The 8th annual Seattle Restaurant Week has already begun! Over 160 restaurants from all over the Seattle area and the Eastside have teamed up to give guests an amazing dining experience at great prices. Participating restaurants are offering 3-course dinners for just $28, and many also offering 3-course lunches for $15. Now through Oct. 24 is a great chance to try a new restaurant in a different neighborhood or visit your favorite spot for great deals.
To preview some of the best that Restaurant Week has to offer, chefs appeared on KING 5’s New Day Northwest show and presented special dishes that are featured on their Seattle Restaurant Week menu. Some restaurants like Ponti Seafood Grill in the Queen Anne neighborhood, will be opening their whole menu for Restaurant Week guests. Other great restaurants like Hunger 2.0 and Anthony’s Restaurants in Fremont and in the Seattle area, respectively, have put together a special menu of favorite appetizers, entrees and desserts.
Watch the below video and see the latest appearance by Osteria La Spiga’s very own Chef Sabrina Tinsley, as she demonstrates the creative process of their mouth-watering dish, the salsiccia con l’uva.
Few other restaurants that opened in 2012 had the hype of Shanik Restaurant. From the family of the famed Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, Canada, Seattleites knew they were lucky to get such world-class Indian cuisine in the center of South Lake Union.
The lines came, just like at sister restaurant Vij’s, and waits were 2-3 hours long when they first opened. Yes, in Seattle! Creative, unique Indian food at the thoughtful hand of chef and author Meeru Dhalwala created quite the frenzy.
Shanik is thoughtful, gracious and delicious – and we are thrilled to add the restaurant to our client list! Working with chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala and owner Oguz Istif while promoting the interesting, delicious and one-of-a-kind cuisine is making our summer! From thoughtful dishes, such as the Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles above, intricate stories and unique spices and ingredients, this restaurant is raising the level of Indian cuisine in our area.
Get a taste for Shanik and chef Meeru Dhalwala at her recent KING 5 appearance below, discussing the health advantages of Indian food and showcasing how to spice of your vegetables for the whole family.
We’ll have more Shanik news soon! Pop in for weekday lunch, Monday-Saturday dinner and enjoy their beautifully appointed lounge. Be sure to say hello to Meeru for her personal touch on the Shanik menu – Enjoy!
Local bartender Mark Sexauer has made a name for himself in cocktail-centric circles and now he is putting his passion and knowledge onto the pages of his new cocktail book: Aphrodisiacs with a Twist, launching Monday, June 24, and you’re invited!
The recipe book combines beauty and functionality into a lifestyle book for everyone, from the cocktail novice to enthusiast, and beginners to seasoned professionals. With nearly 100 original recipes, Mark covers basic cocktails with as few as two ingredients to cocktails for the more advanced with housemade bitters and syrups. Recipes are sorted by ingredient and their aphrodisiac quality, such as carrots, figs and fennel. While this gorgeous, hardbound book might look like coffee table art, the functionality of the recipes will keep it in your home kitchen and bar.
So if you’ve wanted to pick up that shaker in the back of your kitchen cupboard or are just looking for new cocktail ideas, but aren’t sure where to start, attend the launch of Aphrodisiacs with a Twist and pick up your signed copy for just $20 (regularly $24.95). Mark shows off his tricks (and tools) of the trade in this book and you’ll be shaking up the perfect summer cocktails, impressing friends, and doing so in style in no time!
Entry to the event is complimentary, but RSVP is required here. The book launch is Monday, June 24 from 5pm – 8pm at Batch 206 Distillery, located at 1417 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119.
Find out more about Mark and get additional recipes, tips and cocktail news on his website MarkSexauer.com, on Facebook and Twitter.
Rising Star Chef: Jason Brzozowy 05.30.13
June’s Seattle Met magazine boasts a list of the city’s up and coming chefs. The talented chefs that help keep some of the city’s favorite kitchens on the “must” lists and are the right hands for notable and award-winning chefs. Among them, Jason Brzozowy of Maria Hines Restaurants. Uber talented and humble as can be, Jason is the executive chef for all three of Maria Hines’ restaurants – Tilth, Golden Beetle and Agrodolce.
Check out the June issue on newsstands now and get a peek here of why Jason was selected to the list and who the other four chefs are that grace the inaugural Rising Star Chefs of Seattle. Congrats to all the chefs!
Plan the perfect Mother’s Day! 05.03.12
Every year when Mother’s Day rolls around, restaurants and businesses offer special menus and events to help us celebrate the women we love and appreciate the most: our mothers.
Why are we beaming with excitement? Because we have ideas that will leave mom with memories she won’t forget, while undoubtedly blowing the typical knick-knack gift out of the water. Read on to learn more!
Get mom onboard the “tucking” train and treat her to a special mother-daughter class! Toning is much more fun when done in pairs, and she will appreciate the endorphin boost and a start to swim suit season.
If Sunday isn’t the best day for your schedule, a gift card for her is a perfect alternative to take a class together on a later date. Check out the Bellevue and Seattle locations for scheduling information.
Light Spring Wines
Make reservations with Washington wineries offering special tastings, or visit local restaurants and treat mom to any of these superb lighter favorites.
Treveri Sparking Wines – Syrah Brut, Blanc de Noir, and Viogner are all sparking varieties great for brunch or dinner with mom.
Gilbert Cellars – Romance her with the 2011 Mourvedre Rosé featuring delicate rose petal aromatics.
Kiona Vineyard – Crisp, dry First Crush Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc will pair magically with a variety of foods.
Two Mountain Winery – With strawberry aromas and a hint of kiwi, their 2011 Rosé is great for moms who love their wine both fruity and dry.
Tilth – Nothing sounds more enticing than Grand Marnier French Toast as a sweet delight for mom. Pair it with a mimosa on the Tilth patio during weekend brunch to let mom know she’s special.
Golden Beetle – Jazz up brunch with the powerful flavors of a Mediterranean breakfast. From the Eggplant Scramble bursting with flavors of paprika and cumin to the more traditional Herbed Falafel with fava beans, award winning chef Maria Hines will not disappoint.
Pecado Bueno – This California-style taqueria in Fremont is inviting mom to lounge by the fire or water fall on one of three outdoor patios. Treat her to a $3 Mommy Margarita made with 100 percent agave tequila and pair it with the fresh veggies and irresistible chorizo in the Chorizo Veggie Scramble. Bueno!
Vios – Give her a taste of Greece with Vios’ weekend brunch. Mom can get a sample of their pita bread trio with three different Greek dipping sauces, or go for a heartier two-skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce. The genuine hospitality felt at Vios will leave the whole family happy.
Cafe Flora – Celebrate their 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch offering dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Their special set menu features an array of options from sweet to savory.
Dine in for fresh spring dishes like their Asparagus Benedict served with morel mushroom on an herbed polenta cake, or for a sweet treat, try their Banana Brule French Toast with house made mascarpone and caramel-rum sauce.
Their brunch menu is $30 per person and $12.50 for kids, listed in full on their website. Reservations available for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100.
Mother’s Day is the one day we get to truly celebrate this very special lady. Take our advice and make sure to do it in style with some fabulous eats and sparkling wines around the city.
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The excitement of the fourth Seattle Restaurant Week is bursting at the seams and it’s about to get even better! Several restaurants participating in the largest and most price-conscious dining promotion in the area are gathering TODAY to hand out FREE BITES to get diners even more excited about the start of the promotion this Sunday.
Today, at the corner of Westlake & Denny in South Lake Union, ten restaurants will gather to feed you for free! No strings attached and it is not too good to be true! We’ll be there and so will countless other people. No reservations, no tickets required, just show up hungry and ready to mingle with such chefs as Eric Tanaka of Tom Douglas Restaurants, Maria Hines of Tilth and Golden Beetle and John Howie of Seastar. Not enough to convince you to step away from your desk? How about adding on other restaurants including Anthony’s Pier 66, Café Lago, Hard Rock Café and Serafina Osteria e Enoteca? We figured that would help!
After you snack, preview the list of over 150 restaurants serving three-course menus for $28 from Oct 16-27 (excluding Friday and Saturday). Lunch-goers can also take part with over 40 restaurants serving three-course menus for $15. Check out the list online and grab your reservations!
TAGS: Anthony's, Cafe Lago, Eric Tanaka, free food, Golden Beetle, Hard Rock Cafe, John Howie, launch event, Maria Hines, Seastar, Seattle, Seattle Restaurant Week, Serafina, South Lake Union, Tilth, Tom Douglas Restaurants
The lines started two days in advance for the Spokane release of Dry Fly Distilling’s highly-anticipated bourbon. Seattle still has time to wait it out with its release of only 240 bottles on Saturday, August 6.
BUT, we know how you can taste it first! Drumroll . . .
Dry Fly is holding a First Taste event and fundraiser on Friday, August 5 at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle. Not only is it a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Chairities and Casting 4 A Cure, but they’ll be auctioning off a bourbon package, raffling off spots so you don’t have to stand in line two days in advance to get your bottle, and the best part – you get to be the first to taste the bourbon that will forever live as Washington’s first bourbon!
Grab your tickets before they’re gone – click on the invite below for the details that get you access.
DRY FLY DISTILLING RELEASES FIRST
WASHINGTON STATE PRODUCED BOURBON
Fundraiser and First Taste Release August 5; Retail August 6
In a state that is quickly growing with handcrafted distilleries, Dry Fly Distilling, the state’s first craft distillery since prohibition, is paving the way once again with the first Washington state produced bourbon. Dry Fly bourbon, aged for three years and with limited production, will be released in Spokane on July 30 and in Seattle on August 6. Longtime Dry Fly charity affiliates, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure, will partner in a special release event and auction fundraiser on August 5 at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle.
The long awaited release of Dry Fly bourbon reflects a three year aging process in American Oak and a limited, 480 bottle production. The bourbon is produced with only Washington state products, which continues the Dry Fly company philosophy of local farm to bottle production. This unique bourbon with its quality viscosity has bold palate appeal and a strong finish balanced with hints of Madagascar vanilla and intricate spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and dried orange peel. The approachability of this 101 proof bourbon is found in its makeup of 60% corn, 20% malted barley and 20% malted wheat. Dry Fly Bourbon will retail only at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane and Interbay Liquor Store in Seattle with each location allotted 240 bottles. Dry Fly Bourbon will retail for $64.95.
In anticipation of the bourbon, Master Distillers and Dry Fly owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth will be holding a First Taste Bourbon Release Event on Friday, August 5, at the Mayflower Park Hotel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will focus around the first taste of Dry Fly Bourbon, which every attendee is guaranteed. The release event is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure, both child-focused non-profits. A Dry Fly Bourbon package with a bottle of bourbon, specialty glassware, a flask, etc. will be auctioned off for charity. A raffle will also be held with ten winners receiving a guaranteed bottle of Dry Fly Bourbon, reserved just for them. Specialty hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails made with Dry Fly gin, vodka and whiskey will be included in the partially tax deductible $75 ticket. Reservations are required by emailing DryFly@evadopr.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.rmhcspokane.org. Mayflower Park Hotel is located at 405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101.
Dry Fly Distilling will be giving away two tickets to its August 5 First Taste Bourbon Release to the most unique bourbon cocktail recipe submitted to their Facebook page through Sunday, July 31. One winner will be selected and given two tickets to the event.
Bourbon enthusiasts can purchase Dry Fly Bourbon in three ways:
1) July 30, 8 a.m. – Spokane release event at Dry Fly Distilling, 1003 E Trent # 200, Spokane, WA 99202. One bottle limit per person.
2) August 6, 10 a.m. – Interbay Liquor Store, 1827 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119. Master distillers and owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth will be on-site to sign bottles and raffle Dry Fly giveaways. Customers are encouraged to arrive early; only 240 bottle available.
3) August 6, 3 p.m. – For those that want a guaranteed bottled of Dry Fly Bourbon, the highly collectible Barrel #1, Batch #1, Bottles 1-6 signed by the distiller, will auctioned off online to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure. Additional auction details: www.rmhcspokane.org.
Discover distilled difference with Dry Fly gin, vodka, whiskey and bourbon. Produced in Washington state using only local, sustainable ingredients and farm to bottle production, Dry Fly craft distilled products are available in 43 states and Canada. Dry Fly Distilling is located at 1003 E. Trent, #200, Spokane, WA, 99202. For more, visit www.dryflydistilling.com, Facebook or Twitter.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure
The mission of both charities is to help families with ill children. The Ronald McDonald House provides lodging and support services for families traveling to Spokane seeking specialized medical care for their ill children. Casting 4 A Cure supports research to benefit families affected by Rett Syndrome. For more information on these charities: www.rmhcspokane.org and www.casting4acure.com.
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