Cafe Flora in Madison Valley is offering a delicious four-course Valentine’s Day menu that’s not only masterfully vegetarian, it’s also available as vegan and gluten-free.
Dinner starts with a Scallion Pancake, flavorful with ginger and sesame eggplant, peanut sauce, and rice wine vinaigrette; a salad course of Pomelo and Blood Orange Segments with bitter greens, pine nuts, ricotta cheese and a pomegranate reduction; and a third course of Chickpea Socca Fritters, asparagus and haricot vert, roasted purple carrot, spiced tomato sauce, sour cherry and green mango chutney with a citrus and maple dressing. An indulgent choice of desserts rounds out this experience: Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Mousse, with chocolate glaze and macarons, or Huckleberry Cheesecake with candied pine nuts and a Meyer lemon compote.
The Valentine’s Day menu is available Tuesday, February 14, starting at 5 p.m. The four-course menu is $75 per person. Reservations are required for all parties by calling 206.325.9100.
2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle.
This year’s annual Christmas Ships event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Madison Park Beach & Bath House. The celebration begins at 2 PM, and the ships sail at 3:30. Music, refreshments, and a bonfire are all part of the fun. The event is sponsored by the city and Madison Park businesses.
New paintings by Rebecca Allan will be showing at the Baas Framing Studio & Madison Art Collective from November 10 – December 31, 2016.
The opening Reception is Thursday November 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
“Port Miou, Cassis II,” acrylic on canvas
Rebecca Allan’s richly chromatic paintings are inspired by her interests in ecology, botany, and geology. Watershed and coastal landscapes are favorite subjects, drawn from the artist’s travels in the US and Europe and from her current home in New York. Allan has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions across the US during a career spanning 25 years. She was a visiting artist at the Lebanese American University in Beirut in 2015. To learn more about the artist, visit her web site.
Also new at the gallery: ceramics by Curtis Yu
Opening Reception: Thursday November 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
“Vessel with Horsehair #8,” raku-fired stoneware
We are pleased to introduce our clients to the artwork of Seattle ceramic artist Curtis Yu. Yu began creating in clay at a young age and has pursued his study of ceramics with a rare passion. Yu creates one-of-a-kind pieces with unique and subtle surfaces. The Gallery will feature a generous selection of his raku-fired vessels in clear crackle glazes and horsehair designs.
Join us at the opening reception to meet this talented young artist!
Baas Framing Studio & Madison Art Collective
2703 E. Madison
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
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
Montlake Playfield will be filled with music and laughter at the Montlake Music Festival & Family Night.
Pack a blanket, chairs and a picnic or purchase food by Kay Catering and enjoy the summer evening.
The event includes music by Eli Rosenblatt, Mercy Mercy and Pompeii, Bounce Houses, Balloon Artist, Carnival Treats, Food by Kay Catering.
Friday, August 12th
5:30 – 8:30 pm
1618 E Calhoun St
The 7th annual Madison Park Art Walk begins on the 9th of September and runs through the 25th. Works from local artists will be displayed in Madison Park businesses. Opening night reception is at Starbucks from 5 to 9.
Poppies by Kimberly Burroughs
Sculpted Rug by Liz Gamberg
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.
Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away! The whole family can celebrate Mom at Cafe Flora, Seattle’s premier spot for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dining. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. a three-course, prix fixe brunch menu will be available for $40 per person along with a dedicated kids menu for $15 per child.
The special menu offers hearty and healthy options including:
• Cafe Flora’s signature house-made Pastry Basket with petite croissants, strawberry ginger poppy seed scones, lemon curd and rhubarb jam.
• Spring Asparagus Benedict — Tieton Farm eggs, poached and served atop sweet potato latkes with balsamic tossed arugula, crispy smoked eggplant chips in hollandaise sauce and asparagus.
• Tres Leches Cake — vanilla sponge, toasted coconut, roasted pineapple, rum, whipped cream and strawberries.
The full menu can be viewed online. Reservations are required on Mother’s Day and can be made by calling 206 325-9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle.
The grand opening of the world’s longest floating bridge takes place on April 2 and 3. There will be a fun run, a bike run, and various activities and food trucks along the expanse of the bridge.
Run the bridge before you drive it!
Saturday, April 2 | 7:30 AM start
Register for the 10K run/walk on the new floating bridge presented by the Virginia Mason Heart Institute.
Grand Opening Celebration!
Saturday, April 2 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Free, fun, and accessible activities for all ages. And food trucks!
Ride the Emerald City Bike Ride!
Sunday, April 3 | 7 AM – 12:30 PM
Join a unique 20-mile bike ride through Seattle, with route options for all ages produced by Cascade Bicycle Club. Update: SOLD OUT
For more details go to:http://www.520golong.com/
Join us for one of the best holiday parties of the year! We're extending our Happy Hour until 8 PM and featuring an array of winter warmers on draft, in addition to holiday cocktails certain to imbue even the Grinch with good cheer.
In addition, and much to the delight of all who have asked, we are also RELEASING THE NOG, available through Christmas Eve. Dare we say, we feature one of the very best egg nogs in this great state, made with sherry and anejo tequila (thank you Jeffrey Morgenthaler), and if you haven't sampled it, you absolutely must. So don your holiday attire, grab a friend, and get thee to The BottleNeck, lest Santa leave you with only coal this year!
Friday, Dec 18
Every day, AFH stylists help people transform themselves through compassion, care and, of course, styling. The AFH team is excited and honored to contribute to Runway to Freedom 6 on November 19 - an event that will assist women, children and families in transforming their lives after escaping domestic violence.
Annie Fisher, AFH owner and stylist, will lead the hair team to insure another fabulously styled evening. The AFH Salon team will be there creating looks for the show as well. Roy Fisher, MA LMFT, AFH co-founder and visionary, will speak about his work in the domestic violence field.
“ ‘It’s not just hair’ is my mantra for styling. It’s not just vanity or style, but about providing an experience that will allow people to feel safe, cared for and help them through each season of their lives,” says Annie Fisher, “ We all have that power, and we’re excited to help Runway to Freedom do that in a big way by contributing our talent.”
Anyone can support this life-changing, life-saving mission. Runway to Freedom 6 is open to the public and takes place Thursday, November 19 at SoDo park featuring work by local designers - Zulily, Julie Danforth, House of Gina Marie, live music by Seattle rising stars - Kimberly Nichole, Jairemie Alexander and Draze - and a live auction. Tickets are still available, including VIP options that enter the buyer into a drawing for Macklemore concert tickets.
To purchase tickets: rtf6.brownpapertickets.com
Since 2010, Runway to Freedom has been raising awareness and funds for local domestic violence programs through social media and our annual fashion show, live auction, and raffle. This year’s event will benefit Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers homeless women and children to reclaim their lives by providing safe shelter, emotional support and services they need.
From left: Diana, Kelsey (stylist), Janelle, Annie Fisher (owner and stylist)
Celebrate Autumn over a pint of something pumpkin! Sample over a dozen pumpkin beers and ciders on one block (with no cover!), many from breweries located in Washington. Kids are always welcome at Two Doors Down, where we’ll be featuring our Pumpkin Smash Burger (1/4 lb NW beef patty, roasted delicata squash, house-made pumpkin seed pesto on a brioche bun), sweet potato fries and pretzel knots for the kids. All the taps at The BottleNeck are going pumpkin for the day and we’ll be serving our WORLD FAMOUS La Calabaza Margarita (with a nutmeg spiced rim) as well as a spiked punch right from a Jack O’Lantern. Grab your best friend, don your favorite fall hoodie and join us for the day!
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
The Garden Party is the premier event of the season at the Seattle Japanese Garden, and tickets are on sale now. From 6–8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24, the Japanese Garden will serve as a backdrop for an elegant Japanese dinner served with fine wine and sake. The event is one of the garden’s largest fundraisers. Proceeds support vital programs and community events at the garden.
Garden Party guests will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Nodate outdoor tea ceremony and read artfully installed haiku as they stroll the garden. There will be a flute performance by White Swan label recording artist Gary Strousos, traditional koto music performed by pianist Chris Kenji Beer and a traditional Japanese dance by Fujima Fujimine Dance Ensemble.
Prentice Bloedel Japanese Garden Arboretum Unit 86 is the title sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include Japan Prestige Sake, Inc., Vinum Importing, JM Cellars, Tankokai, and Steve Alley & Jack Rafn.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.
To encourage shopping local this season, Madison Valley is hosting a:
Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, December 2nd, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
The event includes:
* Select shops open until 8 p.m. offering holiday sales and specials.
* Restaurants offering specialty holiday cocktails and/or food from 4-8 p.m.
River Song Jewelry
City People’s Garden Store
Baas Framing Studio
Fury Women’s Consignment
Annie Mauad Massage Therapy
The BottleNeck Lounge
Bring your friends, support our local businesses, and have a great time!
Opens Thursday night.
Baas Framing Studio is celebrating the opening of their annual Winter Group Show. The 19th Annual Winter Group Show features original paintings, sculpture, and mixed media work by Karrie Baas, Pat Clayton, Jeanne Edwards, Julia Ricketts, Lene Sangster, Claudia Schlosser and Louise Warner. Featured jeweler Jamie Rawding will be showing works in sterling, pearls, and resin.
“Street View” Jeanne Edwards, oil on panel, 14" x 11"
Ukelele virtuoso Arden Fujiwara will add musical ambience to the festivities.
November 20 – December 31, 2014
Opening Reception & Holiday Party:
Thursday, November 20, 5 – 8 p.m.
Baas Framing Studio & Madison Art Collective
2703 E. Madison
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.
The Madison Park Community Council is offering a series of talks from people in the neighborhood who have or have had interesting careers. The program is called “Meet your Extraordinary Neighbors.” The next talk is by actor Tom Skerritt, who lives in Madison Park.
Tom has starred in 44 movies, including Alien, Contact, Mash, A River Runs Through It, and Top Gun. He has also been in innumerable TV shows, including Bonanza and Gunsmoke. He will talk about his movie and TV experiences and his current passions.
The event is free and all neighbors are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, Nov 12, 7:30 pm
Park Shore Retirement Community
1630 43rd Avenue E, just south of the Madison Park beach.
Tomorrow, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. the Madison Art Collective will be holding a reception for Ruth Hesse at the Baas Framing Studio.
Interstitial, 24" x 36" Monotype by Ruth Hesse
The artist will be showing her monotypes, a type of print created by transferring a painted image from a smooth plate to paper. The ink may be transferred by hand, applying pressure to the back of the paper as it rests on the inked plate, or with an etching press. Ruth Hesse uses both techniques, building layer upon layer of colored inks to create rich, textural, one-of-a-kind prints.
Light refreshments provided.
Baas Framing Studio
2703 East Madison
Seattle, WA 98112
The 5th annual Madison Park Art Walk opens at 6–9 PM Fri, Sep 12th, 2014 with a public reception at Starbucks in Madison Park with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and live music.
The juried show features more than 40 local artists in 30 Madison Park businesses. Art will be displayed at businesses during regular business hours from Sep 12–28th. This is a unique community event bringing together local businesses, local artists and the community and its residents. www.madisonparkartwalk.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 email@example.com.
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.
“Night Out” is a national Crime Prevention event. Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out — the program has been growing every year, with over 1,400 neighborhoods participating in 2013. The event is a unique opportunity to bring neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, and games. Some gatherings are just a few households; others expand into large block parties.
It only takes one neighborhood volunteer to register your block for a party. Invitations, flyers, signs for closing the street, earthquake preparedness tips, and crime prevention block watch guides are for free for these events. It’s fun and easy! For more info or to register your block, go to the web address: http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/
Baas Framing Studio and the Madison Art Collective are holding an opening reception for their new show, “Reading the Fine Print: Artist-Made Prints.”
"Red Barn I" 10" x 10" Woodblock with Stencil and Gouache by Judy Talley
“Reading the Fine Print” presents artist-made prints and a display of the tools, plates, and blocks used in the traditional printing processes. The exhibition features mezzotints, etchings, lithographs, monotypes, block prints, and mixed media prints by six leading Northwest artists.
"Second Chances" 33" x 33" Mounted Monotype by Ruth Hesse
Featured artists include:
The show runs from June 12 – July 26, 2014.
Opening Reception: Thursday June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.
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
River Song Jewelry invites you to attend its annual “Uno de Mayo” Fiesta on Thursday, May 1st (¡no el cinco!). Located on E. Madison St, River Song is a specialty boutique that supports small artists and fair-trade businesses.
2816 E Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
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
Feet First's second annual Stairway Walks Day will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 (coinciding with Seattle Neighborhood Appreciation Day). About 450 participants are expected to take part in 18 different neighborhood walks across Bellevue, Burien and Seattle, including one in the Washington Park Arboretum.
The stairway routes featured on Stairway Walks Day are from Cathy and Jake Jaramillo’s book Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods. According to Neighborhood Walking Ambassador and author Cathy Jaramillo, “Seattle has a world-class network of more than 650 publicly accessible stairways, many well over 100 years old. Stairways make important walking connections to parks and transit, and they create scenic urban byways that are very fun to explore. Stairways are a valuable built legacy for us to enjoy and preserve!”
From a description of the Arboretum walk:
The Olmstead Vision: The Arboretum, Interlaken Park, and Volunteer Park. In the early 20th century, Seattle commissioned the Olmstead Brothers firm to design a park system for the city. This trio of splendid parks: Washington Park Arboretum, Interlaken Park, and Volunteer Park are a formative part of the legacy they left behind. We’ll also see vibrant residential architecture that was built for a newly prospering middle class of this era. Distance: 4.2 miles: 243 steps down, 359 steps up. Walking Leader: Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador, Shawn Alirez
Hardy hikers can sign up for the event at Brown Paper Tickets.
This year, McGilvra Elementary students and faculty continued the tradition of honoring veterans by hosting an assembly and supply drive in observance of Veterans Day. Second grade Teacher Tammie Le organized the assembly which took place on November 8th. The entire student body — kindergarten through 5th grade — crowded into the school’s gymnasium to meet and learn from veterans and current service members.
The children sang songs and waved flags in appreciation of the sacrifice, hard work, and dedication of our service members. Several local veterans were in attendance. Park Shore resident, Guy Falscow, who served in the US Navy during the Korean War, shared his story about enlisting in the Seabees after college. He described his military service as “being a GPS before there was GPS,” mapping the ocean floor as a surveyor in the 1950s. Family members with children and grandchildren in attendance shared stories about serving their country in one form or another. During the month prior to the assembly, students participated in a care package drive, collecting items and creating greeting cards to be sent to soldiers deployed around the world.
Join Penny Bolton, a fledgling graduate of the Seattle Audubon Master Birder program, for a walk through the north section of the Arboretum and Foster Island to find water birds and become familiar with the local winter birds. Penny will point out the common birds and hopes to be present for the returning migrant waterfowl on the lake. Bring binoculars if you have them, shoes for muddy walking, and be prepared to walk a mile and a half. Penny notes that this walk is good for kids since they’ll be looking at birds sitting on the water. The group will be strolling slowly and stopping frequently to listen and watch.
Meet at the Graham Visitors Center at 10 AM and return at noon. Dress for the weather. No charge.
Great Blue Heron
Sleeping Hybrid Duckling
Mallards on Lake Washington
Swimming on the Lake
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.
The Central District is holding its annual street fair next Saturday, August 10. The event began in 2002 as the Educational Resource Street Fair, and continues to emphasize children’s education. More than 50 public/private organizations and exhibitors will participate, with music and food, performing arts, talent competitions, arts & crafts, books and computers, and a farmers market. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on 24th Avenue between East Yesler Street and East Alder Street. The event is free. For more information, see their website.
Bonjour! We can’t wait to see you at Bastille Bash tomorrow! We’re decking out East Madison with French flags, banners and all things blue, white, and red, and getting ready to enjoy la vie en rose. We’ve had so much fun planning with Madison Valley businesses to bring you the best food, shopping, chef demos, and so much more that our little village has to offer.
While you are attending the event tomorrow use the tag #BastilleBash with your photos and posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so we can follow along!
With all the fun festivities in store, the local media has been buzzing. Here are some highlights if you missed them from our Facebook page. Click on the links to view articles, listen to radio interviews and get all the Bastille Bash scoop.
Tickets on sale at the event! Merci!
Bastille Bash is upon us this Saturday, July 13th! Our map and program are out now and include all of your favorite French bites from local restaurants, our live entertainment schedule, chef and garden demo lineup and more!
But let’s cut to what’s really on your mind … enjoying local wine, beer and spirits in the sun this Saturday from 3–8 p.m.! Bastille Bash will have a Wine Passport that allows you to taste at locations up and down East Madison including a Spirits Garden in Rover’s courtyard and a Wine Garden outside of Cafe Flora.
Purchase your Wine Passport online in advance for $20 per person to secure your tasting glass. You can also purchase at the event starting at 3 p.m. but we will have a limited quantity on hand so please purchase in advance!
Bastille Bash is free to attend and enjoy live entertainment, shopping and our festive French décor.
Thank you to the following wineries, breweries and distilleries for being part of Bastille Bash—Vive La France!
Wineries: Balboa Winery, Beresan Winery, Facelli Winery, Forgeron Cellars, Hestia Cellars, Kiona Vineyards & Winery, OS Winery, Patterson Cellars, Pomum Cellars, Swiftwater Cellars, Walla Walla Vintners, William Church Winery
Breweries: Fremont Brewing, Mac & Jack’s Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing
Distilleries: BroVo Spirits, El Zacatecano, Fremont Mischief Distillery, Sidetrack Distillery
Madison Valley merchants are offering a variety of specials and giveaways during Bastille Bash, July 13, and the week prior. Giveaways include three nights in Paris (sign up during the Bash). Many stores will offer substantial discounts on selected merchandise. The full list is below.
The week of July 8th these shops are offering the following specials:
Honey Skin Spa
Fastframe will be offering 25% off all framed and unframed art for sale. The sale will start Monday, July 8 and end with the Bash!
Retail Shops Offering Discounts:
All The Best
City People’s Garden Store
Bastille Day sale up to 50% off selected items.
Discounts throughout the shop.
Marie Antoinette-themed sale with live models in the windows.
Madison Valley is excited to host the 2nd Annual Bastille Bash on Saturday, July 13 from 3–8 p.m. Last year we were thrilled to see how many people came out to enjoy the festivities and this year we promise to have plenty of food, wine and entertainment for everyone! Festivities will take place up and down East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenues. Madison will remain open to traffic during the event.
Don your beret and striped shirt and visit your favorite Madison Valley shops and restaurants for Bastille Day celebrations. Indulge in French-inspired food, sip wine, beer and spirits with your Wine Passport, grab a table and be entertained by our lineup of live music and dance performers on the main stage. Also enjoy mimes, jugglers accordion players, live chef and gardening demos, kids activities, dog treats and exciting giveaways!
We encourage you to purchase food and wine tickets early to avoid waiting in ticket lines at the event and ensure you get your share, as tickets will be limited. Visit bastillebash.com to purchase today! Food is priced at $2.50, $5.00, $7.50 per bite and tickets can be purchased in $10 increments. The Wine Passport includes tastings of wine, beer and spirits for $20 per person.
Proceeds from Bastille Bash support 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.
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On July 13th between 3:00 and 8:00 PM, the Madison Valley Merchants Association and Community Council will host the second annual Bastille Bash. This French-themed event will take place along East Madison Street between 27th and 30th Avenue. We expect between 2,000 and 3,000 guests. Some vehicle access and parking will be affected—please refer to the list below for specific street closures.
We are working together with the City of Seattle Special Events Committee and businesses in our neighborhood to minimize the impacts that will be felt during the event. Your individual needs are very important to us and we will work with you to resolve reasonable scheduling conflicts. There will be emergency vehicle access, should the need arise.
The following streets will be closed and not accessible to vehicle and/or pedestrian traffic between the hours of noon and 9:00 PM on July 13th:
We will also have amplified music during the hours of 3:00–8:00 PM.
If you have comments and/or questions about the impact this event will have on your business, please email the Madison Valley Merchants Association or the City of Seattle.
Madison Valley Merchants Association
Lindy Wishard, Volunteer
City of Seattle Special Events Committee
Chris Swenson, Chair
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
A very special thank you to:
The Madrona Dining and Sipping Society
Lisa Vian Hunter is celebrating fashion icon Audrey’s Hepburn’s birthday with an evening of cocktails, runway modeling, and shopping in her Madison Valley store.
Lisa has invited three Seattle fashion designers to join her for the evening: Cameron Levin (modern and feminine dresses and separates), Tina Witherspoon (Bohemian inspired dresses), Justin Zachary-Bartle (evening gowns) and Patricia Raskin (elegant handbags). The designers will be participating in the runway show and will be selling their garments as well.
Saturday, May 4th, 6:30–8:30 pm at Vian Hunter House of Fashion, 2814 E. Madison St. A $5 suggested donation will benefit the Jubilee Women’s Center in Seattle. RSVP to: Lisa@vianhunter.com. Website: http://www.vianhunter.com/
The MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center is holding an open house on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. The community organization is holding this event to announce activities, share ideas for future programs, and to mingle with neighbors and friends. Childcare provided. 3201 East Republican St. 206 257-5572 www.mlkfame.com
“Grid on Madison” at Baas Framing Studio presents new works by nine affiliated artists on the theme of grids. Rendered in paint, paper, wax, and fiber, the grid becomes a format for imagery, a system of organization, and a dynamic visual structure. Visitors are invited to explore and consider anew this ubiquitous feature of the modern world.
The opening reception is Thursday, March 14, 5–8 p.m. The exhibit runs from March 14–April 30, 2013. http://bitly.com/16kvlR1