Seattle’s best restaurants are celebrating the holiday season with a plethora of delicious feasts, special menus, events, and gift packages! Gift locally roasted holiday blends or Indian spice sets to family and friends, and celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at favorite local restaurants. Menus include seafood feasts, Mediterranean creations, sommelier wine pairings, and more!
Fonté’s Holiday Blend Gift Package
The perfect gift to warm up your coffee-loving family and friends this holiday season! Fonté Coffee Roaster is renowned for their small-roasting techniques, high quality blends, sustainable sourcing, and commitment to excellence. This year marks the 22nd annual Fonté Holiday Blend and the micro-roaster will once again donate all profits from the sale of Holiday Blend to the Pike Place Market Child Care and Preschool’s nutrition programs.
Master Roaster Steve Smith expertly crafted the holiday blend with a honey process Sumatra, semi-washed El Salvador (a 2014 favorite) and a fully washed Sulawesi, for a blend full of fruity notes with a long, chocolate finish.
The Fonté Holiday Blend is available for purchase online and in store at Fonté café; 12oz package for $18. Buy the Fonté Holiday Blend as a gift and purchase the holiday package with a 12oz bag of coffee and sleek, black Fonté Klean Kanteen for $35. Fonté Café is located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle.
Shanik’s Indian Gift Set with Turkish Wines
Spice it up this holiday season and gift family and friends the opportunity to cook with Shanik’s housemade spices, drink fine Turkish wine, and serve up a delicious, healthy side dish. Chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik is combining three special items for Shanik’s holiday gift package this year: a Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend Turkish wine, and a Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe.
The Masala Dhaba spice set is a staple in every Indian household. Shanik hand-sifts, roasts, and grinds the spices in house which include Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander. The 2011 Diren Karmena Red Blend is a Turkish blend consisting of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. The Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe, straight out of Meeru’s kitchen, is a perfect substitute for rice, bread, or plain mashed potatoes and is best served with grilled or seared meats.
The complete gift package is $50, and available at Shanik’s Market, next door to the restaurant. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle.
Classic Hanukkah Specials at Golden Beetle
In honor of the holiday, Golden Beetle is offering four traditional Hanukkah dishes from $5-9. The menu features Potato Latkes with housemade apple sauce, crème fraiche, green onion; Matzo Ball Soup with smoked chicken, carrot, parsley; Roasted Root Vegetables with parsnip, rutabaga, fingerling potato; and Stuffed Donuts with persimmon filling and powdered sugar. Order any of these dishes as a side to your main meal or try them all together.
Enjoy this special menu December 16 through 24. Golden Beetle reservations can be made by calling 206.706.2977 or at Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.
CHRISTMAS EVE DINING:
Farm Fresh Christmas at Local 360 Cafe & Bar
Local 360 Cafe & Bar is celebrating Christmas Eve with a three-course tasting menu highlighting their locally sourced goods straight from the farm! The menu includes Wild Mushroom Soup w/ Washington Truffles, Tani Creek Farms Christmas Goose and Cinnamon Bourbon Bread Pudding.
The three-course tasting menu is $50 per person, optional $15 wine pairing available. Local 360 Cafe & Bar will also serve its regular menu. Christmas Eve lunch service will be offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner service 4-9 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org. Mention tasting menu in reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.
Hearty Old-World Dishes at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
Enjoy Norman-inspired cuisine with a modern twist this Christmas Eve at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge in Belltown. Four-course tasting menu includes Celeriac Veloute, Hot Smoked Black Cod, Stuffed Quail and deliciously rich Spiced Apple Cake.
The four-course menu is $55 per person, optional $25 beverage pairing available. Enjoy Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s regular menu for the evening as well. Open 4-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Mention tasting menu in reservation. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.
Agrodolce Christmas Eve #FishFeast
Indulge in fresh fish and seafood at Maria Hines’ Sicilian and southern Italian trattoria this Christmas Eve. The James Beard award-winning chef is bringing an age-old Italian tradition to Agrodolce with #FishFeast, their spin on the “feast of the seven fishes”. The celebratory feast originated in Southern Italy to commemorate the Vigilia di Natale, the birth of baby Jesus, and is now a popular Italian-American tradition.
Maria and Executive Chef Jason Brzozowy are offering three, multi-course seafood menus for $35, $55 and $75 per person, respectively. Each menu starts with Agrodolce’s Housemade Focaccia and ends with a tasting of the Buccellati, Chocolate Cannoli, and Cassata with candied fruit for dessert.
Three Fish Feast Menu: Grilled Octopus with salsa verde, Pan Seared Black Cod, Burrata Pugliese with Calabrian chile, caper, white anchovy. $35 per person.
Five Fish Feast Menu: Includes all of the first menu’s items along with Razor Clam and Spot Prawn Crudo with orange, wild fennel, and Oola citrus vodka, and Semolina Mafaldine, Dungeness crab with chili and lime. $55 per person.
Seven Fish Feast Menu: The third and heartiest menu includes all of the first two menu items plus Northwest Seafood Stew with Penn Cove clams and mussels, smoked cod, and couscous, and Whole Roasted Fish cooked with almond-anchovy sauce and seared Brussels sprouts. $75 per person.
All Christmas Eve #FishFeast menus can be made vegetarian or gluten free. Optional wine pairing available. Celebrate Christmas Eve at Agrodolce from 4-8 p.m. For reservations visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.
Holiday Indulgence at Tilth
Maria Hines is offering a beautiful four-course menu at Tilth this Christmas Eve. For your first course indulge in Washington Oysters on the Half Shell, Root Vegetable Soup, or a Rabbit Rillette, with frisee, pickled vegetables and mustard. Work your way to the Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawns with Penn Cove mussel, bouillabaisse and saffron aioli, the Porcini Brulee with pickled beech mushroom, watercress and pinenuts, or the Grilled Quail, with pearl couscous, currant and pomegranate molasses. For your main choose between the Juniper Ash Crusted Venison, Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, or Seared Alaskan Black Cod. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Panna Cotta, or the refreshing Beet Textures for dessert.
The prix fixe four-course menu is $80, with an optional truffle, caviar, and champagne supplement available. Enjoy a wine pairing for an additional $50, or an optional sommelier pairing with an added cheese course and Sauternes for $70.
Tilth will be open from 4-8 p.m. Christmas Eve. Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at Tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N 45th Street, Seattle.
All-Night Christmas Eve Happy Hour at Golden Beetle
Golden Beetle will be open 4:30-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be offering happy hour all night long! Reservations are not accepted for happy hour so come early and imbibe. For more information, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS:
Lavish Local Eats at Local 360 Cafe & Bar
Local 360 Cafe & Bar is going all out for the New Year with a decadent four-course menu featuring quality, fresh ingredients sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Enjoy luscious Taylor Shellfish Oysters and Steelhead Caviar, Warm Chickory Salad, Anderson Ranch Lamb, prepared to melt-in-your-mouth perfection, and Theo Chocolate Fudge Torte.
Four-course tasting menu is $60 per person. New Year’s Eve lunch service will be offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner service 4-10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 206.441.9360 or visiting Local360.org. Mention tasting menu in reservation. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.
Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres + $35 tasting menu at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
Start the New Year with a bang by indulging in Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s complimentary hors d’oeuvres including Foie Gras Profiteroles and Chanterelle Risotto Croquettes from 10 p.m. to midnight, in the bar only. Enjoy alongside their specialty New Year’s Eve cocktail list.
For an old-world spin on the New Year opt for their $35 three-course tasting menu. Start with a glass of Champagne, then choose from Porcini Potage with pickled caps, or Charred Radicchio Salad with speck, orange preserve and sunchokes. For the main there’s Tails and Trotter’s Pork Chop with heirloom carrots and pickled mustard butter, or Seafood Stew with clams, shrimp, market catch, fennel and potatoes, or Fresh Egg Pasta with Butternut Squash, sage and housemade farmers cheese. For dessert it’s Apple Rosemary Crostada with salted caramel, or Chocolate Pot de Creme with hazelnut shortbread.
Enjoy Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s regular menu for the evening as well, restaurant and lounge open at 4 p.m. For reservations call 206.538.0180, or visit BellandWhete.com. Mention tasting menu in reservation. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.
Ring in the New Year with Italian Fare
Celebrate the end of a great year with four delicious, Sicilian courses at Agrodolce. The first course offers Oysters on the Half Shell, Razor Clam and Spot Prawn Crudo, or Burrata Pugliese. For your second, enjoy the Semolina Mafalde, Bucatini con Sarde, or Ricotta Cavatelli. For a main try the Pan Seared Black Cod, Wild Boat Shoulder, or Stuffed Eggplant. Choose between three options for dessert including the Theo Chocolate Budino, Prosecco Poached Pear, and Sheep Milk Cheese with summer preserves, toasted nuts and sea salt crackers.
Agrodolce will be open this New Year’s Eve from 5-10:30 p.m. The four-course tasting menu is $65 with an optional $40 wine pairing. Visit Agrodolcerestaurant.net for reservations or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.
New Year’s Eve Indulgence at Tilth
Tilth will offer the same menu on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (see above Christmas Eve for details).
Mediterranean Feast at Golden Beetle
Maria Hines has crafted a flavorful menu to celebrate the start of 2015 with loved ones at Golden Beetle! The organic Mediterranean feast is filled with warm, winter favorites including Kabocha Squash Soup, Beet and Satsuma Salad, or Goat Cheese-Stuffed Medjool Dates for your starter, and the choice of Roasted Chicken and White Bean Samosa, Grilled Halloumi Cheese with watercress, black walnut, and confit fennel, or Grilled Charmoula Shrimp with couscous, persimmon and walnut for your second dish. Third course options include Braised Grass Fed Short Rib with pistachio, tabouleh and mint, St. Jude Albacore Tuna with apple, swiss chard and mustard seed, or Roasted Root Vegetable Tagine with pearl couscous, smoked parsnip puree and carrot. Treat yourself to a decadent dessert and indulge in Baklava Ice Cream with black walnut, kattafi and honey syrup, a Chocolate Truffle Torte with caramel, Chantilly and mint, or a Cranberry Quince Cobbler with Satsuma gastrique, pistachio streusel and crispy sage.
The four-course menu is $50 with an optional $25 wine pairing. Golden Beetle reservations can be made by calling 206.706.2977 or at Golden-Beetle.com. Golden Beetle is located at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.
DECEMBER BRUNCH SPECIAL:
Holiday Brunch all December at Fonté Café
Celebrate the holidays all month with a cup of freshly roasted coffee at Fonté Café and Wine Bar. For December, Fonté Café will be serving Holiday Brunch Specials every Saturday and Sunday! Fill up on their Sweet Potato Biscuits and Gravy with French Ham, or get festive and indulge in their sweet, fluffy Gingerbread Waffles, a dish your whole family is sure to love. Feeling extravagant? Order their Dutch Baby Pancake topped with apples, pomegranates, and persimmons with a side of bacon.
Brunch at Fonte’s first avenue café is perfect for downtown holiday shoppers and out of town guests. Holiday brunch specials will be offered 7 a.m.-3 p.m. every weekend in December. Fonté Café is located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle.
HOLIDAY CATERING + PRIVATE EVENTS:
Creative Holiday Parties at Fonté Café
Fonté Café’s beautifully appointed downtown Seattle cafe and outstanding menu by Executive Chef Kristofer Kalinczok provides the perfect setting for an exclusive holiday party. Event formats include small, intimate get-togethers, traditional cocktail parties, formal coursed seated dinners, thematic cooking classes, wine-pairing activities, and even pig roasts! The options are endless and Fonté will work hard to accommodate any out-of-the-box ideas.
Fonté Café’s world-class wine list, craft cocktails, and master-roasted coffees are available for all events. For top-quality sips and dining, consider Fonté for your holiday party. For more information on booking events call Travis Ulrich, (206) 777-6193, and visit cafefonte.com
Cook-offs and Cooking for a Cause at Blue Ribbon Cooking
Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides companies, friends, groups and families a unique and exciting array of holiday party experiences. Book an Iron Chef cooking competition and compete in teams to create the best dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy a meal together while watching the Christmas ships. Or book a Cooking For A Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon delivers while guests sit down to dinner. Blue Ribbon also caters any event big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus, cocktail competitions and more at their waterfront venue on Lake Union, or at a venue or home of the guest’s choice!
Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E. Seattle, 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.
Refined, Up-Scale Indian Express from Shanik
Shanik’s Indian catering is perfect for individuals hosting events at home or at an onsite location! Enjoy delicious, flavorful Indian dishes hot and fresh from the market. Shanik is famous for their modern, Indian comfort food with popular dishes such as their mouth-watering lamb popsicles. Now guests can enjoy Shanik in the luxury of their own home or event location.
Shanik can accommodate takeout orders for up to 50 people. Orders are customizable within the limits of their menu. Guests must call at least two days in advance, (206) 486-6884. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109. Visit shanikrestaurant.com for more information.
Holiday Catering from James Beard Award-Winning Chef Maria Hines
Enjoy fresh, organic Mediterranean catering available for large-group take-out orders, or cooked in the comfort of your own home. For individuals hosting a private sit-down dinner, Golden Beetle will provide service staff and delicious food for parties up to 12 people. For larger holiday parties, Golden Beetle can provide hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers for up to 50 guests.
To enjoy the cozy, warm spices Eastern Mediterranean cuisine has to offer, have Golden Beetle cater your holiday event! From fresh dips and wood fired flat bread to braised goat tagine, you can’t go wrong. Contact Skye at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.706.2977 for more information.