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  • July is Washington Blueberry Month! 07.01.20

     

    July is Washington Blueberry Month! Summer is in full bloom and plump Washington blueberries are ready to be eaten and picked! Pick up Washington-grown blueberries at your local grocery store or plan an upcoming visit to local U-Pick Farms when they open mid-July to hand-pick your own fresh blueberries. Don’t forget to check your u-pick’s website to confirm their opening date. For recipes, inspiration and a list of u-pick farms near you visit wablueberries.com.

     

    Did you know Washington is the number one producer of blueberries in the U.S.? Last year our state yielded approximately 160 million pounds! Washington has one of the longest harvest seasons in the world (five months) and blueberry plants in our state are also some of the world’s highest yielding, including our organic fields. Our local farmers are out there working hard all season!

     

    To select fresh blueberries while shopping, choose berries with a sweet, fruity scent. Size isn’t an indicator of maturity, but color is – berries should look deep blue! Refrigerate fresh blueberries when you get them home, either in their original package or in a covered bowl or container. Be sure to wash your blueberries before you start snacking!

     

    Fresh blueberries make a delicious and healthy snack! The phytochemicals found in blueberries are short-lived, so eat fresh blueberries within a few days of purchase or you can also freeze them. Be sure to look for signage citing Washington or locally-grown to support our local blueberry farmers!

     

    Blueberries are also so versatile for baking and cooking and can be used in salads, pies, cobblers, and more or as a breakfast topper on yogurt, oatmeal, and granola! What are you making with your Washington blueberries? Share your photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #wablueberries and tag @wablueberries!

     

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  • Mother’s Day To-Go From Local Restaurants 04.29.20

     

     

     

    With the stay-home-order in place for this year’s Mother’s Day celebrations, local restaurants are preparing Mother’s Day brunch and dinner to-go!

     

    Although gatherings may be smaller this year, there are a variety of ways to celebrate with the family at home whether it’s serving a delicious breakfast in bed, enjoying brunch together, or digging into a spring-inspired dinner! Plus, special add on gifts from local vendors are also available for pickup.

     

    Read on for the full details and reserve your meals and gifts for pick up now!

     

    Breakfast in Bed To-Go at Cafe Flora

    This year Cafe Flora is adapting their annual Mother’s Day Prix-Fixe menu to allow for curbside pickup so moms can stay home (and even stay in bed) for brunch on their special day.

     

    The prix-fixe menu will be fully prepared and packaged up so the food is easily transportable, including reheating instructions so guests can prepare a fresh brunch on Mother’s Day morning. The menu is $45 per adult and comes with fresh baked pastries (gluten-free pastries available), fresh fruit, an entrée and a dessert. Each are generously portioned for one person.

     

    Entrée options include Spring Asparagus Quiche, and Tamal con Nopales (vegan and gluten-free), a grilled corn tamale on a bed of pilaf, grilled cactus and covered in tomatillo sauce topped with fresh mango-jicama lime salsa.

     

    If guests are serving brunch for the whole family, kid’s menus are $20 per child and include entrée options such as French Toast Bread Pudding and Vegan Breakfast Platter (vegan and gluten-free) with scrambled tofu and a side of roasted potatoes. Each kid’s meal is served with fresh fruit and pastries (gluten-free pastries available).

     

    There’s also the option to add Bloody Mary and Mimosa Kits to complete the meal!

     

    Cafe flora has also partnered with some of their favorite makers, growers, and producers to offer special gifts for mom, like Fran’s Chocolates, flower bouquets from Alm Hill Gardens, specialty wines, and more. View full menu and order brunch and gifts online at cafeflora.com/mothersday. Pick up is available on Friday, May 8 from 2-6 p.m. or Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at Cafe Flora. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E Madison St in Madison Park.

     

    Spring-Inspired Mother’s Day Dinner To-Go from Tilth

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines’ brings a beautiful, organic Mother’s Day spread with a ready-to-reheat dinner to-go from Tilth, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, too.

     

    The spring-inspired menu includes:

     

    Choice of appetizer:

    Asparagus Mushroom Tart

    Green Salad with Shaved Vegetables (gluten-free, vegan)

     

    Choice of entrée:

    Roasted Pork Loin with Fig and Port Gastrique (gluten-free, dairy-free)

    Oven Roasted Ling Cod with Garlic and Lemon (gluten-free, dairy-free) (+ $18)

    Vegetable Lasagna with Cauliflower and Mushroom Bolognese (vegetarian)

     

    Choice of side:

    Roasted Vegetables with Herbed Yogurt (gluten-free)

    Roasted Broccolini with Black Garlic and Poppy Seeds (gluten-free, vegan)

     

    Choice of dessert:

    Chocolate Torte with Marscapone (gluten-free)

    Carnaroli Rice Pudding with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote (gluten-free)

     

    Optional addon:

    Mont Marcal Brut Rosado (+ $35.00)

     

    Each meal feeds four people and is $175. Guests can order at tilthtogo.com and pick up at Tilth on Sunday, May 10 from 1-5 p.m. Each order includes reheating instructions. Tilth is located at 1411 N 45th St in Wallingford.

     

    Family Brunch To-Go from Cooks Tavern and Endolyne Joe’s

    Cooks Tavern in Tacoma and Endolyne Joe’s in West Seattle are gearing up for Mother’s Day with a special ‘Mama’s Day Brunch Kit’ for families of four and up, ready-to-reheat at home for Mother’s Day brunch!

     

    Guests will have the option to choose from Three Little Pigs Strata with ham, sausage, bacon and cheddar cheese or Spring Vegetable Strata with asparagus, bell pepper, cauliflower, and brie cheese, plus Cherry Crumble Coffee-Cake, Fruit Cocktail with melons, pineapple, and berries and cream cheese yogurt dip and a Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Guests can add a ‘Mom-osa’ Kit featuring a Bottle of Bubbles and Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice for an additional $25.

     

    Guests can order for pickup by calling Cooks Tavern at 253.327.1777 or Endolyne Joe’s at 206.937.5637. Orders must be placed by Friday, May 8 at 3 p.m. Each Brunch Kit is $60 plus tax and will include reheating instructions. Pickup on Saturday, May 9. Cooks Tavern is located at 3201 North 26th St in Tacoma. Endolyne Joe’s is located at 9261 45th Ave SW in West Seattle.

     

    Mother’s Day At-Home Cooking Inspiration from Washington Asparagus

    Nothing says spring like fresh Washington asparagus! This year locals are invited to treat mom to the flavors of spring with Washington Asparagus Recipes to enjoy at home. From quiches and scrambled eggs to a garnish for Bloody Marys, shaved in salads, roasted or grilled, there are a variety of ways to incorporate asparagus into the celebration!

     

    Recipes and inspiration can be found on the Washington Asparagus Pinterest page, plus cooking tips, storing techniques, how to pickle and more. Recipes from local Seattle chefs are available at waasparagus.com/recipes.

     

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

     

    For more details on this year’s fresh crop, visit the Washington Asparagus Facebook and Instagram pages.

     

    Family-Style Sushi Platter To-Go from Shiro’s Sushi

    Shiro’s Sushi is offering a special Mother’s Day sushi menu, available to-go for at home celebrations!

     

    Their Family-Style Sushi Platter includes a variety of fresh nigiri including medium fatty tuna, tuna, sockeye salmon, salmon, albacore tuna, shrimp (boiled), sea eel, and zuke (marinated) salmon. It also includes six pieces of cucumber rolls, and six pieces of naga-imo rolls (Chinese yam with plum paste) and two signature Tamago egg omelets.

     

    Any mom who’s a sushi lover with appreciate this feast on her special day! To complete the meal, bottles of sake are also available for takeaway.

     

    Guests can pre-order by calling Shiro’s at 206.443.9844. Orders must be placed by Saturday, May 9. Pick up is at Shiro’s at 2401 2nd Ave in Belltown.

     

     

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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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