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High Tech Dining

Ethan Stowell Restaurants
The Seattle restaurant empire is teaming up with Toast and SevenRooms, a seating and reservation platform, for their official Seattle premiere this week. Guests of Stowell will now have access to all of the platform’s personalized dining services, including wine suggestions and new meal recommendations based off of previous order history, and even personalized desserts delivered right to the table. SevenRooms takes the marriage of big data and the service industry to a whole new level. Is this the beginning of Cheers-level hospitality for us all?

Collabs

Copine
Per Se, you say? Chef-owner of Copine Shaun McCrain made his international reputation after working in such gastronomical holy grails as Taillevent in Paris and Thomas Keller’s Per Se. Set on bringing a similar world-class experience to Seattle, he's teaming up with fellow Keller disciples for what is officially being called the "Alumni Dinners." The series starts February 23. 

Openings

Black Cat
Belltown might not need another watering hole with perfectly curated comfort food, but need be damned; because Dustin Haarstad, previously of Canon and current owner of Blind Tiger Cocktail and Co., isn't in it for the need. He's in it for that old-timey drinking experience. With his newest venture, Black Cat, set to open sometime this month, you’re sure to get it too.

Browne Family Vineyards
The Walla Walla winery's Pioneer Square tasting room opened this weekend—cabernets, malbecs, and more wine aplenty in tow.

Coming Soon

Fusion On a Stick
Perhaps most famous for their rave-worthy duck buns, Asian fusion standout Wild Ginger has just announced a new South Lake Union location at 8th and Blanchard in a street-level location of the McKenzie high-rise. Promises of another satay bar have been confirmed.

Beijing On the Waterfront
The fast-growing Beijing-based restaurant Black Rooster announced its first international location in Renton on the Lake Washington waterfront this week. The restaurant offers a farm-to-table experience with high-quality organic ingredients and a fine dining atmosphere. Black Rooster Lake Washington is scheduled to open as early as September.

Recommendations

Editors’ Picks for Valentine Eats
Valentine's day got you stressed out? Take the load off with our top picks. And should a coursed meal not be your jam, Seattle has a bounty of date-night dining destinations—for any occasion, holiday or non.

What We're Drinking Now

Theatrical Libations
Hamilton-inspired drinks we wish we real and the real place at which we would drink them.

What We're Reading Now

How to Make Your Own Bad Vinegar
Eric Asimov's entertainingly quaint NY Times essay on the trials and tribulations of making homemade vinegar.  

The Future of Food
Need a laugh? Look no further than The New Yorker humor section. 

Editor's note: This article has been updated on Tuesday, February 13 at 8:40am to reflect a more accurate description of SevenRooms which uses data for dining purposes, not artificial intelligence as was previously stated in the headline and blog post.

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