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  • Celebrate Mother’s Day at Local Restaurants this Sunday! 05.08.19

     

    Local restaurants are gearing up to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12 with brunch buffets, mimosas, waterfront dinners, organic dishes and more! Or if mom prefers to relax at home this Sunday treat her to a home-cooked meal with fresh Washington asparagus recipes. Read below for all the details and make your reservations today!

     

    Mother’s Day on the Water at Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe

    Ray’s Boathouse will be offering a beautiful spring-inspired Mother’s Day brunch menu along with some of their best-selling appetizers, salads and Boathouse entrées from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. For dinner, the Boathouse will be open at 3 p.m. with their regular menu served until 9 p.m. The Boathouse Bar will have the same menu offerings and hours for brunch and dinner but is on a first come basis with no reservations taken. Reservations are highly encouraged and are available for groups of up to eight people (including children and highchairs). Guests can reserve at Rays.com/boathouse.

     

    Or celebrate mom with a fresh seafood dinner at Ray’s Café! Enjoy dishes like Mediterranean mussels, oysters on the half shell, and Dungeness Crab Cakes while you sip on wine and take in gorgeous water and mountain views. Don’t forget dessert! Treat mom to one of Ray’s decadent housemade desserts to finish the evening right. Ray’s Cafe will be open for dinner from 4-9 p.m. Reserve at Rays.com/café.

     

    Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe is located at 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Mother’s Day Italian-Style Brunch at Agrodolce

    The casual and cozy Southern Italian trattoria, Agrodolce, will offer a three-course Mother’s Day menu from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. that will feature fresh pasta and brunch classics with an Italian twist.

     

    Chef-Owner Thomas Litrenta has pulled out all the stops to create beautiful dishes with options including Spring Onion Benedict with grilled spring onions, poached egg, arugula hollandaise, and crispy prosciutto; Black Pepper Bucatini with pecorino; Sweet Waffle with house-made gianduja, cherry compote, sweet whipped cream, and more. For dessert, guests can indulge in Pavlova with seasonal berries, and marsala whip cream, or Hazelnut Cake with house made gianduja, powdered sugar, and more.

     

    Three-course brunch is $38 per person. Reservations can be made at agrodolcefremont.com or by calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 N 35th St., Seattle

     

    Three-Course Spring Brunch with Organic Ingredients at Tilth

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with fresh organic dishes at Tilth. James Beard award-winning chef Maria Hines alongside executive chef Joel Panlilio will be serving up a three-course prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

     

    Guests can dig into spring dishes such as Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, poached eggs, and greens, Spring Quiche with asparagus and cheddar cheese, Sourdough French Toast with rhubarb and trufflebert hazelnuts, Tiramisu Waffle, and more. A special Cherry-Tarragon Mimosa will also be available for additional purchase.

     

    Brunch is $30 per person. 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 St, Seattle.

     

    Family-Friendly French Brunch at RN74

    RN74 is opening their doors on Sunday, May 12 for a special French Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

     

    Usually only open in the evenings, Chef Shawn Applin has created a gorgeous French-inspired buffet featuring a selection of fresh hors d’oeuvres and salads such as Yogurt Parfait with mixed berries and house-made granola, Warm Beignets, and Salade D’Asperges. For the main course, guests can look forward to live stations with made-to-order French Omelets, French Toast, and more!

     

    Diners can also indulge in delicious French rotisserie showcasing Roasted Leg of Lamb and Roast Chicken. Classic brunch cocktails will also be available with highlights including Mimosas, RN74 Bloody or Caribbean Cold Brew with Ron Zapca rum, vanilla and ancho reyes whip cream.

     

    Brunch is $60 for adults and $30 for children ages 5-12. Price excludes tax, gratuity and beverages. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456-7474. RN74 is located at 1433 4th Ave in downtown Seattle.

     

    Japanese Mother’s Day Specials at Junkichi

    Capitol Hill’s Japanese Robata-style Izakaya restaurant, Junkichi, brings an irresistible Mother’s Day lunch and dinner special.

     

    Junkichi offers an inviting space for small parties and group dining that the whole family will savor. The special Mother’s Day menu features Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice, Baked Crab Sushi Rolls and the Toban Assortment consisting of Chicken wings, the signature Junkichi Tsukune (meat ball), and Sizzling Mushrooms. Guests can top off the meal with a special Peach and Grapefruit Mimosa available for additional purchase.

     

    Mother’s Day special is $25 per person and available from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.. Reservations can be made by visiting junkichiusa.com or by calling 206.712.7565. Junkichi is located at 224 Broadway East in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

     

    Mother’s Day cooking inspiration from Washington Fresh Asparagus

    Celebrate mom this Mother’s Day with a home-cooked meal! Cooking in season is easy this spring with an abundance of Washington’s fresh grown asparagus. Use it as a starter in the Grilled Washington Asparagus with Garlic Yogurt and Charred Zhoug recipe from Chef Tori Mann at Lola, as a delicious side dish such as Halibut with Washington Asparagus, from Chef Ethan Stowell or grab a bunch of asparagus from the market for Grilled Washington Asparagus with Wok Fried Egg and Sauvignon Blanc Sabayon from Executive Chef Paul Duncan at Ray’s Boathouse. Find these recipes and more at waasparagus.com.

     

    Washington grown asparagus can be found in local grocery stores including Metropolitan Market, Safeway and New Seasons often noted with signage, tags, or a rubber band around the asparagus bunch citing Washington grown.

     

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  • Washington Fresh Asparagus Now Available at Stores & Local Restaurants! 04.23.18

     

    The local Washington asparagus season has begun!

     

    Nearly 100 asparagus farmers in Eastern Washington have begun their harvest, packing the first of fresh Washington State asparagus. Last year, 21 million pounds of Washington asparagus were harvested, making Washington State the largest grower of asparagus in the United States!

     

    During April, May and June asparagus takes over the culinary spotlight throughout the Northwest! Shoppers have access to asparagus all year long due to international imports, but with much fewer road miles and transit time from farm to market, the local product offers fresher flavor and better quality than imported asparagus. Plus you are supporting our local farmers, so make sure your asparagus is labeled Washington and if not, ask your produce department.

     

     

    Did you know? Asparagus is labor intensive, accounting for 60 percent of the cost of asparagus. An asparagus farmer must harvest his or her fields of asparagus every day of the season. Because the fragile spears rise from the earth in different places daily and are relatively fragile, each one must be individually hand-cut from the ground.

     

    Washington State’s asparagus industry also offers the USDA Grade “Washington Extra Fancy” asparagus, which is a superior product that offers the best possible quality of asparagus. Another favorite in the Washington asparagus industry is Jumbo Asparagus. Jumbo asparagus doesn’t differ in flavor but has thicker stalks and a heartier texture, excellent for grilling! Shoppers are encouraged to #stalkup on Extra Fancy and Jumbo asparagus at Metropolitan Markets throughout Western Washington! And if you’re near Spokane pick up your asparagus at My Fresh Basket.

     

     

    In addition to Washington asparagus hitting grocery stores, dozens of Seattle and Eastside restaurants have fresh Washington asparagus on their menus with unique and delicious dishes such as Asparagus Caesar at Cantina Leña, Chicken Piccata with Grilled Washington Asparagus at Agrodolce, Washington Asparagus with Lemon Brown Butter at Lark, Braised Oregon Rabbit with Washington Asparagus and Green Garlic Cavatelli at RN74 and more.

     

    Local Restaurants with Fresh Washington Asparagus dishes include:

    Agrodolce

    Bastille

    Belltown Brewing

    Brave Horse Tavern

    Brimmer & Heeltap

    Café Juanita

    Cantina Lena

    Cuoco

    Dahlia Lounge

    Joule

    Lark

    Local 360 Café & Bar

    Loulay

    Luc

    Poquitos

    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Rhein Haus (Seattle & Tacoma)

    RN74

    Stoneburner

    The Carlile Room

    Tilth 

    Wandering Goose

     

    Additionally, check out Washington asparagus featured in Alaska Beyond Magazine, Seattle Kitchen Radio Show and 425 Magazine this past month!

     

     

    Asparagus packs great health benefits. It is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C and is among the best vegetable sources for folate (a prenatal staple to help prevent birth defects) and glutathione (an anti-carcinogen and antioxidant). It contains no fat, no cholesterol and is very high in fiber. For home cooks, asparagus offers versatility: steamed, simmered, roasted, grilled, sautéed or wok-fried. For recipes, cooking tips and nutrition information go to waasparagus.com/recipes.

     

    Lastly, to enjoy all of the delicious and healthful benefits of asparagus head to the Tri-Cities May 12 for the Asparagus Fest & Brews in Pasco! Learn about asparagus while having some fun with live music, brews and sampling a variety of asparagus concoctions (asparagus ice cream, anyone?!). Enjoy music from Knutzen Brothers and Badlandz, sip brews at the Watering Hole, sample a variety of Asparagus delicacies–deep fried, grilled, and pickled. Meet the farmer on a hayride tour of an operational asparagus farm to learn where your food comes from, and walk away with some fresh asparagus! Plus play around on Middleton’s jumping pillow, human foosball and other great games, and asparagus eating contests. Asparagus themed dinner will be available for purchase from local restaurants.

     

    The 2018 Asparagus Fest & Brews will be held May 12th at Middleton Six Sons Farms from 5-10pm for only $10 admission. We’ll see you there!!

     

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  • Your Favorite Fall Comfort Foods, All Gluten-Free 10.24.13

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    Homemade pizza. Chocolate chip cookies. Chicken pot pie. For those who suffer from gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, these are some of the few and oh so delicious dishes that must be sacrificed because of the dreaded wheat ingredients. But Blue Ribbon Cooking, a Seattle-based cooking school, events venue and catering company, located on Lake Union, has made enjoying classic comfort foods much easier!

    On Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m., join Blue Ribbon for a Gluten-Free Comfort Foods cooking party that will bring back the mouth-watering comfort foods you crave, making each chilly fall day a little more tolerable.

    Upon arrival, Blue Ribbon staff will greet you with hearty gluten-free appetizers, along with local microbrews and Northwest wines. After your cooking lesson, led by a knowledgeable Blue Ribbon chef, prepare to feast on your tasty creations, including coconut prawns, buttermilk fried chicken and blackberry crisp. At the end of class, take home the recipes you learned and share them with a loved one or the family and show off your new skills!

    Reserve your spot in this must-attend cooking class today for $95 per person. Visit the Blue Ribbon website to reserve or call 206.328.2442.

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