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  • Gobble Up Thanksgiving Feasts at Local Restaurants 11.14.16

    Flavor abounds this holiday season as several of Seattle’s top restaurants take the stress out of Thanksgiving by offering delicious holiday dinners and convenient to-go options. Menus range from holiday classics and to-go options for family affairs to unique turkey day alternatives, including a long-running vegetarian feast, a French influenced dinner, and seafood options served right alongside traditional fixings.

    Italian Family-Style Feast at Agrodolce  

    Chef Maria Hines provides a family-style, Italian-inspired Thanksgiving feast that mixes the finest seasonal ingredients with traditional Sicilian recipes at Agrodolce. Intended to be shared with family, friends and loved ones, the three-course menu starts off with House Made Focaccia, Arugula and Radicchio Salad and Alvarez Purple Potato Zeppoli with salmon roe and Meyer lemon aioli. The festive feast continues with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, house-milled Acorn Squash Cavatelli and organic Turkey Breast with roasted yams and sweet potatoes and agrodolce onions. For something sweet, Agrodolce is serving up beautiful Pumpkin Cheesecake with sheep’s milk ricotta, quince and pumpkin seed brittle.

    The family-style dinner, offered from 3 – 6 p.m., is $65 per person with optional wine pairings for $35. Full menu details can be viewed here. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting agrodolcerestaurant.net or by calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street.

    Agrodolce


    Celebrate Cafe Flora’s 25th Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving 

    Long-standing traditions are what Thanksgiving is about, and Cafe Flora’s celebration is no exception! For 25 years Cafe Flora has offered a memorable, vegetarian Thanksgiving and this year it takes form in two thoughtfully crafted, four-course menus for the whole family. The adult four-course menu includes seasonally-inspired options such as Heirloom Potato, Celery Root, and Black Garlic Soup with black pepper shortbread (available vegan/gluten free), Marsala Mushroom and Cauliflower Ragout over roasted squash with smashed rutabaga and Yukon gold potato, green bean fried shallots and fresh pomegranate-Asian pear chutney (vegan and gluten free), Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham crust, meringue, candied pepitas with chamomile anglaise (vegan and gluten free) and more. Cafe Flora also offers a four-course vegan and gluten-free kids menu with fun, tasty dishes including Cauliflower Potato Corn Chowder with crunchy onion rounds, Garden Salad with carrot ribbons, orange segments, pomegranate seeds and creamy ranch dressing, Mini Shepherd’s Pie with seasonal vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, served with green beans, crispy onions and cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream for dessert!

    The four-course menu is $75 per person; the kids menu is $25 for children age 12 and under. Full menus can be viewed by visiting cafeflora.com and reservations can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street.

     

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    Inspired Thanksgiving Classics and To-Go Meals at Miller’s Guild 

    Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson presents a gorgeous Thanksgiving spread with dressed-up classic dishes at his wood-fired, craft cooking restaurant, Miller’s Guild. The same menu is offered for those that would rather enjoy the holiday at home around the dining room table. Either option will deliver a memorable Thanksgiving with Smoked Duram Ranch Wagyu Beef Prime Rib with truffled watercress and whipped horseradish or Turkey Leg Confit with shrapnel gravy. Sides include Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Schmaltz Stuffing with house made sourdough and more. For dessert, guests can indulge in Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie or Brown Sugar Apple Crisp with buttermilk vanilla ice cream. For those really looking to feast, Miller’s Guild offers extras such as Roasted Bella Bella Farms Foie Gras, Grilled King Crab Legs and Handmade Tagliatelle Pasta with parmesan fondue, shaved French black truffles pancetta and poached egg. Diners can also expect a carefully curated list of elegant white and red wines, sparkling champagnes and seasonally-inspired craft cocktails to be thankful for this year at Miller’s Guild including Fall Migration with aged Martinique rum, walnut liqueur, fresh cranberry juice and maple syrup.

    For those who prefer to enjoy their holiday dinner in the comfort of their own home, Miller’s Guild offers the Thanksgiving menu as a delicious and stress free to-go option, $49.85 per person. Orders must be placed by November 20 and picked up on November 23. The Thanksgiving dinner menu enjoyed at Miller’s Guild is $89 per adult and $48 per child age 12 and under. Full menu can be viewed here. Reservations and to-go orders can be made by calling 206.443.3663 or online at millersguild.com. Miller’s Guild is located downtown at 612 Stewart Street.

    Miller's Guild


    Fresh, Flavorful Seafood and More at Iconic Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe 

    Seattle’s premiere seafood destinations, Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, offers elegant, holiday favorites and fresh seafood specialties. In the Boathouse, guests can enjoy a three-course a la carte Thanksgiving dinner. To start, guests can enjoy Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche, Autumn Chicory Salad or Dungeness Crab Cocktail. Main course options include Ray’s Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, green beans and gravy, Spice Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef, Grilled King Salmon or Pan Seared Halibut. For dessert, Ray’s offers signature fresh-baked Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The three-course menu is available for $55 per person, half price for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  In the Cafe, Ray’s will showcase their signature Thanksgiving buffet. With a wide array of dishes to choose from, diners can assemble their perfect Thanksgiving feast with noteworthy options such as fresh-shucked Half Shell Oysters, Peel and Eat Prawns, and Alaskan Snow Crab at the Seafood Bar and Shucking StationHouse Smoked Northwest Salmon at the Carving Station, Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with cucumber, tomato, lemon and herbs, Manila Clams, Butter Whipped Washington Russet Potatoes, Oven Roasted Turkey, Traditional Herbed Stuffing, Glazed Carrots, a multitude of house-made seasonal desserts, and much more.

    The holiday buffet is available for $55 per person, $20 for children ages five-11 and free for children under five.  Full menus can be viewed here. Reservations are required for both the Boathouse and Cafe and are available from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Boathouse and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cafe. Boathouse reservations can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or visiting rays.com. Cafe reservations can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or visiting rays.com. The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu. Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle.

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    French-Inspired Fare to Be Thankful For at RN74 

    Newly announced Executive Chef Ben Godwin brings French-inspired fare and specially selected wines from RN74’s curated cellar for Thanksgiving dinner. The unique, delicious holiday offerings include Glazed Veal Sweetbreads with sunchoke, matsutake and sourdough paired with Walter Scott Chardonnay La Combe VerteShort Rib Bourguignon with oxtail croquette, pot roast vegetables and bone marrow custard accompanied by Va Piano Cabernet Blend OxButter Basted Heritage Turkey with roasted chestnut and foie gras stuffing and cranberry-orange compote paired with Frédéric Magnien Bourgogne Rouge, and Vanilla Beignet and Butterscotch Pudding with Smith-Woodhouse 10 year Tawny Port and more.

    The dinner menu is $70 per person; the wine pairing is an additional $35. The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations can be made by visiting michaelmina.net or by calling 206.456.7474. RN74 is located downtown at 1433 4th Avenue and Pike Street.

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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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  • Celebrate Copper River Salmon Season at Ray’s! 05.22.15



    With the 2015 Copper River salmon season currently underway, Ray’s Boathouse and Café is featuring special pairings of the highly sought after salmon and selections of pinot noir in both restaurants through June 15.

    Ray’s history with Copper River salmon is long and rich. Jon Rowley brought the first Copper River to Ray’s in 1983. It became an instant hit and has since been a coveted seasonal delicacy. Ray’s decision to pair red wine, specifically pinot noir, with the Copper River fish was also the first kind of its kind and still lives on as a tradition at Ray’s today!

    Ray’s specials include a selection of 20 Oregon pinot noirs via Ray’s Coravin wine system, including Domaine Drouhin, Shea Wine Cellars, and Beaux Frères. The rich flavors of the chosen wines compliment the fat-bellied flavor of the salmon.

    Ray’s Café will be offering specials of pinots and rich chardonnays to compliment the salmon as well.

    Book a lunch or dinner at Ray’s now through June 15 to enjoy these delicious pairings in the Café or Boathouse!

    Ray’s Boathouse and Café is located at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle 98107. Reservations for the Boathouse can be made at rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation while reservations for the Café can be made at rays.com/rays-café-reservation.

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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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  • Ramping Up for Fall at Maria Hines Restaurants! 08.28.14

    The end of summer brings new ways to indulge at Maria Hines Restaurants, including Tilth’s highly popular 8th Anniversary BBQ pop-up, happy hours, family-style dinners, new wine programs, and more! Visit Tilth, Golden Beetle, and Agrodolce to capture some of those late summer flavors.

    Tilth’s Anniversary BBQ Pop-Up: Sept. 1


    Tilth is celebrating its 8th anniversary this Labor Day! To commence the celebration, Tilth is repeating its BBQ pop-up that was so successful during the 7th anniversary (it sold out), giving it a refreshed menu, and serving it up all day (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) in the dining room and on the patio. It’s one of Maria’s favorite forms of cooking so you can be sure to enjoy some of her specialties.
    Featuring 11 items for just $50, Start your meal with the Deviled Eggs, prepared with crème fraiche, caper, and smoked salmon; taste the crisply fresh Watermelon Salad with French melon, mint, and feta; work your way to the spicy sweet Anson Mills Hush Puppies with fresh corn, jalapeno, and chili honey and enjoy Coffee Rubbed Wagyu Beef Brisket with heirloom tomato sauce and pickled Walla Walla onion.

    What would a full BBQ meal be without dessert? Indulge in Bruleed Billy’s Stonefruit with crème fraiche ice cream, and thyme crumble to finish off your meal with a satisfying sweet treat. $50 includes the full menu. There is also an optional drink-pairing menu with BBQ-inspired beverages for $25.

    Celebrate 8 years of the restaurant that The New York Times named one of the best new restaurants in the country and earned Maria Hines her James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Northwest, along many other accolades. Make your reservations online or call 206.633.0801. Tilth is located at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

    Golden Beetle takes Happy Hour outside


    Golden Beetle is certainly enjoying the last month of summer by extending happy hour out on the patio all night, every night. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. daily, enjoy all-night happy hour both inside at the bar and outdoors with all menu items $8 and under! Taste the refreshing Rosemary Margarita, with blanco tequila, lime, rosemary syrup; the fruity Beetle Bug, with vodka, fruit puree, lemon, and soda water; and the highly popular Fire & Honey Chicken Wings. No matter what day of the week, relax and enjoy a few tasty sips and bites out on Golden Beetle’s patio for a peaceful summer evening. Just read what Seattle Eater had to say about Golden Beetle in their top “15 Seattle Happy Hours to Try Now!

    Agrodolce Offers Alena’s Cult Classics


    Every Friday and Saturday night enjoy Alena’s Cult Classics at Agrodolce! Alena, the General Manager and Sommelier of Agrodolce, hand-selects high-end and small production wines to feature by the glass for only $12-18, and sometimes by the carafe. Step outside of your usual palette and explore new wines you’ve never tried before, lesser-known wines, and highly coveted wines, many that are much more affordable at glass pours then indulging in the whole bottle! Enjoy such indigenous wines of Sicily including ValCerasa, Etna Biano 2009 and Feudi del Pisciotto, Frappato 2011 and broader Italian wines such as Livio Felluga, Fruilano, Fruili Venezia Giulia, 2011 and La Spinetta, “il rose de casanova,” Chianti, Toscano 2013, and more. The hand picked selections changes weekly. Check out the full wine list online and be sure to stop in on Friday and Saturday nights for Alena’s Cult Classics.

    Family-Style Dinners


    Too good to just be at one restaurant, both Agrodolce and Golden Beetle are offering family-style menus every Sunday-Thursday! The multi-course menus change every week. Whether you’re in the mood for Southern Italian and Sicilian at Agrodolce or Eastern Mediterranean fare at Golden-Beetle, bring your friends and family for something that everyone can enjoy! Golden Beetle’s menu features three-courses for $32 and Agrodolce features five-courses (antipasti, salad, pasta, vegetable, protein) for $36.

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  • What’s Happening at LloydMartin 07.31.14



    There is a lot happening for Queen Anne’s neighborhood gem, LloydMartin, this summer. From new menu options, to market dinners, to a wine pairing dinner at the picturesque Bella Luna Farms, LloydMartin has the perfect summer plans in store for you.

    Nestled right in the heart of Queen Anne, LloydMartin distinguishes itself as a restaurant known for creating unique and dynamic menus daily based on fresh ingredients from purveyors. Chef-owner Sam Crannell brilliantly crafts his creative dishes with housemade ingredients and routinely uses distinctive items such as exotic meats, specialty imports and luxurious ingredients.

    Market Dinners
    LloydMartin’s highly popular Market Dinners are back again! Every Thursday, Chef Sam Crannell visits his neighborhood farmers market on Queen Anne to pick out fresh-from-the-farm produce, straight from the farmers themselves. The strong vegetable and fruit presence at the market makes the 3-course meal at LloydMartin entirely vegetarian! Enjoy only seasonal ingredients in your Market Dinners, such as fresh blueberries from Skagit Sun or summer squash from Tonnemaker Family Orchard. Each one of Chef Crannell’s ingredients is carefully hand-selected to create the fresh, sustainable Market meals. Feel free to come by more than once as the innovative menu changes week to week and is always just $30 per person. Reservations are recommended. Check out what Seattle Weekly has to say about the popular Market Dinners.

    3-Courses for $45
    Due to popular demand, LloydMartin is now offering 3-course dinners for $45. Taken from the daily menu, which is still offered a la carte, guests can now assemble their own 3-course selection from a whole new variety of unique dishes. Start your meal with the Confit Peach, fashioned with aerated blue cheese, arugula, and spicy marcona granola. Then work your way to the main course, and indulge in a savory plate such as the Lan Rock Pork Tenderloin, prepared with cherries, mustard, kale, and romesco risotto. Finish off with the sweet crème brulee, or hot fudge sundae, with housemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate, salted nuts, and a brandy cherry. The menu changes daily and guests can still order any number of dishes, but the price incentive for ordering three is well worth it! Select any one item from each section in the everyday menu to create your own personalized, mouth-watering 3-course feast. Still can’t wrap your head around it? Just read what the Puget Sound Business Journal had to say about Chef Crannell’s innovative decision to implement a fixed-priced menu option and return to a true dining experience.

    Bella Luna Farms Dinner
    LloydMartin’s Chef Sam Crannell is teaming up with Sommelier Shannon Borg to host an elegant and intimate dinner at Bella Luna Farms, August 17. The evening will consist of a guided tour of Bella Luna’s beautiful, scenic grounds and an elegant 5-course dinner featuring ingredients sourced from within 30 miles of the farm. Shannon Borg will pair West Coast Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Wines with each one of Chef Crannell’s delectable dishes. Accompanying Chef Crannell in the kitchen will be Chef Dan Matthiesen and Chef Tracey Stoner Crannell of LloydMartin. Guests are encouraged to mix and mingle as they enjoy the finest tastes and sips throughout the evening. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $200 per person. Purchase your tickets for this exceptional, one-of-a-kind event and learn more about the Chefs of LloydMartin and Shannon Borg via the event page http://bellalunafarms.brownpapertickets.com.

    Here is a sneak preview of the menu.
    Menu is subject to change based on the various ingredients available (sourced within 30 miles of Bella Luna Farms).

    Starter: assorted pizzas and farm snacks
    Midcourse: wood roasted beets · farm greens, shaved goat cheese, herb dressing
    Pasta: chitarra · tomato, garden pesto, 25 year balsamic
    Entrée: aspen hollow ewe · loin and leg, grill sauces, grilled “ratatouille”
    Sweet: Plum galette, honey, goat cheese ice cream

    LloydMartin’s summer lineup is full of fresh, flavorful bites and great deals. Enjoy meals crafted with locally grown ingredients straight from the farm at the Market Dinners, or indulge in the 3-course meals for $45 any day in the restaurant (Tuesday-Saturday). If you are looking for a charming night out, consider attending the Bella Luna Farms dinner and experience a night full of extravagant wines and memorable dishes..

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  • Purchase Bastille Bash Tickets Online by Jul. 10! 07.09.14



    Madison Valley’s third annual Bastille Bash is this Saturday, July 12 from 3-8 p.m.! The French-inspired celebration is expected to sell out so beat the lines this weekend by purchasing your tickets early. Food tickets and wine passports are available for purchase online until 12 p.m., Thursday, July 10. After that they will be available for purchase on July 12 at Bastille Bash.

    Food tickets are sold in packages of four for $10. Each restaurant offers various menu items for one, two, or three tickets. One wine passport, priced at $20, entitles you to 10 tastings of wine, beer, or spirits. Bottles of wine will be for sale to take home and all proceeds benefit Art With Heart.

    Wine and dine all along East Madison Street as local restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries serve Parisian-inspired bites and refreshments. Here’s a sampling of what to expect:

    Restaurants & Food:
    Ascona Chocolate – Handmade chocolates
    Bar Cantinetta – Meatballs, pecorino, fettunta
    Belle Epicurean – Macarons, beet salad.
    Cafe Flora – French brie and fresh tomato on baguette; Local berry bowls with fresh whipped cream.
    Crush – Bites from Chef Jason Wilson
    Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse – Shakerado (iced coffee drink); Cookies (shortbread or chocolate chip).
    Harvest Vine – Paella.
    Luc – Pork sausage, white beans, pickled vegetables.
    Queen Bee – Crumpets with French brie and honey poached Rainier cherries; Duck confit, whole grain mustard and rosemary aioli.
    Seattle Salads – Coconut Oil Popcorn: garlic or curry; Mini Salad Shakers in 3 varieties: Salade Nicoise, Lime Peanut Salad, Strawberry Mint Salad
    Simply Soulful – Iced tea/sweet tea; Sliders; Gumbo.
    Chef Thierry’s Dessert Booth – Yogurt bavarois, strawberries, blueberries, struesel.

    Cool down with sips from some of Washington’s best wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

    Wineries:
    Boisset Family Estates
    Forgeron Cellars
    Garagiste Wine
    Mark Ryan Winery
    Pomum Cellars
    Smasne Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Woodhouse Wine Estates
    Zero One Vintners

    Distilleries:
    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    Sodo Spirits

    Breweries:
    Elysian Brewing
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Guests will also enjoy live French music and entertainment, street performers, kids activities, and more. Come by this Saturday to celebrate everything French in the name of the revolution!

    For more information about the event including maps, entertainment schedules, vendors, and more details, visit the Bastille Bash website. Follow Bastille Bash on Facebook for the latest updates.

    Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Art With Heart. The Detleft Schrempf Foundation supports organizations that provide assistance to children and families of the Northwest. Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression.

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  • The 3rd Annual Bastille Bash is June 12! 07.02.14

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    Bonjour! The storming of the Bastille is approaching–the storming of the “Bastille Bash” that is! Madison Valley will host their third annual “Bastille Bash” up and down East Madison Street, Saturday, July 12th from 3-8 p.m. Stop by to enjoy copious amounts of French flair provided by Madison Valley restaurants, bars, shops and more.

    Come prepared to bon appétit! Indulge in French inspired cuisine by local favorites Voila and Luc, or take a bite out of Seattle’s “Best Macaron” by beloved Parisian patisserie, Belle Epicurean. Over a dozen Madison Valley restaurants will be participating in the bash, offering enticing sweet and savory bites inspired by French cuisine.

    Although Madison Street may be far from the rolling vineyards of Bordeaux, that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy a glass of wine in the name of the revolution! Take a sip from some of Washington’s best local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and stroll down Madison colorfully decked out in red, white, and blue. Oui oui!

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    Guest will also enjoy live entertainment and music throughout the bash, which includes burlesque dancers, street performers, stilt walkers, accordion players and more.

    For more information about the event including maps, entertainment schedules, and highlights, visit the Bastille Bash website, and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.

    Tickets:
    The event is free to attend, but be sure to purchase food tickets and wine passports in advance to beat the lines!

    Beneficiary:
    Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Art With Heart. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation supports organizations that provide assistance to children and families of the Northwest. Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression.

    Bastille Bash Participating Businesses:
    Restaurants & Food:
    Araya’s Place
    Ascona Chocolate
    Bar Cantinetta
    Belle Epicurean
    Cafe Flora
    Crush
    Essential Baking
    Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse
    Harvest Vine
    Jae’s Asian Bistro and Sushi
    Luc
    Northwest Catering
    Pagliacci Pizza
    Queen Bee
    Seattle Salads
    Simply Soulful
    The Spoon Project
    Thierry’s BBQ
    Voila

    Wineries: (Bottles of wine will be for sale to take home. All proceeds benefit Art With Heart.)
    Forgeron Cellars
    Pomum Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Zero One Vintners
    Boisset Family Estates
    Mark Ryan Winery
    Smasne Cellars
    Woodhouse Wine Estates
    Garagiste Wine

    Breweries:
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Distilleries:
    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    SoDo Spirits

    Retailers:
    All The Best Pet Care
    Baas Framing Studio
    City People’s
    Fast Frame
    Fury Consignment
    Henrietta’s Hats
    Hoa Salon
    Honey Skin Spa
    Istina
    Jarbo Design
    Kate’s Day Spa
    Lavender Heart
    Lila Yoga
    Maison Lux
    Missi Lu
    Paragon Fitness
    River Song
    Sugarlump
    Vian Hunter

    Entertainment from local artists + performers:
    Live music: Vin Voleur, Nu Klezmer Army, Isobella Bloom Duet, street buskers and more.
    Burlesque & Dance: The Shanghai Pearl, Russel Bruner, Inga Ingenue, Rainbow Fletcher, The Castaways, and Holly Pop.
    Street performers: Cherry Manhattan as Marie Antoinette, juggler Nickolai Pirak, stilt walker Babette LaFave, mime Tiny Tim, and more.

    We hope to see you at this lively celebration of fine French food, wine, music, and entertainment! Au revoir!

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

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

     

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

     

    Sustainable Romance at Cafe Flora

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Indulge at LloydMartin

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Tilth Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend

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

     

    Dinner is $85 per person with optional wine pairings.

     

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

     

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

     

    Valentine Amore at Agrodolce

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Taste the Mediterranean this Valentine’s Day

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Shanik Tempts with Dine-in and Take-out Options

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Spoil Your Valentine at Crush

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

     

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

     

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

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  • Bastille Bash is tomorrow July 13th! 07.12.13



    Bonjour! Madison Valley’s 2nd annual Bastille Bash is this Saturday, July 13 from 3-8 p.m.! They are decking out East Madison with French flags, banners and all things red, white and blue and getting ready to enjoy la vie en rose.

    Festivities will take place up and down East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenues. Guests will enjoy Bastille Day celebrations, indulge in French inspired food from Madison Valley restaurants, taste sips from Northwest wineries, breweries and distilleries, be entertained by live music, street performers and live chef and gardening demos, and kids activities.

    View menus, entertainment schedules, maps and more online to plan your afternoon and ensure you don’t miss a thing, then follow their Facebook page to receive instant updates.

    Highlights include: Spirits Garden in Rover’s courtyard, eight live music and dance acts, bites and sips from more than 30 food and beverage partners, a chef demo stage featuring Cormac Mahoney of Madison Park Conservatory, Jason Wilson of Crush, Jim Drohman of Le Pichet and Cafe Presse, and John Platt of St. Cloud, and the chance to win a weekend in Paris by France Homestyle!

    Beneficiary: Proceeds from Bastille Bash support the Children’s Response Center.

    Tickets: The event is FREE to attend and tickets for food and beverages will be sold at the event on 29th Avenue. Food is priced at $2.50, $5.00, $7.50 per bite and tickets can be purchased in $10 increments. The Wine Passport includes tastings of wine, beer and spirits from each of the purveyors for $20 per person, including your own wine glass.

    With all the fun festivities in store, the local media has been buzzing. Here are some highlights of recent articles and radio interviews to get all the Bastille Bash scoop:

    The Stranger Suggests you hightail it to Bastille Bash to catch a glimpse of their Marie Antoinette impersonator!
    – They love Bastille Bash’s Francophilia and retail offerings over at Seattle Met Magazine.
    Seattle Magazine says Bastille Bash is a MUST for this weekend.
    Daily Candy can’t wait to enjoy the Spirits Garden at Rover’s and how the neighborhood is reminiscent of a bucolic village in Provence.
    KIRO Radio’s “Let’s Eat” hosts had a blast chatting up Nat Stratton-Clarke, one of the event creators and planners, about the amazing chef talent for the demos and enjoying French culture in Seattle.
    – Neighborhood paper the Madison Park Times is excited Bastille Bash is back for a second year!
    Chat With Women radio network host Holly Brown, of The Brown Lounge, chatted with Nat about all of the delicious French food and wine offered at Bastille Bash, eating local, and how to cook simple French food at home.
    The Seattle Times highlighted Bastille Bash in their Sunday NW Arts & Life section as a must attend event this week!
    – The moms over at Red Tricycle gave Bastille Bash the thumbs up for their kid friendly activities like art classes at Thrive, and event proceeds that benefit the Children’s Response Center.

    Bastille Bash Food Partners:
    Cafe Flora
    Crush
    Dry Soda
    Essential Baking
    Harbor Point Coffee
    Harvest Vine
    Ines Patisserie
    Jae’s Asian Bistro & Sushi
    Luc
    Pagliacci
    Perrier
    Rover’s
    Seattle Salads
    The Spoon Project
    Voila! Bistrot

    Wineries:
    Balboa Winery
    Beresan Winery
    Facelli Winery
    Forgeron Cellars
    Hestia Cellars
    Kiona Vineyards & Winery
    OS Winery
    Patterson Cellars
    Pomum Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Walla Walla Vintners
    William Church Winery

    Breweries:
    Fremont Brewing
    Mac & Jack’s Brewery
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Distilleries:
    BroVo Spirits
    El Zacatecano
    Project V
    Sidetrack Distillery

    Kids Activities:
    Thrive Art School – French inspired art workshops. Ages 5-9; $45. Register in advance on their website.
    Genius, A Baby Academy – Free French themed activities for parents and kids.

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