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Summer into Fall

Perfect season for everything! Great weather still, but maybe a few cool mornings. Summer nonchalance leading to fall "let's get started again" attitude. Food, beverage, cooking, travel, events. Our lives are full.

16th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

If it takes more than the festival name to grab you, you're not a true Northwesterner! Who can resist sweet Dungeness crab? Or a 10,000-square-foot tent called Kitsap Bank Crab Central? Especially when it houses an old-fashioned crab feed with whole crabs, fresh corn and cole slaw. Add 14 local and regional restaurants serving crab cakes to halibut tacos to seafood gumbo, along with vegetarian and non-seafood items for real NW folks who don't like seafood. More? Northwest beer and wine, live music, chef demo stage, chowder cook-off, and family-friendly activities. Did we mention admission is free? Go!

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival's 16th annual event takes place over three days-Friday-Sunday October 6-8. Hours are Friday 12:00 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It all takes place at the Port Angeles City Pier right on the downtown waterfront. This year, Shaun O'Neale, winner of FOX TV's MasterChef Season 7, will be on the Chef Demonstration Stage, as well as Kate McDermott, author of Art of the Pie. Photo: McCabe family www.crabfestival.org


Celebrity Cruises

300 destinations. Seven continents. Ancient and modern. Natural wonders on land and sea. People and wildlife (sometimes the same?). Shore excursions that few get to experience. Do it all while traveling in modern luxury. And we haven't even mentioned the food and wine (nine awards in 2017 by Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.) Up to 12 distinctive restaurants with menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. So much, yet you can have the most relaxing day of your life at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Celebrity is your new best friend.

Find amazing deals now during The World is Open Sale. From 9/6-10/2/17 first and second guest choose 2 free perks with an ocean view or higher stateroom. Book Suite Class and get all four perks (Classic Beverage Package, Prepaid Tips, Unlimited WI-FI, $150 to spend on board). Go to www.celebritycruises.com , call 800-647-2251 or contact your travel agent. 1-800-647-2251


Russell's Restaurant

The days might be getting shorter and leaves beginning to change, but dinner time at Russell's isn't! Come enjoy the timeless menu or have them cater one of life's biggest moments in your own home. You will long remember Russell's food with its amazing flavor celebrating Northwest bounty. Simple, fresh ingredients are enhanced with his special seasonings. Perhaps Whidbey Island Penn Cove mussels with house-smoked salmon cream sauce or beef carpaccio with extra virgin olive oil, capers, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Whatever your choice, Russell makes sure that "Simple, done well," lasts all year long.

Russell's Restaurant is located at 3305 Monte Villa Parkway in Bothell. Breakfast and lunch hours are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Happy hour Tuesday-Friday 4-6 p.m. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5-10 p.m., and Sunday 4-9 p.m. 425-486-4072. www.russelllowell.com


Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Making plans for your wedding this season? Consider hosting your rehearsal dinner or reception at one of Ethan Stowell's restaurants! From seated, coursed chef's dinners, to a standing cocktail party for 120. Fully private rooms, semiprivate mezzanine and gastropub back rooms, and casual pizza joints are available. Any of their restaurants can be reserved for a complete buyout. Ethan's chefs are happy to create custom menus to meet your needs, from individually-plated meals to multi-course dinners with wine pairings.

Email events@ethanstowellrestaurants.com or visit www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com to make your reservations and view our new seasonal family-style menus. Or contact Toby Kremple, Events and Catering Manager at 206-588-0030, extension 2.


Agave Cocina & Cantina

Refreshing beverages are never wrong, but in summer they're indispensable. At Agave, you know they're good: together with their contemporary cuisine, Agave was voted Best Mexican by Redmond residents. At Agave Kent Station, you can sip and savor right next to the stage for free summer concerts at lunch and dinner. Summer drinks include Raspberry Lime Mojito, Grapefruit No Time Loser, Passion Fruit & Blood Orange Smoky Boat, Lemon Ginger Spanish Side Car, Lime Caipirinha, and the Agave Old Fashioned. Prefer beverages without alcohol? Some of these drinks and others from the standard list are delicious without it. Agave beverages=rejuvenation!

Agave Cocina & Cantina has two locations: 17158 Redmond Way, Redmond, 425-881-8252, and Kent Station, 504 Ramsay Way, #107, Kent, 253-277-2053. Hours at both are Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Redmond Happy hour takes place daily from 3-6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to close; Kent is 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. agaverest.com


Blu Sardinia

Summer in Sardinia is unforgettable. Now summer at Blu Sardinia fulfills the age-old traditions with dishes using fresh, local, organic corn and green beans, and menu items like grilled wild salmon, lemon-caper butter sauce, saffron fregola pasta, and sautéed spinach. For a perfect end to your meal: Zeppole,
ricotta doughnuts, mascarpone cream, raspberry compote. For something extra special, make plans to attend the Mark Ryan (Washington grapes) and Megan Anne Cellars (a Mark Ryan Family Winery using Willamette Valley grapes) winemaker dinner. An irresistible combination of wonderful wine and delicious food!

Blu Sardinia is located at 8862 161st Avenue NE in Redmond. Join them Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Happy Hour is offered daily from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. 425-242-0024. The Mark Ryan winemaker dinner takes place August 30, at 6:30 p.m. $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. blusardinia.com


B & E Meats at James Beard Foundation Taste America in Seattle

Now in its 5th year, Taste America brings an All Star Chef together with a Local Chef Star to 10 cities, and Seattle is one of them. Chef Ashley Christensen from North Carolina will join Seattle's Matt Dillon, both James Beard Medalists, for a four-course delectable meal. B & E Meats and Seafood, Seattle's neighborhood butcher, will partner with Agri Beef to prepare and cut selected beef to Christensen's main course specifications. Known for sourcing and offering local, high-quality meats and seafood, B & E is proud to be part of Taste America in Seattle. Get tickets now!

Taste America will be held Friday, October 13, at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation. Tickets available here . 6:30 p.m. cocktail and tasting reception, 8 p.m. dinner. Cocktail attire. Valet ($37) and self-parking ($25) available. For more event information, click here: m.youtube.com/watch?v=I4cyxRJNXeQ.  www.bnemeats.com


Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest

Love Oktoberfest but don't have the time/money to get to Germany this year? You're in luck! Germany is coming to you via Tulalip Resort Casino's Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest! The Draft Sports Bar and Grill will be showcasing Bavarian dishes along with imported, local, and domestic Oktoberfest-inspired beer at this fun celebration. Notable breweries: Backwoods Brewing, Deschutes, Dru Bru, and Georgetown from the Northwest; Leinenkugel, Sam Adams, and Sierra Nevada domestic brews; and Hofbrau, Paulaner, and Hacker-Pschorr from Germany. Chef Brent Clarkson and Sous Chef Susan Jensen will be bringing you Bavarian treats you won't soon forget. Make your reservations now!

Tulalip Resort Casino is located at 10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard in Tulalip, Washington. The event takes place on Friday, September 22, at The Draft Sports Bar and Grill. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $45 per person, all inclusive. To purchase tickets, please call 360-716-1625. This is a 21 and over event. www.tulalipresortcasino.com

August/September 2017


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