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Today marks the start of the tastiest week of the season- the triumphant return of Seattle Restaurant Week!

We here in Seattle are so blessed with an abundance of fabulous dining options, ranging from simple and inexpensive to exotic, lavish and extraordinary, which usually doesn’t come too cheap. Seattle Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people to explore many incredible restaurants they may not normally spring for by offering fabulous deals you won’t want to miss out on.

Every Sunday through Thursday from April 2nd to April 19th, over 165 restaurants across the city will be offering up $33 three-course dinners, with many also offering $18 two-course lunches as well. These restaurants range in price, type of cuisine and location, giving you tons of options to choose from, in every department!

To maximize your SRW experience, check out a list of participating restaurants here (click on the name of the restaurants to see their location and view their SRW exclusive menu) and be sure to check out The Seattle Times lists of best overall value, best ambiance, neighborhood favorites and SRW newcomers.

If you are going to explore SRW (which we highly recommend you do!), remember to be patient, make reservations and tip your servers well! While SRW is a great opportunity for diners, restaurants do tend to get swamped, and the nicer and more understanding we are as patrons, the better the experience for everyone!

Now, go out and get a healthy dose of YUM, before it’s too late!

Get outside or enjoy some unique tasting events this month in Madison Park and Madison Valley. From wine tastings and Seattle Restaurant Week’s spring rendition, to the Grand Opening of the Loop Trail and Earth Day, April has lots of fun in store for our neighborhood.

April 1: Easter Sunday Supper
6pm | Volunteer Park Cafe
Celebrate Easter at the Volunteer Park Cafe with a special dinner from Chef Ericka Burke. The menu includes Deviled Eggs with chive & smoked trout roe, Little Gem Lettuces, Herb Roasted Chicken with Spring vegetables, Marble potatoes and pan jus, with a Carrot Coconut Cake for dessert. The cost is $45/person, and reservations are required.

April 2-19: Seattle Restaurant Week at Madison Park Eateries
Dinner | Around Madison Park
The spring Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, April 2nd at various restaurants around Madison Park! Participating eateries are offering three dinner courses for $33 Sunday through Thursday each week through April 19th (excludes Easter Sunday). Around the neighborhood, the participating restaurants include: Bar Cantinetta, LUC, Red Cow, The Harvest Vine, Vendemmia, and Voila! French Bistro.

Throughout April: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout April for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • April 1st French Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 7th Italy, 2-4pm
  • April 8th South American Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 14th Nexus and Frontaura Spain, 2-4pm
  • April 15th Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 21st Terre Margaritelli Umbria, 2-4pm
  • April 22nd Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 28th Locus New Releases, 2-4pm
  • April 29th Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm

Throughout April: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In April, the workshops offered are as follows:

April 5: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

April 8: Loop Trail Grand Opening
12pm — 3pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Celebrate the opening of the new Loop Trail on April 8th in a Grand Opening event! There will be fun events and festivities for the whole family, as well as runners and cyclists along the 2-mile loop. The Grand Opening event includes a ‘vine cutting’ ceremony, educational activities for the kiddos, a stroller/bike decoration station, live music, food trucks, and more.

April 19: Bodegas Nexus Y Frontaura Wine Dinner
6:30pm | The Harvest Vine
The monthly wine dinner at The Harvest Vine will host winemaker Loreto Herrero from the bodegas Nexus (Ribera del Duero) and Frontaura (Toro and Rueda). Chef Joey Serquinia is presenting a five-course dinner that’s paired with these amazing wines. Tickets are $125/person and include the dinner, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

April 21: SCA Earth Day
9am — 1pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is hosting 60 projects this Earth Day in honor of its 60th anniversary! As one of those projects, Seattle volunteers will be working to restore the Washington Park Arboretum on Earth Day, April 21st. Volunteer participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Coffee and light snacks will be provided with work gloves and project materials, and an after party will be hosted at 1 p.m. in the Crabapple Meadow with the MOViN’ 92.5 mobile music van and Dante’s Inferno Dogs for purchase. Register here.

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!

 

Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.

 

Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level
http://www.irishclub.org

Photo: Jony Ariadi

Has someone ever done something kind and unexpected for you? Have you ever wanted to return the favor? Saturday, February 10th is designated as Neighbor Day, a day set aside for random. or planned, acts of kindness.

So what does Neighbor Day entail? Seattle.gov posted a helpful list (see above link) of ideas and ways to extend kindness in your community and beyond. It’s a way to reach out (often neglected in our busy, digital world) to an individual or group of people. It’s initiating conversation or good works with a neighbor or even a stranger, and to pay it forward. Unlike commercialized holidays with often added stress and expectations, people don’t expect anything on Neighbor Day, so are often pleasantly surprised when someone reaches out to do something nice for them.

We live in a world where events are currently accelerating at a rapid pace, and not always in a good way. But even in the midst of war (physical and digital), shady political agendas (usually not in our favor), and weather intensified by global warming (fires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis), there are always individuals striving, and making, a positive difference in someone else’s life. We don’t need to wait for a catastrophic event to take action: it can be found in the brownies we bake, the laundry we carry/wash for someone, the dog we walk, or a smile or word to lighten your neighbor’s day.

Let’s strive, in some small way, to make every day a Neighbor Day.