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Round up the crew and head down to the market on Friday, March 24th for a fantastic, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample and savor delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. It’s always a fun and festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Each year, Arcade Lights brings together local favorites and new comers to pedal their wears and get you hooked on their goodness, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Theo Chocolates, DiLaurenti Food & Wine, Hot Lips Soda, Copperworks Distilling, Morning Glory Chai, Woodinville Ciderworks, Diamond Knot Brewing and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud paradise!    

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle Met, DRY Sparkling and DEI Creative and, as always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our market and keep the community thriving.

Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 24th Tickets-

General Admission – $60
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Early Entry – $80
Limited Early Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus early entry at 6:30 pm.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, which includes seating, music, and exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 10 drink tokens and UNLIMITED food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00 pm to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Early Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

Long-standing traditions are what Thanksgiving is about, and Cafe Flora’s celebration is no exception! For 25 years Cafe Flora has offered a memorable, vegetarian Thanksgiving and this year it takes form in two thoughtfully crafted, four-course menus for the whole family. The adult four-course menu includes seasonally-inspired options such as Heirloom Potato, Celery Root, and Black Garlic Soup with black pepper shortbread (available vegan/gluten free), Marsala Mushroom and Cauliflower Ragout over roasted squash with smashed rutabaga and Yukon gold potato, green bean fried shallots and fresh pomegranate-Asian pear chutney (vegan and gluten free), and Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham crust, meringue, candied pepitas with chamomile anglaise (vegan and gluten free) and more.

Cafe Flora also offers a four-course vegan and gluten-free kids menu with fun, tasty dishes including Cauliflower Potato Corn Chowder with crunchy onion rounds, Garden Salad with carrot ribbons, orange segments, pomegranate seeds and creamy ranch dressing, Mini Shepherd’s Pie with seasonal vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, served with green beans, crispy onions and cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream for dessert!

The four-course menu is $75 per person; the kids menu is $25 for children age 12 and under. Full menus can be viewed by visiting cafeflora.com and reservations can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street. 

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 AreaOn 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 ContinuesFrom 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 3–31Cafe 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.

Beverage Menu:

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.

Enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner at one of the following Madison Park restaurants for a special date night out!

Cafe Flora: February 14, $70/person
Café Flora is your best option for a multi-course vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free Valentine’s menu! The four-course meal begins with spiced king oyster mushrooms with purple potato, turnip and greens, followed by green papaya and rainbow carrot ribbons. The main course brings Meyer lemon and butternut squash risotto with grilled asparagus. For dessert, choose between a citrus cake with passion fruit mousse or pistachio chocolate tart.
Reservations: (206) 325-9100 or online.

Luc: February 14, $60/person
Enjoy a special three-course Valentine’s menu at neighborhood favorite Luc. Choose between sunchoke soup, gem lettuce salad, or butternut squash and Brussels sprout to start. Main course options include pan seared Muscovy duck breast, pan seared King salmon, and grilled portabella mushroom. For dessert, pick a Meyer lemon bavarois, Madeline cake or chocolate caramel cake.
Reservations: (206) 328-6645 or online.

Beach House Bar + Grill: February 12-14, $65/person
Enjoy dinner with a view at Beach House, which will serve a special Valentine’s menu all weekend that includes romantic chef selections and flirty beverages.
Reservations: (425) 968-5587 or online.

Voilà! Bistrot: February 14, $65/person
Violà!’s three-course Valentine’s menu will begin with your choice of a mushroom puff pastry, cream of lentil soup with bacon, or chef selection of cured meats. For your entrée, choose between filet mignon, filet of turbot, or pan-seared duck breast. Finish off with a warm chocolate lava cake, raspberry tiramisu or pineapple sorbet.
Reservations: (206) 322-5460 or online.

 

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