The younger half-sister of apples, pears, and even roses, are quinces. This unusual fruit blushes pink when cooked and it's front and center at this month’s Canning Connection workshop at North Beacon Hill’s Garden House on Tuesday, October 23. On the agenda: jams, jellies, quince paste, and preserving this fruit as slices in syrup. Drop by between 7:30-8:30 to sample previously canned versions, get recipes, and buy organic quince for $3 per pound. More information from BHB.
Coffee and beer—two of Seattle's favorites—are joining forces via Redhook Brewery and Caffe Vita. The Woodinville brewery and local coffee chainlet teamed up to create a version of the brewery's Double Black Stout brewed with Caffe Vita coffee. The beer arrives in Northwest-area stores next week, according to Vita.
Li'l Woody's is the latest restaurant to express its support of R74 through marriage-themed food specials. The Marriage Equality Burger special puts a(n onion) ring on it, as well as two beef patties, American cheese, ketchup, and mayo. It will be on the menu until Election Day.
A shout out to our friends down south, Olympic Coffee Roasting Company, who won Roast magazine’s 2013 Roaster of the Year competition for the micro category. The seven-year-old coffee roasting company was chosen for superior quality, dedication to sustainable practices, employee education, and commitment to the coffee industry.
The Queen Anne Helpline 30th Anniversary Celebration Annual Fundraising Gala begins at 6:30 on Saturday, October 27, at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. Food will be provided by several of Queen Anne’s eateries, and a no-host bar will offer Pike Brewing beer and Chateau St. Michelle wine. Northwest gypsy band Pearl Django, with Greta Matassa will deliver the evening’s soundtrack. All proceeds go to the continued support of Helpline. Tickets are $125. Call 206-282-1540 or order online.
Seattle’s coffee powerhouse is inspiring a lot of semi-inappropriate Bollywood and curry jokes. Starbucks has opened first store in Mumbai in attempts to break into a market of tea drinkers. CEO Howard Schultz calls it “the most elegant, beautiful, dynamic store” since the first one opened in 1971. A hefty 42 menu items include local treats such as Elaichi Mawa croissants, made with cardamom and milk solids, and tandoori paneer rolls. The cafe stays open until 11 during the week and until 1am on weekends—not fair Mr. Schultz. Read more from AFP.
Darigold is going big to commemorate Seattle’s newest sports arena. nationally renowned butter sculptor Linda Christensen has been commissioned by the Seattle-based dairy empire to create a 110-pound model of the stadium...out of butter. Christensen chiseled away for two days and the result will be on display today from 4:30 to 6 at Elysian Fields, 542 First Avenue S. Seattle Weekly has pictures.
On November 1, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) is auctioning off its remaining inventory at the distribution center, 130 lots to be exact, to industry types. A 5,000 cashier’s check is required to participate in the auction, but it will be returned if you are unsuccessful. Though who could resist bidding on the 24,000 minibottles of booze included in the auction. Visit the WSLCB website for more information.
ALL OVER THE STATE
Washington brought some serious game at this years Great American Beer Festival. Redhook Brewery won bronze and silver medals for its amber and pilsner. Elysian was awarded silver in the special bitters category for its Men's Room Original Red, and American Brewing Co's Polksa Porter took home a bronze. Slightly farther afield, Bellingham's Chuckanut Brewery earned a silver for its kolsch, and Spokane's No-Li Brewhouse's Crystal Bitter Ale scored the state's lone gold medal. To read the full list, visit the festival's website.
ALL OVER THE WORLD
You most likely read the news on any and all social media outlets this week about longtime legend Murray Stenson’s heart condition that is preventing him from working. With no health insurance, the Seattle bartending community has come together to raise the funds required for medical bills. Check out the latest info on local fundraisers here; events are also happening as far away as Washington, DC and even Australia.