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  • Celebrate Your Valentine with Weekend-Long Special Menus, Cocktails and Events 02.06.15



    There is no shortage of decadent choices this Valentine’s Day. Options range from four-course menus, sommelier wine pairings, Theo Chocolate desserts, complimentary cookies, a couple’s cooking class, and more! With so many options, don’t limit your swooning to just Valentine’s Day, instead, impress and spoil your loved one (and yourself) all weekend long.



    Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    One of the most romantic dining locations in Seattle is preparing two special menus this Valentine’s Day. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are picturesque destinations for Valentine’s dinners and their menus offer the freshest seafood selections. Ray’s Boathouse is offering an a la carte Valentine’s menu February 12-15 featuring:

    Starters:
    Lobster Salad, $15
    Ahi and Foi Gras, $14
    Tempura Fried Oysters, $11

    Main Course:
    Filet Mignon and Dungeness Crab Cake, $49
    Wild Alaskan King, $45
    Barley Risotto, $28

    Dessert:
    Dark Chocolate Champagne Cake, $8
    Passion Fruit Cake, $8

    Don’t have a date? Head to Ray’s Café with family, friends, and other singles where they’ll be serving special menu items and festive cocktails. Enjoy the classic Grilled King Salmon and Prawns for $38 or the mouth-watering Grilled Filet of Beef with Smoked Salmon Skewer and Dungeness Crab Cake for $46. Sip on seductive cocktails such as Between the Sheets crafted with Courvoisier, orange liqueur, Bacardi rum and lemon juice, or Big Love with Big Gin, fresh lemon and cranberry juices, and rosemary. Regular menu available.

    Reserve now for views of Shilshole Bay. For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or click. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or click. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.



    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is known for its modern take on Old-World, Norman-inspired dishes. This Valentine’s Day celebrate with a decadent four-course menu.

    Starters:
    Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna
    Lacto Preserved Vegetable Salad

    Second Course:
    Kuri Squash Vichyssoise with Oregon Black Truffles

    Main Course:
    Wagyu Beef Zabuton with charred onion, potato pave and lemon thyme jus

    Dessert:
    Chocolate Mousse with brown butter, nougat and banana

    The special four-course menu is available February 13-14 and is $55 per person. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.



    Local 360 Cafe & Bar
    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a three-course menu comprised of farm fresh, local ingredients.

    Starters:
    South Sound Oyster and Sunchoke Chowder
    Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad (gluten free, vegan)
    Chicken Mousseline

    Main Course:
    Oregon Rabbit Confit (gluten free)
    RR Ranch Beef Short Ribs (gluten free)
    Butternut Squash and Salsify Terrine (gluten free, vegan)

    Dessert:
    Baked Apple Napoleon (vegan)
    Hazelnut Torte (gluten free, vegan)
    Chocolate Soufflé Brownie (vegan)

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar is offering its special Valentine’s Day menu February 13-15, 4 p.m. to close. The three-course menu is $40 per person. Regular menu available. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org; mention tasting menu in reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.



    Shanik
    This Valentine’s Day treat your special someone to fine Indian food from Shanik restaurant in South Lake Union. Meeru Dhawala is cooking some of her favorite dishes from the world-renown Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Her four-course menu is full of savory spices and authentic flavor, with many vegetarian and meat options to choose from as well as optional wine pairings to enhance the Indian flavors and spices.

    First Course:
    Amuse Bouche featuring Beet Bites with creamy chutney and fennel-candied walnuts
    Wine Pairing: Rive Della Chiesa, Prosecco Brut NV

    Second Course:
    Jackfruit in Black Cardamom and Cumin Curry
    Samosas with Lamb and Beef
    Marinated and Grilled Kale
    Wine Pairing: Domain Les Cantates Jacquere 2013 or Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011

    Main Course:
    Beef Short Ribs
    Grilled Lamb Popsicles
    Grilled Winter Squash and Eggplant
    Saag Paneer with Punjabi Daal
    Wine Pairing: La Caña Albarina 2013 or Balboa Estate Syrah 2011

    Dessert:
    Gulab Jamun
    Indian Custard

    Meeru’s four-course menu is $50 and optional wine flight is $30 (three glass pairing). Call 206.486.6884 or click here to make reservations. Shanik is located in South Lake Union at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle.



    Agrodolce
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Italian-coastal cuisine and enjoy a four-course meal from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines at her Sicilian trattoria, Agrodolce, in Fremont.

    Starters:
    Oysters on the Half Shell
    Pork Rillette
    Burrata Pugliese

    Second Course:
    Semolina Mafalde
    Red Wheat Spaghetti
    Ricotta Cavatelli

    Third Course:
    Poached Spot Prawn
    Grilled Top Sirloin
    Seared King Oyster Mushroom

    Dessert:
    Theo Chocolate Budino
    Pear and Marino Olive Oil Gelato
    Cheese Plate with vanilla poached figs, marcona almonds and crostini

    The Valentine’s Day four-course menu is $65 per person with an optional $45 wine pairing. For reservations call 206.547.9707 or visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.



    Golden Beetle
    Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle recently received a refreshed look just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The new, Mediterranean-inspired details create the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two.

    First Course:
    Celeriac Soup
    Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
    Optional Wine Pairing: Lampo Borgoluce Brut Prosecco, Italy 2013

    Second Course:
    Rabbit Samosas
    Kataffi Wrapped Prawns
    Crispy Halloumi

    Third Course:
    Beef Cheek Tagine
    Fennel Crusted St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna
    Chickpea and Lemon Stew

    Dessert:
    Kabocha Squash Panna Cotta
    Chocolate Truffle Torte

    Golden Beetle’s four-course menu is $55 per person with an optional wine pairing for $25 per person. Many of Golden Beetle’s dishes contain nuts, gluten and dairy; when making reservations please inform them of any serious allergies. For reservations call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.



    Tilth
    Cozy up in Wallingford’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tilth, this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a beautiful prixe fixe menu at the restaurant that earned Maria Hines her James Beard Award.

    Starters:
    Pacific Oysters
    Sunchoke Soup
    Rabbit Rillette

    Second Course:
    Taylor Shellfish Clams
    Coffee Roasted Celery Root Salad
    Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Quail

    Main Course:
    Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet (vegetarian)
    Seared Alaskan Black Cod
    Juniper Ash Crusted Venison

    Desert:
    Olive Oil Cake and Beet Textures
    Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    The prix fixe menu is $80 per person with an optional wine pairing of $50 or an optional sommelier pairing of $70. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.



    Volterra
    Volterra’s special Valentine’s Day offerings speak to both romantic couples and singles, from a special four-course menu to Love Me and Love Me Not beverages. The Tuscan-inspired cuisine features the best local and imported ingredients from Italy, house-made pasta and charcuterie, and many gluten-free options for all to enjoy. The restaurant’s owners, Chef Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry, were married in Volterra, Italy, just prior to opening Volterra restaurant, so they know how to pour on meaningful romance this Valentine’s Day.

    First Course:
    Amuse
    Bra Tenero Cheese
    Apricot Chutney

    Second Course:
    Beef Carpaccio
    Wild Mushroom Tart
    Seared Ahi Tuna

    Third Course:
    Wild Boar Ragu
    Roasted Beet and Potato Gnocchi

    Main Course:
    Dungeness Crab Cakes
    Beef Tenderloin
    Wild Boar Tenderloin
    Eggplant Lasagna

    Dessert:
    Ruby Slippers

    Volterra is making Valentine’s fun for both couples and singles alike with their creative cocktails for the evening. Sip on the sweet Love Me cocktail crafted with fresh clementine, Glass Gridiron vodka, pomegranate, lemon, Prosecco, mint and garnished with an Italian Baci “kiss,” or throw back the Love Me Not: one shot of whiskey served with a skull and cross bones trinket ring! The Love Me and Love Me Not are $14 each.

    The prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu will be offered February 14, $70 per person. Cocktail specials available all weekend. To make reservations call 206.789.5100 or click here. View the Valentine’s Day menu online. Volterra Ballard is located at 5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle.



    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora keeps your romantic date night healthy yet hearty and filling, with a four-course menu of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

    First Course:
    Breaded Fried Artichoke with lemon-herbed marrow bean pate, romesco sauce, micro greens (gluten free, vegan)

    Second Course:
    Pommelo and Cara Cara Orange Salad with seared fennel, watercress, pomegranate, fresh beets, spiced orange blossom vinaigrette (gluten free, vegan)

    Main Course:
    Wild Mushroom Ravioli with truffle scented cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, roasted leek sauce, asparagus (gluten free, vegan options available)

    Dessert:
    Valentine’s Pavlova with mango curd, passion fruit, whipped cream, raspberry coulis, fresh tropical fruit compote, vanilla bean meringue (gluten free)
    Theo Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake (gluten free and vegan options available)

    Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available February 14, 5-10 p.m. The four-course menu is $65 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 or visit cafeflora.com to make reservations. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.



    Fonté Café
    Fonté Café is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend, February 14-15. Start your morning with a cup of freshly roasted Fonté coffee and brunch. Indulge in the Chocolate Mousse Parfait with fresh raspberries or the Housemade White Chocolate Strawberry Trifle. Both desserts are $7 and only offered Valentine’s Day weekend.

    In addition to these delicious goodies, Fonté is sharing the love with customers – everyone that comes in and orders two coffee beverages will receive a complimentary heart-shaped cookie (while they last). Call 206.777.6193 or click to make reservations. Fonté Café is located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle.



    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Blue Ribbon Cooking is offering a romantic, couple’s cooking class with wine! Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one while brushing up on your cooking skills and preparing an extravagant five-course meal.

    Appetizers:
    Fresh Puget Sound Oysters
    Cambazola Tarts with caramelized Walla Walla onions and spiced apple chutney

    First Course:
    Cognac Poached Fig Salad with marinated goat cheese and hazelnut lace

    Second Course:
    Dungeness Crab Ravioli

    Mid-Course Palate Cleanser:
    Lavender Sorbet with Rose Champagne

    Main Course:
    Flaming Filet Mignon with truffles Yukon gold potato puree and Brussel sprouts

    Dessert:
    Vanilla Bean Poached Pears with Cabernet chocolate sauce and caramel ice cream

    Drink:
    Blue Ribbon Rudesheimer Koffees brandied coffee with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

    Blue Ribbon’s Valentine’s Day class 6:30 p.m., February 14. Click here to register. Class is $155 per person; must register for 2 guests. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com for more information. Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E., Seattle.

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  • Holiday Gift Packages from Shanik + Fonté Coffee! 11.25.14

    It’s time for holiday shopping and gifting! Save time and impress your loved ones with unique, local gift sets, pre-prepackaged for you. Shanik Restaurant and Fonté Coffee Roaster have the perfect gift packages for family and friends this holiday season.

    Short on time? Gift cards are also available at the following restaurants and retailers! Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Cafe Flora, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, Pure Barre Seattle & Eastside, and Diaper Stork.

    Fonté Coffee Roaster Holiday Blend + Coffee Mug



    Fonté Coffee Roaster is gearing up for the holidays with a new blend and an opportunity to give back to children in the community. This year marks the 22nd annual Fonté Holiday Blend and the micro-roaster will once again donate all profits from the sale of Holiday Blend to the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool.

    The Holiday Blend is a roasted combination of a honey process Sumatra, semi-washed El Salvador, and fully washed Sulawesi. It is heavy bodied with notes of candied fruit, bright apple and mango and long lean chocolate finish. Purchase the blend as a gift package complete with a 12oz bag and a sleek, black Fonté Kleen Kanteen for only $35. The Holiday Blend gift package is available for purchase online or at Fonté Café, located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

    All profits from the sale of Fonté’s Holiday Blend will be donated to Pike Market Child Care and Preschool’s nutrition programs. It is their mission to make quality child care and family support accessible to families of all income levels. PMCCP’s on-site nutrition program meets more than 70% of the student’s daily nutritional needs providing breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks. All meals are cooked on-site, from scratch, with whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. Learn more about their program here.

    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set with Turkish Wine
    Spice it up this holiday season and gift family and friends the opportunity to cook with Shanik’s housemade spices, drink fine Turkish wine, and serve up a delicious, healthy side dish.

    Chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik is combining three special items for Shanik’s holiday gift package this year: a Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and a Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a staple in every Indian household. Shanik hand-sifts, roasts, and grinds the spices in-house. The traditional spice set includes Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    Meeru is excited to include a special Turkish wine with her gift sets this year: a 2011 Diren Karmena Red Blend. The Karmena Red blend consists of five different grapes, indigenous to Turkey and international variety. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot make up the balanced and delicious Red Blend, giving it body, spiciness and supple character.

    Rounding out the package is an exceptional recipe from Shanik’s kitchen, Cauliflower Potato Purée. The recipe is a perfect substitute for rice, bread, or plain mashed potatoes. Shanik serves its Cauliflower Potato Purée with many of their grilled or seared meats.

    The complete gift package with Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe is $50, and is available at Shanik’s Market, next door to the restaurant. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

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  • Book Your 2014 Holiday Party! 11.20.14

    With December just around the corner it’s the perfect time to start booking your holiday parties! Seattle’s best restaurants and caterers are ready to host you and your crew this holiday season and each offers a plethora of dining, beverage and set up options. Whether you’re planning a casual or formal work party, family event, or fun get-together with friends, we have the perfect fit for you. Read on for inspiration and book today!

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge



    Bell + Whete, Belltown’s best new restaurant and lounge, has a large, yet intimate event space that can seat parties of up to 45 guests (50 reception style). Their private dining room is secluded and offers an intimate setting for family, friends, and coworkers. Rent the venue for your holiday party and Bell + Whete’s event specialist will work with you to create a custom menu, a la carte options, and special drink menus to ensure your party is a success.

    Bell + Whete’s expansive bar has nearly seventy international beers and ciders on tap, bottled beer, wines, and an extensive gin and whiskey inventory. Choose beverage options for your group, from a specific cocktail list, open bar, or signature drinks.

    To learn more or to book your event at Bell + Whete contact Heather Chambers at reservations@bellandwhete.com or visit bellandwhete.com/private-dining.

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar

    The Loft

    The Loft is a private event room located above the restaurant and is perfect for family style dining or intimate dinner parties. Your guests are sure to love the space, complete with its own private bar and communal table with seating up to 30.

    The Chef’s Table

    Local 360’s Chef’s Table is like having your own private restaurant. The large, spacious room, adorned with farmhouse elegance, is complete with a private kitchen, bar, and country farm table, seating up to parties of 55 guests (70 as a reception space). Specialty menus, a la carte options, or all-inclusive creations are available. Feel right at home during the holidays in their charming, country-style accommodation.

    To book your event at either of Local 360’s private spaces, visit local360.org/private-dining.

    Fonté Cafe



    Fonté Café’s beautifully appointed downtown Seattle cafe and outstanding menu by Executive Chef Kristofer Kalinczok provide the perfect setting for an exclusive holiday party. Event formats include small, intimate get-togethers, traditional cocktail parties, formal coursed seated dinners, thematic cooking classes, wine-pairing activities, and even pig roasts! The options are endless and Fonté will accommodate your out-of-the-box ideas.

    Fonté Café’s world-class wine list, craft cocktails, and master-roasted coffees are available for all events. For top-quality sips and dining, consider Fonté for your holiday party. For more information on booking events call Travis Ulrich, 206.777.6193, and visit cafefonte.com.

    Blue Ribbon Cooking



    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides companies, friends, groups and families a unique and exciting array of holiday party experiences. Book an Iron Chef cooking competition and compete in teams to create the best dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy a meal together while watching the Christmas ships. Or book a Cooking For A Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon delivers while guests sit down to dinner. Blue Ribbon also caters any event big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus, cocktail competitions and more at their waterfront venue on Lake Union, or at a venue or home of the guest’s choice!

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E. Seattle, 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.

    Cafe Flora



    Mix it up this holiday season and take family and friends out for an evening of hearty, seasonally sourced vegetarian and vegan dining. Cafe Flora‘s diverse Madison Valley restaurant provides the perfect, elegant setting for small or large parties. The atrium, garden room, and main dining room provide beautiful event spaces for seating ranging from 30 guests up to 125.

    Book your holiday event at Cafe Flora and their team will create a menu just for you, and customize special wine and cocktail pairings to accompany your meal. Dishes can be served in a variety of ways including plated dinners, family-style or buffet.Contact Cafe Flora’s event manager, stephanie@cafeflora.com, to learn more.

    Shanik



    If you are hosting your own holiday party at a local venue or at home, consider Shanik’s Indian catering for your event! Your whole group will enjoy delicious, flavorful Indian dishes hot and fresh from the market. Shanik is famous for their modern, Indian comfort food with popular dishes such as their mouth-watering lamb popsicles. Now you can enjoy Shanik in the luxury of your own home or event location.

    Shanik can accommodate takeout orders for up to 50 people. Orders are customizable within the limits of their menu. Call at least two days in advance, 206.486.6884.

    Golden Beetle



    Golden Beetle offers catering from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines! Enjoy fresh, organic Mediterranean cuisine available for large-group take-out orders, or cooked in the comfort of your own home. If you’re hosting a private sit-down dinner, Golden Beetle will provide service staff and delicious food for parties up to 12 people. For larger holiday parties, Golden Beetle can provide hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers for up to 50 guests.

    From fresh dips and wood fired flat bread to braised goat tagine, let Golden Beetle cater your holiday event and enjoy the cozy, warm spices Eastern Mediterranean cuisine has to offer! Contact Skye at skye@golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977 for more information.

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  • Vote for the Best Of Western Washington! 10.02.14

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    Ever find yourself at a loss when a guest comes to visit and you want to share the best your city has to offer, or you’re all dressed up on a Saturday night with no where to go that rivals how fabulous you feel? Look no further. Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington poll is now open, taking votes for the cream of the crop in our region from fitness to food. We are unleashing our top picks from best coffee shop to favorite gym. Help the rest of Western Washington get the inside scoop by voting for the following local businesses!

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    Fonté Café “Best Coffee Shop”
    Fonté has been roasting coffee for over 20 years in Georgetown and just this month it celebrated five years of its downtown Cafe. It’s the spot to grab a single origin coffee or award-winning blend alongside a breakfast, lunch or dinner made with ingredients from the Pike Place Market, just steps away. The micro roaster also supplies retailers, restaurants, luxury resorts and five-star properties world-wide. Vote here.

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    Shanik “Best Indian”
    Washington really lucked out when renowned Vancouver, BC restauranteurs Meeru Dhalwala and Oguz Istif decided to set up shop in Seattle’s South Lake Union. Meeru crafts Indian cuisine that breaks the mold by playing with spices and flavors in a modern approach. In just a year and a half, Shanik has accumulated awards for its food and caught site of national newspapers that rave about the experience. Vote here.

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    Golden Beetle “Best Mediterranean”
    Award-winning Chef Maria Hines performs alchemy taking street food from the Eastern Mediterranean and serving it up with local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Not an easy task, especially when you throw in the restaurants organic certification, but when it’s done as it is at the Golden Beetle you know there’s magic at play. Vote here.

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    Tilth “Best New American”
    Deemed one of New York Times’ Best New Restaurants in America and masterfully run by James Beard Chef Maria Hines, this one is likely to stay the best for years to come. Open eight years, you can expect to see the original favorite, duck burgers, combined with her monthly changing New American menu that features vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free a la carte and tasting menu options. Vote here.

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    Agrodolce “Best Italian”
    Serving up Southern Italian and Sicilian fare, Agrodolce is one of the few restaurants in the country to mill its own wheat in house for housemade pastas. With a creative spin and use of local, organic ingredients, Agrodolce takes that extra step to ensure a beautiful meal with care presented in every bite. Vote here.

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    Cafe Flora “Best vegetarian”
    In a sea of restaurants now offering local, organic flare Cafe Flora stands out as a pioneer in Western Washington. Having built community and deep roots with local Washington farmers over the last 23 years you are guaranteed to find the most fresh, delicious and seasonal ingredients in their imaginative vegetarian dishes. They also offer gluten free, soy free and vegan options, pleasing palates all over the region. What more could you ask for? Vote here.

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    Pure Barre “Best Gym”
    As the first barre company to open in Seattle, Pure Barre leads the pack when it comes to offering the best barre workout for your money. Pure Barre infuses Pilates, ballet, and weights into a positive, dynamic environment with inviting instructors and upbeat music. Locals love Pure Barre’s sure-fire recipe for burning calories, toning muscle and losing inches. Spare a short hour and get the most effective full body work out you’ve ever had! Vote here.

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    Sami Sweeney “Best Fitness Instructor”
    Speaking of the amazing instructors of Pure Barre, if we had to choose the best in area, Sami takes the cake. Sami has endless energy and enthusiasm for her clients and staff. She makes sure each client is working to his or her full potential and her classes are always packed! She’s got that je ne sais quoi that makes her a natural born trainer and motivator! Vote here.

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  • It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: Best Happy Hours in Seattle! 07.30.14

    Finally, the Seattle sun is out and there is no better time to catch up with friends or unwind after a long day of work than by enjoying a warm Seattle evening. Seattle is a haven for great happy hours and delectable bites, but which direction should you head next time you’re looking for those worthwhile deals? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite summertime spots to enjoy delicious eats and a refreshing sip… or two!

    Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora, voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant of 2014” by Seattle Magazine and “Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the US” by Travel + Leisure, offers beverage specials Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy a local draft beer for only $3, or selected Washington wine or rotating craft cocktail specials for $6. Pair your drink with small plates or entrees off the dinner menu. Favorite late summer dishes include heirloom tomato panzanella salad, grilled focaccia, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach, grilled sweet corn, cucumbers, red onion, fresh mozzarella, dill vinaigrette; plum pistachio pizza, pistachio pesto, plums, ricotta cheese, fresh arugula; pate platter, with lentil-pecan pate, red onion confit, olives, pickles, croccantini, fresh fruit; and zucchini fritters, with parmesan cheese and chives.

    Fonté Café

    Just getting off work downtown? Head over to Fonté Café on First Avenue any day from 3-6 p.m. to enjoy their latest happy hour menu! For just $7 or less, feast on a menu of European café fare, including Arancini with parmesan and arrabiata; housemade Meatballs with beef, pork, pine nuts, tomato sauce, house brioche; and Pappardelle Bolognese, made from housemade pasta, beef, pork and veal. In addition to European bites and signature coffee roasting, Fonté Café also offers hand-selected and carefully crafted drinks at the wine bar. Satisfy those sweet java cravings with the signature Espresso Martini with vodka, orange curacao, crème de cocoa, cream, sugar and Fonte’s own fresh espresso beans, roasted right in Georgetown. A thoughtfully curated list of summer wines featuring red, white, rose and bubbles as well as draft beers, and well drinks, are only $5 during happy hour.

    Maria Hines Restaurants
    It pays to be green, especially when it comes to organic foods at happy hour! If you’re looking for nourishing, organic, and sustainable meal options, visit one of Maria Hines’ restaurants, all organically certified by Oregon Tilth, an unaffiliated organization that promotes sustainability. Happy hour meals and drink items at Maria Hines Restaurants are all priced at an agreeable $8 or less.

    Agrodolce

    Located right in the heart of Seattle’s lively Fremont neighborhood, Agrodolce offers up some of Seattle’s finest Southern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Stop by for happy hour daily, from 4-6 p.m. and indulge in the grass fed Mini Lamb Burger, with Dijon mustard, mostarda, and polenta fries; Crispy Sunchokes, with tuna tonnato and bacon salt; and the light and refreshing Arugula and Watercress, served with grana padano, Meyer lemon, and almond. Viva Italia, all while enjoying a certified organic meal in the bar or on the patio just off Fremont Ave.

    Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle in Ballard serves delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, and the happy hour menu is nothing short of divine. Served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily and all night in the bar and on the patio Sunday-Thursday, you’ll make Golden Beetle part of your weekly (or daily) regimen! The cocktail specials are out of this world. Sip on a Beetle Bug, not an actual bug, but a sweet, fruity concoction fashioned with vodka, fruit puree, lemon, and soda water; or on the contrary, taste the zesty flavors of the Charmoula Cocktail, made with cava, lemon, and charmoula syrup. Pair your beverage with savory food, such as the popular Fire & Honey Chicken Wings, the award-winning Spiced French Fries (fried in beef fat) or the Mini Vegetable Pizza with sunchoke puree and mama lil’s peppers. Towards the end of your meal, mix it up and grab dessert because you deserve it! Swoon over the Spiced Donuts, with honey syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon, for only $4.

    Tilth

    Enjoy organic new American cuisine from Tilth’s brand new summer happy hour menu, served daily from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Never offered before, this new happy hour menu brings flavorful and appetizing French Breakfast Radishes, with tarragon butter and San Juan sea salt; or the famed Mini Duck Burger, with housemade ketchup, fingerling potato, and mustard. Indulge in organic and sustainable Steak Tartare with grilled romaine, and French breakfast radish. You can even take your happy hour outside and enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail out on the garden patio. Sip on the refreshing Pimm’s Cup, Lillet Sparkler, or Lavender Daiquiri, just to name a few. Happy hour menu changes monthly.

    Shanik

    Head over to Seattle Mag’s “Best Indian Restaurant of 2014,” Shanik, in South Lake Union, for a happy hour comprised of modern Indian bites. Shanik’s recently installed patio provides the perfect opportunity to relax outdoors and indulge in unique and flavor-filled menu items for only $5 each. Offered Monday through Friday from 4-5:30 p.m., snack on the delicious menu of Spiced Mogo Fries, with creamy fenugreek and garlic dip; Papri-Chaat, with sprouted lentils and chutney; and Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicle (pura) with chutneys! Perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having– cool down with a draft beer, featured wine or cocktail, also for only $5. Enjoy Shanik’s appetizing happy hour out on the new patio, or inside at the bar.

    Nothing says happy hour like a Seattle summer. After a long day of work, take a moment to relax at any one of our favorites places across Seattle: Cafe Flora, Fonté Café, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, or Shanik! Each restaurant provides their own unique happy hour experience coupled with flavorful bites, sips, and unbeatable prices.

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  • Bite of Seattle Returns this Weekend – What to Check Out! Jul. 18-20! 07.18.14



    This coming weekend, today through July 20, the community-gathering, food frenzy, Bite of Seattle returns and it promises to be better than ever!

    First and foremost come big changes at the traffic-driving Alley! For the first year ever, The Alley will be hosted by Chef Jason Wilson:
    Where: Alki Courtyard
    When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday
    What: Multi-course meals prepared by Seattle’s best restaurants (Menu changes daily)
    Price: $10 admission
    Beneficiary: Food Lifeline

    That’s right, the award-winning Miller’s Guild and Crush chef/owner Jason Wilson will be hitting the grill and coordinating his restaurant friends for delicious bites to benefit Food Lifeline as the new host of The Alley (read more in The Seattle Times)!, The Alley will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alki Courtyard (North side of Key Arena). For only $10, you are guaranteed a multi-course meal consisting of top-notch bites from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s up and comers, including Ravish, Skillet Diner, Salty’s, Pinkabella Cupcakes, Manhattan, and more!

    The menu changes every day, but as host of the event, Chef Jason Wilson will serve up his savory Niman Ranch Beef Brisket with Washington blueberry corn mojo every day.

    All of the proceeds from The Alley will benefit Food Lifeline, a local hunger relief organization that directly feeds hungry people of Western Washington. For every $1 donated, Food Lifeline can provide a full day of food to one individual. There will also be more opportunities to donate to Food Lifeline at The Alley.

    Other events not to be missed include The Bite Cooks! with Chef Thierry Rautureau!

    The Bite Cooks!
    Where: Rooftop of Fisher Pavilion, just south of the International Fountain at Seattle Center
    When:
    Friday: Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Saturday: Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonté Café, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Sam Crannell of LloydMartin, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    What: Live cooking entertainment showcases and recipe handouts.
    Price: Free admission

    Watch some of our favorite chefs perform in cooking demonstrations and live cook offs this weekend! This year, The Bite Cooks! is at a brand new location outdoors on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop. Come by the event for FREE to enjoy cooking demonstrations and programming segments prepared by Seattle’s finest chefs. Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik. Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonte Café, and Sam Crannell of LloydMartin are all making appearances this weekend and are ready to whip up their best dishes and tease your senses! Not to worry, they’ll be handing out recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home!

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  • Shanik’s New Patio + Bar Menu Shines 06.19.14

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    The new patio at Shanik, which recently won Seattle magazine’s award for Best Indian Restaurant, brings a restful respite from the daily hustle and bustle of South Lake Union. Instead of eating lunch at your desk or running home after work, enjoy the Seattle sun, a new cocktail menu, and modern Indian bites. Located just outside the front door of Shanik, the patio is appointed with planters, evening lighting and seating for 32 at lunch, happy hour and dinner. They can even accommodate parties of 10 at their custom built communal table – so bring your friends! SLU News gives you more reasons to enjoy the patio, here.

    Along with the new outdoor patio, you can indulge in the expanded new bar menu and happy hour menu, both which can be enjoyed on the new patio or in the Shanik lounge. Perfect for enjoying in warm weather, new items include Beef Short Ribs on Grilled Kale, Papri-Chaat with Sprouted Lentils, Marinated Paneer Kabob, and the highly popular Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicle. All prices fall between $6-10. If you need some help working your way through the menu, Zagat Seattle gives you 5 Must-Try dishes!

    The news gets even happier with happy hour from 4:30-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, which offers 20% off the food bar menu and just $5 each for draft beer, red, white and rose wine and the refreshing Bollywood 411 cocktail.

    Enjoy the summer sun and amazing bites at Shanik’s outdoor oasis.

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  • Restaurant Patios that Shine this Summer 06.06.14

    The sun is shining and warm Seattle weather is here! Time to grab your sun dress, shorts and sunglasses and enjoy summer weather on the patios of some of the city’s best restaurants! Discover beautifully designed outdoor spaces while indulging in delicious cuisine at Shanik, Cafe Flora, Miller’s Guild, Crush, Fonte Cafe, Tilth, Agrodolce, and Golden Beetle!

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    An Outdoor Indian Oasis at Shanik
    Indulge in Shanik’s modern and creative Indian cuisine on their new patio this summer. Take a break from the daily bustle of South Lake Union as you dive your taste buds into Meeru Dhalwala’s menu and relax in the sun or evening warmth on the patio. Start with the Tangy and Spicy Fruit Salad with spinach, potato and brown rice “tikkis,” move onto the popular Vegetable Koftes in Creamy Tomato Curry and finish with Rice Pudding with almonds. Alongside the meal, indulge in the Bollywood 411 with prosecco, pomegranate, and mango, and the Manali Mule with Amrut rum, lime, Boker’s, and ginger beer.

    The patio is open for lunch and dinner service. Reserve online or call 206.486.6884. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle

     

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    Cafe Flora’s Great Escape
    Looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city? Treat yourself to a local, organic meal in Cafe Flora’s intimate garden patio tucked behind the restaurant. Enjoy the charms of Cafe Flora’s garden surrounded by beds of freshly grown vegetables, herbs, flowers, and vines. Start your meal with Grilled Flat Bread with asparagus, broccoli, lemon zest, thyme, ricotta & parmeasan; Beet Gnocchi with sautéed gnocchi, basil pesto, and walnut chevre; and Tieton Farm Cheese Board with fig wrapped chevre, rhubarb-knotweed compote, and croccantini. Pair your starters with a seasonal cocktail, local beer, wine or cider as you enjoy the patio’s ambiance.

     

    The patio is open for weekend brunch, weekday breakfast, lunch and dinner and is available for private events. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle. Call 206.325.9100 to make a reservation for six or more guests. Cafe Flora welcomes walk-ins for parties less than six.

     

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    Miller’s Guild’s New Addition!
    Opening on Monday, Miller’s Guild will welcome you to their brand new 20 seat patio for the summer. Step back from the fast pace of downtown Seattle and enjoy a meal by James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson. Brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner options include Steak Tatare & Fried Egg on grilled grain bread; a ChefWedgieCobb Salad with grilled chicken, pumpkin seeds, and beets; or a signature Dry Aged Prime Niman Ranch Bone In Rib Eye or New York Steak. Alongside a delicious summer meal, enjoy a refreshing drink from the new summer cocktail menu, which includes the Silver Fox with vodka, Cocchi Americano Spruce Tip Vinegar, pineapple syrup, and Hopped Grapefruit Bitters; or a Playa del Sangre with Cask Aged Mezcal, cherry Heering, fresh orange juice, and sweet vermouth.

    The patio is open for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Reserve online  or call 206.443.3663. Miller’s Guild is located at 612 Stewart Street, Seattle.

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    Outdoor Crush Experience
    Crush is excited to enhance your summer with their beautiful outdoor garden patio. Enjoy a picturesque dining environment surrounded by elegant statues, plants, and hanging lights while you relax for a luxurious outdoor Crush experience. Crush’s exceptional servers will also bring you a blanket and turn on heat lamps on cool evening for an even more intimate, cozy and comfortable experience.

    Select from the new dinner menu by starting off with Handcut Montana Wagyu Beef Tatare with coffee rye toasts, horseradish, picked ramps, and tonnato sauce; followed with A Tasting of Summer Nightshades… Albacore Tuna Paradise with seared Washington Albacore tuna, charred eggplant, local heirloom tomatoes, tomatillo, and potatoes. The Crush experience is not compete without a Crush cocktail which includes an Orange Crush with orange infused cognac, coriander syrup, lemon, and champagne, or the Hum-Zinger with vodka, muddled ginger, honey, and lime.

    Crush’s patio is open for dinner. Reserve online or call 206.324.4549. Crush is located at 2319 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Coffee Sipping + European Cafe Fare at Fonte Cafe
    Fonte Cafe is bringing the coolest iced coffee to you this summer! Cold brewed coffee is an art form, so don’t accept a regular coffee with ice in it – go for the real thing at Fonte Cafe and enjoy it on the patio fronting First Avenue for some priceless people watching.

    While lounging in the downtown sun (or under the shade if you prefer), try Fonte Cafe’s menu of European fare made with ingredients from Pike Place Market and other local purveyors. Enjoy the patio during breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner with items such as Eggs Benedict with house made english muffins; French Toast with house made brioche toast, mascarpone sweet creme and blueberry compote; Nicoise Salad; Fig & Arugula Panini; or Pappardelle Bolognese.

    Award-winning Seattle coffee and food to match! Fonte Cafe is located at 1321 First Avenue, Seattle. Visit online or call 206.777.6193.

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    Tilth’s Garden Home
    This summer, Maria Hines invites you to Tilth’s garden-like patio, fronting the restaurant’s old craftsman house. Feel at home and enjoy the friendly hospitality that compliments the award-winning food and drinks at Tilth. This June, try Maria Hines’ Anson Mills Creamy Grits with summer raab, morel, and duck egg; Hand Cut Tagliarini with Dungeness crab, sea bean, and white wine fume; and Skagit River Ranch Pork Loin with honey glazed rhubarb, bluebird grain faro, and black garlic. Enjoy Tilth’s curated wine list and refreshing cocktails, including Pimm’s Cup with Pimm’s liqueur, lemonade, and cucumber; and the El Diablo with Campari, Dolin Rouge, and soda.

    Tilth’s patio is great for weekend brunch or nightly dinners. Reserve online or call 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 North 45th Street, Seattle.

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    Al Fresco Dining at Agrodolce
    Maria Hines invites you to relax and indulge in southern Italian and Sicilian coastal cuisine and handmade pasta on Agrodolce’s beautifully casual patio. Just off the busy 35th avenue, the patio has long been known as a respite for relaxing. This summer enjoy Cauliflower Soup with oiled cured olives, focaccia croutons, and chive oil; and Primavera Salad with asparagus, fava bean, red wine vinaigrette, and duck prosciutto. Pair your fare with a drink from Agrodolce’s summer cocktail menu, which includes the Peter, Peter with rain city crisp, house made limoncello honey syrup, and sparkling; and The Debutante with brandy, housemade green almond liqueur, Punt e Mes, and orange bitters.

    Agrodolce’s patio is open for weekend brunch and daily lunch and dinner. Agrodolce is located in the Fremont Neighborhood at 709 North 35th Street Seattle. Reserve online or call 206.547.9707.

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    The Eastern Mediterranean Patio at Golden Beetle
    Indulge in organic fare and the spices and flavors of the Mediterranean on Golden Beetle’s outdoor patio. This summer, make sure to order from their famous happy hour menu, which includes: Fire & Honey Chicken Wings with harissa, ginger, and peanut; Savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew with walnut, yogurt, and croutons; and Spiced Donuts with honey syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon. Happy hour also includes delicious cocktails including the Rosemary Margarita with blanco tequila, lime, and rosemary syrup; and the Beetle Bug with vodka, fruit puree, lemon, and soda water.

    Golden Beetle also offers delicious dishes for lunch and dinner, including Lentil & Ditaloni Pasta with tomato ginger sauce, rice, and spinach; Carlton Farm’s Slow Roasted Pork Ribs with citrus demi glaze, corn couscous, and apricot; and Uli’s Lamb Merguez Wood-Oven Fired Pizza with spring onion, feta, cumin, and dill.

    Enjoy the patio for weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour. Happy Hour is offered 4:30-6:30PM daily. Reserve online or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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  • Express Your Love with Food this Valentine’s Day 02.05.14

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    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate all the love in your life. Whether you want to impress that special someone or experience an extraordinary evening with friends, we’ve got you covered! Indulge in mouth-watering three or four course dinner menus from Cafe Flora, LloydMartin, Tilth and Agrodolce or try the ten-course tasting menu at Crush. If you have a sweet tooth, immerse yourself in chocolate at Blue Ribbon’s truffle-making workshop. For those intrigued by the culinary flavors of cultures around the world, enjoy your evening with the Eastern Mediterranean dishes at Golden Beetle or modern Indian cuisine at Shanik.

     

    Where will you spend your Valentine’s Day this year? See our recommendations below and reserve now before they sell out!

     

    Sustainable Romance at Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora’s decadent Valentine’s menu provides the perfect escape for a cozy, romantic meal, with a sustainable flair. Their locally sourced vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu satisfies with delicious flavors and the freshest ingredients. Enjoy signature cocktails and local wine, beer and cider alongside your four-course dinner which includes Savory Potato Empanadas, Yellow Beet & Blood Orange Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing, Saffron Kissed Paella Cakes and Passion Fruit Roulade or Theo Dark Chocolate Mousse. View the full menu online.

     

    $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and run 5-10 p.m.

     

    Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112. Call 206.325.9100 to book your reservation.

     

    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two
    Enjoy a date night out and learn to cook with your special someone. Enjoy appetizers, Northwest wine and beer, an instructional cooking class and finish off the night with a four-course sit-down dinner for two on Lake Union including fresh Puget Sound Oysters with Champagne Cream Sauce, Cognac Poached Fig Salad, Lobster Tail with Macadamia Nut Butter, Filet Mignon, Cabernet-Vanilla Bean Poached Pears and more. Includes wine with dinner and a packet of take-home recipes.

     

    $155 per person, must register for two guests; 6:30 p.m.

     

    Dessert Wine Tasting + Chocolate Truffle Workshop
    Get elbows deep in chocolate with your date as you create delicious handmade truffles! After, you’ll adventure together into a dessert wine tasting, pairing different chocolate grades with a variety of dessert wines including Late Harvest Wines, Red & White Ports, Muscats & Rieslings, Champagne & Sparkling Wines. Each couple will take home a box of one dozen handmade truffles created in class.

     

    $85 per person; 8:30-10:30 p.m.

     

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Tacoma, as well as provide offsite catering at locations throughout the region. Contact Blue Ribbon to book your class at 206.328.2442 or blueribboncooking.com.

     

    Indulge at LloydMartin

    Chef Sam Crannell’s special menus have become loved by the neighborhood and destination diners. Valentine’s Day is no exception with a three-course plus shared dessert tasting menu. Chef Sam creates dishes based on what his purveyors bring to his restaurant each and every day and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Guests can expect indulgent and themed dishes with Gougeres, Squab, Lobster, Filet Mignon, Foie Gras, and Oysters.

     

    Included in the $180 per couple price is a $60 beverage credit that guests can put towards a wine flight, bottle of wine or cocktails. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available.

     

    LloydMartin is located at 1525 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109. Call 206.420.7603 or visit lloydmartinseattle.com for reservations for one of the two dinner seatings.

     

    Tilth Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend

    Tilth gives reason for a weekend-long romance with a special prix-fixe dinner on Friday, Feb. 14 and a special prix-fixe brunch on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 15-16). Guests can choose a four-course prix-fixe dinner including Savory Apple Soup, Ricotta Gnudi with chili butter, St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna A La Plancha, and Dark Chocolate Sorbet with shaved chocolate and holmquist hazelnut. With options under each course, the full menu can be viewed at tilthrestaurant.com/events.

     

    Dinner is $85 per person with optional wine pairings.

     

    Couples can wake up the next morning and head to Tilth for a special three-course Valentine’s weekend brunch menu for $25. Start the morning-after with a French Omelet, Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy, Whipped Yogurt with pear and honey comb or Stuffed French Toast with sultana and freeze dried grape. Guests will have options under each of the three courses. The special brunch menu will be available Feb. 15-16 only, in addition to the regular brunch menu.

     

    $25 per person, additional $10 with cava or mimosa with coffee. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle 98103. Call 206.633.0801 or visit tilthrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Valentine Amore at Agrodolce

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has put together a four-course menu that will make your Valentine swoon! Start dinner with house made focaccia and build your next four courses with options such as Celery Root Soup with vanilla, fig and red wine; Chestnut Mafaldine with pancetta, wild mushrooms and Treviso; Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with medjool date, orange confit and couscous; and Steamed Chocolate Cake with Café Coretto syrup, chantilly and mint. The full menu can be viewed at agrodolcerestaurant.net/events.

     

    Price is $70; optional wine pairing priced at $40.

     

    Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street, Seattle 98103. Call 206.547.9707  or visit agrodolcerestaurant.net for reservations.

     

    Taste the Mediterranean this Valentine’s Day

    Enjoy the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean with a four-course menu with optional wine pairings at Golden Beetle. Guests will enjoy a romantic evening while feasting on Sunchoke Soup with spiced sunflower seed and cilantro; Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawns with Kattafi, red onion and pear; Grilled Skirt Steak with celery root, freekeh and Aleppo; and Sour Cherry Crepe Cake with mascarpone and mint.

     

    Options for each course; $50 per person; $25 for optional wine pairing.

     

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St. Seattle 98107. Call 206.706.2977 or visit golden-beetle.com for reservations.

     

    Shanik Tempts with Dine-in and Take-out Options

    Spice up Valentine’s Day with Shanik’s modern Indian cuisine, available in the restaurant or for take-out from the Shanik Market.

     

    Shanik invites dine-in guests to start the evening with a Mangalore cocktail ($10), a cardamom, cinnamon liqueur with a subtle hint of hot cayenne, crafted just for Valentine’s Day with orange, lemon, fresh ginger and prosecco. Guests can test their adventurous side with the Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta with spicy tomato chutney. Other guest favorites include the Vegetable Koftes in creamy tomato curry, Grilled Venison Medallions on tamarind and date puree, and the ever-popular Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles.

     

    Intimate dining at home doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. The Shanik Market, next door to the restaurant, provides options for take-out that requires only simple preparation at home. Valentine cooks can create their own menu with such items as Punjabi Lamb Curry, Chicken with Kalonji Spice, Saag and Paneer, Yellow Lentil Curry, Cumin Scented Rice and even Naan, Chapatti and Tamarind-Date Chutney. Available in the freezer (20 minute boil-in-a-bag preparation) and refrigerator (5 minute reheat), complete your Valentine dinner with a bottle of wine from the Shanik Market. Full Market menu available: shanikrestaurant.com/market.

     

    Shanik and Shanik Market are located at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle 98109. Call 206.486.6884 or visit shanikrestaurant.com for reservations.

     

    Spoil Your Valentine at Crush

    Founded on the love of a husband and wife, Crush’s chef Jason Wilson presents a ten-course tasting menu that will make your Valentine’s Day memorable. Courses include “Chips and Dip” Chicharones, Harissa Crisps, Duck Tongues and Sweetbread Croutons, Creme Fraiche, Mustards, Yogurt, Bacon; Roasted Cauliflower, Monterey Squid, Black Truffle Soup, Purple Cabbage, Mint and Dill; Beet Cured Hawaiian Mero Sea Bass, Black Garlic, Coriander-Mint Churi, Ash roasted Sunchoke; Montana Wagyu Beef Eye of Rib, Parsley Vinaigrette Carrot in Chamomile Butter, Black Trumpet Bone Marrow Puree; and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse, Basil Poached Strawberries, Pistachio Chantilly.

     

    Menu is $125 per person; $25 foie gras supplement; optional $75 wine pairing.

     

    Crush is located at 2319 East Madison Street, Seattle 98122. Call 206.30.CRUSH(27874) or visit chefjasonwilson.com for reservations.

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  • Shanik’s New Head Turning Menu Item 01.22.14

    Shanik, the modern Indian restaurant in South Lake Union, just launched their new menu and it’s already grabbing attention.

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    Cricket Paranta. Photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times

    The brainchild of chef Meeru Dhalwala (also of Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver BC), the new menu boasts Turmeric and Ginger Sautéed Cauliflower, Grilled Venison Medallions on Tamarind and Date Purée, and Beet Bites with Candied Walnuts, to name a few. Displaying her dedication to food being nutritious and sustainable, Meeru also developed Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta. A delicious dish served with spicy tomato chutney, the crickets are actually very high in protein and iron, as well as being a sustainable food source – Did we also mention delicious?! As Meeru says, “Cows and pigs are the S.U.V.’s; bugs are the bicycles.”

    Read about Meeru’s journey to develop this dish in The Seattle Times and then do your tastebuds a favor and perform your environmental duty by trying them yourself!

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