Food News Roundup

Neighborhood Food News: Have Dinner with Mario Batali, Altura’s Opening Date

Plus: A new menu for Spring Hill, Marination delivers, and more.

By Heather Fink September 29, 2011

Chow down with Mario Batali on November 4.

Altura, Nathan and Rebecca Lockwood’s new seasonal Italian dining spot on north Broadway, is pinning its official opening date as October 5. Expect seating for just under 40 diners, with ten seats flanking the open-kitchen counter.

The Capital Grille debuted its new “Plates” lunch menu earlier this week, offering a soup or salad, sandwich, and a side for $15. Some highlights include the Knife and Fork BLT, porcini bisque, and roasted butternut squash with cranberry chutney.

Tuscan Stone Pizza is no longer firing up pies on the corner of Second and Pine. You can still find the curbside business in Issaquah and Bellevue.

On October 7 Pike Place Market’s North Arcade will play host to 50 local food and beverage purveyors and musicians from 6:30 to 9:30. Tickets for Arcade Lights are $25 and benefit the Market Foundation and the Market’s human service agencies.

Mario Batali is the guest of honor at a Seattle Art Museum fundraiser on November 4. The fete includes drinks, dinner or hors d’oeuvres, and face time with and a presentation from the celeb chef. Tickets range from $600–$1,000 and can be purchased at

The German Heritage Society building on Ninth Avenue will appropriately house a new German eatery, Kafe Berlin, according to Capitol Hill Seattle.

Spring Hill has revamped its menu, giving it a sharper focus on small plates, reports Eater. The idea, chef Mark Fuller told the blog, is to make the restaurant “more affordable, more approachable.”

Marination Mobile/Station is now offering lunchtime delivery, catering, and pick-up for up to 40 eaters. Shoot an email to [email protected] to place orders.

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