About Norelle Done

Reading, writing, and content of all shapes and sizes are both profession and passion for Norelle Done. As the Director of Content Marketing for Marketeering Group in Seattle, she aids in the development and creation of editorial and social content for small local businesses. Norelle has also managed the Seattle author blog, seattlewrote.com for several years, where she features local authors and writers and their works.

Hey Everybody, Shake Shack is Coming to SLU!

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.

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in August

There’s lots of fun happening in Lake Union this August! Check out some highlighted events…

Tuesdays in August: Pasta Class
6:30pm | Cuoco
Learn how to make pasta from scratch on Tuesdays in August at Cuoco, one of Tom Douglas’ fantastic restaurant creations. You’ll learn the tricks of technique, plus recipes and a hands-on demonstration. Then, sit down for a three course meal featuring the pasta you crafted in the kitchen. The cost is $65/person and includes a take-home portion of pasta and a glass of wine.

August 3: Living Voices Theatrical Performance – La Causa
2pm | MOHAI
MOHAI’s next installment of Living Voices, a live theatrical performance combined with film from archives, shares a closer look at the Mexican American farmworkers movement in the late 1960s. These workers struggled with indecent working conditions and racism while battling for their civil rights, and this performance focuses on one woman balancing her family while fighting to free her people from poverty. The cost is free with museum admission.

August 3: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, August 3rd, 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.

Saturdays in August: A Bite-Size History of Pike Place Market
1-1:30pm and 3-3:30pm | MOHAI
Learn more about one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the US on Saturday, August 5th. MOHAI is hosting two 30-minute edible journeys on Saturdays this month, starting at 1 and 3 p.m., featuring six samples that illuminate a moment in Pike Place Market’s history. Member registration is required, and is first-come, first-served for non-members. The cost is $5.

August 5: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Dark Knight”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The SLU Discovery Center’s outdoor movies continue on August 5th with a viewing of “The Dark Knight”. The movie will be screened in high-definition at the SLU Discovery Center’s grass lawn on a 55-foot inflatable screen. This event is 21+, with a beer garden.

August 11: SLU Block Party
12pm – 11pm | SLU Discovery Center
The annual South Lake Union Block Party is finally here! On August 11th, head to the Discovery Center with the whole family to shop more than 60 community booths from noon until 6 p.m. and enjoy the party! Food trucks and a beer garden will be going until 11 p.m., with live music performances sprinkled throughout the afternoon. The School of Visual Concepts’ Steamroller Smackdown is from 2 – 7 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 7:45.

August 11-13: Fred Hutch Obliteride
All Day | South Lake Union
The Fred Hutch Obliteride weekend is August 11th through 13th, with registration and a kickoff celebration on the 11th, and the rides kickoff on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

August 12: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, August 12th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

August 13: Lake Union 10K
7:30am | South Lake Union Park
The 9th annual Lake Union 10K is coming up on Sunday, August 13th. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Lake Union Park in the southwest corner of Lake Union. Enjoy vendors, raffles, awards, and Portage Bay Cafe’s French Toast and breakfast bar after the race.

August 19-23: Washington Beer Collaboration Festival
4:30pm | SLU Discovery Center
Taste from 25 different special collaboration beers crafted by 50 different Washington breweries at the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival from August 19th through 23rd. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and include 8 4-ounce tasting tokens and a tasting glass.

August 25: Pinknic on the Patio
4pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a patio party on Friday, August 25th to feature the delicious pink wine of the summer: Rosé! The first ever 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.

August 26: Pre-Prohibition Whisky Cocktails
1pm – 3pm | Serafina
Participate in a fun, unique cocktail workshop and tasting event at Serafina this month! The Italian restaurant is hosting a Pre-Prohibition Whisky Cocktail event on Saturday, August 26th at 1 p.m. Learn about the history and tradition of finely crafted whisky, enlivened in well-mixed cocktails. A food pairing will be offered with each whisky cocktail. The cost is $80/person plus tax and gratuity.

August 31: Amazon Walking & Wine Tasting Tour
1pm – 3pm | The VUDE
Get the scoop on Amazon lore, history and facts while touring the glass Spheres, art installations, dog parks and Seattle’s only free banana stand on the Amazon Walking & Wine Tasting Tour! This 45-minute tour concludes with a wine tasting at The VUDE, tasting room for Hand of God Wines. Admission is $40/person, and includes the wine tasting.

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in July

Hold onto your hats! There are lots of music events and fun summer activities happening in Lake Union throughout July. Here’s a sampling…

July 1-4: Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
1pm – 4pm | Lake Union Park
Celebrate our city’s maritime history with a special Wooden Boat Festival at Lake Union Park from July 1st through July 4th. Presented by the Center for Wooden Boats, the festival includes rides and tours of wooden boats, a Quick & Daring Boatbuilding challenge, live music, and more.

July 1: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “Red, White & Dead: Shaun of the Dead”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
Just in time for the 4th of July, Seattle Outdoor Cinema is bringing back their Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk & Movie Party with a screening of “Shaun of the Dead”. The movie will be screened in high-definition at the SLU Discovery Center’s grass lawn on a 55-foot inflatable screen. This event is 21+, and don’t miss a fun zombie walk around Lake Union, starting at Denny Park, before the event to get in the mood.

July 7: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, July 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.

July 8: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, July 8th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

July 8: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Wedding Singer”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the largest outdoor movie wedding, and you’re invited! A lucky winning couple is getting married with a themed photo booth, 80’s cover band, and beer garden. Plus, there will be costume prizes for the best-dressed groomsman, bridesmaid, and Julia, Robbie or Glenn Gulia from the movie.

July 10: Out to Lunch Concert – Champagne Honeybee
4:30pm – 6pm | Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard
The Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch concert series is back and bigger than ever! This free event features Champagne Honeybee on Monday, July 10th.

July 15-16: Seattle Street Food Festival
All Day | South Lake Union
The 5th annual Seattle Street Food Festival is coming up July 15th and 16th! Enjoy the bounty of Seattle food trucks and curbside bites, plus local handmade products along four city blocks in the heart of South Lake Union. This year, there are over 75 vendors!

July 15: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Fifth Element”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
Cult classic “The Fifth Element” will be screening on Seattle Outdoor Cinema’s 55-foot inflatable screen on July 15th, for your sci-fi viewing pleasure. It’s almost free and super fun!

July 16: 7th Annual Garden Party Extravaganza
1pm – 10pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting their annual Garden Party Extravaganza and celebrating 26 years on Sunday, July 16th. There will be a whole roasted pig, grilling on the patio, live music, a photo booth, oyster bar, and introduction to new vintages of rosé to sample. Entrance is free, and food and drink tickets will be available for $6 each. At 2 p.m., there will be an Iron Bartender competition between Seattle’s five best bartenders. Call to participate as a judge for the Iron Bartender competition for $95, which includes five courses paired with the unique cocktail creations: 206-323-0807.

July 17: Out to Lunch Concert – The Flavr Blue
4:30pm – 6pm | 2121 7th Avenue
The Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch concert series is back and bigger than ever! This free event features The Flavr Blue on Monday, July 10th.

July 21: Pinknic on the Patio
4pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a patio party on Friday, July 21st to feature the delicious pink wine of the summer: Rosé! The first ever 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.

July 22: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Big Lebowski”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The annual screening of “The Big Lebowski” at Seattle Outdoor Cinema is here on July 22nd! Sip one of three unique takes on the classic dude-approved cocktail, White Russians, and take part in a costume party as well as the movie.

July 24: Out to Lunch Concert – Limited Edition
4:30pm – 6pm | Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard
Limited Edition will be performing at this next Out to Lunch Concert event in South Lake Union.

July 26: Virginia V Cruise – Bridge to Bridge
7pm – 9:30pm | MOHAI Cafe
Many of Seattle’s bridges offer a unique story and draw visitors and tourists in their own right. For this educational and fun event, board the Virginia V in South Lake Union to explore the bridges around Lake Union and Lake Washington with historian David Williams. Your ticket includes a flight of beer from local Figurehead Brewing Company for those over 21. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for MOHAI or Virginia V members, and $15 for those under age 21 (free for ages 5 and under). Buy tickets here.

July 29: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “La La Land” Sing-Along
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The new musical that won hearts all over the world, “La La Land”, is screening at the South Lake Union Discovery Center for Seattle Outdoor Cinema’s last July outdoor movie night on July 29th. There will be food trucks and a themed beer garden for 21+.

July 31: Out to Lunch Concerts – Scarlet Parke, The True Loves, and Planes on Paper
4:30pm – 6pm | 2121 7th Avenue, Denny Park, Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard, Starbucks
Five Out to Lunch concerts are taking place around Lake Union on July 31st. Scarlet Parke will be performing at 2121 7th Avenue, while The True Loves and Planes on Paper are performing in Denny Park. Bleachbear is performing at Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard, and General Mojo’s is playing at the Starbucks at 515 Westlake Avenue North.

Get Out & Boat Fest on Lake Union This Saturday!

Head to South Lake Union this Saturday, June 24th to enjoy free boat rides, hands-on clinics, seminars, kids activities and lots of boating-related fun for Get Out & Boat Fest! This event is great for anyone from seasoned boat owners to those who are simply looking for something fun and different to do.

Free boat rides are offered all day, lasting 45 minutes and leaving on the hour every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be power boats under 30 feet, sailboats, cruisers and even fishing trawlers, so that you can pick the boat that fits your lifestyle and interest.

Activities and hands-on clinics will be offered with industry professionals to teach interested participants the basics of docking, anchoring, rigging, knot-tying, and technology. Get Out & Boat Fest also includes seminars on buying a boat, boating safety, chartering a boat and even salmon fishing.

Get Out & Boat Fest is fun for the whole family! Kids can play on a toy boat building from the Center for Wooden Boats and enjoy live music from Dave Calhoun, a Jimmy Buffet cover artist.

According to a press release, “The second annual Get Out & Boat Fest aims to increase public awareness of boating by offering opportunities for people to get out on the water, experience boating firsthand, and educate and inform non-boaters so they can learn all about the boating lifestyle.”

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in June

Food and fun are on the docket for events in June in South Lake Union! Check out some of our highlighted favorites…

Throughout June: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout June, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th.

Mondays in June: Monday Midday Meditation
12:15pm | 415 Westlake
Get your week off to a great start with meditation. Monday Midday Meditation is led by experts Tay and Val, who will guide you through focusing, fueling and flowing through meditation in this rejuvenating event. Click here to purchase tickets.

June 1: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, June 1st, 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.

June 3: Art on the Fly
12pm | Denny Park
Celebrate the arts, music and dance with food and fun at Art on the Fly, a community event on June 3rd, in tandem with the SLU Saturday Market. There will be numerous outdoor performances, free dance classes, vendors of arts and crafts, food trucks and more.

June 4: Cavatappi Wine Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a special wine dinner this month, featuring wines from Cavatappi, a Nebbiolo and Sangiovese-focused winery with Peter Dow at the helm. Complementing the wines will be a five-course dinner with Mediterranean dishes. Tickets are $120 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

June 6: Drink & Draw at the VUDE
5pm – 8pm | The VUDE
Sip wine and color at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charitable Event, Drink & Draw at The VUDE on June 6th. Hosted by the Young Professionals Committee, proceeds from this event support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and cover three tastings of Hand of God wines, light appetizers, one raffle ticket and access to adult coloring books for fun! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale.

June 10: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, June 10th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

June 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
In their monthly art and wine event Caffe Torino is hosting local artist Jiamin Zhu and her collection titled, The Silk Road. These stunning photographs on canvas are reflections of fantasies and fairy tales encountered on Jiamin’s journey of cultural migration from the east to Seattle.

June 24: South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour
10am – 12pm | REI
Get a closer look at the neighborhood, and examine the key ingredients for urban revitalization on the monthly South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour. Participants will learn about strategies for urban design and architecture, engage with master planning projects as well as private-public ventures, and find out about unique experiments in development. This month, the tour is on Saturday, June 24th and includes the Stackhouse Apartments, 400 Fairview, Denny Park, 9th and Harrison, and St. Spiridon’s.

June 24: Get Out & Boat Fest
11am – 12pm | Chandler’s Cove
The annual Get Out & Boat Fest is coming up on June 24th, with free 45-minute rides on power and sailboats, education on nautical terms and techniques, and more. This family-friendly event includes kids activities, live music, and food vendors.

June 24: Seattle Outdoor Cinema 25th Anniversary
6pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the 25th anniversary celebration for the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, now known as the Seattle Outdoor Cinema. The main event is an outdoor showing of Rogue One on a 55 foot inflatable screen. This free family-friendly screening on June 24th will have food trucks, a charity beer garden, and lots of fun.

June 30: Beer Camp Across America
5pm – 9pm | South Lake Union
The largest craft beer festival in America comes to South Lake Union on June 30th. Beer Camp Across America features hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music and fun! Tickets are $55 – $75 ($40 for designated drivers).