Campo de Borja Wine Dinner
Experience why the Campo de Borja wine region is called the “Empire of Garnacha.” Join us for a 5-course dinner featuring the wines of Bodegas Borsao and Alto Moncayo. Meet and interact with the winemakers while you enjoy the Spanish creations from our Chef Joey Serquinia. You can view the menu and purchase tickets here.
Thursday, June 29
$110.00/person. Includes food, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.
The Harvest Vine Food and Wine Fair
You’ve been watching us create your meals over our counter for years and have been asking, “where can I find these ingredients?” or “how can I make that?”
Your opportunity has arrived! Come meet a few of the importers and purveyors we work with, mingle with our staff, and taste and purchase the unique wines and food products served here at the Harvest Vine.
• Wines and Sherries from Europvin and American NW wines and Vinea Imports. Purchase Spanish wines and sherries that may be difficult for consumers to find. Discounts on purchases of 6 bottles or more and case discounts.
• Spanish food products from Culinary Collective & Aneto
• Paella Kits. Rice and non-perishable ingredients to make your own paella in a 6-person paella pan: peppers, meats, cheeses, olive oils, and more.
Chef Joey Serquinia demonstrates how to use these unique ingredients, creating delicious small bites (pintxos) for you to enjoy.
Saturday July 15
Entry tickets $20.00 per person with $10.00 credit towards any food and/or wine purchased the day of the fair.
Flamenco & Paella Dinners
Because our summer paella dinners have been so hugely successful over the years we are adding an additional night this year. We will have one dinner in July and one dinner in August. Dates will be announced soon and tickets will be available for purchase through our website shop/events.
New Website & Online Store
Some great things about the new website:
• We are now able to update our Dinner Menu daily and will include all of our nightly specials.
• You can now purchase gift cards online through our website shop/events.
• You can see all our upcoming events as well as purchase tickets and seats to all of our wine dinners.
Reservations at the Harvest Vine!
2701 E. Madison St., Seattle WA 98112
Jim Henkens, proprietor of Marine Area 7, a Madison Valley shop selling vintage cookware, is hosting a private dinner.
“June is a great time of year to be a cook in the Pacific Northwest. So many of my favorite ingredients are at their peak.”
• Bruschetta with burrata, arugula, radish and pine nuts
• New potato salad with morels and fava beans
• Poached Sockeye Salmon with roasted cherry tomatoes
• Garden greens with creamy pistachio vinaigrette
• Lemon polenta cake with rhubarb compote
June 18th, 7:00 PM
$110 includes wine, gratuity, and tax
Marine Area 7
2814 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
Seattle Beer Week has begun and we’re throwing our hops-soaked hat in the ring with the presentation of Puss ’N Pints on Wednesday, May 10th — a unique event wherein you can drink beer AND help kittens.
We’ve curated a line-up of feline-forward brews (Black Raven Kitty Kat Blues Pale Ale, Snoqualmie WildCat IPA, Georgetown Meowsa Double IPA, Kulshan Bastard Kat IPA....you get the picture) — buy one (or two or three) of these select ales and we’ll donate 50% of the cost to MEOW Cat Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to the health and welfare of cats and kittens in the Greater Seattle area. We’ll have T-shirt and glassware giveaways and the folks from MEOW Cat Rescue will be on hand to answer your questions. Rumor has it they may bring along a purrfectly lovely special guest or two. So join us on Wednesday, drink some NW beers, and support our feline friends!
Puss ’N Pints
Wednesday, May 10 6-9 PM
Two Doors Down
2332 E. Madison St
It’s hard to believe, but The BottleNeck Lounge has officially enjoyed a decade of Kentucky Derby parties, rollicking St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, rafter-packed political debates, bar-pounding Seahawk Sundays, and $6 Manhattan Mondays. Help us ring in the double digits with a two-night anniversary celebration on March 10th and 11th – we may be small but our ability to celebrate is huge!
We kick things off that Friday with a Bourbon-Soaked Happy Hour from 4–8 PM featuring $4 pours of Evan Williams (our well whiskey for the past decade) and the much-anticipated return of the Hair of The Dog Drink menu, featuring doggie-themed cocktails all at – you guessed it – ten bucks. On Saturday, March 11th we reprise our Bang Your Head Happy Hour, replete with $3 cans of ice cold PBR Tallboys and the raucous return of the Buttrock Suite Dancers. These lovelies graced our bar (and subsequently, our bar top) with a visit in 2008 and have offered to cap off Happy Hour and jump start the rest of the night. Thanks to everyone for supporting our little neighborhood bar over the years – we love you and we have presents to prove it.
March 10 & 11, 4 PM onward
2328 E. Madison St.
Rob Sevcik, former Chef de Cuisine at Rover’s and Loulay, is offering in-home private catering and cooking classes. Recently he and his wife, Megan, owner of Honey Skin Spa, joined me and my husband in our home to demonstrate. I interviewed him for this article while he prepared an extraordinary nine-course meal.
Lindy: Rob, now that you’ve settled into the kitchen, tell me a little about your background.
Rob: I’m originally from Wisconsin. I moved to San Francisco at 18, and worked in a high-volume restaurant. I later moved to Portland and went on to become Sous and Executive Sous Chef to Pascal Chureau at Fenouil restaurant. After a stay in Paris with the World Organization of Farmers, I landed in Seattle in 2009.
I asked Chef Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s for a job. “I’ll do anything if you’ll let me be part of the kitchen.” After six months I was promoted to sous chef under Chef de Cuisine Adam Hoffman. When Adam left in 2010 I became the Chef de Cuisine. I worked there for several years until it closed.
In 2013, Chef Thierry opened Loulay in the Sheraton Hotel downtown, and I followed him there. I did a little of everything: helping create menus, hiring, buying, and more. Seattle Met voted Loulay the Top Restaurant of 2014. I worked at Loulay until last year.
Fun Fact: Rob met his wife Megan while working at Rover’s. Her business, Honey Skin Spa, is located in the same courtyard. I remember Megan asking me, “What do you think of that guy Rob who work for Thierry? I think I’m going to ask him out!”
What do you want readers to know about you?
Everything I cook is a personal experience for me, and I try to make it a personal experience for each diner. I don’t have a book of recipes — I just adapt everything to the individual. I take the artistry of cuisine very seriously. I’m trying to create an experience for people, not just feed them. Food is not just about what tastes good — it’s also about what feels good, and in order to capture that, you have to talk with your diners.
Fun Fact: Rob was featured on the TV show, Chopped, Season 24, Ep. 6.
Rob, what is your favorite kind of food?
Choosing a favorite is like choosing between your kids. I’m trained in classic French. That’s my base, but I love everything. I really love learning all types of cuisine.
I always ask chefs where they like to eat. What are some of your Seattle favorites?
Rob’s menu for our evening’s meal included:
Blue Pool oysters with fennel and apple cider vinaigrette.
Langoustines with avocado, snickerdoodle with foamed cinnamon anglaise and brandy.
Shiso peppers in olive oil and sea salt.
Garlic bread cheese with pickled cayenne pepper.
Seared Alaskan spot prawn with a lemon cilantro brown butter.
Langoustine salad with preserved tomato with micro pea shoots, olive oil, and pickling liquid.
Seared sea scallop and nuage with caramelized turnips and mushrooms.
Pear and brie chicken roulette rolled in almond flour and roasted in brown butter with cauliflower purée and parsnips, charred purple Brussels sprouts, and a shallot and pancetta butter sauce.
Let’s talk about the next chapter in your life. I know you’ve been catering and offering cooking classes here in the neighborhood, but you mentioned that you’d like to start your own restaurant.
Yes, I’m offering private in-home dining and cooking classes, bringing the fine dining experience into your home. I’m doing it to build my reputation while trying to find the right location and resources to open a restaurant. The restaurant will be called Galerie 23.
Megan: Rob is happiest when he’s cooking and creating. To be a chef you have to wear so many hats — by no means is cooking the only part. You have to be a businessman and a teacher, and take on so many roles. Many people say, “Rob is the greatest chef I have ever worked for.” Everyone has such nice things to say about him.
Rob: Chef Charlie Trotter says that any chef who can’t control himself has no business trying to control a kitchen. As the teacher and mentor you have to be able to steer the ship. I say, “Don’t freak out until I freak out, and you’re never going to see me freak out.”
What’s sort of restaurant do you want to open?
The concept for Galerie 23 is simple: The entire dining experience will be inviting and creative. A beautiful environment, comfortable seating, enticing aromas, and delicious food all add up to the perfect night out. With daily changing seasonal menus and a dinning room modeled after an elegant art gallery, we will be focusing on the artistry and craft of cuisine.
I love the name Galerie 23. Your food has a beautiful appearance, much like a painting.
Do you need investors for your new restaurant?
Yes, absolutely, we’re currently looking for investors for this project. Prospective investors should contact me directly to discuss the details. Reader’s can also learn more at my website.
Megan, what do you see in the future for you and Rob?
I’m hoping to see Rob with a little empire of restaurants! I love seeing him happy and excited about his culinary career. And Honey Spa is doing really well. It’s very satisfying to have successful businesses. Rob: “When you like what you do, you don’t work a day in your life.”
Private In-Home Dining
Typically 2–20 people
Dinner pricing based on menu, budget, and event
Starting at $95 per person
If you have a special event, please contact Rob to discuss the specifics.
If you haven’t visited Megan’s business, Honey Skin Spa, I highly recommend it. She offers amazing facial services. It’s a wonderful treat — and would make a great Valentine’s Day Gift.
Two Doors Down is doing a special holiday beer tasting next week with Jim Stoccardo, co-founder and head brewer at the very cool Outer Planet Brewing (http://www.outerplanetbrewing.com/). We’re calling the event Hops in the ’Hood; both Outer Planet and Two Doors Down are independently-owned neighborhood businesses and we’re working together to promote the growing beer scene outside the Pike/Pine corridor in the Capitol Hill/Central District neighborhoods.
The event is on Tuesday, 12/13 from 6-8 PM and we’ll be featuring at least four of Jim’s beers on draft, including his otherworldly Supernova Red IPA, and giving away a few growlers and T shirts. Naturally, Jim will be on hand to answer questions, and we have a couple of great burger specials designed to complement his beer.
Two Doors Down
2332 E. Madison St.
I sat down last month with Jim Henkens of Marine Area 7 to learn more about him and his Madison Valley business. We sat near the register on a beautiful afternoon. The door was open and Jim graciously answered my questions between tending to customers.
Lindy: Jim, how would you describe Marine Area 7?
Jim: It’s a curated store of things that I find beautiful and functional.
I know you’re a well-respected food photographer. How does your photography and the store work together?
I’ve been a food photographer for ten years. I source the props at flea markets and sales in the US and Europe. I’d accumulated a storage locker of these culinary antiques, but I couldn’t keep using the same stuff, so my wife Jennifer and I thought it would be fun to open a store selling them, along with other unique culinary items. This is my version of a kitchen store, where you can find things you can’t find anywhere else.
I love that you go on buying trips around the world looking for beautiful objects.
I look for vintage items, as those sell the best. We just got back from ten days in Texas at the Round Top antique fair, and we’re about to get our shipment in.
It seems like just yesterday you opened. How long has your store been open?
We opened in December of 2014, so almost two years.
Who are your customers?
Neighborhood people. People in the food and lifestyle businesses – photographers, stylists, and buyers. We’re slowly getting known for larger items such as furniture and fixtures.
I’ve noticed you’re doing private events here. How did that come to be?
I installed a kitchen in the back for my food photography. Once the kitchen was there customers started asking if they could rent the space. It’s a beautiful space for private parties. We’ve done dinners for 10–14 people. I do the cooking or invite a guest chef to cook.
And are you’re doing public events in the shop?”
Yes. We’re trying to do one a week.
Your photos in these books are beautiful.
Thank you. They gave me a lot of freedom with the photos.
Where does the name Marine Area 7 come from?
Marine Area 7 is the San Juan Islands, where we go crabbing. You have to write the name of the marine area on your catch card, and after writing Marine Area 7 so often, it seemed like a natural.
What do you want customers to know about Marine Area 7?
I want them to know that they can find things here that they can’t find anywhere else. What we sell is unique, high quality, functional, and beautiful.
Long-standing traditions are what Thanksgiving is about, and Cafe Flora’s celebration is no exception! For 25 years Cafe Flora has offered a memorable, vegetarian Thanksgiving and this year it takes form in two thoughtfully crafted, four-course menus for the whole family. The adult four-course menu includes seasonally-inspired options such as Heirloom Potato, Celery Root, and Black Garlic Soup with black pepper shortbread (available vegan/gluten free), Marsala Mushroom and Cauliflower Ragout over roasted squash with smashed rutabaga and Yukon gold potato, green bean fried shallots and fresh pomegranate-Asian pear chutney (vegan and gluten free), and Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham crust, meringue, candied pepitas with chamomile anglaise (vegan and gluten free) and more.
Cafe Flora also offers a four-course vegan and gluten-free kids menu with fun, tasty dishes including Cauliflower Potato Corn Chowder with crunchy onion rounds, Garden Salad with carrot ribbons, orange segments, pomegranate seeds and creamy ranch dressing, Mini Shepherd’s Pie with seasonal vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, served with green beans, crispy onions and cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream for dessert!
The four-course menu is $75 per person; the kids menu is $25 for children age 12 and under. Full menus can be viewed by visiting cafeflora.com and reservations can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street.
It’s that time of year! Don your favorite hoodie and join us on East Madison as we celebrate all things Autumn this Saturday. We’ll kick things off over brunch at Two Doors Down, with pumpkin pancakes and hot cider and an outstanding pumpkin brew selection from breweries located right here in the Pacific Northwest.
Two Doors Down opens at 10 AM, brunch lasts until 2 pm, and the burgers are available from open to close – we’ll be featuring a seasonal special (caramelized pumpkin – you need to try it!) on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Bottleneck joins in on the fun at 4 PM and goes all night as well – in addition to featuring Flying Lion and Anderson Valley pumpkin beers on draft, we’ll be serving our WORLD FAMOUS La Calabaza Margarita (with a nutmeg spiced rim) as well as a spiked punch served right from a jack o’ lantern. Round out the afternoon with a backdrop of hay bales and jack o’ lanterns galore – participating breweries include Populuxe, Laurelwood, Rogue, Dirty Bucket, One Tree, Lowercase and many more.
Saturday, 10/29 from 10 AM to Midnight
Hosted by The BottleNeck Lounge and Two Doors Down
Located at the corner of East Madison and East John Streets on the backside of Capitol Hill
UPDATE: The election party has been cancelled.
No matter your party affiliation, nobody can deny this year’s presidential election banter has been contentious! Tuesday, Nov. 8 will bring a ballot battle royale and Cafe Flora has just the ticket to celebrate that patriotic spirit: an election night party!
Join Cafe Flora in Madison Valley to watch the coverage on two big screens, with lively drink specials and a meatless buffet featuring its Oaxaca Tacos! Election Party Tickets: General - $35; kids 12 and under - $17.50. Tickets include admission to the event and food; drinks are sold separately.
Purchase tickets online at www.cafeflora.com. Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email receipt. Your receipt is your ticket. Please bring a copy of the email receipt and a valid ID with you to the event. Seats are limited to 200.
Special election night cocktails ($11 each), from Café Flora’s bar manager Ginger Cantey:
Apples vs. Oranges, inspired by America’s favorite: the Appletini. It features Thatcher’s Organic Apple Spice Ginger Liqueur, vodka, BroVo’s (Woodinville, Wash.) new Orange Curacao, and a splash of apple cider.
Make American-O Great Again, inspired by the classic Americano cocktail. This drink features BroVo (Woodinville, Wash.) “Jammy” Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Sun Liquor’s (Seattle) Orange Bitters, topped with soda water.
Along with these cocktails, Cafe Flora will have a few extra draft beers, and its regular full bar with beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages for sale.
2901 E Madison St., Seattle
Cafe Flora will feature a special anniversary dinner menu designed by four of its notable chefs from the last 25 years including founding chef Jim Watkins. The Greatest Hits menu will run October 2–6 starting at 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 2nd – Roll back to 1991 pricing!
To kick off the celebration on Sunday October 2 at 5 p.m., prices will roll back to 1991 pricing for one night only, on their Greatest Hits menu below! $25 per person for four courses, or a la carte. Prices go up to $45 per person October 3–6, or for purchase a la carte.
This evening only, 50 percent of the sales for Otis Kenyon wines and the Madison Cocktail will be donated to Bailey-Boushay House. From 6–8 p.m. this evening enjoy a tasting area with samples from some of Cafe Flora’s local purveyors including broVo Spirits, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Otis Kenyon Wines.
Greatest Hits Menu
Crispy Butternut Wontons $4.75
Created by Chef Janine Doran (Cafe Flora’s current head chef)
butternut pate, arugula, avocado, chili aioli, truffle aioli, cilantro rice vinaigrette.
Harvest Salad $6.50
Created by Chef Sarah Wong (former Cafe Flora sous chef)
charred romaine, corn-buttermilk dressing, scarlet runner beans tomato squash "succotash" with crispy okra.
Oaxaca Tacos $9.75
Created by Chef Jim Watkins (Cafe Flora’s founding chef)
corn tortillas filled with cheesy mashed potatoes, with black bean stew, smoky braised greens, fire roasted salsa, lime creme fraiche.
Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding $4.75
Created by Chef Leslie Pettigrew (former Cafe Flora pastry chef)
pumpkin chocolate bread pudding with bourbon anglaise.
(vegan options available for all courses)
Wine + Cocktail Pairing: $25 per person October 2-31
Starter — Madison Cocktail rye whisky, Remedy Teas Earl Grey infused vermouth, angostura bitters
Salad — Otis Kenyon Roussane
Entree — Otis Kenyon Matchless Red
Dessert — BroVo Jammy Vermouth
You don’t need to fly to Munich to enjoy great Oktoberfest bier! Head to the backside of Capitol Hill on Saturday 9/24 for an Oktoberfest celebration that everyone can enjoy.
The BottleNeck Lounge and Two Doors Down are joining forces and highlighting a great selection of Oktoberfest and German-style beers throughout the day and into the wee hours of the night. These hand-picked beers were crafted by some of our favorite Washington state breweries, including Stoup, Silver City, Standard, Populuxe, Dru Bru, and Flying Lion. Extraordinary beer not enough? Enjoy our special Bavarian Burger, featuring a ¼ lb. NW beef patty, stone-ground mustard, thick-cut bacon, and smoked Gouda served on a pretzel roll. We’ll even have chocolate covered pretzel rods for the kids. Don your dirndl or lederhosen and enjoy happy hour pricing on any of the twenty- four beers or ciders we have on the draft line up that day. Our full menu is available all day and we’re also serving brunch from 10 am – 2 pm). Prost!
Saturday, 9/24. No Cover
East Madison St & E. John St.
11 AM – Midnight at Two Doors Down
4 PM – 2 AM at The Bottleneck Lounge
Race to The BottleNeck Lounge on Saturday, May 7th for our Ninth Annual Run for The Roses Kentucky Derby Party! The doors will open at 2 PM and we’ll have plenty of Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps on hand for thirsty race fans. Get here early and get a great seat — the bar will be packed by the 3:10 post time. We will award the prize for Best Hat as well as the coveted Seattle Slew Best Dressed for Overall Derby Excellence shortly following the race. This year we’re featuring burgers and fries from our neighboring restaurant, Two Doors Down, where the race will also be shown on both TVs. Come one, come all — this is one of the greatest parties of the year!
Saturday, May 7th
Doors open at 2 PM / No Cover
The BottleNeck Lounge
2328 E. Madison St.
We at The BottleNeck Lounge and Two Doors Down are hosting our first ever St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl – a crawl indeed as our two bars are located 10 feet from one another on Madison at John. Being of Irish heritage, we take this holiday very seriously – our corned beef sandwiches are utterly outstanding, our Irish Coffee appeals to the masses and not an ounce of green beer will be found. In fact, all of our featured Irish-style beers were actually brewed right here in the Northwest.
Thursday 3/17 – The Feast of St. Patrick at The BottleNeck Lounge & Two Doors Down, featuring corned beef simmered in Guinness, piled high on rye and a bevy of regional Irish Style beers. 4 PM onward
Friday 3/18 – The Irish Happy Hour. $4 pints of Irish brew from both bars from 4–6 PM. $7 Jameson shots at The BottleNeck and corned beef sandwiches into the night.
Saturday 3/19 – St. Pat’s Lunch at Two Doors Down. Wear your green and bring the kids. Face-painting, green rice krispy treats and Double Mountain Irish Stout floats for the adults. Noon until the taps run dry, and face-painting until 2 PM.
Cafe Flora is Seattle’s premier spot for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine. Their extensive brunch menu is perfect for those looking for a healthy and hearty Easter meal in a bright, garden-like atmosphere.
Brunch options include:
Berry French Toast with Columbia City Bakery brioche dipped in a rich egg batter, berry compote, candied pumpkin seeds, and whipped lime mascarpone.
Hoppin’ John Fritters with black-eyed pea cakes, cayenne aioli, apple-mint relish, smoky collard greens and cheesy grits.
Hoppin’ John Fritters
Forager Scramble with eggs or seasoned tofu, chanterelle and crimini mushrooms, butternut squash, fried sage, sautéed onions and goat cheese.
Sunday brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The full brunch menu can be found at cafeflora.com. Reservations for six or more can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.
Cafe Flora is offering a swoon-worthy Valentine’s menu filled with indulgent options while remaining seasonal, local, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.
The four-course menu options include Spiced King Oyster Mushrooms, Green Papaya & Rainbow Carrot Ribbons, Meyer Lemon & Butternut Squash Risotto Cake, Citrus Cake with Passion Fruit Mousse, and Pistachio Chocolate Tart.
Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available Sunday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $70 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes.
2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle
206.325.9100 for reservations
Cafe Flora will host its annual vegetarian brunch buffet on New Year’s Day! Buffet options include Deep Fried French Toast, Chick Pea and Okra Fritter, Savory Mushroom Crepe, Poblano and Yam Tamales and more. Cafe Flora also offers libations including the Garden Flora, their take on a Bloody Mary made with house pickled vegetables, or Mimosas made from a variety of juices such as grapefruit, rosemary lemonade and classic orange.
The brunch buffet is available from 9 am – 2 pm and is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children. Reservations are required for parties of six or more. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. 3.
2901 East Madison Street
We’re expanding our hours at Two Doors Down to include a neighborhood weekend brunch from 9 am to 1 pm, beginning on December 5th. Our entire menu will be available for those who can’t pass up a burger, but we’re adding some traditional — and not so traditional — morning fare.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love our ciderhouse donut holes — made on the premises with gluten-free ingredients (including regionally-sourced craft cider), dusted with cinnamon sugar, and served warm with ginger-apple butter and our own jam.
Folks who want a more substantial breakfast can choose our breakfast sandwich (think fried egg, bacon and our signature hop-garlic mayo), corn griddle pancakes, French toast or the ultimate hangover halter — The Breakfast Poutine, made with southern-style white gravy, crumbled bacon, and loads of cheese curds.
Beer and mimosas will be available at open and we’re also serving bottomless mugs of Stumptown coffee, fresh OJ, and hot tea for those who require more than a breakfast IPA in order to jump-start the day.
The Seahawks take on the Vikings on Sunday, December 6th at 10 am and we’ll have the game on both TVs. Go Hawks!!
Two Doors Down
Weekends from 9 am – 1 pm
E. Madison at John St.
Luigi DeNunzio, owner of several Italian restaurants in Pioneer Square, is taking over the Pizza Hut location in Madison Valley at the corner of Madison and MLK.
The new restaurant will be called Aglio e Olio, and will feature inexpensive, modest traditional Italian food — no pizza!
The Seattle Eater scooped us on this one, so we’ll link to the full story at their site: http://bit.ly/1QbXlff
I can’t tell you how often people have told me they wanted a inexpensive restaurant in Madison Valley. Well, I’m pleased to report that now we have one!
Two Doors Down is located at the corner of East Madison and John. The restaurant is owned by Erin Nestor, proprietor of The BottleNeck Lounge — two doors up. Erin and her team did a great job converting the old Philly cheesesteak location into an attractive, family-friendly burger joint.
Two Doors Down has only been open a few weeks, and I’ve already been there three times. My verdict: tasty, comfortable, and good value.
Great burgers — better than Red Mill, IMO. Yummy! The fries are topped with seasoned salt — perfect with the burger. In addition to the great hamburger options there are also veggie and non-beef sandwiches.
The great selection of beers on tap are brewed primarily by small, independently-owned craft breweries based in Washington and Oregon. The selection changes on a daily basis and includes Northwest IPAs and craft ciders.
The Classic burger is $6; other burgers average $9 apiece. From 4 – 5 PM on weekdays you can get the Classic Burger for $5.
If kids are not your thing, place your order at Two Doors Down, tell them you are going up to the Bottleneck, and the staff will bring your food to the bar. It’s SO great.
Two Doors Down
2332 East Madison Street
Two Doors Down is holding an Oktoberfest celebration that everyone can enjoy!
Featuring a great selection of Oktoberfest and German-style beers on draft from breweries such as Silver City, Georgetown, Alpine, Ninkasi and Leavenworth and naturally we’re adding brats to the lineup for the event as well. We’ll have pretzel bites for the kids and a special burger, The Bavarian (1/4 lb NW beef patty with stone-ground mustard and house-made apple/fennel slaw served on a pretzel roll) for the adults in the crowd.
Don your dirndl or lederhosen and we’ll reward you with happy hour pricing on any of the twenty beers or ciders we have on the draft line up. Our regular menu is available as well. Prost!
Two Doors Down
2332 East Madison Street
It’s going to be a great night! Live music, an incredible spread of food, wine, and Chef Thierry on the grill.
Pre-reserve your spot by July 10th by adding your name to our Evite to get $5 off the ticket price.
$13 Pre-Reserve Child (under 12)
$27 Day of at the door
2800 E. Madison, Seattle 98112
Ballard is awash in fantastic breweries (as is our ’hood, of course) but that can make for an expensive Uber ride after a fine day of beer drinking. So … sample some great brews from north of the ship canal right here in your backyard this Thursday night!
We’re hosting FOUR FINE Ballard establishments at The BottleNeck in conjunction with Seattle Beer Week. You can sample the suds AND meet the folks behind the scenes at the breweries. Here’s the line up:
Populuxe Brewing: Populuxe IPA
Stoup Brewing: Special Bitter
Bad Jimmy’s: Girl Scout Drop Out
Peddler Brewing Co: Tangerine Hefe
The main event is from 6-9 PM on Thursday but the beer will flow all night! Please join us!
2328 Madison Street
Cafe Flora has an extensive vegetarian and vegan brunch menu that’s perfect for those looking for a healthy and hearty Easter meal. Among the options:
Spiced Apple Waffle
A cornmeal waffle, spiced apple compote, ginger infused mascarpone and pecan oat crumble.
Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast
Brioche dipped in a rich egg batter, rhubarb compote, strawberry syrup, vanilla creme anglaise.
Rancho Colorado Scramble
Made with eggs or seasoned tofu, slow cooked rancho bean with tomatillos, fresh chilis, sweet corn, queso fresco and blue corn tortilla chips.
Sunday brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reservations for six or more can be made by calling 206.325.9100.
Full brunch menu can be found at cafeflora.com.
2901 E. Madison Street
Join us on Friday, March 6th as we celebrate the Eighth Anniversary of The BottleNeck Lounge. In addition to an extended Happy Hour from 4–8 PM, we’re rolling out our new cocktail menu featuring (you guessed it) eight new drinks at the special price of just $8 until midnight. Our 850 sq. ft. bar is certainly on the smaller side in Seattle but our penchant for celebration knows no bounds. Grab a friend or make a new one here — the party will go all night.
Friday, March 6th
Extended Happy Hour from 4 until 8 PM
The BottleNeck Lounge
2328 E. Madison St.
Cafe Flora keeps your romantic date night healthy and nutritious yet hearty and filling, with a four-course menu of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
First course begins with Breaded Fried Artichoke with lemon-herbed marrow bean pate, romesco sauce, micro greens (vegan and gluten-free). Second course offers Pommelo and Cara Cara Orange Salad with seared fennel, watercress, pomegranate, fresh beets, spiced orange blossom vinaigrette (vegan, gluten-free). For the main enjoy mouth-watering Wild Mushroom Ravioli with truffle scented cauliflower toasted pine nuts, roasted leek sauce, asparagus (vegan and gluten-free options available). Top it off with the special Valentine’s Pavlova with mango curd, passion fruit, whipped cream, raspberry coulis, fresh tropical fruit compote, vanilla bean meringue (gluten-free), or Theo Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake (vegan and gluten-free options available).
Cafe Flora’s deliciously colorful Valentine’s Day menu is available Saturday, February 14, 5-10 p.m. The four-course menu is $65 per person. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206.325.9100 or visit cafeflora.com to make reservations. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.
I sat down with Jim Henkens for a chat about his new store, Marine Area 7, here in Madison Valley. It’s a kitchen store with new and vintage items for sale, including cookbooks, wine, pantry items, linens, and tools. The store is located at 2814 E. Madison.
What title would you give yourself — you do so many things!
Photographer, kitchen-store owner
What drew you to the Madison Valley area?
This is definitely a nice little storefront. We did a lot of research on which neighborhoods would support this kind of place and we thought this would be a great choice. It already has a built-in network of home-related stores that bring people in. And we didn’t want to pick a place with a super loud, busy nightlife.
What made you want to open up your shop?
I’ve been doing food photography for a dozen years or so and we’ve collected so many props and you get to a point where you have no more room for things and you can only re-use props so many times before people start to notice the same cutting board in all your pictures. At first we were thinking about doing all vintage things but we started adding in cookbooks and pantry items and that’s what this turned into.
So are you a good cook?
I think so, yeah.
What do you like to cook?
Well I really like to cook outside — I like barbecuing, my friends have a pizza oven...I’m definitely not a vegetarian.
How did you get into food photography?
I love to travel and I love food...I started photographing chefs and then it evolved into working on cookbooks.
What’s your goal for the store?
Our goal as a store is to find out what people want - whether it’s the vintage stuff or the pantry items...so far it’s been a bit of everything. Our big goal is to get the kitchen in the back ready to go for classes and demonstrations - stuff like pickling and canning and all kinds of cooking.
Is there a story behind the store name?
There are a 13 marine areas in Washington and number seven is the San Juan Islands. We (my wife and I) have a cabin up there where we do a lot of food photography and dinner parties and go crabbing and it’s just a very inspiring area. You have to fill out all kinds of forms for fishing and boating up there, so we just kept writing “Marine Area 7” and when we couldn’t think of a store name, we thought that sounded good.
What do you think is the best gift in the store?
I think you can never go wrong with a cookbook. And there’s the wine which is a good bet for the vast majority of people. The gourmet pantry items are always a good choice. And from there everything becomes a little more personal, I think.
Marine Area 7
2814 E Madison St.
Cafe Flora is preparing special New Year’s Eve dishes, along with their annual New Year’s Day brunch buffet.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
In addition to their regular menu, Cafe Flora will offer a selection of seasonal appetizers and entrees, including Spicy Corn & Pepper Fritters, Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Mushroom Ravioli, and Citrus Polenta Cake.
Reservations are required for parties of six or more and can be made at 206.325.9100.
New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet
An annual tradition, Cafe Flora's brunch buffet menu is loaded with sweet and savory vegetarian and vegan favorites including,
Crepes with ricotta cream cheese
Latkes with apple sauce
Hearty Winter Greens Salad
January 1, 2015, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25 for adults and $12.5 for children. Reservations are required for parties of six or more and can be made at 206.325.9100.
Cafe Flora’s four-course meal includes vegan and gluten free options for each course. Start with the Feuilles de Brick (V, GF), roasted squash with shaved parmesan and sage hazelnut pistou. Work your way to the Lacinato Kale salad (V, GF) with radicchio, prairie spy apple, herbed citrus dressing, gorgonzola, spiced pecans and pomegranate seeds. Choose between Pumpkin Risotto Cakes (V, GF) or Creamy Wild Mushroom and Root Vegetable Ragu for your main and top the night off with Pumpkin and Theo Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding, Apple Tart (V), or Pumpkin Pie (V, GF).
Special children's menu includes: soup, salad, shepherd’s pie, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Entire children’s menu is vegan and gluten free.
Thanksgiving dinners are $65 for adults, $25 for kids, and are by reservation only. Seatings are available from 1-7:30 p.m. Call 206.325.9100 ext. 3 to reserve. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle. Visit CafeFlora.com.
Tuesday, September 23rd 6-8 PM
Aegis Living on Madison
The idea is simple — occasional drinks and dinners in the neighborhood for those who live and work in the Valley. The purpose is to get to know the neighbors, form friendships, and help support the neighborhood.
If you haven’t experienced sitting outside on the deck of the Aegis Sky Lounge, you’re in for a treat. The upscale and cozy Sky Lounge has a fireplace, bar, and spectacular views of Lake Washington and the Cascades.
At this event, we’ll be sipping cocktails and wine at this premier party space while enjoying chef-prepared small plates and sliders hot off the grill. Chef Justin Sledge was the sous chef for Cafe Juanita for years and he will be preparing appetizers for the evening.
$22 per person
Ticket includes one beverage and an assortment of small plate appetizers and grilled sliders. Cash bar will be available for additional libations.
Tickets and reservations may be purchased:
For more information please contact: Cathy Nunneley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aegis Living on Madison
2200 E Madison (Corner of 23rd Ave East and East Madison Street)
Valet parking or plentiful parking along Madison.
Proceeds will be spent by the Madison Valley Community Council on community events, beautification, and safety efforts.
Barbara Collins and her daughter Lillian have opened a new café in Madison Valley, Simply Soulful, specializing in homemade soul food, prepared from family recipes passed down through the generations.
This Saturday, May 17, from noon to three, Barbara and Lillian will be celebrating the opening of their new location (formerly Ines Patisserie, next to Missi Lu). At the event they will be offering:
• Free samples of Biscuits & Sausage Gravy & Strawberry Shortcake.
• Face painting and Coloring Contest for Kids.
• First 50 customers entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card!
"Socializing is the Key to Life,” says Barbara.
Simply Soulful Cafe and Espresso
2909-B Madison Street, Seattle, 98112
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Cafe Flora in Madison Valley has created a beautiful three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu; the perfect way to celebrate Mom! They welcome groups of all sizes and have a special kids menu just for the little ones.
In addition to being vegetarian Cafe Flora offers vegan and gluten-free options for each course.
The special menu is available only on Sunday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required for groups of all sizes and can be made at 206.325.9100.
Pricing: $35 per adult and $15 per child.
Mother’s Day Menu
Passion Fruit & Berry Salad
fresh berries, papaya, mango, passion fruit (v, gf)
Freshly Baked Pastries
house made croissants, petite currant scones, served with apricot jam and lemon thyme butter (avail. gf & v)
Arugula Potato Cake & Grilled Asparagus Benedict
goose and gander farm poached eggs, snow peas and tomato cream sauce (gf, avail v)
Strawberry Lilac Stuffed French Toast
Brioche dipped in rich cinnamon egg batter, stuffed with almond frangipane filling, topped with macerated strawberries, lilac mascarpone whipped cream, raspberries and fresh edible flowers (avail. v)
Morel Mushroom & Wild Watercress Flatbread
House-made flatbread, sherried caramelized onions, fiddlehead ferns, chive blossom goat cheese, balsamic reduction. topped with wild watercress salad. (gf, avail. v)
Theo Chocolate Tart
Bittersweet chocolate ganache, pate sucre, cashew caramel, whipped cream, shaved chocolate (v)
Rhubarb angelica compote, almond citrus cake, rhubarb curd, whipped cream, fresh raspberries, pistachio crunch (gf)
Mother’s Day Kids Menu
Berry & Yogurt Parfait
Fresh berries, vanilla yogurt (v, gf)
Freshly Baked Pastries
House-made croissants, petite currant scones, served with apricot jam and lemon thyme butter (avail. gf, avail. v)
Egg or Tofu Scramble
Cheddar cheese, crispy potatoes, fresh fruit (avail v & gf)
Banana Nutella Stuffed French Toast
Brioche dipped in rich cinnamon egg batter, stuffed with nutella, topped with fresh banana and whipped cream (avail. v)
Heart-Shaped Strawberry Sundae
Vanilla ice cream, chocolate heart, strawberries, hot fudge. (v, gf & nut free)
Cream cheese frosting
2901 E. Madison St, Seattle
The Queen Bee Cafe located on the corner of E. Madison Street and 22nd Avenue, opened its doors for the first time to the Seattle community.
Dwayne Clark, Founder and CEO of the local assisted-living company, Aegis Living, established the Queen Bee in memory of his mother. The owner’s admiration for his mother, Colleen Clark, was the inspiration to build the cafe. Colleen was a single mother of British roots who provided for her family as a hard-working line cook.
“We are so excited to provide this neighborhood with a true community cafe,” stated Culinary Service Director, Justin Sledge. “Our focus is to give back to the community around us by donating all proceeds to one not-for-profit organization each quarter. We are honored to have partnered with the YMCA for the first quarter.”
Whether your taste buds crave savory or sweet, the Queen Bee Cafe offers traditional English crumpets in a new way with locally sourced products and produce in tasty combinations, along with a cup of Stumptown coffee or espresso.
The Queen Bee Cafe is open daily from 7am until 4pm. For more information about the Queen Bee Cafe, please contact Shannon Monaghan, Cafe Manager at QueenBee@aegisliving.com
As reported by the Madison Park Blogger on Feb 2nd, the Madison Park Conservatory will close February 15th. Just another reminder of the importance of supporting our local businesses.
Local resident Pippa Kiraly begins a monthly series of Madison Valley merchant profiles.
Coffeehouses began in Turkey in the mid-17th century, reached Europe not so much later, and by 1739 there were 551 coffeehouses in London. They’ve always been places that attracted people to talk business, play games, socialize with likeminded people—and drink coffee. Fast forward to mid-20th century when they began to become popular in the U.S. Not just Starbucks but other independent coffeehouses sprang up, offering snacks as well as coffee and tea, as well as game boards, newspapers, armchairs and tables where meetings could be held.
It’s our good fortune that this type of coffeehouse has arrived in Madison Valley. Zander Natallani opened Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse at 2818 E Madison a year ago, with the intention of making it a community go-to place to hang out with a cup of good coffee, hold a meeting, attend a class, or just enjoy a newspaper.
He’s not just offering coffee and tea, but baked goods he makes himself on the premises. When I interviewed him early one morning he was rolling pastry and lining mini pie pans preparatory to making individual savory tarts which he is offering as one item on of his new brunch menu.
As far as possible he uses fresh organic ingredients, and always has something vegan, even a vegan pastry, for those customers. “I don’t use any processed ingredients, everything is made from scratch. A lot of stuff is farm fresh, from a friend.”
To Natallani, it’s all about community. “It’s a big thing in my life,” he says. “A coffeehouse is where people meet, for food, entertainment, games, books, movies, parents’ date night, video games. That’s what we serve.” Almost all of these he is now offering—a bookshelf with books to borrow, PTA meetings, French classes on Tuesdays, art classes for kids, and soon adults: “Painting With Coffee.”
He chose Madison Valley because it just felt right. “My family is all spread out and not close, and I need a community.” His dad was a chef, and Natallani watched, listened and learned from him and from working in restaurants since age fifteen (he’s now 35). “I was invited to learn from a school for chefs in Tuscany, but I was too young and stupid to realize what it meant,” and he didn’t go.
His clientele is building with people of all ages. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been,” he says as he tips flour onto a wooden board, but has quite a way to go yet to reach his goal of 6–8000 customers a month. One of his latest ventures is working with the Bush School to teach about entrepreneurship. Some of the staff come to the coffeehouse, and the plan is for the Bush students to have their own coffee shop, business plan and all, Natallani helping as a mentor.
In the spring he hopes to have his beer and wine license so he’ll have a wine bar after 5.30 p.m. For now, Natallani works long hours daily, 7 A.M.–7 P.M., a bit shorter on Sundays, and down the road, he’d like to open another coffeehouse, in the U district.
Pippa Kiraly is a Madison Valley resident and merchant, teaching the Buteyko method of retraining breathing. You can find her at lifelongeasybreathing.com. She is also a longtime classical music critic writing under her given name of Philippa Kiraly.
Photos by D.I. Forbes
Looking for something to do for Valentine’s Day? Several local establishments are offering special dining treats for you and that special someone. Menus below; make your reservations early!
Cafe Flora will be offering a 4-course menu:
Savory potato empanadas, kumquat chutney with croccantini, aged sheep’s milk cheese, castelvetrano olives, served with a glass of champagne (available gluten free & available vegan)
Yellow beets, blood orange medallions, shaved fennel, avocado green goddess dressing, marcona almonds, micro arugula (vegan & gluten free)
Saffron kissed paella cakes, grilled asparagus, parsnips, artichokes, sherry aioli (vegan & gluten free)
• Passion fruit roulade, vanilla-rum roasted pineapple, whipped cream, passion fruit coulis, fresh mango, raspberry, crushed pistachio (soy free), or
• Theo dark chocolate mousse, chocolate shell, whipped cream, red wine poached cherries, chocolate caramel sauce, nib brittle (vegan & gluten free)
Cafe Flora’s decadent four-course 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 best ingredients. Enjoy signature cocktails and local wine, beer and cider.
Friday February 14, 2014. $65 per person, reservations required, 5-10 p.m. Call 206-325-9100 to reserve. www.cafeflora.com
Luc will be offering a 4-course menu:
Mushroom, fromage sachet feuille de brique
First Course-Choice of:
• Dungeness crab cake, green apple, watercress, shaved fennel or
• Roasted beets, pistachio streusel, fromage bleu d’auvergne, wild arugula or
• Soup du jour
• Market fish or
• Duck two ways, confit of duck, crispy skin breast, blood orange duck sauce, white beans, grilled endive or
• Roasted winter vegetable tajine, mahmsa, cara cara oranges, salade d’herbes.
• Chocolate pot de créme or
• Floating island, citrus caviar, créme anglaise or
• Two cheeses with seasonal garnishes
Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th. $40/person. For reservations call 206.328.6645 or reserve online.
Harvest Vine will be offering a 4-course menu:
Pintxo: Caldo de Jamón con Garbanzos Fritos serrano ham broth with idiazábal crema & fried chickpeas; (vegetarian option) tomato cumin soup with idiazábal crema & fried chickpeas
First Course: Ensalada de Espinacas
Wilted spinach salad with px sherry poached figs, caña de oveja crema & smoked pata negra belly tostada; (vegetarian option) wilted spinach salad with px sherry poached figs, caña de oveja crema & tomato tostada
Second Course: Croquettas de Arroz y Mariscos saffron rice croquettes with assorted seafood; (vegetarian option) Revuelto de Trufa lightly scrambled eggs with black truffles
Third Course: Cerdo dos Maneras cider braised pork cheeks with quince & grilled iberíco pork with panadera potatoes; (vegetarian option) Coliflor Gratinado: cauliflower gratin with sheep’s milk cheese & bechamel
Fourth Course: Plato de Chocolate a selection of chocolate desserts for two
Friday February 14, 2014. $65/person not including tax, gratuity or beverages. Call 206 320-9771 for reservations. www.harvestvine.com
Hosted by Thierry Rautureau, the “Chef in the Hat,” the web series features nine home cook contestants who each make one course (the appetizer, entrée, or dessert) for 45 diners at Rover’s restaurant (before it closed).
The series is “Real” TV rather than reality TV. “The drama happens all by itself,” says Chef, “it’s the result of what really happens in the back of the house every evening you go to a restaurant.” In each episode, local celebrity guests join the diners to give their professional opinions, including Steve Scher (NPR radio host), Jason Wilson (chef/owner of Crush), Tom Douglas (Seattle restaurateur), Maria Hines (chef/owner of Tilth, Golden Beetle, Agrodolce), and many more. Each evening a favorite course is chosen, and the winner moves on to the finale at the end of the season.
Kitchen Circus was produced, shot, and edited in Seattle by Kellie Eickmeyer of MAD Valley Productions, and used a local Seattle crew. We were supported by sponsors including Charlie’s Produce, Gene Juarez, Le Creuset, and OpenTable. We hope you enjoy watching Kitchen Circus; we recommend watching it on your TV with an internet connected device (ex. Xbox, Wii, PS2, Apple TV) and YouTube app. Each episode is ~30 minutes and is free to watch, available in HD, with no commercials. Watch on YouTube. Like on Facebook. More info.
Madison Valley saw the opening of a new dining location — Bar Cantinetta opened its doors at the corner of Madison St. and 29th Ave E on Thursday evening. The soft opening served a limited menu suitable for service as hors d’oeuvres: brioche grilled cheese, country ham BLTs and fried bacalao balls. The event was very well attended: the baked figs wrapped in Speck could not make it 15 feet from the kitchen before disappearing into hungry diner’s hands.
The space has changed a bit from its days as La Côte. A full bar with lots of seating now extends towards the back of the restaurant, facing the open kitchen. Décor is simple, with charming crystalline light fixtures in the main seating area and glowing lamps above the bar. Service was amazingly prompt even with the large crowd, and the entire staff was excited about being a part of the Valley.
Bar Cantinetta is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The regular menu looks delicious, and promises to vary with the availability of seasonal produce. Entrees are reasonably priced (around $16 a plate), and many appetizers can be had for less than $10. We look forward to fall nights cozied up to the bar, watching the foot traffic go by, munching on some of the best Seattle has to offer. Buon appetito!
Yesterday Hans Riechsteiner opened a new chocolate store, Ascona Chocolat Suisse. Many of us know Hans as the founder of the Arosa Cafe, and the gentleman to thank for bringing those tasty waffles to the Valley. Many years ago Hans sold his Madison Valley cafe, and went on to open another Arosa on First Hill. Now he’s returned to Madison Valley, this time with the world’s finest chocolates.
Hans is importing Läderach chocolate from Glarus, Switzerland. When I asked him why Läderach, his answer was simply, “It’s the best chocolate in the world.” The Swiss native isn’t new to the chocolate business, either — Hans owned seven chocolate shops back in the ’80s.
The new store, named after Ascona, a posh resort town in Switzerland, is a beautifully designed space with a wide range of chocolate flavors, including Orange Dark, Divine Red Calvados, Pistachio, Champagne, Hazelnut, Naugatine, and Cognac. Assortments of chocolate come in three box sizes: Prices are $18, $38, and $48.
When asked about his favorite part of this new business venture, he said, “I found the exact job I want for the rest of my life. Hopefully, another twenty years.”
Ascona is open Mon–Sat, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The shop is located on the bottom floor of the Madison Lofts condominium building. 2914 East Madison Street, Suite 103. 206 329-0153
The Northwest Cider Association has announced the third annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day celebration of craft cider. The events kick off September 5–6 with the Northwest Cider Summit at South Lake Union. Numerous tasting events occur the following week, including at Cafe Flora.
Cafe Flora is hosting the Tieton Cider Works tasting. Tieton owner Sharon Campbell pours through the Tieton lineup and speaks about her farm, as well as what’s new at the cidery. This year she will bring a few bottles of their Precipice Perry that has been out of stock and their two new seasonal releases, Cidermaker's Reserve and Smoked Pumpkin Cider. Cafe Flora is offering a special Cider Week pizza and other menu options.
Cafe Flora. Wednesday, Sept 11 from 5:30–7:30 PM.
Saturday night my husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary by dining at Rover’s. It was also our last chance to celebrate a special occasion at that fine establishment. After 25 years, Rover’s closed its doors yesterday. But Thierry and Kathy Rautureau are still part of our neighborhood!
In addition to running their world-famous restaurant, they have lived in Madison Valley, sent their sons to local schools, and will still be busy running Luc, their local French neighborhood restaurant.
And look for Thierry's name around November, when a new restaurant somewhere downtown will be announced! But I've already said too much…
Rover’s has been a special occasion restaurant for us for years. I remember waddling over there exactly nine years ago celebrating another anniversary. I was bemoaning the fact I was nine months pregnant and would surely be the only woman in the restaurant who looked like a blimp. Then we sat down right next to a couple celebrating their anniversary…and she was nine months pregnant as well!
Five years later some other moms and I began the tradition of having lunch at Rover's on a Friday each September after our kids returned to school. Who will take over the space after Rover’s vacates? No takers so far. But I was happy when our waiter told us he would be working at Thierry’s new restaurant once it opens. Goodbye, Rover's—and keep up the good work Thierry and Kathy!
La Côte closed last week, but in its place another critically acclaimed restaurant comes to Madison Valley. Trevor Greenwood, owner of the celebrated Cantinetta in Wallingford and Mercato Stellina Pizzeria in Bellevue, has purchased La Côte in an undisclosed investor/partnership arrangement with La Côte’s owner Arnaud Guerin. Guerin will stay to oversee the buildout of the new space and assist with the transition.
The new restaurant will be called Bar Cantinetta, and will include a complete redesign of the interior, including the addition of a wine bar. While we don’t know all the details of the menu, we’ve confirmed that homemade pasta will be part of the fare. Cantinetta in Wallingford was named 2012 Reader’s Choice for Best Italian food.
Bar Cantinetta is scheduled to open at the end of July. The new restaurant will probably play a role in this year’s Bastille Bash, but this has yet to be confirmed.
While the loss of La Côte makes Madison Valley a little bit less French, the addition of a Tuscan restaurant enhances the Valley’s reputation as a European village.
For over 25 years, the concept of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a way for consumers to receive locally grown, seasonal food in partnership with farmers. CSAs are a win-win for everyone involved. Small independent farmers receive dollars up front at the beginning of the season that can be used to buy seeds and stabilize their overall cash flow, while customers are supplied with fresh produce and other farm products on a weekly basis throughout the growing season.
We are fortunate to have access to many different programs in our area. A few of them operate on the traditional model where you receive produce directly from the organizing farm for the duration of the growing season, which averages about 20 weeks out of the year. Others are built with an extended infrastructure that provides products year round, but rely on an expanded network of small farms located in areas with longer growing seasons like California and Mexico. Once you determine which format works best for your lifestyle and interest, it’s easy to get signed up to receive your weekly produce along with other farm or grocery items that may be fulfilled by the CSA.
You can find a complete list of all the CSAs available in our area at Local Harvest.org. Following is a list of those who deliver directly to Madison Valley and surrounding neighborhoods.
Much of the CSA share comes from Full Circle Farm during our local growing season, and the rest is sourced from other CSA cooperatives located in warmer climates during the rest of the year. Fully customizable boxes come in 4 different sizes ranging in price from $22.95 (about 15–20 servings) to $44.95 (about 45–55 servings) per week. The weekly crop contains fruits and vegetables, as well as the ability to add many locally sourced grocery items that are delivered to a site host in the neighborhood. Permanent exemptions can be requested and you can review the order contents each week prior to delivery. The service allows for vacation holds to be made so your weekly share won’t go to waste.
New Roots is a year-round produce home delivery service that offers locally sourced products. The bins come in two sizes and range in price from $30–$40 per week. One is sized for singles/couples and the second is for a family of four. You can indicate whether you want to receive both fruit and vegetables, or only fruit or only vegetables. The service also allows for substitutions to be made, as well as vacation holds to be requested.
An Oxbow share provides 20 weeks of fresh, local, organic produce that is grown almost exclusively on their farm and harvested within 48 hours of delivery to Cafe Flora for pickup. The CSA offers 2 sizes: a family share for $630 and a small share for $420 per season. Additional subscriptions can be made to receive the following: a fruit CSA from Eastern Washington, a mushroom share, a jam share, and a sauerkraut share. If you are planning on being away on vacation, be sure to ask a friend to use your share so it doesn’t go to waste.
Tiny’s Organics, a small family-run farm located in East Wenatchee, WA, appears to offer the most versatile options. They can deliver to Cafe Flora or your home year-round or only during the 20-week growing season. The 6 different boxes associated with the two plans range from $19.95–$42.95 per week for 52 weeks, or $367 to $756 for the season.
The Goose and the Gander Farm
Run by two Columbia City residents, this 2-acre farm located in Fall City has begun offering a seasonal CSA this year. Boxes come in two sizes, a partial size ($360) and a full size ($540) and are delivered each week to Cafe Flora. Additional items from other farms and favorite local businesses, like the Columbia City Bakery, can also be added to each order. Vacation holds can either be donated to a food bank, passed on to a friend, or credited to receive an extra box later at the end of the season. Contact via email for sign-up information until their site launches.
Parent Date Night is a new event on Monday nights. Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse is partnering with local restaurants to provide childcare while adults enjoy kid-free dining nearby.
LUC is the first restaurant to launch Parent Date Night on Monday, May 13th from 6:30-8:30pm.
Parents can rest assured that their kids are well taken care of. Zander Natallanni, owner of Harbour Pointe is a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and has worked with children with autism. Natallani is also enlisting help from local nannies to ensure Parent Date Night is a success.
The coffee shop will close to the public at 6:30 when the kids arrive. The cost for one child is $25, and an additional $5 for each sibling within one family.
For more information please visit www.hpcoffeehouse.com or call (206) 420-1187.
Tuesday night marked the inaugural dinner of the Madison Valley Dining & Sipping Society. The event was a big success with more than 50 people in attendance.
The idea for the group occurred to me last fall when I met with Audrey Seale, who started the Madrona Dining and Sipping Society (MDSS). She started her club a few years ago with the mission of supporting local restaurants and getting to know her neighbors. The members have formed lasting friendships. I thought the idea was wonderful, and that we should try to start a club in Madison Valley.
To kick off the first event, Audrey and 28 members of the MDSS attended our first dinner. Madison Valley had more than 30 guests in attendance. Apparently Madison Valley residents love food and wine—the event sold out in four days!
Cafe Flora hosted our first dinner. Dinner included a variety of shared appetizers, a selection of entries, and desert. Guests included a wide range of ages and professions. Attendees from Madison Valley included lots of tech folks (no surprise), a few doctors, musicians, artists, and retirees. It was a wonderfully eclectic group, and I hope we will have more time to get to know one another.
Wilridge Winery, based in Madrona, donated the wine sold at the dinner with proceeds benefiting both the Madrona and Madison Valley Community Councils. Paul Beveridge of Wilridge attended the dinner after spending the day bottling. Wilridge’s new wine release party on May 30th.
Given the great demand, it’s certain there will be future Dining and Sipping Society events. I’m currently working on a Happy Hour event at Luc and a weekend brunch at Harvest Vine.
If you’d like to be on the email list for future Dining and Sipping Society events please send an email to: email@example.com
A very special thank you to:
The Madrona Dining and Sipping Society
Start off the new season with Seattle Restaurant Week at local restaurants Luc, Cafe Flora, Crush, Harvest Vine, & Voila! Bistro. Three-course dinners for $28!
April 7 – April 18, excluding Saturday and Sunday.
French Onion Soup or Boston Lettuce Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette or Chicken Liver Mousse, Apple Gelée, and a toasted baguette
Braised Pork Cheek, Mustard Greens, Parsnip Mash, and Au Jus or Steamed Mussels & Clams, Saffron Broth, and Rouille Crostini’s or Roasted Cauliflower, Lentils, Carrot, Vegetable Demi-glace, Harissa, and Spring Greens
Chocolate Terrine and Blood Orange Caramel or Floating Island and Toasted Almond Brittle or Yogurt Bavarian, Confit Rhubarb, and Sablé Cookie
Wild Foraged Spring Greens and Herbed Chevre with Shaved Radishes & Sherry Vinaigrette
Country Style Pate with Pistachios, Syrah Mostarda, Pickled Vegetables & Toasts
Stinging Nettle Chowder with Chamomile Creme Fraiche & Butter Clams
Slow Braised Pork Cheeks with Creamed Kale & Smoked Onion Grits
Soft Poached Chicken Egg with Hand Cut Linguini & Porcini Mushroom Gruyere Cream, Mustard Greens
Roasted Spring Chicken Breast with Young Vegetables & Lemon Thyme Mascarpone
Artisan Cheese Daily selection
Jasmine and Blood Orange Creme Brulee
Chocolate peanut butter banana Sundae with Salted Caramel ice cream
Seasonal Soup: green garlic and nettle soup with walnut gremolata (vegan and gluten free)
Asparagus Rhubarb Salad: asparagus, pea shoots, champagne-whole grain mustard vinaigrette, pickled rhubarb, toasted pumpkin seeds, and Bloomsdale long leaf spinach topped with a fried egg (gluten free)
Pate Platter: lentil-pecan pate, seasonal fruit, marinated olives, picked vegetables and red onion confit with rosemary croccantini from La Panzanella Bakery (vegan and available gluten free)
Oazaca Tacos: roasted corn tortillas filled with cheddar and smoky mozzarella mashed potatoes topped with lime crème fraiche, cotija cheese and fire roasted tomato salsa; served with black bean stew, corn and pepper relish and braised greens (gluten free)
Socca Fritters: with grilled Dykstra Farm asparagus in a spicy tomato-cinnamon sauce served with a petit spring salad
Wild Mushroom Spring Linguini: fresh linguini in a spring pea puree with sautéed wild mushrooms, radish, and pea vines and topped with shaved Pecorino-Romano cheese
Hot Cocoa: brown butter hazelnut fudge cake, toasted marshmallow, and a warm chili spiced chocolate toffee sauce
Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie: flaky crust, peanut butter mouse, chocolate raspberry ganache, raspberry preserve, and Dutch honey (vegan and gluten free)
Brambleberry Crumble: foraged berries, oat topping, vanilla ice cream, and cardamom caramel (vegan and gluten free)
Sunday April 7 – Thursday April 11, Sunday April 14 – Thursday April 18
Gazpacho Andaluz chilled tomato soup with cucumber & peppers
Remolachas red & golden beet salad with olive oil, sherry vinegar, garlic & sea salt
Caballa en Escabeche marinated mackerel with soft boiled egg
Setas y Arroz wild mushrooms with saffron bomba rice
Trucha pan fried trout with hazelnut picada & roasted potatoes
Cordero en Crujiente braised lamb wrapped in pastry with root vegetables
Flan de Café creamy espresso custard with chocolate ganache
Tarta de Aceite olive oil wine cake with whipped cream
Arroz con Leche citrus rice pudding with hazelnut cookies
Seattle Salads is now delivering healthy lunches Monday through Friday in Madison Valley and Madison Park. The brainchild of youthful entrepreneur Desirae Rabe, the restaurant specializes in signature salads like Strawberry Mint and Lime Peanut. Also available are Build-Your-Own options, soups, family sizes and kids’ plates. View menu
With a quick one-time registration at NetWaiter, a lunch order can be processed online for delivery or pickup. Delivery hours are from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. http://seattlesalads.com
Hosted by the Top Chef Master himself, The Chef in the Hat, each episode of Kitchen Circus will feature three home cooks (just like you and me), testing their skills while preparing one course of a three course meal at Seattle’s renowned Rover’s restaurant. Who will master the rigors of a professional kitchen and be voted with the best course of the evening by a FULL house of gourmet diners?
Tune in to find out. Dishes will be judged on three criteria: taste, presentation, and creativity, with one home cook winner each evening. All winners from the first three episodes will move on to the finale dinner at the end of the season, where a champion will be crowned. Want to watch the drama unfold? Dinner reservations to be a judge at one of these exciting competitions sold out quickly, but you can go to their Facebook webpage to watch episodes, read contestant bios, and get cooking tips from Thierry. Kitchen Circus episodes will be posted online and are free. https://www.facebook.com/KitchenCircus. Rover’s has revealed the nine talented contestants selected to compete. You can read their Bios on his website and see how you measure up. There’s been a lot of local press about this curious new reality show. It’s a clever, uplifting way to engage everyday cooks in a four star cooking environment and get people excited about food. The dinner competitions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings on November 6th, November 13th, November 20th, and December 4th. Local celebrities who will be sitting in as guest judges are Chef Tom Douglas, Chef Maria Hines, Steve Scher (of KUOW Radio), and Marty Riemer (103.7 Radio Host). Rover’s has been a success since it first opened in 1987, and in 2010 Rautureau opened Luc, a popular French-American café and bar. Rautureau has cooked for such well-known figures as Hillary Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Jackson Browne, and Julia Child. Bon Apetit!