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AMG PHD Jun 17, 2009 05:15 PM

Clueless in Seattle
We are new to town and are looking for things to do on both our birthdays, Father's day and Anniversary this month. Like tasting menus, events, and wine tasting dinners, cooking classes or even, Tours, Cruises and Festivals. I found something for about $50 persons for tasting multiple JB award winning restaurants , what is that? Also what is this Beer feast all about?

Also info on this “Belltown food tour”

http://www.seattlefoodtours.com/bellt...

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    Brunhilde RE: AMG PHD Jun 17, 2009 08:11 PM

    As far as beer festivals in the Seattle area, the Father's Day festival is, in my opinion, the best one. All the local breweries are there, along with a bunch of quality out of towners. It's standard beer festival format except they allow kids and have kids activities, more info on their website.

    http://www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm

    1. babette feasts RE: AMG PHD Jun 17, 2009 09:21 PM

      there's a chocolate event mid-july, google Seattle chocolate salon

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        jsmthng RE: babette feasts Jul 6, 2009 10:03 PM

        That looks *fabulous*, and it's also this weekend (7/12). By any chance, did you go last year, and if so, how was it?

        http://www.seattlechocolatesalon.com/

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          babette feasts RE: jsmthng Jul 6, 2009 10:24 PM

          Did not go last year, heard about it on another site. It looks like there are a few local chocolatiers of note, a few that may be more small web-only business, a few out of town.

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            jsmthng RE: babette feasts Jul 12, 2009 07:24 PM

            Thanks! I did end up going this year, and it seems like there were quite a few regional(ish) chocolatiers (for this area, as opposed to, like, the SF chocolate salon having SF-ish chocolatiers) -- a few places in Seattle I hadn't known, a few groups from Montana, etc. Was well-attended but not too crowded, with more than enough chocolate to satisfy me; almost felt like trick-or-treating. Mmm.

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              babette feasts RE: jsmthng Jul 13, 2009 08:21 PM

              Something came up, so I only managed to catch the last 15 minutes, as people were packing up. Was favorably impressed, especially with the Claudio Criollo.

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                jsmthng RE: babette feasts Jul 27, 2009 10:58 PM

                Two weeks later, I run into my bag of notes again...

                Claudio Criollo - my business card says "Claudio Corallo" (if it ends up important). I remember liking their ginger sphere; very pure chocolate on the outside and a nicely-textured ginger on the inside. They said something about being used in truffles at some place, maybe Crush?

                Other notes:

                * Carter's Chocolates - I hadn't heard of them (in Port Orchard, WA), but I wish I'd visited their booth earlier, because they had a large display with a beautiful spread of samples of all sorts of alcohol-flavored truffles ("WA state dessert wines, ales from Pike Brewing Company, top shelf liquors..." - also non-alcoholic truffles, of course), and I did not have the fortitude to taste all of the flavors that I wanted. (Roughly: all of them, but they were the last booth we visited, so I only tried two. Maybe three.) Also, they seemed especially friendly.

                * Amano - Tried their award-winning Madagascar 70% Dark Chocolate, and I was amazed by the amount of flavor in that small little square. It was awesome (even inspiring?), and I wish I'd had room to try their other pieces.

                * William Dean Chocolates - the strangest thing I tried was probably here, the Maytag Blue Cheese Pecan chocolate. Tasty, but unusual.

                * Crave Chocolate - from Montana, I really enjoyed the pumpkin pie spice truffle. Cute shapes.

                * Oh! Chocolate - I have an insert for their Parlour Nights - $69/person: food, chocolate, wine, and games. The next one is 8/22. http://www.ohchocolate.com/blog/?page... -- has anyone been? (I think that brings us back to topic.)

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                  babette feasts RE: jsmthng Jul 27, 2009 11:07 PM

                  Thanks for the correction on the Claudio CORALLO, and the reminder to go and get some more!

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        AMG PHD RE: AMG PHD Jun 18, 2009 12:12 PM

        Thanks so farso good!! Please add more detail ASAP.

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          alki_chick RE: AMG PHD Jun 18, 2009 02:37 PM

          Here are some festivals going on:
          Washington Brewers Festival 06/19/09 - 06/21/09
          Burien Strawberry and Arts Festival 06/20/09 - 06/21/09
          Marysville Strawberry Festival's 06/20/09 - 06/21/09
          Taste of Tacoma 06/26/09 - 06/29/09
          Strawberry Festival 06/27/09 - 06/28/09
          Seattle International Beer Fest 07/03/09 - 07/05/09
          Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon 07/12/09
          Bite of Seattle 07/17/09 - 07/19/09
          Kirkland Uncorked 07/17/09 - 07/19/09
          Raspberry Festival 07/17/09 - 07/18/09
          Strawberry Festival 07/17/09 - 07/19/09
          Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival 07/18/09 - 07/19/09
          Ballard SeafoodFest 07/25/09 - 07/26/09
          Taste of Edmonds 08/14/09 - 08/16/09
          Garlic Faire 08/15/09 - 08/16/09
          Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival 08/21/09 - 08/23/09
          Chehalis Garlic Fest 08/28/09 - 08/30/09
          Bremerton Blackberry Festival 09/05/09 - 09/07/09
          Great Wallingford Wurst Festival 09/25/09 - 09/26/09
          St. Demetrios Greek Festival 09/25/09 - 09/27/09
          Everett Sausage Festival 10/02/09 - 10/04/09
          Shelton Oyster Fest 10/03/09 - 10/04/09
          Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival 10/10/09 - 10/11/09
          Tri-Cities Wine Festival 11/06/09 - 11/07/09

          Washington Brewers Festival - http://www.washingtonbeer.com/wabf.htm
          Seattle International Beer Fest - http://www.seattlebeerfest.com/Index2...

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            AMG PHD RE: alki_chick Jul 6, 2009 08:33 PM

            Got any other ideas, reviews or suggestions??

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              mrnelso RE: AMG PHD Jul 6, 2009 11:06 PM

              heh.

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                dagoose RE: AMG PHD Jul 7, 2009 09:29 AM

                There is a dinner benefiting the P-Patch trust (non-profit that helps bring land and local veg access to Seattle residents, esp. low income) this Thursday, cooked by Tom Douglas.
                info at ppatchtrust.org

            2. terrier RE: AMG PHD Jul 6, 2009 10:38 PM

              Burning Beast, 7/12/09 - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/even...

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                AMG PHD RE: AMG PHD Sep 26, 2009 11:40 AM

                What's going on for This weekend?

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