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Sunset Supper at the Market

Food, wine, spirits, and dancing under the stars on the new MarketFront means this year's Sunset Supper is going to be the best evening ever! Restaurants create bites that have you reeling in happiness, wineries/breweries/distilleries offer tastes of their unique beverages, live music has you dancing the night away. The Market is a pretty special place, and this one evening can be magical. Grab all your friends and book a table for 10! Or go on your own and meet the nicest people. It's a chance to love your city more than ever.

August 18, 7-11 p.m. General admission tickets $175. Table for 10 $2,750. Individual patron seating $275 (with exclusive beverage service at your table). Tickets can be purchased at:


Motif Seattle, a Destination Hotel, has just completed a $10 million guestroom redesign for all 319 rooms, including 10 suites with full bars, and corridors. More than half the rooms have city or water views. It is unique to the Seattle market and includes art walls that represent the cultural scene, with all artwork created by local artists. There are some "music as inspiration" touches we should all appreciate. Plenty of local materials were used, including natural woods, and "rainy day corners" in each room offer a spot to hang outdoor gear.

Keeping it fresh is always a challenge. This new design is a platform for Motif's Visiting Artist Program. Each year, the hotel collaborates with a local artist to design a new motif ("mo•tif: a decorative design or pattern"), which appears on the hotel's stationery, envelopes, guest amenities, key cards, and more.

Motif Seattle is also home to Frol!k Kitchen + Cocktails, which has a truly great rooftop bar, including a fire wall. Executive Chef Adam Stevenson believes that 'seasonal' is different here than the rest of the country and he strives to identify and be true to local products, heading out to the Ballard, University, and West Seattle farmers markets. Along with connecting with local farmers, he buys from larger vendors who use locals as well. "We have short seasons for certain items, so I'll often buy enough to use fresh, then pickle things for use later, like our pickled ramps," Adam says. "Frol!k is a lively place and we serve multiple small plates. We're adding a few more entrees and doing specials, like our grass-fed rancher chef's cut in July."

To make a reservation in one of the new guest rooms, go to or call 855-515-1144. Call Frol!k at 206-971-8015.

Groceries gone wild

Everyone has surely heard by now that Amazon has purchased Whole Foods Markets. And now Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria has buddied up with PCC Natural Markets to sell the tomatoes they use for their pizzas. They pride themselves on being authentic, and these tomatoes, Pomodoro di Napoli (tomato of Naples), are grown in the volcanic fields of Mount Vesuvius. Tutta Bella's 28 ounce can is now available at all PCC stores for just $2.99.

Yard House updates

Although a chain started in Long Beach, California, in 1996, they've worked to keep certain things local, like having each location maintain its own distinct beer list with a number of taps reserved for local and regional brewers, along with seasonal and small-batch selections. Food-wise, their exhibition kitchens create more than 100 items made from scratch daily, with something for everyone: burgers, salads, street tacos, steaks, seafood. They update the menu a couple times of year and right now are offering some new items:

· Fried mac + cheese. Formed into sticks and rolled in Panko crumbs, then fried, so you can easily dip them into an organic tomato bisque and porcini cream sauce.

· Bucatini carbonara. It's a first for Yard House: gluten-free pasta. A hollowed-out noodle holds ingredients like pancetta, butternut squash, and sage, then finished with a black pepper Parmesan sauce and topped with a fried egg.

· The Carnivore Pizza. Pepperoni, seasoned beef, spicy sausage, crispy bacon. Mozzarella and classic tomato sauce.

· Strawberry shortcake. Their Southern twist has the sponge cake replaced with a flaky buttermilk biscuit. Then strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream.

· Blueberry banana crumble. Blueberries tossed with bananas, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Served with ice cream and garnished with powdered sugar and a sprig of mint.

There are also some new cocktails: Caribbean Breeze, Blackberry Smash, Black Barrel Paloma. Non-alcoholic beverages (100 calories each) are Sparkling Mango Berry Soda and Sparkling Cucumber Berry Soda. The wine list now includes higher-quality wines at approachable prices by the glass and bottle. We're not giving details on beverages, just go try them out on your own., 4th & Pike in downtown Seattle.

July 2017

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