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  • What’s Happening at LloydMartin 07.31.14



    There is a lot happening for Queen Anne’s neighborhood gem, LloydMartin, this summer. From new menu options, to market dinners, to a wine pairing dinner at the picturesque Bella Luna Farms, LloydMartin has the perfect summer plans in store for you.

    Nestled right in the heart of Queen Anne, LloydMartin distinguishes itself as a restaurant known for creating unique and dynamic menus daily based on fresh ingredients from purveyors. Chef-owner Sam Crannell brilliantly crafts his creative dishes with housemade ingredients and routinely uses distinctive items such as exotic meats, specialty imports and luxurious ingredients.

    Market Dinners
    LloydMartin’s highly popular Market Dinners are back again! Every Thursday, Chef Sam Crannell visits his neighborhood farmers market on Queen Anne to pick out fresh-from-the-farm produce, straight from the farmers themselves. The strong vegetable and fruit presence at the market makes the 3-course meal at LloydMartin entirely vegetarian! Enjoy only seasonal ingredients in your Market Dinners, such as fresh blueberries from Skagit Sun or summer squash from Tonnemaker Family Orchard. Each one of Chef Crannell’s ingredients is carefully hand-selected to create the fresh, sustainable Market meals. Feel free to come by more than once as the innovative menu changes week to week and is always just $30 per person. Reservations are recommended. Check out what Seattle Weekly has to say about the popular Market Dinners.

    3-Courses for $45
    Due to popular demand, LloydMartin is now offering 3-course dinners for $45. Taken from the daily menu, which is still offered a la carte, guests can now assemble their own 3-course selection from a whole new variety of unique dishes. Start your meal with the Confit Peach, fashioned with aerated blue cheese, arugula, and spicy marcona granola. Then work your way to the main course, and indulge in a savory plate such as the Lan Rock Pork Tenderloin, prepared with cherries, mustard, kale, and romesco risotto. Finish off with the sweet crème brulee, or hot fudge sundae, with housemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate, salted nuts, and a brandy cherry. The menu changes daily and guests can still order any number of dishes, but the price incentive for ordering three is well worth it! Select any one item from each section in the everyday menu to create your own personalized, mouth-watering 3-course feast. Still can’t wrap your head around it? Just read what the Puget Sound Business Journal had to say about Chef Crannell’s innovative decision to implement a fixed-priced menu option and return to a true dining experience.

    Bella Luna Farms Dinner
    LloydMartin’s Chef Sam Crannell is teaming up with Sommelier Shannon Borg to host an elegant and intimate dinner at Bella Luna Farms, August 17. The evening will consist of a guided tour of Bella Luna’s beautiful, scenic grounds and an elegant 5-course dinner featuring ingredients sourced from within 30 miles of the farm. Shannon Borg will pair West Coast Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Wines with each one of Chef Crannell’s delectable dishes. Accompanying Chef Crannell in the kitchen will be Chef Dan Matthiesen and Chef Tracey Stoner Crannell of LloydMartin. Guests are encouraged to mix and mingle as they enjoy the finest tastes and sips throughout the evening. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $200 per person. Purchase your tickets for this exceptional, one-of-a-kind event and learn more about the Chefs of LloydMartin and Shannon Borg via the event page http://bellalunafarms.brownpapertickets.com.

    Here is a sneak preview of the menu.
    Menu is subject to change based on the various ingredients available (sourced within 30 miles of Bella Luna Farms).

    Starter: assorted pizzas and farm snacks
    Midcourse: wood roasted beets · farm greens, shaved goat cheese, herb dressing
    Pasta: chitarra · tomato, garden pesto, 25 year balsamic
    Entrée: aspen hollow ewe · loin and leg, grill sauces, grilled “ratatouille”
    Sweet: Plum galette, honey, goat cheese ice cream

    LloydMartin’s summer lineup is full of fresh, flavorful bites and great deals. Enjoy meals crafted with locally grown ingredients straight from the farm at the Market Dinners, or indulge in the 3-course meals for $45 any day in the restaurant (Tuesday-Saturday). If you are looking for a charming night out, consider attending the Bella Luna Farms dinner and experience a night full of extravagant wines and memorable dishes..

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  • Bite of Seattle Returns this Weekend – What to Check Out! Jul. 18-20! 07.18.14



    This coming weekend, today through July 20, the community-gathering, food frenzy, Bite of Seattle returns and it promises to be better than ever!

    First and foremost come big changes at the traffic-driving Alley! For the first year ever, The Alley will be hosted by Chef Jason Wilson:
    Where: Alki Courtyard
    When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday
    What: Multi-course meals prepared by Seattle’s best restaurants (Menu changes daily)
    Price: $10 admission
    Beneficiary: Food Lifeline

    That’s right, the award-winning Miller’s Guild and Crush chef/owner Jason Wilson will be hitting the grill and coordinating his restaurant friends for delicious bites to benefit Food Lifeline as the new host of The Alley (read more in The Seattle Times)!, The Alley will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alki Courtyard (North side of Key Arena). For only $10, you are guaranteed a multi-course meal consisting of top-notch bites from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s up and comers, including Ravish, Skillet Diner, Salty’s, Pinkabella Cupcakes, Manhattan, and more!

    The menu changes every day, but as host of the event, Chef Jason Wilson will serve up his savory Niman Ranch Beef Brisket with Washington blueberry corn mojo every day.

    All of the proceeds from The Alley will benefit Food Lifeline, a local hunger relief organization that directly feeds hungry people of Western Washington. For every $1 donated, Food Lifeline can provide a full day of food to one individual. There will also be more opportunities to donate to Food Lifeline at The Alley.

    Other events not to be missed include The Bite Cooks! with Chef Thierry Rautureau!

    The Bite Cooks!
    Where: Rooftop of Fisher Pavilion, just south of the International Fountain at Seattle Center
    When:
    Friday: Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Saturday: Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonté Café, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Sam Crannell of LloydMartin, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    What: Live cooking entertainment showcases and recipe handouts.
    Price: Free admission

    Watch some of our favorite chefs perform in cooking demonstrations and live cook offs this weekend! This year, The Bite Cooks! is at a brand new location outdoors on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop. Come by the event for FREE to enjoy cooking demonstrations and programming segments prepared by Seattle’s finest chefs. Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik. Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonte Café, and Sam Crannell of LloydMartin are all making appearances this weekend and are ready to whip up their best dishes and tease your senses! Not to worry, they’ll be handing out recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home!

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  • Seattle Beer Week: Beer vs. Wine Dinner at LloydMartin May 15 05.07.14

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    LloydMartin is asking the question – which pairs better, beer or wineOn Thursday, May 15, guests will ponder the question while enjoying a four-course dinner created by Chef Sam Crannell. Each course will be paired with a beer and a wine (2-3 oz each). Always featuring the freshest ingredients brought to the restaurant’s door that day, the menu will feature:


    Plum serenity farm egg raviolo, ramp ricotta, grana, brown butter
    Beer: Lindemans Cuvee Rene Lambic Ale-Oude Geuze Lambic
    Wine: Cave de Bissey NV Cremant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, FR,

    Warm duck salad, candied kumquat, Easter egg radishes, spring onion, arugula, sherry walnut vinaigrette
    Beer: Du Bocq Blanche de Namur-Belgian Witbier
    Wine: Stangeland 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, WA

    Roasted rack of  lan roc pork, mustard herb spatzle, mustard greens, caramelized onion jus
    Beer: Ayinger Jarhundert Bier-Bavarian Lager
    Wine: Fairview 2011 Pinotage, South

    Bacon waffle, maple, foie gras ice-cream
    Beer: Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider-Crisp Hard Apple Cider
    Wine: Chateau Haut Charmes

    This unique dinner is priced at $125, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required by calling 206.420.7602 or visit www.lloydmartin.com. There are a limited number of seats for this dinner so we recommend booking early! Beer, wine – or both! Cheers!

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  • Spaghetti + Meatball Birthday at LloydMartin 01.27.14



    Possibly one of the most loved dishes of all time, Spaghetti & Meatballs, will make a one night appearance at LloydMartin on Tuesday, January 28. Now, this is no average night – it’s Chef Sam Crannell’s birthday! He’s celebrating with one of his favorite dishes of handmade pasta (as always at LloydMartin), delicious meatballs, Jersey Salad and, as it’s commonly known in the restaurant, “Crack Bread,” which is essentially anchovy based garlic bread.

    Sounds like a perfect Tuesday night, right? Dinner gets even better with a $40 price tag and a selection of chiantis (additional wine and cocktails also available).

    We hope you’ll join us in wishing Chef Sam a very happy birthday and indulge in spaghetti and meatballs – way better then even mom used to make!

    Reservations can be made online at LloydMartin or by calling 206.420.7602.

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  • LloydMartin’s Tapas Pop-Up April 1 03.25.13

    Sometimes, a diversion is a good thing! Such is the case on April 1 when LloydMartin becomes a tapas pop-up restaurant aptly named Diversion.

    Stemming from its Spanish meaning “to have fun” Diversion will be touting new and old world Spanish tapas, including inspirations from the famed El Bulli restaurant, Estrella beer (really the only Spanish beer to drink with tapas), Spanish wines and cocktails as well as a tapas bar inspired ambiance. The April Fools Day pop-up is no joke, but part of a trend in one-day-only restaurants as noted by Seattle Met. Watch below when Chef Sam Crannell joined KING 5 New Day Northwest to chat about Diversion and showcase a couple of menu items including candy floss (a grown-up food enthusiasts version of cotton candy! Check out the pic from Seattle Weekly).

    The tapas menu will be priced from $3-12 so pop in for a dish or two and experience a Spanish-style tapas bar in Seattle’s own Queen Anne neighborhood. Diversion will be opening at 4 p.m. so get there early!

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  • Vote Now: Evening Magazine Best of Western WA! 09.12.12



    It’s time once again for Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington! With lots of thrills, spills and overall news over the past year we expect this Best of Western Washington to give us some new and exciting winners along with the old standbys that locals can’t get enough of.

    We work with people and businesses that we believe are the best of the bunch; the cream of the crop, which is why we can honestly and without hesitation recommend a few amazing, tasty and memorable businesses for you to vote for. Sitting on the edge of your seat? Okay, here’s our list – we also threw in a few of our favorites as extras:

    Cafe Flora “Best Vegetarian” – Currently leading the voting, this restaurant has been bringing vegetarian cuisine to Seattle for 20 years. They must be doing something right! Vote here.

    Golden Beetle “Best Mediterranean” – When a James Beard Award Winning Chef decides to open a second restaurant and take on a cuisine that is usually reserved for falafel and gyros at corner stores, we know diners have hit gold. Toss in the organic ingredients and you’ve really got something worth voting for! Vote here.

    Tilth “Best Fine Dining” and “Best New American” – When that same James Beard Chef boasts six years of her award-winning restaurant in the culinary oasis of Wallingford, we think that’s worth two votes! Vote here and here.

    LloydMartin “Best New Restaurant” – Turning one this October, LloydMartin won Seattle Weekly’s “Best New Restaurant” category this year and are in hot pursuit of Best New Restaurant elsewhere. Go in. Try it. Then cast your vote here.

    8oz. Burger Bar “Best Burger” – A burger made from people that specialize in burgers – we like those odds! We’re all in on 8oz. Burger Bar, whether it is beef, wild boar, kobe beef, lamb, fish, free range turkey or the housemade veggie patty. Vote here.

    Coastal Kitchen “Best Breakfast” – Serving the most important meal of the day shouldn’t be left to just anyone. We suggest heading for the experts at Coastal Kitchen where they have been poaching eggs, grilling waffles, flipping pancakes and putting out more early morning culinary delights for years! Vote here.

    Pure Barre “Best Gym” – Need to add some fun to your workouts and really tighten those hard to reach areas? Barre workouts are growing in popularity, but we suggest sticking with the original in Seattle – Pure Barre! They will make sure to lift, tone and burn your body in the most satisfying way possible. Vote here.

    Sami Sweeney “Best Fitness Instructor” – We adore Sami for her ability to make your body burn and for doing it with a smile! Sami’s training in barre workouts makes her classes some of the most highly coveted at all of the three Pure Barre locations. Her intensity, knowledge, and personal touch are what keep us going back for more! Vote here.

    A few more of our favorites:

    What childhood is complete without a visit to the zoo? Vote for Woodland Park Zoo as “Best Fun Place for Kids.” Vote here.

    When we want the men in our lives to look especially dapper, we opt for Mario’s – “Best Men’s Clothing.” Vote here.

    Having known her since she was behind the scenes at KOMO’s Northwest Afternoon, we know that Jenni Hogan is the real deal. Vote for this inspiring Aussie for “Best Local Personality on Twitter.” Vote here.

    The music scene in Seattle never has a dull moment, but we always look to The Dusty 45’s as our go-to band. Vote “Best Local Band.” Vote here.

    You have until October 12 to vote, but why not click and vote now?!!!

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