It’s that time of year again: the 18th annual Dining Out For Life event, in which 150 Seattle area restaurants will donate portions of their proceeds to the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, is happening this coming Thursday, April 28.
There are a number of Queen Anne restaurants participating in the fundraiser for either breakfast, lunch dinner, or all three. Check out the list of participating neighborhood spots:
Happy Valentine’s Day Queen Anne! If, like me, you didn’t have a chance to plan ahead for the holiday, there are still a few places on the hill where you can stock up on Valentine’s Day treats and eats. Take a look at our last-minute guide to Valentine’s Day in Queen Anne:
Looking for a romantic holiday feast? Swing by Eat Local at 2400 Queen Anne Ave N for a ready made Valentine’s Day dinner for two and a bottle of wine. Eat Local will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, and Chocolopolis has all the cocoa you’ll need. Fill a heart-shaped box with chocolatey goodies–everything from truffles to drinking chocolate and single-origin chocolate bars from around the world. Chocolopolis is open for extended hours, until 9 p.m., and they’ll even deliver. Call (206) 282-0776 for more information.
Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a good book? Swing by Queen Anne Books at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N until 7 p.m. tonight and have your V-Day tale wrapped in celebratory pink, red and white.
Looking for some tasty treats with a spicy edge? Swing by El Diablo Coffee at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N for some yummy Valentine’s Day treats from the pastry case, including tiramisu, sweetheart cookies, chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and strawberry swirl. El Diablo will be open until 10 p.m. tonight.
Pick up some cute and crafty gifts at Queen Anne Dispatch, at 2212 Queen Anne Ave N. They’ve even got a love gun (check it out here) just in time for the holiday. They’ll be open until 7 p.m. tonight.
Get some sprinkled and frosting topped Valentine’s Day treats at Wink Cupcakes, located at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N until 6 p.m. today. The shop has some special V-Day flavors, including Love Potion #9 cupcakes (and gluten free options). They also have some long-stemmed red roses.
Know a great place for Valentine’s Day treats and goodies on the hill we missed? Comment below and we’ll add it to the list.
This weekend Queen Anne-ers will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the neighborhood’s best eats, while supporting our own local nonprofit, FOLKpark. The volunteer organization dedicated to revitalizing Lower Kinnear Park has put together Happy Hour on the Hill event/fundraiser this Saturday, August 28 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The following Queen Anne locations are participating in Happy Hour on the Hill:
Betty – $8 drink and appetizer combo
Paragon – $5 Martinis and $7 Appetizers
Eat Local – Free farro salad with any purchase and get 2 bottles of Viognier for the price of one at $16.98
Chocolopolis – $1 Chocolopolis truffles (limit 2) & 50% of a chocolate drink
Wink – 15% off all cupcakes
Tickets are available at any of the participating locations, or can be purchased at the Uptown Strolland art walk this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Counterbalance Park (at Queen Anne Ave N and W Roy St).
Eat Local is welcoming back visiting produce stand Tiny’s Organic to both their Queen Anne and Burien stores beginning today, Thursday, May 27.
Also on Thursday May 27th, you have a chance to meet the farmers from Tiny’s Organics, from 11:00am to 1:00pm in Burien and 3:00pm to 6:00pm in Queen Anne.
Queen Anne customers also have the opportunity to participate in Tiny’s Organic CSA program, which will bring fresh, organic produce to customers all summer long. Pick up is every Wednesday at Eat Local, or one of Tiny’s many other pick-up spots. For more information, check out Tiny’s website.
A little late at arranging your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Here are a couple things going on in and around the neighborhood for the annual day of roses, chocolate and romance.
With the Kids: If you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with the whole family, swing by Queen Anne Books at 2 p.m for story time with local author Nancy White Carlstrom and the second annual “Kids [Heart] Books” event. Carlstrom will be reading from some of her books, including the popular “Jesse Bear” series, “It’s Your First Day of School, Annie Claire” and “Mama, Will it Snow Tonight?” They’ll be treats and homemade Valentine’s crafting for the kids.
Romantic Evening In: Swing by Eat Local for their VDay special – prepared dinner for two and a bottle of Malbec for $19.98.
Romantic Evening Out: If you’re looking for a post-dinner activity, go check out guitarist, composer and Queen Anne resident Andre Feriante’s performance at Benaroya Hall tonight. For the past 12 years Feriante and the Troupe de Ville have been performing their famed neo-flamenco sound for Valentine’s Day concerts at Benaroya Hall.
This year Troupe de Ville joins Feriante for an extraordinary evening of soulful and seductive harmonies certain to ring in the romance of Valentine’s Day. Feriante will perform a musical mix of fiery flamenco, classical guitar standards and spoken poetry set to his original compositions in the style of Neruda and Rumi; followed by a series of romantic favorites performed in the classical and jazz styles and a special tribute to his legendary mentor, Andres Segovia. Troupe de Ville also joins Feriante on stage for an improvisational set sure to dazzle with the exquisite musicianship of all six members.
Tickets are still available, at $40 each. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Details and ticket information here.
Know of any other special Valentine’s Day events going on in the neighborhood? Comment below!
Olympia-based papercut artist Nikki McClure will be signing her new 2010 calendar, entitled Revive, at Eat Local this Sunday, December 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. (if you happen to be off the hill this weekend, she’ll be at their Burien store from 12 to 1 p.m.)
Using an X-Acto knife and a single sheet of paper, Nikki creates intricate, beautiful designs that translate the “complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture,” Cinders Gallery boasts on her website. This is the first year her calendar has more than two colors on the cover (the picture for the month of January is also another first for Nikki – the first time she’s used a combination of papercuts to create one image).
“This event will be quite a big deal as Nikki does not do that many appearances,” said Eat Local owner Greg Conner, who noted that there will also be a tasting at the event. “It should be fun for people to meet Nikki and taste some great food.”
Interested in learning more about Nikki? Watch this video:
A few days ago I received a very excited email from Eat Local owner Greg Conner informing me that a local flowers vendor would be setting up a flower farm outside his Queen Anne store on Thursdays and possibly Sundays until the “first frost hits their farm.”
Xiong Cha, a local farmer who owns Cha Garden in Snohomish, has been a weekly staple at the Queen Anne Farmers Market this year. When the market closed for the season two weeks ago, Xiong began to look for a new location on Queen Anne so that he could continue to bring flowers to the neighborhood as long as the weather permitted.
“Xiong approached me because the Queen Anne Farmers Market ended but he still had flowers growing so we are letting him use the place in front of the store to sell his beautiful flowers,” Conner said.
Xiong had planned to be in front of Eat Local twice a week for the next few weeks, but when I spoke to him this afternoon, he informed me that tomorrow would be his last day on the hill. Last weekend Xiong found that the ice had set in on his farm, marking the end of his flower season until May.
“The ice killed all my flowers,” Xiong said. “I thought I would have two more weeks, but last Saturday morning when I came in, they were all dead.”
Xiong says he still has quite a few yellow flowers left, along with those he was either able to salvage or were picked before Saturday, and he hopes to be in front of Eat Local selling beautiful bouquets from around 10 a.m. tomorrow to 6:30 or 7 p.m. It might be the last time for this year, but Xiong says he plans to return to the Queen Anne Farmers Market circuit next season, and will be out in front of Eat Local again in May, when his flowers have begun to grow again.
Eat Local and seattlefarm come together to provide food in a VERY local way to bring Seattleites delicious, organic food without the “food miles” typically associated with such food. Just this week, the seattlefarmTM vegetable garden service installed a beautiful vegetable garden outside of Eat Local’s storefront.
seattlefarmTM will return once per week to grow different vegetables and herbs that will be included in many of Eat Local’s extraordinary dishes. To celebrate local food, these two sustainability focused companies are having an Earth Day Garden Party at Eat Local. The party will be held this Wednesday, Earth Day – April 22, 2009 from 3:30 – 7:30 pm. There will be live music in the form of the jazz trio “Two Men and a Bassist,” as well as free wine and food samples!
Eat Local, located in Upper Queen Anne, 2400 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle WA, is an artisan food store offering prepared meals made with seasonal, organic ingredients bought directly from local farms. For more information, visit www.eatlocalonline.com.
We recently posted a story about seattlefarm, a service developed by Seattle MicroFarm.
Our good friends at Eat Local offer a weekend Holiday Sale beginning Friday Nov. 28th and ending Sunday, Nov. 30. Promotions include: 20% OFF ALL PAPER GOODS; 30% OFF ALL POTTERY; Free Insulated Bag with all purchases over $50 ; and $1 Stumptown 12oz Lattes (through the end of December).
Also, drop by Friday from 12 noon – 3:00 pm for live music by Aaron Samuels, the unveiling of the Eat Local homemade Gingerbread House and the Totes 2 Go Trunk Show. Canapes and hot cider are part of the event! Read more about Eat Local.
A real benefit of shopping at our local stores is being greeted by the owners. They are always enthusiastic about their work and their products, and it makes you feel really good to know that you are supporting a neighbor in the community. Meet Greg Conner, the owner of Eat Local, located at 2400 Queen Anne Ave. Eat Local has been on Queen Anne serving up delicious organic dinners that definitely make your mouth water!
Why not spend time with your family and friends instead of slaving in the kitchen this Thanksgiving?
The Seattle Times reports that Eat Local, is a great newcomer to the take-home dinner options this year. Their freezers are stocked with several different ready-to-heat turkey options: boneless roulade with cornbread stuffing; turkey breast with cranberry chutney; braised turkey with seasonal veggies; and turkey breast with sweet parsnip puree. Dish sizes range from single servings up to six, $10-$40, and they’ve got all the sides imaginable. You can feel good about your meal here, too — they’re made with seasonal, organic ingredients bought directly from local farms. Call 206-EAT-FOOD.
This gourmet specialty store uses organic ingredients scored from local farms whenever possible. It boasts dishes such as an apricot lentil soup, orchard pork roast and chocolate decadence. Additional offerings include fresh bread from Tall Grass Bakery, an assortment of jams, chocolates and dried fruit from Woodrings. There is also a great selection of organic wines that have been created just for Eat Local.