Activities include:

    Live Ice Carving, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Creative Ice will be carving a holiday sleigh from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hing Hay Park. There will be hot chocolate, maps, and information available. Shoppers are welcome to take photos on the sleigh following completion of the carving.

    Selfies with Elfies, 1–4 p.m.
    Look for roaming “elves” handing out candy canes, maps of participating shop locations and the food walk menu. Shoppers can be entered to win prizes by posting a selfie with elfies on the Ethnic Seattle Instagram page.

    Food Walk, 3–6 p.m.
    Participating restaurants in Chinatown-ID have assembled a lineup of $2-4 menu items for noshes to sustain the shopping frenzy. Items include dim sum, bites of Asian barbecue, kahlua pork, and more.

    Participating Businesses
    Similar to a holiday bazaar, businesses from ethnically diverse neighborhoods, including the Chinatown International District, Little Saigon, Rainier Valley, White Center, and the Central District will participate. Ethnic Seattle will have a collection of packages from local, minority-owned businesses at its own pop-up shop at Hing Hay Park. Packages can be taken home the day of the pop-up or shipped out.

    Weekly Prize Drawings
    Shoppers who engage with Ethnic Seattle on Facebook or Instagram will be entered to win weekly prize drawings through December 23.

    HOLIDAY PACKAGES
    The large assortment of holiday packages will include ethnic foods, unique experiences, home décor, trend-setting fashion and more. Packages will be online at ShopSmallSeattle.com beginning November 26. A sample of participating Ethnic Seattle businesses and packages include:

    Ethnic Seattle and International District Food Tour – Tickets for the International District guided food tour with stops at hidden restaurants and foodie hideaways featuring the best in ethnic cuisine ($65).

    Pho Bac Coffee Set – Vietnamese coffee set for the coffee drinker, one of 2015’s most popular gifts ($25).

    Essential Ingredients for Pho – Huong Binh’s famed pho recipe, ingredients, and gift certificate for Vietwah Supermarket for additional groceries needed to complete the recipe. ($50).

    Vital Tea Leaf Sampler Basket – Specially selected flower and herbal tea basket: lychee, coconut, rose, and mint, and a tea brewing pot ($38).

    Trichome Smells Package – Mix and match domestically produced candles from Malin and Goetz and Maak Labs, including coffee soap and tobacco reminiscent of an early morning café, energized mojito candle, and fir and cannabis smells from a crisp fall hike, and many more. The subtle but enduring notes are unique and sure to invoke memories and inspiration ($20).

    Simply Soulful & Northwest African American Museum – Museum admission for two and a $50 gift card for lunch or dinner for two at Simply Soulful ($50).

    Momo Fashion and Home – Experience an urban, Eurasian mix for body and abode with interesting and stylish personal accessories from Japanese scarves to Asian-influenced home furnishings. For this holiday, two whimsical gift packages with Japanese-inspired characters, Sumofish: 1) Sushi theme – a Sumofish Sushibot shirt and sushi tabisocks, and 2) Ramen theme – Sumofish Ramen Shark shirt and ramen tabisocks for you (about $40).

    About Ethnic Seattle
    In 2014, a group of ethnic business owners founded the nonprofit interest, Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC), in order to amplify the voices of immigrant- and minority-owned businesses in the Seattle area. Ethnicseattle.com connects businesses with locals and tourists alike who want to find out more about businesses and events in the area. Discover more by visiting ethnicseattle.com.

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  • Ray’s Pumpkin Carving Party, Oct. 22! 10.18.16



    Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is hosting their third annual pumpkin carving party on Saturday, October 22nd! Pumpkin Carvers of all ages are invited to partake in the fall festivities on the Cafe’s cozy covered deck equipped with blankets and space heaters so the seasonal fun can be enjoyed rain or shine!

    All carvers will receive a pumpkin, child-safe carving tools, an LED candle and delicious hot apple cider for just $15 per person! There will also be a special seasonal menu including pumpkin beers and cocktails available for purchase. Costumes welcome!

    Reservations are required and are available at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Guests can reserve their spot by emailing Darla Marchi at dmarchi@rays.com or calling 206.782.0094! Ray’s is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW.

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  • Holiday Happenings at Bell + Whete 11.20.15

    Beer Advent Calendar

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge celebrates the holiday season in the best way: with beer! They are hosting several holiday events featuring specialty beers, perfect for bringing cheer to the season.

    Here’s a look at what you can expect in the next month:

    November 24: Unwind at Victory Brewing Pint Night
    Kick off the holiday season at their Victory Brewing Pint Night November 24. An American brewery with European influences, Victory Brewing is taking over Bell + Whete, serving their specialty beers made with German malted barley and a mix of European and American whole flower hops. Stop by between 4 and 11 p.m. to unwind with one of four Victory beers on tap including Golden Monkey, Dirtwolf, Prima Pilsner and Winter Cheers and take the pint home with you along with other Victory schwag. Don’t miss this special pint night and be sure not to leave empty handed.

    November 24 to December 24: Countdown to Christmas with a Beer Advent Calendar
    Bell + Whete knows the countdown to Christmas is almost great as the actual day and they are making it even better with their 12 Beers of Christmas Beer Advent Calendar. All month long, they will feature special holiday beers including Barrel Aged, Sour Ale, Winter Warmers and other hard to find varieties.

    You can pick up your calendar card starting November 24th at the Victory Brewing Pint Night or any day after to begin your tasting journey. The calendar tells you what date featured beers will be tapped and you’ll receive a stamp for every beer on the list you purchase. Fill up the entire card by Christmas Eve to win a certificate for a two-course dinner for two at Bell + Whete! Take the challenge and try all of their special brews—you’re bound to find a new favorite!

    November 27: Shop less drink more this Black Friday
    Put down those shopping bags, step away from your laptops, phones and iPads, and make your way to Bell + Whete this Black Friday November 27 for the best deals on your favorite food and drinks. They will have discounted drafts and bottles and food specials from Chef Jenny at happy hour pricing all night long. Best part? No waking before dawn or pushing through crowds to get these delicious deals!

    Bell + Whete is located at 200 Bell Street in Belltown. For more information on these events and others, visit their website.

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  • Christmas + Hanukkah Menus from Top Seattle Restaurants 12.06.14

    Seattle’s best restaurants are celebrating the holiday season with a plethora of delicious feasts, and special menus! Celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas Eve with family and friends at local restaurants. Menus include seafood feasts, roasted goose, sommelier wine pairings, and more!

    Classic Hanukkah Specials at Golden Beetle


    In honor of the holiday, Golden Beetle is offering four traditional Hanukkah dishes from $5-9. The menu features Potato Latkes with housemade apple sauce, crème fraiche, green onion; Matzo Ball Soup with smoked chicken, carrot, parsley; Roasted Root Vegetables with parsnip, rutabaga, fingerling potato; and Stuffed Donuts with persimmon filling and powdered sugar. Order any of these dishes as a side to your main meal or try them all together.

    Enjoy this special menu December 16 through 24. Golden Beetle reservations can be made by calling 206.706.2977 or at Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

    Farm Fresh Christmas at Local 360 Cafe & Bar


    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is celebrating Christmas Eve with a three-course tasting menu highlighting their locally sourced goods straight from the farm! The menu includes Wild Mushroom Soup with Washington Truffles, Tani Creek Farms Christmas Goose and Cinnamon Bourbon Bread Pudding.

    The three-course tasting menu is $50 per person, with an optional $15 wine pairing available. Local 360 Cafe & Bar will also serve its regular menu. Christmas Eve lunch service will be offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner service 4-9 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org. Mention tasting menu in reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

    Hearty Old-World Dishes at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge


    Enjoy Norman-inspired cuisine with a modern twist this Christmas Eve at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge in Belltown. Four-course tasting menu includes Celeriac Veloute, Hot Smoked Black Cod, Stuffed Quail and deliciously rich Spiced Apple Cake.

    The four-course menu is $55 per person, optional $25 beverage pairing available. Enjoy Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s regular menu for the evening as well. Open 4-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 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.

    Agrodolce Christmas Eve #FishFeast


    Indulge in fresh fish and seafood at Maria Hines’ Sicilian and southern Italian trattoria this Christmas Eve. The James Beard award-winning chef is bringing an age-old Italian tradition to Agrodolce with #FishFeast, their spin on the “feast of the seven fishes”. The celebratory feast originated in Southern Italy to commemorate the Vigilia di Natale, the birth of baby Jesus, and is now a popular Italian-American tradition.

    Maria and Executive Chef Jason Brzozowy are offering three, multi-course seafood menus including 3 seafood courses for $35, five seafood courses for $55 and seven seafood courses for $75 per person. Each menu starts with Agrodolce’s Housemade Focaccia and ends with a tasting of the Buccellati, Chocolate Cannoli, and Cassata with candied fruit for dessert.

    Three Fish Feast Menu: Grilled Octopus with salsa verde, Pan Seared Black Cod, Burrata Pugliese with Calabrian chile, caper, white anchovy. $35 per person.

    Five Fish Feast Menu: Includes all of the first menu’s items along with Razor Clam and Spot Prawn Crudo with orange, wild fennel, and Oola citrus vodka, and Semolina Mafaldine, Dungeness crab with chili and lime. $55 per person.

    Seven Fish Feast Menu: The third and heartiest menu includes all of the first two menu items plus Northwest Seafood Stew with Penn Cove clams and mussels, smoked cod, and couscous, and Whole Roasted Fish cooked with almond-anchovy sauce and seared Brussels sprouts. $75 per person.

    All Christmas Eve #FishFeast menus can be made vegetarian or gluten free. Optional wine pairing available. Celebrate Christmas Eve at Agrodolce from 4-8 p.m. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.

    Holiday Indulgence at Tilth


    Maria Hines is offering a beautiful four-course menu at Tilth this Christmas Eve. For your first course indulge in Washington Oysters on the Half Shell, Root Vegetable Soup, or a 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 an optional truffle, caviar, and champagne supplement available. Enjoy a wine pairing for an additional $50, or an optional sommelier pairing with an added cheese course and Sauternes for $70.

    Tilth will be open from 4-8 p.m. Christmas Eve. 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.

    All-Night Christmas Eve Happy Hour at Golden Beetle


    Golden Beetle will be open 4:30-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be offering happy hour all night long! Reservations are not accepted for happy hour so come early and imbibe. For more information, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

    Holiday Brunch all December at Fonté Café


    Celebrate the holidays all month with a cup of freshly roasted coffee at Fonté Café and Wine Bar. For December, Fonté Café will be serving Holiday Brunch Specials every Saturday and Sunday! Fill up on their Sweet Potato Biscuits and Gravy with French Ham, or get festive and indulge in their sweet, fluffy Gingerbread Waffles, a dish your whole family is sure to love. Feeling extravagant? Order their Dutch Baby Pancakes topped with apples, pomegranates, and persimmons with a side of bacon.

    Brunch at Fonte’s first avenue café is perfect for downtown holiday shoppers and out of town guests. Holiday brunch specials will be offered 7 a.m.-3 p.m. every weekend in December. Fonté Café is located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle.

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  • Book Your 2014 Holiday Party! 11.20.14

    With December just around the corner it’s the perfect time to start booking your holiday parties! Seattle’s best restaurants and caterers are ready to host you and your crew this holiday season and each offers a plethora of dining, beverage and set up options. Whether you’re planning a casual or formal work party, family event, or fun get-together with friends, we have the perfect fit for you. Read on for inspiration and book today!

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge



    Bell + Whete, Belltown’s best new restaurant and lounge, has a large, yet intimate event space that can seat parties of up to 45 guests (50 reception style). Their private dining room is secluded and offers an intimate setting for family, friends, and coworkers. Rent the venue for your holiday party and Bell + Whete’s event specialist will work with you to create a custom menu, a la carte options, and special drink menus to ensure your party is a success.

    Bell + Whete’s expansive bar has nearly seventy international beers and ciders on tap, bottled beer, wines, and an extensive gin and whiskey inventory. Choose beverage options for your group, from a specific cocktail list, open bar, or signature drinks.

    To learn more or to book your event at Bell + Whete contact Heather Chambers at reservations@bellandwhete.com or visit bellandwhete.com/private-dining.

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar

    The Loft

    The Loft is a private event room located above the restaurant and is perfect for family style dining or intimate dinner parties. Your guests are sure to love the space, complete with its own private bar and communal table with seating up to 30.

    The Chef’s Table

    Local 360’s Chef’s Table is like having your own private restaurant. The large, spacious room, adorned with farmhouse elegance, is complete with a private kitchen, bar, and country farm table, seating up to parties of 55 guests (70 as a reception space). Specialty menus, a la carte options, or all-inclusive creations are available. Feel right at home during the holidays in their charming, country-style accommodation.

    To book your event at either of Local 360’s private spaces, visit local360.org/private-dining.

    Fonté Cafe



    Fonté Café’s beautifully appointed downtown Seattle cafe and outstanding menu by Executive Chef Kristofer Kalinczok provide the perfect setting for an exclusive holiday party. Event formats include small, intimate get-togethers, traditional cocktail parties, formal coursed seated dinners, thematic cooking classes, wine-pairing activities, and even pig roasts! The options are endless and Fonté will accommodate your out-of-the-box ideas.

    Fonté Café’s world-class wine list, craft cocktails, and master-roasted coffees are available for all events. For top-quality sips and dining, consider Fonté for your holiday party. For more information on booking events call Travis Ulrich, 206.777.6193, and visit cafefonte.com.

    Blue Ribbon Cooking



    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union 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 a meal together while watching the Christmas ships. Or book a Cooking For A Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon delivers while guests sit down to dinner. Blue Ribbon also caters any event big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus, cocktail competitions and more at their waterfront venue on Lake Union, or at a venue or home of the guest’s choice!

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E. Seattle, 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.

    Cafe Flora



    Mix it up this holiday season and take family and friends out for an evening of hearty, seasonally sourced vegetarian and vegan dining. Cafe Flora‘s diverse Madison Valley restaurant provides the perfect, elegant setting for small or large parties. The atrium, garden room, and main dining room provide beautiful event spaces for seating ranging from 30 guests up to 125.

    Book your holiday event at Cafe Flora and their team will create a menu just for you, and customize special wine and cocktail pairings to accompany your meal. Dishes can be served in a variety of ways including plated dinners, family-style or buffet.Contact Cafe Flora’s event manager, stephanie@cafeflora.com, to learn more.

    Shanik



    If you are hosting your own holiday party at a local venue or at home, consider Shanik’s Indian catering for your event! Your whole group will enjoy delicious, flavorful Indian dishes hot and fresh from the market. Shanik is famous for their modern, Indian comfort food with popular dishes such as their mouth-watering lamb popsicles. Now you can enjoy Shanik in the luxury of your own home or event location.

    Shanik can accommodate takeout orders for up to 50 people. Orders are customizable within the limits of their menu. Call at least two days in advance, 206.486.6884.

    Golden Beetle



    Golden Beetle offers catering from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines! Enjoy fresh, organic Mediterranean cuisine available for large-group take-out orders, or cooked in the comfort of your own home. If you’re hosting a private sit-down dinner, Golden Beetle will provide service staff and delicious food for parties up to 12 people. For larger holiday parties, Golden Beetle can provide hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers for up to 50 guests.

    From fresh dips and wood fired flat bread to braised goat tagine, let Golden Beetle cater your holiday event and enjoy the cozy, warm spices Eastern Mediterranean cuisine has to offer! Contact Skye at skye@golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977 for more information.

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  • Give Thanks for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving 11.11.13

    Cafe Flora Polenta

    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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  • Plan the perfect Mother’s Day! 05.03.12



    Every year when Mother’s Day rolls around, restaurants and businesses offer special menus and events to help us celebrate the women we love and appreciate the most: our mothers.

    Why are we beaming with excitement? Because we have ideas that will leave mom with memories she won’t forget, while undoubtedly blowing the typical knick-knack gift out of the water. Read on to learn more!

    Pure Barre
    Get mom onboard the “tucking” train and treat her to a special mother-daughter class! Toning is much more fun when done in pairs, and she will appreciate the endorphin boost and a start to swim suit season.

    If Sunday isn’t the best day for your schedule, a gift card for her is a perfect alternative to take a class together on a later date. Check out the Bellevue and Seattle locations for scheduling information.

    Light Spring Wines
    Make reservations with Washington wineries offering special tastings, or visit local restaurants and treat mom to any of these superb lighter favorites.

    Treveri Sparking Wines – Syrah Brut, Blanc de Noir, and Viogner are all sparking varieties great for brunch or dinner with mom.

    Gilbert Cellars – Romance her with the 2011 Mourvedre Rosé featuring delicate rose petal aromatics.

    Kiona Vineyard – Crisp, dry First Crush Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc will pair magically with a variety of foods.

    Two Mountain Winery – With strawberry aromas and a hint of kiwi, their 2011 Rosé is great for moms who love their wine both fruity and dry.

    Dining
    Tilth – Nothing sounds more enticing than Grand Marnier French Toast as a sweet delight for mom. Pair it with a mimosa on the Tilth patio during weekend brunch to let mom know she’s special.

    Golden Beetle – Jazz up brunch with the powerful flavors of a Mediterranean breakfast. From the Eggplant Scramble bursting with flavors of paprika and cumin to the more traditional Herbed Falafel with fava beans, award winning chef Maria Hines will not disappoint.

    Pecado Bueno – This California-style taqueria in Fremont is inviting mom to lounge by the fire or water fall on one of three outdoor patios. Treat her to a $3 Mommy Margarita made with 100 percent agave tequila and pair it with the fresh veggies and irresistible chorizo in the Chorizo Veggie Scramble. Bueno!

    Vios – Give her a taste of Greece with Vios’ weekend brunch. Mom can get a sample of their pita bread trio with three different Greek dipping sauces, or go for a heartier two-skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce. The genuine hospitality felt at Vios will leave the whole family happy.

    Cafe Flora – Celebrate their 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch offering dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Their special set menu features an array of options from sweet to savory.

    Dine in for fresh spring dishes like their Asparagus Benedict served with morel mushroom on an herbed polenta cake, or for a sweet treat, try their Banana Brule French Toast with house made mascarpone and caramel-rum sauce.

    Their brunch menu is $30 per person and $12.50 for kids, listed in full on their website. Reservations available for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100.

    Mother’s Day is the one day we get to truly celebrate this very special lady. Take our advice and make sure to do it in style with some fabulous eats and sparkling wines around the city.

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  • Holiday Happy Hours at Mario’s 3.10 12.09.10

    Shopping! Cocktails! Gifts abound! This is how Mario’s 3.10 celebrates the holiday season! Join them Friday evening December 10th and 17th in Bridgeport Village for a Holiday Happy Hour to sip, mingle and let Mario’s staff help select the perfect gifts for everyone on your list… including you! Their denim experts and on-site tailor will outfit you in the perfect pair of jeans to keep you stylish and winter ready.

    Don’t forget to enter to win their $250 gift certificate give away while you’re there!

    “Like” Mario’s 3.10 on Facebook to keep informed on all of their fabulous fashion and style.

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