SZMANIA’S Restaurant in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood will celebrate its 23rd anniversary on September 19th, teaming up with Brender Canyon Vineyards and the release of SZMANIA’s very first wine.

The popular and now iconic restaurant and bar first opened its doors on September 19, 1990. With several renovations and redecorations over the years, it has maintained it relevancy and continues to be one of Seattle’s favorite places to drink and dine.

Owners Ludger and Julie Szmania will host a special Brender Canyon Wine dinner on this day, introducing Chef Ludger’s initial wine release, Brender Canyon Vineyards Premier Red Field Blend, with grapes from the Szmania farm in Cashmere. Bottles will be available for dining or for enjoying at home ($32).

The wine dinner ($42), from 7-9pm, features a two-course pairing menu. It includes Smoked Duck Breast, Red Kraut Salad with Cashmere Merlot Grape Molasses, and Roasted Rack of Lamb with Shallot Jus, Au Gratin Potatoes & Ratatouille. Reservations are highly recommended.

SZMANIA’S opened with an exhibition cooking counter, still a mainstay and favorite of many who enjoy watching Chef Ludger and his crew at work. A most recent renovation produced an expanded bar (along with an extensive list of hand-crafted cocktails) and a larger outdoor patio.

In 2006, the family purchased their 20-acre working farm in Cashmere, Washington, and renovated the 1908 farmhouse they now use as a second home. A one-acre vineyard was planted in 2007 with Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah grapes, first harvested in 2011.

The Szmanias, whose three sons work with the family business, have lived in Magnolia for 25 years and continue to support local charities, including an upcoming Moyer Foundation book signing on September 26.

SZMANIA’S Restaurant & Bar is located in the heart of Magnolia at 3321 W. McGraw Street.

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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