• Ring in the New Year with Delicious Eats 12.19.14

    What better way to celebrate the end of 2014 than with a decadent New Year’s Eve feast?! Before celebrating the countdown, enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Seattle’s favorite restaurants. Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Agrodolce, Tilth, Golden Beetle, and Cafe Flora have delicious, multi-course menus planned for the festive occasion. From complimentary hors d’oeuvres to Mediterranean feasts to a New Year’s Day brunch, there are so many reasons to celebrate!

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is going all out for the New Year with a decadent four-course menu featuring fresh ingredients sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Enjoy luscious Taylor Shellfish Oysters and Steelhead Caviar, Warm Chickory Salad, Anderson Ranch Lamb, prepared to melt-in-your-mouth perfection, and Theo Chocolate Fudge Torte.

    Four-course tasting menu is $60 per person. New Year’s Eve lunch service will be offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner service 4-10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Mention tasting menu in your reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Start the New Year with a bang by indulging in Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s complimentary hors d’oeuvres including Foie Gras Profiteroles and Chanterelle Risotto Croquettes from 10 p.m. to midnight, in the bar only. Enjoy alongside their specialty New Year’s Eve cocktail list.

    For an old-world spin on the New Year opt for their $35 three-course tasting menu. Start with a glass of Champagne, then choose from Porcini Potage with pickled caps, or Charred Radicchio Salad with speck, orange preserve and sunchokes. For the main there’s Tails and Trotter’s Pork Chop with heirloom carrots and pickled mustard butter, or Seafood Stew with clams, shrimp, market catch, fennel and potatoes, or Fresh Egg Pasta with Butternut Squash, sage and housemade farmers cheese. For dessert it’s Apple Rosemary Crostada with salted caramel, or Chocolate Pot de Creme with hazelnut shortbread.

    Enjoy Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s regular menu as well. Restaurant and lounge open at 4 p.m. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit Mention tasting menu in reservation. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

    Maria Hines Restaurants
    Maria Hines is offering a festive menu at each of her three restaurants this New Year’s Eve!


    Celebrate the end of a great year with four delicious, Sicilian courses at Agrodolce. The first course offers Oysters on the Half Shell, Razor Clam and Spot Prawn Crudo, or Burrata Pugliese. For your second, enjoy the Semolina Mafalde, Bucatini con Sarde, or Ricotta Cavatelli. For a main try the Pan Seared Black Cod, Wild Boar Shoulder, or Stuffed Eggplant. Choose between three options for dessert including the Theo Chocolate Budino, Prosecco Poached Pear, and Sheep Milk Cheese with summer preserves, toasted nuts and sea salt crackers.

    Agrodolce will be open New Year’s Eve from 5-10:30 p.m. The four-course tasting menu is $65 with an optional $40 wine pairing. Visit for reservations or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.


    Enjoy an enticing, four-course menu at Tilth this New Year’s Eve. For your first course indulge in Washington Oysters on the Half Shell, Root Vegetable Soup, or 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 a optional supplements available, including Burgundy truffle (starting at $20), blini and caviar ($25), or Champagne ($25). Enjoy a wine pairing for an additional $50, or an optional sommelier pairing with an added cheese course and Sauternes for $70. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N 45th Street, Seattle.

    Golden Beetle

    Maria Hines has crafted a flavorful menu to celebrate the start of 2015 at Golden Beetle! The organic Mediterranean feast is filled with warm, winter favorites including Kabocha Squash Soup, Beet and Satsuma Salad, or Goat Cheese-Stuffed Medjool Dates for your starter, and the choice of Roasted Chicken and White Bean Samosa, Grilled Halloumi Cheese with watercress, black walnut, and confit fennel, or Grilled Charmoula Shrimp with couscous, persimmon and walnut for your second dish. Third course options include Braised Grass Fed Short Rib with pistachio, tabouleh and mint, St. Jude Albacore Tuna with apple, swiss chard and mustard seed, or Roasted Root Vegetable Tagine with pearl couscous, smoked parsnip puree and carrot. Treat yourself to a decadent dessert and indulge in Baklava Ice Cream with black walnut, kattafi and honey syrup, a Chocolate Truffle Torte with caramel, Chantilly and mint, or a Cranberry Quince Cobbler with Satsuma gastrique, pistachio streusel and crispy sage.

    The four-course menu is $50 with an optional $25 wine pairing. Golden Beetle reservations can be made by calling 206.706.2977 or at Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora, Seattle’s favorite vegetarian restaurant, is preparing a special New Year’s Eve menu in addition to a hearty New Year’s Day brunch buffet! Start the New Year right with satisfying organic, vegetarian and vegan dishes!

    New Year’s Eve Dinner

    In addition to their regular menu, Cafe Flora will offer a selection of special seasonal appetizers and entrees. Start your meal with Spicy Corn and Pepper Fritters (vegan, soy-free) with lime and pickled onion slaw, or a Roasted Cauliflower Salad (gluten-free, soy-free) with fizzy grapes, white cheddar, arugula, honey Dijon vinaigrette, hazelnuts, and brandy soaked raisins. For entrees try the mouthwatering Mushroom Ravioli (vegan, soy-free) with roasted garlic cream sauce, trumpet mushrooms, shaved truffle, and micro greens. As if the menu wasn’t enticing enough, top it off with a Citrus Polenta Cake (soy free) with roasted pears, dried fruit and whipped cream. For parties of six or more, please make reservations by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

    New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet

    Cure yourself of your New Year’s Eve celebrations and head to Cafe Flora for a wholesome and filling brunch! Their special menu is full of sweet and savory vegetarian favorites. Enjoy a buffet of: House Made Pastries, Seasonal Tamales with fresh salsa, Mushroom Strata, Crepes with ricotta cream cheese and fruit compote, Latkes with apple sauce and chive sour cream, as well as Cheesy Grits, Roasted Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, and Rice Pilaf. The menu includes an abundance of nutritious options including Seasonal Vegetables, Caesar Salad, Hearty Winter Greens Salad with quinoa, pecans, seared fennel, and apple cider vinaigrette, Superfood Salad, and Fresh Fruit.

    Enjoy the brunch buffet January 1, 2015, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 for adults and $12.5 for children. For parties of six or more please reserve by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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  • Ideas to Ring in 2014 12.20.13

    Plans for New Year’s always seem to come together at the last minute. This year, plan ahead with these dining options and even a dance party celebration! You’ll also find two ways to help ease the inevitable hangover on New Year’s Day. Read on and make your reservations today!


    New Year’s Eve at Miller’s Guild + New Year’s Eve Dance Party

    Seattle’s new, wood-fired restaurant will be welcoming guests on New Year’s Eve! Just opened, Miller’s Guild will be offering its long-awaited a la carte menu featuring heritage breed meats and 75 day dry-aged beef, Mad Hatcher Bone-in Quail and Lamb Shoulder and Belly. Wood-fired meats will run alongside Giant Pacific Octopus, Slow Roasted Wild Salmon, Roasted Cauliflower with Preserved Lemon and Castelvetrano Olives, and specials, including wood-grilled lobster and more. The full menus can be found online. Guests can toast to the new year with cask-aged spirits in a diverse cocktail menu including seasonal Egg Nog, Haymaker’s Punch, Scout’s Honor with Four Roses Bourbon and Gin Old Fashioned with Cask Aged Counter Gin. Dinner guests can book by calling Miller’s Guild at 206.443.3663 or online.

    In addition, Miller’s Guild and Hotel Max will be featuring a New Year’s Eve Dance Party in the Hotel Max Lobby. The area will be transformed into a lounge and lit dance floor with Turntablist and DJ Gumbeaux spinning Classic R&B and Dance music from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Guests will receive two free drink tickets, a champagne toast at midnight and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 per person; guest of Hotel Max and Miller’s Guild pay just $50 per ticket. Tickets can be reserved in person or by calling Miller’s Guild at 206.443.3663.

    Guests are encouraged to take the elevator home with a safe and convenient stay at Hotel Max. Room reservations available online or by calling 206.728.6299.

    Miller’s Guild is located at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle, next to Hotel Max.

    Holiday Indulgence at Tilth

    Maria Hines’ first restaurant that earned her national acclaim continues to push the culinary envelope with its inventive, certified organic, New American cuisine. This New Year’s Eve, Tilth will be offering a beautifully prepared four-course dinner. The first course will feature Washington Oysters with Green Apple Ganite, shallot and white wine vinegar or Celery Root Soup with golden raisin, burgundy truffle and peanut butter. Next up, diners can choose from Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawn Consomme, Porcini Brulee or Rabbit Rillette. Grilled Venison Loin and the much-loved Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet are third course options. The finale features Bourbon Pecan Pie with Woodford Reserve, Chantilly and caramel or Espresso Crème Brulee.

    The decadent four-course menu is $95 with an optional $65 wine pairing with each course. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online. 

    Italian Inspired Holidays at Agrodolce

    Last year Maria Hines completed her restaurant trifecta with Agrodolce, the third restaurant in her restaurant collection. Celebrating the New Year’s Eve with Southern Italian and Sicilian fare, Maria has assembled a charming culinary feast with house milled flour used for the pasta, housemade focaccia and certified organic and wild ingredients. Diners will choose their first course from Italian Chestnut Soup with marsala, chanterelle conserva and preserved lemon, or Pugliese Style Burrata with baby beet, saba and arugula. The pasta course will feature Emmer Rigatoni with spicy pork sausage and Mama Lil’s Pepper, Ricotta Cavatelli with wild mushrooms, gremolata and chard, and Cuttlefish Ink Spaghetti with romanesco, anchovy and pine nut. The third course includes Seafood Risotto with Sylver spot prawn, Penn Cove Mussel and spicy tomato sauce or Snoqualmie Valley Lamb Shoulder with olive tapenade, semolina pudding, and puntarella. Guests will finish dinner with a choice of Buccellato with pistachio, fig and grappa, Chocolate Cannoli, or Limoncello Sorbetto.

    Four-course menu on New Year’s Eve is $70; optional $40 wine pairing. Reservations are encouraged by calling 206.547.9707 or online.

    Golden Beetle Inspires New Year’s Eve Celebration

    Golden Beetle is encouraging a true celebration this New Year’s Eve with a special menu worthy of ringing in the New Year. The first course includes Beet and Satsuma Salad with tahini-cucumber vinaigrette and Almond-Stuffed Medjool Dates with Meyer lemon gastrique. Next up is Seared Alaskan Black Cod with Labneh and pearl barley or Grilled Halloumi Cheese with Arugula and citrus poached pear. The third course features Anderson Ranch Lamb Tagine and Slow Cooked Rabbit Turnover. The finale gives guests a choice of Black Walnut Baklava, Chocolate Truffle Torte or Pomegranate Sorbet with Puffed Quinoa and orange blossom gastrique. 

    The four-course menu is $50 with an optional $25 wine pairing. Golden Beetle reservations can be made by calling 206.706.2977 or online.

    Ring In 2014 at Crush

    Crush will be ringing in the New Year with a decadent tasting menu featuring Sturgeon Caviar with cauliflower panna cotta, Ahi Tuna Tartar with Cucumber Dashi & Nori Cured Foie Gras, Slow Roasted Salmon with Dungeness Crab, Mint, Meyer Lemon, and Upper Dry Creek Lamb Saddle with Tagliassca Olives, Vadouvan Yogurt Quince & Quinoa Granola. The full seven-course menu  can be viewed here. Dinner is $125 per person and reservations can be made by calling 206.302.7874 or online.


    “Cure” Holiday Hangovers with Pho Cyclo Café

    Falling temperatures make pho the perfect comfort food, but cold weather isn’t the only perfect time for hot pho. For those who enjoy imbibing this holiday season, let the wonders of Pho Cyclo Cafe‘s 8-hour simmering pho broth, fresh Vietnamese vegetables, herbs and noodles help cure your New Year’s Eve hangover! Now with five locations, the Broadway and Dexter locations will both be open on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and even New Year’s Day to help aid in over indulgence or for those looking for an alternative to traditional holiday meals. Broadway location is at 406 Broadway Avenue East; Dexter location is at 900 Dexter Avenue North. Visit for all locations and menus.

    Cafe Flora’s New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet Returns

    Join Cafe Flora for their annual New Year’s Day brunch buffet, the only time of the year they offer a buffet to guests. Enjoy an array of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free brunch options including, sweets: Pumpkin Chocolate Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel (V, GF), Apple-Cheese Scones, Morning Glory Muffins with Orange Glaze (V, GF); salads: Bleu Cheese-Endive & Pear Salad, Roasted Vegetable-Quinoa Salad (V, GF); entrees Salted Caramel French Toast Strata, Savory Wintergreen Crepe with Mushroom Crema Sauce, Potato Latkes with Horseradish Sour Cream and Apple Sauce (GF), and sides like Cheesy Grits (GF) and Warm Black-eyed Pea Salad (V, GF).

    Buffet menu is available from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $25 per adult, $12.50 per child under 12, reservations available for parties of six or more. Full menus available online.

    Photo credit: Rina Jordan Photography

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  • Cafe Flora Celebrates the New Year 12.15.11

    Cafe Flora is celebrating the New Year in two delicious ways!

    First, end 2011 with a beautiful four-course dinner in Cafe Flora’s atrium on December 31st. Cost is $45 per person, reservations required and run 5-10 p.m. Add wine pairings for each course or sip on signature cocktails and bubbly to ring in 2012!

    On January 1st start the New Year with a hearty vegetarian brunch buffet including a variety of house-made Bloody Mary’s! It’s the only buffet Cafe Flora offers all year. Cost is $25 per person, $12.50 for kids under 12, reservations required for large parties only, brunch offered from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Call 206-325-9100 for reservations or visit

    V – Can be made Vegan
    GF – Can be made or is Gluten Free

    New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu – Dec 31st
    1st course
    Celery Root soup with truffle oil and a petite celery & parsley leaf salad

    2nd course
    Gougere stuffed with garlicky escarole and roasted root vegetables. Served with black trumpet mushrooms over a Jerusalem artichoke sauce
    Persimmon and quinoa gyoza with quince cake, sautéed wild mushroom, rapini, and a ginger carrot sauce (v,gf)

    3rd course
    Red wine poached pear with frisee salad, champagne vinaigrette and toasted Marcona almonds (v,gf)

    4th course
    Lucky Orange Cake
    Citrus, almond and olive oil cake, honey balsamic roasted figs, goat milk ice cream with a cateja ribbon

    New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet Menu – Jan 1st
    Fresh fruit platter (v)
    Candied orange espresso coffee cake (v) and Cinnamon sugar doughnuts (v)
    with cranberry jam and spiced mascarpone

    Caesar- crispy romaine, fried capers, parmesan, caesar dressing (v,gf)
    Winter slaw- cabbage, apples, fennel, almonds tossed in a champagne cider creme fraîche (gf)
    Kale- Wilted kale, roasted beets, crunchy red onion, fresh pomegranate seeds in a cayenne orange cumin vinaigrette (v,gf)
    Grilled vegetable platter- assorted grilled vegetables, balsamic reduction, gorgonzola crumbles

    Root vegetable latkes- Root vegetable latkes, spicy applesauce, chive sour cream (v,gf)
    Forager scramble- Eggs or tofu scrambled with roasted butternut and delicata squash, crimini mushrooms, seasonal foraged winter mushrooms, and fresh sage (v,gf)
    Bread pudding french toast- Cubed brioche baked in rich custard, topped with rum raisins and salted maple caramel
    Spanish Fritatta- Potato, spinach and onion fritatta topped with olive tapenade, smoked tomato coulis and shaved manchego

    Roasted potatoes (v,gf)
    Cheesy grits (gf)
    Collard greens (v,gf)
    HoppinJohn stew (v,gf)

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