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  • Mother’s Day To-Go From Local Restaurants 04.29.20

     

     

     

    With the stay-home-order in place for this year’s Mother’s Day celebrations, local restaurants are preparing Mother’s Day brunch and dinner to-go!

     

    Although gatherings may be smaller this year, there are a variety of ways to celebrate with the family at home whether it’s serving a delicious breakfast in bed, enjoying brunch together, or digging into a spring-inspired dinner! Plus, special add on gifts from local vendors are also available for pickup.

     

    Read on for the full details and reserve your meals and gifts for pick up now!

     

    Breakfast in Bed To-Go at Cafe Flora

    This year Cafe Flora is adapting their annual Mother’s Day Prix-Fixe menu to allow for curbside pickup so moms can stay home (and even stay in bed) for brunch on their special day.

     

    The prix-fixe menu will be fully prepared and packaged up so the food is easily transportable, including reheating instructions so guests can prepare a fresh brunch on Mother’s Day morning. The menu is $45 per adult and comes with fresh baked pastries (gluten-free pastries available), fresh fruit, an entrée and a dessert. Each are generously portioned for one person.

     

    Entrée options include Spring Asparagus Quiche, and Tamal con Nopales (vegan and gluten-free), a grilled corn tamale on a bed of pilaf, grilled cactus and covered in tomatillo sauce topped with fresh mango-jicama lime salsa.

     

    If guests are serving brunch for the whole family, kid’s menus are $20 per child and include entrée options such as French Toast Bread Pudding and Vegan Breakfast Platter (vegan and gluten-free) with scrambled tofu and a side of roasted potatoes. Each kid’s meal is served with fresh fruit and pastries (gluten-free pastries available).

     

    There’s also the option to add Bloody Mary and Mimosa Kits to complete the meal!

     

    Cafe flora has also partnered with some of their favorite makers, growers, and producers to offer special gifts for mom, like Fran’s Chocolates, flower bouquets from Alm Hill Gardens, specialty wines, and more. View full menu and order brunch and gifts online at cafeflora.com/mothersday. Pick up is available on Friday, May 8 from 2-6 p.m. or Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at Cafe Flora. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E Madison St in Madison Park.

     

    Spring-Inspired Mother’s Day Dinner To-Go from Tilth

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines’ brings a beautiful, organic Mother’s Day spread with a ready-to-reheat dinner to-go from Tilth, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, too.

     

    The spring-inspired menu includes:

     

    Choice of appetizer:

    Asparagus Mushroom Tart

    Green Salad with Shaved Vegetables (gluten-free, vegan)

     

    Choice of entrée:

    Roasted Pork Loin with Fig and Port Gastrique (gluten-free, dairy-free)

    Oven Roasted Ling Cod with Garlic and Lemon (gluten-free, dairy-free) (+ $18)

    Vegetable Lasagna with Cauliflower and Mushroom Bolognese (vegetarian)

     

    Choice of side:

    Roasted Vegetables with Herbed Yogurt (gluten-free)

    Roasted Broccolini with Black Garlic and Poppy Seeds (gluten-free, vegan)

     

    Choice of dessert:

    Chocolate Torte with Marscapone (gluten-free)

    Carnaroli Rice Pudding with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote (gluten-free)

     

    Optional addon:

    Mont Marcal Brut Rosado (+ $35.00)

     

    Each meal feeds four people and is $175. Guests can order at tilthtogo.com and pick up at Tilth on Sunday, May 10 from 1-5 p.m. Each order includes reheating instructions. Tilth is located at 1411 N 45th St in Wallingford.

     

    Family Brunch To-Go from Cooks Tavern and Endolyne Joe’s

    Cooks Tavern in Tacoma and Endolyne Joe’s in West Seattle are gearing up for Mother’s Day with a special ‘Mama’s Day Brunch Kit’ for families of four and up, ready-to-reheat at home for Mother’s Day brunch!

     

    Guests will have the option to choose from Three Little Pigs Strata with ham, sausage, bacon and cheddar cheese or Spring Vegetable Strata with asparagus, bell pepper, cauliflower, and brie cheese, plus Cherry Crumble Coffee-Cake, Fruit Cocktail with melons, pineapple, and berries and cream cheese yogurt dip and a Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Guests can add a ‘Mom-osa’ Kit featuring a Bottle of Bubbles and Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice for an additional $25.

     

    Guests can order for pickup by calling Cooks Tavern at 253.327.1777 or Endolyne Joe’s at 206.937.5637. Orders must be placed by Friday, May 8 at 3 p.m. Each Brunch Kit is $60 plus tax and will include reheating instructions. Pickup on Saturday, May 9. Cooks Tavern is located at 3201 North 26th St in Tacoma. Endolyne Joe’s is located at 9261 45th Ave SW in West Seattle.

     

    Mother’s Day At-Home Cooking Inspiration from Washington Asparagus

    Nothing says spring like fresh Washington asparagus! This year locals are invited to treat mom to the flavors of spring with Washington Asparagus Recipes to enjoy at home. From quiches and scrambled eggs to a garnish for Bloody Marys, shaved in salads, roasted or grilled, there are a variety of ways to incorporate asparagus into the celebration!

     

    Recipes and inspiration can be found on the Washington Asparagus Pinterest page, plus cooking tips, storing techniques, how to pickle and more. Recipes from local Seattle chefs are available at waasparagus.com/recipes.

     

    Washington grown asparagus can be found in local grocery stores including Metropolitan Market, Safeway and PCC, and is often noted with signage, tags, or a rubber band around the bunch citing Washington grown.

     

    For more details on this year’s fresh crop, visit the Washington Asparagus Facebook and Instagram pages.

     

    Family-Style Sushi Platter To-Go from Shiro’s Sushi

    Shiro’s Sushi is offering a special Mother’s Day sushi menu, available to-go for at home celebrations!

     

    Their Family-Style Sushi Platter includes a variety of fresh nigiri including medium fatty tuna, tuna, sockeye salmon, salmon, albacore tuna, shrimp (boiled), sea eel, and zuke (marinated) salmon. It also includes six pieces of cucumber rolls, and six pieces of naga-imo rolls (Chinese yam with plum paste) and two signature Tamago egg omelets.

     

    Any mom who’s a sushi lover with appreciate this feast on her special day! To complete the meal, bottles of sake are also available for takeaway.

     

    Guests can pre-order by calling Shiro’s at 206.443.9844. Orders must be placed by Saturday, May 9. Pick up is at Shiro’s at 2401 2nd Ave in Belltown.

     

     

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  • Fresh Washington Asparagus is Now In Season! 04.16.20

     

     

    The Washington fresh asparagus season has arrived! Support our hard-working, local farmers and look for Washington asparagus while shopping online and in stores. Asparagus is often noted with signage, tags, or a rubber band around the bunch citing Washington grown. From skinny to jumbo to extra fancy, keep an eye out for this favorite springtime vegetable and #stalkup on fresh Washington asparagus from April to June!

     

    From roasting and grilling to quiches or soups, there are so many ways to incorporate asparagus into your meal planning! For recipe inspiration, cooking tips and more, visit the Washington Asparagus Pinterest page.

     

    Asparagus is labor intensive, accounting for 60 percent of the cost of asparagus. An asparagus farmer must harvest their asparagus fields every day of the season. Because the fragile spears rise from the earth in different places daily and are relatively fragile, each one must be individually hand-cut from the ground!

     

    Asparagus is known for making pee smell funny, but it can do so much more, like help you beat bloat and lose weight, thanks to its diuretic properties and high fiber content! It’s also packed with other nutrients like vitamins A, C, K, and B6. Asparagus is also a great source of vitamin E, which strengthens your immune system!

     

    When shopping for fresh Washington asparagus, choose odorless, green firm stalks with dry, compact to slightly open tips. Our state’s “Extra Fancy” fresh asparagus is a step above USDA standards, meaning tighter, more uniformly-packed stalks with superior quality! To store at home, wrap the ends of the stalks in a wet paper towel and place them inside a plastic bag or jar. Asparagus are thirsty and this method keeps them fresher longer! Get the best from anywhere across the country (and imports) by buying local!

     

    Share your photos, recipes and follow along on the Washington Asparagus Facebook and Instagram.

     

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  • Washington Fresh Asparagus Now Available at Stores & Local Restaurants! 04.23.18

     

    The local Washington asparagus season has begun!

     

    Nearly 100 asparagus farmers in Eastern Washington have begun their harvest, packing the first of fresh Washington State asparagus. Last year, 21 million pounds of Washington asparagus were harvested, making Washington State the largest grower of asparagus in the United States!

     

    During April, May and June asparagus takes over the culinary spotlight throughout the Northwest! Shoppers have access to asparagus all year long due to international imports, but with much fewer road miles and transit time from farm to market, the local product offers fresher flavor and better quality than imported asparagus. Plus you are supporting our local farmers, so make sure your asparagus is labeled Washington and if not, ask your produce department.

     

     

    Did you know? Asparagus is labor intensive, accounting for 60 percent of the cost of asparagus. An asparagus farmer must harvest his or her fields of asparagus every day of the season. Because the fragile spears rise from the earth in different places daily and are relatively fragile, each one must be individually hand-cut from the ground.

     

    Washington State’s asparagus industry also offers the USDA Grade “Washington Extra Fancy” asparagus, which is a superior product that offers the best possible quality of asparagus. Another favorite in the Washington asparagus industry is Jumbo Asparagus. Jumbo asparagus doesn’t differ in flavor but has thicker stalks and a heartier texture, excellent for grilling! Shoppers are encouraged to #stalkup on Extra Fancy and Jumbo asparagus at Metropolitan Markets throughout Western Washington! And if you’re near Spokane pick up your asparagus at My Fresh Basket.

     

     

    In addition to Washington asparagus hitting grocery stores, dozens of Seattle and Eastside restaurants have fresh Washington asparagus on their menus with unique and delicious dishes such as Asparagus Caesar at Cantina Leña, Chicken Piccata with Grilled Washington Asparagus at Agrodolce, Washington Asparagus with Lemon Brown Butter at Lark, Braised Oregon Rabbit with Washington Asparagus and Green Garlic Cavatelli at RN74 and more.

     

    Local Restaurants with Fresh Washington Asparagus dishes include:

    Agrodolce

    Bastille

    Belltown Brewing

    Brave Horse Tavern

    Brimmer & Heeltap

    Café Juanita

    Cantina Lena

    Cuoco

    Dahlia Lounge

    Joule

    Lark

    Local 360 Café & Bar

    Loulay

    Luc

    Poquitos

    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Rhein Haus (Seattle & Tacoma)

    RN74

    Stoneburner

    The Carlile Room

    Tilth 

    Wandering Goose

     

    Additionally, check out Washington asparagus featured in Alaska Beyond Magazine, Seattle Kitchen Radio Show and 425 Magazine this past month!

     

     

    Asparagus packs great health benefits. It is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C and is among the best vegetable sources for folate (a prenatal staple to help prevent birth defects) and glutathione (an anti-carcinogen and antioxidant). It contains no fat, no cholesterol and is very high in fiber. For home cooks, asparagus offers versatility: steamed, simmered, roasted, grilled, sautéed or wok-fried. For recipes, cooking tips and nutrition information go to waasparagus.com/recipes.

     

    Lastly, to enjoy all of the delicious and healthful benefits of asparagus head to the Tri-Cities May 12 for the Asparagus Fest & Brews in Pasco! Learn about asparagus while having some fun with live music, brews and sampling a variety of asparagus concoctions (asparagus ice cream, anyone?!). Enjoy music from Knutzen Brothers and Badlandz, sip brews at the Watering Hole, sample a variety of Asparagus delicacies–deep fried, grilled, and pickled. Meet the farmer on a hayride tour of an operational asparagus farm to learn where your food comes from, and walk away with some fresh asparagus! Plus play around on Middleton’s jumping pillow, human foosball and other great games, and asparagus eating contests. Asparagus themed dinner will be available for purchase from local restaurants.

     

    The 2018 Asparagus Fest & Brews will be held May 12th at Middleton Six Sons Farms from 5-10pm for only $10 admission. We’ll see you there!!

     

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