• 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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  • Eat Pizza, Support the Ballard Food Bank 11.08.13

    Benito's Deep Dish Pizza

    With the cold weather upon us, there is no better time to enjoy an authentic Chicago dining experience at Benito’s Chicago Eatery in Ballard. Chef and owner Benjamin Kulikowski brings Seattleites his hometown’s most famous dish: Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Layers upon layers of aged mozzarella cheese, fresh vegetables and quality meats are meticulously laid on top of a rich, pie-like pizza crust and baked in a deep pan. Thirty to forty-five minutes of bake time is worth every minute once you take a bite of their signature Benito’s Special with sausage, peppers, onions, pepperoni, mushrooms and organic tomato sauce. Other pizza options include cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach. Or customize your own deep dish with a variety of vegetables and meats.

    Benito’s Chicago Eatery is hosting a fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank from 5-10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab your friends and family and experience Chicago’s best exports for the first time or enjoy them again! Benito’s also offers a variety of sandwiches, hot pastas, fresh salads and homemade cannoli. Beer and wine are also available. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from the evening will support food security in the Ballard neighborhood.

    Reservations not required. Benito’s Chicago Eatery is located at 6201 15th Ave NW and can be contacted at 206.420.7032.

    In case you missed it, Chef Kulikowski shared his special deep dish recipe on KING 5’s New Day Northwest and prepared a Benito’s Special and White Pie. Watch here and learn how it’s made!

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  • Seattle Restaurant Week Kicks Off with Chef Demos 10.15.13


    The 8th annual Seattle Restaurant Week has already begun! Over 160 restaurants from all over the Seattle area and the Eastside have teamed up to give guests an amazing dining experience at great prices. Participating restaurants are offering 3-course dinners for just $28, and many also offering 3-course lunches for $15. Now through Oct. 24 is a great chance to try a new restaurant in a different neighborhood or visit your favorite spot for great deals.

    To preview some of the best that Restaurant Week has to offer, chefs appeared on KING 5’s New Day Northwest show and presented special dishes that are featured on their Seattle Restaurant Week menu. Some restaurants like Ponti Seafood Grill in the Queen Anne neighborhood, will be opening their whole menu for Restaurant Week guests. Other great restaurants like Hunger 2.0 and Anthony’s Restaurants in Fremont and in the Seattle area, respectively, have put together a special menu of favorite appetizers, entrees and desserts.

    Watch the below video and see the latest appearance by Osteria La Spiga’s very own Chef Sabrina Tinsley, as she demonstrates the creative process of their mouth-watering dish, the salsiccia con l’uva.


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  • Countdown to Seattle Restaurant Week 10.08.12

    The table is set and less than one week remains before the start of Seattle Restaurant Week. We hope you’re getting hungry for this dining celebration with over 150 restaurants offering three course dinners for $28 and over 50 restaurants offering three course lunches for just $15. From James Beard award-winning chefs to neighborhood gems, classic northwest to ethnically diverse, we have the restaurants that you’ve been dying to try and those you’ve had your hearts set on returning to.

    If you haven’t made your reservations yet, we suggest taking a look at the menus online. Seattle Weekly has some advice for maneuvering your way through the 150+ choices or you can watch KING 5’s New Day Northwest this week for chef tips and drool-worthy television. Check out these chefs cooking up the best of fall Restaurant Week, starting today at 11 a.m. on KING 5:

    Monday: Nick Musser, Icon Grill

    Tuesday: Kevin Davis, Steelhead Diner, Blueacre Seafood

    Wednesday: Seth Caswell, emmer&rye

    Thursday: Mauro Golmarvi; Assaggio Italian Ristorante

    If you miss it, we’ll be posting each video here on our news+events blog. In the meantime, tell us where your must-go restaurants are for Seattle Restaurant Week!

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  • Donut Taste Test on New Day NW 04.07.11

    As a precursor to this Sunday’s Food Network Challenge: Donut Champions, KING 5’s New Day Northwest invited Mighty-O Donuts and Top Pot Doughnuts on the show for a hometown showdown! The donut duo shared secrets from behind the Challenge scenes and the New Day NW audience was invited to take part in a blind taste test of the two donuts. Watch below and see who won the hometown showdown taste test and then tune in on Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. PT to see who is crowned donut king by Food Network!

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  • Chef Jason Wilson dishes holiday ideas on New Day! 11.19.10

    Chef and James Beard winner Jason Wilson shares his ideas for holiday alternatives on KING 5 New Day Northwest. See how the pros do it in their homes on the big day!

    As a bonus, check out events at CRUSH this holiday season.

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  • KING 5 “Let Jesse Buy It” at Pike & Western 09.20.10

    Love wine but don’t think in advance to open it up? Never patient enough to decant? The world of wine has gadgets upon gadgets. KING 5’s Jesse Jones tests out one of the most controversial gadgets – wine aerators. He enlists the expert advice of Pike & Western Wine Shop owner Michael Teer to test, taste, and determine if your money is spent well on either aerator or simply on a second bottle of wine.

    We only wish we could show you the outtakes from this shoot!

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