Cafe Flora Celebrates 25 Years in Madison Valley
Cafe Flora in Madison Valley is turning 25 this October! It began as a pioneer in local farm-to-table vegetarian dining in 1991, working with small farms, before it was common practice among restaurants. Since then they have been recognized nationally for their award-winning, creative vegetarian dishes in Bon Appetit, The Food Network, Vegetarian Times, Travel + Leisure and more. http://cafeflora.com
Cafe Flora is a staple in the Seattle community and a beloved gathering place for Madison Valley and Madison Park residents. They were founded by four friends who wanted to create a place for locals to gather and also support the opening of the Bailey-Boushay House. They have been a lifelong supporter ever since. The restaurant took off, enticing diners with flavorful and hearty vegetarian dishes with international flavors and farm-to-table produce. They have been a leader in local, sustainable, vegetarian and vegan dining ever since, growing to include an extensive and excellent selection of gluten free offerings. Current owner Nat Stratton-Clarke began working at Cafe Flora in 2005 and purchased the restaurant in 2008 when the owners were ready to retire. He shops three to four farmers markets each week to buy produce and goods for their changing seasonal menus and to meet new, up-and-coming farmers and purveyors.
A few notable tidbits:
- Cafe Flora partnered with Full Circle Farms as the first pick up location for its CSA program, that went on to be a huge part of Full Circle Farms’ business today.
- Chef Janine Doran has been at Cafe Flora since 1993 and continues to reinvent their menus, playing with new flavors, ingredients and produce, some of which is grown just for them at local farms like Whistling Train in Kent.
- Their Oaxaca Tacos were so popular that they once tried to take them off the menu and customers started a petition to get them back on!
Cafe Flora is celebrating its 25th anniversary October 2-6 with a greatest hits menu featuring dishes from past chefs’ like founding chef Jim Watkins, and roll back 1991 prices, as well as donating a percentage of drink sales for the month of October to Bailey-Boushay House. More details are included below.
Greatest Hits Menu – Sunday, October 2nd to Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Cafe Flora will feature a special dinner menu designed by four of Cafe Flora’s notable chefs from the last 25 years including founding chef Jim Watkins. The menu will run October 2-6 starting at 5 p.m. alongside the regular dinner menu. Reservations only available for parties of 6 or more at 206-325-9100.
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! This evening only, 50 percent of the sales for Otis Kenyon wines and the Madison Cocktail will be donated to Bailey-Boushay House.
Greatest Hits Dinner Menu: A la carte or as a $25 four-course tasting menu
Appetizer: 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.
Salad: 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.
Entrée: 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.
Dessert: Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding $4.75
Created by Chef Leslie Pettigrew (former Cafe Flora pastry chef): Pumpkin chocolate bread pudding with bourbon anglaise.
Wine + Cocktail Pairing: $25 per person
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
October 2nd Chef’s Table + Tasting Area: On Sunday, October 2 from 6-8 p.m. the front section of Cafe Flora will be dedicated as a tasting area to highlight a selection of their beloved local partnerships. Guests can taste and sample goods from local business before they sit down to dinner, including: CommuniTea, BroVo Spirits, Stumptown Coffee and Otis Kenyon Winery. Guests can also meet and celebrate with the featured chefs from Cafe Flora’s 25-year history who prepared the greatest hits menu at a special Chef’s Table that evening.
October 3-6: Greatest Hits Menu Continues: From October 3-6 the dinner menu will go back to 2016 pricing for a la carte and the four-course tasting menu at $45 per person. The wine and cocktail pairing will remain at $25 from October 3-6.
Beverage Promotion – October 3–31: Cafe Flora will offer a special beverage menu for the month of October with 25 percent of the proceeds donated to their lifelong neighbor and friends at Bailey-Boushay House, whom they have been huge supporters of since they opened the restaurant.
Otis Kenyon Roussane – $10.50/glass and $38/bottle
Otis Kenyon Matchless Red Blend – $11/glass and $44/bottle
The Madison Cocktail: rye whisky, Remedy Teas Earl Grey infused vermouth, angostura bitters, $11.
About Cafe Flora
Since opening its doors in 1991, Cafe Flora has been at the forefront of utilizing local, organic and sustainable goods and produce and building strong and direct relationships with Washington farmers and purveyors. Its chef team draws inspiration from international culinary traditions along with the availability of an abundance of locally grown produce to create imaginative and dynamic vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes. The winning combination of eco-friendly philosophy, community-based involvement and cutting edge vegetarian cuisine has brought tremendous success. Cafe Flora remains Seattle’s premier vegetarian restaurant. Located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle, 98112 in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch. Learn more at www.cafeflora.com.