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The annual Dine Around Seattle event isn’t until later this spring, but in the meantime the organization is presenting a Shellfish Showcase, where participating restaurants showcase at least four shellfish dishes. Sunday through Thursday each week until January 25th, diners can enjoy one or more of the four crafted shellfish dishes at these two Belltown spots…

 

ORFEO | 2107 3rd Avenue | 206-443-1972

Dish One: Spaghetti alle vongole, with totten inlet manila clams, white wine, garlic, shallots, parsley, and butter.

Dish Two: Dungeness Crabmeat Beurre Fondue with homemade cappellini, and melted butter.

Dish Three: Mediterranean mussels roasted over the coals with garlic, rosemary, preserved lemon, and black pepper.

Dish Four: Charbroiled oysters on the ½ shell with crispy bacon, garlic butter, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

 

Queen City Grill | 2201 1st Avenue | 206-441-4311

Dish One: Seared Diver Scallops with chorizo, potatoes, salsa verde, almonds, and cilantro.

Dish Two: Lopez Island Clams in njuda and a smoked tomato broth, with crostini for dipping.

Dish Three: Smoked salmon and Dungeness crab salad with fennel, apple, and avocado.

Dish Four: Shrimp toast sandwich.

Dish Five: Tagliatelle with clams, uni butter, garlic, chilies, and herb bread crumbs.

Dish Six: Dungeness Crab Fagotini in tarragon butter with micro celery.

Dish Seven: Grilled Lobster “Thermidor” with celery root.

 

There are a few events happening this month in Belltown that feature food and/or art! Check them out…

January 5: Belltown First Friday Wine Share
6pm – 8:30pm | TBD
Each month, the Belltown First Friday Wine Share group gets together at a Belltown location (usually hosted at a neighborhood apartment). Everyone brings a bottle of wine to share, and enjoy good company and conversation. This month’s event will be on Friday, January 5th, and the location has yet to be determined.

January 6: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on January 6th. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

January 7: Braised Meats Sunday Feast
6 – 9pm | Tavolàta Belltown
The January monthly Sunday Feast at Tavolàta will feature Braised Meats. There will be delicious themed dishes TBD closer to the date of the dinner. This Tavolàta Sunday Feast will be prix-fixe at $65-80 per person and served family style. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Call to reserve your place (reservations required): 206-838-8008.

January 12: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s January Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 12th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

January 26-28: Food Lover’s Weekend – The Baker’s World
9am – 5pm | Hot Stove Society
Get immersed in baked goods during the January Food Lover’s Weekend event at Hot Stove Society, featuring The Baker’s World. You’ll experience baking from hearth and home to commercial operations, wood-fired to convection oven styles, and savory to sweet baked goods. Education will cover yeast and starters, flour, butter and beyond. There will be a reception Friday night from 5 – 9 p.m., followed by demonstrations and classes on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $995/person.

There are lots of Belltown events involving food and drink this holiday season! Check them out…

All December: Holiday Pop-Up Bar “Miracle on 2nd”
4pm – 2am | Rob Roy
From December 1st through 24th, one of Belltown’s most iconic bars, Rob Roy, will be transformed into a holiday wonderland pop-up bar, “Miracle on 2nd”. There will be holiday-themed drink specials with a new concoction each day through Christmas Eve. Earn a stamp for each daily cocktail that you order, because 12 stamps earns you a $50 Rob Roy gift card and 24 will earn a $100 gift card!

December 1: Belltown First Friday Wine Share Christmas Party
6pm – 8:30pm | Moda Apartments
Enjoy live caroling, figgy pudding and other tasty holiday treats at the Belltown First Friday Wine Share group’s Christmas Party! The group will be collecting warm clothing for women and children to donate to Mary’s Place. Bring a bottle of wine to share!

December 2: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on December 2nd. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

December 4: 11th Annual Cookbook Social
4pm – 7pm | Palace Ballroom
Enjoy tips and tricks from some amazing cookbook authors at the 11th annual Cookbook Social on December 4th at Palace Ballroom! Take the opportunity to buy cookbooks as holiday gifts for the chefs and foodies in your life, or expand your own cookbook library. Tickets are $20/person, and include a glass of wine and bites from featured cookbook recipes to snack on.

December 5: Offal Good with Chef Chris Cosentino
6pm | Hot Stove Society
The Hot Stove Society is hosting acclaimed celebrity chef Chris Cosentino for a cookbook demo class, Offal Good. The event includes a demo from Chef Chris himself, delicious samples of the dishes he’ll make, and a copy of his new cookbook, Offal Good. Tickets are $85/person.

December 8: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s December Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

December 10: Lobster Sunday Feast
6 – 9pm | Tavolàta Belltown
The December monthly Sunday Feast at Tavolàta will feature Lobster. There will be delicious lobster-centric dishes such as Saffron Spaghetti, Lobster Agnolotti, Grilled Lobster Tail, Lobster Risotto, and more. This Tavolàta Sunday Feast is prix-fixe at $70 per person and served family style. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Call to reserve your place (reservations required): 206-838-8008.

December 14: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Opens at Cinerama
10:30 pm | Cinerama
The Star Wars saga continues with “The Last Jedi”, which follows Rey on the next stage of her epic journey.

After a shooting earlier this month that killed two and injured another, Belltown residents and Seattle Police are concerned about neighborhood safety. On Wednesday, November 8th, the SPD shared some new strategies for fighting crime, during the Belltown Community Council’s monthly meeting.

“One of the priorities I pushed out to all my sergeants and watch commanders is that we have officers take time out of their cars to walk foot patrol in certain areas that we designated,” said Capt. Thomas Mahaffey, Captain of SPD’s West Precinct. “We have to start having officers out, engaging with the community, walking the beat, going to businesses, meeting with people.”

Some of the new steps within the strategy is for officers to stay out of their vehicles for at least 45 minutes per day. Previously, some residents and shop owners have expressed concerns about a lack of police presence, which this strategy will likely help to change.

Another change, in the attempt to address car prowls, is the posting of leaflets and signs warning people not to leave valuables in their cars and the adjustment of some officers’ work shifts to focus on crimes involving property and car prowls.

“Car prowls in particular are a significant issue for us,” Capt. Mahaffey said. “There’s a lot of parking garages, open garages in the Belltown area.”

Crime in Belltown has unfortunately been on the rise, increasing overall this year as compared with 2016 and 2015. However, these new crime-fighting strategies seem to be the right step to helping improve the safety of our neighborhood.

With regard to the November 2nd shooting, SPD is confident that it will be resolved quickly, since it was not a community-based homicide, according to Cap. Mahaffey. “We have a small amount of prolific offenders that are committing the majority of our crimes, so whether they’re involved in property crimes or potentially other crimes as well is likely,” he said.

Get your culture on this week! The neighborhood offers some fun events over the next few days, from poetry and wine tasting, to improv and showtunes.

 

The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour

Thursday, November 9th | 7pm – 1am | The Rendezvous

Dig deep and get into the heart of poetry in a unique way at The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour! A rotating cast of poets will share their work in public readings on beds and chaise lounges to impart a sensuous theme. The readings will be supplemented by a cabaret with burlesque, vaudeville, art, magic and more. Tickets are $30-65. Costumes/formal wear is encouraged.

 

Let’s All Drink and Do Broadway

Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th | 9:30pm | The Rendezvous

Drink, sing, and improv this upcoming weekend for the Jewel Box Theatre’s second round of “Let’s All Drink and Do Broadway”. There will be showtunes for singing along as well as short-form improv for the laughs, plus a raffle for fancy prizes. Tickets are $15 if you buy in advance, or $20 cash at the door.

 

14th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction

Saturday, November 11th | 7 – 9:30pm | 1927 Events

Bid on exciting auction items at the 14th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction this Saturday, with light appetizers, desserts and wine to enjoy. This is a great opportunity to make a dent in your holiday shopping! Proceeds will support Education First, a college fund for low-income youth. Tickets are $40 per adult, or $70 per couple.