Marcela's Creole Cookery uproots the definitive flavors of authentic New Orleans cuisine and Cajun fare and packs them into a menu brimming with robust seasonings and exotic meats, as mentioned by Seattle Weekly contributor A.J. Tigner. With 30 combined years in the restaurant world, Marcela's owners have created an inviting eatery that pays homage to the Big Easy with vibrant, playful colors showcased in contemporary artwork. Red-clothed tables coddle piping-hot platters of creole delicacies, including muffaletta po boys, hearty gumbos, and fried ocean critters such as shrimp, alligator, and crawfish from Poseidon's personal crustacean collection.
At Pan Africa Restaurant & Bar, chefs craft authentic African and African fusion dishes in the kitchen and teach their recipes to students in the classroom. They lead African-cuisine enthusiasts through authentic techniques in a choice of vegetarian or omnivorous cooking classes held on assorted Sundays and Tuesdays. In classes, students discover the secrets to crafting tasty doro wat, beef tibs, and stretchy injera bread that can be used to pick up food during the meal or thrown at nearby plates of marinated chicken to signal interest. For dinner, chefs craft succulent entrees including yassa peanut stew and lamb alicha cutlets in stewed curry.
Eat Local’s chefs create locally-sourced meals from scratch, and teach cooking students how to do the same. Every item on the menu is handmade using Northwest grass-fed meats, free-range chickens, and organic or sustainably-grown local produce. The staff places food items in biodegradable packaging or reusable glass containers, and, for cooked meals, freezes them to maintain flavor and quality. Eat Local Frozen Meals can be bought in-store or packed in dry ice and shipped to individual doorsteps or rabbit holes. Those jonesing to make their own edibles can enroll in classes that guide the creation of pasta, pies, and even marshmallows.
The sounds of squealing electric guitars mingle with the delicate plucking of ukuleles and booming basses inside The Guitar Store, a music-lover?s haven nestled in Greenwood. Wall-mounted guitar holders display an exclusive selection of handcrafted G&L guitars and basses alongside a rotating inventory of vintage instruments. In addition to selling and repairing instruments, The Guitar Store?s staff includes a team of skilled instructors, from bands such as PRS, Harvey Danger and Queensryche, who teach burgeoning musicians the art of rock during flexibly scheduled music lessons and vision quests.
FareStart began in 1992, when founder David Lee realized that homeless people needed more than just food. His innovative job-training program has changed the lives of nearly 7,000 disadvantaged individuals so far. After men, women, and teens complete free food-service training—which includes life-skills training and individual case management—they can take advantage of job-placement services. Graduates of the program boast a 90% employment rate, with some even ending up at the FareStart restaurant on Virginia Street.
The restaurant’s main focus is lunch, which it serves Monday–Friday. The concise, sandwich-centric menu includes the acclaimed Field Roast sandwich, which features a hazelnut-crusted lentil and sage patty nestled between slices of vegan potato bread with mustard and vegan fig mayo. Entrees generally include soup, and FareStart devotees agree that the tomato-basil blend is not to be missed. Be sure to watch out for new specials and desserts, such as a bacon-chocolate-chip cookie, which pairs perfectly with a housemade espresso.
Each Thursday night, Seattle’s finest chefs take over the FareStart kitchen for a one-of-a-kind prix fixe meal. In addition to supporting a good cause, guests can feel good knowing that they’ve tried one of USA Today’s 10 Best Foodie Spots in Seattle. Reservations usually fill up in advance, so plan ahead to catch your favorite chefs.
The Fiber Gallery caters to craftspeople of all levels with supplies and classes for knitting, felting, crocheting, and other handmade projects. The product inventory spans the stitch spectrum from knitting and needlepoint to cross-stitching and crochet, highlighted by a colorful assortment of more than 100 types of yarn made of wool, cotton, and alpaca, as well as earth-friendly fibers. The expansive assortment of products and accessories is matched by a diverse curriculum of classes. Lessons range from “Learn to…” classes that cover essential terms and accessories related to knitting, needlework, felting, and weaving, to classes aimed at completing a special project, such as socks to keep feet warm in the winter or scarves to tie on kite tails during the summer. Additionally, needle-wielders can gain insight on their crafts with The Fiber Gallery’s selection of books and industry magazines from Interweave, Vogue, Noro, and Debbie Bliss.