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  • Gobble Up Thanksgiving Feasts at Local Restaurants 11.14.16

    Flavor abounds this holiday season as several of Seattle’s top restaurants take the stress out of Thanksgiving by offering delicious holiday dinners and convenient to-go options. Menus range from holiday classics and to-go options for family affairs to unique turkey day alternatives, including a long-running vegetarian feast, a French influenced dinner, and seafood options served right alongside traditional fixings.

    Italian Family-Style Feast at Agrodolce  

    Chef Maria Hines provides a family-style, Italian-inspired Thanksgiving feast that mixes the finest seasonal ingredients with traditional Sicilian recipes at Agrodolce. Intended to be shared with family, friends and loved ones, the three-course menu starts off with House Made Focaccia, Arugula and Radicchio Salad and Alvarez Purple Potato Zeppoli with salmon roe and Meyer lemon aioli. The festive feast continues with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, house-milled Acorn Squash Cavatelli and organic Turkey Breast with roasted yams and sweet potatoes and agrodolce onions. For something sweet, Agrodolce is serving up beautiful Pumpkin Cheesecake with sheep’s milk ricotta, quince and pumpkin seed brittle.

    The family-style dinner, offered from 3 – 6 p.m., is $65 per person with optional wine pairings for $35. Full menu details can be viewed here. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting agrodolcerestaurant.net or by calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street.

    Agrodolce


    Celebrate Cafe Flora’s 25th Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving 

    Long-standing traditions are what Thanksgiving is about, and Cafe Flora’s celebration is no exception! For 25 years Cafe Flora has offered a memorable, vegetarian Thanksgiving and this year it takes form in two thoughtfully crafted, four-course menus for the whole family. The adult four-course menu includes seasonally-inspired options such as Heirloom Potato, Celery Root, and Black Garlic Soup with black pepper shortbread (available vegan/gluten free), Marsala Mushroom and Cauliflower Ragout over roasted squash with smashed rutabaga and Yukon gold potato, green bean fried shallots and fresh pomegranate-Asian pear chutney (vegan and gluten free), Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham crust, meringue, candied pepitas with chamomile anglaise (vegan and gluten free) and more. Cafe Flora also offers a four-course vegan and gluten-free kids menu with fun, tasty dishes including Cauliflower Potato Corn Chowder with crunchy onion rounds, Garden Salad with carrot ribbons, orange segments, pomegranate seeds and creamy ranch dressing, Mini Shepherd’s Pie with seasonal vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, served with green beans, crispy onions and cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream for dessert!

    The four-course menu is $75 per person; the kids menu is $25 for children age 12 and under. Full menus can be viewed by visiting cafeflora.com and reservations can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street.

     

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    Inspired Thanksgiving Classics and To-Go Meals at Miller’s Guild 

    Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson presents a gorgeous Thanksgiving spread with dressed-up classic dishes at his wood-fired, craft cooking restaurant, Miller’s Guild. The same menu is offered for those that would rather enjoy the holiday at home around the dining room table. Either option will deliver a memorable Thanksgiving with Smoked Duram Ranch Wagyu Beef Prime Rib with truffled watercress and whipped horseradish or Turkey Leg Confit with shrapnel gravy. Sides include Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Schmaltz Stuffing with house made sourdough and more. For dessert, guests can indulge in Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie or Brown Sugar Apple Crisp with buttermilk vanilla ice cream. For those really looking to feast, Miller’s Guild offers extras such as Roasted Bella Bella Farms Foie Gras, Grilled King Crab Legs and Handmade Tagliatelle Pasta with parmesan fondue, shaved French black truffles pancetta and poached egg. Diners can also expect a carefully curated list of elegant white and red wines, sparkling champagnes and seasonally-inspired craft cocktails to be thankful for this year at Miller’s Guild including Fall Migration with aged Martinique rum, walnut liqueur, fresh cranberry juice and maple syrup.

    For those who prefer to enjoy their holiday dinner in the comfort of their own home, Miller’s Guild offers the Thanksgiving menu as a delicious and stress free to-go option, $49.85 per person. Orders must be placed by November 20 and picked up on November 23. The Thanksgiving dinner menu enjoyed at Miller’s Guild is $89 per adult and $48 per child age 12 and under. Full menu can be viewed here. Reservations and to-go orders can be made by calling 206.443.3663 or online at millersguild.com. Miller’s Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street.

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    Fresh, Flavorful Seafood and More at Iconic Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe 

    Seattle’s premiere seafood destinations, Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, offers elegant, holiday favorites and fresh seafood specialties. In the Boathouse, guests can enjoy a three-course a la carte Thanksgiving dinner. To start, guests can enjoy Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche, Autumn Chicory Salad or Dungeness Crab Cocktail. Main course options include Ray’s Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, green beans and gravy, Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef, Grilled King Salmon or Pan Seared Halibut. For dessert, Ray’s offers signature fresh-baked Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The three-course menu is available for $55 per person, half price for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  In the Cafe, Ray’s will showcase their signature Thanksgiving buffet. With a wide array of dishes to choose from, diners can assemble their perfect Thanksgiving feast with noteworthy options such as fresh-shucked Half Shell Oysters, Peel and Eat Prawns, and Alaskan Snow Crab at the Seafood Bar and Shucking StationHouse Smoked Northwest Salmon at the Carving Station, Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with cucumber, tomato, lemon and herbs, Manila Clams, Butter Whipped Washington Russet Potatoes, Oven Roasted Turkey, Traditional Herbed Stuffing, Glazed Carrots, a multitude of house-made seasonal desserts, and much more.

    The holiday buffet is available for $55 per person, $20 for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  Full menus can be viewed here. Reservations are required for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cafe. Boathouse reservations can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or visiting rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or visiting rays.com. The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

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    French-Inspired Fare to Be Thankful For at RN74 

    Newly announced Executive Chef Ben Godwin brings French-inspired fare and specially selected wines from RN74’s curated cellar for Thanksgiving dinner. The unique, delicious holiday offerings include Glazed Veal Sweetbreads with sunchoke, matsutake and sourdough paired with Walter Scott Chardonnay La Combe VerteShort Rib Bourguignon with oxtail croquette, pot roast vegetables and bone marrow custard accompanied by Va Piano Cabernet Blend OxButter Basted Heritage Turkey with roasted chestnut and foie gras stuffing and cranberry-orange compote paired with Frédéric Magnien Bourgogne Rouge, and Vanilla Beignet and Butterscotch Pudding with Smith-Woodhouse 10 year Tawny Port and more.

    The dinner menu is $70 per person; the wine pairing is an additional $35. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street.

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  • Enter your Ray’s Boathouse Memories to win a 7-day Cruise! 04.16.15


    Ever since the Ray’s Boathouse red neon sign was displayed for the first time in 1952, Ray’s Boathouse has been a Seattle institution. Offering fresh, sustainably caught seafood from Seattle’s backyard has allowed Ray’s to maintain sustainable practices and nurturing relationships with local suppliers. Ray’s continues to be ever grateful for the amazing support that the Seattle community has offered over the decades and the great memories that have been created along the way.

    To show how grateful Ray’s is, they’re giving away a 7-day Princess Cruise for two to Alaska to one lucky guest!

    How to enter: From now until April 30, simply think of your fondest memories at Ray’s, anything from enjoying summer cocktails on the deck to getting married or engaged at Ray’s. Then upload your memory, photos, and/or videos to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter and include the hashtag #MyRays and you’re entered to win a cruise for two! You can enter on each social channel once per week, each week in April.

    Ray’s will also be drawing weekly winners each Friday in April for $150 to Ray’s.

    Entries valid: now until April 30 only. Cruise prize drawn Friday, May 1.

    See official contest rules here and enter today!

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  • Announcing Our Two Newest Clients! Ray’s Boathouse, Café and Catering + Volterra 02.13.15

    We are thrilled to announce two well-known and longtime Seattle restaurants as our new clients. Both feature the finest local ingredients and culinary craftsmanship in each menu item, and we are honored to be welcomed into their businesses.



    Life in the Pacific Northwest would be incomplete without fresh, delicious seafood, which is why we are thrilled to welcome Ray’s Boathouse, Café and Catering.

    Located in Ballard on Shilshole Bay, Ray’s has been delivering artfully composed cuisine for 42 years, elevating the freshest local seafood available with precision. Locals and visitors can indulge in Ray’s signature clam chowder, in-house smoked salmon or braised lamb shank while capturing views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Sip craft cocktails, local wine, or one of 20 microbrews on tap at the 30-foot Boathouse bar, or enjoy Ray’s Café patio for exceptional outdoor dining spring through fall.

    Recently Ray’s chef de cuisine, Paul Duncan, was promoted to executive chef. Duncan is the sixth chef to hold this title in Ray’s history. He came to Ray’s in 2013 as executive sous chef after four years at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua on Maui.

    Follow Ray’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news, events and fresh daily specials. Ray’s is located at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or click here. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or click here.

    Ray’s Boathouse is open daily from 5-9 p.m. Boathouse bar open: M-Th 4:30-9 p.m.; Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat 4-10 p.m.; Sun 4-9 p.m. Ray’s Café is open daily from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Café bar open daily from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.



    Volterra is the product of a love story for the ages, which is why we are enchanted and excited to announce it as our new client. Owners Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry were introduced by a mutual friend and quickly their combined culinary style and business prowess graced the Ballard restaurant scene. Named for the Tuscan hilltop where the couple were married in 2004, Volterra features the bold, delightful flavors of Tuscany.

    Celebrating 10 years later this year, Volterra opened on Ballard Avenue when there were only a few longtime restaurants as residents. Today, the dining scene is bursting at the seams, but Volterra remains a culinary hotspot. Having recently added weekday lunch and all day happy hour to dinner and weekend brunch service, Volterra continues to grow to fulfill the needs of Ballard neighbors, businesses and visitors.

    Chef Curtiss showcases his innovative style through only the best local and imported ingredients. He believes it is imperative to know the source of every ingredient, so he travels to Italy, works closely with local farmers and uses only the freshest local products available. The menu highlights seasonal Tuscan ingredients, housemade pasta and charcuterie, wild boar tenderloin and extensive gluten-free options.

    Since its successful opening in April 2005, Chef Don’s culinary skills and Michelle’s business savvy have brought the warmth and charm of Tuscany to the Puget Sound. Volterra has been praised as “the city’s toughest reservation” by Bon Appetit magazine and has received international acclaim and numerous awards including the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence” each year since its opening, Zagat’s “America’s Top restaurants,” “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Italian Restaurant” Seattle Magazine, “Best Chef Inspired Restaurant” Seattle Met Magazine, and “Best Italian Restaurant” Seattle Citysearch. In addition, Rachael Ray named Volterra one of her “favorite restaurants on the planet.”

    Follow Volterra on Facebook and Twitter. Volterra is located at 5411 Ballard Avenue Northwest. Call 206.789.5100 or click here for reservations.

    Volterra opens at 11:30 a.m. Mon-Sat and 9 a.m. on Sundays, closes at 9:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs, 10:30 Fri-Sat and 9 on Sundays. Happy hour runs from noon-6 p.m. Mon-Fri and 3-6 p.m. Sat-Sun. Dessert happy hour runs from 9 p.m. til close Fri-Sat.

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  • Memorial Day Grilling! 05.24.13

    Whether you grill indoors or out this Memorial Day Weekend, Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center in Seattle has some great recipes for you! The entertaining experts at Blue Ribbon have it down and provide recipes that let you visit with your guests instead of slaving over the stove or grill all afternoon.

    Blue Ribbon’s Director Vanessa Volkman grilled up a storm with KING5 News to preview four delicious dishes from salmon in banana leaves to grilled dessert pizzas with mascarpone and grilled peaches, all made on the grill. Watch KING5 online for Vanessa’s videos and tips then grab her recipes and try all four dishes this weekend, including:

    Grilled Salmon En Papillotes with Caribbean Vegetables + Pineapple Salsa



    Grilled New Potato Salad with Watercress & Gorgonzola Vinaigrette AND Grilled Panzanella Salad with Pike Place Market Style Vegetables, Arugula & Fresh Basil



    Grilled Dessert Pizza with Port Wine Infused Goat Cheese, Blackberries & Basil



    Take your grilling skills and knowledge to the next level with two upcoming grilling classes at Blue Ribbon! On June 4th enjoy a Summer Seafood Grill + Cocktail Party and on June 14th enjoy a Grilling + Barbecuing Party. Learn to master the grill and treat dad to a Father’s Day cookout! Classes include wine, appetizers and a feast of all dishes made. Grab your friends and sign up online here!

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  • Welcome McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants 08.02.10



    What would the Northwest be without seafood? And what would we do without a seafood client? Wonder no longer as we are thrilled to be working with Northwest native McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants. With a menu printed twice daily and the signature “Fresh List” of 20 to 30 different varieties of fresh seafood we couldn’t be happier to inundate ourselves in fresh salmon, halibut, oysters, prawns and more.

    If you missed McCormick’s Fish House & Bar’s famed Shuck & Swallow Oyster Challenge in previous years fret no more as it is coming back this October 7. Mark your calendars for firefighters, fundraising and watching 90+ oysters consumed in 10 minutes time. Will they break the record again this year? More info. to come soon.

    For more information visit www.McCormickandSchmicks.com | Facebook.com/McCormickandSchmicks  | @McandSchmicks .

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