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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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  • What’s Happening at LloydMartin 07.31.14



    There is a lot happening for Queen Anne’s neighborhood gem, LloydMartin, this summer. From new menu options, to market dinners, to a wine pairing dinner at the picturesque Bella Luna Farms, LloydMartin has the perfect summer plans in store for you.

    Nestled right in the heart of Queen Anne, LloydMartin distinguishes itself as a restaurant known for creating unique and dynamic menus daily based on fresh ingredients from purveyors. Chef-owner Sam Crannell brilliantly crafts his creative dishes with housemade ingredients and routinely uses distinctive items such as exotic meats, specialty imports and luxurious ingredients.

    Market Dinners
    LloydMartin’s highly popular Market Dinners are back again! Every Thursday, Chef Sam Crannell visits his neighborhood farmers market on Queen Anne to pick out fresh-from-the-farm produce, straight from the farmers themselves. The strong vegetable and fruit presence at the market makes the 3-course meal at LloydMartin entirely vegetarian! Enjoy only seasonal ingredients in your Market Dinners, such as fresh blueberries from Skagit Sun or summer squash from Tonnemaker Family Orchard. Each one of Chef Crannell’s ingredients is carefully hand-selected to create the fresh, sustainable Market meals. Feel free to come by more than once as the innovative menu changes week to week and is always just $30 per person. Reservations are recommended. Check out what Seattle Weekly has to say about the popular Market Dinners.

    3-Courses for $45
    Due to popular demand, LloydMartin is now offering 3-course dinners for $45. Taken from the daily menu, which is still offered a la carte, guests can now assemble their own 3-course selection from a whole new variety of unique dishes. Start your meal with the Confit Peach, fashioned with aerated blue cheese, arugula, and spicy marcona granola. Then work your way to the main course, and indulge in a savory plate such as the Lan Rock Pork Tenderloin, prepared with cherries, mustard, kale, and romesco risotto. Finish off with the sweet crème brulee, or hot fudge sundae, with housemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate, salted nuts, and a brandy cherry. The menu changes daily and guests can still order any number of dishes, but the price incentive for ordering three is well worth it! Select any one item from each section in the everyday menu to create your own personalized, mouth-watering 3-course feast. Still can’t wrap your head around it? Just read what the Puget Sound Business Journal had to say about Chef Crannell’s innovative decision to implement a fixed-priced menu option and return to a true dining experience.

    Bella Luna Farms Dinner
    LloydMartin’s Chef Sam Crannell is teaming up with Sommelier Shannon Borg to host an elegant and intimate dinner at Bella Luna Farms, August 17. The evening will consist of a guided tour of Bella Luna’s beautiful, scenic grounds and an elegant 5-course dinner featuring ingredients sourced from within 30 miles of the farm. Shannon Borg will pair West Coast Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Wines with each one of Chef Crannell’s delectable dishes. Accompanying Chef Crannell in the kitchen will be Chef Dan Matthiesen and Chef Tracey Stoner Crannell of LloydMartin. Guests are encouraged to mix and mingle as they enjoy the finest tastes and sips throughout the evening. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $200 per person. Purchase your tickets for this exceptional, one-of-a-kind event and learn more about the Chefs of LloydMartin and Shannon Borg via the event page http://bellalunafarms.brownpapertickets.com.

    Here is a sneak preview of the menu.
    Menu is subject to change based on the various ingredients available (sourced within 30 miles of Bella Luna Farms).

    Starter: assorted pizzas and farm snacks
    Midcourse: wood roasted beets · farm greens, shaved goat cheese, herb dressing
    Pasta: chitarra · tomato, garden pesto, 25 year balsamic
    Entrée: aspen hollow ewe · loin and leg, grill sauces, grilled “ratatouille”
    Sweet: Plum galette, honey, goat cheese ice cream

    LloydMartin’s summer lineup is full of fresh, flavorful bites and great deals. Enjoy meals crafted with locally grown ingredients straight from the farm at the Market Dinners, or indulge in the 3-course meals for $45 any day in the restaurant (Tuesday-Saturday). If you are looking for a charming night out, consider attending the Bella Luna Farms dinner and experience a night full of extravagant wines and memorable dishes..

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  • Cafe Flora’s spring menu is in full bloom! 04.24.12



    With the sun shining and spring in bloom, there’s no better time to dine at Seattle’s vegetarian hotspot, Cafe Flora. Known for their creative vegetarian and vegan dishes, charming atmosphere, and fresh local produce, Cafe Flora has a new spring menu, offering a tempting lineup of must-try dishes!

    You won’t find meat at this vegetarian gem, but what you will find is unbelievably hearty and healthy seasonal dishes served straight from local farms to your table. Take it from Seattleite Magazine Meatless Monday writer Catherine Giudici who took the words right out of our mouth: “This spot’s spring menu has me sprung!”

    Spring Menu
    Spring Wontons – bock choy filled wontons, fried and served with goat cheese crema, rhubarb chutney and a black bean garlic sauce. (available vegan)
    Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas and grilled spring onions cradled in butter lettuce in a basil black pepper dressing. (vegan)
    Nettle Ravioli – citrus cashew sauce, petite radishes and Jerusalem artichoke salad. (vegan)
    Tuscan Asparagus & Fava Bean Polenta – chive blossom polenta, grilled asparagus, fava bean mousse in an artichoke heart with sweet onion and nicoise olive tapenade, toasted almond gremolata. (vegan and gluten free)
    Spring Morel Risotto – hare covert and snap peas in an herbed pistou topped with Parmesano Reggiano and roasted cherry tomatoes.
    Potato-Crusted Quiche with Grilled Asparagus & Wild Morel Ragout – spring onions, fresh herbs, and goat cheese in classic custard with a thin potato crust. (gluten-free)
    Chocolate Brownie Coup – salted peanut butter balsamic ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate crumble. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)
    Strawberry Rhubarb Galette – hibiscus crème chantilly, honey caramel. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

    If you’re still thinking a vegetarian restaurant is “only for vegetarians” you’re certainly not alone. Check out Seattle Weekly’s interview with Cafe Flora chef Janine Doran who’s admits she was intimidated at first, but now nearly 19 years later she continues to break the stereotype of typical vegetarian dishes with items such as Cafe Flora’s killer Spring Nettle Ravioli… that will leave you begging for more. Finish the evening with one of their amazing desserts, often vegan and gluten free, and you’ll leave full and happy with half the guilt!

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