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  • Maria Hines’ Tilth Celebrates 10th Anniversary! 08.25.16

    Tilth

    Ten years ago Maria Hines opened Tilth — the groundbreaking, New American destination restaurant that was the second certified organic restaurant in the country. It quickly became nationally known, earning Maria a James Beard Award Best Chef Northwest along the way. Celebrate this Seattle culinary treasure with a 10-course Anniversary Dinner with wine pairings, September 1st or 2nd.

    Since its opening in September 2006, Tilth has upheld its commitment to serving certified organic, brightly-flavored New American fare and supporting local business along the way. The restaurant, in its first ten years, has received an abundance of rave reviews and accolades including the James Beard Award previously mentioned, being named one of the top 10 restaurants in the nation by Frank Bruni, food critic of the New York Times and appearances by Maria on Top Chef Masters, Martha Stewart and Iron Chef (she won!).

    Tilth Fromagerie Blanc

    Seattle Met captures the journey, achievements and more, writing of Tilth, “the revolution it helped ignite has changed things forever.” As Maria’s first restaurant, it propelled the farm-to-table movement in the northwest by highlighting important, local purveyors including farms, ranches and fishing vessels.

    Noted for calling out purveyors by name on the menu since the early days, the 10th Anniversary Menu is no exception. The 10-course menu features many of the long-time purveyors including King’s Garden Summer Melon Salad, Loki Seafood Salmon a la Plancha and Skagit River Ranch Braised Pork Belly.

    Maria Hines in Tilth Kitchen

    Sip and savor while reminiscing through a 15-page scrapbook profiling some of the producers that helped build Tilth’s outstanding first decade. It also showcases the most requested recipe, dishes that were staff favorites but just didn’t take in the dining room, and more!

    The 10-course Anniversary Dinners cost $150 per person; full menu here. Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting Tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

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  • Holiday Gift Packages from Shanik + Fonté Coffee! 11.25.14

    It’s time for holiday shopping and gifting! Save time and impress your loved ones with unique, local gift sets, pre-prepackaged for you. Shanik Restaurant and Fonté Coffee Roaster have the perfect gift packages for family and friends this holiday season.

    Short on time? Gift cards are also available at the following restaurants and retailers! Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Cafe Flora, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, Pure Barre Seattle & Eastside, and Diaper Stork.

    Fonté Coffee Roaster Holiday Blend + Coffee Mug



    Fonté Coffee Roaster is gearing up for the holidays with a new blend and an opportunity to give back to children in the community. This year marks the 22nd annual Fonté Holiday Blend and the micro-roaster will once again donate all profits from the sale of Holiday Blend to the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool.

    The Holiday Blend is a roasted combination of a honey process Sumatra, semi-washed El Salvador, and fully washed Sulawesi. It is heavy bodied with notes of candied fruit, bright apple and mango and long lean chocolate finish. Purchase the blend as a gift package complete with a 12oz bag and a sleek, black Fonté Kleen Kanteen for only $35. The Holiday Blend gift package is available for purchase online or at Fonté Café, located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

    All profits from the sale of Fonté’s Holiday Blend will be donated to Pike Market Child Care and Preschool’s nutrition programs. It is their mission to make quality child care and family support accessible to families of all income levels. PMCCP’s on-site nutrition program meets more than 70% of the student’s daily nutritional needs providing breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks. All meals are cooked on-site, from scratch, with whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. Learn more about their program here.

    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set with Turkish Wine
    Spice it up this holiday season and gift family and friends the opportunity to cook with Shanik’s housemade spices, drink fine Turkish wine, and serve up a delicious, healthy side dish.

    Chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik is combining three special items for Shanik’s holiday gift package this year: a Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and a Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a staple in every Indian household. Shanik hand-sifts, roasts, and grinds the spices in-house. The traditional spice set includes Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    Meeru is excited to include a special Turkish wine with her gift sets this year: a 2011 Diren Karmena Red Blend. The Karmena Red blend consists of five different grapes, indigenous to Turkey and international variety. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot make up the balanced and delicious Red Blend, giving it body, spiciness and supple character.

    Rounding out the package is an exceptional recipe from Shanik’s kitchen, Cauliflower Potato Purée. The recipe is a perfect substitute for rice, bread, or plain mashed potatoes. Shanik serves its Cauliflower Potato Purée with many of their grilled or seared meats.

    The complete gift package with Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe is $50, and is available at Shanik’s Market, next door to the restaurant. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

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  • Seattle Restaurants Celebrate Thanksgiving 11.06.14

    Rid the stress of cooking a big Thanksgiving feast, and take your family and loved ones out for a relaxing evening filled with delicious, holiday classics! Local 360, Bell + Whete, Cafe Flora, Agrodolce, and Golden Beetle will be open this Thanksgiving, November 27, each with their own unique menus. Enjoy four-course meals, kids menus, vegan dishes, and more, all crafted with a signature twist on traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Make your reservations today!

    B+W Duck Leg


    Stay Close to Home with Local 360’s Thanksgiving Feast
    This Thanksgiving, enjoy a meal straight from the farm. Local 360 supports sustainability, naturally wholesome foods, and local farmers; and you can trust that the majority of the ingredients you’ll be dining on have been sourced within 360 miles of Seattle.

    The “Thanksgiving Plate” is $28 and includes Cider Brined Free Range Turkey, Buttermilk Mashers, Red Eye Gravy, Pole Beans, House Cranberries, Cornbread, and Pumpkin Pie with spiced whip. In addition to the prix fixe, enjoy a diverse list of sides, small plates, and large plates. For $5, order sides like Herbed Brioche Stuffing, Apple and Brussels Sprout Slaw, or the Roasted Pumpkin with spiced pepitas.

    Reservations are highly encouraged on Thanksgiving and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org. Available from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

    Old World Comforts Shine at Bell + Whete
    Bell + Whete, opened in Belltown this summer, has become known for their old world comfort dishes prepared with a modern twist. This Thanksgiving the restaurant will be showcasing classic dishes inspired from the Norman cuisine of the 10th century.

    Bell + Whete’s “Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner” is $28 and comes complete with Cider Brined Free Range Turkey prepared on the rotisserie, Crushed Potatoes, Gravy from the drippings, Green Beans with mustard vinaigrette and shallots, Stewed Cranberries, Bannock (homemade flatbread), and Pumpkin Pie with spiced Chantilly cream. Choose between an assortment of additional sides including Herbed Brioche Stuffing, Roasted Fall Squash, and more.

    They are also offering Whole Roasted Tani Creek Farms Goose, prepared on the rotisserie, with all of the Thanksgiving sides for four to six people. Guests must pre-order by November 22 to reserve their goose; limited quantity available. Email Bell + Whete directly for pricing and to reserve, info@bellandwhete.com.

    For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Available from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

    No Turkey No Problem, Vegetarian Feast at Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora’s four-course meal includes vegan and gluten free options for each course. Start with the Feuilles de Brick (V, GF), roasted squash with shaved parmesan and sage hazelnut pistou. Work your way to the Lacinato Kale salad (V, GF) with radicchio, prairie spy apple, herbed citrus dressing, gorgonzola, spiced pecans and pomegranate seeds. Choose between Pumpkin Risotto Cakes (V, GF) or Creamy Wild Mushroom and Root Vegetable Ragu for your main and top the night off with Pumpkin and Theo Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding, Apple Tart (V), or Pumpkin Pie (V, GF).

    Special kid’s menu includes: soup, salad, shepherd’s pie, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. The entire children’s menu is vegan and gluten free.

    Thanksgiving dinners are $65 for adults, $25 for kids, and are by reservation only. Seatings are available from 1-7:30 p.m. Call 206.325.9100 ext. 3 to reserve. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle. CafeFlora.com.

    Taste of Italy to Celebrate America at Agrodolce
    Thanksgiving may be an American holiday, but who says you can’t celebrate it with Italian flare. James Beard Award-winning Chef Maria Hines opened Agrodolce with a mission to bring authentic Sicilian fare, crafted with the finest organic and sustainable ingredients, to Seattle. Maria has assembled a culinary feast this Thanksgiving, and yes, there is turkey, prepared with classic Sicilian flavors.

    Agrodolce’s three-course menu starts with Housemade Focaccia, a Winter Green Salad, or Crispy Potato Cakes with crème fraiche and chive. For the second and third course choose between the Sweet Potato Cavatelli with cranberry, brown butter, savory herbs; the Seared Brussels Sprout “Casserole,” with wild mushrooms, marsala, crispy shallots; or the Turkey Breast Involtini, with speck, provolone picante, and focaccia stuffing. Then savor the delightfully sweet dolci dish, Pumpkin Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Cheesecake, fashioned with housemade graham cracker, bruleed pear, and candied pistachio.

    The three-course Thanksgiving menu will be offered 3-8 p.m., and is $65 per person with an optional wine pairing for $35. Visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net for reservations or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

    Thankful for Mediterranean Fare at Golden Beetle
    Maria Hines has created a four-course, organic menu that infuses Golden Beetle’s distinctive Mediterranean fare with wholesome, American classics. Instead of spending the entire day preparing a feast, enjoy delicious food in a relaxing atmosphere at Golden Beetle with family and friends.

    Start your four-course meal with the Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup with macerated cranberry, almond, and sage; or the Baby Spinach Salad with grilled scallion vinaigrette, kasseri cheese, and pistachio. Next is the Sweet Potato Tart, prepared with caramelized onion, brown sugar, and allspice. The third course options include Wood Fired Turkey Breast, St. Jude Albacore Tuna, or Roasted Root Vegetable Ragout. With your entrée enjoy cornbread dressing, orange-cranberry sauce, mashed potato, and gravy. Pair each of your courses with a selected wine to enhance the flavors of your plates. For dessert choose between the Apple Brandy Sorbet with peppercorn, hazelnut shortbread cookie, and ginger; or the Pecan Pie with molasses, bourbon, and nutmeg.

    The four-course Thanksgiving menu is $55 per person with an optional $30 wine pairing. For more information, visit Golden-Beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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  • SRW Video Series Day 3: Nat Stratton-Clarke of Cafe Flora 10.22.14

    Chanterelle mushrooms are the must-try fall ingredient in Cafe Flora’s Seattle Restaurant Week buckwheat crepe. Watch as Nat Stratton-Clarke chats about how to incorporate huckleberry sauce to play with the flavors of the locally foraged mushrooms. Head over to Cafe Flora for lunch and dinner to try it yourself!

    Seattle Restaurant Week is featuring $30 3-course dinners and $15 2-course lunches from your favorite restaurants, Oct. 19-23 and 26-30. Check out all the participating restaurants here.

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  • Fonté Café Introduces Brand New Menu 08.14.14



    Whether you’re looking for a café before work, a quick bite to eat, or a relaxing evening out, Fonté Café can provide it all, especially with their newly expanded menu items. Well-known, classic breakfasts items and signature pasta dishes and everything in between have received new inspiration, courtesy of local, late summer ingredients and a chef that operates his kitchen from scratch.

    Breakfast
    Walk down First Avenue from the Pike Place Market to Fonté Café for breakfast or brunch, served 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Start the day with a healthy dose of fresh, local vegetables from the Pike Place Market and indulge in the new Garden Omelette, complete with onions, mushrooms, tomato, cheese, and fresh herbs. Or fill up on one of their benedicts on housemade English muffins, now served with a pork belly meat option. If you’re looking to get your fill of fresh summer berries, consider Fonté’s specialty Waffle, crafted with caramelized strawberries, maple syrup, vanilla, and whip cream. Pair your breakfast with one of the award-winning Fonte Coffee espresso roasts or single-origin coffees for a perfect start to your day.

    Lunch + Dinner
    Starting at 11 a.m., enjoy any item off of the Café menu, served until close. New crisp and refreshing salads have been added to the starters. Relish in the beet salad, complete with beets, chevre, candied walnuts, and honey-dijon vinaigrette. Or opt for the Chef Kristofer Kalinczok’s specialty – housemade pasta! Enjoy the Gnocchi, served with creamy broccoli sauce, rapini, and parmesan; the chef’s favorite – Duck Egg Tagliatelle with guanciale, English peas, shallot-butter sauce, and parmesan; Tortelli, filled with rainbow chard and ricotta, and puttanesca sauce; and the savory and guest-favorite Pappardelle Bolognese, with tomato, shallot, garlic, beef, pork and veal.

    For quicker bites, panini and pizza will satisfy your hunger and please your palate! Try the new Grinder, fashioned with ciabatta, finocchinona, soppressata, toscano, mozzarella, olive-carrot relish, and aioli; or the classic, perfect summer sandwich Caprese panini, with ciabatta, mozeralla, tomatoes, basil, and balsalmic.

    Dessert
    For your sweet tooth, enjoy housemade desserts that celebrate summer! The Mixed Berry Cheesecake with housemade cookie crust is sure to please. Also try the Crème Brulee Trio with chocolate-coconut, strawberry-peach and orange creamsicle; Lemon Tart with berries and cream; or the coffee inspired Espresso Profiteroles with sweet cream gelato and chocolate-orange ganache.

    The European café fare offers something for everyone and is centrally located for downtown professionals, visitors to Seattle, or families from the suburbs looking for delicious, fresh from the market ingredients in expertly prepared dishes. Enjoy!

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  • Q13 Fox News gets a taste of Cafe Flora’s edible nettles 04.17.12



    What happens when you combine nettles, pasta, cashew cream sauce, and an organic tulip garnish? Cafe Flora’s Spring Nettle Ravioli of course. Hold the butter, cream, and eggs?! Yes and it’s incredibly delicious!

    Take a peak at this short video of Cafe Flora owner, Nat Stratton-Clarke on Q13 Fox News demonstrating how to prepare this deliciously exotic, vegan-friendly dish. Cafe Flora is gearing up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary on June 2nd and they want to show all of us meat-lovers how vegetarian dishes are healthy, satisfying, and full of new flavors we often miss out on.

    If you have yet to taste what Cafe Flora is all about, take our advice and pay a visit to this cozy Madison Valley restaurant where fresh produce and a rainbow of flavors marry into every dish. Stay tuned to see what’s in store for their 20th Anniversary celebration soon!

    This recipe can easily be made at home by following the directions listed on the Q13 Fox News link.

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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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