This week, like every week, we've rounded up all of the city's latest food happenings you need to know about. Thai-style rolled ice cream appears to be all the rage right now, as two new locations serving the eminently Instagrammable confection hit Seattle. Plus, nosh on Sichuan-meets-Yunnan Chinese food at the new Capitol Hill spot Plenty of Clouds and quaff lots of cask-aged beer from new British pub Machine House Brewery in the Central District (just in time for the World Cup). You'll find all that and more below, including details about events like Seattle International Beerfest and the Seattle Street Food Festival. For more things to eat and drink this weekend, check out our full food and drink calendar.
This new wine tasting room and bottle shop opened on Mercer Island late last month and offers both local and international wines by the glass or the bottle, in addition to light bites like charcuterie and cheese plates.
Juicy Spot Cafe
This novel New York-based ice cream shop and cafe, which was the first chain to bring Thai-style rolled ice cream to the United States and has been featured on the Food Network and Cooking Channel, creates ice cream right before your eyes in two minutes on a "sub-zero anti-griddle," with trendy flavors like watermelon lychee, cookie butter, "Ferre-Roll Rocher" (hazelnut and Nutella), and "Good Crazy Matcha" (a green tea base with Oreo, mochi, grass jelly, and condensed milk drizzle) and various topping options. Their new shop in the University District opened on June 2, according to Yelp, and also offers acai bowls and bubble tea, including the ever-popular "cheese tea" (a Taiwanese trend involving a frothy layer of lightly salted cream cheese foam).
Machine House Brewery
This new location from Georgetown's English-style cask ale brewery Machine House Brewery, which opened Friday morning next door to L'Oursin, features nine of their own cask ales (which are served through English beer engines without additional nitrogen), four guest taps, and a modest menu of British pub grub, with a small patio and two televisions for watching football (yes, the soccer kind). Read Stranger contributor Lester Black's article about their original location here.
Plenty of Clouds
On Thursday, restaurant-veteran couple Lisa Zack and Travis Post opened a Chinese restaurant called Plenty of Clouds, in the former space of Ethan Stowell's recently closed restaurant Anchovies and Olives. Post previously worked in the kitchen at Stowell's gastropub Bramling Cross. The restaurant focuses on uniting “fiery flavors from Sichuan" and "freshness from neighboring Yunnan" (apropos of that theme, the name borrows from both Sichuan's reputation of the "land of plenty" and Yunnan meaning "below the clouds"). On the menu, you'll find feisty, spicy, Sichuan-style dishes like pork dumplings, "Not Your Ma Po's Tofu," and chicken legs with numbing spices, as well as craft cocktails with sassy names like Sour Not Sorry and Who You Callin' Sweet Pea.
Swirle Rolled Ice Cream
Another rolled ice cream shop, Swirle, which opened as a pop-up for one weekend only in 2016, will have its grand opening in the International District on Saturday, July 14, and will offer giveaways throughout the day, including free ice cream for the first five people in line.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Salumi now open on Saturdays
Lovers of porchetta, salami, and meatballs rejoice: Starting on Saturday, July 14, the popular Pioneer Square meat-haven Salumi, which was sold by Gina Batali and Brian D'Amato to new owners Martinique Grigg and Clara Veniard of the entrepreneurial search fund Grant Peak Capital last November, will be open on Saturdays. To celebrate the new hours, they'll be slinging their fan-favorite oxtail sandwiches as a special and giving out free "salami snack packs" to the first 20 customers that day.
Alcove Dining Room coming to University District
A new restaurant called Alcove Dining Room, which was crowd-funded on Kickstarter, will open in the space of the defunct Tempero de Brasil in University District on August 2 and is now taking reservations online. The new spot is run by Mamnoon alum and Cutthroat Kitchen and Master Chef competitor Emme Ribeiro Collins, whose family opened Tempero de Brasil almost 20 years ago when she was 12 and who grew up around the restaurant. Collins, who's also been a personal chef to Eddie Vedder, has lovingly renovated the space and will feature communal tables and a mix of individual and family-style dishes.
Le Coin opening in the former space of Roux
Eater reports that a new modern French restaurant called Le Coin will open in the former space of Roux, the erstwhile Cajun-Creole brick-and-mortar restaurant from Matthew Lewis of the food truck Where Ya At Matt. Le Coin, which means "the corner," will serve a high-low mix of "French food with an American twist." Their projected opening date was in late June and job postings were spotted on employment website Poached, so the opening may be coming any day now.
Little Fish begins preview of lunch
The highly anticipated Pike Place restaurant Little Fish, from acclaimed chef Zoi Antonitsas (who won accolades in the New York Times for her work at Westward and competed as a contestant on Top Chef) and partner Bryan Jarr, will begin previewing their lunch menu at Jarr's restaurant Jarrbar on July 10, from 11 am until 2 pm, Tuesday-Friday until the end of summer. The seafood-focused menu will include items like gravlax, quiche, tuna, and seafood sandwiches. When open, the restaurant will also feature an open kitchen and a seafood craft microcannery, with a window looking in so guests can watch the process. The restaurant currently has no opening date and has pushed back their opening due to construction in Pike Place's Marketfront expansion, but is set to open sometime in late 2018.
Seattle International Beerfest
This three-day specialty beer fest boasts everything from classic beers to "a gaudy selection of top-rated double IPAs, farmhouse/saisons, sours, barleywines, imperial stouts, barrel-aged strong ales, and anything else delicious yet shunned by the masses." There is a lush grass area on which to spread picnic blankets, in addition to indoor and outdoor seating. Deal-seekers, take note: At the Grande Beer Garden, you can grab full pints, including Pilsner Urquell, Hop Valley Citrus Mistress, and Crispin Blackberry Cider, for just three tickets ($3) and take your pint anywhere in the park.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Closing Auction Party
It's your last chance to nab a piece of the beautifully curated gift shop and craft cocktail bar's decor before they officially close. Start off with drink specials and passed appetizers and bid on all remaining fixtures, furniture and equipment in a live auction.
Kick Out the Jams!
If you've ever dreamed of making your own homemade jam, this class will show you how to concoct your own batch with local strawberries and unique flavorings, as well as different methods for preserving it. Once you're done, you'll get to drizzle the fruits of your labor over an ice cream sundae with Frankie & Jo's brown sugar vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips.
Proof: Washington Distiller's Festival
The Pacific Northwest isn’t as known for its spirits as it is for its craft beer or local wine, but names like OOLA Distillery, Captive Spirits, Westland Distillery, Copperworks Distilling Co., and many more are working to change that. At this festival, you can sip small-batch craft spirits from more than 40 Washington distilleries (including all of the aforementioned producers), who will provide all the usual suspects, like gin, whiskey, vodka, and bourbon, as well as more obscure spirits, like aquavit, amari, grappa, absinthe, and others. Local restaurants, including the swanky Tom Douglas lounge, the Carlile Room, and chef Shubert Ho’s recently opened fishmonger/seafood eatery Mar·ket in Edmonds, will provide sustenance as a ballast for all the booze.
Seattle Street Food Festival
This curbside festival from Mobile Food Rodeo gathers food trucks, trailers, street food vendors, and handmade shops on the streets of South Lake Union for a night of gluttony. Past events have featured over 150 vendors. This year's event will also feature a Saturday night market beneath the stars.
SUNDAY, JULY 8
Big 10 Jazz Brunch
The Northwest African American Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a live jazz brunch replete with signature cocktails, mimosas, a spread from Chef Tarik Abdullah, and a live performance from Ben Hunter.
Kim O'Donnel Recipe Demonstration
Local author, chef, and teacher Kim O'Donnel will demo a fresh seasonal recipe with local veggies, and signed copies of her book will be available for purchase.
Outstanding in the Field Dinner: Maple Rock Farm
Chef/owner Jay Blackinton has been nominated for multiple James Beard awards for his hyper-local restaurant Hogstone's Wood Oven, which is located right on the farm where its produce is grown in Orcas Island (Maple Rock Farm, which Blackinton also owns and runs with partner John Steward). At this dinner, he'll prepare a meal with the ultra-fresh bounty of his own farm in the beautiful setting of the San Juans.
Pints for Pets - Support Seattle's BFFs
One dollar from every beer you drink will benefit the cats and dogs of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
Three Sacks Full Pop-Up
Driven by his curiosity to discover what a “real carrot” tasted like, chef Michael Tsai took a sabbatical to work on Green String Farm in California and eventually moved to the Snoqualmie River Valley’s Goose and Gander Farm, where he works now. He will bring that same farm-to-table sensibility to Three Sacks Full, his pop-up with sommelier and partner Matthew Curtis, who favors wine pairings from smaller producers and family-run wineries. Naturally, their menus are locally sourced, ever-changing, and hyper-seasonal.
MONDAY, JULY 9
Burgers & Brews at Maslow's
Every Monday, FareStart's restaurant Maslow's will feature two new burger specials not on their regular menu accompanied by two beers from a featured brewery. Wash down a burger with a cold brew and support FareStart's mission to provide "a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.”
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Book Release: Homebrew World by Joshua Berstein
Writer Joshua Bernstein will release his new book Homebrew World, which sheds light on the leaders of the homebrewing revolution and imparts the secrets behind their DIY brews. Adam of Reuben's Brews, Justin from Standard Brewing, and Tommy from Ravenna Brewing Company will discuss their home-brewing habits and their roles as beer-industry professionals and brewery owners. For the evening, Teku Tavern will feature books and special beers from the featured breweries on sale, and $25 will get you a copy of the book and a featured beer.
Portugal One World Dinner
At this dinner in a series that aims to "foster an appreciation of our global neighbors through the sharing of delicious food and drink," dine on traditional Portuguese dishes like alheira sausage, grilled octopus, and bacalhau à brás (a classic comfort food with salt cod, black olives, potatoes, onion, and egg).