Businesses No Longer Collecting Safeco Field Tax

Next week, the 0.5 percent tax on food and beverages in restaurants and bars in Seattle collected to pay for Safeco Field construction will no longer be collected.  King County has advised businesses to stop collecting effective Monday, October 3rd. This 0.5 percent tax has been collected since 1996.

Don’t Miss The Mobile Food Rodeo This Weekend

 Calling all foodies: Bring your friends, family and most importantly, appetites to the Mobile Food Rodeo happening this Saturday, September 17th on W. Armory Way in Interbay.  The Mobile Food Rodeo is Seattle’s Premier Mobile Food Truck Festival featuring the best meals on wheels Seattleites can get their hands on.  Buy a general admission ticket ($7.00 for a single) and get 1 tasting ticket ($3.00 value) to use at any of the 26 trucks at the event.  If you choose to buy tickets at the gate, pay $10.00 for a single ticket which does not include a tasting ticket.  The festival is featuring eats from Molly Moon, Maximus Minimus, Parfait, Skillet and El Camion, just to name a few.  Once you’re nice and full, watch The Disco Cowboys perform at 5:00 pm.    Before you leave, make sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award in the Annual Wagon Awards event.  Wagon Awards are given to the trucks with the best dishes, chosen by panel of judges.  Don’t miss this unique and fun event!   We’ll see you at the Mobile Food Rodeo, Seattle!

For ticket information and purchasing, please click here.

See the full list of participating food trucks here

For more information on the Mobile Food Rodeo, please visit the official website.

Seattle Bars Could Have Extended Hours

The City Council approved a resolution this week that could mean extended bar hours.  The resolution asks the Liquor Control Board to let cities set closing times, which would prevent the “pushout” of bar patrons all at once at 2 am.  The initiative is backed by Mike McGinn, who firmly believes this could increase public safety.  For more information, please visit the Seattle Times article.

Seattle Beer Week is Here!

The 2011 Seattle Beer Week kicks off tomorrow May 19th, and the beer will be poured until May 29th.  The concept of Seattle Beer Week is similar to that off Seattle Restaurant Week wherein a number of local breweries and retailers will be offering drink specials, unique beers, tastings and other awesome treats.  Seattle Beer Week will have its official kick off at Maritime Brewery with the tapping of the first beer.  If you enjoy a good Happy Hour that lasts all day, then make sure to look at this schedule of events, which includes locations and times.  For more information on SBW, please visit the official website.

Canlis Chef Wins Best in Northwest

Food & Wine magazine voted Chef Jason Franey of Canlis as BEST New Chef in the Northwest.  Canlis is a famed Seattle restaurant in the Queen Anne neighborhood, and the owners brothers Mark and Brian recieved a lot of media attention for their recent campaigning.  The brothers used social media outlets to campaign for Franey, taking pictures donning signs that said “Vote for Jason”.  The coolest shots were those of the brothers atop the Space Needle, a feat that was daring, creative, frightening, and probably seriously cold-and it was all worth it.  The campaign got the vote.   Franey is the executive chef at Canlis and the position is well deserved.  Congratulations to Canlis in all of their recent success.  Follow the link below to see a video of the Canlis brothers in action.

Canlis brothers campaign for Jason Franey

Canlis Nominated for Award

Canlis restaurant in Queen Anne Seattle is up for two awards in the James Beard Foundation Awards, in the “Outstanding Restaurant” and “Outstanding Wine Service” categories.  The James Beard Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “celebrate, nurture and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future”.   Every year, nominees can make their own entries for any number of categories.  Canlis has been nominated once before, but did not win. Those who have had the pleasure of dining at Canlis I’m sure would agree with the nomination.  Canlis isn’t the only entity that has been nominated for a James Beard Award.  That’s right, local chef and entrepreneur Tom Douglas is nominated this year (and last!) in the “Outstanding Restaurateur Award” who owns a variety of Seattle restaurants including Dahlia Bakery and Lounge, Etta’s, Lola, Palace Kitchen, and the oh-so-good Serious Pie.  A number of other Seattle chefs have been nominated in the “Best Chef: Northwest” category, and a Kirkland chef,Holly Smith, is nominated for “Outstanding Chef” and her restaurant Café Juanita for “Outstanding Restaurant”.  It’s so exciting knowing that Seattle truly is a great food capitol, bringing diverse and excellent dining options and opening new places so frequently.  Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck.    See a full list of nominees and past winners here.

Hale’s Ales

Hale's AleI always drive by Hale’s Ale’s in Ballard, and Friday night I finally decided to check it out.  The local brewery, inspired by founder mike Hale’s visits to different pubs around England, moved from Kirkland to Ballard in 1995.  Hale’s Ales has been serving a variety of homemade (brewed in the building) ales for nearly 30 years.  I went to Hale’s Ales with the intention of dinner and some good beer.  It was not as busy as I thought it would be though, which I guess is a good thing.  When I walked in, I truly thought the interior and feel of the place was pretty cool.  There were front and back dining areas, and even further back was the brewery.  The only barrier between the two was a glass window, through which you could see the brewing process while enjoying your meal.  I’ll be honest, even though I liked the beer, the “brewery smell” really got to me while I ate my blue cheese burger.  Speaking of, although the food wasn’t great (between myself and other we had salmon chowder, Caesar salad, fish and chips and the aforementioned burger), you can’t expect five star cuisine from a place with the motto “Think Globally. Drink Locally.”  I probably would have liked the typical pub grub more if it claimed “Enjoy your beer.  Enjoy your food even more.”  All in all, if you’re looking for a good beer and a place where (I can only imagine) is a pretty fun joint to watch a game with your friends, then check out Hale’s Ales.   The brewery is located at 4301 Leary Way NW.  See their website for more information.