Food News Roundup

Neighborhood Food News: Ballard’s Chicago-Style Eatery, Hitchcock Expands

Plus: Andrew Zimmern on Seattle, Canning Across America at Pike Place Market, and more.

By Heather Fink August 2, 2011

Matthew Lewis’s Creole truck Where Ya At Matt celebrates one year on the road.

Eater reports Winslow Way restaurant Hitchcock plans to launch a neighboring charcuterie house and deli, to open in the next several months.

According to My Ballard Benito’s Chicago Eatery is coming in September to the 6200 block of 15th Ave NW. Chef and Chicago native Benjamin Kulikowski says Benito’s will carry three Windy City staples: Italian beef, deep-dish pizza, and hot dogs.

Autumn Martin, former head chocolatier at Theo Chocolate and purveyor of Hot Cakes, is honoring National S’mores Day on August 10 with special treats: roasted marshmallows sandwiched between two s’mores cookies. They’ll be available that day at the neighborhood farmers market and also at the Wallingford, Bellevue, West Seattle, and Lake Forest Park markets.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel is handing out 10,000 free chocolate chip cookies from a “Cookie CAREavan” at Westlake Park from noon to 6 on August 3. Seattle is the last stop on the cookie-mobile’s ten-week, 10,000-mile, 50-city trek across the country.

Art Restaurant and Lounge is expanding its famed cheese table by adding antipasti and featuring monthly a local cheese maker. The spread is available daily 4:30–10 for $14.

The Canning Across America collective of cooks stops at Pike Place Market on August 13 and 14 in celebration of National Can-It-Forward day. Demos include preserving jam, pickles, tomatoes, and more.

Dot’s Delicatessen is now open, running the show is the esteemed Miles James. Expect traditional butcher fare plus sandwiches, sides, and a happy hour menu.

Phinneywood reports Caffe Vita on Greenwood Avenue North and neighboring Cornuto Pizzeria have both received permits for outdoor seating.

Neighborhood diner Rudy’s Place is up for sale following the retirement of owner Rudy Finne, according to Magnolia Voice.

Queen Anne View brings word that New York Pizza and Bar of Bellingham and Lynden fame is opening at 500 Mercer Street. No word yet on an opening date.

Where Ya At Matt fetes one year on the road with free red velvet cupcakes on Wednesday at 309 Pontius Ave N.

Skillet Street Food (FYI: the brick-and-mortar counterpart just launched happy hour) is hosting a fundraiser for Farmstead Meatsmith, a Vashon-based butcher hoping to produce a series of instructional webisodes. The benefit happens August 7 at Island Meadow Farm on 10301 SW Cemetery Road.

Eater catches up with Bizarre Foods star Andrew Zimmern after his recent stint in Seattle. Visits to Canlis, Marination Mobile, Maneki, and Taylor Shellfish Farms led him to this consensus: “It doesn’t matter what the weather is like; Seattle is fucking brilliant.”

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