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Summer in the Northwest

It's a pretty special time in this area - great weather, beautiful scenery, and all kinds of produce and protein that screams summer!

Lombardi's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Summer like an Italian by living "La Dolce Vita!" There's a reason we love Italian food and are drawn to the culture. Slow down, talk amongst yourselves, and enjoy some great pairings created by the Lombardi's team based on their recent journey through Italy. Start with grilled octopus and a refreshing glass of Soave. Move on to a perfect pizza with prosciutto di Parma and an ideal Chianti. Finish with fresh strawberry tiramisu. Whether you're on Lombardi's patio or inside their refreshingly cool dining rooms, you'll be living la dolce vita. Your summer is complete. Now repeat.

Lombardi's is located at 1620 West Marine Drive in Everett, 425-252-1886, and 19409 Bothell-Everett Highway in Bothell, 425-892-2931. See their website for hours. www.lombardisitalian.com


SOMM Summit

If you fall into one of these categories-wine and spirits enthusiast, sommelier, wine sales, hospitality professionals with an interest in international wine, craft beer, artisanal spirits, enology and viticulture-you will want to jump on registering for SOMM Summit 2018. This one-day conference features seminars, wine/beer/spirits tastings, and discussions led by master sommeliers, masters of wine, and professors of enology and viticulture, brewers and distillers. You won't get this type of in-depth information and education anywhere else locally. And if you went last year, you know, it's also extremely fun and entertaining. Registration opens July 16. Mark your calendars!

2018 SOMM Summit International Wines & Spirits Symposium will take place Saturday, August 25 at South Seattle Community College. For more information and registration, go to sommsummit.com or call founder Christopher Chan at 206-853-4677.


Revolve True Food & Wine Bar

Let's recap: delicious food that's good for your body; great beverages, some made with shrubs; seven tables offering sidewalk seating with umbrellas. Now more good news! Your pets are welcome at the sidewalk seats (Indie Girl and Lola love it), plus happy hour is available outdoors. Ponder on a $5 grass-fed beef slider or $7 salmon poke. There's no bad decision. Savor $5 drinks and $7 plates in our too-fleeting summer weather. Don't waste a minute-make your way to Revolve and make some summer memories!

Revolve is located at 10024 Main Street in Bothell. Lunch is served Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner Monday-Saturday 4-9 p.m.; happy hour Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m.; brunch Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 425-287-6420. revolvefoodwine.com


B & E Meats and Seafood

60 Summers of B & E! August is B & E's 60th anniversary: join their celebration of bringing families together over the table with "3 Weekends of Throwback Prices!" Week 1: Teriyaki Beef Tri-tips ($6.99/lb, regularly $11.99, limit 4 per person). Week 2: Kalbi Boneless Chicken Thighs and Breasts ($4.99/lb, regularly $6.99, no limit). Week 3: Alder Smoked Salmon and Smoked Candy Salmon ($19.99/lb, regularly $21.99 and $27.99, limit 5 lbs per person). Another fun way to celebrate is to get in on their $200 shopping spree contest. Winner announced on September 22, 2018 (last, and if you win, best) day of summer.

B & E Meats and Seafood has four locations: Queen Anne, Des Moines, Burien, and Newcastle, with varying hours. Check out more about B & E Meats and Seafood at www.bnemeats.com


Salty's Seafood Grills

With a name like "Seafood Grills," you know what you're getting into. Or so you think. You might not expect the inventiveness of the dishes and the complexity of flavors. Salty's is much more than just restaurants with great views (although there is that). Dishes for the first two weeks of "The Wild Ones" Salmon Festival are: Salmon "BLTA" Salad-salmon belly "bacon," heirloom tomato, avocado coulis, micros greens; Grilled King Salmon-sweet and spicy peach bbq glaze, shaved fennel, onion and charred corn slaw, coconut rice; Seafood Cioppino-wild salmon, halibut, manila clams, mussels, prawns, Dungeness crab, grilled Fremont sourdough. Go now!

The first two weeks of "The Wild Ones" Salmon Festival runs through August 15. Stay tuned for the second two weeks! Salty's on Alki is located at 1936 Harbor Ave SW in West Seattle; 206-937-1600; Salty's Redondo 28201 Redondo Beach Dr S in Des Moines, 253-946-0636; Salty's Portland 3839 NE Marine Drive, 503-288-4444. Call for hours and reservations. www.saltys.com


Super Bueno

This summer, take your family out for a real treat. Chill out with your favorite house margarita, watermelon salad, and a hearty platter of queso nachos or asada tacos. If you're throwing a neighborhood or family get-together but don't want to host at home, head over to Super Bueno's semi-private back room: 20 seated, 24 standing room, lunch or dinner, any day of the week. Family-friendly Mexican food starts early with breakfast burritos and goes through the day, plus there's a weekend brunch. 10 local and Mexican beers on tap. Frozen boozy slushies. And a kid's play area keeps everyone happy!

Super Bueno is located at 3627 Stone Way North in the Fremont neighborhood. Restaurant hours are Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Café hours are from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 206-456-2666. For events, email events@ethanstowellrestaurants.com or visit www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/super-bueno/


Eastlake Bar & Grill

Who knew how exciting $5 could be? At Eastlake Bar and Grill, $5 gets you lots of exciting stuff. There are the Eastlake Faves (mac & cheese balls, mini fish & chips, oyster shooters, grilled cheese dippers), plus salty snacks, bowls, salads, flatbreads, burgers, tacos, and sweets (Mason Jar Dessert Duo with raspberry cheesecake and key lime pie; Toffee Pecan Ice Cream Sandwich). But wait, there's more! House wines, Eastlake Margarita, Lake Union Mule, well drinks, and canned beer. $5 each. It's the perfect pairing times 5: great prices, great food, great beverage, great deck and great view.

Eastlake Bar & Grill is located at 2947 Eastlake Ave E. The $5 menu is available every day from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily hours are 11 a.m.-close; weekends 9 a.m.-close. 206-957-7777. eastlakebarandgrill.com


Gather Kitchen and Bar

Gather is your second home where you congregate with friends and family, only it's better because they do the work. In summer, you may like to go lighter, so think happy hour where everything is under $10 ($6 drafts, $4 cans, $7 glass wines, $10 cocktails, and foods priced at $4, $6 and $8). At dinner, choose from a large selection of sharable plates. On the other hand, say weekends, you may want to go heavy: house-made cinnamon rolls, hangover specials, and unique dishes like grilled octopus Spanish tortilla. Special summer event? They have a rooftop patio waiting for you!

Gather is located at 5605 22nd Ave NW in Ballard. Happy Hour is Tuesday-Friday 4-6 p.m. and Saturday 3-6 p.m.; brunch is Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner is served Tuesday-Saturday 5 p.m.-close. During brunch and dinner, they offer underground parking with validation. 206-420-4670. gatherkitchenandbar.com


Sunset Supper at the Market

At the height of summer in Seattle, celebrate the 111th anniversary of the Pike Place Market. Sip and savor your way through 100 of the region's best restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. After sunset, dance under the stars to live music and join the Golden Raffle to win fabulous prizes. The event overflows onto the new MarketFront, with unobstructed views of Elliott Bay, the Great Wheel, and the skyline. Ticket price includes all food and drink. Proceeds benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation, nurturing a thriving Market community. Want to experience Seattle in the summer? This is your event!

$175 general admission at 7:30; $2,750 patron table (10) at 7 p.m.; $275 individual patron seating at 7 p.m. Event ends at 11 p.m. It all takes place at The Pike Place Market at First and Pike in downtown Seattle. 206-774-5255. pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/events/sunset-supper/


Dunham Cellars

The 9th annual Dunham Days! Weekend is coming up fast. It's their biggest event of the year and is full of memorable events celebrating harvest in Walla Walla. Music by Whiskey Creek Band in the Hangar Lounge kicks off the weekend starting Friday at 6 p.m. Food trucks are on site with an array of dinner options, and Dunham Cellars wines are available for purchase by glass or bottle. Throughout the weekend, enjoy art displays and exotic cars. Sunday sends you off in style with a delicious brunch prepared by Candice Smith of Forage Walla Walla including our Riesling mimosas. Make travel plans now!

Dunham Cellars is located at 150 E Boeing Ave in Walla Walla. $10 tasting fee for current releases refundable with a $25 wine purchase. Dunham Days! is Friday-Sunday, August 24-26. Sunday brunch takes place at 10 a.m., $20 per person. RSVP required. 509-529-4685. www.dunhamcellars.com


17th 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 12,000-square-foot tent called Kitsap Bank Crab Central for just-caught whole crab dinners with fresh corn and cole slaw. Add 14 local and regional restaurants serving crab cakes to halibut tacos to seafood gumbo, plus vegetarian and non-seafood items. More? Two live oyster bars , Northwest beer and wine, two live music stages, chef demonstrations, chowder cook-off, and family-friendly activities. Admission is free! Eight tons of fresh whole Dungeness crab were sold in 2017! This is not to be missed.

Head Chef Chris Wagnon hard at work

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival's 17th annual event takes place over three days-Friday-Sunday October 5-7. Hours are Friday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It all takes place at the Port Angeles City Pier right on the downtown waterfront. www.crabfestival.org

August/September2018


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