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


    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


    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 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


    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 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


    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 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 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:


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

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  • Golden Beetle Expands Happy Hour . . . Again! 11.13.13

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    We mentioned a few weeks ago that Golden Beetle doubled their happy hour menu and added six new craft cocktails, too! Well, it’s time to get even happier – Golden Beetle gives you every excuse to make them THE happy hour destination for the holidays (and beyond!).

    In addition to the expanded menu, Golden Beetle is also expanding their hours! Instead of just one hour of happiness, you can now indulge for two, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. everyday in the entire restaurant.

    Also, every Sunday-Thursday the happy hour menu is offered all night for guests at the bar. So, belly up to the bar and indulge in craft cocktails and delicious Eastern Mediterranean fare, like the Skagit River Ranch burger with some of the best fries we’ve ever had (above), and the Fire & Honey Chicken Wings (below). We can definitely toast to that!

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  • C’mon Get Happy – Golden Beetle’s New Happy Hour 10.29.13

    Whether you are catching up with friends, celebrating the weekend’s arrival or just treating yourself from a hard day of work, Golden Beetle is now offering a new happy hour menu with twice as many food and drink choices! Happy hour at this popular Ballard spot is every day from 5 to 6 p.m.!

    GB HH pistacios

    For just $4, enjoy Fried Pistachios in Shells (pictured above), which are mixed with a spicy combination of lime, salt and aleppo. If you are looking for something to heat up your taste buds, the Fire & Honey Chicken Wings are seasoned with ginger, peanut and harissa, a Tunisian hot chili sauce made in house. If a spicy plate is not what you’re looking for then what better way to satisfy your veggie requirements than on a Mediterranean-style cheese and vegetable pizza with gruyere or feta.
    Top off your happy hour with some sweetly Spiced Donuts, covered in cardamom and cinnamon and partnered with a honey syrup dip (pictured below).

    GB HH donuts

    Are you feeling Barely Legal? Craving a Beetle Bug? Yearning for a Rosemary Margarita? Well, Golden Beetle offers all of the above and more in their new happy hour cocktail menu! Featuring unique blends that will wake up your palate, the cocktails work perfectly with any of the happy hour food items.

    Owned by award-winning chef Maria Hines, Golden Beetle focuses on using organic, wild and sustainable ingredients to make signature tasty and heat-spiced dishes. Stop by early to beat the crowd, as reservations are not accepted for happy hour. To make reservations for weekend brunch or nightly dinner, call 206.706.2977 or visit the website.

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  • Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Mondays! 03.18.13

    It might be Monday morning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be planning your next dinner. Only on Mondays, Golden Beetle is offering Build Your Own Mac & Cheese! Grab the kiddos, family and friends for a pasta experience that will satisfy everyone from the basic mac & cheese lover to the culinary enthusiast!

    Maria Hines is dishing out a menu with so many options it will take you most of the year to try them all. From a classic cream sauce to shrimp-parsley pesto sauce, gruyere to smoked gouda, spicy lamb sausage to crispy bacon and grill jalapeno to mushrooms and aleppo pepper, you can choose your own pasta (gluten-free also available), sauce and cheese then add your own meat, seafood or vegetarian additions, too.

    Start tonight! The menu is offered alongside the regular menu featuring Eastern Mediterranean fare and craft cocktails.

    Now you can look forward to delicious Monday night dinners! Find the full Mac & Cheese menu here and read about it more on Thrillist (Thanks for the photo above!),  Seattle Met and My Ballard.

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  • Maria Hines to open Golden Beetle in late Feb. 01.03.11

    You may have already seen today’s news on Eater National, Seattle Met, Seattle Weekly, My Wallingford, My Ballard or a host of other websites, Twitter and Facebook pages, but yes, it’s true, Maria Hines of Tilth has officially announced her second restaurant! Ballard will be the lucky recipient of Golden Beetle, come late February. Check out the full details in the press release below and stay tuned for other exciting news about Golden Beetle, its menu, craft cocktails and journey to becoming certified organic.

    For Immediate Release


    Award-winning Tilth chef-owner adds second restaurant

    SEATTLE – (Jan. 3, 2011) – Maria Hines, chef and owner of Tilth restaurant, will be opening a second restaurant slated for late February. The restaurant, Golden Beetle, will draw on the spices and strong, robust and earthy flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. Much like Tilth, Golden Beetle will source locally organic and seasonal products. Guests can expect a lively, bustling bar and restaurant atmosphere. Golden Beetle will be located at 1744 Northwest Market Street in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

    Hines recently announced her intention to open Golden Beetle and has now finalized her location lease. Hines is known for her commitment to locally organic and sustainable practices at Tilth, which will also be maintained at Golden Beetle. Tilth is one of only two Oregon Tilth certified restaurants in the country and Hines will seek this certification for Golden Beetle as well, meaning that 95 percent of what is purchased will be organic.

    Cultural influences of the Golden Beetle menu are rooted in Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The food will be rustic with spices such as sumac, fenugreek and ras al-hanout seasoning dishes as well as offering some heat spiced dishes. The selection of ingredients will also be reflective of the Eastern Mediterranean with an emphasis on small game birds, lamb and rabbit. Beef will be featured as skewers and meatballs in place of a large steak offering. Fish and vegetarian items will also be represented at Golden Beetle.

    The menu will focus largely on small plates with a more freestyle presentation that will be representative of what the menu reads. Larger entrée plates will make up approximately one-third of the menu and bare more resemblance to a composed and focused presentation. Overall, the menu will encompass elevated “street food” from the cultures in which it draws, slightly resembling a gastropub menu versus the elegant dishes found at Tilth.

    Craft cocktails will receive a strong emphasis and beer and wine offerings will feature Northwest selections that complement the menu’s flavor profiles.

    Hines’ interest in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine is rooted in her travels to the area, often due to her interest in rock climbing. “The food from these cultures really resonated with me. It is a bold and exciting departure from Tilth’s New American menu and demands a different type of creativity. It opens me up to exploring different flavor profiles and cooking techniques, which is incredibly exciting to me as a chef,” said Hines.

    Given her interest in the cuisine, the concept for a bar and restaurant seemed like a natural fit in Seattle. Eastern Mediterranean influences are not often seen in Seattle, especially with an emphasis on locally organic.

    Maria will split her time between Golden Beetle and Tilth. She recently promoted the Tilth sous chef, Jason Brzozowy, to chef de cuisine.

    Maria Hines is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Northwest of 2009, as well as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs of 2005. In 2008, the New York Times deemed Tilth one of the best new restaurants in the country.

    The name, Golden Beetle, is rooted in a celebrated 27 ingredient spice mixture from Morocco, ras al-hanout, which includes dried golden beetle, a Spanish fly that is considered an aphrodisiac. Golden Beetle will be open seven days a week beginning in late February. The seasonally changing menu and craft cocktails will focus on the flavors and spices of the Eastern Mediterranean. Golden Beetle will offer knowledgeable and friendly service in an elevated bar and restaurant setting with a hip, vivacious atmosphere that allows guests to sit back and relax, and enjoy exquisite food that has been prepared with a sustainable conscience. Golden Beetle will be located at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle, WA.

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