Conceived in 2010 as a way to expose vibrant grassroots coffee culture to more people, Northwest Coffee Festival gathers local roasters, artisan chocolatiers, and other comestible makers for a weekend of food, drink, and demonstrations. During the two-day event, the pristinely appointed showrooms of the Seattle Design Center fill with the aroma of hot coffee, stirred by moving crowds who wander from booth to booth to witness artisans' brewing demonstrations or sample treats. In addition to coffee, the festival features beer, wine, and a holiday gift show where patrons can pick up the ideal trinket to stuff a stocking or booby-trap a sock.
Decades ago, brothers Bob and Earl Green founded a business dealing in red meat and seafood on April Fools' Day. Later, on another fateful April 1, they passed the shop to Bob's son and daughter-in-law, and today, more than 50 years since its 1958 opening, B & E Meats and Seafood still cuts, smokes, and marinates prime carnivorous fare at three locations.
Beef raised in Washington and Oregon comes to B & E Meats in three variants: natural, traditional, and grass-fed on the grounds of Harlow Ranch. The staff preps T-bones and tenderloins alongside signature kalbi beef ribs, whose soy, ginger, garlic, and sesame-oil marinade evokes tropical barbecues. Such meticulous seasoning is par for the course—the staffers smoke their beef jerky for up to six hours with alder and cherry-wood chips to preserve rustic flavor, and they cover pork roasts in sea salt before wrapping them in banana leaves. Their smoked candy salmon also boasts a tantalizing mix of sweet and salty notes, and corned beef comes traditionally cured for St. Patrick's Day.
Freezer variety packs tempt those who can’t decide on one meal with 25–100 pounds of cuts and goodies, which include steaks, roasts, ground beef, and bacon. In the interest of convenience, the store provides cooking instructions for many of its popular dishes, as well as game-processing services that package meats by weight.
At Opaline Café & Bakery, chefs aren’t into creating heavy dinner fare. That’s why when three o’clock rolls around, they close up shop and end the day’s work of crafting light, healthy sandwiches, salads, and breakfast dishes. Their simple menu focuses on the natural flavors of fruits and vegetables, with steel-cut oatmeal getting a sweet touch from warm cinnamon peaches, and salads brightened up with roasted beets, slices of apples, and crumbles of gouda. Clients can create their own meals by pairing cookies or soup with half-sized portions of the shop’s sandwiches, which come filled with vegetarian-friendly portions of cheese and veggies or deli meats that burst with flavor like a piñata filled with gravy.
Casual neighborhood cafe located directly across the street from the Seattle P.I. building, down the street from the Olympic Sculpture Park. For over 15 years we have been serving the business community near Western & Elliott. Pastries from Macrina Bakery, lunch sandwiches from Molly's Organic & Mike's East Coast.
From the bakers who stoke hot ovens every morning to the baristas who brew imported Lavazza beans, Caffè Torino strives to capture the warmth and flavors of Turin, Italy in their intimate café. Piping-hot cups of coffee pair perfectly with flaky croissants, delicate polenta and nutella cookies, and delicious amaretto flan. During weekday happy hour feasts, guests sip wine while munching on kale chips or savoring small plates of crostini. Main courses tempt diners with crunchy-chewy caprese sandwiches or rustic salads made with seasonal combinations of beans, root veggies, greens, and pasta. Bakers labor at hot ovens every day to create delectable pastries, cookies, biscotti, croissants, and much more. Like a teacup that constantly reminds you to lift your pinky, Caffè Torino cultivates high dining culture by covering walls with canvases from local artists and hosting Italian lessons from Percorso Italiano.
Every day, the staff at Boba Smoothie blend fresh fruits and other ingredients to create smoothies, teas, and non-dairy milk teas. But the sweet flavors of fruit and tea aren't the drinks' only feature—the cups fill with chewy boba pearls, which add a burst of texture to every taste like a lego made of candy. Staff members also serve up fresh scoops of gelato in such flavors as mango, coconut, and cupcake.