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  • Celebrate Your Valentine with Weekend-Long Special Menus, Cocktails and Events 02.06.15



    There is no shortage of decadent choices this Valentine’s Day. Options range from four-course menus, sommelier wine pairings, Theo Chocolate desserts, complimentary cookies, a couple’s cooking class, and more! With so many options, don’t limit your swooning to just Valentine’s Day, instead, impress and spoil your loved one (and yourself) all weekend long.



    Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    One of the most romantic dining locations in Seattle is preparing two special menus this Valentine’s Day. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are picturesque destinations for Valentine’s dinners and their menus offer the freshest seafood selections. Ray’s Boathouse is offering an a la carte Valentine’s menu February 12-15 featuring:

    Starters:
    Lobster Salad, $15
    Ahi and Foi Gras, $14
    Tempura Fried Oysters, $11

    Main Course:
    Filet Mignon and Dungeness Crab Cake, $49
    Wild Alaskan King, $45
    Barley Risotto, $28

    Dessert:
    Dark Chocolate Champagne Cake, $8
    Passion Fruit Cake, $8

    Don’t have a date? Head to Ray’s Café with family, friends, and other singles where they’ll be serving special menu items and festive cocktails. Enjoy the classic Grilled King Salmon and Prawns for $38 or the mouth-watering Grilled Filet of Beef with Smoked Salmon Skewer and Dungeness Crab Cake for $46. Sip on seductive cocktails such as Between the Sheets crafted with Courvoisier, orange liqueur, Bacardi rum and lemon juice, or Big Love with Big Gin, fresh lemon and cranberry juices, and rosemary. Regular menu available.

    Reserve now for views of Shilshole Bay. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or click. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or click. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.



    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is known for its modern take on Old-World, Norman-inspired dishes. This Valentine’s Day celebrate with a decadent four-course menu.

    Starters:
    Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna
    Lacto Preserved Vegetable Salad

    Second Course:
    Kuri Squash Vichyssoise with Oregon Black Truffles

    Main Course:
    Wagyu Beef Zabuton with charred onion, potato pave and lemon thyme jus

    Dessert:
    Chocolate Mousse with brown butter, nougat and banana

    The special four-course menu is available February 13-14 and is $55 per person. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.



    Local 360 Cafe & Bar
    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a three-course menu comprised of farm fresh, local ingredients.

    Starters:
    South Sound Oyster and Sunchoke Chowder
    Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad (gluten free, vegan)
    Chicken Mousseline

    Main Course:
    Oregon Rabbit Confit (gluten free)
    RR Ranch Beef Short Ribs (gluten free)
    Butternut Squash and Salsify Terrine (gluten free, vegan)

    Dessert:
    Baked Apple Napoleon (vegan)
    Hazelnut Torte (gluten free, vegan)
    Chocolate Soufflé Brownie (vegan)

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is offering its special Valentine’s Day menu February 13-15, 4 p.m. to close. The three-course menu is $40 per person. Regular menu available. 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.



    Shanik
    This Valentine’s Day treat your special someone to fine Indian food from Shanik restaurant in South Lake Union. Meeru Dhawala is cooking some of her favorite dishes from the world-renown Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Her four-course menu is full of savory spices and authentic flavor, with many vegetarian and meat options to choose from as well as optional wine pairings to enhance the Indian flavors and spices.

    First Course:
    Amuse Bouche featuring Beet Bites with creamy chutney and fennel-candied walnuts
    Wine Pairing: Rive Della Chiesa, Prosecco Brut NV

    Second Course:
    Jackfruit in Black Cardamom and Cumin Curry
    Samosas with Lamb and Beef
    Marinated and Grilled Kale
    Wine Pairing: Domain Les Cantates Jacquere 2013 or Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011

    Main Course:
    Beef Short Ribs
    Grilled Lamb Popsicles
    Grilled Winter Squash and Eggplant
    Saag Paneer with Punjabi Daal
    Wine Pairing: La Caña Albarina 2013 or Balboa Estate Syrah 2011

    Dessert:
    Gulab Jamun
    Indian Custard

    Meeru’s four-course menu is $50 and optional wine flight is $30 (three glass pairing). Call 206.486.6884 or click here to make reservations. Shanik is located in South Lake Union at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle.



    Agrodolce
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Italian-coastal cuisine and enjoy a four-course meal from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines at her Sicilian trattoria, Agrodolce, in Fremont.

    Starters:
    Oysters on the Half Shell
    Pork Rillette
    Burrata Pugliese

    Second Course:
    Semolina Mafalde
    Red Wheat Spaghetti
    Ricotta Cavatelli

    Third Course:
    Poached Spot Prawn
    Grilled Top Sirloin
    Seared King Oyster Mushroom

    Dessert:
    Theo Chocolate Budino
    Pear and Marino Olive Oil Gelato
    Cheese Plate with vanilla poached figs, marcona almonds and crostini

    The Valentine’s Day four-course menu is $65 per person with an optional $45 wine pairing. For reservations call 206.547.9707 or visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.



    Golden Beetle
    Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle recently received a refreshed look just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The new, Mediterranean-inspired details create the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two.

    First Course:
    Celeriac Soup
    Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
    Optional Wine Pairing: Lampo Borgoluce Brut Prosecco, Italy 2013

    Second Course:
    Rabbit Samosas
    Kataffi Wrapped Prawns
    Crispy Halloumi

    Third Course:
    Beef Cheek Tagine
    Fennel Crusted St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna
    Chickpea and Lemon Stew

    Dessert:
    Kabocha Squash Panna Cotta
    Chocolate Truffle Torte

    Golden Beetle’s four-course menu is $55 per person with an optional wine pairing for $25 per person. Many of Golden Beetle’s dishes contain nuts, gluten and dairy; when making reservations please inform them of any serious allergies. For reservations call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.



    Tilth
    Cozy up in Wallingford’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tilth, this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a beautiful prixe fixe menu at the restaurant that earned Maria Hines her James Beard Award.

    Starters:
    Pacific Oysters
    Sunchoke Soup
    Rabbit Rillette

    Second Course:
    Taylor Shellfish Clams
    Coffee Roasted Celery Root Salad
    Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Quail

    Main Course:
    Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet (vegetarian)
    Seared Alaskan Black Cod
    Juniper Ash Crusted Venison

    Desert:
    Olive Oil Cake and Beet Textures
    Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    The prix fixe menu is $80 per person with an optional wine pairing of $50 or an optional sommelier pairing of $70. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.



    Volterra
    Volterra’s special Valentine’s Day offerings speak to both romantic couples and singles, from a special four-course menu to Love Me and Love Me Not beverages. The Tuscan-inspired cuisine features the best local and imported ingredients from Italy, house-made pasta and charcuterie, and many gluten-free options for all to enjoy. The restaurant’s owners, Chef Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry, were married in Volterra, Italy, just prior to opening Volterra restaurant, so they know how to pour on meaningful romance this Valentine’s Day.

    First Course:
    Amuse
    Bra Tenero Cheese
    Apricot Chutney

    Second Course:
    Beef Carpaccio
    Wild Mushroom Tart
    Seared Ahi Tuna

    Third Course:
    Wild Boar Ragu
    Roasted Beet and Potato Gnocchi

    Main Course:
    Dungeness Crab Cakes
    Beef Tenderloin
    Wild Boar Tenderloin
    Eggplant Lasagna

    Dessert:
    Ruby Slippers

    Volterra is making Valentine’s fun for both couples and singles alike with their creative cocktails for the evening. Sip on the sweet Love Me cocktail crafted with fresh clementine, Glass Gridiron vodka, pomegranate, lemon, Prosecco, mint and garnished with an Italian Baci “kiss,” or throw back the Love Me Not: one shot of whiskey served with a skull and cross bones trinket ring! The Love Me and Love Me Not are $14 each.

    The prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu will be offered February 14, $70 per person. Cocktail specials available all weekend. To make reservations call 206.789.5100 or click here. View the Valentine’s Day menu online. Volterra Ballard is located at 5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle.



    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora keeps your romantic date night healthy yet hearty and filling, with a four-course menu of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

    First Course:
    Breaded Fried Artichoke with lemon-herbed marrow bean pate, romesco sauce, micro greens (gluten free, vegan)

    Second Course:
    Pommelo and Cara Cara Orange Salad with seared fennel, watercress, pomegranate, fresh beets, spiced orange blossom vinaigrette (gluten free, vegan)

    Main Course:
    Wild Mushroom Ravioli with truffle scented cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, roasted leek sauce, asparagus (gluten free, vegan options available)

    Dessert:
    Valentine’s Pavlova with mango curd, passion fruit, whipped cream, raspberry coulis, fresh tropical fruit compote, vanilla bean meringue (gluten free)
    Theo Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake (gluten free and vegan options available)

    Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available February 14, 5-10 p.m. The four-course menu is $65 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 or visit cafeflora.com to make reservations. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.



    Fonté Café
    Fonté Café is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend, February 14-15. Start your morning with a cup of freshly roasted Fonté coffee and brunch. Indulge in the Chocolate Mousse Parfait with fresh raspberries or the Housemade White Chocolate Strawberry Trifle. Both desserts are $7 and only offered Valentine’s Day weekend.

    In addition to these delicious goodies, Fonté is sharing the love with customers – everyone that comes in and orders two coffee beverages will receive a complimentary heart-shaped cookie (while they last). Call 206.777.6193 or click to make reservations. Fonté Café is located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle.



    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Blue Ribbon Cooking is offering a romantic, couple’s cooking class with wine! Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one while brushing up on your cooking skills and preparing an extravagant five-course meal.

    Appetizers:
    Fresh Puget Sound Oysters
    Cambazola Tarts with caramelized Walla Walla onions and spiced apple chutney

    First Course:
    Cognac Poached Fig Salad with marinated goat cheese and hazelnut lace

    Second Course:
    Dungeness Crab Ravioli

    Mid-Course Palate Cleanser:
    Lavender Sorbet with Rose Champagne

    Main Course:
    Flaming Filet Mignon with truffles Yukon gold potato puree and Brussel sprouts

    Dessert:
    Vanilla Bean Poached Pears with Cabernet chocolate sauce and caramel ice cream

    Drink:
    Blue Ribbon Rudesheimer Koffees brandied coffee with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

    Blue Ribbon’s Valentine’s Day class 6:30 p.m., February 14. Click here to register. Class is $155 per person; must register for 2 guests. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com for more information. Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E., Seattle.

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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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  • Less than one week left to savor the flavors of SRW. 04.16.12



    Time really does fly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it!?

    Seattle Restaurant Week’s spring celebration is coming to an end this Thursday, April 19. With SRW combining spicy, zesty, incredible flavors, odds are your unforgettable meal has you time warped in a food lover’s heaven. Don’t worry; we’re here to wake you back up! Before making your final reservations, take a quick peek at how to source out the best-suited restaurants to fit your style. You only have four days left so get out and dine for a deal!

    Dine Local or Broad
    With over 150 restaurants, we guarantee there is a local restaurant just miles from your home. Having hopeful sun in the days to come, think of taking this opportunity to discover a new neighborhood gem. Or, why not spice up your life and make reservations at a new exotic location? To the true Downtowners, try venturing over to the Eastside. If you’re caught in the Ballard bubble, try Capitol Hill or Lake Union. SRW makes it easy, mapping out each restaurant by neighborhood. Click here to check it out!

    Don’t Forget Lunch
    Life gets busy, but with the option of lunch OR dinner, there is definitely time to set aside the pots and pans and dine out (especially when it’s only $15 for three courses!) Scroll through this list to see who’s offering lunch as well as dinner.

    Kid-Friendly
    The ultimate perk: no babysitter needed. Nothing beats a delicious kids menu with fun coloring activities, except when it’s combined with a complete family dining experience at a perfectly reasonable price. This is also a great opportunity to let your kids join in the contest and hunt for the hidden QR code at participating restaurants; they’ll love it! View kid-friendly restaurants here.

    Specialize in Vegetarian Cooking
    You don’t have to consider yourself a vegan or vegetarian, just adventurous and daring to try something new. These restaurants will leave you feeling full and energized, minus the food coma! View vegetarian-friendly restaurants here.

    SRW didn’t add restaurants to the spring promotion for no reason. Whether you choose to discover the taste of new cuisine or stick with the oldies-but-goodies, delve in now because it’ll be over before you know it!

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