Madison Valley Events


After the holiday hustle and bustle, it’ll be nice to move a little slower this January. In Madison Park events, the following activities are happening through January…

Throughout January: 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 January, the workshops offered are as follows:

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

  • Uruguay Wine Tasting, January 6th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 7th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 13th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 20th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 27th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 28th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 4: 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.

Volunteer Park Cafe is bidding adieu to 2017 with a gorgeous meal on Sunday, December 31. The menu includes prawns, sole, duck breast, and a filet of beef with butter-poached potatoes and turnips—and to top it all off: Molten chocolate cake with orange crème anglaise and blood orange. The dinner is at 7pm and is $95/person, or $130 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made online at or by calling the restaurant at 206.328.3155.

Without further ado, here’s the menu:

Citrus Salad with prawns, cress, and avocado

Sole with shellfish stock fume, spinach, olive crumble, and smoked trout roe

Duck Breast with sweet potato, apple gastrique, pistachio, and pomegranate

Filet of Beef with butter-poached potatoes and turnips, and red wine demi-glace

Molten Chocolate Cake with orange crème anglaise and blood orange

Ring in 2018 with a celebratory meal Volunteer Park Cafe!

Opened in 2007 and located among the elegant homes of Seattle’s North Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park Cafe (VPC) is chef Ericka Burke’s quintessential neighborhood-meeting place. With mismatched vintage chairs, throw pillows tossed along banquets, and a communal table running the length of the inviting sunlit room – it’s the perfect place to spend time. The food is delicious home-style goodness, house made pastries, savory and sweet, and a selection of fresh salads, soups, and sandwiches provide daytime provisions ordered from friendly faces behind the counter. As the light dims and the candles are lit, table service begins and guests cozy in for rustic pizzas and ever-changing seasonal offerings like Braised Beef Brisket with Creamy Polenta and Greens, Pan Seared Halibut, or the heavenly Pot Pie. VPC offers a generous selection of boutique wines by the glass and bottles of wine can be enjoyed at the cafe or taken to go. VPC is open Tuesday – Friday from 7am – 4:30pm, weekends from 8am – 4:30pm, and dinner is served Tuesday – Saturday from 5:30pm – 9pm.Happy is offered Tuesday – Friday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. For more information, call 206.328.3155 or visit

Volunteer Park Cafe is located at 1501 17th Avenue East (at Galer) in Seattle, Washington.

Cafe Flora’s annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23rd offers a beautiful, four-course vegetarian meal for $75 for adults and $25 for children, with plenty of gluten free and vegan options.

Regular menu:

  • Spiced Apple Parsnip Soup with crispy Brussels sprouts (vegan, gluten free), Roasted Fennel and Grilled Belgian Endive, arugula, pomegranate seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberry, and cornbread croutons (available vegan & gluten free).
  • For the main course choose from Filo Spirals filled with wilted greens, pecans, gruyere and fontina, brushed with brown butter, served with braised kohlrabi and cabbage, smashed cauliflower, Yukon gold potatoes, green beans, with chestnut leek sauce or Roasted Acorn Squash Wedge with foraged chanterelle mushrooms, oven roasted autumn vegetables, pear tangerine sage chutney, smashed cauliflower, Yukon gold potatoes, and wild mushroom gravy (vegan, gluten free).
  • End the meal with a decadent dessert of Pumpkin Mousse with pecan graham crust, and meringue candied pepitas (vegan, gluten free) or Rustic Apple Galette with horchata cinnamon ice cream and cranberry gelee.

Full kids menu (can be made completely vegan and gluten free):

  • Carrots in a Blanket with house made BBQ dipping sauce
  • Garden Salad with romaine, pears, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds and cornbread croutons.
  • Mini Shepherd’s Pie with peas, carrots, squash, and other winter vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potatoes.
  • Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream.

Available by reservation only, with seatings from 1 to 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. 3 and for more information, visit Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison St, Seattle.