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  • Restaurant Patios Open for Dining! 07.21.20

     

    Many restaurants are back open for dine-in and summer patio season has officially arrived! Read on for summer food and drink specials on the patio at favorite local spots!

     

    All of the restaurants are operating at 50% capacity, practicing social distancing with tables spaced 6-feet apart and requiring masks be worn by all guests when not eating and drinking at their table.

     

    Tilth

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines is welcoming summer with seasonal organic dishes and sun-drenched garden patio dining. Tilth’s patio is open for walk-ins and the dinner menu is brimming with warm-weather specials including Summer Beans, Summer Squash Salad, Cold Summer Corn Bisque, Carrot Risotto, Seared Wild Sockeye Salmon, Washington Blueberry Parfait and more. View the full menu here.

     

    Settle in on the patio and enjoy Andrew Rich Sauvignon Blanc, UpsideDown Rose, Tilth Manhattan, Spiked Strawberry Shrub, Leavenworth Biers Hefeweizen, House Made Iced Tea, and more.

     

    Tilth’s patio is open for dine-in daily from 5-9 p.m. for walk-ins only.

     

    Ray’s Café

    Offering panoramic views of Shilshole Bay and the Olympic Mountains, Ray’s Café’s iconic deck is open serving lunch and dinner daily (Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.) and daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m.

     

    The menu features favorites like True Cod Fish & Chips, Ahi Poke Bowl, Dungeness Crab Cakes, fresh local Oysters on the Half Shell, with summer specials like Wild Alaskan King Salmon with sweet corn pureeFarm Lettuce Salad with seasonal berries, Zucchini Feta Cakesand more. Sip chilled Washington wine, ice cold beer, or Black Cherry Margaritas while you take in the gorgeous views!

     

    Daily Café happy hour from 4-6 p.m. brings drink specials like Bad Jimmy’s Brewing ‘Bad Light’ Golden Ale, Negronis, Moscow Mules, Margaritas and more. Dishes include Caesar Salad, Crispy Calamari, Tuna Poke, Manila Clams, Penn Cove Mussels and more all at special happy hour pricing.

     

    Ray’s Café is now accepting reservations and walk-ins for parties of five people or less.

     

    Ba Bar U-Village

    Ba Bar’s large, dog-friendly patio at University Village is open for lunch and dinner! Enjoy your favorite Ba Bar dishes like Crispy Imperial Rolls, Saigon Chicken Wings, Vermicelli Bowls, and more with new summer cocktails including Queen of Siam $12 with Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, Cointreau, lime, basil grapefruit, served up, Legend of Summer $12 with Haku Japanese Vodka, lime, Huckleberry, briottet, served up, and French Pearl Martini $10 with vodka, lemon, St. Germaine, Lillet, and prosecco. Plus froze, local microbrews, Vietnamese beer and more.

     

    The patio is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

     

    Monsoon Seattle & Bellevue

    Monsoon Seattle and Bellevue celebrate summer patio season with Monsoon Seattle’s rooftop deck and sidewalk patio, and Monsoon Bellevue’s sidewalk patio right on Old Main Street. Both locations are open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

     

    Each location has boozy slushees including a Passion Fruit Froze with Brovo pink vermouth and a Hot Charlotte with gin, lemon, cucumber, Serrano chili and champagne vinegar. Plus, delicious Vietnamese dishes with Northwest flair like Green Papaya Salad, Pork Spareribs, Vermicelli Bowls, Catfish Clay Pot, Drunken Chicken, Crab Fried Rice and more. They also have plenty of chilled rose, craft cocktails, and local beers for pairing!

     

    Reservations can be made online at monsoonrestaurants.com or walk-ins for parties of five people or less.

     

     

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  • July is Washington Blueberry Month! 07.01.20

     

    July is Washington Blueberry Month! Summer is in full bloom and plump Washington blueberries are ready to be eaten and picked! Pick up Washington-grown blueberries at your local grocery store or plan an upcoming visit to local U-Pick Farms when they open mid-July to hand-pick your own fresh blueberries. Don’t forget to check your u-pick’s website to confirm their opening date. For recipes, inspiration and a list of u-pick farms near you visit wablueberries.com.

     

    Did you know Washington is the number one producer of blueberries in the U.S.? Last year our state yielded approximately 160 million pounds! Washington has one of the longest harvest seasons in the world (five months) and blueberry plants in our state are also some of the world’s highest yielding, including our organic fields. Our local farmers are out there working hard all season!

     

    To select fresh blueberries while shopping, choose berries with a sweet, fruity scent. Size isn’t an indicator of maturity, but color is – berries should look deep blue! Refrigerate fresh blueberries when you get them home, either in their original package or in a covered bowl or container. Be sure to wash your blueberries before you start snacking!

     

    Fresh blueberries make a delicious and healthy snack! The phytochemicals found in blueberries are short-lived, so eat fresh blueberries within a few days of purchase or you can also freeze them. Be sure to look for signage citing Washington or locally-grown to support our local blueberry farmers!

     

    Blueberries are also so versatile for baking and cooking and can be used in salads, pies, cobblers, and more or as a breakfast topper on yogurt, oatmeal, and granola! What are you making with your Washington blueberries? Share your photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #wablueberries and tag @wablueberries!

     

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  • Ray’s Cafe Limited Summer Menu Aug. 1-15! 08.01.19

     

    Ray’s Cafe in Ballard is spicing up their menu with some limited summer specials available from August 1-15! Grab a spot on their Cafe patio to enjoy the best views in Seattle while you sip on the “The Deadliest Cocktail” featuring Ray’s Bloody Mary with house-infused spicy vodka, a giant Bering Sea King Crab Leg garnish and a spicy rim! Guests can also indulge in a Dungeness Crab Roll with fennel and green apple slaw on New England style hot dog roll, House Smoked Salmon Salad with local snap peas, frisee, green goddess dressing, and for dessert a Washington Blueberry-Passion Fruit Parfait with decadent coconut panna cotta, passion fruit chai, and local blueberries.

     

    Add a Washington Wine pairing! Avennia ‘Oliane’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from the Yakima Valley pairs perfectly with Ray’s summer menu! Enjoy it by the glass or bottle. This delicious chilled white wine is barrel fermented with native yeast, the aromas of lemon verbena, lemon oil and herbs emerge. The flavors are tart, racy and acid driven, with a long, drawn out finish.

     

    Grab your sunglasses and relax on the patio! Cheers!

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  • Summer has Arrived at Seattle Restaurants! 06.07.19

     
     

    Seattle restaurants are ushering in summer with local seafood dishes, sangria on the patio, wine specials, and more! Grab a seat outside to soak in the Seattle sunshine while enjoying gorgeous Northwest views. Make reservations for your summer dining today!

    That’s not all, Washington blueberries will be back in season soon so get ready to add fresh Washington blueberries to your summer picnics and recipes, and look for them on restaurant menus!

     

    Summer sangria and Italian cannoli at Agrodolce

    Agrodolce is gearing up for summer with ice cold sips of Sicilian Sangria and a celebration of Cannoli Day!

    Agrodolce’s Red Sangria offers flavors of blood orange, white peach and lime, complete with sangiovese, orange liquor and a prosecco float! Those looking for a less citrus taste can opt for White Sangria with fresh cucumber, limoncello, green grapes, lemon and basil with Sicilian white wine and a prosecco float!

     

    Priced at just $5 during happy hour, lunch and weekend brunch through summer. The special sangrias will also be available during the Fremont Summer Solstice parade Saturday, June 22 for weekend brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and an extended happy hour from 2-6:30 p.m.

     

    On Sunday, June 16 Agrodolce will celebrate National Cannoli Day with a variety of house-made Italian cannoli available that day and on the dessert menu throughout June. Guests can indulge in these sweet Italian treats in several flavors, including Theo’s Chocolate Cocoa Nibs, Candied Orange, Toasted Pistachio, Candied Lemon and more. Price for each cannoli will be $6.

     

    Reservations can be made at agrodolcefremont.com or by calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located at 709 N 35th St., Seattle.

     

    Chilled rosé specials at Ray’s Boathouse

    Sip on chilled rosé this summer at Ray’s Boathouse! Choose from a variety of featured rosés hand-selected by Ray’s Wine Director, Chip Croteau. Options include Tranche ‘Pink Pape’ Rosé from Black Rock Estate Vineyard, Delille Cellars Rosé from Columbia Valley & more by the glass or bottle. Pair it with fresh Northwest Oysters or a delicious Chef’s Selection of Local Cheeses as you take in the gorgeous Northwest summer sunset from the Boathouse dining room or patio. Cheers to summer!

     

    Ray’s Boathouse summer hours are Sunday-Thursday 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 4:30-10 p.m.  Reserve your table today at Rays.com/Boathouse. Ray’s Boathouse is located at 6029 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Summer seafood dishes at Ray’s Café

    With summer comes new dishes! Grab a seat on the patio this summer at Ray’s Café and enjoy sweeping views of the Puget Sound as you indulge in local seafood dishes from Ray’s new summer menu! Dishes include Dungeness Crab Cakes with Uli’s chorizo, parsley-fennel salad and saffron-herb yogurt, Grilled Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon with heirloom tomatoes, Washington asparagus, zucchini noodles, and a fresh herb salad, Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with squid ink spaghetti, Dungeness crab, white wine, garlic chili and herbed bread crumbs, Dungeness Crab Toast with pickled shallot, garlic aioli, fresh herbs on a baguette, and much more!

     

    Ray’s Café The Café is open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Reserve your spot today at Rays.com/café. Ray’s Café is located at 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard.

     

    Rosé flights on Tilth’s lush patio

    Tilth is ushering in summer with special wine offers including chilled rosé flights and 50% off bottled wines (less than $100) every Tuesday in June and July!

     

    Sip rosé on the patio all summer long with a rotation of three 3oz. pours of rosé (one bubbly) for $12! The first flight includes rosés such as Graham Beck Brut Rosé, NV, Robertson, ZA, Domaine de Rimauresq, ‘R,’ Rosé, Rhone Blend, 2017 Provence, FR, and La Spinetta, Rosé, Sangiovese Blend, 2017, Toscana, IT.

     

    For June’s Pride Month, Tilth will donate $1 from each rosé flight during the month of June to Camp Ten Trees to help support local LGBTQ+ youth.

     

    Wine drinkers can also rejoice every Tuesday in June and July with 50% off bottled wines (less than $100). View the full wine list here.

     

    Reservations can be made by visiting Tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle.

     

    Fresh Washington Blueberries abound this summer

    Summer brings a bounty of fresh Washington blueberries each year! By the third week of June, Eastern Washington blueberry farmers anticipate harvesting, followed by Western Washington’s blueberry harvest the first week of July.

     

    Blueberries are one of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen! Washington blueberries can be used to make delicious homemade lemonade, smoothies, and baked goods or can be added to oatmeal, pancakes, fresh summer salads, cocktails, and more!

    Get your hands on these delicious berries this summer! For recipes, ideas, and inspiration visit pinterest.com/wablueberries or wablueberries.com.

     

    To find Washington fresh blueberries, check for identifying tags or signage in the produce sections and at farmers markets, or visit a local u-pick farm beginning in mid-July.

     

     

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  • Late Summer Wine Deals at Local Restaurants! 08.28.18

     

    Fall is just around the corner and local Seattle restaurants are embracing the last days of summer by celebrating with wine! Read on to learn more about late-summer al fresco wine specials and new ongoing wine events beginning September 1.

     

    Agrodolce

    The Seattle Times points the way to James Beard award-winning chef Maria Hines’ bit of Sicily at  Agrodolce, a vibrant Fremont treasure where exceptional Southern Italian favorites pair with delicious wines. The expertly created hand-made pasta is not to be missed!

     

    To celebrate the end of summer, Agrodolce is now offering  $2 glasses of rose wine in the bar and on the sidewalk patio from 5-6:30 p.m. seven days a week (with the purchase of food). Peruse the rest of their wine list to pair with the restaurant’s organic, sustainable fare.

     

    Agrodolce is open daily for dinner with happy hour every day from 5-6:30 p.m., as well as weekend brunch 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Find Agrodolce in Fremont at  709 N 35th St., Seattle, online at  mariahinesrestaurants.com  or call 206-547-9747.

     

    RN74

    RN74 features global interpretations of American and French cuisine with a wine list that highlights boutique wines from Washington and Oregon (in addition to its premium selections from Burgundy). Beginning September 1, RN74 is giving diners a better opportunity to sample all that its extensive, award-winning wine list has to offer through weekly and monthly wine events.

     

    At the start of every work week RN74 will host Big Bottle Mondays. The RN74 team will select a magnum or larger bottle from the RN74 cellar to share with guests! Tour the globe and sample everything from a delicious sparkling, white, rosé, or red, never more $20 a glass. These are true treasures you can taste for a fraction of the price of the full bottle!

     

    Every Tuesday brings Flight Night Tuesdays at RN74. The sommelier team will curate a flight of three wines from the extensive cellar and test diners’ knowledge in blind tasting format. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy and taste the wines while exploring the nuance of variety and place. Diners who guess all three wines correctly will be entered into a quarterly drawing to win dinner for two with wine pairings at RN74 – not a bad prize for drinking some of the best wines offered in the city!

     

    Winemaker Wednesday, held the first Wednesday of each month in the lounge from 5-6:30 p.m., offers guests the chance to meet and taste with winemakers from around the world! The featured winemaker will pour selections and chat with guests about the industry. RN74 will also feature wines by the glass from the guest winemaker all month long! Wednesday tastings are $10 and includes three to four wines poured by the guest winemaker.

     

    Winemaker Schedule:
    September 5 – Chris Peterson of Avennia avennia.com
    October 3 – Morgan Lee of Two Vintners twovintners.com
    November 7 – Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars gramercycellars.com

     

    RN74  is located downtown at 1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. For more info, visit their website at www.michaelmina.net/RN74, or call 206.456.7474.

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  • Hand-Pick Fresh Washington Blueberries at Your Local Blueberry Farms! 07.24.18

     

    Washington fresh blueberries are now in season! Take a trip to your local U-Pick blueberry farm for some affordable outdoor summer fun! Blueberry picking can make a for a great date or family outing in the gorgeous Northwest summer!

     

    After hand-picking your blueberries, add your harvest to homemade lemonade, smoothies, oatmeal or baked goods such as muffins, scones, pancakes and more! Add juicy flavorful blueberries to fresh summer salads, cocktails or even on top of ice cream!

     

    Blueberries can also be used to create homemade beauty products like soaps, sugar scrubs and facemasks. Plus, farms offer more than just picking! Many farms carry a variety of homemade blueberry products including syrups, jams, and even blueberry juice! Check out the list below to find a U-Pick farm nearest you.

     

    For recipes, ideas, and inspiration visit pinterest.com/wablueberries or visit wablueberries.com

     

    King County

     

    • Blue Dot Farm
    • Bob’s Blueberry Patch
    • Bybee Blueberry Farms
    • Canter-Berry Farms
    • The Country Store & Gardens
    • Henna Blueberry Farm
    • Larsen Lake U-Pick
    • Mercer Slough & Kinley Farms
    • Remlinger Farms
    • Rusty Plow Farm

     

    Clark County

     

    • Bosch’s Blueberry Hills
    • Bountiful Acres
    • Conway Family Farm
    • Kanooth’s Berry Farm
    • Kaye’s Blueberries
    • Libby Farms
    • Majestic Farms Blueberries
    • Meadowglenn Farms
    • Valley View Blueberries
    • Van Tol Blueberries

     

    Lewis, Pierce and Thurston County

     

    • Aldrich Berry Farm
    • Black River Blues
    • Bluefarm Blueberries
    • Blue Horizons Blueberries
    • Gile Berry Farm
    • Pan-American Berry Growers, LLC
    • Scholz Farm

     

    Skagit and Snohomish County

     

    • Aarstad’s Blueberry Farm
    • Blueberry Acres
    • Blue Heron Farm
    • Bow Hill Blueberries, LLC
    • Carpenter Creek Farm
    • Donnellys Riverbank Blueberries
    • Hazel Blue Acres
    • Hunter’s Moon Farm
    • Lenning Farms
    • Mountainview Blueberry Farm
    • Sakuma Bros. Farms & Market
    • Whitehorse Meadows Farm

     

    Whatcom County

     

    • Barbie’s Berries
    • Bjornstad Farms
    • Cleaarian Berry Farm
    • Hopewell Farm LLC
    • Koskela Blueberry Farm

     

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  • Patio Season Has Arrived in Seattle! 06.21.18


     
    Summer is here and patio season is in full swing! Get some vitamin d while enjoying gorgeous Northwest views, ice cold rosé on tap, craft breweries with al fresco seating, and more. Drop by to soak in the sun or make reservations for your summer dining today!  

     

    Mama’s Cantina 

    Seattle’s oldest and most beloved Mexican restaurant,  Mama’s Cantina  welcomes diners and drinkers alike to kick back and unwind on their 2nd Ave patio in Belltown. Indulge in old school Mexican favorites such as House-Made Chips and Guacamole, Al Pastor Tacos, Mama’s Burrito, house salsas and more. 

     

    Sip on frozen margaritas,tequilas and mezcals, west coast micro brews, and local Ciders, plus rock nroll inspired cocktails! 

     

    Mama’s Cantina offers happy hour twice daily 4 p.m.6- p.m. and again 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Open daily 11 a.m.-late. Mama’s Cantina is located at 2234 2nd Ave in Belltown. For more info and to reserve visit mamascantina.com or call 206.728.6262.  

     

    Tilth  

    Tilth offers a beautiful patio right in the heart of Wallingford! Chef and owner Maria Hines alongside executive chef Joel Panlilio sources as many ingredients as possible from local farms to create delicious, organic fare with the freshest ingredients available for nightly dinner, as well as weekend brunch. 

     

    Refresh your palette with their Summer Squash Salad or the Housemade Frascatelli. Check out their extensive wine list for ice cold rosé and chilled sauvignon blanc and sip a glass in the sun. 

     

    Tilth serves dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tilth is located on 1411 N 45th St in Wallingford. For more info and to reserve visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.633.0801.   

     

    Agrodolce 

    Agrodolce, a certified organic gem from James Beard Award winning Chef Maria Hines alongside executive Chef Mark Licastro, focuses on the cuisine of Southern Italy and Sicily. Enjoy handmade pasta on the patio of this Fremont restaurant, located just off of Fremont Ave N.    

     

    Sip Mediterranean-inspired signature cocktails like the Venetian Spritz, prosecco and local draft beers on their urban patio. Peruse the happy hour menu for lighter options such as Bruschetta with Sheep Cheese and their Mini Lamb Burger. 

     

    Agrodolce is open daily for dinner with happy hour every day from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., as well as weekend brunch. Agrodolce is located on 709 N 35th St in Fremont. For more info and to reserve visit mariahinesrestaurants.com or call 206.547.9707.  

     

    Ray’s Boathouse 

    What started out as a coffee house in 1945 is now one of Seattle’s most beloved iconic restaurants. Ray’s Boathouse works to highlight local seafood and seasonal flavors in the midst of the city’s greatest views. This summer, drink in all the Puget Sound has to offer from Ray’s deck.   

     

    Dine on House Smoked Sablefish, Applewood Grilled Wild King Salmon, Alaskan King Crab Legs and other fresh seafood favorites. With the help of their wine director, pair these dishes with the perfect chilled chardonnay or pinot grigio, or opt for a signature summer cocktail.      

     

    Stop by Ray’s Boathouse for dinner, served every night starting at 5 p.m. Ray’s Boathouse is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard. For more info and to reserve visit rays.com or call 206.789.3770.   

     

    Ray’s Café 

    Located above the Boathouse, Ray’s Café offers a more casual dining experience than its older sister. The seasonal waterfront deck is the perfect place to enjoy their selection of Ballard microbrews on tap. Stop by this summer for a memorable lunch or dinner with killer views!  

     

    Ray’s Café serves up Alaskan King Crab Legs as well as more casual fare like True Cod Fish & Chips, Pan Seared Sea Scallop Fettuccini, and a Blackened Salmon Sandwich.    

     

    Ray’s Café is open for lunch and dinner every day from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Ray’s Café is located on 6049 Seaview Ave NW in Ballard. For more info and to reserve visit rays.com or call 206.782.0094.   

     

    Belltown Brewing

    Belltown Brewing offers 33 beers on tap, including some of their own in-house brews, in a cozy, yet sleek setting. Compliment their delicious in-house beer with Burgers, Salads, or Pizzas fresh from the pizza oven and sip seasonal beers this summer on the large outdoor patio at 2nd and Bell Street!  

     

    Try the Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza or the Tri Tip Sliders any night of the week. On Saturday and Sunday pop in for the brunch menu, featuring Spiked Cold Brew and Bottomless Mimosas as well as savory eats like the Pretzel Sandwich or Croque Madame.   

     

    Belltown Brewing offers happy hour every day from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and again from 9 p.m.-close. Belltown Brewing is located at 200 Bell Street in Belltown. For more info and to reserve visit belltownbrewingseattle.com or call 206.485.7233.  

     

    Schooner Brewing

    Schooner Brewing is the perfect place for large groups to gather. Make use of their outdoor seating on warm summer days and enjoy their 16 rotating taps of handcrafted delicious Schooner beers including the beloved Hopvine IPA or their new Summer Ale. 

     

    New at the brewery, guests can enjoy a selection of refreshing spiked seltzers brewed in-house at Schooner in partnership with San Juan Seltzer. Choose from a variety of flavors inspired by the Pacific Northwest including: Huckleberry, Fuji Apple, Raspberry-Cran and Pure. The spiked seltzers are super light, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day on Schooner’s shaded patio. 

     

    Schooner’s menu offers a wide variety of dishes from Cuban Sliders, to Beer Braised Mussels, and even Street Tacos or Mac N’ Cheese. For a quick bite, check out the deli menu for made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

     

    Schooner Brewing opens at 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends. Schooner Brewing is located at 3901 1st Ave S in SODO. For more info and to reserve visit schoonerbrewingseattle.com or call 206.432.9734. 

     

    Local 360 Café & Bar

    Local 360 utilizes the best of the Northwest in their cooking with the majority of their ingredients coming from within 360 miles of Seattle. Sip local draft beers and spirits on their 1st Avenue deck this summer, just blocks from Pike Place Market! 

     

    Their menu offers large and small plates perfect for dining al fresco such as Oysters on the half shell, House-Cured Salmon, Asparagus Tartine with local goat cheese, and House-Grind Burgers. Peruse the drink menu for an extensive list of Washington spirits and regional wines.   

     

    Local 360 is open weekdays 11 a.m.-late and weekends 9 a.m.-late. Happy hour is served daily 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Local 360 is located at 2234 1st Ave in Belltown. For more info and to reserve visit local360.org or call 206.441.9360.   

     

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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.

     

    EH wine pickled cabbage

    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.

     

    Fish+Wine

    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.

     

    Sea Urchin Bowl

    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.

     

    Staff

    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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