Ethan Stowell to Host Fundraising Dinners for Murray Stenson

Photo credit to Ethan Stowell Restaurant

Ballard— The MurrayAid fundraising campaign has made some serious traction, and there is still much cash needed to get legendary barman, Murray Stenson, the heart surgery he needs.

Last April when Ethan and Angela Stowell launched Eat.Run.Hope they received an overwhelming amount of support from the restaurant community. They are honored to have the opportunity to help another member of the restaurant community.

Chef Stowell will host the first of three dinners in The Cellar Room at Staple & Fancy Mercantile on Wednesday November 14. Once the November 14 dinner is full, a dinner on Wednesday, November 21 will open up, followed by a third dinner on Wednesday, November 28.

Canon’s Jamie Boudreau is onboard to create a few specialty cocktails for the reception. Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars are generously donating wine for the dinners. Stowell and chef Branden Karow will create a family-style meal along the lines of the “fancy” menu served at the restaurant. Guests can look forward to six or seven first courses, followed by a pasta course, meat course, and dessert.

The Cellar Room is a private event space below Staple & Fancy that accommodates 18 guests at one large table and has an intimate reception area with bar. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30pm followed by a family-style dinner at 7:30pm. Cost is $100/person and reservations are required. For reservations, please email or call the main office at 206.588.0030.

All proceeds from the dinners benefit MurrayAid. To learn more or to make a donation, visit

Staple & Fancy Mercantile, located at 4739 Ballard Avenue NW in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is restaurant number four of celebrated chef Ethan Stowell. Opened in August of 2010 and housed in a beautifully renovated early 1900’s building, this intimate restaurant showcases Stowell’s simple Italian inspired cooking style. The restaurant offers an a la carte or “staple” menu and the popular chef choice or “fancy” menu that’s a one-of-a-kind, multi-course dining experience with dishes created from unique sourced products, local seasonal ingredients, and house-made pastas. The small bar is perfect for snacking and offers a tasteful selection of aperitifs and cocktails. The wine list is Euro-centric with a thoughtful selection of Northwest wines. Staple & Fancy is open daily from 5pm – 11pm. For more information or reservations, call 206.789.1200 or visit

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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