• Summer Camps for Aspiring Chefs! 06.04.14


    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!



    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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  • Summer Kicks Off Happy Hour and Patio Dining 05.29.12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Pure Barre + Victoria’s Secret! 03.21.12

    Swimsuit season is just around the corner and the ladies at Pure Barre and Victoria’s Secret know that means it’s time to get in shape! Pure Barre founder Carrie Dorr joined Victoria’s Secret for a live chat last night in New York City. She shows them a few keys moves to tone your abs, arms, hips, thighs and seat for summer.

    Watch here to get the scoop on Pure Barre, at about 19 minutes in. Victoria’s Secret shares hair and makeup tips, new swimsuits and tips from the models themselves. Then get yourself to Pure Barre classes in Seattle or Bellevue and let them whip you in to shape in no time!

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