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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.

 

1 of 6 great entries for the Gingerbread Village: Historic North Seattle.  Design/Creation: Callison RTKL, Hargis, and Chef Lee Baldyga.  Photo: Alethea Myers

“While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads” seems an apt description of what creators were thinking for this year’s Gingerbread Village in downtown Seattle. The Sheraton Seattle Hotel has hosted the display for 25 years and they’ve moved it this year to the main floor of nearby City Centre (1420 5th Avenue). Our city’s top architects and master builders team up with Sheraton Seattle chefs and their culinary teams to create what could be termed “advanced gingerbread”: sugarplums & other candies, colorful Chiclet gum pieces symmetrically adhered to create a wall, gingerbread pieces become brick walls or a bridge, LOTS of frosting, and some even feature moving parts (such as a trolley on a track, or the Ballard Locks doors swinging open). This year’s theme is “A Celebration of Seattle” and each fairly-large creation features areas of the city, either in the past or in the future. They are a delight to look at, and you can vote for your favorite one.

Not only is the village visually appealing, but donations made (online or at the exhibit) will benefit the research of the JDRF Northwest Chapter, a non-profit with a vision to see “a world without Type 1 diabetes”. Previously the organization focused on diabetes in children only, but that has expanded since it affects adults as well. Different children were chosen to be JDRF Elves, and are represented by each team that completed each gingerbread creation.

The WA Athletic Club parking garage is located right next to the City Centre entrance on 6th Avenue, and after 5 pm on weekdays, it’s currently a $7 flat fee to park there. This is one of the parking options if you don’t live or work downtown and need to drive to see this year’s display.

Gingerbread Village Viewing Hours (until January 1st):

Mon.-Thursday    6:30 am- 11:30 pm
Friday                      6:30 am- 12:30 am
Saturday                 8:00 am- 12:30 am
Sunday                    8:00 am- 11:30 pm

MORE GINGERBREAD EXTRAORDINAIRE

The life-size gingerbread house in the lobby at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  Photo: Rachel Dooley

Another fun and labor-intensive gingerbread display is at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel (411 University St.).  Walk through a life-sized gingerbread house in the hotel lobby, admire the Festival of Trees which has been hosted for 40 years, or take your kids to the Teddy Bear Suite. Donations benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital, another worthwhile cause.

Come enjoy these “sweet” holiday traditions!

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.

As a chocolate lover, you might understand these terms: Dark, milk, white, infused, nutty. 70%, 80%, 90% cacao. Drinking chocolate versus cocoa. “Country of Origin”. And, a skinny mocha…hold the whip, please. The Northwest Chocolate Festival 2017 is the perfect opportunity to practice this lingo and discover even more about this sweet global obsession. This year, it takes place November 11th and 12th, at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Pier 91, near the southeast corner of Magnolia (close to both Belltown and Queen Anne). 

When attending the Northwest Chocolate Festival for the first time, one is struck by how immense the chocolate industry is, based sheerly on the number of exhibitors that are represented here. Over 100 chocolate industry vendors will be at this year’s event.  Artisan chocolate makers from around the world and USA, including a number of local crafters, offer samples of their products at each table you stop by. It truly is a chocolate lover’s dream: truffles, single-origin [world region] chocolate bars, liquid chocolate for drinking, syrups, and other incarnations.

But buying and tasting chocolate aren’t the only available activities at this event: 
What if you want to craft your own artisan chocolates or incorporate more into your own cooking?  There are cooking demonstrations and classes for that, led by professionals in the industry. And suppliers who sell chocolate-making equipment and supplies, to get you started.

What if you want to become a professional “taster” or turn your chocolate obsession into a career? Professionals in that field will lead you through what to savor to determine the quality in a piece of chocolate and other educational demos.

Chocolate begins life as pods hanging from a cacao tree.  Photo: CT Cooper

Are you’re interested in the process involved in a fruit pod hanging on a tree in the southern hemisphere ultimately becoming refined piece of chocolate? Or how carefully cultivated crops are yielding a better life for small farmers? Or how chocolate consumption can lead to better brain health?  Yes, yes, and yes.

The saying goes, Life is short; Eat chocolate. And, if you feel so inclined, celebrate this at The Northwest Chocolate Festival.

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