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  • Ray’s Pumpkin Carving Party, Oct. 22! 10.18.16



    Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is hosting their third annual pumpkin carving party on Saturday, October 22nd! Pumpkin Carvers of all ages are invited to partake in the fall festivities on the Cafe’s cozy covered deck equipped with blankets and space heaters so the seasonal fun can be enjoyed rain or shine!

    All carvers will receive a pumpkin, child-safe carving tools, an LED candle and delicious hot apple cider for just $15 per person! There will also be a special seasonal menu including pumpkin beers and cocktails available for purchase. Costumes welcome!

    Reservations are required and are available at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Guests can reserve their spot by emailing Darla Marchi at dmarchi@rays.com or calling 206.782.0094! Ray’s is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW.

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  • Enter #RaysSunset Photo Contest until July 28! 07.19.16


    Sunsets at Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe overlooking Shilshole Bay and the Olympic Mountains offer some of the most gorgeous and inspiring scenery in Seattle, and their guests are excellent at capturing it nightly!

    From now through July 28, 2016 enter your sunset photo taken from Ray’s Cafe, Boathouse, private dining room or dock to be entered to win the grand prize:

    – Custom chef’s dinner for 4 at Ray’s Boathouse, designed by Executive Chef Paul Duncan, overlooking Shilshole Bay.
    – Exciting wine pairings from the Boathouse library curated by Boathouse Wine Director Chip Croteau.
    – Prize package of Ray’s gifts with blankets, sunglasses, hats and more!

    ENTER TO WIN!
    1. Take a sunset photo while at Ray’s Cafe, Boathouse, Northwest Room or dock from July 14-28, 2016.
    2. Post photo to your personal Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #RaysSunset (make sure your post is public so they can see it!).
    3. Photo with the most “likes” or re-Tweets by 11:59 p.m. July 28, 2016 will win!

    Click here to read the contest rules and fine print in detail. Good luck, we look forward to seeing some gorgeous photos!

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  • Romantic Valentine’s Dinners, Cocktails, Gifts + More! 02.10.16

    Indulge in a weekend of decadent celebrations this Valentine’s weekend. From brunch, couples classes and multi-course dinners, to sommelier wine pairings, specialty cocktails, rich desserts, complimentary roses, and unique gift ideas, there is enough to keep you and your loved one spoiled all weekend, starting February 11.

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    February 12-15: Finding your “umami” + Valentine cocktail
    Along with it’s broad range of locally and globally sourced fish from the Japanese fish markets, diners can also experience Valentine’s Day in a glass with Shiro’s specialty cocktail of champagne, pomegranate juice and raspberries, garnished with mint leaves, gold flecks and a special heart surprise. Shiro’s specialty cocktail is available February 12-15 along with its regular menu and omakase.

    For reservations in the dining room, visit shiros.com or call 206.443.9844. Open-ended Omakase served at the sushi bar.

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    February 13: Mix it up with your Valentine
    Golden Beetle is offering a fun and interactive date option for you and your Valentine. Learn to create your favorite cocktail during the Couples Mixology Class on Saturday, February 13. The craft cocktail class will showcase whiskey, aged rum and anejo tequila while couples taste and create cocktails along the way. The class is 2-4 pm, $75 per person and includes cocktail ingredients, instruction, snacks and recipes for all three drinks so you can recreate them at home.

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle. For information and reservations visit online or call 206.706.2977.

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    Gift Giving Made Easy
    Having trouble picking out the perfect gift? Ethnic Seattle has the one to end your search. The site that promotes ethnic and immigrant owned businesses in Seattle has done the shopping for you by procuring three different Valentine’s packages that are easy to purchase online (or available for pick-up). 

    Columbia City Sexy & Sweet: $100
    Salted Sea dinner for two ($70) – experience one of Seattle’s newest restaurants, serving modern American seafood and raw bar.
    Wow Chocolates box – 9 piece box of locally handmade and hand painted artisan bonbons made with Venezuelan dark chocolate, exotic tropical fruits and spices.

    An Evening in Japantown: $125
    Momo shopping experience ($50) – pick something up from this highly curated boutique that blends Asian and European influences, including eclectic home accents, unique clothing and more.
    Maneki Japanese Restaurant dinner for two ($50) – traditional Japanese cuisines served at this historic, 100 year old restaurant.
    Fuji Bakery sweets – box of 9 macaroons baked with love daily.

    Chinatown-ID Pamper & Dine: $150
    Imperial Foot Massage for two – hot tea foot bath with 45 min. foot massage and 15 min. acupuncture massage.
    House of Hong dinner for two – one of Chinatown’s longstanding Chinese and dim sum restaurants.
    New Century Tea Gallery Rose Tea and Blossom Flower Tea sets – romantic Valentines flowers in a different way with a ¼ lb. bag of rose tea and 10 bulb blossom flower tea.
    Almond Butter Cookies from Huong Binh Restaurant – one of the city’s most respected and authentic Vietnamese restaurants.

    Visit EthnicSeattle.com for more information and to place orders.

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    February 14: Kick-start your Valentine’s Day
    Start Valentine’s Day off with a three-course brunch at Maria Hines’ restaurant Agrodolce. Begin your meal with Provolone Picante Gougeres with spicy pepper aioli and Poached Pears with Spiced Apple Medley and Greek Yogurt. Move onto Maria Hines’ benedict interpretation with Root Vegetable Cake Benedict and crispy speck; or Wild Mushroom Omelet with Lacinato Kale, Chili Flake and Bechamel. Indulge in the final course of a Mini Waffle with freeze dried strawberry, mini chocolate chips and Chantilly or French Toast Bites.

    As always, Agrodolce offers Bottomless Mimosas at brunch. Agrodolce’s three-course brunch prix-fixe is available only on February 14 for $25 per person. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

    The main event – Dinner on Valentine’s Weekend
    You don’t want to wait until the last minute to make your dinner plans. Save yourself the stress and make a reservation at one of these local favorites to guarantee a delicious and romantic Valentine’s Weekend.

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    Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    Treat your special someone to a beautiful three-course dinner at Ray’s Boathouse Valentine’s Day weekend. With waterfront views of Puget Sound and the majestic snow capped Olympic Mountains as your backdrop it’s the perfect setting for romance.

    Dinner will be served with a glass of San Martino Prosecco Extra Dry for $58. The three-course dinner menu will be available February 11-14.

    Begin your romantic dinner with starters including Scallop Ceviche, Dungeness Crab & Clam Chowder. Options abound with entrée choices like a Double R Ranch Filet Oscar with whipped potatoes, asparagus and sauce béarnaise, as well as King Salmon in Sake Kasu with black lentils, lobster-green papaya salad and avocado mousse. Don’t forget to save room for some of Ray’s delicious desserts, including Chocolate Decadence, Espresso-Hazelnut Tart or Olympic Mountain Ice Cream or Sorbet.

    Ray’s regular dinner menu will also be available during Valentine’s Weekend. On Sunday, February 14 each couple dining in the Boathouse will receive a red rose compliments of Ray’s. Reservations are strongly encouraged in the dining room February 11-14. The Boathouse bar will be open each night with seating on a first come basis. For full menu and hours click here.

    Aside from the three-course dinner option, Ray’s Café will also have three special menu items available from February 11-14. These special items include: Filet & Half Lobster, a six ounce filet and half Maine lobster served with beef demi & hollandaise, whipped potatoes, and broccolini; herb roasted King Salmon, with Truffle risotto, fried oysters, and wakame salad; and Chocolate Decandence, a heavenly dessert served with Chantilly cream and maraschino cherry-lavender.

    The Cafe will be open from 11:30am-9pm over Valentine’s weekend and reservations are strongly recommended. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit opentable.com/rays-boathouse. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit opentable.com/rays-cafe-reservations.

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    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events
    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events is celebrating Valentine’s weekend with a gorgeous, four-course menu by new Executive Chef Jenny Izaguirre. From February 12-14 guest can enjoy four courses for $45, with an optional beverage for $25.

    Start with Truffled Cannellini Bean Soup with herbed beetroot, followed by a second course of Tricolore Salad with grapes, pecorino and white balsamic. The main course offers a choice of either Herbed Porchetta with sweet potato and lobster hash or a vegetarian option of Farroto with ratatouille and leeks. End your meal with a rich Brioche Bread Pudding with white chocolate and preserved kumquat.

    For reservations call 206.538.0180.

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    Local 360 Café & Bar
    Local 360 Café & Bar is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a decadent three-course menu, locally-sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Add a local wine flight of four pours for $20 or two 375ml bottles of wine including L’Ecole Chardonnay and L’Ecole Syrah for $42.

    In addition to their special three-course menu Local 360 will also offer Rack of Lamb for two as their Chefs Cut along with a few original sides from February 12-14.

    Three-course menu begins with an amuse of Sunchoke Cappuccino, Bacon & Carrot Beignet, then a Cold Smoked Black Cod with crème fraiche, beet and turnip, variations of egg and puffed grain. Main course brings Oregon Bison Loin with foie gras and black trumpet gratin, rutabaga and porcini. To finish the evening, enjoy their Pear “Tart Tatin” with buttermilk flan and single malt caramel.

    Local 360 Café & Bar is offering its special Valentine’s Day menu February 12-14, 4 p.m. to close. The three-course menu is $55 per person alongside their regular menu options. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org.

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    Eden Hill
    Chef Maximillian Petty debuts his first Valentine’s menu in Seattle by featuring indulgent ingredients such as bone marrow butter, foie gras and duck heart tartare in a five-course Valentine’s menu, offered February 12-14.

    Eden Hill treats diners with Fermented Beet Pavlova with house goat cheese mousse, black sturgeon caviar; and Parker House Rolls with bone marrow butter before the first course even begins. Then indulge in Fermented Cauliflower Soup, ras el hanout, apple, filbert, parsley root followed by a second-course of Rabbit Porchetta, sunchoke espuma, mustard caviar, sherry, saskatoon, foie gras. The third-course tempts dinners with Duck Heart Tartare, caper, tomato petal, green olive, fermented and roasted red chili, citron confit tapioca chip, marbled quail egg. Diners will continue their culinary journey with Wagyu Beef Shortrib, parsnip, goldenraisin, almond, chanterelle, chili, dark chocolate mole coloradito, black garlic. Yellow Beet Root, mandarin, roasted white chocolate, yeast sponge cake, caramelized honey completes the fifth-course.

    Eden Hill’s Valentine’s Day menu is $100 per person with optional $60 wine pairing. The full menu is available online. For reservations visit Edenhillrestaurant.com or call 206.708.6836.

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    Italians know the language of love, which is interpreted at Maria Hines’ Southern Italian and Sicilian inspired restaurant, Agrodolce. Classic southern Italian cuisine receives the touch of a James Beard Award-winning chef in a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day.

    For a starter, enjoy St. Jude’s Albacore Crudo with bronte pistachio, preserved kumquat and Sicilian olive oil. Continue with house milled pasta for a second course: Emmer Mafalde, Black Nile Barley Spaghetti or Chestnut Cavatelli. Mains feature Pan Seared Sablefish with olive oil braised sunchoke, fennel, almond gremolata; Braised Wild Boar with flageolet beans, heirloom goathorn pepper, theo cocoa nib; or Couscous Stuffed Quail with citrus confit, medjool date and wild pine nut. Dessert tempts with Lavender Limoncello Sorbetto with candied citrus and toasted hazelnut, or Fraga Farms Goat Cheese Mousse with vanilla poached fig.

    The Valentine’s Day four-course menu is $65 per person with an optional $40 wine pairing. The full menu is accessible online. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

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    Golden Beetle
    The many countries that surround the Mediterranean take center stage at Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle. With a new, refreshed interior and wood-fronting exterior, Golden Beetle is ready to graciously host on Valentine’s Day.

    Diners can start with Beet Carpaccio with goat cheese, toasted hazelnut and orange supreme. Second course options tempt with a seasonal favorite of Crispy Harissa Marinated Cauliflower with preserved lemon, castelvetrano, cucumber puree or Cod Fritters with pickled blueberry pepper, romesco aioli and arugula. The main course features Butter Poached Gulf Shrimp with fennel, blood orange, rainbow chard; and Pan Seared Spic Crusted Lamb Loin with currant, wilted spinach, purple potato gratin. For the sweet tooth, end dinner with Theo’s Chocolate Mousse Parfait or Kabocha Squash Panna Cotta.

    Golden Beetle’s four-course menu is $60 per person with optional wine pairing for $30. Three options under each course, the full menu can be viewed online. For more information or reservations, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. 

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    Tilth
    Chef Maria Hines’ first restaurant, Tilth, delivers a memorable dining experience any night of the year, but this Valentine’s Day, guests will feel the romance with candlelight and a beautiful four-course prix-fixe menu on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.

    Shugoku Oysters are dressed up with cucumber, apple, and yuzu “mignonette” or select the Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue, treated with house pickles, apple mustard and shishito. A Slow Cooked Duck Egg with duck confit, pickled crosnes, and orange present a tempting second course, followed by Seared Weathervane Scallop with baby shiitake, smoked leek and watercress, or choose the Porcini Ash-crusted Venison with swiss chard, anson mills corn polenta and Saskatoon berry. The finale comes with Yarmuth Farms Goat Cheese Parfait or Cashew Cheesecake.

    The four-course prix-fixe menu comes with three options under each course for $80, additional $40 with wine pairing, or additional $60 with sommelier pairing. View the full menu and make reservations by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at Tilthrestaurant.com.

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    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora has created another swoon-worthy Valentine’s menu filled with indulgent options all while remaining seasonal, local, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free friendly.

    The first course begins with Spiced King Oyster Mushrooms with Okinawa purple potato,
    roasted turnip with bitter greens, cilantro sauce and candied kumquat. Second course offers Green Papaya & Rainbow Carrot Ribbons with tat soi, ripe papaya, spiced cashew-macadamia nut brittle, grapefruit and serrano dressing. For the main enjoy mouth-watering Meyer Lemon & Butternut Squash Risotto Cake with grilled asparagus, Belgian endive, roasted beet sauce and pistachio pistou. Top it off with choice of Citrus Cake with Passion Fruit Mousse or Pistachio Chocolate Tart with fresh raspberries. The full menu is available vegan and gluten free.

    Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available Sunday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $70 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 to make reservations.

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  • Vote for your favorite Ballard Beer at Ray’s Cafe! 01.18.16

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    Ray’s Cafe in Ballard is offering locals a chance to vote for their favorite Ballard beer in the first Ballard Beer Awards voted by the people! In 1982 Paul Shipman started Redhook Brewery in Ballard. Later that year Ray’s Founding Partner and Executive Chef at the time, Russ Wohlers, and Paul carried the first keg of Redhook into Ray’s and Ray’s has been a champion of Ballard beer ever since!

    From now through February 14 Ray’s will be featuring 5 Ballard-based breweries for you to taste and vote for! Stop in and purchase a pint of beer from one of the breweries below and that counts as your vote. Or fill out a ballot if you choose not to imbibe.

    Want to try them all? Ray’s will offer a special Ballard Beer Flight throughout the duration with a sample from each of the five breweries for $5. Then purchase a pint of your favorite to cast your vote, or fill out a ballot!
    On February 15 Ray’s will announce the winner and they’ll host a special Winning Brewery Dinner at Ray’s on Saturday, March 5 for the public to attend! Guests can reserve in advance or wait for the winner to be announced on February 15. $50 per person for a multi-course, beer paired dinner. Reserve at 206.782.0094 or rays@rays.com.

    Each brewery will stop in to Ray’s Cafe for a special tasting night during the month from 4-6pm. Join them on the following dates to meet their team and vote for your favorite. You can also vote for them any day from now through February 14!

    January 15 – Stoup Brewing
    January 19 – Lucky Envelope Brewing
    January 21 – Hilliard’s Beer
    January 26 – Maritime Pacific Brewing Co.
    January 28 – Reuben’s Brews

    Follow along with us using #BallardBeerAwards on social media!

    Ray’s Cafe is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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  • Seattle’s Best Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving! 11.17.15

    As much as we all enjoy sitting around the table with our closest friends and family, hosting a holiday meal is stressful. Why not take a little edge off and let a professional take care of the cooking (and cleaning) duties this year? Several of our favorite Seattle restaurants will be open and serving delicious Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, November 26.

    Menus range from traditional American holiday dishes, including turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, to delicious turkey day alternatives, such as smoked salmon, shepherd’s pie and specialty pastas. Restaurants will offer kid-friendly menus, gluten free options, hearty vegan dishes and more! Hurry and make your reservations today before they’re gone!

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    Tradition turned up with fresh seafood at Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    Ray’s Boathouse offers an elegant four-course Thanksgiving dinner including traditional favorites and seafood specialties. Start with Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche, Fall Chicory Salad or Dungeness Crab Cocktail with butter lettuce, roasted tomato and cocktail sauce. For the main course there’s Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, green beans and gravy; Grilled King Salmon with house made butternut squash ravioli and porcini and chanterelle mushrooms; Pan Seared Halibut with Dungeness crab crust and parsnip puree; or Beef Prime Rib. And for dessert there is Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The four-course menu is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 5 to 11, children under 5 are free.

    Ray’s Café is offering its signature Thanksgiving buffet for $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 11, children under 5 are free. With plenty of items to choose from, you can create just about any type of Thanksgiving feast you desire. Noteworthy seafood options include fresh shucked Half Shell Oysters with mignonette and cocktail sauces, Peel & Eat Prawns, Alaskan Snow Crab, Penn Cove Mussels in coconut curry broth, Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with cucumber, tomato, lemon and herbs, and House Smoked NW Salmon with apple-pear chutney. Also available will be Oven Roasted Turkey with cranberry-orange chutney; Spice Rubbed Beef Prime Rib served with horseradish cream and demi glace; Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes with currants and marshmallow; a multitude of housemade seasonal desserts, and much more.

    You can find full menus for Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe here. Reservations are required for both restaurants and are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Café and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Boathouse. Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or online by clicking here. The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu. The Café Bar will be closed. For more information, visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

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    Gorgeous, seasonally inspired vegetarian dinner at Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora’s annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving offers a thoughtfully crafted, four-course vegetarian meal for $65 for adults and $25 for children with plenty of gluten free options. The adult menu includes Jerusalem Artichoke Blini with Tieton Farm sheep camembert, date and bramley apple chutney (available vegan/gf) and Roasted Grapes, Heirloom Carrots, Baby Fennel, Frisee Salad citrus buerre blanc and crispy hominy (vegan/gf) as the first two courses. Then, for the main course, you may choose between Wild Mushroom and Chestnut Bread Pudding porcini cream sauce, red onion marmalade, roasted parsnip, cabbage mashed potatoes, or Delicata Squash Medallions with Cauliflower Walnut Pate with Satsuma cranberry chutney, Brussels sprout pecan gratin, sweet potato mash and bordelaise sauce (vegan/gf). Finally, for dessert, you have a choice of Booth Canyon Pear and Ricotta Cheesecake with port gastrique, Pumpkin Pie with caramel whipped cream (vegan/gf), or Dark Chocolate Tart with candied cranberries (available vegan).

    Cafe Flora also offers a great kids menu that is completely vegan and gluten free with fun dishes such as Fried Cauliflower Bites with herbed dipping sauce; Romaine Cups filled grapes, apple and celery and topped with poppy seed dressing; Mini Shepherds Pie filled with peas, carrots and squash winter vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, and served with green beans and crispy onions, and cranberry sauce; and Pumpkin Pie for dessert!

    Thanksgiving meals are by reservation only, with seating from 1 to 7:30 p.m. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. 3 and for more information, visit CafeFlora.com. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Celebrate Italian-style at Agrodolce
    Agrodolce provides a family-style, three-course feast that mixes favorite seasonal ingredients with traditional Sicilian dishes. Start off with fresh from the oven House made Focaccia; Bitter Greens Salad with cranberries, blood orange and roasted walnuts; or creamy Pugliese Style Burrata with grilled pear, citrus almond crumble and pomegranate molasses. Continue with one of three Sicilian twists on the traditional Thanksgiving main course: Sous Vide Turkey Breast Involtini, a turkey breast that is slowly cooked in a water bath then rolled with provolone picante and speck; House Made Mafalde with melted leeks and wild mushrooms; or Seared Brussels Sprouts with currants, pine nuts and anchovy vinaigrette. Finish with Sweet Potato Panna Cotta, the Italian alternative to sweet potato pie, with candied pecan and toasted marshmallow. You can also make each course extra appetizing with a special wine pairing for $35. Check out the full menu online here.

    Dinner is $65 per person and is served from 3 to 8 p.m. To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

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    Mediterranean-inspired classics at Golden Beetle
    Golden Beetle cooks up several holiday favorites this year, but with a special Eastern Mediterranean twist. The four-course meal for $55 starts with a choice of comforting Roasted Butternut Squash Soup made with pomegranate seeds and greek yogurt, or Carrot and Kale Salad in a harissa ginger vinaigrette. Then get adventurous with some Sweet Potato Briouats, an extra sweet Moroccan-style treat. Third course options include Wood Fired Turkey Breast, Pan Seared Black Cod, or, for nonmeat eaters, Roasted Root Vegetable Ragout, all served with cornbread dressing, orange-cranberry sauce, and the most beloved mashed potatoes and gravy. Finish your feast with smooth Pumpkin Sorbet with spiced pepitas, cherry syrup and crispy sage, or the more traditional Pecan Pie with vanilla, orange and nutmeg flavors. A specially selected four-course wine pairing is also available for $30. View the full menu here.

    Seating is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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    Keep it local with Thanksgiving brunch and dinner at Local 360 Café and Bar
    Local 360 Café and Bar knows brunch is a local favorite and this year they’re offering guests a menu of brunch favorites on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brunch offerings include the Farmer’s Breakfast of eggs, your choice of meat, homefries and a biscuit; buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy; and fried Chicken and Waffles with maple pepper jelly.

    The deliciousness doesn’t end there. Local 360 will be open at 10 a.m. serving classic holiday dishes made with local, sustainable ingredients. Their specially crafted Turkey Plate is just $29 and combines Thanksgiving favorites such as Cider Brined Free Range Turkey, Buttermilk Mashers, Gravy, House Cranberries, Pole Beans, Cornbread and Pumpkin Pie with spiced whip. Still hungry? You can add more to your meal with comforting side dishes, such as Herbed Brioche Stuffing, Bacon and Apple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Fries for just $5 each. Local 360 will also offer select regular menu favorites, including the Butcher’s Grind House Burger and 16 oz. Ribeye with bone marrow butter.

    Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and their Thanksgiving menu is available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 206.650.2577 or visit local360.org. The full menu is available here. Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

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    Thanksgiving favorites with Old World flare at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge specializes in making 10th century Norman cuisine for the modern palate and they’ve pulled out all the stops for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. For locals looking for something besides the classic turkey, Bell + Whete is offering a special Duck Dinner for four for $130. This specially prepared meal comes with a crispy Pomegranate Glazed Whole Rotisserie Duck with Smashed Red Rose Potatoes, Haricot Verts and Curried Cauliflower with smoked onion, Roasted Yams with brown sugar butter, and Bannock. There is a limited availability for the Duck Dinner and reservations are required in advance. Be sure to specify that you would like the duck when making a reservation.

    In addition, Bell + Whete will serve their Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner for just $28 per person. This meal includes Spice Brined Slow Roasted Turkey, Smashed Red Rose Potatoes, Gravy, Haricot Verts and Curried Cauliflower with smoked onion, House Cranberry Sauce, Bannock, and Pumpkin Pie with almond whip for dessert. Additional sides are also available, including Jenny’s Sausage and Bacon Stuffing and Roasted Yams with brown sugar butter, as well as several Bell + Whete favorites such as Caramelized Pork Belly, Black Cod with black lentils and preserved tomatoes, and New York Strip with bleu cheese brûlée.

    Bell + Whete is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations are highly recommended and are required for the Duck Dinner. For more information or to reserve, call 206.538.0180 or visit bellandwhete.com. A full menu is available here. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

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  • A Taste of this Fall’s Seattle Restaurant Week 10.14.15


    Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) returns this month for a 10-day dining celebration October 18-22 and October 25-29. Over 150 restaurants throughout King County participate in this twice-yearly event celebrating the area’s best restaurants, local dining and fall-inspired menus!

    Restaurants offer special two-course lunch menus for $15 and three-course dinner menus for $30 featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Each menu has something for everyone with at least three options to choose from for each course—many of which are vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free. SRW is a great reason to try that restaurant you’ve been eyeing, explore a new dish at your neighborhood hangout, or treat your loved ones to a well-deserved night out.

    Here’s what you can enjoy from our clients during the city’s biggest dining celebration:

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    Award-winning Organic Cuisine at Tilth
    Critically acclaimed, New American restaurant Tilth in Wallingford is the perfect place to get cozy as the chilly fall days approach. James Beard Award-winning Chef Maria Hines has created a dinner menu for SRW filled with fall favorites, including many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Warm up with creamy Cauliflower Soup or fall-inspired Carnaroli Risotto made with delicata squash and pepita. Continue with mustard-glazed Roasted Washington Chicken or fresh Abalone Mushroom roasted to perfection. Then, finish with a slice of salty-sweet Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake or a Buttermilk Panna Cotta. (And that’s not even the whole menu.) Any three-course combination at Tilth will leave your stomach happy and anticipating your next Tilth dinner!

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    Local Eats with Eastern Mediterranean Flare at Golden Beetle
    Golden Beetle in Ballard celebrates SRW with specially crafted Eastern Mediterranean lunch and dinner menus. Chef Maria Hines applies her award-winning talents to cuisines from Cairo, Istanbul and Beirut, using local and organic ingredients. The lunch menu features Eastern Mediterranean classics like serrano and tahini Spicy Hummus, flavorful Pork and Lamb Gyro with cabbage slaw, and crispy fava bean Herbed Falafel. Highlights from the dinner menu include Goat Cheese Stuffed Date with spicy harissa, kale and garlic; savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew with walnut and almond; and rich Baklava Ice Cream with walnut and cinnamon. Pair your meal with a unique, seasonal craft cocktail from their cocktail menu, or tell the bartender what you like and they’ll craft something special to match your SRW menu picks.

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    Handcrafted Sicilian Favorites at Agrodolce
    The third of Chef Maria Hines’ restaurants, Fremont-based Agrodolce, features special SRW lunch and dinner menus for all Italian lovers, with the majority of dishes being gluten-free or vegan-friendly. Beloved dishes such as the Hand Made Emmer Rigatoni with house marinara is offered for lunch and dinner alongside seasonal specialties including warm Winter Squash Soup with focaccia croutons, Toasted durum Mafalde with pistachio pesto, and Olive Oil Cake, a moist Italian treat. Recently named one of the top 52 vegetarian restaurants in the country, Agrodolce is a great gathering place for friends and family of all appetites.

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    Seafood with a Breathtaking View at Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    Ray’s has truly gone above and beyond for this year’s SRW with lunch and dinner menus filled with special fall-inspired dishes. Ray’s Café is a great option for a casual lunch or dinner with family and friends, and Ray’s Boathouse provides a picturesque dinner setting to enjoy fresh, elegantly prepared, sustainable seafood and exquisite yet approachable wines. The Café menus feature Pacific Northwest classics such as NW Coho in sake kasu, Smoked Salmon and penne, and Olympic Mountain Ice Cream in a variety of local flavors, while the Boathouse menu includes specially crafted fall dishes such as Fall Risotto with black kale, artichokes and goat cheese, as well as fall foraged, Wild and Cultivated Mushrooms, and caramel-spiked Pumpkin Panna Cotta to finish. Indulge in these delicious dishes while enjoying a gorgeous waterfront view of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains.

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    Savory, Sustainable Dishes at Local 360 Café & Bar
    Local 360 Café & Bar in Belltown prides itself on its sustainable, real food philosophy and has gathered some of the best local ingredients to create its SRW dinner menu. Explore unique appetizers such as Lamb Carpaccio with kabocha kimchee, or bittersweet Grilled Radicchio with house mozzarella and oregano. Enjoy fresh entrees including Fishmongers Stew with Pacific Northwest clams and mussels or chili-honey glazed Woodgrilled Beef Tri Tip with garlic smashed pumpkin. Hold on to the last, lingering bits of summer with This Summer’s Berry Cobbler with vegan cream cheese ice cream, or fully embrace the fall with a Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with amaro chantilly cream. Anything you choose is going to be fresh, local and mouthwatering.

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    Tradition with a Twist at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    From the beginning, friends and family have gathered at the local pub to celebrate birthdays and holidays, wind down after a long day at work, or just enjoy a relaxing evening with their loved ones. Why not continue that tradition during SRW? Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s European-inspired SRW dinner menu includes creamy Parsnip Soup with beetroot, caraway and vanilla, Shaved Winter Squashes with spiced farmer’s cheese, Wild Salmon marinated with preserved lemon chermoula, chunky Vegetable Stew, Poached Pear with banana caramel and milk crumble, and more. And don’t forget to pair your SRW dinner with one of their 60+ beers on tap, 100 gins and whiskies, or 30+ wines by the glass.

    Don’t miss the chance to savor these restaurants’ special SRW menus for as little as $15 per person October 18-22 and October 25-29. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit the SRW website and for year-round updates and food-spiration, follow SRW on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to follow along online using #SeattleRestaurantWeek or #SRW when posting your food and drink pics during SRW!

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  • Celebrate Copper River Salmon Season at Ray’s! 05.22.15



    With the 2015 Copper River salmon season currently underway, Ray’s Boathouse and Café is featuring special pairings of the highly sought after salmon and selections of pinot noir in both restaurants through June 15.

    Ray’s history with Copper River salmon is long and rich. Jon Rowley brought the first Copper River to Ray’s in 1983. It became an instant hit and has since been a coveted seasonal delicacy. Ray’s decision to pair red wine, specifically pinot noir, with the Copper River fish was also the first kind of its kind and still lives on as a tradition at Ray’s today!

    Ray’s specials include a selection of 20 Oregon pinot noirs via Ray’s Coravin wine system, including Domaine Drouhin, Shea Wine Cellars, and Beaux Frères. The rich flavors of the chosen wines compliment the fat-bellied flavor of the salmon.

    Ray’s Café will be offering specials of pinots and rich chardonnays to compliment the salmon as well.

    Book a lunch or dinner at Ray’s now through June 15 to enjoy these delicious pairings in the Café or Boathouse!

    Ray’s Boathouse and Café is located at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle 98107. Reservations for the Boathouse can be made at rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation while reservations for the Café can be made at rays.com/rays-café-reservation.

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