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Seattle’s transit system may be radically behind the times as compared with other cities worldwide, but commuters are about to see at least one form of improvement… if they travel between Seattle and Vancouver.

Starting April 26th, Seattle’s Kenmore Air and Vancouver, B.C.’s Harbour Air will be launching a seaplane service between South Lake Union and downtown Vancouver. The air service takes just under an hour, a considerable drop from the three-hour trip by car, which is unpredictable because of the variable border crossing times. Flying commercially via Seatac Airport is relatively inexpensive and the flight itself only takes an hour, but travelers need to account at least 2 hours of additional time to get to the airport and get through security on time.

This new service will run $285 one-way.

Microsoft is celebrating the service, since the company has a large presence in Vancouver. They have been a leading voice in the demand for high-speed travel between Seattle and the Canadian city, and even supplemented Washington State’s $300,000 budget to study a plan for fast trains with $50,000. British Columbia’s government also said it would match Washington’s budget to study corridor service, which would reach Portland as well.

“This new direct seaplane route between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., will be an important link in connecting the Cascadia Innovation Corridor,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a news release. “This association between two historic Pacific Northwest companies will accelerate cross-border business and collaboration for the entire region.”

The launch of this seaplane service comes after years of talks, but the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre’s brand new customs facility and pilot program announced earlier this month seem to have been the last step.

Numerous businesses in Seattle’s Lake Union will benefit from this new service, including Amazon of course, who announced last fall that it would be doubling its Vancouver-based workforce from 1,000 people.

“With approximately 20,000 annual passengers currently traveling between Seattle and Victoria, we’re confident this new route will support the growing demand for further cross-border travel,” said Kenmore Air President Todd Banks. “Increasing cross-border collaboration has been top of mind for government, technology and business leaders alike, and we believe this route provides a fast, convenient and much needed solution.”

The new seaplane service will offer round-trip flights Monday through Friday, which accommodate nine passengers. All passengers must present a valid passport and will be subject to customs inspection upon arrival.

Mark your calendars for these fun Lake Union events happening in April. There’s plenty of activity involving food, learning, and exciting neighborhood events…

April 2-19: Seattle Restaurant Week at Lake Union Eateries
Dinner | Around Lake Union
The spring Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, April 2nd at various restaurants around Lake Union! Participating eateries are offering three dinner courses for $33 Sunday through Thursday each week through April 19th (excludes Easter Sunday). Around the neighborhood, the participating restaurants include: Chandler’s Crabhouse, Cicchetti Kitchen + Bar, Henry’s Tavern, Le Messe, Maslow’s by Farestart, Serafina Osteria e Enoteca, Sushi Kappo Tamura, and Trattoria Cuoco.

April 2: Cookbook Crush: Pasta By Hand
9am – 5pm | Hot Stove Society
Hot Stove Society’s resident pasta expert, Chef Bridget Charters, will demonstrate how to make Italy’s regional hand-shaped pasta for this special class on making Pasta By Hand. Enjoy delicious tastes of each pasta in an appropriate sauce, then roll up your sleeves to shape all four pastas yourself. Whatever you make of the malloreddus, trofie, pinci, and orecchiette pastas you’ll get to take home. The class includes a glass of wine or beer. Tickets are $90/person.

Wednesdays in April: Pasta Classes at Cuoco with Chef Stan
6:30pm | Cuoco
Cuoco’s weekly pasta classes continue through May, featuring specific pasta-themed evenings where participants will learn to make different types of pasta with techniques and recipes. Finish the class off with a delicious 3-course family dinner. Classes cost $55/person and include the class, dinner, wine and a take-home portion of the pasta you make. The April Cuoco Pasta Classes are:

  • April 4th – Tagliatelle noodles
  • April 11th – Ricotta Cavatelli
  • April 25th – Orecchietti

April 5: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The Free First Thursday in April is on the 5th. The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

April 6: Plant-Based Dinner with Vegan Wine
6pm | Daniel’s Broiler Lake Union
Enjoy four plant-based courses plus hors d’oeuvres at a special dinner featuring vegan wines at Daniel’s Broiler this month. Guest speaker Stewart Rose, Vice President of the Vegetarians of Washington and Luke Wohlers from Walden Selections will be curating this special event. Each course will be paired with an artfully selected wine. The cost is $100/person (excludes tax & gratuity). RSVP here.

April 14: SLU Saturday Market Opening Day for 2018
11am | South Lake Union
The South Lake Union Saturday Market opens for the 2018 season on April 14th! Join a community brunch with food trucks and booths, plus all of the produce and bounty from our region.

April 19: Backyard Pig Roast Fiesta
6:30pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern and Chef Bradley are collaborating with Cantina Leña for a backyard pig roast on Thursday, April 19th! There will be a whole roasted pig, sides, and hot-off-the-griddle corn tortillas, with cold Mexican beers and a Cantina margarita. Tickets are $35/person and include all food and drink.

April 20: Stranger [Pastas and Wines and Other] Things Dinner
6:30pm – 8:30pm | Cuoco
The wine team at Cuoco is hosting a special event to help make their unique cellar program more approachable, with a chance to explore four obscure grape varietals paired with a delicious four-course menu from Chef Ron. Enjoy obscure wines and pastas at Cuoco’s Stranger Things Dinner this month, with tickets at $75/person.

April 20: The Hep Cat Ball
8pm | Museum of History and Industry
Join a jazz party at MOHAI! The Hep Cat Ball is a celebration of the museum’s landmark exhibit,  Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. This ball features 1940s-style jazz, dancing and performances, with hors d’oeuvres for everyone and drinks available for purchase. Vintage attire is encouraged, and this event is open for all ages. Tickets are $20 for members and Langston Hughes African American Film Festival ticket holders, or $35 for the general public.

April 21: The Tenacious Ten 10K & 10-Mile Race
7am – 10:30am | Gas Works Park
Run around Lake Union for the Tenacious Ten 10K and 10-mile race, from the Snohomish Running Company and Oiselle. This race is for all levels of runners, as a flat course around the lake. Registration for the 10K is $75, $85 for the 10-mile, and $20 for the kids 1K. Race day begins at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

April 27-29: Food Lovers Weekend – Road Trippin’
9am – 5pm | Hot Stove Society
Explore the various foods from regions across the U.S. for the April Food Lovers Weekend, themed Road Trippin’. There will be cooking demonstrations, hands-on classes, wine tastings and more. The three day weekend starts Friday with a reception from 5 – 9 p.m., then demonstrations and classes will happen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $995/person.

April 28: Maker Day – Start Soldering
12pm – 3pm | Museum of History and Industry
Learn how to solder for this month’s Maker Day at MOHAI. Metrix Create:Space will host this event with soldering irons, kits, solder and of course teachers to guide you with your project. Free for MOHAI members, included with museum admission.

Enjoy some fun and delicious foodie events this month in Lake Union, plus some other activities…

March 1: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The Free First Thursday in March is the 1st. The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

Wednesdays in March: Pasta Classes at Cuoco with Chef Stan
6:30pm | Cuoco
Cuoco’s weekly pasta classes are back in January, featuring specific pasta-themed evenings where participants will learn to make different types of pasta with techniques and recipes. Finish the class off with a delicious 3-course family dinner. Classes cost $55/person and include the class, dinner, wine and a take-home portion of the pasta you make. The March Cuoco Pasta Classes are:

  • March 7: Cappelletti
  • March 21: Tagliarini Noodles

March 7: Renato Ratti Wine Dinner
6:30pm | Serafina Seattle
The celebrated founder of Barolo, Renato Ratti, innovated the world of wine and now his son Pietro has built on his father’s legacy over the past 30 years to continue to transform winemaking. Pietro will be visiting Serafina on March 7th for a special four-course wine dinner paired with the family’s exquisite wines. Tickets are $115/person; call 206-323-0807 or email kelley@serafinaseattle.com to reserve your spot.

March 9: Spring Into Sours with Urban Family Brewery
5pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a special night featuring sour beers with the small craft brewery Urban Family Brewery. Learn about the beers and sample them on Friday, March 9th. Tickets are $25/person and include bites as well as four (4 oz.) beer samples.

March 13: Taco Tuesday with Chef Lexi Ochoa
6pm | Hot Stove Society
Chef Lexi is teaching a taco class based on Chef Alex Stupak’s book, Tacos for this event. Participants will learn how to make a delicious taco menu featuring the Yucatan style pork, cochinita pibil. Taste and enjoy the demo for $90/person.

March 20: PDX Dinner with Breakside Brewery
6pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Take a taste-trip to Portland with beers from Breakside Brewery on March 20th for a fun beer dinner featuring a five course, food-truck-themed menu at Brave Horse Tavern. Tickets are $50/person and include dinner and the beer pairings.

March 21: Capturing Bertha & The Biggest Tunnel in the World
6:30pm | Museum of History and Industry
Photographer Catherine Bassetti is visiting MOHAI on March 21st to showcase her photography and videos featuring the development of the SR 99 tunnel project and its boring machine known as Bertha. She and HistoryLink’s Jennifer Ott will discuss this and other projects Catherine has documented. This is a free event.

March 31: Maker Day – Pinhole Cameras
12pm – 3pm | Museum of History and Industry
Learn about the history of pinhole photography with Janet Neuhauser for MOHAI’s March Maker Day: Pinhole Cameras. You’ll also be able to build a camera to take home. Free for MOHAI members, included with museum admission.

After Mayor Jenny Durkan took office in November, she is now putting forth her first piece of mayor legislation for a proposal to fund programs for the homeless. The city is planning to sell a piece of South Lake Union property at 1933 Minor Avenue in the near future and expects to collect $11 million from the sale. Durkan proposes using half of those proceeds to fund short-term programs such as building new tiny houses and supporting a rental housing assistance program.

“Looking at the sale of the property we’re talking about today, I had a simple question. What can we do with the sale of the property to improve our position on homelessness?” Durkan said at a press conference. “It is not a parcel that lends itself to building our own housing because of the size of its proximity to different places, so wanted to make sure we could squeeze as much as we could out of this property.”

Of the $5.5 million Durkan wants to use for this proposal, approximately $2 million would cover the rental housing assistance program, where 150 people are currently on a waitlist for subsidized housing. Other projects include building 1,000 new tiny houses, an idea that was kickstarted during Mayor Ed Murray’s administration where tiny houses were allowed to be built in sanctioned encampments.

Durkan further plans to develop a sub-cabinet within the city’s Department of Housing to identify the best locations for shelters and new transitional housing.

The remaining $5.5 million from the sale would cover the cost to relocate the city’s IT communication shop, which is currently located at 1933 Minor Avenue, and design a new fire station.

Today, Mayor Durkan asked the Seattle City Council to pass a resolution to designate these funds according to her proposal. The results are forthcoming.

After the busy holiday season, things are slowing down for January, with fewer Lake Union events to attend. But these happenings are still notable things to do and add to your calendar as you plan your activities through January…

January 1: 13 Coins’ Last Day Open in SLU
All Day | 13 Coins
With all of the development of the area, longtime restaurant resident 13 Coins must relocate so that their current SLU location can be redeveloped. The restaurant will be moving to Pioneer Square and opening on January 13th, but January 1st will be their last day open in South Lake Union. The ownership will be rolling back several menu items to their 1967 pricing (when 13 Coins first opened in SLU), and guests can take their 13 Coins plates home with them as a commemorative memento, while supplies last.

January 4: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The Free First Thursday in January is the 4th. The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

Wednesdays in January: Pasta Classes at Cuoco with Chef Stan
6:30pm | Cuoco
Cuoco’s weekly pasta classes are back in January, featuring specific pasta-themed evenings where participants will learn to make different types of pasta with techniques and recipes. Finish the class off with a delicious 3-course family dinner. Classes cost $55/person and include the class, dinner, wine and a take-home portion of the pasta you make. The January Cuoco Pasta Classes are:

  • January 10: Orecchiette
  • January 17: Cappelletti
  • January 24: Tagliarini Noodles
  • January 31: Ravioli

January 20: 3rd Friday Speaker
7pm | Center for Wooden Boats
On the third Friday of each month, the Center for Wooden Boats hosts a special speaker to discuss boating-related topics as a free community event. On January 20th, the speaker is Kaci Cronkhite, a circumnavigator, author and wooden boat owner. She will be speaking on: “Finding Pax, the legacy of love for a little wooden boat”, which is also the topic of her new book.

January 27: Maker Day – DIY Guitars
12pm – 3pm | Museum of History and Industry
Learn more about Seattle’s jazz history at the January Maker Day at MOHAI. Hosted by TeachersWhoTech, this event features engaging education and a chance to make your own acoustic jazz guitar out of recycled materials. The cost is free for MOHAI members and included with museum admission.

Celebrate the holiday season and get out to enjoy your neighborhood this December, with the following Lake Union events coming up…

December 1: The MORELove Project 11th Annual Coat Drive
10am – 2pm | Westlake Ave N & Thomas Street
Participate in the city’s largest one-day winter coat drive with The MORELove Project! On Friday, December 1st, bring your gently used or new coats to the parking lot at the intersection of Westlake Ave N and Thomas Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All donations will go to Mary’s Place and Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

December 1: Fringe, Feathers & Frost
7:30pm – 11pm | Virginia V Ship
Enjoy a 20s themed holiday party aboard the Virginia V with Seattle Women in Jazz on December 1st to kick off the season with fun with Fringe, Feathers & Frost! There will be dance lessons from 7:30 until 8 p.m., followed by dancing and performances from the Sister Kate Dance Company, live gypsy jazz from Mes Copines Gitanes, and DJ Amanda Wilde from KUOW. The theme is roaring 20s, so come dressed in your holiday best with a historic twist! General admission to the party is $30.

December 2: Yuletide Concert
7:30pm | Immanuel Lutheran Church
Enjoy a mix of holiday music and maritime songs at Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Yuletide Concert on December 2nd. Admission includes delicious refreshments and the chance to shop a gift bazaar during intermission, and costs $15, with reduced $12 pricing for seniors and ages 20-29 and members of Maritime Folknet, Northwest Seaport, or Immanuel Lutheran Church. Kids ages 7 – 19 will be admitted for $5 each.

December 7: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

December 8: SLU Winter Market
10am | Van Vorst Courtyard
Get more holiday gift shopping done at the South Lake Union Winter Market! On December 8th, visit the Van Vorst Courtyard to browse a few dozen vendors and goods for special gifts.

December 9: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, December 9th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

December 14: Heavy Metal Beer Dinner
6pm – 9pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Enjoy a fun Heavy Metal-themed beer dinner featuring Holy Mountain brewery, with food and music to get the room rocking. There will be six courses to compliment some rare and unusual beers from Holy Mountain. Tickets are $85/person.

December 14: A Home for the Holidays
7pm | The Meeting Center
Support Mary’s Place with a nice holiday benefit on December 14th, featuring Vocally Self Critical and the Amazon Symphony Orchestra as musical guests. Tickets are $25/person.

December 28: Family Learn to Climb
5:30pm | REI
Have the whole family learn to climb in this fun event offered by REI. You’ll receive education on climbing harnesses and how to put them on and use them, with individual instruction on climbing and belaying on REI’s indoor wall. All climbing gear will be provided. Space is limited. The cost is $55, or $45 for REI members.

Check out these fun November events involving food, drink and community engagement…

November 2: First Free Thursday at MOHAI – Day of the Dead
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation. This First Free Thursday on November 2nd will center around the theme of a Day of the Dead celebration.

November 2: Movembeer with Dru Bru
6pm – 9pm | Serious Pie Westlake
Support men’s health and enjoy the latest Rauchbier from Dru Bru at a MovemBEER event at Serious Pie Westlake! On Thursday, November 2nd, join in a meet-and-greet with the Dru Bru team, enjoy tasting flights and sample Serious Pie’s new smoke-inspired pizza by Chef Tony. In the Movember spirit, craft your own mustache for a chance to win $50 gift cards – prizes will be given for the best real or fake facial hair. All month long, a portion of proceeds from Rauchbier purchases will be donated to the Movember Foundation.

November 9: St. Martin’s Winemaker Dinner
6:30pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting their annual St. Martin’s Winemaker Dinner to celebrate the patron saint of winemakers. The restaurant’s chefs are working with David Abbona, the winemaker at Marchesi di Barolo, to prepare a delicious five-course menu that will compliment the exquisite wines his family produces in Italy (click here for a sample menu). The winemaker dinner will be on November 9th, starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $155/person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations are required: Call 206-323-0807 or email kelley@serafinaseattle.com.

November 10 – 12: Cowabunga USA
5pm – 7pm | South Lake Union
America’s largest festival of beef comes to South Lake Union this November for Cowabunga! Farmers and ranchers from all over the Pacific Northwest will participate in this festival for beef lovers, where you can enjoy all-you-can-eat food, watch culinary competitions and experience three days of performances and tastings from all-star chefs. Ticket prices vary based on the beefy experience you’d like to try, so visit the Cowabunga event website to buy your entrance to preferred events.

November 11: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, November 11th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

November 12: Spaghetti Dinner
5pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is benefitting Teen Feed at an upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, November 12th. Guests will enjoy housemade spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salads, fresh garlic bread, two glasses of house wine (white or red) and a seasonal sorbet for dessert – for just $30/person! All proceeds will go to Teen Feed, and there will also be raffles for additional prizes.

November 25: Greet the Season – Celebrating Community
10am – 5pm | Lake Union Park
Local organizations are hosting a day filled with art, music, dance, and family-friendly crafting to build the community in “Greet the Season: Celebrating Community”. Click here for the complete schedule.

Happy Fall! There are some exciting events with food, handcrafted goods, or Halloween fun happening in South Lake Union this month…

October 4 – 7: Moving Sale at Third & Wall Art Group
9am – 5pm | Third and Wall Art Group
This fall, the Third and Wall Art Group is moving locations, so they are clearing out their inventory in a 4-day moving sale October 4th through 7th. Original art, canvas prints and fine art posters will be up to 75% off. Get your holiday shopping started early!

October 5: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, October 5th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

October 13 – 15: Cowabunga USA
6:30pm – 12am | South Lake Union
America’s largest festival of beef, Cowabunga, comes to South Lake Union October 13th through 15th, starting with a Burger Bash competition on Friday night, with chef demonstrations and workshops and tastings on Saturday between the Big Tent and Little Calf Tent. Saturday night, don’t miss Seared, the marquee event with the best beef bites and drink pairings plus big band tunes. Cowabunga ends Sunday with a delicious Brunch. Buy tickets here.

October 14: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, October 14th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

October 14: Jello Underground Halloween Bash
8pm | Evolv Fitness of Seattle
Head to Evolv Underground for a zombie jello wrestling showcase and Halloween party on October 14th. Hosted by the ladies of Jello Underground, dozens of fighters will be wrestling for the championship! Followed by an after party with DJ Sailor Doom, the event includes a costume contest, door prizes, treats, and all kinds of fun. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Buy tickets here.

October 21: Fall Makers Mall
2pm – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Dozens of local merchants with art, handcrafted goods, jewelry, handmade wood products, apparel and more will offer their artisan goods in a special Fall Makers Mall on October 21st. This event is presented by the Seattle Makers Market.

October 27: Urban Craft Fall Market
10am | The Meeting Center
Get started on your holiday shopping at the annual Urban Craft Fall Market, coming up on October 27th. Over 75 makers will be selling their handmade goods, from art and jewelry to clothing and household items at this free event. Pre-registration is required.

October 28: Maker Day – Superhero Masks
11am – 2pm | MOHAI
Create your own superhero (-heroine) mask at MOHAI’s Maker Day in October. There will be designs for Iron Man, Zelda and Pikachu, and you can create your own design. The Maker Day event is included with museum admission and is free for MOHAI members.

Summer may be coming to a close, but there are still plenty of things to do in Lake Union coming up in September…

September 7: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, September 7th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

September 8 & 9: Cider Summit
3pm – 8pm Saturday, 12pm – 5pm Saturday | SLU Discovery Center
The largest hard cider tasting festival in the Pacific Northwest is coming back September 8th and 9th! Cider Summit SEA features more than 150 artisanal hard ciders from around the globe. Tickets are $25-$45.

September 9: Pink Boat Regatta
12pm | Lake Union Park
Get your sailboats ready to race in the Pink Boat Regatta to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! On September 9th starting at noon, the Regatta event includes a 3-hour race followed by an awards party at MOHAI with live music, beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and an awards ceremony.

September 9: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, September 9th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

September 12: MOHAI Fashion Lecture – Style and Spectacle in Seattle
7pm – 9pm | MOHAI
Seattle has its own unique approach to fashion, which will be explored at MOHAI on September 12th with a special fashion lecture with the museum’s clothing and textiles specialist Clara Berg. The cost is $15 for the public and $10 for students and members.

September 20: Bourbon Heritage Dinner
6:30pm | Daniel’s Broiler Lake Union
Reserve your space for a wonderful evening featuring fine bourbon at Daniel’s Broiler this month! Look for a delicious pairing menu coming soon. The featured bourbons include Willet Distillery Noah’s Mill, Michter’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Russell’s Reserve 10 Year, Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Cask and Booker’s Blue Knights Batch. The cost is $100/person and includes valet.  

September 22: Pinknic on the Patio
4pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a patio party on Friday, September 22nd to feature the delicious pink wine of the summer: Rosé! The September Pinknic on the Patio Rosé Party will include snacks, summer music and plenty of rosé samples to enjoy. Wear pink and white! Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 per person at the door and include five tastings and snacks.

September 30: Gin – Origins & Evolutions
1pm – 3pm | Serafina
Learn about the history of gin and try some unique uses of this spirit in a fun cocktail class entitled “Gin: Origins & Evolutions” at Serafina on September 30th. The restaurant’s chefs will create a food pairing to go with each cocktail. Tickets are $80/person and include the beverages and bites.

 

Shake Shack is a much-loved burger and shake joint in New York City, and Seattleites are about to get their very first location in Washington State! Last week, the company announced that a Shake Shack will be opening in Seattle in mid-2018 at 2115 Westlake Avenue.

Get ready for some delicious burgers (made with 100% Angus beef) topped with the Shack’s proprietary ShackSauce, as well as hot dogs, frozen custard and crinkle-cut fries. Craft beers and wine will also be on the menu.

According to CEO Randy Garutti, who used to be a manager at Canlis, “It’s a dream come true to bring Shake Shack to Seattle! This city has held a special place in my heart since the early days of my career living here and working as the General Manager of Canlis”, he said. “I love coming back here and seeing the continued growth of the city and its dynamic food scene. We look forward to building a community gathering place for this great city.”

The “modern day roadside burger stand” (as the company refers to its restaurants) will be constructed using sustainable and recycled materials. For example, they plan to make the table tops out of reclaimed wood from bowling alley lanes.

Shake Shack was founded in 2004 in New York City by popular restaurateur Danny Meyer, with its first (food cart) location in Madison Park. They have since expanded in New York and beyond, with 136 locations in 12 countries. West Coast locations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.