This week brought a burst of welcome news for Seattle's food scene, like the opening of new doughnut and coffee shop Tempesta and a second life for The Saint, which is now living la vie en rose after its hiatus. Below, we've gathered that along with all the best things to do this weekend, including Serafina & Cicchetti's holiday bazaar, Raised Doughnut's pop-up shop, and Revel's seven-year-anniversary party (complete with a free after-party featuring suckling pig nachos and a dumpling-eating contest). For more things to do, check out our complete food & drink calendar and our ultimate guide to where to eat out on Christmas and New Year's Eve.
The "hyperlocal" fast-casual salad bar chain opens a new location in Bellevue.
Great State Burger
Josh Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective opens a new location of his Pacific Northwest-inspired classic burger place, with organic grass-fed Gebbers Beef patties and shakes made from local Parfait ice cream and Theo Chocolate.
A new location of SPiN, a clubby, trendy ping-pong bar and restaurant chain with themed cocktails and bites like truffle fries, Korean fried cauliflower, and salmon fritters, soft-opens downtown on Friday. A grand opening with ping-pong pros and some mystery star guests is set for January 20th.
Full Throttle Bottles
The Georgetown warehouse with a huge selection of rare and remarkable wine, beer, cider, and mead is now back and better, featuring a new tavern with taps, seating, and wine by the glass. At their grand re-opening, they'll launch their special beer brewed just for the occasion in collaboration with Matchless Brewing.
The Saint Social Club
Think pink! The Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant, which closed down for the last three months, re-emerges from the ashes, newly christened "The Saint Social Club" and dressed up in a fetching shade of shocking fuchsia in place of its previous turquoise. Their makeover includes a new drinks list, new sound system, and extended hours (they'll now be open until 2 am daily). The door opens for cocktails at 5 p.m. on Friday for their reopening.
Renee Erickson's perfect filled-doughnut and coffee spot adds a few more festive flavors, including Quince & Cardamom Jam and Eggnog Cream. These join their other holiday flavors, which include Peppermint Bark Cream and Apple Cinnamon Jam.
The tonkatsu-style burger joint in Georgetown launches its Umami Wagyu burger, a behemoth umami-bomb with an umami-seasoned, tempura-battered-and-fried Japanese Wagyu beef patty, heaped with caramelized onions, bacon, swiss, and homemade tonkatsu sauce. They're also releasing a candy cane shake, available through January.
Pike Place's flaky pastry purveyor, which turns 25 this year, unveils a special kringle for Christmas, made with "a spice blend of cinnamon and cardamon, as well as orange peel, raisins, and a hint of cocoa" and "carefully braided and shaped into a wreath, then baked and finished with a light coat of honey lemon glaze and a dash of chocolate." They're available for pick-up and shipping nationwide.
Salare's famous black cod set with “rundown”, coconut milk, plantains, pikliz and watercress returns to their menu for a limited time. They've also got a delicious-looking crispy pork schnitzel with potato salad, yoghurt, cucumber, dill, and pear jam, a new addition to their brunch menu this weekend.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Jonathan Silverberg, owner of Napkin Friends, a food truck that makes sandwiches pressed between two crispy latkes (who needs bread?), is opening a Jewish delicatessen. The deli, which Silverberg is calling Schmaltzy's Delicatessen, isn't set to open until late 2018 or early 2019, but items like house-made pastrami and corned beef will be worth the wait. In the meantime, fans can look forward to some pop-ups from Silverberg beginning in January, as well as a spring Seder pop-up dinner for Passover.
Jason Stoneburner, chef behind the eponymous restaurant Stoneburner in Ballard, will open a new restaurant called Seaplane Kitchen and Bar in downtown Kenmore. The project, which promises pizza, fried chicken, burgers, and local organic vegetables, is backed by James Weimann and Deming Maclise, the team behind Rhein Haus, Poquitos, and Bastille.
As Sydney Brownstone mentioned in Friday's morning news, Chef Monica Dimas (Neon Taco, Sunset Fried Chicken, Tortas Condesa) is bringing Westman's Bagels and Coffee, a New York-style bagel shop, to East Madison soon. Baker Molly Westman, whose resume includes Macrina Bakery and Tom Douglas restaurants, is also on board. Their preparation included a tasting tour of two dozen different bagel shops in New York, which bodes well for the authenticity of the new project.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
Breakfast Club After Dark
This special holiday happy hour includes a complimentary tasting from Glass Vodka, seasonal comfort food like hush puppies and beignets, and festive specials all night.
Hopnificent 7 Holiday Special
Seven powerhouse breweries (Fort George Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Reuben's Brews, Pike Brewing Company, Friem Family Brewers, and Matchless Brewing) come together for a very special Charlie Brown-themed tap takeover. Peanuts character-inspired attire is encouraged, and Teku Tavern is dog-friendly, so you're welcome to bring your own Snoopy.
Ice Cream Social & Gift Shop
Join the Cookie Counter for offerings from a variety of vendors (including Estrella Soap, Herbivore Clothing Company, Heartell Press, and merch from Cookie Counter), gift wrapping service, a photo booth with local artist Camille Simone, and some special, limited edition dessert flavors (candy cane shake, eggnog shake with fresh grated nutmeg, chocolate dipped waffle cones, and chocolate dipped candy cane waffle cones). They'll also debut their new rotating flavors, candy cane and gingerbread!
Night Lab: Wintry Drinks Workshop
Let an Ada's mixologist teach you how to whip up holiday cocktails like a pro in the Lab, Ada's event space.
Roots & Recipes Zine Launch
Roots & Recipes is a zine by the non-profit Project Feast focused on the "celebration of women, food, and heritage in South King County," sharing recipes and stories from women around the world with images from Ukrainian illustrator Olha Moisiuk and photographer Avery Parducci. At their launch party, you can pick up your copy and talk to the creators while enjoying appetizers and wine.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and Three Ryes Men Release Day
Reuben's Brews comes bearing gifts in the form of their "Three Ryes Men" (a "barley wine with three different types of rye, aged in a blend of rye whiskey and bourbon barrels") and their prize-winning Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. Both beers will be available on tap and in 22 oz wax-dipped bottles, along with some other surprises.
Drinking, Cursing, and Cooking
This cooking demonstration, inspired by Krampus (the "long-haired, shaggy, goat-like monster with a serpentine tail" and "demonic punisher" of children from Austro-Bavarian folklore), is much more naughty than nice. In a boozy, profanity-laced demonstration, Chef Matt Fortner will show how to make a feast fit for Krampus himself, with such devilish fare as deviled sweetbreads bruschetta and roasted pig heads. Guests will get tastes of each dish paired with beverages.
Li'l Woody's Pancake Feed Fundraiser
For the beginning of Las Posadas (the Mexican holiday season), L'il Woody's throws a Mexican pancake breakfast in partial tribute to the many charity pancake breakfast fundraisers served in their White Center space when it was the community hub the Epicure in the 1950s. 100% of proceeds will go to the White Center Community Association.
Oysters + Bubbly: No. 2
Sip sparkling wine and slurp oysters from Hama Hama as you enjoy live jazz from Ben Wheeler's Jazz Hands.
Raised Doughnuts X Broadcast Coffee
Raised Doughnuts brings their yeasty goodness in unique flavors like white chocolate peppermint bark and gingerbread fritter to Central District roastery Broadcast Coffee. Come early; they'll be there until they sell out.
Scout PNW Holiday Tasting Menu
A 10-course holiday-themed tasting menu at Scout's chef counter from Executive Chef Derek Simcik, featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Serafina & Cicchetti's Holiday Bazaar
The annual holiday bazaar from Italian standby Serafina and its Mediterranean sibling Cicchetti features a selection of their house-made products, such as infused olive oil, spice blends, tomato sauce and cookies. There will also be cocktail gift baskets, specialty truffle products from M Squared, jewelry from OHME, and more artisan offerings, all accompanied by bites from Cicchetti and wine tastings from Serafina's resident sommelier Salomon Navarro.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Feast of the Seven Fishes with Musang
The Feast of the Seven Fishes (also known as the "Vigil") is a fish- and seafood-filled Italian American celebration of Christmas Eve. Join Musang (Bar del Corso chef Melissa Miranda's new pop-up) for a special holiday dinner featuring a menu of seven Filipino-style fish and seafood dishes, plus desserts.
Puerto Rican Christmas
Chef Eric Rivera, known for his Lechonera pop-up (his tribute to the Puerto Rican stalls selling slow-roasted pork), hosts a 12-course Puerto Rican Christmas dinner. Ticket sales and a silent auction will benefit World Central Kitchen.
Revel's 7th Anniversary Party
Revel celebrates seven lucky years of business with this event, which will be the last to be held in their Fremont space before they move to South Lake Union for a year (they'll be back in 2019). Enjoy a sparkling toast, walk around and try seven favorite Revel dishes, and stick around for a party open to the public with suckling pig nachos and a dumpling eating contest (in classic Revel style) afterwards.