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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.

Their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1257237424388358/?active_tab=about

One of the relaxed working spaces within the rotunda/ commons at Madison Centre.  Image: madisoncentre.com

Madison Centre, a 36-floor office + retail building with numerous features has opened at the southeast corner of Madison Street and 5th Avenue. Plans for this building were sidelined for 10 years during the economic downturn, but recently Schnitzer West, the real estate developers for this property decided to move ahead. They received comprehensive focus group feedback before proceeding to create a building striving to serve their tenants’ varying needs for collaboration, connectivity, and privacy, with relaxed amenities. The end goal was to increase everyone’s productivity and efficiency.  In essence, a “next-generation workplace”.  It’s LEED-certified and has an excellent walking score of 98, being centrally-located in the downtown Seattle core, near the downtown Central Library.

A suspended spiral staircase leads up to this 3-story high rotunda and commons area at Madison Centre. Image: NBBJ architects

FEATURES OF THE MADISON CENTRE:

  • Every floor has floor-to-ceiling windows, including the 3-story rotunda and commons area via a spiral, suspended staircase, accessed from the street
  • In the Gathering Place/Rotunda (i.e. Lobby)
    – Fireplace and its towering pillar, from a stone quarry in Minnesota
    – A suspended spiral staircase that leads up to 3-story glass rotunda area and commons
    – Exposed wood slats in rotunda, adjustable for natural light
    – A 5,000-plant Green Wall to improve air quality, reduce noise, and ease stress
    – Extremely fast elevators (from ground floor to roof in about 24 seconds
    – Premier coffee shop on NW corner of rotunda
    – 5-star concierge service
  • Rooms & Work Spaces
    – Site-Wide Connectivity:  Wi-Fi is everywhere, so tenants can work anywhere in the building.
    – Fireside Lounge
    – Common work spaces (both individual and team) and lounge areas off lobby
    – Cafeteria for tenants
    – Library
    – Private quieter rooms available for reservation
    – Multiple, shared conference areas: boardroom (elegantly furnished, fully equipped), other spaces with adjustable space
    – WA Athletic Club-run fitness center (5,000 SF) for tenants
    – Wellness Center (for health services, such as flu shots, etc.)
    – Conference Center with adjoining catering kitchen (12 to 130 people)
    – Able to control energy usage, lighting levels and temperature from anywhere
  • Other Spaces
    – a 480-stall Garage and Bike Storage with abundant security cameras. There is also showers and a locker room for those who pedal to work.
    – Rooftop deck with 15-foot glass walls to minimize wind. Lounging areas and green space are part of this deck.

Madison Centre is currently at 30% capacity, having newly opened last week, and tours are available.

Madison Centre’s rooftop deck.   Image: madisoncentre.com

Steamposium, like a sleek Jules Verne futuristic submarine, is gliding into harbor on October 27th – 29th. The Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the waterfront near Belltown is hosting this gathering for those who love Steampunk.

For those not familiar with it, a simplified explanation of “Steampunk” is wearing period costume, often from the Old American West or English Victorian era, accompanied with advanced, futuristic weapons and other gadgetry built from materials readily available in the 1800s. Pocket watches, gears, and goggles abound. There are also variations on this, such as post-apocalyptic themes. The word is derived from “steam-powered”, such as devices like the steam locomotive (train) from that era, and is based on early science fiction literature.  Jules Vernes’ “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, and HG Wells’ future-predicting work as well, are two examples. One of the earlier examples adapted for the screen was “The Wild Wild West”, a series which ran on television from 1965-1969. It was based in the American West and featured two government agents, outfitted with advanced gadgets, who travelled by an adapted steam locomotive with special features (like an escape tunnel built in a fireplace) to track down masterminds in crime.

 

Another example of British Victorian Steampunk is the movie “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, based upon a graphic novel, among many other examples.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Steamposium takes place a few days before Halloween, and is a good excuse to showcase your garb and gadgets, or just admire other people’s handcrafted cosplay while walking around the convention. You can take classes/workshops on various aspects of Steampunk, drink tea and watch a fashion show, attend a mad science fair, or shake your metallic gears at a live music concert. Actor Billie Piper, who was Doctor Who’s companion for a number of seasons, who also appeared in Penny Dreadful, will be there, as well as her Penny co-star, Reeve Carney. Billie also played the key role in a PBS adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park years ago. (Check out an upcoming celebration of Austen’s life & writing, called JaneFest at the University of Washington on November 4th, to admire clothing from the Regency era.)

So feel free to flash forward on the time-space continuum (using your 1800s ray gun to get there, of course), and enjoy yourself at Steamposium.  Your future self will thank you.


Love Belltown?

Now’s your chance to get involved in your community and help make a difference!

This Wednesday, October 25th, there will be a very special Belltownhall meeting where you can meet Seattle’s Mayoral candidates, Seattle’s City Council members, and the City Attorney.

They will be here, in Belltown to listen to US, so let’s get involved and make the most of this opportunity for the neighborhood and for the city as a whole!

Really want to get involved in this awesome event? There’s still time to help by volunteering!

The folks at Project Belltown can use some extra help before the event and on the day, itself too!

If you want to help on Wednesday the 25th, email Evan Clifthorne with Project Belltown at evan@projectbelltown.com

Some ways you can help ahead of time:

  • Do you live here? Is there a poster in your building?  Can you put one in another building that your friend(s) live in?
  • Do you know 5 – 10 people who love Belltown?  Will you call and/or text them and specifically request that they come on Wednesday?
  • Have you reserved your tickets yet?  Did you say “going” on Facebook yet?
  • Do you use Facebook?  Will you share the event on your page?  Will you go to the event page and “invite” more of your friends?
  • Do you know of lists of people that can spread the word?  Will you ask them to help us?
  • Do you manage a Belltown community email list of any kind?  Have you told them about this opportunity?
  • Do you know someone that loves Belltown as much as you do?  Email, text, call however you can contact them, let them know you’re going and ask them to go too!

 


Here’s a little bit more info on the event from Project Belltown –

Durkan, Moon, & 2017 candidates to join #belltownhall on October 25th

Who:       Mayor, City Council, City Attorney, and YOU!
What:     Candidate One-on-One Interviews, Civic Tradeshow, Live Music, Artists, and BEER.
Where:   Block 41 event space, 115 Bell Street
When:    Wednesday October 25th at 6:00PM

Why:      Join us at #belltownhall to meet the candidates for Seattle’s Mayor, City Council at-large, and City Attorney. We will be talking about all things Belltown and Seattle, including affordable housing, arts and culture, public safety, transportation, open space, and so much more.

Hosts:    Project Belltown, with support from the Belltown Community Council, Belltown Business Association, The Stranger, Tune, Block 41, Makers, Pyramid Brewing, NW Polite Society, Live Nation, Growing Vine Street, and Friends of Historic Belltown.

Bonus:    We are launching the 2nd & Belltown Pale Ale (available at the event and in bars and restaurants throughout Belltown afterward) and will be showcasing food from several iconic Belltown restaurants.

Track on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #belltownhall.

Tickets are FREE but space is limited.

Get your spot and find us online @ProjectBelltown

Contact: Evan Clifthorne
Telephone206-486-6558
E-mail: evan@projectbelltown.com
Websitegoo.gl/aJ8UDd

Let’s all show up for Belltown and for Seattle by getting out, getting educated and getting heard!

As all locals know, Seattle is home to a bevy of deliciousness in the worlds of both food and drink, and the list is growing daily. We are also blessed to enjoy stunning views from basically every angle and a vibrant and eclectic culture, buzzing with life and activity. At no time does this city become more alive and beautiful than during the summer.

Sipping locally made beer, spirits, and wines so good they will make you forget the name Napa Valley, all while enjoying the warm sun and refreshing ocean breeze are essentially par for the course around here in the summertime-and that’s just for starters.  The idea of encapsulating all of the magical aspects of Seattle Summer in a single evening seems overwhelming, if not impossible. That is until you experience Pike Place Market’s Sunset Supper.

Yet another incredible event hosted by the Pike Place Market Foundation, Sunset Supper brings together countless local artisans and vendors of finely crafted foods and beverages for a fun and flavor filled evening in the heart of the beautiful, world-famous Pike Place Market. Sweet, savory, brewed, distilled or fermented, if it’s local and delicious, chances are, you’ll find it at Sunset Supper.

For Sunset Supper, the Market transforms into the perfect venue for a party of 1,400 guests featuring live entertainment and over 90 of the Pacific Northwest’s best wineries, breweries and restaurants. Cap of this night of enchantment with dancing under the stars, for something straight off the Silver Screen.

Your ticket to this memorable night includes unlimited food and drink while supplies last, and unlimited good times too!

At Sunset Supper, you can feel good about the great time you’re having too, as proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation in their fight to end hunger, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without.

See the list below of the fabulous vendors participating in this year’s event and visit their website to learn more about this incredible event and all the work the Pike Place Market Foundation does to help better and give back to our amazing community.

 

From the website

VENDOR LIST:

Savory:

Athenian Seafood Restaurant

Café Campagne

ChefSteps

Davids & Co

DeLaurenti Food & Wine

Etta’s

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Hitchcock Restaurant

Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Kaspars Special Events & Catering

Luc

Maree Bistro & Bar

Matt’s in the Market

North Bend Bar & Grill

Outlier

Paseo Caribbean Sandwiches

Pike Place Chowder

Shaker + Spear

Succulent Catering

That Brown Girl Cooks!

The White Swan Public House

Thomas Management Cuisine

Uli’s Famous Sausage

Whole Foods Market

Sweet:

Bluebird Ice Cream

ChefSteps

Choukette – éclair’art

Ellenos Greek Yogurt

Fran’s Chocolate

Le Pichet / Café Presse

Los Agaves

Macrina Bakery

Seattle Pops

Shug’s Soda Fountain + Ice Cream

Storyville Coffee Company

The Essential Baking Company

Scarlata Chocolate

Spirits:

3 Howls Distillery

Black Rock Spirits

Copperworks Distilling Company

Heritage Distilling Co.

Sidetrack Distillery

Westland Distillery

Brews & Beverage:

Dirty Bucket Brewing Company

DRY Sparkling

Elysian Brewing Company

Fremont Brewing Company

Georgetown Brewing Company

Hellbent Brewing Company

Iron Horse Brewery

Jones Soda Co.

Louis Raison Cider

Lowercase Brewing

Number 6 Cider

Old Stove Brewing Company

Pear UP Cider

Pike Brewing Company

Silver City Brewery

Wine:

Alexandra Nicole Cellars

Armstrong Family Winery

Array Cellars

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Coral Wines

Damsel Cellars

Desert Wind Winery

Dusted Valley

Forgeron Cellars

Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery

Latta Wines

Lauren Ashton Cellars

Mackey Vineyards

Market Vineyards

Naches Heights Vineyard

Patterson Cellars

Portlandia Wines

Precept Wine

Rainier Wine

Sinclair Estate Vineyards

Structure Cellars

Succession Wines

The Woodhouse Wine Estates

Three of Cups Winery

Torii Mor Winery

Tranche Cellars

Treveri Cellars

Wilridge Winery

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market-

Friday August 18th 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

Tickets:
General Admission | $175 | 7:30PM admission. Enjoy food, wine, spirits and dancing under the stars on the NEW MarketFront!

Patron table (10 seats) | $2,750 | Reserve a table for 10 guests! 7PM admission. A place for you and your friends and family to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. Enjoy impressive waterfront views on the NEW MarketFront!

Individual Patron Seating | $275 | Reserve seats at a table for you and your guests! 7PM admission. A place for you and your guest(s) to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. We will assign you a table! Enjoy impressive waterfront views on the NEW MarketFront! Please indicate upon checkout if you would like us to seat you with specific guests and we will do our best to accommodate.

 

Sunset Supper is poised to be a night to remember, and likely an event you’ll want to return to every year!