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  • Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner spotlights local chefs for a great cause, August 26 08.18.17

     

    The second annual Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner returns this month on August 26 on the beautiful Carillon Point Plaza, overlooking Lake Washington. For the second year, Chef Jason Wilson (of The Lakehouse, Miller’s Guild and Civility & Unrest) will be cooking authentic, delicious, craft-cooking, and this year he’s invited fellow chefs to cook alongside him, including chefs from The Herbfarm, Cedarbrook Lodge, DERU, and the Woodmark’s Bin on the Lake.  This year’s outdoor dinner includes a silent auction with an exciting array of experiences to bid on, from a craft cooking class to a two-hour cocktail experience at Civility & Unrest, all of the proceeds benefit Food Lifeline. The dinner and silent auction take place on Saturday, August 26 from 6-10 pm. The best part – there are still a few tickets available!

     

     

    This year’s 5-course dinner is a celebration of local culinary talent; with each course spotlighted by one of the notable chefs showcasing their distinct cooking styles, interpretation of local summer ingredients, and signature cooking techniques.

     

     

    The carefully curated menu is focused on locally sourced ingredients and includes wine pairings from Brian Carter Cellars:

     

    Appetizer

    Verbena Glazed Summer Melon with Haas Avocado, Sliced Culatello, Charred Scallions and Garden Herbs. Roy Breiman of Columbia Hospitality.

     

    Salad

    Steel Wheel Farm Heirloom Tomatoes with Steelhead Roe and White Owl Farm Hen Yolk.  Jamie Casady and Jordan Cooper of DERU and Little Brother

     

    Fish

    Smoked Salmon Granola with Pit Roasted Sweet Corn. Chris Weber of The Herbfarm

     

    Main

    Grilled Columbia Valley Beef Rib with Corn, Summer Bean Salad and Crispy Onions. Chef Jason Wilson of The Lakehouse, Civility & Unrest and Miller’s Guild

     

    Dessert

    The Last of its Season Pickled Rainier Cherries and Grilled Washington Apricots with Vanilla Sponge Cake, Champagne Gastrique and Washington Honey Ccremeux. Frank Rog of Kirkland’s Woodmark Hotel

     

    This memorable evening is sponsored and hosted by The ICON Foundation, as a benefit for the non-profit organization, Food Lifeline, dedicated to ending hunger through sustainable action. To learn more about Chef Jason Wilson and the Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner, visit chefjasonwilson.com.

     

    Join some of the areas most talented chefs and dine al fresco for a great cause! Tickets here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Chef Jason Wilson Opens The Lakehouse Restaurant and Civility & Unrest Lounge on June 15 05.12.17

    Jason Wilson, the James Beard Award-winning chef-owner behind Miller’s Guild and the former, critically acclaimed Crush, announced details about his forthcoming restaurant, The Lakehouse, a vibrant, modern Northwest farmhouse, and Civility & Unrest, a craft cocktail bar with a contemporary speakeasy vibe. Both are slated to open June 15 on two separate floors of the new W Bellevue hotel in the Lincoln Square Expansion, part of The Bellevue Collection. Anticipation is already high as Eater Seattle wrote a piece on the two restaurants this week.
     

     

    From The Lakehouse’s seasonal ingredients to its refined, personally inspired décor, the restaurant evokes a welcoming environment that is both familiar and elegant. The inspiration for The Lakehouse name and concept followed Wilson’s reflection on the area’s sense of place and evolution: early settlements, lake homes and small farms; a bedroom community once the first bridge was built; and today, a budding metropolis steeped in arts and technology.

     

    Each season’s menu puts the spotlight on the produce sourced from Wilson’s ever-evolving grower and farmer relationships. Wilson’s concept of a “Modern Northwest Farmhouse,” reflects simple, clean, and fresh craft cooking. Illustrated through the produce-driven concept at the highest level of detail and imagination, the menu is accented with local seafoods and meats, handmade pasta and a housemade larder.

     

    The menu displays a philosophy of total usage of the products and unique techniques employed by the kitchen that elevate an authentic approach of quality and flavor, rather than masking or creating something different. Embracing the Northwest through its ingredients, the menu is packed with small plates (“Forest & Garden” and “Sound Sea & Rivers”), large plates and shareable plates, all telling a story of inspiration and purpose:

     

    Maple & Moroccan Spice Roasted Carrots, goats milk labne, chiles, almonds, mint are inspired by Wilson’s fondness for root vegetables and display an approach that is both simple, yet dynamic in flavor, texture and experience.

     

    The Curry Roasted Cauliflower achieves depth in flavor and showcases the vegetable at its cleanest when prepared with green apple, herb hummus, preserved lemon, kale pesto and ver jus, the signature acid for the restaurant.

     

    Drawing the diner into a family-style experience indicative of creating memories in a home, the shareable Grilled Wild Alaska Halibut T-bone, Mustard Green pesto, smoked clam remoulade, sautéed spinach with lemon, saffron potatoes instills a distinctive Northwest spin on a classic American steak preparation.

     

    Located on the second floor of W Bellevue, The Lakehouse’s layout offers many visual areas of interest. Wilson was heavily involved in the design aspects of both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest. For the restaurant, he intended to elicit the feeling of walking into an entertainer’s lake home with vernacular ideas of a house seen through a refined and primitive interpretation. Below the massive trestles is a thoughtful division of rooms with a “living room” and “garden” entry with a communal table and lounge seating; the bar welcomes with inviting counter height marble while the “butler’s pantry” features visible work tops and shelving. Additional seating of banquettes and booths are seen throughout, as well as counter seating at the chefs counter fronting the exhibition grill and working kitchen.

     

    The semi-private “wild primitive” room features porcelain antler sconces and another optional private dining space of “wild modern” features mirrors and screens for subtle transparency at two large tables flanked by a wall of thoughtfully procured wine bottles.

     

    The area’s history is seen in the interior surface of vertical charred wood inspired by shou sugi ban, the wood used for preserving by Japanese migrant workers in the area. Pops of “Lakehouse Blue” are subtly viewed through the sophisticatedly rugged and wild space, accented by soft lighting, polished surfaces and a living column of fresh herbs utilized for food and drink.

     

     

    Civility & Unrest, located on the street level below The Lakehouse, is a plush cocktail bar inspired by a modern, underground speakeasy, where adults of all ages can retreat for a quality craft cocktail without the nightclub chaos, day or night. Small bites offered on the menu complement the Northwest-inspired craft cocktails showcasing local distillers, and the flowing Champagne and sparkling selections, which run a close second.

     

    Framed as a cocktail experience steeped in discovery, the modern speakeasy factor starts with a commissioned, hand-painted mural which guests must walk behind to access a heavily draped entrance. A long bar in the front prominently shows off craft spirits in a lively, communal space; toward the back awaits a provocative and sophisticated space that offers a mix of plush seating, including a large rounded banquette on one wall, tall tables, and bar seating with an opulent chandelier overhead. Although there is a spot for a DJ to play music, expect only ambient lounge music, leaving room for spirited conversation. Other entertainment will range from fashion shows, tattoo artists, unplugged sessions, and trunk shows, all showcasing regional artisans.

     

    Both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest are owned by Wilson and are run independently by Wilson along with his El Gaucho Hospitality partners. Wilson will also provide room service for W Bellevue’s 220 rooms and 25 suites. In partnership with Kemper Development, Wilson will soon announce a suite of programming and amenities for Two Lincoln Tower, the luxury apartments atop W Bellevue and Lincoln Square South.

     

    The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest, opening June 15, are located at Lincoln Square Expansion’s new W Bellevue, off Bellevue Way at 10455 NE 5th Place, Bellevue; enter through the hotel or via the Lincoln Square South main retail corridor. The Lakehouse, open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, is found on the second floor and Civility & Unrest is at the street level. W Bellevue is part of The Bellevue Collection, which includes Lincoln Square, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Place. Stay up to date on developments by visiting chefjasonwilson.com, thelakehousebellevue.com and civilityandunrest.com.

     

    About Chef Jason Wilson

    Chef Jason Wilson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. Wilson is the chef-owner of the forthcoming Civility & Unrest and The Lakehouse opening in Bellevue on June 15, 2017, chef-owner of Miller’s Guild restaurant, executive chef of Coffee Flour, culinary director of El Gaucho Hospitality and runs his own culinary consultancy business. His first restaurant, critically acclaimed CRUSH, received local and national awards and positioned Wilson as a leader in Northwest cuisine and innovative techniques. Visit ChefJasonWilson.com and follow @ChefJasonWilson on Instagram.

     

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  • Eden Hill Celebrates Summer with Monthly Dinner Series! 06.28.16

    Chef Maximillian Petty of Eden Hill in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is offering an exciting Summer Dinner Series to be enjoyed all summer long! Once a month through September, the restaurant is offering guests a broad range of specialty dinners on select nights, with themes ranging from vegetarian to textures and more!

    Each dinner will present guests with newly-invented dishes specifically for that night, built on an avant garde interpretation of local, seasonal ingredients in imaginative combinations that Eden Hill is known for.

     

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    Wednesday, June 29– Vegetarian Tasting
    Celebrating the bright seasonal bounty, Chef Maximillian has put together a special six-course vegetarian tasting menu showcasing the Pacific Northwest’s best seasonal, fresh vegetables. The dinner is $80 per person with an optional wine pairing. Seating begins at 5 p.m. and the full menu can be viewed at edenhillrestaurant.com.

     

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    Wednesday, July 27Winemaker Dinner

    Join Chef Maximillian and family-owned and operated local winery, Martedi Winery, for an elegant evening with a special multi-course dinner paired perfectly with regional wines.  The dinner, which includes courses such as Butter Poached Lamb Rack paired with 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and Sea Urchin Arancini paired with 2015 Pinot Grigio, is $135 per person with beverage pairings and is available for two seatings: 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. The full menu can be viewed by visiting edenhillrestaurant.com.

     

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    Wednesday, August 17Textures

    A uniquely delicious 10-course tasting menu exploring and playing with different textures, a personal favorite of Chef Maximillian!  His talent for flavor and beautiful plating is further distinguished by his ability to tease the palate with interesting textures. This dinner is available for $180 per person with an additional beverage pairing. Seating begins at 5 p.m.

     

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    Sunday, September 4First Anniversary Role Swap

    To celebrate the success of the first anniversary of Eden Hill and usher in many more years to come, Eden Hill is having a little fun and swapping roles! The kitchen will serve, and the servers will cook a limited a la carte menu. Proceeds will benefit Green Plate Special, whose mission is to inspire and empower youth to experience food through gardening, cooking, and eating together. Seating begins at 5 p.m.

     

    Eden Hill is located at 2209 Queen Anne Ave in Seattle. To make a reservation, please visit edenhillrestaurant.com/reservations or call 206.708.6836. To check out more of Chef Maximillian’s intriguing and beautiful work, visit his Instagram.

     

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  • Dining options in Seattle add another degree to summer 05.03.16

    Summer is fast approaching and restaurants are busy preparing their patios, creating delicious menus with seasonal summer ingredients and making innovative beverages. The vast multitude of outdoor dining options around Seattle means locals can enjoy the summer sun, from a light snack to a sunset dinner.

     

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    Agrodolce

    Experience a taste of Italy while relaxing and absorbing Seattle’s summer sun on the beautiful and casual patio at Agrodolce. Based in Freemont, the restaurant re-creates Italy’s coastal cuisine with the best organic ingredients in the area.

     

    The menu at Agrodolce comprises of many beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with exciting colors and presentations that scream summer. Some summer-inspired beverages include: Campari & Soda, Aperol Spritz and Vodka Dolce.

     

    Guests at Agrodolce can also enjoy a happy hour menu starting at $4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily that includes Mini Lamb Burger & Polenta Fries, Vegetable Fritto Misto and the Antipasti Plate.

     

    For reservations visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th St., Seattle.

     

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    Golden Beetle

    Drawing from Turkey, Israel and Egypt, Golden Beetle is the perfect place to explore the wonders of the Mediterranean during the summer months, while relaxing in the shade or enjoying the sun on the restaurant’s newly refinished patio.

     

    Golden Beetle’s delicious seasonal cocktails are fashioned with house made bitters, tinctures, sodas, garnishes and infusions to create unique flavors. Notable cocktails and beverages include the Paradiso Cooler, The Duneagle and the Rosemary Margarita. There are also non-alcoholic options including the House-made Orange Vanilla Chamomile Soda.

     

    Golden Beetle is well known for happy hour, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Starting at $3, options include Spicy Hummus & Pita Chips, long-time guest favorite Savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew or light, fresh and spicy Carrot and Kale Salad.

     

    For more information, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St., Seattle.

     

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    Tilth

    Be treated like family, savor the summer weather and dine on New American cuisine on the garden patio at Tilth. With 8 wooden tables and rows of greenery, the patio is the perfect place to enjoy brunch, a cocktail, or dinner on a beautiful summer night. There is also an indoor sunroom for those seeking the view of the outdoors with the comfort of an indoor atmosphere.

     

    The restaurant takes pride in the beverages it serves. Cocktails include Limonada Romero, Ernest on the Beach and Bonny Prince Charming. The seasonal dinner menu, starting at $9, includes House Made Gnocchi, Skagit River Ranch Pork Loin and Pan Seared Weathervane Scallop

     

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N. 45th St., Seattle.

     

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    Altstadt

    Experience German culture, history and cuisine during the summer at Altstadt, located in Pioneer Square. While the indoor bierhalle has plenty of seating, the sidewalk patio fronting 1st Avenue promises great people watching, especially on game days just steps from the stadiums.

     

    The restaurant serves a range of German dishes created with a Northwest pantry, including happy hour items starting at $5. Served 3-6 p.m. daily, except game days, guests can enjoy Obazta, a camembert and cream cheese ball, or a Brat slider served on a pretzel bun, both house-made.

     

    Cocktails are enjoyed in Seattle and at Altstadt, it’s no exception. While beer is the big draw, cocktails such as Französisch (Bertina elderflower liqueur, gin, grapefruit, Maisel & Friends Pale Ale) and Rhabarber Collins (Blanco tequila, lime, agave and rhubarb) won’t disappoint.

     

    For more information, visit altstadtseattle.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square at 209 1st Avenue South, Seattle.

     

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    Volterra

    Guests will be transported from Ballard to the beautiful Tuscan sun on the patio at Volterra. Noted for its relaxing garden-like appeal, it’s the perfect place to enjoy house-made Italian cuisine.

     

    The Tuscan-inspired menu puts together a combination of imported and local ingredients that create a variety of unique and seasonal dishes. It includes a number of excellent summer-inspired beverages including Tuscan Limoncello Rosemary Drop, Grapefruit Negroni #2 and Clementine Sparkle.

     

    Volterra’s happy hour menu starting at $4, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends includes Pan Seared Scallop, Polenta and Wild Mushroom and Super Smoked Chicken Wings.

     

    Volterra is located at 5411 Ballard Ave. NW., Seattle. Reservations can be made at volterraballard.com or by calling 206.789.5100.

     

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    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Boasting amazing views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Ray’s Boathouse and Café is the place to be during the summer.

     

    Ray’s Café features a large outdoor patio where guests can enjoy the warm weather and the view, while dining on seasonal dishes and drinking a selection of summer-inspired cocktails, and 20 microbrews on tap. Other notable beverages include the non-alcoholic Sunset Cooler, and fruity cocktails such as the Rosemary Grapefruit Drop and White Peach Cosmo.

     

    Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, with dishes starting at $5, include Penn Cove Mussels Marinara, Salmon Sliders and Blackened Ahi Tostada.

     

    Downstairs in the Boathouse, take in stunning floor to ceiling views of the Sound, sip on handcrafted cocktails like the Champs-Élysées and Jungle Bird, as well as an excellent local wine list. Guests can compliment their beverage with seasonal items on the Boathouse happy hour menu from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. including Little Skookum Clam Dip, Steamed Manila Clams and Puget Sound Mediterranean Mussels, starting at $7.

     

    For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit rays.com/rays-cafe-reservation. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle.

     

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    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events

    The large sidewalk patio at Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events in Belltown is the perfect place to enjoy Seattle’s sun while consuming excellent dishes like house-made sausages or drinking a cold one from their 66 taps. The patio features large roll-up doors around the perimeter of the restaurant, bringing the outdoors in for those sitting inside. Guests can also make use of the patio’s overhang and relax in some shade.

     

    Bell + Whete serves brunch and dinner as well as a seasonal happy hour outdoors. Happy hour, starting at $4 and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. includes options like Red Harissa Mussels, House Ground Steak Burger and Cod Brandade. Guests can compliment their meal with the restaurant’s vast selection of beverages such as whiskey, fine gins and seasonal cocktails. Notable summer cocktails include Fresa Diabla, Rose Royale and Lady Eleanor.

     

    Reservations can be made at bellandwhete.com or by calling 206.538.0180. Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events is located at 200 Bell St, Seattle

     

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    Cafe Flora

    Seattle’s best vegetarian restaurant offers delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus to enjoy al fresco in the summer months. Guests can dine while sitting in Cafe Flora’s outdoor patio, located in a quant and welcoming garden. The patio features outdoor lights, an herb garden and more that Cafe Flora plants and harvests for their summer menus.

     

    Meals can be complimented with an assortment of beverages like local wine, beer and cider, as well as seasonal cocktails like Flower Child, Oxacan Sand and house-made Fizzes with seasonal summer fruits and herbs.

     

    Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle. Visit cafeflora.com for more information.

     

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    Local 360 Café & Bar

    At Local 360 Café & Bar, downtown diners can enjoy food and beverages made from ingredients sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Their sidewalk patio provides a front row seat to First Avenue and Bell Street, just blocks from Pike Place Market. While relaxing in the sun, diners can enjoy the most comprehensive, locally sourced spirits collection in Washington State, local beer, wine and seasonal cocktails with names highlighting the city. Notable cocktails include Seattle’s Seasonal Shrub, Sage in the City and Jet Stream.

     

    Guests can have lunch, dinner, happy hour or weekend brunch on the patio. Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily includes Oysters on the Half Shell for $1 each, Poutine with Lamb Neck Gravy, Chilled Beets and Bacon Deviled Eggs.

     

    Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Ave., Seattle. Reservations can be made at local360.org or by calling 206.441.9460.

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  • Seattle’s Favorite Patios & Summer Menus! 05.21.15

    As the summer months approach, Seattle restaurants are dusting off their patio seats, creating refreshing cocktails, and preparing menus with the best seasonal ingredients that summer has to offer. The multitude of outdoor dining options ensures that you won’t run out of places to enjoy the summer sun, from weekend brunch to late night dinners.


    Agrodolce
    Transport to a warm Italian coast while you bask in the sun right here in Seattle. In the heart of Fremont,
    Agrodolce offers a delicious taste of Italian coastal cuisine and expertly created handmade pasta featuring house-milled flour. This welcoming trattoria offers a quiet and cozy patio just off the main hustle and bustle in Fremont.

    The summer menu includes a collection of summer spritzers with colors and presentations that perfectly sum up the feel of summer, available in alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. The summer spritzers include 3 intoxicating flavors: Plum Soda, Parsley Soda, and Raspberry Puree with Rhubarb Beet Soda. Agrodolce will also offer a $5 Rosé Special of the Day throughout the warm summer months.

    Agrodolce has a special happy hour this summer with $3 items to celebrate their third year anniversary. Items include Polenta Fries, Seasonal Bruschetta, and the Mini Lamb Burger.

    Summer brunch wouldn’t be complete without bottomless mimosas on the sun-soaked patio every weekend. Pair with brunch options that include Focaccia French Toast Bits, Chicken and Waffles, and Handmade Emmer Rigatoni.

    For reservations visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th St., Seattle.


    Golden Beetle
    This summer the menu at Golden Beetle features a long list of house made bitters, tinctures, sodas, and infusions that reflect the attention to detail in the craft cocktail program. Their dedication to organic and seasonal ingredients creates cocktails that are unrivaled in flavor. Diners can enjoy a Paradiso Cooler, Spiced Harissa Daiquiri, or an Adult Lemonade while soaking up the sun on Golden Beetle’s front patio. The patio allows diners to enjoy the summer sun or shade without getting overheated.

    With cuisine rooted in the cultures and culinary styles of the Eastern Mediterranean, Golden Beetle’s happy hour offers fun street-inspired foods that are perfect for outdoor dining. Snack on Fire & Honey Chicken Wings, Spiced Donuts, or Spiced French Fries.

    For more information or to make a reservation, visit golden-beetle.com/reservations or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St., Seattle.


    Tilth
    Summertime means enjoying award-winning cuisine on the charming, garden patio at Tilth. Situated among a trellis of greenery fronting a craftsman house, diners are welcomed and treated as if they’re family. The patio also offers dinners the perfect chance to enjoy dinner outside during those warm summer evenings.

    The current menu, which changes monthly, includes Green Garlic Soup, Seared Alaskan Weathervane Scallops, and English Pea Flan, amongst numerous other certified organic and locally sourced options. Those interested in brunch can experience Coffee Roasted Celery Root Salad, House made Sourdough Waffle, and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake among other delicious items.

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at Tilthrestaurant.com/reservations. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N. 45th St., Seattle.


    Sushi Kappo Tamura
    The most sought after seats at Sushi Kappo Tamura are at the sushi bar, but come this summer the outdoor patio will also be in high demand. With seating for 12, Sushi Kappo Tamura’s patio creates an engaging and vibrant space that allows diners to enjoy the sun in high spirits.

    Sushi Kappo Tamura is known for their fierce commitment to using only the best and most sustainable seasonal ingredients. The menu is already featuring a variety of vegetables and herbs grown and taken directly from their rooftop garden. Diners should keep an eye out for menu items that feature radish, turnip, scallions, butterhead lettuce, shiso, mint, kale, and mustard greens all harvested straight from the garden. The summer will also bring new seafood options to the menu, including Live Spot Prawns, Fresh Salmon, and Albacore Tuna. These delicious ingredients will be integrated into sashimi, nigiri, and other menu items.

    Reservations can be made at sushikappotamura.com or by calling 206.547.0937. Sushi Kappo Tamura is located at 2968 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle.


    Volterra
    Bringing the warmth and charm of Tuscany to Seattle’s historic neighborhood of Ballard,
    Volterra is the perfect place to enjoy the soon-to-be summer weather. With a patio hugged by hanging vines and shrubbery, diners feels as if they’ve been transported to a summer day in the heart of Tuscany.

    As Volterra celebrates its anniversary, Chef Don Curtiss has complied a Favorites Tasting Menu featuring the most loved dishes from the last 10 years. Options include Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, Wild Boar Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Mustard Sauce, and Roasted Eggplant Pouches. Diners can also start off the day right with weekend brunch on the patio. Menu items include Chestnut Pancakes, Wilde Mushroom Scramble, and Duck and Yukon Gold Potato Hash.

    Volterra is located at 5411 Ballard Ave. NW., Seattle. Reservations can be made at volterraballard.com or by calling 206.789.5100.


    Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    With its unique position on the shores of Ballard overlooking the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Ray’s Boathouse & Café offers stunning views, especially during the summer from its large Café patio.

    Happy Hour can now be enjoyed on the Café-patio with the menu offering delectable bites such as Grilled Prawn Satay, Tuna Poke, Pacific Manila Clams and the Crispy Calamari. Ray’s Café is also featuring Frozen Tiki Cocktails this summer, featuring rum, vodka, and fruity flavors served in a glass tiki goblet. Available at Ray’s Café bar, dining room and deck through the end of summer.

    Ray’s Boathouse now invites guests to join them on their new patio where guests can dine right over the water. The Boathouse’ extensive drink menu also offers numerous options for those who wish to have a drink by the water with their view. Cocktails include White Peach Cosmo, Spiced Apple Fizz, and Seaview Sunset (non-alcoholic).

    For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit rays.com/rays-cafe-reservation. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle.


    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora’s outdoor patio situates diners in a quant and welcoming garden. Diners can start their day off right by enjoying weekend brunch in the summer sun with menu items like Beignets, Hoppin’ John Fritters, or Beet Breakfast Sandwich. The outdoor lights also make Cafe Flora’s patio a perfect place to enjoy dinner while the sunsets. Diners can chose from King Oyster Scallops, Roasted Pineapple Pizza, and Quinoa Asparagus Cakes among other delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

    Summer days can be enjoyed with their house made non-alcoholic fizzes or Cafe Flora’s extensive array of local wine, beer, cider, and craft cocktails.

    Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle. Visit cafeflora.com for more information.


    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s large patio, located at the front of the restaurant, allows diners to be immersed in the bustling Belltown neighborhood while enjoying the sun and delicious food. The large roll-up doors surrounding the bar ensure that the patio is well integrated into the rest of the dining areas and the patio’s overhang allows for seats in the shade.

    Dinner and happy hour can be enjoyed on the patio, and brunch is a local favorite with the menu including Ham & Compté Crepe, Wild Mushroom & Smoked Cheddar Quiche, and Croque-Monsieur. Diners can also sample their way through the vast drink menu that Bell + Whete has to offer. Their craft bar program focuses on gin, whiskey, and international and local lagers and ales that provide the perfect pairing for any meal. Chose from a variety of cocktails, including a Rozencrantz, King’s Bench, or Old Spot. Bell + Whete’s house made gin and tonic features Marley’s Tonic, handcrafted in West Seattle.

    Reservations can be made at bellandwhete.com or by calling 206.538.0180.


    Local 360 Café & Bar
    During the summer months, Local 360 Café & Bar diners can enjoy locally sourced summer menus and cocktails seated on the warm and inviting front patio. Located in the midst of downtown Seattle and within walking distance of Pike Place Market, Local 360 prides itself on being a sustainable café and food producer with an emphasis on local sourcing. Diners can enjoy the most extensive locally sourced spirits collection in Washington State, making it the perfect place to imbibe all summer long.

    Bask in the sun while sipping craft cocktails that give a nod to Seattle culture, including Monorail, Raincoat, and 206 Smash. Weekend brunch at Local 360 offers diners the perfect opportunity to soak up the morning sun while dining on Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs, Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Pepper Jelly, and Pork Belly Chop Salad with Rogue Blue and Soft Boiled Egg.

    Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Ave., Seattle. Reservations can be made at local360.org or by calling 206.441.9460.

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  • Block Party at the Barre Sat. Jul. 19! 07.16.14



    Did someone say FREE barre classes? That’s right! Pure Barre Capitol Hill is offering three free classes this Saturday, July 19, at their Block Party at the Barre event, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get to know your neighbors, visit local businesses, AND work on your summer swimsuit bod!

    Free classes are offered at 10:50 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Sign up today to reserve a spot. Limited space available! Attendees will enjoy treats, specials, and swag bags with vouchers from local Capitol Hill businesses such as Skillet Diner, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, Evolution Fresh, and Cupcake Royal!

    Pure Barre combines elements of ballet, Pilates, and weights into an exhilarating, high-energy, total body workout. Classes are suited for people of all ages and fitness levels.

    Block Party at the Barre provides you the perfect opportunity to try a killer workout for free, and the opportunity to celebrate your Capitol Hill community!

    RSVP for Block Party at the Barre online: purebarre.com/wa-capitolhill
    Have any questions? Call 206-403-1820 or email Mary.purebarre@gmail.com

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  • Pure Barre Opens in Green Lake! July 12 07.08.14



    Seattle’s favorite barre studio is opening a new location in Green Lake! Owners Sami and Brandon Sweeney are thrilled to open their fifth Pure Barre Studio, Saturday, July 12, and share this proven workout regime with a new neighborhood of Seattleites. Conveniently located in the new Green Lake Village, Pure Barre is right at home in this highly active, fitness-minded community.

    Pure Barre Green Lake is offering a special pre-sale offer for new clients! If you have never taken a Pure Barre class before, consider purchasing the new client special from now until doors open, Saturday, July 12. For only $99 you receive 5 weeks of unlimited Pure Barre Green Lake classes. Purchase online today before it’s gone!

    Summer’s here and the sun is out so there’s no better time to kick start a new fitness routine than now! All new students can experience their first 55-minute Pure Barre session FREE starting on opening day, Saturday, July 12. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, new mom, student, nursing an injury, or simply looking to get toned, Pure Barre is the perfect workout because of its safe, low-impact, yet highly effective technique. Classes are suited for all ages and fitness levels.



    Each Pure Barre class incorporates elements of ballet, Pilates, and weights, and is designed to target those hard-to-tone areas: seat, thighs, abs, and arms. Classes are set to upbeat music to keep the energy high. Stop by the new Pure Barre Green Lake studio for a highly effective workout and expect to see results after just 10 classes. Not near Green Lake? Check out Pure Barre’s other locations in: Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and University District.

    What you need to know about Pure Barre Green Lake:
    – First class free for new students starting opening day, Saturday, July 12
    – Purchase new clients pre-sale offer before doors open: $99 for 5 weeks of unlimited Pure Barre Green Lake classes
    – Location: 406 NE 71st Street, Seattle, WA 98115
    – Classes: Pure Barre Green Lake will hold their 55-minute classes seven days a week, morning, noon, evening, to fit all schedules
    – Parking: Available in the Green Lake Village garage

    Learn more about Pure Barre Green Lake and register for classes online. Like Pure Barre Green Lake’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date on class announcements, success stories, studio news, & more!

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  • New Outdoor Patio at Miller’s Guild 06.26.14

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    Looking for a place to soak up the Seattle sun this summer? Head over to Miller’s Guild located next to Hotel Max, to relax and enjoy wood-fire cooking and summer cocktails amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown.

    Miller’s Guild offers brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner service on their new patio, which seats up to twenty. Perfect for a hearty brunch, happy hour with friends, or a memorable date night, the new outdoor seating provides a relaxing yet contemporary experience for a suave summer meal under the sun.

    Experience the rich and sizzling flavors that Seattle’s award-winning chef Jason Wilson has to offer. He didn’t earn a James Bear Award for nothing! Enjoy his smoking hot selections straight off the 9-foot-long Infierno grill, such as the Wagyu Beef Zabuton Steak and Hearth Roasted Scallops. Or keep it cool with the refreshing Butter Lettuce Wedge Salad, tastefully crafted with house bacon, Rogue River blue cheese, and apples.

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    In addition to the new patio, Miller’s Guild launched a summer-inspired cocktail menu! Many of Miller’s Guild cocktails are uniquely fashioned with their own barrel-aged spirits. Barrel aging the spirits allows their distinctive flavors to meld together creating even richer and tastier cocktails.

    Be sure to try one of their specialty cocktails such as the Playa de Sangre, with cask aged Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Cherry Heering, fresh orange juice, and Sweet Vermouth; or the Ciudad Viega, with Ron Zacapa 23 Year Rum, Lairds Bottled in Bond, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Benedictine, and Creole Bitters. If cocktails aren’t your imbibing preference, select a glass from their vast, curated wine selection or sip the non-alcoholic Fortunella Fizz, with grapefruit, elderflower, syrup and lime. Just check out what the World’s Best Bars had to say about Miller’s Guild in their special bar guide to Seattle.

    View the full list of new cocktail options on the Miller’s Guild website.


    Relax and enjoy a cocktail outdoors this summer amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle.

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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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  • Summer Camps for Aspiring Chefs! 06.04.14

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    The sun is shining and the sky is clear, summer is finally here and your kids want to have fun and relax! Fill up their summer schedule at Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center on Lake Union. Blue Ribbon is in its 19th year of hosting fun, educational culinary camps for kids of all ages. Cooking camps help build confidence and creativity as they don their chef’s hat and venture to the kitchen to create meals, bake pastries, learn to chop, slice and make grocery lists.

     

    All kids camps except Mom & Me, will end with a celebratory graduation dinner where kids show off the culinary skills they learned to their friends and family. Each camp will supply your little chef with cooking necessities, including: a personalized chef’s jacket, apron, professional-quality chef’s knife, cookbook of recipes, utensils, and more!

     

    Blue Ribbon offers a number of camps that cater to all interests. Check out the list below and sign up your child, grandchild, niece or nephew for camp at Blue Ribbon before they fill up!

     

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    Classic Culinary Camp
    Get ready to make local and global favorites from scratch with the opportunity to learn hands-on from professional chefs five hours a day and sharpen your culinary skills in the kitchen.

    Ages: 7-13
    Dates: July 7 – 10, July 14 – 17, July 28 – 31, 2014
    Ages: 14-18
    Dates: June 23– 26, 2014
    All Ages: 7-18
    Dates: July 21 – 24, 2014
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday

     

    Baking & Pastry Camp
    Calling all potential bakers out there! Grab your rolling pin and put on an apron because we are going to be sifting, whisking, kneading, mixing and measuring as we bake savory and sweet goodies from scratch!

    All Ages: 7-18
    Dates: June 23 – 26, 2014 OR July 7 – 10, 2014
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday

     

    Mom & Me
    This camp is designed to create a fun learning environment for both you and your kids! For young chefs, bring your parent, grandparent, or care giver and learn together how to make your own healthy creation for the entire family! For adult chefs, bring your kid and learn how to work together around the kitchen and meal preparation, giving you more quality time to spend with one another!

    All Ages
    Dates: July 14, 15 & 16, 2014
    3-Day Session
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

     

    Advanced French Culinary Workshop
    For those with exceptional culinary skills already, this camp is for you! You will be challenged and master one of the world’s most refined and elegant culinary styles, the classic French cuisine, while learning the influences of French cuisine is in all forms of Western cooking.

    All Ages: 7-18*
    Dates: July 28 – July 31, 2014
    *Students must have completed a prior kids camp at Blue Ribbon to attend.

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