Seattle's ice cream boom is still going strong: Today, Salt and Straw opens on Capitol Hill (joining the Ballard location that opened last week), and Southcenter gets a liquid nitrogen ice cream lab called Cloud Nine Creamery. Plus, air travel just got an upgrade, with Molly Moon's partnering with JetBlue and Sunset Fried Chicken and Skillet coming to Sea-Tac. As always, we've gathered that and all the other food news you need to know for your weekend below, including CBD lattes at Cafe Hitchcock and the James Beard Award nominations. For more ideas, check out our complete food & drink calendar.
The beloved U District cafe, which Jeff Ramsey is re-launching, will have its soft re-opening this weekend and will debut a limited brunch menu, with a grand re-opening scheduled for March 4.
Salt and Straw
After opening a store in Ballard last week, the Portland artisan ice cream shop opens its Capitol Hill store today. Aside from its perilously lengthy queues, the artisan ice cream shop is perhaps best known for its intriguing flavor collabs with local producers, so look forward to their interpretations of beloved Seattle fixtures in the form of flavors like Beecher's Cheese with peppercorn toffee, raspberry Rachel's Ginger Beer coconut cream, Ellenos Yogurt matcha, and Elm Coffee with Westland Distillery Whiskey. This month also brings the Chocolatier Series, a collection of five limited edition flavors made with products from Seattle chocolate makers for Valentine’s Day: Fran’s Chocolates Almond Gold Bar, Intrigue’s Green Basil & Chocolate Cocoa Nibs, Theo Chocolate's Big Daddy s'more, Forte’s Lemon Pepper & White Chocolate, and Fresco’s Pure Chocolate Bar. Scoop them up before they’re gone.
Cloud Nine Creamery
At this showy mad-scientist ice cream lab, glass walls let guests watch their ice cream being frozen before their eyes with liquid nitrogen, which is said to produce creamier ice cream because of its rapid freezing process (which inhibits larger ice crystals from forming). They’ll be celebrating their grand opening with nine days of special promotions and freebies.
Patrick’s Cafe & Bakery
This cozy neighborhood bakery is owned by Hawaiian-born Patrick Choy, whose family owned Sam Choy's Kaloko (which won a James Beard America's Classics award) and who was previously responsible for corporate food and beverage programs for Marriott and Starbucks. His baked goods are locally sourced whenever possible. (Don't miss the cinnamon rolls, one of his specialties.) They’re having their grand opening this weekend with Hawaiian music and lion dancing to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
This restaurant from chef Rob Sevcik (a former Chopped contestant who previously spent time at Rover’s and Loulay) features contemporary French and New American small plates, available family-style or individually. Preview dinners will be available through February 17.
The Capitol Hill pizza restaurant is currently closed for re-branding and re-modeling "to combat Seattle's rising cost of doing business" and will open under a new name, with their same Neapolitan pizzas.
Atlas Coffee x Frankie & Jo's
Atlas Coffee, the current roaster in residence at La Marzocco, is teaming up with the plant-based ice creamery to provide some limited-time treats: they'll have the Plant Magic Affogato—their Rosebud Espresso poured over Frankie & Jo's Date Shake ice cream. La Marzocco will also have an ice cream social with tastings of Atlas Coffee and Frankie & Jo's pairings later this month.
Holy Mountain Brewery
The esoteric Interbay brewery has tried their hand at a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen with their new release, Pilgrimage: "brewed with 60% German malted wheat and 40% German Pilsner Malt” and "lightly hopped with German Tettnang and fermented cool with a traditional German yeast.” It’s available on tap and in growlers, and, as they quipped on Instagram, “Due to the overwhelming demand for Hefeweizen, we're going to limit growler fills to 2 or 5 or 7 or maybe 10 per person. #waitnobodyeveraskedustomakeahefe"
As Burger Month continues, the current featured burger is John Sundstrom of Lark's Oishi Pork Burger, with kurobuta pork, maitake mushrooms, scallions, yuzu kosho aioli, and a sesame seeded bun. It's available through February 19, after which it will give way to the final burger, Shaun McCrain of Copine's "Tuxedo Shirt Burger" ("Painted Hills grass fed beef, red leaf lettuce, bacon relish, foie gras aioli, fried duck egg, Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar cheese, everything bun").
The small-batch creamery’s non-dairy Sugar Plum flavor, made with local Tonnemakers plums, has returned to the menu by popular demand.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
James Beard nominations announced
The nominations for the semifinalists for the James Beard Awards (a prestigious honor in the food world, named for the legendary late cookbook author James Beard and often likened to the culinary equivalent of the Oscars) were announced this Thursday. In the running: Junebaby for Best New Restaurant; Evan Andres of Columbia City Bakery for Oustanding Baker; Canon for Outstanding Bar Program, Canlis for Outstanding Restaurant; Renee Erickson of Bateau, Blaine Wetzel of the Willows Inn, and Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita for Outstanding Chef; Angela and Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants (Ballard Pizza Co., Bar Cotto, Bramling Cross, Derby, Goldfinch Tavern, How to Cook a Wolf, Marine Hardware, mkt., Red Cow, Rione XIII, Tavolàta Belltown, and Tavolàta Capitol Hill) for Outstanding Restaurateurs; Wild Ginger for Outstanding Wine Program; Dave Green of Skagit Valley Malting for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional; Shota Nakajima of Adana, Maximillian Petty of Eden Hill, and Jay Blackinton of Hogstone’s Wood Oven and AElder for Rising Star Chef of the Year; and Eric Donnelly of RockCreek, Edouardo Jordan of Salare, Taichi Kitamura of Sushi Kappo Tamura, Mark Schroder of Opus Co., Mutsuko Soma of Kamonegi, Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Joule, and Anna Vogel of Italia Trattoria for Best Chef Northwest. The full list of nominations is available here.
Molly Moon’s joins Jet Blue
Soon you'll be able to enjoy your favorite scoops from the sky: Molly Moon's is partnering with JetBlue for their new Mint program, which serves special treats from the cities it flies out of and will offer both dairy and vegan flavors. Mint will be offered on select flights to New York and Boston.
Ghostfish Brewing expands to Massachusetts
The Sodo-based gluten-free craft brewery announced it will be expanding distribution of its beers to Massachusetts via Night Shift Distributing.
Sunset Fried Chicken, Skillet, and more coming to Sea-Tac
On the heels of the opening of Floret (Cafe Flora's new outpost in Sea-Tac) comes the announcement that Sunset Fried Chicken (Monica Dimas's fried chicken sandwich counter housed within Rachel's Ginger Beer on Capitol Hill) will open a location at the airport, as will modern Southern-inspired comfort food eatery Skillet and eight other new restaurant concepts. These establishments will join a series of other new food offerings already in the works for the airport food court, including L’il Woody’s, Good Bar, and a Salt and Straw grab-and-go freezer, announced last summer.
CBD lattes at Cafe Hitchcock
CBD oil (the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, vaunted for its chill-out properties minus the high-inducing THC) has been increasing in popularity recently. According to Seattle Magazine, Chef Brendan McGill of downtown's Cafe Hitchcock is now incorporating it into a menu of beverages he calls "wellness lattes," containing 5mg of CBD for a relaxing effect.
Wild Ginger opening a new location
The popular Asian fusion restaurant will open a third location in South Lake Union this July, as part of an upcoming luxury apartment called McKenzie.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Aslan Inaugural Bottle Release
Aslan releases its first two bottled beers, Space Eagle Brett IPA & Frances Farmer Rustic Saison, to the public and will have eight of their beers on tap.
Lunar New Year: Red Envelopes
For Chinese New Year, Super Six will be distributing lucky red envelopes stuffed with surprise coupons with every check—yours could contain 50 percent off your drinks, buy-one-get-one-free musubi deals, or half-off a hat or sweatshirt.
Taylor Shellfish Dinner
At this "throwback to traditional Americana seafood," dive into a five-course meal with freshly shucked Taylor Shellfish oysters, Dungeness Crab Louie, cioppino, and Meyer lemon crème pie. Taylor Shellfish will be present to explain the background and description of the oysters for the hands-on first course.
2018 Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration
Ballard’s Lucky Envelope Brewing cofounders Barry Chan and Raymond Kwan named their business for the Chinese tradition of giving out colorful red packets stuffed with paper cash to bring good fortune for occasions such as the Lunar New Year (the color red is associated with energy and prosperity). To usher in the Year of the Dog, they’ve planned an all-out weekend celebration with five special “culturally inspired” beer releases, food trucks with sweet and savory taiyaki from BeanFish on Saturday and teriyaki rice bowls from Byte on Sunday, and—of course—red envelope giveaways with deals tucked inside.
3rd Anniversary Celebration
Counterbalance marks turning three with the release of a special American barley wine and some aged beers plucked from the depths of their cellars, including oak-barrel-aged Big Bad Wolf Dark Strong Ale from their second anniversary and others. On Friday night, they'll have falafel, souvlaki, and Greek fries from Hallava Falafel, and on Saturday they'll be joined by Wood Shop BBQ.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
BBQ Boot Camp: Brisket and Booze
Learn how to master the art of brisket-smoking at home from Rudy Ramirez and Tyler Allwine. Participants will trim and season Oregon-raised Painted Hills briskets, learn proper smoking techniques, and find out what to do with leftover meat and trim. There will be plenty of meaty snacks to graze on during the workshop, including chili, freshly ground brisket burgers, and smoked brisket hash, along with libations.
Chungee's 8 Year Anniversary and Chinese New Year
Usher in the Year of the Dog as well as Chungee's eighth anniversary with a special lion dance performance, homestyle Cantonese food, cocktails, and beer.
Eat Seattle Mixology Class
In this class, you'll learn how to infuse cacao and alcohol and make delicious shrubs and garnishes while sipping two beverages with spirits sourced from local distilleries.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18
7 Course Japanese/Pacific NW Pop-Up Dinner and Sake Pairing
Japanese chef Shinya Asami will deliver a seven-course Pacific Northwest-focused menu with sake pairings.
Alki Oyster Fest
Slurp fresh Hama Hama oysters alongside a glass of wine or craft beer from nearby Ampersand Café and West Seattle Brewing Company and listening to live music. Net proceeds benefit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, whose mission is to "restore marine habitat, water quality, and native species in Puget Sound through tangible, on-the-ground projects."
Musang Chinese New Year Pop-Up
This month's edition of Musang, a recurring pop-up brunch, will celebrate Chinese New Year by "honoring the many Chinese influences in Filipino Cuisine."
Three Sacks Full Pop-Up at La Medusa
This mostly grain- and vegetable-focused pop-up (with some fish and meat) from Michael Tsai of Goose and Gander Farm and sommelier Matthew Curtis will feature "honest and humble cookery from a chef who splits his time between the kitchen and the field" and wine pairings. Dishes will include braised winter squash with purple barley porridge; rice and lentil pancakes with daikon; and manila clams with torn noodles, salted anchovies, and black pepper.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Super Six Presidents' Day Brunch
Raise a mimosa or three to the birth of George Washington with Super Six's bottomless mimosas alongside their regular brunch menu, including aloha toast, Portuguese sausage hash, and "all the sunny up eggs you could ever need."