Now is a great time to spruce up your outdoor design. (Laboring now means less schlepping later when the sun really shines.)
Plus, it's the last weekend of Ravenna Gardens' (University Village, 2600 NE University Village; 206.729.7388) container sale, where you can save 30 percent off on the latest delivery of outdoor pots. (FYI: Organic veggie starts—artichokes, beets, kale, leeks and more—and herbs are 20 percent off this weekend.)
Getting to write about our local distillery scene is awesome–and tasty, too. And while I like every distillery and distiller that I’ve encountered so far (each distiller has great stories, and his or her devotion to the craft is fantastic), one of my favorites is the Seattle Distilling Company, and its master distiller Paco Joyce.
To celebrate its second year in business, Sell Your Sole, a Belltown consignment store filled with chic and gently loved clothing, is throwing an anniversary party on Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Expect champagne, small bites, gracious personal styling advice, racks and racks of high-end designer fashion and a chance to win a $200 gift certificate at this open house, hosted by Sell Your Sole owners Natalia and Brent Wittke.
Must Nerd-OutEmerald City Comicon Takes Over Seattle(3/28 to 3/30, times vary) — Superheroes, supervillains, comic-book lovers and sci-fi fans don costumes and flock to the Washington State Convention Center for this beloved nerd ball.
The weather is changing (though hopefully it settles on “changing for the better” soon) and the local cocktail lover’s landscape is also changing (definitely for the better). While the below isn’t a complete list of recent distillery happenings by any means, these highlights are the type of news that will make any drinker smile.
BoConcept is having a super floor-clearing sale this weekend (3/29-3/30).
Slice up to 30 percent off on floor samples and discounted items (chairs to sofas), and 20 percent off on over-stock items.
And you can do your shopping at BoConcept's local showrooms (Bellevue, 10400 NE Eighth St., 425.732.3333; Downtown, 910 Western Ave., 206.464.9999) or its warehouse (SoDo, 2960 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 112; 206.971.3486).
"I'm not a very strategic person," chef Matt Dillon told the crowd at last week's restaurant development summit at The Triple Door. He was joined on stage by fellow restauratuers Renee Erickson, Tom Douglas, Thierry Rautureau, Rick Yoder and Ethan Stowell. He had just been asked by the moderator, "What's next?" or something equally loaded.
Food & Wine has come out with its list of The People’s Best New Chef 2014 nominees, and the only nod for Seattle comes in the form of Bar Sajor’s Edouardo Jordan. Last year, four local chefs made the cut.
Event planner Kelli Bielma (Shindig Events) and makeup artist Megan Bingham (OffWhite Hair & Makeup) are gearing up for the second annual Wedlocks event, happening on March 30 (NOTE: new date) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Tower Club, in tandem with their wedding showcase, As You Wish, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Meerkerk Gardens' (Green Bank, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, off Resort Road; 360.678.1912 or 360.222.0121) kicks off its spring opening day this weekend, 3/22-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
And as well as deals on a wide variety of hybrid, species and heritage rhododendrons, the nursery, which boasts 10 acres displaying our state flower (some already in bloom), is offering 15 percent off on select hybrids from Whidbey Island's own world-renowned "hybridizer" Frank Fujioka.
And now, some bakery pop-up news.
First, newcomer Tracy Marcella has left her job as the breakfast chef at the Chelsea Station Inn to helm a new pastry pop-up at Satay in Wallingford. She tells me the partnership started as a friendship between her and the owners.
Nordstrom is teaming up with Boston-based Fashion Project, an innovative clothing donation site that resells gently used designer clothing and donates 55 percent of the proceeds to charity. Since launching in 2012 the company has donated over $50,000 to causes such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Unicef.