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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).

The long-awaited Uwuajimaya spin-off, Kai Market is now open (as of today, May 3rd) in South Lake Union! The market offers sashimi, a poke bar, and delicious grab-and-go meals for lunch and dinner with cold noodle packaged salads and bento boxes. Kai also has a live seafood tank with oysters and crabs, which will soon also feature lobsters. Fresh fish fillets are on ice for purchase as well.

“We’re hoping as the neighborhood grows, that people will eat a lot of seafood,” Warren Huch, store director told the Seattle Times.

To encourage this, Kai Market will host cooking classes and other workshop for hands-on interest in the seafood and Asian-inspired cuisine the market sells.

In addition to prepared meals and fresh seafood, Kai Market offers staple Asian packaged foods, condiments, snacks, and more. There’s a growler-fill bar with sakes, beers and a kombucha.

“Kai Market is about options. The lunch crowd can stop in for a hand-crafted bento box in the dining area, while the after-work crowd can take home fresh seafood and a carefully curated selection of quality Asian products for which Uwajimaya is known,” said Denise Moriguchi, President of Uwajimaya Inc., in a release. “We were excited to try something new and loved the idea of a store with a smaller, more intimate footprint in a growing, vibrant neighborhood like South Lake Union.”

The establishment is running a couple of specials over the next few days in celebration of the opening:

  • May 3rd: Free Kai Market snack bag with purchase (first 250 customers)
  • May 4th: Free 500mL Ito-En Oi Ocha Tea with purchase of any poke bowl
  • May 5th: Free Chocolate Pocky or Hi-Chew with purchase (first 250 customers)

Online ordering and catering options will be coming soon.

Get ready to enjoy some fun, food and music events this May in South Lake Union!

All May: Chandler’s Crabfest
Get your fill of crab this month at Chandler’s Crabhouse in South Lake Union! The restaurant’s crabfest lasts all May, with 10 different menu items priced $40 and under. There are five different types of crab, with 12 different preparations – enjoy and explore!

Throughout May: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout May, 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 May 2nd, May 9th, and May 16th.

May 4: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, May 4th, 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.

May 11: Family Reunion: Chuckanut and Pfreim Brewery Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern’s annual Seattle Beer Week dinner is reuniting Pfreim Family Brewers and Chuckanut Brewing for a delicious brewery dinner on May 11th! Brave Horse’s Chef Brian is working up a menu to compliment the beers from these two great breweries. The cost is $60 per person. Call 206-971-0717 to reserve your spot!

May 13: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, May 13th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch
10am – 3pm | Chandler’s Crabhouse
Happy Mother’s Day! Head to Chandler’s Crabhouse on Mother’s Day to enjoy a complete brunch. For $39 per person, the prix-fixe brunch includes your choice of a starter and entree. Add-ons are available, such as a Crab Cocktail Trio, USDA Filet Mignon, or Alaskan King Crab. Chandler’s also offers a couple of kid-friendly options.

May 18: Third Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health
7pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
First Church of Christ, Scientist Michelle Nanouche will be doing a talk for the Third-Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health A Talk, titled “Finding God, Finding Health.”

May 20: Herbs & Spirits Class at Cicchetti
1pm – 3pm | Cicchetti
Cicchetti is hosting a fun workshop on May 20th, featuring herbs and spirits for liqueurs, liquors, and more. You’ll learn how to capture the essence of garden herbs as you make four cocktails – each paired with delicious dishes. The cost is $80 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

May 26: Back to Bach by Emerald City Music
8pm – 11pm | 415 Westlake
This music event, Back to Bach, examines Bach’s influence on Western music, from percussion to piano and everything in between. Musicians from Lincoln Center, the Curtis Institute and other groups will be performing in a relaxed atmosphere. The cost is $45 (students only $10 admission), and includes an open bar.

There’s lots happening with food and fun throughout April in Lake Union! Check out these Lake Union events…

All April: Edible City Month
MOHAI celebrates the culture of food with Edible City Month in April. Experience a month of culinary exploration in this city-wide salute to Seattle’s innovative urban palate. Unique culinary events and programs will take place across the city April 1-30, including book signings, a live broadcast of KIRO radio’s Seattle Kitchen with Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, a food science fair, and more. In addition, diners are invited to collect receipts from participating restaurants and establishments to unlock special museum pricing to see Edible City: A Delicious Journey.

April 6: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, April 6th, 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.

April 8: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Ave N
Seattle-area artists, crafters, makers, and artisans will display their work for sale from 11am until 5pm on Saturday, April 8th. The Seattle Makers Market is a not-for-profit arts group dedicated to providing space and opportunity for local artists, artisans, and makers to showcase and sell their work, and to create and encourage a thriving and diverse community of artists and makers in the Puget Sound area and beyond.

April 9: Cast Off! Free Public Sail
10am – 5pm | Center for Wooden Boats
Take a sail in classic wooden boats during this free event! The Center for Wooden Boats is hosting a free public sail on Sunday, April 9th. Rides last approximately 45 minutes and can be reserved throughout the day. Space is limited and rides fill quickly, so arrive early to sign up.

April 13: Seattle Kitchen Live at MOHAI
7pm – 8:30pm | Museum of History and Industry
Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, two esteemed Seattle chefs, bring their long-running Seattle Kitchen radio show to MOHAI. See their conversation in action, as they discuss, argue, and laugh about a broad range of topics connected to the city’s food scene. Cost: $15 MOHAI members / $20 public.

April 16: Easter Brunch at Serafina
9:30am – 2:30pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a two-course brunch menu in celebration of Easter! Look for seasonal offerings including rhubarb, fava beans and local cherries. Patio seating will be offered if the weather is agreeable. The brunch is $35 per person (not including gratuity or tax), plus a kids menu for $12/child. Make your reservation: 206-323-0807.

April 22: Edible City Science Fair
10am – 4pm | Museum of History and Industry
Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming, and sustainability at the Edible City Science Fair. Enjoy hands-on displays, demonstrations, as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington State. Discover some of the latest innovations in food science! The science fair is open to visitors (and exhibitors!) of all ages. Free for members; included with museum admission.

April 29: Tequila – Not Just Salt & Lime Cocktail Class
1pm – 3pm | Serafina
Explore the history of tequila from Mexican tradition, through Spanish distillation techniques and methods for aging in this fun class from Serafina and Cicchetti. You’ll learn how fine agave spirits are made, styles available and cocktail-crafting tips. Four cocktails will be paired with dishes. Cost is $80 per person (not including gratuity or tax). Reservations required.

From museum happenings to food and drink events, there’s lots to do next month around the neighborhood…

March 2: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, March 2nd, 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.

March 3: Salish Sea Expeditions, 20 Years of Discovery Seafood Bash
6:30pm – 10pm | Museum of History and Industry
Celebrate 20 years of learning expeditions with Salish Sea Expeditions in a seafood bash on March 3rd. Food is provided by Herban Feast, with libations from local bars, crab races, dessert dash and FUNdraiser in support of 2017 programs. Tickets are $150/person.

March 4: Form Over Function – Ceramic Sculptures Opening Reception
4pm – 7pm | Winston Wachter
Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle is proud to announce Form Over Function: Ceramic Sculptures by Andrew Casto, Steve Young Lee, Jeffry Mitchell, Zemer Peled, Kim Simonsson and Dirk Staschke. The opening reception is on Saturday, March 4th, 4 – 7 pm. Artists Jeffry Mitchell and Dirk Staschke will be in attendance.

March 7: Taste of Place at MOHAI
7pm – 8:30pm | Museum of History and Industry
With some of the most productive growing regions in the whole world, Washington is one of the best spots for artisanal food and drink. Visit MOHAI on March 7th for a panel discussion, called Taste of Place, to explore the ways that natural phenomena contribute to some of the most specific aromas and flavors from our state. Tickets are $20 for the public, and $15 for MOHAI members. There’s a members-only pre-event happy hour at 5:30 p.m. with door prizes, light hors d’oeuvres, and a no-host bar for an additional fee.

March 17: REI Pinnacle and Pints
6:30pm | South Lake Union REI
Spend an evening of climbing, followed by a pint of beer for REI Pinnacle and Pints night! Start at the Climbing Pinnacle, gear-up (provided), and get some coaching from an REI host/belayer. Close the evening with a short walk to a local bar and REI will pay for the first round of pints and shared appetizers.

March 25: Maker Day – Upcycled Engineering
11am – 2pm | Museum of History and Industry
Bring the family to MOHAI on March 25th for Maker Day: Upcycled Engineering to learn how to use recycled goods to make fun, creative toys with Seattle ReCreative. Ballard Reuse has also made a giant interactive maze from reclaimed building materials to enjoy.

Happy New Year! While January is cold and dark, there are still some fun things to do in and around the neighborhood this month…

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

January 17: Red Mountain AVA Dinner
6pm | Dahlia Lounge
The next installment (3rd) in Dahlia Lounge’s AVA Dinner Series features Red Mountain. It’s the warmest microclimate in Washington state and the smallest AVA, although it includes some of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the state. On January 17th, alongside wonderful wines from Red Mountain, Chef Brock Johnson has prepared a family style dinner to highlight and augment the wines. Winemakers from Col Solare, Hedges Family Estate, Hightower Cellars and Upchurch Vineyard will be in attendance to share stories from the vineyards and their delicious wines. The price is $95/person (includes tax and service charge).

January 21: Photography Spotlight with Michelle Dunn Marsh
2pm | Pivot
As part of Pivot’s series, A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, join a special photography tour at Pivot on January 21st. It will be led by Photographic Center Northwest Executive Director Michelle Dunn Marsh, who is the founder of community publishing platform, Minor Matters Books. A Closer Look continues through February 26th.

January 24: Startup Stories with the Seattle 10
7pm – 8:30 pm | Museum of History and Industry
Seattle is known for its startup community, and we’ll have a chance to get a closer look at this culture and the role our tech history plays into our city at a special panel on January 25th. John Cook, Co-Founder of GeekWire, will moderate a panel of startup professionals who will delve into Seattle’s startup culture and the role Seattle’s high tech history plays. Panelists include Leen Kawas, President and CEO of M3 Biotechnology, Matt Oppenheimer, Co-Founder and CEO of Remitly, and Kieran Snyder, Co-Founder and CEO of Textio. Tickets are $10 for MOHAI members, $25 for the general public.

Photo source: SeattlePI.com
Photo source: SeattlePI.com

An Amazon employee jumped off one of the company’s South Lake Union buildings at around 8:45 a.m. the morning of Monday, November 28th, surviving with non-life-threatening injuries. He jumped from the a rooftop about four stories high in the 12-story building at 9th Avenue North and Thomas Street, landing on a balcony approximately 20 feet below.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

In a statement, Amazon said, “Our thoughts are with our colleague as he continues to recover … He’s receiving some of the best care possible and we will be there to support him throughout the recovery process.”

According to Bloomberg, the man had sent an email that was visible to hundreds of fellow Amazon employees (including CEO Jeff Bezos). In the email, he criticized how the company handled a request he made for transfer to another department (they allegedly placed him on an employee improvement plan, which could lead to termination). He also hinted that he may harm himself.

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-10-57-07-amHappy Holidays! There are lots of Lake Union events to mark on your calendar to enjoy the holidays in your neighborhood…

All December: Christmas Ships Festival
7pm – 10pm | South Lake Union
The Christmas Ships Festival, presented by Argosy Cruises, offers nightly cruises around Lake Union! Enjoy holiday beverages and snacks, plus live performances from Dickens Carolers. Click here to book your evening.

December 3: Stews, Braises and Soups Cooking Class
1pm – 4pm | Serafina
Learn how to properly braise meat and the appropriate cuts of meat to use for braising, and make a soup and a stew and different methods for the two techniques in the Stews, Braises and Soups cooking class at Serafina on December 3rd. Hone your comfort food-making skills and learn recipes to impress your holiday guests! The price is $75/person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

December 9: Storefronts Art Walk
5pm – 7pm | South Lake Union
Join in on a free artwalk to view the current Storefronts art installations around South Lake Union on December 9th. Led by Shunpike’s Storefront Coordinator, Morgan Cahn, this art walk will provide the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy their work. Meet at the intersection of John and Boren streets at 5 p.m. Registration isn’t required.

December 10: Happy Hour at Winston Wachter Fine Art
3pm – 5pm | Winston Wachter
On the second Saturday of each month, visit Winston Wachter Fine Art for an early happy hour, with wine, cheese and art exhibits to enjoy.

December 11: 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar
1pm – 4pm | Serafina
Stock up on holiday gifts, and enjoy some seasonal shopping at Serafina on Sunday, December 11th for their second annual Holiday Bazaar. There will be infused olive oil, spice blends, pickled items, tomato sauce, pre-made gift baskets, specialty truffle products, handmade jewelry, paintings and more! Enjoy bites from Serafina’s sister restaurant, Cicchetti, and small wine tasting.

December 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
Caffe Torino’s monthly art happy hour is on December 11th, featuring Pauline White’s “Flying Through” collection of butterflies and terrariums.

December 14-16: The Line: A Cabaret
8pm – 10pm | Raisbeck Hall
Cornish College of the Arts’ musical theater program presents an evening of song and dance, centered this year around the theme of The Line — crossing it, drawing one in the sand, or coloring outside of them. Click here to purchase tickets.

December 16: 2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night
7pm – 9:45pm | AGC Marina
Argosy Cruises’ 2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night with the Christmas Ship Festival is on December 16th, with three primary boats and live music performances. There will be two performances, first at 7:40 p.m. at Westward and Little Gull, and second at 8:40 p.m. at the Fremont Cut.

December 23: Christmas Ships Festival Grand Finale
7pm – 10:05pm | Kirkland City Dock
Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship Festival comes to a close on Friday, December 23rd, with spaces still available on the second follow boat for the Grand Finale event. Performances will be held at Gas Works Park and Portage Bay.

Originally published on Eater Seattle

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Nirmal’s, Pioneer Square’s upscale Indian restaurant, is closing in on its first year anniversary. Now, the team behind the restaurant is planning to branch out with an Indian pub concept for South Lake Union, which it hopes to open next summer — critic Providence Cicero broke the news in last week’s three-star review of the restaurant.

Nirmal’s co-owner Oliver Bangera told Eater that he’s in talks to secure a lease for the space formerly home to Paddy Coyne at 1190 Thomas St. Nirmal Monteiro, the restaurant’s chef and namesake, has a widely-praised pub in Bombay called The Elbo Room, and Bangera said the team hopes to recreate that experience in Seattle, albeit under a different name that’s still being considered.

“We hope to create something we don’t yet see in Seattle,” Bangera said. “An Indian pub with good cocktails, good beer, and good Indian food.”

Bangera alluded to the failure of top-notch SLU Indian restaurant Shanik, which closed in March 2015 despite the serious firepower behind it in the form of owner Meeru Dhalwala, who co-owns Vancouver’s wildly successful Vij’s with her husband Vikram Vij. But the neighborhood has grown since Shanik folded, and Bangera is hoping a casual pub is a better fit for the after-work crowd than an upscale restaurant.

So what can Seattle expect of the new venture? Small plates at low prices, rather than the more elaborate cuisine of Nirmal’s, for starters. The experience will be centered around the Indian concept of chaat, which refers to savory snacks available at roadside stalls and food carts. You’ll be able to drop in for a post-work bite, say, or a low-cost dinner of tandoori chicken and a beer. “But we’ll continue the culture of service and hospitality from Nirmal’s,” Bangera said.

Special Agents Realty just debuted their Lake Union Living aerial video tour, with beautiful HD showcasing the floating homes and houseboat communities, area attractions and activities, notable businesses and restaurants on and around Lake Union.

The video is 9.5 minutes long, and starts with a Houseboat Tour before proceeding to point out all of the Floating Residence Communities:

  • Portage Bay
  • Seattle Marina
  • Gas Works Park Marina
  • Lee’s Mooring
  • Fremont Wharf
  • The Old Boathouse
  • Westlake (the video pinpoints the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat)
  • Sun Marina
  • Eastlake
  • Hamlin Pier
  • Mallard Cove
  • Roanoke Reef
  • Allison Marina
  • Ward’s Cove
  • Tui Tui

Next, the video shows the top Activities & Attractions on and around the lake, such as: Outdoor Concerts at Gasworks Park, the Museum of History And Industry (MOHAI), Lake Union Park, Ride the Ducks, kayaking, kayak and paddle boat rental from Agua Verde, canoe and rowboat rentals at the Center for Wooden Boats, the Washington Park Arboretum, rowing clubs, sailing, athletic venues at the University of Washington, electric boat rentals, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, boat storage, pleasure boating, the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington, Seafair weekend, July 4th Lake Union fireworks, biking (and highlighted biking paths), and Lake Union seaplane terminals to fly to the islands around the Puget Sound and beyond.

Notable businesses featured in the video held no surprises. They were Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, Google, and Theo Chocolate. The video finished by highlighting some favorite local restaurants around the lake: Ivar’s, Chandler’s Crab House, Fremont Brewery, Daniel’s Broiler, Fremont Mischief Distillery.

All throughout the video, there are helpful map icons that pop up to show you where on the lake the communities, attractions, and businesses are located.

The video was designed by Enlim Productions for Special Agents Realty, and has been in production for the past four months.