• Enter your Ray’s Boathouse Memories to win a 7-day Cruise! 04.16.15

    Ever since the Ray’s Boathouse red neon sign was displayed for the first time in 1952, Ray’s Boathouse has been a Seattle institution. Offering fresh, sustainably caught seafood from Seattle’s backyard has allowed Ray’s to maintain sustainable practices and nurturing relationships with local suppliers. Ray’s continues to be ever grateful for the amazing support that the Seattle community has offered over the decades and the great memories that have been created along the way.

    To show how grateful Ray’s is, they’re giving away a 7-day Princess Cruise for two to Alaska to one lucky guest!

    How to enter: From now until April 30, simply think of your fondest memories at Ray’s, anything from enjoying summer cocktails on the deck to getting married or engaged at Ray’s. Then upload your memory, photos, and/or videos to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter and include the hashtag #MyRays and you’re entered to win a cruise for two! You can enter on each social channel once per week, each week in April.

    Ray’s will also be drawing weekly winners each Friday in April for $150 to Ray’s.

    Entries valid: now until April 30 only. Cruise prize drawn Friday, May 1.

    See official contest rules here and enter today!

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  • Volterra Restaurant Celebrates the First Decade of its Enduring Italian Love Affair 04.07.15


    What started as a romantic travel destination in 2002, a home in 2004 and the site of their wedding, the Old World town of Volterra, Italy became a love affair that Michelle Quisenberry and chef Don Curtiss brought home as their namesake inspiration for the Italian restaurant they opened in April 2005 in Ballard. Ten years later, the popular Volterra restaurant is hosting an anniversary celebration on April 15 (sold out) and April 16 (tickets still available) and offering ways to celebrate all year long.

    Oil Soup

    Oil Soup

    2015 Volterra Favorites Menu

    In addition to the April events, from April 24 through the rest of 2015, the restaurant will offer a Volterra Favorites Tasting Menu, a four-course menu full of popular options for $45 featuring the seasonal favorites of the last 10 years. Many of these dishes have great stories behind them – all of which are shared on the menu. Items include:

    First Course: Choice of Oil Soup (Cannellini bean and smoked pork jowl soup with a generous drizzling of Tuscan olive oil), Polenta with Wild mushrooms, or Mussels and Sausage.

    Second Course: Choice of Caesar salad or Pork Jowls and Wild Mushrooms (created for Quisenberry and Curtiss’ rehearsal dinner).

    Third Course: Choice of Wild Boar Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Mustard Sauce (Curtiss’ signature dish), Beef Tenderloin draped in Lardo with Chianti Demiglaze, Crispy Herb Chicken, Roasted Eggplant Pouches (a favorite of vegetarian and non-vegetarians), or Seafood Baked in Parchment.

    Dessert: Choice of Tuscan Chestnut Honey Panna Cotta, Tiramisu (Don’s adaptation of the Italian classic), or Molten Dark Chocolate Cake with D’Ambrosio vanilla gelato.


    Owners Don + Michelle

    Owners Don + Michelle


    Volterra Memories

    Quisenberry and Curtiss’ shared enthusiasm for Volterra, Italy has also prompted many of their Seattle guests to travel to this enchanted city over the years. As such, guests are sharing their favorite memories of not just Volterra restaurant but their guests’ own travels to Volterra, Italy. Guest’s and the restaurant’s best Volterra memories are currently being posted on Facebook. Share your own #Volterra10 hashtag memory anytime throughout the year!


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