• Book Your 2014 Holiday Party! 11.20.14

    With December just around the corner it’s the perfect time to start booking your holiday parties! Seattle’s best restaurants and caterers are ready to host you and your crew this holiday season and each offers a plethora of dining, beverage and set up options. Whether you’re planning a casual or formal work party, family event, or fun get-together with friends, we have the perfect fit for you. Read on for inspiration and book today!

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge

    Bell + Whete, Belltown’s best new restaurant and lounge, has a large, yet intimate event space that can seat parties of up to 45 guests (50 reception style). Their private dining room is secluded and offers an intimate setting for family, friends, and coworkers. Rent the venue for your holiday party and Bell + Whete’s event specialist will work with you to create a custom menu, a la carte options, and special drink menus to ensure your party is a success.

    Bell + Whete’s expansive bar has nearly seventy international beers and ciders on tap, bottled beer, wines, and an extensive gin and whiskey inventory. Choose beverage options for your group, from a specific cocktail list, open bar, or signature drinks.

    To learn more or to book your event at Bell + Whete contact Heather Chambers at or visit

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar

    The Loft

    The Loft is a private event room located above the restaurant and is perfect for family style dining or intimate dinner parties. Your guests are sure to love the space, complete with its own private bar and communal table with seating up to 30.

    The Chef’s Table

    Local 360’s Chef’s Table is like having your own private restaurant. The large, spacious room, adorned with farmhouse elegance, is complete with a private kitchen, bar, and country farm table, seating up to parties of 55 guests (70 as a reception space). Specialty menus, a la carte options, or all-inclusive creations are available. Feel right at home during the holidays in their charming, country-style accommodation.

    To book your event at either of Local 360’s private spaces, visit

    Fonté Cafe

    Fonté Café’s beautifully appointed downtown Seattle cafe and outstanding menu by Executive Chef Kristofer Kalinczok provide the perfect setting for an exclusive holiday party. Event formats include small, intimate get-togethers, traditional cocktail parties, formal coursed seated dinners, thematic cooking classes, wine-pairing activities, and even pig roasts! The options are endless and Fonté will accommodate your out-of-the-box ideas.

    Fonté Café’s world-class wine list, craft cocktails, and master-roasted coffees are available for all events. For top-quality sips and dining, consider Fonté for your holiday party. For more information on booking events call Travis Ulrich, 206.777.6193, and visit

    Blue Ribbon Cooking

    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides companies, friends, groups and families a unique and exciting array of holiday party experiences. Book an Iron Chef cooking competition and compete in teams to create the best dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy a meal together while watching the Christmas ships. Or book a Cooking For A Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon delivers while guests sit down to dinner. Blue Ribbon also caters any event big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus, cocktail competitions and more at their waterfront venue on Lake Union, or at a venue or home of the guest’s choice!

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E. Seattle, 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit to book an event.

    Cafe Flora

    Mix it up this holiday season and take family and friends out for an evening of hearty, seasonally sourced vegetarian and vegan dining. Cafe Flora‘s diverse Madison Valley restaurant provides the perfect, elegant setting for small or large parties. The atrium, garden room, and main dining room provide beautiful event spaces for seating ranging from 30 guests up to 125.

    Book your holiday event at Cafe Flora and their team will create a menu just for you, and customize special wine and cocktail pairings to accompany your meal. Dishes can be served in a variety of ways including plated dinners, family-style or buffet.Contact Cafe Flora’s event manager,, to learn more.


    If you are hosting your own holiday party at a local venue or at home, consider Shanik’s Indian catering for your event! Your whole group will enjoy delicious, flavorful Indian dishes hot and fresh from the market. Shanik is famous for their modern, Indian comfort food with popular dishes such as their mouth-watering lamb popsicles. Now you can enjoy Shanik in the luxury of your own home or event location.

    Shanik can accommodate takeout orders for up to 50 people. Orders are customizable within the limits of their menu. Call at least two days in advance, 206.486.6884.

    Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle offers catering from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines! Enjoy fresh, organic Mediterranean cuisine available for large-group take-out orders, or cooked in the comfort of your own home. If you’re hosting a private sit-down dinner, Golden Beetle will provide service staff and delicious food for parties up to 12 people. For larger holiday parties, Golden Beetle can provide hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers for up to 50 guests.

    From fresh dips and wood fired flat bread to braised goat tagine, let Golden Beetle cater your holiday event and enjoy the cozy, warm spices Eastern Mediterranean cuisine has to offer! Contact Skye at or call 206.706.2977 for more information.

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  • Bastille Bash in Madison Valley July 14! 07.09.12

    Live music, gourmet food, wine tasting and family activities

    SEATTLE—The neighborhood of Madison Valley will host their first “Bastille Bash” on Saturday, July 14, on East Madison Street from 27th to 29th Avenue. From 3–8 p.m. guests will enjoy Bastille Day celebrations and indulge in Seattle’s self-proclaimed European village with French inspired food from some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants, as well as wine tastings, live music, complimentary spa services, one-day sidewalk sales, giveaways and a variety of other special offerings hosted by Madison Valley boutiques and businesses.

    Tickets for food and wine will be sold at the event along East Madison Street. Small plates will be available for purchase for $2-6. A wine passport will be available for a $10 donation and will allow guests to taste wine at participating retail shops. Entertainment will include French band Vuelta La Luna playing from 3-5 p.m., and Rouge playing from 5-8 p.m., as well as troubadours, jugglers and kids activities in front of Sugarlump.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Response Center, a local nonprofit that provides unduplicated, essential legal and counseling services to children under 18 in east and north King County, who have experienced severe abuse, trauma and child crimes. For more information please visit

    Bastille Bash Participating Businesses:

    Cafe Flora
    El Portal Coffee
    Essential Baking Co
    Harvest Vine
    Ines Patisserie
    Jae’s Asian Bistro
    La Cote
    New York Cupcake
    Voila Bistrot

    Bailey-Boushay House
    Children’s Response Center
    Coyote Central
    Madison Valley Community Council
    McGilvra School
    Seattle Greenways
    Seattle Police Dept

    Bass Fine Art
    City Peoples
    Design 10301
    Eyeware Gallery
    Fast Frame
    Functional Health
    Fury Clothing
    Honey Skin Spa
    Lavender Heart
    Lila Yoga
    Missi Lu
    River Song
    Vian Hunter

    Kid’s Activities
    Baby Genius
    Birth and Beyond

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  • Ticket’s on Sale Now for Cafe Flora’s 20th Anniversary Bash! 05.30.12

    Twenty years ago when the quaint Madison Valley neighborhood made a home for Cafe Flora, health-food fanatics, vegetarians, and local producers rejoiced. Cafe Flora not only provided an upscale atmosphere that guests raved about, but their unique recipes exceeded expectations offering a new twist on hearty, flavorful vegetarian dishes.

    As mentioned by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Weekly, and KING5’s New Day Northwest, this Saturday, June 2nd from 5-10 p.m. marks Cafe Flora’s 20th Anniversary, a celebration you will not want to miss!

    Here’s the scoop: Cafe Flora is throwing a farmers market style event, inviting their beloved growers and vendors to set up throughout the restaurant, atrium and tented courtyard. Cafe Flora chefs will be cooking bites from local vendor produce, in addition to serving wine, beer, and cocktails with the accompaniment of live music. CSA sign ups will also be available.

    Event Information:
    VIP admission: 5-6 p.m. $50 – guests receive special anniversary cocktails by Oola Distillery, wine, beer, food, live music, early admission, and a Cafe Flora gift bag
    General admission: 6-10 p.m. $30 – guests receive wine, beer, food, live music, and a Cafe Flora anniversary gift
    Location: Cafe Flora – 2901 East Madison Street
    Purchase Tickets here!

    Vendors Include:
    • Airfield Estates
    • Alexandria Nicole Cellars
    • Big Al Brewery
    • Bluebird Grain Farm
    • Columbia City Bakery
    • Dry Soda
    • Foraged and Found
    • Growing Washington
    • Local Roots
    • Oola Distillery
    • Oxbow Farm
    • Remedy Teas
    • Rockridge Orchard Cider
    • Seattle Mushroom Farm
    • Stumptown Coffee
    • Theo Chocolate

    Proceeds from the event will benefit Bailey-Boushay House, also celebrating a 20-year milestone of providing nurturing care for those in need.

    Tickets are required for admission so purchase yours today! You won’t want to miss this memorable night with Cafe Flora.

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  • One week away! Spring Barrel Tasting is April 27-29. 04.20.12

    For our “spur of the moment” planners who have yet to purchase tickets (yes, that’s you), there’s still time to plan for Spring Barrel Tasting featuring the best wines in Yakima Valley.

    From April 27-29, grab your special someone or your favorite group of friends to experience an unforgettable three-day weekend event. More than forty wineries will open their tasting rooms offering wine-friendly food and dessert pairings, exclusive sneak peak wines from the barrel, and private tastings to experience the local wine culture in an entertaining new light.

    Weekend photos can be entered into the Sip and Click contest for a chance to win prizes!
    1. Tweet or Facebook a photo of your Yakima Valley wine tasting experience
    2. Mention your location (winery, restaurant, tasting room, etc.)
    3. Use the hashtag: #Yakimawine

    If you have an iPhone or Android, don’t miss out on Wine Yakima Valley’s new mobile wine tour app. This stress free planning tool offers easy turn-by-turn directions, winery hours and other varietals to assist in your planning.

    Now’s your chance to create memories in the largest, oldest, and most diverse wine region in Washington! Purchase a Premier Pass to waive tasting fees and get instant access to wine, food and fun.

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  • Explore How Far $28 Will Get You During SRW! 04.13.12

    Now that Seattle Restaurant Week has officially begun, you may be finding yourself overwhelmed with choosing between 150+ restaurants each serving outstanding dishes.

    If you’re seeking guidance about which reservation to book next, take our advice and see what’s cooking at Cafe Flora (featured above), Crush, Golden Beetle, and Tilth. We’ve listed their specialized SRW menus below to show how these local restaurants are using elegant dishes and rich flavor to heighten the celebration. Trust us, when we read the menus, we couldn’t believe a three-course dinner this good could be $28 either!

    *Remember: For each three-course menu, select one dish for each course.

    1. Crush – serving 3 course dinner
    Stinging Nettle Veloute
    Spring Greens & Pickled Garden Vegetables
    Crisp Berkshire Pork Belly
    Roasted Pacific Ling Cod
    48 Hour Beef Short Rib Crepinette
    Strozapretti Pasta
    Artisan Cheese Selections
    Lemon Merignue Tart
    Chocolate Olive Oil Cream Sundae

    2. Golden Beetle – serving 3 course dinner
    Red Bean and Pepper Soup -oregano, crushed red pepper, yogurt
    Iceberg Wedge – pomegranate, feta, walnut
    Potato and Kasseri Cheese Pastry – dry cured olive, phyllo, paprika
    Steamed Taylor Shellfish Clams – lemon-tahini broth, cilantro, serrano
    Wood Fired Chicken Kebab – carrot, cous cous, almond
    Beluga Lentil-Rice Stew – tomato sauce, spinach, crispy onion
    Sour Cherry Pudding Cake – white chocolate, sour cherry, fresh breeze milk
    Baklava – black walnut, crème fraîche, rose water
    Chocolate Truffle Torte – Chantilly, pistachio cream

    3. Tilth – serving 3 course dinner
    Savory Apple Soup gruyere, caramelized onion, crouton
    Baby Iceberg Lettuce radish, pecorino, mustard vinaigrette
    Roasted Garlic Flan cauliflower, fresh breeze cream, green garlic
    St. Jude Albacore Tuna cardoon, cannellini bean, crème fraiche
    Carnaroli Risotto bloomsdale spinach, wild mushroom, pine nut
    Skagit River Ranch Pork choucroute, purple sweet potato, cabbage slaw
    Maple Crème Brulee maple blossom, candied bacon, cornmeal cookie
    Carrot Cake golden raisin, walnut, cream cheese
    Theo Chocolate Pudding rhubarb, candied pistachio, shaved chocolate

    4. Cafe Flora – serving 3 course lunch and dinner

    LUNCH (3 courses for $15)
    Vegan Cinnamon Roll – sticky caramelized sugar, toasted pecans, vanilla icing (vegan)
    Pate Platter – lentil pecan paté, seasonal fruit, marinated olives, red onion confit, rosemary croccantini (vegan, available gluten free)
    Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas, grilled spring onions, basil black pepper dressing (vegan, gluten free)
    Potato-Crusted Quiche – spring onions, fresh herbs, goat cheese with fresh grilled asparagus and wild morel ragout (gluten free)
    Spring Caprese Scramble – fresh mozzarella, green garlicky grape tomatoes scrambled with eggs or tofu, topped with fresh basil pesto, with roasted potatoes or grits (available vegan, gluten free)
    French Dip Sandwich – thin sliced, grilled portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, melted Swiss cheese, seeded baguette; roasted garlic-mushroom jus with yam fries or house salad (available vegan)
    Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – vanilla ice cream, elderflower caramel sauce (vegan, gluten free)
    Huckleberry Ice Cream – honey caramel, Russian tea cake (gluten free)
    Lemon Pot De Crème – lemon curd, Russian tea cake (gluten free)

    Cardoon and Green Garlic bisque – mushroom ragout on crostini
    Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas, and grilled spring onions, basil black pepper dressing (vegan, gluten free)
    Spring Wontons – baby bock choy, goat cheese crema, rhubarb chutney, black bean garlic sauce (available vegan)
    Oaxaca Tacos – roasted corn tortillas, cheddar and smoky Mozzarella mashed potatoes, lime crème fraîche, cotija cheese, fire roasted salsa; with black bean stew, fresh corn and pepper relish and braised greens (gluten free)
    Spring Morell Risotto – haricovert, snap peas in an herbed pistou, Parmigiano Reggiano, roasted cherry tomatoes (gluten free)
    Tuscan Asparagus and Fava Bean Polenta – chive blossom polenta, grilled asparagus, fava bean mousse in an artichoke heart with sweet onion and nicoise olive tapenade, toasted almond gremolata. (gluten free and vegan)
    Strawberry Rhubarb Galette – hibiscus crème chantilly, honey caramel (gluten free)
    Chocolate Brownie Coupe – salted peanut butter balsamic ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate crumble (vegan and gluten free)
    Lemon Pot de Crème – lemon curd, Russian tea cake

    Make your reservations today! You only have 5 days left to indulge in Seattle Restaurant Week.

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