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Dine Around Seattle March 2-27 2014
This popular annual event runs March 2-27, Sundays through Thursdays for dinner, and Sundays through Fridays for lunch. They’re offering 3-course dinner menus of one starter, one entrée, and a dessert for just $30, with many restaurants offering a 3-course lunch menu for just $15. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included. Not available for Sunday Brunch. A complete list of participating restaurants is here.
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.
Gluten, be gone
Jason Stoneburner has tinkered with his gluten-free pasta recipe for months, and finally: it’s perfect and it's not just “good for gluten-free;” it’s really good pasta. Sub for the gluten-free pasta at the Seattle eaterie Stoneburner for $3.
A few selections: gluten-free pappardelle with a meaty ragu sauce and Parmesan and a meatball sandwich with aged provolone.
On the other end of the gluten spectrum Jason has also come up with a focaccia-ciabatta hybrid, the perfect base for his lunchtime sandwiches.
Everything comes in 12s
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 www.hopscotchtasting.com.
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.
Best Farmers Market
No surprises here...in a recent Daily Meal ranking Seattle's Pike Place Farmers' market was given #1 ranking.
Tacoma Farmers' Market took 10th place. Vancouver's (Wash.) was #19, Jefferson County was #47, Bainbridge #62, Port Orchard #63, Olympia #71, Bayview on Whidbey Island was #84, Sequim #89.
Oregon's Gresham took #59, Newport market was #96.
Space Needle – SkyCity Restaurant Sunset Menu
The new Sunset Menu at the Space Needle's SkyCity restaurant is available now through May 22, 2014. No reservations are necessary, but diners need to order $25 in food and drinks per person. The menu has cocktails like the Elliott Bay Breeze (rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice) or soups like the Razor Clam and Corn Chowder with peppered bacon and potato gaufrette, and more. Sunset Menu times are Monday-Thursday 2:30pm - 6pm. http://www.spaceneedle.com/information/
Coffee Fest Oct. 17-19 in Portland
Coffee Fest has added Portland, OR, to this year's calendar. The coffee-centric trade show is slated for Oct 17 - 19. Nationally, the city of St. Louis has also been added and the NYC exhibitor space is sold out. An Atlanta show has been added in 2015 and Tokyo later this year. Congratulations go to David Heilbrunn and his Issaquah-based team! Get your cool beans on.
Washington Wine Awards
The prestigious 12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards 2014 has named The Marc Restaurant (Walla Walla) as Restaurant of the Year and Russell’s (Bothell) as Independent Restaurant of the Year. Sommelier of the Year is Jeff Lindsey-Thorsen of RN74 (Seattle). In retail wine, Retailer of the Year was awarded to Total Wine & More (nationwide) and the Independent Retailer of the Year Full Pull Wines (Seattle). The Walter Clore Honorarium went to Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery (Woodinville).
The Washington State Wine Awards honors restaurants, retailers, hotels, tourism professionals and distributors whose work has played a vital role in shaping Washington State as both a favored home and destination for those who enjoy outstanding wines. More than 100 nominations were received, and winners were selected for their impressive menus, innovative educational programs and marketing efforts, as well as their commitment to excellent service. More info
Altstadt Bierhalle & Brathaus has begun a Tasting Menu and a Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Happy Hour has German beers at $4 per half-liter and German wines at $4 per glass and $12 per half-liter by the carafe. "Essen" round out the offerings with Bierocks, a grass-fed beef and cabbage turnover, La Cigogne cheese & beer fondue, and crispy Belgian frites with house-made ketchup. The menu will change periodically and can be found up-to-date here.