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  • Holiday Food & Drink at Local Seattle Restaurants 12.11.17

     

    Seattle’s best restaurants are celebrating the holiday season with a variety of delicious feasts, special menus, and festive events! Celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at favorite local restaurants. Menus include seafood feasts, holiday brunches, sommelier wine pairings, and more!

     

    DECEMBER HAPPENINGS

     

    Champagne Fete at RN74

    Those eager to learn which champagne to pair with holiday meals and celebrations need look no further than RN74’s annual Champagne Fete on December 16. RN74 sommeliers, Jeff Linsday-Thorsen and Paul Swanson, invite you to enjoy a fun, delicious, and educational sit-down champagne tasting event.

     

    Jeff and Paul will share all their knowledge of this festive sparkling favorite as guests taste their way through several notable bottles and snack on small bites from Chef Tomas Griese. Champagnes include: Dom Perignon 2004, Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ 2009, Marc Hebrart 2012 Special Club 2012, Krug Grande Cuvee MV, Vazart-Coquart & Fils Special Club 2008, Hervieux-Dumez Special Club 2008. These renowned champagnes can also be enjoyed as a flight through New Year’s Eve, as well as by the glass.

     

    Champagne Fete is $95 per person and will be hosted on Saturday, December 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at RN74. Reservations are extremely limited and required. For more information and to reserve, visit michaelmina.net or call 206.456.7474. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave.

     

    Agrodolce Anniversary Winter Pasta Feast

    Agrodolce, the Southern Italy and Sicilian trattoria, celebrates its fifth anniversary on December 21 with a special five-course Winter Pasta Feast that mixes favorite seasonal ingredients with timeless, original classics from each of the last five years.

     

    Chef-owner Maria Hines and Executive Chef Abby Canfield have thoughtfully compiled the most memorable meals from Agrodolce’s past five years, revisiting old favorites and reveling in the decadence of each comforting pasta dish, hand milled in-house. Indulge in Hand Cut Tagliarini with sweet myrtle, Sicilian pistachio and pecorino; Cuttlefish Ink Spaghetti with romanesco, anchovy and pine; Melted Leek Ravioli with smoked cauliflower puree and ricotta; Charred Eggplant Triangolini with pepper and walnut pesto; and Red Wheat Mafalde in a wild mushroom cream sauce.

     

    This special anniversary dinner will be served on Thursday, December 21, 5 – 9 p.m. Price is $20 per plate, or $12 per plate for tasting size portions. In the spirit of the fifth anniversary, guests can also indulge in all five tasting portions for $50; wine pairings available for an additional $35.

     

    Reservations are encouraged at agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street in Fremont.

     

    Holiday Wine + Champagne at Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Now, through the holiday season Ray’s Boathouse & Café will be offering a thoughtfully curated selection of champagnes and wines by the glass and bottle. Guests in the Boathouse and Café can enjoy 2004 Dom Perignon by the glass for $35 and by the bottle for $140.

     

    The Boathouse is also offering a 23-year vertical of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon dating from 1983-2014, and featuring five, 100-point and five, 99-point wines rated by Wine Spectator.

     

    Beverage specials are available throughout the holiday season, until the new year. For more information view the full the wine list, visit rays.com or call 206.789.3770. Ray’s Boathouse & Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Feel Grateful at Gather Kitchen + Bar

    Throughout the holiday season Gather Kitchen + Bar will feature festive dishes that reflect the comfort of the holidays. Cocktail specials include Spiced Persimmon Manhattan flavored with house-made persimmon syrup with sweet maple syrup, cinnamon, star anise, and cardamom, and Chai Spice Hot Buttered Rum with local chai tea. Relish in unique holiday-inspired dinner items such as Duck Legs Braised in Mulled Wine served with potato gnocchi, Brussels sprouts and winter squash; and Roasted Pheasant Breast with grandma’s mashed potatoes, blanketed with pan gravy and served with cranberry-apple chutney. Complement the meal with Eggnog Bread Pudding with smooth ice cream and velvety cardamom caramel.

     

    Gather Kitchen + Bar is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but the above specials will be offered all season long. To view the current menu and to reserve seating, visit gatherkitchenandbar.com or call 206.420.4670. Gather Kitchen + Bar is located at 5605 22nd Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Holiday Beer To-Go at Belltown Brewing

    Belltown Brewing has a variety of festive beers on tap, and is offering beer to-go specials for customers to stock their holiday tables and parties. From now until December 31st, customers can buy a four-pack of 16-ounce crowlers for $15! Current seasonal beers by head brewer Adam Frantz include: Mexican Chocolate Stout, a milk stout inspired by Mexican chocolate with cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and ancho chillis to provide just the right hints of spice character. Vermont Slice of Pie Pale Ale brewed with caramelized pumpkins, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and maple syrup. PBL White IPA, beautifully aromatic, with notes of grapefruit and orange.

     

    Beer selection is subject to change and is based on availability. Crowlers come in 16-ounce cans each and can be purchased in four-packs for $15. Offer is available now until December 31st, 2017. Belltown Brewing is open daily 11:30 a.m. – late. For more information visit belltownbrewingseattle.com or call 206-485-7233. Belltown Brewing is located at 200 Bell St. in Belltown.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY DINING

     

    Christmas Eve Brunch at Agrodolce

    Chef Maria Hines’ casual and welcoming trattoria, Agrodolce, is the perfect place to gather with friends and family for cheerful Christmas Eve celebrations! Feast on a Three-Course Brunch while sipping hot coffee and chatting about happy holiday memories. Guests can expect to delight in comforting brunch classics with an Italian twist made with locally-sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients.

     

    Brunch is $35 per person and will be served 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve morning. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and to reserve, visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street in Fremont.

     

    Sicilian ‘Feast of Fishes’ Christmas Eve Dinner at Agrodolce

    Indulge in fresh fish and seafood at Maria Hines’ Sicilian and southern Italian trattoria, Agrodolce, this Christmas Eve. The James Beard award-winning chef is bringing an age-old Italian tradition to Agrodolce with the Feast of Fishes, their spin on the “feast of the seven fishes”. The celebratory feast originated in Southern Italy to commemorate the Vigilia di Natale, the birth of baby Jesus, and is now a popular Italian-American tradition.

     

    Maria and Executive Chef Abby Canfield are offering two multi-course seafood menu options on Christmas Eve to delight the entire family! Savor classic Italian dishes featuring festive seafood dishes in each course with a five-course dinner option or choose to indulge in a seven-course dinner option.

     

    Dinner is $70 per person for five-courses, or $90 per person for seven-courses with seatings at 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information and to reserve visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street in Fremont.

     

    The Holly and The Ivy at The Herbfarm

    Join The Herbfarm this December for a beautiful and festive multi-course dinner with wine pairings hand selected from their 25,000-bottle cellar. The dining room will be dressed from head to toe in festive décor; the fire crackles, the tree glows, and the holiday merriment flows.

     

    Dinner ranges from $265-$285 per person depending on the date, and will be served from December 8-23 at various dates and times. Reservations are required. For more information on available dates and times, and to reserve visit theherbfarm.com or call 425.485.5300. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 NE 145th St. in Woodinville.

     

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Ray’s Café will offer a variety of seasonal specials including: Filet of Beef with Half Main Lobster TailKing Crab Cioppino and Prime Rib of Beef with whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus, along with a selection of popular Café dishes on Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 12 – 8 p.m. The Café bar will be open both days offering food menus and holiday beverages on a first come basis. No happy hour offered on either date. View full menu specials here.

     

    On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 2 – 8 p.m. the Boathouse will offer a Three-Course Holiday inspired dinner menu for $60 per person. The festive menu will start with a choice of Dungeness Crab Cocktail Salad, Ray’s Clam Chowder or Ray’s Christmas Salad with jicama, cucumber, fennel and arugula tossed with a Champagne vinaigrette. From there guests will be offered a choice of Double R Ranch Prime Rib, Applewood Grilled Wild King Salmon or Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut. The holiday meal ends with a choice of Vanilla Crème Brulee, Chocolate-Caramel Bread Pudding or Olympic Mountain Sorbet or Ice Cream. The three-course menu will be served alongside a la carte options from the Boathouse’s regular menu. The Boathouse bar will be open with beverages and dinner menus on a first come basis. No happy hour offered in the Boathouse bar on either date.

     

    The Café and Boathouse will each offer full children’s menus.

     

    Reservations are strongly recommended for both venues. For more information and to reserve visit rays.com or call 206.789.3770. Ray’s Boathouse & Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Christmas Eve at RN74

    Feast like the French this Christmas Eve at RN74! The French Brasserie led by Executive Chef Thomas Griese will be serving their entire a la carte menu, alongside a variety of French-inspired Christmas Eve specials for guests to delight in.

     

    Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave.

     

    Christmas Eve at Belltown Brewing

    Belltown Brewing is offering a festive brewery feast for Christmas Eve dinner for $25 per person. Guests can enjoy traditional Christmas Glazed Ham with stone ground mustard cream sauce, Roasted Red Potatoes, Honeyed Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts, and Cranberry-Pear Chutney. End the meal with a decadent Chocolate Pot Au Crème with vanilla mascarpone whip.

     

    Seasonal beer options include Mexican Chocolate Stout, Vermont Slice of Pie Pumpkin Pale Ale, and a mild, yet fruity PBL White IPA with notes of grapefruit and orange.

     

    Dinner is $25 per person, not including beer. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Belltown Brewing will be open 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., on Christmas Eve with the holiday menu available all day. They will be closed on Christmas Day. For more information and to reserve visit belltownbrewingseattle.com or call 206-485-7233. Belltown Brewing is located at 200 Bell St. in Belltown.

     

    Christmas Eve Brunch and Tasting Menu at Local 360 Café & Bar

    Start your Christmas Eve morning off right with a hearty bunch of locally-sourced ingredients at Local 360 Café & Bar. Indulge in classic brunch favorites such as Farm Fresh Veggie Scramble with homefries and a biscuit, Corned Beef Hash with poached eggs and a biscuit, or Fried Chicken and Waffles with maple pepper jelly.

     

    Christmas Eve dinner brings a three-course tasting menu with Pork Rillette with chicory, apples, and hazelnuts, Mayocoba Bean Cassoulet with Rabbit and Duck and a festive Cranberry Pavlova for dessert.

     

    Don’t forget the wine! Revel in a specially curated Washington Wine Flight featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Choose four two-ounce pours for $16.

     

    The holiday tasting menu is $49 per person. Local 360 will be open Christmas Eve 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. with brunch available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Holiday tasting menu will be available from 12 – 9 p.m. with select regular dinner menu items available. For more information and reservations, call 206-650-2577 or visit local360.org. Local 360 is located at 2234 1st Avenue in Belltown.

     

    Christmas Eve at Tilth

    James-Beard Award Winning Chef Maria Hines and Tilth Executive Chef Joel Panlilio, bring Christmas Eve dinner with organic emphasis to the holiday table. Start your meal with a choice of Kumamoto Oysters or Roasted Root Vegetable Salad. Next, delight in Celery Root Soup with truffle cream and apple crisp. Continue with Duck Rillete with house pickles and crackers. Enjoy decadent Spice Rubbed Quail with couscous, pistachio, and pomegranate. For the main event choose between Cioppino, a seafood stew featuring king crab, scallops, and arctic char or Slow Roasted Lamb with sprout, pommes puree, and huckleberry or vegetarian Heirloom Bean Cassoulet with foraged & found mushroom, truffle, and bread crumbs with an option to make this dish vegan. For dessert take your pick between delicious Ganache Cake, creamy Cashew-Coconut Cheesecake, or festive Toffee Pudding.

     

    Tilth’s four-course meal is $95 per person. Reservations are required. To reserve, visit tilthrestaurant.com or call 206-633-0801. Christmas Eve hours are 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St.

     

    NEW YEAR’S EVE & NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

     

    Ring in the New Year at Eden Hill

    Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a decadent five-course prix fix dinner at Eden Hill, a deliciously innovative New American restaurant in Queen Anne. In celebration of the new year, guests can expect to delight in creative menu offerings such as Venison Tartare with fermented elderberry vinaigrette and a country pate Scotch egg, Sous Vide Lobster with great northern bean and coriander sauce, and Wagyu Ribeye with smoked bone marrow and red wine caramel. Finish the night off with a Dark Chocolate Ball Drop with malted buttermilk, hazelnut chantilly and blackberry vinegar.

     

    Dinner is $105 per person with two wine pairing options for an additional price. Seatings from 4:30 – 10:30 p.m. on December 31. Reservations are required and extremely limited. View the full menu at www.edenhillrestaurant.com/#menus. For more information and to reserve visit edenhill.com or call 206.708.6836. Eden Hill is located at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N in Queen Anne.

     

    New Year’s Eve Brunch & Dinner at Agrodolce

    Maria Hines’ Southern Italian and Sicilian trattoria, Agrodolce, invites guests to kick-off New Year’s Eve celebrations right with a four-course Mediterranean Brunch. Gather with friends on New Year’s Eve morning in the most delicious way.

     

    Brunch is $35 per person and will be served 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are encouraged at agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707.

     

    Looking to celebrate later in the evening? Indulge in a decadent four-course dinner to ring in the New Year. Chef Maria Hines, alongside Executive Chef Abby Canfield, have thoughtfully crafted a festive and celebratory menu to set the tone for 2018. Savor expertly created, hand-milled pastas made with the finest organic ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

     

    Dinner is $90 per person with seatings at 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information and to reserve visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street.

     

    The Herbfarm New Year’s Eve Gala

    Bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the new with an extravagant dinner celebration at the Northwest’s original farm-to-table restaurant, The Herbfarm. The festive evening offers live music, Auld Lang Syne, joyful décor, old-and-new-world wines from their 25,000-bottle cellar, and plenty of memories!

     

    Dinner is $395 per person and will be served on December 31, at 8 p.m. Festive attire suggested. Reservations required. For more information and to reserve visit theherbfarm.com. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 NE 145th St. in Woodinville.

     

    New Year’s Eve at RN74

    Say goodbye to 2017 with an elegant five-course French-influenced dinner from RN74. Executive Chef Thomas Griese’s exciting menu of festive-French fare will delight diners this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy Smoked Maple Leaf Farm’s Duck Breast with apricot mostarda; Mishima Ranch Filet Mignon with Matsutake mushrooms; Le Bar Aux Chocolate with passion fruit en chemise and more. Don’t forget the wine; enhance your dinner with two different optional wine pairings!

     

    Dinner is $115 per person with the grand wine pairing for $65 or premier wine pairing for $85. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located in downtown Seattle at 1433 4th Ave.

     

    Cure Holiday Hangovers at Ray’s Café on New Year’s Day

    Ray’s Café is open on New Year’s Day and is the perfect location for a little hair of the dog. Guests can enjoy gorgeous views over Ray’s Bloody Mary’s garnished with house-smoked salmon, alongside their famous Fish & Chips all day!

     

    Ray’s Café will be open 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day with its regular Café menu available. The Boathouse will be open and offering its regular dinner menu from 5 – 9 p.m. For more information and to reserve visit rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse & Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    New Year’s Eve Feast at Belltown Brewing

    Join Belltown Brewing for an evening full of delicious food and house-brewed holiday beers!

     

    Start with choice of specially curated appetizers such as Beet Carpaccio with pistachios and fourme de ambert, or Shaved Brussels Sprouts with escarole, cranberry and almond salad. Continue to the main course with an indulgent prime rib dinner featuring Herb Crusted Prime Rib, Huckleberry Jus, Horseradish Duchess Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables and Sherried Mushrooms. Option to substitute with a succulent Seared Coho with herb butter. End the festive feast with choice of Flourless Chocolate Torte with burnt orange caramel or irresistible Tiramisu.

     

    Holiday beer options include a Mexican Chocolate Stout, Vermont Slice of Pie Pumpkin Pale Ale, and a mild, yet fruity PBL White IPA with notes of grapefruit and orange.

     

    Dinner is $32 per person, not including beer. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Beer options are based on availability and subject to change. Belltown Brewing will be open 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., with the holiday menu available starting at 5 p.m. For more information and to reserve visit belltownbrewingseattle.com or call 206-485-7233. Belltown Brewing is located at 200 Bell St. in Belltown.

     

    New Year’s Eve Brunch & Tasting Menu at Local 360 Café & Bar

    Savor New Year’s Eve morning with a hearty, local bunch at Local 360 Café & Bar with dishes like Farmers Breakfast with eggs, choice of meat, homefries, and a biscuit, or a delicious, piping hot Waffle with seasonal fruit.

     

    Looking to celebrate later in the evening? Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve dinner tasting menu. Start with Smoked Salmon with leek vinaigrette. Move on to delicious Roasted Duck Breast with rutabaga puree, kale, and cherry duck jus. Finish the celebratory evening with a decadent Theo Chocolate Mousse.

     

    Don’t forget the wine! Enjoy a curated Washington Wine Flight featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Choose four two-ounce pours for $16.

     

    New Year’s Eve tasting menu is $49 per person. Local 360 will be open New Year’s Eve from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. with brunch available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Holiday tasting menu will be available from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. with select regular dinner menu items available. For more information and reservations, call 206-650-2577 or visit local360.org. Local 360 is located at 2234 1st Avenue in Belltown.

     

    New Year’s Eve at Tilth

    The certified organic restaurant, Tilth, brings a festive dinner to welcome 2018. Start with a choice of Kumamoto Oysters or Roasted Root Vegetable Salad. Enjoy decadent Spice Rubbed Quail with couscous, pistachio, and pomegranate. The main course offers three indulgent options including Cioppino, a seafood stew featuring king crab, scallops, and arctic char or Slow Roasted Lamb with sprout, pommes puree, and huckleberry or Heirloom Bean Cassoulet with foraged & found mushroom, truffle, and bread crumbs with an option to make this dish vegan. For dessert you won’t want to miss the silky, creamy Cashew-Coconut Cheesecake.

     

    Tilth’s four-course meal is $95 per person. Reservations are required. To reserve visit tilthrestaurant.com or call 206-633-0801. New Year’s Eve hours are 5 – 10 p.m. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St.

     

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  • Swoon at Local Restaurants This Valentine’s Day 01.26.17

    From Seattle to the Eastside, local restaurants and talented chefs are giving guests reason to enjoy Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, with a full week of thoughtfully prepared menus, cocktails and classes, chocolate gift ideas and more.

     

     

    A Menu for Two Hearts at The Herbfarm

     

     

    While intoxicatingly romantic every night, Valentine’s 2017 brings it all to an amorous crescendo at The Herbfarm. Champagne, roses and the restaurants annual aphrodisiac affair is set to Cupid’s divine beat. Guests will lose also themselves to the strains of “My Funny Valentine.”

    The Herbfarm is a celebration of food and wines of the Pacific Northwest. The thematic nine-course dinner with matched wines takes the shape of A Menu for Two Hearts Feb 10-12, Feb 14, and Feb 17-19, priced from $225-$285 per person. Call the reservation line at 425.485.5300 or online at theherbfarm.com. The Herbfarm is located at 14590 N.E. 145th Street, Woodinville.

     

    Heat Up Valentine’s Weekend at Miller’s Guild

     

     

    Chef Jason Wilson has created a five-course Valentines menu of wood-grilled craft cooking at this popular downtown Seattle restaurant, Miller’s Guild. Priced at $95 per person and including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, enjoy Feb. 10-14, all weekend long (Friday through Tuesday).

     

    The five-course menu includes an amuse of Ahi Tuna Crudo with Taylor Shellfish Oyster Chowder and Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio; a Dungeness Crab Salad with Celery Root, Black Truffle, Green Apple and Blood Orange; Grilled Wild Sea Bass, with Asparagus, Saffron and Chorizo; and Grilled Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin, with Red Wine Wild Mushroom Sauce, Kale Pesto and Ash Roasted Potato. Finish with a dessert of the Chocolate Olive Oil, Salted Caramel, Cherry Root Beer Sundae.

     

    See the special menu online. The classic Miller’s Guild menu is also available. To reserve, visit millersguild.com or call 206.443.3663. Millers Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

     

    Pair Beautiful Backdrops + Seafood at Ray’s

     

     

    Treat your loved one to a beautiful meal at Seattle’s iconic seafood restaurant for a Valentine’s celebration starting Feb. 10 going all the way through Feb. 14. With waterfront views of Puget Sound and the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains as your backdrop, it’s the perfect setting for romance.

     

    Ray’s Boathouse will offer a three-course menu with many decadent options for each course (all for $60; last seating at 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day). Options include starters of Grilled Romaine with Ceviche of Oregon Bay shrimp and scallops, Tempura Oysters with wakame salad; entrees such as a Petite Filet with Alaskan Spot Prawns, Confit of Duck Legs, and Herbed Risotto; and desserts such as Double Chocolate Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse with raspberry cream and brandy brittle, and more. The Boathouse’s regular menu is also available throughout.

     

    Ray’s Cafe, along with its regular lunch and dinner menu, will offer elegant surf and turf options and drink specials! The café’s last seating on Valentine’s Day is 9 p.m.

     

    Love oysters? Feb. 10-12 don’t miss a very limited, tantalizing treat: six Olympia oysters with a glass of Schramsberg sparkling wine for $29. These native bivalves, which take five years to mature, were first introduced in 1983 at Ray’s by oyster aficionado Jon Rowley. They’re back at the Boathouse for this special weekend while supplies last!

     

    Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or rays.com. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe is located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

     

    Feel at Home with Four-Course Prix-Fixe at Tilth

     

     

    Situated in a craftsman house converted to restaurant, Tilth is a standard-bearing restaurant for New American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients, offering a four-course Valentine’s dinner with optional wine pairings (available Feb. 10 – 11 and Tues., Feb. 14).

     

    Choose from such first course options as Shugoku Oysters with blood orange pearl and cucumber; a salad of Red Beets Tartare or Skagit River Ranch Beef Tongue. Move into Sylvia’s Spot Prawn, Parsnip Soup or Beet Risotto; and savor third-course entrees such as Seared Weathervane Scallop, Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, or Leek Ash-Crusted Venison (additional $10). Desserts include Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake or Cashew Cheesecake with orange and cranberry to round out a fabulous meal.

     

    The prix-fixe menu is $85; optional wine pairings $50. Additional menu options are available Feb 10-11, however Tuesday Feb. 14 will exclusively serve the prix-fixe menu. Reservations can be made by visiting tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

     

    Italian + Vegetarian Prix-Fixe Menus at Agrodolce

     

     

    Adopt the language of love for a night with Agrodolce’s Southern Italian and Sicilian fare in a special three-course menu or four-course vegetarian menu Feb. 10-12 and Feb. 14.

     

    The sharable menu starts with Grilled Octopus Tentacle, celery root, grilled endive, spicy pine nut and currant salsa verde. The second course includes Pugliese Style Burrata; followed by Aspen Hollow Lamb with roasted grapes, oil cured olives and rosemary balsamic glaze; concluded with Chocolate Polenta Cake.

     

    Vegetarians sip on Celery Root, Carrot and Poached Beet Soup; then move onto House Milled Durum Spaghetti with mushrooms and black truffle. The third course brings Zucchini and Ricotta Lasagnetta or Grilled Chicories; followed by the ever-popular Chocolate Polenta Cake.

     

    The full menus can be viewed online and vegan and gluten-free options are available with prior notice. Priced at $75 per person; $35 optional wine pairing. To reserve, visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

     

    Tempting Menu + Cocktails Casco Antiguo

     

     

    Everything’s more seductive with a velvety Latin accent, and this Pioneer Square temptress brings a special menu and an aphrodisiacal cocktail worth a visit!

     

    Casco Antiguo a la carte specials include the Elote ($8), sweet corn on cob grilled with chili citrus butter, crema and queso fresco; Coliflor ($9), grilled cauliflower steak with spicy brown butter, chipotle crema and pepitas; the Enchilada de Camarones ($11), two enchiladas stuffed with wild Mexican prawns, tomato & kale topped w/ a creamy guajillo sauce, crema and avocado; and for dessert, Lupita’s Hot Chocolate with red velvet short bread cookies ($8).

     

    Ready to sip? The Damiana cocktail includes a liquor made from the Damiana herb which grows in the deserts of Mexico and has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries. Or try the “drink for two” consisting of two cocktails topped with a baby bottle of cava tableside. For some quick spicy fun, don’t miss heart-shaped chili and strawberry tequila Jell-O shots.

     

    The special menu runs Feb. 10 – 11 and Feb. 14 from 4-10 p.m., alongside Casco Antiguo’s regular menu.

     

    Casco Antiguo is located at 115 Occidentail Avenue South, Seattle. Online at cascoantiguoseattle.com or call 206.538.0400.

     

    Indulgent Cuisine + Pairings at RN74

     

     

    Downtown Seattle dining at Michael Mina’s RN74 brings a gorgeous tasting menu for two, with the option of carefully paired still or sparkling wines—all imported, to round out this delicious affair on Feb. 14 only.

     

    Start with Smoked Local Oysters with apple granite and arugula; move into Maine Lobster Ravioli with the option of shaved black truffle (fee); a confit of Arctic Char with artichoke heart, cured trout roe and vanilla; Crown Roast of Duck with the option of seared foie gras (fee) and complete dinner with the Chocolate Bar Dessert with burnt honey and chai ice cream and leave feeling like the luckiest person in the world!

     

    This tasting menu is $105 per person, with bubbles pairings for an additional $55 or $75 for grande wine pairings. View the full menu online. 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, Seattle.

     

    Couples Cocktail Class + Valentine’s Dinner at Young American Ale House

     

     

    Couples eager to impress with Valentine’s cocktails can take the Couples Mixology Class on Feb 11, 1-3 pm at Young American Ale House. Taught by the craft bartenders, the class will showcase whiskey, aged rum and anejo tequila, inviting guests to taste and create cocktails along the way. Class is $75 per person and includes cocktail ingredients, instruction, snacks and recipes to recreate at home.

     

    The latest addition to Maria Hines Restaurants features certified organic American classics with a twist Feb 10-12 and Feb 14. The three-course menu features Rabbit Turnover or Butter Poached Prawns; a second course of Slow Roasted Grass Fed Beef Cheek or Pan Seared Potato Gnocchi. Conclude dinner by indulging in Chocolate Mouse Cake or Crème Brulee with Makers Mark Whiskey.

     

    The full three-course menu can be viewed online and is priced at $50; optional wine pairing $25; optional beer pairing $20. Visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.706.2977 for Valentine’s reservations or to book the Couples Mixology Class. Young American Ale House is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle

     

    Seasonal Sushi + Specialty Cocktail at Shiro’s Sushi

     

     

    Fresh, vibrant sushi and omakase-style dining in Belltown make Shiro’s the ultimate in hospitality this Valentine’s Day.

     

    Impress your date by ordering the Kan-Buri (Cold Season Yellowtail). This is the very best season for Kan-Buri and the taste is heavenly: rich. tender and satisfying. This fish earns its name simply because of its premium landing spot in the winter – Noto Peninsula. Caught midway along their journey, the wild fish’s fat has built up perfectly (before losing weight from swimming onward).

     

    From Feb 7-14, sip the Peach Obsession (Valentine’s Special Cocktail) comprised of champagne, peach puree and a garnish of fresh raspberries. It’s the perfect way to impress on date night!

     

    Shiro’s Sushi is located at 4201 2nd Avenue, Seattle. Call 206.443.9844 or visit shiros.com for more.

     

    Five-Course Innovation at Eden Hill

     

     

    Queen Anne’s stylish avante-garde, New American restaurant has a prix-fixe five-course, Valentine’s menu exclusively planned for guests on Feb. 14.

     

    The first three courses at Eden Hill include sea urchin and red shrimp toast; kumato (specialty tomato) tartare; and a sumptuous third course of veal tortellini. The fourth, main course is a wild boar rack rolled in berber, fermented pomme fondant, wild blueberry vinegar, and Stilton bleu. The decadence continues with the fifth course, an Oregon hazelnut Paris-brest, foie gras praline, lemon thyme, and dark chocolate syrup. Also enjoy the charming mignardises-candied flower bouquet.

     

    The full menu can be viewed online. $115 per person; wine parings additional. Dining room reservations and bar reservations available by calling 206.708.6836 or online at edenhillrestaurant.com. Eden Hill is located on Queen Anne at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle.

     

    Vegetarian Specialties at Cafe Flora

     

     

     

    Cafe Flora is offering a delicious four-course Valentine’s Day menu that’s not only masterfully vegetarian, it’s also available as vegan and gluten-free.

     

    Dinner starts with a Scallion Pancake, flavorful with ginger and sesame eggplant, peanut sauce, and rice wine vinaigrette; a salad course of Pomelo and Blood Orange Segments with bitter greens, pine nuts, ricotta cheese and a pomegranate reduction; and a third course of Chickpea Socca Fritters, asparagus and haricot vert, roasted purple carrot, spiced tomato sauce, sour cherry and green mango chutney with a citrus and maple dressing. An indulgent choice of desserts rounds out this experience: Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Mousse, with chocolate glaze and macarons, or Huckleberry Cheesecake with candied pine nuts and a Meyer lemon compote.

     

    The Valentine’s Day menu is available Tuesday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $75 per person. Reservations are required for all parties by calling 206.325.9100. Visit cafeflora.com. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

     

    First Date or Long-Time Love at Altstadt

     

     

    A lively, lovely Valentine’s date happens at Pioneer Square’s favorite spot for German beer and cuisine, Altstadt. Festivities begin Feb. 10 and continue through Feb. 14, starting with a delicious collaboration with Intrigue Chocolates.

     

    Sample a German beer and chocolate flight ($12) including four chocolates and four beers. Included is Intrigue’s brandy and cherry truffle, created exclusively for Altstadt. Try the Valentine’s cocktail made with cocoa bean brandy, Kirschwasser, and nutmeg ($12). Also, because Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a chocolate gift, take home an Intrigue chocolate bar ($15) as a great gift idea, available for sale in the restaurant. Chef Megan Coombes has taken Valentine’s Day to heart with a savory Beef Heart Stew with Spätzle ($14), available only on Feb 14.

     

    Reserve online at www.altstadtseattle.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt Bierhalle & Brathaus is located at 209 1st Avenue South, Seattle.

     

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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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    Agrodolce

    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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  • Summer Kicks Off Happy Hour and Patio Dining 05.29.12



    With summer upon us, Seattle’s top-notch restaurants are progressively opening their long awaited outdoor patios for guests to further enjoy lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch. The time to dive into cold, handcrafted cocktails, up to half off menu items, and lounge in the open air with good company has arrived at last. For restaurants offering reservations, book online or call directly.

    Listed as one of Seattle’s finest, Golden Beetle is not only offering outdoor patio seating, but also $4 per plate happy hour specials daily from 5-6 p.m. Experience the spices and flavors of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with small plates of Skagit Valley Mini Burgers, Lamb Chickpea Stew, or Spiced French Fries with harissa aioli. The outdoor tables present a perfect way to unwind with happy hour specials of $3 house wines by the glass, $4 wells, $2 Rainier Draft, and exceptional cocktail specials daily for only $7.

    Tilth’s outdoor seating makes the experience of organically certified, New American cuisine even more unique during weekend brunch or nightly dinner. The menu is always evolving to capture the freshest ingredients from local farmers, with dishes such as Housemade Potato Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Sockeye Salmon, and one of the most popular menu items, Mini Duck Burgers. All plates are available in large or small portions encouraging guests to mix and match to diversify their dining experience.

    At Crush, the Modern American, award-winning menu items are all patio friendly, serving beautifully crafted dishes and tempting wines from around the world. Arouse your senses with culinary creations of Waygu Beef Carpaccio and Parisian Tartar, Ahi Tuna Crudo with Sunchoke Puree, or Sautéed Sea Scallops and Roasted Porcini. Enjoy happy hour on the patio or in the bar with all menu items under $12 and Crush’s wines by the glass poured as flights of 2 oz tasters for $12, every Sunday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.



    For a fresh new vibe of Modern American cuisine, dine at Lloyd Martin in the heart of Queen Anne (pictured above). Stop by during “Social Hour” for the perfect time to mingle and enjoy special pricing at the bar Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6 p.m. Using high quality ingredients to distinguish their Social Hour menu, the $5 plates become a steal of a deal. Chef-Owner Sam Crannell changes the menu daily with such items as Croque Madame, Lamb Meatballs with ramps, Foie Gras, and Housemade Fresh Mozzarella. Drink specials include $3 craft drafts, $6 wines by the glass and endless options for personalized cocktails around $8.

    Vegetarian favorite Cafe Flora is offering patio garden seating, surrounding guests with scents of fresh herbs, which they will often find garnishing their favorite dishes. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. with 50 percent off all starters, $3 drafts, $6 wines, $1 off well drinks and a rotating $6 cocktail special. Happy hour items range from Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with an ancho chile barbeque sauce, Garlic-Tamari Edamame, to a unique Pecan Lentil Pate. Check the menu board or ask your server for their daily cocktail specials, relax and soak up the sun!

    Enjoy Pecado Bueno’s signature $3, 100% agave tequila margarita and special happy hour menu now being served on all three outdoor patios from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close, daily. Dive into $5 and under small plates of Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, Spicy Black Bean & Carnitas Soup, three Soft Tacos or three Taquitos with your choice of meat. Drink specials include $5 wells, $3.50-$4.75 drafts, $5 housemade sangria, $5-$6 wines, as well as $7.50 and under festive taqueria style cocktails. The outdoor patios feature a fire pit, waterfall and more.

    For a retro style Chinese experience, Lucky 8s China House is offering weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and daily 10 p.m.-1 a.m. with $4 wines, $2 PBR, and $4 wells. The specialty food menu tempts customers with $1-$2.50 small plates featuring items such as Szechuan Rib, Pork Bao, Hot & Sour Soup, and Egg or Spring Rolls. Their signature Dragon Fire Shrimp is featured for just $6.

    Vios is welcoming guests to their outdoor patio to enjoy authentic and inspired Greek lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Enjoy authentic dips such as Babaganoush, Olive Tapenades or Hummus with warm pita bread for under $5.50, or a traditional Greek Salad to start. For heartier entrees, the Caramelized Onion Gyro Flat Iron Steak or Two-Skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce will hit the spot. Kids menu items offered as well, including traditional Mezze, Mac and Cheese or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

    Lots of options for what we are hoping is a long, sun-filled summer! Cheers to happy hour and outdoor dining season!

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  • Maria Hines’ travels inspire Golden Beetle – As seen on New Day NW 05.17.11

    Have you ever wondered how chefs come up with the dishes, flavors, concepts and more for their restaurants? Chef Maria Hines traveled to Istanbul, Lebanon and Egypt to research the food and cultures for her second restaurant, Golden Beetle, which recently opened in February. The Eastern Mediterranean restaurant serves elevated street food with a sustainable conscience, noted by Maria’s Oregon Tilth certification and her use of local meats and farmed vegetables.

    Maria appeared on KING 5’s New Day Northwest to show off some of her travel pics and tempt us with some of the dishes, including marinated olives, spiced almonds and spinach cigars!

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  • Check Off Your Holiday List Here! 12.15.10

    With just 10 short days until Christmas we wanted to do our part in making things a little easier on you. And so we present… our Holiday Gift Guide! Shop online or pop into one of the businesses below to check off your list in a snap with stocking stuffers, desserts, dining and more!



    Tilth
    In search of a unique gift for that chocolate lover on your gift list? Maria Hines has teamed up with seven of her West Coast chef friends and the chocolatiers at Theo Chocolate to give you that unique gift this holiday season! The Chef Session gift box features the following chefs and each of their chocolaty morsels, which they created themselves in the kitchen at Theo Chocolate.

    • Maria Hines (Tilth in Seattle, WA) Tamarind Lime Chile Caramel
    • Chris Cosentino (Incanto & Boccalone Salumeria in San Francisco, CA) Agro Dolce Brittle
    • Naomi Pomeroy (Beast in Portland, OR) Armagnac Prune Ganache & Green Peppercorn Caramel
    • Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon in Portland, OR) Carrot caramel
    • Holly Smith (Café Juanita in Seattle, WA) Candied Beet & Almond Praline
    • Jonathan Sundstrom (Lark & Licorous in Seattle, WA) Pine Resin Ganache
    • Jerry Traunfeld (Poppy in Seattle, WA) Huckleberry Pâte du Fruit & Cinnamon Basil White Ganache

    As if this deal couldn’t get any sweeter, $15 of each box will go to Food Lifeline, dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Purchase Theo Chef Session online.

    CRUSH
    Crush entices you to keep a little something for yourself this gift giving season. When you purchase $500 in gift certificates at Crush (any denomination), Crush will gift you a $100 gift card! Thank yourself for giving smart by treating yourself to Chef Jason Wilson’s enticing and award-winning menu. After all, he’s not the James Beard 2010 winner for nothing, right?

    If you feel so inclined to give even more, then gift that $100 gift card to another lucky person on your list. Hopefully they will take you when redeeming! See the menu that you could be giving this holiday season. Email CRUSH or call CRUSH at 206.302.7874 for additional information.

    Mario’s
    Shopping and holidays, holidays and shopping… the perfect pair no matter how you say it and Mario’s knows a thing or two about shopping. Celebrating their 50th holiday season this year, here are a few of their favorite (and must-have) holiday gifts for him and her!

    Her
    • Artfully designed earrings by Dean Harris
    • Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Sweaters
    • Wonderfully fragrant candles from Lafco
    • Vince and Inhabit knit tops
    • Perfectly Prada nylon cosmetic bag

    Him
    • Ermenegildo Zegna sport shirts
    • Cashmere sweaters from Loro Piana
    • A Hugo Boss 2 in 1 jacket
    • Vintage polos from Lacoste
    • Hudson jeans in the perfect fit

    Visit Mario’s for locations in Seattle, Portland and Mario’s 3.10 at Bridgeport Village.

    Morton’s
    Morton’s The Steakhouse is known for serving up big, juicy Prime steaks, fresh seafood, generous savory sides, and desserts… hungry yet? All that giving you’re doing is working up quite the appetite and to reward you Morton’s is gifting $50 for every $300 or $100 for every $500 you spend this season on gift cards. Available online or at any Morton’s location. And don’t forget Morton’s other fabulous gifts for the steak lover in your life!

    • Morton’s Cookbook Vol. I – Morton’s Steak Bible
    • Morton’s Cookbook Vol. II – Morton’s The Cookbook
    • Morton’s Cajun seasoning salt
    • Morton’s custom crafted, wood-handled steak knives
    • Morton’s Titleist Pro V1® golf balls with Morton’s logo

    All of this and more available for purchase online.

    Pike and Western Wine Shop
    Are you shopping local in the Pike Place Market? Need a hostess gift, stocking stuffer or something that will impress? Pike and Western Wine Shop, nestled on the Northeast corner of the Pike Place Market makes it easy for you to pick up that special bottle of wine while shopping downtown or picking up the latest fisherman’s catch or fresh from the farm product. Owner Michael Teer and his team have been pairing people with the perfect bottle of holiday dinner wine, celebratory bubbly, or perfect gift for over 35 years. With wines from around the world and in our own backyard and many special for this season, let them pair a bottle or two for you! See new arrivals, what has the staff intrigued and the hot buys that you can’t pass up this holiday season here. Stop by at 1934 Pike Place, Seattle or call 206.441.1307

    Pure Barre
    Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution with Pure Barre, an amazing fitness technique that combines Pilates, ballet and weights into a kick-butt workout! Perfect for the fitness buff in your life or for those looking to get back in to shape and mix things up! Pure Barre has tons of ways to work out at home or at the studio. Pick up a special class package deal and some new workout duds and you’ll be the star come Christmas morning! Visit Pure Barre Bellevue or Seattle online to get started!

    • pb DVD’s ($18)
    • pb socks ($12)
    • pb pilates ring ($18)
    • pb resistance balls ($20)
    • Splits 59 ribbed tanks ($35)
    • Mondetta Performance leggings ($65)
    • Alternative Apparel Burnout tank ($25)

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