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Seattle Restaurant Week

Seattle Restaurant Week runs April 6-10 and 13-17 as more than 160 local restaurants serve up three-course dinners for just $28 – with many of them offering three-course lunches for $15. More info is here. Price is per person and does not include drinks, tax or tips. Value menu is not available on Fridays and Saturdays or for Sunday brunch.

Chefs Announced for Nicky USA Portland vs. Seattle Competition on September 7, 2014

The competition returns to Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge on Sept. 7, 2014 where chefs will compete in four different meat-based categories. Each dish is presented to a panel of regional food experts and attendees for judging. The roster is:

•Shaun McCrain of Book Bindery, Seattle

•Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, Portland

•Josh Schofield of Toro Bravo, Portland

•Jin Soo Yang of Bamboo Sushi, Portland

•Jason French of Ned Ludd, Portland

•Shane Ryan of Matt’s in the Market, Seattle

•Jason Stoneburner of Bastille, Seattle

•Rob Sevcik of Loulay, Seattle

Woman, Bird and Star (Homage to Picasso), February 15, 1966 / April 3-8, 1973, Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893-1983, oil on canvas, 96 7/16 x 66 15/16 in., Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2014.

Say Hola @ Taste, si

Spanish dishes inspired by Miro: The Experience of Seeing exhibit featuring Northwest ingredients and hearty Iberian flavors will be a highlight at Taste restaurant at The Seattle Art Museum from February 13–May 26, 2014. The Joan Miro paintings and sculptures are from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and Seattle is the exclusive West Coast stop.

More 12s - 12th Annual Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch festival April 18 & 19

Seattle has caught the attention of the entire nation. Macklemore’s chart topping anthems and the Seahawks Super Bowl season has the city and the region experiencing a Renaissance of local flavor. Local breweries, distilleries, and food trucks have exploded off of the local scene and into national prominence. With so much going right in the city, it’s fitting that the 12th annual Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch festival honor’s it’s Seattle roots and showcases the local flavors, April 18 & 19.

While the Seattle beer scene has been prominent since the early 90s, the last ten years has established the city as a beer lover’s haven. New breweries continue to pop up seemingly daily throughout Ballard, SODO, Fremont, and surrounding neighborhoods, making Seattle one of the country’s largest concentrations of breweries. Riding off of the success of local brewers, the last couple of years have seen the rise of local distilleries. Both breweries and distilleries use the abundance of quality in-state ingredients to create top of the line products. Hop Scotch uses the accessibility of these products to showcase the best of the Seattle brewing and distilling scenes in one room.

The newest local trend is also the fastest rising trend. Food trucks are making Seattle’s foodie identity available to the entire city. The city’s most unique flavors are coming out of mobile kitchens the size of most restaurants walk in fridges. Hop Scotch is bringing one of the Seattle’s most creative mobile kitchens, Lumpia World, to be the taste of the festival.

Tickets to Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival are now on sale. Guests can choose from four admission types and have the option to purchase admission to a scotch workshop. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival is Seattle’s premier beer, wine, and sprit tasting experience, benefitting the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s community grant programs. On April 18 & 19, indoors at Fremont Studios, Hop Scotch hosts the ultimate pop-up bar complete with tailor made tasting experiences certain to delight every guests’ palate.

Andina hosts Spring Performance Series in Portland

Andina is hosting Novo-Peruvian cuisine and international music performances by acclaimed local artists and ensembles during their annual Spring Performance Series. Set in the restaurant’s award-winning event space, Tupaies reservations are required and can be made by calling Andina at 503-228-9535. The cover charge for each performance is $18 along with a $20 per person table.

Sunday, April 20 features Toque Libre who combine the melodic pop of the Ojeda brother’s music writing style with the driving Flamenco Rumba rhythms of Mehdi Farjami’s guitar playing.

Eat Mobile food cart festival in Portland - April 27

Willamette Week’s Eat Mobile food cart festival is Sunday, April 27 at OMSI. Attendees can sample food from over 30 of Willamette Week's  favorite food carts as vendors compete for the coveted Carty Award. Eat Mobile showcases the food and people that make Portland's food scene so unique. General tickets are $30, and special pre-tasting tickets are $50. 2 More info is here.

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